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The Daily Nebraskan
Monday, November 16, 1959
Freedoms Still Do Exist rMn Be Our GVEST
A letter appeared recently in the "Pub
lic Mind" of the Lincoln Journal from a
high school journalist who attended the
Nebraska High School Press Association
convention on the University campus last
The student had compliments for the
various activities of the press confer
ence saying they were "enlightening and
. inspired me toward a career in journal
ism." But in the balance of the letter the
student tells that the "ideas and aspira-
tions met an untimely death at the hand
of Governor Ralph G. Brooks," who spoke
at a banquet attended by all the high
schoolers and their advisers.
The letter goes on to say, ."He (Gov.
Brooks) led us to believe that he was an
authority on the honesty of and ethics
of the press.
" 'Honesty is not the best policy; honesty
Is the only policy,' declared the Governor.
Barely were these words spoken than he
contradicted himself by saying the press,
should not have a biased opinion, which in
essence is honesty, and that the news
should be entirely objective.
"If these ideals were utilized, people of
Ihe United States would have one newspa
per with one opinion defeating the pur-
pose of freedom of the press.
"The way journalism was presented by
the Governor as being on the verge of cor
ruption would tend to sway the mind of
any student considering a career in this
Has a future journalist gone by the way
side due to remarks made by the Governor
of this state?
The letter written by this questioning
student could be representative of many
fields, not just journalism. Governor
Brooks has, undoubtedly spoken before
many groups of high school people. One
might wonder if his comments have
caused other's ideas and inspiration to
meet an untimely death.
To most high schoolers it would be con
sidered an honor to be present at a ban
quet where the first man of the state is
to be a guest and speaker. That age group
can be a captive audience because they. "
are just beginning to search their minds
for indications of what direction their fu
ture is going to take.
It would seem that Gov. Brooks neither'
considered the type of group assembled
before him nor chose his remarks care
fully in order to leave them, with a good
taste about a profession they are consider
ing. ' To leave one person with the idea that
journalism is "on the verge of corruption"
must indicate that the speaker either
didn't get his point across or failed to real
ize the proper interpretation of points is
necessary when the audience is composed
largely of young people who have not yet
been exposed to the philosophies of free
dom and honesty of the press.
Gov. Brooks' reference to honesty as be
ing not the best policy but the only policy
for the press obviously was not understood
by the letter writer.
For the press to give an honest account
of anything does not mean that this same ;
account will have elements of bias. Hon
esty and bias are not synonymous. An
honest report would contain fair and ac
curate statements of fact. A biased report
would contain elements of prejudice in the
interpretation of facts.
The press must contain both. Straight
news must be objective but this does not
mean there 'is no room for opinion. Ed
itorials, columns, critic's remarks
there's a place for them, too, as long as
the reader is told they represent opinion
and not fact.
The student reed not fear that we are
losing our right to fair comment. This
right to comment and criticize does exist
and will continue to as long as we are a
nation of free people and as long as people
in the public eye such as a govern?? don't
misrepresent the conditions and limita
tions existing in both.
Investigation Is Needed
Since1 when can you run down a pedes
trian with an automobile and not be ar
rested? When you're the son of the Irish ambas
sador to the United States and can invoke
diplomatic immunity. Such is the case of
21-year-old college student, David Heme,
son of John J. Hearne, a veteran of 66
years in the diplomatic service.
Hearne was driving his car when it
struck a widowed Negro domestic as she
crossed an intersection in the north of
Washington. He was ordered by his fath
er to appear at a coroner's inquest where
he' promptly invoked immunity against
This isn't the first instance that the
youth has been involved with the law. Last
month he tangled in a fight with local po
lice. Numerous other escapades have seen
him invoke his immunity in every case.
Apparently, nothing can be done but to
send him home with a stern warning. Cer
tainly this should be done. But he should
have been sent home before a case as se
vere as this occurred. In addition to this,
the diplomatic immuntiy rules should be
thoroughly investigated by Congress with
some solution to prevent any such inci
dents from happening again.
By Sandi Laaker event a good band will play, good inter-
With with Thanksgiving coming up and mission entertainment will be provided,
all, it's too bad about the cranberry bit. the Honarary Commandant will be chos-
Spiced crab apples just won't take the en in an all campus vote and there will
place of cranberries. The little, red, round, be no TV to detract from the splendor of
hard, sour things Ag Secretary Benson the Ball. .
has said he's going to eat 'em anyway. Just too bad the Grand March must re-
And what's more, he's trying to figure main. What if all the Tassels and Cobs, or
out what all the fuss is about. Welfare even just the senior ones, marched around
Secretary Flemming didn't consult with with their dates or escorts at the Home-
him before issuing the cranberry contam- coming Dance?
ination decree. . ,
And besides, the chemical company that There ought to be more things on cam
made the weed spray involved says there's pus like "Poetsapoppin", the most recent
no proof that the spray causes cancer in literary effort made by the English de
humans. Even if it did, the same com- partment under the direction of Miss
pany says a person would have to eat 15 Bernice Slote, associate professor of Eng
thousand pounds of cranberries to be af- lish. The program was presented on cam
fected. " . Pus Thursday night and again on KUON
Somebody would have to be pretty sick, TV Friday night. It consisted of poetry
. anyway, to eat 15 thousand pounds of read to the jazz accompaniment of the
cranberries so why sweat it. John Marshall Trio, excerpts from a play
I hope nobody ever sprays turkeys with by Oscar Mandel, assistant professor of
weed killer. English and poetry by Karl Shapiro, pro-
fessor of English.
Noticed in the social column that only ' This was the first try here at combin-
three houses had football functions this ihg poetry and jazz hope it catches on.
weekend. Tais is a good deal. I would
formally like to denounce football func- Di, Kai and C.K. will be back with us
tions. Seems they've been losing in social today. The paper did come out Friday
popularity this year and as soon as they're and again today (hope) but we will be glad
completely lost more people will enjoy to have the three pros back.
more games more. Sony's been 'hunkering' in the slot, Herb
Secondly, I would denounce religious and John have been mass producing heads,
songs In Stuckey's "stereophonic perco- Mike, Jacque, Ann and Karen have been
later." Somehow a thick cup of Crib cof- overly prolific in turning out copy. Pat.
fee doesn't digest too well to strains of Stuckey and Doc have put in hours to help
"The Lord's Prayer." It's about as out of our happy family down here, Char, Ferg
place as would be breaking loose with and Gil almost filled the paper for us Fri-
"Scotch and Soda" in church or ripping day and I've been sitting in for Di to get
through a square dance at the Military out page two. My apologies to all Peanuts
Ball. fans he lost in competition with Booster
Speaking of the Military Ball, publicity We'll be 'specially glad to hear about
on it thus far indicates a thinking com- Greenwich Village from Di and Kai. Like
mittee has plans for making it a great who convenes at a convention?
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"CtohJT PESTKOY YOUR WHOLl? FUTURE" YOU MU5f
3TU0Y HARP RIGHT UP TD THE THANKSGIVING GAMf."
By Sam Hall
Let's remove the skirts
and sweaters from the Ne:
braska cheerleaders. Should
we go any further? Why,
yes! After we accomplish
in new out
fits. Couldn t
d a y be
of the Nebraska yellers and
the colorful outfits donned
by Colorado's cheering
Those milk man-type
pants that our male cheer
leaders wear have got to
go, also. Personally, I
think it's time for a change.
More colorfully dressed
cheerleaders might aid in
producing more noise at
This subject borders on
the line of school spirit, so
I'll say nothing more. Don't
want anyone to say I'm
critical of our school
spirit. I had plenty of spirit
at the game Saturday un
til "Pappy" made his spec
tacular run. I jumped up
to holler and kicked it over.
6 6 it
While thumbing through
a pile of college newspap
ers, I glanced at a number
of editorials and columns.
In Vermont the IFC is the
scapegoat, in Texas they're
squabbling over queen elec
tions and in California
everyone is criticizing
school spirit. Things a r e
kinda tough all over. Any
way, Nebraska isn't unique
in these respects.
With hunting season
comes the story of the Ne
braska fraternity man who
downed a pheasant near
Holdrege. While cleaning it,
much to his surprise, he
discovered a Sig A 1 p h"
pledge pin in its stomach.
I'm not surprised!
4 6 it
I've been completely
bored in writing this column
today. Along with boredom
goes sleepiness. In f a c t,
I'm darn sleepy and in the
future will stay home on
By Dick Stuckey
It has been four weeks
since I last said things on
this page. But I still like
rainy, blowing days. Even
snow. Classes aren't full,
Greeks don't sing, rallies
don't yell, meetings don't
seem to be happening, and
people aren't , (partciularly)
happy. That's why.
But during these four
weeks 'I have observed
things via the mind. That's
a scholarly term for the
doings of the organ operat
ing (unfortunately) the
mouth, which often gets
slapped (fortunately) by the
hand. Which is a practical
term for the organ which
must nowadays hold a
straight flush or a hell of a
But anyway. The obser
vations. The mode (like rules) for
choosing a homecoming
queen is the greatest intel
lectual challenge facing the '
The IFC (recently) had a
paine in the neck. Ah, gee,
are, things tough. (Nostal
gics remembrances: the
Delts for stealing students
social pro. The Phi Delts
for distress in the Mother's
Alliance social pro. The
Sig Eps for wooding in the
spring social pro. The
Sig Chis for lifting their
their derbies social pro.
Dear di is not to the edi
tor but to the dairy of the
same. Et tu.
On the second to last
weekend that' happened,
walked in the rain and
played pin the prize on the
display. Blindfolded yet too.
They got around by pulling
on strings tho. Suggestion
for next year forget it.
All queen candidates (for
anything) womped wit de
ugly stick. Hate.
, Things are not improving,
but they're not getting
worse either. They're get
ting sicker better. Hate.
' My roommate needed a
4.361524 . average last se
mester to live, but he only
got 29 pluses in PE 131, so
he didn't live. The student
Tribunal cut off his noxema
I copied a theme from St.
Paul's Epistle to the II
Corinthians and' got a 1
over a minus 6. And activ
ties probation. Hate.
Instructors are sick. Too
many are authoritarian
democratic. And liberally
stagnant. And religiously
athesistic.- Yeah. And sick.
The crib is not a crib but
a stereophonic perculator
with a built in cash regis
ter at the end of a 400 foot
buffet supper with wall to
wall cigarette butting.
The Ralph and Carolyn
Mueller Tower is not Car
negie Hall on a stick. It is
. a spy. Hate.'
Avery Lab is a com
The Young Beatniks meet
in Soc Auditorium. Congrat
ulations to . . .
The ROTC Departments
think the next war. will be
on the mall.' t
The Young Republicans
and the Young Democrats
will not merge, but AUF
and the Internal Revnue
That administration place
is just a big coffee break
with some deans thrown in
to filing cabinets with win
dow envelopes and appoint
ments, which I may be hav
ing except that
I am leaving school re
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