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The Daily Nebrasftan
Tuesday, December 8, 1959
Wanted: Young Turks
Newsweek would like to know where are
the "Young Turks?"
So would a few million others. The
"Young Turks" 'in Turkey were the ones
who destroyed the archaic despotism and
made way for modern government. The
ttrrn lodged itself firmly in the American
vocabulary into the lingo of the America
that used to be the center of Young Turks.
The term lodged but what happened to
To quote the ad in Newsweek:
"Where is that traditional young Ameri
can who takes the "Boy Wanted" sign out
of the window and says to the boss, "I'm
"You know the lad I mean. The bell
ringer, Up with the sun, Last to leap,
Sweep the floors, Learn the line; Get to
know the territories, Up off the canvas.
"Shoot for the moon. Watch-my-dust!
"We've had our bellies full of the play-4t-iafe
boys. Where is that enterprising
youth who's willing to stick his skinny
neck out and make decisions?
"He only has to be right 51 of the
time to be a success," says Bruce Barton.
America needs more young Turks.
"(And more Old Turks who know how
to recognize the Young Ones).
"The kind of man who parachutes into
darkest Africa and opens a chain of su
permarkets in sixty days."
Hit home? Met any young Turks lately?
Sneered at any crack-pot dreams lately?
Looked into any safe, responsible, secure,
comfortable, guaranteed jobs lately?
Harumppph. Hide heads, plead sophisti
cation. Not applicable to college campuses?
Each batch of exchange newspapers from
other campuses yields at least one scath
ing blast at the abominable, sticky apathy
that is the No. 1 malignancy of our really
beat crew. It's not just apathy about foot
ball, or tradition, or all the other pegs that
the old yeah, college used to be based
partly on it's the pervasive apathy that
extends to every nook and corner of liv
ing. Like, why fight nuclear tests, we'll all be
blown up in three years . . . like, why
fight the system it's bigger than both of
us . . . like, don't fight, city hall? . . .like,
don't stick your neck out and nobody will
notice you . . . like, just plug along and
your turn for advancement will come . . .
like, barf ...
To cite "authority." A dean at Syracuse
University termed apathy the major un
derlying problem at his school. "This
year, with the No. 1 team in the nation, we
still don't seem excited . . . I've never
seen the morale on this campus any low
er than it is now. This apathy is not only
on our own campus, but is affecting every
other university I've recently visited."
He added that there was a "cagey atti
tude everywhere. We are afraid of being
gung-ho, collegiate. When we have some
thing we could crow about, we say, 'Well,
all right.' ".
Shades of Charlie Brown and Blahdom
spreading everywhere has anyone any
where noticed any Young Turks doing
anything anywhere anytime recently?
When Jazz Meets Poetry
A real breath of something new seems
to be blowing.
It's a medley of jazz jazz plus poetry.
The combination so far has added up to
success not lukewarm, but real en
It first hit campus over KUON, and in
the Art Galleries where a jazz group
teamed up with the poetry trio to see
what a blending of the two forms would
produce. It produced an audience that
was sold, man.
So jazz-poetry moves up-town, into the
Pan American Room at the Student Union
Thursday, where the John Marshall Sextet '
will supply the jazz and a talented trio
will supply the reading. Ernie Hines, Bon
ca Tebo Hayes and John Marshall are
all pros at the game of oral communica
tion. Their selections will come from tradi
tional poets like Gerard Manley Hopkins,
through Yeats, to Sandburg and our own
Shapiro. Although we have not yet had
the chance to hear a jazz-poetry combina
tion, it's advocates stress the "nes dimen
sion" it gives both to the poetry and the
Bernice Slote, associate professor of
English and a writer herself, commented
that the combination produces a kind of
emphasis to rhythm which is otherwise
impossible to attain. She termed it a
The Union has thrown the support of its
huge background of publicity training in
to the support of this "seminar." Poster
makers have gone ape over publicity con
coctions. All of which shows that tH Union can
produce real quality enteiwiment at a
low, low cost and of an intellectual and
Let's have more, more, more of this
kind of offering.
(Tickets are free at the main Union
The opening of the University Christmas
music season was carried off in the usual
fine fashion by the University Singers at
their annual Christmas Carol Concert Sun
The two performances given by the
group which featured carols of foreign
lands, a Bach cantata and original carols
by University faculty members, were well
attended, packing the Union Ballroom with
some 1,400 good-music lovers.
Staff Views :
On the Other Hand
By Sondra Whalen
International students at the University
of Kansas formed some rather pertinent
definitions of America. Among them were
"America is where the girl expects the
first kiss the second time
you take her out"
Too Busy To Think
"America is where stu
dents have to read too
much to be able to think
"America is where stu
dent advisers are abun
dant Why not establish a
special adviser to advise
the advisers on the advice
needed from the advis
Several truly apt points indeed.
I wish the University would offer a
course where the only requirement would
be to read one book every week or two
weeks tad ge to class.
The class would consist of students
throwing the ideas and thoughts that they
had read out for discussion. The book
could be on anything, fcition, non-fiction,
No busy reports, no outlines. Just ideas.
Who knows? We might learn something!
We're not the only paper which is cry
ing "suppression of the news"! it seems.
The Colorado Daily reports that "creep
ing secrecy, the occupational disease of
any bureaucratic organization, is slowly
Infesting the bureaucratic bodies of the
Among the organizations which have
closed their doors were the Arts and Sci
ences Faculty, a committee on student
organizations and social life, the Univer
sity Club, faculty senate and administra
Even the Board df Regents was accused
of carrying on much of their business in
The editorial makes the point that when
the press has to obtain its information sec
ondhand, chances for inaccuracy and
The top student governing body, how
ever, is credited with "scrupulously keep
ing all meetings open to the public".
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By Ingrid Leder
It used to be that all
freshmen, both men and
women, Greeks as well as
independents, were re
quired to wear beanies.
until only a
c o u d 1 e
years ago Ingrid
all fraternities still re
quired their freshmen
pledges to wear beanies,
and perhaps next year
these fraternities will also
abandon this custom, and
freshmen beanies will be
come a thing of the past.
Just one Example
This is only one example
of how the University of
Nebraska is losing many of
When I was a freshman,
if a girl wasn't a "coed"
she just didn't rate, and
each night you could see
scores of couples by the
pillars. But now the pillars
are empty at night and an
other tradition is fading out
There are many other ex
amples. Serenades are be
coming fewer and fewer,
trophy "borrowing" has be-
Spell It Out
Never let it be said that
something wasn't cl arly
Like when something is
or isn't happening, there
has got to have a sign.
Monday, when some work
was being done in a tree in
front of the Administration
Building, a sign dutifully
noted the following:
"Man Working in Tree."
No Sips, Drags
Add Up Years
Lack of alcoholic beverages
and cigarettes were the, rea
son for his long life span, a
Falls City man claimed oe
fore his death.
Maybe it was so. L. A. Scott
of Falls City died Saturday at
the age of 103.
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come highly frowned upon,
and people are even talking
about doing away with
I am sure that if we want
ed to all of us could find
reasons why the different
traditions are being or
should be discontinued. Ser
enades are too noisy and
disturb studiers. Trophy
"borrowing" is unethical.
Beanies look ridiculous.
plays cost too much money,
etc. But I don't think that
these reasons can ever out
weigh the fact that tradi
tions make students loyal to
their school, and it seems
to me that loyalty is one of
the most important prere
quisites for school spirit.
Why do alums yell louder
than most students at foot
ball games? Why do "they
stay until the very end of
the game while some of us
leave when Nebraska is be
hind more than 10 points
in the fourth quarter? Could
it be that the alums have
more loyalty because there
were more traditions when
they were in school? I won
der. Traditions should not be
judged by how much sense!
they make or whether they
have a material value but
by whether they build loy
alty in students.
If there are some tradi
tions which don't create
loyalty in the student body,
I'm all in favor of doing
away with them, but let's
keep the one's which do be
cause , we don't have very
many traditions anyway.
Perhaps last year's Mor
tar Boards should have con
sidered one more thing in
selecting this year's crop,
namely that there, are 14
sorority houses, the dorm,
and several other women's
residences? Since there are
only 12 Mortar Boards,
who's going to collect the
late-date-night money at the
remainder of the houses?
A university Is really a
rather weak and transient
medium of achievement.
The most it. can do for a
student is to provide a prop
er atmos- '
p h e r e
he is will
in g, will
"s t i m u
late his na
. A university can teach no
one to think, nor can - it
teach any formulas or truths
for a successful and happy
..life. It can only expose a
student to the means in
which, if he applies him
self, he can discover his
own ideals and enhance his
When a university be
comes polluted with mass
education, its level of pur
pose is naturally pulled
down to a common norm.
This lowered norm is then
determined by the degree
of willingness in the stu
dents to challenge them
selves in the worthwhile
endeavors of an education.
Thus we have quality sac
rificed for unselected quan
tity and on top of this we
place the added pollution of
so called "training" or ex
tra currlcular activities.
In the lower grades this
over concern with training
can be blamed on the edu
cational administrators and
1 IN A WAY
By George Haecker
the educational system in
general. But in a univer
sity the responsibility is
shifted more to the students
(perhaps too much so) and,
it is supposedly up to them
to decide what is meaning
ful and what is not.
In a recent article in the
Saturday Evening Post ti
tled "The World of the Un
educated," Adm. Hyman G.
Rlckover points out the dif
ference between training
Aid intellectual education.
He emphasizes the urgent
need to distinguish between
the two and to devote our
schools to education, leav
ing training for the home,
church and natural experi
ence. The Admiral believes that
it is impossible to give both
training and education in a
normal school year. And as
our schools and universities
are the only common mean
we have for an education,
we should devote them
completely to this pursuit
and leave training or "life
adjustment" activities to
Training does not broad
en the intellect nor stretch
the mind and our schools
should not be retarded with
the inclusion of those life
adjustment skills that train
ing is supposed to give.
. Although the Admiral's
concern was with second
ary education I think our
somewhat cluttered univer
sity could well heed his
I think we could stand to
reflect on where the bulk
of our efforts are placed.
Are they on "training" ac
tivities or on intellectual
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