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The Daily Nebraskan
Friday, December 18, 1955
So Little Faith in Principle
Spurred by the actions of a handful of
universities which have refused to partici
pate in the National Defense Education
Act loans, the storm about the so-called
loyalty cath mounts almost daily.
Recent withdrawals from the program
include such "name" colleges as Oberlin,
Harvard and Yale. The question which
has been raised by those who see no
wrong in the required affidavit and the
oath of allegiance whether this protest by
the schools is not a mere academic pro
testan egghead's rebellion over trivia.
What then are the requirements in or
der to receive these loans which are so
liberal in ttieir other terms. First, the ap
plicant must submit a" sworn statement
which is aa oath of allegiance to the
United States. The second required affi
davit is a statement that "he does not
believe in, and is not a member of and
does not support any organization that be
lieves m or teaches, the overthrow of the
United States by force or violence."
It is this second required affidavit which
has provoked the storm. There has been
no real criticism of the requirement that
an applicant take an oath which says, "I
do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will
bear true faith and allegiance to the
United States of America and will support
and defend the Constitution and laws of
the United States against all its enemies,
foreign and domestic."
This sort of an oath is an expected part
of being a citizen.
The other statement, however, has been
termed an insult to the youth of America.
It has been pointed out that government
subsidization goes to a multitude of re
cipients farmers, public housing, etc
... but only students are asked to sign
a nest oath."
la a preface to the Crimson pamphlet
mentioned before, Sen. John Kennedy of
Massachusetts made the following obser
vation; H U easy to argue that test oaths have
become a commonplace ritual which need
not arouse sensitive concern of students
and teachers. The authors and defenders
of these provisions in the N.D.E.A. point
out tliat. In recent years, legislation which
provides for government assistance to stu
dents has characteristically contained
loyalty oath provisions.
Tt is not sufficient, however, to accept
this body of precedent as a guideline for
present or future Federal action. It is high
time that we reassert our fundamental
and lasting traditions, and not translate
the expediencies of the moment into eter
nal verities. Most important, the affidavit
"provision of the Education Act has placed
the colleges and universities into an un
precedented role: administering 'test
oaths' for the Government ...
"This is not a quarrel over the principle
that Americans should be lawful; it con
cerns a doctrine which singles out stu
dents as a group which must sign a rather
vague affidavit as to their beliefs, as well
as to their actions."
We live in an age of fright, an age in
which we have willingly suspended some
portion of our freedoms for protection
from without. In times of national peril,
this is a historical tradition in nearly every
democratic country! A panicky people fear
the enemy without and so attempt to solid
ify the populace.
This wijl not be accomplished by sign
ing a dozen affidavits. It has been pointed
out that any enemy of the United States
would have no compunctions about affix
ing a signature Jo such an affidavit.
Hence, of what value is it?
What can it do other than insult stu
dents. It is unfortunate that it is attached
to a program which can do so much good
for education. Pragmatically, the iigning
may not indeed be a large concession by
the individual it may not force him to do
a distasteful act But the principle is worth
disputing this is not a case of an egghead
squabble it is a question of putting a little
trust back into the principles we mouth
such as freedom of speech, religion,
We have laws already to deal with per
sons who jeopardize the safely of the state
in unlawful ways. There is no need to at
tack the problem in this fashion.
Art in the Netcs
Art made the pews twice this week.
Once it was a case of the many suffering
for the ads of one or two when someone
stole another picture from the Student
The second case was a much more
pleasant one a $250,000 Christmas present
to the University from the Woods Founda
tion. This money is earmarked for the
construction of an, art building to be lo
cated next to the Sheldon Art Gallery,
A nicer present couldn't have been had.
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Daily Nebraskan Letterips
From the editor's desk:
On Campuses 9n Things
Sometime just past the egg-nog and tur
key time in fact, just a week past the
demolition of beautiful wrappings time, we
lose a decade.
Or gain a new one or something like that
The fabulous fifties that's what they've
bees called. Fabulous?
Grid When the 50's
walked in, life was a happy
11. I'd never even seen tel
evision, so I couldn't know
how I would grow to hate
parts of it Somebody had
probably said something
about the atomic bomb, and
I'd seen Frankfurt in 1946,
so this had meaning in
terms of gray rubble, but
""At that time Staliu was a dirty word, but
didn't eem like anything iminently danger
ous. I don't know that I knew whether Ko
rea was in the West Indies or somewhere
near China or something.
And -who had ever heard of beatniks and
who would have thought of turning one's back
on everything. Seems that was the time
of the Big Buy. I remember people talking
about being able to buy, buy, buy refrig
erators, cars, things which seemed fright
fully important that we have one as nice
or definitely nicer than anybody elses . . .
Skirts had bit the ankles, too, and every
thing had just been lengthened . . . once
in Germany I remember four of Mom's
friends declaring categorically that this kick
of Dior4! would never take, and even if it
did, they wouldn't lengthen their dresses. . .
ilaybe it was being 11, but people seemed
happier. Not as scared. Maybe not scared
enough, maybe that's what's wrong now. , .
Television was much excitement When
we came back from Germany I remember ,
fitting in the hotel room completely en
tranced with Howdy Doody and several
hours worth of commercials ... We all
watched it for hours on end. Everybody did
In a year or two a science fiction book
came out about how the race had collapsed
because everybody sat watching lelevion.
They had viewer marathons and trance
contests. The rulers ruled painlessly through
the picture tube . . .
But gee, at 11, nobody had told me about
the "communist menace," it seems like.
There was something ominous about the
Kremlin, but that was mainly because
it wasn't a pretty word . . .
And' the 50's spun by the 'fabulous
fifties" of the adolescence and very-young
adulthood. Even while they were happening
11 was disappearing and you can't run back
ward to chase ghosts . . .
The fashion magazines coined the phrase
I think. There was the ".New Look." the
much-loathed sack, the Trapeze lhe A-Ltne,
the H-Iine and the H-Bomb . . .
Somebody stood on tiptoes and tried to
touch the moon. Lots of people tried to throw
things at the moon, and the good guys were
definitely losing because the bad guys shot
faster and straighler and were better or
ganized . . .
Going into the Sixties if can't have a
name till they've happened) . . . suddenly
this looks like Your Decade the time
you roar out into the Big World, wildly wav
ing diploma ...
Wonder if there is anybody 11 now any
body who will just be an "adult" when the
0's flash by and suddenly it's 70 . . .10
years. Ten years which can't help but be
momentous times the times in which the
decision is made whether to bomb or not
to bomb; whether the world will be free or
not free . . .whether . . . ;
HAPPY KEW YEAR!
Bells, Bells, Bells
To the Editor:
Just to correct an overly
abused record book, the
ding-dong Delt bells were
skillfully removed from un
der the very noses of the
good-guys by two birds in
coveralls win a commer
cial moving Van during
rush week. .
No wonder the good-guys
pledge class is so lean this
year again. Sam Whatsis
face said v that the 16th
Street Zoo was deserted
when the absence of their
adored noise maker was
What sound is more ap
palling than that of a group
of whimpering good-guys?
Tsk, Tsk, boys; you
shouldn't dare people to
play a game that you can't
finish without the help of
the Campus and Lincoln
Police. By the way, keep
that Campus Police phone
number at hand. You nev
er know when someone may
ride out of the night to start
you whimpering again.
Lest you be misguided,
the glorious good-guys did
not arrive in the nick-of-time
and save their idoL
After a fruitless chase by
the good-guys, the birds
benevolently returned the
toy; the spirit of Christmas
was upon us!
Stop crying now and be
thankful we made a gift of
your bell You are only too
lucky that we didn't melt it
don's and recast it for use
as a runway marker.
Desperado D. Bad Gay
God the Hub
To the Editor:
Respectfully I suggest
that Dr. Knowles will not
be "essentially the hub of
the campus religious life",
at Centre College in Ken
tucky. In Kentucky, as in
Nebraska, one would as
sume that the hub of relig
ious life is God.
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"" MBx Anuilt trtom
additions to the physical
plant are wholly commend
able and all of us "share the
students' pride in the re
cent additions to the Stu
ilt is most heartening to
find the students, at least a
great many of them, ex
pressing a constructive in
terest in the Library and
in improving iti services to
The overall cost of slay
ing open until 11 p.m. five
nights a week is not a
large sum, viewed in rela-.
tion to other educational
costs within the University.
It means an addition to the
present operating budget of
the University Libraries cf
approximately one percent
of its 1&60 total. In a Uni
versity which is spending
only three percent of its
total educational funds in
support of its libraries, it
is not unreasonable to make
No Spare Cash
At the same time, and in
the same breath, however,
I must point out that once
a University accepts the
v biennial appropriation it
gets from the legislature
and appbes it to the pro
gram widen had been sub
mitted to the legislature, it
becomes very difficult to
find-"spare cash" lying
around waiting for applica
tion to worthy proposals
such as an extension of li
brary . hours however
meritorious they may be.
This is why we are under
constant necessity to do our
thinking and planning two
or three years ahead of
possible effective dates of
application . . .
There is. abundant evi
dence at hand, for example,
that we need to spend cur-r
rently substantially more
To the Editor:
May I first acknowledge
and compliment you upon
the accuracy of the report
ing in the front page story
on "Library Hours" last
Friday, December 1L Your
editorial in the same issue
lent effective support to the
If I may, in good spirit,
I should like to chide you
a little about your feeling
. that t here is administra
tive opposition to improve
ments in library service.
This is not so.
We help to develop many
good ideas for the improve
ment of the service and an
extension of hours of serv
ice in the Love Library is
one to which we have given
more or less regular atten
tion and with some effect
Each year, however, we
have mo"re ideas in the di
rection of improvement
than the University can af
ford in financial support . .
Our University is grow
ing in many ways. With
recent improvements in
faculty salaries our faculty
is bound to gain strength
in morale, in numbers, and
in abilities. The many fine
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money than we now do for
the purchase of books, per
iodicals, microfilm, pam
phlets, maps, and other
library materials. We hope
to attract the attention of
the next legislature to this
The extension of library
hours in the interest of
more effective student and
faculty use of library books
and study facilities is im
portant now and should be
stressed. We are hopeful
that it may be possible to
accomplish this extension in
the very near future.
Finding the necessary
funds for this service in,
the immediate future, how
ever, will undoubtedly be
difficult to accomplish. It
might even prove to be im
possible at this moment
This part of the problem
is out of our hands now
that we have forwarded
our proposal . . .
Frank A. Lundy
Director of University
I PEACE ON EARTH
The Rfii!ence Association for 3Ien
wishes everyone at ihe University of Nebraska
A VERY MERRY
I 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR
May God Bless You During
This Happy Yuletide!!
(Avkor of "I Wc a Tucm-ap Dwarf "The Many
Lvm of Ddm GUSvf, He.)
DECK THE HALLS
When too tLick of ChristaiM softs you Raurn3!y tJjimk of
MiTiloro cigarettes, leading teller in fiip-top box in all Jty
ttattes-and if we snaex Wales, in 3 fifty-one and if we aniwx
Lapland, in all fifty-two. (This talk about aaiaexmg Wale ami
Laplaud is, incidentally, not jurt idle f peculation. Great Britain
wants to trade Wales to the United Stat for a dewrt Great
Britain rds a detert desperately on account of the tourifi'
trade. Tourirts are always ocHninj? op to the Prime MiinVter or
the Lord Priry Seal, or the Thaine of Glamis, or like that and
baying, "I'm oot knotking your ewiutry, mtrtd twi. It vptt
quaint and r9cturjue,etc., what witls Buckingham Palst end
Bovril ad Sootkad Yard, etc., but where your dbatitV!
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ptaiixicrtljett puJkie bracch, a ummi after WJJr jSxrtlaiid aud
1 rd Yard tw invented plain ckrtJ. The Auiericaa plaia
ctiAhve Uxix fa caJled tlje F.BX after Frauk B. Incljtliff, lo
bjveiited futferprjiit. lieSvre Mr. lacbdifl" iaveutioa, tfry
body's fineers T aljw.3utely glawy smojtlj. Ttiif, as you u.iay
umudne, played Iwb frith the tdeijlififalk'n of fjpwlxjra lJics
in ljffltai8. Frjrii 1"S1 until lJt iw Aiwritan jwut evr
broujrfit Ixjjjjc tl right liaby from tije LofjHljJ, TLis later le
caaie kixjwn a tl Blaik Tom Exj1k)n.
But I digre- EiiglaaiiL I a sayjug, aut to trade Wa,k
for a dewrt Sweden jU to trade Lapland for Frank B.
IwMiff. The rw k that Swedes to tlik day rtill don't luve
fing-Tirirj1. A a rewalt, identifieatijn f LmJik in mdish
hjKjit4ifc k m IjajA'aiard tliat Swl( flatly refu to bring
their Labk inmt. Tinm are, at preteut, tearly a lialf-)-illi'n
UTa-lawjjl 1a1ief in buedkh Lot-pit. mtue of tin d -! tj
eigl.'ty years old.)
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for ?mt Jritiid ail Ia4 oj -jjjjy filter cijairettw. If,
mi t)e ot)n-r haixi, your frxud aJJ iuxnd oim like riiikln
Jxit ti'Ui't like fiJlti. tlieu you tau't go roug with a carton of
Philip Morris. If your frierxis aod kned ones like a subtly
nieutholated cigarette tliat comLinf refrenliing Wite with higja
fUtration, tiro luy a curiam of Alpiw. (Alpirje. inddentally,
are named after tle late Albert C. line. Al Fine worked all his
life to invent a cigarette timt would eou.bine Egljt mtrslhri mi
higlj LItratjm, but alas Ijc wvpr ucoaeded. As by-product of
Lie research he did manage to invent tle atoia, the gooseneck
lamp ad the cocker jkniel, but t!i lightly mentliolaWbd hia
filtration-tigsrette. ala. never. Now Uii drefm is realited,
and wliat could more fitting tlian to fjy tribute to this gai
Ltnt man bj- isalling tliis cigarette Alpine?) - ua,a,
We. the maker of ilarlbttro, Philip Sforrh tnd Alpine art
now (njogint our tixlh year urith Max Shulman. Obeluly,
ire think he Urn funny fellow. M e think you'll think to too,
if you took at hi teletuion eerie "THE MAJtY LOVES
Or DOME GILLfH" and read hi la: est book. "I WAS A
TEES 'AGS DWARF."
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