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    Tuesday, March 8, 1960
Editorial Comment:
Prepsters Must Begin
College Planning Early
The search tor a college to attend is
rapidly becoming a rat race.
That is the opinion of Time magazine,
which in its March 7 issue points that
never before have so many sought college
degrees and never before has competi
tion been stiffer.
One of the Time statements is that "By
all the evidence, Americans will soon con
sider at least two years of college a social-economic
But as the quest for college education
increases, so does the number of high '
school students graduated. The estimate
is 1.S03.000 for this June; about 2.309.000
in 1964; and by 1970 the number is likely
to be 6.400.0CX) or even higher.
One of the characteristics of the new
college boom will be tighter standards,
especially in "name" schools. They no
longer will be able to take everyone" who
seeks the name and prestige of enrolling
iathe school.
Consequently, Time says, other colleges
w2I get the excess of the pile-cp, which
should bring them smiles. These schools
win get the good students that favored
campuses cant handle and so raise their
And in tarn, lesser colleges must im
prove or perish.
But as all these things culminate, the
importance of choosing the right school
becomes all the more important. Enroll
ment in a big name school wont matter
much if the student doesn't fit in and con
sequently drops out as 63 per cent of en
tering freshmen do, either to quit college
for good or to choose another.
Merely the psychological and environ
mental factors involved are costing stu
dents and the nation alike valuable time
and money.
So planning must be started earlier in
the prospective college student's career.
Some educators feel that a college-capable
child should be focusing on his goal in the
eighth grade. This, they say. is none too
soon to visit campuses and glance at ap
plication blanks.
And while looking around for a college,
the high school student also must take a
greater interest in his prep studies mere
ly to be able to meet entrance require
ments and to form a basis for what it
takes to get a college degree.
English, history, mathematics, science
and foreign language are particularly
prescribed to meet the battle of brains.
Choosing the right college nowadays in
volves more than going where your dad
went or even making sure that a particu
lar department is top notch. If the money '
is available, every prospective campus
should be visited.
And besides the analysts of the college,
it's becoming more important for the pre
collegian to analyze his own abilities,
temperament and aims. He mast fit in
socially as well as academically.
Time prescribes the following for the
prospective college freshman:
Early preparation, steady saving, wise
choosing and resolution not to be stam
peded in the rat race.
Gassroom Courtesy Is Valuable
Courtesy always is a virtue.
It's valued in business, in the home, in
personal relations and should be in the
Bui in this latter area, unfortunately,
it seems that the practice of coutesy is
forgctten in respect to the instructor of
the ciiss.
British journalist Colin Jackson de
scribed the problem well when he visited
the University last semester. To para
phrase, he said that at about two minutes
before the bell is supposed to ring signal
ing the end of class, someone decides it's
time to get ready to leave.
Students cough and feet shufSe.
By one minute before the bell, papers
begia to rsstle, notebooks close, ballpoint
pens retract with their characteristic click.
The professor had just as well end his
lecture; the students have decided it is
For whether be is finished or not, his
audience is lost. Classroom courtesy has
vanished and taken with it student re
spect for the instructor.
As Jackson noted, this is a curiously
American characteristic, for a student's
attention to the very end of a lecture is
expected in European schools.
Perhaps part of the fault lies with the
instructor in not making his lectures in
teresting enough to hold the class atten
tion for 50 minutes. And perhaps they
should demand the respect due to them.
Bet it's up to the student to recognize
his responsibility toward the instructor.
The professor is a human being doing his
job; a little courtesy on the part of his stu
dents would make the task easier.
Staff Comment
Balm and Sage
Overheard in the Crib:
"Well, what are you? Big I or liKle i?"
"What are yon talking abac.?"
To me, this just about sums cp the kind
of opposition yoa run into when a group
such as Tom Eases and
las small clan sets out to
"organize" the SeSedt
Qsadrasgie. When an ap
parent independent isnt
evea aware of that which
concerns him, you're rua
ning into a stone walL
The geEikinan who ut
tered the above reply may
cot be a SeUaci reddest;
chances are he isnt But,
you can bet that there
are plecty like him in the Quad who lack
any interest in anything outside of their
own LtiJe clique.
Siae this wfaele bsae tf Ts aad fs came
I save tried to stay clear of it, but
rather than spent off to oaly a few sta
deats Oat I may reach witheat writing
la the Bag, I will devote this week's
cclazaa to my views ea the whole, sordid
It is dLlkruit for me to take a non
partisan stand on this issue, as I am a
personal friend of Mr. Eason as well as
being affiliated with the Greek system.
However, ahoagh I respect the inten
tions of those connected with the House
Experiment lo Long Range Planning
(HELP), I cannot feel but that tnay are
fighting a losing battle.
Ia the first place, on a campds like Ne-
By Herb Probasco
braska's, with a strong Greek system that
is respected as an integral part of cam
pus life by those who support aad are fa
miliar with it, it becomes extremely diffi
cult to organize a completely different
group of any equal stature. True, there
are many men in the SeHeck Quad who
belong in a fraternity, bat for one reason
or another are not affiliated. I would hesi
tate to believe that there is enough initia
tive and interest, however, to successfully
support another system which would tend
to be a stereotype of fraternities and so
rorities. Ia the Ivy League schools aad other so
called "prestige coQcges, wnere Greeks
are of a lesser fwer thai at ether schools,
great eompctitjoa exists between the vari
es mea's resideaee kails. This provides
a stimulating eatiet fr those who eafny
saca rivalry.
As Mr. Eason points out, however, most
of the Fs are "frustrated fraternity men."
The excuse he gives for not being in a fra
ternity, but instead wasting to organize
the dorm, is that be feels SeSeck can be
organized without "mickey mouse" pledge
ship. This is an out If he can spend the time
working to improve the ties between stu
dents in SeHeck, he could be putting it to
use in a fraternity, improving it as he
would see fit
I would be the last one to say that the
Greek system cannot be improved. But
only by being in a fraternity can it be
strengthened, and this is where those who
are in Mr. Eason's corner belong.
Daily Nebraskan
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. Forget it
By Dick Stuckey
Why does this white stuff
keep falling down for?
I have always held that
rotten days were good be
cause no one could do so
much- like meetings and
everything, but isn't it time
we got done with having it
snow? How about it, beau
tification committee of the
Students Council, how about
it? Unbeautify the area of
all the granulated ice would
you please unbeautify it?
Hint: Now that everybody
cut out Religious Empha
sis Week, you may have
some trouble, but let's have
some action. We're all now
snowed already enough.
(Check them asterisks)
So here we have this Uni
versity here. Cool.
So all some odd eight
thousand of us have come
here to study and enjoy
the fruits of a fabulous
(that's what all the college
kids say) inspiration
al wealth of knowledge the
fruits of yeah.
So Mf the greatest era
of each scholastic year is
drawing nigh namely the
time during which all cam
pus organizations are re
javeaated so some more
people e a a be officers hi
the mad rush U the May
day scramble. And me, be
ing a bar. apathet, aad
fascist would bke to pub
lish what all them initials
ia aH them organizations
really mean.
And like here we go now
AWS: Originally started
by Agaes Wimple Sores in
1907 for the purpose of get
ting enough power to ob
tain phony Studest Health
permits so Agnes could get
ointment for her sores, the
AWS is now dedicated to
better and bigger Coed Fol
lys. Howxat?
AUF: Formed in 1504 for
the purpose of integrating
the Heart Fund and the As
sociated Lungs League, the
AUF now is a morally
righteous stepping stone to
the Mayday Court The let
ters stand for AH Us Pon
ies, and AUF is similar in
operation to CARE, the In
ternal Revenue Departr
ment, and a company lunch
IFC: Started la W on a
dnuk sponsored by several
of those dirty old fraterni
ties bea several fellows
tared to Lester Blister.
AH Americas boy-boy, aad
said tacy were starting a
aew orgaalzatioa, aad what
should they call it. Lester,
oat of Ids miad, was at
tempting to stiffle aa oral
frastratioa repercas
sioa. bat fafliag, attend,
" Fabulous!" said aH the
college kids, and they short
ened it to "ifc." Turning
again to Lester, they asked
pray what did he think the
objective of ipfbex. or ifc,
should be. whereas Lester
fell off his chair. "Cool,
Lester." they aH said.
"You're subtle man what
a gxxi head."
And from the floor we
hear Lester's last words,
"I. tco. may be "n iana
shunt!" IWA: The Independence
War Affltfliary. These girls
send knitting and hot choco
late to the Big I's. and
nasty notes to the littles.
Tiie Big I's: This group's
eyes are bigger than its
The little i'S: The eyes
clasest to the brains on the
face of the campus. They
are about the only ones
who know that their 1120 is
tuition, not dues. The i's
have it! (Without signing
the pink sheets, which need
not be done).
KK: No relation to the
old KKK in the South, ex
cept that everyone still
fights over who gets to
wear the robes and hoods.
NUCHA: Standing f r
"Naaghtr Ulysses Catght
With Alice:", this groap
got lU start whea Ulysses
Wallace was eaaght moss
ing wfta Alice Moxie fa
Political Science !- Wal
lace then started his own
eirrieilam, the Utile
Pub Board: The board
fee these members pay for
spending all their time at
the Pub.
ROTC: (Grab this) These
letters originally stood for
"Ready On Three (fellas)
. . . Charge!!!" This group
has now taken over the
Girl Scout Cookie Drive
and the DAR bake sale.
YR and YD: Two politi
cal clubs above campus
politics, and far from na
tional or state etc., except
by a straight line to the
Governor's Tea, and Some
one's Founder's Dinner.
These groups are organized
for those who doat have
time to read the paper.
The letters stand for "Yon
Rat, You're Done!", which
I may be after the finale
here . . .
(With the rare exception of
the chairman) A young
adult Sunday School class
proposed by the adminis
tration to console lonely
hearts and scold naughty
people. It functions through
hearings, which are (as de
fined by the ST charter):
"A gimmick where evil
people must go and bear
the pains of the Univer
sity. Hearings shall proceed
on the idea that one is
guilty unless he can talk
his way out (which isnt
advised) or unless one has
friends in the inner realm.
Since a person cannot be
tried for the same crime
twice, hearings shall not
investigate or be fair, but
onlv prosecute."
The Student Tribunal is
a substitute for a good old
chewing out by the dean,
except that here Girl
Scouts get to chew the
"naughtvs" for the evils of
the world. The Tribunal
meets in Room 419 of the
Administration Building,
very close to the elevator
shah. Anyone interested in
pushing this thing a little
further, contact me and my
men across the hall . . .
(There's them asterisks
This is aH.
I shall now hide longly
till the grass gets greenly.
Bat remember . . . dont
forget to sign ap for an
interview to see if yoa caa
be interviewed to obtain aa
application to get oa .the
special Uatoa Board com
mittee to investigate the
Faculty subcommittee on
special Student C o a a c i 1
committees on knuckle
basting, or ratchet throw
ing, or corn cracking or
Join something now and
see the world from atop the
Carillon Tower . . . travel
. . . pay . . . fun . ..
and a group therapy major.
And dont forget this,
friends Lester Blister's
last words "You, too, can
be an Innocent or something!!"
Around Campuses
Stamps Might Help
Decrease Class Cuts
A dean at Henderson
State Teachers College
(Ark.) has come up with a.
new system of getting stu
dents to attend class, says
the Henderson Oracle.
The dean suggests that
schools b?gin giving
stamps for class attend
ance. Upon filling a book
of these stamps, students
would be awarded gifts
from stcres downtown.
The dean suggested that
stamps be given for grades.
The Oracle comments:
"While this seems very im
probable at present, sev
eral schools have had cer
tain systems ia awarding
special letters or awards to
students with special scho
lastic ability.
"One school in the north
ern states (unidentified)
used the same lettering sys
tem as the athletic depart
ment in all departments.
If a student made top
grades in math classes, he
received a sweater and let
ter signifying that he had
lettered in math."
Date Card Filing
From the Iowa State
Daily comes the comment
of a" women's dormitory so-
s n
cial chairman that "a card
file for fellows would be a
wonderful idea."
Cards to be used by fra
ternity or house social
chairmen, would provide in
formation on whether or
not the girl in question is
attached, her interests,
year in school and if she
approves of blind dates.
The system saves a lot
of footwork and time In
finding girls to go en dates,
says the Dally, but it adds
a word of caution:
"Such a filing system
helps students to have an
enjoyable time, but doesn't
necessarily help t h e m in
meeting their one and
Threat to Talent
A Fresno State College
instructor in English and
creative writing sees Madi
son Avenue as the princi
pal threat to realization of
the full potential of student
literary talent, the Intercol
legiate Press reports.
The instructor labeled the
wave of publicity which
skyrocketed the 'beatniks"
into nationwide popularity
as the "Madison Avenue
"The publicity given the
so-called beat generation
placed the prestige value of
creative literature at a new
low," be said. "In the past
three semesters, three
mothers have phoned me
and asked that I discourage
their 'Johnny' from enter
ing the field of .creative
"Of course, I ignored
their request," he added,
"But it is an indication of
the low esteem accorded
writers of fiction and poet
ry. They are automatically
identified with the North
Beach set."
Job Interview
The Roth Packing Company
will be on Ag Campus for in
terviews today with Ag ma
jors who might be interested
n permanent positions with
the firm.
Interview times may be ar
ranged in 206 Ag Hall.
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