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Vol. 34, No. 100
Friday, April 29, 1960
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By Jim Forrest
To the relief of many jit
tery and anxious juniors Ivy
Day will once again give the
campus a festive air as its
activities begin at 9 a.m. to
morrow north of the old Ad
ministration building, 11th
and R streets.
The University band under
the direction of Donald
Lentz, professor of music,
will open the day with a con
cert. At 9:15 the masked
hooded Innocents will enter
followed by the reading of
the Ivy Day history by mas
ter of ceremonies, Dale Ganz,
associate professor of music.
May Queen
Highlighting Ivy Day will
be the presentation of t h e
May Queen and her court at
9:20, preceeded by the tra
ditional ivy and daisy chains.
After Dean Ereckenridge
speaks, the new Ivy will be
Following the Women's sing
at 10, the May court will re
cess until 12:55 p.m. when
the ringing of Carillon will
announce the return of the
court and the resumption of
Immediately after the
Law Post Filled,
Sr. Judges Elected
Four new members and one
member from this year's Stu
dent Tribunal were selected
by the Student Council
Wednesday to fill the posi
tions on the next Tribunal.
Levi Goosen was elected to
fill the Law School position
and Rod Ellerbusch, Gil
Grady, Bob Kaff and Roberta.
Rock were elected as senior
judges. Ellerbusch was a
member of the Tribunal this
The Council Nominating
committee had preliminary in
terview! with an estimated
15-17 seniors.
John Hoerner directed three
questions to each of the in
terviewees and then the floor
was opened for questions
from Council members.
Questions by Hoerner were:
What is the composition of the
Tribunal and what are
the recommendations it can
make? Justification for the
Tribunal, considering a pos
sible reversal of the recom
mended decision? Ideas for
improvement of the Student
After some discussion on
(be senior candidates, John
Hoerner moved that applica
tion be re-opened for senior
candidates for the Tribunal
Chuck Wilson told the Coun
cil that to re-open applica
tions at this time would be
impossible due to the time
involved for signing up and
eligibility checks and inter
views. The motion by Hoer
ner lost
$700 Sculpture
Reported Stolen
The first major theft in re
cent years has been reported
by the University Art Gal
leries, according to Norman
Geske, Director.
The missing article, a
bronze sculpture, "The Dol
phins" by the late French
artist Gaston Lachaise, is
valued at $700.
Taken from its pedestal in
Morrill Hall Thursday noon,
the statue measures one foot
by one foot and weighs about
10 pounds. It was purchased
in 1938.
Group visits are unusually
heavy at this time of the year
and the sculpture may have
been taken as a "sneak day"
prank, said Geske.
Ivy Houxs
Are 2 a.m.
Ivy Day festivities- win
warrent 2 a.m. hours for
UnJversIt women, acording
to AWS president Skip Har
ris. Coeds are reminded 'that
any late minutes on two
o'clock night result in an
automatic Saturday night
Court is opened the frater
nity sing and the presenta
tion of the IFC cup and an
AAUW award will be made.
Men's Glee will perform un
til the decision as to the
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RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY So outside may be our Ivy Day,
Spring rains have been dependably returning on Ivy Day
Spring Day
Faculty Baby Contest
Featured on First Day
By Jerry Lamberson
and Linda Jensen
All University classes will
be called off this afternoon.
for the fifth annual Spring
Day events.
Activities will begin at 1:15
p.m. and will extend until the
close of the Student Unipn
birthday party at midnight.
Became Reality
Spring Day became a real
ity in 1956 and also showed
faculty participation. Con
test! open to the faculty were
the baby bottle, softball
throwing, egg catching,
three-legged racing and pea
nut pushing.
Baby bottle contest con
testants in the first Spring
Day included Chancellor Clif
ford Hardin, Adam Brecken
ridge, Lee Chatfield, Phillip
Colbert, Marjorie Johnston,
James Piltenger and Helen
The Union parking lot was
closed and transformed into
a carnival which included a
merry-go-round, ferrls wheel,
tilt-a-whtrl, spit fire, roll
plane, .dodgem, boat ride,
army tank ride and kiddie
auto ride. There were also
refreshment and novelty
The Ag campus sponsored
a barbecue and a street
dance was held in the eve
ning. Tug-of-War
The first two events of this
year's contests will be the
men's and women's tug-of-war
and the men's pushball
contest. 1 he tug-oi -war events
will feature the mud pit into
which the losers will fall,
and the pushball contest will
show action with aft oversized
Nebraska ball.
Thf bucking bronc contest
in which contestants must be
dressed in western apparel
begins at 1:30 p.m. Following
the bronc contest at 1:45 will
be the women's obstacle race.
Each entry in the race will
be required to carry a bas
ketball while following the
obstacle course of truck
tires and bales of hay.
A new event this year Is
the men's bicycle race. The
winner of the sings have
beeto made.
Concluding the Court's ac
tivities will be the announce
ment of the winners of the
individual scholarship t r o-
ten , mile course (40 times
around the track) must be'
covered on the contestant's
own American-made bicycle.
The winner's prize for this
event will be two tickets to
Ben Hur, dinner for two at
an Omaha restaurant, and a
date with any girl on the uni
versity campus. This event
will begin at 2.
Beginning at 2:15, the wom
ens' egg-throwing event will
include two members from
each organized house. The
winners will be the team
which is able to t hrow the
egg the longest distance with
out the egg being broken.
Shot Put
The shot put event for
women will begin at 2:30 and
will allow only one entry
from each womens' organ
ized group. The contestants
will be instructed by N Club
members on the proper way
to heave the eight pound
Another new feature of this
year's Spring Day events is
the greased pole contest. This
event will begin at 3. The 20
foot slippery pole will be im
bedded upright in the ground
and will have a bell at the
top. Contestants must climb
the pole and ring the bell
with their hands without
touching the pole below the
ten foot mark. Helpers may
form pyramids in order to
get the contestant to the ten
foot mark.
Starting time for the tri
cycle race is 3:30. Each girl
must wear a costume ap
pro'priail6T1i"irve" year"oiof
or under. Special trike riding
skills will be Included in the
All Spring Day events will
be held in case of rain.
Following the planned
Spring Day events, the Stu
dent Union will host ist twen-
E-Week Banquet
The E-Week banquet win
be held tonight beginning
at 7 at Cotner Terrace, not
at the Student Union as was
originally stated in the Daily
phies for men and women.
Final Recessional
After the Court's final re
cessional at 2:40, the Mortar
Boards and the Innocents
will take over and reveal
chants Frosh "Jan Fletcher.
for the past four years.
ty-second birthday party. A
carnival theme of "Dizzy
land" will be carried out by
game booths set up in the
Pan-American Room.
The booths will be open
from 7 until 10 p.m. and will
feature such attractions as
the mouse race, a miniature
golf course, weight lifting
and a baseball throw. Prizes
will be given in each of the
As this is the first year
In the new Student Union,
the committee believes that
"this twenty-second birthday
party will be better than the
others because of the new
The Cell Block 7, a group
from Texas, will play on the
terrace of the Union from 8
until 12 p.m. for the street
dance. They have made nu
merous television appear
ances, among t hem the Ed
Sullivan show. The group also
played for college night dur
ing New Student Week.
Spring Day trophies and
prizes will be awarded at
the 10:15 intermission. Bill
Connell will be the master-of-ceremonies.
During the
break the Union birthday
cake will be cut by Dean
Ereckenridge and Miss Mary
Jane Mulvaney. N Club
members will carry out the
cake and present it to student
The street dance, ending
the Spring Day festivities,
will continue until 12 p.m.
Fourteen vocational educa
tion agriculture students
were initiated into Alpha Tau
Alpha, national honorary fra
ternity last night.
They include Gailard Long
more and Chauncey Nelson,
seniors; Edsel Bartels, grad
uate; Donley Henning, Ger
ald Huntwork, Stanlty Lahm,
Donald Olson, Carl Roberts,
Allen Wellman, Errol Wiges
and Willard Witte, juniors;
DwigM Heng, Robert Mason,
and Donald Simonson, sophomores.
their new members by the
traditional tapping and tack
ling ceremonies.
Ivy Day, which was started
in 1898 as Senior Class Day,
is the climax of the year's
activity events. Soloists for
this years festivities is Suz
ann Worley, who is a mem
ber of University Singers and
was a soloist in this season's
presentation of the Messiah.
The characteristic ivy and
daisy chains, whfch line the
path to the throne for the
Queen and her court, will be
carried by the following co
Mary Ramage, Joyce Johnson. Mari
lyn Mead. Sally Miller, Gretchen Blum,
Cynthia Hansen, Marilyn Linquist, Car.
ole Larsen, Betty James, Judy Douglas.
Bobbie Jorgensen, Mary Lou Lucke. Jean
Hageman, Marcia Weichal, Sally Smiley,
Gale Schlaht, Eileen Santin. Anne Nordt
quist. Claire Prucha. Phyllis Voes, Ann
Witthoff, Mamie Gardner, Barbara Snav
ley, Sue Worley, Sue Johnson, I r m a
Kluge, Joan Nissen, Diane Russell, Joan
Bailey, Diane Erickson. Faye Oeltjen,
Colleen Christenson, Deanha Dietrichs,
Joyce Tumbull, Nancy Munson, Marcia
Barnes, Janet Mohlman, Myrna Rich
ards, Suzanne Roberts, Marilyn Nacht
Jane lachsinger, Jan Burgess, Rose
mary Kuhl. Sharon Olson, Nancy Anville,
Lois Muhle, Jan Jurgens, Gail Gray, Car
olyn Whitney, Mary Luke. Sharon Janike,
Judy Yaryan, Madge Haumont. Annie
Olson, Loraine Hadley, Rosemary Rain
forth, Joan Schultz, Nina Hudon, Thelma
Judy Hamilton, Angela Long, Anne
Walker. LeNette Wiese, Janet Hoeppner,
Kitty Shearer. Sharon Moncrief, Bobbie
Tanner, Sharon Rogers, Diane T i n a n,
Mary Knolle. Jessie Johnson, Bernice
Hodge. Virginia Sagehom, Bev Ruck,
Gladys Rolfsmeycr, Kay Masters, Raita
Jansens, Alfreda Stuate, Pauline Hill.
Helen Lanis, Phyl Francies, Corrine
Newton, Suzi Moffitt, Judy Hansen, Cyn
thia Holmquist, Karen Muehlich, Kay
Ifleves, Sue Isaarunn, Lana Norris, Ruth
Ann Read, Sue Swanson, Margaret Tool,
Jane Price Jan Fletcher, Kay Anderson,
Linda Scarlett, Beth Derin- .Sherry
Bargh, Trina Hakel. . '
Coed Award
A new presentation has been
added to Ivy Day this year.
For the first time the Amer
ican Association of Univer
sity Women Award will be
presented publicly to an out
standing senior coed.
The award according to
Dean Helen Snyder, has been
presented annually for the
past several years, but was
never publicly presented.
The award consists of a cer
tificate of membership in the
AAUW which lasts for one
year after graduation, Miss
Snyder said. The' purpose of
the program is to improve
education on a national level
through such means as study
groups and legislation,, Miss
Snyder added.
Women e 1 i g i b 1 e for the
award are recommended to
the dean's ofice by faculty
members. Recipients are then
chosen on. the basis of schol
arship and citizenship.
Area winners wil be honored
at a May 14 luncheon held at
the University Club.
Ivy Day Reaches 62nd Birthday
. . . Traditional Weekend Was 'Senior Play Day'
By Ann Moyer
Ivy Day Weekend, hailed
by Nebraskans as the most
traditional custom of the
school, will observe its 62nd
anniversary this weekend.
Known as Senior class day,
the predecessor of Ivy Day
began in 1898 and was largely
a "senior play day."
Three years later in 1901,
the name was changed to Ivy
Day derived from the ivy
which the presidents of the
junior and senior classes
planted during the ceremony.
Also at the time of the plant
ing of the ivy, the senior
class president presented the
Ivy Trowel to. the junior pres
ident as a symbol of passing
the responsibilities to the up
coming senior class.
The Innocents Society was
inaugarated in iWZ.
The 13th hooded mystics
were originally only a Ne
braska campus group for the
purpose of promoting spirit.
Later they became a men's
senior honorary whose mem
bership was service and ac
tivities. Sixteen senior women were
honored by selection for the
May Pole dance but in 1905
this custom was abandoned
and the Order of the Black
Masque of Motar Boards was
The Siihilier Linden tree
was planted in the year 1905
as part of the Ivy Day cere
mony. It was a memitriun to
the German poet, Schiller,
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MBs, Innocents
Have Worries
On Ivy Day
By Nancy Brown
Tomorrow a small number of juniors will receive what
is commonly considered one of the highest honors on the
University campus the honor of becoming a Mortar Board
or Innocent.
Although the festivities may all seem to be part of a
well-established tradition, there are quite a few things
and worries that go on behind the scenes.
First, what motivates people to go to watch the tapping
of Mortar Boards and the tackling of Innocents?
Dave Godbey, Innocents president, feels "it is the
widely recognized honor surrounding it which makes peo
ple curious to see the ceremonies." Mrs. Katherine Wills
Coleman, former national president of Mortar Boards, felt
that it is all part of the traditional interest in Ivy Day.
Has anyone ever been scheduled to be tapped or tackled
who was not there at the ceremony?
Last year in Innocents, one newly elected member had
to be retrieved from the baseball field to be tackled. An
other year, the entire group of Mortar Boards left the Ivy
Day grounds to tap a girl who was sick in Student Health..
If the newly-elected member cannot be found, an announce
ment is made that the junior has been chosen to member
ship in the society.
How do the Mortar Boards and Innocents spot their
new members in the large crowd watching the ceremony?
Karen Peterson, president of Mortar Boards, explained
that as the Mortar Boards go through the crowd ahead of
time, they watch for the chosen juniors. If the girls move,
the search just begins again. Godbey's only explanation
was, "It's all very mystic."
Has anyone ever resigned from Mortar Boards or In
nocents? In 1955, Jack Rogers, a former president of the Student
Council, resigned from Innocents and stated that he did
not believe the Innocents' existence works to the best in
terest of the University.
Rogers stated that the Innocents were traditionally
thought of as a specially privileged group over and out
side the law. He thought that the society receives too much
respect for what it actually accomplishes for the Univer
sity. Mrs. Coleman stated that in her memory, no one had
ever resigned from Mortar Board.
What happens if weather is bad?
Usually the ceremonies move inside to the Coliseum.
But, as Godbey stated, "If it's all mucky, we'll tackle them
in the muck!"
and still stands in the area
known as the quadrangle
north of the old Administra
tion building.
One of his lines of poetry,
"a deep meaning often lies
in old customs," expresses
the thought behind the Ivy
Day traditions.
The Ivy-Daisy chain joined
the ranks of tradition in 1910,
two years before the May
Queen and her court first ap
peared. TNEs To Stage
Big Blow-Out
Alums of Thcta Nu Epsi'l
on, campus sub-rosa soci
ety, are sponsoring a dance
at Kings Ballroom tonight,
according to invitations sent
to students and organized
Several hundred invita
tions have been received, it
was learned upon a rough
poll of various houses and
The invitations carried a
skull and cross bones, sym
bol of TNE, plus the words:
"The alumni of Theta Nu
Epsilon request the pres
ence of yourself and date at
a party Friday, April 29,
8:30 to 11:30 at Kings Ball
room. Admission by presen
tation of this card only.
Semi-formal dress."
Rumors circulating
around campus have it that
the party may be a hoax.
The first May Queen ,wai
presented on Ivy Day 1912 in
a red and white rickasha do
nated for the purpose by
William Jennings Bryan.
The influence of World War
I affected the Ivy Day pro-'
ceedings of 1918. A flag was
presented to the University
bearing 1413 stars which
commemorated the students
and alumni military men.
The idea that the Queen
should have a Lord became
reality in 1919 but proved un
satisfactory so the Queen re
turned as sole ruler of the
Ivy Court the next year.
1921 marked the first year
that Motar Board functioned
as a member of the national
Pi Sigma Alpha-Mortar
Board. Also in that year Kos
met Klub entered the festivi
tieJL and imtiiated their first
Honorary memoerTTwo yeari
later the Klub began the fra
ternity Ivy Day Sign which
was joined in 1927 by tht
AWS Sorority sing.
One of the biggest week
ends in Ivy Day History was
celebrated in 1938 when the
Farmers Fair, E-Week and
the opening of the new Stu
dent Union were combined
with the usual activities of
the weekend. The Student Un
ion's annual birthday celebra
tion has now become part of
the Ivy Day weekend.
The most recent addition to
the Ivy Day celebrations is
Spring Day which occurred
for the first time in 1855.