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The Nebroskan
Friday, September 16, 1960
A Qiallenge
To Freshmen
The big jump is almost complete. Only the last minute
details remain for one of the largest freshman classes be
fore all the yearlings meet their first honest-to-goodness
"prof" Monday and settle down to adjust to the transition
that is so great between high school and college.
We who have made the University our home for at least
a year or more want the class of 1964 to become part of the
Cornhusker community. Most of you are here because you
are Nebraskans and are interested in continuing your edu
cation in your native state. For those of you who have come
from other states and even other lands, you have made a
choice which we hope you will not regret. You also will be
come an important link on the campus.
After rush week indoctrination and New Student Week
orientation sessions, your may find most of your questions
answered and your reservations may be disappearing. It
is important that all of you have an equal chance at the
education which you are here to obtain.
A major part of the learning experience is sharing your
learning with your fellow students. This is one of the
greatest responsibilities ycu as freshmen are faced with.
Being a state institution, the University receives only a
small fraction of its financial support from the tuition fees.
The small investment which you are making in your educa
tion will bring you a far greater return.
All of you, we hope, will be true Cornhuskers. This
means supporting the tradition of the University, not only
its athletics, but its reputation. No friend of the University
will run it into the ground. You are expected to criticize
when you deem it your responsibility. This is part of the
sharing process.
This is the challenge with which you are faced as a new
student at Nebraska. Some of you will never meet this chal
lenge. Many of you will. You are the citizens of the col
lege community today and the adult community of tomor
row. Apathy holds no place with the leader. .Progress and
earning do. Monday the gates open. The eagerness with
which you meet your challenge and seek your goals will
be your key.
Johnson Comes
To Nebraska
Politics are in the air. The announcement by Young
Democrats that Senator Lyndon Johnson will appear on
campus Thursday shows that no time is being wasted in in
forming students of the issues which will be prominent in
the 1960 campaign.
By choosing to come to a campus during his midwest
em tour, Johnson and the Democrats have demonstrated
that they consider the student an important part of the
opinion climate. This year more than ever, the student is :
playing a greater role in politics than ever before.
The 1960's will definitely show a student movement as j
has been demonstrated by the student's participation in the
sit-ins and the demonstrations against the House Un-Ameri- j
can Activities Committee hearings in California.
At Nebraska, the students have generally been apart j
from any active movement. Such a situation is no longer j
healthy. If we as future leaders are to bear the burden that i
will soon be placed on our shoulders, we must become ac-j
tive in matters pertinent to the world situation today. j
At Nebraska, we are fortunate to have two active politi- I
cal organizations in the Young Republicans and Democrats.
It is their job to provide an incentive to the campus through j
such programs as that which Senator Johnston is heading, j
The student must respond to these efforts through at-
tendance and discussion. So wear your buttons, wave your j
signs and don't be afraid to fight.
Major Improvement
Noted in Rushing
Seven-hundred and fifty-seven pledges found their way
into a Greek organization early this week, one of the largest
totals in the history of the University. This out of a total of
more than 950 rushees.
From all indications the Interfraternity and Panhellenic
Councils were well satisfied with these figures, especially
in view of much unfavorable publicity directed toward the
Greek system.
Much of the credit goes to the two councils for the re
visions which they made in the rush week programs. The
increase of some 150 men going through rush would seem
to indicate that 'rushees were pleased with the financial
assistance which living in Selleck Quadrangle provided.
Expenses in many cases were more than cut in half by this
A few bugs appeared which naturally are a part of any
innovation. Both the sororities and fraternities realized this
and will be working to iron out faults before next year.
The long first day of open houses for fraternities when j
each rushee visits all houses proved to be somewhat of a j
grind and will be more so next year when three more
houses will be rushing. Dividing these open houses over i
two days would relieve this situation. If rush week began in i
the afternoon with pledging moved up accordingly, both i
rushee and rusher would be agreeable to such a plan.
Most frequently heard from sorority rushees was the j
complaint that they were not oriented enough to the plan
under which houses did not invite girls to further parties.
The confusion resulted in many girls quitting rush week
in the middle due to disappointments.
These and other problems will be ironed out in time.
On the whole, major improvements were made on both
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In The Mind of Moscow
The Game Has Just Begun
By Eric Sevareid
As this is written, Nikita
Khrushchev, by dispatching
troop transport planes t o
Lumumba, has thrown an
other burning brand over
the heads of
the weary
in en. He
prepares to
storm into
the United
Nations in
New York
as champi
on of the
fifteen seg-
ments of Africa's ancient,
soiled acreage now known
as "new nations." And he
may detour into Cuba where
the prospects for political
arson are by no means ex
hausted. A conversation of this
summer comes rudely to
mind. A Soviet diplomat in
a European capital listened
to a puzzled Westerner pro
test that Russia's official
behavior and speech this
summer has been totally
inconsistent with her peace
ful protestations, almost
unprecedented between
great nations far from the
brink of war.
The Russian broke in im
patiently. "Listen," he said,
"there won't be war. But
let me tell you something
as plainly as I can. We
tried the nice, polite way.
It got us nowhere, on Ber
lin or anything else. AIJ
right now we're trying the
nasty way. Maybe this will
wake you up. And I'll tell
you something else you
ApOvi hunting, i leave
f I. , l I. 9 -H 1 1
aww3w' - ."
will find that from now on
you are not going to be
able to settle anything, any
where in the world, with
out us."
It is as simple as that;
but the 'consequences of
this immense physical and
. propaganda strength, pow
ered by a deep-seated infer
iority complex are bound to
be bafflingly complicated
and dangerous, an endless
drain upon our energies and
resources, and repeatedly
disruptive to normal as
sumptions. The Soviet Un
ion,, already rooted m Cen
tral Europe, is penetrating
the Arab lands, Latin Amer
ica and Central Africa, not
1o speak of outer space,
and in the mind of Moscow
the game has just begun.
In Europe the risks are
too great for any sudden
advance of Soviet influ
ence; in the Mid-East con
ditions for further Russian
steps ripen only slowly; in
Latin America cultural and
religious bulwarks oblige
the Russians to pick their
spots with extreme caution
But Central Africa is now
a broken field, devoid, savt
in the Moslem sectors, of
religious, cultural or politi
cal defenses of any conse
qence. It had no history
with which to oppose the
white settler, missionary
or soldier; it is an easy
mark now for any stranger
professing friendship, be
cause, while it now posses
ses modern aspirations, it
has no clear idea how to
achieve them. And what
makes the new African an
an easier target is his al
most total spiritual disori
entation. The new class in Black
Africa is a lost generation.
The bulk of its members
went to mission or public
schools, acquired a smat
tering of modern know
ledge, drifted in into the
shantytown life surround
ing the big cities. They be
came clerks, wording with
in sight but not reach of
the bright, full life. They
learned to despise then-
own tribal culture and to
envy and resent the white
man's culture. They now
belong to neither the one
nor the other.
It is heart-breaking to
hear their oratory pas
sionate, bitter, idealistic.
Because, as it pours out in
unquenchable torrents, the
listener slowly understands
that the talk is wind to fill
an aching spiritual vacu
um, concealing the awful
fact that, except as sepa
rate individuals, they have
no meaning; for they can
not relate their own lives
to a greater, a general col
lective meaning, as all
men must if they are to
know who they are in the
world. They do not know
where they are going be
cause they do not know
where they nave been.
They have repudiated the
tribe; yet there is nothing
So, in that "pan-African i
preparatory conlerence In
Leopold ville they have
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sought, with the gossamer
of, words, to spin a reality
for themselves. They have
talked of the "African per
sonality" in the world's
congeries of forces; they
have talked of an "African
neutralist bloc." The talk
is a hangover from the old
assumptions that with co
lonialism gone, something
new would arise, something
strc i and fresh, identifi
able African, and upon this
they would build.
But, apart from the old
and impossible tribal life,
there had been only nega
tivismprotest and resent
ment. Now that the hated
alien authority is gone, so
are the ties that bound
them together and gave
them a sense of common
meaning and purpose. Thty
can escape reality no long
er; they are gazing with
wild and- frightened sur
mise at the vast Void be
fore them. In their own
homes they are homeless.
This the Russians surely
understand and watch with
calculating eye. Rarely be
fore, if ever, has Commun
ist imperialism been pre
sented with a vacuum. Lit
tle wonder that Khrush
chev is moving fast.
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Trom the Editor:
A Liberal View
A new editor always has
new ideas and I am no ex
ception. The ideas which
will be taking shape in the
paper, I hope will provide
more appeal to the Nebras
ka student.
Today, an editorial car
toon by Scott Long and
Roy Justus of the Minne
apolis Star-Tribune staff
begins on the editorial page.
Eric Sevareid's weekly
column from Europe strikes
me as one of the most
thorough commentaries on
our times of any columnist.
This takes care of the off
campus features.
To take full advantage of
the election year, columns
written by student Demo
crats and student Republi
cans will become a weekly
feature on the page.
I have become increas
ingly concerned with the
lack of interest in impor
tant issues among the stu
dents on the University
campus. This is commonly
referred to as "middle
west apathy." There is no
reason for the continuance
of this disease. We are part
of an expanding and grow
ing institution which has an
Wanted: Manv
The Daily Nebraskan is
looking for students and
faculty members who are
interested i n expressing
their views through the
columns of the paper.
Interested persons should
submit a column similar to
the type they would like to
write. Wanted are columns
in the serious vein geared
to both campus and non
campus situations. Good
humor and satire also are
wanted, as is a good foreign
student column.
Sample work should be
turned in to the editor early
next week. There will not
be a limit on the number of
columnists run in the paper
as long as the quality is
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By Herb Probosco
intellectual climate for
strong student opinion.
More important than
what you believe and what
you stand for is that you
do believe and do take a
stand. No time could be
more opportune than an
election year, especially one
where neither candidate bas
managed to gather a notice
able majority of public
Where the world is five
years from now and
whether it is can very well
depend on the student, and
we apathetic middle west
erners had better crawl
out of our cocoons pronto.
Under this heading, we
hope, will appear daily let
ters from our readers ex
pressing their gripes, com
pliments and general criti
cism of the Daily Nebras
kan. They need not be lengthy
and it is better if they are
not As indicated above the
story, a maximum of 200
words is preferred.
Most important is that
?ach letter b e signed by
the author. Letters n o t
bearing a signature cannot
be printed. Pen names will
be used if the letter does
not attack an individual or
Cornhusker Has
Positions Open
Two section editor posi
tions on the 1960 Cornhusker
are open to upperclassmen,
according to Mary Lu Kefll.
The sections, medicine,
dentistry and nursing and
student government, will be
filled at interviews , at the
Cornhusker office Monday
at 1 p.m.
Interested" students may
apply today and Saturday
at the Cornhusker office in
the basement of the Student
the Campus