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Wednesday, September 21, 1960
Page 2
The Nebraskan
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House Scholarship
Report Ridiculous
The new system of publicizing organized house aver
ages, used for the second time last semester, has fallen
flat on its face just as it did when it was introduced last
spring. Its fallacies are numerous and it should be abol
ished immediately.
Fallacy number one is that the top house in the two
groups, men's and women's, is recognized both as being
first and also with its average. If the purpose of this sys
tem is. to eliminate competition between the houses for
grades, similar to the way competition is discouraged in
the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts, there should be no
publicity on which house is first nor what its average is.
In addition, it is hardly fair to a house that is second
in its respective group, when that house may have been
within one one-thousandth of a percentage point of the
Fallacy tfumber two is that in the new listings,
houses are placed in alphabetical order. If Zeta Zeta
Zeta is number two out of all women's houses, she is
last in the list of those houses ranking in the first break
down. A little doctoring of the, report and Beta Beta Beta
is showing its rushees how it ranked far above Zeta
Zeta Zeta.
One administration official has made the statement
defending the new system in past semesters the top 10
houses were separated only by one-tenth of a point.
This is far from true, as a quick check into the records
of past semesters will show. For example, the last time
all averages were published was for the second semester
of 1958-59. Figures for the top 10 women's houses ranged
from 6.333 t:i 5.948. Men's averages for the top 10 ranged
from 5,975 to 5.664. The semester before that there were
three-tenths of a point difference for the women and
nearly half a point difference for men. The same story
goes for each semester that the averages were published
with the difference as great as seven-tenths of a' point
during one semester.
The Daily Nebraskan tried to call the various houses
in an effort to gain their averages, so that we could
present a fair picture. The standard reply was one of
refusal because they were afraid of criticism from the
In most cases, competition is healthy and in regard
to scholarship records, competition is as strong an in
centive which we know to raise averages. Students would
be doing themselves a service if they would take a
stand against this ridiculous system, in order that the
true picture may be presented. ,
Contest Won't Show
True Student Spirit
Now that both sides have been heard, we will throw
in our two cents regarding the contest sponsored by the
Young Democrats with a prize of $25 going to the best
organized demonstration.
Politically, the idea was a bad one on the part of the
sponsors. It will not give them a true indication of what
support there is on campus for the Democratic" ticket
Twenty-five beans i enough to throw a good party, and
chances are this is what will happen to the money.
If true spirit could be bought, the athletic depart
ment would have established an Extra Spirit Club long
Spirit like that shown at the airport rally Sunday
was brought about by the outcome of a football contest,
and this is the only way such spirit will be shown.
Most students, because they react differently to the
campaign than the older voter, have made up their
mind who they will support up to November 8. If they
have been impressed with Senators Johnson and Ken
nedy they will demonstrate this through unpurchased,
self-motivated spirit..
It seems as if this campus labors under a perennial,
in vain effort to muster enthusiasm through utilization
of commercial devices.
Beanie Tradition
Needs a Boost
Noticeably missing from the campus scene is the
freshman beanie, once a time honored tradition, but
slowly disappearing from the heads of the new class.
Usually worn until the first snowfall or until Ne
braska wins its first home football game which would
seem to be more likely than snow the decline has be
come more evident in the last two or three years.
The only organized means for requiring freshmen to
wear the red beanie is through Greek houses which will
be the groups that either let the tradition die or be re
vived. We would like to see it revived.
Admittedly, to the incoming freshman, it seems like
every place he turns somebody is there wanting money
for this and for that
We don't like to take away the Innocents' means of
raising funds, because they go for good causes such as
the freshman scholarship. However, if it means a revival
of the tradition by selling the beanie cheaper rather than
letting it die, we would rather see them sold non-profit.
Then there is the possibility that the House Un
American Activities Committee might investigate the
campus for being pink.
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Tailor-Made Candidates
And 'Leadership Business '
By Eric Sevareid
So far, all that Nixon
: and Kennedy have received
from the American elector-
ate is what Damon Runyon
! used to call the "medium
hell o."
M e mbers
of both
! parties
; clapped on
i c o m mand
but in his
heart ev
! R e p u b
! 1 i c a n I
! k n o w is
i uneasy about Nixon; every
; other Democrat I know is
; uneasy about Kennedy.
Why? Not, I think, for
! the reasons usually as
! signed. Not because of
! their "youth." Not really
I because of Nixon's "white
i collar McCarthyism's"
; of long ago; not really be-
cause of Kennedy's church
I or his toughness or his fa-
ther's quick money. Most
! of us are uneasy about
: these men because they
: represent a clean break
; with the past, and we have
I not yet adjusted.
We cannot relate them
! to our life-long images of
! power and statesmanship
' and the shrine of the White
House. These tidy, but-toned-down
men are
clothed in no myth or mys
tique, and where shall our
mind's eye place them as
it ranges back over the
majestic skyline of Ameri
: can history and calls up
the rugged and wind blown
captains who once led us?
The "managerial revolu
tion" has come to politics
and Nixon and Kennedy
are Its first completely
packaged products. The
Processed politician has fi
nally arrived. The w e 1 1
: trained civil servant is to
: be handed the ultimate
We shall have govern-
ment of the people, for the
! people, but by the certified
! manager. And while pro
i fessors of political science
! may rejoice, most of us are
! uneasy, for we know that
; the Presidency is neither
i a business nor a science,
; but an art, and that a very
I great artist is now re
quired. Nixon and Kennedy are
not princes of the blood or
sons of tiie soil. They are
not captains of industry
like a Wilkie or of armies
like an Eisenhower. They
are not luminaries of the
intellectual world like Wil
son or Stevenson. They are
not powerful proconsuls
who grew bigger than then
provinces like Governors
Roosevelt or Dewey. They
are junior executives,
trained in the home office
with an unerring eye to the
main chance.
The "magerial revolu
tion came to industry when
rugged tycoons like Henry
Ford were replaced by
skilled committeemen. It
came to labor when the
John L. Lewises and the
Phil Murravs were re
placed by the. Reuthers,
when, indeed, the labor
movement became the la
bor business. Now with
Nixon and Kennedy, the
great, eccentric and inde
ginable art of leading a na
tion has become the Lead
ership Business. The Or
ganization Man has found
room at the very top.
I have no right to say it
won't work. Their souls
may yet prove superior to
their skills. They must, or
it will not work at all.
Skills will do for a quiet
country in quiet times, but
only lofty character and
iron purpose can lead a
turbulent American
through this tumultuous
time. (Alas, even the
cliches of convention ora
tory are true.)
Many of us remain un
easy about them because
neither one Tias acquired a
true identity. Their faces
and voices are familiar, but
their meaning as men es
capes us. In the past, more
often than not, we identi
fied our nominees because
of what they had already
done or said, by their as
sociation with great deeds
or great ideas. They came
to us already clothed in
their own mystique.
Sometimes, to be sure,
the cloth was made of shod
dy, but we thought it was
wool and at least a yard
wide. And their raiment
was hand and home made.
But the washable,
wrinkle-proof Brooks
Brothers garb of these new
and skilled practitioners of
the Leadership Business
what is it made of? How
much is real, how much
synthetic? Where are the
deeds, where the inspiring
ideas, where the inspiring
ideas or rebellious words?
If I am unjust, forgive
me. It i6 hardly the fault
of either nominee that we
have run out of available
rugged characters with
ready made records. Per
haps what chiefly bothers
me is the fact that this
should happen precisely
with my wn age-group.
In my college generation
the Nixon-Kennedy gen
eration there were bril
liant, strong, idealistic, un
orthodex individuals ii
great supply. They sweated
to grasp the new ideologies
of Fascism and Commu
nism sweeping the world.
They marched in "peace
parades.' They sicked at
the Republic Steel massa
cre of strikers. They got
drunk and wept when the
Spanish Republic went
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about the perfectability of
man, cheered Roose
velt and adored the poor.
I can't find in the record
that Kennedy or Nixon ever
did, thought, or felt these
things. They must have
been across the campus on
Fraternity Row with the
law and business school
boys, wearing the proper
clothes, thinking the prop
er thoughts, cultivating the
proper people. Men of mea
sured merriment, as Thom
as Wolfe put it, and of
measured tears.
I suppose those boys
were smarter than any
crowd of bleeders. I al
ways sensed that they
would end up running the
big companies in town, but
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To the Editor:
Let's set the "Former
Student" straight on Sena
tor Johnson's visit and the
Contest which is being spon
sored by the Young Demo
crats Senator Johnson's ad
vance man, Mr. Frank
Dooley, was sent to meet
with the University officials
and YD Officers to aid us
in the arrangements for the
Senator's visit. The contest
was not entirely his idea
and the prize money is
coming directly from the
University of Nebraska
Young Democrats. IT IS
"GIVE-A W A Y" as Mr.
Thompson suggests.
We are not worried about
' having a small reception
for the Senator.
We hope that there are
no students or adults in this
state, campus or nation that
will expect to be pa"id for
displaying their individual
and group interest in our
American government.
The best citizen is an in-
tormed one. The Young
Democrats are hoping to
keep anyone interested, in
formed as to our platform,
candidates and philosophy.
Senator Johnson is another
of our excellent programs
aimed at this end.
Don Ferguson
Young Democrats President
Nolo Contendere
By Myron Papadakls
and Bob Nye
Campus life is in full
swing as 700 new com
rades pledged them
selves, their hearts, their
parents pocketbooks and
their high school pins to
the ancient tradition of
fraternal living.
By ancient, we discov
ered that this type of
communal goings-on has
been in progress since
the first Socialistic mind
ed "Brother" found a
cavemate. x
In tracing the growth of
this Communistic system
further, we find examples
dating from the beginning
of recorded time and cli
maxing in China with
"People s" commun
als and in the U.S. with
"College" communals.
These communals are
merely front organiza
tions going under the
guise of "fraternals."
These Caucasian "broth
ers" differ from the Ori
entals only in a lack of
regimentation and the
fact that they have dis
covered a system of
wearing ornate pins sig
nifying their address.
However, it seems that
even our Eastern coun
terparts can be shown
something. Yesterday, ra
dio Peiping announced all
its working communals
will be given badges des
ignating to what communal
and not what caste each
person belongs. Appar
ently this is designed to,
in public view, discrimin
ate against those so un
honored. The message
continued that these
badges would create an
Today, if I am a fettle misty, who can blame me? For today I
begin my seventh year of writing eorumn far the makers at
Marlboro Cigarettes.
Seven years! Can it be possible? It seems only yerterday I
walked into the Marlboro offices, my knickers freshly pressed,
my eowlick wetted down, my oilcroth pencil box clutched m
my tiny hand. "Sirs," I said to the makers of Marlboro a
handsome ttn aggregation of men a you will find in month
of Sundays, as agreeable an tiie cigarettes tbey make mild yet
hearty, robust yet gentle, flip-top yet soft pack "Sire," I
said to this assemblage of honest tobacconists, "I have eome to
write 8 column for Marlboro Cigarettes in college newspapere
across the length and breadth of this great free land of America."
We shook hands then silently, not trusting ourselves t
peak and one of the makers whipped out a harmonica and w
ang sea chanties and bobbed for apples and played "Run,
Sheep, Run," and smoked good Marlboro Cigarettes unti the
ampfire had turned to embers.
"What will you writ about in your column?" asked Mac d
the makers whose name k Trueblood Stronghewt.
n VU.w i
"AtHKit tiie burning issues tliat occupy the livery minds at
eollege America," I replied. "About such vital questions as:
Should the Student Gmncil have the power to levy tases?
Should proctors be armed? Should coeds go out for football?"
"And will you say kind word from time to time about
WarllKjro Cigarettes," asked one of the makers whose name
Honor Bright.
"Why, We you, sirs," I replied, chuckling BiJverly, "there
is no other kind of word except a kind word to say about
Marlboro Cigarettes -the filter cigarette with the unfiltered
taste-that happy combination of delicious tobacco and ex
clusive selectrute filter-that loyal companion in fair weather ar
foul -that joy of the purest my serene."
There was another round of handshakes then and the makers
queesed my shoulders and I squeeied theirs nd then we each
squeezed our own. And then I hied me to my typewriter and
began the first of seven years of eolumning for the makers of
Marllsiro Cigarettes.
And today as I find myself once more at my typewriter, one
more ready to begin a new series of columns, perhaps it would
be well to explain my writing methods. I use the term "writing
methods" advisedly because I am, above all things a methodical
writer. I do not wait for the muse; I work every single day of
the year, Sundays and holidays included. I set mvself a daily
o,uota and I don't let anything prevent me from achieving it.
My quota, to be sure, is not terribly difficult to attain (it is.
m fact, one word per day) but the important thing is that I do
R every strife day. This may seem to you a grueling schedule
but you must remember that some days are relatively easy
for example, the days on which I write "the" or "aM. On these
days I can usually finish my work by noon and can devove the
rest of the day to happy pursuit like bird-waJking, monopoly
and smJclntr Marlboro Cigarettes.
VMl Mai -
The maker, or Marlboro .re happy to brina you another
yaarof Max Shutman; free-uheelmy, uncenmred rotumn
and are aim happy to bring Marlboro Cigarette,, and for
mon-klter tmokeramitd, Havurlul ?hUi Marri.
"espirit" among a gul
lible and easily , led peo
ple. However, jeweled or
jaded badges will have
no more significance than
those so unadorned.
Locally, the subversive
organizations, some 40
strong on campus, have
been kept under strict
control by a highly
trained and efficieint se
cret service sponsored
b'y a local organization;
we won't mention any
names, but the initials
are IFC), who have seen
to it that only 80 per
cent of these equals can
now wear safety- pins.
Notably, these pins were
well hidden until libera
tion day. Again, as in
previous years, these pins
designate communals as
stereotyped by a status
quo. Some pins signify
Hercules, some Mam
mon, Bacchus and still
others Eros. The only ex
ception is the lack of a
pin for Athena, as testi
fied by the, standing col
umns. Several of our fellow
organizations have been
pressured into an unfa
vorable light in the minds
of a dormant and, we
hope, an apathetic public.
But if all goes as
planned comrades, we
won't have to hold our
meetings in secret next
, year. So join the move
ment and get your free
pin. For tomorrow the
sun will rise and. set in
the East.
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