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Monday, April 17, 1951
Will 'It's Spring'
This blythe comment from a member of the Univer
sity administration was his reaction to the current sub
rosa situation. It appeared in the Omaha World Herald
and The Lincoln Journal Saturday.
The Daily Nebraskan is happy to see the administra
tion be able to laugh at the situation. But we doubt very
strongly if they will be able to laugh at the TNE's, The
Pi Xl's and Red Dot's off the campus.
We are now wondering if the "It's Spring" comment
will become standard operating procedure for the ad
ministration. We guess we'll just have to wait until there
is a panty raid or some fraternity gets caught having a
What ever happens, we hope the Administration can
still keep those smiles "of reminiscence" on their faces.
For while they are smiling, the Student Council, the In
terfraternity Council, the Big Eight Interfraternity
Council, the Mortar Boards, the Alumni Advisers Coun
cil and other groups are calling for action.
By Phil Boroff
DAMN YANKEES, a Mu- last game of the season
sical Comedy in two acts against the New York Yan-
presented by the University kees. Applegate wakes, and
of Nebraska Kosmet Klub returns to the baseball field,
in Pershing Municipal Audi- finding Joe out in center
torium on Saturday eve- field waiting for a ball that
ning, April 15. could win the game for the
YES BUT . . . Senators. Applegate returns
v "Whatever Lola Wants, Joe his old self, but old
Lola Gets" and the audi- Joe manages to catch the
ence at Kosmet Klub's pro- ball and win the game,
ductlon of "Damn Yankees" Baseball hero Joe Hardy
got an evening of entertain- has disappeared, and Joe
ment and music Although Boyd returns to his wife. As
hindered by technical fouls, Applegate tries to persuade
the production did not strike Joe to return his soul and
out In fact, it almost made to play in the World Series,
horn run a least to Joe refuses and stays with
third 1 base. his "Old Girl."
'Damn Yankees" was Steve Elienburg is a like
eood fun performed by a able Joe Hardy. He needs
highly spirited and enthusi- more direction and stage
astic cast. Hindered mainly presence, but gains audi
tor technical problems, the ence empathy easily as
cast still fulfilled expecta- should all 'All-American'
tions And I cannot attribute musical heroes,
the technical faults to the Kent Broadhurst's Apple
technical director or crews, gate is a prize, showing
but to Pershing Municipal much improvement over
Auditorium. previous appearances. The
The barn-like Auditorium only question: Are those ex
is not an appropriate build- aggerated gestures and fa
ing in which to house a the- cial expressions and bodily
atrical production. With movements for the benefit
performers trying vainly to of viewers at the back of
be heard by the audience, the auditorium or of an
the largeness of the build- amount of that 'protein pig'
ing works against them, disease of overconfident ac
Long pauses for shifting tors. t , ,
scenery and properties are Marian Brayton as Lola
unnecessary. Lighting was g not as strong or vivid as
extremely poor. The spot- 'this character demands,
light 'clanks,' yellow- Marian looks well, moves
skinned singers, ghosted well, and belts out songs
dancers, and unlit actors particularly "A Little
were all distracting. It Brains, A Little Talent"
seems light balance is im- with freedom and fun
possible in the Auditorium. Bob Gambs is effective as
Perhaps Kosmet Klub could Van Buren, the manager of
revert to a three or four the baseball club. He suc
night run in an auditorium ceeds in suggesting an age
the size of the Nebraska difference and definite char
Theater. . acter relationships, difficul-
Agalnst this huge disad- ties when playing with ac
vantage also a deterrent to tors of same or similar real
last year's "The Pajama ages. Cal Carlson has de
Game" this active musical veloped as a performer and
E resents the story of base- turned in an appropriate
all and one of Its-players part. Although not corn
heroes, "Shoeless Joe From pietely convincing as an ac
Hannlbal Mo." tress, Gail Galloway as Meg
Joe Boyd, large fan of the looks the role on stage and
Washington Senators, would has a strong, well trained
do anything to see the Sen- voice. Bev Ruck, Gloria, is
ators win. Here's the Idea, businesslike, but mugs an
and who appears but Mr. otherwise excellent run-a-Applegate,
a rather pleas- round of "Shoeless Joe."
ant spirit from Below. He Standouts in supporting
secures the old man's soul roles were: George Spelvln,
by assuring Joe youth and alias Zeff Bernstein, as
amazing powers as a base- Welch, owner of the bsae
ball player. ball club; Sharon Blnfleld
However, insurance sales- and Bonnie Brown, alias
man Joe talks Applegate joan Baker, as old maid
into an escape clause. If he friends of Meg; and a par
desires so at the end of the ticular comedy standout
season, Joe can return to Al Epstein as Rocky, the
his normal self. roily, fun loving baseball
Labeled Joe Hardy, the player. All other actors,
revitalized, youthed man dancers and singers deliver
becomes a sensation, but in tine style,
till longs for Meg, his faith- Director Bill Baker also
ful wife. So Applegate calls a surprise actor in the show
in special help from Chi- keeps the production live
cago (!). That help is Lola, jy. Coreographer Sally Wen
Seductress Class AA. She gert Hove is to be congratu
tantalizes, serenades and itaed on fine dance direc
loves the young baseball tion. She obtains results
hero. from generally inexperi
T rouble starts when a re- enced dancers. Terry
porter starts Investigating a Boyes is a somber musical
ranir from Applegate director complete with tie
about Joe. Joe Hardy has and tails,
to appear before the Com- Kosmet Klub has fur
aslssioner on charges of tak- nished an entertaining musi
tng a bribe while under an- cal in "Damn Yankees."
other name In the Mexican The one night performance
League. Charges are was not a short-lived fail
dropped, Lola dopes Apple- ure, but a well received suc
gate, and Joe plays In the cess.
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Xi Politicians No Longer
Around; TNE Marches On
Shortly after Theta Nu Epsilon had
"dissolved" itself from the Nebraska
campus in 1951, another sub-rosa group,
Pi Xi, was formed.
One of the reasons' lor. their existence,
as expressed in their charter, is to meet
more Greeks in other" houses. This is done
primarily through weekly meetings and
annual social events.
Pi Xi today is not the strong political
faction that it's counterpart, TNE, is. At
one time,,, however,., jn the mid-1950's Pi
Xi did have a tight control on the Uni
versity political scene, with representa
tives in the Interfraternity Council, the
Student Council, Kosmet Club, and other
In the last three years, however, the
Pi Xi's have lost most of the political
prominence and have concentrated more
on the social aspects of sub-rosa activi
ties. The password of the Pi Xi's is in two
parts. The challenger says, "What is it?"
The person being challenged responds,
"Strikes me funny." ...
The election of new members is done
much the same way as in a social fra
ternity. A prospective member's name
is mentioned, he is discussed and the
memebrs vote on him. Each active Pi Xi
member has the power to "black ball" or
cast a negative vote. One black ball will
keep a prospective member out of the
group, at least for that meeting.
The initiation ceremony was held for
many years in the basement of a Lincoln
restaurant. Last year's ceremony was
held in the apartment of one of the mem
bers. At the ceremony, the new initiates are
required to wear a suit or sports jacket,
and a dirty white shirt and tie. After a
cocktail hour, the new initiates are blind
folded and taken into a room. Following
a few minutes of seclusion, an active
member enters the room an4 gives the
new initiates a short speech on Pi Xi.
Then, each new initiate is individually
ushered into an adjoining room. The pres
ident of the Pi Xi's stands at the front of
the room. Beside him stands a three-foot
high trophy, reportedly stolen from an
other Big Eight school. The active mem
bers are seated in the back of the room.
During the ceremony all of the mem
bers make a hissing sound (this repre
sents the sound of the snake, the Pi Xi
The rituals are then administered U) the
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initiate. Among these include pledges to
the sub-rosa and a pledge of secrecy.
After the rituals are given, the new in
itiate is required to lift the trophy and
drink from it. A hole has been punched in
the side of the trophy and as the new ini
tiate drinks the wine from the rim of the
trophy, a steady stream pours onto him
from the side hole.
The Pi Xi pin is worn on the shirt only
during the initiation ceremony. Any other
time the pin is worn on the inside of the
lapel pocket on a sports jacket.
The grip of the Pi Xi is exchanged by
inter-locking the little fingers during the
When two Pi Xi's greet each other on
the street, each forms a snake head with
his band. This done by joining the fin
gers together and placing the thumb on
the middle knuckle of the index finger.
Social events play a major role in the
activities of a Pi Xi. Highlights of their,
social season are the annual formal and
the Orange Blossom Party.
The Orange Blossom Party, held each
spring, usually starts early in the morn
ing, around 6 a.m. In the past the party
has been held at the pits. Last year the
members and their dates drank the
Orange Blossom, a mixture of vodka,
grain alcohol and orange juice, from a
scoured out toilet. The toilet has been
painted yellow, the basic color of the Pi
Besides regular painting sessions, the
only outward display by the Pi Xi mem
bers to the rest of the campus is the an
nual Pixie Press.
Each year the members get together
and make up stories for their paper.
Members contribute finances for the pro
duction of paper. Members are assigned
places for delivery. Often, two Pi Xi's will
team up and deliver their papers to
gether. The Press is delivered to all sorority
houses and fraternity houses and other
places on campus. All deliveries are co
ordinated, and at the given minute the
Press is delivered completely through
out the campus.
The Pi Xi's in their early years of ex
istence lived in fairly close harmony with
the TNE's. Last year, this changed and
the TNE paper displayed several sour
notes against their fellow sub-rosas.
It is not uncommon to have a member
of TNE also be a member of Pi Xi, al
though this practice is usually kept to one
man for spying purposes.
By Barbara Barker
Hate to do it, but really
feel I ought to take a few
whacks at the current down-down-down
and all who think, act, and
indulge in any of the really
rotten activities of the se
cret so - called honoraries.
Surely the T's, the Pi Xi's,
and Rho Delta often de
serve, and receive, cuts and
cynical sneers from those
who feel they are maraud
ing to an extreme; but, are
they so awfully important,
so deep-rooted, so all-encompassing,
that they need
take up all the thoughts of
the student from dawn to
dusk, seven days a week,
no break from the constant,
Tell me one thing. Who
are these organizations
hurting? Mind you, this
treatise is not a defense of
these organizations, for
even I have failed to see
their basic worth. However,
beings as there seems to
be, outwardly anyhow, no
basic worth to any of them,
why should the ordinary stu
dent be dragged into form
ing an opinion, based on
facts which are thrown at
him about something which,
if nobody would really care
less about, would probably
remain the anonymous, non-status-bearing,
nothing-much, that it is.
Isn't a student allowed to
fce indifferent and not really
care about something as
trivial as this?
Of course, you may say,
TNE is entering into and
taking over all the campus
activities, and has gained
top political positions in
many campus organiza
(and get college credits, too!)
Imagine the fun you can have on a summer vacation (a
Europe that includes everything from touring the ContiU
nent and studying courses for credit at the famous Sot
bonne in Paris to living it up on a three-week co-educa
tional romp at a fabulous Mediterranean island beach-club
resort! Interested? Check the tour descriptions below.
FRENCH STUDY TOUR, $12.33 per day plus
air fare. Two weeks touring France and Switzerland,
sightseeing in Rouen, Tours, Bordeaux, Avignon, Lyon,
Geneva, with visits to Mont-Saint-Michel and Lourdes.
Then in Paris, stay six weeks studying at La Sorbonne.
Courses include French Language, History, Drama, Art,
Literature, for 2 to 6 credits. Spend your last week touring
Luxembourg and Belgium. All-expense, 70-day tour in
cludes sightseeing, hotels, meals, tuition for $12.33 per
day, plus Air France Jet Economy round-trip fare.
STUDENT HOLIDAYS TOUR OF EUROPE,
$15.72 per day plus air fare. Escorted 42-day tour
includes visits to cultural centers, sightseeing In France, :
Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Den
mark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, England, Holland and
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included for $15.72 per day, plus Air Franc'
Jet Economy round-trip fare,
CLUB MEDITERRANEE, $13.26 per day plut
air fare. Here's a 21 -day tour that features 3 days on
your own in Paris, a week's sightseeing in Rome, CaprL
Naples and Pompeii, plus 9 fun-filled, sun-filled, fabulous ,
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Club Mfiditerranee on the romantic island of Sicily. Spend
your days basking on the beach, swimming, sailing your
nights partying, singing, dancing. Accommodations, meals, :
everything only $13.26 per day complete, plus Air France
Jet Economy round-trip fare.
Ma JOHN SCHNEIDER
683 Fifth Avenue, New York 22, N. Y.
Please rush me full Information on the following:
French Study Tour q Student Holiday Tour
tions. So what? Campus n;!
itics being as they are, 't
ty, trivial, and a stc- on-the-next-guy's-toes
status-seeking, what does it
matter who's controlling
them? And don't give mo
this baloney about people
joining activities "to
serve." The only people
who really serve are thoso
who remain on the bottom
rung of the ladder to do the
dirty work, and that's not a
very rewarding job,1 when
there's someone really-big
sitting on the top of the
heap dishing out orders.
Another sort of interest
ing, but farcical thing about
the current stamp-out-sub-rosa
campaign is the fact
that each fraternity has
publicly stated that it is not
in favor of subrosas. 'And
hypocrisy has had its hey
day. People don't even have
the fortitude to stand up and
say what really goes on.
Probably 9 out of 10 houses
claim members in these or
ganizations; yet not one will
deviate from the righteous
ness of proclaiming a clean
Of course there's always
the threat of Administration
granting mass expulsion to
those found to be members
of such organizations. Sup
posedly the 14th & R arm
ory has a valid list of all
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