The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 23, 1961, Page Page 2, Image 2
Page 2 The Daily Nebraskjn Monday, Oct. 23, 1961 t I I .5 i H 1 5 n '--'4 .. .- EDITORIAL Greeks, IFC Flaunt Rights; Act In Fear Now that two fraternities have paid, or agreed to pay, for the actions of their pledge classes, we are told that the editorial staff of the Daily Nebraskan (in last Friday's editorial dealing with the same sub ject) not only "reflects the lncompentency of its author but also displays the lack of knowledge on a subject which has been consistent editorial policy this semester." The comments come In a letter to the editor signed by fraternity officers of two of the fraternities involved and a member of a third fraternity. Fine. Let's all unquestionably follow the decrees of our governing body; not hesitating to wonder if we have lost some of our rights in submitting to their will. Such a philosophy might well be that of these and other fraternities on this campus in regard to their respective relationships to the IFC. However, we feel such a philosophy is not inclusive enough. Let's get down to the basics which render them selves necessary at this time. Two fraternity pledge classes did not take their sneaks at the same places that they had registered to take them. Naturally we have a violation. What most people may not know is that at least one of the classes went overboard in their fun and were reported. Such heH-raising trips cannot be defended by any fraternity or the IFC itself. It is tradition within each house. This is the only reason such trips still exist. Therefore, any poor public relations which come out of pledge trips leaves the University administrators, IFC and th fraternises open to criticism. Perhaps the Student Affairs office, being sensitive to bad publicity, asked the IFC to handle the situation themselves in sack a manner as to offset rulings of conduct andor social probations. This kiformation was, in fact, relayed to the fra ternities themselve by the IFC. It is our feeling that the IFC and the fraternities panicked and handed down the $200 fines. Fear of being put on probation caused the fines to be so high. A man cornered m a dark al ley will gladly give up his money to forfeit worse pen alties. Our whole argument was based a round what we call the right to justify actions and the right to appeal. These fraternities did not appeal the Tine handed down, la fact, two of their own members were among those deciding the amount of the fines. Is $200 a drop in the bucket to fraternities supposedly endangered by fi nancial burden? We think not We feel these fratern ities payed the fine out of fear of being pnt on proba tion. We accuse the IFC of setting high fines instead f cutting them down and granting the fraternities enough maturity and sensibility to learn a lesson with out paying a high ram of money. If fraternities care not to defend these liberties and would rather actively support the steps taken against them, we certainly can do little to help them or pre serve the rights concerned in this case. Individual, Group Rightsj Important On Campus j i The subject of the powers and the purpose of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) has been brought out and, to our thinking, seeds clarification. I s We heartily commend constituents who support their organization. However, we do not suggest blind following. I In the same light, those affected by the rulings of a high- r authority should not concede any rights due to fear. As w mentioned in Friday's editorial specific former actions taken by the IFC do not seem justified. X The forced "vote or pay" decree during the Student Council elections is toe past is as unconstitutional as labor UfirOM forcing their members to vote. I After talking to President Don Ferguson of the IFC, ; we are happy to announce that this resolution will no longer be in effect And why not? It is evident that IFC 1 slated candidates will not sweep the Student Council elections again. Last year a significant breakthrough was 5 noted and we predict non-slated candidates will increase their number of victories. This is one area where the IFC saw the light This instance coupled with the present issue and the question of the merits in inviting a new fraternity to come to campus have brought our opinions oat to the public. Going to class is only one part of an education. Here Is where democracy is put into practical use. When we I do not keep withia the besnds of democratic practice we are only fooling ourselves. It does no good to fight the obvious foe from the outside who is dedicated to destroy- g lag s when we fall apart oa the inside. When we forget indfcidnal and groan rights here, we invite and enconr- age the same actions after graduation. We as students most remain open-minded enough to recognize such re- strictk)ES. We cannot do K by refusing to accept contrary g opinions. I (N.B).I Daily Nebraskan Member Assoetftiedl Collegiate Pres. International Fresa fteyrtMBteare: National Advertising Service. Incorporate rubilsbei at: Imu It Staient Union, Lincoln, Nebraska. SEVENTY -ONTE TEARS OLD Uta K Telephone EX Z-7631 ext. 225, 4226. 4227 Unimallie rmMa an S atiaaeter er far the ataaemle fear. Mane aa mam elaae aortas a the pad afflea la lAna, Nebraska, eaeer the act af Aacaat . lal. The Itaftr Jtearankaa hi anMwl Meada Taesda. 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""USe -v W vi, -Wi,a Arss lAinericans Must 'Get Tough,' Not Losing Foreign Image Eric Sevareid President Kenndy has reminded this quarreling country that American foreign policies cannot be encompassed "in one slo gan or one adjec tive, hard or soft or i s e," and that belief in total v i ctory" or "total defeat" is a danger ous illusion. Yet there is ample tes timony that the beginnings of a sea-change in the spirit of the administra tion's approach to the world are now detectable in the private winds of the White House and State Department The drift is in the general direction of the "hard line." The Ken nedy group took over last winter persuaded that the United States was in trou ble because it had not tried hard enough to find a basis of accommodation with Khrushchev, had not treated our major allies with sufficient respect, had disregarded the year nings of the neutrals and had blunted the effect of foreign aid by formalists and bumbling application. What is now slowly and privately developing is a thread of official thought running in precisely the opposite direction. Bitter disappointments, begin ning with the Vienna con frontation and including Laos, the Belgrade con ference, the listless re sponse of our allies to the Berlin crisis, and the ap parent collapse of the first serious effort at s o c i a 1 reform in our hemispheric white hope, Brazil, have started a basic reapprais al, not in a mood of re sentment, fortunately, but in cold sobriety. The stark aloneness of the United States in terms of generous, "other-directed" government policies has become almost fright eningly apparent to all who think rather than wish- It is now dear that waiting upon our allies to agree on a policy of force fully prosecuting this cold war would be an endless wait because their histori cal suspicions are too deep, their self-confidence too far -gutted; that the big neutrals are and will remain neutral as an ar ticle of faith, not of stra tegy; that even the emergence of the liberal political revolutions we should like to see in so many backward countries would not guarantee so lution of the harsh, physi cal realities of population versus arable land short ages; that no over-all set Lai LJk it. j Sevareid PARTY LINE tlement with Khrushchev is possible because he de sires none. It is going to require the exertion of all our skill and diplomatic daring to produce acceptance of a strong and vigorous American leadership amongst allies, neutrals and clients alike; to "get tough about it" without losing our American im age. We have made a first beginning in principle with the President's warning that we shall henceforth distribute aid with one eye on the policy position of recipient governments in this desperate cold war. It is entirely possible that we shall have to take a plunge and deliberately make examples of one or two countries which have grossly misused our a i d, though we shall have to pick the spots most care fully. The latest illustra tion of the fact that our present posture is no longer tolerable in respect both as to effectiveness and the national mood is the attitude of C h e d d i Jagan, extreme leftist Premier of British Guiana, who arrives to de mand our aid as a matter of right while "warning" us not to apply any po litical strings to it. This summer an emi nent American statesman reproved this writer, say ing, "You must realize that we are in the posi tion of a father of many self-centered, immature children. Without endless patience we can keep no order in the household." My answer was that, in any family, prolonged par ental permissiveness in evitably destroys order, because the children take their privileges for granted and respect for the parent erodes. Any father unwilling to spank upon occasion is lost. Those who feel that the general attitude herein stated represents repudia tion of the liberal foreign policy make a profound misjudgment. Those who think it amounts to era bracement of Senator Goldwater's apparent no tion that we can dash about the world with a cocked gun, wrap up a total cold war victory and do all this on the cheap, are thinking in the crud est alternative terms. fill wH 1 xm-x-- -ST ' " .UaM tbt-t&1aMfc When Senator Fulbright told Goldwater that he was "oversimplifying," he was right. But what so many high-minded c i t i zens do not realize is that when Goldwater retorted that Fulbright was "over complicating,.' he, too, was right The Goldwater approach could, if ex: tended, paralyze this country, the only western country where a massive, moral will remains alive and without which the free world is lost. The President seems de termined that we shall neither yield to frenzy nor allow our native hue of resolution to be sickbed over by the pale cast of dubiety. A little re-reading of the official life and times of an essentially simple man named Harry Truman, who dealt with a crisis or two, would not be amiss. Courtesy af Omaha World Baraltf i " '"""B ! OLCfc ISA ) i " i Staff Views Chips Record crops in Nebras ka beets and soybeans are expected for 1961 and the returns of corn and the other' Huskerland f ' I 1 fill I I J.x't,.t crops are e x p ect ed to be near rec ords. Eco n o m ics p r e ach that "o v e r- ' pro due- Clark tion" is the plague of the agricultural situation. "Too many farmers." "Too much corn." "Why do the taxpayers have to put the farmer through?" At the' same time an other factor comes in to view a shortage of trained ag workers. How an there be a shortage when the U.S. maintains such an effi cient agricultural force that it can combat nature and governmental controls and still multiply produc tion? This morning Chancel lor Hardin stated before the Centennial Nutrition Conference of the M I d west Feed Manufacturers Association that universi ties have a "main mis sion of helping large num bers of capable people de velop their abilities to the fullest so that they can have for themselves the most meaningful lives and make a maximum contri bution to the welfare of all mankind." Several weeks ago Du ane M. Nielsen, a former Nebraskan, now in the United States office of ed ucation, also suggested the shortage of trained ag workers. 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It may seem ironic that agriculture needs more workers of any kind, trained or untrained, but if the United States ex pects to continue to stride forward in agricultural technology and science the importance of agri cultural training and re search must be under stood by the American people. In France it was re ported by a University professor who toured Europe examining its ag ricultural developments, only one out of eight or ten students who wish to be educated in agri cultural technology can enter the colleges because of the country's selective testing program. The program in France was compared to some of the engineering and sci entific qualification exams which are practiced in the United States. 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