The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 22, 1961, Image 1

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How wondrous the message given to all mankind at
Bethlehem nearly two thousand years ago.. Now, during
the Christmas Season 1961, an uneasy world pauses to
hear the glad tidings, and is filled with hope' and joy
once more. The Daily Nebraskan, Staff wishes you
a Joyous Holiday Season, '
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Norman Beatly, Editor
Grclolien Shpllberp, Managing Editor
Ann Mover, News Editor
Dave Wohlfarth, Sports Editor
l.loycl Clark, Ag. News Editor
Louise Ilolhert, Copy Editor
Jim Forrest, Copy Editor
Eleanor Billings, Copy Editor
Nancy Whitford, Senior Staff
Tom Kotouc, Junior Staff
Mike MacLean, Junior Staff
Wendy Rogers, Junior Staff
Sue Hovick, Junior Staff
Don Ferguson, Business Manager
Bill Gunlicks, Assistant Business Manager
Bob Cunningham, Assistant Business Manager
John Zeilinger, Assistant Business Manager
Jim Trester, Circulation Manager
Sue Cefke, Classified Ads Manager
Gail Branigan, Office Secretary
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ITo iWay Disas ters
To Strike Again?
By Tom Kotouc
"The college driver is inclined to be more
reckless because of his youth," said Gov.
Frank B. Morrison.
"The longer we live the more cautious we
become from seeing some of the tragic results
of carelessness on the highway," said 'Morri
son. "Because of their quick reaction time and
better eyesight, youth tend to push their luck,"
said the governor. "If we could only getthe
college youth to exercise the same caution as
a person in later life, the accident rate of col
leg youth could be lower than any other age
Youth ol conege-age are in
volved in 36 per cent of all
fatal automobile accidents,
while they hold only 17.5 per
cent of the licenses, accord
ing to National Safety Coun
cil figures.
Lights On
"The 'lights on' campaign,
a key factor in saving lives
over " Thanksgiving, will be
used during the holidays,"
the governor said. "However,
use the low beam during the
day, not the high."
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Nebraska ?aieiy rairoi saw
that "Overcelebrating is a
significant factor in boosting
the accident rate."
"Accident figures for the
nation show that throughout
the vear. 30 per cent of all
fatal traffic accidents involve I
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the holiday season the figure
rises to 55 per cent.
National Safety Council fig
ures show that you must wait
one hour before driving safe
ly for each bottle of beer or . M '
each ounce of whiskey con- Li $$'
Thomas Ryan, Nebraska
Accidents Statistic bureau,
said that during the last six
hours of Christmas eve, the
hourly rate for fatal acci
dents was five times greater
than it was for the remain
der of the holiday. "Sixty per
cent of these Christmas eve
accidents involved the drink
ing driver."
500 Deaths
The National Safety Coun
:i rfodiHs nvr 500 deaths
and 23,000 injuries for -the! yew n Nebraska roads. rush.
Christmas-New Year holidays,
"We say that we can't be
one of the 500," Ryan said.
"Yet I"U bt tnflt nt one
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Vol. 75, No. 51
The Nebraskan
Friday, December 12, 1961
.Doctors Scarce in Disas
By Wendy Rogers
After a bomb drops, a doc
tor won't be easy to reach.
"If and when nuclear war
fare or a natural disaster
should arise, people will be
on their own," says Dr. S. I.
Feunning, medical director of
the University Health Serv
ice. "They must know how to
take care of themselves. You
never know . . . these things
do happen.
"But, it is a proven fact
that wherever there is a pre-
And Then There Were IN one
Poor visibility from snow icy road
plus possible inattentiveness hurled three
high school and college students into an on
coming semi-trailer truck. The car skidded
sideways out of control after attempts to
get a wheel which had dropped off the
right edge of the pavement back on failed.
A grating of flesh against metal left this
gore in the ditch.
of the 15 Nebraskans killed i coming car or slippery road
in the 1958 Christmas holiday I conditions, saying that it
season planned that he would j won't happen to them
sooi, be twisted ana dead
when he put his foot down
on the accelerator. Neither
did the 310 slaughtered this
Capt. Eugene Masters of
the campus police advised
students to "Start their trip
early so they won't have to
"The greatest weakness of i "Students do an exception-
University students who drive ally good job of driving on
is their inattention," Ryan campus," he said, "but with
said. "They keep their minds . the narrow and icy streets,
on things other than the on-j how can they do otherwise?"
"It's when students get off
of campus that their trouble
begins," said Masters.
"Confidence is a necessary
factor in driving; but when
carried to the point of daring
it can be fatal. Add to this
false belief of security, the
attitude of immunity, you
have the proper perspective
for active participation in the
highway slaughter," Ryan
paredness plan of operations,
mortalities are reduced," the
doctor said.
"Naturally we want the stu
dents to play a part in any
Civil Defense and disaster
planning," noted Dr. Feun
ning during a meeting this
week of several University of
ficials and Col. Judson M.
Smith, deputy director of the
Nebraska Civil Defense
University representatives
at the meeting were Dr.
Feunning; Roy Loudon, direc
tor of personnel; Ed Simp
son, public health engineer,
and Charles Fowler, director
of Buildings and Grounds.
It was explained to Col.
Smith that the University is
set up almost as a small
scale city with its own power
plant and police department
among other operational 'fa
cilities everything except
its own fire department and
drinking wells.
So far, however, nothing on
either city or ag campus has
been designated as a possi
ble shelter area, nor have
specific provisions been made
for food and water storage.
According to Smith July 1,
1961, is the tenative target
date for completion of a sur
vey to bring possible shelter
areas all over the state up to
The Army Corps of Engi
neers is now letting contracts
to private engineers and arch
itects in the state who have
taken a special two-weeks
course from them to conduct
the survey. '
All contracts should be outi
by Dec. 31, 1961.
The survey will include in
spection of any building cap
able of sheltering 50 or more
people, and a report of all
the facilities and what can
or should be done, explained
It was pointed out to Smith
that, several years ago, the
University was studying pos
sible plans for an underground
garage which could double as
a shelter area, but no cost
estimates were ever made.
Using the words "strategic
evacuation," Smith pointed
out to the group that the
best plan of operations the
University could follow if the
situation arose is to "close
up shop, send the ..students
home, and evacuate all but
the essential personnel."
The situation of "strategic
evacuation," which could only
be so designated by the Presi
dent of the United States,
means that the potential dan
ger situation becomes so tense
as to warrant evacuation.
The eventual decision as to
Only one of the two stu
dents suspended from school
"for acts of vandalism" and
"their association with a for
bidden sub rosa secret or
ganization" appeared before
the Suspension Appeals com
mittee Wednesday.
His appe'al was turned down
and the suspension went into
effect immediately, said Dean
J. P. Colbert of the Division
of Student Affairs.
The second student with
drew his request to appeal be
fore the committee met. He
signed a statement which
said he accepted the suspen
sion. Dsan Colbert said the sus
pensions iiad been held "in
abeyance" unti the commit
tee affirms he appeal, if it
does so..
The suspension began Dec.
7, 1961, and ex lends through
June 7, 1962, which is the last
day of second semesler final
whether this plan would go
into effect would rest with
the governor, - the adjutant
general, and the individuals
of the state, according to
Smith stressed the strategic
importance of the continuance
of essential positions in the
"You can't win a war un
less the government, industry,
and agriculture can continue
to survive and operate," said
the Civil Defense official.
"Technical evacuation" w as
explained by Smith as t h e
actual "bombs away" situa
tion. "If an attack comes,
we've got to have the ma
chinery ready to handle the
The mission of the Univer
sity if such an attack came,'
would be to "be prepared to
accept and care for what
pvpr comes in. nrovided your
facilities were operational,"
said Smith.
Learning of the recent pro
posals of a local committee,
which is part of the National
Committee for a SANE Nu
clear Policy, Smith e o m
mented, "'It's a simple fact
that bombs do exist, and there
are people lousy enough to
use them. They may criticize
our policy but not Civil De
fense per se. Americans must
protect themselves and their
freedom. Civil Defense is
everybody's business." '
' Program
Smith said that the best
w ay to set up a good Civil
Defense program is to "uti
lize what is already in exist
ance," not try to completely
He also noted that Civil
Defense planning should not
be planned according to fall
out possibilities.
"Fallout is subject to the
vagaries of the wind," said
the colonel. '"In event of an
fttack, it would affect the
t;Tr,r of operations, but not
what is accomplished.'"
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