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EDITORIAL OPINION
Two Seconds-r
Price of Life
Two seconds. How much
Is two seconds? For some
feople it is a cheap price,
or many others it is the
most expensive item tney
will attempt to buy. These
re the people who will
risk their lives to save
only a few instants.
For most students and
faculty, classes are over
as they pick this issue up.
If there is a predominent
thought throughout cam
pus at this very moment,
, it is the thought of going.
Nearly everyone is going
somewhere. For some it
is a trip horns and others
ft is a vacation trip. Need
less to say, the rush will
be great. With only two
days until Christmas time
Is a factor for many trav
elers. The National Safety
Council predicts another
record high death toll on
the nation's roads for the
holidays. Cruel and hard
facts say that many will
not see Christmas, many
will not see 1962 and hun
dreds will not be around
to see what the new year
holds.
Speed and drinking are
listed by the Safety Coun- v
cil as prime factors in the
annual Christmas-New
Year deaths occuring on
America's roads. As Col.
C. J. Saunders of the Ne
braska Stat Safety Pa
trol points out, "Overcel
brating ts a significant
factor la boosting the
accident rate." A state
ment from the Nebraska
Accident Statistics Bureau
says that 60 per cent of
Christmas eve (the most
fatal time for accidents)
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I'm duly shocked by the
negligence of our Nebras
ka maintenance crews. I
refer to- their apparent
unconcern over the slip
pery condition of , steps
leading up to various
classroom buildings and
residence halls.
Three days after a sub
stantial snowfall, I wit
nessed several students
slip and fall on the stops
of Andrews Hall. One girl
will have a nasty bruise
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due to btr falL
The maintenance crews
seemed to be non-existent,
although I'm sure
they could be found
scraping up a patch of
packed snow in some ob
scure, level spot. Even if
the ke cannot be re
moved from steps imme
diately, I feel that some
substance such as sand or
salt could be placed there
until crews can get to
them.
Sincerely,
Gorman Bleecher
Scrip Iue
Bring Comment
To the editor;
Never having read the
"Scrip" before, I looked
forward with pleasure to
seeing literary abilities
which might be exhibited
therein. I must now' say
that I am rather disap
pointed with the quality
of some of the would-be
authors. It seems to me
that the attempt made in
the piece of elegant refuse
called "Cinderella" was a
miserable failure. Anoth
er thing of which I am
quite sure, is that it does
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accidents are caused by
drinking. The answer to
all this is simple: If you
drive, don't drink. If you
drink, don't drive.
Approximately 500 of us
will die between now and
Jan. 2, 1962, according to
the National Safety Coun
cil. There is no way of
determining who the 500
will be. College students
certainly have no super
natural protection. In
fact, the college student
age group, 18.2 per cent
of all drivers, are in
volved in 28.7 per cent of
all accidents. College stu
dents, therefore, do more
than their share in the
mass slaughter that has
become tradition each
year on th highways.
As we pointed out ear
lier this year, even the
careful driver cannot be
too cautious. There are
many uncontrolaMe fac
tors en the roads. Our
campus population went
through Thanksgiving va
cation without a fatality,
with dry roads. Now the
same roads have a hard
cover of Ice resulting
from numerous snowfalls
and three weeks of freez
ing and sub-zero temper
atures. Driving now is ap
parently more dangerous.
There is no reason why
we cannot maintain our
perfect record. The
choice is ours. If each
driver takes the necessary
pre cautions, University
students can help lower
the national statistics and
save lives with a little
sacrifice like two seconds.
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not take a college educa
tion to demonstrate this
minimal degree of glori
ous prose. The same type
f brilliant litter is mani
fested each and every day
on skid-row by those who
neither have the advan
tage of a higher educa
tion nor discipline of mind
or principle. It appears
to me that Mr. Gaines
has given us and the
community an excellent
example of a superlative
ly debased collegiate pro
duct. I am sure that the
state legislators will be
won over by such magnifi
cent student accomplish
ments, and will vote more
and more money for their
perpetuation. After all,
such scholastic achieve
ments cannot go unre
warded. Donald L. Cleveland
Grad Liket
Change
Sir:
With respect to the rea
soning "?j, i.e. "ugly
Pershing beams," offered
by a few disillusioned sen
iors: To me the setting for
graduation was not a
tradition, it was a joke
and a most uncomfort
able, hot and boring Joke
at that. Just because
mother doesn't cook the
Thanksgiving dinner over
the old kitchen stove does
not mean that we have
disbanded the traditional
dinner.
At the risk of being
called heartless and cruel.
I must question "tradi
tioa" whenever it be
comes an antonym of
progress.
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Writer Recalls Meaning
Christmas Time is Time
Eric Sevareid
To be a sensitive per
son Is only to have the
measure of both joys and
sorrows increased; and it
is because Christmas sen
sitizes us
all that
adults
fear its
comi n g
even as
they wel
come it.
The
glow of
the s f t
lights.
the sound Sevareid
of child voices ia song,
piercing as with their al
most unendurable purity
these things remind us
that our first and only
command was to love,
and we have not truly
obeyed; that mea were so
commanded, not to im
prove them but to s a v e
them from themselves,
and we have not really
understood.
Christmas obliges us to
regard our work, what
we have made of our
lives, our country and our
world. Of course, we say,
"Christmas is really for
the children." Suffer the
little children to take this
burden from us.
In our middle and older
years we took backward
to Christmases we have
known more than we look
forward to those that will
come. Some were joyous
for me. as for you: some
were the purest pain and
some both pain and joy.
There was a Christmas
ia my early teens when I
first bad my own earned
money to spend and spent
it en expensive gifts for
all la our family, so poor
lo those days. To the stal
wart older brother I gave
a leather bound book and
a silver plated eigaret
lighter. When be handed
me my gift a necktie.
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as I remember his
face wore a stricken look,
and in the midst of the
festivities he broke i t
tears. Out of pride as
much as generosity I had
destroyed his Christmas.
I had not yet learned that
the bead must sometimes
govern the heart, that it
may not always be better
to give than to receive.
There was a time in the
thirties with war building
up in Europe, when Ma
dame Schumann-Heinck
used to sing "Silent
Night" each Christmas
Eve through the new de
vice I had bought for my
family known as the ra
dio set. On one of these
occasions she finished the
song and then spon
taneously, 1 believe
burst into a passionate
spoken plea that people
love and understand and
live in peace. My father
was a large, strong and
grave man, inhibited by
his upbringing in an aus
tere Scandinavian farm
family from revealing the
gentler emotions. As he
listened to the woman's
heavily accented words,
he began to tremble and
then hurried upstairs to
hide from us his tears. I
think perhaps he knew in
his heart what was com
ing to the world, that in
his mind's eye he was
seeing all the years of
heavy work, his few pos
sessions, his family, in
cluding three sons ap
proaching military age.
like him, we turn from
these thoughts most of the
days in the year because
we cannot face them; but
Christmas fastens its grip
of truth upon us and wiU
not let us go.
. All of us, in our Christ
mas selves, want to love.
One cannot believe that
tbe Russian or the C h U
nese people are any dif
ferent. But governments,
our tribal device for pro
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of Yuletide;
for Truth
tecting the in-group from
the out-group, cannot love.
At least I have never ob
served a government com
mitting an act of love di
rected at another govern
ment. New books, like
"African Genesis" tell
. as that in all of this pure
sanimai instincts are at
work, inherited from the
primates in tbe forest, be
cause, they tell us, we
come not from a fallen
angel but a risen
ape. Perhaps then, we
cannot change these in
stincts by aa effort of
will; but we are also
"nature's first brief ex
periment in self-awareness"
we alone among
animal creatures caa ob
serve our own instincts
and know, therefore, what
we are doing. Our col
lectivity need not be less
than the sam of its parts.
There are some words
I came upon years ago,
supposedly written by one
Fra Giovanni in 1513, but
which, someone has in
formed me, were actually
written in this century.
No matter I do not
know how anything could
be added to or subtracted
from these words:
"There is nothing I can
give you which ?ou have
not; but there is much
that, while I cannot give,
you can take. No heaven
can come to us unless our
hearts find rest in it to
day. Take heaven. No
peace lies inthefuture
which is not hidden in this
present instant. Take
peace. The gloom of the
world is but a shadow;
behind it. yet within
reach, Is joy. Take joy.
And so, at this Christmas
time, I greet you with the
prayer that for you, now
and forever, the day
breaks and the shadows
flee away."
(Distributed 1361 .by Tbe Hall
Syndicate. Inc.)
fAll Rights Reserved)
Staff Views
Out Of The Woods
No matter how careful a
person is and how many
precautions are taken all is
lost if the odds for success
are allowed to become too
great. This is the situation
that the students will face
today and this weekend as
they begin their migration
back from whence they
came or to where ever they
goeth.
The best drivers on this
campus will load up their
safety inspected cars care
fully making sure visibility
is not impaired and all
loose items are secured in
case of a sudden stop. Yet,
even with all these precau
tions and the safety mea
sures that will be taken
once on the highways their
chances of a safe journey
are reasonably reduced be
cause of the University's
tyrannical insistance that
school not be let out for va
cation until today, Dec. 22,
despite possible bad weath
er and heavy traffic!
Of course this means that
many students, who are ex
pecting to spend a Merry!
Christmas and a Happy
New Years at home, will be
forced to venture out upon
oar lovely holiday highways
when tbe expected peak in
highway travel will be near- .
ing. Some might even make
it all the way. Perhaps the
University figured in their
wisdom that this way the
student traveling home will
have plenty of company on
the highways; however, the
object of this deadly game
of traversing the roadways
of this state and country is
to get from point A to point
B without meeting anyone,
especially head on!
Even as this article is be
ing written early reports
are coming in telling how
nearly three times as many
cars than normal are leav
ing the major cities of this
country. Today this figure
will rise even greater as
On Films
At the end of every
year, filmakers 'put their
best foot forward' by re
leasing f i i m s of quality
and in quanity. The reason
is twofold: one, to attract
the holiday audiences,
and, two, to qualify the
films for awards namely
the Academy Award
which will subsequently
mean increased boxoffice.
The many year-end re
leases will suppiy Lincoln
theatres with impressive
entertainments well itsto
196Z. Noticeably, most of
these films find their
source in ether mediums;
few are based en screen
plays written directly for
the creen.
Stanley Kramer's
"Judgment at Nurem
bergwith a cast , just
starring Spencer Tracy.
Burt Lancaster, Richard
Widmark, Marlene Diet
rich, Judy Garland. Mont
gomery Gift and Maxmil
han Schell is an adap
tation of a Playhouse 90
television script of a few
years back concerning the
famous war trials.
Tennessee Williams is
getting double play. His
novella, "The Roman
Spring of Mrs. Stone,"
stars Vivien Leigh and
Warren Beatty in the
screen version, and con
cerns aa aging actress and
the "La Dolce Vita"
of Rome. Williams' play
of frigidity and religion.
"Summer and Smoke."
has bee a transfered to tbe
screen with a cast beaded
by Geraldine Page and
Laurence Harvey.
Tony Curtis plays Ira
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WEEK-EI.'D SPECIAL
From 4 P.M. Fridoy to 9 A.M. Monday
Call 432-3405 SAVES
4324625 MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
By Jim Forrest
business and industry close
down and employees join
our students on the high
ways. If a student is planning
to abandon the highway
danger for the comfort of
flight or rail, he is out of
luck again. However, this
type of student will only be
inconvenienced by crowds
of humanity, and will not
be forced to offer np his life
as collateral in order to
drive on a highway. Airlines
reported Thursday that
most of the east-west flights
are booked and trains are
having to put on extra
equipment.
What possible reason
could the University and
t h e calenda. committee
have for waiting so long to
give our students a start for
home? I'm not after an ear
lier date just so we can get
out of school earlier. Per
se . . . it doesn't make any
difference. The length of
vacation is always the
same. I do say that be
cause of the wisdom of
those on this campus that
are wise the decision of let
ting sthool out just as the
rest of the nation is letting
out for Christmas places un
necessary risk upon travel.
Administrators tell us that
we cannot do this or that or
that we must do this and
that because they are re
sponsible for otu safety and
good health while at " the
University. This is well and
good, but something lapsed
somewhere when the de
cision was made to keep
some eight thousand stu
dents on campus until the
Christmas weekend. Que
sera, sera!
Anyway, Out of the Woods
(minus a number of pine
trees) wishes to send each
and all, student or faculty,
a Merry Christmas and the
best for the New Year . . .
if you make it.
and Things
Hayes, Pima Indian who
was one of the men to
raise the flag ov er Iwo Ji
ma, in "Tbe Outsider."
Lee Marvin starred in a
television version over a
year ago.
Falling in line right be
hind 1959's "Ben-Hur" and
1960's "Spartacus" is
M-G-M'i ' King of Kings,"
a remake of the old Cecil
B. DeMiile silent with Jef
frey Hunter taking the
part of Christ played by
H. B. Warner in the first
version.
William Wyler's "Tbe
Children's Hour" stars
Audrey Hepburn and Shir
ley MatLaine in this sec
ond fflmzatioa of tbe Lil
liam Hellman play about
a malicious lie and Les
bianism. The first version,
alse directed by Wvler,
was called "Tbeae Three"
and was released in 1937.
Frank Capra remakes
his 1933 release "Lady for
a Day" under the title "A
Pocketful of Miracles."
and casts Bette Davis in
the Damon Runyon char
acter of Apple Annie or
iginally played by May
Robson. M-G-M also soon
releases its remake of
"The Four Horsemen of
the Apocalypse" with
Glenn Ford in the Ru
dolph Valentino role.
From Broadway comes
Jerome Rabbins' great
musical "West Side
Story." already hinted as
the 'Best Picture ef 1961.
Alse from Broadway is tbe
film version of "A Major
ity of One" starring Rosa-
(Continued en p. 4)
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