The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 15, 1962, Page Page 2, Image 2
B t?j7 SmS fltrer nninir ' wia" W - r m m m i je w -m.-v.a- r aw Page 2 EDITORIAL Thursday, March 15, 1962 f NATIONAL OBSERVER !l MOST i7&fLArtt s 2 i 'i V; . Si s Birth of a Newspaper It wasn't too many years ago that the field of journalism was so com petitive that one news paper would not even give an other the time of day; in fact, if it had the chance, it rf would r j u s t as I J t " s o a n I smash I the oth- e r s Forrest clock. It even got so bad that papers would never print the name of another newspaper or radio sta tion. Well, things have changed, and for the bet ter. Today, one newspaper will recognize the exist ence of other forms of journalism, both printed and aired, with the pos sible exception of adver tising and public rela tions. It is in this frame of peaceful coexistence that we would like to call to the attention of o u r readers the existence of a revolutionary addition to the field of mass com munications. Some five weeks ago, Dow Jones and Com pany, publishers of t h e Wall Street Journal, initi ated a new kind of pub lication for this country The National Observer. It is a newspaper, by def inition from its editorial staff, and, as was said in their, first edition, de signed to tell you (the reader) what is going on now in the "whole wide world." The Observer is per haps the best thing that has happened to the read ing public in this country. It is a weekly national newspaper published on Sundays. You can read the whole news and un derstand it better through the Observer's remarkable depth of reporting and readible display on pages with wide columns and headlines. The news is not broken in bits and pieces as is so common in met ropolitan dailes. Because it is a weekly the edi torial staff has time to lift the news, to put it in Member Aoociated Collegiate Press, International Press Representative: National Advertising Service, Incorporated Published ' at: Room 51. Student Union, Lincoln, Nebraska. SEVENTY-ONE TEAKS OLD 14th & R Telephone HE2-:631 ext. 4225. 4228, 4227 - SnhMripiia r W ' iTfM wean ""'wr at rh poii orflc la a' D.ilT Nrbraakan la punHine Monday. Weane.daj, mmi rrtdaj duiinf the mhool rear, eirml during wattooa awl Irarloda, itadenti vl the Unlver.lir perspective and to pre sent it in a manageable package for the reader. The most striking in novation by the Observer is its size. Though pages are actually deeper and wider than the standard page, the number of pages has been greatly re duced as compared to the normal Sunday edition of other newspapers, yet the news content is equal if not superior to these other Sunday papers. How did they do it? They simply cut down the number of advertisements, on each page. If you would pick up a Sunday edition of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles newspapers, which have two or three hundred pages, you would find the back pages filled with ads or nearly so. It would take a reader a long time to read all the news. Even Lincoln and Omaha papers have many pages where small stories are laced in among mountainous ads. The Ob server has every page wide, open to its news columns with only a small percentage of each page's space taken up by adver tisements. How can a newspaper afford this? The Observer is an ex periment. The answer to this question is still to be answered. We hope that the answer will be yes for it will certainly revolu tionize present practices. In the Observer's first edition the editors stated that they "will treat news exactly the same way for readers in Port land, Maine, and for read ers in Portland, Ore." This they have done and can do with the Dow Jones seven printing plants around the c o u n try, with both wire serv ice (AP, UPI, and Reut ers) and correspondent coverage of news, and with the organization that already successfully pub lishes the Wall Street Journal in seven cities. The editors have, also stated that the Observer is a newspaper, not a magazine. Though this statement is true, the Ob server will most certainly give the weekly magazine field a run for its sub scriptions. We have found A HORSE Daily Nebraskan of Nebroaaa under autharlaatlon of Ihe Committee on Student Mfaln ar an einrraalnn at atodeat opinion. P .Miration under the Jnrlidlrtlao of the Subcommittee on Student Publication! ahall bo free from editorial eeniorship on the part of the Subcommittee or on the part of an; nerjoi oulaide the inlverilty. The member! of the Dallr Ntbraakan itaff are perionallj reiponaible for what the? aat, ar do. or cauae to be printed February I. 195S. EDITORIAL STAFF Editor Don rerfumn Managing Editor Jim Forreat N'w Editor Eleanor Billing Sports Editor ... Dave Wohlfarth A ra Editor Anda Anderaon Night Neva Editor Bob Beeom, Wendy Kogera Cup; Editor Nancy Whltford. Sac Hnvlk, Gary Lace; Stpff Writers Mike MacLean, Tom Kolouc. Wendy Bogera Junior Staff Writera Karen Gunilcka, Bob Beaom Staff Phologrppher Doug MoCartnea that the Observer is easier to read than the magazine while still giv ing the same complete coverage that is charac teristic of national weekly magazines. The Observer is an ex periment, yes, but one that is and will continue to have an increasing in fluence on the area of mass communications in news coverage, make-up and style of headlines and pictures. It is a new con cept on the American scene to compete for your money. It goes without saying that the Observers standards for selecting news are their own and the success of the experi ment will rest upon its integrity in setting these standards. If you like to be in on the beginning of a new pardon the expression frontier, get a copy if not a subscription. It won't replace your copies of Playboy, but then every thing has its place. Forrest Union Thanks 1 I would like to express the sincere thanks and appreciation of the Ne braska Union manage ment and staff for the fine show of cooperation on the part of the regular students and faculty cus tomers during the High School Basketball Tour naments. We here at the Union realize the inconvenience that this has caused you and feel that you have done the University a service in showing the High School students the fine treatment which they received. I should also like to add a word of thanks to the ROTC MP's for their help in our building, and to the University Police force especially Sgt. Mar ket and Officer Ditch for their calm, effective ef forts in handling extreme ly large crowds. Again, thank you all for helping us in serving our campus guests. Sincerely, A. H. Bennett, Managing Director Letter Presented (Editor'! Note: The following letter 5 was presented to Student Council mem- hers at their meeting yesterday. A copy was also submitted to the Cam- pus Forum.) Dear Student Council I member, I As a non-council mem- I ber, of the University of Nebraska Student body, I would like to make my feeling on the NSA situ- ation known. These are I my own personal opinions I along with influential statements from indi- viduals I know well. I The essence of my feel- I ing Is .to agree with the I majority of the council in that neither the student ' i body njr the council is I ready to decide whether I or not to affiliate with NSA. I I do not think we can 1 attempt to decide this f question of joining until we know what NSA real- ly is. Until such a time I I feel it is our duty to find out what NSA is and stands for and to keep alive this desire for know- I ledge, not through such 1 discussions as the stu- I dent council is now en- 1 gaged in to create cam- f pus interest, but by the carrying out of your ong- inal plan of study and re- ports trom wis study. . And please, study com- mittee, use the tool of progress reports don't wait for a final report. 1 How about it, study com- mittee??? The committee, could, in the several i weeks left, give at least one progress report which I would be invaluable. This 1 progress report should, I think, include a general outline of what areas the committee is exploring, and what questions they are attempting to answer. The report should not be binding on the final re- port, but rather should 1) I provide the campus with an official report, and 2) stimulate students to sug- gest new areas the com- mittee had not considered I and possible questions 1 that should be answered. I Right now, all we, as a campus, know is that NSA I takes the following s stands: 1) A student shall not take part - in acitivity I which does not affect students in their role as students. Z) No one shall put 1 forth propaganda to in 1 fluence legislation. 1 3) It is okay to call for a letter writing cam s paign to support a bill. 1 4) NSA is against the I House Un-American Ac- tivities Committee, s 5) Congress should not make any law imposing restriction on freedom of speech. (No "propa- ganda" should be re i stricted.) 1 6) It attacks loyalty oaths in the National I Defense Student Loan Act of 1958 and wants loyalty oaths on state and city levels to be re I pealed. 1 7) The National Exec- utive Committee has as- sumed the right to ex 1 press t he i r views on subjects that could not I be brought to discussion and vote as though the entire body of students 1 belonging to NSA ' I agreed. There is no dis i tinction made as to whether the subject was carried by a 51 or a 90 vote. The public is not told how many vot- ed, or whether it was just the executive com I mittee 's .views. 1 It supports inte- gration of public facili- ties and pro-integration sitting movements. 9) It believes that dis I criminatory clauses in Greek constitutions I should be done away 1 with. What if the executive committee came out say- ing, "We support the fol- lowing: The United States should leave Berlin, Indo- nesia should get West I New Guinea, and we i shouldn't have troops in South Viet Nam. These i are the expressed views I of 500,000 college students i across the nation." What would every reader of i newspapers in Nebraska say when they read this ! with the statement tacked e on at the end: "People i of Nebraska, your state j university in Lincoln is a j member of this organiza- tion." What would this do i to us as persons and in- dividuals, the university, I the state of Nebraska, j and our nation? How j much are we bound to to Student Council these decisions of the executive committee? Are we pledged to support ev erything they say and how far does our commitment go? These may be lop-sided views, but information in general is obscure and hard to procure. I had to obtain the information by hook and crook and paraphrasing the writer in the Daily ' Nebraskan. There is a set of NSA resolutions stating some of NSA's stands, but this is not available at this time. When I called a non-council member of the study committee, I received the following re ply: "As a member of the committee, I am not allowed to tell you any thing concerning NSA, except that information can be obtained in the library or through the na tional organization." But, another person interested in finding out something about NSA spent three days in the library ask ing, hunting, and trying to find cross references, and did not come up with an ounce of information. And I am sure this search er knows how to use our library. I could say more, but I am looking forward to hearing a progress re port of the NSA study committee within the next couple of council meet ings which I shall attend as I have for the last few weeks. I hope it will be filled with observations, good and bad, which will help me as a campus member to define and take my stand. Right now I have to refuse an af firmative stand because I do not know what I am getting into. For all I know, NSA may be sub versive. The tone of this letter may seem to be mostly negative. However this only reflects upon the type of information I have ob tained thus far and does not mean that I am ei ther for or against Ne braska affiliating with NSA. ' We as a campus can not settle for the word of a couple of writers in the Daily Nebraskan. They write a short resume of what they feel is impor tant and then evaluate the content of the council meeting as they see it. The maturity of the campus and in particu lar the Student Council is on trial in the handling of this vital issue. Sincerely E. Eugene Baillie Book Snatcher Dear "Friendly" stu dent: I understand you've been quite busy these iast few weeks busy show ing the high schoolers how friendly you are. Yes, you're so friendly that it breaks you up to see text books not in use lying in a carrel at the library, so you immedi ately "remove" them (while no one- is looking, of course, because they wouldn't understand that you were just being friendly) and quickly rush over to the book store and sell them so that they can be put on the shelf with the other books (so they won't be lonely) which you have "removed" from other areas in the library. I must say, you cer tainly do your best to live up to all of the high qualities that the BUILD ER who wrote Wednes day's editorial says all good University students have. I am quite sure that you are the perfect example of one who is extremely interested in educational endeavors Purse snatching and book stealing 103, shoplifting 229, refurnishing your fraternity house in one easy robbery 162, and many more courses geared to your education al interests. By this time, I am sure that the rest of the students are wondering just who you are, you wonderful, friendly, higher-education minded per son. After all, we're so indebted to you for giv ing the high schoolers the perfect picture of a good college student and set ting an example for all of ns to follow. How can we ever thank you?!! "A Grateful Student" Council Shows To the Editor: Now the Student Coun cil is showing signs of maturity. They are meet ing on othec days than the official Wednesday session. They even tried to make last Saturday's get-together a secret ren dezvous, instead of keep ing it open. Maturity? Sure. Long ago, the U.S. Congress, our state's Legislature, and Lincoln's City Council learned to make use of the outside-the-chamber tete-a-tete to discuss what they were going to do. Whether or not s u c h meetings are right or wrong I'm not concerned with here, although try ing to purge the press is antithetical to the Bill of Rights. Editorially, you took after those "thinking lead ers" who so far have not shown their mettle. Three cheers ! In one of his novels, au thor Robert Heinlein quot- Writer Criticises Point System To ihe Editor: Recently the Daily Ne braskan carried a story concerning controver sy over the AWS point system. The only thing that can be said is that NO POINT SYSTEM WILL WORK IF the "au thorities" (Dean Snyder and AWS hierarchy) con E3? fJrtffPaiirM.IW.: THE GRASS IS The academic world, as we all know, b loaded wMi dSgntaatl ethics, with lofty means and exalted eotk, with troth and buasat In such a world a heinous thine; Eke faculty raiding coftogoB en ticing teachers away from other colleges fa not even thinkabK. However, if the dean of one college happens purely by chance, mind you to run into a proieesor from another ecattege, and the professor happens to remark just in passing, mind yo that he is discontented with his present position, why, what's wrong with the dean making the professor an offer? Like tba other afternoon, for instance, Dean Sigafoos of Granmwa Polytech, finding himself in need of a refreshing cup of oic,, dropped in quite by chance at the Discontented Professon Exchange where he discovered Professor Stuneroe from the English Department of Kroveny A and M sitting over a pot of lapsang soochong and shrieking "I Hate Kroveny A and Mtf Surely there was nothing improper in the dean saying to the professor, "Leander, perhaps you'd like to come over to ns. I think you'll find cor shop A-OK." ' (It should be noted here that all English professors are named Leander, just as all psychics professors are named Fred. All sociology professors are, of course, named Myroa, all veterinary medicine professors are named Rover, and all Geiman professors are named Hansel and Gretel. All deans, are, of eturae, named Attila.) But I digress. Leander, the professor, has just been offered a job by Attila, the dean, and he replies, "Thank you, but I don't think so." "And I don't blame you," says Attila, stoutiy. "I under stand Kroveny has a fine little library." "Well, it's not too bad," says Leander. "We have 28 voluine in all, including a mint copy of Navy Drew, Girl DtUclwt." "Very impressive," says Attila. "Us now, we have 36 million volumes, including all of Shakespeare's first folios and the Dead Sea Scrolls." "Golly whiskers," says Leander. "But of course," says Attila, "you don't want to ieava Kroveny where, I am told, working conditions are tickety-boo." "Oh, they're not Uy bad," says Leander. "I teach 18 houra of English, 11 hours of optometry, 6 hours of forestry, coach tha fencing team, and walk Prexy's cat twice a day." "A full, rich life," says Attila. "At our school you'd be some what less active. You'd teach one class a week, limited to four A students. As to salary, you'd start at $50,000 a year, witk retirement at full pay upon reaching age 29." jb? ' Ssv f fT 'm '. i " c war "Sir," says Leander, "your offer is most fair but you must understand that I owe a certain loyalty to Kroveny." "I not only understand, I applaud," says Attila. "But before you make a final decision, let me tell you one thing more. Wa supply Marlboro cigarettes to our faculty all you want at all times." "Gloryosky !" cries Leander, bounding to his feet. "You mean Marlboro, the filter cigarette with the unfiltered taste Marlboro, the cigarette with better makin's Marlboro that comes to you in pack or box Marlboro that gives you such a lot to like?" "Yep," says Attila, "that's the Marlboro I mean." "I am yours," cries Leander, wringing the Dean's hand, f Where do I sign?" "At the quarry," replies Attila. "Frankly, we don't trust paper contracts any more. We chisel them in marble." 8 1962 Ma SaiUmaa Stonecutter cut it in tane, woodcutter cut it in wood, $eamstresset embroider it in doiliet: you get a lot to like in a Marlboro Alter, flavor, pack or box. Signs of Maturity ed Plato to the effect that the universe is made up of paired qualities. Along with success (in getting elected to the council), the Greek philosopher said, goes responsibility (to take an active part in , it). By virtue of having been elected, Student Councilmen have acquired a great deal of responsi bility. Several of them don't seem to realize it. If they didn't want re sponsibility, they should not even have been can diates. But now, for better or worse, they have success and its partner, responsi bility. Let them either show it and exercise it, or let them be realistic and resign in favor of someone who will. Success at the polls, plus exercising responsi bility, equals sound devel opment of future political leaders. Roger L. Wait tinue to show favoritism such as letting one wom an hold two presidencies (of an organized house and a major campus or ganization). BOTH the old and the new point sys tem prohibit this, but ap parently the rules don't always apply? Observer lt8aiai if VMM umm . iw, ALWAYS J .