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Thursday, April 12, 1962
The New Dean
.By Choice or Chance?
Chancellor Clifford Hardin has an
nounced his decision for the successor of
J. P. Colbert, Dean of Student Affairs.
The decision to name Dr. G. Robert
Ross to the position has been met with
mixed reactions on the part of students
across the campus.
We would like to discuss, briefly, some
of the facts behind the selection and
According to Dr. Hardin, the decision
was difficult to make. All three of the
candidates were deemed very capable
and in many respects equal by the board
and those who interviewed him. All three
were young men, had earned their doc
tors degree in specified areas. All three
men came to the University for inter
views and were highly recommended.
Several students speculated that the
Dean was selected by ouija board, a de
vice consisting of a planchette and a board
with alphabet and other symbols. It is
a device used in spiritualistic seances to
convey the hidden meanings and give one
the right answers.
After talking with the Chancellor, we
can see that this is not the case. We
have been made aware of the fact that
there will be several changes in the func
tions of the Division of Student Affairs.
The Chancellor and the committee felt
that there had to be a good administrator
in the position. They felt that he should
come from a similar situation bearing
comparable authority and responsibility.
Dr. Ross has been their selection. He
bas a sincere maturity, is able to meet
and work well with people, and is fairly
progressive in his outlook on education.
He feels that activities, living groups, fra
ternity and sorority chapters all have a
place in the total educational picture. He
is also in favor of corrective discipline
and is not opposed to the tribunal as
such. He does reserve opinion as to ef
fectiveness, but was not familiar enough
with Nebraska's to make a judgement.
What will Dr. Ross's responsibilities
be? He will supervise housing, admis
sion:;, Junior Division, scholarships; he
will coordinate Student Health, Student
Union, foreign student activities. In short,
any activity which deals with the student.
Dr. Ross does believe in the fraternity
system and its potentials.' He feels they
should constantly work to develop their
position on the campus in relation to the
total educational pattern. He was not af
filiated at Texas A and M as they did
not have fraternities. However, Dr. Har
din pointed out that his record with fra
ternities at Ball Stale has been impres
sive. The decision has been made. Dr. Rob
ert Ross will succeed Dean Colbert. Only
the formal approval of the Regents re
mains. Dr. Hardin is very enthusiastic
over ths prospects of a revitalized Student
Affairs under Dr. Ross. Those of us who
have been critical of the selection should
consider the fact that a great deal of
time, effort and money not to exclude
the experience was extended to make the
right decision. We are certain that the
Chancellor has made that decision.
We are also hoping that there will be
a more enthusiastic approach made in
Student Affairs. We hope students, who
have ideas on the function of that office,
will not be afraid to express them to the
Chancellor's office. They are now in the
process of making the decisions as to its
functioning, and we have been re-assured
that student opinion will be appreciated.
Lack of Independents
The Student Council Betterment Com
mittee (SCBC) has released its slate of
13 candidates. We would like to point out
the fact that only ONE of those slated
was an independent, and that a good
number are also on the IFC slate. We
are, hc-'ever, concerned over the lack of
qualified independents on the SCBC slate.
Why weren't more slated? Was it a
lack of interest on the part of the in
dependent student? Was it a lack of ap
plicants? Was it the failure of active sup
port from RAM?.
We are pleased to note that the SCBC
this year looked not just at potential; but
that they went further in seeking students
with background and interest. It appeared
to us last year that these ingredients
were, for the most part, neglected.
Now the field opens and the candidates
move out into their campaign. A special
orientation session is slated for tonight in
which the candidates will hear a short
pep talk from President Steve Gage and
learn of rules from Don Witt. Candidates
will also be given Nebraskan information
forms for onr series on the candidates.
The next event in the election is the
Monday session with Edward Garvey,
president of United States National Stu
dent Association (NSA). We were pleased
1 to see the Council mandate the All-University
convocation and equally pleased that the
Administration accepted. Next Wednes
day the Council will meet one-hour ear
lier to discuss affiliation with the NSA.
Continuing the election calendar we
point out May 4. The Nebraskan will pub
lish a special political election supplement
to discuss the candidates and the issues
in the election.
The election is the following Monday,
There is a new magazine a-brewing on
our campus. It's called the SPEAKEASY.
For a short time there was a conflict
over whether or not the book would be
allowed under Publications Board provi
sions. But the book Las finally cleared
that hurdle under condition.
The first issue, expected to be ready
for sale next week, will be weighed very
critically by the board for its content, its
financial structure and need. If it is
deemed A-OK by the Board they will be
allowed to continue publication.
We are very enthused over the maga
zine. The SPEAKEASY contains humor,
satire, literary efforts, short stories, car
toons, and all of the ingredients of suc
cess. It also carries a low price-tag. It
has stories about campus events; campus
It does fill the need. Nebraska is one
of the few colleges without a college
HUMOR magazine. A few years ago the
CORNSHUKS died, partly due to finances
and "smut" content. But now we have
the SPEAKEASY. Why not try it.
Dean Selection By Ouija Board?
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Lend Me Your Ears
Friends, scholars, coun
trymen, lend me your
ears. I have come to
bury language, not to
praise it. Walk across the
campus in any direction,
listen to the speech of
every student and faculty
member. Can you under
stand every word they
say? Of course you can.
We have spoken English
since speech was possible.
In the Student Union, for
example, you see a sen
ior girl pat her tummy,
she says, "It belongs to
Tom and I." Of course,
she should have said,
Tom and me, but we
know what she meant.
Yes, we can understand
English, write a letter to
momma, and read a let
ter from our sweethearts.
We make gross errors in
grammar. Many of us
cannot work the mechan
ics of English. But is that
important? Of course
not, because we can be
understood sometimes .
The University realizes
that all students who can
talk fast enough to get
into college know enough
English to last them the
rest of their lives. For
example, note that in the
Arts and Science catalog
three words and four fig
ures outline the entire
English requirement. But
then, Administrators in
industry recognize that all
students who graduate
cannot communicate, and
they provide night classes
to teach their employees
a little practical English.
Thus, the University is
justified in not bothering
to require enough Eng
lish. Our students ignor
ance is profitable to the
textbook industries who
know that students do not
know about mechanics
and grammar and save
money by not hiring an
English proofreader. They
can publish books with
many mechanical mis
takes. Docs this stupid
ity matter? Nah, some
of these illiterate books
pass from hand to hand
year after year and no
one ever notices their
What do we do with
them? We study foreign
grammar. That is re
quired. The foreign-language
quires practically every
student to take semesters
and semesters and sem
esters of their languages.
Of course, they realize
that anyone, whether he
has ever gone to school
or not, could acquire a
speaking knowledge of
any foreign language by
living in the country for
a short time. If he can
not, he has not lived with
the natives and does not
need to learn it anyway.
On the other hand, the
ment can never teach a
speaking knowledge oi it
in the classroom.
The University realizes
all this but still outlines
carefully In its catalog,
in four hundred words
plus fifty figures and
more, exactly how a stu
dent cannot escape tak
ing a foreign language.
Every student has, In ef
fect, a "minor" in a for
eign language. The stu
dent cannot escape that
minor unless he can ob
tain a grade of 6 in the
fourth semester. Why not
this requirement for
English, and since we are
pressed for time cheat
the foreign language
not English? Of course,
, we cannot do that either
what a pity.
Yes, when a student
graduates from college,
he is able to write home
to momma in a foreign
language. Of course,
momma cannot read the
letter and will not send
the ten dollars it re
requested, but maybe
that is the purpose of the
foreign language depart
ment. Is something wrong
here? Do we really have
people who believe that
a foreign language which
cannot even be spoken in
the classroom is more
important than English
which is used very day?
There are such people,
and we must spend not
two hours outside of the
hour classroom in order
to pass their courses,
but beaucoup de l'heures
of memorization which is
almost useless in actual
speech for the average
student who finds himself
in a foreign land or
anywhere else. If the av
erage student cannot
write and speak perfect
English after sixteen
years of school, he will
not learn an unspoken un
heard foreign language in
the few hours a day avail
able for a foreign tongue.
Why not teach only
foreign literature? We
should feel cheated with
out that, but teach gram
mar in grammar-school.
(Continued on page 3)
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mental illness: no patient s
A patient at the Menninger Hospital
had been hate-ridden for years. So
the doctors let her work off her
8nger by hitting golf balls. And it
worked! In this week's Post, you'll
learn why the Menningers feel no
patient is hopeless. And you'll read
case histories from their files.
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by jim woodson
College students today
are well aware that Com
munism exists. They know
it constitutes Democracy's
deadliest rival for men's
But do they know how
it functions or what its ac
tual goals are? They
tend to shy away from
the obscure complexity of
texts on this ideology be
cause in the drawn- out
list of names, dates and
platitudes they normally
feel they are only groping
about in a vacuum of un
In this light, it is en
joyable and rewarding, to
say the least, when one
occasionally finds a con
temporary author capable
of making his subject live
for the reader.
Such is W. Cleon Skou
sen, who has recently
published his tenth edition
of The Naked Communist,
a bright, interesting and
comprehensive study of
Communism from i t s
birth to present-day activ
ity and ultimate goals.
This book begins with
the teachings of Marx and
Lenin, carries its reader
on through the Russian
Revolution, World Wars I
and II, the tragic story of
China, Korea, the UN, and
up to date with the RB
47 and U-2 incidents.
Skousen attributes h i s
facts well and succeeds
in keeping his reader in
terested. T ji e book is
printed in large, easy-to- -read
type and fairly brief
chapters so that the read
er can pick it up again
later without backtrack
ing to refresh his memory
of what has already trans
pired. The author has lectured
on Communism at many
state and national conven
tions. He attended school
in three different coun-
tries Canada, Mexico,
and the United States, and
also spent two years in
Europe. He also served for
16 years with the FBI and
then became Director of
Public Services at Brigh
am Young University.
The author took a leave
of absence in 1956 to serve
as Chief of Police in Salt
Lake City and, completing
that assignment in 1960,
became the Field Director
of the American Security
Council in Chicago.
The Impression this
writer had, after reading
The Naked Communist,
was that Skousen pre
sented a fairly accurate
picture but still was unable
to completely cover up his
stand as a "super,
An interesting sugges
tion for the press, brought
out in this book, and
more or less shedding a
little unintentional light
on Skousen's beliefs reads:
"Use quotations from
American patriots for box
stories and fillers." .
If the reader examinej
the book with this in mind,
a large amount of know
ledge can be acquired to
help him understand the
actions of the Communist
Association (UNSEA) has
elected the following new of.
ficers: president, Sharon Ma
clay; vice-president in
charge of programming,
Steve Honey, vice-president
in charge of membership, Jan
Quible; secretary, Gwen
Showalter; treasurer, Sue
Blevins; and historian, Betty
(Author of "I Wat a Teenraoe Dwarf", "The Many
LovetofDobit GiUit", ele.)
CRAM COURSE NO. 2: BIOLOGY
The grisly shadow of final exams looms over us, so today hi
this column instead of merry quips and homely saws, you wiU
find hard facts quick cram courses to help you through the
Last week I gave you a rapid survey of Modern European ,
History. Now let us turn to Biology.
Biology is divided into several phyla, or classes. First is
the protozoa, or one-celled animal. All life stems from the one
celled animal. Over a spaceof millions of years, life slowly
evolved until today we have animals with as many as 12 cells.
Some larger mammals claim they have 14 to 16 cells, but yo
fcnow how larger mammals lie.
The second class of animals is the periphera a shadowy
category that borders often on the vegetable. Take, for example,
the sponge. The sponge is definitely an animal. The washcloth,
on the other hand, is definitely not.
Next we come to the arthropoda, or insects. Most people,
of course, find insects fairly repulsive and yet, if one will but
look, there is exquisite beauty in the insect world. Who doei
not remember the lovely insect poems of William Cullca
Sigafoos such enchanting lyrics as Tuvilling Along with t)i4
Tumbling TvnMt bug, Fly Gently, Sweet Aphid, and GnaU My
Mother Taught Me. Mr. Sigafoos has been inactive since the
invention of DDT.
Our next category is the mollusea lobsters, shrimp, and
the like. Lobsters are generally found under rocky projections
on the ocean bottom. Shrimp are generally found in a circle
around a small bowl containing cocktail sauce. Marlboro Cig
arettes are generally found at any tobacco counter or vending
What have Marlboro Cigarettes got to do with biology?
Well, actually, not very much. It must I remembered, how.
ever, that the makers of Marlboro pay me for writing this
column, and they are inclined to get surly if I fail to mention
Mind you, I enjoy singing the praises of Marlboro and
so will you once you try that flavorful tobacco, that fine filter
which lets the flavor come through undiminished. It is a great
pleasure to smoke Marlboros and a great pleasure to write
about them, but sometimes, I must confess, I find it a bit
difficult to work the commercial into the column. Some yeart
ago, for example, I did a piece about Alexander the Great,
and, believe you me, it took a heap of stretching to drop in
a plug for Marlboro. The way I finally managed it was to have
Alexander go to the Oracle at Delphi and say, "Oracle, I have
conquered the world and tasted all its pleasures, but somehow
I am not content. I know that somewhere there must be
joy I have not yet experienced." To which trie Oracle replied.
'Yea. Alexander, there i mwh a inv hi. ,i., : : a.
yet. I refer to Marlboro Cigarettes which will not be invented
for another 2500 years." Whereupon Alexander fcU into a sulk
I sold a lot of cigarettes with this ingenious commercial, but
the gang down at the American Academy of Arts and Letter
gave me a mighty good razzing, you may be sure.
But I d.gress Back to biology, and the most advanced
phylum of all -the chordata, or vertebrates. There are ta
H JwJT W whn" rut, horizontal!'
and those iwhose backbones run vertically. Generally, there .
no great difficulty ,n distinguishing the two varieties. A fish!
for instant has ahonzonW backbone, and a man haviti ai
backbone. Occasionally, however, you run into a problem-likl
a fish who swmns upright and a man who spencFsZTof S
time m the nek. How, in such a case, do you teH one fr m
another? SV.enoe struggled with this sticky qj m Z 2
tunes, but finally Sigafoos of M.I.T. came up will, . brimJX
simple answer. Offer the creature a MariKf i 1 a fiJ'RS
t a.? 0"u Kr'v1 wil1 In f"i
sapiont, ine quicker the iKiecrttancp
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