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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 10, 1963)
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UNIVERSITY CANNOT PLAY TWO ROLES ...
Must Show Concern for Proper Image
DO STUDENT governments encourage political
Student governments, a Rhodes scholar says, is a
contributing factor to the apathy and , unconcern of
most college students about national and world political
problems and processes.
A recent issue of Time Magazine quotes Kenneth
Keniston's article in the Phi Beta Kappa magazine sup
porting this. The article says:
'To Keniston, who feels that 'true polities' should
Indeed concern collegians, a key deterrent is campus
politics. "By dealing only with trivia, he says, student
government subtly argues that only omnicompetent offi
cials have the wisdom to make real policy decisions."
A QUESTION better asked for the same reasons
is, "Are universities and colleges forced to dis
courage investigation of political ideas and encourage
apathy?" For any discouraging of political thought on
campus does not lie in the Council's slow moving leg
islative process; but in the University's lack to stimu
late political controversy.
Representatives of varying political ideas are avail
able and willing to come to campuses to present their
political ideology. Not only Democrats and Republi
cans but communists, socialists, facists, too.
THIS SUNDAY Gordon Hall will appear in Lincoln.
He is a lecturer on bigotry in the United States. He is
very outspoken about bigots on both the "right" and
"left" of the political spectrum. Yet, he will not ap
pear before the students because no one wanted to spon
The only exposure Nebraska students get to vary
ing political ideas are in class or through reading
about them. We have heard a great variety of Demo
crats and Republicans on campus, but none of the people
from the ether parties the minority parties have been
heard from. Other campuses invite American communist
officials like Gus Hall, Nazi party members like George
Lincoln Rockwell, Birchers like Robert Welch and oth
ers from even more abstract political thought groups.
They come to these campuses and appear before the
student body to explain the ideas espoused by their
political theory. The students listen and evaluate. They
are able to discuss, and debate political questions. A
free-market of ideas is formed.
KENISTON TELLS of possible reasons for the lack
of political controversy on many campuses such as ours.
His explanation hits home here at Nebraska.
Kenii refers to an "echo" from the McCarthy
era no .ie fear of hearing or speaking out but of
being taken in. Fear of being accused of what Mc
Carthy called "unwitting dupes." This fear is
here in Nebraska. Many adults and groups in the state
will not tolerate its tax supported institution to sponsor
or allow "un-American" political thought to be es
poused on its campuses. For example:
A professor at an Ohio college was given a con
tract to teach at one of our state teachers colleges.
Prior to the end of his last semester at Ohio he asked
a known communist to come and speak to students.
His contract here in Nebraska was torn up.
The Daily Nebraskan campaigned against the
House Un-American Activities Committee and their film
"Operation Abolition" an attack waged on many
campuses. The paper, its staff and its editor were ac-
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At Nana Editor Bob Ray
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Statl Wrltere .... Sue Hovlk.1 Oar, Laeer. Karen Ounlleka
Junior Stat Writer! ... Al Spora, Jim Moore. Suaie Smlthbener. Tom Mcfilnnla
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cused of being communist by state politicians and pa
pers because it was popular communist policy to oppose
HUAC. The School of Journalism was dragged into the
conflict by the same people and its faculty were accused
of being "pinko."
Later, with another staff and another editor, a
letter was printed espousing definite communist think
ing. The letter was written by a student. Again the
"pinko" implication was applied to the Nebraskan and
the School of Journalism.
THESE EVENTS happened within the last three
years. They would happen again if any group or the
University as a whole sponsored either rightests or left
ists to speak. ..
It is increasingly apparent that the University can
not play both roles an academic, free community
where education means a sorting of all ideas and a
state institution which will provide the "proper" image
to the state and nation.
Public relations has become the University's prime
concern. The "proper" image must be presented at all
times and at all costs. We are sure that this is not the
University's free choice, but one that is forced upon it
by the legislature and the people of the state.
This choice is forced upon the University by its
need for state finances. "Save the budget" is
their cry. They must cry this if they are to progress.
In order to get a satisfactory budget the University's
image must be unstained.
THE UNIVERSITY is caught in the middle and the
student body along with it. The practical side of get
ting money the University needs to function as an
institution of higher learning has been winning the tug
of war for many years. The bright torch of a free,
academic society where all ideas are encouraged in
free debate is not held as high any more by many
institutions including ours.
The University, because it must pamper and sell
the legislature in order to get a budget from the state
for needful facilities, must be satisfied with giving an
education which does not encourage the free exchange
of political ideas on a campus-wide forum.
A university president in another part of the coun
try once said: "... the peculiar property of every uni
versity, properly so called, must always be found on
the highest departments of intellectual culture. It is not,
primarily, a society for the diffusion of useful knowl
edge, nor a common school system for the education of
the masses, however important a supplementary part
it may take in both these directions. Its distinctive
work is in the higher realms of thought, there building
upon the highest attainment of the past to reach up
ward to still higher, and thus enlarge the boundries
of human knowledge by discovery of new truths and
by new applications of the old."
NEBRASKA, along with most modern public and
some private institutions, does not fit this definition.
Governments may outlaw certain political thoughts
and their parties, as ours just recently did, in order
to protect national security. The justice of such an act
is questionable. But for any government, whether federal
or state, to force a university to subtly "outlaw" open
discussion and presentation of any idea political or not, "
whether unpopular or popular cannot be acceptable
though it may be tolerated. ' i
For this to be happening here and elsewhere in
our country is one of the tragedies of education.
VVS OUT; "
DRAW GIRAFFES AND THEN FEEL SILLY
Austin, Texas An ac
counting professor gave
his University of T e x a s
class a quiz to test the
students' ability to follow
They had 10 minutes to
answer 16 questions, and
the preliminary instruc
tions said to read the
quiz carefully before be
ginning. The questions were
something like these:
1) Write yo ur name
last name first, in the top
2) Underline your first
3) Draw a circle around
your last name.
4) Put stars around the
5) Draw a vertical line
in the middle of the page.
6) Draw a man to the
right of the line, wearing
7) Draw a giraffe half
as large as the man to
the left of the line.
8) This is the mid-point
of the quiz; when you have
reached this point, stand
up and say "here."
And so on, to number
16, which read:
16) Work only problems
1 and 2.
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(Author of "I Wat a Teen-age Dwarf,". '.'.Th Many
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A GUIDE FOR THE UNMONEYED
R. L. Sigafoos was a keen, ambitious lad, and when he finished
high school he wished mightily to go on with his education. It
seemed, however, a forlorn hope. R. L.'s father could not send
the boy to college because a series of crop failures had brought
him to the brink of disaster. (R. L.'s father raised orchids which,
in North Dakota, is a form of agriculture fraught with risk.)
It was, therefore, squarely up to R. L. He could go to college
only if he worked his way through. This was a prospect that
dismayed him. He had a deep-seated fear that the task would
be too great, that he would never be able to carry on a full, busy
college life and still find time to do odd jobs and make money.
Racked with misgivings, R. L. paced the streets, pondering
his dilemma. One day, walking and brooding, he came upon a
park bench and sat down and lit a Marlboro cigarette. R. L
always lit a Marlboro when he was low in his mind. R. L. also
always lit a Marlboro when he was merry. The fact is there is
no occasion happy or sad, pensive or exuberant, cheery or
solemn when Marlboro with its fine filter and fine flavor is
not entirely welcome, as you will discover when you go to your
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Marlboro and I and R. L. Sigafoos hope you will do real soon.
Sitting and thinking and smoking a Marlboro on the park
bench, R. L. was suddenly interrupted by a small, quavering
voice which said, "My boy, you are troubled. Can I help?"
Seated beside R. L. was a tiny, gnarled man with wispy,
snow-white hair. His skin was almost transparent, showing a
delicate tracery of fragile lxnes beneath. His back was bent,
and his hands trembled. But his eyes were bright and clear.
R. L. looked into those eyes, into the wrinkled face. He saw
wisdom there, and experience, and kindness. "Do you think, '
sir," said R. L., "that a boy can work his way through college
and still enjoy a rich, full campus life?"
"Why, bless you, son," replied the stranger with a rheumy
chuckle, "of course you can. In fact, I did it myself "
"Was it very hard?" asked R. L.
"Yes, it was hard," the stranger admitted. "But when one
is young, all things are possible. I, for example, used to get up
at five o'clock every morning to stoke the furnace at the SAE
house. At six I had to milk the ewes at the school of animal
husbandry. At seven I gave a fencing lesson to the Dean of
Women. At eight I had a class in early Runic poets. At nine I
gave haircuts at the Gamma Phi Beta house. At ten I had dif
ferential calculus. At eleven I posed for a life class. At twelve
I -watered soup at the Union. At one I had a class in Oriental
languages. At two I exercised the mice in psych lab. At three
I gave the Dean of Women another fencing lesson. At four I
had qualitative analysis, At five I went clamming. At six I cut
meat for the football team. At seven I ushed at the movies. At
eight I had my ears pierced so that at nine I could tell fortunes
in a gypsy tearoom. At ten I haA a nio. ; a
eleven I tucked in the football team. At twelve I studied and
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"Sir," cried R. L., "I am moved and inspired by your shin
"It was nothing," said the stranger modestly, shaking his
fnul white head. "It was just hard work, and hard work never
"Would you mind telling me, sir," said R. L., "how old you
are now?" '
"Twenty-two," said the stranger. uku M gbui.
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