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by charles burda
Monday January 14, 1 963 1
CORDAN HALL AS A CONVOCATION SPEAKER . . .
Ask Bostonian to Speak Here
WE WERE WRONG. There was a
group that was Interested in hearing Gor
dan Hall speak, but they decided they
were interested too late to publicize the
fact that he was going to speak Sunday
to students. The Hillel Foundation, a
group of Jewish University students, con
tacted Hall Thursday and arranged an
appearance for yesterday at 4 p.m.
We would like to think that because
of the lateness of the arrangements and
not the typical lack of interest among
students caused the poor attendance. But
then we were fortunate to have a small
attendance about 20 students and adults
because it gave Hall a chance to be
completely informal, which he is not able
to do on most of his lecture appearances.
He sat on a table and spoke with a soft,
unassuming Bostonian accent.
He is not the type of man that ar
tides about him might lead a person to
believe. There is none of the rah-rah and
fire and brimestone that so many lec
turers on the inner-dangers of America
have. He alarmed no one and gave no
"if you don't do this then something ter
rible will happen" formulas. His talk was
completely informative and made with
the objectiveness of a man who knows
his subject well. Gordan Hall has been
lecturing on his own time and for his
own reasons since 1946.
HIS TALK Sunday dealt with a gen
eral outline of the activities and types
of extremist movements on both the right
and the left of the political spectrum. In
both cases, he said, these movements
went beyond any common label of lib
eral or conservative. He spread out be
fore his audience a collection of litera
ture published by these extremist groups
whose memberships total some 6Ms to
7 million today.
Hall made an offer to the audience
which I would like to pass on to our
readers. If you write to the following
address, he will send, at no cost to the
writer, a similar complete collection of
222 Marlbough Street
Boston 16, Massachusetts
The reason for sending for this litera
ture is his answer to the rash of hate
movements and extremists: To make
sure that people, especially students, de
velope a frame of reference with which
understanding about these groups can be
GORDAN HALL advocates not prose
cution of these groups but education of
the American people. One of the most
effective means on a campus, he said,
is open discussion and forums to focus
attention on these groups.
Hall said something during his talk
that made the students in the audience
stir with embarrassment. He said that
the trouble with students is that they do
not want to take these groups and their
movements seriously. This shoe fits Ne
braska students perfectly, and we should
realize it and wear it until we are ready
and wUling to throw them away.
We say that extremist movements
are not important and justify this by
watching the Pro Bowl game on T.V.
Hall said students, and adults alike, do
not want to be disturbed from their per
HOW IMPORTANT is a group that
totals some 300,000 persons? How impor
tant is a group that publishes literature
with a paid subscription list of some 250
in post WW II and is now passing 91,000?
How important is a group that advocates
genocide and gets an annual voluntary
contribution total of something over $300,000.
Do these people believe in their
causes or are they like television would
like to have us believe all crooks and
swindlers? According to HaU, the leaders
of these groups, almost without excep
tion, "hopelessly" believe in their cause
all the way down the line. Some fall to
the opportunism involved with the mon
ey they receive in contributions and lose
the initial zeal, but even these had the
belief when they organized.
THE GREATEST defense against ex
tremists is education. There are legiti
mate fighters of communism and pro
moters of reform. It becomes important
for Americans to be able to distinguish
the legitimate from the extremist. The
best place to gain this education and ac
quire the frame of reference Gordan
HaU spoke of is here in college. Where
else are such discussions and forums on
political ideology so easily staged. A uni
versity is a place where aU ideas are
supposed to be discussed.
We urge that the University invite
Gordan HaU as a convocation speaker.
He told us Sunday that he would return
to a convocation this year. If, because of
monetary fears and concern for a prop
er image, we cannot hear varying polit
ical ideas on a campus forum, then at
least let the students hear about them
from a man that knows extremist groups
and their leaders.
These groups are important and their
potential is great and according to Hall
is on the rise. In his words "the extrem
ist and hate groups are the darkest blithe
in the Twentieth Century." We most
know of them or about them so we do
not become, as Senator McCarthy said,
"unwitting dupes" of their brand of pat
riotism and Americanism.
by don f erguson
"Who gives a damn."
This was the reply made by one stu
dent in response to the question, "What
did the legislature do today?"
"Who gives a damn."
This could be the reply of a State
Senator to the statement "I'm a Univer
sity of Nebraska student."
Every twe years, the students begin
to set ect a program by which they win
be able to influence the actions of the
Nebraska Unicameral. Every year, they
apparently are equally nnsnccetsfuL
The Student Council has adopted a
program which is typically labeled "the
Senator's Program". Its aim? To influence
the senators. To ten the State Legislator
what Yocth feels about the type of edu
cation he is getting. To inform the senator
of the values of the University of Ne
braska to him individually.
Isn't it nice to be organized?
Or, do YOU give a damn?
S typical ef the stndent is his lack
f concern, bis lack ef motivation, his
lack ef stimBlatioa and his lack of par
ticipation in the things that have a tre
ncitdoas effect m his daily life.
Most of us are quick to set back and
criticise the rotten roads, or the lack of
tourist promotion, or the poor education
al condition of the music building.
Most ef u are even pleased with ear
attitudes abort the actions of major cam
pas organizations which effect cur fra
ternity and sorority membership; which
' effect ear registration procederes; yes
which effect even ear place of gradua
te!. But how many of us have the guts
to do something about it?
Three cheers for the Senator's Pro
gram, but why doesn't each student start
his own senator's program?
"Oh, no, I couldn't do that. He
wouldn't listen to me."
Have you tried recently?
A few days ago, one state senator
noted taw refreshing It was to get the
viewpoints of youth on the problems fac
ing the state. He was also quick to note
that It is a shame more of them don't
fcaaw anything about the situation they
And he didn't mean it sarcastically.
What he meant was that most individu
als and even a good share of the adults,
haven't even bothered to find out about
the subject for discussion.
How can the individual, especially the
participants m the organized Senator's
Program, even hope to make the type of
impression they are after if they dont
know their subject?
Here again, it is not our place to go
down and say, "Well, the U needs about
50 jillion scooties this year or well go
to heU in a rain bucket" But it is our
place to go down and say, "I know the
type of education that I am getting and
this is what it is."
If the senator can know the quality
of instruction, the number of top notch
professors, the outstanding leadership in
the administrative areas of the Univer
sity and the colleges; if he can see what
the value of education in Nebraska has
meant to one individual, you; if be can
see a spark of the future and a flame
of concern for Nebraska, who can pre
dict the results of your confrontation.
Recently, Mr. Forrest stated in his
editorial that the University has to pre
sent a double image. One being pub
lic relations, one being academic free
dom and top curricula.
This is a difficult task, seldom at
tained without sacrifice of one of the two
You, too, have to present a double
image as a student You have a re
sponsibility in the area of the academic.
Likewise, you have an obligation to the
However, you need not sacrifice eith
er principle. Neither does the University
if the rest of the state will accept the
basic principles of an educational insti
tution. For if you are playing your role as
a student, you can not allow yourself
to neglect the community.
We live, virtually, in a state with the
future on its side. Crucial decisions wiU
have to be faced by our Unicameral.
Tax base, public power, re-apportionment
safety, tourism, education.
Each decision, in itself, is destined to
change the road for Nebraska into that
future. And you could make an impres
sion on the road chosen.
It isn't as was stated last year
"NEBRASKA TOO TIMID TO LIVE."
Rather, it is a state with people too timid
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K you've never been
to a "lab play," you're
really missing something!
Produced by students in
play direction classes, the
plays may range from
mediocre to superb.
But in lab plays, there
is the distinct advantage
of a truly experimental
and creative direction,
partially because the director-student
is new at
the game, and partially
because he doesn't have
to worry about the "mar
ket value" of this or that
The result, as I say,
may be mediocre, but
more often, you find that
something new is being
tried for instance, the
forthcoming lab produc
tion of "The Glass Men
agerie" is t featuring a
scrim placed completely
around the Arena Theater
acting area, giving even
more of a separation be
tween the audience and
Tennessee W i 1 1 i a m s'
Tonight at 7:30 p.m.,
stop in to see "Zoo Story,"
a short and moving story
by Edward Albee (he's
the rage of the "theater
by 8u san Stanley
an up-and-coming p 1 a y
wright, but might not ap
pear here, except in the
lab theater, for a few
more years). Directed by
Bonnie Benda, I hear it
features an excellent, per
formance by Curtiss
Greene. It's followed by
"Birthday Party," by
Hjalmar Bergstrom, di
rected by Judy Birney.
Thursday and Friday
nights, something new is
being added. Patrick
Drake, whose poetry has
been printed in both "The
Prairie Schooner" and
"Scrip," is directing "A
Manoeuvre," which he has
written. A world pre
mier right here in Riv
Drake's play is followed
by "The Man With a
Flower in His Mouth,"
by Luigi Pirandello. Di
rected by Jenise Burmood,
with that title, it can't
As the final touch to
this semester's lab plays,
"The Glass Menagerie,"
which is directed by Judie
Kriss, completed the eve
Why Label 'Jocks'
To the Editor:
What about the intelli
gence of our football
Is it not true that most
instructors either already
know who the football
players are or soon find
out when they have them
Is it not also true that
along with knowing that a
boy is on the football
team that another assump
tion is made by students
and teachers alike?
What about the boys
with the intelligence to
pull high grades? Is their
incentive not stifled when
this other assumption is
Since these boys are in
the limelight so much,
maybe we are a little too
quick to judge the intelli
gent from the unintelli
gent. There are many stu
dents on campus who just
get by, but let a football
player do so either due to
his own inability or his
stifled incentive, and im
mediately he is labeled a
One of the greatest fal
lacies of our generation is
to make hasty generaliza
tions about everything
from how a person looks
to how he talks. Yet, if
we would just take the
time to find out how this
person feels about things,
we may find him intelli
gent in areas we know
So before we condemn
anyone by accusing them
of being dumb, maybe we
had better take a second
look at ourselves. Who
are we to judge another
person superior? Let us
give these boys a chance
before we throw false
labels on them. They have
done a fine job this year
and let us help them to
do so in the future by giv
ing them the credit they
"All I said was what I thought"
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