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    V 1 EPITORS NOTE i The following Article was sent to the Daily Nebraskan by Dr. Harry L- Weaver, Uriverstty foreign
- i a i . , um, A n:3l adviser. Dr. Weaver, In a letter to the editor, stated that this article deals with a program ACCION. wMchne
Page 2 EDI TORI AL Monday May 6, ?963 importance. He describes the program as a sort of private-enterprise "Peace Corps" dedicated t 0 th, e goal of
STUDENT COUNCIL elections are being
held today. Last year only about 30 per
cent of the undergraduates voted in the
election, and the number reached slightly
less than 41 per cent the year before.
From these statistics we presume that
the majority of undergraduates were so
disinterested or dissatisfied with student
government that they did not even bother
to vote. The display of such a general lack
of interest by undergraduates in the
organization to which they all belong is
We believe that most students dont
vote because they are disinterested. We
;also hold that they are disinterested be
cause they are dissatisfied with student
government as it exists.
BUT BY, voting for the candidates who
' best conform to our Individual concept of
what student government should be, we
can break the vicious circle of apathy
on this campus. By our votes we are able
to decide what the Student Council will be,
and once we take part indefiningtheCoun
! cil we will find that it will become more
meaningful to us. By voting we make the
I Council worthy of the name 'government"
. ' in order to reach a well-reasoned de
' clsion in selecting the leadership for a
EXCERPTS FROM a weekend diary
Another great Spring Day-Ivy Day
. weekend on the University campus . . .
the Mortar Boards' preparation made for
a well-organized Ivy Day ... the Inno
cents helped in carrying out the events of
the day how fun it is to be escorted onto
the lawn! . . . it's hard for some spooks
to be spookie for seven hours . . . rewards
for hard work for many, disappointment
for some, but, all in all, well-selected mys
tic groups.
THE NEW Ivy Day schedule is an im
provement . . . good not to have two pro
cessionals by the court members ... by
the way, every member of the court was
most deserving . . . but, as always, a few
were left out . . . confusion was eliminated
by the alternation of men's and women's
sings; it seems that more people were
around to listen.
Still wondering about the throne . . .
was it Ivy Day or Halloween? . . . seems
that pastel colors would be more in order
for the Queen of the May and her fem
inine court ... too bad that the traditional
Ivy Day has to conform to modern design
and color.
t SIGMA CHIS did it again . . . wonder if
they have set a precedent . . . perhaps
they'll continue to win on the basis of rep-
. utation and past performance . . . still an
excellent musical presentation . . . how-
ever, the ATO's and Betas must have
ranked very closely to the Sigma Chis . . .
would have been a hard decision to make,
i i ; The Alpha Xi's deserved their first
place award ... the Chi O's and the Gam-
This is the week to keep
an eye on Channel 12.
To begin with, tonight
there is "Three for Style."
Produced by Larry Long,
ft is a presentation of
three different dramatic
styles, through means of
Strindberg's "The Strong
er," Tennessee Williams'
"At liberty," and the
famous screen scene from
Sheridan's "School for
. Long, a graduate sta
dent fa tefevistoa at the
University, produced this
program as a part of bis
masters thesis.
Acting in the three plays
win be:
Don Sobolik, graduate
student in speech a won
derful actor whose talent
atone would make it worth
Jerry Mayer, ender
gradoate speech major
, kit performance ia b t fa
University ad Community
; Tbeater prodoetloss have
, made him tameoae to
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, ' Fred Gaines, graduate
student io speech a
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truly democratic, effective and responsi
ble student government, we must evaluate
the role of student government on this
campus. Then it becomes necessary to
look for the candidate with the knowledge,
experience and maturity to make our atti
tudes felt in the future functioning of the
concept of student government, its rightful
roles and functions. Examine his view
points on what prerogatives and limita
tions student government should have.
Then decide what continuations or changes
in the philosophy of leadership in the Stu
dent Council would make it possible for us
to advance our best interests, express our
ideals and values and, thus make the uni
versity experiences more meaningful to
Read the biographical sketches which
have been run in the Daily Nebraskan so
that you can judge the candidates. We
are confident that the voting students will
recognize sincerity in its natural state,
that students can separate platitudes from
realistic intention, the high school plat
form from the university student's ap
proach. AFTER YOU have appraised the candi
dates, make your own judgement the
meaningful one vote.
Weekend Diary
ma Phi's were good, but where were the
Alpha Phis? . . . just an amateur opinion
though . . . sure that judges knew best
THE CHI O's cleaned up . . . Farm
House is to be commended for their long
string of awards . . . what a reputation to
try to continue . . . good luck in the fu
ture . . . Betas got Help Week trophy again
... fine reward for a good pledge class.
Lorna Heim Carter, Stephen Kellison
... top scholars who deserve the student
body's respect . . . averages seem impos
sible . . . what's their secret? Herbie Nore
received a fine honor . . . four years of
hard work pay off.
FEDDE HALL and Sigma Chis had a
fun day Friday ... so did the other mem
bers of the student body ... no classes and
a well-planned Spring Day . . . congratula
tions to the Spring Day committee . . .
but, too bad that the students won't sup
port a Spring Day dance . . . another tra
dition which was dropped because of stu
dent disinterest. ; j
Biggest weekend of the" year is in the
past . . . brings a challenge to next year's
campus leaders . . . they will have to work
hard in order to measure up to this year's,
planning committees . . . and, after observ
ing the student leaders winy were recog
nized Saturday, it's evident that the seniors
are leaving the campus in good hands . . .
next year's celebration should be as good
i or better. s j
. BUT REMEMBER, juniors, the old
guard will be watching you . .' . they're not
really has-beens! '
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a jaundiced eye
fine actor (remember his
performance as "J.B."?)
J e n i s e Burmood, un
dergraduate in speech
a spritely and pretty girl
who has graced various
University Theater efforts.
There wul be both other
actors in the dramatic
trie, of coarse.
In all, "Three for Style"
should be worth seeing,
both because of being
produced here by "one of
us," and because of t h e
fine material, both dra
matic and acting, that
form the substance.
"Three for Style" will
be telecast on KUOX-TV
tonight at 9 p.m. and
Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Don't miss it.
Tuesday night at 9 p.m.
a Channel 12 is another
mast. As yoa may know,
Leoa Lishner, nationally
known singer and NU pro
fessor of voice, is leaving
as at the end of the se
mester. His wife, Ann Lishner,,
is a dancer and teacher'
of modern dance whose
professional experience is
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nothing to sneeze at. Her I
dance company is one of I
the local wonders.
"The Liveliest Art" is a
special KUON-TV po-
gram which combines
both the Lishners and the
dance group.
According to a station
release, the program
"shows that the d a a c e
need not be confined to ri-
gid traditional forms or 1
limited to a single given
Accordingly, the range
of possible material fori
creative dance is explored I
from the realm of Negro I
spirituals (sung by Prof
Lishner), Bach, Miles f
Davis' version of Gcrsh-
win, to Aaron Copland's 1
"Rodeo." At one point in
the program, Mrs. Lish- f
ner interprets through
dance her own readings of
Shakespeare's sonnets.
It should be an interest-
ing program, especially
for; those of us who
haven't been able to see f
all of the performances I
that the Lishners have I
given in the years they've
been with us. I
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sector of society to help tne
Dr. Weaver continues mat, in nis opinion, tne privaie-euerpnse eppiimcu ia o m8iu, --. . thl
sary adjunct to government-sponsored development programs. He feels that ACCION shows great I lJJif "J
gard. "It's legitimacy and soundness are attested to by its recognition by the Institute of International Education, ur.
WeaACCION was started by a group of young North Americans In early 1961. They selected Venewiela as Je Jot"
country because, in their opinions, It presented the most "incendiary" and therefore the most SVSihar
Dr. Weaver believes that the student community at the University of Nebraska includes PnUal Aiuw vwra
teers Accordingly, he has agreed personally to help ACCION in any way possible in their recruitment program. Any
interested person may visit with Dr. Weaver in his office at 207 Administration.
Caracas, Venezuela,
March 15 Far up in the
hills of Caracas a favorite
pastime is throwing rocks
on the flat tin roofs of
one's neighbors below,
who in turn do the same
to their neighbors further
below until, far down the
hillside, in this country of
contrasts, someone can
throw rocks on the roofs
of the rich In the valley.
Down these hills spill
the cardboard and tin
shacks the ranchos
of the farm workers who
have left the fields In
search of their fortune in
the cities. When it rains
refuse and garbage
sweeps past their d o o rs.
When it doesn't, an open
sewer gushes down what
must serve as a street
alongside tiny pipes
c a r r y i n g drinking wa
ter to the homes. There
are no schools, churches
or. medical facilities here.
Electricity, fresh water
and sanitation facilities
are seldom seen. Playful
underfed goats and pitiful
ly small gardens are ap
parently all that remains
of the rural life these peo
ple once knew.
Yet the rigid, paternal
istic rural society which
characterizes so much of
Latin America bas left
its mark on these people.
They still live as if t h e
next farmhouse were a
thousand yards away, as
if their lives were still
traced oat by a village or
hacienda society where
each man had his appoint
ed" place. They have nev
er; known what it is to
work together in a com
munity organization, to
give to the whole that
- each might receive a part
he might not otherwise
have had. Ia the past the
government or the 1 a n d-
lord solved public prob-
lems, if they were solved
at all. All authority was
from above. Snch tWt-l
"merits of democracy as i
citizens participating in !
the government, self-help !
community development,
or responsible local lead
ership have been unknown
to them.
Now in the city, these
people lack the organiza
tion the initiative and the
essential "pulling togeth
er that urban life de
maiids. Their community
spirit is perhaps symbol
ized by the rocks on the
A young American lives
with these people in Ca
racas, in a rancho like
their own. He works with
them and learns from
them. In the dusty flat
lands around Maracaibo
or in, the slums of Valen
cia, San Felix or a half
dozen other cities, 25 oth
er Americans are doing
the same thing.
Thev are all members
of ACCION, a joint Ven
ezuelan American con
monity development proj
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Private Enterprise Peace corps
"nave not" sector.
By Jerry
ect. ACCION was founded
by Joseph Blatchford and
other students at the Uni
versity of California at
Berkeley iri1961. It is af
filiated with the Institute
of International Educa
tion, the major student
exchange agency in North
America, and it receives
Its financial support from
private Individuals, foun
dations and businesses in
the United States, Canada
and Venezeula. Its name
ACCION, literally "ac
tion" in Spanish, Is so
chosen to demonstrate the'
immediate, personal way
In which its founders in
tended to attack the prob
lems of the slums.
To the p e 6 p 1 e of the
barrios or slums, ACCION
has brought answers to
immediate needs: 12 com
munity centers have "been
built where hundreds of
children receive fresh
milk during the morning,
teenagers go .for recrea
tion in the afternoon and
over 2,000 adults are
taught practical subjects
at night. Three small in
dustries have been found
ed, two schools built and
three water systems laid.
Barrio La Laja in San
Felix has graded streets
lined with newly planted
shade trees, Barrio Can
ada Honda in Maracaibo
has electricity and the vil
lage of Magdaleno boasts
a furniture and rug fac
tory whose profits are re
turned to the workers.
' Ann and Bob Hadley
from Los Angeles, with
their 16-month old son in
tow, have almost com
pleted a pipeline to bring
' in fresh water, they have
initiated adult education
classes and the building
of a large school is un
der way. In Puerto Cabel
lo a fiesta on February
' 23rd opened a new school
and community center
built under the guidance
of Manuel Torres of Ea-
. gles Nest, New. Mexico.
In Caracas, Virginia Lam
pe of Hanover, New
Hampshire, has started a
small factory to make and
market arepas, a s m a 1 1
corn biscuit.
"We are naturally
proud of the physical im
provements for which we
are responsible," says
Blatchford, 28, director of
ACCION. "Yet we are
more proud of the fact
that the rug and furniture
factory is now being run
by a Venezuelan, that the
two community centers in
Maracaibo are run
ning smoothly bow that
the Accionistas who di
rected their construction
have gone home. Tho fact
is, we are happiest whea
we work ourselves out of
a job."
, Blatchford explains that
t the primary purpose of
ACCION is to stimulate
: the Venezuelans them
1 selves to community ac-
, lion in the slums. Amer-
l leans were used to dem-
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onstrate what can be done
and undoubtedly they will
be needed for some time
to come, but as Blatch
ford emphasizes,, it is the
Venezuelan students and
young men and women
from the barrio who must
do the work and the up
per and middle class who
must support them with
money, material and per
sonal assistance. Already
architects carpenters,
cost accountants and
housewives V e n e z u
elans and Americans liv
ing in Venezuela are
going into the barrios to
teach, work and give pro
fessional advice, many of
them several hoursa
week regularly.'
"O u r volunteers must
be more concerned with
developing commu
nity spirit, developing lo
cal leaders ah d getting
the "have" sector of so-'
ciety to help the "have
not" than with the building
they are p u 1 1 i n g up",
Blatchford said.
Talton Ray,' ACCION's
assistant director ' from
Stanford and Pinehurst,
North Carolina is satisfied
that the ideas of self-help
and local leadership can
take hold in Venezuela.
"To me the most impor
tant thing is seeing how
much confidence and sat
isfaction working for the
community can give to
these people. The lowiest
man has dignity and
pride," Ray says.
Thirty men, women and
married couples com
posed the first ACCION
group which went to Ven
ezuela in September, 1961,
completed their projects
and returned to the United
Your Candidate ...
the fourth dimension: TIME
...still a mysterious concept to science. Time is only an idea,
an abstraction... an area of shadow, speculation and surprise
HAPPY DEC. "W"! . . . Under a new world utendar now under study by ths
United Nations, each year would be exactly the same. We now have 14 dif
ferent kinds of year.) Since the new calendar would have only 364 days,
the final day would be Dec "W" Of "Worldsday," an international holiday
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can happen, you say? In science,
it's different. Inside the atom, for
instance. -10.000 collisions occur
in one billionth of second.
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States 15 months later.
Two smaller groups re
placed the first, expanded,
-existing projects and
started their own. Ten
Venezuelans have now ba
come full time volunteer!
and 30 more are being
recruited to begin work,
in June, 1963.
Together with these 80
Venezuelans will be 30
Americans and Canadi
ans whom ACCION in
tends to recruit for the
next departure in J u n e.
Further plans are b e i n g
developed to recruit more
volunteers for service in
other Latin American
countries. ;
' - Volunteers are chosea
because of their Initiative,
their ability to solve prac
tical problems and their
capacity to lead and en
joy p e o p I e, Blatchford
says. Technical skills are
helpful but not required.
Fluency in Spanish Is an
important but not deter
minative factor In selec
tion. Small families and
non-Americans are accept
ed. Applicants should
write to ACCION, P. O.
(Box 3005, New York 17,
i New York.
All expenses are paid
by ACCION. Volunteers
normally serve for 18
months although students
who wish to return to
school in September, 1964
may serve a shorter term.
A two week orientation
course in the United
States, previously held at
Stanford, Berkeley and
Harvard, will begin in late
June, followed by a two
and a half month course
in Caracas and Valencia
which includes Intensive
language study.
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