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Positive Action
A feeling that the student in Arts and Sciences study
ing Spanish two or three years ago may have sensed has
culminated in positive action here the Latin American
study program.
Certainly developments concerning this country and
Latin American countries in the past few years have caused
anxiety in American students. But, as Dr. Roberto Es-quenazi-Mayo,
associate professor of romance languages,
has pointed out, it is encouraging that students themselves
have indicated a desire to have -their horizons broadened.
Several students from the University are currently
studying at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. Under
this new program regular delegations of students will be
sent free of major financial obligations annually to that
school for on-the-site study.
An indication of the importance of this issue and
concern with it on the part of the American public was
STAR commented editorially last weekend that, "It is
heartening that Nebraska students are now taking an in
terest in this area, and it can be hoped that enthusiasm
for toe program will result in its expansion and populari
ty. The details of the program will be improved as the
program advances. But the important thing that its develop
ment at this time illustrates is that, at least at Nebraska
the old saying, "You can't see the forest for the trees,"
has been disproved.
Latin America should be and is becoming the major
source of concern for the United States. As a neighbor it is
vital that we cultivate an understanding of it. It is of par
ticular importance to our way of life. The overall picture
of future coexistence necessitates an immutable tie be
tween North and South America. This program, and others
like it, should give impetus to the kind of relationship
between nations that leads to cooperation and interaction
in peace. "
Involved students and faculty members should be con
gratulated for discerning a real problem that, if eliminated
will reap benefits far outweighing the time and effort spent
to solve it. They should be envied for doing something
about it
Don't Give Up The Ship;
Elective ROTC Is Possible
By Arnie Garson
Last week 150 randomly
selected male students
were given a chance to air
their gripes about the Uni
versity's compulsory ROTC
program. Or at least, the
questionnaire gave the sur
face appearance of allowing
the students to air their
The controversial and
aged question of whether or
not Nebraska should have
compulsory or elective
ROTC was cleverly avoided.
To quote the form:
"We are not asking for a
yes or no answer to the
question: 'Should we have
elective basic ROTC?' We
feel that the answer to
this question is NO! The
compulsory program pro
duces a good number of
high quality officers, and
we have no assurance that
an elective program would
maintain this production
level. The Congress alone
can judge the efficiency of
the program and determine
whether an elective p r o
gram would work as well.
At present they do not sup
port an elective basis."
I would like to maintain
that the above paragraph
from the questionnaire is
misleading. First, the "we"
who feels that the Univer
sity should have a com
pulsory program is only
Bob Kerrey and his Wel
fare Committee. Student
Council, which originally
decided to circulate a ques
tionnaire on whether or not
to have compulsory ROTC,
was told on Dec. 4, by Ker
rey that the committee had
chosen to seek only con
structive criticism.
The resulting question
naire asked four specific
questions: Are you current
ly enrolled in ROTC . . .
Have you ever been en
rolled in ROTC? Would you
have enrolled in ROTC if it
had not been required? . . .
What do you think of the
demerit system? The form
also includes a space for
general remarks.
Kerrey indicated to me
yesterday that the Welfare
Committee (composed of
Kerrey as chairman, Jim
Baer, Dei Rasmussen, Bob
by Kctecha and Dennie
Swanstrom) altered i t s
original thinking after talk
ing at length with Univer
sity administrators and
ROTC department officials.
Kerrey noted that the
facts of the situation can
not be denied. The Univer
sity is opposed to the elec
tive program until such
time as Congress would es
tablish an official policy of
Thursday, February 27, 1964
not requiring ROTC at land
grant colleges. Also, the
University ROTC depart
ment (Col. George Haag,
Air Force and Col. Elmer
Powell, Army) is strongly
opposed to an elective pro
gram. Universities which have
successfully ridded them
selves of the compulsory
program (Wisconsin and
Kansas State to name two)
have not had these two fac
tors working against them.
Their ROTC departments
and administrators aided
the students in their fight,
according to Kerrey.
So the Welfare Commit
tee, admittedly deflated by
the opposing factors at NU,
resigned itself to "keeping
active in the area." The
ROTC department was in
full accord with the con
structive criticism ap
proach. And Kerrey admit
ted that he personally felt
from his contacts that the
students here are in favor
of an elective program.
Well now, it looks to me
like we've given up the
ship! If the student body is
really opposed to the com
pulsory program, why
shouldn't the Welfare Com
mittee begin compiling data
to prove it recognizing of
course the administration's
and ROTC department's
stands. Then, when and if
Congress recognizes bene
fits of the elective program,
University students will be
ready to present their case
and hopefully get action.
Just because a fight looks
futile it wouldn't really dis
courage me and I hope it
wouldn't discourage any
other partially intelligent
college student. After all,
Cassius Clay wasn't dis
couraged at 7-1 opposing
odds and look who's ;King
of the Ring today. '
But let's for a minute
look at the approach the
Welfare Committee chose.
I am sure there are pro
ponents of their construc
tive criticism action who
will rush to Kerrey's de
fense. But three of the four
questions on the final form
were only background Are
you in ROTC?: Have you
ever been In ROTC?; Would
you have enrolled In an
elective program?
Only one question really
allowed for constructive
criticism of the program
What do you think of the
demerit system? If the Com
mittee really sought con
structive criticism and re-
( Continued cn Pg. 3)
I am writing to express
my views on the recent con
troversy regardng the "in
excusable tardiness" with
which professors turn in
their grades. Students ap
parently feel that five days
is an ample amount of time
and that professors should
be able to meet that dead
line without undue difficul
ty. Since I am one of t h e
tardy ones, perhaps my
viewpoint may be of some
interest. I had over 200 stu
dents in four courses last
semester. Ninety of t h e s e
students were in courses
a b o v e the freshman level.
My tasks during the exam
period involved the correc
tion of 200 final exams, 60
book reports, and 21 twenty-page
term papers. The
examinations in my ad
vanced courses were essay
type exams in part: after
all, this is supposed to be
a university and not a glori
fied high school.
During the exam period I
was also called upon to
read a Ph.D. thesis of some
350 pages and participate In
the examination of the can
didate. And just to ensure
that I would not remain idle,
Junior Division took up one
of my mornings with ad
visees, right in the middle
of my five-day grading pe
riod. What was the result of all
For some odd reason there
has been a recent one-or
two-man campaign for an
investigation into the activi
ties of the athletes and the
Athletic Department. What
are these lobbyists seeking?
They lie awake at night
worrying about how the ath
letes get their grades, how
they will use their educa
tion, and how much money
they will get. These are
things the average student
has no time to worry about,
mainly because he has his
own grades and money wor
ries. Sometimes I wonder how
these troubled students, who
feel the university system
will collapse if something is
not done, get their grades.
Do they "brown nose" for
the teachers, study old tests
from their Greek files, have
their dads talk to the ad
ministration, or do they
really work for those three's
and four's they get?
I know how they get their
money. They write back to
Squatters Town, and ask
pops for a few dollars.
Seriously though, why are
these people worried so
much about the athletes?
One cannot say tJiese ath
letes do not earn their keep
off and on campus. The
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Explains Tardy
this? During a two-w e e k
period, I spent three sleep
less nights. Even so, I was
unable to meet the dead
line. And this is hardly sur
prising: the deadline is ab
surd and incompatible with
a serious educational insti
tution. It makes no allow
ance for the population ex
plosion we had on this
campus: a year ago I had
a hundred students; last
term I had 200; this term
I have 280; the deadline re
mains unchanged.
What is the solution to
this problem? Some suggest
that faculty salary checks
should be withheld until
grades are in. They point to
the promptness with which
Summer School grades are
turned in. Has it ever oc
curred to these individuals
that other factors are in
volved in the situation
(Summer School enrollment
is much smaller and exami
nations are only an hour in
length)? Also are these in
dividuals under the illusion
that this is the only univer
sity in the United States
that no alternatives are
o p e n for faculty members
with a modicum of s e 1 f
respect? To be overworked
and underpaid is annoying,
to be treated like some
Nineteenth Century m i 1 1
hand is intolerable.
Another solution would be
Deserve Advantages
footballers come back to
school in the hottest part of
summer and practice twice
a day. They also practice
and play in rain, snow, sun,
and darkness. They are al
ways in personal danger of
getting their teeth knocked
out, legs and arms broken,
or even of getting killed.
But one does not hear them
complaining about these
The basketballers practice
and travel almost all over
the country and not just on
the weekends. They receive
all types of abuse and dis
courtesy because they are
from Nebraska, the lorn
farmers' state. But one does
not hear them complaining
about this either.
So what if they do have
tutors. If . I had to practice
three hours a day, skip
classes and homework to
meet a team away from
home for dear old Nebras
ka U., I would ask for a
tutor also. Besides, the mon
ey that pays for these tutors
is earned by the athletes
every time they run on to
the playing field or court.
To me, all this discussion
on our athletes is based on
jealousy. These people are
really worried about the big
money contracts these ath
letes sign, and the big cars
they buy with the money.
For the Laman
Athletics: Necessary Evil?
By Michael Keedy
The average student at
the University ordinarily
contents himself with rather
nebulous theories as to what
is happening in various por
tions of the campus, since
all activities cannot possibly
be covered by existing news
There seems to be an anti
thesis between spectacular
and unimportant events by
insiders and unspectacular
and important events by lay
men. Athletics is a University
function on nearly every
body's lips but the ' great
percentage of students com
pose a mere group of spec
tators. As a layman myself I've
always been sort of "nuts"
about sports. This nuttiness,
however, is now tempered
by a realization of my own
physical inabilities; hence,
me too spectator and
Athletic facilities, re-
to make all exams given on
this campus objective in
character. If I am g i v e n
clear, unequivocal instruc
tions to do so, I am per
fectly willing to give noth
ing but true-false exams in
ALL my courses including
those open to graduate stu
dents. Such exams, of
course, would have no con
nection whatsoever with
higher education; but such
an objection would appear
to be beside the point,
would it not?
Still another solution
would be for administrators
and students alike to realize
that faculty members, are
not chronic malingers but
human beings like them
selves, who derive a certain
pride from a job well done.
They might also consider
the great changes that have
taken place here, especial
ly in upper-division courses
(my Political Science 211
contained 14 students last
year, 30 this year; If all
participants in the educa
tional process approached
this problem in a spirit of
humility and mutual re
spect, some feasible solution
can be found. But let's trj
to keep this a university
with certain standards, and
let's keep the whip-cracking
to a minimum.
Raphael Zariski
Associate Professor,
Political Science
They are also troubled be
cause people like Bob
Brown and Willie Ross have
better grade averages than
they do.
It is funny how people
complain when you are los
ing and complain when you
are winning too. If the sit
uation on campus is so rot
ten, why don't they transfer.
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stricted almost exclusively
to varsity athletes' use,
might seem rather limiting
to a gangling, misshapen
layman with illusions of be
ing an Olympian, but cou
pled with a lack of space
such dreams can easily be
shattered outright.
As an athletics enthusiast
with some interest in schol
arly endeavors,, it seems to
me that a healthy relation
ship between athletics and
the rest of the University
is Important.
I remember going out for
freshman baseball last year
and being told, before Id
even donned spikes, that I
had no chance to make the
club, because I'd played no
high school ball. This atti
tude seemed strangely pre
sumptuous and a bit biased,
and I began to fear that
perhaps all was not being
done in a strictly conscien
tious manner in athletics.
Nonetheless I went out; I
was subsequently cut from
the squad.
The athletic department
provides tutorial help to its
athletes, and although this
is available to even the lay
man, in his case it is by no
means free. I asked Tippy
Dye about this, and he ex
plained the service in terms
of retaining a large invest
ment which the department
makes in procuring its ath
letes. However, this system does
in part seem defensible, be
cause this service, though
for the athletes only, is fi
nanced entirely by the ath
letic department.
It has not been a well
hidden fact that more than
once athletes have been able
Many of you have been avoiding economics because it is so
widely known as "the dismal science." Oh, good friends, stop
cheating yourselves of many a faugh and cheer, because eco
nomics is a positive riot! True, it it called the dismal science,
but that is only because it was invented in 1681 by Walter C.
It is easy to understand why Mr. Dismal's discovery of
economics is today almost forgotten, for the fact is that he
himself only stayed with the subject for two or three days.
After tliat he took up embonpoint, which means fatness. It is
said that at his apogee, Mr. Dismal reached 1200 pounds. This
later became known as Guy Fawkes Day.
It was not until 1776 when Adam Smith published his Wealth
of Nation (or Ozymandiat, as it is usually known as) that the
world came to realize what a rosy, twiukly, fun subject eco
nomics is. As Mr. Smith showed in his jocular little treatise,
there is nothing complicated about economics.
titter kem kw&1k JpmSfm
When then is a great demand for a product, a great supply
placed on the market. When there is a small demand, thei
is a small supply. Take, for examjile, castAnete. You walk into
any average American town today and 111 wager you won't see
more than eighty or ninety Castanet shops. That is because the
demand is small.
For Marlboro Cigarettes, on tlte other ltand, the demand
great Thus, you will find Marll,ros-with all their yummy
nch tobacco flavor and pure white Selectrate filter and pliable
soft pick and unpliable Flip-Top box-at any counter where
SSuth flre M in every one of our my SteteB ai
To Adam Smith, I say, belongs the distinction of popuiariaDg
economics. Mr. Smith was followed by David mcrfcVln fa
Bn. th finally got so annoyed that he summoned a bobby, ae
Bntoh policemen are called, and had Mr. Ricardo arreted.
This later became known as the Louisiana Purchal
Lpon his release from gaoI, as a British jail i. called, Mz.
R cardo reported to his parole officer, ThomJ Robert MaltW
They soon became fast friends, and one night over .Zrf
2s Snr the M Mchane- -
Well sir, with the British having, you might sav a eorne, ,
noimts too. Being, however, a proud nation, they refused
1 iT' e" th'8 ,,roved ' "'an aaUsfactory they
. Well sir, I could go on and on about tJ,:. -.!..: l . .
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$uptv it-Marltmrol
to oass courses wnicn uio
layman may fail, often
times with comparable per
formances In the class.
As a matter of fact, I
heard an instructor laugh
when explaining to a lay.
man that his failing percent
age was higher than that
of an athlete, who passed
the course.
This all seems rather ap
palling, especially In view
of the fact that, as Dye ex
plained to me, the Univer
sity is to a great extent
thought of in terms of Us
athletic prowess.
In scouting around other
departments on campus I
was a bit surprised and re
lieved to find this attitude
a prevalent one: that the
athletic department while
resented because of its pow
er and influence in an in
stitution that is supposed to
be educational, does help to
support the University, and
that it helps in "keeping Ne
braska University on the
map." The University as it
exists today in the United
States seems to need a
strong athletic department
to keep going, and while this
seems a crime, it also ap
pears to be, to use the old
cliche, a "necessary evil."
But the fact remains that
athletes continee to make a
mint by selling tickets, de
signed for their families, at
monumental prices, con.
tinue to pass courses where
equal laymen may fail, and
continue to enjoy a prestige
at a learning institution un
known to even the Phi Beta
This dilemma, while it can
be changed, likely will go
on, and part of the blame for
this situation must fall upon
the apathetic layman.
Author of "Rally Round the Flag, BoyiV.
and "Barefoot Boy With Cheek".)
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