The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 25, 1964, Image 1

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MAR 25 1934
1 EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series
s i about the University of Nebraska Negro. The following
MCNt story deals with housing. The phone calls referred to
s were made by the author anonymously, which is not a
normal journalistic practice. But, in this case, it seemed
the only possible way to find out how renters respond
s when confronted by a Negro studtnt. The situation and
circumstances of each call have been altered somewhat
to eliminate any possible identification of the peo-
f pie called.
1 By John Morris
3 Ten phones rang in different parts of Lincoln. No
3 one phone rang over three times. These people were
prospective renters, and I was a Negro student or a
friend of a Negro student.
i The replies given to requests to live in those places
were ten different ones, but they were all negative.
I - The somewhat stock answers varied with tfie sltua-
tion I presented. It went like this:
1 Phone number one, with room for two available. I
I was white and my friend was a Negro; Sorry, but we
I don't take boys here . . .
3 Phone number two, room for one, I was a white
I calling for a Negro friend; Well, let me see if we have
anything available (an advertisement said there was
room open), I do have something available April 15, but
that's too late (I had told him that my friend needed
a room to move into after returning from Easter Vaca
tion). Thanks for helping your friend ...
Phone number three, girl renter renting for landlord,
room for one to share, I was Negro and calling for my
Negro girl friend; Well, I don't care, but you should
really check with the landlord . . .
Phone. number four, room for two, two already liv
ing there, I and my friend were Negroes; I have noth
ing against Negroes, but we just don't like to mix them
up, my two other people are white. Some of my friends
are Negroes . . .
Phone number five, room for. one to share sleeping
i housing
quarters, I was a Negro; We don't have any singles (the
ad said to share), and the guy in the room advertised
doesn't want a roomate ...
Phone number six, room for two, I was white call
ing for myself and my Negro friend; I have nothing
against your Negro friend, but we have been renting to
couples. (I told him we needed a place) Well, we will
have a couple moving out about five months from now . . .
Phone number seven, sleeper, I was a Negro; I'm
afraid not, we have several other sleepers here. I have
nothing against it, but maybe my other sleepers would.
If I had just the one room . . .
Phone number eight, room for one, I was a Negro;
I'm afraid not. I'm not the landlord, but there is no
use to see him. I'm sorry ...
Phone number nine, room for one, I was a Negro
trying to find better housing; It's already spoken for (be
fore I told her I was a Negro she had said that two
others were just coming to look at it and I then asked
if it would be permissible to check back). No, there is
no need to check back . . .
Phone number ten, room for three girls, I was Ne
gro calling for my girlfriend and her two friends; Well,
the other three girls are white and I don't think that
would work out. .
There are two things wrong with the above sampling,
even though it did represent the different areas of Lin
coln: there is no way of being certain that the answers
given were not sincere answers and not based on simple
prejudice and ten phone calls cannot be said to really
be a fair sampling.
But, the answers were unanimously negative and
served to support what University of Nebraska Negro
students had already told the people doing this series.
Cont. on Page 3
IK Slate
Bids Due
By Today
More Eligible
By Expansion
Applications for positions on
the recently expanded Inter
fraternity Council (IFC) slate
must be in the IFC office by
5 p.m. today.
The slate, which selects
qualified candidates for the
approaching Student Council
elections, was opened last
week to include all qualified
freshmen and sophomore
males with a grade average
of at least 5.5.
"Candidates will be selected
on the basis of their applica
tion, ability and the results of
a thorough interview, with
tome consideration given to
past service to the Univer
sity," said Pete Sommerhau
ser, member of the interview
Applications and interview
times are posted on the door
on the IFC office, he said,
adding that anyone who can
not meet the deadline should
make some arrangements
with him.
Sommerhauser urged all in
terested and eligible men to
apply for interviews, which
will start at 3 p.m. tomorrow
in the Student Union.
In addition to Sommerhau
ser, the interview board will
be composed of Bill Buckley,
past IFC president; Tom
Brewster, IFC president;
John Lonnquist, chairman of
the IFC expansion committee
and Tom Kort, member of
IFC and Student Council.
Gary Pokorny, president of
the Residence Association for
Men (RAM), will also be pre
sent at the interviews.
Vol. 77, No. 80
The Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday, March 25, 1964
YWCA Teams Head South
Ag Hosts
Classes Out
For Peterson
Dr. J. B. Peterson, head of
the Department of Agronomy
of Purdue University will
speak at an AQ-Ag College
Convocation in the College
Activities Building tomorrow.
Peterson has long been in
volved in improving agricul
tural instruction and has been
interested in student affairs.
His topic will be "Toot
Your Own Horn Promote
Yourself and Your Profes
All 11 a.m. classes on Ag
Campus will be dismissed and
roll will be taken at the door
and reported to instructors,
according to Dr. F. E. Eld
ridge, Dean of the College of
The convocation is sponsor
ed by the College Convocation
Committee and Gamma Sig
ma Delta.
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By Mick Rood
Senior Staff Writer
Participants in the YWCA
sponsored voter registration
project have added another
four member team, a change
in destination and several ex
tensive orientation sessions as
their Friday departure date
The two teams of Univer
sity students, formerly travel
ing to St. Louis over the
spring break, will now settle
in Greensboro, N.C. Second
team members are Lois Shi
merda, Mary Kay Cerven,
Ginger Koon and Joan Sic.
Ivy Song Leaders
Will Meet Today
The second meeting of
men's Ivy Day song leaders
will be held today at 7:30
p.m. in 232 Union. University
eligibility forms, song titles
and entry fees will be col
lected. All houses intending to par
ticipate in the sing must have
a representative in attend
ance, acording to Jim Klimes,
chairman. Those houses not
represented will be cusquali
Together with the previous
ly named first team, Peggy
King, Andra Block, Carol
Williams, Mick Rood and EI-
via Siebert, the second team
will attempt registration of
Negro voters. Emphasis is on
registration and not demon
Participants will canvass
Negro citizens and do office
work in connection with the
registration drive. They will
coordinate their efforts with
the already organized Nation
al Association for the Advance
ment of Colored People
(NAACP) program in the
Greensboro area.
The nine University stu
dents will join others from
Amherst, Cornell, Ithaca,
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up his Student Council application at the office of student
affairs. Candidates for Student Council must pick up the
application and turn it back In by April 10.
Young Democrats
Pick Weatherwax
As Area Leader
The executive board of col
lege Young Democrats has
appointed Loren Weather
wax chairman of the Great
Plains Conference of college
Young Democrats. Weather
wax's advisory and organiza
tional position will cover all
college and University groups
in the Nebraska, North Dako
ta, South Dakota, Iowa, Kan
sas, Missouri, and Oklahoma
Weatherwax is a nineteen-year-old
sophomore in pre-law
at the University. He is also
affiliated with the Nebraska
Union and Kappa Sigma fra
ternity. National college Young
Democrat president. Ken Les
ter of Wyoming, said that,
"Weatherwax is one of the
youngest people to receive
this appointment I feel that
this helps to stress youth's
interest and role in politics."
Ohio, Miami, Queens and Il
linois at Greensboro, one of
seven project sites. Over 50
colleges and universities are
participating. Mrs. B e t ty
Gabehart, executive director
of the Nebraska student
YWCA, will serve as a staff
counsellor at Greensboro.
The University's contingent
will leave Friday at 4:00 p.m.
and drive in two cars for the
30 hour, 1,250 mile trip. They
will return early Sunday morn
ing Yesterday the teams at
tended the last of several or
ientation sessions conducted
by Mrs. Richard Wadlow, an
instructor in the political
science department. Orienta
tion has consisted of review of
state and local laws and sen
timents, study of non-violent
technique,- hearing various
speakers with experience in
such projects.
Dr. Fred Register, minister
of the Nebraska Conference of
United Churches of Christ,
spoke yesterday on his ex
perience with similar projects
when he lived in the ureens
boro area. Register noted that
North Carolina was probably
Law Students Tour
Public Power Plants
Twelve University of Ne
braska law students will take
part in an educational tour of
the Central Nebraska Public
Power and Irrigation District
Thursday through Saturday.
The tour was arranged by
R. O. Canaday of Hastings,
retired general manager and
chief counsel of the district,
for students enrolled in a wa
ter law seminar, according to
Prof. Richard Harnsberger.
Canadav and Jack Boyd of
Holdreee. general manager.
will discuss legal questions
and organization ot me ais-
The tour beeins Thursday
noon at Holdrege with a brief-
ine. on development of the dis
trict. The group will visit the
Canadav Steam Plant. Kings-
ley Dam, Lake McConaughy,
the University of Nebraska
North Platte Experiment Sta
tion, Platte Valley Power
Plant, Johnson Lake and oth
er points of interest.
Tour participants will in
clude: Earl Ahlschwede, Rob-,
ert Calkins, Steven Christen
sen, Peter Hemstad, Fred
Kauffman, David Maser, Cal
vin Robinson, James Sheldon,
Robert SnelL Richard Spaedt,
William Stukas, and Dennis
Winkle. Harnsberger and
Prof. John Gradwohl will ac
company the group.
Chairmen Picked
For Spring Day
Dennis Swanstrom has been
selected for over-all chairman
for Spring Day.
Other members of the ex
ecutive board are men's
games Mike Jeffrey, chair
man. Jim Cada. assistant;
women's games Ann Kos
man, chairman, Connie Ras
mussen, assistant; publicity
Jim DeMars, chairman, Lynn
Jiracek, assistant.
Tronhies Sandy McDow-
elL chairman. Keith Koepke,
assistant; secretary, Percy
Wood; assistant secretary,
Sally Davenport, and treas
urer, Steve Davis.
more progressive than many
southern states in their gen.
eral integration outlook. He
counseled participants to be
aware of economic and social
Last week the teams heard
Rev. John Washington, office
of racial and cultural rela
tions, also of the United
Church of Christ. Washington
who has been jailed in Mis
sissippi for participating in
sit-in demonstrations, asked
for anyone working on the
project "to re-examine their
The Negro Reverend sug'
gested approaches project
workers might take toward
negative Negro attitudes. He
said one can "get cussed at '
or receive a lecture on "many
distortions of the Bible jus
tifying Negro inferiority in
voting rights.
Washington explained three
arguments to encourage pos
sible Negro voters: represen
tation politically of his race,
responsibility as a United
States citizen, and a religious
argument of Christian equali
ty in the eyes of God.
Greensboro-bound students
discussed the attitude of many
white people, north and south,
that project workers should
stay at home and solve their
own troubles. Most members
can answer that they have
worked on similar programs
at home.
The University teams will
stay at the Agricultural and
Technical College of North
Carolina in Greensboro. Oth
er host schools will be North
Carolina Women's College and
Bennett College. Dr. George
Simpkins of Greensboro will
serve as Director of voter
Weill Wins
$8,000 Grant
Dick Weill, a Sigma Alpha
Mu senior and vice president
of Student Council, has been
awarded a Root-Tilden Schol
arship to attend New York
University Law SchooL The
three-year scholarship is val
ued at $8,000 plus travel
Twenty students from al
over the country are chosen
for the scholarship each
year. Two are selected from
each of the ten U.S. Circuit
Court districts. The program
includes a protege program,
which pairs each recipient
with a prominent New York
jurist or lawyer, and special
seminars, forums and sum
mer employment.
Applicants are judged on
activities, grades and Prince
ton Law exams.
Panhel Holds Election
Bobby Kotecha, member of
the Elections Committee of
Student Council conducted tha
election of the Panhellenic
member to Student Council
The new Student Council
representative will be an
nounced at the next Panhel
lenic meeting. Dianne Michel,
Carol Stoner and Sarah Davie
were the candidates.
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By Wallit Lundeen
Junior Staff Writer
A fur-trimmed cap, a light
blue quilted jacket, red and
black suspenders, a Danish
pipe and several sets of key
chains might be found on the
"well-dressed" figure emerg
ing from the University lost
and found department
Lost and found, located in
Nebraska Hall, has a large
collection of clothing includ
ing hats, caps, jackets and
coats, shoes and socks. One
new baby diaper was also
found during the State Bas
ketball Tournament.
One excited fan lost a black
shoe, and another lady went
home from a Nebraska foot
ball game with one black pat
ent high beel shoe.
Books and notebooks are
another large item, John
Dztrk, operational manager,
estimated there are about 300
books and 100 notebooks. Ti
tles of books range from
"Practices of Gynocology" to
"The Renaissance of the 12th
Century" to "The Real Abra
ham Lincoln."
The books and clothing, now
in lost and found, have all
been collected since school
started last September. These
items are kept until the end
of the summer school ses
sion. Then the clothing is
turned over to the city wel
fare department for distribu
tion to various homes, and
the books are given to the
University Book Store.
A broken record player
found in the Student Union
is also part of the collection,
along with the record, "The
Unshakable Molly Brown."
Several University students
must be making their way
blindly to class, since about
fifty pair of glasses have
been turned in. Three contact
lens cases, but no contacts,
add to the accumulation. One
of the lens cases is gold and
was made in England.
A tennis racket, a slightly
squeezed tube of toothpaste,
an intercampus bus ticket
with no name on it, check
books, and a set of impres
sions of teeth may also be
found by the intrepid explorer
who ventures into the lost
and found office.
Football fans return bome
without blankets, stadium
backrests, and binoculars.
Articles are separated by the
game at which tbey were
High school class rings are
kept from year to year, but
only rings from Lincoln High
School and David City
Aquinas were identified.
To prove that an excursion
to the lost and found can be
profitable, a reporter re
turned with ten unsold tickets
for a journalism banquet
which had been lost by a
member of the DAILY NE
BRASKAN staff,
Dzerk encouraged students
to visit the lost and found
department, which is open
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon
day through Friday.
To go to the lost and found
office, enter Nebraska Hall
at the 16th Street entrance,
and turn left The depart
ment's extension is 2C57.
Some identification or de
scription will be required of
a student wishing to reclaim
his lost belongings.