The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 16, 1964, Page Page 2, Image 2
Firetruck: Page 2 Thursday, April 16, 1964 NU FRATERNITIES: Get Good Grades Recently fraternity presidents at Iowa State met to act on a proposed scholastic sanctions bill. It was reported in an editorial as a rather bold and daring plan to im prove fraternity scholarship. Strangely enough, it was presented by a candidate for the IFC presidency there. The plan called for fraternities' to keep their averages above a 2.350 on a four point scale. The IOWA STATE DAILY proposed a long range goal to prompt the fra ternities into keeping their averages above the All Men's Average there, which is currently 2.413. The IOWA STATE DAILY complimented the author of the plan and the IFC there for this, a bold answer to the scholastic problem. This is the first step for Iowa State fraternities, the IOWA STATE DAILY said, but the second will have the most lasting and publically accepted effect. It is reassuring for fraternities here to take note that their average, is 5.410 edging over the All Men's at 5.163. Iowa State's 2.350 on a four point scale would be 5.287 on the University's nine point scale. A note for NU fraternities, while improvement is still very possible: they have conducted themselves academical ly (1) on campus, evidently better than other men and (2) off campus, evidently better than at least fraternities at one other University and probably better than many other systems. A 5.410 All Fraternity average certainly speaks well for NU's fraternities today when average and above aver age grades are increasingly difficult to attain. Veiv From The Right By Dick Ilecker Dear Mr. Link: In reply to your letter in last Friday's paper I wrote that column and take full responsibility for it. Mr. Link makes a series of assertions with which I shall take issue with. He then tells me in effect to crawl out from under my rock and reveal myself. In his letter Mr. Link says "The facts are easily ascertainable ... Truman fired MacArthur because he flagrantly disobeyed orders from his superior." The fact is, Mr. Link, that Truman never fired MacAr thur. True popoular mytho logy has recorded this act as such but it is not so. Truman relieved him of his command and there is quite a bit of difference. Had Gen. MacArthur dis obeyed a direct order of his commande r-in-chief he should have been court marshalled. MacArthur did not face the same fate as Billy Mitchell before h i m because there were not grounds for court marshall ing him. What Truman did was is sue a policy directive to the Far Eastern Command say ing that all public state ments had to - be cleared with Washington. A second fact stated by Mr. Link is thusly "Most responsible historians agree that Truman's decision was right and MacArthur's was wrong." Mr. Link you have statements which are both pretentious and wrong. It is my contention that many contemporary histor ians are not being respon sible. This is what I meant by my "gross distortions" of history statements. To give substance to my charge let me Illustrate with this example. There ' is a textbook called the THE NATIONAL EXPERIENCE. It is a very popular one at least here at NU. In this text Mr. Arthur Schlesing er Jr. gives his version of history.. By the way, Mr. Link, if you want an ex ample of hero worship try reading the AGE OF ROOSEVELT. On page 750 we find these words "For the moment the President contented himself with a reaffirmation of his earlier directive requiring clearance of all public state ments. Then on April 5, Con gressman Joseph Martin of Mass., the Republican lead er in the House, read a new letter challenging Adminis tration policy. On April 11, Truman relieved MacArth ur of his command." This is an interesting par agraph chiefly for: what it omits. This says 1 in effect (1) Truman told MacArthur to make no policy state ments. (2) MacArthur thought Martin publicly dis obeyed the directive. Con clusion ; Truman h a d no choice but to get rid of Mac Arthur. Now for the facts of the case. MacArthur did send a letter to Martin in which MacArthur affirmed his be lief of the wisdom of using Free China troops. The letter was not meant as a public statement it was meant as background ma terial for a big man on Cap itol Hill. This is a common custom. It is no more evil than the then Sen. Lodge meeting with Ike as SHAPE boss to plot the overthrow of a Democratic Adminis tration in the next election. As for Mr. Link's state ment that Truman was right and MacArthur was wrong, this paper could not give enough space in a week to present the facts in the case for a person to make a clear judgement. It is only possible to dis cuss MacArthur's proposals in the realm of conjecture. The results of Truman's pol icies can be seen. For months and months after ward our troops were bled white in a struggle they were forbidden to win. On ly Ike's prestige as a mili tary hero could hide the humiliating defeat we had suffered by the time of the signing of the Armistice. Red China was now able to mock the U.S. as a pa per tiger to the rest of the Far East. The Red Chinese by having a foreign war were able to divert their people were able to consoli date their rule. With the passing of years Red China has built herself as a power. Now she is en tering the victorious phase of her conquest of Southeast Asia. America with her in sane policies is preparing to throw away a land of 240 million people. Southeast Asia is the richest area on earth in natural resources and everyone from deGauI le to Sukarno admits Red China will get it. So in closing, Mr. ' Link, I, too, prefer fact to emo tion. So will you please pre sent facts and not emotion al tirades against me. Change To Ranking, Not Grouping, Needed "A SUPERSONIC THRILLER" TIME tux. f Peter Sellers George C. Scott Stmlty Kubrick! Dr. Strangslove Or. How I Learned To Stop Warrying And LoveThe Bamk I 3 T H ANO'P'' By Arnie Garson On March 15, 1960, The DAILY NEBRASKAN car ried banner headlines to the effect that the system of computing grades on a com parative house basis had been changed from a rank .listing to the now familiar group listing. The following day, the NE BRASKAN editorially hailed the move as a step in the right direction. But it was also pointed out that the new plan was not the best possible and many valid ob jections were raised. Now, more than four years later, the plan has be come an institution. The ob jections have gone unan swered and apparently no one has objected to the sys tem enough to stimulate any action. One of major objections was that a group rating sys tem discouraged interhouse competition. Yes, I agree. Rumors are that this year the sororities ranked in the following order: Pi Beta Phi, Chi Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha ' Theta. But according to the administration rating sys tem, these houses are ail in the same group and therefore equal. Taken only as a case in point, these houses could enjoy spirited, healthy academic competi tion if their grade averages were published according to rank. The same thing holds true for fraternities and other living units. For fraterni ties, the distincton is im portant for rushing pur poses. Last semester, 15 fraternities ranked in Group IV. Now any one of these fraternities or all of them may have been below the all male average or the all fraternity average. Their exact position in relation to these two means should be a matter of public rec ord, not speculation as is now the case. Another valid objection to the system, but not quite as important as the first, is that discouraging compe 1 1 1 i o n may deemphasize academics. Independents would also benefit from a return to the ranking system. The indi' vidual houses and floors which were so anxious to have their grades com puted as a separate liv ing ,unit would have a much greater basis for comparison if the grades were ranked, not grouped. Some of the arguments in favor of. the grouping sys tem do, however, have some degree of merit. Groupings may give a bet ter picture of house stand ings since there is only a difference of half a grade point between the top and bottom house in a group. Yet, I submit that that half a point is a significant one. The March 16, 1960, NE BRASKAN listed the fact that a slight rise or decline in grades under the new system probably would keep a residence in the same group as a credit to the grouping system. It seems to me that for competitive purposes, the slight rise or decline is significant. J. P. Colbert, former dean of Student Affairs, noted in 1960 that if listed numerical ly, a house might be ranked 11th or 12th and actually ly be only .3 or .4 grade point from the top aver age. If this is the case, I think that it is perfectly obvious -to any half way intelligent human being. A ranked list ing with grade averages, re veals exactly how far a house is from the top,- mean and bottom. The rumor and speculation which can be so vicious is removed. Colbert also noted that for the eight semesters prior to spring, 1960, the same houses usually remained in the top group from semester to semester. This, I feel, is all the more reason to rank houses numerically to dis tinguish them, not group them. One possible answer to the dilemma would be a nar rower grouping system, this was proposed as a pos sible improvement on the system when it was begun. Groupings of .25 grade points rather than the cur rent .5 grade points might satisfy both factions. Certainly a revision of ome sort is in order. '" " "iiwiiumiiiwuiiimh,wiii unninwiuinunu. hwm.mmm Turk Week, Why Not? Dear Editor: I was just the other day skipping moodily off to In terpersonal Relations 205, and letting my oxfords splash around in the mud and all, and worrying about all that feuding and all down in Cyprus and all, and all that heartless shooting of folks down there among the everglades and all the sun (what I never did fig ure out was why all those Greeks and those folks from Turkey ever decided to settle themselves down right there all together like that in Florida anyway if they don't get along in brotherly spirit and be sides most of the immi grants that I've met seem to be settled right here in the midwest which I think is just fine and I don't see why they wanted to go to Florida in the first place and especially not both of them right together there in the Gardens and all) and anyway I was wondering why this University doesn't have a Turk Week too be cause I think that would be fairer since nobody seems to be persecuting anybody since after all they're just fighting with each other shooting and all not mak ing speeches and riding buses and voting and so I think this University should (Con't on page 3) JUM tint 1 1111111111111 fuif tit in j it tut tfiriiuMiiii i in tiitM iMrMiiiiiiiitMiiiiiiiiitttiiiiiiiittttiiitiirtui titling ntujutkmii FOLK SINGERS IN CONCERT See Free Folk Music Forum Friday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m. Rooms 2324 Tickets $1.00 Special Block Rate Buy 25 and Receive 5 Free 7:30 & 9:00 P.M. 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