The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 17, 1964, Page Page 2, Image 2

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Research Vital
The following editorial appeared in the 1957 Daily Ne
braskan, written by Jack Pollack. Its observation seem
appropriate at this time, as the University's research con
tinues to bring fame.
The Daily Nebraskan reported Tuesday that an ap
propriation has been given to the University for research
in heart problems. In the same edition of the paper we
reported that the University Research Council had rec
ommended faculty summer research fellowships in fields
ranging from home economics to law.
It is significant that the United States places a strong
emphasis on research in the fields which are vital to our
culture. Vital? Yes, it is vital in a system where free en
terprise reigns supreme that an individual be allowed to
pursue knowledge in an obscure field, for from this know
ledge, this experimentation comes the better life which
free peoples everywhere cherish.
The question may arise, "Why don't we sacrifice the
powder puffs for missiles, the butter and margarine for
bombs and submarines?" Of course it is a valid question
in light of the scientific leaps and bounds taken by the
Soviet Union in the past few years. But Americans can
look with pride to the joint magnificence they have de
veloped under the free enterprise system.
In the United States, some may say, success comes
from chaos. Here in our land the individual is free to
choose what he will study and how long he will study it.
His hopes and ambitions are satisfied not through force
but rather through free will the will to live and the will
to succeed. That is the mystery of American success.
"It is the mystery of free people everywhere."
So we look with pride on the University instructors
who have been awarded grants to do research in the arts
and sciences. We trust that through their efforts the na
tion will share in the riches of this bountiful universe.
Perhaps this is the inevitable result of free enterprise.
r$&'()i
By Mike
This is my last column.
Through no fault of Mrs.
Duffy, I am pitifully be
hind in my academic obli
gations. But that is the
easy way out. The Editor
and myself apparently dis
agree as to the purpose of
a student newspaper. I
This is the time to think about New Year's resolutions.
Resolutions I am considering include:
Never to ask for cigarettes unless the person con
cerned looks like he has more than he can safely puff
away without inviting lung cancer.
Tell my instructors each day that I have learned
something from them I couldn't learn from anyone else,
and not mention the fact that I wouldn't care to learn it
from anyone else either.
Say lousy things about good people and good things
about lousy people io even things up.
Step on little kids 1 see stepping on ants.
Say good things about the Campus Police if 1 ever
get a ticket.
to cooperate with the new Student Council if there
ever is one
Never again to buy a cup of coffee in the Union.
to limit my showers to ten minutes to avoid getting
the bug.
To smile when the weather reaches 15 below zero
and to go to every class at such time.
To get all copy down to the printer on tune.
to be nice to the staff writers.
Always carry matches at least.
Attend all house meetings with nary a gripe.
Nominations Solicited
Last year the Outstanding Nebraskan award was lim
ited to one during the whole year. At the time of selec
tion the staff had a very difficult time choosing this one
person, as it seemed there was more than one that de
served the honor. So this year we arc going back to
the traditional one a semester.
One student and one faculty member will be chosen
each semester. Nominations are now open. There are
many persons, especially professors, who are eligible
and worthy of this award.
However, they must be nominated tiirough a letter
In order to be considered. We are limited to those persons
about whom we get a letter.
We welcome and urge nominations.
The Daily Nebraskan is proud to honor these persons
each year. It is one of the highlights of the semester. Al
though the honor is merely that, an honor, with no mone
tary value, we feel that it is one worthy of your considera
tion. ' SUSAN SMITIJBERGEIl
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Thursday, December 17, 1964
Barton
would choose to publish un
thinkable thoughts; she
does not. She is in charge;
I am not. Consequently, I
am the one to quit.
I hope you have enjoyed
my humbug.
Move over, Pat Drake.
Nebraskan
Memorable
The following is a tele
gram received by the editor
concerning college represen
tation versus living unit rep
resentation to the Student
Council.
Miss Susan Smithberger,
editor:
Editorial Dec. 4. Wow.
Your insight and perception
amazes. The right thinking
and integrity reflected in
your unselfish devotion to
the ideals of the University,
state and nation fearlessly
revealed in your clear, logi
cal writing astounds. Ne
braskans will remember you
in their hearts.
Howard Dunsmore
Grubbies Go Where?
Dear Editor:
I would like to express my
sincere appreciation and
gratitude to the Daily Ne
braskan for printing the
helpful article on grubbies
in the December 14th issue.
I have been quite con
cerned as to just where I
could wear my beloved
grubbies ever since I re
ceived such strange glances
while shopping at llov's.
Furthermore, I have a
very dear friend who wears
a printed blouse under her
baggy sweatshirt, I j u s t
didn't know how to tell
her how very unchic she
looked. She read the article,
too, and promptly reformed.
I'm so relieved.
Since I live off-campus, I .
am rarely fortunate enough
to obtain a "Daily Ne
braskan." That's why I'm
especially delighted to find
such an informative issue as
the December 14th, contain
ing four full pages telling
me just how to dress for
every occasion. I'm so glad
I picked it up off the floor
where some more unappie
ciative reader discarded it.
Thank you again.
Sincerely,
JoKllen Williams
Ticked At Tickets
An Open Letter to James S.
Pittengcr
Dear Sir:
Something is rotten in the
State of Nebraska. It is time
that political control of Ath
letics comes to an end at
our University. Specifically
the control of distribution of
tickets for athletic events.
The best and most notorious
example of obvious favorit
ism by your office is the dis
trlbution of Cotton Howl
tickets.
For example, 1 (and you
may check your records if
they exist) sent my request
by mail as your office so
desired, the evening of No
vember 15. 1964. (The an
nouncement was made pub
blic In the middle of that
. afternoon.) In fad, I took
the request to the Down
town Post Office at 11:00
p.m.; and I am sure the
Post Office did not neglect
my request because my ini
tial correspondence from
your office was dated No
vember 16, 14.
Therefore, my request was
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MISSISSIPPI JUSTICE
in your office, let alone post
marked well before the 36
hours which you said was
the "Safe" period, when you
began sending back rejected
requests. Also, if the tick
ets sold out so quickly,
why did it take your office
so many days to wake up
to the fact that you were
sold out?
The day that student tick
ets went on sale, I was per
sonally assured by one of
your employees that I would
have little or no trouble get
ting public tickets, because
of having remitted the re
quest so early (the first
day possible). Therefore, the
chance to buy student
tickets was passed up.
My main objections are
that your office has been un
duly unfair in distribution,
not only to those who got
their requests in as early as
humanly possible, but also
those of us who could not af
ford to buy upwards of
blocks of 100 tickets, (I re
quested 8). I am sure all
fans are aware that the
tickets did not fall in the
hands of exactly private
ownership, because want
ads show tickets are avail
able to said game but not
for $5.50.
Sincerely,
James M. Armbrust
Power Placement
In her editorial, "Power
Placement." of December
3, Miss Smithberger has,
unknowingly, presented the
elements of argument for
the type of Student Govern
ment desired by the consci
entious and enlightened stu
dents at the University.
This is of course a power
ful Student Government
which protects itself and its
constituents, as groups or
as individuals, by its being
composed of three divisions
of power legislative, exec
utive, and judicial.
First, Miss Smithberger
questions "just what pow
ers it will bestow upon it
self." This statement dis-'
plays a lack of understand-,
i n g of the Convention,
which is only a body of Uni
versity citizens selected for
the sole purpose of creating
a new frame of govern
ment. The delegates are not
forging a monolithic, coerc
ive power structure which
they themselves plan to per
petuate, This could be eas
ily recognized by attending
a Convention meeting.
The new Constitution will
be only a framework; the
real power will lie in the ac
tual business of government,
dynamic and flexible, 1 1 s
course determined by the
interaction of (1) the more
direct desires of the stu
dents, through their legisla
ture, and (2) the more ex'
perienced direction supplied
by their leaders In the exec
utive branch. But the
framework itself must be
strong and flexible. To be
soundly based, the new
Student Government must
have theoretical control ov
er Panhellenic and IFC.
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Then Miss Smithberger
assumes the worst by fear
ing that the Students' Gov
ernment will, in fact, take
"dictatorial powers over all
organizations," become an
end unto itself, and fail to
be of benefit to the students.
The editor draws forth a
calculatedly frightening sce
nario of what seem to her
possible, indeed imminent,
government abuses of pow
er. I shuddered at the pros
pect, a dim one to be sure,
of Student Government's
controlling the Kosraet
Klub "Spring Show." How
ever, the editor's point,
though exaggerated, is val
id: herein lies the necessity
for the third division of pow
er, the judiciary. Simply
put, the judiciary is a mod
erating influence. To it can
be submitted any grievance
against the executive or le
gislative branches, for as
fair, intelligent, and equit
able a solution to the prob
lem as could possibly be
obtained by any workable
means.
Miss Smithberger almost
realizes that she is support
ing division of powers. In
fact, she states that "a sys
tem of checks and balances
is needed in any legislative
body." True, "checks and
balances" is an expression
much associated with divi
sion of power; but it must
be grasped that the legisla
ture is only one branch or
"balance" of the total gov
ernment. This is a current
ly prevalent mistake in
thinking on this campus,
that Government is just a
legislature, or large com
mittee as we now have.
Miss Smithbergcr's pre
occupation with the rela
tionship between Student
Government and organiza
tions belies her conformity
in one predominant and det
rimental trend of political
"thinking" that the Coun
cil is, and of right ought to
be, an amalgamation of or
ganizations. . Mark Beech
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"Glory to God in the high
est, and peace to men of
good will!" That should
shake a few people. What
with supreme courts being
Scrooges these days, and
"searchers for the truth"
assuming that departure
implies progress, the mere
mention of the name of any
deity brings shudders of re
vulsion and accusations of
ultra-arch-conservatism.
Well, so it be, or, if I
may be so bold, amen. (For
those of you who are won
dering, this might end up
being the Closet Case ser
mon for the year.)
Christmas is a paradox.
Merchants look forward to
the festivities with hopes of
balancing the year; em
ployees await the year-end
bonus; advertisers go out of
their young minds selling
the Santa Claus image to
any kiddie old enough to
believe in fairy tales.
More traditionally, fami
lies are reunited, men
speak of a new rebirth ru
internal peace, the brother
hood of man and the poetry
of the Christmas story.
And, in a few instances,
one finds a last fortress of
die-hards who find Christ
mas as one of the two sym
bolic feasts around which
the Christian religion is
based. '
Now we can't say any-"
thing bad about any of
these, can we? Each fol
lows the dictates of his
mind, the practice of his re
ligion or the pressure of his
society to, I assume, his
own satisfaction.
It is only when we try to
cross those lines that
Christmas becomes some
thing messy. When we at
tack Santa Claus as being
a dirty old man or a heath
en, when we call for the di
vorce of religion from con
temporary Christmas or
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whom the holiday has no
meaning, we are reverting
into the ruts of narrowmind
edness that church people
and liberal thinkers alikt
condemn.
Most American families
have found their own pri
vate compromises between
tradition and commercial
ism, anyway.
Most brick walls cannot be
battered down but this
world is filled with batter
downers. From the middle
of the road (which is where
I reside, with occasional de
fections to either shoulder)
it seems that batterdowners
are creating enough ill feel
ings, or if you will, unnec
essary controversy to last
until doomsday, if that cor.
responds with one's concep
tion of the future.
Looking back over this,
I see that the content has
changed from any idea of
sermony I might have had
to being a batterdowner
myself, which seems to be
the main problem in derid
ing batterdowners.
Or, in short, tolerance
seems to be on the decline
even in this age of intel
lect. For instance, Kurt Keeler
decided to take a shower
this week. But, to hear the
reactions of many, I'm not
so sure all 13,000 of us
weren't right there in t h e
shower with Kurt. Intellectu
al society? No, rather a vi
olation of the first rule of
logical reasoning, the judge
ment of the whole by one
example. '
This could go on for six
or eight pages nothing but
examples.
So, in closing this col
umn, I'd like to leave a few
parting words of something:
(take your choice). '
Happy Holidays.
Bah! Humbug!
Have a blessed Christ
mas, everyone.
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