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Vol. 81, No. 12
The Doily Nebroskan
Monday, October 4, 1965
Photo by John Dzerk
KARL SHAPIRO . . . "A poet in our time is a
pposes Culture BUS
Karl Shapiro, University
professor of English, poet,
author, Pulitzer Prize win
ner, admits he is a noncon
formist. Instead of the tra
ditional ponderous desk in his
office, he has an old, worn
easy chair and two low ta
bles with books and papers.
Last week Shapiro attended
the presidential signing of the
Arts and Humanities Bill in
Washington. He returned and
told his modern poetry class
that someone had cleaned up
the city and all the buildings
were "pink and white." He
characterized President John
son's remarks about the bill
as "some rather good plati
tudes." Trip 'A Surprise'
The poet had some com
ments to make about the bill
and about his trip. "I was
surprised that they invited
me," he said. For a long time
I've been opposed to govern
ment control of the arts."
Shapiro explained that the
idea of the bill is to stimu
late creativity but stated that,
through clumsy administra
tion the government could do
just the opposite.
"The danger in the plan
is that if the government is
going to give grants to wri
ters, poets and artists, they
wiil give those fellowships to
'safe' people. You would hard
ly find them giving a fel
lowship to a 'beat' writer, so
a standard is being set up,"
Shapiro declared.
One of the provisions of
the Arts and Humanities Bill
Is the establishment of a re
pertory theater group that
would originate in Washing
ton and tour the country.
Shapiro derided this plan,
saying it looked as though
Member Of Parliament
To Speak Wednesday
A member of the British
House of Commons will speak
at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, in
the Nebraska Union.
Colin Jackson will address
a public convocation on "The
Crisis in the Far East A
House of Commons View."
Jackson has previously
lectured at Oxford and Cam
bridge in England as well as
universities in the Far East
and the United States.
Jackson, who specializes in
international politics, was ar
visiting professor at the Uni
versity in 1955 and again in
In addition to his political
activities, Jackson is a news
commentator for the British
Broadcasting Corp. (BBC).
Tassels Positions Full;
Drop Fall Interviews
Linda Muff, president of
Tassels, announced Sunday
that Tassels would not hold
interviews this fall.
She explained that there
was not a sufficient loss of
members over the summer to
require filling of positions. In
terested girls, she said, should
wait until spring when inter
Views will again be held.
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culture was being brought out
to "the sticks."
He suggested that a better
plan would be for the gov
ernment to establish theaters
and galleries throughout the
country, particularly in the
Midwest and South. The peo
ple themselves would partici
pate in the activities.
"That's where the real stuff
comes from (the people), not
from New York or Washing
ton," he said.
'Principally A Writer'
Shapiro, who has been on
the University faculty since
1956, asserted, "I'm princi
pally a writer, not a profes
sor." He is a prolific poet and
has had many volumes of po
etry published. In addition,
Shapiro has written several
books, including "In Defense
of Ignorance," and "Beyond
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Davis, and John Dzerk. In the bottom ro w, Curt Bromm, Larry Foster, Roger Brodd,
Klaus Hartmann, Bill Johnson and Steve Curry.
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AUF ACTIVITIES QUEEN FINALISTS . . . pictured (top row, left), Steph Tinan,
Pam Wood, Kris Bitner. In the bottom row, Ann Windle, Jan Binger, Jennifer Marsh
all, JoAnn Christcnsen.
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scmibarbarian in a civilized
"I don't believe in being
censored," Shapiro said, but
noted, "If you have an or
ganization like a university,
whether they want to or not
they are going to assert cri
tical authority over the arts."
Although Shapiro never
graduated from college he
holds two honorary degrees
and was on the faculty of
John Hopkins University for
three years.
He edited two literary mag
azines and is a veteran of
World War II. Shapiro won
the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
in 1945.
Shapiro said that while he
edited the magazines he liked
to print experimental mater
ial done by "beat" poets and
Currently, Shapiro is edit
ing one book and is writing
two more.
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Quiz Bowl
To Resume
October 14
Junior Staff Writer
Quiz Bowl will begin Its
third year Oct. 14 with a
match between Mortar Board
and Innocents.
Applications for teams are
due by Oct. 19. Applications
have been sent to houses and
living units, but may also be
picked up outside 345 Nebras
ka Union, according lo Barb
Simmons, publicity chairman
for the Quiz Bowl Committee.
The entry fee for teams this
year is $4, which covers ex
penses and will send a team
to represent Nebraska in the
Big Eight Conference compe
tition at Colorado.
Teams will consist of four
regular members and four al
ternates, who may be used in
any combination. Teams will
compete Thursday nights in
the small auditorium of the
Miss Simmons said the
matches consist of two eight
minute halves. Each half be
gins with a toss-up, and the
team that answers the ques
tion first gets a bonus ques
tion. Questions are in the fields
of history, literature, physical
and natural sciences, fine arts
and current events.
The questions, Miss Sim
mons said, are gathered in
Each individual on the Quiz
Bowl Questions', Committee
writes questions each w eek.
From these the best are se
lected. The committee also receives
questions from other Big
Eight Conference schools and
from the television Quiz Bowl.
Determining which team
first signalled to answer the
question is done electrically,
eliminating incorrect judg
ments, Miss Simmons said.
However, if an answer is
questioned as to correctness,
it is up to the moderator to
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Senior Staff Writer
Does Nebraska really need
a broadened tax base?
And if it does why do some
people want to vote against
the new income tax in a gen
eral election?
Are these people against a
broadened tax or just against
this particular one
Dick Shagrue, a graduate
assistant in the department of
political science and a law
yer, discussed these questions
and the objections a large
number of people have to the
new income tax.
Increasing Demands
"There is no question about
it," Shagrue said. "The in
creasing demands of govern
ment at all levels require
more tax money. People have
to stop thinking about paying
fewer taxes and pay the serv
ices for better government.
They have to accept the re
sponsibility for a greater Uni
versity and other state institu
tions." He said there was a dilem
na between one large segment
of property owners who have
long been required to carry
an over-burdensome tax
amount and another segment
who say an additional tax will
just increase the tax amount
all the way around.
The public, he explained,
has to be educated to the fact
that services cost more and
that there are more demands.
Shagrue said that people ob
ject to the present income
tax, passed in the Unicamer
al's last session by a small
margin, for several reasons.
Finalists Chosen
For BMOC, Queen
Seven coeds have been se
lected as finalists for AUF
Activities Queen and ten men
have been picked as Big Man
On Campus (BMOC) final
ists. Interviews for Activities
Queen finalists will be held
Thursday night. The BMOC
will be elected at the AUF-a-Go-Go
dance Saturday night.
The activities Queen final
ists are Jan Binger, Kris Bit
ner, Jo Christensen, Jennifer
Marshall, Stephanie Tinan,
Ann Windle and Pam Wood.
The BMOC finalists are
Roger Brodd, Buzz Brashear,
Curt Bromm, Jim Buntz,
Steve Curry, Steve Davis,
John Dzerk, Larry Foster,
Klaus Hartman, and Bill John
ion. Miss Binger, a member of
Chi Omega, has a 7.7 average.
She is a member of ASUN, a
Cornhusker section editor and
an AUF assistant chairman.
She holds an upperclass Reg
ents scholarship, is a member
of Alpha Lambda Delta and a
Nebraska career scholar.
Miss Bitner, a member of
Kappa Alpha Theta, has a 8.4
average. She is a member of
ASUN, is UNSEA secretary
and Alpha Lambda Delta sec
retary. She holds an upper
class Regents scholarship and
is a Nebraska career scholar.
Miss Christensen, a member
of Gamma Phi Beta, has a
7.0 average. She is a Union
chairman, AUF assistant and
a member of Angel Flight.
She was outstanding Gamma
Phi Beta pledge in activities.
Miss Marshall, a member
of Gamma Phi Beta, has a 7.6
average. She is a Union chair
man, an AUF assistant, and
was president of the Gamma
Phi Beta pledge class. She
holds an upperclass Regents
scholarship, is a member of
Alpha Lambda Delta, and was
an Ivy Day page.
Miss Tinan, a member of
Kappa Kappa Gamma, has a
6.6 average. She is a member
of Tassels, AWS sophomore
board, and a Union assistant.
For one thing, he said, many
people object because unlike
most income taxes LB797 is
not a progressive tax. Under
LB797 all tax payers pay a set
income tax rate and the tax
does not go up in proportion
to a man's income.
He said that his non-progressive
feature of the tax is
one of the main objections the
AFL-CIO and other labor
groups have against the tax.
Another thing disliked about
the new tax, especially by
businessmen, is the fact that
this set rate is flexible and
can be changed each year by
the State Board of Equaliza
tion. On the other hand, he said,
many people are in favor of
this non-progressive and flexi
ble set tax rate because each
man will know how much his
neighbor is paying and ev
eryone will be paying the
same amount.
Property Tax
He pointed out that with the
new income tax, Nebraskans
would also be paying a prop
erty tax, but he stressed the
property owner would not
have as much of a burden
as he now carries along, and
that increased costs call for
money from both.
Shagrue pointed out that
with some 84,000 signatures
on the petitions calling for a
referendum of the new in
come tax, it was apparent that
many people are dissatisfied
with the bill. This 84.000 esti
mate is almost four times the
amount of signatures needed
to call a referendum.
"It's pretty clear," he said,
She is also a Little Sister of
Miss Windle, a member of
Alpha Chi Omega, has a 7.8
average. She is a member of
Tassel AWS sophomore
board, and Panhellenic. She
holds an upperclass Regents
scholarship, is a member of
Alpha Lambda Delta, and was
president of the Alpha Chi
Omega pledge class.
Miss Wood, a member of
Delta Gamma, has a 7.9 av
erage. She is a Builders and
Union assistant, and a mem
ber of ASUN. She holds an
upperclass Regents scholar
ship, is a member of Alpha
Lambda Delta, and was an
Ivy Day Page. She was
named outstanding Delta
Gamma pledge.
The BMOC candidates
represent the following living
units: Brodd, Delta Upsilon;
Brashear, Kappa Sigma;
Bromm, Farmhouse; Buntz,
Phi Kappa Psi, Curry, Sig
ma Phi Epsilon; Davis, Sig
ma Chi; Dzerk, Beta Theta
Pi; Foster, Alpha Tau Ome
and Johnson, Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Court Team Will Compete
Three University seniors in
the College of Law have been
chosen members of the 1965
66 moot court team.
They are Vernon Duncan,
Stephen Joynt, and Donald
The students, selected for
their excellence in oral argu
ment and written briefs, will
represent the University in
the first regional competition
in Lexington, Ky. in early No
vember. If successful, the
team will compete in New
York City for the national
moot court title. .
Duncan, . president of his
freshman class, was rec
ognized for scholarship at the
1965 honors convocation, is an
executive board member of
the Allen Moot Court Council
"that the income tax will be
defeated if it comes up for
general election."
He said that many people
will never vote for a tax, no
matter how badly one is
needed, and that many other
people realized a broadened
tax base was needed, but
were just opposed to this
particular one.
Alternative Bills
Alternatives for the Unicam
eral to follow if the new in
come tax is defeated include
a sales tax, a sales-income
tax combination or more ex
cise taxes.
Shragrue said that labor
usually objects to a sales tax
because it is regressive and
hurts the man with a small
salary proportionally more
than it does the high salary
He stressed that labor
seems to be against a 1 1
taxes that are non-progressive,
or that don't tax a man
in proportion to his income.
"If Nebraska's new income
tax were a progressive tax."
he said, "I think the AFL
CIO's position would be dif
ferent and they would favor
the tax."
Burdensome Excise Taxes
He said that excise taxes
were already "extremely bur
densome" and that it would
never work to raise them
higher when Nebraska al
ready has the second highest
gasoline tax in the nation.
He suggested that the Uni
cameral should re-examine
the tax studies and reports
and consider a combination
sales-income tax which might
or might not include a prop
erty tax.
Most states, Shagrue said,
have some type of sales-income
tax combination which
fairly distributes the tax
"In my personal judgment,"
he said, "the present income
tax is not the ideal form. How
ever, Sen. Bauer's bill is a
major breakthrough because
the Legislature initiated a
broadened tax base."
Common Sense Proposal
He pointed out that a great
deal of people who signed the
petitions and who will vote
against the income tax are
only opposed to this particu
lar tax (LB797).
"Nebraskans have enough
common good horse sense,"
he stressed, "to realize that a
tax problem does exist and
that the only solution is to
broaden the property tax. It
will, however, take a lot of
educating the public."
He explained that one must
realize that government
changes take place by steps
and don't always achieve
ideals at the outset.
He said that a great deal
of money had been spent on
studies of the tax problem
and that the cone lusions
have always shown a broad
ened tax base was a neces
sity of better life.
and is presently helping re
draft and codify Nebras
ka motor vehicle statutes.
Joynt, is a member of In
nocents Society, served on the
board of the Nebraska Law
Review, and is the author of
a scholarly article, "Nebras
ka's Anti-shoplifting Sta
tute." Burt, is an editor of the Ne
braska Law Review, author
of a scholarly article,
"Inflammatory Publicity in
State Criminal Cases," was a
winner of the Nebraska Law
Review Best Article Award,
and is a holder of the Miller
Memorial Scholarship.
The team is coached this
year by John Gradwohl, pro
fessor of law.
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