The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 08, 1965, Image 1

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    EAST CAMPUS STUDENTS . . . gather to sing carols at
the lighting of the East Union Christmas tree.
Yule Tree Glows
At East Campus
Christmas carols floated
across East Campus Mon
day night as over 250 stu
dents attended the second
annual lighting of the living
Christmas tree.
The crowd heard ad
dresses from Dea. E. F.
Frolik of the College of Ag
riculture and Virginia Trot
ter, dean of the home eco
nomics school.
Ralph Sugert of the Ne
braska Association of Nur
serymen also spoke at the
cermony. This association
of nurserymen donated the
12-foot tree, located south
west of the animal science
building, to the University
last year.
Dave Younkin, manager
of the East Union, was
master of ceremonies, and
Mrs. Adelaide Spurgin, di
rector of the East Campus
Choir, led the singing of
traditional carols after the
lights colored the symmet
rical evergreen.
Students were reluctant to
leave, however, when the
prepared carols were fin
Queen, Bachelor
lications Due
Today is the last day that
living units can turn in Corn
husker Beauty Queen or Eli
gible Bachelor candidates ac
cording to the Cornhusker of
fice. Each unit is entitled to one
Candidate for every 25 Corn
huskers they have purchased.
Candidates must meet Uni
v e r s i t y eligibility require
ments and must be in school
for the entire 1965-1966 school
Interviews will be Dec. 14
for beauty queens and Dec.
15 for eligible bachelors. An
nouncement of interview
times in the Daily Ne
braskan later this week.
AAUP Asks Hearing
For Kearney Instructor
: The Nebraska State Confer
ence of the American Asso
ciation University Professors
(AAUP) has charged that an
English instructor at Kearney
State College was improperly
Dr. Louis Crompton, profes
sor of English at the Univer
sity and State AAUP confer
ence secretary said, "The po
sition of the Nebraska State
Conference of the AAUP is
that Mr. Hoffmans was im
properly dismissed and that
be should be reinstated and
given a proper hearing."
Ed Hoffmans, the cx-Kcar-ney
English Instructor, has
charged that he was dis
missed because he was one
day late In returning from a
Vict Nam protest march in
Washington last week.
Kearney College President
Milton Hassel said that Hoff
mans' political views had no
bearing on his firing, but that
it was due to "ineffective
teaching" and "complete dis
regard of college policy and
regulation" on the part of
Crompton said the Nebras
ka Conference was not chal
lenging Hoffmans compe
tence or political freedom but
tL3 lack of academic due
ished, and started "Winter
Wonderlan d," "White
Christmas" and others on
their own.
"We're very happy that
the tree made it through its
first year, which is usually
the. roughest for students,
too," Frolik said.
This same tree, donated
by the nursery men, will
be used every year for the
annual event which was
started last year.
Faculty Evaluation .
More than 500 students on
the University campus this
week are using sample ASUN
faculty evaluation question
naires to rate specific instruc
tors and courses.
These questionnaries, which
are being distributed by
members of the ASUN facul
ty evaluation committee to
between 12 and 14 classes,
contain some 20 questions de
signed to evaluate University
instructors' ability.
Ladd Lonnqnist, chairman
of the committee, said this
week's evaluation is only "a
pilot program to test the ques
tionnaires." He explained that
eventually questionnaires of
this type will be used to com
p i 1 c a faculty evaluation
He said that results of the
questionnaire test and exam
ples of how the evaluations
will be written up for the book
will be taken to the Faculty
Senate's faculty student com
mittee after Christmas vaca
tion. "As a general rule most
process in dismissal proced
ings. According to a position set
forth in 1958 by the Confer
ence, "a faculty member may
not bs fired pre-emptorially."
"The administration must
inform him that it intends to
take dismissal procedings
against him. Then the faculty
member has a chance to state
his case before a faculty com
mittee with legal counsel if
he desires," according to
This, Crompton said, was
not observed in the Kearney
The Conference, he said,
sent a pubHc letter to the
State Normal Board last May
criticizing the Roard for its
failure to Include provisions
for academic due process in
its published rules.
Carl Schneider, professor of
political scipnee aid chair
man of the Conference's state
committee on academic free
dom and tenure, said the res
olution was a policy state
ment only.
Crompton said also, "Facul
ty members and occasionally
even AAUP local executive
committees arc sleepy-headed
on the matter of academic
due process."
t)EC 8 less
Vol. 81, No. 46
Orange Bowl . .
Unfortunately 11,000 tickets
do not equal 12,000 ticket or
dersthat is the situation fac
ing James Pittenger, athletic
ticket manager for the Uni
versity. Pittenger said that about
12,000 ticket orders had been
received for the Orange Bowl
game in Miami, but that the
University had received an al
location of only 11,000 tickets
for the game with Alabama.
He said that it was evi
dent that all University stu
dents who had placed orders
for tickets by the Monday
deadline would receive tic
kets. He said that about 1,000
tickets had been reserved for
students. The Union Bowl trip
is included in this figure.
By paring down some of the
ticket requests from other
sources, Pittenger said he
feels it will probably be possi
ble to provide some tickets
to all those who requested
them by the Dec. 1 deadline.
However, in some cases, the
seats will be in the end zone.
Following of the Cornhusk
er football team has increased
about 85 times since 1955.
facultv members I have
talked to have been in favor of
the book to a certain extent,
but they want to see how the
evaluations are written up."
Lonnquist noted.
Lonnquist pointed out that
they were testing the ques
tionnaires to see if they pro
vide a cross section or fair
evaluation of professors. For
instance, he said, the com
mittee wants to see if a large
number of questionnaires rat
ing one instructor provide
some type of average or
"cross section" evaluation for
that professor.
He said that the question
naires would be run through
an IBM machine so that "an
exact spreading of the evalu
ations" could be computed for
each class and instructor
tested. The evaluation for
each instructor and course
tested will be written in a
form similar to that which
will be used in the evaluation
book itself.
A tentative date for finish
ing the first actual evaluation
book has been set for n e x t
spring before registration for
the 1966 fall semester.
The following are some ex
amnles of the questions asked
on the sample evlaiiation
ouestionnalre. These q u e s -tions
are answered by rating
the teachers according to a
seven point scale.
"Were the lectures valuable
to your understanding t h
"How much overlap was
there between reading and
"How was the lecturer's de
livery?" "How well was the lecture
"Was the instructor inter
ested in and willing to help
his students?"
"How well did the test cov
er the course material?"
The evaluation sheet also
includes questions which
must be answered by a writ
ten explanation. These ques
tions include explaining why
one might have rated a teach
er poorly, if he did, under one
of the other questions. Also
such questions as "Were you
satisfied with the Instructor,
explain?" are on the sheet.
Regents To Assemble
At Kearney College
Members of the University
of Nebraska Board of Regents
will hold a regular meeting
Saturday at Kearney State
College. They also will attend
a meeting of the Coordinating
Council on Higher Education
in Nebraska.
Ticket 01
About 128 University students
and fans followed the Com
huskers to the Orange Bow!
in 1955 when Nebraska played
Two years ago, Nebraska
played Auburn in ohe Orange
Bowl with over 7,000 Nebras
ka fans watching, compared
to the 11,000 expected in this
year's classic.
The ticket office will begin
filling Orange Bowl orders
this week, with completion of
mailing expected during the
week of Dec. 13.
kuisfj, I ImM
' CLIFF'S . . . notes provide that last minute of final studying for Shelly Krizel
man, left, Steve Bernstein and Jerry Novak.
CiiU hphms Ohftlh'ss Of Ttes'
By Jan Itkin
Junior Staff Writer
Tremendous to deplorable
covers the spectrum of Uni
versity English professors
attitudes toward Cliff's
Harried students studying
for hour exams or finals de
scribe the notes as magni
ficent. Cliff Hillegass, originater
of Cliff's Notes, considers
them "a study aid to assist
the student to better under
stand a work."
"The notes are definitely
a supplement to the class
room," he continued. "They
enable the student to bet
ter utilize a teacher's teach
ing ability."
Hillegass started the study
aid series in the basement
of his home seven years
ago with a series of 16 ma
jor Shakespearean plays.
Since that time Cliff's Notes
has published 105 additions
to the series ranging from
"Huckleberry Finn" to "The
New Testament".
The Idea for the series of
plot summaries and com
mentaries was suggested to
Hillegass by a friend, Jack
Cole who has a similar en
terprise In Canada.
Two factors are taken in
to consideration, Hillegass
said, when deciding on the
subject for a particular vol
ume. One factor is how
widely the original work is
read and the other is what
problems does the work pre
sent to students.
James Roberts, assistant
professor of English at the
University and consulting
editor of the publication,
explained that it takes up
to a year and a half to put
out an edition. The notes, he
continued, are written by
college professors, chair
men of University English
departments and high school
teachers who have taught
and understand the work in
, question.
"Take for instance, t h e
Gallic Wars which is cur
rently under production," he
said. "We wanted a high
school teacher who has
taught it for years and
thoroughly under
stands how to explain it to
Each volume is geared to
the level of the student who
The Daily
Student Senate . . .
on Amtendbinice
By Wayne Kreuscher
Senior Staff Writer
At today's Student Senate
meeting Dr. William Pharis,
ASUN faculty adviser, and
Senators Andy Taube and Le
on Orender will report on the
motion passed last week con
cerning Christmas vacation
and the Orange Bowl game.
The motion, passed last
week by the Senate, called for
a non-t est, non-attendance
check day Jan. 3 in order to
give students who drive to
will be using it, Roberts ex
plained. "We try to determine the
level of the student who
will be purchasing it," he
continued. "For instance,
high school students would
not need 'Catcher in the
Rye' and college level vol
umes contain more commen
tary and interpretation and
analysis. Then there are
editions like 'Beowolf which
are geared to the level of
graduate students."
He added that too many
people tend to judge a ser
ies on one or two volumes
when in reality a judgment
should be based on the
readings of various titles
from different levels.
"The 'Old Testament' dif
fers from the poems of T.S.
Eliot and Dante differs
from 'The Sound and the
Fury.' he remarked. "Each
has different problems aim
ed at different levels."
Study Aid
Hillegass stressed that the
notes were intended as a
study aid and not as a syn
opsis for the book.
"The purpose for which
they are produced," he said,
"is to aid students in un
derstanding a work."
"Our aim Is to lead the
student back to the origin
al work," he said, "a n d
give him a greater Interest
In the individual work Itself
and literature as a whole.
If they (Cliff's Notes) make
the average student interest
ed In literature, I'd be most
Apparently many profes
sors do not think the series
is accomplishing that pur
pose. General opinion
among the University pro
fessors interviewed, seemed
to be that the notes were
used as a substitute for the
"When students use these
notes as a substitute for the
text," said Lee Lemon, as
sociate professor of English,
"they are worthless. Some
are badly done and that Is
most serious when they are
substituted for the text. Too
often the student comes out
of the course knowing no
more than he did before."
"There Is a wide varia
tion in the quality of the
series," said Hugh Luke,
assistant professor of Eng
lish. "1 too think they are
the Orange Bowl game a
chance to get home safely.
Since the motion was pass
ed Taube, who introduced the
motion, and Orender, who is
chairman of the ASUN facul
ty senate committee, have
met with Jack Sosin, associ
ate professor of history and
chairman of the Faculty Sen
ate (University Senate) cal
endar committee. They have
also met with G. Robert
Ross, vice chancellor and
dean of student affairs.
deplorable as a substitute
for the text, but as a re
view for a good student,
they can be useful."
Stephen Hilliard, assistant
professor of English, said
that in his course on Shake
speare, students who rely
on the notes instead of the
text invariably come out
with a bad grade.
"It amuses me," he said.
Professors who raise ob
jections of the notes being
used instead of the text
"should criticise the student
and not the notes," replied
Roberts added that a stu
dent must have knowledge
of the book to derive the
most benefit from the notes.
"The better the student,
the more he will benefit,"
Roberts said. "I think the
notes should function as a
supplement to the work it
self in the same manner
as a lecture. We hope stu
dents will be stimulated by
the work and go on to great
er research and greater un
derstanding." He then pointed out that
nothing was contained in
the notes that couldn't be
found in a reputable li
brary. Objection
One objection, Roberts
said, that he often hears is
that the notes keep students
from being directly respon
sible to the work but noted
that teachers also do this
by lecturing.
"We try to present a ba
sic critical opinion against
which students can react."
he said. The notes reject the
more extreme approach to
interpreting literature in an
effort to keep the interpre
tation simple and basic.
Robert Narvcson, assis
tant professor of English,
remarked, "The notes arc a
tremendous stndy aid and
can help a student get more
out of a book thnn he could
ever get otherwise."
He agreed however that
they should not be used as
a substitute for the text but
that "if a student wants to
read an extra book, that's
',' People accuse the notes
of 'being misleading," Nar
veson continued, "but they
aren't if the student checks
his knowledge against them
rather than relying on
them." v
Orender and Taube explain
ed that the calendar commit
tee is not basically in favor
of the Student Senate's mo
tion and that the committee
did not want to extend vaca
tion or pass any kind of de
finite legislation allowing ex
cused absences Jan. 3.
The normal procedure after
such a motion has been pass
ed In Student Senate accord
ing to Ross Is to take this
motion to the Faculty Senate
committee involved. This com
mittee then discusses the pro
posal and may, if It wishes,
introduce it on the Faculty
Senate floor.
Taube and Orender origin
ally pointed out that since the
calendar committee was not
in favor of the motion they
had no chance of getting an
answer or decision from the
Faculty Senate itself which
meets Dec. 14 concerning
their proposal.
Because of the calendar
committee's position, Student
Senate representatives had
been discussing the possibility
of introducing the motion
themselves on the Faculty
Senate floor.
Tuesday afternoon Orender
and ASUN President Kent
Neumeister said they had de
cided that because of sever
al different Faculty Senate
rules, a Student Senate repre
sentative would not try to in
troduce the motion to the
Faculty Senate Dec. 14
Instead, according to Neu
meister and Orender, Pharis
will represent Student Senate
at Faculty Senate Dec. 14 and
make a recommendatinn 'on
cerning the Student Senate's
proposal. Pharis will speak
at Senate this afternoon and
explain why he instead of
Senate representatives must
make this proposal.
Both Taube and Orender
pointed out that the problem
is in discovering exactly what
Sorority pledge classes can
no longer take actives on
sneaks according to a resolu
tion passed at a Panhellenic
meeting this week.
Diane Michel Panhellenic
president, said the resolution
was passed after a lengthy
discussion by a vote of 13-3.
She said that most of the Pan
hellenic members were in
favor of the resolution.
Discussion on the floor of
the meeting showed that Pan
hellenic members felt, having
discussed the problem prev
iously with both actives and
pledges, that sneaks are more
fun after the actives are re
leased. It was pointed out that
pledge classes who have not
taken actives have had more
fun and have been able to de
vote the entire sneak to be
coming acquainted with one
Miss Michel said the pri
mary reason for the resolu
tion "is that Panhellenic mem
bers believe it is most bene
ficial for the pledge classes
to put all their planning into
the actual event rather than
into plots for stealing the
Members also suggested
that the actives themselves
don't know what to expect at
the snenks because they are
aware of what took place at
Where's Pat McBrde?
The University lost and
found department is looking
for a Patrick McBride.
The department reported
that they have found a bill
fold containing money and
identification, but that they
can't find the person whose
name ts on the identification
Patrick McBride.
A department spokesman
said they think this person
they are looking for is from
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1965
channel should be used in tak
ing a motion from the Stu
dent Senate to the Faculty
Senate Communication
ASUN President Kent Neu
meister stressed Tuesday af
ternoon that Student Senate
will continue to work at es
tablishing exact procedures
and ways of communication
with the Faculty Senate. He
said that everything Student
Senate nasses in the form of
a motion will be taken to
someone at the University for
Neumeister also pointed out
that while a student repre
sentative most likely would
not be presenting the Christ
mas vacation motion to the
Faculty Senate itself, student
representatives would be sug
gesting other motions on the
Faculty Senate floor in the
near future.
Ross explained Tuesday af
ternoon that there was a
structure for communications
between the Faculty Senate
and Student Senate. He said
that since last year's new stu
dent government constitution
established an executive as
w e 1 1 as a legislative branch
these communications should
be carried through easily.
"It's the executive level of
student government's duty to
see that the bills or recom
mendations they pass reach
loeonle or bodies in the Uni
versity who can take action
on student government's pro
posals," he said.
Ross pointed out that stu
dents are membersof Facul
ty Senate committees but that
often in past years they have
failed to attend the meetings
regularly or really take part
in them.
He also said that students
had presented motions on the
Faculty Senate floor before
and that there was no reason
they couldn't again if they
went through the proper chan
nels. EZevises
previous sneaks and are on
guard. This often determines
their actions.
Vicki Dowling suggested an
alternative plan which would
; still allow pledge classes the
option of taking or not taking
actives on sneaks, but would
place restrictions on from
where the actives could be
"Without the actives, the
I event is no longer a sneak but
i rather a retreat," said Miss
j Dowling. "It doesn't give
! pledges and actives a change
to be together."
1 Panhellenic decided that
the restrictions suggested by
i Miss Dowling would be too
i difficult to enforce.
j It was also disclosed at the
j meeting that Delta Zeta soror
I ity will begin colonizing on
I campus the first of next sem
j ester.
! A pa n e 1 discussion on
"American Women" will be
t held Jan. 3 and is open to all
t interested persons. The panel
! includes a Jewish woman, a
! Catholic woman, a Protestant
woman, and a Negro woman.
Theatre To Travel
For Second Time
For the second time this
year, the University Theatre
will travel outstate with its
production of "Macbeth."
Tlic performance, directed
! by Dr. William Morgan, asso
i ciate professor of speech and
i dramatic art, will be held In
i the Fairbury High School au
ditorium Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The special performance,
involving a cast and produc
tion crew of 50 University stu
dents, was arranged by the
University's Extension Divi
sion and Mrs. Jack Henny of
Fairbury Junior College.
'Hie production also was
presented at Grand Island
1 earlier this month. .