The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 08, 1965, Image 1
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 Appli 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 year. Interviews will be Dec. 14 for beauty queens and Dec. 15 for eligible bachelors. An nouncement of interview times will.be 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 dismissed. 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 Hoffmans. 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 . Committee Questionnaires 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 book. 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 Crompton. This, Crompton said, was not observed in the Kearney dismissal. 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." UNIV6RS OF NSBR. LIBRARY t)EC 8 less Vol. 81, No. 46 Orange Bowl . . Exceed 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. Tests 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 course?" "How much overlap was there between reading and lectures?" "How was the lecturer's de livery?" "How well was the lecture prepared?" "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 equests Supply About 128 University students and fans followed the Com huskers to the Orange Bow! in 1955 when Nebraska played Drake. 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 notes. 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." Supplement "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. Example "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 students." 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 happy." 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 text. "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." Variation "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 Nebraskan Plan 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. 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 fine." ',' 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 anhel e 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 another. 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 actives. 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 Ireland. Pie Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1965 irH channel should be used in tak ing a motion from the Stu dent Senate to the Faculty Senate. 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 action. 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 Sfieolts 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 taken. "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. .