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Jo Stohlman, editor
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Mike Kirkman,
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" r Conservative Nebraska (which isn't
. as conservative as is commonly thought)
; -often gives the impression, especially to
Nebraskans, of being isolated from other
";,'",Istates in issues of student discussion,
debates and drives.
But a quick survey of other U.S.
college campuses, via student news-
papers, reveals this impression
doesn't hold water.
I Other colleges in the U.S. are discuss
ing Viet Nam and the draft, tuition hikes,
evaluating faculty, and the desirability of
final exams.
.. ". Other colleges are crusading for li-
oberalization of women's hours. They are
..- .'plagued with faculty resignations and lack
-af -adequate space. They are working for
.y-.-Pwre efffective student governments.
BV... ;A sampling of editorials and ar
( ..P, tides that appeared last week in col-
.,ege newspapers brings this point clos-
ier to the University.
"Staff as well as students lack ade
quate work area," reads a headline in tlr
Trumesota Daily. The Wayne Stater re-
ported the resignations of two prominent
4 faculty members.
j morse:
Night News Editor
(Editor's Note: See story
T. on Wayne Morse's speech
on Page 4.)
Wayne Morse, the senior
Senator from Oregon, pre-
sented a view in Lincoln of
the Viet Nam conflict that
. contradicted the present
' administration's policy line.
As a speaker he was elo-
quent and interesting. As a
supposed policy-maker, his
speech was full of incon
". sistancies.
'. Morse speaks as a moral
istic idealist and there is
little doubt that he believes
, 90 of what he says. He
- states that the United States
' has lost its ideals those
bits and pieces of homespun
.logic that have made the
u United States what she is
! today.
But this is exactly where
; his logic fails. Because of
lour position in the world
we should not, indeed can
.not, reverse our aims and
fallow the freedoms of Viet
.Nam and South east Asia
to be lost.
- The speech states that we
!have broken the Geneva
-Accord in defending Viet
: Nam. Yet the United States
never ratified this treaty
"that ended the French War
kin S.E. Asia. Eisenhower
'did say that we would sup-
port it as part of interna-
. Students across the na
tion's campuses, whether
j divided on civil rights or
,;;Viet Nam, stand together
on one issue: Food.
As one s t u d e n t said,
'"Take any of my riches,
dignity, power, ideals and
,,'even my inhibition, but not
;my Food." What mothers
didn't realize when they
J tearfully kissed their fresh
.man sons or daughters
; good-by, was that it is their
tender roast beef that
would be missed.
How bad Is the diet of
I college students?
Only having had three
t hamburgers in as many
days, I'm no authority to
say. (Well, I DID have 58
cokes and about that many
.cups of coffee during that
I It's not Just the lack of
;food that bothers me. It's
the condition of it. (One
'friend swears he found a
i band-aid in a bowl of veg-
f etable soup.)
The cook was good about
lit though. Sha offered him
; two desserts.
Actually I'm not really
J upset about the food at the
University. I had two hara
e burgers today. (And I'm
going home for dinner to-
Nebraska Not Alone
A 1
duperticial Sense I
tional law, but it was never
ratified by the Senate.
At one moment Morse
tries to make it sound as if
this should be binding on
the United States, but at the
next moment states that no
treaty is binding unless rat
ified by the Senate, under
its Advise and Consent
The international 1 a w
which he supports so fer
vantly was first broken by
the Viet Cong who were
supplied by China, another
foreign power who is not
supposed to be active in
Viet Nam. International law
agrees that if a nation is
attacked, it gains the right
to attack the invaders (in
filtraters) and their supply
bases in its own defense.
Morse suggests that we
should give away the right
of the South Vietnamese to
determine their own welfare
by reconvening the Interna
tional Control Commission
under the auspicies of the
United Nations. It should be
obvious at this time that
such agreements need the
trust and support of both
sides to work. Failure of
such has led to crisies in
Laos and Viet Nam.
In summary of his Viet
Nam views he is critical
The hardest thing about any kind of writing is titling
it, and a column is no exception. The title for this column
refers to the current slang phrase "to lose one's cool",
but may I quickly add that the title is something of a mis
nommer. Never having had any cool to lose, the title may
be somewhat misleading b u t at least it effectively de
scribes my situation.
Having been asked to write an editorial column this
semester, I fed it is my duty to inform the reader a bit
about the column as it will be and about myself as I am
before expounding any great words of wisdom.
First of all, I am mildly horrified about thinking of
enough subjects to write on throughout the semester. I as
sume (and pray) that this matter will take care of itself.
The subjects that are chosen will be entirely subjective
and often of a very personal bent.
The column will be of no particular genre; one week
it will be critical comment, the next week it might be
merely thoughts and another week it may perhaps be
some favorite poetry who knows?, I certainly don't.
As you have probably already noticed, I have chosen
to refer to myself in the singular rather than the editorial
plural. This is because I feel that I have neither the in
sight nor the power to refer to myself in any other man
er. Also, I hope that the singular will give the column a
feeling of conversation because that is all I realy intend
for the weekly discourse to be. I have no intentions of set
ting myself and my ideas up as examples to be followed
by every student at Nebraska. Heaven forbid! Rather, I
would like to simply exchange ideas with the reader-al-though
it will be obviously a one-sided affair.
The views which I expound may be sophomoric (es
pecially seeing ai how I am a sophomore) and slightly
naive, but I promise you mat they will be honestly felt and
never presented merely for shock effect.
Should I express an opinion tbat Is faulty or Inadvert
ently based oo an incorrect assumption, please don't Just
sit there and swear at me, write me a letter telling roe off
or setting me straight. I am opeo to suggestion and am
willing to change my stand-publicaUy if need be.
But enough of advance apologies and introductions.
I'm loading my guns and will start firing next week.
business manager
Monday, Feb. 7, 1966
Purdue University passed a no-hours
policy for women and Iowa State is cru
sading for a no-hours policy for juniors
and seniors. (Presently at Iowa State,
senior women can be out until 6:30 a.m.)
Tuition hikes and the probability
of future raises in college costs were
the topics of large articles in the
Washburn University (Topeka, Kan.)
and California State Polytechinc Col
lege. Every paper carried articles and com
ment about the draft, deferments, and
the Viet Nam war.
And the Purdue Exponent, the Daily
Kansan and the Daily Illinoi (among oth
ers) carried editorial comment about
the detremintal aspects of final exams.
Admittedly, the University of Nebras
ka is not always discussing, debating and
changing at the rate of other colleges and
universities, especially in the areas of
women's hours and faculty evaluation.
But, University issues do conform
generally to the national trends of student
thought and discussion.
Nebraska is not alone.
without presenting alterna
tives of action. His logic is
true only on the surface.
His sophomoric view of his
tory gives pat answers to
general problems, but too
often paints his pictures in
blacks and whites without
comprehending the gray
area of necessity.
While "telling the Amer
ican People all the facts,"
Morse doesn't bring up any
thing that can't be found in
the weekly newsmagazines.
He uses Wilson's statements
about open diplomacy, open
ly arrived at, but fails to
.mention that Wilson later
changed his feeling under
the stresses of world politics
at the Versailles Peace Con
ference. He views party politics
with hypocritical views. At
first he called the President
amoral and spoke in "right
ious indignation" of his
politics. Later he vowed his
full support of the adminis
tration, seemingly forget
ting that Johnson is a very
pragmatic politician.
Morse's policies con Id
very well lead us back into
isolation; a sleeping giant
interested only in ourselves,
uncaring of any world con
flict that would take Amer
ican lives and riches.
f 1 J
Being a compendium of farce, absur
dity and comment, selected arbitrarily
by the Editor ...
Historical note of the day: In 1643,
Floons, Belgium, Otto Hannah invents the
oboe, wishes he hadn't.
Almost everyone hates campus police
men, except maybe their mothers. After
all, a man whose job is to hand out tick
ets at least see the need for a campus po
lice force.
But we sometimes wonder if they
further bitterness at times. Strict readers
of the book give tickets in a 15-min-ute
loading zone after 17 minutes.
Purposeful and intent on their work,
they give tickets to students who park in
a half-empty faculty Jot on a Saturday
morning in the rain. (Although perhaps in
these cases the rules are more unreason
able than the officers.
This is not to say that campus cops
are not helpful and considerate at times.
But sometimes we can't help wonder
ing if campus cops are just naturally
obnoxious or if they really make an effort
at it.
Jacket' reports that, according to a re
cent survey, "as the sale of alcoholic bev
erages increases, it is in direct proportion
to the increase in the sale of Bibles."
Just goes to show you: The family
that kneels together, reels together.
There is no truth to the rumor that
Goldfinger is alive in Argentina.
Another Viewpoint j
I U.S. Academic Freedom
(Editor's Note: The fol
lowing article was written
by William E. Jackson Jr.
of Columbia University and
appeared in the California
State Polytechinc College
newspaper. El Mustang.
While the University if not
greatly plagued with the
very real problems of free
dom of speach evident on
other campuses, academic
freedom is a national stu
dent topic that should con
cern all university students.)
Across the land, from
Ohio to North Carolina and
from New Jersey to Califor
nia, the real meaning of
academic freedom is being
The controversy sur
rounding the question has
become a critical issue in
the politics of several states
and, indeed, the nation at
large. The debate engages
not only heretofore obscure
professors but governors,
senators, and ex-presidential
candidates. Academic
freedom is once again a na
tional issue.
Freedom of speech on
college and university cam
puses has bewith the broad
er question of freedom to
dissent in our society, and
for many is linked to specif
ic movements of griev
ances: the communist
threat, civil rights, Vietnam
and the Dominican Repub
lic, Berkeley.
In North Carolina, a
x vvwi,
"speaker-ban" law was
hurriedly pushed through
the state legislature in t h e
closing hours of the 1963
session. This unique 1 a w
prohibits "any known mem
ber" of the Communist Par
ty, or anyone who has in
voked the fifth amend
ment's protection against
self-incrimination in loyalty
investigations, from speak
ing on state-supported c o I
lege and university cam
puses. The proponents of the law
were motivated by diverse
concerns, ranging from an
ger over civil rights dem
onstrations in the stale cap
ital participated in by some
University of North Caro
lina faculty and students to
general popular unrest over
the "liberal" teaching at
the slate university.
One of the chief backers
of the law, State Senator
Thomas White, has candid
ly commented: "I don't be
lieve there's a Communist
over there (Chapel Hill),
but there might as well be
as long as the people think
there is. They need to reas
sure people along this line.'"
A special commission ap
pointed by a Democratic
Governor Dan Moore has
held public hearings and is
now considering proposals
to modify or repeal the law;
Its recommendations are
due very soon. The Southern
Association of Schools and
Colleges has hinted at with
rTI j I
a i m
One thing that the University needs
is an Apathy Club. Meetings could be held
once a week, and anyone attending would
be subject to immediate dismissal on
grounds of showing interest in apathy.
Have you ever stumbled through a
course in Shakespearean lit, not quite sure
of what was going on? We've selected a
passage at random frm Hamlet, to show
show easy it really is to figure out the
characters' universal problems:
"For who would these fair fardels
bear, if not for that undiscovered country
from whose bourne no traveler ere re
turn." Translation: "What the hell am I
going to do w hen I get out of here?"
Some of the University's sophisticaed
coeds might find interest in a recent coat
ad aimed at colllegiates:
"Casually yours . . . this coat captures
beautifully that fine air of informal un
concern." The coat pockets yawn every fifteen
The AWS board at Purdue Univer
sity recently passed a no-hours policy for
coeds. The AWS president was quoted in
the Exponent as saying, "I am moved to
tears by the decision that has been made."
We wonder if parents of freshnen
women students wouldn't express the
same sentiments.
To anyone that we've omitted to of
fend today, Sorry About Tbat!
drawing accreditation un
less control is returned to
the trustrees.
The heavy hand of such a
law (or ruling to the same
effect) Is felt In its admin
istration. Narrow minded
college and university ad
ministrators, worried about
maintaining good relations
with state legislatures, can
virtually control the flow of
speakers from the outside.
This danger is illustrated
by Ohio State's "gag rule"
and modifications thereof,
which in effect denied ac
cess to the campus to a n y
speaker not acceptable to
the conservative adminis
trative tyranny has pre
vailed under which the
President of Ohio State,
Novice Fawcett, bans from
campus anyone distasteful
to a fraction of the trustees
led by former U.S. Senator
John W. Bricker.
However, a student pro
test movement led by the
Free Speech Front and Stu
dents for Liberal Action
appears to have been suc
cessful this year. In August,
the trustees voted a rule
change which rests final au
thority to invite speakers in
recognized student groups
and faculty advisers, with
no limitation on who may
speak. A rebuttal can be
prescribed by be faculty
Women's Hours
Dear Editor:
Now that we have the new
"progressive" hours for wo
men, let's see how progres
sive they are. The hours
for women at Northwestern
University are:
Freshman and sopho
mores: weekdays, 12 a.m.;
weekends, 2 a.m.; and Sun
days, 1 a.m.
Juniors and seniors are
issued keys and are ex
pected to sign in by noon
the next day. For all women
there is no limit to over
nights and out-of -towns.
Golly! You mean Nebras
ka freshmen can actually
stay out until 9:30 on week
nights? Just sign me as:
"Filthy Rich"
Evaluation Book
Dear Editor:
Before the bandwagon of
faculty evaluation picks up
more speed perhaps a few
stones of doubt should be
cast under its ambitious
wheels. The concept as well
as the sampled execution of
this enterprise (at least as
it was described in the
Daily Nebraskan, February
3) may be seriously ques
tioned in terms of both its
utility and its propriety.
WTiat at first glance sug
gests a handicapper's form
sheet, upon closer inspec
tion turns out to be only
slightly more instructive
than the Lincoln telephone
directory. If a student, for
example, were asked to se
lect an instructor from
among the five sample eval
uations given, it would not
be easy to make an intel
ligent choice in spite of all
the information provided.
One reason for this is that
the sample evaluations are
weighed down with educa
tional trivia. Surely there
must be more discriminat
ing reasons for deciding
whether or not to take a
course than whether the
instructor is a "fair grader"
rather than a "v. fair
grader", or more earth
shaking reasons than the de
gree of overlap between lec
tures and reading assign
ments. (What might such reasons
be? Whether or not a stu
dent is interested in the sub
ject matter which the course
addresses might be consid
ered as a starter).
And how is a student to
interpret such a well-considered
analytic comment
as "Great!"? And what ex
actly does "approached dull
subject with cool head"
mean? If most students are
going to decide whether or
not to take courses on the
basis of "tests too long",
"can't bluff way through
fact that the tests are 60
per cent m.c.-t.f., 40 per
cent essay", then perhaps
much more is in need of
examination than the fa
culty's teaching methods.
Other questions about ex
ecution can be raised. For
example, upon what princi
ples are the hundreds of
questionaires for each in
structor to be abstracted an
condensed into two para
graphs? Who is to do this
work? How are such per
sons to be selected? What
skills will they bring to their
Since few instructors are
received by their students
with unanimity, will the
evaluations show division of
opinion? Will the returns be
quantified? And will there
be any attempt to find out
and make known the grade
point average in the instruct
or's courses?.
The entire concept of a
faculty evaluation book at
least as that book was de
scribed and previewed is
also open to question. The
sponsors of the FEB appar
ently assume there is an
identity between who the
best and worst instructors
are and who most students
believe the best and worst
instructors to be.
At best this is a debatable
Can Greeks be challenged
' l1plcae il comments
n vital object to the
first IFC meeting.
Amazing . . . students are
being given preference on
basketball tickets. Would this
have been necessary five
years ago, . . . three years
go, ... last year . . .?
Is there really a Harpoon?
assumption. Of greater con
cern, perhaps, is that t h e
FEB appears to entertain
an over-simple notion of the
education process. The re
lationship between instruct
or and students in this proc
ess is complex and one that
is dependent upon the stu.
dent as well as upon the in
structor. This relationship is apt to
involve a variety of factors
that are not easy to meas
ure, particularly not easy to
measure . by the taking of
opinion, and certainly not
easy to put into a capsule
on a "form" sheet.
An equally serious ques
tion is the one of propriety.
A university is supposed to
be a community. As such,
students are members yet
they are not the only mem
bers. As members their in
terests must rank high yet
theirs are not the only in
terests. Their particular in
terest in knowing who are
the most and the least favor
ably evaluated instructors
is, perhaps, a legitimate
one, but hardly one so para
mount that it can be pur
sued without responsibility.
The propriety of publiciz
ing to the community votes
of no confidence in individ
ual members of the com
munity ought to be more
fully explored by the spon
sors of the FEB.
The wisdom of publishing
unfavorable evaluations of
faculty members may be
questioned as much as the
wisdom of making public
the names of students re
ceiving "D's" or "F's", or
the making public of what
ever negative conclusions
the faculty may hava
reached concerning a par
ticular student's motivation,
clarity of exposition, class
contribution, attendance, or
general personality.
It ought to be recognized
that there is something very
much amiss when a lawyer
has to be called in to save
some members of the com
munity from the possibility
of libeling other members.
The problem of poor or
otherwise unsatisfactory in
struction probably exists on
every campus. But the spon
sors of the FEB avow they
are not interested in ad
dressing this problem. This
is regrettable because their
considerable energies might
be put to constructive use
Apparently, however, they
can be taken at their word
in their disavowal because
publishsing evaluations of
the faculty is not an intel
ligent way to go about im
proving instruction, and the
sponsors of the FEB are in
telligent people.
The problem of informing
students about who are the
most and the least favor
ably evaluated instructors is
a distinct one from that of
improving instruction as the
sponsors of the FEB have
However, it is the prob
lem more easily disposed of.
Ever since universities have
been in business, the mem
bers of their faculties have
had to hazard a rigorous
word - of - mouth evaluation.
It has been rumored that
one's fellow students are
often willing to express
their innermost thoughts
through this channel.
If a student doesn't know
who the most and the least
highly thought of instructors
are in a given area, he prob
ably hasn't tried to find out.
Richard S. Randall
A former student
Daily Nebraskan
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