The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 11, 1966, Page Page 2, Image 2

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    Jo Stohlmaiu editor
Mike Kirkman, business manager
Page 2
Friday, Feb. 11, 1966
... A- temporary i n t e r-dorm cooperative
body was set up Wednesday night, with the
purpose of investigating the possibilities of
establishing a permanent inter-dorm council.
The question that naturally comes to
mind regarding such a permanent inter
dorm council centers around the question
of need; does dormitory government, to
be effective, need a central coordinating
The answer would seem elementary.
-'Naturally, every large organization re
quires a central executive," the proponents
would reply.
- - The answer may be the correct one, but
only with certain qualifications.
The first qualification is how the council
-pts about solving the problems of organiza
tion arriving at an equitable way of nom
inating officers, deriving separation of pow
ers between the council and Administration
Si areas such as finance, and deriving sep
aration of powers between the council and
fiie dormitories.
If the council could find compromise
solutions to "make (almost) everybody
iappy", the council would have a good
i We wonder bow easy this will be. It
seems there is already a great deal of dis
agreement among dormitory residents re
; Undergraduate Instruction . .
Are Students Shortchanged?
K Editor's Note: A faculty
report at Cornell Universi
ty reveals that "student dis
satisfaction with undergrad
uate instruction ... bat
basis in fact" The Cornell
report bears a great deal of
relevance to the University
of Nebraska: and its prob
lems with quality under
graduate instruction.)
Ithaca, X.Y. i(UPH The
recently released report by
the Faculty Committee on
UBattmmaim: (8!B
Editor's Note: Few students have written satires on
national policy. Ya may have to read this ene a few times
(I did) to get its full effect.
The appearance of ""Batman' on the national television
screen is causing much chaos throughout the country.
The 1948 series of '"Superman'", which was staging a
remarkable comeback, is definitely on the way out now.
And the recent tele-poll warns that Sci-Fi movies will
never be the same.
However, the biggest blow goes the White House. It feat
been traditional since the Johnson administration took over
to invite some 1Ts to the White House occasionally and
watch television in the newly installed TV room.
A recent vote shows that ""Lost in Space" is the most
popular;' with a close second being "Run for Your life".
So m Wednesday nights tbe White House TV room usually
accompanies fiO-i senators, top aides, cabinet members,
and congressmen.
The 'Occurence of '"Batman' at the same time is caus
ing some tarmoaL It was originally figured that (television
would be a great way to relax after a hard day; and tbe
President also implied something could be learned from
the modem television screen.
But now a few senators conclude that since most of tbe
nation watches '"Batman'", it should be an essential part
of the White House TV program. However, the President
and a few cabinet members nave become firmly attached
to "Lost in Sapce", and probably won't change tbe TV
polky for anything.
By tbe third week of "Batman"' its forces bad begun
is lobby for its showing. Sure enough, the battle lines were
drawn last week as a forceful senator boldly issued these
dynamic and courageous wards (to the "Lost m Space"
viewers during tbe commercial ((.of courses ""-'Please, sir,
won't you watch it just .Boce?" ((Luckily for the senator
tbe .commercial was ever..j)
However, the second might, during the second half of
"Batman, the iberitage which made this country's freedom
so great would toe tested in the most dangerous way.
Overnight some senators and aides Ihad joined forces
and were determined to watch ""Batman", at least long
enough to see the ""'Boy m'ander.. Since 1&Q,.G'JO;O(J0 mem
bers of the "'Great Satiety viewed "Batman"", they Hag
(ured tbey could also.
Tbe President was prepared fur this, as be bad sta
tioned troops n each side f tbe television, and any woe
caught changing Che channel would be drafted,
(On seeing fltis, several of the "''Ccmsdentious Viewers"
began to burn (their White Eouue TV room permits. Two
southern representatives were thrown off the roof when
they were caught messing with the antenna. But im (half
an hour "''Batman" was .gone and so were the ""Ccno
scientious Viewers".
You see, the "Lost in Space viewers w arned tbe
"'Batman aggressors of Sardxtg escalation of the issue;
and threatened to mse portions od the federal budget to buy
out Batman's sponsor; (but at the same time issuing a
peace offensive which allowed for ""slight criticism" of the
situation daring station-breaks.
UTeS. It lwks like "hunt la Space" wU be a per
manent part f tbe program at usual, but it is wbviously
losing ground daily; and even It X is lucky enough to last
ffluta 1UCR, Batman wITJ get voted into ffk.
There a Need?
the Quality of Undergradu
ate Instruction at Cornell
University states that s t n
dents across the nation are
being shortchanged in their
"There can be no doubt
that student dissatisfaction
with undergraduate instruc
tion, at Cornell as else
where, has basis in fact,"
the report stated bluntly.
The 13 .000-word report
exiled for a 'marked
garding the need of the council, before ques
tions of organization are even brought up.
The second qualification involves the
structure of the council will it be weak or
strong? The proponents of the inter-dorm
council, if they are backed by a large
majority of dormitory residents, can create a
strong council executive.
If an inter-dorm council is created, it
had better be with a strong executive. One
thing this campus does not need is more
weak gevernlsg bodies the old student
council is a good example of weak central
government and what eventually happens
to it.
The third qualification, and the most
important, is the motive behind an inter
dorm council.
Is the couscil to be established to wield
political power a sort of duplicate of IFC?
If so, we consider the inter-dorm coun
cil doomed before it is born. Duplicates,
yon know, rarely come off.
But if the motive behind the inter-dorm
council lies in a body to promote the wel
fare of the dormitories through cooperation
with the Greeks, we see the council as a
good thing.
If coordination, and not competition with
the Greek system is the goal, we see the
possibility of an effective and constructive
change" in the attitude of
teachers toward students
and for increased emphasis
on the importance of teach
ing. Teaching, ft said, must
be placed on tbe same lev
el as research, publishing
and public service.
However, the report
stressed, "We are con
vinced that the increasing
contact with external af
fairs on the part of profes
sors does benefit undergrad
uate education. There is too
little understanding of t a i s
point by students and people
outside the University.'"
The committee noted that
the past year ""was marked
by nsountiEg criticisms of
the education that tbe na
tion's universities were giv
ing their undergraduates"
and termed its report "an
extensile self-examination."
Tbe committee beld more
than 25 meetings, talked
with students, faculty menv
bers and administrative of
ficers and studied numer
ous written reports.
Under graduate education
at Cornell the report said,
""though generally ccmscien--tious,
often very good and
occasionally brilliant com
mands neither tbe attention
nor the status at deserves.
If the quality of our teach
ing is n ot as nigh as it can
and should be and that is
our finding then tbe funda
mental solution is that each
one of us devote a consider
ably greater effort to mak
ing at better.
This requires "an aca
demic atmosphere in which
students feel that tbe uni
versity is truly interested is
their educational and cul
tural development in their
ideas, problems, and aspi
rations, and in their desire
and ability to belp improve
tbe educational process.
This atmosphere has t
j et been achieved the re
port said, "at least for tbe
great majority f ur stu
dents." At Corneffl today there
are few mechanisms Where
by .students can get tbe fac
ulty and administrati.on to
give real consideration to
their reactions and propos
als without running the risk
of being viewed by many as
violators f good taste, or
But the fact that student
discontent or mliJJerence
may derive in part from
circumstances (beyond tbe
amiversity's control does
root mean that institutions
of (higher learning have no
obligation tt respond to tbe
student's problems. On the
contrary, fan its (teaching
role tbe university is more
than a (dispenser of knowl
edge; as an educational In
stitution iit is charged with
evoking and guiding the de
velopment off the y a g
person's potential iuo judg
ment as well as intellect
But is
Being a a compendium of farce, absurd
ity and comment, selected arbitrarily bv
the Editor ...
Historical note of the day: In 1913,
somewhere on tbe Atlantic Ocean, tbe first
marriage to take place on tbe back of a
whale. Considered by historians a possible
motive in Ahab's liter harpooning trips.
We bear that tbe faculty evaluation
committee bas re-written Patrick Henry's
famous line, ""Give me liberty or give me
death." The committee's: 'Publish or Per
ish!" - Perhaps tbe committee should ponder
tbe odds Patrick took in offering bis audi
ence a choice.
An informer said a speaker at tbe
Hyde Park Forum took a middle-of-the-road
position. Naturally, be get run
(Note to campus police: I didn't
iAnother Viewpoint
I Re: Alma Wliatshername I
(Editor's Note: Bob Auler
wrote the folk-wing which
appeared in tbe Daily mi
ni.) Sister 1: Boy, at sure is
crummy weather. T h i n k
they'll 'be able to find tbe
House through all that fog?
My hair is just a mess,
witto tbe tumidity and all!
Sister 2: What do you
think of tbe Rasbees so far?
Sister 2: Xt bad; not
bad. Except for that Alma
Sister 1: I think it starts
with an "'"M " It sounds kind
f foreign. She's probably
Catholic or Jewish or some
thing. Sister 3: And bow about
that hideous green .dress she
was wearing? It Hooked like
drapery, with aH those
Sister 1 : Somebody really
should (tell tier about skirt
length.. It was hanging al
most to tbe floor. Honest
ly! Anybody who'd wear
clothes lake that . . .
Sister Z: But she seemed
kind ef nine, and very dedi
cated to tie University.
Sister 1: Bww many times
do we have to fell you.
We're pledging for
next semester. Right now
we need some really cool
Sister J.: Yes. And old
Alma was far from cool. I've
seen her standing m one of
tbe corners down in Cam
pustuwn weisricg thai same
green dress. Honestly, the
was just standing there., in
front of two teg .guys, with
a dopey eaqpressicm on her
Sister 1- Tw,9 big guys?
Bey . . . maybe she knows
some football pSayers"
Sister I: I diw't Dusk
to. They weren't paying
there: ONE FOX
much attention to her. She
was giving them directions;
seemed to be pointing to
tbe Union Bookstore, and to
seme building n tbe engi
seering campus.
Sister 2: But looks aren't
everything. She really had
Sister 1: . . . personality?
listen, what kind of a House
would we have here of we
did nothing but pledge nice
homely girls. We've got cer
tain standards, ym knew.
Sister 3: Eight. Anybody
who'd wear something like
that .green dress is definite
ly not our material. Why,
when I looked at her, even
her face seemed green. Ab
solutely no idea of how to
wear makeup.. And ber
hair! Wben's the last time
you saw anybody wear a
Sister 2: But maybe we
could help her. Maybe we
could teach her the social
graces, so she could be like
Sister 1: Listen, what d
y think tMs is. a Srority
r a reform cfei?
Sister J: Bight: We have
standards here. Those who
can't mnake them simply wil
have to find a lesser place
t Eve. Alma simply has no
conception of our standards.
Did you see her at the First
Stage party? She didn't even
sit down. AH the other
Raasbees sad down except for
Saffer 1: I saw thai She
stood thraagb the whole par
ty. I almost wasn't able to
smile at her. 1 was s mad!
Sister 2: So she stfflcd
asp? Sa what? Maybe she
has a bad back? Maybe
mobwfy's ever told her hw
nice girts act at a party?
Sister U Bonetily. wmt
times I wonder why we
fledged jwl It wiigbt to be
mean that literally. He didn't REALLY
get run over. You see, the joke is . . .)
With this week's blousy, balmy weath
er replacing tbe sweater weather of a
week before, we were pleased to note a
branch chapter of the University People-to-People
prgorain springing up at ibe
It looked like an outdoor Hide Park for
A cartoon caption appearing in tbe
Lincoln Journal spoke for maybe one
or two campus officer " Our record
ing secretary reports that she had a
small glass of sherry for lunch and re
quests that you all talk slowly."
The Ag College is kicking some of its
horniest residents off tbe campus. Have
you herd?
Except for the pun, this time we're
not Sorry About That!
simple enough for anybody
to figure wit: if every body
else sits down, yoa do, too.
Sister 3: RigbL Alma
must be really stupid if she
doesn't know enough to do
what everybody else dows.
Sister 2: Maybe you're
right about here. I've never
seen her drinking beer on
Wednesday nights or Friday
afternoons, either.
Sister 3; Xow you're
sounding ' more hke one of
my .sisters,, and Hess like
some social worker.
Sister I: Yeah, we don't
want any dateless pledges.
Gotta get into as many
Houses as possibSe.
Sister 2.: Hey, wait a min
ete. Ho' about ber activi
ties? She seemed to know
s much about the Univer
sity, maybe she's got im
portant contacts, and can
get some of the girts onto
V m j o n committees, and
Sister 3: She seems to
frozen and metallic, she
probably wouldn't be for
The House eaawagb to even
try to help the other girts.
Sister 1; Besides, one off
tbe girls who was talking to
her said her Meat about
school were really far out
AH she wanted to talk about
was a lot of abstract stuff
about '"Purpose of (the Uni
versity." and juik like thai.
She didn't even law
won (the Gresk Week bicycle
race last year.
Sister 2.: Okay, okay. I'm
wsih you. Let's bong her
ow, After all, she ahdn't
even eat any outs and
mints at the party,.
Sister 3: Come to ttixik iA
iL I didn't see ber touch fct r
ice wiler, eiltoer.
AH:: Drop! t:..iy'-Kti
fingers in sinisoa).
3f 3Wmm...
News Editor i.
The headlines at this school are getting more and more
Cme things are happening and the University, 00
way or another, is definitely in a period of big transition;;
So far this semester the te abort"
the facultv evaluation book, ASUVASLN, the growing
ndeSents, the Greeks trying to challenge themselve?
andTlarge assortment of different sma groups all trying,
to thfnk outside of the classroom and the University. . ;
First one has the evaluation book and all the things,
which student government in stature, wor
amm0" "nndaSisiSation not quite sure of itself. Faced:
on one side with unbelievable money and building prob
lems and at the same time confronted with an almost
cocky student population who insist on taking care of
(3) faculty even more unsure of itself than the
administration who seems to just want to be left alone;
to do their job the same way they have always done it
and to teach their classes the best way they can.
dministration has withdrawn its approval of the book,.
While last week, we could describe the administration aj
being verv intelligent this week it looks more like a wisny."
washv group that doesn't know what it's doing. ..1
lawver was called in for one reason or another,,
likely as a" front for someone's hesitance, and of all things -a
committee withdrew its support because it was afraid
of being sued.
This is completely ridiculous. Tbe students nave worked'
all semester on this book. Rather than talk about it, it has
actually been almost accomplished. .
Manv things still need to be worked out before this
book will be as asset to the University but no one is
accomplishing anything by first approving the book as
then withdrawiBg approval because of being afraid of a,
possible personal law suit.
Dean Ross's committee didn't know for sure that they
were liable. The same as Student Senate didn't knos..
Wednesday But without investigating other possibilities'
or seeking' more complete advise, they were happy to find
a quick wav out ,
Other "universities have faculty evaluation boons and
their student affairs committees aren't sued. If administra.
tion thinks the book would be bad then let them say so,
but if a possible law suit is really what worries them
let's find out the facts for sure and then find another
solution. .. .. -.
In the administration's confusion and hesitance over,
just what their role is in a University today, they showed:
extreme hastiness and badly planned thinking when they
suddenly withdrew their approval without really ksowicg
what they were doing.
Administration's role is to lead the University. Tbe
students are not supreme. A wishy-washy excuse from
the administration is not enough. Today w hen student -governments
deserve and demand more, tbe administra
tion has to show positive leadership more than ever. -
This newspaper has long been ignoring the Indepen
dents on this campus. The fact is. as the headlines prove
and everyone knows, we can ignore the dorm associa
tions and the Independent organizations bo longer. . .
Nebraska has a fine Greek system which has Vx.
provided the University with much leadership and wi3.
continue to. But it is outnumbered and out financed.
There are no editorial comments to make on tMs
situation. Just tbe fact that it is ineitaWe that tbe Inde
pendents will continue to become more organized and
while tbe Greeks have no where to go but down, tb:
Independents are definitely on their w ay np.
When the dorm presidents met to form an irter-dira
council Wednesday night, some representatives could not
understand why tie council should be strong and tare
great organizational powers.
It is obvious that at least one group of dorm presides!
do not want a strong council just to work cut probleaaT
easier with Mr. Bryan's office.
But rather this council could move further than what
has ever been accomplished before in organizing th
Independents into an effective interest group.
For example, with such a council (which should
elve frwm tbe e-rdj&ating body) there would likely
be more than seme three Independents in Student nate.
oHjoujsl cl ThoiksrL
All (the animosity against
us as ooUefe students?
1 met this guy the other
day that was m the much
older generation.. Xow I
don't have nothing against
them but I gt the feeling
they 'have it out for me.
This guy walks right cp to
me and asks me where
I'm goin.
Wen Bw I don't k n w
where I'm goia' M I MVs
I dn"t lw. He got a lick
st f this and atLed me
wbere I was in Ae.
1 never tkoesfc! life Lad
a directMa s 1 told him I
was gain' tbe same wav be
He laughed again aid
said he was 0m" towards
proKjMTJty; Heck. I thought
he was gola out of twn
arid told him if he didn't
mind I'd stay here. M o m
never did want me to ride
with strangers anyhow.
Them he called me a
smart -aleck pmir.k kid. The
way tee said St I got the
idea toe &sn"t like roe. So
I atkj basn if maybe I VM
standaia' in his spot r kwkw
thiffl. He sbouled some
weird vocabulary a b o u t
(that spot bejjj reserved for
the youth wa prc.ik, toe
youth that would lead this
I was stoadSa in
frnl A 0 drinlfa toa
toia tUv$A be ft a
tryin to tofl mt mt:My
elie wilted a ArhA. m 1
stepped back to kt some
body else in, but nobody
else came.
He looked at me toia
weird so I told him thea"
weren't nobody else here to
do it but me. He said be
hoped not.
Then at struck me. He
was an over ambitious a-ter-cooler-guarder.
I asfctd
him about at and he real"?
got mad; said sometbin'
about him repreftewteg the
peopJe of this land and a
lot of wild stuff.
I 1astA to leave then,
but he atked me if I was
ia toe Unaversity. Well 1
he wants my name I
give Mm my $t,m!cT3t idwn
tafication r.mmber.
Ife gets awful mad
tolls roe never to toi
back to tbe State Cpm
again. 1 told him tbe Mosa
ics were bard to slate
anyway; put my '
down and tok ff-
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