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Jo Stohlman, editor
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Various organizations always seem to
be passing the cup, with the result that
when a solicitation is made for a group's
project, the usual token contribution is
made, or it is shrugged off altogether,
with an "I gave last week."
The problem these groups have! like
individuals, is in deciding which worthy
cause to give to.
There is presently a "worthy cause"
on campus which needs te support of stu
dents. By helping the cause, students will
in turn help themselves.
That cause is the Builders' Student Pro
fessorship Award $500 award presented
at the Honors Cisvocation to an outstand
ing professor at the University.
This year is only the second for the
award. Last year, Builders had hoped to
solicit enough money to pay for the award.
Last year, they were short. This year the
same thing. Builders have collected less
than $300 so far.
The purpose of the award is to show
appreciation for good instruction at the
University, and to help keep good profes
sors here. The need for such an enterprise
is manifested by the recent announcement
of the loss of several prominent faculty
We wonder, as does Builders, if stu
dents care about the faculty turnover. And
if they do, why don't they show support for
the top instructors who stay?
For those students addic
ted to self-torture, those
who cannot find a method
of self-punishment greater
than the normal routines of
campus, let me suggest the
ultimate self-inflicted afflic
tion: apartment hunting.
We set out upon a Satur
day afternoon, armed with
an ad-carrying copy of the
media (which, although
some like to think of it as
an abbreviation for "medi
ocre," I still cling to the
Student Complaint . . .
'Inadequate Advising'
(Editor's Note: What are
students' biggest complaints
about their university? This
Cornell University report
gives some of the most com
mon, and most crucial com
plaints students have about
their relationship to the
Ithaca, N.Y. (LP.) The
recently released 13.000-word
report by Cornell Universi
ty's Faculty Committee on
the Quality of Undergradu
ate Instruction recommends
that the deans give the high
est priority to the improve
ment of the advising system
ir. all units of the University.
Student complaints includ
ed: The students feel that they
have inadequate contact
with the faculty. The evi
dence for this is overwhelm
ing. Nearly all other student
complaints are ultimately
connected with this prob
lem. The advising system in
some part of the University
is working very poorly. Stu
dents frequently encounter
lack of concern, and in some
instances actual hostility, on
the part of advisers. Tbey
claim that many advisers
have little knowledge of the
University, and are there
fore unable to advise them
Many students want more
small classes. They criti
cize the large lecture course
on many grounds. Many feel
that it is a poor pedagogical
device, which encourages
passivity. Furthermore, it
contributes greatly to their
feeling on anonymity. "We
are strangers being graded
by strangers."
Many find the present sys
tem of quizzes, grading and
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Passing the Cup
notion is the plural form of
First we picked out a lit-
tie number reading: "Quiet,
clean, good neighborhood,
all utilities paid. Good place
for young couple just start
ing out."
Well, if the young couple
doesn't mind just starting
out through the bathroom to
get to the kitchen, it might
not have been too bad. I
rather objected.
An unusual odor made
me glance casually under
the sink, expecting a corpse.
requirements to be stifling.
Too often, they feel, the
exams are used only to
grade, and not at all to in
struct. They complain that
too many courses require
excessive memorization and
little understanding, and
too many exams call for a
regurgitation of facts and
figures recently memorized.
Some students look to the
University for answers to
profound problems of exist
ence. They feel frustrated by
what they consider lack of
attention to these problems.
A common complaint is
that the University takes
little account of their needs
as individuals. The bureau
cracy of the University and
large classes lead to a de
pressing anonymity. "We
feel like IBM cards."
"The University is so little
concerne- with our prob
lems that it does not even
take the trouble to ensure
that all teaching assistants
speak English well enough
for us to understand them."
Complaints regarding the
teaching assistant included:
The teaching assistant per
forms his duties ia unfa
vorable circumstances: his
principal interest is in his
own graduate work; he
lacks extensive knowledge
of his field, and he lacks
teaching experience.
For these reasons, It is
difficult for him to gain the
respect of his students,
many of whom are nearly
his own age. The under
graduates regard him as the
"soft" spot in the teaching
heirarchy. In spite of these
disadvantages, most teach
ing assistants do a credit
able job.
A few provide instruction
of the 'highest quality and
the large majority of them
take their teaching obliga
tions seriously. However,
many cannot surmount their
handicaps, and do a medi
ocre job.
business manager
Monday, Feb. 21, 1966
Builders, and students, are indeed
faced jvith a problem. Builders have worked
out a plan to sove their problem the short
age of funds for the Professorship Award.
The plan is simple. If Greek houses
would give $20; organizations $10; resi
dence halls floors $10; co-ops $10; honor
aries an average of $10, and each Lincoln
student 50c, Builders would collect a total
of $2,300 for the award.
After a $500 deduction for the actual
award, the rest of the money would be in
vested in the Nebraska Foundation. Within
six years the investment would total $12,000
and the interest, about $500, would pay for
the award from then on. Thus, no further
solicitation for the award would be neces
sary. Presently, about 10 groups have do
natedand the amounts range from $2.27
to $50. An average donation thus far has
been between $5 or $10. So some groups
already have a good start on their giving.
How does your group measure up?
We hope that students are aware of, and
are willing to recognize quality instruction,
as Builders is. And we hope that students,
via their various living units and organiza
tions, will show support for the Professor
ship award.
We heartily endorse the Builders' plan,
and the Daily Nebraskan will also show its
support in a small way. In later issues we
will publicize those groups who care those
groups w ho give.
A creature that was big
enough to serve as adviser
to every chapter of Kappa
Alpha Roach in Lincoln was
chasing mice into their
"Think we'll look around,
and let you know," I said to
the garlic-breathed watch
man. "Vou do that," he re
sponded proudly. "Remem
ber, we had two college stu
dents here before, and they
liked the place. They really
hated to leave."
The next place we stopped
was so sweet that there
must have been something
wTong with it. There was.
"You're students?"
"We require a year's
So we went on our way.
"Clean basement apartment,
$0 per month." The lady
of the house received us in
the study, after first chas
ing her two beautiful teen
aged daughters to their
"We only rent to young
ladies," she rasped in a
Y o u-understand - h o w-it-is-don't-you?
tone of voice.
"Yeah." The University
could take a lesson from
that old doll on how to pro
tect a girl.
The next place had been
approved by the University.
"We don't allow any ques
tionable goings-on here,"
the spinster said. "I have
movie cameras on the out
side entrance, and I can
see who and what you bring
into the rooms." (The rent?
$19.84 per week, and
remember. Bis Spinster is
watching you!)
Well, we found a place,
and the first thing I want
to do is nave a big paltry
party and warm it right. I
can't, for three reasons.
Although the landlord
doesn't mind parties, his
rent is so high that I couldn't
afford one.
The University assumes
that on-campus rules apply
to off-campus living. There
fore, we'd have to observe
quiet hours.
AWS rules forbid any
one from bringing dates.
But that's another story.
Stay tuned etc.
WEEK: This comet from a
anonymous friend of mine
(most of theni choose to re
main anonymous) who said:
"Hell, Frank, the taddest
day of my life will be tbe
day tbey decide to build a
Being a compendium of farce, absurdity, and
comment, selected arbitrarily by the Editor. . .
Historical Note of the Day: In 1956,
in Kring, Florida. Horban Yocks signs a
treaty with Mrs. Yocks, Mrs. Yocks agrees
to darn Horban's socks.
Advice from the Ohio University Post:
"If you do not know where the insanity fac
tory is located you should hereby take two
steps to the right, paint your teeth, and go
to sleep."
We hear a few people, mostly University
officials, were a little unhappy about Allen
Ginsberg's visit to campus. Then there was
the University administrator (who declined
to be identified, naturally) who hastened to
put the University on record as not sponsor
ing Ginsberg's appearance.
We feel like using part of Ginsberg's vo
cabulary for administrators of this sort.
The Small Voice
Do let's raze Viet Nam on its request.
Our foreign aid. knowing best,
Replaced the 1956 election.
With natural selection.
(Minnesota Daily.)
Another Viewpoint j
j Dead God Theology I
(Editor's Note: The fol
lowing article, WTitten by
John Grady, is reprinted
from the Daily nini.)
"God died today," the ob
ituary stated simply and
For those assembled, the
funeral elegy was a fitting
testimony; to those who did
not care about the elegy,
the newspaper obituary was
sufficient proof.
Xietszcbe, German historical-philosopher,
had pro
claimed tbe death to an
earlier generation, but tbey
would not believe.
After the announcement
of the Vatican Council, a
Jesuit priest, Gustave Wei
gel wrote his book "The
Modern God."
Weigel becan correlating
Teilhard dt Chardin'i books
on science, philosophy and
theology. God was being
fitted into tbe 20th century.
On the Protestant side in
1961, James A. Robinson,
Anglican bishop, correlated
the notes of a dead German
pastor. These notes and his
interpretation were set in
type under tbe title "Honest
to God."
This book was written for
those "who could no longer
believe in God."
The debate was settled
for these theologians in sev
eral years.
New theologians began to
accept "a dead God," his
torically dead on tbe cross.
Thomas J. Alizer, assoc
iate professor of religion
and bible at Atlanta's
Emory University, cor
related Weigel and Robin
son. "God is not simply hid
den from view, nor it be
lurking in the depth of our
unconsciousness or on the
boundaries of our infinite
space, nor will he appear
on the next turn of a his
torical wheel of fate," Al
tizer proclaimed.
He stripped "God" of all
images and symbolism and
tried to cover him in "the
higher forms of Oriental
And so now even the daily
newspapers find apace
enough to chronicle God's
obituary because Altizer's
correlation appeared in tbe
Chicago Daily New s.
But in truth, God actually
has not died only the phys
ical "God," tbey claim.
Michael Allen, rector of
St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie
Mew York) and a believer
in the "de-ad god theology,"
said "a lot of talk about
"GOD IS DEAD" 3s silly
and hysterical. What some
of us are saying is that a
certain kind of God is dead,
you migM say, of state re
ligion." In church practice "dead
God" means "Tbe Church
awaits the painters, tbe
writers, the photographers,
pornograpbers, poets, and
musicians who care to use
its facilities towards their
own ends," at least in St.
Ingmar Bergman's "Win
ter Light" opened with a
rather long and bleak scene
of a Lutiieran pastor, ser
monizing to an almost emp
ty Gothic Church.
This provided tbe artistic
example for the "GOD IS
DEAD" crusade.
Id religious journals
Protestant and Catholic)
and seminaries, "God" is
With the University's centennial, in a
few years, maybe we should take note of the
University of Kansas's experience, as re
ported in the KU Daily:
"The University's centennial medallion,
now on sale at the Kansas Union Bookstore,
is a wonder to behold.
"For only five dollars, KU students may
possess an enlarged plaster-of-paris replica
of the most crowded two-and-one-half inch
bronze medal in the world."
AWS seems to be having trouble the
world over (well, at least the college cam
puses of the U.S. over) . . .
The Daily Kansan reported the following
exchange at an AWS meeting concerning the
upcoming rules convention:
"Have you ever stopped to think that the
AWS House of Representatives isn't really
representative?" a member asked. After a
short, stunned silence, another member
brightened. "My gosh! You're right, we
onght to change the name."
AWS is also under attack at Oklahoma
State University. The Daily O'Collegian re
marks, "My, but OSU has a thorough Asso
ciation of Women's Students. For each step
forward the AWS takes, it just as carefully
takes two steps back."
To any administrator who missed Gins
berg's poetry reading, we're Sorry About
meaningless. He is tied up
in baroque cupolas and St.
John tbe Divine's pressing
building fund.
What problems does the
20th Century give that so
imperil established religion
that it must turn its back
on "God"?
Tbe glib say "the bomb,"
"human knowledge and
technology" and a "mass
But that sounds ioo easy.
Catholic seminaries are
taught about "commit
ment" and "community"
removing all tbe parish soc
ieties (Holy Name, Wom
en's Sodality) that are
Everything must be rel
event for the 20th Century
according to the "GOD IS
DEAD" theory.
But what is meaningful
and relevant to a religious
man, such as a seminarian,
is not meaningful and rel
event to a man who no
longer cares.
The plays, books and dis
cussion clubs can only work
with tbe ones who care.
In reworking theology and
stripping it 'of adorments
modern man finds his world
as bleak as be thought it
movement is at least realis
tic. Remember the high
school freshmen composi
tion entitled "What Does
God Mean to Me?" To ans
. wer H today, that freshman,
now in college, would prob
ably say "nothing."
He do longer cares.
Time passed him. "God
may be dead" only for the
artist because be cares.
Dear Editor,
It pleases me very much
that the ASUN has voted to
put a time limit on organ
izations' constitutions. Now,
I wonder if the organiza
tions could put a time limit
on ASUN for serving notice
of approval or disapproval
of constitutions.
I suggest this because of
at least one organization on
this campus that has been
trying to get a constitution
approved for THREE
YEARS! It is not a new
organization. For some ten
years prior to this time, the
organization had existed un
der a, page of generaliza
tions (called a constitution)
which was automatically
passed year after year.
However, when I was a second-semester
freshman ('62
-'63), the officers decided to
revise the constitution.
Here is a record of the
proceedings as nearly as I
can remember them. (Ex
cuse me if some dates are
fuzzy, but it's been so long.)
Early May, 1963-The
new, vastly improved con
stitution was submitted for
One week later Constitu
tion returned with four
pages of corrections to be
Late May, 1963 Correc
ted constitution submitted.
October, 1 9 6 3 Judicial
Committee of Student gov
ernment was approached;
organization was informed
constitution had been "mis
placed" asked to re-submit
October, 1963 Constitu
tion re-submitted.
Spring, 19 6 4 Judicial
Committee was re-ap-proached;
eventually located and re
turned with list of correc
tions to be made.
May, 1964 Corrected con
stitution submitted.
Fall, 1 9 6 4 Committee
was re-approached; organ
ization asked to re-submit
constitution after new Ju
dicial Committee was or
ganized. Fall, 1 9 6 4-Constitution
Winter, 1965 Constitution
returned with list of cor
rections to be made.
Winter, 1965 Corrected
constitution submitted.
Spring. 1965-Constitution
returned with list of cor
rections to be made.
Spring, 1 9 6 5 Corrected
constitution submitted.
Fall, 1965-ASUN was ap
proached; organization was
asked to wait until ASUN
committee was organized.
February, 1966 Constitu
tion still not returned.
Well, ASUN, soon a whole
student generation will have
passed since this constitu
College Doors
Opening or Closing?
Ann Arbor, Mich. a .P.)
More and more colleges
will become competitive
ones as the colleges with
"open door" policies are
deluged with applications.
In short, says Gayle Wilson,
associate director of admis
sions at tbe University of
Michigan, top-notch students
will be competing with each
other to be admitted to those
universities which, in turn,
are competing with more of
their own kind for superior
students only.
With tbls increase in
scholastic admissions stand
ards, Wilson says, will come
a need to get applications
for admissions in earlier.
"No college admissions com
mittee should act until after
the high school pupil's jun
ior year for obvious reasons,
but the pupils are being
urged now to get their ap
plications in do later than
the first semester of tbeir
senior years."
Another trend which Wil
son sees as "a kind of na
tional movement" is the
search by universities for
creative talents among high
school students seeking ad
missions to colleges.
"More and more colleges
are coming out in the open
and saying they want these
types of people," Wilson
states. These sought-after
students are those who have
shown definite talents in rai,
music, forensics, wrfrinz
etc., who might "be lost in
the shuffle if judged only
scholastically by strict ad
missions standards.
"This is such a new
tion was first submitted. I
admire your efficiency.
Hyde Park
Dear Editor,
Hyde Park is a fine thing
it gives the students a
chance to kick around new
(and some very old) ideas
and to air complaints and
problems which would oth
erwise be unheeded.
However, I feel some
students have abused this,
privilege by transforming
Hyde Park into a free for
all over the topics present
ed at the forum.
The question and answer
period is no longer being
used for its intended pur
pose; that is, to give the
speaker an opportunity to
clarify his presentation to
the assembly. As it stands
now, this period is an oppor
tunity for the campus
clowns to match wits with
the person on the platform.
(It's the same people, week
after week.)
Can they, the antagonists,
really be contrary to so
many of the diversified
views presented? Or do they
sincerely believe they c a n,
by their affluency, in ten
minutes sway the convic
tions of one who has the
fortitude to face a jeering
crowd and present to them
an opinion, of which they
are not readily receptive?
This brings me to the .
case at hand
I saw a young man take
the floor in an effort to ex
pound his beliefs as a Chris
tian, hoping, I'm sure, o
somehow get through to
even one person, to show
them "the way."
He was ridiculed. Grant
ed, his style did not corre
late with the mood set by
the previous speakers, but
this in no way justifies the
harsh, unkind response of
the audience.
I am galled by the f a c t
that this student could not
present his convictions to a
group of supposedly intel
lectually mature individuals
and have these convictions
respected, if not accepted.
Obviously what this man
believes in is his whole life.
And yet, these students, my
contemporaries, tried, in
their own cold, insensitive
way, to undermine his be
liefs, and in so doing; belit
tle his way of living.
What ever happened to
empathy, and even more
important, human respect?
Susan Wolf
Dear Editor,
On Brain Ginsberg:
He is him (?) and I'm me
and therein lies all the dif
ference. Andy Kahlins
trend," he admits, "that
there are no studies yet. to
my knowledge, which wou'd
indicate whether or nit
these students would get a
'lopsided' education, doin?
well scholastically in sub
jects only related to their
particular talents."
An interesting trend w hich
Wilson says "could well be
come critical" is: more
girls. "It's a dilemma that's
really a maturation prob
lem," Wilson points out
"Girls as a group when ap
plying for university admis
sins are better students than
boys; at that point in tbeir
lives, say IS years old, tbey
are ready for college. .
"2iit," he adds, "the boys
catch up scholastically, and
usually even pass the girls
in college, and colleges want
potential graduates." Tbe
chief hesitation about ad
mitting more girls than
boys, though, stems from
the fact that girls are less
likely to stay In college than
boys are.
Another definite trend
which Wilson sees:
"More college students
spending their first two
years in junior colleges wita
their final study at universi
ties. More students than
ever before will be studying
at their own state-supported
"Most of the students in-.
Vuived in this irend," Wil
son says, "tave long-rang
education programs, medi
cine for instance, and will,
go to a junior college for a
couple of years to savo
money; it will be by choice."