The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 21, 1966, Page Page 2, Image 2
WtWtW --..."r.ww piiiiiiiiiiiimiim mi, iniiiiii iiiiiiiiiiniiiiiniiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ii iiiiiiiiniiiiim) CAMPUS OPINION Jo Stohlman, editor Page 2 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 members. 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? By FRANK PARTSCH 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 university.) 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 wIl. 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 Daily Nebra&kan Member AMociatod Coftlate Press. National Advertising Swrlee, lnrorporatad. Poblkbeil at Room El. Nebraska Usioa, Lincoln, NelirtKkis. TELEPHONE: 477-8711, Ex Unuluim 2588, 25HK and Z5U0. Mike Kirkman, Passing the Cup Closet notion is the plural form of "medium.") 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. Case A creature that was big enough to serve as adviser to every chapter of Kappa Alpha Roach in Lincoln was chasing mice into their dens. "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." "Yeah." The next place we stopped was so sweet that there must have been something wTong with it. There was. "You're students?" "Yeah." "We require a year's lease." "Yeah?" "Yeah." 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 rooms. "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. QUOTE FOR THE 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 PARKING LOT in Area Two." "Yeah," Sorry 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.) nillH!IHnHIIIWMIIIJHIIIIIIIIMIMIHIIIIIHIIiHI!IIHIMIIIJIIIIinM 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 eloquently. 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 WARNING TO HIKERS DM! About 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 mysticism." 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. Mark's. 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 That! 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 That! 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 society." 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 "meaningless." 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 was. Tbe "GOD IS DEAD" 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. Constitutions 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 approval. One week later Constitu tion returned with four pages of corrections to be made. 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 it. October, 1963 Constitu tion re-submitted. Spring, 19 6 4 Judicial Committee was re-ap-proached; constitution 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 re-submitted. 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. Patience 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 Difference 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 institutions. "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."