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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 18, 1966)
Jo Stohlman, editor
Mike Kirkman, business manager
Friday, March 18, 1966
On Political Parties
- Last year student senate elections had
a unique experience. A "political party"
was formed by the name of Vox Populi.
It supported 23 people, 19 of which were
, elected a total of 83.
We feel that the success of the Vox
Populi party last year has some signifi-
, . cance for this year's upcoming ASUN el
ections. The reorganized student govern-
ment is structured on the same basis of
the federal government of the United
States it has a separation of powers be
tween the executive, legislative and ju
But a key "something" is missing
between the correction of student gov
ernment at the University and national
government. That something is a two
party political system.
Several members of last year's Vox
Populi party have expressed reasons why
they favor a party system for student gov
ernment elections. (See Senior Staff Writ
er Jan Itkin's series on political parties
in yesterday and today's Daily Nebras
kan.) The political party proponents list
clarification of basic issues, lowering
of campaign costs, allowing more peo
ple to participate, and a system where
. by senators would, of necessity, be
more representative to their college
constituents as elements beneficial of
a party arrangement.
Some of these beneficial aspects were
evident in last spring's Vox Populi. For
example, campaign costs, according to
the Vox Populi members, were cut signif-
- fcantly. And no doubt more prospective
candidates chose to run because they had
. the support of a party.
f The other two aspects clarification of
I basic issues, and a more representative
student government were not tested by
the Vox Populi, because there was no
"opposition party" to test them against.
The idea of issues being clarified
and firmer stands being taken is indeed
theoretical one, and not necessarily
a practical one. Campaign platforms,
at least on the national level, have a
way of becoming ambiguous
platitudes, and no one can say that a
campus party's platform might not
end up the same way.
We do feel, however, that a party
system would promote better representa
tion of senators to their collegiate con
stituents. This is not to say that the pres
ent ASUN has not been representative
this year. In many cases notably the tui
tion hike protests) it has been.
Yet a better system of communica
tion between the student government and
students is necessary, as is evidenced by
the failure of the faculty evaluation book.
More knowledge of what the students
were thinking might have been the book's
savior. This kind of communication might
be provided by a party system of election.
In any case, whatever the merits
of a campus political party structure,
one thing is certain. Nothing could
be much worse than a one-party sys
tem for the campus.
Because of this, we heartily stress
that students wishing to run for ASUN
should seek others with similar ideas,
goals and suggestions for student govern
mentand support each other. We feel
this will be a healthy asset to the method
of election students to ASUN.
After all, student senate elections
are "political" in reality anyway so
why not bring politics into the open?
By FRANK PARTSCH
I've just about had it.
When, earlier this year,
apathy was revived, I
thought it would die out as
quickly as it had every year
since the Flood.
But this year, apathy
seems to be making a
stronger stand, so I must do
my part to extinguish the
ridiculous and childish dis
cussion surrounding the sub
ject. Because, most dearly be
loved, there is not really
such a thing as apathy. The
word was invented in 1685
by a frustrated college news
paper editor and picked up
by a number of frustrated
Unless we take adequate
measures, however, the tide
of apathy haters can sweep
us all away.
On this campus, you are
Vou don't know the
middle names of the dy
namic duo. (Kent's is Juan
and Larry's is Anton.)
You don't know when
the University was founded.
(It was, of course, 1869, and
no one was apathetic then.)
You don't know how
to avoid the draft. (Go to
Hyde Park any Thursday
and do as they say as well
as they do.)
M 3 Wm SCittg .
J i urn vrv votrtTcrwvo
I News Editor
Headlines in the Daily Nebraskan prove that at least
a part of this year's student government has been busy.
The old power structure headed by the Innocents,
Mortar Board and the IFC has been replaced with one
almost all powerful group in student activities the
First in battle with other student organizations Jong
protective of their own little selfish activities ASUN
provtd the more superior and representative of all the
Next with the administration and the faculty ASUN
has challenged everyone from the Chancellor to t h e
Regents, with delegates to the Faculty Senate and then
to the Board of Regents.
But most of this work, most of the planning, almost all
the knowledge and responsibility for these actions has
been accomplished by only a small group of people.
Neumeister, Frolik, the executive board and a handful
of other capable and responsible senators have been the
Many of the others never hive known what was
happening or contributed much to the student govern
ment except possibly good Intentions.
One of the biggest reasons for this failure on the
part of many of the ASUN senators and executives has
been the non-existence of a political party system.
Without any type of political structure, the senators
among themselves have often been completely unorgan
ized. Seldom have they had any opinion on an issue before
the moment of decision and almost never have they taken
the initiative in legislation.
The senators can't be lead forever by one or two
' comDptent rvriiilvfi. Annlhfir vear ran't tteirlii with
. majority of the senators not knowing anything about what
' is happening until possibly the middle of the semester.
j The closest student government has come to a political
party so far Is Vox Povull, which through a minimum of
: organization combined many of the campuses' best can
J didates last year and won an overwhelming number of
But Vox Populi did not continue to function as a
I political party. All it did was save candidates' money
I bcombining more than one picture on a poster.
I " The campus has no political party system at this
I time, but as activity Increases In the next month before
J the student government elections one can hope for more
activity in this direction.
You don't know what
happened to Chancellor Har
din, You don't understand
You don't go to every
panel, speaker, program,
game, orgy, dance, meet
ing, discussion, class, con
vocation, session, commit
tee, or - hearing available
come rain or shine, sick
ness or health, richer or
poorer, Snyder, snow and
dark of night, blood, sweat
That's how, according to
these frustrated apathy
mongers, you become
I would rather think that
anyone who goes to class,
studies, reads, makes
friends, and attends Uni
versity events according to
his inclination and need is
But enough of this rot,
which, after all, only pro
longs the struggle. The
apathy mongers haven't yet
realized that everyone's in
clination and need are not
aimed at basketball rallies
or faculty evaluation book
lets (nay, pamphlets.)
These do-gooders would
drag the PBK's from their
cloisters and send them to
wrestling matches; they
would drag work scholarship
winners away from their
jobs to go to Hyde Park;
they would drag the intel
lectual away from h i s
thoughts to attend every
session of the Student Sen
ate. 0 Justice, Thou art fled
to brutish beasts, and men
have lost their reason.
Non-interest, which these
would like to call apathy, is
the American and collegiate
way of life. Perhaps it is
too bad, perhaps it will
someday hurt both the
democracy and the student
body, and perhaps it para
lyses all of the increasing
services available through
our various representatives.
It is the rightful perrogative
If It is to be combatted,
It will come from within,
rather than from outside,
the Individual. In other
words, when this place is
worth getting rampantly ex
cited about, apathy will be
This Is poor, and it Is
discouraging to "leaders"
and editors. But it Is, after
yOU Sff, OFFICER, IT ALL
5ZCAN AS A POLITICAL PARTY I
orry About That!
Being a compendium of farce, absurdity
and comment, selected arbirtarily by the
Editor . . .
Thought for the Week-end: Is T e r r y
Schaaf going to run for ASUN president;
if so, is he going to give up his Union
presidency, or is he going to run for
ASUN president and then give up the
Union post, or is he going to run for
Senate period, and if he runs for ASUN
President and is elected, when is he
going to sleep?
University of Iowa freshmen and
sophomores may be forbidden from keep
ing cars on campus. It looks like they
borrowed their philosophy from our AWS:
it's class, not age, that counts.
This may be a great boon for women,
after all. When anyone asks me how old
1 am, I'll tell him I'm a junior.
Women who freeze their age at 39 can
now be even more vague. Just say they're
More philosophy-borrowing: said fresh
man Sue Hendrix, the Love Hall quiz
bowler who took on the Kappa Sigma B
team and won single-handedly"
"I decided I'd rather play by myself
than forfeit the game."
Sue must've overheard the ASUN
spokesman at the tuition hike meeting.
Who says there's student apathy? I say,
who says there's .... hello? is anyone
After-St. Patrick's Day-item: there's
talk of drafting women. The next thing is
And speaking of green draft, have you
noticed all the hung-over looks and bright
Some University motorcyclists' ears
are burning because of the new ordinance
requiring them to wear helmets. But just
wait until this summer.
For those heady thoughts, we're Sorry
1 Another Viewpoint f
A Spoiled Brat
By Bob Auler
Red China is just a mis
understood child. A poor lit
tle kid with no friends.
There it is, in black and
white, in case you've been
too dense to detect the mes
sage pounded into you for
the last few weeks,
Instead of kites, the spring
air has been filled with tri
al balloons. And all of them
Every Asian "expert"
from your local neighbor
hood preacher to the Green
Hornet's butler, Kato, has
been putting his shoulder to
But the message has been
the same: it's time for an
other chapter of "Good old
Uncle Mao is really a good
Over the weekend, you
could hardly turn on the tub
without some academic
type accosting you with the
information that China
doesn't really hate any
body; that what looks like
malice is really just loneli
ness. Forget about those A
bombs, we're told. Forget
about those minor misun
derstandings in Korea and
Tibet; after all, they were
just manifestations of na
The mere fact that never
before in history did they
have the potential to be a
real threat just doesn't en
All China's tools of war
are just childish playthings,
proving the juvenile insecur
ity of this nation of 500
Just as we don't under
stand the young punks who
sublimate their frustrations
by knifing little old men,
and pulling ladies into
dark alleys, so we fail to
understand the New China,
which eases its tensions by
murdering 20 or 30 million
of its citizens now and then.
Just as we find the solu
tion to teenage crime by
shoving the criminals back
into the community so that
their former victims can
learn to understand them
them better, so it is with
The profs have the an
swer: barbarism and savag
ery is just their little way
of telling us they need sibl
ings. And our Vice President,
who showed astonishing
signs of insight when he
said that China was bad
and the Viet Cong worse,
has now returned to norm
alcy. Hubert said, regarding his
recent slander on the Reds,
"There axe times that cer
tain more abrasive com
ments could be subdued,
but all of us that (sic) have
been in public life have
' been a little guilty upon
occasion of being sweet and
charitable, and I suppose I
stand guilty myself.
Sweet and charitable to
China and to the Viet Cong!
Sounds more like a Berk
eley press release.
Senator Joseph Clark of
Pennsylvania (which is sev
eral thousand miles from
the direct path of Chinese
expansion) agreed with Hu
bert's child psychology.
Perhaps we could convince
Red China to join the great
glass Youth Center in New
York, if we just cancelled
the membership of that hor
rible bully Chiang Kai-shek.
After all, his island of Tai
wan has been intimidating
the Mao Boys' Club to the
point where they are afraid
to go out at night without
A few reactionaries like
Senator Scott still adhere to
the discredited spare-t h e
rod psychology of bygone
days, when they counsel us
to refuse to allow Red Chi
na "to shoot its way into
the United Nations."
They spout a lot of Junk
from the U.N. Charter about
the organization being only
for the "peace loving" na
tions of the world.
And besides, It is argued,
we don't stand any chance
of keeping China out (even
though we have done so for
years), bo it is right to let
them in. Like the old ad
vice about relaxing and en
joying it, once you're raped.
So breathe a sigh of re
signation. Your government
has seen that the spoiled
brat of the modern world
has thrown a tantrum, and
consequently must have its
Teach-in on Soulh Africa
The UN security council commissioned a group of
experts to report on South Africa in December, 1963. The
conclusion of this report reads: "The right of the human
pprson, the right of each individual to live and work
more freely in his own country cannot long be denied.-A
political, economic and social system built on the dom
ination of one race by another by force cannot survive.
What is now at issue is not the final outcome but the
question whether, on the way, the people of South Africa
are to go through a long ordeal of blood and hate. If
so, all Africa and the whole world must be involved."
After our unhappy involvements in so many world
conflicts, isn't it urgent and reasonable that we eliminate
conditions that bring such conflicts about?
A solution the UN recomended to end the barbaric
Apartheid policy in South Africa on page SI of its report
was an economic boycott, and it said: "It is clear that if
sanctions are to be effective they must be put into effect
with the co-operation of South Africa's principal trading
partners, particularly the United Kingdom and The
How have we co-operated? Not only have U.S. busi
nesses increased investment in South Africa, they have
helped shape and maintain the Apartheid policy, a.id the
U.S. Import-Export Bank has been granting credits and
loans at a favorable rate to many South African corpora
tions. It is not for long that three million whites can keep
11 million Negroes enslaved and our opportunity to play
a creative and constructive role is a fleeting one. Can we
respond adequately? The answer does not depend solely
on our government; in large measure it depends on the
American people. Come to the African Teach-in tq find
out what you can do.
Steve Abbott, editor of Scrip
Robert M. Pringle Jr., History Club president
W. Jefferson England Jr.
Demonstrate Moral Concern
Contrary to popular belief, not all of the free world is
free. A notable example is South Africa. In terms of the
Bantu laws Amendment Act of 1963. the African Negro
is not a person at all but a commodity labor to be shut
tled about as labor requirements dictate. The General
Law Amendment Act 19 of 1963 terms political opposition,
which by civilized standards is legitimate and necessary
to political health, as a capital crime.
An ad hoc committee has been formed to protest
Apartheid policies in South Africa, and to protest Amer
ican business interests there which help shape and main
tain these policies. If we believe that freedom and democ
racy are more than sweet words we should drmonstrate
our moral concern by joining this protest march Saturday
morning at 9:30. (Student Union, South Entrance.)
Thomas J. Renna
History Graduate Student
In 1960 Henry Cabot Lodge made a speech attacking
South Africa. He said: "We appeal once again to the
government of the Union of South Africa that it reconsider
policies which prevent people of certain races in the
Union from enjoying their God-given rights and freedoms.
In former years we have made that appeal in the name
of justice. Today we make it also in the name of peace."
The U.S. State Dept. also responded admirably to the
Sharpville massacre in March, 1960.
Now on the anniversary of the massacre we have
fallen into a moral slumber. U.S. investments increased
from 329 million in 1958 to 700 million in 1962. Investment
is indeed profitable because South Africa is based on
slave labor, but is it moral?
We have no right to accuse Communists of self
justifying opportunism when we ourselves indulge in the
same thing. Urge your respective political parties to
come out strongly on this issue.
SDS, SNCC Un-American?
Mr. Hungerford, in his column of March 17 presented
a very interesting point. He calls groups such as SDS
and SNCC unAmerican and perhaps they are. If discrimina
tion of the grounds of race or creed is part of our Amer
ican ideal then SDS and SNCC are un-American, becuase
they actively oppose it.
If the withholding of voting rights is American, then
SDS and SNCC are un-American. If the under-renresenta-tion
of the poor and the minority groups is American
then SDS and SNCC are un-American.
If working to better the conditions of the poor is un
American, then I guess SDS and SNCC would qualify.
If slums are part of the American way of life then SDS
and SNCC are un-American for trying to reduce and
eliminate them. If exploitation of workers (such as in
Delano, Calif.) is the American standard then SDS and
SNCC are again un-American because they protest this
state of affairs. . .
If de facto support for South African racialism' is in
accord with American principles then SDS and SNCC
should be declared un-American. If the hypocrisy of our
society is the American ideal then SDS and SNCC are
un-American for trying to point this out.
If you accept these principles then, I agree, SDS and
SNCC should be condemned as un-American. I personally
don't feel that these are the "American principles" but
are the anithesis of what is American. Therefore, SDS
and SNCC are to be commended rather than condemned.
Mr Hungerford seems to have fallen into the common
trap of judging a group without taking the trouble to
discover what they really stand for and what they are
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the writer's name. Address letters to the Daily Nebras
kan, Nebraska Union 51.
(Just Slightly Korrect)
Do political parties really
need student government?
Can you use the Harpoon
for anything besides lining
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