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Wednesday, April 20, 1966
Dr. Hall 'That Man'
At rare times, a job and the man who
takes it match so well that the require
ments for the job are defined as, "That
man."
This has happened at the School of
Journalism, where "that man" has been
Dr. William E. Hall.
The job, when Hall accepted it ten
years ago, called for a builder. Hall
is a builder.
He led development of advertising and
broadcasting sequences within the School
of Journalism framework. He persuaded
Nebraska editors to provide greatly-increased
scholarship money. He strength
ened the news-editorial sequence with
depth - reporting and integrated-class
(where students in newspaper reporting,
editing and photography join in a news
room atmosphere to produce a mock
paper) courses.
He increased School of Journalism
prestige to the point where Nebraska
ranks universally on lists of outstanding
journalism schools. Accreditation of the
Nebraska School of Journalism has be
come matter-of-fact.
The job called for a fighter. Hall
has fought.
When a former state senator publicly
criticized the Daily Nebraskan as what he
considered too much an advocate of the
Democratic Party in its outlook, Hall, ac
companied by other School faculty, was
the first to defend the Nebraskan.
The fight could easily have been
avoided. The Nebraskan is independent
of the School of Journalism. But he
felt, as we do, that freedom of edi
torial expression is staked on the out
come of every such fight.
This summer, Hall will become direc
tor of the Ohio State University School of
Journalism. His critics at OSU have been
outspoken. One of their fears reportedly
is that (1) he will become an administra
tion yes-man and (2) this will lead him
to muzzle the OSU student newspaper.
That newspaper is sending a reporter
to Lincoln. We doubt he plans to scout for
the Ohio welcome wagon. His assignment
will be to study both Hall and the School.
We believe a fair analysis will disprove
both the critics' premise and their con
clusion; Hall has been part of the NU
faculty for a decade with no known at
tacks on his integrity.
His job called for more than a
quiet pipe-smoking man of integrity.
It demanded leadership. Hall has led.
Blueprints for making journalism
schools are fine for lining shelves. They
work just a little bit better when drafted
on the back of a signed check. Hall
drafted what we consider a solid blue
print, blending the academic and the pro
fessional, and he found the money to
make it work.
A Unicameral education leader
once praised Hall as the only NU facul
ty member to contact him during a
legislative session to explain his de
partment's needs. Dollar-for-dollar, he
may not be the School's greatest money-raiser.
But he has been responsible
for building a School good enough to
make it easier for men to reach for
their wallets.
We wish him the best of fortune at
Ohio State.
But at the same time, we're not sure
OSU will have as much of Hall as the
Nebraska School of Journalism will keep.
A large part of the School's success
probably the major part can be traced to
the outstanding faculty Hall has recruited.
The vacuum of leadership at the top
has not been able to unravel the unity of
this faculty. The new director apparently
will come from within this faculty. We
believe he will enjoy their support as much
as Hall has.
And the School of Journalism will
quickly return its full attention to ed
ucating journalists with no loss in
momentum.
Mike Baxter
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Sllblllit Negroes in Fraternities
Questions
(Editor's Note: A few in
structors at the University
have used the plan outlined
below. We feel it is an ef
fective method in students'
preparation for finals and
suggest that more teach
ers make use of it.)
Madison, Wis. (I.P.) A
good way for teachers to
encourage students to re
view for exams is to have
them submit questions
which might appear on the
exam.
That's the conclusion
reached by a University of
Wisconsin psychology pro
fessor who has analyzed the
difference between student
and teacher-constructed
exams.
"Student participation in
the construction of a multiple-choice
exam results in
better test performance,"
Prof. Albert R. Marston has
found, "although the aver
age grades of participants
are only slightly higher than
those of non-participating
students."
Participants im
proved their grades about
five per cent over those of
non - participants, he ex
plained. Prof. Marston reported
that the review technique
was used in a psychology
course with 278 students.
All took a six-week's exam
ination composed of multiple-choice
questions con
structed by Marston.
A few weeks later, at mid
term, about a third of the
students handed in multiple-choice
questions, from
which Marston prepared a
student-constructed exam.
Of the 68 students who
turned in questions, 37 had
one or more of their ques
tions appear on the exam.
All students who prepared
questions took the student-
-constructed exam.
Half of the non-participants
took the student
exam, while the remaining
students took an exam pre
pared by Prof. Marston.
This allowed Marston to
check any differences in dif
ficulty between the two
tests.
The result? Student and
teacher-constructed exams
were equally difficult; yet
students who helped write
the exam did better than
did those who had not pre
pared test questions.
Dear Editor,
I wish to call your attention to an interesting article
found in Time magazine titled "The Frats in the Fire."
Among other things, the article disclosed that at the
University of Minnesota with 42,000 students, there is not
one Negro in a social fraternity (the Negro fraternity
was excluded.) At the University of Wisconsin with 39,000
students, there is not one Negro in a social fraternity.
While at Rutgers, there are 10 fraternities out of 27 that
have Negro members.
This is my first full academic year at Nebraska, and
I am not acquainted with the Greek establishment, but I
am curious. Are there now Negroes in social fraternities
or sororities? Have there ever been? Are Negroes al
lowed to go through the rush process? Are they welcomed'
If not, why?
Bill Powell, graduate student
Editor's Note: To answer your questions Gary Lar
sen, president of Interfraternity Council, and Miss Made
line Girard, Panhellenic adviser, said that no houses
hete have clauses excluding Negroes. Negroes may go
through Rush Week, but must meet the requirements of
grades, etc., that are necessary to go through. Miss Gi
rard said that there has never been a Negro girl go through
Rush Week here. Larsen said that a Negro went through
Rush Week in 1962 and was well received by all houses.
The boy did not pledge and did not attend the University,
although one fraternity tried to locate him after Rush
Week. Larsen noted that there is a Negro fraternity on
campus, Kappa Alpha Psi, which has 34 members, and
Miss Girard added that there have been girls from other
countries in sororities here.
Aii Editor Is . . .
Dear Editor.
In answer to your comment in "Sorry About That"
that "a fraternity is an organization, the members of which
have survived a rigorous culling process from which only
the culls remain," may I point out that evidently an editor
is a person, the thoughts of which have survived a rigorous
culling process from which only the culls remain.
Marilyn Mantel
Independent
Abbott's Remarks Answered
Dear Editor,
As a newly selected member of Vox Populi, I feel
compelled to reply to Steve Abbott's denunciation of the
party at Hyde Park.
First, this year's Vox Populi members were not se
lected solely on the basis of five-minute interviews; can
didates were also required to submit written applications.
Furthermore, Mr. Abbott should realize that since cam
pus politics does not operate in a vacuum, most of the
applicants for the Vox Populi party were already per
sonally known by at least a few of last year's Vox Populi
members.
Second, Mr. Abbott stated that Vox Populi is a party
without principles or platform. I would ask Mr. Abbott
if he expects last year's members to write a platform,
and select candidates to fit it? It seems to me that the
candidates themselves should formulate a platform which
they feel they can whole-heartedly support. And that is
exactly what Vox Populi is doing.
Finaly, Mr. Abbott's charge that Vox Populi has no
party responsibility is an unfair and totally unfounded ac
cusation. Last year, 18 Vox Populi members were elected
to the Senate. If Mr. Abbott is interested he might com
pare the platform they ran on with what ASUN has ac
complished this year. There's a remarkable similarity.
In closing, I might add that Mr. Abbott should get
his facts straight before he tosses out careless accusa
tions. Kathleen Costello
Kinda knocks hell outa the espirit de corps, doesn't it?
Sorry About That!
Being a compendium of farce, humor and
comment, selected arbitrarily by the Edi
tor .. .
Historical Note of the Day: In 1964,
Rhumba, Columbia, Juan Valdex is
hanged for drinking Brazilian coffee. In
1901, University of Nebraska students
Agatha Scraaag and Edna Grudley are ex
pelled for drinking coke in public (in the
Union.)
One presidential candidate has a
suggestion for the ASUN electoral
commission which we think is a good
one. His suggestion: that the names
of students running on a party plat
form be accompanied by the name of
the party. Because it looks as if real
issues and real differences are divid
ing the parties, we feel the idea has
much merit.
On return from vacation:
"I had a wonderful time. How about
you? Do anything exciting?"
"Yep. I was coming back to Lincoln
and I saw two flying saucers out of my
plane window. Found out they were only
Ashland and Omaha. What'd you do?"
"Three term papers, studied for four
tests, read my English assignments since
the first of vacation, figured out my finals
schedule, bought a textbook for my chem
course, wrote letters to three teachers
asking them to give me Incompletes, wrote
the registrar and asked him not to give
my grades to the draft board, planned a
semester project, made some crib notes
for philosophy, decided the alternatives
to the alternatives I choose for registration
An excess of money is a problem
of the Student Senate at Arizona State
University. Past senates have al
lowed unappropriated money to accu
mulate and there is a $72,000 fund to
spend.
Guess they could start by buying
red note books for their senators . . .
or remodeling ... or
This column really isn't intended to
be a poetry corner. However, every so
often we get unsolicited tidbits. Here's
one:
Spring is here and brings good cheer.
Robins chirp and frogs burp.
No comment.
The Iowa State Daily defines "mid
term" as the time when students aren't
half finished with studies, but studies
have half finished them.
Thought for the Day: Only one
week until ASUN elections. (Only one
more week of speeches and debates.)
Vacation's over. We're Sorry About
That!
Future of the University
Dear Editor;
1 have been reading the reports on "why University
faculty members leave Nebraska," and the sense of most
of the articles seems to be a lack of money, an overload
of work, and a lack of time for research, three cries heard
round the academic world. As a graduate student from out
of state I find it increasingly difficult to hold my head
up high where the University of Nebraska is concerned. -
I came here upon the recommendation of a faculty
member that I had met while working during the sum
mer of 1962. I am grateful to him and to the other faculty
members of the department of Speech and Dramatic Arts
for the opportunities they have afforded me in working on
my M.A.
As a graduate assistant concentrating on theatre my
contact with other departments of the University has been
minimal, but before everyone gets the idea that the whole
University is on the fritz, I would like to sound the trumpet
loud and clear for the faculty who spend their hours teach
ing a full class load, and then go on to spend as much
time in the direction and production of the plays for the
University Repertory Theatre and still find time to at
tend rehearsals and performances of the lab and experi.
mental plays presented by the students in the theatres of
Temple Building. -
These men are not important because of the number
of hours they spend at Temple, rather they are important
because of their education and their ideas, and their will
ingness to have their brains picked.
If in the future the University of Nebraska becomes
"a lousy University" and if it is true that now it is a
"mediocre University," then I would prefer to have my
Master's degree read "graduated from the Department
of Speech and Dramatic Arts, when Joseph Baldwin,' Ste
phen Cole, Charles Howard, William Morgan, and Dallas
Williams struggled to make theatre a reality and chal
lenged their students to learn by doing because no one
learns by being taught."
Just a note in closing, if the Regents are interested,
and the people of Nebraska care, the theatre area is over
worked and understaffed and underpaid, the Temple Build
ing is falling apart, the roof leaks, the plaster's cracked,
the theatres are not sound proof nor well equiped, and
Howell Memorial Theatre and its facilities are outdated.
Speech and theatre need a new building and a new thea
tre, twice the staff and a lot more money.
But in face of all that, the department has managed
to launch a new repertory system and there are plays in con
stant production in the Temple theatres, and graduate
assistants still manage to graduate and each summer
the theatre sends its students off to summer stock thea
tres where they are applauded by their audiences and re
spected by the designers and technicians.
I am happy I was here during the years 1964-66, when
if the University started to go under, at least my area of
study was holding its own in face of the wake of destruc
tion. But then a University is only as good as its faculty
and who knows, had I come two years hence, the thea
tre area faculty might have moved on, or would I find
them still out in front because of Darwin's theory about
the survival of the fittest?
Michael William
Congratulations In Order
Dear Editor,
The new issue of Scrip magazine is now on sale; and
congratulations are in order for several interested par
ties: to Steve Abbott and his staff, for the best-produced
"issue of the magazine to appear under his editorship; lo
Randy Rhody, Charlie Reynolds, Jeff Atcheson and Steve
Perrin, whose work lends the magazine a professional
tenor; to Jon Gierlich, for his cover collage of Ginsberg
photographs; to the magazine's printers, for the high qual
ity of reproduction achieved in the photographic essay;
and lastly, to Our Chairman, who, with a stolid determina
tion approaching missionary fervor, and exercising an au
thority wliich he did not possess, forbid the appearanee
in this issue of Allen Ginsberg's "Auto Poesy to Nebras
ka," on the remarkable and shifting ground that it is not
student work thus reversing a precedent of long stand
ing, and forcing Mr. Abbott and his associates to issue the
poem as a free supplement to the magazine itself.
The insult incidentally offered Mr. Ginsberg, "who
generously contributed his new poem to Scrip, instead of
selling it to a national publication, as he could easily
have done, is one of the more unfortunate concomitants
of the Chairman's ill-advised policy of censorship. One
wonders whether a poem contributed by Stephen Spender
would have met with similar treatment at the hands of
the Administration but the question would seem academ
ic. To close on a note of hope: when an English Depart
ment head is, in his appreciation of the creative and dem
ocratic processes, a mere five or ten years behind a
bright undergraduate, the future of the organization with
which he is connected appears bright, indeed.
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Support for CFDP
Dear Editor;
Terry T. Tilford
From "The Nation"
No president has ever read
polls as sedulously as LBJ.
He is conducting the Vietna
mese war more or less by
poll. This procedure suffers
from at least two weak
nesses. The first Is that the people
are entitled to a certain mini
mum of initiative and leader
ship from their chief execu
tive. To be popular ig surely
not his first duty. The second
weakness is that the estab
lished polls are far from in
fallible. The questions that are
asked, however neutral the
phrasing may seem to be, are
often biased on the side of
conventional attitudes, and
this is the more likely when
the countries at war. Prob
ably neither of these pitfalls
has exercised Mr. Johnson
very strongly. The middle
ground was where he wanted
to be.
Unfortunately for him, and
unfortunately for the country,
he found it impossible to stay
in that safe part of the politi
cal spectrum. He claims to be
fighting a limited war.
Actually be plunked down
on the side of the hawks, and
his only claim to moderation
is that be has not satisfied the
most rabid among them. At
least not yet.
For this decision he has
sought justification in the
polls, and the more weighted
they were on the aggressive
side, the more justification he
found. But then seven social
scientists at Stanford Univer
sity decided on an independ
ent study of public opinion on
Viet Nam.
The cost was $10,000 and
the money was raised by the
scientists themselves. The re
sults show that opinion is not
merely divided but as The
Wall Street Journal says, it is
fragmented a natural result
A the obfuscations Mr. John
son has thrown up around his
extension of the war.
When searching questions
are asked, what emerges is
not the consensus of sheep
that Mr. Johnson would like
to see, but a deeply troubled
and incipiently resentful elec
torate. The Administration has
never conceded willingness to
negotiate with the National
Liberation Front, whose
troops we are fighting. Yet 88
per cent of the adult popula
tion of the United States fa
vors negotiating with the Viet
Cong if they are willing to ne
gotiate. Other figures that emerge
from t h e Stanford-Chicago
poll are: 70 per cent In sup
port of a UN-negotiated truce;
54 per cent in favor of free
elections in South Viet Nam
and ready to abide by the re
sult, even If the Viet Cong
should win; 52 per cent will
ing to see the Viet Cong par
ticipate in a coalition govern
ment. The out-and-out hawks show
up weakest, with only 6 per
cent of the vote. Those who
are critical of the President
are mainly doves.
The more or less level
headed hawks have nothing
to complain about. Opposition
runs by j 2 to 1 margin
against a 500,000 troop com
mitment and 3 to 2 against
bombing North Vietnamese
cities . . .
Those who made the poll
possible are to be highly com
mended. Their findings have
given President Johnson a
chance to extricate himself.
If he fails to take advantage
of it, he will have still more
to worry about as this miser
able war drags on.
As a former student of the University I would like
to mention the fact that it is partly because of the Uni
versity that I am no longer a student. It is the fault of
the University as far as trying to make me conform-usu-ally
under the pretext of being 'for my own good.' Mrper
"nal PMopnies. and goals for life do not permit me to
attend this University or any one constructed like it. I
resent being publicly stripped of my responsibilities, of
my rights and of my whims.
As a woman I resented strongly being told when or
even where to sleep, how to dress and when to study. I
resented the constrictiveness of the routine of classes I
had not wanted to take in the first place. I did not have
the option of becoming a 'well-rounded' (a favorite tritisra
of educators) person. I much preferred to be narrow in
my interests but I was not allowed to do this because
someone felt it would limit me somehow. It seems always
to be this anonymous 'someone' who restricts and limits
the person's anonymity is his only asset. '
The purpose of this letter is to give whatever aid it
can to the new and interesting political party, Campus
Freedom Democratic Party. I am basically opposed to
things of the organizational nature because I feel that or
ganizations stifle me, but were I still a student I believe
1 d make a mad dash to the side of Mr. Davidson
The need for an organization-for an attitude such
as this one is so great. Why must a University be any
thing less than a community of intellectuals? A University
should be a broadening thang-not by force but out of cur
iosity. The CFDP seems to support most of the ideals and
principles necessary for a vibrant, vital University. Who
is more capable of making rational decisions concerning
themselves than the individual intellectual?
I realiz that I here overrate the 'average University
student but perhaps he too would develop into something
more than he is, given a liberal view of life as well as a
liberal education. Perhaps then the 'required' courses (if
the antiquated situation of required courses still existed)
would be the important, pertinent courses of the times.
Perhaps more students would demand to be informed and
the problem of student apathy would no longer exist.
Perhaps. It would work-nothing else has yet.
Linnea Sallach
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