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The Daily Nebraskan
Thursday, September 22, 1966
Five Against Progress
So the University's AWS last year
finally made some progressive moves
and. what do the sororities do about it
five of them say wait a year.
How can the five sororities who could
take part in the senior key system, but
refuse to do so expect the system to
succeed if all the houses don't support it.
Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Del
ta Delta, Kappa Delta and Pi Beta Phi
will not have keys for their seniors this
year. The Daily Nebraskan wonders if
these sororities made their actives' or
alumnae's unprogressive attitudes known
Most cf these sororities who have
ignored the hard work of some of AWS's
first progressive leaders in many years
say little in public about their decision
not to have keys.
In public when asked about their
house's decision, many of the women be
longing to these houses seem to bite their
lips and try to change the conversation
in utter embarassement of their house.
In private the situation is quite dif
ferent. A few of the members say they
honestly agree with the decision, but oth
ers explain that their uninformed alum
nae . .have taken a ridiculous attitude
toward the keys or that a few women in
their house who apparently don't trust
themselves on a date have disregarded
the rights of the other members.
Many people might recall the deci
sion of the Panhellenic alumnae advisory
board last year when they ruled against
the keys. Most of the members of that
board later said they did not understand
the key system and were sorry for their
Apparently some of the alumnae and
possibly national sororities still don't un-
Let's Assume Our Role
The Dally Nebraskan and CFDP
have announced their support of some
type of specific Student Bill of Rights
agreed to by the students which will spe
city rules in many areas at this Univer
sity." The Nebraskan feels that such a code
drawn up by students periodically would
make student government meaningful
and stimulate the whole University in a
first step toward "total education".
In ASUN President Terry Schaaf's
letter to the editor today, he says he is
not opposed to a student bill of rights,
but cautions students on how they go
about getting this conduct code.
Schaaf warns that especially in a
Legislative year when the University is
asking for a big increase in its budget,
the .students need to work with adminis
tration in a responsible manner to
achieve the best ends.
;. In Dean Ross letter to Senate, which
is printed below in full, be says that his
office is willing to discuss policy initia
ton or change at any time with students
or their representatives.
Furthermore Dean Ross almost re
quests ASUN and the students to make
suggestions and "assume a major role in
the changes or initiation of new rules
xx policies affecting student life."
,". Thus as the Daily Nebraskan sees it
'there is no problem. If the new student
conduct committee finds that a majority
cr even a large percent of the students
Heel a Student Bill of Rights is needed,
it can be worked out easily as Schaaf
calls for in a responsible way.
... in addition to this, tome type of Stu
dent Bill of Rights when presented to
Dean Ross' office will show that students
are ready to take the responsibility and
assume the major role that Dean Ross'
office is there to help the students ac
complish. Perhaps the phrase "Student Bill of
Rights" has caused trouble because of
its radical sound. But in truth the bill of
rights would not be radical, it would only
clarify or make more workable channels
which already exist between administra
tion and the students.
As Dean Ross states, his office is al
ways ready to change rules or make
them more specific when the students
request these changes. A Student Bill of
Rights considered carefully and changed
each year by ASUN actions and a stu
dent vote would only make these re
quests more regular and more specific.
According to law, it is likely that
the University would never have to ac
cept these student policies unless the stu
dents wanted to present these requests
to a vote of every citizen in Nebraska.
But a yearly Student Bill of Rights would
present the students' requests in an or
ganized, responsible way that in actuality
the University could not reject.
A Student Bill of Rights would not
give students complete control of the
school by any means but only make
them have to consider what kind of at
mostphere we have and what kind we
should have, what kind of rules we have
and how they should be changed.
A bill of rights would provide a prac
tical thinking process where students
could feel they are responsible in a real
istic way for at least part of this insti
tution. Wayne Kreuscher
Dean Ross' Full Letter To Senate
I eel the record needs clarification
regarding the reprinting of the Campus
Handbook and revision of the section on
"Expectations of University Students."
The revision of this section stemmed
from comments by officers of ASUN both
in the fall of 1965 and spring of 1966 ex
pressing the need for reorganization and
clarification of policies affecting student
One of the frequently stated reasons
for this repeated request was that the
policies affecting student life appear in
different publications and that procedures
of such groups as the Student Tribunal
were not dearly understood. Therefore,
the reorganization of the material In the
Handbook was in direct response to a re
quest of student government.
To my knowledge, no changes In
these policies were proposed by student
members of the Faculty Senate Commit
tee on Student Affairs, nor by the Student
Senate or the Student Conduct Committee
of ASUN. The policies were not changed
but regrouped and, in some instances, op
erational procedures relating to the.se
policies were explained.
A recent speech presented to mem
IJJcrf of the Student Senate implied that
rASUN was not consulted and that staff in
'-Student Affairs did not care what ASUN
-felt 'about existing policies. These impli
"Xallimt ara not true. We have worked
and will continue to work closely with
ASUN on student policy matters because
we respect your judgment and think you
should be actively Involved In such mat
ters. A specific example of this Is that,
prior to the reprinting of the Campus
Handbook, a rough draft of the Handbook
Section In question was presented to the
officers of ASUN during the summer. For
you to be left with the Impression that
this was not the case adds to problems of
communication, understanding and confi
dence in one another.
Existing student-life policies are the
result of (1) action of the Board of Re
gents whose members are elected by Ne
braska voters to govern the University
under the direction cf the Legislature,
and (2) by processes which involved stu
dents, student government or student
It is the intent of our office to help
students assume a major role in the
changes or Initiation of new rules or poli
cies affecting student life. Actually, we
have few rules for student life which are
campus-wide in application and I
would hope we could maintain this posi
tion since mature people seem to develop
best in such a climate.
At any time that ASUN officers or
the Student Senate or their committees
wish to discuss policy initiation or
change, the Committee on Student Af
fairs, as well as the staff in Student Af
fairs, will be happy to discuss and study
G. Robert Ross
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derstand the key system or the issues In
volved. It is this kind of alumni, these kind of
national Greek organizations and these
"Greek tj'pe" members who are afraid
to accept progress and new changes that
give the Greek System the bad image it
It is this type of decision by a few
Greeks and old members who know lit
tle about today's universities, that make
the Greek System guilty of being the
most conservative, unprogressive, out
dated part of a university campus.
The Greek System as a whole con
tributes little enough to today's world
without working against the progressive
improvements that are made.
The Daily Nebraskan can only sym
pathize with the women in these houses
who are being controlled by oldfashioned
stupidity. We encourage every women in
one of these houses who is embarrassed
by her sorority's stand to speak out and
fight the issue.
The whole future of the Greek Sys
tem and its value to educational institu
tions depends on decisions such as this
that Greeks have to make.
If the alumni can't understand how
universities have changed and how the
Greek System also has to change, then
the active members today who want to
be alumni themselves of an existing or
ganization will have to explain the facts
of life to the older members.
The senior keys have been approved
and have given a few women on this
campus a more adult role. Now instead
of hesitating about the keys, all women
should be working for yet more liberal
AWS policies that will give all coeds the
chance to live and act like adults.
Our Man Hoppe-
Equality For Jackasses
The Benevolent & Protec
tive Order of Unimproved
Jackasses, a fraternal
group, views with grave
alarm the recent racial
unrest in Milwaukee.
There, as you know, civil
demonstrators picketed the
home of a Milwaukee judge
because he wouldn't resign
from the Fraternal Order
of Eagles, whose motto is,
"Liberty, Truth, Justice and
Equality." For, of course,
The demonstrators were
sore because they've never
seen a Negro Eagle. Nor do
they hope to see one. They
just told everyone here and
now they don't want their
judge to be one.
"The radical attitude of
these pickets in not de
manding membership in the
Eagles casts discredit on
all fraternal groups," said
Mr. Homer T. Pettibone.
Present Past Impotentate of
Stall 1407 of the Jackasses.
"It smacks of intolerance."
"Worse," said Mr. Petti
bone, who was garbed in
his order's colorful costume
of pink silk pantaloons, sky
blue mohair serape and
milk pail helmet, "it's ruin
ing our image."
Mr. Pettibone p o i n t e d
out that for years Negroes
had been fighting to get in
to lunch counters, bus de
pots and virtually all facets '
of American life.
"How do you think it
makes us feel," he demand
ed, banging the butt of his
purple hay fork on the
floor, "when not a single
Negro has picketed for his
inalienable right to be a
Mr. Pettibone said he felt
this was part of a "grow
ing prejudice" against fra
ternal orders. He said lo
cal Jackasses were form
ing a Brotherhood Commit
tee to assure equality not
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Although they've been
working underground for
several years now, one of
NU's more radical groups
has finally sprung the plot
they've been hatching
since last fall.
Little did the student
body realize that for years
it has been blinking at a
group of radicals, who are
threatening to upset t b e
traditional means of fight
ing for student rights.
It all began last spring
( around May 3) when Carol
Bischoff tipped off the ad
ministration to a new look
in student s' rights pro
grams by missing the annu
al two-for-one sale on pick
et signs; just the first hint
The next indication came
when Carol and her cron
ies (uniting under the ban
ner of a group called
AWS) shocked Lincoln al
ums by carrying out the
most revolutionary plan yet
introduced at NU turning
hundreds of reckless coeds
loose with senior keys.
The groundwork for this
liberal program was set
last year when AWS plot
ted a program far removed
from the conventional
means of securing student
rights at the University.
AWS officers led their fol
lowers away from the norm
by refusing to have Jeop
ard skirts, seven Inch cig
arette holders or hip boots
And who would have
thought the student body
would listen to girls who
didn't iron their hair (but
washed it, perhaps?).
es weren't the only ways in
which these coeds stood
out from most of the stu
dent rights fighters (they
were probably just trying to
get attention by the way
they dressed). Rather than
holding meetings in C r i b
Booth 103, AWS set an NU
first in students' rights pro
grams by substituting agen
da for agitation; meetings
It wouldn't have been so
bad if AWS had merely
been content with forming
committees and making
studies but these girls suc
After all, what would be
more of a realization of stu
dent rights than senior wo
men finally naming their
own hours and still agree
ing with the rules of t h e
What is really radical and
revolutionary about AWS
and senior keys is that it
didn't need the visual and
emotional impressions so
often associated with any
group advocating a stu
dents' rights programs.
The threat now, of course,
Is that other student rights
groups may soon stray
from fhe accepted attention-getting
devices and be
come just as radical as
Rather than examining
Just what it was that made
AWS succeed, the tradition
alists in student rights will
have to seek new and bet
ter attention-getting devic
es perhaps scrubbi
er beards or starched hair
perhaps more two-for-one
picket sign sales.
only for Eagles but Moose,
Elks, Odd Fellows, Red
Men and, of course, all
"Already," he said, "one
hears bigoted remarks at
cocktail parties, such as
'Moose are all right, but
would you want your sis
ter to marry one?'
"To counter this trend
we're publishing studies
showing, for example, that
Elks do not ruin property
values provided of coarse
that neighbors don't panic
on seeing a family of Elks
moving in next door.
"We're also pointing out
that Odd Fellows make
wonderful tenants and that
The Improved Order of Red
Men has improved so much
that it doesn't accept for
membership any American
"But above all we want
to appeal to our fellow citi
zens of African descent to
cast aside their prejudices.
In a spirit of tolerance and
fair play let every Negro
apply to join the fraternal
order of his choice today.
"I know I speak for my
fellow Jackasses when I say
nothing would make us hap
pier than to have a Negro,
any Negro, seek equality
and brotherhood in our or
der." The very thought of such
a moment brought a
marked change in Mr. Pet
tibone's demeanor. He
squared his stooped shoul
ders, thrust forth his jaw
and his whole face lit up.
"Boy," he said, rubbing
his hands in gleeful antici
pation, "would we ever give
him the old heave-ho."
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ASUN President Writes:
In light of the recent articles and editorial in the Daily
Nebraskan concerning my philosophy of student govern
ment and the bill of rights proposed by the CFDP, I
would like to take this opportunity to express my opinion
on several matters concerning student government and
the student body here at the University.
First, I feel that the most Important Issue at hand is
the budget request and the quality of education that will
result, depending on the action taken by the state legisla
ture. What will the results be if this budget is cut drastical.
ly? Tuition increases, enrollment limitations, curtailment
of graduate programs or a refusal to admit out of state
No one can predict exactly what the outcome would be
since this would depend on the size of the cut. In any event
because of the seriousness of the possibilities and the im
pact this could have on the general quality of education at
the university, I feel it is the responsibility of every stu
dent and of every student senator as elected representa
tives to become interested, informed and concerned on
this matter. We have created a special Legislative Liason
and Research committee for the expressed purpose of in
forming the state and the state legislature of the merits
of a strong state university and to inform them that the
University of Nebraska students are concerned and do
want a high quality of education which can only be
achieved through the procurement of the necessary funds.
I am now in hopes that we as students are concerned
with our education and will do what ever we can as indi
viduals, or as a student government acting for the student
body, to assist the administration In 'selling' this need to
the state legislature.
Second, in regard to a bill of rights I would like to
make it very clear that I am not opposed to a bill of
rights but I am concerned rather with the approach taken
in the development and presentation of such a bill. I
would hope that this matter would be approached in a re
sponsible and intellectual manner representative of the
academic community of which we are a part.
I also would hope that all aspects of responsibility,
legality and practicality would be carefully examined
and that we would keep seriously in mind that our goal
will be a better academic community offering a type of
"total education" and that this, and not simply the means
of achieving it, will be our major objective.
In conclusion, declaring ourselves independent from
the control of the administration and Board of Regents
and the idea of mutual cooperation with these segments
on matters concerning our educational quality and the
budget request, do not go hand in hand. In fact they are in
direct opposition and this could carry serious Implications
as to the legislature's acceptance or rejection of the budg
et request. I believe that we must seriously consider this
possibility in determining our action on any bill of rights
declaring autonomy proposed in the near future.
A Great Tradition?
I am writing in response to your editorial "A Great
Tradition." Although I was not a member of the group
who withdrew sponsorship of the Homecoming displays, I
see absolutely nothing mysterious or suspenseful about
As you may remember, each house was allowed more
than $100 to finance display construction; each pair of liv
ing units could spend up to $300. I suppose most students
will agree that the All University Fund is a lousy tradition
and so does not deserve financial support on this grand
I would not suggest that these generous limits were
ever exceeded, or that the 1964-65 Innocents were justi
fied in disqualifying one house for spending considerably
more than that amount.
Since the AUF business is a once-a-year thing, t h a
rest of the Innocents mystery might seem more seasonal.
Or do you not think that the average student, traditions
or not, is plagued with demands on his time throughout
It strikes me as the height of Irresponsibility that
leaders of Greek houses, not to mention the Innocents So
ciety and the campus newspaper, would condone this use
of time and money when there are opportunities for
meaningful tradition costing a great deal less.
For your information, there will always be a Home
coming game, queen, house party, alumni gathering . . .
And neither players nor alums need feel slighted by the
omission of one night of noise and lights that becomes
junk within twelve hours.
Black P ower Needs Discussion
Carl Davidson's statement on Black Power In the
Daily Nebraskan of Sept. 19 fails to point out what about
Black Power makes it such an explosive issue among
There Is nothing new about the attempt of Negroes to
gain political and economic power SNCC and other or
ganizations worked with voter registration, boycotts and
strikes long before the Black Power controversy.
Nor will many disagree that people-all people need
self-respect to gain the respect of others and need pride
in their individuality.
So let us get into the real issue, Mr. Davidson. What
Is the connection between Black Power and the departure
of SNCC and CORE from non-violence? Doesn't Black
Power really imply a new reverse segregation which will
hinder whatever communication and progress have been
Why not admit that "Black Power" is used for Its
emotional appeal, even to Incite to riot? What makes
Black nationalism theoretically more Justifiable than U.S.
nationalism In Viet Nam? Or, practically, more workable?
We desperately need honest discussion of these ques
tions. Jane Bredenberg
Texas Christian?? University
Congratulations to the Nebraska football team on a
fine win last Saturday. We did look a little ragged toward
the end, but I m sure this will easily be ironed out. '
Texas Christian?? University certainly has a good
team. The only odd thing I noticed about it was that it
was all "white" (not just the uniforms) (Caucasian, I
guess is the real word). Perhaps there just aren't any
darker skinned people in Texas who want to go to t h 1 s
Anyway I'm glad we won. ,
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