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The Daily Nebraskan
Thursday, October 6, 1966
More Serious Than A Prank
Before writing an editorial about the
AbeJ Hall fire situation, several facts
should be made clear.
First of all most of the students and
possibly all of the students at Abel are
not responsible for the "fires" and the
constant bothering of the Lincoln Fire
and Police Departments.
Second it must be stressed that it has
never been proved since the false alarms
and small fires started last year that a
student or students are responsible.
But it must also be admitted that
most people including students at Abel do
feel it is obvious that at least one stu
dent is responsible for the dangerous ser
ies of pranks.
Last year the fire engines began their
regular trips to the dormitory because of
false alarms and finally small fires
which were believed, although no proof
was ever found, to have been caused by
This was followed by strong words
and warnings from the University admin
istration, the Lincoln Police and Fire De
partment that this situation at Abel could
Now the fires in Abel's trash chute
have started again and once again the
Lincoln Fire Department is losing pre
cious time and money because of a prob
able immature and childish prank at Abel
These "fires" endanger the whole
city of Lincoln for the L'ncoln Fire De
partment is not so Iare that it can af
ford to adequately protect the rest of the
city each night while it sends half of its
engines to Abel.
Furthermore the "fires" are hurting
relations between the city and the Uni
versity. The city grows less tolerant of
University students about other issues as
the "fires" continue.
It is also obvious if one has ever
been at Abel during one of these "fires,"
that sometime soon an Abel resident, who
is part of the crowd which gathers wait
ing for the engines after an alarm, is go
ing to be hurt as the engines pull up in
front of the dormitory.
Students in every living unit some
times enjoy a scuffle with the resident
next door or a good natured prank of
some type but an incident which contin
ually involves the Lincoln Fire Depart
ment and the Lincoln Police is far more
serious than a normal dormitory prank.
The Daily Nebraskan encourages the
University, the Abel Hall directors and
the students at Abel who are concerned
about this serious problem to do every
thing possible to stop it.
If a student is responsible for this sit
uation and he continues his love for fire
engines, he should definitely be caught
and shown that this is a much more ser
ious offense than just a dormitory prank.
Apology To Reporter Needed
In the above editorial, one could not
definitely say that a student at Abel Hall
or even at the University is responsible
for the "fires" which continually bring
the Lincoln Fire Department.
But one can say after Tuesday night's
performance, that the resident directors
and assistants at Abel definitely need
some advice about public relations and
some harsh words about the way they
treated a member of the Lincoln press.
Resident directors and students under
the directors' orders rudely ushered a re
porter out of the dormitory Tuesday night
and continued to threaten him outside the
No group, organization or person
which is responsible for any 'type of pub
lic building or institution especially when
an obvious problem has resulted ever
"throws out" a reporter when the report
er comes to do a story.
Especially a group which is concerned
about its public relations such as Abel
Hall or the University should ever
show such discourtesy to a member of
Regardless of how the directors might
have felt about the reporter or his re
porting ability, they accomplished noth
ing but a great deal of poor relations
(including a note in the Lincoln Journal
Wednesday editorial on the fire) with
such an inappropriate act.
The Daily Nebraska might also point
out that the members of its staff who
were at the Sunday night fire and who
read the Lincoln reporter's story feel that
the reporter did a fair and accurate job
in describing the situation, especially out
side of the dorm Sunday night.
The Nebraskan feels that the resident
directors at Abel and anyone else who is
responsible for this discourtesy should for
mally send an apology to the Lincoln
newspaper and reporter involved.
That's What It Says
EDITOR'S NOTE: Living In conser
vative and often backward Nebraska, it
is always good to know that other parts
of the country are more realistic and
progressive In their thinking.
Fir instance some of the most un
realistic laws ever made in the United
States' have to be those that concern drink
ing. The drinking laws have made more
otherwise law abiding citizens criminals
than any other group of laws.
It's always a good feeling for a 19
20 year old University student to know
after studying all week that when he is
ready to enjoy himself on the weekend
he will probably be forced to break a
law In order to do it.
The following story is from the "Wash
ington Post" newspaper and concerns a
move at Georgetown University in Wash
ington, D.C,. to increase student freedom
and to end some of the hypocrisy with
old fashioned laws that are unenforceable.
And they thought it was hypocritical
not to be able to drink inside the dorms
most Nebraska students according to
law can't even drink outside of the dorms.
Georgetown University, continuing to
Increase student freedom, has lifted its
ban on drinking in dormitories.
The step is designed to develop great
er responsibility among students, said the
Rev. Anthony J. Zeits, S.J., director of
student personnel. Officials said that all
Georgetown men would now be allowed
to keep and drink both beer and hard
liquor in their dormitory rooms.
Officials also said that the step was
aimed at ending the hypocrisy of main
taining an unenforceable rule. They em
phasized that the University supports and
complies with all D.C. laws. Over indul
gence, they said, was unlikely to result
from the move.
Of the other Washington area univer
sities, only George Washington permits
men. to drink in dormitories.
An informal check of major Catholic
universities revealed that Notre Dame,
j"rdham and Villanova in addition to
Catholic University forbid dormitory
drinking. St. John's officials have no dor
mitories but prohibit alcohol on campus.
Local college officials knew of no Catholic
colleges permitting dormitory drinking.
Most state universities have rules
against alcohol in the dormitories but
many leading private universities includ
ing those in the Ivy League do not. Some
campus officials note that their local laws
would forbid dormitory drinking.
According to Father Zeits, authorities
who have studied the campus drinking is
sue have concluded that "the formation
of young men is facilitated when they are
given the freedom to choose whether to
use or not to use alcoholic beverages."
But, he said, "the lifting of the ban
should not be Interpreted as an invita
tion to overindulgence or intoxication."
Rules at Georgetown have been in
creasingly liberalized in the last few
years. Dormitory curefew regulations also
have been relaxed this semester.
Father Zeits said that Georgetown has
studied the views of student counselors
throughout the country and found that
"most students do not overindulge when
allowed to chocse whether they will have
alcoholic beverages in their possession in
But he emphasized, penalties would
be imposed against "those few students
who misuse alcoholic beverages. The sanc
tions will be in proportion to the offense
which may include the revocation of board
ing privileges and suspension or dismis
sal from the University.
"The University is convinced that
most students will exercise good and rea
sonable judgment. Those who appear to
be irresponsible in the use of alcoholic
beverages will be provided counseling and
guidance services. In this way Immature
students will be helped in those areas
where they have special problems."
I Campus 1
I Opinion I
Her joe, vou got rAKsHMUa w ? "
Our Man Hoppe-
Army Freedom Fighter
"Excuse me, Captain,"
said Private Oliver Drab,
378-18-4454, saluting. "But
that was sure a swrell in
doctrination talk you gave
us on 'Our Precious Heri
tage of Freedom.' And we
wondered could we get a
"Well, thank you
soldier," said Captain Buck
Ace, preening his military
moustache. "We want you
boys to know what you're
"Yes, sir. And we'd like
to run it in the first edition
of our new newspaper.
Right next to my editorial,
None Dare Call It Slop.'
T h a t's about our chow,
"Yes, sir," said Private
Drab, e n t h u s I astically.
"Like you said, sir, a free
press is the cornerstone of
progress. And we want to
do our part. I guess you
kind of inspired us, sir."
"Look here, Drab," said
the C a p t a i n with annoy
ance, "you can't start up a
newspaper. It's against
"I can't sir?" said the
private, crestfallen. "But
how can we pass the word
to the fellows about joining
"Union?" said Captain
Ace with a scowl. "What
"Well, you know, sir how
you talked about one of the
blessings of democracy be
ing the free trade union
movement. And we figured
that we were all kind of in
the same trade and not too
happy with our working
conditions . . ."
tions?" the Captian looked
"Well, it's mostly wages
and hours, sir," explained
Private Drab. "But some
of us are pretty concerned
about inadequate safety
factors. You know this
thing I've got about not
wanting to get killed. But if
we could negotiate a pack
age. . . "
The Captains face
darkened. "This is the
"Oh, don't worry, s 1 r.
We wouldn't call a strike in
the middle of battle or any
thing like that. No, sir, if
some grievance did come
Marine Requests Paper
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following letter was written by
a former University student who is now a marine in
South Viet Nam. The Dally Nebraskan has started send
ing the marine a free subscription to the Nebraskan as
Please excuse the handwriting, my right hand was
victim of a casualty.
I am a marine at Chu Lai, Viet Nam, I attended the
University of Nebraska from Sept. 64 until Nov. 65. I
have a great interest in Nebraska and the University
This may not be the correct way to subscribe to your
paper but over here things can't always be done as they
should. I would like to subscribe to the "Rag". I am not
sure of the cost but will immediately send an enclosed
money order with your answer.
Things are a tad lonely over here and the "Rag"
would certainly brighten my stay. I plan to continue study
ing at the "U" after completion of my enlistment.
Congrats on your first victory over TCU this year.
My best wishes on a great year for the Big Red. I
anxiously await the first issue of the "Rag". Thank you
very much, and I'll promise the" first "Go Big Red" sign
in Viet Nam.
PFC. Allen A. Helton Jr.
TCU Editor Answers Letter
A letter which appeared in your paper following the
TCU Nebraska game has been brought to our attention
by a member of your student body.
Apparently the author of this letter, entitled "Texas
Christian?? University," jumped to a swift and most un
founded confusion. Please allow us to set the matter
TCU was integrated quietly and smoothly three
years ago and since that time a large number of Negro
students have enrolled. There has never been any sign
a i YT racial discrimination shown these students.
Iy.Vth.llV llODlDQ The Negro students are welcomed as members of or-
ganizations on campus and this does include the athletic
It is difficult to say at present how many are in
volved in the program since training for basketball and
baseball has not begun. However our most promising
sophomore basketball player is a Negro. He is also one
of the best-liked members of the team.
We might also add that this player was the first
Negro basketball player in the Southwest Conference
and. last year, the only Negro playing. So we at TCU
feel we have done some icebreaking in this respect.
There are no Negroes presently playing on our foot
ball team. Racial prejudice is in no way involved. Should
any Negro be qualified to play and wish to do so he
would be most welcome.
We suggest that the anonymous author of the letter
published in your paper become better informed before
plunging over conclusive Cliffs.
up in the middle of battle ,
we'd be perfectly willing to
submit it to compulsory
"Drab, you're a trouble
maker! Where did you get
those crazy ideas?"
"From you, sir you
said. . ."
"One more peep out of
you, soldier, and it's a court
See the new Art Build
ing; isn't it pretty!
Look at the new Music
Building; isn't it nice!
Observe the old speech
building; isn't it . . . inter
esting! One thing you must say
about the Temple Building
which houses the depart
ments of speech and drama
and speech pathology, its
got character. Not much
else, but character its got.
Where else on campus can
you calmly be drinking a
cup of coffee in the work
shop and have the ceiling
fall In on you?
And speaking of the
workshop, it's floor is most
interesting. The workshop
floor is a combination of
boards that buckle into a
sea of waves which make
sweeping said floor diffi
cult, if not impossible.
(Maybe that's where "R-rr-uffles"
got their potato
Add to this, doors that
slam behind you as you
walk down a darkened
hallway and you have com
ponents that would defy
the acting concentration of
Think of the plight of the
unfortunate campus coed
who Innocenily enters the
art room in the basement.
She carefully closes the
door behind her and alas!
She is trapped! The door
is locked; she has no means
of escape. She must re
main there, as the late
minutes tick away, waiting
in vain for a knight in shin
ing armor (left over from a
recent production) to free
There are many inter
esting places in Temple
Building but one which de
fies all description is the
attic. Reached by a dingy
and narrow stairway, it
has become the graveyard
of former productions.
A crucifix leans on a
statue of Buddha. Furni
ture of unknown origin is
piled in every corner. A
broken wheelchair, Cleo
patra's couch and a rustic
bench achieve incongruity
in furniture grouping. Fire
places, tree stumps and
armor are reminders of by
gone eras and produc
tions. The attic is a storehouse
of ideas ... if you don't
get lost tearching for
The Temple is a fascinat
ing building. The floors
creak, the ceilings leak,
the stairs break, the win
dows shake 'but its got
character ... if you have
a sense of humor strong
enough to appreciate it.
"But sir, what about
freedom of speech. You
talked about freedom of
speech and said . . ."
"SHUT UP!" thundered
the captain. With a manful
effort he pulled himself
together. "Of course, son,"
he said, smiling sweetly,
"the Army also believes in
freedom of religion You
can take your problems to
the chaplain of your
"I don't understand it,"
said Private Drab later to
his friend, Corporal Partz,
as they squatted on the
ground eating out of their
mess kits. "The Army tells
me what an honor it is to
fight for these freedoms
and then it gets sore if I
"Don't worry," said Cor
poral Partz. "I know in my
heart that the day will
come when we'll enjoy all
the freedoms this here
Army's fighting for."
"Honest?" said Private
Drab hopefully. "When?"
"When we get out of the
army," said Corporal
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I ....NUtes I
(By 9aren o (Bennett
"There is no place like Nebraska, Dear Old Ne
braska U . . . "
These familiar strains echoing a long standing daunt
less football spirit here were the first sounds-of-music
to capture my eastern ears. So I'm borrowing those
strains to introduce two elements new to this institutioi
me, and this "NUtes" column.
"Me" may be defined as a new out-of-state-tuition-paying
(sob, would you believe New Jersey?) junior,
music education major, female variety, positively smit
ten with this Cornhuskerland.
"NUtes" a modest composite of "Nebraska Univer
sity Musical Notes") is henceforth an every-other-Thurs-day
column whose sinister purpose, executed thru a ser
les of carefully planned verbal maneuvers, is to intro
duce you, entice you, or reaffirm your loyalty to the
Universe of Music.
I call it a Universe instead of a world, because
world' sounds too exclusive. And music is NOT a "chos
en peoples" land. Certainly the professional concert
stage is reserved for a special body of unusually talented,
dedicated, persevering people.
But since only a small percentage of the world's pop
illation ever graces that career plateau, it would be un
realistic to use that statistic as the norm for music and
its place in our daily lives. The truth is, there is no
norm: music is personal as well as universal it belongs
to the world's people Individually as well as collectively.
And that means you are entitled to your fair share.
Consider the ways and means you have to choose from:
rock and roll, folk, jazz, pop, classical, contemporary;
playing, singing, dancing, and, the most popular sound
sport, listening. The sad truth is that most people only
choose one from each category and are satisfied.
I m not referring only to long-haired musicians who
WTutvCrscM t0 fru- The Person who Wasts out
with KLMS all day and turns up his nose at a chance
to hear a great operatic baritone, like Jerome Hines
(wiio is tall, dark and handsome as well as talented),
is just as narrowminded and foolish.
One should take adavntage of the entire realm of
musical repertoire. I'm not suggesting that every human
being ought to love and cherish all forms and functions
of music, music, music. Diversity in abilities and inter
ests is a blessed human characteristic. But it would not
be Inhumane of us to have at least some understand
Ing, If not appreciation, for each other's sphere of musi
That brings us to the vital questions of "How does
one acquire understanding of an entire 'Universe'?" and,
(what you may have been asking since you discovered
this is a . . . groan . . . music column), "Why take
music seriously, anyway? Why add to our burden of
studies? Who cares?"
Take my word-there are answers: professional an
swers from books and personal answers from experi
ence But if I put them all down now I'd be out of
,.m?ee yu nex NUtesday for the second chorus of
"There is no place like Nebraska .
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