The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 19, 1966, Page Page 2, Image 2
Page 2 If Sub-rosas Exist The cartoon in today's Daily Nebraskan suggests that if one ignores any existence of a sub-rosa problem maybe it will go away, but unfortunately this is only hope ful thinking and the possibility of such problem cannot be ignored. Sub-rosas are very serious problems and can and have In the past caused a great deal of trouble on university campuses. Especially today when the Greek System is already so disconnected from many of the modern Ideals of education, the sub-rosas are not anthing funny but very serious. ',.'. As former IFC President Don Ferguson pointed out last sp-ing sub-rosas are like "cancer that gets in a fraternity and ats away the basic fiber of the fraternity house." A fraternity member who joins a sub-rosa soon finds his loyalty drifting from the house to his outside group and when sub-rosas take over campus organizations, a student's merits do not matter, but only his membership In the sec ret group. The Dally Nebraskan encourages every possible stu dent to attend the IFC meeting Wednesday night and hear the facts not just the rumors which are presently sweep ing the campus on the present status of sub-rosas at this University. ' The following editorial published in the Daily Nebras kan Dec. 13, 1961, was one of the last long pieces written in the paper about the sub-rosa problem. The Nebraskan is publishing this editorial egain be cause In the last five years sub-rosas have been a part of the past at Nebraska and most students today under stand very little about the serious nature of a possible sub rosa problem. . . " Editorial Published In 1961 "The student population is minus two individuals today. Specifically, joint Student Tribunal and Dean of Student Affairs action has resulted in the suspension of two mem bers of a sub-rosa fraternity. "These two male students were caught painting their yellow, insignia on a sidewalk early in the morning, Dec. 1. The. Tribunal and the Dean of Student Affairs rejected their alibi that they were framed and therefore, were not members of the outlawed Pi XI fraternity. "Their defenses, in our opinion, were as weak as their organization. They received a just penalty for their actions and affiliations. It is our feeling that suspension was more . than a fair break. Certainly expulsion would have been justified. Pi XI along with Theta Nu Epsilon (TNE) and Rho Delta (Red Dots) have been outlawed by the Board of Regents and the Office of Student Affairs for the sick ening principles they stand on. The same action has oc curred on college campuses across the nation. Last spring the Daily Nebraskan conducted a cam paign;.: against these sub-rosa organizations which in-cludefc-the publication of secret rituals and other informa tion pertaining to two of the organizations. In our consulta tions with the University administrators, we were as sured that decisive action would be taken against the sub rosas' If substantial evidence could be produced. The cam pus police force provided the evidence and the members. Now the Tribunal and the University have fulfilled the promises. May the intelligent unafflicted portion of the student body stand behind their decision. "Perhaps now the entire campus can realize where theseJSftbYeislv groups are heading. Prior to the recent actiontakea,by the Tribunal and the Dean of Student Af fairs the average student might reasonably believe that membership or affiliation in sub-rosas could do little harm to the student. Now we all know. Anyone who is a mem ber or affiliate runs a high risk of being suspended or ex pelled from the University, a high price to pay for associ ating with a group of individuals with immoral and twisted beliefs. "Last year the organizations were exposed. Now two members have been exposed and ejected. The handwriting should appoar to be quite readable on the wall. It is our contention that each member and affiliate knows what he is a part of in these groups. There can be no excuse for future members who might well be exposed. As we pointed out last year, to be a member of Pi Xi, TNE and Red Dot, one must lie. He must lie toeveryone including his closest friends and even himself to avoid detection. However, this little device didn't buy much for two ex students. .; , "In the past, members of sub-rosa fraternities had political prominence on campus. Today, the corrosive ev ils of the sub-rosa's have little going for them. Their twisted political ambitions have disappeared to be replaced by little more than alcoholic intake. It should be obviously clear to all that these groups are bringing about their own collapse. They cannot boast of having members in high campus positions as they once did. The remaining members are living on borrowed time. "These organizations perpetuate only as long as they can lure others into their corrupted organizations. A good ly share of their new members come from the sophomore ' class. We urge students to think clearly when approached by members of sub-rosas. Don't forget why you are going to school. If students unite to completely repulse Pi, XI, TNE and Red Dot, they may rest assured that they will take an other step closer to graduation and a moral life besides being around to watch these groups of petty individuals de teriorate to nothing. "These subversives think of themselves at "swingers" and campus "movers" (otherwise known as the elite), we'll watch as yoa swing and move right out of the Unvenlty." A Good Plan - Student Senate will be presented with a plan Wednes daywhlch could improve some of the existing but lnef fecCKi channel! which the University now hat between the faculty, the students and the administration. -jpie plan, which will be presented by Mel Schlachter, call9for. a re-evaluation of the present constitution and goals of the student advisory boards. The student advisory boards, which are supposed to give student representatives a chance to meet with the deans of colleges and discuss ways that the different fields of study can be improved from the students' point of view, presently do very little advising and in fact have often done little meeting. The boards have been one of the many important student-faculty-administration channels which have been in effective due to both the students and the faculty ignor ing their presence. The plan will call for a new emphasis on the Import ance of these boards and more discussion by the boards' members with the faculty of different colleges about such things as curriculum. Schlachter't plan also calls for a closer liaison be tween ASUN and the boards so that the boards can make suggestions to ASUN concerning actions and obtain ASUN political support and aid in thoir projects. Tilt plan will in a manner of speaking bring the fiQBT&f to the students' attention So that students will know4hat they do exist and encourage students te use the"Ivisory boards for significant purposes and pos sibly to form new boards in colleges which de not have them,- If-a Daily Nebraskan encourages ASUN and Student gena&to consider this plan seriously and to put it into effect as soon as possible. Wayne Kreusciser ManiMiiiiiii iiiiiiinmiiMaMasiaaaM irrr ..,n,..mrrwr...nTT..r.-...f ........ -l..m.r...mm.-.,,, ii mirni WM I am a Lincoln girt, and as such have never had to live under the stringent rules of AWS. Because of this I have always kept out of any controversy, as I felt that I had no justification for "sticking my two cents" into the questions at hand. (After all, it would be some thing like my complaining about Men's Rush Week schedule.) All this notwithstanding, today I am going to write about AWS at the request of an AWS Board member. My topic concerns the con stitution of AWS as con tained in the AWS Hand book, "Focus -on--Oocds:"" Most girls read the hand book only to scan the cur rent rules and regulations covering closing hours, sett lor keys, etc. They ignore the current constitution and its suggested changes a serious oversight. Over the past two days I -have madfrquite-a study ef this document and, may I say, I am appalled. The suggested changes are little more than meager attempts to appease last year's rum blings about the undemo cratic nature of AWS elec tions. I fully realize that these suggested changes were formulated last 'year when the AWS Board was under a very strong conservative influence. I also realize that since the source of that in fluence has graduated, the board has taken on a some what more enlightened atti tude and is even now con sidering changes and addi tions to the list of proposed changes. Nevertheless, every wom an student who is governed by AWS should know exact ly what the proposed changes cover and what they ignore. Then if the women of this campus are still unhappy about bow ' their government is run (and 'I can't see how they can help but be unhappy), they should give active and vocal support to any furth er changes suggested by their executives or initiate changes themselves. But enough of my sermon and on with my gripes. In the AWS handbook these are the opening state ments explaining what AWS is. I quote directly from the handbook. "The Association of the Women Students is the gov erning body of the women students of the Universi ty. Every woman becomes a member of AWS the mo ment she completes her registration in the Univer sity, and through this mem bership she , is offered a "The purposes of the AWS Board are to cooper ate with the Dean of Wom en In establishing and en forcing rules to govern all undergraduate women stu dents . . ." My answer to this is "not by a long shot." There is no semblance of self-government in AWS and the Board must more than co operate with Dean Snyder, it must agree with her. I The Daily Ill!!!!!tl!lllllllllllll cite as my reference the constitution of AWS, "The AWS Board shall have the power to legislate regula tions WITH THE APPROV AL (my caps) of the Associ ate Dean of Women for women students living under the jurisdiction of AWS (Ar ticle VIII, section 1). ; As I understand, the AWS has enacted legislation that Dean Snyder was not fully in agreement with. If so, this speaks well for Dean Sny der and her respect for the women she deals with. But (and this is a crucial pro visional conjunction), by the letter of the constitution the AWS Board e a n n o t breathe without the approv al of the Dean of Women and even if this rule is un officially ignored it Is a ter rible and wrong regulation to have on the books. I want to say right here that this is not a personal attack against Dean Sny- . der..Any coedjvho has had deaings with this dedicat ed administrator will attest to the fact that she is fair, intelligent and always look ing out for the student's in terest. My gripe is with the constitution, for it will be around a long while after Dean Snyder relinquishes her post, and it is possible , that her successor could be far less concerned with stu dent opinion. It wouldn't be so bad if the constitution gave the Dean of Women the power Our Man Hoppe The Maker of Lester Maddox t, The surprising victory of Mr. Lester Maddox, t h e axe-handle segregationist, down in Georgia continues to astound the experts. How did this Inexperi enced former restaurant owner capture the Demo cratic nomination for Gov vernor? Where did his strength come from? What docs it all mean? Actually, the victory came as no surprise to Mr. Maddox himself. He hum bly attributed it not so much to his own efforts but to his staff. God, he explained modest ly to the New York Times, had been his campaign manager. This revelation makes the whole thing clear. True the Good Lord was seldom, If ever, seen around Mnddox-for-Govcrnor headquarters. But we can assume that He was staying In the b a c k ground the way a good campaign manager bhotild. "Lester, this is your campaign manager speak ing to you." "I hear Your, Lord." "You need more bill- Nebraskan 1SIISII IISI Jli:;!IIISlIIllISS S1S1SSII1I1 SSiSSISl riSIIllSSllSIf SSf III IllSIIirttSlfSSIf 1S1SI If If IHSfSSISSf SlSllllllllf If ttISSilSISSBSfSISJIE BY of the veto. Veto power is almost always coupled with the power of the legislative body to override that veto As it stands now, the Dean's approval is needed and, without that, there is no recourse or higher au thority to which the AWS Board can turn. My second major area of concern with the AWS con stitution is that of election of officers. Previously, the three candidates for presi dent of AWS had to be slated by the senior mem bers of the out-going board. Applicants could only come from the junior members of the outgoing board. ' This w as a terrible situation that raised the eyebrows of more than a few campus leaders last year. So some changes were initiated. The yet to be rati fied changes have added the provision that "any woman meeting eligibility require ments Jor president may adcT"Tiername lb" the bal lot" by filing a petition of 3 per cent of the wom en students. Sounds great doesn't it. But d o n't be fooled. That little word eligibili ty actually means that the girl who circulated the pe tition must have been a a member of the junior board. In other words, if you don't get elected to AWS board the end of your sophomore year, you don't even get to think about ' boards In downtown Atlan ta, Lester." "Right, Lord." "And the precinct work's been weak over in Pickens county. They've put out more bumper stickers there than we have." "We'll get to work on It, Lord." "I can only help those who help themselves, you know, lister. Now, going over the text of that speech you're giving in Augusta to night, it's mushy, Lester, mushy." "Golly, Lord, it's got a lot of statistics about indus trial development, hydro electric pow . . ." "By Mr, Lester, folks don't give a hang about those kinds of things. How many times do I have to tell you, you've got one Is sue golflg for you and you've jot to keep hammering aw ay at It." "You mean . . ." "That's right, Lester, the White backlash. Talk about terror In the streets. Put the fear of Me into them. Talk about our Southern LIZ AMEN I being president. It is still the same old system that has been in operation for years. Don't get me wrong. The AWS executives this year are some of the most able people on campus but that need not always be true. It is possible in future years that the six-junior mem bers of the board w ill be all lacking In some area of leadership, and with the current method of election AWS would suffer. These are only two seri ous discrepancies that I can see in the proposed changes of the AWS constitution, and the constitution as it re- mains unchanged. I have quite a few more questions as to the fairness of other aspects of this document but they are either two tech nical or too lengthy to dis cuss here. The point is not for me to challenge rules and proced ures that don't affect me, it' is the women students who live on campus who should be raising these valid ques tions of democracy. Read carefully the last eight pages of your AWS hand book and go to your AWS representatives or execu tives with your, ideas. Aft er all, no executive no mat ter how dedicated, how en lightened, or how concerned is going to undertake a fight for changes that she thinks no one wants. ' r i Arthur Hoppe way of life, States Rights, unsullied magnolias. They'll get the point." "Well, If you say so. Lord. But I was kind of hoping on picking up may be ten or twenty per cent of the Nigra voic.". . "I'm not that omnipotent, Lester." "But the polls show me trailing by six points, money's getting tight, t h experts say . . ." "Ixtok here, Lester, do what I say. Harp on White supremacy, dwell subtly on mlsrcgcnatlon, stir up big otry. I only know how b i g this White backlash is. So have faith In your campaign manager, Lester, and you shall be rewarded at t h e polls." Well, It warms your heart to think how Lester Mad dox went to heaven for help, had faith and won through. Of course, politics being what it Is, I've always fell that any politician with the temerity to claim that kind of help should go to Hell. iMiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMmiii ssssiisisiisississssissisuisttssiisiissstiiiiitssisissiseiisiniisutssniiissiissssimtg J Campus . Baker's Column Applauded Dear Editor: Kelley Baker's column In Monday's Dally Nebraskan was something that should have been said long ago, and he should be congratulated by every student who be lieves in an honest approach to student government. This type of nepotism has been gcing on for years, first uuder the guise of the sub-rosas but now accepted as a quasi-honest means of glorifying the Brotherhood. The System, which was on the defensive for many of its early years, is now offensive to the point of filth. Hopefully, courageous columnists will continue to expose this problem and courageous Brothers and Sisters will come to realize that dishonesty as a means does not justify the glory of the Brotherhood as an end. Or it might soon justify the end of the Brotherhood. Frank Partsch Tliree Cheers For Baker Dear Editor: Three cheers and a bouquet of roses for Kelley Baker! Baker's "if up's the word" column In Monday's Daily Ne. braskan eloquently said something that should have been said long before this. We would all do well to stop living in a dream world that glorifies our "democratic" ASUN. A Student Need For Dorm Bill Of Rights Dear Editor: Although I wouldn't go so far as to hold Rich Arndt and Ed Bryan responsible for the Abel Hall fire, John Klein's letter in Monday's Daily Nebraskan was I thought a brilliant expose of the problems of the University's poli. cies toward dorm students. There in lies a bureaucracy's bureaucracy one that would be ridiculously comic if it weren't so frustratingly pathetic. As a dorm resident, a student is subjected to rounds of analysis, amateur counseling and half-baked theory based only on the nebulous thesis that "a resi dence hall should be more than just a place to eat and sleep." Unfortunately, what most students want it a place to eat and sleep. More unfortunately, what most students want is not taken into consideration. By this overprotec tive atmosphere, the University is fostering immaturity and actually hindering the educational process that they purport to deal in. In a day when the curve of Individual responsibility and initiative rises sharply, the University is forcing this same curve just as sharply downward trader the banner of the group approach to living. .... Klein doesn't have the answer, and neither do I. But I maintain that we must go back to 1963 and start over if we are ever to find a system which will help diminish the crying need for a Bill of Rights for dormitory residents. Frank Partsch SDS, Civilian Debate Dear Editor: .. .. ...... x We have unsuccessfully tried to arrange a debate be tween the SDS and the ROTC Department on the subject of American policy in Viet Nam. The SDS immediately showed an Interest, and was anxious for the debate to be organized. They were, how ever, pessimistic toward the chances of the ROTC De partment participating. They were right. We talked to all three of the ROTC Department commanders. Col. Bowers (Air Force), like Col. Bishop (Army) and Capt. Mullen (Navy) stated that it was against military policy to debate" a '''political" is- sue. Col. Bowers, however, welcomed a civilian debate. We talked to Col. Bishop on the chances of putting a notice on the bulletin board pertaining to the debate. Al though we emphasized that ROTC students would be par ticipating in strictly civilian fashion, Col. Bishop stated he could not approve of such a notice on the ROTC bulletin board. When we talked with Capt. Mullen, he told ns that there was "no need for a debate" and that "yoa can find everything you need to know about the Administration's policy from reading the newspaper." Would anyone interested in debating the SDS (servine in a strictly civilian capacity of course) please write a let ter to the Daily Nebraskan? Ken Rose Jackie Metzger Boy Did I Go Hungry Dear Editor: Would you believe we had two fried apple-rings for breakfast at Abel on Friday? Boy, did I go hungryl Would you believe that Abel serves breakfast juice made from the canning syrup of fruit-cocktail and peaches? Boy, did I go hungry ! Would you believe that the toast at Abel is softer than the fresh bread served in the evening? Boy, did I go hungry! Would you believe we had "sloppy joes" hamburgers at Abel on Friday? When I picked up the bun, its contents ran out filling my plate with grease. Boy id I go bun- gry! Would you believe that the Abel cafeteria waits tin til It runs out of one pan of food before preparing the next? Boy, did I go hungry- v After choosing between cobbler, cake, or gelatin for dessert; choosing between breaded meat and potatoes, or nood.es and pork for a main course; choosing between properly aged white and rye bread; would you believe I could get enough starches to meet my minimum adult daily requirement? Boy, do I ever get fat while I go bun gry I Spoon Daily Ntbraikan NJO-l P"1H MM It tlMoll. TELEPHONE: 477-8711, El tensions 2588, 2569 and 2590. l: or (or tht rxiimlo rw, Pun. lurtM varaUwu aM ,um Jh. J. br Ih. atud.nti x tht Uivoruu of Ntbruln imn Uti (urtaalcUo. of Urn rirull Rubeommltta gtudM Publicum,. PubtlrtUoM ihtU trnlrZ from uMKirehlp by tht Bubcommttu sr wnoa vutild tht UNvmiT M.mhr at Ux NbrMki art rwui' bit (or what thy nam Is b mimZ, EDITORIAL STAFF Editor Warm KrcuMhari Mnt1n Rdltor M Oiilnnpti Nr tailor In likiai Nltht Nvw Emu bin MlBtaJi 1 : T S. N",,,r too I nniiri, Cheryl TrM, Wednesday, October 19, 1966 Opinion f Pt. I. 1M CWH Dual Jaha rrrmr. 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