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The Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday, November 9, 196S
End Of The Cniiiwiois
Tuesday's elections are over and all
those candidates elected to represent Ne
braska deserve congratulations and wishes
for a successful term of office.
Yet before forgetting the election too
quickly, the Daily Nebraskan feels that a
look should be taken at the role played by
the University Young Republicans and
Young Democrats in the campaigns.
The YR's did a fine job. They seemed
to have been doing everything possible to
create interest in the elections and to gath
er support for their candidates on the Uni
The YR's not only brought speakers to
the University constantly for more than
two months, but they sponsored coffees
with the candidates, worked throughout
the city for the candidates and recruited
interested new people to work with them,
manned a booth in the Union displaying
and handing out Republican literature,
sponsored a parade in downtown Lincoln
and generally appeared organized and
enthusiastic during the campaign.
The University Republicans were es
pecially effective In letting the students
know what they could do if they were in
terested in the campaign and in recruiting
students who had no political connec
tions, but only wanted to experience some
of the fascination and excitement of
On the other hand, the Young Demo
crats' activity, enthusiasm and organiza
tion during the campaign leaves an en
tirely different picture.
The YD's did bring a few speakers to
the campus and occasionally seemed to be
making some effort at letting the students
know that there was a state election, but
for the most part they showed little cam
paign interest or enthusiasm.
For the last several years it has ap
peared that the YD's were a poorly or
ganized group with little activity or sup
port on the Nebraska cnm":is. This was
especially evident during the recent campaigns.
While a student who was interested in
knowing about the election or working for
a party could attend any number of YR
functions or even find a YR representa
tive waiting for him in the Union with but
tons, stickers and information, a student
with Democrat tendencies was lucky if he
knew a YD organization existed on the
The Nebraskan can give many exam
ples of the YD's failure to work for their
candidates, create interest on the campus
and almost do anything at all.
One outstanding example was the Sor-ensen-Tiemann
debates. The YR's, well
organized like usual, had a reception com
mittee for Tiemann and other interested
Republicans, posters and buttons support
ing t he Republican party all over the
Union and a coffee planned proceeding
the debates. The University Democrats
Another example is that of two stu
dents, both who think they might want to
be Democrats, who found so little Demo
crat activity and organization on the
campus that they ended up spending sev
eral afternoons putting up "Denney for
Congress" and "Tiemann for Governor"
signs all over Lincoln.
The Democrat party which many
people see as the party of progress, li
beralism and enthusiasm was about as
progressive on this University campus in
the last several months as the John Birch
The Nebraskan is sure that with over
17,000 students at theUniversity there
must be some Democrats and can not
express its disappointment enough about
the inactive and unorganized status of the
Young Democrats at the University.
The Faculty Evaluation Book
To The Student
The Faculty Evaluation Book is far
from perfect. Way too few courses and
professors are in the book and the infor
mation covered still needs broadening and
But the book is out and student gov
ernment at this University does deserve
the respect, the thanks and the support
of every student for accomplishing the
first step in this project.
The book may not look like much to
many students when they find that 90
per cent of their professors are not rep
resented. Furthermore students may dis
agree with some of the descriptions and
But if each student tries to even ima
gine the work and courage required to ac
complish this first book, he should regard
the book highly.
The book started as a dream of Kent
Neumeister and Larry Frolik, ASUN presi
dent and vice president respectively last
year. Along the way the book had to fight
for existence with the faculty, the ad
ministration and even the students themselves.
The Daily Nebraskan feels that the
first book shows many things. It shows
that students can do more than just talk
about projects. They can accomplish them
and make them work. It shows that stu
dent government can do more than just
meet every Wednesday. It can actually
try to function as a group for the benefit
of the students and the improvement of
The book shows that student govern
ment, sometimes even against the apathy
and neglect of the majority of the students,
can accomplish something.
Even more important this book should
demonstrate that this is only the begin
ning. The Daily Nebraskan is not upset
that more professors aren't in the book or
that the descriptions are not more colorful
and probably libelous, but rather the Ne
braskan Is overjoyed because the first
book shows that another book will be pub
lished. The next one will be just that more
complete and helpful followed by more
books with yet greater numbers of pro
fessors being evaluated.
If a student is unhappy that more of
his professors are not in the book, he
shouldn't complain about ASUN and its
"poor" Faculty Evaluation Book. Instead
he had better realize all the work and ef
fort this first book required and the un
believable fact that it ever came out in any
form with the little help the publishers re
ceived from the faculty and often even the
Students need to realize that more fac
ulty members are not in the book because
more faculty members would not consent
to be in the book. Students need to remem
ber that the evaluations and ratings in
the book depended entirely on what infor
mation the book's publishers were given.
The Daily Nebraskan can only say
that students should not be disappointed
in the book's first appearance, but rather
they should jointly back the book more
than ever. Every student who has a pro
fessor Mho is not in the book should ask
that professor why not and encourage him
to give the book his consent next time.
To The Faculty
First of all the Daily Nebraskan should
formally thank Dean Ross and his office
for helping the book to become a reality.
Often the Student Affairs Office insisted
that the committee improve parts of the
book or plans for the book, but never did
it work against the students who sincere
ly felt that this book would help the campus.
Perhaps this shows that often students
are too anxious to blame their ineffective
student governments on the administration
when at least part of the time the adminis
tration is more than willing to support the
students if the students will do more than
just talk and dream.
To the faculty the Nebraskan would
say read the book carefully and note the
responsible and sometimes more than fair
job which the book's publishers did.
The Nebraskan would point out to the
faculty that every instructor who is real
ly interested in being the best possible
teacher should be willing to find out what
the students think of his course and how
he might improve for their benefit.
Every professor who Is really in
terested in education should realize that
he can learn as much from his students
as they can learn from him and that this
book was not published by a growing feel
ing of revolt or trouble making on this
campus, but because education has be
come important enough to some Nebraska
students that they want to do everything
possible to improve the University and the
students' learning channels.
University faculty should note that the
publishing of a Faculty Evaluation Book
is not a common practice on low quality
campuses, but rather at important insti
tutions of learning like Harvard.
Each faculty member not represented
in the book should talk to his fellow faculty
members who did have the courage and
confidence in the students and education
to give their consent. The Nebraskan hopes
that the faculty who are not represented
will discuss the book's concept with the
faculty who are in the book and discover
the represented faculty members' feelings
The Nebraskan feels that all those
faculty members who did consent to be in
the book and showed courage and confi
dence in the students and the students' at
tempt to better the school should be
thanked and praised for their role as real
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Our Man Hoppe-
An Inauspicious Event
Like many great changes
in history, the Second
American Revolution was
triggered by a seemingly
inauspicious event: Mr.
Herbert C. Cogshaw's wife
sent him to the store to
buy a box of dog biscuits.
"A jumbo-sized box of
giant-sized biscuits," he
muttered to himself with a
frown of concentration. "A
jumbo-sized box . . ."
After an hour's hunt, he
finally settled for a giant
sized box of jumbo-sized
biscuits and presented it to
the checker, a bored young
lady in a Mickey Mouse
"Thank you, sir," she
said, putting it in a bag.
"And here's your set of
Indian earthenware pot
holders." "No, thank you," said
Mr. Cogshaw. "I just want
a box of dog biscuits."
"The potholders are free
today," explained the young
lady. "And here's your
Purple Pleasure Stamps,
your entry blank for the
Fun in Des Moines Week
end, your Super-Keen-0
Card, your Cash-on-the-Bar-relhead
barrel and ten free
tickets to the Bach Topless
"All I want," said Mr.
Cogshaw, firmly, "is a box
of dog biscuits."
"Now I'll just spin the
Lucky Loop-0 Wheel for
you," said the bored young
"I don't gamble," said
Mr. Cogshaw irritably.
"Please give me my dog
The wheel clacked to a
stop on Triple Catharsis!
Just as the Lucky Laven
dar Light went on! Pre
cisely at the moment the
K r a z y Koo-koo Bird
emerged! Rockets burst in
to the air as a brass band
struck up "God Bless
' "You've won!" cried the
store manager, rushing up
happily to shake Mr. Cog
shaw's hand. "The photo
graphers are on their way.
My store will be famous.
Now, are you going to
choose the Trip to Outer
Mongolia for a Family of
Seven or the Free Lifetime
"All I want," said Mr.
Cogshaw plaintively, "is a
box of dog biscuits."
"Come, come," said the
manager, frowning. "Let's
not be un-American. You've
won the Lucky Loop-0 Su
per Prize. Please say,
'Gosh, I can't believe it!'
Or some similar phrase "
T hat was when someming
inside Mr. Cogshaws' mind
snapped. Shouting, "Sanity
Forever ! ," he raged
through the store, destroy
ing entry blanks, coupons,
trading stamps, and every
thing labeled "Jumbo." It
took four policemen to
carry him off to jail.
The story was a nation
wide sensation. And when
Mr. Cogshaw noted mildly
at his trial that the con
sumer paid for all prizes
and bonuses, he touched a
chord in the country's
Housewives began refus
ing to enter contests or to
accept coupons or stamps.
Angry mobs, crying "San
ity Forever!," tore down
free parking lots and
burned all disposable pro
ducts. The economy col
lapsed, the government fell
and a new President was
elected on the platform:
"Sanity Forever You
Can't Get Something for
Mr. Cogshaw, a national
hero, was released from
jail and brought to the
"Mr. Cogshaw, you have
restored American integ
rity," said the President,
shaking his hand. "In re
turn, what can a grateful
And, oh, the cheer that
went up when Mr. Cogshaw
replied with honesty and
"All I want, sir, is a big
box of dog biscuits."
That's What It Says
By BERNARD FARBER
The Collegiate Press Service
One of the biggest issues
at universities is the ques
tion of the use of grades
and class rank by the Se
lective Service System to
Carrying this theme, a
bit farther, some students
and faculty begin to ques
tion whether the grading
system itself does not simi
larly disrupt the education
al process. Those who do
have to examine exactly
what function grades ful
fill. This summer, at the
United States Student Press
Association (USSPA) Con
gress at the University of
Illinois, I attended a three
day seminar on "issues in
higher education." On the
last day, Paul Lauter, of
the American Friends Ser
vice Committee, spoke of
"No way around it, we
need them," was the out
cry of a few seated around
the table. Lauter's constant
question was "Why?" So
there's some basis for mea
suring achievement was the
answer. "Why?" So the
school, the student, and
others can eee how well
the student Is learning, was
the answer. Then the ques
tion was raised, "in order
to do what?"
The answer to that, of
course, is that we "need"
grades in order to do many
things. We need them to
flunk students out of col
lege, because we don't
have adequate facilities to
accomodate all who want
to come. We need them
for gaining admission to
graduate schools. We
"need" them so that IBM
knows who to hire. We
need them, that is, for ex
trinsic, rather than intrin
sic reasons. And every
school retains grading be
cause that criteria survives
in other social institutions.
Presently, everyone is en
trapped within a system.
And that includes the stu
dents. For students, Good
man believes, "the primary
duty of the university is
to deprive them of their
props, their dependence on
extrinsic valuation and mo
tivation." Last semester, one psy
chology instructor at Roose
velt University, Chicago,
111., offered to let his stu
dents plan the structure of
their course: whether or
not there would be a text
book, whether it would be
lecture of discussions, and
whether they would break
up into smaller groups.
They discussed it for three
class periods, and decided
they wanted him to decide.
For they were afraid.
Afraid of what would hap
pen to them on the final
that the instructor was still
forced to procure. Afraid
of whether they would learn
what they were "respon
sible for." And afraid of
testing their capacity to
explore questions and prob
lems with relevance to stu
dents' lives, and even the
professor said that there
were certain fundamentals
which he felt compelled to
instill because those going
on to higher courses would
not otherwise be able to
handle them that is, pass
When asked at the
USSPA seminar whether
abolition of grading and the
institution of student decision-making
structure might not mean
that "we don't cover the
material we're supposed
to," Lauter said, "So
what?" Again, it is a ques
tion of covering the ma
terial we need to fit other
people's needs and require
ments, and not our own.
There are so many things
that interest the average
individual that he could
spend a lifetime exploring
In the meantime, all of
us sit around and wait for
our enlightened administra
tors to suddenly perceive
all this. For this, too, Lau
ter had an answer.
Asked when and how the
reforms he talked of could
begin, he said, "Why not
here and now?" If the
university continues to
grade, continues to frighten
us into 6tunting our curios
ity, continues to be irrele
vant to the burning ques
tions that bother us, then
we should no longer con
sider taking courses in the
university, but rather go to
a vocational training school.
Brings Clarifies Position
In Monday's Daily Nebraskan an article and two let
ters to the editor were published purporting to answer the
arguments advanced against the IDC Constitution.
My position is that these answers are futile as long as
the constitution remains in its present form.
By this I mean the supporters can attempt to rebut
the arguments so long as they desire, but so long as the
proposed constitution remains in its present form it is a
mistake. I feel it could only hurt the movement to estab
lish formal inter-dormitory communication and coordi
nation. The point must be made perfectly clear. I do not op
pose the concept of formal inter-dormitory organization.
On the contrary, I support this idea now and will con
tinue to do so. Nevertheless, I cannot help but feel that if
we are to have an IDC, or Association of Dormitory Resi
dents, it should be a well-knit, effective and generally ac
ceptable organization. There is no purpose in creating an
organization that will have no influence or prestige.
The personal attacks leveled at me miss the point of
this debate. The argument should revolve around the con
stitution, not personalities. For my part, I have never at
tempted to bring personalities into the discussion; I have
attempted to limit the debate to the proposed constitution
In regard to the charge that only a "very small mi
nority" is in opposition in Cather and the implication I
misrepresented my fellow Cather residents, I can only
state that it is possible the wrong people were contacted.
The "Ad Hoc Committee to Defeat the IDC Constitu
tion," of which I am one of the chairmen, along with Dave
Snyder of Burr and Rod Basler of Abel, is an attempt to
bring out an opposite viewpoint to that presented by the
proponents of the IDC Constitution.
We distributed leaflets to each of the dormitory rooms
on both campuses in the hope of encouraging debate. We
felt objective discussion was sadly lacking on this impor
tant question. That was our only reason, it was not an
attempt to permanently scuttle the concept of inter-dormi-tory
It is my sincere hope that a well-written and more
coherent proposal for an inter-dormitory body will soon
be brought forth. I pledge that at that time I will place
my unrestricted support behind such a proposal. I reiterate
that I cannot approve of the present constitution, and will
remain in opposition to it as long as it takes its present
Fraternity Owes Public Apology
It seems that one reason a student joins a fraternity
is to help his image at the University. The public display
of immaturity exhibited by one house in the vicinity of Bur
nett Hall Friday morning certainly did nothing construc
tive for the image of the individuals or the fraternity in
volved. Possibly this is a minority opinion, however, I failed
to see any humor in the fighting (reminiscent of grade
school days) and noise makingcarried out while classes
were in session.
One specific incident I feel deserves a public apology.
At approximately 11:25 a.m., while students were leaving
and arriving for classes, a goat was pulled by a rope di
rectly through the crowd by a "frat"a running at full
This resulted in a boy being knocked flat by the goat.
Although he was hit hard enough that he did not get up
very quickly and could very well have been injured, no
apology was made to the person. Instead the chase was
continued minus the goat until the victim was tackled to
the ground in front of Burnett.
Possibly someone from the fraternity involved can
explain the humor in the incident; for observers Friday
it stunk !
Greek Puzzled By Dorms
At the onset let me admit that I am a member of a
house and the IFC and proud of it. But this pending con
stitution of the dorms has me puzzled and worried.
Often I have become involved in discussions of the
pros and cons involving being a Greek or Independent.
From these conversations it appears to me there are three
kinds of Independents those who want to be a Grei k but
can't be accepted, those who want to be an independent
mind at the University and who feel they can not be if
they are in a house and those who really don't care what
happens, just so they get that diploma.
To that group who are strong believers in independ
ence and non-organization, I am bewildered. I can not un
derstand why if you want to be independent and live
upon your own resourcefulness, are you trying to organize
and group just as houses, IFC and Panhellenic, which
you so strongly resent and dislike
If you are of such a strong mind as many of you say.
why then are you striving to become a disciplined and
Perhaps there is a reason, but I just don't understand
it. It seems as if those who have so long and loud argued?
against the Greek system, are now trying to challenge it
upon an organized basis.
If the Independents on this campus are ashamed of
their position, sign up for rush; but if you are proud and
enjoy being an open and indepndent student why vote for
this organization. It should be interesting to see how inde
' pendent you really are.
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