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    The Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday, November 16, 1966
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Fksts Are Important
Firsts in the University's history al
ways require extra work and support
from the school's students.
This is the case with Abel Hall and
Marie Sandoz Hall's "Carousel" which
will be presented in the Nebraska Union
ballroom Thursday and Friday nights.
" The 50-member cast in this produc
tion have already provided the work
now other students must provide the sup
port. "Carousel" is not a particularly easy
musical to do, but when it is well done it
is truly beautiful and entertaining. Dress
rehearsals and practices have indicated
that this "Carousel" is well done and the
show should likewise be entertaining.
" The Daily Nebraskan urges every stu
dent at the University to recognize the
effort these two dorms are making in or
der to present a high quality Independent
show. The Nebraskan urges as many stu
dents as possible to buy tickets for the
show and to provide a full house both
Dormitory residents should especially
be concerned that the show is well sup
ported since this is the first major musi
cal production presented by a predomi
nantly Independent group.
Too often in the past the Independ
ents on this campus have been guilty of
showing little organization or initiative in
University activities and events. Today
they may still not show the greatest or
ganization or unity in the world but
they are definitely trying with plans like
an Inter dorm Council and "Carousel."
Factors Behind The War
In today's Daily Nebraskan, the first
in a series of weekly and bi-weekly sndi
cated stories which will attempt to give
an analysis of the war in Viet Nam is
printed on page one and continued to
the inside.
These stories, which will be written
by Howard Moffett, a full-time Collegiate
Press Service correspondent in Viet Nam,
will try to explain the underlying factors
behind the war in Viet Nam in addition
to the usual facts and figures concerning
the war which are printed in papers each
The series, although often represent
ing Moffett's personal opinion and view
tn the war, is not necessarily anti or pro
administration oriented. The series' pur
pose is simply to give an informative look
at the war which is seldom provided in
normal news coverage.
Moffett explains his series in the fol
lowing way:
"There are cultural, historical, social,
economic and geographical factors at
work in Viet Nam which make the war
far more complicated and far more sig
nificant than I ever dreamed when I was
writing about Viet Nam as a college edi
tor. "In most cases they have simply not
been written about by American corres
pondents because most daily newspapers
have space only for kill ratio statistics,
dramatic combat stories or the public pro
nouncements of publicity-conscious offic
ials on both sides. This is not a hawk-dove
thing that I am talking about.
"What I'm trying to say is that after
being there . . . I'm more and more con
vinced that it will be tragic if Viet Nam
continues to be merely a hawk-dove issue.
And I think that it may be possible to
raise the level of debate ... if student
editors can gradually get across to their
readers a few basic points about the cul
tural context of the war."
Moffett's background makes him par
ticularly qualified to cover South Viet
Nam for a college newspaper. Born in
New Orleans, La., in 1943, he has lived in
China, Korea and Japan.
His father is suuperintendent of a
Presbyterian hospital in Korea.
After graduation from Wheaton Acad
emy in Wheaton, 111., he attended Wheaton
College for two years and then transferred
to Yale in the fall of 1963. During the
summer of 1963, he travelled in Eastern
Europe, the Middle East and Southeast
Asia and arrived in South Viet Nam at
the height of the Buddhist crisis just be
fore Diem's overthrow.
Moffett became editor of the Yale
Daily News in February of 1965. His
period of tenure included the Bernstein
crisis over "publish-or-perish," the in
creased U.S. commitment in South Viet
Nam (of which he was a persistent crit
ic) and the Lynd-Hayden-Aptheker trip to
Hanoi (and the resulting controversy at
He graduated from Yale in June, 1966,
with a B.A. in hisory and this past sum
mer led a seminar on U.S. foreign policy
in the "third world" at a six-week sum
mer seminar in public affairs in Wash
ington, D.C.
Moffett is now in Viet Nam as a full
time correspondent for the Collegiate
Press and the Daily Nebraskan.
One Act Play:
The Intellectual Community
"The Intellectual Community:
A One-Act Play or;
Why Was I Rejected from Harvard"
TIME: Saturday night.
PLACE: Student Union Coffee Shop.
MARVIN: Do you hear the music?
It's so moving, so real and viral and
spiritual. Like I never thought that a non
verbal medium could say so much, that
I could communicate with and relate to it
ETHEL: Yes, yes, go on, please, I
love to hear you talk like that.
MARVIN: Barbra Streisand has so
very much to say. Like people who need
people who need people for if they didn't
need people, they could then just go up
on the mountain with Zarathrustra and
scorn the people. For the masses are evil,
but you and I are good, Ethel.
ETHEL: But I thought that there
were no absolutes, God was dead, and all
is sound and fury signifying nothing.
MARVIN: Yes, you're right, you
couldn't have said it better. But I mean
that we are good relatives to the Hollow
Men and Invisible People haunting these
Ivy-covered walls.
ETHEL: Yes, you've reached the es
sence of the existence about this place.
Aren't you glad we met here tonight?
MARVIN: Yes, yes, I was wondering
about tonight searching for my soul think
ing that perhaps there was nothing left in
the world that is real.
But then I saw you here, and I said
to myself, while I saw you there waist
long braids, pierced ears, and hung-up,
should I speak to her, do I dare or do I
dare, but then we looked into each other's
eyes, and I knew that people do need
people. And Ethel, I need you.
ETHEL: Yes, yes, yes. . , i
TIME; Following week.
PLACE: Student Union coffee shop.
MARVIN: Ethel, I haven't seen you
all week.
ETHEL (icily): Why, hello, Marvin.
How are you? I would like you to meet
Ellsworth Phipps IX.
(Marvin reaches over to shake hands
with Ellsworth, and accidentally knocks a
cup of coffee on Ethel's skirt.)
ETHEL: Marvin, you're a total slob.
Why don't you leave us alone.
MARVIN: I don't understand, I'm sor
ry I spilt the coffee on you but is that any
reason for you to end our deep meaning
ful relationship? Besides, Juan Valdez
carried those heavy packs of coffee bans
which strained and spilt onto your dress
in other words, you've had a direct com
munication with the working class.
ETHEL: Marvin, your attempts
humor fall to amuse me.
MARVIN: But, but, but . . . Ethel
you've cut your hair.
ETHEL: Yes, Ellsworth and I are
going to Homecoming next weekend and
I want to look nice at the fraternity party
on Saturday. Now why don't you go?
(Marvin leaves, tears, streaming in
to his beard.)
TIME: Homecoming weekend, Satur
day night.
PLACE: Coffee Shop
MARVIN: Excuse me, but isn't the
music so moving, so real and vital and
spiritual? Like I never thought that a
non-verbal medium could say so much . . ,
Barbara Streisand has so much to say.
SANDRA: Yes, you're so right. Sit
down please, I want to relate and commu
nicate, to have a communion with your
soul and mine.
MARVIN: But then I saw you here. . .
SANDRA: Yes, yes. . .
Robert A. Gross
Collegiate Press Service
Life-Forced Group Living?
Dear Editor:
I could agree with Friday's article on off-campus hous
ing, except it is my opinion that "total education" should
prepare us for life as it actually will be when we grad
uate. Our present Dean of Women knows the value and
character of total education.
It is forced group living. It will prepare students for
life after graduation if that life is group-type, as it should
be. You may ask, "Where does one find group living out
side college dormitories?" What a silly question!
Here are only five of the many instances of group liv
ing: 1. The armed services What better future for a young
2. Nursing homes Nearly all of us will eventually be
come old and infirm.
3. Prison My aren't we naughty!
4. Convents Surely Miss Snyder has noble thoughts.
5. Collective farms College students should be pre
pared for the inevitable.
Let us all be good students and stop questioning the
policies of obvious superiors, the wonderful, thoughtful Ad
ministration! Claudia Jones
SU Double Jeopardy Game
Oh! What Folly
1. Start out in early September to get
a date for the Kosmet Klub Fall Show
(lose one turn as you keep trying).
2. You finally get a ate. Now you're
all set to go (ahead two spaces).
3. Get into your cute little flower cos
tume for the skit (back two spaces while
you hide in the wings).
4. The show must go on (ahead one
5. Sweat it out while you wait for the
judging (back two spaces).
6. You won- Look at that big beauti
ful trophy (ahead three spaces).
7. Now it's time to pick up a few re
freshments (lose one turn while an older
"brother" buys the goodies for you).
8. Ulp! Would you believe ... a cop
(go directy to jail, miss one turn while
you and your date enjoy the hospitality
of the LPD).
9. Write home to our parents to ex
plain why you need $105 right now (back
one space).
Our Man Hoppe-
10. Welcome to the Office of Student
Affairs which has also taken an interest
in your case (you might as well lose
a turn here, too).
11. Write home again and tell your
parents exactly what Conduct Probation
means (back one space).
12. Your KK date goes before her
house standards board (lose two turns
while you look for someone else who will
get out with you).
13. Write home again. Her folks have
been writing yours (back one space).
14. Letter from home ... all is for
given . . . come home for Christmas
(ahead two spaces).
15. Your bags are packed and you're
on your way (ahead one space).
16. One little red light can't stop you
(go right through it for four spaces).
17. You guessed it! Go back to jail
an start all over again!
Isn't it fun playing NU Double Jeopardy!
Is God Dead?
Dear Editor:
It seems somewhat oddly representative of Nebraska
that Kosmet Hub can afford to splash the local scene with
huge billboards advertising their most recent attack on
culture while the University Theatre seems to be barely
able even to announce the existence of their plays.
But then the fault probably lies with the Theatre. It
doesn't award any trophies; it only attempts and succeeds
in performing quite excellent and provocative plays. Oh I
What folly.
Doyle Niemann
Nobody Learns From History
Dear Editor:
Why is everyone shook up because of the apathy of
University students.
Apathy is a chronic affliction of most people in this
world. Only a few people care to really think. Others are
content to copy them whether their thinking is right
wing, left wing or far out.
I wonder about some of the reverands you quote in
your paper. Are they servants of the Holy God or priests
in a temple of Baai? If someone would take the time to
chip away the sugar coating of their "new morality" they
would find plain, old-fashioned immorality.
Why shouldn't the University be careful In their selec
tion of speakers? Men like Ginsman come a dime a
dozen in California. Their ideas, philosophies and habits
are as old as Sodom. One would think young people would
want to hear about ideas that have been proven successful
again and again. History does repeat itself but nobody
learns anything from history except that nobody learns
anything from history.
Bernice Brooks
-Arthur Hoppe
(fudy Tflahars
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Scene: The Elysian
Fields, office of the Chair
man of the Board of Trus
tees. The chairman, an im
posing figure despite his
rumpled blue serge suit,
high clerical collar and
gaiters, is seated behind
his desk looking unhappily
at the mound of paper work.
II i s executive director,
Mr. Gabriel, obviously a
young man on his way up,
enters, a sheaf of yellow
messages in his hand.
The Chairman (with a
weary sigh): Now what?
Gabriel: Nothing much,
sir. Just some more of those
prayers from theologians
demanding an immediate
answer. They want to know
if you're still alive.
The Chairman (testily):
Oh, those clergymen of
little faith. Put In a re
quisition for a small
thunderbolt, Gabriel, and
I'll . . .
Gabriel (shaking his
head): I'm afraid the House
of Angels would never ap
prove such a requisition,
sir, You know how they
feel about rocking the boat.
But perhaps if we could
convince one or two key
Apostles to bring pressure
to bear on the Evangelical
Commission to use their
influence to . . .
The Chairman: Oh, never
mind. But 1 certainly do
miss the good, old days,
(musing) You know, Gab
riel, I never should have
given up my robe, my
beard and my sandals.
Gabriel (mildly shocked):
But you have to change
with the times, sir. The
modern church requires
modern business methods
and modern executives to
run It. Surely, sir, you
can't expect them to have
faith in their executives un
less they look the part.
But speaking of clothes . . .
The Chairman: For the
last time, I'm not going to
wear a herringbone tweed
Gabriel: I just thought it
would look nice during the
Heavenly Host Social Hour,
Pot-Luck Supper and Bingo
Festival tonight, particular
ly when you spun the . . .
The Chairman: And for
the last time, I'm not going
to call out the Bingo num
bers. Gabriel: Well, I'll just
tell them you're busy. After
all, you do have that con
ference tomorrow on "The
role of Religion in War
fare." Let's see, you're the
featured breakfast speaker.
It shows, sir, that you're
still a widely recognized
authority on religion. By
the way, do you have an
advance text?
The Chairman: I don't
need one. I plan to stand
up, say, "Thou shalt not
kill," and sit down.
Gabriel: Good thinking,
sir. Brief, dramatic and to
the point. And It should stir
up spirited debate among
the participants.
The Chairman: Debate?
Gabriel: Yes, you knew,
over when and where such
a doctrine should be ap
plied and in what circum
stances, (rubbing his hands)
I think we can safely sche
dule at least three panel
discussion groups on the
subject and perhaps even
appoint an interim study
committee with an accep
table compromise to report
back next year.
The Chairman (wistfully):
I don't suppose they could
just adopt the doctrine with
out debate?
Gabriel: You can't expect
miracles, sir. Not in the
modern church. Which re
minds me, (holding up the
yellow messages) how do
you want me to answer
these prayers?
The Chairman uhrugging
his shoulders tiredly) I
don't know. Tell them what
you like.
Gabriel: Why don't I tell
them the truth, sir? It's
simple, reassuring and I
know they'll understand. I'll
just tell them you're not
dead; you're tied up in
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About five wefiks aca. St small trrnim if Anrm rnclrlonta:
took the first steps in a project intended to organize dorms,
entertain students and inject at least a small dose of en
thusiasm into the fairly impersonal life of the dorm resi
dent. The group was composed of students from Abel and
Sandoz Halls, who planned a first in NU history the pro
duction of the musical "Carousel" by a combined effort
from both residences.
Five weeks ago the plan probably sounded feasible:
acting and musical talents from residents, volunteer help
on scenery and floor representatives selling tickets. Since
the purpose of the program was not to take money, the
original organizers were little concerned with obtaining
a sell-out crowd to support some particular project.
The group was concerned, however, with presenting
a quality production demonstrating the ability of students
to do more than plan half-hearted food riots or play with
matches. As rehearsals enter their final week (the show
being Thursday and Friday nights) performers, crew and
directors seem more than confident of an outstanding pro
gram. For a first project of Us type, then, the musical prom
ises to be a better than average representation of several
weeks' work.
Unfortunately the organizers must not have been typi
cal dorm residents. The organizers, in originating their
plans, must not have contended with the workings of the
dormitory resident's mind. For, with two days until the
performance, only about 200 tickets had been sold by Tues
day morning.
Although sales hopefully improved Tuesday afternoon
and will continue Increasing until ticket sales at the door,
the present in-take represents the support shown by over
1,500 residents from the combined dorms sponsoring the
program, not to mention the tlhousands of other Independ
ents on campus.
Directors' of "Carousel" stress that they are not Inter
estcd In making money, but simply in unifying the dorms
and promoting enthusiasm In residents. An admirable goal.
The dorm unity achieved from the participating of per
hupg 50 people In a cast is rather questionable, however.
Not that these 50 won't benefit, etc . . . etc., but that the
extent of the benefits is quite limited If only 200 of the
thousands of dorm residents on campus care to attend.
I stress dorm residents rather than Greeks not be
cause many Greeks shouldn't also attend the excellent
show but because the program is geared toward dorm
members and they should be the first ones concerned with
how successful the show is.
And. with the recurrence of Greek-Independent bick
erings, it would seem that Independents would want the
first run of a program such as this to be at least a success
ful as the predominantly Greek Kosmet Klub.
Although the value of the program Is not In reinforcing
anti-Greek prejudices, or kindling anti-Independent ones,
the support shown by dorm members docs reflect some
what on their Interest (If not pride) In their living unit.
With two days until "Carousel," the production's direc
tors aie still hoping.,.
. . "