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Tne Daily Nebraskan
Obscenity Cha
Steen Faces Couvl
By Julie Morris
Senior Staff Writer
The owner of the Heroic
Bookstore at 236 N, 12th
St. said last week that
"nudist magazines are not
obscene" and that he plans
to fight a criminal case
brought against him by the
county attorney.
William Stccn, a former
employee of a campus
bookstore, has been
charged on six counts of ad
vertising and selling ob
scene literature. Steen's
case has moved to the state
district court. The case will
probably not be heard for
three or four months or
more, according to his at
torneys John and James
Steen was charged with
selling three specific nudist
magazines, a nudist calen
dar, a novel, "Candy," and
a book, "Lesbians In
Steen opened a bookstore
in his apartment last spring
and expanded it in the fall,
moving to another location.
In November he moved to
his present address and ex
panded his offerings. He
sells mostly paperback
Steen said law enforce
ment officials gave him lit
tle trouble until he was
notified about a month ago
that he would be charged
on the obscenity counts.
The case was brought by
County Attorney Paul
The McArthurs, Steen's
lawyers, are contending
that the Nebraska obsceni
ty laws, under which Steen
is being indicted, are un
constitutional and that the
material Steen sells is not
Law Revised
James McArthur said the
Nebraska law was revised
in 1961, to set up standards
to judge obscenity. "Our
basic point is the standards
they set out aren't effec
tive," he said.
The state obscenity laws
define obscene literature as
material which ". . . to the
average person the domi
nant theme of said mater
ial taken as a whole ap
peals to the purient inter
est, which is to excite lust
ful thoughts or a shameful
or morbid interest in nud
ity, sex or excretion which
goes beyond the customary
limits of candor."
McArthur said the state
law is not in accord with
recent Supreme Court rul
ings on obscenity which
set up three standards to
judge obscenity.
These standards are:
T hat the dominant
theme of the material must
appeal to purient interest
in sex.
The material is patent
ly offensive to the commun
ity standards in general.
The material is "utter
ly without redeeming so
cial value."
The Nebraska law "ig
nores" this last standard,
McArthur said.
While Steen's lawyers are
concerned with the consti
tutional issue of the case
"We are not by any means
admitting the material is
obscene," McArthur said.
"From what I understand
the stuff Steen sells isn't
the typical pornographic
material," he added.
Steen maintained that the
nudist magazines and other
books that he sells are not
obscene. "People who think
nudist magazines are ob-
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scene are mentally con
fused," he said. Steen said
he sells the magazines "be
cause there is a demand
for them."
Roped Area
The nudist magazines
the bookstore owner sells
are displayed inside a
roped-off area where those
under 18 years old are not
allowed to go. An employee
at the store said th rule
is strictly enforced.
Steen said he had antici
pated a possible case
against him for selling the
material. He engaged the
McArthurs about a week
before he was charged, Mc
Arthur said. Steen said he
had also approached the
Nebraska Civil Liberties
Union (NCLU) on the mat
ter. To date, Steen has not
received any formal aid
from the NCLU, but the
group's executive secretary
Rev. Charles Stephens said
there is "a possibility" that
the NCLU may enter the
case if an appeal is made.
McArthur said if the dis
trict court ruling is unfav
orable, the case will defi
nitely be taken the next le
gal step up, to the Nebras
ka Supreme Court.
McArthur said the entire
obscenity controversy re
volves around the problem
of whether or not obscenity
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of the first ammendment to
the U.S. Constitution which
provides freedom of the
Based On Belief
All obscenity laws are
based on the belief that ob
scenity does not fall within
this protection, McArthur
Stephens said that a "fur
ther question that is not be
ing raised in this case is
whether one has the right
to sell anything he wants
whether or not it is ob
scene." McArthur pointed
out that the Steen case docs
not pretend to argue the
question of the protection of
the first amendment but to
question the constitutionali
ty of the Nebraska law.
McArthur said that, to
his knowledge, the Nebras
ka obscenity laws had been
challenged only once, in
1964. He said, however, that
the lawyers do not feel that,
the case in question ade
quately raised the issue of
the laws' constitutionality
and they are bringing their
case on this basis.
The United State obscen
ity laws are basically fed
eral provisions and that the
states may provide "strict
er, but not more liberal
standards," than the feder
al standards.
Lincoln, Nebr.
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By RegentsI
Two University professors
have been named Regents
professors, an honor given
to outstanding teachers by
the Board of Regents,
The two are Dr. Camp
bell McConnell, professor
of economics, and Dr. Fran
cis Ilaskins, professor of
agronomy and acting chair
man of the agronomy de
partment. McConnell was named the
Carl Adolph Ilappold Pro
fessor of Economics. He is
the first to fill the position
created last fall. A Univer
sity faculty member since
1953. McConnell is the au
thor of nationally recog
nized economics textbooks
and pioneered the use of
closed circuit television in
his beginning economics
courses at the University.
McConnell is a paduate
of Cornell College.
Schneider Resigns Post
'Irresistible' Offer
One of the eight resigna
tions announced at the Board
of Regents meeting last Fri
day was that of Dr. Carl J.
Schneider, chairman of the
political science department.
"It was a very, very diffi
cult decision for me to make
... I spent an extremely un
happy Christmas vacation
trying to decide . . . but this
was an irresistible offer,"
said Schneider, who has been
on the University faculty for
19 years and has headed the
political science department
since 1962.
Schneider will head the so
cial science division at Kirk
land College in Clinton, New
York, beginning September
1967. His resignation takes ef
fect at the end of August.
Accord ing to Schneider,
Kirkland College, an all-female
liberal arts college, will
not open until September
1968. It is a "sister" school
of Hamilton College, also lo
cated in Clinton. Hamilton
was founded in 1812.
"This will be an extremely
interesting job different
than anything I've done. It
will mean starting from the
beginning to develop a curric
ulum and help organize the
school in a sound way."
As head of the social science
division, Schneider will be re
sponsible for the political
science, sociology, economics,
anthropology and psychology
departments at Kirkland.
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Six Sororities In Coed Follies
Six sororities have been
selected to , re-create Ne
braska's pioneer past in
"I'm not leaving because of
any type of displeasure with
the University. This is a flood
school and a good depart
ment." Schneider snid that lie
lias hud a wonderful time,
calling the University "a
wonderful place to work."
"However, if the school is
to grow and prosper, it will
need the support of the state.
We have fine people and good
minds," lie said.
"But the University needs
more money money for sal
ary increases, books, supplies,
classroom space money to
develop the type of school the
state deserves," lie continued.
Schneider said that the
budget the administration sub
mitted to the state legislature
was a realistic one.
"We will need all the money
to keep pace with the de
mands of the 2(itli Century
to meet the needs of the state,
to continue development of
knowledge and to keep up
with increasing enrollment."
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. provide a sneak preview of their upcoming skit
for the Coed Follies presentation.
Coed Follies "Centennial
C7" February 24 in Persh
ing Auditorium.
Alpha Delta PI, Chi Ome
ga, Dalta Gamma, Kappa
Alpha Thcta, Kappa Kappa
Gamma and Zeta Tau Al
pha sororities have begun
skit practices this week,
according to Steph Tinan,
Coed Follies chairman.
An orientation will be
held Wednesday evening at
S:,'!0 p.m. in the Nebraska
Union for coeds interested
in auditioning for travelers
acts. Tryouts will be con
ducted Feb. 8 beginning at
fi:3() p.m.
The Ideal Nebraska Coed
(INC) and Outstanding Col
legiate Man (OCM) will be
announced at' the AWS
sponsored production.
Candidates for this award
must have junior standing
and a 2.8 minimum accum
ulative average. From an
initial interview Feb. 9 sev
en finalists will be selected
on the basis of scholarship,
and general all-a rounil
ideal qualities as a Univer
sity student.
A final interview Feb. 16
will determine the winners,
according to Miss Tinan.
Coed Follies tickets may
Chcm E-E E-I E-M E-Met E candidates
are needed for career opportunities in Industrial Marketing, Engineering,
Research and Development. Arrange for an interview through your
Placement Office to see Alcoa's representative on Tues. Feb. 7.
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be purchased for $1.50 a
person from AWS workers
beginning Feb. 13 or at
Pershing Auditorium for
$1.75 the night of the per
formance. Following a histori
cal theme, the skit entries
include "Women, It's Time
to Live," Alpha Delta Pi;
"The Hecf State," Chi Ome
ga, "A Happy State of Af
fairs," Delta Gamma; "A
Capitol Idea," Kappa Kap
pa Gamma; "Truce or Con
sequences," Kappa Alpha
Theta; and "Cloud Over A
Century," Zeta Tau Alpha.
Trophies will be awarded
to the first three winning
skits and to the first and
second place travelers acts.
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Conventions, Speakers, Elections
Highlight Young Republican Plans
Conventions, speakers and
elections highlight the
plans for the Young Re
publicans (YR) this spring,
according to President
Cathie Shattuck.
Sen. Charles Percy, Illi
nois Republican, will be
featured speaker at the
Founders Day convention
in Hastings, to be held in
The State YR convention
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New Officers of Angel
Flight are, Judy M a h a r,
commander; Jane Klimes,
executive officer; Joan
Bredthauer, administrative
service officer; Karen
Jones, comptroller; Jodie
Brumm, deputy chief of",
training; Susie Sitorius, In. :
formation officer; M 1 m
Baker, historian; Sheri
Sicklebower, liaison.
New members of Alpha
Lambda Delta include:
Nancy Abraham, Susan
Black, Barbara Boczar,
Suzanne Broz, Donna Bush,
Marica Chase, Susan Dun.
can, Cheryl Dunlap, Dev.
erly England, Mary Ellen
Flack, Roseann F o w 1 e s,
Loree G e r d e s, Patricia
H a m p 1 , Deanna Herron,
Mary Hunt, Cindy Hunter,
Diane Islay,
Pamela Johnson, Mary
Kelm, Elizabeth M a d o 1 e,
Kenzie, Wanda Nelson,
Linda Olmstead, Linda
Poland, Kristi Rapp, Ro
melle Schaefer, S h e r i e
mons,' Luanne Smith, Phy.
His Swedlund, Sonja T e r.
williger, Marilyn Thackery,
Marcia Thorton, Gay lu
Weeks, Susan Weyers, Con.
nie Zuercher, Lavon Nord.
will be held in South Sioux
City in March. The Univer
sity will send 16 delegates.
Omaha will host the na
tional YR convention this
summer, added Miss Shat
tuck. Elections of next year's
officers and a speaking an
pearance by Secretary of
the State of Nebraska,
Frank Marsh, will also take
place this spring.
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