The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 02, 1967, Page Page 2, Image 2

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Presidential Veto
A presidential veto of the second motion approved In
Student Senate Wednesday is definitely in order.
Student Senate considered two main motions Wednes
day. The first, which asked that ASUN reject the pro
posal made by the Student Affairs Office to establish a
committee for recommending housing changes, failed.
Immediate Changes
The second motion, which unfortunately was approved,
demanded an immediate change in the housing policy so
that all students can choose their own living environ
ments (Article V of the proposed Student Bill of Rights).
The Daily Nebraskan feels that the senators' actions
in these two contradictory cases reveal that many of the
senators were confused and did not understand the im
plications or meaning of the second motion.
A "no" vote toward the second motion would not
have meant that the Senate was against Article V of
the Student Bill of Rights. Rather, it would have simply
shown that the senators are willing to try working with
other sectors of the University one last time in changing
housing regulations.
Acted Hastily
Furthermore the Senate Wednesday acted hastily in
demanding that a motion similar to Article V of the Stu
dent Bill of Rights be immediately implemented by the
The Daily Nebraskan, of course, supports Article V
of the Student Bill of Rights. But the Nebraskan feels
that before the Senate starts insisting that the admini
stration comply with the bill of rights, the senators
should wait for the bill and its articles to be approved
by the students.
The Nebraskan has already indicated its skeptical at
titude toward the student affairs committee set up to
work on housing recommendations. We have stressed that
the students should definitely put a time limit on it.
Willing To Change
But, on the other hand, administrators in both per
sonal and public remarks have indicated that they may
be willing to change many present housing policies.
However, it is hard to understand how the majority
of the senators could have agreed that the committee
might be beneficial in the first motion and then demand
ed immediate implementation of complete housing policy
changes in the second.
The Daily Nebraskan hopes that President Terry
Schaaf's veto will give the senators a chance to think
about their hasty actions Wednesday and that the senat
ors will consider similar motions in the future more care
fully. jgWUIiTltmillMmiHIHIMIIM
I A Handful Of Ram!
Here, in the now-familiar Lowlands, one often sees
groups of people sitting in bent circles drinking coffee
and probing deeply into each others' Beings. These are
curious people; they compare experiences in the Low
lands in order that they might better understand them
selves. The She-Goddess
It is said that in the Lowlands, the DeviL the very
source and root of all evil, takes on not the form of the
Men in Red, but the She-Goddess who tortures all men's
consciences with her ominiscient pressence.
One of the circle speakers stands up and says, "I
met her, I tell you. I met her last night The Devil
Goddess, that is. She followed me for two miles. Two
of the longest miles of my life."
The skeptic of the circle smiles and his ears stand
up. In a moan he asks, "What house is she in?" This
moving conversation then grinds to a halt Ouch. (Care
ful probing like this always causes pain.)
Groovy groups in the Lowlands are always demand
ing. Their methods are precise and exacting.
To Play-more
In the next circle, a young man of intelligence (on
a scholarship from the CIA) rises to make his presen-.
tation. The group respects him and listens closely. He
says he and his chick are going to play-more. "That's
the trouble with the world. Too serious. Analysis. Bugs
me. I mean really, what's it an about?"
The group listeners react dramatically. "Oh my. Did
you hear that? Play-more. As if enough of that weren't
all around us. What are the Lowlands coming to?"
That is, indeed, the question. What are the Lowlands
coming to? And another thing: Where have you, the
Lowlands, been aU my life?
Our Man Hoppe-
'Prophetic Minority Looks Beneath Beards
People in the "New Left" have never received reaUy
perceptive treatment by the press. Newspapers print big
pictures in which the boards cover the issues as weU
as the chin, and the beards have been labelled every
thing from "commie beatniks" to the heroes of the six
ties. Subtly Portrait
Finally, cutting through the blather spewed by too
many writers in "the popular press," Jack Newfield has
applied his sensitive analytic powers to the "New Left"
in his book, "A Prophetic Minority". He has produced
a subtly drawn portrait of the organizations and indi
viduals who in different ways express concern with to
day's pressing issues of peace, poverty and depersonaliza
tion. Newfield shares the concerns of the "New Left," and
is only slightly older than most of the activists current
ly on the scene. Presently one of the more worthwhile
writers on the chic left's "Village Voice," Newfield has
credentials which would place him in the group he calls
"The Old Guard" of Students for a Democratic Society,
having worked as a full-time activist with the group in
While clearly sympathetic with the current crop of
SDS-ers, SNCC workers, and others, Newfield is able to
stand aside a bit, noting both the virtues and the limi
tations of each species in "the New Left" order.
Current 'Hangup'
The distance between the observer and the observed
is never great enough to obscure Newfield's own back
ground. For instance, when discussing the current "hang
up" of SNCC with the public misunderstandings arising
from the black power program, Newfield is the white
Northern liberal, sympathetic but skeptical.
"It is a joyless desperation that fuels SNCC's gamble
with black nationalism today," he writes, contrasting the
recent self-examination of SNCC leadership with the feel
ings of hope and fear during the 1964 Freedom Summer.
He can pinpoint the reasons for the new policy, but he
questions its future.
Likewise, Newfield analyzes the differences between
the more or less nonideological, free-wheeling and action
oriented SDS members, and ideologies of the "hereditary
left," which follows old lines laid down in the thirties.
Hereditary Left'
The ways in which the "hereditary left," such as
progressive labor, differs from the mainstream of the
"New Left" are many. Newfield first points out differ
ences in ideology PL's belief in violence as a way to
bring on the revolution, and its strict adherence to
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Marxist-Leninist dogma, rejecting the hereticism and re
visionism of Trotskyites, the New Left, and even the
Communists (who are old fogies anyway).
The- difference of "atmosphere" is even more reveal
ing than that of ideology. Newfield contrasts the "infor
mal, communitarian and warm" atmosphere of SDS with
that of the PL, whose members "spend considerable
time in 'secret meetings,' disappearing 'underground,'
infiltrating the Communist Party, dodging FBI agents,
and changing their names ..."
Newfield's scorn for DuBois club members is even
sharper. He asserts that they are not only "knee-jerk
Marxists," but 1934 vintage knee-jerkers. "DuBois Clubs
fare) an anachronism today, pro-labor, pro-Russia, and
pro-Democratic party at a time when the New Radicals
consider aU three conservative, worn out, and hierarch
ies out of touch with the people."
Old Left'
While the categories may be slightly restrictive and
oversimplified, Newfield's discussion of the issue on which
each segment of the "Old Left" differs and agrees with
the "New Left" conveys a mine of information in a few
well-chosen verbal nuggets.
Newfield's personal acquaintance with SNCC and SDS
people enables him to present deftly brushed miniatures,
which are extraordinarily helpful in assessing just what
kinds of people are in the "New Left" bag. Stokely Car
michael, for instance, was for a time caught between
his schoolmates at the highly selective Bronx High
School of Science, and playmates in Harlem, who con
sidered him a "faggot" for messing around with books
so much. His sensitivity to the "two-ness" of being both
American and Negro led Carmichael first to largely Ne
gro Howard University in Washington to study philosophy,
then gradually to "pilgrimages to the South," finally to
the 1964 Summer Project
Insight Afforded
It is Newfield's practice of setting scenes and char
acterizing the actors that is perhaps most valuable. In
recounting the efforts to organize Negroes in one of the
, most violent of the redneck, red-clay Mississippi coun
' ties, for example, Newfield both gives a taste of the
conditions, and looks into the feelings and motives of the
people in his story. Much of his tale is told in the ac
tors' own words, adding to the insight afforded.
For a valuable view of the people and issues of the
"New Left," Newfield's book is a fine piece of percep
tive journalism.
By David Aiken
The Collegiate Press Service
Scene: The' Directors' Room of the
Presidential Manufacturing Corporation, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of The Establish
ment Ltd.
Dr. Werner von Werner, chief of Re
search and Development is just finishing
-a report on the 1968 modeL
DR. VON WERNER (proudly): And
there you have it gentlemen, The Rom
ney. Square-Jawed, sincere-eyed, greying
at the temples. Classically simple, hon
est forthright lines designed to appeal
; to the current deep-felt need of the un-
easy consumer. Yes, sir, gentlemen, the
1 gimmick this year is integrity.
not bad at alL But I'm a little concerned
; about that Mormon finish. Isn't it well
'. a bit bizarre?
I DR. VON WERNER: Unusual, yes.
; Bizarre, no. Actually, it's a great sell
'. ing point Market research shows that
; religion's fot to be Integral rather than
1 an optional accessory and this puts the
focus on it Moreover it appeals to min-
ority groups, liberals and reverse bigot-
ry in general.
I road tested H?
; DR. VON WERNER: Oh, yes. We
took ii for a trial spin urough the West-
ern States and it turned in an all-around
' satisfactory performance smooth, pow
erful and good mileagf in the press.
I it snapped and sputtered a few times
, when reporters were putting It through
Its paces.
Arthur Hoppe
DR. VON WERNER (shrugging):
You've got to expect a few bugs. We
can iron them out.
don't know. Th4 question is, gentlemen,
can it stop the Nixon?
Nixon! We make it, the competition takes
it over, redesigns it . . , What are they
calling it now, the New, New, New Nix
on for '68?
ily): Remember '64. We kept holding
back, haggling over which design could
best stop the Goldwater and we never
produced a product at all. Besides, what
else have we got?
right, gentlemen. The Scranton has been
crapped. The Rockefeller simply can't
be retooled again. And while we've got
some interesting new concepts on t h e
drawing boards, such as the Percy and
the Brooke, we can't possibly bring out
an untested, untried design.
IH admit this Romney looks good on the
surface. But I say hold back. The crux
of the problem, gentlemen, is that we
simply have so idea what it will do.
designs. And yet, as I look at this one,
there's something vaguely familiar . . .
DR. VON WERNER (Playing his
trump card): Very clever of you to no
tice, sir. Actually, the Romney isn't a
new design at all. It is, gentlemen, a
souped-up version of The Eisenhower I
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Draft deferment is an important issue which enters
the mind of every American male over eighteen. News
papers speculate daily about equality of the draft and
proposed changes in the draft laws. The involved read
ers of this paper generally fall into the Student, or 2S
category. This classification is "good enough" to keep
the student out of Vietnam.
One Question
This student deferment for higher education ratees
one very important question: Can you justify your draft
security here at Nebraska by the way you perform? The
attitude of "well, I'm in college so I don't have to fight
yet" is outdated.
Just because you attend classes, get above a 2.0
grade average and are in an activity or two doesn't
mean that you deserve your draft security. Acquaintances
of mine from high school, gifted, diligent but poor, have
been drafted into the armed forces. If they were here
they would be doing more for themselves and for the
University than many of the students that are here now.
Consider your attitude and performance. If you can
justify your college career, good then you are the rea
son for the college deferment. If you can't, then you fall
into that category of apathetic, idealess young people
that has shocked the generation that precedes you.
Involve Yourself
Perhaps you reluctantly, but honestly, are part of the
later group. If you are, then you should re-evaluate your
self in terms of total education your commitment to
yourself and your obligation to this University. You can
justify your presence here by involving yourself with the
issues of the campus while retaining the desire to learn.
Take a stand on the tuition hike and act write your
senator, march on the Capitol do something to demon
strate your views. Know the Student Bill of Rights, vote
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you can sit down and try to find some meaning in sev
eral of the art works at Sheldon, or attend lab theater
productions or see some Charlie Chaplin flicks.
If you can commit yourself to the ideal of total edu
cation, involvement with the University and its future,
then you will justify the existence of the student draft
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j Campus Opinion
The Art of Rigging
Dear Editor:
A drive for reform at Nebraska will once again die
out. Any of you who have been here long enough will re.
member other student movements that apparently faded
away, but were really the victims of an Administrative
hatchet job.
In Monday's Daily Nebraskan it was announced that
G. Robert Ross, dean of student affairs, has appointed
five "faculty" members to serve on a housing commit
tee with five students, as yet unappointed. Dr. Allan Edi
tor, professor of electrical engineering, is a faculty
member by anyone's definition, but we question the sta
tus of the remaining members.
Miss Helen Snyder is, in our opinion, unqualified to
serve on this committee: 1. she is paid to uphold the
housing code of the University, 2. she will loose her repu
tation as a strong administrator if a great deal of re
form takes place, 3. she stated that she has a closed
mind in this matter when she said, "I would be remiss
in my duty if I were to do anything other than support
our University and its policies."
Russell Brown, administrative assistant to the dean
of student affairs (guess who) knows who his superior is.
Edward Bryan, director of housing, by his very title,
has an interest in keeping the housing on this campus
full and the money rolling in.
Nancy Coufal is a fair-minded person, but we are
surprised that she is on a "faculty" committee.
It is obvious that the Administration is trying to con
trol this committee through its own personel and sym
pathizers. The technique is called rigging. We only ask
you to watch and wait for the results. Observe carefully,
fellow students this art of rigging, of deck-stacking, may
prove useful in later life.
Phil Dunham
Linda Marchello
Students Can't Judge
Dear Editor:
In view of some of the more ludicrous events which
have transpired within the last few days and weeks, it
appears that a few major points have been overlooked.
The first point is student "rights." Students are
complaining that their "rights" have been violated and in
cringed upon. However when a student decides to attend
this University he is expected to follow the rules and
regulations governing his behavior. If he does not, he
will be expected to accept the penalties which are im
posed upon him for violations of these rules. If a stu
dent is not mature enough to accept this, then he is not
mature enough to dictate his own actions.
A second point is the criticism of the University offi
cials. These people have been hired because of their train
ing and qualifications. The students seem to think that
they are more qualified even though they have had little
or no training or qualifications to judge these officials'
actions. The experience which the University officials
have obtained in their jobs as administrators and policy
makers seems to me to make them more qualified than
Sally Jones and John Smith who are fresh out of hish
I do not believe that a majority of students on this
or any other campus have the competence to make the
rules and regulations. 1
Therefore a student should think again before criti
cizing or acting hastily. Tliere might be good reasons
for rules which are set down. Let us hope that students
will come to realize this before they open their mouths
in criticism.
John R. Ready
Change In Society: Slow, Sure
Dear Editor:
Re: Doyle Niemann's "Tragic-Comic World" column,
February 23.
I think Mr. Niemann's column exaggerated the apathy
of the American people. I don't agree that our society
has bec&mt? so fat and complacent and so used to free
dom of speech that it ignores any call to change, anv
criticism of the status quo. Witness the important change's
and actions on our own campus in recent weeks: the
Nebraska Free University, the Student Bill of Rights
movement, and the commendable actions of Miss Jo
Flaugher and Mr. Dan LVickmeyer. These actions also
Invalidate your charge that "society simply shrugs off
anything it does not like." I think it is important that
you qualify the generalizations you make.
If, as you say, potential artists, writers, and intellec
tuals soon discover that anything they say and do will
have very little effect upon society I remind you that
it takes a lot of time for anyone to change society, but
it can be changed. Gradual change maintains the stabil
ity and order of society while rapid change upsets the
order in many instances. In this respect 1 think gradual
change is more desirable than rapid change.
Potential artists, writers, and Intellectuals must rea
lize that perserverance is an important prerequisite for
initiating change. Could it be that many intellectuals and
artists are giving up too easily? Could this be an indi
cation that they lack the necessary conviction that Inno
vators must possess In order to realize their ideas and
goals? And is it possible that American society is op
posed to changes proposed by these intellectuals and writ
ers and silence is their way of expressing that opposi
tion? Your comparison of the United States and the Soviet
Union is out of sight. If it was your intent to stir stu
dents from their apathy by writing such material I sav
go ahead and "give-em hell, Doyle." But if you believe
this material to be the truth I must inform you that you
are wrong! It is not true that what is said and done
In the Soviet Union is relevant while what is said in the
United States is not. It is truer that what it said by the
people in the U.S. (in public, in the press and in Un
representative bodies) is more relevant than what is said
in the Soviet Union.
Your concluding remark Is certainly a very impor
tant one for American citizens to relect upon. What va'
ue does freedom of thought and action have if wha i;
thought and done has bo effect? I agree with you thai
what is said and done does not have enough effect on
the masses, but it does have some effect
If you want to make contact with people and per
suade the masses, you must abandon your high-powered
dogmatic approach.
Rod McCali
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