The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 06, 1967, Page Page 2, Image 2
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN Editorials Commentary MONDAY, MARCH 6, 1967 Page 2 Ann Windlc Ann Windle is the Daily Nebraskan's choice for Associated Women Students (AWS) president. Miss Windle displays a great deal of intelligence and control at all times. She is a fine leader, she isn't afraid to say what she thinks and she accepts respon sibility well. Self Confidence In an interview with the Nebraskan Saturday afternoon, Miss Windle displayed the knowledge and experience of some one who will know how to do the job and the assurance and self confidence that it will take to be a successful president. As expressed in her interview, Miss Windle should be the sort of president who will work and succeed at limiting some of the "absurdities" in AWS. We also feel that she realizes wom en's rules need to be constantly liberal ized by the women themselves and that AWS should not under any conditions be an advisory board to administration, but rather a legislative body representing the women students. Outdated Rules The Daily Nebraskan agrees with Miss Windle that many outdated women's regulations need to be brought up to date and that the AWS House of Representa tives could be used more effectively. The Nebraskan feels that with Miss Windle's leadership ability she would be successful next year at expanding the liberalization of women's hours definitely to all juniors and possibly even to sopho mores. In addition, we also agree that AWS must continue to take a stronger stand on matters that pertain to students and we feel that Miss Windle will be able to express the women's wishes in an ag gressive and outgoing manner. She Has 'Guts' Miss Windle is not exactly a liberal, but she is definitely progressive and she has "guts". Of the three candidates run ning for president, she would provide the best leadership and represent the ma jority of women the most effectively. Right and Reality It is necessary at this stage in the development of the Bill of Rights that that students understand the difference between the concept of a right and reali ties of power. Almost every section of the bill is a statement of what ought to be: stu dents believe that they should be able to participate in student activities, meet ing only the requirements of that activ ity and not requirements set by the Ad ministration; they believe that they should be able to publish, free of censorship; they believe that the student should de termine who should have access to his academic or non-academic records. The remaining sections of the docu ment state that some situations which do exist, such as freedom to invite and hear speakers of students' choice, should be guaranteed against possible abuse in the future. However, passage of the Bill of Rights is not going to automatically injure these "rights." As was pointed out by one mem ber of the Student Conduct Committee, students will not be declaring rights that they possess in relation to each other, as was the case with the states after the Revolutionary War. They will be stat ing what they believe should be the re lationship between themselves and an existing (as opposed to thrown-off) power, the Administration. The Student Senate realized this dif ference when it agreed to the establish ment of a committee to resolve the hous ing conflict. On one hand the Senate has a statement of belief, as presumably will be agreed upon by a majority of the stu dent body, that students should be able to choose their own living environments. On the other hand they have the reality that the Administration now says they can't, and that the Administration holds the power to decide such policies and will in some form continue to do so in the future. But the case is not hopeless. Through committees such as the one established last week, which will be a vital prece dent if it is successful, policies more agreeable to the students will be recom mended and most likely accepted. Even tually student leaders should be able to secure, in fact, the situation which stu dents demand now, in principle. The point is that the Bill of Rights should be viewed in perspective. Sugges tions were made at the Bill of Rights Assembly Sunday to compromise article five or delete it, in order to come to terms with the realities of power. These students did not quite understand what the intentions of the Conduct Committee are. One senator put it succinctly a right is not a right just because there is enough immediate power to secure it. The Bill of Rights should be as strong as students' beliefs about the principles involved. When it is passed it will become not only a statement of position, but an instrument of pressure. On the other hand, students should respect the work and the integrity of their leaders who will from now on have a far more difficult job than writing down some beliefs they will have to work towards the realization of the rights they believe they should have. Because the desired changes are quite fundamental and sweeping, it will neces sarily take time. It will be the students job to keep ASUN from slowing down its efforts. But it will also be the students' job to realize that the Senate is not going to "sell out." The Senate started the movement and it has the responsibility bringing the realities as close as possible to the ideas in the Bill of Rights. Our Man Hoppe- A Casualty Of War V Arthur Hoppe Howdy there, folks. How y'all? Time for another tee vee visit with the rootin' tootin' Jay Family star ring ol' Elbie Jay, a forth right feller who believes in always explainin' what he's doin' to folks. Afore some body else does. As we join up with ol' El bie today he's sittin' around the table with his top hands, Hubert, Dean, Arthur and Mac, talkin' things over. ft ft ft ELBIE: Well, now, I Just want to say what a fine job you fellows are doing, going around to our great college campuses and explaining to these young folks in clear, logical terms just exactly what we're doing in Vee-yet-nam. HUBERT .(enthusias-. tically): Yes, sir! Seeing they have to go fight the war, it certainly makes sense to win their whole hearted support. ELBIE r And I sure want to commend you in partic ular, Hubert, for the win ning way you conducted yourself cut there at Stan ford the other day. It should be an example to us all. imBERT(excitedly) Yes Bill ivly first triumph was conducting myself out t h e side door. Alive. Then I con ducted myself to the right, then to the left, then behind a flying wedge of police I made it to the car and locked myself in while they banged on the roof and . . . ELBIE: What made me. proud, Hubert, was the way you smiled through it all. Remember, there's nothing like a smile to turn away wrath. HUBERT: Thank you, sir. Never fear, you can count on me to carry on in your footsteps s h o u Id you sud denly be taken from us by that Great Majority Leader in the Sky and . . . ELBIE (testily): ing, Hubert. Stop smil- MAC (sniffily): What's so tough about Stanford! You ought to have Harvard cn your schedule, (striking a pose) There I was, my car surrounded by frenzied stu dents, howling for blood. "I was tougher than you in college," I told them staring them in the eye, "and I'm tougher than you now." That sure cowed them. ARTHUR: Frankly, I found a very intellectual atmos phere at Harvard. I w a s only booed, hissed and laughed at. Not a s i n g 1 e rotten egg. You should try explaining things to the U.N. day after day after . . . niLioib (piacaungiyj : wen now, I'm sure you're all a dedicated bunch of explain ers, each of you out there day after d a y on the ex plaimng line . . . Say, what about you, Dean? I don't recollect you going around to the campuses explaining our policies clearly and logically. DEAN (apologetically): I would, sir. But I've got a trick knee. ELBIE: Hmmm. Well, any way, I got good news an invite from the University of California. Think of it! A real hotbed of activists. What an opportunity to ex plain our policies. W h a t a challenge. Which one of you deserves this golden chance? (T h e r e is a moment of dead silence. Dean suddenly grabs his knee and moans. Mac asks permission to make a combat tour of Viet nam. Arthur remembers a scheduled trip to the upper Amazon. And Hubert just sits there, perspiring. ELBIE (angrily): Dang it, I'll go myself! I don't care if they tear me limb from limb . . . Stop smiling, Hu bert! (he pauses) On second thought, call me a messen ger boy. I'll send them my explanation by mail. , ft ft Well, tune in to our next episode, folks. And mean time, as you mosey down me muuiii u au ui me, re member what Elbie's ol Granddaddy used to say: "Never send a boy to do a man's job. Less'n you're the only man available." P3TH Hf RE SP0N5B ABILITY r i WITH teutHTlOM, It k I JUST WWV H s 1 j ykl PLAY REVIEW: tiiiiiiiiiMHiiiifiniiiniiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiitMiiininainirimmiiiitiiiiiiiiiiitimiiiiiiiiiiiiifiiniiiiiiiiinif Campus Opinion YR Member Resigns Dear Editor: On Thursday, March 2, at a meeting of the Young Republicans, I submitted a motion to the effect that the Young Republicans support Mr. William Steen of the He roic Bookstore in his current legal stand. The motion stated that the Young Republicans do not necessarily approve of all of what Mr. Steen sells, only his right to sell it. The man who runs the Young Republicans stated that such a motion was not within the scope of the or ganization's activities, where-upon, with my lone dissen tion, it was voted not to consider the motion. I resigned membership. Just what is within the scope of Republicanism? Richard E. Ralston Big Cars On Campus? Dear Editor: Have you ever noticed how many Big cars there are on campus? If you haven't had the opportunity to get out of the way of one, just look around they're every where to admire. Only last week a friend and I were crossing S St. in front of Selleck when one of these octane Madonnas bore down on us. What a beautiful sight! As it rushed by I was able to catch a glimpse of the interior, filled with panorama of navy blue and cranberry oozing with confi nce and poise. I held my breath for only a moment then let it out in reverential awe as the striking red Madonna surged at the light and squelled up 15th St. Big cars and Big men what more can I say? Just A Ford No Democratic Basis Exists Dear Editor: I'd like to say that I agree completely with Dean Ross when he stated that, "we (the University) don't operate in education on a legalistic basis." The administration is forced to do so, since there is no democratic legal base that could justify a Big Brother G. Robert and a Big Sister Helen. Ron Psota Ross Contradicts Himself Dear Editor: I feel that the administration's policies on housing are completely arbitrary. Dean Ross called John Klein's memorandum inappropriate, "because we don't operate in education on a legalistic basis." Rules and laws are established to be followed and not to be used as arbitrary guidelines. If the existing framework is not adequate, it should be modified. An excellent example of self contradiction and arbi trary policy making is evident in two statements made by Dean Ross within a few hours of each other. Questioned at the ASUN meeting as to why Miss Flaugher could not be allowed to live in apartment because of her finan cial difficulties, Dean Ross replied that he and the Office of Student Affairs are working under existing rules which do not allow such a move and that they would continue to operate as such until a change is made. In complete contradiction to this statement, Dean Riss is quoted in the March 2, 1967, Daily Nebraskan as saying, "Any time rules and bylaws are revised as Infrequently as the Board of Regents does it, there are going to be policy changes which must be made." Such administrative double talk should not be tolerated. We must have a definite statement of policy on hous ing and we then must demand change if we do desire. Martin J. Andrews 'Scapin' Proves Extremely Funny Daily Nebraskan Vol. N No. 71 March . 17 Second-dun postaae paid at Lincoln. Neb. TELEPHONE: 477-S711. Extenalnn 15M. K4 and SS90. Subscription rate are M per semester or M for the academic year. 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Chrle Carlsoni New Assistant Eileen Wlrthi Photographere. Mike Hayman. Doug Kelster; Copy Edltora Rnmnev Reutzt', Ijrnn Anr Gottwhalk, Marty Dietrich. Jackie Glascock, Chria Stockwell. Diane Luidquist, Ann Hoege nieyer. SuoINxSSS STAFF Business Manager Bob Glnnl National Advertising Manager Roger Bore; Production Manager Charlie Baxteri Claaslied Advertising Managers Janet Boatman. John Klemmlngj Secretary Amy Bouskai Business Assistants Bob Carter, Glenn Friendt, Ruse Fuller, Chria Lougec, Kathy Schooler. Linda Jeffrey; Subscription Manager Jim Buntt; CircurtaUon Manager Lynn Rathjeni Circula tion Assistant Gary Meyer; Bookkeeping Craig Martinson. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Kenneth Pellow, English instructor and Ph. D. candidate, wrote the following review of University Theatre's "Scapin." Pellow acted in, and student-directed several plays while an undergraduate at Northern Michigan Uni versity, where he majored in both Eng lish and Theatre. Last semester, he re viewed "Look Back in Anger" for the Daily Nebraskan and next week will re view "Waiting for Godot.") ft ft ft "He's called Scapin. He's unique! He deserves all the praise you can give him." Anyone who has seen the Univer sity Theatre production of Moliere's "Sca pin" knows the truth of these words, spoken in the play by a gypsy lass named Zerbinetta. As played by Jim Baffico, Scapin most certainly does deserve all the praise one can give. But so, too, do an excellent supporting cast and their director, Stephen Cole. They have put to gether one of the wildest, fastest-moving, and funniest pieces of entertainment that Howell Theatre has ever held. Titles Change The title of this comedy ("Les Four beries de Scapin") has been given various English translations: "Scapin the Scamp," "That Scoundrel Scapin," "The Roguries of Scapin," "The Tricks of Scapin," and "The Cheats of Scapin". In this version, "fourberies" is translated ("in the vul gar") as "swindles." In any case, the variants all clearly indicate what kind of fellow the hero (?) is; he is a regenera tion of a stock type in Roman (and other) comedy, the machinating servant. But Scapin is more! He not only con trols the destinies of the other charac ters, but he controls their actions on stage. He is director, conductor, even puppet-master! He performs actions that the others imitate; he mouths other characters' lines before they are spoken; with a mere wave of his hand, he brings characters on stage or sends them off. The result is a thoroughly impossible farce about thoroughly improbable peo ple; and when performed as comic ballet (of which Moliere was a master), it is, above all, thoroughly funny! This is a play with few particularly memorable lines and with little or no great poetry (neither of which is the fault of a good, modernized translation by Peter Arnott the original is not especially poetic). It has no intellectual discussions, no eso teric allusions. In short, it is not very "literary." Stage Movement It is, however, extremely "theatrical." Moliere contended that plays are written to be acted; Director Cole and his ac tors have taken their cue from this, and turned out a classic study in the fine arts of stage movement, "blocking," and "business." From what has been said here, it must be pretty obvious that the role of Scapin has to be played by someone who can dominate the stage. Jim Baffico is that someone. Fortunately, Mr. Baffico is a professional athlete (Buffalo Bills in the A.F.L.); the rigors of this role de mand that kind of strength, agility, and most of all stamina ! If you've watched any pro football, you have undoubtedly wondered how people that big can move that fast. Now you can add to that: ". . . and gracefully; and constantly!" From the time the light go up until the finale, Baffico is only off stage for one scene of any appreciable length. And while he is on stage, he moves! He struts, prances, marches, dances, jumps and runs about almost unceasingly. There is never any doubt that he is in com mand of everything, but this is certainly not because he is surrounded by weak performances. Excellent Support Quite the contrary! The support is ex cellent. One hardly knows where to be gin extending congratulations to a fine cast. Even the walk-on parts are given some character development, by Pamela Schaap, as Nerina, and Kirk Johnson, as Carlo, a messenger. In fact, one of the finer moments of the play's opening night was a ridiculous expression which John- scene just prior to his entrance. The laugh lasted for what must have seemed to Johnson as forever, but his mask of "anxiety" never wavered which, of course, extended the laugh. John Jessup executes some fine foot work as the always-on-the-go lover, Le ander. His unsuccessful attempts to kill himself by "diving" on his sword are slapstick at its best. His counterpart, William Lacey, as the other young lover, son, as an absurdly stylized messenger, "froze" during audience laughter at a Octavio, makes excellent use of facial contortion!!, as well as knocking knees, to fully establish himself as the spineless son of a bad-tempered father. Lacey is the perfect match for Su san Granata's portrayal of his beloved Hyacintha; the combination of her gro tesquely formalized gestures and gorgeous painted-on smile is indescribably delight ful. Pat Brott, as the gypsy girl, Zer binetta, displays a talent for comic phras ing that many a stand-up comedian (come dienne?) might envy. In addition to vo cal phrasing, she uses castanets, a swallowed laugh, and some Jose Greco footwork to break her lines and allow herself to alternate between the two as pects of her character: a torrid gypsy and a giggly girl. Two Fathers But it Is his fellow-servant, Silvester (played by Bob Prenosil), and the two aged, avaricious fathers, Geronte (Albert Lundby) and Argante (James Sellmeyer), upon whom Scapin has to depend for most of his support in this farce which he is "directing." And in this production, the support is there. Prenosil, a freshman, shows a fine flair for clowning. His timing is good, and his gross movements (doing summer saults, running into pillars, etc.) are su perb. Sellmeyer does an excellent greedy-old-man's voice, and the bouncy stance (and stride) he uses makes his character properly ludicrous (imagine something like Sir Anthony Absolute on & broken pogo-stick and you've about got it). Lundby creates his character largely by his walk, also. His greatest strength, however, is his ability to react to other characters' lines. Not only does Re do this when being browbeaten by Scapin, but also in a scene with Zerbinetta. This particular scene is the play's longest monologue, and in as fast-moving a show as this one, it could easily become draggy. Entirely Believable It does not, however, partly because of the phrasing and mood-alternating abilities of Miss Brott and partly because af some marvelous reactions by Lundby. who adds greatly to the comedy of the scene without stealing it from Zerbinetta. Together, Lundby and Sellmeyer are en tirely believable in their presentations of totally incredible characters (and that, you will have to admit, is no mean stunt.) There is no doubt that as Scapin goes, so goes this show. Overall, it is the talent and stamina of Baffico that make it suc cessful. Yet, the finest things that are done in this play are co-operative bits, in which teamwork and timing are terri fic. At times, it is difficult to believe that this show has not been in rehearsal for about three semesters. In the first act, there is a scene be tween Baffico and Prenosil, in which the latter imitates every motion of his "lead er" flawlessly! There are some fan tastic exchanges of Argante's walking staff between himself and Scapin. At one point, Baffico launches a "spear-throw" of that staff, from distance which would do credit to any Zulu warrior, and Sell meyer caught it about an inch out, and an inch up from his belt buckle! This piece of business alone must have cost hours of practice. Later, Baffico and Lund by very deftly execute a Goose Tatum type gag with a bag of money attached to a rubber band which snaps the bag directly back to the owner's pocket. It's things like this dozens of them in this show which make lovers of well executed slapstick want to stand up and shout "Mack Sennet Lives!" Cale Pokorny's FOX'S FACTS Having avidly followed the news ac counts of the last few weeks, I am rather well versed on the current issues about the choice of housing freedom and also on the increased financial demands that will be put before the students next year. I've listened to the radio accounts of the sophomore coed who moved into an off campus apartment and have read the newspaper articles about such propos als as the requirement that all freshmen male or female, live in University hous ing (which for some strange reason in cludes fraternity houses) next year. What Does It Mean But after digesting all this, I must admit that I still do not understand what all this furor is about. I refer especially to the choice of housing and price de bates. I don't believe the majority of stu dents realize just what is happening around here (which when you think about it, isn't too unusual). University students are experiencing one of the more fundamental laws of eco nomics, you pay for exactly what you get. In our case, which is typical of our society, we are currently paying a lump and a half and can expect to pay a full two lumps with increased time. But then, we are getting more. More people hired to do our work and solve our problems for us. Think students, of all the stress and strain you experience wondering and wor rying about where you are going to live while attending the University, in the su burbs or in the slums, In a trailer or in a ten:. (Don't laugh you don't know how many will be living in tents this time next year.) Will you have the right kind of neighbors? (Will they have the right kind of neighbors?) Will they mow their lawns every other day or not? Brother And Sister You know these days it's hard to tell just what kind of a neighborhood a poor college student could get himself (her self) mixed up with. Well, relax pal, Big Brother (Sister?) is being paid (by you) to do the worrying and work for us, as suming of course that we are unable to judge neighborhoods (neighborhood hoods) for ourselves. They do the work of thinking and all we do is obey, live here, pay up, or leave school. This system of paying others to do our thinking for us is so labor saving It is amazing. No more worrying about cooking for yourself and getting caught making the same thing day after day. By living in University housing you are automatically insured of scores of differ ent, enticing and nutritious dishes every day, (all at a price of course). Yes, we certainly are lucky we were able to rehire Big Brother again this year (he's in big demand and can annu ally ask and get a salary increase). It's a comfort to know we can pay someone to shield us from a wrrld of evil doers and sinister plots. But I wonder, after I graduate who do I make my check out to?