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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1967
An Excellent Committee
The Ad Hoc Committee of Student
Housing, in existence just one week, has
already made significant progress toward
reforming housing policies at the Univer
sity. Discrimination Ourlawed
Housing discrimination between men
and women was unanimously outlawed
by. the committee in Saturday's meeting.
The Daily Neraskan feels that this signi
ficant position forshadows committee ac
tion which will soon make profound
changes in housing policy.
More positive evidence of the com
mittee's usefulness is a proposal which
was forwarded Tuesday to set up an in
terim housing appeals board whch would
consist of two students, two administra
tors and one voting faculty member.
If the proposal is adopted by the Stu
dent Senate, the Faculty Senate and
Dean Ross, students will have a direct
voice in making final decisions in speci
fic cases involving housing.
The board, proposed by student Bob
Samuelson, will go into effect as soon as
it is approved. If it proves successful,
it will become a permanent means of ap
pealing housing decisions directly from
the Housing Office.
Committee members agreed that the
board would interact with th Ad Hoc
Committee on Student Housing which will
probably remain in existence, even after
a new policy is decided, to explore other .
housing questions such as dormitory fa
cilities and criteria for off-campus hous
Presuming that there is no difficulty
in getting this proposal accepted, it is
obvious that through the committee stu
dents have made large gains toward ce
menting their right to "equitable partici
pation in University policy-making deci
sions," Article Eight of the Bill of Rights.
To the students who have questioned
the intent and value of this committee,
the Nebraskan points out that in a short
time the members have shown themselves
to be serious about changing present
housing rules at the University.
The Daily Nebraskan is confident that
within a short time the committee will
decide definitely that all juniors and sen
ior students and possibly even sophomores
should have the right to choose their own
It is obvious that such immediate and
constructive housing changes to the bene
fit of the students could be accomplished
in no better way than what is presently
being done by the committee.
No Reason Right Now
Recently there have been many ru
mors about a group of students planning
some sort of demonstration or sit-in at
the Administration Building in connection
with the housing issue.
These students evidently if the
rumors are true and the Daily Nebras
kan questions their validity feel that
the University Administration is not at
this time trying to work with the stu
dents in changing present housing policy.
The Nebraskan feels that the results
and success so far of the Housing Com
mittee (stressed in the above editorial)
prove these students mistaken.
In the last week, administrative and
faculty representatives have been working
well with students in laying the ground
work for great changes in housing policy.
The Nebraskan is not necessarily
against the idea of a peaceful teach-in
or demonstration. In some cases these
types of actions might accomplish a great
deal. But there is definitely no reason for
this type of action at this time.
We can see nothing right now that
a demonstration would accomplish. Rath
er, we feel it would be detrimental to
the present effective relationship of the
Housing Committee and could result in
other ill effects for the University.
Those students who possibly would
push for such a demonstration have pro
vided much of the initiative which is re
sponsible for laying the framework of ef
fective student participation in the Uni
versity. We hope they will continue to pro
vide this initiative in as wise a way as
Keys For Junior Women
The Daily Nebraskan happily com
mends AWS Board for its final action be
fore elections bring in a new adminis
tration. The recommendation to extend the
key privileges to junior women is a sound
one. The senior key system has proven
its value to those women who have par
ticipated and it is hopeful that extension
to juniors will be sufficient stimulus to
convince many more living units that the
key is a respectable privilege which ma
ture women should have.
It is to the credit of AWS that it
realizes that seniors are not the only
mature women on campus. The argument
is old, but it is indeed true that many
freshmen are more capable of handling
the key than some seniors. AWS should
be more anxious to reduce the arbitrary
requirements for key status, possibly
even to the sophomore level, as quickly
It appears that the recommendation,
although passed quickly, is quite serious.
In this light the Nebraskan again stresses
that Ann Windle would be most in keep
ing with the progressive spirit of the or
ganization. Miss Windle is the only presi
dential candidate who advocated the key
for all juniors in her interview for the
The entire board for 1967-68 must or
ganize as quickly as possible so it can
capitalize on the intelligent and decisive
action of the out-going members.
It is imperative this year that students
require Senate candidates to explain their
stand and interpretation in regard to the
Student Bill of Rights and other campus
For this reason, the Daily Nebraskan
encourages the formation of political par
ties which can group similar student
thought and action.
Our Man Hoppe
I Spy, You Spy, We All
The Nebraskan commends those stu
dents who are now in the process of re
vitalizing Political Action (PACT) and
those students who are forming the new
Party for Student Action (PSA).
We hope both parties and others that
might form will be successful in gather
ing support and proposing qualified candidates.
My good friend and Washington cor
respondent, Mr. Paul Jacobs, recently re
turned from a week in that capital of
the Free World. Naturally I asked him
what critical pieces of information he had
managed to pick up.
Mr. Jacobs glanced furtively over his
shoulder. "Buy Xeros," he said.
: "It's going to go sky high," he said.
;"For one thing, they got full employment
" in Washington now."
I said that was encouraging.
"Yes," he said, "everybody's investi
gating the CIA."
What had that got to do with buying
! Xerox stock?
''It's on account of The Great Docu
ment Shortage. This is fast approaching
crisis proportions in our Nation's capi
tal." I asked Mr. Jacobs to explain. He
Mr. Jacobs, among ether things, Is
Jan editor of Ramparts Magazine, which
broke the story of the CIA's connection
'with the National Students' Association.
So, while in Washington, he decided to
I do a little further investigating.
t "It's great," he said. "You go over
to the Internal Revenue Service to may-
be get a couple of documents on this
I foundation or that. And they say please
have a seat on account of there's three
; reporters from the New York Times, two
from Newsweek and the assistant sports
adUor of the Galena Gazette ahead of you.
"Right away, you can see the prob
lem :they got 1500 reporters in Washing
ton and they just don't have enough docu.
ments to go around. So if you're lucky
enough to lay hands on a document,
what you do is put it in the Xerox ma
chine, push a button and zap!
you've got 50 documents just like that."
But what does anyone need 50 docu
"To trade," explained Mr. Jacobs.
"It's like baseball cards. A guy calls you
up and says, 'Hey, what'll you give me
for a document on the Foundation for
Plugging in Electric Toothbrushes, a
"So you swap him two documents on
the Maldenform Foundation, an obvious
front. This way, each reporter gets to
broaden his collection of documents. When
he gets enough, he links them all together
and writes one of those long stories about
CIA connections that nobody can figure
But what about spurious documents?
Surely some desperate reporter might
stoop to Xeroxing a document on some
foundation or private organization that had
nothing whatsoever to do with the CIA?
"Such a document," said Mr. Jacobs
gravely, "would be a collector's item."
Well, I said, I figured this whole
latest CIA mess proves once again that
we decent, God-fearing American people
juac fioii iiu ireui iui opjuig mud umiguc.
"That's funny," said Mr. Jacobs.
"After a week in Washington I figured
just the opposite."
if up's the word
In the Spring a young man's fancy
lightly turns to thoughts of WAS. Women
Associated Students elections, that is. This
reporter, in the interests of good student
government, decided to interview the
three candidates for WAS Queen.
Apple pie, motherhood (but not yet)
and respect for the American flag are
positions proposed by all three Queen
candidates. They are: Floozy Uprouri
ous, Stiff Timer and Fanny Swindle.
To create a comfortable atmosphere
with each interviewee, I changed my at
tire before each interview. For the first
round with Floozy Uproarious I wore blue
walking shorts and a blue velvet bolero
jacket trimmed with a white Belgian lace
collar. My strawberry all-day sucker and
red balloon with the words "status quo or
no (thing)" printed in white, offset my
patent leather pumps with silver buckles.
REPORTER: Miss Uproarious, what
plans would you put into effect if you
were elected WAS Queen?
UPROARIOUS: The Program Area is
emerging as the big area in WAS and I
have thought of all sorts of little pro
grams, skits, lectures and other things
we could hold. Since all women are mem
bers of WAS, I feel that all of them
should be forced to participate in WAS
REPORTER: Well, how do you ac
count for the failure of Lincoln Seminar?
UPROARIOUS: That failure was
caused by apathy on the part of the in
. dependent Lincoln women. Now I've been
giving this a lot of thought and have de
cided that we could change the WAS by
laws and abolish apathy among univer
sity women that should solve the whole
REPORTER: What ideas do you have
for women's hours?
UPROARIOUS: Well, I haven't thought
about that too much. Maybe we ought
to wait for a while and somebody else
will come up with some ideas. Probably
the best thing to do would be to create
a committee to look into the problem.
Now that you mention it, Dean Spider,
Dean Boss and I could form the com
mittee. Say, I'm getting lots of ideas
REPORTER: What channels would
you send your programs through for ap
proval. UPROARIOUS: Well, how many are
there? I think we should probably go
through all of them. Let's see, there's
Dean Spider, Dean Boss, ANUS, Faulty
Senate, the Rejects and Chincy Stiff
Harmless if we can find him in Columbia.
REPORTER: What experience quali
fies you for the position of Queen?
UPROARIOUS: I've been WAS assis
tant curtain pulling chairman, WAS pa
per clip chairman, toilet paper committee
chairman and I have led three other
groups: POT, XES, and the Committee
for Regression and Reaction.
Pulling up by the Trappa Guy Ome
ga house, I hopped out of my burnt
orange Maserati dressed in a double
breasted mohair blazer, checkered pants
and paisley ascot. Fanny was in the liv
ing room listening to Rhadamanthus and
the Undead on the stereo.
SWINDLES Grab a seat honey, I'll
be with you in a sec. These cats are
really groovy. Well now, what do you
want to know?
REPORTER: Fanny, I came to ask
you about your positions in running for
SWnirtf Fj .feok Sweetie, I've got
...BY KELLEY BAKER
fourteen positions but the most impor
tant one is this we have to change
the concept from WAS to WILL BE. We're
going to cut loose and modernize these
stupid regulations that's the next best
thing to abolishing them and it'll be two
or three years before we can do that.
We'll have keys for seniors and keys
for juniors and keys for sophomores. We
might even send some keys to the frater
nities ... if that doesn't improve cam
pus relations I don't know what will.
REPORTER: How do you feel about
the present judicial set-up, Fanny?
SWINDLE: We ought to put decisions
In the hands of the sororities and dormi
tories since they're the people who should
have dealt with the problems anyway.
And after we have keys for everybody we
can abolish hours and then we won't have
any infractions because there won't be
any rules to break. Swinging, huh? May
be then we can get rid of WAS or WILL
B E or whatever it's called.
I stepped down from the hansom cab
dressed in a double breasted pin-stripe
blue wool suit I would have worn my
eight breasted suit, but it was m a litter.
Dusting off my spats, I approached the
Kappa Kappa Grandma front door and
was admitted by the house eunuch.
REPORTER: Miss Timer, I under
stand that you have called your program
"The Great Leap Backward."
TIMER: Yes, times are changing and
we have to take steps and keep pace
with the past. Many of our most impor
tant values have been tossed aside the
last few years and I feel I have created
a program to recover most of them.
REPORTER: How do you stand on
TIMER: That's exactly what I want
to do. In general, women's hours should
relate to academics and I will try to
correlate women's hours with library
hours. Of course, this means closing the
library earlier on weekdays and we might
run into problems on Fridays and Satur
days when the library closes at five
o'clock, but this will keep the girls out
of trouble and everything can be worked
REPORTER: Have you come up with
anything new for the campaign?
TIMER: Yes, Dean Spider and I have
been working on a new elastic web that
is entirely escapeproof and is much more
comfortable than the old iron belts. The
university and parents are not ready for
belt keys at this point.
REPORTER: But the keys directly
affect the girls and not the administra
tion or parents.
TIMER: Obviously you don't under
stand WAS is going to make a con
certed effort to work with administration
and parents. These girls need university
protection and we're going to provide it
whether they want it or not.
People need regulation and WAS Is
in existence to serve the women of this
campus. One of our big new projects in
volves getting a prune machine for every
And another thing, we're forming a
committee to lobby against the bill for
daylight savings time. It will only cause
trouble if the girls have to be in by five
p.m. on the weekends and it's light out
side till six or seven. In fact, some of
the girls are looking into the possibility
of a daylight wasting time bilL
But remember, tell people not to vote
for me, I'm throwing the election.
By Doyle Niemann
From out of the deep, dank depths of blackest Nebras
ka comes the cry of the anguished intellectual: "We ain't
got no culture!" .
Being an intrepid soul Inclined toward disputation I
ventured the question, "Why, why isn't there any culture
here?" Muttering in his beer (obviously shocked at any
one disputing this self-evident truth) he mumbled some
thing about "an oppressive atmosphere" and the "apathe
Now this just didn't seem to be quite an adequate ex
planation (we historian types are concerned about such
things, you know). So, taking my courage in hand, I asked
him just what he meant by a lack of culture.
Adopting a condescending attitude (by now he must
have thought I was pretty dumb) he replied: "Culture?
Why everyone knows what that is; plays, movies, concerts,
speakers and all that jazz. You know, all that stuff we
don't get around here."
This last remark perplexed me because I'd always
thought that though Nebraska didn't have much, it did have
a limited amount of these things. So I asked him:
"Well now, did you go to see the theatre productions
of 'Look Back in Anger' and As You Like It' last semes
"How about the lab plays?"
"Well no, I never made it."
"There are always Community Concerts, Broadway
League, Lincoln Symphony Concerts and the Community
"Oh yes those. I really wanted to go but something
"Do you ever go to faculty recitals or the Readers
"I'm afraid no."
"Well, what have you done?"
"Oh, I went to Vincent Price and then, I go to For
"That's good, but have you gone to hear any of the
other speakers who come to campus?"
"Not that I can remember, but I'm sure I must
"You say you go to Foreign Films. Do you ever go to
the films every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at Sheldon?"
"Well, no, but a person can not do everything."
"But, so far you've admitted you have not gone to any
thing." 'Bad Things'
"That's because none of these things could be very
good and I wouldn't want to waste my time on bad things."
"But, if you've never gone to any of them, how do
you know they're no good?"
"Oh come on now, what good can come of something
done at Nebraska? It's doomed to failure."
Lack Of Support
By this time I was beginning to realize why Nebraska
has as little culture as it has. It was because of idiots
like this fellow. All they can do is moan and groan about
the lack of culture. In the meantime, what culture there
is and there is quite a lot, passes by over his head and
often perishes for lack of support.
Culture is not just plays, movies and concerts. It is a
group of people who are interested in these things and who
actively support them, if only by their attendance. This
is what is lacking at Nebraska. So long as people are con
tent to moan about its lack but do nothing to create it,
Nebraska will not have culture.
Thank You History Club
The University History Club deserves a thank you for
bringing Sidney Lens to speak last Monday. The rather
sparse crowd was attentive and interested.
Mr. Lens directed his critical speech specifically at
the Alliance for Progress in Latin America and generally
at the overall policy of American foreign aid throughout
the world. His thesis, as he put it, was that we are ex
changing economic aid not for social reform, but rather
for military establishments.
His warning was that there are many places through
out the world with the potential of turning into Vietnam s.
He says we are not meeting these potentials with the
I agree things are quite what they should be, for a
number of reasons. I don't agree with all he said, feeling
that some of his information was pointed and one-sided.
But at least Mr. Lens presented a point of view not
generally heard about American foreign policy; at least
he did not tell what was being done like some State De
partment official giving a briefing to a college campus,
as is so often done.
My only criticism Is that Mr. Lens did not propose
any solution other than general principles. Some of his
conclusions did point out valid criticisms, but perhaps he
could have been more specific in his solutions T ank
you Mr. Lens, thank you History Club.
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