The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 23, 1967, Page Page 2, Image 2
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN Editorials Commentary THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1967 Page 2 NDEA Loyalty Oath University students and faculty' are presently required to sign a lovalty oath to the United States and the U.S. Con stitution before borrowing or receiving federal funds under the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) of 1358. Federal Benefits Similar loyalty oaths are rarely re quired today from other individuals and groups outside of the educational com munitywhose activities have been of national importance and who receive nu merous federal benefits. Only students and faculty are placed in a special category and must swear a vague oath to receive needed federal aid. The Daily Nebraskan feels that be sides the point that all loyalty oaths (such as the Nebraska State employee oath) are impractical, useless and un necessary, the fact that such an oath is required only to get federal noney is re quired only from the educational commun ity is grossly discriminatory and unfair. Particularly Suspect There is no question, but that requir ing such an oath in only educational com munities seems to say that students and faculty in America's colleges are a par ticularly suspect part of the population and have to pass a special test the other citizens in the nation need not take. This we feel is a very unfair -prejudgment of American teachers and students. A University student, Dan Dickmeyer, has recently joined the many educational groups and individuals in the country who are protesting this NDEA oath as a false symbol of real loyalty to the country. He has refused to sign the NDEA oath in order to receive a $200 educational loan from the federal government and has been meeting with legal counsel. The Daily Nebraskan strongly sup ports Dickmeyer and feels there is no reason why he should allow the federal government to question his loyalty only because he is a student Against Oath Many educational institutions, the American Association of University Pro fessors and political figures have taken similar stands against the desirability of such an oath. John F, Kennedy, when he was a Sena tor from Massachusetts, pointed out in 1958 the disadvantages of the National Defense Education Act oath. He said: "The loyalty oath has no p 1 a c e in a program designed to encourage education. It is at variance with the declared pur pose of this statue; it acts as a barrier to prospective students, and it is distaste ful, humiliating, and unworkable to those who must administer it Loyal Citizens "No one can quarrel with the prin ciple that all Americans should be loyal citizens and should be willing to swear allegiance to our country. However, this is quite different from a doctrine which singles out students, who seek only to borrow money, as a group which must sign a rather vague affidavit that they do not support any organization that be lieves in the overthrow of the United States government by illegal or uncon stitutional methods. "Such an affidavit is superfluous at best and discriminatory and subversive of the purpose of the Act at worst. Those who are milling to sign the affidavit are not by that act proven to be either more loyal or more talented than those who do not. Rather, it may act as a cloak behind which disloyalty may be hidden." Executive Salaries The motion presented on the Senate floor Wednesday concerning salaries for the three top ASUN executives is, with the exception of some difficulties of ad ministration, a very fine one. $5M For President If the motion is passed, the presi dent of the Association win be paid $500 per year and the first and second vice presidents win receive $400 per year each. In addition, a general expense account win be set up to cover costs not ade quately covered in the budget, such as traveling, for an persons connected with ASUN including committee chairman, senators and members of the Electoral Commission. The money to cover these costs, which according to the committee which pro posed the bin, may amount to $2000 an nually, win come from the student activi ties fund. This is where the Senate has received Its budget money in the past Supposedly the Office of Student Affairs wfll recommend a budget increase- for next year large enough to include execu tive salaries and money for general ex penses. There hardly need be justification for this move. The scope of ASUN has reached such magnitude that executive positions demand up to 30 hours a week during normal proceedings. In addition, public relations activity such as meeting with city officials, speaking throughout the state and attending conventions is in creasing yearly. Official University stu dent representatives should not be ex pected to assume such large responsibili ties and give up great amounts of time without reimbursement Regular Jobs Positions which carry similarly large responsibilities such as newspaper and yearbook editors have been salaried for years. They are not thought of in a tra ditional sense of campus activity posi tions, but are conceived to be regular, though short-term, jobs. Student government is gaining a sim ilar stature. Since the ASUN constitution was adopted two years ago, a paralyzed student council has been transforming into a representative body which works sincerely, though not always effectively, for the best kind of academic commun ity. Salaries paid to the executives could not only justified reimbursements for time and effort but stimuli for even more effective leadership. If anything, the proposed salaries are too small. However, they serve as a starting point. The designers of the bill were prudent in providing that the entire concept be re-considered next spring after it has been tried for a year. At that time the Senate can decide if the salaries need to be increased, if the Senate has been able to establish and abide by guidelines regulating general expenditures, and if the method of administration, which has yet to be decided, is adequate. Stop Sucking Your Thumb Considerable attention it being focused on President Johnson's new plan to draft 19-year-olds first in a 'Tair and Impartial Random system of selection (FAIR)." Unfortunately everyone is ig noring any new plan to change the draft based on a "Fair and Reasonable Classi fication Evaluation (FARCE)." The FARCE study, which included ex tensive consultation with Selective Servtea Director Hershey, students, darftees, col lege administrators, and parents con cludes that 10-year-olds should be drafted first. Great Soldier The average 10-year-old would make a great soldier. Unlike his soft older brother, the average 10-year-old is in top physical condition. Since he basal been corrupted by SDS and New York Times anti-war propaganda hell lack mental re servations about fighting. And fresh from hours of TV viewing and model building hell be thoroughly versed in modern combat techniques. Training 10-year-olds at Fort Dix would be simple. For example search-and-destroy techniques could be taught under the code name of "hide and go seek." And the young soldier would need minimal training in how to handle a spiked yo-yo or napalm-filled squirt gun. The government could save money equipping the new troops: smaller soldi ers obviously needed smaller uniforms. Less Disruption Taking the 10-year-olds away from their homes and sending them to Viet nam would provoke less hardship than it does for today's soldier. There would be far less disruption of family and profes sional life. With their sharp reflexes 10-year-olds would make good pilots. Certainly the young fliers with their acute sense of tim ing would be less apt to bomb civilian targets than today's pilots. Even if there were occasional mis fires 10-year-olds would stiQ be the best men for the job. From a public relations standpoint it would be much better to blame a child for bombing a school than a grizzled Air Force reservist. Besides who ever heard of a 10-year-old imperial ist Kites In the field the new soldiers could develop worthwhile innovations. Besides tin can walkie-talkies the young fighters might use kites instead of smoke bombs to point out targets to pilots. The new ioldiers would greatly re dace discipline problems in the service. One of the most frequent complaints from Saigon is that American soldiers have turned the city into a brothel. Not only would 10-year-olds end this but they would curb the social disease rate. Also there would be no need to fly soldiers out of Hong Kong or Hawaii for rest and relaxation" trips. The 10-year-olds would be satisfied with a show by Soupy Sales and Batman. The new troops would also help cur tail black market activities. Many PX Items like razor blades and shaving cream would not be sold any longer. Besides who would want to buy hot copies of Mad Magazine and Superman? Gum Not Beer Bubble gum, incidentally, would of course replace beer, although the 10-year-olds would have to be careful not to chew in the field. The pops could give them away to the enemy. Many choice incentives could be off ered to the new 6oldiers. For example an Eagle boy scout badge could be promised on return to civilian life for any boy who kills 10 Viet Cong. While this plan does have its defects Bob Hope would have to stay home during Christmas, and junior high school enrollment might drop overall it is in the national interest Not only does It aid the military but it helps the coUeges. What could be bet ter than a 5,000-man VFW chapter on the Berkeley campus to keep student revolts flown? Eiger ft 'poport Collegiate Pros Service 4r Our Man Hoppe Socialized Sin mmimmriiraiw j Campus Opinion What About High School Students? Dear Editor: Regarding Wednesday's editorial "Student Em ployee," I fee! obliged to comment I have worked in the Nebraska Union for several years, as a high school student and a University student As you pointed out University employes do not fall un der the minimum wage law. Though lh salary has been increased recently, it is stifl not up to par. The Nebraska Union makes regular use of high school students, employeeing them in the Crib, in the cafeteria and using them to cater parties and banquets. I feel the reason is because not enough University stu dents are willing to work at the salary offered at the number of hours per week asked of them. High school students are needed to fill the employment need. ASUN has provided a section In the proposed BUI of Rights for students of the University to organize em ployee unions. But no provision for high school students has been made, or as far as I know, even considered. The question is: How will the Lincoln high school students who work for the University during the school year and the summer be affected by a student employee union? - L.R.E.C. Baud Of Romantic Fanatics Dear Editors Reader has been following Columnist Abbott" I "Peace ful Snatch" with interest Reader feels Columnist Abbott is En ally (post-Agea bite) showing himself for the true son he is of that essen tially conservative tradition from whence be sprang: namely, that myopic band of romantic fanatics (religious and otherwise) that persists in ignoring any and all kinds of rational thought (as being unrealistic); reality (the existence of which they sometimes deny, sometimes con demn); knowledge in general, and science in particular. Not to mention that most-ignored of all facts: the possibility that somehow, somewhere, be a little bit wrong. they just might Daa Reynolds a ,i tt Doveity-Hawketty Arthur Hoppe J J I T r' j:. Herewith is another chap ter in that standard unpub lished reference book, "A History of the World. 1950 3999." The title of this un printed chapter is. ""The Ad vent of Socialized Sin." It was in the late 1960s that the Great Society made a magnificent leap forward to realize one of mankind's age-old dreams legalized prostitution. Long advocated by liber als, feminists and assorted sociologists, this progres sive social change met strong opposition from hide bound conservatives. Their protests culminated in the f a m e d "March for Free Enterprise,'" in which 5000 young ladies paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue waving pincards saying, "No Government Con trols'," Individual Initiative et . NUtes By Karen Jo Benn Don't bring along a cloud to rain on my parade! . . Anyone who cant say anything good about something must have difficulty finding any good in himself. The latest target of one such dismal mind was the Univer sity Orchestra which presented its Spring Concert last Thursday in the Union. Limited Time In spite of the limited time available for preparation this semester (thanks to the semester break, the Opera, and the meager allotment of four hours rehearsal a week), and the decided disadvantage of poking and crowd ing part of the orchestra back on the Ballroom stage, and the other part on a rather shaky platform, the or chestra came through with strength and unity. Undoubtedly professional experienced musici ans would have many suggestions for improvement. But in music there is always a way to better a performance and even the pros would agree that the challenging pro gram of numbers by greats like Brahams and Bartok was well met for a University orchestra of this size and caliber. The audience was our real clue that the concert had been a good one. They applauded heartily until we were convinced that our labor had not been in vain. A Star Spy Unfortunately, trespassing among those warm, friend ly, appreciators was a cold, hostile depredator a spy from a Star who thoughtlessly labeled himself "critic" and proceeded to brew up a nasty bunch of negative nimbus that dismally drenched what could have been a very nice parade. Maybe someone had just given him a bad review. Somehow he could not manage to dig up the slightest sincere compliment for the performance, or even a logi cal explanation for the audience's enthusiastic response (which he obviously had not contributed fc). What he said isn't worth repeating. If you didnt read his master piece of malice in Friday's paper, you're in luck. Not only did he criticize, but he also did not substantiate his complaints. Rumor has it that his musical background is limited, his comprehension or orchestral work minute, and his understanding of the University Orchestra nil. The Purpose At this point in my off-blowing steam two questions are in order: What is the purpose of our University Or chestra? and What is the purpose of criticism? The University Orchestra and the other performing ensembles exist to provide practical, education perform ing experience for its students and cultural, pleasurable listening experience for the interested public. These ensembles do not function as professional institutions in themselves (as the Lincoln Symphony does) although they strive always for the best and for constant refine ment to give both performer and perceiver progressive goals worth their time and attention. Criticism, we hope, aims to contribute to its object by offering concrete suggestions based on careful educat ed observation of what was achieved as compared to wiiat could have been achieved. The critic in question made no such contribution. His primary feat was produc ing poor public relations for both the University and the local star, we, who, we trust, win better scrutinize the next spy it sends out to an NU concert. Better yet, per haps that "star" win brilliantly note that spies are real ly unnecessary when the U already has a whole depart ment fiul of personnel not only qualified to criticize, but also to correct. The moral of this story, particularly addressed to "reviewers" and potential "reviewers" is Beware: the parade you rain on may be your ownl Made This Country Great" "No Free Schedules!," "Dont Destroy the Sacred Practicioner-Patient Rela tionship," and "Heaven Help Us Working Girls." The President met them with the Tinging words, "Ask not what your country can do for you , . Aad the measure finally passed Congress. All Jurisdiction Now that the profession was legal, a bitter dispute arose in Washington as to which Government agency should control it. Parks and Recreation, Health, Ed ucation and Welfare, the Department of Natural Re sources and the Bureau of Wildlife Management all claimed jurisdiction. At 1 a s t, the President created a new agency, The Office of Vice Control, to di rect what he called "T h e War on Promiscuity." Cor poral Shriver (no relation) was named to run it As a first step, an young ladies of the evening were required to obtain licenses, issued only after rigorous written examinations ad ministered in most States by the Department of Mo tor Vehicles. Sin Established With the help of the Bu reau of Vocational Stand ards and the Department of Labor, services were stand ardized and Federal mini mum wages of sin estab lished. A vast building program resulted in a new Govern ment building in each post al zone, complete with flag, flagpole and the words chiseled into its concrete facade: "UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT BOBDrL LO." Inside, each boasted gleaming linoleum floors, bright fluorescent lights, pictures of the President and George Washington on the waUs and a clerk ready to help the public fill in the necessary application forms and direct them to t h e i r physical examinations and supervised showers. At the exit a trained social work er waited to compile valu able data for official studies and surveys through interviews in depth. Dear Editor: DOVETTV-H.WKETTY Yippity-yappity. Bobbity Oannidy Back from his tour abroad VoUeyed and thundered. Hearing his war decried Blindonn Jaynes Lonson-man Said quite endearingly, "Bobby, you've blundered". Hippity-hoppity, Old Uncle Ho Chi Minn Had to admit that The time had drawn uiga To see what could now be done After the monster-birds Messed up his back-yard And darkened bis sky. Diddledee-fiddledee, Time-Newsweek-Etcet'ra Had a huge lark with Such newsworthy news: Escalation can never In our generation Produce annihilation So let's light the fuse! To be read perferably in Pterodactylic company. Himpity-Dumpity A Revolution To Take Place Dear Editor: Wc feel that the Old Crusty Minstrels are dictating the cultural needs of the bourgeois and ignoring the com mon students. While it is improbable we must take a fair stand on the issue and denounce the Old "Moldy" Minstrels. While it is a known fact that several of the Founding Fathers (FF) of the Minstrels are members of ASUN, it is inconceivable to think that a revolution is soon to take place replacing ASUN with the Old "Moldy" Min strels. We, as responsible students wishing to rid the Uni versity of leacbery, anarchy and perjorative cultural rev olution, must ask you, the students, to rally behind the ideals of the great University. FF Windworth has publicany stated that one of the first requirements of a rehearsal is "a fuH jug". Could this mean that their meeti, are being held in a shady 9th Street bar? The Minstrels have boasted that their purpose is cul tural revisionism, but how can throwing popcorn be in strumental in achieving this end? Recognizing their mili tant tendencies (i.e. throwing popcorn) we must act to stop the coup d'etat before it materializes. Today melo drama, tomorrow ASUN, and the day after tomorrow the world and Dean Snyder. Steve Mcintosh Dennis Kelly Doug "Dread" Scott Daily Nebraskan Vol. M Jio. tL After the initial year of operation, Corporal Shriver reported proudly to the President on the prgram's unqualified success. Efficient Basis "For the first time in the history of mankind, sir," he said, "we have put sin on a clean, orderly and superb ly efficient basis." "A triumph," said the President wefl-p leased. "And how do the custom ers like it?" "You know, it's odd, sir," said Corporal Shriver, frowning. "But we haven't had one yet" SecfmdclBM pofftR w TimiO at tJnoDln. Neb. riXtTHOKE: 47747U. Man 2. 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