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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1967
Because of the current situation in
Vietnam the problem of the draft has be
come relevant, either directly or indirect
ly, to the life of every young person in
Over men there hangs a constant
cloud of indecision whether they consid
er military service a patriotic duty or a
morally repugnant threat, it nevertheless
exists at this moment to make future
plans concerning school, job and marri
age impossible. As a corollary, of course,
the draft concerns young women of the
country because it makes their future
plans equally vague.
It is quite fitting that in the univer
sity community there is great interest not
only in informing students of the complex
ities of the draft situation but in airing
various views as to the fairness and ef
ficiency of the current system and opin
ions about what type of conscription, if
any. should be established by the U S.
It seems especially important to stu
dents because the whole concept of defer
ments for education came under attack
and was one of the reasons that the draft
system came under scrutiny on a high
Students for a Democratic Society has
taken the lead in bringing this problem
into the public light on this campus. The
teach-in scheduled for Sunday evening
could be most beneficial to students be
cause various views will be represented
by a fine variety of speakers.
Undoubtedly it will stimulate thought
among students, for standard as well as
more unorthodox opinions will be heard
that is, the spectrum of opinion should
range from those who condone the cur
rent policies to those who call for aboli
tion of the draft altogether and subse
quent reversal to a voluntary system. Also,
lesser-known aspects of the problem such
as the draft viewed from religious angles
will be discussed.
It is not often that the entire campus
can participate in an event which is deal
ing with such a grave and current topic.
Students should take full advantage of
In the next week, the Daily Nebras-
kan urges students and faculty members
to nominate those people that they feel
deserve to be this semester's "Outstand
Undoubtedly there are a number of
students and faculty members at the Uni
versity who could easily fit this title. These
are people who have contributed some
thing to the school in time, effort, devo
tion and real accomplishments.
Letters of nomination for the award,
which will be given to both a student and
a faculty member, will be accepted in
the Daily Nebraskan office until n o o r
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Campus Opinion )
Costume Day Is Funny
Does the Centennial Committee really think they are
going to get people to run around in costumes on May
3? That's the funniest thing I've heard since the Tomb
stone Epitaph accused the editor of the Nebraskan of be
ing a yellow journalist.
The rest of th entire state of Nebraska celebrated
the day of the anniversary, March 1. Why didn't we? Af
ter all, the committee has been in existence for more
than a year. It seems as they could have had ar
rangements made for one single dress-up day on State
Day and not two months later.
And beware to the Spring Day worker who tries to
brand me on May 3. I'll turn you into a witch in a black
and gold dress.
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: In his column for
the next several weeks, Bob Samnelson,
former second vice president and senat
or of ASUN, will concentrate on student
government, its history and its power at
I am writing this because I must. I
by no means consider myself an expert
on the history or development of student
governments in America, and my pur
pose for writing is not an historical out
line of student government, but what I
hope will be a practical documentation of
what ASUN has become at Nebraska, and
what its future is likely to be.
I should like to stress that the text
which follows is my opinion and the inci
dents described are incidents as I saw
them. If I anger some individuals or
groups in the course of my writing it is
not because of a personal vendetta.
I hope that this series of articles may
in some way give a background to next
year's ASUN, and perhaps an alternative
of directions it can go.
A Brief History
In my opinion, ASUN in its present
form is largely the product of the work
ings of two very different people who
probably have never met one another.
One is John Lydick, who fostered the idea
of an association of students and chaired
the Constitutional Convention which draft
ed the ASUN Constitution. Lydick con
ceived the idea of an effective, represen
tative student government and worked to
Another of the most important people
in early ASUN history is a person who
never was an officer, a senator or a com
mittee chairman. This man is Carl David
son. Davidson, for all his radical ideas and
his deliberately naive approach to politi
cal problems, first fostered in the minds
of a few campus leaders the concept of
student government as an effective pres
sure group for the institution of change
at the University.
This concept is not very earthshak
ing now, as it has been shown to be ap
plicable in isolated cases over the past
two years, and the general campus opin
ion is that it is more widely used than -it
is in actuality. During, the past six
weeks, however, this very crucial concept
has begun to be forgotten, and students
are allowing themselves to be subject to
administrational dogma. I shall discuss
this very disturbing tendency in another
Let us look then, at what ASUN has
accomplished during the past two years,
and how it was accomplished. When I
speak of accomplishments, I am not speak
ing of the many projects and undertak
ings of ASUN which can justly be pointed
to with pride.
These projects and investigations I
am speaking of: Masters Week, the Euro
pean Flight, bookstore investigation, foot
ball and basketball student ticket innova
tions, housing discrimination, summer
reading courses, etc are beneficial to
students, but they could just as well be
accomplished by any large, well-organized
campus organization other than
ASUN's real accomplishments are
few. Few as they are, it was over ninety
years before students moved so far, so
fast in securing their rightful voice in
their University. I would list as real ac
complishments of ASUN the following:
toe Faculty Evaluation Booklet, the suc
cessful protest against the proposed tui
tion raise in spring of 1966, the Ad Hoc
Housing Committee and the Bill of Rights.
The above are listed in the order they
occurred chronologically. It is interesting
in light of recent political thought con
cerned with ASUN to see just how the
accomplishments of ASUN occurred.
The Faculty Evaluation Booklet
The concept of faculty evaluation met
with stiff opposition early in the fall of
1965. Larry Frolik and Kent Neumeister
had incorporated this concept as part of
their campaign platform earlier that year.
They borrowed their idea from many
other universities including Harvard,
whose booklet has been published for over
forty years. The opposition from the book
let was centered in the Faculty Senate
Subcommittee on Student Affairs which
was then and still is chaired by Vice
Chancellor Robert Ross. (It is interesting
to note that the present Bill of Rights is
now pending before that same subcom
mittee.) ASUN was told then, as it is being
told now, that this subcommittee must
give its approval for all projects of this
nature. Ladd Lonnquist, editor of the Fac
ulty Evaluation Booklet, was stalled in
front of this subcommittee for over six
months. Lonnquist was organizing and do
ing the other work on the booklet all this
time never knowing from one minute to
the next whether his work would be wast
ed because the subcommittee might vote
the measure down. This possibility at
times seemed imminent. Finally, a vote
was taken of the subcommittee and the
project was approved.
Constituent reaction toward the fac
ulty members on the subcommittee was
so adverse, however, that many faculty
members on the subcommittee began to
question their judgment in approving the
booklet Dean Ross was also the recipi
ent of much pressure against the book
let, and he then asked a University law
yer to investigate the implications of li
bel upon the members of the subcom
mittee for approving the booklet
The lawyer responded with a long list
of liabilities that the subcommittee sup
posedly could incur for libel from any
instructors who were adversely criticized
in the booklet The subcommittee, already
experiencing the qualms mentioned pre
viously, resoundiy defeated the booklet in
Larry Frolik, at the ASUN meeting im
mediately succeeding this action, labeled
the issue of libel as "bogus" which it was.
At the subsequent subcommittee meet
ing, Lonnquist, Neumeister and Frolik
gave the ultimatum to the subcommittee
that either the committee recognize the
libel Issue as bogus and grant immediate
approval for ASUN publication, or that
the materials would be turned over to a
commercial publisher who was anxious to
take over publication of the booklet The
booklet would be published with or with
out the subcommittee's approval.
Dean Ross, seeing that ASUN was
serious and adamant, abruptly reversed
his former position and urged the sub
committee to re-approve the booklet which
it subsequently did. ASUN did then, for
the first time, recognize an administra
tive maneuver and have the confidence
in its stand to call the administration's
Next article the proposed tuition bike.
pose, marched out of bit
terness, some to change the
world and some simply for
All I know is why I
marched. I marched for
I went out of a grim
sense of duty. I have that
to marching, to making a
public spectacle of myself,
to laying myself open to
the comments of those
standing on the curb par
ticularly to marching in a
Someone asked me why
all those people marched
out to Kzar Stadium in
San Francisco last Saturday
to protest the .var in Viet
nam. And I don't really
There were hippies and
old-time radicals and ser
ious looking college students
and teeny-boppers and a
large sprinkling of middle
class, middle-aged, middling-ordinary
Some carried banners of
hate and some carried ban
ners of love. Some, I sup-
Karen Jo Bennet
"Love is a many-splendored thing . . . June is bustin
out all over . . . love and marriage, love and marriage,
... get me to the church on time ... one hand, one
heart ... one guy . . and this is my beloved . .
there's a small hotel . . . happiness is ..."
Since this is NUtes' last show of the season, I thought
I'd splurge a bit with the overture. The name of today's
conglomeration song is "Guess What I'm Doing This
Summer! ! !"
As you've already suspected, that single track in my
mini leads ight down the aisle of a church where I plan
to change my mind in fifty-eight days! Sine? this is not
a society column, and since I can't seem to keep my
mind on what I'm doing. I've decided to compromise and
talk about the "Love and Marriage of Music".
There is no denying that love and its relatives (hate,
jealousy, loneliness) have written more songs than any
other human emotional instigators. Likewise there are
very few tenderest-turning-point moments in which mu
sic has not had at least a small influential role (the
"our song" routine, soft-music-and-low-lights atmos
pheres, proms and balls, and don't forget the Matrimon
ial March itelf!).
"Say It With Music" is no poor advice. Women es
pecially (forgive me, gals, for giving away our secrets)
are susceptible to serenades in any form. Music is the
oldest tranquilizer in the world. It's even used as ther
apy in mental institutions. So how can you miss by mak
ing it a part of your romance . . .
There is yet another parallel between marriage and
music in the relationship of musician and instrument.
The happiest marriages, so I'm told, are built on mutual
respect, devotion, unselfishness. The happiest musicians
are also those who have a deep respect for music and
the science of its making on the instruments they play.
They respect tfca limitations and flexibilities, and
work within that knowledge. They are also dedicated; in
their practice they strive for accuracy, beauty of tone,
expressive interpretation. They expect from their me
chanical partner only as much as they put in.
The results of these happy "marriages" are that the
instruments play better; and music-makers receive great
er enjoyment and satisfaction in return. There are some
psychological-minded mystics who actually believe there
is a kind of personality match between musical man-and-machine
not unlike matrimonial matches.
These Freudian folk glitter with generalities such as:
"The bassoon is the clown of the orchestra and so is
Matched or not, man and his music-maker seem to
become a single entity when they are joined in the tre
mendous concentration and attention of performance. If
listeners let their imaginations run free, it becomes hard
to tell whether the music is coming from the instrument
or the soul of the instrumentalist.
If you are in love with music nd another human
being, the two can make a beautiful balance of life. But
you den't have to be married to music to enjoy it; even
a casual friendship is enriching. The Sound of Music is
a gift to the whole world. Don't hesitate to claim your
Hope you enjoyed number-one-track. NUtes and 1
wish you luck on "finales" and a splendid summer of
recuperation. So . . . between homework and housework
we'll . . . "See you In September . .
I doubted my marching
would alter the course of
our foreign policy. I doubt
ed my marching would save
a single life. I don't hate
r leaders, nor am I able
love all human beings,
i simply wanted, by march
ing, to divorce myself from
any responsibility for the
war in Vietnam.
I think the war is both
illogical and immoral. And
should some final judgment
ever prove me right, I could
then say smugly, "Yes, but
I marched against it.'What
an easy way to absolve your
So I went to the march
grim, ill at ease, self-righteous.
I went to march for
me. I stayed because I en
joyed it so.
I enjoyed the festival air
of the marchers around me,
all of us smiling and laugh
ing and gentle with each
other, warmed by the bond
of having gathered in a
common cause. I enjoyed
the excitement of the rain
showers, the tinkly bells and
flowers on the hippies and
picnicking on the grass.
I enjoyed the sight of a
little tow-headed boy, no
more than four or five,
standing by a tree with a
sign saying, "STUPID
WAR." How stupid, we
agreed, it seemed.
I enjoyed sitting in the
stadium in the sun under
the rain-washed sky with
all those thousands of oth
ers. Here, in the stadium,
we were the majority, the
consensus, the establish
ment. How secure we were
in our shared beliefs.
Then, out of a tunnel
came that little band of
waving their American
flags and a placard say
ing, "Support Our Men in
Vietnam." I couldn't help
but admire their courage.
Yet we many thousands al
lowed them to parade
around the track unharmed.
We tolerated these dis
sidents the way the world
outside the stadium had
tolerated us. How proud I
was of both them and us.
So I walked home through
the park all aglow .What a
lovely day it had been. What
a marvelous capacity our
society has for tolerating
dissect How healthy, de
spite everything, our de
mocracy still is. How good
I felt about it all.
The next day on televi
sion, Mr. Dean Rusk said
that we marchers had prob
ably prolonged the war by
taking part in these Communist-backed
tions and while we certain
ly weren't traitors . . .
Slowly, inexorably, I
could feel something inside
me which had opened up
me day before in the park
close shut Once again I -was
marching in a one-man
parade. Once again I was
marching for ma.
VIA, Union Work Together
Working with the goal of student service in mind,
Jie NIA (Nebraska International Association) and Ne
braska Union European Flight committees cooperatively
endorse both flights as beneficial to the student and as
nonprofitable to their organizations.
However, there are various differences in the flights,
which should be brought into the public eye.
1) The NIA trip leaves June 14 from New York and
returns to New York August 29. The Union trip leaves
June 13 and returns to Lincoln August 10.
2) The NIA's cost is $300, which covers air trans
portation to and from New and London. Transportation
to and from New York is not included in the fare. The
Union price is $405 which includes ground transportation
to and from Lincoln and Chicago, and air transporta
tion to and from Chicago and London.
It appears that both flights are nearly filled, and are
both expected to go. Also, both flights have a May 2 dead
line for final registration and payment.
These flights have been set up for the benefit of stu
dents, faculty and staff, and have not organized any type
of travel arrangements once the flight lands in London.
Participants are free to travel, study and work as they
desire once they arrive in Europe.
Because both groups are dealing with airlines under
International Airline rules (Union, Pan-American NIA,
TWA) they are expected to meet the same standards.
Each group needs twenty-five passengers in order to go.
Also, both must fly at the rates offered their group, by
International Airline standards, which are reduced in
comparison with regular fares. The rates offered are
therefore equal; it is merely the difference in travel dis
tauce that causes unequal costs.
In essence, both flights are beneficial in different
ways. It is the belief of the two sponsoring groups that
it is advantageous to give the students a choice by off
ering two different flights. Because both organizations
are working with the goal of student service in mind,
both trips are fully endorsed by the two sponsoring
Building Is Torn Down
The old building is being torn down.
It is a lovely morning and a bulldozer s
Roots among the trees on the open side.
On the blind side are chalky letters
University of Nebraska
School of Music.
In the afternoon a lovely crowd has gathered
Young excited faces watch
A teardrop shaped steel ball
Tear the old rooms open.
They stand close together
Both the young faces and the tern rooms.
Toward town at a distance stands an old woman
She watches with one hand (needlessly) holding her
The other hand is to her mouth
Her face is chalky.
Civil Rights Laws Help
What no one seems to realize in reply to "No Balon
ey" is that Greeks are publically supported (such as the
extensive use of the Union). Therefore anything paid in
part by the public taxes (of which Negroes contribute)
should not discriminate by color. Also this is unlawful
according to the Civil Rights Bill.
I for one believe that civil rights laws do work a
change in people's values. These laws forceably bring
down interelatlon barriers and expose Negroes for what
' they really are HUMANS.
Sculpture Garden Defended
I am compelled to make a hasty little narrow-minded
response to Mr. McLeod'i hasty little narrow-minded let
ter: 1. The "sculpture garden" was merely Intended to al
low the students more working space, not decorate the
2. Much of the "Art" is still junk in that it is in its
original pile and has not yet been declared by the
sculptor as a finished work.
3. The "men who put up the snow fence" was, in
fact, a sculpture student.
4. Art students realize along with many others that
in any profession time is needed to fully develop basic
skills, and fame through success is still considered phe
nomenal at this stage of the game.
5. No outraged clean-up committee has objected to
the cheap looking new gaudy lamposts gracing our cam
pus and the obnoxious mole tunnels connecting them,
nor to the glorious silver-painted garbage cans which
encourage people to throw things on the ground, simple
because they are so repulsive.
(junior la Art Education)
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