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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Thursday, May 4, 1967
Next week the Faculty Evaluation
Committee of the ASUN will once again
distribute evaluation sheets in many Uni
versity classrooms in an attempt to formu
late a booklet which will be of value to
students. It is vitally necessary that the
student body and faculty review again
the purposes of the project and under
stand some of the problems which are
being faced so that they will be anxious
to give sincere cooperation.
The purpose of the book, now in its
second year, is simply to give students an
idea of what a course is about and how,
in the students' eyes, the instructors
comes across. Reservations which hind
ered the initial publication of the book,
concerning irresponsibility and lack of ob
jectivity on the students part were ne
gated by the first booklet which proved,
if anything, too lauratory.
The booklet was completely fair in
that an evaluation of a professor was not
made unless a substantial number of stu
dents in the given class filled out the
evaluation form. There were no flippant
or libelous remarks to injure the attempt
at professional quality.
However, in many ways the first
booklet did fall short and the committee,
beaded by Student Sen. Tom Morgan is
earnestly trying to find ways to make it
more valuable. The major problem was,
and continues to be, that instructors are
reluctant to volunteer to be evaluated.
Out of 600. instructors contacted this
spring for the upcoming evaluation, only
225 consented to cooperate. While this
represents an increase of over 100 from
the first book, it is still far too few to
allow the evaluation booklet to be inter
esting to a large majority of the student
Another problem, which cannot be
dealt with in any specific manner, is that
it appeared that the comments students
made were not thorough enough. It is of
course basic to the success of the book
let that evaluations are completed as
honestly and with as much perception and
consideration as possible.
The Faculty Evaluation Book was or
iginated and carried through under the
assumption that the University commun
ity saw a definite need for it. While it is
understandable that some instructors are
reluctant to be evaluated for reasons such
as their classes consist only of gradu
ates or otherwise specialized students, it
is difficult to see the reasoning behind
reluctance of so many others.
Some instructors have probably mere
ly ignored the requests of the Evaluation
Committee out of indifference, while oth
ers have defensively refused, possibly be
cause they are leery of their students'
It should be remembered that the
book is for the information of both the
students and faculty. While it helps stu
dents select potentially useful and inter
esting courses, it can also give instruct
ors constructive ideas about how to up
date course material and improve class
A successful Faculty Evaluation Book
will reflect an academic sophistication on
both student and faulty levels and will
be further proof that they can work to
gether in building a better University.
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Baiawm, man aiiu ai um
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is
book review of "The Furious Passage of
James Baldwin" by Fern Maria Eckman.
Joel Weishaus wrote the review for the
Collegiate Press Service.)
Several years ago, the morning sun
was momentarily blown out by a cold
lambent wind, as a ferry boat threw it
self against its moorings like a crazed
Uptown, in a Manhattan apartment,
another man, who could have been the
boatman's twin, was awakening to a
breakfast of coffee, and a day he'd greet
as a gift long hoped for but never ex
pected. American Negro
For the father of four novels, three
books of essays, two plays, and a host of
assorted writing and speeches, had passed
his 40th year as an American Negro who
refuses not to be one. Still, somehow
warding off the insanity that killed his
stepfather, somehow, still surviving the
lntrovertive spotlight of a tendentious in
telligence. Venetian blinds squeeze out the bright
sunlight, simulating his favorite mood of
He sips his coffee, lights another cig
arette, and begins to fill a reel of re
cording tape in a halting melodic cad
ence . . . "The reason I never will hate
anybody again is that it's it's too too
demeaning a confession, you know, on
your own part, if you need to hate some
body. It means that you're afraid of the
other thing, y'know which is love and to
be loved, which is another confession."
At first sight, it seems precocious to
write the biography of a writer still very
much alive. But this isn't an ordinary
biography, as James Baldwin isn't an or
dinary writer. If the artist has no choice
but to be an artist, Baldwin had less than
no choice. It was: make it as a writer,
or perish in the black bag he hated and
didn't understand. Haunted by the love
bate relationship with his stepfather, pur
sued bv "Charlie's" hallucinations of the
Negro, doubtful of even his claim to man-'
hood Baldwin writes and lives only for
his salvation, and thus the freedom of
James Baldwin is a writer who can't
be judged by his work alone, for he's an
artist, -a1 man, in his own words, "dis
tinguished from all other -responsibile ac
tors in society ... by the fact that he is
his own test tube, his own laboratory,
working according to very rigorous rules,
however unstated these may be, and can
not allow any consideration to supersede
his responsibility to reveal all that he can
possibly discover concerning the mystery
of the human being."
Thus, the man and his work are one,
and both must be scrutinized.
For more than 29 months, Fern Mar
jia Eckman, a prize-winning feature writ
er for the New York POST, followed Bald
win around the country, making tape re
cordings of his speeches and remarks.
These, along with long, searching talk
sessions held in a relaxed milieu, is what
makes this book a unique one.
James Baldwin's writings, particular
ly his novels, may be far from being
"great literature," but his gift is that of
revelation, a gift of prophecy.
A preacher while still in his teens, a
would-be actor, Baldwin became shaman
to the Black People of America, working
the magic of intellectual catharsis; and
guru, a teacher to America's Caucasions.
For ". . . no general, no statesman, no
priest and no saint can .bear witness to
the human condition as the artist must."
As "one must be aware of the possibili
ties of the human spirit and, by watch
ing, tell what we could if we only dared
The reel of tape is finally exhausted,
James Baldwin sits back, and the ferry
is finally calmed of its passengers. Now
one must look very closely to be able to
see where the boat leaves off and the pier
And the little black man, who tied
the beast down, has disappeared prob
ably to get another cup of coffee.
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Our Man Hoppe-
Phynkia Got The Bomb
Herewith is another un
written chapter in that stan
dard unpublished reference
work, "A History of the
World, 1950-1999." The title
of this chapter is, "The
Ratt that Smiled."
The failure of the major
powers in the late 1960s to
sign a treaty against nu
clear proliferation produced
the predicted dire results.
Germany, which had
blocked the treaty because
it wanted bombs for peace
ful purposes, got theirs. It
was touch and go whether
the Israelis would conse
quently get theirs. But, for
tunately, they developed a
nuclear deterrent in the
nick of time.
So it went. Every time
one nation got the bomb, its
neighbors perspired until
they got theirs, too. Bombs
proliferated ever ywhere.
Yet an uneasy peace pre
vailed. For each nation
feared to unleash its bcmbs,
knowing retaliation would
be instant. And thus the
theory of peace through nu
clear deterrence reached
its ultimate flowering.
Then Phynkia got the
Now Phynkia consisted of
13.6 square miles of abso
lutely arid desert. Its popu
lation of 48 eked out a mis
erable existence forging
dirty French postcards and
exporting lice for use in sci
Their hereditary ruler, or
Ratt, never smiled not
even when he was hailed by
his people, as he invariably
was, as "The Greatest Ratt
So when the Ratt ac
quired the bomb (in a swap
with an unemployed camel
driver for 1.3 kilos of
adulterated rot), he sat for
a long time looking at this,
the ultimate weapon, un
smilingly. "Only I," he said, "un
derstand the theory of
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peace through nuclear de
terrence." And he fired off
a dirty postcard (regular
mail) to the U.S. State De
partment, demanding an
The State Department,
after finally locating Phyn
kia on an old map, dis
patched an Ambassador.
"I fear you don't under
stand the theory of nuclear
deterrence, old chap," the
Ambassador told the Ratt
with a patronizing smile.
"While it's, true you could
blow us up, our swift nu
clear retaliation would re
duce Phynkia to an abso
lutely arid desert."
"Big deal," said the Ratt,
looking out the window.
"You must think of your
people," said the Ambassa
"I am," said the Ratt,
ducking a rock.
"And your loved ones and
"How do you spell that
last?" asked the Ratt, leaf
ing through an English
Phynkian dictionary. But it
A week later, the U.S.
surrendered. Russia, after
similar negotiations, follow
ed suit. And so the Ratt
came to rule the world.
He piled all the bombs in
a heap and carried the de
tonator around his neck.
This deterred reformers
from overthrowing him. Or
even jiggling him gently.
But in the end, a lasting
peaae was finally achieved
through nuclear deterrence.
The fret to sense its com
ing was a holy man who
visited the Ratt on his
deathbed and said, "Re
pent, my son. For though
you have gained the world,
remember: You can't take
it with you."
It was then that The
Greatest Ratt in History,
fox the first time in his life,
Shame, Lassie, Shame
Dear Editor: . . t 4i .
Shame, Lassie, shame ... or An Open Letter to Pat
There you go thinking again.
I now take pen in hand to write thee an epistle.
'Tis filled with hearsay and rumor and in no way is to
be seriously contemplated.
'Tis rumored that somewhere beyond Nebraska s con
servative hills is something called Western Civilization
and from thy actions, Lassie, I almost suspect that thou
belongs'! there. Here, as thou knowest we're forbidden
to listen to dangerous thoughts on our crystal sets and
our graduates get high on Hyggie (Nebraskan, April 6)
and turn into beasts called Lums or Ad Stabilizers. (A
Lums is a beast from the letter A.)
These good creatures prevent as long as possible the
traumatic experience people in Western Civilization actu
ally TRY to go through. I hear its called growing up
and it involves Sin Terrible Sin like thinking and mak
ing decisions and holding hands and (shudder) being re
sponsible. Therefore, Lassie, bow thy head beneath thy yoke
and be not shocked when the Big Ad team fends off the
monster Modern America. Some day you might like
' Clark D. Spivey, Jr.
P.S. My underworld informant just dropped by to say
that not all our graduates swallowed Hyggie and that
he's heard via the crystal set that the enemy may actu
ally be threatening. Next thing you know students will
be claiming "rights" what ever they are . , .
Second Bests Try Harder
We feel that free speech and right of expression
plays an important role' in a democratic state, and we
also believe that a column such as this one is a vital
means of exercising this freedom. However it is unfor
tunate that some people who exercise this freedom gross
ly abuse it by writing articles consisting of misinforma
tion. Such was the case of Tom Bleser's letter, April 26.
Bill Steen, whom Mr. Bleser stated was our "pre
vious hero behind bars" has certainly never been pro
fessed at any time as our hero. The resolution that our
club passed concerning Mr. Steen and his bookstore
stated that although we do not necessarily agree with all
literature sold in his store we do firmly believe in his
right to sell it. It is the idea, the cause, not the man
that is our "hero", Mr. Bleser. Also you might be sur
prised to learn that Mr. Steen is not currently behind
The "weak sister" whom you mentioned "spent most
of his time throwing rocks at other democrats" is Pro
fessor Braeman, history professor and Phi Beta Kappa
graduate of Howard University. We felt that this gentle
man, while not necessarily prejudiced in favor of all
Democratic politicians, would be an interesting, informa
tive and reasonably objective speaker.
Mr: Bleser is also mistaken in assuming that we did
not campaign for our candidates last fall. Admittedly we
were not conspicuous by our flagrant banner waving on
campus and our participation in parades. Perhaps if you
would have walked from door to door with us in below
freezing weather canvassing this city prior to last fall's
elections you would not be in such a hurry to accuse.
Of course we do not worry about your unconstructive
and misinformed criticism, Mr. Bleser. We take it with
a grain of salt. If we may borrow one of your phrases,
"the. Democratic Party will continue to be great in spite
But we do worry about such things as the results
which our canvassing produced last fall. We worry about
the people in this state and are concerned with their fu
ture in it. And, yes, we do worry about our club. We
do not profess to be the strongest organization in the
world. Of course, you must realize our environment is
not exactly similar to that of Cook County, Illinois, eith
er. But we do believe "second bests try harder!"
President, Young Democrats
AWS Privileges Lost
TO ALL WHO HAVE RENOUNCED THEIR MEM
BERSHIP IN AWS: If you renounce your membership in
AWS, you are renouncing your privileges as a member
of AWS but not the rules and regulations. Because AWS
rules are University of Nebraska law, you will still have
to follow these rules (i.e. hours, number of overnights,
getting special permission slips, etc.). Any infraction
thereof will be handled directly by the Office of Student
Affairs. Some of the privileges of AWS you will be denied
are: key privileges, extended hours, voting in AWS' elec
tions, participating in Coed Follies and Ivy Day Sing.
Gather Secession 'Inane'
We feel that the action taken by 13th floor of Cather
Hall was completely illegal and nothing more than a
childish move for attention. Most of the "proposals" they
have demanded, before they will consider coming back
to Cather, are already provided for in either the present
constitutional system or in Sturgis' Rules of Order which
the hall goes by. The executive council, as it has done
in the past, is doing all that is within their power to
make the laws more workable, clear, and acceptable to
Two weeks before 13th floor seceded because of their
grievances against the by-laws, a meeting was held for
the expressed purpose of rewriting and reworking the by
laws. The meeting was well publicized and open to all
now so interested in the hall's judicial system and its by
laws, why didn't they show interest at the meeting, which is
the normal democratic procedure.
We therefore censure 13th floor for their illegal and
inane action in seceding from Cather Hall, and request
them to present their views through the normal demo
cratic processes if they wish to be heard in the future.
- Robert Frost House
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