The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 02, 1967, Page Page 2, Image 2
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN Editorials Commentary Monday, October 2, 1967 Page 2 Turn Back J 1 4 i J1 ' !vj ; ')' MP", - If .t - n Picnic lunches, music, casual conver sations set in an atmosphere of grass, trees and sky all equal Sunday's love-in at Pinewdod Bowl m Pioneer Park. Yes, it was Sunday, October, 1967 but it could just as well have been any late summer Sunday 30 or 40 yars ago. Granted, the hems may have been higlier and colors more gaudy, the mus ic more swinging and the conversations about more recent happenings. But it could have been 30 or 40 years ago. There were probably those law en forcement officials, administration offici als and just plain ordinary citizens who felt that a love-in would be some type of orgy involving sex, pot liquor and-or a riot. But this it was not In fact, we are sure that a great number of those estimated 7,000 Lincoln citizens and University students who drove out to the love-in were curiosity seekers, those who like to stand outside a cage and look at the funny animals. Yet is it not rather ironic that these sad people who view the love-in as a curiosity or oddity are the same people who begin their sentences with "N o w, back in the good old days . . ." And that these same people view something which was common in their day as a curiosity in 1967. Perhaps it is a rather sad commen tary on life. The United States in 1967 is one if the most prosperous nations on earth with more leisure time than ever before. Yet at the same time crime, especially that committed by juveniles, surges upward. Fathers get home from their 40-hour week and immediately rush off to golf games, bowling leagues and meetings ad infinitum. Mothers, if they are not working when their children come home, are off to bridge games, PTA meetings, ladies aid societies and other functions ad in finitum. And children cannot be left off the hook either. Either on their own voli tion, or their parents' example, the kids are off to Cub Scouts, Brownies, basket ball practice and Pep Club meetings also ad infinium. Meanwhile, the American family does not even know its next-door neigh bors. And much less do the members of the family get to know each other. Gone are the' family picnics of 1937. Gone are tht times when all the neigh bors would get together for a giant buf fet, followed by casual conversations and group singing. American society sets a pace match ed only by the whirring of gigantic com puters. American college students have be come obsessed with football games, dates, grades, Vietnam, student rights and a multitude of other issues. Note that we do not say that it is bad to get involved in these issues, we're mere ly say it is wrong to become obsessed with them. Thus, in October, 1967, we find adults and some students staring and pointing at Sunday's love-in (nothing really new) like it was a-sideshow freak. Why? The adults perhaps they forget And stu dents perhaps they never knew. ,k Tug. SCUcUlkSs. 'J. -pS&& JCIlY' ig dotate l3tofcMs yj $50,000,000 (EtftUr'i Nate: Tbe following is aa anonymous note received by tbe Nebras kan) I have the distinguished honor of be ing a member of I committee to raise $50 million to be used to place a statue of Lyndon B. Johnson in the Hall of Fame in Washington, D C. This committee was in quite a quan dary about selecting a proper location for the statue. It was thought net wise to place ft beside George Washington, who never told a lie, since Lyndon could NEVER tell the difference. After careful consideration, we think it should be placed beside the statue of Christopher Columbus, the greatest New Dealer of them an, in that Columbus started out not knowing where he was going, arrived not knowing where he was and returned not knowing where he had been, all of this done on borrowed money, money. Our Man Hoppe- The inscription on the statue will read: I PLEDGE TO LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON AND THE NATIONAL DEBT FOR WHICH HE STANDS, ONE MAN EXPANDABLE WITH GRAFT AND COR RUPTION FOR ALL. Five thousand years ago. Moses said to the children of Israel, "Pick up you shovels, mount your asses and camels and I will lead you to t h e Promised Land." Nearly 5,000 years later. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses and light up your Camels, this is the Promised Land." Now Lyndon is stealing your shovels, kicking your asses, raising the price of your Camels and taking over the Prom ised Land. If you are one of tbe few citi zens who has any money left after taxes, I expect a generous contribution from you for this wonderful project Sex Education Is Extracurricular Arthur Hopp The trustee and directors take pride in announcing the opening next fall of the Uriah P. Fagin School for Boys and Girls. Its motto: "Caveat Emptor." The philosophy behind the Fagin School, was best summed up by its bead master, Dr. T. Homer Pettibone, PhD, EdD, LsD.: "The duty of an educational system is (1) to inculcate in tbe student the goals of his society and (2) to equip him to meet its challenges. Our present system fails dismally. "It is thus our high nope at tbe new Fagin School to matriculate young men and women adquately prepared to (1) make a fast buck and (2) not get caught" is ft is Dr. Pettibone, himself, win teach the basic philosophy course, "From At tila the Hun to Modern Corporate Ethics." Required reading includes Macbiavelli, Nietzche and tbe Truth in Advertising Code. Courses is the New Math win con centrate ia tbe preparation of income tax forms, with special emphasis on legiti mate business dedications which cannot be double-checked. Originally, the new math was to have cohered the prepara tion of expense accounts at welL But it was felt this subject could better be dealt with in our Creative Writing department In our well-equipped chemistry lab oratory, students will conduct experi ments which will teach them to m a k e lysergic acid, mescaline, peyote. tbe dry martini and other aids to making our cities more livable. Other science courses iBclude. "Bugs and How to Wire Them." Ia public speaking, the students will learn to speak extemporaneously on any subject for a full hour without saying any thing. This is one if the many courses in the field of American government, which offers so many career opportuni ties for promising Fagin School grad uates. Examinations will, of course, be con ducted on the honor system with proctors monitoring secretly through one-way glass mirrors. As in other schools, high er grades will be awarded for successful cheating. In addition, however, subtle bribery and polite extortion will be en couraged to bring on the student's best in his relationship with his teacher. While the academic is stressed, the body is not forgotten. Advanced young ladies will be given a full course in mod ern dance. (Students must bring their own topless bikinis.) And the physical education program for young men will be under tbe direction of Mr. William (Brick Wall) NgckyscbwzkL the a o ted professional football player. He will lecture from personal experi ence on "Toe Key to Remaining Pbysi cxlly Fit between U Mi and 23 a Trick Knee" s put it, "Mens Or, as Dr. sana in corpore 4-F. St -k -ft Tuition is S3 .500 per annum in un marked bills. While this may seem ex orbitant it must be remembered that we parents set the goals and challenges of our modern society and we thus owe our children the education necessary to meet them successfully. Or, as Dr. Pettibone expresses it so well: "A year in the Fagin School now may well save 10 ia Leavenworth later." (fit) I tEL I tWloP . - jm m i.l a 1 Vi K iilW By Dan Dickmeyer There is one problem with making the play to the big name and using Thor eau's well-worn "perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer ... let him step to the music which he hears." It so easily allows someone to bring in their whole band, march right over you and drown your ears in the 19th century mu sic they blare. For instance, one wonders what drum mer has deafened the writer of this edi torial reprinted from the Sept. 15 issue of the Chadron (Neb.) State College Eagle: PSYCHEDELIC WASTELAND Like, man, it's out! What's out? Just about anything that appeals to the 'beat' set. Chadron State College is just not another Berkeley, or a back street in Greenwich Village. There are limitations to what you may do and be. if j'ou wish to attend this school for the purpose of learning. Freedom of expression does not enter this situation at all. Those who wish to express their feelings in a responsible manner will find many forums for their writing, talks, or whatever. Part of 'grow ing up' is the ability to express oneself in a manner whereby others may be per suaded to the speaker's way of thinking. Or, if they do not choose to be persuaded, listener interest will still make tbe effort worthwhile. Since this is an institution of higher education, tbe faculty and administration (backed by the majority of responsi ble students) seek to provide a good at mosphere in which to learn. You are already on campus, so there is no need to take trips' via the cell destroying drugs attaining recent national publicity. There is none of the bearded, or unkempt protester types visible on campus, since reasonable limitations on suitable attire preclude wearing "grub bies" or beards. TYPING The trouble with most of the impor tant social movements (like it or not, the beat and hippie phenomenon is a social movement or event) is that there always are those so quick to type using tbe traits which are symbolic of the move ment as a starting point For instance, note how the writer of the editorial so easily associated beards and psychedel.a with hippies and bets. And for good measure, threw in protesting. Of course even on our own campus the other day I heard a Daily Nebraskan reporter being asked if Cater Chamblee was a hippie. His beard tnd straw hat, (be looked more like Sebastian Cabot) were enough. The fact that he was work ing on his PhD and after graduation will "drop out" to teach college for the rest of his life, never entered the picture. CSC is a psychedelic wasteland. The writer of this editorial assures me it's a good thing. With this type of mature thinking, aspirin could be dangerous. I attended CSC for a year, with re spect to the few really fine professors and some students. CSC is also an intel lectual wasteland. In addition to the censored newspaper and poetry publica tion and the intellectual discussions which I always seemed to miss, the students' (those of age or who can fake iti best forum. Hyde Park, student court, and ad hoc committee is the local bar. This is where that "irresponsible" minority gen erally go to gripe. TRICKS There are limitations of what you can do and be in addition to those resulting lrom some of the lax educational techni ques. If you are a teacher with some new ideas you can't be one of those nasty Norman Hoegberg types. It's the beard again.) Students had to fight for permission to grow beards for the Cen tennial. A brilliant art student friend of mine was told by the dean to get his hair cut (then Beatle length) or leave school. The Chadron State College Library is open to all residents of the area. My last dealing with it was the hot summer night I went to do research on a newspaper article in a clean shirt bermuda shorts and shoes. I looked like I'd just stepped out of "Gentleman's Quarterly," but I was ushered to the door and told my dress was not appropriate. CULTURAL WASTE CSC is a cultural wasteland. Attempts to bring big name entertainment to t h e campus regularly pack up their s u i t cases and "take a trip" home. Those that stay used to get pleasure out of go ing to the movie house and throwing popcorn boxes at the screen. CSC is an administrative wasteland. A new 11-story dorm (the tallest build ing between Hay Springs and Crawford) and the other empty dorms surrounding . it stand as a tribute to administrative bungling. The responsible administrators, prone to making excuses for their high rise half-filled public relations endeavors, cried "Closed for remodeling" when peo ple talked about the empty women's dormitory., complete with sunken gar dens. The beat of the distant drummer that CSC hears is "we-do-not-choose-to-be-per-suaded - but - our - listener - interest makesyour-efforts-worthwhile." Listen closely. You can hear tbe drummer here, too. Dear Editor: We reject George Kauf man's recent "Grand Sprix" Friday Sept. 29 as being beneath his usual de corum. We resent his scandalous attack on "our great insti tution" student govern ment We are actively en gaged in promoting in ASUN the lengthening of ladies' skirts, as we feel this is a deterrent to due consideration of much more vital issues i.e.: FLIGHTS to Europe (at 50 percent above current market costs.) VIETNAM gets more publicity than Chancellor Hardin. SPANGLER gets more publicity than Dick Schulze. WHAT IS the real story, on no nickel refills on Union coffee? We challenge Mr. Kauf man to obtain the PLAIN TRUTH! Bill Kyser Paul S. Lerner Hat Theft Dear Editor: We are writing concern ing the theft of our Cather Hall "red safari hats." We are not concerned with the financial loss that was suf fered because the hats cost very little and it is relatively easy to obtain a replace ment What does concern us is the fact that fellow Cornhuskers were the thieves. We know that most stu dents remember the fuss that was raised on campus and expressed in the Daily Nebraskan after the steal ing of red hats by the Mis souri and Colorado fans. There were accused of im mature behavior and poor sportsmanship. These thefts resulted from a fierce spirit generated by school rivals at football games. The thefts of our "safari hats" came after some fierce competition kindled by the Greeks and Independents present at the Pep Rally Friday evening. The purpose of the Spirit Trophy is not to generate a spirit that is going to bring friction between the groups participating. In stead the trophy is to di rect the spirit present at the contest towards the Husk er's foe at the Saturday game. Those who took our hats showed that they do not realize the basic fact that H u s k e r s should fight Gophers and not other Huskers. We sincerely hope the be havior, such as was dis played by these two stu dents, is not indicative of the spirit shown by other Huskers. ii there are any more of these "anti-Husk-ers" we hope that in the fu ture they will direct their energy aeainst Nebraska's football opponents. Cather Men Lost Dear Editor: A Maa Without a Country (An answer to the charge brought against my person by a young ladv at Hyde Park on Sept. 28, 1967, to the effect that I am an eva sive speaker.) I. Robert Pavlas. am in a sense a man without a country. During the last two Hyde Parks I have spoken for the traditional methods of doing things, yet, I see that tradition can many times be false. I can see the other point of view, and I am always open to argument, I try to see the "other side" that is today called "radical" or "e x t r e m e", therefore, with these thoughts in mind I may seem to some people to be contradictory or eva sive. However, it has been stated that a measure of a man's ability is the faculty of holding two opposing ideas at the same time and still being able to function. Remember things are not necessarily b 1 a c k-and-white. there is a lot of grey in between. Therefore, a speaker can only present his views as honestly and fairly as possible. Now these views as I have stated many times be fore are not necessarily right or good or the "facts," they are just my views and opinions and value judge ments. A speaker must leave himself open to argu ment, the man who cannot withdraw a statement or who cannot see the "other side" is a dogmatic tool of tyranny. If one does not have all the answers it is not be cause he is necessarily eva sive, but because he may be searching for the truth and the truth is an evasive creature. So if a person seems contradictory or evasive it may only be that he is searching for the opinions of others and I am thankful that there are people who do think enough to have some opinions, even if they are not necessarily right or wrong. .Robert Pavlas Love-in Dear Editor: Lincoln, Nebraska's firs love-in seemed to be a suc cess from the comments I've heard. Everyone went out there to nejoy them selves but no one knew what to do. The order of the day was to watch what the other people were doing; and stand apart from the "hippie-ordeal" for fear of being typed in the flower-children class. Reinforced squads of Lincoln police and local Sheriffs had to stand guard for anything that might, happen and turn people away that came to watch anything that might happen. From the talk I've heard, those things that might have happened didn't happen. In short, the love-in was not a happening in the true "hippie" sense of the word. Grandmothers have done racier things at ice cream socials. The entire afternoon seemed to be wasted by those enthusiastic about Ne braska's first love-in. But this time-wasting is typical of those people who par ticipated in the love-in and of those people who go to work for a cause by not doing anything. How about you hippies quit kidding yourself and settlind down and settling down and really doing something? Frank Lee Tbe Nebraskan reserves the right to condense letters. Unsigned letters will not be printed. Vol n. so. a Daily Nebraskan Oct. X Wf raxraoXE: 47X-SW. 471-19M. rES0-1.? !" "' m. n. fUbM Uauin. Wadmdw. 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