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Friday, October 13, 1967
Page 2
Family Drinking
The federal government has finally
learned what many parents have known
for a long time problem drinking can be
prevented by promoting drinking in a fam
ily setting.
The finding is included in a $1 mil
lion study made by a 21-member Co
operative Commission on the Study of Al
coholism and financed by the National In
stitute of Mental Health.
The report also recommends that the
legal age for buying and drinking alco
holic beverages be lowered to 18 through
out the country.
Psychologists have been telling us
that most standards are learned during
the adolescent years. Yet the law makes
it a crime for a parent to teach his
child how to drink alcoholic beverages.
Instead it is left to the child to learn about
drinking when he finally becomes of age
when he no longer is under the influence
of his parents.
The story telling of the recommenda
tions does not state how a parent could
legally serve his child an alcoholic bever
age, but we assume that this would be
included in a liberalization of the present
Morevoer the recommendation that
the drinking age be lowered to 18 rec
ognizes realistically that the 18-year-old
of today is as mature and independent,
or more so, than the 21-year-old of 20 or
30 years ago.
The report is given added signifi
cance in that its recommendations arc
strongly endorsed by the National Council
of Churches.
That such a body should recognize a
problem and seek Its solutions realistically
is indeed an encouraging thought.
The Legislature and those groups con
cerned with the problem of increasing al
coholism problems should consider this re
port and take equally realistic action.
Outside World?
No man is an island. Nor should any
, university become an island.
; But it has happened. The University is
; an island. It is an island surrounded by
' huge walls and an uncrossable moat
: built by its students and professors.
I University students have completely
' divorced themselves from the outside
' world. Ask most students and one would
i believe that there really is no outside
I world.
Instead they are bound up in a world
of quizzes and tests, facts and figures,
dates and parties. And few of them per-
tain to the present.
Professors have lectured students
. about how they must know and under
stand the past to know and understand the
present. Does it not follow that in order
to know the future one must know the
And in 20 years, most University stu
dents will know ry little about the past
that which is the present in 1967. These
students the adult public of 1987 will
have little on which to base their opinions
in 1987.
We would venture to say there are
many students, not just at the University
of Nebraska, who do not open a news
paper beyond the front page after their
first day of freshman classes.
Students may be to blame for this. But
professors should also shoulder part of the
blame. They should need to understand
that their duty is not only to make student
understand the present, but it is also to
prepare them to understand the future.
The Daily Nebraskan is not the proper
vehicle for this understanding of the pres
ent world situation. We would not pretend
to do such.
Pull out of your shell and try reading
a good newspaper, national newspaper or
news magazine.
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Campus Opinion: Who
George Kaufman?
Dear Editor:
Some freshmen asked the
other day who George
Kaufman was. And I guess
they have a right to know
having to live on the same
campus with him.
When I first met George
Kaufman he was sitting in
the south area of the Crib
doing research for his care
fully thought-out article on
SDS (Nebraskan Grand
Sprix Oct. 121.
"Hi." I said. ' Let's dis
cuss that." he replied. "I
like to discuss things cause
I'm' a liberal and liberals
always discuss things right
up tiil they get run over.
"I think everyone should
stand up for what they be
lieve in as long as they
don't bother -anyone. For
instance, I think Negroes
are just as good as whites
and besides you can't judge
by appearances. Oh. look,
there goes one of those
funny-looking SDS people.
You know they all dress
funny and don't bathe, and
say, there's a Creek. I can
always spot a conformist
Greek. As I .was saying I'm
against stereotypes
. and . . ."
"Well, that's all very
. nice." I broke in, "but what
do you do?"
"Nothing, I'm a liberal."
Kaufman said.
"How do you differ from
a conservative? They don't
w a n t to do anything ei
ther." "But I don't do the same
things they don't do."
"Good luck." I said, edg
ing away, "With your fear
less column against SDS
and the Greeks, that will,
in all probability ruin you
on campus."
"I always fight evil
wherever I find it as long
as it's helpless," Kaufman
Afterthought I really
don't know anything about
George Kaufman but I
somehow left that out just
as he left out that he
doesn't know anything
about SDS.
Richard Littrell
Faculty View
Dear Editor:
1 realize that you have
had various articles on the
Free University, however,
I felt you might want some
thoughts from the science
The Free University is a
co-operative voluntary aca
demic adventure between
students and faculty where
in ideas of relevance are
discussed. No tuition is
charged, no records kept,
and grades and exams are
The student as well plays
a role in developing the
content of the curriculum.
Certain aspects of the free
University are readily un
derstandable except for the
"why." Why have a F r e e
University within a Univer
sity? Does "free" only have
reference to economics? In
dications are that free re
fers to freedom of thought,
freedom to explore, free
dom to create, freedom of
expression and freedom to
But aren't these free
doms encompassed in t h e
very purpose of a universi
ty? A. N. Whitehead once
said that "the justification
for a university if that it
preserves the connection
between knowledge and the
zest for life . . . imparting
information . . . imagina
tively." Does the Free University
represent that "knowledge
cafeteria with prepackaged
education sold by the unit?".
In one form or another
students have long com
plained of their educational
environment. Albert Ein
stein, as a student, said,
"that it is nothing short of
a miracle that the modern
methods of instruction
(memorize regurgi
tate) have not yet entirely
strangled the holy curiosity
of inquiry; for this delicate
little plant, aside from stim
ulation stands mainly in
need of freedom; without
this it goes to wreck and
ruin without fail."
Freedom is the mark of
our changing society. Songs
by the Monkeys. Mamas
and Papas. Streisand and
others reflect freedom. The
upsurges at Berkeley are a
manifestation of the de-humanized
multiversity In
the university as elsewhere,
freedom is the consensus of
what to suppress! Why sup
press in a university least
of all learning?
Learning today in the
multiversity is de-personalizeda
side reaction of in
stitutionalization. The Free
University on the other
hand is an expression of
personalized learning. It is
a family unit or tribal
learning with secure identi
ty of the members faculty
and students.
The Free University with
in the multiversity is not
a release from inhibtions
but is a function of t h e m.
Somehow institutionalized
learning has inhibited both
faculty and students from
exploring freely the un
charted waters of ideas.
That the Free University
should continue to exist
within the University is
germane to the educational
process for the learner can
teach the teacher. Both
systems can learn from
each other for as Thomas
Paine said "where all think
alike there is no thinking."
Douglas 0. deShazer
Ass't Professor
College of Dentistry
German View
Dear Editor:
A girl at a German
teachers college offers
these comments concern
ing the University dicta for
off -campus students:
"These monastery rules
for eunucks were no doubt
determined by a House
wives Association for Ster
ile Education in accordance
with the motto 'Live Better
With Nuroses.' ... do you
still have your moustache
or is this also against the
University rules?"
The Housewives Associa
tion here has a more im
posing title but the same
Daily Nebraskan:
I. as president of a fra
ternity and hopefully a ra
tional human being, must
take a definite stand re
garding your letter.
Now. I turn my attention
to the dilemma of the fresh
man. Here I will agree with
you to a certain extent. It
is true that some freshmen
are unstable and do n e e d
special attention. This is the
place that fraternities do
the MOST GOOD. The life
blood of fraternities is their
freshman pledges and that
is why fraternities endeav
or, through their leader
ship, to assist each pledge
to develop:
Intellectual curios
ity that assures the highest
Habits that lead to bet
ter mental and physical
Responsibility to fra
ternity, college and com
munity. Leadership that stems
from the principles of dem
ocratic government.
Extracurricular activi
ties. Ron Majors
Our Man Hoppe-
Dick and Pat
A Melodrama
Arthur Hoppe
Dear Editor:
In reply in "Correspond
ent's" letter in the Oct. 4
IIi, there, friends in television land. Hi.
It's time again to visit with that typical
American couple, Dick and Pat, for an
other chapter in One Man's Hang-up
that perennial dramatic series which asks
the question:
"Can a three-time loser lick his over
whelming ermr.uki"- r indulge and find
happiness in private life?"
As we join them today in their typical
American cottage around the typical
American comer, we find Dick, bleary
eyed and shaven, pacing the floor as Pat
hovers by. wringing her hands. All the
window shades are tightly drawn.
Dirk: 'with falp i''ialitv): Mv it's a
lovely day. I think I'll step out for a
breath of fresh air.
Pat: Now, dear, i know what you're think
ing. You're thinking of dropping in on pre
cinct headquarters and having a little chat
with the boys.
Dick: defensively): Well, what's wrong
with that?
Pat: Oh, you know you can't stop. You'll
promise to have one little off-the-record
session and come right home afterward.
-'li p- iff n a cross
country speaking binge, talking and carry
ing on till the wee hours in every village
and town.
Dick: But I'm way ahead in the polls.
Pat (sterly): And you know as well as I
do, dear, that's why you must have abso
lute quiet, at least until after the conven
tion. Dick: (persuiringl: But I feel this strong
urge to speak out on Vietnam and the nesd
to bomb the stuffings out of those uirty
Commie rats who . . .
Pat: Hush. now. dear. You know the polls
show enpp are getting disillusioned about
Vietnam. You certainly don't want to go
out any further on the limb on that issue.
Dick: Perhaps I could just outline my
moderate position on race riots.
Pat: And !'ie all the moderate delegates?
Not to mention both your Negro sup
porters? Dick: Well. I could announce my firm, un
alterable stand on dog leash laws. Let's
see. should I be pro or con?
Pat: Either way, dear, you'd alienate the
you promised to give it up. If you won't
think of yourself, think of your little fam
iiv .ne vy,p "! and .
Dick: (shuddering!: I know. 1 know,
(manfully pulling himself together and
patting her head: Fear not. dearest. I
have it licked. I can take speech-making
or leave it alone. It doesn't tempt me any
more. And now, if you'll excuse me. I
think I'll go lie down with a cold compress
on my forehead. It may help me over
come these withdrawal symptoms.
(He retires to the bedroom and locks
the door. Within minutes his muffled voice
can be heard, "Fellow Americans, I say to
you tonight we must unleash our might
in Vietnam, unleash our National Guard
in th hettos and either leash or unleash
our dogs,.."
Pat: (clapping the back of her hand to
her forehead): Oh. I fear he has stink to
the depths of degradation. He has be
come a solitary speaker! What if the
neighbors hear? Oh, dear heaven, what is
to become of us all?
Will Dick lick his speaking problem?
If so, v.iD he win? If so. will he remem
b 'n ictfi- 'i- ne
in again, friends, and meanwhile remem
ber our public service message:
" Politics is a disease. It CAN' be
cured All it takes is understand
ing friends, a loving family and getting
run over by a truck."
Riht of Left
by A. C.E,
What are we doing here?
This thought suddenly occurred to me as I. walked
into my University approved living unit and glaaiSHTat
the tube and to my utter joy saw the 107th special BSrbra
Stresiand Show in progress. "
And then I realized higher education must havVUHhe
thing. If nothing else you can escape Barbra Streisand
Show in progress.
And then I realized higher education must have some
thing. If nothing else you can escape Barbra Streisand Spe
cials with the excuse of booking or some sort of ridicu
lous activitiy meeting to attend.
Of course some students might think that avoiding
Streisand is not reason enough for going to college so for
those doubters let me begin again.
What are we doing here?
If you're a senior you're packing and if you're smart
you're packing. But everybody isn't a senior and -everybody
isn't smart so an indepth report on What We're Doing
Here is necessitated.
For such a report I needed a subject so in my de
mented state I chose the most convenient person I knew:
After all, I reasoned, I'm an average sophomore coed
equipped with the standard manic-depressive personality
which University life seems to produce so why not?
What am I doing here?
I'm trying to decide whether to become a hippie or a
subversive everybody needs a role.
While sitting in Tama, la., the other night building a
protective fortress around an injured cricket I suddenly
realized that I must be a hippie.
What other type of character would sit in Tama, la.,
caring for an injured cricket on a cold Friday evening and
besides I like flowers and I have a groovy string of corn
that could suffice for a necklace.
I was set. I had found my place in society. I looked at
the world with opened eyes: all around was beauty. Beau
tiful people abounded surrounded by beautiful bugs snd so
with my new found attitutde I bounded into the car pro
fessing feelings of love for the whole world until I re
membered I was headed for a National Council meeting
of SDS.
My new found world crashed. SDS and love are not
incompatible but to be a bonified hippie one should be
passive and apolitical.
After all, what self-respecting hippie would run out
shouting to people that they were facist dogs, capitalist
swine, and communist goats (preferably souting all three
at once that way you can't miss his political, philosophical,
and economic viewpoint).
So I was obviously confronted with a decision. .Deci
sions being quite messy I decided to put it off until after
the National Council meeting so I could have a better per
spective. But as I realize now I was doomed from the start
Who could resist those beautiful Wobblie anthems accom
panied by talk of revolution and free subversive buttons.
As I headed back for Nebraska, a hardened subver
sive, with thoughts of anarchy running through my train
I decided to instigate a coup d'etat in ASUN but before I
made the grand stand play for power I needed a test case,
I gave conscientious objector material to Sudsy Welps
in the hope that she would resign from ASUN (with only
two good senators left it wouldn't be hard to take over).
But you know Welps she used all my subversive lit
erature for a term paper. With such disheartening results
1 -s-urally took the attitude of you can't win 'em all so
why bother.
So here I sit a disillusioned hippie and a powerless
subversive completely without a role, and what is college
for if not to play a role?
What am I doing here?
As my four regular readers know, last week filfHL-of
Left took on the annual Rag task of slicing the Senior
Honoraries. . .
Unfortunately my usually infallible sources'mis
informed me as to the activities of the Mortar Boards. So
against my better judgement I am temporarily forsaking
my loyalty to Y.J.S. (Yellow Journalism Society) nd
have decided to publish some new evidence for (?) Mortar
Boards. -
First of all no more penny night splits with AWS and-or
Innocents. It's true people now you have no use for those
coins except to pay the sales tax.
Secondly M.B.'s are sponsoring a seminar for under
graduates who are planning to enter graduate school which
appears to be a very good program.
Enough of this tripe! You get the point, M.B.'s might
not be as spooky as it has been rumored.
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