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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Friday, December 8, 1967
Panhellenic . . .
Ri&ht of Left
Panhellenic has been dying for many
semesters and, as far as most people
are concerned, it is now dead. The death
was not a sudden one brought on by one
particular disease, but was slow and
painful a result of many causes.
Needless to say, the death affects
the survivors most greatly the 18 sorori
ties, in the most direct fashion. For
without a Panhellenic, the sorority sys
tem is without any type of leadership.
Perhaps this illness should have been
mentioned before. But there is always a
chance that this illness would have been
used by the Board of Regents as just
another reason for deferred rush. How
ever, if one considers the issue, defer
red rush would certainly be no cure.
One of the most serious diseases af
flicting Panhellenic has been the lack
of qualified leadership. This is not meant
to imply that the present leaders are
unqualified, but if they are, it is only
a result of chance and not on purpose.
The presidency of Panhellenic has
been passed around from sorority to
sorority like the proverbial "golden egg."
And the sorority that happens to get
the "golden egg" in a certain year has
the President of Panhellenic whether or
not there is one qualified person in that
sorority to serve as President.
Thus, the executive ability of the
Panhellenic President has been a hit-or-miss
(but mostly miss) affair.
The President of Panhellenic should
be elected. This has been suggested be
fore, but each sorority has been so
tightly bound up in its own interests that
it has no time to concern itself with
the problems of the system.
Only when the president of Panhel
lenic is elected will there be any rea
sonable assurance that the office will
be filled by a qualified individual.
But even if the Panhellenic presi-
Righl Intent . . .
dent were elected, it Is unlikely that
Panhellenic could become a viable or
ganization unless the majority of the
representatives changed their attitudes
. Rivalry between sororities (much of
which is imaginary) has been so over
played that delegate representatives to
Panhellenic cannot take a vote on an
issue unless they poll the members of
their sorority first.
Panhellenic might just as well meet
in the ballroom of the Union and in
vite all sorority members to vote on
issues. At least then issues could be re
solved in one week and without the week
delay now necessary for polling.
If Panhellenic is ever to become a
successful force in the sorority system,
representatives must realize that they
should vote on issues, not only with re
gard for the general house opinion, but
more with , regard for the entire sorority
Panhellenic has many problems,
which it, too, will admit if it looks at
the sorority system realistically. But
these problems will never be solved if
the present attitude continues and the
"golden egg" continues to be passed
The Daily Nebraskan urges Panhel
lenic to change its constitution to make
the President an elective office.
We further recommend that repre
sentatives to Panhellenic grow up and
realize that there is something more im
portant than each single sorority the en
tire system in itself.
Unless these changes are made there
is little chance for a resurrection of
Panhellenic and the sorority system will
lie forever in stagnation and decay.
The Senate should be commended for
the intent of its resolution on military
recruiting at the University. But per
haps the Senate should re-examine at
least one of the methods" it proposes to
change Selective Service director Lewis
B. Hershey's directives regarding stu
When Hershey first made the state
ment recommending that the deferments
of men who engage in illegal activity
which causes refusal of duty in the mili
tary service and of those who interfere
with military recruitment including on
campus military recruitment be revoked,
the Daily Nebraskan criticized this ac
"It certainly seems highly question
able whether the draft should be used as
a punishment lor those students who
have blocked military recruiters from
coming onto campus . . .
"But we feel that the draft is not,
and should not be, punishment for dis
obeying the laws. We feel the punishment
provided under the laws and it is near
ly certain there were laws broken
should be the penalty for this conduct."
The Daily Nebraskan feels the same
about the directive as it did at that time.
Thus we would agree with the reso
lution that states that "the ASUN Sen
ate pledges its resources to the active
support of any person drafted for this
reason and seeking to test the legality
of his being drafted and strongly sup
ports the efforts of the National Stu
dent Association (NSA) litigation in the
federal courts opposing the policy ex
pressed in the Hershey directive."
But the Daily Nebraskan does dis
agree with Senate in urging that mili
tary recruitment on campus be suspend
ed until Hershey revokes his directive.
It seems unlikely that this action,
even if all colleges and universities
adopted it, would have any effect on re
scinding Hershey's directive.
The draft and recruitment, though
they both provide manpower for the mili
tary services, are two separate organi
zations. It is highly unlikely that stop
ping one would greatly affect the other.
Moreover, the Daily Nebraskan feels
that this action is contrary to the Stu
dent Bill of Rights passed last spring
by the student body. All students, in
cluding those who might wish to inter
view with military recruiters, should be
allowed that opportunity. When that op
portunity is denied, the Bill of Rights
is being contradicted.
Perhaps it is true, as Sen. Spangler
contends, that eliminating the presence
of military recruiters will remove the
possibility of students being involved in
demonstrations against the recruiters
But if certain students are very ada
mant in their objection to military re
cruiters, there are offices of recruiters
only a few blocks away from campus
which could just as easily be the ob
ject of student demonstrations.
The Daily Nebraskan fully agrees
with the intent of the resolution and two
of the proposed actions; but we also feci
that the weight of evidence is In favor
of student rights in the action urging
that military recruiters be banned.
R.I.P. Hyde Park
Hvilc Park is floundering and it
probably should be allowed lo quietly
The weekly Nebraska Union lounge
forum. began three years ago amid much
fanfare and coverage from the state's
press, It continued to be an attention
getter and a crowd-drawer for most of
the first year-and-a-half, helped along
by the novelty of it all and the person
lity of Carl Davidson.
Hydf Park wasn't always enlighten
ing, highly meaningful or intellectually
st'mu'ating, but it was generally enter
taining. A student or faculty member
could spend a pleasant hour listening to
the debates and the monlogues over
womens' hours, political candidates, na
tional politics and the stop lights on
14th St. The old Hyde Park sessions drew
crowds of 200-250 who created such traf
fic problems the Union officials stood
by to keep order.
This year, however, the forum has
lacked all appeal. It started out weak
ly an-1 continued that way until it fell
inn i patfe'i that each Thursriny the
iv -I ' :U crukrs would gr.-vuate from
t!f rib to the lounge, plop themse'ves
on !nc furniture and elect one of them to
take the microphone while the others
played word games with him.
The rest of the "audience" consisted
of the high school-style boys who regu
larly Inhabit the lounge television chairs
end Union drifter g, Characteristic t this
group was one student who said he was
a! Thursday's session "only because I'm
waiting for a bus."
The Hyde Park idea was good three
years ago and it still is, but the forum
has fallen into such ill times that it is
best It be dropped.
The open student forum idea can be
effectively put into operation in some
A possible alternative to Hyde Park
might be a monthly student panel fea
turing administration or student govern
ment representatives or campus person
alties who currently figure in a campus
issue. Students would have the opportun
ity to question the main figures in the
issue and to give them their own views
of the situation.
The forum could be held, in the
Union lounge with basically the same
setup as Hyde Park. The monthly meet
ing date would hopefully insure Against
A good way to start the series off
would be to get the ASUN executives
to appear for a question-and-answer ses
sion. Now that they are halfway through
their term, students must have many
questions about what has been going on
in the Senate and with the Bill of Rights.
The Union Talks and Topics Com
mittee has always been one of the most
original and versatile groups on the cam
pus. The committee should be if they
are not not seriously considering n al
ternative to Hyde Park,
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Our Man Hoppe
King Herod, Peace Fighter
By ARTHUR HOPPE
The noted archeologist, Dr. Mark
Hawkings, has discovered still another
Lively Lake Scroll in an Essene Cave in
his basement. The text may throw some
further light on long-ago events. It follows.
Now when Jesus was born in Beth
lehem of Judea in the days of Herod,
the king, behold, there came wise men
from the east to Jerusalem, saying,
"Where is he that is born the Prince
of Peace? For we have come to wor
And Herod, the king, greeted them,
saying, "No man more worships peace
than I. But what kind of peace? Peace
with honor? Peace with justice? Peace
And the wise men sayeth they know
eth not, these things not having been
When Herod, the king, had heard
these words he was troubled, and all
Jerusalem with him. And when he had
gathered all the chief priests and scribes
together, he demanded what he should
And Dean, the Scribe of State, stepped
forward, prophesying: "As Bethlehem go
eth, so goeth Nazareth, Jericho and all
And Mack, the Chief Priest of the
Army, stepped forward, abacus in his
hand, prophesying: "Ten thousand sol
diers, 0 King, will bring peace to Ju
dea in forty days and forty nights."
And Horatio, the favorite of the king,
stepped forward, smiling and saying:
"All men loveth and worship thee, O
King, and know that thou seeketh only
peace. Only peace with honor."
And Herod, the king, well-pleased
with such advice, sent ten thousand sol
diers to Bethlehem to seek peace with
honor. And when forty days had passed,
he sent another ten thousand and anoth
er and another.
And, lo, voices of dissent were raised
in Jerusalem and protest was heard in
"Peace is just around the corner,"
"We are now fighting to save the
whole world," prophesied Dean.
"And, anyway," sayeth Horatio, still
smiling, "I yet love and worship thee,
And Herod, the king, scowled, say
ing, "1 will go anywhere to talk about
peace, on the land or on the water."
And the people of Bethlehem respond
ed, saying, "withdraw your soldiers and
there will be peace."
"Not that kind of peace!" cried Her
od, the king. And waxing exceeding
wroth, he sent forth orders to his sol
diers, saying, "Slay all the children that
are in Bethlehem and in all the coasts
thereof, from two years old and under!"
When ambassadors from every land
protested, Herod, the king, sayeth: "I
do this to save thee, and thou mock
me?" When his own people lamented, he
sayeth: "1 do this to protect thee, and
thou decry me?"
And, lo, peace came to Bethlehem,
but no man would sayeth that it was
peace with honor. Not even Horatio.
"1 care not what people sayeth,"
cried Herod, the king, "for I know that
history will absolve me."
And verily, it is written: "He goeth
to history for judgment who hath no
where else to go."
I'm sick and tired of everyone ob
jecting to AWS and trying to put it down.
1 think it's about time someone spoke
up in defense of AWS and Dean Synder.
I contend AWS and all that goes with
It (womens' hours, etc.) is necessary and
all women should have to be members.
In support of this I say have you ever
noticed that women are different than
men? You bet, men don't need anyone to
tell them when to come in at night;
they're intelligent enough to know when
Besides, if girls try to seduce them,
they're strong enough to fight the girls
off. Girls don't possess these attributes
as everyone knows. They are stupid and
need someone to protect their frail bod
ies. The fact that there are two males to
one female at this University proves men
are superior and don't need someone to
tell them what to do: i.e. "Might makes
However, although I approve of this
terrific system, I offer two suggestions:
All women have their genes ex
amined to make sure they qualify as
Gins' parents be required to live
In the empty dorms, thus solving the
problems of empty rooms and closer su
pervision. Long live male supremacy.
I was somewhat disturbed by an
aau&uig little letter from John Breck-
rnridge which appeared in (he Wednes
day Daily Nebraskan.
There is yet another kind of free
dom -the kind of freedom that sets a
man free even from the point of time
and space which cumbers his body. This
is the freedom of truth. It is the type of
freedom of conscience, the freedom from
disabling fear which allows one to do
what he can or feels he must and face
Perhaps Marxer is free.
"For the reader who cares to ex
plore this concept of freedom more thor
oughly, I refer him to God's Bible.
Clark D. Splvey, Jr.
This is a short poem I wrote this
Puzzled by the fear of the unknown,
Pushed through the line
Strip, specimln, squat, bend cough
The new-cropped heads, fitted for
Top virgin bodies unused to harsh
Presently the sergeant, black eyes
Teeth and lips set, gives the order
The reluctant boots make no noise
But leave oozing depressions in the
The thin column rounds a bend and
Before a low hut.
Flies buzz In the clammy stillness
And the red flag doesn't even move.
Bruce Wollcnbcrg, Vicar
University Lutheran Chapel
By A. C. E.
In keeping with the true Christmas spirit I have de
cided to publish a list of Christmas gifts which I have
compiled for all of you who are still unsure of what
token to give to your favorite campus personalties and
In an effort to help the Regents maintain their cur
rent image an appropriate gift would be a copy of de
Tocqueville's Democracy In America. : . ....
Chancellor Hardin has been hinting that he would
like a detailed map of Lincoln with the route between
his home and the University clearly delineated. For all
of you who wish to be a tad more generous let me also
suggest a detailed map of the campus which can be ob
tained at no cost at any of the university bookstores.
G. Robert Ross: the presidency of ASUN, that way
it would all be legal.
As you know Dean Snyder enjoys open houses in the
dormitories so as an extra special holiday lift I feel that
a rash of open houses would be appropriate. The girls'
living units are also advised to have their AWS reps con
duct the Dean on a tour of their dorm in the interest of
a continual flow of traffic during your special event.
To show our thanks to those grand promoters of
academic freedom, Terry Carpenter and Norbert.Tn)
mann, I feel that an extra student fee should be assessed
to provide funds for a monument constructed in their
image. The statues could then be placed in the mall, a
welcome addition to the University's campus.
Union: a new Hospitality Committee or Charles
Ad Hoc Committees: a fact to work on, with, or by.
Due to the fact that AWS Board is holding their an
nual Christmas party next Tuesday evening I believe
that all potential gift-givers should consider the possi
bility of providing entertainment for the group. Old
Mousekateer television flicks can be obtained quite easily.
Legal Attack On
Collegiate Press Service
Four national student organizations and 15 student
body presidents have filed a suit against Selective Ser '
vice Director Lewis B. Hershey.
The suit asks for a court injunction stopping enforce
ment of Hershey's recent letter to local draft boards
telling them to reclassify and draft as soon as possible
anyone who destroys or turns in his draft card or who
participated in demonstrations aimed at blocking induc
tion centers or military recruiters.
The suit followed a group of four others filed by the
American Civil Liberties Union in behalf of individuals
who have been reclassified under Hershey's order.
Ed Schwartz, president of the National Student As
sociation (NSA) the main plantiff in the student -case,
says he had been told by the ACLU that NSA's case
is more significant because it "is a whosesale attack at
the source of the unconstitutional order."
In addition to NSA, the jorganizations filing the suit
are Students for a Democratic Society, (SDS), Campus
Americans for Democratic Action (CADA), and the Uni
versity Christian Movement (UCM).
Hershey said Monday he does not consider it punish
ment to have a deferment removed to be drafted. "It is
a privilege to be called to serve your country," he1 said.
Hershey's letter to draft boards, sent Oct. 18, "how
ver, referred to reclassification and drafting as punish
ment for "misguided registrants."
His letter gave two instructions to local boards:
They could reclassify as eligible for service and
draft as soon as possible anyone who has destroyed or
turned in his draft card.
They should consider reclassifying and drafting as
soon as possible any person who attempts to block in.
duction centers or military recruiters. ". Z
The student suit alleges that these crders are uncon
stitutional and violate due process, because they do not
allow for a trial before a jury, defense counsel, etc.
The suit also says that the second of Hershey's or
ders violated the very law which he is supposed to.be
enforcing. It notes that the act passed by Congress in
June gives certain deferments, including those for stu
dents, "as a matter of statuatory right." Thus, when
Hershey tells draft boards to take away student defer
ments because of protest activities, he is violating "the
express will of Congress."
Schwartz also questions, as does the suit, Hershei'j
right to use the Selective Service System to punish dis
senters. The suit says such punishment 'should be left to
the courts and Schwartz added that . the Selective Ser
vice "has no more right lo punish people than a public
Local draft boards have already begun to enforce
Hershey's order, Schwartz says he believes at least 100
students have been reclassified under the order already.
The ACLU is filing suits in behalf of several of those
who have and will continue to do so as they arisen The
ACLU has already announced four suits filed in New
York; Camden, N.J.; Salt Lake City and Seattle and
says it is about to file one more.
Several of these involve clergymen who have been
reclassified after participation In anti-draft activity.
The National Council of Churches has joined as co
plaintiff with the ACLU in those cases.
The groups who filed the student suit form an un
usual coalition. SDS is much more radical than the oth
ers and has been the leading organizer of campus pro
tests Bgainst military recruiters. Both NSA and CADA
have opposed "corercive tactics such as interfering with
students who want to see recruiters," though they have
both opposed the use of campus police. The University
Christian Movement is a student organization affiliated
with the National Council of Churches.
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