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University ef Nebraska
Wednesday, February 14, 1968
Vol. 91, No. 61
Two senate bills aim for affiliation
with National Student association
by Jim Evingcr
Senior Staff Writer
Affiliation. of ASUN with the Na
tional Student Association (NSA)
is the target of two bills to be in
troduced in Student Senate
The first bill would place on the
spring ASUN ballot a proposal
that ASUN affiliate with the NSA.
The proposal would be decided
by the student body in the spring
The second bill is a resolution
by Senate endorsing the affiliation
ASUN President Dick Schulze
will present reasons backing the
bills and membership in NSA. At
its next meeting on Feb. 21 Sen
ate will vote on the two bills.
A national staff officer of NSA
is scheduled to be on campus
March 6 to discuss affiliation,
accorrlhg to Gene Pokorny, ASUN
first vice president.
Although most student senators
do not expect the proposal to be
voted down, six years ago that
Student Council decided not to
Issue caused controversy
The issue caused a lot more
controversy than it will this time
because of progress the organiza
tion has made.
It still faces internal problems,
such as the constant question of
raising funds. Linked to this is the
stigma of the revelation a year
ago by Ramparts magazine that
NSA was receiving about 80 per
cent of its funds from the Cen
Gold Star Winner . . .
Marine says Vietnamese are
fighting for freer government
by Andy Cunningham
Junior Staff Writer
The Vietnamese are fighting for
a freer government, but probably
not for democracy, according to a
Marine Lieutenant Colonel who is
returning to complete his studies
at thg University.
Lt. Col. Robert N. Burhans was
awarded the Gold Star with a
Presidential Citation at a cere
mony in the Military and Naval
Sciences building Tuesday.
Burhans received the award for
"meritorious achievement" during
his tour of duty in South Vietnam
from June 1966 to July 1967.
Burhans, a former business ma
jor, explained that the Marine
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Marine Corps Lt. Col. Robert N. Burhans, returning Uni
versity student, was awarded a Gold Star by the President
for "meritorious achievement" in Vietnam.
tral Intelligence Agency with the
complete knowledge of top NSA
In return, NSA staff members
provided the CIA with information
on student groups in ottri' coun
tries. NSA liquidated reliance
Since that fateful article, NSA
has liquidated its reliance on the
CIA for financial support. Authors
and observers connected with the
Ramparts article agree there is
no indication NSA is receiving
any more CIA funds.
Six years ago. though, the NSA
affiliation proposal on campus
brought a host of opposition. NSA
did have its merits, as piles of
evidence showed. But more was
involved than the relative merits
of the organization.
In the spring . of 1962 various
groups on campus, as IFC, Pan
hellenic, The Daily Nebraskan,
etc., brought to light studies and
information that was compiled
throughout the year.
Two themes involved
At that time two main themes,
were involved: no student body
vote was going to be taken on the
affiliation proposal Student
Council reserved that right and
refused to let the students decide
in a referendum.
The other basic issue was wheth
er or not to affiliate.
A majority of the opposition was
based on left-wing leanings, ex
plained Don Ferguson, Daily Ne
braskan editor for the 1962 spring
semester. He added that those ac
cusations have since been proven
false over the past six years.
Corps is putting him back in col
lege to complete his studies to
wards a Bachelor's degree.
The forty-two-year-old Lincolnite
said that he still has 10 to 15 years
of service remaining in his mili
tary career and that when he
does have it will be by require
ment rather than by his own
As a staff officer, Burhans ex
plained that the amount of con
tact he had while in Vietnam
with Vietnamese civilians and mili
tary personnel was limited.
Burhans said that the Vietna
mese with whom he had come in
contact were fighting for some
kind of more free and popular gov-
Ferguson explained that the Stu
dent Council voted not to affiliate
it was not a decision of the stu
dent body which is contrary to the
provisions for the current affilia
The editorial stand Ferguson
took was that, although NSA had
definite merits for its members,
the student body of 1962 was not
interested or well enough informed
to support such an organization
which did put forth liberal poli
cies. lie was quick to point out that
this was before groups like
Friends of SNNC, since defunct,
appeared on campus with their
liberal ideas on individual rights,
civil freedoms, war, etc.
He thought the student body
was probably now ready fo sup
port an NSA type movement. The
free university concept and con
cern with a student role jn Uni
versity decisions are examples he
cited of a change in campus think
ing since 1962.
If the NSA was too liberal for
an immature group of students at
the University in 1962, its policies
and statements today are in line
with the attitudes and ideals of
University students today.
The new focus, according to
NSA President Ed Schwartz, is
"to create new options for student
actions and growth."
This involves finding ways to
give students greater control and
responsibility in their own affairs,
according to Schwarz. Students
ernment, but that he did not know
whether or not they identified their
goals with democracy as it is
known to us.
He feels that democracy does
not translate in the minds of the
Vietnamese, presumably because
of the nature of their political in
puts. He said that U.S. physical and
medical assistance, and particu
larly the sense of security, the
American committment was giv
ing some elements of the popula
tion were definitely appreciated.
Burhans added that the recent
fighting in areas that had been
presumed safe, particularly in the
cities, were setbacks in the sense
that they necessarily detracted
from this sense of security.
This setback, according to Bur
hans, is compounded by the fact
that rooting out the enemy from
the cities destroys civilian prop
erty and that this destruction
eventually reflects on the South
Vietnamese government or on the
"This is very unfortunate," he
An amphibious warfare staff of
ficer, Burhans explained that he
was involved with the preparation
and coordination of the operations
of the Amphibious Ready Group
Special Landing Force along the
entire coast of South Vietnam.
His -positions as of Operations
Staff Officer for the Combat Op
erations Center of the headquar
ters of the United States Military
(MACV). also gave him other re
sponsibilities. Burhans explained that he also
was involved with coordinating
the activities in the I Corps area
(the northern five provinces of
Vietnam, where the Marines are
stationed) and in coordinating op
erations in his area with MACV
in Saigon. .
Burhans received the medal in
lieu of a third Bronze Star, from
Navy Captain Arthur C. Mullen,
chairman of the department of
Naval science at the University.
Mullen also read the two-page
citation written and signed for
the President by Admiral John J.
Hyland. USN, Commander in Chief
of the Pacific Fleet.
The citation describes Burhans
as "a conspicuously capable, re
sourceful, and effective staff offi
cer." Burhans, who received his first
two bronze medals in Korea, en
tered the Marines upon gradu
ating from high school in 1944.
Discharged after the war, he ex
plained that he entered the Uni
versity in the interlude before the
Korean War which was to inter
rupt his undergraduate studies.
must be provided with new outlets
in educational reform, community
action and responding to political
issues, he said in a recent state
ment. Working with the American Civ
il Liberties Union, NSA has filed
briefs in behalf of students and
has always provided . advice to
students and has always provided
advice to students regarding their
rights under the law and in court.
NSA has responded to recent
national issues in various ways:
i to the draft issue by sueing
Selective Sendee Director Lewis
to the Vietnam issue by- de
veloping an international program
related to the war and by provid
ing campuses with speakers on the
war who are available at cost;
to the drug hsue by publishing
a book and holding a major drug
conference last year.
NSA no decline
After the CIA disclosures last
year, NSA membership did not de
cline in large numbers as pre
dicted. In that year membership
has grown from 285 to 335 mem
ber colleges and universities.
This fall 17 schools disaffiliated,
but 26 others have joined.
'A major problem faced by
NSA. however, is that the schools
which are joining are mostly
small, quiet campuses, while large
schools such as the University of
Michigan, University of Pennsyl
vania and Columbia University
are among those pulling out,"
states a recent Collegiate Press
Concerns in two fields
NSA's concerns today fall into
two fields the national and in
Nationally, the organization is
concerned with civil rights, stu
dent welfare, student academic
freedom, student government, con
ferences, leadership training, pub
lications available at cost and is
sues as the draft and Vietnam
Internationally NSA involves it
self with apartheid, cultural af
fairs, international students and a
host of related programs.
Currently, ASUN belongs to no
regional or national student gov
ernment associaton. At last week's
Senate meeting, University mem
bership was dissolved in the Big
Eight Student Government Association.
On Campus ...
Why does Nebraska have the
smallest number of foreign students
of any Big 8 school? The answer
can be found in Wednesday's Daily
Nebraskan in part one of a three
part series on the problems and
difficulties of the foreign students
at Nebraska. (See page 4)
ASUN Student Senate will meet
at 4 p.m. in the Union Ballroom.
ASUN affiliation with the National
Student Association will be intro
duced for discussion.
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Inter- Dormitory Association's
lack of candidates for its highest
two offices does not indicate a
weakness in the organization to
some of its officials. But others
think differently. (See page 3)
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The University of Nebraska Cir
cle K Club will hold a meeting for
all interested and prospective mem
bers tonight at 8:30 in temporary
Guest speaker will be Mr. Gary ,
Hill. Hill was recently cited by the
Jaycees as being an outstanding
member of 32 local civic and ser
g Second semester tuition is f
5 due at 4 p.m. Friday at the f
Bursar's Office in the Ad- 6
ministration Building, accor-
ding to University bursar 5
Tuition statements were
I mailed last Friday, and any
P student who has not re-
f ceived a statement or who g
has a question about it should
g contact the Bursar's Office
as soon as possible, Wickless i
A $10 fee will be assessed
for tuition payment after
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Cupid takes a deadly aim on his would be victims to herald
' another Valentines Day.
February 14 is a holiday be
cause "was on seynt Valentynes
day when every foul cometh ther
to chese his make," according to
Our Valentine customs are de
rived from the ancient Roman
feast of Lupercalia. At this time,
the priests would run all over the
countryside striking women with
a leather thong to insure fruitful
ness. Present celebration of this
Saint's Day is fostered by a me
dieval belief of the French and
English that it was at the start
of the second fortnight of the sec
ond month that birds began to
University students are made
aware of this occasion by subtle
hints or a barrage of reminders
by the local enterprise. Celebra
tion of this holiday is rendered by
playing cupid with the help of
cards, candy, and flowers tra
ditional symbols of love.
The Nebraska Bookstore usually
buys about $500 worth of cards,
by Mark Gordon
Senior Staff Writer
A recall petition against Rich
ard Page, Abel-Sandoz president
who has "failed to support Harp
er Hall," is being circulated, ac
cording to Clark Spivey, the pe
Spivey said Tuesday that 133 of
the 500 required signatures have
been collected in the Abel-Sandoz
Residence Association (ASRA).
He anticipated obtaining the re
mainder by Friday.
Spivey, an Abel Nine resident,
said he and several other floor
members attended last Thursday's
Inter-Dormitory Association (IDA)
Council meeting where "Mr. Page
was less than satisfied with Harp
er Hall's action."
"He has failed to reflect the
majority feelings of the Abel-Sandoz
residents and he has failed
to get ASRA to reflect the feel
ings of the individual residents,"
In a Feb. 4 Harper Hall open
house, the dormitory openly vio
lated article five, the open door
rule, after its Student Senate an
nounced the hall's intention to vio
late the policy in a motion passed
the preceding week.
The open door regulation states
that all doors except those of resi
dents absent from the floor dur
ing the open house must remain
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and an official reported that most
of them are sold.
Although, the Nebraska Book
store buys more contemporary
than traditional cards, the Cam
pus Bookstore reported buying
about $200 worth of an equal
amount of contemporary and tra
Nevertheless, may the romanti
cists be happy and the cynics be
tolerant as archaic moderns pa
tronize St. Valentyne.
The Holiday has also been im
mortalized by some nice men in
Chicago a little while back. They
chose Thompson Machine Guns
with which to show their love tor
some fellow Chicagoans who were
inspecting a garage wall at the
This method of expressing your
emotion, however, has been dis
couraged by authorities.
However, it can be pointed out
that there are also more subtle,
one might even call them sneaky,
ways in which to wish your Valen
tine a Happy Valentine's Day.
open and those residents leaving
the floor must register their., ab
sense with the responsible officer.
"We are asking Page to with
stand a vote of confidence rather
than censure," he said.
If the required number of signa
tures are obtained, it would force
a vote within two weeks after the
petition is presented to ASRA, he
At that time, Harper Hall sup
porters would run a candidate
against the current ASRA presi
dent Spivey said.
"Most of the people we have
talked to here support Harper and
we will show that they do with
this petition," he added.
He said 71 of 80 Abel Nine resi
dents have signed a petition de
nouncing the open door policy af
ter the floor conducted a Feb. 4
open house under the new open
He said that petition gave "us
a good opinion of how the major
ity of the group felt."
Page was unavailable for com
ment when contacted Tuesday af
ternoon. The petition reads, "We,' the
undersigned, petition the recall of
Richard Page, ASRA president, be
cause of the inadequacy of his
leadership in this period of dis
quiet .relating to open house policies."
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