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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Friday, March 1, 1968
have here . . .
An ASUN Executive Committee which decided to
recommend the retention of the present college sys
tem for electing Senate members has made a wise
The Committee also showed foresight by offer
ing suggestions for correcting the communication
problems within Senate rather than burying the
problem by redistricting constituencies.
Innovations such as senator seminars, office
hours for senators or increased ASUN publicity
could aid the next Senate administration to inform
students of their senators' activities an aspect no
ticeably lacking this year.
Elections last spring spawned an insipid group
of senators whose worries did not include informing
The senators alone, however, cannot be
blamed for the communications gap between the
Senate and the students. The executives, who often
. have struggled alone (by choice) ignored the 35 sen
ators and 18,000 students who should know what the
people they elected are accomplishing.
One of the best examples of the executives' fail
ure to inform their constituents on important mat
ters is the statement of students rights.
Perhaps no more than one or two select sena
tors, let alone the average student, know what the
two executives on the six-man Student Academic
Freedom Committee have accomplished or if they
have been representing the students' interests at all
The new statement of students rights now is al
most completed and still the executives remain
Students have not ever been assured they will
have a voice in deciding the acceptability of the
document. At present the fate of the bill rests solely
in the hands of the Chancellor and whether he will
process it through the usual channels is another
mystery about which the executives have conve
niently neglected to inform students.
Students realize that decision making is left to
the disgression of the Senate but when they are not
" even informed about what decisions are being made,
something is missing in the communications system.
The Executive Committee has some of the an
swers for remedying such problems in the future.
The executives, however, have the only answer for
the whereabouts of the Bill of Rights.
We want Nixon
I told myself when I began this column that I
wouldn't pick on the Republicans and that I would
ignore my "opponent's views" as much as possible.
Then as the weeks went by, I found myself oc
casionally agreeing with Mr. Reiser and I lost any
desire to carry on a written debate. That was what
I thought until two weeks ago when he made a dras
tic mistake he rejected Nixon.
Richard Nixon is a tremendous guy, known af
fectionately to the American pepple by such names
as Dirty Dick, Harold Stassen II, and the People s
Party Hack. Next to Barry Goldwater he is my fa
vorite GOP gunner.
When Richard Nixon points his finger at t b e
press, drops his droopy jowls, and speaks I must
listen (even though he is a Republican). And when
he knits those bushy eyebrows into a stern and com
manding scowl I feel a warm glow of affection for
this friendly fellow (even though he is a Republi
can.) Democrats all love him, even though we try not
to. What about his foreign and domestic policies?
Since he is a Republican, of course they wouldn't
appeal to me, right? I think however Nixon is a very
bright man and I find bis views excitirg.
His foreign policy is tremendous. After years of
frustration in Vietnam he has come up with a bril
liant solution bigger bombs and more men. One
wonders why no one thought of this before. Richard
Nixon is offering the American people a real choice
Some say that Nixon is more of a hawk than
LBJ, but of course Nixon wouldn't admit this be
cause Johnson could point his finger and whisper
"Dangerous radical! War fanatic!" and the tame
thing that happened to Barry would happen to Dick.
The rest of Richard Nixon's foreign policy is
equally reassuring. It consists of containing Commu
nism and does not worry about other pesky prob
lems like nationalism, peasant and slum unrest and
His foreign policy can best be summarized as a
. sort of "warmed-over John Foster Dulles" policy.
It is at least ten years old and has that aura of tra
dition about it, which is important in the twentieth
His domestic policy is fairly progressive, but it
will not cause the Democrats any worry. If Nixon
were elected, he would probably give all of the fed
eral boards and commissions new names and ev
erything would go on unchanged.
His policies towards the poor and the Negroes ,
would probably be Republican paternalism which
the Negroes just love.
Richard Nixon is a fantastic presidential can
didate. He and George Wallace will reelect Presi
dent Lyndon Johnson in 1968.
. I will vote for LBJ, not because I like him that
much (McCarthy or Kennedy would be much bet
terl, but because he will be the best man running.
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William F. Buckley, Jr.
Give me that old tune religion
The doings of The Beatles
are minutely recorded here in
England and, as a matter of
fact, elsewhere, inasmuch as
it is true what one of the
Beatle-gentlemen said a year
or so ago, that they are more
popular than Jesus Christ. It
is a matter of considerable
public interest that all f o u r
of The Beatles have gone off
to a place called Riskikesh,
in India, to commune with
one Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
The gentleman comes from
India, and the reigning chic
stipulates that Mysterious
India is where one goes to
Have a Spiritual experience.
Accordingly, The Beatles are
there, as also Mia Farrow,
who, having left Frank Sina
tra, is understanding in
need of spiritual therapy, and
assorted other types including
the press reports, a space
physicist who works for Gen
It isn't altogether clear what
is the drill at Rishikesh, ex
cept that and this visibly
disturbed a couple of business
managers of The Beatles
a postulant at the shrine of
Mr. Yogi is expected to con
tribute a week's salary as an
A weeks salary may
not be very much for thee
and me, but it is a whole lot
of sterling for a Beatle, and
one gathers from the press
that the business managers
thought this a bit much, and
rather wish that The Beatles
could find their spiritual ex
perience a little less dearly.
The wisdon of Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi is not rendered
in easily communicable ten
der. It is recorded by one
disciple that he aroused him
self from a trance sufficient
ly to divulge the sunburst,
"Outs is an age of science,
not faith," a seizure of spiri
tual exertion which apparent
ly left him speechless with
exhaustion, I mean wouldn't
you be exhausted if you came
up with that?
It is reported that The
Beatles were especially trans
figured when the Maharishi
divulged, solemnly, that
"speech is just the progres
sion of thought." One can as
sume that the apogee of their
experience was reached upon
learning, from the guru's own
mouth that "anything that
comes from direct experience
can be called science." It is
a wonder that the entire popu
lation of the world has not
graviatated towards the cyno
sure capable of such incan
I am not broke, but I think
that if I were, I would repair
to India, haul up a guru's
flag and I guarantee it
would be the most suc
cessful guru of modern times.
I would take The Beatles'
weekly salary, and Mia Far
row's, and the lot of them,
and I would come up with
"Put on therefore, as the
elect of God, holy and be
loved, bowles of mercies, kind
ness, humbleness of mind,
meekness, longsuffering; fore
bearing one another, and for
giving one another, if any
man have a quarrel against
any; even as forgave yon
so also do ye. And above all
these things put on charity,
which is the bond of perfect
Bess. And let the peace of
God rule in your hearts, to
the which also ye are called
in one body; and be thank
ful." To the especially wordly, I
"Walk in wisdom toward
them that are without, re
deeming the time. Let your
speech be always with grace,
seasoned with salt, that ye
may know how ye ought to
answer every man."
Can it be 'imagined that I
would be less successful,
quoting these lines, from a
single letter of St, Paul, than
Maharishi Mahesh Fakir, has
been? The truly extraordinary
feature of our time isn't the
faithlessness of the Western
people, it is their utter, total
ignorance of the Christian re
ligon. They travel to Rishi
desh to listen to pallid seventh
hand imitations of thoughts
and words they never knew
existed, They will go any
where to experience spiritual
ity except next door.
An Englishman need go no
further than to hear Evensong
at King's College at Oxford,
or to hear high mass at
Chartres Cathedral; or to
read St Paul, or John, or the
psalmists. Read a volume by
Chesterton the Everlasting
Man; Orthodoxy, the Dumb
Ox; and the spiritual juices
begin to run, but no, Chris
tianity is, well, well what?
The Beatles know more
about carburetors than they
know about Christianity,
which is why they, like so
many others make such asses
of themselves in pursuit of
Mr. Gaga Yogi. Their impulse
is correct, and they reaffirm
as man always has, and al
ways will, the truism that man
is a religious animal
Evaluating tomorrow's Teacher
Editor's Note: This week's
contributor to the Professor's
Speak column is Dr. Kenneth
Orton, professor of education
ay psychology and measure
ments. The role of the university as
a community of scholars in
terested in employing a ra
tional approach in the solu
tion of existing societal prob
lems is little questioned. In
view of this role in promoting
change through the use of a
rational approach outside its
walls, it is surprising to note
that the university communi
ty has not been particularly
successful in modifying its
approach to one of its major
tasks that of instruction.
As has been the case for a
number of years, we are lec
turing to our students about
information which has ac
cumulated within a given
area. We ask our students
when they will learn to think,
but seldom even allow for
thought except through the as
signment of a term paper.
Faculty to student or student
to student confrontations are
infrequent and not the norm.
Instruction as it now exists
is not the way many of our
university faculty members
and students would prefer it.,
If the dissatisfaction exist,
what are the conditions which
contribute to the maintenance
of the traditional lecture sys
tem for a majority of classes?
The following factors seem
to me to be worth serious con
sideration in seeking answers
to this question.
A. Burgeoning enroll
ments have resulted in lec
turing to large classes and TV
sections in order to instruct
many students with few facul
B. The professor teaches as
he was taught, and in the ma
jority of instances he was
taught by a lecture method.
Success to him is defined by
the congruence of his perfor
mance with the performance
he is attempting to copy.
C. The new professor spends
considerable time developing
his lecture notes during which
time he finds himself increas
ingly involved with reaearch,
committee work, advising,
service, consulting in the real
world, and a host of other es
sential and non-essential ac
tivities which demand a great
deal of his time and energy.
These demands on his time
usually interfere with any at
tempt at innovation in in
struction. D. Since student expecta
tions are geared to the imper
soal approach, the system as
it now exists is generally ac
ceptable for a large number
of students. The lecture as
signment system interferes
least with t h e ir daily sche
dules and requires the least
effort in terms of develop
ing new response systems for
enquiry and communication.
E. Physical facilities are
planned to aid in administer
ing mass education. Large
classrooms and rooms for tele
vision lecture seem to be the
vogue. Rooms for small group
discussion are at a premium.
The demands of mass edu
cation may force us to con
tinue to consider the lecture
system as a prime means of
instruction. But there are a
number of alternatives to lec
turing in person that will al
low better use of the instruc
tor's time. One of these is to
audio-tape and transcribe lec
tures which may then be pre
sented to the student on the
first day of class.
Another is to audio-tape lec
tures which could be made
available for students to lis
ten to at appointed times.
Third, lectures could be video-taped
and projected dur
ing the usual class periods.
Finally, there are pro
grammed texts available for
particular course areas w hich
may be used in place of lec
turing. The additional time now
available to the instructor
could be used for consultation
with Individuals or small
groups of students or In order
to stay abreast of his field.
I'm sure a number of addi
tional options for nse of the
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instructor's time could be
stated with only a little ef
fort. In the belief that one of
the prime goals of a college
education is to encourage crit
ical thinking through instruc
tor to student and student to
student confrontations, provi
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sion are essential. Reducing
the amount of time in lec
turing would, of course, allow
more opportunity for such
Another possibility for addi
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a class into a number of
smaller units and meeting
with each unit once a week
with guided independent study
intervening between meetings.
The above approaches will
require quite different physi
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bility of a number of booths
being made available for lis
tening to tapes and an in
creased number of smaller
rooms in which small groups
could meet. These space re
quirements need to be con
sidered in planning for learn
ing space in the future.
In summary it is my be
lief that there is a need for
change in instructional pat
terns. Some possibilities for
varying instructional formats
presently available to us are
not being given serious atten
tion at this time. The availa
bility of new media for in
struction, the strong reaction
of both students and instruc
tors to the traditional lecture
ystem, and the need for more
personal confrontations of fa
culty and students suggest
that we should seriously con
sider alternative ways of
working with students in in
The American Negro is a captive in his own
land He is a subproletariat which is deliberately
and ruthlessly exploited by the business interests m
America Like all people who suffer colonial domi
nation they are both a source of cheap labor and a
highly lucrative market to which one is able to dis
pense otherwise unrewarding goods and services.
The colonial analogy is not at all as absurd as
it may at first appear. Colonialism is primarily the
economic exploitation of natives of the colony while
denying them access to tho advantages for t h e
mother country. The usua; characterise of colonial
ism not present in the American situation is that the
power of the colonizing country is Imposed from
without, that is, by a foreign power.
Negroes are systematically excluded from
membership in labor unions, particularly the trade
unions and have been fired as a stipulation of union
management contract agreements where they al
ready held jobs; therefore they are prevented from
improving their economic position by means of col
lective bargaining and have no control over their
wage earnings which are often below the national
norm in spite of minimum wage laws.
All peaceful attempts by the American Negro
to enter the economic and social framework through
normal means have failed. Conscientious efforts to
co-operate with and be "intergrated" into "regular"
political organizations have ended in bitter disap
pointment and disillusionment
It is clear that whites in America act as a group
only in what they regard to be their own economic
and political self-interest If Negroes are to achieve
liberation from the condition of servility which af
flicts them, then they must weld themselves into a
solid and independent political unit, one not under
obligation to establish or accepted political institu
tions, which would act only in its own self-interest
and would collaborate with either of the two nation
al political parties only insofar as they expressed
the interest of the Negro. Extra legal means would
be used only if met by unjust and inhuman, even
if "lawful", opposition by the combined "whit e"
oriented political parties.
The aim is peaceful change in order to gain eco
nomic and political influence which will insure
against a return to the present colonial relationship
of black people to white America today. That in es
sence is the aim of black power.
William Carl Shriver
Graduate Assistant, Dept of Art
The coining fury
What's on the country's mind as it faces anoth
er summer of black revolution in the ghettos of our
The reaction one would expect from a nation
which saw it was in for big, big trouble would be to
seek out the most realistic ways of avoiding it, but
different thoughts are on the minds of many Ameri
Accepted is the idea that we must choose be
tween "guns and butter." And the choice has evi
dently been made, as the war in Viet Nam goes on
and the war on poverty is choked off.
With another violent summer in prospect, many
seem content to speculate on how we shall wage
war, not on poverty, but upon the poverty-stricken,
as the cries go up to "shoot the looters" and to "show
There is no need to show the black American
who's boss, for he has grown up with that knowl
edge. But all the guns this country can keep state
side will not force him to accept the idea and that
is his credit, in my opinion.
I do not advocate violence. Rather, I advocate
an end to violence. But tbe power to end violence is
. in the hands of those of ns who created tbe condi
tions that bred the violence.
Violence will not be ended at the muzzle of a
National Guardsman's rifle. It will be ended when
every American can look forward to getting his
share of "the American dream," when citizens of
all races share in the enjoyment of the plenty most
of us take so much for granted.
It will end when guilt-ridden white America
stops assuring itself that black Americans live in
ghettos "because they want to be with their own .
kind" and admits that they live there because they
can't buy a house in suburbia, either because they .
are denied the jobs for which they are qualified, or
are denied the skills to qualify them for jobs, or are
simply denied the right to buy the kind of house they
It will end when the day arrives that the black
American is no longer the victim of the most vicious
system of consumer-exploitation In the history of
Most Negroes will not participate in the rioting
and looting which is on the summer agenda for
America, but few will not know something of what
is going through the minds of those who do.
John Dryden told us, "Beware the fury of the
patient man." To those Americans who urge Negro
citizens to "just be patient," comes the reply that
most of them are being patient, probably more pa
tient than we have any right to expect, but that their
fio,,H onf7blfk or white-doubts that a hard, dif
ficult road is ahead as we finish this too-long unfin
tshed business, as we set out to calm this mounting
righteous indignation, this fury, if you will.
But let no one doubt that we must set out upon
LilZ .ind ,etn. one doubt that he -hall have to
do part of Ik walking.
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