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University of Nebraska
Vol. 91, No. 75
Chicks, chalk, cyclts
. . . everything under the sun
Paul Roche: poets
must def end beauty
'The sheer beauty of life
made me become a poef
by Jan Parks
Senior Staff Writer
Poets are people who -have no
other reason to exist but to defend
beauty, Paul Roche told a small
but attentive group of University
Roche, whose appearance was
sponsored by the Union Talks and
Topics Committee, explained that
he had not decided to become a
poet in one particular decision.
"After three years of studying
philosophy I found myself roaming
the world France, Italy, North
Africa doing all sorts of absurd
things," the poet reminisced.
"The sheer beauty of life made
me become a poet," he said.
Rhythm of the seasons
The young Englishman noted
that his early writings were pre
occupied l'j pattern and music. "I
realized that we are captivated by
rhythm he said the rhythm of the
seasons and the heart beat."
Roche felt that his writings have
been influenced by the American
"beat" poets. "They haven't influ
enced my technique," he said.
"Their influence has been to open
every avenue for poetry."
The "beat" poets say that ev
erything is fit for poetry, Roche
remarked. "You can shout, scream
or talk politics in poetry today."
American poets have been trying
to break out in rhythms that fit
the American language, Roche con
tended. "I don't like all of American poe
try," he said, "but I do admire
most of it."
'Enjoyed and destroyed'
The trend in American poetry
sometimes seems to be almost too
"ephemeral," Roche contended.
"Sometimes it seems that the poe
try doesn't want to be everlast
ing." "But everything today seems to
be transitory," he said, and many
modern poets adhere to the phil
osophy that poetry should be en
joyed, then destroyed.
Roche described the works of
these poets as "journalistic." This
poetry is quite interesting to read,
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he noted, but its like a newspaper
one only wants to read it once.
"Memorbility is essential to real
ly good poetry," the poet said.
There needs to be some element
of the poem that calls one back.
"I do change my writings an
awfully lot," the poet said. "The
number of drafts I write on each
poem vary an awfully lot, but I
can easily rewrite one poem 30
Roche called himself a great ad
mirer of Walt Whitman. "It's been
a tradition to rather laugh at
him," Roche commented. He par
ticularly admired Whitman's range
of humanity and the "full blood
edness of his poetry."
"I'm not a member of any school
of poetry," Roche said. "I con
sider myself non-classifiable be
cause I don't want to be limited .
by the characteristics of one par
ticular poetic school."
Enumerating his rules for writ
ing poetry, Roche said, "I only
believe in one rule anything is all
right if it works."
'A whiff of experience'
Sometimes a poet uses himself
as a guinea pig, Roche said. "Just
a whiff of an experience is some
times enough to teach a poet the
whole essence of the experience."
Roche felt that poets use their
experiences in life to formulate
universals which they incorporate
into their writing.
He quoted Aristole: "Poetry is
more important than history be
cause history deals with particu
lars and poetry deals with univer
sals." Answering a question concerning
syllables (writing with the same
number of syllables in each line),
Roche said, "Writing in syllables
ts completely irrevelant."
Although good poetry such as
the writings of Marianne Moore is
written in syllables, the poet con
tinued, it's quality cannot be at
tributed to the counted syllables.
Counting syllables for writing
poetry is not new he said, although
poets in the past that have counted
have done so for metric stress.
Voting planned for April 10
Student groups to back Choice '68
since Senate refuses sponsorship
by Jim Evinger
Senior Staff Writer
Although student senators
Wednesday voted down ASUN
sponsorship of Choice '68, a mock
presidential election primary for
the nation's colleges, a group of
campus organizations have taken
the job of sponsorship themselves.
The Daily Nebraskan and Ne
braskans for Young Adult Suffrage
have agreed to support the pri
mary. Young Republicans and
Young Democrats have agreed to
A host of individual students also
volunteered to back and-or act as
coordinators -for the University's
participation in the primary.
Robert Harris, executive director
for the national primary, told the
Nebraskan by telephone from New
York Thursday that the University
is one of the few campuses across
the nation not to readily accept
"Your student senate is the only
one of the major United States unU
versities which has not supported
Choice '68," Harris said.
He added that Yale University,
Harvard University, the University
of California at Berkley, University
of Wisconsin, University of Chica
go and Michigan University are
among the leading schools in the
nation which have accepted the
Voting for presidential candi
dates and referenda issues will
tentatively take place on April 10
in conjunction with the ASUN gen
Ed Hilz, electoral commissioner,
said the polling could take place
under the auspices of the Electoral
Commission provided it is reim
bursed for any expenses incurred.
Harris will be on campus either
March 26 or 27 to help with orga
nizing the primary.
Bob Bartee, past president of
Young Democrats, said he would
introduce a resolution in Thursday
night's YD meeting proposing that
organization's part in supporting
the program. He thought the YD's
would back it.
Fourteen candidates form the
slate for the presidential ballot.
Two of the three referendum ques
tions deal with U.S. involvement
in Vietnam and the third with the
priorities of government spending
in confronting the urban problems.
Any graduate, undergraduate,
part-time or foreign student may
participate in the balloting.
The executive office of Choice 68
will provide promotional materials,
weekly press releases on the can
didates' activities and stands on
issues, and information regarding
available campaign materials of
Most colleges will vote on April
24, but the University is being al
lowed to conduct the balloting on
April 10 at the time of the ASUN
elections. Hence, the University
will be one of the first campuses
Harris told the Nebraskan Tues
day that participation by the Uni-
10 i Campus ...
A student anti-war demonstration
will be held in the Nebraska Union
Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. The
target of the demonstration is the
Dow Chemical Company which
will be interviewing in the Union.
One student organizer of the dem
onstration said that Dow was chos
en for the demonstration target be
cause it is "part of the war ma
chine which is active on campus
in recruiting graduates."
The weekend film in the Nebras
ka Union will be "Cincinnati Kid."
The film will be shown at 7 and 9
p.m. on Friday and 7:30 p.m. on
Sunday. It will be shown on East
campus Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Ad
mission is 50 cents.
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Dr. Henry Schorn, director of re
ligious education and professor of
Theology at the College of St. Mary
in Omaha will be the guest speaker
at the Newman Center Sunday at
7:30 p.m. This is the second in a
series of March Lenten speakers
presented by the Newman club,
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The Cross Winds Coffee House at
1333 F St. will be open Friday night
from 8 until 12 p.m. for student en
tertainment. ' it ft ft
The Hillel Sabbath Services will
be held Friday at the Nebraska
School of Religion at 4:45 p.m. Stu
dents will be taking part in the
presentation of the services.
versity in the national primary
would be significant for two rea
sons. First, he said because of the pro
posed constitutional amendment
which would lower the voting age
in Nebraska to 19, student partici
pation would be valuable to the
citizens of the state and the stu
Second, Harris said the Univer
Psychedelic syndrome . . .
rug seminar features
bv John Dvorak
Junior Staff Writer
Dr. Alan Cohen, who has taken
LSD and other hallucinogens 30
times, will be the main speaker at
the all-University Drug Seminar
March 17, 18 and 19.
Cohen, formerly a student of
LSD advocate Dr. Timothy Leary,
will speak on "Drugs and the
The three-day seminar will be
held in the Selleck Quadrangle
Cafeteria, according to Mark
Schreiber. chairman of the ASUN
Student Welfare Committee, one of
the sponsors of the event. There
will be no charge and everyone is
welcome, he said.
Cohen lived and worked briefly
at Castalia Foundation for Psy
chedelic Research, Millbrook, New
York. He broke with the "psyche
delic Utopians" and now rejects
the use of LSD as a means of per
He is currently involved in edu
cational campaigns to inform
youth of the hazards and delusions
of drugs and in researching non
chemical alternatives to increased
awareness, Schreiber said.
Sunday evening, the first night
of the seminar, will be concerned
with legal controls on drugs. The
session will be highlighted by the
film "LSD 25," according to
Schreiber. The film will be pre
sented by a representative of the
federal drug control division from
Nebraska drug control
Following the film, Sgt. Wayne
Rowe, from the state narcotics di
vision, will speak on "The Nebras
ka Story of Drug Control." Rowe
will recount some of his personal
experiences in the field of drug
Leonard Kaplin, assistant pro
fessor of law, and another local
lawyer will then give their reac
tions to the film and speech.
At the conclusion of the session,
Faculty Senate to review
Senate report outlines basic guidelines
insuring University students due process
If the Student Senate committee
report on student disciplinary pro
cedures is presented to Faculty
Senate through the Student Affairs
Committee, it will not appear on
the agenda until April 9, according
to Dr. Walter Mientka, secretary
of Faculty Senate.
The report which outlines basic
guidelines for student due process
and sets up a revised University
court system, was unanimously
approved in Student Senate
. Bob Weaver, chairman of the
committee that formulated the re
port, said that the committee was
ready to submit the report to the
faculty, who have expressed some
concern in the issue.
However, Weaver has not ap
proached members of the Student1
sity was the major institution of
higher education in the state and
is therefore vital in contributing to
the votes of the other participating
colleges in the state.
At the time the ASUN executives
recommended the University not
participate, over 2,600 colleges and
universities representing an esti
mated 6,800,000 students had al
ready agreed to participate.
students will be able to question
any of the speakers directly. "We
want an informal atmosphere
where there can be a loose inter
change of ideas," Schreiber stated.
Moral and philosophical conse
quences will be the subject of the
Monday evening program, high
lighted by Cohen's speech.
His speech will be followed by
a reactor panel discussion with
John Brekenridge, who works with
the Wesleyan student center; Phil
Scribner, assistant professor of
philosophy and Dr. Samuel Fuen
ning from the Student Health Cen
ter. The final session of the seminar
Tuesday evening will consider the
physiological effects of drugs. Dr.
William Eagen, faculty member
from Creighton University will
speak on "The Medical Implica
tions of Drug Use."
He formerly worked at the Drug
Rehabilitation Center in Kentucky
and will speak from his personal
knowledge about the effects of
drugs on people.
Kathy Kuester will then sum
marize the conference in her talk
"Where from Here?"
"There is a lot of information
at a conference of this type, but
much of it doesn't apply," Schrei
ber said. "Each person has his in
dividual conclusions. It is impor
tant to try to convey the general
Schreiber emphasized that the
conference will be the first of its
kind at the University. Until a year
ago, the FBI discouraged large
scale drug educational programs.
They felt that students might be
stimulated to experiment with
drugs, Schreiber said.
But this concept has changed,
he continued. In order that stu
dents be better informed on the
affects of drugs, law enforcement
officers now encourage drug infor
Affairs Committee with the report,
and they would be next in line be
fore it is brought before the Faculty
Senate, according to Mientka.
Weaver said Thursday that he
did not know exactly what his
next step would be.
Dean G. Robert Ross, chairman
of the Student Affairs Committee,
said that there has been no talk
among committee, members about
the introduction' or consideration of
the rep6rt in Faculty Senate, which
meets again Tuesday.
Ross had no specific comments
on the report, and added that he
"wants to be very deliberate" in
studying the report and . talking to
other committee members before
he makes any official statements.
Concerning the principles behind
the report, Ross said that the ob
President Lyndon B. Johnson told
the Choice '68 board of directors in
February that when students ex
press their opinion intelligently,
people across the nation "stop,
look, listen and evaluate."
Johnson told the group his be
lief that a stronger vote amongst
the nation's young adults would
favor Democratic candidates and
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Dr. Alan Cohen '
The idea for such a seminar ori
ginated last fall, according to
Schreiber. "Growing conversation
prompted us to consider some sort
of program," he said.
"Gene Pokorny (ASUN first vice
president) observed a similar pro
gram at Hastings College last Jear
and was very impressed," Schrei
ber said. "We took up the idea and
went from there."
Assistance from NSA
The National Student Association
(NSA) greatly assisted the orga
nizers of the Drug Seminar,"
The NSA has a full time official
who tours colleges and universities
helping with similar drug semi
nars, Schreiber continued.
However it is very possible that
the NSA representative will not be
able to attend NU's seminar be
cause of his tight schedule, Schrei
The Drug Seminar will use the
delegate system, Schreiber said.
Each living unit will have two rep
resentatives at the seminar. In this
way, adequate campus representa
tion will be assured, Schreiber
Parts of the seminar will be vi
deotaped by KUON-TV and will be
shown at a later date.
jective of psychological counseling
as he understands it is to "aid the
individual in attaining some behav
ioral modification." v
He said that discipline and coun
seling could exist as separate en
titles that do not reach that func
tion, but within the limits of the
definition they must be considered
Regarding the existence of due
process for the student, Ross said:
"I don't think there is any ques
tion that if a serious action is to
be taken dealing with a student re
lated to the University, that we
ought to have very carefully de
fined, legalistic procedures.
"But if we are talking about
something less than that, then leg
alism has no place in the matter,"
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