Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (May 3, 1968)
UNIVC'.TV OP NCBlt
s FrWay, May 3, 1968
Father John McCaslin speaks at Selleck: end racism to end
not the solution
Ghettos will disappear
if racism is erased
The solution to the racial prob
lems if our cities do not burn
down this summer is not going
to be by getting more tanks and
more guns, but by eliminating
white racism, said Father John
The Catholic priest from Oma
ha who sidelights as a community
organizer in a parish located on
the edge of Omaha's economically
poor Negro section, told a crowd
at Selleck Wednesday night that
white racism is the cause of all
"If men are basically equal,
why do we have a certain segment
of our people that is poor, unedu
cated and unskilled?" he asked.
"As I see black power," he con
tinued, "I think of the Negro at
taining his own destiny. This will
be achieved peacefully if we hand
over to our black brothers the
same opportunities that we desire
Later in the presentation, a coed
in the audience reasoned that ex
tending such opportunities would
at first entail welfare and she
questioned the justification of spe
cial privileges for the Negro.
Father McCaslin let a young Ne
gro student answer the question:
If you break your arm and you
go to the doctor, he will put it
in a cast. That is giving special
privilege to the arm related to the
rest of the body, but that is where
the privilege is needed, the student
Father McCaslin's appearance
at Selleck was his second visit to
the campus in two weeks. He re
iterated many of the points that
he made at Beta Theta Pi frater
nity last week.
"I prefer to talk to white people
"iSSSS II II II II
about the problems of our ghettos
because that's where the problem
is with the white people. I want
to make you uncomfortable be
cause ... the changes inside the
ghetto cannot occur until there are
changes outside," he said.
Father McCaslin told the stu
dents that they have the chance
at the University to get to know
and become friends with the Ne
gro so that they can begin to un
derstand his problems.
He added that until the whites
understand, the problems of the
Negro will remain unsolved.
Addressing the Negro students
present, Father McCaslin said that
it is their responsibility to educate
the whites that it is "a heck of
a responsibility, but it's got to be
The ghetto priest attributed the
immediate cause of racial distur
bances to improper police hand
ling of Negroes involved in petty
violations of the law.
In Omaha, he said, it is not un
common for 15 or 20 police cars
to swoop down on five Negroes
shooting craps, and the first car
on the last four occasions.
Father McCaslin added that if
the students would look at distur
bances across the country, they
would find the immediate cause
to be improper police handling,
and that this epitomizes white rac
ism within the nation's police de
partments. "City administrators across the
country call for law and order,"
he said, "But if the immediate ad
ministrators of the law are them
selves lawless men, then we are
going to have trouble establishing
law and order."
Continued on Paje 3
The Daily Nebraskan
Hardin in 'backroom' activity
to remove Marvel Carpenter
by Jan Parks
Senior Staff Writer
"Backroom" discussions by Uni
versity officials about the remov
al of State Senator Richard Mar
vel from his chairmanship of the
Legislature's Budget Committee
should be brought out in the open,
State Senator Terry Carpenter
Carpenter said in a telephone in
terview that the aim is to replace
Marvel with State Senator John E.
Knight of Lincoln, who Carpenter
said is represented in the discus
The Scottsbluff senator specified
Chancellor Clifford Hardin as a
promoter of Marvel's removal, al
though he would not reveal other
- Carpenter said that he may be
more specific with names if the
Refusing to reveal his sources,
Carpenter stated, "I probably have
more sources than any other per
son in Nebraska, although I don't
give the names of my sources or
they will dry up."
Carpenter mentioned that there
are other important people in the
state working toward Marvel's re
moval by the Legislature's Com
mittee on Committee's next. Janu
All involved party's should stop
SA's faced with
by Mark Gordon
Senior Staff Writer
Dormitory student assistants ap
pear to be the lone members of
the residence hall community who
have not shared in the increased
student voice the dormitories have
gained this year.
A poll of a representative sam
ple of dormitory student assist
ants, administrators and residence
hall directors shows student as
sistants are uncertain whether a
conflict of interest between their
jobs and their personal opinions
still allows them to publicly dis
agree with University policy.
A housing office release states,
"As staff members, you have a
responsibility for University poli
cies and if others neglect or ne
gate their responsibility as stu
dents ... the student assistant
then will assume the responsibili
ty he has for carrying out Univer
Student assistants receive full
room and board compensation
amounting to $800 per academic
year and their responsibilities in
On Campus .
The Departments ef English of
the University of Nebraska and
Nebraska Wesleyan will sponsor
a public reading by John Barth
on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the
Union. Barth is the celebrated au
thor of four novels, including The
Sot-Weed Factor and Giles Goat
boy or, the Revised New Syllabus.
it it it
The Block & Bridle Clnb 13th an
nnal Quarter Horse Show will be
continued Friday, to be followed
by the Nebraska Intercollegiate
Championship Rodeo on Friday
and Saturday. Both events will be
held at the Nebraska State Fair
The African Students Associa
tion of Nebraska will hold its Afri
ca Day celebration on-Friday is
the Union at 7:30 p.m. The pro
gram includes African dance,
films, and discussions on econom
ic, political, and cultural develop
ments in Africa,
VU7 LU U
"pussy-footing" around and the is
sue should be made public, he said.
"I don't think the University stu
dent body has anything to do with
Ilf llfff If tiririllllllllilf IIMIIMIM UlllltUltJ Ill til JtrjIMllllll J!f lltllllMMrillllf lllf IIIJIM IMIfllllHMIlltllllllltf II1I1IIMIIII11II111I1II1
John Barth will read f
oivn ivorks Friday
John Barth, author of four
novels including the best-selling
"The Sot-Weed Factor"
and "Giles Goatboy," will ap
pear Friday, May 3 at 3:30
p.m. in the Nebraska Union
Sponsored by the English
departments of the University
and Nebraska Wesleyan, Barth
will read his own work, "Three
Narratives for Tape and Live
Barth's Novel The Sot-Weed
Factor brought him to his
present high-ranking place
among living American novel
ists. His most recent book, "Giles
Goatboy," is called by Dou
bleday and Company, "Earth's
magnum opus." ""'
Although most administrative
personnel feel student assistants
have an adequate amount of lee
way in publicly stating their reac
tions to University policy, there
appears to be a definite division
among student assistants in their
views on relative freedom.
"No, we aren't free to say what
we want," one male SA said.
There's a role you are supposed
to play as a residence hall em
ployee." He said an administrative
spokesman once told him a stu
dent assistant is responsible to
University policy before he is re
sponsible to the best interests of
"There seems to be a difference
of opinion ' among administrative
personnel since in the past some
SA's have done what both they
and their immediate supervisors
felt was right, but the administra
tion didn't like," he explained.
"You can say what you want,
but that's in context as long as
they like what you say," he said.
"Rebel Without a Cause" will
be presented at the Union at 7 and
9 p.m. on Friday and at 7:30 p.m.
on Sunday. Admission is SO cents
it it it
The Cross Winds Coffeehouse,
1233 "F" Street, will be open Fri
day from 8-12 p.m.
it it it
The Agriculture Choir will pre
sent its Spring Choral Concert on
Sunday at 3 p.ra. in the East Union.
it it it
U of N Filmmakers will present
a series of underground films by
local students on Friday at 3:30
p on. in the Sheldon Art Gallery.
The Cotner School of Religion
will sponsor the Hillel open picnic
on Sunday. They will leave San
doz for Antelope Park at 1:45 p.m.
it," Carpenter ventured, "although
I would presume that the majori
ty of faculty would prefer having
Senator Marvel removed as chair-
Anne Freedgood of Double-
day says that the book is "a
magnificent facsimile of the
modern world known in the
book as 'The University.' It is
like no other novel."
Time Magazine, reporting on
the top new humorists, calls
Barth "unrepentantly Rabelas
ian" and "elaborately inven
tive." Barth is currently Profes
sor of English at the State Uni
versity of New York at Buffa
lo. His appearance is supported
by funds from the University
Graduate Research Council
and Convocations Committee
and the Nebraska Wesleyan
University Convocations Committee."
Dick Scott, Coordinator of the
University's residence hall sys
tem, who heads the student assis
tant selection process, said the stu
dent assistants are on an employee-employer
relationship with the
When SA's have disagreements,
they are urged to discuss them
with their respective residence di
rectors and not to publicly state
their grievances in such ways as
writing letters to Lincoln newspa
pers, he said.
Letters in bad taste
"Sending a letter to a newspa
per is in bad taste when the resi
dence director isn't contacted and
raises questions about them as
student assistants," he said.
He explained that when student
assistants are hired annually in
the spring after a lengthy proc
ess, they are assumed to be ma
ture and responsible.
"However, if they don't respond
in this manner it raises a ques
tion of should they or shouldn't
they continue, and maybe they
would feel freer to express their
discontent if they were just stu
dents," Scott explained.
Three channels for aid .
He listed the residence directors,
housing office and office of student
affairs as three channels discon
tented student assistants could
turn to for aid.
He said since no SA's have re
signed over disagreements with
policy this might indicate there
are channels open to the staff.
He explained that SA's have two
for Nebraskan filing
The deadline for submitting ap
plications for positions on the 1969
Daily Nebraskan staff is Saturday
Interviews will be held May 6
for the following editorial posi
tions: editor, news editor, business
manager, sports editor,' senior
writer, and senior copy editor.
Other staff positions open, with
interviews at a later date, are:
senior staff writer, junior staff
n rv rvT
Vol. 91, No. 105
man of the Legislature's Budget
Carpenter felt that the Universi
ty should not intervene with Legis
lative appointments "at least
not from a practical standpoint."
However, he stipulated that
"there is nothing wrong" with Uni
versity intervention if it is done
publicly. "I don't think they can
get the job done anyway," he said.
Asked about the strategy being
used by parties working for Mar.
vel's removal, Carpenter said, "It's
all a matter of contacting the right
Instigators of Marvel's removal
will "exercise whatever friendship
and influence" they have to per
suade legislators's on the Commit
tee of Committees to replace Mar
vel, he said.
Carpenter explained that Hard
in is anxious for Marvel's remov
al because the University has been
unsatisfied with legislative ap
propriations to the University.
"But, no agency in government
is satisfied with governmental ap
propriations," he said.
Carpenter defended Marvel by
saying that his many years of ex
perience as chairman of the Bud
get Committee qualified him for
the position, "although there are
other factors to be considered,"
decisions to make when they fail
to see eye to eye with University
They can voice criticism under
the employee-employer method or
they can voice them as "a stu
dent having a personal gripe."
"If he chooses to respond as a
student, then he must consider the
possibly of being a student and
not a student assistant," he added.
In explaining that SA's have a
great deal of freedom, Scott said
the SA's biggest job is working
with the students as much as pos
sible. "And to do that is pretty hard
without spending time protesting,"
Not enough freedom
One female student assistant
said ' SA's do not have as much
freedom to publicly state their
opinions as they would like.
"We're on the borderline since
everyone keeps reminding us that
we are in administrative positions
probably over being a student,"
She said SA's can publicly state
their opinions but they must be
prepared to accept the conse
quences. "I've been told not to be too en
thusiastic over my views," she
said in explaining that her role
as a student should not be jeopar
dized as a student assistant.
She added that many SA's tend
to side with administration be
cause they fear losing their jobs.
Continued on Page 3
writer, copy editor, business staff,
photographer, .news assistant,
night news editor, assistant night
news editor, and assistant sports
Monday's interviews will be con
ducted by the Publications Board
in the Nebraska Union.
Applications may be obtained
and turned in at the Daily Ne
braskan office, room 51, Union,
Powered by Open ONI