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Friday, October 4, 1968
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Is challenge
gone at NU?
by Curt Donaldson
A university must minister to the needs of
agriculture, industry, the state, and somehow the
people, besides graduates and undergraduates.
Do undergraduates, particularly freshmen and
sophomores, get a fair share of attention? Many
people are saying no, not enough for them to leurn
as much as they are willing to.
JOSEPH KAUFFMAN, Dean of Student Affairs
at the University of Wisconsin, together with a
group of teachers and students from many schools
have written a book called "The Student in Higher
In the first chapter they attempt to summarize
the experience of undergraduates: "Incoming
students expect the college years to be exciting
and challenging, both intellectually and socially;
they are eager for this new adventure in their
Students quickly learn that college is rather
like high school, that most of what one does is
still "Mickey Mouse," and that boredom and
dullness are just as prevalent in college. Most
teachers are uninteresting and many are unin
terested. "Course requirements frequently seem to be
make-work, and programs of study appear to have
little connection with career goals, personal con
cerns, or intellectual curiosity.
"To be sure, it has not provided what he hoped
it would as a freshman, but at least it has furnished
him with the degree that is a prequisite for
employment or for further education, has offered
social diversions to vary the routine, perhaps has
found him a spouse, and has enabled him to prolong
his youth and his entry into the System
a bit longer than would otherwise have been
ARE KAUFFMAN'S words relevant to us at
the University of Nebraska? Are freshmen en
thusiastic, ready to be challenged; are they being
turned off? Our particular system is the sum of
individual classes, individual teachers.
The impact or non-impact of each adds up.
Each teacher must ask himself: "How many of my
students have I made to feel as I do about what
I have learned, what I teach?"
Comment on the News: The World Herald
has adequately and repeatedly pointed up the
responsibilities of students to keep their books open
and their mouths shut. This column has just at
tempted a few words on the responsibility of
teachers. Some other group bears some
responsibility, however, when Nebraska students
pay one of the highest tuitions for a state university
in the country, while the faculty works for one
of the lowest pay scales.
'1lj mi m lb & & ...
The Wall Street love-in
End of the week
that never was
The week that never was whirls by In a
kaleidoscope of bits and pieces; shifting, turning,
the edges blurred, the center visible to no one.
Autumn came to Nebraska this week, whatever
feeble claims the calendar may hold. The nation
settled itself, satisfied that the summer had passed;
one more dreaded season had disappeared; the
day when mere anarchy shall rule the world had
been postponed.
The week passed, a dream and nightmare fan-
tasy not unlike what had gone before.
Bits and pieces from the week that never was:
THE SENATE did its best to kill the concept
of separation of powers by rejecting Abe Fortas
after the crudest display of irrationality, prejudice
and irrelevance put on by that august body since
the days of Joe McCarthy.
The House Committee on Un-American Ac
titivites began another witch-hunt In its attempt
to prove that McCarthyism is alive and well in
Washington with the blessings of the Omaha World
Herald and the Chicago Tribune.
General Curtis E. "Bomb-'em-back-to-the-stone-age"
LeMay signed on as George Wallace's running
mate in the campaign to end America. May his
bombs rest in peace.
Bruce Hamilton said it all at City Hall Thurs
day. "This is beautiful, just beautiful," he told
the 500-odd marchers gathered to protest housing
discrimination in Lincoln.
Of all the events in this torn and tortured
week, the march may have been the only thinj
of beauty that happened.
by Dick Gregory
I have often insisted that
America is faced with a
pollution crisis. And I do not
mean air or water pollution.
The most pressing problem in
America today is moral
pollution. A hypo-critical
double-standard permeates
this morally polluted nation.
National hypocrisy reached
its most pronounced propor
tions a couple of weeks ago in
the economic center of
America, the Wall Street area
of New York City. For days
word had been circulating
through the lunch hour crowd
that at precisely 1:28 p.m., a
shapely girl In a tight sweater
would ascend the steps of the
BMT subway station near the
New York Stock Exchange and
walk to work at the Chemical '
Bank New York Trust Com
pany on Broadway.
EVERY DAY the crowd of
onlookers grew larger. They
gathered to gawk at S-feet 4
inch, 21-year-old Francine
Gottfried, an I.B.M. machine
operator. Miss Gottfried's
measurements of 43-23-37
became much more impor
tant to the Wall Street
business community than the
Dow Jones average. And her
Dear Editor,
Your editorials have
brought all of the nuts out
of the woodwork to harass
you, but keep jabbing. It's
about time that the Rag
stopped backsliding and
started telling it the way it
Yes, the war is utter
madness; yes, America is a
racist satrapy.
And, yes, you knew you'd
catch hell for telling like it
is, but that's OK.
I keep thinking of the
D e m o c r atic Convention.
There was the quiet and
timorous Jew, Sen. Abraham
Ribicoff, telling the delegates
that Daley's thugs were
clubbing the young on the
street, and saying, "If George
McGovern were president,
there would be no need for
a national guard."
And then there was Daley
on the floor, the blustering
beet -red-Irish-Catholic-bull,
screaming obscenities at the
And when Ribicoff ended
his address, Daley's band
struck up the tune
"McNamara's Band." A
curious affair.
At any rate, it seems to
me that you also have the
integrity (Should I call it
the stupidity?) to tell people
the truth. Ribicoff told the
truth and the thugs blustered.
Todd tells it like it is, the
thugs bluster. How sad it is.
Friend John
Dear Jack Todd:
I wonder if you know what
Federal Penitentiary means:
it means not being able to
approach closer than three
feet to the nearest thing to
"normalcy" you will find in
side the walls the guard if
you do you will at least get
your face hit); it means
marching to a crummy dining
hall and eating crummy food
prepared by stinking cooks
who don't 2ive a damn if you
get your three ounces of en
tree or not; it means living on
daily appearance posed an
increasing threat to domestic
On September 20 more than
5,000 brokers, bankers and
beige-jacketed Stock Ex
change clerks mobbed the
four corners of Broad and
Wall streets in advance of
Miss Gottfried's appearance.
She was'a few minutes late.
At 1:34 p.m. when she
emerged from the Broad
Street Subway station, crowds
were so thick that hundreds of
passers-by were shoved
against buildings. Traffic was
stopped. People stood on cars
to get a better view of her in
toxicating measurements and
some of the cars were
Brokers peered out of the
windows of the Stock Ex
change. The steps of the Sub
treasury were mobbed. The
windows of the majestic
Morgan Guaranty Trust
Company building were filled
with expectant faces. Spec
tators roamed rooftops and
clung to light poles.
Plain clothes police were
waiting to protect Miss Got
tfried from the unlawful
assembly. They escorted her
safely to work as the eager
mob followed.
The incident received
thorough newspaper and
television coverage. As a
result, crowds the next day
tripled. More than 15,000
people jammed the same
area, covering 10 blocks
standing elbow-to-elbow.
More blocking of traffic. More
damage to parked cars. But
no Miss Gottfried. Her civil
rights were so obviously
threatened that it was no
longer safe for her to go to
NO ARRESTS were made.
Police did not wade into the
crowd with nightsticks nor did
they make an effort to
disperse the assembly. The
campaign cry for law and
order was publicly mocked
end exposed as the hypocrisy
it is.
The Wall Street crowd out
numbered the peace
demonstrators in Chicago or
the studeut protesters at Col
umbia University. It was an
assembly which displayed
open contempt for traffic
regulations and damaged
personal property.
The naHoual obsession with
law and order seems first and
foremost fo be concerned with
who are the law breakers and
for what purpose are they
assemb'ed. It is evidently
acceptable to gather in the
fun-loving spirit of publicly
embarrassing a young lady.
But national hypocrisy will
not tolerate public embar
rassment of America by those
who gather to protest in
justice in Vietnam and human
disregard at home.
When a nation shows more
tolerance and respect for
crowds gathered to look upon
a woman with lust then for
citizens assembled to insist
that the demands of love and
justice become incorporated
into national policy, that na
tion is insane.
Earlier this year a crowd of
black an J Puerto Rican youth
gathered outside City Hall in
New York City to demand
more summer jobs. Some
parked cars were damaged,
including one owned by a
member of the City Council.
Police used clubs to disperse
that crowd. Mayor Lindsay
called the demonstrations
disgraceful. To my knowledge
he made no comment about
the Wall Street incident.
a high tier inside a sweaty,
urine-smelling gallery with a
roommate who knifed his
platoon sergeant; it means
watching him play with his
kniie made from a file and
you look at his clouded eyes
and wonder when you will get
some sleep because you're
afraid to close your eyes; it
means you won't be able to
say you love your brother
because your "brother" is
liable to love you back
physically (not emotionally)
and violently if not
DOES THAT sound like the
hard road?
If you encourage John Dietz
to defy the SSS and he ends
up in Leavenworth, are you
aware of the repercussions?
Yes, repercussions, things
like: loss of all civil rights
while behind the bars, in
cluding the right to vote.
He won't be able to use his
education either because: 1)
the government (civil service)
won't hire him; 2) neither will
any corporation or business
who has in the past or expects
to get in the future a defense
contract; 3) he won't be able
to purchase a gun (you can
bet on that), and 4) will be
constantly on the defense as
the local law officers will
surely be watching him.
So if you want to encourage
him and he feels he is a
martyr then go right ahead
and take the "hard road."
A Reader
Dear Editor:
The former Marine Sgt.
who wrote on October 2, 1968
that "Anyone who avoids the
draft to obtain temporary
safety deserves neither liber
ty or safety" might care to
read the saying which he is
said, "Those who give up
essential liberty to purchase
temporary safety deserve
neither liberty or safety."
Does the Sgt. look on the
draft (a violation of the right
to one's life) as an essential
liberty and on draft dodging
as a safe position to be in?
Tom Caldwell
Daily Nebraskan
Secoi.a-class pnaUge paiu at uncoln Neb
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Dear Editor:
I view Mr. Todd's editorial
of September 26, "Student
power: the catalyst" with no
little consternation. He has
mixed fact and radical
fantasy into a passionate
brew that is quite difficult to
swallow. The topic of
student power is treated and
discussed, but definitely not
to its "logical conclusion."
The author is quite right
when he says "student power
is desired for two reasons:
power for power's sake, and
power to transform society."
However, the statement,
"What we desire is the power
to transform society" is quite
ambiguous. Who in the world
is "we?"
IT IS sorrowfully not well
enough to know that student
power is often usurpred by
those who seek "power for
power's sake" and these
usurpers would rather deform
than transform society. Such
as the case at Columbia
where the student
powerholders hid behind the
facade of just social
transformation by a
somewhat legitimate support
of civil rights and anti-war
protests. Is this "we?"
The students should want a
university that can have an
independent influence o n
government. But they should
also want to know if this in
fluence can come about
merely by scrapping ROTC,
defense contracts, or any
other so-called evils. The
elimination of the Vietnam
war, poverty, and racism is a
fine Utopia.
THE LIST of nightmares goes on, eclipsing
the dreams. The events since that far-ago Januarv
when a young President urged "Let us begin . . ."
have made this decade look more like the ending
than the beginning. Things fall apart, the center
cannot hold.
But the winter is near, the breathing time.
We will survive to see another summer, Charles
Lloyd is coming this afternoon, and there are only
23 more shopping days before Guy Fawkes day.
There is cause for joy.
Jack Todd
Larry Eckliolt . . .
Film-goer needs
to 'free mimf
One of the more enjoyable elements of any
art form is its ability to have similar themes
expressed by dissimilar styles.
For example, Lord Byron and Elizabeth Sargent
both write of the emotional involvement of men
and women in love and they both agree. But Byron,
in "Don Juan" writes:
Man's love is of man's life a thing apart,
'Tis woman's whole existence.
In "The Longest Night" Miss Sargent writes:
Man: Yes, you are the earth!
But I do not want to be contained!
Woman: I was there for you at sunrise
I waited for you all afternoon, but at evening
The sea entered my heart.
entered my heart.
IN THE same way, two films can express
the same theme but in opposite style. "Interlude''
and "Petulia" are excellent examples. They take
the classic love triangle, dissect its relationships,
resolve them in the same manner, but are as
different as Lord Byron and Elizabeth Sargent.
Yet differences in film style are not accurately
comparable to poetry. Byron wrote in Victorian
England, Miss Sargent in contemporary America.
In the span of a century writing styles have
drastically changed and so have ideas.
The two films, however, were made during
the same period of time, and were (in fact) release i
within a month of each other. But why the great
differences in style:
"Interlude" is an impressionistic painting,
drawing on the emotions of its characters and
its viewers. Although underscored by its sensuous
photography, the movie's impressions go much
deeper. Interludes of happiness and sadness, of
physical pleasure and psychological pain, of all
things that define love, linger on the screen. They
create a genuine concern for tha affairs of people.
But "Petulia" is pop-art. Time is irrelevant.
Present. Future and Past. Zip, it's in the mind.
Zap, it could be real. A gentle touch on her hand
brings the image of a bloody leg on the screen.
Green tubes, red lights, paper flowers. A television
set that s actually tuned-in on the Vietnam war.
One could go on indefinitely citing the many
similarities and differences in the two movies Yet
this seems irrelevant. What is relevant is compar
mg the cinema to other art forms, like painting
and poetry.
UNLIKE THE latter two art forms, the cinema
has not had centuries during which style become?
a method of classification. One cannot point 10
the 40s as a period of cinematic Realism, to the
50s as a period of Abstract Expressionism.
And the '60s can't be classified as Pop-Art.
But in its short evolution, the cinema has enablerl
itself to adapt to itself the many styles of other
art forms. Experiment is the byword today.
Directors are developing new languages which
enable a film to speak. All of the isms of the
arts are finding a way into the theatres, demanding
more of audiences everywhere.
It is easy to dismiss a film as boring or obtus-.
But a film has as much worth being boring or
obtuse, even though It is unpopular to the critics
or the general audience.
The new trend in motion pictures is to vicv.
films as an experience in aesthetics, and not for
techniques, or plot, or acting alone.
Today the film-goer has to listen to the Bea'l"s.
among others. He has to "free his mind" for
cinematic appreciation. After that, liber a i n
movies may become more stimulating and more
fun for him.