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Vol. 92, No. 39
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1968
by Larry Eckholt
Nebraskan Staff Writer
The mood of the University' of
NeDraska is restive.
Berkeley smolders. San Fran
cisco State is closed down. The
University of Colorado is a new
center for activists.
But the University of Nebraska
heads into winter after ten weeks of
relative quiet. There have been no
campus disturbances, and none are
WHY IS Nebraska different from
Berkeley, Columbia or Boulder? Is
there "student power" on the Lin
coln campuses? What is student
power? Who controls student power
here, the liberals or the radicals?
Historically speaking, student
activism the type associated
with teach-ins, demonstrations, and
draft card burnings is just three
years old, P.D. Post Davison.
Carl Davidson and the birth of
the Nebraska chapter of Students
for a Democratic Society, often
associated with movements
relating to student power, are one
and the same. In 1965 a graduate
student from Pennsylvania in
Student power is
by Randy York
Assistant Sports Editor
Boulder, Colo. Colorado foot
ball coach Eddie Crowder was
talking to reporters and drying off
at the same time he answered most
of the questions.
"So Oklahoma beat Missouri
today?", Crowder smiled. "I'll tell
you, you've got to have a complete
team to play in this league. I mean
you have to have a good offense
and defense week in and week out."
CROWDER, although his team
had just lost 22-6 to Nebraska, was
not reluctant to rehash the
He knew his Buffs had done their
share of spoiling so far in the Big
Eight season. He said what
Nebraska adherents had been
saying all season that the Huskers
have the equipment to beat any
team in the league.
"They (the Huskers) were picked
to win the conference," Crowder
said, "and they played today like
they could have won the con-
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Here they are the fifth set
of legs in the Miss Ideal Foun
dation Contest. Voting begins
Monday in the Nebraska Union.
troduced the anacromism, SDS, to
AND ANY freshmen who may
have been influenced by Davidson
then, (he is now a national officer
in SDS) will be among this year's
crop of University graduates.
The first reference to SDS in the
local student press was' printed on
Oct. 14, 1965, the day after Hyde
Park was introduced to students by
EDITORS NOTE: The following is
the first in a series of stories on
student power. The interpretation
of the University's past activism
and the frustrations of the student
activist, liberal, moderate or radi
cal are included in this study.
Part One: A look at the activist
movement, P.D. (Post Davidson)
and what the current campus mood
tie Union Talks and Topics Com
mittee. Davidson announced, then,
that soon SDS would sponsor a
teach-in on Vietnam on campus.
this the only kind?
ference. They have had problems
getting the offense going this year.
They have had a hard time going
consistently, but I would have to
say they got it going today."
"I WILL say that Joe Orduna and
Dick Davis are two of the finest
runners we have faced this year,"
He cited improved plays in
Nebraska's defensive line which,
perhaps, was chiefly responsible
for the Husker's effectiveness on
"Their offensive line played very
well," he said. "I know this had
been a problem for them."
It is true. Nebraska's defense, as
always, has been carrying the
Huskers most of the season.
BUT THE offense Saturday
decided to do their own part while
the defense punctured Colorado's
quarterback Bobby Anderson.
Anderson gained only 82 rushing
yards and 58 passing yards, but
Once upon a time
by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
In the 1920's the University was a
"big family" where students were
well acquainted with the faculty,
but not so in 1968, according to
Professor Charles H. Patterson.
"The University has grown so
much, and I question whether it is
a good thing," Patterson said.
Administrators, particularly, have
increased far mora proportionally
PATTERSON, a professor
emeritus of philosophy, began
teaching at Ihe University in 1921.
"When I began teaching, the
By Oct. 20, 1965, SDS was at
tracting front page headlines in the
school newspaper. The group was
active that year. It co-operated
with several English professors in
bringing poet Allen Ginsberg to
IT WAS, and has been, a topic of
discussion since its conception on
campus. But SDS is waning, only
three students are associated with
the campus group this year, ac
cording to a campus spokesman.
SDS cannot, and will not, claim
any notice for tie stirrings of ac
tivism on campus this year, SDS
But there have been a number of
events, often labeled "student
power" in the statewide attention
they have brought, which .
demonstrate that some students are
searching for issues and answers.
TOE -SCHOOL term had hardly
begun before a drive was started to
save several trees from being
destroyed by campus construction.
There was a vigil held in Grand
Island, coinciding with the state
convention of the American
Independent " Party. A Food-for-Biafra
campaign was begun.
Students for Peace and Freedom
was organized on Sept. 16.
Issues were raised at Hyde Park
concerning the abolition of women's
hours and of ROTC. A petition Was
started asking that library
materials related to music be
transfered from Love Library to
the Westbrooke Music Building.
"Time Out" was held; it's whole
purpose was to get students ac
tivated, according to its organizers.
A statewide movement urging the
passage of the state amendment
allowing 19-year-olds to vote was
centered at the University.
PERHAPS THE most talked-
about demonstration, and the one
that many students see as
symptomatic of the University's
dilemma, was "That March."
"That March" was inspired dur
ing a Midwest Conference on
Movement Politics, billed as a
"three-day experiment in getting
"That March" was staged on Oct.
3, and was organized by ASUN's
Human Rights Committee, Dan
The march was directed at Lin
coln's failure to have an open
housing ordinance. At the time
three cases of alleged housing
still managed to break the Big
Eight total offensive record. An
derson hiked his total to 1,842 yards
with a game against Air Force left
Crowder said the Huskers im
plemented such a variety of defen
sive alignments that the Buffs
could not detect them in time to run
or pass effectively.
Nebraska defensive end Mike
Wynn drew most of the plaudits for
stopping Anderson. "Wynn is the
best defensive end we have played
against," the CU coach added.
There were a few other surprises
yet, that made the difference.
Nebraska, bottled up with poor
field position in its three losses,
completely dominated that aspect
against Colorado. Joe Armstrong
helped to account for the switch
with a 44.4 average on five punts,
but for the most part it was Guy
Ingles. Ingles returned five punts
for 123 yards, including a 62-yard
main concern of all faculty and
administration was whether or not
the student was getting an educa
tion," Patterson continued. "Now
the administration is concerned
with contacting the legislature and
getting people of influence to con-,
tribute to the University and keep it
Of course there are still a great
many faculty and administration
personnel who are concerned with
the welfare of the students, he ad
ded. But there are many who are
"PROFESSOR H. B. Alexander
in the Philosophy Department used
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The University of Nebraska has
discrimination were before the
city's Human Rights Commission.
"The march was organized to
dramatize the need for justice in
Lincoln," Looker said.
FIVE HUNDRED students
marched to City Hall. A petition
drive was started to urge an open
There was no violence, or
disturbance resulting from the
march, or any other issue brought
up this school year.
But these demonstrations, peti
tions, drives and other activities of
the University student do not
display student power, student
"It is a sign of powerlessness,"
Craig Dreeszen, president of ASUN,
"Student power means that tie
student himself can make
change s," he explained. "If
students had the power to make
decisions that would result in
change, there would be no need to
call for a picket or a demonstra
tion." "If we had power, we would
change things," Dreeszen added.
DREESZEN, AND other student
organizers, feel that the University
has reached the crossroads of the
current school term. The mood of
the campus, which now appears
restive, could be set for the rest of
"I'm sure that the administration
is hoping that this . quietness will
remain," Dreeszen said.
The question most olien asked is
why the majority of the student
body remains unaffected by the aU
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Buffalo quarterback Bobby Anderson appears swamped by hip
triumphs over Colorado.
to have a class meet in his home,
which was a delightful situation,"
Patterson reminisced while gazing
out of the window of his colonial
Classes 30 or 40 years ago were
much smaller than today, which
greatly facilitated communication
between student and teacher, he
And there were many outstanding
scholars on the faculty then, he
said. He mentioned Alexander, who
was internationally famous, and
Roscoe and Louis Pound as a few
These faculty members made a
special effort to teach un
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an enrollment of close to 18,500. Is
tempts of some student activists?
The answers are varied.'
"Nebraska students don't
generally jump overboard on any
issue," John Schrekinger said. He
was a co-ordinator of the young
adult sufferage movement.
"They reflect the conservatism of
their parents," he said.
"THERE IS a lack of sense of
community with the various stu
dent groups," said John Hughes.
Hughes has been active in s o m e
SDS movements on campus.
Stuart Frohm, an organizer of the
Biafran relief drive, believes one
"Nebraska students dorft
generally jump overboard on
any issue . . . They reflect the
conservatism of their parents?
answer is the lack of centralization
of the many attempts to activate
"I favor decentralizing
organizations," Frohm said, "and I
am against monolithic structures,
but lack of central leadership does
tend to reduce effectiveness."
One characteristic of student in
terest groups at the University is
that they tend to be spontaneous,
a 'big family' at NU
dergraduate classes, the exaot
reverse of the situation today, Pat
IN THOSE DAYS, the attitude
was that freshmen and sophomores
should have the best teaching
possible, he said. If any economiz
ing of teaching was to be done, it
would be done at the higher levels.
No graduate assistants or
teaching assistants existed in those
days either, Patterson commented.
There were a few grad students,
but there was no need for them to
"There were only about 4,000
students then," Paiterson pointed
there power in these numbers?
student leaders have discovered.
FOR EXAMPLE, the tree-salvation
petition was initiated by a
group of concerned architecture
students. The music library
transfer was started by music
students. The Biafran fund drive
was begun by a totally different
Each has resulted in some
measure of success and the groups
are now inactive.
. "Contrary to what many would
like to think, or might suspect,
there is no top-level student struct
ure thinking up issues and
organizing action," Dreeszen said.
The conspiracy theory does not
apply to Nebraska, Frohm said,
since there is no apparent outside
"A LOT OF active p e o p 1 e are
associated in some way together,"
Frohm said. "They help stimulate
.each other. But they do not
organize or plan together."
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out. "But then teachers carried a
heavier load than they do today
TEACHERS usually taught five
classes in the 1920's, Patterson
noted. The teachers also graded
their own papers since few
secretaries or other assistants were
Now days, University teachers
are responsible for two or
sometimes three classes weekly, he
continued. They have other duties
and responsibilities, which Pat
terson feels are mostly detrimental
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