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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1963
The Daily Nebraskan
Ifs ivhat you don't
know that hurts
Sometimes, despite things I've said to the con
trary, it seems it would be better if faculty
members would stay in their cage.
Take history associate professor John Braeman,
for instance. Braeman, in the letter printed below,
takes the students to task for having allowed an
unrepresentative and irresponsible management
- control this newspaper, while students continue to
".support it from student funds. If any of these
charges were right, Braeman might have a point.
LET'S START WITH unrepresentative. We're
"representing right now a large segment of the
"" student body who have never been represented
""'before. Our "turn" is only for one semester, and
' ' .this position is open to any student on this campus
" who wants to take the time to work for it.
The charge "unrepresentative" is a wee bit
absurd anyway. Since when is a newspaper charged
' with being "representative." What we are
responsible for is the truth, be it majority opinion
or the opinion of a single individual.
The financial status of the newspaper at this
"." ',. time is such that we are nearly able to support
ourselves without student funds. Even under the
present arrangement we get twice as much of
our revenue from advertising as from student funds.
AS FOR RESPONSIBILITY, perhaps Braeman
would be happier if we returned to the old policy
of printing news of fraternity parties on page one.
For a group of young reporters and editors, '
' however, we feel that both our spot and depth
" , news is being covered at an unprecedented level
' of responsibility.
In reality, it is now the faculty of which
- Braeman is a member which controls this
newspaper. If the machinery can be found by which
"""-this newspaper could really be student-run, we
III are all for it. Having it run by ASUN, however,
would mean that the largest and most powerful
student organization would no longer be subject
""" " to criticism by the newspaper, a situation that ,
"-''-would obviously be detrimental to the University
' "UTas a whole.
The time has come when we can no longer
r" resist the old challenge: if you really think this
newspaper could be operated by majority opinion,
... Mr. Braeman, we'd like to see you try it some
We are professional journalists, doing a job.
Mr. Braeman is an amateur critic who forgot to
do his homework before he fired off his comments.
" Dear Sir:
I was amused to read in the November 20th
issue that Mr. Jack Todd, after these many
months of raving and ranting about student power,
is highly indignant when the question arises of
Student Senate control over student publications.
And I was even more amused to find him taking
refuge in the credo of that bourgeois liberalism
he so condemns: freedom of the press.
Unfortunately, Mr. Todd's analogies are wholly
false. The Lincoln Journal or the Omaha World
Herald are privately owned, and their readers are
- free to buy it cr not. But the Daily Nebraskan
is supported by student fees, and no student has
any say as to whether or not his money should
go for its support.
Mr. Todd candidly and correctly concedes
that his editorial "could hardly be written if (the)
Senate controlled this newspaper." What is appall
ing to me has been the apathy of the student
body in supinely tolerating a student newspaper
that is so grossly unrepresentative of the
overwhelming majority of the people who pay its
bills. Let one of the first demands of that student
activism which Mr. Todd otherwise so extolls be
for an end to control of the Daily Nebraskan by
Its unrepresentative and irresponsible management.
Associate Professor of History
At least half of the students on t h i s campus
think ASUN is a drag. It's not beer and it's not
movies and it's not even stimulating discussions.
But right now it Is doing something that is probably
going to affect every student who ever goes through
here. It might not be a bad idea, therefore, to
pay some attention and find out what's going on.
At this point, it looks like senate will approve
Government Bill No. 24. This will mean vastly
increased powers for the senate, and in reality
vastly increased powers for each student.
THE HANG-UP will come with the administra
tion and the Student Affairs Committte. After ASUN
passes this bill calling for control over rules-making,
student fees and maybe even student publica
tions, the bill will move into a committee.
This is the critical stage. Senate will instruct
the committee to review the resolution and imple
ment it. The administration will, in effect, ask
for a committer) to talk the bill to death, as it
did the SAF document. Our call is for the first
kind of committee, a commitiee that will check
out the legal implications of the bill and hwp
set up the machinery for its implementation, but
will not attempt to keep Senate from controlling
women's hours or student fees.
The issue at stake here is simple. Students will
already have defined their rights. They are not
asking for a committee to further debate what
student rights are.
Therefore, the student negotiators on this com
mittee should walk out at the first hint that the
administration wants to worm its way around the
bill. Senate will have approved it. Since it concerns
" student affairs, little else needs to be done.
IT IS AT Tins point the Senate will need
your support. What they are asking is that you
have the right to control your cwn affairs. You
have only to accept that right to make it impossible
for in loco parentis to continue in any form at
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To demonstrate our support of this bill, we
are ready to go along with student control of cam
pus publications. We do not feel election of the
editor by the staff or by a general plebescite would
be a situation conducive to professionalism.
We do eel, however, that an all-student
publications board is the only fair and logical way
for student publications to be run.
We hope that certain other organizations such
m AWS and IDA will take the same steps. Until
the organizations on this campus quit fighting one
another, we can never have the power to govern
ourselves. AWS's typically reactionary decision to
Ignore any Senate attempt to take over its powers
Is the action of a woman scorned: an immature,
conservative display of selfishness on the part of
a few women in power.
What is happening in ASUN, with student sup
port, will become history as the glorious revolution,
University of Nebraska, 19C8.
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Larry Grossman . . .
Shoot-Out at Deadwood Corral
I attended my first Student
Senate meeting Wednesday.
Most of the senators were in
shirt sleeves, indicating that
they were settled down to do
some hard work. The group
contained a sprinkling of
radicals, straights, Freds,
and sorority girls.
The meeting was called to
order and the minutes read in
an incomprehensible tone.
The first order of business
was an informal address by
newly appointed University
President Joseph Soshnik. He
appeared relaxed and smiling
Inside report .
as he delivered some general
remarks on the University
and student policies.
Mr. Soshnik joked and
sounded good. I began to
think that maybe we had our
own Edmund Muskie who was
interested in talking -mih the
students. Halfway through his
talk, though, Mr. Soshnik was
still presenting introductory
The faces of the senators
began to glaze over with the
stoic appearance one sees in a
freshman zoology lecture
section at 4:15 on a Friday
afternoon. Mr. Soshnik
finished his talk by tacking a
conclusion onto his introduc
tion. The body of his talk
wandered into a forest of
cliches and was permanently
The Senate turned its
attention to the main order of
business. A motion was in
troduced which gives supreme
power over student affairs to
the Senate. An hour of tiring
debate followed. The Senators
were sapped of their energy
like people suffering from
slow tropical diseases. At six
o'clock, a weary chairman
called for a motion for ad
journment. Nothing had been
accomplished in the two hour
noted for their longevity
and undoubtedly members of
the Student Senate live the
longest because of their
placid, inactive existences.
Occasionally, however, one
reads that a senator has top
pled from that most fatal of
diseases . . . boredom.
Great Society transformed Nixon style
by Rowland Evans and
WASHINGTON - A con
fidential blueprint now being
drafted by Rep. Melvin Laird
of Wisconsin warns in somber
terms that President-elect
Nixon cannot come close to
balancing the Federal Dudget
until his third year in office.
This blueprint being drafted
by Laird, the most influential
and powerful Republican in
the House, amounts to a five
year legislative plan. Helped
by staff experts on the House
Lsird is preparing it in ex
tensive consultations with Mr.
WHEN COMPLETED, the
Laird memorandum will
dramatize one hard fact: the
Incoming Republican ad
ministration can have no real
leverage on Federal pro
grams its first year and only
a little the second. It will
have to wait until its third
year to stamp its own unique
imprint on Federal programs
and the budget.
Thus, Mr. Nixon is being
warned that promises for
sudden program and budget
innovations can't be fulfilled.
It is essential, the Laird study
suggests, that the new
President's State of the
Union, budget, and economic
messages be geared not to an
Impossible pledge for Im
mediate major changes, but
to a long period of gradual
In short, what Laird pro
poses is a five-yeer plan
.ironically, a concept of Com
munist economic planning
bom party traditionally
skeptical about long-range
planning of any kind.
BUT LAIRD has the
evidence on his side. His
study shows that the Johnson
derestimated the cost of
public assistance grants to
the 9tates by $1.1 billion in the
present fiscal year, ending
To correct that error, a
was passed this fall.
Furthermore, Laird, senior
Republican on the House
Health and Welfare Ap
estimates that public
assistance will go up by $2
billion in fiscal year 1970, the
first full year of the Nixon
Laird calculates that the
Nixon administration can halt
this rapid spiralling of
"welfare" payments only bit
by bit. His proposal: switch
from outright welfare grants
to a work-incentive program,
as Mr. Nixon promised in
many campaign speeches.
Even that will take time.
THE LAIRD STUDY also
proposes a slow approach to
another major fiscal change
long backed by Republicans
bloc grants to the states
from Federal tax revenue,
Laird will propose a two
step move toward bloc grants,
starting modestly with
payouts from Washington
limited to single broad
categories such as education.
Only after this would there
be outright bloc grants.
IT IS ON defense spending
that the Laird study is most
pessimistic. Even after the
Vietnam war with most of the
U.S. force brought home
which won't happen under the
most optimistic conditions
until well into next year the
"peace dividend" won't be
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anywhere close to the $30
billion now being spent on
Vietnam. Reb uilding
dangerously depleted defense
stockpiles, reinforcing U.S.
troops in Europe, and
building . an anti-ballistic
missile system will cut the
savings to no more than $10-12
billion and perhaps less.
Thus, savings from the war
will scarcely be a windfall to
the incoming Nixon ad
ministration, even assuming
that the Paris peace talks
actually produce peace.
Although Laird isn't saying
so publicly, these built-in ex
penditures strongly indicate
that Mr. Nixon may have to
ask Congress to keep the
emergency 10 percent surtax
at least another six months
beyond the automatic ex
piration date of June 30.
THE SURTa'x, passed this
year after ferocious political
warfare between President
Johnson and Congress, brings
in $12 billion a year. Laird is
telling Mr. Nixon that, barr
ing a serious scCorvd-qusrtE"
economic downturn next
spring, the tax may have to
This conceivably could kad
to the spectacle of Mr. Nixon,
who comes into office with a
pledge to reduce spending and
taxes, battling the
gress to retain an unpopular
That's just the point of
Laird's study. Mr. Nixon will
be running the tall end of the
Johnson administration, not
the front end of a Nixon ad.
ministration. That's why
Laird talks of a five-year plan
to transform the Great
Society into Nixon-stylt
Our man Hoppe . . .
Let's take our
by Arthur Hoppe
Herewith is another unwritten chapter from
that unpublished work, "A History of the World,
1950 to 1999." Its title: "Victory in Asia."
The early refusals of the Saigon government
to take part in the Paris peace talks and its
obdurate lack of cooperation when at last it was
forced to the negotiating table caused a subtle
shift of public opinion in the United States.
"UNGRATEFUL WRETCHES," was the
kindest remark. "After all we've sacrificed for
their freedom and independence."
"Let's pick up our marbles and go home,"
cried the Doves.
"Let's blow the whole lousy country to bits,"
cried the Hawks.
"HOLD ON," said the President. "A great na
tion like us cannot act out of spite nor out of
rage. But I think I have a solution."
So he called a meeting of the National Security
Council. "Gentlemen," he said, "What does a great
nation like us do when another country threatens
the peace? What did we do in Japan, in Germany,
in the Dominican Republic?"
"Why," said the Secretary of State, "we sent
a huge army to occupy them and bring them
to their knees."
"EXACTLY," said the President with a smile.
"And who now threatens the peace in Southeast
"South Vietnam, sir. But . . . Good heavens!"
"Just a minute, sir," said the Defense
Secretary, bewildered. "We can't send a huge army
to occupy them and bring them to their knees,
because . . . Well, because ... I mean our
huge army's already there."
"THAT," SAID THE President beaming, "just
shows our foresight."
It was, of course, the shortest war in American
history. It was over before Life or Time could
hit the streets with a 12-page supplement on "The
Corrupt, War-Mad Saigon Generals."
It was over before the hit tune "Let Bygones
be Bygone (I'm Off to Capture Saigon)" reached
the Top Ten.
IT WAS OVER before the Pentagon could revise
its war maps showing "Enemy-held Territory."
South Vietnamese troops, who'd never showed
much interest in getting killed, happily surrendered
in droves. And U.S. troops, no longer having any
allies to defend, happily took ship for home.
So peace came at last to Vietnam. And all
factions in the U.S. were delighted with the out
come. t e
"WE ALWAYS SAID that withdrawing was the
only answer," said the Doves happily. "And now
"We always said that we could lick those sawed
off gooks,' said the Hawks happily. "And now
"We always said we could win a land war
in Asia," said the Military happily, "if we just
picked the right enemy."
Of course, the world was somewhat confused.
But the President gave assurance that there was
no change in American foreign policy.
"The United States stands ready to fight for
the freedom and independence of any people
anywhere," he said, "as long as they do what
The silence of the 1968-69 winter and the follow
ing years at NU was neither one of death nor
apathy. While students throughout the country
revolted and uselessly flung their energies against
an ill-defined "Establishment", NU students
watched and listened and learned.
Refusing to be caught up in self-destroying
movements about them, the 18,000 at NU held
firm to their quiet lives. Perhaps they felt the
revolutionary spirit even more deeply, but it was
a secret consciously buried. They knew patience
then would be rewarded with significant victory
AS THEY HAD expected, harassed employers
across the country began turning to NU gfaduates.
They found Nebraska graduates to be calm, level
headed young people capable of taking orders,
making and administering decisions. They could
be groomed for power positions. They would work,
as directed, quietly and efficiently.
Poverty, pain, hunger, prejudice and war still
continued, but the 18,000 withheld personal involve
ment, sensing their approaching power positions.
Bright-eyed graduates of other schools fell
behind. Records of old demonstrations caught up
with some. More often they tried too early to
effect large-scale change. Sometimes a slip of the
tongue, perhaps only in passing reference to a
disgraced former leader, betrayed them. Time after
time the NU graduate with a clean record moved
IN TIME TniS elite group tasted its first real
power, that of hiring and promotion. They often
personally preferred the bright Ideas of a man
with some revolutionary background, yet
circumstances forbid them the option of promotion.
They chose, rather, conservative graduates who
would not cause undue attention or challenge their
own carefully attained positions.
Today those NU graduates control many of
this nation's top governmental and industrial posts.
POVERTY, PAIN, HUNGER, PREJUDICE, WAR
AND revolutionaries are still with us, but it is
expected that at any moment the ieaders of our
class will declare the Revolution has arrived, to
the utter dismay of everyone.
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