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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1958
ROTC vs. SDS
Take a day and walk around;
Watch the Nazis run your town.
The Mother of Invention
SDS, after spending the last two years with
one foot in the grave and the other in its mouth,
is about to take on ROTC in mortal combat. This
should be enough to raise a few eyebrows and
perhaps even shake the local military organization
to its roots. Chances are, however, that the SDS
demonstration scheduled for Tuesday night's
basketball game will do little more than cause
a few snickers and quite a few boos.
SDS vs. ROTC is quintessentially a David and
Goliath battle. This time David doesn't even have
a slingshot. Even in its presently revitalized state,
SDS can claim only 36 members or semi-members.
ROTC meanwhile has the backing of the administra
tion, the Regents, the Unicameral, the majority of
the students and the people of Nebraska. Even those
few Nebraskans liberal enough to dislike the idea
of ROTC will probably not go along with any SDS
attempt to upset the applecart, if for no other
reason than the SDS label.
THE REVIVAL OF SDS, if indeed it is a revival,
is badly needed. SDS can claim much of the credit
for waking this campus from a long sleep during
their efforts in 1965-66 to revolutionize the campus.
Whether or not students agree with SDS, its mere
existence on campus will make many students more
aware of their own thinking.
Recognition of SDS's worth, however, in no way
Implies recognition of its power. Both the University
and the state are extremely suspcious of the
organization, and recent prejudiced articles on SDS
appearing in Reader's Digest and on CBS television
haven't helped the situation any.
ROTC, ON THE OTHER HAND, is viewed as
a fine organization which takes ail-American boys
and turns them into ail-American soldiers: to most
people the ROTC program is probably one of the
few good things that can be said for this
Desptie the unequal nature of the struggle, we
are in sympathy with SDS. Though there are many
practical reasons for the existence of ROTC on
campus, it does not jive academically or con
ceptually with the ideals or aims of a University.
To anyone concerned with the increasing militarism
in this nation, the presence of ROTC organizations
in the university is alarming.
A recent confrontation with some ROTC members
through a speaking engagement . convinced this
writer that ROTC and the academic community
are indeed strange bedfellows. In a brief question-and-answer
session the ROTC members displayed
overt racism: "Negroes want everything right now,
but they won't work for it," and militaristic at
titudes painfully similar to fascism, despite the
questioners' insistence on their "open-min-dedness."
ROTC should be challenged: but there is little
nope that the challenge will bring results.
Our man Hoppe . . .
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and the awful
by Arthur Hopjp
Howdy there, folks. How y'all? Time for another
final chapter of The Real Great Society. With the
rootin'-tootin' Jay Family. And starring ol' Elbie
Jay, a generous feller who's always willin' to share
the good and the bad if'n you don't mind taking
As we join up with ol' Elbie today, he's a-showin
the new tenant a feller name of Dick around
Elbie: And this here's my bedroom. ItH make
a fine little old shrine for you and the kids. And
this here's my office. I reckon you won't want
to touch a thing. And this here's a portrait of
my favorite subject.
Dick: I agree with what you said about it. That's
the ugliest thing I ever saw.
Elbie: (scowling): That was another one, dang
it. This one captures the real me.
Dick (quickly changing the subject): Well, It
must be very painful for you to think of having
to move out of this wonderful place.
Elbie: Painful? Why, next January 20 is going
to be the happiest day of my life. I can't tell
you how glad I'll be to forget the awesome burdens
and the terrible responsibilities of this man-killing
Dick (sympathetically): They must be awful.
Elbie: Awful? You've no idea. Oh, how fine itH
be to put behind me all these agonizing decisions,
th mind-shattering worries, these insoluble pro
blems. I tell you, it's too big a Job for one man.
Dick (nobly): You're right, my friend. But you
can count on me. I stand willing to sacrifice my
own peace of mind and share these horrible burdens
Elbie (suspiciously): Share?
Dick: Yes, for the good of the country, we should
work together in these days of transition and show
our national unity by not attempting to lamely
duck the mutual problems we face.
Elbie: (frowning): Did you say, "lame duck"?
Dick: And therefore, fully realizing the conse
quences, I am prepared to sit by your side in
the difficult days ahead and tell you how to run
Elbie (wryly): That's right generous of you. I
always did believe in sharing things.
Dick: I knew you'd feel that way. Now I'll Just
sit here at your desk and you can stand at my
side and . . .
Elbie: Well, now, hold on. I'm all for sharing.
But things could get a mite confusing unless we
divvy up the burdens fifty-fifty, fair and square.
Dick: What did you have in mind?
Elbie: Well, for starters, you might Just sign this
here statement saying how much you admire my
newest strategy in Vee-yet-nam, approve my latest
$62 million missile plan and applaud my 27-year
program to stop riots in the ghettos.
Dick (angrily): You call that sharing?
Elbie (innocently): What could be fairer than me
making all the agonizing decisions?
Vkks And what do I get?
Elbie (smiling): You get the terrible
Well, tune In again, folks. And meantime,
remember what Elbie's ol' granddaddy used to
"Ue quick to give to your fellow man before
fee can give it to you."
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". . . Watch that first step!'
Atreus' legend reduced to melodrama
by Howard B. Norland
The Euripidean version of
Electra is remarkably good
theater. Concentrating more
on situation and stage effects
than upon depth of character
or cosmic import, Euripedes
reduces the heroic legend of
the house of Atreus
dramatized by Aeschylers &
Sophocles to domestic
melodrama. This is not to
disparage Euripedes, but to
identify his dramatic
This puts a greater burden
on the director in staging the
play and at the same time
gives him greater opportunity
for creativity in production
technique. In other words,
Euripedes Is more a direc
tor's than an actor's
playwright. Harvey Miller,
making his directing debut at
the Howell Theatre, boldly
meets the challenge.
With a magnificent "realis
tic" set and authentic looking
Mycenaean costumes supplied
by designer Royal Eckert, the
stage spectacle is impressive,
though it could have been
made more effective with a
bit less surface detail and a
bit more variation in the
lighting to key the individual
The silhouette ballet with
which the production begins is
a brilliant innovation to depict
the legendary events which
precede the action of the play
as described by the Chorus
leader. However, the pageant
awkwardly interrupts the ex
position, and the female
breasts on Agamemnon are
The familiarity of the
legend would make ap
propriate the technique of the
Elizabethan dumb show
where the stylized pantomine
precedes the expositon. The
ingenious theatricality of the
opening scene is not matched
again the performance, which
at times sinks into a
pedestrian "realism" so out
of place with the stylized
beginning and the
choreographed choral in
terludes. However, there are
moments worthy of the spirit
of Euripides, such as the
presentation of the bloody
head of Aegisthus and the
entrance of Clytemnestra.
are more objectifications of
possessive passions than full
bodied persons. The result is
raw dramatic power unen
cumbered by realistic detail.
Rarely does Electra, played
by Cheryl Hansen, capture
this quality; but when she
does, as in the laying of the
trap for Clytemnestra, she
evokes the Medea-like
vengeful intensity that
bewilders as it terrifies.
Bill Szymamski captures the
nature of the fearful and ir
resolute Orestes much more
consistently, but his remark
able stage presence too
often casts Electra in his
shadow in opposition to the
relationship conceived by
Linda Varvel's performance
as Clytemnestra best
demonstrates the dramatic
power of the Euripidean
character; her appearance is
so impressive and her self
possession so complete that
she completely upstages
Electra throughout... their
emotional confrontation at the
expense of the dramatic
A STRONGER Electra
would make the scene breath
taking. The minor roles are
for the most part ably acted,
though one could wish for a
more "countrified" speech
and a more consistent rural
manner on the part of Bernie
Clark as the peasant husband
in order to emphasize the
imposed humiliation of , the
Harvey Miller and his cast
have created many im
pressive moments in their
production of Electra, though
at times the built-in
theatricality has not been ex
ploited. Most disturbing is the
attempted transformation of
this melodramatic tragi
comedy into tragedy.
By eliminating the deus ex
machina arrival of Castor and
Pollux from the heavens, the
director has ignored a
supreme theatrical moment,
which is a most appropriate
conclusion to Euripidean
dramatic technique; but more
as a result of this omission,
the action of the play is not
put in its proper perspective,
either theatrically or
The boldness with which
Mr. Miller meets Euirpides'
challenge at the beginning
dissipates into lack of nerve
in the supreme test at the
conclusion. Euripides is a
hard master, but even in a
partial realization Electra is
a moving dramatic experience.
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I salute Acting President S.
I. Hayakawa, of San Fran
cisco State College, for
reopening the school on
December 2, 1968. It is about
time the dissidents find out
that students go to college for
an education instead of rabble
rousing and protesting.
There has been a trend
toward having everything
obnoxious twisted around the
concept of humanitarianism.
But, now it is time to
recognize the fact that the
dissenters don't support the
very cause which they
originally supported. The
dissenters claim to have
coined an additional
which is spelled HUM
ed, which means: Regard for
the interests of mankind.
It is about time for a few
more dissenters to get ignor
ed, like those at San Fran
cisco State College if they
continue along the far leftest
When a student organiza
tion fails to function along the
lines for which it was
organized, then it is time to
be disbanded and allow some
sincere students to reorganize
the group if there is a need
for such a group.
IT IS RATHER apparent
that many of the student
groups here at Nebraska are
functioning very well and do
serve their purpose. But, if
ASUN is supposed to be a
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THEY COINED this word
and its meaning is everything
opposite of "regard for the
interests of mankind." These
dissenting pseudo - intellects
have coined their own word in
an attempt to deceive man
kind, but mankind has neg
lected the new term becsu.8
there was a word, IIUMANl
TABIANXM, previously coin-
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why doesn't it make an at
tempt at serving the campus
community? I would ap
preciate having ASUN publish
regular accounts of services
rendered to the student body,
instead of publishing biased
grievances aimed at Joseph
Soshnik and other responsible
When these executives
become Inefficient or
neglectful, then the time has
come to replace them with a
more efficient executive, but I
believe they are efficient. If
an executive relinquishes any
authority to an inefficient
group like ASUN, that ex
ecutive is opening the ques
tion to whether he is qualified
or capable of handling the
responsibility for which he
Why doesn't ASUN stop
complaining and serve the
University students In the
many multiple areas for
which It already has authori
ty. Since ASUN fails to serve
the students now, ho one in
his right mind will be willing
to relegate th&ra more
authority, even if they
Calvin Rife . . .
4iVj lihs to get
to know yoit'
"These are the times that try men's souls."
This quotation is particularly true for the
sincere white liberal and rather moderate blackman
of today. They are both under constant pressure
from many different directions the kind of
pressure that many seem unable to bear.
The sincere liberal oftentimes really wants to
act, but in spite of himself has considerable trouble
trying to act meaningfully in the best and most
effective way. In a sense he becomes kind of hung
HE MAY FIGURE that since he knows the
situation isn't as it ought to be, he should be
making an effort to try to change existing condi
tions. Probably the first step he ought to take
is to talk with (as opposed to acting) some black
people to get their opinions of what needs to be
done. , ' '
This, seems like a good idea to our sincere
liberal who is rather pleased with himself for at
least coming up with a starting point. He decides
to talk to liberal friends, who he knows will be
as enthused as he is about leaving the sidelines
to gain valuable human knowledge from people
in a rather unenviable situation.
He senses that the personal contact and ex
change of ideas would help his own understanding,
outlook, and course of action. He could become
more sensitive to the deeper aspects involved in
a situation as complex as race. Maybe they could
plan a course of action together, and then gradually
the word they would even disappear.
SO OUR SINCERE liberal presents his inten
tions to his friends and invites them to join him
in his efforts, not doubting that any of them would
go along and maybe even propose more ideas.
Thus of course he's quite surprised when many
of his friends receive his idea coolly.
Hardly any of his buddies that seemed con
cerned earlier, but didn't know what they could
do, were willing to initiate any kind of personal
contact. When he inquires as to why nobody really
wants to get involved he gets a variety of answers
ranging from "I'm to busy," "The time just isn't
right," "They've got it better than they've ever
had it" to "They get offended easily. Having
sensed his popularity declining, he lets the subject ,
However, our sincere liberal sets out alone
and on his own looking for sime kind of personal
contact with a black person. He knows that he
can't just walk up to a black person and say,
"I want to get to know you." So he decides that
the thing to do is to just treat a black person
as you would a white person. He hopes that his
eagerness doesn't show too much and that he'll
get a chance to really get to know and become
friends with a black person as a person.
HE'S A LITTLE uneasy because he knows that
most black people, because of the way conditions
are and have been for some time, may not be
willing to talk to him or make an effort to accept
him as an individual. After all, perhaps he would
react the same way. He knows that maybe he
too will be pigeon-holed without a fair chance.
He realizes he may be thought of as just another
white do-gooder trying to ease his conscience. He
remembers the strange feeling that overtakes him ,
every time he watches and listens to some radical
inform him of his hopelessness and inability to
ever rise above his natural state of sickness and
Yet, being fully aware of this, he makes up
his mind to develop some meaningful relationships
and work with people of every kind to improve
conditions. But will he find any black people willing
to give him a fair chance the kind of chance
for which they have been fighting for hundreds
of years? Not from the radical that says, "You're
devils, you're evil, you'll never be anything else
and I hate you for it.' "
BUT MAYBE HE will find some black people
(let us call them moderates) who will recognize
an honest effort and try to accept him as a sincere
human being also trying in his own way to bring
about change in himself and then to others.
However, the black moderate, like the white
liberal, has problems. He too is often caught in
the middle and forced to plug on almost alone.
He sometimes is looked on as an "Uncle Tom'1
by his more militant peers for his methods and
his associaton with the white race.
On the other hand many whites are going to
unfairly pigeon-hole and label him. But he must
keep going and keep trying to do his part in his
way despite obstacles.
I AM NOT necessarily opposing radicals. I'm
sure that we wouldn't have come as far as we
have without them; they are certainly a necessary
part of our society. By the same token, there
are liberals and moderates on both sides. Without
them we can't make it.
We've must have level-headed and concerned
people of all races to make dreams of im
provements a reality. Martin Luther King in his
book Why We Can't Wait said, "The surging power
of the Negro Revolt and the genuiness of good
will that has come from many white Americans
indicate that the time is ripe for broader thinking
Open your eyes
Here In Nebraska, where we find ourselves hi
love with leaving well enough alone, la a city
of little windows, little eyes, art if as feared as
cancer of the lung.
Now is the time for Nebraskans to throw open
their windows, and open their eyes just a little
wider. Here in Nebraska we always wait for things
to reach us from the East or West Coast before
we even begin to act Why can't we act now
and prevent the race problems that are now
wracking the country? Why can't we do something
It's time for Nebraskans black and white to
cast off their prejudices, to unite, and work
together. Only If we work together if we "Giva
a Damn" can we prevent the inevitable happening.
GO TO THEf "Talk-Ins" in the dormitories
tonight Learn what's going oa. Come to the Human '
Rights Committee meetings. Help Governor Tie
maan pass the State Open Housing Law which will
be submitted to the State Legislature this spring.
The committee needs your help Black and
White we need your ideas.
The time has come for us" to stand up for
all peoples rights. Are you going to help? or Just
remain "Here in Nebraska, where wt find ourselves
in love with leaving well enough alone, . . .
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