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by George Kaufman
Nebi askan Staff Writer
The Nebraska Democratic Coali
tion is alive and well, but the at
tending doctors differ on their
reports on the condition of the pa
tient. Opinions of what happened at the
organizational meeting in Omaha
last Saturday run the gamut all the
way from "a sellout' to "a very
ALTHOUGH MOST participants
are reserving judgement of success
or failure until after a mail vote to
determine an 11-member executive
board, many of the "prime
movers" behind the movement are
satisfied that the group is off to a
Dan Schlitt, an original member
of the Nebraska Concerned
Democrats and a McCarthy worker
said he was satisfied that he had
accomplished his two major goals:
1. to bring people together who had
common interests but didn't know
each other, and 2. to have an
organizational structure approved.
"My evaluation of the whole
day," he says, "is that it was a
very successful meeting. I think it
was a healthy discussion on the
part of both sides."
"BOTH SIDES" refers to the fact
that the group, comprised mainly
of disaffected McCarthy and Ken
nedy workers and New Party peo
ple, invited key members of the
Nebraska Democratic Party to the
meeting. In the minds of several
students and some professors, this
defeated the purpose of the Coali
tion, which was to create a liberal
"caucus" inside the party.
A point of sometimes bitter con
flict arose during the meting over
an endorsement clause, desired by
regular party members. Some
Editor's note This is the first
of two stories evaluating the
New Democratic Coalition, a
fledging liberal caucus Inside the
Nebraska Democratic Party:
it's background, it's aspirations,
it's organizers and it's future.
members of the coalition construed
this as a party "loyalty oath" and
many balked at being tied to party
discipline. Several walked out of
the meeting, including NU pro
fessors Stephen Rozman and
Narveson later returned and now
seems satisfied with a compromise
pledge which states that members
"will not oppose nominees of the
Democratic Party in general elec
tions." Rozman, angered at the
original wording "shall work for
the election of" did not return.
"THEY (PARTY regulars) want
ed to know if we were 'Democrats
first'," says Naverson. "We had to
make it clear to them that we
weren't in that sense, that our com
mitment is not unconditional. They
found this very hard to understand
... in fact, we didn't really com
municate on that point."
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1968
VOL 92, NO. 43
Sandoz may adopt
new hours system
Plan lo utilize
by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
An experiment now being planned by Sandoz Hall would,
if approved, grant optional hours to all women living in
the dormitory, according to Joleen Phillips, Sandoz graduate
The girls would not be required to return to the dorm
at a certain hour. Miss Phillips said. A girl's hours would
be decided between her and her parents. Parental permission
would be required for girls to participate in the experiment. -
PRESENT RULES require women to be in the dormitory
by 11 p.m. week nights, 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
and midnight Sundays.
"Nothing formal has yet been done," Miss Phillips
emphasized. "W7e are talking to some people outside the
dormitory, and we are compiling evidence to support the
experiment. Such evidence will be needed when taking the
proposal to official policy-making groups."
For instance, questionnaires are being distributed
throughout Sandoz Hall to obtain the opinions of dorm residents
on the experiment.
SEVERAL PROBLEMS connected with the experiment
are currently being tackled, Miss Phillips said.
If the experiment were implemented, a night watchman
would have to be hired meaning additional expense for the
Igirls. And people are wondering just how late the girls are
planning to stay out.
The experiment has already been given unofficial approval
by Associate Dean of Student Affairs Helen A. Synder.
"I have spoken with the group and they have some
very fine things thought through." commented Dean Snyder.
There are some difficulties though, she added. How will
the experiment be evaluated? If the experiment is approved,
would similar privileges be granted to other dorms? ,
"I DON'T know what reaction will be around campus.'
she continued. "I suspect there would be some difficulties
in getting such an experiment passed."
Associate Dean of Student Affairs Russell Brown also
approved of the experiment and says that freshmen should
indeed be included in the project.
Brown said the experiment, when submitted as a formal
proposal, could be given quick consideration by the Student
Affairs Committee. The Regents meet every month, he pointed
out, so consideration by that Board might take a little longer.
Everything depends on what the two groups decide to
do with the proposal, Brown said. If they decide changes
reed to be made, final action could be delayed.
Another proponent of the experiment is the residence
director at Sandoz Hall. Mrs. Emily Hoon is "much in favor
of experimentation in order to give girls more practice in mak
. ing responsible decisions.
THE DIRECTION seems to be towards more freedom
in campus residences, she said. AWS has already approved
sophomore keys, but a sophomore key system for dormitories
would be unworkable because of the red tape involved.
"Girls would indeed like more freedom," she said. The
. girls would probably not stay out much later than usual
in most cases, she added.
Mrs. Hoon predicted eventual success for the experiment
"Plenty of problems will be encountered, but by working
together, we should be able to solve them," she said.
Committee reports plans
for campus reapportionment
ASUN Wednesday accepted the
report of the Reapportionment com
mittee's Intention to submit plans
for restructering Senate elections
before the spring general election.
"This resolution is to publicize
the intentions of the committee,"
Bill Chaloupka. committee
chairman said. "Quite frankly, it is
also to make some people happy
who cannot see what we are doing
Chaloupka was referring to a re
cent Inter-dormitory Association
resolution demanding that Student
Senate place reapportionment pro
posals on the upcoming referendum
for Government Bill No. 24.
SEN. BOB ZUCKER moved that
Senate go into a committee of the
whole to discuss a letter appearing
in the Daily Nebraskan and signed
by 19 senators which criticized a
Jack Todd editorial which appeared
in the Monday, November 25,
At one point in the letter, the
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SDS revival meeting nixes
ROTC in coliseum campaign
students accused the editorial of
serving as a "mouthpiece for ASUN
President Craig Dreeszen and not
reflecting a consensus of the
Sen. Bill Gilpin asked how the
authors of the letter knew that
Todd was not expressing his own
"Todd has been at only one
meeting this year," Sen. Tom
Morgan said. "He is getting his
ideas from somewhere and it is not
from his reporters.'"
GILPIN POINTED out that no
consensus vote of ASUN had ben
taken as a pari of Senate business.
Morgan replied that 19 senators
is sufficient to ' be considered a
"The letter was vaguely word
ed," Chaloupka said. "I am not
sure that the senators who signed
the letter even remembered what
was in the editorial."
by Larry Eckholt
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Suppose they took over the Ad
ministration Building, and nobody
In effect, that is what happened
Tuesday night after 30 University
students picketed against ROTC in
front of the Coliseum.
The group marched to the Ad
ministration Building and held a
"strategy meeting" on the floor of
the main floor hall. The building
was unoccupied it was 7:45 p.m.
except for a campus policeman
who was checking to see if office
doors were locked.
All irained sealed while the
policeman made his way through
the crowd. There was no exchange
THE 'TAKEOVER" of the
building climaxed a day of protest
which labeled ROTC "an indirect
instrument of war, the systematic
and efficient mass production of
Earlier in the evening the
demonstrators, under the
leadership of the recently-revived
Students for a Democratic Society
(SDS), stood in front of the Col
iseum prior to the Nebraska
Wichita State basketball game as
several thousand fans entered the
The picketing lasted about an
hour. Most of the time was spent
.posing for the eight press
photographers who covered the
protest passing out leaflets, or
chanting derisive remarks against
MEANWHILE GROUPS of
observers voiced strong objections
to the protesters.
"I think it's just a publicity
stunt" said Rodney Pittam, a stu
dent from Adams. "It is a vital
necessity that the majority of
military officers come from the
Jim Schwizow, a Lincoln student,
said that "it is extremely sad that
they (the protesters) have to rebel
against everything that is given to
"They don't know how lucky they
are." Schwizow added.
Other comments included: "Oh,
how ridiculous." "TbeyYe a bunch
of commies" "Weirdos." "Stop
ROTC? I'd say call out the boys
tonight to clear these kooks out .
prison would do them some good."
BUT THE "Stop ROTC" move
ment has just begun, according to
leaders of the demonstration.
"We didn't expect ROTC to
evaporate after today's activity,"
Dave Bunnell, who helped organize
the campaign, said. He outlined
future action the group plans to
'We are going to organize a
course in revolutionary military
tactics and demand credit for it,"
he said, adding that the mock drill
team will also demand credit.
A number of the protesters don
ned surplus military uniforms and
paraded is front of the Coliseum in
mockery of ROTC drill units.
STEVE BURKLAND, who
recently turned in his draft card to
the Selective Service board in Clay
Center, said that Tuesday's activity
"better be just the beginning" of a
"We weren't very organized to
day," he said during the
demonstration. "We had many
ideas but little coordination."
Some protesters were disgruntled
with the protest itself.
"I thought the afternoon's action
was atrocious," said one girl who
wished to remain unidentified. "It
just proves that social protest is
doomed on this campus." - .
SDS continued to occupy a booth
in the Nebraska Union on Wednes
day. Signs proclaimed that "ths
war on ROTC had just begun."
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Ralph Nader, auto safety expert
to speak at 3:30 p.m. in Union
Ralph Nadar. who almost single
handedly pushed automobile safety
legislation through congress, is
scheduled to speak at 3:30 Thurs
day in the Nebraska Union
A graduate of Harvard and
Prirseton, Nadar began the salvo
against the auto industry in his
book, "Unsafe at Any Speed,"
which charged that Detroit auto
makers were building "death traps
that kill 50,000 people annually."
THE LAWYER'S , efforts
culminated with the passage of the
Traffic Safety Act which set stan
dards for all new motor vehicles.
President Lyndon B. Johnson
termed the act a landmark legisla
tion. While Nader is s t i 1 1 concerned
with auto safety, he has now
become America's ombudsman
adding sanitary conditions in food
industries and water and air pollu
tion to his list of concerns.
Recently he testified before con
gressional committees concerning
the dangers of radiation over ex
posure in the course of medical and
MANY PEOPLE think that
Nadar, the consumer's crusader, is
really being secretly subsidized by
labor unions or gathering profits
from other sources.
However, according to a recent
interview in Playboy Magazine, he
lives monklike in a drab furnished
room in a Washington, D.C-,
He works 20 hours daily and
maintains a $97 a month office in
downtown Washington. Nadar is not
married and generally eats in
cheap cafeterias, wears off-the-rack
clothes and walks to save taxi
NADIR'S CRUSADKG efforts
are unwritten solely by his owa
earnings, which Newsweek
Magazine said, "Would support
perhaps one medium-sized cocktail
party at the Shoreham for most of
His income is generated by book
royalties, speaking engagements
and articles for Atlantic Monthly,
Christian Science Monitor, Tha
Nation and New Republic
He has also served as a consul
tant and contributor to many
leading legal publications.
Nadar, who served as a cook in
the Army after leaving the Harvard
Law School, will speak on con
sumer protection and corporals
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