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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1969
VOL. 92, NO. 58
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by Joanell Ackermau
Nebraskan Staff Writer
It'i going to happen again this
weekend the happening that is
going to happen unlike anything that
has ever happened before, according
to producer, Charles Armstrong.
And how does one "produce" a
Get together some people "who
know what they are about." Let them
perform and mingle with an en
thusiastic audience. And it happens
spontaneous and unrehearsed, says
Armstrong, a flamenco and classical
guitarist by profession.
HIS FIRST experiment at happen
ing productions, "Cabaret '68," co
sponsored with the Nebraska Union
Special Events Committee last
December, was "a huge success," he
He predicts the same for "Hate
Week" or, "Haight Weak" to use
one of his admittedly bad puns
his second cabaret, which happens
Armstrong's conception of Cabaret
is "total media." Satire, impromptu
theater, pantomime, impersonation,
singing, dancing, experimental films,
music of all kinds folk, soul, jazz,
rock, and "things no one expects to
"There are no preconceived notions
about Cabaret. It's in the present and
what's happening now. As a form of
entertainment, Cabaret does not stick
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Shoplifting, for kicks or necessity, is demonstrated as this student
defies tightened security precautions by local retailers.
incentive maintains grad assistants
Hibler says more degreed teachers
with one concept," he said.
IN A COFFEEHOUSE, for example,
one expects to find folk music, poetry
reading and perhaps some ex
perimental theater. One does not
associate rock, jazz or psychedelic
groups with coffeehouses. Likewise,
night club entertainment follows a
different concept, he explained.
"But Cabaret is not restricted to
any particular kind of entertainment.
"I am sure that the people who
came to "Cabaret '68" had never seen
anything like it anywhere. And those
coming to "Hate Week" won't be able
to forget it either," he said.
Why "Hate Week?"
To fully understand, one has to hear
the explanation from Armstrong
himself, because only he tells it best.
ARMSTRONG, KNOWN to his
friends as Charlie, keeps informal of
fice hours in the Nebraska Union's
Crib almost every afternoon. (It's
easy to spot Charlie. He is a thin,
little man and always wears a black
So ... go to the Crib, get a cup
of coffee, slide into a chair at
Charlie's table and listen. Now, why
"You have to explore your own at
titudes toward hatred and violence
because it is not someone else's pro
blem. There is an anology that I can
make," Charlie began.
"Pretend we are in a cafe in some
are needed to share the GTA
small town. A black man enters and
is ignored by the waitresses and the
proprietor. Now, at different tables
in the room are a couple ol bigots,
an apathetic person, idealists of the
group A variety and an idealist of
the B group.
"THE BIGOTS enjoy what is going
on. They do nothing to influence what
is happening. They just enjoy it.
"The apathetic person ignores the
incident because he feels it is none
of his business.
"The idealists of the group A type,
who find it more comfortable lo
believe than to act on their beliefs,
do nothing more than agree among
themselves that the owner must be
"The B idealist gets up and does
something even if it is no more
than telling the proprietor, 'If you
will not serve all of your customers,
we are taking our business elsewhere.'
"THE A IDEALIST is no different
than the bigot because he allows the
incident to continue. If an idealist
cannot put his belief into action, then
he is a bigot.
"That is one example of why ac
tivism is the only way. The ideals
you won't use, you won't have. It's
true even if it is a paraphrase
of a worn cliche about freedom.
"People should be aware of their
own and others' attitudes on hatred
and violence. But it's not enough to
be aware," Charlie explained. "Do
Charlie has slogans that go along
with his "Hate Week" theme -Silence
is the coward's cop out.
Hypocrisy is subversion. Hatred has
a long memory. He who hates will
never know peace.
And that is the reason for "Hate
Lincoln Merchants Committee
to curb and prevent increasing
by Bachittar Singh
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Shoplifting has become a serious
and major crime in the United States
today, according to a Lincoln
S. J. Marcheese, general manager
of Brandeis at Lincoln, said the Na
tional Retailers Merchants Associa
tion has published a report showing
that more money is lost in shoplifting
"TWO OMAHA department stores,
Herzberg's and Topps, are closing
because of the shoplifting menace,"
Robert Magee of Magee's clothing
store in Lincoln said, "The problem
is serious, and something has to be
done right now to prevent further in
creases in these thefts."
Marcheese said that he had ap-
by Jim Pedersen
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Graduate teaching assistants at the
University of Nebraska, like GTA's
at other U.S. universities, are un
derpaid and work long hours, but
resign themselves to their situation
GTA's don't really like the low pay
and the time taken away from their
doctoral work, but realize there is
little else they can do.
MANY GTA's believe that the op
portunity to remain in the academic
world, while working towards their
Ph.D. and acquiring teaching ex
perience, sufficiently offsets the
disadvantages of being a GTA.
One University GTA. commenting
on the resigned attitude of his col
leagues, remarked that "they pro
bably haven't really thought about it.
They don't realize places like UCLA
pay many of their GTA's $4,000 for
similar work loads."
Dr. Benjamin McCashland. assis
tant d e a n of the Graduate College,
admits that stipends at the University
are less than at many other
universities, but adds that teaching
loads also are less and that GTA's
receive much non-monetary
remuneration in the form of teaching
"THE MAXIMUM amount of time
a GTA can devote to his teaching
and office work is 18-22 hours,"
McCashland said Monday. "This way.
he can devote at least hall his time
to his own course work."
There is a growing move towards
assigning GTA's half-time teaching
loads partially because of Selective
Service pressure. McCashland added.
THIS WILL NOT work a particular
hardship on the GTA who can still
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prenenaea shoplifters as young
eight years and as old as 75.
ACCORDING TO Marcheese, the
greatest offenders are no n-professionals,
usually high school age.
In the past, he said, when these
juveniles were apprehended they were
not prosecuted because the depart
ment personnel concerned were wor
ried about losing customers. But now
the thefts have increased to such a
degree that there is no alternative
but to prosecute.
Magee, chairman of the Shoplifting
Committee of the Lincoln Promotion
Council, said that plans are underway
to set up three committees to look
into this problem.
An Immediate Committee i s
responsible for news releases showing
the public the problems of shoplifting.
The objective is to show that shoplif
ting is a reality which can have
catastrophic repercussions if not rec
tified, Magee said.
take nearly as much course work as
he could teaching one-third of the
Salaries for the University's 602
GTA's are paid through funds
allocated to each individual depart
ment from the University budget.
Therefore, the number of GTA's, their
salaries and teaching loads vary
widely from department to depart
ment. As a general rule, GTA salaries in
the science departments are higher
than those in the humanities
"THE DIFFERENCE in salaries
between science departments and
humanities departments is decreas
ing," McCashland said. "The variance
isn't as wide as it used to be."
McCashland added that the
University is conducting a survey to
see how its GTA salaries compare
with universities throughout the na
tion, but the information has not yet
A GTA in the economics department
said he receives $2,100 for teaching
four hours credit or about $130 per
month over a 10-month period
"FOR SOMEONE like myself wirh
a wife and no children, it is all right
as long as I continue to get financial
aid from my parents," he added. 'I
don't see how those with a family
can get along on their salaries alone.''
"I might make more money by
working elsewhere and going In school
on the side." the GTA continued, "but
I would lose the contact with the
undergraduates, and I want the
GTA's who don't receive any outside
subsidy must look elsewhere for
money to supplement their meager
"Last semester 1 did some grading
The Student Committee includes
high school and University students.
THE MERCHANTS Committee has
the responsibility of raising funds for
the whole campaign and conducting
an effective advertising campaign.
The committee will also establish a
uniform procedure to handle
According to Magee, current
surveys show that young people begin
to indulge in shoplifting as early as
nine to 13 years of age.
Shoplifting usually decreases at the
"But by then," Magee said, "some
of them have turned professional."
A survey conducted in Delaware
showed that approximately five per
cent of students questioned admittedly
had shoplifted around 100 times.
MAGEE SAID that although the
stores have detectives mingling in the
for the Extention Department and
taught some night school," another
GTA in economics said.
THE UNIVERSITY simply cannot
afford to pay GTA's more, lie added.
Administrators first must allocate
money to the regular faculty
"This is what people always look
for in determining how well a
university pays and how good a
department is." he said. "After that
money is allocated, there just isn't
much left for GTA's."
Eugene O'Brien, a GTA in the musie
department, is a church organist when
he is not teaching or working on- his
O'BRIEN, WHO teaches six hour
for $2,100, admits his salary demand?
frugality even though he is single,
but he thinks that he is b e 1 1 e r off
than many GTA's in other
"I feel 1 am worth more than
S2,100," he added, "but it certainly
looks good on your record in applying
for jobs if you have the teaching ex
perience on the college level."
A less satisfied former economics
GTA thinks that salaries for teaching
assistants are atrocious.
"WHAT IS worse," according to Ted
Hulbert, "is that GTA's have to pay
their own tuition. Most other schools
include tuition in the salary."
Hulbert was married with one child
during the 1966-67 academic year
when he taught nine hour(s for $2,500.
"GTA's could go to other schools,
but once you get in a program, you
want to get out with your degree as
fast as you can," he said. "If you
have a kid and a lot of bills, you
just want to get your degree."
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stores, many shoplifters go un
detected. "The Samardick Detective Agency
handles the security forces for most
stores," he said. Detectives work in
each store a day or two and then
move to another so as not to become
But the problem is so bad, he said,
"that we have uniformed guards in
the stores now to make the shoplifters
aware of the risk they run of being
caught and punished."
Tom Morgan, University represen.
tative on the Student Committee, said
that his role was to familiarize the
organization in any matters pertaining
to the students of the University and
to make students aware of the risks
involved in shoplifting.
"The sad thing in this whole deal,"
said Marcheese, "was that most of
the kids involved did this for kicks
without realizing the seriousness of
the act and the risk involved in
jeopardizing their future."
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