The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 07, 1969, Image 1

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VOL 92, NO. 75
by Jim Pedersen
Nebraska Staff Writer
Two top possibilities for ASUN
presidential candidacy have said they
will not organize political parties for
this spring's election. .
A third possible candidate said he
has not yet reached a decision on
whether to form a party.
ASUN SENATORS Bill Chaloupka
and Bob Zucker and football player
Randy Reeves are reportedly
organizing slates for the top executive .
positions of ASUN.
Chaloupka and Reeves said this
week they would not organize political
parties; Zucker said formation of a
party is still under consideration.
If no parties are constructed this
spring, the concept of political parties
on the University campus will have
come full circle in less than a decade.
From the days in the early 1960's
w hen student government existed in
the form of a student council and
there were no real parties, political
rnits moved into a period when they
enjoyed both prestige and prominence.
In 1965, the first time elections
were held under the existing structure
cf ASUN Senate and executives, a
campus political party was formed
called Vox Populi. In the election,
Vox Populi slated 23 candidates. Of
these, 19 were elected along with the
ASUN president and first vice-presi-Cv'nt.
One of the students responsible for
organizing that party was Mike
Gottschalk, a senior in the NU law
"The idea behind the organization
of Vox Populi was that since ASUN
was organized similarly to the U.S.
government, political parties could
validly function on the campus level
loo," he said Wednesday. According
to Gottschalk, the party was suc
petent people and we were very suc
cessfully by some standards but was
a dismal failure by others.
The structure of the party was
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ments in the Library.
NU students shack up on Love
library lawn to protest space
by Susie Jenkins
Nebraskan Staff Writer
It's only a six-by-12 foot shack with
a snowy cement "floor," a cardboard
"roof" and open air "walls."
But the "Centennial Wing" of Love
Memorial Library donated by the
ASUN library committee could be the
only one built this biennium.
Dave McKibbin, librarian for the
five-foot high addition Thursday
morning, said that the ' ' p r e -
fabricated" wing was constructed
with volunteer help at a total cost
of ten dollars. It is a 24-hour project.
containing seven books donated by the
1 brarian, a plywood study table which
doubles as a wall and four folding
Students and faculty were allowed
to "reserve" non-existent books by
signing an IBM card. McKibbin said
these "library cards" would be sent
to state senators to "emphasize the
critical need for a larger library."
"We have to stamp the cards 'past
party demise a nossibility
candidates plan
the essence of simplicity, he con
tinued. The senators and executives
simply got together, had meetings and
voted on policy.
"Although the party did publish a
platform, it did not write a constitu
tion," Gottschalk said. "An attempt
was made to set up rules for the
selection of candidates for the slate.
"This lack of any fundamental, in
ternal party structure caused Vox
Populi to fail. It was formed only
(Editor's note: With the ap
proaching ASUN elections, the con
cept of student government is being
critically re-examined. One reflection
of this is the ongoing constitutional
convention. A part of student gov
ernment for the past four years has
been the formation of political parties
and executive slates at election t'nic.
Are party concepts still relevant to
student government? Can they make
a contribution toward increasing stu
dent power? This is the first of a
two-part story examining these and
other questions concerning political
parties on campus.)
about six weeks prior to the elections,
and after the elections my personal
interest waned and the executives
were more concerned with their posts
than the party."
Vox Populi until the following year
when the Campus Freedom
Democratic Party was formed. The
CFDP was organized chiefly by Carl
Davidson; Steve Abbott headed the
executive ticket.
Jan Itkin Kreuscher, then a
Nebraskan Writer, said Thursday that
CFDP was the only real party of the
"The CFPD looked like a party,"
she said Wednesday. "They had
ideas; they worked together to raise
funds; and the- had a definite party
students is handing out literature
due' to make it official," McKibbin
said. "This is the library."
McKIBBIN AND Curt Donaldson
collected nearly 400 signatures by
noon, accompanied by the grind of
nearby machines constructing the
federally-funded Hamilton chemistry
building. Other students passed ex
planatory literature to potential
Few of the students who signed
could name their senators, but nearly
all of them agreed with the sign on
the new wing, "We need more LOVE."
McKibbin said that University
Library director Frank Lundy is "all
for it."
"He's going wild in there (Love
Library) because they're starting to
move his books all over campus,"
McKibbin said.
Plans are complete for an addition
somewhat more extensive than the
Centennial wing, according to
McKibbin. But the $6.5 million north
wing plans have been cut from the
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"Although they were liberally
oriented, the party had a constitution
and a rigid internal structure," Mrs.
Kreuscher added. "They had a strong
central committee, and with the ex
ception of the Party for Student Action
(PSA) which came later, they were
the only party which tried to maintain
a continuing structure."
According to Mrs. Kreuscher, the
CFDP fell apart because of a lack
of interest and a lack of leadership.
"THEY ALSO WERE hurt because
they were painted to be highly
radical," she said. "Actually they
were just more liberal than the Vox
Populi people."
Tom Morgan, ASUN first vice
president, ran with Vox Populi in 1966
and with PSA in 1967.
"Both years that I ran with a party,
they were fairly well organized as
collective campaigning units," he
said. "All the candidates simply
wanted to get elected."
In the case of PSA, a few people
sincerely had in mind that the party
would function throughout the year,
according to Morgan. But the bulk
Scrip Magazine revived
The "University of Nebraska Re
view," formerly "Scrip" magazine, the
University's oft-silent literary voice,
is at the printers and will be out in
"a few weeks," according to Dace
Grots, editor.
The magazine, usually published
twice a year, was not printed last
"There were all kinds of problems,
Miss Grots said, "mostly with the
"Money has formerly been a prob
lem," Dave Landis, a "Review" staff
member said, "but that's been solved
now." Landis said that a problem with
the organization of the magazine is
pertaining to needed improve
Governor's recommended capital
construction budget.
committee will consider the Universi
ty budget request in late April, ac
cording to statehouse officials.
McKibbin said he had spent "two
whole days" preparing a sign similar
to those which appear before buildings
constructed with Federal matching
funds. The red, white and blue sign
announced that the "open air addi
tion" fuxls totalled an "educational
deficit" of $6.5 million.
According to another sign, although
the library was open 24 hours a day,
there were "no fines, no fees and
no books."
Because state officials have already
made known their intention of keeping
the entire state budget to a minimum
this year, chances for reinstatement
of the library funds appear slim.
Another of the Centennial wing signs
asked. "Andrew Carnegie, where are
you now when we really need you?"
of the candidates were interested only
in getting elected. Once in Senate,
they ignored the party.
"For these reasons I didn't run on
a party ticket last year," he added.
"I thought it really would be a false
"PEOPLE ON THIS campus have
seen too many political parties prove
to not actually be political parties,"
he continued. "They are fed up with
it and rightfully so."
Phil Bowen also was a senator on
the PSA slate in 1967.
"The idea was to create a
permanent party structure," Bowen
said. "There was a central committee,
a chairman, an assistant chairman
and even freshman workers for the
"But the very structure of Senate
with its big changeover each year
makes a continual party aimost im
possible," he added. "PSA did put
out a list of the things the party had
accomplished at the end of the year."
But he would neither attribute nor
deny those achievements to a function
ing party.
"it gets to be too much of a one man
Dr. Robert Narvesson, professor of
English and adviser to the "Review."
said that he was unsure how the maga
zine was progressing.
"The English department provides
financial assistance, but that's as far
as it goes," he said. "The production
of the magazine is entirely handled bv
the students."
Judging by the success of some ol
.ts contributers, the magazine has been
handled well in the past. Susie Dif
fenderfer, former editor of Scrip, and
Bill Smitherman have won American
Academy of Poets awards. Last year,
Tom Seymour won a $300 Vreland
award for poetry.
The forthcoming issue of the "Re
view" will include "mostly poetry and
short stories," according to Grots.
"We can use poetry, short stories,
art work and one act plays, she said.
"Students wishing to contribute can
leave their work in our mailbox in
the Union or at the English department."
Coffee hour
Union's rocky road smooth
"Review" by
Susie Jenkins
Nebraskan Staff Writer
University students and faculty
have ducked pipes, broken glass and
workmen for more than a year to
repeat the daily, hourly custom of
migration to the Nebraska Union for
A major renovation and addition is
not a smooth transition but since the
Union had to remain functioning dur
ing the entire process, both the
management and the customers
stoically survived the inconvenien
ces. Since stairs are a nearly insur
mountable challenge to the fatigued
student, the changes on the second
floor are practically unknown to the
Union's usual coffee crowd.
An enormous Centennial Room,
divisible into nine parts, is backed
up against the Ballroom. The room
is publicized as capable of holding
the masses all in one standing.
Lesser known additions are the
calm green dining and reception
rooms near the Centennial Room and
main offices.
Following the long Kafka halls
through the still unfinished kitchen
areas, one might fall into the fantastic
two story Furnace Room. Although
it is not available for reservations,
its tree trunk-sized pipes and gauges
attract daily visitors.
A more familiar renovation is the
Night Club in the cafeteria, known
as the Black Crib in certain un
derground circles. With a nifty little
stage, it is the perfect place for
amateur Cabaret performances.
On Campus Today
The University Stage Band will
present "Portraits in Jazz" at 7:30
p.m. in the Nebraska Union Ballroom.
The jazz concert, which will cover
the spectrum of Jazz music from blues
to the big dance band and will feature
a guest soloist, combos and the 25
piece stage band. It Is held annually
to finance scholarships for two
freshman students entering the
University School of Music
Spring, spring
Hyde Park ...
'Most American students
unfriendly to foreigners'
by Ed Anson
Nebraskan Staff Writer
American students are unfriendly
toward foreign students and are thus
denying meaningful education t o
themselves as well as the foreigners,
according to Bachittar Singh,
University student from Malaysia.
Students packed the Nebraska
Union lounge as Singh addressed Hyde
Park Thursday. "I go to international
meetings and they ( American
students) smile and talk to me. The
next day they don't even know me,"
he said.
"WE ARE ALSO human beings"
was the consensus of the following
foreign student speakers. And the au
dience applauded agreement.
But foreign students said they were
not looked upon as totally human. One
student, relating an experience, said
an American asked him if he'd had
the flu. As a joke he replied that
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gramophone, one of many attractions in the newly redecorated
rooms on the Union's second floor.
. where art thou?
foreign students were immune. The
American believed him, he claimed.
"If you could just talk to us as
people and we could talk back, that's
all we want," Singh told the au
dience. "WHEN WE GO back home we'll
be authorities on the United States
as far as the people in our countries
are concerned," he said, expressing
the fear that they would impart a
distorted view of the nation because
of insufficient contact with i t s
A questioner from the audience
asked why foreign students don't go
to others to seek friendship. "Can we
have communication with those who
don't care for us?" Mohinder Atwal
replied. He referred to a general at
mosphere of unfriendliness and indif
ference which, added to the language
and cultural barriers, make it diilicult
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