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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
ROTC: mechanical indoctrination
THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 1969
versus purpqsef ill education
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pointed out. The course content Is not
such that It warrants aoademic credit,
Students In ROTC and there are
lots of them strongly disagree. Ap
proximately 10,000 full time male
students are enrolled on the Lincoln
campuses this year. Nearly 1300 of
those are in one of the three branches
"It teaches you to growup and learn
responsibility," said Michael L.
Drickey, a junior. "Colege is a very
sheltered existence, and ROTC has
helped one to come out of that shel
ter." IN RESPONSE to those who rip
ROTC courses, Drickey replied,
"They serve their purpose. I've taken
a lot of easier courses."
Dennis L. Lambert, a senior in
ROTC, said, "Other schools give 30
hours credit for ROTC which is too
much. For the way it is structured
here, it's fair."
Many people tend to overestimate
the credit hours students can receive
from ROTC in a four year period.
In Army, only 16 hours of military
courses are offered. AFROTC offers
the same number; Navy, a few more.
In some universities, however, ROTC
can be used as a bonifide minor to
one's major field of study.
Noting the arguments about course
content, Lambert pointed out that
students can receive credit for
physical education courses such as
golf and archery.
ACCORDING TO the University
course booklet, classes in angling,
body conditioning, bowling andfenc
ing are offered for one credit hour.
Three-hour courses are offered in
driver education, basketball coaching
"Now I am not particularly com
paring PE and ROTC," Lambert
stressed. "Nor am I saying that ROTC
courses don't need improvement.
There can be some changes, like in
any other school of learning."
Capt. Herschel A. Pahl, head of the
naval science department, concurred.
"The trend is away from drilling
marching, working with equipment.
That smacks of training. This is not
the place for that. This is a learning
Of course, Navy students do drill
and march with rifles, and practice
marksmanship on the rifle range.
These activities are extracurricular,
Pahl emphasized. Students volunteer
ANOTHER TREND in NROTC is
have more requirements fulfilled by
civilian classes and instructors, he
said. A history and political science
class is required for NROTC.
Col. WUliam L. McKay feels that
academically, Air Force ROTC is
quite progressive. He maintains
almost 100 per cent authority over
the courses offered. Civilian texts and
speakers are often utilized. A seminar
system on the freshmen level has been
Instigated this year.
Both of McKay's counterparts,
Wiens of the Army and Pahl of the
Navy also said they maintain con
siderable control over local cur
riculum. Wiens said that the Deprtment of
the Army publishes .guidance
materials, something to Work with.
Each detachment mat maintains con
trol over their particular situation.
THE NAVY department sends down
broad guidelines, Pahl said. He has
leeway in instigating those guideli
nes. The Faculty Senate's Course of Study
Committee has always respected
the military's judgment concerning
ROTC curriculum, Pan! said.
David H. Bunnell, a senor who oc
casionally engages in anti-ROTC
movements, said recently, ''One
reason why I would like to see credit
revoked is that ROTC instructors
don't meet qualifications." It is often
felt that instructors are assigned arbi
trarily by the military.
All nominations for ROTC faculty
positions must be approved by this
office, said campus President Joseph
Soshnik. ROTC faculty are not on the
University payroll, but they are ap
proved in much the same way as
other faculty members.
BACKGROUND AND experience
are considered, Soshnik said. Certain
prospective ROTC instructors have
been turned down in the past.
Every officer in ROTC has at least
a bachelor's degree. Many have
degrees in teaching and some have
had teaching experience before com
ing to the University.
Col. James F. Bishop,
former professor of military science at
NU, had a law degree. Maj. John J.
Biese Jr., assistant professor of
mlitary science is working on an MA.
Cdr. John I. Foster has an MA. Most
of the enlisted men, who have in
structor rank, do not have college
The object of the ROTC program
is to prepare officers for the military,
said one student. Since the instructors
are trained and experienced in the
field, they are prepared for what
DR. RUSSELL SMITH, who sees
nothing wrong with ROTC credit, feels
that instructors should be bonifide and
accredited members of the faculty
with all rights and privileges normally
Other faculty members, however, do
not feel qualified to pass judgment
on ROTC teachers, or the entire pro
gram for that matter.
"I've never been involved in it, and
although I am opposed to compulsory
ROTC, it is not a burning issue with
me," said Prof. J. A. Fagerstrom.
It appears, as Capt. Pahl stated, that
a small minority is in favor of
withdrawing ROTC credt. While some
students and organizatons would like
to see that, much of their firepower
is taken away since ROTC is no longer
compulsory at the University.
There is one overriding argument,
said Lt. Ian M. Bailey. Courses in
business, teaching, etc. prepare
students for their work in life, for
a short or long term basis. Such
courses offer credit, and since ROTC
prepares the student for an active
occupation, it too should offer
Negro history course
gets student critique
Sociology, English and History 198,
known collectively as The Negro in
American Society, will not be offered
next fall, but will be offered during
the spring 1970 semester, according
to Dr. Philip Crowl, professor of
"We haven't decided on the final
form of the course," Crowl said. "We
plan to have a student evaluation of
the course and on the basis of this,
decide how to organize it for next
Crowl explained that the history,
sociology and English departments
divide the course material three ways,
ach presenting five weeks of lec
tures. "The history department deals with
the Negro's development in and his
contributions to American history," he
said. "The sociology lectures deal
mainly with current problems, and
the English department covers Negro
literature and the Negro in American
Crowl said that there were "only
'about a dozen" black students in the
course this semester and that student
feedback (black or white) on the
course has been "haphazard."
"We still need a formal student
evaluation," he said.
Senate passes policy
on campus disorders
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Attached to the guideline is a
statement of "right to public hear
ings, which would require a univer
sity policy-making group to hold a
public hearing when a policy is ques
tioned by petitioners. "It is expected
that before such a petition Is submit
ted, all other normal channels for
raising questions about the policy
have been exhausted."
In other business, Sen. Dave Landis
announced he will not run for ASUN
president, despite rumors to the
Landis introduced a motion to form
a student-faculty-administration court
to rule over the present courts system.
"We must let the students decide on
matters, not let it go in the back
room of the building next door," he
salid, referring to the administration
Senate also accepted 19-5 the 1969
election rules submitted by Election
Commissioner John McCollister.
Changes include abolition of party
identification on the election ballot.
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