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THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1969
THE DAILY NE3RASKAN
The considerable challenge
Thursday afternoon should be a busy
one for the fledgling activists on the
The small band of compassionate com
patriots have two opportunities to express
dissatisfaction with life in general, or the
University as a hole (or whole, as you
First, there will be the third edition
of the black students' protest and ex
pression of "concerns" in front of Ad
ministration at 1 p.m. Although the
festivities are becoming a daily ritual, the
second demonstration (Wednesday) was
more active and more emotional. The third
promises to be at least that.
Second, there is a sit-in discussion of
educational reforms aimed at both
students and faculty on the north lawn
of Love Library. Topics up for considera
tion are elimination of academic credit for
ROTC and elimination of faculty status for
ROTC instructors; addition of courses m
world cultures and political involvement!
and replacement of the present grading
system with a fail pass pass with honors
THE CHOICE assuming that the
average student's involvement quota and
attention span are not great enough for
a whole afternoon appears to be between
' social reform and educational reform.
All students (and faculty) would do well
to observe, or even participate in either.
But the important part of participation is
not the physical presence at either
The purpose of involvement should be
for the contemplation of the social and
educational issues at stake. If, by their
presence, students can demonstrate noi
only their emotional feelings, but their ra
tional conclusions then, both sessions
could be amazing successes. The entire
University community could be made
aware of failings in both the social system
(in regard to minority groups) and in the
The educational reforms meeting will,
by its nature, draw students who are in
terested in discussing and formulating new
approaches to education.
But the earlier demonstration runs the
risk of being an emotion-charged and fear
inspiring session. The risk is created by
the unfortunate possibility of irrational
violence or unreasonable force.
THOSE WHO HAVE discovered
week that protest can thrive at
University of Nebraska have this
siderable challenge before them:
They must make this open method of
expressing dissent an intelligent and viable
form of effecting change in the educational
And to do this they must act responsibly
In two ways. They should be responsible
to their own consciences by protesting
wrongs and defects in the present system;
and they should be responsible in their
actions so that their messages are not
obscured by their actions.
The Right of Spring
KBTllXfd) dfefl !er features: junk in the news
" 1 I I I bv Fred Starrett Des Moines. Ia. The Dresident (
We skipped the light fandango
And turned cartwheels across the floor
I was feeling kind of seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
Another great night at the Music Box in Omaha
thanks to RFO and the Grateful Dead, Liberation
Blues Band and a very receptive audience.
Lincoln's one and own genuine original blues
band turned on Tuesday and turned in their best
performance to date. The entire group clicked
harmoniously without squelching the opportunity
for the individuals to do their own thing. The
crowd was receptive as they listened to a program
which ranged from the well-worn "Spoonful" to
the more recently favored "Mule."
Following this primer by the Liberation Blues
Band and a brief intermission the Grateful Dead,
all seven performers, complete with at least a
half dozen sound and equipment men, plugged in
the culturally deprived Nebraskans to three hours
of solid sound.
Two sets of drums, three guitars, an organist,
a congo drummer and various and sundry
percussion instruments comprise the Grateful Dead.
But, there is more to it than this. A reverb man
and a bevy of other knob twisters are responsible
for the sound which this group puts forth.
Audience participation is an integral part of
the Dead's presentation. When they broke into
"Turn on Your Love Light" the audience stood,
danced, jumped, clapped and sang along for almost
thirty minutes. The extra twenty-seven minutes
of this song can never be done the same way
twice and the crowd enthusiasm was unequaled.
An hour-long version of "Anthem" combined
with "It's Ail Over Now, Baby Blue" closed the
program. The groups newest drummer played an
assortment of percussion instruments ranging from
tambourine to xlyophone. A giant firecracker even
exploded on the stage, In perfect rhythm with the
rest of the song.
An in all, those of us who care are extremely
grateful to the Dead, for their talent, colorful
personalities and a great show.
Crltism to those who oppose ROTC:
The argument that ROTC Is not sufficiently
"academic" Is not well founded. Many university
courses are non-academic in the sense that you
seem to be using that term. Credit courses In music,
art, and physical education are just as obviously
Even some education courses and part of
scientific research can be attacked as little more
than technical training. I suggest that most of
these activities, Including possibly some ROTC, ara
In fact useful and meaningful parts of a university
program. Attacking ROTC as non-academic is in
valid. Whv hide your real reason for opposition to
ROTC behind such weak excuses. As an arm of
the military and an instrument of war, it might
be validly argued that lit has no place on the
On the other hand, students the Nebraskau
has Interviewed and one 1 have talked to feel
that especially the last two years of ROTC training
were more Important and useful to them than
most of their other university experiences.
I have had no personal experience with ROTC
since I was an undergraduate at a private school.
As yet I am not prepared to mnke a Judgement
on it. But If you oppose ROTC, be honest about
your reasons and they'll have more strength.
Physics Dept. Grud Student
Editor's notes As has beta pointed out several
times this semester, the Ncbraskaa has suggested
thai non-academic courses In addition to those
f ROTC be denied academic credit. (Thanks
for we support.) But the! does not make this
argument against ROTC Invalid. The Nebraskas
has also ported to the detrimental affect on educa
tes of an entire department under the control
ci the military, and not the Board of Regents.
In my never-ending search for truth, Justice
and the American way I have stumbled across
these gems of knowledge, which shall serve as
fresh ammunition in my struggle. These lines from
the very source of knowledge, the Lincoln Journal
and the Omaha World Herald, should blast gaping
holes in the sheltered, protective womb of higher
education In which we students are accused of
Washington The Great Tomato War of 19(59
escalated another notch Monday and a new round
of tomato protests is likely.
Washington The new isolationists of the
Senate are attacking more than the antibnllistic
missile system and more even than the whole
philosophy of adequate military preparation in a
world where danger still manifestly lives.
Washington The impulse to stop worrying
for a spell about Vietnam, the ABM, artillery ex
changes across the Suez Canal, inflation, crime
and kindred affronts struck with a benign force
when spring finally came to our village last
From the Vatican Pope Paul said Sunday
the world needs peace between peoples. .
Dong Tam, Vietnam The irony in the
northern part of the Mekong Delta is that after
two years of American fighting, and tremendous
effort, no one is really sure where it is all
Now on the lighter side of the news
Warsaw Poland's leading economic
newspaper predicted Sunday a continuing failure
by the distilling Industry to meet the country's
growing demand for vodka, the national drink.
Paris Henri Delarue, winner Sunday of a
15-mile walking race, said he was just doing what
And finally from New Delhi Several hundred
persons Saturday attended the funeral of a monkey
which died in front of a temple where he had
taken refuge, sick, 15 days ago.
Notes on the military-industrial complex
Beatrice Rep. Robert Denney, R-Neb., praisd
President Nixon's limited anti-ballistic missile
system Saturday as "effective and not particularly
Des Moines, Ia. The president of the Iowa
Farm Bureau Sunday urged Iowans not to forget
that a recent Iowa Highway Commission study
shows rural roads will be falling further and further
behind In the next 20 years. . .
The Rock Island Railroad reports a net loss
of $4,254,436, or $1.46 a share, for 1968, compared
to a net loss of $16,162,860, or $5.53 a share, for
Now state and local news
Omaha Frederick Havlland, vice-president
of the Haviland Co., will be In Orhcard and
Wilhelms china department Wednesday and Thurs
day to autograph china made by his company.
(I would like to add, that this will be an excellent
opportunity for you to have your china autographed
if it isn't already.)
Lincoln Washing down streets in Lincoln
has been termed a "necessary evil" by a spokes
man for the City Street Dept.
The world of sports
We were much relieved to learn Success
Is not going to spoil George Archer.
And in baseball The boo-blrds were swarming
all around Roberto Clemente but Willie Stargell's
big bat kept them from settling down for long.
As a special service to my readers these
Dear Cindy: Thanks for your kind words. We
were just as surprised as you to find that most
dictionaries don't record the meaning of blue fink
as what we might call mental depression, usually
of short duration.
Nodules of cobalt, iron, nickel and manganese
can be dredged from the floor of the sea.
(A listing of a few real life commercial openings
available right here in Lincoln:)
Arrests . . .
36 Fire Alarms 16
7 Jailed 86
1 Juveniles 2
4 Rescue Calls 2
5 Sex Crimes 0
Crimes 1 Stolen Cars 1
Drunks 20 Thefts 6
Fires 10 Vandalisms 2
One last tip for those who have as yet found
nothing here of value: Save those bacon drippings;
use them In griddle cakes or waffles for added
ffl An M h&-y t1
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"Charly" is not a very admirable movie, but
it was presented with one of Hollywood's dubious
achievement awards, so perhaps it should be
The most obvious fact about the film is Its
simplicity it is the simplicity of dramas during
television's "Golden Age." That figures, since the
writer, Stirling Silliphant, was one of TV's wonder
boys (remember "Route 66") - and that somehow
seemed more, well, clean it lacked the pretsn
tlousness that sours "Charly."
AND YOU can bet everything will be black
and white, and that all the conflicts will be
resolvable just in time for the next commercial.
Enough blather. What really galls me about
"Charly", and so many films these days, is its
Mnlempt for the audience, disguised for both the
!ilm maker and the audience by its message,
'wouldn't it be great if the baddies would go
To respond to films like this is the simpliest
thing in the world; like masturbation, it only re
quires that one be alive, awake, and of a certain
age (here I would guess at least of junior high
age - maybe bright 6th graders would also be
When Charly gets up to denounce the in
humanity of scientists, the danger of dehumaniza.
tlon and other assorted ills of modern society,
we know he's right, but the self-righteousness of
the writer, who has stacked everything on Charly's
side, and who now expects the audience to eat
up his platitudes (which it does), is revolting.
WHAT NEEDS to be discussed here is the
whole notion of "problem" pictures. I am beginning
to think they do more harm than good. Good
journalism or documentaries (particularly cinema
verite in sensitive hands) can do more to expose
problems than slick movies like "Charly."
"Charly" seems to be about Important themes
the makers want to show the audience
some things about the process of acquiring
knowledge, of the joys and difficulties of discovering
the world, and, of course, to consider ethics in
the scientific community.
But they don't deal with any of these on a
serious level; the film cover story. Instead of in
sight into character, we get one-dimensional figures
(the only exception is Cliff Robertson as Charly
he suggests a human being, but his actions
are motivated by the scriptwriter's needs; he is
not presented, he Is pushed).
EVERYTHING IS trivialized. Conflict is reduc
ed to melodrama (bad scientists don't care about
Charly. Bad fellow workers don't care about
Charly. Everybody's cruel but Charly and his girl).
And this goes on all the time in films one
is supposed to take seriously. The makers intend
to remind us of our own iniquities, to make us
see that we don't care as much as we should.
And of course, we don't. But the reactions to a
film like "Charly" are just the simple.
We can feel good for a while wasn't that
a aad movie and I could see that it was. I could
react! The message may be that we are all
bastards, but the response Is self-congratulation.
Perhaps "Charly" isn't as bad as I have made
it seem; it Is competently put together, but the
more I think about its effect, and the prospects
of more and more of these phony messes clogging
the screens, I think that we need les3, not more,
"concern" in movies.
ARTISTS CARE, but can see; the pseudo's
have no vision they are really asking for sym
pathy, whipping up bland puddings, (lovingly, of
course), and feeding them to the passive audience,
who are anxious to show that they are really alive,
to prove that Indeed they are not callous and
Indifferent to theii fellow men.
It is a symbiotic relationship the "artist"
can congratulate himself for his uncompromising
concern and the audience pats Itself on the back
for being alive enough to notice. "It really make
you think," I heard several girls say as they came
out of "Charly."
Yes, it does, but In all the wrong ways. A
good movie must have more than this. It must
do more than reinforce the simple, undifferentiated
"potato love" (as Moses Herzog called It) that
springs eternal in the human breast. In short,
less mush, more meat.
Notes on coming attractions:
That group of enterprising students is still sell
ing tickets for Norman Malleus "Beyond the Law."
It will be shown this Friday and Saturday. April
18 and 19. Buy tickets for it; if you don't know
who Norman Mailer is, it Is great chance to
find out. If you do know, why don't you have
Film fans, there Is no excuse for missing this.
And it has George Plimpton, playing Mayor
Lindsay; everybody loves George Plimpton. And
Norman Mailer Is probably going to run for Mavor
of New York - wouldn't you like to boast that
you have seen the film of a mayorallty candidate?
And Rip Torn as a character called Popcorn
who's going to believe that?
Cops, robbers, line-ups (frtternltles please note)
everything, and more of It. In grainy black
and white. Tough. Uncompromising. Normaa
Mailer. The Hero of our Time. Excitement. Ad
venture. Romance. Don't miss itt Buy, buy, buy
(I'm getting a kickback.)
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