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Tuesday, June 24, 1969
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dations for funds, primarily because these in
stitutions hesitate to give money to financially
"Many persons hold onto their money and
wait to see if we make it. If they would only
give their money now, wet would," said JFK's
Community support has carried these col
leges until now. Whether it will or can in the
future is debatable.
JFK College was chartered in May, 1965.
The school has received more publicity than
any school in the state regarding its money
crisis. But its basic problems are shared by
Pershing, Bellevue and Hiram Scott. '
JFK was started by a group of Saunders
County citizens and Wahoo businessmen. One
person said the businessmen thought the school
would be able to support itself and that local
business "would have a goldmine in the rich
college students from the East Also, it looks
prestigious for a town to say that it has a
However, the school could not support itself.
Money shortages came to a crisis point last
summer when the school was forced to put on
a $200,000 last-minute fund drive to stay open.
The drive netted only $135,000, but the school
The drive was not quite as successful as
it appeared. Most of the $135,000 reportedly rais
ed took the form of debt removals, whereby
persons simply forgot debts which the school
owes them. The actual income for the college
was much less than $135,000.
Also, much of the debt owed by JFK College
was salaries earned by summer school teachers.
The teachers worked without pay. Dean
Newcomb said, "That's what made us last sum
mer. The faculty didn't panic. Whether they
can do it again isn't known."
Several sources say' they believe JFK College
will not open in September. They contend the
school will not be able to raise enough money
this summer to overcome its debts. As one
person said, "People are not going to continually
wipe out the school's debts."
"There is always the chance that we will
close, but we don't expect that to be the case.
We're in better shape now than we were at
this time last year," Newcomb said.
"However, if some things don't materialize
this summer, it will be a matter of just scraping
through by the skin of our teeth," he said.
While many persons paint a totally bleak
picture of JFK's future, Newcomb says the
school has several things in its favor.
"The first, of course, is our name. Also
our goals are important. We have tried to
perpetuate the ideas and ideals of President
John F. Kennedy," he said.
'Take our share'
"One of our most important concerns is with
the underpriviledged and disadvantaged. We take
in our share of these students, although we know
we are going to lose many because they don't
have the background or study habits to be suc
cessful in college." ' '
JFK College has been criticized as being
a Parsons-type college, Parsons College in
Fairfield, Iowa, received nationwide publicity for
its practice of accepting "almost any student
who could afford to go there," as one person
Newcomb said that while JFK "probably
has some students who might not be accepted
by the University (of Nebraska), I don't see
anything really wrong. It seems the big state
universities ; re leaving the small colleges the
responsibility of educating the average stu
dent." He said there will continue to be Parsons
type colleges as long as people In the United
States believe every student should have the
opportunity to get a college education. "Someone
has to supply it and I don't think it will be
one of the big state schools," added.
What are private colleges doing to overcome
their money shortages?
"If 1 knew what to do, I wouldn't have
the problem," Heckman said.
In an attempt to get more money, Heckman
also said, he is going to have to ask each of
Poane's alumni for annual $100 donations start
ing next year. The average donation Is about
Many private colleges have started parents
funds into which parents of present students
donate money to the school. JFK Is in the pro
cess of writing letters to the parents. Doane's
parents fund, initiated last year, netted $3,449.
Most private colleges also hold local fund
raising drives. For example, this year Doane
College obtained $22,000 from Crete
Mone) -gelling technique
Other techniques used to get more money
Include: , , . . .
going to a full 12-month school year Instead
of the normal nine months to spread income
more evenly throughout the year and to maintain
an Income during the summer months.
placing financially influential men on the
board of trustees to bring outside contributions
to the college.
starting cooperating programs with other
colleges to share facilities and staff.
Whether these methods will be enough to
overcome the rising . costs of education is
unknown. No one believes they are enough. Some
are unsure, while others believe nothing will
save the colleges.
If the private colleges fail, Nebraskans will
feel . an even greater tax pinch. They will be
forced to pay the eost of educating the more
than 15,000 students enrolled in these schools,
the majority of whom are Nebraska residents.
But for now, the money problem is constantly
staring private college presidents in the face.
Dr. Philip Heckman's Doane College office
overlooks three buildings under construction and
a barren patch of ground where a building burn
ed to the ground several weeks ago.
"You know, I have to raise $150,000 in two
weeks and I don't know where I'm going to
get it," he said softly as he turned to look
out the window.
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teaching and research labs
The Phase II building of the com
plex will be devoted to classroom and
office space. This part of the project
has not been funded and it will be
several years before this building is
constructed, according to Davis.
In the meantime, classes will be
held in Nebraska Hall, he said, adding
that this will be convenient since most
of the collection of engineering books
will be moved to the undergraduate
library which is now under construc
WHEN BOTH PHASES of the com
plex are completed, the four
departments will have two to three
times the space occupied at present.
Financing the construction of the
complex had depended on federal as
well as state funds, Davis said.
"Even though the federal grants
have dried up, we are going ahead
with the first phase which is being
financed primarily by a $4.8 million
state appropriation," he said.
There is also $300,000 of federal
money in the project.
NOT ALL of the departments in
the college will be moving to the new
The department of agricultural
engineering will remain on East
Campus. The school of architecture
will eventually have a building of its
own constructed at the site of the
. present architecture building.
The chemical engineering depart
ment located in Avery Hall will oc
cupy the third floor of the Hamilton
Hall of Chemistry as soon as it is
completed. The computer science
department will not be moving to the
engineering complex either
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closing time, according to Miss
Some students, to call attention to
the inadequate hours, have been talk
ing about remaining to study in the
library this Friday instead of leaving
when the buzzer sounds.
Eugene M. Johnson, associate
director of libraries for public service,
is out of town and not available for
However, Mary Dak, a public
service librarian, explained that the
library did not have the fuiids to re
main open on Friday nights or on
Remaining open would require
personnel on duty at the circulation
and Information desks, in the central
reserve room and at the control desks
on both the first and second floors,
besides the janitor's services, she
She added that she would be happy
to talk with any student about pro
blems with checking out materials
from the library.
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The practice of shingling the hair is
becoming quite prevalent among the
young .ladies of the University. We will
say nothing concerning such a
barbarous custom simply hoping
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senses so far as to adopt the custom of
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The above quotation from an 1885
student newspaper is just one of the
stereopticon views of campus life
found in the University of Nebraska
Centennial issue of the Prairie
Steropticon, which refers to a pro
jector for transparent slides often
made double so as to produce
dissolving views, seems to be an ap
propriate word in referring to campus
THE SPRING issue of the Prairie
Schooner, a literary magazine
sponsored by the department of
English and the University of
Nebraska Press, is one of many
publications that have devoted an
issue to the University's centennial,
which was officially celebrated Feb.
According to Bernice Slote, pro
fessor of English and editor of the
magazine, the special centennial issue
recreates the University's "time of
childhood and adolescence."
The issue . contains reprints of
newspaper accounts and magazine
articles as well as notes on campus
life gathered from the early student
"The quotes from the student
papers give you the feeling that you
are there," Miss Slote said.
For example, students complained
about the library because books could
not be taken from the building and
they grumbled about the "difficult
task" of registering for classes each
IN AN 1882 issue of the Hesperian
Student, a writer urged that "old
gold" be adopted as the college color.
If this suggestion had been taken
seriously, NU football fans probably
would be hollering "Go Old Gold" in
stead of the more familiar "Go Big
Roscoe Pound, who later became
Dean of the Harvard Law School and
an internationally known jurist, liked
to write sports stories during his
undergraduate days at NU,
He covered Nebraska's first game
with an out-of-state team, "the strong
young men from Iowa." He noted that
the spectators "were present in every
sense of the word. They formed a
dense mass around the players at a
distance of about 15 yards and limited
the work of the backs very effective
ly." The issue also contains more serious
articles by students, faculty members
and deans as well as a picture section
showing early photographs of the
University and reprints of cartoons
from the student pupers.
One student cartoonist attending NU
at about the turn of the century,
Herbert R. Johnson, became famous
as a political cartoonist for the Satur
day Evening Post.
RUT THIS is only one of the prairie
Schooner's special Issues. The sum
mer issue which will be available
sometime in July features a Stephen
Crane portfolio, including newspaper
articles and unpublished manuscripts
from Crane's collection.
On occasion, these special issues
lave become valuable.
The winter 1963-64 issue featured
articles, unpublished letters and
ooetry of Malcolm Lowry, best known
or his novel, "Under the Volcano."
His widow had wanted to get his
unpublished things into print. Miss
Slote explained. Lowry died in 1957.
Since then, interest in the novelist
has increased in the literary world.
Though the issue is completely sold
out, Miss Slote recently received re
quests for copies from two persons
doing doctoral dissertations on
Besides the value of special issues
such as those already mentioned, the
Prairie Schooner gives writers a
chance to get their work in print.
"We really want to find good writers
and give them a chance," says Miss
LOWRY WIMBERLY, the
magazine's first editor, must have felt
the same way. The first story in the
Schooner's first issue dated April 1,
1927, was "The Vine" by Marie
Macumber. The story writer became
better known by the name Marie
The Schooner also printed one of
Truman Capote's short stories when
he was a young, unknown writer.
Through the 1930's and 1940's, the
Schooner published a "good deal of
very good fiction," Miss Slote said.
"The early issues are full of
Wimberly continued as editor until
1956. At that time, Karl Shapiro, the
poet, became editor. Shapiro em
phasized poetry, she said, and the
magazine printed "some tremen
dously good poetry."
When Shapiro left the University in
19ft3, Miss Slote became editor. She
has tried to go back to emphasizing
"BUT THE POETRY that is con
tributed Is really very good. It's a
shame that we have to reject so much
of it." she said. "I think that more
people write poetry than the rest of
the world realizes.
She estimated that the 10 to 15
envelopes received in the mail each
day yield an average of 20 poems.
What criteria does the editor use In
judging the fiction and poetry sub
mitted for publication?
"What you hope for is that the work
will take hold of you in some way and
that it will not let you down. A story
may start well and you hope that it
lasts. Often this does not happen and
you are let down.
"In poetry, I want to get pulled Into
the poem. Often a poem does not hold
up during a second reading. There is a
difference between immediate appeal
and lasting appeal," she said.
BESIDES MISS SLOTE, four
associate editors help with editorial
decisions. The associates are:
Frederick L. Christensen, an assis
tant professor in English; Virginia
Faulkner, and editor with the
University of Nebraska Press; Lee T.
Lemon, professor of English and
chairman of the graduate committee;
and Hugh Luke, associate professor of
There are also six readers who help
with the weeding out of contribu
tions. The Prairie Schooner is published
four times each year. Besides the
contributions of original fiction or
poetry, the magazine prints book
reviews, essays, special features and
There are no monetary rewards for
the writers and poets whose work is
selected for publication. The con
tributors receive two copies of the
magazine and 10 tear sheets.
But Miss Slote feels that it is a boost
for any writer to have his work appear
in the Schooner, which is read by
publishers and agents.
"Many poems and short stories ap
pearing in the Schooner have been
reprinted in anthologies. "The Boy
and the Green Hat," a story by
Norman Klein, will be appearing in
the next volume of "Best American
Short Stories," an anthology edited by
Martha Foley," she said.
MISS SLOTE has "quite a range of
acquaintances" among the persons
submitting work for publication.
There is everything from the letter
stating, "I am a housewife and attend
church regularly," to the clever let
ters, perhaps written in the form o f a
poem, designed to catch the editor's
Miss Slote, who soon becomes
"Dear Bernice" to those with whom
she regularly corresponds, says that,
although these letters do not make
any difference in either accepting or
rejecting the contribution, she would
'miss them, if they never came."
put at 7,530 students
There are a total of 7,530 students
attending first session classes at the
University this summer, according to
Dr. Frank E. Sorenson, director of the
summer sessions. The figure was com
piled Wednesday, June 18.
This makes an increase of 546
students over last summer's enroll
ment of 6,984 students in the first
Teachers College has the most
students with an enrollment of 1,517
students, while the Law School has the
least, 23 students.
According to Sorenson, this is the
first time that the Law School has
offered courses during the summer.
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