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An examination and evaluation of
the University Reserve Officer
Training Corps (ROTC) programs will
begin next week by a newly appointed
Dr. C. Peter Magrath, dean of
faculties, said Tuesday the committee
will consist of ten members, both
faculty and student. He specified that
the committee's purpose is to "ex
amine the total picture of Reserve
Officer Training Corps programs and
suggest possible improvements."
The idea originated with Magrath
last spring. His assumption is that
"reserve officer education is an ap
propriate activity" for the University
and that the program will continue
in the future. But he stressed that
the committee will be given a "broad
mandate" to make whatever recom
mendations it feels are necessary.
The committee will be chaired by
Dr. Philip Crowl, chairman of the
department of history. Student
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The University plans to help expand the uses of the computer
with the development of a new computer program library.
is being assembled
by Sara Schwleder
Nebraskan Staff Writer
The Computer Age is sprouting In
A new computer program library
Is being assembled under the direction
of Dr. Kenneth Smith, Regents Pro
fessor of Physics.
"This will be tho only one of its
kind that I know of," noted Smith.
According to Smith, the library will
be composed of solutions to problems
that have already been solved by
In addition, the computerlitd
format of the problem's solution will
be capable of solving problems not
yet posed: Problems that have dif
ferent variables but the same line
For example, when someone needs
the solution to a problem that has
been solved and Is housed in the
library, the seeker merely calls on
tho phono and requests the answer
to that problem.
Someone at the computer center
must put the magnetic disc upon
which the information is stored on
the computer. Then the computer
sends back answers.
The phone, however, must be
equipped with a "terminal" device
that works like a teletype machine.
. The terminal is a remote connection
with the computer and relays com-
Cuter signals to the person requesting
... Answers are usually not on punched
tape, but on a single sheet of paper
; listing data given along with the solu-
- tion to the problem.
- - The library includes tapes with fr.
members include Thomas Dolnicek,
a senior in business administration
enrolled in the Air Force aerospace
studies program; Gordon Neligh, a
freshman in the Centennial College;
and, Kenneth Noha, a first year law
student who is enrolled in the Army's
military science program.
Faculty members include "Dr.
Wallace Peterson, chairman of the
economics department; Dr. Robert
Narveson, associate professor of
English; Dr. Mark Hammer, pro
fessor of civil engineering; Dr. A. W.
Epp, professor of agricultural
economics; Carroll Londoner, assis
tant professor of adult and continuing
education; and, Capt. Hershel Pahl,
chairman of the department of naval
Magrath explained that in his ap
pointments to the committee, he
wanted a group with diverse
backgrounds and people who are in
terested in the 'purpose of the com
quently recurring problems that take
much time in program for the com
puter, Smith said.
The library can be used by people
throughout the world if they have ac
cess to a terminal unit. There are
about 30 terminal units currently in
use, each one costing $1500. Sixteen
more units have been ordered.
The library is not accessible yet
on a worldwide basis because of
technical problems. Smith hopes the
problems can be solved within a
"For instance, the request for in
formation must be put in a language
the computer understands," Smith
commented. "Computer languages
vary across the U.S. and throughout
the world." 1
In addition, the terminal units vary
from computer to computer, making
access to the library dependent on
the terminal unit.
"There is an infinite variety cf uses
for the libraries of this nature," Smith
said. "All the Nebraska statutes can
be retrieved through our machine. If
a senator in Washington wanted to
know if a federal law conflicted with
a state law, he could Interrogate the
machine over the telephone and get
"It would save time and effort If
the secretaries in the State House
typed on computer keyboards instead
of typewriters," Smith added. "That
way, we would have a complete
record of every law at our fingertips."
Fifty per cent of the library is being
financed by state funds. The other
50 per cent is part of a grant awarded
to Smith by the National Science
The evaluation is being conducted
in an academic atmosphere, Magrath
explained. He added that no crisis
or emergency or specific event pro
mpted the calling of the committee.
The recommendations of the com
mittee, to be completed by January
16 if possible, will go to Magrath as
dean of faculties. He said his action
on those recommendations would be
determined by their nature. The dean
added that the committee's findings
will be advisory and will not
necessarily lead to changes.
The committee will examine the
entire program of the various military
branches, including the academic and
non-academic components that com
prise reserve officer education.
The idea for the evaluation was
readily accepted by the ROTC
departments, Magrath said. He added
the committee's work was not to be
taken as an investigation, but rather
a "cooperative evaluation."
Crowl, chairman of the group, said
Faculty survey: few classes
to be let out for moratori
by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Business will not proceed as usual
in some N'U classes on Wednesday.
A random survey of faculty
members supporting the one-day na
tional Vietnam moratorium indicates
that while few are planning to dismiss
class entirely, many intend to devote
part or all of their class time to some
aspect of the anti-war protest.
Dr. Ivan Volgyes plans to dismiss
his two classes and attend a number
of Vietnam events to be held during
the day. Volgyes, an assistant pro
fessor of political science, will speak
at several of the events.
An associate professor of English,
Dr. Mordecal Marcus, debated
whether to dismiss classes or not.
to be offered
A course in skydiving will again
be offered through the Nebraska Free
University this year.
The course will introduce to those
who enroll all aspects of sport
parachuting and free fall, according
to Marvin II e I m a n , course
Those who sign up will have an
additional opportunity to train for an
actual Jump, he added. Anyone who
satisfactorily completes the course
and wishes to parachute once or twice
can do so for a very low cost, he
All aspects of parachuting will be
included in the course outline. Among
those listed are body control,
parachute packing, emergency pro
cedure, drift calculations, equipment
cost and accuracy landing.
Helman said that those interested
do not have to be students to attend
the classes. Registration will cost five
dollars and the first classes are
scheduled for Nov. 4 and 5 in the
Love Memorial Auditorium. A movlo
will be shown.
Washington (CPS) Tuition and
student fees are up about IS per cent
over a year ago at state colleges and
universities. Total student charges,
which include dormitory and board
fees as well as tuition and incidental
charges, are up about seven per cent.
The survey released by the National
Association of State Universities and
Land Grant Colleges studied 374 state
It noted that during the past six
years fees have risen nearly 40 per
cent at these schools. Some
mldwestern state schools are catching
up with the traditionally higher priced
Even the seven per cent overall cost
rise is higher than the rise in the
Consumer Price Index for the same
Tuesday that the first meeting will
be sometime next week. He said the
committee will make its own decisions
regarding how it will proceed and
Other colleges and universities
throughout the nation and the
Department of Defense have made
similar examinations, Magrath in
dicated. He said there were a number
of misconceptions as to how the pro
grams operate and hoped that the
committee would be able to effectively
gather its information from which to
make its recommendations.
Meanwhile, in Washington this
week, the Pentagon Advisory Panel
on ROTC affairs "enthusiastically
approved" a 61-page special com
mittee report on the stauis of ROTC
The committee, composed six col
lege educators and three military of
ficers, made 21 recommendations for
continuance and improvement of the
college officer procurement pro-grams.
He finally decided Tuesday after
noon not to call off his literature
course on the 15th, but to devote some
time discussing poems dealing with
the question of war and history.
"We ouyht to be doing something
significant." Marcus said. "But I
don't want to coerce the students or
make them a captive audience to my
Marcus plans to take part in some
of the organized moratorium activities
and also talk about his antiwar views
"We certainly won't have any tests
on that day. and students who do
not attend class will have the op
portunity to make up work," Dr. Dale
Mesner. associate professor , o f
"What I will do on that day will
be partly governed by how many
students attend class and what they
Mesner said he plans to participate
in some of the moratorium activities
since "it looks as if it could be a
He cautioned, however, that he
frowns on any students skipping
classes, not for the moratorium, but
just for the sake of skipping.
Dr. Richard F. Gilbert, associate
professor of chemistry feels the
United States should get out of Viet
nam "as soon as It is feasible."
Classes as usual
He plans to hold classes as usual,
however, and no discussion pertaining
to Vietnam is planned. Gilbert did
indicate that he will join the march
to the State Capitol, and, if time
permits, several other moratorium
The decision to either dismiss class
or devote the period to Vietnam
discussion Is probably easier for
teachers with the usual three-day a
week courses. Laboratories pose a
more complicated problem.
"Lab time is precious," said Ray
mond E. George, assistant professor
of art. "We're not going to call off
classes and we won't devote class
time to Vietnam discussion."
George is helping arrange a display
of student prints and paintings which
pertain to the general Vietnam war
One of the most active faculty
members in moratorium planning is
Dr. Dan W. Schlitt, associate pro
fessor of physics.
A member of the moratorium
steering committee, Schlitt plans to
reconvene his classes on the north
side of Love Library where one of
the main moratorium activities will
Schlitt, however, is not calling off
his classes and is not urging that
other teachers call off classes, as he
was quoted in Monday's Issue of the
Mary to appear
Peter, Paul and Mary, the interna
tionally applauded folk-singing trio,
will apear In concert on Nov. 7 at
8:30 p.m. at the Pershing Auditorium.
Widely acclaimed at perenially gold
out concerts here, the trio also is
known through their record albums
which have reached the several
millions mark in sales.
The concert is under the auspices
of Corn Cobs Sc Tassels. Beginning
Oct. 20, tickets will be sold at the
Pershing box-office and at Ncbr.
Union. Prices range from $3 to $3.
Among those recommendations
made by the advisory panel itself
Dr. C. Peter Magrath
"We're not pushing for anything like
closing down the University on Oct.
15," he said. "We feel we will have
a good demonstration if students wear
arm bands and participate in the vigil
Letters to faculty
Schlitt is heading a moratorium
subcommittee that is sending letters
to all faculty members on campus
"We're not urging the faculty to
do anything," he commented, "We're
just telling them what they might ex
pect to happen on the 15th and that
they shouldn't expect 100 per cent at
tendance." The faculty members contacted all
support the idea of a national Vietnam
moratorium and all oppose United
States involvement in Vietnam.
But, opinions are divided on how
to end the war or what effect the
moratorium will have nationally.
"The moratorium has already had
an effect to some extent." said George
Wolf, assistant professor of English.
"There is a verv changed mood in
the United States."
Ihe war has dragged on and drag
ged on and now it's becoming clear
to many people that the war Is a
fiasco, Wolf added.
The English teacher is displeased
with President Richard M. Nixon's
statement that the Oct. 15 war protest
will not have an effect on government
Coed lounge motion
stirs IDA debate
The coeducational dormitory lounge
proposal, approved two weeks ago by
the Board of Regents, is currently
sparking controversy in the dorms.
The Interdormitory Association
(IDA) is scheduled to discuss and vote
on the proposal Thursday evening,
according to IDA vice president Barry
Pllger, who listed several problems
responsible for the disagreement.
IDA approved the concept of coed
lounges in April, Pilger said Tuesday.
The organization did not designate
dormitories to take part in the ex
periment. The ASUN Ad Hoc Housing Com
mlttee, after the recent Regents ac
tion, decided that Schramm. Smith
and Abel South Residence Halls would
participate. Schramm Hall, however,
has never been a member of IDA.
"Certain people are displeased that
Schramm Hall is Included," Pilger
said. "IDA was bypassed when tho
decision to include Schramm was
Hurt coed visitation
Another problem is that some peo
ple feel approval of the lounge pro
posal will hurt possibilities for total
"I personally feel that if the lounge
proposal is approved, coed visitation
will be set back two years," Pilger
Main dormitory complex lounges
have always been coeducational. Each
NU Ag team jdaces
second in soil judging
The University of Nebraska soil
judging team placed second in the
North Central Regional Collegiate soil
judging contest Saturday.
Kansas State University won the
event which was sponsored by the
University of Missouri. In individual
judging, Larry Cihacek placed second
and Warren Anthony finished fourth.
that the purpose of the ROTC
programs be more carefully defined
as "officer education" and that this
term should replace "Reserve Of
ficers' Training Corps."
that the administrative structure
used by each of the services for ad
ministration of ROTC be carefully
appraised by the Defense Department
to allow for more joint planning on
that parts of the programs which
fall under "military orientation," and
not "professional education," not
receive academic credit.
that some form of institutional
assistance (additional federal fun
ding) of the ROTC programs "seems
The panel also praised the special
committee for developing means of
organizing a partnership between the
military profession and the university
in the same way that the university
shares in the professional education
of teachers, lawyers or doctors.
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"Nixon's rhetoric is becoming in
creasingly the rhetoric of Lyndon
Johnson," Wolf said. "It seems that
Nixon is going down the path of LBJ.
It frightens me."
Nelson Potter, a philosophy in
structor, feels the moratorium will
have a definite effect.
There is a sizable percentage of
people around here opposed to the
war, he theorized. This moratorium
will make these people realize there
are others who are equally against
Vietnam, Potter added.
With war protest activities brewing
in Congress and increased national
publicity, it appears the moratorium
is gathering momentum.
At the University, 100 students and
faculty attended a meeting to help
plan the march to the State Capitol
on the 15th. More than 100 faculty
members signed a letter to the editor
of the Daily Nebraskan supporting the
moratorium. Blue and white Buttons
supporting the peace effort have been
grabbed up and are not available on
the local or national level.
Nevertheless, Volgyes, a long time
opponent of the war said, "I doubt
the moratorium will have an effect."
But there comes a time when every
man must say no, Volgyes continued.
President Nixon must be made to
realize the extent of public pressure
against the war, he concluded.
floor of the residence hall has a
lounge, too, which is not open to coed
The proposal, as approved by the
Regents, would allow coed visiting in
the lounges during certain hours on
Floor residents would decide if they
want their lounges to be coeduca
tional, and if so, during whflt hours.
Special care would be taken to protect
the privacy of all floor residents dur
The matter of coed lounges was
discussed for several hours at the IDA
meeting last week. Meetings of IDA
executives, dormitory presidents and
other interested parties have been
held during the last several weeks.
Despite the difficulties, Pllger
predicted the proposal would be ap
proved by IDA Thursday evening.
If the proposal is approved, a
resource committee would be ap
pointed, Pllger said. The committer
would draw up final guidelines and
decide exactly which dorm floors
would have coed lounges.
The proposal, if approved by IDA
will apparently not have to go bail
to the Board of Regents. Pilger said
Housing Director Ely Myerscn bih
other administrators will probably
Stive the final go ahead for the pro
Lounges need upgrading
One problem, according to Pilger,
could be the physical condition of tin
lounges. The Regents, after tourlnj
one dormitory, stated that certaii
upgrading of facilities might be need
ed in some lounges.
Problems with Inadequate or lac)
of furnishings could be remedied
Pilger said. Any problems with in
proer decor could also be fixed.
Pilger emphasized that IDA coimci
members apparently feel that
declsbn on the proposal should b
made Thursday evening.
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