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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1969
JIOTC committee-tlie sensible way
Nearly everyone will agree that at least some
changes are needed in the ROTC program. There
'"""'are many ways to evaluate and examine the pro
;;' gram and to make these changes,
.ill Some schools do nothing and so students riot
. or demonstrate. In other schools a group of
''".administrators arbitrarily take some authoritarian
action in a back room. It seems that too few
nT schools do the sensible thing sit down and discuss
Here one can mark a plus for the University
:' of Nebraska. Under the planning and work of Dr.
"i ' ,..C Peter Magrath, dean of faculties, a special com
mittee will begin work next week to examine the
",.ROTC program. The committee's findings will be
'" turned over to Magrath, probably in January.
...... Magrath could then, and hopefully will, make ap-
Jpropriate suggestions for change.
' Magrath said that he has been toying with
K the idea of an ROTC evaluation committee for
several months. His purpose is to have the ROTC
program "discussed in a relaxed, peaceful,
academic atmosphere." Magrath, who has said he
will remain apart from the committee chaired by
Dr, Philip Crowl, has given the members a broad
mandate to "evaluate, examine and suggest
changes in the ROTC program." Although he said
tho committee is working under the assumption
that ROTC is an appropriate activity for a land
grant university, the committee Is in no way limited
to the range of recommendations it could make.
Magrath must also be given credit for appointing
committee members with diverse and varied
backgrounds. Nearly all views on ROTC will be
represented and examined.
It will be interesting to see what kinds of
recommendations the committee will make. But
one thing is for sure formation of the committee
Indicates a blue-ribbon day for the University community.
Nebraskan editorial page
A peace of the fund
... by June Wagoner
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Justice scales now are loaded
In a magnanomous swoop reminiscent of the
Philosopher Kings, the All University Fund board
decided last spring to reclaim from the hands of
the masses the privilege of selecting the charities
to receive student funds.
And with an equally sweeping flourish they
recently announced their AUF-al selections.
Heading the list the USO (Grouping it with
such commendable philanthropic organizations as
the Muscular Dystrophy and Cancer Foundations,
the benign panel announced a full campaign to
insure rationalization of their monetary goal.
USO Indeed. Even if all the funds were to
end up as slot-machine booty for administrators
and non-coms, it would be bad enough. But un
doubtedly a goodly amount docs filler past sticky
fingered hondos to become R & R embellishments,
segregated officers clubs and back home pro
paganda. (Lonely soldier on beach etc.)
Spare me the emotional appeals as to how
the USO 'takes care of our boys.' The USO, like
the VFW and the American Legion are all bastard
offsprings of our omnlpowerful Department of Of
fense. Camp followers to the war business, followers
that make breaking camp that much more unlike
ly. The budget presented by Secretary Laird is
not all for bullets, it contains a Herculean share
of appropriations for lust such subsidised parasites.
And the more parasites (and people) Involved on
avjvar payroll, the more reason to delay that wars
IT And war Is the business of USO.
... f ttf.YER REALIZED .
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Though its functions may appear gentle, the
prime prerequisite for the existence of USO Is
war, or the threat of war, or even the hope for
Why not support the U.N., or the World Health
Organization or any of the other numeerous in
ternational organizations that have peace keeping
as their ultimate function?
Consider this next week and perhaps channel
the USO part of your AUF contribution into the
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Washington "I will use the full power of
the United States, including whatever force may
be necessary, to prevent any obstruction of the
law and to carry out the order of the federal
court. The federal law and orders of a United
States court implementing that law cannot be
flouted with impunity."
So spoke Dwight D. Eisenhower In 1957 when
the state of Arkansas forbade nine Negroes to
enter a public high school in Little Rock.
The Eisenhower statement was historic. Com
ing, as it did, three years after the original Supreme
Court decision on Integration, it demonstrated the
power and the will of the federal government as
clearly and authoritatively as Andrew Jackson's
famous toast to the federal union: "It must and
shall be preserved."
Rut great statements do not determine history,
as the young men of Jackson's day were to discover
before they died, and the Elsenhower statement,
for 12 years the national policy, was as surely
superseded last week by the action of an assistant
attorney general as was Andrew Jackson's by the
aetions of the doughface Presidents Fillmore,
Pierce and Buchanau.
Assistant Atty. Gen. Jerris Leonard was asked
why the Justice Department had moved to delay
enforcement of a court order compelling the int
egration of schools in Mississippi. This is what
he said: "Even if the Supreme Court were to
order immediate integration, I lack the people and
bodies to enforce the law."
If that statement is permitted to stand if
Leonard is not overruled by the attorney general,
or by the President then the nation has embarked
on a new course. The integration which the Supreme
Court ordered and which three successive
Presidents have enforced will be an Ideal but not
a goal, a prayer but not a creed. It will be talked
about but it will not be done.
Sixty-five of the 74 attorneys In loiinrd's
division have publicly disagreed with their boss,
but It seems unlikely that their protests will avafl.
Leonard Is like most of the new appointees
in John Mitchell's Justice Department not a
lawyer's lawyer but a lawyer turned politician.
Leonard did not bring spectacular clvD rights
credentials to his job, but the Atlantic Monthly
reported earlier this year that as the head of
Wisconsin's State Building Commission he directed
about $200,000 in legal fees to John Mitchell, then
a New York municipal bond lawyer.
Defeated in a Senate race in Wisconsin, he
is joined among Mitchell's associates at the depart
ment by Deputy Atty. Gen. Richard Kleindlenst,
who was defeated for governor of Arizona, Assistant
Atty. Gen. William Ruckelshaus, defeated in an
Indiana Senate race, legal counsel William Rehn
quist, a Goldwater speechwriter, and Assistant Atty.
Gen. Will Wilson, who lost races for governor and
senator in Texas.
Not In recent history have the ton men at
Justice been so politically oriented, and they are
directed by the author of Mr. Nixon's Southern
strategy, John Mitchell himself, whose principal
assistant, Kevin Phillips, has set forth the strategy
In a book which might as well be called "How
to Win Elections Without Black Votes."
As a lawyer, Leonard is wrong in his refusal
to uphold the law, and his excuse that he hasn't
the manpower Is laughable. The Justice Depart
ment under Dwight Eisenhower didn't even have
a Civil Rights Division. But Gen. Elsenhower en
forced the law, -even when, as with the Supreme
Court declslous of 1954, he was personally unsym
pathetic to It.
As a politician, however, Leonard seems to
be on the popular course. The law is against him
but the polls are not. The growing view is that
middle America has had enough integration, and
the well-publicized views of black militants do not
help the cause.
So 15 vears of legal precedent are giving way
now to Mr. Nixon's ''new federalism." "The
Supreme Court," Mr. Dooley told us, "follows the
miction returns." The Justice Department is doing
even more. It is making thorn.
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YOU ARC NOW
stop roft cut
r i"vry I-.
totf m Ot CRUVtf HAS To STMT SoMErVHEftt."
The idea of "chancellor
less University" proposed by
Professor Bort M. Evans
deserves serious attention by
the entire university com
munity. Let us not write it
off as 'Impractical.' If we
prize creative and construc
tive ideas, Dr. Evans has
offered us one.
If we can implement It
here In the University of
Nebraska, we shall be the
first university genuinely
revolutionary with little
sound and fury In this age of
'academic revolution.' The
article, 'Injustice Lurks In
Unman Relations, History,'
Is also enlightening.
Congratulations for the Dally
Nebraskan, Oct. 2, 19
Professor of Education
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Open Letter on the
The television show,
"Laugh-In," each week
does a short skit entitled
something like "The News
Twenty Years from Now:
1989." I've been applying
this type of thinking to the
situation here at the
University of Nebraska and
It's led me to make a few
predictions concerning what
this place will be like twenty
years from now.
Flnst of ail, everything
green, the trees, grass,
flowers and shrubs, will have
long since disappeared and
been replaced by that ubi
quitous substitute for our
natural environment, con
crete. Concrete, thai most
beuutiful and delightful of
substances, widely acclaim
ed as the basks of our
There will still be a few
green plants In the
greenhouse so that anyone
who has never seen one can
Secondly, there will be
more and bigger Old fathers.
This will add to the overall
pleasing appearance of the
campus, while at the same
time contributing to a
rarefied atmosphere 1 n
which learning can take
Quadrangle will no longer be
with us, It will be torn down
in favor of a 28 story parking
garage which will, un
fortunately, fill up 15
minutes after it Is oiwned.
This will cause the Chan
cellor and the Campus Police
to be somewhat dismayed.
These are but a sampling
ot what the University can
expect twenty years from
now. If we want all of these
wonderful things to come
about, we must continue eur
present policy of helter
Under no circumstances
must we undertake a plan of
orderly development whkh
is both aesthetically pleasing
and humane. We must never
forget our true objective,
which Is to operate this
educational factory at a
minimum cost and at max
Yours from the
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I was Interested In Pro
fessor l'eurlstein's anti
military arguments as he
expressed them in October
"nd's Dally Nebrubkun. His
approach seems to me
typical of Uie one normally
used by antagonists of the
military: a high-toned con
demnation of military
"Morals" and "Ethics'1.
Military minds like that style
of argument. Emotional ap
peals are right up their
alley, with their endless ex
hortations to "Patriotism"
The outcome Is that a
prospective draftee o r
ROTC candidate is left
swimming in a confusing
soup of loudly-argued
abstractions, It's really a lot
simpler: military life Is a
wAste of time.
The military has tons of
machinery and millions of
men. It supports and main
tains all this machinery and
and technicians (officers and
enlisted men) with the most
intricate procedures lm
a g 1 n a b 1 e . Over these
machines and men reigns
the military system of rank,
designed to mathematically
define authority and to gain
Instantaneous response to
Generals at the Pentagon
run this gleaming military
machine. Tiiey shine It; they
oil It; and, most Important,
they feed It: "All sound men
between the ages of eigh
teen . . ." et cetera.
That is a significant point:
our military system is not
designed to attract men, it is
designed to use men that
have been force-fed Into it,
either directly, by the draft,
or Indirectly, by resignation
to the Inevitability of the
draft; the emphasis, It can
be seen, is on the good of the
machine, not the man. I
don't care how many orders
the generals shoot out con
cerning morale, they are
thinking of their machine,
not "their" men (you could
say they prefer good gas for
It Instead of watery gas).
This unreasonable basic em
phasis spawns those amazing
military values: form over
reason; appearance over in
itiative; military bearing
over professional com
petence; the great "Sir"
(success or disgrace in
military life can rotate ex
clusively about the use of
There are career officers
and enlisted men. The career
officer, dedicated to the
system and Its remarkable
values, does not have the
respect of "his" men, an
overwhelming number of
whom weren't exactly
brought up to covet his
values, to put it mildly. A
career enlisted man is
usually someone without a
whole lot of ambition or
pride. He's along for the
twenty-year ride and the
government pension. The
military feeds him and
The exceptional career
enlisted men are Just as
powerless to sell subervlence
to American men as officers
are. So career officers and
enlisted men are not really
guiding forces In our military
set-up. Their basic attitude
of putting the machine over
the man does not encourage
the respect of the man (and
many are wise enough not to
look for respect) .
Hie majority, the heart,
the principal force of our
Citizen's Army, Is the
frustrated and resentful
majority, the citizens, who
don't care about the military
or how they're expected to
act In the military. All they
look forward to Is thut Great
Day, however many months
hence, when they ran get
their lives going again. In
the military's philosophy of
coercion Is Its pro
fessionalism, minimal, and
Its spirit, nil.
Is a forced Interim of
artificial values of any worth
In any life spent in some
kind of search for serious
values, for serious goals?
I started ticking off days
with one thousand one hun
dred and nineteen to go in
the service. Ticking o f days
becomes a real pasttlme.
Everybody does It.
Everybody can tell you how
many days he has left,
especially when he gets
down to only around five
hundred or so.
The military Is a waste
There's nothing true in
there, nothing worth learn
ing, nothing worth seeing or
experiencing. Stay out if you
Steven F. Strasser
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The Inference drawn by
Larry Jones (letter to the
Editor, Sept. 24th) that the
Love Library Central
Reserve Room Is closed over
the weekend Is wrong. The
doors to the Central Reserve
Room are opened every day ,
five minutes after the outside
doors of Love Library are
opened. If Mr. Jones had not
hurried away he would have
known that the reserve room
was available Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21.
To avoid similar Inferences
In the future, the staff has
posted a sign on the doors of
the Central Reserve Room
designating the exact open-
Ing and closing times.
We admire the eagerness
Mr. Jones has displayed. And
we agree with him that the
reserve books and room,-,
should bo available over thaC
entire schedule of library
Eugene M. Johnson 3J
Associate Director of-
for Public Service
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The Innocents Society,
senior men'a honorary,
endorses the October IS
Moratorium and urges stu-
dents, faculty, and com-
munlty members to parti
cipate m th march from
campus to the Cajitol.
Davt Buntain, Fmidtsii
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