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    THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1969
ime Out:
A unique event
- " A rather unique Intellectual experience is in
'Sf6re for the University of Nebraska community
Monday and Tuesday when four speakers will be on
ttfampus as part of the Time Out program.
-" The purpose of Time Out, according to the
.sponsor, ASUN, is to examine the university as far
"" "what it is doing and what direction it is going."
. .J. '..Hopefully, the four speakers will not present two
"days of emotional cries for reform, but will give in
tellectual, reasoned and provocative arguments.
The four speakers, all of whom will talk in the
.,,, Union Centennial Room, are:
,uii Charlts Palmer, president of the U.S. National
- j Student Association, will speak 7 p.m. Monday on
.," "Student Self-Determination."
James Turner, director of the Center for Afro
;t, o American Studies at Cornell University, will speak
10:30 a.m. Tuesday on "Minorities on Campus."
Dr. Bill Birenbaum, president of Staten Island
Community College, New York, will speak 1:30 p.m.
" "Tuesday on "Educational Reform."
" Carl Davidson, former graduate student at the
. University of Nebraska and former national leader
' of SDS, will speak 7 p.m. Tuesday on "Schools Must
Serve the People."
Many students ask "what is ASUN doing for
. . stne?" One of the few tangible and worthwhile tilings
.... recently is sponsorship of Time Out. Now it is up to
. v the University community to respond and take part
In what promises to be a thought-provoking two
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by Jim Evinger
Peter Wirtz (Story, p. 1), assistant in the Office
of Student Affairs, is doing his thing. He's doing it to
a whole spectrum of people, ranging from junior
high bubble-gummers to the Lincoln Junior League.
His thing is probably one of the more interesting
and ambivalent phenomena on campus.
Wirtz's thing is essentially people, but it's the
not-so-subtle medium he utilizes in working with
people-types that has a number of University of
ficials worried and concerned. Perhaps not without
cause.
As an educational psychologist, he Is a part of
the pervasive group of human behavioralists that
staff this University. As Pete Wirtz, he heads a core
of dedicated people who believe In the value of
others, strive to further better human relations and
groove on the culture that surrounds such
humanistic endeavors.
Labels are hard to apply with much accuracy or
consistency, but terms like group dynamics,
sensitivity awareness, leadership development and
encounter groups help connote the games Wirtz's
people play.
By no means are these sincere and serious ef
forts to be confused with the touchy-feely groups at
the Essalen Institute in California. Wirtz em
phasizes that his activities do not approach the in
tensity or depth of Infamous sensitivity sessions, T
groups or pyschotherapy groups.
The head of the Rocky Mountain Behaviorial
Institute in Denver describes things such as those
that happen here as "therapy for normal people."
However, discussion with Wirtz brings out a
- realistic appraisal that such happenings are not
necessarily beneficial to the average, normal
person, whoever that may be.
.'-Other University staff people, like Ron Eaglln
end Chris Genelin of the Student Activities Office,
Alan Pickering and Sue Tidball of United Ministries
hr Higher Education, Russ Brown from the Student
Ufairs Office, and faculty members -like Keith
Fritchard and John Janovy have lent their support
SUd participation.
Z'A number of campus groups, Including several
eororltles and student organizations, have com
fliTlted themselves to Wirtzlan exercises. Indeed,
those that have participated are probably the best
Jlldges of the effectiveness and worth of such
sessions. It Is in that careful context that a
fiicasurement and evaluation should be made.
IT in particular, C. Bertrand Schultz, director of
rhe University museum, and Frank Hallgren,
Erector of placement, are two University staff
members who have voiced criticism.
One of their concerns is Pickering's role In such
exercises. They are particularly concerned with
Pickering's announced stand against the campus
Greek system. Both Schultz and Hallgren have
served as advisors to the IFC.
Another concern stems from the claim that a
number of students, after participating in various
exercises, have sought psychological help from the
University Health Center. But no formal public
com plaint has yet been levelled against the Student
Affairs staff and its core of adults and students who
re the apostles of this "up with people"
philosophy.
On one hand, those working with Wirtz are
sincerely attempting to deal with a number of very
real problems affecting the modern student: identi.
ty In a large, impersonal environment, more ef
fective self-expression, etc. For this, they can only
be praised.
To a large degree, their medium Is their
message, and that rubs a number of people wrong.
Those who would cast stones at Wirtz had best be
careful of what they charge and in which context.
Some argue ad homonym, others against the entire
principle of group dynamics and self-awareness as
practiced In this manner.
Whether Pete Wirtz functions without formal
sanction of the Student Affairs Offke, or whether he
moves with endorsements by University ad
mlnlstrators. he continues to confront Individuals
with that which concerns us most: ourselves and
our relationships with others.
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Footprints'
Times Are Changing?
by Don Stenberg
Biology 3 died a relatively quiet death Tuesday
after a somewhat prolonged debate that saw the
small (but vocal) student contingent and a small
(very small) but concerned group ef faculty
mulched against the inert mass of the remainder of
the faculty.
The effect was quite .similar to the one yon.
might observe by throwing a superball against a
concrete wall.
But the idea behind the course (the study of how
the scientist relates to the world) still flickers
somewhere In a committee appointed to deal with
this problem. Unfortunately, faculty committees are
well known for being composed of experienced
firemen.
In all seriousness, I hope that this committee
will take responsibility and draw up, within a
reasonable length of time, a workable program that
Includes and expands the ideas proposed in Biology
3.
It was suggested to the Biology department that
the portion of the proposed Biology 3 course dealing
with the relation of biology to today's environment
be expanded and offered as a course relating to this
topic. I hope that those people in the Biology
department who wrote the original proposal have
not yet become so discouraged as to junk this
idea.
In passing, I would like to note that If more
departments were as willing to try Innovations as
the Biology department, that the quality and
diversity of education available to the student would
improve and expand at a much greater rate than la
presently the case.
In other Curriculum Committee action It was
decided to suggest a rewording of the Group E fa
cie nee and math) requirement to the faculty. The
logic needed to justify this change must be quite
intricate because it must step over, under, around
and through the current trend across the nation
loosen group requirements and allow the student
greater flexibility.
Next week, same column, same page, I shall
attempt to devote time to . explaining the above
mentioned logic and the remainder to the task of
destroying It.
Nebraskan editorial page
Open forum
Dear Editor:
Prior to the Vietnam war
moratorium, news media in
the San Francisco area
reported plans on the East
and West coasts for the up
coming moratorium.
I began to wonder if the
"no business as usual"
slogan had even reached the
Midwest, specifically
Nebraska. I left NU last
January beause it seemed
sleepy and even (gasp!)
stagnant. I transferred to
Berkeley in hopes that I
could find out what was
really going on in the
revolution that had begun to
shake the nation.
That aim was accomplish
ed after the People's Park
Incidents in May. I'm now
trying to evaluate the various
movements and their leaders
that have taken hold of tills
Mecca of demonstration,
disturbance, riot and revolt,
and decide where I am in
relation to it all.
Experience has taken the
edge off my idealism - I'm
sure of that and I find
myself becoming increas-
Soul gab: concept of black identity
The American system purports to be one of
equality and opportunity for all men, including the
black man. This is a mere idealology.
In reality this system is no more equal to the
Black man than is Communism toward its pro
letariat. As a result, this system can no longer sus
tain the title of a system but has achieved the title
of machine, a machine manufactured by a racist
industry the white man.
Though the black man's role In this machine Is
significant, he has no identity; neither does he
receive any of what the machine manufactures ex
cept racial injustice. The black man's function is to
serve as a small fragment of this machinery. His
most significant roles to the white man are those of
the Ignorant voter, the dumb consumer a small,
rusty wheel of a shiny, vast machine.
As a result the bluck has been manufactured.
Institutionalized and brainwashed for the benefit of
white society. In this process of Institutionalization
the bluck man was left without a name, without a
heritage, or without a proper society in the
American machine.
The black man has also been left at the disposal
of the machine, without political or economic
sovereignty, not able to determine his own destiny
in essence without black identity. As far as the
machine is concerned the black people can identify
with nothing but labor and the alums. The black
man was able to kill the slave machine only to be
compelled to become slave to a vast racist
machine.
One of the steps In Institutionalizing the black
man into a perfunctory part in the racist
bureaucracy was to give a label, not a name. To
achieve identity, black brothers and sisters have
denounced the derogatory Negro, which replaced
colored people, which replaced darkle, which
replaced nigger. They have adopted the word black.
Black is more than a biological phenomena. It Is a
step toward black identity by one who has broken
. . . Kenneth Secret
away from the white man's derogatory Jokes and
have adapted a black man's complementary
distinction from the white machine.
Black people cannot Identify with white because
Ceople In the same machine must have the same
erltage.
Black people have began to refuse to accept
racists as their heroes. Even though the racist
machine was constructed on the black man's back,
the white man gave him no credit. He only acquired
a debt, building something that would ultimately
kick him in the posterier.
In order to achieve pride and identity brothers
and sisters have rejected such heroes as George
Washington, who had seven black babies and died
walking to the slave quarters, and Thomas Jef
ferson who had four black babies. No longer will
black people identify with such racists as Lincoln.
In leiu of these, blacks have adopted such brothers
and sisters as Nat Turner, Harriet Tubmann, Huey
Newton and Eldrldge Cleaver with whom they can
Identify.
The justification of the denunciation of
American patriotism Is pride, an essential part of
achieving black Identity.
"I'm black firsted, Ken Secret second, and never
have been American."
The slave was 1 an essential part of this
machine's economic history. When the slave killed
the slave master the machine suffered because Its
flunky was gone and the economy was dead. Also,
"when the slave killed the slave master it was a
cleansing process because a man is born and the
oppressor is gone." (Huey Newton). Since the black
man Is so essential to the machine, when the black
man breaks from the white machine, it Is a cleans
ing process because pride and identity are born In
the black man. Black institutionalization and the
white machine Is dead.
ingly skeptical of both
Establishment and Anti
E s t a b 1 Isihment banner
bearers.
Of one thing I am also
sure: I firmly believe in a
true patriot's obligation to
protest the slaughterous
fiasco that is Vietnam and
the growing militarism of our
country.
This brings me to my final
point. My family sent me
clippings of your moratorium
and I would like publicly to
withdraw my accusations.
Nebraska is no longer sleepy
and Is definitely not stag
nant. You are alive and well and
your marching footsteps
were heard 1700 miles away
in similarly cold and rainy
Berkeley. I feel like I'm a
part of you, and I'm very
proud.
Gretchen Hedge
Dear Editor:
We would like it made
known. to all students of the
university community that
you, as students, are not
looked upon as equal In the
eyes of the Tassels and Cor
ncobs. It was publicly stated
that tickets for PP&M would
go on sale at twelve noon on
Monday, Oct. 20th. Will so
meone please explain why
over three hundred choice
seats were already sold
before the designated time?
David A. Bush
Glen T. Schumann
Phil Waggoner
Dear Editor.
As a regular reader of the
Rag I was deeply distressed
by the editorial "Conscience
conscious" which appeared
Oct. 22.
Although I do not agree
with the YAK on many points
and am not a member of that
organization, I (eel that most
of the criticisms advanced
against it were unjustifiable.
Consider the first criticism.
It points out that the YAF's
national advisory council
contains several famous or
infamous depending on
your political affiliation
con servatives. This is
absurd. Why should a con
servative - organization not
have conservatives on Its
national committee?
Another absurd criticism
concerns the statement by a
YAF spokesman that "we
believe victory is possible In
Vietnam." Exactly what is
meant by victory is not
stated in the quote, but it
apparently refers to either
military or diplomatic vic
tory of a sort.
This simple statement in
no way Implies victory as
"the destruction of land,
people, and spirit" as the
author Interprets It. Nor
does it tell us that the Yaffer
is "so in awe of honor that he
will utilize dishonorable
means to secure it." And It
certainly does not tell us that
"he Is blind to reality," for
no one short of the President
and other top leaders In
possession of highly technical
and classified Information Is
in a position to say what Is
militarily or diplomaticly
possible.
The last criticism is
perhaps the most ridiculous.
Just because the Yafferi
have not carried on an active
membership drive here does
not mean they are snobbish,
"clltest," or undemocratic at
the author believes.
They may have failed to do
so for any one of several
reasons including lack of
resources or fear of Infective
criticism by the less con
servative members of our
academic community.
Michael L. Egger
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