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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1969
U.S. must take initiative at Helsinki
by Sen. Edmund S. Muskie
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-uclear test ban agreement wiin tne aoviei union.
-Je said failure to achieve such an agretment,
would be a great disaster . . . If we don't get it now
. . perhaps the genie is out of the bottle and we
will not ever get him back in again."
Today, six and one half years later, a more
dangerous genie is almost out of the bottle. We
'TIaie within six months of completing tests on multi
ple warhead missiles.
Once those tests are completed, we will be
in a position to put up to thirteen warheads Inside
aUnissile, thus multiplying the capacity of our
--missile launching systems many times over. If
"""we do this, the Russians (who seem to be behind
us in this development) will certainly push their
testing to a conclusion so they can deploy multiple
Once that happens the chances of reaching
T2jC effective arms control agreement will be very
slim. Today we can tell with great certainty how
many missile launching sites, missiles and
warheads the Russians have deployed. We cannot
cover of a missile after multiple warheads have
been fully developed.
That would, in turn, - force both sides to
expand their anti-ballistic missile systems. We
would have no more "security" against attack.
We would have escalated the arms race to a new and
more dangerous plateau.
" " There Is still time to prevent that escalation,
but there is not much time. We must move, and
move now, to halt testing of multiple warhead mis
siles, before either the Soviet Union or the United
States is in a position to deploy them.
On November 17. 1969, representatives of the
United States and Russia will meet in Helsinki,
Finland, to open discussions on strategic arms
limitations. Those discussions give us the op
portunity to reach a limited agreement on multiple
warhead testing while more general efforts directed
toward arms limitations go forward.
Some argue that an agreement on multiple
warhead testing should be part of a general arms
agreement. I contend that unless we halt the testing
we will have little chance of reaching a genuine
President Kennedy was pessimistic about a test
ban treaty with the Russians in early May, 1963.
But, by July 26, 1963, the two governments had
reached an agreement. They did so because our
government decided to seek a limited agreement,
and because President Kennedy took the initiative
of halting United States atmospheric tests of
nuclear weapons. That broke the stalemate which
had lasted since the talks first opened on October
We are involved in a kind of Russian roulette
in the nuclear arms race. We can stop the spinning
wheel, if we are willing to take the initiative at
Helsinki by: (1) announcing a unilateral, six-month
halt in our testing of multiple warheads and urging
the Russians to follow our lead; and (2) making
a bilateral agreement on ending such testing the
first item on the agenda for the talks. The risks
to peace and the dangers to a meaningful arms
agreement in not taking the initiative are very
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Nebraskan editorial page
Doesn't library want to help?
Nestled serenely between Teachers' College on
Its right, the College of Business-Social Sciences
on its left, its posterior exposed to the gaze of
downtown Lincoln, is Love Memorial Library. From
its dazzling architectural lines to its plush
furnishings, it stands as a momument to bad taste
Note the process of trying to locate a book,
a task that would severely test the tracking prowess
of a John C. Fremont.
First of all, there are two different indexes to
check. If a book was received prior to the summer
solstice of 1964. it will be classified under the
Dewey Decimal system. If received after the 1964
vernal equinox, it will be in the new, improved
Library of Congress index.
If you are lucky enough to find the title card,
you will then have to check the author card for
location. If there is no location card, that means
the book should be somewhere in the eight stack
levels. If the location card does exist and the
. : phrase "College Library" is checked, that then
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or third floor or in a little drug store on Vine
Do you know where the book should 'be? Fine,
Now go there and find it. And you know what?
It's probably not there. You then hustle back to
the main desk and ask one of the staff if your
'" book is checked out. After plodding through fourteen
file drawers, she concludes that no, it is indeed
not checked out. Now it's your turn to fill out a
"" search card. You fill it out meticulously, genuflect
three times, sign a loyalty oatn ana wan unui
Tomorrow you go back to the desk and
ask the librarian if your book has been found.
She then descends into the bowels of the building
' to check. She returns with the sad news, "Well,
sir, It appears that your search card has been
"" lost . . . "Oh," you reply eloquently. You then fill
- out a searcn cura 10 mm yvui uuuai sctum
card. By this time, the semester may well have
point for Greeks
Homecoming 1969 is now history and at least
one good thing has come out of It. There has
been what seems to be an attitude change on
the part of gome of the Creek houses from Mickey
Mouse projects to a more real and positive concern
Only fight houses prepared the traditional
homecoming displays, compared to 15 last year.
The displays are a waste of effort and money.
An average homecoming display costs more than
$.K)0 and takes 1,500 man-hours to construct. The
display stands for about two days to please the
alumni and possibly win an award, and Is then
Instead, this Is what some of the houses did:
Alpha XI Delta, Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Alpha
Mu were among those houses which gave money
to charity; Gamma Phi Beta and Farm House
used the time to raise money to renovate a recrea
tion center for Indian children; Alpha Phi and
Alpha Tau Omega are donating the money it would
have taken to build a display to Easter Seal, Multi
ple Sclerosis, United Appeal and adaption by the
groups of an overseas orphan. '
It la a hopeful ilgn that these houses realize
that displays are a waste, especially, as repreien
tatlves of several houses laid. "In these troubled
Hopefully, this is just one of many real and
constructive steps of the Creek system to come
out of its sometimes selfish, self-centered web of
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ended and the need for the book Is academic.
But just suppose that you actually do find the
book, and after filling out your twenty-four page
ticket in triplicate, you race home and greedily
shove It into your book case. Your mind has been
soothed and your ego boosted.
Then the roof caves in. You get a little white
note from none other than Love Library. The notice
is not particularly literate nor aesthetically pleas
ing. In bold red ink, it brazenly declares "Please
returnbook needed by another reader.
But, you tell yourself, this is ridiculous; No,
I checked out the book and should have the right
to read It until It Is due. Logically, you are right
but logic Is apparently something that has never
entered into the thought process of librarians.
You decide to ignore the notice. After all, it's
only a faded Xerox copy. So you get a second
notice, this one ominously warning that continued
disobedience will cost you $5 and a public
handslapping in front of the Union. Your previously
mild anger becomes ferocious and you vow that
no matter what the consequence, YOU WILL
KEEP THAT BOOK!
At last the notice comes. You receive in the
mail a full-fledged letter. You open the envelope
and carefully extract the contents. It is a black,
bordered piece of paper. You read it in disbelief.
It says that the book you have will be returned
or else. The "or-else" Is then explained. The
library has contracted with some bombers from
L.A. Unless that book is back within two hours,
you will never see your family and friends alive
So you surrender. You dejectedly carry the
book Into Its repository. You trudge past the
President's Office, barely suppressing an urge to
smash his window, climb up the flight of stairs
and over to the check-out desk. Then, as If cutting
off a part of yourself, you let the book slip Into
the return blu.
You gaze' at the floor, tears In your eyes,
and then slowly look up. You see a grinning
librarian whose mouth forms the words, "May I
help you sir?" And you suddenly realize that you
are no longer a conscientious objector to killling.
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The real site of Arms Limitation Talks
random . . . Ron Alexander
Last week Pablo Picasso celebrated his 88th
birthday. According to reports he spent a quiet
day at home with his wife, a day which Included
an afternoon of painting. The interesting thing about
the event and Picasso is that at such an advanced
age he is still producing significant art.
Recently Picasso's 1968 engravings were
displayed at several major galleries, Including the
Chicago Art Institute. The engravings drew large
crowds plus the usual amount of praise and disgust.
They were erotic according, to Avante Garde
magazine, which put out a special edition of the
best works. Some museums refused to display all
of th prints on the belief that they were too
erotic for their public. Picasso refers to the entire
display as "an abiding celebration of life Itself."
Picasso's bird-man-dog figure In Chicago has
become a symbol of newness for the city. By
coincidence It is situated in one of the most active
demonstration centers in Chicago, as a result of
which it makes the news often.
Picasso is Spanish by birth, blood, and tem
perament. But he Is French through the influence
of Braque and Degas and by residence. Picasso
has constantly depicted bullfights and Spanish glor
ies as well 83 her sadder moments. It was the trag-
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drove him from Spain for good.
Picasso started painting in his early teens and
has been painting steadily since. In 1902 he began
a style which became his "blue period." The period
expresses pathos, and warm humanity through
beggars, grieving mothers and sick children. It
is generally a world of heartbreaking sadness.
In 1905 Picasso changed the tint of his pictures
to rose (thus came the "rose period"). He began
to paint circus figures, clowns, acrobats, and riders
in patchwork costumes.
By 1908 Picasso's pictures became harsh,
unbending and strongly suggestive of archaic and
African influences. Stark colors and simple plane
allowed him to express reality In a manner suiting
The great divergence of styles, techniques and
subjects express a fundamental fact about Picasso:
he is not an impressionist or romanticist or
anything of the kind. Picasso Is Picasso.
As Mario Michell puts it, "Picasso Is not a
moderate but a radical of painting, a root and
branch revolutionary. What is left of the traditional
view of painting? Perspective is broken, shattered
completely; colour has lost all atmosphere and
become arid and lifeless; the figures are made
up of angles fitted together. The revolt against
cliches of painting is complete,"
Pkao calls his paintings an autobiography.
"Whether they are finished or not, t h e y are the
pages of my dlury and are valid as such. The
future will choose the pages it prefers."
About his unconventional style he says, "When
I am alone by myself I have not the courage
to think of myself as an artist in the great and
ancient sense of the term . . . such as Degas
and Matisse. I am only a public entertainer who
has understood his time and has exhausted as
best he could the vanity, the cupidity of his con
temporaries." Few men can be considered great in their
own times. Perhaps Pablo Picasso is one cf our
An open letter to my yours (you ortly say that yon
anonymous ooUeagues have "fooled them," whoever
It was heartening to learn that may be)
from the lead story in the
Daily Nebraskan of Oct. 27 But on second thought I ant
that we have a potential - wondering whether you have
although unfortunately the stuff In yon to become a
anonymous Socrates on Socrates,
our faculty, a person who
"speaks out on issues too First, I dont know the
much, who "continues to substance of your statements
ask embarrassing ques- and questions so that I can-
SfiLffk t A W not comPr their merit with
and admits to being labeled a that of Socrates' thought. But
Ctevkeh" u second. I know that you
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