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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1969
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
In the University of Nebraska's handbook on "Ex
pectations for University Students," a portion devoid
to the Council on Student Life states that the CSL
shall "have general policymaking power ... to take
action on matters affecting student living, social, and
out-of-classroom activities." On Tuesday the CSL took
action. The council approved one policy statement
prohibiting discrimination against race, creed or sex
in social and non-academic regulations. Another policy
statement outlining maximum self-determination by
students in making those rules was postponed until
The most obvious and easily applicable example
of the equal rules statement is the University's Vic
torian concept of women's hours. Under the new policy,
the University could not maintain women's hours
without also placing curfew restrictions on men. The
logical step is to abolish women's hours. And it is
high time the University put aside its archaic social
regulations and moved into the 20th century in full
stride instead of playing games with keys and single
dorm experiments. The statement is sufficiently in
nocuous, however, to be broadly interpreted to cover
many issues. Significantly, the council has taken the
initiative to make the policy which eliminates rule
discrimination and promotes equality in social and
Possibly even more important than the equal rules
statement is the student self-determinism policy yet
to be passed. This statement, if passed by the CSL
and approved by the Regents, would grant students
the basic right to determine their own social and
non-academic rules in the smallest unit of student
organization. It would apply to student activities as
well as living units. At the same time, general
guidelines would be established by the CSL, a student
dominated body. Again, an obvious example is coed
visitation. Self-determinism would allow each fraterni
ty, sorority, dorm floor or whole residence hall to
implement coed visitation or reject coed visitation
on terms that are acceptable to the students who
must live in the environment What could be more
basic than the right to determine how you will live
within society's generally accepted norms?
The self-determinism policy, and Its visitation Im
plications, comes in direct conflict with University
Regents' policy "reaffirmed" on Monday. The Regents
have pre-empted the CSL and announced they will
not allow open coed visitation. In effect, they have
set policy relating to "social and non-academic affairs"
before allowing the CSL to act It is qnestionable
that the Regents ever intended to sincerely consider
non-academic policy recommendations set forth by
However, when the CSL reconsiders the measure
next Tuesday, it may do so with the knowledge that
a great many students back the determinism policy
in full. Hopefully, organizational and informative
meetings being held this week in residence halls will
awaken students to the realization that they can and
should have a voice in determining their social and
extracurricular affairs. Hopefully, they will become
vocal In demanding those rights. Both CSL policy
statements, one passed and one tabled, can be re
viewed by the Regents. That august body will not
act favorably unless students let themselves be heard.
If students remain silent, maybe they don't deserve
the right of self-determinism.
Jim Pedersen, news editor
comes of age
by Pat Broderkk
It's been a good year for the undergraduate at
the University of Nebraska. Last spring Governor
Norbert Tiemann signed a bill lowering the "age
of responsibility" to 20. At 20, a Nebraskan can drink,
sign contracts, do everything except vote. Voting age
is still 21. Hours after the signing of the bill, every
bar in Lincoln was drained dry. The cause for rejoicing
continued into the fall semester as Coach Bob
Devaney's Cornhuskers, playing solid conservative
football, ground out a seven and two record and
settled back to await a Christmas season bowl bid.
Sixty-nine has not been so satisfying for a group
of graduate students living in Benton and Fairfield
Halls, the men's and women's graduate dormitories
on the Nebraska campus. Within a month of Tiemann's
"lowering the age," a group of them traveled to
a Board of Regents meeting in Omaha.
Nebraska's Regents had vetoed a proposal by
the graduates that they be allowed to have visitors
of the opposite sex In their rooms between noon
and 11 p.m. But they were going to listen to the
The proposal pointed out that the average resident
of both dorms was 27, and that no one under 20
would be allowed to live in them.
At the meeting the graduate students said they
considered the group mature and tight-knit enough
to prevent "abuse" of the visitation permission. They
told the Regents that among them were several mar
ried Individuals and several Roman Catholic nuns.
Regent Robert Raun said that he felt committed
to his constituents (Nebraska Regents ara elected),
and that his preeminently rural constituents would
not go for college kids of any age entertaining
members of the opposite sex.
The graduates replied that a 57-year-old resident
of Benton, on sabbatical from the Omaha Public School
District, had been forced to leave his wife In the
As adults, they said, they were used to entertaining
In their homes and felt that the dorm was then
home ta campus. The Regents acknowledged the
graduates' mature approach and thanked them for
going through proper channels.
On Monday, Nov. 17th, Nebraska undergrads
eagerly awaited the sending of post-season bowl bids.
Graduate students Byron Jeys and Elsie Short set
off for Omaha and the November regents' meeting.
Ia Omaha, they told the Regents that a confidential
ballot of the dorm residents had produced margins
of 48 to 1 la the men's dorm and 34 to I la Fairfield
la favor of visitation.
Also, they mentioned that male janitors work alt
day In the halls of the womens' dorm. Coed visitation
would be no threat to privacy any mora than wert
the janitors. In many colleges, undergraduates have
coed visitation; at Nebraska, of course, they do not
The several women and the man opposed to visitation
could switch to an undergraduate dormitory.
Miss Snore pointed out that visitors could ase
the rest rooms of the neighboring dorm of their
own sex and advanced her opinion that there is nothing
wrong per se In having visitors in a room with
UJE WANT T6 AMERICA IHTeO
Nebraskan editorial page
We are reading, with
your editorial by Ken Wa!d
entitled "Doesnt Library
Want to Help?" in Nov. 10.
We can't cry too much for
you, however, b e c a u s t
fellows like you look for a
book only once or twice a
day, but we look for them all
the time, all day long, and
day in and day out.
I congratulate your writer
on having made a careful
study of the procedures In
volved: the facts are mostly
accurate and we like that.
Also, we have come to ap
preciate the fact that any
publicity, good or bad, Is
probably better than no
publicity. At least some of
you fellows are trying to get
book to read.
Why not mention that one
of the perennial problems of
a research library is con
tinuous inventory. When we
submitted our biennial
budget for 1969-71 we were
more conscious of the lost or
misplaced book than ever
before. We could keep better
house if we closed the book
stack to all but the favored
few. But we also thought that
improvement in our in
ventory system wuld help a
great deal, even with open
Nothing is free, of course,
and this item of several
thousand dollars In part-time
wages was red-pencilled in
the Chancellor's Office
before the budget went
forward to the Legislature.
So I guess you fellows are
going to fcave to cry soma
Incidentally, did you know
that one hundred thousand
volumes in social science
that belong in the Love
Library are now housed in
the Law Library? Did you
know that another hundred
thousand volumes in science
that belong in the Love
library are now housed in
the Thompson Library on the
East Campus? Did you know
that we will soon open an
Undergraduate Library In
Nebraska Hall and that when
we do another hundred
thousand volumes in the
Humanities that belong in the
Love Library will be moved
to Nebraska Hall? Why?
Because we added 48.000
volumes to the collections in
1967- 68 and 60,000 volumes in
1968- 69 and will probably add
70,000 volumes in 1969-70;
and, when we added 60,000
new volumes last year we
had to move 40,000 older
volumes then in Love
Library to other buildings in
order to make room for the
It is also stimulating to
recognize that all available
library shelving on the two
Lincoln campuses will be
filled to capacity within two
to three years and that It will
now be impossible, even with
the best of luck, to have a
new central library ex.
pansion ready by that time.
What will we du then: throw
away some of the old
volumes, perhaps 70,000
volumes per year, or leave
the packages of new books
unopened and store them in
Please try this on for size
and let's have another go
Frank A. Lundy
Director of University
I wanted you to know that I
and my colleagues in the
Counseling Service appreciate
the style and tone of the article
written by Miss Carol An
derson. She spent considerable
time with us including
a morning-long staff planning
session and captured the
essence of our concerns and
approaches to students.
Discussions at our staff
sessions tend to be rather open
and self-critical. If Miss
Anderson had chosen to do so, I
think she could have treated us
very nearly as badly as we
treat ourselves In the closed
door meetings. She apparently
sensed the climate and intent of
our interactions, and whs
reasonably accurate (from my
point of view) in depicting our
Hurry J. Canon
by Michael Egger, David Paus. and Tom Sledei!
As we pointed out In our lust discussion, the
traditional liberal arts education has been pushed Into
the background in our universities and Is maintained
only as a quaint conversation piece.
This must not be allowed to continue. For it Is
a most valuable part of the development of the human
personality. St. John's College of Annapolis, Maryland,
has stated what we believe to be the goals of a liberal
The liberal arts enable men to win knowledge
of the world around them and knowledge of
themselves In thl world. Under their guidance
men can free themselves from the wantonness
of prejudice and the narrowness of beaten path.
Under their discipline men can acquire the habit
of listening to reason.
In accordance with this goal we have prepared
a four-year liberal arts college curriculum. We believe
It should contain three years study of Latin and three
years study of a second foreign languge, regardless
of the amount of foreign langugnge studied in high
school, three years Btudy of mathematics, three years
study of physical and biological sciences, three years
study of English literature and composition, each with
three to four credit hours per semester for a total
of 17-18, and a major field of study comprising roughly
thirty credit hours to be taken In the senior year.
It Is apparent that language and mathematics are
the cornerstones of the curriculum. This Is completely
justifiable, for the ability to ase words and manipulate
umbers art among the most baste mental abilities.
It Is also consistent with academic tradition; conceived
la late antiquity as the cornerstones of education,
they have remained at the present
Latin is Included In the curriculum because of
Its historical and cultural value, but also because of
Its relevance to our own day and age. It is the mother
tongue of five modern European languages and heavily
Influences most ef the rest Moreover, much English
vocabulary and syntax is derived from the Latin.
Finally, its case endings and phrases abound every
where, particularly in scientific and legal vocabulary.
The second foreign language could be Greek -highly
desirable because of the tremendous Infuence of
classical culture In Western civilization or one of
the modern languages. Their value in comprehending
the living patterns of peoples around us with whom
we must learn to live In peace requires no discussion.
The need for thorough grounding In English
requires little discussion, but at the college level it
is beneficial to stress tlw literature of the language.
No space is left In the curriculum for the social
sciences, philosophy, and other liberal arts disciplines.
We feel, however, that the Intellectual development
and training provided by the disciplines we do Include
will enable the student to read, appreciate, and un
derstand the great classics In these fields. Moreover,
the great works in these fields and others will be likely
to appear in the advanced literature courses of the
Mathematics occupies a prominent place In the lib
eral arts curriculum. First, like language, it is one of
the basic mental faculties and second, it Is the queen
of sciences and thus is indispensible in the study of
modern science. It Is an eminently practical discipline
and provides an orderly and rigorous mental exercise.
Understanding the universe and using reason
justifies Inclusion of three years of the physical and
biological sciences. They are, like mathematics, also
of practical contemporary use.
Finally, the fourth year of college should be spent
studying aa academic major. It Is Intellectually
beneficial to study a field In depth, for It yields greater
appreciation and understanding. But It mast b fcspt
In perspective and not averrlde the entire curriculum.
Because of the depth of study in each of the liberal
arts fields we hava suggested, a major In any of them
should be easy to obtain with far fewer than the 30
to 34 credit hours of course work available in the senior
In .other areas the full year's course work might
be needed, but the individual will, having spent three
years of Intensive study in the liberal arts, be In
tellectually prepared to pursue any academic field
of Interest at a more advanced level than if ha had
begun hi3 major in his early college years. This
program does necessitate some reform of present
majors program, but certainly not enough as to make
by Frank Manklewlcs and Tom Braden
Washington When the march began, the Justice
Department was still muttering about violence, and
the Vice President had cowed the networks into prime
time so he could denounce in the manner of
the Oriental despot the bearers of bad news.
But from Arlington, across the bridge to the Lin
coln Memorial, down Constitution Avenue, down
Pennsylvania Avenue, past the front of the White
House and on to the Capitol they came. Each with
a candle, and each wearing the name of an American
killed in Vietnam.
They came in the dark and they came by day,
in the rain. And they came through another night
and part of another day, so long did it take for
silent people, 6 feet apart, to carry all the names.
They observed the traffic lights, they walked when
the sign said "Walk." and it was quite the most
impressive thing Washington has seen perhaps ever
but certainly since Martin Luther King stepped
uncertainly down the Mall six years ago with 200,000
- people behind him to tell us his dream.
Mostly young, mostly white, mostly with longlsh
hair, to be sure. But a considerable number of older
some much older men and women, all marching
with pride and all in silence for the two-and-a-half
hours each one walked.
A proud man, walking with a younger son and
carrying the name of an older one, said, "You can
do a lot of thinking in two hours." The younger
marchers said they thought about the man whose
name they carried and whose name they called, loud
and clear, when they reached the front of the White
What are they saying? "Get out of Vietnam now
and damn the consequences"? Not really. That was
some of it, but there was a larger message.
"We've had it, Mr. President," they were saying.
"Up to here. We've had it with a government in
Saigon which mocks our effort as it steals our money.
We've had it with sly evasions about chemical warfare
at home and abroad. We've had it, finally, with
a system of priorities which sees no e.id to Vietnam
and no start to racial peace.
"We've had it with a Vice President who
deliberately sets American against American, who rips
the veneer of civility off ancient hatreds now healing
and encourages the notion that a gathering of GOP
faithful in Iowa is made up of real Americans, while
250,000 marchers in Washington are somehow connected
with Eldridge Cleaver.
"We've had it with prosecuting alleged and
publicized Chicago rioters while the Mafia thrives
and prospers. We've had it with an $80 billion Pentagon
budget while our skies darken with choking fumes.,
our rivers and streams and lakes are polluted and
condemned, our schools deteriorate, our jails decay,
our highways strangle us and crime refuses to yield
to tough talk alone."
Maybe they are not the Silent Majority. But if
they are not, they are a sizable minority. They are
neither unwashed dirty kids nor bearded revolu
tionaries nor in the phrase of the Marine Corps
commandant are they gentle doves who have never
heard a shot In anger. Many are veterans, and many
are parents of dead veterans.
They are telling us that patriots are on both
sides of this awful gulf that Spiro Agnew Is widening
every day, and that patriotism defines "victory" in
many ways. Victory is the unconditional surrender
of an enemy on the dck of a battleship, to be
sure, but victory is also a great nation acknowledging
its error and retrieving Its honor.
They tell us, as the Prophets did, "Your old
men shall dream dreams; your young men shall see
visions. And where there is no vision, the people
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