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    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1969
Federal of ficials
spur dissent
According to reports published late this week.
Deputy Richard Kleindeinst has announced the Justice
Department may press charges against a number
of leaders of the New Mobilization Committee to End
the War in Vietnam (New Mobe) under the federal
anti-riot act now tacitly on trial with the Chicago
The law provides that persons may be charged
with crossing state lines with the intention of inciting
a riot.
From everything published about last weekend's
massive march in Washington, it looks as if the
New Mobe leaders worked harder than almost anyone
else, the Justice Department included, to prevent riots.
When only 5,000 of some 300,000 to 5 00,000
demonstrators even tried to instigate violence and
only some 150 were arrested, it's pretty hard to
declare a riot, but Attorney General John N. Mitchell
laid the path Monday when he called the march
basically violent
On the basis of the march record, it seems that
the smartest thing the Justice Department could do
would be to try to recruit the New Mobe leaders,
who have done a masterful job of organizing a situation
in which masses of people could express strong feelings
In an extraordinarily peaceful manner.
But no. Not the U.S. Department of Justice, part
of an administration whose goal seems to be to cut
youthful demonstrators out of the country, as has
been suggested by Vice President Spiro Agnew.
If the corollary of the goal is to radicalize the
disenchanted young, the Administration is moving
speedily toward it. What will happen when it gets
there, as columnists Mankiewicz and Braden suggest
in their column today,. may be the twilight of a
lot of self-created American gods.
Holly Rosenberg tr
ebraskan editorial page
Search policy
must be followed
The University policy regarding the search of
dormitory rooms as outlined this week by Ely
Meyerson, University housing director, and Russell
Brown, associate dean of student affairs, is reasonable
and generally fair to the student.
The policy, as outlined by Meyerson, is that student
privacy is to be maximized. A student's room may
be entered without a search warrant only if there
is clear evidence of possible danger to human life
or possible damage to University property.
The policy Is much the same as followed by
city and state police.
As Brown says, "There are legal precedents that
authorize University officials to enter dormitory rooms
on their own authority. However, I don't think we
should enter rooms except when there is clear indica
tion of damage or danger, and we're not going to."
But there is one big if. Will the policy be actually
followed? There can't be University policemen or dorm
assistants operating nnder a much broader policy
while administrators talk.
Meyerson has promised that everyone has been
Informed about the policy and it will be followed.
Hopefully, this key provision will be carried out.
Unfair demand
A Page 1 story in today's Nebraskan discusses
the draft. One Inequity is apparent upon reading the
The University considers a student a sophomore
with 27 hours; a junior with 53 hours; a senior
with 89 hours. The Selective Service, however, con
siders a student a sophomore if he has completed
one-fourth of his total hours or about 31 for a
student needing 125 hours for graduation. Ukewlse,
about 62 are needed to be a junior, and 93 or 94
for a senior.
The Uulvmily should know about the amount
of work and effort necessary for courses. About 27
hours Is a reasonable amount to be completed to
attain the sophomore ranking. Some ' students have
been drafted for not maintaining the Selective Service's
"one-fourth of total hours" requirement.
The Selective Service's unfair and unreasonable
demand needs to be changed.
Cigaret paradox
The University Is an Intellectual center, but there
are Intellectual Ironies within its structure.
One deals with clgarets. On one hand, various
University bodies, such as the Union and Housing
Department, and other general funds, receive profits
from the cigaret vending machines around campus,
according to Daryl Swanson, assistant director of the
Nebraska Union.
On the other hand, experiments exploring the effect
of elements of cigaret smoke on hamsters are being
conducted at the Medical Center In Omaha. The ex
periments, although directly subsidized by the federal
government, are conducted In buildings owned and
maintained by the University, according to Mrs. VanUe
Bogiirt, science writer at the Medical Center.
Doesn't there seem to be an Intellectual conflict
Above three editorials,
Roger Bcye
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First round won, hut nine to go
by Frank Mankiewicz and Tom Braden
Washington On the whole, it would appear
that Richard Nixon has won this round.
The orchestration was brilliantly conceived and
carried out in a fashion which made Lyndon Johnson's
performances look primitive.
It began with Clark Mollenhoff, the former
newspaperman turned White House counsel, calling
his former associates "fraudulent." It went on to
Spiro Agnew and the spectacle of a Republican dinner
In Iowa being treated as though it were a moon
The result is that many who have been embarrass
ed since the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy was censured
feel like patriots again and are swamping television
stations with obscene phone calls. Doubtless the polls
will reveal a great upsurge in presidential popularity
and an almost corresponding drop in the number
of the George Wallace faithful.
The real problem, however, Is not Mr. Nixon's
popularity, but whether the President can handle the
revolt which Is on the horizon. To make an analogy
with recent history, we appear to be In a period
rather like that between 1932 and 1936. Old structures
were then as now under attack. The question then
was whether the President (Franklin Roosevelt) could
move fast enough to keep the revolt within the system.
The world knows that be did.
Mr. Nixon and his men are behaving, on the
other hand, rather as Herbert Hoover and his men
did. "Prosperity is just around the corner" has a
familiar ring as compared with reassurances about
Vietnam. And the mobilization of the
Liberty League Is surely comparable in weight If
not In technique with the White House Instigation
of Bob Hope's counterdemonstration on Veteran's Day
which drew a crowd generously estimated at 8,000
and to which television gave its time In equal propor
tion to that afforded the largest political rally In
The President Is as has been pointed out
brilliant politician. Right now he Is playing the
averages. The averages tell him that the American
voter is 45 years old, earns $8,600 per year and
Is, if male, a veteran. Common sense tells him that
this voter is on his side and against the college
youth who poured Into Washington to protest.
But to look carefully as those who marched is
to predict a future radlcallzation of American politics
as clearly as hindsight affords the knowledge that
the years from 1932 to 1936 predicted the radicalization
of the American economy. The marchers were almost
entirely white. They were almost entirely upper-middle
class. They were serious; they were well-educated.
In 15 to 20 years they will be congressmen,
senators, judges and mayors, and long before that
they will be voters.
Their business as voters Richard Nixon, John
Mitchell, Spiro Agnew and others having given them
the backs of their hands will be to revolutionize
the political system, just as a previous generation
scorned by Herbert Hoover, W. R. Hearst and
the Liberty League revolutionized an economic
The depth of their feeling and the massiveness
of their demonstration raises a great many questions
Including the political question of how long Mr.
Nixon can keep the generation gap on his side. If
the young can mobilize politically as ably as they
mobilized for a march, It Is conceivable that they
can turn things around quite rapidly creating,
say, the same kind of vague Impulse for change
which brought Franklin Roosevelt Into power In 1932,
If they cannot do this in time for 1972, their
political strength seems certain to grow as their age
Mr. Nixon on the winning side as of now
may thus escape direct vengeance. But the
Administration's carefully rehearsed efforts to
minimize the march will Imprint the minds of the
young as Mr. Hoover's refusal to see the collapse
around him imprinted the best young minds of an
earlier day. The Newtonian theory that every action
hus an equal and opposite reaction Is true, and
not of physics alone. .
Lot Angtitl TlmM
in the seaweed
by Jim Evinger
The reasons are happening too quickly to
thoroughly analyze; manifestations are emerging
throughout our society. Appropriately enough, the vast
questioning and challenging of America's institutions
and values are also resulting In self-directed and
people-oriented education in our institutions of higher
The rhetoric of curriculum reform that lives In
the cries of "relevancy" and "learning by doing"
is taking effect as innovations in programs, curriculum,
approaches and requirements.
Ia an expanding Tufts University experimental
college program, the seminar approach, research and
field work are used as learning devices In courses
covering filmmaking, how to lead a freshman seminar,
violence as an agent la social change and the politics
of non-violence.
A Mexican-American Studies Center was Instituted
this fall at the Claremont Colleges In California, offer
ing students courses In Chlcano history, language,
psychology, sociology and political life.
The urban situation throughout the country offers
many opportunities for students, two primary ones
being a chance to make a significant contribution
to the city and its people, and the chance to learn
through experience.
This notion Is becoming more acceptable to schools
throughout the nation, Including a number of Southern
universities, municipal schools, private colleges, statu
universities and Black institutions.
Other not-so-new ideas are spreading with ready
Interdisciplinary courses are beginning to take
hold as survey courses come nnder Increased
An experimental unit, called the paracollcge,
at St. Olaf College, allows a group of students greater
educational freedom and also serves as a vehicle
for testing educational Innovations to potentially be
Integrated Into the St. Olaf curriculum.
Hampshire College In Massachusetts, to open
next fall, Is using the principle of conceptual Inquiry,
an emphasis on the art of the utilization of knowledge,
rather than mere acquisition.
This willingness to try Is coming through on the
NU campus as well. One senior plans to student
teach at the Winnebago Reservation through the Trl
Unlvertlty program this coming spring. i
Groups of students here have also been Involved
In self initiated programs In which a particular period
of time Is studied from the perspective of several
disciplines, as art, music, literature, philosophy,
history. Seminars were conducted with participants
contributing their knowledge on that block of time
based on study in their particular fields. v
The compendium goes on, but the underlying theme
In each cae appears to be a growing trend toward
highly relevant, sclf-dlrected learning. Here's hoping
new course offerings at the University next spring
- as Biology 3. Physics 61 and Music 187 are a
sign of things to come here, and that the students
will take rdvantage of these opportunities.
. . . by J.L Schmidt
. . . one man's God, no matter how he may
define It, is another man's booze, another man s
grass, another man's money, another man s sex
and on and on until we have exhausted everything
that can be considered either good or evil, and
each of these things can be practiced religiously.
Everyone forms their own attitude on each other s
obsessions and these attitudes fall Into the broad
classifications of truth, lies, magic or faith . . .
from the liner notes
Another writer turns singer-musician as Dick Mon
da lays out a little religion in his Verve album,
called Truth, Lies, Magic and Faith (Verve V6-5077).
Monda is probably best known as a writer for
Frankie Laine, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperd nek,
The First Edition and Gary Puckett and the Union
Gap. He most recently recorded two songs for the
soundtrack of the MGM movie "Tick, tick, tick which
stars Jim Brown.
For this album, Dick Is Joined by Richard Delvy
on arranging and production plus a supporting cast
of some 87 people, all of whom are mentioned In
the liner notes.
Cut one of side one is a 2 minute 48 second
version of the "Hallelujah Chorus" played on a full
size organ with a church sound. This gives way
to a song by Monda called "Rivers End," which
features a very heavy bass and rock beat.
Cut three, "God Please take my Life" could Just
as well have been left off the album. Delvy's combined
arrangement of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot and
Joshua" bring the album back.
"Wandering Carpenter" and "Bible Salesmen"
wrap up this, the weaker side of the album.
Side two kicks off with a rousing version of the
bluegrass favorite, "We Need a Whole Lot More of
Jesus and a Lot Less Rock and Roll," a full 3
minutes and 14 seconds to be exact.
"Wade in the Water" helps Monda exhibit a rather
wide vocal range which at times is dominated by
an almost Black deep blues. "Chariot to Nineveh"
is in much the same style.
"Just a Closer Walk With Thee" brings It an
back to the people and the country with a bit of
a mixed rock and country western sound brought
out by the steel guitar,
"Go Down Moses" is done In the heavy style
that belts across the moral lesson for which it was
The last cut is well worth waiting for, since
it sounds like a live, on-the-spot recording of a Salva
tion Army band playing "Glory, Glory Hallelujah."
It starts with the brass and bass highlighted by
a funky backup of supporting musicians and eventually
breaks into a deep soul and rock version.
"Everyone forms their own attitude on each other's
obsessions and these attitudes full into the broad
classifications of truth, lies magic or faith, as will
your attitude of this album."
from the liner notes
'Lion in Winter
Ya gotta
have a gimmick
. . . Kelly Baker
"Lion In Winter" is sort of a medieval "Who's
Afraid of Virginia Woolf" without the sting.
Instead of George and Martha's "little bugger,"
Eleanor and Henry have three little buggers: Richard,
the oldest, Is a homosexuul; Geoffrey Is Inhuman;
and John, the youngest, Is subhuman.
Eleanor and Henry don't need to invite Nick and
Honey over to the castle to watch the doins because
they have and have ut each other continually. Eleanor
conies to the battles rested and ready because Henry
keeps her locked up in the castle and only lets
her out for state affulrs.
The setting Is 1183 and the clan has gathered
to celebrate Christmas. The biggest bauble under the
tree Is the crown, which Henry wants to give to
John, Eleunor wants for Richard and Geoffrey would
like for himself.
It seems that the only way the king and queen
can get their kicks any more Is by gouging each
other. When they're not kneeing each other la the
groin they are usuully pluylng "Tapestry, Tapestry,
Who's Behind the Tapestry" and "Who's In the
Dungeon Now?" These two Gorgons, huving turned
each other to stone, are working on the rest of
the world.
Catherine Hepburn (who won the Academy Award
for best actress for her role) weeps her way through
the show. I'm convinced that she has little plastic
w ndows In front of her eyes that she can fill up
with tears at any time . . . she taught this trick to
Omar Sharif and he now uses It exclusively.
If you don't mind the historical inaccuracy, lines
that are centuries aheod of their time and a script
which strains to be humorous you'll have a delightful
time. For the most part the performances are excellent
and even Katherlne, when she steps beyond her veil
of tears, is quite good.
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