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Elbie Jay rides again
Communist China is now in the United Nations and
Nationalist China has been expelled. But what effect
will this historic change have on the U.N.?
One of the biggest questionmarks is American
financial support for the U. N. The U. S. already picks
up a large part of the organization's budget and some
members of Congress are now urging a cut in U.S.
contributions in retaliation for the expulsion of the
Nationalists. Other members of Congress are favoring a
cut in American contributions on the grounds the U.S.
pays too big a share of U. N. expenses, not as
punishment for the vote to oust Taiwan.
Despite what anybody says, a large cut in the
American contribution will be viewed by the world
community as financial retaliation. A punitive cut in U.S.
aid might also set a dangerous precedent under which
every time a U. N. member lost a vote it could retaliate
by withholding funds.
It was a bad precedent for the U. N. to expel Taiwan.
But a punitive cut in U. S. contributions could cripple
the U. N. at a time when the major powers appear more
willing to negotiate to solve the world's problems.
Although the U. S. suffered a major defeat with the
ouster of Taiwan, the Nixon administration said it will
respect the U.N. decision. In fact, the U. N. action is
part of a changing pattern in world affairs that the U. S.
helped initiate with President Nixon's decision to visit
It is sad to see Taiwan expelled from the U. N.
However, the seating of Communist China corrects the
anachronism which saw 14 million Chinese on Taiwan
representing 800 million Chinese on the mainland.
Hopefully, the admission of mainland China will also
help reverse the ineffectiveness of the U. N.
The doctor's report
The University is not number one in education.
Although everyone knew this, a recent report by a
regional accrediting agency confirmed the fact.
However, the report by the North Central
Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools was not
all bad news for the University. "As state universities
go," the report stated, "the Lincoln campuses of the
University of Nebraska are probably about par for the
course, better than many, not as good as the best."
The agency extended UNL's accreditation for five
years, which is in contrast to the school's last
accreditation in 1960 which was for 10 years plus a one
year extension. The fact that North Central accredited
UNL for only five indicates the agency has some
questions about the campus.
The report points to generally good relations within
the campus and a concern for undergraduate education,
but notes "finances are not quite as adequate as they
could be." Finances will probably remain the
University's number one problem for some time since
Nebraska, like many other states, will be hesitant to
grant large increases in state aid to higher education.
The most encouraging aspect of the report, according
to UNL interim Chancellor C. Peter Magrath, is that it
gives the school "with some qualifications a clean bill of
health." However, the "doctor" said UNL can improve
its health and this is a challenge that should be met
head-on by the University and the state.
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" Expert here says large state correctional institutions are dehumanizing.
I wonder if he ever went to a state university."
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Edward Schwartzkopf is a University of Nebraska Regent
and an official for the Lincoln Public Schools.
In certain ways, being number one on the football field is a
There are those citizens, unfortunately, who tend to be
totally preoccupied with the Huskers' heroics on Saturday
afternoon-forgetting or at least losing sight of the University's
principal mission, education. These same people tend to
generalize when it comes to the educational program; they
assume that if we are "tops" on the grid charts, we must be
equally godd in academic programing.
Not so. In a number of academic areas, we have many miles
to travel before reaching even an acceptable level, or even the
mid point in our Big 8 Conference. What we need to do is use
our Bob Devaney's Huskers as a model, as an inspiration. Their
well-documented record of excellence certainly gives us a lofty
mark to shoot for; their achievement should be an asset in
mobilizing those members of the academic community who
want to be the best.
As I said upon being elected a member of the University of
Nebraska Board of Regents, we should build a University that
the football team can be proud of. What I meant to imply is
that our state university should be outstanding in every field in
which it is involved; there is no substitute for quality.
One needs to realize that Bob Devaney built football
1. He assembled the finest staff in the country;
2. He attracted quality young men;
3. He has developed excellent facilities;
4. He has been given statewide public support.
There is no short-cut to success, whether on the football
field or in the classroom. Our University President, D. B.
Varner, is eminently well qualified to achieve the same ends
for our institutional programs of teaching, service, and
What he needs is that same support and understanding
which we have accorded our football coach. Wouldn't it be
great to be number one in all categories?
Howdy there, folks. How
ya'll. You oldtimers out there'll
be right pleased to hear we're
reviving that one-time, all-fired,
popular tee-vee series, "Heaps o'
Horse Sense," featurin' the
rootin'-tootin' Jay Family
and starrin' ol' Elbie-ol' Elbie
Jay, the kind of feller who
don't give a fig what folks say.
As long as they ain't talking'
Now as y'all recall, Elbie
and his pretty wife, Birdie
Bird, have retired to their I'il
ol' million-acre Elbie Jay
Ranch down Texas way, just a
hoot'n holler from Elbie City
on the banks of Elbie River in
the shadow of ol' Mt. Elbie.
There, Elbie's been writing
the history of his adventures
among them highfalutin'
Easter ners--a book he's
modestly callin', "One Nation,
The first chapters are just
now appearin' in the papers. So
as we join Elbie and Birdie Bird
today, they're sitting' at the
breakfast table, discussin' his
favorite subject. Him.
Elbie: Now, Bird, I want
you to give me your frank and
honest opinion--don't hold
anything back-about my lucid,
Birdie Bird: I think it holds
up extremely well, dear.
Honestly, it was just as exciting
the 14th time you read it to
me aloud as it was the 13th.
Elbie: How'd you like the
part about the war in
Birdie Bird: You mean the
part where you told how it was
just one glorious victory after
another? Or the part where
you blamed your predecessor
for getting us in that mess?
Elbie (frowning): Now hold
on, Bird. I didn't lay all the
blame on my predecessor. That
wouldn't be fair. The blame for
escalating the war's got to be
shared. So I very carefully
made sure it was shared
between him, the Secretary of
Defense, the Joint Chiefs, the
South Vietnamese generals, the
Nervous Nellies, the enemy
Birdie Bird: Yes, dear, you
certainly shared generously.
But I liked the part where,
thanks to your escalating the
war, you cleverly trapped the
enemy into capturing most of
the country during the 1968
Tet Offensive. I can't see why
the Pentagon Papers didn't
agree with your version.
, Elbie (darkly): They got
their Pentagon Papers. I got
mine, (brightening) But how'd
you like the part where I
mentioned in passing a few of
the benefits my Great Society
conferred on the country?
Birdie Bird: Oh, I loved all
678 pages of that, dear,
particularly where you wiped
out poverty, slums, bigotry,
Communism, war and disease.
But I was surprised you left
out that speech you made
in Peoria against boll weevils.
Great balls o'fire, you're right.
Bird! Get me my publisher!
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The leadership of the anti-war movement has been holding
demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. In the
past those demonstrations have required for their success
masses of students from the nation's campuses, and so, this
year, the leaders of the movement are severely disappointed. It
is always possible, of course, to assemble a miscellaneous mob
in Washington for just about any reason, but the massive
campus exoduses of 1969 and 1970 have not been equaled so
far this year.
The campus atmosphere has been largely normalized. For
the most part the students are attending to their studies,
drinking some beer and looking forward to a weekend date
and the exploits of the football team. They are not visibly
moved by the military situation on the Plain of Jars or by
Thieu's lonely eminence in the South Vietnamese campaign,
and they don't much care if we bomb the daylights out of the
Ho Chi Minh Trail.
A great many explanations have been put forward for this
return to normalcy. That American casualties in the war are
low. That a lot of other things are pre-empting the news these
days. That drug use is way down, for a variety of reasons, and
that the whole counter-culture syndrome now seems a little
The real explanation, I think, is much more
straightforward. The new Selective Service lottery system has
had the effect of fragmenting the campus "constituency" of a
couple of years ago. Instead of the former emotional unity of
the campus, we now have a variety of groups and individuals.
Prior to the institution of the lottery, the male campus
population possessed an overriding common interest. Whatever
differences divided them, the common threat of the draft
upon graduation was a transcendent emotional matter. This
common threat molded the students into a constituency.
Moreover, once that constituency had come into being, it
could be manipulated so as to act on various matters with a
high degree of unity--on, say, ROTC or on the campus visit of
a recruiter from the Marines or from Dow Chemical.
The lottery has fractured that unity. As soon as the lottery
numbers are selected, the vast majority of students know tht
they no longer face much chance of being drafted. A minority,
knowing that it will be drafted, has at least the psychological
relief of certainty and the ability to formulate specific plans.
The lottery system, whether consciously intended as such
or not, has turned out to be a political masterstroke. It has
turned the campus mob of a few years ago into the normal
assortment of various students. And if Dave Dellinger, Abbie
Hoffman and their cronies turn up at the Washington
Monument the chances are that they will find their clientele
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The attitude of today's university student
has changed drastically. I am speaking of the
vast number of students in the country who
care enough about a given topic to speak
out, without violence, but possibly still
risking a sanction or two from home or
What they speak on is varied and many
times unpopular with the existing power
structure of government. But more often
than not it is necessary to speak in the name
of change not because the existing situation
is totally destructive, but because for some
reason no one has gotten around to pointing
out the problems.
You can do something to change the
University of Nebraska. The question is: do
you care enough to take time? We of the
A.S.U.N. Senate Committee on Educational
Reform are asking you to!
Your first questions may be: What are the
committee's goals? Our goals as yet are on a
very basic level. Four main topics are:
1. Revamping of the grading structure.
2. Reallocation of University funds to
upgrade academic advancement and
3. An enlarged and more efficient
counseling service, especially for transfer and
incoming freshmen students.
4. Seminars of programs of study to
supplement the freshman year.
These are just the beginning. We need
your ideas and comments. We need to
formulate new concepts of change. But most
of all we need people who can commit
themselves to ideas of change. THE
COMMITTEE NEEDS STUDENT AND
The committee will be drawing up a
"purpose paper" in the next few weeks. This
will outline the past, present, and most
important, the future of the University of
Nebraska as we see it. We need you to help
with the future! If you have learned of
reform changes on other campuses or have
reasonable ideas of your own, come and
present them at our next organizational
meeting on Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Union.
Or contact Steve Poots at 435-3253 or John
Theisen in Room 332 of the Student Union.
It's about time students and faculty helped
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1971
themselves through necessary, constructive
The main idea of the editorial column
"The Democrats: we pass,"(Daily Nebraskan
Oct. 25) written by Jeffrey Hart, is that all
Democrats should support Sen. Muskie, not
because he is the most qualified candidate
but because he seems to have the most
In other words, we should hand him the
nomination uncontested and write off any
other candidate as an ego-maniac playing
ideological games. Why not cancel the whole
campaign, all the primaries, etc.? Muskie
couldn't be wrong; he has the most popular
So let's all pour our money into a Muskie
bag! (This is all operating on the assumption,
of course, that Muskie will actually
announce his candidacy someday.)
Obviously, this contradicts all ideas of
freedom of choice and the democratic
process. How can the American public make
the best possible decision if it isn't given the
opportunity to choose between candidates
of differing views, if it must ratify a decision
made by someone else about who should be
Hart chose to label George McGovern a
"far to the left" liberal. If taking a definite
stand on even unpopular issues is being
"liberal," then please label the Senator as
Merryle Rukeyser stated in a Lincoln Star
editorial, "It is infantile to listen to
comment from many who should know
better concerning the qualities of public
men, and especially those who are seeking
the highest office. Those who value charisma
more than administrative skill, intellectual
prowess, self- discipline and creative talents
are genuine suckers."
Personally, I don't want a man elected
President just because he has a well-known
name and or charisma. Charisma cannot
balance a budget, create a foreign policy or
keep human aspirations in proper
perspective. That is why I will cast my vote
for George McGovern.
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