With Fire and Sword
March 26, 1930: an infamous day for the power of the student body. “With Fire and Sword” was a two-paged circulated collection of writings condemning the university, and its first issue caused quite the stir. The pages attacked the student organizations, the faculty, the administration, the Nebraska legislature – no one was safe (“With Fire and Sword”). The Gadflies, the alleged authors, remained secret despite the $75 reward put up by the Daily Nebraskan in 1931 and the investigation conducted by a real detective in 1932(Knoll). “With Fire and Sword” had few issues throughout the two years it was being produced, but they never seized to upset the university. Facts once unknown to the public came to light; startling statistics and information disrupted the unified community. Things such as the truth behind the election of the MayQueen to the corruption of the Innocents Society were published, leaving many unhappy. The Gadflies even encouraged students to question their beloved school – “We regret that the attitude of the students is so utterly docile, sheep-like, cowardly where matters which concern them most intimately are in question” (“With Fire and Sword”). Needless to say, the students’ attitude toward the university shifted, and along with prohibition, left the students questioning the authority of the University of Nebraska.