"Citadel of Apathy"?: Student Activism at UNL, September 1968-May 1969

Project Editor:Jillian Gotfredson, History 470: Digital History, Spring 2008

Active or Apathetic?

Lincoln, Nebraska: A Reflection of the Movement on a Different Scale
Public Displays of Activism: from protests to talk-ins
Hyde Park Forum
Students Unite: committees, groups, and unions
Who Protests?
What is Apathy?
National Context: a timeline of student activism on campuses
International Context: a timeline of student activism on campuses
Works Cited

Editorial Note:

This is an important piece in understanding, not only the 1969 yearbook, but the change in student attitudes. This excerpt from the 1969 Cornhusker explicitly tells readers that this is an artifact attempting to be a direct and accurate reflection of student mood and attitudes, not just a mirror of the academic or university centered realm. By placing articles on student apathy, the ASUN, SDS, and the often controversial Daily Nebraskan, this yearbook is, in itself, evidence that students WERE NOT apathetic.

Changing the format of recent years, the 1969 Cornhusker is a student-centered edition-the moods and activities of the individual dominate the book. A magazine approach to page layouts accents this feature as the "mosaic style" pages include expanded use of mood pictures, profiles and color.

Definition of the relationship between the University and the student is the recurring theme of the book. Student profiles in each major field of study amplify this theme by presenting a variety of reactions. Diverging from traditional copy style, staff members inserted editorial judgments-hopefully logical interpretations.

Taking a new approach to the coverage of administrative affairs, attention is directed toward the administration's effect on the student. Commentary on the interaction between the two, rather than summary of the year's activities, provides a more realistic definition of the administrative role.

The over-all emphasis has been placed on University life outside the classroom because, as one senior staffer expressed it, "when you think of the University, you seldom think of your classes. We want to reflect the student's attitudes toward University life."


Author: 1969 Cornhusker Staff Member
Periodical: 1969 Cornhusker Yearbook Volume 63