The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 18, 1968, Image 1

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Wednesday, September 18, 1968
Vol. 92, No. 5
Biafra student solicits
Unless relief comes in the next
few months the entire nation of
Biafra will face annihilation by
An effort to do something about
this situation was brought to the
University campus by James Bob
Achebe, an Illinois Institute of
Technology graduate student from
Achebe was in Nebraska to heip
co-ordinate a relief fund being
organized in the state by various
religious organizations. It is part of
a national ''Keep Biafrans Alive"
"We are going to students at
Nebraska's colleges because we
think they have the capacity to get
things done," Achebe said.
He suggested that some kind of
Biafran relief organization needs to
be organized to raise money for
the starving Biafrans.
Achebe hopes that non-African
students become involved in the
campaign so that it becomes a
"real study in humanitariaaism."
According to John A. Anaza, an
economics graduate student from
Biafra at NU, there are eleven
other Biafrans on campus. His
group is willing to participate in
such a campaign, he said, but he
wants the student body to generate
"The students, generally, are not
as familiar with the situation as
they should be," Anaza said. "We
will try to hold discussion sessions
to give them background on what
has happened in my country. But
we want them to organize the ac
tual relief fund drive."
In Omaha, a dance has already
been organized to raise funds for
the campaign; Lyle Skinner,
president of the Skinner Macaroni
Co., donated 500 cases of macaroni
products to the Biafran cause. And
an account has been opened at the
National Bank of Commerce to
handle any funds raised in Lincoln.
Now all that is needed in Lincoln
is response, Achebe said.
"Unless food is sent at the rale
of one thousand tons per day," he
continued, "five million Biafrans
are doomed to die of starvation
within the next three months. I
would hope that students on cam
pus would realize that their help
is needed."
Anaza compared the situation to
the one in Vietnam:
"If students are concerned about
genocide there, I would think they
would show concern in Biafra
Achebe discounted the widely
held notion that food was not get
ting into the country itself.
A phone call was placed to the
New York headquarters of the
Catholic Relief Service, one of the
inter-denominational participants
in the campaign, on Friday, Sept.
The office reported that 13 flights
had taken place that day, and that
215 tons of food had been flown
in during the past week.
"The food is getting in," Aehebe
said. "We just need more of it."
At this point, though, no campus
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organization has taken the
challenge of the Biafran situation,
Anaza said, but he is willing to
get students active in the drive.
John Anaza, Biafra
native and NU grad
uate student hopes to
enlist University aid
in a drive to help
his homeland.
Benefits include reduced travel and program rates . . ,
iversity now
ASUN is paying $21 this year for
a trial membership in the National
Student Association (NSA).
Student government executives
promise that the student will begin
reaping the benefits of the
membership, okayed in student
elections last spring, "soon."
Those possible benefits include:
student-discount-rate tour of
OPPORTUNITY to buy a life in
surance policy at reduced rates.
FREE NSA calendars with
capsulized information about the
University campus.
CHANCE to join a special student
discount record club.
FREE toothpaste, shaving
cream, hairdressing and so on in
a proposed saturation distribution
of these products on campus by
book big-name entertainers or
speakers at reduced cost through
an NSA service.
Most of these special programs
won't be available on this campus
just yet, according to Bob Zucker,
ASUN's NSA coordinator. ASUN
still needs time to organize the
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sentinel of freedoms stands watch
He plans to speak at Thursday's
Hyde Park session to explain
Biafra's attempt to gain in-
programs and distribute literature
on them.
But ASUN senators and
executives are moving ahead with
the NSA in other areas.
Seven senators and executives
including President Craig
Dreeszen, attended the annual NSA
congress held at Kansas University
in August.
Dreeszen said ASUN executives
are "most excited" about the
NSA's new Center for Education
Reform, an information exchange
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And on the left we have . .
Students meetine to nreanize a
campus action group elected Phil
Medcalf temporary chairman and
launched three projects Mondav
About 50 people gathered for
what was billed as the organiza
tional meeting of Students for
Peace and Freedom, but they
agreed early that they didn't want
to be identified as Students for
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over the tower on the plains.
"I hope, then, we can find the
students who are willing to work
for my starving countrymen,"
Anaza concluded.
agency to keep member schools
informed about student government
achievements on other campuses.
The center can provide schools
with the nuts and bolts plans of
successful student movements on
campuses all over the country,
Dreeszen said.
The center is funded by a three
year $315,000 grant from the Ford
Many NSA programs are paid
Peace and Freedom.
MEDCALF SAID the group re
jected the Peace and Freedom
label because many of the
members want to see the
organization more closely linked
with the campus than with the
Nebraska Peace and Freedom
The choice of a specific name
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(Residential college!
I decision imminent I
Action on the proposed
residential college at the
University is imminent, ac
cording to Dr. Merk Hobson,
vice-chancellor and Dean of
The Board of Regents will
receive a formal proposal
concerning the experimental
college probably in two
weeks, Hobson said Monday.
comment on the exact con
tents of the formal proposal,
but, he said, it is essentially
the same as the Centennial
College Committee report
submitted on the matter last
That committee was
created by Chancellor Clifford
Hardin in September, 1967, to
study the feasability of a
residential college. The com
mittee forwarded its report to
Hobson in March, 1967. A
formal proposal was not
completed until recently.
The committee envisioned a
college selecting several
hundred volunteer
undergraduate students. The
proposal hinges on group
participation. The measure
does not depend entirely upon
faculty and students living
together, although that is
desired by many.
This "live together-learn
together" concept has in
trigued college educators
throughout the country who
are looking for solutions to
problems posed by the
tremendous size of many
trial member
for by private foundations and
government grants. In the past
NSA even accepted funds from the
CIA. There are 250 member schools
which pay dues of $21 to $280 a
year, depending on enrollment
ASUN's dues go up to $280 next
year, providing the University
decides to keep the membership
after this trial year.
DREESZEN said NSA "reflects
the campuses that are its mem
bers, and that includes everything
group organize
for the group was left for the se
cond meeting set for next Monday
Dave Bunnell, one of the
organizers of the meeting, opened
by stating, "This will be an
organization that is not dogmatic,
that is democratic, that embraces
all of the ideologies on the left."
Bunnell and John Hughes,
members of the campus Students
for a Democratic Society last year,
were the announced organizers of
Monday's meeting.
Bunnell indicated that he hoped
the new group would move away
from the SDS image.
'SDS HAS never been very suc
cessful (on this campus) because
Choir serves
to promote
Greek system
The University's first all-Greek
choir, composed of 35 students, will
promote the Greek system in Lin
coln and on other campuses, ac
cording to its organizer, Dan
The group is currently practicing
two nights a week and will pro
bably perform sometime in Oc
tober, Goodenberger said. No con
certs have been scheduled yet.
Choir members are personally
paying for music and other ex
penses. The group will charge for
concerts and eventually plans to
become self-sustaining.
Terry Eggerichs will direct the
While many of the porposed
college's features have been
attempted at other schools,
Hobson said no school has had
quite the same objectives as
the University,
the proposal must yet be
discussed informally with
Hardin and the Board of
Regents before any official
action is taken.
Present plans call for In
itiation of the experiment
next year, Hobson revealed.
He thinks that goal is at
While University
administrators act on the
proposal, Dean C. Peter
McGarath and other officials
from the College of Arts and
Sciences are seeking financial
support from various .founda
tions. Hobson stressed that while
foundation support Is
desirous, it Is by no means
contingent to the operation of
an experimental college.
"I am heartily in favor of
continued effort by the
University to accomplish its
educational mission. We have
hardly scratched the surface
in understanding human
learning," he commented.
the same way, he continued.
In a large University, there
is such i diversity of interests .
and talents that one format
can never serve everyone.
from Berkeley to Briarcliff."
The full-time national staff, all
former students, is decidedly
liberal to radical, Dreezen said.
"All of the people in the national
office are pretiy sophisticated
about handling student problems,"
he said.
The University is a member of
the Iowa-Nebraska region of the
NSA and is the largest NSA af
filiated school in the region.
Zucker was elected regional
chairman at a summer meeting.
SDS has come off very dogmatic,,,
he said.
He cited several possible goals
the group could work for including
organizing dormitory residents to
ask for changes in dorm operation,
educating the University com
munity about New Left politics and
establishing a student government.
Bunnell also said the organization
"must seek to unite black and
white students against the ad
ministration." He said he hoped for an action
organization. "It is not enough te
give a damn," he said, "It Is a
time for action."
The group made plans for action
on three projects:
WRITING a constitution in order
to become a recognized student
RAISLNG funds to aid Ernie
Chambers' campaign for the
Omaha School Board.
ORGANIZING ..a Midwest
Regional Conference on Movement
Politics to be held on camnus Sept
1 "Student; for Hamilton" I
I will hold an organizational I
Johnson, press secretary.
I meeting Wednesday night at
7 p.m. in the Nebraska 1
Union, according tn Rnrfnpv s
"The purpose of the meet- 1
I ing is to attract and orga- 1
1 nize students and faculty
1 who support Bruce Hamil- 1
ton, New Party First Con- s
i gressional District Candidate
for Congress, and those who 1
wish to see all of the issues i
s discussed by all of the candi-
I dates in the upcoming Con- 1
1 gressional election," Johnson
1 continued.
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