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Friday, October 4, 1968
Vol. 92, No. 14
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Landlady not discriminating . . .
by Larry Eckholt
Senior Staff Writer
An 83-year-old woman who knows
what it is like to be a target of
prejudice has responded to the "no
response list" released Wednesday
by the University housing office.
"Why, after all of these years,
would I discriminate? I am colored
myself," said Mrs. Harriet
Williams, whose name appeared on
the list. Lincoln landlords who did
not respond to a University housing
agreement urging that they rent to
all students, regardless of race,
creed or natural origin were in
cluded. MRS. WILLIAMS has been a
resident of Lincoln for 37 years and
during that time has rented to
Negro students, teachers and
servicemen in addition to white
people and foreign students, she
But this year Mrs. Williams'
Comedian Bill Cosby will be
performing at Pershing Auditorium
In an 8 p.m. concert Friday, Oct.
18, according to Nancy Griffin and
Royce Aldersen, Union Special
Tickets are available for students
at discount prices of three, three
fifty, and four dollars. Coupons
(which can be exchanged for
tickets at Pershing) will be on sale
in the north lobby of the Nebraska
Union beginning next week.
On Oct. 9,10 and 11, Pershing will
be selling tickets in the Union. They
may also be purchased at the
auditorium office any time.
Pershing Auditorium has also
confirmed the scheduling of a con
cert by Simon and Garfunkel on
by Julie Morris
Senior Staff Writer
Democratic Congressional can
didate Clair Callan said Thursday
that the United States "could stop
the bombing of North Vietnam at
Callan also told tne university
Young Democrats, "I also believe
that any meaningful negotiations
should include the National
Lib-- ation Front."
Callan prefaced the statement on
Vietnam given in response to a
march: Old Glory, and the new glory of students with a message.
home has no student renters of any
color. She is not on the University's
"approved housing" list because
she did not return the anti-discrimination
"I received it," she said, "but I
didn't think that I would have to
sign it I get along with everybody.
I have never had any trouble at all
Mrs. Williams formerly lived at
2211 R St., but moved to her
present home at 1618 No. 28th St. in
1958. She had been on the approved
list until this summer, she said.
"I called Mr. Blue's office
(University housing offic) and
was told that my rooms were in
perfect shape," she continued.
Later she was notified that her
rooms would not be approved
because she did not return the
"It was a real shock," Mrs.
Williams recalled. "I didn't know
what to do. I have always been
close to the University."
MRS. WILLIAMS once cooked for
a men's co-op housing unit on
campus and for a fraternity. Her
daughter works on East Campus,
and her grand-daughter is a senior
this year, student teaching at East
Mrs. Williams came to Lincoln in
1931 from Washington, Kan.,
"where my family was well
respected," she said.
"We didn't know we were
'colored folk' until we came here,"
Mrs. Williams said. She cited a
number of examples of prejudice
against her family in Lincoln.
Her husband, a construction
worker, was told by his employer to
refer to himself as an Indian.
"Then he could go along on road
trips when they needed him," Mrs.
She had worked at a downtown
U.S. could stop bombing
question, saying, "The first thing
you have to remember is that a
member of Congress has no direct
affect on Vietnam policy except for
voting on appropriations."
About 40 people attended the
meeting. They included YD's,
Callan staff members and several
supporters of Bruce Hamilton, New
Party candidate for the First Con
gressional seat Callan is seeking.
Republican incumbent Robert V.
Denney is running for re-election to
The students applauded loudly
when Callan said he supports the
Presidential candidacy of Hubert
Humphrey "all the way, look at the
Callan said he believes in a two
party political system, and told the
students they could be most ef
fective by working within the two
parties. "You can't be on the
PHOTO BY DAN LADEXY
dime store for some time until her
employer continued to load extra
work on her, Mrs. Williams
"ONE DAY I went up to him and
said, 'Slave days are over,' and
quit," she recounted. She then got a
job at a department store where
she worked until retirement.
But Mrs. Williams does not think
that the University's policy of sen
d i n g the anti-discrimination
agreements to landlords is the best
way to combat prejudice in Lin
coln. "I think it is hurting the pro
gram," she said. "It's only the riff
raff that's causing problems; the
nicer people aren't. Many people
will let anyone rent their rooms."
Mrs. Williams was very insulted
by having her name published in
the newspaper, she said.
"I just want people to know that
I'm not that kind of person," she
said. "If I had done something
wrong, then it'd been all right. But
I haven't, and I don't want a big
dark cloud like that over me in my
"I just want people to understand
that I'm not that sort of person,"
1 Students invited
to keg party
I A keg party, sponsored by I
the Hamilton for Congress del- 1
egation, is scheduled from 3-8 I
p.m. Friday at the Lincoln
Rod and Gun Club.
1 Students who are 21 and
I over may buy tickets for $3.00 f
1 at Hamilton for Congress I
Headquarters at 235 N. 11th I
outside looking in."
He said he would not comment
on Hamilton's candidacy because
"he doesn't have any record."
"What we have to do this time is
run on our record," he said. "You
are offered a choice (in this elec
tion); all you have to do is to look
at my record in the 89th Congress
and at my opponent's record in the
"Denney," Callan said, "talks
one way and votes another."
CALLAN WAS elected to Con
gress in 1964 and lost to Denney in
1966 by one percent of the vote.
Callan listed the positive pro
grams he said the 89th Congress
passed including medicare, federal
aid to elementary and secondary
education, a rent supplements pro
gram, headstart, the Job Corps and
the manpower training act.
"The choice now is whether or
by Larry Eckholt
Senior Staff Writer
Five hundred University students
walked to Lincoln's City Hall
Thursday for an announced protest
against racial discrimination in
But the debate at the "mobile"
Hyde Park embraced racism, the
pros and cons of the system and the
concern of Mayor Sam
THE GROUP assembled in the
Nebraska Union Lounge to hear
ASUN Human Rights Committee
Chairman Dan Looker single out
three cases of alleged discrimina
tion in Lincoln.
"We are here to dramatize the
injustice that exists in some of
Lincoln's housing," Looker said,
"and to show student support for a
city ordinance concerning open
Looker cited Adolph Hock, Mrs.
Otto Bentzinger and the Trenridge
Apartments as three cases of
discrimination brought before the
Lincoln Human Rights Commission
"which clearly showed their refusal
to rent to black Americans."
After a moment of silent
fnediatation, the group began its
six block trek to City Hall under
sunny October skies. The line of
students stretched for over two
blocks. Leading the group was a
Lincoln City policeman.
The group gathered in front of
the civic building as city personnel
peered from windows. American
flags flanked the speaker's plat
form. AFTER MORE remarks on the
existence of racism in Lincoln and
on the University campus,
the debate shifted to how that
racism could be eradicated.
Dave Bunnell said that the
establishment has to change or it
From San Francisco to Lincoln with love and peace.
not we want to continue to make
progress," he said.
Callan said he thinks he can win
the election. He cited a recent poll
that showed him with only one per
cent behind Denney. That poll gave
Callan 42 percent of the votes com
pared with 43 per cent for Denney,
14 per cent for Hamilton and one
per cent undecided.
He told the students to look at the
history of the Democratic Party in
Nebraska. He has run for office on
the Democratic ticket four times in
the past 10 years. Callan said,
"Nobody thought I could win, but
we did in 1964."
The party has built its Nebraska
organization slowly, he said. In
1964, "for the first time we started
to have an organization, for the
first time we started to have some
"I and other people who have
'Who are they
who lias money.'
'This is utterly
would not survive. Looker believed
it could be changed by us
ing methods within the system.
But Gary Hill, head of the Lin
coln Human Rights Commission,
admitted that "the establishment is
not getting the job done now."
"Regardless of what we want to
do or how we plan to do it, we can
not do it without the support of con
cerned people like you," Hill said
to the students.
Bruce Hamilton, candidate for
1st District representative,
said that the demonstration "was
something that was badly needed to
get started on this campus."
"THIS IS beautiful," he con
tinued, "because it is a beginning.
Young people, working together,
can make lawful change in this
Then Don Brown, a student, in
formed the assemblage that Mayor
Schwartzkopf was in his second
floor office overlooking the dem
onstrators "but isn't bothering to
John Hughes asked for a vote of
how many people wanted the
slow poster place?
Photo by J. E. Shaw
been around this party in Nebraska
freely admit that we haven't got
the job done," Callan said.
One student asked Callan about
the draft and he replied that he
believes in a voluntary army.
The Army, Callan said, shouldn't
"have the draft to fall back on as a
The Charles Lloyd Con-
I temporary Jazz Quartet will
I perform in concert Friday
afternoon at 3:30 in front of I
I the north entrance to Love
1 Sickness had forced Lloyd
I to postpone an earlier trip I
to this campus and construe- I
I ' tion has caused a change in
the location of the concert. I
mayor to address the crowd. The
majority did. A committee was
appointed to approach the mayor's
office on the matter.
Leo Scherer, administrative
assistant to the mayor, told
"THE MAYOR asked me to tell
you that he is in conference ana
cannot come down at this time."
The debate on "the system" was
An unidentified student said that
"if the mayor doesn't think we are
important, then we shouldn't think
that he is very important."
But John Schreklnger replied:
"We cannot get out of the system
because we are the system."
Mike Lowe was the final speaker.
He noted the lack of substantial
support from the campus black
community during the march.
"BLACK PEOPLE think it is
absurd to march if we do not show
sincerity on our part," he said.
He encouraged persons- to not
"just accept the system which has
produced 'student niggers' and
'black niggers'. We have to take the
initiative in producing change in
this country," he said.
During most of the demonstration
there were few onlookers near the
Two loal businessmen exchanged
views on the march:
"What is it?"
"Oh, some students."
"What are they against?"
"They're against anyone who has
The marchers seemed to be im
pressed by their numbers. Assorted
comments included: "This is fan
tastic for Lincoln, Nebraska." "I
can't believe it." And "It's about
by George Kaufman
Senior Staff Writer
Right now Neil Balfour is
maintaining an open door
policy, but he knows he's
going to have to reassess his
position when the snow ar
rives. Neil is the manager of the
Poster Joint, which is housed
in an ex-gas station at 16th
and 'Q' streets. All summer
they had had the garage door
open, which draws customers
into the shop to look around at
all the posters hung from the
But obviously he can't keep
this up all winter.
"WHEN THE door is clos
ed, we don't do nearly as
much business as usual," Neil
says. "We'll have to decide
what to do when it starts
The shop carries all kinds
of posters, incense, Indian
water pipes, medallions, but
tons, leather watch bands,
cigarette lighters and all
kinds of novelties, including
colored glass balls called
"marijuana balls" for no ap
Neil, an NU junior from
Nehawka, is managing the
store for owner Verne
Holoubek, who has moved to
Wisconsin. The store went
into business last spring and
Neil took over the reins at the
start of the summer.
Only about five per cent of
the customers are "hip
types," according to
saleswoman Candy Legg. The
rest "are mostly just
curious," she says. "Most of
them just wander in to look
around from curiosity, but
they usually wind up buying
"There are a lot of
headaches ' involved," he
points out "You have all
kinds of people wanting dif
ferent things, and you have to
keep up constantly on what's
The customers are,
naturally, mostly students,
both university and high
school. "When school started,
it was just unbelievable . . .
we were sold out of just about
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