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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1969
VOL. 92, NO. 66 ,;
And now, the staff of Don L. Love Memorial Library sings that
proverbial University favorite ... Too many books and not
Unicameral to vote
on contractual age
by Ron Talcott
Nebraskan Staff Writer
A bill which would give Nebraska
20-year-olds 'the full responsibilities
of citizenship" will soon be voted on
by state legislators, according to Sen.
Elvin Adamson of Valentine, sponsor
of the bill.
Adamson gave two reasons why he
preferred 20 rather than 19 as the
age at which Nebraskans can make
"I consider this bill as sort of a
companion to the voting age amend
ment (a proposal to lower the voting
age to 19) which the people rejected,
"I see no reason to harass the peo
ple by making the contractual age
ADAMSON ALSO said that many
18 and 19-year-olds are still in school,
but by age 20, "65 per cent of them
have made the transition into the
military or labor. They get the realistic-
instead of the theoretical ap
proach to life."
- Why lower the contractual age at
"I believe by the age of 20, a person
has had some experience and has the
maturity to enter into legal contracts
and to purchase all consumer goods,
including alcoholic beverages,"
On this point, Adamson explained
the difference between the contractual
age bill and Sen. Terry Carpenter's
bill to lower the drinking age.
Di education, friendship at University
Editor's note: The following is an
analysis of the situation of foreign
students at the University.
by Bachittar Singh
Nebraskan Staff Writer
The 29th of August, 1968, will
always be a day to remember. . It
was the day I stepped into the United
States. That day was the commence
ment of a new era in my life.
My host family met me at the
Lincoln airport. My first week in Lin
coln was spent with them. On the
7th of September I moved into Benton
Hall, the graduate residence hall,
which is a part of the Selleck
Quadrangle complex. A total stranger
to all those around me, I felt utterly
lest. It was an experience I had never
had before. Although surrounded by
people, I felt desperately alone.
. IT WAS THEN that it dawned
on me what a wonderful thing
Slowly the ordeal ceased. Un
familiar faces became familiar. In
dividuals began smiling and saying
hello. People began speaking to me.
I could find my way around campus.
The worst part of being in a foreign
country was over.
This is my fifth month at the
University. During this time I have
come to realize the general conditions
prevalent on campus. Unhappily, I am
dissatisfied with my observation.
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"HIS (CARPENTER'S) bill would
lower the age to 18 and also reduce
the alcoholic content of the beverages
he could buy. Under this bill (LB
167), the drinking age would be 20.
but a person could buy as hard a
liquor as they make," Adamson
In discussing the opposition to LB
167, Adamson said that he thinks the
student demonstrations have had an
adverse effect. "Many feel they
haven't shown the maturity that could
be hoped for," he continued.
"Another argument against the
bill," Adamson continued, "is that 20
year olds are inexperienced and would
be subjected to con artists who they
couldn't cope with. But records show
that the elderly are the most suscep
tible to these people, so if you use
that argument, perhaps we should set
an age at which people can no longer
enter into contracts."
If LB 167 passes, one would wonder
if a "companion bill" to lower the
voting age to 20 might be introduc
ed. "NO" ADAMSON SAID. "To change
the voting age requires a corstitu
tional amendment. These other things
(contractual age and drinking age)
"The judiciary committee amended
LB 167 to lower the age to 19 instead
of 20," Adamson said, "but this
amendment was rejected (by a ma
jority vote in general file."
I WOULD LIKE TO express my
reactions. As opposed to the majority
of foreign students, I have actively
tried to participate in many areas
of campus life to observe and com
prehend the American way of life.
Finding the Americans reluctant to
talk to me, I talked to them. And
sure enough, a majority of them
Living in a dormitory gave me
numerous opportunities to mingle with
the American students and to talk
with them. It resulted in my coming
to know them better as individuals
and not just faces without
I soon found that the overwhelm
ing majority of foreign students live,
off campus, frequently in cluster
groups. The prime reason for this is
the food problem that exists in the
dorms, and I share their sentiments.
But the real reason is, I feel, simply
that most foreign students are for the
most part unnoticed, neglected and
do not feel that they are part of the
Is there any valid basis for this
phenomena? From my personal
observation, I feel there is, to a cer
tain degree. Intentionally or uninten
tionally, the majority of the American
students seem disinterested in the
welfare of foreign students.
Most of them seem to make
no efforts to create friendship with
the foreign students. And even if they
'Love Library's situation desperate
due to lack of space, book shortage!
by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Ten years ago, Frank A. Lundy,
the director of libraries, warned that
Love Library was in trouble. Now,
he says the situation is desperate.
"As of now, we are only able to
seat 10 per cent of the students,"
Lundy said Wednesday afternoon.
"We should be seating 25 per cent."
Many evenings Love Library turns
THE BOOK budget, too, is in sad
shape, according to Lundy. An in
creased budget is needed, both for
the purchase of new books and to
buy old volumes not purchased in
In terms of total volumes held, Love
Library is fast sinking into the depths
of nowhere. The Library is currently
ranked 61st out of . 71 members of
the Association of Research Libraries,
Lundy pointed out.
The library contains about 860,000
volumes. That means Love is ranked
somewhere between small and
medium-small according to the
Association. If present trends con
tinue, Love Library will rank smaller
than small by 1976, Lundy said.
"NOW WE are not attempting to
keep up with the Harvard and Yale
libraries," Lundy stressed. But
soon, Love Library will be com
parable to libraries at Montana and
"We have always lagged behind in
the purchase of books and materials,"
he said. For instance, eight or ten
years ago Love Library completed its
microfilming of the New York Times
and the London Times. Most other
universities had completed this 25
Recent explosions on the frontiers
of knowledge mean that more types
of reserch material are available, and
by Sue Pettey
Nebraskan Staff W riter
After much haggling Wednes
day over parliamentary procedure,
ASUN Senate finally passed Sen. Bob
Zucker's proposal for the organiza
tion of the ASUN Constitutional Con
vention to be held on March 1.
The motion passed with 22 votes
for, none against and three absten
tions. Before the senators got to the
business of discussing the motion at
hand, Sen. Larry Donat took the floor
to lament what he claimed the death
of ASUN a week ago. He said that
the constitutional convention was
called for the sole purpose of "cram
ming reapportionment through," but
that it could still play a big part
in the much needed revision of student
HE ASSAILED what he termed
personal, political motives of many
senators as obstructing valuable
ASUN work. Donat concluded by
do, the effort is so superficial. A nod,
a smile, a word "Hi," and that's
American students who were the
best of friends with me durng foreign
American student functions, ignored
me on campus the very next day.
This attitude of the Americans con
fuses and frustrates the foreign stu
For instance, at times I wonder if
people were interested in me as
another human being or a freak with
a turban. The attitude and behavior
of some Americans towards foreign
students makes them feel inferior,
which they are not.
How many foreign students have
been pledged to fraternities and
Has there ever been a foreign stu
AS A' RESULT FOREIGN students
feel a great deal of resentment toward
the American superiority syndrome
American human beings.
However, foreign students are not
absolved of sharing the blame either.
In talking to them, I have concluded
that many of them indulge in self-pity
that many are just as apathetic
as the Americans they have come
' Discrimination exists with the same
intensity among foreign students as
their American counterparts.
There is also that group of foreign
the University must have this, Lundy
MORE BACK FILES of periodicals
are also needed. By these, Lundy
doesn't necessarily mean popular,
widely read magazines, but the more
scholarly journals and reviews.
"We don't want to buy all the books
that are available, but we can't bor
row a lot of books from other institu
tions, either," he said.
However, with an increase in
the total number of volumes comes
a need for an increase in storage
space. To compensate for the lack
of space, the library is shuffling books
to other locations.
"This will barely get us through
the next three or four years." Lundy
cautioned. "We must have more
space. It may get to the point where
we will have to put up some old army
THE OBVIOUS answer to space
problems is a new addition to Love
Library, which has already been
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The library, a nice place to study
saying that he could no longer func
tion as part of a dead organization,
submitted his resignation and walked
The proposal under consideration
would provide for a Constitutional
Convention of not more than 30
delegates with represenatives from
IDA, the Greek system, the colleges,
the ASUN Reapportionment Com
mittee and students-at-large.
All full time University students are
to be considered non-voting members
of the convention, according to the
act, with certain rights to speak
before the group.
Items to be included on the agenda
will be submitted before the opening
of the Convention so that delegates
could approve the agenda in the
THE SENATE approved Zucker's
proposals by dividing them into
articles to be voted upon separately.
The first amendment received two
revisions. Four representatives from
students, who do not feel they have
the time nor energy to devote to
breaking down barriers existing on
campus. These foreign students have
gotten very little education for their
pieces of paper given at graduation,
for they have squandered the op
portunity to come to understand a
different way of life.
.Personally, I don't want Americans
to grant us special privileges or
singular attention, but have them
treat us as fellow human beings
possessed with the same sentiments,
emotions and feelings.
A SMALL AMOUNT of encourage
ment by our American hosts would
go a long way in bringing out students
who have come to a "strange land"
away from home and who are
unknowing and uncertain of how to
act, react and behave towards the
hosts of this nation.
It is with this in mind that the
graduate council of Benton and
Fairfield hopefully plan for expansion
of its present facilities for next year.
I hope that other such programs
can be initiated so foreign students
may enter the mainstream of campus
life, a dialogue may be created, ideas
may be shared, different viewpoints
on life may be exchanged, and that
the family of man may come to a
better understanding. We can and
must exist as a whole. -
designed. The Board of Regents, as
part of the capital improvement fund,
is asking for $6.5 million for the new
addition. The addition would consist
chiefly of book shelves and reading
"The addition would make Love
Library the biggest building on cam
pus. It would extend north from the
present structure almost all the way to
Andrews and Burnett Halls," he
THE BASEMENT of the new struc
ture could be operated around the
clock. It would be pegged mostly to
the freshmen and sophomores. The
terrace, as Lundy likes to call it,
would seat 600-800 and would contain
The first floor of the new addition
would be the heart of the building.
It would contain card catalogues and
The second floor would house the
administration of the library. The
third and fourth floors would consist
and think if you can find a place
the ASUN reapportionment Com
mittee were deleted, and nine
delegates-at-large to be selected by
a lottery conducted by the ASUN ex
ecutive Committee were specified to
come from off-campus independent
Sen. Larry Anderson introduced an
amendment calling for appointment
of delegates by ASUN Senate, with the
provision that no senator wrwin -e
as a delegate while still retaining his
seat. He explained that there wouid
not be adequate time for elections
Refusing to be part of a "dead" organization any longer, Senator s
Larry Donat submitted his resignation and walked out of Wednes
day's Senate meeting. The group proceeded with business as
usual - .
mostly of book stacks and reader
By 1973, all currently available
storage space will be filled with books.
The Library will be jammed. :; :tZZ-
At present, despite all the Library's
troubles, the new addition has been
sidetracked. Governor Norbert T.
Tiemann recommended that almost
all of the capital improvement ' fund
recommended by the Board " of
Regents be postponed for at least two
So the University is doing
everything possible to persuade state
legislators to reinstate funds for 'the.
new Library, as well as for other
much needed buildings on campus;
Lundy noted. Efforts thus far hV
not met with success. " ..'Z
Lundy is now making a great effort
to get the new addition, but everyone,
students and faculty alike, must be
concerned. If no new facility is con
structed, he emphasized, faculty
members and students could begin tQ
leave. The entire University will
deteriorate, he warned.
to sit in the usually overlooked, '
before March 1, and that his amend
ment was in the interest of time.
Senators defeated the measure, with
only Anderson voting for his own pro
posal. The remainder of Zuckerls proposal
received little criticism. Senators
could not agree on whether or not
to vote on the act as a whole was
necessary, since each article had been
approved separately. To
assure egality of their actions, the
senators voted again, this time pass
ing the act in its entirety.
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