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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 1969
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Afro -American studies major
now part of Yale curriculum
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Hunt of the Sun," a play to be presented on Howell stage begin
ning April 30. Szymanski wants anyone who can teach him to use
the whip to call the drama department.
NU student lobbying
Student lobbying In the Unicameral
has been moderately successful, ac
cording to Diane E. T h e i s e n ,
chairman of the ASUN's Legislative
"We're students," Miss Theisen
said. "We can't be full time lobbyists.
We just can't put in the time."
Lobbying is a full-time job, she
continued. Often the task trying
to get acquainted with the senators
and to present a point of view
seems overwhelming and
The committee would like to express
student viewpoints on legislative bills
such as open housing, she said. But
mostly, lobbying has been con
centrated on bills of particular in
terest to students.
LOHHYIXG was done on the
defeated marijuana bill, the bill
lowering the contractual age in
Nebraska and several measures
relating to higher education.
n past years, student lobbying has
been limited to the University budget,
but Miss Theisen said that the com
mittee has tried to branch out more
"The question is often asked, 'do
we want student lobbyists at all?' "
she said. "Personally I think we
DKSI'ITK the problems, Miss
Theisen feels a great deal has been
"Some senators have been very
Impressed," she said. "Some senators
have said they like hearing student
The state senators often ask what
the student opinion is around the
campus. In past years, the student
lobbyists had n o comprehensive
figures, she explained.
The committee, in reality, has much
broader duties than just lobbying,
Miss Theisen explained. Some of these
duties do involve the Legislature.
"Student Public Relations" could be
the term for it. she said.
The committee has contacted
senators and invited them to come
to the campus for a general tour or
for speaking engagements. The com
mittee is trying to familiarize senators
wi!h the University.
So far, about half of the Unicameral
members have replied to Invitations.
Miss Theisen said. Some senators
have already visited the University,
but at the request of other organize
lions. Most of the senators' visits will
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IN CONJUNCTION with their public
relation's tasks, the committee is
planning a series of monthly half hour
television programs on station KUON
TV. These programs, Miss Theisen
said, would help illustrate student life
all over the campus.
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New Haven, Conn. (IP.) For
the first time, a new curriculum at
Yale has been developed not by the
faculty alone but jointly with students.
The Yale faculty voted recently to
establish a new program in Afro
American Studdes. Effective next
September Yale students will be able
to major in this field during their four
The planning committee consisted of
four professors and four students
the latter all members of the Black
Student Alliance at Yale.
Although many colleges, Including
Yale, have been offering individual
courses in Afro-American studies, the
new Yale program is the first of a
major university that makes this
subject a field of study leading to the
The committee anticipated the ob
jections of some scholars that Afro
American courses are being proposed
for political and not intellectual reas
ons. Robert A. Dahl, Sterling pro
fessor of political science who was
committee chairman, emphasized that
the strongly stated desire for the pro
gram among some Yale students
"should hardly be considered a
disadvantage, much less a dis
qualification. HOWEVER, HE SAID, "the only
valid justification of the proposed pro
gram, and the only one advanced by
those of us who propose this major, is
that it fulfills legitimate educatonal
needs at Yale and meets the standards
we expect n all our majors."
The. program, he pointed out, is
designed to meet the needs of white
students as well as black. "It is hard
to say which is the most appalling,"
he said, "the ignorance of whites
about black people or the ignorance of
Afrlo-Americans about their own ex
perience." Charles H. Taylor, provost of Yale,
emphasized that "the Black students'
recommendation of a major in Afrlo
American studies has been especially
persuasive on two counts:
"First, they have insisted from the
beginning that it is educationally
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essential for all students In Yale Col
lege to be able to enlarge their un
derstanding of the Black experien
ce; "Second, they have insisted that the
major be Intellectually rigorous, urgig
concentration in a discipline, such as
history or economics, together with
the interdisciplinary scope which the
The proposal approved by the
faculty was the result of more than
nine months of work by the joint com
mittee appointed last winter by
President Kingman Brevrster, Jr.
Members of the black Student Alliance
at Yale (BSAY) met with Brewster
Informal health education Is an
important part of the program of the
University Health Services, according
to Student Health clinician Dr. Rich
He explained that the personnel of
Student Health act as "resource peo
ple" for campus living units. If a
presentation on a health topic is re
quested by a living unit, Student
Health finds someone who can present
Topics in the past have included
mental health, smoking, drugs, ven
eral disease, contraceptive devices,
physical fitness and infectious mono
nucleosis. Dr. Hammer said.
Programs are scheduled Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursday evenings
anytime from five to ten p.m. At
tendance varies from 10 to 150, he
Dr. Hammer said that the Student
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topics that might interest a group.
"This year the most popular topic
seems to be sex, as usual," he added.
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Including Taylor to discuss, among
other tooics, curriculum.
THE BSAY has about 100 members
representing about 90 per cent of the
black students at Yale. Last May the
BSAY scheduled a special conference
with the support of the University on
the subiect of "the intellectual value
and relevance of studying and teaching
the Black Experience. Featured were
a number of leading Negro intellectuls
including Harold Cruse, Maulana Ron
Karenga, Alvin Poussaint and
Heading the list of white speakers
was McGeorge Bundy, president of
the-Ford Foundation. Many of the
revommendations of the conference
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