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Elections more important
than Halloween parties
Tuesday evening the Union Program Council
decided to bring Michael Davis to this University
to speak on the subject of "student power." Ac
cording to the resolution ,the engagement would
be financed with student fees (limited to $200)
and the Program Council would schedule all of
The Free Speech Movement has already been
in contact with Davis and has scheduled him to
speak on Thursday, Oct. 29. It was their intention
that Davis would then spend the rest of the week
end at NU for talks and the Yippie Halloween
Considering the close race for governor and
a probable neck-and-neck contention for one Re
gent post, it would be ill-advised to bring Davis
here before the elections and provide hard line
candidates with ammunition to peak their cam
paigns. And, given the sense of the Nebraska pub
lic, Davis' appearance could turn into a volatile
When contacted last week and confronted
with the possible effect his presence might have on
the elections, Davis indicated that he was quite
willing to change the dates. Members of the Free
Speech Movement recognized the danger of sched
uling the speech the week before the election but
were reluctant to delay the event by one week so
that it would fall after the elections. The over
riding consideration voiced by many of the mem
bers was that Davis would miss their Halloween
party if he came on another weekend.
Davis' appearance before the elections might
force the Regents to adopt a firm, non-yielding
position, whereas after the election, they might
be more amenable to some form of conciliation.
Therefore, The Nebraskan considers it in the
best interests of Michael Davis and the University
that he accept the invitation of the Nebraska
Union, provided it is offered for some time after
The governor and J. J.
Students who still have questions about their
choice for governor will have the opportunity to
compare candidates this evening. Incumbent Nor
bert Tiemann and challenger J. J. Exon will ap
pear at 7:30 p.m. in the Union to present their
ideas and answer questions from the audience.
Frank Morrison, Charles Tlione and Bill Bur
rows are other candidates for elective office who
have shown enough interest in students to come
to the University to speak. Tiemann and Exon now
join this list whose notable exceptions are Roman
Rruska and Clair Callan.
The Nebraskan is presently in contact with
Senator Hruska's aides in an effort to bring him
here to speak. It is hoped that sometime before the
election, Ilruska will show members of the Uni
versity community the same consideration that
Tiemann and Exon will display this evening.
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Seven effete snobs
sneer away troubles
Outside the loner
Cannon's big bang backfires
by Michael Egger
Having removed ink and the editor
from its plioto off-set press, the YAF
embarked last week on its latest project,
a worthy successor to the glorious bultoq
campaign of late.
The organization used its
characteristic approach in attacking the
use of student fees. All its Cannon were
loaded with grape shot and fired in every
direction at once. Among the casualties
are the ASUN leadership and the
administration, to say nothing of the
Board of Regents, the legislature, and
possibly the courts who will have to
make sense out of this nonsense.
I am forced to agree with Nebraskan
editor Kelley Baker in analyzing YAF's
proposed court injunction as ''the most
offensive movement on campus," b u t
I'm not so sure that it is "potentially
the most destructive one" in recent
months. We can only hope that the
operation will be carried off with the
ineptitude the local YAF leadership has
shown in the past.
Mr. Cannon has charged that ASU.Ys
expenditures are "extravagant" and are
"not used for the best purposes of
students." While some ASUN spending
is an issue over which leasonablc men
might disagree, Mr. Cannon and his
cohorts fail to realize that much good
for all students comes from the alloca
tion of student foes. I would here include
the student health service, the foreign
film series, the art and record lending
services, special films at Sheldon
Gallery, and the food and game services
in the Union, to mention a few.
I suspect Chairman Cannon is at
tempting to remove student fee support
from "left wing' ASUN speakers, pro
jects, and. horror of horrors, the
Nebraskan. Granted, a large percentage
of speakers on campus In recent years
have been of distinctly left-of-ccnter
socio-political bent. But an Increasing
number of responsible conservative
speakers are appearing on the scene
through the efforts of such croups as
I Uh object to use of fee monies
for projects which have a distinctly
"leftist" political orientation. But, I
suspect the YAF leadership would
quietly overlook their use for "right
wing" projects. Here I must draw toe
line. Use of fees fur political purposes
is wrong no matter from what part
of the spectrum the politics comes. As
a conservative, I contend that political
action of any sort is not among the
goals and purposes of the academic
community and. therefore, should not
be pursued within the institutions of such
As for the Nebraskan, it can hardly
be classified as "leftist' anymore, but
still carries the stigma from past years
along with that of "token conservatism.
Indeed. Editor Baker now seems. to havo
more tokens than Chairman Cannon lws
Clearly, the YAF approach is all
wrong. To eliminate fifty dollars or so
in student fees to excise three or four
or even ten dollars of evil expenditure
is like doing heart surgery with a chain
saw. What may be needed is a sharp
scapel in competent hands. The YAF
leadership seems to have neither.
Furthermore, they f;iil to realize that
if student fees were to be abolished.
afT least the most important of the
services they provide would probably
continue, with financial support coming
from an increase in tuition.
Nevertheless, the indication is that the
YAF will take its case to the courts
and or the state legislature. Assuming
the YAF does seek a court injunction
freezing use of student fees, it may
be effectively countered with a
restraining order, if the university com
munity is willing to put forth the effort
to obtain one and raise the necessary
monies for legal fees. Neither should
be especially difficult.
The state legislature is another matter.
The soured attitude of many legislators
toward tlic university is well known
But since student fees arc allocated fr
such a wide variety of useful projects
on campus, it is doubtful to this wri'er
that our legislators will attack with the
righteous wrath of the Almighty to strike
Rather, the ease Is likely to be refer
red to the already beleaguered Boar J
of Regents for consideration. Then it
will be . the duty of students, faculty
members, and friends of t h e university
to contact this body and help put an
end to this grossly irresponsible attack.
by Arthur Hoppe
Mr. Agnew has been barnstorming the
country lashing out at the haughty little
clique of elitist snobs who "sneer at
honesty, thrift, hard work, prudence,
common decency and self-denial."
Among other things.
So far, it's been a completely one-sided
battle. Not a single elitist snob has stood
up in his defense.
Therefore, in the interests of fair play
and equal time, we present an interview
today with Nr. Nabob N. Nattering, a
self-appointed spokesman for this
haughty little clique.
Q Are you now, or have you ever
been, Mr. Nattering, an elitist snob?
A One of the elitist My mother
was Dr. Spock's first patient. My fatter
was a leading purveyor in the Eastern
Establishment of permissiveness and
held the world's long-distrance record
in pussyfooting. I, myself, majored at
an Ivy League college in snobbery with
a minor in sneering. And I vote the
straight Radiclib ticket.
Q Is it true that you sneer at
honesty, thrift, hard work, prudence,
common decency and self denial?
A Constantly. It's a sneer, I say,
that makes the world go 'round. Due
to years of constant sneering, you will
notice that the left side of my upper
lip is far more muscular than the rig it.
Q It isn't easy then?
A Oh, no. After sneering for three
or four hours at, say, some example
of common decency, one usually
develops a tic. The secret is then to
relax the sneer and arch a cynical
eyebrow instead. I arch my right. In
my case, it's the more disparaging one.
Q Are those your only weapons?
A Oh, no. I can also, if. pressed
by circumstances, look down my nose.
For example, I always look down my
nose at honesty and hard work. After
all, driving a truck is not nearly as
dignified or significant as pushing a
pencil at a tax-exempt foundation.
Q Is that what you do, Mr. Natter
ing? A Not a whit. I am the Vicar
of Vacillation at our Temple of
Sophomoric Sophistry. We worship at
the Altar of Negativism. I lead the con
gregation of hopeless, hysterical
hj-pochondriacs of history in the
Q What makes you this way, sir?
Do you lust to divorce yourself from
A Of course. That's why -e will
ingly wrench the Bill of Rights to ebak
criminal and psychotic conduct.
Q Such as?
A Bank bombing. One of our func
tions is to hail as a hero the common
criminal who throws a bomb at a bank.
Before the dust has settled, we gather
around and cry, "Hail, hero, hail! By
employing such techniques, we have, as
you know, been able to take over the
media, the college classroom and the
entertainment and business worlds.
Q From bis daily attacks it's ob
vious Mr. Agnew fears you as the
gravest threat we face. Does your
haughty little clique plan to take over
A. We'd like to. But, unfortunately,
our little clique consists of only seven
haughty members. Therefore, we're de
voting our efforts to dividing the country
by setting class against class, turning
Americans against Americans and
spreading hatred, contempt .and vitriol.
And I must say we're getting quite a
bit of help.
Q But Mr. Agnew . . . Excuse me,
Mr. Nattering, is that a haughty sneer?
A At the mention of Mr. Agnew?
Good heavens, no. That's my comradely
It seems Young Americans
for Freedom (YAF) has a
rather flimsy basis for their
cliarge that student fees are
being extravagantly and
abusively used by a small
minority of radicals for
political purposes. Each of the
Union committees as welt as
ASUN are formed on a
d e m ocratic representative
structure. Any student may run
for an ASUN office, interview
for a committee position, or
voice his opinion collectively as
well as individually at an
ASUN meeting. Union com
mittees, especially the. Talks
and Topics committee that
YAF finds most objectionable,
hold open meetings for plann
ing their yearly program
events. Last year students even
had a chance to vote by
Nebraskan ballot for movie.
speaker, and music group pro
grams. ANY STUDENT can also
apply for Nebraskan position,
write a letter to the editor or
voice his opinion to a
Nebraskan staff member if he
feels the paper is not
representing his view.
The idea of voluntary student
fees is as absurd as a voluntary
tax system. Cannon's and
YAF's plan would work as well
as everyone paying only for the
road they used, the amount of
garbage they had picked up, on
paying admission to a public
library, chipping in every time
the community needed a new
hospital, or the University or
high school needed a new ad
dition, or paying the fire
department every time you had
BEING A CITIZEN of any
community, city, county, state,
or nation requires that each
citizen pay an equal amount for
the services that structure
provides the whole community.
The University is also a com
res ponsibilities from its
IF CANNON and YAF don't
like what ASUN. Union, student
health, or The Nebraskan are
doing for them then let them
get to work and use the chan
nels open to them to c h a n g e
what they don't like. It seems
rather ironic that a group like
YAF should propose such an
irrational solution to destroy
student organisations or an in
stitution like student govern
ment when they're the ones
always shouting for use of
established channels of com
munication and against
Obviously their plan would
mean annihilation or severe
incapacitation of the function
ing of student government.
Heaven forbid that YAF should
propose no government for the
University or anarchy!
Concerning t h e "Soldier
Blue" critique in the Oct. IS
Nebraskan, Gary Hill must
have seen a different movie
than I saw. I saw a hard-hitting,
brutal movie that un
subtly attacked the white
American textbook myth of
"The Great American Heri
tage." Hill said the movie wasn't
honest, but his critique dis
played a cynicism that
wouldn't recognise obvious,
forthright honesty anyway.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1970
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1970
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