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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1971 LINCOLN, NEBRASKA VOL. 95, NO. 23
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ASUN backs NFU teach-in
A time to die.. .Nebraskans lie-in for peace at the State
Nebraska's war dead
Flags were at half mast
Wednesday for the 408th
Nebraskan killed in Vietnam as
about 300 people lay silent for
30 minutes on the State
Capitol steps protesting the
American and Indochinese
deaths in Southeast Asia.
Demonstrators, who ranged
in age from seventyish to
infancy, "heard Nick Meinhardt
say Americans who died in
Indochina have at least "forced
this country to look at
itself. ..and the havoc it's
wreaking in Indochina" and with
minorities, the poor and the
Meinhardt is coordinator of
Nebraskans for Peace, the
organization that sponsored
"The war was not an
accident," Meinhardt said,
"but an outgrowth of the very
same mentality that runs
rampant in this country."
He said he feels it's time for
Americans to address
Turn to page 7.
ASUN voted Wednesday to
. sponsor the Nebraska Free
University teach-in on prison
reform Oct. 20. The Senate
allocated $100 from its
General Fund to pay the
The Free U teach-in
speakers include State Sens.
Ernest Chambers from Omaha
an outspoken proponent of
prison reform, and Roland A.
Luedtke from Lincoln,
chairman of the Unicameral's
committee on correctional
institutions, according to
ASUN Pres. Steve Fowler.
When asked whether
sponsorship of the program
would bring ASUN under fire,
as did the Time-Out
Conference, Fowler said
establishment views will be
represented, although the state
director of institutions was
unwilling to participate.
Tabled until next week is a
resolution introduced by Sen.
Roy Baldwin which affirms
ASUN support for the anti-war
demonstration at the Capitol
Wednesday and ASUN
opposition to the American
presence in Vietnam.
The purpose of the
resolution "is to commend the
efforts of persons at the event
today" (at the Capitol),
Baldwin said, and calls for
Senate support of the "large,
mass, peaceful action" planned
in several cities Nov. 6.
Also tabled until next week
is a resolution which calls for
the creation of an
all-University appeals board to
consider cases involving
penalty fines. Ron Gierhan
from the Office of Student
Affairs will be asked to explain
the proposal at the next
Students have been
harrassed over library fines and
late tuition and registration
penalties, said Sen. Patti
Kaminski. There's a real need
for some students to research
the problem and have
jurisdiction in these matters,
The resolution, introduced
by Kaminski and Sen. Mike
Berns, would create a board
with two representatives each
from administration, faculty
In other action, Fowler
informed the Senate that the
executive committee is
investigating the possibility of
retaining a lawyer for the
hearing on student fees in
ASUN, along with the
Nebraska Union Program
Council and Dwayne Swanson,
state treasurer, have been
summoned to appear in court
to answer charges that student
fees are being used to advocate
a certain viewpoint.
In the meeting held on East
Campus, the Senate considered
21 applications for the three
vacant seats. Appointed were
Ray Metoyer, a junior from the
College of Arts and Sciences;
John Brown, a senior in the
College of Business
Administration; and Nancy
Gustafson, a junior in the
College of Home Economics.
find UNL apathetic
An attempt to organize a
Public Research Interest Group
patterned after the nationally
famous "Nader's Raiders"
drew only a dozen interested
people Wednesday to hear a
"raider" explain the program.
Brent L. English is touring
campuses across the country in
an attempt to get college
students interested in
organizing local and state-wide
It could not be determined
whether the poor turn-out was
the result of poor planning by
Student Union personnel and
ASUN or lack of student
"It will be the goal of these
groups to get government
responding to the needs of the
people. English said. "By
organizing students, expertise
and resources can more easily
be combined to attack
The 2 3 -year-old "raider"
said he felt student activism
was at its peak in the 1960's.
But in 1970 a period of
"frustration and dispair" was
evident on the nation's
campuses. Legislators and
adults have said work within
the system, he said, and now
the opportunity is there.
English said every "element
of the legal system" must be
used. If necessary, he said,
Turn to page 7.
Peterson: inflation continues
by Randy Beam
The chairman of the University's economics
department said recently phase two of President
Nixon's economic game plan-the creation of citizen
wage and price control boards-forecasts a high degee
of government involvement in the peace time
economy for some time to come.
Wallace Peterson, also a probable candidate for the
Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1972,
expressed disappointment, however, that Nixon's
moves made no attempt to get at what he called the
"underlying causes of inflation."
PETERSON cited large scale military spending,
extensive monopoly control and inflationary taxes as
all contributing to an "inflation-prone" economy.
The economy, he said, is headed toward
"corporate state" where enormous amounts of
private economic power are subject to regulation by
He questioned the long-range effectiveness of
Nixon's moves, stating that controls will be hard to
PETERSON tagged current military spending
"inflationary in itself and claimed that reductions
totalling $20 billion could be made without impairing
He labeled anti-trust laws "quite inadequate,"
noting that in many cases-the automobile industry,
for example-a handful of companies controls the
market. He also called for removal of tax inequities.
"In none of these areas has the administration
taken action." he stated.
PETERSON SAID the economy would be the
major issue in the upcoming election but not
unemployment and inflation. He predicted they would
probably be reduced somewhat by next year.
Long periods of high unemployment, as have
existed in the United States for the past 18 months,
tend to reduce inflation, he said.
Peterson enumerated specific economic problems
he said need attention:
-excessive military spending;
-concentrated economic power;
-maldistribution of income, wealth and power;
-the "serious neglect" of internal domestic
problems, both rural and urban;
Welfare reform and revenue sharing also have to be
considered, he said.
PETERSON SAID a more fundamental national
problem is restoration of trust in the government.
"There isn't much trust now," he claimed.
The continuance of a "government by deception,"
which Peterson said has been going on in the United
States 25 years now, is dependent on the caliber and
character of people elected to office, he said.
Coupled with this distrust of government is the
inability of government to tackle various industrial
problems because regulatory agencies established to
handle them have become "creatures of the industries
PETERSON ALSO singled out Vietnam as one
example of government mistrust, calling it "the
gigantic lie of this era."
Peterson said he sees rural
development-specifically stopping out-migrationas
the most pressing problem Nebraska faces. Loss of
people means loss of services to the rural areas, he
said. Making the family farm a viable operation is
He called for federal leadership in developing
programs to deal with this ,'regional problem."
Formation of a Citizens for Peterson group was
announced Monday by Mrs. Yvonne Hardesty, head
of the 15-member organization. "This group
demonstrates the wide . variety of Nebraskans who are
anxious to offer assistance and cooperation in Wally's
campaign," she said.
Peterson is expected to challenge Sen. Carl T.
Curtis, a Republican, in the 1972 national election.
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