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Time for a change
The Daily Nebraskan poll results on page one of
today's issue put into figures again what everybody
around this University has known since at least last
spring; the present co-ed visitation policy is
overwhelmingly unpopular to dormitory students.
Last May a Daily Nebraskan poll showed that 77 per
cent of the student respondents favored a more
liberalized visitation policy. This year's poll shows that
93 per cent of the student assistant respondents disagree
with the RHA Hours guidelines.
The Regents, of course, aren't particularly interested
in the policy's popularity amoung students. They are
more interested in its popularity among conservative
Nebraska tax-payers, who foot most of the University's
For example a University survey of parental opinion
showed that 56 per cent of the respondents favored the
liberalized, CSL-approved student guest rights proposal
presented to the Board over the summer. And since the
parental survey had an extremely low percentage of
return, it could be argued that most parents didn't care
one way or another whether the proposal passed.
But the University Administration was cautious
enough to recommend disapproval of the liberalized
policy anyway, and the Board agreed.
The poll of student assistants shows the University
may get a liberalized visitation policy whether the
Regents approve one or not. Campus police cannot
supervise visitation rules in dormitories. Administrators
can't. Residence directors can't. Only student assistants
can. And a sizeable 15 per cent of them flatly say they
are not supervising the policy. There are floors in
dormitories on this campus where RHA Hours are a
The policy is observed only at the discretion of the
student assistant right now, and most student assistants
disagree with it.
The Board of Regents shouldn't think the present
policy will be observed indefinitely in dormitories.
Out-state taxpayers or not, the University will have a de
facto liberal co-ed visitation policy before too long.
In the next few weeks an attempt will be made to
organize a state-wide "Nader's Raiders" group to work
for public interest causes in Nebraska. The group, if
organized, will be backed mainly by students, but will
try to work for constructive social change benefiting all
Nader Public Interest Research Groups are operating
in Oregon and Minnesota and are forming in 17 other
states. The groups are being organized because more and
mere people feel that major changes are needed within
the American system to keep up the quality of life.
Such a group in Nebraska could be useful in
attacking government and corporate irresponsibility, sex
and racial discrimination, environmental degradation
and consumer fraud. A successful Nader Public Interest
Group might also give students a chance to transform
their sense of futility in bringing about change into a
sense of accomplishment.
It has been estimated that Nebraska students might
organize well enough to finance a staff of 10 to 20 paid
workers. The state group would be independent of
Nader's Washington-based efforts, but would receive its
One of the biggest roadblocks to organizing a local
"raiders" group would be its source of financial support.
It has been recommended that the public interest group
be financed by voluntary student fees of $1.50 per
The voluntary student fee pla'n is a good means of
supporting the group. The plan raises money while at
the same time protects the rights of individuals who do
not want to contribute.
An organizational meeting for the proposed state
group will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Nebraska
Union and all members of the University community are
Invited to attend. The Nader Public Interest Research
has great potential, but first Nebraska students must
organize to get it started.
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The other, night we were walking
downtown, softly chanting, "Go Big Red,"
when we came upon a stoplight at an
intersection. To our dismay, cars stopped
when the light flashed red. This is absurd!
Here in "Go Big Redland" cars should "Go"
on the "Big Red" instead of waiting for
So we propose to change this
anti-Cornhusker traffic law and require all
vehicles in Lincoln to stop on the green and
"Go on the Big Red!" We hope that Lincoln
would take the lead in this action and that
other right-thinking Nebraska communities
would soon follow suit. Stiff fines could be
assessed against violators and this money
could be given to Bob Devaney to help buy
bigger steaks for his football players.
With a lot of student interest and activism
this could be accomplished before football
season ends. And it would be nice to see
students involved in something important
for a change. Go Big Red!
Quinnie & Pratty
I would like to comment on a mistake
some Nebraska fans (especially radio
announcers) are making. This mistake is
their attitude toward third and fourth team
members of the football team.
They talk about Tagge and Kinney and
Harper. Nothing is said about the reserves
who may be the Tagges and Kinneys of the
The Daily Nebraskan had a good article
on Tagge, Brownson and Humm, but when
number 13 (Steve Runty) enters the game,
everyone reaches for the program. Or,
everyone knows Bill Kosch and are
beginning to know Randy Borg, but who's
Pat Fischer who played a good game at
Dear editor. G,enn
I would like to know why the students
don't get more credit for the good things
they do in our community.
For example they help retarded children
in various ways and they get involved in
worthwile campus affairs.
I think we should be proud of them.
Dear editor William F. Dayton
I have been following the present
controversy in regard to student fees,
Time-Out and related topics and would like
to add my two-penny bit. Your editorial on
Monday does indeed come to the nub of the
issue, when you talk of the necessity of
students handling their own money
It is regretable that we seek legislation
from the Capitol in matters pertaining to the
use of our own "pocket money." Of course
it is very becoming to seek quidance from
our elders in matters of "moral and political
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
philosophy", but to consult with them in
the use of our own finances reveals the state
of mental insolvency we have reached.
Recently some reader pointed out that
The Daily Nebraskan is an instance of
continued perpetration of injustice. To this I
(and others will, too) say if this be injustice,
give me more.
In conclusion, if we do not have the
courage of our convictions to condemn what
we think is wrong, then let us not speak at
all. If we don't like homosexuals, lesbians or
other forms of the present "immorality"' let
us say so plainly. Let's not mix issues.
In your editorial comment entitled
"Political Football" (Daily Nebraskan, Oct.
1 1 .) the following statement "Criticism from
politicians and the public also forced the
University to scuttle last year's controversial
course on homophile studies." In fact, last
year's proseminar on homophile studies was
not scuttled because of political or public
pressure, although there was considerable
In December of last year the faculty
steering committee for the Homophile
course recommended that the course be
broadened to include an overall study of
human sexuality. An inter-campus
committee appointed by President Varner in
the spring of 1971 also recommended a
human sexuality course on the Lincoln
Campus with possibilities for developing an
inter-campus course at Lincoln, the Medical
School, and UNO.
It was felt by the faculty that broad
issues involving human sexuality and sex in
society represented a very real educational
need, particularly for a wide variety of
pre-professional students planning careers
which involve contact with people.
In interdisciplinary course on Human
Sexuality and Society has been designed and
is currently being reviewed by the
departments of psychology, educational
psychology, sociology anthropology, and
human development and the family. Several
of these departments have approved the
course for cross-listing in their departments
and action is pending in the remainder.
After departmental approval for
cross-listing is obtained, the course proposal
will go to the appropriate curriculum
committees for consideration.
Our current plan is to offer the course in
the fall of 1972. A specific section of the
course will be on homosexuality. The topic
of homosexulity as well as other sex topics
has not been "scuttled." Significant human
and socially related sex issues are still a
matter of inquiry at the University.
James K. Cole
on Human Sexuality
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1971
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