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One of the best learning experiences for many
students during their college days is their participation
in extra-curricular activities, be it student government or
cheerleading. However, under present University rules a
student taking less than 12 credit hours cannot
participate in extra-curricular activities.
The Council on Student Life today will discuss a
proposed change in the 12-hour rule. The proposal
recommends that the rule be changed to read any
student regularly enrolled can participate in extra
One adverse effect of the rule is that part-time
students are treated as second-class citizens in the
University community. Besides being discriminatory,
the rule limits the total educational experience of
The restrictions on extra-curricular activity also work
to the advantage of the administration and the faculty. If
students are forced to take 12 hours, that means they
have less time to work for change in the University.
Many faculty members have objected to the
proposed change because it might allow "outside
agitators" to join campus activities by enrolling in only
one course. This objections appears to be simply a scare
The objections to the proposed change center around
allowing part-time students to participate in
respresentative groups (such as student government)
rather than special interest groups, according to CSL
member Meg Hall who helped draft the proposal.
However, students have the responsibility to elect or
appoint their representatives and restrictions such as the
12-hour rule are unnecessary and undemocratic.
The proposed change seems to have student support.
The rule change was proposed by a student committee
and in a straw vote several weeks ago the ASUN Senate
approved abolishing the 12-hour rule.
CSL should follow suit. Students who for economic
or other reasons aren't enrolled for 12 hours should not
be denied a role in campus activities.
Long before saving the environment became a
national issue, it was an issue to members of the Sierra
Club, probably the oldest and most prestigious of all
national environmentalist organizations.
Nebraska's first Sierra Club chapter has just been
organized in Lincoln. At present there are 40 members,
12 from the University community. The club will hold a
meeting and one or two outings each month. Organizer
Dwight Hoxie said one of the new club's first projects
will be looking into water-control and irrigation
projects on the Platte River.
The Sierra Club has long distinguished itself from
other "nature clubs" by its activisit philosophy. Anyone
who has spent five minutes on a congested city street
knows environmental degradation first- hand. But most
clubs, like most individuals, spend more time decrying
such scenes than they spend correcting them.
The Sierra Club has always put its resources to work
attacking such environmental problems every way
possible: by legislation, petition drives, or direct
harassment of polluters. There are few industrial
polluters in the country, especially on the west coast,
who have not heard of the Sierra Club.
Now that Nebraska's first Sierra Club chapter has
been organized, environmentalists in this state have a
most valuable tool with which to fight abuses of
Nebraska's invaluable air and water resources.
Of course there are SOME forms
of inflation of which I approve.
NEW YORK--At a point near the end
of "One Day in the Life of Ivan
Denisovich," the camera lingers on an old
man seated in the prison mess hall,
crowded between his fellows, yet oddly
With the deliberate movements of one
numbed by cold, he removes from his
pocket a time-yellowed handkerchief,
placing it carefully before him on the
board. Then he puts his tin bowl of thin
prison stew oh the place setting he has
made, and we see his face, staring straight
ahead, the mouth mumbling some
treasured ritual, the dimmed eyes seeming
to remember rather than to see. Slowly,
he forces himself to eat.
It is Solzhenitsyn's way of telling us
that humans will survive; not in the sense
of defeating death (the old man cannot
live much longer under these conditions)
but in the sense of cheating it. "The
world breaks everyone," Hemingway
wrote,"...those it cannot break, it kills."
"Wrong," replies Solzhenitsyn in this
film, "the world breaks men; it kills men;
but man survives."
One might suppose that the Russians
would be proud of this film, a faithful
portrayal of the only Solzhenitsyn novel
ever published in their country. Its
message is not anti-Russian, and though it
portrays the senseless cruelties of the
Stalin years, the cruelties are
circumstances which man conquers. They
are impersonal, even un-national.
And for those who wish to nationalize
cruelty, there is the saving grace-from
the Russian standpoint-- that, the
humanity which conquers is Russian
humanity, and a far cry from the
caricatures to which we Americans have
The film will not play in the Soviet
Union. The late Premier Nikita
Khrushchev saved the novel from oblivion
in his own country during the years of
the thaw. Over official objection, he
insisted that it be published. But later,
reprinting was forbidden and today, "One
Day" is not purchasable at the people's
Nor have the Russians been pleased
with the film's success. "One Day" was to
be shown last May at the Cannes Film
Festival, but the Russians threatened to
pull out of the competition. So it was
withdrawn. The same thing happened a
few months later at the Venice Film
Still later, Norsk Films which made
the movie in co-operation with the British
Leantes Productions and the American
Westinghouse Broadcasting, tried to send
one of its officials to the Moscow Film
Festival. His visa was granted; then
suddenly withdrawn, as though
higher-ups had corrected bureaucratic
The short days of Khrushchev's thaw
And yet one cannot put away the
hope that the triumph portrayed in "One
Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" will
conquer government as it conquers death.
Solzhenitsyn told a friend that the old
man with the handkerchief was drawn
from one he had known in Siberia. The
old man's sin, so Solzhenitsyn recalled,
was kinship to officials of the czar's
regime. If he began his sentence at the age
of 20, he must have been about 50 when
Solzhenitsyn caught him in the act of
remembering. And that was 20 years ago.
Fifty years of tyranny could not
prevent a Solzhenitsyn. Perhaps, therefore
it is not futile to hope that it cannot
prevent its own decay.
Copyright 1971, Los Angeles
Individual choice -
the use of student fees
Mary Cannon is associated
with the UNL Committee for
Time was, a graduate of
eighth grade was an educated
person, capable of making the
decisions to guide his own life.
Things got more complicated,
so they decreed that you can't
quit school until you are 16.
I'm beginning to think the "age
of reason" is gradually being
raised to above college level.
Why is it that we students
are not considered capable of
subscribing to our own
newpaper, or deciding not to?
Why are we not permitted
to make the individual choices
of what speaker we will pay
for, and how important it is to
us to hear him?
And we have a student
government dumped in our
laps, which the vast majority of
us have no interest in, had little
or no voice in the formation of
and absolutely no control over.
For things like this we pay
$103.00 a year in student fees?
It seems to me ir The Daily
Nebraskan, the Time-Out
Conference, the World in
Revolution Conference, the
student record store and the
rest of the student fee
supported programs are so
vital, students will make the
choices and fork over the
But instead, because of fear
that they won't, student
activities are financed by an
almost surreptitious assessment
of fees that goes with tuition,
and which many people are
unaware that they are playing.
The N ebraska Union
ballroom will hold maybe 500
people -800 if they stand in the
halls. In other words, no
matter how good a speaker you
get, only a small percentage of
the student body even gets a
chance to hear his pearls of
wisdom. The percentage who
make it to rap sessions and so
on is so tiny it's silly.
There are people who can
get highly excited about the
problems, controversies and
duties ot student government.
There aren't very many of
There are also people
capable of doing handsprings
about electrical engineering -probahlv
even an equal
number. However, they don't
receive a free ride on fee
money extorted from every
single student, interested or
not, and they don't even have
an official student fee
newspaper to speak from.
The purpose of this tirade is
to explain part of t!:e reasoning
behind the rather unusual
action taken by Ralph Larson,
Bruce Wimmer and Fred Otto
bringing suit against their own
school. They believe, as I do,
that the present fees system is
unfair and unjustified, as well
as unconstitutional, and should
But what is there in their
place? We claim that student
fees, instead of encouraging
student participation actually
depress it. Present government,
far from being an inviting field
for anyone, if often a very
forbidding place, particularly if
your opinions run a little
chunks of fee money go for
things which cannot be
abolished, such a bond
repayment and so on. But if
you had part of your fer"; back
might you not be willing to use
some of that ..oney, say, for
admission to thoie programs
which really interest you? If
so, so much the better. If not,
and you feel either you
couldn't afford the indulgence
or the money could be better
spent elsewhere, there is a nice
injustice being done to you
If the role of bringing in
speakers were not so
thoroughly preempted by
fee-supported groups, those
groups who would normally
bring them in for sheer interest
might get a chance.
Presently, if you want to see
an activity established, you
have to take your chances, and
do your best at lobbying. Some
groups are much more
Action Group for an example.
I suspect there wnuld be a
greater variety of speakers, and
perhaps even a rise in their
caliber if the choice of them
were left to individual
initiative. Individual groups,
however, would almost be
forced to charge admission. As
things stand now, they
wouldn't have a chance against
ASUN "'; eebie" spectaculars.
It the speaker is good
enough, I'd pay for him, and
even help to bring him. If he's
not, then what have we lost?
So that's the case of the
lawsuit. It had very little to do
with the human sexuality
conference, which was only a
jumping off point Instead, it
concerns the problems I've just
mentioned, and assorted legal
ones as well.
At the very least, it merits
intelligent debate, and it most
certainly does not deserve the
outrageous and personal insults
being thrown at the people
with the courage to put their
names to the petition.
Editor: Gary Seacrest. Managing Editor: Laura Willers. News
Editor: Steve Strasser. Advertising Manager: Barry Pilger.
Publications Committee Chairman: James Horner.
Staff writers: Bill Smithrrman, Carol Strasser, Marsha Kahm,
Bart Becker, Linda Larson, Vicki Pulos. Roxann Rogers, Steve
Kadel H. J. Cummins, Randy Beam, Lucy Lien, Duane Leibhart.
Sports editor: Jim Johnston. Photographers: Bill Ganj-el. Gail Folda.
EnttHldininent editor. Lorjy Kubert. Litorjry editors: Alan Boye.
Lucy Kerchberger. East campus writer: Tern Bedient. Artist: Al
Chan. Copy editois: Tom Lansworth, Jim demons, Sara Trask, Jim
Gray. Night editor: Leo Schleicher.
Coordinator: Jerri Haussler. Add staff: Greg Scott, Beth
Malashock Jane Kidwell, Sue Phillips, Mick Moriarty, Jeff Aden,
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