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lincoln, nebraska vol. 95, no. 68
Today the Daily Nebraskan begins a
series on religion.
by Cheryl Westcott
Young pastors, priests, nuns-how are
they different from older clergy?
Several young clergymen in Lincoln
expressed much greater interest in social
and political affairs than did most older
churchmen. Father Brent Boh Ike, 29,
chaplain of St. Mark's-on-the-Campus
Episcopal Church, noted that there has
been great oppostion in some quarters to
the national church's policies.
A common attitude, he said, is that
the church has no place in social affairs;
rather it should concern itself with saving
"But I believe the church should be
concerned with the whole man and his
whole condition," Bohlke said.
Social programs in the United
Methodist Church have meant less money
for campus ministry, according to the
Rev. Mel Luetchens, 32, associate
minister-director of the Wesley
Foundation Chapel and Student Center.
People's giving has been affected by social
involvements, he said, but is now rising
again. In Nebraska, the United Methodist
Church has helped establish a black radio
station, credit union and bank in Omaha's
Near North Side.
Sister Marielle, 27, a Benedictine nun
and chairman of the English department
at Lincoln Pius X High School, said that
"for far too long, the church has not been
concerned enough about social issues."
For several hundred years, she said,
the prevalent idea held was that religion
was between "me and God and no one
else." As a result, many people say the
church has no business in social issues,
'That isn't what Jesus said. He said to
love God above all, and immediately
added, 'love other people'."
John W. Stieve, 27, assistant pastor at
Faith Lutheran Church, said caution
is necessary when the church involves
itself in social concerns. "You've got to
be careful how you do it you can't
misuse funds or betray people's trust."
Stieve doesn't buy the idea that the
pastor must be "the loneliest guy in
"I think you can make close friends
with a family in the congregation and get
hurt. You've got to take the risk. You
should be able to gripe or rejoice with
your friends and know it will go no
He noted that the older pastor at his
Marielle said it is necessary to get to
know the community's attitudes.
"I'm an individual and in one sense
only responsible to myself," she said.
"Yet a lot of people judge nuns in general
by one in particular."
Bohlke, who spent four years in
Seward, said limits on his activities were
largely self-imposed. "You wonder what
people will think they think less about it
than you do."
The traditional role of the college
chaplain is gone, according to Bohlke. It
has changed with the university and the
college structure, and the chaplain must
now look for new ways of ministering.
"It would be hard to justify being here
if I'm not ministering," he said.
A clergyman should not expect to be
protected, he said. He has no "invisible
shield" from temptation and problems.
Luetchens said he has "no special
handles on identity. I don't feel greatly
secure because of my vocational interest
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The white man might have claimed most victories, but
Charley Archambault says this one belongs to the Indians.
Grade point overages released last week showed that the
GPA's of the 22 American Indian students at UNL had jumped
from last year's 1.1 to 2.3 this semester.
Archambault took over as Indian students' counselor Aug.
'This is a great victory for the Indians. I am proud to be
your counselor," he told his students.
He said the Indian GPA, which at 2.3 is 1.226 points higher
than last yeer's average, now compares favorably with the
Afro-American GPA (2.4) and Mexican-American GPA (2.1 J.
The Indian GPA (the highest ever for the Indians) is less than
.5 below the all-University average of 2.8.
"Our goal this semester is to beat the all-University
average," Archambault said.
Why the giant step for the Indians? Archambault attributes
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the GPA rise to a change in the Indian environment at UNL.
"Before, Indian students could find nothing on campus to
identify with and ended up dropping out," he said. Last year
22 Indians started classes, but 17 had dropped out by the end
of the year. So far this year only two of 22 Indians who
started the year have left school.
Archambault said one problem was that Indian men, who
outnumber Indian women two to one on campus, could not
identify with last year's woman counselor.
'Traditionally, Indian men do not take their problems to
their women," he said. 'Therefore they could not receive help
because they had no one they felt they could talk with."
To pull Indian students closer together, Archambault is
trying to revive cultures and traditions lost to some Indians.
One tradition he has re-established is eating together.
"White people eat mostly to satisfy hunger," Archambault
said. "It's different with Indians. We take great pleasure in
eating with one another, and treat the occasion like a social
The Indian students eat together twice a month. This gives
Indians an opportunity to"rub shoulders with other Indians, so
they can breathe in an Indian environment," Archambault
Archambault said the UNL administration has "bent over
backwards" to help Indians on campus, and an Indian identity
is now emerging.
For example, included in the curriculum are five
Indian-oriented courses: sections in English 1 and 2, speech,
history and philosophy of education, and two anthropology
courses. Reading lists of other courses sometimes include
books like Little Big Man and Bury My Heart at Wounded
Archambault has started all-Indian meetings, which
alternate each week with the Indian dinners. This is mostly a
consciousness-raising effort, he said, to remind students of
their Indian culture. Here they can bring up any problems,
such as financial, that crop up during the school year. The
group is now working on Indian culture week, slated for this
Also this spring, Archambault hopes to move his office
outside. He is trying to obtain an old style, full-sized Indian
teepee, which he hopes to pitch somewhere on campus.
Archambault, himself a junior majoring in English, is
encouraging his students to graduate. One incentive is
Archambault's eagle feathers, which hang in rows in his office.
When an Indian student completes his first semester at UNL,
Archambault gives him an eagle feather, which he says is rare
and hard to cone by. When the same student graduates, he
receives his secc. ;d feather.
Although a few Indians have graduated from UNL, all have
been transfer students. In NLTs 102 year history, no Indian has
ever started as a freshman and continued through his senior
year to graduation.
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