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friday, february 18, 1972
lincoln, nebraska vol. 95, no. 71
'we hadn't intended to let the
Brig. Gen. Fuller . ,
army go to the dogs.
"I think the army is fun. . . just like football can be fun if
you're in good shape and weigh 20 pounds more than
everybody else," Brig. Gen. Marvin D. Fuller told an assembly
of about 40 ROTC members Thursday afternoon.
Fuller said that most people, including army personnel,
were misinformed about what was happening in the
"We're coming out of a war' he said, "so the size of the
army will shrink. We have to make sure that the residual forco,
the new army, is a highly professional one; we have to keep
the best people."
So the army, according to Fuller, has begun "stripping out
non-essentials", finding "a lot of restrictions, on examination,
to be irrelevant.
"We go on the premise," said Fuller, "that a man enjoys
working for people who are professionally competent. We
hadn't intended to let the army go to the dogs."
But, Fuller complained, "All of the furor in the papers was
directed at the least important part of the issues. The fine
print, the important part, the increased professionalism, was
"VOLAR (Voluntary Army)," he continued, "is definitely
a progressive change in the life style of the army.
"You can go into the mess hall and get a hamburger and
soda instead of the traditional 4,000 calorie diet. The army
realized that you don't always want a full meal."
And there are civilian KP's. "If we've got the money, why
not let civilians wash the dishes and allow the soldier to spend
more time being a soldier?" he asked.
"We're not concerned about whether people like the U.S.
Army or not. It would be nice if they did, though. The
problem is that our own people get confused. . . they
developed a look-the-other-way syndrome," he complained.
"So now," he continued, "we have to reorient the troops in
what we are supposed to be doing."
The issue of a moral or immoral war is a "phony issue,"
Fuller said. "Only the conscientious objector has the right to
"I'm told to defend my country and I find no problem of
morality in doing so. I'm convinced that we've never launched
a war of aggression."
Young people will join the Peace Corps
for two years, but they don't want a
full-time commitment of their lives to the
ministry, according to Catholic priest Len
In recruiting young people into religious
vocations the church is in the midst of a
drought, the campus priest said. Convents
are facing total disaster, he stated. Some of
the women's orders have even closed their
novitiates for lack of candidates.
"Before the shortage affected our staff,
there were two priests instead of one here at
the Newman Center," Kalin said.
Rev. Larry Doerr, a Presbyterian minister
associated with the United Ministries in
Higher Education on the University campus,
viewed the situation differently.
"I don't think young people are
necessarily afraid to make commitments,"
he said. 'They are looking at themselves
saying, 'how do I make sense out of what I
am in terms of jobs'."
Young people are much more
experimental now than they used to be, he
said. They have a basic commitment to
Sue T id ball, who assists Doerr, said young
people today are afraid to point to
themselves in a specific direction. In tho
past, she said, people wens defined in terms
of the job they did. Young people are
com mi ted more to a general direction than a
particular job, she said.
Pastor Tom Kramer of the First Baptist
Church said he believes young people are "
wary about making a life-time commitment.
He said they want to be useful, not just
stuck in a job.
Kalin said the Catholic church is
experiencing a shortage of priests and nuns
because of several other factors. "Our young
people have been given very much, as a
result of this you have selfishness," the
priest stated. 'The priesthood means giving
of yourself and that's where the rub comes
Kalin, who has been a priest for 15 years,
characterized this age as one of weak faith
from church attendance to vocations. .
An ad placed in January's issue of
Playboy magazine by the 100 members of
the Catholic Order of the Most Holy Trinity,
challenged recruits to join their celibate
ranks. . According to Kalin, celibacy is a
factor in discouraging some potential priests,
but he said he would not put it at the top of
The priest said the happiest people he has
ever met are good priests and good nuns.
"There is a need and joy in the priesthood
and it's a way to a happy life," he said.
Several protestant clergymen indicated
that they would rate celibacy as the biggest
factor in discouraging people from Catholic
Five out of six of the protestant ministers
interviewed said there was no scarcity of
clergymen in their churches. Some of them
said there were more seminary graduates
than there were congregations for them to
Only Kramer said there were more jobs in
the Baptist Church for seminary graduates
than there were people to fill them.
Rev. Raleigh Peterson, director of the
Cotner School of Religion, said enrollment
in protestant seminaries is picking up slightly
after it hit bottom a couple of years ago.
He said there would be more women
pastors in the future. "It has been the
tradition for only men to be ministers," he
said, "because the apostles were men."
It's not deliberate in many cases to ordain
oniy men, but just the situation, he stated.
"Remember," he added, "women were only
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The trees may go. . . when Holdrege Street is
widened. Groups fighting the tree destruction erected
a "Save Our Trees" banner Wednesday on a fence
along this street as a further indication of
disagreement with the tree removal decision.
ASUN filing deadline, election set
Filing for election to all ASUN Senate positions and
advisory boards will begin Friday, according to ASUN
Electoral Commissioner Ouane Sneddeker. He said all petitions
must be filed in the senate office, 334 Nebraska Union, by
noon, Feb. 28. The election is set for March 22.
Any student may run for president or f iryt vice president.
Only full time students are eligible for second vice president,
senate seats or advisory boards. Candidates for the senate or
advisory boards must also be enrolled in the college they hope
to represent, Sneddeker said.
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