The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 17, 1972, Page PAGE 4, Image 4

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Failing format
The educational value of a conference format
appeared almost negligible on this campus last week.
The time, has come for a serious appraisal of
programming done on the UNL campus.
Conferences that boast of a topic that is
interesting to a large and vague audience can't
respond to the intellectual demands of this academic
There is a twofold solution to this dilemma. It
consists of defining the audience, and selecting a
topic with-that specific audience in mind. Time must
also be a consideration in planning a non-classroom
educational experience, since students often find it
difficult to commit the better part of their day to a
presentation or series of presentations.
If the proposed program does indeed have a
defined audience to relate to, then arrangements
should be made with academic departments in the
University to emphasize its worth. Participation of
faculty and students in a program and the possibility
of coordinating the program with optional classroom
assignments and academic credit might be beneficial.
Colleges and departments could be very useful groups
in promoting this type of programming.
The Union Talks and Topics Committee would
lend itself to this type of programming very well. It
should survey the community and determine to
whom it could gear the individual elements of its year
' long program. Once this determination is made, then
educational programs could be nearly guaranteed
success. Requests for specific types of speakers and
programs would be heard and considered, and the
whole mass of student fee-payers could be pleased.
Imagine bringing a Henry Ford III to campus for a
one-day program. He could lecture to business
administration classes, finance classes and more. A
keynote speech could be open to the entire
community, with particular interest generated among
engineers and bussines students. The day would
abound with classroom appearances, a luncheon,
dinner, and end with informal rap sessions in
residence or the engineering or business colleges.
Before programming on this compus becomes
stale, innovations such as a "Henry Ford III Day"
must be considered. Possibilities are infinite. It s time
that UNL programming became the viable
educational tool it was designed to be.
Not so hot dog
Don't eat that wiener!
If anyone in the world is a fan of Ralph Nader, he
should never again touch one of those Coney Island
delectables. In a report recently published, Nader
claims that lab reports have clearly demonstrated
that brand name hot dogs contain significant levels of
bacteria. The self-made raider described instances in
which insect fragments and rodent remains existed in
about one-sixth of the samples tested.
One can only wonder in this world of many
consume and few consumer advocates how many
products our own society are polluted.
Now that the hot dog, the foremost of American
culinary institutions, has been found to be corrupt, is
there anything left to be trusted?
Barry Pier
Tjggy - jnx.'rS-'
'But, first, a word from our sponsor. . . .
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WASHINGTON-Washington is talking
about little else these days than The
Great IPP Scandal. On the theory that the
rest of the country, as usual, doesn't
know what Washington is talking about,
here is a brief outline of the plot:
It begins with President Nixon
deciding he'd like to have the GOP
Convention this summer in Ssn Diego, it
being nearby to the White House in San
Clemente and handy to Tijuana.
Unfortunately, San Diego is always
jammed to the rafters with tourists in
August anyway and why didn't the
Republicans go have their convention in
Appalachia or someplace, thank you.
That's where the giant International
Peanuts & Popcorn conglomerate stepped
in. As a gesture of good will toward the
local community, IPP offered the
Republicans $400,000 in cash and
popcorn (which isn't peanuts) if they'd
hold their convention in San Diego,
which didn't want it in the first place.
But that was okay because IPP
explained it would make the $400,000
back selling peanuts (which isn't
popcorn) to the delegates during the
three-day convention. So it was strictly a
business deal.
A week later, the Republicans' Justice
Department approved a merger between
IPP and the Sure Fire Fire Insurance
So much for the unrelated facts. The
scandal broke when Andy Jackerson, a
known columnist, leaked a memo from
IPP's tough , widely-respected female
lobbyist , Dowdee Whiskers, to her
"Doat worry tang,- wrote Whiskers,
the deal's ia the bag. In return for oar
f 469,009 the Presides)!, the old
Atitonsey General and the new Attorney
GeaersI hare proetfsed as six snore
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two utility infielders. Please eat this
The moment the story was published,
Whiskers vanished on a long-planned
vacation to Denver where she had a
long-planned heart attack.
Immediately Republican leaders from
coast-to-coast began issuing statements -two
or three per leader. In their final
statements all agreed they hadn't
bothered to inform top GOP officials of
the $400,000 contribution because if the
party knew how rich it was it might get
Meanwhile, the new Attorney General,
taking bold action in the crisis, wrote an
incriminating letter to, of all people, the
Democratic National Committee and then
demanded a Senate investigation to clear
his name.
He hadn't read the incriminating letter
to the Democratic National Committee
before he signed it, he explained, because
he was a very busy man and didn't have
time to read all the incriminating letters
he sent to the Democratic National
From her hospital bed, Whiskers issued
a statement firmly denying what her
memo said had any relation to what her
memo said.
To clinch the matter, IPP officials said
Whiskers wasn't a tough, widely-respected
lobbyist at all but really a zany, drunken
crackpot, whom they'd retained as their
top Washington representative for years
- Decease they believed ia hiring the
So the scandal, of course, involves the
management of IPP. Imagine a huge
corporation that would hire drunken
crackpots, alienate Saa Dkgo and pay
S400,000 for what the Republicans
wanted to give them for nothing.
It's unbelievable.
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