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Now I wouldn't go quite so far as to call Paris the Millard,
Neb. of France, but let me make a few comparisons between
the "queen of cities" and my home town. I would like to
compare the towers, airports and restaurants of these two fine
Paris has some five million odd residents, while Millard has
grown from farm size 391 in 1950 to 10,000 in 1970, and was
finally annexed by Omaha.
When, one thinks of Paris, one thinks first of the Eiffel
Tower. My first reaction to the tower was, "Well, what's it
for?" Apparently the designer went wild with his erector set.
Millard has a comparable wonder, the Millard Municipal
Water Tower. And what's it for? Well, the guys on the Millard
High School football team periodically purchase some red
spray paint' and climb the water tower in order to paint some
appropriate number or obscenity on the tower. This, in turn,
creates employment for the city maintenance crew, bolstering
the local economy.
When one flies to Paris, the first thing one sees is Orly
Airport, a nice place. However, there is one catch. After
getting off the plane at Orly, my body gave certain tell-tale
signs of nature indicating certain biological functions must be
performed. It is assumed that all travelers coming into Orly are
explorers and pathfinders by nature and therefore can find the
restroom easily. But this not being the case with me, I
wandered for some time before I pulled a "Columbus" and
stumbled upon the john. .
Low and behold, once done with this biological function, I
tried to take leave of the dooley, but some lady at the door
demanded a dooley fee. From all appearances, the money the
lady collected was to pay her for collecting it.
I need only make a short statement about the restrooms at
the Millard Airport. They are free and easily found.
And a last word about food in Millard and Paris.
Admittedly Paris offers a fine selection of foods from all over
the world. But what about water? When one goes into a
restaurant in Paris, it is sometimes impossible to get a glass of
water without ordering something else to drink. Or else they
try to sell you mineral water at soda pop prices.
In Millard, Neb., the waiter or waitress at a respectable
restaurant will ram a glass of water down your throat-whether
or not you are hydrophobic or have kidney problems or
whatever. Besides, I appreciate a good glass of water at a
restaurant. I like to take a bite of bread, then a drink of water,
and then watch all the bread remnants swim around in the
Development dilmma '
I'm confused. My dilemma results from two
articles appearing in the March 20th Daily Nebraskan
entitled, "Becker-Long marriage commitment
unnecessary" and "Students get chance to draft
. Becker maintains that traditional marriage among
"young people" is not likely to work because "young
people aren't fully developed in terms of their final
personality. They continue to change as the years go
by. . ." Since my "final personality is not fully
developed" I resolutely resolved not to make any
decisions at the present that might affect my later life
since my personality will have changed "as the years
go by." (i.e. occupation, place of residence, field of
I was just ready to assume a
do-not hing-o n-t he-ground s-that-I'm-not-ready sta nee
when I turned the page and discovered much to my
surprise that "college students are adult enough to
take care of themselves" (to quote Ron Burrus in the
"beer" article). I was overjoyed to see that my "final
personality" was mature enough to make a decision
concerning the use of alcoholic beverages and that
"there would not be any major impact economically"
(bankruptcy, business failure due to alcoholism, for
example), "sociologically" (loss of job, divorce due to
alcoholism), or "ecologically" (beer cans strewn from
one end of the earth to the other, and possibly soon,
on the moon).
Am I grown up or not? Is this an attempt by the
Daily Nebraskan to revive journalistic objectivity? Or
is it a sinister plot to confuse non-fully-developed,
impressionable youngsters like me?
After hearing the debate of the Democratic
candidates for the U.S. Senate, I'd say Nebraska's
best bet is Wally Peterson. At least he seemed to
remain concerned with the task at hand-answering
nationally-oriented questions and expreaiig definite
In the rest of the debate, I saw remains of
campaign tactics of the 40's or 50's-with one
candidate saying in so many words "Let me make this
perfectly clear, I am a Democrat." I laughed with the
audience at a great deal of the whole debate-"little
black boys are already marrying little white girls. . ."
and 'That really is a fine question. . but I started
to throw up when I thought about the kind of
leadership in this state from both parties.
Now that we have the vote, I hope we can stop the
trend of good leadership being forced to move to a
different state to be heard. "I am a Democrat," but
sometimes it's embarrassing.
Super-Mother vs. Super-Jock
A recent article in your newspaper when a
University student stated that "women are just not
women if they participate in sports - they are just
female' jocks," was found by me to be totally
repugnant and lacking in intelligence. I had thought
we were making some progress on a humanistic level
in realizing that people have certain rights which
allows them to choose a life style and live by it.
Not every female wishes to be a "Super-Mother"
any more than every male wishes to be a
"Super-Jock." There just happens to be too much to
life to limit one's existence to one aspect -whatever
that might be. Why then, do some people persist in
attempting to make judgments of others because they
do not conform to the ways of the past?
Ballot box bummer
We were appalled that there was no sealed ballot
box, or any ballot box at all at the East Campus
Union voting place Wed., March 22, for the ASUN
election. One of us voted about 9 a.m., another at 10
a.m., the third at 2 p.m. and the last near 6 p.m.
There was no ballot box present at any of the
mentioned times. When we asked where to put the
ballots the voter assistants just took the ballots and
placed them in an open box on the table. There was
no hint of a secret ballot policy. Is this any way to
run an election? Can the election be valid when there
is no guarantee of a secret, untampered balloting
procedure? We think not.
entitled "Beecher, Baldwin dominate final debate,'
dealt with a discussion amone the four ASUN)
presidential candidates held at the Abel-Sandoz
cafeteria. After reading it, I couldn't believe it was
the same debate I attended the night before. One
would have thought Bruce Beecher was the only
candidate who bothered to show up or that he alone
dominated the discussion, neither of which was the
case. The reporter did a good job of selective
reporting of the facts.
Nothing in the article wasn't true, but many points
of discussion had been conveniently left out, mostly
points made by the other three candidates. It
represented a very distorted picture,
I am writing in regard to a front page article in the
Daily Nebraska on Wed., March 22. The article.
Recently try-outs were held for an opening on the
male yell squad. The applicants were supposedly
judged on the basis of 1) general appearance, 2)
projection, 3) overall ability and 4) knowledge of the
cheers, but the candidate who showed obvious
superiority was not chosen. The "winner", oddly
enough, belonged to the same fraternity as the two
existing members of the squad. The three will
combine to make next year's squad entirely Theta Xi
As long as the selection of new squad members is
largely based on the voting of present members, how
can the choice be objective? Clearly the position is
based on politics, so why not admit it and stop
wasting the time of people who don't care to play
"the game." It's too bad that both yell squads and
the cheerleaders are subject to domination by those
Dana W id strom
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 1972
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
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