The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 14, 1972, Page PAGE 4, Image 4

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Social commitment
Some students take their social commitment
Half of the volunteers at the YWCA are students.
Nearly a third of the Lincoln Volunteer Bureau is
student help. Students help with the Lincoln Free
School, with assorted Big Brother and Big Sister
programs, run University programs, help with NOVA
and work at the Lincoln Regional Center.
"This generation shows the concern to get things
done Bob Furman of the YWCA Youth Services
Bureau said. "If ve had to rely on the older
generation or big business, we wouldn't get anything
done.1" : :: - , s
He said 150 students work with young people in
YWCA programs, while others volunteer for office
work. Harriet Anderson of the Lmcbln. Volunteer
Bureau says 40 students run the Personal Crisis
Service, along with students working with mentally
retarded children, child care, the elderly, the Head
Start program and handicapped children,
"People are very active. We've had outstanding
student volunteers who aren't afraid of anything.
There is a new interest in social problems that has
produced a very dedicated group of students,"
Anderson said.
Students who work with people who need help
learn a lot about people and about themselves. Their
perspective is better, and they develop a rare
sensitivity to other people's concerns.
My praise for their efforts is unnecessary -their
own satisfaction in what they do is more than
And yet, much more help is needed. The YMCA
has a waiting list of 50 young boys who need
guidance and attention. The Lincoln Volunteer
Bureau needs 1 0 people to help handicapped children
in a swimming program. The Juvenile Court always
needs concerned people to help youngsters in trouble.
College students lead an easy existence. They have
plenty to eat, all the necessities, and most of the
luxuries of life. Because" students "are so well
-endowed, they should share their good fortune with
those less fortunate.
The American student has the time, the energy and
the intelligence to solve America's deepening social
problems. Start anywhere. Start now.
Sara Schwieder
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Letters appear in the Daily Nebraskan at the editor's
discretion. A letter's appearance is based on Its timeliness,
originality, coherence and Interest. All letters must be
accompanied by the writer's true name, but may be
submitted for publication under a pen name or initials. Use
of such letters wilt be determined by the editor. Brevity is
encouraged. All letters are subject to condensation and
Dear editor:
Webster's New World Dictionary defines
"plagiarize" as "taking the ideas, writings etc. from
another and offering them as one's own." s
Readers Digest Encyclopedia Dictionary defines it as
"passing off as one's own the writings, ideas, etc.
from another."
Pat Burch's letter to the Daily Nebraskan (April 6)
reports that John Vihstadt, author of an article
carried by the Dally Nebraskan, copied not only the
historical facts of a committee's newsletter, but also
used them in the same manner to convey the same
observations. This seems to fit everyone's definition
of plagiarism except the DsOy Nebrasken's or Barry
For the sake of. ethics and intellectual integrity
that we all adhere to as University students, I call for
the dropping of the article "Different Drummer," and
the dismissal of its alleged author. In the words of
Larry Wolfley, "He is not our kind of person, he
hasn't been playing by the rules we consider fair. We
should have the moral strength to stand up and say
we simply do not like it."
I would like to ask the Daily Nebraskan staff why
they defend Vihstadt and accuse Prokop. Perhaps the
answer lies in the words of R.D. Stock, English
"I find distasteful the eagerness with which leftist
students and even some faculty members impugn the ;
moral characters of those who presume to disagree .'
with them, especially when the same individuals can I
justify breaking the law when it suits their own
James Talcott
Dear editor:
Who would you like to have come and speak and
interact with the students at the University of
Nebraska? William F. Buckley? Buckminster Fuller?
William Kunstler? Betty Freidan? -
If you are interested in hearing a particular
speaker, or would like to be involved in the process of
contacting speakers, making arrangements, and
escorting them when they come to campus, Union
Talks and Topics is what you are looking for.
Talks and Topics will be meeting from now until
the end of the semester Thursday evenings at 6:30
p.m. in 237 Nebraska Union. All students are eligible
to become members of Talks and Topics, and anyone
is welcome to present an idea, suggestion or
The people who will speak on campus next year
will be contacted in the near future. If you want your
voice to count in the selection, the means are
available to you.
If you have some conflict and can't make the
scheduled time, contact me at 432-S966.
Doug Voegler
Chairman, Talks and Topics
Dear editor:
As a fan of objective journalism, I was rather
appalled at the way you chopped up my letter
("Thought control") just before vacation.
I thought it was a fairly well reasoned little essay
on irresponsible reform vs. civil liberties, but what
made print looked like just another long-haired
paranoic apocalypse.
Now you may think that fits the spirit of my
letter, brother, but in view of the fact that a number
of people have spoken to me about it, necessitating
some clarification, because nowhere do you have the
usual 'The editor reserves the right to condense. ,
.etc." statement that even the World-Herald feels
obligated to print, thus placing the burden of proof
upon the writer in cases of incoherence. I feel duty
bound to demand that you print such a statement in
the future or refrain from tampering 'with your
correspondents' ideas. It's the responsible thing to do,
don't you think?
Mark Dalton
Editor's note: The Daily Nebraskan policy on letters
to the editor appears frequently above the day's
Dear editor:
Imagine there's no countries.
It isn 't hard to do
It's easy if you try
Imagine all the people .
Living life in peace
Sharing all the world
You may say I'm a dreamer,
But I'm not the only one,
I hope someday you 11 join us,
And the world will be as one." .
John Lennon .
Copyright Northern Songs Ltd. 1971
IJNL has joined John Lennon in proving that the
dream 'isn't hard to do. . :'To imagine all the
people, living life in peace" and 'sharing all the
world!" It has done that since it approved, developed
and opened the International House, which
unfortunately, though naturally for UNL, all you
hear about is that "it's a play where a bunch of wierd
foreign students live on campus!"
You've never been told that this program, which
was opened last September, is now one of the best
international programs in the Midwest. . . thanks to a
number of interested and enthusiastic students,
faculty, staff and community persons, both American
and foreign. What the 60 American and foreign
students of both sexes are really doing at the I-House
is proving that "the world will be as one." They try
to give a damn and care about the common things we
all have together as human beings. Maybe we should
; Raad Hermes
Dear editor: '
The University of Nebraska is like a ship in a
terrible storm at sea. Waves are coming over the bow
and it is taking water badly.
The students are busy tanning themseives. .
The faculty are debating the merits of instituting a
beginning swimming course. -
The administrators are drilling holes in the bottom
so the water can drain out.
Gary L. Snodgrass
FRIDAY. APRIL 14. 1972