The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 14, 1973, Page page 6, Image 6

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    ASUN faces the annual question of relevancy
Steve Strasser is a senior, majoring in journalism.
As a former Daily Nebraskan staff writer and news
editor he helped cover the 1971 and 1972 ASUN
elections. For the last three weeks he has been on
special assignment covering this year's election for the
Daily Nebraska ).
by Steve Strasser
UNL students will flock to polling places by the
tens today to elect a new student government.
Since ASUN's 1967 moment in the sun when more
than 40 per cent of the student population voted in
the spring elections, interest in even this most
interesting of all ASUN institutions has flagged.
Last year 3,700 students, about 19 per cent of the
student body, voted.
But even though the election usually excites only
about one out of every five students enough to
actually get out and vote, it's still the most exciting
thing ASUN does.
There are debates and signs and platforms and
promises. There is always the main issue: how to
make ASUN a viable organization.
The durability of that issue infers a durable record
of the failure of ASUN leadership, failure so
consistent that it can't be blamed on one leader or
another. ,
Candidates try to answer the same question every
year: How do we make student government relevant
to most students? Then they are elected and fail, so
that the question has to be asked again next year.
Perhaps a better question would be: Is it possible
to make student government relevant to most
students? Do most students regard the University as a
community they should seriously help govern or as an
institution they can use toward accomplishing their
goals in a "real world" community?
increase. ASUN should give in to the inevitability of
the price increase and lobby for corresponding
increases in student liberties: alcohol and visitation.
Henry's approach to the campaign also is similar to
Beecher's: analytical, a concentration on concrete
services, a stress on the experience and competence of
her running mates, the inference that her party has
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Ann Henry, presidential candidate for Get Off
Your Apathy (GOYA) party . . . stresses
services, experience and competence.
Do students see themselves as fixed members o- a
community, or as transient puc-iasers of academic
To invoke the old "middle-of-the-road" principle,
it probably is safe to say the student is neither a
passive learner nor an active citizen. Most students
probably take some interest in their community, or at
least in their environment: witness the current
visitation and alcohol rebellions in dormitories and
the general student push for improved education.
But all the same, in the back of most students'
minds is the realization that they're only at the
Unh grsity to learn: they'll go somewhere else to live.
The e's no "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" zeal
to any given student movement.
Pe-haps the current ASUN president, Bruce
Bee;her, was the first candidate to see that students,
as rather passive transients, are likely to respond to a
service p.atform more readily than to a vigorous civil
rights platform.
Beecher easily defeated a more experienced
ooponent at least partially by promising students
conveniences such as cooperatives and general stores
during their stay at the University.
His opponent rromised to fight for more student
power within the University community. Who needs
that? Maybe if he had promised degrees in two years.,..
This year there are no civil rights activists on the
ballot. Both serious parties see ASUN as a provider of
services: educational services, legal services, economic
Unity c.nd Progress (UP) party candidate Bill
Freudenburg is the closer of the two candidates to
being a zealot. To Freudenburg, ASUN is more than a
student voice, it is a "student advocate." ASUN
should public stands against such administrative
bastions as the UNL Housing Office; for instance, if
housing office statistics run against dormitory
students' financial interests.
On the other hand, Ann Henry, presidential
candidate of the Get Off Your Apathy (GOYA)
party, would take a cooler, more Beecher-like
approach to situations such as the dormitory rate
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UNL Chancellor James Zumberge
postal station.
attended the opening of UNL's self-service
Zumberge plays 'post office'
UNL's self-service postal station "should
prove to be a real labor-saving device
and a service to the citizen," according
to UNL Chancellor James Zumberge.
The chancellor attended Tuesday the
opening ceremony for the outdoor postal
station, located on the corner of 14th and U
Streets, across from the State Museum.
"The post office will be a fine contri
bution to Lincoln's mail system because it's
strategically located and offers 24-hour
service," Lincoln Postmaster Garl Moore
The postal station dispenses stamps and
envelopes, provides scales and postage charts
and contains a mail drop for letters and
packages. Money orders and certified mail
can not be handled at the postal station.
Mail is collected at the station twice daily
on weekdays and once on Sundays.
Construction on the $20,000 structure
oegan in the summer of lyA
Bill Freudenburg, Unity and Progress (UP)
party . . . calls ASUN "the student's
already begun establishing its programs before the
Freudenburg talks in more libertarian terms:
students not only would be convenienced by his
programs, they have a right to them. He speaks of his
running mates in terms of their humanity, their
ability to get along with people.
This campaign has been fought on more concrete
grounds than most. The student lawyer debate was as
open and as intelligently foujht as an election issue
can be. The candidates camr to work well-prepared
and serious. Programs were argued, not
ASUN may not be on solid gounds as a legitimate
government with the power to affect people's lives or
to demand universal respect from students and
adminstrators alike. But as a student service
organization, this year's candidates are saying
intelligently that ASUN can be a viable organization.
Carly radiates
on 'No Secrets'
Our entertainment staff is at it again.
Here's two more installments to add to their famous mini
record review catalogue.
No Secrets. Carly Simon. Elektra (75049).
With "You're So Vain" belting out of the speakers and
Carly gazing at you from the back cover of the album, how
can anyone help but like No Secrets.
Simon runs the gamut of soft and tender on "His Friends
Are More Than Fond of Robin" and "It Was So Easy" to
rough and rowdy on "Night Owl" and the popular ' You're So
Simon radiates a charisma and confidence in No Secrets
which she didn't have on her previous albums.
When she sings of love, it's a personal confession. Simon
draws comparisons between a child's innocent love to an
adult's complicated, confusing love. "The Carter Family"
shows a woman realizing how much she wants something after
she's given it up, while "Waited So Long" ends a girl's
innocence as she sings "Daddy, I'm no virgin. And I've already
waited too long."
If you've waited too long, end it and hop out to buy No
Secrets. Larry Kubert
Split Ends. The Move. United Artists (UAS-5666)
Noisy nonsense. As the incredibly inane liner notes put it
"Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan are among the chosen
few who have been handed the secret key to the magic that is
rock 'n' roll. ..that's what it's all about. Heavy makes you very
happy. Oh yes, the Move is an unbelievably heavy loud and
powerful band..."
Noisy three-piece bands, unless a third of them is Jimi
Hendrix, simply don't have the versatility (and often not the
talent anyway) to play any interesting music. The Move is no
The album is made up of some cuts from Message From
The County which was released on Capitol in 1971 along with
a bunch of singles released on UA and Capitol in the last year
or so.
The only real reason I can imagine for this group being
popular or successful is that they're better than a group called
A Euphonious Wail. ' Bart Becker
Wednesday, march 13, 1973
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