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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 10, 1973)
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There were two surprises in store this
weekend for football fan parents of UNL
dormitory residents. First was the impressive
defeat of UCLA at the hands of a well-oiled
Cornhusker team. The second, and in some
ways more impressive, was the residence hall
visitation boycott coordinated by the
Residence Hall Assoc.
The boycott was met with mixed reactions
from parents. Some were angered, some
didn't care. But none of those who were
refused admittance to their sons' or
daughters' rooms will continue to view the
visitation issue in the same way. The injustice
of the current visitation regulations was
thrown before them. They saw for the first
time that it makes no difference to the Board
of Regents what the intention is of any
person who wishes to enter a dormitory room
occupied by a member of the opposite sex. Be
the reason orgy or motherhood, the act of
visitation is viewed in the same way by the
In a sense, the visitation boycott is a
greater victory than the football game: it has
brought dorm students together for the first
time since the threatened mass violation of
1972. With the exception of a few babes in
the woods who believe the regents actually
are concerned with their well-being, the
dorms acted as a team and by so doing have
demonstrated they might be a power to
RHA President Carolyn Grice has said
"We're certainly not going to stop here."
They must not. It is important that they work
together to win by any means necessary their
right to control their own living environment.-
'Your own risk'
There seems to be a problem with
priorities at Love Library. Construction
officials working on the site north of the
library have told UNL administrators that it is
dangerous for students to use the walkway
beneath the construction. They say they told
the library staff to open the south doors so
the walkway can be closed.
The library disagrees. They say they can't
afford to open the south doors since they
would have to hire more persons to watch
them. One official said he believes it no more
dangerous to use the walkway than to walk
down a Lincoln street. But construction
officials say it is possible that tools might fall
on students walking there. How often is
someone in danger of falling tools on a
So foolish is the "safe as any Lincoln
street" arguement, that one must conclude
the actual problem at the library is money.
The library must be afraid or too lazy to ask
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the persons needed to staff the south
Steps must be taken immediately to assure
the safety of students and others using the
walkway. The university should contact state
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or local officials to find out if the walkway is
too dangerous for use. If it is found to be a
hazard, as construction workers say it is, then
it should be closed. Library officials shouldn't
ignore warnings made 'jy men who know
construction and the ha.a.ds it might present.
Michael (O.J.) Nelson
Redneck bars experiencing shift in attitudes
"Shit, I work my ass off day and night, and now
"Did you hear that A I picked up $75 on the
horses last week?"
"Well, I'm glad someone's making money. I just
dropped a hundred on my girl's school books."
"Well, you should have thought of that before she
"What do you want me to do, hang out a red
light? I'm just try in' to figure out how to pay the
This dialogue is similar to that made famous by
the Archie Bunkers and the Joes. It is the speech of
the working man sitting at the bar, drinking a beer
with friends. It is likely to invoke visions of
bullnecked construction workers or cowboys. But no
matter what your vision of a redneck, everyone is
familiar with the redneck bar, the loose talking', easy
offendin', country western wailin' bastion of Spiro's
Silent Majority, They are the often undereducated,
hardnosed folks of the Far Right. And this illusion is
reinforced by movies, folk tales and an occasional
cise of personal harassment.
But despite its apparent resistance to change,
today then.' is a subtle shift taking place in working
men's bars. Because of this, the opening quote is not
so typical as it looks.
First, the discussion was not between two men
but between 4 man and a woman. Their bond was not
one of marriage or sexual attraction but rather one
between persons who must work hard for a living,
people who, like Ben of The Graduate, are concerned
about their futures.
Second, the two were not alone. In fact, they
were sharing a beer with a somewhat shaggy college
student. All this in what one might call a redneck bar,
Working men's bars tend to be taking on a slightly
new style, including traces of tolerance and
acceptance. When I asked a bartender how he would
describe the changed bar, he said it was reverting to
something similar to the neighborhood' style tavern.
"Obviously, it can't U- a neighborhood bar out here,
but we have about B'j per cent regulars, and tin.1 result
is that I get to know most of them and they get to
know each other pretty well."
I here is no cisy w.iy to chauciene tin; type of
person who becomes a reguliit . I hey tange I10111
industiial workers to college stiidenK, tiom prison
guaids to women of the night. I ntei est irmly enough,
regulars seem to accept one another more as a iegul,n
than as a member of a stereotyped group. I he
tednect talk still is there, but without the bitterness,
and offense often is followed with a
conciliator ily bought draw.
Perhaps the most important sign that can be seen
in the slow transformation of the working men's bar
is a regression toward community not a community
of a thousand workmen in tin; same plant or 20,000
college students of whom one knows only a
fraction-but towards a small community where
people know each other, where the bartender knows
you by your first name, where it's not looked down
upon to be happy, sad or worried.
The move toward the small, familiar selling is a
move that is and will be minoie, jn 0,)(,t (Jf
our society. It is a (espouse to Hviimi in ,, ()iaul
uncaring world and to t f .... nr, isolation' to
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