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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 11, 1973)
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Joe McCarty led a lO-mcmbcr
s u b c o in ni i 1 1 e c of the A S U N
Environmental Task Force, which
produced "An Evaluation of UNL
McCarty, now in his last year of
architecture, has spent a year and a half
in dormitories during his four years of
He became interested in the el feet of
dormitories on students psychologically.
This included the psychological cllcct ot
the physical environment of the
dormitory on students.
The Housing office is not meeting its
stated objectives, McCarty said, "if they
(Housing personnel) met them in the real
spirit, we would have dormitories with no
Dormitories should be more than
places to house bodies. Most students live
there because they have no apartment to
move into, or because they arc forced to
because they are freshmen, or as a
convenience, he said.
"There arc no real reasons to live in a
dormitory," he said.
McCarty suggested changing one
lounge on each floor of Abel Hall into a
activity room where residents would
know pool, bridge or art materials always
McCarty said he also thought students
would be willing to pay more money for
additional services. Therefore, he said, he
felt dormitories should offer different
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Options should be available to
students. Maybe a student only wants a
bed to sleep in and doesn't want to study
in his dormitory room. He should be able
to have it," he said.
McCarty pictured the dormitory
rooms as cages. "You can have someone
else in your cage for six hours a day, but
you can't close your door. Your furniture
is bolted down; you can't move it.
"The ookecper sets all the rules.. .the
animals must adapt to the cage as
students must adapt to their cages.
"Students should be able to do in their
dormitory what someone living
off-campus could do," lie said.
The first thing McCaMy would like to
see changed is restrictions on visitation
and alcohol in dormitories.
"If the regents have any sense at all,
the alcohol and visilalion restrictions
would be removed. If the I lousing Office
had its way, the rules would be dropped,'
"Kigjil now, students arc trying to he
polite but lirm-btit not firm enough. We
got the visitation houis we have now by
laying out cards on the table."
it tne regents don t act witmn a
reasonable period of time, mass violation
is the only solution. Enough proposals
have been taken to the regents-extended
visitation on Saturdays is just a token.
The regents think if they ignore it, it will
McCarty said he thought alcohol in the
dormitories might create some discipline
problems. "However", he said, "if the
university was doing its job, there would
be no discipline problem. There's
something wrong with the university
system if 22-year-old people have to
make a spectacle of themselves to have a
He also said the way dormitories now
die arranged is conducive to vandalism
and rowdiricss. Part of the problem is that
men and women arc separated and that
people arc placed in social groups j
according to floor?.
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