The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 19, 1973, Page page 4, Image 4

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Back Pace
fThis is the fifth semester that the Daily
.N'ebraskan has urged students to contribute to
'ACE. PACE stands for "Program for Active
'qmmitment to Education" and is a
ow-income scholarship program voluntarily
'nanced by students.
In past years there was talk of students
wiping other students and of opening avenues
so more low-income students could attend the
University. This year those statements are still
true, but the need is even greater. Federal
cutbacks have reduced the financial aid
."available to students. PACE could make up
part of the difference if all UNL students
Participate. True, the possible $65,000 that
could be raised through PACE won't come
close to the $745,000 cut in federal aid, but it
ould be a beginning.
. There are those who say they cannot
if ford to give $3.50 to PACE. In a few cases
this may be true. But for the vast majority it
is not. How much is $3.50? It won't buy a
air of pants, a sweater, a hard bound
textbook. It will barely pay for three mixed
drinks at local bars.
It seems those are things that could be put
aside to help someone go to college.
Two steps out
of the dark
At last the Interfraternity Council (IFC)
has taken two steps out of the dark ages of
pledge training. The IFC has re-established the
pledge education contract and has made an
effort to inform pledges of their rights.
... By re-establishing the pledge education
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contract, the council has tneij to insure that
pledges will not be harassed by iciives. That is
the way it should be. P lodges .vc not slaves or
toys, they are people and should be treated as
such.
The IFC also acted wisely in acquainting
pledges with their rights during Rush Week.
These actions focus ihe responsibility for
enforcing the policies on the IFC. The
council's officers must act vigorously to
assure that the houses honor the contract.
They also should inform the pledges of how
to report violations.
It is hoped that the IFC will not need to
enforce the contract. But to hope that some
houses will not mistreat pledges is like hoping
Israel and the Arabs can live together
peacefully.
Michael (O.J.) Nelson
Marxist reforms prove Aiiende's tragic flaw
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VVI.il:? ihis mluinnist loins manv
f!Mir'. in lct)loring the violent and
vr flosth last week of Chilean
V: :l'ii:Pi Salvador Allendo Gossens, it
is 'joi',' . hjt more difficult to lament
his ffi,iis-' db Chile's leader.
AHvud'.', a physician, squeezed into
officH hi 100 with a mere 36.2 per
(tit of fh(- popular vole. The rest
w.iit to two other ' candidates-a
inoM";;t and a conservative. While
jirt mo 'T' than a third of the voters
opt. r.'d for Allcnde, the world's first
frpcly f lectrd Marxist president
in?..;' -pmri-d his victoty as a miraculous
mi'!!:d:!; for revolutionary reform.
A I (hough the opposition-controlled
con'irf. Ti was fihle to arrest or impede
many of Alltnde's socialist schemes,
the i."rji!;tors could not prevent him
frr-m initiating the basic policies that
hve, in 1 he past three years, brought
chaos nd misery to the Chilean
people.
",!!;". It;':, efforts to transform his
C'.o'tfry into a plebeian paradise have
.'rju;!,: havoc with the pieviously
healthy economy. In 1971, his
n.i'; "! ') fi'st year, the cost of living
tos" '',' pci c'tt. 107 ww an inflation
t.itu of 10? pel rent, and so far this
y ,.r '!it t i hp- stands at 300 m cent.
II)'.1 Chic.arjo 5un Timos leccntly
n p. 'hot chicken:, wen; selling for
U'-hciis ;i'ja' .ed '.ui pluses in the
hu'tr;: t as profluction i.nd exports fell
and import needs lose. Strikes
pii,jl:;H the land as workers' wa'jes
f,n!i in keep pce with inflation and
iiK K'.i,i;d taxes wem levied to finance
he m-prntA social revisionism.
Although elected democratically,
lie Allende administration made a
nockery of the democracy that made
its existence possible. Martial law was
imposed with frightening frequency to
silence demonstrations. Newspapers
critical of the regime, such as CI
Men irin and Tributia, were harassed
and hindered economically. By the
end of 1972, the administration had
filed more than 120 lawsuits against
newspeople and publications.
Unfriendly editors were thrown in jail
without a trial. Radio and television
stations were seized, allegedly for
aiding citizen understanding of
Aiiende's point of view.
Thus, like Communist and Socialist
governments everywhere, the Allende
administration labored under the
delusion that it knew more than the
people it ruled and was beyond
reproach.
Crisis upon crisis prompted
repeated purges of the president's
cabinet The endless game of musical
ministers, however, was a cruel
travesty. It was cosmetic and never
indicated compromise on Aiiende's
part.
The coup last week signaled the
first break since 1931 in Chile's
peaceful tradition of choosing its
leaders through the political process.
The country has been known, along
with Uruguay, as an exception in a
continent predisposed to military
takeovers.
What happened cannot be viewed,
as some assert, as a brutal grab for
power by the Chilean armed forces.
Instead it was a last resort-a
manifestation that Chileans had finally
had enough.
ohn vihstodt
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There is every reason to believe that
once order and calm are restored,
Chile will heal itself by making a
StriOOth transition h;ir k In Homnfralir
uvuian rule.
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daily rvbr.tskn
Wednesday, September 19, 1973