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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 14, 1973)
When students, administrators and staff speak of
the quality of life at UNL, they seldom mention one
of the most important aspects: the surroundings. The
city campus is one of the least attractive elements of
an already mediocre university.
It is dotted with what must be the largest
collection of architectural grotesqueries of any
institution of higher learning in the country. It is a
state-endorsed eyesore, a blight upon the city. It is
enough to make Frank Lloyd Wright roll over,
laughing, in his grave.
For instance, who is guilty of approving the design
for Oldfather Hall? The building is out of place and
destroys the symmetry of the four-building complex
next to which it stands. It is, in its severe inhumanity,
an example of what Norman Mailer calls "welfare
architecture." The 12-floor misfit is not an inviting
classroom building but a symbol of the impersonal
nature of the multiversity.
Other examples are rife. Who was responsible for
coupling the Administration and Teachers College
Bldgs.? Who approved the discordant addition that
is to join Love Library?
Now it seems the days of this sort of architectural
abuse might be numbered. The Board of Regents, in
""oToTTts most laudable actions this year, has
established a position canea ine p"yu1
C0Tdheac0oordinator, in effect, will be a campus
planner. He will examine ali capital construction
proposals for suitability, make cost estimates and
judge the compatibility to the rest of the campus of
desiqns submitted for proposed buildings.
The position will be at the system level and will
cost about $42,000 a year, according to regents
estimates. , , . .
The position will aid the University by helping to
save money. The coordinator is to make sure that
master plans for the three camouses are followed.
The University has commissioned at least three
master plans for the Lincoln campus. Neither the
1920 plan, the Seymour plan of 1926, nor the 19b
plan has been followed The cost of the three plans
must total more than $1 million, although these
figures are not available.
Now that the position is established, the regents
must make a thorough search for the right person to
fill it. With the right person, the position could be a
turning point for i campus mv.h abused by
insensitive architects and short siqmou aummibirdiuii.
Michael (O.J.) Nelson
fan - .,.
.-. ,, j ; iihi."- gteat interest nor surprise the
,u.:.; ,! .:') (.-'ithned the views of Regent Ed
!-v uk'ir u.i alcohol in the dormitories (Daily
M. ir., .!-.,!., U--v :V I ike many students, I tire of the
i,.nriij ri4?r, l-ko Schwartzkopf espouse
( ', ,. ., ..i.Hj' Mt ; iqhtS GO Ciirr'ptJS.
;!,: pi-.t.i ni; xt lo the article, however
ii 'Mil!,', i,c-s ruptured this spirit of seeming
.,"!, .-,1 ti... student. Schwartzkopf is pictured
, ),.; : . i, t ;'.; head, which no doubt is swimming
, t i. of student questions, with his
r,.. : .! fini'jc fie i' ly f xe-id'.'d.
i ii ijif i.'ujJ.; a thousand words.
,.:!,' ":'!' The photograph of Regent
,!,.'.-. n:h.-:' ii ) Daily Nebraskan file photo. It
r:-i-: ,:cn ration
1 . , III ut ,
h,. , but i jy! Uon't you know there's an energy
'i'l'iin to eipgnrV in fashion nurtures the
.',,;.v, 'wri':,n daydream that we can continue, as
,;. ( ..it ? t . rj world's population, usi ng 50 per
,, m :!,: wood's annual production of natural
!.. out P'at's the waie theme as Cadillac's current
' (..- ..j ij:.. I:'s out of touch. You're trying to yin
. .(.,;, ,.!u,!'.!,'t ?tk.? grat. vision to see an impending
ii'.,' 't.' i'.'Oi oatt keep warm economically
John A. Hansen
s 1 arr'-i should have? worn his glasses
. ,-Hin.fj o the "finr? print" in your "All's
. 1 1 r in I (Daily Nsbraska'n, Nov. 8).
I, f.'.r i', ii'ii ftmiliar with the events which
i ,nv foiiuwfcd tlwj 1967 Mideast War. Israel's
,:.! ; sn'i.-tt ,ir l.ni jn; of the sovereignty and
.ii,.: fiteqriry of th Arab countries is a disgrace
,-. ,(r.;u.i IfiW. 3'nce when dos Israel deserve
..! "inviolable" territorial rights when she has
ti-.nied thi-m to the Arabs? It is not the
.!) In-'!' epanded their borders to
i, i lod'ii n.ure leadily any new influx of
!', ' i")!n,;ro" of the Arab countries both by
. I try rmdh-tj parties and her dictatorial
'.. in! i w,n .! the wnfines of intprnational law
Urit'..' rj, it ions' resolutions, deprive her of all
!. ..? t'iut.'-.t ut Arab retaliation,
i p ; started fjerause ot the massive
oi l,rjl! forces on th Syrian lxider, to
'i th" m;jI) ccuntrirs responded. The military
, : , i, i .vliic h Krr.cl co"i a:s her neighbors may
. ' i1 : '. Z.i-vJ- i, hut he, and for that matter,
1 i., t .i-ji.i' th.it Israel only cun expect
reciprocal treatment from the Arabs.
If Zariski believes there can be any lasting peace
without the settlement of the Palestinian problem, I
suggest that he is dreaming old colonial dreams. The
extermination of the Palestinian nation and the
liquidation of the Palestinian identity are not light
matters to be discarded by the world's conscience
simply because they do not fit into the Zionist
scheme. Israeli Premier Golda Meir's statement that
Palestinians do not exist is surely a sign of Israel's
morally criminal perspective.
The settlement or the Palestinian problem does
not mean, nor ever has meant, an extermination of
the Jews in Israel. The Arabs are willing to leave that
system of social injustice to Israel's posterity, since it
has been a part of her sociai policies in the past 25
"Handing Israel over to the Palestinian guerrillas,"
Zariski should take a closer look at the
Palestinians: a sad people, torn and scattered by
Zionist ambitions and destitute almost beyond hope.
The Palestinians are an entire nation, with women,
children, old, young and all the other components of
a full society.
If Zariski means, by the guerrillas, the terrorists,
he should feel part of the shame which this world
must share for the sheer dejection and hopelessness
which has led to this horrible desperation.
The Arabs do not condone terrorism in any form.
But they under-tand that Poif.stinian terrorism is the
direct result of 20 years of indifference and neglect
by a powerful We.iem world wh'ch sings of peace
while swinging the sword. Once Palestinian misery is
ended, so will end their icar and thus the terrorism of
For Zai iski'r. information, a just and equitable
peace is one in winch the Arubs aie not buried
beneath Zionism's r;ta.,t ambitions, and in which
Arab and Jew una' ago in can live side by side by
equals, as they have done through history. The specter
oi war and -nilitarism now reigning must be
exorcised. Respect for the human l ights of all men is
surely the magi;:.
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