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Dear editor, .
Mary Cannon's column against abortion (Dally
Nebraska, Feb. 21) hinges on the notion of the right
of tha fstus. This concept of a natural right to life is
based on an 18th Century construct duly reflected in
the Constitution, but it is a misrepresentation of
history. It is society, not nature, that determines
rights. Insofar as our society posits a right to life it
also defines the nature of such a life. That such a
definition must necessarily be random does not
diminish its significance.
Cannon protests that "a baby entitled to human
respect five minutes after birth . . . surely is entitled
to the same consideration weeks or months earlier."
The point at which a fetus becomes a citizen can only
be determined legally according to criteria of social
utility. Any other criteria lead to injustice or
absurdity. (In regard to the Dred Scott decision, the
injustice fay in basing judgment on narrow political
expediency rather than social utility.)
If a 3-month fetus has an inherent right to life,
why hasn't a gamete equal right by reason of its
potential for life? The Catholic Church uses precisely
such reasoning in banning birth control, and yet if it
were to follow this logic thoroughly It would be
forced to ban virginity as monthly murder.
Even granting the fetus rights, one Is still left with
tha conflicting rights of the mother, One set of rights
must of necessity be subordinated to the other. It
may be argued that tha fetus, like any organism, has
the natural right to continue its growth, but surely
this right pales before the 'mother's rights as a
conscious biological organism.
Abortion, far from avoiding "reasonable'
responsibility," as Cannon claims, extends the area in
which human responsibility must be
applied-responsibility for overpopulation, the
consequent exhaustion of resources and deteriorating
quality of life, the exploitation of
women-responsibility for the living population of
Price ain't right
Ten million dollars is a nice round figure for
Woody's Fine Arts Center. Lincoln, the world's
cultural center, is greatly in need of a multipurpose
community performing arts center. Tha University Is
completely satisfying the educational needs of the
student with 50-year-old buildings that house libraries
in their hallways, buildings that . have been
condemned, buildings that are fire traps. There is no
need for a Life Sciences B!dg., an addition to Love
Library or a new Law College.
With rising residence hall rates, rising student fees,
rising tuition and rising inflation, $10 million is to be
spent on a badly needed fine arts center. Who is going
to pay for this? Will there be a mandatory fee
attached to tuition that the students have been
begging to pay for the last five years? Or would the
students rather pay that fee for a much needed,
nonvarsity athletic faculty? Or would it be better to
pay $10 million off on the bonds that are owed?
I, for one, do not recognize the need for Woody's
fine arts center. Let the Lincoln community pay for
it. Also, there is much need for the use of the
Coliseum by the Men's Physical Education Dept. and
the Recreation Dept. I feel that the students should
be consulted before $10 million is spent on a fine arts
center. While that is going on, we can watch the side
show of the Capitol over the University budget for
I am a UNL senior student athlete, and I would
like to reply to Mike Dennis' letter concerning his
disappointment in the UNL track program (Daily
Nebraskan, Feb. 15).
power structure of college athletics. Who blames ths
admissions office for not letting a bum in the
engineering college? Some persons are admitted to
the track team knowing they have no business there.
They are given a chance anyway by ths track coach
(Frank Sevigne). When they find they aren't in high
school any more, sometimes they take out their bad
feelings on tha very person who gave them every
Like most sports at UNL, other than football,
track does not get a tremendous amount of
recognition. The track program here needs more bad
publicity like ii needs to lose more good athletes to
academic eligibility requirements.
, I hope Mike Dennis can find a place in this
University and in society before he throws too much
mud at the people who are trying to help him.
I decided to write this letter after reading the
announcement of yell squad tryouts (Daily
Nebraskan, Feb. 22). I read in it that the squad might
add tumbling and other stunts to its routines, which
is really quite funny, considering they should change
some other stuff first.
The first change would involve fairer tryouts. If
you don't have a Greek symbol pasted across you,
you're in for a hassle. I tried out two years ego, but
because of my residence hall background I wasn't
even considered. I aiways thought that who ever
proved themselves capable of the job was eligible, but
at those tryouts I found it different (undemocratic
and unfair). I also can recall much publicity about
expanding the yell squad, specifically the males. What
are they waiting for? I think an increase in male
members on the squad would definitely improve the
squad as a whole. It wouldn't look so one (femate)
sided, and maybe people on the sidelines would
realize that It's not so terribly bad to show
enthusiasm at the games if the well rounded yell
squad was out there leading good cheers.
Mike Dennis has a problem that many freshman An increase of guys on the squad would allow
students have: adjusting to college and, in particular, more area to be covered on the football sidelines
college athletics. Track at a major university isn't at (more people could hear the cheers) and would fill in
all like track in high school: Its more; 'demanding? " ,cthe uneven ratio of four women to one man at the
There is no room or time fqr people wh$ haven't the ends of, the" basketball court. I hope this year's kids
basic ability and desire to spend in this sport. w p try fog" out have "an equal chance, unlike previous
I believe the problem should not be blamed on the
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