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And all along we thought ho was delivering milk!
I'm sure many people have been eagerly awaiting my
-Yeplf tcf Clv Gtatmore's letter coheef rnn(frny being over
" extended (PaOy Nebraikan, March 22). I was going to
explain my actions in the first Residence Hall Assoc. (RHA
newsletter to be put out by the new RHA executives, but I
feel it should not wait. ,
I now am involved in three different things, as Clay
mentioned. I am RHA president, an ASUN senator and a
candidate for the Board of Regents in the Sixth District.
Statrnore fell that my involvement in these three areas
would hurt my effectiveness in these things. First I would
like to explain the relationship between an ASUN senator
and the RHA president. Then I will explain my candidacy
for the Board of Regents.
Though this may sound overconfident and obnoxious,
(which I have been called), I feel I can do a good job in
both. Statrnore asked what I felt was more important to
me. I will answer that bluntly by saying RHA, but I also
must qualif that statement. I campaigned for ASUN under
the assumption that I would becoms the RHA president.
Now that I have both, I can work on the reason why I ran
for both. Mainly it was to increase the communication
between the two, since this year it seemed to be very poor.
By increasing the communication, a better working
relationship can be attained which can be beneficial to both
RHA and ASUN, and I will not be neglecting my senate
duties. I do not envision myself as a super ASUN senator
and a super RHA president. I do see myself improving RHA
to a higher level of efficiency and causing it to be viewed as
a more viable student representative organization.
My bid to the Board of Regents is the item where I may
be overextending myself. I can see this and uncVstand
Statmore's criticism. To decide definitely what I should do
about this ramnainn. I have been seektna advice from many
different people. The advice which impressed me the most
was from State Sen. Terry Carpenter. He said I should keep
my grades up, but don't back out on this since I already
have filed and paid my fee and my name will be on the
ballot. Carpenter said I should not really campaign, but just
sea what happens.
I halfway agree with this. What we plan on doing Is
running a limited campaign by getting as many carloads of
people as possible to go into the Sixth District on the
second, third and fourth weekends in April to distribute
information. We already are seeking financing from anyone
willing to help in this manner with the campaign. Possibly a
booth can be set up in the Nebraska Union to receive help
from off campus people and to answer questions. Three
weekends of campaigning is not going to kill me and cannot
be classified as overextending myself.
Only time will bear out my conviction that I can do a
good job at both RHA and ASUN ar,d run a limited
campaign for the Board of RtgenU. I am always open to
deserved criticism, 3S was Statmore's.
It is true that a penri cm only lo so much. To carry
tlr.t n ISitto farther, there is only so much the RHA and
ASUN can do. But ws can do a lot more with your help- a
few minutes or a few hours a week. Just make yourself
L,n fnr uuo cKiiu npnri vour ideas and help.
The oroaress of PACE has been severely hamstrung in
recIntS and it's time a group such as the
ASUN Senate, did something to get it back on its teet.
PACE an acronym for Program of Active
MVC ?" pHliratjon js the brainchild of the
Commitment to Education, is 1 f Q7Q t
senate. It was developed ,n the ge luZ
state and federal agencies made .s,epAcsw'ns
QrhnlarshiD funds for low income students. PACE was
to hSS of fset the cutbacks by having jjudem,
contribute $3.50 a semester to a pool, out of which
scholarship funds would come.
This semester's contributions were a thin $5,300 in
contrast to $28,179 collected in aut"m"h7v1
first semester the scholarship drive got underway. The
Sr Total was augmented by Pontnbutions .Jrom
facultv members and businessmen, which apparently
have sLTaTbut disappeared. The irrtpmffotwn
of PACE in its early semesters also haj LrcQeJf fgf;
At one time supporters predicted PACE could raise as
much as $135,000. "
The idea of students helping other students in a
program such as PACE deserves unqual. ied support, f
most of the problem in soliciting contributions rests
with inadequate publicity, the senate should grease the
nuts and bolts of its rusty machinery and inform
students of PACE'S past and potential. It all I hinges on
campaigning. In 1971, 5,000 students petitioned fo
PACE'S adoption, and 21 campus organizations and
seven residence hall governments endorsed it. It would
be good to see such enthusiasm for a worthwhile
program renewed. aoc
In any case, back people. Back PACE. -
U.S. goods in Japan;
Tacky! "Tacky! -Tacky!
Honolulu-I'm stopping off here briefly ;n route to Japanf hot
on the track cf an earthshaking news story. . :
My keen ace newsman's instincts were aroused last weeK back
home in San Francisco in the five-and-dime store when a Japanese
gentleman bowed to the clerk and said politely, "Please give me
two dozen Mickey Mouse watches, four gross of cheap winciup
toys, two golf courses, four hotels, one resort and Park Place."
He seemed disappointed the clerk could provide him with only
the watches and toys. So he bowed again and handed me his caid,
which read: "Mr. Ohio Sayonara, Purchasing Agent, Kamikaze
"Excuse me, please," he said. "But. where does one purchase
golf courses, hotels and resorts?" He checked his shopping list.
"Oh, so sorry, I need a couple of factories, too."
Always helpful'to foreign visitors, I named a large number of
such items in the nearby vicinity. But Sayonara sadly shook his
head when I had finished. "So sorry," he said "Those are owned
already by my Japanese competitors. Oh, if you only knew how
difficult it is to find anything in America left to buy."
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With a touch of asperity, I asked Sayonara why he didn't go
home to Tokyo where he belonged. He looked genuinely
shocked. "But who," he said, "can afford to live in Tokyo? -
It was a tragic tale Sayonara told. "We must buy golf courses
in America," he explained, "because our green fees in Japan are
astronomical. We were forced to acquire your Motorola television
factories because our labor costs have gone sky high.
"With one-room apartments selling for $50,000 in Tokyo, we
had no choice but to buy up your hotels and resorts to provide
Inexpensive housing for our poor people. Do you realize a dinner
for one In a Tokyo restaurant now costs $70? Unless we can
somehow purchase your Trader Vic's chain, I fear we Japanese
will soon starve to death."
I apologized for my earlisr lack of sympathy for his p6or,
starving people. But why was he buying cheap Amei ican toys and
He shrixjged. "Who can afford Japanese toys "and watches
these days?" he said. "We are planning to take advantage of your
cheap American labor and import such products to Japan."
Well, I said, I only hoped Japan was ready for shoddy
Has Japan, then, becoma so poor it has to buy up the Ye-&t of
the world? Only time and my expense account will tell.
But my suspicions were fortified h;re at the Honolulu Airport.
A group of Japanese businessmen, fresh off tha plane from
Tokyo, were just boaiding the bus for Pearl Harbor.
And the odd thing was the strange Japanese words they were
shouting; "Toral Tora! Toral" " .
(Copyright Chronlcla Publishing Co.) .
friday, cpril 5, 1974
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