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The Media Access Project (MAP), a
broad-based, grass roots community
action organization, was formed in
hopes of demoralizing the media, with
special focus on cable TV, said Pat
Drake, member of the newly founded
Criticizing commercial media for not
providing free access to the people,
MAP members are trying to "demystify"
the technology of mass media com
munication, Ron Kurtenbach, a member
of MAP, said.
One of MAP's first projects is a study
of the cable television industry, in
general, and its specific relation to
Lincoln. Impetus for the group's
interest can be attributed to the FCC's
order to Lincoln Telephone and
Telegraph Company (LT&T) to divest
themselves of their wholly-owned
subsidiary, TV Transmission, Inc.
The divestiture was initially ordered
in March 1970, as the FCC stated
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telephone companies already held large
conglomerate groups of power and did
not want them to be able to enlarge their
holdings further. LT & T had until March
1974 to comply with the order. However,
in January 1974, LT & T filed a waiver of
the rules, due to a FCC loophole.
LT & T would be entitled to file for a
waiver, under the condition that there Is
no market for the system, providing this
can be attested to by affidavit.
"So it looks as if they are stalling for
time,", concluded Drake. "It will take
approximately two ye'S for the
government to act upon the waiver."
In the meantime, the FCC granted a
certificate to TV Transmission to add
two broadcast television signals to its
already utilized 12 channels.
MAP speculates the FCC Is making
LT & T a more attractive package order
tor easier sale in the future.
"They are very closed about the sale,"
said Ron Kurtenbach. He said he fears
the possibility that LT & T will suddenly
annouce a sale of the cable system and
spring it on the City Council which is a
requirement of the ordinance for
"We don't want the City Council to
rubber stamp the deal as a fait accompli
simply because it hasn't done it's
homework," wrote Drake in the Lincoln
MAP plans to ask the City Council
about the Council's intent of prepara
tion, said Kurtenbach,
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One may hear these greetings and many others
while walking through Neihardt Residential Center's
International House (l-House) where 66 American and
foreign students live.
The l-House program, in its fourth year, offers
public lectures and discussion about foreign cultures
and sponsors international dinners once a month.
Details of this year's public dinners are pending
action by the lHouse government, according to Jay
Hall, resident advisor. He said information about the
dinners will be available later in September at
Neihardt Residential Center.
Students from Japan, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Iran,
India and 10 other countries live at the center. They
introduce each other to their own country's culture,
An American student, Paul Frerichs, said he
discussed dating customs with his Guatemalan
roommate, who told him Guatemalan men do not
start dating until they reach college age and then only
when they know a girl well.
"Food managers have become aware of the foreign
student, which has made the foreign student's
adjustment to American food easier," Hall said. He
said foreign dishes are served at l-House.
One foreign student, Kamran Elahi, from Iran said
he hnnnht tho LMrtnco rmirm r iua . a
Its purpose of bringing American and foreign
students together. Elahi said residents of l-House are
not seeing each other.
His American friends outside of l-House have
helped him to learn about American culture more than
the l-House program has, he said.
Other students said, however, that they thought
l-House social programming was adequate. Residents
said l-House fosters in them an appreciation of
&hop Penrsep downtown Lincoln.
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Daily 9:30-5:30. Monday end Thursday til 9 p.m.
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