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UNL grad: two years in Africa rewarding
flu ft!n' CSiar-l? olirtn : '':'' !;'. 'H.
When Paul Newhouse came
back to the United States after
spending two years in , Chad,
Africa, he said he, was, more
.... conaiiiwii in - hin oars crf fhf
trhow-away society. ;'s
li -ehad ybu ;; don't; i throw
pnvthi'nn riwav;';' hn said:! r '
Newhouse, a '1972 UNL grad- ;
duate, who majored in i French; j
and; economics,, left for Chad in
July ; 1972 ; as ,a Pace ( Corps ,,:..;
English teachers He taught, j
English as a foreign language to I
persons from 13 to 20 years old ;;
!N Bousso, a town cf about 3,000
for two years. Newhouse re-
turned to ,the United States last ,
. month.' : . v ; '; ;.. . i
Chad, Newhouse; said, Is a
poor country with no resources. !
Some of its people, mostly those ;
living in the capital city, are ;
aware of their poverty and have j
developed an inferiority complex ;
about it. Some, he said, are i
bitter, toward the French,' who'r
: Uft akWsaift he triedl to convey
' to his students that the world is
bigger than Chad.
Newhouse said his students
were warm ; and interested in
i f . and Chati.cultures in English, he
i ! "PolitidsTwfere not openly ! dis?
i ; cussed ,ie': said.; fVSitsi of his
' ; students Iwe're "too ihnocent to
U'l be todlcfissatisfiedj with i the
i . cdvemmenti IMost frad never
i been to the capital. :
- ji'AccormnQ to Newhouse, chad
studentslexpetatidns are realis
tic J Mafiy !-:hobe to 'become
primaryi teachers or" ! work in
government jobs, this way they
Paul Newhouse, 1972 UNL gndja!
expeiiences in Chad, Africa.
rcvLws his torching
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A, shorago of funds and dwin
dling student attendance have
combined to spell 'out the closing
e. J title for' the-Union WeeKend Him
iiG Series. A l-xture ot UNL weekend
'life for more than eleven years, the
ft series fell prey last spring to a
Tllm lorno Union Proo,rnmming budget
1,11 Vvcuf ai.d sharply reduced admis
."Profit icn't our motive, but wc
trid r ot to mo student fees,',' said
Art 1 r .-nipson. aor.istant director of
nron-vms at the Nebraska Union.
"Wc. wanted the films to uraW
Tnompson said losses in the past
have been absotbed into profits
from diher Droarams, but with the
advent of the 1974-75 budget, there)
wasn't enouah money to permit
' , At' its inception, the Weekend
Film Series was shown in the Union
Auditor :um whif.h seats approxi
mately 100 persons. Outgrowing
the Union U e films moved to the
Mcniik, I Sail Auditorium, onlv to
face competition from newly
expanded downtown theatre ccmp
Durina the SDrino 1974 sem
ester, the films were cut back to
showing only one evening, instead
of both Friday and baturday nignts
Thumpso.i j.aid he did not feel
rtudent b'odv was being
deptuod, Gotiirjlv cf cntortain
nscnt, 'iiC'' tfifjc- are now fourteen
screen, ri the downtown rrea
alnn not cour.Tinn the Sheldon
Film '1 (ioat r or the
receive, a gdyernmeni
Chclcf is lartgely sup
bvi? subsidies from
Uleveta gears': agd' Chad's;
?gdvemrtifenti: staged what New
' house called a Vcjjltdral revolu-' :
; - in A rh rpvrihitioh.i he ;said,
controlled; the country Until : it nipuriteq j ; 0' a' ! ,! psychological ;
was takeni over by "a dictatorship i I ft pfepafanon 'VI 6 remaining if -
A roholtinn hu tha i n a rni i"i I'l fttatlc'--. '. Uradit iOnal:
'rites ilrtjtolerancd -oil outside'
i religionMlarid tribal. 6yalty ex-; ,
tendihgl jfrpm one's immediate
'siiperior l td i Chad's president,
'$ere stressed, ne salq.;
schools :are open ;to: 1 i f they said'thy yvould it; -they naa .;
io and secdnda'ryiSchoolsH ' : ,;HiBi'biJt would n't t.:want If :a
fipetitive.:; Students are ,i r; ' vpersoh iefued,' to go, .through -
id aari 3rin A rebellion bv the
northern islamic; tribes ; against
' this government has been going:
on for about seven years; he
:.said-';v;.!'V;;:.A,:!i ' 'Ik'y- i1'
However, most of the, peeple
are not political, he said.: , : ' .
The people are concerned with
"their plot of land the;animals"
they ,,ownj - whether' or 'hot the
rains come and with paying the '
small tax S the government collects.--';
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Many persons do not send:
their children to school, because ;
, they want to: preserve their, own1
culture. Newnouse, saa. bix
are . competitive: ;; Students are
required to test into them,; ne
said.-. ;' ;'-';:" ':.' '''.
According to Newhouse, -tha
idealism associated with the
early Peace Corps no longer
exists. People are looking at the
Peace Corps more as a job and
an alternative to settling down to
teaching in an American high
school, he said. ' i I ;
Most Peace Corps volunteers
do not e'xpect to change 'the
world, Newhouse said: . f...
"The most important reason
for..teaching ; English ' is so
communication; can be estab
lished between the African
nations," ' he saidi, Newhouse
mentioned that the English texts
he used dealt with a Nigerian
family ; N igeria Is. an African
nation with oil, and a well-developed
educational system. Ac
cording, to Newhouse,.; Nigeria
could possibly be of. help to Chad
in the future.'. 1 ';;! '' "i--.
The course curriculum in
Chad was developed . by the ;
Ministry of ftdueation ian.d the
Peace Corps American Program
inhnnkitionito the mandatory.
; paean rites-fwhich Were often
; : physical lordeals the revolution
supported arose from the
northern ! islamic tribes and
Christians In the cobntry,! The
file requires 'a person to spend
r.; .seven :-Vek;s i in the WilUerpess,
'.i-:i NewhoOe saldi'; lj, 111 i '. u.
- -;! ' i n Newhouse Jasked his, students
it; they jwouid ; perrorm his: rite;
vperson 'refused, to go, .tnrougn
; with 'a flte, (he couia pe ;snoi,
Newhouse said,'; ' ' :'. ! '
f 4i Newh6usbssald his experience
in Chacj was f 'very good for him
persQn$'Jy," although he said he
, got lonely for Americans. During
the time he was there, he was
the only American within 200
'miles, r)e;said. I, . i.::
'' i;i Hesaid;he found work .more
; rewarxiing than being a student. .;
; ili'Myl ;friendsiin-; the Peace
Corps s were ' doing ij concrete.
, worthwhile! things! jiA lot of
Li people at Universities iare ifloat
;ino arddnd.1 in the clouds. :Thev
don't know what they're going,'
Newhouse said,: ; f;i . .
. .. Through' leaching;- Newhouse :
said , he I hoped to V reach the
small percnetage at j the top of
the class; who learned well and
wantedltb: learn, and who would :
eventualjy 64 the leaiders df-the
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::"'Mi Newhouse isj currently work
.vMng "at ja1; calash; , He will be ;
',:ieavipg!vilth the peadelCorps for; ;
''-''Afghanlitan )n rearly l December; :
'hte'plarti to stay therk for a year
' and a half. 5 Vt X U ! ; ' ;
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1W WifsV; lrti:iU D
iJjLiiii 1 h i i if nun if n
CREATING BETJER LIVING
FOR UNL STUDENTS..
id to ten:
mj; " vou
notn.nn to ve-sr? Rem-'
(1 ili.it drtcidful.' dile-'-nu
e.nJ cuiue to the
I ).sny , tor the new
fantastic fashions of
Open wrikriidit;; t! 9 n
Sat. 6 run. Sun. 1 ?
Free two months rent if you rnov?3;in
before Novcrrbcr 1. ,1974 (Jilb
ricut, complete with pirq-porsg ppd
uool td(j!t" Wfc! bat d.!j tircflCf,
conversation pit'. Heated pool, lrSr)is
court. Baboball and football field.
Two fully' equipped playgi oufids.
Picnic ground with gas 51 ill - Two Car
off fjtrpft parking,, and in p.rk jnty
bus syrvic. free storage bhed, table
!v, water, sewer and trash' service.
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thurlsday, September 12, 1974
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