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S - - - iincoSn, nwuraska vol 98 no. 34
enovation of Union
$ 1 60,440
George McGovern whlfa dmp!;!ng 'for tha presidency in 1S72.
Senate campaign trail lonely ,
cGovern regaining supporters
(Editor's Note: In 1972, Ivy Harper, who
wrote the following story, worked for.
presidential candidate George McGcv
ern, following him through six states.
Recently, she returned. to South Dakota
as a reporter to bring the McGovern
story up to date. Her story was written
as an assignment in the UNL School of
Journalism depth reporting clgss. The
author is a senior from Lincoln and a
Daily Nebraskan reporter.) '
By Ivy Harper : '
Rapid City, S.D. A smile softens
George McGovern's face. The Hot
Springs, S.D., Elks Club organist
recognizes him the balding, slender
candidate for re-election to the U.S.
Senate and strikes up McGovern's
theme, "This Land Is Your Land." -
People at the bar turn In their chairs
and stare, but no one moves.
McGovern approaches his fellow
South Dakotans one by one and puts out
"That time of year again, George,
McGovern laughs, and for a moment,
the sound of laughter blending with the
theme song recalls a night more than
two years before, July 12, 1972, was a
night of triumph, of victory at the
Democratic convention, of national
attention and hundreds of cheering
wnrk&ri jngjng tho tuns new p!ayi." J In
a tiny SouthDakota bar.
McGovern moves through the crowd.
A birthday group starts a hip-hip-hooray-far-McGovern
chant, and the
One of the persons at the table
shouts, "Join us, George." '
"No," replies McGovern, "you're
having enough fun without me."
in 1972, such a friendly scene would
have been unlikely. On Nov. 7 of that
year McGovern learned that even the
voters of his native state had rejected
him in his defeat by Richard Nixon, v
"Losing my own state was the mcst
difficult thing for mo to accept in 1972,"
McGovern says today. "I have always
felt that I understand the people in this
part of the country, and it was painful
not to have them understand me."
T day. few reporters trail him. Yfi
campaign trips are a3 likely to fca by if
as by jet. There is no massive campaign
staff , no TV crews.
Initially, McGovern says, he missed
. the national attention, but that has long
since gone."' ';'.''.'
; "I don't miss the television cameras
they always got in the way so that I
couldn't talk to the people on a
one-to-one basis," he says. "I have
; enjoyed this campaign."
Senate campaign tiring
And although a senate campaign in
South Dakota is tiring, the pace is
considerably slower than a presidential
,' race . " ' .
"I like a relaxed campaign," McGov
It is good he does because that's the
way it is.
No big advertising campaigns, no
advance men (South Dakota would
resent planned events, McGovern says),
no moviestars ("We've managed to
keep Shirley MacLalne out so far," one
It's just McGovern casually walking
down the main streets, dropping in at
grocery stores, the bowling alleys, the
American Legion halls, trying to con
vince the voters to return him to
Washington and to reject his Republican
opponent, ex-Vietnam prisoner of war
McGovern is expected to win. The
polls show him leading by several
points,' but his staff is confident the
margin will be wider by Nov. 5, election
McGovern today is tho same man who
stumped the nation in 1972. His hair is
shorter, he Is less tanned end a little
thinner. But he says his positions on the
issues are the same.
He livens his sometimes-boring
speeches with a joke about a change in
"When Sen. Walter Mondale of
Minnesota campaigned for me several
weeks ego, he landed at the airport in
Sioux Falls and while driving into tow
with a local taxi driver, he struck up a
cortvercatlcn. Mondale said, 'I hope
ycu're supporting my friend, George
McGovern, for the United State3
continued on pg. 10
By Lynn Silhasek
A $160,440 facelift for the first floor, southwest
corner of the Nebraska Union that would include space
for two retail businesses has been drawn up by the
Physical Plant, according to Al Bennett, union director.
The remodeling plans are tentative, . Bennett said,
and first need the approval of the Union Board (a
student advisory group to the union director), then ihe
approval of Ken Bader, vice chancellor for student
affairs, and finally the Central Planning Committee's
The proposed remodeling would update Union
structures built in 1938, according to Bennett.
Structures that would be affected if the piano
approved are the men's and women's bathrooms, t he
women's lounge, the Union Program Office, 'the
Women's Resource Center (WRC) and adjoining sivr y
lounge and the Union south desk and magazine j.-v.'--,
according to the plans.
The south desk and magazine rack would r.f j
relocated left of the Union s R Street entrance, ins'd
of straight ahead of it, where the desk is now. l ha
bathrooms would be located west of tho elevator and
the area that now includes the WRC and the study
lounge would be converted into one lounge, according
to the plans.
Space that is now the women's lounge and the Union
Program Office would be sold to businesses, Dennoir
Programs' now operating in the areas rcrked
'proposed for remodeling would be relocated, according
to Bennett. He suggested that the WRC ancd f.H csy
lounge area might be changed into "People's Rccou
Center" and include other campus services available n
If the plans are approved, work on the area wcuk' n m
begin until July 1975, Bennett said.
Accompanying these plans are additional propolis
for remodeling the Union's R Street entrance, Benr ;?
said. These plans would be .completed with unlvomty
funds he estimated at $30,000, The pi opened
remodeling would help provide, ou Uido " naf et y ?.rourvj
the building, he said.
The proposals include resetting the steps to tm:
entrance, installing handrails on the steps, proi;."g
additional lighting for the area and re-pouring ;v .5
redesigning the sidewalk extending from the boitcrr. t;'
the step to R Street, Bennett said.
The remodeling proposals will be presented to U;f
Union Board at its next meeting, Bennett said.
Future remodeling plans also are being considered,
Bennett said. A multi-level parking structure ndja.-wt
to the union is' one of the most' crucial r&id. ior
students and for other persons in the building, he ;w:o
The structure, funded by a bond issue that would br
repaid by the income from parking, also could vet vice
Love Library and the Administration Building, said
Bennett said he would like to see work start on sujh a
structure within the next year.
Other future plans might include remodeling of bo'n
the North and South Crib eating areas and remodeling
of the main lounge area to Increase accessibility to h3
Crib from the lounge, Bennett said. If approved,
remodeling would begin in October, 1975, he srA-J.
New courses addec
With the Nov. 1. deadline for second
Drerecistration rast aoDroacnina. stuacnts ioo" i
something different have a variety of nw tourc: I
In the Adult Education Dnt. two haw .roiirjut rc
offered; Program Development and Evaluation una
Teaching English as a Second Language.
Topics of Prehistory is a new course offered - in r
The History Dept. Is offering four now one-he :
courses: History of Sports, History of Agricuih.. .
History of Biological Science and Black History.
Tho Geology Dept. will offer mini-courses ;.. a
semester on Rocks and the Environment, The Encrny
Outlook, Spreading Oceans and Evolving Confmont-'j,
Extinction and Evolution, Geology and Exploration
Routes In the New World and Geology anri
Introduction to Meta-physics, Philosophy in Litera
ture and Philosophy of the Mind are three new course-.)
offered in the Philosophy Dept. next semester.
A three-hour course, Topics of American Govern
rrcit, a new one in the Political Science Dept.
In the School of L:v.a!ism, "Legislative Reporting"
is being offered.
, The Psychology Dept. has four now course offering;
next semester: Introduction to Cognitive D "-cesses, p'
Psychology of Women, Motivation , . .Aion and .?
.senior seminar in Perso ""'
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