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IsncoSn, nebraska vol. 98 no. 35
'Escape and evasion' at boot camp
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Lt. Nancy Freebairn, Army selection officer in
Nebraska and Iowa gave her views on women in the
military Wednesday during the sixth program in the
WomenSpeak 74 series.
Views on military women changing
"About joining the VVACS the answer
is still NO. If they really need service
women let them draft some of the pigs
that are running around loose in every
That is an excerpt from a soldier's
letter sent home from overseas during
World War II. That attitude is changing,
according to Lt. Nancy Freebairn, Army
selection officer for women in Nebraska
and Iowa. She spoke Wednesday
afternoon in the Nebraska Union on
"Women in the Military," the sixth
topic In the Women Speak 74 series
sponsored by the UNL Student Y.
Women have "killed and been
killed" on the battlefield since 2100
B.C., she said. Though none hold
combat status today, there are 60,000
women in the Army, Navy, Air Force
and Marines. In the Army alone there
are 1 ,200 women officers, she said.
No job in engineering
Freebairn is with the Army's engine
ering branch and is stationed in Omaha.
She said she entered the service about
three years ago when she couldn't get a
job In her field. While her brother was
also in engineering, he had no problem
"He was getting offers lor $10,000 a'
year," she said, " and they were asking
me if I could type."
She said sho wasn't too serious when
she went to the recruiter, but eventually
she did enroll in one of the Army's
officer's programs in engineering, start
ing at $9,200 a year.
Army boot camp for enlisted -women
is the same as that for men as far ai
military customs and courtesy traininc
is concerned, she said. But even though
both sexes receive physical training, the
women get "escape and evasion"
instruction rather than the men's
combat' training. Training for women
also includes grooming , and applying
Pushing nonsecretarial skills
The traditional female roles of
telephone operator, secretary and nurse
are giving way to nontraditional jobs,
according to Freebairn.
"We're now pushing nonsocretarial
skills for women," she said "A woman
can handle any job a, man ..?n." Sue
mentioned jobs like airplane im ciiariic
and parachute rigger as among those.
She said if the Equal Rights Amend
ment passes, the noncombative sta us of
women in the military could change. She
said even though the prospect of
sending women out to the battlefield
may stop a lot of female military
enrollment, she favors it. t
"""' "I couid' never understand why tup
country has considered a wonan's live
more valuable than a man's," she said.
"There's a responsibility for women as
well as man to defend the country."
Committee to probe
A resolution jv.malizing establishment of a
committee to investigate possible changes In the
ASUN constitution was passed by the ASUN
Senate Wednesday nir.ht.
A friendly ame dr ent to the resolution was
approved which would open committee member
ship toall students.
In other business, the Senate approved the
following student appointments to committees:
Commencement: Jan McKean, Patsy Wood
side; Union Board Representative to the Fee
Allocations Board: Gary Heider; Council on
Student Life: Carcyn Gr -:e; Union Board: Clay
Statmore; Housing Policy Committee: Karen
Dress; and the C ncellor's Committee on
Equality: Lori Harri?
Positions still nee to ) filled on the following
boards and committees: v ultural Affairs Commit
tee, ROTC Advisory Board, Publications Board;
Student Oraanizations Committee, and ASUN
Senate, Gracuate and Professional College.
Sharon Johnson, ASUN first vice president, said
a position currently is open for an Associated
Student Ko-Op (ASK) manager. She said the
position might br fered as an internship to a
College of Bus is Administration student.
Johnson discoi ' d a recent Daily Nebraskan
story i.i which store owners participating in ASK
had said the card; nad not been used frequently.
According to Johnson, presently 170 students
have ASK cards .he cards entitle students to
discount prices ai particif mg Lincoln stores.
The Senate tabled a resolution to support a city
project to wie'en Holdrege Street from 29th and
46th Streets A -fording to the resolution,
sponsored by Sen. Brian Schellpeper.tha project
will bring about safer intercampus travel and
construction cf ; traffic light at 38th and Holdrege.
The Senate o .j,scd another resolution to
commend Tassels, he UNL women's spirit group,
on 60 years of servict to UNL. According to an
article in a 1924 Ccrnhusker, however, Tassels had
its first meeting ; i December of 1923, which would
make their record 51 years of service.
Venezuelan art festival planned
UNL will sponsor a Venezuelan art
festival in April as a result of the efforts
of a UNL professor, a Venezuelan journ
alist said at a press conference Tuesday.
Lucila Velasquez, a journalist repre
senting the Venezuelan government,
said Roberto Esquenazi-Mayo made
contacts in Venezuela who helped him
schedule the festival. Esquenazi-Mayo,
director of UNL's Institute for Interna
tional Studies and a professor of
romance languages, could not be
reached for comment.
The Venezuelan journalist, speaking
through a U.S. Dept. of State interpreter
added that the Venzuelan government
wanted to promote the "traditionally
close" relations between Venezuela and
the United States.
Velasquez and Venezuelan ambas
sador Miquel Angel Burelll were in
Lincoln for "International Education for
the 21st CenturyA Midwestern Per
spective,'1 a conference sponsored by
the Institute of International Studies and
the American Council on Education.
The conference was attended by more
than 100 participants from 12 midwest
em states and foreign countries includ
ing Sweden, Malaysia, Liberia, Jam
aica, Tanzania, India, Thailand, the
Republic of China and Gabon.
Burelll announced Tuesday morning
that an art festival will be sponsored
jointly by UNL's Institute tor Latin
American and International Studies and
the Venezuelan government.
Velasquez outlined the specifics of the
Venezuelan books will be exhibited
and a Venezuelan lecturer will speak
about "the significance of Venezuelan
literature, Velasquez said.
Paintings will be exhibited, and a
Venezuelan lecturer will explain Latin
American art, Velasquez said.
Examples of Venezuelan pottery,
weaving and textiles will also be shown
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