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Ronald J. Young talks about Vietnam at luncheon in Cather Hall.
U.S. aid to Saigon criticized
By Chuck Beck
If the United States would cut military
aid to the Saigon government, the
fighting in Vietnam would stop, Ronald
J. Young said at a luncheon in Cather
Young, secretary of the Peace Divis
ion of the American Friends Service
Committee for National International
Relations (AFSC), said the United
States controls Southeast Asian nations
with unstable governments, like Sai
gon's with its military andeconomiGaid,.
The United States wants to be
politically influential in Saigon's politics
to maintain military bases, Young said.
American corporations also hire cheap
labor and obtain natural resources and
markets for their products, he said.
Young went to Vietnam for the third
time last August to deliver medical
supplies and observe the war condi
tions. Rebuilding Slow
In Hanoi, he said he saw reconstruc
tion of the city in various stages of
completion. Hanoi has not rebuilt as
quickly as might be expected because
the government does not want partially
completed buildings to be bombed again
if another full-scale war would begin,
Young said that in addition to the
destruction of the North Vietnamese
countryside, the war changed the
people. North Vietnamese rural and
urban dwellers have traditionally dis
liked each other, but the American
bombing tended to unify the people,
biii is revised
A bill to retroactively raise the
pension of UNL professors who were in
retirement during the period of 1961 to
1965 will be re-introduced to the
Legislature in early January of 1975
according to State Sen. Harold Simpson.
The present pension plan was begun in
The bill was killed last year when it
was decided its form was unconstitu
tional and there was no time left in the
session to make needed changes.
Simpson said about 350 retired
professors will be affected by the bill
and its cost was estimated at anywhere
between $200,000 and $750,000.
The amount each pension will be
raised will be determined on an
individual basis, Simpson said.
Simpson met with retired professors
and administrative personnel Nov. 1 to
determine how the bill was to be
changed and said another meeting is
planned for December.
"City children were sent to the
country to either stay with friends or
relatives during bombings," he said.
"When you send your children to tradi
tionally unfriendly people it tends to
unify the country," Young said.
Young also spoke about wh-t he
called the Saigon government's repres
sion of the press and people.
"Newspapers .appear vyith white
spaces1" because"-the government has
censored1 a critical- article'- Young said.
rte saia anotner Kino or repressive
tactic was government's photographing
of all members of households and
keeping a file of these pictures.
"At night, the police will illegally
break into a house, compare the family's
picture with the number of people in the
house, and if anyone is absent they will
arrest the entire household," Young
According to Young, government
employees as well as common workers
are required to carry identification cards
and may be checked by police at any
time. He said a U.S. computer company
provided the Saigon government with
The U.S. supports 60 to 90 per cent of
Saigon's budget, allowing the South
Vietnamese to continue the war, Young
The key to peace in Vietnam is to
enforce provisions agreed upon in the
Paris agreement, Young said. Saigon
still holds at least 100,000 political
prisoners who should have been re
leased under the agreement, he said.
may abolish fines
By Randy Gordon
The UNL library system is planning tc estaonsn
a $.5 million computerized system "that will do
away with library fines altogether except for the
repeat offenders", by keeping track of each
student's library record, according to the UNL
dean of libraries.
Gerald Rudolph told the Council on Student Life '
(CSL) Thursday night that the system will take at
least two years of planning because it requires an
inventory of the libraries on campus.
Rudolph said the computerized system would
prevent a student from borrowing other books
until his file was brought up to date on books the
student earlier checked out.
The system woi!d record transactions by using
a bar code on a student identification card. A
central computer terminal will monitor the code
and turn on a light at the librarian's desk if the
student's file is not in order, according to .
Rudolph appeared before CSL as the council
continued consideration of its fees and fines
report. He said the council's recommendation that
faculty and staff be treated the same as students in
library renewal systems and fines is "perfectly !
But Rudolph said the recommendation would
require major changes. "We have no practical way
of forcing a faculty member to pay a fine or return .
a book," he said. "When you get to the issue of
forcing compliance, you reach an impasse."
He said abuses of library policy are not frequent
among faculty or any other campus group. "You
are talking about just a handful of people who are
causing the problem," Rudolph said.
Also appearing before CSL were Frank
Hallgren, director of the Career Placement Office,
and John Duve, parking coordinator for Campus
Hallgren discussed a CSL recommendation that
the Teacher Placement Office be merged with the
Career Placement Office. He said there are
distinct differences between the two, but that
further cooperation and consolidation is possible.
"Teacher placement is a requirement for most
school systems," Hallgren said.. "You can't get a
teaching position unless your statistics are on file
in teacher placement."
Continued on pg. 3.
Most students back regent bill
By Jim Sajevic
Most UNL students want the student
regent bill to pass although only 33 percent of
those interviewed took the time to vote in
Tuesday's general election, a Daily Nebras
kan sample poll indicated.
Of the 29 students interviewed Wednesday
and Thursday in the Nebraska Union, 18
supported the bill (62 per cent); five disap
proved of it (17 per cent); and six said they
didn't know anything about it (20 per cent).
Nineteen students, or 66 per cent of those
interviewed, said they did not vote Tuesday.
John Foy, Omaha junior, said he voted for
the bill but doesn't expect it to pass.
"I don't think the voters want the bill to
pass because they're afraid it would let
students get in whore they're not supposed to
be," he said.
Kyle Warren, senior, Dalton, Neb. said he
thought student representation on the board
might hel;: the regents understand student
views on college matters iike residence hall
visitation and alcohol on campus.
Junior Patsy Hopkins- of Ord said she
would be "scared to talk up at a regents
meeting", but added that she felt students
elected to the board would bo obligated to
voice student opinion and regents would be
obligated to listen to it.
Vickie Jones, a sophomore from Lincoln,
questioned whether the regents knew the
"They're removed from the students by a
generation gap," she said. "How many,
times do you see the regents on campus
talking with the students?" j
Potential threat :
Student board members could pose a'
potential threat to the regents because they
would know what the students want and
wouldn't be afrsid to speak up, she said. I
Freshman Chris Carlson of Lincoln said
she believed the regents voted according to,
their own standards and not the students'.
"The regents don't come in contact'
enough with the students to cast their votes
wisely," she said. "If you don't go to the,
school, you can't be objective when it comes
time to vote." I
Continued on pg. 6
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