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With gods, no glory
They look so out of place. Three young men in a world of plush
chairs and long, brown conference tables. Their fellow regents are
bankers, attorneys and farmers. These three are students. That
makes all the difference.
At first they almost seem equal. Expense-paid trips to the Sugar
Bowl, television exposure and invitations to the Governor's
Inaugural Ball go to student regents as well as to the other eight.
Their black and white nameplates are just as shiny, the glare of
television lights just as bright in their eyes.
But beneath the benefits of playing regent lie inequalities. Small
details remind observers that the three student members may sit
...:U tUa nrtAc Hut nnt in full elorv.
Photographs of Ron Clingenpeel, Jim Sherritts and Greg
Sorenson have yet to join those of the other regents on the wall in
Regents Hall. The Nebraska Press Association's 1975-76 Legislative
Directory mentions eight regents, including the newly-elected
Robert Simmons. The student regents, it seems, do not exist or are
not considered presentable.
One inequality stands out. Student regents may speak but not
A vote is in progress. Clingenpeel toys with his pipe. Sherritts
shuffles through some papers. Sorenson stares at the walls. If there
were writing on them, it would say, "The battle is only half-won."
Coach victor, 3,000-0
To the victors go the spoils.
And in the case of UNL head football coach Tom Osborne the
spoils amount to $3,000.
At Saturday's meeting, the NU Board of Regents, apparently
deciding that a man who suffers through national television
exposure and a trip to New Orleans deserves something to heal the
wounds, raised Osborne's salary to $29,000 a year effective Jan. 1.
To the 10 assistant coaches went increases of $1,250 to $1,400.
For public consumption, the regents officially extended their
thanks and congratulations to Osborne, his staff and the team for
their "great victory in the Sugar Bowl." - .
The pity is that no resolution was passed congratulating the
UNL faculty on victories they have won in the classroom in the
past year. Those triumphs are just as valuable whether there were
television cameras there to record them or not.
The justification given for the pay raise was that it was needed
to keep our head football coaches salary in line with the salaries
given other head football coaches whose teams excel at moving
pigskin across white lines.
To fall behind in this game of monetary one-upmanship would'
be, for the regents, almost as embarrassing as losing to Oklahoma
three years in a row.
At the same time, there seems to be no embarrassment about
paying faculty members salaries below the national average. The
fault here lies perhaps more with a tight-fisted Legislature than
with the regents, but the blame must be shared.
Perhaps the faculty's plight would be dealt with more speedily if
a national championship were at stake.
It was fun while it lasted. The 1868 treaty hearings
brought Marlon Brando, Buffy St. Marie, Banks and
Means and the tom-toms to Lincoln. More important,
the hearings became sort of a conscience for parts of
our history that aren't so star-spangled. But it all
ended Friday with Federal Judge Warren Urbom's
ruling confirming what the Indians have seen for
generations: "Treaty no good."
A ruling that the treaty was valid would have
opened a fireworks of other issues. Imagine giving
parts of the Dakotas and Nebraska back to the
Indians But the Supreme Court won't let that
happen. Nebraska maybe . . . but never Mount
The treaty hearings were the only chance the
Indians had for big gains. Changes now will come
slowly, if at all. It was a great last hurrah. And they
won't let us forget it.
An Open Letter re The Amazing Nebraska
The Jan. 1 3 Daily Nebraskan flashes the news that
this semester some textbooks may be hard to find. Is
it any wonder when Nebraska Book (which, by some
fiat, is allotted a far higher percentage of our book
orders than any other store) seems bound and
determined to' botch up many cf our courses as
When we order texts in October, for some strange
reason the University Bookstore can manage to send
their orders quickly and inform us of out-of-print and
outof-stock books weeks before classes start. If we
hear nothing from them, we can be reasonably
assured that their quota of copies will be available.
Nebraska Bookstore, on the other hand, (and this
semester is worse than any in recent memory) seems
to find textbooks a necessary evil between
coffee-table art books and remainderoverstock sales.
Dealing through what appear to be extremely
unreliable (that old profit margin you know) jobbers,
they order late, somehow find texts "unavailable"
which the University Bookstore stocked with ease
and then have the utter gall to "get around" to
informing us of such difficulties three days before the
In looking at such a system, we can only ask that
students favor and trade with the bookstore which
treats us, as teachers and as those who try to order
textbooks, politely and humanely. Nebraska
Bookstore-you head the list for inefficiency and
Chess in college
As UNL chess club advisor, may I thank Scott
Jones for the entertaining and educational article on
the UNL chess team's fine showing in the
Pan-American Intercollegiate tournament.
It was the kind of article that justifies college
journalism and I hope there will te many more like it,
not just about chess but about many cultural
activities at the University that one hears of all too
Your writer must be commended, too, for
focusing on the financial plight of the chess team.
The value of chess as an intellectual activity is shown
by the amount of research given to trying to program
a computer to play it well. One of UNL's former club
members was given a scholarship at the Melon
Institute in Pittsburg to help in such research.
It could be argued that chess should be supported
because of the ideal of disciplined thinking an
excellent chess player exhibits for others to aspire
toward. European countries nurture their talented
players. We Americans joke about ours and call them
Oil and Arabs
The American government is threatening to invade
Middle Eastern oil fields, perhaps risking world war
there. A Nebraska newspaper has received world wide
recognition for pointing out that this is not just idle
talk, that in fact, the military has been training in the
western desert for just such an operation.
The American people must join with the rest of
the world in denouncing such ideas as the dangerous
nonsense that they ,are. The government must not be
allowed to distract attention from its failures by
stirring up war talk.
The American economy in the Nixon years was in
fact already going bad long before the Arabs ever
decided to start using their resources mainly for the
benefit of their own economics. Now Ford wishes to
shift the blame to the Arabs for his not doing
anything and he thinks that imperialistic adventures
will solve his problems.
America must begin thinking of world cooperation
to work out the problems, not confrontation. A
good way to start at home in attacking our problems
would be to nationalize the oil companies. We could
then pay the Arabs a fair price while at the same time
bringing down prices for oil products in America,
since we would no longer need to fatten the
record-breaking profits of the oil companies.
"For UNL students commuting between
campuses, days of riding the buses toe-to-toes,
elbow-to-elbow and cheek-to-cheek may be over."
(from Jan. 16 Daily Nebraskai! article, "More
Intercampus Buses Running.")
The preceding statement seems to be ail too true
for those of us who must ride the bus between
campuses. In fact, we may not be riding the buses at
aU if Ms newly-implemented, masterminded bus
schedule isn't made workable for the students, the
people whom it is meant to serve.
I and at least ten other Abel-Sandoz residents were
left standing at the curb of 17th Street less than
fifteen minutes before our one o'clock classes as we
watched a bus with students toe-to-toe,
elbow-to-elbow and cheek-to-cheek all the way up to
the front window go racing by us, leaving us stranded.
u , y savior was the next bus to happen along,
which came at four minutes until one. Needless to
sy, everyone on that bus was late for class.
In four years at this University I have never seen so
many students so confused, inconvenienced and
outraged over the intercampus bus service. At least we
used to get to class on time, even if we did have to
ride in crowded conditions. Now the buses are so
crowded that they don't even attempt to stop.
1 hope I'm here 'at UNL to see the day that the
"coordinators" reevaluate the clever new bus
schedule to see if its accomplishing it's goal. I'm
convinced that it's not.
Wondering if I'll make it to class on time
Cherly Cockson '
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Wednesday, january 22, 1975
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