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monday, January 27, 1975 lincoln, nebraska vol. 98 no, 71
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Union to host extravaganza
An extravaganza described by one of its
planners as the first of its kind in Nebraska will
take place in the Nebraska Union Friday night
and early Saturday morning.
The Winter Walpurgisnacht consists of
entertainment ranging from a dinner theater to a
bowling tournament to an ESP performer,
according to Terry Mahlman, president of the
Union Program Council (UPC). .
He said be and Suzanne Brown, assistant
director of programing, formulated the idea after
they attempted a regional convention for student
union program planners last October. A similar
setup has been successful at Kansas State
University, but this is the first time such an event
has been planned in Nebraska, he said.
Walpurgisnacht is a word from German
folklore which means a meeting of devils and
witches, according to William Brown, instructor
of modern languages and literatures. Brown said
Walpurgisnacht was a night of "devilish
entertainment" held in the German mountains.
The Walpurgisnacht begins Friday at 6:30
p.m. with a dinner theatre in the Harvest Room
of the Union presented by the University Cabaret
Theater. The group will sing and dance, while
customers eat a German meal that includes
"Broda", a German pot tvail. A uiffcicut know
will be presented in the Harvest Room at 10 p.m.
A series of filmore-style concerts is planned
for the Centennial Room. The first concert
features the Biuegrass Crusade at 8 p.m.,
followed by the University Jazz Lab Band at
9:30 p.m., the Bohemian Stationary Marching
Band (polka) at 11:15 p.m. and Stone Wall, a
rock-dance band from Kansas City, from 12:30
a.m. to 4 a.m.
Jack Pyle, professional card shark and ESP
performer, will offer an expose of gamblers'
tricks in the Main Lounge and an ESP mind and
memory show in the Ballroom.
Four faculty members will participate in a raft
debate in the Main Lounge. Mahlman said the
four will be put in an imaginary situation where
they are on a sinking raft, and only one can
survive. They each will give philosophical reasons
for their own survival. The one who presents the
best arguments wins the debate and thus survives,
Three showings of "Zagreb Festival", an
award -winning series ot animations irorn
Yugoslavia will be presented in the Small
Auditorium and a replay of Dick Gregory's Oct.
6 address is offered in Room 232.
The Union Human Potentials Committee will
present a program called "Let It Begin with Me."
Mahlman said a film and presentation will help
show participants that their potential for
development is unlimited.
, "For example, many people have mental
telepathy they aren't aware of," he said.
Songs and poetry reading by faculty members,
students and the Lincoln Improvisation
Ensemble will be performing in rooms 242 and
243. Local music groups will provide continuous
entertainment in the South Crib and local mime
and dance groups are scheduled in the Ballroom.
Fencing and karate demonstrations will be given
in the Main Lounge.
Bowling, table tennis tournaments
Any faculty member or student with an
established bowling average is eligible for a
faculty-student bowling tournament scheduled
for 7 p.m. Handicaps will be used, and trophies
will go to the top five finishers. Entries should be
made at the Union Games Desk, Mahlman said.
An all-comers table tennis tournament also is
scheduled, with prizes going to anyone who can
beat one of the Table Tennis Club members,
The Model United N-tiois will conduct
committee sessions as part of the Walpurgisnacht.
Postmidnight activities include Alfred
Hitchcock films and "moonlight" bowling at
special rates. German sandwiches will be sold in
the North Crib, and hot runzas are available in
the Harvest Room after midnight.
Most activities are free, but tickets for those
that cost will be sold at booths in the north and
Mahlman said the Walpurgisnacht has three
purposes. It will make students aware of the
Union and what services are available there, he
said. Second, he said, it will make them aware of
the 14 UPC committees which put on the
Walpurgisnacht. Third, it will provide a
"showcase" for UNL talent, he said.
He said 25,000 flyers will be distributed
around campus promoting the Walpurgisnacht.
He called attendance of 6,000 "a conservative
He stressed group effort was involved in the
planning of the Walpurgisnacht, which he said
could become an annual event.
"it's been a total UPC and Student Union
effort, from the janitors on up," he said.
Josh offers challenge
to refute resurrection
Saying that Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with
God, Josh McDowell spoke to an overflow crowd of about 1300
persons in the Nebraska Union Ballroom Sunday night.
In his one-hour speech on "The Resurrection: Hoax or
History?", McDowell challenged the audience to evaluate his case
for the resurrection from a "legal perspective in terms of
McDowell based his remarks on his personal life as well as on
the research of several modern day historians and on the writings
of ancient Greek historians. McDowell said he had been skeptical
about the stories of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, so he set out
to "find out the dead truth about the first Easter," by tryir? to
find evidence that would refute the event.
"If more people would try-to refute the resurrection, we'd have
more Christians," McDowell said. He said his search for evidence
on the subject was one factor in his becoming a Christian.
McDowell's talk was dominated by personal anecdotes, many
concerning his life before he "gave his life to Christ."
At the end of his speech, McDowell explained that he usually
asks for "comments from the audience on how Christianity had
changed their lives." However, because of the NU Board of Regents
policy on religion, he omitted that part of his presentation. The
policy states that UNL buildings may not be used for activities
where religious worship or testimony is a factor.
McDowell, 33, is an international representative for Campus
Crusade for Christ. He will also speak tonight in the Coliseum at 8
p.m. and Tuesday in Pershing auditorium at 8 p.m.
Student voice desired
Improving the quality of education on campus and having a
reasonable degree of consistency between NU's campuses, are goals
of NU Regent Ed Schwartzkopf.
The Lincoln regent said Friday he also would like to see more
students this year and hear what they have to say.
He said he was disappointed with the lack of expressed student
opinion before the $95 room and board rate increase was passed by
the Board of Regents Jan. 18.
Food quality would decrease
"I hate to see increases in tuition and residence hall rates,"
Schwartzkopf said. But without increases, the quality of food
would decrease, he said.
"Poor quality food affects the physical and mental health of our
student body," he said.
Schwartzkopf suggested that if only a couple of kitchens remain
open in dorms, the students might get balanced meals and the
University might save money.
But he emphasized the importance of hearing what students
think about improving the University and solving the food service
problem. Regent Robert Simmons from Scottsbluff agreed that
student ideas are necessary.
"I like young people because they keep me alive and thinking"
and put things in a different perspective, he said.
Student opinions important
Simmons also said he was pleased to have student regents on the
board but added that opinions from the whole student body are
At the Jan. 18 board meeting, Simmons supported the $140
increase in dorm rates because he said the $95 increase was not
supported by figures.
"I couldn't make a decision of that importance without any
figures to justify it," he said.
For an additional $45 a year per student, it wasn't worth
sacrificing weekend meals or limiting meals, Simmons said.
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Lincoln Regent Ed Schwartzkopf.
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