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The story about KRNU missed a few points. For
example, it didn't point out the station's
commitment to broadcasting only- the banal, the
puerile, and ephemeral. Also not mentioned was the
station's failure to even attempt to fill in some gaps
left by the commercial stations, thus continuing to
deprive Nebraska students of anything serious on
radio. As a "university radio station," it is hopeless.
Robert B. Kaul
I am a reader who was disappointed about an
article by Steve Cogley putting down the new Led
Zeppelin album, Physical Graffiti I was not
particularly offended by his negative opinion of one
of my favorite bands, but discouraged to find that he
made bad points which cannot be supported.
For example, Cogley said that Jimmy Page's
"Bron-YR-Aur" was good but out of place because it
was a soft acoustic number amid "super-heavy
metal" songs. If you listen to side three of Physical
Graffiti, you will find this song along with three other
Any Led Zeppelin listener would realize that
Robert Plant does his usual job of singing on this
album (whether it's good or bad is up to the listener).
John Paul Jones and John Bonham did nothing but
improve over their previous performances. Cogley
says that Robert Plant's vocals are "no good" and
that Jones uses too much repetition while Bonham
does nothing but pound.
The critic thinks that Page plays with
"excellence," which I certainly agree with. He shows
his partiality by saying that Pages' "Bron-YR-Aur"
would have been better if Page had been "granted an
entire side of acoustic work." This is ridiculous
because Jimmy Page writes most of the music for
every song and also produces the albums. He can put
songs wherever he pleases:.
I am rather happy that Cogley's commentary
against buying the new double-album had no effect
on the LP's immediate success. It has already broken
Foreign students not blind
I'm a foreign exchange student. According to the
Ralph of last month (Daily Nebraskan, March 12),
my name is unpronounceable (Ben!), I wear typical
clothes from my country (Switzerland) and I'm blind.
Don't worry! I think there is nothing to be excited
or upset about. But it's easy to demonstrate that the
cartoon wasn't so true. What seemed to me to be the
most important thing in this cartoon was the fact that
the foreign exchange student is blind. He doesn't see
the countryside, problems or whatever in the United
States. I would like to give you an example of what
most of the American students don't see.
It happened in a Lincoln high school six months
ago. It was an English class for seniors. The students
had to correct a typed sentence which was projected
on a screen. On my first reading I noticed that this
example referred to Karl Marx. On my second, I
realized it was violent anti-Marxist propaganda. And
the third time I was surprised and disappointed
because the sentence was completely wrong. I mean
its writer-not the teacher of the class-either had
never read Marx or he had absoutely no
understanding of him. Marx's philosophy was
fundamentally deformed in order to serve the
purpose of its writenanti-Marxist propaganda.
What efficient propaganda! Everybody knows that
the most efficient propaganda is subtle and discreet.
And believe me, it worked! None of the students in
this class had a reaction. None of them noticed the
mistake. They took the sentence for granted. In other
words, they all were blind.
See, my dear Ralph? Foreign exchange students
aren't always blind!
No independence for minorities
On July 4, 1976, the people of the United Stales
will celebrate their 200th year of independence.
Excuse me, the white majority of this country will
celebrate their independence. For the black people of
this country and any other non-white race, there is no
The black man has no Independence Day. How
can he celebrate a freedom that he doesn't have?
Supposedly in 1865 the black man was given his
independence. It was a lie then as it is now.
Equality and freedom is what the non-white races
want. It is really so hard to consider a person of a
different race your equal? It must be. Black and
non-white races have been looked upon as something
dangerous and unwanted. Why is it so easy for the
white man to deny the non-white people equality and
a chance to restore pride in themselves?
How can one have pride in his race when it is
continually attacked by racial bigots? There are
continuous attempts to make the non-white races feel
that it is totally their fault for the situation they are
in. Then we are told we should be thankful for what
we've got. But we don't have anything. No flag, no
future, no freedom and little chance of getting what
is rightfully ours.
The non-whites are children in the eyes of many
whites. They say, look you don't know what's good
for you. But we do. So don't worry, everything's
going to be fine. But it isn't.
On July 4, 1976, wave your flag, sing your songs
and celebrate your holiday. I only ask that you tell
the black people of this country and the other
non-white races on what day we celebrate our
independence. Better yet, in what year are you going
to give it to us?
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