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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 23, 1975)
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ABC creates heroes
out of storm troopers
Tliev spend an hour each week running, sweating and shooting
to save us from some really dangerous meanies. Generauy, m t..e
American tradition of saving first property, then people, they have
. to eo up against some of the heaviest dudes in villainy.
One week they'll be slugging it out with a hardened force of
armed gunmen intent upon robbing, apartment by apartment, a
whole highclass highrise. Another time they II be pitted against
some psychopaths who want to blow up all of Southern California.
So why is it that many of us each week are waiting for, rooting
for, praying for some mob of heavies to literally obliterate the men
from S. W. A.T.I ' .
Americans have always appreciated competence and team
coordination in their society. And we sometimes save our highest
praise and rewards for the well-put-together operation, be it a
management group such as the "Whiz Kids" or an athletic
juggernaut such as the New York Yankees of a generation ago. This
appreciation has surfaced in our fictionalized entertainment in the
form of'77ie Magnificent Seven or in televisions Mission:
Impossible crew. t
But Americans have been less receptive to the idea ot a
uniformed group of superheros. During World War II, when the
German Army pulverized and effectively destroyed the
newly-formed, elite "Rangers," Americans may have mourned the
deaths of the men, but not too many were sorry to see the unit get
And more recently, no one shed many tears when those funny
pajama-clad little Asians kicked the crap out of the fast-rising myth
of the Green Berets.
In law enforcement, fact or fiction, the American tradition has
favored the lone, silent man; Matt Dillon in the street outside the
eye of the beholder
Long Branch or Eddie Egan coming down hard on those who have
been picking their feet in Poughkeepsie.
So what exactly does ABC think it's doing by presenting us with
this team of blackshirts?
The mentality represented by the men from S.W.A.T. seems to
indicate that American society is under siege; that life, limb and
property are threatened by increasingly sophisticated forms of
organized violence; and that life in middle America holds all the
dangers currently to be found in the defense of Saigon. Maybe they
have something there.
There are segments of our society that have developed this siege
mentality. Scottsdale, Ariz., specializes in building enclave-housing
projects with protective walls, guard posts, electronic scanners and
$180,000-a-unit wombs. The SWAT team would feel right at home
The program's commando cops are the antithesis of good law
enforcement officers. They are self-righteous, contemptuous of
mere mortal efforts to solve problems and, worst of all, they "just
ABC is trying to make heroes out of people who plan to be
violent, and who, through means of that planning, leave themselves
no other options. Of course the script always provides them with
such depraved adversaries that they really have no choice, but
sometimes our heroes don't always know that at the offset. Still,
they generally have but one solution to any problem: "Waste 'em!"
The world's a terrible and fearsome place, the ABC series tells
us, and we need these strong uniformed protectors to be safe.
The SS by any other name still smells as rank.
Spring Arts Festival
A fire dancer, weaving, concerts and art exhibits are just a few
of the collage of activities expected at the Spring Arts Festival
today through Friday.
Individuals are encouraged to bring art work, guitars, poetry or
any project they want to share with others to the quadrangle
between Sheldon, Westbrook, Architectural Hall and the Woods
Art Building, according to Nick Harm, one of inc festival's
The effort to bring classrooms outside and to encourage
spontaneous happenings, Harm said, is in the tradition of Spring
Arts Festivals held at UNL 20-25 years ago.
Displays and performances probably will begin Wednesday
noon, he said, and last until Friday nieht. A frej concert will be
held Thursday night."
Students in art, music, drama, dance and architecture have
coordinated their ideas and efforts, Harm said.
Artists may bring their own blankets, easels or tables on which
to display and sell their works, he said, Individuals interested may
contact Harm, 432-0935, or Ann Florsek, 423-5357.
"It's just for fun," Harm said. "Whatever goes, goes."
Inside Sheldon until April 24, in conjunction with "Venezuela
Ahora!", is a display of textiles, prints, sculpture and paintings by
award winning Venezuelan artists.
There is also a Mirror Box by Domingo Aivarez. One
experiences the box-an "environmental corridor made out of
glass, mirrors and neon lights"-in stocking feet.
"The idea," according to Alvarez, "is to make obvious the
existence of a subjective space of psychic dimensions. . . Space
does not exist, il is only an idea."
Wednesday, april 23, 1975
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