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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 18, 1975)
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AS UN endorses
Say's regent vote Bridge warning seems p olitical
The ASUN Senate endorsed a constitutional amendment
Wednesday night that would give student regents on the NU
Board of Regents voting rights. The vote was 26-1 .
The resolution introduced by Senator Jim Wefso, com
mitted ASUN to work for placing the student regent vote
amendment on the November, 1976 general election ballot.
It also asked the Board of Regents arid UNL administration
to support the amendment.
ASUN President Jim Say said work on the amendment
should begin now because it would take the State Legisla
ture "a couple of years" to approve the amendment. He
said student regents should be given the right to vote
so their opinions would have weight with the other Regents.
Say quoted the University of Nebraska-Omaha student
newspaper as saying that Regent Robert Prokop told UNO
student body president Clinton Bellows that "you only
represent students while I represent constituents."
Senator Julie McRoberts questioned whether the
Regents' votes really affected students and wondered if the
student regents wanted to vote on "nit-picking stuff."
In other action, the senate approved a resolution requir
ing that openings on ASUN committees should be
published in the Daily Nebraskan three days before
interviews to fill the vacancy.
The Senate also voted to table for one week a resolution
supporting the' establishment of the Nebraska University
Public Interest ResearcliGroirjj on thexUN-L campus. The
group, called NUPIRG,, would act as a student action group
attempting tg study)! ibiojve state and local problems.,
The Senate table$Utog;rivytion because some senators
still had questions concerning NUPIRG's goals and the
method used to fund it.
Senators and NUPIRG members will meet next Tuesday
to discuss the NUPIRG program and to answer any
questions senators may have. - ' '
By Jim Williams
Thrills! Cheers! Pandemonium!
None of which accompany the news that UNL senior
Glen Bouc, of 1709 Garfield, has won the "Find Czech
burg" contest. He reported his discovery about 2 p.m. last
Bouc said that since his parents live near Ceresco he had
an idea of where Czechburg was before he started, the big
Bouc wins a large Valentino's pizza, while runner-up
Kevin Ellis gets only fame. At least no one fell through the
bridge and into the arms of the Valkyries.
The Czechburg contest was just for fun. But that bridge
reminded me of something serious. Maybe I should explain.
The day before I wrote last week's column, two friends
and I went to Czechburg to put our initials on the sign, ths
initials that Glen Bouc copied. It had been a long time since
any of us' had been to Czechburg, and we weren't sure of
the route. - '
We started on 27th St. and followed it to its end north
of town. Then we turned right, then left. We followed a
new road to its end, then did the right-left jog again. But
this put us on a road marked "Closed."
After following this road about a mile we found out
why. Spanning a tiny stream that gurgled through arching
weeds was a little country bridge, and by it was a barricade
reading "Bridge Out.' This is not a warning to take lightly.
Even after we had looked at the bridge and jumped on it
and shaken it until we were convinced of its safety, my
friends declined ta drive across. They walked over to wait.
I backed our borrowed Capri to get some running room,
then arrowed across. NoHT tremor. We went on to Czech
burg and I wondered about the bridge.
I knew what I'd done. The county government had
marked the bridge for my protection. I had made my own
inspection and my own decision, and had come out all right
this time. But what ' about the next guy, the next time?
Glen Bouc, by coincidence, gave me an answer. There
was nothing wrong with the bridge. The county Road Dept.
marked it not for safety, but because they hadn't been
voted the money to revise its load limit. Engineering by
politicians. No money, no bridge.
A lot of tilings seem to work this way. In a couple of
years, new cars probably will be required by law to have air
bags. These bags blow up to protect you in a head-bn
collision. The problem is that the most serious injuries
don't come from head-ons, but from side "impacts and roll
overs. The bag does nothing to protect in these-although
conventional shoulder harnesses do.
It happens I always wear my harness, but it's not my
decision anymore. I'll be forced to pay $300 for an inef
fective safety device I don't need.
I'm for mass transit, within limitations. It has real
advantages when large numbers of people want to move
from one well-defined place to another. The rest of the
time it's terrible. But the secretary won't let us examine the
advantages of each option and choose the one best for each
circumstance. He wants to impose artificial disadvantages
on one option to compel choice of the other, every time.
But there's no monorail to Czechburg. And I'm a sickie
who thinks driving automobiles well is an art form-and
reducing it to mere "transportation" is like chiselling down
Michelangelo's PieU to make paperweights.
I know I may not have the chance forever, so I'm going
to keep on deciding for myself if the bridges are safe.
And anybody who's willing to walk across and wait for
somebody else to try it first can at my dust.
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