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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 17, 1975)
friday. October 17, 1975
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from spending diet
Under Gov. J. James Exon's proposed $7
million state spending cutback, $2.3 million might
be gouged from the University of Nebraska's
already strangled budget, according to a break
down of possible cuts in Thursday's Lincoln Star.
NU President D.B. Vamer, in the same article,
is quoted as saying the slice would be "a
monumental undertaking." Acting UNL
Chancellor Adam Breckenridge says this campus
would not willingly accept and would not support
We say it must not happen at all.
NU's budget belt already has been tightened far
past the starvation notch by gubernatorial vetoes.
The system is limping along as it is-Exon's
proposal would be crippling.
Well mix our metaphors no further on this
issue: our stand on state spending for the univer
sity was, we hope, made abundantly clear earlier
The Daily Nebraskan urges all UNL students and
faculty members to attend today's open campus
meeting at 11:30 north of the Nebraska Union.
Speakers will address questions that have arisen
on the Sherdell Lewis shooting and subsequent
official actions. Petitions calling for a grand jury
investigation of the shooting will be circulated at
Members of the UNL community who are
interested in hearing the truth about incidents
surrounding Lewis's death should sign this petition.
Until public officials learn to trust citizens more,
a grand jury may be the only way to get facts
now being held back.
Since two rapes have been reported on or near
the UNL campus in the last month, we advise UNL
women to take extra precautions when walking
alone after dark.
A source at the Lincoln Police Dept. informs
us the danger of rape decreases as the weather gets
cooler, but as long as the days remain unseasonably
warm, women should avoid unnecessary walks at
night and stay within well-lighted, traveled paths if
they must go out.
neptASUN boggles minds
By Del Gustafsoa , , a
For my part, I wish we could have done
nothing but talk, unless, indeed, we had gone
off to sleep for many years past rather than see
one law on the statute book.
We students at UNL may be justifibly proud that our
own legislature, the ASUN Senate, is possibly the first
government to fully realize Randolph's drowsy prescription
for good government. , Uai,,cf.
ASUN was unable to conduct business last week because
a large number of senators stayed home, conceivably in bed
with visions of fiery debates over the yell squad dancing in
their heads. . . fh.
Attendance at a single senate meeting reveals to the
interested student why ASUN generates nothing less than
wad enthusiasm in its own senators.
At a recent meeting, committees were formed to study
NUPIRG, to plead before Jim Pittenger the cases ot stu
dents who have lost their football tickets and to investi
gate some scandal in the Yell squad.
All in all it was the kind of stuff which hearkened this
writer back to Holdrege High student council days where,
the most scintillating debate of the year arose over the
color of balloons at the homecoming dance.
Student council had one definite advantage over ASUN,
however, in that it never cost a student anything, whereas
the maintenance of the fiction of student government on
this campus requires the financial support of every student.
Apoligists for ASUN will no doubt answer that ASUN
deserves fees because of the services it provides, such as the
book exchange, but every service ASUN renders could be
performed just as efficiently and more cheaply by private
organizations or individuals
Some may argue that, while ASUN s direct powers are
slieht it can lobby for the student interest. But the effect
iveness of a lobbyist who does not represent 90 per cent of
the group for whom he purports to speak is open to
President Jim Say's own proposal to allocate $10 to the
senators from each college for the production of a news-letter-which
presumably will show students the worth
while activities of ASUN, such as the production of newsletters-demonstrates
the bizarre and unnatural acts per
formed upon the students money by ASUN.
The ASUN Senate is the quintessence of form without
substance, and the existence of an elected, impotent, stu
dent government serves only to give a certain legitimacy to
the encroachments of the administration upon students'
Yet, student government fulfills u vital function on
campus. Without a student government o student could
ever claim senatorship upon a resume.
Therefore, I advocate a bold new governmental system
on campus wherein the student may purchase a senatorial
seat for about $10 (prices, of course, would fluctuate in
accord with the free market).
The senators could gather at their own discretion to
discuss the vexing campus problems of the day, such as the
loss of a student football ticket in a sleazy Fremont bar, the
scandalous Yell Squad, the site of the football migration or
Kant's categorical imperative.
Indeed, it might serve as the model for all future govern
ments. The mind boggles.
Pettiness blinds space miracle
By Arthur Hoppe
1 was out in the back yard waging man's unending battle
against earwigs when a UFO hummed down next door and
dropped off my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Crannich.
"And the same to you, fella!" shouted Mr. Crannich,
waving a fist at the flying saucer as it quickly zoomed
"Have a nice trip?" I asked to be polite.
"Terrible," said Mrs. Crannich. "It was one of those
"You know," said Mr. Crannich, "a week on Betelgeuse
HI, a week on Alpha Centauri VII and two nights in Las
Vegas at no extra cost."
'They billed it as educational," said Mrs. Crannich with
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Dear editor, ,,.,,, 1 u
When I read of tho killing of Sherdell Lewis, my heart
went cold. It is absurd, especially in this season when
Lincoln welcomes the folks back to school, that a man is
shot and killed in his doorway by a team of police not a
mile from campus on a drug raid.
With some hope, I felt the shock would lead to indict
ments, or surely suspension, of some policemen and a close
look at some procedures. Fat chance.
The blue caterpillar with 24 feet eats up Sherdell Lewis s
life, then spins a cocoon called an investigation and
develops into a grotesque moth-a denial of fault which
neatly obscures blame. Soon the problem will fiy away;
soon to be forgotten? Fat chance.
I am far from satisfied with County Atty. Lahncrs 1
account. From his report the upshoot is an unfortunate
incident which "we hope wont happen again so let s get
back to business as usual as soon as possible. Fat chance.
The police shaped the scene that day when their team
showed up dressed for action. I don't want a bunch of
jumpy police guns showing up at my or my neighbor's
door if they think they've got the goods on us.
IH not be satisfied until a better statement comes out
and I see evidence of change in police policy.
This may not be likely until some people talk to some
other people. The time has come to respond to the
I would like to compliment Jim Williams on the job lie
does in his "Pit Stop" column. I enjoy reading his article
every Thursday and even look forward to it. Not only that,
but I enjoy participating in his contests: they are enjoyable
After reading Miss Lowson's letter (Daily Nebraskan,
Oct. 13) regarding the Immaturity of Greek men, I felt that
a rebuttal was due.
Night after night, we are assaulted with stereos, loud
fights and obscenities shouted at us from the men's dorms
Walking through the dorm complex is extremely dangerous
as there are bottles, water balloons and other debris hurled
at us. Even walking on the sidewalk around the outside of
the complex leaves much to be desired as we can be sure of
at least being the object of Insults because' we are Greeks
I resent the implication that Greek men are immature'
I have yet to be yelled at (in obscene language) from a
a sniff. "Our tour leader. . . What a strange creature! Very
slithery, if you ask me. He kept talking our ears off about
peace and love and friendship. 1 finally told him, 'Look, if I
wanted a sermon, I would've gone to church.
"A lot of peace we got," said Mr. Crannich. "Everybody
always pushing and shoving. Would you beleive it? In two
weeks we never got a seat by the window.
"There's absolutely nothing to buy, not even a souvenir
postcard," said Mrs. Crannich. "Most of the natives don't
even speak English. So you have to shout at them. 1 kept
pointing at things and shouting, 'How much does this cost
in real money?' But they were too backward to under
stand." "Naturally, they lost our luggage," said Mr. Crannich. "I
sure told that guy off. That's the miracle of space travel, 1
told him. 'Lunch in Alpha Centauri, dinner in Betelgeuse
and your bags in Ursa Minor."
"Then we had this awful row on the way back," said
Mrs. Crannich. "Our tour guide started giving us another
one of his interminable lectures about peace and love
and . . ."
"So 1 told him I'd rather watch an old Doris Day movie
and where was the free champagne," said Mr. Crannich.
"When he dropped us off, you know what he had the
unmitigated nerve to tell us?" said Mrs. Crannich.
"He said we obviously weren't ready yet for his educa
tional tours," said Mr. Crannich, "and h?s going to take his
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fraternity house. Furthermore, 1 have never 1,-d anything
thrown at me from a fraternity house window.
1 suggest that Miss Lowson take a look around at the
dorm boys before she starts to criticize Greek men.
Act of Congress
I wish to express my dismay at what 1 feel to be
inefficiency on the part of the UNL administration, and to
question the rules regarding parking.
What does it take to effect a change of home addrcss-an
act of Congress? After going through the established pro
cedure the first time, my permanent ID card was sent to my
previous home address in Grand Island, therefore, I '
unable to attend the game that Saturday. After going
through the same procedure again two weeks ago, my mail
Is going to both addresses.
I recently purchased a different car and neglected w
scrape my Card Lot sticker from my old car. If the sticker
is still necessary, what purpose docs the card serve that trie
sticker doesn't? The lady at the desk was polite and triea
to answer this for me, but the answer was not clear.
What purpose are gates at the Card Lot serving trattwy
are not serving at the other lots? Are they worth u
expense? They do not alleviate the need to patro the W
if the cards are passed between students, as the lady saw
they sometimes are.
Donald Van Oteghc
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