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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 10, 1975)
monday, november 10, 1975
An open house in the bathroom,
movies and a pig roast highlighted this
year's Hinsdale Day celebrations.
Hinsdale Day is an annual event
celebrating the toilets in the men's
restroom in the basement of
Architectural HaH. The toilets carry the
Hinsdale patent, and are dated Nov. 1,
One student said, This is a chance
for everyone, to come and see what it is
truly like (the restroom),' which was
open to the public Friday afternoon.
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Gays mark anniversary
Center offers exercise help
By Bctsie Amnions
Some residents of Abel-Sandoz
residence halls are learning structured
exercise routines and better dietary habits
at . the Abel-Sandoz Fitness Learning
Center, according to Mike Eyster, complex
The center combines an understanding
of exercises with a specialized program of
nutrition, Eyster said. Trained supervisors
and dietetic interns are at the center from
4 to 5 pjn. and from 6 to 10 pjn., Monday
through Thursday, he said. The center, in
the Abel-Sandoz .basement, is always open
The program was started in January by
Bob Robertson of the UNL Fitness Lab,
and Elizabeth Griego, former Abel-Sandoz
complex director, Eyster said. He said
Robertson conceived the idea from a
similar program at Brookline Community
College in Jersey. Present codirectors
are Eyster, Robertson, and Ruth Eshleman
of the UNL Food and Nutrition Dept.
Robertson said when a participant
comes to the center he or she is tested for
blood pressure, flexibility and body
girths and given an "exercise profile"
exercises to fit his or her physical makeup.
Two phases of exercise are included
aerobic exercises, which require large
amounts of oxygen and improve
circulation and respiration, and exercises
for muscular strength and endurance,
"Aerobic exercises are the most
important for a life-long program of adult
physical fitness," he said.
Robertson said participants exercise in
22-minute circuits, moving from one piece
of equipment to another. Directors
recommend that students exercise from
three to five times a week, he said.
Equipment, which cost about $4,000,
includes a weight machine, two stationary
bicycles, a stepbench and jump ropes,
according to Eyster.
Eyster said the center was financed by
ASUN funds, the Housing Capital Improve
ments Fund and a Student Affairs pro
Robertson said about 75 students were
in the program last semester, and there
are about that many now.
By Marelia Synovec
The Gay Action Group (GAG) Coffee
House celebrated its fifth anniversary
Sunday night. Since the first Coffee House
met in November 1970, there have been
some changes, but GAG members say it
has remained basically the same.
"Coffee House was started because
there was absolutely nothing in Lincoln for
gays to do except cruise the capitol," said
Calvin, one of the original GAG members
who managed Coffee House for three and
one-half years. "There was no place for
them to go and no social activities."
Coffee House in 1975 is "aimed at
being a discotheque-type bar without the
liquor, only no one sets up an elaborate
light and sound system like we had a few
years ago," Dave, a Gag member, said.
20 at first
About 20 people attended the first
Coffee House in the basement of UMHE
Commonplace, 333 N. 14 St., Calvin said.
The trimmings were not overly elaborate
just a record player, a stereo, a bowl of
popcorn on the floor, cookies and Kool
aid.hesaid. "The initial reaction to the first Coffee
House was fright," he said. There were
bright lights in the basement at
Commonplace and a table with cookies and
apple cider was in one corner. After the
music started, the 20 people who were
there just stood around, but after the first
person went out to dance, the rest
gradually got into it. People just weren't
ready for it."
Calvin said it took about a year for the
gay community to get rid of what he called
a paranoia about going to Coffee House.
"Lincoln is a relatively small town and
news of who's who travels fast on the
grapevine," he said. There was a fear of
being seen going tino Commonplace by
straight people. Then gays realized that if
there were any straight people at Coffee
House, they would be there for the same
reason that everyone else was."
. 'Bizarre church
"After it had been going on for about
a year the Coffee House image changed
, from one of a church bazaar to a bizarre
church," Calvin said. He said he had
worked with the Hollywood Gay libera
tion Front before coming to Lincoln, and
tried to make atmosphere at Coffee House
similar to a discotheque.
"For a long time it was the only
discotheque-bar situation like it in the
Midwest that had a decent light system. It
used to be a hot place to go," Calvin said.
"We could keep on top of the music
because one of the GAG members would
go to Chicago to see what music was ,
currently big," he said.
Three hundred people attended the first
anniversary of Coffee House. Now,
attendance averages about 100, Calvin said.
Coffee House meets every week now
instead of every two weeks, which may
explain why attendance is lower than it
was a few years ago, Dave said.
There is now a $1 admission charge "be
cause of financial reasons," he said. "When
it first started there was a suggested dona
tion of 50 cents that rose to 75 cents and
it was almost necessary to exhort people to
make a donation," he said. Profits are used
for GAG activities, he said.
Profits from Sunday's Fifth Anniversary
Coffee House were donated to the defense
fund of Sgt. Leonard Matlovitch, a 12-year
service man who was discharged from the '
Air Force because he is an admitted
Nine UNL alumni return to campus this
week to participate in the 12th annual
Masters Week program.
The masters will discuss their post
graduate experiences with students in class
rooms and in open discussions.
The Wednesday through Saturday event
is sponsored by Mortar Board and Inno
cents, UNL senior honoraries, in coopera
tion with the chancellor's office and the
Student Alumni Board.
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