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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 11, 1976)
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It looked like a scene from Cassblanca with the belly
dancer in the Cssbah. The only one missing was Dogzrt.
Actually, it was a belly dance workshop, not in Morocco,
but m Lincoln at the Clayton House Motel.
More than 40 persons (all but two women) participated
in the Saturday workshop. Ages ranged from 15 to 60
and at least half of the women showed up in full belly
Most of the costumes were chiffon skirts with gold or
silver glitter trim, heavily ornamented metal belts and
halter tops. A few even had veils.
The afternoon seminar was taught by Aziz, one of the
few male belly dancers in the US. He began by teaching
them how to use the zels (finger cymbals), which are
worn on the thumb and second finger of each hand.
Aziz said he learned to play the zels by listening to the
sound they make in songs, but he teaches by the counting
method. There is an endless number of possible zel
patterns, and Aziz said he usually invents his own.
. After mastering the zels, the next step is to learn to
dance with them. Participants practiced to exotic music
with a drum beat. Jiramie Abdouch played the darbucki
(a drum) over taped Middle East music.
Aziz taught them the breast shimmy, a graceful move
ment achieved by arching the back and slowly shaking the
shoulders from side to side.
One of the male participants, a construction worker,
said he helps his wife practice at home and was interested
in learning more about the art.
Icy on food
Nebraska needs a food policy, according to the
Nebraska Food Coalition, a small farmer group formed
after the People's Food Conference last summer in Ames,
The group's purpose is to write a food policy to
present to the Nebraska Legislature about the state's
food problems, according to Deborah Kirschenmah, one
of the group's organizers. -
The outline of the food policy will be discussed at a
workshop Nov. 20 at the First Methodist Church, 2723
N. 50th St.
Joe Collins, director of the Institute fr Science in the
Public Interest from New York Citv. and two oanels of
farming representatives and state legislators, will speak.
The People's Food Conference took dace two weeks
before the World Food Conference in'Des Moines, Iowa.
World conference a farce?
Kirschenman said the World Food Conference was
"somewhat of a farce" because "it was helpful to big
business in the country but practically ignored the
consumers and small farmers."
She said food issues, from myths on production and
starvation to problems of the s ; all farmer, and agri
business to fertilizer problems were discussed at the
"As a result of this conference, a number of people felt
that a food policy should be written in Nebraska to deal
with these problems," Kirschenman said.
She said the first concern of the groups is that every
one be able to eat, and food be redistributed to do this.
Regulation of monopolies
The group also is in favor of eliminating or regulating
monopolies, and leaving the food market open to more
people so the small farmer can remain competitive, she
said. : .
Kirschenman also said a state law should restrict
corporations from farming to help keep the family farmer
on the farm. .
.Tarming should be a personal thing," she said.
Nutritional information on food labels should be
improved, along with state encouragement of nutritional
education, she added.
The coalition also would like to see an end to food
sales tax and the development of a policy on fertilizers.
"Our group is extremely anti-agribusiness and anti
fertilizer people, who are just out to make a profit and are
ruining the country with pesticides," Kirschenman said.
Other concerns of the group include the food stamp
policy, food management and marketing, and the school
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The whole body is involved in belly dancing. A belly
dancer must practice hand and arm exercises, as well as
concentrating on the stomach and leg muscles.
Become a snake," is Aziz's advice. "When I dance, I
think of a serpent with lots of arms and legs."
"Iff not really hard and not really easy. But it takes a
lot of concentration. and you don't have to be double
jointed," Jean Davis, a teacher and professional belly
Davis, who teaches classes in Omaha, said she
guarantees women that dancing will "take inches off.
BeUy dancing originated in Egypt to please the Sultan.
It is history's first known form of natural childbirth.
"Girls were taught to belly dance at an early age. So
when they had children, they knew which muscles to
use," Davis said.
Belly dancing also was done at the market place.
Unmarried women would dance, and passing men would
throw coins. The coins would be strung on a belt as a
dowry. When a women received enough money, she
married and from then on danced only for her husband.
"Belly dancing got a bad name in America from
Gypsy Rose Lee," Davis said. "She took her movements
from belly dancing. This is where the bumps and grinds
"After Little Egypt appeared, every burlesque show
had a so-called belly dancer," Davis said.
The dance .of the seven veils originated in biblical
times. The Babylonian king wanted to see Salome do the
dance. She danced, but only after John the Baptist's
head was served on a platter.
Belly dancing carries along with its graceful move
ments an Eastern philosophy. According to the Lebanese
drum player Abdouch, the philosophy is to accept that
"what is written is written."
Walter Heun, technical
services manager for Leica
camera, will give a photo
graphy seminar for all
interested persons at 3:30
pjn. today at Avery Hall.
elections will be from 7:30
ajn. to 4 pjn. today in the
Nebraska Union and Tues
day in the Nebraska East
The Christian Fellowship
for Architectural Students
will meet at 4:45 pjn.
today in the Union Harvest
The UNL Help End
(HEMP) group will meet tc
elect officers at 2:30 p.m
today in the Union Main
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The Society of Women
Engineers will meet at 8
pjn. tonight in Nebraska
Any group interested in
entering the Phi Gamma
Delta-Zeta Tau Alpha All
University Fund football
marathon, call 477-3789 or
472-9197. Entries are due
The UNL Gay Action
Group will meet from 8
to 9:30 pjn. tonight and
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of the Have!ock Bank
from 8 to 10 pjn. Tuesday
at UMHE Commonplace,
333 N. 14th St.
The College - Career
Christian Fellowship will
hold a Bible study at
7:30 pjn. tonight at the
Union. Room number will
The ASUN Government
Liaison Committee will
-meet at 7 pjn. Tuesday in
& UNL Student
Alumni Board is taking
applications for new
members until Oct. 15.
Anyone interested in join
ing the board should fill out
an . application at the
Alumni House, 1420 R St.
David Browning, Univer
sity of Texas at Austin
School of Geography pro-
fessor, will speak on 77te
Political Map of the Third
World at 12:30 pjn. today
in Oldfather Hall 1038.
Thomas Potter from the"
National iiank of Com
merce's International Bank
ing Dept. will speak on
International Conflict and
World Trade and Banking
at 12:30 pjn. Wednesday in
Oldfather Hall 1048.
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The Ag Econ, Ag
Business Club is sponsoring
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a banquet at 5:30 pjn.
Tuesday at the Lincoln Elks
The Human Potentials
Committee will meet at
3:30 pjn. Tuesday at
UMHE Commonplace, 333
N. 14th St. AH interested
persons are invited.
The Association for
Childhood Education is
sponsoring a workshop on
creativity in education at 7
pjn. Tuesday at Zeman
Elementary School, 4900
S. 52nd St.
Eta Sigma Gamma,
health science honorary,
. will attempt to conquer an
obstacle course with wheel
chairs, blindfolds and
earplugs at 7 pjn. Wed
nesday in the Union. The
. event is in observation of
Week and is open to all
Concerned Pro-life Stu
dents will meet at 7:30
pjn. Wednesday at the
Union. All interested
students are invited.
Editor-in-chief: Theresa Forsman. managing Editor: Randal
Blauvelt. News Editor: Sandy Mohr. Associate News Editors: Ron
Rugglessand Rex Seiine. Layout Editor: L Beard. Entertainment
Editor: Michael Zangari. Sports Editor: Pete Waman. Third
Dimension Editor: Nancy Stohs. Night News Editor: Kim
Shepherd. Photography chief : Ted Kirk.
Copy Editors: Chuck Beck. Nancy dark. Pete Mason. Gail
Smith and Randy Wright.
Business Manager: Jerri Ha ussier. Advertising Manaysr: Gregg
Wurdeman. Assistant Advertising Manager: Bruce McMorris.
Production Manager: Kitty Policky.
The Daily Nebraskan is published by the UNL Publications
Committee on Monday. Wednesday. Thursday and Friday during
the fall and spring semesters, except during vacations.
Address: The Daily Nebraskan. Nebraska Union 34. 14th and
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Copyright 1976. the Daily Nebraskan. Msterial may be
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The UNL Young
Democrats will meet at 9
pjn. Wednesday at Horse
feather's. State Sen. Steve
Fowler will be a guest.
The Center for Students
and Organizations, including
the Student Activities Fund
Bank, will operate out of
Union 202 and 203 today
and Tuesday. Minimal
services will be available
from these offices.
The McCarthy for Pres
ident campaign has an
nounced its coordinators
and officers. They are: Bill
Kerry, volunteer coordin
ator, (464-8774), Kris
Madan, speakers bureau
T-6594), Dave Newkirk,
media relations liaison (472
9679), Paul Ehlers, treasurer
Residence hall contacts
are Dan McCarty (477
3529) for Greek houses and
Burr-Fedde, Dan Swinarki
(472-9403) for Cather,
Pound and Neihardt, Jeff
Cox for Abel-Sandoz and
Tim Roenen (472-0476) for
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