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Wednesday, September 6, 1978 lincoln, nebraska vol. 102 no. 6
UNL, Alabama student leaders exchange ideas, goals
ASUN President Ken Marienau became
a lieutenant colonel in the Alabama State
Militia and an admiral of the Alabama
Navy, Friday at the conclusion of a joint
workshop between UNL and the University
of Alabama student government leaders in
The Nebraska delegation proudly recip
rocated the honors by presenting Jerry
DeVaney, Alabama student body presi
dent, a big red toilet seat with the inscrip
tion "Flush the Tide" and three large Big
Red trash cans.
The frivolity ended a day of workshops
and discussions on problems common to
Twnety-six UNL students made the trip
to Tuscaloosa where they were hosted by
the Alabama student leaders at a lodge on
The group arrived Thursday night in
time for "A Nite at the Union" at the
Alabama Student Union. A live band,
blackjack games and magic shows enter
tained the students.
Campus pre-civil war
Friday morning, the students toured the
campus in a small train. The members
agreed it was a beautiful campus, rich with
history. The original campus was built
before the Civil War and all but four
buildings were burned during the war.
The afternoon was spent in sessions
with Dr. Robert Miles, Vice President of
Student Affairs and with students repre
senting campus organizations.
Pam Fritz, first vice president of the
Union Program Council, said she found
that the Alabama Union Council and Board
have more programs than UNL.
Bob Moodie, ASUN first vice president,
met with the Board of Trustees and found
that they were self selected and not polit
ical trustees, much different than the
Board of Regents.
"There is very little student input on
their Board," Moodie said, "while UNL
students have some."
Share common problems
Student apathy as well as overcrowded
housing and parking problems were found
to be common, according to Bill Skoneki,
Skoneki said he liked the student book
exchange which is more elaborate than
UNL's and would like to see if it is applic
able to UNL.
"Dr. Miles was impressive," Skoneki
said. Miles told the leaders they should
concentrate on three or four problems
during the year.
Marienau said he liked Miles' idea of
making the student affairs office, student
controlled. UNL is sending Alabama
information on the Student Legal Services,
tne Credit Union and Student Fund Drive.
Bruce Kendall, ASUN treasurer and
chairman of the budget and fees commit
tee, found that Alabama's student fees are
only $10.50, but their fee system is differ
ent so that the figure is misleading. Though
they have three times more money going
into their student activities, UNL has more
Alabama also has off-campus associa
tions that help students pay utility de
posits. To summarize, the UNL students said
they liked the different philosophy of the
school because it is based on how to serve
Myriad of sights and experiences off erred at state fair
By Lucy Bighia
So you say you've been seeing things lately? Things
like pink elephants, 20 pound-rats (giant French ones, no
less), people dangling upside-down, and an occasional loaf
of bread walking around-on its own two feet?
It's not an impending nervous breakdown -it's the
Nebraska State Fair.
The only danger fair-goers face is possible dislocation
of the eyeballs from trying to look in 149 directions at
once. But, with a little practice, the head can be trained to
swivel completely around, so as not to miss a single thing
at this year's fair.
Budding cooks most likely will be interested in some of
the rides offered; rides like the "Superloops," "Monster
Machine," "Zipper," or the "Mister Twister." These rides
all operate on the same principle, they separate the
stomach from the body as neatly as a chef removes the
yoke from an egg white.
The rides, of course, do this in a much more imagina
tive way. The passenger (after being read his rights) is
lurched, plunged and plummeted, (not to mention jostled,
jiggled and jounced), into a stomachless existence.
Future rodeo hopefuls can get in some practice on the
ponies-shoulderpads, kneepads; mouthguard and helmet
may be furnished for riders under six months old.
And of course there is your basic merry-go-round and
roller coaster, two rides that never seem to go out of style.
The newest trend making the rounds in rides this year
encorporates the disco beat.
The Himalaya, for example, resembles a disco roller
coastermerry-go-round complete with pulsing lights,
siren, and a mirror ball in the middle.
Riders can pick the ride that offers their favorite hits
from the Stones to Travolta to Radio to the Bee Gees.
Disc jockeys spin the records and riders, and ticket-takers
After your ordeal on the rides, youll undoubtedly be
hungry. Fear not, there's a food booth to soothe every
lost stomach. How about a caramel apple, ice cream cone,
taco, frozen yogurt push-up, foot long, corndog, super
pretzel, or 18 pound pumpkin?
There's even a booth selling insulation; it's sprayed into
a cup, a straw is stuck in, and it foams up like a magic
milkshake, guaranteed to keep junior happy for a while.
Feeling guilty after your calorie splurge? How about
trying to fool the guesser at the weight-guessing booth?
One woman, about five feet high and in her mid
forties, decides to risk it. The guesser makes her estimate
164 pounds. Will she be within three pounds of the cor
rect weight? Certainly not, the indignant woman mutters.
Before mounting the scale she carefully removes shoes,
earrings, watch, purse and wig for a grand total of 170
pounds! Elated, she waddles off with her hard-earned
For the not-so-adventurous fair-goers, a multitude of
"safer" booths abound.
At the Astro Turf Booth you can purchase genuine
Nebraska bulk turf for a mere S2.S0 a square yard.
Or take home a Nebraska cap (Alabama visors available
Photo by Mark Billinflsly
Midway workers converse as state fair goers spin round on one of the many carnival rides offered at the fair.
upon request), T-shirt, autographed undies or an invisible
Gambling enthusiasts will find plenty of ways to lose
their money. Simply try to toss the coke tab around the
Dr. Pepper bottle, chip the plexi-glass plate with the nerf
ball, squirt-gun your way to victory in the model car race,
or burst a balloon from 50 paces while blindfolded.
Hard-core gamblers can expect to be disappointed by
an occasional win, but don't despair. Just collect your life
size St. Bernard or secret spy decoder ring and move on to
the next booth.
Followers of the bizarre and trivia collectors are not
outside of their element either. Spectators can ogle the
headless girl, the pop-eyed man, the two-headed woman
and the human pretzel. Water enthusiasts probably will
want to visit the shark booth, which is full of valuable
information, such as the fact tiut sharks are known to
leap into fishing boats in search of prey.
The midway is not the only attraction for fair-goers. 4-4-H'ers,
in their white shirts, jeans and cowboy boots,
look forward to the state fair as a chance to display their
A 9-yearold girl is ratting and fluffing her cow's tail
into an imitation of Dolly Parton's coiffure-it's the latest
style, she explains. Her cow, named "Sven Svenson" (after
a tombstone she once saw), is sure to win, she says.
On the other side of the barns are housed the sheep,
looking like so many miniature KKK'ers in their white
robes and hoods. After all, the exhibitors don't want all of
their scrubbing, shampooing, creme-rinsing and blow
drying to be spoiled by a misplaced "pile."
After a day's labors, 4-H'ers and fair-goers alike can
relax at the Kool-Aid circus in the Grandstand.
There is the usual assortment of clowns, jalopies and
baggy underwear, as well as a high-wire act from Colom
bia, and Norbu, the "almost-human gorilla" from Africa.
The circus culminates with a bang as Hugo Zacchini is
fired out of his very own cannon.
Co-op turns Christian: The Agape House opens
with a new coat of paint and a new philo
sophy page 7
Let me entertain you: State Fair strippers try to
bring back big-time burlesque page 10
Birmingham, Birmingham: The place to get wild
and crazy down in Alabam page 12
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