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lincoln, nebraska vol. 103, no. 49
monday, november 5, 1979
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Library closings a political move Qica
By Mike Sweeney
Several ASUN senators said last week
they believe the proposed reduction in
UNL library hours is a political move cal
culated to get student support for univer
sity budget increases.
"They (the administration) need stu
dent support this year, and they want it
out of an issue the students will be upset
about," Sen. Dale Wojtasek said.
He said the administration may be try
ing to force students to "get up in arms"
over a crucial issue and support the univer
sity when it seeks budget increases from
the Legislature.
"It just adds up," said ASUN president
Bud Cuca. "It's a political move."
However, UNL libraries personnel and
budget officer Charles Chamberlain dis
counted theories of political plotting.
"I just don't see the schemers around
here," Chamberlain said. "I don't belong to
the Watergate theory of budget deficits at
He said budget problems were too wide
spread on campus for him to believe that
the libraries were singled out for political
Student support was not the intention
of proposed library hour cutbacks but
could be the outcome, Chamberlain said.
Plans for the library system include
closing Love Library one hour earlier and
closing on Saturdays. The reduction would 4
save the Libraries about $5,000 to $7,000
a semester, Chamberlain said.
Cuca said it is unusual to take a major
action such as reducing library hours be
cause of a few thousand dollars.
He said the libraries are a central part of
the university and must remain open. The
ASUN senate agreed with him last week.
A senate bill passed Wednesday directed
Cuca to present student concerns about the
library to the NU Board of Regents at its
November meeting.
The bill also told Cuca to ask the re
gents to direct Ned Hedges, vice chancellor
for academic affairs, and Dean of Libraries
Gerald Rudolph not to reduce library
hours or close on Saturdays. .
At the ASUN meeting, Rudolph said the
libraries need to reduce services to con
tinue to operate.
Hedges was unavailable for comment.
Cuca said if the administration doesn't
react to student concerns, students could
take decisive action. He said an all-night
"study-in" at the library is one possibility.
"If their (the administration's) priorities
are bad, we can't support their budget,"
Cuca said.
Wojtasek said student support seems to
be the university's last option to raise the
budget next year.
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Simon: government control is eroding personal freedom
By Michelle Carr
Americans will lose their personal free
dom unless they demand less government
interference in the economy, according to
former Secretary of the Treasury William
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Former Secretary of the Treasury William Simon warned a UNL audience of
America's socialistic tendency.
iness and the economy eventually will de
stroy personal freedoms, which are inter
twined with economic freedom, Simon
told an overflow crowd in the Nebraska
Union ballroom Friday. Simon was the
first speaker this year in the E. J. Faulkner
lecture series. '
Americans should be .aware that the
United States is "careening with frighten
ing speec toward socialism," Simon said.
According to Simon, government has
overstepped its role in society. Government
should not control the economy, he said,
because creativity and productivity should
' remain in the private sector.
"Goods and services can't be distributed
unless they are first produced," he said.
; The measure pf .economic growth js th.e
v, growth of wealth generated in the private'
sector, Simon said, but the government
"hypes up the economy to try to push the
growth rate which pushes up inflation."
Simon said the government is an ineffi
cient producer and should not replace free
"THE GOVERNMENT is the biggest
employer, the biggest consumer and the
largest borrower."
Simon called the Carter administration's
proposal to appropriate $1.5 billion to bail
out Chrysler a "disgrace."
The government has no role to spend
taxpayers' money to aid the failing car
manufacturer, he said, adding that
Chrysler's option is not to go out of busi
ness, but rather it should shrink and be
' come more competitive.
Simon said U.S. resources are not what
makes America great, it is the free enter
prise system. The Soviet Union has an
abundance of resources, but because the
Soviet political system does not work, the
USSR must turn to America for grain and
technology, he said.
1 But poorly planned government fiscal
policy has caused more government inter
vention and an "overheating of the
economy," he said.
THE "DO SOMETHING" politicians are
the problem, not the solution, Simon said.
The politicians "try anything that offers an
illusion of hope," he said.
According to Simon, government spend
ing creates distortion in the economy be
cause the government prints money to
compensate, which, brings higher inflation.
Inflation destroys purchasing power,
which affects the elderly, people with low
incomes and the working class, he said.
These people don't have the economic or
political clout to stop government spending
and a "quiet hysteria" develops when these
people try to make ends meet.
Simon praised the Federal Reserve
Board's recent move to a tighter monetary
policy through restriction of the money
supply and tightening credit. He cautioned
that the board can make inroads against in-
flatipn , but cannot offer-a long-term-solution
for inflation.
. headed the Federal Energy Office in lj?73
and 1974, said nuclear power "holds pro
mise for U.S. ability for self-sufficiency."
He said nuclear energy is safer than the
"sensationalism" of the Three Mile Island
incident indicated it was.
Coal mining and oil production also
offer risks, he said, adding that the risks
can be controlled.
He said solar energy is the power of the'
future but is not competitive at today's
prices. '
Simon blasted the Department of
Energy for its excessive regulations in the
oil industry. .
"D.O.E. spends more money than the
seven largest oil companies' profits. It pro
duces hot air and more regulations."
Simon said the United States "pro
gressed from wood to oil without a federal
energy office or a department of energy."
Simon expressed concern that Ameri
cans are expecting government to take care
of them. He said some Americans are turn
ing to the government to provide-their
needs, when production should rest with
the people. Americans should be more
tolerant of success and failure in a com
petitive economic system, he said, because
more benefit can come from it than a
government controlled economic system.
Cold weather kills fly problem but awakens cold bug
By Mary Louise Knapp
With big changes in the weather, the inevitable sniffles
and sneezes of the insidious little bug called the common
cold nave descended upon UNL What can students
afflicted with this disease do to alleviate its symptoms?
Dr. Garland Bare, medical director of the University
Health Center, says the most important thing to do is
drink lots of water and, if possible, use vaporizers to keep
himidity levels high.
"Cold, dry weather irritates the cells that line the res
piratory tract," Bare said. He advised cold sufferers to
stay away from alcoholic beverages and coffee, because
these drinks stimulate the body to expel needed fluids.
A bulletin printed by the American Lung Association
lists some time-honored cold remedies-and the reasons
why they are of no value.
It is not necessary to stay in bed with a cold. Most
normal, health adults can function normally, unless they
have a fever or recurring rspiratory problems.
Whopping doses of Vitamin C don't have real value; a
balanced diet is better. Getting under a pile of blankets to
"sweat it out' does no good. It's pleasanter to drink
liquids, and accomplishes the same purpose.
Taking a laxative to get rid of the cold germs will net
fight the virus.
Cold bath and cold air enthusiasts get as many and as
severe colds as comfort lovers.
Many different viruses, which are present in the air at.
all times, can cause a cold. More than 100 have been iden
tified so far.
A number of conditions can increase susceptibility.
People appear to catch colds mainly indoors during the
colder months. This is probably because everyone is in
side, close to other people's cold viruses. Fatigue, poor
physical condition, some air pollutants and chilling seem
to increase susceptibility.
Symptoms appear from one to three days after the
virus enters the body. The first hint usually is a scratchy
throat. Within a few hours, sneezing and a runny nose
appear and within 48 hours a cold is at its worst.
There is not much anyone can do to prevent or cure
colds. Antibiotics have proved ineffective in combating
the virus itself, although they do work against bacterial
infections and allergic reactions that accompany some
Colds are not dangerous, but symptoms such as ear
aches, chest pains, a severe headache, or a fever that lasts
more than two or three days are potentially serious..
Anyone suffering from a severe respiratory illness, such
as bronchitis or asthma, should consult a doctor at the on
set of the cold.