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Union Board votes to place signs
warning about magazines' contents
By Colleen Kenney
DaiSjr Nebrluui EtilT Reporter
The Nebraska Union Board
passed a resolution to display a
sign in the union warning that
some magazines sold there con
tain sexually exploitive and vio
lent subject matter. The resolu
tion was passed 6-4 Tuesday.
At a board meeting last week, a
related resolution failed. It would
have discontinued the sale of
magazines such as Playboy, Play
girl and Penthouse at the Ne
braska and East union informa
The sign will read: "Some liiera
ture available for purchase may
be considered sexually exploitive
and violent in content. Your dis
cretion is advised."
' Board member Sue Hansen said
the move "gets rid of the guilt" of
the Union Board for selling these
magazines. Hansen said the
passed resolution showed that
the board was taking responsibil
ity for selling the magazines, but
"we are not here to try and curb
the problem," she said.
The resolution was proposed
by Dan Bigbee, faculty board re
presentative. He said the sign will
remind magazine buyers that they
can choose what they buy and
Board member Brigid O'Neill
disagreed. She said a posted sign
will draw attention to these magazines.
"Ponle are coins to use their
own discretion anyway "she said.
"We don't need to tell them how."
Board member Phil Karsting
said exploitation and violence,
which the sign warns about, is
subject to individual perception.
"Not everyone views bondage as
violence." Karsting was referring
to the current Penthouse maga
zine sold now in the union that
has pictures of the former Miss
America, Venessa Williams, in such
Robert Brand, complex program
director for Selleck Quadrangle,
compared the sign to the warn
ing label on cigarette packages.
As a former smoker, Brand said,
"I may still have opted to buy it,
but I was more aware of it."
Continued from Peg 1
A man with the coalition op
posed this option.
"You want to protect everyone
from discrimination. That's nice
. . . but probably these eight or
nine people in this room cannot
protect everyone," he said. "You
do away with the education value
of the ads" if all descriptions and
preferences were eliminated.
Welsch said this option would
make roommate ads ineffective.
An arbitrary policy was imme
diately killed because it would be
the least fair and most difficult to
enforce, according to the board.
A policy of self-description only,
proposed by Welsch, would have
allowed advertisers to describe
themselves any way they wanted
to, but would have eliminated all
roommate preferences or exclu
sions. "Self-description," Welsch said,
"is a better service to our readers
because the purpose of our room
mate column is to find a compat
ible roommate. It says this is who
I am . . .I'm looking for someone
who can accept that.' "
Self-description does not ex
clude or discriminate against any
one, Welsch said.
Bernstein opposed the option
because it "ducks" discrimination.
The gender option, proposed
by board member and Lincoln
Star editorial page editor Bill
Dobler, finally won board appro
val The option is not an ideal solu
tion, Dobler said, but "it's the
lesser of all evils."
Welsch opposed the policy, but
has agreed to abide by it until his
obligation to follow the policy is
discussed at the next board meet
ing later this month. Welsch's
obligation to follow board policy
rDon't be a.
Copple. . .
Continued from Pegs 1
thought Douglas was nervous in
a meeting he attended with the
attorney general, a U.S. attorney
and other FBI agents.
Campbell said FBI officials had
called the meeting because both
Douglas and Gov. Bob Kerrey had
told the media that Common
wealth had failed because of poor
management and risky loans.
The agency's probe had uncovered
some possibly illegal loans as early
as October 19S2, he said.
The agency's letter was mailed
to the State Banking Department
in March 1083 and a copy sent to
Douglas, according to Campbell
Douglas told the people at the
meeting that he had forgotten
about the letter, he said.
Copple said he never told his
father, former Commonwealth
President S. E. Copple, about the
letter because he felt that S. E.
already had to much on his mind.
Campbell said that at the Nov.
8 meeting Douglas also discussed
the Fox Hollow property he bought
from Marvin Copple. Campbell said.
Douglas told the group he had
purchased 10 or 12 lots.
Copple's Wednesday testimony
further documented the pay
ments he made to Douglas. Cop
ple said they totaled $40,000.
Douglas has maintained that the
amount was recorded in his books
as $32,500 because of an expense
write-off and a bookkeeping error.
Copple said he paid Douglas
$7,500 so Douglas could buy a
new car; $5,000 to repay a Com
monwealth loan; $5,000 for a
friend; and $5,000 for something
he could not recall
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