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1 flexs'l what muscle it has last Yednesdsy night, Never let it .
oe saia apia ut asuh is totiy wortaiess.
ASUN reduced many of the Cosmittee fcr Fees Allocation's
recommendations for student organization landing. Seme cf the
cuts were prudent. Student Fees are nesring the $100 mark and
none cf U3 wants to pay more. Many cf us can't T:rd to.
Cut some cfthe cuts were ill-iafenaed, and seemed careless in
light cf the fact that CFA spent several months preparing their
reccmmer.dier.s. They interviewed members cf organizations,
etc J eats, debated and voted. It seerr.s to defeat the purpose cf
such a committee to disregard its recommendations.
Case in point: The Women's Resource Center.
ASUN gutted the WBC by voting to eliminate its operating
budget (about $3,500). That means no paper clips, no phor.es, 110
ph'to copies, no paper.
The senator who proposed this cat was Ckrk Osborn. His
reasoning: The- WSC is unapproachable to most woea cn can
pus. He said there are "lesbian activities" at the V.IX.
Without any substantiation cf Osbem's chirks, the senate
voted to cut the funds. Osbern's proposed cut sho d net make it
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The WBC is needed and there are much better ways to effect
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The WKC did provide a lesbian support group last sesester,
according to coordinator Jaa Deeds. She said she didn't think the
group existed this semester.
The group provided counseling for lesbians. Perhaps that's
what Osborn meant by "lesbian activities."
The WP.C had a support group for women in transition and
counseling on malefemale relationships. The WEC also provides
counseling for rape and incest victims. According to Deeds, about
500 people a month call or visit the WBC. Deeds noted that many
people probably do not call or visit the ASUN c.ee each month.
In addition to providing counseling, the WBC organizes pro
grams and speakers for the campus community and recently wrote
a handbook on rape prevention that was published through the
Affirmative Action office on campus. "Lesbian activities" consti
tute a small part cf the WBCs activities programs yet a valid
part. Homosexuals face a number of problems in our society,
Osbora's comment shows a decided ignorance about the
resource center's purpose. In any case, counseling for homosexu
als is not grounds for cutting funds. In fact, it's a blatantly
discriminatory reason to cut funds.
ASUN President Mark Scudder said the vote to cut WBCs funds
was a statement by the senate that WBC is not serving the campus
well. He said ASUN will follow up its "statement" with recom
mendations for change. He agreed, however, that cutting budgets
is not the best way to change the interna! workings of an
If the ASUN senate thinks the WEC is unapproachable to most
stude-its, and is run by a small minority, questions should have
been asked before the budget came to the senate. Or perhaps
ASUN could have surveyed WEC users to find out who is using the
center, rather than reacting to the subjective opinions cf some
senators. If there is a problem, changes could be made.
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Israelis explain actions, but lose r
A couple of months ago, the cilltry
i affrs writer for the Jerusalem Pest,
I .flirsh Goodman, absdorsed tnks
tr.d niissiies and tried instead to exp!.i
Eabbi Meyer Kahane, the Israeli pariia
ment's notorious Arab-hater. Kahie
Goodman wrote, is not an Israeli creation,
but an Arab one. He's what you get alter 37
yeers of Arab hostility toward Israel
Goodman was explaining, not justiing,
and it is good that he recognised the
distinction. It is, in fact, a distinction
beizig pressed into service when it comes
to what Israel is doing in Lebanon why
it's blowing-up hoses, making mass arrests,
terrorising the civilian- population and
turning parts cf the country into a police
state. As with Kahane, 'you can, explain,
but you cannot jststify.
The explanat ion begins with the recent
suicide attack in Southern Lebanon in
which 12 Israeli soldiers were killed out
right and another 14 wounded. That in-
only child of Holocaust survivors, people
who clawed their way cut of the desth
camps, managed to get to Israel, lived
through maybe four wars and then lost
their only child in some stupid operation
in Lebanon. The numbers do not tell you
about the lieutenant who got married hst
summer and has one kid on the way
none of the little tragedies carried on the
inside pages of the Israeli press.
And so you can understand can't
you? the fory with which Israel strikes
back. You also can understand the terror
of the troops, their fright when night falls,
how scared they must be to move about in
a population that haa grown to hate their
guts. Worse yet, the new enemy is a
fanatic. The PLO was tenacious, often
brutal but it did not go in for suicide
attacks. How can you fight someone who
does not even value his own life, never
But that Is all explanation. There re
mains the matter cf justlfeion id that is
cut o! reacn. Israel was wrong in invading
Lebanon, wrong in string and wrong in
not instantly wltnarawina
have converted Lebanon from an enesy in
name only, to a real foe. The
cident brought to 123 the number cf
Israelis killed since Palestinian guerrillas
left Beirut in September cf 1982. All in all, '
Israel's invasion of Lebanon has cost it 634
dead casualties of Vietnam War propor
tions for a country that size.-
But numbers are, well, numbers. They
do not tell you that one cf the dead w the
Moslems, some cf them fundamentalist
zealots, have discovered both their
numbers and their strength and they
report to nobody .. not -Kabih Berri in
Belrat, not the Syrians in Damascus, and
certsinly not the joke that proclaims itself
Lebanon's cestrsl government.
Ey remidning in southern Lebanon,
Israel stands the chance cf converting
what was once a politic- or nationalistic
struggle into a religious cr.e. Palestinians
are not Middle Eastern kamikazes. Pale
stinians are usually net Moslem funda
mentalists in fact, some cf them are not
Moslem at all, but Christian. The PLO that
once controlled southern Lebanon was (by
contrast to the Shiites now on the warpat h)
reasonable almost a state unto itself.
Through intermediaries, Israel could
negotiate truces; it could retaliate. Now it
faces small bands of fanatics. Now it must
come to grips with the fact that the
explosive-laden truck that took 12 lives
was heading toward Israel itself the
town of Metuikh.
The Israeli government, an entity with
the divisions and pettiness cf an academic
senate, says its troops will be out of
Lebanon by September. The Labor Party
would like to leave sooner; Likud later.
The result is a premise a staged
withdrawal designed to show that Israel
cannot be pushed around. It has instal
lations to dismantle. It has strategic
concerns. With Prusckn arrogance, Israel
sticks to its plans. It will not lose face.
As a result, it loses its moral standing.
Like an animal in a swsnzt cf bees, Israel is
being "made mad by repeated stings. It
arrests. It shoots. It kicks and beats,
sometimes kills the isascent and maybe
even who knows? blows up a
mosque. Everything b explained the
need to rcMltte, to appe strong until
it becomes clear that wist you're hearing
fa a litany cf excascs for inaction.
Israel just caght to get cut of Lebanon.
Then no one viH have to explain anything.
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Casino Night acts
At the recent Casino Night exte'sgaisa,
sponsored by two UNL Greek houses, I
could not help but feel I wm among an
elite grctrp cf people. Although for the
most prt it was a pleassat evening, I
Mce Mt sick ts Kiystcmach fceesse cf
acts pcrtoed dudr4 the "Hear show."
"Ifee Jews Ercthera,w a takeoff cf 'The
Blues Brothers," was a tasteless put-down
cf members cf the Jewish faith. Another
low point was a lip eps by three white
fraternity men dressed as black women
resembling The Pointer Sisters. I find it
Ironic that the fraternity has no black
members, yet feels the "need" for blacks
in a silly skit. Maybe during this summer's
rush, they will plan ahead and sign up
some black "associates."
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0? course, these acts were rfe in ,
;.iasie of fun. But perhaps we need to re
examine cur definition of fan. The f?ct
that ethers are a minority gives no person
the right to poke fan at, tad at the same
time offend, any member of any micihr
As long as the 't having fon" excuse is
used, the stereotypes will continue. I hee
thct in future programs, all groups on
campus will try to exercise common caur-
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