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April 23, 1987
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
of legal world
By Linda Hartmann
Associate News Editor
Specialization of the legal profession is rapidly
approaching, which is a healthy trend, Nebras
ka's chief justice of the supreme court said Wed
Judge Norman Krivosha told a group of about
35 in the Nebraska Union that in the early 1900s,
many medical professionals agreed that special
ized careers would be best for doctors. Lawyers
of the time disagreed, he said, but lawyers today
find it hard to be competent as general
Noting other changes likely to take place in
the legal profession in the next ten years, Krivo
sha said lawyers may not appear in person before
Supreme Court justices to give oral aliments.
Instead they may be linked by television screens
from across the country.
Law libraries and tedious filing of paper doc
uments also may disappear as computers gain
more widespread use, he said.
Krivosha predicted, however, that the bar
exam will continue to be a requirement of the
profession. Although he used to oppose the
exam, he said, he now sees that the test is
necessary to weed out any remaining people who
made it through law school but are not cut out to
Krivosha said he would like to see some
changes made in the selection of judges, espe
cially in states where judges are elected. Judges
are arbitrators. They have no constituents, so
elections make no sense, he said.
Krivosha said he prefers the federal model
where judges are appointed by the chief execu
tive, approved by a legislative body and, under
good behavior, serve for life.
Many people fear that too much litigation
takes place in the United States, Krivosha said.
But too much litigation, as the civilized way to
solve differences, is more desirable than vio
lence, he said.
for evaluation book
By Amy Edwards
' Staff Reporter
ASUN approved a project to investigate and
research the idea of publishing professorclass
evaluation books at their Wednesday night
The research will be done by an ad-hoc com
mittee composed of one ASUN chairperson,
three senators, no more than six students-at-large
and two facultyadministration members
appointed by the ASUN president.
The published evaluations could be used to
aid students when choosing classes, sections
and professors. Studies done at other universi-'
ties with published professorclass evaluations
have shown that students benefit from the
information these resources provide.
The results of this study will be presented to
the senate no later than September 2, 1987.
The November 14, 1887 football game at the
University of Colorado was designated as the 1987
migration game by ASUN.
Approximately 20 percent of the football
tickets sent to UNL for the game will be allo
cated to student use instead of no tickets for
student use at other away games.
ASUN also awarded the ASUN Certificate of
Commendation to the UNL Grounds Department.
The certificate can be awaded each month to
any person, organization or department of UNL
which has contributed to the university in a
The certificate wil be awarded to everyone in
the Grounds department for their efforts to
beautify UNL. The Grounds department will be
invited to the April 29th ASUN meeting when
tlipv v i'l receive the9Wird. , .
By Eric Paulak
The possibility of achieving the Ameri
can Dream is gone, and it is time to look
for a new dream, political science profes
sor Philip Dyer said Wednesday.
Because of the failure of American
power in world events during the past 40
years, Dyer said. Americans can no longer
make their world a better place for the
Dyer said the American Dream fading is
because of increased population, unequal
food distribution, declining natural re
sources and population growth, all of
which are linked.
The world population has jumped from
2 billion in 1 930 to 5 billion now. Dyer said
world populaton is growing by 79 million
people a year.
Each person needs one arable acre of
land to produce enough food for him to live
on per year, Dyer said. There are now 8
billion arable acres in the world. At the
current rate, there will be 8 billion people
in the world in the year 2000. After that,
there will not be enough food to feed the
world, he said.
Also, at the current rate of consump
tion, Dyer said, the world will be depleted
of its oil resources by the year 2030. If the
rest of the world consumed as much oil as
the United States does, Dyer said, the oil
would run out in six years.
Dyer said that in a New York Times poll,
people in the Bronx said they are worse off
iit-.v Lhzn they were.
The only people"who are better off now,
Dyer said, are the "DINKS," Double-Incomes,
No Kids, couples.
The two main dreams in the past were
based on Christianity and the Enlight
ment, Dyer said. Christianity gave the
dream of a better afterlife, he said, and the
Enlightenment gave the dream of "heaven
The Christian dream died out as an
organizing factor on life in the 1700s when
philosophers said the world could be a
better place and one didn't have to wait
for the afterlife, he said.
The American Dream is the Enlighten
ment in the United States, Dyer said.
Andrea HoyDaily Nebraskan
Phillip Dyer speaks on the end of the American dream Wednesday in
the Nebraska Union.
TeaelieF'o novel loolio at African settlement
By Lee Rood
Students who enjeyed the movie and novel
"Out of Africa" might be intrigued by "Islands of
White," to be released soon by an assistant pro
fessor of history at UNL
The book's author, Dane Kennedy, said "Islands
of White" is similar to "Out of Africa" because it
examines the same European colonists who
settled in Africa in the early 1900s.
Kennsdy said that while his book doesn't offer
as much romanticism as the "Out of Africa" story
by Isak Dinesen, it is one of the few that fully
documents the nature of white settlement in
Kennedy said work on the book during the last
10 years has taken him to Englad, Zimbabwe
(formerly Southern Rhodesia) and Kenya.
Kennedy said he was trying to create a "por
trait of how these settlers' communities tried to
create a distinctive culture."
"I've tried to find out who these settlers were,
what their motive was for immigration and how
they responded in an alien environment," he
Kennedy said he didn't intend the book to be
a commentary on problems in South Africa
today, but the two can be related.
"The system of apartheid in South Africa
today also existed in the colonies I studied' he
said. "It grows out of an experience all white,
settlers faced as a racial minority trying to main
Kennedy said he has been interested for a
long time in the clash and conflict of different
cultures, specifically British colonization in
He said he plans to begin a new book about
the de-colonization of Africa
Kennedy said he is unsure when his new pro
ject will be finished.
"The first book took 10 years; I suppose the
next will take at least that amount of time."
Gfoumds smk for dlMinnip-site delay
By Micki Haller
The selection of a state to host a dump site for
the radioactive waste from five states, including
Nebraska, should be delayed until a governor's
task force can investigate the problems such a
dump could create for Nebraska, members of
several concerned groups said Wednesday.
The Eastern Nebraska Committee for a Safe
Environment and other environmental, farm,
peace and citizen groups gathered at a confer
ence at the Capitol to show their support for
j i?6?ndexrrpssconeem3houta possib!e
low-level radioactive waste dump in Nebraska.
People from the groups said they are concerned
about the safety of Nebraska's ground water from
LB426, introduced by Sen. Sandra Scofield of
Chadron, calls for stricter safety standards for
low-level radioactive waste sites, greater finan
cial liability for developers who build the waste
dumps and more citizen involvement in choosing
the waste dump within the five-state Central
Interstate Compact region.
. The Central Interstate Compact consists of
Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and
Louisiana. The compact was formed in com
pliance with a 19S0 federal law. The compact
states must choose a host state within the region
for the dumping of low-level radioactive mate
rials by 1988 or face financial penalties.
Of the five states, Nebraska and Kansas have
the best chances of being chosen as the host"
state, said Sam Welsch, chairman of the'esfern
Nebraska Resource Council. Welsch. ald at the
conference that even if Nebrasjcjs not chosen
for a dumpsite, it stands good chance of having
one in 30 years. .
In Kansas, aMl to withdraw from the com
pact failed in one of the legislative houses by two
votes. Welsch said.
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