The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 31, 1988, Image 1

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    Two errors appeared in Terry Ftadke's iettor to the editor (Party Nebraskan, Oct. 27) about Michael
Dukakis' pro-chore stance on abortion. First, the letter should have said "how can (Dukakis), while
ethically against intentional abortion, allow it to continue?" The letter also was supposed to read:
"Clearly anyone who apposes abortion because of tire belief that personal life exists must be willing
to defend the life of the child. Since Dukakis is not, either he cannot defend his “personally opposed^
position ... or he has taken his stance for purposes of political expediency.’
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day, partly sunny, high in the upper 60s. Arts & Entertainment.11
Voi. 88 No. 45
UNL Good News prints offensive picture
By victoria Ayotte
Senior Reporter
cture appearing in the October UNL
ood News has offended at least one
niversity of Nebraska-Lincoln profes
sor who said the picture is anti-Semitic.
Louis Leviticus said the picture appearing
on the front page of the Good News Halloween
issue was an anti-Jewish propaganda poster
frequently seen during World War II in the
When Leviticus, a professor of agricultural
engineering, was a child in the Netherlands
during World War II, he grew up staring at
pictures of a Satan-like face above which the
words “The Eternal Jew” in Dutch were
Leviticus, whose Jewish parents were killed
in a concentration camp, said the Nazi poster
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was a symbol of fear to him as a child.
“We as children saw those posters glaring
down on us,” Leviticus said. “I know these
posters very well.”
The photo was “meant to make Jewish
people look bad,” he said.
Leviticus said the letters on the poster were
formed to resemble Hebrew, and “you can see
what the face looks like,” referring to the man’s
twisted features on the poster.
“I thought I was rid of that,” he said.
B ut when the Good News came out Wednes
day, Leviticus said those bad memories came
flooding back.
‘This really brought it out in the open
again,” he said. “I won’t rest until we get it
cleared up.”
The Good News printed under the picture
that it was a “satanic symbol,” which Leviticus
said isn’t true.
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“That piece certainly does not belong in that
article,” he said. “It does not belong anywhere
— it certainly does not belong in a publication
called UNL Good News.”
Leviticus said he feels the publication of the
picture was “not only totally irresponsible, but
an expression of Nazism by that group.”
Nels Forde, publisher of the Good News,
said he got the picture from a book called
“Halloween,” and the label “Satanic symbol”
came from the book.
“It was completely innocent in intent,”
Forde said. “I had no idea.”
Forde said he didn’t think the words said
“the Eternal Jew.”
“I question whether it was anti-Semitic,”
Forde said.
Leviticus said he thinks the Good News
should apologize to the community and the
university for printing the picture.
The Good News should also be forbidden
from using the name UNL if they are “that
irresponsible,” he said.
Leviticus made a complaint to UNL vice
chancellor for student affairs James Griesen.
Griesen said the Good News is not a student
publication and he doesn’t think the university
could force them not to use UNL in the paper’s
“We have to appeal to the good sense of the
publisher to retract the picture,” Griesen said.
“It’s deplorable to print something that’s offen
sive to the Jewish community.”
Forde said he would never have printed the
picture if he had known it was anti-Semitic, and
will make a public apology if it is.
Forde said the Good News is not anti-Se
“We are so pro-Semitic that it hurts,” he
Crowded computer system
does not create problems
By David Holloway
Senior Reporter
Some University of Nebraska-Lincoln of
ficials are not expecting any complica
^ lions next semester even though they
won ’ t have a new main frame computer system.
Ted Pfeifer, director of registration and
records, said he does not foresee any problems
with the response time of the current registra
tion and records program. He said the only
detrimental aspect for future use of the com
puter is the inability to add any new programs
to the system because if s already functioning at
full capacity.
Although Pfeifer said there would be no
major problems, Tony Schkade, assistantdirec
tor at registration and records, said the registra
tion will be “slightly affected” as a result of the
overcrowded computer system.
Schkade said a financial aid management
system, a managing account system and a uni
versity foundation system have been overload
ing the system during the past two years.
He said those offices have been adding new
programs to the system, causing the mainframe
to overload.
Schkade said registration and records has
experienced a slower response time with regis
tration applications. He said students will be
able to notice this during drop/add, but that it
will not be a major problem.
Schkade said drop/add averages 1,500 stu
dents per day with a response time from the
computer of two to three seconds. He said the
response time for the computer is presently 15
to 20 seconds.
‘Having to compete with the other program
systems are slowing us down,” Schkade said.
“The computer can only take one program at
a time, so we are forced to wait in line.”
James Griesen, vice chancellor for student
affairs, said there will be no problems with
registration that will be detectable to students.
“There will be some negatives, but more for
the people who work with the computers,”
Gricsen said.
Griesen said there is a definite need fora new
computer, but the need will not effect the
students. He also said the computer system will
not be able to be expanded in any way.
Griesen said lime arrangements have been
made to give registration top priority over other
on-line users to the computer so as not to slow
down the registration process.
Larry Apel, associate director of scholar
ships and financial aid, said it is hard to tell if
there will be any computer problems in finan
cial aid.
Apel said office workers have not yet en
countered any problems. Most of the financial
aid work for next year will start at the end of
January, he said.
Bush gives Kame’s ticket big
political push at Civic Auditorium
By David Holloway
Senior Reporter
s / uke the Duke”and “Bye-bye Bobby”
• * signs filled Omaha’s Civic Audito
JL ^ rium Exhibit Hall Friday night, setting
the scene for a campaign speech by Vice Presi
dent George Bush.
Chants of “We want Bush” came from a
crowd of nearly 3,500, who welcomed Bush to
the stage. Others watched Bush from behind the
podium, including his wife Barbara, Sen. Dave
and Liz Karnes, Gov. Kay Orr, Hal Daub and
five cheerleaders from the Omaha area.
In his first visit to Nebraska since gaining the
republican nomination for president, Bush
came to Omaha to support Karnes in his cam
paign for the Senate against Bob Kerrey. Bush
See BUSH on 3
Retailers say timely marketing can keep Halloween from being a nightmare I
By James Lillis
Suff Reporter
While some people use Hal
loween to dress theirchil
dren in costumes and
“trick or treat,” some Lincoln re
tailers say adults’ growing interest
in the holiday can make it more
profitable if marketing is done
An Oct 25 Wall Street Journal
article said a recent national trend
shows adults also like to wear
wigs, masks and fake blood once a
According to the article, Oct.
31 has “slipped past Christmas to
become the biggest party night this
side of New Year’s Eve.” It also
said Hallmark Cards, Inc. esti
mates that adult Halloween parties
have increased 25 percent in the
past three years.
Becky Jennings, manager of
Patty's Hallmark Shop in the
Centrum Shopping Plaza, 1111 O
Sl, said Hallmark estimates that
28 million Halloween cards will be
sent this year.
“It’s the eighth largest card
sending holiday in the United
States, Jennings said.
While retailers who carry Hal
loween supplies such as costumes,
gifts and greeting cards can count
on a profir, Halloween can bring
about some spooky marketing
phantoms for other retailers.
Kathryn HuJIerman, manager
of Fringe and Tassle, 735 O St.,
which specializes in costume rent
als, said Halloween is a one-day
shot for retailers like herself. A
wrong guess on inventory means
she’ll be storing leftover Yoda
masks for a year or more, she said.
Retailers must also correctly
guess the season’s costume fads.
Some masks, such as “Star Wars,”
Yoda and television’s Max Head
room, lose their appeal before the
season ends and end up taking up
space in store rooms.
Also, with a one-day season,
there isn’t time to restock shelves
a week before the holiday, which
is usually the biggest sales week,
she said.
Last week has been the busiest
at Thingsville’s Halloween shop
in the Centrum, said supervisor
Laurie Curd.
“Running out of stock is defi
nitely worse than having too much
of it. Curd said while demonstrat
ing fake blood application for a
customer Wednesday afternoon.
“Once we ran out of the Freddy
Kreuger gloves and got 200 phone
calls for it in one day.”
Freddy Kreuger is the severely
burned character with a steel hand
in the “Nightmare on Elm Street”
movies. The Freddy glove has
remained a popular, fast-selling
item this year, Curd said.
Curd said leftover inventory
usually can be stored and then sold
next year unless it’s an out-of
style fad.