The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 08, 1989, Page 5, Image 5

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    Employee defends
UNL Food Service
In response to Jim McNally (DN,
Dec. 6), who wrote in about his
complaints about the residence hall
food services. I think it is important
that you get your facts straight before
you complain.
First of all, no matter what anyone
thinks, we do not use the same sauce
for pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, or what
ever else you may have imagined. I
know this because I asked the person
who does the ordering for us here at
Secondly, I know for a fact, at
least here at Selleck, that the menus
are posted a week in advance of the
time that the food is served. If the
students eatipg here choose not to
read them, then we can’t do anything
about that, but they can’t complain
that we don ’ t post them. I don ’ t know
about the hall you live in, Jim, but if
they don’t post them, have you ever
considered asking the manager of
your dorm’s food service to do it,
rather than ripping on all food serv
ices on campus about it?
Another fact that you raised that I
lake issue with is the price of the
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pay for too many of them, because
you misquoted some of the prices.
We have a policy, again, at least at
Selleck, that after 8:30 a.m., we
switch to a continental breakfast,
which only costs $1.10. Lunch, for
guests, is $3.40 and dinner is $4.75.
Jim, it’s time you look around ai
the real world. If you tried to go to a
restaurant off campus and get an all
you-can-eat dinner for less than $5,
including drinks, salad bar, dcseri
and choice of (usually) 4 to 6 entrees,
you would probably be laughed off
this planet.
I realize that there are usually
some things on the menu that aren’t
always the most appetizing, but
“slop?” I don’t think so.
You’ve obviously never had to
work in an environment where mass .
quantities of food arc prepared, and
seen the problems it can cause. We
can’t season each piece of food to
each person’s taste. Being a finance
major Jim, you should realize the
costs that would go along with some
thing like that, costs that most people
on campus would be unwilling, if not
unable, to pay.
I can understand where some of
the complaints come from. I used to
live in the dorms myself. But, I think,
at times, the students that eat at the
residence hall food services come in
just looking for something to gripe
about, and no matter how hard we try
to please them, they always seem to
find something.
Ed Simpson
criminal justice
Selleck Food Service employee
Reader praises
DN writer Apel
Alter attending this university for
live years I feel I must make a stand
for your fine sportswriter Jeff Apel,
in response to the constant lambast
ing he has taken over the years. I feel
he doesn’t deserve these repeated
negative letters I have read concern
ing him, which must have numbered
near the half-century mark over my
years here, and in response to them he
deserves equal time.
The ‘‘experts” who criticize him
do not realize that it is his tradition to
leave Nebraska out of his preseason
Top-20 football polls to show Ne
braskans that not everyone thinks the
Comhuskers are the focal point of
the universe, much in the same style
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Additionally, Apel has made some
predictions over the years that are
nothing less than a showing of a true
prodigy. Foreseeing Oklahoma’s
thrashing of Nebraska in 1987’s so
called “Game of the Century II” and
his last spring’s column predicting
the force that has become the mighty
Colorado Buffaloes are two excep
tional football picks that stick out in
my mind.
Jeff Apcl, you may be a bit anti
Nebraska, but to many you arc the
great equalizer this university needs
to fight the extreme biases of people
who are so-called reporters (or radio
announcers) like the “legendary”
Kent Pavelka.
Griffin Folley
Luck plays big role
in drug addictions
Cory Golden’s article (DN, Dec.
5) about Dexter Manley, the profes
sional football player who was re
cently suspended by the NFL as a
consequence of a positive drug test,
really annoyed me. The author’s
general opinion seemed to be that
Manley has disgraced himself by
revealing some unconscionable per
sonal weakness.
In reply, I wish to state publicly
that I am totally out of control where
cocaine is concerned.
The reason for this is that I am not
addicted to cocaine. Thus, I am not
overwhelmed by any powerful desire
to use cocaine. As a consequence, I
have no need to exert any control.
Therefore, I am out of control - - every
bit as out of control as the addict who
yields to a compelling need.
I am not more courageous than the
addict who yields, because courage
in the face of no trial isn’t really
courage at all. I am not more virtuous
than the addict who yields, because
virtue consists of resisting tempta
tion, and I am not tempted.
If I am not in better control of
myself, not more courageous and not
more virtuous, then what is it that
distinguishes me from the addict?
I claim that it is just plain luck.
I was lucky in not growing up in an
environment where the use of drugs
was considered normal. I was lucky
in not having ready access to drugs
like cocaine and amphetamines dur
ing those times in my life when I
might have been susceptible to their
attractions. Most of all, I was lucky in
not truly understanding what these
drugs could do for me, before I was in
a position to understand what they
could do to me.
With that kind of luck, anyone
reading this could have been (and in
fact, still could be) a cocaine addict.
Anyone at all.
In light of this, I believe that some
compassion is called for. Prior to the
present administration’s much
vaunted “war on drugs,” it seemed
that we were making some progress
toward a compassionate position. We
were beginning to think of drug ad
diction as an illness, or at least as an
insidious and involuntary trap, rather
than as a manifestation of personal
weakness. Now it seems that, as a
society, wc are regressing in this re
I find that frightening. It promises
a future in which the technology of
drug testing is used to stigmatize and
accuse, rather than to identify indi
viduals who need help.
Rebecca de la Motte
graduate student
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DECEMBER 11,1989
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