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April 17, 1990 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vol. 89 No.<T8§> f .
Panelists say South African investments don't help blacks
Symposium emphasizes need for divestment
Joe Heinzle/Daily Nebraskan
Joseph Akpan, a UNL graduate student in political science, denounces U.S. investment in
South Africa. Akpan and Robert Hitchcock (left), assistant professor of anthropology, were
part of a six-member panel that criticized U.S. policy and university investment in companies
that deal with South Africa.
By Sara Bauder
Staff Reporter
Panelists and audience members
Monday night emphasized the
need for universities to divest
holdings with companies that do
business in South Africa and for eco
nomic sanctions against thecountry’s
At a symposium in the Nebraska
Union, Joseph Akpan, a political sci
ence graduate student at the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln, said UNL
has partially divested, or pulled out
of, companies that invest in South
About 70 people attended the six
panelist symposium,organized by the
Nigerian Student Association.
According to Akpan, the Univer
sity of Nebraska has two categories of
investments. One, controlled by the
administration through the NU Board
of Regents, is completely divested of
South African interests, he said. The
other category is controlled by the
NU Foundation, which has no policy
on divestment, he said.
Terry Fairfield, foundation presi
dent, sent Akpan a statement saying
that the foundation docs not have a
policy on South African investments
and does not intend to have one, Akpan
A stale law passed in 1984 re
quires the withdrawal of slate funds
from companies that operate in South
Africa. Bui the NU Foundation is a
private organization and docs not
receive state money.
Although the foundation is a pri
vate organization, Akpan said, it still
is part of the university.
UNL is not the only university
dealing with the problem of divest
ment, Akpan said. He said 1.2 percent
of all U.S. university and college
holdings in South Africa have been
divested. He said 76 institutions in
the United States have a divestment
policy, and seven of those have a
policy of complete divestment.
Panel member Lee Bouka, a re
search analyst with the Nebraska
Department of Labor, said that in
vesting in South Africa docs not help
blacks, as some people believe. He
said economic sanctions will work in
the struggle to end apartheid and bring
about equality for blacks.
‘ ‘The blacksdon’t see investments
trickle down,” he said.
Robert Hitchcock, UNL assistant
professor of anthropology, also said
economic sanctions against South
Africa will not hurt blacks.
‘‘If you talk to blacks in South
Africa, as I have recently, you will
find they feel sanctions should go
ahead,” he said. “They don’t mind
the price they will have to pay for
what it will bring them in the end.”
Non-apartheid state
objective of delegate
By Robin Trimarchi
Staff Reporter_
An African National Congress
delegate to the United Nations
said Monday that blacks in
South Africa arc willing to endure
international economic pressure on
their country for the sake of a non
apartheid state.
“Economic pressure is one non
violent measure against the apartheid
regime” that will bring the govern
ment to the negotiating table, said
Shuping Coapogc, who has advised
the U.N. on apartheid since 1978.
After South Africa was expelled
from the United Nations General
Assembly in the early 1960s, the ANC
was voted in with an “observer status,”
Coapogc said.
Coapogc said he also travels the
United States promoting international
divestment of corporate and govern
mental money from that country’s
The U.S. media “tends to blunt
the truth’’ of events and conditions in
South Africa, Coapogc said, because
of U.S. corporate investments in his
Coapogc urged students to organ
ize and take action in anti-apartheid
campaigns, such as involvement in
recruiting black South Africans to
study on U.S. campuses.
Coapogc, whose home is near
Johannesburg, South Africa, spoke
on the impact of divestment policies
on his country’s government as part
of a panel presentation Monday night
See ANC on 3
Council approves purchase
of land for movie theater
By Todd Neeley
Staff Reporter
In a 6-1 vote, the Lincoln City
Council on Monday approved
spending $372,000 to purchase
land at 12th and P streets for con
struction of a movie theater.
The money will come from the
$12 million downtown redevelopment
plan. The land currently is a parking
lot with 44 spaces.
George Chick, director of the
Lincoln urban development depart
ment, said the project will be “very
important to the revitalization of the
downtown area.”
He said the city is “under-mar
keted” with theaters.
Chicks said in typical communi
ties there is one movie screen for
every 1(),0(X) people. He said there
arc 19 screens in Lincoln, 11 of them
But Lincoln is a “high-range”
community, he said, because of the
number of college students. That means
it could support 28 screens -- one per
7,000 people in Lincoln, he said.
The proposal, which calls for three
or four screens, shouldn’t affect busi
ness at existing theaters, Chick said.
Chick said the recent opening of
the University Square parking garage
and a proposed 90-spacc lot at 11th
and P streets should compensate for
the loss of the 44 parking spaces.
But Don Hamann, owner of Sartor
Hamann Jewelry at 12th and O streets,
said the city should “enhance” the
retail stores it has downtown, rather
than develop new projects.
He said the location is “not an
appropriate place” for a theater.
Hamann said he is concerned the
plan will eliminate parking for his
“Customers like the idea of close
parking,” he said.
Mike Johanns, a council member
who voted against the proposal, said
he is concerned there is “no total
See THEATER on 3
Students surveyed on education quality
By Emily Rosenbaum
Senior Reporter
A majority of University of
Ncbraska-Lincoln students
surveyed arc satisfied with
the quality of education they pay
for, but do not think their educa
tion emphasizes multi-cultural
The survey, given by a UNL
management class, shows that 76
percent of the respondents answered
“yes” when asked, “Do you be
lieve that UNL gives you the qual
ity of education that you pay for?”
Fifty-six percent said UNL
doesn’t emphasize multi-cultural
Four students in the manage
ment class conducted the survey
by randomly calling students en
rolled at UNL this semester. Every
fifth name on the list was called
until 300 students were reached
and surveyed.
Dixie Doughty, one of the stu
dents who conducted the survey,
said it has a 6 percent margin of
Doughty, a junior in the teach
ers college, said the group con
sulted Wayne Osgood, co-director
of ihc UNL Bureau of Sociological
Research, on ihc correct way to
conduct a survey.
The group then wrote 25 ques
tions, most of them about the qual
ity of education at UNL, she said.
Doughty said ihc group decided
to focus on education quality be
cause the subject has received much
attention lately. The Nebraska
Legislature has proposed changes
in the governance of higher educa
tion in Nebraska, which will be on
the November ballot.
The Legislature, Gov. Kay Orr,
See SURVEY on 3
Total surveyed 75
*There were no undecided'
responses All others
answered 'no'.
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