The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 23, 1990, Page 5, Image 5

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    S. African scholarships help UNL,
calves treated poorly, readers say
Powell disregards
benefits; program
won’t hurt UNL
This letter is in response to com
ments made by Dick Powell, a candi
date for the University of Nebraska
Board of Regents, as reported in the
Daily Nebraskan on Oct. 16.
Powell has, on more than one
occasion, criticized the Association
of Students of the University of Ne
braska and regent candidate Charles
Wilson for our support of a program
that provides academic scholarships
for black South Africans. Mr. Powell
contends that a program aiding black
South Africans will somehow hurt
UNL’s assistance to Nebraska’s mi
nority population. This assertion rests
upon an eithcr/or perception that al
ienates many of the positive aspects
of assistance to oppressed interna
tional students.
Powell is correct in his assertion
that we need to improve UNL’s re
cruitment retention, and financial
assistance for persons of color. His
claim that helping to develop the minds
of black South Africans will some
how hamper the attention paid to
Nebraska’s minority population ig
nores the benefits that Nebraska stu
dents will attain as their exposure to
black South Africans develops.
On Sept. 21, the University of
Nebraska Foundation announced its
voluntary compliance with the state
divestment law following months of
student, faculty and community pro
test. This was only the first step in
responsibly addressing the fact that
the university and the Foundation
maintain sizeable investments in South
Africa that arc not covered by the
law. UNL’s role and mission describes
our institution as compassionate: that
means we cannot ignore the devasta
tion of human rights that apartheid
creates. As an educational institution
we have the obligation to help pre
pare South Africa for a post-apart
heid society.
Interim President Martin Massen
galc has established a Special Com
mittee on South Africa to recommend
educational means that our university
can utilize to responsibly combat
apartheid. As a member of this com
mittee I am aware that much of our
discussion has been focused on the
implementation of such a program
and its cost. Proposals have included
federal funding, private donations,
and programs linked to equal scholar
ships for Nebraska’s minority stu
Helping black South Al ricans also
helps UNL students. A program to
bring black South Africans to UNL
will not only provide them with better
intellectual tools to succeed in a post
apartheid society; it will also expose
UNL students to people whose expe
riences are quite different from our
own. This personal exposure to cul
ture, color and history w;ll provide
UNL students with an educational
experience that no book, lecture, or
seminar could ever duplicate. This
exposure offers experiences that will
undoubtedly open minds and chal
lenge students to think beyond our
nation’s border.
This is not an cithcr/or situation.
UNL students can gain valuable in
sight as our university takes a respon
sible step toward combatting apart
heid. Scholarships for black South
Africans are something that both UNL
and the Republic of South Africa need.
Phil Gosch
AS UN President
Calf care cruel,
not pardonable;
become vegetarian
As Nick Hytrek had problems
remaining calm while writing his let
ter, (letter to the editor DN, Oct. 16)
so do I. How can you defend such a
cruel practice of raising calves in
crates? The size of the crate is a triv ial
point. The calf is a living being, just
like you, but unlike you, he has no
voice to protest. How can you justify
the torture you pul these sweet, trust
ing beings through?
Your letter sickens me. You claim
you take care of your animals, “as if
they were your own children.” But
how many people kill their “chil
dren” for “potential profit?” If it re
ally “hurts to see an animal in mis
ery,” I suggest that you become a
Farmers who use their land for
grain production are making better
use of our resources. It takes less
land, less water, less misery to pro
duce 10 pounds of grain that it docs to
produce 10 pounds of beef.
Humans are not made to eat other
animals. Do you salivate when you
see a cow like a cheetah or lion might?
Does your body function better with
excess amounts of cholesterol and
protein? A cow does not offer his
neck up to you with a knife, but a ripe
fruit will fall from the trees when it is
ready to cat.
Su/.annc Noe
Student’s criticism
of DN's writing
misguided, petty
Dean Knudsen (letter to the editor,
DN Oct. 15) launches a callous as
sault on the paper’s sports editor in
particular and writing staff in general.
The sports editor was chastised for
a run-on sentence, awkward sentence
structure, meager vocabulary an
hackneyed writing style. Knudsen
asserts that any dim bulb ought to
know that “vision” is a noun, rather
than a verb, and that “trepid” is not a
Knudsen best be embarrassed. His
pettiness and arrogance are outdone
only by his apparent penchant for
offering misguided criticism. Had he
looked beyond the pocket dictionary,
he would have found that “vision”
can be a verb, albeit a lousy one, and
that “trepid” is a word, though rarely
Knudsen then broadens his ha
rangue, asserting that the sports edi
tor is but one of a throng of DN
staffers who write poorly and irre
sponsibly. By letter’s end, Knudsen
would have us believe that he is a
literary demigod, grammarian extraor
dinaire and the foremost authority on
print journalism in the late 20th cen
Respect of the utmost sort is due to
those who are experts in their chosen
fields. But Knudsen isn’t a journalist.
He wanders where he ought not go,
lambasting reporters and columnists
who study at an oft-extolled journal
ism school.
The next time he feels the urge to
tell journalists how to do their job,
Knudsen (a museum studies student)
should ask himself how he’d feel if a
reporter told him how much wax to
smear on his Fiberglas dinosaurs.
Steve Thomas
first year
law college
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