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Chris Hopfensperger.Editor, 472-1766
Jeremy Fitzpatrick.Opinion Page Editor
Alan Phelps. Managing Editor
Susie Arth.Senior Reporter
Kim Spurlock.r..Diversions Editor
Just do it
Entire university has a lot to lose in cuts
This time it is a call to everyone at the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln — students, professors and administrators.
Show up, skip class, carrel class. Do whatever it takes to
get people to go to the budget rally and march to the Capitol this
afternoon. After all, the budget cut — even in the reduced form it
may take — is going to hurt everyone at the university system.
Because UNL is the university’s flagship campus, it has the
most to lose from the budget cuts. Because the campus is located
a mere few blocks from the Capitol, there is no excuse for UNL
representatives not to turn out en masse.
ASUN President Andrew Sigerson said last week that he hoped
to sec more than 300 students from the university’s four cam
puses. Yesterday, however, Sigerson said he was expecting less
than 50 people from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the
University of Nebraska at Kearney.
That leaves UNL students to pick up the slack. Hopefully they
will do their part. ASUN representatives have been hounding
organizations on campus for the past week. And the two groups
vying for election have even more at stake than just the
But the attendance at the rally should go beyond students. The
jobs of professors and university employees arc on the line. This
is their opportunity to speak out for their interests as well.
Obviously some people at the university remember the last
round of budget cut hearings at the university. That effort is still
to come, but the less the Legislature cuts from the university, the
less UNL has to slash.
It’s supposed to be a nice day. Gel out, get some exercise. Do
your future a favor. ________
In 1981, James Brady was shot in the head during the assassi
nation attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Following his
recovery, Brady and his wife, Sarah, lobbied for a bill that would
require a five-to seven-day waiting period in the purchase of a
handgun, to allow for a police background check — now known
as the Brady Bill.
Introduced in Congress several times, it has always been voted
down. On Feb. 22, the Brady Bill was introduced again, and
President Clinton promises to sign it into law. With the threat to
America these days more internal than external, it is time for this
bill to be passed.
In spite of the good this bill would do, there arc people who
believe that the Brady Bill is an infringement of Second Amend
ment rights, and therefore unconstitutional. But a reading of the
Second Amendment, and the debates that surrounded its ratifica
tion in 1789, paints a different picture.
The Second Amendment was ratified purely for the defense of
the nation — not to preserve an individual’s gun collection.
The Brady Bill has received overwhelming support from the
police, who encounter situations involving handguns every day.
People buying handguns arc not always rational, intending only to
protect themselves. Some wish to harm others — or us. To wait a
week or less for police approval is not a great sacrifice.
The number of deaths by handguns is not decreasing, it is
increasing. That alone should send a clear message, but people are,
still dying when they should be living.
—The Minnesota Daily
University of Minnesota
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Yucca supplies cheap friendship
From the moment I saw him, I
knew he’d be mine.
I spotted him in K mart, hang
ing around the cafeteria. He looked
rough and disheveled, but ravishing
all the same. I thought he had poten
tial, so I took him home.
On Vine Street, I could see other
drivers peering into my passenger seal,
admiring my catch. I had won the
prize. They had missed out. Poor dev
When we got home, he sat in a
comer of my bedroom, looking gor
geous, while I folded laundry. I felt
1 ike the cal that swal lowed the canary.
Now every day he brightens my
little comer of the world just by being
there. All I have to do is remember to
water him every couple of weeks or
Yep, my little yucca plant is about
the best thing to happen to my decor
ever since my friend confiscated my
pink piggy bank.
Yuccas arc those huge spiky plants
with brown sprouting things thalgrow
along interstates out west in the arid
foothills of the Rocky Mountains. If it
thrives in eastern Colorado, it’ll sur
vive in my room.
I was ecstatic to have another liv
ing, growing thing in my house. I even
gave him a name: Don, after the box
ing promoter. The resemblance is strik
What a piece of work is a plant —
live company for only five bucks,
cinco simolians, chcapola, with prac
tically no responsibility.
It’s the economics of living house
things. How docs the demand of the
bouse thing weigh against the supply
of the house owner?
I’m a low-supply house owner. 1
have absolutely no lime or energy to
spend taking carcof something taking
up my space. So kids arc out.
I’ve thought about having a child
like I’ve thought about ripping my
hair out strand by strand.
I know parents who arc attending
classes, working full-time jobs and
taking microwave cooking courses at
the YMCA while rearing a couple of
When we got
home, he sat in a
corner of my
gorgeous, while I
folded laundry. I
felt like the cat
that swallowed the
kids. These people chase after liulc
bundles of joy bouncing around their
houses, then rip their hair out strand
Children arc very, very high de
mand living house things that require
very, very high supply owners.
No thank you.
Then there are those high demand
living house things called pels. Be
they furry or reptilian or aquatic, they
are a pain in the tush.
Fuzzy pels, like puppies, kitties
and orangutans, are high on the high
demand side. They have special needs
for eating, sleeping, exercise, affec
tion and relieving themselves.
The only reward for the owner are
those cute (toe eyes, cute purring noises
or cute “ooh-ooh-oolr sounds the
fuzzy house thing makes, causing the
exhausted owner to forget that the
fuzzy house thing relieved itself on
the house carpet.
Nol-fuzzy house things are lower
maintenance, but only slightly, and
they don’t make doe eyes. Hence,
owner satisfaction is decreased sig
Plants are very low demand living
Every morning, Don is there to
greet me with his big, spiky leaves
when I roll out of bed and crawl to the
Hedoesn’t lick my face. Hedoesn’t
claw my couch. He doesn’t scream at
3 a.m. wanting a drink of water. He
doesn’tnecd lobe walked. Hedoesn’t
have a litter box/aquarium/cage that
needs cleaning. He just sits there,
But lately, Don the yucca is look
ing sort of yucky. His tips arc turning
brown and breaking off.
1 just don’t understand. I gave him
water from the bathroom faucet. I
gave him sunlight that reflects off the
snow-covered junk in my neighbor’s
back yard. I gave him carbon dioxide
from my own lungs. What more docs
a lousy plant need?
In desperation, I called a local
greenhouse for advice. Upon hearing
die symptoms, the florist told me I’d
probably just neglected it and that I
should keep his soil moist.
I fell like such a bad parent; I’d
neglected my little yucca. I wanted to
make it up to Don somehow, so I
asked the florist if I should maybe
sing to him.
“Well, the yucca’s an outdoor plant,
so it’s pretty durable,” was his reply.
How due he! He hasn’t even heard
my singing, unless he lives in the
junkyard next door.
So Don doesn’t need me to sing
Patsy Cline tunes to him. He just
needs a little more water before I
eventually kill him off.
Sad but true. All the living house
things I’ve ever had under my roof
have died, except my roommate. So
it’s just a matter of time before Don
goes to yucca heaven, which probabl y
is out in eastern Colorado.
It’s not easy being green in my
Paulman is * senior news-editorial and
history m^Jor and a Dally Nebraskan colum
nist and photographer.
I wish to lhank Chas Baylor (DN,
March 8,1993) for the rare opportu
nity to find myself branded a member
of the “educated liberal class.” I’m
sure my friends and fellow staunch
Republicans lhank you as well.
And what a wonderful ad execu
tive you’ll make for the tobacco in
dustry, Chas! Not only did you try to
sell smoking as macho and attractive,
you even managed lo throw in a sex ua I
plug. You even appealed lo “femi
nists ... and radicals” as well. Bravo!
As for your suggestion that smok
ing is a form of expression akin to
what are currently deemed "legiti
mate” forms of expression, I say go
for it! If you can get a grant from the
National Endowment or the Arts (or
any other group) to support your nico
tine addiction, more power to you.
Just remember that both the govern
ment (as the “curator” for the public
buildings in which you would display
your “art”) and the private individual
(as the “curator” for any building he
or she owns or dwells in) have the
right to decide whether or not to let
your deadly artwork be shown in their
There was $460 million wagered
in the state in 1992, plus a new lottery
coming up this fall, and yet Nebras
kans can ’ t afford to in vest $ 14 million
to provide for the needs of the univer
Obviously, the money is available;
if you can’t afford to lose it, you don't
But where are the priorities?
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