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Sam Kepfield.. .Columnist
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‘ Passing the buck
! Roundabout tax hike not fair to students
The Legislature’s Appropriations Committee made a
responsible decision Tuesday when it voted to cut in half
the amount the University of Nebraska’s budget would be
reduced next year.
But then the legislators promptly turned around and made a
decision that was politically expedient but hardly could be called
The committee voted to recommend a 7.5 percent tuition
increase over the next two years for NU. In other words, NU’s
budget won’t be cut as much, but students will have to foot the
A tuition increase is really a lax hike for a nearly politically
voiceless grbup: college students. Legislators will avoid making
the tough choices by passing the responsibility to students who
are least able to afford it.
The University of Nebraska is a state institution, and it benefits
the entire state, not only the students who attend its colleges. If
there is a need for additional revenue, the Legislature should raise
the money equally with a general lax increase.
Raising taxes would be very unpopular. But our legislators are
elected to do what is right, not what is popular. And it is not right
to shift the burden for increasing costs at NU to students alone.
Tuition increases arc unfortunate realities that all universities
must face. But a 7.5 percent increase over two years — really a
tax hike — is loo much. If the Legislature is going to raise taxes,
it should do it equally.
Students deserve bigger say in selection
University of Nebraska students may not interact on a
regular basis with the president of the university, but that
■ is no reason for them to have less of a voice in selecting
Martin Masscngalc’s replacement.
As it stands, students will have almost no opponunily to
contribute to the selection of the next university president, with
only one student on ihc 12-mcmbcr selection committee. And that
plan is being supported by the regents’ faulty reasoning.
Regardless of the composition of the rest of the board, NU
students deserve at least one more voice on the search committee.
Former ASUN President Andrew Sigcrson proposed that at the
regents’ meeting March 20, but he was ignored.
Regent Nancy O’Brien said the process, as it was set up, had
worked well in the past and allowed students a direct role in the
selection of the university president.
But the role is diluted to the point of ineffectiveness by the
composition of the committee. Eventually the group will include
12 voting members — the student, one person nominated by the
. University of Nebraska Foundation, one person selected from the
faculty or staff of the university, three faculty members and six
people from the general public.
O’Brien argues that if the students arc granted another spot on
the committee, all of the groups could make a case for greater
representation. She also says another student member isn’t
necessary because students don’t interact with the university
If that is her justification, O’Brien should explain why half of
the board — those members nominated by the regents — is made
up of people from the general public who could have no interac
tion with the university president at all.
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Cancer survivors inspire hope
During my spring break, I went
to Richmond, Va.,tovisiloid
friends and hangouts from my
first part of graduate school. Rich
mond has been in the news lately, in
a bad way because of the number of
guns sold there and the rising murder
rate. While I was there, Gov. Douglas
Wilder managed to pass a measure
that would perm it a person to buy only
one gun per month. I guess some of
the people of Richmond shall be hap
When I arrived in Richmond five
years ago, I was warned not to walk in
the alleys or go any place alone at
night. While I was there, I listened to
thisadvicc. My adviser got mugged in
front of his own apartment two blocks
from mine. A fellow student was sur
rounded by teen-agers who needed
$20 to go to the movies and look it
from her. Another friend’s purse was
stolen from her living room while she
was asleep in the bedroom. She could
have been killed. The rapes, the mur
ders were endless in Richmond.
I had forgotten a lot of this after
living in Lincoln for two years. But it
all came back when I was warned by
a dear friend to be very careful even
during the day, because the hard crime
is basically drug related. So while I
was there for a week I held my purse
lightly and looked over my shoulder
every 10 steps. I walked away from
cars and entrances. I tried to protect
myself. I tried to keep myself alive.
But sometimes we have no control
over such things, regardless of our
precautions. Sometimes it has noth
ing to do with crime.
While I was in Richmond, I was
prepared to enjoy better weather from
the winters here and to look at daffo
dils and trees in bloom. But I was not
prepared to find out that two of my
friends have cancer. Both are women
in their late 30s—one with leukemia,
and the other with breast cancer and
It is wonderful to _
see that a woman
has stood up in this
manner and told
society that women
can lead full lives
even without a
breast, a part of the
woman’s body that
been so exploited
with low chances for survival. I talked
to the first, and she told me on the
phone that she had it and had started
her chemotherapy. 1 didn’t know what
to say. I didn’t understand how she
could be so cool and collected about
it. Cancer, unfortunately, still equals
death in many eases; therefore, it is a
taboo subject to talk about. One way
to fight this stigma is to talk about it—
one can gain a great deal of strength
My mother had breast cancer four
years ago and is a survivor who has
gone through a lymph node operation,
radiation treatment, a mastectomy
and, as recently as a year ago, another
biopsy that removed a benign tumor.
One out of three women with breast
cancer dies from it. These operations
saved my mother’s life and gave us all
hope to go on living. We were spared
from looking at death in the eyes.
Recently I came across an incred
ibly courageous account in Ms. maga
zine by Andree Connors from Cali
fornia who had had a mastectomy.
She had a photograph of herself with
one breast and a tattooed rose instead
of the other. When have you seen a
one-breasted woman? If there isaont?
in three chance of dying of cancer,
imagine how many women have the
surgical removal of one or both breasts,
and do not have the other cosmeti
It is wonderful to see that a woman
has stood up in this manner and told
society that women can lead full lives
even without a breast, a part of the
woman’s body that has unfortunately
been so exploited by society. That is
not what makes a woman a woman,
but it is the inner beauty that counts.
Audre Lorde, a feminist author
and poet, has also had the courage to
live one-breasted. I salute these women
and all others who have had the cour
age to face death, to survive a life
threatening disease, lose a breast and
accept their disfigurement.
I’ll never forget my dad’s phone
call the night before my mother’s
mastectomy. The radiation treatment
had completely removed the tumor
and the doctors gave my mom the
option of having the mastectomy or
wailing to see what happened. She
decided to go for it. Dad couldn’t
believe it. He cried on the phone —
his wife was going to lose her breast.
But she lived through it, and that’s
what mattered the most.
Being her daughter, I have a pretty
good chance of gelling it. So, how was
my spring break? Well, I guess I
learned a lot about life.
Blfjana D. Obradovie to a graduate stu
dent in creative wriUng-poetry and a Daily
I write this letter to speak for the
silent majority. I pay to attend a state
university that is subsidized by stale
taxes. I’m in a democratic society that
|follows what the majority desires.
Apparently, these two facts were over
looked by members of some commit
tee when they eliminated vacation on
Good Friday/Easter. They were prob
ably trying to satisfy a distraught reli
gious or atheist group that complained
about their “forced” vacation. But
this decision comes from a school that
by and large is attended and funded by
Christian citizens located in a Chris
tian state. 1 wonder how the 70-80
percent Christian-studcni population
tolerates having one of its religious
rights taken away.
I’m sure some of you’re saying to
yourselves, “just another backward,
closed-minded hayseed.” But I beg to
differ with you. Since coming to an
institution of higher learning. I’ve
seen how skillful (and loudmouthed)
manipulators can use propaganda,guilt
and misconstrued bigotry as tools
against the majority. They tell us we
neied to be open-minded, understand
ing and multicultural. But are vyc to
forget our roots, and what makes us
Midwestern Christians? Why can’t
we respect our own culture, too? By
being required to attend class on a
very important holy day. I’m being
discriminated against by the univer
sity. I don’t want “special treatment;"
I want to worship the way Ichoose and
not to be penalized for it. In this
“bastion or knowledge and under
standing,’’ I’m probably seen as a
Christian elitist, but in my area it’s
called morals, values and tradition.
It’s too bad that in a school where
divine grace probably saved many
innocent folks from Art McElroy’s
submachine gun, were fuse to give the
big man a day off to die for us.
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