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Partly sunny today.
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Vol. 93 No. 36
October 12, 1993
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
sails at UNL
By Matthew Waite
In 1492, when Columbus sailed the ocean
blue, little did he know that in 1993 the
holiday to mark his voyage would be the
centerofa debate about the rights of indigenous
Columbus Day, historically observed Oct.
12, is the day Americans celebrate the discov
ery of the New World. The term “discovery”
lies at the root of the controversy.
Native American and other minority groups
are speaking out against the hoi iday, saying the
event was an invasion more than a discovery.
Tuesday at noon, a moment of silence will
take place at the University of Nebraska-Lin
coln to draw attention to the issue. A gathering
will be held at Broyhill Plaza, north of Nebras
“Most think (Columbus Day) is an example
of a racist attitude that society, in general, has
toward Native Americans," said Helen Long
Soldier.cducationspccialist for Multi-Cultural
Affairs. “I think most Native Americans do not
think it’s a holiday."
Edward Homze, a history professor, said
Christopher Columbus was no longer a hero in
“Obviously, he’s given great acclaim for his
discovery,” Homze said. “Lately, he’s taken a
lot of flack as a perpetrator of Western imperi
Homze said he thought the discovery con
cept was more accurate than the imperialism
“Yes, they were out for money, glory and
God,” Homze said, “but they were no imperial
ists. Itdocsn’t square with the way they thought
Long Soldier said many Native Americans
thought Columbus began the oppression of
“It’s not just a day; it’s the accumulation of
history over and over,” Long Soldier said. She
also said history books were beginning to be
come less ethnocentric and more accurate in the
recording of history.
John Hibbing, a UNL political science pro
fessor, said that to most Americans, Columbus
Day was just a day off work. He said the climate
was right for opposition to the holiday.
“I think, especially in the political climate of
the ’90s, there is a real climate to listen to
groups like Native Americans,” Hibbing said.
Homze agreed that many Americans proba
bly failed to give much thought to the meaning
of the holiday.
“I think it’s one of those things where my
thology develops and you have a national hol
iday, Homze said. “Why is Thanksgiving a
Homze said history was interpreted differ
“We read back into history any damn way
we want to,” Homze said. “Each generation
interprets history to its own benefit.”
Long Soldier said America could celebrate
many events other than Columbus’ discovery
— events that would bring people together.
“Instead, we celebrate something that had
such a negative impact,” Long Soldier said.
One and half-year-old Brandy Coll stretches out her arms after trying to lift a pumpkin that weighs more than she
does. Her parents, Jaelene and Steve Coll of Lincoln, said they came to Roca Berry Farm to pick out a pumpkin for
Rain slims pumpkin patch pickin s
By Mark Baldridge
The Great Pumpkin will rise out of the
pumpkin patch as usual on All Hal
low’s Eve. He just won’t be doing it
Pumpkin harvests are at an all-time low
this summer, according to owners of local
Beverly Schaefer, owner of the Roca
Berry Farm in Roca, said 23 acres of pump
kins were planted at the farm, and only 13
were actually harvested.
“We had a five-acre field planted that we
got 30 pumpkins out of,” she said. “We
should have had 30,000.”
“We had to bring in most of the pumpkins
that we have from New Mexico.”
The farm imported three semi-truck loads,
she said, or about 120,000 pounds of pump
She said the shortage and subsequent
importation would affect pumpkin prices
“When you’re paving freight for 900
miles on three loads, that adds up,” she said.
“We’re selling them at 20 cents a pound
this year. For a 30-pound pumpkin that’s six
bucks right there,” she said.
Roca Berry Farm isn’t the only patch
that’s had to send out for more pumpkins.
Steph Spangler, co-owner of the Sunwest
farm, said this year’s poor crop could be
blamed on the weather.
“July was a rainy and cloudy month and
that’s the month the vines are usually flow
ering,” she said.
She estimated one third of Sunwest’s
pumpkins this year were imports, also from
Fortunately for local pumpkin farmers,
there are other draws to the “pick-your
Hayrack rides, story hours and haunted
trails all make the local pumpkin patch a
place for family outings.
Not all local patches were blighted by the
John Zakovec, owner of Grandpa John’s
pumpkin farm on West Highway 34, has
been in the pumpkin business since last
Of the harvest, he said: “It’s smaller than
last year but I still have enough for my own
self. I don’t have to worry about buying
pumpkins from somebody else.”
Zakovec said he owed his pumpkin plen
ty to luck, foresight and diligent spraying.
“I kept spraying them to prevent diseases.
I was kind of looking for a wet year, so I
planted them early — and it paid off.”
Frank talk fills diversity retreat
By Steve Smith
Though their backgrounds, skin color and
lifestyles may have differed greatly,
about 90 UNL students came together
this weekend in a step toward understanding.
University of Ncbraska-Lincoln students
took part in the sixth annual Cultural Diversity
Retreat, which brought together students from
different ethnic and cultural backgrounds for a
two-day session of frank talk and plans for
The retreat serves to knock down communi
cation barriers between ethnic and cultural
groups, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
James Griesen said.
“It was a great retreat,” Griesen said. “There
was a good sharing of ideas and feelings. There
was also good, open, honest debate with partic
ipation from just about everyone.”
The retreat was sponsored by Griesen’s of
fice and was coordinated by the vice chancel
lor’s special assistant, John Harris.
Bringing together leaders from student
groups like the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska, Residence Hall Asso
ciation and campus minority groups, the retreat
was a straightforward session on diversity is
Griesen said he thought this year’s retreat
had been extraordinarily successful in bringing
together students who would not normally in
“I made the observation on the way home
that these students had bonded more than usu
al,” he said.
The retreat, “Building a Campus Communi
See RETREAT on 3
UNL opposes NCAA plan to limit training-table meals
By Becky Becher
Starting in 1995, Comhusker ath
letes could be eating fewer meals
at the athletic training table.
George Sullivan, UNL’s head ath
letic trainer, said the NCAA was con
sidering requiring schools to reduce
the number of meals provided to stu
dent-athletes at athletic training ta
The University of Nebraska-Lin
coln athletic training table, located in
the Hewitt Center, provides all stu
dent-athletes with two high-calorie,
low-fat meals daily.
Sullivan said the training table
served a lot of pastas and high-starch
foods. He said athletes were served
beef and turkey, but high-fat foods
such as bacon were restricted.
If the legislation is enacted, the
training table will serve athletes only
one meal 'a day.
Sullivan said he opposed the regu
lation because it would hinder all
Athletes require more calories than
other students, he said, and they could
not get proper nutrition by eating only
one meal a day at the training table.
Sullivan said he feared athletes
who ate only one meal at the training
table might get the extra calories by
eating foods high in fat.
The training tabic keeps athletes
healthy and helps them avoid drugs,
Some athletes use steroids to in
crease strength and size, he said. But
athletes who gain size and strength by
healthy eating and exercise do not
have a need to use drugs, he said.
Sullivan said the NCAA thought
the regulation would save money for
small schools. Smaller schools were
thought to be at a disadvantage be
cause such schools might not be able
to afford to provide training tables, he
Some training tables at smaller
schools provide more things for their
We’ve got a great facility, and I’d hate to see It go
- -- Sullivan
Nil head athletic trainer
athletes than UNL docs, he said.
If the rule is enacted, athletes will
eat that extra meal elsewhere.
Sullivan said the cost of meals at
the training table was the same as
ordinary residence hall meals. Lunch
at the table costs $3.25, and dinner is
The NCAA will address the regu
lation in the spring of 1995. UNL has
written a letter to the rules committee
voicing its opposition. 1
“We’ve got a great facility,” he
said, “and I'd hate to see it go down."
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