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No idle threat
NA TO must keep ultimatum to be effective
Bosnian Serbs surrendered most of their weapons in compli
ance with a NATO ultimatum Sunday —just in time to
NATO had demanded that the Bosnian Serbs stop shelling
Sarajevo and remove their weapons from the city. So far, it seems
the Bosnian Serbs are cooperating. U.N. troops disabled or posted
a guard over artillery left in and around Sarajevo.
The Bosnian Serbs’ compliance shows that, at this point, they
take NATO and its threats seriously.
The United States and its allies must not lose that respect. The
ultimatum was not a one-time threat. If the Bosnian Serbs rearm
themselves, NATO should carry through with the airstrikes.
If they rearm and NATO does nothing, NATO will lose credibil
ity and negotiating power.
Some speculate that the Bosnian Serbs are simply moving
weapons from Sarajevo to shell on other besieged Bosnian cities. If
true, this should be considered a violation of the ultimatum.
If possible, the allied nations should use the momentum that has
been created to push for more peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
NATO’s ultimatum brought long-awaited peace to Sarajevo.
Perhaps it could help bring peace to other parts of the country.
This incident has also proven that airstrikes can be effective.
Although the strikes have not been carried out, the Bosnian Serbs
realize the damage the strikes could do.
If the United States continues to act with care and strength, it
may be able to help bring peace to Bosnia-Herzegovina without
involving American troops.
Low turnout reflects disbelief in ASUN
David Letterman for president?
When students vote in the ASUN elections this spring,
Gary Doyle, a senior business management major, is
urging them to write in David Letterman as their choice for presi
Considering what we’ve seen from the Association of Students
of the University of Nebraska in the past, that might not be such a
Every year, ASUN presidential candidates make lofty, unrealis
tic promises to students. And every year they fail to keep them.
Of the 22,628 voters eligible for last year’s ASUN elections,
only 3,172, or about 14 percent, voted.
That ridiculously low number reflects an indifference students
have toward ASUN. They don’t vote because they understand what
ASUN does: talk.
This year will probably be no different. But Letterman’s candi
dacy could change things.
Last year, the VOICE party was elected by about 50 percent of
the vote, or about 1,586 students. If only 1,600 of UNL’s 22,000
students-vote this year and write in David Letterman, he would
probably win the election.
Actually, Letterman isn’t eligible because he is not a student.
But if he received more votes than any other candidate, it would
send a clear message that students want more from ASUN than
they have seen in the past.
The ASUN elections are two weeks away. The registered parties
have until then to show students they are more qualified for the
office than an ineligible candidate.
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In response to the Committee for
Fee Allocation’s decision to slash the
Women’s Center’s budget:
As a nontraditional student, I have
found support and services through
the Women’s Center that have been
invaluable to my success at this uni
The Women’s Center has provided
me with emotional support through its
weekly support group meetings for
students — men and women — who
are single parents. A variety of groups
meet at the center.
The center gives me a quiet place to
meet with my tutor when needed, a
place to sit and gather my thoughts
and reorganize before I return to my
The Women’s Center has helped
women deal with violence against
women, offering counseling during
Candy Harms’ disappearance and
again during the Roger Bjorklund tri
al. It supports the Clothesline Project,
which bears witness to the survivors
and victims of violence against wom
en in Nebraska.
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the UNLSexual Harassment, Assault,
Rape Prevention program, offered to
students for free in conjunction with
the UNL Police.
The center has an ever-growing
library that offers information on a
variety of women’s issues.
When a committee decides to limit
funding for telephone, stafT, printing
and copying services that are vital to
the Women’s Center, I sincerely be
lieve it is not taking a realistic look at
what the center does.
I am also beginning to realize that
1 have only myself to blame. This
shows the need for older, nontradi
tional students, an ever-increasing
number of students on campus, to run
for student government positions.
In the two years the center has been
open, it has offered many new services
and workshops for women on campus,
including faculty and staff. To cut
its budget would stunt further growth.
Don’t cut the Women’s Center
What is the problem, specifically,
with Sam Kepfield’s column (Feb. 16,
1994)? He identifies himself as an
opponent of racial/ethnic quotas. As
suming that a more positive definition
ofhis position is “color blind,” I sec no
overt racism in his editorial.
Geno Venegas (DN, Feb. 18,1994)
referred to Kcpfield as “a sheltered
and racist white male.” Are we to
assume that Kcpfield is sheltered be
cause he happens to be white?
Wouldn’t that be a racist conclusion?
Has Kcpfield written in a derogato
ry fashion about anyone because ofhis
or her ethnic background? Not that
I’ve read. Is he then racist?
As for his being white, is this an
aspect to be considered? Very obvi
ously, racism is in no way confined to
Robert J. Tobin
In response to C.D. Ybarra’s letter
concerning Regent Robert Allen of
Hastings and the needs of students
(DN. Feb. 17,1994):
UNL is responsible for class avail
ability, keeping qualified staff, ad
ministration, maintaining an academ
ic atmosphere and a select few other
services paid for by tuition and hous
ing fees. That’s it.
Abortion is a personal, not a stu
dent issue. If women don’t want to
make gentlemen out of their boy
friends, that’s their prerogative, not
I’m sorry to say it, but this country
is run by the popular majority, or at
least, it’s supposed to be.
If the majority wants a commence
ment prayer, they are more than enti
tled to it. You don’t have to listen if
you don’t want to. Freedom of speech
means you can say anything you want,
but no one is going to force you to
Nothing is more offensive to me
that 10 percent of the world is gay.
Those numbers come from a study
done in a prison. I suppose that sort of
thing will happen to men with no
principles, no morals and, consequent
ly, no women around.
Allen is more than qualified for his
position, and I’m sure his constituents
are aware of this, too. If this campus
were run by students — who only
know the MTV world and have never
been in the real world — they would
run it into the ground in a heartbeat.
Allen’s perspective is one made from
experience and common sense.
Christopher W. Winkelmann
I’ve been following letters submit
ted to the Daily Nebraskan about abor
tion. People are entitled to their opin
ions and I respect that. But people do
not have their facts straight.
When people who are pro-choice
argue for the legal ity of abortion, they
try to support themselves by saying it
should be an option for cases involv
ing rape or incest. When it comes to
abortion, rape and incest are not an
issue. According to Minnesota Citi
zens Concerned for Life’s 1991 news
letter, there are 1.5 million abortions
annually; and in some cities, the num
ber of abortions exceeds the number of
live births. Of these abortions, 98
percent are done for reasons other
than rape or incest.
In fact, 37 percent of that 98 per
cent are performed because the wom
an does not want anyone to know she
Two million couples are waiting to
adopt a child. There are more people
waiting to adopt than there are abor
tions. So every child is wanted by
I f pro-choicers say a woman should
be able to do with her body as she
pleases, I do not disagree. If a woman
wants to sell her body, that is her
business. The child she is carrying is
a separate living being inside her body,
not a part of her body.
How educated are people about
abortion techniques? If a person does
not have an opinion about abortion, or
even if they do, I strongly urge every
one to find out how abortions are
performed and what it does to the
UNL has an excellent history staff
who have taught me that cultural di
versity is an essential part of under
standing and interpreting history, the
antithesis of what Kepfield espouses
in his Feb. 16 column.
To fulfill language requirements, I
have had the pleasure of learning from
two superb teachers — one from
France, the other from Rumania. Dur
ing the short year 1 have been here, I
have had educational conversations
with many people of different cultur
al, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
I am better person because of this.
I am proud to have had the privi
lege to attend this diverse,
Kepfield’s rhetoric is no product oi
this fine university.
With his article, he has finally at
tained the status he’s always sought
— to be known as a minority. Unfor
tunately for Kepfield, it is a minority
that has no place in this society- 1
denounce his radically bigoted, hate
ful message and beliefs.
Donald A. Clark
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