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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
J. Christopher Hain.Editor, 472-1766
Doug Kouma.\.Managing Editor
Doug Peters.....,.Opinion Page Editor
Sarah Scalet....Associate News Editor
Matt Waite......,.Associate News Editor
Michelle Garner...Wire Editor
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Playboy ad not an endorsement
It’s the price of one cup of coffee. It won’t even buy a beer. It’s
the amount of change jingling in many students’ pockets right now.
It’s also the amount of student fees — refundable student fees
— each student pays per semester to help offset the Daily
Nebraskan’s printing costs.
Every year, it seems, the DN is forced to explain its sources of
With the recent debate about the advertisement for Playboy’s
interviews for “The Women of the Big 12” issue, it’s time once
again to set the record straight.
The ad has been the subject of much controversy in several local
media outlets. Unfortunately, much of the information surrounding
the controversy has been incorrect.
The facts are simple.
Less than 5 percent of the DN’s budget comes from student fees.
The rest comes from advertising.
Although DN offices are in the Nebraska Union, the newspaper
is not supported by UNL’s general fund.
If it were, there wouldn’t be a need for advertising in the first
The Playboy ad does not amount to a university endorsement. In
fact, it doesn’t amount to an endorsement of any kind.
It’s simple business.
If Playboy opponents want to purchase space in the DN, they’re
welcome to buy advertising space just as Playboy did.
It’s irresponsible for protesters to stand against something when
they don’t have their facts straight, and it’s irresponsible for the
media to report on it without checking their information.
Beyond the questions of funding, the issue becomes one of free
speech — an issue that at least one person protesting the ads said
she didn’t particularly want to address.
Of course not. She would have been fighting a losing battle. The
DN staff has the right to choose the ads that run, as long as they are
not obscene or offensive. The Playboy ad was not obscene. It didn’t
cater to the “prurient interests” of community members, nor did it
encourage illegal activity — the ad is protected speech.
If this isn’t enough to convince the ad’s opponents, and if you’re
still upset with the Daily Nebraskan, just ask for your 86 cents back.
That’s your right.
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My question is: Have the Playboy
protesters ever actually read a
Playboy magazine — because I have
for 10 years, and never have I felt
disgusted, degraded or considered it
When I was 12,1 started reading
my brother’s Playboys out of
curiosity. Society has a lot of
misconceptions about this magazine.
Playboy does not demean women —
it glorifies them.
Not all women have 36DDD
breasts. Women who pose in
Playboy are not lost souls willing to
do anything for money.
Unlike “Cosmopolitan,” “Self’
and “Seventeen,” which were always
telling me my clothes weren’t good
enough, I needed a diet, a man and
multiple orgasms, Playboy made me
feel OK about my body and more
comfortable with my sexuality.
So let it be known — a hetero
sexual 22-year-old female actually
does read Playboy, and my conclu
sion is that society needs to lighten
On Tuesday evening I witnessed a
terrible act of disrespect. A near
accident led to an altercation
between an elderly man and a
college-aged man. Although I did
not see the incident that sparked the
argument, I watched disgustedly the
argument that ensued.
The argument started at 11th and
P streets. The younger man shouted
obscenities at the older man. The
older man, who had his wife in the
car, stepped out of his car to discuss
the situation or maybe ask the youth
to stop talking that way in front of
his wife. At that point, the younger
man stepped out of his car and dared
the older man to hit him, then
continued with his insulting verbal
I think this is a sad commentary
on our society today. I’ve seen it
before — it is an immense lack of
respect between generations, and,
more broadly, between human
beings. I am not denying that this
disrespect may run both ways and
may actually be passed down from
generation tageneration like some
ugly, degenerative disease.
This lack of respect for others, I
think, is the fundamental root of
hatred and violence in our society.
Following the advice of Elie Wiesel,
I am choosing not to remain indiffer
ent. Please leam from this incident
and always respect those around
you, whether they’ve inconve
nienced you or nearly gotten you
into a car accident.
I’m one Nebraskan who is happy
to see Veera Supinen go. I feel I
have put up with her critiques of 1
American society for far too long. I
have determined that her eight
months here have been a complete
waste of time because she has
learned nothing about us. I have
found her to be narrow-minded and
judgmental of things/issues you
know nothing about. I’m glad that
my grandparents from Norway fell in
love with this country and that, as a
second generation American, I have
the opportunity to reap from their
hard work. So she can go home to
Finland and her third-world idealism
— we’re better off without her.
Besides, I think “excessive pride”
is downright healthy.
Roger R. Johansen
More on Playboy
This whole protesting Playboy
thing seems a little ridiculous. For
one, the fact that Playboy advertised
in the DN doesn’t mean the univer
sity supports what Playboy is doing.
There’s just plain and simple
business going on here.
Second, it seems that there arc a
few people on campus who want to
make the decision whether or not to
interview with Playboy for all the
women on campus. The simple fact
is that it’s none of your business. I
can understand that some people
might be offended by Playboy, but
maybe the best thing you can do
when something or someone offends
you deeply is to simply turn away.
After all, isn’t that what you’d want
someone else to do if you offended
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