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Learn about the
history of all peoples
Black History Month is almost over.
While this month provides an impetus
to read up on those in America’s storied past
— the triumphs
achieved and obstacles «
overcome — one
shouldn’t forget that
after February has
gone into the sweet
night, there’s still a
year until the next
Black History Month.
But that doesn’t
mean the learning has
to be — or should be
— put on hold for 11
It doesn’t take
much to go and read up
on the history of
prominent blacks in
American history. It
doesn’t take a specially
designated month to
justify desires to learn
about an integral part
of American culture.
Learning about black
history, or any history
for that matter, is not
limited to a month —
it’s a lifelong process.
Who hasn’t heard
of the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr.? Or of
Month isn’t just about
the famous. It’s also
about the less well
known — the Civil
War soldiers who
fought for what was
right, doctors who
struggled to prove old myths wrong, phi
lanthropists who left lasting impressions on
society and the defenders of liberty.
Black History Month should be a cue
to people of all races to take the time to learn
the history of all the ethnic peopleswhomake
up the American experience.
Of course, there can’t be a month, week
or day for everybody. That would detract
from the importance of Black H istory Month
and demean the intention of its founders.
This is not to say that Polish, American
Indian, Egyptian, Hispanic, Asian—for that
matter any ethnicity or nationality —
peoples are not deserving of recognition for
Black History Month is almost over.
Take the time to learn something about this
part of American history.
And while you’re at it, instead of learn
ing about only one ingredient in our melting
“stew,” crack open the pot and take a taste
of all the goodies.
a cue to
all races to
The doctor is in
Procrastination. It’s the greatest
and most addictive drug ever to hit
Procrastination is specially
formulated to provide fast, maxi
mum-strength relief of pain and
congestion due to inflamed responsi
bilities. It coats the stomach. It
glazes the eyes. It numbs the brain.
Procrastination induces the
expectoration of excuses to soothe
nagging headaches, professors and
Easy to swallow, isn’t it?
Procrastination — better known
by its street name “eras” — is
something I’ve dabbled in for as
long as I can remember, but it was
not until recently that it began to
suck my will to live.
I have heard it said that the first
step to recovery is admitting that
you have a problem.
So I admit. I have a problem.
I am addicted to procrastination,
and though my actual state of being
alive has not been threatened by this
dependence, my life is most defi
nitely in danger.
I have already begun to display
all the telltale signs: altered person
ality, edginess, sleeplessness,
slovenly unshowered appearance,
inability to concentrate on any single
task for a prolonged period, uncon
trollable flinching at the sound of
my name being called, excessive
ducking of responsibility...
If you are one of the two people
on this campus who read my
columns regularly — or if you are
my mother—you may have noticed
my absence from the opinion pages
I’m sure you missed me.
I missed me.
As much as I hated to do it, I
forced myself to put off writing my
column until there was not a chance
that I could finish it before
Thursday’s issue of the Daily
Nebraskan went to print. I pushed
my addiction to a level I had not
Believe me, it hurt me more than
it hurt you. I sacrificed $15, all for
the sake of research.
I know. I’m a saint.
But for you, my readers, I’d do
anything. No pain is too great.
And now that I have reached the
depths of absolute irresponsibility, I
am ready to start the trek back to
normalcy — or at least efficiency.
As I begin the long haul down '
the road to recovery, I offer to those
of you who feel you too may be at
risk of falling prey to this evil
escapism we call procrastination,
Do not exceed the recommended
If symptoms persist, do not
improve within seven days, or are
accompanied by high anxiety, or if
new symptoms occur, consult your
transcript before continuing use.
Do not take this product if you
have any hopes of graduating,
having a career or accomplishing
anything in your lifetime, except
under the supervision of your
Do not take this product for more
than 10 days.
May cause drowsiness: alcohol,
sedatives, tranquilizers and dead
lines may increase the drowsiness
Avoid alcoholic beverages,
driving a motor vehicle, operating
machinery and everything else in
your life while taking this product.
KEEP THIS AND ALL DRUGS
OUT OF THE REACH OF CHIL
In case of accidental overdose,
seek professional help immediately.
I know I’m going to.
Hjersman is a senior news
editorial and English major and
the night editor and a columnist ;
for the Daily Nebraskan.
I am addicted to
and though my
actual state of being
alive has not been
threatened by this
dependence, my life
is most definitely in
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Spring 1997 Daily Nebraskan. They do not
necessarily reflect the views of the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln, its employees, its
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