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Above the call
Effort to improve
When University of Nebraska-Lincoln
professor Harish Gupta returned to Lincoln
from Albania Sunday night, a reporter
dwarfed by the large camera on her shoulder
asked die economics professor emeritus about
the irony of anarchy breaking out in the coun
try he sought to help form a successful mar
He did not dignify the question with an
emotional or lengthy response about failure.
He did not need to—because he did not fail.
When he was ordered to leave Albania,
Gupta was three weeks into teaching a 10
week graduate-level business course at the
University of Tirana in Albania’s capital city.
The course was part of the U.S. Agency
for International Development project in Al
bania, which works with Albanian officials
to establish a foundation for a market
economy. UNL has been involved with the
project for five years, and the project had been
In 1993, after one year of work in Alba
nia, the country reported an 8 percent eco
nomic growth rate after nearly 40 years in
decline, he said. Just one year prior, in March
1992, inflation stood at 40 percentper month.
Even if the presence ofU.S. business of
ficials and professors were not partially re
sponsible for the country’s quick turn-around,
to imply that Gupta had failed in his work is
Albanian people, influenced by the visual
media broadcasts from free-market countries,
surely longed for the affluence of the capital
istpeople aavisibte via our numerous sitcoms
When investors with pyramid schemes
knocked on their doors promising quick
riches, the Albanian people were unknowl
edgeable in the free market. They sank their
life savings into the pyramid schemes that
were doomed to fail, and then turned to anar
chy and rebellion when their manipulated ver
sion of capitalism bottomed out.
Professors such as Gupta should be rec
ognized for their willingness to sacrifice, in
this case his own safety, to help educate an
other country’s people. The U.S. AID pro
gram works to educate and should not be
deemed a* failure, because education takes
Gupta knows education is time-consum
ing —he has vowed to return as soon as the
countiy is safe because he wants to continue
to work. He selflessly mentioned his desire to
return and teach the Albanians who shot ma
chine guns into the air, before he mentioned
returning to gather the stacks of personal be
longings he left behind.
Gupta and Diane Hambley, another UNL
professor who had worked in Albania for two
years, should be recognized for their dedica
tion to improving the world economy, and the
lives of citizens in struggling countries.
They succeeded in helping an entire coun
try adjust to the new world market, while help
ing to publicize the quality of education right
here in Nebraska.
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The wonder years
.: Reflections on growing old (sort of)
I’m sure you have heard various
people over the age of 20 say,
“Damn, I feel old” or “Man, I’m
Well, don’t feel alone.
At 24, I’m guilty of saying that
from time to time. There is no
shame attached to feeling old. I
remember wrestling with my
nephew in the family room one time
— at the ripe old age of 21 —and
my mom yelled, “Vince, you’re not a
You might be legally considered
an adult at 18 years old but here are
some signs of no longer being a kid:
Just one peanut butter and jelly
sandwich (faesn't do it anymore.
Sometimes, I was lucky to finish
half of one. One time, I had to finish
my lunch during an after-school
detention — which was a semi
Last week, I remember ordering a
12-inch cheese steak hoagie that
looked like the size of Mount
Rushmore from Da Vinci’s. I still felt
hungry after I finished eating.
I thought, “Where’s John
Madden when I need him?” I felt
like lobbying for the All-Madden
Driving a car doesn’t always
sound like fun.
On my 16th birthday, way back in
the 1800s—OK, I’m being face
tious, it wasn’t quite that long ago
—one present was noticeably
missing: my driver’s license.
When I got it three months later,
my parents said I could not drive out
of town. One month later, I drove 10
miles out of town. I felt like a rebel.
Now when my friends and I go
somewhere and one of them offers to
drive I say, “At least I don’t have to
You are taller than the slide at
the McDonald’s playland.
I remember my sixth birthday
party at McDonald’s; the slide
looked as big as the Sears Tower.
Now it lodes as big as a Tonka
You might have once said,
"Whatcha talkin’ ‘bout Willis?"
Yes, indeed. Good old Arnold
Jackson, played by Gary Coleman.
In sixth grade, I got assigned
extra homework for talking in class.
I replied, “Whatcha talkin’ ‘bout
Miss Reilly?” Of course, that only
got me sent to the principal’s office.
You have once owned — and now
disown Michael Jackson s Thriller
It was one of the first albums I
ever owned. At that time, the
moonwalk and breakdancing were
cool. Then Michael became a
walking scandal for the National
Enquirer — he’s not watching my
You would rather wear your dirty
clothes again, because your mom is
not there to do your laundry
This is not to be confused with
wearing underwear with brown
stains. Rather, I’m refering to
wearing the same jeans. After all,
it’s an excuse to put off laundry.
Naps are good.
I remember as a 2-year-old when
my mom would come into the family
room and say, “OK Vince, time for a
nap now.” I would throw a fit.
Now, when I take a mid-after
noon nap and the phone rings, I’m
kind of awake — not coherent. After
I say hello, the question from the
caller is, “Did I wake you up?”
At that point my solution is
pulling the batteries out of the
You once deemed Space Invaders
as the best game ever.
On Christmas, I got an Atari. I
would sit in front of the TV playing
Space Invaders, yelling so loud it
woke up the neighborhood, “Yeah,
blast those suckers!!!!” and “Give it
to me one more time!!!”
When things go wrong, you can "t
jus' ll, “Do over!"
it was my excuse when I
played “red light, green light” with
my cousins. Sometimes, only on
Tuesdays, it actually worked.
Somehow, that line just doesn’t fly
when you are late for work.
You WANT clothes for Christmas.
Relatives are notorious for
asking, “What do you want for
Christmas?” Clothes are one of the
last options left. Why not? It saves a
trip to the mall. But if you’re ever in
doubt, ask for the money instead.
Tell them you’re saving up to buy
your own wardrobe.
There is only one thing in your
cereal box... cereal.
Somehow, I think a Matchbox car
in a Grape Nuts box classifies as an
If you feel old, don’t fret. Because
thanks to euphemistic language and
fear of aging in this country, I won’t
have to die. I’ll either pass away or
expire, like a magazine subscription.
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