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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 15, 1997)
Young and restless
Playtime isn’t solely for children to enjoy
Most people are familiar with the
poem “All I Really Needed to Know
I Learned in Kindergarten” and the
lessons it espouses: to share, to eat
cookies and drink warm milk, and
most importantly, to laugh and play
and take a nap everyday.
I’m all for the last three! Nothing
lifts the spirit and improves your
attitude than a gut shaking, roll-on
the-floor laugh- Few things make
you feel better than a youthful romp
through the park, a wrestling match
on the living room floor or an in
your-face competitive board game.
And napping is the ultimate
Saturday afternoon activity.
I recently read somewhere that
students in one Japanese high school
have mandatory nap time after lunch
and before their afternoon studies.
That makes sense and is obviously
just another area in which the
American educational system seems
to be lacking.
After a late, fun-filled outing
recently, I came to the conclusion
that even as “adults,” we need to
A bunch of friends and I spent
the other night just goofing around.
There was no rhyme or reason to our
follies —just sheer fun. We
swapped stories, poked fun, had a
food fight, romped around the
apartment loudly at 2:00 ajn. and
then watched “Mission: Impossible”
until at least 4:00 a.m.
I think we need to declare a
national play day. A day where no
one works and just plays. Maybe a
“Play for Sanity” day. Encourage or
heck, order, people to let go of
inhibitions and expectations and
hang-ups. To live loose and free. To
be youthful in spirit and action.
Of course, there need to be some
rules — don’t beat people up, don’t
damage other people’s property,
don’t do anything you couldn’t tell
your momma about. But you know
Don’t you think that’s a good
idea — a day to just play?
One of my favorite play activities
is playing in the park. Day or night,
to swing with wild abandon, slide
without fear, spin with an iron gut
— all great activities for the young
Actually, going to a park at night
is almost more fun than going
during the day. The shadows are
great for playing hide-and-go-seek
and the darkness makes for interest
ing challenges on the playground
When an opportunity to play
arises, I suggest that you take
advantage of the situation and go.
For instance, I tried to get my
siblings to go sledding with me on
Saturday, but they couldn’t, for one
reason or another. And wouldn’t you
know it, Joe, my brother, calls
Sunday begging me to take him
sledding. By then of course, the
snow had melted.
In the most basic of terms —
playing is good for you. Someone
told me that playing team sports is
better for your health than just
exercising. Now, I can’t back that up
with any scientific data, but it sure
makes sense to me.
Competition makes you work
harder and makes things more fun.
You can share the ups and downs,
triumphs and losses with other
Plus, playing is simply more fun
when you have someone to share
and enjoy it with.
Think about your bestest,
favoritest memories ... they usually
involve playing. Be it romping with
relatives, tracking down spies with
your friends or winning the big
game with your team, it’s all about
I sincerely think a lot of the
world’s problems could be solved if
government and business leaders
would step back from the negotia
tion table and have fun or play a
Soon the snow will be gone, the
air will be warm and the ground will
be dry. When that day comes, and
cone it will, it’s time to put on the
play clothes, grab some friends, go
outside and play.
Kennedy is an advertising and
broadcasting major and a Daily
The paper trail
Neon, colored advertisements not enough to fool
Now that we have survived
Senate and Legislature races, ASUN
elections, City Council races and
even RHA elections, we have
learned one inevitable fact.
Far too much brightly colored
paper was involved.
Yes, there were fliers telling
people whom to vote for, why to vote
for them and then even a few telling
us just to go out and vote.
Nearly all such fliers had two
things in common—they were
printed on paper, and this paper
happened to be neon yellow, orange,
rea or sane oner color omy meant
to be seal through the eyes of
But I'm not telling you this as a
proponent of the rainforests a the
I'm mentioning it because fa
every annoying colored flier put up
by an election group, there's been
one that’s been taken down.
Now whether it was taken down
by a “disagreeable” student who
decided they didn't want to see neon
purple before 10 ajn. is another
story. The point is that the fliers all
have come and gone.
But you know what? Tbe bulletin
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boards are still full of bright colors.
And this led me to ask the
Frankly, I had to put on a pair of
sunglasses and examine a few
bulletin boards to discover the
What I found was a network of
healthy capitalism aimed at the
college student. And while this
capitalism is good, 1 couldn’t help
but see a pattern that was being
aimed at students like a “neon pink”
You are a college student and you
need what we have.
But upon looking closer at these
fliers, my response could be stated
only as: Yes, I am a college student.
No, I’m not stupid Quit talking
down to me and say your plug.
Let s take credit cards for
example. From one bulletin board
alone I found five credit-card fliers.
For American Express, the
“college student” aim included a guy
sitting on the front of the brochure
with ripped jeans, Converse high
tops and a few paintbrushes in his
In a box bigger than he is, it says:
“Set Yourself Apart.” Simple
enough, get a credit card and
become an adult responsible for your
Yeah right. Tell me — am I
setting myself apart from the other 2
million cardholders you have? Not a
chance—except for when my bill
arrives. It’s then that I am “apart”
just enough for you to get my
mailing address right.
And AT&T’s flier is even worse.
It features cartoon college students
and little sections with stupid
statements like: “Like to dress up?
Use your card to buy stuff at the
mall” or “Even call people you like.’
Thank you AT&T, but my IQ is
higher than that cartoon flowergirl
dancing around in clogs. I don’t buy
all my stuff at the mall, but thanks
for the stereotype. And of course I’it
going to call rally people I like —
my enemies will have to wait for a
lower long-distance rate.
And if it isn’t credit cards and
their promises, then it was a flier
which promises love.
Well, sort of.
A Mutual Friend’s flier promises
not only to bring you love, but
possibly make a fool out of you for
Yes, for $10, you can let that
special someone know you have a
crush cm them. A letter will be sent
to them “revealing your identity.”
And if there’s a mutual interest, A
Mutual Friend wilt let you know.
You know, 1 can do the same
thing for free. It’s called a telephone
and nerves. Besides, for all I know
“A Mutual Friend” could send a
letter saying: “Dear Jenny...
remember that guy you met at the
party? The one who danced half
naked on top of a table and said he
wanted to try out for Showgirls 2?
He likes you.”
To “A Mutual Friend” I say this:
Just because we're in college doesn’t
mean we're not confident. Save youi
“jitters” scheme for the middle
Finally, there were a few fliers for
things I’d advise against.
Most of these were “financial
aid” fliers. And when phrases like
“guaranteed results” and “results
guaranteed” start popping up on
them—caution should be taken.
Nothing in life is guaranteed beyond
death and taxes.
And last but not least there is the
“free pager” flier 1 found, printed
out to look like a gift certificate. All
it has on it is an 800 number and
literally no details.
Now I could be wrong—but I’m
willing to bet money that such a
gimmick is illegal in some states.
But regardless of legality, the pager
is probably free. Yet the service for it
Let’s just say that the little line
that read “activation required at time
of redemption” was not printed
nearly small enough to fool this
Summing it up, annoying-colored
fliers will come and go—regardless
of how foolishly they target us.
All I can recommend is to take a
flier, look at how it aims at college
students... and toss it in the trash
without a second thought.
Kerbcr is a sophomore acws
editorial major and a Daily
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