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Speaker examines views
on ‘adversary cultures’
By Darren Ivy
In-depth discussion about adversary cultures
and a heated debate that followed were the high
lights of Paul Hollander’s speech in Henzlik Hall
Hollander was brought to UNL by the Ne
braska Association of Scholars to give a speech
about the research he did for his book, “The
Survival of the Adversary Culture.”
Hollander said he defined an adversary cul
ture based on the predisposition that the United
States is the most unjust society history has ever
Hollander’s speech particularly centered on
how that adversary culture and political correct
ness were prevalent on college campuses.
Some of the ideological trends that Hollander
talked about were multiculturalism and victim
He said that multiculturalism denounces
Western civilization, provides social criticism,
glorifies non-Westem cultures and promotes
emphasis on past accomplishments of victim
He said that 85 percent of people in minor
ity cultures are victims, including blacks, His
panics, homosexuals, women and handicapped
people. Only the other 15 percent—white, het
erosexual males—are not victimized.
Because so many people are victims, Hol
lander said that people need to realize that so
cial reform and social change are possible.
“People need to realize that social forces can
be overcome and that individuals actually have
a choice,” Hollander said. “People don’t have
to believe everything they are being told.”
After Hollander’s speech, the floor was
opened for questions, during which audience
members debated the dominance of adversity
in English and anthropology fields.
William Grange, a UNL theater professor,
said he thought the discussion was stimulating.
“I felt the confrontation of opinions added
to the debate about these differing ideologies,”
Even with all the debate, Grange said he
thought Hollander showed intellectual poise by
not getting upset and angry during the debate or
at comments directed at him.
Hollander was a native of Hungary before
he came to the United States. Now he is a pro
fessor of sociology at the University of Massa
chusetts at Amherst where he has taught since
1968. Before teaching at the University of Mas
sachusetts at Amherst, Hollander taught at
Swanson reports benefits
of Union renovation plan
By Brad Davis
The director of the Nebraska Unions spbke
to the Association of Students of the University
of Nebraska Wednesday night, discussing the
advantages the new Nebraska Union will have
once construction is completed.
The expansion, which will extend the build
ing to bisect the area where Broyhill Fountain
once was, will also give the building a new, 270
foot-long northern face and provide more room
for student services and meeting areas, said Di
rector Daryl Swanson.
The administration had planned to build a
water sculpture to replace the fountain, and ac
cording to Swanson, they will deliver. The new
water sculpture will be set in the ground north
of the Union and will feature decorative boul
ders arranged by an architect.
The boulders, which weigh between 10 to
12 tons, were selected from a quarry in South
Dakota by Swanson, architects and others in
volved with the project, he said.
Expansion of the Union will be finished in
1998, but until then students will have no ac
cess to the 24-hour computer lab, which will be
taken out later this spring, Swanson said.
ASUN senators were concerned with the lack
of computers and what students should expect
for the beginning of the fall semester. Swanson
said students would notice excavation work and
Five committee chairpersons were elected
later in Wednesday’s meeting. ASUN President
Curt Ruwe called the committee elections “one
of the more important functions of ASUN.”
Ruwe also announced plans for a new Uni
versity Leadership Community for leaders of
student organizations to voice their concerns and
share ideas with ASUN and other groups.
“This is a chance for us to hear what others
feel about the university community as a whole,
and they get a chance to hear us,” Ruwe said.
In other ASUN news:
■ Government Bill No. 5, commending
former Residence Hall Association President
Jason Harb for his work with RHA and for the
university, was passed unanimously.
■ Government Bill No. 6, which also was
passed unanimously, recognized the Original
Christian Fellowship, Phi Alpha Delta, Pre-Law
Chapter and Student Opportunities and Services
Advisory Board as official student organiza
■ Government Bill No. 7, commending Ja
son Bynum and Kara Marshall for their work as
past vice presidents of ASUN, was passed unani
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