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chance to aid others
The early season snowstorm is leaving us
with a jungle of fallen limbs, and all we can do
now is offer a few helping hands.
If your residence has electricity ... If your
car is mobile... If your phone is operational...
If you don’t have a tree in your living room ....
If you can get out your front door...
... consider yourself fortunate.
You also have another extra day out of
classes. Instead of using that time to throw
snowballs and watch reruns (if you’re lucky
enough to have cable), lend a hand to those
who are struggling to find a place to sleep,
shower and eat.
i ne siorm snocxeu mosi oi us, out imagine
the shock of being in your warm, lit home one
minute, and only a few hours later waking up to
a cold room and getting only a clicking sound
when you try to turn on the light. Imagine what
it’s like to look out the window and see yodr car
smashed by the oak tree that was standing
straight and tall the night before. Imagine pick
ing up your phone and hearing no dial tone.
Those people are - maybe for the first time
- at the mercy of others, so offer them a hand so
they don’t have to beg.
Helping out starts at the most basic level.
There are several university students who have
nowhere to go, and this includes the six greek
houses without power. Open your doors to
your friends, and friends of your friends. If you
baye^a.shp^er, waprpt.up. 1/you have some
leftover pizza, do the same.
' ' Offer to shovel sidewalks and pick up
branches. (But be careful: Common sense tells
you to avoid branches, or anything, tangled in
power lines.) Help someone push his or her car
out of the ditch.
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people in Red Cross shelters who could use a
hand. They also could use supplies and non
perishable food. So, you don’t have an excuse,
here they are:
Wesleyan Knight Field House, 54th and
Christ’s Place Church, 1111 Old Cheney
Red Cross Headquarters, 220 Oak Creek
Pershing Auditorium, 226 S. Centennial
Yes, the people you help will probably be
strangers, but what better way to make friends?
There are less laborious ways to help the
situation. Be patient. Whether or not you think
the city and the university are doing their jobs
fast enough, they’re doing their jobs. Give
them time and stay out of their way. Remember
they have to attend to the worst cases first, so
your lifeblood link to HBO may have to wait.
Everyone’s describing Lincoln as a war
zone or die aftermath of a tornado. It doesn’t
have to be a disaster. It can be an opportunity
for people to show their capacity for compas
sion and strength.
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Fans' expectations drive Huskers to limit
DAVE MORANTZ is a
columnist for the
University Daily Kansan in
My faith in humanity was dam
aged this weekend.
An invasion of Winnebagos and
red, white and black Starter jackets for
ever changed my opinion of college
athletics and opened my eyes to the
insane, yet powerful desire to follow a
football team across the nation.
It began Friday night with the pre
liminary wave of fans. Middle-aged
Comhuskers, clad in Nebraska para
phernalia, filed into a quiet downtown
pub. They stood huddled in small
groups, like their college-aged heroes
on the field, clutching bottles of Bud
Standing in the middle of people’s
dart games, they laughed and yelled
out predictions to the next day’s foot
ball game, hoping to draw comments
from local bar patrons. Like almost
everyone else at the bar not wearing a
big “N” on his or her forehead, I paid
them little attention.
But the next day they multiplied.
Like a red tide at sea, they spread
across Lawrence, tearing up gardens
and yards as they beached their mam
moth vehicles in search of spots to tail
“Whooo! I said, Whooo!” one fan
yelled after stepping out of a red bus
that he parked in front of my apartment
building. Making sure everyone knew
a Nebraska fan had arrived, he reached
through the driver’s-side window and
honked the horn. The first few notes of
the Nebraska fight song rang through
“Whooo!” he screamed, arms
raised to the sky. “Husker power,
Husker power. Whooo!”
I wonder if the fan camped out in my front
yard on Saturday realizes that his idols ...
are merely college students: physically
unmatched[ but emotionally inexperienced
Sure, they have a lot to brag about.
Their football team could challenge
many professional teams.
Their offensive linemen push
opponents wherever they desire, giv
ing the team an option play that NFL
coaches would kill to have. And most
impressively, they somehow find a
way to attract the best high school
football prospects to Lincoln, a town
with about as much appeal as Waco,
But Nebraska football, like many
big-time college athletic programs, has
a dark side, created by the expectations
and pressures of the more titan 15,000
Nebraska fans that enveloped
Lawrence this weekend.
A friend of mine saw the most
graphic sign of this dark side Saturday
night at a downtown bar.
“Do you want to know what col
lege football is all about?” a former
Nebraska player in his late 20s asked
He rolled up his left sleeve to
reveal a dark circle at the base of his
forearm. A mark, the player said, of
years of steroid abuse while competing
for the Comhuskers.
Now, like many other ex
Comhuskers, he follows the team as
they strive for another undefeated sea
son and another national champi
onship. He adds to a fan base that *
cursed quarterback Scott Frost last
year for the team’s loss to Arizona
State, its first loss in two seasons.
He physically suffered from the
pressure to win, and now he con
tributes to it
Of all the fans that came to
Lawrence this weekend, this one
knows what it’s like to enter an oppo
nents’ stadium and receive more fan
support than the home team. He knows
the joy of defeating a quality opponent
He also knows the pain of losing.
But does he remember the pressure
that drove him to steroids?
Each Saturday, a part of me wants
Nebraska to lose. Not because of their
players’ off-field problems, or because
of die obnoxious fan who was so
proud of his melodious horn. I just
don’t like teams that never lose.
Yet a loss could be devastating for
the Nebraska players, many of whom
are just out of high school.
The criticism of crazed
Comhusker fans rivals the cheap shots
of New York sportswriters.
I wonder if the fan camped out in
my front yard on Saturday realizes that
his idols, his motivation for trekking
across the country through snow and
rain, are merely college students: phys
ically unmatched, but emotionally
I would hope the inhumane pres
sure to win will not drive a current
Nebraska player to sit in a Lawrence
bar in 10 years and display what col
lege football is all about.
P.5. Write Hack
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