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in student government
Last year at this time, we really want
ed a full KEG.
Our Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska endorsement edi
torial stated that we would have backed
the renegade KEG party if it had only had
a few more senatorial candidates.
Instead, we grudgingly endorsed Curt
Ruwe’s ADVANCE party.
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our weak endorsement stated
“ADVANCE is about as likely to
‘advance’ students’ interests as ACTION
was to take any action in 1996, as
IMPACT was to have any impact in 1995
... well, you get the idea.”
Eventually, we did.
Much to our surprise, ASUN
President Curt Ruwe, First Vice
President Amy Rager and Second Vice
President Malcolm Kass did advance stu
dent interests - perhaps better than any
other recent ASUN executives
And they have something to show for
While ASUN can never be all-power
ful, Ruwe did represent our interests
regarding the Pepsi contract, Martin
Luther King Jr. Day, fall break, campus
street safety, student fees, student
involvement, diversity and other issues
that came before the senate or were
sought by ASUN.
The changes we may see in the
upcoming years, in part because of his
administration, include: a King holiday
in February, lower speed limits and traf
fic-pattern changes on campus, Internet
registratk>nvbetter professor evaluations,
a parki'ag-fcdudation clasis and greater
chances for student involvement.
He was a powerful voice for students
on the NU Board of Regents and with the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln adminis
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higher-ups, he never forgot who voted
him into office. This also was true for
Rager, Kass, Speaker of the Senate Viet
Hoang and the other ASUN senators.
Ruwe was void Of pretension and the
ego that can come with having “presi
dent” affixed to one’s name. He also kept
in touch with the Daily Nebraskan
through our ASUN meeting coverage,
including our weekly ASUN Watch to
keep track of Ruwe’s progress on ASUN’s
goals. He was available and cooperative
when we needed to talk to him, whether
he was upstairs in his office or on a
Colorado ski slope.
For the first time in many years, it
seemed that both organizations worked
together to promote student interests and
bring some cohesion to the university
environment. We can only hope this trend
continues with whoever replaces Ruwe
and his crew.
While it is highly unlikely a newspa
per will ever concede to reversing its
opinion about the local governance, the
Daily Nebraskan commends Ruwe and
the other members of his ADVANCE
party ticket for bringing some truth and
accountability back to student govern
Have a little KEG on us.
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Snow much for safety
I am not sure exactly what the
administration was trying to prove by
holding classes on Monday - a day
Mien every other school and half of the
businesses statewide had the common
sense to cancel activities.
The benefit of one day of classes is
not worth risking the well-being of the
student body. The decision to hold class
es is especially hard on the majority of
students who do not live on campus.
While on-campus students may be able
to walk to class, commuter students do
not have that option. I spent Sunday and
early Monday snowed into my house,
only to learn that I was expected to make
it to class Mien travel was still consid
Despite my efforts, I was still unable
to make it to class, but I did get to spend
an enjoyable morning getting my car
out of a snow drift. Even if I had made it
to campus on time for class, the campus
streets and parking lots were not even
Perhaps this is what “academic
rigor” realty is all about.
Snow laughing matter
I have one simple question to ask
with regard to attending class on this
Nebraska winter day: Why? It’s
admirable that (administrators) are
putting forth the educational interests of
the students of the university, but at the
same time, (they) have endangered (stu
dents’) general safety and well-being.
For example, one of my professors
this morning is from Omaha. In order
for her to get to class today she had to
rent a 4x4 and drive down Interstate 80
illegally. If that story doesn’t make you
wonder, perhaps this one will. One of
my friends witnessed a blind student
using a walking stick going to class
today. Because the sidewalks weren’t
adequately cleaned off, he wound up
falling face-first into a snow bank.
As a student living on campus, I
don’t have to experience the difficulty
of driving against the conditions each
day just to get to class. I feel sorry for
any commuter students who made the
trek to campus only to find that there
were no parking lots cleared. Even as I
write this at 2 p.m. I can look out my
dorm window and see cars stuck in the
middle of die parking lots because they
haven’t been cleaned out
If the best interests of this university
are to keep its students safe, it seems this
only applies if you live on campus and
are not physically handicapped. Sorry
professors, I don’t know where you fit
into the picture. In case you weren’t
aware, most professors just give out
bonus points to those who brave the ele
ments to make it to class. There’s educa
tion at its finest!
Stop arguing over petty things like
whether or not we should sell cigarettes
on campus and do something that actu
ally will promote the health of the entire
university: Keep us at home and off the
secondary English education
Hmmm. I pick up a Daily
Nebraskan to see their coverage of the
men’s and women’s basketball teams,
and what do I see? The men are men
tioned in a frontpage headline and story,
with a little box telling people where to
find die story on the women’s team.
The second story about the men
tells where to get tickets if you want to
follow them to the Dance, but there is no
such information provided for those
who would want to follow the women.
This seems odd, considering that the
women have been ranked higher, had a
better record, were given a higher seed
and, in general, have outperformed the
men all year.
If balanced coverage is too much to
hope for and you find yourselves unable
to celebrate both teams’ invitations
equally, you might at least give the pref
erence to the team that has earned it on
Seeing the light
Malcolm Kass’s Friday editorial and
support of COMMIT (“Party time”)
bring about a necessary request:
Practice what you preach.
Malcolm, who was perhaps a prod
uct of the party system himself, has held
tiie powerful position of Association of
Students of the University of Nebraska
second vice president for nearly a year.
Unfortunately, instead of using his
ASUN position to take action, he waits
until March to make his statement.
Malcolm’s failure to act, and merely
provide idealistic suggestions, provides
die actual connection between him and
the idealistic COMMIT party.
Malcolm asks us: Do you want the
old or the new? By attending Monday’s
debate, VISION gave new steps of
action, while COMMIT chose to pro
vide us with its old ideas. We, as stu
dents, should look for leadership and
representation hum other students who
will listen to us. COMMIT thinks its
thoughts need to be buried in concrete,
while VISION has already shown that it
will respond to students’ wishes.
COMMIT presidential candidate
Sara Russell tells us she wants to keep
fees low. Maybe each student should
ask her why she voted FOR a $9,000
increase over the Committee for Fees
Allocation’s original recommendation.
That’s right, she actually went out of her
way to add to the financial burden of
t^UMMi i wants to oetter represent
student organizations and diversity.
Maybe each student should ask her how
productive this room of300 people will
allow all students to be represented. By
looking at the Campus Coalition,
COMMIT would realize the benefit of
VISION’s realistic President’s Cabinet
So, Mr. Kass, if you are looking for
a political party that will speak rhetori
cally, then stay with your COMMIT
party. Then you can see a tongue-in
cheek year in ASUN. They speak
against the party system, yet they point
to their party as the source of all of their
I’m sorry, but simply being a mem
ber of a party is not what determines
one’s dedication. VISION’s support of
the party system is refreshing because
we know they are practicing what they
preach. The existence of two strong par
ties this year makes the election interest
ing and something actually deserving of
attention. VISION has grabbed my
attention because they respond to stu
dents’ concerns, they offer solid ideas to
better represent students and they tell
students the truth.
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