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Split-victory will lead
to a stronger ASUN
Candidates who vowed to work for
campus unity during ASUN debates may
have to perfect that goal even before they
officially take office.
The unofficial Association of Students
of the University of Nebraska election
results showed a split victory late
Wednesday. The election was a victory for
COMMIT presidential candidate Sara
Russell and first vice presidential candi
date Kelly Hoffschneider as well as a vic
tory for VISION second vice presidential
candidate Eddie Brown.
If these results stand, they present
ASUN candidates-elect with excellent
opportunities to be role models for the
ty. They can
seize the oppor
tunity to bring
work on their
party Wednesday, Brown s ability to speak
about diversity - in the scope of race and
other traits - promises to bring further
understanding of communication issues
and student differences.
His initiative combined with the experi
ence of the top candidates of the COMMIT
party makes for a very solid slate.
It was easy to see that the voters also
felt a combination of Russell,
Hoffschneider and Brown would be the
best for campus leadership.
This student statement should be an
indication to abolish parties from the
ASUN election system. It proves that par
tisan politics cannot overcome individual
That statement should speak well for
Russell, since she emphasized personal
relationships as a key to building student
trust and involvement. It also means she
has a chance to hold on to those students
who supported her opposition.
The split victory may lead to more
debates within the senate, forcing senators
to craft and research their proposals know
ing they may be scrutinized and chal
lenged. This kind of debate and strategy
can only mean a stronger ASUN in the end.
While the results may seem a win-lose
• situation to the parties, die conclusion is a
win-win situation for the students in what
could be the first challenge overcome in
the pursuit of campus unity.
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Find a way
Today I heard a startling bit of
information. This school, which
recently stressed its desire to increase
academic rigor and increase its
national reputation, turned a nation
ally honored professor down when he
asked for a job.
Why? Not because he was in the
habit of sending e-mails filled with
racist comments. Not because he
tried to seduce a student or two. Not
because he wasn’t qualified for the
job. Why was he turned down?
Because die university didn’t have a
spare $30,000 to $40,000 to pay him.
Since when didn’t this institution
have a spare 40 grand? We had
enough to give the football coach
$200,000. So why can we not give an
excellent instructor, who is a bargain
for the money, a fraction of that
amount? This is not a question of
where the money comes from, this is
a question of priorities. If this univer
sity ever wants to be known as a
respectable, challenging and academ
ically stimulating institution, it has to
take the initiative.
We as students cannot discover die
secrets of the universe ourselves. We’ll
try if we have the right guidance, but
we cannot if we just get told to do it. So
hoe is a bit of guidance to the univer
sity: We as students want Dr.
McLaughlin here. You figure out how.
Watch what you say
Mr. Munson, contrary to what
you may “think,” there are many of us
students who KNOW how rich and
vivid the cultures of Europe are.
Cultures are not to be compared and
rated, but rather studied and celebrat
Despite the description of being
lame, you would be amazed at how
much culture has come out of the
countries you so eloquently trashed.
Music, language, food, dance and his
tory are but a few of things that have
come to influence modem Western
Much of Nebraska is populated
by people whose relatives are Czech,
Swedish and Austrian. On Sundays,
polka programs can still be found on
the radio, and many festivals are held.
In fact, UNL is one of only 10 univer
sities in the United States to teach the
Many of us are proud of our dif
ferent, central European heritage. We
know that there is much more to our
“lame” cultures than the term
“European” implies. Perhaps you
should take second look at your her
itage before you dismiss it
Komensky Club president
In Tuesday’s edition of the DN, I
read in the Law and Order section an
article titled “Alleged rapist at large”
that caught my attention because it
involved one of my friends.
I noticed that the article contained
some false information pertaining to
the events that lead up to the actual
crime. In the article it said that “the
victim removed her clothes ... The
woman wanted to stop and tried to put
her clothes back on, but he threw her
down and sexually assaulted her.”
This article makes my friend seem
as though she instigated the attack,
and in fact she did not. After talking to
the DN staff we learned that the
reporter simply assumed that this is
what happened rather than reporting
only the facts given by the police. This
article has added much stress to the
already existing stress and it would be
much appreciated if something this
serious is going to be reported that it
states only the facts without the
reporter’s assumptions. Good
reporters should never assume and
should always have concrete evidence
to back their information* Rape is a
very serious and traumatic experience
for anyone to go through, and mis
takes like these only make it worse.
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