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Brad Davis -•
No need to drive to
campus; take a hike
Another year has found another slew of
complaints about on-campus parking.
It’s the same old whine: When I drive
alone in my car to campus, many other dri
vers who don’t carpool have already taken
Only we have it better than many col
lege folks in medium to large cities. On
many campuses, parking is so difficult and
expensive that students don’t even try.
They find other means of getting to cam
But, here, it is actually possible to park
on this campus and to park affordably.
And, because it’s possible, too many
students attempt it - students who are
young and don’t need the car to zip from
full-time job to campus, or between their
countryside home and family and their city
Such students have no reason to forgo
the handy gas guzzler and learn the campus
shuttle and city bus schedules. They have
no reason to invest in a bicycle or inconve
nience themselves by walking a mile or
They need a reason, and it must start
with education - perhaps a better coordi
nated ad campaign to get the convenience
of city and campus shuttles and buses into
the student mindset.
But an extra punch will be needed to get
Nebraska natives. Takings, bos is-Qreek to
many of them. They grew up with the con
venience of cars, wide-open highways and
big, big parking lots at the end of every trip.
They will have to be forced to learn
about alternative solutions by having to use -
them, and this must happen during their
first college year.
Several college campuses prevent true
freshmen, most of whom must live on cam
pus, from parking a car on campus their fresh
man year. We think this would work for UNL.
Their collective time spent on campus
and at campus activities would better unify
the campus community and make them
integral parts of it.
And the space freed by their cars’
absence - those cars that sit idle for days
beside residence halls - would allow older
students and faculty members who must
drive between work, home and campus in
midday to be able to park.
As a result of this action, and the dis
tance between these lots and campus, the
hours of shuttle and bus operation would
need to be extended and their frequency
would need to be increased.
Regardless of whether this tack is taken,
it’s high time students and faculty members
stop complaining about the inevitable lack
of parking in the crowded campus and
downtown areas and spend that energy
addressing alternative solutions.
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You say you want a revolution
Generation X needs to prove it can carry America
ADAM KLINKER is a
sophomore English and his
tory major and a Daily
It’s time for a revolution in
America - somewhere, sometime.
If you go by popular historical
hypothesis, our nation undergoes a
rebirth about every 30 to 40 years.
By last count, 1968 was the last big
year in American history. Conceivably
it might be the final intensely turbulent
time in our America.
Perhaps there is not much else in
the life of our nation that strikes the
average American as being overly dis
jointed or problematic.
This generation has, for the most
part, escaped the scathe of war. The
Vietnam, Korean and World Wars have
been but history to us.
Generation X in a war would be
congruent to our great-grandparents ’
generation walking on the moon. Itls
Also remember the generation of
1968. Our parents protested war and
fought for racial equality.
How much have our parents
evolved and thereby influenced us?
In 1968, America was embroiled in
not only the Vietnam War but the con
troversy surrounding it. Race riots
broke out all over the nation. Martin
Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy
It was a much different place. The
American people, as a whole, were not
wholly free. America was in the midst
of what might have been its last grow
Until now. Thirty years later-the
benchmarked years surrounding 1998.
Maybe it will come, but maybe not
Maybe it’s already hoe. .
A revolution is a self-test of a gen
eration to determine whether it can
withstand the pressures ofhandling an
ever-changing world and pass it on to
future generations with as little dam
age as possible.
There is certainly sufficient evi
dence to lay claim to the fact that an
information revolution has been pro
tracted by tiie slackers of Generation
Beyond that, no riots, no wars, no
significant upheaval. Maybe never.
Every generation must one day
face a firebrand, a deciding moment
upon which all the future of the vsorid
will hinge. As Americans, that future
usually hinges on us.
This is not a doomsday proposi
It’s more like a pep talk.
Ask yourself if you’re ready for a
The Generation X answer is: “I don’t
know.” Maybe a few finite answers
would incite upheaval - the “Rage
Against the Machine” mentality.
What is^palled for is not a revolu
tion against society, but a revolution to
Look at what society has become
since 1968 - the kinder, gentler world
era of, among other things, nuclear
weapons and, thankfully, the fear to use
The world community has attempt
ed to prolong this race of humanity for
as long as we can, or perfect it to the
point where upheaval is obsolete.
But that is impossible.
Hardship and revolt is a vicious
cycle that will never be broken. No
matter die size, small uprisings will
gradually evolve into bigger ones,
eventually leading to a change in poli
What have our small revolutions
been? What will they be?
Can our current prosperity and har
mony remain forever? Is the world a
kinder, gentler place? Is this the calm
before die storm?
The American cycle is quite often
predictable, but mysterious nonethe
less. Periods of economic opulence are
inevitably intemipted by sudden down
tums of the market Times of economic
troubles are characteristically bettered
by military buildup and waning action.
Perhaps the most definmg charac
teristic is America’s absence from
many world affairs.
As it stands, the world stage could
not make a more inviting atmosphere
for its citizens. Of course, isolated
areas are facing problems: war in the
Balkans, economic discord in Russia.
However, in our American scope,
the world looks good. But our isola
tionism has caused problems before.
Therein lies a coming crisis.
Because America has chosen to
block itself out of many work! affairs
as it did in the 1920s and ‘30s, who
knows what might come about now?
The world is a much more danger
ous place. There are newer, more effi
cient and deadlier weapons and more
governments with the potential to not
only wield them, but use them.
To say the very least, a nuclear rev
olution would not be ideal. Something
along the lines of the approaching year
2000 technology enigma seems to be
more in line for our generation.
Maybe it’s the aid of a democracy,
as they tend not to last long and by
recent bleaches of executive trust,
Americans certainly are disheartened
by their leaders.
However, though you might be
able to select a revolution, you can’t
pick your zero hour.
We have had a very prosperous
trend in our country - call it die
Auspicious ‘90s. But are they really?
Does this affluent period translate
into a greater time to come? Or does it
mean upheaval, as might be consistent
with the cycle?
Americans can rcasonaoiy expect
two things: the continuing boom, not
only in the economy, but in world
affairs, or this proposed revolution.
Of course, it will be the latter that
shapes our generation. Out of this
adversity can come only triumph,
regardless of whether this generation is
ready for it or not
Generation X is far advanced,
beyond any preceding generation. We
have implemented, perfected and elab
orated the tools of our parents and can
use them better than anyone else.
Generation X can avoid war. We
can be diplomats. We can make peace
and keep it But we also can have a rev
We will eventually demand it,
directly or indirectly. Without it,
Generation X cannot become what it
so longs to be-the American assur
ance, that all will be well, left in
Generation X^s hands.
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