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OF THE WEEK
“What’s happened with the Clinton
fiasco is really damaging to the political
Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, an asso
ciate professor of political science, on
the Hendricks symposium and its
focus on the public’s reaction to the
“Nebraskans are smart. They’re
going to make decisions based on the
merits of information provided.”
Steven Wolf, executive director of
Citizens For Nebraska s Future, on the
upcoming vote on Initiative 413
“I feel I kind of have something to
Senior striker Kim Engesser, on her
attitude about playing soccer for NU
“They didn’t play as well as they
wanted to, but they are still Nebraska
and we expect to play Nebraska on
Texas A&M linebacker Dat Nguyen,
on the upcoming NU-Texas A&M game
“We cannot really differentiate
between a slumber party and a group
of students watching a movie in a
lounge. As long as there is no cost to see
the movie and there is no commercializ
ing, we don’t care.”
Terry Savage, a Paramount Pictures
assistantfilm clip licenser, on public view
ing policies of films in residence halls
“It seems that the university pays
more attention to some surface things;
not to the center of education.”
Guohua Xia, a graduate student in
family science from China, on the funding
aits the writingcenter deals' with
“I don’t know what the hell hap
pened; it was like we blinked, and now
we’re a pop band.”
Happy Dog guitarist James Valentine,
on his band s musical shifts
“I’m embarrassed to say I’m from
there now. When I tell people I’m from
York, they say, ‘Oh, you’re from the
town with the problems with racism.’”
£ ‘ Katie Braasch, a sophomorepsycholo
gy major, on the problems of her home
“When the ball is on the 1-inch line,
you have to get it in the end zone. We
failed to do that, so we came up short”
OSU Coach Bob Simmons, on the final
play of the NU-Oklahoma State game
“The best drummer in the world
might be a total asshole after two weeks
on the road.”
Musician Bob Mould, on the demands
“Ammunition for both guns was
missing, as well as an 18-pack of Busch
beer from the refrigerator.”
From a Law & Order brief by Josh
Funk, on a theft from a Lincoln home
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The greeks are coming
Elitist system dominates homecoming activities
MATTHEW EICKMAN is a
senior finance and eco
nomics major and a Daily
Wow, Homecoming is next week
already. The week is going to be an
action-packed, fun-filled, sleep
depriving week. I’m so excited.
Well, maybe I would be excited if
the week were any different than any
other week for the average UNL stu
If you live in the residence halls
or off campus, Homecoming proba
bly will not have an impact on your
life either. It may be a big deal to the
fraternities, sororities and alumni,
but it will mean nothing to me.
Basically, it’s not that big of a
i aon i nave a noai to Duua out
side of my house, I’m not going to
get sloppy drunk all week and I don’t
even have a pledge class I can send
out to steal wood.
I know, I know. Every activity is
offered to all students. Competition
points will be kept for the halls and
the greek houses. We are trying to
promote campus unity, blah, blah,
But why should residence hall
and off-campus students care? In a
perfect world, we should all care
because not caring is apathetic. This
world holds apathy up as an unneces
However, we are not in that
world, and not caring is not always
bad. If something does not concern
us, caring may have no benefit.
This benefit could be fame,
money or a warm feeling inside your
heart from helping someone. Any
benefit you can think of will work.
But there must be one.
Homecoming doesn’t offer any
benefits to students who aren’t
greek. There is no tradition, no influ
ence from upperclassmen and not
enough financial support to spend
thousands of dollars on 10 different
models of Memorial Stadium.
Because Homecoming is so
unimportant to the non-greeks, I
have a motion to make.
I move that the week be renamed
Let’s be open and honest. Don’t
fool people into thinking they are
included, and then let them down.
The only problem I can find in
Greekcoming is that it would throw
the Homecoming Court out of
Whoops, already taken care of.
Look at this year’s Court.
Twenty-four people. Twelve women
and 12 men who have displayed ded
ication to making this university a
Of the 22,20 are members of
greek houses. Yes, the greek system
composes between 15 and 20 percent
of the student body, yet the
Homecoming Court is over 90 per
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sented by 20 greeks, one lady from
the residence halls and one man
Greekcoming would avoid these
problems. It wouldn’t allow the
selection process to mistakenly give
the choice to two “others.”
Idealistically, maybe the makeup
of the Homecoming Court should be
determined by what students have
done, and not by where they live.
Qualified greek students should not
be neglected because a quota must
No, they shouldn’t be left out
because of a quota. Some should be
left off because the Homecoming
Court should show that many student
leaders make contributions to differ
ent areas of campus.
The Homecoming process sup
posedly does this by inviting candi
dates to apply in three different cate
gories: involvement, community ser
vice and athletics.
Hmmm, the only people who do
community service are greek, I
Hmmm, we really don’t care too
much about the athletes, I guess.
The Homecoming Court selec
tion committee needs to realize die
campus community is made up of
much more than IFC, Panhellenic
and the greek houses.
There are students who devote
countless hours to community ser
vice on their own time, and those
who have been student assistants as
long as Taghas. People work hard in
minority organizations to make the
groups more influential and well
known. Others put in countless hours
at the Daily Nebraskan so you have a
connection to the outside world and
a break from lectures.
Unfortunately, these students are
either not selected or they don’t
apply because too many truly impor
tant people have been shunned in the
Greekcoming will end the trace
of suspense and make sure people
who aren’t supposed to win don’t
even have a shot.
Last year, a siuaeni assistant
from the residence halls was voted
the Homecoming Queen. Greek stu
dents sensed a power slippage and
decided this should not happen again
as the Court filled up with greeks.
Well, listen up, all residence hall
and off-campus students. There may
be a loophole. You may still be able
to salvage some satisfaction out of
We may not have Homecoming
Chairs, and we may not have huge
But we do have the right to vote.
If you’d like to be represented on
Tom Osborne Field by students who
have made unique contributions and
live in the halls or off campus, get
out and vote.
Vote for Lisa Schkade for
Vote for Matt Boyd for
They are on the Court because
they stand out from others. They will
better represent the diversity that
exists at our university. -“K
Because they live in the halls and
off campus, they better represent
People whine about not being
able to make a difference by voting.
Make your choice. Homecoming
Rock the vote by voting for Lisa
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