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New ASUN seats
would aid equality
At last night’s ASUN meeting, debate
was resurrected on whether to allow stu
dents to vote on adding five new student
government seats specifically for members
of underrepresented groups.
The senate seats, if approved by two
thirds of student voters in the March ASUN
election, would be open only to minority
students, as defined by race, ethnicity, cul
tural background or sexual orientation.
Adding seats is part of a much-needed
movement to ensure views that systemati
cally have been pushed to the fringe are
brought to the table and can influence uni
By adding the seats, ASUN would admit
it hasn’t been representing all students and
would begin to make amends.
Adding seats isn t so-called reverse dis
crimination, and it’s not .a quota system.
It’s about fairness and creating a truly
Of course, it’s not a total solution.
The total solution is a societal overhaul
resulting in total equality regardless of gen
der, race, cultural background, religion or
sexual orientation. Then minority students
wouldn’t feel ostracized from the core of
student and university government.
Some say adding five “token” seats
would just make it easier to avoid bringing
about that total solution.
Some say white senators would boast,
“There, we have minority viewpoints.
We’ve done our part,” and senators would
stop actively pursuing more substantial and
Those advancing this argument are
overlooking the simple fact that every big
change has a first step, and adding five
seats would form that important first step.
Once a greater number of minority stu
dents’ views are heard and considered as
integral to the student government organi
zation, those views will no longer be easily
pushed to the fringe and ignored.
Other naysayers claim deciding what
groups can fill those seats would be too dif
ficult and complicated, since those rules
would be contained in the ASUN bylaws.
No doubt it would be more complicated
than the current system, because senators
would have to evaluate overall representa
tion of student groups each year and to
decide annually which groups were under
An idea that requires a more complicat
ed departure from the status quo is not nec
essarily a poor one. It just means it would
take more work to implement.
Often, the most difficult tasks are the
If ASUN wants to legitimately claim it
represents all students, it’s worthwhile for
each senator to wholeheartedly support tak
ing the proposal for five new senate seats to
student voters in March.
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Cloistering student stars
Non-honors students aren’t the
only ones discriminated against by
Neihardt’s housing policy. Consider
honors students from out-of-state
who can’t go home at every whim.
Should they be kept from living in
Neihardt just because they need a
place to stay during holidays such as
Labor Day and spring break?-If
Neihardt wants to keep its elitism in
check, it should really consider
accommodating ALL honors stu
dents, not just ones who are home
grown. If the university really wants
to recruit top studentss|fom outside
Nebraska (as it claims), it may want
to rethink some such housing mat
senior honors student
computer science and math
Basketball has a bad Nee
The series on Nebraska basket
ball in the DN has brought out some
of the problems and trends with the
men’s basketball program.
Something needs to be done about
these trends. The first is attendance.
Bill Byrne needs to find some way of
filling the arena. He needs to get stu
dents back to the games. He says the
lack of students takes away from the
fun of the games, then he goes on to
say that the students may lose their
floor seats to people who will pay
more for them. That would really
suck the fun out of games. There
are already too many old people sit- g
ting on the floor. Students can’t stand |
up because some grandma sitting
behind them can’t see the game. An
actual “student section” needs to be
reserved on the floor. It would make
the games fun again. Student tickets
are a bargain, but it’s still too much t<v
go see a mediocre team. Studen^
prices should be lowered or even//
free to get the students to go. (ft A
Here is tne Dig problem/ 1/ 1
Danny Nee has got to go. Fans are l( *
getting tired of his consistently^ A
mediocre teams. The Huskers are A
lucky to win 20 games a year. Ifit^r
weren’t for a weak non confer^r
ence schedule, they would strug- a
gle to reach .500. Fans dislike him
for other reasons. The reason he
doesn’t recruit in Nebraska is not"'"-t|
because of a lack of talent. Nee
says he wants to be part of the solu
tion to attendance problems. He can
do us all a favor by going elsewhere.
I love going to the games, but they
are boring. Bill Byrne needs to figure" 1
something out, or attendance is going
to stay below 10,000 for a long time.
Diversity of grooming
It is pretty clear that law student
Thayne Glenn, who refused to cut his
hair in order to meet the County
Attorney’s grooming standards,
hopes to see the law college withdraw
from the criminal clinic program. The
criminal clinic is a terrific opportuni
ty for law students to obtain real
world experience. It is unfortunate
that one student would seek to deny
hundreds of students this opportunity
for something as trivial as this, but
what really annoys me is that a grow
ing number of law professors appar
After all, the clinical programs
are aboutreal-life experience, and
what is more real than grooming stan
dards? Thayne, a former member of
the military, is certainly familiar with
grooming standards. Did he really
think he would never again encounter
grooming standards after his dis
Professor Duncan is quoted as
saying that “this violates university
policy.” But what about the policies
of the county attorney? How is it that
the policies of an elected official are
trumped by the policies of a universi
What really amused me, though,
was Professor Snowden’s comment
that the issue is “whether (the univer
sity) is going to stand behind real
principles of diversity or not.” Ah, the
Well, that gives me an idea.
I am currently participating in the
law college’s civil clinic program. I
handle real-life cases with real-life
clients. You want diversity, Professor
Snowden? If the law college with
draws from the criminal clinic, I vow
to give you your sacred diversity in
spades. I have been told that I must
wear a suit and be reasonably
groomed whenever I appear before a
court, because I represent the
University of Nebraska College of
Law. Well, to hell with that. How do
you think I would look in sandals and
boxers when I appear in Federal
Bankruptcy Court? I’m sure the
judge would be impressed with the
law college’s commitment to diversi
ty. And I’m also sure many students
would thank you for sparing them
costly dry-cleaning bills. And of
course I’ll decide to grow a beard
about three days prior to the hearing.
Maybe I’ll even grow out and braid
my underarm hair.
Of course, it is possible that the
court itself might have grooming
standards that require me to wear cer
tain clothes and adhere to certain
grooming standards. But if that is the
case, then I am sure you will agree
that the civil clinic should refuse to
appear in matters before that court...
After all, nothing trumps the
sacred gods of diversity.
third-year law student
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