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Apathy could make
In the spirit of Wednesday’s ASUN elec
tions, the Daily Nebraskan would like to shed
light on a candidate with a radical platform - a
hypothetical one - for a moment.
Let’s say this candidate is running with only
one goal in mind: to abolish student govern
ment. The party’s called C.R.A.P. - the
Committee to Retire Aspiring Politicians - and
its candidates will abdicate their posts when
elected. With the government money saved,
the candidates would buy about 500 football
season passes and give them away to students
a pretty popular plan.
It’s only a fictional situation at UNL - one
the Daily Nebraskan would never support. But
C.R. A.P. was alive and well, minus the football
ticket scheme, at one Big 12 school in 1996. It
was bom of student apathy and entirely popu
lar until the candidate left school mid-election.
(He had stolen Texas A&M’s mascot.)
C.R.A.P. was definitely crap, but students
liked the ticket because it touted a simple
action plan. It reached students, although it
didn’t claim to represent anybody. After all,
that’s expected of elected officials. That’s their
job. So the ticket got away from run-of-the
mill rhetoric and talked to students on a very
real and tactile level.
People in ASUN might scoff at the notion
of such a joke ticket. In that case, they’d be a lot
like the gubernatorial candidates in Minnesota
who scoffed at Jesse Ventura before he won.
The ticket that wins elections at any level
increasingly will be the ticket that can motivate
apathetic voters. Consider that, tomorrow,
probably 10 percent of students will vote.
Why? Because the rest don’t care. But what if
a party arose and offered students a radical,
popular reason to care? Disenfranchised stu
dents could decide to vote at the expense of the
entire student government and all students.
Something s got to change betore a
C.R.A.P.-like contender arises and does some
real damage to ASUN. Candidates need
action-oriented platforms that are understood
by most students and can motivate voters.
There’s little doubt this year’s Voice and
Focus parties have action plans - some real
solutions behind the “we’ll represent you”
rhetoric - but they aren’t necessarily under
stood. One of the biggest issues in the election
is an ASUN representation bill. Why would
most students care if there are 35 or 40 seats?
Maybe they should care, but do they? And, if
it’s a big-time issue, can’t one party reach stu
dents and tell them why they should €are?
• At what point will we start holding parties
responsible for low voter turnout? When will a
candidate come up with a solid plan that gets
students to vote? It’s time for all ASUN candi
dates to tout down-to-earth action plans that
can motivate students. Some have, and we’ll
touch on them tomorrow. '
As for the rest, please - put some action in
the rhetoric - before someone else shakes up
the system irrevocably.
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In response to letters from Josh
Moenning/Rick Parsons and Gerry
Harbison (DN 3/1), there is no cir
cumstance in which the use of the
term “feminazi” is anything other
than horribly insulting to the victims
of Nazi atrocities. It is NOT the gen
eral populace I hear using the term.
The fact that it is common for those
on the far right to continue to use it
shows their shameful disregard of the
plight of those murdered and tortured
by the Nazis. It also highlights the far
right’s reckless encouragement of
those on the fringe who choose to act
out by murdering doctors, clinic
workers and police officers. To cite
Rush Limbaugh as a rational, legiti
mate source of anything is a bad joke.
University of Nebraska Press
There are times in our college
careers that we are fortunate enough
to enroll in a class led by an instructor
who brings the material alive, stimu
lates us to learn more and even leaves
us anticipating the next class. The
monotony of classes sometimes
makes it seem that such professors
are few and far between. Yet, by
chance last year, I had such an
opportunity when I enrolled in
a biology class taught by Russ
In my opinion, he is not
only an exemplary biology pro
fessor, but an overall outstand
ing educator. It is obvious his
top priority is educating stu
dents in a meaningful manner.
He is able to convey his vast
amount of knowledge in a way
all of his students are able to
understand, and then transfer to
Furthermore, his enthusi
asm in the classroom develops
an interest in biology amongst
his students. Large numbers of
students work with him in the
field, and become involved
with his research. The estab
lishment of such relationships
greatly benefits his students.
Such experiences reinforce
what he teaches in class by pro
viding practical applications to
what they have learned. At the
same time, he instills a broad
biological base for students to
utilize whether they are pursu
ing a career in biology, or will
never again take a science *
course. The list of qualities ‘'
goes on, all contributing to the simple
fact that Russ Benedict represents
excellence in education.
Ironically, Russ is presently look
ing for a different job due to die fact
that UNL has failed to offer him a
permanent decision. I respectfully
disagree with this decision, and along
with others believe his departure will
be a great loss for UNL.
Therefore, as studenfs of UNL,
we are expressing our support of his
hiring through petition and a letter
writing campaign. I encourage any
students who have worked with Russ,
or those interested in maintaining
quality professors (who focus on
teaching), to join our efforts in hiring
Russ Benedict as a professor at UNL.
Students will be at both unions on
March 2 and 3 with petitions, and the
following individuals may be con
tacted by e-mail to express your sup
port: Kyle Hoagland, SNR Advisory
Jack Morris, Director of Biological
Mr. Fox does not do the Daily
Nebraskan justice with his assertion
that it was irresponsibly disseminat
ing conservative propaganda (DN
Letters, Feb. 25).
The DN, at least in my eyes, has
an exceptional track record regarding
its journalistic objectivity. The anti
choice insert was clearly a paid
advertisement. Anyone with margin
ally good perception would have real
ized this. People’s apathy toward the
insert as propaganda was evident by
the overwhelming piles of said insert
scattered on the ground at various DN
distribution boxes. The blatant disre
gard of litter laws shows people’s
contempt for such latent conservative
Seriously though, the insert was
not part of the editorial section. No
staff writer was credited, no affilia
tion was made and no advocacy was
implied by the inclusion of such an
insert. Including ads for spring break
vacations and alcohol doesn’t imply
the DN advocates or guarantees the
legitimacy of such services or prod
Though it is true the DN receives
part of its budget from student fees, it
is not barred, legally or ethically, from
selling insert space to anyone regard
less of their view. As a state-funded
periodical, it would be much
more inappropriate for the DN to
deny space to a paying party
based on said party’s politics.
/ I’m sure the DN would be
> more than happy to publish an
) insert sponsored in a similar man
' ner by Planned Parenthood or
^ some other pro-choice group. It is
I simply a matter of economics, not
} journalistic ethics.
f Further, I think the DN has
proven its objectivity by publish
ing your letter, a scornful criti
cism of their policies. In fact, the
DN publishes many letters, con
servative and otherwise. If there
is a lack of liberal response, it is
more likely a lack of individuals
writing in rather than censorship.
Had the DN refused to present
your viewpoint, then a case could
be made for the DN’s lack of
“journalistic responsibility.” One
i could make a much better case for
k the banality of the DN’s content
B rather than the DN’s lack of equal
* time and objectivity.
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