The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 17, 1999, Page 7, Image 7

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Book defines what makes a Husker
I Nebraska native works
with NU Alumni
Association to define what
it is to be a Nebraskan.
Staff writer
A native Cornhusker living in
Ohio wants Nebraskans to tell him
what it means to them to be a
Nebraskan and a Husker fan.
Ohio University professor and
Scottsbluff native Roger C. Aden, is
working on a book - scheduled for
release in late 2000 - that looks to tie
the Nebraska history, landscape and
football team together and define
what it is to be a Nebraskan.To help
diversify his book, Aden is working
with the NU Alumni Association to
seek contributions from Nebraskans
and out-of-state citizens.
Aden is asking people questions
such as: What makes someone a
Nebraskan? How does the Husker
football team contribute to the feeling
of being a Nebraskan? How is the
character of the state manifested*in
the football team?
“I don’t want this book to be all
about me,” Aden said. “I want it to
reflect the people as a whole.”
Aden said the combined voices of
many Nebraskans will give readers of
his book other stories they can relate
“I am like the choir director. I
have my own ideas, and other peo
ple’s ideas just add to the strength of
the sound,” Aden said.
Aden is also inviting University
of Nebraska-Lincoln students to con
tribute writings about how their
hometown shows Husker spirit.
“I remember when I was in
Scottsbluff, I couldn’t go anywhere
without hearing the radio broadcast
of the game,” Aden said.
Pride for the Huskers is not just
confined to Nebraska, Aden said.
Many states have formed spirit
groups in order to extend the fan
“Many groups, such as
Californians for Nebraska and
Arizonans for Nebraska, formed as
spirit groups and now have become
more diversified to the point of
recruitment of members from their
state,” said Glenn Cacek, building
activities manager of the NU Alumni
Former UNL student Judy
Strickler said she has been a fan
through the Huskers’ good and bad
“I have been a Husker fan since
the ’40s,” she said. “I have stuck with
them through thick and thin. (My
husband and I) had season tickets for
30 years.”
The Husker football team serves
as something that almost everyone in
the state can identify with, Aden said.
The team brings people together
and gives them something common
to root for. *
This shared element of culture
and personal identity intrigued Aden
and motivated him to discuss it in his
latest book, tentatively titled, “There
is No Place Like Nebraska:
Homesteading and Homecoming
Among the Husker Faithful.”
Aden’s main source of inspiration
for the book came out of his past
experience in the state and with a lit
tle help from his friends and family.
After graduating in 1989 from
UNL with his doctoral degree, Aden
took a job in Wisconsin as a teacher
for two years. He eventually settled in
Athens, Ohio, as an associate profes
sor at the School of Interpersonal
Once he was out of Nebraska, he
realized how much he missed his
home state.
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Iam like the choir director. I have my own
ideas and other people s ideas just add to
the strength of the sound.”
Roger C. Aden
Ohio University professor
He couldn’t pinpoint what he was
missing until he and a co-worker, who
was a Kansas native, started to chat
one day about the Midwest.
Aden said he missed the wide
open prairie of Nebraska.
“I realized that I was feeling
trapped and claustrophobic because
of Ohio’s rolling landscape,” Aden
In 1994, Aden made his first visit
to Nebraska since his departure in
He and his aunt, who was visiting
the state for the first time in 20 years,
attended the Nebraska-Colorado
football game at Memorial Stadium.
He told his aunt what he was feel
ing, and she told him, “^There’s some
thing about Nebraska that just sticks
with you.”
This quote stuck with Aden and
inspired him to write about what he
had identified in himself
Aden has received some contribu
tions already and is excited to read
more, he said. Most of the contribu
tions are accounts of personal experi
ences and stories. He said he was
grateful for the response and support
already shown.
Contributions may take the form
of letters, stories, poems or any other
written form.
Contributions may be used in
their entirety or quoted from, with
credit given to the source.
Contributions should not be previ
ously published, and submission
expresses permission to publish.
People interested in helping can
send contributions to Aden at Lasher
Hall, Athens, OH 45701, or e-mail
them to
Road rage incident suspected
Police said a Northeast High School
student on his way to class Wednesday
may have been the victim of road rage.
The 16-year-old student said he
became aware of a white 4x4 vehicle
following closely behind him while dri
ving east on Comhusker Highway. The
white 4x4 followed the student onto
27th Street, police said, and then into the
turning lane at Adams Street.
The student pulled into the turning
lane in an attempt to let the 4x4 pass
him, police said.
When the student turned, the 4x4
made contact with the rear bumper of
the student’s car and pushed his 1991
Hyundai Excel through the turn on to
Adams Street, causing minor damage to
the Hyundai.
The student then sped up on Adams
Street and into a neighborhood parking
lot at 39th and Adams streets, police
said. While in the parking lot, the stu
dent’s car became stuck on a parking
The driver of the 4x4, described as a
white male, 6-foot-3 and weighing
about 250 pounds, then stopped and got
out of his vehicle and pounded on the
student’s car, police said.
After denting the car’s hood and
intimidating the student, the man
returned to his 4x4 and fled the scene,
police said.
The student escaped on foot and
contacted police. Police said they did
not know if the student had done any
thing to provoke the attack.
Man eludes police
A man eluded police Wednesday
afternoon after a witnesses saw him
masturbating near a local bike path.
Captain A1 Soukup said police
received a report of a white male with
no pants on near the MOPAC bike path
between 46th and 47th streets.
He was described as being between
20 and 30 years of age with light brown
Compiled by senior staff, writer
Jake Bleed
Gore says Bush s plan
on schooling is hurtful
President A1 Gore took direct aim
Thursday at George W. Bush’s national
education plan, saying the Republican
presidential front-runner’s proposal to
strip failing schools of federal funds
would “virtually destroy them.”
“You cannot strengthen learning
by weakening public education,” Gore
told more than 1,500 business leaders
at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce’s national convention.
“In many neighborhoods, public
schools would be devastated” by
Bush’s school voucher plan, Gore said.
Gore, who is seeking the
Democratic presidential nomination,
also took an unmistakable shot at
Bush’s views on gun control one day
after a gunman’s rampage in a Fort
Worth, Texas, church left seven vic
tims and the shooter dead.
Bush said Thursday that “a wave of
evil” - not a lack of gun control laws -
is the cause of rampant gun violence in
“We do know that the availability
of assault weapons and deadly
weapons in the hands of people who
shouldn’t have them contributes to a
repeat in (such) incidents, to having
these things happen over and over
Gore never mentioned Bush by
Gore has attacked Bush’s school
voucher plan since Bush unveiled it
Sept. 2, but the vice president’s
remarks Thursday were his most point
ed criticism yet of how Bush would
pay for his plan.
Bush proposed that chronically
failing schools be denied so-called
Title I federal funds that flow to class
rooms in poor neighborhoods, and he
would give the money to states, which
would pass them to parents. They
could use the money to pay for a vari
ety of educational purposes, including
private school tuition.
Bush campaign aides said his
plans would require schools to per
“It’s too bad that Vice President
Gore has got such low expectations for
public schools in America,” said Bush
campaign spokeswoman Mindy
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