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Vets receive ROTC visit I Campus activism less visible
By Iara Luchiari
Despite the snowy weather on
Friday, veterans at the VA Hospital in
Omaha got a special visit.
On Friday, Johanna Ollerich and
Mike Loos, representing the cadets in
the Arnold Air Force Society, went to
the VA Hospital in Omaha and gave
valentines to 15 veterans.
The veterans appreciated the
valentines and thanked the group
with big smiles on their faces,
After receiving the valentines, the
veterans talked about the time they
served in the military and their jobs.
The personalized valentines were
made by the University of Nebraska
Lincoln Air Force ROTC cadets in
the Arnold Ay? Force Society, which
is a national organization, said Kerry
Sheridan, a member of the group and
a UNL freshman pre-medicine
The group’s members decided to
make valentines for the veterans
because they considered it important
to thank them for what they did for
the nation, Ollerich said.
The valentines also help show the
veterans that society won’t forget
them or their honorable gestures,
In the past, the Air Force ROTC
cadets in the Arnold Air Force
Society have also helped children and
cleaned snowy highways for the com
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It also sparked activism.
Nearly 2,000 UNL students spent
the night in the Military and Naval
Science building in May 1970,
protesting the war in Vietnam.
Another 5,000 students and facul
ty members appeared before the uni
versity administration a day later, urg
ing administration to approve a three
day strike of classes so students could
“work constructively toward peace,”
said then-ASUN president Steve
l ne mood around the country was
tense, said Daryl Swanson, an assis
tant manager of the Nebraska Unions
during that time.
Activism around the nation and at
UNL was sparked by the assassination
of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther
King Jr., he said. People were up in
arms over the civil rights movement,
as well as over Vietnam.
Today, large displays of activism
like these seem out of place on what
many student activists say is an apa
While students on campuses
around the country protest a variety of
causes - from sweatshop labor to how
money is spent at their own universi
ties - many UNL students are too
uninformed or too busy to engage in
these types of activities, they say.
Ben Knauss, a part-time student
who spends his time working for
Nebraskans foi Peace, passing out fly
ers to educate people on different
causes and as host of a KZUM radio
show focusing on issues, said students
today don’t care about issues that
don’t affect them.
“I think there’s a lot of students
that are really apathetic and don’t pay
attention to the news and what is going
on around them,” Knauss said.
The current lack of activism on
campus compared to the 1960s is dis
appointing, said Elizabeth Goodbrake,
a UNL student also involved in
Nebraskans for Peace.
“Youth are supposed to be active
and progressive people who effect
change,” she said.
UNL’s shortage of activism was
apparent to both Goodbrake and
Knauss last November when the two
traveled to Seattle to join the thou
sands of protesters at the World Trade
Organization negotiations there.
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half its student body show up. Other
campuses had thousands appear from
As far as Goodbrake and Knauss
knew, the University of Nebraska
Lincoln had two students.
“That was real embarrassing,”
Paul Olson, a professor in the
English department, said there’s a rea
son UNL students today don’t engage
in the type of activism they did in the
1960s - and it’s not because they don’t
“I think they care, they just don’t
have enough time to study the news,”
said Olson, who was also a professor
in the 1960s.
Students also don’t feel as power
ful in effecting change today, he said.
“Between working 40 hours a
week and not having a clear sense of
what to do, activism is not as visible
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ELIZABETH GOODBRAKE, a junior international affairs major, and Ben
Knauss, a freshman undeclared major, went to Seattle, Wash., during the
protest against the World Trade Organization in November. Goodbrake said
she was embarrassed the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had significantly
fewer students at the WTO than other campuses, which brought thousands.
today,” he said.
Olson said the state of world
events makes a difference, too. The
threat of seeing a friend come home in
a body bag forced students to take a
stand 30 years ago.
Today, the issues are farther away
and more complicated.
But students are even apathetic
about issues that affect the university,
said ASUN President Andy
take an active stance on issues they
feel strongly about.
“It can be under any umbrella -
gay rights, women’s rights or animal
rights,” she said.
If she could, Goodbrake said she
would go to a school where activism
was part of the curriculum.
Schuerman, who is applying for a
national scholarship, said he is at a dis
advantage when competing against
other students who are part of a more
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students, but Schuerman said few took
“Getting students to lobby against
it was impossible,” he said.
James Griesen, vice chancellor for
student affairs, said that just because
students aren't promoting issues con
sidered liberal by some doesn’t mean
they aren’t activ e.
UNL’s student government is more
active than many campuses across the
nation, he said.
Students have an opportunity to be
involved, and they also have a way to
voice disagreement with university
policy, he said.
“We offer so much participation
that the need for activism in a rallying
and protesting sense isn’t needed,” he
Goodbrake said she feels differ
ently and wishes UNL students would
(from other colleges) have been
involved in protests and movements,”
he said. “Had I been happier to be part
of the mainstream culture, that could
have hurt me.
“I chose to be more active.”
Olson said that teaching UNL stu
dents to be activists should begin in the
There should be courses where
students analyze issues and engage in
activism. Those issues could be of a
conservative or liberal nature, he said.
“I think it’s just an important part
to learn about being a citizen,” he said.
Goodbrake said she wants to bring
the activism she observed in Seattle
back to UNL.
Instead of watching the university
let students be apathetic, she wants to
show them the other option.
“I hope to be part of a new move
ment,” she said, “We need to shake
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BOSTON (AP) - A chance Internet
encounter between a Wisconsin man
and a Boston woman ended with police
rushing to the woman’s apartment after
she declared in cyberspace that she was
trying to kill herself.
Jeff Erlanger, 29, of Madison, Wis.,
had three vital pieces of data about the
woman: her first name, her online
screen name and that she lived in
When he first signed on to the pub
lic America Online chat board and
noticed a woman named Sarah,
Erlanger decided to start a private con
versation. He learned that she was from
Boston and was a dentist. But Sarah also
said she was manic-depressive, that she
had been hospitalized and that she had
previously attempted suicide.
“Then the next thing she told me
was that she had cut herself, and blood
was going down her arms,” he told The
Boston Globe. “I tried to get her to tell
me her last name, and she wouldn’t”
Erlanger wasn't sure if the suicide
attempt was real. When he decided to
call authorities, he realized his modem
was occupying his phone line.
Without telling Sarah he was leav
ing his computer, Erlanger rushed to a
phone in the lobby cf his building. But
the 911 operator in Boston told Erlanger
police could do little to help Sarah with
out her last name or address.
When Sarah abruptly signed off, he
called Boston police once again.
They told him federal law allowed
online companies to reveal a person’s
full name in emeigencies. Erlanger gave
police an America Online phone num
ber and the woman's screen name.
When Boston police arrived at
Sarah’s apartment they found her with
fiv->h cuts on her wrists, refusing to seek
help. She was taken to a Boston hospital
where she was treated, police
spokesman Kevin Jones said.
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