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Neumann s silence covers a
The recent Nebraska wrestling debacle has many angles.
Most obvious are the improprieties of Coach Tim
Neumann who, if we are to believe the numerous testimoni
als of former wrestlers, gave under-the-table money to ath
letes to help cover for the lack of scholarships in the sport.
If we aren’t to believe them (though many signs point to
Neumann doing just as they have said), then the coach did
something bad enough to force his resignation.
All the secrecy seems a little foolish to us at this point.
Chances are high that Neumann could squelch any off-the
wall rumors simply by admitting whatever acts he may have
committed. It’s hatd to believe he’s sworn to secrecy on the
issue, especially in the cases of the wrestlers who have com
Npumntm pleted their eligibility.
The fans and the public ought to
should take know and need to know.
In the process, Neumann could
trie point out another reality - that what
nnnnrtunih; Neumann has done is wrong, but
upjjjur luruiy also m jncreasjng part of college ath
tO Set the letics. Win, but win the right way -
the Nebraska way. One wonders if
tOpsy-tUTVy such a thing was always possible for
system Over the years, wrestling sup
Straipht porters haven’t been shy about
^ * attacking Title IX, the gender equity
law that forces women’s sports to
gamer money and support that would normally go to smaller
men’s sports. Many universities have had to drop wrestling
because of it. Nebraska kept the sport and thrived doing it.
But indications show that the Comhuskers cheated to do it.
Attacking Title IX, at least in this respect, is sexist and
wrong. Women’s sports make an easier target. The real cul
prit: college football.
College football eats up 85 scholarships, a whopper of a
number. The game loses money at most universities - not
here, but most. College coaches insist that they can go no
lower than 85 scholarships. Of course, they said the same
when it dipped below 105.
Please. Consider that Nebraska has eight - eight - I-backs
with full scholarships at this university. In other words, five
scrubs go to NU for free. But an All-American wrestler, even
a national champion wrestler, does not.
Care to explain the logic in that? If there were any, there
wouldn’t have been any resignations. Period. And instead of
shying away from his wrongdoing, Neumann should take the
opportunity to set that topsy-turvy system straight.
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Letters to the
We Aren’t Witches
I deeply regret Professor
Reinhard’s characterization of the
Academic Rights and
Conduct Committee charged with
hearing professional conduct com
plaints against him as a “witch-hunt
To the contrary, this committee,
composed of six thoughtful mem
bers of the faculty drawn from many
departments and colleges, spent
many hours, over the course of a
year, in serious and careful consider
ation of the complaints and the docu
ments and witnesses involved in this
Our conclusions were the result
of the most careful scrutiny and dis
cussion of all the particulars.
Moreover, the committee followed
the procedures set out by the
Academic Senate’s Academic Rights
and Responsibilities Committee to
Under these procedures,
Professor Reinhard was offered
every opportunity to participate in
the consideration of the complaints
against him. His letter is based on an
incomplete knowledge of the materi
als considered by the committee, and
perhaps also on a less than perfect
understanding of the ARRC proce
dures, and should, therefore, be eval
Pamela F. Starr
professor of music
Professional Conduct Committee
Lost in the Middle East
Page two of Tuesday’s DN con
tained a very confusing article. The
headline read “Execution method in
Iraq condemned.” No problem.
The sub-headline read “Human
rights groups assail number of
beheadings in Iran.” Well, it’s only
one letter difference, Iran ... Iraq,
who can tell the difference anyway?
But, if you read the article, it
refers only to actions taking place in
Saudi Arabia. I read the whole article
trying to figure out how Iraq/n came
in to play. Nothing, just Saudi
Arabia. What gives?
And do I really need to know that
a human head flies about three feet
when severed from the body?
department of food sciences
Words of Wisell’s Wisdom
I have decided that for my last act
as a student at this university before I
graduate, I would give some words
of wisdom to all those who are being
left behind. As a 35-year-old who has
attended this university in three dif
ferent decades, I can safely say this
might help some of you.
1. ) For all of you who live on City
Campus, take at least two classes on
East Campus. When you do gradu
ate, you will have to deal with the
type of culture (not that multicultur
al/race ethnicity course you are
signed up for) that is prevalent on
East Campus. This is one that is laid
back, open, honest and has values.
Don’t worry, there aren’t cattle run
ning freely over there, and there is
even indoor plumbing.
2. ) Apply for your senior check
early. This way, you should have it
soon enough to have it rechecked
before you graduate. Also go see
your adviser for things other than
when you need help getting into a
3. ) DON’T DROP OUT!
Returning to college stinks. The only
positive thing that happens is on the
first day of class when the young,
single people seek you out for your
expertise and the aura of safety you
project because of the wedding band
on your finger.
4. ) The people who run this
university only want your money.
Now and in the future! The more you
make later, the more they will try to
get you to remember how great of a
time you had while you were attend
ing here. Don’t be fooled then,
because they still treat the students
the same now as they did when I first
attended back in 1982. The programs
are the same, just access has
Thank you and good luck kids,
’cause it is only gonna get easier
once you leave!
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