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Editor Sarah Baker
Opinion Page Editor Samuel McKewon
Managing Editor Bradley Davis
A tangled Web
Online businesses'fates stuck
in Napster copyright case
Metallica and the Recording Industry
Association of America would have you
believe that the University of Nebraska
Lincoln is harboring criminals.
These heinous fiends are squirreled away
in the back comers of every computer lab and
locked in residence hall rooms exploiting the
university’s ample bandwidth. Their crime?
First-degree song swapping.
RIAA and music groups concerned about
the integrity of their music, such as Metallica
and other groups concerned with the integrity
of their royalty checks, have tried to vilify
Napster, the program that makes song swap
ping so easy.
But universities should not be held liable
for the actions of students who use their net
works for the same reasons they are not liable
for students who make prank calls from their
rooms over university phone lines.
The recording industry’s lawsuit aims to
shut down the infamous serv
ice that allows users to down
load compressed song files,
MP3s, directly from other
Industry claims of dimin
ished sales are difficult to
accept in the face of record
setting CD sales last year,
which was the same year
Napster exploded on the
It is true that some people,
probably college students,
will download entire CDs and
relish the fact that they were
But many other people will
download a couple songs to
decide if they should buy a
group’s CD. Without the
chance to sample a recording
for free, some people will
never buy the CDs that don’t
get radio air play.
The artists who complain
mat me computer-com
pressed files degrade the
music they slaved over in the studio have a
valid point. But doesn't dubbing CDs onto
tape also degrade the music quality?
At the heart of the matter is the sanctity of
Even if you have no idea what an MP3 file is
and have no concern for the artists’ work, this
case could have a tremendous impact
* because it has the potential to reshape online
Much of the current activity on the Internet
is based on the free and open sharing of infor
mation. The World Wide Web encourages
interconnecting and sharing information
If the copyright restrictions of the real
world are imposed on the virtual one, many
Web businesses may have to restrict them
selves to survive.
Last week Napster and the recording indus
try argued their case before a federal appeals
We will be watching closely for the results
of this case, and you should too because it
could reshape the Web for the 21st century.
Sarah Baker, Bradley Davis, Josh Funk, Matthew Hansen,
Samuel McKewon, Dane Stickney, Kimberly Sweet
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I am ever amazed at what battles this universi
ty chooses to fight and those it wishes to try and
Sure we're losing faculty at an alarming rate. So
what if we don’t give equsd rights and benefits to
our professors. And who really cares that violations
seem to be popping up across the bosird around
that cash cow we call the Athletic Department?
These kids Eire listening to free music!
Oh, and just so you know: I saw someone take
some food from the cafeteria the other day... and
they didn’t eat all of it. Might want to get to that one
before you bother trying to figure out where we get
funding for next year.
Ditch the Dank
Simon Ringsmuth, once again the UNL student
population is now dumber thanks to your editorial
on Friday. We now know far more about you
and your "cool ffat buddies' ” shower drain than we
ever needed/wanted/cared to know.
The agony of reading your article (I only read
the entire article to see if it actually did have a
point) wasted five minutes of my life that I cannot
ever have back. Thanks. I don’t know what caused
you or anyone on the DN editorial staff to presume
that anyone cares about your shower drain, Shop
Vac, World War II shower fetishes or roommates.
Maybe you should instead focus your writing
abilities (or lack thereof) on writing X-files screen
plays or computer code for fantasy games. Do me a
favor and give yourself a high-five for me for
quelling the “forces of darkness” in your basement.
Learn how to think: Go Green
When Ralph Nader was 10
years old his father asked him
"What did you do today in
school? Did you leam how to
believe, or did you leam how
Ralph did the latter, and jfpH
now this “Ivy League Lone -1
Ranger" is indeed lone. With Karen
the election less than a month BfOWn
away, so many precious vot
ers still don't know who this
man (with brains and a conscience) is.
Could that be because Bush and Gore wouldn’t
allow him into the debates? It is a corporate-run show
(in which corporate ass-kisser Ross Perot was gladly
welcomed in ’92) so of course the suits are going to
arbitrarily change the rules in order to oust third
party candidates, especially to deter anti-corporate
I want to cry a swamp o’ tears when I hear from
fellow citizens of the United States that letting third
party candidates into the debates creates chaos.
Call me CRAZY, but I for one want to listen to a
man who is on our ballot. If we are old enough and
wise enough to get someone on a ballot that is run
ning for the president of the United States and then
have a choice in voting for them, don’t you think we
ought to let him tell us what he’s about?
I mean, ask Jesse Ventura (whom I don’t necessar
ily love) for proof that people listen to the debates
and do indeed want to hear third-party candidates.
(Ventura had only 7 percent of the vote two weeks
before the election for governor of Minnesota, but he
debated during that two weeks and won the elec
Of course, I don’t know the answer to everything,
but it's good to get asked things that I need to brush
I mean, when I called Washington, D.C., that
morning and asked the Nader headquarters what
Ralph’s favorite beer is, the office lady said: “Ma’am,
nobody here knows the answer to that question.”
When people at the bars say “You don't honestly
think he’s going to win, do you?”, I tell them that I was
born last week, not yesterday, and I know he’s not
going to be president
“I know this, that’s not the point. I want to tell
people what he is about. If Bush or Gore had half a
brain they would pick up on some of his ideas. Our
goal is to let people know that if he gets 5 percent of
Nebraska's vote, we get to be registered Green Party
members until 2004. If he gets 5 percent of the .
national vote, he gets federal-matched funding for
the 2002 and 2004 elections.”
For a man who won’t accept dirty corporate
money, PAC money or any donations over $2,000,
this is quite a big deal.
Now, for those of you worried about pulling the
ol’ votes away from Gore, it simply won’t matter since
Nebraska hasn’t carried a Democratic win since 1964
(LBJ) and before that, 1936 (FDR).
It all comes down to who wants to see items on
their Patriotic Shopping List such as universal health
care coverage, campaign-finance reform, fair-trade
policies, living wage, protections of the ecosystem,
protection of family farms, less money for a wasteful
Defense Department and more money for education
and human services.
If the words “same fucking difference” mean any
thing to you, you who put your faith stringently on a
non. j rwo-pany system, men ia*.e neeu.
But enough crying over spilt milk (although we I’m not suggesting we install a
can protest outside of the debates in St Louis next Marxist/Communist left-wing radical party
week, wink, wink), let's cry over spilt beer. (although that would be better than
On Friday night, to spread the good Bush’s prospective police state), but
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of us Green Party/Nader supporters
went on a bar crawl to raise money
for the Green Ride 2000. (Twelve
of us students are going around
Nebraska and speaking about
him, running mate Winona
LaDuke and the GP platform.)
I heard a lot of people say:
“You should concentrate your
efforts on trying to change the
electoral college, not wasting your
time trying to get a hopeless old
man elected president.”
After I pick my nose and say
“Uh-huh,” I then say “Well, why
don’t you try to change the elec
toral college, I’m busy trying to
promote Nader. Maybe next
semester, OK?” *
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denoted the different thoughts
in this country. When we go to
the election booth on Tuesday,
Nov. 7, you should look past
Bush and Gore’s matching red
power ties and retarded
debating skills and see that
they don’t leave you with a
Bush and Gore make me
wanna Ralph as they should
you, so do the right thing and
You’ll be proud that you’re
not wasting your vote but fight
ing for a different viewpoint.
After all, this is America, where
Philip Morris and Nike
shouldn’t be in
of a starstruck
Editor’s Note: Mike Kluck was a
sports reporter, editor and columnist
for the Daily Nebraskan in the 1980s
and from 1995-1998.
Guest Columnist Matthew Waite
was a Daily Nebraskan reporter and
editor from 1993-1997. He is now a
reporter with the St. Petersburg (Fla.)
When you live halfway across the
country from your hometown, you
start doing things to keep up with
home you never did when you lived
there. Like reading obituary notices in
the hometown paper online. *
I’m 25, and I read about 89-year
old grandmothers to someone I don’t
know who passed on last Tuesday just
because it’s home. Births, anniver
saries, honor roll -1 read all of it and
don’t know a soul.
But I still read.
I'm not alone. My fiancee, who, like
me, hasn’t lived in Nebraska since we
graduated in 1997, checks her home
town obit notices every day, because
she’s lucky enough to have grown up in
a Nebraska town that has a daily news
On Tuesday, she found an obit of
someone we both knew.
Mike was a friend; a sportswriter at
the Daily Nebraskan in our heyday of
toiling in the basement of the Union in
He was, to say the least, a non-tra
ditional student in every sense of the
word. A big, 30-year old guy, who came
back for his journalism degree after a
stint as a junior-high teacher didn’t
work out, kind of sticks out at the Daily
He had a strange kind of sense of
humor you never could describe. He
was the only student I knew who made
a habit of hitting the casinos on week
ends. And the man ate worse than any
freshman could dream.
Mike died of a heart attack last
Tuesday morning at 34. He was driving
home from the Chiefs’ Monday night
game in Kansas City when he slumped
over the wheel.
Who he was writing for I don't
know but that never mattered to Mike,
so long as he was at the game.
You probably have never heard of
Mike Kluck, but big Mike is a small
wrinkle in the history of Nebraska and
the university. It’s a story you haven’t
In December of 1997, the rumors
about Tom Osborne retiring were ram
pant. Osborne had been coach for 25
years, and he let on, from time to time,
that he wasn’t going to be coaching
until the end.
The day before he retired, Osborne
said this: “The thing you need to know
about my retirement is the first thing I
will do is talk to the assistant coaches,
and then I'll talk to the players, and
then I’ll talk to (the media). So once
that happens - it’s kind of like when
the stars and the moons line up.”
The sports reporters gathered to
hear Osborne’s words, chuckled and
went on about their business.
At the DN office, later that night, a
couple of us were talking about what
Osborne had said, when someone I
can't remember said it was heard in an
astronomy class that, yes, the planets
were aligned right now.
This was a rare occurrence, hap
pening only once every 15 years or so.
A quick call - this was late, proba
bly 10 p.m. - to that student’s professor
And Mike Kluck, our fearless sports
editor, called the most revered human
in the state of Nebraska at 11 p.m. at
home to tell him we think we figured
out his riddle. Mike asked him if he was
Osborne is not typically kind to
reporters calling him at home and
waking him up. Whole newspapers in
Nebraska won’t do that for fear their
press passes will disappear. Osborne
merely chuckled and gave some non
denial denial to Mike.
The next day, Osborne retired.
The first sentence out of Osborne’s
mouth in his retirement speech was •
about Mike Kluck and his late-night
There, in the room, I witnessed a
man, with all his problems and all his
goodness, experience a moment of
fleeting glory. A moment so treasured
One he would have shared with
everyone, had he not been taken from
us so early.
- It was all a Nebraska sportswriter
could want: to cling to just one tiny
piece of an earth-shattering event in
the history of the Huskers.
I remember Mike for a lot of things,
but it is in that moment of his personal
glory that I will always and forever see
him in my memories.
I think another former colleague
said it best: May Mike be welcomed
into that Great Press Box in the Sky.
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