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Editor Sarah Baker
Opinion Page Editor. Samuel McKewon
Managing Editor Bradley Davis
Perlman viewed as right
choice for chancellor
We don’t feel the need to expound too
much further on the comments Hastings
Regent Robert Allen made to the Board of
Regents regarding Interim Chancellor Harvey
Perlman in an Oct. 20 letter.
Calling an organization that supports gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students
a “dating service” is asinine.
Saying he “loves dearly” his one homosexu
al employee, but is afraid of what happens
when “you get too much of that” shows that
Allen’s attitude and ideology toward homo
sexuals and others is completely paternalistic.
Allen’s quotes about his reservations
toward Perlman published in Friday’s Daily
Nebraskan speak for themselves.
For the most part, anyway.
An interesting question arises when one
starts to wonder why Allen felt the need to
write his colleagues of his concerns about
Sure, he could be upset that Perlman pub
licly denounced the controversial Initiative
416, which would not recognize any sort of
^ domestic partnership in the
Pprlmnn'c state of Nebraska.
. But we’re starting to wonder
actions so his real reasons for writing the
far seem to ietter.
have gotten Could it be that Perlman is
approval close to getting the job? Is this
around Allen’s real concern?
campus So far, a committee has been
and around formed to advertise for, inter
file state view and select UNL’s next
hjn nvu> hn* chancellor. Earlier this month,
... a firm was hired for $90,000 to
vocanzea help with the recruitment - a
discontent standard procedure when
with the head-hunting for top adminis
Perlman Search committee members
has done. have said they hope to start
_reviewing candidates by
But, the meetings have been held behind
closed doors. It would be interesting to know
the conversations that are really going on
between members of the search committee,
which is overseen by NU President Dennis
The university requires a standard search
process. But we wonder how seriously this
process will be carried out and how much of a
leg up Perlman has right now - nearly four
months into his term as interim chancellor.
Perlman’s actions so far seem to have got
ten approval around campus and around the
state. No one has vocalized discontent with
the job Perlman has done.
He showed courage when he stood up
against Initiative 416, even though he proba
bly knew he would draw criticism from people
For some, Perlman is the solution to the
problem many at the university and the state
have complained about: The tendency of our
most talented to pack their bags and head out
to better universities after they’ve been here
just four or five years.
Perlman has shown ’dedication to the
University of Nebraska and the state of
It seems that he would stick around if he
took the position.
Considering the timing and contents of
Allen’s letter, it looks to be a real possibility.
Sarah Baker, Bradley Davis, Josh Funk, Matthew Hansen,
Samuel McKewon, Dane Stickney, Kimberly Sweet
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In the Oct. 27 DN, the Daily Nebraskan tries to
make an issue of the fact that the Chairwoman of the
Defense of Marriage-Yes to 416 committee, Guyla
Mills, plans to leave Nebraska for Virginia.
I think that anyone reading the article can see it for
what it is; a chance to create more press and discuss
the DN’s own views in opposition to the Initiative.
Other than two off-hand remarks from a well
known campus leader, there is no discussion of why
her leaving is actually of any relevance. So a person
wants to get out of Nebraska (No offense, but really,
why wouldn’t they?), I say more power to them and
best of luck in their new career.
I’d like to see the DN concentrate on the issue of
Initiative 416 rather than grasping at any chance to
sway voters by questioning a person’s career choice.
Do you seriously mean to say that Chancellor
Perlman has the sheer audacity to be supportive of a
group of students within the university? Outrageous!
Where does it end? Next thing we know, he’ll be com
ing out in support of minorities, or even (gasp)
Mr. Allen, I’ve heard statements like yours before,
but I had hoped that they were relegated to the chap
ter on white segregationists in my history textbook.
“I don’t have anything against [blacks, homosexu
als, insert your favorite minority group here]. Why, I
even employ one of them in my store!”
If this is your idea of tolerance, try again. "Too
much of that hurts your school?” Too much of what?
Diversity? God forbid we should have more than one
kind of student on this campus.
Last I checked, this university was trying desper
ately to attract talented students no matter what their
background. For you to tell a significant number of
them explicitly that they are not welcome here is sui
cidal. The “vast majority of Nebraska citizens would
prefer” that you not do anything further to run this
place into the ground; it can do that just fine on its
For you to criticize Perlman’s voicing of his per
sonal opinions, when you seem so ready to express
yours, is merely hypocritical. Butforyoutotakeaimat
your own students - any of them - is absolutely unfor
givable. Perhaps it is you who are not fit to be Regent
Goo oIRejunt Allen
I agree with Mr. Rejunt Robert Allen when he said
that Harvey Perlman is not good. He is real bad.
I, to, think that this universitee has spent to much
time promotin’ hi-falutin’ book-lernin’ city slicker
tipes like Chanselor Perlman. He is not good. And why
can’t I major in squirt huntin’?
We need more good Nebraskens like "Billy Bob”
Allen to run our skool so them homersexuel-lovin'
smart folk don’t take over our grate state. Like Mr.
Rejunt Allen, I don't think Nebraska needs to be
movin’ into the twenty-furst centuree just yet
GO HUSKERS!!! THEY ROOL!! Perlman does not
tool! Mr. RejuntAllen, ifyourreadin' this, I wuntto sell
femiture too. Can you help me get a start in this nobel,
gay-free profeshun if I can’t get a job as a profesh’nal
squiri-hunter which is my dreem?
Sometimes my pa lets me play with a hammer
and sum nails, so I think I’d be good at makin’ femi
ture that is good. Perlman is not good becuz he s'p
ports homersexuels and the rites of peeple evrywear,
ev’n peeple who are immorel. ThAnkyou for yur time.
Richard H. McWilliams
UNL law stoodent
Liberalism, We knew ye well
So when a great man dies
For years beyond our ken,
The light he leaves behind
Upon the paths of men.
My friends, we are gath
ered here today to celebrate
the life and mourn the unfor
tunate passing of a great and
controversial figure in our
shared history; liberalism.
The exact cause of death is still unknown, but his
ill health appears to have been due to politicians
increasingly avoiding him and by the “New Left’s”
embrace of centrist, pragmatic politics.
If you will allow me to misquote Shakespeare, we
come here today both to bury liberalism and to praise
him. His life, although fleeting, and his death,
although sudden, must not pass unremarked. We are
bettered by his having lived and enriched by the
memories and challenges he has left for us.
The details of his early years are well known. Bom
during the 18th Century (a child of rationalism and
individualism) liberalism always held two things close
to his heart: freedom and equality. His striving for
these ideals led directly to the American Revolution
and the Civil War, but, after these early successes, he
disappeared from society for decades.
Yet liberalism was notreally gone, only waiting. He
made a sudden and dramatic reappearance in the
early 20th Century. You see, my friends, he returned to
us in our greatest time of need. This proverbial savior
of mankind rescued us from the throes of a Great
When Americans were literally starving on the
streets, his disciples enacted drastic reforms in his
name. Social security. Minimum wage. Free access to
His great and still controversial successes contin
In just a few decades, he helped humankind make
more progress toward recognizing the essential digni
ty of the individual than we had made in centuries.
He was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement
and strongly advocated free speech, due process,
women’s rights and racial equality.
His ill health began in the early 1980s. He began to
wither under the attacks of his enemies. Soon he was
known as “bleeding-hearted,” “weak" and “soft on
All of society's ills were attributea to him, whether
deserved or not, including high divorce rates, drug
use, “immorality” and AIDS. There was nothing he
could do to retain his image.
His steadfast supporters, the Democratic Party,
stayed with him as long as they could, but eventually
they abandoned him as well. They considered him a
liability and felt they shouldn’t be seen with him any
Issues central to liberalism, like abolishing the
death penalty and providing expansive welfare aid,
were dropped in an effort to appeal to middle-class
In his greatest time of need, only a few hard-core
activists and intellectuals really stood by him.
In some ways, liberalism was simply too naive to
survive in our 21st Century. He championed the weak
and the powerless: the homeless, persons on welfare,
people accused of crimes, children attending inner
Yet their powerlessness became his; these groups
were either unwilling or unable to vote, and he suf
fered for it
Some of his most successful reforms were simply
co-opted by his enemies. Education for all, a persist
ent theme of liberalism, became the agenda of a polit
ical party that once proposed to abolish the
Department of Education.
Conservatives, the most strident critics of Social
Security in the early days, became its biggest defend
ers. They became “compassionate,” at least to the
extent necessary to appeal to the middle-class and the
elderly, and robbed liberalism of his greatest strength.
Ultimately, however, liberalism was a victim of his
own success. By eliminating the most shocking exam
ples of society's evils, he lost support to eliminate the
It was hard for people to understand why he kept
advocating racial equality when they no longer read
about lynchings or saw police attack protesters with
dogs on television everyday. He had trouble convinc
ing people about reproductive freedom when they
had either forgotten or refused to acknowledge the
thousands of women who died from illegal abortions.
Yet, although he is dead, liberalism's achieve
ments have stood the test of time. His life opened up
an unprecedented freedom for intellectual inquiry
and debate; a freedom that, although many treasure,
few remember its origin.
His great economic reforms, social security and
the minimum wage, are still with us today and
stronger now than ever before. His most controversial
civil rights successes, such as Brown vs. Board of
Education, Miranda vs. Arizona, and Roe vs. Wade
have been repeatedly affirmed by the Supreme Court
We should remember liberalism with joy and not
despair. There will be other movements and other
causes. His spirit will live on, regardless of the label it
When we think of liberalism, we should smile and
be comforted with the knowledge that, if even for one
brief shining moment, he made it possible for all of us
to dream of something better. And this, my friends, is
all one could ever ask for, in life or in death.
Do not let
life pass by
“When I get
around to it...”
I would like
to be able to
send this mes
sage to all of you,
but the disheart
ening truth is
that many of you
either won't get
it or will choose
to ignore it.
This is for the others who need to
hear it. An exercise in divinity per se.
Sometimes I walk around this campus,
and I feel as if people are in a trance.
Trance of mediocrity. Trance of
denial. Trance of apathy. Trance of
We are fill of us angels here, and I
think most of us forget or ignore that
All of us are here to learn to ascend in
some form or another. Yet we take our
time, we fold our wings so to speak,
and refuse to acknowledge our great
• It seems that people spend more
time and energy trying to grapple with
meaningless drivel, trying to explain
the minuscule. So many of us try to fit
ourselves into smallness: small think
ing, small clothes, safe and small neat
ly packaged boxes.
Imagine for a second that each of
us is walking around with majestic
wings of potential, buttery soft feath
ers of inspiration that fan together and
create a wingspan capable of carrying
your soul to dizzying heights. Yet still
Of course there is bound to be fric
tion. Sometimes the mind hurts when
it stretches and grows, but let it grow,
don’t try to push it back into place,
back into the ignorant box that it has
risen up from. All
pus are bound to So many of
get aggravated f f
with each other, us w
with the world. OU KSelveS
The pressures jfqtn
we encounter are
enough to ground SmallneSS
a person indefi- small
nitely. Don’t stay ,. . .
grounded. Give thinking,
each other room small
to breathe, room « .._
to think, to fly. Clothes,
Give your fellow Safe and
classmate some cm nil
slack; they are just brriul1
trying to learn to neatly
fly, too. packaged
So my chal- 17
lenge to you is boxes.
this. You can con- -
tinue to squeak by giving in to your
own personal mediocrity, letting your
greatness slip through die rafters. Or
you can believe in yourself and pull in
the tides, take the world by the teeth
and shake it up a bit.
Pull the curtains back on your
mind, bare your soul and let your
greatness shine through.
We’ve all got our own set of morals
and standards but ask yourself: Are
you living up to your own standards?
Not my morals, not your parents'
morals or your friends’, simply your
You want to tell me it’s your per
sonal goal to drink X number of cases
of beer this semester?
I call bullshit.
You want to tell me you can’t get
started on your homework this semes
ter until the planets are properly
I call bullshit.
You want to tell me you can’t stand
up for what you believe in until you
have graduated from college?
I call it again.
Recognize the evils, see them, note
them and rise above.
You know what you are capable of,
so get busy and do it. This world is full
of people who’ve been blind to their
divinity, their wings have grown dusty
and gray. You are young, you are new,
your dreams can come true. Put down
your excuses and take flight.
And when the Lord looked down,
he saw that they had found their
wings. And for this He gave them wide
blue sky. For this he gave them all of
the earth and golden sunlight. He
wanted them to fly.
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