About 100 Kansas University students are trying to bring the world to their peers.
They are volunteers for Student Union Activities, which has brought speakers, concerts and films to Mount Oread for the past 53 years.
During an interview late last week, Kent Kennedy, SUA program coordinator, and Dean Newton, SUA's vice president of university affairs, explained how SUA operates and what has been planned for the spring semester.
A 12-member student board four officers and eight coordinators brainstorm about who and what to bring to campus. During the 1989-90 academic year, SUA sponsored 280 events at KU.
"Everything we do is generated by students," said Newton, a Kansas City, Kan., junior who became involved in SUA his freshman year.
SUA is composed of eight committees staffed by students: fine arts, forums, marketing and promotions, feature films, recreation, spectrum films, travel and special events.
Newton said SUA enhances education at KU.
"WE JUST TRY to bring educational and recreational programs to students at the university," Newton said. "It's a learning process for everyone."
SUA's theme for the 1990-91 academic year is "Bringing You the World." "We thought that theme encompassed the idea of what we are trying to accomplish here," Newton said. "We try to offer a broad array of programs."
Next week, SUA will bring G. Gordon Liddy and Timothy Leary to campus for a debate on "The State of the Mind vs. the Mind of the State." Kennedy, who serves as a non-voting adviser to the board, said Dave Hull, forums coordinator, started working on the debate last summer.
Newton said he thought the Liddy-Leary debate, at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 in Hoch Auditorium, would be well-attended.
Liddy was sentenced to 21 years and served about 4 years in prison for his role in the Watergate conspiracy. According to a news release from SUA, Liddy will assert during the debate that only by giving up some rights and freedoms will people live in an ethical and moral society. Leary, who taught at Harvard from 1959-63, will argue that the individual must be protected from the tyranny of the majority in order to be free.
NEWTON SAID the First Amendment has been an underlying theme in SUA events. He said one of his favorite events was a speech by activist Angela Davis, who spoke on campus Sept. 28.
He said SUA has done well if just one person is affected by a speaker such as Davis.
"I like to think all of our events are successful in some way," Newton said.
This spring, SUA will sponsor an outing to a Kansas City Blades match, a spring break trip to Panama City Beach, Fla., a lecture on the environment, the annual Day on the Hill Concert, as well as several recreational tournaments.
For a complete schedule of SUA events, call the SUA office at 864-3477 or pick up a calendar of events at the Kansas Union.