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    The Daily Nebraskan
Page 5
Candidates State Positions:
Friday, April 22, 1966
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By Jan Itkln
Senior Staff Writer
Platforms and programs
for ASUN were presented by
the three ASUN presidential
candidates.
Presidential candidates for
the Wednesday election are
Steve Abbott, Dave Snyder
and Terry Schaaf.
Abbott
Abbott strongly advocates
the establishment of a stu
dent bill of rights "in order
to get things accomplished."
His stand, he stressed, is
based on the need for "the
dignity of equal powers in
an adult, educational com
munity" and the need to take
"a creative and courageous
stand."
Two primary elements, he
continued, are included in his
platform. The first involves
authorizing student govern
ment with final power and
authority concerning student
life outside the classroom,
providing the acts stay with
in the boundaries of the law,
and giving student govern
ment active participation in
the policy-making process.
"There cannot be a shared
responsibility without final
authority," he said regarding
his first point. "Student gov
ernment must have the au
thority to voice the opinion
to provide the response.
He noted that "the. special
protection of "in loco paren
tis" may have been needed
50 years ago but is not nec
essary today". Students and
student government would in
effect, he continued, become
more responsible if the sys
tem of "in loco parentis" was
not in effect.
"The system is an insult
to the maturity of the stu
dent," he maintained. "Stu
dents would be more respon
sible if they were respon
sible to each other and not
to outside bureaucracy."
The second part of his plat
form concerning active par
ticipation would require vot
ing members on deci
sion making bodies
"Responsibility is not shared
if we are just observing,
Abbott said.
He said that assuming the
bill would be rejected and
student government subse
quently abolished was "tak
ing a defeatist attitude."
For one thing, he contin
ued, establishing such a bill
is reasonable, and vetoing
such a measure would put
Administration in a situation
giving a vote of no confi
dence to student government.
This would go back on their
comments saying that they
wanted to see a strong stu
dent government established.
Abbott said he was "fair
ly confident such an act
would not be taken."
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"I am concerned about the
right way to present the
bill," he added.
A probable course of ac
tion, he said, would include
three major steps.
First it would be brought
up in Senate and thorough
ly discussed to iron out any
vagueries or mis-statements.
Secondly it would be, if
passed, referred to Dean of
Student Affairs, G. Robert
Ross, who would distribute it
to the administraters con
cerned. At this point, the ASUN
would set up a tentative time
table of the investigation, Ab
bott explained, to keep the bill
from getting pigeon-holed.
' This is the time to sit
down and have a good talk,"
he said describing the third
step. We'd hear the argu
ments and maybe some
changes would be made, but
there would be no call for
mass demonstrations and
pickets."
He admitted, however, that
he was "not sure what would
be done if it were still de
nied." One course of action
could be the dissolving of
Student Senate in protest if
the senators so desired. He
added that he was "confident
it wouldn't get to that point."
Once a bill of rights was in
operation, Abbott said, then
ASUN would have an effective
vehicle for areas such as cur
riculum reform. Two projects
in the area of curriculum are
a non-grading system for cer
tain courses and the estab
lishment of a college of inde
pendent scholarship.
A college of independent
scholarship, h e explained,
would be a system under a
dean by which a student could
be free to study independently
without "facing the regimen
tation of class" and after a
certain period of time receive
a degree.
Abbott continued that such
a program would "not be for
every student but those who
are especially creative." Such
a student would nave to get
the backing of five faculty
members who would serve as
advisers or tutors for him
during his study.
Other items he would like to
see accomplished include in
forming senators of proposed
legislation in writing before
the meetings, more involve
ment of East campus, the es
tablishment of an FM radio
station, and "making the
University bookstore more of
a service to the students."
Communication, Abbott
stressed, was another vital
area of concern.
"After good communication
on this campus is established,
then communication with the
improved," he noted.
The Unicameral, he sug
gested, should be "goaded in
to establishing an effective
financial structure" so funds
would be available for the
University.
Both through informal talks
and official lobbying, the
state senators should be made
more fully aware of the Uni
versity's concerns and prob
lems, he added.
He advocated the publishing
of a "colorful, snappy" Faculty-Evaluation
Book and
suggested that the book
"failed earlier this year be
cause the students h a d no
confidence in the book due to
student concern over what the
Administration thought."
"If students are given a
chance or assurance," he
added, "there is no apathy."
In reference to the relation
ship between ASUN and other
student organizations, Abbott
said, "This can be worked out
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later. Problems in that area
are dealt with as they arise,
but there are more important
things than this right now."
He added that work in such
areas would be primarily up
to ohters who would be in
terested in sepcializing in
sucn areas.
Schaaf
Schaaf noted that his plat
form was divided into four
main areas education, com
munication, welfare and gen
eral. "Education and educational
excellence is very important,"
he said, "and is a greater con
cern for the future than it has
been in the past." There is a
great deal of concern over the
possibility that the quality of
instruction may be declining."
An ex officio member of
committees who would "not
necessarily attend every
meeting but could speak as
any other member could"
would increase student
involvement with matters of
curriculum, he said.
Having the elements of fa
culty procurement explained,
expanding the honors and
career scholars programs to
colleges other than arts and
science and implementing a
pass - fail system for second
semester are also included in
his plank regarding education.
Advisory Boards
Schaaf noted that a "unified
effort of coordinating the col
lege advisory boards" should
be accomplished and the Fa
culty-Evaluation Book com
pleted "if students receive it
well."
A course evaluation book,
he explained, could be added
to the book with an evaluation
of the course by the instruc
tor describing how he envi
sions his course. If elected,
Schaaf continued, that is how
he would want to see t h e
book.
Schaaf emphasized work
ing with the Legislature to
have more money appropri
ated to the University.
"We have to help the Ad
ministration get more
money," he said. "How can
the legislators get concerned
if we aren't?"
He suggested that the ASUN
through lobbying and ex offi
cio members on the Budget
show concern about the Uni
versity. "Why, for instance, weren't
other possibilities for enrol
ment change discussed at the
recent Administration-Budget
Study committee meeting?"
he asked.
Communication
Schaaf noted that there are
three main branches to the
communication problem
ASUN and the students;
ASUN and administration,
Board of Regents, Faculty
Senate and the Legislature;
and ASUN and campus or
ganizations. He stated that ASUN and
the students "should become
as close as 'possible." He ex-
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plained that this could be ac
complished by having an
open executive council" at
which the ASUN executives
would make themselves avail
able at the same time every
week at a designated place to
meet with interested students
to answer questions and dis
cuss issue.
Communication with the de-sision-making
agencies can
be improved, he said, through
the ex officio members.
"The student voice will be
considered more if a student
is there to know what is hap
pening," Schaaf added.
By making better use of the
student cabinet, communica
tion and relations with cam
pus organizations can be im
proved, he added.
Meetings between the ASUN
Secretaries of Organizations,
representatives of AWS, IFC,
Panhellenic, and IDCC, and
the ASUN Executive Council
could prevent problems aris
ing from a lack of communi
cations, he added.
"Also, we are not interested
in testing our power," Schaaf
said. "We've proved we have
it and now the question is
one of cooperation."
He outlined a three step
plan for dealing with organi
zations which includes look
ing into the question, evaluat
ing findings and making
recommendations to send
back to the organization.
"If an organization does
not follow t h e recommen
dation then is the time to
bring the matter to a vote,"
he said.
In the welfare area, Schaaf
emphasied following up legi
slative actions to see that
"projects that are started are
carried out." He cited studies
into housing and the book
stores as such projects.
He also said that the stu
dent discount cards should be
reintroduced.
When asked about a student
bill of rights, he explained his
stand as not being for the bill
as such, but as supporting an
alternate course of action.
According to this course of
action, representatives would
go to Administration to find
out what the specific policies
are. They would then evaluate
the rules and regulations on
the floor of the senate and
compile the list of objection
able rules to present to the
Administration in the form of
resolutions advocating
change.
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nave the rights doesn't give
me rights to you," Schaaf em
phasized. "The rights must
be granted."
lie explained that he was
not aeainst a bill of rights
but he believed it should be
the third step in a process
ana not tne lirst.
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He said he would like to see
appointments for this m-oiect
made in the spring so that
background cpuld be gathered
aurmg tne summer.
"We must ask the questions
first," he stressed. "The is
sues need clarifying before we
can demand rights we al
ready have."
Schaaf also advocated in
corporation of ASUN "to re
lieve the ASUN members of
liability," appointment of a
corresponding secretary, and
enlargement of the constitu
tion committee to facilitate
more rapid handling of or
ganizations constitutions.
Snyder
Snyder's platform ad
vocated more interaction be
tween the senators and the
students to "obtain the maxi
mum amount of representa
tion of ideas."
He described ASUN's role
with the students as "one of
input and output the students
should provide the ideas which
ASUN should carry out."
Acting as a liaison between
the students and city coun
cil, Board of Regents and
Faculty Senate also constitute
planks in his platform.
"If the students feel respon
sible," he said, "then these
other groups will seek our ad-
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the University."
Snyder suggested having a
"say-so where budget and
curriculum matters are con
cerned." Bill Of Rights
A bill of rights, he main
tained, is needed to clarify
the i s s u e s but should be
earned and not demanded.
"If student government has
programs proving our re
sponsibility and deserving of
r e s p e c t," he continued,
"there should be no prob
lem in obtaining a bill of
rights."
"By acting mature, stu
dent government would re
ceive respect, and the Ad
ministration would listen to
our requests and give intel
ligent answers."
He added that in that
event student government
would be comparable to and
could speak on the same le
vel with "those in control."
Responsible projects, he
continued, would include a
re-evaluation of the senators'
committee.
By showing the legislators
the needs of the University
and showing concern, Snyd
er said, a mutual understand
ing could evolve. Along with
meeting with the state sen
ators, a program, similar to
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Week, could be set up to ac
quaint them with the Uni
versity. Centennial Committee
The Centennial committee
is one area of improving Uni
versity relations with the
rest of the state, he said.
Members of the ASUN cen
tennial committee could al
so work on the governor's
centennial committee.
He suggested having many
freshman on the committee
who could gain experience
who would be able to work
on the University centennial
in 1969.
Snyder suggested improve
ment of the Faculty-Evaluation
Book by asking more
positive questions. He also
suggested using the book for
the faculty rather than for
publication and using a
course evaluation book for
the students themselves.
Extention of the honors
prpgram to as "many colleg
es' as possible," and estab
lishing undergraduate re
search courses are also
planks in his platform.
Pass-Fail
In addition to these projects,
Snyder advocates extending
the pass-fail system to upper
level honors courses and work
ing with the IDC to group
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students in dormitories ac
cording to majors.
By grouping students ac
cording to majors, he said,
senators would know where
to contact their constituents
and closer relationships with
in the dorms could be devel
oped. This plan might also
lend to facilitating aid in
classes and test files.
He suggested placing the
names of all the senators,
their colleges, committees
and phone numbers in all liv
ing units and making the as
sociates "a more integral
part of the ASUN."
The student cabinet, Snyder
said, was not as effective as
it could have been. The cabi
net, he maintained, should be
"a maximum representation
of the University."
Snyder stressed not inter
fering with the organizations
but having ASUN using its
power to "help an organiza
tion asking for help."
The establishment of a ser
vice project coordinating com
mittee, he said, should be
done in order "to help var
ious organizations without
taking them over."
Another issue, he said is
working with curriculum
which can be accomplished
through more effective ad
visory boards.
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