The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 25, 1968, Image 1

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enators accept compromise committee
by Jim Evingcr
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Student Senators Saturday ac
cepted an ad hoc committee
created by Dr. Joseph Soshnik,
campus president, to discuss in
terpretation and begin implemen
tation of the Student Academic
Freedom document (SAF).
ASUN President Craig Dreeszen
explained Sunday that this is not
what Student Senate wanted from
the committee.
He said he was disappointed that
Soshnik would not accept a Senate
resolution passed Thursday which
made a specific provision that the
committee's first charge "be to
recommend such changes in in
stitutional policies as well as im
plement ASUN Government bill
passed unanimously by Student
Senators last Thursday as an initial
step in the implementation of stu
dent control over "solely-student
Soshnik, said Dreeszen, . has
recognized the government bill as
the official statement of Student
Senate and has agreed that the ad
hoc committee will consider the
bill. Dreeszen said there is still no
guarantee that the student rights
assumed to already be in existence
as proclaimed in the bill will be
recognized by the committee.
Dreeszen said Soshnik recognizes
the bill as the way the Student
Senate interprets the SAF docu
ment and seeks to gain implemen
tation of those interpretations. He
added that Soshnik does not con-
sider Senate's interpretations as
accepted by the entire University
. .
MEMBERS OF the committee in
clude Professor Royce Knapp,
chairman; Professor Philip Crowl;
Prof. William Colville; Dean John
R. Davis and Asociate Dean
Russell Brown.
Student members i n c 1 ud e
Dreeszen and student senators Tom
Morgan and Bob Zucker, and ASUN
' First Vice-president Mike Naeve.
Dreeszen said he expected the
committee to begin consideration of
1 the SAF document and Government
Bill 24 as soon as possible.
Dreeszen explained that the tim
ing of Soshnik's proposal placed
Student Senate in a position to
either accept the committee as
established by Soshnik or else ap
pear to be belligerent about talking
about student rights only on its own
Soshnik told Senate Wednesday
that he was thinking about creating
a committee to consider im
plementation of the SAF document.
This followed deliberations by
Senators on Monday and Tuesday
last week on the proposed govern
ment bill.
PRIOR TO the Senate meeting
Thursday evening, Soshnik an
nounced the creation of a nine
member committee Whose purpose
was to seek implementation of the
SAFdocument in accordance with
the committee's interpretation of
the SAF statement.
Senate passed a resolution
Thursday evening asking Soshnik's
committee to also implement
Government Bill 24, passed
previously at a Thursday session.
Dreeszen said he met with
Soshnik Friday afternoon to discuss
Senate's action. Soshnik refused to
accept the resolution Dreeszen
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VOL 92, NO. 42
Legislative liaison "won't lobby" . . .
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Chalk during the varsity's 62-59 triumph over the NU freshmen
at the Coliseum. Freshman Jim White (30) and Curt LeRossignol
(52) await the tip. Story page 4
Talks and Topics committee will present
Philosopher-theologian Novak on Nov, 5
Michael Novak, author and pro
cessor, will speak at the Nebraska
Union on Thursday, Nov 5. Novak
rill also address the Faculty Club
lit a luncheon and participate in a
discussion at the UMHE on Thurs
day evening.
NOVAK IS now chairman of the
Common Humanities Seminar at
the new experimental campus of
the State University of New York
at Old Westbury (Long Island).
His books include "A New Gen
iration," "The Opsa Chusck," "Be
lief and Unbelief" and "A Time To
Build." His first book was a novel,
"The Tiber was Silver."
Novak's articles appear regular
ly in "Commentary," "Harper's,"
"The New Republic" and "Com
monwealth." A GRADUATE of Stonehill Col
lege, Novak has studied abroad and
at Harvard University, where he
was a Kent Fellow. The senior class
at Stanford, where he taught for tie
three years, elected him as one ol
tliree "most influential professors."
Students contact senators
by Jim Pedersen
Nebraskan Staff Writer
The purpose of the ASUN
Legislative Liaison committee will
be to present student views to the
Nebraska Legislature not to
make demands, Diane Thiesen,
committee chairman, said Sunday.
"We will not lobby for money or
for various student desires," she
said, "We are students, not statisti
cians; it would be presumptious of
us to demand money."
committee, which is the lobbying
organ for students, will inform the
Unicameral of where students feel
spending at the University should
be emphasized, according to Miss
Miss Theisen feels that the com
mittee can be effective. "Although
there is a prevailing sentiment of
disfavor towards the University in
the Unicameral," she said, "the
senators want . to get an overall
picture of what they are working
According to Miss Theisen, the
only way the senators can achieve
such a goal is by talking with all
three groups within the University
community, and that includes
' students.
"IT IS difficult to gauge just how
effective we will be," she added. "I
feel the senators will listen to us,
but how much of what we say they
will take into consideration, I don't
ASUN lobbied before the state
legislature two years ago without
much success.
Miss Theisen doubts if the com
mittee will ever get the opportunity
to make a presentation before the
legislature as a whole.
"MOST OF our work will be done
on an individual basis or before
committees," she continued.
The Liaison committee is com
prised of five student senators and
approximately 50 students who are
not senators, according to Miss
The committee is divided into
five sub-committees. They are the
lobbying committee, research
committee, out-state speaking '
committee, city uaison committee,
and senatorial visitatons com
mittee. THE LOBBYING committee is
working with the Deans of the col
leges and department heads to get
the statistics and discover the ra
tionale behind budget spending,
Miss Theisen said.
"If a department is asking for
to perioral
Byron Janis world famous
classical pianist, will appear at the
Nebraska Theater Tuesday Dec. 3,
according to Andy Cunningham,
chairman of the Union Music
Janis is appearing as part of the
Union Performing Artists Series.
He has recenty returned to the
U.S. after a three month tour of ,
Europe. Upon completing bis U.S
tour, he will travel to the Soviet
Union for a third time.
Janis has played concert tours in
the U.S. and South America since
he was seventeen. At twenty he
played his first concert in Carnegie
greater appropriations, we want to
know why," she added.
The research committee will soon
distribute a questionnaire to all
living units to find out where
students want to see budget spen
ding emphasized, Miss Theisen
THIS COMMITTEE will also hold
student seminars by departments
in the College of Arts and Sciences
to solicit a critical evaluation of
spending within the departments,
she said.
General promotion of the
University is the goal of the out- .
state speaking committee which
will be speaking before civic clubs
throughout the state, according to
Miss Theisen. , ,
"The promotion of this com
mittee will hopefully give people in
the state a realistic view of the
University," she added. "We want
to give the people of out-stat
Nebraska a clear, complete picture
of the University."
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The 'disadvantaged child'
re-defined in seminar study
Elementary education majors
should be trained to sense
children's needs as well as to make
bulletin board displays, according
to Dorothy Walker, elementary ed
ucation major from Lincoln.
In reaction to this apparent lack
of "sensitivity training" in
University education courses, Miss
Walker has organized a "Seminar
on the Disadvantaged Child," at
tended by about 20 people who are
"mostly elementary education
"The seminar exists because we
feel a need to discover our own
minds, as well as recognize our
lack of knowledge on conditions of
the disadvantaged," she said.
THE TERM "disadvantaged
child" has taken on a new meaning
for her since the seminar started,.
Miss Walker said.
"A disadvantaged child is any
youngster whose environment is not
stimulating," she said. "This could
even be a child from a middle-income
group, although we are
basically studying the lower income
group in the seminar."
Miss Walker emphasized that the
seminar is not an '.'action group."
"We are trying to improve our
own feelings as to what we can do
as teachers and guides," she said.
"If you want to see action, there
are plenty of other groups around
Lincoln for that purpose."
"THERE IS a real danger in
jumping into a situation and acting
before you understand what factors
are involved," she said.
Miss Walker believes that her
view of education differs quite a bit
from that of many others in the
education field.
"Education should release kids,
not pen them up," she said.
"Children must learn that they can
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Byron Janis, noted pianist, will perform Tuesday at the Nebraska
control life and create things of
their own.
"IN ORDER to make the disad
vantaged children understand this,
their style of learning must be
reorganized, people in the ghetto
must be completely re-educated,"
she said. "This task begins in th
elementray grades."
If the elementary teachers are
sensitive to them, the ghetto
children will know, Miss Walker
"The fight to change others is a
form of self-preservation to keep
these others from dragging you
Miss Walker found when the
group was organized that only a
few had previously had any contact
with children from lower income
families. This was a big factor in
keeping the seminar a "learning"
"THERE ARE a couple of
sorority girls in the group, but I
can't classify the Whole," she said.
"They are just kids who are willing
to take time to study, and view
teaching as their lives."
Miss Walker said that she has
avoided becoming the "teacher" of
the seminar, but is rather the
The seminar has received help
from the Tri-University professors,
language arts professors from New
York University, Washington
University and Nebraska.
"These professors have taught in
ghetto schools, focusing o a
children. They understand the con
sequences of poverty," Miss
Walker said.
IN ADDITION, the seminar has
worked with the Lincoln Action
Program (LAP), Head Start, the
social work department at tl.e
University, and other community
groups and programs.
"I am pleased to have this help,
because we are willing to challenge
our own fears and hopes about
teaching," Mils Walker saM,