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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1969
VOL. 92, NO. 59
ASUN Senate Wednesday decided
not to hold a constitutional convention
, Although the majority of the
senators present voted for the con
vention 17-14, a vote of three-fourths
or 26 was necessary to call the con
vention. Sen. Dave Rassmussen introduced
a motion calling for a constitutional
convention to convene on Sept. 21,
1969. The resolution was tabled and
will be voted on next week.
FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT of
the constitutional convention resolu
tion, Harper Hall President Cliff
Sather, told Senate that a petition will
be circulated to call a convention this
Automatic suspension for
possession of marijuana
by Susie Jenkins
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Automatic 30-day suspension of a
college student convicted of possession
of marijuana has been given first
round approval by the Nebraska
LB 8, presented by Sen. Terry
Carpenter, was passed 40-0 with no
real opposition during floor debate.
The bill would have originally barred
a Nebraska resident from attending
ptate colleges and universities for life
if convicted of the felony. It was
amended to 30-day suspension in
committee with Carpenter's assent.
A Lincoln lawyer who has dealt
previously with University legal
nuestions told the Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday that there was some
auestion as to the constitutionality of
The question is whether it is legal
for a specific group, in this case col
lege students, to be singled out for
further penalties for possession of
Afternoon classes held
on Friday, February 14 1
1 The story regarding classes being cancelled for the University Cen- I
tennial Convocation in Wednesday's Nebraskan was incorrect. I
I Classes will not be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on city campus f
I and from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on East Campus, according to the Office
1 of Student Affairs. Afternoon classes will be held. s
Future of KUON-TV
by John Dvorak
Nebraska Staff Writer
Severely overcrowded and work
ing from nine different buildings on
campus, KUON-TV desperately wants
and needs a new home. But they have
no money yet.
Working conditions at KUON, the
University educational station, are
terrible to say the least, according to
Ron Hull, assistant to the station's
general manager. .
Studios are In the basement of
the Temple Building are "a bad place
to keep people," Hull continued. The
basement has few windows ana is
Fair warning to those who seek
spring without the approval of Senate.
"It is up to the constituencies of
senators to call the convention, not
the senators," he said. "You have
a week to decide to be more pro
gressive about this because we, think
that we can get the 35 per cent neces
sary to call the convention."
According to the ASUN Constitu
tion, a constitutional convention can
be called by sc three-fourths vote of
the Senate or by 35 per cent of the stu
dent body through petition.
The senators voting for the con
stitutional convention were: Dave
Bingham, Kent Boyer, gill Chaloupka,
Curt Donaldson, Georgia Glass, Dave
Landis, Mary McClymont, Bill
Mobley, Glen Nees, Ron Pfeffer,
Some opposition was voiced by
Valentine Sen. Elvin Adamson who
objected to the penalty.
Adamson noted that a 30-day
suspension would mean in effect that
a student would lose an entire
semester of school.
"If a student loses 30 days it is
almost impossible to catch up," he
said. Adamson is the sponsor for LB's
167 and 168, which would lower the
legal and voting ages to 19.
Omaha Sen. Clifton Batchelder
advocated passage of the bill.
"Concern for the student is an
example of the permissiveness that
is sweeping this country," Batchelder
said. "Since the student knows he
shouldn't have the stuff in the first
place, we shouldn't be too concerned
about his education."
LB 8 also provides that if an of
ficer of a university refuses to comply
with the law, he is subject to a $500
fine and removal fror Ms position.
overflowing with equipment and
KUON's main offices are housed
in three old white houses at 16th and
R Streets. The structures were con
demned ten years ago by the
University, Hull said.
The offices are totally inadequate,
he continued. Each room has two or
three desks. Plaster is loose and fall
ing down. Electrical systems are out
dated. Recently some water pipes in one
of the houses froze, cracked and
spewed water throughout the offices.
When KUON was moving into the
warmth in the KUON offices.
convention proposal defeated
Diane Theisen, Gary Toebben, Tom
Wiese, John Wirth, Bob Zucker, Nan
cy Ryan, and Gerald Olson.
THOSE VOTING AGAINST the
resolution were: Larry Anderson,
Fred Boesiger, Bruce Cochrane, Den
nis Collins, Larry Donat, Tenna
1 Kudlacek, Tom Lonnquist, Carol
Madson, Rassmussen, Chris Seeman,
Jim Sherman, Paula Tiegler, Sue
Thompson, and Bill Gilpin.
The original resolution proposed
by Zucker called for a convention to
meet ' on Feb. 14. The actual
resolution was also preceded by two
clauses which outlined the main
reason for calling a constitutional
convention as the reapportionment
Zucker, however, accepted a
friendly amendment from Chaloupka
dropping the initial clauses and mov
ing the convention date to Mar. 1.
"Senate should only con sider
whether or not we should hold a con
vention," Zucker said, "Represen
tation and the agenda are of secon
GILPIN ASKED WHY Senate
should call a convention now when
summer vacation would interrupt.it.
"There are many problems a
constitutional convention would have
to deal with," he said. "Although
reapportionment could be handled this
spring, there are other problems."
LB205 held; state educators promote
school, college coordinating council
by Susie Jenkins
Nebraskan Staff Writer
The bill to create a State Council
of Higher Education was held for
consideration by the Legislature's
Education Committee after a hearing
Wednesday in chambers crowded with
backers of the bill.
Representatives from nearly
every . major educational . governing
group in the state spoke in favor of
Lincoln Sen. John Knight's LB205,
which would create the first state
coordinating body for all o f
N ebraska's universities, colleges,
graduate and professional schools and
Also under the Council's jurisdic
tion would faE progranfs for in-service
training and retraining of
"THE GROWING problems in
houses, several filing cabinets were
placed on the second floor of one
building. The floor below them buckl
ed and the cabinets had to be im
mediately removed. '
In addition to these problems,
KUON offices are spread all around
the University, Hull said. Scenery is
stored in Nebraska Hall. Offices are
also maintained in the West Memorial
Stadium, the basement of Teachers
College and the Annex, a former
grocery store on 12th Street.
KUON IS saddled with a
deplorable working environment, yet
it has the potential to affect every
Nebraskan, Hull said. It can reach
out into nearly every home.
"KUON is the originating station
for the eight-station Nebraska
Educational Television Network.
Programs are fed to the outstate sta
tions by microwave link," he explain
ed. In addition, many specialized
services originate with the station.
The Nebraska Council for Educa
tional Television provides instruc
tional broadcasts to 115,000 elemen
tary and secondary school students
in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and
Complete courses and sup
plementary programs are offered to
25 Nebraska colleges and universities
through the Nebraska Educational
Television Council for Higher Educa
tion. NURSING students in Nebraska
and Iowa benefit from specialized TV
programs that are sent to nursing
Closer to home, KUON originates
closed circuit telecasts for certain NU
In the evenings, public television
takes over the screen. Cultural,
sports, political and current events
programs are telecast.
"KUON is also the home of the
Great Plains National Instructional
Library, which duplicates video tape
programs and sends them throughout
the United States. We are the largest
such distribution center in the world.
We handle two tons of video tape
weekly," Hull said.
According to Gilpin, the conven
tion would also have to consider the
independence of ASUN with regards
to the Regents (the Regents must ap
prove the ASUN constitution) and the
power structure of ASUN concerning
other campus organizations.
COCHRANE ATTEMPTED TO
amend the resolution to call the con
vention on Sept. 14, 1969, but the mo
tion was defeated 15 to 12.
"There has been sufficient
evidence that students want Senate
to take action to solve its problems
this spring, not next fall," Ryan said.
"Let's begin now."
"The convention could deal with
reapportionment this spring and con
sider other issues in an extended
session next fall," Ryan continued.
"The agenda would still be open to
any proposal, but we could start
FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT of
the resolution, several senators walk
ed out of the meeting.
In final business, Senate voted by
acclamation to support the
Unicameral bill submitted by Terry
Carpenter which would legalize the
sale of 3.2 beer to 18-20 year olds.
Senate also voted to oppose
another Carpenter bill which would
force any college in Nebraska to expel
any student convicted of possessing
higher education need careful atten
tion," Knight said in his presentation
of the bill before committee.
"Planning must be done if we can
hope to tie the (educational) ends
together and spend our money with
the greatest effectiveness, " h e
Knight said that the council
would, in his bill, be composed of
nine members appointed by the
governor and confirmed by the State
Legislature. Three members would be
selected from each Congressional
COUNCIL MEMBERS would
receive no salaries, but would be pro
vided with a professional staff of ap
proximately four to provide the in
formation to perform duties.
The council's job would include:
on bill passage
DESPITE THE many faceted
operation, KUON is stymied, Hull
said. Demands are increasing, but the
operation is now at the plateau of
The only solution is a new
Telecommunications Building which
would quarter every part of the im
mense operation under one roof, Hull
Such a structure has already been
designed and bids have been let. The
new $3 million plus structure would
be constructed just north of the
Nebraska Center on East Campus.
ARCHITECTS PLANNED the
five-story structure last year using
$3,250,000 appropriated by the 1967
Unicameral Hull explained. Most of
that sum was spent for the plans.
This year the Educational
Television Network requested money
for the new building in the regular
University budget, but Governor
Norbert T. Tiemann dumped the re
quest. He emphasized that the Governor
is very much in favor of the
Telecommunications Building, but
there just isn't enough money to go
around and something had to be
The Network then introduced a
separate bill into the Unicameral,
LB65, under the sponsorship of Sen.
Terry Carpenter. The bill, which
would provide $3,400,000 for construc
tion of the new building, is currently
resting in the Unicameral's Budget
PASSAGE OF the bill is im
perative, Hull said. Television is like
manufacturing. TV's product is the
program." Everything w r 1 1 e r s ,
scenery, producers, directors, actors
and engineers must come together
to compose the program. They must
work under one roof, he explained.
"We now have a $6 million, state
wide television network," Hull said.
"It is one of the most sophisticated
networks in the country, but we are
barely able to feed it with programs.
With a new facility we could do much
For Instance, he said, KUON
Who knows what answer to reapportionment lies in the dark
ness of the cupped hands of ASUN President Mike Naeve?
To make studies of slate policy
in the field of higher education and
formulate a statewide plan for
coordination of higher education for
the state. The group would consider
the needs of the people, the needs
of the state, the revenue of the state
and the role of public and private
institutions in fulfilling these needs;
TO REPORT annually to the
Governor and the Legislature on the
findings from its studies;
To review all proposals for the
establishment of new branches or
campuses of state institutions of
higher education; and advise the
Legislature, the Governor and the
appropriate campus governing body; ,
To review all proposals for the
establishment or elimination of vocational-technical
schools and junior
could serve as a training center for
foreign broadcasters wanting to study
MORE IMPORTANTLY, the state
could maintain its leadership position
in educational television, he said. As
the result of its progressive and
spirited development of ETV, Ne
braska has become a national leader.
This position cannot be continued
without the new building, Hull em
phasized. Hull, as well as other KUON
personnel, are optimistic that LB65
will be approved in this session of
IF THE bill were passed in this
legislative session, a new building,
could be completed by spring of 1971.
If the Unicameral turns down the
request, a new building could not be
occupied until spring of 1973 at the
earliest, Hull said. The network
system cannot possibly hold together
for that long, he added.
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KUON-TV main office.
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colleges or any other publicly sup
, ported institution of higher education;
-TO RECOMMEND the nature
of programs, research and public
services which should be offered by
the institutions in order to best utilize
facilities and personnel;
To make recommendations
concerning the development of capital
' expansion plans of all institutions,
establishment of new institutions and
establishment of new programs at
To review appropriation re
quests of the institutions and submit
them to the Governor and the
IN ADDITION, Knight said, the
Council would have the power to
delegate and accept federal grants
and funds, and subcontract for
research and planning services.
The Council's decisions would be
binding on all institutions except the
University of Nebraska and the four
state colleges, according to the bill.
But Knight noted that "failure to
comply with the decision by any in
stitution means it (the institution)
must notify the Legislature, the coun
cil and the Governor within 60 days
why it has not complied."
Several Senators indicated they
thought this would mean that the
larger state schools would also be re
quired to comply with Council rul
ings. KNIGHT SAID the new Council
would take over some duties now
prescribed for the State Board of
Education and State Department of
Education in order to hold enough
power necessary to be effective.
"If we do not strive for this con
trol, we will be working for educa
tional mediocrity Instead of
superiority," he said.
Omaha Sen. Henry Pedersen, a
co-sponsor of the bill, and member
of the Education committee, also
spoke in behalf of the bill. .
"THIS BILL is only fair to our
state education institutions i-tl.
Pedersen said. "We will not be the
first to institute such a council. Forty
other states have similar bodies for
Pedersen noted that if the
Legislature does not take the op
portunity to control the problem now,
the solution would be "evanescent."
"In the past 10 years, enrollment
(in Nebraska higher educational in
stitutions) has doubled," he said. "It
will double again by 1975, and we
will be faced with more and more
"I DON'T SAY the demands
aren't proper, but we need the
coordination," he said.
Legislature Budget Committee
chairman Richard Marvel appeared
in behalf of the bill. He emphasized
the need to adequately fund the bill
should the committee send it to the
floor of the Legislature.
"Those Council members will
serve on a voluntary basis," Marvel
said. 'They will need an adequate
staff to make those recommendations."
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