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by Jim Pedersen
Ncbraskan Staff Writer '
"Students now have voting mem
bership on a committee which will
set new courses and change existing
curriculum in the College of Arts and
This is the first time in the history
of the college that students have been
included in this capacity in cur
riculum matters, according to Walter
Bruning, assistant dean of the Arts
and Sciences college.
THE RECENTLY revamped Course
of Study Committee has been renamed
the Curriculum Committee and will
include three voting student members
and nine faculty members. The
original committee was composed of
22 members, one representative from
each department in Arts and
The three student members will
serve one year terms and must be
juniors or seniors. If the student is
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1969
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ProL James H. Looker (left explains the chemistry department's honors program to Prof. Donald W
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by Bill Smitherman
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Hyde Park Thursday was dominated
by the personalities of Phil Metcalf
and Elbert Hill discussing the boycott
of California grapes, institutional
racism and religion.
Metcalf said that institutional
racism is a very real issue at the
University and cited some examples,
charging that the University is not
facing up to these problems.
THE REGENTS are aiding minority
students, however, many qf them have
low I.Q.'s and don't last long at the
University, Metcalf said.
By the same token, he continued,
the University is continuing to buy
California grapes. The opposition of
Student Senate has been ineffectual,
He said there will be a meeting
of SDS Tuesday evening to organize
? more effective grape boycott. The
cOS gram hones to work with the
Lincoln Committee of 1000 in further
ing the action in all parts of Lincoln.
HE CITED University expansion
into the Malone area as another in
stance of institutional racism. The
tame man who purchases land and
Souses in the district for the Uni
versity is resnonsible for appraising
this property, Metcalf said.
Ray Vavak asked the audience if
anyone could give him a good reason
for staying in a religion course. He
said that he had doubts about taking
the course because it just didn't seem
to be the thing to do.
Elbert Hill answered that Vavak
might be making a mistake taking
Ihe course because he was taking it
wjth the wrong attitude. Religion
courses are basically for the religious,
"IF YOU GO into a religion course
thinking that it's not your thing, you'll
come out certain that it's not your
thing," Hill said.
In response to a question, Vavak '
said that he is studying how religion
relates ti modern life.
, A comment from the audience said
that it is valuable to get several opi
nions and then draw conclusions. The
audience member continued that he
didn't think that the course was a
waste at all.
YOU CAN'T be a success witli
a junior, he may succeed himself on
INITIAL TERM members have
been elected from the Arts and
Sciences Advisory board. They are
Nancy Eaton, Sherl Wentzel and Susie
According to Bruning, the advisory
board will be responsible for deter
mining the method of selecting the
student members in future years.
BRUNING, WHO is responsible for
much of the revision in the Cur
riculum Committee, said Thursday
that students are being asked to
"come in and see how we do things
with the curriculum and help us do
those things." ,
The new committee was approved
Jan. 9 by a full faculty meeting of
the college, he added. The committee
will continue to provide for the
discussion of curriculum questions.
"BEFORE REVISION, the com-
is cvaiudung uie program ior me
religion, Vavak said. Hill answered
that success depends on your concept
"If success means acceptance to
you, then all right," Hill said. "But,
I think that success is being able to
do my thing."
One has to make the distinction
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Calculating 1040 A form not as 'taxing'
as people believe, says IRS employee
bv Ron Talrott
Nebraskan Staff Writer
"With all the education they have,
it's surprising how many students
can't read through a simple tax
form," Jack Schroeder, a local In
ternal Revenue Service (IRS)
Schroeder, who is a Taxpayer's
Service Assistant, said that many
students are confused about the
Nebraska State Tax and the surtax.
"MOST OF them don't realize that
if a person makes less than $900 a
year, he doesn't have to pay any tax.
And if he doesn't have to pay the
tax, he doesn't need to worry about
the surtax," Schrtfeder added.
SCHROEDER NOTED that the state
income tax is covered by form 1040N
("N for Nebraska" he explained)
available at the state capitol. If one
is entitled to a Federal tax, refund,
he is also entitled to a state refund,
If one has made more than $10,000
last year, or if he has received more
than $200 in interest, he cannot use
the 1040A form, according to
In such a case, not common to
students, the taxpayer completes the
long 1040 form which commands him
to "itemize your deductions"
medical bills, insurance premiums,
charitable contributions and other
"IT ONLY becomes profitable to
fill out the 1040 form when the total
of one's itemized deductions exceeds
ten per cent of his total income,"
mittee of 22 was so large that it was
unwieldy," Bruning continued. "We
were motivated to reduce the size of
the body by a desire to create a
discussion group to deal with new
courses and new programs.
"We felt strongly that students
should be included in the committee,"
he said, "because students often pro
vide us with exceptionally good ideas
for programs in the college."
With students involved there should
be many and varied points of view,
according to Bruning.
"This type of standing committee
can address itself to m a n y different
problems in course study," he added.
"They can discuss group require
ments; are they realistic? They can
investigate the possibilities of new
departments or independent study
HOWEVER, BRUNING emphasized
that the committee cannot order the
faculty to adopt its proposals. The
between religion and humanism, Bob
Harris commented. "We seem to be
finding all sorts of "two-bit substitutes
for God," he added.
A GIRL from the audience said she
thought that some kind of humanism
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final decision on any recommendation
is up to the college faculty.
"For instance, the whole faculty
must vote on any committee proposal
requesting a new major in the col
lege," Bruning said. "The committee
alone cannot create a new major or
discard an existing one."
The nine faculty positions on the
committee will be filled from the
fallowing departmental groupings:
social sciences, two representatives;
humanities, two representatives;
languages, one representative; com
munications and drama, one
representative; life sciences, one
representative; and physical sciences.
BY LIMITING the length of term
to one year for three groups and- two
years for three more groups, a rota
tion will be established so that three
faculty members must be replaced
each year, but once elected will serve
three year terms.
Bruning will serve as secretary of
Fate of honors
The future of the honors and career
scholars programs may depend to a
great extent on student opinion and
faculty evaluation of current pro
grams, according to Prof. Donald W.
Miller, who is head of the honors
program in the mathematics depart
ment, is conducting a survey of all
University honors programs to
determine the value of the programs
and to develop a recommendation
concerning their continuation and im
provement. He said he will rely heavily on the
judgment of the students and faculty
members involved in the programs
in determining their value. He is ar
ranging to interview faculty members,
but asked that students interested in
the programs contact him to talk
about their advantages and disad
vantages. "I WANT TO REACH as many in
terested students as I can," he said,
adding that students should contact
him at his office, 12th floor Oldfather
Hall, University extention 2891.
The honors systems will be com
pared with those of other states,
Miller commented. He plans to visit
several universities to learn more
about what is currently being done
and what more can be done in the
The basic assumption he is working
on is that an honors program "is of
definite value and should be a part
of the student scene; that capable
students should have an opportunity
to progress at their own pace." This
assumption is subject to change,
though, should the facts warrant it,
The assumption, Miller indicated, is
students tax their brains in
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the committee and will vote only in
the case of ties. The chairman of
the committee will be selected from,
and by, the nine faculty members.
In order to provide equitable repre
sentation in all the departments,
several restrictions were incorporated
into the proposal for the committee.
THE CHAIRMEN of departments
are not eligible for membership, and
committee members may not succeed
themselves. No department may be
represented on the committee two
consecutive terms, nor can any
department have two members on the
The duties of the committee will
be virtually the same as before the
revision in structure. They are:
To approve proposals for new
To approve proposals for major
content changes of existing courses..
To act in an advisory manner in
recommending proposals for new
major areas of study.
based on the hypothesis that a number
of good students working together in
one class tend to stimulate one
another and thus learn more than
when scattered at random throughout
THE BIGGEST QUESTION in his
mind is how the programs should be
Miller intends to investigate the
availability and attractiveness of
honors courses to students. He said
he also wants to find out from
students what specific needs are to
be served by the programs. For ex
' ample, he will inquire into whether
students want to study in fields of
fered only to honors students or
whether they simply want to ac
celerate their learning in the already
To answer these questions. Miller
plans to interview students as well
as faculty members. He will be ex
amining individual features of various
by JOHN DVORAK
NEBRASKAN STAFF WRITER
The new Teaching Council will help
NU faculty to develop and try new
teaching methods, according to Dr.
Thomas B. Thorson, chairman of the
Faculty Senate Committee on Com
mittees. Innovation and experimentation will
be encouraged, Thorson said. The
Council will dispense both money and
information to the faculty.
"NOW, TEACHERS who want to
try a new project or method have
some hope of getting the necessary
money," he continued. Experimen
tation was hampered previously
because the faculty lacked sufficient
money or time.
The Teaching Council was proposed
by an ad hoc faculty committee last
year, Thorson explained. Tht Faculty
Senate has "wholeheartedly" approv
ed it and the Board of Regents also
ratified it last fall. Acting Chancellor
Merk Hobson will appoint Council
The Teaching Council is "much
needed," according to Dr. Henry L.
Ablin, associate professor of electrical
"I WAS concerned by the lack of
quality m education. This will en
courage improved teaching," said
Ablin, a member of the original ad
The chairman of that ad hoc com
mittee. Dr. Vernon Williams of the
psychology department, thinks that
the Council will "enhance the im
portance of teaching and improve
what we are doing in the
The Council will probably hammer
out its own duties as it goes along,
Williams said. He envisions three
main duties for the group.
IT COULD support individual
ideas with grants of money. Teaching
loads could be lightened for an in
dividual teacher, and the Teaching
Council would underwrite it.
It could serve as a means of ex
changing information. The Council
could coordinate news from all parts
of the campus about how various de
partments are handling teaching.
It could help certain areas of the
University that are less well-
developed than the others.
NO SPECIFIC projects for the new
To submit two nominations to the
college faculty each spring for each
vacancy on the Executive com
mittee. To submit, when appropriate, to
the college faculty two nominees for
membership on the Faculty Senate
Committee on Committees.
Bruning explained that the Ex
ecutive Committee is an advisory
group which the dean of the college,
C. Peter Magrath, uses intensively in
discussing the budget and faculty of
"STUDENTS THUS may be in
directly helping to select top ad
ministrative advisers in the college
and even members of the important
Faculty Senate Committee on Com
mittees," he said.
"The committee serves at the will
of the faculty, however," Bruning ad
ded. "Faculty have the final decision
in establishing the curriculum."
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programs in order to find which hav
worked the best and which have been
THE REPORT ON the career
scholars program should be ready in
April, the report on the honors pro
grams following in August. Work
began late last semester, when Miller
was granted a leave of absence which
continues through next fall.
The honors program gives students
with superior ability a chance to work
together in accelerated or in-depth
studies which are not available to the
average student. Participants in these
classes are usually invited on the
basis of their previous class
performance, Miller explained.
The career scholars program is
very similar to the hqnors program.
But it was designed specifically for
students phmning"a career in educa
tion. It was originated bv the Ford
Foundation five years ago in order
to encourage- superior students
teach, Miller said.
Council have been formulated yet.
Thorson said that a wide variety of
projects could be undertaken. He
mentioned the use of television in the
classroom as an illustration.
Urban problems might be a good
project topic, according to another ad
hoc committee member, Dr. Gerald
E. Thompson. Departments often get
in the way of each other, he added.
A seminar arrangement could draw
faculty and students from a number
of departments together.
The Teaching Council could also
assist the faculty in planning new
courses or developing educational
materials, Thompson suggested.
MONEY FOR various equipment
needs could also come from the
Teaching Council, according to com
mittee member Ablin.
No one seems to know how much
money the Council would need or
where that money would come from.
Thompson said that no minimum
sum exists. "Any amount would
help," he said. "Of course almost
nothing could be accomplished with
less than $1,000."
WILLIAMS, THE ad hoc committee
chairman, commented that $20 to $50
thousand would "be gone in a hur
ry." A minimum of about $20 thousand
would be necessary, according to
Ablin..This figure would increase year
by year, he said.
The money, said-Thompson, would
presumably come from general ap
propriations of the Unicameral.
THORSON SAID that hopefully,
some money for the Teaching Council
would be earmarked specifically for
the next biennium. He suggested that
some outside funding might be
The Council will probably get
underway this semester, but will not
go full speed until next fall, Thorson
The Faculty Senate Committee on
Committees has already nominated 12
potential Council members. The
Chancellor will select six in the near
future. In addition, ASUN has sub
mitted the names of four students.
Two will be chosen.
ALONG WITH the six faculty
members and two students, the Dean
of Faculties and Dean of Student Af
fairs will also be members.
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