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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 1969
VOL. 29, No. 83
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ASUN seeking approval
of apportionment changes
by Jim Pedersen
Nebraskun Staff Writer
The ASUN Constitutional Convention
completed business Saturday after a
lengthy session in which the delegates
approved a "mixed" apportionment
system and included the intent and
much of the wording of Government
Bill No. 24 in the proposed new con
stitution. Students will vote Friday, March
28 on the proposed constitution. The
referendum will present the new con
stitution in its entirety, rather than
section by section.
primarily on reapportionment. After
iiill Chaloupka, chairman ot the con
vention reapportionment committee,
introduced a proposal for reappor
i.onment, a flurry of amendments and
prolonged discussion followed.
The amanded proposal which was
finally adopted by a vole of 21-3 calls
lor Senate to be composed of no more
than 38 elected members chosen
from districts, advisory boards and
at-large elections.
The at-large election will send eight
students to Senate. This was a change
from Chaloupka's earlier proposal
which designated 12 senators to be
elected at-large.
that one senator shall be elected from
each of the five undergraduate ad
visory boards. Bruce Cochrane
amended the section to include the
i-iection of one senator each from the
colleges of dentistry, pharmacy and
The advisory board senators
represent a partial retention of the
present system of apportionment;
they will mainly represent the in
terests of their specific colleges.
Fraternities and sororities on cam
pus will elect one senator for every
V50 Greek students or four senators.
James Farmer discusses high-speed
change in civil rights needs and plans
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"Anyone winning the battles but losing the war re
assesses his strategy, and that is what he blacks are
doing today."
The Student in the Academic Community (SAC)
Committee voted unanimously last week to recommend
the organization of a new body, the Council on Student
life, to replace the University Senate Committee on
Student Affairs. The recommendation was presented to
campus President Joseph Soshnik Wednesday.
This recommendation, along with the Committee's
other recommendations will be submitted to the
University Senate and the Board of Regents for adoption.
Professor Royce Knapp. SAC committee chairman,
commented that the general function of this new council
would be "to improve the quality of student life."
Citing the need for a University Council on Student
Life, tho SAC Committee reported:
"TIIE OUT-OK-CLASSROO.M life and activities of
students may offer many important opportunities for
personal and group development some at least us
vital and Influential as those found In the 15-18 hours
spent In classrooms.
"This Committee believes that our University should
nuiko every effort to increase the quality of the out-of-classroom
environment of students since this is where
tie students spend most of their time.
"W further believe that this should bo a
Off-campus students who are af
filiated with a Greek house will vote
for senators in the fraternity-sorority
election, but Greeks living i n
dormitories will vote only in the
residence hall election.
N 0 N A FFILIATED oft-campus
students will elect one senator for
every 1,500 students or six senators.
Dormitory residents will elect eight
senators based on a 1-750 ratio. Three
of the residence hall districts, Abel
Sandoz, Harper-Schramm-Smith and
Cather-Pound-VVomen's Residence will
elect two senators.
Selleck Qandrangle district and
Burr-Feddelnter Cooperative Council
district will each elect a single
senator. The composition of districts
was amended early in the session by
combining Burr-Fedde and Selleck
Quadrangle into one district which
would elect two senators and placing
the cooperatives in the off-campus
THE AMENDMENT, however, was
reconsidered and the districts were
returned to their original form.
The number of seats apportioned
to each constituency in the future will
be decided by the electoral com
. mission. If fractions arise in the
calculation of the number of
representatives for each constituency,
they will be rounded to the nearest
whole number of representatives.
Considerable controversy arose over
whether a projwsal by the Structure
committee which contained the bulk
of the meaning of Government Bill
No. 24 should be included in the con
stitution. TOM MORGAN chairman of the
convention, and ASUN President Mike
Naeve were opposed to adding
anything more than a general state
ment of ASUN's power concerning
student welfare.
A compromise was reached, but the
section was passed with little change
In the orginal wording of the proposal.
recommends more representation
responsibility of the total academic community, and
that it should be shared by faculty, students and Student
Ai'fuirs specialists.
"The recently created University Teaching Council
gives emphasis to the academic community's new com
mitment to improve and enrich the classroom life of
"IF WE ARE to make a similar breakthrough in
improving the quality of this University's out-of-classroom
environment, the Committee believes a new
Council on Student Life is also urgently needed.
" 'The Student In the Academic Community' docu
ment provides a general statement of University policy,
including the affirmation that 'Students should be free,
individually or collectively, to express their views on
issues of Institutional policy and on matters of general
Interest to the student population. The students should
have clearly defined means to participate equitably In
the formulation of institutional policies and procedures
which affect student life'.
"It is the opinion of this Committee that students
at this time have neither the 'clearly defined means
to participate In' nor an equaltable role in thj formulation
of policies and procedures.
Section 5, Paragraph A reads:
"ASUN shall exercise all powers and
responsibilities dealing with student
life, including:
THE POWER to establish all
policies, rules and regulations
governing student social and group
life . . . (publications, curfews and
parietal regulations).
The power to assume
responsibility over djsciplinary pro
cedures within these areas.
The power to participate equitably
in the allocation and distribution of
student fees.
The power to participate equitably
with the University administration
and faculty in the exercise of all
power and responsibility over
Universiy housing policy and non
social disciplinary matters.
IN OTHER amendments to the
constitution. Cochrane submitted a
proposal which liberalized re
quirements for placing an amendment
before the student body as a special
The existing constitution provides
for only two dates on which a
referendum may be held. The first
date is in December, and the second
is the day of the spring elections.
Cochrane's amendment provides
that any petition for amendment to
the constitution which is presented to
the electoral commissioner in the first
semester must be placed on a special
referendum within one month
IF THE petition is submitted during
the second semester but before the
27th day preceding the spring general
election, the proposed amendment will
be included on the ballot of that elec
tion. Randall Trier moved thai a special
referendum be called hi which it
would take a majority of the students
voting in the referendum to ratify any
organic act of the Senate which calls
for a constitutional convention. Frier's,
motion passed.'
by Susie Jenkins
Nebrusknn stuff Wriler
High-speed change in civil rights
needs and plans is causing splits and
dissension among civil rights leaders,
according to James Farmer, newly
appointed assistant secretary of
Health, Educutionn and Welfare.
Farmer, the first black to accept
a high post In the Nixon administra
tion, was on campus Wednesday and
Thursday for speeches, television in
t e r v 1 e w s and question-answer
"Anyone winning the battles but
losing the war reassesses his
strategy, and that is what the blacks
are doing today," Farmer said, ex
plaining the change in civil rights
Answers adequate only a few
months ago now appear archaic and
bsolete, Fanner told an audience in
the Nebraska Union Centennial
He gave two reasons for the shift
In civil rights agenda: the failure of
the civil rights revolution to achieve
Integration, and the failure of the
"battle victories" to change the life
condition of the average U.S. black
"That hot dog we worked for ten
years ago at the lunch counter was
, dearly won," Farmer said. "It doesn't
seem nearly as Important now, It
merely whets the appetite."
Farmer emphasized that 'previous
efforts for equality weren't "complete
failures," that these efforts did the
middle class blacks good.
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Do not fold, spindle or mutilate. This is your passport to more hours of long lines, exciting lectures
and challenging tests.
Pre-registration procedures
attempt to increase efficiency
An attempt to streamline registra
tion procedures and Increase each
department's knowledge ci the de
mand for various courses is the
purpose of new pre-registration pro
cedures, according to Glenn Nees,
ASUN welfare committee chairman.
A new work sheet and course re
quest form has been devised for pre
ret stration which runs through April
4. "'lass schedules, work sheets and
rep stration forms are available in the
Nebraska Union and the Administra
tion Building.
The improvements are the results
of efforts by the welfare committee
and the office of Registration and
NEES, IN A statement released in
conjunction with Gerald Bowker of
registration and records, said
registration this spring should be
more simple, and students should be
able to obtain more courses that they
Grml students
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Ncbraskan Staff Writer '
Graduate and foreign students in
Benton and Fairfield dormitories have
been taken by surprise by decisions
concerning their request for coed
visitation rights.
On March 10 the Board of Regents
announced that the Regents had
unanimously voted for defeat of the
students' request for coed visitation
On March 19 it was announced that
a group of undergraduates were
planning to petition the Regents and
might possibly stage a sit-in sup
porting coed visitation in Benton and
Most of those residents are wonder
ing who these undergraduates are and
why the gruduale students were not
luformed of their plans, the graduate
student said.
"We are, of course, very grateful
for nil the help we can get, and
welcome support from students,
faculty and administration," said Ring
Chen, student assistant at Benton,
"but we would have preferred to have
been consulted before steps were
"These measures were well-meant,
"Several problems can be found with the present
University Senate Committee on Student Affairs. First,
this committee dealing with student life situations is
subordinate to the University Senate. The Senate has
no student membership. To provide equltability this
committee should have its powers derived from the
entire community rather than a segment of the com
munity. "SECOND, TIIE current membership of the Student
Affairs Committee is fourteen faculty and administrators
and seven students. This is clearly Inequitable.
"Third, the Dean 'of Student Affairs is currently
serving as chutrman of the Student Affairs Committee,
although he has requested to be relieved of this
chairmanship. This is a position that could easily provide
him with the opportunity to control the action of the
Committee, although we judge this as not being the
present situation. Many students and some faculty do.
though, perceive this last point differently.
"it is for these reasons that we make the following
"In order to Implement more fully the University
of Nebraska's policy statement, The Student in the
Academic Community, it is recommended that a new
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want. Nees added that drop-and add
by mail may soon become a reality.
The new form, which can be fed
directly into a computer, allows pro
cessing of 2,(KM) registrations an hour.
Thus, all registrations can be process
ed in a few days instead of tiie nearly
four weeks previously required, the
statement said.
Increased speed in processing will
allow the departments to adjust to
the class demands of the students,
making possible in some cases an in
crease in the number of sections of
fered and a corresponding increase
in a student's chance of registering
for the course, according to the state
ment. REGISTRATIONS will be processed
in three cycles, it continued, allowing
students to take advantage of sections
added as a result of the last cycle.
Although free drop-and-add will be
plan action against Regents
but we should have been informed
of them in advance," David Pales,
resident of Benton, said.
1FC adopted a motion 22-2 last week
"that the 1FC forward to the Board
of Regents the request for our right
to determine coed visiting hours and
all social regulations affecting
respective living units, and that the
IFC do everything In its power to
see that this right is obtained.'"
One of the major concerns of the
graduate students centered around the
effect of these steps on their own
David Trask, another Benton resi
dent, stated that he had spoken to
some of the men about the petition.
"All the men I spoke to were in
favor of the petition as a plea for
local rule," Trusk emphasized. "1
didn't ask them how they felt about
the sit-in because 1 didn't know about
The graduate and foreign students
had been at work on plans of their
own concerning their visitation pro
posal. "We were planning to meet with
the Regents to discuss our situation
and try to arrive at a workable solu
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offered in the spring, the committee
is working to institute drop-and-add
by mail after the final registration
sheets are mailed.
"Students lJuve been standing in
lines at this University probably from
the day of its establishment, and eacli
year the lines have been longer,
tempers shorter and classes increas
ingly hard to get into," the statement
said in explaining the purpose of the
"Out of principle, the student has
refused to select alternative courses
(generally because he may not
realistically have any alternatives).
it added.
"He then receives his registration
copy from the University and finds
that he has been registered for nine
hours out of an original sixteen," it
continued. Some students have com
plained of receiving none, even after
listing alternatives.
tion," Elsie Shore, resident a t
Fairfield, said.
Margy O'Leary, student assistant at
Fairfield, stated that most of the
women in the dorm were in favor
of this approach as the next step.
She pointed out that the graduate
and foreign students' program was
flourishing with the help of the ad
ministration, and that the students
wished to maintain tlus satisfactory
working relationship.
"We feel that this approach has
been most effective in the past, and
although we won't rule out other pro
cedures, we do demand tho right to
decide on them ourselves," Miss
O'Leary said. "After all, that's what
It's all about."
The discussion of graduate student
visitation rights was continued at
Hyde Park last week.
Speaking about the graduate visita
tion proposal, Phil Medcalf said.
"There's gonna be a revolution on
this campus." He continued that ac
tion would have to be taken now by
activist students for coed visitation.
Larry Wolfley, an English instructor
and resident of Benton Hall, address
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body to be called the Council on Student Life, be organiz
ed to replace the current University Senate Committee
on Student Affairs. The basic purpose of thii council
shall be to coordinate and develop all student living,
social and out-of-classroom activities. This council shall
begin meeting no later than September 30, 1909."
TIIK COUNCIL, after some discussion, shall consist
of 13 members, including one member of the
Undergraduate Dean's Council to serve as chairman;
the Dean of Student Affairs or his designee to serve
as secretary; the president of the IJncoln campus or
his designee; the president of the Associated Students
of the University of Nebraska; six students to be selected
by ASUN, with no more than two to be chosen from
any single college or living unit: and three faculty
members to be nominated by the University Senate
Committee on Committees and approved by the Senate.
Designating powers and responsibilities, the SAC
Committee stated: The Council on Student Life shall
have general policy-making power over all student living,
social and out-of-classroom activities, subject to review
by the Board of Repeats.