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THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1969
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
VOL. 92, NO. 91
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by Jim Pedenen
Nebraskan Staff Writer
if Individual fraternities refuse to
let the Interfraterniiy Council (IFC)
sot pledge training guidelines through
the pledge education contract, the
University administration will set
these guidelines, according to Joe Vo
borll, 1KC president.
"Fraternities exist here because the
University allows them to," Voboril
suld Monday. "Any time they abuse
it heir rljjlrt by continuing outmoded
and negative pledge training prac-.
ees, for example, the University has
every right to kick fraternities off
campus."
Voboril made these and other com
ments In light of the possibility that
several fraternities Intend to break
with IFC on the pledge contract Issue,
and write a contract of their own to be
displayed during Rush Week.
J DOUBT IF the rumor has any
validity," he added. "1 would be
surprised if a member of IFC would
take such action."
Voboril Indicated that he Is uncer
tain as to what action IFC would take
if the houses try to draw up their
own contract. The IFC does have the
power to reprimand member
houses.
"Even those houses who have
disagreed with parts of the contract
uavt seen merits la most of it,"
students ignite a cardboard coffin
system is dead."
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Voboril said. "I don't think thpy would
do something which could lead to a
loss of power In IFC and thn placing
of that power In the hands of the
administration."
IF IFC DOESN'T set guidelines for
all fraternities it is rendered useless,
Voboril said.
According to Voboril, the existing
situation Is analogous to events which
occurred In the l50's when the ad
ministration asked IFC and
Panhellenic to compose their own
housing and health code.
"The administration asked for a
Greek housing code for three con
secutlve years, but IFC and
Panhellenic did not adopt one," he
continued. "Finally, the administra
tion imposed a code on houses, and
now Inspect houses on their standards.
"The analogy to pledge training is
obvious. The administration Is telling
IFC that they have a problem with
pledge training, and since they have
the power to solve the problem they
bad Better do something about It.
"We are taking some action In the
form of the pledge contract. If we
don't find a solution to the problem,
the administration will find one for
us."
According to Voboril, a feasible lino
of action for the administration would
be to put residence advisers in the
bouses along with house mothers.
by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Black students at the University are
calling for a black counselor and a
black coordinator, among other
things, but their requests have con
tinually been met by tokenism and
rebuff by the administration, ac
cording to Wayne Williams, president
of the Afro-American Collegiate
Society.
Demonstrations Tuesday and
Wednesday afternoon around the ad
ministration building were designed
to "focus public attention upon the
ineffectiveness and insensitivity of the
administration," said Williams, who
plans to lead a third demonstration
Thursday afternoon.
"We've been put off and put off."
said the senior law student. "We sub
mitted a list of 20 concerns and
recommendations. They were glanced
at and pushed aside."
Dean of Student Affairs Dr. G.
Robert Ross appointed a task force
to study t h e recommendations,
Williams continued. The task force
wrote a report and then "patted
themselves on the back for it," he
said.
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ONE OF THE recommendations of
that task force was the employment
of a black counselor. The students
were told that money was im
mediately available, and they could
name someone for the post.
The black students recommended
Tom Windham, a psychology pro
fessor at Nebraska Wesleyan, for ihe
job, Williams said. Windham is cur
rently finishing work on a Ph.D.
The University administration re
jected Windham, without officially
giving a reason, Williams continued.
The administration, however, did not
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"THEY WOULD BE responsible to
the office of student affairs," Voboril
said. "If they observed bad pledge
training practices, they would report
to the administration, not IFC."
Almost every local chapter 13 pro
hibited from employing the negative
practices named In the IFC pledge
contract by their national constitu
tions, he added. These practices are
also prohibited by the IFC, the
University and possibly local chapter
constitutions.
"We just want houses to follow the
rules they already have," Voboril
continued, "The pledge contract is
just a re-statement of established
policy."
Voboril admitted that there are few
constructive suggestions In the con
tract and added that the contract Is
just a small step In the right direction
towards developing a constructive
program.
"Most houses won't argue that haz
ing pledge programs have any merit,"
according to Voboril. "They refuse
to teu rushees they subscribe to these
practices, but Uiey claim once the
pledge is going through the program
he likes It."
"We would like the houses who
won't sign the pledge contract to come
out and say Just what does constitute
their pledge training programs,"
Voboril said.
have anyone else in mind for the
job.
"This was the first confrontation,"
Williams said. "We want to choose
the man, provided he has the creden
tials. We're not going to put a clown
in there."
Windham, who spoke at the Dr.
Martin Luther King memorial service
last month, is too outspoken to be
acceptable to the administration,
Williams said.
LATE WEDNESDAY afternoon,
Windham confirmed that the black
students had approached him about
the job. The possibility still exists that
he will be able to work at the
University. "Apparently there has
been some hangup in the administra
tion about me," he said.
Windham, who said he is not
particularly seeking a job, plans to
meet Thursday with University of
ficials, including Dr. Harry Canon,
director of the Counseling Center.
Windham said he is "vague" as to
what will be discussed at the meeting.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Lee W. Chatfield said Wednesday that
it is a national trend for black
students to want to name ad
ministrators. "I don't know the man (Windham),
and I've never met him," Chatfield
said.
Chatfield emphasized that the entire
area of black students and
demonstrations is not his area of con
cern. He is functioning as the senior
member of the Office of Students Af
fairs. Dr. Russell II. Brown, associate
dean of students affairs, and Ross
have been out of town, although they
were expected back Wednesday
evening.
THERE IS only one black person
in the University administration, Joe
L. Butler. Butler works with many
students, not just black students. He
also works with foreign students.
"One of the reasons we want Tom
Windham now is that Butler is leav
ing," said Williams. "He (Butler) has
done an adequate job as far as he
is able to do."
Butler, while working full time, has
been pursuing a masters degree. He
will receive the degree at the end
of the summer and take a post as
chaplain of a hospital in Tennessee.
"Besides being a family man and
a graduate student, the University has
him going around and doing a lot
of garbage work," Williams said.
"Blacks need somebody full
time."
Butler said that as an admini
strator, he has not been too well
received by the black students. It is
the nature of the job, Butler said.
There is generally a distrust of
authority.
BUTLER STRESSED that his job
was not specifically designed to help
black students. "There are things I
can do that are legitimate and mean
ingful. There are things I can do as
an administrator that could not be
done by someone outside the ad
ministration." "I have heard that some of the
students do hate me," Butler said.
"1 have been called an Uncle Tom
to my face. But it's part of the job,
and I try to understand it."
Board rejects
Zucker grade
appeal waiver
The University Student Affairs Sub
commltte on Student Activities and
Organizations Wednesday rejected an
appeal by Bob Zucker, A SUN
presidential candidate, that the 2.0
grade average requirement for
participation in an activity be waived
In his case.
Zucker, whose average Is slightly
below the required 2.0, Indicated that
he will carry his appeal to the whole
Student Affairs Committee.
The Sub-committee on Activities,
which is chaired by Dean Helen
Snyder, Is composed of five faculty
members and two students. The vote
on Zucker's appeal was 4-1 with Dean
Snyder, as chairman, not voting and
one member of the sub-committee
absent.
According to Dr. Phil Scrlbner, a
member of the sub-committee, an ex
ception to the 2.0 rule was Interpreted
by the committee to be acceptable
only if the student's average had been
visibly affected by illness to himself
or a death In the family or something
comparable.
If Zucker Is not successful In any
further appeals, the presidential can
didates remain Bill Chalotipka and
Ray Vavak.
The other two candidates on
Zucker's executive slate are Richard
Page, first vice-president, ami Stove
Tiwaid, second vice-prcsideai.
Protesting a lack of action by the administration on concerns of
Negro students, participants chant in unison to arouse public
sentiment in favor of their requests in a demonstration on the
Administration Building lawn.
There is a definite need for a black
counselor and a black coordinator,
Butler commented.
The second major concern of the
black students is financial aid to
minority groups, particularly blacks,
Williams said.
A tuition waiver program was begun
last year for the first time. Twenty
minority students were admitted
under the idea. Sixteen were black,
two were Indians and two were Mex
icans. THESE STUDENTS were actively
solicited because they did not have
the grades and-or the money to attend
the University, Williams said.
"The students needed counseling,
assistance and tutoring.'-' Williams
said. "But they were given nothing.
They were just left."
"You just can't bring kids out of
the ghetto and leave them on their
own." Williams continued. "They're
not making it grade wise."
Another assistance program for
students is the Educational Op
portunity Grant. Federal funds help
send needy students to college. Last
Faculty Senate accepts
campus
by Sue Pettey
Nebraskan Staff W riter
The University Faculty Senate
Tuesday approved the proposed policy
statement on campus disorders which
was drawn up by a faculty-student
committee.
Dean Helen Snyder presented the
statement and observed that the
University at present has no policy
statement on disorders other than a
general one which appears in the
campus handbook. She added that in
some cases, "Disruptive action has
been intensified by the lack of definite
policy statements."
THE DOCUMENT calls for the
prevention of violence or the use of
force In demonstrations and the pro
tection from interference with
University operations.
The statement set up guidelines for
dealing with disruptive action, with
the University to follow procedures
of discussion, notification of violation
of University regulations: the use of
institutional sanctions; and when all
other means fail, the use of extra-institutional
forces to handle the situa
tion. The proposed statement also
assures the right of Individuals to be
granted hearings on University
policy.
The Senate debated one clause of
the statement which would stipulate
that the University must reach a
decision on any students who are
sanctioned within five days or the
sanctions would be dissolved.
THE PROVISION would assure that
students could not be suspended for
Indefinite periods of time. The period
could be abandoned by mutual consent
if both parties believe that tempers
are still too hot for the accused to
have a fair hearing.
Some faculty members believed that
the five-day clause was too restrictive
However, the document was passed
unanimously to avoid having to send
it back to other bodies which have
approved it.
THE POLICY statement has
already been approved by the faculty
committee on Student Affairs and
ASUN. The Faculty Senate will send
the proposal to the board of Regents
for final approval before the state
ment becomes official University
semester several hundred students
were admitted under the plan. Five
were black.
This is tokenism, charged Williams.
Enrollment should be doubled by next
fall.
OTHER PROGRAMS to aid
minority students have met with
failure, Williams continued. For in
stance Dr. Edward E. Lundak, direc
tor of scholarships and financial aids,
mailed 500 post cards to Omaha high
school students last semester en
couraging them to attend NU. Only
15 replied, Williams said.
Placards carripd by demonstrators
Tuesday and Wednesday also 11-
lustrated the concerns. "Poverty
students deceived by NU scholarship
programs. Why?" said one sign.
Another read. "Black students de
mand a say in the selection of a black
coordinator at NU NOW.
third
placard said, "We want the
counselor we were promised.
Windham is the man we
now not next year."
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disorder policy
The Senate also voted on two faculty
members to take positions on the
Committee on Human Rights. Can
didates were Paul A. Olson, professor
of English; Alfredo Roldan, associate
professor of economics; Jack
Siegman, assistant professor o f
sociology; Ivan Volgyes, assistant
professor of political science; Patrick
Wells, associate professor of
pharmacology; and Howard Wiegers,
associate professor of poultry science.
The candidate receiving the highest
number of votes will serve a term
of two years, with the faculty member
receiving the next highest number
serving a one-year term.
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On campus 1
today j
The second lecturer In the 199
Centennial Lecturers Series supported
by the department of romance
languages and literature will be Pro
lessor Juris Sllenleks, according to
dept. chairman Roberto Esquenazi
Mayo. Sllenleks chairman of the
department ot modern languages at
Carnegie-Mellon University In
Pittsburgh. Pa., will give his lecture
on "Cesulre and Gllsxant: Two
Caribbean Playwrights" at 2:30 p.m.
In Burnett Hall, room 108.
Young Democrats
The
University
will meet
In the Nebraska Union nt
7:30 p.m.
drive for
to organize a fund-raising
the Uncoln Committee to
Keep Blafrnns Alive. The meeting will
feature a film and speakers on the
Nlgerlan-Uiafran conflict. Anyone In
terested may attend.
The Student Independent Party will
announce Its full nlatonn at Hyde
Park on Thursday, April 17.
In addition to the explanation of
the platform, the party speakers, the
presidential and vice presidential
candidates, will ask for the help ot
the people In the audience In the
campaign. S.I.P. will be holding a
meeting In the Union at 9 p.m. Thurs
day, April 17. All interested pmons
w ill be welcome.
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