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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 1969
VOL. 92, NO.' 94
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Vernice Anderson and Edwin
about campus disorders
by Ron Talcott
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Campus unrest, college students and
the meaning of success were discuss
ed with concern but not without humor
by the eight visiting Masters, alumni
of the University of Nebraska, at a
press conference Monday.
Asked to give the formula for his
success, each Master concurred with
Vernice Anderson, secretary of the
National Science Foundation Board,
who answered, "It Is presumptuous
to say one is successful."
"In the past, the only patent
formula has been to marry the boss's
daughter," Edwin Faulkner, president
of Woodmen Accident and Life in
Lincoln, said. "If this avenue Isn't
available, I suppose one should apply
the Haratio Alger virtues of hard
work and enthusiasm and hope for
a break," he added.
"IN MY LINE of work, success is
not measured by a profit and loss
statement," Governor N o r b e r t
Tiemann said. "It is measured every
four years at the polling place and
the decision is final."
"Also," he continued, "success Is
determined by what is done in the
legislative assembly to improve the
government of the state." Generaliz
ing, Tiemann said that success is not
measured by the person Involved, but
bv "somebody else, voter or
Commenting facetiously on campus
disorders, Tiemann said that he "had
even participated in one," in his col
"IT WAS a nice spring day, and
the fire department and police
department needed a workout so we
gave them one," he said. "We were
to march to the state capltol but we
ended up at the Bar and Grill, so
you see how much it amounted to."
More seriously, Tiemann agreed
with Otto Kotouc, Nebraska attorney,
who said, "the Board of Regents are
to be commended on their policy on
campus disorders." (permitting
orderly assembly but prohibiting
"The Board of Regents are to be
Black students skeptical, will adopt
wait - and attitude - - Williams
Black students are skeptical of the
University administration's response
to the twelve demands of the Afro
American Collegiate Society (A-ACS)
and they will adopt a wait-and-see at
titude, according to Wayne Williams,
A meeting Monday afternoon. In
volving administrators and black
students leaders, served mainly to
establish the intent behind the
leinamis, Williams said.
Black students are interested only In
actual Implementation of the twelvt
demands, be said Tuesday.
Williams said he was happy with
only a part of the administration's
response. That segment involves the
recruitment of a black counselor and
a black coordinator,
G. Robert Ross, vice chancellor for
student affairs, has promised Williams
orally that the University will hire a
black counselor and a black coordi
nator, according to Williams. This is
J. Faulkner, two University Masters,
complimented, but the students are
also to toe complimented for their
orderly behavior during the past
week," Tiemann said.
"MILITANT OR REACTIONARY
movements cannot succeed on a
campus unless there is student sup
port and participation," Tiemann
continued. "And here, students have
shown they want no part of them.
"At the University, the administra
tion has always gone to the students
and Che students have always gone
to the administration," Tiemann said.
"I hope it will continue thia way
this communication, I think, is one
of the reasons for the peace and calm
on the Nebraska campus," he con
cluded. Discussing campus disorders as a
national problem, Marvin Schmidt,
senior partner in an Omana law firm,
said "Anything that gets out of the
area of reason is out of the area
of what is good for society."
Referring to the Afro-American
Collegiate Society demonstrations last
week, Schmidt commented, "that's
the kind of assembly that's
worthwhile. It was orderly and the
participants pollcled themselves."
"HUMAN RIGHTS are
downgraded toy those who espouse
them when no respect Is shown for the
dignity of others, Kotouc said, com.
menting on violent campus
"Freedom of speech and assembly
are permlssable, but civil disobe
dience and destruction of property are
not written into the Constitution," he
"If we continue to tolerate people
who want to climb up the ladder
themselves through Injury to others,
chaos will result," Kotouc conclud
ed. CARL OLSON, president of Olson
Construction Company, called campus
disrupters "a minority group who
make themselves loud and clear."
"J, Edgar Hoover has said that
there are organized attempts by
the first time that any commitment
has been made to that affect by the
The administration released a
statement that said that the A-ACS
will be directly involved In the elec
tion of staff who will have specific
assignments with black students and
their programs. Financial ar
rangements for the position will be
completed no later than July 1, the
Ross said that a person could be
chosen by that date, although
qualified black counselors are scarce.
Funds for a temporary and part-time
counseling personnel have been
allocated since April 7, but no part-,
time person has been hired.
Involved in the Monday meeting
was Williams, Lonetta Harrold of the
A-ACS, and President Joseph Soshruk,
Ross a?i C Peter Magrath, Dean
Ross described tie meeting as
speak at a press conference.
anarchistic groups to create disrup
tion on campuses," Olson continued.
"I'm not saying this is true, but con
sidering the source, I think it is a
warning that should be recognized."
I think the media should take
another look at themselves," Edmund
Steeves, General Motors public rela
tions official, said. "There is a
tendency to over-report and to report
events on an anticipatory basis. Even
in the school paper here, I've noticed
much emphasis has been placed on
events that might just happen."
SEVERAL of the Masters agreed
with Steeves, that the media has con
tributed to the magnitude ot campus
disturbances and that protestors and
hippies are a small minority. This
prompted a question from the floor
that perhaps the "social ills" behind
the protests are exaggerated, and that
students shouldn't be so concerned
Faulkner, who had said earlier in
the conference that "most un
dergraudates deplore the tactics of the
restive elements on campus,"
answered, "most of the objection is
not with the concern of the students,
"but with the methods that are
employed even when the concerns are
When asked to compare the class of
1969 with his class of 1949, Governor
Tiemann said, "the '69'ers are much
better looking." ("They're younger,"
added one of the other Masters.)
"Seriously," Tiemann continued, "If
the students today aren't better in
every way than the students of 20
years ago, then the educational
system has failed miserably.
"Students at all levels elemen
tary, secondary and college are
much more advanced than they were
20 years ago," he said. "This is one
reason why I've been so vigorous in
trying to get the voting age lowered to
18. By this age, students are m u c h
better prepared and deserve a voice in
' "Last year, an amendment to lower
the voting age to 19 almost passed."
Tiemann continued. "I think with
another crack, we may make it"
thoughtful and deliberate, involving
free and open discussion. The state
ment released after the meeting does
not represent a change from the ad
ministration's original viewpoint.
Williams said the Society has not
achieved, as of yet, all the things
it is concerned about, but a definite
step forward has been made.
Discussions will continue, although
none have been scheduled. The
sessions may take a different form
than the presentation of written
statements, Ross said.
The administration statement,
which was written Sunday before the
two and one half hour meeting Mon
day, said "We recognize the existence
of conditions and problems relating
to human dignity and equality that
require continuing and expanding af
firmative action by all segments of
the University community."
The only black demand that the ad
ministratioa frankly was not ia
by Jim Pedersen
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Two students believe that the
decision of the University to raise
dormitory rates for the 1969-70
academic year may result in reduced
occupancy levels forcing the
University to prohibit students from
moving off campus.
Bill Gilpin, a student member of
the Housing Policy Committee, said
Monday that dormitory residents are
upset over the raise in rates and the
late date at which the administration
announced the increase in rent.
"Dorm contracts are more than a
month late, and students want to plan
where they will be living next year,"
he added. "The raise in rates may
be justifiable but the lateness of the
decision certainly is not."
THE BOARD OF Regents Saturday
approved the recommendation of the
University administration to raise the
rates from the present $800 per year
According to M. Edward Bryan,
director of housing, the rates will
consist of eight monthly payments of
$100 from September through April
along with an $80 fee when the con
tract is signed.
"The actual raise in rates is $66."
Bryan said. "The $80 increase will
include a $14 linen fee which is now
charged extra to dorm rent."
Bryan added that the $5 now taken
from the full year's dorm rate and
returned to the residence hall student
governments for their use will be in
creased to $6. '
Bill Chaloupka, past president of
Harper Hall, like Gilpin fears that
occupancy may be seriously affected
by the increased rent.
"WHEN YOU JUST raise the rate
like the administration has, there are
some people who will move out
because they can't afford to pay,"
he said. "But there are many other
people who will regard the increase
as the breaking point because they
have not been given any reason for
According to Chaloupka, the
Student Affairs Committee ivaives
grade requirements for candidates
The Student Affairs Committee
Monday reversed an earlier ruling of
its Student Activities and Organiza
tions sub-committee and waived the
2.0 grade average requirement for
Bob Zucker thus allowing him to run
for ASUN president.
Two other students seeking to run
for senate seats were also waived on
the 2.0 requirement. They were Sue
Langdon and Howard Walbaum.
According to John McCollister,
electoral commissioner, the com
mission is now in some doubt as to
whether the University rules and
regulations should be used as a stan
dard for qualifying candidates.
"There is some question as to
whether the committee used the same
criteria in judging the appeals of all
three candidates, ' McCollister said
Tuesday. "Through conversation with
Walbaum, I learned that he did not
appear before the committee to
present his case.
"Many people are concerned over
whether this case is a precedent to
be used In future appeals on the grade
rule," he added.
Becky Broman, whose appeal was
agreement with involved the estab
lishing of a black studies program,
staffed and directed by black school
ars. "Our practice is to treat all persons
and subject matter on the basis of
equality, and for this reason black
studies program staffed and directed
by black scholars is inconsistent with
our educational ideals and objec
tives," the statement said.
However the statement did say,
"Consistent with the University's
commitment to human dignity and
equality, we are eager to have black
and ether minority faculty participate
in our academic programs.
Another demand of the black
students involved Increased t'ack
enrollment by 200 next fall. The
University will Intensify and enlarge
its already initiated efforts to attract
students from minority groups, the
administration response said. No et
act figures or dates were given.
University should have informed the
students through publication of an in
tended rate increase just "to prepare
them for the shock."
"Although it is necessary for pro
fessional people to make the decision
on the technical matters of rates,
students should know what is going
on," he continued. "As recently as
two weeks ago, the residence halls
coordinator didn't know whether or
not there would be a rasie or how
much of a raise."
"We were hoping that we could ride
with our present rates," Bryan stated.
"But as we gathered data and in
formation, we found that we could
THE REASONS for raising the
rates, Bryan said, were tliree-fold.
The Universitw was forced to raise
the salaries of dormitory employees
in compliance with the Fair Labor
Standards Act minimum wage law.
The raise in salaries amounted to a
seven and one half per cent increase
over the existing wage scale.
The University anticipates a four
per cent increase in food costs. This
increase also reflects rising labor and
transportation costs for food stores
selling to the University.
Other costs which include services
and equipment in the dormitories are
expected to rise by at least three
Gilpin feels that the delay was
"The University has known since
1966 that it would come under the
minimum wage law and they should
have anticipated the effect it would
have on costs," he said. "I don't
understand why the rate raise couldn't
have been planned earlier and
THE HOUSING OFFICE was aware
of the implications of the Fair Labor
Standards Act. according to Bryan.
However, the University attempted to
maintain the existing rates by being
more efficient with staff wage
denied because she is a first semester
freshman, said Tuesday she will
challenge the ruling.
"I don't think it is fair to allow
people without the 2.0 average to run
and at the same time deny a freshman
who is really interested and concerned
the right to run," she said.
Miss Broman's appeal was denied
on the basis of a University activity
regulation which stipulates that a
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Miss Susan Vanneman, a sophomore from Fremont who wowed the
judges with a medley from "The King and I," grins after being
crowned Miss University of Nebraska. Miss Vanneman also won tha
talent portion of the contest.
"The rising food and service costs
were not as well documented," Bryan
added. "It wasn't possible to know
all the facts in advance."
"If we could have put our data in
file form and with accuracy we could
have presented it to the Regents at
their March meeting," he continued.
"We could not do this and still be
According to Bryan, the delay may
have saved at least $15 for each stu
dent. The original figures of the. raise
were set around $900, Bryan added.
This figure was In accordance with
the rates charged in most other Big
Eight Schools, according to Bryan.
"Because we took the time to fully
develop the program with accuracy,"
he said, "we reduced the figure to
ALTHOUGH NOTHING was of-
ficiaily published concerning the raise
in rates, the housing office informed
the Houing Committee three months
ago that an increase in rates was
The committee, which is composed
of three students, three faculty and
two administrators, was never con
sulted further onthe decision to in
crease the rent.
"Although the role of the committee
has expanded a good deal since its
formation, it has never been the con
cern of the committee to deal with
financial problems," Robert Hough,
associate dean of the college of arts
and sciences, said.
"The actual role of the committee
has never been defined," he added.
"It should be decided between Student
Affairs, the housing office and the
committee just what in the world our
The committee was not drawn into
the question of increased rates until
last Friday. Hough continued. If the
Housing Policy Committee is provided
with the necessary information on
financial issues, it can make
student cannot hold office
student completes 12 hours
with a grade average of above 2.0.
"They set a precedent by accepting
Zucker and Langdon," she added,
"and then the committee had to ac
"If the 2.0 rule no longer stands.'
Miss Broman said, "then there is no
reason why the freshman rule with
a required 2.0 should stand."
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