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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 1969
VOL. 92, NO. 97
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'ASUN- should use
strong faculty friends'
ASUN in the past has failed to take
advantage o fits friends in the faculty
to achieve the goals and implement
the policies students want.
Bob Zucker, ASUN presidential
candidate who Is heading the Elec
torate '69 slate, said Thursday that
when students realize that their most
powerful allies are in the faculty and
capitalize on that friendship, they will
have discovered the essence of student
"It is simply finding out where the
power lies," he added, "and then tak
ing advantage of it."
"EFFECTIVE STUDENT power
begins with Intensive self-education on
the part of student leaders," Zucker
continued. He used the implementa
tion of a fail-pass-pass-with-honors
.rade system, which Elecotate '69
advocates, as an example.
"On a pass-fail program, ASUN
ftiould find out what the system is
like at other schools, how other pro
grams work and what problems other
schools have encountered before
pushing for a program here," he said.
Once ASUN leaders understand the
pass-fail program and how to imple
ment it they must try to Influence
students and faculty, Zucker added.
ASUN spends too much time passing
resolutions supporting Issues they
c'on't even understand, according to
Zucker. Much of the business of ASUN
Is verbage which accomplishes
RESOLUTIONS IN ASUN are
conceived on a Friday, discussed
among some senators over the
weekend, written on Monday, sten
cilled on Tuesday, passed in Senate
meeting on Wednesday and forgotten
on Thursday," Zucker continued.
Zucker was pleased with at least
tao resolution, which was passed in
.Senate Government Bill 24, which in
his words "effected a real change in
."The Council on Student Life, which
came out of Government Bill 24, is
the most dynamic change which has
happened on this campus in student
lite, he said. "Because they are a
committee immediately below the
Regents with a voting majority of
students, they have an opportunity to
alter the student's environment."
WHAT THEY IK) will be re
niCmbered because they will affect
student life, Zucker added. The Coun
ell on Student life will change ASUN
from a Wednesday Afternoon Club In
to a body which considers significant
ASUN can become the student arena
where students announce their posi-
Hons and tell what students want. The
Council should reflect the thoughts
and opinions of ASUN.
"The time is ripe for ASUN to
Income a meaningful body and stop
bordering on the absurd. Now is the
time ASUN can start dealing with
student problems," the candidate
Zucker feels that by developing
specialists within the ASUN com
mittee structure Senate can become
"If wa can get freshmen Involved
and sophomores directing their efforts
to a special committee or interest,
ASUN will get the value of their ac
quired knowledge the longer they stay
in Senate work," he said.
"Hopping from committee to com
mittee just doesn't work."
ZUCKER HOPES to involve non
senators in the top-level committee
He also commented on the sharp
split in Senate this past year which
often produced near tie votes on many
Senate issues and how an executive
should handle such factions.
"When students get involved In
Senate they aren't politically"
oriented," according to Z u c k e r .
"However, floor debate becomes too
personal, and here is where factions
The retreat held at the beginning
of first semester created a cohesive
group for awhile who at least knew
each other, he added. If the executives
can get to know all the senators that
too helps prevent factions.
Electorate 'G9 supports mandatory
faculty evaluation, something Zucker
feels is necessary before a faculty
evaluation book is possible.
"The Faculty Evaluation Book (last
year) was dropped because we weren't
financially capable and we didn't have
enough material to write a good
book," according to Zucker who was
chairman of the Faculty Evaluation
Committee. "I we would have put
out a bad book, we would have killed
faculty evaluation at the University
Zucker listed the primary reasons
why the book was never published
as a lack of finances, poor participa
tion on the part of fuculty, and a
realization that the book would be
of no value in pre-registration as long
as departments refuse to list instruc
tors along with tentative courses.
ACCORDING TO ZUCKER, these
problems could be remedied by man
datory faculty evaluation participa
tion, financing the faculty evaluation
book out of student fees, and requlrng
departments to list the names of pro
fessors with offered courses in pre
He added that since ASUN over
spent its budget by $1,000 in the first
semester, there was some question
as to whether the faculty evaluation
book had any money at all to work
with when the decision to stop
publication was made.
Electorate '69 also advocates bring
ing back the World in Revolution
Conference and expanding the Time
Out program held last fall.
"In a Time-Out series we could use
local people to hold teachlns and
seminars and other similar pro
grams," Zucker said. "We need to
take time out fro-n the drudgery of
the classroom for a day and direct
our attention to pertinent problems."
It is necessary for students to
become Involved and keep informed
about matters cutside the classroom,
Zucker, who Is the oldest of the
three candidates and who has com
pleted four yearj at the University,'
feels his age is a qualification which
should be considered by students.
"I think I can offer a perspective
to student government by virtue of
my age and experience in school,"
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Vavak cites importance
of students as lobbyists
Student government is an avenue
through which to achieve educational
reform because it serves as a means
of expression for 18,000 students, Ray
Vavak, Student Independent Party
presidential candidate said Thursday.
People such as the faculty, the
Board of Regents, and the ad
ministration will listen to the ASUN
executive, Vavak feels. But the main
areas of educational reform . must
come through the advisory boards' and
other committees not in ASUN,
"Student government can also be
an effective lobby to the legislature,"
Vavak added. "We most convince the
legislators of the great importance of
education in our society."
IF ASUN cannot reach the
legislators through lobbying, it should
pressure the faculty In an attempt
to make them see that the individual
Is the most important part of educa
tion, according to Vavak. The existing
form of education is an insult to
"People are distinct, unique and
different," he said. "In the large
classes we have, they lose that
distinctness and everything becomes
Education is not just job training.
Its purpose is not to make people
Into efficient, economic producing
units. It should instead create a sense
of personal awareness and identity.
Until an indlvidaul has this awareness
he cannot appreciate that other people
"KNOWLEIMIE ISN'T found in
books. It is found in the mind, and
all It needs is to be awakened," Vavak
Included in the SIP platform is a
plank which calls for Deferred Rush,
and end to harmful pledge training,
and an end to racial discrimination,
in the Greek system.
"We have no right to tell a student
where he can live or if he can go
dvough rush," Vavak said. "But we
do have the right to concern ourselves
with institutions which are a part of
the academic community but which
don't align themselves with the
purposes of the academic community
by practicing racial discrimination."
GREEKS AND independents should
be able to put aside petty differences
for the sake of education, according
to Vavak, but they haven't thus far
in the campaign.
SIP is also calling for a student
with voting privileges on the Board
"The Board of Regents won't
change education because they reflect
middle class, conservative attitudes,"
according to Vavak. "But with a stu
dent on the board, we can at least
move in the direction of educational
IF NOTHING ELSE, Vavak believes
something can be accomplished by
virtuo of the student simply being
a member of a different generation.
"President Joseph Soshnik has said
it would be difficult to find a student
to represent the whole University,"
he added. "I think he Is right. Maybe
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University commencement J
President Richard M. Nixon has been Invited to participate at. the
Joint University of Nebraska Centennial commencement ceremonies in
Memorial Stadium May 31. according to acting Chancellor Merk Hobson.
"There is a possibility he will come, although how great It is I don't
know at this time," Hobson said. "Having the President of the United
States with us for the commencement would provide a memorable cli
max to the University's Centennial."
The joint outdoor commencement will attract 20,000 to 40,000 people
according to Hobson. It will Include graduating classes from both Lincoln
campuses, the Medical Center in Omaha and from the University of Ne
braska at Omaha.
Hobson said that he thought if Nixon did attend, it would be to par
ticipate in the centennial celebration of a land grant university rather
than just a regular commencement exercise.
The Idea of a joint centennial commencement, Hobson said, had
oi finally been explored by Chancellor Clifford M. Hardin. Hobson said
that the Idea appealed to 'the Board of Regents and they approved it.
The significance of the Joint commencement as a part of the cen
tennial celebration, Hobson said, Is in trying to bring together the total
University in its one hundredth year.
"I think there is something spectacular about it. The ceremony Is
an expression of the growth of the University and of service to tho
state," Hobson said.
He emphasized, however, that the centennial ceremony is not an
attempt to establish a precedent. It is a once in a hundred year program,
Hobson expressed hope that Hardin, now Secretary of Agriculture,
would flso be in attendance at the ceremony, but that is not certain at
The detail of the ceremony are being worked out by the Joint com
mencement committees, he said.
In the event of bad weather, Hobson said, PersWng Auditorium
might be utilized. Possibly the ceremonies would also b piped to the
Coliseum on closed circuit television to accomodate the overflow crowd.
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'Student Life Council
can change University'
ASUN should use the Council on
Student Life to effect changes in the
structure of the University which
students have endured for such a long
time. Bill Chaloupka, ASUN
presidential candidate said recently.
ASUN would be failing if it does
not capitalize on the creation of the
Council, he added. Seriate should be
the innovative and driving idea force
behind what the Council does.
"Although the Council on Student
Life will make the decisions which
will most directly affect students,
there should be a working relationship
between the two bodies and not a
dominance by one over the other,"
he said. "ASUN won't be the
benefactor of Council's decisions."
CHALOUPKA, LIKE one of his pre
sidential opponents, Bob Zucker, was
happy with the results of Government
Bill 24 passed last year in Senat, but
he thought there were other means
by which those results could have
"We didn't need to accomplish our
goals in Government Bill 24," he con
tinued . "We didn't need a student
"We could have done what was
placed In Government Bill No. 24 in
a better way. There are methods for
change in the University system
which ASUN did not utilize. For ex
ample, there are a vast number of
University committees with which
ASUN can work.
"President Soshnik created the
Council on Student Life to stop ASUN
from carrying the government Bill
No. 24 Idea further, lie expressed in
this way a confidence In the ability
of students and administrators to
work together to achieve more student
"We should accomplish that next
year through the Council on Stu
Chaloupka thinks dormitory
residents are the students most left
out of communications between ASUN
and the student body.
"If we can get some senators from
the dormitories who are willing to
attend executive meetings, we can
solve some of the problems," ac
cording to Chaloupka.
"If people are not Interested in
.ASUN, there is no reason why we
should try and force an Interest on
them," he continued. "What is needed
is success in many areas on the part
THERE COULD BE no communica
tions between people who are not in
terested in each other, he added.
Chaloupka doesn't believe that
another of his presidential opponents,
Ray Vavak, has developed the educa
tional planks of his platform
"Vavak has failed to see the situa
tion as it really exists In education,"
"Vavak is saying we must change
the whole form of education in the
University and United States through
government," he added. "Students
will change education, but not through
ASUN SHOULD work within the
structure of the University com
mittees while also providing services
to the academic community in the
form of legislative liaison with the
Unicameral, faculty evaluations and
NSA, Chaloupka believes.
"Students should have the op
portunity to vote on NSA affiliation,",
according to Chaloupka. "ASUN
should use NSA as an information
source and for programs for the stu
dent." Senate hopes to work closely with
the Nebraska Union next year on
many of the programs available
through NSA, he added.
"In the past, ASUN hasn't used NSA
correctly," Chaloupka said. "We have
used NSA as a tactical tool to see
how they would solve our problems
when actually we are the best judge
of how to solve our own problems." .
Another service, that of faculty
evaluation, "needs more permanence
and 'money than is available to
ASUN." according to Chaloupka.
Therefore, Chadopka advocates
'placing that service under the
'Publications Board to insure its suc
cess and faculty participation.
"Last year in Senate, we balanced
faction against faction," he said. "We
didn't work together at all."
"Senators and executives must ap
proach each other as people not as
members of a certain faction,"
Chaloupka continued. "I, as a can
didate, am not trying to represent
nny faction from Senate, but instead
a large part of the student body as
Nevertheless, Chaloupka feels that
the past year In Senate was satisfac
tory even though it could have been
Chaloupka also commented on two
recent issues in and out of Seante,
that of the controversy surrounding
the legitimacy of Zucker's candidacy
and reapportionment, a problem he
worked with as chairman of the ASUN
"Generally I don't favor a rule by
which the University can designate
who can or who cannot run for an
ASUN office." he said.
. CHALOUPKA DOES NOT support
the reapportionment proposals of Sen.
Bruce Cochrane which will appear on
the Spring Ballot as a referendum.
"The issue Is not so much whether
or not I like the reapportionment
plan," he added, "as it is whether
I think the student government should
be restructured in a piece-meal
Chaloupka, unlike either of his op
ponents, is not heading a party. In
stead he is the presidential candidate
on an executive slate which Is en
dorsing senate candidates.
"We are trying to overcome the
fact that we aren't identified with a
party by pointing to t h e deficiencies
of the party system and the Senate
it has produced," Chaloupka con
tinued. "Political parties have caused
the election of some senators who
should never have been elected."
On a national scale, the voter knowi
which group the candidate will lden
tifiy with after the election, according
to Chaloupka. But in student govern
ment, it isn't that way.
"An alternative Is the endorsement
system by which we endorse those
candidates we feel we can work with
in Senate next year," he added.
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