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Indecision on NU budget
causes 'some inconvenience9
Even thouj?li the 1969-197 Obiennium
Is nearly three months old, the
work of the University's budget bills
has yet to be completed.
As a result, all University
departments and salaries are being
continued at rates which prevailed on
June SO, 1!W9, the end of the last
biennlum, according to University Dr.
Joseph Soshnlk, president of the Lin
"The University is certainly in no
danger," he emphasized, Tuesday af
ternoon. "Although we recognize that
the delay is causing some dislocation
and inconvenience among University
departments and staff."
LB 1421. which Includes the
University's basic state general fund
appropriation has been approved,
which permits the University to go
However the delay In approving the
University budget is unprecedented,
at lenst in the last several decades.
The 1969 Unicameral session, which
resumed Tuesday after a two week
recess Is bv far the longest in history.
It convened January 6.
Some senators have expressed hope
that work on remaining major bills
can be completed in about two weeks,
and the Unicameral will adjourn
permanently. Soshnlk. however,
refused to predict when action on the
University's budget bill would be
The problem involves the $22.5
million capital construction budget bill
LIU425. Final approval of the entire
budaet will be deferred until IB1425
has been settled.
Difficulties began August 2 9when
the capital construction bill was
passed 23-16. When the bill reached
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Governor Norbert T. Tlemann, he
promptly vetoed four projects.
Scratched was million for land
acquisition at the NU Medical Center
in Omaha; $1.35 million for University
of Nebraska at Omaha land acquis!,
tlon and planning; $1.5 milliin fir
remodeling the Kearney State College
administration building and .$1,225
million appropriation for a home
economics building on the NU East
Three of those items had received
33 votes when accepted as
amendments on the legislative floor.
Sen. Richard Marvel of Hastings,
chairman of the budget committee,
said that he had been led to believe
that any item that received 33 votes
could not be vetoed by the governor.
The situation must be clarified, he
continued. He then conferred with
other senators and Nebraska Atty.
Gen. Clarence Meyer about going tl
court to straighten tut the situation.
With that, the senators, worn out
from eight months of legislating, ad
journed for two weeks. When they
resumed Tuesday, they voted 37- Oto
Ignore the Governlr s veto, even
though Tlemann returned the entire
bill to the legislature without his
The IJncoln campuses president
said that the Board of Regents will
meet as soon as possible after tin
Unicameral approves the NU budget.
The Boar d would adopt the budget,
md the confusion would be over. The
Regents met Monday, but have not
set the date for their next meeting.
Along with everything else, faculty
and other employes of the University
are still being paid at last year'
Minority enrollments increase
please Afro leader, Admin
Concerted efforts last spring and
summer to recruit minority students
for the University have been termed
"very successful" by both the ad
ministration and the Afro-American
"We're pretty happy," remarked
John C. Eaves Jr., new chairman of
the Afro-American Society. "I've been
down here since 1965, and I've never
seen so many minority students on
He emphasized that the society is
by no means satisfied with the
number of minority students being
helped, but progress is being made.
Walter Strong, who works in the
Office of Student Affairs as black stu
dent coordinator, also expressed
satisfaction with results of the
"We have about 68 minority
freshmen, mostly black, who would
not be enrolled in this University if
we had not sent out recruiting teams,"
Strong said. He hastened to add that
much more needs to be done.
Although recruiting teams headed
by Strong were sent out in the sum
mer, efforts to attract more minority
students actually began in September,
, "I sent out letters to about 570
' blacks, Mexican Americans and
American Indians who might possibly
have been interested in coming to
NU,", said Dr. Edward E. Lundak,
director of the office of scholarships
and financial aids.
Dean of Student Affairs G. Robert
Ross did not feel that letters alone
were sufficient, Lundak reported. So
teams of University administrators,
' including Lundak in most cases,
visited various high schools around
the state to speak directly with
"We told them that if they had a
I real desire to come to the University,
money would not be a limiting fac
tor," Lundak said. "Most of these
students were average to good
students, although some were in the
bottom half of their class."
These were not exclusively minority
students, Lunda continued. They in-
eluded low income students but the
majority of them were of minority
races, he said.
"Financial resources are available
to any student who needs i t ,
regardless of race or color," Lundak
emphasized. "But the great majority
of low income students are not white."
Lundak also emphasized that the
University's efforts began long before
demonstrations by the Afro-American
Society last April 16-18.
One of the Society's demands which
was presented to the NU administra-
rates, Soshnlk said. This is causing
some personal inconveience on the
part of individual staff members.
Soshnlk sent a form letter to all
University employees early In Sep
tember explaining the situation.
When salary notices are distributed,
they will show that new salary rates
are retroactive to June 27 for persons
on the bi-monthly payroll, July 1 for
those on yearly appointments and
September 1 for those on academic
year appointments, his letter said.
"Please be assured that we will take
immediate steps to implement the
new salary schedules as soon as the
' budget Is approved," the letter con
tinued. Five per cent Increase
Concerning raises, Soshnlk said that
preliminary estimates indicate the
so'iry Increases may average about
five per cent.
The salaries will not be raised
across the board. Soshnlk stressed.
Deans and chairman, as always,
reviewed the salaries and recom
mended the Increases, which in some
cases will be more than five per cent,
whi'e in other cases would be less
tnan five per cent. Just as faculty
salaries, the status of new construc
tion projects on the Lincoln campuses
is still cloudy also.
For instance, approximately $4
million for a new addition to Love
Memorial Library was approved by
33 votes in LB 1433. But the fate ot
the entire bill is still In doubt.
As of Tuesday evening, no one
knew exactly when work on the budget
would be completed.
Soshnik admitted that he, along with
the senators. Is confused with the
situation. "Everybody is," he com.
tion during the demonstrations was
". . . That the University increase
its black enrollment by 200 by Sep
tember 1969, and that future years
witness an increase to this figure."
The figure was to include Mexican
Americans and American Indians.
While University officials would
undoubtedly like to increase minority
enrollment, the problems encountered
are great, Lundak said.
"Besides things like tuition, books
and dorm fees, there are things like
desire.lncentive and goals," he said
"In many cases no one in the family
has ever been to college. The distrust
of high schools and guidance
counselors is great."
In one case, Lundak remembered,
a father from Western Nebraska ac
tually made fun of his son after the
young man enrolled in the University
following a visit by administrators.
John E. Aronson, director of ad
missions, agreed that motivation is
a tremendous factor.
"For two years we've surveyed
graduating high school seniors who
were subject to financial disad
vantages," he said. "Their average
academic ability compares favorably
to the average ability of other enter,
But to many of these students, col.
lege is just a far off vision, he con
tinued. They need encouragement and
While they may have the ability,
college is just not possible financially.
Family income in many cases is
below $6,000. Families are large, too.
Six to eight children in a family is
In one case, a father made $8,000
a year, but there were 13 children
in the family. In cases around Omaha,
fathers have been employed for years
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Adviser terms Rush Week
success with 930 pledging
by Bill Smltherman
Nebraskan Start Writer
Rush Week. 1969. .
Success or failure
It was a success, according to
Panhallenlc adviser Mrs. J a y n e
Anderson. She emphasized that the
600 women participating seemed hap.
py with the program.
All of the women received adequate
Invitations to houses, she said.
From the Initial number, 466 pledg
ed. Some 25 women withdrew before
the end of the week and 69 did not
flit preferences on the final day, she
The withdrawals and failures to file
preferences were the result of two
major causes, Mrs. Anderson con.
"There are always several women."
she said, "who come through rush
with no intention of pledging. They
simply want to take a look at, the
Also, some women come to rush
with a preconceived idea of where
they want to pledge, Mrs. Anderson
continued. If they are not invited back
to the houses they are Interested In,
by meat processing plants, but the
recent closing of many plants has
caused even more difficulties.
By June, Lundak, Aronson and other
administrators had spoken to high
schools primarily in the Omaha and
Scottsbluff areas. Of the 570 students
originally contacted by mail, about
25 completed their enrollment ap
plications. Black student coordinator
On June 3, Walter Strong became
the University's first black student
coordinator. He headed recruiting
teams during the summer, which
concentrated their efforts on the
Omaha high schools. Strong's ap.
proach differed considerably from
"We contacted the graduated high
school seniors at home during the
summer, preferably during the day
when both the students and parents
could be present," Strong began.
His teams explained to both parents
and students what theuniversity of
Nebraska is all about. They discussed
as many aspects as possible, including
how it feels to be a minority student
"We didn't paint a particularly rosy
or particulary cloudy picture," Strong
said. "We were truthful."
Several University students ac.
cornpanied Strong on the tnips and
their role was Important, he em.
"It's not easy for an administrator
to relate to the minority students, but
the students that accompanied me
were fantastic," Strong said.
The teams stressed individual
treatment, Strong said. In many
cases, members of the team actually
helped the parents and student fill
oot the numerous appliiation forms.
"A cold, official-looking letter from
the University can often turn off pe
ople," Strong said. "We have to ex-
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C. Eaves Jr.
then they see no reason to continue,
Joe Voboril, Inter-Fraternity Coun
cil president, also considered Rush
week a success. All but 29 of the
493 men participating in Fraternity
rush pledged according to Voboril
Only three of these withdrew from
Reasons for the men not pledging
were much the same as those Mrs.
Voboril said that the percentage of
those pledging was higher than in past
years. He attributed this, In part, to
the fact that rushees visited all
Though the week seemed successful
as a whole, there were some pro
blems. A major one was the unequal
size of pledge classes taken by the
For Instance, three houses took one
quarter of the total number pledging,
while another house took only one
Voboril said that it would be
desirable to have more equal pledge
classes. However, he was cool to the
idea of a quota system for
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plain the University to them
Strong's efforts were mainly in
Omaha and he enrountered many of
the same problems that Lhndak and
Aronson fared. "We talked to only
one family that had an inrome above
$1,0000," he said, and there were 12
rhildren in that family," he remark
ed. Financial aid available
Financial aid granted to the
minority students is varied, Strong
pointed out. In most dases, students
reueived a package deal. Money that
parents could provide or that students
could make over the summer was
considered. Work-study programs,
were also utilized. Funds needed in
addition to that was then provided
There is never enough money to
go around, Strong said. Federal funds
under the Educational Opportunity
grant and National Defense Act pr.
ograms have been cut. Private agen
cies occasionally provide money and
one anonymous University professor
ograms have been cut. Private agen
cies occasionally provide money and
one anonymous University professor
even provided a scholarship for one
needy black student. Available funds
are spread around as much as possi
ble, Strong said.
One form of aid is the tuition waiver
program, apprived by the Board of
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"A quota system could be fair to
houses, but it wouldn't be fair to
rushees," Voboril explained. "In the
current open house system a rushee
knows exactly where he stands when
he is invited back to the house.
"A quota system," Voboril said,
"would make it necessary for houses
to take more time in deciding who
to invite back. This would be unfair
to the rushee who must make his
decisions on where to go before he
knows if he has been invited."
Voboril added that he can see no
way at present to equalize the size
of pledge elates without being unfair
to the rushee.
"K iveral small houses did well dur.
ing rush." he said. Others will pro
bably use open rush to fill out their
About the same number of men
pledged this year as last. However,
it will not be possible to tabulate the
final rush statistics until after open
rush, Voboril said.
He added that there was little trou
ble with rushees during the week. On
a whole, they seemed pleased with
the program, he said.
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