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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1969
Vol. 93, No. 18
University budget shows unique qualities
by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
After cuts, restorations, planning,
changing, cussing, discussing and an
interminable length of time, the
University of Nebraska finally got a
budget for 1969-1971.
In many ways, it is a unique
It is the first one drawn up for
the combined University of Nebraska
and the former municipal University
As a result, it is the largest budget
ever approved for the University.
Never before had the fall term
been a month old before the budget
Students, for the first time, ex
pended a concentrated, organized ef
fort in lobbying on their school's
In the 100-year history of the in
stitution, part of a budget has never
been sitting in the courts months after
the regular school term began.
This year's University of
Nebraska's Model United Nations will
have fewer delegations from other
colleges and there will be no featured
"We gut rid of the speakers because
people were not receptive to them,"
according to Wally Dean, president
of the Model U.N. General Assembly
this year. Not having any speakers
will allow the General Assembly and
the different committees more time
to meet and discuss topics.
Dean feels that with 20,000
University of Nebraska students his
program ought to be able to get
enough delegations from the
University Itself without resorting to
delegations from other schools.
"We're concentrating on University of
Nebraska students instead of bringing
In other schoo's."
This year's Model U.N. will be held
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13. at
tha Nebraska Center for Continuing
Kducation. The program which is in
its third year is being sponsored by
the Union's forum committee. The
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Arts and Sciences College
evaluating advisor system
A suggestion to eliminate the need
for an advisor's signature a t
registration time in the College of Arts
and Sciences is being studied by a
committee of 10 faculty members and
The committee was formed this fell
by Associate Dean John Robinson to
evaluate the Col'ege of Arts and
Sciences advising system and make
Students need advisors only when
they are incoming freshmen, when
they declare a major and before
graduation, according to student
committee members Lynn Gottschalk
and Don Stenberg. fhey are also
members of the Arts and Science
Student Advisory Board.
Although many students prepare
class schedules without an advisor's
help. Miss Gottchalk said, the advis
ing system should not be eliminated
because one-third of the students pro
bably need advice. She said the
Business College last year removed
the advisor's s'-'nature requirement.
Itoiun.soi said thi't faculty aJvisors
would "be mote willing to help if
Planning for the budget is virtually
a continuous process, Dr. Joseph
Soshnik, Lincoln campuses president
The formal procedure for the 1969-71
budget began in April, 1968. Planning
for the 1971-73 biennieum will begin
in April or early May, 1970.
Deans, directors and department
chairman are asked for projections,
estimates and proposals, which are
ultimately brought together at a high
administrative level, Soshnik ex
plained. At this point, only the budget for
the 1969-70 school year has been ap
proved by the Board of Regents. Pro
cesses now underway will determine
what the budget for the 1970-71 year
After all the planning and
formulating last year, the Board of
Regents approved a whopping $150.6
million operational budget for the
1969-71 biennium in October.
The University sought $101 million
UN to drop speakers
more NU students
cost of the program is $8 per delega
tion. Katie Johnston, secretary general
of the Model U.N., said, "Groups that
want to be in Model U.N. should send
In four or five choices of the nations
that they want to represent." She ex
plained that since the countries on
the Security Council are in such
popular demand that the selection of
delegations will "go by first come
first serve basis and previous ex
perience." The deadline for applica
tions from delegations is Oct. 25.
The Model U.N. program Is divided
Into two days with the individual
committees and the Security Council
meeting on Friday and the General
Assembly convening on Saturday. The
four Model U.N. committees are
Political and Security; Special
Political, which will center on the
Vietnam issue; Trusteeship: and
Social. Humanitarian, and Cultural,
which will deal with the question of
Miss Johnston said of the Model
they thought they were really advising
Instead of signing forms."
lie gave two examples as evidence
that the present advising system is
1) Speculation that many students
forge their advisor's signature.
2i Student allegation that at
regls'ration time some advisors cross
out times on appointment sheets
outside their regular office hours.
The committee should have some
conclusions by the end of the
semester. Kobinson said. Any recom.
mendations for major changes will
be proposed at a faculty meeting, he
Stenberg is also a member of the
Arts and Sciences Curriculum Com
mittee which 1$ sonsl'ering a new
course proposal. Biology 3 Is a lab-!ess
course concerned with the scientist
and his relationship to today's society.
The proposal brings into question the
Group E science requirement which
has always been assumed to mean
For more information about Biology
3 see Don Stcnberg's column.
from the Unicameral in the form of
state taxes. The . rest of the funds
were to come from tuition and other
The request .took into account a
projected enrollment of over 33,000
full and part-time students on all
campuses by 1970 and the additional
faculty needed to serve them, Soshnik
Wage and salary increases re
quested were nine per cent for faculty
and five per cent for other pro
fessional and managerial staff.
The salary increase would have
enabled the University to at least
maintain its relative position among
public universities in regard to faculty
salaries, Dr. Clifford M. Hardin, who
was then chancellor, said.
About 67 per cent of the total
budget, $67.9 million,' was slated for
the Lincoln campuses and outstate
activities. About 20 per cent, or $20.2
million, was to have gone to the
medical center and 13 per cent, or
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U.N. that it is "above all an educa
tional experience. It tries to build
student understanding of other coun
tires." She said that students become more
broad-minded after studying the na
tion they represent and hearing
ditterent values and opinions
pressed by other delegations at
"Model U.N. also gives people
sight on how the real United Nations
works," she said. "It shows people
why the U.N. has not worked as well
as many people ideally expected it
Last year 350 delegates from nine
universities and colleges represented
Miss Johnston said that she sent
out 400 invitations for Model U.N. and
so far she has received responses
from only University of Nebraska
She explained that the program was
late setting started this year becauso
she had been appointed secretary
general at a late date. She feels the
Model U.N. will be bigger and better
lo be named
Big Man on Campus (BMOC) and
Campus Queen will be announced at
the All University Fund (AUF) Dance
Saturday night from 8:30-12 p.m.
Candidates for BMOC are Gene
Dorn, Larry Weick, Dave Malone,
John Breslow, James Keeder, Guy
Ingles. Larry Sheffield. Bob Gratopp,
Joe Vobcril and Van Brownson.
Campus Queen candidates are
Phyllis Bourn, Trixl Vant, Sue Lutton.
Patty Ramsey, Rita Becker, Janet
Bottum. Mary Tldball, Tout Giglio,
Sue Mack and Terry Grobe.
AUF is tho only campus organiza
tion which is allowed to solicit oni
tributlons for charity. Each year AUF
selects five charities to which pro
ceeds are donated.
The five charities this year are the
American Cancer Society American
Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy
Association. United Service
Organization and the World University
Service. The AUF drive will be con
ducted from Oct. 20 to Nov. 14.
$12.9 million was for UNO.
At the time they approved the 1969
70 budget, the Regents requested $24.4
million for capital improvements,
almost a 50 per cent increase over
the 1967-69 biennium. Most of those
improvements were for the Lincoln
Top priority among those projects
requested were $6.5 million in library
expansion, $1.5 million for land ac
quisition and $4.5 million for the first
stage of a life science's building just
east of Memorial Stadium.
The entire request was submitted
to the State Department of Ad
ministrative Services and the'
Governor's office, who apparently
The Governor made his recom
mendations on Nov. 9, 1968. If the
recommendations would have been
followed, Soshnik said at the time,
the University "will probably go into
a period of retrenchment."
Tiemann recommended that the
University be granted $68 million from
state funds. The capital construction
request which was slashed to $4.7
million from the requested $2 4
The governor also cut back faculty
salary increases to five per cent.
Funds shut off '
If the recommendations were
followed, no new major buildings
would be started and all funds for
land acquisition would be shut off,
Soshnik stated in 1968.
On January 29, 1969, however, the
governor relented and made new
"We have a great University. It
would be to our discredit to permit
it to deteriorate and I will not allow
it to happen," he said.
1 -director discusses
abortion laiv reforms
by Sara Schwleder
Nebraskan Staff Writer
An unwanted child, a forced mar
riage or a "bad" abortion are three
things that are far worse than repeal
of abortion laws, - according to Mrs.
Twig Dadels, director of the
Mrs. Daniels has just returned from
a conferem.- of the Abortion Reform
Association (ARA) in New York City.
The ARA Convention included 50 doc
tors, lawyers and clergy who discuss
ed reform of abortion laws.
"I have worked with people who
have had 'bad abortions and I've
raised children that were the result
of unwanted pregnancies," Mrs.
Daniels said. These people are
needlessly scarred for life, she add
ed. "A woman should have control of
her own body. I don't think a woman
should have a baby unless it Is a
very positive experience," she said.
With many negative experiences in
mind, the conference members
discussed ways to promote abortion
reform laws. Enlisting the aid and
support of medical associations is the
primary Issue, according to Mrs.
The doctors' associations have not
taken sides on abortion reforms yet
because of the moral issue Involved,
"This Is an Issue where people, even
though they personally favor repeal
or liberalization of abortion laws, are
afraid to take a stand because of the
moral Implications," she added.
ARA conference members decided
the best approach to the delicate pro
blem is to contact as many people
as possible and discuss it in the open.
In addition, local advocates of abor
tion reform will be asked to visit their
state senators In hopes of successful
liberalization of Nebraska's abortion
laws, Mrs. Daniels continued.
Support for an abortion reform bill
to be Introduced In the 19 7 1
Legislature Is already being sought,
"Everyone at the conference agreed
that the radical factions of the
women's liberation movement have
done more harm than good," Mrs.
Daniels said. "They take the 'kill
men' approach and the legislators
don't go for that.
Also discussed at the ARA con
ference was the underground abor
tions service that has successfully
been organized In most of the nation's
major cities, she noted.
If a woman decides to have an
abortion and doesn't know a qualified
abortionist, she calls a number that
refers her to a ctergyman.
The two discuss alternatives and if
the case warrants' an Illegal abortion,
the clergyman recommends an abor
tionist who is professionally capable
of doing the Job properly and with
minimum danger to the wiman.
"This program has gone on for
years in other parts of the nation
with no serious prosecution against
the clergy helping these women,"
Mrs. Daniels said. "The authorities
don't eem to want to tackle the
Another program which Met,
He announced a $15 million increase
to his original recommendations. The
University was then slated for $85.4
million in tax funds.
Throughout the months that
Tiemann added and subtracted from
the budget, ASUN Senators and their
committee members lobbied furiously
on behalf of the Regent's original re
quest. The ASUN Legislative Liaison
Committee, headed by Diane Theisen,
who is now ASUN First Vice Presi
dent, lobbied on a number of student
oriented bills in the Unicameral. Ef
forts were concentrated on the
"It's never possible to say exactly
'this caused that,' " Soshnik said.
"But the student lobbyists acted in
a very responsible, interested man
ner." The ASUN representatives were
"very helpful," Soshnik added.
Because of their efforts, it is possible
the senators were more sympathetic
to the University budget proposals.
For the students, it was an oc
casionally frustrating process and
they were never too sure of their suc
cess. "We're students," Miss Theisen ex
plained. "We can't be full time lob
byists. We just can't put in the
The lobbying effort on last year's
budget was certainly more effective
than the effort the two years before,
Legislative lobbying must be an on
going process, she feels. Students
should be active In preliminary budget
discussions, both with University and
Unicameral officials. During the in
terim period, when legislative com
mittees are at work, students should
strive to maintain rapport with
the Unicameral, Miss Theisen added.
Daniels is trying to organize is a
Planned Parenthood Clinic for Lin
coln. The clinic would be located in
a low-income area and would be a
birth-control Information center for
families that ordinarily would not be
able to use modern birth-control
"The parenthood clinic would be
staffed by volunteer doctors and sup.
ported by private funds," she said.
"It would help people who have
neither money nor know-how to use
birth control, but who economically
need it most."
These projects will be backed not
only by the University YWCA but by
interested groups all over the city
and state as well.
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generation gap, attracting the old and the very voung.
Sen. Richard Marvel, chairman of
the Unicameral Budget Committee,
agreed with Soshnik that student lob
byists presented a favorable im-.
"It was a good beginning," Marvel
said. "This was the first time we
had ever had students appear before
the Budget Committee and I am in"
favor of doing it again in the
Marvel agreed it is difficult to judge
the effectiveness of the lobbying. He
pointed out that one of the students
priorities was library funding, and the
legislature's main appropriation bill
included generous library funds.
The student lobbyists may have
created favorable impressions, but
they didn't speed up the budget ap
The 1969 Unicameral was by far
tCie most active in state history.
Literally hundreds of measures on
hundreds of subjects were enacted.
Up until late August, the University
budget was no more controversial
than it had been in past years. The
senators legislated, argued, and as
the summer grew hotter their tempers
grew shorter even before final con
sideration of the budget.
Finally, at the end of August, the
senators threw up their hands and
recessed for two weeks to regain
composure. The budget, now em
broiled in controversy, was delayed
again and again.
While the senators were at home,
students returned to school and the
University fall semester commenced
with the University, in a technical
sense, without a budget.
In no danger
"The University is certainly in no
danger," Soshnik emphasized i n
September. "We recognize the delay
is causing some dislocation and in
convenience among departments and
All NU departments and salaries
were simply continued at rates which
prevailed on June 30, 1969, the end
of the last biennium, Soshnik added.
No sooner had the Unicameral
resumed work, however, and work on
the budget bill was completed. The
Board of Regent met on Sept. 27
and the University officially had a
The 1969-70 operating budget is
$57,565,343, up nearly $9 million over
Tax money from the state general
fund will provide $38.5 million of the
budget, up more than $7 million from
last year. Income from students will
bring in an estimated $11.6 million,
an increase of almost $1 million from
last year. Federal funds make up the
majority of the rest of the income.
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