The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 11, 1969, Image 1

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by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
An old, heavily retouched school bus is
their home. Their spokesman is getting credit
from the University of Buffalo for the excur
sion. They want to reestablish life on earth
for themselves, and, in the process, form a
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Law school faculty, students
ue' over extended freeze-out
by Ron W hitten
Nebraskan Staff Writer
faculty members are freezing right
ilong side their students in many law
school classes, Henry M. Grether, Dean
of NU's College of Law, told some forty
law students Wednesday afternoon.
Grether, who answered questions in
an informal "town council" meeting at
'he Law College, said that the law
faculty is as disturbed as students con
cerning the location of their building,
the unsatisfactory heating system in the
school and the distractions caused by
workers in the building.
When asked about the Law
Department's effort to get a new school
luilt. Grether replied that he; as Dean,
"has no autonomv over the building."
"All I can do," he said, "is to keep
complaining to the University like
students are doing."
Dean has cmoblnts
Gre'her ''Id 'h"' e fcd cer
tain complaints diree'ly aimed at the
ASUN calls for student
support of moratorium
After brief discussion, the ASUN
senate Wednesday passed a resolution
endorsing the activities of the December
Vietnam Moritorium and encouraging
student participation.
Ken Wald. chairman of the ASUN
Faculty Evaluation Commi'tee, reported
that the evaluation Is ahead of schedule.
He said he was unhappy with the
coverage of Faculty Senate consideration
of faculty evaluation given by the Daily
Wald contended that the Senate was
enthusiastic about the evaluation, with
only a few dissenting voices.
After a discussion of how to handle
professors who choose not to conduct
evaluations in their classes, Senator Dan
NU Action
The Daily Nebraskan will answer
questions and inquiries about t a
University through the NU Action Line.
For action write NU Action Line. Dally
Nebraskan. Nebraska Union, Lincoln,
Neb. m
Why did the University decide to
change its method of granting financial
aid to students?
NU Action Line:
The job of trying to distribu'e financial
help such as scholarships, work-study
grants or loans to students on the
fairest possible basis has become so
complex and time consuming that the
University has decided to employ a na
tional professional evaluation service.
This decision affects students who are
now enrolled in the University and who
stops in
us on our magic bus." More pictures on page 3.
"It used to be that the Law College
was 12th on the list of priorities of
the university's six-year improvement
. plan," he said. "I recently heard that
we're now listed 13th. I want to know
if this is true, ana" if it is, w hy?"
Grether also noted that the air condi
tioning system currently being installed
in the law building is necessary, but
mused whether the University had to
contract the installation with "the
slowest company they could find."
One student asked the Dean if the
Law Coltege could not build a new school
from private funds, adding that the NU
Dental School funded their construction
in a similar manner.
Grether replied that he did no' believe
the new Dental School was built from
"alumni donations." and added that he
opposes such methods being practiced
by anyone.
"I think that's the slow way to get
a new building built." the rxn told
his lis'eners. "Unless a school could
find an extremely large donation, It
Lawlor moved that the Faculty Evalua
tion Committee be charged with ob
taining evaluations of all classes, to
which they, are applicable, using
w hatever means necessary.
The motion was considered at the end
of the meeting without a quorum present
and no action was taken.
Another resolution. Introduced by
Senator Randy Prier. provided for
faculty and course evaluation to be
established on a permanent basis. The
move also provided that the system be
continuously examined and Improved.
Prier commented that the resolution
was necessary to make faculty evalua
tion an ongoing activity of ASUN. It
will also establish some continuity
wish to be considered for financial aid
In the future. Such students, regardless
of whether they are now receiving
financial aid from the University, should
be sending their parents one of the
"Parents Confidential Statement" forms.
These forms are available In Room
113 Administration Building. City Cam
pus. In order for student applications
for financial aid to receive consideration,
the parents or guardian of the student
must fill out the form and mail it to
the College Scholastic Service along with
a $3 fee. The applications forms must
be in the mail by Jan. 10.
It's not very eftea that I'm glad I
wa a ll Ford. I live In Abel Hull
and was assigned parking space la
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commune somewhere in the Southwest.
About 15 young people from New York
state stopped off in Lincoln this past week on
their way to Arizona or New Mexico.
The group, which varies in number but
now has seven girls and eight boys, lives in
the school bus when no other housing is avail-
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would have to settle for little $5 and
$10 donations." Grether said the school
would still be trying to raise the money
many years from now.
"And besides," he continued, "that
just takes the pressure off the ad
ministration. They won't give us a
million and a half dollars if they think
we'll eventually dig it up ourselves."
Grether recommended that alumni
support be solicited in terms of influence
rather than money. The Dean added
that he has personally received letters
from alumni who have recommended
to Regents and State Senators that a
new Law School be built in the near
"Most alumni realize that about 80
per cent of our graduates serve the
state of Nebraska. Thev know how a
new law college would benefit the state,"
Grether commented.
Grades necessary
The question of the pasvfitl svstem
possibly being Implemented In the School
between years, he said. The resolution
was passed.
Another resolution introduced by
Senator Bob Brandt restated the con
stitutional provision that ASUN is the
supreme governing body of student
organizations. The resolution was
automatically tabled for one week.
Senator Tim Klncald Introduced a
resolution urging the Council on Student
Life to direct the Student Health Center
to provide contraceptives and con
traceptive information to students
regardless of their marital status.
Senator Nancy Ryan commented that
this resolution might hurt the possibility
of obtaining contraceptives more than
it would help it. She continued that
passing the resolution might cause the
Regents to put pressure on the Health
Center not to dispense contraceptives.
The motion was automatically tabled
for one week.
In other business the senate approved
a new member of the Publications
Board. She Is Jack! Fullington, a
sophomore in home economics from
Three applicants for the vacant senate
seat in the Graduate and professional
College were Joe Bullis, Georgia Glass,
and Walter Radcliffe. Miss Glass was
Carpenter to speak
Terry Carpenter, Nebraska state sen
ator from Scottsbluff, will speak on
"The Student's Role and Influence on
Politics" Dec. 16th. at I p.m. In the
Nebraska Union. The senator's speech
is sponsored by the Young Republicans.
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able. They began their journey to the South
west from Ohio on October 30.
"We're trying to go someplace where we
won't be distracted," said Obion, who is ap
parently the group's spokesman, although they
do not have an official leader. "We're trying
to get away from beauracracy, ding-dong
schools, parents, police, everything. I guess
you could say we're just trying to get away
from all the crap in the world."
The group stopped over in Lincoln for
about a week for several reasons. They've been
travelling steadily since leaving Oberlin Col
lege and several of ,them haven't been feeling
well. They are also trying to register their bus
in Nebraska, since they only have a New York
intransit permit.
A third reason for their stay in Lincoln is
a girl they call "Nebraska." She is a former
University of Nebraska student who joined
with Obion and the group back in New York.
The group stayed at an apartment in Lincoln
rented by Nebraska's brother.
"Our next stop will probably be Albu
querque, New Mexico," Obion said. "Some of
us would like to establish a commune in the
Southwest although we haven't decided where
Obion, who said he has another name but
doesn't like it or use it, termed the bus a com
mune in itself.
"We share our food, our clothes, our
minds," he said. "We're completely open and
of Law arose during the "town
"I oppose the pass-fail system."
Grether said. "Grades aren't a great
indication of a student's success after
college, but they do provide each student
with a certain motivation. Everyone
needs some prodding every once in a
One student suggested that a policy
of keeping the grades of law school
students in strict confidence by refusing
to release the averages to interviewing
employers could be adopted to serve
the purpose of pass-fail.
The Dean did not approve of this
proposal. Grether said he would respect
the request of any student who wanted
his grades kept private, but he added
that he believed it could cause an
adverse affect on interviewers.
"Refusing to give your grades is like
pleading the fifth amendment," Grether
noted. "Once you do so everyone thinks
you're trying to cover something up."
Grether said that interviewers need
something to base their evaluations on.
"We certainty don't impress them with
our facilities." the Dean said. "The stu
dent has to build up something in his
favor. He doesn't by refusing in
terviewers access to his grades."
Donald L. Shaneyfelt, Assistant to the
Dean of Law, told the students at the
meeting that employers today do not
overly emphasise grades. He said that
interviews are now conducted with all
students, regardless of their - average,
and often other factors are more im
pressive to interviewers than the
cumulative grade.
"But withhold those grades, Shaneyfelt
commented, "and that's the last you'll
see of that interviewer."
No basis
Grether told the students that there
was no basis to the rumor that the
Law College runs a quota svstem and
that some freshmen are eliminated,
regardless of grade average, because
of the limited space.
He agreed that the enrollment rate
does get smaller with each successive
grade but that this was not designed
by the School.
"It's normal that some freshmen will
flunk," Grether said. "We never do it
on purpose, however. In fact, we lose
more freshmen voluntarily than we do
from those we ask to leave."
Grether also answered questions con
cerning noise in the law library, the
necessity of "classic legal education"
In the college, and the responsiblity of
professors to attend their classes
"I'm not sure that everyone would
want a completely quiet library," the
Dean answered one student.
He also commented that more
"clinical work" could be used in the
Law College to supplement the general
courses now taught.
Grether closed by saying that he does
not run a "bedcheck" on college pro
fessors, but that if some Instructors are
allowing their private legal practice to
Interfere with their teaching, he would
handle IL
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One of the difficult adjustments for the university freshman to
make is learning to integrate his time schedule, which becomes a
personal matter, according to Helen Snyder, associate dean of
Student Affairs-
Adjustments plague
University freshmen
by Diane Wunek
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Academic, social and cultural adjust
ment seem to present most of the pro
blems freshmen at the University en
counter according to students and ad
ministrators interviewed Wednesday.
Most freshmen interviewed agreed that
adjusting to the academic life presented
the biggest problem.
"I was among the top 10 scholastlcalty
in my graduating class," said one girl
from a rural Nebraska community. "But
now I find that I do just average
work in comparison with others in my
classes. The competition at the
University Is fierce."
Russ Brown, dean for student
development, agreed, but added that
many freshmen coming from rural
communities haven't really had to work
for their grades.
"A lot of students dont know how
to learn," he said. "They spend time
studying, but get nowhere because they
haven't learned how to learn.
"They don't realise there are other
ways of going about it. new things to
try." Brown added. "There seems to
be a reluctance to take a chance, pro
honest. We give fully of ourselves." - :
Obion is 21 and a college student. Most of
the others said they were not collegians and
one girl said she was a high school dropout. ;
Several people have been picked up along
the way. For instance, Nebraska was traveling
around the country before she joined up- with
the group in New York City. They have also
picked up a few hitchhikers who decided to
join in the movement.
"We've only been together for about two
months," Obion said. "But already we've es
tablished a special form of communication with
each other. We can communicate as well with
each other as a married couple can after 60
years of marriage."
Obion talked of the advantages of com
munal living. All the group's decisions are
made spontaneously, he said. Everything is
They believe the communal movement,
which they say began in New York, is spread
ing rapidly. They look at Awspin, a 70-person
commune in New York, as an example. Aw
spin stands for awareness, spontanaity and
"There will be more and more buses head
ing out from New York to form communes in
the west and southwest," Obion predicted.
He has a special interest in communes,
since his major at the University of Buffalo is
social-reform a new program at the Univer
sity of Buffalo permits students to choose their
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bably because of all the pressure. Feel
ing the pressure makes them close up.
when they really need to be free and
creative. Trying "ideas and styles should
be part of University life."
Adjusting to a completely different
academic pattern is a problem fir
freshmen, said Helen Snyder, associate
dean of student affairs.
"The time schedule Is different." she
said. "High schools have such rlj;id
schedule. Integrating your schedule at
the University becomes a personal mat
ter." Assignments in college are often long
range assignments, she continued, and
freshmen tkml often comprehend this
and sometimes wait until the last minute
to get it done only to find they cant.
"Most college courses," Dean Snyder
continued, "are more in depth. The
freshman finds that the survey type of
information required in high school isnt
"Vocational uncertainty is the rule
rather than the exception." Brown said.
"Freshmen often have a problem In
their decisions about vocational and oe
cupational directions.
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