The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 01, 1970, Page PAGE 7, Image 7

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    Future dim
Prospects for a faculty-student
senate In the near future
seem dim, but students may be
able to pull it off If they can
show the faculty senate it
would profit by including
students, according to Paul
Olson, chairman of the Faculty
Senate Human Rights Com
mittee. Creation of a student-faculty
senate might be able to help
both ASUN and Faculty Senate
over their identity crises, Olson
said, by eliminating duplication
of efforts and confusion over
who has power over which
areas.
He admitted that Faculty
Senate isn't "terribly
powerful" but said some of its
committees are such as the
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liaison committee. Some Senate
committees have student
members with voting powers,
such as Olson's Human Rights
Committee,, but these student
representatives are not chosen
by ASUN, he said.
The only way students could
get on Senate committees now
lacking student input is for the
specific committee's structure
to be revamped by the Faculty
Senate, Olson explained.
One barrier to getting more
student input in the decision
making process of the
, University is the traditionally
closed style of government at
the University, according to
Olson, who said openness was
not encouraged by former
Chancellor Clifford Hardin.
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"All of us are threatened by
having students on committees
because it is more cozy not to
have them around," he com
mented. But, Olson says this
fear is unfounded because his
experience with students on
committees is that "they
haven't said much." And
"given the present level of
political consciousness among
students," he isn't sure what
they could contribute to
decision making.
To be effective, students
must understand how the
University functions, Olson
stressed.
"It won't help students to be
in the Senate if they don't know
how it works," he said.
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has some advantages that
would be lost by switching to a
student-faculty body, Olson
continued. Currently, any
faculty member with the rank
of assistant professor or above
can attend and air his or her
views.
"This tends to make our
faculty less paranoid than some
others," Olson said.
Lincoln Campuses President
Joseph Soshnik didn't want to
take sides on the question,
saying the issue of a student
faculty senate is up to students
and faculty. He doubts that
such a body will take shape
soon. Since the Faculty Senate
rejected the notion of a
representative senate of elected
faculty members, it is not
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likely to okay the even bigger
change-over to a student
faculty senate, Soshnik ex
plained. Students can have a greater
and quicker impact on their
destinies by expanding their
influence in the colleges and
departments where most of the
curriculum decisions are made,
the president advised.
Soshnik praised the Arts St
Sciences Advisory Board for its
work in establishing new
science courses for non-majors
and an integrated studies pro
gram. The successes of the
Arts & Sciences Advisory
Board could be expanded to
other colleges, he suggested.
This type of participation as
well as student , input in the
library committee, teaching
council, search committees and
in Centennial College is "direct
and consequential."
Soshnik says he realizes
"there is some objection in
ASUN to the way students are
selected for Faculty-Senate
committees," but he thinks this
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Veterans elect
new officers
In recent elections, the Stu
dent Veterans Organization has
chosen Dan Cuda of Teachers
College as president.
Ken Brauer of Business
College was selected as vice
president of the Vet group; Les
Schulz, Architectural College,
secretary; and Joe Bahns,
Business College, treasurer.
Jackson heads
TKE officers
Jim Jackson has been elected
as president of Tau Kappa Ep
silon fraternity. Dan Sterup will
serve as vice president; Don
Westerhold as secretary; and
Vic Sterup as treasurer.
Pledge trainer vill be Larry
Kauffman; chaplain, Jim Van
Kirk; historian, Tom Bell, and
house manager, Fred Griend.
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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1970