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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 1971
VOL. 94 NO. 78
Legislature reserves judgment on cutbacks
The University and Gov. J. J. Exon
have drafted their versions of possible
cutbacks if the University is to operate
within Exon's budget, but members of
the Legislature's Budget Committee
are taking a wait-and-see attitude
toward the University's budget.
Sen. Richard D. Marvel of Hastings,
chairman of the Budget Committee,
said late Tuesday he had no comment
on University appropriations or any
possible cuts until after the hearings
on the budget, which are scheduled for
Thursday and Friday.
Similar sentiments were expressed
by other members of thecommittee.
ALTHOUGH NOTING the state's
tight income situation, Sen. Robert L.
Clark of Sidney said "until they (the
University) comes before us there is no
way I can know if the budget is
adequate or not."
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Davis ... a fellow sufferer with blacks.
Chicago minister talks
about blacks, welfare
by DENNIS SNYDER
Black power wasn't meant as a
threat to the white community, but a
defense of the black community,
Keith Davis told a history class
The Chicago minister, a participant
in the Masters Program spoke on
subjects ranging from welfare in the
ghetto to the Black Panther Party.
Davis experience with black
problems comes from his work in the
East St. Louis and Philadelphia ghetto .
While acknowledging he had been
arrested several times, Davis felt this
an asset rather than a liability to his
position in the black community.
THE POLICE created more than I
ever could have done, my role as
fellow sufferer became very apparent
to cautious blacks and as a result I
could communicate with them because
they trusted me.
The one time chaplain for the Black
Paul hen stated that originally he
worked with gangs such as the
Panthers and Black P. Stone Rangers
in an attempt to unify blacks.
-We wanted to form a positive
coalition in building these youth
gangs, he said, adding "I told them if
you want to Mickey Mouse around
busting each others heads, don't come
around because your real enemy is city
Davis said his attempt to unify the
blacks resulted in being harassed by
local whites and destruction of parish
We had our three Volkswagen
buses blown up, church burned down.
and our windows are still being shot
out. At one time twenty-three blacks
acted as body guards when my life was
threatened in Philadelphia Davis added.
The 29-yearold minister said he
remains optimistic about the race
problem for the future, but for the
present, "only when Mary Bigot is ill,
and the available doctor black will
color no longer be considered.
QUESTIONED about students roles
in improving race relations Davis said
he felt tbsre were too many white
liberals in the ghetto already, but
those who want to help "should get
themselves a good vocation and then
acquire a position where they can
Student support of an all volunteer
army was cited by Davis as an example
of what happens when someone
doesn't consider the results of then
actions. "It galls me that you students are
here advocating programs, but have
never faced life and death ghetto
situations. According to Davis an all
volunteer army would result in an
army of poor defending a nation of
rich, because of the few careers open
to minority groups.
. Davis stated that the welfare system
could be instrumental in helping
blacks but as it exists now it's an
"absolute disaster that is ruining
peoples lives. What is needed is a
system that takes people into
consideration, rather than the
According to Davis the welfare
system has failed in the past due to a
lack of patience.
Since Exon announced he was
recommending a cut of $16.7 million
from the all-funds University budget
request, University officials have said
dramatic reductions in the school's
programming would be required if the
Legislature adopts the Governor's
Included in Exon's
recommendations is a $1.5 million cut
in state aid for the University for
1971-72. In the Budget Committee
hearings this week it is expected that
the University will ask for about $6
million more in state funds than the
University officials have said that
Exon's budget is more restrictive than
it appears because it is based on the
generation of more internal funds than
can be expected.
THE UNIVERSITY LIST of
alternatives to cut amounts to over
$4.9 million, which is in excess of the
amount needed to be trimmed if
Exon's recommendations are adopted.
The University's list of retrenchments
- Reduction of 30 to 50 faculty
- Adjustments in summer school
staff, classes and tuition.
- Cutbacks in locally-produced
educational television programming.
- Cutbacks in scholarships, tuition
waivers and remissions not based on
- Major reductions and
adjustments in agricultural extension
and agricultural experiment siauou
THE INTRODUCTION to the
University report of possible cuts
states the list was compiled on "the
philosophy of trying to preserve the
integrity of our academic programs so
as to avoid, as much as possible,
limiting the educational opportunities
available to students."
However, the report adds that some
of the items on the retrenchment list
"will create further financial burdens
on our students, and the elimination
or partial curtailment of other items
will unavoidably decrease the depth
and diversity of the educational
experience for students on this
Exon said the University could
operate effectively on his budget
recommendations if it accepts his
proposals for increasing efficiency.
THE EXON LIST of possible cuts
- Elimination of the Lincoln
campus posts of vice chancellor for
student affairs and special counsel to
the campus president.
Reduction of the public relations
- Elimination of the tax support
for the Alumni Association, the
placement service and the Nebraska
Elimination of a tax-supported
maid for the chancellor's home.
Faculty Senate calls
for constitutional convention
by MAPSHA BANGERT
Surf f Writer
A "basic document for governance
of the University" will be
drafted-beginning this summer- if the
Board of Regents follows the request
of the Faculty Senate.
Meeting on East Campus Tuesday,
the Senate adopted a slightly modified
version of the Feb. 15 special faculty
meeting's resolution petitioning the
Regents to call an Academic
Constitutional Convention in summer,
The Academic Constitutional
Convention is charged with drafting a
Constitution for the University which
"should enumerate the powers,
functions and responsibilities of the
constituent parts of the University,"
the altered resolution,
approved 169-92, reads.
THE DOCUMENT WILL include
"an explicit statement of procedures
assuring academic due process for both
tenured and nontenured faculty
The resolution petitions the
Regents to convene the Convention in
As amended, delegates representing
the Board of Regents, the
Administrations, the Faculties and the
students will make up the convention.
In addition, the resolution adopted by
the Feb. 15 special faculty meeting
called for representation of "such
public bodies as the Regents deem
If ratified by all the necessary
groups, the Constitution would cover
the Lincoln campuses and outstate
activities, the Omaha campus and the
Wallace C. Peterson, chairman of
the department of economics,
explained that public bodies was
meant to imply the Legislature.
"WEVE GOT TO GET legislative
sanction for all these things we want,
including due process, he emphasized
at the meeting.
But David Dow, professor of law,
introduced an amendment deleting
delegates of public or governing
"I doubt if we would get legislative
cooperation," he said. "I'm not sure
what part of that body would be
willing to get itself involved in what it
might consider a problem."
His amendment was adopted.
Before amendments, resolution also
called for the Liaison Committee, the
Inter-Campus Faculty Coordinating
Committee, the Board of Regents and
the Administration to determine the
AFTER DAVID HIBLER, assistant
professor of English, expressed
concern over the lack of students on
these groups, he successfully added the
Committee, which has student
members, to that group.
After adoption of the two
amendments, the resolution passed
with no more discussion.
The Faculty Senate also passed six
resolutions endorsed by the College of
Arts and Sciences faculty at their
spccial meeting last Friday .s,
Reaffirm academic freedom as
spelled out in the Arts and Sciences
Handbook and the 1940 American
Association of Bniversity Professors
Statement of Principles.
Recognize that when an
administrator formulates charges in
any disciplinary case he is acting in an
official capacity, not necessarily
expressing a personal opinion.
-Ask that complete charges be
given to faculty committees
investigating disciplinary cases.
--Request that fact-finding
committees receive clear mandates,
that due process be followed and that
reports be used objectively.
-Reaffirm that Senate committees
establish their rules of procedure.
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