The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 15, 1971, Image 1

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Report claims tenure adequate
Harvey S. Perlman... "The primary purpose of tenure is
to protect academic freedom."
The Faculty Senate, in its
first meeting of the year
Tuesday, rejected a proposal
for an experimental midyear
commencement program which
would have decentralized
commencement activities on
the Lincoln campus.
Roland Peterson, chairman
of the Commencement
Committee, placed two
motions before the Senate. The
change in the calendar for the
1 97 1-72 academic year
prompted the review of the
midyear commencement
The committee
recommended that each college
on the UNL campus conduct
its own program. The college
could then determine the type
of ceremony, attendance
requirements and the type of
dress. It was proposed that
midyear commencement be
held on the afternoon and
evening of December 22, 1971.
The experimental program
would have been reviewed and
evaluated before spring
The Senate, however, raised
several questions about the
procedure. One problem
anticipated was that of
administering exams to
graduating seniors. The exam
period is scheduled through
December 23.
Another problem, discussed
at length, was that of the in
absentia fee which a graduating
student is required to pay. It
was suggested that the fee
might be waived or otherwise
Regents fill development posts
by Bill Smitherman
The Board of Regents in its
Monday meeting appointed
two men to the job of dean for
student development.
When Russell H. Brown,
dean for student development,
resigned early this month,
interim Executive Dean for
Student Affairs Ely Meyerson
was faced with the need to fill
the vacancy.
RATHER THAN try to get
a new man for the job just as
the school year opened,
Meyerson and his staff decided
to recommend appointing two
men to interim posts.
Hal Smith, union program
director, was given the
additional appointment of
interim assistant dean for
student development programs.
Harry Cannon, director of the
counseling center, was
appointed interim assistant
dean for student development
The programs section of
Student Development will
in;lu(?i the departments of
student activities, recreation
and intramurals, IFC and
Panhellenic advising and
foreign student advising,
Meyerson said.
will include the counseling
center, examination service,
social services program
(minority student services),
scholarship and financial aids,
discipline and placement, he
Both Smith and Cannon will
retain their current posts as
well as the new positions, he
said. "There will be no great
shake-ups in administration,"
he said.
Meyerson said the student
development job was split for
several reasons.
necessary to quickly find a
replacement for Brown, he
said. Also, since there is now
no permanent dean of student
affairs, Meyerson and his staff
didn't think a permanent dean
for student development
should be appointed.
"We also thought it might
be a good idea to
experiment with the form of
development services,"
Meyerson said. "We weren't
unhappy with the current
Turn to page 12.
After rejecting the proposal
the Senate referred the
problem back to the
Commencement Committee
for further study.
In other action the Senate
elected Jerry L. Petr, Professor
of Economics, Senate
secretary. Petr succeeds Robert
Narveson who completed his
stint in the two-year position.
A report of the Ad Hoc
Committee on Tenure was
presented by Harvey S.
Perlman, Associate Professor
of Law. The report indicated
that the present tenure system
is adequate.
Said Perlman: "The primary
purpose of tenure is to protect
academic freedom."
Perlman also noted that the
"faculty has taken dramatic
steps.. .to improve the quality
of the faculty."
, He said the function of the
Ad Hoc committee was to
prepare a reasoned explanation of
tenure and to keep the faculty
informed of progress on the
tenure question.
The Senate also heard a
brief welcome from interim
UNL Chancellor C. Peter
Love makes debut
as lady temptress
The film "Love at First Sight" will be shown to about I 20
sections of beginning English students Ih is semester. Believe it or
not the film is really about Love Library.
The film contains some imaginative art work and personifies
Love Library as a female who has a lot to offer. Lively guitar
music accompanies the narrator, who occasionally makes more
subtle plays on words about the library.
Brief glimpses of the facilities at Love Library, Nebraska Hall,
and C. Y. Thompson Library on Last Campus are shown, and
according to the film "The library will help you get it all
The film is designed to better orient students to library
facilities at UNL. It will be shown by library staff members who
will answer questions about the library facilities.
The film was produced by University Instructional Media
personnel working in cooperation with the staff of UNL libraries.
James Buterbaugh,, head of the Instructional Media Center, a
department ot the txtension Division, said, "There are a wide
variety of films available to stuuents, faculty and community
The wide range of films includes movies on drugs, sex
education, and even a new instructional film for churches on
"Church Ushering".
The films are catalogued and there is a preview room at the
film library in Nebraska Hall where films can be viewed before
checking them out.
Just about anyone who can pay the rental fee may check films
out Rental fees are based on the amount of time the user has the
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The traditional Resents Reception, sponsored by UNL each year to acquaint the University
faculty and staff, was held Monday night in the Nebraska Union decorated with hundreds of fresh
flowers. This year, for the first time, ASUN senators and presidents of campus-wide organizations
were invited to attend. Waiting in the reception line are (left to right) ASUN Sen. Kirk Sayre,
followed by Coach Bob Devaney. Bowling, movies, cards, refreshments and dancing in the
ballroom were offered to some 1500 quests. Michele Coyle, ASUN 1st Vice Pres., said if the point
was to get acquainted with faculty and Regents, the reception was "not the way to do it." The
only place to talk was in the reception line, as faculty and students remained in separate croups.
she said.
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