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Court ruling denies
by Bill Smitherman
A ruling in Lancaster County District Court Tuesday morning
stalled a last-ditch effort to halt the Time-Out Conference on
Human Sexuality now in progress.
In his ruling, District Court Judge Herbert A. Ronin refused to
issue a restraining order against the use of student fee money to
finance the conference.
The action seeking the order came from UNL students Ralph
Larson and Bruce Wimmer. In a plea filed late Monday, the two
asked for a temporary restraining order against the use of fees for
Time-Out, World in Revolution and the publication of The Daily
LARSON AND WIMMER'S attorney Lawrence E. Murphy
argued that the order was necessary on several grounds. First, he
accused the Board of Regents of abdicating its responsibility to
State statutes say the Board of Regents is responsible for the
allocation of funds for the University, he said. Murphy claimed
that the Board has abdicated some of its responsibility by
delegating some of its allocating power to ASUN and the
Power which has been delegated to the Board cannot legally be
delegated further, he said.
Murphy's second point was that the use of student fee money
for illegal purposes is barred and he described use for conferences
HE DESCRIBED THE Board as being trustees for both public
and private funds. Any party to a trust can question the actions
of the trustees and have these actions stopped if they are illegal,
His third point was a claim that the University was allowing
peakers to come to campus who would advocate the commission
of a crime. He explained that he was referring to the gay speakers
scheduled for Friday and reminded the court that sodomy is a
crime in Nebraska.
"It is beyond human imagination how such a program can be
held without advocating commission of a crime," he said.
The attorney contended, though, that his clients were not
against the Time-Out Conference specifically, but were only
against the use of student fees for funding. He suggested that
those who want to hear the Time-Out speakers should pay the
speakers themselves and hire a public hall.
HIS LAST POINT was that it is the responsibility of the Board
of Regents to hold classes. He said the conference will be
competing with classes and will not be in the best interests of students.
In his case against the order, Board of Regents attorney Flavel
A. Wright said that although a large number of citizens probably
don't consider the topic of the conference appropriate, the
Constitution of the United States does not allow the Board to
restrain the conference.
Wright disputed the charge that the Board had abdicated its
responsibility concerning student fees. He explained that 85 4 Pr
student in fee money is set aside for the use of ASUN by the
Board. The ASUN budget is approved by the university
administration and the Board, he said.
ASUN USES SOME of these funds to hold conferences and
the Regents have taken the position in the past that these are
useful educational activities, Wright said.
Since the Board has not taken the action of prohibiting all
off-campus speakers, it would be inadvisable on Constitutional
grounds to take special action against the Time-Out Conference,
Wright gave several precedents upholding the rights of students
and off-campus speakers. One of these rulings said "a school may
not stifle dissent because the subject matter is out of favor."
Turn to page 3.
Smiling faces... UNL students Ralph Larson and Bruce Wimmer (far right) listen as
District Court Judge Herbert A. Ronin denies an injunction against the ASUN
sponsored Time-Out Conference on Human Sexuality.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1971 LINCOLN, NEBRASKA VOL. 95, NO. 18
Grant says sex not driving force
Dr. Harold Grant told a
Nebraska Union audience of
400 Tuesday afternoon that
sex is not the driving force in a
Speaking during the
Time-Out Conference on
Human Sexuality, Grant said
the concept of territory is
more important to people than
"How many wars have been
fought over the acquisition of
land?" he asked. "And how
many have been fought over
lie also said colleges are not
designed for the development
of human relationships. He
called dormitories "boxes."
"College is an experience
that can totally deprive a
person of a sense of belonging
to a group," he said. "It's a
time when we don't belong on
a day-to-day basis to an
individual family. The reaction
to this condition may be as
extreme as the action that
He said the sensual aspect is
not all there, is to sexual
behavior, and that the
emotional sense of wanting to
belong to another person is
equally strong in human
"For a relationship to be
complete it needs to include
sex, but for a relationship to be
meaningful sex isn't needed,"
Commenting on latent
human ability, he said, "When
we believe in each other it
unleashes the potential within
us. For example, people aren't
usually mind readers and to
assume people know when
we're distressed is useless."
Grant said anything that can
be used for good can also be
used for bad.
"We cannot risk success
without risking failure. If a
sexual relationship is only
partial, the benefits will also
only be partial," he said.
Grant is currently Director
of Student Development
Services and Professor of
Counselor Education at
Auburn University. He
formerly taught at Cornell
University and Michigan State
University, and in 1968 was
featured by the Chicago
Tribune Magazine as one of the
ten most exciting professors in
the Big Ten Universities.
CSL supports Time-Out
An exhibition of photographs by Thomas Eakins, a
noted painter, will be open to the public tonight at
the Sheldon Art Gallery.
by Carol Strasser
The Council on Student
Life met in a special session
Tuesday night and affirmed its
support of the Time-Out
Conference on Human
The meeting was prompted
by the Tuesday request by two
University students for a
temporary restraining order
against the Conference.
Although the Council shied
away from endorsing the
content of the Conference, it
recognized the relevance of the
topic and the right of the
speakers to express
The resolution adopted by
the Council states. "CSL
recognizes that the Time-Out
Conference' was organized in a
manner consistent with
University policy, and CSL
supports the intent of the
Conference, which is to
promote the understanding of
human sexuality, and the right
of speakers to present diverse
opinions on controversial
In support of those
participating in the
Conference, the resolution
further states, "the Council
endorses the long-standing
University policy of
encouraging the participation
and contribution in the
Conference of responsible
students, staff and faculty."
University policy" refers to the
Board of Regent's policy on
academic freedom and the
1968 Student in the Academic
The 1 968 document,
accepted by the Regents,
affirms the students' right to
invite speakers to campus and
states that the institutional
control of University facilities
shouldn't be used for
At the meeting, the Council
also decided to tackle the
Turn to page 3.
Sex not question
of ethnic origins
By Vicki Pulos
"When you first think of
sex you don't think of black,
white, Chieano or Indian sex,"
began Sheila Pierce, executive
director of Planned Parenthood
World Population of Nebraska.
A black panel member, she
introduced the inter-racial
group discussing "Human
Sexuality from an Ethnic Point
of View" in the Nebraska
Union Tuesday night.
"We panel members are up
here in the fishbowl for an
type thing," Pierce continued.
The panel dealt with a
variety of sexually related
topics from distinctive ethnic
perspectives before an audience
at one time numbering about
The "myth of the ' ,.
sexual superma was
identified by UNL ite
student Fritz Edelsfe. a
belief that the black male
castrates the white male by
sleeping with the white female.
Tony Clark, graduate
student at UNL from Trinidad,
said only in the U.S. is this
Turn to page 8.
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