The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 22, 1971, Image 1

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    Presidential dark horse
visits for 'bureaucratic' party
by Don Tremain
He wears red and blue
suspenders under a
conservative black suit. He
resembles a pudgy chemistry
teacher you had in high school.
When he talks he has that air of
authority you sec in the local
Kiwanis leader. And he's
running for president of the
United States.
Dr. James H. Borcn, 45,
founder and president of the
National Association of
Professional Bureaucrats, is the
"bureaucrats' choice" in '72.
He was in Lincoln Tuesday to
speak at the National
Conference on Rural
Community Development held
at the Nebraska Center for
Continuing Education.
BO REN SAID that even
though his campaign is
somewhat a joke, his name will
appear on the New Hampshire
primary ballot.
His campaign lets him fight
the foolish side of bureaucracy
using humor as a weapon, he
"Naturally I'm not going to
win," Boren said, but, added
he hopes to get enough votes
to make the other candidates
aware that voters are
concerned about the pitfalls of
Boren said a good share of
his concern comes as a result of
a previous job as director of
the Partners of the Alliance, a
foreign assistance program in
Latin America. Boren
founded the organization
during the Kennedy
presidential years.
IT WAS successful, he said,
but after several years of
m u d d I ing"Thr ougn" the"
bureaucracy and red tape of
government-sponsored projects
he decided to quit.
The National Association of
Professional Bureaucrats
(NATAPROBU) entered the
picture later. Boren founded
the organization on May 2,
1968. It now has 500 ,
dues-paying members.
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"1 use NATAPROBU as a
vehicle through which I can
effectively use satire in an
attack against the excesses and
foolish sides of bureaucracy,"
Boren said. "This also means
irresponsible bureaucratic
activity has been its awards
ceremonies, where the coveted
"Order of the Bird" is given for
outstanding bureaucratic acts.
A nominee for the "Bird" is
generally informed of his
selection beforehand so he or
she can patch up their
bureaucratic blunder, thereby
avoiding one of NATA
PROBU'S well publicized
awards ceremonies.
One of the "Birds" was
awarded to a Marine at a
dentist's office who made a
general go out into a hall to
telephone for an appointment.
Regulations stated
appointments were to be made
over the phone.
SPIRO AGNEW recently got
NATAPROBU's "Bird" "in
recognition of his
contributions to the
communications art through
his multiplistic semantical
prolusions projected in direct
Agnew's secretary contacted
Boren three times suggesting
that Agnew should not get the
honor. Boren replied, "Our
nine coordinating committees
have worked so diligently in
arriving at the awards'
recipients that I do not think it
proper for me to rescind their
Although Boren has a lot of
fun with NATAPROBU,
there's a serious side to his
'work. "If someoTte" is being
taken because of some
bureaucratic establishment,
NATAPROBU will go to his
aid as sort of a last resort," he
BOREN IS currently
investigating insurance
companies' arbitrating
committees set up to decide
insurance settlements.
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He noted that people
sometimes wail over a year
before collecting on a
settlement, even though it's
clear they weren't at fault.
Another of Boron's
bureaucratic targets is the
study commission. He said the
operation of appointing
committees to study issues is
just a technique fot buying
Borcn pointed to the
commission that looked into
the Kent Stale incident. "Sure
they were looking for facts,
hut mainly they were buying
time till things cooled down,"
he said .
commissions and study groups
never answer questions. juM
put them off.
Most of Boron's
campaigning has involved
luiiliv speaking appearances at
clubs and dinners where he
confuses the audience with a
performance slightly
reminiscent of Pat Paulsen's
1968 presidential
speechmaking on the Smothers
Brothers Show.
Boren is a jumble of
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ASUN fee use faces
A hearing Friday in District
Court will determine whether
records of fees used by ASUN
should be made available to
students who are attempting to
enjoin ASUN from using
mandatory student fees.
ASUN is allocated 30 cents
per student each semester in
student fees, according to Miles
Tommeraasen. Director of
Business and Finance. If special
" projects are approved by the
Chancellor, ASUN could be
financed with an additional 50
cents per student, he added.
THIS YEAR, as well as last
year, ASUN's budget h;s used
the full 80 cents allocation,
Tommeraasen said. This fall's
budget request was S3 5, 5 00,
compared to $32,072. in
Other funds available to
ASUN this year are about
$1,000 raised last year from
the Xerox machine. $2,500 in
student fees specifically
allocated to the ASUN record
store, and summer session
student fees, ASUN Pres. Steve
Fowler said.
After a budget is prepared
by ASUN. it is reviewed and
approved by the Dean of
Student Affairs. Tommerauscn
and interim Chancellor C. Peter
Magrath, said Ely Meyrson.
interim executive dean of
Student Affairs.
IN THE FALL, a $32,000
preliminary budget request was
presented to the
administration. There were
some modifications, then it
was approved "without too
much hassle," Meycrson said.
The largest chunk of the
budget ($6,564.48) was
a I loci tod to salaries of ASUN
executives and office
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James Boren. . ."the
personnel. Since the
executives' salaries are based
on dorm rates and these rates
went up. ASUN salaries also
were raised. Fowler said.
The Human Rights
Committee received the second
largest slice. The S.V1N
allocation to the Committee
includes funds for PACT'.
Tenant's Rights and minority
group organizations.
Rights are given to
organizations such as the
Afro-American Student
Association and University
Women's Action droup
because they sponsor programs
open to the total student body
and "with educational benefit
in areas of ASUN concern."
Fowler explained.
Areas concerned with
educational reform received
one of the lamest buduet
CSL presenied with
modified visitation policy
A modification of the
current coed visitation policy
was presented to the Council
on Student Life Thursdjy
before close to 250 students in
Abel Hall who indicated that
some are prepared to force the
issue if the Board of Regents
fail to liberalize the policy.
CSL is scheduled to meet
with the Regents for a half
hour Nov. 5 to determine what
type of visitation proposal the
Board would accept, said CSL
chairman Franklin Fldridge,
Associate Dean of the College
of Agriculture. The Board
rejected a liberalized,
CSL-approved coed visitation
bureaucrats choice.'
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increases this year. The Center
for Iducational Change,
charged with finding
alternatives to current
educational programs, was
allocated SI. 150. about S-00
more i h.m last year.
Free University was given
$1,800. compared jo SK400
last vear.
control over the ASUN record
- and gift shop, child and infant
care centers and book
exchange, received S2.250.
Student Services received
about S4.000 last year. $3,000
of which bought a van for the
Student Volunteers Bureau,
chairman Roy Baldwin said.
Allocations for Time-Out
and World in Revolution
conferences also were increased
this vear. Time-Out received
S 3.0 00. and World in
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proposal last summer.
Wayne Kuncl, coordinator
of Residence Hall programs,
offered a modified version of
current RH A Hours as simply a
"guideline for CSL
negotiations" with the
Regents. If the Regents accept
his proposal, Kuncl said it
would have to be approved by
residence hall students and
K unci's proposal, a
residence hall and housing
office "staff position," doesn't
change the RHA Hours
program in that visitation is
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