The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 04, 1971, Image 1

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Civil liberties get support
from UNL minority students
by Bart Becker
A UNL study of minority-group college
students' attitudes toward civil liberties
indicates that minority-group students are more
supportive of the principles in the Bill of Rights
than their majority group counterparts.
The study, conducted in the spring of 1971
by Clyde Z. Nunn, Phillip Layne and Kermit R.
McMurry, showed 55 per cent of minority
students are highly supportive of the principles
while only 37 per cent of the majority students
offer such full support.
NUNN, AN associate professor of sociology,
said the study was "preliminary to a larger
project-a national study of tolerance toward
Layne is a psychological counselor at UNL
and McMurry is assistant director of recreation
on the Lincoln campus. t.
"In lieu of no official count" the report
estimated approximately 150 minority students
on the Lincoln campus. Official statistics reveal
Nebraska to be at the bottom of the nation in
percentage of the college population that is
black (.002 percent).
WHEN ASKED how important their college
experience was, 67 per cent of the 95 students
reached by the survey reported extremely or
fairly important impact from college life.
A general study of the University
population, conducted during 1971, showed 94
per cent of the general University population
said college had such a significant impact.
Forty-three per cent of the minority group
members saw the college degree as very relevant
and 27 per cent reported it was only partly
A majority 52 per cent of the students from
the general study, on the other hand, claimed
that the college degree was very relevant and 3 1
per cent indicated the degree was partly
relevant to their future goals.
ACCORDING TO the study, majority and
minority students had different reasons for
attending the University of Nebraska. Minority
students "first and foremost came because of
the minority program available, and close
behind was the availability of financial help."
The majority students deemed "closeness to
home" the most important reason for their
attendance. Next in importance were the social
and sports advantages of Nebraska, with
financial considerations "reasonably
important" to them as well.
The report suggested that "in order to
increase the number of minority students at the
University, according to these data, the
minority program will have to be expanded and
financial help improved."
NUNN INDICATED that while the college
experience "apparently has an impact on the
white student", the minority student shows no
detectable change in libertarian attitudes due to
the college influence.
White students grow more tolerant and
supportive of civil liberties with each year they
spend in college but this effect is not apparent
in the minority students.
Nunn also said the highest degree of
libertarianism is shown by those students who
place the least amount of significance on
college experience. He said the more militant
blacks, contrary to public opinion, are often
the most tolerant individuals.
Record store loan approved
by Carol Strasser
At a meeting Wednesday in
Schramm Hall, ASUN
unanimously approved a
$4,000 loan for the Student
Record Store. Provisions of the
bill require that the loan be
paid back in amounts of $500
between February, 1972 and
March, 1973..
The interest-free loan will
allow the store to increase its
inventory during the peak
Christmas season and increase
daily sales from about $130 to
$160 a day, said Bruce
Beecher, store manager.
The increase in sales means
ASUN can make money on its
investment, Beecher said. The
record store is owned by
ASUN. Currently, ASUN funds
are deposited with Student
Activities in a savings account,
and Student Activities, not
ASUN, received the interest,
said ASUN Pres. Steve Fowler.
The store was organized as a
non-profit enterprise, Beecher
said, so any profit from the
increase in sales would be spent
on salaries and reinvested into
more record stock. The total
inventory now is valued at
about $3,000, Beecher said.
If the store wants to
compete with other discount
stores, it must have a large
inventory, he said. The loan
will allow the store to double
its inventory, he added.
Part of the $4,000 will
come from student fees and
part from $4,000 that ASUN
will receive from Globe
Insurance, Fowler said. Last
week, ASUN agreed to make
student mailing lists available
to the insurance company and
to insert a letter from ASUN
with the insurance package.
ASUN isn't in great need for
the funds now. Fowler said, so
the money might as well be
invested. However, if ASUN
were to need funds quickly,
the store would be able to raise
over $1 ,000 in two weeks from
sales, Beecher said.
Sen. Jim Shriner questioned
whether the Globe income
shouldn't be used for an
attorney." The University
attorneys have refused to
defend ASUN in the upcoming
suit against the Board of
Regents over the mandatory
use of student fees.
Fowler said some of the
Globe funds would be used to
pay ASUN's lawyer, Pat
Healey. Letters were sent to
faculty members this week
asking for contributions to
ASUN's legal fund, he added.
In the Senate's open forum,
Sens. Patti Kaminski and Doug
Beckwith asked for suggestions
on increasing student input
into the University Counseling
Center in Seaton Hall.
Kaminski and Beckwith
have been working with the
Center's Student Advisory
Board, established last spring,
but said more student input is
"They're willing to listen to
us; it's foolish not to take
advantage of it," Beckwith
The Center will be dealing
with the quality of ethnic
group life and male-iemafe
roles on campus and a wide
variety of students is needed to
help form these programs,
Kaminski said.
The Advisory Board meets
for two hours every week and
is looking fqr students to
participate, she said.
The Senate also approved a
bill on rules and procedures
intended to eliminate the
problem of lengthy Senate
meetings which don't start on
Senate executives have said
they will enforce the rule that
three absences means a Senator
is dismissed. The bill
introduced by Sen. Roy
Baldwin, provides that a
Senator who misses the roll call
at which a quorum is
established is absent, and if he
arrives later, is assessed
one-half an absence.
The bill sets a 90-minute
time limit on Senate meetings
and sets specific time limit for
committee reports, open forum
and new and old business.
Senate meetings in the past
have been bogged down with
interviewing applications for
vacant Senate seats. The bill
establishes a Committee on
Appointments to interview and
consider applications for
vacant seats.
A minimum of five senators
will sit on the committee and
will present to the Senate no
more than three names for
each position for final
Currently, there are two
vacant Senate seats in Teachers
College and one in Graduates
and Professionals. Anyone
interested should contact the
ASUN office in the Nebraska
Young voters express
Democrat preference
by H. J. Cummins
University students
registering in Lancaster County
have been registering over two
to one Democrat, according to
League of Young Voters
Lincoln coordinator Bruce
Of the 1,706 UNL students
who registered Monday and
Tuesday in the November 1-5
nonpartisan voter registration
drive, 551 registered Democrat,
23 4 Republican, 120
Independent, and 801
absentee, he said.
TUESDAY'S registration
total was 1,031 as compared to
Monday's 675, Beecher said,
calling Wednesday's turnout
"at least as many, if not
more," than Tuesday's.
Union College registered
three Democrats, six
Republicans, three
Independents and about 40
absentees the University
student said, adding he was
told Wesleyan's drive was also
going well in its first day
Beecher attributed the
Democratic strength to
"student organizations who
support Democratic
(Presidential) candidates and
are quite active" on campus.
"IT IS THE trend
nationwide, too," he added.
He attributed the generally
large turn-out to the great
student support. Other states
have invested up to ten times
as much money in registration
drives, he said, and registered
only about 1,000 students.
Lincoln Electoral
Commissioner Bill Davidson
called the drive "great," and
expressed his wish the
"example the young people are
setting will impress some of the
older people."
HE SAID he saw his help in
the drive as part of his job,
adding, "I'm not concerned
how people vote, I am just
happy people are registering to
Members of Lincoln's
League of Young Voters are
helping as registrars on campus.
One such member, Dorothy
Prasch, said she was involved
because she's "convinced that
since there are so many young
people they should be vote
She said she believes "the
trend is the young voters will
vote differently than their
"THEY'RE A well-informed
group," she said, adding she
"hopes" they'll change the
political situation.
The leader of one of the
League of Women Voters city
groups said the "numbers are
encouraging, but the next step
is for them to go to the polls."
NU Regents
to meet Friday
A meeting of the NU Board
of. Regents is , scheduled . for
Friday at 3:30 p.m. in room
202 of the Nebraska Union.
Included in the agenda will
be consideration of a revised
budget request for UNO based
on revised enrollment estimates
for 1972-73. The estimate for
the current academic year was
too high by several hundred
The Regents are also
scheduled to recommend
capital construction budget
priorities for the next
. legislative session. R. Neale
Copple, director of the UNL
School of Journalism, is
scheduled to report to the
Board on the progress of a
special committee dealing with
the standards of University
Also to be considered is a
recommendation that
legislation be drafted to change
the name of the School of
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Voter registration drive . . . "Numbers are encourag
ing, but the next step is for them to go to the polls."