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

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VOL. 95, NO. 55
Pres. D.B. Varner. . .fielded questions on the student fee issue before some 70
students at a special ASUN meeting.
Faculty, students adjust to finals
by Cheryl Westcott
When final exams were reduced
from three to two hours and
compressed into five days,
instructors as well as students
had to adapt to the new
system, according to Asst.
Dean of Faculties Walter H.
B riming.
Because first semester ends
before Christmas, professors no
longer have the leisurely
holiday season to prepare their
finals, Bruning said. Writing a
good exam is an art, he said,
and should give the students a
chance to demonstrate
"Final exams are important
to me as an opportunity for
students to demonstrate
mastery of certain principles I
feel they should leave the
course with," Bruning, an
associate professor of
chemistry, said.
The University Examination
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Varner discusses
fees with ASUN
by Carol Strasser
At a special ASUN open meeting Tuesday, NU Pres. D.B.
Varner told students there are a "host of immediate problems"
because of the Board of Regents decision to freeze student fee
expenditures, and "1 don't have the solution to most of them."
In the next few days, Varner said he will determine which
programs will be allowed student fee expenditures until a policy
on student fees is approved by the Regents.
At a meeting Saturday, the Regents cut off all expenditures by
student unions and student governments on all campuses until a
policy on student fees is established. A committee of students,
faculty and administrators was appointed by Varner to write a
policy by January.
After the Senate meeting, ASUN Pres. Steve Fowler,
appointed to the committee, said he does not plan to serve on the
fee committee "until the question of student representation for
the unions an.1 residence halls is resolved."
When asked why no representative from the union board was
on the committee, Varner said it was decided that Ely Meyerson,
interim executive dean of Student Affairs, could represent union
interests. However, Jie agreed to discuss the matter with the
chancellors from UNL and UNO.
ASUN failed by a 16-2-5 vote to pass a resolution which
instructed Fowler to "use all means to persuade Varner to allow
the UNL and UNO union boards to have voting members on the
If no members were appointed by the first meeting, Fowler
was instructed not to participate until such representatives were
Also due to a lack of members voting, another resolution was
defeated which stated that "under no circumstances would ASUN
condone the use of financial restrictions to impede freedom of
speech on campus." At least 24 voting ASUN members are
needed to take action.
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Married students face money-related problems
Before WW II students were not expected to be
married. Indeed, there was a social stigma of sorts to
being married and in college.
But with the influx of older veterans into colleges
after the war, society began to relax its restrictions on
married students. However, most people expected
that things would return to normal after the post war
Veterans graduated.
A QUICK look at the figures will show that
situations have not returned to the pre-WW II state.
In 1964 there were 1,608 married students at NU.
This fall the figure for UNL alone is 3,424.
Also since 1964 the average age of married
students has decreased. In 1964 a University Health
Center study showed that 57 per cent of married
students were in graduate school. A 1971 study
shows that about 64 per cent are now
Since 1964 the study shows that the average
income of student families has increased by slightly
over $500 per year. However, inflation can be cited as
one of the major reasons for the increase.
FIGURES SHOW the median student income for
1964 was 55,068 as opposed to $5,594 in 1971. Of
the students surveyed in 1964 32 per cent had
incomes below $3,000 per year and 13 per cent had
incomes of over $8,000 per year. In 1971 these
figures have changed appreciably, showing only 14
per cent with incomes below $3,000 and 33 per cent
with incomes over $8,000.
Married students face many problems which are
not as acute for their non-married colleagues. Most of
them are tied with a lack of money.- Problems of
bousing and medical care stem from this basic
ONE OF THE reasons for the trend toward
simpler and less expensive marriage ceremonies might
be traced to this money problem.
Larry Doerr, minister at the United Ministries in
Higher Education, says he sees the trend as being
toward more personal marriage ceremonies. He agreed
that money might be part of the reason for different
ceremonies, but added that the desire for a
meaningful ceremony was probably more of a factor.
"Even a traditional ceremony can be meaningful,"
he said. "The important thing is that it is meaningful
to the people being married."
DOERR SAID that the ceremony should be such
that it is a joyful occasion for everyone present. He
said that a wedding is not always the best time for a
confrontation with parents and added that there are
meaningful ways of expression which will not alienate
He continued that everyone present should have a
sense of participation. One way of involving more
people is to end the traditional ceremony of giving
the bride away, he said. This can give all the parents a
chance to say something during the ceremony.
Another point Doerr says is popular in modern
services is informality. "It's hard to be joyful and
involved in a structured and formal ceremony," he
by Bill Smitherman
The end
This is the last issue of The Da3y Nebraskan
this semester.
The Daily Nebraskan will begin second semester
publication on Jan. 24, 1 972.
AFTER THE ceremony another problem that
faces students is finding good housing at reasonable
prices. University Housing Officer Wayne Blue said
that the Lincoln housing shortage is more critical this
year than in the past. There is housing available for
students, he said, but it is not as plentiful as it has
been in the past.
Blue said there is a great lack of University-owned
married student housing at NU. The University has
only 57 units of housing. The married student
population is 20 to 25 per cent of the total NU
enrollment of about 30,000.
BLUE SAID that a one bedroom, furnished
apartment of acceptable quality in Lincoln would
rent for an average cost of $85-5100 per month. This
may or may not include utilities.
Some students are housed by the Lincoln Housing
Authority but this has drawn a great deal of criticism
to the University since J his may take housing from
other low income families, he said.
Blue added rent prices in apartments of newer
construction are usually out of reach of married
students. Average rent on these one bedroom
apartments is about $145-150 per month, he said.
"HIGH RENT is one of the things which makes it
tough for married students," he said. "The pattern is
that the wife usually works full time while the
husband goes to school and works when he can."
Married students have to sacrifice and it's hard for
them," Blue said. "It's sometimes difficult to find an
average quality and price range dwelling."
BLUE SAID that the University housing office
helps the married students in any way it can. This
can include suggesting housing possibilities to the
students and finding apartments which meet student
The administrator said he has high hopes for the
Regents committee now studying the housing
problem and its solutions. He said there is a definite
need for more University supported housing.
Compared to NU's 57 units, Iowa has about 2,000
units, Colorado, about 1 ,500 and Kansas, almost 800.
Another area of importance to married students is
medical care. This can amount to another significant
expense if either partner falls ill or if a child is born.
THE UNIVERSITY Health Center provides some
services to married students. Perhaps most important,
married students are eligible to .rchase Blue
Cross-Slue Shield policies at reduced : -tt-s. These can
guard against financial hardships from many medical
The center also has several servv . s available to the
spouses of married students and jtne available to
their children.
Prescriptions for both spouses and children may be
filled at the University pharmacy at reduced prices.
Spouses, but not children, may get reduced rate
immunizations at the center.
CONSULTATION is another service available to
married students. The students can obtain
information from the center's community health
nurse about community health services available to
them. The center also provides a directory of
community and university health resources for
married students.
The center cites lack of funding as the reason that
regular clinic services cannot be extended to spouses
and children of students.
The Daily Nebraskan wishes to clarify an
advertisement that appeared in The Daily
The woman whose photograph appeared in the
advertisement for Evelyn Woods Reading
Dynamics, 1601 P St., in The Daily Nebraskan,
Thursday, Dec. 9, 1971, page 12, has no
connection with Evelyn Woods Reading Dynamics
and does not endorse their service.
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