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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 23, 1972)
by Michael (0. J.) 'Nelson
Harper, Schramm and Smith residence halls Monday aligned
themselves with Abel-Sandoz and Burr-Fedde residence halls in
calling for "strict enforcement of the present RHA visitation
policy" for the next two weeks. Able-Sandoz and Burr-Fedde
requested the enforcement Sunday night.
Harper and Schramm halls also called for implementation
of the Magrath plan in two weeks with or without the consent
of . the . Board of Regents. The regents will meet Saturday,
March 4, to discuss official adaptation of the proposal.
Harper will adopt the policy effective Monday, March 6,
while Schramm will begin Saturday, March 4. Smith Hall made
no commitment on a date for implementation.
The idea of strict enforcement of the present policy
originated Sunday at a meeting of students. Student Affairs
and Housing Office staffs, and administrative officials. At the
Sunday meeting student assistants (SA's) said that the present
policy is "unenforced and unenforcable."
An RHA official then suggested that the policy be enforced
"to the letter'' in order to show students "what the present
policy really is."
The decision to request enforcement was made at "town
hall" meetings at Harper and Smith, while the Schramm
decision was reached at a meeting of the hall's student
Smith and Harper each had more than 150 students
attending their sessions. Schramm had about 50 present when
the decision was reached.
Opinion at all three halls was divided at the meetings. Some
students called for immediate implementation of the Magrath
policy, but were restrained by their student government
leaders and SA's.
Harper defeated a motion midway through their session
which called for a Wednesday implementation. Throughout
the discussion, solidarity with the other halls was emphasized.
One student explained the necessity of all the dorms acting
on the same date.
'They can't bust 5,000 people," he said. "We're in this
together. We're not fighting for the rights of just our own
dorm, we're fighting for every student on this campus. We
have to stick together."
Staff members at all three meetings were asked about the
possibility of the housing staff taking disciplinary action
against the SA's and residence hall directors.
A Harper SA explained that the dormitory staff is not
taking a leading role in the movement and would continue to
follow University procedures in case of a violation of the
'The staff probably won't be disciplined," ha said, "well
be fulfilling our responsibilities to the University.
"But that doesn't mean we can't go ahead," shouted a
student in the group.
"Another student reminded the Harper gathering that NU
President D. B. Varner and UNL Chancellor James Zumberge
will speak in the dormitory Monday night at 7 p.m..
He said "students should take half of what Varner says with
a grain of salt."
"Remember, he (Varner) has other interests besides the
students in the dormitory. He's afraid that we'll anger the
Legislature," he said.
any day of the week for a
12 o'clock noon and one-half
it is . . .
The present Residence Hall Association (RHA) policy is as
1. RHA hours may be held
maximum of six hours between
hour before closing hours.
2. The RHA Hours shall be open to residents of the
participating groups and their guests. It is emphasized that these
events stress educational, social and cultural activities. Such
activities may be formal or informal.
3. Decisions to have RHA Hours will be made by the
individual floors in accordance with specific voting procedure
determined by that floor.
4. Arrangements will be made by the participating floor or
floors to insure that the rights of the other floors not
participating in RHA Hours will not be abused.
5. Residents must keep their doors fully open providing an
unobstructed view of the room during the time guests are present
in the room.
6. Faculty andor staff andor parents shall be present
during the event.
7. In order to achieve individual and group responsibility, the
planning and implementation of the RHA Hours shall be
performed by the students in cooperation with the residence
8. These events must be planned and registered in advance
with the residence director.
The proposed guest rights policy for dormitories, fraternities,
sororities, and cooperatives at UN L suggests these policies:
1. Guests of the opposite sex would be allowed in either house
lounges or student's rooms for no more than six hours each day
between noon and midnight Monday through Thursday; between
noon and 1 a.m. on Saturday and between 1 p.m. and midnight
on Sunday. Residents would vote to determine the six-hour block
for their unit Supervisory responsibilities would rest with student
leaders and the University staff.
2. Any student not wishing to live in a housing unit permitting
coed visitation or who cannot obtain parental consent will have
the opportunity to live in a unit that does not permit visitation.
3. Any student not of legal age must have parental consent to
live in a housing unit where visitation is authorized. Consent may
be revoked by a parent at any time.
4. Rules and regulations within the limits mrmittMl K lau.
will be developed and published
5. Violations will be handled in conjunction with established
University disciplinary procedures.
The chairman of the
Council on Student Life said
Tuesday night he would resign
if CSL members are ever forced
to act under political pressure.
"Their votes can be
questioned but if a person
votes because he feels under a
threat, I won't be chairman of
that kind of body," said
Franklin Eldridge, associate
dean of the College, of
Eldridge made the
statement after ASUN Sen.
Roy Baldwin told CSL he will
introduce a resolution at
Wednesday's Senate meeting
demanding the immediate
recall of all ASUN appointees
to CSL who don't
dorm itory residents on the
coed visitation issue.
The Council discussed
Baldwin's statement in
executive session before calling
for a special meeting
Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the
Nebraska Union to take action
on the visitation issue.
Eldridge told students at the
Residence Hall Association
meeting Tuesday, that he has.
requested a meeting with the'
Board of Regents to present
the Council's views before the
board makes- its expected ;
visitation policy 'decision
A resoltuion by CSL
member Mike Berns expressing
support for students in efforts '
to change visitation policy by
all nonviolent .means and
residents to adopt their own
visitation policies was tabled
until the special Wednesday
After Tuesday's meeting,
CSL student members Terry
Braye and Meg Hall also said
they would resign if student
members are threatened with
the loss of their Council
Calling Baldwin's action
inappropriate for someone
running for president of
ASUN, Braye said, "If this
body isn't free to act upon its
own conscience and better
judgement, it can't be effective
as a policy-making body."
Although the eight student
CSL members are appointed by
ASUN, the Council is directly
responsible for its actions only
to the Regents.
Baldwin srid it wouldn't be
fair to conceal his plans and he
was going to tell the Council
his intention wasn't to be
coercive but the CSL moved
into executive session before,
he could finish. ,'
Although the ASUN
constitution doesn't provide .
for. recall, Baldwin said the ;
Senate could take action under
its power to make regulations' -for
organizations and to do -what's
needed for the general
welfare of students. ;
IFC debates action
IFC will discuss the question of coed
visitation Wednesday at an 8:30 p.m.
meeting in the Nebraska Union according to
a statement issued Monday by the IFC
The statement said: "If any action is to be
taken by the fraternities it will be as a result
of this meeting. Until then, no further
comment can be made."
The statement was an outgrowth of a
Sunday meeting between Greeks and
Howard Epstein, IFC president, said the
issue is "too important to just railroad
through. We'll have to wait and see what the
opinion of the house members is."
Ha said ha believes mort Greeks think the
present system is adequate, "even though
many would prefer a more liberal policy."
Zumberge, students meet
Officials of various student groups will
meat Wednesday with UNL Chancellor
James Zumberge. Representatives from
Panhellenic, the Inter-Fraternity Council,
ASUN, Housing Policy Committee and the
Residence Hall Association (RHA) will
discuss the coed visitation issue with the
In an interview Tuesday, Zumberge said
he would have some suggestions to make to
the group. ,
He declined to mention what the exact
suggestions are, saying the ideas "are not yet
"I'm more interested in finding out the
true magnitude of .the problem I'm dealing
. with. I also want to know what the feelings
of the students are," he said.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1972
THE DAILY NEBR AS KAN
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