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by Robert J. Prokop
Robert J. Prokop, M.D., Ph.D., is a
University of Nebraska Regent.
In my opinion, the conflict of interest
statute has cost the state of Nebraska two
excellent civic leaders in the fields of
penal reform and industrial relations. The
resignations of law professors Wallace
Rudolph and John Gradwohl from the
Parole Board and the Court of Industrial
Relations are regrettable and not in the
best interests of the state of Nebraska.
Both men have had excellent records in
their professional careers.
The Unicameral, in attempting to stop
payment of two checks for two jobs to
one state employe or to stop utilization
of a position to improve financial
considerations, has uncovered a gross
inequity in its own statutes. LB 686,
which is currently under consideration by
the Unicameral, still maintains a harsh
interpretation of this statute by not
giving any consideration of service to the
state by men such as these excellent law
The history of this legislation began
with a state senator who was elected to
that position while a member of the
faculty at a state supported institution. A
number of years later, this law was
brought to light by an office holder
running for re-election for political
purposes in order to discredit his
opponent. The news media, in some
cases, utilized this issue to put political
pressure on a newly elected official who
had disagreed with the media and the
University on vital issues before the
electorate of the state of Nebraska.
The issue was again brought up in the
case of another state office holder who
had opposed the thinking of some
segments of the news media and the
University. Those same individuals never
questioned the nine excellent years of
service by John Gradwohl which now was
determined as a conflict of interest.
This brings up other interesting points
concerning the Unicameral and the
University. Sen. Richard Proud asked his
colleagues recently to stand in the
chamber if they had no conflict of
interest. Unfortunately, no member took
up his challenge.
What about conflicts of interest which
might be established for other state
officers, including University
administrators such as deans, chancellors
or presidents if the law was strictly
interpreted? Could one serve on any
board of directors, etc., which has any
business dealings directly or indirectly
with the University of Nebraska? To
expand this point further, can members
of the University system be paid by the
state when other employers are paying
salaries or per diems for the same service?
Is it possible to receive fringe benefits
such as insurance on leased cars which are
loaned to state employes without
legislative approval or do the state
citizens have no voice in this matter? Are
honorariums considered conflicts of
The Unicameral and attorney general's
office should clarify the law pertaining to
all state employes and state officers
immediately so that no additional
respercussions occur or utilization of a
political blackmail be instituted against
the state officials.
In the spirit of cooperation I am submitting the following
set of guidelines that could be used as a basis for coed
visitation. They were sent to me by a reader and I have only
slightly altered them:
Personalized social intercourse between the sexes will be
permitted for not more than six hours per day during the
week; specific hours are assigned by the chancellor.
Note: Under no circumstances will such intercourse be
accepted as an excuse for lateness to, or absence from football
For the general good and welfare, the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln has seen fit to impose a few simple rules,
which all students are expected to know and obey:
1) To avoid wasting time in idle dalliance, each student
wishing to fraternize will go at once, when the bell sounds for
the Social Hours, to the room of the person he or she wishes
2) Immediately upon closing the door, each person will,
without delay, remove all clothing and either hand it neatly or
fold it and lay it on some flat surface not likely to be
disturbed. No physical contact is permitted while either
student retains any garment on his person or in his hands.
Further, it may tend to wrinkle or otherwise soil the garments,
and thus is likely to endanger the reputation for neatness of
which the University of Nebraska is justifiably proud.
3) Once the clothing has been suitabley disposed of, both
parties must repair the bed, the coverings of which must be
turned down to expose the lower sheet. This has been found
to be the most practical way to avoid unusual wear and tear,
andor cleaning costs, on the bedspreads and blankets.
4) No contact of any sort is permitted anywhere in the
room except on the lower bedsheet, for the same reasons.
Note well: It is strictly forbidden to make, or attempt to
make, any contacts on the floor. Not only is this highly
unsanitary, but it also leads to colds, bronchitis and ailments;
and the capacity of student health is limited.
5) Having complied with Rules 1-4 listed above, the parties
are then free to fraternize in any reasonable fashion, excluding
only those activities from the vicinity of which Lot and his
daughters were forced to flee. (See Genesis 19:1-30.)
6) There will be no smoking, drinking of beverages
(excluding water, orange juice, the Kool-Aid and milk),
boisterous behavior or indecent language.
7) The ventilator in the ceiling of each room is also the eye
of a closed-circuit television system terminating in the office
of the chancellor. Any violation of the stated rules, or any
serious breach of good taste, will be called to the violator's
attention by five sharp rings on his room buzzer.
7-A) Note: One condition imposed by the Board of Regents
when they agreed to this system of "permissive fraternization"
was that any one, or all, of the regents be permitted to
observe, at will, the viewing screen in the chancellor's office.
7-B) No parents of students are to have, at any time, access
to the viewing screen (except in the improbable instance of a
parent also being a regent).
7-C) Note: Video tapes may be, from time to time, made as
a matter of record. Any such tapes become the property of the
individual student or students concerned, at the time of
8) Violation of these rules may be punished by withdrawal
of the social-hours privileges for as long as the chancellor may
decree. Note also: the rules for individual conduct apply to
groups as well. The lounges are covered by TV cameras with
special wide-angle lenses.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1972
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
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