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Plans for a new student publications board, approved in
February by the Board of Regents, still exist only on paper.
The current publications board, a standing committee of
the Council on Student Life, . will continue to function until
confusion over the plans are resolved, according to CSL
Chairman Franklin Eldridge, associate dean of the College of
The new publications board was the product of a regents'
committee directed last fall with drafting guidelines for
In a report before. CSL Feb. 15, Neale Copple, chairman of
the regents' committee, said the committee "tried to set up a
system where there would be no pre-censorship."'
The new board, although ultimately responsible to the
regents, would be autonomous with respect to campus
organizations and administrators, according to Copple,
director of the UNL School of Journalism.
The report provides that CSL elect the five student
members to the publications board.
"A newspaper isn't supposed to be at the beck and call of
political groups," Copple said. Since the committee wanted to
remove the board from political pressures, be said they
recommended that CSL, instead of A SUN, appoint student
members to the board.
Although Copple implied that the board would be
autonomous from CSL. Eldridge pointed out that there's no
statement in the committee's report which disassociates the
board from CSL.
- Eldridge said Thursday he has written to Chancellor James
Zumberge to ask for clarification of the matter. The current
board's actions can be disapproved by CSL. Eldridge said, but
the council "doesn't interfere in the day-to-day operations of
He said: "I don't see that the present board has lost any
autonomy under CSL." and believes the new board could be
given the same autonomy under the council.
However, Copple said the intention of the committee
wasn't to set up a publications board as a subcommittee of
another committee. 'The publications board would then be
responsible, in effect, to another publications board. The
whole idea was to set up an autonomous board."
He confessed that the question of whether the board would
continue under CSL "just didn't come up" in committee
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The recommended make-up of the publications boards
would include two professional journalists from outs.de the
University, five students and two faculty members.
The current board includes four students and three faculty
ThTduties of the publications boards include hiring and
firing of the editors and business managers, approval or major
business and legal matters, and judgement on matters involving
the code of ethics.
Currently, the board chooses the entire executive staff.
Under the new plan, the editor chosen by the board 'vould
have the complete freedom to hire the staff and produce the
The current publications boards on both University
campuses haven't acted on one of the publisher's major
responsibilities, according to the report. That responsibility is
to provide the ultimata voice in decisions on the proper
application of a code of ethics."
The committee also wrote guidelines which generally
describe the code of ethics followed by the Nebraska
The report provides for a publications board executive staff
composed of two student members of the publications
committee, one faculty member and the professional adviser
to assist the newspaper staff on a day-to-day basis and to act
"as liaison between the student publications and the
In addition, a professional journalist from outside the
University community would be hired as part-time adviser to
assist the newspaper staff.
The report stipulates that the adviser will have no
censorship powers but should offer post-publication criticism
or prepublication advice as asked.
Eldridge said he doesn't foresee any change in the status of
the present publications board before the selection of
executives for next semester's student publications. Interviews
are tentatively scheduled for March.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 10, J 972
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