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t by Linda Larson
Interested in cleaning up the air,
preserving open space, eliminating harmful
The Nebraska Public Interest Research
Group (NEBPIRG) organized last fall at
UNL offers a way to deal with these
NEBPIRG is a group of students and
professionals working for change within the
established legal and political system. It is a
non-profit, non-partisan organization
controlled by a state-wide board of student
Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, helped
to organize the first student organizations.
But neither Nader nor the PIRG group in
Washington, D.C., has any control over
Public education is NEBPIRG's objective.
It publishes the findings and conclusions of
the scientists and lawyers of its professional
staff, student researchers and outside experts
brought in for consultation.
The board of directors, selected by
students, first attempts to identify issues.
Issues are areas of student concern and
problems which students agree are deserving
Students, faculty members, community
groups and the NEBPIRG professional staff
also present issues to the board.
After evaluating the seriousness of the
problems and the possible effectiveness of
NEBPIRG action, the board decides which
issues will be researched. The professional
staff then acts.
ft is up to the public. Hopefully, enough
public concern has been aroused by
NEBPIRG efforts to bring a solution to the
problem. . "
It would be funded by a $1.50 per
semester voluntary fee from University
students (pending approval by the Board of
Regents) and other contributions from the
community. All funds are turned over to the
student board which hireiraod directs the
professional staff. "-
Possible research projects for NEBPIRG
include: consumer protection in regard to
the buying and reselling of textbooks and
retail price competition; racial and sex
discrimination; environmental preservation;
use of University-appropriated funds and use
of student fees; and transportation and
NEBPIRG provides a focus for the
expression of values held by large numbers
of the student population.
Students are mobile and their time on
campus is interrupted by summer vacations,
papers and exams. Thus, student activism
tends to be a sporadic response to an
occasional crisis followed by frustration
when there is no observable change.
NEBPIRG provides continuity so that
movements begun in the spring will not
dissolve with summer vacation.
It also provides a focus for coordinated
action by the numerous citizens' groups
working in social and environmental
plannings, consumer protection and human
rights. Most of these groups have inadequate
means for achieving their aims because of
the limitations of volunteer work.
Public interest research groups have been
organized throughout the country. The first
two student groups were formed in Oregon
The Connecticut Citizen's Action Group
now has a citizen lobby prepared to take
action on legislative issues this spring.
They've issued reports on the M-16 rifle and
a property tax in one town.
Another organization, the Ohio Public
Interest Action Group, released a retail price
comparison on drug store items in Columbus
which showed blacks and students paying
premium prices compared to suburban
They also put together testimony on new
strip mine legislation "hich is the key .
environmental issue in tl tate now.
Colleges in Vermont, California, Iowa,
Washington, New Jersey, West Virginia,
North Carolina and Pennsylvania have or
soon will have public interest groups.
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parents," Harper said.
It would also be a good time for students who have been
involved in controversial issues at the University, like the
Time -Out Conference on Human Sexuality, to explain them to
parents, he said.
Instead, Harper said, selection of hosts has been based on
whether or not they would leave a good impression with
Secondly, if orientation is a public relations program, then
student fees shouldn't be used.
"Any way you slice the cake," Harper said, "the hosts
selected for this summer's orientation program are not
representative of the student body of the University of
He pointed out that there were no minority students or
foreign students chosen for host positions. Harper said last
summer's orientation program was not firmed up until May,
because of the axe the Legislation was wielding on the'
Replanning the program and respecting the hosts would
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Senate seeks executive nominees
The University Senate
Committee on Committees is
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Urgant research requests in 36-72
Secondary research monographs
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We'll keep the conversation short
and, therefore. inexpensive for
seeking nominations for the
senate presidency, according to
the faculty newsletter.
Standard nomination forms,
to be submitted by April 10,
are available in the senate
office, 101 Brace.
The committee asks that
nominations be accompanied
by biographical material,
signatures of 10 senate
members and the candidate's
statements about University
issues. The nominee's
permission also must be
Nominations may be
addressed to Samuel Treves at
the senate office.
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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1972
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