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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 13, 1972)
thursday, april 13, 1972
iincoln, nebraska vol. 95, no. 95
Students and administrators wrestling over the
selection process of student hosts for UNL's
New-Student Orientation Program wound themselves
down to a stop-gap compromise at. a two-hour
meeting Wednesday afternoon.
A new committee was formed to investigate the
possibility of adding minority students to the group
of 13 hosts already chosen for this summer's
The orientation program, to be held in June and
July, is designed to acquaint incoming freshmen and
their parents with the University.
Members of an ad hoc student group have
questioned the representativeness of the 13 hosts
chosen and the method used to select them.
No minority students or foreign students were
among the 13 selected.
Peter Wirtz, coordinator of student activities, said
he would be receptive to adding minority hosts, if the
committee finds justification to do so.
Interim Dean of Student Affairs Ely Meyerson also
said he favored the idea if there is room in the
program's budget for additional hosts.
Student hosts receive $500 plus free room and
board for their participation in the program.
The program's $25,000 budget is funded from a
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Summer orientation . . . interested students listen as Ely Myerson, interim dean of student
affairs, explains the administration's position.
$6 registration fee for those taking part in the
program and from student fees.
Wirtz estimated $17,000 in student fees would be
used for the program.
Because student fee money is used, the ad hoc
student group suggested students should play a "more
integral role" in selection of hosts.
Hosts are currently chosen by a two-step selection
process involving at a maximum, three students and
four representatives of the faculty and
Students on the selection boards are appointed by
The ad hoc student group suggested an additional
student be included in the selection process, and that
two of the students be ASUN appointees.
Meyerson agreed a review of the selection process
would be in order, although he called the method
employed this year "reasonably valid."
He suggested some measures might be built into
the process to insure minority representation.
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Growling 1 ASUN endorses
A "separate aboriginal
state" somewhere in America
before the end of the century?
"A lot of Indians are talking
about it," according to a
Penobscot tribal member
visiting UNL Wednesday.
But Frank Growling Bear of
Bridgeport, Conn., said the
main task of today's native
Americans is "to re-educate the
non-Indians" away from
stereotypes of Indians.
He told approximately 35
people in the Nebraska Union
that sensitivity to abuse of
Indian culture by white
stereotypers is a major factor
behind many Indians' drug and
Growling Bear was
sponsored by East Union's
Western Week organizers. He
will sing and speak at
Centennial College at 3:30
p.m. Thursday and at Burr Hall
at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Growling Bear sang several
of his own songs during the
program, including "The Real
American Ballad," an Indian
history. ("Why do you kill
uswhen we act so kind?")
He had unkind musical
words for New Mexico Sen.
CP. Anderson, a "modern day
Indian fighter" according to
Growling Bear. ("All tribes will
have a festival when Uncle
Growling Bear also sang a
"slightly out-dated" jab called
"Fickle Hickel the Pickle"
aimed at a former Secretary of
ASUN suspended its newly-passed rules twice to support a
committee investigating the Freshman Summer Orientation
host selection process and to "clarify" ASUN's position in
comparison with other campus boards, particularly the
Council on Student Life.
By a 27-0-2 vote the senate decided to "endorse and
participate in the ad hoc group of student who are presently
working toward solving the problems with Peter Wirtz
(Coorindator for Student Activities), Ely Meyerson (Interim
Dean of Student Affairs) and other UNL administrators."
It also decided to appoint one to four senators to the ad
Chris Harper, a member of the committee, called the host
election "inequitable," saying that the student government
"was totally bypassed" in the selection process, that there
were no minority or foreign students chosen as hosts, saying
that the ratio of on-campus students (12 of 13) and those
belonging to Greek houses (18) support the ASUN resolution's
contention that the selected hosts do not adequately represent
the many facets of UNL
Another resolution by Sen. Bill Killion, calling for a
definition of ASUN's role on campus, passed almost
unanimously, again after a suspension of the rules.
Both of the resolutions were introduced after the newly
adopted 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline for resolution submission, so
their vote before next week required the rule suspension.
Despite resolution sponsor Sen. David Zeek's contention
that E-Week draws more people than any event except football
games (last year's drew 10-15,000) the senate decided not to
S8 the event $250,
Sen. Ron Frank said he just wasn't convinced they "need
A resolution was introduced by Sea Ken Rouch,
committing ASUN to give $80 to the UNL Student Veterans
Organization. It would, if passed next week, pay the
registration fees for four SVO members to attend a national
convention in Minnesota, May 3-6.
PACE coordinator Bruce Douhit asked senators to help sell
tickets, supervise the day's events.
He said the bicycle race, football game and possible rock
band are to publicize to Lincoln and out-state Nebraska what
he calls the "students' commitment to the program."
ASUN President Bruce Beecher said about 50 students have
used ASUN sponsored vans to register to vote during the first
two days of the three days of the drive.
Second vice president Michele Gagne announced that
interested persons should sign up for ASUN committee
chairmanships. Interviews are planned for next week.
The senate also decided to take a spring retreat April 30.
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