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WEDNESDAY. JULY 5, 1972
Food prices were attacked by urban
housewives but defended by a rural
housewife during a panel discussion at an
agriculture communications seminar last
week at the Nebraska Center for
Urban housewives Mrs. Harvey
Stoltzman and Mrs. Lee Swetland of
Lincoln said that at today's prices, food is
not a good buy.
"But you can get around the high
prices with hard work, self-denial and
sacrifice," Mrs. Stoltzman said, "even
though those qualities are almost obsolete
in society any more."
She recommended strict budgeting,
shopping with weekly menu plans in
mind, avoiding the use of packaged or
prepared meals and teaching children to
eat what they're served as ways to save on
Mrs. Swetland, the mother of eight
children, said, "learning to cook from
scratch" and having a vegetable garden
for home canning were the best ways to
save money on groceries.
"And never take the kids shopping,"
she said. "You'll always end up buying
things you don't need."
But a rural housewife Mrs. John
Klosterman of David City said food prices
"aren't really too high."
Blaming "scare headlines in the press"
for current concern about food costs,
Mrs. Klosterman said food prices have
risen in proportion no more than prices
of clothing or any other commodity.
"We live on a farm; we know the
farmer isn't getting rich," she said.
"Neither is the local grocer. So we
imagine an anonymous . middleman
getting extremely wealthy. But what we
really have is a vast number of middlemen
with no one getting rich."
Mrs. Klosterman said consumers have
demanded more from the food producers
and grocers than from any other industry.
Convenience foods, attractive
packaging, pollution regulations, and
higher transportation and labor costs all
have added to the cost of products, she
Panelist John Story, representing
grocery store chain Supermarkets
Insterstate, Inc., Omaha, said the retailing
industry has failed to communicate to
consumers the reasons for the costs of
"We provide food to the consumer at
less each year in terms of the per cent of
total income," he said.
Story said the law of supply and
demand was still the best price control.
The agricultural communications
seminar was sponsored by the Nebraska
Committee on Public Relations in
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Frank Kepyc plays Artie and Susan Baer plays his
mistress Bunny in the Howell Theater production
'The House of Blue Leaves."
The Mouse of Blue Leaves." named
best new American play of the 1 971
season by the New York Drama Critics
Circle, is the second summer repertory
Iheuter production which starts Friday at
Written by John Guare, the comedy is
the story of Artie, a frustrated zookeeper
who aspires to be a songwriter. Artie is
played by Frank Kepyc.
Marlyn Dessey plays Artie's insane
wife who refuses to leave their Queens
apartment because her fingernails are all
Kennie, their son, is played by John
Crumrine. The paranoid Rennie is
desperately trying to become famous, so
he plans to blow up the Pope, who visits
New York on the day the play takes
Artie's mistress Bunny, played by
Susan Baer, has considerable faith in the
Pope's powers and also believes Artie is
destined for Hollywood fame.
New York Times drama critic Clive
Barnes called the play "mad, funny, at
times very funny, and sprawling."
"I Iaughted a great deal, and I
recommend the play." Barnes wrote,
"Yet I suspect that beneath the idiot
laughter and the cruel jokes we are
intended to feel compassion for the
Playwright Guare explains the play's
cruelty: "I like to write about characters
who are not self-aware. The main source
of the cruelty is that these characters
mean what they are saying at the moment
they speak, but are unaware of the
connective tissue between moments. I try
to make the audience aware of that
The Howell production will be
presented at 8:30 p.m. July 7, 8, 1 1, 12,
15, 17, 20, 21, 25, 26,28, 31, Aug. 7, 12,
18, 23; 29 and 31.
Tickets are available for $2.50 at
Howell Theater, 12th and R Streets, from
1-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Season tickets for "The House of Blue
Leaves" and the other two summer
productions "Guys and Dolls" and "Arms
and the Man," are available for $6.00.
There are no reserved seats.
Dr. William R. Morgan, professor of
speech and dramatic arts, directs "The
House of Blue Leaves."
THURSDAY, JULY 6
t-ast day to pay fees for early registration
for second summer session.
FRIDAY, JULY 7
Final date for oral examinations for
"The House of Blue Leaves," 8:30 p.m.,
SATURDAY, JULY 8
Classes in session to make up for July 3
"The House of Blue Leaves," 8:30 p.m.,
Technical school teachers
take refresher courses
Longer college stay costly
By Barry Rogers
NU School of Journalism
A chance for technical school teachers
to get caught up on innovations in their
field is being offered by University of
Nebraska-Lincoln Teachers College during
first summer session.
Fifteen teacher-students are
participating in two courses, each worth
six hours credit, that deal with new skills
needed in teaching construction and
The refresher courses are a combined
seminar-workshop program, in which the
teachers hear lectures on new methods
and then participate in -laboratories
practicing those new methods. The
all-day classes meet at Nebraska Technical
College in Milford.
Alan Seagren, Teachers College
associate dean, said course instructor Max
Hansen has called the programs a
The construction course includes new
teaching information as well as workshop
experience in small building construction.
site planning, working with concrete and
masonry and information on building
The mechanics course also deals with
new methods as well as offering
laboratory experience on internal
cumliusition engines, hydraulics, use of
engine power and new engine-testing
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places to visit page 3
Picture story of the oldest
campus resident page 4
By Janis Baker
NU School of Journalism
Many University of
students spend more than four
years to earn their degrees -and
in the process spend more
of the taxpayers' money.
A UNL student earning his
bachelor's degree in four years
at today's price of tuition and
board and room discovers his
piece of parchment cost him
$5,900 using the current rates
of $535 a year for tuition and
$940 a year for living in a
But it it takes him longer,
he may find the cost of one
additional year more expensive
than the previous four years.
The $ 1 ,475 for the extra year's
'tuition and board and room is
slight compared to the salary
he is losing by not graduating a
The salary of a University
graduate varies greatly
depending on job, employer
and geographic location, but
according to Frank Hallgrcn,
UNL placement director, the
average starting salary for a
UNL graduate with either a
bachelor of arts or bachelor of
science degree from the College
of Arts and Sciences os $6,966
for men and $5,412 for
A Nebraska taxpayer who
has to put his son or daughter
through this extra year of
school is paying an average
state income tax of $93.12 a
year according to the 1969
income tax rate, said Gary G.
Chunka, Nebraska assistant tax
This taxpayer is paying
more for one additional year of
college than he pays in 22
years of paying state income
tax "This doesn't take into
consideration the average
salary of $6,100 the student is
losing by having to go an extra
year to complete the
requirements for a bachelor's
I he cost of running
AS UN execs plan fall activities
University's Lincoln campuses
for the 1971-72 year was $44.7
million. Taxpayers paid $27.2
million and students paid
$10.2 million of this total. The
remainder of the money came
from federal funds,
endowments and sales from
University activities, according
to Ray Coffey, UNL cost
In 1961, the total spent by
the state on all institutions of
higher education was $25.5
million while this year for UNL
alone, they spent $25.2
million, Coffey said.
Although no figures are
kept on how long it takes most
students to earn a bachelor's
degree at UNL, a survey of the
3,848 freshmen entering in the
fall of 1966 showed that 21.2
per cent were still enrolled at
UNL for either four and a half
or five years.
The 21.2 per cent does not
show how many students were
enrolled at another school for a
year or two and then
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Bruce Beecher, ASUN president.
"Just because student government has
not been as good as it could be doesn't
mean it can't be better," said Bruce
Beecher, president of Associated Students
of the University of Nebraska (ASUN). "I
suppose one of the reasons we ran for
office is that we thought we could do a
Beecher and Michele Gagne, ASUN
second vice president, are spending the
summer making plans and doing
background research for fall activities and
'This is one place that ASUN has
fallen short in the past," Beecher said.
"Proposals that have been suggested have
just been ideas. The administration and
the Regents won't react positively if the
background work isn't thorough."
Beecher is employed by ASUN at
$2.25 per hour for a maximum of 25
hours weekly or $675 for the summer.
Miss Gagne is paid $2.00 per hour up to a
maximum of $600 for the summer.
ASUN first vice president Sam Brower is
employed for the summer as a New
Student Orientation Program host and is
not working for ASUN.
During the fall and spring semesters,
the ASUN president is paid the equivalent
of dormitory room and board while the
other two executive officers receive
two-thirds of that amount.
In planning ASUN projects and
activities, Beecher and Miss Gagne said
they hope to appeal to interests of the
majority of students.
"ASUN has been moving farther away
from students and what they want and
has been catering too much to vocal
special interest groups," Beecher said.
"Most students don't know about or care
about ASUN, so we plan to visit living
units and various student groups along
with ASUN senators to find our what
students would like to do to change the
University and make them aware of how
to go about making those changes."
ASUN goals for the year include
legalized sale of beer on campus, -
coordination of efforts amont student
organizations and opening a student
cooperative general store.
"The cooperative system has been
done on several campuses rather
successfully," Beecher said. "Students
purchase a picture identification card for
discounts at places like a record store, gas
station and liquor store that we already
have lined up. Then with the money from
the sale of the cards, ASUN will open a
general store with snacks and various
sundries for sale."
AS-UN '.internal structure and finances
also will receive attention.
"ASUN in the past has been
financially very unaccountable," Beecher
"But we now have an internal
accounting and purchase order system
that helped straighten out the books,"
Miss Ciagne said, "so they're
decipherable . . . and always public."
Last year's student fee budget for
ASUN was $36,000, low among Big Fight
schools, Beecher said.
As a way to solicit student ideas,
Beecher said he plans to establish a
student cabinet composed of the
presidents of the Residence Hall Assn.,
Union Program Council, Panhellenic and
Interfraternity Council and the Daily
"I'll meet with them regularly to
discuss student problems and concerns,"
Admitting ASUN has "a bad image to
many students," Beecher and Miss Gagne
described several ASUN projects aimed at
"The first year is the toughest year at
college," Miss Gagne said, "so we're
trying to help freshmen get oriented."
A lighthearted introduction to campus
academics and extra-curricular activities is
presented in an ASUN booklet for
freshmen called "Breaking Into and Out
of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A Beginner's Primer." '
An updated handbook ot student
organizations with descriptions of their
activities also will be sent to freshmen.
In addition, ASUN will sponsor the
publication of the Freshman Record, a
freshman yearbook designed "to help
freshmen get to know each other and
introduce them to the University,"
according to MissGAgne.
Freshmen will send their pictures and
brief summaries of information about
themselves to Institutional Services, Inc.,
which will publish the book and sell it for
$4 for paperback copies or $5 for hard
bound, Miss Gagne explained.
'This will help student organizations,
too," she said, "because it will he a way
they can find out about students who
might be interested in joining."
Beecher and Miss Gagne also have been
meeting with new students visiting
campus for the summer orientation
A desire to accomplish "constructive
things for students" underlies all their
efforts, the ASUN executive officers say,
and that means attention to local
"In the past five years or so, student
government across the country shifted
their interest to national issues," Beecher
said. "But they found they can't be
effective (here, so they returned to local
"Students are definitely willing to get
involved in things close to them," Miss
"Beer on campus ami probably a
continuation of last year's visitation issue
will be next year's major issues," Beecher
predicted. The November presidential
election and educational reform also will
attract some interest, he said.
The ASUN executives are planning
projects now, hut what will become of
them when the fall semester begins?
"I'll admit all this sounds idealistic,"
Beecher said. "But if I weren't optimistic
about what we can accomplish I'd be the
wmm man for the job."
Michele Gagne, ASUN second vice president.
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