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lincoln, nebraska vol. 96, no. 1
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A UNL student group is attempting to
challenge, through a change in city law, a
crackdown on hitchhiking instituted
caiher this summer by Lincoln police.
In a public letter in July, Police Chief
Joe Carroll said the department would
begin strict enforcement of a city
ordinance prohibiting hitchhiking.
Previously, the department issued
warning tickets for first offense
Official traffic citations, which require
a court appearance, are now being given
Police say traffic problems and other
dangers created by hitchhiking forced the
As a result of the stricter enforcement,
a 20-man citizen group has been formed
which hopes to alter the city ordinance.
According to Larry Molczyk, a group
organizer, the proposed changes will be
finished up this week.
The proposal, Molczyli said, would
prohibit hitchhiking on 10th, 16th and P
Streets, as well as in downtown and other
business districts where traffic is heavy.
The proposal also includes an
education campaign to alert the public to
safety rules which should be followed
when hitchhiking. The group plans to
present their proposal to the city council
early this month,
Lt. Mel Dorn reported that hitchhiking
orroctc are im 50 Der cent since the
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crackdown was announced,
"We've tried warnings before and were
unable to control the problem," he said.
by Bart Becker
The status of a proposal which could potentially place
esponsibility for allocating student fee monies primarily in',
the hands of student-dominated groups appeared indefinite
earlier this week.
The uncertain state of much of the proposal seems tH.
result of confusion among some of those involved with it.
The new proposals outlined in an ASUN document suggest
fee monies be tunneled by ASUN. This, the document
contends, would "provide a means for student determination
of the use of student fee monies." In addition it would insure
thai the monies are used as intended, the document continues.
ASUN currently is allocated $1.60 from each student's fees
each year, netting $39,000 annually for student government.
Under the proposal, ASUN would assume responsibility for
allocating all student fees except those earmarked for student
health services. That would leave approximately $650,000
yearly which would be channeled through ASUN.
. ASUN president Bruce Beecher indicated earlier this week
that he would "try to moveirtfie proposal through channels. A
different proposal was presented to the Board of Regents at its
August meeting, but regents asked that more work be done on
the administrative end of the proposal, according to Beecher.
"That proposal has been effectively dormant since that time
due to individual absences. Both Beecher and UNL Chancellor
James Zumberge have been gone for the past few weeks.
John Stevens, assistant to the chancellor, said no action is
planned on the greater part of the proposal. However, Stevens
said that after the August regents' meeting, the board showed
major concern for the status of student health services. A task
force to work on student health organizational problems will
be set up in the near future, he said.
Virginia Trotter, vice-chancellor for Academic Affairs, will
head the fact-finding task force. Its composition will likely be
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"Wc don't feel good about raising the
prices, but we don't apologize either. If oui
costs rise, then we must ask more for the
food," Nebraska Union Director Al Bennett
said earlier this wt.-ek after the Union raised
"The Union cannot enter into' a contract
that is expected to show a loss," according
to Bennett "and only good management
held the food service down to a minor loss
In July the Union Board asked for a price
increase for this school year. The Union
administration approved the request and this
fall a 5 to 6 per cent overall hike in food
prices went into effect.
Prices were raised on most meat items,
Bob Richeson, director of Union food
services said, because of rising beef costs.
Richeson added: "A big jump in freight
costs this year also raised food prices. We
knew about July 1 that we would have to
raise them. We faced a marked increase in
costs and we had to raise them (Union food
Bennett said the Union can change its
prices in spite of the federal pi ice freeze, but
was "trying to keep pi ices down anyway ."
This is the Union's first price change in
two years. 'The board is reluctant tc pass
any increases so we only pass down what we
have to. We have to assume a very honest
role of a fair price, otherwise the food will
price itself out of the menu. We had to drop
pork almost completely a few years ago,
because of this," Bennett explained.
Prices in the Union will probably
continue to rise. Minimum wage and Sc rial
Security benefits for Union employes an:
both expected to increase this fall, he said.
Does the food service ever show any
profit at the end of the year? Richeson
explained that food service tries to maintain
a profit of one-half to one per cent. That
profit goes into the budget for the whole
Union, he noted.
Another factor in rising costs is what
Bennett called "the rip-off factor." The
magazine rack this fall was moved from the
north entrance to the south entrance of the
The sole reason for this, according to
Bennett is that $8,000 worth of merchandise
was shoplifted last year. Eventually the
south desk will handle magazine
information, and ticket sales for all
The Union board is consideiing melting up
a free literature distribution point at the site
of the old magazine rack, Bennett uaid.
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