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monday, October 1 6, 1 972
lincoln, nebraska vol. 96, no. 25
Library rules
favor faculty,
grad students
by Jane Owens
University students can check out books for
two weeks; faculty and graduate students get
two months.
Students pay fines for overdue books;
faculty members don't.
This is the UNL library lending policy, and
according to most library administrators, the
system is fair and works well. Students aren't so
Eugene Johnson, associate director of
libraries for public services, says faculty and
graduate students can keep books for two
months because "this material is largely
research material, and it has to be used for
longer periods of time. Usually undergraduates
don't have as much need for it."
A student needing a book loaned to a
professor has two alternatives: he can fill out a
recall slip and wait for the professor to return
the book, or he may ask the professor's
permission to borrow it.
"There's nothing wrong with this
(book-lending) system itself," Johnson said.
"Students are sometimes reluctant to follow up
once they know a professor has the book."
Neither faculty nor students may check out
reserve books for longer than two weeks,
according to Johnson. Only students are fined
for overdue reserve books. All library users
must pay for lost books.
Why aren't professors assessed fines?
"The system is somewhat of a tradition
based on the idea that a faculty member would
never incur a fine," Johnson said. "It's a
pragmatic point of view. If we fined faculty
members, it wouldn't necessarily get the books
However, Johnson said he believes fines are
an effective means of getting undergraduates
and graduate students to return books.
"This sort of lending system is pretty
standard," Norman Shaffer, associate director
of libraries for technical services, said. Shaffer
said libraries at Kansas University and several
other universities have similar book-lending
According to John Heussman, director of
libraries, the book-lending system is "based on
years of accumulated practical experience on
how people use books."
Few UNL students complain about the
-University book-lending policies, according to
Dave Webb, undergraduate representative to the
Faculty Senate Library Committee.
'The major complaint I receive from
students is that they can't find books in the
first place," Webb said. Poor lighting and
insufficient library study space also are
frequent complaints, he added.
"Only 13 to 15 per cent of the students I
talked to wanted an extension on the loan
period," Webb said.
Webb thinks the loan period for
undergraduates is adequate because they
usually need a book for writing a single term
paper or for casual reading.
Webb said the faculty probably needs the
books longer because of research.
"The fine system doesn't strike me as good,"
Webb said. "There might have been some
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teacher evaluations
by Sue Peterson
What started as a speech class project may lead to a more
efficient and systematic method for teacher evaluation.
Bill Freudenburg chose for a speech group project methods
of improving the University's present teacher evaluation
policy. The group has arrived at a possible two-pronged
evaluation which hopefully would provide a more unified and
efficient system.
"We found a great deal of confusion in the present system'
Freudenburg said. "We found there was no single, unified,
adequate system. The present system evaluated faculty on the
basis of three areas-service, research and teaching," he said.
The Faculty Senate in 1969, agreed to go along with a
voluntary computerized ASUN teacher evaluation. Then in
April, 1971, a resolution by the Faculty Senate committed the
faculty to a systematic evaluation of teachers. The resolution
stressed that the students' point of view was unique and would
be valuable in the evaluation.
The responsibility for the evaluation rests with the
individual departments. Nothing was said about how
information from the evaluations was to be made available to
The resolution did provide that each department was to
submit a yearly report to Virginia Trotter, vice chancellor for
Academic Affairs, on how the evaluation was carried out and
include the mechanics of making the information available to
students. Freudenburg said most departments did submit
After examining the present evaluation system, the group
has found it lacking in four general areas, according to
Freudenburg. Initially, the system does not allow anyone
except the teacher to see the evaluation. "This is alright for
good teachers who are willing to show their evaluations,"
Freudenbura said. "It's the bad teachers we're worried about."
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f'Goin' in and out of style, but guaranteed
... to
a smile'
by Bart Becker
Tuesday, Oct. 17 marks 10 years to the day that the
Beatles first released recording, "Love Me Do," hit the stands.
That event, as far as the established, civilized world was
concerned, was about as close to the proverbial shit hitting the
fan as any of us are likely to see again in our lifetimes.
Because the credit (or blame, depending on where you're
coming from) for a wonderful lot of what we think, do and
say today can be traced to the Beatles.
Early on they contributed to the high school principal ulcer
rate as millions of kids began wearing Beatle-cuts. The rule of
the day often was that bangs (remember 'em) had to be cut at
least two finer widths above the eyebrows. The establishment
argument was on the order of "The law says you have to
attend school until you're 16. It doesn't say you have to
attend this school. So you'll have to get a haircut if you expect
to attend this school."
I'm sure the oldtimers knew they were fighting a losing
battle when they began to shift their arguments to "We don't
mind long hair, just so long as they keep it clean."
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And not only that, adults all over had to put up with kids
in high-heeled suede Beatle boots (the zippers of which were
always broken) and those dopey looking little caps that John
Lennon used to wear. Somebody made untold dollars
unloading Beatle products to panting teenagers.
And then, just about the time Beatlemania had died down
and Mr. and Mrs. Front Porch America had stopped shaking in
their self-righteous shoes, those "damned filthy hippies, for
Chrissakes" began to take away their sons and daughters. And
the Beatles were off and running at the front of the pack
If the facts in the song are credible, it will be about 25
years ago next month that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to
play. When Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band hit the
streets a million people everywhere began to grow Zapata
moustaches and wear crazy clothes. Psychedelia was allright by
a lot of kids. After all, the Beatles were into it.
And so it went. They put out the best albums, the best
singles, made the craziest movies and did the zaniest stuff.
Nobody put out an album as ambitious as Sgt. Pepper's before
they did. Nobody put out an album with a white jacket with
only their name stamped onto it. Nobody was sure to please
you every time they did something, anything, the way the
Beatles did.
It would be impossible (because I don't have immediate
access to records) and impractical (because of the space it
would take in this newspaper) to list all the Beatles singles and
albums that reached the top of the charts. My guess is that
nobody had as many No. 1 hits through the 60's.
Since they've fallen apart, none of them have produced
anything as good as their combined efforts.
I, personnally, have a lot of faith in John Lennon. I think
his is a voice that needs to be listened to. But his last album is
a disappointment. The Beatles were never disappointing. They
might be too weird on first listening sometimes, but eventually
they sounded just fine.
McCartney has done mostly cutesy-pie music since the
breakup, with a few good tunes thrown in. The Beatles would
have used the good ones and brought the others off by
reworking them in the studio until they were musically okay.
Even George Harrison's fine album All Things Must Pass
gets boring occasionally. Apparently he was a larger force in
the Beatles sound than most of us realized. But he begins to
waver when he's left standing alone.
Of the four, Ringo seems to be the most successful at what
he chooses to do. He obviously is not out to continue his role
as superstar. He's recording a few albums, acting in a few
movies and apparently having a fine time of it all.
They are living legends in the fashion that few people in the
world are today. The concert for Bangladesh showed the
drawing power both for fellow musicians and for
audience-that George Harrison possesses.
And you can always go to one of your Beatle albums to
give you a thrill. The Beatles come pretty close to pleasing
ait the people all of the time.
Happy Anniversary, Beatles. It's been good to know ya.