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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 19, 1972)
For more than a century, birth control was
a "we don't talk about it" subject at the
University of Nebraska. And, like many areas
which are ignored, it developed into a
Rates for both venereal disease and
unmarried pregnancies rose at the University.
But the state continued to pretend it just
wasn't happening. $
The sexual revolution reached Nebraska
and the state was rapidly overtaken by what,,
one decade before would have been labeled as
Luckily, a change did begin to come about.
Students began to lobby for contraceptives.
They joined Planned Parenthood and gained
knowledge and an understanding of the
situation and its implications.
Finally, that interest began to show some
results. Take, for example the Uniyersity
Within the past five years, the Center has
made huge strides in curing the University's
pregnancy and disease problems. A few years
ago, things were strict at the center.
Dispensing contraceptives was rare, cases of
venereal disease and requests for birth control
devices were DromDtlv reDorted to students'
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A few years ago, it finally became apparent
that the situation could not be ignored any
A part of the center's expanding program
of sexual health care, the nurse also serves as
counsel to women with problem pregnancies,
assists in physical examinations, and answers
general questions about contraception and
University Health Services.
For a $15 fee, any female University
student can be given contraceptive tests,
including a Pap smear test and receive a first
month birth control, prescription. The
procedure is not covered by student fees,
according to Center officials, because the
examination and prescription is strictly a
free-will, non-mandatory procedure.
Contraceptives are sold at slightly above cost
to students, much below prices at most
Today, the Center has a plan so
comprehensive and well-organized that it has
been commended by Planned Parenthood.
Currently, the Health Center dispenses all
kinds of contraceptives by prescription. To
receive contraceptives, the student need only
visit one of the Center's doctors and receive a
prescription for the device. No parental
permission or notification is required.
Contraceptives may also be prescribed by
the Center's family planning nurse. Added to
the Health Center's staff this fall, the nurse
prescribes contraceptives after conferring with
students on methods available.
It is difficult to measure exactly how much
these alterations have affected the problems
at hand-how many problem pregnancies were
avoided, how many cases of venereal disease
It is interesting to note, however, figures
show that the. number of pregnancies handled
by the center has decreased from 161 in
1970-71 to 135 in 1971-72. The number of
cases of gonorrhea, while increasing from 55
in 1970-71 to 75 in 1971-72 represented a
decrease in rate of growth of the disease, far
below projected rates.
Whether or not this reflects the efforts of
the Health Center is unknown. Students may
not have used the Health Center treatment as
much as in years past, reducing the figures.
But it seems unrealistic to believe the
decreases were totally divorced from policy
All appearances are that the Center arid the
Ur;,'ersity deserve applause for the work they
have done in reducing these problems to size.
In a conservative state like Nebraska, it is only
slightly less than a miracle that these major
improvements have come about.
It can only be hoped the Center will
continue pushing into an area that for too
long was unheard-of.
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H. I. Cough
"I want to know how each faculty
member spends his week," Regent H.I.
Eyes darted about the room as visions
of time clocks and punch cards danced in
"According to my calculations'
Resent Cough continued, "the typical
UNL faculty member spends
approximately two hours 10 minutes and
30 seconds each week traveling to or
from hisher office to the classroom; an
alarming number (50.33 per cent) of
faculty also spent two to three and a half
hours and six minutes of their day in
conversation and consultation with other
faculty, and sometimes even students.
"Of course, my study has only begun
to unearth these highly valuable and
significant relationships. Time will
eventually tell. But being a professional
man myself, I note with particular
concern the following findings. My study
has revealed that a majority of faculty
spend at least 33 13 per cent of their
day, in their office, by themselves,
"In other words, these people are
allowed to spend one-third of their
working day, behind closed doors, where
their activities, let alone their thoughts,
can not even be discretely observed,
much less examined by alert and
suspicious minds. So much is left to our
"The serious implications of this
unfortunate situation are too dire to
predict, but other predictions can be
made. I have been saving one final
discovery for our discussioi.
"My investigation, which incidentally
is based on the famed Texaco plan (you
know, the only man you can really trust
is the one wearing a star or at least
carrying it in his wallet-everyone else
needs to be carefully regulated by an ever
watchful eye), seems to suggest that there
is a significant correlation between the
amount of the time an instructor spends
in the classroom and the third letter of
that instructor's surname. I haven't the
data here with me at this time, but I'd
merely like to point out the potential
importance of such information in the
future hiring and firing practices.
"For as we all 'kndw so well, it is only
the time an instructor spends in the
classroom that really matters. Higher
education is a simple matter of big
business-either the laborer produces the
desired product, or another laborer is
found to replace him."
"I'm not interested in products or
numbers," came a voice from the corner.
"Who said that?" queried President
Varnish turning his head to face the
I did," came the reply. "Being the
so-called product of this grand
educational scheme, I think I have as
much right as anyone else to contribute
to this informal discussion.
"For what it's worth, trying to
regulate the teaching experiences of any
group of people has never made too much
sense to me. Until the University begins
to reward good teachers for good
teaching, just as it reinforces publishing
for publishing's sake and research for
research's sake, no amount of coercion is
going to increase the quality of teaching
in the classroom.
"You may possibly get more
instructors in front of students, but that
doesn't mean you'll have finer or better
qualified teaching. Unless the reward
system changes, you'll never have as
many good teachers as you realistically
The silence that filled the room was
finally broken by Regent Crawtoe.
'Though we will take your comments
under advisement, this is a closed-public
meeting. If you wish to address this body,
please submit such a request In writing to
our secretary. Until then, you are politely
advised to restrain from such public
displays. Any show of violence will be
uisi-ussion was resumed.
thursday, October 19, 1972
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