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Wednesday, december 13, 1972
lincoin, nebraska vol. 96, no. 56
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decline to $7,200
by A. J. McClanahan
Money collected for the Program for Active Commitment to
Education (PACE) has dropped sharply from about $21,000 in
the fall semester last year to $7,200 fall semester this year,
according to Jack Ritchie, acting director of financial aids.
Students adopted the PACE program by a referendum vote
in the spring of 1971. It originally was coordinated by the
ASUN Human Rights Committee, but since has moved under
the auspices of financial aids. It was hoped the PACE Program
would alieviate some of the pressures caused by scarcity of
lowincome funds, according to a brochure on the PACE
The PACE program originally was intended to pull in
$135,000 a year, according to the brochure. The drop from
last year is due to the fact that students must now add $3.50
to their tuition forms, instead of having it already done for
them, according to Ritchie.
It was ruled that it was not voluntary on the students' part
if PACE already was figured into their tuition forms. If they
did not want to take part in the program they formerly had to
subtract $3.50 from the tuition statement, according to
committee member Karen Richardson.
Richardson said another reason for the drop has been a lack
of publicity. She said the Human Rights Committee has only a
small amount of money to work with this year, so none of it
was used for PACE publicity.
Ritchie said the PACE program has been quite a help to
Financial Aids. Low-income students who do not qualify for
the Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG), but have a
financial need receive PACE money.
Eventually PACE would like to have two tuition figures on
a student's statement; Richardson said. The student would pay
for PACE only if he or she wanted, but would be required to
do no adding or subtracting.
Richardson said there will be a lot of advance publicity for
the program next semester. She said her committee will try to
get more publicity through groups, including dorm
Governments, because, "People talking to each other is
probably better than all the signs you can put up.
"I don't think we should settle for $7,000 to $10,000."
Students who have been receiving PACE money haven't
noticed a squeeze yet because the money collected during
one year is used the next year.
Going out gracefully ...
Well. ..it's all over. The Daily Nebraskan ceases publication
for this semester with today's issue. Publication resumes
Friday, Jan. 19. The Daily Nebraskan business office will be
closed during interim, but will reopen Jan. 15
ASUN more receptive to students
ASUN Senate has "accomplished a lot of things
that may seem intangible to the average student"
during the fall 1972 semester, according to ASUN
Second Vice President Michele Gagne.
The administration has spent much of its time
researching proposals to be introduced second
semester, according to Gagne.
"When it comes to actual programs, people will see
them being presented second semester," Gagne said.
"This administration emphasizes that the programs
we do present are thoroughly research first," she
According to Gsgne, ail ASUN committees
presently are working on projects.
Legislative Liason has prepared a prop" si and
plans to ask the 1973 Legislature for a student regent.
A committee to study alcohol on campus, working
with the Residence Hall Association, has sent out
questionnaries to students in campus living units.
"ASUN has been more receptive to student-type
needs this year," First Vice President Sam Brower
He cited a resolution from the Center for
Educational Change (CEC) which asks that no final
exams can be given during the last week of classes.
"The resolution is a good example of how CEC
directs its energies toward students' specific
problems, instead of trying to reform the whole
academic structure of the University," Brower said.
The resolution, passed by the ASUN senate last
month, is presently before the faculty senate.
Brower said the current ASUN administration also
has investigated student government salaries and has
prepared a report defining the relationship between
ASUN and the Council on Student Life (CSL).
The 1972-73 ASUN budget also provides for
"greater accountability," making it easy to determine
exactly how money is spent, according to Brower and
"ASUN has accomplished a lot of things that aren't
quite finished," Speaker Pro Tern Ann Henry said.
She cited the alcohol on campus survey, the student
regent proposal and the proposed Student Ko-op.
A proposal for a student lawyer also has been
drawn up by Legal Rights, but funding is still being
investigated, according to Henry.
"The real accomplishments of ASUN have come
from committees," Sen. Bill Freudenburg said. He
cited the report on ASUN-CSL relationships, cumpus
newsprint recycling barrels and the student regent
"There's also been a lot of work done on the
Ko-op, even though we haven't really seen the
results," Freudenburg added.
What have been some of the major problems of the
According to Gagne and Brower, it's difficult
reaching the average student.
"We hope the second semester will prove we're
really concerned with students," Gagne said.
Senators will continue speaking at campus living
units next semester, Gagne said. She emphasized that
several proposals, such as alcohol on campus, need a
broad base of student support.
"I think the programs we plan to present will speak
for themselves and will show we're concerned with
students," she added.
One problem of ASUN has been senators' lack of
student government experience, according to
Freudenburg. Only one senator is serving a second
term on the senate.
"Because of the senate's inexperience, there
haven't been many new and innovative ways of
attacking issues," Freudenburg said. "However,
people in ASUN generally have demonstrated a higher
level of imagination than people in other
organizations," Freudenburg added.
Brower said his administration "did not realize all
the steps necessary before the student Ko-op could be
"This is the first time that something like this has
been attempted, and we were a little too optimistic,"
he said. ' "I'm disappointed with the Ko-op, but only
because it s proved to require a longer process than
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