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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 21, 1973)
Wednesday, febaiary 21, 1973
lincoln, nebraska vol. 96, no. 75
Senators debate fees question
by Steve Arvanette
The isue of mandatory student fees, before the
ligislatures Education Committee Monday, provided
an opportunity to discuss controversial speakers and
conferences on NU campuses and to question the
validity of student government.
LB362, introduced by Sen. James Dickinson of
Millard, would end mandatory collection of most
student fees at state colleges and universities.
"This bill is not designed to hurt the University
stystem," Dickinson said, but would "strengthen its
public image." '
"We are all familiar with some of the more
notorious speakers and programs that have been paid
for with student fees," he said. "Thousands (of
students) don't even know they are paying them."
He questioned the use of money collected from
fees to finance the Child and Infant Day Care Center
which, he said, benefits few students.
"I had several phone calls and letters after
introducing this bill, apparently from mothers
thinking I wanted to redistribute these funds. They
all wanted more money for the child day care
center," Dickinson told the committee.
One of the more vocal proponents of the bill was
S.H. Brauer Jr.
"It is virtually impossible to scratch the surface of
misuse of mandatory student fees,"he said. Brauer
said there was no way to get an account of how fees
are spent. v
He was critical of using mandatory fees to pay for
the controversial Time-Out Conference on Human
Sexuality in 1971 and the 1972 World in Revolution
Conference on Justice in America. Both were held on
the UN L campus.
"I can't describe the dehumanizing effect that
conference had on me," Brauer said of the Human
Sexuality Conference. "We were dealing with
homosexuals day in and day out."
He characterized the presentation of gay leaders
Jack Baker and Mike McConnell as an explanation of
their "fraud and deceit to obtain a marriage license
and become man and whatever he is."
On another topic, Brauer charged that the Board
of Regents "caved in to students and granted
demands" for expanded coed visitation last February.
He was highly critical of what he called ASUN's
involvement in the threat by many dormitory
residents to openly violate existing visitation rules.
"Who led the action at that time? An astute
member of this committee-Sen. Steve Fowler,"
Brauer said. Fowler served as president of ASUN
during tlv visitation controversy.
Sen. J. James Waldron of Callaway asked why, if
gay speakers on campus had such an impact, students
were requesting more liberal coed visitation policies.
Brauer said the visitation confrontation was the
"end result of this type of infection." He added thaj
it was "all part and parcel of the revolt of our young
Brauer was asked if he would approve the
appearance of controversial speakers on campus if
they were paid from the voluntary fees which
Dickinson's bill would permit. "I don't think our
University facilities should be given over to these kind
of people," he said.
NU President D.B. Varner, speaking against the
bill, said he was also concerned with many speakers
who are on the University campus. "In many cases I
wish we didn't have these speakers." He said.
Varner questioned, however, who should judge
which views should be heard on campus. He said
there is "no consensus about what is offensive."
He told the committee he had never been involved
in a university where fees were not mandatory. He
said students who opposed certain fee expenditures
had two options. They could decide not to attend a
presentation or vote the existing student government
out of office.
"All of us are taxed for things we don't approve
of' Varner said, comparing mandatory fees to taxes.
UNL student James Ezersky questioned the use of
fees for student government and the Daily Nebraskan.
He told members of the committee that both were
"leading catalysts" during the May 1970 student
strike and occupation of the Military ancf NavaJ
NU Regent Kermit Hansen questioned Brauer' s
statements that the board had submitted to student
coed visitation demands.
S.H. Brauer Jr. ...said he was
dehumanized by the Time-Out
Conference on Human Sexuality.
"There has been no change in the hours of coed
visitation," Hansen told the committee. The only
change has been the recognition of one additional
person to serve as chaperone, he said.
continued on page 3.
"All things, must pass" says George
Harrison ( a poster on the ASUN
president's office door. ,
"Time was really the limiting
factor," said Bruce Beecher as he sat
below the poster and reflected on his
year as ASUN president. His term will
expire in less than a month.
The year has impressed Beecher
with the need to strengthen ASUN, he
"If you can't have a strong student
government," he said, "there's realty.
no way for students to change things."
The Council on Student Life (CSL)
and the UNL Faculty Senate are
responsible for some of the draining of
power from student government, he
CSL was set up, Beecher said, to act
as a liaison between student and
' "But it's evolved into equality with
ASUN. There's an overlapping of
powers that needs to be cleared up,"
Defining the powers has not been
necessary, he said, because of a "good
working relationship" with CSL. But
he said he sees CSL as gathering
"much more powerful input into
changing policies" than is granted
. Seven of the 15 CSL members are
faculty and administrators. Beecher
said that although he sees the value in
ASUN President Bruce Beecher ... is proud of the
Associated Student Ko-op begun during his administration.
faculty and administrative roles in
forming out-of-class policies for
student, he believes there should be
students on committees that
determine classroom policies for the
If he had it to do over, he said, he
would refuse to appoint students to
committees unless they were
guaranteed equal representation.
"Too often students are drastically
outnumbered by faculty members.
And the set-up doesn't allow for
enough contact between ASUN and
the student committee members once
they get started," he said.
The year has taught him about
complications in starting projects,
Beecher said. The student cooperative
is an example.
The Associated Student Ko-op
(ASK), began this semester. Students
may buy memberships that entitle
them to discounts at 10 Lincoln
Proposals for new projects must be
studied by a committee and resource
personnel must be consulted.
Complications always develop, he said.
In this ASK case, ASUN decided it
should incorporate the Ko-op, he said.
The ASUN budget caused some
problems, too. Budgetary re-ordering
took almost an entire summer, he said.
But he said he thought the new
program-with budgeting in individual
accounts-has made ASUN "finally
accountable to the students."
The new procedure limits
executives to spending only the money
approved by the senate, he said. So
students can know where the student
fees that support ASUN are spent
The budget also took longer this
year because of the "unbelievable
Scrutiny" it came under, he said. The
regents insisted on reading it for the
first time ever, he said.
The regents' request stems from the
controversy in 1971 over spending of
student fees for a Human Sexuality
Conference and a 1972 World in
Beecher last year advocated
postponing the World in Revolution
conference until public sentiment
against the University settled down.
He said that although he disliked
the increased legislative intervention in
University policies including a bill "to
omit student fees-he feels the best
way to combat it is to take a
"low-profile Until "public interest
can shift to other things."
Of the ASUN projects of last year,
Beecher said the two he's most proud
' of are the Ko-op and a library study.
ASUN hired three professional
consultants to study UNL's Love
Library, because the senators felt
students don't use the library, he said.
"It's the first time student
government has done something like
this on its own," he said. "It's a
responsible, professional way of
showing concern by students."
Beecher will graduate in May with a
science major in secondary' education.
Beecher said he doesn't know if
he'll teach, but he plans to stay around
Lincoln "at least for a while."
Election list final
The list of ASUN senate and college
advisory boards candidates was
finalized Tuesday in accordance with
electoral commission regulations.
Electoral Commissioner Bill
Grundman said the list includes three
executive parties-the Get Off Your
Apathy Party (GOYA), the Unity and
Progress Party (UP) and the Surrealists
Light People's Party (SLPP). Two
additional parties are the Ag Party and
Student Federalist Party (FED).
None of the parties which appeared
on last year's ballot have candidates
Because of errors in Monday's Daily
Nebraskan many ASUN candidates
were listed incorrectly. A correct list
appears on page 3 of today's issue.
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