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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 5, 1973)
monday, march 5, 1 973
lincoln, nebraska vol. 96, no. 82
Regents raise dorm rates, table liquor motion
by Ken Kirk
The Board of Regents tabled a
proposal to allow liquor consumption
at UN L and raised dormitory rates $80
at Saturday's March meeting in
The liquor proposal was tabled
because regents Kermit Wagner and
Robert Raun were absent and the
board needed more time to consider
the proposal, according to UNL
Chancellor James Zumberge.
The proposal would allow
consumption and possession of alcohol
in students' rooms and consumption in
floor lounges during special occasions.
Rocky Massin, chairman of the
RHA Alcohol Committee, said, "We
knew they were going to table it. We
just hope they bring it up in April. I'm
anxious to see something done."
The regents are evenly split on the
alcohol issue, according to Michele
Gagne, ASUN second vice president.
She said there is a chance more regents
might favor the proposal before the
Zumberge said he supports the
students' proposal and called the
student argument for alcohol on
campus excellent and responsible.
The regents also approved a
dormitory rate increase after
Zumberge told them an additional
$1 10 per student would be needed for
1973-74 to meet increasing housing
Besides raising dorm rates $80 per
year, the regents cut operating costs
$25 per student and increased
operating revenue $5 per student.
Room and board at UNL dormitories
will now cost $1,020 yearly.
"We're pretty close to pricing many
students out of college," Regent James
Moylan said. He was the only regent to
vote against the increase.
Moylan asked Zumberge if
additional money from 100 per cent
dorm occupany would solve the
problem without raising room rates.
The dorms now have an average
occupany of 91 per cent.
Zumberge said 100 per cent
occupancy was unrealistic. He said he
saw no other way to finance the
After the meeting Moylan said he
wished the dorm increase had been
presented when the proposed tuition
increase was, so the impact of the two
could have been assessed together.
The dorm increase reflects the
national inflationary rate of five per
cent a year, Zumberge said. The $80
increase is a nine per cent raise. Dorm
rates were , last raised two years ago,
when they were increased $60 per
Dormitory operating revenue will
be obtained by raising prices at dorm
snack bars, prices of special food
functions, the single room rate from
$200 to $300 above the double room
rate and the contract forfeiture fee
from $80 to $100, Zumberge said.
Students also will be charged for paint
used in their rooms, he said.
. Operating costs in dorms will be cut
by reducing the quality of canned
goods and orange juice used by the
food service, he continued. Week-end
custodial services will be reduced by
one-third, he said.
Student security guards hours will
be reduced and the program assistant
position in Centennial College will be
eliminated, Zumberge said.
In other business, Zumberge
presented a preliminary report on
proposed married student housing. He
said rent of the new two-bedroom
units would range from $150 to $190
a month depending on the type of
financing available to the University.
Zumberge said it would be
irresponsible to build new married
student housing when 450 to 500 beds
are empty in dormitories. He suggested
studying the possibility of converting
empty dorm space into married
Converting dormitory space to
married student housing would take
care of married students and fill up the
dormitories, he said. The board
unanimously approved the study.
The regents also accepted the final
report of the University Health Center
A proposal for increased coed
visitation, passed by CSL, 'was not
presented because it had not been
recommended to Zumberge by Ken
Bader, vice-chancellor for student
In other action, NU President D.B.
Vamer praised Scottsbluff Sen. Terry
Carpenter during the meeting.
Carpenter appeared last week before
the Legislature's Budget Committee
and suggested abolishing tuition.
Although Vamer said he didn't
believe the Legislature would eliminate
tuition, he said he was in favor of
extending free public education past
Concerning financial aid, Bader told
the regents 7,000 UNL students now
receive aid totaling $7.5 million.
President Nixon's proposed budget
would cut some student aid and other
educational programs, he said.
Vamer said nothing had been cut
yet. "Don't push the panic button,
just keep your finger on it," he advised
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A simply gray stone . . . marks the 60-foot long mass grave for Indians who died Dec. 29, 1890, at Wounded
Knee, S.D. Behind the site stands the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a principal stronghold of the Indians,
who beseiged the small village Tuesday night.
"After years and years of talking, we've almost
decided that we're going to stage another war aginst
you. We ask you to talk one more time at Wounded
Knee, but if one Indian is killed, it will mean an
attack against the white."
This comment was made Friday by a UNL Indian
It was in response to the armed takeover of
Wounded Knee, S.D., by 250 Indians last Tuesday
According to one of the American Indian
Movement (AIM) leaders at Wounded Knee, the
occupation is an attempt to expose "the Bureau of
Indain Affairs (BIA) and its graft and corruption on
the Ogalala Sioux."
About 10 of 25 UNL Indian students met with the
press Friday to deliver individual statements on the
Despite conflicting views on the methods used at
Wounded Knee, they said they all agreed with the
issues at hand.
Besides general Indian treatment and BIA
corruption, demands made by the occupants included
Investigation of certain U.S. government officials,
better treatment for Indians and cleaning up of
a'leged BIA corruption.
"We don't need some of the people you have in
government offices that are ripping us off," said one
"We've been signing treaties for many years with
the government," another said. Despite monetary
help, "We're still the same place we were 100 years
Not all, however, agreed with the use of violence
"We live in a sophisticated society," said one
Indian girl, "I can't see why we have to resort to
something so bizarre as taking over a town."
She suggest Indians write to senators and say "help
us" rather than take hostages and say "help us or
According to other students, violence only should
come as a last resort. "We're not militant but wo can
become so if we need to," one said. "Something like
Wounded Knee couldn't have taken place
Pointing to the American Revolution, he said, "I
don't think you've (the United States) ever had any
sort of negotiations without using violence,"
Another Indian disagreed with saying "you" in
reference to the white man.
"I've always pictured myself as part of a whole
group of United States citizens and productive
members of this country. I can't look at them
(whites) as different."
The government answered the Indian takeover
with armed FBI aqents. U.S. Senators also sought
negotiations with AIM leaders. One Indian student
said that by these actions the government, not the
Indians, was calling for violence.
"If this isn't saying, "We're ready to fight you
again,' what it?" he added.
"If one Indian would have gotten killed," one said
"it would have touched off a lot of incidents across
the United States. You might even call it the
beginning of the Indian Revolution."
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