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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 6, 1973)
thursday, September 6, 1 973
lincoln, nebraska vol. 97 no. 5
By Bob Ralston
ASUN's budget framers were caught this year in the
crunch between tighter funds and increased requests for
A sizable debt left by the defunct student record store
is the major cause of the funds shortage. The debt to record
distributors alone is $7,600. The $2,000 budgeted to the
record store is the first installment on the debt, which
ASUN is to repay in a period of three years.
Another reason for the tight funds was the lower
projected enrollment this year. ASUN receives 80 cents for
each student enrolled. Enrollment undershot the projected
figure last year, so this year the administration requested "a
more reasonable estimate."
The record store debt and the lower enrollment
estimate together forced a $3,000 cut in ASUN's first
proposed budget. The Electoral Commission, Center for
Educational Change and senate expenses were each cut
$100. The communications committee was cut $200 and
$2,500 was struck from contingency.
The drastic cut in contingency will mean any new
programs that come up will be hurting for funds. ASUN
President Ann Henry said the big cut was made in
contingency because ASUN would rather play the cards it
had than bet on any new deals.
News analysis by author
At the other end of the picture, the number of student
organizations seeking handouts has increased. With a
Student Organizations and Activities budget of $8,000, 25
student groups have requested a total of $33,263.96.
Henry attributed the discrepancy to an increase in the
number of student groups, greater knowledge that funds are
available, and "unreasonable requests."
The rowing team is No. 1 among those asking for funds
with a request for $10,800. The Residence Hall Assoc. luns
a distant second at $2,000.
The $8,000 for Student Organizations and Activities
was placed under nonrecurring expenses because next year,
if all goes as planned, these funds will be handled by a
student allocations board, The board will consist u( eight
students, two faculty and two administrative slat f
A zero base budget plan will force all student gioupi to
start from scratch in requesting funds fiom the board.
Exemptions are: fees used to retire bonds or build related
reserves, the Nebraska Union, University Health Center,
Student Activities Office and Recreation Department.
ASUN's top-funded program this year is the Legal Aid
for Students office. At $9,370, the student lawyer program
is one of ASUN's biggest projects ever.
The salary for a pait-time lawyer to give legal counsel
and advice to students (at his discretion) is 57,600. Office
expenses for tin; piogram ate budgeted $250. A pait-time
secretary lot the lawyer will cost $1,620.
Nebraska Free University's budget was upped $200 over
last year in an attempt to bolstei the piogram. ASUN has
also anangcd for it to shate office space with the Center foi
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Fenceclimbers will find awesome barricades preventing illegal entries at the south
end of the UN L stadium this fall.
National VD figures climb;
UNL rate holding steady
In contrast to the national venereal disease
(VD) epidemic, UNL's reported cases, along
with those reported throughout the state, seem
to be holding steady, according to local health
In fiscal year 1971-72, the University
Health Center reported 71 cases involving 60'
contacts. Rising only slightly, fiscal year
1972-73 showed 74 reported cases involving
107 contacts, according to Sam Fuenning,
director at the health center.
Fuenning said that of the 107 contacts
involved, only 44 were students. They were
treated at the health center and the other 63
were referred to the State Health Department,
The number of VD cases reported
nationally jumped from 3,500,000 in 1971 to
3,750,000 in 1972, according to a State Health
Fuenning said the numbei of VD patients
coming to the Health Center varies from month
to month, and that the majority of the cases ate
gonorrhea-based. He said syphilis cases are
"very rare" at UNL.
I uenning said he hoped that the slight
incieuse of VD incidents signifies a "leveling
off" of the number of cases id that this will
id lect on the stale level.
However, the state cases also seem to be
closing the gap with last yeai's total number of
cases, according to health department
A total of 117 syphilis cases were reported
as of August 27 this year, compared to 151
cases in 1972, he said. Of these, six were in the
primary and secondary stages of syphilis, while
the remainder were late syphilis cases.
Gonorrhea cases ate also approaching the
total maik. Last yeai , 3,109 cases were
reported in Nebiaska, and alicady 2,917 hav?
been repotted this year, the spokesman said.
To aid in the prevention of VD, the official
said that the department has been carrying on
thiee programs: education, epidemiology and
In education, specially trained instructors
talk to civic groups and other organizations to
try to inform the people of the symptoms and
dangers of VD.
Epidemiology consists of following up on
cases and Heating positive veneieal disease
lesults. In the screening progiam, doctois take
cultures on females to determine whrthei ot
not women have contracted VD.
The State Health Department lias iwo free
clinics, open Tuesday afternoons and Thursday
evenings, The officials said that an average of
1b to 20 (xiuple conic on Tuesdays ;uv!
appioxim Uely 40 come on Thuisdays,
Budget cutback to force cultural program reduction
The Cultural Affairs Committee
may experience a financial setback
that could put it two years behind,
according to Scott Coopei, chairman
o' the Aits & Sciences Advisoiy
The setback stems from a loss of
about $8,000 horn student fee money
that the committee had planned to use
"Last year the Cultural Affaiis
Committee asked for the money fiom
tin; vice chancellor of student al fairs,
Ken Bader, and he stiongly indicated
it might be possible to get the
money," Ron Bowlin, cooidinatoi foi
cultuial affairs, said.
"This means tli.it without the
money that we allotted in our
planning, we will most likely have to
cancel some of the concerts we had
planned to have, probably the St.
Louis Symphony," Bowlin said.
Bowlin also said a meeting is being
set up tor Friday afternoon with Batki
urul tin? committee in Administration
Bill Wallis, member of the
committee, talked on the situation
dining a meeting of the Aits and
Science's Advisory Board Tuesday.
"The Cultuial Affaiis Committee
plans on operating on a $6,000 to
$7,000 deht.it anyway and we weie
counting on the money fern i'i'ei,
This means that we will now have a
$15,000 defit unless we cancel some
of the programs or raise student ticket
prices so high that many students
would piobably not pay to see the
concei ts," Wallis said.
According to Wallis, 85 per cent of
the tickets put on sale at leduced
pi ices last year weie sold, and the sale
of tickets this year has progressed even
Melvin Geoige,dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences, said he had made
the request to Bader for the sum of
money for the committer,' and that
Bader agioed they would need some
student fees assistance. He added that
Bader did not bieak his woik-that he
never actually promised the money.
"We will have to cut the
programming this yeai without this
help from Badei," Geoige said.
"We also had planned to give
better prices this year on the conceit
series. Last year we sold tickets for $8
for a series of four concerts. This year
we had planned to sell them at $7.50
for five concerts."
At the moment, George said he
can't set; a way to cover the deficit,
unless they reduce the quantity or
quality of the progiams.
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