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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 11, 1973)
By Peter Anderson
Referring to the study, "An
valuation of UNL Residence Halls",
Richard Armstrong, director of Housing,
said "it certainly is not a sophisticated
research effort, but it does reflect
opinions of the eight or nine students"
who completed the study and feelings of
those who were surveyed.
Armstrong said he first knew of the
study, recently released by a
subco m m i 1 1 e c of the A S U N
Fnvironmental Task Force, when it was
completed and filed with his office.
One portion of the stildv contends
ili.il residence hall objectives formulated
under the supervision of former Housing
Director Fly Meycrson are not oemg
Armstrong said the object ives still are
intact and that they are being adhered to
by his office.
'Hie study also found 40 per cent of
the dormitory residents would rather not
be in dormitories and ilrd "according to
our study and information from the
Housing Office, the UNI, dormilones are
operatirrg at only 86 per cent occupancy
as of the end of the l()72-73 school
Armstrong explained that to break
even the residence halls should operate at
about 91 per cent occupancy. He said
they now are 93 per cent full, but in the
past two or three years there has been a 6
to 8 per cent drop in occupancy during
the regular school year.
If it happens again this year, the
deficit would be partially offset by
dormitory cutbacks, such as not Filling
vacant positions, and cutting down on
certain services, Armstrong said.
According to Kenneth Swerdlow,
assistant Housing Director, the report
came up with some valuable ideas which
could be used in the dormitories.
Two topics discussed in a section of
the study on personal rights are 24-hour
visitation and alcoholic beverages.
The study contends it is the right of
the student to make the choice whether
or not to live in a dormitory with 24-hour
visitation and to have the freedom to
have alcoholic beverages in the
The major roadblock on these
measures has been the Board of Regents,
Swerdlow said. The Housing Office has
officially backed the ideas in writing, but
he said he is too far removed from the
regents to know if it has had any effect.
He said the students' decision last
weekend to boycott open visitation in the
residence halls has a chance of helping.
The most important thing was that it
showed people there is a student unity
behind the effort to liberalize the
visitation policy, Swerdlow said.
The boycott gave parents and other
visitors a chance to understand the
students' point of view.
The students' position also was made
known in stories in Omaha and Lincoln
newspapers, he said.
Armstrong said the report eventually
will go to a task force of the Housing
Policy Committee of the Council on
Student Life. Recommendations from
that group then will be sent to Ken
Bader, vice chancellor for Student
Affairs, he said.
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