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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 28, 1973)
Wednesday, november 28, 1973
lincoln, nebraska vol. 97 no. 49
Employe insurance plan puts Nil near top
By Vince Boucher
A comprehensive new insurance plan for all
permanent, full-time NU employes places Nebraska
firmly near the top rank of employe benefits for any
Big 8 school, according to Roy Loudon, UNL
director of personnel.
The NU Board of Regents gave final approval on
Nov. 9 to the plan which completely overhauls all
existing policies of health-surgical-medical, life and
accidental death and long-term disability insurance,
Loudon said. The new policy will begin Jan. 1.
Loudon said prior to this new set of standardized
programs, UNL, UNO and the NU Medical Center had
provided different policies to their employes.
The new program provides equity throughout the
system, he said.
Loudon said previously the University has not
provided any payment for insurance policies for
employes of the two Lincoln campuses and the
Medical Center. At UNO, the institution has paid
half the bill for employe insurance costs.
Loudon said this inequity has existed since the
1968 merger of the Omaha campus with the NU
However, Loudon said insurance policies have
needed to be changed for several years.
"I guess people have to set priorities," Loudon
said. "This priority finally came to the top."
Loudon termed the new coverage as "just
beautiful." He said providing a plan which meets the
needs of all University employes is difficult.
"With 7,000 employes, you cut across all lines of
economic needs and sensibility," he said.
Loudon said the University prepared a set of
insurance specifications which were let to bid in
Proposals from several insurance companies were
studied by individual campus committees and by a
system-wide board. Members of that board included
personnel representatives from each campus and
James Maynard, NU assistant vice president.
The various reports were funneled to the Board of
Regents by Maynard through the Regents' finance
committee. Members of that committee include
Loudon said discussion of the new plan began
several years ago, and funds were provided for it in
the 1973 NU budget submitted to the Legislature.
He emphasized that the new insurance package
will provide total security for university employes.
"People are very interested; they have been for a long
time," Loudon said. "It's been a long time coming."
Regents Kermit Hansen, James Moylan and Robert
Raun. Final policies then were approved by the Board
Health-surgical-medical insurance programs will be
provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Loudon said,
provided by Blue CrossBlue Shield, Loudon said,
will carry the University group life insurance policy.
Long-term disability insurance will be carried by
Mutual of Omaha.
In addition to the University set of
health-surgical medical specifications, Blue CrossBlue
Shield offered their own set of policies which the
University also is offering, Loudon said.
The University will provide for all employes a
health-surgical-medical insurance plan covering a cost
up to $15 per month. Since the total cost for a single'
policy is $13.90, the University now is providing a
free policy vo all employes.
Super Poll III nearing release
More than 60 per cent of the Daily Nebraskan
Siix?r Poll questionnaries have benn completed and
returned. The Super Poll surveys student opinions on
university life, political views and lifestyles. This is
the third year the Daily Nebraskan has undertaken
such a measurement of student opinion.
The questionnaire was distributed to 465 UNL
students the week of Nov. 12. Students were picked
at random by a computer.
Ken Kirk, Daily Nebraskan special editor, urged
the remaining students to mail in their completed
questionnaires this week. If students being surveyed
have lost their questionnaires or have questions, they
should contact the Daily Nebraskan, Nebraska Union
3-1 or call 472-2588.
Results will be tabulated Saturday by the Daily
Nebraskan staff and released next week.
Today staff reporter Mark Hoffman takes a
look at the UNL Campus Security's cruiser
patrol and the average security officer's night
life. Story on Page 13.
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College editors express
confidence in U.S. system
Seventy per cent of collage newspaper
editors strongly agree that big business ought to
concern itself as much with social responsibility
as with profits.
This is a principal finding of a poll
conducted by Newsweek, Inc., and the
Associated Collegiate Press.
The survey on the American system was
conducted during September and October.
Questionnaries were mailed to 575 college
editors. The findings, tabulated by Beta
Research Corp. under the supervision of
Newsweek, are based on a sample of 2G8.
The survey was designed to determine
cor.ge editors' feelings about 1 he state of
affairs in the United States in four areas
political, economic, social and cultural.
Neatly three-fourths of the editors surveyed
said they have confidence in the principles of
the American political system, and nearly 70
per cent said that even though the American
system may not be ideal, it is the best available
in the woild today. However, a majority oi the
respondents said they don't believe the
Ameiican system of government is tiuly
More than half the editors strongly agree
that inflation is the biggest problem the U.S.
economy faces today. And nearly three-fourths
said they do not believe President Nixon will
take steps to improve the economy this year.
Seventy pei vent said that because ot the
structure of our economic system, vvelfai" is
iv.-cev.dry. On another topic, 59 per coot of the
editors said they feel the Ameiican way of life
is better than any othei nation's. Those who
disagreed mentioned England, Sweden,
Switzerland and Canada, in that order ( as
having a bettei way of lift; than any other
nation. A majority of the edilois said they
believe the United States is keeping pate with
the lest of the world in coping with proh'ems in
health, housing and education, but not. dime.
Three-fourths said a system of socialized
medicine should be instituted in the United
States. More than four fifths said civil liberties
.ire being threatened by too much government
intervention. A majority said thi; society ha,
the right to legislate social restraints on heroin,
but not on marijuana, pornography,
homosexuality or privacy.
In the cultural area, one of in most
significant findings oi trie poll is that
three fouiths said the government is spending
too little money- in supjjoi t ot trie arts.
No discrepancy exists between UNL policy 'o lower
building thermostats to the 05 to Gfl degree range and the
higher temporatuies students might be finding in UNL
buildings, accoiding to Physical Plant Administration Director
Hai ley Schrader.
In a check by the Daily Nebraskan Monday afternoon,
some UNL building temperatures included 7b degrees on third
floor Aveiy, 78 degree's on thud floor Burnett and 79 degrees
in the Union basement.
Schrader attributed the higher temperature to warm
weatfvi and fuel saving measures UNL has taken.
To conserve fuel, thermostats have been turned down, the
fresh-air volume into buildings has been reduced and chilling
apparatus in forced-air systems have been shut down, he said.
Forced aii systems (systems where heated an is l
thiough legiMcis to heat buildings) have a hot-air and col
Thi; cold an duct regulates room and building tempei.i
thai rise above the ther mo'jtat setting by bunging n- an
has been tooled to bb degrees by flush outside air.
This chilling apparatus has been shut down to conserv
Without a legulatoi for high temperatures he : jit!. . i; r
like' the1 amount of nunligh? a room receives, the aiMm
light oi the numbei of people in a room (.m . --.
tetn)eiature to use highei than the thermostat settn-i
lie said that as long as the tempetdtui e r. Mini.-.-the!
mti. .tat setting, the heating ssU.m will nut hi. t : i r : 1 1 i
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