The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 07, 1973, Image 1

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friday, december 7, 1 973
lincoln, nebraska vol. 97 no. 55
Regents vote to take Scott; Exon applaudes
By Steve Arvanette
Following a personal appearance by Gov. J.J. Exon at their
Thursday meeting, the Board of Regents unanimously agreed to
take the former Hiram Scott College campus without cost to the
In a surprise visit, Exon endorsed a revised plan to use the
Scottsbluff site for an expansion of agricultural research and
extension work in the state's Panhandle region.
Exon described the new plan as an "abrupt turn from what
was (earlier) proposed." He said he was pleased with the new
"direction and approach" taken by the regents' latest study.
The initial plan would have used the campus for a more
student oriented program of instruction in rural health.
Exon conceded to the regents that he had been the "eye of the
storm" in opposing Hiram Scott's acquisition. He added,
however, that even the special committee appointed to investigate
the issue now supports the idea unanimously.
That committee had earlier recommended on a 7-3 vote
against taking the campus for a program in rural health education.
By their action, the regents accepted without cost 225 acres of
land from a Scottsbluff corporation and a library-science building
held by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
The regents heard a detailed plan to use the science portion of
the HEW building for an expanded agricultural research and
extension program. Money appropriated for improvements at the
Mitchell experimental station could be diverted to make needed
renovation at Hiram Scott.
After being told such a change in expenditures would result in
a $25,000 savings, Regent Kermit Wagner said to Exon:
"Actually, we're saving money, governor."
Exon responded, "I'm glad to see that approach."
Prior to the vote, Regent Robert Prokop said it was important
that the University decide if they wanted the property because
several companies had expressed interest in the land.
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J.G. Elliott, Kermit Wagner and D.B. Varner at Thursday's Board of Regents
The policy governing the jurisdiction of the Fees Allocation
Board was presented to the Council on Student Life (CSL)
Thursday night, but came under fire from some of the
council's members.
The allocation board was established last spring to allow
students a voice in the dispostion of funds from the $51.50
each fulltime student pays each semester in University
Program and Facilities Fees (UPFF), formerly called "Student
The Board of Regents drafted a policy so that the portion
designated for student activities and managed by student
groups be put under Fund A. The portion of UPFF designated
for debt services, staff salaries, maintenance and items
designated by the chancellor was placed under Fund B.
The allocation Board, made up of students, faculty and
staff, was established to make recommendations of financing
of activities coming under Fund A, which would bo submitted
to the chancellor for approval.
A zero base budget would apply to programs in Fund A,
where each group would have to go to the Allocation Board
each year to request its budget.
The UNL administration further divided Fund A into two
Fund A, B
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parts, subfund 1 arid subfund 2. Subfund 1 includes those
programs primarily planned, managed and implemented by
student groups. The Union Program Council, Daily Nebraskan
and ASUN are groups falling under this subfund.
Subfund ? includes programs primarily directed, planned,
managed and implemented by UNL staff andor faculty.
The reason for the administrative decision to subdivide
Fund A was that Subfund 2 programs involved salaried
administrative staff, according to Ely Meyerson, CSL member
and dean of administration of Student Affairs.
Subfund 1 programs are to come under the jurisdiction of
the allocation board for the school year 1974-75 and must
make its budget request by March 11, Programs under
Subfund 2 will not be reviewed by the allocation board until
The reason for riot putting subfund 2 programs under
review of the allocation board next year is because of the
salaried staffs in Subfund 2 programs, Meyerson said
He said that because of limited time he did not want to
jeoparadie the salaries of the administrative staff with a quick
decision conccrnmci whether a program under buotunu
should be cut.
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Possible fund lobby disturbs Exon
Today marks the first in a series of articles
examining the results of the Daily Nebraskan
1973 Super Poll. The poll included questions
on students' political attitudes, personal
morals and beliefs and their evaluation of
UNL. Story on Page 3.
During his appearance before the Board of
Regents, Gov. J.J. Exon expressed concern about
reports that some University colleges and
departments may send lobbyists to the Legislature in
hopes of securing additional funds.
Exon said such action would seem to be "violating
the chain of command" and might work against the
University's best interests.
His comments came in response to Regent Kermit
Hanson's request that Exon give the board some
guidelines in preparing future University budgets.
Exon said it was difficult to offer such advice but
said the state's revenue situation has lx;en attend
seriously by lowering the state income tax from 13 to
1 1 per cent.
Exon opposed that action, which was taken
recently by the three Republican members of the
State Board of Equalization. The 3-2 vote will result
in the state having $25 million less in available cash,
Exon said.
"At this time I'm not in a position to say what
we'll do," Exon said in reference to the University's
budget request which has been fot warded to the
governor's office.
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Gov. J. James Exon
Dorm heat
for interim
UNL will lower temperatures to 50 degrees in most of the
residence halls during the interim period tx'twecn semesters,
according to housing director Richard C. Armstrong
He said special provisions will be made for foieign and
graduate students who will be staying in residence halls.
Normal temperatures will be maintained in part of Selleck
and Neihardt Halls to accomodate these individuals, fie said.
It will be necessary to heat residence halls during normal
maintenance and cleaning operations, he said, but
terneratUK!S will be kept at 50 degrees when employes are riot
working there.
Armstrong said it is diffiult to determine how much fuel
will be saved, but loweiing the temperature 15 to 20 decrees
duting the interim should result in "significant" reductions in
fuel requirements.
Residence halls account for approximately one third of tin;
heat required .it UNL,