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By Susanne S chafer
A student voice on the Board of Regents may depend
upon the speaking ability of some state senators, beca'jse
the proposed bill to place students on the board is
scheduled for debate in the Legislature Thursday.
The initial bill, introduced by Hastings Sen. Richard
Marvel in the last legislative session, was held for final vote
until this session. In its present form, the bill requires that
one to three students be placed on the board, all sharing
one vote. The Legislature is directed to decide the method
of choosing the students, the term of office and how the
vote is to be split.
But last week. Marvel announced an amendment to the
bill. The amendment names the three campus student body
presidents as the students to serve on the board. They
would be non-voting members although they still would
retain the status of regent. This allows them to attend all
meetings, to be reimbursed for travel and gives them equal
speaking rights.
According to Con Zutavern. ASUN Legislative Liaison
Committee chairman, the bill "wouldn't go through
without the amendment."
He said he has spoken with 15 senators who favor giving
students some type of representation on the board. If the
amended bill is approved, it would go into effect before the
next school year, he said.
' Although the student vote would be lost according to
the amended bill, it stil! is important to have students on
the board, in the opinion of Ann Henry, ASUN president.
Henry said students frequently do not have the
opportunity to approach the board through present
channels.
"Our only formal connection is the student advisory
committee meeting, composed of five students from each
campus, which is supposed to meet -"ith the regents before
their monthly meeting.
"We don't always meet, students are not there when thf.
regents meet during vacation, not all the regents come, and
the meetings usually start late, but always end on time,
which gives us less than an hour," she said.
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Fowler sponsors bill
to redistribute aid
By Greg Wees
Students who were able to get the financial aid they applied
for should be satisfied-but this isn't always the case, according to
Lincoln Sen. Steve Fowler.
Students may not be satisfied with the amount of money they
recieve because of the way the aid system works, he added.
In Nebraska, most students must apply for aid directly to the
university or college they want to attend.
If one school uses its financial aid allotment, then a student
wanting to go there must be rejected if he can't pay his own way.
The result is that some students can get financial aid only if
they are willing to attend a college they really didn't want to go
to in the first place, said Fowler, a member of The Legislature's
Education Committee.
To remedy this situation. Fowler said he is drafting a bill that
would establish a commission to distribute financial aid directly
to the individual on the basis of need.
Still in the research stage, the proposal would gradually
decrease aid to the university and instead would increase the
money put into a fund to be distributed by the aid
commission.
"The long-range plan is to take all money spent on aid for
higher education and poo! it (in the commmission's fund). Any
student who wants to go to the University of Nebraska, if he
qualifies for aid, wou'd get a voucher for the amount he needs,"
Fowler said.
Jack Ritchie, director of UNL's Scholarships and Financial Aid
Office, said 27 states have commissions distributing scholarships
and grants directly to students.
He called Nebraska's present system a "piecemeal" approach
that can hurt students. Ritchie cited cases of students who could
get grants to a state college or university, but not to the school of
their choice.
The Education Committee now is considering LB427, a bill
that would create the Nebraska Commission on Post-Secondary
Student Aids.
The purpose of this bill is to qualify Nebraska for receiving
$150,000 this year in mew federal funds that would be ussd to
supplement aid money, Ritchie added.
However, Fowler predicted there would be some problems in
getting the bill passed.
He said that students attending proprietary (for profit)
schools, such as the Lincoln School of Commerce or other
business schools, would qualify for state aid under provisions of
LB427. His bill would prohibit that.
According to a task force report, which recommended the bill
Fowler is preparing, LI3427 doesn't clearly define student
eligibility, nor does it estab'ish an advisory committee such as
exists under Fowler's plan.
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