The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 14, 1974, Image 1

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    8th floor
come firs
By Mary ShackeSton
"We might be smart, but we can't play
basketball."
That's how one resident of 8th floor
Harper Hall describes himself and his
floormates.
Harper 8's uniaue duality originated :.
during the 1967 second semester.
Harper's top four floors were vacant, so
"a bunch of study-hard guys" decided to
move up to 8th floor, according to 8th
floor member John Petersen.
Every year since then, 8th floor
residents have sent letters to regents
scholarship winners inviting them to live
on 8th floor. r
The letters descirbe the floor's
advantages: "an atmosphere conducive to
learning, a small library, a strong sense of
community spirit, a definite ir.terest in
learning and a dedication to free thought
and individual rights," in addition to
cards, chess and Ping-Pong tournaments,
pizza parties, informal rap sessions and
intramural sports-including basketball.
The Harper 8 environment has been
well received by its 53 residents.
"I wouldn't live on any other dorm
floor," said Petersen, a sophomore
chemistry 'major. " "We have ths highest
return rate of any floor."
Quietness is one of the floor's
trademarks.
Student assistant John Wiltse said the
floor's personality matches his "noise
bugaboo."
"Thesa guys are able to do the same
kinds of activities quieter than guys on
other floors," he said.
Wiltse said floor policy and government
are organized so floor residents "go their
own way" and don't need him. Wiitse
said he tiied to get away from the social
programming aspects of being a student
assistant.
: Petersen said that sometimes the floor
is so quiet, the only audible sounds are
i from the ventilators.
"People think we have quiet hours all
the time," said Ed Furman, a junior
! majoring in electrical engineering.
Roor members'... gradepoint averages,
are what one might expect of scholarship
winners. Last semester, seven persons got
4.0s, Furman said. Many others were
close, he added.
While grades on 8th floor are normally
high, gradepoint averages usually improve
. when they move to the floor, according
to Bruce Harms, a junior in pre-me d. He
cited an example of a student who lived
in Abel and had one of the highest
averages on his f ioor-a 26. He got a 4.0
the semester after he moved to 8th floor
Harper.
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ASUN First Vice President Mark Hoegsr (left) and mass meeting moderator
John O'Shea.
absent since D
By Mark Hoffman
After a 35-year absence, a chapter of one
of the largest national fraternities might
return to UNL
Two staff members of Lambda Chi Alpha
fraternity are on campus this week
contacting UNL students interested in
establishing a chapter.
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was a UNL
fraternity from 1921 to 1939, but the
Session c--:cd to dose. 'H Gry
Tiller, national director of expansion for the
fraternity.
Students dropping out of school for
financial reasons and to fight in World War II
contributed to many fraternities closing
then, he said.
The fraternity ranks second nationally in
number of chapters and colonies, and fifth
In the total number of initiated members
with 125,000 students. Tiller said. Only Tau
Kcppa Epxiion fraternity has more chapters
end colonies.
He said the Lambda Chi Alpha national
office, with headquarters in Indianapolis,
Ind., has been interested in reestablishing a
UNL chapter since 1955 and was invited
back by UNL officials lat year to try.
Lambda Chi Aipha fraternity is interested
in UNL becausa of its earlier association
wifih the campus and because of the strength
of the Greek system at UNL, Tiller said.
According to Jayne Anderson, UNL
coordinator of fraternities, sororities and
cooperatives, fraternity and sorortty
may return;
pression
membership at UNL has not declined in
recent years. She said in the late 1980s
membership reached a plateau and since has
continued to increase.
Tiller and Denney Jorgensen, who is
Lambda Chi Alpha national director of
chapter services, are contacting students who
expressed interest in joining the fraternity
after answering letters sent in January by the
national office.
if miuuijM itudcr.ts sre interested, TiM?"
said, Jorgensen and he would apply to the
Interfraternity Council (IFC) and then to
the Board of Regents for a charter.
If the charter is -anted, a colony will be
established, Tiller said. The colony will be
recognized as a chapter after it has met
certain standards.
Those standards include sufficient
membership, financial stability and the
creation of governing bylaws and,an advisory
board, Tiller aid.
Dy Wednesday about 30 prospective
members had been contacted, ha said. Tiller
sr. id h was optimistic about establishing a
chapter at UNL by next year.
"It's not easy (to form a new chapter) . . ,
when you have an established Greek system
at a college, but easier than when the Greek
system is faltering," and most students are
not interested, he said.
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity has chapters
at UNO, and at ail Big 8 schools except UNL
end Colorado University.
thursday, february 14, 1974
incoln, nebraska vol. 97, no. 18
Rent strike urqed
at ASUN
By Susanna Schafer
The multitude numbered fewer than 100 persons at ASUN s
"mass" meeting Wednesday evening, but the suggestions students
made to the senators present were numerous.
"Rent strike" was the most repeated phrase supported by
speakers near the close of the meeting, which was an informal
session called by the ASUN Senate to test the waters of student
opinion on campus alcohol and visitation policies.
Speakers supported actions ranging from residence hail
walk-outs to strict enforcement of current housing policies.
"Amorous disobedience" was proposed by part-time student
Ron Kurtenbach as a means of confronting the visitation and
open door regulations in residence halls.
Students' opinions broke down to two factions, either
supporting some type of mass violation or some kind of court or
legislative action.
Ron Ciingertpeel opposed mass violations becausa he said it
might jeopardize the suit which the Residence Hall Assoc. and
ASUN have brought against the Board of Regents over housing
issues.
"Mass action is the answer," interjected Mark Hoeger, ASUN
first vice president. He told the gathering that State Sen. Terry
Carpenter of Scottsbtuff told him that "if students fill the
gaileries (of the Legislature) the day of the vote on the alcohol
bill, there would be some chance of it passing."
A number of students insisted that "money is the only thing
the Regents understand" and until students in the residence halls
move out en masse, hold back their rent payments or suggest to
incoming freshmen that they not live in the halls, policy will not
change.
The Differentiated Houitng Proposal, submitted to the Council
on Student Life by one of Its subcommittees, received strong
support from a number of speakers. The proposal suggssts that
halts be allowed to independently determine their own visitation
and alcohol policies.
A final informal motion was made by John Wiltse, who
suggested that the ASUN Senate look into the possibility of
organizing a rent strike on the part of residence hall residents,
support visiting and writing state senators, and support the
Differentiated Housing Proposal.
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John Wiltse (above) suggested organizing a rent
strike at ths ASUfJ mass meeting Wednesday;