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Rising food costs are a factor in tha recent Housing Office request for an b
increase in residence hall rates.
Turnout low for ASUN elections
By Daify Nebraskan press
time si 11 p.m. Wednesday,
the ASUN Electoral
Commission was not able to
report any results from he
annual ASUN election held
earlior in the day. Election
Commissioner Lance Bristol
only said that approximately
2.230 students cast ballots for
ASUN senatorial candidates in
the election. He had no figures
on votes cast for executive
candidates or for those running
for advisory board positions.
The number of votes cast
for senators represented about
11 of the total number of
students enrolled UNL. That
low total spelled almost certain
defeat for a. constitutional
amendment . on Wednesday's
ballot. That amendment
permitted the restructuring of
ASUN. A minimum of 1 5 of
the students enrolled at UNL
were needed to vote for the
proposed amendment to ensure
its passage. r- ' , . K.
The two major parties in
Wednesday election took
different positions regarding
the amendment. The United
Student Effort Party (USE),
led by presidential candidate
Ron Clingenpeel, favored the
proposal. The Active
Party (ACT), headed by
presidential candidate Todd
McDaniel, opposed it.
Bristol said that ballot
counting was proceeding
normally Wednesday night, and
that returns were not available
at 11 p.m. (three hours after
the last polling place closed)
because the process "simply
The Daily Nebraskan will
carry complete results of the
ASUN election in Friday's
paper. v , ,.
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uiursday, march i4, 1974
Sincoln, nebraska vol 97, no. 33
Housing Office asks
$ 75 dorm rate hike
By Tom Jensen
A $75 increase in room and board rates next yesr for
UNL residence halls has been recommended to the Board of
Regents by the Housing Office. The Regents are scheduled
to act on the recommendation Saturdsy.
If approved, room and board rates will increase to
$1095 per year for a double occupancy room and $1395
for a single occupancy roorm
Richard Armstrong, director of housing, said inflation is
the main reason for the increase.
Ha -said increases in the rates usually are made every
other year, but, rapidly increasing prices have forced rated
increase requests for two consecutive years.
He said the Housing Office projects huge increases in
utility Tates. Electricity rates are projected to increase by
25, gas rates by 33, steam rates by 37.5 and chilled
water rates by'33, he said.
Other prices expected to increase are prices of food
(1 3). office suf ies (6) housekeeping (10) repairs (3
to 11) laundry service (10) and insurance (4).
Armstrong said the Housing Office also will pay more
Social Security and higher wages. He said recent legislation
willre salaries paid to state employes. The Housing
Office expects to increase its employes' salaries by 9,
In a presentation at SeSleck Quadrangle Tuesday night,
Armstrong snd other members of th housing staff
explained the reasons for the increase and what has been
done to cut back on spending.
Barbara Sanderson, housing business manager, said
spending has been cut back wherever possible. She said
without the cutbacks, the increase in room and board rates
would have been more than $150 instead of $75.
She said a management consulting firm has been hired
which has shown the Housing Office how to save nearly
$200,000. The firm showed the maintenance staff how to
be just as efficient with 12 fewer custodians, which saved
$58,000, and organized food service better, whicrr saved
$140,000, she said5.
Douglas Rix, assistant director of Housing and Food
Service, said nearly SC0.000 was saved by not giving free
meals to employes. In the past, a Housing employe could
get free rneals at any residence hall cafeteria.
Rix said other measures have been taken to curb food
service spending. One is the addition of soybean protein to
"The hamburger is 15 soybean, which really figures
out to be 4Vi soybean and 1 0' water," Rix said. "This
alone saves $18,000 & year."
He said Food Service also has been buying more meat
directly from the packer, decreasing the number of special
dinners and trying to increase the revenue from residence
hail snack ban.
"We've also reduced some 12-month jobs to 0-month
jobs' Rix said. "This is good for holding down the cost for
the student, but it's miserable for employers because
"one-third of our employes leave every summer11
To avoid cutting back on spending end to overcome
expenses, the Housing Office will try to increase revenue
generated by the residence halls, Sanderson said. She said in
1970-71, room and board accounted for 85 of housing
income and other revenue accounted for the remaining
flouting expects other income to mount to moff then
$1.03 million during the 1974-75 school year which woyld
account tor 1 3 of the income.
Armstrong said the best way to increase income would
be to increase the occupancy rate in UNL residence halls.
"Ws,pedict,a.,one per cent decline in occupancy next
year," Armstrong said. "This would lower the occupancy
f-te said" fhs regents should act on the differentiated
housing proposal as well as the room and board increase
this Saturday. The differentiated living proposal would
allow 1 options such as alcohol and 24-hour visitation in
some residence hails, with no alcohol and visitation in
"VVre hopeful the regents will make some movement,"
Armstrong sssd, adding ha wasn't mm alcohol and 24-hour
visitation would increase occupancy.
Stu&nu voted) Wednesday for ASUN executive, senatorial and advisory board
candidates. No results ware available by Daily f.cbraskan press tima Wednesday night
A bill that would permlt
,the sale and comumpUon of
alcohol on campus has been
j rescheduled to reach the floor
!of the Legislature next
L87S3 originally was
'scheduled to coma befora tfra
Legislature today, as report!
in Wednesday's DiHy
Next Thursday's i
mil convene at 9 a.m.
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