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The Registration Task Force's advice for improving
UNL's advising system should be enacted immediately
to renovate a now faltering process.
When froshmen and their parents evaluated the
University in a survey last year, advisers scored lowest,
according to Jim O'Hanlon, coordinator of freshman
The Registration Task Force, organized last year to
study the registration process, likewise found that
UNL's advising system was the most criticized aspect of
the registration process.
Frequent complaints about advisers included their
lunconcern for students, their excessive load of advisees
and their inability to inform students about courses.
According to O'Hanlon's survey, freshmen would
like a conference with their advisers during the first
week of classes. Currently, very little student-adviser
contact exists during a freshmen's first semester,
After studying the results of a questionnaire sent to
students in all colleges, the Registration Task Force
recommended the following changes in the advising
Advisers minimally should be expected to meet
with a new advisee to develop plans for a defined, but
flexible, four-year program of study.
The University administration should recognize
advising as a legitimate and important function.
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computations. and should be a consideration in
promotions, tenure grants and salaries.
Faculty members, on a rotating basis, should De
released from other duties to concentrate on advising
during a given academic year. o
Upperclass students should be used more often as
advisers. Student advising centers should be establish
ed in the various colleges and staffed with paia
students. By associating the centers with college
offices, student advisers could consult college
administrators on questions needing their approval.
' Advising of undeclared and undecided students
should be emphasized. Students in these categories
were especially concerned about the availability and
quality of advising, according to the survey.
UNL Chancellor James Zumberge has said he would
like to make the student-adviser relationship "a more
continuous, natural process." ;
But the task force report submitted to the Council
on Student Life in May still awaits consideration by
that group. ' ' . .
The council should send the report on to Zumberge,
along with its recommendations, immediately to insure
that students will receive the better treatment and
advice they deserve.
Senator attacked ERA with adolescent barbs
"purely these (women's libbers) don't
kr?C!'' true sacred laws and the joy and
f fvllt ge of being a mother. I speak for the
tilenl millions of happily married women who
ire p tud to be a man's help-mate." Mrs.
Ray H'inter of Superior, representing the
D&ii'.hfS of the American Republic.
fi Nebraska Unicameral ratified the
Equa Rights Amendment (ERA) on March
23rl9..The vote was 38 ayes, 0 nays and 11
Uss ihan a year later, the senators
changed neir minds and passed a resolution
withdrawing, or recinding, their approval of
he ft. rndment. This time around, only 17
snato; supported the ERAU I
- The tion stirred up a lot'61 interest not
only rause it presented the Supreme Court
f foe legal question of the validity of the
Pniion, but because the act was preceded
v highly controversial committee hearings.
The minutes of the hearings are available
to the public in the clerk's office in the
Capitol and are an education in the problems
women face in law-making bodies, as well as
being a portrait of our senators which
would be amusing if it weren't so sad.
According to the minutes, the hearing
began on Feb. 22, 1973, with Sen. Ernest
Chambers presiding after a late arrival. He
had missed the opening statements of Sen.
Richard Proud, who sponsored the "turn
"Now who is the biggest backer of ERA?
Probably the organization called NOW,
National Organization of Women. They also
back unrestricted abortion, marriage of
homosexuals, all that type of thing," was one
of Proud's carefully chosen statements
intended to convince legislators no "normal"
woman could support the ERA, knowing
what he knew.
He continued to insist that we Nebraskans
are "grass roots'.' people, unlike the
supporters of the ERA, who were pictured as
some sort of Cold War spies sent to infiltrate
the bridge clubs and trick the sewing circles
into supporting the amendment.
Now Sen. Proud never called Nebraska
women stupidjust uninformed and unable
to collect and digest information and state
their own conclusions. The women simply
were mouthing pretty promises some radical
feminist like Kate Millet invented.
Millet was a prime target for Prouj's
adolescent barbs, with her private life
including possible lesbian tendencies, used
to discredit any of her writings on the subject
of sexual equality. It was one of the many
examples of shabby ethics used by Proud to
scare legislators to his side.
And the parade of speakers was a sight to
see. One of the highlights was a representa
tive of HOW (Happiness of Womanhood),
who simply must have glowed as she sang
the glories of staying in one's place. (What
can we call this variety of Uncle Tom?)
The supporters of the ERA were equally
numerous and vocal. In reply to Sen. Proud's
question concerning who supported the
amendment, a lengthy list of organizations
was produced organizations which had
gone on record in support of the amendment.
These "radical libbers" included The
National Coaliation of American Nuns,
Church Women United, the American Nurses
Association, the International Brotherhood of
Teamsters and the American Home Econ
onics Assoc. Real extremists, huh?
As the hearing drew to a close, the ERA
supporters finished their presentation and
Sen. Proud came to the floor to make his
"Well, Mr. Chairman . . ; you have heard
from all the liberals ... all the people who
believe in abortion ..."
This totally outrageous and unfair state
ment was made even more ludicrous by the
fact that one of the so-called supporters of
abortion was a Roman Catholic nun, present
to offer ERA support from the Sister's
Council of the Archdiocese of Omaha.
Yes, the Unicameral can be entertaining
could be laughable if it weren't such serious
business. And the weight of what happened
in the Legislature almost two years ago has
yet to be fully realized.
The Supreme Court wili make no move to
test the validity of the senators' action until a
total of 37 states have ratified the amend
ment. (The number now stands at 33.)
In previous cases concerning similar
actions surrounding the Fourteenth and
Fifteenth Amendments, the Court held the
ratification vote valid and found the attempt
to recind illegal.
We can only hope for a similar decision
when Nebraska's decision is taken to
a clean fresh mm signals
the mnmm of a truly omi
ADMiNISTffATIONl LET THE PEOPLE
TAKE HEARr LET US RECtPfCATE
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friday, September 13, 1974
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