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Student participation ignored in proposed bylaws
The proposed UNL Bylaws have at least
one major flawstudents too often must fill
the role of spectators.
Instead of participating in several impor
tant campus decisions affecting them, stu
dents evidently should be content to sit back
and watch the faculty and administration
wield their authority.
For example, the University president
must ask a Faculty-Senate committee for its
approval before he names an acting UNL
chancellor, according to the proposed
bylaws. No mention is made of seeking
Another example is the Academic Planning
Committee, which recommends changes in
UNL's education, research and service
programs. Before these changes are made,
the Faculty Senate must approve methods to
be used, the proposal says. Again, students'
views are overlooked.
The proposed bylaws also say faculty and
oqe-ther on a
continuing basis to pi an UNL's
future. Shouldn't students help
planning as well?
Yet another example of the forgotten
student is the Research Council. The council,
which promotes research at UNL, should
consist of eight faculty members, according
uato students, annougn
e reosarch at UNL,
to the proposal. Gradi
they do a large part of V,
are not on the council.
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be on the Fee Allocati
decides how students fees should be spent.
However, the proposal docs not say how
many board members should come from each
of these three groups.
Because the fees are paid by students,
students should have the most say in
deciding how they arc
need to state the number of students who
should be on the board to insure they
continue to have the greatest representation.
These examples point to a prevailing
attitude held on campusthe belief that
students should not have much to say about
the quality of education here.
UNL Chancellor James Zumberge will
present the proposed bylaws to the Board of
Regents in November. He now is reviewing
the changes campus groups have suggested.
Hopefully, Zumberge will agree with the
recommendations made by ASUN execu
tives. They would put students on several
faculty and -staff committees and would
require that students be consulted before
many campus decisions are made.
A university's main goal is to educate
students. Those students should help decide
just how they want to be educated.
After long anguish over the Vietnam War,
student unrest, race riots and whatever else we
pass off to the Decadent '60s, topped off by the
Watergate crisis, I'm more than V -d to s a big
smile return to America's face.
"The American psyche bac- httvii under qreat
strain,'' said noted psycholoc,;?' Dr, Mindover
Matter, who handled the Grange U.G .A .case- lor
Matter just released a book about trm country
and the 16 or so conflicting identities it divided
into in the '60s 'and early 70s college students,
over - 3Us, blacks, bigots, hippies, VTWi. . . .
"But the patient is fully recovered and back to
its old self," he assured me. "Now it just thinks
it's one personPolyanna."
So once again we can don our ro:-eo!ored
glasses, put up homecoming display;, read
Horatio Aigier's biography and
Sj Sej s
But I don't know ... it seems it's harder, m be
an optimist these days.
Without something likA an uniust war or a
corrupt national leader to protest, we seem to be
suffering withdrawal symptoms.
College students, the intellectual force behind
the new movement, have named it "negative
Nightly, all over the country, mey gatner at me
s with their W.I. M. buttons (What s it Matter)
to discuss the latest minor crises that haven't
occurred and what they're not going to do about
When I arrived at a UNL bar, tbyy were
beginning a beer chugging contest ever how many
problems they could deny in one gulp (denying of
course that the alcohol and ciqarets were harming
"I win! I win!" screamed one contestant, who
just finished off inflation, busing kidnap'ngs, and
world Hunger as Lommuni prupagiu. piw;.
Su e th
'Not with a dirty word
said a co f league
He turned to me. "That's" what
siio. You see, inflation doesn't
Ford's "WIN" plan can't either.'
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He told me he's a judge for a select club that
meets weekly to practice the art of negative
rhetoric. "For example, you can't say, 'I'm not
worried about rising crime, because that presup
poses H$ -existence, and people get uptight," he
fheir leader is a guy named Doubting Tom, a
real professional who has it in for anything
negative, so much that someone else has to
subtract the checks in his checkbook;
Last week he was arrested for placing a vertical
beam against all the horizu.it-! road blocks in the
city to make them into plus signs.
One time I noticed students just sat around
smilmg at each other, feeling optimistic, until
someone interjected, "Don't you think it's about
time we don't do something about the energy
crisis that doesn't exist?"
"What more can't I do?" asked someone.
Already I'm driving 75 miles per hour on the
interstate, leaving my lights on all night, playing
my stereo along with my radio and TV."
In one corner a poker game was turning to
"I'll see your disbelief in fuel shortages and
raise you SO more over rumors about our
weakening prestige abroad," one player said.
"And I bet wn all come out richer in the end."
I was pleased to see my peers so interested in
' world affairs - whoops, uninterested in un-affairs.
That's why t's almost ashamed that when the
old TV violence subject came up, and they
commented how relieved they were to have the
war and Kent State behind us, that I brought up
item? I'd recently rext: slaughtering of innocent
people tn a bakery ho!dup; Boston junior high
students attacking each other over integration;
inmates setting 'ire to a prison building . .
And yt.-t I wondered: Is reacting with such
complacency now that several extreme crises are
over , really so wise when just as serious though
less obvious problems presist? Problems that
maybe don't effect us so directly, or singly as a
Bat one proline r.tucicm, with tho inspiring aura
of a preacher, assured me: "Don't worrv. man
Don't you know it's better to live than to believe?"
thursday, October 24, 1974
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