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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 30, 1974)
NU Board of Regents candidates
By Mary Kay Roth
Four candidates will have left long
campaign trails behind them In Nebraska by .
the time the Nov. 5 election arrives, as they
are seeking seats on the NU Board of Regents
in two of the largest Nebraska districts.
Two will be chosen by western and central
Nebraskans to serve for unsalaried six-year
In the 6th District, which stretches across
32 counties in northern and western
Nebraska, Robert Q. Simmons Jr. of
Scottsbluff confronts John P. Olson of
They are seeking the position Camilla
Elliott of Scottsbluff now holds. She. was
appointed to finish the term of her husband,
John G. Elliott who died in April.
Speaking on campus Issues, Olson and
Simmons agree students are adults and
should be treated accordingly. However,
they are both reluctant to allow alcohol on
campus.' Olson said alcohol is used on
campus whether legal or not. He said it was,
therefore, not necessary to pass legislation,
since students ignored present laws.
Both Olson and Simmons said the first
amendment in the Nov. 5 election, which
proposes to put a nonvoting NU, stud.ent on
the Board of Regents, is a redundant
measure. Olson said he sees no purpose In
passing the amendment since any student
can attend the sessions already.
Simmons also said the amendment did not
offer anything new, but said encouraging
student participation was a positive move.
He said the amendment won't help but
won't hurt either.
Simmons, a 55-year-old attorney, has
served on the State Board of Education and
the Scottsbluff Board of Education He was
the only Hiram Scott College board member
to vote against closing the private school.
Although NU has now acquired the school for
agricultural programs, Simmons said the
college hasn't been given a chance to stand
on its own.
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Wednesday, October 30, 1974
lincoln, nebraska vol. 98 ho. 38
Welsch sole campaigner for weed post
It might not be next Tuesday's most hotly
contested election. Nor will it be the best
financed campaign. In fact, three of the four
men running for Lancaster County Weed
Commission aren't campaigning at all.
Only UNL assistant ' EngiliB Wtiltim
Roger Welsch Is campaigning in hjs fcstijs to
unseat incumbents C.V. Keller and Leslie L
Myers Sr. and to defeat fellow challenger
Robert A. Weigel.
The commission doe3 much more than
decide which weeds to pull, according to
Myers who is seeking his second term on the
"Most of the problems we encounter deal
with the dispensing of funds and the price
we'll charge for our services (of spraying
Keller said that in addition to the contract
spraying for farmers and a current "seed
cleaning" program which separates dirt and
weed seeds from crop seeds, the commission
hopes to start a ro-seeding program.
Welsch's campaign includes yard signs
according to Wiegel, a Lincoln attorney who
says he has "not really done anything like he .
(Welsch) has been doing" in the way of
campaigning. To get elected, Weigel says he
is relying on friends and contacts he's
established In his years In the real estate
Keller and Myers are also depending cn
the low-key campaign to bring them success.
"You ju3t can't afford to spend money on a
job that doesn't pay," according to Keller.
Welsch was unavailable for comment.
: The commission has fivs members, three
from rural areas and two from urban sites,
elected in alternating two years.
Keller is running because "you've got to
keep interested in something when you're
retired." He retired from the penal complex
after serving "about 25 years" In a variety of
Jobs including his final position, as superin
tendent of the complex.
Myers, who has been "very happy with the
way things have been run the last four
years," is running because he's "naturally
interested in county government a3 most
citizens are." He is currently an electronic
data processor for an Insurance firm and
Weigel, a 1962 NU Law School graduate,
said that although he could "sympathize with
those who feel that ail weeds are good weeds,
you've got to control them. Otherwise they'll
eat up the countryside."
Welsch said that he disapproved of
indiscriminate weed spraying used through
out the state according to a Sept. 25 Dally
Nc jraskan article.
$1,000 offered for Forvcki .clues
The parents of Debra Forycki, Mr. and
Mrs. Ray Forcycki of Omaha, Monday
offered a $1,000 reward for any Information
leading to their daughter's recovery.
"We're hoping for any kind of Information
that the police department can follow up on,"
Debra Forycki disappeared Oct. 3 and
police investigations have turned up nothing,
Police said Ms. Forycki had planned a
lunch date a 11:30 a.m. Neighbors told police
they thought they heard Ms. Forycki leave
her apartment at 11 a.m. Ms. Forycki did not
show up for her luncheon engagement or for
work that afternoon, police said.
Forycki's wife Lorraine said her daughter
had paid tuition and rent and had not picked
up her paycheck from Brandcis before her
disappearance. Her daughter would have
picked up tho money If she had planned to
leave, Mrs. Forycki said.
Forycki said without stimulating public
interest in the case people will forget about
it and police won't find any new clyc3.
"We don't think she left voluntarily,"
Forycki said. "We think someone abducted
Police investigation had checked out all
leads, according to Forycki, so he and his
wife decided to offer the reward.
"We have no other course," Forycki said.
The longer she says lost, the less chance
Police Capt. Lowell Sellmeyer said police
have established no connection between the
disappearances of Ms. Forycki and Patricia
Folley, 23, who disappeared last September.
Sellmeyer said Folley left her two-year-old
child with a babysitter and did not return.
"Quite strange circumstances" surround
the case, according to Sellmeyer.
"It's rather unusual for a woman to leave
her child with a babysitter, whom she knew
quite well, and not cali back," he said.
Although Sellmeyer said polics suspect
foul play in both incidents, no evidence has
confirmed those suspicions.
The Lincoln Police Dept. is asking persons
with information relevant to the Forycki case
to contact the police department.
! . He said he worried about the many other
"empty classrooms between Lincoln and
, Wyoming." '
"The Board of Regents; is not agressive
enough," Simmons said. He said it appeared
they agree with the administration the
majority of the time.
'Stir things up'
"I wouldn't be another automatic assent
ing vote," he said, "I like to stir things up."
Although issues are important, Simmon3
said it comes down to who will be the best
regent. He said farmers should have
representation, and as an attorney he has
represented ail the people. He added he
thought his opponent can not empathize as
well with the farmer.
His opponent, Olson, who operates the
Prairie States Cattle Feeding Co., said in a
large operation one must farm and feed just
like anyone else and so he can also empathize
with his constituents.
"I'll compare losses in cattle with anyone
else," he said.
Olson advocated expansion in agricultural
research at the University. Possibilities
include new crop varieties to survive the
short growing season and new cattle
vaccines to combat diseases.
A newcomer, Harold W. Kay of North
Platte, will face incumbent Robert L. Raun of
Minden in th November general election for
the 7th district. This district spreads over an
area in south-central and southwest Neb
raska. Continued on pg. 2
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Students who need absentee ballots
for the Nov. 5 election have until Nov. 1
to send a letter of request to the county
clerk in their homo county.
The letter should include the stu
dent's current address, homo address
Absentee ballots must be cast by 0
p.m. on Nov. 5 and bo received by tho
county clerk by 10 p.m. the following
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