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Decline in enrollment
, Continued from pg. 1
The legislative fiscal report says that the major
reason for the decline is the reduction of the
number -of students entering UNL and UNO.
Enrollments' in the University of Nebraska
system should level off by 1979, after the projected
decline of the next six years, the report says.
According to the report, the major reasons tor
the decline in the postsecondary enrollment in the
next decade are the declining birth rate and the
decline in the number of high school graduates
continuing their education.
Eldon Ehrlich, director of the legislative fiscal
staff, said the state's birth rate dropped after 1961
and that there is a historical correlation between
thp birth rate and the number of students in
postsecondary schools. He said the largest source
of new students for Nebraska colleges is Nebraska
high school graduates. . . -
The report said the percentage of high school
graduates continuing their education after gradua
tion has declined since 1968, when 50 per cent of
the graduates went on to Nebraska colleges or
The state's 15 private colleges are projected to
have the largest enrollment drops, with an
average yearly decline of 4.13 per cent until 1979.
That is an average decline of 484 students
annually, or 2,904 students over the six year
The study says Nebraska's four state colleges
experienced their most drastic enrollment decline
between 1971 and 1973, and those figures are now
projected to level off. Chadron State College is the
only state college projected to have an enrollment
increase (a 969 student rise).
The Nebraska technical community colleges
were organized by the Legislature in 1971 , and the
study says they will have an average enrollment
decline of 1 .95 per cent.
Ehrlich said the 1973-74 projections were nearly
99 per cent accurate for overall totals when
compared with the actual data for the same years.
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Sexism in religion discussed
By Mary Shackelton
Talking about "Sexism and the
Church" is a lot like a blindman
describing an elephant, Ida Holzbauer,
an intern at the UNL Counseling Center,
said as she opnd a discussion at.
WomenSpeak 74 Wednesday.
"What our attitudes are towards
women In religion say much about our
attitudes towards women in the family
unit," Holzbauer said.
Holzbauer, who urged the audience to
relate their own attitudes about sexism
and the church, drew varied audience
"The concepts and attitudes some
women appear to be bringing to the
ministry worry me," said a pastor from
a local church. He said he thought that
some women who became ministers did
so for "escapist" reasons.
The "love relationship some women
have with the man Jesus" effects the
way women ministers handle their
duties he said. : '
. "This has always been the sort of
attitude I've detected," he said.
Opposing reactions ,
This opinion drew opposing reactions
from others in the audience. "Pure
"drivel" Is how one woman described it.
"The love relationship between
Christ and man is strong for all ages and
both sexes," another said.
Getting more women into office-holding
positions within churches was
another topic that drew audience
One person cited the example of a
woman who was fired from her job by
her boss, who attended the same church
because she ran for a church council
Several persons agreed that "shock,
treatment" was necessary to change
existing oppression against women in
the church structure.
"More radical moves must be made
before we are taken seriously," a
woman involved in change within her
own church said.
Holzbauer stressed the oeed for
raising the consciousness of both men
and women. . , .. . . . '
"Women have the' responsibility 'to
really get in and talk sincerely with men,
to find out where they are on this
issue," she said. - - ' ' '
Changing pronouns favored
Changing pronoun's in the worship
service from he to she was a change
favored by audiencs members- and an
associate pastor from a Methodist
church.. ;'' ';-
"There has been enough historical
research and translation to say we can
xgoJo "her" in many esses," he said.
I he interpretation of St. Paul's
admonition that women should keep
quiet in church matters causes "ambi
valent feelings in many women when
they try to assert themselves as persons
in the church," Holzbauer said.
"This scriptual interpretation puts
frosting on the issue, and requires
cultural interpretation and the need to
sort cultures out," she said.
Holzbauer questioned whether the
"greater enemy is men in church
hierarchy or women in pews."
Church efforts praised
Ruth Kruse, a minister's wife,
praised the efforts in churches that have
active commissions changing the langu
age used in worship services and
Sunday school texts. .
She said she thought that women
could e'fectively use the control they
now have in Sunday school programs to
bring about needed changes.
"Right now Sunday school is not a
very inspiring situation for anyone,"
she said. More men should become
involved in Sunday School programs,
More women are becoming involved
in church business administration, said
one male church administrator in the
"There's almost a 50-50 situation in
this field," he said. , .
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