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One case this year
Court seeks greater workload
By Randy Wright
Members of what is perhaps the least used but
one of the most influential branches of ASUN
see their experience as valuable, but would like
to see more action, according to ASUN Student
Court Chief Justice Don Armbrust.
The court is the decision making branch of
the student body, but has made only one
decision this year. Armbrust said the court's
power is broad enough to rule on any conflicts
involving unfair treatment of a student by any
"We have the power to hand down decisions
on anything that involves the rights of students,"
Armbrust said. In a conflict involving
administrative policy or personnel, Armbrust
said, the court's decision would not be the final
word, but "we could make a recommendation
and the administration would probably listen."
The court's five justices are chosen by an
ASUN committee, according to Mary Johnson, a
20-year-old political science major and one of
two female justices.
Johnson, who plans to enter law school, said
the experience has been valuable.
"I learned a lot about the court procedures,"
she said. Regarding the court's only case so far
this school year, involving the disqualification of
Gary Brantz's Homecoming Queen candidacy,
on rate hike
ASUN President Ron
Clingenpeel objected to the
proposed 13 per cent increase
in UNL residence hall rates at
the ASUN Senate meeting
Wednesday night, suggesting
that a decision on the rates by
the N.U. Board of Regents be
delayed until the February
Clingenpeel said UNL
Housing Director Richard
Armstrong had told him a
decision on the rates was
needed at this Saturday's
regents meeting so that any
increase would be included on
the new contracts. Those
contracts have a Feb. 10
printer's deadline which must
be met for them to be sent to
students before spring break,
according to Armstrong.
However, Clingenpeel said
he has not had time to
determine student opinion on
the proposal which would
increase rates from $1,095
currently to $1,235 for the
1975-76 school year. He
requested that students bring
letters stating their opinions to
him before Friday afternoon.
He said he is in favor of an
increase if it is justified, but
the information he has received
is not enough to convince him
a 13 per cent increase is
justified. The residence halls
won't be able to maintain the
anticipated 86 per cent
occupancy rate with such an
increase, he said.
Sen. Art Alexander said he
felt little harm would be done
if the regents' decision was
delayed and the contracts were
sent out after spring break.
Sen. Jim Macomber agreed.
"There are verv few
deadlines at this university that
arc sacred," he said.
Johnson said she was "really surprised that the
members of the court were able to set aside their
biases and make a decision based on the facts."
"The whole problem with the Brantz case,"
she said, "was that not enough people know
anything about the ASUN constitution." That
includes the ASUN president, she said.
The right decision
Johnson credited the court with properly
interpreting the constitution and making the
Another justice, senior microbiology major
Dennis Kime, said the court has given him "a real
feeling of the major campus events."
Kime said the Brantz decision showed that the
Student Court has something to offer.
"I think it's important to make a contribution
like that," he said.
Kime said he was disappointed in the decision
by Kenneth Bader, UNL vice chancellor for
student affairs, not to allow the announcement
of the court's decision, that Brantz be named
Homecoming Queen, at the Nebraska-Oklahoma
"If the decisions we make aren't going to have
any effect," Kime said, "then maybe we really
don't have any power." But Kime said he viewed
the incident as the exception rather than the
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