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for Faculty Senate
When the restructured UNL Faculty Senate convenes in January
1976, it will "hopefully be a more responsive body, according to
Senate President Richard Gilbert.
A plan to restructure the senate was passed by a mail bailor
conducted in December. The vote was 381 to 104 in favor of the
plan, which calls for a representative body made up of senators
from 25-member districts.
Gilbert said the faculty will be split into districts of about 25
members, within colleges. In larger colleges, individual departments
will be represented, he said, but all colleges, no matter what their
size, will be represented by at least one senator.
The number 25 "is not hard and fast" for determining the
number of representatives, Gilbert said. In some instances, a
department with 17 faculty members might be represented.
The plan was devised by a faculty committee headed by law
professor Wallace Rudolph. The committee held public hearings
last spring and the plan was revised by the senate in October,
The senate has tried to restructure itself several times before,
Gilbert said, but none of the attempts have succeeded.
"The opinion of the faculty is that we need a smaller, more
responsive body to represent us, Gilbert said. Fart ot the reason
that the plan was passed this time and not in preceding attempts
was that it was voted on by mail ballot, he said.
"In the past they (previous plans) were voted on at senate
meetings," Gilbert said. The mail ballot, sent to each faculty
member's' home, might have meant a different constituency, he
Gilbert cited one plan several years ago which did not pass
because it was interpreted by many members as not representative
'Town hall' meetings
Under the present senate structure, every faculty member is a
"It's sort of a town hall type meeting," Gilbert said. "Since very
few people attend, it is difficult to say that a decision is the
opinion of the faculty."
If 50 faculty members attend (the minimum for a quorum) and
only 26 vote in an election, they are in effect saying they represent
the view of 1,500 faculty members.
The new senate would consist of between 40 and 60 members,
Gilbert said, depending on the details of the districts.
"We hope it will be a body than can respond quickly and
energetically, and work on a regular basis," he said.
President-elect Franklin Eldridge, who has been assigned to
coordinate the district organization, said the new senate will not be
in operation until January because of the time needed for such a
Senators will be elected this fall.
Meal discount plan
tabled for this year
The 15-meal plan proposed by the UNL housing office will not
be offered in any UNL residence hall next year, Richard
Armstrong, director of housing said Monday.
Hie option, offered to residence hall students on a referendum,
would give a S50 discount to students eating their weekday meals
in the dining rooms, and eating their weekend meals elsewhere. The
cost of the 15-meal plan for a double room contract would be
Of students returning to the residence halls, 22 per cent voted in
favor of the option. Armstrong said the response was not adequate
to justify offering the option to all city campus residence halls,
but, he said, there was sufficient interest to consider offering the
plan to a smaller part of the campus.
Selleck Quadrangle and Cather-Pound-Neihardt were chosen as
residence halls where the option could be offered. Because it would
be offered to a smaller group, a larger $70 discount could be given.
Selleck residents would vote on the proposal because they would
eat weekend meals at Cather-Pound-Neihardt.
Explaining factors to be considered in their choice, Armstrong
said the 1975-76 academic year includes 29 weekends, meaning
145 meals are excluded under the 15 meal option.
If the 15-meal option was instituted in Selleck, residents with
the 20-rneal option would have to eat their weekend meals at the
Cather-Pound-Neihardt Dining room or any other residence hall
food service. Both options would also be offered in
Of 127 students planning to return to Selleck next year, 97
voted against the proposal and 30 voted in favor.
At Burr-Fedde, of the 120 students planning to return, 93
opposed the proposal and 27 favored it.
Armstrong said that if the proposal was implemented at
Burr-Fedde, there would not be a 20-meal option, but the same
$70 discount would be granted.
Because of the impact of offering only one option on East
Campus, he said, 80 'per cent support from the students would be
In estimating the amount o( discount the housing office could
offer for the 15-meal plan, he said they considered dining room
operating expenses, food costs, and the smaller income they would
receive offering services to fewer students. The housing office also
pays a percentage of its income to the accounting department for
its work; the smaller the amount of money being exchanged the
smaller the handling charge. '
"I would like to offer more meal options and be more flexible
but the students interests are more important," Armstrong said!
He said he foresees no major changes in the meal plans for the next
year, or the next few years.
Wednesday, february 12, 1975
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