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Criminal justice majors seek UNL graduation
By Paula Damke
Representatives of UNL criminal justice majors say
they will meet with Steven Sample, executive vice
president for student affairs, to try to graduate at
UNL instead of at the University of Nebraska at
Omaha (UNO). The 440 criminal justice majors are
now required to graduate at UNO.
Martin Crowley, a criminal justice majors
representative, said after a Thursday meeting with
Adam Breckenridge, vice chancellor for Academic
Affairs, that 65 per cent of 175 criminal justice
majors want UNL written on their diploma. He said
their second choice was NU and 81 per cent did not
want UNO engraved on their diploma.
Crowley, an Omaha senior in criminal justice, said
he 'came to UNL to get a degree and didn't know
until his junior year that he was going to have to
travel to Omaha to graduate at UNO.
Breckenridge said he "tried to explain to the
representatives that the criminal justice department is
not the only program affected by the UNL-UNO
Bredkenridge said criminal justice is a UNO-based
department and UNL provides only space for the
UNL criminal justice department.
He said the Engineering Dept. is an example of a
UNL-based department with a UNO extension
department. Breckenridge said UNO engineering
students receive their degrees from UNL.
Bredkenridge said the problem involves more than
just criminal justice. He said the majors must realize
that because criminal justice is a UNO-based program
that UNL has nothing to do with the actual program
or the setting up of degrees.
Bill Luden, a Sidney senior in criminal justice, said
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Constitutional revision proposals and spring election procedures
were approved in a special ASUN Senate meeting Sunday, when
the Senate achieved and held a quorom for the first time in three
The proposed constitution changes will come up for approval in
the spring elections. It will require support from 1 5 per cent of the
student body to approve the changes, although one proposed
revision would change that requirement to a simple majority of
those voting in future elections.
Other major changes proposed by the Senate include:
-changing ASUN elections to the fall semester.
-requiring the ASUN president to submit a budget for approval
to the Senate before December.
-changes in the student cabinet membership.
The ASUN elections will be held Mar. 19 under the proposals
accepted by the Senate. The filing deadline will be Feb. 28 and
installation will occur Apr. 2.
' The delay from the original Mar. 12 proposal will mean that the
new ASUN president will miss one meeting of the Board of
Regents in his non-voting membership status, according to ASUN
President Ron Clingenpeel.
"I'll probably take the new president to the March meeting to
get him acquainted with the Board, but legally he can't become a
member until the April meeting, after he's been installed,"
In other business, seven Union Board appointments were
approved, the rental of a new copier for the ASUN office was
agreed to, and the meeting time for future regular meetings was
changed to 6 p.m. to allow senators the opportunity to attend
Wednesday night Lenten season services.
The meeting was adjourned amidst controversy over the status
of senators who have three unexcuscd absences. The ASUN
constitution says that the first vice president may decree that
members who miss more than three meetings be removed.
Sen. Jim Macomber, filling in for First Vice President Sharon
Johnson who was out of town and excused, refused to take action
and adjournment was agreed to.
"if the university is a system, I would like to know
whv a criminal justice major cannot graduate at
Kathy Andersen, a senior criminal justice major
said the method of graduation "leaves a lot to be
desired." She said she did not know until this year
she would have to graduate at UNO..
Crowley said he could not understand how
Breckenridge did not consider the graduation
problem a political one.
"The criminal justice departments on both
campuses are trying to impress each other so
consequently the students are caught in between,"
No UNO classes
He said there is no basis for the UNO graduation,
because UNL criminal justice majors have not taken
any other classes at UNO.
Luben and Crowley both said they intend to go to
Law School and wanted their-degrees from UNL.
Crowley said at least 50 per cent of those surveyed
indicated they were unaware that they have to
graduate at UNO.
Crowley said he came to UNL to graduate from
UNL and not from the UNO "high school."
He said if the representatives get no help from
Sample, they will go to NU President D.B. Varner and
the NU Board of Regents. Crowley said, "We are not
wpw giving up
By Lisa Brown
An ASUN ad hoc committee on married student housing and
the CSL housing policy committee (HPC) are working for more
married student housing.
Julie Bergmeier, ad hoc committee chairman, said the ASUN
committee was organized last spring to study the issue and take
necessary action. Serving on the committee with Bergmeier are
ASUN Senators Mike Jacobson and Steve Evans and Don
Thompson, a nonASUN member.
Married student housing was an issue in 1972 when UNL lost
federal financing of its construction, but since then interest has
quieted, Bergmeier said.
Richard Armstrong, UNL housing director, said that because of
a lack of funds, married student housing construction will be
considered again only if the need for it is shown to be much greater
than the housing office now thinks it is. Conversion of Selleck
Quadrangle to married student housing proved financially
unfeasible, he said.
ASUN unanimously approved on Jan. 29 a resolution that
priority be given to married student housing construction over all
other UNL construction, except classrooms. The ASUN-CSL joint
committee plans to discuss the issue as they organize a public
hearing for later this spring or early next fall, Bergmeier said.
She said she would like to invite the UNL administration,
housing administration, and NU Board of Regents to the hearing. If
student response indicates that those wanting more married
student housing are a representative body, and not a minority, the
Housing Dept. might reopen the case, she said.
UNL has 85 married student housing units now, but will lose 17
at the end of the school year, Armstrong said. The regents passed a
housing proposal in May 1974 to vacate the city campus units
located at 1505 S St., 1548 R St. and 1540 R St., and to convert
28 units of Colonial Terrace, formerly faculty housing units, to
married student housing.
Residents have vacated both groups of apartments during the
school year and students have moved into the faculty apartments
as they have become available. Joe Zannini, assistant director of
housing for maintenance and operations, said the city campus
apartments were not originally purchased for housing, but because
their location would be advantageous to UNL expansion. He said
the units were substandard and that it was economically unfeasible
to upgrade the buildings or rebuild there.
The converted faculty units are duplexes and fourplexes of
several types, said Dori Bush, married student housing program
director. Eight units at Colonial Terrace remain faculty apartments.
While researching the issue, bergmeier compiled a survey of
married student housing among Big 8 schools showing Kansas
having the next lowest total above Nebraska with 300 units, and
Iowa State having the most with 1,300. The figures were from the
1973-74 academic year.
Before housing will reconsider again, Armstrong said, more
evidence is needed. Vacancies in the Lincoln Housing Authority
during the academic year indicate that there isn't a housing
shortage for those who would qualify for married student housing,
To qualify for married student housing, which Bush said is
lower priced than many units on the open housing market,
students must be married or divorced, separated or single with
children, and be full-time students. UNL married student housing
units rent for $101 per month for a one-bedroom furnished
apartment to $139 a month for an unfurnished three bedroom
Bush said 200 applications are now on file and there may be
more pressure from students to acquire units next year when the
total number of units is reduced from 85 to 68. She said some
improvements might be made in the current program, but nothing
definite is planned yet.
Students now are chosen to live in the units on a "first come,
first serve" basis with no consideration of financial need, Bush said.
Students are also allowed to keep the apartments for as long as
they make the payments and are full-time students at UNL.
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