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friday, february 28, 1975 . lincoln, nebraska vol. 98, no. 90
The new status of the
ASUN president as a student
regent will cause most of the
differences between this
spring's ASUN election and last
year's, according to Dave
Howlett, ASUN second vice
president and electoral
Howlett also reported
Thursday that the electoral
commission, in a split decision,
has approved the placement of
voting booths in the five major
residence hall complexes.
The filing deadline for both
parties and individual
candidates is today at 4 p.m.,
according to the election rules
accepted by the ASUN Senate
at its Feb. 12 special meeting.
Other changes, which have
been suggested by state
officials so the election
complies with state law,
include allowing absentee and
disabled ballots, requiring
notarization of filing forms and
the . use of voting booths,
"The most controversial
new requirement is the rule
which forces parties to get five
hundred signatures in order to
file as a party," he said.
"The main reason for the
requirement is to insure that
parties have a basis of support
from the community,"
Howlett said. "We've already
had a few complaints, but,
from personal experience, I
don't think it's that big of a
hardship on potential parties.
It's a way of showing the
legitimacy of the party."
According to Howlett, the
individual filing requirement of
35 signatures for senatorial
candidates and 50 for
executive candidates has not
changed from last year.
The 3-2 decision to allow
voting booths in residence halls
has stirred some controversy
but Howlett said he thinks the
move will result in a larger
In addition to the residence
and Selleck), booths will
be located in the Unions on
City and East Campuses and in
Ferguson Hall on the City
Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt
Jr., former Naval Chief of
Former Navy chief
to visit Capitol, UNL
Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. will be on campus March 3-5.
Zumwalt, who retired last July as Naval Chief of Operations, is
responsible for modernizing the Navy.
He relaxed the codes on haircuts, mustaches and beards and
persuaded the Pentagon to start cultural awareness seminars to help
ease racial tensions in the armed forces.
Zumwalt will speak on "Conflicts between U.S. Military and
U.S. Political Policies" Monday at 8 p.m. At 10:30 Tuesday
morning he will speak on "Closed Oceans and Closed Minds." Both
addresses will be in the Nebraska Union Ballroom.
UNL Chancellor James Zumberge last fall invited Zumwalt to
speak after he had read about him in Time magazine. Zumwalt will
be paid from University Foundation funds, not from student fees
or tax dollars.
Zumwalt's wife, Mouza, a native of Manchuria, will appear on
the KOLN-TV program "Woman's World" Tuesday morning at
Zumwalt will address faculty-student groups at the College of
Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences Tuesday morning and
to Zumberge and groups at the Business College and Law College
Wednesday morning before leaving Lincoln.
Ombudsman: few complaints
By Ron Wylie
OMAHA-"The impeachment proceedings were one of the
greatest things which could h.ve happened to America," Albert
Jenner, former, counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, told a
dinner meeting of the Omaha Bar Association Thursday night.
Jenner said "the House committee hearings led to a cleansing of
the presidency but were more important because they served as a.
reminder to Americans of the freedoms they enjoy.
"Freedoms which are found," said Jenner, "can be so easily
Jenner was associate counsel of the House Judiciary Committee
and served as counsel to the Warren Commission investigation of
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
A registered Republican, Jenner said that prior to the election
"we (Republicans) were responsible for the failure to see former
President Richard Nixon as he is. The evidence was always there.
"Nixon is a liar and an evil man," he said. "He was the manager
of the abuses of power between 1.968 and 1974."
Jenner said that Republicans consistently gave the Nixon
administration the benefit of the doubt in the early months of the.
Watergate investigation, not to Nixon personally, but to the office
of the President.
Jenner said the Republican argument was initially to confine the
definition of high crimes and misdemeanors to normal crimes such
as burglary, murder, or theft or to statutory crimes against laws
passed by Congress.
The crimes committed in the Watergate case, Jenner said, were
crimes against the institutions of the Bill of Rights and against
American society. The staff decided that these constituted high
crimes and misdemeanors, he said.
He said the excuse that others in power may have abused the
system in the same way did not give Nixon license to do so. but
Jenner said dirty tricks, misuse of campaign funds ard abuse of
institutions were regular Nixon campaign p-ocedures.
The start of the Watergate coverup, Jenner said, came on June
17, 1972, when John Mitchell prepared a press release denying that
anyone assicaited with the Committee to Reelect the President had
anything to do with the Watergate break-in. Mitchell, he said, has
admitted the release was false and that he knew so at the time.
Jenner said testimony before the House Judiciary Committee
showed that Jeb Stuart Magruder, second in command of the
Nixon reelection effort, was the key to actual operations and knew
more than anyone else.
He also said that President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon in the
wrong way for the wrong reasons at the wrong time.
"I believe in pardoning a president," Jenner said, "as I believe in
pardoning anyone, but in Nixon's case it should have been done
after all trials and investigations of those involved in Watergate and
after Nixon publicly confessed his crimes."
Jenner said the institutions of government held up under the
most severe attack during the Watergate, hearings.
"This situation," Jenner remarked, "should give the American
people confidence that their system works when people finally
work at investigating their government."
"The constitution came alive during the House committee
hearings," Jenner said, "and young people learned from those
televised hearings. This is a free and open society.
"We learned from this process," Jenner added, "that
impeachment is not a horrible thing.
By Betsie Amnions
Dan Babcock, acting UNL ombudsman, says
people don't take advantage of the services the
ombudsman has to offer.
Ombudsmen originated in Sweden about 1 65 years
ago to hear people's grievances about the government.
Today the state governments of Hawaii and Nebraska
employ ombudsmen, as do many colleges and
The UNL Ombudsman mostly hears complaints of
faculty members, students and staff concerning
university procedures, but he hears other complaints,
too, Babcock said. The Ombudsman has no authority
to change policies or procedures, but has access to the
same information the chancellor docs, he said.
Babcock said although the obmudsman handles
the grievances of all groups, he is not a member of
any of them. He is paid by money from ASUN,
faculty funds and administrative funds.
"People usually come to the ombudsman for one
of two reasons," Babcock said. "If they have a
complaint and don't know who to see about it, I help
define the facts and suggest who to talk to."
The other reason someone visits him, Babcock
said, is if he has already tried to solve his problem and
is dissatisfied with the solution. Babcock said in that
case he takes things a step further and investigates.
"I try to make the system work properly," he said.
He said he tries to solve the complaint at "the lowest
level possible." If he is not satisfied with the results
he will keep taking it to a'higlicr level until he is,
He said he handles many kinds of cases, wlu'ch are
divided into 23 categories. They include
employer-employe relations, grades, housing,
s t u d e n t p r o f e s s o r relations and
professor-administration relations. He added that
everything brought into his office is confidential.
"The ombudsman is the one person you can talk
to without fear of kickbacks," he said. He will not act
on a problem without the approval of the person who
brought it to him, Babcock said.
He said he averages about two and one-half cases a
day, and in the past four months he has handled
about. 200 cases. Of these, 79 per cent are student
cases, eight per cent are faculty, eight per cent staff
and five per cent "other"alumni or parents of
As an incentive for more people to visit the
ombudsman, Babcock said he sent out flyers to the
entire university, and printed a short report on his
activities in Bulletin Board, a publication for UNL
faculty members and staff. The result of the article
was that faculty cases increased from 16 per cent of
the case load in four months to 40 per cent in just
Babcock thinks people tend to "sit" on their
problems because they believe there is no one who
can help them. Also, he said, there is the fear of
retaliation. People are afraid that if they go to
someone with their problems, a professor or
employer may find out and it may affect a grade or
Babcock said the ombudsman offers a
"straightforward, honest, objective" approach to a
problem that will bring both parties to a quick,
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Photo by Kevin Hig'oy
UNL Ombudsman Dan Babcock describes the
services of his office.
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