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The Coliseum will not serve as a basketball
arena after this summer.
A $3 million remodeling project, however,
would help accomodate expansion in the
Department of Physical Education and
Recreation (PER), department chairwoman
Madge Phillips said Friday.
The Coliseum remodeling project, proposed in
the 1975-76 Capital Construction request to the
University of Nebraska administration, calls for
the addition of gymnasiums, laboratories and
A 1973 Capital Construction Request
proposal called for the construction of a physical
education building on the site of, the Men's
Physical Education Building. The PER
administration has since advocated renovating
the Coliseum, which would save the University
$ 1 .6 million, Phillips said.
In addition to saving the university money,
renovating the Coliseum would help alleviate the
space shortage PER is experiencing, Phillips said.
To meet program space requirements,
191,440 square feet of building space are needed
for PER programs. There is currently 127,297
square feet of building space contained in the
women's and men's physical education buildings
and Menzlik Hall. A deficit of 5,297 square feet
of space would still exist if the Coliseum were to
Phillips said no proposals have been made to
decide how the deficit of building space would
Enrollment in the department has increased
from 10,900 student credit hours taken in
1973-74 to 12,462 student credit hours taken
this year. Enrollment is determined by the
number of credit hours taken by students to
judge how programs in the department are to be
implemented with department staff, Phillips said.
As enrollment has increased, a number of new
programs have begun, Phillips said. New activity
classes, which are open to all UNL students, were
offered for the first time this semester and 351
students enrolled in these classes. The new classes
were riflery, aerobics, skin and scuba diving,
backpacking, parachuting and intermediate
100 recreation majors
Also adding to the department's expansion is
the growth of the recreation program, Phillips
said. The program, which began four years ago,
now has over 1 00 recreation majors, she said.
"The recreation major has ' increased in
popularity because recreation is now recognized
as a profession instead of a frill or fad," Phillips
explained. "As society has had more
discretionary time, leisure services for recreation
have beome increasingly important," she said.
A recreation major can earn his degree
'through the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
or Teachers College.
Phillips said jobs are available to recreation
graduates as program leaders or administrators in
municipal recreation departments. '
Phillips said the possibility of a student
earning his recreation degree through the College
of Agriculture will be explored next year. She
said William Murphy, coordinator of the
recreation program, will explore the joint degree
when he returns from Indiana University where
he is completing his doctorate degree in
Agriculture and recreation
Students earning a degree in recreation
through the agriculture college could become
park and wrl'dlife managers or work in the field
of forestry, Phillips said.
Other programs have been expanded as a
result of the merger of the men and women's
physical education programs last June, Phillips
said. There is now one coaching endorsement for
men and women, she said.
"The coaching endorsement for women was
caused by the current interest in women's
athletic programs in high schools," she said.
In addition to the popularity of new PER
programs, older programs are also experiencing
much student interest, she said.
Her department could offer more tennis
classes, but a space shortage has resulted in the
closing of these classes, Phillips said. There are 16
tennis classes being offered this semester.
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Editor's note: This is the third of three articles
examining proposals to merge the technical
community college system with the state colleges
By Jim Zalewski
A unification of Nebraska's post-secondary
schools under one controlling board is favored by
NU President D.B. Varner.
Varner said he has proposed the idea to the
Legislature's Education Committee and the 1202
Commission (appointed by Governor J. James
Exon to study post-secondary education). Not
many agree with his proposal, Varner said.
However, he said he is "satisfied it would
benefit the state."
The legality of such a merger, not financial
problems, could pose the biggest problem,
Comply with constitution
"There would be no financial ramifications
that I know of since the state colleges are also
state-funded. However, a merger bill would have
to be passed in order to comply with the state
Vainer said he does not know of any biii
being introduced this session that would attempt
to merge the state college and NU systems.
Former Sen. Terry Carpenter of Scottsblulf
introduced such a bill last session.
The merger with Omaha University, now the
University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) was
different because it was a municipal, not state
university, Varner said.
"Tire UNO merger has not been without its
problems," he said. "But now I'd say we have as
smooth a system as any in the country."
The state legislature now allots money for
UNL and UNO, he said, which differs from
UNO's former municipal support.
Varner and Hansen
The money used by state colleges is
channelled through the state Board of Trustees.
Varner said both he and Regent Kermit Hansen
advocated a single controlling board for all
post-secondary schools in the state.
"I made a statement three years ago in favor
of establishing a controlling board," Varner said.,
"The 1202 Commission decided that was not the
Varner said he is prepared to present his plan
if it is requested, but has no plans to actively
seek its adoption.
"When or if people ask for it, I'll explain it to
them," he said.
Two. bills in the Unicameral concern
post-secondary education in Nebraska. One,
LB 128, seeks to merge the technical and state
college systems. The other, LB344, is an attempt
to change the financing 6f area-based technical
schools. Varner said neither bill will affect the
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