The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 02, 1975, Image 1

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Wednesday, april 2, 1975
lincoln, nebraska vol. 98 no. 104
hne , Lundquist win
By Marian Lucas '
Seven votes separated the winners from the losers
in Monday's Resident Hall Association (RHA)
elections from which Sue Ihne and Karen Lundquist
emerged the victors.
Losers Ray Walden and Kathy Whittaker have
appealed to RHA's election committee for an
additional hour of polling time at
Cather-Pound-Neihardt Residence Center. The status
of that appeal is not yet known.
Walden, a member of Neihardt Residence Center
government, claims that ballots were misplaced for
one hour during lunch at the Center's polling place,
which he said made it impossible to vote.
20 per cent voted
About 20 per cent of the students voted -twice as
many students as voted in the recent ASUN elections.
Outgoing president Tim Evensen said of the
election, "It turned out to be a popularity contest."
"I'm surprised they (Ihne and Lundquist) won. Ray
(Walden) had a better campaign."
Evensen attributed the low voter turnout to
abbreviated campaigning time and the date of
elections-the day after spring break.
"The residents didn't have enough time to get to
know the candidates and what they stood for," he
said.
election by 7 votes
The RHA constitution required that elections be
held in March and the RHA Council was afraid to go
'against the rule, Evensen said.
Ihne said votes from Abel-Sandoz, where she was
secretary last year, won the race, although she said
she believed she and Lundquist ran a good campus
campaign.
New committees
Ihne is calling for a new RHA framework which
would have representatives work continuously on
RHA matters, rather than just at bimonthly meetings.
"RHA hasn't been able to get anything done this
year," said vice president-elect Lundquist.
"I felt that this year there was a time lag between
meetings. RHA lost the continuity that an
organization like this needs," she continued.
Ihne said there is a need to decentralize the
residence halls and that through a new committee
proposal, this can be done.
She intends to create three committees in order to
break down the strict allegiance that residence hall
representatives have previously shown.
Social committee
The first committee will be composed of social
chairmen from all residence halls, so functions
between halls can be planned- A culture and
education committee will be formed so speakers,
films and performing artists can be brought to all
complexes. Finally, a special issues committee that
will act as a task force will be created.
"It will solve many of RHA's problems if we can
get the representatives to agree on the committee
proposal," lime said.
Lundquist, Abel-Sandoz president this year, said
alcohol and visitation issues could "come on strong"
this year now that they can be appealed to the
chancellor.
"If we can get the support of Ken Bader, (vice
chancellor of student affairs) and Richard Armstrong,
(director of housing), through proposed meetings, it
will make it a lot easier," Ihne said.
Enforce rules
Ihne said as long as administrators require
freshmen to live on campus, they should find a way
to enforce the rule. She added that it is RHA's job to
pressure the administration to change that rule.
"RHA is for what the students want and what the
residence hall government needs. They need a leader
to control all the meetings," Ihne said.
Walden said after the election returns were in that
he wanted to see if Ihne's administration will be as
"bleak as her campaign posters indicated."
Continued on p.2
Regents
approve
religion
csrds
The NU Board of Regents decided at
its March meeting to continue including
religious preference cards in UNL
registration packets and added that the
cost for processing and handling must be
paid by someone other than the
university.
But the question as to who that
someone will be remains unanswered.
Previously, the Campus Pastor's
Association (CPA) paid about $750 to
print the cards, CPA Chairman Lorry
Doerr said.
Now, nonuniversity money will have
to be used to cover handling and postage
costs too, he said. He estimates this cost
could range from $1,500 to more than
$3,000.
Rate costs
CPA will have to pay for postage only
if rates increase or if the weight of the
card makes the postage exceed the first
class rate presently used for registration
packets, according to Ken Bader, UNL
vice chancellor for student affairs.
NU President D.B. Varner volunteered
at the meeting to get private donors to
pay for the service. He also suggested that
the University of Nebraska Foundation
might finance the cards.
In addition, Doerr said UMHE
probably could cover the additional costs,
but the ministers would have to decide if
the cards "were of high enough priority
to do this."
Financial burden
Lincoln Regent Ed Schwartzkopf said
he thinks putting the financial burden on
the ministries could be harmful to the
smaller denominations. He also said he
wants UNL to continue using the cards
and added that he would help get the
money if necessary.
"We (the regents) would like to keep it
as nearly the same as it is now, providing
it complies with the Buckley amendment
and the Constitution," he said.
The Buckley amendment is an
extension of the Family Rights and
Privacy Act which allows parents to
examine their children's school files. The
amendment extends the act to include
college students and allows them to have
access to their files within 45 days after
they request them.
Redesigning cards
In order to make sure the cards
comply with the amendment, they will be
redesigned making "it clear completion of
the cards is voluntary and making
provisions so each student will have to
signify the release of the information on
the cards," Doerr said.
The details pertaining to card design
and the cost of handling and postage will
be determined later this month, Gerald
Bowker, director of academic services
said.
"After we decide what changes must
be made in the cards, then we'll get
together with the attorneys and make
sure they (the cards) comply with the
Buckley amendment," he said.
The cards might not be included in the
summer registration packets, but they
probably will be ready in July for the fall
registration, he added.
Bader: ASUN studentfee control un workable
By Ron Wylie
Campaign promises made during the recent ASUN
election concerning the elimination of student fee
financing for extra-curricular activities didn't seem to
excite the UNL Vice -Chancellor for Student Affairs,
nor did the idea to bring student fees under the
control of the ASUN Senate.
"There's no way in the world anyone could have
produced on a promise of doing away with funding
for activities," Kenneth Bader explained during an
interview last week. "Any group elected on that
promise would have discovered upon taking office,
that they needed those fees."
Bader said he wanted his position clear on the
issue of student control of fees through a unit like
ASUN.
"From the standpoint of the best interests of the
campus community," he said, "it is best not to have
the fee allocation under the quasi-political arm of
student government."
Unworkable
Bader admitted that ASUN might have more
standing in the community if it controlled student
fees, but said such a plan was unworkable for .the
UNL campus.
"The situation when 1 arrived in 1972 was a
moratorium on ASUN expenditures directed by the
Board of Regents, because of certain items of funding
in years before," he explained.
At that time, he said, he heard from
representatives from all parts of the campus
community, most of whom expressed concern about
the political nature of ASUN. "They ought not be in
a position to determine the use of student fee
money," Bader contended.
Removal of allocation power from ASUN was one
of the prime requisites of any plan for the equitable
distribution of student funds, Bader said, "and was
integral to the proposal that finally emerged."
Student members
But if ASUN was not to be the organ of
distribution, Bader said, "The basic tenet of my plan
was to create a Fees Allocation Board (FAB)
consisting predominently of student members."
"This membership would not be representative of
any one interest," he said, "but would come from the
major fee users, including ASUN."
From the start of the FAB, it was clear that
individual board members would not represent their
vested interest, Bader contended, but would be
concerned with the whole campus community. He
denied that FAB members helped each other at the
expense of smaller fee users not represented on the
board.
"It's been my experience that they have taken the
best interests of the campus into their consideration,"
Bader said, "I can't think of one instance where
vested interest was served."
Student interest
Concerning the use of student fees, Bader said, "I
don't want to perpetuate anything the students don't
want or anything I feel is not in the best interest of
the student body. . .so, if the students don't want
something like a health center, fine."
The only condition he puts on some matters, he
said, was one of quality for acceptable programs.
"That means, if we're going to have a health center,
we're going to have a good one, not some band-aid
station."
Bader said he expects the Unicameral's
appropriation to be less than what the university
asked for which will mean cutting back some of the
services his office provides.
Belt tightening
"I know that if the university has to tighten the
belt in academic programing," he explained, "the belt
will be lightened in student services programming,
even though a large part of my programs deal with
self-supported, self-generated income.
Bader said he would support a raise in student fees
if others on campus see the need for its. "We just
raised fees last year, and if inflation hadn't bothered
us, that $10 increase should have been good for at
least three years."
Bader said he couldn't predict what might happen
to the student fee rate.
"We're only making a go of it next year because of
cost-savings internally," he explained.
If a raise in student fees is deemed necessary,
Bader said he would take the matter to the FAB and
ask that they hold open hearings on the subject.