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lincoln, nebraska vol. 98 no. 105
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RHA election committee rejects
appeal by Walden, Whittaker
By Marian Lucas
The Residence Hall
Association's (RHA) election
committee Wednesday night
unanimously rejected Ray
Walden and Kathy Whittaker's
appeal for an additional hour
of polling time at the
Walden, who lost the recent
RHA presidential election by
seven votes to Sue Ihne, asked
for the addition because ballots
were misplaced for one hour
during the lunch time in the
He said the complex was
given 38 per cent less voting
time and, according to his
calculations, he would have
won by 4 votes with the
But the three-man election
committee voted against the
appeal. Jim Durke, chairman of
the committee, said that the
extra time would give
"unfair advantage over the
"For the sake of fairness 1
think it should be open for an
hour," Walden said.
Ihne said that the
conditions would be so
different that the election
wouldn't be feasible.
Kathy Lundquist, Ihne's
running mate, asked Walden
why he didn't challenge the
election immediately after the
loss of the hour.
Walden replied that he
wasn't challenging the election
because, in his estimation, the
election wasn't over. He added
that he did try to contact
present RHA president Tim
Evensen and vice-president Jim
Burke, but that they could not
"Because of spring break a
lot of people didn't know
about the elections," Burke
said. "The publicity since
elections would give them
(Walden and Whittaker) the
Burke added that many
students were gone Monday,
the day of the elections, and
that if the extra hour were
granted, there would be a
greater percentage of voter
He said that there were a lot
of people to blame for the
incident and that the hour
extcntion was ruled unfair
because "two wrongs don't
make a right."
The election committee said
they had not been aware of
Walden's appeal when Ihne was
proclaimed the winner. Burke
said the only other solution
would be another Caihpus-wide
vote, but he added that this
would be highly improbable.
By Rex Seline
A light-hearted atmosphere capped with a series of
tongue-in-cheek awards prevailed Wednesday night at the last
meeting of the 1974-75 ASUN Senate, along with the installation
of the new administration.
Newly elected President Jim Say, First Vice President Mary
Jenkins and Second Vice President Paul Morrison were sworn into
office by the outgoing executives Ron Clingenpeel, Sharon
Johnson and David Howlett.
Allan Beermann, Nebraska secretary of state, also administered
an oath of office to Say for his position as student regent. First
Vice President Johnson presided over the swearing in of the new
Befoie expiration of their term of office, the outgoing
executives and senators presented a number of awards, some of
which "take a few potshots at some people," as Clingenpeel told
Serious awards for distinguished service were presented to
former Senators Kent Bliss, Jane Erdenberger and Tim Evensen.
John Dobitz was presented the John Lydick Outstanding Senator
award for the past year.
Clingenpeel summarized the past year, terming the passage of
the student regent amendment the "highlight of the year."
Jana Hills and Tim Evensen of the senate review committee
presented a whimsical review of the resolutions brought forward
during the year. They also presented their own series of humorous
awards to the retiring executives and a few selected senators.
The new senate held its first meeting immediately following the
swearing in ceremonies.
Elected for a three-we& term to the agenda-setting executive
committee were incumbent senators Brian Schellpeper, Jim Wefso
and Vickie , Brugman. Freshman Dan Roh was elected Speaker
Newly elected Graduate College Representative Frank
Thompson objected to consideration of the candidates until he
could become familiar with them and the function of the executive
committee. He walked out of the meeting after the senate voted to
elect the committee for temporary terms.
The new senate also passed temporary rules of procedure. The
first resolution will be in effect for one week before being
reintroduced at the next meeting.
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ASUN President Jim Say is sworn into office as a UNL regent by Secretary of State Allan
Nebraska's education spending in 'upper half
Two reports released to state officials last week
show Nebraska ranks in the upper half of area states
comparing budget appropriations to higher education.
The reports were presented by the Governor's
Commission on University Funding and the
Legislature's Fiscal Analyst's Office.
The budgets of all states surveyed by the
corrmission show education as the highest spending
item. However, the report said education doesn't take
as large a share of Nebraska's budget as in other
A Big Eight study for the Unicameral shows that
Nebraska spends $64 per student credit hour, placing
it fifth among the states surveyed. Iowa State was
highest with $81 and Oklahoma was lowest .at $47
spent per student credit hour.
I n state-level appropriations, Nebraska ranks third
behind Iowa State and Missouri. UNL also ranks third
in state suppor t of operational expenses.
Slightly above average
A survey of tax effort or fiscal capacity to support
education by the governor's commission shows
Nebraska slightly above average. However, the local
burden is greater. In this region, Nebraska ranks fifth
in the total amount of tax for higher education.
NU should raise tuition because it is presently low
in its tuition rates, according to Jon Oberg,
gubernatorial budget aide. The governor's commission
also considered large boosts in out-of-state student
The University of Nebraska generates only 17.6
per cent of its revenue from tuition and other student
fees. Colorado receives 35.1 per cent of its expenses
from tuition end fees.
Jim O'Hanlon, commission member, said the
commission's proposal to make university funding
recommendations one -half dependent on total per
capita expenditure and one-half on relative funding of
programs between NU and other universities would
require either an unrealistic tax level or elimination of
necessary programs. The goal of the commission
proposal is to place the university at the average
funding level of the top-three Big Eight schools.
High income more
The commission report also showed that students
from families with higher incomes receive
proportionally more benefits than students from
This is because the educational spending depends
heavily on the state sales tax, requiring low-income
families to pay a disproportionate share.
The legislative study showed Nebraska at the
bottom of average faculty salaries among Big Eight
schools. The average faculty salary at UNL is $16,653
a year. Colorado has the highest average salary at
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