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thursday, September 25, 1975 volume 99 number 18 llncoln, nebraska
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Photo by Tad Kirk
The south lawn of Love Memorial Library was the stage for two
performances given by the Lamb's Players Wednesday at 12:30
, and 6 pjn. Here Kathy Blackburn makes herself up to look like
Henley, the character she portrayed in 'Hark the Ark. A story
about the troupe is on p.8 .
eraia, regional scnoo
Dy Terri Willsoo
A program by which Nebraska helps
veterinary science students pay their way
to veterinary school in other states, as well
as plans for a regional veterinary school
could be jeopardized by an upcoming
Nebraska attorney general decision.
The Old West Regional Commission has
decided that there is a "definite need" for
a regional veterinary school in one of its
five midwestern states and last week de
cided to start searching for a site. Hie
commission comprises gubernatorial repre
sentatives from Nebraska, North Dakota,
South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado.
Meanwhile, the Executive Board of the
Nebraska Legislature has questioned the
legality of UNL's written contracts with
six umversities. These allow UNL veterin
ary science students to attend other
schools and pay resident tuition with Ne
braska paying the difference between the
resident and nonresident tuition, according
to Bill Nicholas, research assistant for the
Unicameral's Educational Committee. ,
According to the contracts, each year a
certain number of UNL students are
allowed to enter one of the six schools:
Iowa State University, Colorado State Uni
versity, Kansas State University, Oklahoma
State University, the University of Missouri
and the University of Minnesota.
Marvin Twiehaus, chairman of UNLY
Veterinary Science. Department, said NU
now supports 6? veterinary students at
these state universities: Oklahoma, Color
ado, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota.
NU has a Department of Veterinary
Science which offers two years of pre
veterinarian study and conducts research,
teaching and educational extension
But students must take four years of
doctorate work at another university.
The executive board asked Atty. Gen.
Paul Douglas in June for a judgment in the
case, but no opinion has been rendered yet.
Nicholas said the written contracts with
the other states are being questioned to see
if they conform with Article 7, Section 1 1
of the Nebraska constitution which states
that no state or local money can be spent
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on any project not under the control of .
Nebraska or any of the state's local polit
If Douglas decides that tuition
payments by Nebraska violates the state
constitution, UNL students attending
veterinary school in one of these states will
have to pay the entire nonresident tuition
Clarence Cole of Ohio State University
and B.W. Kingrey, former dean of veterin
ary science at Missouri, co-chair an Old
West Regional committee investigating the
regional school idea. The study committee
is composed of two representatives from
each of the five states.
Continued on p.5
By Dick Picrsol
.A declaratory judgment which was
reversed by a three-judge panel of the U.S.
8th Circuit Court of Appeals In favor of 92
male employes of the UNL College of Agri
culture, may be headed for the UJS.
The -appeals court ruled Aug. 26th that
the university violated the Equal Pay
provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act
of 1963 by adjusting the salaries of 33 fe
male employes without making the Time
adjustmenti for the 92 men.
The Judgment originally was re
ceipted by the NU Board of Regents In
federal district court which ruled that the
university did not discriminate against the
men. The federal appeals court reversed
A motion for a rehearing before all nine
judges of the appeals court is pending. Be
cause of the Urge case loads only three
judges heard the first hearing.
.Vice.. Chancellor . for Business - and.
Finance, Miles Tommeraasen, said that if a
rehearing Is not granted or if the appeals
court rubs again ia favor of the 92, men,
the regents will appeal to the Supreme
1964 Civil Rights Act
Bruce Wright, a , Lincoln attorney
representing the regents, ssid the charges of
salary discrimination by the mala employes
were a result of the university's attempt to
comply with the Civil Rights. Act of 1964.
That effort was made to reverse what
Wright called the history of salary
discrimination toward women. He said
other universities had been directed by the
federal government to comply with tha act ,
but that NU had c?cd on it own
Tommcraasen said each UNL college
was to provide a plan to eUminate salary
inequities between men women for
comparable jobs, "
"The colleges of Agriculture and Home
Economics set up a joint committee to
provide a formula to see If salary discrim
ination existed and to deal with it accord
ingly if It did," he said. "They very pro
fessionally came up with a quantitative
formula for examining salary inequities."
The appeals court decision described the
formula hi the two colleges.
The committee first identified compar
able jobs, then examined the salaries of
males and assigned monetary values to all
factors which determine those salaries
education, specialization, years of direct
and related experience and merit ratings.
Finally it compared a hypothetical male
salary breakdown with individual female's
salaries based on a formula derived from
the same first two stages.
The committee decided that exact
comparisons of jobs were impractical so
they classified employes as academic
research and extension specialists or as
employes in the extension field staff, such
as agricultural and home economics county
V: The committee determined that PhJVs
with no experience were hired at $14,(500.
Of that salary $8,000 represented the value
of a bachelor's degree, $12,000 for a
Mastcrs,$13,000for a Doctor's and $1,000
for the value of specilalstionv
The portion of a male employe's salary
remaining was attributed to experience and
Value ia dollars
The committee developed a formula to
express the average value in dollars of
experience and merit. They assigned three
points for each year of related experience.
The totals of the experience points were
calculated and divided by the average
Individual annual merit ratings. Merit
ratings were on a scale of one to five, one
being the best rating.
That quotient gave the total "exper
ience rating points" for the two staffs. The
salary portions attributed to experience
and merit were divided by the totals of
experience rating points which resulted in
allocating' $120 for each experience point
for field staff and $106 for each experience
point for the specialist staff.
The committee then set forth a formula
by which it could compare on actual
individual female salary with a hypo
thetical average male salary based only on
education, specialization, experience and
merit. That female is expressed as follows:
A B (30 1.BDJ x SI 20 .00) - salary
A B (3c IjBO) x $106.00 salary
A Education B Specialization C Yaart of
Direct Experience 0 " Ytari cf Related
Experience E " Merit Rating
Females receive less
The committee compared the hypo
thetical salaries with individual female's
salaries and found that of 125 females, 33
were receiving less than the formula
Those salaries were adjusted accordingly
for the next fiscal year, 1972-73.
The appellate court's decision in favor
of the men said this process established a
hypothetical average male salary es a
minimum salary for women.
Of 272 males whose salaries were used
in computing the formula, 92 received less
than the formula expression, according to
Robert Crosby, attorney for the men.
Those 92 men submitted a claim for
salary increases to the university,. and the
regents went ' to court for judgment.
Crosby said the wnsvcrsiiy et the time
dkS mi imt the $33,000 needed to make
the men's salaries consistent with the
formula. He said nothing was ever done to
increase their salaries.
"Since salaries have increased on a per
centage basis since 1972, the men deserve
. ictroactive compensation," Crosby said.
Tommeraasen said that if the male
salaries had been brought up to , the
formula, the resulting higher salaries would
have invalidated the process and placed the
university In a position of noncompliance
with the Civil Rights Act. He said the two
acts are irreconcilable and if the university
tried to comply with both, an unending
cycle of increasing women's salaries to
meet one demand, then increasing the
men's salaries to meet the other would
v Inside today
Succeeding: Gasohol project . . . . p.6
Stocking: Nebraska waters by
the Game and Parks
, Editorials p. 4
Arts and Entertainment p.8
Sports P. 10
Crossword . . .'. p. 12
Short Stuff p.2
Thursday: Mostly sunny and warm.
Highs In the low 70s. Southeasterly winds
ranging from 5-10 mph.
Thunday Bight: Fair, with temperatures
in the low 40s.
Friday, Partly cloudy, temperatures
ranging from the low to mid 70.
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