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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 3, 1975)
monday, november 3, 1975
By Lisa Br own - .
Today's business students should be pre
pared for international trade, according to
James Van Osdol, a speaker at the sixth
annual seminar for business teachers held
Saturday at Norden Laboratories.
About 35 people teaching business of
coordinating courses in Nebraska high
schooh or colleges attended the seminar
sponsored by the Lincoln Chapter of the
Administrative Management Society and
Delta Pi Epsilon, UNL's honorary graduate
fraternity in business education. k
Van Osdol, international sales manager ,
of Hy-Gain Electronics, Inc., of Lincoln,
said more small businesses enter business
on an international level each year. He said
vised to prepare for Internationa
the United States government offers what
he called nice incentives for businesses de
veloping international trade. Some foreign
countries offer special programs for locat
ing production plants in their countries, he
' said. t , .- .
. Puerto Rico
Citing Puerto Rico as an example, he
said unemployment there is a very real
thing. For businesses locating in that coun
try, there are no federal taxes and the
government provides free recruiting, testing
and training for employes. For the first
two years, the company receives a 25 per
cent rebate on salaries paid to Puerto
Teachers could prepare their students
Clout and how to get it
By Theresa Forsmaa
Lincoln Mayor Helen Boosalis told
approximately 50 women Saturday that
they are just as qulaified as men to hold
Addressing a women's political
symposium at the Nebraska Center for
Continuing Education, Boosalis quoted
1972 Democratic vice presidential nominee
Francis "Cissy" Farenthold, who said that
true political equality will come to the
United States when a totally unqualified
(female has the opportunity to take her
place in the political arena next to the
totally unqualified male.
The one-day symposium, entitled
"Everywoman's Guide to Politics and
Influence-Clout and How to Get It "
featured several Lincoln female office
The speakers told women not to be
defensive when asked about their qualifi
cations for holding political office.
"If you've got doubts about your
qualifications, go look at your govern
ment," said Kandra Hahn, clerk of the
- -! -Desire needed '
She said the -most important asset an
office holder can have is the desire to get
something done for the community.
Jan Gauger, Lancaster County
"For some odd reason, if a man puts
down that he's sold insurance for 20 years,
geography, sociology and
English are among the
courses offered in as new
major in the College of
Arts and Sciences. "
The Urban Studies major
is designed to "equip
students with a wider
intellectual , and inter
dependent perspective to
urban phenomena," accord
ing . to the approved
proposal by t UNL Urban
Studies committee headed
by Jack Siegman, associate
professor of sociology.
Selected courses from 14
departments are offered in"
the 36-hour major.
everyone is impressed with his qualification
to hold office," she said.
Women should not blame discrimination
for the lopsided malefemale ratio on
political offices, Hahn said.
Gauger said the low percentage of
female officeholders is a result of a low
percentage of candidates.
"More women "will be elected when
more women run," she said.
The speakers agreed that neither men
nor women are inherently better
politicians. Both men and women can be
corrupted, Boosalis said.
Boosalis gave symposium participants
guidelines to test their qualification for
office which she said apply to both men
and women office seekers. These include:
-A genuine interest in the governmental
-A knowledge of the office the
candidate is seeking.
r-Good communication skills.
-Willingness and ability to get along
-Preparation and experience.
-Drive and hard work.
-An ability to accept criticism.
Hahn cautioned women seeking political
office to pick the office they run for care
"You're not out to be a martyr," she
said, "you're out to get elected."
by making them familiar with terms used
in overseas trade, he said, and added that a
good geography and French or Spanish
language background would be useful.
Addressing the group on the changing
business ethics on the national level were
Lois Tefft, manager of the Lincoln Better
Business Bureau (BBB), and Jerry Fennell,
special assistant to the Nebraska attorney
general, Consumer Protection Division.
Tefft said the BBB was established 62
years ago to serve as a self-regulating con
trol on businesses. The BBB is a non-profit
organization sponsored by dues-paying
businessmen in the community.
She said the three functions of the BBB
are to receive consumer complaints, keep
an inquiry-reporting system and provide
She said that inquiry-reporting is the
most important. Consumers should contact
the BBB for information about any
business they aren't familiar with before
dealing with them, she said. The BBB can
provide consumers with reliability and
performance reports and specific informa
tion about the business.
If a person does have a problem with a
business and can not settle it with them, a
complaint may be submitted to the BBB
for further investigation. The state BBB re
solved 87 per cent of the complaints re
ceived, 13 per cent more than the national
Police review board posts
She said the 13 per cent hot resolved are
forwarded to o titer offices such as the state
attorney general, the postal investigation
department, or Federal Trade Commission.
Fennel said 'the state's Consumer Pro
tection Division's job is to resolve consum
er problems that can't be resolved by
Three functions of his office are com
plaint processing, consumer education, and
litigation, which he said was the most im
portant because the ability to sue is
required for effective consumer protection.
Law protects consumers
The Consumer Protection Office, which
was opened in January 1975, followed the
Nebraska Consumer Protection Act, a civil
statute passed in 1974 prohibiting unfair
and deceptive business.
The office now handles about 150 com
plaints a month and closes about 60 per
cent satisfactorily, he said. It has continued
to work on the other 40 per cent or has
transferred them to other government
agencies with more jurisdiction, he said.
A panel of four women who partici
pated in a UNL business education project
spoke to the teachers about specialized
instructional materials in office education.
Margaret Johnson, UNL professor, de
veloped a program where her students de
veloped secretarial work projects with
the cooperation of Lincoln secretaries.
Twelve work projects and film strips were
ayor wants objectivity
Lincoln Mayor Helen Boosalis said
she received "in the neighborhood of 40"
names and resumes before the weekend
cutoff date for applications for positions to
the city's Police Review Board.
Along with their names and resumes,
applicants had to submit reasons for want
ing to be on the board, Boosalis said. "This
is more than the usual selection process,"
The mayor said she is concerned about
appointing what she called an objective,
seven-member board. She said she does not
want the board to be a means for "harass
ing the Police Dept."
The Police Review Board will comprise
a "representative group of eitizens," to
act on complaints about police matters,
Citizen complaints on police matters
first will be filed in the county clerk's
office, she said. The Police Dept. then will
have a chance to respond to the complaints.
After that, the board is to meet within 10
days to decide if the department's response
in the matter is satisfactory, the mayor said.
The board will review, investigate, and
make recommendations on the matter to
live Police Dept. From there, the depart
ment can decide if the matter calls for a
hearing or any further action, Boosalis said.
Final recommendations to act will come
from the mayor and the City Council.
Boosalis said she will announce the
appointees to the board "in a couple of
weeks." The City Council then must
approve the list.
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