The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 17, 1975, Image 1

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    By Theresa Forsnan
After last-minute changes Saturday, the
NU Board of Regents' Academic Affairs
Committee approved the adoption of new
rules for granting tenure.
Executive ; Vice-President Steven
Sample's recommendations, designed to
reduce the number of UNL tenured pro
fessors, underwent minor changes to lessen
chances of misinterpretation and make the
tenure rules more appealing to professors;
Regents Kermit Hansen of Omaha, Ed
Schwartzkopf of Lincoln, Robert Koefoot
of Grand Island, and University of Nebras
ka at Omaha (UNO) Student Regent Clint
Bellows met with faculty representatives
from all three NU campuses to iron out
wording disagreements. :
The following changes were made:
Most faculty members must wait the
full six-year probationary period before re
ceiving tenure, but the committee will
stress that tenure may be awarded any time
prior to the full period.
Faculty members will be notified at
the end of their sixth year at UNL whether
they will receive . tenure within one year.
This one-year notice is required by the
American Association of University Pro
fessors' (AAUP) rules.
-The new requirements will be en
forced at the departmental level, where the
initial recommendations for tenure are
made before the nominees are reviewed by
a campus-wide committee. Faculty mem
bers are to be informed of the new
Sample studied tenure density and made '
his recommendations at the regents' re
quest in April. He submitted the study to
the board in October, but action was de
layed to allow time for faculty and admin
istrative input.
His recommendations in October called
for a reaffirmation of the tenure policies in
the regents' bylaws, with certain adjustments:
Each faculty member should serve the
full seven-year probationary period before
receiving tenure. Departments and colleges
would review each faculty member during
the sixth year of service. ,
Tenure policies should be reviewed
periodically and stringently enforced.
Tenure should be separate of promo
tion and pay raises.
The tenure report should be updated
Expected to ratify
The board is expected to ratify the aca
demic affairs committee's approval of the
recommendations at their Dec. 14th
NU President D.B. Varner said the new
rules attempted to find a method other
than quotas for lowering the faculty tenure
rate at the university. More than 70 per
cent of UNL eligible professors are tenured.
UNL Professor Donald Jensen told the
group tenure criteria must be changed to
change the high tenure density.
"The reward structure at this university
is absurd," he said.
Jensen and Schwartzkopf said that flex
ible financial rewards are needed for facul
ty members.
Freedom to do job
Jensen said tenure means, "freedom to
do my job without the fear of termination
for unspecified sins of omission or commis
sion." It serves as protection against col
leagues who disagree with unconventional
methods of teaching, he added.
Schwartzkopf agreed that colleagues are
more instrumental in firing professors than
the regents or the university administration.
He praised the faculty group for last
week's Faculty Senate decision requiring
professors to attend all class sessions, but
chided the senate for pushing collective
The regents should return to the two
day format for meetings, Schwartzkopf
said, to allow more interaction between the
regents and the university community.
monday, november 17, 1975 volume 99 number 48 lincoln, nebraska
Commerce Secretary lauds tax plan
By Dick Piersol
Two of President Gerald Ford's tax and
federal spending proposals this year could
sustain the momentum of economic
recovery, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Rogers C.B. Morton said Friday.
Morton told 300 persons attending a
UNL symposium on the Employees Retire
ment Income Security Act of 1974 that
the President's tax program was essential.
He said increased national saving and the
recommendations for a $28 billion cut in
taxes and federal spending were necessary
-Provide about IS million new jobs.
-Increase productivity for cost and
price stability, economic expansion and
better wages.
-Achieve energy independence.
-Build more housing.
-Renovate and expand transportation
-Assure occupational health and safety.
-And protect the environment.
More investment required
The private capital investment required
to accomplish these goals would require
between $4 trillion and $5 trillion in the
next 10 years, Morton said, or three times
the investments of the past decade.
That kind of investment cannot be
accomplished under current tax laws,
he said.
Morton cited a double tax on cor-
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on earnings and individual shareholders
porate income-corporations paying taxes
paying another tax on dividends and sales
Higher corporate tax
The corporate tax rate also is higher in
the United States than in most other
industrialized nations, Morton said,
allowing European nations, and Japan to
increase their production rates beyond that
of the United States. "'"""" "
Finally, he said, taxes on savings provide
a disincentive to invest in savings accounts
or securities.
The President's tax program for
increased national saving would help
reverse these problems by:
-Increasing the $1,500 tax-free invest
ment maximum in Individual Retirement
Accounts (IRA) for Americans who are not
self-employed and who do not have a
retirement program where they work.
-Establishing an Individual Savings
Acount Program with tax benefits similar
to IRA but applicable to savings accounts.
Replacing the double tax on corporate
earnings with either a corporate dividend
deduction or a tax credit system at the ,
shareholder level.
Back to taxpayer!
The President's plan for a combined
$28 billion tax cut and federal spending
reduction would curb inflation, Morton
said, and put $28 billion "back in the tax
payers' pockets and into productive
business investment."
The $8 billion in individual tax
reductions will replace temporary 1975
reductions, $4 billion to stabilize personal
witholding rates and $3.7 to further relieve
all income brackets, he said.
The business tax reductions would
continue tax relief for small businesses
and provide incentives for equipment
'investment. The increased productivity
would create new jobs and reduce utilities'
dependence upon foreign energy sources,
he said.
At a press conference, Morton
commented on a contempt of Congress
citation pending against him.
Morton was cited for contempt by the
House Interstate and Foreign Commerce
Subcommittee Nov. 11 for refusing to
divulge the names of U.S. companies
Arab nations had asked to boycott Israel.
Special treatment
An applicable law requires that the
companies inform the Department of
Commerce of such solicitations Morton
said, but guarantees confidentiality. The
subcommittee is asking special treatment
under the law which he said should apply
equally to Congress.
A lawsuit filed by the B'nai B'rith,
a Jewish fraternal and service organization,
should resolve the issue, Morton said.
When he retires as Secretary of
Commerce early next year, he said he plans
McGovern calls on Ford
to select woman for Court
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George McGovern, Democratic
senator from South Dakota
By Dkk Piersol
Omaha-South Dakota Sen. George Mc
Govern called on President Gerald Ford
Sunday to nominate a woman to the Su
preme Court vacancy left by the retire-'
ment of Justice William O. Douglas.
. McGovern told a crowd of 400 at
Creighton University, "It is a national
shame that in 200 years of history the bar
rier of sex has prevented a woman from
serving on our highest court.
"The point is," McGovern continued,
"we can no longer honestly argue that
nominees to the Supreme Court have al
ways been picked on superior merit alone.
It is hypocrisy to pretend that the merit
test has excluded women for 200 years.
"It would be an appropriate act to re
place the great champion of liberty, Justice
William Douglas, with a distinguished
woman justice."
Common sense approach
McGovern called his speech a "common
sense approach to the Bicentennial" and
said that its observance thus fas has been
too superficial and shallow.
"We should do a little serious thinking
about what has brought great power, in
fluence and problems to the United States.
That is, the free exchange of ideaa and en
couragement of dissent.
McGovern called the history of the
.United States an experiment that began
with the courage to break away from
"America grew and prospered because
daring people explored the unknown in
science, invention and the frontiers.
"America is not a finished product, but
a process-a method of liberating the skills
of its citizens. The highest faithfulness is
a determination to question all that we
According to McGovern, love of coun
try is not blind in the acceptance of nation
al policy end old-style nationalism is now
obsolete. The idea of world interdepend
ence and free exchange of ideas has
become a necessity with the global popu
lation's growth, food shortage and energy
problems, he added.
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Commerce Secretary Rogers
C.B. Morton, at UNL Friday,
spoke in favor of President
Gerald Ford's tax proposals.
to take no official administrative position
in the President's election campaign.
"When the bell rings, it's hard for an old
firehorse like me to stay in the stall,"
Morton added. President Ford has
nominated former Atty. Gen. and current
Ambassador to Great Britain Elliot
Richardson to replace Morton.
President Ford should have no trouble
finding a suitable replacement for Vice
President Nelson Rockefeller, he said, if
the field of candidates have all the qualities
of Nebraska Sen. Carl T. Curtis.
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Masters Week: Making contact
with students. ., p. 2
Tax Increase: State Board of
Equalization raises state
income tax p.6
Also Find: ,
Editorials. . . . p.4
Arts and Entertainment. .... . p. 8
Sports p. 10
Crossword p. 12
Short Stuff . ; p.6
Monday: Mostly sunny and mild. High
temperatures ranging from the upper 60s
to low 70s.
Monday night: Increasing cloudiness.
Temperatures in the low to mid-3 0s.
Tuesday: Cloudy and cooler. Highs in
the upper 50s to low 60s.