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thursday, december4, 1975 volume 99 number 55 lincoln, nebraska
Tommeraasen up for Illinois post
By Theresa Foreman and Rex Seline
Miles Tommeraasen, UNL vice chancel
lor of business and finance, is one of six
candidates being considered for the posi
tion of provost and vice president of stu
.dent affairs at Northern Illinois University
(NIU) in Dekalb, 111.
Tommeraasen, interviewed by NIU
administrators Wednesday, said the new
position is similar to UNL's Vice-Chancellor
for Academic Affairs post, now held by
Acting Chancellor Adam Breckenridge. The
new job would include some budgeting and
finance work, Tommeraasen said.
Tommeraasen said he discovered only
two weeks ago he was being considered for
the NIU vacancy created when Richard
Bowers left in the summer of 1974 to
assume presidency of the University of
Emery Evans now is acting provost
Five other candidates will be inter
viewed, Tommeraasen said, so it will be
at least six weeks before a successor is
James Banovetz, a member of the NIU
search committee to choose a new pro
vost, said the committee has no target date
for selection of Bowers' successor.
The Northern Star, the NIU student
newspaper, said the committee .hopes to
make its selection by the end of the semes
ter. Once the committee decides on a can
didate, the president of NIU, Richard J.
Nelson, and regents must approve the
Banovetz would not name other candi
dates being considered for the post.
- Very preliminary
"This is a very preliminary kind of
thing," Tommeraasen said. When selecting
candidates to fill a vacancy, they don't do
things the way we do at UNL, he added.
"We use a rifle approach. Northern Illi
nois uses a shotgun appraoch," he said.
UNL narrows its field of candidates down
to one before bringing him in for an inter
view, but Northern Illinois considers
several before making a decision, Tom
He said he has not yet decided if he will
. take the provost position if it is offered. He
said he has questions concerning the mis
sion and problems of the NIU campus. He
said he wants to be sure he has the type of
leadership the university is looking for.
Tommeraasen said he did not ask what
his salary would be at Northern Illinois,
saying that should be the last question he
asks rather than the first one.
"If I don't like the position, no amount
of money in the world would make me
take it," he said. Though he is not sure
what the salary is, Tommeraasen said,
"there isn't any question that it's higher"
than his current annual salary of $34,593.
Approximately 22,000 students
Northern Illinois' student population is
Tommeraasen, 52, came to UNL from
Momingside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in
' ; 7
Photo by Ted Kirk
Miles Tommeraasen, UNL vice
chancellor of business and fi
nance. 1964. He taught in the College of Business
Administration and became assistant dean
of the college in 1968. He was named vice
chancellor of business and finance in 1969.
As business and finance vice chancellor,
Tommeraasen is responsible for UNL's
treasury operations, budgets, accounting,
payroll, bill collection and bill payment
Business operations which Tommeraasen
heads include purchasing, housekeeping
and inventory for university stores.
Means of gaining student control of CSL debated
By George Miller and Liz Crumley
The question of whether ends truly jus
tify means is being debated between ASUN
senators and Council on Student Life
(CSL) staff and faculty members.
The end is more direct student input
into CSL. The means are ASUN's replacing
its CSL student appointees with senators.
Most CSL members agree with senators
that there is a conflict of roles between
(heir two organizations making a reorgan
However, the senate's constitutional
right to replace its appointees is being ques
tioned by CSL members who see it as a
lack of just cause and due process.
Ken Bader, vice chancellor for Student
Affairs, said the ASUN constitution states
that the senate does not have the power to
appoint student members to any
"The question is whether they can es
tablish rules and procedures which trans
cend constitutional rights," he said.
Bader said he understood what ASUN
wants to do, but thinks the procedures and
strategy used were "unfortunate."
Possible alternatives are disbanding CSL,
reorganizing similar - committees or no re
view of CSL at all, he said.
CSL member Allen Bennett, Nebraska
Union director, agreed that the recission
was a poor decision and was "poorly exe
cuted in terms of tactics and strategy."
"It seems apparent that ASUN's intent
is to exercise a level of power that cur
rently isn't assigned to it," he said.
The real intent of the senate is moving
toward prior restraint, Bennett said, which
is a "legal impossibility."
This restraint involves voting and obey
ing the will of ASUN exclusively, he said.
Bennett agreed that a study of the vari
ous roles of the two bodies was needed,
but added "this kind of pre-emptic legal
gymnastic almost precludes this (study)."
CSL chairman Lyle Young said he did
not know what kind of precedent the
Continued on p.S
Senators say appointments
provide for reorganization
By Liz Crumley
The proverbial immovable object and ir
resistible force is almost applicable to two
groups of "old" and "new" student mem
bers on Council on Student Life (CSL).
Nebraska fight song may be missing
and lockina monev for Fiesta trip
By Betsie Ammons
Big Red fans will not hear familiar Neb
raska fight songs played by the Cornhusker
Marching Band at the 1975 Fiesta Bowl,
unless a source of financial support for
their trip is found from outside the UNL
In a prepared statement Wednesday,
UNL acting Chancellor Adam Breckenridge
said that "financial limitations" will pre
vent the university from sending the band
to perform in the bowl Dec. 26 in Tempe,
"If we took the hand we would exceed
the expense allowance (for the bowl) by
about $42,000," Breckenridge said.
Estimated cost of taking the entire band
and yell squad is about $40,000, according
to Jack Snider, UNL School of Music dir
ector of bands. He said that figure is based
on expenses from previous bowl trips.
The Big Eight Athletic Conference gives
UNL money for the bowl, according to
Richard Bennett, director of Special busi
ness Services for NU Systems.
The bowl committee gives a certain
amount of money to the conference, desig
nated to the participating school, accord
ing to Bennett. Any money needed beyond
that must be supplied by the university.
"The Fiesta Bowl doesn't have as large
a budget to work with as the major bowls,"
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The Cornhusker Marching Band will not travel to the Dec. 26 Fiesta
Bowl unless financial support from outside the UNL budget is obtained.
In previous years, the deficit was made
up by surplus Athletic Dept. funds,
Bennett said. He said the department's
budget is smaller this year, because of an
additional $80,000 given to women's
Speaking before Breckenridge an
nounced his decision, Snider said if the uni
versity did not have the funds to send the
band, chances were "very, very slim" that
the band could make the trip.
Time is short
People from Lincoln have offered to be
gin fund raising to send the band. Snider
said, but he added that time is "very short"
to implement such a drive.
Snider said he thought it would be ef
fective if Breckenridge or UNL Athletic
Director Bob Devaney made press appear
ances asking for donations because they are
not directly involved with the band.
No representative from the band or the
School of Music was involved in the ad
ministration meetings concerning the de
cision, according to Snider.
Breckenridge said several university of
ficials were telephoned about the decision.
He said they were given "no oppor
tunity to discuss the merits of the trip
from the band's point of view."
; More involved
"I had hoped we would be involved,"
Marching Band Director Robert Fought
concurred with Snider.
"No one told me a thing nor invited me
to negotiations," Fought said.
Breckenridge said several university of
ficials were telephoned for advice before
the decision, but declined to immediately
release the names of those officials.
Fought said music already had been pre
pared and a halftime show written for use
at the Fiesta Bowl.
According to the new ASUN appointees,
the question is whether CSL has direct stu
dent input and representation. According
to some senators, the recision of old ap
pointees and subsequent appointment of
seven new senators provides the opportun
ity for reorganization of the council.
But some "old" CSL student members
said the question is whether the senate has
power and just cause for the recision.
The conflict between ASUN and CSL
started at the semester's beginning, accord
ing to ASUN Senator and "new" CSL
member Vee Sawyer. Senators realized
they could get "important" things done
after the ASUN-sponsored rally concern
ing the Sept. 24 Sherdell Lewis shooting
death, she said.
So senators decided to do something
about CSL, Sawyer said.
Some students provide adequate repre
sentation, the senators said, but action of
others is "questionable," according to
ASUN Sen. Nancy Fahlberg.
Continued on p. 13
Chancellor candidates: Search
committee narrows the
Dean of Graduate Studies: To
become agriculture official
with the University of
Alaska . . . . . . . . ; ... . . . . p.10
Arts and Entertainment p.l 1
Short Stuff p.2
Crossword.; p. 13
Thursday: Mostly sunny and continued
warm. Highs in the low 50s. Southwesterly
winds ranging from 5 to 1 5 Tn.p-h.
Thursday night: fair and mild. Low
temperatures in tb mid40s.
Friday: F, m$ warmer. Temperatures
to rria to upper 50s.
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