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University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Robert Sparks told
the NU Board of Regents Saturday that because of reduced federal sup
port, the medical center needs to find additional funds.
monday, december 15. 1975 volume 99 number 61 Hncoln, nebraska
By Theresa Forsmaa
A one-dollar tuition increase per under
graduate credit hour was suggested as &
way of dealing with the disparity in finan
cial support between the UNL and the
University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)
At the monthly meeting of the NU
Board of Regents Saturday, NU President
D.B. Vamer released the results of a com
parability study, completed by Varner and
Varner said the study suggests that UNO
is in a relatively disadvantaged financial
Vamer said he would have no accurate
figures on the size of the disparity until
next month,, but suggested the amount
could range from nothing to $1.5 million.
William Petrowski UNO faculty senate
president, also suggested a S3 tuition in
crease per graduate credit-hour. He said the
$1.1 million dollars raised by the suggested
tuition increases could be used to improve
academic programs at UNO.
This "equality money, Petrowski said,
should not go toward expanding personnel
or increasing faculty salaries.
-This would be a better use of the
"equality money Petrowski said, than
using it for faculty salaries or for personnel
Petrowski said he could not see how in
creased salaries would result in expanded
educational opportunities for students or
for any betterment in those other instruc
tional and research programs associated
with the university.
Salaries may be comparable
Varner said that when experience, edu
cation levels and other criteria are taken
into consideration, faculty salaries on the
two campuses may actually be comparable.
He cited a comparability study completed
three years ago confirming this.
UNO would need more money to at
tract faculty members comparable to those
at UNL, Vamer said.
Franklin Eldridge, UNL faculty senate
president, said he would wait for firmer
figures in January before making recom
mendations as to how to deal with the
The $1.1 million figure came up again
later in the meeting when the board
authorized the University of Nebraska
Medical Center (UNMC) to seek that
amount in a deficit appropriation from the
Legislature next year.
Lost federal funds.
The money will be needed to replace
federal funds lost since 1973.
National policy has changed drastically
during the last two years and as a result
federal support has declined substantially,
UNMC Chancellor Robert Sparks said.
Scottsbluff Regent Robert Simmons
warned the board that "this is the kind of
jam we get in when we rely on the federal
government. He said the university ought
to run its own system, and suggested that
"we could do it cheaper than the federal ,
Omaha Regent Robert Prokop critir
cized the medical center for not requiring
full-time staff doctors to hospitalize their
patients at the center. He said this policy
would have reduced or eliminated the
Sparks told the board that the hospital
has several new faculty members who
will have to become established before
they can increase the patient load at the
The university is scheduled to appear
before the Legislature's Appropriations
Committee Tuesday. The budget commit
tee is holding pre-session hearings m aa ef
fort to make the spring legislative budget
ing more efficient.
Varner told the board the committee
wants to discuss philosophical rather than
monetary issues with the university.
Questions the two groups will discuss,
Varner said, include:
-The goal of the state toward the
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Regents postpone assistance center construction
The NU Board of Regents Saturday
postponed indefinitely construction of the
Campus Assistance Center (CAC). The cen
ter was scheduled to be built during Christ
mes vacation in the Nebraska Union at the
site of the present television lounge.
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UNL Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Ken Bader had no objections
to postponing construction of the Campus Assistance Center.
Social work class sought
for UNL undergraduates
Regent Robert Hansen of Omaha pro
posed Saturday that NU President D.B.
Vamer suggest a means of keeping the
undergraduate School of Social Work on
the Lincoln campus. Vamer will report to
the regents in January.
Vamer suggested at the regents meeting
that the university petition the Legislature
to create two social work faculty positions,
permitting undergraduates at UNL to con
centrate In social work study. He said
another possibility might be an under
graduate program under the direction of
the University of Nebraska at Omaha
(UNO) School of Social Work.
The School of Social Work, at both
UNO and UNL, was threatened with dis
accreditation earlier this year,
At a special hearing in October in New
York, the Council of Social Work Educa-
Regent Ed Schwartzkopf of Lincoln
told the board there was not "wide student
support for the CAC. "If we go ahead
with this, well make them unhappy.
Lincoln Student Regent Jim Say ques
tioned the proposed site of the center. He
suggested the Administration Bldg. rather
than the first floor of the union.
Say said he was concerned that the cen
ter was planned before a need was ex
pressed by the students. He also advised
putting the center to a student vote.
More than 1,000 students have signed a
petition asking that construction be de
layed until more student advice and ideas
are received. Say told the board more stu
dents did not sign the petition because
they did not know about plans for the
Interim Chancellor Adam Breckenridge
said he has participated in every minor or
major change in the Nebraska Union for
the past 20 years.
"I don't know of any project which
has received more careful consideration,
Breckenridge explained that Bruce
Beecher, ASUN president in 1973, recom-
In September, 1974 then ASUN presi
dent Ron Clingenpeel endorsed the plans
for an assistance center, Breckenridge said,
s Chancellor Zumberge approved the- plans
in May, Breckenridge said, and the Daily
Nebraskan publicized them in August.
Breckenridge questioned whether a stu
dent referendum is needed for every minor
change in the Union.
Ken Bader, UNL vice chancellor for stu
dent &f fairs, told the board he had no ob
jection to postponing the construction of
the center but pointed out that the Daily
Nebraskan received only one letter about
Criticism of ASUN
Minden Regent Robert Raun criticized
ASUN for not researching the history of
the plans for the assistance center.
He cited the recent controversy between
ASUN and CSL.
"When CSL was established a few years
ago, ASUN was all for them," he said.
Because the plans have been postponed,
all bids will have to be withdrawn. Several
board members expressed concern that
construction at a later date would be more
expensive. The low bid for construction
during the winterim was $12,700.
The assistance center would provide in
formation about campus and community
services, distribute literature about uni
versity services and refer students to appro
priate persons or agencies on the campus or
in the community.
tion extended accreditation until the fall
of 1977. One stipulation of the extended
accreditation was that the entire school be
moved to the Omaha campus.
UNL Interim Chancellor Adam Brecken
ridge said he is concerned about "how well
take care of students who already entered
the program on the UNL campus," as the
UNL social work program is scheduled to
be phased-out by 1977.
. "I don't think we've got a thing to be
proud of," Scottsbluff Regent Robert
Simmons said. He suggested that the non
uniform calendar and animosity between
the UNO and UNL Social Work Schools
faculty contributed to the breakdown of
Lincoln Regent Ed Schwartzkopf said
the persons responsible for neglect of the
program were no longer at the university.
This issue of the Daily Nebraskan is the
last of the semester. Today's special edition
was published to bring students news of
Saturday's NU Board of Regents meeting.
The Dally Nebraskan will resume regular
publication the first day of classes nexit
semester on Jan. 12.
Band drive surpasses goal
More than $50,000 has been donated or
pledged to the Cornhusker Marching Band
for its Fiesta Bowl trip, NU Foundation
public relations chief Ed Hirsch said Sun
day. About $ 10,000 of the $50,300.50 total
was in pledges, Hirsch said, adding that a
final cash total should be available after the
pledges are collected later this week.
Director of Bands Jack Snider said the
budget for the trip now Is set at about
$44,000, The figure includes food, travel
and lodging for band members and direct
ors, cheerleaders and flag girls.
The trip would have cost $42,000, but a
United Arlines strike forced the band to
make bus reservations instead. Snider said
the trip will cost more because of the extra
food and two nights lodging required.
Extra money from the NU Foundation's
fund raising will be reserved for the band,
Hirsch said, and may be earmarked for
next year if Nebraska again plays a bowl
Snider said the band will leave early
Dec. 21 and return late Dec. 28. The trip is
being cut one day because of the longsr
traveling time by bus, he said.
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