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Regent's reactions: Today's editorial
, reviews regent's opposition Saturday
to UNL's alcohol and visitation -proposals.
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UNL parity: State Sen. Douglas Bereuter
of Utica is concerned about what he calls
the declining quality of education and '
inadequate fjnancing at UNL. ......... p.2
frionday, february 16, 1976 vol. 99 no. 81 lincoln, nebraska
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By Ann Owens
UNL student and administration efforts to allow 24
hour visitation rights and alcohol consumption in resi
dence halls were defeated by the NU Board of Regents
The board voted 4-1 to reject both proposals offered
by Omaha Regent Kermit Hansen. Hansen, who expressed
concern with security problems in 24-hour visitation situ
ations, cast the only affirmative vote on each proposal.
Opposed were Regents Edward Schwartzkopf of
Lincoln, Robert Koefoot of Grand Island, James Moylan
of Omaha and Robert Simmons of Scottsbluff.
The visitation proposal would have allowed certain
residence hall floors 24-hour visitation rights for a
semester or year-long experiment. Students would have
had an option of living on floors with the 24-hour rights.
Earlier, Ken Bader, UNL vice-chancellor for student
affairs, and student Regent Jim Say told the board that a
full, evaluation would be conducted at the end of the ex
periment. After voting down the visitation proposal, the board
discussed alcohol consumption.
Lead a crusade
Schwartzkopf quoted figures from Parade Magazine on
the number of alcohol related accidents and the increasing
number of alcoholics in the United States.
"Do we have to hit the bottom?" lie asked. "We should
be leading a crusade for the nation instead of falling into a
Schwartzkopf asked Say what the benefits are of allow
ing alcohol in residence halls.' He added that "within five
minutes students could be in SO bars off campus." .
Say replied that one benefit of alcohol rights is
making students more responsible by letting them make
Sue Ihne, Residence Hall Association president,
Richard Yokum from the Lincoln Commission on Alcohol
and Drugs, a sopkesman for Bellevue Sen. Frank Lewis,
and two representatives of the Council on Student Life
spoke in favor of the alcohol proposal.
"Release to self-direction" -Say
said that the regents assumed no data was available
in favor of liberalized alcohol rights as he stacked reports,
booklets, editorials, letters and surveys favoring alcohol in
residence halls on the conference table.
Before voting on the alcohol proposal, Hansen said his
experiences with students indicate that students are
mature adults.
"The release to self-direction is the biggest growth
anyone can have," he said.
ff irms support of Varner's fiscal effort
NU President D.B. Varner laid his job on the line Satur
day when he told the NU Board of Regents that if it did
not approve of his actions' to obtain money from the
Nebraska Legislature and Gov. J. James Exon, they
"ought to get a new president."
"If there is any discomfort of the board, tell me," he
said. "If I am causing any problems, I think I ought to
clear the air."
Varner referred to his appeal before the Legislature's
Appropriations Committee Monday for an $8 million
increase, added to the base for next year's budget, to give
NU parity with the average of the top three Big 8 Con
ference schools.
According to a Lincoln Evening Journal article, Exon
had criticized Varner for the $8 million request.
. .JTha board unanimously passed a resolution by Omaha-,
Regent Kermit Hansen reaffirming its support of Varner,
whom Hansen called "one of the finest executives that I
have seen."
The 18 million figure came from a report of the 1202
Commission Exon appointed a year and a half ago to
study NU's financing in a comparison of Big 8 schools.
Varner said that he thought the Journal incorrectly re
ported that he had asked the Appropriations Committee
for an $8 million deficit fund for this year.
"The report (in the Journal) generated a strained and
disturbing reaction," Hansen said. .
In other business, the board raised the price of public
football tickets from $7.25 to $8.25 a game, faculty
season tickets from $25, to $30 and student season tickets
from $17 to $20. , '
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Salary probl
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By Ron Ruggless
NU needs to look beyond the Big 8 Conference when
examining faculty members' salaries and university financ
ing competition, according to Roy Young, who was
chosen UNL chancellor Saturday by the NU Board of
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Young, meeting with press, regents and NU and UNL
administrators, said universities lose their best and
highest quality faculty members of comparatively lower
salaries. ,
"A university must be in competition with others
across the nation," said Young, currently vice-president
of research and graduate studies at Oregon State Univer
sity. Young said that faculty bargaining as a way of gaining
more faculty member power in determining salaries, has
gained much attention the past few years. ' ,
Suit possible if AAUP loses bid
"There are many factors to be considered (in faculty
bargaining)," he added. Young said many community and
two-year colleges are looking at and accepting collective
bargaining units.
"Faculty should be sure they are going to gain more
ihan they are giving away," he said, he declined to
respond to the question of faculty bargaining at UNL.
Approving the regents' decision Saturday to establish
a commission to study the quality of undergraduate
education in the NU system, Young said "there is a need
to establish quality undergraduate education at all
(NU) campuses.
Based on the paper organization he has examined,
Young said, the UNL Institute of Agriculture and
Natural Resources is "one of the stronger organizations
I've sen."
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If the American Association of , University Professors
(AAUP) loses its bid today to become UNL's collective
bargaining agent, a suit is likely to be filed for a new elec
tion, according to Nels ' Forde, AAUP UNL chapter
Fordo said a letter, drafted by NU President D.B.
Varner outlining the "disadvantages of faculty bargaining
and sent to about 1,400 UNL faculty members may be
used as evidence to justify calling for another election.
"'' According to the pildclkes set down by the Nebraska
Court of Industrial Relations, the NU Beard of Regents
and UNL administration were warned not to mako state
menu bfiuencing today's vote.
"I don't have the sL'htcst doubt we will appeal the
According to AAUP's lawyer, ha said, the letter con
tains several factual errors.
In Varner's letter, the NU president said that he has
received evidence that Nebraska citiiens are negative to a
faculty union and if this is true and if the faculty union- (
izes, the university may lose a significant portion of the
broad baas of public support which it currently enjoys."
The court's guidelines state that management is not to
pre' ludice the vote, Forde said.
Forde said AAUP representatives will be In every UNL
department today trying to contact faculty members and
urging them to vote in the election. -