The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 08, 1976, Page page 6, Image 6

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Hansen: New gun 'safest available';
LPD to keep hollow point bullets-
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By Nsiicy Clsrlc
The Lincoln Police Dept. (LPD) will switch to a
faster handgun with greater firing power and con
tinue to use the hollow point bullet, Police Chief
George Hansen said.
The 14-shot, 9mm. semi-automatic pistol, manu
factured by Smith and Wesson, costs about $100 and
will be phased in over a three year period, he said. It
will replace the traditional .38 caliber revolvers cur
rently used by the force.
The use of firearms and ammunition has been
under study by a 10-member task force appointed by
Hansen Oct. 1.
Hansen announced, his decision at a Friday press
conference
According to Hansen, the handgun model was cho
sen because it is "the safest available weapon for the
public and the officers."
Although the pistol has adequate knockdown
power, he said, it reduces the chance of over penetra
tion (the bullet passing through the target and hitting
something else) and ricocheting.
The pistol includes a manual safety device which
most lay people are not familiar with, Hansen said.
This prevents accidental firings and reduces chances
of an officer being shot with his own weapon by
anoinei poiiy.he said.
In addition, the pistol has a firing capacity ol
rounds with one reload, compared to the .38 caliber
revolver's six-round capacity.
The task force also reviewed LPD's use of hollow
point bullets, which it has used since 1 967.
Critics of the hollow point claim it causes more
serious injuries than round nose bullets. The U.S.
House of Representatives introduced a bill this year
to ban the use of hollow points nationwide.
Although studies indicate hollow points hit the
target with more force, it was determined that the
bullets cause no more injury than the round nose
type, Hansen said. .
According to a study Dr. Vincent J.M DiMaio
from the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences,
"You cannot tell the difference between wounds in
flicted by hollow points and other bullets," the task
force found. t
"People confuse the handgun variety hollow point
with the high velocity rifle hollow point. They do
release huge gaping holes upon exit," he said.
Hollow points are not likely to ricochet or over
penetrate and injure innocent bystanders, Hansen
said, adding that this makes the bullets best suited to
an urban area.
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Faster handguns will join hollow point bullets as
standard equipment in the Lincoln Police Dept.
Faculty Senate hoping administration listening
By Joe Hudson
The UNL Faculty Senate meets at 3 pjn, Tuesday for
the first time since the faculty's narrow rejection Feb. 16
of the American Association of University Professors
(AAUP) as a collective bargaining agent.
It will be the senate's third meeting as an elected body.
The senate's Committee on Committees is scheduled to
offer a motion regulating the destruction of confidential
material gathered by committee members.
The committee also will move to merge the Scholastic
Appeals Committee and the Student Suspension and Dis
missals Committee into a single committee dealing with
both academic and disciplinary suspensions.
' But, on a larger scale, administrators, faculty members
and AAUP officials are wondering if anybody will listen
when the Faculty Senate speaks.
Another AAUP drive?
History Profssor Nels Forde, UNL chapter president of
AAUP, says he hopes the administration will pay atten
tion to senate resolutions. If the senate is ignored, Forde
said, AAUP again may offer itself to faculty members
next year.
But Forde says he is "tired of fighting" and hopes
another election won't occur.
AAUP will help the senate despite rejection by faculty
members, Forde said.
The union will emphasize heightening faculty partici
pation in deciding research budgets, Areas of Excellence
programs, university bylaw revisions and calendar develop
ments, he said.
'Record of noncooperation'
He voiced doubts, however, that the administration
will listen to the Faculty Senate because of the' admini
stration's "record of noncooperation."
Ned Hedges, assistant to the vice-chancellor for aca
demic affairs, said any noncooperation was because of the
former senate's structure.
The administration previously had no way of knowing
if the voice of the "town hall type of senate actually was
the voice of faculty members," Hedges said.
"It was too easy for the administration not to accept
a vote of the old senate," he said. A quorum was re
quired SO faculty members, and it usually was "the same
old 50" arbitrarily making faculty decisions, he said.
"I don't believe the Faculty Senate can be ignored,"
Hedges said. The administration now can be confident
that the senate is legitimate, he added.
Faculty involvement
'This is not an evil administration, diabolically making
evil decisions," he said. The administration now will
seek faculty involvement in even the early stages of
decision making, he said, "so that the individual faculty
member who traditionally has had control over things that
affect his academic life can restore as much of that demo
cratic participation as possible."
Regent Kermit Hansen has proposed broadening facul
ty input on a larger scale. In a letter to senate President
Franklin Eldridge, professor of animal science, the Omaha
regent proposed frequent meetings of faculty representa
tives from NU's three campuses, and the NU Board of
Regents.
Eldridge
March 13.
said such a meeting has been scheduled for
'The senate needs to work at its job," Eldridge said,
adding that past animosities should be forgotten so ef
forts can be unified toward university improvements. '
Husker debaters
twice victorious
UNL debaters triumphed in two events Saturday in the
Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensic Association competition
at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
In competition with teams from seven other Nebraska
colleges and universities, Gigi Hall, a sophomore journa
lism major from Tilden, and Leslie McGrew, a sophomore
speech major from Omaha, won the varsity debate event.
Christy Bauer, a junior speech major from Seward, won
ihe rhetorical criticism event with an interpretation of
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Hall also took second in extemporaneous speaking.
Creighton University took the overall sweepstakes,
trophy at the tournament. UNL did not place among the
top three finishers, the only positions announced.
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By Gail Smith
March 22 is the "answer day" for defendants in the
case filed by UNL assistant history professor Ann Kleimo
la in Lancaster County District Court.
The suit asks the court for a declaratory judgment
regarding the legality of the procedures used in deferring
her request for tenure.
The court is asked to decide whether the Nebraska
Open Meetings Law applies to the closed meetings of the
UNL History Dept.'s tenured faculty members, said Karen
Flowers, an attorney with the Bauer, Gaiter and Geier law
firm, which is representing Kleimola.
If the court decides the law does apply, the decisions
made at those meetings deferring Kleimola's tenure
request are void, Flowers said.
On or before March 22, the defense must file a
"pleading", admitting or denying allegations in the suit,
said John Gourlay, NU general counsel who is representing
the defendants.
The suit essentially is a question of whether the Open
Meetings Law applies to the faculty meetings in conten
tion, Gourlay said.
Question over closed sessions
If the law applies, Gourlay said, there also may be a
question of whether faculty members can meet in closed
sessions at all. He said some closed sessions are allowed by
Gourlay said he has not started work on the case yet.
He said lie probably will look at the legislative history of
the law and seek a precedent for the case in others around
the country.
Named as defendants in the suit are James A. Rawley,
Lloyd Ambrosius, Albin Anderson, Leslie Duly. Nels
Forde, Frederick Luebke, David Nicholas, Benjamin
Rader, William Sherman, Jack Sosin and John Yost, in
dividually and as tenured faculty members of the UNL
History Dept; Max Larscn, individually and as interim
dean of the UNL College of Arts and Sciences; Adam C.
Breckenridge, individually and as UNL interim chancel
lor; D.B. Varner, individually and as NU president; and
Kermit Hansen, Robert Koefoot, Robert Prokop, Edward
Schwartzkopf, James Moylan, Kermit Wagner, Robert
Faun, Robert Simmons, Jim Say, Clinton Bellows and
Christine Baker, individually and as members of the NU
Board of Regents. .
Larscn, Breckenridge, Varner and the regents are in
cluded as defendants because law requires every "interes
ted party" involved in the suit to be named as a
defendant, Flowers said.
Alleged secret ballot
-In fall 1975, Kleimola, who had been an assistant
history professor since August 1972, asked to be con-
sidered for promotion and tenure on the basis of her "su
perior performance" in research, teaching and service, in
accordance with established practice and procedure of the
university.
-The tenured faculty members of theHistory Dept.
are required to meet and make a recommendation regard
ing all request for promotion and tenure within the de
partment i2 vCorucce with established procedure and
practice of the universuy. The recommendation then is
submitted to the History Depx. chairman, who forwards it
to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who for
wards it to the chancellor, who forwards it to the NU
president, who forwards it to the regents.
-On Dec. 8, 1975, the tenured faculty members of the
History Dept. considered at a closed meeting Kleimola's
request for promotion and tenure.
-Also at that meeting, secret ballots were distributed
to the tenured History Dept. faculty members for voting
on Kleimola's request for promotion and tenure.
-On or about noon on Dec. 10, 1975, the ballots were
returned to defendant James Rawley, History Dept. chair
man. As a result of the secret ballot, Kleimola was recom
mended for promotion to associate professor, but her
tenure request was deferred.
Second meeting
-Kleimola requested that the tenured faculty members
of the History Dept. named as defendants reconsider their
decision regarding her tenure.
-On Jan. 16," 1976, the tenured faculty members ol
the History Dept. had a second closed meeting to discuss
Kleimola's tenure request. At that meeting, secret ballots
again were distributed. 1
-On or about noon on Jan. 1 9, 1 976, the secret ballots
were returned to Rawley, As a result, Kleimola's request
for tenure again was deferred."
-The tenured faculty members of the History Dept.
constitute a public body within the meaning of Nebrasks
Revised Statute because they are an advisory committee
to the regents, a public body.
No comment ,
-The above actions of the tenured faculty members ol
the History Dept. named as defendants were in violation
of Nebraska Revised Statutes because meetings were
closed; no proper notice of meetings was given; no roll
call vote in open session ever was taken; the minutes ot
the Dec. 8, 1975, and Jan. 16, 1976, meetings, if f
minutes exist, have not been made available to Kleimaa.
Kleimola asks in the suit that: the court declare Ne
braska's Open Meetings Law applicable to the meetings ot
the tenured faculty members of the History Dept.; ana
that all action regarding her request for tenure that was
taken at the allegedly closed meetings on Dec. 8, l'
and Jan. 16, 1976, by the tenured faculty members of the
History Dept. named as defendants, including the result
of the secret ballots distributed at those meetings, w
declared null and void as such action was in violation ol
Nebraska law. .
On the advice of her attorneys, Kleimola said she ho
no comment on the suit.
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