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By Larry Lute
The Black Panther Party, on its tenth anniversary this
month, "celebrates on the blood of our fallen comrades
and continues to be dedicated to the lives of the people'
according to Elaine Brown, the party's chairperson.
Brown, speaking 'last nfcht at the Union Program
Council's symposium on Power and Conspiracy in
America: Who's in Control said the party has always been
dedicated to the people and has refused to give up the
The party, founded by Huey P. Newton in Oakland,
Calif., has overcome numerous obstacles and hardships to
survive today, she said. Speaking from a prepared text, she
said that the party still exists today, although it is in a
different form than it was ten years ago. .
One of the main obstacles facing the party from the
beginning was being falsely identified by the media, she
"The media has told us (blacks) from the beginning
who our leaders are, what our purpose is and what we
stand for," she said. "Rolling Stone magazine speaks of us
today in the past tense. The national media still tells us
who we, as black people, have as our leader.
"Last year it was Patti Hearst, this year its Reverend
The party has never been a force ready and able to
oppose the U. S. Government she said. She termed the
party "a rag tag array in the beginning."
"Now, do you think that rag tag bunch could over
throw .one precinct of the Oakland police department, let
alone the U. S. Government," she asked.
Instead of the "racist, reformist, integration party
defined by the media; the Panthers were a people's army
with a specific 10-point platform for American society,
she said. That platform was summed up in the tenth
point, which called for land, clothing, food and control of
technology by the people, she said.
Unlike our political parties in America, she said, the
Panthers attempted to deal with concrete problems in the
country such as poverty, oppression and racism. She said
the party has come a long way from its early days of self
cult&n and arrogance.
It went from that elitist group to a party with a mes
sage to put out, she said. The party became unified,
dedicated to putting out the message of freedom and
liberation at any cost, she said, and "that was the only
dangerous thing ever about h party."
She said the governincui iid media worked hard to
fight against the party, eventually driving Newton to
Havana, Cuba. She predicted he would return to the
United States within a year and rejoin the party.
Olson not offers
James Olson, interim president of the University of
Missouri, has never been offered the NU presidency,
according to Ei3 Mueller, ASUM president and the UNL
student regent; :
Te haven't offered the position to anyone yet,"
Mueller sail Monday. He said he was speaking for the NU
Board of Regents.
The Columbia Missourian reported Oct. 8 that Olson
was offered the NU presidency Oct. 1 but turned it down.
The story quoted Van Williams, Missouri University
Board of Curators president. Williams said Olson told him
he turned down the Nebraska offer.
Olson confirmed for the Missourian newspaper that
he was not available to succeed NU President D. B. Var
ner, but he would not onfirm or deny that he was offer
ed the job. .
Vamer is leaving. Jan. 1 to become chairman of the
board and chief executive officer of the NU Foundation.
. '1 don't know where the story came from," Mueller
said, "but 'I don't want the people in Missouri to have the
satisfaction of saying 'our president turned down the offer
to be your president, when in fact he was never offered
the job. '
"If he was offered the job," Mueller continued, "I will
be mad because f wasn't consulted and didn't participate
in the decision. But I trust the other regents enough that
I know they wouldn't do anything behind by back."
In its story, the Missourian said Mueller contradicted
himself, first saying that Olson had not been discussed for
the position, and then saying, "I heard at the meeting that
Olson was contacted late last week and was not available
to come to Lincoln."
Mueller maintained that the regents had not offered
anyone the job. .
"We didn't have someone come to our meeting and re
port that Olson had turned down the job," Mueller said.
He said any discussion by the regents about Olson's
availability for uie job was based on medc accounts quot
ing Olson as saying he was unavailable.
Mueller said the regents probably will go into closed
session at their meeting Friday to discuss the candidates
for the NU presidency. j ' , ' ,
Registration' schedules and packets for second
semester are available at the Nebraska Union Infor
mation Window and Window 5 in the Administra
tion Eldg. Early registration for class priority is
Oct. 18 through 29.
Some tuition credit refund checks also will be
available at the cashier's window in the Administra
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. By George KsUsr . ?
The NU Board of Regents Monday won the'first round
of their fight with the Nebraska Legislature concerning
who has the ultimate decision-making power over the
University of Nebraska..
Samuel Van Pelt, Lancaster County district judge,
ruled in favor of the regents in the suit against the Legis
lature. The suit asked for a court order clarifying language
in the Nebraska Constitution regarding the governance
of the university.
Assistant Atty. Gen. Pat O'Brien, attorney for the
Legislature, said Tuesday that no decision had been mads
regarding an appeal of Van Pelt's decision. However, both
O'Brien and the regent's attorney, Flavel Wright, have said
they expected the case to be appealed to the State
Supreme Court regardless of which way Van Pelt ruled.
The central issue in the controversy was Article
VII, Section 1 0 of the Constitution, which reads:
"The general government of the University of Nebraska
shd, under the direction of the Legislature, be vested in
a board of not less than six nor more than eight regents."
Van Pelt ruled that the board is required by the Con
stitution to be established by the Legislature. He ruled
. that the Legislature may add or subtract the duties and
powers of the regents by expanding or contracting the
number of areas the regents are authorized to act in.
However, Van Pelt ruled that the government of the
university and the powers of the regents may not be dele
gated to any agency outside of the Legislature.
This means the Legislature cannot turn authority for
construction plans and data processing over to the Depart
ment of Administrative Services (DAS), as the Unicameral
did last year. -
Van Pelt also ruled that the Legislature cannot control
the regents use of university funds not raised by taxes.
These include student fees, University of Nebraska Medi
cal Center fees, and the 'isle of commodities raised on
"Such university cash funds are subject to being dis
bursed only by order of the Beard of Regents and no
appropriation of those funds by the Legislature is requir
ed," Van Pdt wrote.
Van Pelt ruled that the Legislature is "without author
ity to direct employes of the university, and should con
fine any valid directions to the Board of Regents."
He also ruled that the Legislature stepped out of its
bounds of authority by passing a law last year requiring
approval by the Legislature and governor of any bequest
to the university worth more than S 10,000 in personal or
Van Pelt's decision also states that the director cf the
DAS has no authority over salary and wage increases of
However, Van Pelt ruled that the state does have con
trol over the salaries of Wine employes (employes on a
straight monthly salary, such as maintenance personnel
This is because dine employes were placed under the
state personnel system by action of the regtnts.
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