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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 13, 1976)
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Regents, take one small step forward .
Judge Samuel Vsi Pelt's ruling on division of .
authority between the NU Beard of Repents and
the Legislature will help the university in its day
to day operations.
If more students enroll than were budgeted
for, their tuition money will be of some help in
hirins the professors and processors needed to
get those extra people through the university.
- . This year's "extra" tuition was over $700,000.
Admittedly, that doesn't go far in the university
system; but it's enough to zdd ci compensate at
least a few faculty members.
Now ths regents can give faculty members
raises when and as they see fit without getting
permission from the Legislature.
It also was a nuisance to hare gifts valued at
over $10,000 approved by the Legislature.
- Now tot the regents have this extra money
and leeway at their dispofd, the university com
munity and the rest of the board's constituents
should press the board to rnae responsible bud
. Many segments of the university community
will clamor for that money, now that they know
it's spendable. - , '
The regents wiH have to allocate the scarce
funds weighing each request carefully, not blindly
oklng or chopping a few million from something
termed "facility improvement allocation with
the idea that the Legislature will do with it what
they will in the end, anyway.
The legislators, the faculty and the students
wiH be watching a little more closely now. At
least for awhile. And the regents will be able to
point the finger at the Legislature a little less
often: I .,; .
The ruling will not do away with the univer
sity's yearly budget battle in the Legislature, but
it will give the battle a new slant.
.While Vsn Pelt acceded some power to the
regents he reminded them that "if the framersof
the Constitution intended for the Board of Re
gents to have a free hand in the government of
the university the phrase "under the direction of
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is just one: big ripoff: conspiracy
By Jim Williams
Assignment: go to the library and look under "Stout,
... It was about half past three when I showed the
stringy girl into Wolfe's office. He was sitting behind the
desk, leaning back with his eyes half closed and his fingers
kced across his incredible stomach.
"Cripes," I heard the girl say under her breath as I got
her a chair, "what a blimp."
Wolfe opened his eyes. "Good afternoon, madam.
Excuse me for not rising it is not discoutesy but.
adiposity. Archie, verbatim please. .
1 got my notebook while Wolfe finished off the intro
".. . now then, Miss Lipman," he was saying.
"Mizz. Yea Nero Wolfe? The famous detective?"
."That is correct. -
"Boy, are you bloated.
I didn't know what Wolfe was going to do. He didn't
do anything. "If there is some way I may help you, please
in the works
tell me-, he only said. "I have not much time at your dis
posal." The stringy gjri looked down at the floor. Vell-Fm
being ripped off, you know "
"I do not know. Neither do I understand. From what
have you been ripped off, or what has been ripped off of
The girl looked frustrated. "Just like everything, you
know? It's the system. I go to college, you know, and it's
like one big ripoff. The system, you know, it's just a con
spiracy to rip people off."
Wolfe sat back in his chair and began pushing his fat
little lips out and pulling them back in tight. I always
looked for this, because it showed he was thinking hard.
He stopped doing it and looked at the stringy girl again.
"You mean to say you are being systematically de
frauded by a university?"
"Hey, how come the big words, man? You trying to
show off or something? Don't try to jive me. I've done it
all, seen it all, you know. I was at Woodstock, man.
I could ts2 Wolfe had decided to set his mental clock
back and drop that one. Teihaps you can give Mr. Good
win and myself scene example of what you mean, he
"Well, just everything is so screwed up, you know. Like
I got a car, right, and the system says to park it you need
a sticker, like, so I bought one, and then it turns out there
are mere stickers than places to park so sometimes I have
to walk two, maybe three blocks farther. It's just a rip
off." Wolfe nodded, -but the giri didn't seem to need en
couragement. "And you know, you have to pay fees to the college to
cover everything, and still I went to the health center to
get my acne treated and they told me Fd have to pay
more. Even though I'd paid the fee already, righi?
"And the worst thing is like, you're in college, you
know, and everything they teach you is so irrelevant to
how things really are, you know, reality, like I'm taking
this course in Casteneda that's really together but doesn't
count for my major, so it's just a ripoff. And then when
you've got your degree, you know, well big deal, because
the system won't' let you do anything, they 11 just stick
you in some filing job where you can't even express your
self, so the whole college things is just a big ripoff, like it
doesn't do you any good."
Wolfe looked at her while she was getting her breath.
"What do you want from me?"
"Well, justice, you know. You're the great detective,
you should be able to find out who's doing all this and,
you know, expose them."
Wolfe began pursing his hps again. "I think we could
find that out for you," he said eventually. "However, it
would be rime-consuming and quite expensive. How much
are you prepared to pay?"
The girl stared at him. "I-I'm not really into money,
you know? It's like you, I thought you'd want to get
justice and everything, and help the oppressed people."
"My dear young lady, I must support three people be
sides myself. Justice is very beneficial' to those with a
particular grievance, but it doesa't buy many Gattleva
particular grievance, but it doesnt buy many Gsttkva
Dowkna c&sz. If you will excuse me, it is time for me to
go to the plant rooms."
-And the funny thing is that as both of them were leav
ing, I heard both say the same thing to themselves: "What
a ripoff "
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the Legislature' could and should have been
deleted in its entircty.w
He pointed out that the powers zrji duties of
the board arc such as "shall be prescribed by
Depending on how sensitive they are to the
ruling, the legislators could take steps to dhninish
the potential unpact of parts of the ruling.
Now that the university can use'self-cmerated
income, the Legislature may get into the budncss
of speculating on the sum of llWs se!cnsra!ed
income expenditures for the next year and cut
the budget request accordingly.
Also, the legislators still have the power to
"prescribe the Iaw'-to make constitutional
amendments which would effectively limit the
regents' authority.. - .
Vc have no reason to believe a majority of the
legislators would want to foil Van Pelt's opinion.
Many w3 appreciate that the ruling determined
questions which have been quarrelled about for
years.-;;; , 'v V .' ' :
updated by Ford
Dy Arthur Koppe
For the benefit of inquiring citizens, the Republican
National Committee has issued a small pamphlet entitled,
"A History of Eastern Europe, 1945 - 1976, (Revised
Edition)." Excerpts follow.
Following Work! War II, Eastern Europe was in terrible
shape. Nobody knew what to do. Everybody hoped the
Russians would take them in, because the Russians were
richer and kinder than anybody else.
But even the Russians couldn't take everybody in.
They did take in the Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians,
because they begged the hardest. And they finally reluc
tantly agreed to accept 16,000 square miles of homeless
territory Finland didn't want. But they insisted on paying
for it by building a military base right near Helsinki which
they even staffed with their own soldiers. And they never
charged the Finns a kopek for maintaining it!
Though they hated to do it, the Russians had no choice
but to tell the other Eastern Europeans they'd have to go
"How can we?" whined the Eastern Europeans. "We
don't have enough money to buy tanks and hire soldiers
to defend ourselves." So the poor Russians were forced
to loan tanks and soldiers to all these countries which
stfll haven't paid them back.
"Okay," said these countries, "but what kind of gov
ernments should we have?" That's where the Russians
drew the line. "It's up to you," said the Russians firmly.
"You have to learn to stand on your own two feet."
So all these countries thought it over and every single
one decided to go Communist. Some historians attribute
this to sheer coincidence. But, more likely, it was due to
the admirations these countries felt for Russia.
Western Europe was so happy to see such peace and
harmony that it organized NATO to give cocktail parties
and tea dansants for visiting Eastern Europeans. The
Eastern Europeans responded by forming the very ex
clusive Warsaw Pact country club. They did deckle to let
Russia in, but not Yugoslavia, which had been uncouth.
Everybody had fun in the country chsb. The Kssgsr-'
cms, for example, loved throwing rose petals ard things
, at the Russian tanks which were constantly liberating
them. Once, they got so carried aay the celebration,
lasted for days. - ,
attractive was Eastern Europe that the Russians
iinaSy had to build a wall across Berlin to keep fun
crazed Westerners out. .
, Thf only fry in the ointment was power-nsd Czecho
slovakia. But in 1963, badly-outnun&ercd Russian tanks
defeated thousands of Czechs heavily armed vtiih bottks
and rocks. And, thanks to this historic defense by the
; Russians, there has been no domiraticn of the Soviets
in Eastern Europe to this day.
The Republican brochure ends there. It's a sc3 out.
You d be surprised," said one Reputlkaa committee
man, -how well it's been received by people who say they
are card-carrying Party members."
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