The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 04, 1977, Image 1

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Wednesday, may 4, 1977 vol.100 no. 115 linccln, nebrsska
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By Psxh Dittdck
The lone dissenter in the Nebraska Legislature to
advance the higher education budget bill beyond first
reading said he wants to separate the bill into smaller bills.
Clair Sen. Walter George was in the minority, 25-1, as
the . Legislature advanced the bill Monday. The bill,
LD533, will have to be read and approved two more times
before it goes to Gov. J. James Exon for his signature.
LB533 advanced without any change in the sum
recommended by the Appropriations Committee.
George admitted that he eventually probably will vote
for LB533 but predicted the second reading will prompt
some amendments. He said he disliked the bill because it
included appropriations for state colleges and technical
community colleges in addition to NU.
He even suggested each NU campus might get a separ
ate bill. - .
George also said he was particularly dissatisfied with
the amount appropriated to the State University of '
Nebraska (SUN).
The SUN budget was debated by the entire Legislature
and an amendment concerning the NU Medical Center was
added to the budget proposal's comp-f 'n bill, LB534.
Senators rejected Grand Island Sen. Ralph Kelly's
proposed amendment to LBS33 which would have cut the
state tax appropriation Jfor SUN from $129,000 to
Kelly's proposal also suggested a departmental transfer
of the administration of SUN from UNL to the Division
of Continuing Education. '
The proposed amendment failed 21-19. A total of 25
votes was needed to adopt the amendment.
Kelly said the Division of Continuing Education
(formerly known as the Extension Division) would be
more apt to "beam programs to Nebraskans that
Nebraskans want," than what he claimed is being shown
now.,:' -v'
He described the proposed reduction in the budget as .
"phase-out of general funds earmarked for SUN."
Ralston Sen. Gerald Koch opposed the Kelly amend
ment and proposed an amendment to Kelly's amendment.
Koch wanted the $129,000 sum retained.
He said he was not against transferring the program to
another department but said problems would not be
solved by dwindling the resources.
' George said former NU President D. B. Vamer
Turner is chosen
Senate president
The UNL Faculty Senate Tuesday elected vice-president
Michael Turner by unanimous acclamation to serve
as it's president, replacing current president Henry Baum
garten, who has accepted a position at Stanford Univer-
Turner, agricultural economics professor will begin his
term in July. . .
Chancellor Roy Young told the Senate of bs optimism
for the future of the university.
Young said he was concerned about the turn over rate
- of UNL administrators 'and will continue the recruitment
of qualified administrators.
Young said UNL does not rank in the top 100 colleges
and universities ia the amount of outside financial support
it receives.
"We should be up in the 55 to 75 range," Young said.
This lack of outside support has a bearing on the instruc
tional programs at the university."
Young said he also is concerned about the level of
faculty salaries at the university and said they are much
lower than salaries at Big 8 schools and other land-grant
institutions. -
"We asked for an 8 per cent increase, but only received
a 5 and one-half per cent increase in faculty salsiies," he
said. "A decision will be made by next Wednesday as to
how the increase will be distributed."
Young said it is important that the university estabush
better communication with the Lincoln business commun
ity. "We also are locking at enrollment trends for the
future," Young said. There is a possibility there could be
fewer students in the early 1980s which would cause a
2 POO to 3 p00 drop in enrollment."
Young said he is studying ways, an enrolment decrease
would affect the university.
He said any improvement in the quality cf ths univer
sity must come frit from the faculty, thtn from the
students and the outside budget support.
"It is Important for our current programs that we re-,
tain tcp faculty members and recruit tap students from
the state for the university," he said.
promised the Legislature no state money would be in
volved when SUN was initiated.
George said that instead of not "costing the state of
Nebraska a jdime," SUN now costs the state $129,000. He
warned that "programs have an odd habit of growing and
growing rapidly."
He said that given the state's limited resources, the
$129,000 could be "better spent in other programs of
higher education."
George said he was not totally against new programs
and said he would vote for an increased sum for the In
stitute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Appropriation Committee amendments to LB533
passed 27-0. They included an additional $265,633 for
the UNL nursing program.
Other committee amendments included corrections of
bill drafting errors and five pages indicating how the
Legislature expects the appropriations to be spent.
The bill totals $130.2 million in state funds for higher
education. A sum of $100.7 million is recommended for
NU. NU received $94.6 million of state funds from the
last session. ,. - ;-
"The Nebraska Legislature Monday gave first round
epprovsl to a prcpc:d to limit ths number cf ebcrtions
performed at the NU Medial Center. The center is per
forming "more abortions than are necessary in an educa
tions! center," said the proposal's sponsor.
Omaha Sen. Bernice Labedz introduced the amend
ment to LB543, a companion bill to the higher education
budget bill which allocates money to NU and other state
, colleges. LB543 passed its first reading, 27-8.
- Labedz said the center last year performed some 512
abortions, 65 tonsillectomies, 53 hysterectomies and 66
operations to remove knee cartilage.
"In view of the serious moral implications, there is no
good reason why (abortions) are so far out of line with
other procedures," Labedz said.
Omaha Sen. Ernest Chambers called the amendment
interference from the Catholic church and opposed the
Labedz said many abortion opponents are not Catho
lic. Lincoln Sen. Shirley Marsh claimed the problem is not
abortion, but the action that leads to it. Marsh opposed
the amendment and reminded senators that the U.S.
Supreme Court has ruled abortion legal.
Labedz said a federal court has ruled that the NU
Board of Regents can limit medical center abortions in an
attempt to balance curriculum.
Lincoln Sen. Steve Fowler said legislative dictatorship
of the medical center's curriculum would be ridiculous.
Ralston Sen. Gerald Koch's suggestion to limit vasec- .
tomies at the medical center was Tejected. He had wanted
this restriction included in the Labedz amendment.
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Bell-vue Sea "Dk Frank" Lewis was among senators dascasssag several bills ia the Nebraska Legislature this
week including the higher education budget b. But "Bis Frank" is not quite as big as he used to be. . . See
related stones on p. 5.
Decision on budget ' cut a
Hie lack of a quorum Monday night prevented the
Fees Allocation Board (FAB) from msking a decision on
FAB. member Skip Walter's proposal to cut ASUN's
$66,645 tentative allocation to $32,156.
According to Walters, the Student Legal Services bud
get included in the ASUN figure would take the brunt of
the proposed 52 per cent cut. He ssid FAB received no
measure of demand from students to increase kgsl ser
vices. . -
. Walter's proposal states that FAB must Respond to the '
requests of those who pay the bills, not to those whose
bins are paid by the students." s
He said the beard acted only on the opinion of the
representing hwyer, and Med to look into other possi
bilities before allocating $38,260 to ASUN's Student
Legal Services.
The recommendation to student legal services includes
$28,446 for salaries ($15p00 for an experienced attorney
and $9,000 for a new law graduate are included in this
figure), $4,250 for miscellaneous items and $5,564 for
a full-time secretary.
Walter's proposal stipulates that ASUN receive the
money in a lump sum, and have the power to decide
where it should be spent to best serve its censtituents-the
"Let the elected officials (of ASUN) make some de
cisions," said FAB member Frank HaHjren.
Walt ers said , if ASUN can handle allocation of its own
money, it may be able to request additional responsibil
ity for albcstL-g portions of student fees in the future.
FAB membrcr Jay Matzke opposed the cut because he
said it would cripple ASUN. He said with only $32,156
ASUN only could function as well as last year's adminis
tration aiui it would have no room for expansion.
However, Walter's pointed out that his proposal is a
$1,531, or-5 per cent increase over last year's allocation.
- Paul Morrison, FAB member, said, "We haven't got
money to give to people with promises." However, he also
said he thought Walter's figure was still too low for ASUN
to operate effectively. .
Hallgren suggested that ASUN be allocated only
operating expenses, but have access to a contingency fund
- for "justifiable prograrmning." .
The majority of the board agreed the 217.6 per cent in
crease over last year's allocation was too much consider
ing the nearly $43 ,000 over-allocation it is facing.
A letter from Ron Gierhan, assistant to the vice chan
cellor of student affairs, informed the board of a $16,000
deficit in Student Development which FAB also must
FAB will make a decision on Walter's proposal as well
as making their final budst cuts Thursday. -
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News: A warrant to anest a Husker fbctball player was
issued Tuesday p. 6
Entertainment: This is the DzZy Nebreskm music critic's
Lst column of self abuse p. 8
fVorts: The Hosier baseball team gets rained cut cf the
Biz 8 ccrftrcnce plsycffs p. 14