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Wednesday, may 3, 1978 lincoln, nebraska vol. 101 no. 109
Expensive primary campaigns may pay off Tuesday
Analysis by L. Kent Wolgamott
The most expensive primary campaign
in the state's history will come to a close
next Tuesday when voters go to the polls
to choose their party's nominees for the
The race contributing most to the
record spending is in the Republican cam
paign for governor.
The leading spender in the race is Stan
Juelfi, a Kimball oilman, who pledged to
spend enough of his own money - more
than $200,000 - to make his name known
across the state.
His strategy seems to be working, as
recent polls show him in second place.
Former North Platte mayor, Robert
Phares, has spent more than $150,000 to
expand his strong base in the third Con
Phares' support in western Nebraska
and among younger voters has him run
ning virtually even with Juelfs.
The leader in the race is 1st district
Rep. Charles Thone, who is leaving a
"safe" seat in Congress to run for gover
nor. Thone's eight years in the House and
long time involvement with the Repub
lican Party have provided him with ? high
degree of recognition and a rather com
fortable lead in the polls.
Thone has spent nearly the same
amount of money as Phares.
The fourth major contendor for the
GOP nomination for governor, former
Wesleyan University President Vance Rog
ers, has dropped from his early second
place position in the polls.
On the democrative side of the ticket,
Lt. Governor Gerald Whelan faces only
token opposition from Robert Hansen and
will face the Republican nominee in
The only major contest on the Demo
cratic party is the race for Thone's Con
Lincolnites Hess Dyas and Bruce Hamil
ton are competing with Allen O'Donnell of
Wayne for the democratic nomination.
Dyas, the 1974 nominee for the seat he
currently is seeking and a 1976 candidate
for the democratic nomination for the U.S.
Senate, has a very large lead.
Running against Dyas is "almost like
running against an incumbent," according
to Hamilton, who is second in the polls.
O'Donnell, a Wayne State College pro
fessor and former Democratic National
Committeeman, is running behind Dyas
and Hamilton ; because of their Lincoln
bases and recognition from earlier cam
paigns. Two Republicans hope to succeed
Thone and keep the seat in GOP hands.
They are State Sens. Douglas Bereuter
and Loran Schmit.
This race is characterized by the greatest
ideological split of any race between the
conservative Schmit and the more mode
The latest polls have shown Schmit lead
ing, but the race is still too close to call.
In the 2nd District, incumbent John Ca
vanaugh faces only token opposition from
John McCourt and will probably meet Hal
Daub, the probable Republican nominee
in the general election this fall.
The race for the U.S. Senate in the
general election will pit Gov. J. James Ex
on, who is unopposed in the primary
against Don Shasteen, former administra
tive assistant to retiring Sen. Carl Curtis.
In the 3rd Congressional District, both
incumbent Virginia Smith and her demo
cratic challenger Marilyn Fowler are unop
posed and will run in the fall.
Kelly Combs and Diana Schleiger enjoy a nice spring afternoon before the perils of finals week.
Photo by Mark Billingsley
Union Board mix-up opens door of closed session
By Georgene Cetak
Contrary to a vote taken at the last
Nebraska Union Board meeting, the May
3 board meeting will be open to the public.
A misunderstanding at a closed portion
of the April 26 meeting led to a vote to
close a special May 3 board meeting, ac
cording to Nebraska Unions Director Al
Bennett and Union Board executives.
About a half hour of the April 26
meeting was closed, as requested by
Bennett. , Bennett left after the closed
portion of the meeting and in open session
'Aisle9 leave U
All graduating seniors must in
form the office of records today
whether or not they are attending
Because students will be receiv
ing their degrees on stage, the office
of records must have the names to
organize and alphabetize them.
Students can give the information
by stopping at the office of records,
Administration Building 208. or by
the board voted almost unanimously to
close the May 3 meeting.
"Bennett asked for a special session
(May 3). Somehow 'special session' became
'closed session'," said Vance Colling, Union
Board vice president.
The May 3 meeting will deal with two
agenda items from the April 26 meeting.
The meeting will include discussion on by
law and Union Program Council changes
and a task force proposal dealing with as
sessment of Union services.
Executive board officers said the closed
portion of the April 26 meeting was called
because of internal board problems.
Board member Clay Statmore said the
closed portion of the meeting dealt with
Bennett's concern for his professional repu
tation and "perhaps the reputation of an
individual not on the Union Board."
Bennett confirmed there had been a
misunderstanding about closing the May 3
meeting and that the April 26 meeting was
closed because of internal board problems
and because he was concerned about his
reputation as Union director. Bennett also
confirmed that he had had ongoing con
flicts with UNL graduate students Frank
Thompson and Bob Simonson.
Simonson and Thompson spoke out
against Union renovations at one of three
open hearings. The open hearings con
cerned Union renovations that would
include a possible delicatessen, plant shop,
travel agency, variety store and candy and
ice cream store.
The officers said the closed portion of
the meeting dealt indirectly with people
not on the board.
"It's been an ongoing thing. . .It's the
third account of this slight problem. It
has been dealt with openly before," said
Mark Knobel, Union Board president.
"There are not that many people on the
board involved," Colling said.
Knobel said he had no objection to clos
ing the April 26 meeting.
"If the problem escalates, the public
will find out about it," Colling added.
But Knobel said he was satisfied the
problem was solved.
Knobel described the "political atmo
sphere" surrounding the Union Board in
the last month as "shaky and electrical,
concerning things that happened at open
"Bennett wanted to air out some
problems. Nobody responded." Statmore
Bennett was concerned with problems
facing the board which would reduce his
effectiveness with it, tatmore said.
Bennett was looking for allegations
from the board but found none, according
Bennett would not elaborate on the
purpose of the closed meeting.
"It is my career that I'm concerned
about, as well as the future of the Union.
The purpose of the closed session was
served," Bennett said.
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