The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 19, 1979, Image 1

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monday, november 19, 1979
lincoln, nebraska vol. 103 no. 5f
162 faculty members sign petition
Dissolution of central administration sought
By Mike Sweeney
The College of Arts and Sciences faculty
will discuss a resolution next week
expressing. a lack of confidence in the NU
central administration and asking the NU
Board of Regents to dissolve the adminis
tration structure.
Richard Boohar and John Lynch, two
associate professors of life sciences,
circulated a petition last week to put the
resolution on the agenda of the college's
Nov. 29 faculty meeting.
Lynch said the signatures of 162
instructors, including seven department
chairmen, were collected in a day and a
half. Faculty meeting procedures require
only 10 signatures to add to the agenda.
The resolution blames the NU central
administration for UNL's financial prob
lems. According to the resolution, the NU
administration is the source of financial
information for both the regents and the
Legislature, but has been unable or unwill
ing to secure adequate funds to operate the
Lincoln campus.
Boohar said the administration has given
the Legislature inaccurate impressions
about the university budget.
AS A RESULT, "the Legislature doesn't
trust us for some very good reasons,"
Boohar said.
"We'd like to so discredit the systems
administration that when the Legislature
wants to know what the state of the
university is, they go to the campuses and
colleges instead of the administration," he
said. ;U '
Boohar said he hoped passing the
resolution would either embarrass the
administrators into resigning or draw
enough attention to their performance that
the Legislature stops using them as a
source. -
Lynch refused to specify which
administrators he believed to be at fault,
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Photo by Mitch Hrdlicka
Parody rallies students
Students performed a parody of the NU Sullivan, right, looks on. The rally, Fri-
Board of Regents at a rally sponsored day in front of the Nebraska Union,
by University Students for Educational drew a crowd of about 200 students.
Development (USED). Reporter More regents news concerning budget
Shannon Anderson, left, questions action and the USED organization is on
"Regent", Bob Knuth, middle, as Tim pages 5,6 and 7.
saying only "the spokesmen at the top
have failed."
A simple majority of the college's more
than 400 faculty members is needed to
pass the resolution. Lynch said he believes
90 to 100 percent of the college faculty
members will support it.
Thomas Bestul, associate dean of Arts
and Sciences, said the resolution will cause
lively debate, which he wants to consider
before voting.
Dean Max Larsen, who will chair the
Nov. 29 meeting, was unavailable for com.
ment Friday.
BESTUL SAID he wasn't surprised
when the petition was delivered to the Arts
and Sciences administration offices
Monday. v
"1 think there is a recognition among
the faculty that times are very difficult
right now," Bestul said. "Petitions like this
aren't really a surprise," "
Boohar said he has contacted represent
atives of the Engineering, Teachers, and
Business Colleges, suggesting they consider
passing similar resolutions.
"We don't want to give the impression
that only the area of Arts and Sciences is
unhappy," Boohar said.
Boohar said a lack of confidence in the
administration has been building for years.
A petition finally was prompted after the
October Arts and Sciences faculty
meeting, he said.
At the meeting, Larsen told the faculty
what to expect if the Legislature approves
only a 7 or 10 percent increase in the NU
budget, Boohar said.
"" Boohar said the university needs at least
a 19 percent budget increase to keep the
city campus functioning.
"Things would just get cut everyplace
without 'a 19 percent increase," Boohar
said, "Belt tightening would cut us in half."
Lynch said a 7 or 10 percent increase
sounds substantial, but either one would
result in the further erosion of services on
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Students call policy change
on speakers 'small
By Michelle Carr
The reverse in policy Friday concerning
mandatory student fee funding for political
and ideological speakers was a victory, but
it was a small one, according to two
members of UN L organizations.
The NU Board of Regents, voted to
change the policy they prohibited two
years earlier. With the new policy, political
and ideological speakers can be paid with
student fees and are subject to a yearly
inspection by the regents,
The policy stemmed from a joint resold
tion sponsored by members of ASUN and
the UNO student government,
Voting for the new policy was Chairman "
Robert Koefoot of Grand Island and J
Regents Ed Schwartzkopf of Lincoln,
Robert Simmons of Scottsbluff and Kermit
Hansen of Omaha, Regents Kermit Wagner
of Schuyler, Robert Prokop of Wilber and
James Moylan of Omaha voted against the
resolution, Regent Robert Raun of
Minden was absent, 1
The regents eliminated student fee
support for all speakers in 1978, following
a letter-writing campaign by the Young
Ameriqans for Freedom, which opposed
the use of student fee money to pay for
This year, the regents approved the use
of student iee money if the chancellor
determined that the speaker was not of a
political or ideological nature. Alexander
Ginzburg, a Soviet dissident who appeared
on campus this semester, was determined
not to be political or ideological and
student fee money went toward his
speaker's fee, -"
ASUN Sen. Brad Belt was "elated" with
the decision, but fears that students will
become "complacent" with the victory and
not actively support other student
Tirri Rinne, a member of University
Students for Educational Development
(USED), also stressed that the policy
change was a "little victory" among the
other student concerns that should be dealt
with, Members of USED read a list of
student concerns at the regents' meeting
and staged a rally Friday morning to
encourage student participation at the
MORE THAN 75 students attended the
regent meeting and Rinne said that the
large number of students attending was
influential in the regents' policy reversal,
He said the students' presence may have
quelched Regent Moylan's plan, to abolish
mandatory fees for all speakers, Rinne said
he had heard during the meeting that
Moylan was planning such action,
"Just from the statements he made
(during the meeting) you could tell he
intended to do it," Rinne said,
Moylan said, he was opposed to
mandatory fees used in bringing speakers
to campus that speaker support should be
made only on a voluntary basis,
Belt said that students could have had
an impact on Koefoot and Simmons
because they were against the fee use
before the student presentation,
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University shutdown will cause delay in mailing grades
By Kathy Stokebrand
As a result of the university shutdown during most of
Christmas vacation, grades will be mailed out Jan. 14,
1980, one week later than usual, said Ted Pfeifer, director
of registration and records, x
If students need transcripts showing this past
semester's courses, Pfeifer urged them to request their
transcripts prior to Dec. 1 at Window 2 in the Adminis
tration building. ' . ,
Pfeifer said students also can use more informal means
to obtain their grades. He suggested giving instructors self
addressed and stamped cards to mail grades once they are
determined or to read grade lists which some instructors
Students who need to know their grades from this
semester before they begin second semester classes should
also consider where they will be when the grades come
out a week later than usual. Grades will be sent to
students' home addresses again and some students may
already be back on campus by that time.
Grades are mailed to home addresses, Pfeifer said, be
cause there is a 50 percent change of Lincoln addresses
among students between first and second semester.
The last workday for the university, including the
clerical staff, is Friday, Dec. 21. This also is the last day
for final exams, so it will take time for instructors to
grade the tests and for the grades to be processed after the
university reopens in January, Pfeifer said. His staff won't
have the grades until Jan, 7, which was last year's mailing
date. -
Pfeifer encouraged faculty cooperation in getting the
grades in as soon as possible, If they mail grades in, he
said, they should indicate on the outside of the envelope
that grades are included so that mail can receive priority
when mail is opened after the shutdown.
If a faculty member is on campus and wishes to mail
grades through campus mail, it may not be picked up
until Jan. 7, Therefore Pfeifer urges all faculty on campus
dunng the break to take their grades to 171 West
Nebraska Hall and to indicate on the envelope that grades
are inside,
Pfeifer said he doesn't expect a great deal of difficulty
from the university shutdown, However, he said, the late
mailing of grades could be a problem for, the student who
needs the grades sooner and doesn't make any effort to
keep the delay as short as possible, ,