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tuesday, november 20, 1979
UNL Health Center provides more variety lowans
By Mary Louise Knapp
UNL students are willing to pay more for the variety of
care and - services provided by the University ' Health
Center, according to health center officials.
Twelve representatives of the health center visited the
Iowa State University health center Nov. 9 and 10.
Roy Miller, of the Student Health Advisory Board,
said, "We wanted to see another health center and find
out how it operates, what kind of costs, budgeting, and
services it has. . . since the health center is trying to hold
down on expenses, we wanted to see if we could eliminate
or cut down on services that aren't being used that often."
Miller said that the Iowa State health center has fewer
services than UNL although the Iowa State center receives
three-fourths of its funds from the Legislature. The
University Health Center is supported solely by student
Students at Iowa State pay a voluntary health fee of
$7.50 per year. About 45 percent of the students pay the
The Iowa State Health center doesn't have a hospital
facility. Students are sent to the public hospital, which is
near the health center.
At UNL, there is a 24-hour hospital facility. A
physician on duty at all times, and between five and 20
people visit on an average night.
Miller emphasized that although it is costly to main
tain the hospital, and few people visit it, it is needed.
"Each health center operates differently," he said.
"Iowa State is a smaller university, and basically, they
have a skeleton operation. They don't have dental
services, as we do, or a dermatology clinic, and their,
allergy clinic is used only for shots."
Iowa State's health center is primarily an outpatient cli
clinic and they do not bring in outside physicians for
"People expect more from a medical clinci that they
do from other businesses," Miller said. "It's hard to give
them what they want, and what people want from a
health center can't always be equated in terms of dollars.
Only 400 people used the dermatology clinic last year,
but what it did for that small number of people
psychologically was very good."
Miller said that the Iowa State health center seems to
have good rapport with the Legislature and 'have no
trouble getting funds. The University Health Center
received money from the Legislature for utility bills until
the funds were cut this year.The health center must also
increase the wages of its staff by 7 percent this year.
The University Health Center has a budget of $1 .6 milli
million. Iowa State's budget is about $900,000.
Stephen Blom, adminstrator of the University Health
Center, said, "We do not want to cut services. We want to
provide the most complete and best care we can. We feel
the students need the services we provide.
4We increased the cost of some of our services, such as
dermatology, and the students were willing to pay them.
The University Health .Center provides some of the
best care in the Big 8 and since the health center is funded
totally by the students, I feel the students are entitled to
all our services and that they should not be cut." , ' ,
Coliseum, Mens PE closings would hobble intramurals
By Kathy Stokebrand
" The Coliseum swimming pool and Men's Physical Edu
cation building may be closed as recreational space in an
effort to save university funds.
According to James O'Hanlon, director of Health,
Physical Education and Recreation, We Chancellor of
Business and Finance Ron Wright requested an impact
statement concerning the possible closings.
The impact. statement, prepared by Stan Campbell of
the Department of Recreation, said the effect of closing
the Coliseum pool would be the eliminationof the
mid-day open swimming hours; the transferring onHtra
mural innertube water basketball and water polo to
Mabel Lee Hall, and the subsequent cutback in evening
open swimming hours at the pool. '
It cited possible greater use of the Abel-Sandoz pool to
meet the demands tor open recreational swimming.
The closing of the . Coliseum pool, the report said,
would have no effect on the Recreation Department in
come because students in recreation programs are not;
charged a user fee. The impact of the budget on lifeguards
and intramural officials would be small. The savings would
result from fewer maintenance and rennovation! costs for
THE MEN'S Physical Education building, ihi impact
statement said, is not a model recreational building, but
serves the ' purpose. The effect, of closing the building
would.be the possible elimination of men's intramural
basketball and the $7,825 collected in ejitry fees.
Also, the men's basketbaH schedule would have to be
. adjusted to have the games extended beyond the present
11 pm. closing hour. It might be possible but not advis
able, the statement said, to continue play until 1 ajn. and
to play from noon until midnight on Sundays to make up
for the 20 intramural hours lost by closing the Men's
Physical Education building.
The Men's Physical Education building is also the only
v recreational building on campus that is open for student
use before 5 pjn.
Included in the statement was material for a disserta
tion by Gale Wiedow, a former UNL intramural coordinat-.
. or. In his dissertation Wiedow found that, in relation to
other Big Eight institutions, UNL does an inadequate job '
i of providing indoor space for recreational activity. '
' WIEDOW SAID UNL ranks seventh in the Big Eight in '.
. availability of, overall indoor recreational facilities per
student.-,' .' r . ' 'V'.
UNL ranks" sixth inttie availability of indoor basket-1 :
ball courts and seventh in the availability of indoor swim-,
ming pools among , Big .Eight Conference institutions.
V Campbell said,' "We should be concentrating on provid
ing more; recreational spae for UNL students, 'not closirig 4
any of the existing meager facilities." :iv
The seasons for several sports' could be lengthened,
' ... Campbell said, but the basketball season already goes until '
. March 15, 1980, and by then a lot of the initial interest is
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Campbell said he hoped a decision would be made as
soon as possible concerning the possible closings so adjust
ments could be made in the recreational programs.
THERE IS THE possibility of a new student recreation
center for the UNL campus, Campbell said. A recreation
center was proposed, he said, because the intramural pro
grams are expanding every year and each time they
expand the facilities are strained.
According to a referendum last spring, 73 percent of
the responding students said there was a need for increas
ed recreational facilities, Campbell said. Nearly half of the
schools in the Big Eight have a recreational center for stu
dents or are in the process of getting one, he said.
Campbell said the Recreation Department was rather
disappointed by the lack of response to the Daily . Ne
braskan article about a new student recreation center. On
Dec. 14 possible models for a new center will be on
display in the Nebraska Union. Campbell invited all UNL
students to view the models and give input on the idea.
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