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lincoln, nebraska vol. 103 no. 60
monday; november 26, 1979
NU administration target of second petition
By Bill Graf
The NU central administration was created to solve
problems, but it has increasingly become the chief
problem itself, according to one of the authors of a
Teachers College petition demanding a dissolution of the
"It appears to be overstaffed, overpaid and over-every-tiling,"
said Keith Prichard, professor of history and
philosophy of education. -
The central administration also causes " the adminis
trators and faculty to become increasingly distant and de
tached from each other," Prichard said.
Professor McLaran Sawyer, chairman of the
department of history and philosophy of education,
Tuesday presented the petition to Ron Joekel, associate
dean of Teachers college. The petition is similar to one
signed by 162 faculty members of the College of Arts and
It contains the signatures of 93 of the Teachers
College's 140 full-time faculty . members and calls for
creation of a university administration that will combine
overall university administration with that of the UNL
According to the petition, "UNL is now facing its
greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Since
the creation of a centralized university administration, the
level of support for the Lincoln campus has steadily de
clined and now seriously threatens the quality of the
Lincoln programs in teaching, research and service."
The petition also strongly supports NU systems
President Ronald Roskens for his efforts to persuade the
NU Board of Regents and the Nebraska Legislature of the
need for increased general fund support.
The state's general fund-simplified-is revenue from
sales and income taxes.
According to Teachers College Dean Robert Egbert,
the college by laws require a faculty meeting where the
contents of the petition will be open to debate and revised
before any official document is presented to the Regents.
Egbert said the meeting is scheduled for Friday.
"When I received a petition with 93 signatures-which
is unparalleled in the eight years that 1 have been dean of
this college-I have to believe these folks are serious,"
"In my judgment the Teachers College faculty is very
hard-working and dedicated" Egbert added.
However, he said frustration is growing among the
faculty because of the lack of resources and teaching aides
caused bv budeet cutbacks.
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cuts heat costs
The warm weather during the last four
to six weeks has reduced UNL's utility
budget by $30,000 to $40,000, said Harley
Schrader, director of the UNL Physical
. Schrader said warm weather helped cut
the energy to make steam to heat the
buildings. The university also has been able
to use gas intead of fuel oil, he said.
However, he said, "We are faced with a
million dollar problem."
Other things have also helped save costs.
Schrader said the combined savings as a re
sult of the mild weather and reduced oper
ating costs are about $100,000.
The utility budget was designed for a
hard, cold winter and history and predic
tions are considered to determine the
weather, according to Schrader.
Schrader said all thermostats at UNL
have been set at 65 degrees. However, each
buildings is different and the temperature
range of all buildings on campus is between
65 and 80 degrees. He said within this
range the university should be operating in
the most efficient manner. '
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Husker quarterback Jeff Quinn feels the
Miami sands slip through his fingers as
the Sooners execute the last play of
Saturday's game in Norman. Quinn was
8-19 passes with 2 interceptions for the
day as the Huskers lost the game and
Photo by Mark Billingsley
the Big Eight championship to Okla
homa 17-14. The Huskers' next game is
New Year's Day in the Cotton Bowl in
Dallas against the yet to be determined
Southwest conference champion. For
more on the Norman game, see page 10.
UNL female enrollment figure approaches men's total
By Mary Kay Wayman
The gap between male and female enrollment in higher
education has narrowed during the last decade and UNL
enrollment figures reflect that change, especially in what
were once mare-dominated colleges.
According to U.S. census figures, 410,000 more males
than females were enrolled for the 1978-79 school year,
compared with 1970-71, when an estimated 1.4 million
more men than women were enrolled.
Male enrollment at UNL this year represents 44 per
cent of the total of 22,755. That is up from 37 percent of
a 20,810 total during the 1970-71 school year.
Ted Pfeifer, UNL director of registration and records,
said these figures show a gradual change.
"There's been a good, healthy increase in women stu
dents," he said.
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Pfeifer said the growth in women's enrollment, in part,
is because of a growth in non-traditional students who
usually don't enter UNL directly from high school.
Part-time student enrollment for 1970-71 was 1,813
men and 1,507- women. For the current school year,' the
figures are 2,401 men and 2,464 women.
Full-time student enrollment also reflects a trend of in
creasing female enrollment and decreasing male enroll
ment. In 1970-71, the full-time enrollment was 11,278 men
and 6,212 women. This year those figures have changed to
10,324 men and 7,566 women.
Colleges which were dominated by men in the past
experienced the greatest increases in women's enrollment.
Comparing women's enrollment for the 70-71 school
year with enrollment this year, the Agriculture College in
creased trom 47 to J61 women, the Engineering College
increased from 56 to 145 women, the Dental College in
creased from 38 to 68 women and the Business College
increased from 155 to 892 women.
"ALL OF OUR GROWTH has been attributed to
women coming into the college of business administra
tion," Associate Business College Dean Arthur Kraft said.
"More women are coming into college with a greater
commitment to careers," he said. "They are more aggres
sive, more assertive and more dynamic, the kind of people
you'd want in the college." ' .
The increase has "resulted in a raising of the overall
quality of students in the college, Kraft said. He explained
by citing Vhat he called "increased overall competition
and performance capabilities." v
"Now that more women are coming in some of the
more mediocre students have left," Kraft said. At the
same time, the number ot male students in the college has
shown a decreasing trend.
He said this is not because all the mediocre students are
men, but fewer men have enrolled because of higher per
"The women coming in take the spaces. that they left,"
he said. More women students mean less room tor men, he
said. .. ..
THE TREND IS a little lagging here. It started earlier
on the East Coast," he said.
V Kraft cited greater opportunities for women in the job
market as a reason for the growth in women's enrollment.
"It shows a changing of societal values," he said. "(The
trend) will continue until it reaches a stabilization point."
Kraft said predictions show the saturation point will
come in the late;1980s for colleges nationwide.
Dramatic growth in women's enrollment also has taken
place in the professional colleges.
Law College Dean John Strong said the growth repre
sents a change in perception of the accessibility of profes
sional careers to women. V
The change was an "explosion," Strong said, which
took place in all parts of life.
"It happened dramatically in the early 70s. One year it
(enrollment) rose substantially and continued to rise un
til the percent of women was between 30 and 40 per
cent," he said.
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