The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 15, 1984, Image 1
rx Tl 1 iUMMy Thursday, November 15, 1934 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vol. L84No. ,60 c r I i l i rr j 1 v t Veathcn Mostly cloudy, windy and cooler today with a high of 47 (8C). Thursday night, clearing and much colder with a low of 22 (-6C). Friday, mostly sunny and warmer with a high in the upper 40s to the lower 50s ( 1 0C). amung Hogee plots a return visitPage 7 U3L rasolers tackle . UJOfS...Page12 J ; j 1 uj. ill . JllL. ih jxh-fi i j j rii i. i j - ) A I Li f I s ' i-rth ujvr nb Ell. til i so .'Cl. rli j.i r i r ' . r i n a JlL Q -Ci-3 ... LO.QQ.JJ J , 1 ' J ia L Mark DavlDaS!y Ncbnskan He's the arte Dnsce Spriasstesn fazsa Ealuta "Hie Doss" in preparation for his concert at the Bob Devaaey Sports Center Soi&dsy. f s " 4 " J1 iiciais critic By Bntd GifTard Although a commission study ing ways to improve higher edu cation hi Nebraska h&3 made no formal recommendations to Gov. Bob Kerrey, the college and uni versity community is reacting un favorably to three proposals under consideration. The Citizens Commission for the Study of Higher Education, a 66-raember group created by Kerrey, has just begun to con sider information it has gathered since July. Assistant Director Andrew Cunningham said Tues day the commission will enter virtual seclusion for the policy making process. The group will reveal no decisions until Kerrey receives the full report Dec. 18. But indications that the commis sion may adopt proposals to tighten UNL's admissions stand ards, delete its remedial or "catch-up" courses and merge it with Nebraska's state colleges have drawn fire from college and uni versity officials. Admissions Standards: ize tight admissions proposal ito for IdsiieF education "Admissions standards are not so much to deny anyone admis to the university, but to bet ter prepare students to experience academic success," said Al Papik, director of admissions. Commission member Paula Wells of Oir.aha earlier this week said the group probably would recommend tougher entrance standards, possibly tests, to make access to UNL and UNO more restrictive. UNL and UNO cur rently offer open admission to any graduate of an accredited Nebraska high schooL In 1988, however, students will have to meet one of four specific require ments to enter. Those guidelines are: four years of language arts; two years each of math (exclud ing general math) science and social studies. OR an ACT test score of 18, SAT score of 850. OR upper-half class standing after junior year. OR three years of language arts and one year math (condi tional admittance). Students entering the university under this provision must upgrade their academic base to meet the first requirement level in their fresh man year to continue. A UNL task force developed the new standards in 1982 after a year-long study. Td like to give this plan a chance before we start looking at a different one," Papik said. Minority group leaders have said stricter standards discrimi nate against minorities. Deb Chapelle, director of the Nebraska State Student Associa tion, said tougher standards also would discriminate against stu dents from small, rural high schools, which don't have exten sive college preparatory programs. She advocates improvements on the elementary, junior and senior high school levels rather than stricter entrance requirements. Remedial Courses: Wells said the commission also is likely to suggest that the uni versity stop offering remedial or "catch-up" courses. These courses currently are offered through the Division of Continuing Studies, Papik said, and are vital to the 1986 admis sion plan, which would allow stu dents with deficiencies to upgrade their basics during the freshman year. The university can help stu dents from high schools which can t provide a variety of courses by offering classes that "start at the beginning," Papik said. "I don't call those persons defi cient students," Papik said. Merger: NU Regent Robert Koefoot said he favors a merger of the NU sys tem with the state colleges at a hearing Tuesday in Lincoln. He favors the single, multicampus institution because Nebraska has only about 40,000 students in four-year institutions; state and university resources need to be used more efficiently, and dupli cation of graduate and upper level courses should be avoided. The bottom line, he said, is that a merger would save money. William Fuller, director of the Nebraska Coordinating Commis sion for Postsecondary Education, said quality might be exchanged for the savings. "It depends on the goals the commission has for education," Fuller said. Tm not sure that a change of governance would reduce costs or improve quality." Carrol T-.ompson, chairwoman of the State College Board of Trustees, said at the hearing that space between the state's four year institutions must be main tained. "Centralization stifles early response to need," Thompson said. "Early response to need is impor tant in a state as vast as Nebraska." Koefoot said the commission must "have teeth" if it is going to be effective. Neither the governor nor the Legislature is bound to the group's recommendations, and Koefoot said that past educational commissions have had little im pact on policy. Fuller said the commission's opinion "will be respected and will be listened t o" because of the national trend toward educational reform and Kerrey's responses to his other task forces. "I've always honored the com mitment of time and the recom mendations these people make," Kerrey said. Save a life today adopt a smoker Smokeoiit helps would be ai 1 1 1 1 JL QCIC'-JlLSLDIl By Gene G entrap - Today i3 the Great American Smokeout The goal of this year's Great American Smokeout is to get at least one in every five smokers to give up cigarettes today from midnight to midnight The Great American Smokeout Barb Schumacher, chairwoman for this year's Lancaster County smokeout, said smokers will be adopted by non-smokers for one day and monitored to see if they can restrain from "lighting-up." According to the American Cancer Society, last year nearly 36 percent of all American smokers attempted to give up cigirettes on Smokeout Day and 8 per cent succeeded for the full 24 hours. One to 11 days later, more than 4 percent were reported still not smoking. For the fourth consecutive year, Larry Ilsgman will be National Chairman for the 1934 Smokeout. During the day a national hotline will be available for would-be quitters by dialing 900-210-KWIT. A caller can receive friendly advice and encouragement based on personal experience. TV newsman Mel Mains, celebrity spokes--" person for Lancaster County, wEl join Schumacher and appear on the KOLN Morning Show with host Leta Powell Drake. The three will discuss details of the Smokeout while Drake and Mains plan to "adopt" each other for the day and quit smoking for at least 24 houra Schumacher said another goal is to create a public awareness of how smok ing effects a person's health. She said packets about quitting smoking have been sent to schools and businesses. A "Grimm Reaper," whom Schumacher described as -"the symbol of death," will be handing out "quit -smoking" paraphernalia on the Nebraska Wesieyan Campus. Information booths on how to quit smoking will be set up in the Nebraska Union, Centrum and Gateway Shopping centers. This is the eighth year for the nation wide smokeout. The idea originated from Lynn R. Smith, editor of the Monticello, Minn., Times in 1974. His idea of smokers giving up cigarettes, called "D-day," quickly spread through Minnesota and by 1976 went west to California where it became known as the Great American Smokeout. In 1977, the Smokeout was observed for the first time nationwide. Society clinic to. help make a SYfioIters fresh start Smokers will have the chance to help themselves and others break the habit at a stop-smoking clinic hosted by the Ameri- The "Freshstart" clinic will consist of four one-hour sessions scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 27, Nov. 29, Dec. 3 and Dec. 5. The meetings will be at the Lincoln Center Building, Room 327, 15th and N streets. The clinic will be given by Marty Mase man, a registered nurse, a member of the American Cancer Society and a former smoker. Maseman said she will stress group support and sharing of thoughts and experiences. Anyone interested in attending the sessions should call the American Cancer kss&vij uv luv uuu0i ?tf ICC Vvul u charged to cover the cost of renting the room. Maseman said smokers have to really want to quit smoking before they can put out their last cigarette. At the clinic, she said, the group members will discuss why they want to quit and help others stick to their decision to stop. Tips for quitting smoking, provided by the American Cancer Society, are on Page 6.