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Monday, December 17, 1934
Vol. 84 No. 79
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-NU fights inflation
and proposed budget
By Gene Gentnip
Daily Netr&skaa Senior Reporter .
The University of Nebraska sy
item's full budget request must
)2 granted if the university is to
keep up with the rate of infla
ion," Regent John Payne of
Cearney said Saturday.
Payne said Gov. Bob Kerrey's
jroposed budget of $170.2 mil
lon, a 5 percent increase from
ast year, will not meet the uni
versity's needs and will hamper
The NU Board of Regents has
tsked for $184.6 million in state
pneral-fund money, a $12.7 mil
Ion increase from last year.
Payne said that considering the
rate of inflation, Kerrey's pro
posal would be 15 percent less
than what the university received
"We can certainly defend every
part of this budget, especially the
islaries we are trying to obtain
for faculties," he said.
Kerrey proposed salary in
creases of only 4 percent, half of
Finals week end signals
residence hall closings
Packing up and leaving for
home may be the last thing on
students' minds during finals
But Friday, when finals are
over, students will shift their at
tention to residence hall, library
and Nebraska and East union
All students living in residence
halls must leave by 8 a.m. Satur
day, said Pat Glasier, coordinator
for residence hall administration.
If students need to spend Friday
night in the halls, they must con
suit their student assistant and
the front desk help in their build
ing. University food services will
serve their last meal at lunch on
Friday. Glasier advises residents
to look for signs in residence halls
indicating eating hours for finals
Residence halls will reopen at 1
p.m. on Jan. 9, 1935.
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By Brad GiUerd
Daily Nebiuslsma Staff Eepoiter
Attorney General Paul Douglas
n Friday was found guilty of fel
ny perjury for statements he
made before a legislative com
mittee investigating the collapse
3f Commonwealth Savings Co.
The Lancaster County District
Dourt jury took only 10 hours to
ictermine Douglas' guilt.
Douglas was found innocent of
tmcting government opera
tions, a misdemeanor.
According to the Nebraska Con
ititution, the Legislature could
remove Douglas from ofSce when
it convenes Jan. 9. The constitu
tion states that no person con
victed of a felony can hold a pub
lic ofSce in the state.
which would be financed by
money the three campuses would
have to reallocate themselves.
The university ha3 asked for
funding for salary increases of
1 0.7 percent at UNL, 9 percent at
both UNO and the NU Medical
Center and 1 1.5 percent for man
agerial, clerical, professional and
Alan Seagren, NU vice presi
dent of administration, told the
regents that Kerrey's recommend
ed 5 percent salary increase for
university employees would be a
$4.3 million "shortfall." The dif
ference would have to be made
up with additional reallocation
of funds on each campus.
Salaries, computing, and library
acquisitions were the three priori
ties the regents had set for the
1985-86 year budget. Kerrey re
commended only $1.5 million of
the requested $4 million for com
puter equipment and recom
mended $339,000 for library ac
quistions, $10,000 more than what
the university had asked for.
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Nebraska and East unions will
change their hours for finals week
before closing their doors Sunday.
Nebraska Union hours will be:
Monday and Tuesday, 7 to 1 a.m.;
Wednesday and Thursday, 7 am.
to midnight; Friday, 7 am. to 6
p.m. and Saturday from 1 1 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m.
East Union hours will be: Mon
day through Thursday, 6:45 a.m.
to 10:30 p.m., with the cafeteria
open from 6:45 am. to 6 p.m.;
Friday, 6:45 am. to 5 p.m., with
the cafeteria open from 6:45 am.
to 1 p.m.
University libraries will close
Saturday. They will be open regu
lar hours through Friday, These
are: Monday through Thursday, 8
to 1 am.; Friday, 8 am. to 5 p.m.
Students will not be able to check
out books past 1 1 p.m.
The University Health Center
will close at noon Saturday and
will reopen Jan. 2, 1935.
The eight men and four women
found Douglas guilty of all three
counts which made up the per
jury charge. They unanimously
voted that Douglas lied to the
Legislature's Special Common
wealth Committee Feb. 25 when
he said that:
He received $32,500 from
Marvin Copple, former Common
wealth vice president. Douglas
received the money for private
consulting work. The prosecution
proved that he actually received
He paid taxes on all money
he received from Copple. His
records showed that he paid in
come taxes on the $32,500 and
that he recorded $2,500 more as
a nontaxable expense. Douglas
did not record the remaining
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Scott Sullivan, a junior in architecture, studies for finals beneath a Chinese kite that adorns
a wall in Love library's "link" area
uiity of felony, perjur
$5,000 on his 1980 return.
His actions as attorney gen
eral were not influenced by his
relationship with Copple, a long
time friend and business
The jury apparently believed
Douglas, however, when he said
he did not tell Copple about an
FBI investigation into Common
wealth. The second charge against
Douglas stated that he discussed
the contents of a March 10, 1983,
letter from the FBI with Copple.
Copple, the prosecution's key
witness, testified .that Douglas
brought the letter to him and
asked if the allegations in it were
true. Defense Attorney William
Morrow said throughout the pro
ceedings that the misdemeanor
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charge would boil down to Doug
las' word against that of Copple.
. Douglas said that he "forgot"
about the extra payments from
Copple, but the jury did not believe
him. The panel instead decided
that Copple's financial records,
which showed payments to Doug
las totaling $40,000, were valid.
Douglas' records showed that he
received a tax refund in 1980. If
he had paid the taxes on the dis
puted $5,000, Douglas would have
owed about $2,000.
Douglas joked with reporters
as he entered the courtroom, but
left the room alone with tears in
If the conviction holds up,
Douglas faces a maximum penalty
of 20 years in the State Peniten
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tiary, a $25,000 fine or both.
Judge Jeffre Cheuvront ordered
a pre-sentence investigation be
fore he sets a sentencing date. He
ordered Douglas to report to a
probation officer this week to
begin the investigation. The pro
cedure is designed to gauge Dou
glas' personal status so that an
appropriate degree of sentence
severity can be determined.
Morrow said he would imme
diately appeal the decision. He
said he will "raise all grounds" in
the appeal, including his conten
tion all along that Douglas could
not get a fair trial in Lancaster
County. He added that he did not
think Douglas would resign until
the conviction is final, following
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