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January 15, 1987
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 86 No. 81
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Richard WrightDaily Nebraskan
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The Union Ballroom wss a blur of activity as dropadd started Tuesday. These students were working on their schedules
at about 10:33 a.m. Tuesday.
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By Michael Hooper
Senior Reporter
Kids may get free tuition
; A bill that would let children of uni
l versity faculty and staff members take
up to 15 hours of class each semester
j for free has problems with fairness and
:; finances that must be resolved before
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the bill should become law, according
to two. university officials.
The bill, LB157, introduced by Lin
coln Sen. Jim McFarland last week in
the Legislature, would require the NU
Board of Regents to establish a pro
gram providing tuition-free attendance;
for children of professors, coaches and
administrators who have been employed
full time by the university for at least
five years.
Regent Kermit Hansen and Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs Robert
Furgason agreed that the bill could be
unfair to faculty and staff who have no
children. In addition, they agreed that
the funding that would be lost by the
bill should be compensated.
"Currently, it would reduce income,
which complicates a financial problem
that is exceedingly difficult to begin
with," Furgason said in reference to
the millions of dollars cut from state
appropriations to NU over the last sev
eral years.
"The budget has been cut and cut
and cut, so there needs to be some
compensation," Furgason said Wed
nesday. McFarland was more optimistic about
the bill, which would give tuition-free
attendance for not more than four con
secutive years.
He said the bill would encourage
top-quality professors and staff to stay
with the university, since their child
ren would get free tuition.
It would also attract top-quality pro
fessors to the university and encourage
the children of university staff to get
their education at NU, McFarland said.
"I believe it's a good practice because
it develops a sense of loyalty to an
institution," McFarland said Tuesday.
Given the fact that the university
has suffered many budget cuts recently
and that higher education appears to
be in decline at the university, McFar
land said, this bill would encourage
good professors to stay and maintain
the quality of education.
Because he had not read the bill and
was hearing of it for the first time,
Hansen said: "Under the circumstan
ces, I don't believe we could afford it
right now."
He said, however, he'd be glad to
explore the bill.
Furgason applauded McFarland's
sensitivity to the need for fringe bene
fits for faculty and staff at NU.
"Fringe benefits have eroded over
the last several years," Furgason said.
"Things to improve those benefits are
good. We applaud his efforts to look at
Hansen said if the Legislature passes
the bill the NU Board of Regents would
be required to implement it.
McFarland said the bill is currently
in conceptual form and may be revised.
Larue Wunderlich, clerk of the Edu
cation Committee, said LB157 probably
will be discussed Jan. 26 at a commit
tee hearing in the State Capitol.
Most don't use protection
70 of
By Lee Rood
Staff Reporter
Beth, a 20-year-old University of
Nebraska-Lincoln student, had sex for
the first time this year.
"Waiting until I was ready and
waiting for the right person made the
whole experience special," Beth said.
But most people no longer wait even
until their 17th birthday to become
sexually active. In fact, many have sex
too soon and aren't bothering to use
contraceptives, experts say.
According to a nationwide poll,
almost 80 percent of America's 17-year-olds
are having sex, and only one third
of those sexually active teens use birth
The poll, conducted by Louis Harris
and Associates and released by the
Planned Parenthood Association, re
vealed that 57 percent of the teens are
already sexually active and most of
them do not use contraceptives because
sex is often unplanned.
Those teens answering questions in
the Planned Parenthood poll said the
main reason they don't use birth control
consistently is because "it just
According to Tim Moran, community
relations director for Planned Parent
hood in Lincoln, many teens have sex
because "in American culture, it's OK
to be swept away ... its romantic . . ."
But romanticism should leave rocm for
contraception, Moran said.
Moran said he believes that the poll
reflects the general attitudes of Lincoln
as well as those of teens. He blames the
problem of early sexual activity on
ignorance and misconceptions about
"Teenagers just don't equate preg
nancy with sexual intercourse," he
Rae-Hope Putney, director of the
teen mother center at the YWCA, said
she believes teens are becoming
pregnant because the shame of being
pregnant has disappeared.
These days Putney says people are
saying, "What's so- big about being
"They don't realize you need time to
Franchise may help
boost union's budget
By Colleen Kenney
Staff Reporter
The addition of a Burger King or
Hardee's franchise in the Union Square
of the Nebraska Union could supple
ment the budget for the Nebraska and
East Unions and Commonplace.
The budget has shown its all-time
largest deficit for food services in its
1987-88 budget proposal for the fiscal
year that begins July 1 and ends June
30, 1988.
Union Director Daryl Swanson said
at the Union Board meeting Tuesday
night that the projected $66,725 deficit
for next year for the union's food servi
ces which falls under the "income
producing" category could be turned
around by the franchise.
A profitable franchise in place of
Union Square's fast-food stand also
would help reduce student fees that
now must subsidize the food service
losses, Swanson said. The student-fee
support for the food services then
could be diverted to support and
strengthen the union's non-income-producing
programs, such as Campus
Activities and Programs, administra
tion and operations.
"We just can't compete with the pri
vate sector," Swanson said. He said the
income-producing description of the
food services has been a "ralsnomer,"
noting the five-year trend of increasing
The food services' budgeted loss is
$38,130 for 1986-87.
Swanson said a main reason for the
losses is that union food-service em
ployees fall under university-employee
status and are entitled to a benefit
package. Under the University Classifi
cation System, they must be provided
with an hourly wage, group insurance,
retirement benefits, paid sick leave,
vacation and workman's compensation.
"People in the public sector would
look at us and say we're crazy for doing
this," Swanson said.
A franchise would not have to follow
the university's employee system.
Although the Union Square stand
will be replaced by the franchise, the
Harvest Room is the biggest money
loser for the union, Swanson said.
But the decision was made among
fast-food franchises, Swanson said,
because of their variety and profitability.
The franchise choice will be an
nounced in a few weeks, Swanson said.
The Board of Regents then must
approve the plan before the space will
be leased officially, he said.
Union Board members approved the
tentative budget, which will go before
the Committee for Fees Allocations
Jan. 22.
7-year-olds have sex, po
prepare yourself mentally and emotion
ally to have a baby," she said.
Putney said sexually active people
should realize that birth control is not
always 100 percent effective. She often
tells young women to have their partners
use condoms even if they are on the
The survey also showed that teens
become sexually active at a younger
age if they come from a low income
family, have low grades or do not go to
school. These teens are also least likely
to use contraceptives.