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January 16, 1987
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 86 No. 82
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UNL Chsncellor Martin Mssssngsle, right, answers questions on budget cuts while Lincoln State Senator Dill Harris,
left, end NU Regent Don Fricke await to speak during a panel discussion in the Regency Suite Thursday.
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McFarland: New bill to include
children of staff, not just personnel
By Michael Hooper
Senior Reporter
After an open forum Thursday, Lin
coln Sen. Jim McFarland announced
that he would introduce a bill that
would let children of university sup
port staff take classes at NU for free.
His announcement came shortly after
a UNL support staff member testified
at a forum in the Nebraska Union that
she and other staff members felt left
out of LB157, which would let children
of professors, administrators and
coaches take up to 15 hours of class
each semester free.
"Some of us (staff members) would
like to see our children go to school
here," said Viann Schroedcr, director
of Publications and Campus Postal
Services. "But we might not make that
available to them and look somewhere
else if we're not included (in the bill),
even though we've served the institu
tion for a number of years."
Schroeder testified before a panel of
two senators, two NU Regents and UNL
Chancellor Martin Massengale. The
forum was sponsored by the University
Association for Administrative Devel
opment (UAAD).
Schroeder said staff members who
felt left out of LB157 were administra
tive, managerial and professional staff.
McFarland said the main issue of the
bill is the unknown financial impact it
Employee Concerns Committee, said
after the hearing that McFarland's bill
leaving out university staff is an
example of how staff is sometimes
Schroeder, chairperson of UAAD's
Employee Concerns Committee, after
the hearing that McFarland's bill leav
ing out university staff is an example of
how staff is sometimes forgotten.
Massengale said after the hearing
that McFarland's ideas are worthy of
consideration. .
"I think it would be important to the
morale and feeling of our faculty and
staff ... if they could get twrne fringe
benefits," Massengale said.
Spreading cuts weakens NU;
drop programs, panel says
By Shawn Schuldies
Staff Reporter
In light of more NU budget cuts, five
panel members representing state
government and the university system
agreed Thursday in favor of cutting
entire university programs rather than
making across-the-board cuts.
Lincoln Senators Bill Harris and Jim
McFarland, UNL Chancellor Martin
Massengale, NU Regent Don Fricke,
and UNL Student Regent Chris Scudder
said at an open forum in the Nebraska
Union that further cuts in the univer
sity would hurt the overall quality of
The five spoke at the forum spon
sored by the University Association for
Administrative Development. About 75
UAAD members attended the forum.
Fricke said NU must accept the
change and start planning for the
Harris said he was tired of looking
negatively at the university's situation.
Continuous cuts send a negative
"You send a message out that you
are going in the wrong direction," Har
ris said.
McFarland said the issue should not
be how the budget will be cut but
whether it will be cut.
"I'm troubled that people are
resigned to cuts. The university should
have enough public support There
shouldn't be a defeatist attitude."
Harris said students could help the
university's situation by visiting state
senators from their home districts and
talking about their concerns.
Massengale and Fricke said a budget
review committee would be set up this
year to study how the cuts should be
made. They said no decisions have
been made. Last year the UNL nursing
program, the NU Medical Center's
Pharmacy College and the NU School of
Technical Agriculture were among the
programs considered for eliminatioa
The NU Board of Regents, after hearing
strong statewide support for the pro
grams, voted against the cuts.
Fowl obsession confessed at Boardwalk meeting
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Tom LsudarD8!iy Nebraskan
The Friday feature that
focuses on the offbeat or
unexplained on campus.
By Mark Davis
Senior Editor
In the predawn hours of Monday
morning, two quick-stepping stu
dents dressed in long coats and 10
gallon hats policed the campus.
They carried a blue paisley bag
filled with fabricated ducks and
strategically placed six familes of
the ducks and an odd family of
chickens on UNL's campus.
Since then the campus has been
shrouded in mystery. Where did the
ducks come from, and why did they
On Wednesday evening it was
learned that the people responsible
for the sudden appearance of the
ducks and chickens would be avail
able for comment at the Boardwalk
Lounge at 20th and 0 streets. A
duck-bearing stranger pointed at
the conspirators: A man and a woman
dressed in black, wearing hats and
dark glasses, sat at a table in the
corner near the door with their
backs to the wall.
The two requested anonymity but
used the aliases "Walter Potts" and
"Kettle Anne Smitty." The story
began to unfold.
"We are easily obsessed people,"
Potts said. Potts and Smitty had
been acquiring the ducks and
chickens for the past five months.
"Instead of vandalizing UNL, we
thought we'd do something to make
people stop and think," Smitty said.
See DUCKS on 3
Block SB
saved . . .
for now
By Jeanne Bourne
Night News Editor
Businesses on downtown Lincoln's
Block 35 have been granted a reprieve
by an agreement between Mayor Roland
Luedtke and the Committee to Save
Block 35, the mayor announced in a
press conference Thursday.
The businesses in the block, bounded
by 10th, 11th, P and Q streets, were
slated for demolition to provide addi
tional downtown parking as part of
Lincoln's proposed $100 million downtown-redevelopment
project. Now the
businesses will be given the choice to
leave or stay.
Businesses that choose to stay will
be able to remain as tenants of the city
until the projected eviction date of
Nov. 1, 1988.
The businesses that choose to leave
now will be demolished and a parking
lot will be built, the mayor said.
"We believe that possession of one
half to two-thirds of Block 35 will in all
probability be relinquished to the city,
and a parking lot will be built," said
Randy Moody, spokesman for the
Committee to Save Block 35.
Moody said he hopes future events
will not require the demolition of busi
nesses that choose to stay.
He said if any changes are made in
the downtown redevelopment plans,
the "viable" buildings may be saved.
According to a press release, If the
Lincoln City Council determines that
the block is needed for redevelopment
plans before the Nov. 1, 1888 date, the
remaining tenants will receive 30 days
written notice of their imminent evic
tion. Moody said the agreement provides
as many protections as possible for
those business owners who want to
Cuts to be
by regents
By Dorothy Pritchard
Staff Reporter
The NU Board of Regents will discuss
proposals for a $1.5 million budget cut
ordered by the Legislature at the board's
next regular meeting Saturday.
NU Regent Robert Koefoot said Mon
day that the College of Pharmacy and
Nursing, two programs targeted for
budget cuts recently, would not be cut.
Cuts will be made in operations,
maintenance, supplies, equipment and
travel. Some vacant positions will not
be filled, according to campus officials.
The itinerary for the 8 a.m. board
meeting includes:
OApproval of the collective-bargaining
agreement between the Board of
Regents and the UNO Chapter of the
American Association of University Pro
fessors. OAn incentive program for staff
members who suggest efficiency mea
sures. O Revision of the university's five
year plan.
O Reports on students who are on
academic probation and on use of the
computer in cancer research.
Establishment of the Isabelle Hag
gard Chambers memorial fund as an
endowment fund for Love Library.
The regents' monthly meeting will
be in Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. x