Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Jan. 19, 1987)
,1LVS1IIII1: Partly cloudy end
becoming bre:zy Monday. H.Qh 33
to 35. Mostly cloudy with snow
flurries Monday night. Low 10 to 15.
Partly cloudy and colder Tuesday.
High 23 to 30.
January 19, 1987
Former NU teacher freed
By Lise Olsen and
Associate News Editors
Paul Stewart, a former UNL and
UNO criminal justice instructor, was
freed by New York authorities Sat
urday. Stewart voluntarily returned to
New York in December to finish
serving one year and seven months
remaining on a sentence he received
in connection with a forgery charge
a decade ago. Stewart was released
after arguing in a writ of habeas
corpus that if he had not been
accidentally released in 1975, his
sentence would have expired in
1976. Stewart also argued that he
should be given credit for a decade
of good behavior and that the New
York authorities forfeited their rights
to hold him by mistakenly releasing
him during a 1975 New York Supreme
Lincoln attorney Kirk Naylor, who
has represented Stewart, said Stew
art was fully aware of possible
arguments and procedures he might
use to obtain his release before he
returned to New York. Stewart holds
a law degree.
By Michael Hooper
OMAHA Adjourning with a spirit
of compromise, the Nebraska State
Student Association's 12th Legislative
Assembly Saturday passed several bills,
one of which advocates the concept of
voting student members on the NU
Board of Regents and State Board of
In a 38-8-5 vote, more than 50
delegates from five four-year public
institutions passed Assembly Bill No. 5,
which calls for NSSA members to work
together for voting student members
on their institution's governing boards.
"If we have students who are voting
Hirsch predicts Foundation
will continue its success
By Kent Endacott
It's never easy to follow a legend.
Just ask Ed Hirsch.
Hirsch, who was named president
and chief executive officer of the NU
Foundation earlier this month, refuses
to leave his old office facing East Cam
pus on the north side of Varner Hall.
The office across the hall will remain
much the way it was left by D. B.
"Woody" Varner, 70, who is retiring.
Varner served as president of the NU
system from 1970 to 1977 and then as
president and chairman of the founda
tion from 1977 until Jan. 1, 1987.
Hirsch has a lot of respect for the
man who many consider to be the grea
test fund-raiser and spokesman in the
university's history; the man who in
1977 took over a fund-raising campaign
with a goal of raising $25 million and
ended up netting more than $50 mil
lion in contributions to NU; the man
who saw the foundation's assets grow
to more than $155 million in 10 years
under his direction.
But Hirsch likes his old office Besides,
he says, he wants Varner to feel free to
drop in any time.
"Mr. Varner has been a great asset to
the University of Nebraska and to the
NU Foundation," Hirsch said. "He's
Although New York attorney Wil
liam Kunstler, who knew Stewart in
the days when he was a member of
the black militant group the "Black
Panthers," told The Associated Press
that Stewart returned to his family
in Lincoln Saturday, the Daily Ne
braskan was unable to verify his
Attempts to call his home were
met with his wife's voice on an
answering machine, and a neighbor
contacted said she did not know
Stewart or his wife, Ruth Wither
spoon, assistant dean of the UNL
College of Law.
At present, Stewart faces no more
"He's all taken care of," Naylor
Stewart's former immediate su
pervisor at UNL, criminal justice
professor Robert Holbert, said he
has not been in contact with Ste
wart and does not know whether
Stewart would be interested in re
turning to teaching at UNL.
"I don't think at this point any
body should speculate about that. I
think he's got to get his life together
first," Holbert said. "I think it
would be difficult to come back."
Lou Cartier, director of university
' spirit of compromise'
members, the other board members
will see us as partners" rather than
subordinates, said Pat Herrick, a
delegate from Peru State College.
Presently, student regents and stu
dent trustees can give only advice and
recommendations at board meetings;
they cannot vote.
The students from UNL, UNO, Peru
State, Wayne State and Chadron State
Colleges met Saturday for a special
session because NSSA's last November
meeting erupted in argument and little
Gaining support for the bill advo
cating the student-regent and trustee
vote, a bill sponsored by UNL delegates,
was not easy. It has been voted down at
just such a genuine person. There's no
one that can replace him. I'm going to
succeed him. But to tell you the truth, I
just like this office a little better. It's
bigger and it has a better view."
Hirsch, who has been with the foun
dation for 23 years, has a clear view of
what lies ahead for the foundation:
building on its traditional success.
When Hirsch came to the foundation in
1963 to serve as annual-giving officer,
planned-giving officer and public rela
tions officer, the foundation had a staff
of three. Its assets totaled about $5.4
million and it paid out $710,408 to NU.
Last year, the foundation, with its staff
of 25, received $22.5 million in donations.
Varner says that Hirsch, as much as
anyone, deserves to take credit for
building the foundation into what it is
"I think he's admirably equipped for
the job," Varner said. "He's a keen
observer. He knows the university and
the history of the foundation. And he's
a man of integrity."
Varner, who will remain with the
foundation as a consultant, said that as
foundation president, he was often
given credit for Hirsch's work. But this
time, he vows, he's stepping aside for
See HIRSCH on 6
v ITi .rf,! ft? fn)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
relations at UNO, where NU's criminal-justice
department is based, said
Stewart apparently has not con
tacted anyone there about getting
his job back.
"We've filled the position and life
goes on," Cartier said. "But I can't
say that we wouldn't reconsider it.
He's done a good job."
Stewart, who taught at UNO and
UNL from August 1985 to May 1986,
resigned after he was charged with
burglary last July in connection
with an alleged break-in at a Lin
coln doctor's office.
A routine fingerprint check showed
that he was wanted on a fugitive
warrant in New York, and the bur
glary charge was dropped after Ste
wart returned to New York in Decem
ber. Although Stewart has a prison
record dating back to 1952 that
includes numerous charges, he has
spent the last 10 years in universities.
Stewart holds a bachelor's degree,
a master's degree and a law degree.
He also worked on an advanced
degree in criminal justice at the
University of Wisconsin, where his
thesis was "in the area of release
from prison by mistake," according
to a Kansas City Star article.
NSSA's last meeting.
Those opposed to the idea, primarily
students from Wayne State and UNO,
argued again Saturday that student
board members neither have the time
to understand the issues affecting their
schools nor the experience to make
Dan Hofmeister, an NSSA board
member from UNL, said student board
members can make the time to under
stand the issues and are capable and
intelligent. He said student board
members deserve the vote because
they best understand the student point
See NSSA on 3
11 "X. "L1
By Christine Anderson
Five university programs may be
consolidated, reduced or eliminated to
compensate for the $3. 1 million budget
cut that NU will face in the 1987-88
fiscal year, NU President Ronald
Roskens told the NU Board of Regents
The programs that were reviewed,
and the funding they receive include:
1. College of Nursing-Lincoln Division,
2. Continuing Education, $1,739,000.
3. Family Practice Program-Lincoln and
Creighton Components, $535,000.
4. Intercollegiate athletics, $940,000.
5. University School of Technical
Agriculture Curtis, $1,245,000.
"The list is only a starting point,"
Roskens said. The campus chancellors
are urged to "examine all possible
State aid to these programs total
nearly $5 million, which exceeds the
$3.1 million requirement mandated by
the Legislature. This gives the regents
and campuses room for decision-making,
Outside of the 1987-88 budget pro
posal, the 1986-87 fiscal year budget
cut of $1.5 million will leave vacant
positions left unfilled, travel and supply
funds reduced, and operations and
maintenance funds cut.
Because NU has suffered from budget
cuts in four of the last six years, "I have
determined that what little maneuver-
DN holds abortion fbruni
On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme
Court rulad all laws restricting
abortion to be unconstitutional. The
public controversy over this action
has continued unabated since thi3
In recognition of this fact, and
wishing to facilitate the exchange
of reasonable debate on this impor
I News D:;;;it. P3 2
5 Editorial .,,. Pc$4
s Entertainment P?;- 7
? Sports Pa" ? 9
j Cfc52ir:e;l P?-i 12
' ' - - H
Vol. 86 No. 83
ing room we might once have had has
vanished," Roskens said.
Roskens said future reductions in
programs (1987-88) will have to be
made in the form of "permanent vertical
"There is no 3eubt that this will be a
very painful, sWisful experience,"
The previous cuts have placed a
burden on the university, Roskens said.
"The fiber of this institution has
been damaged, and our ability to do
many of the things associated with
academic excellence has been sharply
curtailed," he said.
For example, cuts in the intercol
legiate athletics department would put
a strain on the operation of the Bob
Devaney Sports Center and the women's
athletic program, said NU Athletic
Director Bob Devaney.
Additional fund raising would be
needed to develop the student-faculty
recreation center and the indoor
practice field, Devaney said, if more
money was needed to maintain the
Earl Green, director of the statewide
programs of the Division of Continuing
Studies, said that he feels saddened
and concerned about the chance of
losing state support for the program.
"I hope our programs continue,"
Green said. "I think we need to serve
the people of the state."
Campus chancellors will submit
proposals for budget cuts by March 2
- for discussion by the regents'on March
14. . .
tant issue, the Daily Nebroskan r -s
reserved the editorial pages cf the
Jan, 22 edition for pro and ccn
letters (and others) on the issue.
In order for letters to receive
consideration for inclusion on the
page, they must be turned in by 1
Richard VVrlghtDai'y Nstraskan
Powered by Open ONI