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Thursday, March 5, 1987
Student support dwindling, Scudder says
HEARING from Page 1
inating whole programs at the uni
versity rather than making across
the board cuts.
"We must not continue with this
mentality of cut, cut, cut to solve
our problems," Roskens said.
The continued budget cuts to the
university disillusioned students said
ASUN President Chris Scudder.
Three years ago when the legisla
ture was considering a cut in state
appropriations to the university,
Scudder said, students crowded a
hearing room and the hallways in
support of their university.
But Wednesday only 25 to 30 stu
dents came to show their support.
"With the continued budget cuts,
students feel it's futile to come
down," Scudder said.
Support for another endangered
university institution came from a
much more youthful source:
As the late afternoon sunlight
diminished in the hearing room,
about a dozen fourth graders poured
in from Montclair Elementary School
in Millard to support a bill that
would give $3.9 million to Morrill
Hall for renovation and an air-conditioning
The fourth graders expressed their
concern for the museum's problems
with climate control and the deteri
oration of its exhibits.
"Don't let my dreams turn to dust
with the elephants," said Christy Micek.
Joshua Denny said that as pio
neers prepared the way for others in
Nebraska, "we can pioneer" for the
future of Morrill Hall."
Others sought the same spirit of
support for the entire university.
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to buy some needed laser, food process
ing, optical fiber and robotics equip
ment, Splinter said.
"That sort of technology is where
we're" falling behind very rapidly,"
Splinter said. ;
Ned Ianno, an electrical-engineering
assistant professor, said student-teacher
interaction is one of the department's
strong points. Ianno said, however, that
increased cooperation between the en
gineering departments is needed.
"Shared equipment, shared brains,
could really make a difference," Ianno
said. "If it was all in a book we wouldn't
need to do research."
, Ianno said the departments will
have to share research more in the
future because federal agencies are
more likely to finance interdepartmen
tal research groups.
: The electrical engineering depart
ment has been able to attract money
for research, Ianno said, and faculty
morale is high. Yet laboratory equip
ment is "barely adequate" and more
instructors need to be hired, he said.
' "I'm not going to say this is a Uto
pia," he said, "but my view from the
trenches is that I'm happy."
; The electrical-engineering curricu
lum has changed in the last three years
to provide undergraduates more prac
tical, "hands:oh" experience, he said. '
The curriculum change now better
prepares students for employment, he
Ianno said a good barometer of how
the engineering college rates is the
number of students who are placed
before graduation. About 80 percent
have at least one job offer before they
graduate, Ianno said.
"They (employers) come and they
always take a lot of our students with
them," he said.
Patty Sokolik, a senior in industrial
engineering, said she would like to see
more female faculty members and engi
neering students. Women account for
12 percent of the college's enrollment,
compared to 16 percent nationally.
There are only four female faculty
members, Liberty said.
"I think the college needs more role
models in that area," Sokolik said.
"There just aren't that many out there."
Liberty said the Engineering College
needs 10 to 12 new faculty members,
higher faculty salaries and above all,
incresed money for equipment.
The college received $450,000 in
equipment from AT&T this year, inclu
ding 20 IBM-PC computers and a super
minicomputer. But such gifts can't be counted on,
said Ezekiel Bahar, the electrical engi
neering professor who last year spurred
UNL officials to apply for an AT&T
"These computers enabled us to give
the kind of experience that most other
state colleges take for granted because
of strong state support," Bahar said.
Liberty said the college will con
tinue to function despite money pro
blems. "Let's face it, most of the action in
this state will be driven by technol
ogy," he said. "Consequently, this col
lege will have to play a key role.
"We're not satisfied with the status
quo," he said. "We're going to have to
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