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March 13, 1987
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol.86 No.122
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Pollock, Boldt unite UNL
as team wins senate race
ASUN election gains voter response
By Joeth Zucco
Staff Reporter
President-elect Andy Pollock and
first vice president-elect Shawn Boldt
"united" the university with an unoffi
cial 41 percent win of total votes
(1,288) over AIM's Greg Dynek and
Darin Armstrong's 28 percent (892) in
Wednesday's ASUN elections.
A run-off election between second
vice-presidential candidates will be
next Wednesday. John Bergmeyer of
Unite carried 39 percent of the vote
(1,213), and Michelle Ardis of AIM had
31 percent (953).
Of the 20,805 eligible voters, 3,163
students voted, a 1 percent increase
over last year's 2,988 voters. Marilyn
Beyke, ASUN executive director, said
the election went "real smoothly."
Voting in Greek houses surpassed
both residence halls and off-campus.
Greek houses votes increased from
1,189 to 1,230. Residence hall votes
also rose, 1,081 to 1,105. Off-campus
votes tallied 808.
Beyke said all of the constitutional
; amendments failed because only 15
percent of the eligible students voted
and according to Article X of the ASUN
constitution "amendments shall be
ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of
the eligible students voting in the elec
Regents to discuss budget cuts,
ticket surcharge on Saturday
By Dorothy Pritchard
Staff Reporter
A surcharge on football tickets and a
$3.1 million cut in the NU budget man
dated by the legislature will be dis
cussed at the NU Board of Regents
meeting Saturday.
The $3.50 surcharge would help pay
for the $14.9 million student recreation
center. Students and faculty at UNL
would be exempt from the charge,
which would be added to football
tickets for an indefinite number of
years.
NU President Ronald Roskens will
present his recommendations on the
$3.1 million cut in the university's
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Chris Eskridge, associate professor of criminal justice, testi
fies at the Nebraska legislature Thursday in favor of abolish
ing the Nebraska death penalty.
tion." Proposed amendments included
a name change from ASUN to UNL Stu
dent government; a change from the
present method of voting for ASUN
president and first vice president as a
slate and for second vice president as
an individual, to voting for all three as a
slate; shifting the responsibility of
agenda setting from the first vice pres
ident to the speaker of the senate; and,
in recall elections, changing the number
of petition signers required from 33
percent of regularly enrolled full-time
students to 33 percent of students vot
ing in the last ASUN election.
Despite signs posted around campus
saying "Piss off ASUN," by voting for
continued membership in the Nebraska
State Student Association; 1,667 stu
dents voted against NSSA.
In the opinion polls, 87 percent of
voters were against the GayLesbian
Student Association's receiving student-fee
funding. Video-taped classes
also was opposed by 89 percent of the
students.
Student fees for the Daily Nebras
kan, the University Program Council
Speakers Program, debt service, the
University Health Center, the Nebraska
Unions and the Campus Recreation
Programs and Facilities were approved.
See RESULTS on 3
budget. Roskens asked the three chan
cellors to make their recommendations
on the cuts and report back to him. The
chancellors met with Roskens to dis
cuss their proposals on March 4. Roskens
will make his recommendations based
on those proposals.
In an earlier proposal to the board,
Roskens suggested eliminating the NU
School of Technical Agriculture at Cur
tis, the statewide adult-learning pro
grams within the Division of Continu
ing Studies and the Lincoln Division of
the College of Nursing.
Regent Robert Koefoot of Grand
Island suggested eliminating the col
leges of architecture and dentistry to
meet the budget cuts.
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Lee's gravestone
Burial site iiaitpticedl
Former professor 'never wanted to leave'
By Kent Endacott
Staff Reporter
James Lees, a British-born pro
fessor of Greek at UNL for decades,
loved the university so much that he
never wanted to leave. And he never
will.
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Lees's grave lies in the open now
in front of Architecture Hall on City
Campus. It goes mostly unnoticed.
Soon, the friendly old oak tree
planted by Professor Lauerence Fos
sler in 1905 will leaf out, shading
Lees's resting spot, marked by 580
pound granite rock.
The inscription on the grave mar
ker reads: "Dr. James Thomas Lees;
He served well; 1889-1926."
Lees, who was a Phi Beta Kappa
professor and was named the uni
versity's first provost in 1919, came
By Michael Hooper
Senior Reporter
Since Nebraska's death penalty for
first-degree murder is not uniformly
applied and is too costly and time
consuming, it should be abolished,
Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers said Thurs
day. Fourteen people are now on death
row in Nebraska, although there have
been hundreds of homicides since the
death penalty was reinstated, Chambers
said.
Chambers told the Judiciary Com
mittee that the majority of murderers
are not subjected to the death penalty
and eventually end up back on the
streets.
Convicted murderers not sentenced
to death serve an average of 1 7 years, he
said.
Chambers argued for his bill, LB675,
which would abolish the death penalty
for any person convicted of first-degree
murder and require that such a person
serve a life sentence or at least 30 years
in prison. The sentences of those on
death row would be reduced to life
imprisonment.
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to here in 1889 after completing his
doctorate in philosophy at Johns
Hopkins University. At the time, NU
was considered among the top four
or five public universities in the
nation. Lees was fond of referring to
NU as the "Athens of the West." r.
In 1922, Lees was forced to retire
because of an unknown disease. Me
later moved to California, where he
died in February 1926. He was cre
mated there, but his wife brought
his ashes back to Lincoln and Chan
cellor Samuel Avery arranged for a
memorial service at the university.
If nothing else, Lees's grave is a
monument to NU's often-forgotten
period of greatness.
"In the period from about 1892 to
1914, this was one of the premier
state universities, equal to universi
ties such as Michigan," said Robert
Knoll, English-professor and a uni
versity historian by hobby.
Lees will live forever in the litera
ture of Nebraska author Willa Gather,
one of his students. One of the char
acters in Cather's "The Professor's
House" is said to be based on Lees.
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A person accused of first-degree
murder can make nine appeals in the
state and federal courts, Chambers
said. The appeals are time-consuming,
costly and wold be reduced if the death
penalty were abolished, he said.
. Opponents said that the death penalty
serves as a deterent to committing
murder.
Don Lienemann of Papilion said that
if murderers knew they would be con
victed, they would not murder. He said
murderers know they can get a lesser
sentence than capital punishment.
However, Chris Eskridge, a UNO
criminal-justice professor, said there is
no evidence showing that the death
penalty is a deterent to committing
murder.
He said a recent United Nations
report showed that capital punishment
tends Co increase the level of homicides
slightly.
The fatal flaw of the death penalty is
the chance that someone could be con
victed of a murder he or she did not
commit and be executed, Eskridge
said.
Since 1952, 71 people in the U.S.
were unjustly executed for murders
Program
to relieve
morale
problem
By Linda Hartman
Associate News Editor
A four-point program presented by
the local American Association of Uni
versity Professors chapter is a con
structive way to. get officials to focus on
faculty problems, said an AAUP past
president.
The program's focus is to "stem the
.tide of faculty exodus and demoraliza
tion at the university," according to an
AAUP press release.
"Faculty morale has been in a
downward spiral for several years,"
said past president Susan Welch, UNL
professor of political science. The
number of professors leaving UNL is
increasing, and those left behind are
discouraged about the state of the uni
versity, she said. :
AAUP members presented the prop
osal Wednesday to legislators and
members of the NU Board of Regents,
Faculty Senate and NU Foundation. It
calls for: "
O The NU Foundation to guarantee
on a short-term basis the funds neces
sary to retain faculty now receiving
offers from other institutions. Welch
said the guarantee is needed because
"we don't want to lose anybody we
already have just for the want of $5,000
or $10,000."
O The preparation by the adminis
tration of a special salary package
request for legislators' immediate con
sideration. The AAUP estimates that
such a package would need to be about
$13 million to raise salaries 15 percent
and make them competitive with com
parable institutions.
O The NU Foundation to commit
itself to a fund drive to establish
endowed faculty chairs awarded on a
competitive basis throughout the uni
versity. The Foundation should seek a
commitment from the Legislature to
match each dollar raised from private
sources for the fund.
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they did not commit, Eskridge said.
Lawrence McNamara, a Catholic
bishop from Grand Island, said that
killing someone for killing someone
else is not justice.
"We've tried violence for a long
time . . . we've taken an eye for an eye
and a tooth for a tooth for thousands of
years," McNamara said. "It seems to
me that violence only begets violence.
So do we need violence in the public
order?"
Becky Mehring of Grand Island, said
that the court system causes stress for
the families of someone who has been
murdered because they know through
some appeal or ruling, the murderer
won't be executed.
Mehring's father Eugene Zimmer
man was murdered in 1979 by Charles
Palmer, who now is on death row in
Nebraska.
"It always bothers me when a murder
er on death row says, 'I want to live,'
because my dad wanted to live too,"
Mehring said, with tears in her eyes.
The last time the death penalty was
carried out was in 1959, when Charles
Starkweather was executed for first
degree murder.