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March 19, 1987
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 86 No. 126
iVEATIIlill: Morning clouds and
fog Thursday, becoming part! sun
ny in the afternoon. Not as cool with
a high in the 50s, Wind becoming
southeast 1 0 to 15mph. Partiycloudy
Thursday night with a 30 percent
chance of showers by morning. Low
in the upper 30s. A 50 percent chance
of showers Friday. High in the
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- Doug CarrollDaily Nebraskan
Singing out of the rain
Dave Sullivan, a junior business major from Lincoln, plays the piano in the Nebraska Union Wednesday morning
in a performance sponsored by the University Program Council Concerts and Coffeehouses committee.
from the university
By Michael Hooper
By Merry Hayes
After winning the run-off election for ASUN
second vice-president, John Bergmeyer pledged
to put his "heart and soul" into making UNL a
unified campus. Bergmeyer garnered 526 votes
and his opponent, Michelle Ardis, received 440
in the election Wednesday night.
Bergmeyer said he and president-elect Andy
Pollock and first vice-president-elect Shawn
Boldt plan to promote more pride and activeness
at UNL. He said by working with campus organi
zation leaders and members of student advisory
boards, they can improve their lobbying efforts
and can represent all UNL students equally.
He said he can meet his goals through plain
"My greatest asset is that I care about this
university," he said. "I'm willing to put all my
time, dedication and work into the job."
Bergmeyer said he deserved to win because
his party "worked harder than anybody."
"We've got some great people, that's what
made it happen, and we're gonna do a hell of a
job for this university," he said.
An amended legislative bill has given hope to
the NU School of Technical Agriculture at Curtis
and could help both the university and the
school to function better, two NU agriculture
Under an amended legislative bill which
was sent by the Education Committee Tuesday
to the full Legislature the university must
maintain the two-year agriculture school for
another two years and then the school would
separate from NU and be governed by its own
"This is the first step in a long-term solution,"
said Bill Siminoe, superintendent of UNSTA.
"The two-year transition will allow us time to
establish a permanent board for the school."
Ted Hartung, dean of the College of Agricul
ture, said separating UNSTA from the University
"would clearly move it out of question of whether
the school meets the university's role and
NU President Ronald Roskens has recom
mended the closing of UNSTA to help reduce the
NU operating budget by $3.1 million for 1987-88
as mandated by the Legislature. He has said the
school does not fulfill the NU mission because it
is a two-year and not a four-year program.
As originally drafted, LB656, sponsored by
Omaha Sen. Glenn Goodrich, would have given
the NU Board of Regents the authority to close
But the amendment, offered by Indianola Sen.
Owen Elmer, would require that the Legislature
provide $1.3 million to keep the school operating
for two years. The amendment which was adopted
on a 5-3 vote Tuesday, also would change the
school's name to the Nebraska College of Tech
nical Agriculture at Curtis. LB656 wa sent to the
full Legislature on a 6-2 vote. Opposing it were
Omaha Sens. Vard Johnson and Jerry Chizek.
The amendment would need 25 votes from the
Legislature to be attached to the bill.
Elmer said closing the Curtis school would be
a "great disservice to the state."
"It's the only one of its kind in the state,"
Elmer said Wednesday. UNSTA has the only vete
rinary technology program in the state and was
the first of its kind to be accredited in 1972.
More than 90 percent of UNSTA's graduates
remain to pay taxes and work in Nebraska.
Siminoe said the state needs all the technol
ogy available to regenerate the agricultural
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ASUN election not certified
Unite must apologize for goof
By Merry Hayes
The Unite student election group
violated election commission rules
by exceeding their campaign spend
ing limit in last week's ASUN elec
tion, the ASUN electoral commis
sion decided Wednesday.
The commission will not certify
the, election until the executive
officers and treasurer of Unite meet
O To extend a public apology to
the student body of UNL via the
O To provide reimbursement for
the outstanding debts and expendi
tures made on behalf of the party;
O To pay a $100 fine to the
ASUN Government Liaison Com
mittee for the benefit of UNL
O To sign a contract to prepare
a manual on the proper conduct of
an election campaign to be approved
by the Director of Development of
ASUN and a faculty advisor before
Sept. 1, 1987.
Electoral Commission Director
Robb Bunde said the commission
could have invalidated the election
results but felt that was not the best
way to handle the situation. Bunde
discovered Unite's $40 cost overrun
in an audit of campaign spending.
He said, "We can't say that Unite
loses so AIM wins. We don't have the
power to do that."
Bunde said the provision that
Unite write a manual to educate
candidates in future elections will
ensure "hopefully, we won't run into
He said the manual is needed
because the election commission
rules "can be pretty ambiguous and
hard to follow."
ASUN President-elect Andy Pol
lock said the decision was a fair
"We did make an unintentional
mistake. Things like that can't be
passed by," he said.
Unite treasurer Courtney Prieb
said she hopes UNL students realize
the mistake was unintentional.
"It was an overlooked receipt,"
School reform needs momentum,
commitment, leaders educator says
By Kari Hulac
More momentum is needed in the
school reform movement, former Secre
tary of Education Dr. Terrel H. Bell said
during a Wednesday night speech for
Arts and Sciences Week.
The momentum can only be achieved,
Bell said, if the American people com
mit to improve education and choose
leaders who will take the initiative.
We are not educating people com
pletely or successfully," Bell said. "Three
out of ten students drop out before
high school graduation. It is a societal
problem," he said.
Bell, chairman of the American Asso
ciation of Colleges and Universities,
said the association recently released a
study which shows that 50 million fam
ilies don't have one family member who
graduated from college.
Bell said America is basically not a
learning society. He stressed that Amer
ica needs to look to the future and be
prepared to face a society where people
with college educations are in high
Bell complimented Nebraska for
having nationally reputed'schools but
asked rhetorically what Nebraskan's
"Are you going to generate jobs or
export highly intelligent people?" Bell
He said Nebraska and the nation
must concentrate on closely evaluating
political leaders, and educational poli
cies, then using these evaluations dur
ing voting times.
He said the government's proposed
cuts in financial aid for education
reflects "upside down priorities that
don't make sense."
Bell said in order to make a good
impression on political leaders and
Kelp them sympathize with university
budget problems, schools must "not be
inconsistent in the utilization of dis
"Universities must show sensitivity
about messages given to the Legisla
ture when pleading for funding," Bell
He said universities with good repu
tations that take a long time to build
up can lose those distinguished repu
tations through their actions.
"You have to be careful not to deliver
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a message that can be turned into a two
by four and smack you in the head,"
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