The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 20, 1987, Image 1
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A policy statement that would authorize col leges and departments to use outside income to increase faculty salaries was discussed during the March meeting of the NU Board of Regents and will be considered at its April meeting. The plan sponsored by Lee Jones, executive vice-president and provost, and Richard Wood, general counsel, would allow UNL and medical center faculty members to increase their sal aries from excess grant funds, donations, con tracts and fees. Salaries could be increased by up to 25 percent from these outside sources. Jones said the policy would set the framework for departments and colleges to form their own plans within the guidelines. Each supplemental compensation plan must be approved by NU President Ronald Roskens. Jones said a salary-compensation plan is used for clinicians at the medical center and profes sors in the College of Dentistry. He said similar plans are'-' commonly used at other medical schools, but he knew of no college in the area that has expanded the plan universitywide. Some UNL faculty members are concerned that the plan will take away from funds now used for maintenance and equipment and cause dis parities in salaries. Jim McShane, associate pro fessor of English and faculty senate member, said proposals to use overhead money from grants to supplement salaries would hurt equi pemnt and maintenance funds. McShane said he is also worried that faculty members would be led, into areas of research not because they were interested, but because of financing. In a letter to the regents, the president of the UNL chapter of AAUP, Dermot Coyne, outlined the group's concerns about management, and academic and political issues raised by the pol icy. AAUP questions whether income from out side sources would divide faculty loyalty between the outside sources and the university. The AAUP also has its own plan to prevent faculty exodus and demoralization. On March 1 1 the group released a four-point program that calls for: O The NU Foundation to guarantee, on a short-term basis, the funds necessary to retain faculty now receiving offers from other insti tutions. O The administration to prepare a special salary package request for the Legislature's immediate consideration. O The NU Foundation to commit itself to a fund drive specifically targeted to establishing endowed faculty chairs awarded on a competi tive basis throughout the university. The founda tion should seek a commitment from the Legis lature to match each dollar raised from private sources for this fund. Senator: approval ahead for rec center By Kent Endacott Staff Reporter Despite negative publicity generated by a controversial bid-proposal policy, the Nebraska Legislature will approve the construction of a $14.9 million student recreation center, Sen. Owen Elmer of Indianola said Wednesday. At a debate on the proposed recreation center sponsored by KOLNTV, Elmer said many sena tors still have reservations about the project because it stresses athletic at a time when aca demic programs are being cut. He said that the university's original bid proposal, which would have required that all prospective contractors include a donation with their bid, sparked a wave of resentment among legislators. In the face of heavy criticism, university offi cials have announced that a lowest-bidder plan will be used to award the recreation-center contract. "Senator (Ernie) Chambers is a master at taking things out of context, and the things he was circulating looked like extortion on the part of the university," Elmer said. KOLN anchorwoman Deb Collins said Elmer was invited to the debate, which will be shown Sunday at 10:30 a.m., because he was believed to be a leading opponent of the recreation center in the Legislature. Elmer said, however, that he was a proponent of the recreation center as long as it did not hurt NU's academic program. "If academics can be shown to benefit ar&' colleges shown to benefit and shown to provide more quality people at the time this is built, it will have overwhelming support," Elmer said. Although no state funds will be used t build the recreation center, state law requires iuat the Legislature approve the project became $3.5 million will be borrowed from student i venue ,,, bond surplus funds. The recreation center also " will be financed with donations and a $3.50 surcharge on football tickets. James Griesen, vice chancellor for student affairs, said administrators hope to award bids at the regents' April meeting. But Cyndi Halpin, a student opponent of the recreation center, said many students want to delay the construction of the recreation center to give them more time to evaluate the issue. Halpin said students recently collected about 900 signatures against the recreation center in four days. Earlier this month, the UNL Faculty Senate voted 29-8 to request the administration to delay construction of the recreation center for one year. Halpin said many students are opposed to the sharp increase in student fees needed to finance the project. Under the plan, student fees would be increased by phases up to $30 or $35 a year to fund the project. Griesen said that student fees for recreation are low because there is no indoor facility to support, he said an indoor recreation center is badly needed and that UNL ranks at the bottom of the Big Eight in student recreational facilities. Bryan Robertson, a registered lobbyist for ASUN, noted that two student organizations ASUN and Interfraternity Council have voted to support the project. The Panhellenic Association, Residence Hall Association and Campus Recreation Advisory Council also have issued statements of support. Gov. Orr appoints Roy Frederick state ag director Dr. Roy Frederick, UNL professor of agricultu ral economics, was appointed Thursday by Gov. Kay Orr as the new Nebraska agriculture director. He will replace Chuck Shroeder, who left Feb. 1 because an opportunity with another group, said Jim Wiilet, the governor's press assistant. Willett said Frederick was chosen because of his background in agricultural economics and his farm experience. He will leave his position as a UNL professor and serve full time as agricul ture director starting April 1. He will serve in that position as long as Orr is in office. Frederick was unavailable for comment. .