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April 10, 1937
In the shadow of the ax
Nursing College goes on while waiting for the blow to fall
By Jen Deselms
Things go on as usual in the Lin
coln division of the UNMC College
of Nursing. The professors teach,
students learn, and the threat of elimi
nation has returned.
Posters line the hallways of Benton
and Fairfield halls on City Campus,
reminding students to write the NU
Board of Regents. Some scattered
stickers say, "When you need care, will
a nurse be there?" A sign above the
entrance to Fairfield Hall says, "Save
our collegesupport nursing." The sign
has been used before.
In 1985 the College of Nursing took a
$300,000 cut, and in January, NU Presi
dent Ronald Roskens proposed that the
Lincoln division be eliminated to help
make up a $3.1 million budget cut
mandated by the Nebraska Legislature.
But the college still hasn't seen the
complete effects of the last cut. Eight
of 12 positions slated for elimination in
1985 have yet to be eliminated, said
Dean Rosalee Yeaworth.
A vote Saturday by the Board of
Regents will determine the future of
the Lincoln division.
Yeaworth said that when the cuts
were being discussed in 1985, the
UNMC administrators believed the
division was important and spread the
cuts around to keep the program. Nurs
ing students also must pay 25 percent
more for tuition, which is now $56.50
per nursing credit hour.
Yeaworth said she did not anticipate
the latest elimination proposal, which
would save $518,000 in state funds. But
the cut will cost UNMC, $234,927 in lost
tuition from Lincoln students, she said.
Past cuts and threats of elimination
have lowered morale and the enrol
lment has decreased, Yeaworth said.
Enrollment at the Lincoln division
dropped from 220 in the 1984-85 school
year to 179 in 1986-87.
A few students who were admitted to
the Lincoln program decided to go
elsewhere because of the uncertain
future of the college and the threat of
elimination, said Beverly Cunningham,
student affairs adviser at the Lincoln
Yeaworth said she has tried to show
students and professors that the division
has a future by improving a student
By Merry Hayes
Both former and newly installed
ASUN executives spoke of challenges
past and future for the ASUN senate in
the 1987-88 senate installation Thurs
Former ASUN President Chris Scud
der said the new senate will face excit
ing and difficult challenges and the
senators will need determination and
ambition to face them. Scudder said
the 1986-87 senate faced and overcame
challenges, gained a recreation center,
a night bus service and a new
Government Liaison Committee pro
ject. Former First vice-president Dan
to be dedicated
lounge and a practice lab and moving
faculty members into private offices.
But Rosken's proposal to eliminate the
division after the 1983 cuts aggravated
morale problems, she said.
While the drop in students is
easy to document, the effects
of the tight budgets and threats
of elimination on faculty members are
more difficult to determine.
Faculty members, at UNL are not
separated from those at UNMC, and
some of the professors in the division
are based in Omaha.
No faculty members have left the
division this year, Yeaworth said. Those
that left in previous years didn't specif
ically give budget uncertainties as a
reason for leaving, she said. However,
people are leaving support-staff posi
tions, like secretaries. Many of the
faculty members have families and are
not as likely to leave because of this
tie, Yeaworth said.
If the division were closed, juniors
could finish the program in Lincoln if
they choose. But many of the division's
students are non-traditional and jug
gling work, school and families. A
longer commuting distance could cause
some to drop out of school.
Some students say the atmosphere
of the school in Lincoln can't be
obtained at any other school in the
Junior Mary Blazek grew up in Omaha,
but she said she chose the Lincoln
campus because of extracurricular
activities that are not available at
commuter campuses like the medical
Senior Lori Fritz said she attended
UNL for a year, and when she switched
her major to nursing she didn't want to
Both women stressed the importance
of meeting students in areas other than
health care. The broad range of stu
dents at UNL exposes them to different
Hofmeister told the new senate they
must be dedicated to equal the efforts
of last year's senate.
He advised them to "work hard, get
your hands dirty and make a difference."
ASUN President Andy Pollock said
the new senate must salute the outgo
ing senate and continue its hard work.
"We have to step back, look at what
we were elected for and them look for
ward at what we must do now," he said.
"We have to make this a better univer
sity and make this state a better state."
First vice-president Shawn Boldt said
the past senate "laid a firm founda
tion" and the new senate must build
the walls and the roof.
"We've got a lot of new ideas; we're
A new laboratory for the devel
opment of learning materials that
combine the advantages of video
discs and computers will be dedi
cated today at 9:45 a.m.
The Interactive Video Informa
tion System (IVIS) Laboratory is in
Ferguson Hall 21. It was made pos
sible through a $280,000 equipment
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
ideas on how health care should be
given, they said.
Sophomore Geni Budd said she
doesn't have any idea what she
would do if the Lincoln program
was closed. Budd said she spent a year
at UNL without declaring a major and
then decided on nursing.
"I never thought Gf any other pro
gram," Budd said.
Students recognize the seriousness
of the cuts, but haven't lost hope or
their sense of humor.
Blazek and Fritz said there's a run
ning joke in the college that all the
students could change their majors to
something in politics because of the
experience they've gotten while lobby
ing to save the program.
The elimination of the division is not
just the concern of its students, Fritz
said, but of the entire university. As
long as the process of vertical cuts
continues, different programs will be
targeted for elimination in the future,
Yeaworth said she is optimistic that
the regents will make the "right deci
sion" and retain the program. The
importance of the program has been
proven through community testimony
on the need for nurses and statistics
that show a national nursing shortage,
Statistics provided by the College of
Nursing say that the vacancy rate for
registered nurses in U.S.. hospitals
doubled last year. There are presently
400 vacancies in Nebraska's acute-care
For Cunningham, the proposal to
eliminate the division after cut
ting $300,000 in 1985-86 did not
come as a surprise. At Christmas time
she ran across her red "save our col
lege" button and got it out, anticipat
ing that the division would be targeted
for cuts, Cunningham said.
"Isn't that a terrible thing to say?"
Because of the plan for vertical cuts,
Cunningham said she won't throw away
her Nursing College button even if the
division is saved. With a policy of verti
cal cuts to eliminate entire programs,
the Lincoln division will be targeted
each time until the economy improves,
going to build our own trenches," Boldt
Second vice-president John Berg
meyer said the new senate "can really
take off' with its new people and new
In the last meeting of the 86-87
senate, the senate passed a bylaw
granting student religious groups an
exemption from the creed criteria in
ASUN's non-discrimination clause.
The bylaw granted an exemption for
the Great Commission Students and
the University Lutheran Chapel. Other
UNL student religious groups may
request an exemption from the senate
grant by Digital Equipment Corp. in
"IVIS combines video from a
videodisc player with computer text'
and graphics," said Paul Menter,
who has headed the IVIS project
since its inception. Menter is a
computer specialist with the UNL
Computer Resource Center.
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Graffiti drives inhabitants to create
By Jocth Zucco
St-'f R? porter
12.3 broKH giant seems tosterafeef
peacefully behind the ripped tlir.ds
of its windows. The "mechanical
engineering," label engraved above
its wide doorways no longer des
cribes the contents.
In all its grandeur, Richards Hall
is not a normal building, classwise
or decorwise. Sounds cf history,
education and art classes echo
thresh the hills. GriTiti, sit er.i
wit rs:ce ths hills. And students,
"profssscrs ud space fill ths hdlsu
"I think it's rather ur.iqua zs
ccr.pired to the ether tui'.il:,"
said Mike Mahnlcs, a junior tvi
mcjor. "It has a ur.iqu3 quality
bscauss cf the pecpla who study in
Duilt in 1917 as the nschanical
er.jinecrir buildir.3, an aura cf
another era still surrounds Richards
Hall. Susan Puslz, assistant profes
sor cf art, said that it was obviously
built for men since it has one
bathroom with one toilet and one
sink. The water-stained bricks on
the outside, the arched windows
and monosrammed tiled porch that
leads into the building foretell little
of the interior. A wide, empty hall
way greets the visitor, then a bench,
awaterfountain, an art-league sched
ule, fire extinguisher and high-arched
doorways. Student artwork is every
where; on the wall of the halls, in
the galleries and on the lawn sur
rounding the building.
"Everything to look at is so inter
esting," said Danny Cornett, a unde
clared freshntan. "Art is everywhere,
even dov.'n to the bathrooms."
Fcr fcvo cr three years, stulcr.ts
hava e :t u? displays cf thair v:::!: h
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Gallery houses tliIep cf x Ij
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Sports Paa 7
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visiting artists, &tudsr.t3 ani faculty
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the cast. Dra7.inrs. prints and Pho
tographs fill file cabinets, and paint
ings stand against each other on a
floor above them.
Douglas Rcss, art professor, said
the collection is generated from the
schools' riglit to retain one piece cf
art from each student. The earliest
piece on file is a 1953 painting by.
"We try to be understanding and
sympathetic" Ross said. "We tell
then to leave one so we don't take
away their best work or something
they may want to display. We want
scrr.ctM.tg that represents their work
A list cf the permanent collection
is found in graduate and under
graduate bulletins, and pieces are
ueed as examples in claeereerr.s.
Pieces are scattered ia halls 'end
Grafr.ti is alrtoct a
Richards as mora traditional art A
little staircase to the left cf ths
art-leagu3 gallery leads to Room SOI
and a terracs. On either side of the
door, in pencil, artists express their
feelings. Close to the top, WE NEED
NEW QUOTES" trickles dovnx to
another's fixation with 6-6-6, as
poems, expressions or mere scrib
bles preach the vices of it.
The eye of the shallow sea
come to the beast's eye
and die vrith me
behold the numeral
beseech and twisted
it's a human number
six hundred and sixty six.
Scrr.e say graffiti somehow enhan
ces the atmosphere cf the building:
the spiral staircases white tiled
walls, high ceilings and arched win
dows. The place seerr.s to reek with
the purpe.:3 that drives its ir.ahit
ar.te: a de::r3 to create.
"It's pretty geei f:r trl.-gto g:t
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