The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 22, 1988, Image 1

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ASUN officials see good, bad in 2-party ballot
By Jamie Pitts
Staff Reporter_
Several ASUN members and present and
former candidates said fewer parties on the
ballot means students are taking the student
government more seriously, but agreed that
non-Greek students need to be involved.
Last year six parties ran for offices in the
Association of Students of the University of
Nebraska. This year two are running.
Marlene Beyke, director of development for
ASUN, said 15 applications were picked up,
but only two parties returned the application to
be put on the ballot.
“I was as surprised as anyone that only two
■ parties are running,” Beyke said.
Denise Wenke, a sophomore French major
at UNL, said she attempted to form a party with
Jeff Porter, who ran last year for first vice
president with the TREK party.
Wenke’s party eventually dissolved be
cause of personal problems, but she said she
intends to stay involved in ASUN by being on
Beyke said there have been more than two
parlies on the ballot since she began her job in
ASUN first vice-president Shawn Boldl said
campaign rules were changed this year to make
the elections more serious.
This year ASUN increased the number of
signatures needed for a party to get on the ballot
from 200 to 400. ASUN also prohibited cam
paigning before the Feb. 10 filing date.
In previous years, parties were able to
campaign immediately after Christmas break.
Jeff Petersen, ACTION presidential candi
date, said he thinks ASUN doubled the number
of signatures and prohibited early campaigning
to deter joke parties from running.
Petersen said he is glad there are no joke
parties this year because it will help students
focus on the seriousness of ASUN.
Christopher Stream, VOICE presidential
candidate, agreed with Petersen about the
number of signatures but said he didn’t feel the
deadline affected the number of parties.
Beyke said the two parties running this year
are serious and there are no joke parties on the
“This is going to be a learning experience for
me as well as for the student body,” Beyke said.
Beyke said she hopes voter turnout doesn’t
drop from last year’s 15 percent.
Stream, who ran last year as second vice
president for the HUGE party, is optimistic
about voter turnout this year.
“I suspect it will be rather large this year
because the non-Greek students will be well
represented,” Stream said.
But Stream said he thinks it is “ridiculous
and embarrassing” that no non-Greek parties
are running this year. He compared the elec
tions to belonging to a country club.
“You have to be Greek, the right Greek and
know the right people to be involved with
ASUN,” said Stream, a member of Kappa
Sigma fraternity.
Petersen said the lack of involvement from
non-Greeks is notan “intended problem,” but a
“lack of communication.”
“I don’t think ASUN has anything to do with
where you live,” Petersen said.
ASUN president Andy Pollock said he
doesn ’ t th ink students have to be Greek to be on
the ASUN ballot. Pollock said it is important
students remember that Boldt lives in a resi
dence hall.
Pollock said ASUN doesn’t favor the Greek
houses but agreed that there should be more
representation of residence hall students.
Bill Bade, Residence Hall Association vice
president, said it’s difficult for a non-Greek
party to win because it is easier to find support
in a Greek group.
Bade said it is also hard for residence halls
to get good representation in a Greek party.
“It’s difficult for a split party or even aGreek
party to take a stance oh issues that effect the
residence halls without losing the Greek vote,”
Bade said.
Boldt said although ASUN is “more or less
Greek dominated,” it is not the fault of the
Greek system.
Boldt said he thinks ASUN needs to do
“some heavy recruiting” of both residence hall
students and off-campus students.
After all, he said, there are more off-campus
students than residence hall and Greek students
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Mini-course on AlUb
may become full class
By London Bridge
Staff Reporter
Students who were turned away
from the University of Nebraska
Lincoln mini-course “AIDS: People
and Problems” this semester may be
able to lake a full-semester, three
hour course next spring, said Richard
Boohar, course instructor.
Boohar, an associate professor of
biology, said he didn’t know how
many students were turned away, but
only 82 were allowed in the class
about acquired immune deficiency
syndrome. If the course is offered
next year, 180 students could attend,
he said.
“I’d like to offer this class to as
many students as possible,” he said.
Student evaluations of the class
called it a “roaring success,” Boohar
Boohar said he got the opportun ity
to teach a mini-course last year.
_ UNL’s School of Biological Sci
ences let him choose the topic.
“Once I knew I was going to do a
mini-course, AIDS was the thing to
do because it is so current and so
important,” he said.
Boohar credited the successor the
class to student participation.
“I don’t think there was anyone
who didn’t speak out at least once,”
he said.
“People came into this class
frightened of AIDS,” he said. “I was
surprised at the degree to which I saw
people opening up their eyes and stop
being scared.”
The class was offered as pass/no
pass only, Boohar said. Grades
weren’t given for student work be
cause of the difficulty in grading
objectively when opinions are in
volved, he said.
He said the students could partici
pate in class without worrying about
the grade they would receive.
The full-semester class also will
be offered pass/no pass, he said.
I Majority of students favor Initiative 300
By Julie Dauel
and Jeff Beals
Staff Reporters______
State senators are awaiting court
decisions on the constitutionality of
Initiative 300, a law that prevents
corporations from buying Nebraska
farm land.
And if many University of Nc
braska-Linco'n students had their
way, the arnctidment would stay as is.
A majority of 221 students polled on
City and East campuses supported
Initiative 300.
But the Legislature has yet to
throw its support behind the amend
ment. It withdrew bills to amend Ini
tiative 300 this session to allow the
courts to determine if the law was
constitutional, said Sen. Dennis
Baack of Kimball.
“As it stands now, no one fully
understands Initiative 300,” he said.
“So now we have shifted from the
legislative to the legal arena. The
courts will find if it is unconstitu
tional,” Baack said.
Sen. Rod Johnson of Sutton, chair
man of the Agriculture Committee,
said the Legislature will not debate
the bill in the 1988 session.
“Probably later in the year a law
suit will be filed on the constitutional
ity of the initiative,” Johnson said.
“Opponents hope that a decision will
be made before the next year’s Legis
lature meets.”
Aside from the Legislature and
courts, some UNL students alsoques
tion the constitutionality of the law.
The Daily Nebraskan survey
showed that 56 percent of the students
polled supported Initiative 300, 28
percent opposed it, and 17 percent
were undecided. Students were asked
if they supported Initiative 300; why
they supported the law or why not;
and how they thought the bill will
affect the economy.
'Do you support Initiative 300?'
Of those
■ from family r-i not (pm
■farms Ufamily farms
Figures rounded to the nearest whole number. Source: Daily Nebraskan random survey
John Bruce & Tom Lauder/Daily Nebraskan
The figures revealed that 58 per
cent of the students who approved
Initiative 300 were from family
Students from family farms who
approved Initiative 300 had many
reasons for their support.
Paul Hecht, a junior economics
major, said many family farms are
“As someone who comes from a
small family farm, I find it hard to
watch more and more farms disap