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Congressmen, media absent
50 march in support of Trio
By Sara Bander
Staff Reporter
More than 50 people par
ticipated in a march for
National Trio Day Satur
day, but its organizers were disap
pointed at a lade of media attention
and the absence of Nebraska’s
representatives to the U S. Con
Jimrni Smith, director of Horti
cultural Affairs and Student Sup
port Services at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, said the ab
sence of Nebraska’s senators and
representatives was disappointing
because they make the laws that
fund Trio programs.
“Unless they have the informa
tion and see the faces of students
they're helping, they can easily
change a law on paper and begin
denying students opportunities for
education,” Smith said.
Trio is a federally-funded pro
gram to help students from disad
vantaged backgrounds begin and
complete post-secondary educa
Smith said the conservative
period the country has been in has
forced disadvantaged students to
assume massive loans. He said this
led to a drop in the number of black
males pursuing hJ?her education
durum the Raaoaa
”j can’t help but think that was
directly due to the fact the Con
gressmen did not look into the
races and hear the words of stu
dents who are disadvantaged and
under-represented.” Smith said.
The march was held in support
of Nebraska’s first National Trio
Day. It began at the Nebraska Un
ion and went to the state capitol.
Students from UNL, Creighton
University, Doanc College and
several Chnaha high schools par
ticipated in the march.
Smith said he hopes Trio pro
grams can do more to encourage
disadvantaged youth to register to
vote and use their constitutional
He said his organization made
contact with print, radio and tele
vision media, but “they too turned
a deaf ear to this story.”
The media warns to hear about
they're in athletic uniforms, Smith
said. “When the poor and minori
ties want to stand up for their dig
nity - talk about how they can be
helped - the media isn’t inter
UNL’s only Trio program, Stu
dent Support Services, helps 350
students a year get through school,
according to Vaughn Robertson,
counselor and assistant director of
Special Services at UNL.
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Shortage of faculty
means stiffer competition
between universities
By Lisa Twiestmeyer
Staff Reporter
A nationwide faculty shortage
expected in the 1990s has many
college and university officials
worried afciiut how to remain com
petitive in the faculty-hiring game,
including the University of Ne
Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs Robert Furgason said recent
predictions of a nationwide faculty
shortage mean that UNL’s faculty
salaries must rise to a competitive
level if UNL hopes to attract quality
According to the Chronicle of
Higher Education, a faculty shortage
is expected to occur in the 1990s
because many professors will reach
retirement age.
At the same time, the article states,
fewer students are receiving doctoral
degrees and choosing academic ca
This combination means that
competition for professors will be
fierce, Furgason said, and UNL must
increase salaries now so it can be
competitive in the future.
“The salary issue is not just a
short-term thing,” Furgason said.
“We’re trying to get UNL postured
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when it really heats up. Those behind
the norm will be in bad shape.”
A January report on UNL’s three
year plan to increase faculty salaries
indicates that 47 percent of UNL’s
tenured faculty will reach retirement
age by 2005. Because of an inade
quate supply of new graduates to
replace them, UNL will enter an
"increasingly intensive national
competition to attract quality fac
ulty,” the report says.
‘‘It will be very hard to replace
UNL’s retirees with persons of com
parable merit unless the salary struc
ture is raised to a competitive level,”
the report states.
The report indicates that 18
months ago, UNL faculty salary lev
els were a ‘‘major crisis in the mak
During the 1988-89 academic
year, UNL faculty received the first
salary increase in several years as
part of the three-year plan. But, the
report indicates that while the 11
percent increase made progress, ihe
‘ salary problem at UNL remains
The report shows that in 1987-88,
UNL ranked last in average salary for
full professors, associate professors
and assistant professors in a group of
11 peer institutions.
While UNL’s 1988-89 salary base
increased as part of the faculty salary
initiative, the report indicates that
several other schools also received
sizable increases. UNL needs to
make up for several years when the
average increase lagged behind that
of peer institutions.
The report also cites the outlook
for salary growth as a problem at
UNL. Because of below average sal
ary increases, the salary growth po
tential for an assistant professor at
oilier land-grant universities in the
UNL peer group is about 69 percent
greater than at uNL.
‘‘This makes it difficult for UNL
to recruit and retain high quality new
faculty as they realize that other insti
tutions offer more favorable eco
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the report says.
Furgason said there will be stiff
competition for faculty in the areas of
engineering and science, and all areas
“in direct competition with business
and commercial needs.” College
graduates in these fields arc attracted
to industry instead of academic ca
reers because of higher salaries.
Financial incentives for nurses bill wins first-round okay
By Jerry (auenther
Suff Reporter
The Nebraska Legislature gave
firsl-round approval Friday to
a bill that would provide fi
nancial incentives to nursing students
after supporters announced they had
reached a compromise on it and a
similar bill.
Sen. Arlene Nelson, sponsor of
LB3S7, said she met with Sen. Stan
Schellpcper of Stanton Friday morn
ing to work out a compromise on the
Schellpcper is the sponsor of
LB520, a bill that creates a nursing
incentive fund that would reimburse
nursing students for loans taken in
college for up to $2,000 per year if the
students go on to practice nursing in
the state.
LB520 also would give nursing
students $1,000 per year while they
are in college if they agree to practice
in rural areas.
LB357, which was first discussed
by the Legislature Feb. 8, was passed
without the compromise amendment
attached to it.
Under the compromise amend
ment, which will be added to the bill
before it comes up for second-round
consideration, Nelson said 75 bache
lor of science nursing students will
not have to pay back S l ,(X)0 per year
of their college loans.
In addition, 75 associate degree
nursing students and 75 licensed
practical nursing students would
have loans of S500 a year erased.
Another compromise in the
amendment affects nurses in rural
Under that compromise, nurses
with bachelor of science degrees who
work in Nebraska communities of
50,000 or less would get $1,000 the
first year after employment, $750
after the second year and $500 after
the third.
Associate degree nurses practic
ing in communities under 50,000
would receive $750 after their first
year of employment, $500 after the
second year and $300 after the third.
Licensed practical nurses practic
ing in communities under 50,000
would receive $500 after their first
year of employment, $300 after their
second year and $200 after the third.
Under maximum incentives, Nel
son said the total cost of the bill
would be $1.8 million.
Sen. Jacklyn Smith of Hastings
said the compromise makes LB357 a
belter bill than either of the original,
individual nursing bills.
I B357 was passed Friday without
any of the compromises attached to
Schellpcper said he plans to with
draw LB520 if all the compromises
discussed Friday are included in
LB357 when it comes back from the
bill drafter.
Police-entry clause removedfrom greek house contract
By Larry Peirce
Senior Reporter
A”boncof contention” concerning police
entry into greek houses has been re
moved from a contract that greek chapter
advisers and officers must sign, said James
Gricsen, vice chancellor for student affairs.
The contract, which was drawn up in Janu
ary by the Greek Affairs office, requires signa
tures of house executive officers, chapter ad
visers and house corporation presidents before
houses can be considered ‘ ‘approved univer
sity housing.”
Gricscn said the removed clause stated:
“We agree to grant permission to UNL. police
officers to have access to the public areas of our
chapter house.”
Police would have had access to living,
dining and recreation rooms if they felt there
was cause, which means they would need a
reason to enter the house, such as a complaint
about a party.
The clause didn’t violate any Fourth
Amendment rights, Griesen said.
“We never said they had to grant access.”
However, he said, if police we cn’t allowed
U) enter, house officers would have been
brought before the Greek Judicial Board.
Brad Brunz, president of Sigma Nu frater
nity,.said chapter advisers, many of them attor
neys, complained to Griesen about the clause.
Advisers didn’t like it because it held them
responsible when they weren’t in the house,
Brunz said.
They also disliked it because the “parame
lers of cause were totally vague,” Brunz said.
To police, cause could be a piece of paper
flying out a window, he said.
The executive director of Sigma Nu’s na
tional chapter said the clause sounded like an
invasion of privacy and urged fraternity offi
cers to take a stand against it, Brunz said.
Gricsen said he didn’t want the clause to
detract from the rest of the contract, which will
inform house officers of their responsibilities.
The contract specifics rules of the University
Code of Conduct and UNL’s policy of visita
tion for approved housing.
All greek houses will be monitored for a
year, and then the contract will be reviewed, he
“If I feel we can’t enforce policy, then
they’ll see me coming around again,” Gricsen
Kevin Yost, president of the Inlcrfratcmily
Council, said Gricsen told fraternity presidents
last week that he would remove the clause.
Presidents came to the meeting with griev
ances, but after Gricsen announced his deci
sion, “everyone was happy,” Yost said.
“We were all pretty shocked,” said Lane
Kent, president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
“All conversation ceased at that point.”
Kent said he and other presidents are
pleased with Griescn’s decision. The clause
won’t be needed, he said, no matter how
closely the houses arc monitored.
Yost said Gricsen doesn’t want to create an
adversarial relationship with the fraternities.
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