The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 27, 1989, Page 3, Image 3

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    Bill that imposes due process
on NCAA hearings advances
By Jerry Guenther
Staff Reporter
The Nebraska Legislature voted
27-0 Friday to advance a bill that
would require the National Colle
giate Athletic Association to use due
process when disciplining Nebraska
colleges and universities.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha,
sponsor of LB397, said the bill is
designed to ensure that NCAA offi
cials conduct fair hearings when they
consider penalties against individu
als or colleges.
Because the NCAA is a private
institution, Chambers said, it does not
have to follow the U.S. constitutional
guarantee of due process.
“The only way you can get at the
conduct of private individuals and
private associations is by means of
state statues,” Chambers said.
Under LB397, if the NCAA would
fail to use due process when it im
poses a penalty against a university,
the university could lake the NCAA
to court to recover damages.
The amount of the damages the
university could collect would be
based on the amount of money the
institution earned in that athletic
event the previous year.
“This bill goes beyond just assur
ing the right to due process," Cham
bers said. ‘ ‘ It actually creates a cause
of action for the university and any
body who is harmed. It sets a measure
of damages that gives some guidance
to the courts.”
Chambers said that when the
NCAA put the University of Nevada
Las Vegas on probation in 1977, one
of the lower courts found that that the
NCAA used an investigator who
showed “obvious bias” against
UNLV men’s basketball coach Jerry
Tarkanian during the investigation.
The NCAA had placed UNLV on
two-year probation and ordered the
school to disassociate itself with
Tarkanian. A similar occurrence
could happen in Nebraska if the state
docs not have a law which guarantees
the right of due process, Chambers
If LB397 becomes law, Nebraska
w ill become the first state to have a
law' that requires the NCAA to use
due process when imposing penalties
against colleges or individuals.
Organization fights for rights
By Lisa Donovan
ScTOW Rcpwiy sy ^ "
Amnesty International. a
worldwide human rights move
ment, is hying te> re-esiafcdish a
group at the Ifniyersity of Ne
Mtor b^ni dormant for almost
two years. Jay Ovmovhch and
Matthew Mnlford, political sci
>••: enoe graduate students, have dcr;.
Sided to get the organization back
[ m&M&m UhB*.' 'v v rl *
According to Ovsioyitch,
* Amnesty International has been a
: recognized campus organization $
since its inception at i}UL> m
' “But & jnst kind of died off
after awhile,” be said,
Ifbe two have been working ;
with Lincoln’s Amnesty chapter
to re-energize die campus organi
zation. '* ^
Defined as a group that is con
cerned with the denial oi individ
ual human rights. Amnesty inter
national employs letter-writing
campaigns as a means of releasing
“prisoners of conscience' ’
Ihe individuai organ*zatioas
around the world concentrate on
cases (rf fetHiian rights vioiatkms
in places other thmthar own con -
Members write ictlcars or send
food rations to prisoners as a
means of support. They also make
pleas to governmental officials to
release prisoners.
These ^‘prisoners of com
science”., include anyone Cron*
Soviet dissidents to vktimsuf tor
ture in thud-world countries. ! .
, Amnesty International began ?
m 1% I under the auspices of Brit
ish lawyer Peter Beriesoo.
His. ooe-ycar letter-writing.
campaign In end violations or
human rights snowballed..
By the cod ot 1961,dozens of
organkatkas had formed and the
movement had become perina
aenk ^ . / 5
By establishing the organiza
tion on campus. Ovsioviteh said*
UNi/s educational value is en
hanced because Amnesty Intema
tionaJ informs people whafs
going on around the world and it
gives people a chance to help oth
""You can make a difference
right here on campus.” Ovsio
vitch said.
Many tunes cue country ca»T
talk to another country because of
polHkal interests but, He said,
individuals can.
For example, it would be diffi
cult for the United Slates to take a
stand against the British for their
dealings in Northern Ireland.
: If individuals of the country
write letters, then a person can
help a situation without necessar
ily hurung the state. ?
: Ovsiovitcb and Muliord said
they want a kg of pccfrie widt
differed backgtxginds to jom j
Amnesty at UNL.
""Wc don’t warn « w just be
puli-sci students or jwa grad stu
dents,” Muliord said.
"There's a rich wdi to be
Upped.” Ovsiovitch said about
potential members of Amnesty.
The first meeting will be Ouirs
day night at 7: $0 p.m. tn 538 Old
fitfpr HaU. Besides a pre.-.c Ma
rion, there will be thro.' short films
nude by Amnesty International
Faculty members praise pay raise efforts
By Eric Planner
Staff Reporter
Last year’s pay raise and the pros
pect of another raise this year have
revived faculty morale at the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln, according
to four UNI. faculty members.
“The actions taken by the Legis
lature and the governor had a big
effect on faculty morale,’’ said Wil
liam Lewis, chairman of the depart
ment of mathematics and statistics.
Faculty in the math department
have more energy, arc more willing
to take on projects and have doubled
their efforts as a result of the pay
raise, he said.
“There’s a real enthusiasm to be
deserving (of the raise)/' he said.
Lewis also said ihc raise was “a
big boost” for retention of faculty
and in hiring. The math department is
hiring four people this year, he said.
Last year’s raise and ihc prospect of
another raise this year makes it
‘‘dramatically easier” to hire fac
ulty, he said.
Lewis said Nebraska has the
‘‘capacity and will” to support fund
ing for pay raises at UNL.
But it is necessary for the Ne
braska Legislature to continue fund
ing pay raises for faculty members
“to show that last year was no
fluke,” he said.
In December 1987, University of
Nebraska President Ronald Roskcns
proposed a five-year plan that in
cluded raising faculty salaries by
nearly 35 percent over three years.
Under this plan, faculty members
would receive an 11.25 percent raise
in 1989-90, and an 11 -percent raise in
The NU Board of Regents re
quested a 12.5-pcrcent raise in its
budget for 1989-90. Gov. Kay Orr
asked for a 7.5-pcrccnt raise in her
budget request.
Lewis said the governor’s pro
posal is “stable and solid.” But, he
said, a 7.5-pcrcent raise would not be
as significant as the one the faculty
received last year.
He cited a year in the administra
tion of Gov. Bob Kerrey, when fac
ulty received a 12-pcrcent raise. That i
year's raise had little effect on faculty
morale, he said, because in the years (
immediately before and after it,
raises were 0 and 2 percent.
Peter Bleed, associate professor of 1
anthropology, said faculty members
want to be at UNL. He said they are
not “moneygrubbers,” but need “a
fair recompense.”
Glenn Froning, professor of food
science and technology, said faculty
morale was improved by the salary
package last year. At this point, he
said, “everyone is looking posi
ively” to next year for a raise.
“We have to keep getting after it.
hough,” he said.
Robert Diffendal, president of the
acuity senate, said the faculty salary
ncrcascs are important because rais
ng faculty salaries to a U vel compa
ablc to peer institution gels more
iifficult each year it is delayed.
“The longer we put off salary
aiscs, the more difficult it will be,”
oe said. Getting raises this year will
.unbe easy, he said, since many other
•roups are vying for money from the
Diffendal said he doesn’t want
faculty to “trot off somewhere,” it
they do not get significant raises.
Faculty shortage expected
TEACHERS from Page 1
The report indicates that “the problem of
faculty salaries looms large” in the College of
Business Administration. Salaries also are
comparatively low in the fine arts areas, and
the science departments may have problems
meeting start-up costs for future faculty re
The difficulty in hiring new faculty will
come at a lime when student enrollments begin
to climb. Even though the number of Nebraska
high school graduates has decreased over the
pastdccadc, the report indicates, the number of
freshmen at UNL has remained fairly constant
because more high school graduates chose to
attend UNL.
This trend will further increase UNL’s need
for additional faculty, Furgason said.
“The public doesn’t understand and know
it, but guys like me have sleepless nights be
cause of it,” he said.
Furgason said problems universities face
because of money shortages also make aca
demic careers less attractive for college gradu
“Budget cuts and crowded classrooms
cause many students to say ‘To heck with it, I’ll
go into industry,”’ Furgason said. We need
to convince bright young people that teaching
is a good career for them.”
The university needs to send a message to
both the Legislature and the public that Ne
braskans may have to pay more taxes to keep
UNL faculty salaries competitive for the fu
ture, he said.
“You can’t wait until the crisis hits, or
you’re right in the middle of it,” he said.
50 march for National Trio Day;
organizers unhappy at attention
TRIO from Page 1
Robertson said this service provides stu
dents with academic, career and personal
counseling. It offers tutoring, instruction in
English and math, and academic advising for
undeclared students.
Charlotte Walker, a UNL graduate who
participated in the march, said the tutoring
programs and words of encouragement she
received from Trio at UNL helped her make it
through school.
‘‘Without them, I wouldn’t have made it,”
she said. “I hope that legislators arc aware that
it is a beneficial program for minorities or other
poor people. It ensures hope for the future.”
She said the program at UNL helps bring
camaraderie among blacks and teaches people
to socialize.
Rosetta Howard, a sophomore broadcasting
major at UNL, said she participated in the
march because Trio gives a sense of moral
support to disadvantaged and minority stu
“It’s great for students that arc first-genera
tion college students,* ’ she said.4 4 It opens a lot
of doors.*”
Clause removal pleases presidents
HOUSING trorr. Page 1 _
bul wants to make the contract an' ‘awareness
Rhonda Lynn, incoming president of Alpha
Delta Pi sorority, said the clause would affect
fraternities more than sororities. M
“No one really voiced any concern, she
said. “The guys were more concerned about
Griescn hasn’t discussed the contract.
cnangc wun sorority presidents, Lynn said, anu
will probably bring it up at a meeting this week.
Brunz said he thinks the contract was meant
for fraternities, because sororities already have
alcohol restrictions and visitation policies that
are more strict than the contract.
Gricscn said a copy of UNL’s visitation
policy will be attached to the new contract. The
deadline for signing the contract is April 3, he
said. .
Faculty * Staff * Students
You Are Invited
Georgian Suite
2nd Floor, Southeast Corner
Nebraska Union
March 2nd & 3rd
10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Items on display will include:
Macintosh llx
Macintosh SE/30
Apple CD Rom
I Apple Scanner j