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January 18,1990 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Voi. 89 No. 81
State senator supports official student vote
I By Victoria Ayotte
tate Sen. Scott Moore of
Seward said he supports an
official student vote in Ne
braska’s higher education government,
i whether that vote comes in the cxist
I ing governing system or a restruc
After introducing a legislative
resolution Wednesday to give a stu
dent regent from one of the three
University of Nebraska branches a
vote on the current NU Board of
Regents, Moore said he also favors a
student vote as part of the proposed
constitutional amendment to restruc
lure higher education.
An official student regent vote on
the board also would require a consti
tutional amendment, Moore said. If
passed by the Legislature, both pro
posals would be put on the November
But Moore’s resolution would be
meaningless if legislators and voters
approve the higher education facelift.
Under the restructuring plan, the cur
rent NU Board of Regents would be
Moore said students still deserve a
right to a vote on the proposed boards
Under the proposals, boards of
trustees would be charged with over
seeing each of the three NU campuses
and each Nebraska state college. A
non voting student member would sit
on each board.
The proposed Board of Regents
for Nebraska Higher Education would
not have a student member.
Moore said one of the main rea
sons he introduced the student regent
vote resolution this year was to raise
the issue while the Legislature is
considering the changes.
“Whatever mechanism we use,”
for restructuring higher education, “I
think the student regent (or trustee)
should be considered,” Moore said.
‘ ‘The student members of the Board
of Regents provide the elected re
gents with direct access to the univer
sity’s campuses and are in a position
to have first-hand knowledge of the
students’ most urgent needs,” Moore’s
“Although the student members
are not elected, do not serve six-year
terms, and do not each have a vote on
matters presented to the Board of
Regents, the student members do
represent a constituency of students
on their campuses, and in their posi
tions as students and student leaders
warrant a vote on matters affecting
their constituency,” the resolution
On or before Jan. 1 each year, the
governor would appoint one of the
three student regents to vote on the
board for one year.
Moore said he proposed that only
one of the student regents vote be
cause he cares more about student
concerns than campus concerns.
“It would really throw the board
out-of-whack if you gave all three a
vote,” he said.
No campus could have a voting
student regent in consecutive years,
Moore said, because no campus should
have more influence than the others.
Moore said he expects heavy op
position to the bill, based on opposi
tion to previous attempts to give stu
dent regents a vote.
UNL enrollment not hurt
by state colleges’ gains
By Jerry Guenther
Undergraduate enrollment in
creases at the four Nebraska
State Colleges has not hin
dered enrollment at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, according to a uni
Lisa Schmidt, UNL director of high
school and college relations, said a
large percentage of the increase in the
state colleges’ enrollment came from
their abilities to attragt students who
live near the colleges.
Nebraska’s four state colleges
include Wayne State College, Peru
Stale College, Chadron State College
and Kearney State College.
Schmidt said part of the reason
state colleges have increased their
enrollments is because they have at
tracted some students who would likely
not attend college if they had to move
to another area.
According to figures from the
Nebraska Coordinating Commission
for Poslsccondary Education, slate
- colleges had a 6.4 percent increase in
undergraduate enrollment from the
fall of 1988 to the fall of 1989.
In 1989, state colleges had 13,685
undergraduates enrolled as either part
time or full-time students, up from
12,860 in 1988.
UNL’s undergraduate enrollment
also increased slightly over the same
time period, according to figures from
UNL Institutional Research Planning
& Fiscal Analysis.
In the fall of 1989, UNL had 19,791
enrolled as full-time or part-time stu
dents, 36 more than the previous fall.
During the 1980s, overall under
graduate enrollment at state colleges
increased every year. Peru State Col
lege had the largest percentage in
crease of the decade, more than dou
bling in size from 667 students in
1980 to 1,444 in 1989.
has decreased slightly during the 1980s,
down from 20,127 in 1980 to 19,791
UNL began the decade with three
consecutive years of growth, reach
ing its decade peak of undergraduate
enrollment in 1982 with 20,799 stu
Undergraduate enrollment declined
at UNL from 1983 to 1987, with a
ASUN offers conditional
approval of bylaw changes
By Jennifer O’Cilka
Staff Reporter __
I Student leaders passed a bill
Wednesday to support faculty
senate bylaw changes if the
senate will accept the ASUN presi
dent as an ex officio member of the
Bryan Hill, president of the Asso
ciation of Students of the University
of Nebraska, said he feels that since
the faculty senate changes would add
deans and vice chancellors as unoffi
cial members, students also should be
Under the proposed bylaw changes,
the faculty senate would make deans
and vice chancellors part of a UNL
Assembly. Also, the senate would
arrange an all-faculty meeting each
Spring and fall.
I Hill said he wants to act on the
bylaw changes because he approves
of them, but he wants student input.
Allowing the ASUN president to
be a part of faculty senate meetings
would bring students and faculty
members closer together. Hill said.
“This allows for the concerns of
the students to be heard by the fac
ulty, and for the faculty’s concerns to
be heard by the students,’’ Hill said.
In add ition, the change could make
student/faculty coalitions stronger, he
Also at the meeting, Vice Chan
cellor for Student Affairs James Grie
sen presented some of the univer
sity’s budget increases.
Gricsen said the faculty salaries at
UNL will rise 11.5 percent, while
teaching assistant salaries will increase
8.22 percent. Student wages will in
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I CFA to hold open forums
! From Staff Reports
The Committee for Fees Al
location will hold two open
forum meetings today to lis
ten to students’ opinions on the
way the University of Nebraska
Lincoln spends student fees.
“These are an opportunity for
students to voice their concerns
and opinions about how their stu
dent fees are spent,” said Todd
Kramer, CFA chairman.
The meetings, which will be at
5:30 p.m. in the East Union and
8:00 p.m. in the Georgian Suite of
the Nebraska Union, also are a
forum for students to ask questions
about where their money is going,
A UNL student passes by Hamilton Hall Wednesday afternoon as viewed in a reflection
in a Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery window.
January busier than ever
Caseload at Legal Services up
By Todd Neeley
Staff Reporter _
Studcntscurrcnily seeking help
from the Student Legal Serv
ices office probably will have
to wait about a week for counseling, a
university official said.
Shelley Stall, director of Student
Legal Services, said the beginning of
the semester usually is the busiest
time of the year. But currently, the
office is counseling more clients than
ever before in January.
Stall said the increase is difficult
lo explain because the same types of
cases are coming into the office.
Students tend to put their prob
lems “on the back burner” while
they are on vacation, she said.
On the average, Stall and part
time attorney Chuck Bentjen each
counsel about four students a day
during the first week of the spring
semester. Right now. Stall said, she
counsels about nine students a day,
and Bentjen secs about six or seven.
Stall said she doesn’t want any
student to wail longer than a week for
appointments. Appointments should
level off in February and March and
pick up again during Dead Week and
Finals Week, she said.
‘‘I can always tell the rhythms
students arc in,” she said. “Then we
do more advertising and workshops
when students show need for our serv
The office counsels students with
legal problems from traffic tickets
and consumer fraud to landlord dis
putes and misdemeanor offenses.
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