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i senate changes
By Emily Rosenbaum
Proposals aimed at restructuring the current
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Fac
ulty Senate would bring together fac
ulty and administration and better represent all
the departments, according to UNL instructors
‘ ‘This is an important revitalization of shared
governance on this campus,” said John Yost,
vice chancellor for research and dean of gradu
ate studies. ‘‘A strong Academic Senate goes
hand in hand with a strong administration.”
Under the proposals, the cunent senate would
increase in membership from about 60 to about
90 and would be renamed the Academic Sen
ate. A separate UNL Assembly would be com
posed of the chancellor, five vice chancellors,
three deans and other faculty members.
‘ ‘This is important because key administra
tion will be in attendance regularly,” said Bob
Diffendal, professor of the conservation and
survey division and last year’s Faculty Senate
Issues requiring administrative and faculty
interaction could be solved at the meetings, he
In addition, the proposal would create bian
nual, all-faculty meetings headed by the chan
cellor in the fall and the senate president in the
"I think the faculty will appreciate the in
volvement of the administration in the Faculty
Senate, ’ ’ said Yost, who served on the commit
tee that proposed the changes to the Faculty
Senate representation would be changed to
allow for one elected representative for every
five or more faculty members of each depart
ment, two representatives for every 25 or more
and three representatives for 50 or more. Under
the current system, one representative is elected
for every 25 or more faculty members in one or
Virtually all the departments will be repre
sented under the proposals, Diffendal said. The
current system forces many of the smaller
departments, such as anthropology, to be rep
resented by faculty members from other de
partments, he said.
Desmond Wheeler, professor of chemistry
and chairman of the Senate Restructuring
Committee, said he thinks the proposed changes
to include the administration would “help bring
more faculty into the senate."
Faculty members with questions or com
ments might be more willing to bring their
suggestions to a senate meeting as opposed to
calling administrators or meeting with them in
person, he said.
Another benefit of the new system would be
the way the executivecouncil would be elected,
said James McShane, associate professor of
English and Faculty Senate president.
The new system would provide for a presi
dent-elect who would serve for one year, take
over as president the next year and then serve as
the past president, he said. This would allow
the president-elect to become familiar with the
president’s duties before actually taking the
position, he said.
One issue that hasn’t been addressed in the
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A late afternoon sun highlights the cars in the half-hour lot by the Nebraska Union, as a driver opens the door
to her car.
Nebraska fails to follow trend
Many states allow advance tuition financing
By Diane Brayton
More than half of the fifty states allow
parents to finance their children’s higher
education in advance, but Nebraska
has yet to follow suit.
According to an article in the Los Angeles
Times, 10 states have passed legislation to
allow payment of tuition at a discounted price
before a student goes to college. The article
also states that 22 states have approved tax-free
bonds to finance higher education.
The Nebraska Legislature considered a similar
program a year ago when state Sens. Jerry
Chizek of Omaha and Gerald Conway of Wayne
introduced the Nebraska College Savings Plan
Act. The bill failed to get beyond second-round
debate. It stated that parents could establish a
tax-exempt account to be used to pay their
children’s educational expenses upon enroll
ment in eligible Nebraska institutions.
Chuck Bisbce, Chizek’s legislative aide,
said Chizek’s office began research for an
education bill for Nebraska about three years
“We liked the idea of providing some in
centive for encouraging people to save up for
college,” Bisbec said.
Although the proposed act limited the amount
of money that could be put into an account, it
did not require the use of any particular ac
“The goal was to allow maximum freedom
of choice in the type of account,” Bisbee said.
When the child enrolled tn college, Bisbee
said, the reserved funds would be tapped. If the
funds were not used for tuition, they would
automatically revert to the owner and become
taxable income, he said.
Bisbee said he wasn’t sure why the bill did
not receive enough votes to advance but added
Nebraska probably would have to look at a
similar bill eventually.
“More slates than not have done something
along this line,’ ’ he said. ‘ ‘The general concept
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Quarterback Joseph convicted of DWI
By Pat Dinslage
Comhusker backup quarterback Robert
“Mickey” Joseph was convicted Thurs
day in Lancaster County Court of driv
ing while under the influence of alcohol.
Judge Richard H. Williams accepted Jo
seph’s guilty plea, which was a change from
the not-guilty plea Joseph entered at the Nov.
But according to Joseph’s attorney, Hal W.
Anderson, Joseph “said from day one that he
Williams scl a March 30 sentencing dale for
Joseph, granting Ander- —
son’s request for a pre
which examines a con
victed person’s police
Joseph has no previous
arrests or police record,
either in Lincoln or Lou
isiana, Anderson said.
Deputy County Attor- Josenh
ney Dan Fahmbruck told
the court that the police report showed
Joseph had a .135 blood-alcohol level, in ex
cess of the legal limit of. 10.
The report stated that Joseph was stopped by
police at 5 a.m. Sept. 10. Joseph was exv ceding
the speed limit by 22 miles per hour, the report
Joseph was on his way to pick up his mother
from a hotel and take her to the Lincoln Mu
nicipal Airport. She had flown to Lincoln from
Louisiana to watch Nebraska play Northern
Illinois, Anderson said.
Conviction on first-offense DW1 c arries a
penalty of seven to 30 days imprisonment a
S200 to $500 fine and a six-month drivers
Center provides services
despite federal grant loss
By Julia Dauel
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Five years ago UNL Handi
capped Services opened
w ith a three-year, $330,000
federal research grant and served
Today, the center serves 317
students, and the budget has shrunk
to $40,000 a year.
Christy Horn, Handicapped Stu
dent Services coordinator, said the
center has looked for other finan
cial sources to help it continue to
provide more services than federal
laws require since the gram ran out
“We’re putting together a pack
age with a lot ofdifrerent people
contributing, so we can supply as
many services as we can,” Horn
JJy law, she said, the center must
provide note takers, sign language
interpreters, taped textbooks and
alternative kinds of tests for stu
dents who are unable to take con
Bill would finance study
Tires proposed as UNL power source
By David Burchell
If a local tire wholesaler’s recy
cling proposal goes through, the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
could be burning rubber into the next
T.Q- Haas, owner of T.O. Haas
Tire and Auto Service, and univer
sity officials arc considering a plan to
bum discarded tires to generate power
Gary Thalken, UNL utilities man
ager, said power from burning tires
still would have to be supplemented
by conventional fuels, such as the
heating oil and natural gas that cur
rently are used.
But the lire plant could supply up
to half the university’s electricity and
steam needs, he said.
According to Haas, the cost of
building a tire-burning plant for UNL
would be about S10 million.
Thalkcn estimated UNL’s current
annual fuel bill at $5 million.
Turning tires into energy would
have ecological benefits, Haas said.
One tire is scrapped for every person
in the United States each year, Haas
said. Two million arc discarded an
nually in Nebraska alone, he said.
“We’re spending millions and
millions of dollars trying to bury energy
like tires,” he said.
Tires disintegrate under the ground,
he said, creating petroleum waste that
eventually can contaminate ground
Tires are difficult to keep buried,
Haas said. Expansion and contraction
due to seasonal changes in tempera
ture can cause them to work their way
back to the surface.
But tires left above the surface
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