The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 19, 1991, Image 1

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Cigarette taxes So finance Beadle Center
By Michael Hannon
Staff Reporter
’ I * he Appropriations Committee decided
Thursday to appropriate $6.5 million to
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for
the Beadle Center proj
Five million dollars of
this money will come from
the cigarette tax and die
remaining $1.5 million
will come from the state’s
general fund.
The 4-cent portion of
the cigarette tax was the object of several
conflicting proposals during the legislative
session. Suggestions included using the money
for prisons, financial aid for all postsccondary
institutions, scholarships to private colleges in
Nebraska and cancer research.
Previously, the tax had been used for capital
construction projects of the University of
Six million dollars in state and NU funds is
needed to match the federal contribution to the
George W. Beadle Center for Genetics and
Biomaterials Research. The total cost of the
most needed repair to the utility system — the
replacement of the chiller used to air condition
UNL — is $3.5 million.
These projects require S3 million more than
the Appropriations Committee voted to give
Sen. Scott Moore of Seward, chairman of
the Appropriations Committee, said, “Yes, we’re
going to help you (UNL) do Beadle, but you’re
going to have to help us do it.”
Moore said UNL will have to cover the
remaining $3 million by internal reallocation,
using research funds and seeking private funds.
The state’s portion of the funds for the
Beadle Center will be used to build a Vine
Street utility extension and a biological sci
ences greenhouse.
In addition to the chiller, UNL soon will
need a boiler and an emergency generator.
Funding for these projects is yet to be provided.
The Appropriations Committee voted to use
the cigarette tax money for several other proj
•The University of Nebraska at Omaha
would receive $2.9 million to renovate the Arts
and Sciences Hall, $700,000 less Uian was pro
• The Institute of Agriculture and Natural
Resources would receive $4 million for proj
ects in Scottsbluff, Whitman and North Platte,
reduced from an early proposal of $6.1 million.
See BEADLE on 3
William Lauar/DaHy Nabraakan
EC success depends
on economic recovery
By Lisa Donovan
Senior Reporter _
For the European Commu
nity’s economic union to be
realized in 1992, the world
economy will have to recover
sharply, said Alfred Kingon, for
mer U.S. ambassador to the EC.
“For Europe to succeed in the
integration of East and West, we
need a very strong economy,”
Kingon said before a crowd of 200
people Thursday at the Lied Cen
ter for Performing Arts.
Kingon was referring to the plan
of the EC’s 12 members to link
their economics by 1992. Only a
strong economy inside and outside
the EC will support the transition,
he said.
While the world is in a reces
sion, competition within the EC
could double its economic prob
lems and slow the formation of the
economic coalition, he said.
Domestic companies in EC
nations formerly dominated their
own markets, Kingon said. By
creating one market, he said, com
petition to sell goods and services
will come not only from the United
States and Japan, but also initially
from other EC members.
“They’re going to have 11 other
competitors that they’ve never had,”
he said.
Europe has enjoyed tremendous
economic growth recently, with
production rates climbing annu
ally, but the signs of slowdown are
evident, Kingon said.
Although the reunification of
Germany will help Europe’s over
all growth rate, Kingon said, east
ern Germany’s poor money man
agement could pose a real problem
for the country.
Kingon said many economists
think the great pressure of rebuild
ing the former East Germany will
strain the German economy. It may
require weakening the Deutschmark
— Germany’s currency — and
raising interest rates.
“There is a real fear of that
happening and I can’t give you an
answer” to maintaining Germany’s
stability, he said.
The assets of eastern Germany
are much less than expected and
many of the people who were once
big forces in creating the country
are now fleeing to the western part,
he said.
But Kingon said eastern Ger
many, more than other East Euro
pean countries, has the power and
commitment to pull together and
The problem in Czechoslova
kia, Poland and other East Bloc
See KINGON on 3
bducation council members
want unity with commission
By Heather Heinisch
Staff Reporter
The Nebraska Council for Pub
lic Higher Education took the
offense Thursday, calling for
unity in the face of opposition from
the strengthened Nebraska Coordi
nating Commission for Postsecondary
Nancy O’Brien, a member of the
NU Board of Regents and chairwoman
of the council, said that unless the
state higher education coordinating
bodies can work together, the council
won’t exist after a year.
A bill in the Nebraska Legislature
up for final debate outlines the pow
ers of the new coordinating commis
I sion, which was established by a
constitutional amendment Nebraska
voters approved in November. Com
mission members now serve in an
advisory capacity.
O’Brien said the strengthening of
the commission puts the council in a
sales position.
“We have to sell the idea of our
need to have input,” she said.
The council should take the of
fense and enunciate a broader vision
of education, she said, so it is not seen
as trying to preserve the status quo.
At the meeting, council members
also expressed concern that the new
commission will be too powerful.
According to the bill, the commis
sion’s powers will include establish
ing and revising the role and mission
statement for each public institution,
revising and modifying plans for fa
cilities that use tax funds, reviewing
and monitoring new programs and
capital construction projects and re
viewing budget requests from all
governing boards before submitting
them to the governor.
University of Nebraska General
Counsel Dick Wood said the com
mission may gain even more powers
from the Legislature. Senators can
assign additional powers to the com
mission as long as it doesn’t invade
the governance powers of the NU
See COUNCIL on 3
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tionwide education.
Page 2.
Celebrations for
Earth Day are in the
works, including a jazz
festival — providing the
weather cooperates.
Pages 3 and 6.
Columnist gives up
and gives in. Page 4.
A UNL gymnast
gains inspiration for
tough competition.
Page 5.
Men’s gymnastic
season ends with 7th
place finish. Page 5.
Wire 2
Opinion 4
Sports 5
A&E 6
Classifieds 6
a ^ -m.
Chancellor search held remains broad
By Aaeana Leftin
Staff Reporter_
Members of the UNL Chan
cellor Search Committee did
not narrow the field of can
didates Thursday, but will broaden
their knowledge of 25-30 of them, the
chairman said.
Harvey Perlman, dean of the Uni
versity of Ncbraska-Lincoln College
of Law, said that although the com
mittee wants more information from
25-30 of the candidates, die others
have not been dropped from the search
He said there are some women
among those asked for more informa
tion. He said he believes there also
are some minority candidates, but
that that information was not included
in their resumes.
Perlman ref used to say if any inter
nal candidates are included in the
number. He also declined to specu
late about the exact number of appli
“I’m not convinced yet that I know
what the field looks like,” he said.
Of those candidates asked to pro
vide more information, Perlman said,
all have substantial academic experi
He said the committee still is re
ceiving resumes and nominations.
Some of those nominated have not
been informed of their nomination
and others have not responded or
expressed interest in the position,
Perlman said.
All candidates will be informed
sometime next week if they arc among
the 25-30 the committee presently is
interested in.
Perlman said the committee wants
candidates to know it is interested in
them before making discreet inquir
ies into their backgrounds.
He said that within the next two to
three weeks the committee may have
to decide lhat some of the candidates
will not be pursued.
“We don’t need to do that yet,” he
Perlman said that during the next
two to three weeks, the committee
also will continue to look at new
resumes and review some they’ve
already seen.
The committee still is working
toward having a new UNL chancellor
by next August or September, but
Perlman said he doubts if that is real
; ulation increased from 1980 to 1990
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Amie DeFrain/Daily Nebraskan