The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 01, 1991, Image 1

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Mostly sunny and warm today
with the high 65-70 and a
n northwest wind 5-15 mph
becoming variable at 5-10
rroh. Tonight, partly cloudy
with the low 40-45. Partly
cloudy Thursday with the high
_ in the low- to mid-70s.
Officials disagree on status of minorities
By Lisa Donovan
Senior Reporter
University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials
had differing views Tuesday on whether
recommendations from a recently re
leased report on the status of minorities at UNL
have been implemented.
Jimmi Smith, director of theOffice of Multi
cultural Affairs, said he wonders when and
how university “decision-makers” will carry
out some of the recommendations in the 1988
89 report that would attempt to make the uni
versity a more culturally diverse institution.
The report is the result of the 11-member
Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of
Minorities’ 1-1/2 year assessment of condi
tions for racial minorities at UNL.
The report recommended increasing the
number of minority faculty, staff and students
to create a more culturally diverse environ
ment in the UNL community.
Jack Goebel, UNL’s interim chancellor, said
that although he couldn’t cite specific recom
mendations that had been adhered to, some
changes had been made in student affairs,
business and finance.
Administrators will review the report within
the next 30 days “so we can measure the
success or lack thereof,” he said.
“I’d like to get an assessment so we can see
' where we’re at with this,” he said.
“We’ll continue to take action on what we
have done and get an assessment of where we
are,” Goebel said.
James Griesen, vice chancellor for student
affairs, echoed Goebel’s sentiments, citing a
Tonight’s gathering of ASUN senators
will include discussions of a student rep
resentative on the postsecondary com
mission and the fate of the racial affairs
subcommittee. Page 6.
Wire 2
Opinion 4
Sports 7
A&E 9
Classifieds 10
growth in enrollment in the last three years by
underrepresented minority students. These
students include African-American, Hispanic
and American Indian students.
Griesen said the commission was being
impractical when it recommended doubling
the number of undergraduate and graduate
minority students on campus in the next five
. Griesen suggested that the commission in
stead consider doubling the percentage of en
rollment of these same students by the year
He outlined the statistics for fall 1988: blacks,
American/Indians and Hispanics comprised
2.7 percent of the population. During the same
time, statistics showed that children of the
same ethnic backgrounds comprised 8.2 per
cent of Nebraska’s K-12 population in the
state’s private and public institutions.
Logically, if the university worked to re
cruit not only these minority students, but also
those in other states, the plan would be diffi
cult, but practical, to attain, Griesen said.
“I think it’s appropriate to seta fairly ambi
tious goal for us to achieve by the year 2000,”
he said.
Griesen said he is happy with the progress
the commission and the administration have
made toward cultural diversity.
But Smith said the administrative “deci
sion-makers” need to begin tapping into the
report’s recommendations.
UNL needs to increase minorities’ role in
. the university community, he said.
Goals of the Chancellor's Commission
on the Status of Minorities Report
Triple the number of minority faculty
members at each professional rank
(assistant, associate and full professor)
in the next five years.
Double the number of minority managerial/
professional and office/service staff in the next
three years.
Double the number of undergraduate and
graduate minority students on campus in the
next five years.
Amie DeFrain/Dally Nebraskan
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Athletic officials to continue loan inquiry
By Adeana Leftin
Staff Reporterf
The discovery of suspicious car loans to
two Nebraska basketball players has
prompted an investigation to determine
if other athletes have any ties to Raymond J.
Peery, NU athletic officials said.
Danny Nee, Nebraska basketball coach, said
the investigation will be “very complete."
Because fhc investigation still is being con
ducted, Nee said, there are no details yet.
“This is not an easy thing,” he said. “It takes
The investigation began after Nebraska
athletic officials discovered that basketball
players Tony Farmer and Jose Ramos received
car loans in violation of NCAA rules from
Peery, the former executive director of the
Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste
Compact. Peery has been charged with embez
zling $600,000 of compact funds for personal
Nebraska Athletic Director Bob Devaney
said Peery’s lawyer has contacted him and said
that Peery was not involved with any other
Devaney said football coaches are question
ing their players. At this point, he said, no
players have acknowledged involvement with
He said the way in which the athletic depart
ment has handled the situation, by self-report
ing the incident to the NCAA, would prevent a
backlash against the university.
“We didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.
Don Bryant, sports information director and
assistant athletic director, concurred.
Athletic department officials “did exactly
what they’re supposed to do,” he said.
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Faculty leader
proposes link
with senators
By Dionne Searcey
Staff Reporter _
cbraska senators will be in
closer contact with UNL offi
cials next year, the new UNL
Academic Senate president said.
George Tuck, in his first address to
the senate as president, said Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty
members, professors emeriti and stu
dents will “adopt” stale senators.
This is an attempt to keep the uni
versity in close contact with the
Nebraska Legislature, said Tuck, a
news-editorial professor. .
“Frequently, senators say they never
see anyone from the university ex
cept lobbyists and interest groups for
one cular bill,” Tuck said.
& ' lid he hopes to organize a
team of about three or four to “have
more than just intermittent contact”
with each state senator.
A lobbyist for the Academic Sen
ate will train team members on the
“basic do’s and don’ts” of talking
with senators, Tuck said.
*He said UNL team members will
discuss items such as budgetary is
sues with senators.
“We’re trying to regain some of
the good will that has been lost” through
budget conflicts with the Legislature,
Tuck said.
Ready and waiting
Jon Black, a 10-year-old fourth-grader from Skyline Elementary School in Elkhorn, waits for the bus to leave after he toured
_ Morrill Hall on Tuesday. Field trips to the museum peaked last week when as many 600 children a day came to view the
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