The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 06, 1991, Page 8, Image 8

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New position to focus
on minority affairs a
By Alan Phelps
Senior Editor
UNL interim chancellor John
Goebel unveiled the job description
of a new minority affairs position
Friday, more than seven months after
NU president Martin Massengale
announced its creation.
“This is a very significant moment
for the University of Nebraska-Lin
coln,” Goebel said.
He said the new position, which
will be called the associate to the
chancellor and director of human and
community affairs, will have a broad
range of responsibilities, including
being UNL’s chief affirmative action
“It’s my hope that what we will
find is a coordinated effort to pull all
the things we’re trying to do together,”
Goebel said.
The new position will not mean
the elimination of the position now
held by Brad Munn, UNL affirmative
action compliance officer, Goebel said.
Only some of the duties Munn now
handles will be taken over by the
director of human and community
affairs, he said.
“We look forward to a very posi
tive relationship with Munn,” Goebel
UNL alumnus Dick Davis, direc
tor of administration and government
relations at Northern Plains Natural
Gas Co., served as a consultant dur
ing the development of the job de
scription for the new position.
An important responsibility of the
position will be to issue a^n annual
“report card,” Davis said, detailing
UNL’s progress toward minority af
fairs goals to be established by the
new officer.
“Key administrators will have
objectives relating to affirmative ac
tion,” he said, “and will be evaluated
on those objectives.”
Davis also said the position would
deal with cultural diversity and would
be involved with increased efforts to
enroll and retain minority students
and faculty.
“This is a restructuring and refo
cus of UNL’s efforts,” he said.
Goebel said he hoped the position
would be filled on a permanent basis
after a UNL chancellor is selected. In
the meantime, he said, a member of
the chancellor’s staff may fill the job
temporarily “so we can initiate the
process right now.”
Goebel and Davis said they met
with a number of community, student
and faculty groups to formulate the
new position.
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Carpet croquet
NU President Martin Massengale takes a shot during a
croquet tournament in the basement of the governor’s mansion
Saturday. The croquet match was a part of the Nebraska
Repertory Theatre’s season kickoff event, “Derby Day."
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(The pyramid) would have sort of a
futuristic look. For a lighting effect,
you could use different-colored bottles
on the floor,” Scherbak said. “You
can just imagine what it would look
like on the inside.
“I thought ‘perhaps I’m being an
egomaniac, but maybe it would get in
the Guinness Book of (World) Rec
ords, and kind of bring Nebraska to
The goal would be to encourage
community support and involvement,
he said, especially in donating cans.
The pyramid would require collect
ing more than 200,000 aluminum cans.
The use of cans as insulation could
spread to the rest of the United States
and could be used as a low-cost method
of building shelters, low-income
housing or even rafts and boats, he
Scherbak, after having the panels
tested for strength at the UNL Mate
rials Testing Laboratory, discovered
the panels could hold at least 30 pounds
per square foot, which is acceptable
for construction use.
“With aluminum cans, it’s espe
cially fascinating to me. Here is
something that’s thrown away, and it
has all these physical properties, with
quite a surprising application.”
By Jeremy Fitzpatrick
Senior Reporter
Although the number of reported
dead week violations declined this
semester, one ASUN official said he
is not sure the problem is dying out.
Jason Krieser, chairman of the
Association of Students of the Uni
versity of Nebraska’s academic com
mittee, said the committee has re
ceived more than 30 calls inquiring
about dead week policy, but that only
two written complaints have been filed
by students.
In the past two years, the commit
tee, which handles dead week com
plaints, has received at least 10 writ
ten complaints during dead week, said
Krieser, ASUN senator from the In
stitute of Agriculture and Natural
But Krieser said the lower number
of written reports did not necessarily
mean the problem was improving.
“We’re not sure if this is indicative
of improving conditions or lack of
reporting by students,” he said. “I do
think there are other situations not
being reported.”
The University of Nebraska-Lin
coln’s dead week policy states that
only lab practical, makeup or self
paced examinations may be given
during dead week. The policy also
slates that projects, papers or speeches
may not be scheduled for completion
during dead week unless they have
been assigned by the end of the eighth
week of the semester.
Krieser urged students who have
complaints about dead week viola
tions to report them. Written com
plaints are necessary for the commit
tee to take action, he said.
“For this to go very far, we need
something on paper.”
Students may have a lack of confi
dence in AS UN’s ability to help them,
he said, but that feeling is unfounded.
“We have helped students in the
past, and we can help them now,”
Krieser said.
“The usual procedure is that we
would contact the instructor, and see
if we could do anything to rectify the
situation,” he said. “If the (teaching
assistant) or teacher isn’t receptive,
then we work up to the department
head or the vice chancellor (for aca
demic affairs).”
He said the academic committee
has worked successfully this year with
a teacher and a department head in
changing a test and a project that had
been assigned in violation of dead
week policy.
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