The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 13, 1992, Page 3, Image 3

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    Club tears down cultural walls
Women share
problems, skills
in social group
By Michelle McGowan
Staff Reporter
The International Women’s Club
of Lincoln is an outlet for friendship
and support to women who have moved
to Nebraska from other countries, club
members said.
“It’s nice to have a normal social
contact here,” said Tanya Jajcayova,
who moved to Lincoln from Czecho
slovakia last August.
“Foreigners often don’t find people
to talk to.”
Jajcayova, who brought her five
year-old son with her, came to Ne
braska to join her husband, Robert
Jajcay, who studies mathematics at
the University of Ncbraska-Lincoln.
She also is studying mathematics at
Jajcayova spent her first semester
in Lincoln at home, she said, until the
wife of her husband’s college adviser
asked her to attend one of the club’s
“These women are from all around
the world, and we share many of the
same experiences,” she said. “I can
discuss everyday problems with these
women, and they understand because
they had the same problems when
they came here.”
Sammer Sahli, whose husband,
Ay man, is a student at UNL, came to
Lincoln from the West Bank about
two years ago. Sahli said she found
the cl ub to be a supportive network—
and a good reason to get out of the
house for a while.
She began attending meetings two
months after she arrived, she said.
“At first I was alone,” Sahli said.
“I wanted to find foreigners I could
talk to. I started participating in (the
club’s) activities and made new
Club members participate in dif
ferent activities each time they meet,
she said, such as handiwork, cooking
and giving presentations on the cus
toms of their native countries.
Last year, Sahli said, the club par
ticipated in the International Bazaar
at UNL, selling cookies and cakes
made from recipes the women had
I can discuss everyday
problems with these
women, and they under
stand because they had
the same problems when
they came here.
— Jajcayova
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brought from their different coun
“(The club is) great for wives of
students and students,” Jajcayova said.
“You can improve your English and
knowledge of different cultures and
make new friends at the same time.”
Ingcborg Ewoldt became involved
with the group through a friend 20
years ago. Ewoldt said the club began
when wives of UNL professors and
the wives of teaching assistants got
together for tea and conversation.
Professors started the club in 1964.
Today, about 15 women attend
each meeting, she said.
The club meets from 9:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the First
Presbyterian Church, 840 S. 17th St.
RHA votes 12-6 to trash towels
Senator says
removal causes
health concerns
By Lesli Thorn
Staff Reporter
In its final decision of the year, the
Residence Hall Association voted 12
6 Sunday night to recommend that
housing remove paper towels from
all residence hall floor bathrooms.
During the
half-hour debate,
RHA president
Matt Hammons
instructed mem
bers that housing
would follow
whatever decision
the group made on “this ongoing con
“Housing doesn’t want to take any
stance on where the money will go,”
Hammons said. “They want student
Abel Residence Hall Sen. Kevin
Policky said he believed RHA should
act quickly on the decision.
“If we don’t act now, there will be
paper towels,” he said. ‘That will
mean another year of spending $30,000
on them.”
However, Burr Residence Hall
president Brenda Starr said passing
the resolution would be foolish.
Starr said health center officials
were surprised RHA would consider
this resolution.
“Some officials I spoke to said
students would get lazy, not wash
their hands and spread germs,” she
Starr also said that of the more
than 700 students who voted on the
issue, only 70 more students voted to
remove the towels than to keep them,
according to RHA’s paper towel sur
vey, which was taken during RHA
elections in March.
“I don’t think that’s a justifica
tion,” she said.
In addition, she said, many stu
dents were not informed about both
sides of the issue.
But Hammons said all residence
hall students had equal opportunity to
become informed on the issue.
“It’s just like voting in the presi
dential elections in November or May,”
he said.
And, he said, housing officials
addressed health concerns when de
ciding on the proposal.
“Remember, we are keeping soap,”
he said. “Paper towels are just a con
venience. If you bring your own towel,
it is cleaner.”
Also, paper towels would be left in
lobby bathrooms, Hammons said.
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ommendaiions than our time allowed,”
he said. “Therefore we will withhold
Officials received news of the
proposed group Friday night. A com
plete report on the consultants’ study
will be available to officials later this
The new peer group could replace
UNL’s group of Maryland, Penn State,
Purdue, Ohio State, Iowa State, Illi
nois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michi
gan State, and Missouri. This group
was established in the 1970s.
James McShane, former Academic
Senate president, said officials needed
time to evaluate the proposed group.
“We have to look at the complex
ity of the issues and ask ourselves, ‘Is
this a pe«r group that we can live and
grow with?’” he said.
Fred Choobinch, an associate pro
fessor of industrial and management
systems engineering, said the new
group seemed to be a wise choice.
“On the surface it looks reason
able,” he said.
Choobineh and several officials at
the meeting agreed that UNL used its
peer group as a key source of faculty
salary comparison.
Jordan said faculty salaries at other
universities did not play a major role
in the consultants’ new peer group
“Salary data came last and late”
because costs of living vary, he said.
Schools within NU’s system com
pete for salary allocations from the
Nebraska Legislature. Universities
with notable peer groups are apt to get
more state-funded support.
Mars ton said peer groups were a
high priority in the university system.
“Too much emphasis was put on
peer groups at the University of
Nebraska,” he said.
The consultants found that in the
proposed peer group, when compar
ing 1990-91 academic year salaries
of full professors, UNL ranked 4.51
percent below its peers. UNL now
ranks 5 1/2 percent to 6 percent below
other universities in its peer group.
“It’s much better to have more of a
comparative group,” Boling said.
Jordan said the proposed peer group
would offer UNL a better chance to
rank above its peers because salaries
would not have to increase as much.
The university’s goal has been to
reach the midpoint of its peer group’s
faculty salaries. Jordan said he en
couraged UNL officials not to settle
for halfway.
“I’d much rather work toward being
the top,” he said.
UNL Chancellor Graham Spanier
said the university would strive to do
its best.
“We can’t be No. 1 in everything,
but my goal is to pick out a few things
that we can be,” he said.
Regent Robert Allen of Lincoln
asked if schools in the proposed peer
group ranked about the same as UNL
Jordan said UNL was comparable
academically to the other schools. He
said he personally found that UNL
ranked high on a general scale of
research and academics.
The process of selecting a new
peer group is partly subjective, he
“It is based on our knowledge of
land-grant universities,” he said.
“Beyond that, our decisions are based
— very strongly rooted — on a siz
able amount of objective data.”
When creating the proposed peer
group, Jordan said, the consultants
did not include more than two institu
tions from one slate. They used previ
ous studies when looking into other
“We generated no data on our own,”
he said.
Jordan said the consultants began
with 19 universities they thought were
comparable to UNL. These schools
were either land-grant or public uni
versities, or a combination of both.
The consultants made certain that
these schools were geographically,
demographically and fiscally compa
rable to UNL, he said.
Marston said universities chosen
for the proposed peer group com
pared academically to UNL, although
some might have larger student bod
ies. Ohio State, for example, has about
50,000 students, compared to UNL’s
enrollment of about 24,000.
“We’re very comfortable with this
list,” Marston said.
In other business, the regents:
• Approved a joint doctoral pro
gram in education between UNL and
the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
• Approved an agreement with
Ueno College System of Hiroshima,
Japan, to provide a study-abroad
program with UNO.
• Approved a 1992-93 University
Program and Facilities Fees increase.
The allocation will add $9.97 to the
1992-93 full-time student Fund B fee
at UNL.
• Approved a bid of $805,250 to
replace the artificial turf at Memorial
Stadium and a bid of $124,800 to re
roof an area above the indoor track at
Bob Devaney Sports Center.
• Approved tuition increases of $3
for high school independent studies
at UNL.
Loan exit interview required —
Federal regulations require all
graduating seniors to attend an exit
presentation if they have received
one of the following forms of Fi
nancial assistance: Stafford and
Perkins loans or supplemental loans
for students.
The sessions will meet at the
East Campus Union on April 15 at
9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and on April
16 at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The ses
sions also will be at the Nebraska
Union on April 20, 21 and 22 at 9
a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Room locations will be posted.
Presentation topics include loan
repayment options, consolidation,
deferment eligibility, expiration of
grade periods, interest rates, monthly
payment amounts and consequences
of default.
Students could jeopardize their
ability to borrow money in the future
if they leave the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln without fulfilling
the exit requirements.
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