The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 29, 1992, Image 1

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Members dispute collective’s dissolution
By Cindy Kimbrough
Senior Reporter
Several members of the Women’s
Resource Center collective
made an official statement
Tuesday that condemned the dissolv
ing of the WRC advisory board and
the failure to recognize the collec
tive, a member said.
Cindy Douglas said the group told
reporters it was concerned that a col
lective governing process of the cen
ter was being ended.
The collective is a group that be
gan the WRC in the 1970s. Douglas
said any person who worked at least
one hour a week at the WRC could be
a member of the collective with an
equal voice, or vote.
The advisory board was a group of
Official says group may continue to operate
students and faculty members ap
pointed by the vice chancellor for
student affairs to advise the WRC
The advisory board was dissolved
by Campus Activities and Programs
director Marilyn Bugenhagcn on April
12 because of disagreements over who
was in charge of the center — the
university-appointed coordinator, the
advisory board or the collective. A
new advisory board will be appointed
in the fall.
Douglas said the collective’s pri
mary concern with the dissolution of
the board was that women no longer
would be able to experience leader
ship roles in the WRC, including
dealing with programming and deci
Following the press conference,
the group made an appointment with
Chancellor Graham Spanicr and vis
ited the office of James Griesen, vice
chancellor for student affairs.
Griesen said that when collective
members came into his office Tues
day, he explained that he had not
dissolved the collective, as collective
members had said.
The collective is not an official
student organization, Griesen said, so
he has no right to dissolve the group.
But Douglas said the collective
was being dissolved in the sense that
Griesen was not recognizing it as the
WRC’s decision-making body.
Douglas also said Griesen was not
being truthful about who officially
was in charge of the WRC.
“He continues to lie about the situ
ation,” she said.
Vanessa Spencer, a member of the
collective and an cx-officio member
of the dissolved advisory board, said
many of the documents that described
the coordinator’s job contradicted what
Griesen had said. The documents, in
effect, say the collective controls the
advisory board, she said.
Douglas said reviews of the WRC
in 1983, 1985 and 1988 stated the
collective was the decision-making
body for the center.
For 22 years the collective has
been made up of students who have
worked together governing the cen
ter, Douglas said. In effect, she said,
Griesen is saying that it never was a
decision-making body.
“It’s a pretty sad stalcmentof what
the university thinks of students who
speak their mind,” she said.
Griesen said he never acknowl
edged that the collective was the
governing board of the resource cen
The collective is more of an advi
sory body, he said.
When the new advisory board is
appointed next year, the WRC, which
receives Fund-B money, will operate
in the model of every other Fund-B
student organization — under control
of the university administration, he
Stacl McKaa/DN
Tearing up the turf
Jan Drapal (left) and Don Snyder oversee the removal of the artificial turf in Memorial Stadium Tuesday morning.
rootball tans,
; communities
rally to help
assault victim
By Cindy Kimbrough
Senior Reporter
The mother of an assault victim said T ucs
day that the nearly $35,000 raised at Ne
braska’s Rcd-Whiic spring football game
to help her daughter was unbelievable.
But Kathy Simanck said she should not have
been surprised,considcringall the supportGina
Simanck already had received.
Simanck said her daughter had received an
amazing number of cards, letters, visits and
support from Nebraskans since the Jan. 18
alleged assault by Nebraska football player
Andrew Scott Baldwin.
After the attack, Gina Simanck spent almost
a month and a half in the hospital recuperating
from various injuries, including permanent brain
Authorities said the alleged attack was caused
by atypical psychosis suffered by Baldwin,
who was charged with first-degree assault and
assaulting a police officer and is awaiting a
preliminary hearing. He has pleaded innocent
and not responsible by reason of insanity to the
Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne
announced Monday the total amount — $34,832
— that was raised at the spring game, in which
fans were asked to contribute what they would
normally pay for scrimmage tickets to a fund
for Gina Simanck. __
See SIMANEK on 3
Blank says tight funds a concern
Incumbent regent’s
big concern focuses
on finances of future
Editor’s note: The Nebraska primary will be
May 12, and the ballot will include the race
for the District 7 seat on the NU Board of
Regents. This is the second of a three-part
series on the candidates.
By Sean Green
Senior Reporter
The university’s toughest challenge in
the coming years will be to maintain
academic excellence in tough financial
limes, Don Blank, chair of the NU Board of
Regents, said.
Blank, who will be the incumbent in the
May 12 District 7 scat primary, said his expe
rience as a regent showed him that lack of
funding was tnc biggest concern facing the
“Dollars arc going to be lough and that
means tough decisions,” he said. “If funding
doesn’t increase, more cuts will have to be
made, and nobody enjoys doing that.”
Blank. 56, is a dentist in McCook, and has
served on the board for six years, two of those
years as chairman. He is being challenged for
the regent position by John Massey and Russ
Hilliard, both of Scottsbluff.
Blank said he thought the board of regents
was better now than it was when he began
serving and said it would continue to improve.
“I think we’ve made some major strides in
refocusing the regents over the last six years,”
- — ( hc saicj “We’re starting to
look more closely at some
priority items and that’s a
step in the right direction.”
In addition to financial
_ _problems. Blank said, the
university, including the board, must continue
focusing on issues such as minority concerns,
gender equity and faculty salaries.
Blank said Ihc university’s best asset was its
“We’ve got to remember that bricks and
mortar don’t teach students or conduct re
See BLANK on 3
Correction: A story in Tuesday's Arts and Enter
tamment section should have reported that Babe
Ruth played his final game in 1935 with the Boston
Braves, not the Atlanta Braves
The Daily Nebraskan Regrets the error
Clinton beats Brown in Pennsylvania
primary Page 2
Richards Hall in need of reparations,
officials say. Page 6
Nebraska baseball team beaten by
Kansas State in the ninth inning. Page 8
UNL dance instructor doubles as Rock
ette and mother. Page 9
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Opinion 4
Sports 8
A & E 9
Classifieds 11