The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, August 13, 1992, Summer, Image 1

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Fall enrollment
at UNL stays on
stagnant course
By Ronda Vlasin
Staff Reporter
Despite no new recruitment procedures
or changed enrollment standards, offi
cials believe this year’s enrollment will
be almost identical to previous years.
Earl Hawkey, director of registrations and
' records, said that registration for fall classes is
almost precisely at the same point as this time
last year in terms of numbers enrolled.
These numbers are based on the 19,543
students, only nine more than last year, who
were registered as of July 24 when registration
confirmations were sent out, Hawkey said.
New freshmen enrollment is slightly up, as
3,177 freshmen arc currently enrolled com
pared to last year’s 3,113 freshman at this same
point, Hawkey said.
i nc statistics win increase, nc said, out win
probably remain fiat with International Stu
dent Enrollment on Aug. 18, the last New
Student Enrollment session on Aug. 19 and
General Registration on Aug. 20 and 21.
“We won’t know what the exact statistics
will be until the vice chancellor releases the
figures shortly after Aug. 31,” Hawkey said,
referring to the last day to sign up for classes.
Lisa Schmidt, director of High School and
College Relations, agreed that enrollment should
be similar to past years.
The department hasn’t made any major
changes in recruitment, Schmidt said.
“We arc always trying to be responsive to
enrollment, but very few of our programs would
have a impact in just one year, they usually lake
a while to measure,” Schmidt said.
“The only change we have made in our
_ program is the addition of one reception to the
series of annual out-of-state receptions,”
Schmidt said.
There is a chance that financial aid proce
dures might change in the years to come, but
they were similar enough this year to previous
years that no impact was made, she said.
She said that new admission standards could
have an effect on future enrollment.
“If admission standards would change, that
could very well have a impact, but those arc
only in the proposed stages right now,” Schmidt
Program not
limited to
By Andrea Kaser ^
Staff Reporter_ i
In order lo conform lo university affirma
tive action rules and state anti-discrimina
tion laws, the new University of Nebraska
Lincoln policy of attempting to find employ
ment for partners of people the university is
seeking to hire is not limited to married couples.
Liz Grobsmith, assistant vice chancellor for
academic affairs, said that policy makers chose
the word “partner ” instead of “spouse” be
cause the word “spouse ” would eliminate a
segment of the population.
“We feel very strongly that we must not
discriminate on the basis of marriage,”
Grobsmith said. “It’s not for me to deny ser
vices to the program because (candidates) arc
in a homosexual relationship or arc not legally
uroosmim saia inai me uuai career program
would increase the univcrsity’schanccs of land
ing the most qualified candidates, because it
assured that there would be opportunities for
the partner of the candidate.
Not only will the dual career program help
UNL compete for the best candidates,
Grobsmith said, it also will help keep current
faculty members at the university.
Many faculty members have partners in
other institutions, she said. By offering their
partners opportunities here, the stress of sepa
ration can be removed, and quality faculty
would be more likely to stay.
“We need to stop pretending we arc hiring
individuals,”Grobsmith said,“This program is
more responsive to families.”
Opportunities within the university would
include a one-year fellowship to qualified part
ners. Grobsmith said UNL would not create
^Jfermanent positions out of thin air or force
anyone into departments. Partners would have
to prove their expertise and be approved by the
department before anything permanent would
be offered, she said.
Opportunities within the community might
include searching and selling up interviews for
job openings in the partner’s line of work,
Grobsmith said.
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Look out!
Donna Wilson of Lincoln looks at “Iron Horse Legacy," a brick wall
design by Jay Tschetter, in the Haymarket Tuesday.
Natural Law Party gives Nebraskans new political hope
By Sam S. Kepfield
Staff Reporter
The Ross Pcroi debacle earlier this sum
mer may have deflated political hopes
among many Nebraskans, but Dr. Donn
Wiedershine is not faxed.
Wiedershine, state coordinator for the Natu
ral Law Party, said he fell the Perot quasi
candidacy actually helped his party.
“There is a great deal of discontent with the
political system, and his movement showed
that. His departure has left a vacuum which we
New party expected to be factor in November election
hope 10 fill,” Wiedershinc said.
A medical doctor and general practitioner
who recently arrived in Nebraska from Liberty,
N.Y., Wiedershinc said he was slaying in
Bellevue tooverscc the Nebraska petition drive.
The Natural Law Party itself is very new, he
said, having been formed on April 20 of this
year. The convention in Fairfield, Iowa, drew
1500 people. It nominated John Hagelin, a
renowned expert on unified quantum field
theory, for President, and Mike Tompkins for
Vice President.*
Organizers have been met with great amounts
of enthusiasm, especially among students, one
of their major focus groups. Wiedershine said
his party’s entrance onto the University of
Wisconsin-Madison campus earlier this year to
hire students for a petition drive was successful.
“There was an incredible response,”
Wiedershine said. “We had students wanting to
go out and get signatures not just in the city, but
all over the stale, and some even willing 10 go
lo other states and help out.”
He said that the party planned to hold an
organizational meeting on the University of
Ncbraska-Lincoln campus sometime after the
fall semester begins. *
The Natural Law Party is not a purely Ameri
can phenomenon, having organized in 30coun
tries worldwide since April, Wiedershine said.
In the British general elections in April, the
Natural Law Party ran 313 candidates for par
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