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Chris Hopfensperger.Editor, 472-1766
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Jeremy Fitzpatrick. .Columnist
Spare the knife
Nebraskans should share education costs
Someone has to help stop the bleeding.
The Nebraska Legislature has already decided that higher
education in the state can afford to suffer as the state tries to
cope with its budget woes.
Now, UNL Chancellor Graham Spanier and university officials
can only do their best to keep the budget cuts from killing the
University of Ncbraska-Lincoln.
That effort began Monday when Spanier met with members of
his cabinet to begin planning for this year’s round of budget cuts.
The planning, which will run through the end of the semester,
includes 20 meetings with vice chancellors, college deans,
department directors and other faculty members to determine
solutions to budget problems now and in the future.
To this point, the pain of budget cuts to most has been isolated.
If things continue as they are, the cuts will affect the future of
everyone involved with the university.
Spanicr has made a commitment to do his best to spare educa
tion from the ax. Cutting academic programs will be a last resort,
he has said. It is a commitment to the future of this university and
of its students.
The fact that the university has to consider cuts deep enough to
threaten education in the first place is sad enough. But it is even
worse that the Legislature, obviously, has made no such commit
ment to the future.
Legislators fail to see that education in Nebraska is already
Roughly $4 million in cuts from the university have been
identified in the last two years. Another $2.2 million was targeted
by the Legislature during the special session in September.
Now some legislators are suggesting more cuts for the 1993-95
biennium, which begins July 1, 1993, and ends June 30, 1995.
In fact, Sen. Scott Moore of Seward, the chairman of the
Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, said last week that
educational institutions and programs in Nebraska could be hit
with across-the-board cuts of as much as 10 percent during the
next two years.
But the pain should have to be shared.
‘‘I think tuition increases arc inevitable,” Spanicr said. “The
cost of education will continue to go up, just like the cost of
UNL students should prepare for tuition increases, but they
should not be required to pay more money for a lower quality
All across the country, people bemoan the condition of the
American education system. They say.U.S. students arc unable to
keep pace with students in other countries. Our schools arc
turning out people prepared only to fail.
Americans arc eager to point out the problems with education,
but they arc unwilling to help pay the price of improving the
Students should never have to suffer the pain of increased
tuition and reduced services. Legislators must recognize the need
to support education, and Nebraskans must be willing to help pay
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How hard can it be to include
women in speaking and writing? Ob
viously, very hard.
With the exception of one male
professor, all of my others here at
U N L re fe rred to a human as he or h i m.
Now don’t get upset yet — I’m not
saying women professors don’t do it
too. Nevertheless, I’m sick of it I’m
sick of the condescending attitude
many male professors have toward
I’m sick of terms such as:
... the list goes on and on. I’m sick of
people (notice “people” — both men
and women do this) constantly as
suming a doctor is a man and a burse
is a woman.
I’m not advocating that a
that, but when referring to business
people, police officers or chairper
sons, include everyone, not just the
men. Furthermore, ad campaigns such
as the Marine Corps’ “We’re looking
for a few good men,’’continue to leave
Now, 1 m sure some of the men
reading this will assume I’m a bitch or
that it’s “that time of the month” or
that I’m an ultra-feminist, or
FcmiNa/.i.as Rush Limbaugh puls it.
However, it seems to me that when a
man complains about something or
makes a nasty remark, people assume
that the poor guy’s just having a bad
At least President Bush and his
Republican cronies are gone. I guess
you can tell I’m pretty much a liberal.
A new man is in — a man who appre
ciates the abilities of women. Hillary
Clinton has been the main breadwin
ner in the Clinton household bringing
in more than $100,(XX) per year as
compared to Bill Clinton’s $35,000.
And, speaking of politics, it’s about
time more women are in the Senate.
Believe it or not, the Senate is just
now installing a women’s bathroom.
Women had to use public bathrooms
on the first floor, whereas men had a
nice bathroom close by.
Women will be heard. We make up
more than half our population. We do
good for our society — not just the
wives and mothers cither.
Give us thecrcdiiwcdeserve. Speak
and write gender-inclusive. It’s the
least you can do.
It would be a mistake to allow'
Sen. Scott Moore to nudge us into a
game of “Let’s you and him fight”
(“Students to bear burden of budget
cuts,” Nov. 16). It is not the senator’s
business to micromanage the budget
of the university. He will have to do
what he feels he must do with respect
It will be up to the university to
deal with whatever budget scenario it
must deal with. Pitting the students
against the faculty and staff over this
issue can only be counterproductive.
We are all in this together.
UNL College of Nursing
There was a piece of crap
In the middle of the lawn;
It was big and brown and ugly,
I’d like to flush it down the jon.
But it was much too big for that,
It weighs 80,000 pounds,
It had to be the handiwork,
Of a hundred million hounds.
I turned and to my side,
A man stood next to me,
I looked at him and asked him what
He thought that it may be.
He said they call it “Greenpoint”
And it was such a work of art,
He wondered how the sculptor
Had the will to part.
1 turned around and walked away,
I didn’t fall into his trap
The big, tall thing still standing there,
Was just a piece of crap.
While attending UNL, I’ve heard
many opinions both positive and nega
tive about the amount of student fees
students must pay and how these fees
Last year, however, no students
attended the student input meeting for
the Committee for Fees Allocation.
Eleven student committee members
had to dee ide how to spend the student
fees of 34,000 students — about $7
million. This year, the CFA student
input meeting is Thursday at 5:30
p.m. in the East Union and at 6:30
p.m. in the Nebraska Union.
I strongly encourage all students to
attend. We need to hear your com
ments, suggestions, questions or criti
cism about how your student fees
should be spent so that we can best
off-campus representative to CFA
1 am writing in response to the
extremely poor article about the men’s
and women’s swimming teams (“NU
swimmers splash past Coyotes,” DN,
Nov. 16). Not only is it difficult to get
recognition in the DN or any newspa
per, but when we do, there arc loo
many errors. I just think that an article
full of errors is very irritating.
Let me pointout some of the errors
that I found. The photograph was not
of Carrie Kerns who swims nothing
but breast stroke. It was ol freshman
Tami DenOtter doing the 100 yard
Both Nebraska teams have not
improved to 3-0 because the men
have only had two meets.
As far as “other first place finishes
for Nebraska,” I did not sec the names
of at least four women who won events,
too. One of those women won three
individual events. I cannot recall the
men’s first place finishes but then
again I wasn’t the one reporting on the
I just hope this brings attention to
your entire sports staff. I know Juliet
Yenglin and she is a very fine and nice
young lady. I even spoke to her at the
meet. I am just asking that more accu
rate information is published in our
I would like to commend Jeff
Hankins for standing up for his con
servative ways and representing the
minority of conservatives on this cam
pus (“Liberals should listen and learn,”
DN, Nov. 12).
The dominant liberal views pre
sented in the Daily Nebraskan each
day are enough to sicken even the
slightest of conservatives. The
Republican’s ideology and the con
servative viewpoint deserve equal
representation on campus, and I am
glad to see that it is finally being
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