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Alan Jacobsen, a
reported to have said
Tuesday that state
were not good
proposing too many
bills. He did not
The Dally Nebraskan
regrets tne error.
Nebraska players are
more enthused for spring
ball after their narrow loss
to Florida State on Jan. 1.
March 31, 1994
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 93 No. 131
By Angie Brunkow
and Matthew Waite
he state education coordinating com
mission will undergo only minor
changes resulting from a bill given
final approval in the Nebraska Legislature
“It didn’t take away any of our constitutional
power,” said Patsy Martin, communication co
ordinator for the Nebraska Coordinating Com
mission for Postsccondary Education.
LB683. which was introduced by Sen. Jerome
Warner of Wavcrly and received 43-0 final
round approval, defines the role of the commis
The bill goes to Gov. Ben Nelson for his
Legislators directed the 11-member com
mission to coordinate higher education and let
the individual colleges and universities govern.
Warner said the intent of the bill was to
clarify the original intent of the commission
and to clearly define its role in postsccondary
He said the commission’s role would change
slightly with LB683.
“They become more advisory,” he said. “They
arc not involved in (university) governance.”
The language of the bill will not end confl ict
between the commission and other governing
boards in postsecondary cducat ion, Warner said,
but it will help narrow the disagreements.
“It eliminated a lot of the misunderstanding
that occurred,” he said.
Martin said the commission was comfort
able with the changes outlined in the bill.
“The statutes probably did need some clari
fication,” she said.
The commission’s duties of comprehensive
planning,defining rolesand missions and elimi
nating duplication remain intact, she said.
The com miss ion also still offers budget guide
lines and reviews, she said. The changes give
the body more time to review budgets and
outline what capital construction projects it
reviews, she said.
Martin said when conflicts arose about the
commission’s role, groups would interpret stat
utes regarding the commission differently.
“There were some misunderstandings be
fore,” she said. “This will help clear some of
NU Board of Regents Chairman Charles
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Sen. Gerald Matzke, right, talks with Sen. Dwite Pedersen on the floor of the Legislature Wednesday morning
after the passing of LB1129.
Hazing bill gets final-round approval
By Angie Brunkow
A bill passed by Nebraska legislators
Wednesday would give university
officials extra help in eliminating
hazing from campus, a UNL administrator
LB1129, proposed by Sen. Gerald Matzkc
of Sidney, got final-round approval 40-0,
and if signed by the governor, it will make
hazing a crime. Individuals found guilty of
hazing could be punished with a maximum
of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine;
organizations could be fined up to $10,000.
James Griescn, vice chancellor for stu
dent affairs at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln, said the university needed this ex
tra deterrent to effectively discourage haz
“Having hazing as a violation ofstatc law
will increase student awareness of the unac
ceptable nature of (it),” he said.
With the threat of criminal prosecution
above them, students probably will be more
likely to rethink their actions before engag
ing in hazing, Gricscn said.
“It wouldbc very foolish for fraternities to
ignore this law,” he said.
Matzkc said the law would add weight to
the university’s efforts to deter hazing.
“The university has done an excellent job
in establishing standards for student con
duct,” he said. “But the educational institu
tion does not have the power to levy fines and
Griesen said the law also would ensure
that all students who were found guilty of
hazing were punished. The university will
report all major hazing incidents to the
county attorney’s office, he said.
“University jurisdiction extends only to
currently enrolled students,” he said. “We
have no ability to deal with the student who
might drop out of school to escape our juris
Matzkc said the law would have a second
ary benefit of helping reduce alcohol con
sumption on campus. Alumni advisers to
fraternities and sororities will be forced to
limit alcohol use by its members, he said.
“Most of the worst acts of hazing involve
excessive consumption of alcohol,” Matzke
Greek house presidents and alumni will
need to take the lead in stopping alcohol use
and hazing, he said.
“This is going to be primarily the respon
sibility of the leadership of fraternities and
sororities to make sure their members are
responsible in their use of alcohol, so hazing
incidents do not become criminal activi
ties,” Matzkc said.
Husker football fans will have to pay more to see less
By Tim Pearson
NL students who want to watch the
Comhusker football team make an
other run at the national champion
ship will have to pay the consequences.
Students wanting season tickets for next fall
will have to pay $ 17 more than last season to sec
one less home football game.
Last season University ofNebraska-Lincoln
students had to pay $56 for football season
tickets, an average of $8 per game.
This season students will be charged $73 for
season tickets, slightly more than $12 a ticket.
Athletic officials: Price raise needed to cover costs
Nebraska has six home games scheduled, com
pared with seven last season.
Cindy Bell, assistant athletic ticket office
manager, said the increase in prices wasn’t just
targeted at students.
“There wasan increase in the price of tickets
for everyone,” she said. “We increased the
prices all the way around.”
Unlike past years, this year there is a definite
guideline on setting student ticket prices, Bell
“In the 10 years I’ve been here, the student
tickets have been $7, but there was never any
policy on that,” she said. “Student tickets didn’t
nave to be 30 percent of the public prices or 20
“The number was just an arbitrary number.”
In the past, students have been charged $7
per game. Last year that figure was changed to
Full-time students will now be charged half
of what the public pays for season tickets, and
the faculty will be charged 80 percent of what
the public pays.
Students will have the chance to buy season
tickets during the student lottery next week.
Bell said increasing athletic expenses caused
a need for increased revenue.
A majority of that increased revenue will
come from the raise in ticket prices.
“We need to pay the bills, to help cover our
expenses,” Bell said.
Unlike other schools around the country,
UNL doesn’t allot any student fees to the ath
“When students come to the University of
Nebraska, they do not pay anything in their fees
for athletics,” Bell said. “At most schools, part
of student fees go towards athletics, even if that
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University sued by professors who were denied tenure
Plaintiffs seek to keep
jobs, get compensation
By Matthew Waite
Senior Reporter . _____
NU general counsel Richard Wood said
Wednesday that the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln would contest allega
tions made in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Four assistant professors in the College of
Engineering and Technology sued UNL, the
NU Board of Regents, UNL Chancellor Gra
ham Spanier and Stan Liberty, dean of engi
neering, claiming they had been unfairly passed
over for tenure.
Wood said he would file motions in U.S.
District Court denying all the accusations.
The suit claims L. Russell Alberts, Gautam
Batra, Michael Rcsch and Nisar Shaikh had
been “professionally hazed."
Shaikh has since left UNL and lives in
Sunnyvale, Calif. He and the other professors
• since the fall of 1991, all of the professors
have been denied tenure at UNL.
• their work while at the university was
• they were not given information on what
criteria would be used to grant tenure.
• the university improperly used outside
evaluations of the professors to review their job
Last November, the four professors filed
complaints with the Faculty Grievance Com
mittee. The committee recQmmcnded the pro
fessors be allowed two years to prove they
Spanicr overruled the committee’s recom
mendation and upheld the denial of tenure.
The professors then filed the lawsuit.
Spanicr said he had not seen the suit and
declined to comment on the issue.
Thom Cope, attorney for the four professors,
was unavailable for comment.
The professors arc seeking:
• a restraining order keeping UNL from
filling the professors’ jobs in the engineering
• a retaining order keeping Alberts, Resch
and Batra in their current jobs until a decision
on the case is made.
• damages compensating the professors for
lost wages, lost benefits, mental distress and
other damages named by the court.
• punitive damages against the individual
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