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ASUN to consider more control of UPC
By Matthew Waite
A bylaw change designed to hold the Uni
versity Program Council more account
able has sparked an emotional debate
between UPC and ASUN.
The bylaw change passed
Monday by the ASUN Spc
cial Topics Committee
would give the Association
of Students of the Universi
ty of Nebraska the power to
select the UPC executive
board, including the presi
dent, vice president and programming secre
Now, ASUN appoints students to sit on
governing boards of other student fee users,
including the Daily Nebraskan, the Nebraska
Union Board and the Health Center. But ASUN
executives do not specifically appoint directors
of the Union Board and Health Center, or the
editor of the Daily Nebraskan.
Andrew Loudon, president of ASUN, said
the point of the change was clear.
“They receive $98,900 and are responsible
to no one,” he said. “This is simply a bylaw
change which brings UPC to some accountabil
ity with our office.”
Lia Jensen, UPC president, said she had not
been notified about the bylaw change until 5:00
p.m. Monday, just two days before ASUN
would vote on the issue.
“I’m a little concerned they arc rushing
this,” she said. “I don’t appreciate this being
done during dead week. 1 don’t appreciate this
being done 24 hours before this is to be (voted
“From what 1 can tell, this has been in the
works for a while.”
ASUN Graduate Senator Charles Hamilton,
who was one of the sponsors of the bylaw
change, disagreed with Jensen. He said the bill
was not a long time in the making.
“We’ve been trying toorganizc the idea,” he
said. “That’s why it came out so late. It’s not
that their notification came any later than any
Stacey Nelson, a senior business administration major, will travel to Washington, D.C., on May 3 to speak
about health care and meet with Hillary Rodham Clinton.
UNL senior to testify before Congress
By Kara G. Morrison
UNL senior Stacey Nelson won’t be
poring over college exams with the
rest of her graduating class this fi
nals week. She’ll be in Washington, D.C.,
discussing health care with Hillary Rodham
Cl inton and members of Congress. —
Nelson was chosen recently to be the only
Nebraskan to testify before Congress at a
health care hearing May 4.
The opportunity arose after Nelson spoke
at a public health care forum at St. Elizabeth
Community Health Center this spring.
Nelson said the Clinton administration sent
camera crews across the country to video
tape people talking about health care.
“The videotapes went to Washington to
be viewed,” Nelson said. “Then a couple of
weeks ago, they called and asked if I would
be interested in testifying.”
For Nelson, health care is an issue she
faces every day of her life.
“I myself am a quadriplegic, so health
care is a big issue with me,” Nelson says.
“It’s an even bigger concern as I graduate.”
Nelson, who will graduate May 7 with a
business administration degree, (lew to At
lanta during spring break to interview for a
bookkeeping/managerial job with the rock
Though she’s excited about her job pros
pect. Nelson says health care concerns arc
plaguing her future.
Nelson says she is unable to get private
health insurance, because her condition is
considered high-risk. She says Medicaid
pays for the home health care visits and other
medical visits she needs in order to survive.
As she graduates and possibly starts a
career, her situation will become more diffi
“if I work, 1 will lose all my medical
benefits,” Nelson says. A job, she says, would
put her over the income limit to be eligible
Without such help. Nelson said, she will
be unable to afford the $240 per day she
incurs for health care visits.
“1 can’t live without (home health care)
obviously," Nelson said. “And I don’t think
any job would pay me enough to compensate
for my medical expenses.”
The alternative she faces. Nelson says, is
“I really would like to work Unproduc
tive, but in reality, it’s probably belter if 1
Another complication is the difference
between state Medicaid programs, she says.
“In Georgia, Medicaid only allows 75
home health care visits a year, so I wouldn’t
even last a month there,” says Nelson, who
requires three visits per day by home health
aides. The aides help her out of bed in the
morning, get her ready for the day and help
her into bed at night.
Nelson says she doesn’t know what she
will tell members of Congress when she
testifies, but she is certain about one thing.
“I think everyone should be entitled to
some form of health care.”
And although she says she’s not sure the
Clinton administration’s proposed reforms
will mean instant improvements in the sys
tem, Nelson says at least it’s a beginning to
health care reform.
“The system’s such a mess now, I don’t
know what can be done so everyone will
benefit,” Nelson says. “But at least they’re
making an effort to try, because it isn’t
working at all now.”
Nelson says she will leave for Washing
ton on May 3 and will return home on the
May 5. She says she and the other 49 people
testifying will meet Hillary Clinton before
the hearing. She also plans to meet with
Nebraska senators and representatives.
For now, Nelson has another task to
complete before her trip: finishing her final
exams before she leaves.
Jensen criticized the bylaw change, calling
it a direct attack on UPC.
The bill compared UNL to the Universities
of Nebraska at Omaha and Kearney, Jensen
said. She said those two campuses were com
pletely different than UNL, and ASUN should
have done more comparative research with
programming organizations from universities
in the Big Ten.
She also said the bill gave ASUN an auto
matic majority in the selection of the new UPC
executive boards. The bill slates the ASUN
president, speaker of the senate and the outgo
See UPC on 3
Loudon to ask
NU to review
By Matthew Waite
In a move to oppose a hidden and unfair
“lax” on students, ASUN President An
drew Loudon said Tuesday he would lobby
the NU Board of Regents to extend its approval
powers to oversee student fee increases.
Loudon said in a news conference that he
planned to propose a resolution at the April 30
Board of Regents meeting. The resolution would
require that all fee increases at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln be presented to the board for
its approval. This would include parking, ath
letic tickets and laboratory fee increases.
The regents will be reviewing the $6 per
student per semester student fee increase for the
1994-95 school year at their Saturday meeting,
Student fees would increase from $174 to
$ 180 per student per semester to support Cam
pus Recreation, the University Health Center,
the Nebraska Unions, the University Program
Council, the Daily Nebraskan and the Associa
tion of Students of the University of Nebraska.
Loudon said the regents wouldn’t see the
actual total student fee increase because ofwhat
he called “hidden” student fees. Fees such as
parking, athletic tickets, registration and gradu
ation fees all were hidden from the regents’
eyes, he said.
“Students have been hit hard with these
increases,” he said. “Many students are work
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Injunction denied ,
to four professors
From Staff Reports
□ U.S. federal courtjudgc Tuesday denied
a motion for a preliminary injunction
filed by four LTNL engineering profes
sors who say they were “professionally hazed.”
In a 13-pagc decision. Judge Richard Kopf
said he thought Russell Alberts, Gautam Batra,
M ichacl Rcsch and N isar Shaikh would not win
The suit claimed that the NU Board of
Regents, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Chancellor Graham Spanicr and Stan Liberty,
dean of the College of Engineering and Tech
nology, unfairly denied the four professors ten
ure. It claims the four professors were not told
the requirements of tenure—an act they called
The preliminary injunction filed by the pro
fessors asked the court to prevent UNL from
hiring professors to fill their jobs and to retain
Alberts, Batra and Rcsch at their current jobs
until a decision was made on the case.
The ruling concluded the four professors
had no liberty or property interests infringed
upon by the university.
“The only thing mentioned about tenure in
the appointment letters was that the employee
would be ‘considered’ for tenure,” Kopf s deci
Kopf wrote that the decision would cause
harm to the professors, but not irreparable
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