The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 15, 1995, Image 1
NU faces preliminary budget cuts By J. Christopher Hain Senior Reporter What goes up must come down. In January, Gov. Ben Nelson rec ommended a budget increase for the University of Nebraska, but Monday the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee finalized a preliminary recommendation that amounted to a decrease. Sen. Roger Wehrbein of Plattsmouth, chairman of the Appro priations Committee, cautioned that the preliminary budget cut was just I that — prelimi nary. i “The odds are pretty low we’re going to take all those cuts,” Wehrbein said. Kathy Tenopir LEGISLATURE Legislature's!^ cal Analysis office said details of the committee’s cuts would be available later in the week, but she said the recommendation included a $4.5 million cut. That cut would come from several areas, and including an across-the board cut, the total reduction to NU’s budget would amount to a cut equal to 2,5 percent of the current fiscal year’s total budget of $305.3 million. That would equal $7.6 million. The university’s next move, said Randy Haack, director of budgets and analysis for NU, is to assess what effect the committee’s recommenda tions would have on the university. Under the direction of NU Presi dent Dennis Smith, the university then would meet with the committee March 7, Haack said, and lay out the impact of the proposed cuts and iden tify what other priorities would not be met by proposed funding. In the meantime, he said, the uni versity would determine what kind of budget could be put together from the recommended cuts. Wehrbein said most state agen cies faced preliminary recommenda tions of a 10 percent budget cut. Those recommendations usually amounted to areas that could be cut if ’ —j See BUDGET on 3 1^ Spirit plates can’t drive past state senators By J. Christopher Hain Senior Reporter The president of the UNL Alumni Associa tion would like Cornhusker fans to show their spirit whenever they drive. Brian Van Deun is used to trying to stir up spirit among alumni, but he has had trouble gl getting legislation passed in |f Nebraska that would allow % for Cornhusker license plates. Van Deun said he had heard much support from 1 alumni for Cornhusker I FPICI AT1IRF uuwcvci, icgisiauuii LtuioLft i UKfc providing for them has been frequently proposed but never passed. This year, Van Deun has worked with Sen. Kermit Brashear of Omaha, who has spon sored LB620 to provide license plates with “Nebraska Comhuskers” printed on them for $50. Van Deun was involved in developing the first such plates in the country for Penn State University, when he worked in Pennsylvania. Van Deun said most of the spirit plate programs in other states also had been used as a way to raise money for scholarships. Van Deun said that was the main reason to imple ment spirit plates, and he said he hoped schol arship funds could be worked into Nebraska’s program. lbozu nas aireaay naa us commuiee near ing, but hasn’t yet been moved to the floor of the Legislature. But LB465, another bill that would provide for specialty plates, has been advanced to the floor. Under this bill, any non-profit organiza tion that orders a minimum of 500 plates could receive specialty plates for $30. Specialty plates produced under LB465 would provide a decal for each organization ordering a plate, but the decal would be placed on the same basic plate for every organization. See PLATES on 3 i JonWaller/DN Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne (right), along with co-captains Terry Connealy (middle) and Rob Zatechka, accept The Associated Press national championship trophy. NU football team awarded AP troohv By Trev°r Parks, Staff Reporter The Nebraska football team finally re ceived the other trophy for winning its national championship. At halftime of the Nebraska men’s bas ketball game against Kansas, Coach Tom Osborne and 12 players took the court and accepted The Associated Press national championship trophy from Paul Simon, Nebraska AP bureau chief. The Comhuskers received the CNN/U S A Today championship trophy on Jan. 3, two days after beating Miami 24-17 in the FedEx Orange Bowl. Osborne handed the trophy to captains Terry Connealy, Ed Stewart and Rob Zatechka, and together the three held up the trophy to a standing ovation from the sell out crowd of 14,552. To conclude the 15-minute ceremony, each of the 12 Nebraska players and Osborne received awards for individual achievement. Osborne was the presented the AP Big Eight coach-of-the-year award from Ath A J letic Director Bill Byrne. Osborne then presented the other awards to his players. Six players received their awards for first-team All-Big Eight honors. Linebacker Troy Dumas, center Aaron Graham, out side linebacker Donta Jones, I-back Lawrence Phillips and comerbacks Barron Miles and Tyrone Williams were all hon ored. Punter Darin Erstad and Graham also received Phillips 66 Academic All-Big Eight honors. a Regent Miller presents concerns to Academic Senate By Chad Lorenz Staft Heporier Regent Drew Miller described his vision for 1995 to the Academic Senate Tuesday. “I’m being realistic in terms of what one regent can do to improve the university,” the regent from Papillion said. Miller said his first priority, the same he stood on for his election platform, was admin istrative process redesign. He said he thought continual improvement was necessary for a smooth, efficient administration. Miller’s second priority is aiding improve ment of engineering education. The quality of engineering education didn’t meet a satisfactory level to attract vital indus try to Nebraska, Miller said. He said this lack of quality discouraged companies such as Mercedes Benz and BMW from deciding to build plants in the state. The engineering college should focus on applied education with an empha sis on hands-on learning, he said. As an incentive. Miller SENATE said Micron Technology Inc. was considering Omaha as a site for a computer chip factory, providing 3,500 high-paying, skilled jobs. Rebuilding the university’s libraries ranked third on Miller’s agenda. Miller said he would like to see the university develop a virtual or electronic library as hard copy information became obsolete. Deferred maintenance was Miller’s fourth area of concern. Miller said delaying neces sary maintenance did not save the university money and could end up costing more. “We need to put more funding in the area of catching up on maintenance,” he said. In other business, the senate heard Chancel lor Graham Spanier’s feelings on gender eq uity efforts and an adjusted grading scale. Spanier said the university needed to gener ate ideas to increase its number of women faculty. He said he felt optimistic about the university’s efforts. Jane Conoley, chairwoman of the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women, said 49 women would need to be hired to reach the midpoint among peer insti tutions. If the university continued to hire at its current rate, she said, it would lose ground to the peer institutions. “We are getting better, but not as fast as the rest of the world,” Conoley said. The commission will present a full report on gender equity at Saturday’s regents meet ing. About the grading proposal, Spanier said any system would work. The proposed system would add minus grades. The Academic Senate will discuss the re vised grading proposal at its March meeting.