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✓ Aggressive leadership will be asset to PSU
It’s finally official.
Chancellor Graham Spanier is leaving his post at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln to become president of Pennsylvania State
No more rumors. No more
In his three years as chan
cellor, Spanierhas helped move
He has encouraged diver
sity at UNL and has raised its
academic standards and na
Under Spanier’s leader
ship, UNL was designated as a
Carnegie I Research University.
He has improved relations with
the National Science Founda
tion, revised UNL s general
education curriculum and recruited and maintained high-caliber fac
ulty and staff.
Spanier also has improved campus aesthetics and research pro
ductivity and has expanded UNL’s distance-education programs.
He helped attract high-ability students to UNL by designating
more money for scholarships. Spanier also supported projects like
NRoll and the Nebraska Union expansion and implemented pro
grams like the dual career program for faculty and staff.
But along with the good came the bad.
At times, Spanier has been criticized for putting his liberal social
agenda ahead of academics.
He angered many for issuing pink triangle stickers to faculty and
staff, who were to use the stickers to notify homosexual students
that they could talk to them without reservation.
Some criticized Spanier for removing Stan Liberty from his post
as dean of the College of Engineering and Technology. However,
Spanier should be credited for his intense lobbying efforts against
"the creation of a separate college.
Three years after Spanier came to UNL, the chilly climate re
mains in the College of Business Administration. And UNL still
lags behind its peer universities in hiring female professors.
For the most part, Penn State University is getting a strong leader.
Advancing from a 24,000-student campus to 69,000 students will
be no easy task, but Spanier is up to the challenge.
Spanier’s departure will leave a laige void behind in Nebraska.
But at the same time, it presents a new opportunity for UNL.
UNL has the chance to find a leader who can continue what
Spanier has begun and succeed where Spanier could not.
Spanier’s leadership has shown us the difference an aggressive
chancellor can make.
And to replace him, UNL should bring home an even louder lion.
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‘Dealers’ create dependency >
People I know who have been
addicted to drugs tell stories that are
remarkably similar to our decades
old addiction to government. At
first, they feel a rush of excitement
—a high—-but soon they lose
control and must have the drugs to
give their life meaning. Ultimately,
they become completely dependent.
For many, attempts to end drug
dependency produce physical and
emotional pain. But not trying to
break the habit downs the addict to
an existence that falls far short of a
This is the course of modem
government. Liberal politicians have
become “dealers” in dependency.
They have captured the souls of
countless numbers with programs
and policies that have hooked us as
effectively as if the drug were heroin
or cocaine. These dealers in
government addiction dispense their
drugs in the form of checks drawn
on the account of American taxpay
ers. And they convey a message that
government is the only salvation to
those they have persuaded are
incapable of making it on their own.
By the time most people awaken to
their dilemma, it is too late. They
As the Republican congressional
majority seeks to rein in the out-of
control spending and growth of
government—in many cases not
cutting its size, just reducing the rate
of increases—the howls from the
special interests and lobbyists
resemble a drug user going cold
turkey. But these people are
concerned about one thing: their
own loss of power.
The reaction to proposals
concerning the school lunch
program is typical. The Republican
plan would spend more than current
levels, but would slightly reduce a
planned increase. The Clinton
administration’s spending proposal
reduces the increase even more than
the Republican proposal, so why are
the Republicans taking the heat?
Because Democrats are so effective
at propagandizing the issue of
Other efforts to reduce govern
ment dependency and its associated
costs will bring even louder screams
because benefit programs now make
up half of the $1.5 trillion federal
budget and are its fastest-growing
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan and other experts have
complained that the current system
of calculating cost-of-living in
creases in many benefit programs
overstates the inflation rate by up to
1.5 percentage points.
Recalculating that rate would
save an extra $64 billion for the
government over five years, about
one-third of it coming from lower
cost-of-living adjustments for Social
Security recipients. That amounts to
an adjustment of only 10 cents a
day, according to Sen. Judd Gregg
(R-N.H.). “I don’t know many
people who in the name of fairness
will take the 10 cents,” says Gregg.
Other proposals include limiting
Medicaid growth by providing block
grants to the states, saving an
estimated $115 billion over five
years. Such grants to the states for
welfare benefits, along with a
change in Supplemental Security
Income—which provides aid to the i
blind, the elderly and disabled poor
—would tighten eligibility and
deny benefits to drug addicts,
alcoholics and others (yes, many
now get government checks).
Estimated savings, $89 billion over
Republicans have underestimated
the intensity of the opposition. For
every empty school-lunch tray die
liberals produce in their bogus claim
about starving children, Republicans
should produce a drug addict or an
alcoholic on the dole. And Republi
cans should continually hammer
away at what the big-government
“dealers” have created: a culture of
dependency, loss of initiative and
self-reliance, a breakup of families
who used to hold each other
accountable while they held
themselves together as a unit and a
bureaucracy we can no longer
Republicans have had to play
defense for years as a congressional
minority—they must not continue
in that role now that they have the
ball. They must do a better job
promoting their ideas, behaving like
the majority and putting liberals on
the defensive. They must show
Americans that true compassion is
freeing people from their unhealthy
dependency. How about the slogan:
“Just say ‘No’ to big government.”
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