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Campus WIC clinics close;
thousands may wait for aid
WIC from page 1
severe cutbacks. Cutbacks included
the closing of two UNL clinics that
operated once a month from Uni
versity Health Center offices on
City Campus and in the Nebraska
East Union, she said.
Staff and operating hours have
also been reduced at other clinics,
including Family Service’s main
clinic at Seventh and J streets, she
TVouba said a waiting list and
clinic cutbacks came after the U.S.
Department of Agriculture an
nounced Nebraska’s WIC program
would receive about $743,000 less
in the 1997 fiscal year than esti
mated last October.
The funding shortfall is height
ened by food costs that rose about
3.3 percent between August 1995
and August 1996, according to the
Consumer Price Index. The cost of
dairy products rose 8.9 percent dur
ing that period.
As a result, Trouba said only
pregnant or breast-feeding women
and infants and children with a
high risk of malnutrition will con
tinue to be priorities of the Ne
braska WIC program. Other new
applicants wifi be placed on a wait
ing list, sorted by their level of
need, until funding to provide ser
vices is available.
Applicants with the greatest
need will receive aid first, Trouba
Clients on WIC will not lose
their aid until they renew their ap
plication, she said. But women
must renew their application after
giving birth, and children must
have their application renewed ev
ery six months, Ttouba said.
Trouba said federal studies
show WIC improves the health of
mothers and babies, and saves
health care dollars by preventing
malnutrition and helping clients
have healthier babies.
“For every dollar spent on WIC,
three dollars are saved on Medi
care,” TVouba said.
And Wallen said WIC program
aid is essential to families being
able to afford milk, juice and other
basic but expensive staple food
items that keep children healthy.
“For many families that’s just
the difference that keeps their
heads above water,” she said.
The lack of aid will have a big
affect on these families, Wallen
said, which help make up the 5,200
Lincoln residents who are WIC cli
Wallen said she had a client
Tuesday morning who said she
could not afford milk, cheese or
juice for her children without WIC.
“She said she didn’t know what
she would do,” Wallen said.
Trouba said county health offi
cials are concerned how potential
malnutrition threatens some needy
Nebraska children. Food banks and
churches may be asked to fill the
needs of those clients forced, to
But county WIC directors are
also concerned they will not have
funds necessary to maintain WIC
program clinics’ administrative
services, Trouba said.
“They’re concerned about be
ing able to provide access to WIC
clinics and being able to provide
adequate staff,” Trouba said.
About $391,000 of the total
funding shortfall lies in adminis
trative needs, she said.
Wallen said this means about a
20 percent budget cut locally. Lin
coln WIC clinics can not maintain
the same operating hours and lo
cations with this cut, she said.
“Our heart first goes out to the
client that doesn’t have milk in the
house,” Wallen said.
But well-staffed clinics are nec
essary parts of the WIC program,
Trouba said clinics provide nu
trition counseling and evaluation,
as well as help mothers find pre
natal care. Many clinics in Ne
braska share space with immuni
zation clinics, reproductive health
care services or the Head Start pro
gram for young children, she said.
There is a possibility that Ne
braska could get additional fund
ing as states return unused portions
of WIC funding to the federal gov
ernment, Trouba said.
“But there is no guarantee,” she
Most years, states return
enough WIC funds to allow some
funds to carry over into the follow
ing fiscal year. Congress depended
on a usual carry-over when decid
ing the level of 1997 WIC fund
ing, Trouba said.
But last year, there was no carry
over of funds, she said.
Wallen said she’s heard rumors
that Congress will pass an emer
gency bill to fill the WIC funding
But funding could not come
quickly enough for local WIC clin
ics and clients who are desperate
for help now, she said.
“It’s just horrible.”
Senate argues post-tenure review
By Sabah Baker
Sponsors of a post-tenure review
proposal went to the Academic Sen
ate TUesday hoping to call the idea to
But objections and controversy
postponed a vote until the senate con
siders amendments next month.
Although the new policy didn’t
arrive at the committee with a formal
recommendation, many of the mem
bers seemed upset with some of the
points the document presented.
Hugh Genoways, professor of mu
seums, was one who voiced com
plaints concerning the proposal.
“This document presents an inter
ference in our academic freedom. How
can you set goals so far in advance and
make them so vague?”
The proposal wbuld mandate re
views for professors who have earned
tenure to “provide a broader view of
progress toward achievement of per
sonal, departmental and university
Now, tenured professors aren’t re
quired to face such a review.
Others opposed to the proposal said
post-tenure review would waste time
and involve unnecessary paperwork.
Leo Chouinard, professor of math
ematics and statistics, said the amount
of time spent on paperwork for the
review process would take up time
professors need to do research and
other required work.
“I want to question whether we
should pass this proposal at all,”
Chouinard said. “The fact is that we
already do this, and maybe we should
make that more apparent.”
Chancellor James Moeser listened
to aU the senate’s comments and chal
lenged the post-tenure complaints.
“It’s in our best interests to sup
port post-tenure review,” Moeser said.
“It is important to protect our aca
demic freedom. This proposal is the
natural evolution for our academic
career, and now is the right time for
Although many members of the
senate disagreed with the proposal,
some supported it.
Academic Senate President-elect
Jim Ford disagreed with the statement
that the proposal had a negative tone.
“All the policies that are presented
must be in consonance with already
existing policies,” Ford said. “The sen
ate should cooperate in the implemen
tation of the policy, because if we don’t
do it then the chancellor will.”
Ford also stressed that the docu
ment satisfied the requirements that
he had for post-tenure reviewed that
it raised few or no new dangers to fac
The Academic Senate may vote on
a proposal as early as March.
Road to resolution paved by meeting
MEETING from page 1
Such dialogue wasn’t possible un
til recently, according to James Smith,
UNL’s director of multicultural affairs.
“You wouldn’t have seen that IS, 20
years ago. “Our students need to be
complimented for weathering the
storm, keeping the boat afloat—now
they’re headed to the shore”
Smith said it was possible for mi
nority students to respond in a posi
tive way because of progress made by
student protesters years ago.
“They did all that noisy stuff,”
Smith said. “The student today can
correctly participate in the system.”
~ The closed meeting was called by
APU because the organization thought
the university handled the situation
incorrectly, Adair Shanks, APU vice
Smith said black students were left
out when university officials tried to
resolve things after the cross burning.
“We never said ‘Can we talk to
you?’ We missed the ball park.”
Shanks said APU wanted to talk
about revising the Student Code of
“We need to have ways African
American students can feel safe,”
Shanks said “We don’t feel safe.”
Smith said the Code of Conduct is
sufficient in protecting against attacks
on an individual. But he said the cross
burning was, in effect, an attack
against an entire group.
Sigma Chi president Craig Vacek
said the meeting went well and cleared
“This was the first chance to put
some faces with the opposite side of
this thing,” Vacek said. “It changed
the tone of this from adversarial to one
of us working together.”
He said there would be no more
cross burnings by his fraternity.
Vice Chancellor for Student Af
fairs James Griesen said the meeting
would help open Up conversations
among UNL students.
“We’ll seize this opportunity to
promote more dialogue between the
groups,” Griesen said.
By no means did the meeting clear
up everything, though. Changes may
be slow, Shanks said.
Smith said he hoped meeting with
the APU would set a precedent.
“We need to make sure it is not
unusuaMbr students of color to be part
of the decision-making process,” he
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