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A woman was held prisoner
and beaten throughout the night
by a man she checked into a lo
cal hotel with last weekend.
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann
Heermann said the 34-year-old
woman reported to police that
on Saturday she and David Par
son checked into the Budget
Host Inn Great Plains at 27th
and O streets.
The woman said Parson be
came upset with her and started
hitting her in the face and head.
He then would not let her leave,
and beat her about the head and
face throughout the night.
The woman went to St.
Elizabeth's Hospital and was
treated and released for bumps
and bruises to her face, two
black eyes and a swollen fore
Officers booked the 33-year
old Parson for false imprison
ment and third-degree assault.
Parson lists his address at 110
Q St, which is the Lincoln City
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Panel says tenure ensures quality faculty
Some say public
By Erin Gibson
Although the tenure system con
tains flaws, the tenure system remains
important to ensure academic free
dom, members of a panel discussion
on campus said Tuesday.
Members of a panel at the Wick
Alumni Center agreed tenure was nec
essary to attract good faculty to the
university and to protect faculty with
unpopular but important ideas. The
public misunderstands the purpose of
tenure, and mistakenly views it as life
time job security, the panel said.
Panelists also agreed that faculty
currently undergo review to varying
degrees, and many may not need a
They debated what constituted a
reasonable review of performance and
what level of performance was unac
Panel member Richard O’Brien,
vice president for health sciences at
Creighton University in Omaha, said
universities have a responsibility to the
students and community that supports
them to check the quality of tenured
Faculty members should be re
quired to maintain the same extraor
dinary level of performance they
achieved when they were first granted
tenure to keep their status, O’Brien
“We do apply very high standards
to young faculty,” O’Brien said. “Per
formance reviews should be strict.”
Panelist David Moshman, Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of
educational psychology, said the re
quirements to obtain tenure are ex
treme, and tenured professors might
not meet all requirements every year.
Tenured professors should not be
kicked off staff, he said, because their
contributions might change from spe
cific tenure requirements in teaching
and research publication.
Even if the public doubts the qual
ity of some tenured professors, tenure
should not be viewed as a guarantee
of employment regardless of perfor
The public should go after those who give
stability rather than those who have it.”
UNL English professor
“That’s certainly not what it is,”
Tenure should be viewed as a re
versal of the burden of proof,
Moshman said. Non-tenured faculty
members must work to prove them
selves worthy of tenure. After tenure
is granted, the burden of proof shifts
to the university to prove they are un
Every faculty member should be
reviewed, he said, adding that his de
partment had a systematic and rigor
ous review system.
Robert Haller, UNL English pro
fessor, said the public misunderstand
ing of tenure was unfortunate. People
with little job stability are misguided
in seeking to disrupt the job security
of others, he said.
“The public should go after those
who give stability rather than those
who have it,” Haller said.
Haller said hiring more part-time
faculty and less tenured faculty was a
“formula for a loss in quality” that
tight budgets seem to require.
Panelists said universities should
work to find an appropriate balance
between ensuring academic freedom
and quality, while reviewing tenured
faculty. They said there would be no
easy answer to the tenure debate.
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