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Senate rejects King holiday
Editor’s note: The following story
did not appear in its entirety because
of a production error in Wednesday’s
By Sarah Baker
The Academic Senate heard a pre
sentation Tuesday about improving
conditions at UNL for minorities, and
then put itself in the minority by voting
down two popular proposals for calen
The votes were against proposals to
observe King’s birthday as a holiday
and to institute a mid-semester fall
The senate also heard a presenta
tion from the Chancellor’s
Commission on the Status of People of
Color that stressed the group’s strategy
to reduce the loss of minority students.
“We are losing minority faculty
members as fast as we can get them,”
the presentation stated.
UNL Chancellor James Moeser
said he thought the vote on King’s
birthday was an unfortunate action by
“I am sad about the outcome of this
vote because it is going to be misinter
preted by the community,” Moeser
said. “It is going to be seen as a lack of
sensitivity to the diversity in Lincoln.
Symbols like this are loudly heard.”
Amy Rager, Association of the
Students of the University of Nebraska
first vice president, said UNL students
endorsed the changes overwhelmingly.
“I just find it really ironic that the
senate turned down this proposal after
discussing the climate (for minorities)
of this university,” Rager said. “This
was one big thing the senate could have
supported to change that climate, and
they turned it down.”
ASUN conducted a random survey
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By Sarah Baker
Months of discussion and numer
ous rewrites preceded the Academic
Senate’s approval Tuesday of a new
post-tenure review policy.
The senate passed the new policy
with a vote that was one short of
The senate first passed a motion
to replace the old proposal with the
newly amended proposal the senate
discussed at its last meeting.
The purpose of the post-tenure
review policy is to make sure that
once professors are tenured they are
still maximizing their contributions
to the university.
The policy also makes sure facul
ty members are achieving their pro
fessional goals, and lets the public
know tenured professors are held
accountable for their performances.
Chancellor James Moeser
in which 92 percent of 439 surveyed
University of Nebraska-Lincoln stu
dents approved observing King’s birth
day as a holiday.
Rager said students were con
cerned about this issue.
“Students thought this was a good
idea and wondered why we don’t
observe it,” she said.
Many faculty senate members
expressed support for the proposal
before the 32-27 vote took place.
“There is a different set of priorities
today,” Tom Zorn, a finance professor,
expressed his appreciation to the fac
ulty senate at the meeting.
“I appreciate both the quality of
the debate on the proposal and the
decision the senate made on the
vote,” Moeser said. “This shows the
finest qualities of our faculty.”
Moeser said he thought the pro
posal was a good one.
“I will continue to vigorously
support the document without any
changes by the Board of Regents, I
promise you that,” Moeser said. “I
am deeply appreciative of the result
of this process. The senate should be
proud of themselves.”
The Academic Senate has dis
cussed the new policy since early last
The proposal has been through
many different stages after faculty
senate members discussed changes
they wanted and the post-tenure
review committee rewrote portions
of the document according to the
senate’s discussion. The revised and
amended policy is now submitted to
the NU Board of Regents for its
Richard Edwards, senior vice
Others also expressed disapproval.
“This is a symbolic issue,” Peter
Bleed, an anthropology professor, said.
‘We need to think about the degree to
which we should be satisfied, and that
we should ultimately rise to the lessons
of Dr. King.”
Moeser also expressed disappoint
ment that the fall-break proposal failed.
“I was in favor of the fall break,”
Moeser said. “This is really unfortu
nate, and I was astonished by the sen
Although the Academic Senate did
chancellor for academic affairs, said
the final document was the result of
“We have confidence in the pro
posal and we think it portrays exactly
what the post-tenure process is
intended to be,” Edwards said. “We
hope both the faculty and administra
tion can work together to make the
system work effectively.”
Rob Shirer, a modem languages
and literature professor, thought the
education of the public on tenure was
another important factor.
“The public needs a perception of
why we are doing this, and know that
tenure is not a free ride,” Shirer said.
Senate member Gail Latta, pro
fessor of Information Services, said
she supported the process as well as
“We need an ongoing effort to
educate the public about this
process,” Latta said. “We all bear that
responsibility and it can only
strengthen the faculty.”
not approve the motions, these are uni
versitywide proposals and they still
have to be approved by the faculty and
student governments at the University
of Nebraska at Omaha and the
University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Rager said the support of these pro
posals at both UNO and UNK is strong.
Moeser said these bills still have a
chance to make it to the Calendar
Committee and the NU Board of
“This is by no means a dead issue,”
Post-tenure policy unanimously OK’d
From Staff Reports
The man accused of
killing his housemate in
1995 pleaded not guilty
Wednesday to the crime.
Lancaster County District
Court Judge Paul Merritt
continued Timothy Hopkins’
$1 million cash bond and set
a Jan. 20 trial date.
Hopkins, 19, is charged
with first- degree murder and
use of a weapon to commit a
felony in the death of
Schmader’s beaten and
stabbed body was found Dec.
23, 1995, near a drainage
tunnel at 48th and Normal
According to police
reports, Hopkins confessed
to killing Schmader at
Lincoln General Hospital
June 7, 1996. He later
claimed he was under the
influence of alcohol.
However, on Sept. 5,
Hopkins and he admitted to
the crime again, revealing
details “only the party
responsible should know,” an
Detectives also spoke
with Hopkins’ friends and
mental health counselors
who have talked with him
and found Hopkins had told
them of the alleged crime.
Hopkins faces the death
penalty or life in prison for
ASUN prepares to
fight for holiday bill
By Brad Davis
Although Government Bill No. 19,
a bill that would honor the birthday of
Martin Luther King Jr., passed unani
mously at the ASUN meeting
Wednesday night, senators are gearing
up for a fight.
A similar proposal failed 32-27 in
the Academic Senate on Tuesday, at a
meeting where one-third of the 92
members of the senate were not in atten
dance, First Vice President Amy Rager
said at the Association of Students of
the University of Nebraska meeting
Rager said she was thought it was
interesting that the proposal failed after
the senate had spent a large portion of
the meeting before the vote discussing
the improvement of the climate for
minorities at the University of
She said she also thought it was
ironic that a bill that would honor King’s
birthday was failed in the Academic
Senate two days before King’s widow,
Coretta Scott King, comes to speak.
Committee for Fees Allocation
Chairman Kendall Swenson questioned
whether the Academic Senate misinter
preted students’ request to honor King’s
birthday as an attempt to simply not
He said because the proposal to
name King’s birthday an official univer
sity holiday was presented at the same
time as a bill introducing a new fall
break policy, some members of the
Academic Senate could have misinter
preted sincere desires to honor King.
President Curt Ruwe said the two
requests for changes in the university
calendar had to be presented to the
Academic Senate at the same time
because the University Calendar
Committee meets Nov. 17.
Because the calendar committee
will receive a voice of support for the
King holiday from ASUN, and a voice
of dissent from the Academic Senate,
ASUN senators and members of the
Student Impact Team are taking steps to
insure that students’ voices are heard,
said Carrie Pierce, SIT chairwoman.
Pierce said SIT already had sur
veyed 439 students about the holiday,
and would continue surveying. She said
SIT would also survey faculty mem
bers, write to members of the calendar
committee and hold an open forum
Nov. 13 at7p.m. in the Nebraska Union
for students to voice their opinion about
the recognition of King’s birthday.
Omar Valentine, a representative
from the Afrikan People’s Union,
attended the ASUN meeting and told
senators he and his organization wanted
to work with ASUN to ensure the obser
vance of King’s birthday in the future.
In other ASUN news:
■ Government Bill No. 20, which
proclaimed ASUN’s support for a fall
break to appear in academic calendars
in the future, passed with one dissent
■ Government Bill No. 21 passed
unanimously. The bill commended the
Daily Nebraskan for awards it won at
the Associated Collegiate Press/College
Media Advisers’ National Convention
in Chicago last week.
■ Campus Life Committee
Chairman Kelly Hoffschneider
announced campuswide cleanup efforts
on Friday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday at
10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Those interested should meet in the
ASUN office in die Nebraska Union.
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