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By Debi Hoff
Staff Reporter
If members of the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln forensics team are
willing to pay for their own traveling
expenses, they can go to the national
forensics competition in Arizona in
If not, they won’t go.
Because of an accidental over
spending of last year’s budget, the
team started the year short on funds
and is paying the consequences this
“It is easy to overspend in foren
sics, but also easy to undercut in bud
get,” Tom Workman, director of
UNUs speech and debate team, said.
“I would say that currently we are
about $10,000 short of keeping us in a
regular competition stance, but it is
difficult to fund something that
brings no money in.”
William Seiler, chairman of the
communication studies department,
said the current budget for the foren
sics team is close to $22,000.
“It is probably close to the lowest
end of the major schools,” Seiler said.
“There are probably other Big 12
schools that get much more, and some
that probably get the same.
“I can’t envision when there has
been an increase in the budget. At
times, the dean provides additional
money for postseason travel.”
So far this year the team has had
to cut competitions in order to keep
within its current budget.
It is easy to
overspend in
Tom Workman
speech and debate director
“We are putting on the brakes now
for what tournaments we go to,”
Workman said. “We have to choose
wisely, though, in order to build a
name for ourselves and to get expo
sure to the judges.”
Workman thinks the fund short
age is discouraging people from join
ing the team.
“This university could easily ser
vice a team of 40 people, but that
would cost more than $50,000,”
Workman said.
The team recently received a con
tribution of $1,000 from an alumnus,
and also received a matching grant.
Workman hopes to use this money to
start an endowment.
“We often communicate with the
dean for extra funds,” Seiler said,
“and when they are available he gives
us what he has.”
The shortage in funds to offer for
scholarships also may be a reason the
college has lost top forensics recruits
to other universities, Seiler said.
“I have talked to students who
have turned us down because we are
limited in scholarship offerings,”
Seiler said. “If they have a choice
between attending UNL or some
where that will give them a scholar-^
ship, although they can attend here
for less money, the honor of getting a
scholarship often outweighs that ben
Workman said it is especially hard
for the students to raise the money to:
pay for travel.
“Over half of the members work
full time to pay their way through col
lege,” Workman said. “We travel on
the weekends and they put a lot of
time into practicing and preparing
their speeches.
“They get caught in the fund
dilemma because they can’t make the
Workman said the team is ranked
one of the top 10 in the nation because
of its talent and determination. If it
were not for the limited resources, the
team could accomplish a lot more, he
“We certainly have the talent and
coaching needed to win a national
title,” Workman said. “Funding limits
what you can accomplish, though.”
“Those are just the realities of a
budget,” Seiler said. “We have to do
with what we have.”
Roger Stahl, secretary for the
forensics team, said the funding prob
lem is a strike against the department.
“We don’t want it to become the
primary concern, but it is becoming a
large concern.”
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PLAN from page 1
hiring practices set by the Nebraska
Legislature, Moeser denied it result
ed from political pressure.
“We were allocating money for
diversity long before the gasoline
hit the fire in the Unicameral,”
Moeser said. “The Unicameral was
simply ignorant of the discussion on
this campus.”
During its last session, the
Legislature demanded all NU cam
puses increase the percentage of
women and minorities in faculty
positions to match or exceed that of
its peer institutions within five
years. Otherwise, the university
would lose 1 percent of its state
funding, about $3.5 million, in the
following fiscal year.
The proposal exceeds these min
imum requirements, Moeser said.
“This plan is ambitious, but it’s
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also doable,” Moeser said. “We are
not setting ourselves up to fail.” -
Keith Parker, director of African
American and African Studies, said
UNL would meet the goals through
aggressive recruiting of minorities.
The $130,000 proposed to fund
stronger minority graduate recruit
ment efforts would result in more
minority students via the “snowball
effect,” he said.
“You do good things, then your
products go out, and they market
what you do,” Parker said.
Parker will join Ricardo Garcia,
associate dean of graduate studies,
in recruiting new minority graduate
students. Barbara Carrasco Fechner,
assistant director of admissions for
minority and community relations,
will lead the recruitment of minority
Last month, Moeser appointed
Evelyn Jacobson, vice chancellor
for academic affairs, and Bruce
Currin, director of human
resources, to oversee improvement
in gender equity among faculty and
staff. Linda Crump, director of
affirmative action and diversity pro
grams, joined Jacobson and Currin
in drafting a comprehensive campus
diversity plan.
The proposal includes requiring
the university to sponsor forums and
workshops that would support cul:>
tural diversity on campus and to.
support efforts in the Lincoln conn
munity to build a stronger diversity
support system. -
A requirement that the universi
ty provide and encourage curricula
that emphasize diverse cultures and
people also is included.
“This is what we know is right,”
Moeser said of the proposal. “This
is what we believe.”
Meningitis scare hits Triangle
From Staff Reports
All members of UNL’s Triangle
Fraternity who live in the house, their
friends and their girlfriends received
a preventative dose of antibiotics
Tuesday after one member was diag
nosed with bacterial meningitis last
The students were treated at the
University Health Center after fresh
man Matt Bryl of Omaha was diag
nosed with the life-threatening infec
tion, Triangle President Chris
Thurman said Sunday.
Bryl, who remained in intensive
care for days following his diagnosis,
was released from Bergan Mercy
Medical Center in Omaha this week
end and was recovering at home
Thurman said he was unsure
when Bryl would return to school or
the fraternity house.
“I’m hoping his teachers are
understanding,” Thurman said.
Thurman said Bryl became sick
last weekend, and fraternity members
told him to go to the hospital. Bryl,
who refused medical treatment at
first, was obviously very sick,
Thurman said.
Meningitis swells the meninges
membranes that cover the brain and
spinal cord, and usually results from
infection by a variety of microorgan-'
It can cause a rapidly progressive
illness leading to death and can be
spread through direct contact with an
infected person, such as eating with
the same utensils.
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Because meningitis is contagious,
Thurman said the fraternity urged
everyone who had contact with the
house around the time of Bryl’s diag
nosis get the about $6 preventative
prescription from the health center. y