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At Tuesday’s Union Board
meeting, Daryl Swanson,
Nebraska Unions director, said a
proposal in the Nebraska
Unions’ 1998-99 University
Program and Facility Fees annual
budget requests stopping the
sales of tobacco products at all
outlets under union manage
“It was pointed out to me by
my colleagues that it has been
the university’s goal to promote
wellness,” Swanson said. “It is
very contradictory for UNL to
sell tobacco, but still declare all
buildings tobacco free and have
the University Health Center and
Office of Campus Recreation
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Alavi said student members of
the Union Board, including him
self, do not agree with Swanson’s
“The Union Board does have a
concern about the discontinuation
of tobacco sales in the union,”
Saad said. “We feel tobacco sales
at the city and east union informa
tion deste should continue.”
After discussion between stu
dents and Swanson, Jess Sweley,
a junior biosystems engineering
major, asked the board to accept
Swanson’s budget request.
Sweley also asked the board to
write a resolution clearly stating
Union Board members
agreed in a 7-1 vote to accept
Swanson’s request and to submit
a resolution asking CFA on
Thursday to include the continu
ation of tobacco sales.
If approved as proposed, the
removal of tobacco sales would
reduce the unions’ net income by
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Health center funds
sufficient for 1998-99
By Jessica Fargen
With a substantial Nebraska
Union budget increase request loom
ing Thursday, the Committee for Fees
Allocation was happy that the
University Health Center asked for
no increase Tuesday.
The health center requested a
zero percent budget increase from
student fees for 1998-99.
The health center is not asking for
any money from student fees this
year mainly because they are getting
the money through increased insur
ance revenue and the increased self
sufficiency of specialty clinics.
On Thursday, the Union Board
may ask CFA to increase student fees
by at least 5 percent, possibly by as
much as 9 percent.
C.F. Simmons, vice chairman of
CFA, said the health center was gener
ating more revenue itself because it has
become a “preferred provider” with
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Nebraska.
More income is provided this way
because the health center now has
access to direct claims filing proce
dures and maximum reimbursement
levels for services provided to Blue
Cross/Blue Shield insurance holders.
The health center also has more
revenue due after some of its specialty
clinics, such as the dentistry clinic,
became self-supporting, Simmons
Linda Herrmann, UHC director,
said even though the health center
was not asking for an increase, the
budget was “extremely tight.”
“We are very conscious of the need
to hold down fees,” Herrmann said.
The health center is requesting
$5.67 million this year, which is less
than a one percent increase from last
Simmons said that increase
would cover costs such as those
incurred when the health center
switched over to UNL Centrex ser
vices last year, as well as the
increased cost of medical supplies
due to inflation.
Simmons said the health center’s
request was impressive and should be
encouraging to students.
“They are keeping fees low and
service high to students,” Simmons
CFA used Tuesday to just look at
the health center’s budget request; it
will vote on it Feb. 10 at 5 p.m.
NU asks state to help
with money shortfall
By Brad Davis
The University of Nebraska could
be scraping for money if the
Legislature doesn’t fund NU’s $3.2
million deficit funding request
At Tuesday’s Appropriations
Committee meeting, NU President
Dennis Smith asked the state to make
up for the university’s shortfall in its
1997-1999 biannual budget.
When NU issued its budget for
the biennium in 1996, Smith said it
misjudged the amount of students the
university would lose in the 1997 fis
Smith said the loss was due to
higher admissions standards, along
with a robust state economy.
NU’s request calls for about $1.4
million from the state for the next two
years to make up for the lost tuition
But just because the university
lost about 5 percent of its total enroll
ment, Smith said, it does not mean
services can be cut by 5 percent.
If anything, Smith said, NU’s
classes would be 5 percent smaller.
The university originally planned
for about 800 fewer students to enroll
this year because ot the new admis
sions standards, Smith said. NU actu
ally lost about 2,500 students this
year, about 850 of which were gradu
NU Provost Lee Jones said the
university had not lost graduate stu
dents in several years.
Smith said, “The bottom line is
that when the Board of Regents sets
the university’s operating budget
each June, inexact estimates must be
made about the number of students
expected to enroll. And we were off -
Sen. Joyce Hillman of Gering
said she thought the loss of students
could be due to high school students’
lack of preparation to enter the uni
She said high school teachers and
administrators may not be adequately
preparing students to meet NU stan
Sen. Dave Pederson of North
Platte agreed and encouraged the uni
versity to be proactive in spreading
the word about its higher standards.
Smith said not only was NU active
ly involved in informing high schools
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