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NU Board of Regents passesr
post-tenure review program
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taken seriously, and if they prove
unsatisfactory, plans to implement the
post-tenure review must be in place.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chancellor James Moeser, who said
UNL’s plans were already in place,
said the post-tenure review program
would begin immediately.
“I think post-tenure review is just
another area of accountability fof
faculty responsibility,” Moeser said,
“and it is really managed by faculty.”
Faculty members are ultimately
responsible for quality annual
reviews, Moeser said, because they
complete the evaluations.
The approval of this proposal
marks the end of a yearlong post
tenure review planning process
involving administrators, regents
and the UNL Academic Senate.
NU President Dennis Smith said
faculty already took the annual eval
uations seriously, and said he thought
these would be completed satisfacto
The regents voted 6-0 in favor of
the proposal. Regents Rosemary
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Skrupa of Omaha and John Payne oi
Kearney were not at the meeting.
Regents also heard pleas by the
Saunders County Board ol
Supervisors to donate university land
for a newmaximum security prison.
Karen Johnson, a county board
member, said 165 acres of the uni
versity’s 10,000 acre Agricultural
Research and Development Centei
near Wahoo would be ideal for a new
About 40 people who opposed
the Saunders County site attended
Smith said the university would
not give the land to the county
because it was used extensively foi
If NU gave the land to the county,
Wilson said, it could set a precedenl
that the university was in the busi
ness of giving away land for econom
ic development purposes.
In other regents news:
■ Regent Drew Miller ol
Papillion questioned Frank Solich’s
$225,000 salary, which includes a
$25,000 stipend from the Gail and
Don W. Cook III football endow
ment. Miller said he thought Solich
would be happy to work as hdadfboh
ball coach with a lower salary.
However, Smith said the regents
were not voting on the salary - which
hud already been approved —they
were voting on the stipend. They
voted 5-1 in favor of the stipend. *
■ Regents approved, without dis
cussion^ an $800,000 budget
ihcreasedibr Nebraska Union renova
tions. Nebraska Unions Director
Daryl Swanson said the money was
needed because of a miscalculation
of the amount of asbestos in the
■ Entering freshmen will pay
about 1.6 percent more than last
year’s freshmen to live in the resi
dence halls. UNL Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs James Griesen
said the increase was due in part to a
smaller entering class this year.
About 500 fewer students entered
UNL as freshmen this year than last
year. V y -
■ The regents were presented a
report detailing the schematic plans
for UNL’s Richards Hall renovation.
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By Brian Carlson
Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian
peace continue to appear bleak, and
ongoing tensions with Iraq compli
cate the United States’ role as a
Middle East mediator, said U.S. Rep.
Doug Bereuter, R-Neb.
Bereuter, vice chairman of the
House International Relations
Committee, returned Feb. 22 from
Israel, where he and Rep. Howard
Berman, D-Calif,, met with Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and Palestinian
Authority President Yasser Arafat to
discuss the stalled peace talks.
The visit to Israel was a side trip
from a NATO and North Atlantic
Assembly convention in Brussels,
Belgium. Bereuter led the House
delegation to that convention.
Although the Israel trip was
planned before the escalation of
U.S.-Iraqi tensions in recent months,
the subject inevitably arose and
demonstrated the complexity of
Middle East politics, Bereuter said in
an interview from Washington, D.C.
Bereuter visited Israel just
before U.N. Secretary General Kofi
Annan announced an agreement
with Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein on Feb. 22, allowing U.N.
weapons inspectors access to
Saddam’s presidential palaces.
Dcxure mis announcement,
Bereuter said, Israelis were growing
fearful that aU.S. military action
against Saddam could incite the Iraqi
leader to launch Scud missiles at
Israel, as he did during the 1991
Persian Gulf War.
Bereuter said Israeli newspapers
contained full pages of articles
explaining how citizens could seal
their homes with plastic and tape and
obtain gas masks in the event of an
“There was no panic, but people
were uneasy,” he said.
Pessimistic About Peace
Bereuter said his meetings with
Arafat and Netanyahu convinced
him the peace process “is in real
trouble,” with both sides asking for
concessions before taking further
steps for peace.
Arafat argues that Netanyahu
has proceeded too slowly in transfer
ring control of land in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip to Palestinians.
Netanyahu claims Arafat has not
done enough to control Islamic ter
rorism aimed at Jews.
“It was quite noticeable that
Yasser Arafat was very disillusioned
with the peace process, and he felt he
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simistic, Bereuter said. However, his
proposals for handing control of
West Bank land to Palestinians have
been more modest than the arrange
ments which Palestinians believe
they are entitled to under the 1993
Netanyahu has complained that
the Palestinian leadership has been
uncooperative in sharing intelli
gence regarding terrorism by
Bereuter described Netanyahu
as “very candid.” When the U.S. del
egation told Netanyahu that its data
relating to the settlement issue con
flicted with his, the prime minister
was willing to review both reports.
Netanyahu appears to have a sta
ble hold on power after dissension
among his coalition government
threatened his leadership earlier this
year, Bereuter said.
Bereuter credited this accom
plishment to Netanyahu’s political
Time to negotiate
Bereuter said the peace process
and other Middle East conflicts,
such as the Iraq crisis, are extremely
sensitive to each other.
Some regional authorities
believed the crisis offered a chance
to refocus the peace process, and
low-level talks resumed shortly
before he arrived, Bereuter said.
oui many ivuuiuc nasi experts
have feared the combination of a
stalemate in peace negotiations, the
belief among Arab nations that the
United States is biased toward Israel,
and the threat of U.S. military action
against Iraq could exacerbate tur
moil in the Arab world.
But Bereuter said he did not
believe fear of Arab opposition to
military action against Iraq was a
major factor in the Clinton adminis
tration’s decision to support the U.N.
agreement and, at least temporarily,
avoid the use of force.
Bereuter said the United States
does not need to overhaul its Middle
East policies, but must continue to
push the adversaries to make peace.
“I do think it’s time for the U.S. to
be blunt about the lack of progress,”
Israel strikes back
Bereuter said he also spoke to
Netanyahu about Israel’s plans for a
response to a potential Iraqi missile
strike. Netanyahu said Israel
reserved the right to respond militar
It would be unlikely, Bereuter
said, that Israel would refrain from
retaliating to an Iraqi missile strike,
as it did during the Gulf War.
Military, action against Iraq
appears to have been averted, at least
for the time being, but further
Middle. East tensions appear
kjevitable, Bereuter said.
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