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ASUN goals focus on service projects, unity
Today the Daily Nebraskan
begins its continuing coverage on
goals set by the Association of
Students -of the University of
“ASUN Watch” will give students
an opportunity to follow their elected
representatives’ actions and reactions
throughout the year.
The goals, as stated by ASUN
President Sara Russell (not in any
Continue commitment to diver
sity through sponsored events and
increased communication with the
Human Rights Chairman Andy
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Schuerman has focused ASUN
efforts on improving the racial cli
mate at the University of Nebraska
Schuerman said ASUN is hoping
to plan a successful celebration of
Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan.
19, 1999. The committee also will
look into faculty and student diversi
ty sensitivity classes.
Also, an ASUN bill that recently
passed is creating a harassment ad
hoccommittee in light of increased
publicity and concern about sexual
and racial harassment during the
1997-98 school year.
Maintain regular campuswide
community service projects.
Ryan Anderson, ASUN senator
and campus life committee chairman,
along with Russell, is encouraging
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student organizations to participate in
collaborative service projects to ben
efit the university and surrounding
ASUN's first service project will
be cleaning up Memorial Stadium
Sept. 27 at 8 a.m.
Enhance technological services
ASUN is pushing UNL to have
online course registration, grade
retrieval and senior grade checks.
College of Engineering and
Technology Senator Paul Schreier
said the idea is a massive project each
college will have to tackle individual
ASUN also is updating its Web
page to serve students more efficient
ly. The Web address,
http://wM'w.unl.edu:80/asun/, will list
senators’ names and e-mail address
es, committee information, a list of
committee position openings and
senate meeting minutes.
“The page will help keep us in
contact with students,” Schreier said.
“It will serve as a connection between
us and them.”
Research the options to make
student evaluations more effective,
Kara Slaughter, chairwoman of
the academic committee, is working
to implement an all-university course
and advising evaluation.
“We want a universal link
between each department’s evalua
tions,” Slaughter said. “The question
is, however, whether there should be a
public record of the evaluations.”
Slaughter said the universitywide
evaluation would revamp the nomina
tion process for the Outstanding
Educator Award, an award given to a
UNL professor who has had the most
impact on a student’s college experi
Address campus parking con
Student leaders are concerned
that parking will be removed and not
With new buildings, residence
halls and parking structures being
built, Russell said she is going to keep
a close eye on the number of parking
stalls destroyed and constructed.
Russell said everyone on campus
will end up paying more money to
help build new parking structures.
“I don’t understand why you have
to pay more to park further away,”
Russell said. “It seems economical to
have those who have more centralized
parking to pay more for parking.”
Continue efforts to unite City
and East campuses.
Last year ASUN gave $9,000 to
help improve the Student
Involvement office on East Campus.
Russell said ASUN will follow up on
the efforts being made to equalize
services between the two campuses.
Create a larger representation
of students through outreach initia
"Students complain that they
don’t have enough representation,”
Russell said. “We are going to go to
the students this year and make sure
they know they can come to us.”
Russell said that through town
hall meetings and an “open door pol
icy,” she hopes students feel comfort
able talking to their college represen
ASUN will vote tonight on a pro
posed bill to create a new student
assembly made of residence hall,
commuter and greek students.
Russell said the assembly will not
give only more student representation
but also will serve as a chegk and bal
ance to student government.
Raise awareness of the pro
posed tax lid amendment to the
Nebraska Constitution and the
immediate effects imposed on UNL
and its students.
If passed, the proposed tax lid
amendment would reduce state edu
cational aid and increase tuition at
UNL, Russell said.
She said ASUN will use the
Student Impact Team and other stu
dent groups to lobby against the con
stitutional amendment proposed for
the November state election ballot.
Lobby for student input in the
ASUN government party system.
Last year during the ASUN elec
tion campaign, questions were raised
on whether student government lead
ers should be elected through the cur
rent party system or on an individual
Russell said she plans to seek stu
dent input as soon as possible and
have the campaign and election
process changed if needed.
“I personally don’t like the party
system,” Russell said. “It has a lot of
benefits, but people abuse it.”
Work to promote alcohol
awareness and education.
“People do drink on this campus,”
Russell said. “I’m just trying to make
students aware that it is a problem.”
Remembering the tragic death of
junior Laura Cockson by a drunken
driver last spring, Russell said, ASUN
is planning to create a memorial
scholarship in Cockson’s name.
The scholarship would be given
annually to a student who actively
promotes alcohol education and
The senate will vote tonight
whether or not to accept Russell’s
proposed scholarship bill.
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