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VOL. 98 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 118
NU fights to maintain faculty quality
By Jessica Fargen
Senior staff writer
The University of Nebraska lost two
faculty members Tuesday to universities
that were willing to offer them better
salaries than the NU pays them now,
said NU President Dennis Smith.
A S20 million budget increase for
faculty salaries to curb the flow of pro
fessors out of the state was a small part
of the S783 million NU budget request
presented to the Appropriations
Committee on Tuesday.
“A high-quality education can come
only from a high-quality faculty,” Smith
The university's push for higher
salaries stems from state law that
requires NU salaries to be at the mid
point of its peer institutions. It is esti
mated that faculty salaries will need to
be increased by 4.6 percent over the next
four years to meet the midpoint.
“We are a service organization. We
rely on people," Smith said. “To get
those people and retain them we have to
be competitive in the market."
The university asked for about S32
million more than the $751 million Gov.
Mike Johanns proposed in his two-year
The Appropnations Committee will
release its final budget in late April for
Excluding construction projects,
NU requested a 6.85 percent increase
the first year and 5.97 the second.
Johanns’ budget called for increases of
hovering around 3.5 percent each year.
Despite the S22 million saved in
thrifty NU budget reallocations over the
last four years, UNL Chancellor James
Moeser said he saw more budget reallo
cations in the future.
Of that $22 million, the $7 million at
UNL had a “very serious impact,”
resulting in cuts in most departments,
and loss of faculty positions.
Since 1994, the NU system overall
has had a 2.4 percent decline in full-time
faculty, with a 5 percent decline at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Moeser said academic quality has
“I don't believe we are sacrificing
quality,” Moeser said. “I think we've
enhanced quality with reallocation.”
The remaining chunks of NU’s two
year budget request included S20.4 mil
lion for construction projects - nearly
half of that for an education building at
the Kearney campus, and money for
Nearly $19 million of the NU bud
get request would go toward salary
increases, including administrative and
Please see BUDGET on 2
Editor s note: This is the second in a three-part
series that will take an in-depth look at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Honors Program.
Senior staff writer
For UNL honors students, being a part of the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Honors Program can
mean receiving an opportunity to excel and succeed.
But for other students it can mean not receiving
extra classroom attention and not being able to live
among the elite.
Honors Program Director Patrice Berger said the
elitist stereotype that has existed about the honors
program in the past needed to be clarified.
“We're not creating a curriculum exclusively for
honors students and their achievements," Berger said.
“The honors program is open to all high-ability stu
UNL Chancellor James Moeser said the honors
program helps create an overall academic climate on
“The more successful we can be now with these
students, the more successful we will be in the
future," he said.
Many UNL honors students agreed that the hon
ors program does provide its members with addition
al benefits and support.
“I personally like the small classes and one-on
one professor instruction,” said Scott Schreiter, a
Please see HONORS on 3
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FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER ANTHONY LAKE lectures at the Lied Center on Tuesday afternoon. Lake, who served as President
Clinton’s national security adviser from 1993 to 1996, spoke as a part of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.
Lake: U.S. must use success
■ President Clinton’s former
security adviser suggested
a policy of caution in U.S.
By Brian Carlson
Although the United States stands as the
world’s lone superpower and is enjoying a
strong economy, the country must use these
good times to prepare for future challenges,
Anthony Lake said Tuesday.
“The United States is in a position of truly
unparalleled strength,” said Lake, who served
as President Clinton’s national security adviser
from 1993 to 1996. “But we are squandering
the good times. We are not using this period to
adequately address threats we will see in the
coming decade and century.”
Delivering an E.N. Thompson Forum on
World Issues lecture at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln’s Lied Center for
Performing Arts, Lake listed several political,
economic and military threats the United States
could face in the post-Cold War era.
Lake said the United States faces a variety
of threats from weapons of mass destruction,
especially from countries such as Russia and
North Korea that are suffering from political
and military instability.
Although the Soviet Union dissolved seven
years ago, Russia still has about 12,000 nuclear
warheads. More importantly. Lake added, it has
enough plutonium to build 70,000 more.
If Russia’s economic crisis continues, and
scientists or political leaders grow desperate for
money, that nuclear capacity could find its way
into the hands of rogue states such as Iran or
Iraq, Lake said.
But North Korea, suffering from severe
economic turmoil and famine, could pose an
even more serious threat, Lake said.
A recent missile test has renewed U.S. fears
of a North Korean nuclear threat.
Lake said the North Korean system is
bound to collapse, so the United States should
pursue wise diplomatic policies to ensure the
country has a “soft landing.’’
Other weapons of mass destruction, such as
biological and chemical weapons, also may
pose threats to U.S. national security, Lake said.
He said globalization, more permeable bor
ders and rapidly advancing technology have N
allowed terrorists to expand their operations.
Osama bin Laden, the exiled Saudi billion- (
aire allegedly responsible for the bombing of '
two African embassies last summer, is an exam
ple. But, Lake said, so are homegrown terrorists
such as “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and
Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted and sen
tenced to death for the 1995 Oklahoma City
The public should not panic about the threat
of terrorism, Lake said, but the U.S. government
must continue to do all it can to prevent such
attacks, short of curtailing civil liberties.
Although nuclear weapons pose a contin
ued threat to U.S. national security, Americans
may be most affected by the economic crisis
that began in Asia, spread to Russia and threat
ens the Western hemisphere.
“The threat that could have the greatest
impact on the lives of Americans is the
Brazilian economy, not missiles,” he said.
Lake said he was optimistic about the future
of U.S. foreign relations, but he said excessive
partisanship in Washington threatens the craft
ing of sound foreign policy.
“It adds up to the ugliest party scene since
the toga party in ‘Animal House,’” he said.
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