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Ballot change to be debated
By Sara Salkeld
At the first ASUN meeting of the
semester, senators will debate
whether party names will be put on
this spring’s voting ballots.
Last semester, the senate
approved the electoral commission’s
voting rules, which said candidates’
party names would not appear on the
According to President Andy
Schuerman, many senate members
said they voted to approve those rules
to avoid having a special meeting last
semester, knowing there would be a
chance to vote on the rules again.
According to the bylaws of
ASUN, the election rules must be
approved in both the fall and spring
Even though the rules were
approved last semester, they can be
discussed and changed this semester.
Schuerman said he expected this to
happen at the meeting tonight.
He said there is a group of sena
tors who feel strongly about having
the party names on the ballot. One of
them is Government Liaison
Committee Chairman Andy Faltin.
“If you are serious enough to be in the
election, then you should identify that
you are running with a party.”
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arts and sciences senator
“I am strongly in favor because we
want parties to form along a common
mindset,” Faltin said.
Jason Mashek, arts and sciences
senator, said having party names on
the ballot would help voters.
“If you are serious enough to be in
the election, then you should identify
that you’re running with a party,” he
said. “Even if you are an independent,
it sets you apart and shows you have
Other senators said that putting
the names on the ballot was not neces
sary. College of Arts and Sciences
Sen. Urrvano Gamez agreed.
“One year is not enough to see any
results,” Gamez said. “I think they
should stay off another year to see if
more independent people run. I think
that without the party name, candi
dates have to work harder to get their
name out there and talk to people.”
Last year, party names were
removed from ASUN ballots.
If the senate votes against the
rules, the Electoral Commission will
have to meet again to revise the rules.
If a compromise cannot be
reached, the issue could end up in the
university’s student court.
Schuerman encouraged students
who have an opinion on whether party
names should be included on the bal
lot to stop by the ASUN office in
Nebraska Union 136 or attend the
meeting tonight at 6:30 in the union.
The room will be posted.
Faltin agreed student input was
“People have no right to complain
unless they try to be an active partici
pant,” Faltin said. “We are willing to
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College into a community college.
But after a vigorous fight last year
by Sen. Floyd Vrtiska and other sup
porters of the college, Kristensen said
politically that is no longer possible.
Nancy O’Brien, chairwoman of the
Board of Regents, said she would be
willing to consider the merger if the
Legislature decided it was something
that was beneficial to the state’s col
leges and universities.
But it still has to be proven, she said.
“Right now there is no compelling
reason to restructure it,” O’Brien said.
3 Steve Lewis, a state college trustee,
said he was against the merger because
it tried to merge two sets of institutions
with different missions.
The state colleges focus on under
graduates and teacher education while
the universities have a research-orient
ea iocus, Lewis saia.
The size of the system would make
it difficult to manage, he said.
Robert Haller, a University of
Nebraska-Lincoln English professor
and member of the American
Association of University Professors,
said many NU faculty were concerned
that adding state colleges to the system
would “dilute the mission” of the uni
“We don’t want to become part of
the unified whole,” Haller said.
Haller said it was also important
that the regents be able to focus on a
“The faculty is happier with the
idea that the regents control less rather
than more,” he said.
Kristensen said the attitude that the
universities’ mission will become dilut
ed is an arrogant one. He said the state
colleges’ fear that they will be swal
lowed up by the mission of the bigger 1
university is unwarranted. '
“It was positive with Kearney,” he
said. “The same thing will happen with
other state colleges.”
Another group with a stake in the
bill is the coordinating commission.
Chairman Eric Seacrest said the com
mission is against eliminating itself.
Created to coordinate efforts
between all institutions of higher edu- ■
cation, the commission is turning into
another board of governance,
Even though Kristensen feels deal
ing with the issue now is better than
waiting until it is inevitable, he said he
was aware that it is not an issue that is
immediate on senators’ minds.
“It is an issue that will have to be
dealt with,” Kristensen said.
“Is it one they are ready to do
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he represented clients, said former
Gov. Charles Thone.
“Material success was not the
■,,No. 1 goal,” Thone said. “As a
lawyer, he was more interested in
justice for everyone.”
Crosby was heavily involved in
water development and water pro
jects as an attorney, Thone said.
“His contribution to water devel
opment was monumental,” Thone
“He was considered an authority
on water law.”
Crosby had a good life outside of
the law and politics, Pederson said.
“He conducted his personal life
in a way that brought credit to his
family and the state of Nebraska,”
Crosby and his wife, Sen. La Von
Crosby, were involved in politics and
the community, Schimek said.
“It’s hard to talk about Bob with
out talking about La Von,” Schimek
said. “They were two peas in a pod.”
Crosby also had the ability to
make people laugh, Schimek said.
“The thing that I most admired
about him was his sense of humor,”
“He was always delightful, even
at rock bottom.”
Despite the many roles Crosby
held during his lifetime, Thone will
remember him for his honesty.
“His real legacy will be his great
character and integrity,” Thone said.
“He was known to be honest, and that
transcended his own image.”
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