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expounds on the Importance of
Francis Allen, men’s gym
nastics coach, is an
unquestioned expert on
all tilings gymnastics
The Oscars are more
open than they seem
HIGH FLYIN': Erin Williams, freshman music major, flies a butterfly kite Tuesday afternoon near the Harper-Schramm-Smith triangle. Students came out of their rooms to enjoy the warm weather.
■ Chancellor Harvey Perlman presents UNL's pri
orities to a state-wide education commission.
BY JILL ZEMAN
Members of the Coordinating Commission for
Postsecondary Education on Tuesday had their
first taste of UNL’s lengthy, sometimes over
whelming, prioritization list.
UNL faculty members and administrators
have had the chance to-examine the document
detailing more than 100 programs for the past two
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor
Harv ey Perlman presented the university’s priori
tization process to the commission in its monthly
The commission consists of 11 members and
oversees the University7 of Nebraska, state colleges
and community colleges.
The university7 s prioritization process identi
fies the top 25 percent of UNL’s academic pro
The priorities list, which includes 102 pro
grams, is still being revised.
The programs are divided into four categories:
graduate/professional education and
research/creative activity; life sciences, health
and natural resources; undergraduate education;
Commissioner Marshall Borchert, who was
appointed in February, said he was impressed
with Perlman’s presentation.
“I think he is very7 bright and articulate and has
a good understanding of how th/ university
works,” he said. /
Borchert said because he was/a “brand-new
commissioner,” he wasn’t completely familiar
with all the details relating tojme prioritization
Regardless. Borchert said he thought it w7as
beneficial for the university to evaluate itself and
Please see COMMISSION on 3
wage hike vexes
■ Administrators say the
salary hike is inline with peer
BY CHARLIE KAUFFMAN
Some faculty members are
angry at Chancellor Harvey
Perlmans pay raise now that the
"interim" has been dropped
from his title.
Perlman's salary was raised
22 percent - from $180,000 to
“It has nothing to do with the
person in the office," Mary' Beck,
co-chairwoman of the Faculty
Women’s Caucus, said.
Beck said some faculty mem
bers’ needs are going unfilled,
even though the university is
raising Perlman’s salary. Beck
said several other faculty mem
bers share her opinion.
“It’s the principle of the
thing, raising the salary' 22 per
cent, especially with the large
perks that go with it,” Beck said.
She said faculty issues such
as the number of women faculty
and the improvement of domes
tic partner benefits could be
addressed for less money than it
would take to raise Perlman’s
salary by so much.
“It would appear on the sur
face that some things are out of
whack," she said.
Craig Lawson, a professor in
the College of Law, where
Perlman taught and was dean for
15 years, said the raise was con
current with the need to be com
petitive when hiring administra
“I think we should be com
petitive and pay our chancellor
at least at that level, maybe
more,” Lawson said.
Lawson said the money
going toward Perlman’s salary
increase is a drop in the bucket
when it comes to solving larger
problems some faculty' say need
to be solved.
NTU Board of Regents
Chairman Dr. Charles Wilson
said the chancellor’s salary was
raised to keep the university
competitive with peer institu
"If we want to be a better uni
versity. we have to pay better
salaries,” Wilson said. "It’s a
reflection of how much we were
underpaying our top adminis
Wilson said Perlman's new
salary is still below the midpoint
of the salaries of chancellors in
peer institutions - similarly sized
institutions in the Midwest.
Wilson said faculty salary
raises are also on the way, they
just haven’t happened yet. He
said the Regents made a com
ymitment to higher salaries for
faculty' at their meeting last July.
“The faculty salaries will be
as close to the midpoint of their
peers’ as it is possible to predict,”
Wilson said. He said a concrete
midpoint is difficult to establish
because other institutions could
also raise the salaries of their
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Census figures call for redistricting
■ me Redistricting Committee strives for
equitable changes, but small districts in
western Nebraska risk elimination.
BY GEORGE GREEN
The political version of musical chairs is set
When Census 2000 figures landed in the
capital city last week, state senators began
jostling for seats hoping that when the music
dies they will still have a district to represent.
Robert Sittig, a UNL political science pro
fessor, said the great dance could breed conflict
“It's a potentially explosive process," he
The fresh Census figures could turn heads
because a special committee of lawmakers has
to digest the numbers and redraw’ the bound
aries of various government districts including
congressional and legislative districts, he said.
Senators have to refigure boundaries
because the state constitution mandates that
each district contain approximately the same
number of people, he said.
“It's a one-person, one-vote standard,” he
This year, the ideal legislative district will
contain 34.924 people and 570,421 people for
Problems arise when population shifts
force senators to eliminate districts in one
region to make room for new districts in anoth
er part of the state, he said.
The census figures revealed last week show
during the last 10 years more Nebraskans shuf
fled east - to Lincoln and Omaha -forcing sen
ators to geographically expand districts in die
West and shrink districts in the Hast.
The process of pinching and ballooning
districts, Situg said, will cause a more “unpleas
ant situation" for,state senators than congres
"It'll be more anguishing for the state leg
islative districts, he said.
Sittig said senators will have to move con
gressional lines but won’t be forced to remove
entire districts to establish new ones in differ
ent parts of the state.
On the other hand, Sen. DiAnna Schimek of
Lincoln, who is the vice chairwoman of the
Redistricting Committee, said up to two
incumbent state senators might get lumped
into the same district because of the popula
Specifically, she said, those shifts could
force her committee to get rid of one or two dis
tricts in the West, making room for one or two
more in die densely populated East.
“At some point, you have to remove an
entire district,” she said.
Because the West is predominately rural
and die East is predominately urban, the prob
lem could pit the two groups against each
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This week's meetings seek Fulbright scholars
BY SHARON KOLBET
Students interested in studying abroad
can learn more about the Fulbright scholar
ship in workshops held today and Thursday.
The Fulbright Program, instituted by the
U.S. Congress in 1946, was designed to foster
cultural understanding and international
research. The program offers scholarships to
study in 140 countries.
Robert Stoddard, a UNL geology profes
sor and a speaker at the upcoming work
shops, said this week’s events are designed
for junior and senior students.
"The Fulbright program is an excellent
resource. 1 wish more students knew about
it,” Stoddard said.
The scholarship is designed to give
recent college graduates, professionals and
artists the opportunity' to study in the coun
try' of their choice. Those selected generally
receive round-trip transportation, language
courses, tuition and a stipend to cover living
The national program offers a limited
amount of scholarships for each participat
Students who want to increase their
chances for acceptance may benefit from
researching the number of scholarships
available for their destination of choice, he
said, as well as those in less popular destina
Last year, about 100 students applied for
14 scholarships in Australia, he said, while
only six applied for the five openings in
There were no applicants to fill the three
spots for study in Ukraine, he said.
Stoddard said applications need to be
filed in October and the selection is finalized
in May of the following year. With five UNL
students receiving Fulbright scholarships
for the 2000-2001 academic year. Stoddard
said he hoped Nebraska students would
continue to apply with success.
“Last year was a good year for us,” he
said. “We had students go on to India,
‘The Fulbright program is an
excellent resource. I wish more
students knew about it."
UNL geology professor
Sweden, Turkey and France."
Darlene Esser, assistant to the dean of
International Affairs, said the workshops will
give students who are interested in the pro
gram more information.
For those who plan to fill out an applica
tion, a faculty committee is available to help
the student prepare a proposal before it gets
submitted to the Fulbright office in
Washington, D.C., Esser said.
The Fulbright Scholarship student work
shop will be held today at 3 p.m. in the
Nebraska Union and again at 3 p.m.
Thursday in the Nebraska East Union.
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