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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Friday, November 17, 1950
NU Foils Would-Be Exam Thieves
By Jerry Bailey
A small group of students slip
ped furtively across the campus
on a dark night. They paused . . .
leaned over something on an
open stretch cf ground . . . one
of them lifted an iron grating
from the ground with an effort.
It fell aside with a clank, and
one by one the furtive students
disappeared into a hole that the
grating had covered.
These students were seeking
copies of questions, to be used in
a future examination. But they
did not expect to find the ques
tions in a hole in the ground.
What they did expect was to
use an underground tunnel to
gain access to the building in
which the test questions were
For some time the small group
fumbled its way along the nar
row tunnel. Flashlights were
some help in piercing the dark
ness. The students turned into a
side tunnel and speeded up,
feeling that they were close ta
their goal. Suddenly wild and
furious cursing ripped the dark
ness and echoed back down the
tunnel. Facing the would-be
thieves was a new brick wall and
a securely locked door.
Thus, some time in the past,
University officials made sure
that no unwanted guests would
enter University buildings by way
of the steam tunnels under the
These tunnels connect every
building on the campus with the
University power plant, located
north of the P.E. building. These
campus arteries conduct high and
low pressure steam, electric
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POWER PLANT BOSS Jake Small, boss of the University's
power plant, watches as a workman overhauls a stoker below one
of the plant boilers. As Chief Utilities Engineer, Small is in charge
of both city and ag campus power plants, as well as plants at the
Omaha Medical school and the Curtis School of Agriculture. He
has served the University since 1913. Small is the final expert or!
matters concerning University heat and power, the plant, and the
miles of tunnels and powerlines beneath the campus.
power, and water for cooling sys
tems to the various buildings.
And as has been noted, locked
doors are located where tun
nels enter basements.
These tunnels, ranging from
four feet by six to seven feet
by eight in dimension, were in
a large part constructed in 1929
when the power and heating
plant was built. The main tun
nel stretches south from the
plant and the Coliseum to Love
library. Branch tunnels lead to
buildings along the line, from
Morrill hall to "Sosh." A side
tunnel slides east to carry heat
to the dormitories, and south
ward to the Union. South of the
Union the tunnel dwindles to a
ditch that pipes steam across
town to heat the State 'Capitol.
A branch of the main tunnel
spurs west to connect with a
much older network of tunnels
under the old campus area west
of 12th street. This western
network of tunnels is small and
more cramped than the newer
one to the east. The western tun
nels are of cobblestone and ce
ment instead of the newer brick
and concrete. Newest tunnel
work has been done in the vi
cinity of Ferguson hall.
It might be noted that the av
erage temperature of these steam
tunnels is 125 degrees. Ministers
of the gospel, using the hellfire
and brimstone aonroach in serm
ons, would add greatly to their
effectiveness if they could lead
their congregations through these
Hub of the entire tunnel sys
tem is the power plant. Here,
as an engineer might explain to
a layman, they build the fires
that heat the water that pro
duces the steam that powers the
turbines that produce electricity.
By an act of legislature, the
power plant heats the state cap
itol in addition to the campus.
The plant can and has furnished
power to the Lincoln Orthopedic
hospital in emergencies when
other power sources fail. City of
ficials recently inquired whether
the plant might not be used to
heat the proposed city auditor
ium. University Regents replied
that it would require another leg
A measure of the power plant's
importance can be read in its
production figures: 265 million
pounds of steam for heating, 83
million pounds of steam for gen
erating electricity and 10 million
kilowatts of electricity produced
yearly. "The plant was built for
a naif million dollars, says
Alexander Baur, plant efficiency
engineer, "But you could't build
it for a million today!"
Head of the whole plant sys
tem is Jake Small, a . cheerful
little German who has been with
the University since 1913. Of
ficially he is the Chief Utilities
Engineer. Unofficially he is the
man who has been keeping the
school lights burning and the
student and faculty thousands
warm during cold weather, for
a long time.
No Arm Chair Executive
Jake is anything but an arm
chair executive at the plant. He
can be found, not in his office,
but out in the plant watching his
boys overhaul a turbine or doctor
an ailing coal stoker. On other
days, Jake may be on the high
way, bound for a look-see at his
heating plants in Omaha or at
In Jake Small's brain is a map
Donald Innis was elected pres
ident of the Spanish club at their
second monthly meeting in the
Other officers are: May
Scherff, vice president,; and Bev
erly Hagan, secretary-treasurer.
The executive committee,
which will help the officers and
act in an advisory manner, is
composed of Jim DeMarco, Ed
ward Prado, Janice Brown, Lois
Stewart, Gladys Anderson and
Preceding the election, a Span
ish version of Dr. I.Q. was pre
sented. Prizes of gold pieces
(coin-shaped chocolates wrapped
in gold paper) were awarded to
those answering questions cor
rectly. Dr. I.Q. was enacted by George
MacMurray. Coke commercials
were given by Adolph Arrocha.
Both are instructors in the
Refreshments, in Spanish style,
consisted of coffee and tacos.
The latter item is a variation on
Ag Engineers Plan
Open House Nov. 30
The Agricultural Engineering
students are holding an open
house at the Agricultural Engi
neering building on the Ag cam
pus, Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.
the tortilla, which is made of
corn meal. It's filled with a
highly seasoned hamburger mix
ture. Anyone taking Spanish, be
ginning or advanced, is invited to
attend these meetings. To cover
expenses, students are charged
25 cents each meeting.
of steam and power lines, valves,
mains, and tunnel systems such
is not found on any University
blueprint as yet. Years of work
with his plants and pipelines
have given Jake more knowledge
of them than he is likely to
When workers must search for
valves or buried lines, it may be
that blueprints and Jake's mem
ory disagree. When that hap
pens . . , "You might as well
throw away the blueprint," ex
plain Jake's fellow workers.
"Jake's never been wrong yet!"
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of Nebraska football team with a new silver dollar, before
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the toss gets to keep the dollar, with the best wishes of the
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Tonight. University Coliseum
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