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thursday, november 15, 1973
lincoln, nebraska vol. 97 no. 46
UNL feels squeeze; conservation efforts begin
By Steve Arvanette
In recent weeks, Harley Schrader, director of the
UNL physical plant, has become a pessimist about his
"You have to be," he said. He was discussing
problems the university is encountering with the
national energy crisis.
"If it is a mild winter we should make it.
Otherwise..." His conversation continued in a more
serious tone, explaining that the University could
exhaust its fuel oil supply and be forced to shut down
in the event of a prolonged severe cold spell.
"With this mild weather, everything is rosy,"
Schrader said of this week's unseasonably warm
temperatures. "I think I have to take a pessimistic
By being less than optimistic, Schrader said his
office is much more prepared for the worst, should it
UNL is attempting to cut its fuel oil use by 25 per
cent over last winter. If successful, that economy
move would save about one million gallons of fuel oil.
To do that, Schrader said UNL's 4,500
thermostats are being lowered to 67 degrees in offices
and 65 degrees in classrooms.
Those temperatures are likely to fall even more on
nights and weekends when air circulation systems are
turned off to conserve electricity. Although
thermostats would not be lowered, Schrader said heat
loss would cool a building's outer regions.
Schrader said by lowering temperatures UNL will
try to cut its fuel oil use from 4.2 to 3.2 million
gallons. He said it has a capacity to store 1.2 million
gallons and that storage tanks are presently full.
The "lights out" campaign initiated in June has
saved a considerable amount of electricity for UNL
according to Schfader.
From June 12 to Nov. 5 UNL cut its electrical
consumption by 2.4 million kilowatt hours over the
same period last year. Schrader said that amount of
electricity could serve nearly 4,000 homes for a
Schrader said UNL is "increasing our effort" to
further conserve electricity by "removing all but
Lighting in hallways and parking lots Is being cut
by nearly half, Schrader said. Also being eliminated is
much of the decorative exterior lighting on buildings,
However, Schrader said adequate lighting will be
provided for night walking and security purposes.
Describing the energy squeeze as a "learning
experience for everyone," Schrader advised
University students and staff to keep windows shut,
turn out unneeded lights and dress warmly for the
By Charles Wieser
UNL's East Campus and fairgrounds bus service will be
reduced by 19 hours starting Monday, according to W.E.
Franklin, manager of the Lincoln Transportation System
Franklin said the reduction is a result of the recent major
cutbacks in diese! fuel a.otments received by LTS.
LTS currently is operating on 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel
daily, he said.
"We get five miles per gallon, which means we have had to
reduce bus routes to fit the amount of fuel we have," he said.
Ray Coffey, assistant business manager for UNL, said
greater use of buses is being planned.
Coffey said reducing UNL's bus service was discussed
Wednesday during a University staff meeting. University
officials are working with LTS in trying to deal with Lincoln's
recent public transportation problem, ho said.
Gail Gade, chief of Campus Security, said the reduction is
"bound to affect" student's schedules.
"New schedules will be forthcoming (from LTS). Whether
we're talking about a 15 or 20 minute service will depend on
what the city transportation system's final decision is," Gade
Coffey assured students that the "central service will be
Mayor Schwartzkopf outlines
city's approach to energy crisis
Limited city bus transportation, cooler
building temperatures and car pools are being
implemented in the face of the energy shortage,
according to Lincoln Mayor Sam Schwartzkopf.
He is a brother or NU Regent Ed
Beginning Sunday the Lincoln
Transporation System will eliminate Sunday
bus runs, and weekday operating hours will be
reduced. Buses will moke their last runs at 6: 1 5
p.m., Schwarzkopf said.
Eliminting Sunday bus runs will affect
about 80 riders, he said. He had no figures on
the number of riders affected by the weekday
He said temperatures in city buildings have
been lowered from 68 to 65 degrees. City
University Health Center Director
Dr. Sam Fuenning spoke to the
ASUN Senate Wednesday. Story on
employes also have been urged to make as few
automobile trips as possible.
Car pools havu been recommended as a
means of cunwiving gasoline, and a car pool
system is being considered, Schwartzkopf said.
Under this system, Lincoln would be
subdivided and a car pool organized for each
section. This measure will be taken if the
energy shortage become critical, he said.
He added that he expects gasoline rationing
to come by the beginning of next year.
While the fuel shortage already has affected
bus transportation, Schwartzkoph said limited
allocations do not now affect the Lincoln
Police or Fire Dopts.
Lincoln now does not f-icu an electrical
shortage, but recommcncJjtions h ive been made
to reduce Christmas lighting and store hours, he
There also is talk at a state level tor
legislation to eliminate store operation on
Sundays as an energy conservation measure, he
According to Willi im Becker, manager of
Gateway Shopping Center, the Gateway
Merchants Assoc. is urging state senators to
propose legislation that would outlaw store
operation on Sunday.
Becker called the measure a starting point,
but said stores are waiting for some direction
from the federal government to decide what
will be the exlent of energy conservation
Shcwartzkopf said he had been in contact
with federal officials, who described the energy
shortage situation and conservation measures in
Washington as havoc.
He said he had talked to Jerry Jorgnson,
Charles Thono's administrative assistant, and
Boots Jenkins from the Dept. of the Interior.
Describing the energy situation as "very
critical," Schwartzkopf said he expected the
shortage to last a rouble of years.
Lt. Chester Parnham of Campus Security's parking and
traffic division said service will not fx? significantly impaired.
He said buses probably will run every 15 to 18 minutes
instead of the usual seven to 10 minutes.
If the changes cause serious problems for UNL students,
Parnham said, LTS has agreed to let UNL return to the original
Reductions in bus service, he said, will save UNL $142.35
weekly. The university pays LTS $7.75 an hour for each bus
on the road.
Franklin said the amount of fuel that will be saved because
of UNL's reduced bus service'-has not been determined.
Franklin admitted that persons working for LTS were
surprised at recent cutbacks in diesel fuel allotments.
"Two weeks ago, we had no idea that we would be hit like
this. We're as dumbfounded as anyone," he said.
Gade said that students would be given an opportunity to
plan their schedules according to the changes being made.
When LTS gives Campus Security the new bus schedules,
he said, the Daily Nebraskan will be informed about the
UNL rents five buses from LTS two for the fairgrounds
route and three for East campus.
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Women's intercollegiate sports include a rowing
team-and that team is plagued by similar problems
facing its brother team. Story on Page 8
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