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Wednesday, december 5, 1973
lincoln, nebraska vol. 97 no. 53
Cold weather, food lure
rats from trash to dorms
By Jim Fuilerton
Rat control is in i':; toti'ies! time of th ye-.n
at the Abel-Sard. H?;i'h: c:e Malls, accordin-j,
to members of tie. s; 'tci i nico staff t f , ; i ,
The maintenance stal rvicn hfi . -,;rcf with tin.'
increasing cold, rts aie kMrovviny nevt to the
buildings for waionh. They al o die attracted to
the a red by food that has born thrown tc '.ho
ground from the toons ot the residents.
According to Josepn ZaunirT, assislnt
director ot the Dept. of !Vsahh;nance Mid
Operation:,, when people indicate they heve
seen rats, the maintenance workes set ou r
Sfiring traps and poisoner! "uri cafetei:as." As
of Monday, seven ruts Iwve been killed at
Abel-Sancloz since T hanKsciiving.
When a uo.imlaint i:, t ado aUu rats, the
staff at A bp! Sa-.dw ti i.-'s to tak" action
immediately "to prevent a complaint from
leaching the health den iriment," one staff
According to Susan f tita secietary for the
complaint division ol the Lanca ha County
Health Department, nu complaint'; have been
made to her regarding rat- in the Abel-Sando
area, criten saiu that if ner ol lice diu receivi
complaint, a county saniufan would check the
a' ea to determine if there is a problem, and if
so, now to cope with it.
Zannini said the trap;, and pofnns also are
used as precautionary measures when no rats
have been seen, jus to be!,; keep ihoir number
Ihe rats come 'rent neaiby junk piles or the
creek that runs behind the dormitories.
according to another siatf
Rat trap, left, and standard motive trap
TONIC: partial solution to Indian problems
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Last Tliursday afternoon at '1 J,) ..
Vdii pulled away from Andiews Mali
U.nd ''r VV.nnebago. The v::n carried
e,'"Ui (A Ollee.j stude'nts, nvvTiiii rs
of i group called Tutois ol NoLt a ska
''id m Ch 1. 1, n (TONIC).
n's hard to classify TO.'vC.
piec;.f.'iv. It isn't a replacem.j.i ("r
f...ru,ai edi'caticm, nor is it priniaf i!,
.eeenii-'l tt i.'iniou'1, Mistly if:,
me . 1 . of ( onrni inication fwtveti
collei.' students and children.
iOi'IC if.e!'' is a yitup iin'mi
duiinq the activist days of the !,Ue
19hUs fart of the group, by far the
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laryor nart, tneets in Andrews Hall on
Tuesdays with children from Lincoln.
About 40 tutors participate, with an
equ.'l number of children.
The Winnebago project was nearly
nat large at one time, but the
s'. e .v s involved (Winnebago is 107
miles north of Lincoln) and the time
commitment have diminished the
rite city's problems haven't gone
awav, unfortunately, though progress
is ben ii made, American Indians are as
badly treated as any minority group,
and the Wtnnebagos have special
pinblerm of their own. An interview
with Norman Tree, chief of the
tourman Winnebago Police Force,
ic'.e.iled glaring problems in education,
pi ill '.u:s and family life.
Alcoholism, according to Free, is
"the biggest health problem, the
biggest social problem and the biggest
law enforcement problem" facing
WinneUigo in 1973. It has been ,or so
long that Free despaiis of ever really
Progress is steady, though. A
halfway house was opened recently as
a step toward rehabilitating
Wiuuctvrjo'r, alcoholics. Also, a crisis
p!i tvention center, staffed exclusively
by volunteers, is attempting to solve
some of Winnebago's social problems,
mare of them related to alcohol
vVmnebago's political troubles are
:':: iti.tliy those of any community in
wnijh ,j minority of the population
holds a majority of income-producing
taepetty. 'i; cjjy !S 75 p0r cor,t
lni.ai, Uit political control is mostly
iii tne hands of white's.
f act. orts in the Indian community
and haditionally low voter turnout
;;no!ig nunonty groups havu enabled
whites to control the school system. A
typical election is a three-way race,
wi.h the Indian vote divided between a
conserv itive and a liberal candidate,
enabling the one white candidate to
win the election.
ft it is in school where the
h-di.ms' problems arise, Winnebago
e1 of inn, and American Indian
1 hi'do.'H everywhere, legin to slip
01 in id theii white counterparts after
the Paul or fout th year of elementary
s; hwol. Some speculate it may be the
A'u,hSixon orientation of the school
'''d 1 n and the child's growing
.''-ae'v.s ol thai bias that are
1 isi I ile.
'! is t the-.e ye. us, those U.'tween
1 : ic1 en 1, 1 1 -jixth grade, that
I OfJiC's efforts an.- directed,
v'vir (.hihli 0 cosily under V) ,
.! ..I r ' hot vlri j in a building built
o: d by Hie Dutch Rc-foi ire.'d
Church to meet tin; volunteers Iromj
I deally a otu: lo cue ratio of
volunteers and cleldren wuuld exist, j
but as in t" rest h 'I" ptograin has
slipped, that rahc, 'n.;s Ik. en tm.io.,sil)lc
to maintain. fi 01 11 tally 20 to 30
children gieet tlie 8 to 10 vclunlcers.
Success really isn't measured in
numbers for TONIC volunteers
though. It is measured in noestions
like "Did you come all the way from
Lincoln just lo see wy' arid in signs
when 9 p.,n. comes and the 'nn is to
it nevei uuue ieaes at o seems.
There always is a film mat tuns a Itltii
late-some paint, somewhere, nejvling
to be' cleaned up. And in an evenino of
tie dyin), the new in,.!lc ii'.ovi.es and
fairy Udes, no o," r.as 'ime : vonder
if it's all doing any good.
The kids aie active aod noisy, fi.ill of
the exciicmrnl chil!;rn fe d in v.-hat
seem to bo liny luines ; aUcits. in the
past, that exci lemeni hasn'i x 101 " I'm j
to learning like it does lor vtate
But on I hursd,..y r g'-! f beiiins to,
and when the bus finally do leave,
tfli. unestion 01 hi t': 1 el! 'bet 1 d s t
was woi Ihvvhile 1-. ans v red !; vas
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