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By Jane Hoge
Can a woman major in construction management and
come out smiling? Do home economics instructors welcome
men into their classes?
According to six UN L students, the answer is yes.
Teri Edeal is a senior majoring in agronomy. AT UNL
last semester, male agronomy majors out numbered females
106 to 40.
"Everybody has been super-helpful," she said. "I get
teased a lot, but it's all in jest. You make friends that way."
Gloria Benis, a sophomore electrical engineering major,
is the only woman in about half her classes. She said she
had expected problems but has not encountered any.
The major requires a lot of studying, but there is no
prejudice against females, she said. Last semester Benis was
the only female electrical engineering major among 348
Sam Ridge is a sophomore majoring in human
development. For every male major, there were about 54
female majors last semester. ,
However, Ridge said he hasn't noticed any female
chauvinism in the classroom.
Several men came to class the first day, saw all the
women and said, "We're going to drop it," Ridge recalled.
Construction management had about 132 majors last
semester. Colleen Simon, a senior, was the only female
"If you're the only girl, you do stand out. The teachers
remember your name, but they treat everyone the same."
James Walla, a freshman, majors in interior design. In the
textiles, clothing and design department, he is outnumbered
57 to 1 by females.
"The instructors might tend to look at men more
because there are so few of us," Walla said, but he said he
hasn't noticed any problems.
Jayne Cox is one of 19 female animal science majors
among 261 male majors.
"The classes are geared for guys," she said, "because
that's mainly who are in the classes. But if you're willing to
get in there and try, the teachers are willing to help you."
Four of the six interviewed said that home atmosphere
caused them to choose a major traditionally dominated by
the other sex.
Edeal, who is married and farms with her husband near
Overton, alwsfs has lived on a farm and was interestedin a
Benis' father is a systems engineer in Lincoln. Her two
younger brothers also plan to become engineers.
Simon's father is head of a contracting firm in North
Ridge's family is involved in puppeteering. Because of
that, he said he has worked with a lot of children and
decided to major in human development.
None of the six said they expect discrimination when
they graduate and look for jobs.
"Since there are no guys in this field (interior design), I
might have a better chance," Walla said. "I hava to survive
on my own, though. I don't expect favors."
Cox would like to manage a ranch or a livestock
operation. She said the field is becoming "more and more
open to women."
Ridge said, "Getting a job will be easier for me. Males in
this field (human development) are so few, I have an unfair
advantage. I can't help it."
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Sam Ridye first became interested in majoring in human development because
of his family's interest in puppeteering.
While a task-force report end other business consumed
much of the Council on Student Life's (CSL) meeting time
Wednesday night, the delivery of a differentiated-housing
report provided the big news of the evening.
The report, prepared by the CSL Differentiated Housing
Task Force, contains recommendations about different
housing situations in UNL residence halls.
Some of the recommendations in the report include:
-different visitation policies in different residence halls.
Some might have no co-ed visitation hours, other hails
might have 6. 1 2, 1 8 or 24 hours of co-ed visitation.
-specifying certain residence hall floors for students
with similar interests such as a floor for architectural ,
students, a floor for students interested in music, etc.
Tim Evensen, the task force chairman, released the
report to the Council at Wednesday's meeting, and the
; Council plans to review it at its meeting next Thursday.
In other business, Roy Arnold, CSL Registration Task
Force chairman, reported on tha group's progress.
It was charged by CSL to evaluate the UNL registration
'process and make recommendations or changes in the
current system if needed.
Arnold reported that questionnaires are to be mailed out
to 2,000 UNL stents, randomly selected by computer,
and to all UNL faculty members.
The questionnaire includes questions on the registration
system, drop-and-add, advising and student I.D.S.
Recipients are asked to evaluate and suggest improvements
in those areas.
In other action, CSL member Bill Freudenberg made a
motion that a task fores be established to look at, the
current UNL system of fees and fines, ami the appellate
'system dealing with these.
According to Ely Meyerson, CSL member and UNL dean
of administration for student affairs, a similar report had
been done two or three years gd. The Council appointed t
three-member committee to (Jssidt iMiaiHat such task
force is necessary, in view of the previous report.
kill intern program
By Mark Hoffman
An intern program that enabled students to learn how
different UNL departments function survived its
operational trial last year, but succumbed to the financial
The program allowed students to take on staff duties in
the UNL Financial Aids Office, Recreation and Intramurals
Dept., Counseling Center and Foreign Students Office.
The program was discontinued after only a year because
of lack of money and because only four students benefited
from the program, reported Ely Meyerson, UNL dean of
administration for student affairs.
He said he felt other student croups might benefit more
from the money spent on the internships.
The Student Affairs Office, in cooperation with the
ASUN Senate, sponsored the program with funds from
student fees. UNL Chancellor James Zumberge
appropriated the money.
Total cost of the program came to aoout 3o,wu, wiin
the bulk of the money going .for students' salaries,
according to Meyerson.
Despite the financial consideration, he said the program
was successful. The ottices benefited by having a student's
viewpoint on programs and in decision-making, Meyerson
Meyerson said three of the four departments
participating reported favorably about the program.
UNL director of recreation and intramurals, Daniel
Steller, said he "felt it was worth the money" for the
students involved and for students as a whole.
Jano Tinstman, Recreation and Intramurals Dept. intern
attended meetings with housing officials and meetings on
budget requests to understand "the in-fighting" for
budgeting, he said.
She also was involved in planning programs, including
.ihe coed recreation program and cross-country skiing.
Ron Fritz, financial aids adviser, said the complexity of
financial aids limited the program's success in that office.
He said it was difficult trying to train a student in only
nine months of part-time work for a position which usually
takes two or three years of training.
He said federal regulations and the confidentiality
involved in working with students' financial aid also limited
the office in giving an intern responsibilities.
The program was started at the recommendation of
former ASUN President Steve Fowler, Meyerson said.
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