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By Deb Gray
There were no Thank-God-It
's-Friday sentiments among
the group at Lincoln's intake and
referral center last Friday after
noon. Just a let's-get-this-thing-over-with
It was 1:30 p.m. In a few
minutes these people would
begin opening their collective
depressions, anxieties and hang
ups to a group leader. The
object was to explore problems
in their life problems which
cause them to drink.
While watching for the en
counter group to begin, one
20-year-old man hunched
against a wall, clutching a
briefcase to his chest. He was
depressed, he said, and no
comments from other group
members could arouse him.
"You were depressed last
week, weren't you? Are you still
depressed today"? asked a
The young man nodded.
"You know, I see people on
the street," the brunette con
tinued. "They're smiiing. They
all look so happy. I think, 'God,
they must be wierd.' It's been so
long since I've felt that way."
'This group, part of Lincoln's
Alcohol Action Safety Program,
is often painful, according to
Ron Dade, research analyst with
the Lincoln Council on Alcohol
ism and Drugs. They force the
problem drinker to face the
reality of his situation, he said.
Before last Friday's session,
the brunette had confirmed this.
Will it never end'?
"I couldn't get out of this
place fast enough," she said.
"I thought, 'Will this never be
These people at the intake
referral center are npt neces
sarily alcoholics, Dade said.
They "are problem drinkers,
people who continually have
problems with themselves or
with someone else when they
drink, he said.
' 'The key word to understand
ing problem drinking is the term
'continual problems,' " Dade
said. "Some people never have a
problem when they drink. To
them it's a pleasant social
"Others get violent and get
into fights. They have troubles
at school. Problems constantly
surround their drinking exper
iences. Many of these problems
are with the law," he said.
Dade said one arrest for
drinking while intoxicated (DWI)
does not necessarily Indicate
problem drinking but "if they
are arrested more than once,
they didn't learn."
Young people arrested
Dade said tne increasing
number cf young people arrest
ed for DWI is staggering. This
year between March and Sept
ember, 618 of the total 1,084
. DWI arrests 57 per cent were
people under the age of 30, he
' The intake-referrai center has
treated 2,200 people since it
started in March, 1971, accord
ing to Polly Spickelmier, follow
About 75 per cent of the
intake-referral center's clients
are people fulfilling probation
requirements of the municipal
court, Spickelmier said. Others
are referred by the district court,
state parole officials, lawyers,
ministers, doctors, family mem
bers and friends. A very small
percentage about three per
cent are drug cases, she said.
Reasons for drinking
There are many reasons why
people drink to imitate adult
hood, to escape reality, to gain
social acceptance, Dade said.
"The real question," he said,
"is what happens to these
people when they drink? Do they
have a continuing problem"?
Dade said alcohol is easily
abused because it is a socially
"The potential for alcohol
abuse is great," he said. "A
different environment surrounds
drug use than surrounds alcohol.
Liquor is legal. Alcohol has had
a long period of reinforcement.
"When parents learn their
son or daughter has a drinking
problem, often their first re
action is 'Thank God, it's not
drugs.; " J... . ,
Continued on pg. 18
Options satisfy most residents
Editor's note: The following is the last
in a series of articles examing different
iated housing during its first year at
UNL residence halls.)
Most 14-hour visitation floors and
floors with no visitation respond the
same way when asked about their
visitation option: "I'm satisfied with
Those who live on floors with no
visitation, including Fedde 1, Cather 10
and Pound 8, generally approved of the
no visitation policy, but a tew also said
they want to move to a floor with more
visitation hours next year.
The visitation options were made
possible by the NU Board of Regents
last spring after the Council on Student
Life (CSL) recommended that alterna
tives to traditional residence hall living
Esther Benderson, a freshman on
Pound 8, said she at first tnoughi the
policy would be too harsh, but now it is
"Although I would prefer to live on a
floor with visitation next year, I like this
floor because it is quiet enough to
study' she said. "I can always go on
other floors anyway."
Student Assistant (SA) Mary Hellman
agreed that studying is easier now than
last year, and added, "It's probably less
noisier than last year, and we can dress
less formally too."
"I'm not sure what I II do next year,
but I don't think I want to live on this
floor," the'Pound 8 SA said. "It gets
discouraging when I can't talk with
friends in my room, but we just have to
Fedde residents Lynette Powell,
tuesday, riovember6, 1974
Debbie Tighe and Kay Christensen, all
freshmen, liked the idea of not worrying
about how their room looked, and
concurred that studying is easier than it
appears on other floors.
They commented that it is incon
venient, however, to talk with boy
friends in the lobby where there is
"hardly any privacy."
Noise has disappeared
The "riot type" noise of last year has
also disappeared on Abel 6, which has
14-hour visitation, according to SA
"It is quieter and there are less
violations than last year," the second
year law student said. "The longer
-hours make it livable here, because
people are less indignant about visita
tion. It makes my job a lot easier."
Prokes said the main complaints
about visitation concern the time visitors
must !eav. He said some residents
expressed opinions that visitation
should end later than 1 a.m.
"There has been no discussion about
24-hour visitation, so I guess everyone's
satisfied right now, " he said
SA Carol VanHoozer, Sandoz 3
senior, commented that 14-hour visita
tion is a "step in the right direction,"
but added that each resident should
have a choice between no visitation or
"There have been no complaints, and
actually, there are fewer violations this
year due to the longer visitation hours,"
Junior SA Kent Bliss, Abel 4, cited
quietness and better appearance of the
hallways as a plus for 14-hour visitation.
Continued on pg. 17
Class with sparkle
By Mary Kay Roth
In the basement of Henzlik Hall is a crowded
workshop cluttered with work tables, tools and
silver scraps soon to be finished pieces of jewelry.
Dangling bare lightbulbs illuminate the water
pipes and aged brick walls.
Here is where Todd Christell works with silver
and teaches silversmithing.
Christell, a UNL freshman, describes silver
smithing as the art of making articles out of silver.
He teaches silversmith courses at Centennial
College and for the Free University (NFU.).
"I don't give lectures," Christell said, as he
sat on the edge of one of the many work tables in
his workshop. "I just show them the basic skills
they are to use that evening and let them work
ahead on their own."
In his NFU class, Christell said his students
concentrate on making jewelry, and since most
students have been to jewelry stores they know
what they want to make.
The students provide the ideas, and Christell
said he demonstrates how to turn these ideas into
products. He said he tries ic teach basic skin of
hammering, filing, saving and soldering silver.
If students make mistakes, Christell said he
heips them fix it, and hopefully they won't make
the same one again.
"It's too costly to make many mistakes," he
said, "A sheet silver is now about $1.15 a square
inch". The basic tool kit for silversmithing is
priced at around $40, he said.
Cost does not appear to be a factor in the
number of students interested in the silversmith
ing classes. The first day NFU registration
opened, Christell's class, limited to 15 students,
was filled. He now has a waiting list.
Christell said after students learn the basic
skilis, they can earn back the cost of tools and
supplies in two weeks. He explained that rings
made of $4 worth of silver and an inlaid polished
stone could be sold for up to $75.
Continued on pg. 14.
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