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Wednesday, january 22, 1975 lincoln, nebraska vol. 98 no. 68
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UNL students don't always have to be in
Lincoln to get college credit for their studies.
The UNL Study Abroad program comprises
academic year and interim programs, according
to Mark Cory, assistant professor of modern
language", and coordinator of the German
academic year program. Students may earn up to
36 credit hours in the programs, he said, though
they pay for only 30 credit hours.
Cory said juniors have priority but the
program is open to seniors also. Students register
for classes in universities in France, Germany or
Latin America through a sponsoring institution
in the United States, he explained. They become
full time students in their respective universities.
These institutions work out tuition, housing
and credit equivalency details with the foreign
university it sponsors trips to, Cory said. He said
the University of Colorado sponsors students to
the University of Bordeaux, France, and the
University, of Regensburg, Germany, while the
University of Kansas sponsors students attending
the University of Erlengen, Germany, and the
Nationnl University in San Jose, Costa Rica.
UNL sponsors students
Roberto Esquenazi-Mayo, Latin American
Study Abroad coordinator, said UNL sponsors its
own students at the University of the Americas
at Puebla, Mexico, and at El Colegio de Mexico.
Cory said UNL doesn't have a sponsoring
program like Colorado's because "at this point
we don't have enough students to set up our own
"Instead, we have chosen to feed students
into good existing programs," he said.
Students eligible for , the academic year
program may be in any major, Cory said, but
must have two years ' college credit or its
equivalent in French, German or Spanish.
Eight to Germany
Eight UNL students have been sent to German
universities under the German program, he said.
Jane Dein, French Study Abroad program
coordinator, said as many as 13 students and as
few as one have been sent to Bordeaux in any
one year since the French program began in
The Latin American program sponsors from
two to 10 students each year, Prof.
Esquenazi-Mayo said. He said the program, which
began in 1962, is progressing despite problems
with financial aid.
Location inhibits touch
"We owe this type of program to UNL
students," he said. "Students here are as good as
those at any other university, but (because of
their location) they aren't in touch with foreign
"Students come back with a greater degree of
sophistication," he said. "Even those not
politically motivated come back with a healthy
awareness of world perspective."
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Occupancy in UNL residence halls this semester is "a little
better now than at this time last year," Ken Swerdlow, assistant
director of housing, said Monday.
He said 28 more contracts were signed second semester 1974-75
than second semester 1973-74.
4,460 people contracted for rooms in residence halls in
1973- 74, and 4,342 contracted in 1974-75, making a total of 118
fewer contracts. Swerdlow said 330 people contracted for single
rooms and 4,130 for double rooms in 1973-74; 409 people
contracted for single rooms, and 3,933 for double rooms in
The 79-room increase in the single room total is helpful for
housing, Swerdlow said, because the increase makes up for the
decrease in double room occupancy, and helps to raise the double
room occupant equivalency percentage (DOE).
The DOE is calculated by making the number of double and
single rooms occupied equivalent in a single usable term.
Swerdlow said the occupancy is better now than he thought it
would be, although it is about the same as last year, because the
DOE from fall semester 1973-74 to 1974-75 dropped 2.5 per cent,
from 93 per cent to 90.5 per cent. The DOE from second semester
1973-74 to 1974-75 increased 7 per cent, from 86 per cent to 86.7
per cent causing the improved outlook for this semester, Swerdlow
He attributed students' living in the residence halls second
semester to the state of the economy. Students are guaranteed a
stable price that will not fluctuate with inflation.
The increase of board-only contracts with the housing
department, from three last year to ten this year, is an indication
that more students think they can eat more cheaply at the
residence halls than off-campus, Swerdlow said. The board-only
contracts offer two choices, either a two-meal-a-day for one
semester for $289.20 or a three-meal-a-day plan for one semester at
If crime suspected
Police enter rooms
By Jim Zalewski
A man's home may be his castle, but a student's room offers no
privacy from law enforcement officers if a crime is being
committed, according to Gail Cade, chief of Campus Police.
Gade said the establishment of probable cause is the main factor
in any decision to enter a student's room. He said if a student
assistant or residence director were to smell marijuana smoke
coming from a room, Campus Police could be called in to establish
the fact. The officers must be positive a crime is being committed
before they can exercise their authority, he said.
Right to enter
"We would first identify ourselves and ask the student to open
the door," Gade said. "If the door isn't opened and probable cause
has been established, then we have the right to enter and make a
A duplicate room key is obtained from the residence hall in
these cases, he said. The officers are allowed to search only for
objects in plain sight, he said, and are not allowed to open drawers
or closets in search of illegal items or drugs.
"More often than not we'll find something" on sight searches,
If a crime is being committed, Gade said all occupants of the
room at the time of the search are placed under arrest, no matter
how long they have been in the room.
If an occupant had just entered the room prior to the police
arrival, Gade said, the circumstances surrounding the arrest would v
be closely examined and all information given to the county
attorney. It is the county attorney who makes the final decision
whether or not to prosecute all those in the room, he said.
If an arrest is made, Gade said Campus police may ask the
student for permission to search the room more thoroughly. If
they do, a student must fill out a written form saying that the
police have the authority to do so, he said.
A search for stolen articles involves a somewhat different
approach, he said.
"A search for stolen articles is a very touchy situation," he said.
"If we receive a tip from someone, we make sure that our source is
reliable. We will also check police records of stolen articles to give
us some idea of exactly what they are and where they might have
Campus police who stop a car do not need a search warrant if
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"If an officer would see beer on the floor of the car while he
was asking the driver for his name, the next step would be to
determine the ages of the occupants of the car," he said. "If one of
the occupants was not old enough to be in possession of alcohol,
there may be grounds for a minor in possession arrest."
Gade said this is often determined by the position of the
under-aged person in relation to where the evidence was observed.
If all of the occupants of the car were majority age, possession
of alcoholic beverages would not be a crime, he said. However, if
the officer saw any of the occupants consuming alcoholic
beverages, they could be arrested for consuming alcoholic
beverages on public property, he said.
Must see consumption
"Beer is a little different than pot," he said. "If we enter a room
and find evidence but do not actuaUy see anyone smoking pot,
they are still subject to arrest for being in a place where a
controlled substance is being used. With alcohol, we have to see the
consumption if the suspects in the car are old enough to have it in
Gade said any students that are arrested must be released
through the custody of an attorney unless they wish to spend the
night in jail. Releasing students to the custody of Campus Police
was abandoned about two years ago, he said.
"The feeling was that we were creating a double standard," he
said. "Now if a student is arrested, he receives the same treatment
as any other individual."
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