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Venezuelan government medals of honor for
"outstanding service to mankind in science and
culture" were presented to UNL Chancellor
James Zumberge and Roberto Esquenazi-Mayo,
Director of International Studies,xat opening
ceremonies for the Venezuela Ahora culture
festival, Monday night.
The men were presented the Andres Bello
medals for their work in bringing the festival to
the United States said Miguel Burelli, Venezuelan
ambassador to the United States, who presented
The April 7 to 25 festival is sponsored by the
Venezuelan government "to spread goodwill and
give the American people a chance to know more
about Venezuela's rich culture and way of life,"
Burelli said. Venezuela Ahora!, or Venezuela
Now!, is also part of Venezuela's contribution to
the American Bicentennial celebration, said
At an airport press conference Monday,
Burelli said he thinks oil prices will go down
when the prices of other commodities decline.
Raw materials and technology
The U.S. depends heavily on imports of
Venezuelan oil. Burelli said in return for oil,
Venezuela receives American raw materials and
When asked to justify the high prices of oil,
Burelli said he thinks the present price of oil is
realistic when compared with other products on
the world market.
He claimed that U.S. exports cost "four times
the price" of comparable products from other
Burelli views the oil situation as a potentially
dangerous one and said the United States would
not be justified in using military intervention to
acquire the oil it needs.
Zumberge extended greetings to Burelli and
Harry Schlaudeman, U.S. ambassador to
Venezuela, and thanked them for attending "this
Other guests included NU president D.B.
Varner; Lucila Valasquez, former president of
the Venezuelan Institute of Culture and Fine
Arts; Melvin George, Dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences; Dora Hersen and Bettina Muir de
Rodriguez of Venezuela.
Esquenazi-Mayo thanked the students, faculty
members, and administration officials "who
helped make this festival possible."
Following opening ceremonies, Venezuelan
musician Fredy Reyna presented a Cuarto
concert. The Cuarto is a four-string ancestor of
the six-string guitar, Reyna said. He has been
studying cuarto for more than 40 years.
Attending the ceremonies and concert were
various university and government' officials and
55 Venezuelan students from the University of
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Student must pay fire costs
A Smith Hall resident will have to pay $270
for damages to her tenth floor room from a
Sunday morning fire, housing director Richard
Armstrong said Tuesday.
It was the first fire in a residence hall this
Terese Hesh's digital clock radio in room 1022
shorted and stopped at 7:01 a.m., probably
starting the fire, Deputy Fire Marshall Don
Two tenth-floor residents smellcd the smoke
and wakened the student assistant, Francie
.Williams, who found the fire, notified the fire
'department and pulled the fire alarm.
The firemen arrived within minutes, Williams
The clock radio sat on a bookcase above the
desk. Hesh, 18, said the fire destroyed two stereo
speakers, some papers, books and plants and two
articles of clothing.
Joe Zannini, assistant director of housing.for
maintenance operations, said the housing office
is repainting the room and will replace the upper
bookcase, chair, desk light, bed lamp and formica
desk top and scrub, strip and wax the floor, but
Hesh must pay for it.
There will be about $100 of incidental costs
related to the fire, he said.
Hesh said she may have insurance to cover it,
but doesn't know for sure.
Senior Laura Nelson, a tenth-floor health aide,
said the fire alarm didn't seem very. loud and that
many freshmen were slow to react because they
thought it was someone's alarm clock.
Two tenth-floor residents slept through the
alarm and were awakened when firemen entered
their rooms to open the windows. Others in the
hall were confused about evacuation procedures
and waited in the hall for the elevator, which was
not running during part of the alarm. , ,
Williams, who said she was one of the last to
leave the floor, said she found men waiting in the
stairwell who had evacuated residents' rooms but
hadn't gone to the lobby for fear of being seen.
She told them to go on down, she said.
Bobbie Brickhouse, Smith hall residence
director, said the drill and evacuation was
efficient and noted that she would review
procedures with her staff this week.
Williams said her floor met Tuesday night to
review fire alarm procedures and to organize a
more efficient evacuation routine.
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