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friday, September 1, 1978 lincoln, nebraska vol. 102 no. 5
UNL lab begins new handicapped children's program
In conjunction with the Nebraska Ser
vices for Crippled Children, UNL is operat
ing a program for developmentally delayed
children from birth to age three.
Located at the Ruth Staples Laboratory
on east campus, the Infant Development
Encouragement Program is a new com
ponent of the human development and
According to Helen Sulek, director jof
the Ruth Staples Laboratory, the program
is a part of the teaching program in the
human development department.
Many students are training to work with
handicapped children either to become
teachers or directors of programs with
handicapped children," Sulek said.
Of the 12 children now enrolled in the
program, Sulek said many of those are
termed developmentally delayed by the
Nebraska Service for Crippled Children as
By Randy Essex
The Centrum retail complex and public
parking garage is expected to open by
October 1979, amid claims that the project
has been poorly handled by city officials
and charges that it is not a first class
The city council approved modified
plans for the project on August 7, eliminat
ing the basement of the complex, the third
floor and some decorative work.
Lincoln businessman Pat Ash charged
that the project will not be what the city
expected. Ash said he is not opposed to the
Centrum project itself, but rather to the
handling of the project.
Ash said the city sold the land for the
project for far less than the price Mayor
Helen Boosalis originally had quoted.
Boosalis said the Downtown Lincoln Deve
lopment Corporation had promised to
underwrite the Centrum project for
$637,500 if the land were not sold to any
The land was sold to Watson Centers of
Minnesota for $342,000.
Boosalis said since the development
corporation agreed to buy the land only if
the land were not sold, it would not make
up the nearly $300,000.
The land was sold to Watson Centers
based on appraisals made by firms hired
by the city, Boosalis said, adding that the
appraisals would become public informa
tion "as soon as everything is done."
Boosalis also said the modified plans for
the project provide for about the same
amount of retail space in the complex as
Watson's original plan.
The city had wanted 100;000 square
feet of retail space. Watson's original plan
called for 75 ,000. square feet of space, but
he modified that to 100,000 later. The
final plans approved August 7 include
80,000 square feet of space.
Watson blamed spiraling construction
costs for the reduction in space.
the result of either cerebral palsy, hearing
and seeing deficiencies or post accident
or illness problems.
The program, transferred from the
United Cerebral Palsy organization, began
in early July. Classes meet three times a
The Barkley Center for Special Educa
tion on East Campus and Meyer Children's
Rehabilitation Institution in Omaha helps
monitor the instruction of the handicapped
"A team of professionals evaluate these
children and tell us how to best instruct
them," Sulek said.
The program has a coordinator, assistant
teacher, a nurse, a social worker and ser
vices from a physical therapist. The
program also provides for a speech thera
pist and an occupational therapist.
The children are taught physical motor
coordination, exercises, social, emotional
and speech development.
Sulek said parents of the handicapped
children are encouraged to attend the
She said the students have an opportun
ity to interact with the families in their
"Sometimes there are children who are
best served in the homes, who are too
fragile to go to class," Sulek said.
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Cheryl Filbert (right) uses bristle blocks to teach Christopher Martin basic under
standing and response to words at the Ruth Staples child development laboratory
on East Campus. The lab has begun a program for developmentally delayed children
from birth to age three. UNL students are training to work with handicapped
children either to become teachers or directors of programs with handicapped
Bereuter attacks Dyas as inconsistent, liberal
By L. Kent Wolgamott
The race for the 1st District House seat
intensified Wednesday as Republican candi
date Doug. Bereuter held a press confer
ence and launched an attack on his Demo
cratic opponent, Hess Dyas.
Calling for the "real Hess Dyas to please
stand up", Bereuter said Dyas's position on
several issues had shifted since Dyas first
ran for Congress in 1974.
Bereuter said Dyas had changed his
views on a balanced budget, national
defense, national health, assistance to small
businessmen and right to work.
Dyas is accurately perceived as a liberal
Democrat, Bereuter said, while he is more
middle of the road.
He said he will continue to emphasize
the difference between himself and Dyas,
and called for Dyas to show where he
stands on issues.
Bereuter also endorsed a constitutional
limit on federal spending and opposed the
current Nebraska constitutional amend
ment to limit local spending.
"I believe the spending limit is best
imposed at the federal level, not at the
local level for I see the likelihood of local
spending limits simply transferring author
ity and responsibilities from the local to
the state and federal levels," Bereuter said.
He said the limit should be based on a
percentage of the gross national product
and should be at a slightly lower level than
current federal spending.
Bereuter said a poll completed six weeks
ago for Republican candidates showed him
with a three percentage point lead over
Dyas, although trailing Dyjis. in name
He said ne had 'recently Completed a
tour of 31 county fairs in the First District
where he said he heard negative comments
about Dyas' recently completed walk
across the district.
Bereuter said people found Dyas' walk
"a gimmick or a joke ... a waste of time
and not a measure of the ability of a
He said the next stage of his campaign
will begin this week at the Nebraska State
Fair where he will appear at the Republi
can booth in the Sports Complex.
Thank goodness for Novocaine:
Dental College museum recalls
century -old dental techniques
House apes: National Lampoon's
Animal House spoofs fraternit
ies page 1 6
Telling it like it is: Columnist Kevin
Schriepf previews the previews of
yet another football season
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The first of hundreds of thousands of fair goers visited the State Fair Thursday. The fair continues unto Sept 10. More
on page. 8.
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