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Reagan: Door still o?3en to Soviets .
From the Reutcr Ncwa Report
WASHINGTON President Reagan said Thurs
day night he was "ready, willing and able" to meet
Soviet leaders in an effort to improve superpower
In a departure from previous White House state
ments he said detailed preparations for a summit
were not necessary. He said he would be willing to
meet Soviet Leader Konstantine Chernenko even if
Moscow did not return to the stalled arm3 reduc
"You can have an agenda in the general area of
things which would lead to better understanding
to speak at UNI
Clarke Covington, manager of the Space Sta
tion Project Office at NASA, will visit UNL
Tuesday to lecture on the space station project
Covington will speak at ove Library Audit
orium at 10:30 a.m. The lecture, sponsored by
the Frank E. Sorenson Lecture Fund, is free
and open to the public.
Bob Patterson, director of UNL summer ses
sions, said he arranged one main lecture every
summer with the Sorenson lecture fund. Pat
terson said the lectures usually are given by a
dignitary from NASA in memory of Frank Sor
enson's contributions to the aviation and aero
Patterson said Professor Erich Goldhagen of
Harvard University will give a lecture titled
The Holocaust: 40 years After." Goldhagen will
speak at Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery Audit
orium June 25 at 10:30 am. This lecture is also
free and open to the public.
and that is good enough for me," he said at his 25th
news conference since becoming president in 1981,
his first since May 23.
"We are ready, willing and able," Reagan said. In
the past the White House has said a summit should
only be arranged if carefully prepared in advance
and concrete results were expected.
Reagan said the White House wa3 pursuing quiet
diplomacy with the Kremlin, trying to establish a
basis for talks.
"I have been in communication myself" he said.
Reagan said there was a danger in summitry in
that rather than accomplishing anything the meet
ing could lead to new tensions. "It is a two-edged
sword," he said.
Reagan said the United States had encountered
problems because the Soviet leadership had changed
three times since he assumed office. Asked for a
date for a summit, he replied, "I couldn't give you
Democratic presidential candidates Walter Mon
dale and Gary Hart and two influential members of
Reagan's own Republican Party have called for
annual superpower summits. Reagan said he was
not playing political games by suggesting a change in
attitude about meeting the Soviet leadership.
"This is legitimate. The door is open," he declared.
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Construction began Mondsy on an addition to the University's Health Center. The addition, which will
help the center meet the university's growing health needs, is pot of a 3 million renovation prcjsct. The
addition should be completed next May, but the entire project will not be finished for another two ye&&.
Jtmltyget a shot at the keyboard
By Jsna Botnaa
A new program will help UNL faculty members
keep up with an explosion of computer technology
and use UNL computers as a resource in the
classroom. . -'
The program, still under development by the UNL
Computing Kesource Uenter, is called the Faculty
Support Center (FASTER). It will be available at the
beginning of fall semester.
Doug Gale, Quor of the resource center, said
FASTER will provide sophisticated workstations
where faculty members can get hands-on training in
the use of state-of-the-art computers. Each work
station, he said, will be able to function either as a
stand-alone microcomputer or as a terminal con
nected to UNL's mainframe computers.
FASTER will be a long-term program to provide
training for faculty and staff members on newly
acquired computer equipment, Gale said. The pro
gram will be especially useful this fall, he said,
because UNL will get two Control Data Corporation
computers and will install new computer terminals
throughout the campus.
The program will provide five msjor services to
faculty members and teaching assistants, Gale said.
The first will be short courses and workshops on the
use of interactive terminals connected to UNL main
frame computers. The center's microcomputers,
Gale said, will provide that training by stimulating any
computer terminal on campus.
The second service provided by the program will
be short courses and workshops on the use of stand
alone microcomputers and special microcomputer
software, such as data processing packages.
A third service will be regularly scheduled labora
tory sessions, when faculty members can work with
various software packages with the help of an
As a fourth service, the center will .schedule open
times when users may practice and experiment on
Eventu filly, the center will provide a fifth service
by developing a software library, Gale said. Then,
users can evaluate software packages before pur
Besides serving UNL faculty and staff, the center
eventually may provide short courses and work
shops on microcomputers to Nebraska residents.
Such services, Gale said, would be offered in the
evenings and on weekends when faculty use would
Students ultimately will benefit from the pro
gram, Gale said, because it will improve the quality
of instruction. This will happen because the univer
sity will respond quickly to the rapid changes of
National and international news
from the Rcutcr News Report
Chinese to get
micoileG fmm U.G.
WASHINGTON Marking a nearly com
plete turnaround in U.S.-Chinese relations, the
United States has agreed in principle to sell
China anti-aircraft and anti-armor missiles, as
well as advanced artillery munitions and tech
nology, defense officials said Thursday. They
said groundwork for the deal was worked out
during the visit this week of China's defense
minister, Zhang Aiping. Details of the proposed
sale will be worked out later by technical teams
from both nations, officials said.
Lebanon aslcsfor U.S. help
WASHINGTON Lebanese Christian militia
leader Fady Frcm Thursday called for an
active U.S. role in reconciling the warring fac
tions in hi3 country. Frem, commander in chief
of the Lebanese forces, said at a news confer-,
ence he had met Reagan administration offi
cials and members of Congress to "ring an alarm
bell" on Lebanon's future and warn that Syria
was seeking to control the war-torn Middle
Frem said since his arrival in the United
States last Saturday he also had been contact
ing the 1.5 million Lebanese-American com
munity to establish a "U.S.-Lebanese commit
tee" to facilitate dialogue. "We in Lebanon
would very much wish, as a matter of inter
societal and inter-governmental relationship,
that the United States get involved in a positive
reconciliatory process between all the com
munities in Lebanon," he said.
The Reagan Administration pulled its peace
keeping forces out of Lebanon in February
soon after a bomb blast destroyed the U.S.
Marines headquarters near Beirut airport.
GM wages at all-time high
DETROIT General Motors, the nation's
largest manufacturing company, said Thurs
day labor costs for its 375,000 US. hourly
workers rose to an all-time high averaging
$22.40 an hour in the first three months of
1084. The company's announcement came
about a month before the start of negotiations
on a new labor contract with the United Auto
Workers union in which strong pressures for
wage increases are expected in view of GM's
record profits. GM said Thursday its hourly
labor costs were continuing to rise as inflation
triggered cost-of-living raises amounting to 17
cents an hour would be included in workers'
pay this week.
Walesa may step done
WARSAW Lech Walesa said Thursday he
might step down as Solidarity leader if Polish
voters ignore an appeal by the banned union's
underground to boycott national elections
Sunday. The elections will be for new regional
and local councils across the country, and the
government has campaigned intensively for a
massive electoral endorsement of Communist
In a statement carefully worded to avoid
making any overt call for a boycott, which
would leave him open to prosecution, Walesa
said: "It is possible that after June 17, 1 shall
suspend my activities."
Snow in South Afrio
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa A rare
snowstorm has buried areas of South Africa
under as much as three feet cf snow, killing
four children, causing power failures and cut
ting off small towns. Police said the children,
aged between 10 and 14, died Last night as they
walked back to their homestead from school
near the Natal town of Estcourt Three were
lound alive by families who began a search
alter they failed to come home, but all of them
' died cf exposure before an ambulance arrived.
Natal, which in recent months has been hit
by hurricanes and fioods after & m period of
drought, had the heaviest snowfdb. On town
saw its first snaw in more thsn 60 vesrs.
Friday, Juno 15, 1984
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