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Cloudy with an 80 percent chance of
rain this afternoon. Southeast winds
10-15 mph with a high of 57. Con
tinued cloudy tonight with a good
chance of more rain. Low of 50. Par
tial clearing Saturday afternoon with
a high near 60.
Cowboys' defensive end
hopes to end NU streak
Sports, page 10
See laser technology
that doesn't kill
Arts and Entertainment, page 11
October 11, 1985
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 85 No. 34
brought to UNL
for mental tests
Dennis Ryan, the 16-year-old who is charged
with first degree murder in the death of a man on
a Rulo farm, met Thursday in Burnett Hall with
James Cole, a UNL psychology professor, for a
court-ordered mental evaluation.
At Ryan's arraignment Tuesday, Richardson
County District Court Judge Robert Finn ordered
the testing, which was requested by Ryan's
Cole could not comment about the details of
the Ryan tests, but he said such psychological
testing is common at UNL The UNL Psychologi
cal Consultation Center, is involved with many
clinical psychology issues in southeastern Ne
braska, he said.
Cole said he was chosen for the testing
because of his background in forensic psychol
ogy. Testing varies with each case, he said.
Some cases involve determining sanity or
insanity. Others involve competency tests, he
said. The tests are tailored to bring out the
specific issues of each case, Cole said.
Although the evaluations rendered are not
always useful, Cole said, the psychologists some
times are asked to testify in court as expert
They also are asked to provide post-sentencing
evaluations or to act as consultants to various
court agents he said.
The validity of the tests varies from case to
case depending on the opinion required, Cole
said. People who evaluate such tests must be
licensed or certified as a clinical psychologist or
psychiatrist, he said.
By Jen Deselms
The ASUN Senate passed a resolution Wed
nesday supporting an anti-apartheid protest day
to protest South Africa's policy of racial segrega
tion. The anti-apartheid rally is scheduled for 11
a.m. today near Broyhill Fountain.
Elizabeth Burden said the rally will make
more students aware of the issue and promote
further action on issues.
In other business, Senate Bill 13, which would
make grading policies easily accessible to stu
dents, was discussed but not voted on because of
problems in the wording. Sen. Jerry Roemer said
he feels most senators favored the bill, but
wanted the best language possible.
ASUN also granted ad hoc status to the Univer
sity Committee on Committees. The Group will
work with the ASUN Constitution Committee to
evaluate the effectiveness of campus student
Sen. Todd Duffack reported that city officials
told the campus safety committee that a stop
light on 10th Street in front of the 501 Building
isn't needed. Duffack said the speed limit was
reduced from 35 mph to 30 mph and the cross
walk was painted.
Duffack said the committee will continue to
pursue the possibility of getting a stop light in
front of the 501 Building. He said city officials
found that the crosswalk on 17th Street in front
of Pound Hall is rarely used.
ASUN President Gerard Keating said a new
commuter center in the Nebraska Union will
have information on jobs, entertainment and
places to live in Lincoln. The center also will
have information on campus services.
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A Wick-ed mind
Artist Bob Wick (left) and Caster Fred Glover take a look at Wick's bronze sculpture, Prairie Wind, during installation
in the Wick Alumni Center's garden. Wick, the son of Milton I. Wick, the UNL alumnus for whom the building is
dedicated, said the sculpture is like his father free and always moving. "Like a prairie wind," Wick said.
of UML law students pass tar
By Adare O'Connor
The percentage of UNL Law College students
who passed the state bar examination this
summer was the highest since 1980, said Ruth
Witherspoon, assistant dean of the UNL College
Ninety-two percent of UNL law students
passed the exam, she said. Although high, this
percentage was topped in 1980, when 93 percent
The percentage of students taking the exam
this year for the first time also was higher, with
97 percent passing, she said.
These figures are consistent with passage
rates across the state, according to recent statis
tics from the Nebraska State Bar Association.
The statistics show that 89 percent of all appli
cants passed the exam. This figure is the highest
since 1980, when 92 percent of the first-time
Nebraska applicants passed.
Although more people passed the exam this
year than in any of the last five years, that
doesn't mean exams are becoming easier or that
classes are becoming more difficult, Withers
The basic Law College curriculum, the exams
and the way they're graded hasn't changed, a
spokesman from the bar association said.
A review course offered by Nebraska Continu
ing Legal Education Inc. helps many students
pass the test. The course is offered twice a year,
before the bar exams in February and July.
Each course consists of 14 night classes, each
one three hours long, said Arven D. Reynolds,
NCLE director. The course is an overall prepara
tory review of the bar exam and includes sample
test questions and written and videotaped mate
rials, he said.
The exam lasts two eight-hour days, Reynolds
said. The first day consists of a multiple-choice
test, and the second is an essay exam.
Most people taking the exam take the $225
review course, Reynolds said. Both the UNL Law
College and Creighton University in Omaha offer
Registration is at the NCLE office in the
Roman Hruska Law Center, 635 S. 14th St.
Return rate increased
Ag Partners help freshmen adjust
By Kimberly Vavrina
Ag Partners, a freshman retention program in
the UNL College of Agriculture, increases the
number of students who return for their sopho
more year, says the college dean.
Dean T. E. Hartung said 72 percent of the
students who started in the initial program in
1982 are still in school. This number compares
with 58 percent of the students in a control
group, which was tracked over the same time.
The university average of returning students
for the 1982 school year was 60 percent.
Ag Partners pairs freshmen with upperclass
men to make the adjustment to college life eas
ier for freshmen. The group helps freshmen meet
advisers, learn about campus organizations and
develop study skills.
Chuck Topil, a senior agribusiness major from
Rising City, became a freshman partner in 1982.
Since then; he has been an upperclass partner
and a student coordinator.
Topil and Julie Palmer help Howard Wiegers,
professor of fisheries, forestry and wildlife,
organize the program. Also, six small-group
leaders advise upperclass partners.
Topil said Ag Partners helps him meet more
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