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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Andrea HoyDaily Nebraskan
Spring fever in January
UNL students Bill Garbina, left, Brett Gaer and Scott Summers play FRISBEE on the west side of the Nebraska Union and
take advantage of the unusually warm weather this week.
By Libby York
But weather doesn't please everyone
If you looked out your window
Tuesday you may have double
checked your calendar to make sure
that it was really only January.
Students clad in shorts flocked out
into the record-breaking tempera
tures, glad for the temporary de
parture from hat and glove weather.'
The temperatures rose to a com
fortable 66 degrees in Lincoln
Tuesday, breaking the previous high
of 61 set in 1980. Monday the high
was 64 degrees, beating 1961's
record 62-degree high.
Not all Nebraskan's are hailing
the warmth, however. Jeff Blaser of
the Game and Parks Commission
said that the mild temperatures
have hurt some winter activities,
such as ice fishing. He said, however,
that the lack of fishing could be a
"blessing in disguise," because it
will take the pressure off fish and
make for better open-water fishing
in the spring and summer.
Tom Valasek,' manager of the
Trailridge ski area, said he was
optimistic. Although records there
reveal a one-third decline in
business, Valasek said Trailridge
continues to manufacture artificial
snow and eagerly awaits the snowfall
predicted for this coming weekend.
The plight of Nebraska's plants
and soils is more severe. Evaporation
of surface moisture from soil
unprotected by snow could threaten
spring crops. Alice Jones, assistant
professor of agronomy, said further
concern to farmers is a phenomenon
called "winter-kill," which is often
fatal to exposed winter wheat when
temperatures drop at night. Exces
sive winter kill could have a grave
impact on spring growth and result
in a decreased plant population.
According to the National Weather
Service in Omaha, this winter's
temperature extremes are not
atypical of Nebraska winters.
Records show that last January had
similar thaw periods but were
generally followed again by cold.
Rick Chermok, a weather service
employee, said he thinks the warmth
will not hurt the state and is actually
good for mental health.
By Linda Hartmann
Associate News Editor
Faculty Senate members Monday
approved procedures for evaluating
budget reductions proposed to compen
sate for the $1.5 million cut from state
appropriations to NU in December.
The procedures, presented by the
Academic Planning Committee, are
identical to those used last year when
mid-year budget reductions were made.
They include the formation of an ad hoc
Budget Reduction Review Committee
to study the effect of proposed budget
cuts on university programs.
The Faculty Senate and the ASUN
Senate must approve the procedures
before the Academic Planning Com
mittee can begin its required review of
proposed budget reductions.
The budget review procedures state
that all UNL college deans, unit heads,
faculty members and staffs of the
programs targeted for budget reductions
will be notified. Later the vice chan
cellors and Chancellor Martin Massen
gale will present reduction proposals
to the ad hoc committee for review and
Opportunities will be given for
concerned administrators, faculty
members, staff and students to present
written responses to the proposed cuts
to the committee.
Faculty Senate Vice President Agnes
Adams said a final list of proposed
budget cuts should be sent to the
Board of Regents between mid-March
and April 1. The committee will not
release its recommendations to the
public, but Massengale is expected to
make them public when he presents
his recommendations to the Board of
Dates have not yet been set for the
beginning and completion of the budget
review. Faculty senators approved the
procedures on the condition that the
committee will be allowed at least as
much time for review, response and
deliberation as it was allowed last year.
At that time members deliberated until
late in March.
Rate of growth drops in market
Demand for technical grads
still good, professors say
By Ryan Steeves
Despite a study projecting a decreas
ing job-growth rate in engineering and
science fields in the United States,
three UNL faculty members said jobs
for engineering and science graduates
should remain abundant.
The number of jobs in engineering
and science fields is expected to keep
growing, a National Planning Associa
tion study says, but the rate of growth
will be slower than in recent years
while college enrollment in these areas
Gerry G. Meisels, dean of the UNL
College of Arts and Sciences, said he is
not convinced that growth is slowing.
Engineers and scientists are in demand,
Meisels said, because the supply of
engineers and scientists is less than
the number of available jobs, lie said
he expects this trend to continue.
"My projection is that all highly
intellectual level jobs for the next 10
years will increase in demand," Mei
sels said, "and the demand will exceed
The National Science Foundation
projects that by the year 2010, the
demand for technologically competent
people will exceed the supply by
700,000, Meisels said. Therefore, bar
ring major changes, the employment
market for science and engineers will
probably be good for a long time, he
But John L. Ballard, interim chair
man of the UNL Industrial Engineering
department, said he has sensed a
decrease in the hiring of engineers at
Ballard said that fewer graduating
seniors in the engineering college are
getting job offers before graduation
than in recent years.
In the late '70s, Ballard said, gra
duating engineers had jobs waiting for
them before Thanksgiving. Now some
students don't get jobs until after gra
duation, he said.
Graduating engineers may have to
"sell" themselves to companies to get
more offers, Ballard said. Students
should investigate companies, he said,
and find out which companies are hir
ing, instead of depending on the place
But Ballard said industrial engineers
at UNL have been able to find jobs, and
the job market for engineering in gen
eral remains good.
Alfred II. Witte, assistant engineer
ing clean at UNL, said he thinks the job
market success for engineers depends
on the economy.
"I think as long as the economy stays
healthy, technologically trained people
are going to find jobs," he said.
See JOBS on 3
Students say criticism
of 'Amerika ' unfounded
By Kip Fry
Although ABC's upcoming minis
erics "Ainerika" has been the brot
of much criticism recently, or.a UNL
student who appears in ths 14 12
hour pro;.;r:n said it made r.ost
people at last week's snr,;;k preview
at the Stuart Theater feci patriotic.
"It made me see the reality of
why we spend money for the amis
race," said Jeff Mirovski, a senior
education major, "
The story, which revoles around
the aftermath of a Soviet takeover of
the United States, was filmed in
part in Lincoln and Tecmn.seh. Mirow
.ski played soldiers for both the
American and Russian forces.
"Amcrika" has been criticized by
such groups as Nebraskans for Peace
for being anti-Soviet propa&imU
But Shawn Dawson, a sophomore
film studies major, said the charac
terizations of people on both sides
of the fictional struggle are all very
human. Dawson played both a sol
diersymp;:thelicto the Soviet cue
and a locn! townsperson,
It was a fair representation, he
said, us opposed to "bird Dawn," a
movie r; !:se sevi rd aft) a!nt
a similar situation.
"There were no good Russians in
that," Dawson said. "It said, 'We're
so good and they're so I. I.' i:t it's
not that v,-.;y in 'Amerika.' The Cas
sians in this human."
Both Mirow.sk i and Dawson feel
that there won't be any real problem
with the complaints against the
"Russia will mellow out after the
movie is .shown," said Mirowskl.
"They just wrote the story in their
own minds before seeing it,"
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