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March 17, 1987
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 86 No. 124
Paul VonderlageDaily Nebraskan
Mortar Board members gear up for the initiation of new members into the club and the "tapping
ceremony." New members were told of their acceptance to the organization Monday and then
went through Mortar Board ceremonies.
St. Patrick wasn't losiiu nor
Is green beer,
By Jane Hirt
Americans celebrate St. Patrick's
Day with green clothes, green sham
rocks and green beer.
But UNL student Gerard O'Cal
laghan from County Cork, Ireland,
says, "St. Patrick's Day in Ireland is
just like a Sunday, only there's a
O'Callaghan said St. Patrick's
day in Ireland isn't as big of a deal
as in the United States.
the whole thing," he said. "They
really play it up."
He said people wear shamrocks
on their shirts, but they don't wear a
lot of green. O'Callaghan said St.
Patrick's Day is a holy day in Ire
land, which obliges Roman Cathol
ics to attend Mass. He said that
children get out of school on St.
Patrick's Day, as on all holy days.
"The closest American holiday
that it can be compared to is
Thanksgiving," he said. "There is a
big dinner and parades in the larger
By Amy Edwards
Because of recent budget cuts, the
Home Economics College has had to
offer some courses less frequently, but
faculty members remain optimistic that
their college is strong and necessary
Karen Craig, dean of the college,
transferred to UNL from Purdue Uni
versity last August. Craig has recently
redone the mission statement of the
college, which, she says, gives the col
lege a new direction and puts it in a
position to assess its priorities with the
midyear budget cuts of the last three
Craig said one of the college's top
cities like Dublin, Cork and Limer
ick, with foreign bands and dancers."
He said there are many sporting
events on St. Patrick's Day, includ
ing rugby, soccer and traditional
Irish sports like hurling (which is
like croquet) and Gaelic football
(which is similar to Australian
O'Callaghan is from the auto
nomous Irish Republic, where he
said 95 percent of the population is
He said that he is sure St. Patrick's
Day is not celebrated by the Pro
testants in Northern Ireland, "but I
also don't know any Protestants,"
O'Callaghan said that the only
special thing he does for St. Patrick's
Day is to go to the bars with his
friends. However, he said, he had
never heard of green beer until he
came to the United States.
"Erin go Bragh" is a Gaelic phrase
for "Ireland forever," O'Callaghan
said. Although most people speak
English, he said children must learn
Gaelic in school.
reassesses Home Economies9 mission
Students hampered because of less-frequent course offerings
priorities has been to change the mis
sion statement to reflect the needs of
"We see ourselves as developing pro
fessionals who help out families," Craig
said. "We don't feel depressed about
the budget cuts because we are dealing
with things related to people."
Julie Johnson, an assistant professor
of consumer science and education,
said the recent cuts have not affected
the college's quality.
"Because we have a new dean and a
new outlook, things are very positive in
our department, Johnson said. "We
have an encouraged attitude with a
O'Callaghan said the legend of
St. Patrick is also taught in school
and most Irish know it.
O'Callaghan said St. Patrick wasn't
Irish. He was a shepherd that came
to Ireland on a boat. The legend says
he banished all the snakes.
"But I don't think there were any
snakes in Ireland to begin with,"
O'Callaghan, 23, is a UNL gradu
ate student working for a master's
degree in business. He came to UNL
as a freshman on a track scholar
ship and graduated in 1986 with a
degree in finance and French. He
also is a graduate assistant in track
and helps with recruiting and dis
Some American stereotypes of
the Irish are false, O'Callaghan said.
For instance, he said, not all Irish
have red hair and drink green beer.
O'Callaghan has dark hair and vir
tually no accent.
"And I don't know where they
came up with the idea of lepre
chauns," he said.
The Home Economics College has
four divisions consumer science and
education; human development; tex
tiles, clothing and design; and human
nutrition and food service management
with master's degrees in each
department. There are 21 degree options.
Craig said budget cuts in the Home
Economics College are "not as obvious
as some" because the college has not
had to drop any programs.
Consumer science and education
department chairwoman Gwendolyn
Newkirk said students have to plan
more carefully for their classes because
courses are not offered as often. New
kirk said the college is offering courses
Ad hoc group agrees with two cuts
By Lise Olsen
Associate News Editor
The results of a month's work by a
group of budget-scrutinizing students,
faculty and administrators has been
released to the public.
The report, submitted by the Ad Hoc
Budget Reduction Review Committee
to Chancellor Martin Massengale on
Feb. 26, was labeled confidential and
kept secret until late last week. NU
President Ronald Roskens used the
report to determine his final list of
recommended cuts to the NU Board of
Regents Saturday. Massengale said the
secrecy was justified to minimize harm
to the programs being examined by the
The committee's recommendations,
based on Roskens' original list of pro
posed cuts, differ little from his report
to the regents Saturday.
Both include recommendations that
the UNL athletic department be cut
$225,000 and the NU School for Technical
Agriculture (administered by UNL's
Institute of Agriculture and Natural
Resources) be eliminated.
The ad hoc committee recommended
that $165,000 be reduced from inter
varsity athletics and $60,000 more from
the Bob Devaney Center, for a total of
$225,000 from the athletic department.
Roskens recommended a cut of
$525,000 for athletic-department pro
grams at UNL and UNO at Saturday's
. The budget committee noted that
athletics "generates substantial income
and good will for the institution . . .
Given the alternatives, however, and
given the fact that the athletic program
has the opportunity to generate revenue
from a variety of sources, the commit
tee believes that a reduction of $165,000
The committee wrote that the sports
center represents a unique problem
because "it is used for activities, like
commencement exercises, that are un
related to athletics" and for state-fair
The committee and Roskens agreed
that UNSTA should be closed, even
though it is the only nationally accre
dited institution of its type in the state
and 90 percent of its graduates remain
The committee wrote, "All such pro
grams, however, are inherently costly
and the physical isolation of the facil
ity no doubt makes those costs more
invisible than they might otherwise be
. . . Nevertheless, it is clear to the
committee that a vocational program
like UNSTA is less essential to the mis
sion of UNL and less significant for its
future than other programs which might
every other semester and will offer
some courses only every other year next
fall. No figures are available, however,
on the number of courses that are
being offered less often.
"The students are staying with the
courses but are a little uneasy when
trying to set up three: or four-year
plans," Newkirk said. "They are always
setting up long-range plans with uncer
tainty because there is no guarantee if
a course will be offered or not."
Louise Wiebers, a junior human
development and family major who
transferred to UNL from Nebraska Wes
leyan last semester, has had difficulty
getting the classes she needs because
be proposed as alternatives."
The committee wrote that Roskens
should try. to resist all reductions
beyond UNSTA and athletics "as strongly
as you can." However, if necessary, it
included an additional $ 1 1 1,000 reduc
tion from the sports center (athletic
No other cuts
The committee proposed no other
cuts be endorsed for UNL.
But Saturday, Roskens also included
a $436,000 cut from the Division of Con
tinuing Studies and $65,000 from UNL's
support services. (Roskens recom
mendations also included closing the
Lincoln division of the College of Nur
sing, administered by UNMC and not
reviewed by the ad hoc committee, in
addition to other recommendations for
UNMC and UNO.)
The committee did not recommend a
reduction for the Division of Continu
ing Studies, because it "is essential to
any reasonable definition of the role
and mission of a land-grant state uni
versity and . . . the need and demand
for continuing education is already
substantial and certain to increase."
Presently the state-aided budget for
the college is $1.6 million and tuition
income is $1.2 million.
"In fact," the committee wrote, "the
state gets a substantial return on the
$434,658 it actually invests, and the
university not only generates immense
goodwill. . .but also recruits a number
of students to other units as a result."
However, the committee recommen
ded that the Nebraska Center for Con
tinuing Education under continuing
education be self-sufficient.
Neither the committee nor Roskens
endorsed a recommendation by Regent
Robert Koefoot that the UNL College of
Architecture be cut.
Pleased with procedure
Two committee members said Mon
day afternoon they were pleased with
the procedure and composition of the
committee. However, both said they
were frustrated by the amount of time
they had to consider Roskens' propos
als, listen to testimony, debate sugges
tions, review reports and formulate a
well-reasoned report. "The whole atti
tude of the thing was pretty rushed,"
said Greg Parks, a student member.
Committee Chairman Frederick M.
Link, professor of English, said ideally
the budget-review process would con
sider every program within every col
lege but "the time and effort would be
"I think the whole business is unfor
tunate," Link said. "The univesity de
serves more support, not less."
Parks said the diversity of the com
mittee allowed a "broader look" at the
they are offered infrequently.
"It is a lot harder to get the classes
you want," Wiebers said. "We don't
know what is being offered."
Brenda Kimberly, a sophomore con
sumer science and education major,
said the college took out one class in
housing that she needed, hut she was
able to work around it.
"There are also two or three video
classes that you can't work around
because of the cuts in the number of
classes offered," Kimberly said.
Johnson said the need for better
planning affects the faculty through
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