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April 16, 1987
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol.86 No. 140
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By Kim Beavers
Americans take their health more
seriously today than they did 20
years ago, and the 1968 book "Aero
bics" was a major factor in the
health awareness trend, the book's
author said Wednesday.
Dr. Kenneth Cooper told a group
at the Nebraska Center for Continu
ing Education that there were less
than 100,000 joggers in 1968, but
today more than 34 million people
have taken up running. The average
person has increased his exercise
nearly 50 percent, he said.
Cooper received his medical de
gree at the University of Oklahoma,
and a masters degree at the Harvard
School of Public Health. He is on
the board of directors of the Ameri
Campus Career Fellowship
By Lee Rood
For those who are tired of house
moms and students assistants. Weary
of trying to remember tricky combina
tions and sick of eating promptly at
Campus Christian Career Fellowship
offers an alternative co-ed living, in
a relaxed, religious atmosphere at the
Campus House, 1633 Q St.
James Sennett, campus minister and
chief administrator of the C-CCF at
UNL, said the Campus House offers
students a place to share their faith
and a family atmosphere.
The house is less expensive than
residence halls at $210 a month for
room and board and is open year-round,
Rules at the Campus House are few,
Sennett said, but students are expected
to behave as "responsible Christian
"In a close-knit quarters like this
you have to be willing to interact and
be respectful to the other residents,"
Drinking and smoking are not per
mitted at the house, and single stu
dents are preferred, Sennett said.
Although the age limit for the house
usually is 24, Sennett said they are
willing to make exceptions, especially
for international students who are some
exercise for life
can Lung Association and has writ
ten five books since his 1968 publi
cation. Besides teaching and de
veloping new ideas about fitness,
Cooper himself has been running for
over 22 years and has, in that time,
gone over 22,000 miles.
Cooper said that he was dis
tressed that many people are unin
formed about health, and he listed
his procedures on how to become
"Too many times people have
complained to me about their phys
ical condition when they have ignored
their diet and weight," Cooper said.
"My book, Aerobics, emphasizes a
plan for the total well being. The
quality of life that I enjoy is keeping
myself physically fit."
Cooper is the founder and direc
tor of the Aerobics Center in Dallas.
The center has been dedicated to
At present, Sennett said 14 students
live in the house. Although th6 house is
owned by the Church of Christ, three
are Baptists, two students attend The
Assembly of God, two are Berean, and
there is also a Lutheran and a Presby
terian. To keep expenses at a minimum,
each student must be required to do
his or her share of household duties.
Otherwise, Sennett said, residents
mostly can do what they want and keep
their own hours.
Larry Bouwens, an undeclared fresh
man living in the house, said he likes
having a chance to learn about other
views of the gospel.
"Because we've got so many people
here with different backgrounds, we
can share different ideas about our
faith," he said.
Two students in the house are from
Taiwan, one from Hong Kong, another
from Mainland China and another from
Malaysia, Bouwens said the interna
tional students have helped him learn
about their cultures as well as their
views of Christianity.
Bouwens said a major disadvantage
about living in the house is that some
times he feels a bit secluded.
Because the students in the house
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studying how living habits and health
enhances individuals' physical and
Cooper attributed a great deal of
the deaths and physical problems in
America to smoking.
"You've come the wrong way baby,
not a long way," Cooper said.
Cooper gave his four steps to
increase the life span of the average
human being and become physi
cally fit: quit smoking, control high
blood pressure, eat healthy foods
and develop a good exercise plan.
... "Exercise makes me feel good,
and to the people who are not exer
cising, do you really feel good?"
Cooper said. "If I hear two words
more than any other words, it's 'if
only.' ... If you do listen to these
ideas, the life you will live will be a
healthier and happier life."
share the one common bond of Chris
tianity, Bouwens said, "You aren't inter
acting with people on the outside as
much," namely people who don't share
his views on religion at all.
Bouwens said many people share
three misconceptions about the house.
First, Bouwens said, because the
house used to be named the Agape
house, the greek name for Love, some
people got the impression that the
Campus House was Greek.
Another misconception is that the
house is exclusively male. There are
currently four females and 10 males
Sennett said applications are cur
rently being accepted for the fall semes
ter and that anypne interested should
stop by the house or contact Dennis
Durst, the assistant interim resident,
To be accepted, Sennett said stu
dents need to come in and fill out an
application. Then they are asked to
come in for an interview and have
dinner one evening with the other
The other residents in the house
have a say in who is selected. Sennett
said, in general most applicants are
The Campus House will begin its
10th year next fall. The house origi
nated when the C-CCF was looking for
office space and a residence for Chris
tians on campus.
The C-CCF is a non-profit organiza
tion supported by 25 Nebraska churches
and individuals interested in supplying
UNL's campus Christians with activi
ties, retreats and evangelical opportunities.
eiyoys more stable
L'emdls in emir
By Tami Schuetze
The Midwest work ethic and a fine
reputation are two of the reasons that
UNL Teachers College graduates seem
to have little trouble finding jobs.
Seventy-six percent of May 1986 gradu
ates were placed for the fall semester,
and that number should be the same or
even higher this year, said Ron Joekel,
associate dean of Teachers College.
"There's just something about our
kids," he said. "Maybe the reason peo
ple want them is they know they aren't
scared to work."
Although a majority of graduates
stay in the state, many find jobs farther
west, like in Arizona and California, he
said. Each April for the last six years or
so, interviewers representing more than
140 schools have visited UNL to recruit.
"It's really a competitive market,
and if you are mobile you cam get a
starting job with a pleasantly high
salary," Joekel said. "Other st&tes pay
more for their teachers because they're
The college's reputation also boosts
Nebraska graduates, Joekel said. Teach
ers College is recognized nationally
and internationally in contests, special
programs and research. For example,
the UNL program for science teachers
recently was selected as an "exem
plar" of science-teacher education pro
grams in a Search for Excellence in
Secondary School Teacher Education
Ronald Bonnstetter, director of the
UNL secondary science education pro
gram who will be accepting the award
with Donald McCurdy, director of the
UNL Center for Science, Mathematics
and Computer Education, said the pro
gram works because students are dedi
cated and have strong arts and scien
ces backgrounds and because Nebraska
schools are willing to cooperate with
3 1 merit scholars
to attend UNL
By Amy Edwards
Thirty-one freshman National Merit
scholars have tentatively commit
ted themselves to attend UNL next
year, said Lisa Schmidt, director of
Twenty-six freshman National
Merit scholars attended UNL in
The 26 noted scholars who started
at UNL last fall put the university in
the top 18 percent of the nation's
schools for freshman National Merit
scholar enrollment, according to
the National Merit Scholarship Cor
poration's annual report.
That figure is down from 1985,
when 31 freshman merit scholars
Each college department focuses on
three areas: general education, course
work in the major and teaching methods.
At least 125 credit hours are needed to
graduate, but most students take about
133, Joekel said.
In the 1970s, the program was over
crowded, with about 4,000 students.
Enrollment stayed up in the early 1980s
but now has stabilized at a more man
ageable level of about 2,000 under
graduates, 750 graduates and 135 full
time faculty, Joekel said.
Because of its reputation, its steady
enrollment and the dedication of its
staff, officials say, Teachers College
has suffered very little from the midyear
cuts levied against UNL by the Nebraska
Grades and test scores in the college
are high, partly because they must be
a 2.5 GPA must be established by
the sophomore year for a student to be
admitted to the college. That guideline
has been in effect since 1981.
Although the college is strong; it is
divided, at least physically. The depart
ments occupy seven buildings spread
out on East and City campuses.
"Some people say seven buildings
reduces the feeling of collegiality. I
don't think I feel that way," said Mar
garet Sievers, an academic adviser in
the college. "All of the departments
under the Teachers College are large,
growing and staying together."
Yet all have distinct identities.
Department of Health, Physical
Education and Recreation
Nicknamed HPER, this division has
turned from the old sweat-socks P.E. to
emphasize new technology in both
athletics and overall fitness, said Ken
Orton, HPER director. Psychological
factors are studied in classes like Drug
and Alcohol Abuse, and Prevention and
Healthy Lifestyles. Science courses,
like a chemistry class on the impact of
exercising on the body tissue and
blood, are another indication of the
department's new direction," Orton
Department of Special Edu
cation and Communication Dis
orders: Barkley Memorial Center
The Barkley Center on East Campus
is a resource and development center
for educators in special education and
communication disorders. It also houses
a speech and hearing clinic that serves
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put UNL in the top 15 percent of the
UNL ranked 65th of 383 schools
in that category in fall 1986. Among
Big Eight schools, UNL ranked fifth.
Iowa State University ranked first
with 34 scholars.
Schmidt said one reason UNL
ranked fifth among Big Eight schools
is that the pool of National Merit
scholars in Nebraska is smaller
than pools in other Big Eight states.
Nebraska has the fewest high-school
graduates of the Big Eight states, so
it also has the lowest number of
merit scholars, she said.
Schmidt said another reason Ne
braska is fifth may be that it does
not offer state-sponsored scholarships
to National Merit scholars who attend
Nebraska high schools.
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