The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 07, 1989, Page 5, Image 5

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    Young, old share NU experience
By Brandon Loomis
Senior Reporter
Younger students are beginning to
feel more comfortable sharing class
rooms with students old enough to be
their parents, the president of the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Adult Student Network said.
Andy Gucck, a 38-year-old pre
med student, said non-traditional
students are finding comfort in num
bers. He defined non-traditional stu
dents as undergraduates 25 and older.
“We are a minority in this envi
ronment, but we’re growing,” Gucck
Although the Office of Institu
tional Research has no accurate count
of non-traditional students on cam
pus, Deanna Eversoll, director of
evening programs, said non-tradi
tional enrollment in night courses has
Evening enrollment is at 1,097
this spring, up 9 percent from last
spring, she said.
Gucck said the total current non
traditional enrollment is about 2,500.
In the past, younger students
didn't like having older students in
class, he said, because older students
tend to ask all the questions.
Fran Thompson, a 39-year-old
sophomore in sociology, said she
shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable
asking questions, because that is what
she pays tuition for
“ Someone actually told me... the
non-traditional students should keep
their mouths shut,” Thompson said.
But, Gucck said, fewer members
of his organization have heard state
ments like that lately, because
younger students are learning that
older students are adding to classes,
not detracting from them.
Because they are too shy to ask
questions for themselves, Geuck said
he thinks a lot of the students “like to
have us ask the questions for them.”
The Adult Student Network is a
support group helping students with
both emotional and administrative
problems, Gueck said.
‘ I’m looking for
ward to the day
when I can take
12 credits.’ ,
“The younger undergraduate has
a support group in the campus com
munity, but die older student goes
home when class is done,” he said.
Gueck said the organization
changed its name from the Non-Tra
ditional Student Association this
year, “because ‘non’ is a negative
The group provides speakers, in
formation about classes, and has
weekly meetings.
“Ninety percent of what we do is
social interaction,” Gueck said.
Most non-traditional students
need encouragement to stay in
school, he said, because they have a
hard time balancing jobs, family and
Short-term loans more available
By Brandon Loomis
Senior Reporter
After discontinuing its book
voucher service last fall, the Office of
Scholarships and Financial Aid has
loosened requirements for short-term
loans to students without cash for
books at the beginn ing of each semes
John Beacon, director of the of
fice, said the vouchers, which al
lowed students to buy books on credit
until grant refunds arrived, look lime
and effort away from the processing
of financial aid.
“At the time of year when we’re
the very busiest, it (the service)
meant dedicating staff to that func
tion,’’ he said.
Anticipating that some students
would be unable to afford books
without vouchers, Beacon said, the
office allowed students to take out
loans without the usual individual
repayment counseling. Instead, stu
dents were given counseling in large
In September 1988, 495 students
took short-term loans, up from 354 in
September 1987, when book vouch
ers were available.
During spring 1988, the last se
mester of the service, 485 students
used book vouchers.
Beacon said the office also had
planned to get refunds to students
earlier than in the past, so students
could use them to buy books within
the first two weeks of classes. But in
the fall, the office was busy breaking
in a new computer system, he said,
and refunds were delayed.
In the past, students have gener
ally wailed eight weeks for refunds,
he said.
Because of illnesses in the Office
of Student Accounts, refunds also
Ojikuto said center
needs increase to
combat inflation
FUND B From Page 1
Ojikutu said the increase is neces
sary because of inflation.
The budget does call for an almost
31 percent reduction in the center’s
expenditure for printing costs,
Ojikutu said.
This year’s printing request is for
$25,000, down from $36,045 for
Ojikutu said the printing reduction
came because of a new copying
machine that allows the center to do
much of its own printing instead of
relying on an outside printing shop.
have been delayed from this semes
ter’s target dale of Jan. 23, Beacon
Bob Clark, director of student
accounts, said he was recently out
with the flu, which delayed approval
of the refunds.
“If I was going to point my
wicked finger at someone, I’d point it
right at myself,” he said.
The first refunds were sent to stu
dents at the end of last week.
In future semesters, students
should have their refunds in time to
buy books, Clark said.
“If we don’t have them out some
time during the first week next se
mester, I’m going to be very un
happy. ’
In the meantime, Beacon said,
needy students can use loans to buy
books. Short-term loans, although
they have an annual charge of{) per
cent, serve practically the same pur
pose as book vouchers, he said.
“Three quarters of I percent per
month is not a bad deal,” he said.
“We have necessary jobs rather
than jobs of convenience,” he said.
Rachel Loyd, a 54-year-old
sophomore in human development
and family, said the support the group
has given her in the last three years
has given her the courage to continue
her education.
“If it weren’t for all this interac
tion, I would have quit,” Loyd said.
Loyd, a beautician with a family,
said she has taken as many as nine
credits per semester in the past while
working full time.
“I’m looking forward to the day
when I can take 12 credits,” she said,
but outside responsibilities won’t al
low that yet.
Gueck said older students, who
have had steady paying jobs for
years, suddenly find themselves with
little or no spending cash when they
start paying tuition.
“I haven't been out to cat since
before Christmas,” he said.
The group lets those students
know that others are in the same situ
ation, he said, and that belter jobs are
waiting for experienced college
“Most of us arc cither going for a
career for the first time or making a
major career change,” Gueck said.
“It’s a little scary. ’
A survey sent to all non-traditional
students found that although there is
still some concern about the univer
sity’s sensitivity to older students,
things arc gelling belter all the time,
Gueck said.
“Now we just have to take care of
the parking problem on campus.”
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34 Nebraska Union
Class sizes back to normal
By Roger Price
Staff Reporter
The cold weather did not impair
attendance at University Of Ne
braska-Lincoln classes Monday as
dramatically it did last Friday,
according to some UNI. profes
With windchills plummeting to
nearly 60 degrees below zero Fri
day, many UNL students decided
to slap class
Glenn Sowell, visiting assistant
professor in the physics depart
ment, said only 60 to 66 percent of
his students were present Friday,
but attendance was back to normal
The same tread held true in the
chemistry department. James
Carr, an associate chemistry pro
fessor, said that while attendance
was low Friday, it was back up on
Martha Webb, assistant profes
sor of history, said twice as many
students as normal missed her
History 100 exam Friday.
In the Keller Plan sections of
Psychology 181, testing was down
about 50 to 70 percent^ccorduig to
Mark Waller, a teaching assistant
with the program.
Bob Miewald, a political sci
ence professor, estimated that at
least 75 out of the 220 students in
his Political Science 100 class
were absent Friday. Miewald said
he does not plan on doing anything
to punish those that were absent
because it was an “unreasonable
weather situation. ”
Miewald said he received many
calls from students whose cars
wouldn’t start Friday.
Beth Williams, office manager
for the Comhusker Motor Club,
estimated that towing requests
handled through her agency were
up at least 50 percent Friday due to
the cold.
The cold weather also had a
negative effect on other aspects of
university life.
Joe Selig, UNL ticket manager,
said he felt that attendance at Sat
urday night’s basketball game was
“definitely impacted by the
Selig said that 9,200 attended
the game while season ticket sales
numbered 11,000.
The National Weather Service
predicted Monday afternoon that
the cold weather would continue
until Friday when it should warm
up to the mid-to-upper 20s. Tem
peratures should remain in the
teens and 20s throughout the
weekend and following week.
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