The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 18, 1989, Image 1

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eptember 18, 1989__University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vol. 89 No. 15
wGrant awarded
iJNL employees to get help
nn solving personal problems
hy Doug Isakson
Ki*ff Reporter
I V T niversity of Nebraska-Lincoln em
I ployees soon will have a program to
help them deal with drugs, alcohol,
stress and other job-affecting problems, thanks
to a $106,000 grant from the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration.
‘The timing was just per
fect because we've
had a lot of interest by
faculty and staff to
have something like
Bruce Currin, University of Nebraska-Lin
coln personnel director, said he was notified
last week that his request for the money had
been granted, and that it should be received by
Oct. 1.
Currin said the “Employee Assistance Pro
gram” will have a director, a secretary, a
research assistant and a part-time counselor. It
will operate as a screening and referral service,
helping employees find the appropriate serv
ices needed to solve personal problems that
might negatively affect job performance.
Such problems, he said, might be marital,
stress-related or drug- and alcohol-related.
The program also will cover the employees’
dependents, Currin said. Employees with chil
dren who abuse drugs or alcohol probably have
trouble at home, he said.
“Intuitively you would think that the job
performance of that employee is going to be
affected. And most probably, it’s going to be
negatively affected,’ ’ Currin said.
The program will give employees informa
tion on the cost of various social services and
whether insurance is available to cover those
Currin said UNI. has studied such a program
for the last two years before the grant became
“The timing was just perfect,” he said,
‘ ’because we’ve had a lot of interest by faculty
and staff to have something like this.”
Committee formed to provide
foreign student scholarships
By Kimberly Schwartze
Suff Reporter
Some UNL departments are working on
ways to help the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln actively recruit foreign
Lynn Taylor, UNL assistant admissions
director, said a committee has been formed to
raise donations for a scholarship fund to attract
foreign students.
Robert Kleis, executive dean of interna
tional affairs, will discuss with UNL vice chan
cellors Wednesday a proposal for hiring a part
time recruiting coordinator, and creating a
committee to design recruiting materials and
develop ways to reach foreign students.
About 1,000 foreign students from about 85
countries attend UNL, but average foreign
student enrollment at other Big Eight schools is
nearly twice UNL’s figures.
“We have lagged behind for some time (in
enrollment),” Taylor said.
The fund-raising committee is made up of
UNL students and faculty, and members of the
Lincoln community.
When the group raises enough money to
give scholarships, Taylor said, the three com
munity committee members will choose the
scholarship recipients.
Taylor said he is not sure when the scholar
ships will be available.
Kleis said most foreign students at UNL
come to the university on their own initiative.
No one person or department is now respon
sible for recruiting, he said, and “unless you
charge someone with doing something, it
doesn’t get done.”
Kleis said the committee he proposes would
be made up of UNL faculty and staff members
and would work with the traveling recruiting
The coordinator probably would be from
UNL, he said.
Taylor said the admissions department has
not actively recruited foreign scholars in the
past “because of the expense.” He said the
department doesn’t have die money to travel to
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Former lobbyist says regents
violated open meeting law
By Jerry Guenther
Senior Reporter
Though media attention sur
rounding the NU Board of
Regents’ firing of Ronald
Roskens has died down, a Lincoln
insurance salesman said he has not
forgotten about the incident
Dan W. Meyer, who once
worked as a legislative aide and
lobbyist, said he believes the re
gents violated the state’s open
meeting law when they didn’t dis
close their reasons for dismissing
The July 31 meeting was closed
to the public and the media.
“I clearly believe without a
doubt that it is a violation of the
open meeting law,” Meyer said.
Meyer threatened to file a law
suit against the regents in August.
He said he has not filed suit yet
because such a suit could prevent
Nebraska Attorney General
Robert Spire from issuing a deci
sion. The decision was requested
by state Sen. Ron Withem of Papil
Deputy Attorney General Gene
Crump said that whether or not the
attorney general is prevented from
issuing a decision depends on the
situation. Crump said that no one
has contacted him yet about filing
suit against the regents.
Crump said the violation possi
bility still is being reviewed, but
said he hopes a decision will be
issued this week.
If the attorney general deter
mines that the regents violated the
open meeting law, the regents
would have to have a public meet
ing to make any such decision.
Meyer also said he is waiting to
see if any other individuals or
groups sue. He said he may not file
suit if others do because Of finan
cial reasons. He said he believes he
has 120 days from the regents’ July
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The west stairwell to the third floor of Burnett HaM it boarded up.
Workers remove layer ,
Maintenance expands work
By bmily Rosenbaum
Staff Reporter
Asbestos and ceiling work on the lan
guage lab in Burnett Halt has been
expanded to include a stairwell and
a section of die second floor, Jerry Delhay,
manager of building maintenance, said.
* ‘We found other areas that are question
able/' Delhay said.
The west stairwell, leading from second
to third floor, and a small part on the second
floor of Burned are blocked off and being
examined to see if ceilings need to be re
placed, he said.
Workers are removing the spray, the
bottom layer of the ceiling, from the lan
guage tab, rooms 305 and 306, and then will
install a new lay-in, acoustical ceiling and
All work should be completed in 10 to 14
days, Delhay said.
Parts of the language lab ceiling fell over
the Labor Day weekend and some asbestos
was released. UNL officials immediately
closed the lab and the maintenance staff
began work on the rooms.
Delhay said state health officials are
monitoring the removal and clean-up in
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Scientist: Ozone holes may emerge
By Brad Rundquist
Staff Reporter
The ozone hole over Antarctica
may be only the first of sev
eral holes to emerge in the
Earth’s ozone layer, according to an
atmospheric scientist
George Mount, research physicist
and branch chief of the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Admini
stration in Boulder, Colo., said that if
conditions are right, future holes
could appear over Greenland and the
North Pole.
A long and cold arctic winter
could cause another hole in those
areas, he said in his speech to more
than 300 at Nebraska Wesleyan Uni
versity Friday.
Temperatures of minus 80 degrees
Celsius are necessary to produce po
lar stratospheric clouds which store
chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, in ice
crystals, Mount said. CFCs contrib
ute to the deterioration of the ozone
These clouds are common in Ant
arctica, he said, but are somewhat
rare in the North. That is one reason a
hole appeared over the South Pole
first, he said.
Mount said he believes that on a
recent trip to Antarctica, he and his
research team proved that the exist
ing hole is the result of man’s use of
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‘The amount of
atomic chlorine
now in the atmos
phere over Ant
arctica is 500 to
1,000 times higher
than normal and
levels in the North
are rising.'
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“Wc determined that, with very
little doubt, the release of man-made
chlorofluorocarbons into the lower
atmosphere was indeed causing the
ozone hole over Antarctica,’ ’ he said.
CFCs are used in refrigeration, air
conditioning, insulation (Styro
foam), the electronic industry, food
industry and were used in aerosol
cans until 1985, he said. Freon is a
Levels of CFCs in the strato
sphere, where the ozone layer is lo
cated, are measured by finding the
amount of atomic chlorine present.
Mount said.
Atomic chlorine results from the
breakdown of CFCs in the strato
sphere, Mount said, and is the “real
This reactive chlorine can ‘ 'attack
and destroy” ozone, he said.
“The amount of atomic chlorine
now in the atmosphere over Antarc
tica is 500 to 1,000 times higher than
normal,” he said, ‘‘and levels in the
North are rising.”
Ozone levels have decreased more
than 60 percent between 1978 and
1987 as a result of increasing atmos
pheric atomic chlorine levels, he
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