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September 25, 1990 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vol. 90 No. 21
Members of the news media talk with officials at a preview for the NAMES Project AIDS
Memorial Quilt on Monday at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
AIDS quilt to visit Lincoln
Committee hopes AIDS display will increase awareness
By Adeana Leftln
Staff Roporter
AIDS is here. That is the mes
sage members of a commit
tee to bring an AIDS quilt to
Lincoln are trying to com
municate.
Dave Anderson, co-chairman of
the quilt committee, said Monday
during a preview at the Lied Center
for Performing Arts that ‘we think
you’ll be changed by seeing the
quilt”
“It’s a bad thing in that more
people are dying of AIDS,’ ’ he said.
“It’s a good thing in that it might
keep more people from dying of
AIDS.”
The quilt, consisting of 12,000
panels, is owned by a group in San
Francisco. Almost SCO of those pan
els will be displayed in Lincoln next
month.
Dwight Miller, a Lincoln resi
dent wi tn AlDSrsatd he hopcdinow’"
people would become aware of the
disease through the display.
“For me, the quilt coming to
Nebraska is proof that people real
ize that AIDS is coming to Nebraska,”
Miller said.
Margaret Nellis, interim director
of the University of Nebraska-Lin
coln Campus Activities and Pro
grams Office and a member of UNL’s
Task Force on AIDS Education,
agreed.
“We’ve been working for sev
eral years to educate people, espe
cially students, that AIDS is here,”
Nellis said. “The fact that we have
quilts to present can speak to people
in a way posters and pamphlets
can’t,” she said.
Gayle Brygger of Lincoln lost a
brother to AIDS. Brygger said she
was excited about the idea of shar
injj part of ter brother’s memory
with people by making a ywcHor
the quilL
“They’re not just nameless
faces,” she said of the victims. “It
could be someone you know.”
Brygger said making a panel was
“a wonderful, satisfying experi
ence,” she said.
“It was a very personal sort of
grieving experience.” she said. “The
panel is very much like Bill was."
Brygger’s panel is one of the 25
to 35 panels expected to be added
while the quilt is in Lincoln, Ander
son said.
Last October, Anderson traveled
with friends to Waterloo, Iowa, to
see the quilt displayed there.
“If Waterloo could do this, then
certainly Lincoln could, too,” An
derson said.
See QUILT on 6
UNL comes up short
on classroom space
By Jennifer O’Cilka
Senior Reporter
Although students sometimes get
stressed out because lim its are
placed on the size of classes,
many University of Nebraska-Lin
coln departments have stretched their
limits to serve students.
Ellen Baird, associate vice chan
cellor of academic affairs, said stretch
ing class limits further with the cur
rent facilities could hurt students more
than it would help.
John Peters, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, said UNL needs
more classrooms.
“ Wedesperately need moreclass
room space, a large lecture hall” and
the development of better classrooms,
he said.
Peters urged students to take a
stand on the classroom issue by show
ing interest in a capital construction
project before the Nebraska Legisla
ture.
The plan recommended by the NU
Board of Regents calls for $1.4 mil
lion to ‘‘improve substandard class
rooms/class labs” at UNL between
1991 and 1993. The proposal ranks
ninth on the regents’ priority list of
projects.
Baird said limits on class sizes
vary according to departments, disci
plines and the level of courses.
‘‘We are finding that in some o
the required courses (those require*
in several majors), in some instance
the smaller class sizes are meaninj
we can’t cover student need
Baird said.
Increasing the number of student
accepted into the classes could realb
be shortchanging students in classe
in which they require individual at
lention, Baird said.
‘‘My experience is that (the de
partments) have tried very hard tc
accommodate needs as long as then
is classroom space,” she said.
Baird said the small number o
large-size classrooms at UNL is a bij
disadvantage.
‘‘We’re very squeezed for space
on campus,” she said.
Stephen Hilliard, English depart
mcnl chairman, said more than 13(
sections of freshman English are of
fered, each with a limit of 22 to 2!
students. The National Council o
Teachers of English recommend;
classes of fewer than 20 students.
Hilliard said he did not know for
sure how many students could not get
into their requested courses each
semester, but said many have to wait
to take it. Because all UNL, colleges
require freshman composition, pres
sures are placed on the department to
open more sections.
Hilliard said about 110 additional
students are absorbed into existing
sections through overrides. That
number of students is roughly equiva
lent to four sections, he said.
“People, faculty, are very gener
ous on taking on extra students be
cause we want to help the students,”
he said.
English teachers take heavy teach
ing assignments and even two or three
extra students can increase that greatly.
Hilliard said press\ire also exists at
upper levels of English because of the
increasing number of majors.
“We are experiencing pressure
across the board,” Hilliard said. “That
leads to a great deal of frustration of
students. It’s difficult.”
Lack of available qualified faculty
and space also creates problems, Hil
liard said.
Classes in Andrews Hall run from
7:30 a.m. into the late afternoon and
evening.
“Sometimes we might have the
[ funds from somewhere to add a class,
1 but we don’t have the room,” he said.
5 Jim Lewis, math department chair,
r said size limits in Business Calculus
’ 104 and the two traditional calculus
courses, 106 and 107, mostly arc
5 determined by the size of the room.
, He said about 126 students will gain
5 registration to a class in an audito
. rium that scats about 120, Lewis said.
“We permit 126 to gain registra
. lion with the hope that during the first
, week (of classes) it will settle down
. and everyone will have a scat,” Lewis
said.
f In Math 106 and 107, students are
r divided into recitation or discussion
sections of about 30 students, Lewis
said.
College algebra, which is taught
> by graduate students, is limited to
) about 35 students, Lewis said.
“We’re always caught between
i the con flict that the class would work
r
> See CLASS on 6
Foreign student enrollment up
UNL expanded global view, adviser says
By Heidi Monnich
Staff Reporter
An increase in the number of
foreign students attending the
University of Nebraska-Lin
coln is the result of increased aware
ness of the global perspective and
how it affects students, UNL’s inter
national student adviser said.
Judy Wendorff said the university
is becoming more interested in recog
nizing and recruiting from certain areas
of the world that are not represented
at UNL.
“The whole university, state and
U.S. are more aware of global per
spective and how it plays on stu
dents,” she said. “UNL admissions
is more interested in recruiting for
eign students now, as a resource.”
Foreign student enrollment at UNL
this fall reached 1,194,180 more than
last year. In 1989-90, 1,014 foreign
students attended UNL, 89 more than
the previous year.
Peter Levitov, director of Interna
tional Educational Services, said the
foreign student enrollment a! UNL
has stabilized in the 1980s, after large
increases in the ’70s.
The university appointed a com
mittee in 1987, composed of faculty,
staff and students, to examine ways to
attract more foreign students, he said.
The committee recommended a greater
commitment to foreign student re
cruitment to create an increased inter
national environment at UNL.
Since then, the university has pro
duced a videotape, distributed to about
60 embassies, and has gained expo
sure through foreign students return
ing home after attending UNL, as
well as from faculty members visit
ing foreign universities.
Wendorff added that, while UNL
has made improvements in the num
ber of foreign students attending the
university, enrollment does not com
pare well with other universities.
Levitov said that in 1988-89 about
2.500 foreign students were enrolled
at Iowa State University, more than
1.500 attended the University of Kansas
and about 1,800 were at the Univer
sity of Iowa.
Those figures compare to the 925
foreign students enrolled at UNL in
1988-89.
Patricia R. Johnson, international
student programs coordinator, said
this year’s increase could be partly
because of the relative inexpensive
ness of colleges in the Midwest.
Johnson said transferring credits
here also was easy for foreign stu
dents.
Wendorff said a possible reason
foreign students found credit transfer
easy last year was because of the
existence of credentials analyst.
The analyst examined foreign stu
dents’ transcripts and determined how
many credits were needed to make up
for discrepancies.
There is no credentials analyst at
UNL this year, but Levitov said fund
ing has been approved for added cleri
cal assistance in the graduate and
undergraduate foreign admissions
offices.
The new positions will allow staff
members additional time to perform
the credentials analysis that was done
by the analyst last year.
Number of foreign
attending UNL 1194
1,008
I Source: Foreign
Student Office. John Bruce/Datly Nebraskan