The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, August 06, 1992, Summer, Image 1

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Four-year-old Dustin Bush, the son of Jamie and Donald
Bush of Lincoln, peers curiously into the mouth of Leo
the Paper-eating Uon Tuesday at Folsom Children’s
Zoo. The Lion encourages children to feed it with bits of
Coliseum gets new lookjor upcoming season
By Sam S. Kepfield
Staff Reporter
he first major renovation to the
NU Coliseum in more than a
decade is nearing completion,
according to the director of campus
Stan Campbell said that the reno
vation was progressing smoothly,and
would be completed By the start of the
fall semester.
“The facility is fantastic, and the
students will be pleased,” Campbell
said. “It will be well worth the wait."
The facility has been closed since
March 1991.
The most recent renovation to the
Coliseum until the present was in the
1970s. That time around, the renova
lion was concentrated on class room
and office space, but during the cur
rent construction, classrooms and of
fices have been moved to Mabel Lee
Hall, expanding the space available
for recreational activities.
Campbell said that since the initial
completion of the Coliseum in 1926,
recreational needs and interests of
students had changed and the renova
tion was necessary to keep up.
The list of improvements is long.
The floor has been replaced and
bleachers have been added for volley
ball games. Basketball courts now run
north-south instead of cast-west, mak
ing room for one more court and
bringing the total for the Coliseum to
Also, the locker rooms for men and
women were redone, and a sauna was
added, while lockers and offices were
built for the softball team and up
graded for the volleyball squad.
New areas include a fitness/
aerobics room, a combative arts room
and a table tennis area.
Another innovation is a child care
area. Faculty, students and staff will
be able to leave children with Coli
seum personnel, for $ 1 per hour and a
maximum of two hours.
Tocap off the renovations, the new
Coliseum will feature a bronze sculp
ture created by native Nebraskan
George Lundecn.
Barb Hibner, assistant to the direc
tor in charge of women’s athletics,
said that the sculpture of three volley
ball players would be a “tribute to the
Nebraska women’s volleyball team
and women’s intercol legiate athletics
in general.”
For the past year, the Match Club,
a UNL booster organization, has been
raising funds for the sculpture. Its
main source of funds came from 14
inch replicas sold for $2,200. Hibner
noted that some art galleries have
valued the miniatures at more than
Hibner said that an exact date for
dedication of the sculpture has not yet
been set, but that it will coincide with
the opening of the Coliseum. She
added that the department is aiming
for a ceremony in early September at
the beginning of the intercollegiate
UNL brings marriages together
with couple-oriented employment
By DeDra Janssen
Staff Reporter
Lhc University of Ncbraska-Lin
coln has taken a big step for
ward in responsiveness to the
needs of employees’ families and in
affirmative action goals, Chancellor
Graham Spanier said.
Beginning this fall, UNL will adopt
a Dual Career Program that will assist
partners of new UNL employees in
finding employment within the uni
versity or the community, he said.
“In recruiting people to institu
tions like this, we only get the best if
we are responsive to dual career
couples,” Spanier said.
Spanier first developed the dual
career program in 1986 while at Or
egon Stale University. He said that,
because he found nearly 75 percent of
new people hired had a spouse who
also was a professional looking for
employment, he was moved to create
the program.
Spanier said the program at Or
egon State had been “extremely suc
cessful.” Since the program was put
in place at the institution, it has had a
near perfect record of hiring its first
choice of applicants, he said.
“Candidates found the program
very supportive of them. That can
often make a difference in getting the
top people,” Spanier said.
The program also supports affir
mative action goals at UNL.
“In a community where the num
ber of people of color is relatively
small, if we can assist both partners in
finding employment, we're doubling
the number of minorities hired, ’
Spanicr said. “The program works
hand in hand with affirmative action
The following statement will ap
pear as the final sentence in all adver
tisements as part of the Affirmative
Action statement:
“The University of Nebraska-Lin
coln is responsive to the needs of dual
career couples.”
In addition, the program will es
tablish relationships between UNL
and other employers in the region,
Spanicr said.
LizGrobsmith,assistant vicechan
ccllor for academic affairs, will su
pcrvisc the dual career program. When
a prospective hire involves accom
Commuters find new home
By sam 5. Keptieid
Staff Reporter
he University of Nebraska-Lin
coln will expand opportunities
for commuter students to expe
rience on-campus living this fall with
the adaptation of residence hall rooms,
an official said.
Doug Zatechka, UNL’s housing
director, said that the rooms would
allow commuter students greater case
of access to instructors, tutoring and
other on-campus services and activi
“Going to school here should be
more than just driving in each day,”
Zatechka said. “Involvement is the
key word. This provides an opportu
nity for them to get involved in cam
pus life.”
The commuter rooms, located in
Harper and Smith Halls, will be much
like any other dormitory room, he
saia, giving commuter students a
chance to study, meet other students
and have a secure place for belong
Each commuter dorm room will be
furnished to house three to four people,
with desks, chairs, lamps,closet space
and a phone. No beds are included,
since the program does nolallow over
night slays, with the exception of bad
weather or study groups. The cost is
$995 for the 1992-1993 academic
Peg Blake, executive assistant to
the vice chancellor for students af
fairs, said that perhaps the most im
portant aim of the program is to de
crease student dropout rates.
According to Blake, the program
is targeted at incoming freshmen who
have just graduated from high school
and are living at home with their
See DUAL on 4
Regents still
have concerns
about budget
By Andrea Kaser
Staff Reporter _
No action was taken at a
Budget Subcommittee meeting
called by the NU Board of Re
gents last Friday in hopes of
clarifying budget procedures and
requests after Die confusion dur
ing the board’s July 12 meeting.
Because of a deadline and
inconsistent budget requests
from campuses, regents left the
July 12 meeting feeling uneasy
aboullhc budget guidelines they
had approved.
Although no formal action
was taken at the subcommittee
meeting, board members dis
cussed improvements for the
budget process and listened to
details on budget requests from
each campus.
University President Martin
Masscngalc said improvements
in the future budget process
would include planning the bud
get earlier. The planning com
mittee, which in the past has met
in the winter, will begin meet
ing in the fall.
Also, he said, the planning
committee is looking toward
standardizing budget criteria.
This year, the four Nebraska
universities did not include a
uniform detail of expenses in
their budget requests, making
comparisons difficult.
For example, the University
Medical Center did not list a
See BUDGET on 4