The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 04, 1992, Page 2, Image 2

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    Teamwork makes College Park a reality
By Corey Russman
Staff Reporter _
Five institutions have branched out toGrand
Island to pave the way toward higher education
in the 21st century.
It took nearly three years to finish, but
—students were able to begin attending classes at
College Park this fall, said Richard Bringclson,
the new facility’s executive director.
The $4.8-million project incorporates Cen
tral Community College, the University of
# Nebraska at Kearney, Hastings College, the
University of Ncbraska-Lincoln and the Uni
versity of Nebraska Medical Center.
Those institutions offer classes at College
Park, but College Park itself is not a degree
granting institution. Students who attend the
facility will receive degrees through one of the
five participating institutions.
Snmf*. rlaRRPR at Cnllepc Park will be Lauehl
by professors who are present in the class
rooms; others will be taught via television
screen. In the televised classes, a special satel
lite will allow students and instructors to talk to
each other.
“It is special, state-of-the-art technology
with high-tech lighting and sound,” Bringclson
Although many of the students arc non
traditional, he said, “Nowadays, what is con
sidered to be non-traditional?”
Most of College Park’s students are from the
Grand Island area and work part- or full-time,
Bringclson said. However, a few traditional
students, 18-22 years old, attend the facility.
College Park offers courses in areas such as
business, art, computer science, English, ento
mology, mathematics, safety education and
political science. A master’s degree engineer
ing program will be offered through UNL next
Because College Park is connected to a
national network, it can offer courses from
such schools as Ohio State University, Utah
State University, Cornell University, the Uni
versity of Idaho, UNL and UNK.
The facility also includes an auditorium/
conference center and an art studio. The biol
ogy and chemistry rooms were built to upgrade
nursing programs at UNK and Central Com
munity College.
Classes run from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. most
days. During the da'yT'most classes arc taught
through Central Comitfdflity College. Evenings
classes are offered by four-year colleges.
v The idea of creating such a facility came
about because Grand Island had no bachelor’s
degree program to offer employees of compa
nies that might loj^tc their offices there,
Bringelson said.
UNL Chancellor Graham Spanicr called
College Park an effort to “bring higher educa
tion into Grand Island for those citizens who,
because of jobs or their family, could not
attend the University in Lincoln or Kearney.”
This is a way for the University of Nebraska to
reach out to the state, Spanier said.
The University of Nebraska will pay
Bringclson’s salary of $42,000.
Bringelson said that almost all of the funds
needed to make the facility a reality came from
community members and businesses, as well
as donations from Lincoln and Kearney. It is
the only such facility in the nation to accom
plish that feat, he said.
Some government funding was used to build
College Park because it was designed to house
both the Hall County Extension Office and the
UNL Cooperative Extension Office.
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lo know when a possible controversy
looms, he said. -
Some members of the community
may object because they believe UNL
should avoid topics.dealing with any
aspect of sex, Hilliard said. ^
“I think there will be some com
munity members who will say the
university should not be teaching this
course,” he said.
But Hilliard denied thcchangc was
linked to any sort of homophobia in
the English department.
“•I’m not being homophobic to ac
knowledge that some people will ob
ject to a course dealing with gay and
lesbian literature,” he said.
Fate of ROTC ban
lies in Washington
By Virginia Newton
Staff Reporter •
The outcome of ROTC’s ban of
homosexuals at the University o
Nebraska-Lincoln will be decided if
Washington, said Herbert Howe, as
sociate to the chancellor and advise
to the ROTC program here.
“The resolution regarding th«
ROTC program will depend on thi
House of Representatives, <ie Scnat
and the president of the United States,
he said.
• • — — — • — — • —
The policy that bans homosexuals
from all branches of ROTC wascstab
lished by the Department of Defense,
Howe said.
' “The policy was created to pro
hibilhomoscxuals from serving in the
1 armed forces,” he said.
Classes found under military sci
r ence in the “Undergraduate Bulletin”
can be taken by any member of the
J student body, Howe said. But classes
' offered to prepare students for a com
' mission in the service are limited to
students who are not homosexuals or
those who have not disclosed their
j homosexuality, he said.
oiuucnis wiiu nave gone pumic
j with their homosexuality arc Hot al
| lowed to participate in such activities
I as summer camps and drills, Howe
j said.
“Our classes arc open to every
I body as far as the academic portion
I goes,” said Army Lt. Col. Stephen
I Goodrich, a military science profes
I sor. He declined to comment further
I on the ROTC ban.
The homosexual ban violates the
I NU Board of Regents’ policy against
I discrimination. In April 1991, the
I Academic Senate passed a resolution
I calling on the Department of Defense
| to lift the ban. The resolution also
recommends that academic credit be
removed for ROTC classes and fac
ulty status for ROTC instructors be
taken away unless the policy is
ASUN senators passed a bill
Wednesday in support of keeping
ROTC on campus despite its policy
banning homosexuals.
The ASUN bill calls for the Aca
! demic Senate to reconsider its resolu
tion because it unnecessarily discrimi
nates against ROTC cadets.
Howe said officials also were con
cerned about taking academic credit
away from ROTC because the de
fense department was looking for ways
to cut its budget.
ii diduciim ncuit ih;iiiiiiiiiuui.
he said, “the probability of losing one
of the organizations within the ROTC
program is good.”
Howe said he doubled stripping
credit from ROTC would make the
defense department lift its ban, but
time might.
“The same policy that’s being used
is the same that was used to keep
Afro-Americans and then women out
of the program,” he said.
“At some point, I’m pretty confi
dent that it will change.”
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