The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 15, 1993, Image 1

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    Employee updates asbestos removal method
By Kathryn Borman
Staff Reporter
Loose asbestos may soon be a
thing of the past at the Uni
versity of Nebraska-Lincoln
as a university employee’s vision for
cheaper removal is employed across
Richard Hoback, a manager in fa
cilities management, said the new
method could save NU thousands of
dollars in the future.
The new procedure, described as
the glove bag method, was conceived
by Hoback after he observed the use
student says
By Becky Bee her
Staff Reporter
Chris Pohlman never wanted to
be a teacher.
She went to college to be
come a journalist. But after two years,
she changed her mind. Her affection
for children and her desire to make a
difference in their lives pushed her
toward a career in education.
Pohlman’s goal is to be an elemen
tary school counselor. She said she
hoped to use what she had learned at
UNL’s Teachers College to make
learning fun for students in her class
Pohlman, a senior elementary edu
cation major, is involved in UNL’s
Elementary Teacher Education Pro
gram. The new program emphasizes
placing UNL students in elementary
school classrooms and instructs fu
ture teachers on cooperative learning.
“Cooperative learning is not just
working in groups,” she said. “It’s
when each member of a group con
tributes something and the group
works toward a common goal.”
Pohlman said she was excited to be
involved in the program and said it
was on the “cutting edge of educa
“This is new,” she said. “Nebraska
is one of the only schools in the coun
try to be doing this.”
Jim Walter, chairman of curricu
lum and instruction, said students had
two semester-long pracuca before they
were accepted into ETEP. Once ac
cepted, they have three semester-long
practica followed by one semester of
student teaching.
Walter said students interacting
with children were used as the basis of
dialogue in teaching and learning.
Deb Anders, one of the field expe
rience coordinators and professors for
ETEP, said videos of the students
teaching and journals were an impor
tant part of the practicum.
Students in a practicum teach six
lessons to their assigned classroom
over the semester. The lessons are
Minor changes to old techniques save the state time, money
of glove bags for asbestos removal
from poles. The bags are made of
heavy, clear polyethylene with built
in glove inserts.
Workers use disposable tools to
remove coverings that contain asbes
tos. The bags are sealed and disposed
after usage. •
For use on small spots of asbestos
on ceilings, Hoback envisioned an
idea for a glove bag that could be
extended to the ceiling by narrow
poles, while a worker stood on a plat
form beneath the bag to remove, the
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weak section oi asbestos.
“I could see an application for it,”
Hoback said. “And we couldn’t af
ford to do it anymore the way we
After Hoback came up with his
idea, he asked Asbestos Removers
Inc., the university ’ s asbestos removal
contractor, to design the glove bag.
In January, the bag was demon
strated to the Department of Health
and was approved. The approval meant
the removal of sections of asbestos
from ceilings no longer required the
lengthy ana costly process oi mini
The mini-containment regulations
required workers to filter all the air
that left a room where work was done.
Then an industrial hygienist had to
analyze the room’s air samples.
Also, asbestos removers were re
quired to notify the Department of
Health 10 to21 days prior to removal.
In addition, furniture in the area had to
be removed, and work from the room
was disrupted for at least 24 hours,
Hoback said.
me new incuuxi, in cuiiuum, al
lows workers to remove areas of as
bestos smaller than three square feet
without filtering air from the room,
taking air samples for analysis or no
tifying the Department of Health. In
addition,occupants must evacuate the
room for only the one and a half to two
hours needed to complete the process.
Hoback gave an example of the
new method’s viability.
He described two sections of ceil
ing about the size of basketballs that
had to be removed from an office in
From Hornet to Husker
Chad Ideus takes his turn cutting down the net after the Adams Hornets defeated the Cedar Rapids Tigers in the
finals of the Class D-1 state basketball championships. Ideus, a junior, has verbally committed to play basketball
for Nebraska after he graduates.
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Hazing accusation leads to investigation
Woman claims
group harassed
her at meeting
By Jeff Zetony
jfiinr flynrlor
' i •'
One week ago, Shanrell Nelson
was interested in being part
of a group to share social ties
and common interests.
After being allegedly humiliated
and intimidated for nearly four hours
last Monday night, she said she wished
she would never have gone in search
of the group.
Nelson, a 19-year-old Nebraska
Wesleyan student, was interested in
pledging Zeta Phi Beta, a University
of Nebraska-Lincoln sorority. At a
pledge meeting. Nelson said she was
verbally harassed and degraded.
Nelson said she was hazed at the 1
meeting, which was held at a Zeta Phi
Beta active member’s apartment at
680 S. 20th St. When Nelson went
into the apartment, she said she was
greeted by a man referred to as “Big
Brother Night Train." He was there to
teach Nelson discipline and respect
for the sorority, she said.
“I was told to stand in the comer,"
she said. "1 started crying, and I was
put down in several ways."
Abouteighl sorority members were
present, but did nothing to stop the
verbal abuse, she said. The members
were given degrading names like “Big
Sister Sexy Chocolate" and “Big Sis
ter Naughty By Nature," Nelson said.
Nelson said she was called, “Little
Sister Keep It In The Closet,’’ because
she talked too much.
Shanelle Porter, a junior biology
major, and Denise Lucas, a senior
I started crying, and I
was put down In sev
eral ways.
Nebraska Wesleyan student
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elementary education major, were also
pledging the sorority at the meeting,
but they said they weren’t treated
“We all went through the same
thing,” Porter said. “She was blowing
the thing out of proportion, none of
the things happened like that”
Nelson’s first association with Zeta
Phi Beta was earlier this semester
when the sorority held a tea in the
Nebraska Union. The members were
friendly during this meeting, she said.
When she got home from the apart*
moil, Nelson told her mother about
the evening, and how she felt threat
ened. They reported the incident to
the police that night.
“When I went home, I tried to hold
all that in,” she said, “but I couldn’t
hide this.”
A Zeta Phi Beta officer declined to
comment further on die incident Sun
day until tire investigation was com
Sgt. Ann Heermann of the Lincoln
Police Department said the county
attorney’s office reviewed*false im
prisonment charges, but they couldn’t
be substantiated, because of the lack
of evidence.
Linda Schwartzkopf, director of
UNL Student Judicial Affairs, said
her office was investigating the report
to determine if a violation of the stu
dent code of conduct occurred.
The Office of Greek Affairs also is
investigating the incident.
Parent figures vital in greek house living, residents say
By Kara Morrison
Senior Editor ._.__
Most college students, looking forward
to the freedom and independence of
campus life, don't expect to be living
with a parent on campus. But many find an
advantage in having a patent figure close by.
Thc university of Nebraska-Lincoln greek
system employs 42 houseparents who serve as
directors of housing for fraternities and sorori
ties. The Interfraternity Council and the
Panhellenic Association have designated today
“Houseparent Appreciation Day” to recognize
the importance of houseparents in the greek
Mark Rinehart,jpubiic relations and philan
thropy chairman for IFC, said houseparents’
major duties included planning meals and work
ing within a designated budget, helping orga
nize house functions and formal dinners and
coordinating activities with parent’s clubs and
Rinehart, a senior international business
nu^or, said houseparents also provided another
valuable function: that of giving advice and
filling in as a parent figure for students, espe
cially those whose parents live far away.
Mike Murphy, a junior marketing major and
IFC member, said houseparents also gave eti
quette lessons and helped contribute to the
overall image of each house.
“A lot of them establish the rules and con
duct for the chapter,” he said. “They kind of
keep us in line.”
Holly May, housemother of Kappa Alpha
Theta sorority, has held the position longer than
any houseparent at UNL: 19 years.
May likens the job to managing a notet tor oo
occupants. She said she serves as the “official
hostess” as well as keeping track of the budget,
meals, handling repairs and managing two
cooks, a housekeeper and about 10 busboys.
But she said none of these duties qualified as
her most important job.
“Helping the ladies in any capacity, anytime
they need help, and being loyal to the house—
that’s my first duty," May said.
“I treat the house as if it were my own and as
if each girl was mine.”