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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 20, 1993)
College Tour provides itmosphere
games, free food,
minute in spotlight
By Katherine Gordon
UNL students took a comedy quiz,
were contestants on “The Price is
Right” and “Family Feud” and were
taped in scenes from their favorite
CBS soap operas Monday.
But they didn't have to go to Los
The CBS College Tour — a me
nagerie of booths offering games and
activities to promote various sponsors
— is visiting the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln offering students the
“American Dream” — a moment in
the limelight, plus free food and
The tour, hosted by the University
Program Council, began Monday at
Broyhill Fountain and will resume
today from 9 a.m. to around 4 p.m.
The tour is produced by manager
Joe Mercante and 13 events producers
from the Contemporary Group, a St.
Louis-based events marketing com
pany. Student volunteers and employ
ees hired through UPC help to make
the event possible.
A little rain and wind won't dis
courage the team, Mercante said.
“We’re very tailored to the
weather,” he said.
If the rain was enough to keep
students away or to damage the elec
trical equipment, the tour would have
to close down until the weather coop
“We try to never close for the
whole day," he said. “We spend a lot
of time building this stuff and with all
these students pulling for us we try to
Mercante’s 13-man team is mostly
made up of communications or mar
keting graduates who work full lime
promoting the CBS College Tour.
They enjoy traveling the country dur
ing their eight-month tours, and their
visit to Nebraska is no exception.
Jen Kross, right, a senior business management major, celebrates after winning a game
of high-low at the CBS College Tour s uThe Price Is Right” game booth. Charlie Horsey,
left, and Erin Walton workeaat the booth.
“When we’re in Boulder, there’s
the Rockies, but we look at different
things," Mercante said. Lincoln is a
fun college town, he said, partially
because of the large student response
When the tour workers have time
off, Mercante said he and his co
workers took “mental health days."
They take advantage of outdoor op
portunities like the mountains and
beaches around the college areas
they’re visiting, in addition to explor
ing the night life in the area, to give
them a break from work.
But during the day, booths and
games fill the time.
CBS sponsors have booths such as
AT&T’s “It’s Your Call” simulated
sportscasters’ box. Students can sit in
the announcers’ chairs while wearing
borrowed suit coats and dub their
voices over a taped highlight from a
CBS sportscast. Participants can keep
the Maxell-donated video tapes of
Nestle’s sponsored “The Price Is
Right” booth, where participants guess
the price of Nestle’s products. Win
ners are awarded prizes, and even
losers receive Nestle’s product
samples like coffee, hot chocolate
For the jock — or aspiring jock —
there’s the Schering-Plough Health
Care Products Obstacle Course and
the Coca-Cola Shoot Out.
To win at the obstacle course, par
ticipants seta time goal in which they
will complete the five feats: make one
basket, one putt, one goal kick, one
tennis shot and one targeted throw.
Those who meet their self-set time
limits win Frisbecs, and all contes
(ants receive bchenng-Plougn samples
of cold medicine and sunscreen.
The Shoot Out objective is similar
to that of an around-the-world basket
ball game. Stations are set up around
a basketball hoop and the participants
attempta shot from each station. They
can shoot more than once from each
station, but to win, participants must
have completed each station before
the time is up.
All participants receive a free Coke
and winners win cassette tapes.
The tour producers also hand out
posters, compactdiscs,T-shirts, fanny
packs, cups and a variety of snacks.
All these lures may cause skeptics
to avoid the circus-like area. But tour
manager Mcrcantc said there was no
“You can’t spend a nickel here,"
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“That leaves j ust a 1 ittle over 100 to
fill,” he said. “I think that’s definitely
Schumann said the move to con^
vert Pound was risky, but he felt con
fident it would pay off.
“It’s a gamble,” Schumann said.
“But hopefully, it’ll all work out.”
The combination of Cather and
Pound to form an all-upperclass com
plex for students who otherwise would
not have returned was needed at UNL,
“We want to stress the importance
of community,” he said. “We think
(this complex) will provide students
with a comfortable community that
helps them with their education.”
Schumann said the advantages of
the upperclass complex over other
residence halls, such as convenience,
proximity to class and the added va
cation housing, helped to increase the
demand for Cather-Pound rooms.
He said most of the Cather-Pound
rooms would be assigned as single
rooms, but double rooms were avail
able with some restrictions, he said.
In order 10 have a double room,
the students will have to know each
other,” he said. “That way, two total
strangers aren't just thrown together.”
Schumann said the decision to
move to an upperclass environment
was spurred by a combination of fac
Student feedback was the first
major factor, he said.
“They were wanting to get focused
and to find an environment where
they could concentrate on academ
ics,” he said. “Often, returning stu
dents don’t feel very comfortable in a
highly freshman environment.”
The housing departmental so talked
toother universities that have experi
mented with upperclass residence
halls, including Western Illinois Uni
versity and the University of Wiscon
sin at Oshkosh, Schumann said.
“Wc won ’i be the first schooi lo try
this,” he said.
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would ask them where they worked and take
cards to their offices.
“One guy came in (to Amigos) and
wanted a stack of cards to take to his
fraternity house,” she said. “But I couldn’t
give them to him while I was in Amigos, so I
took my uniform off and ran across the street
and gave them to him.”
Aerts said she didn’t get embarrassed
about approaching strangers or shouting in
front of die union.
“Who cares?” she said. “No one’s going
to say ‘Hey, you’re stupid.’
“1 like to win!” she said.
After the first day of the contest, Aerts
went back to work and requested 2500 cards.
Her store, on 14th and Q streets, didn’t have
that many cards and her manager told her to
slop bugging her. But Aerts was undaunted.
She called the store’s main office for the
cards — then gave them away in one day.
She walked around her classes handing them
out and came up with dozens of other
strategies to win.
Soon her strategic planning became more
obsessive than competitive.
“It got bad,” she said. “I skipped classes
to initial cards and hand them out."
She said sometimes people got annoyed
with her, but most were friendly and coop
“A guy in my English class was teasing
me,” she said. v
So she payed him back by torturing him
into helping her.
“My family raises about 600 to 800
chickens a ycai; and slaughters them,” she
said. “I wrote a story for this English class
about these gut fights we used to have.”
“Yeah,” she said. “I’ve always been the
pooper and the gizzard cutter.”
Each member of the Aerts family was
assigned a body part when they were
Anyway, this guy said I was
really disgusting. He was this
Omaha city guy and I was this
town girl. I thought gut fights
were pretty normal.
UNL student and Amigos employee
slaughtering chickens and they occasionally
battled each other with the organs, she said.
She demonstrated the intestine attack by
swinging her arms in a helicopter motion
above her head.
“Anyway, this guy said I was really
disgusting,” she said. “He was this Omaha
city guy and 1 was this town girl. I thought
gut fights were pretty normal.”
Kayla said she went into great detail about
guts for her classmate until he agreed to
distribute a stack of cards for her.
But not all of her methods were so
unconventional. She recruited her four
sisters, two brothers, one brother’s girlfriend,
both her parents, her boyfriend and her
boyfriend’s parents to help her initial and
hand out the Amigos cards.
“I made my little sister sit and practice her
handwriting so they ’d look nice,” she said.
Aerts’ efforts paid off.
She won the contest and used the cash for
a car payment. However, she skipped the
trip because she had just spent a weekend in
“I wasn’t really into it for the money.” she
said. “It was just fun.”
This year, Aerts said she was not as
caught up in the contest.
“It takes a lot of energy and I’m really
busy in school right now, she said.
When asked if she expected to win the
contest again, Aerts answered, “No. I don’t
know. Should I say yes? Maybe.”
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