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Triplets Jeff, left, Mark and Mike Adolphus have dressed identically for the last five years. The brothers.
University of Nebraska-Lineoln freshmen from Los Angeles, said they usually agreed on what to wear, but
voted when they couldn’t agree.
‘All For One’ California triplets spark curiosity at UNL
By Stove Smith
UNL freshmen Jeff, Mike and Mark
Adolphus have everyone else at
the university seeing triple.
The Adolphus brothers are identical trip
lets who came to the University of Ncbras
ka-Lincoln from south-central Los Angeles.
But the brothers do more than just look
alike. They dress alike as well—every day.
For more than five years, they’ve worn
identical outfits to school everyday, match
ing everything from baseball caps to shoes.
“Wc started dressing alike in the ninth
grade, and it just kind of stuck,” Jeff Adolphus
said. “We got a lot of feedback on it at first,
and our mom really liked it, so we kept on
The triplets’ matching wardrobe encom
passes shirts, shoes, socks, slacks and leath
Sharing closet space makes wardrobe
decisions a little easier. The brothers always
have shared a bedroom, and they share a
room in Schramm Residence Hall at UNL.
One might catch them walking down
14th street on their way to school with
identical black backpacks slung over their
“We decide the night before what we’re
going to wear,” Mike Adolphus said.
“There’s hardly ever a disagreement on
(what to wear), but if there is, wc vote on it.”
The triplets passed over schools such as
the University of California at Los Angeles
and Oregon University to come to UNL. The
Adolphus brothers said representativesfrom
the Afrikan Peoples Union came to Los
Angeles to recruit Californians to come to
Lincoln. The effort paid off for the Adolphus
Nebraska was attractive for a number of
reasons, the triplets said.
“For one thine, (school’s) cheaper out
here,” Mark Adolphus said. “Also, there’s
“The lack of it here, that is,” Mike
On closer inspection, the triplets display
some small differences. Jeff wears a hoop
carring while Mike and Mark wear studs.
Each brother has a different idea of what
he wants to do when he finishes college.
Mark wants to get married, settle down and
start a family. JcfT wants to own his own
business. Mike said he wants to “get it all
together” in college before making any ca
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good, bad sides
to ‘ reinvention ’
By Shane Tucker
UNL professors had mixed reactions to a
recently released national plan to “re
Earlier this month, Vice President A1 Gore
released the National Performance Review, a
proposal that Gore hopes will streamline and
downsize government, John Hibbing, a UNL
political science professor, said.
Downsizing is one as
pect, they also want to de
volve government to local
authorities,” Hibbing said.
The philosophy behind
this idea, Hibbing said, is
that the private sector can
do some things more effi
ciently without government
Roy Frederick, a Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln agricultural econom
ics professor, said the streamlining idea would
have an effect on the organizations and people
within government. One of these organizations
is the Department of Agriculture.
Frederick said Gore’s plan had two major
aspects — programming and reorganization.
On the side of USD A programming, the plan
would end the practice of giving honey and
wool subsidies. Nebraska doesn’j have a lot of
people involved in these industries, Frederick
said, so this aspect of the plan won’t have a great
effect on the state.
But Frederick said the reorganizational side .
of Gore’s plan could affect jobs in Nebraska.
The administration plans to reduce the num
ber of USDA agencies from 43 to 30 and the
numberofemployees from 124,000 to 117,000.
The plan also will reduce the number of USDA
field offices by 1,215.
Frederick said the amount of efficiency
Gore’s plan could create would be limited by
the large number of employees required to -
carry out the dictates of Congress.
“Congress passes laws and someone has to
administer them and that is the USDA,”
Frederick said. “The reason there arc so many
employees is because Congress passes so many
Hibbing expressed confidence in Gore’s
plan. He said he believed the administration’s
streamlining plan would be more successful
than those of previous administrations for a
variety of reasons.
For example, he said, many aspects ofGore’s
plan can be attained through executive order
rather than through congressional branches.
Health care plan provides more nursing opportunities
By Rainbow Rowell
Finding a job is tough for new
But if Congress approves
President Clinton’s health care plan,
nurses wiU have more opportunities
than ever, a Nebraska Hospital Asso
ciation official said.
The outlook for nurses is “as bright
as it’s ever been,” John Roberts, vice
president of policy research and de
velopment for the Nebraska Hospital
Roberts said the new plan would
make nurses and nurse practitioners
the “stars of the future system.**
Joyce Harb, staffing supervisor for
Lincoln General Hospital, agreed.
Harb said once Qin ton’s plan took
effect, Americans would be spending
less time in hospitals and more time in
home health care and community
health centers directed by nurses.
These changes could arrive just in
time for recent nursing graduates who
have had a tough time finding full
time nursing positions.
Roberts said Lincoln hospitals did
not have any full-time openings for
But this is partly because the job
market for nurses is cyclical, he said.
Three years ago, he said, Lincoln
hospitals faced a shortage of nurses.
When a shortage occurs, wages for
nurses increase, more people are at
tracted to nursing, and the job market
becomes saturated, Roberts said.
Once this happens, he said, nurs
ing opportunities appear scarce, de
terring students from going into the
After five or six years, the cycle
starts again with a shortage of nurses,
Dr. Bunny Tozehl, District 3 pres
ident of the Nebraska Nursing Asso
ciation and assistant professor at
UNL’s nursing college, said despite
the tight urban market, rural hospitals
still had job openings.
Of the 60 students who graduated
from the nursing college in May, 16
found jobs in rural Nebraska, Tozehl
In addition, 20 students found jobs
in the Lincoln area. Others either left
the state or were waiting to look for a
Although statistics are not avail
able for previous semesters, Tozehl
said many more graduating students
took jobs in Nebraska last spring than
Most students avoid gambling problems, officials say
By Steve Smith
Although most UNL students have been
lucky enough to avoid serious gam
bling problems, their fortunes could
change, a campus community health educator
Janet Crawford, an instructor at the Univer
sity Health Center, said staff at her office hadn’ t
dealt with gambling addictions and other prob
lems this semester. But she said she wasn ’ t sure
that trend would continue.
“Gambling is a fascinating topic,** she said.
“It’s incredible how addictive it can really be.”
Students living on campus are just minutes
away from a variety of gambling forms —
simulcast horse racing at State Fair Park, keno
at nearby Kerrey’s Restaurant, or the new Ne
braska Lottery, which is available at nearly
every convenience store in town.
“There’s certainly the potential for student
gambling problems,” Crawford said. “The prox
imity and availability (of gambling opportuni
ties) play large roles in those kinds of problems,
and that could be the case here.”
Crawford said though her department had
not dealt with any such problems, she did not
rule out the possibility of having to deal with it
in the near future.
“As the weeks go by, we may sec problems,”
Crawford said, “if so we’ll give the students
what they need with education for that subject.”
Employees at gambling establishments said
while they may be close to campus, students
weren’t flocking to them. Those that are visit
ing the establishments seem to be in control of
their gambling practices, they said.
Deb Hangman, a shift manager at Big Red
Keno, 201 Sun Valley Blvd., said the business’
proximity to campus has brought some students
Gambling Is a fascinating
topic. It's Incredible how
addictive It can really be.
instructor, University Health Center
an to play keno, but none that would amount to
a “regular crowd.”
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