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Interviews with presidential finalists begin
By Mark Harms
As a member of the National Science
Foundation’s board of directors, War
ren Baker, a candidate for president of
the University of Nebraska system, stressed
the importance of research at American uni
Baker, president of California Polytechnic
State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif.,
was the second candidate to speak to the NU
Board of Regents Wednesday.
Smith proponent of
By Shane Tucker
Dennis Smith’s interview with the NU
Board of Regents Wednesday morning
focused on how universities should
adapt to chancing times.
Smith was being interviewed as one of four
finalists in the selection of the fifth University
of Nebraska president.
Smith, 55, said universities would have to
make changes in the coming years to accom
My role on the NSF
board provides me a con
nection to the needs of re
search universities,” Bak
Baker said without the
efforts of the nation’s uni
versities, the country
would not be able to com
pete in a global society.
He said the benefits of
research were not always
apparent to the public.
4 We, as presidents of universities, have to
articulate how important (research) is,” Baker
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^£^L,0KrJLcJiSck'up- 5 H?1 an? N®*>ra,lia Wesleyan student Kathy Svoboda live in an apartment above the
clinic and help take care of the animals.
Nights at animal hospital prepare pre-vet students
By DeDra Janssen
People might expect college students
to live in an animal house, but not
an animal hospital.
Cory Faust and Kathy Svoboda are
gaining experience working in their field
at A-4 Animal Hospital in Lincoln, and
they get to live there too.
Faust, a senior pre-veterinary science
major at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln, and Svoboda, a senior pre
veterinary science major at Nebraska
Wesleyan University, clean up after and
care for the animals at the hospital.
They clean up at night and feed the
animals in the morning. They also
administer prescribed medicine to sick
animals and keep an eye on them at night.
The two students take turns performing
their duties on weekends.
In return, Faust and Svoboda live rent
free in individual bedrooms above the
hospital with a common bathroom and
kitchen complete with a TV, sofa,
microwave, refrigerator and stove. The
hospital pays for all utilities and pays the
students a monthly stipend. ________
Faust and Svoboda assist doctors at thg*
clinic in emergency situations at night and
are free to observe or assist in surgeries
and other medical procedures whenever
they have free time.
“It’s a real good experience,” Faust
said. “The vets here are real easy to work
for, and financially it works out pretty
Faust, who has worked at the hospital
for two years, said he had learned valu
able skills by observing doctor-client
relationships and doctor-animal relation
One particular aspect of veterinary
science Faust learned at the hospital was
how to judge an animal’s character.
“You can be handling a cat, and it’s
fine,” Faust said. “And then all of a
sudden something sets it off, and it goes
haywire. It’s important to learn how to
handle an animal for the vet’s safety and
for the animal’s safety.”
Faust and Svoboda said they also were
gaining experience in animal-care
procedure and technique.
Svoboda, who began working at the
hospital last summer, said she had
assisted the veterinarian in treating a dog
that had been hit by a car. She also helped
during an emergency Caesarean section
performed on a cat.
David Schmitt, one of the veterinarians
at the hospital, said he and his partner,
Brad Gengenbach, had employed college
students since 1988.
The hospital used to be a part of UNL’s
work study program, he said, but now it
works in cooperation with UNL’s Job
Schmitt said that by working for the
hospital, students gained an idea of how a
real veterinary clinic operated. Not only
do students get to experience the medical
aspects of working in a hospital, they also
get to experience the business aspects, he
Students also benefit by getting
recommendations from Schmitt and
Gengenbach when they apply for veteri
But the students aren’t the only ones
who benefit from the situation.
“They keep us on our toes,” Schmitt
said. “They keep things fresh for us by
asking questions we wouldn’t normally
have thought about. We keep relearning
while we are trying to educate.”
modate less state and federal funding as well
as advancing technology.
Serving as the executive
vice chancellor of the Uni
versity of California at
Irvine since 1987, Smith
said he had dealt firsthand
with shrinking university
Smith said $18 million
was cut from his campus
Smith The California Universi
ty system lost $1 billion
since 1989 — a sum that encompasses UNL’s
entire budget, Smith said.
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man from jury
►One of the five men on the jury was
dismissed and replaced with one of the four
female alternate jurors. Judge Endacott said
more information on the dismissal could be
►Prosecutor Gary Lacey showed jurors a letter
to Candice Harms'parents sent by Bjortdund on
Dec. 24, in which Bjortdund expressed regret
about what happened to Harms.
►A handwriting expert testified that the letter's
handwriting matched that acquired by a test
. given to Bjortdund in September.
By Steve Smith
and Alan Phelps
Controversy about a dismissed juror over
shadowed testimony Wednesday dur
ing the eighth day of Roger Bjorklund’s
Lancaster County District Judge Donald
Endacott released one of the five male jurors
from the trial during the lunch break.
One of the four female alternate jurors
stepped in, putting Bjorklund’s fate in the
hands of eight women and four men.
Neither Endacott nor attorneys would com
ment on why the juror was dismissed, because
they are under a supreme court order that
makes it illegal for court workers to discuss
jury members during a trial.
Endacott said in a brief session with report
ers that both attorneys agreed to the dismissal.
“I have visited with counsel on both sides,”
Endacott said. “At this point, all I can say is
that the juror in question was released from
the case by agreement of both sides.”
The day’s session ended an hour and a half
early when a female juror became ill.
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UNL student falls
from third story
By Alan Phelps
A 19-year-old UNL student was in critical
condition Wednesday evening after fall
ing from a third-floor fraternity house
Jeffrey J. Knoll, a freshman from Ogallala,
apparently fell from a Phi Gamma Delta bath
room window just after 5:30 p.m. The window
is above a parking lot behind the house at 1425
Jason Sanders, Phi Gamma Della president,
said he and the other house members weren’t
sure why Knoll fell.
“We don’t really know what happened right
now,” he said. “We’re just hoping he’s all
Other fraternity members said Knoll had
been alone in the bathroom at the time.
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