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Comrmterized GRE replaces
scheduling convenience,” he said. Instead of
only having the option of taking the GRE five
Saturdays out of the year, students can take it
more frequently at computer testing sites.
Howard Vest, director of Sylvan Learning
Center at 301 S. 70th St. in Lincoln, said the
center offered the GRE by computer Monday
through Thursday at 9 a.m.
Nicosia said he thought students also en
joyed the more private and comfortable testing
environment of taking the computerized GRE.
Vest said he had four work stations set up at
Sylvan Learning Center for people to take the
What makes the computerized GRE even
more state of the art, Nicosia said, is the new
adaptive format. The computer linear version
was updated to the computer adaptive test, or
CAT, as of Nov. 15.
Throughout the test, Nicosia said, the ques
tions are selected for the test takers based on
their performance on previous questions.
In a CAT, Nicosia said, everyone starts with
a question randomly selected from a group of
average difficulty questions. If the examinee
answers the first question correctly, the next
question will be more difficult. If the examinee
answers incorrectly, the next question will be
The adaptive format will prevent students
from getting stuck answering only easy ques
tions, Nicosia said. If test-takers answer early
questions wrong, Nicosia said, they can still
move on to more difficult questions when they
begin answering questions correctly.
More difficult questions will be scored high
er than easier questions, he said.
“This test really zeros in on the test taker’s
ability,” he said. Test takers won’t have to
waste time on questions they don’t know.
The CAT allows us to get the same amount
of information in less time,” Nicosia said.
Even people with no computer experience
can take the CAT, Nicosia said. Test takers can
spend as much time as they wish on a tutorial
prior to taking the test.
“One of the nice things about this test,” Vest
said, “is that you can report your scores on-line
to four institutions.”
By 1996, Nicosia said the paper-and-pcncil
testing administrations would be phased out
and a new version of the computer-adaptive
GRE General Test would be introduced.
Vest said once someone makes an appoint
ment, they must keep it. The computerized
GRE costs $93, he said.
Test takers must have an identification num
ber from the Educational Test Service or a
credit card to make an appointment, Vest said.
The GRE takes about 3 1/2 hours to complete.
Dead week rules violated twice
By Dionne Searcey
Two students’ efforts to challenge
professors on dead week violations
have paid off, an ASUN senator said
Shane Ham said he received six
complaints from University of Ne
braska-Lincoln students saying their
professors had broken rules guiding
the week before final examinations.
Two students complained their
professors had changed the dates of
final exams based on resul ts of major
ity-rule votes in the classes. Ham said.
Dead week rules state exam dates can
be changed only by unanimous vote.
Ham contacted the professors about
the violations. They agreed to keep
the original exam dates, Ham said.
One professor was in violation of the
same policy last semester as well, he
said. Ham would not name cither
The other four complaints Ham
received were not valid, he said.
Keith Benes, president of the As
sociation of Students of the Universi
ty of Nebraska, said this year’s dead
week policy didn’t vary much from
that of past years.
Students who think dead week
policy is being violated should file a
complaint form at the ASUN office in
the Nebraska Union. Students can do
Students’ efforts to ensure they are
treated fairly often pay off, Benes
“Sometimes instructors may not
realize they’re violating dead week
policy, he said. Sometimes also it
just comes about that students weren’t
paying attention to the syllabus.”
UNL’s dead week policy states:
•Final exams are to be given only
at scheduled times as published in the
official schedule of classes. Tests may
be given at other times during finals
week only if the date is mutually
agreed upon by the professor and class
•The only exams that may be giv
en during dead week arc laboratory
exams, make-up or repeat exams and
•Projects, papers and speeches due
during dead week must have been
assigned in writing by the end of the
eighth week of the semester. This
refers to the project and its scope but
not to the topic.
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by the NU Board of Regents for the
next seven months, will report to Grew.
One of Johnson’s tasks will be to
try to secure financial contributions
from corporations to make the part
nership self-sufficient, Grew said.
Eventually, she said, the partnership
would probably become a non-profit
corporation in connection with the
Grew said the partnership would
be especially useful to small busi
nesses, who, unlike large corpora
tions, probably couldn’ t afford to hire
experts in the past.
“We’re just getting started on it,”
Grew said. “I think it’s a wonderful
thing for the university. We do want
to interact with the business commu
nity in the state.”
Overseas markets arc becoming
more important to Nebraska business
es, Grew said.
“With all this stuff in the news like
NAFTA, GATT talks, trade and ev
erything, people are going to want to
know what that is going to mean for
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being gathered about the case.
“It is incongruous to me that state
ments are being made while we arc
still in the process of getting the infor
mation” about the case, he said.
Sgt. Bill Manning of the UNL po
lice department said criminal charges
of hazing had not been filed. Lancaster
County Attorney Gary Lacey, decid
ed last week not to press charges
against the fraternity.
Manning said the university juris
diction had the authority to issue sanc
tions on the fraternity without a basis
of criminal charges.
IFC President Scott Bun/ said the
council would present its recommen
dation to Spanicr soon.
Bun/ said the council made its
recommendation Wednesday In hopes
of giving the Fiji fraternity a fresh
start. Their recommendation would
cause the Fiji house to be nonexistent
on the UNL campus until 1996.
“We felt this would give Fiji the
greatest opportunity to come back as
a strong chapter on campus,” Bun/
said. “We arc able to get rid of the old
clement with the option ofbringing in
The recommendation, he said,
sends a strong message of “watch
what you’re doing” to members of the
“It should be a wake up call that
this kind of stuff cannot occur in this
day and age,” Bun/ said.
The council didn't ask to ban the
fraternity forever from campus, he
said, because of its history at UNL.
“The Fijis have a long tradition on
campus,” he said.
Instead, Bun/ said, council mem
bers decided on the five-semester
sanction to avoid resentment between
members. “Older actives needed a
chance to get off campus,” Bunz said.
“It would be difficult for those other
members to turn around and sec new
members moving into the house.”
Bunz said he hoped the severe
recommendation would deter future
IFC’s sanctioning decisions in the
future, he said, would be based on this
“I hope that the other fraternities
and sororities can use it as a learning
experience,” Bunz said.
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Speeches were given, poems were
read and the cl ass gift was announced.
By 1905, Ivy Day was interwoven
with activities of the Innocents Soci
ety and Black Masquers, which later
became Mortar Board. On that day,
the clubs “tapped” underclassmen, or
chose who would become university
leaders for the next year.
These leaders would carry on uni
versity tradition. And Ivy Day show
cased the university’seflort to sustain
tradition. For this reason, the two
came together, the 1928 Cornhuskcr
In 1908, the senior class began to
include the entire university in Ivy
Day festivities. Eventually, all stu
dents were excused from the day’s
The day, which was celebrated on
May 10, expanded to include a track
meet and the crowning of the “Queen
of the May.” The university also used
its day off to celebrate at a local park.
But just as it was reaching its peak
of popularity, the festive mood of the
day became dulled in 1918, when
World War I was raging.
That year, Herbert Reese and
Marcus Potcet, two UNL students
fighting on the front lines in France,
sent home the ivy sprig that would be
A “strain of sadness” descended
over a lighthearted spring festival, the
1919 Cornhuskcr stated.
After that, Ivy Day was simplified
to a few events.
The Innocents and Mortar Board
still use the day to introduce its new
members, Strong said. As the new
member reception continues, she said,
the presidents of the two groups go
outside to plant ivy.
Strong, a senior broadcasting and
political science major, said the two
clubs were trying to keep university
traditions and history alive.
At itspeak, the ceremony attracted
about 2,000 people, Strong said, but
now the clubs plan for about 250
people at most.
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