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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 10, 1994)
VISION candidates herald beginning of race
By Julie Sobczyk
Involving students in student gov
ernment is an important part of VI
SION candidate Andrew Loudon’s
campaign for ASUN president, he
said at a rally Wednesday.
Loudon shared his vision of excel
lence for University of Nebraska-Lin
coln students when he announced his
candidacy Wednesday afternoon in
the Nebraska Union.
Loudon, a junior political science
major, will represent the VISION par
ty in the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska elections
At Wednesday’s rally, Loudon’s
message stressed dedication, hard
work and moving forward.
“We’re looking forward short term
and long term,” Loudon said. “We’re
looking to a vision of what UNL can be
five, 10, 20 years after graduation.”
Loudon said he and members of his
campaign had been talking to UNL
Two issues students wanted ASUN
to address were a possible college of
engineering at the University of Ne
braska at Omaha and the use of stu
dent identification cards at residence
hall snack bars.
“We will do what we can to our best
efforts to accomplish these,” Loudon
Loudon also shared his stand on
the possibility of budget cuts at UNL.
“We will be ready to face budget
cuts and keep student fees at the level
“We’re going to follow through
and work hard at what we do, not just
pass a resolution and not follow it. We
won’t sit on the sidelines but get into
The VISION candidates for second
and first vice presidents also were
Judy Rishel, a junior communica
tions studies major, will run for sec
ond vice president, and Britt Ehlers, a
junior secondary education major, will
run for first vice president.
Rishel said, “We have a fresh view
of the university and we care about
Ehlers, who has no former connec
tions with ASUN, said his inexperi
ence would make him a better candi
date because he could offer a new
“I care about our future here,”
Ehlers said. “People tend to forget
about the students. We will work to
make communication with students
and their representatives better.”
Running against the VI SION party
is J.B. Howell, the presidential candi
date for the RESUME party.
VISION presidential candidate Andrew Loudon makes a speech at VISION’s kickoff rally in
the Nebraska Union on Wednesday afternoon.
UNL College or Architecture celebrating its 100th year
Dean: Future builders
need to concentrate
on ecological issues
By Patty Wewel
Cecil Steward, dean of the architecture col
lege at the University ofNebraska-Lincoln, said
the college had come a long way in 100 years.
The college began in 1894 with students
meeting Friday afternoons to listen to lectures
on the history of styles of architecture. Now,
Steward said, the college has several of its
former students employed by three of the largest
architecture firms in the world, all of which are
based in Omaha.
And changes will only speed up during the
Steward said the 21st century would be a
critical time for the college.
He said the use of natural and man-made
resources in an ecologically sound matter must
be the focus of the architects of the future.
“The biggest challenge will be to educate
leaders who can manage and influence stable
development for the survival of the planet,” he
“Architecture majors must and can take this
Several events are highlighting this year of
In January, during a formal celebration at the
State Capitol, an announcement was made that
the Harry F. Cunningham medals for excel
lence in architecture would be awarded to stu
dents and professionals on an annual basis
beginning in 1995.
Cunningham, the first chairman of the de
partment of architecture, separated the depart
ment of architecture from engineering.
He made the separation in order to expand
the philosophy of the program to include artistic
aspects of design as well as engineering.
The event that will feature the most student
involvement is Architecture Week, or A-Week,
from Feb. 28 to March 4.
According to Kristen Atchity, a graduate
student in architecture, A-Wcek will tx: bigger
this year because of the centennial.
Atchity said several activities were planned
during A-Week, all of which would be open to
Lectures by the editors of Interior Design
magazine and Architecture Record are sched
uled. A concert at the Lied Center for Perform
ing Arts, featuring Mannheim Steamroller and
the annual Beaux Arts Ball, is also scheduled.
Atchity said a major part of A-Week would
be the displays of UNL architecture students’
designs throughout the week.
Atchity said she hoped the public would take
the time to walk through the college and view
the students’ work. She said viewing the stu
dents’ work could cause people to realize archi
tecture was not just a mechanical and technical
trade but also an art form in which each stu
dent’s designs were unique.
Nebraskan joins Letterman show
By Tom Mainelli
Staff Reporter _
Hastings native Chris Schukei said
he owed his job at “The Late Show
with David Letterman” to one of show
business’ oldest cliches.
“I was at the right place at the right
time — and the rest is history.”
Schukei, 23, had entered his third
week as an unpaid intern at the
Letterman show in New York when
his boss left the sho’v. Schukei was
asked to take over as personal assis
tant to Paul Shaffer, the show’s music
He took the job, and now he has his
Ahh, show business.
But Schukei’s trek toward televi
sion’s top late night show wasn’t just
a matterofluck. It all began under
slightly less than fairy tale conditions,
As a junior in high school Schukei
got a job at KHAS-TV, Hastings’ lo
cal station. He did various odd jobs,
including some production work for
the local news broadcast “NewsCenter
Schukei kept the job through his
four years at Hastings College, where
he worked toward a double major in
communications and business.
Graduation was fast approaching
when he decided he wanted to work in
the television business. He began to
search for an internship.
In March 1993, after many essays
and interviews, he was picked to re
ceive an International Radio and Tele
vision Society Fellowship.
Schukei was one of only 20 stu
dents from around the country to re
ceive a fellowship.
Just two weeks after graduation in
May 1993, Schukei was on a plane
bound for New York.
His internship was at Blair Televi
sion, a company that sells national
television time to local stations.
It was a good internship, Schukei
“It showed me a lot about the busi
ness,” he said, “not all of it good. The
place wasn’t bad—just way too cor
porate, which is definitely not my
Schukei said he had planned on
doing his time at Blair and then re
turning to Hastings to work at K.HAS.
But he decided before he left New
York that he would try to make some
contacts in the business, just in case he
returned in a few years.
“Plus,” he said, “if I had an inter
view, I could get out of Blair for the
He interviewed with several differ
ent shows. These included the
Letterman show, which was about to
move to CBS, and “NOW,” an NBC
When I see the
rehearsal and all the
work that goes Into
each show —
starting at the top
with Dave — I’m
bandleader Paul Shaffer
But the interviews didn’t give him
much hope, he said.
“They were pretty rough inter
views,” he said. “They talked about
how unglamorous and mundane these
nonpaid internships were.”
Homesick, Schukei prepared to
leave New York, but the Letterman
people called him back.
“They were a lot nicer this time,”
“1 decided to do it because I was
afraid I would regret it if I didn’t. I
figured I would just take it 30 days at
a time — I could always bail if it
The internship was, in fact, pretty
mundane, he said.
“I decided my title was ‘the official
assistant to the assistant to Paul
Shaffer,”’ which basically meant days
filled by filing files and making tapes.
Schukei’s first 30 days hadn’t
passed when his boss, Chris Albers,
accepted a writer’s job at MTVVMon
The “Late Show” producers —
between networks and scrambling to
put together a new show in a new
studio — decided Schukei was the
person to take over.
He said yes and he hasn ’ t regretted
his decision, even though things
haven’t always gone perfectly.
“It was a real trial by fire,” he said.
“Everything was kind of nuts. There
were so many changes going on, and
I had no idea what was happening. I
had had so little training.”
But his new boss was understand
“Paul is a great guy ,” he said. “Even
though he is under this constant pres
sure to look and sound good every
night, he was always very cool to me,
even when 1 screwed things up at
As Shaffer’s assistant, Schukei
works closely with the CBS Orchestra
musicians as well as the guest artists.
But this is only one of his jobs, he said.
His various duties make for a busy
and long day, he said — a day that
starts at 10 a.m. and ends around
“The hours just fly by... everybody
is pretty much married to the show,”
“When I see the rehearsal and all
the work that goes into each show —
starting at the top with Dave — I’m
“Dave is a genius,” he said. “He
isn’t overly social, but that is because
he is very focused on the show.”
And so is Schukei.
While he said he would like to
return to Nebraska someday, right
now “The Late Show” had his full
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define irony, but
I know it when I
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