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UNL student crowned
Miss Teen of America
By jonn huiwiaer
Robin Briggs’ love of nature al
ways has been strong.
But the University of Ncbraska
Lincoln sophomore never dreamed
that love would help her win a na
tional pageant and possibly deter
mine her future career.
Last month, Briggs became the
first Nebraskan to win the title of
Miss Teen of America. She captured
the title on Aug. 7 at the 11th annual
MissTecnof America pagcant,whcrc
she competed with more than 80
Briggs said her lifelong love of
nature led her to choose an environ
mental platform for the competition.
She extensively researched the gold
en lion tamur of the Brazilian rain
forests for her presentation at the
The pageant involved a week of
preparation and daily competitions.
While she was preparing for the
pageant, she had a face-to-face con
frontation with the natural world.
“While 1 was on a tour at the zoo,
1 got a bee sting on my hand,” she
said. “ My hand swelled up for the rest
of the pageant, and 1 had the hugest,
grossest hand you’ve ever seen.
“I became known as Miss Teen of
Bee Sting,” she said.
When the pageant began, Briggs
said, she faced larger challenges.
That night, all 50 candidates pa
raded on stage. Each of the top 15
women, who were chosen from com
petitions during the week, answered
an onstage question and gave a pre
sentation about an achiever from her
Briggs chose Father Flanagan,
the founder of Boys Town.
The field then was narrowed to
eight young women, who competed
in the formal-wear competition and
gave a speech. After that, four com
petitors remained for a talent presen
tation and an isolation booth ques
The w inner and a runner-up were
chosen lrom those lour.
“When they announced my name,
it was just an incredible feeling. You
can never really prepare for it,” she
said. “All the other girls were great,
but I was told later that my sincerity
put me over the top.”
As M iss Teen of America, Briggs
is required to travel frequently to
make appearances. In January, she’ll
take off for Australia.
‘T vc never been to Austral ia; I’ vc
done a lot of travel ing to places 1 ike
China, Hong Kong, England, Mex
ico and Macao, but Australia has
always been my dream destination.”
Briggs will be in Australia for 10
days, traveling as an ambassador for
the United States.
She later will attend the Ameri
can Academy of Achievement in
Virginia, where she’ll meet more
than 50 celebrities from different
areas of life.
Briggs said all the traveling and
responsibilities of being Miss Teen
of America put pressure on other
aspects of her life. One of the biggest
pressures will be making up for all
the classes she will miss.
“I’ve only had two weeks, so I
haven’t missed any classes yet. Last
year’s Miss Teen faxed her home
work, worked on a laptop on the
plane and 1 istened to lectures over the
phone. I’ll have people take notes for
me. My Delta Gamma Sorority sis
ters will help out a lot.”
Briggs said she already had trav
eled extensively toattendother events,
but she always was glad to get back to
campus, where she could relax and
And being hersclf.she said, means
beingoutside, bicycling andexcrcis
Someday. Briggs said, she would
l ike to take her love for nature beyond
pageants into a career.
“I would love to work for National
Geographic Explorer. I would have
the patience to sit in a jungle and aim
a camera at a leopard for 20 minutes
waiting for him to pounce."
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By Melanie Brandert_
By-law changes to two ASUN com
mittees were passed by the senate at a
meeting Wednesday night.
A by-law change to the Five-Year
ProjectionCommittcc now requires sen
ators of the Association of Students of
the University ofNebraska to review the
committee’s report every three years.
The senate formerly reviewed the re
port, which illustrates students’ ideas
for the university’s future, on a yearly
Judy Rishcl, second vice-president
and chairwoman of the committee, said
during the meeting it was unnecessary
to review the report every year.
“Instead, the second vice-president
will go back through (the report) every
year and see if anything needs (to be)
updated,” she said.
If anything in the report needs up
dating, Rishcl said she would form a
committee to rewrite the report in 1997.
A second by-law change approved
by the senate Wednesday night elimi
nated the non-voting membership of
the Residence Liaison Committee,
which was set up to ease tension be
tween students living in greek units and
Rishel. who is the RLC chairwom
an, said it was not necessary for the
committee’s non-voting members,
which included the speaker ol the sen
ate, the at-large member of the Appoint
ments Board and three ASUN senators,
to be in attendance at RLC meetings.
ASUN president Andrew Loudon
announced during the meeting that he
had chosen Shawntell Hurtgen, a mem
ber of the Government Liaison Com
mittee, as the new GLC chairwoman.
She replaces Doug Stobbe, who had
resigned because of time conflicts.
Loudon said after the meeting that
he had chosen Hurtgen because she has
the abil ity to organize events and meet
ings, as well as to motivate people.
“I think she will do an outstanding
job,” he said during the meeting. “She
has a big task ahead of her.”
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mcnl stores — Dillard’s, JCPenncy,
Montgomery Ward, Scars and
PatNckirk, Younkers general store
manager, said the renovations were
“First of all. we were in competi
tion with Omaha and other malls
around us,” she said. “Now. we’ll be
able to keep the traffic in Lincoln.”
Nekirk said covering the garden
mall would make shopping more con
venient, because shoppers wouldn’t
have to deal with the changing Nebras
“People in Lincoln have been wait
ing for this a long time, and we’re
really excited about it,” she said.
Rob S imon, chic f exccuti ve officer
of Ben Simon’s clothing store, said he
preferred the outdoor mall and the
fountain area. However, the new struc
ture allowed for more stores to move
into the area, he said.
“It was enclosed for those people
who didn’t like the hot summers or
cold winters,” he said.
“During the summer when it was
tom up, we heard quite a few things
about how bad it was, but now the tiles
arc laid, and people have more posi
tive comments about it.”
Ben Simon’s had been located in
Omaha’s Westroads Mall. Simon said I
the malls in Omaha, such as Westroads, I
Crossroads and Oak View, were com- I
parable to Gateway. I
“(Gateway) is bringing in some of I
the same stores Oak View has,” he I
said. “The numbers arc fairly the same I
between Gateway and Crossroads, too. I
Simon said the “newness” of the I
renovation had drawn more people I
into the mall. I
“TrafTic has already picked up in I
our store,” he said. I
Phase two of the expansion plans I
will include a new two-level JCPenney
department store. When expansion is
complete. Gateway Mall will have
more than 1 million square feet and
room for more than 100 stores.
An architectural model of the project
is on display inside Gateway Mall near
the Montgomery Ward entrance.
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removed from the Student Directory?
The 1994-95 UNL Student Directory will be on campus
mid-October. Your name, campus address and phone, and
major will appear in the directory. If you want any or all of
the information removed from the directory, you must fill
out and sign a Student Directory Exclusion Form available
at Service Counter 107C, Canfield Administration Bldg.,
before Friday, September 16, 1994. Please have your
student ID available. This form is for EXCLUSION OF
INFORMATION ONLY. Any name and address changes
must be made with the Records Office.
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