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Inti. Affairs helps students
make trips abroad possible
By Doug Kerns
J.J. wakes up one day and realizes that she
has never gone anywhere. Innumerable trips to
Kansas and Iowa notwithstanding, she has re
ally never left her back yard, and even the most
hardy Husker cools on cornfields after a while.
She must escape!
One problem: on a pseudo-subsistence in
come common amongcollege students, she will
never be able to save enough for a trip to
Europe, Asia or anywhere else. Or so she thinks.
‘7 think most students who go
abroad come back feeling an
increased sense of confidence.
Knowing about the world is
something that you
incorporate into your life. IPs
not just a one-time thing. ”
International Affairs Program Coordinator
According to International Affairs Program
Coordinator Christa Joy, the opportunities for
inexpensive travel are there for students who
are interested in seeing more of the world.
“We have a resource center exactly for stu
dents who want to travel on a low budget; it’s
one of our reasons for being,” Joy said.
A key obstacle to student travel is high
airfares. One possibility for flexible travellers
inovercomingthis is a program cal led Airhitch.
An Airhitchable flight to Europe from the
Midwest is $229. The traveller decides on a
departure region, a departure-time interval, and
three preferred cities within the destination re
Joy said, “These are good prices, compa
rable to low-season fares. You have to be very,
Another way of keeping flight costs down is
by going through the Council on International
Educational Exchange (CIEE).
“As a benefit to students and youths under
age 26, they have worked out contracts with
various airlines few discounted airfares. It’s not
a standby kind of thing,” Joy explained.
To enable students to get around while they
are abroad, Joy suggested both youth hostels
and rail passes as ways for the budget-con
scious traveller to keep costs down.
Work-exchange programs through CIEE
offer another chance for thrifty students to visit
“If you have enough money saved for the
airfare, you can earn at least enough to earn you
room and board and some spending money
while you’re there. It’s the summertime kind of
thing to do,” Joy stated.
What are the long term benefits of travelling
to other areas of the globe?
“I think most students who go abroad come
back feeling an increased sense of confidence,”
Joy said. “Knowing about the world is some
thing that you incorporate into your life. It’s not
just a one-time thing.”
Joy feels that seeing more of the earth con
tributes to a compassion for foreigners in this
“Remembering what they felt like in another
country, they may reach out to an international
student here and make this place a little friend
lier for them.”
For more information on student travel, con
tact the International Affairs Office at 472
5358. For information on Airhitch, call (800)
Bridges of Lancaster County
Trail enthusiasts enjoy crossing many bridges along the MoPac Trail. This bridge
across O Street was used by Burlington railroad trains before it became part of the
MoPac Trail. The trail extends from 30th and X streets to Elmwood.
On July 29, Elmwood will host a MoPac Trailhead Rally. Participants can choose
between a 31-mile bicycle round trip from Elmwood to Walton, a 15-mile bicycle
round trip from Elmwood to Eagle, a hiking venture or a guided bird watching tour.
They will also receive a sack picnic lunch and ice cream at Elmwood Park.
Profits will used to establish a trailhead in Elmwood Park with restroom facilities,
pay telephones, bike racks, drinking fountain and improvements to existing shelters.
Bottle bill has both sides popping their tops
By Becky Keasling
A controversial issue is brewing ri ght here in
Nebraska. And this time, it’s not about abortion
or the death penalty. It’s about beer and soda
Although it may not seem like an important
issue, many people either strongly support or
oppose having a bottle bill in Nebraska.
Ten states currently have bottle bills. The
bill requires consumers to put a deposit on any
glass, plastic, or aluminum beverage contain
ers. Refunds are given to those who return the
containers to a specified location.
Oregon was the first state to enact a bottle
bill in 1972. The last state to pass a bill was
California in 1987.
“Nebraska should model it’s system after
California’s,” Wanda Leonard, University of
Nebraska Community Development Specialist,
said. “Customers simply return the containers
to recycling centers, and the state administers
the system from there.”
Currently, there is a strong lobby against
having a bottle bill in Nebraska. Opponents of
the bill believe the deposit system will be ex
pensive, inefficient and will cause beverage
prices to increase. Opponents also believe tne
bill will harm curbside recycling programs.
“Many people believe that the
bottle bill will drive up the cost
of beverages. I don’t
understand why people would
think that way. If the bill is
properly enforced, beverage
prices will remain the same. ”
Community Development Specialist
Proponents of the bill claim the deposit sys
tem will decrease litter. They also believe the
containers that are returned will be cleaner than
those from other recycling programs.
“Many people believe that the bottle bill will
drive up the cost ofbeverages,” Leonard said. “I
don’t understand why people would think that
way. If the bill is properly enforced, beverage
prices will remain the same.”
The legislative Natural Resources Commit
tee is holding a hearing about the bill during the
month of September. They will discuss various
issues that pertain to redeeming beverage con
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