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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 95 NO. 4 -
* __August 23, 1995_
Sleeping among giants
Paul Kramper relaxes afer touring the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Kramper.
a student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, was visiting Lincoln.
Deposit date springs surprises
By Michelle Collins
If you haven’t paid your $200 tu
ition deposit yet, you’re more than a
But don’t panic, said Bob Clark,
director of student accounts, your reg
istration won’t be canceled.
In the past, Clark said, all students
paid a $35 fee a few weeks after they
enrolled. This semester, that fee was
increased to $200, and everyone had
the same due date — Aug. 15.
The change came as a surprise to
Nina Virdi, a sophomore.
“It was a shock because there was
no information given to me that I’d
have to pay,” Virdi said. “When I
called on Aug. 15, they explained to
me the billing process, and I got my
Students who missed the preregis
tration fee due date will have to pay a
$20 late fee, Clark said.
Not everyone had to pay the $200
fee. A new computer system allowed
the Registration and Records office to
take intoaccount scholarships, grants,
loans and other forms of financial aid
before billing students.
The amount was directly deducted
from accounts of students who had at
least $200 of financial aid.
The change was a welcome one for
Candy Ross, a junior elementary edu
“It is easier for me to have it pulled
from my financial aid directly rather
than trying to come up with $200,”
With the old system, Clark said,
students who enrolled at the Univer
sity ofNebraska-Lincoln in the spring
or summer sometimes would decide
to change schools. They would forget
they had paid the fee and would forget
to withdraw, Clark said.
By pushing the due date back to
Aug. 15, he said, students are less
likely to make that mistake.
Clark said he wasn’t sure whether
the new deposit system would be used
again, but he thought it was working
“It will be examined over the next
couple of months,” Clark said, “and
then we’ll be able to give our decision
on whether it’ll continue.”
The number of students who missed
the deadline is not available, he said.
Home is where
the lounge is
Women cope with
By Paula Lavigne
When the residents of Abel Hall
room 253 wake up in the middle of the
night, it could be the middle of the
They wouldn’t know. They don’t
have a window.
For Leigh Ramert, a freshman me
chanical engineering major, her make
shift room is “like a dungeon.”
Ramert and her three, roommates
are among 115 students living in
lounges, which have been converted
into makeshift rooms.
With increasing freshman enroll
ment and the higher number of return
ing upperclassmen, last year’s over
crowded residence halls j ust got worse.
Clothes hang from rolling laundry
bars — makeshift closets. A bed sits
on each level opposite the bunk beds
on the other side of the lounge. Posters
and photos decorate the walls in an
attempt to make the room look
They have few electrical sockets,
one telephone jack, no windows, no
lamp, no mailbox, no mirrors, no per
manent furniture and no thermostat.
And all the girls agree, “It’s cold.”
Kelley Sittner, a freshman history
education major, said they even had
taken on a name.
“People refer to us as the lounge
girls,” she said, “or the lounge rats.”
Sittner’s roommate, Shana Randof,
a freshman physical therapy major,
said die was unsure whether she should
unpack her belongings. Her mother
had to take back several items she
didn’t have room for, she said.
Though the overcrowding may in
convenience some students, Housing
Director DougZatechka said the situ
ation was a positive sign.
“It helps hold down costs,” he said.
“The more full the whole system re
mains, the less the cost of room and
Zatechka said he knew of schools
that closed down halls because of
underassignment, and the remaining
students had to foot the bills through
their own room and board fees.
Room and board fees are an issue
that some lounge residents would like
to take up with university housing.
Julie Haverman, a freshman gen
eral studies major, said her fees should
be lowered if she has to stay in her
temporary lounge much longer.
She and her roommates don’t get
all the conveniences other residents
have, she said, so they shouldn’t be
che d for them.
:y had to bring dressers, mir
rors, lamps, a pantry and other fur
nishings from home, she said, and
they had to adapt to the limited ser
Her roommate, Cari Newcomb, a
freshman general studies major, dem
onstrated by holding a long strand of
extension cord above her head.
“Lots of extension cord,” she said,
The residents also have to work
around each other’s schedule,
Newcomb said. The lounges have one
light switch that controls the room’s
overhead lights, so when one gets up,
they all get up.
Their other roommate, Laurie
Prince, a freshman social work major,
said they were mad when they found
out about their situation, but lounge
living had its advantages.
Some of the students like the free
See HOUSING on 7
Fraternity faces suit
over 1993 accident
By John Fulwider
A lawsuit filed by a former Delta
Upsilon Fraternity president against
the fraternity has come at a bad time,
said the Lincoln chapter’s current
“Itwas right in the middle of rush,”
said Delta Upsilon President Bret
Bailey, “and rush is very important to
a house’s survival.”
Eric Lindvall, a senior secondary
education major, is suing the frater
nity over an accident that resulted in
the loss of his left leg.
Lindvall was trapped in the house
on June 6,1993, for 13 hours after 10
sheets of drywall fell on him, pinning
him against a wall. He was the
fraternity’s rush chairman at the time.
The suit stated that Lindvall en
tered the house at 6 pjn. The house
was under construction, and Lindvall
found the drywall sheets blocking en
try to his room. When Lindvall tried to
move the sheets, they fell on him.
Lindvall filed the suit June 5,1995,
one month after he left the fraternity
and only six months after his term as
Lindvall would not comment on
the accident or the suit.
The suit alleges Delta Upsilon was
negligent in failing to properly super
vise the construction, in failing to pre
vent the construction companies from
placing the drywall in front of
Lindvall’s door and in failing to warn
Lindvall of the danger posed by the
Bailey said the suit surprised many
fraternity members. But he said it
didn’t surprise him.
“When something like this hap
pens,” he said, “more than likely
there’s going to be a lawsuit.”
Delta Upsilon and the fraternity’s
alumni association answered
Lindvall’s complaint in a court docu
ment filed July 10. The document
stated that Lindvall was responsible
for his injury because he tried to move
the “openly and obviously heavy” dry
wall dieets by himself.
Thomas Culhane of Erickson &
Sederstrom law firm said a trial date
had not been set. Culhane said he did
not expect one to be set this year.
The suit stated that Lindvall in
curred more than $ 125,000 in medical
expenses. It seeks an unspecified
amount of damages.
The suit also names Great Plains
Materials Inc., KCG Inc., Richard
Robison of Robison Construction and
John Cooper of Cohawk Drywall.
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