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Though many people refer to their allergies as “hay fever,” most fad allergies have nothing to do with hay or fevers.
By Erin Schulte
Shawn Drapal is waiting for the end.
Thejunior art major is hoping this week’s
cold weather will end his battle with aller
gies — at least for awhile.
“It consumes my life,” Drapal said. “I
can’t walk anywhere without a hankie.”
Forecasts Thursday called for near-freez
ing temperatures, which might end rampant
ragweed allergies like Drapal’s.
A “killing freeze” stops weed allergies,
said Dr. Martin B. Trotsky, a licensed aller
gist and associate professor of otolaryngy
— ear, nose and throat specialty.
If the weather does not cool down,
Trotsky said, allergies will be in peak sea
son for up to another month.
Dry, warm and windy weather creates
prime conditions for allergic reaction to
weeds, he said. Students with allergies
should hope for cold and rain, he said, to
dampen the conditions.
Of course, that won’t help students like
sophomore civil engineering major Amy
Henderson, who is allergic to mold spores,
which increase during damp weather.
“The cold weather has actually made it
worse,” Henderson said, “but freezing might
make it a little better.”
Junior biology makir Amy Schuurmans
said her allergies ware especially bad this
fall. Schuurmans said her Spanish professor
even brought facial tissues for his entire
class because he noticed so much sniffling
and sneezing going on.
Drapal, Henderson and Schuurmans all
said their allergies seemed worse than usual
this year, though this year’s mold and pol
len count are average, Trotsky said.
Allergies of various types affect around
45 million Americans, he said.
Dr. Melvin Hoffman, a board certified
allergist who sees students at the Health
Center, said prescription drugs were avail
able to students whose allergies made them
People with more chronic or extremely
debilitating symptoms may require allergy
tests and shots, which build up the immune
system to allergens, Trotsky said.
Many people complain of “hay fever,”
Hoffman said, but that term comes from
England, where the primary allergy season
is spring,-"when hay is harvested.
Hay fever has nothing to do with hay,
Hoffinan said — or a fever; it’s just a
common term for pollen allergies. About 10
percent of the U.S. population suffers from
pollen allergies, he said.
There are three main types of pollen
allergies, he said. Spring allergies are usu
ally caused by trees. In May and June, grass
allergies hit. And weeds, usually ragweed,
cause allergies in August and September.
Most people have weed allergies,
Hoffman said, so fall is aptly called allergy
UNL engineering professor
will receive national award
for manufacturing research
By Scott Nyffeler
Professor K.P. Rajurkar will receive the
1995 Blackall Tool and Gage Award of the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Rajurkar is the Mohr Professor of Engineer
ing and director of the Nontraditional Manu
facturing Research Center.
... The award is given for the best paper about
. the design or application of machine tools,
gages or dimensional instruments.
Rajurkar and two others will receive the
award for their two years of research on a
process which creates stress-free and crack
free surfaces for aircraft engine blades more
efficiently and economically than conventional
“We are very much delighted having this
recognition from our peers,” Rajurkar said.
“This is the ultimate award that we can get for
the research we do.”
The award will be presented at the Interna
tional Mechanical Engineering Congress and
Exposition, Nov. 12-17 in San Francisco.
Continued from Page 1
- “I believe the young man has been falsely
accused,” Byrne said in a statement, “and that
the courts will eventually justify our confi
dence in Riley.”
Osborne said in the release that he could no
longer allow Washington to practice without
making a decision on his playing status.
“Riley’s trial will not take place until some
time after the first of the year,” Osborne said.
“Therefore, it is necessary to make a decision
regarding his playing status at this time.
“Once the preliminary hearing was over
and once he entered a plea of not guilty,
nothing more will happen as far as the legal
system is concerned until his trial.
“Should information come forward that
would lead me to the conclusion that he is
guilty prior to the trial, he will no longer be
allowed to play.
“Also, should he be found guilty once the
trial occurs, he would no longer be allowed to
play on the football team for the remainder of
Washington spent 13 days in jail before 1
being released on $10,000 bond. He began
practicing with the team Aug. 28.
“We believe that Riley’s character is sound,”
he said. “At this point, given the facts that we
have, we have to believe what he says. This has
not been a snap decision, we have tried to
weigh all the facts and have done considerable
investigation prior to arriving at this conclu
“This is not intended to interfere with the
criminal justice system.”
Washington, who played in every game last
season, was listed as the No. 3 wingback going
into this season. Clester Johnson isthisseason’s__
starter, and Jon Vedral is in the No. 2 spot.
Friday, September 22 5 p.m.
Nebraska vs. Wyoming
Sunday, September 24 1 p.m.
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Blown circuit breaker
shuts off electricity,
darkens stadium area
By Doug Kerns
A water line in the South Stadium
office building broke early Thursday
morning, blowing a circuit breaker in
the electrical room of the building
and plunging the southwest quadrant
of City Campus into darkness.
John Ingram, athletic facilities
operations manager, said electricity
was shut off for about 10 hours in the
southwest quadrant of campus. The
quadrant includes the South Stadium
office building, Memorial Stadium
and several other buildings.
“It affected game prep because
coaches couldn’t view film and ad
ministrative offices were all dark,”
Ingram said. “The ticket office was
A chilled water line may have
caused the break, he said.
Ingram said temporary lights were
used in the office building until about
2 p.m., when power returned.
The water line had not yet been
repaired Thursday afternoon.
‘‘It will be fixed probably by this
time tomorrow. It was a big problem
for a while,” Ingram said.
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