The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 15, 1996, Page 6, Image 6

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    By Joshua Gillin
Staff Reporter
Now Omaha isn’t the only place
NU students can soar.
This semester, for the first time,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln stu
dents can start earning an aviation
degree without leaving Lincoln —
on the ground, anyway.
Mike Siders, the liaison between
Omaha and Lincoln campuses, said
aviation training at UNL was long
“We decided to try and expand
down to the Lincoln campus to sec
if there was any interest,” he said.
“Right now, we’ve got about SO
students enrolled.”
The degree, a bachelor of gen
eral studies with a concentration in
aviation, has been offered at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha
since the fall of 1990. Classes count
toward a UNO degree for Lincoln
Currently two divisions of
classes are available on UNL’scam
pus — ground training and flight
training. The ground training divi
sion is holding classes for private
pilot theory and commercial pilot
ing, and the flight training division
is workingunder contract with Capi
tol Aviation, located at the General
Aviation Building at Lincoln Mu
nicipal Airport.
Studentsearn a Private Pilot rat
ing, then work toward a Certified
Flight Instructor by logging flight
hours with another CFI at Capitol
Tuition is the same as for other
students with one exeeption: the
cost of flight training.
Siders said he was concerned
that many students would balk at
the S3,000-plus price tag for a Pri
vate Pilot rating. Becominga CFI is
even more expensive.
But he said, “You should look at
it as more of a lab fee. It costs about
S3,000 to get a rating anyway, so it
should cost about that much to take
the flight classes.”
The UNO Aviation Institute plans
to complete the implementation of
the UNL program by next fall. By
then, an Introduction to Aviation and
Aerospace class will be otTercd, as
well as a History of Aviation class
that will be taught over the Internet by
a UNO instructor.
Siders said financial aid also
would be available to aviation stu
dents through both federal loans
and grants and departmental schol
Dr. Brent Bowen, director of
UNO’s Aviation Institute, said sev
eral students were using some sort
of financial aid.
“In many cases we have students
using funds from a stipend that we
have set up for undergraduates,”
Bowen said. “We also have a gen
eral scholarship fund established
for those who qualify.”
Students also can apply for loans
and money disbursed by the Ne
braska Space Grant Consortium.
Bowen said he hoped the pro
gram would work as wel 1 in Lincoln
as it had in Omaha.
“We’re really working from the
model that the criminal justice pro
gram started,” lie said. “Ifthis works
out, we have a program in Aviation
Administration which we would like
to get started.”
The Omaha program had an
original enrollment of 125 students
with five different classes. It now
has expanded to 500 students tak
ing 30 different classes and is still
UNO also offers an aviation mi
nor, which Bowen said he hoped to
bring to Lincoln soon, along with
another new major in Aviation Stud
“What we’re trying to do is ex
pose more of Nebraska to careers in
aviation,” Bowen said. “We be
lieve the best possible way to do
that is to open the program to other
Yet Bowen said he hoped NU
students would not be the only ones
to learn more about aviation.
“These credits are transferable
to any university in the country,” he
said. “That should make it easier
for a lot of students.”
Siders encouraged students to
become involved in the new pro
gram, and he was optimistic about
the future.
“I love flying,” he said. “It’s a
great industry and it’s growing.
That’s why I got into it.
“But most all, it’s fun.”
Students interested in aviation
can contact Siders at 472-4432, or
call the UNO Aviation Institute at
Students can access on-line career services
From Staff Reports
University of Ncbraska-Lineoln
Career Services has taken to the infor
mation super-highway.
Students wishing to aceess job list
ings, career events and job-seeking
lips now can go to the NU Frontier
section oftheir HUSKERnet account.
From there, earcer services can be
found under campus services, organi
zations, services and career services.
Information on the “on-line” ver
sion of career services includes go
pher sites that have job vacancies in
government, higher education, busi
ness and industry.
Other information includes inter
viewing and referral services, student
employment and internships, career
fairs, career counseling and job search
Career Services is planning a World
Wide Website that will goon-line this
summer. For now, comments about
career services should be
Chris Timm,
Law & Order
Police searching for suspect
Police are asking students to look
for a man who tried to abduct a female
University of Ncbraska-Lincoln stu
dent in December.
UNL Police Sgt. Mylo Bushing
said the man was a white male in his
mid- to late-20s, about six feet tall,
with a medium build.
The night of the attempted abduc
tion, he wore a dark, zip-up, hooded
sweat shirt, a thermal cap that was
possibly red and pulled down to his
eyebrows, dark pants and white tennis
He drove a white or light-blue four
door sedan with tan interior. The li
cense plates were plain while with
black letters, much like Nebraska’s
plates without scenery.
i :
On the night of the abduction, the
female student was walking to her
vehicle in a university parking lot when
she saw the man looking under the
hood of his car, Bushing said.
He called out to her and asked if
she would help him start his car, Bush
ing said. The man told her he had to go
see his wife in the hospital.
When she reached for jumper
cables in the back seat of his car, he
tried to push her completely into the
back of the car, Bushing said.
She fought the man off and ran to
her car. He got intohis car and drove
away, Bushing said.
Anyone having information about
the case or a possible match to the
description of the man or the vehicle
should call University Police at 472
—Chad Lorenz
Students can get e-mail
accounts in just minutes
From Staff Reports
Students wishing to take their
first dive into the Internet with their
- own e-mail ae
Intornot count will now
micmei spendoniymin_
utes waiting to
get one— for a
limited time.
students waited
up to a week to
receive account
which includes
an account number and password.
Students can take advantage of
this rapid process through the end
of this week.
“Administration decided that the
turnaround needed to be quicker,”
said Gary Kimminau, assistant man
ager of the Computer Shop.
Kimminau said that an operator
from Information Services was
brought in to process e-mail appli
cations on the spot.
“Students can now get their ac
count while they wait,” Kimminau
said. “At the most, they might have
to wait 15 minutes.”
Students can apply for free ac
counts on UNL’s bigred system at
the Computer Shop in the 501 Build
The Daily Nebraskan is now hiring staffers
for the spring semester. Positions are avail
able for staff reporters in news, sports and
arts & entertainment and for graphic artists.
Apply at the Daily Nebraskan, Room 34 in
the Nebraska Union, 1400 R. St.
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Three killed in airplane crash
By Chad Lorenz
Senior Reporter
A plane crash in the southwest corner of
Lincoln Saturday evening left two men and one
woman dead.
Michael Wallen, 37, and Paul Osborn, 44,
were killed when the single-engine airplane
crashed 1/2 mile north of Pella Road and South
west 42nd Street, Lancaster County Police Sgt.
Robert Marker said.
Christine'Wallen, also 3 7 and wife of Michael
Wal lcn, was alive and trapped inside the wreck
age when the Hallam fire and rescue squads
arrived, Marker said. She was life-flighted to
Lincoln General Hospital but was declared dead
on arrival from severe head trauma at 11 p.m.
A Nebraska Public Power crew discovered
the wreck at 8:14 p.m. as it was investigating a
power outage in the area, police said.
The three were returning from a gun show in
Dallas when Osborn’s plane went down, Marker
said. Michael Wallen was the owner of Mike’s
Guns, 2727 N. 33rd St.
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and moved the campus together to help students
and faculty succeed.”
Working hands-on with major issuesat UNC
was another accomplishment, he said.
“We have improved the number of minori
ties and women who have been placed in key
roles,” he said.
Comedy also served as chairman of the
Greeley Human Relations Commission last year.
The commission held 13 educational forums on
issues such as gang violence and affirmative
action, he said.
Some affirmative action and diversity issues
at UNC and UNL are similar, he said.
“The issues of homosexuality and gay rights
are similar,” he said. “Being free to talk about
those issues and resolving them are major is
Bui Comedy said diversity issues as a whole
were fairly vague and needed to be discussed.
Comedy said he did not have any definite
plans for UNL, but instead he wanted to get a
feel for the campus.
“I would like to get a better understanding of
programming and see if they are doing what
they should be,” he said. “It would be presump
tuous of me to come in and say what I think right
“I think UNL has a lot of potential to be
successful in affirmative action and diversity. I
think there are some good people who believe in
givingall people an opportunityandachanceto
One general area of improvement at UNL
would be to move away from labeling people,
he said.
“We need to be willing to cross different
lines of genders and race,” he said. “We need to
educate and be able to talk without fear of being
labeled negatively for what you believe.”
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mative action and diversity office,” she said,
“and to bring in my own research and philoso
phy in ways you can’t do when an office is
already established.”
Affirmative action and diversity programs at
Amherst had been in place since 1961, she said,
but there had been no official director until she
took over.
Starting the office took time, she said.
Gardner began evaluations and designed mod
els to relate to the campus.
“After that I reorganized the affirmative ac
tion committee and enlarged it to include stu
dents from various interests across campus,”
she said.
Gay and lesbian rights were a big issue at
rtituiciM, sue saiu. t\ gay, lesoian anu oisexuai
weekend was planned by her office to help
support different sexual orientations.
One issue at UNL would be making the
campus more diverse and supportive, she said.
“From talking to groups, I understand that
there is a concern that there be efforts to make
this a more welcoming environments for all
groups,” Gardner said. “But right now it’s hard
for me to determine who is being left out.”
For her to implement new programs or change
others at UNL, Gardner said she would need to
do more research.
But Gardner said that in general a major
campus issue would be helping students be
come successful.
“The challenge is to reach out in our various
communities and enlarge the numbers ofyoung
people that are successful in colleges and uni
versities,” she said.