The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 15, 1996, Image 1

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get last chance
By Kasey Kerber
Senior Reporter
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Upperclass students who still need to take
freshman composition classes may find the
spring semester to be their last chance.
Incoming freshmen will have priority in reg
istering forfireshman composition classes next
fall, and the classes usually fill up fast
The English department is encouraging
upperclass students who still need to fulfill the
freshman composition requirements to take ad
vantage of an increased number of classes of
fered in the upcoming spring semester.
The College of Arts and Sciences will offer
10 more sections of English 102 (Composition
and Literature II), English 150 (Composition
I), English 151 (Composition II) and English
254 (Composition) for the spring semester.
Linda Pratt, chairwoman of the Department
of English, said 400 to 600 students still needed
to fulfill the requirement
“For whatever reason they've decided not
to take the classes, they need to take them now,”
Pratt said.
She said the additional sections would only
- be temporary.
•tk. Anne Kopera, coordinator of the College of
Arts and Sciences Advising Center, said a
“bubble” situation was being created when it
came to the freshman composition class.
She said upperclass students who had not
fulfilled their composition class requirements
often would take up places in the freshman com
position classes, squeezing out incoming fresh
Those freshmen become upperclass students
and the situation repeats, she said.
To solve the problem, additional classes
were offered so all freshmen would have a
chance to get the requirement exit of the way in
their freshman year, Kopera said.
Gory Brookes, vice chairman of the Depart
ment of English, said the department normally
offered about 50 sections of freshman compo
sition classes.
Michael Steinman, associate dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences, said funding for
additional sections of freshman composition
classes had created a budget dilemma.
“It’s money that could be certainly used in
other places,” he said. “But we view this as
something important—giving all freshmen an
equal chance. This is something we just have to
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A new world?
BRIAN KELLY, an undeclared freshman, and Jenefer 1 fejhf a^sfpTtlondayduKng a Columbus'Say
protest at the “Tbrn Notebook* sculpture at claimed the national holiday honored a “mass
murderer,* saying: “Columbus didn’t discover Ahfertca,
ByChad Lorenz
Senior Reporter
One year after helping save a man’s life,
Lincoln police officer Chris Peterson says he
doesn’rfeel like a hero.
The National Association of Police Organi
zations thinks otherwise.
Earlier this month, Peterson was (me of 10
officers to receive the nation’s highest award
for a police officer from the organization.
Peterson helped save a veteran’s life last
August when the man attempted to jump off die
roof of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital,
600 S. 70th St
Although he traveled to Washington, D.C.,
Oct 2 to accept the Top Cop award from NAPO,
Peterson said he didn’t want to take aU the credit.
“There were four other officers involved,”
hesaid. *1 guess I just wish there had been more
pats on the bac
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down his emotion
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around the man’s wrist and around a cable bolted
to the building.
“If the other guys hadn’t been there, tilings
would’ve moved a lot faster,” Peterson said.
“We wouldn’t have been able to save him.”
But it was Peterson’s quick thinking that
earned him hero status.
The Top Cop award was the highest honor
Peterson ever received, he said, but he shrugged
off his status as a hero. The rescue, he said, was
simply part of his job. ^
He doesn’t see himself any differently, he
said, and his day-to-day duties haven’t changed.
What has changed is the way people view
police, he said. Police usually get a lot of pub
licity only when they make mistakes, but the
rescue showed the officers in a good light.
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By Darren Ivy
Staff Reporter
Things are better here.
Students at die University of Ne
braska-Lincoln College of Law have
a better than average chance of getting
a job when they graduate.
This is good news for UNL law stu
dents, because a 1995 national survey
showed that 84 percent of pre-law stu
dents perceived the job outlook as
That’s not the case at the Univer
sity of Nebiaska-Lincoln, a law school
“\tfPare continually above the na
tional job placement average for law
schools in the United States,”, said
Suzanne Kirkland, assistant dean and
direc$af:0f career services attbe law
Statistics from the 1995 National
Association for Law Placement
showed that 92 parent of UNL’s law
graduates found jobs within six months
of graduation. The national average
was 86.7 parent
Nebraska’s 1995 job placement
ratewas the school’s highest in the last
five years.
Thenumbaof UNL law graduates
who found jobs outside the legal field
contributed to the increase. In 1990,9
percent took jobs outside the legal
field. By 1995, the number jumped to
22 percent
“The jobs outside the legal field
fessional jobs,”
aren’t flipping burners or Dumoine eas
But even though UNL law students
have a better chance of getting jobs
than other law students, their jobs may
not yield better pay than the jobs other
law students get. —
NALP statistics reveal that starting
salaries at UNL lag behind the national
average by more than $12,000. UNL
graduates’ average starting salary for
the class of 1995 was $33,000. The
national average was $45,590.
Despite the disparity, starting sala
ries at UNL have improved—die av
erage first-year salary in 1986 was
The job placement rates UNL
graduates now enjoy haven’t always
been so favorable in recent years.
In the early 1990s, national job
placement rates for law school gradu
ates hit all-time lows.
Please see PLACEMENT on 3