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Two viruses infect geology lab
By Erin Schulte
The computers in the geology
labs are hungry, and they want to
eat your files.
Students who open Word or
Excel files on the computers there
risk being unable to reopen any files
on their disks, the geology depart
ment announced late last week.
Carol Dicks, a staff assistant for
the department of geology, said the
department is working on curing the
virus. Information Services comput
ing staff members are working with
virus-detecting software to find in
fected documents and debug them
before they become a problem, she
So far, Dicks said she has seen
two different viruses: One turns
normal documents into templates
with an auto-close function; the
other puts password protection on
Dicks said Information Services
computing looked up information
about the virus on the Internet and
found out the password was “help.”
Anyone having trouble getting into
a document should try that pass
word. The department has also fig
ured out a way to open the templates
and delete the auto-close, she said.
“Instead of being a disaster, it’s
more or a nuge nuisance, dicks
No students have lost entire
documents yet, Dicks said.
The virus was probably picked
up from documents downloaded
from the World Wide Web. Viruses
can be transmitted between comput
ers on campus, so students should
watch for similar problems and alert
computer lab staff if they see any
thing. The virus has also been seen
in the Sandoz computer lab and in
several businesses around Ne
A virus protection program will
be developed and installed on cam
pus computers soon, Dicks said, but
she was unsure of an exact date.
ASUN to vote to help involvement office
By Tasha E. Kelter
ASUN senators at tonight’s meet
ing will vote on a bill that supports as
sisting the Student Involvement Office
in promoting its new project — a Stu
dent Organization Orientation.
The role of the Association of the
Students of the University of Nebraska
will primarily be to inform student or
ganizations of the orientation, which
will be next fall.
ASUN senators are required to at
tend various student organization meet
ings throughout the year. Senators can
relay information about the orientation
there, ASUN president Eric Marintzer
“They’ll support and assist us as we
plan and implement the project,” said
Kim Hobson, student organization con
sultant for the SIO.
Marintzer said there would be no
penalties for organizations that do not
choose to participate in the orientation.
“We want to make sure that there’s
no negative ramifications should they
choose not to participate,” he said.
“Student organizations shouldn’t be
mandated to do lots of different
Also tonight, senators will vote on
the Outstanding Educator legislation,
which was delayed last week because
of a technicality.
ASUN will operate a booth and
give a short presentation on running
effective meetings at the University
Leadership Conference on Saturday ir
the Nebraska Union. Registration be
gins at 8:30 a.m.
Marintzer also reported that Will
iam Merrit, student body president oi
Grambling State University in Louisi
ana, visited UNL last weekend
Marintzer said Merrit was impressed
by the hospitality he was shown by stu
dents and faculty.
“This is a direct reflection on the
students and the university as a whole,’
Marintzer said. “I’m really proud.”
Report lists options to attract vacationers
TOURISM from page 1
Industry Development Plan.
The industry’s value has increased
by nearly 500 percent over the past 20
years, making tourism the state’s third
largest industry, the plan said.
Agriculture and manufacturing rank
first and second.
The plan identifies 1-80 traffic as a
key asset to the tourism development.
Anthony Dworak, coordinator of
the plan, said more than 60 percent of
visits to Nebraska tourist attractions are
made on impulse.
Nebraska is a “pass-through state,”
Dworak said. People travel through
Nebraska on their way to a different
“We’ve got to be realistic that we
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: around 110 W. Q Street.
Investigators do not know where or
how True was employed, Wagner said.
Lincoln police contacted True at
least once in the past three years,
Wagner said. He .would not say why
they contacted her.
Investigators narrowed the victim’s
identity down from 65 possible leads
called in from across the state, Wagner
Dental records were used to con
firm True’s identity, Wagner said. Of
ficers then notified True’s sisters in
Fremont and Omaha Tuesday, Wagner
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will probably not be a primary desti
nation,” he said. “We can focus on be
ing a place where tourists like to stop.”
Tourists should continue to come
through Nebraska in record numbers.
The plan said the overall traffic vol
ume on Nebraska highways increased
41 percent in the last decade and 55
percent since 1975.
Dworak said traffic on 1-80 was
predicted to continue climbing through
the first part of the 21st century.
He credits the increase in traffic
through Nebraska to stable gasoline
prices, the efficiency of car travel on
Nebraska highways, and the growing
popularity of short, weekend vacations.
The plan made several recommen
dations to divert this new traffic from
the interstate and onto other Nebraska
But it is difficult to predict whicl
attractions will convince tourists t<
leave the highway, Dworak said.
For example, Carhenge, Nebraska’:
mockery of Stonehenge, brings mor<
than 1>500,000 annually to Alliance. I
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The attraction would have beei
laughed out of a public tourism plan
ning meeting, he said. But Carhengi
now is so successful that people drivi
more than 80 miles off of 1-80 to se<
the half-buried vehicles.
The Carhenge project proves tha
tourism planning must remain flexibl
and responsive to the interests of tour
ists, Dworak said.
“We realize that the best ideas ma;
still be out there.”
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FIRE from page 1
University campus on Oct. 5. No one
was hurt in the fire, but the house, built
in 1929, suffered heavy damage.
Schoen said while houses showed
improvement, he still had the same bad
feeling about what could happen at a
house if a fire were to break out.
“If we had a fire in certain houses,
it would be ugly,” he said.
Inspectors find the chronic viola
tions in certain houses frustrating,
Schoen said, and things won’t change
until disaster strikes.
Fire codes were made around a
theory, he said, called the “catastrophic
theory of reform.” It means that soci
ety tolerates something until life is lost
or property destroyed.
“If we had a fire here, there’d be
crap coming down everywhere,” he
said. ‘“Why wasn’t this up to code?
You’d better fix this.’
“But because there hasn’t been a
major catastrophe, we’ve allowed
(problems) to exist.”
But Griesen said tragedies at other
universities have an effect on UNL.
“It’s impossible to have these na
tional tragedies and not respond lo
cally,” he said.
And there has been some local re
sponse, Schoen said. Violations that
once were practically a given — such
as smoke detectors with dead batteries
—were almost nonexistent in the last
And that, he said, is encouraging.
“Slowly, things are starting to come
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