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UNL offers class over Internet
By Erin Gibson
For the First time ever, Nebraskans
will be able to complete a course next
spring without leaving the glow of their
The University will offer a basic
entomology course, including lectures,
homework and exams, entirely over the
Internet, said Leon Higley, an associ
ate professor of entomology who will
teach the course.
“We’re on the edge of using a new
technology,” Higley said. “I’m sort of
anxious to see how this turns out.”
Because anyone with a computer
and an Internet browser will be eligible
to take the course, the course will reach
an audience distance education could
not reach in the past, he said.
The course, “The Good, the Bad
and the Bugly,” will cover the latest on
entomology, including bug identifica
tion, insect treatments and the environ
mental impact of insecticides, he said.
Jim Randall, extension communi
cations specialist for broadcast media
at UNL, said the “very unique” course
will broadcast lectures live over the
Students will be able to phone in
questions during lectures as Higley
teaches the course, Randall said. The
lectures will be recorded and stored on
the Internet so students who missed the
live lecture can download and view it
at a later time.
But students from UNL will not be
the only ones taking bug basics, he
Randall said he expects many crop
consultants and farmers to take the
course and catch up on the latest in
“The big audience for the course
will be non-students who want really
current stuff,” he said.
Students at Nebraska community
colleges will also be able to take the
eight-week course for three hours of
credit at their schools, Randall said.
But Randall said the electronic
course is still experimental. The live
video of lectures is sometimes difficult
for the viewer to watch right now, he
“It’s herky-jerky and the resolution
is not very good,” Randall said.
Although the course drastically re
duces paperwork, Higley said he does
not expect the electronic course to save
But the course will save time for
students, who will not have to leave
their home or office to complete the
course, he said.
It won’t necessarily save students
money, though. Students taking the
course for credit must pay $350; those .
participating for no credit will be
charged $325 for access to the lectures
and materials on-line, which will re
quire a password. Deadline for enter
ing the class is Jan. 12,1997.
Nevertheless, Randall expects the
course to be popular.
“It’s a growing area, and I think
we’ll see a lot more,” he said. “The
Internet’s going to be playing a big role
Judge gives Williams jail time, probation
WILLIAMS from page 1
ment, a part of the pre-sentencing in
vestigation, McGinn tried to soften a
defense move to plead for probation.
Williams’ attorney, Sean Brennan,
earlier read that Bohac said she had
forgiven Williams; McGinn, however,
read from a different page.
“Watching a person in the rear-view
mirror shooting at you leaves you with
a chilling vision you will never forget,”
McGinn said, reading Bohac’s words.
After the hearing, Brennan offered
no comment whether or not Williams
would appeal the sentence, saying only
that he had to talk to his client.
Williams, now a starting player with
the Packers, was granted a 14nday de
lay on the start of his jail time.
Lancaster County Attorney Gary
Lacey, who reduced the charges origi
nally filed against Williams, said he
was not surprised McGinn gave Will
iams jail time. He also said the sen
tence sent a message.
“It’s a wake up call to Mr. Williams
and to everyone else that may get it in
their mind that it’s OK to discharge
guns into vehicles,” Lacey said.
Williams’ only words during the
hearing were an apology to Bohac and
her family for the incident.
“I am relieved and grateful that no
one was hurt in the incident,” he said.
“I hope that they and the court accept
Brennan, during his comments be
fore sentencing, asked McGinn to con
sider that Williams had no prior crimi
nal record. The attorney also read from
a long list of character references,
which stated that Williams was a quiet,
Alcohol was a major factor in the
incident, Brennan said, and Williams
has received counseling for alcohol
abuse. He also said three other former
Nebraska football players: Kareem
Moss, Ed Stewart and Abdul
Muhammed influenced Williams.
“Without the influence of these
other men, Tyrone Williams would not
be in the situation he is in today,”
Lacey, who was not in the court
room for the sentencing, said the sen
tence showed that laws apply to every
“Whether we’re football players or
any other professional person or if
we’re a regular person, we all have to
abide by the same rules.”
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uarcia to give suggestions tor
making ASUN more inclusive
By Tasha E. Kelter
Senators will listen tonight to suggestions on
ways ASUN can better represent all students on
Ricardo Garcia, director of the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Office of Affirmative
Action and Diversity, will speak at the senate
Eric Marintzer, ASUN president, said Garcia
will help the Association of the Students of the
University of Nebraska make sure it is all-in
He said senators were not going to debate
ASUN is also preparing for Rape Awareness
Week, which will take place Feb. 24-28. The
Campus Life Committee is raising money to
bring Katie Koestner, an acquaintance rape vic
tim, to speak on campus.
Amy Rager, Campus Life Committee chair
woman, said her committee will probably
present a bill at the senate stating that ASUN
supports Rape Awareness Week.
A man who robbed a Coastal Mart Mon
day night nabbed the cash without even dis
playing a weapon.
A cleric at the Coastal Mart, 1425 S. 17th
St., told police a man walked into the store
at 11:28 p.m. and demanded money, Lincoln
police Sgt. Ann Heermann said.
The clerk asked if he was joking, and the
robber answered by saying he would kill her
if she didn’t surrender the money, Heermann
said. She opened the cash register and gave
him an undisclosed amount of cash,
The man left the store and walked east
bound across 17th Street, she said.
The cleric described the man as white,
about 22 to 35 years old about 5 feet, 9 inches
tall and weighing 130 to 140 pounds. He had
blond hair and was wearing a black baseball
cap and gray and white speckled jeans.
Police arrested a 28-year-old man in con
nection with a burglary at an elementary
school last month.
A crime stoppers tip led police to serve a
search warrant at the home of Anthony
Smedley, Heermann said.
Officers found a computer, TV and VCR
that had been stolen in October from
Fredstrom Elementary School, 5700 NW
10th St., Heermann said.
Smedley was arrested for theft by receiv
ing stolen property and jailed.
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