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Bouncing back It’s a hit April 14,1997
The Nebraska tennis team bounced back from a “Grosse Pointe Blank” follows in the brief tradi- ---
tough 6-3 loss Saturday to beat Missouri 9-0 tion of “Pulp Fiction”-inspired films, but man
Sunday. NU is for the season. PAGE 7 ages to work entirely on its own. PAGE 9 Sunny and
VOL. 96 _COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901NO. 137
IINL may create
combine faculty from
geology and geography.
By Erin Gibson
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln
committee is considering a proposal to
form a new department of geosciences,
although graduate enrollments in geo
science programs plummeted nation
wide from fall 1985 to fall 1991.
The National Science Foundation
Division of Science Resources Studies
reported in fall 1991 that enrollments
in the graduate geoscience field had
dropped by about 26 percent in six
The UNL proposal, prepared by
Brian Foster, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, would rename the
geology department “geosciences” and
would double the number of budgeted
faculty from 11 to a minimum of 22.
Four faculty members in climatol
ogy would move from the geography
department to geosciences. Geo
sciences also would share up to 12 fac
ulty members with the NU Institute for
Agriculture and Natural Resources
through joint appointment.
The proposal does not include plans
to replace the four faculty members
who would be moved from the geog
raphy department. The geography de
partment would remain separate from
The new geosciences department
would include the meteorology-clima
Please see GEOSCIENCE on 6
FORMER HUSKER football player Pat fyrance speaks at the Student-Athlete Academic Awards Banquet
Senators all agree
to bill’s advancement
Late-term abortion ban debated
By Erin Schulte
Senators unanimously advanced a
bill Friday that would outlaw partial
birth abortions in Nebraska.
LB23 allows the procedure if the
life of the mother is at stake. The bill,
introduced by Sen. David Maurstad of
Beatrice, moved to second-round de
bate by a 30-0 vote with little dispute
and no protests.
In a partial-birth abortion, the doc
tor dilates the woman’s cervix and de
livers the legs and arms of the living
baby. A hole is then poked in the head
to suction out the brain because the
skull is too large to fit through the cer
vix. The abortions are usually per
formed in the second trimester.
“Partial-birth abortion means a per
son delivers a living, unborn child before
killing die unborn child,” Maurstad said.
All senators who spoke on the bill
agreed it was a bad procedure. Sen.
Cap Dierks of Ewing said he thought
the procedure was unnecessary even if
the life of the mother was endangered.
“It’s extremely difficult to understand
why anyone would have this happen...
since the child is almost delivered when
it’s killed,” Dierks said. “I’m aghast that
this thing takes place in our nation, which
is supposed to protect all people.”
Athletes honored for academics
Tbp honorees say
earning As is more
By Jim Goodwin
Academics was the name of the
game Sunday night for University
of Nebraska-Lincoln athletes at the
seventh annual Student-Athlete
Academic Awards Banquet.
The ceremony at East Campus
Union recognized students whose
athletic feats were surpassed only
by their success in the classroom.
Kerry McDermott, Nebraska’s
men’s tennis coach, said during the
banquet that athletics was the least
important quotient in the educa
tional equation. Academics should
be a student’s main priority, he said.
“(Academics) is why we’re
here,” McDermott said. “If we have
great teams and win championships,
we’ve really failed if we don’t stress
the reason we’re here at the univer
McDermott said he wasn’t dis
appointed by the academic perfor
mance of the men’s tennis team.
Members received the Herman
Award for having a combined grade
point average of 3.281, the highest
of all men’s athletic teams.
The women’s cross-country
team earned the complimentary
award for its combined grade point
average of 3.602.
The captains of the men’s and
women’s gymnastics teams made a
clean sweep of the top individual
Ted Harris, a junior in business
administration, and Shelly Bartlett,
a senior in secondary education, re
ceived the male and female student
athlete of the year awards.
Harris, who holds the UNL
record in still rings, has a grade point
average of 3.91. Bartlett, with a
grade point average of 3.845, was
also recognized for holding the
UNL record in the all-around com
The remaining 185 students re
ceiving medallions for their aca
Please see AWARDS on 6
Speaker motivates Xicano youth to succeed in life
By Lindsay Young
As part of her plan to inspire the youth of
America, Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
showed more than 30 Xicano students how to
be successful and remain successful Saturday.
High school students came from across Ne
braska to attend the first Youth Leadership Ex
travaganza sponsored by the Mexican Ameri
can Student Association Saturday at the Ne
Kickbusch is the highest ranking Latina of
ficer in the U.S. Army. Her speech focused on
creating a plan that would lead to success.
“In order to get there you must have a vi
sion. You must visualize in your mind where
you’re going,” said Kickbusch, a Texas resident.
Kickbusch told students they had powerful
minds and needed to use them. She said confi
dence is one of the keys to success.
As the students stood up and prepared for
what came next, Kickbusch requested they kiss
themselves. Laughter spread throughout the
room as students complied with her request.
“Kiss yourself. It’s a wonderful feeling,” she
She said loving yourself was the first step in
self-esteem and should be practiced regularly.
“I want to look like Cindy Crawford but I
don’t need to. I feel just as good as she does,”
Kickbusch said the Latino culture had an
extensive effect on the students and their self
confidence. - i
“We have been culturally raised to be last. It
saddens me in my heart to see my young Latino
leaders walk around like this,” she said, walking
with her head down.
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We have been culturally raised to be last.”
Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
U.S. Army official
Kickbusch said she talked to a school of 700
students and only two knew where they were go
ing in life. She said die school was 98 percent
But, she said, she wanted the students to be
confident in their abilities and to show others
“If you don’t toot, you don’t hoot,” she said.
Such an attitude was very important in cor
porate America today, she said.
She wanted the students to focus on being
creative, confident, resourceful and innovative.
These qualities, she said, would help them to be
successful in the corporate environment.
Kickbusch turned down a promotion in the
Army in February to motivate youth through
speaking engagements across the country. She said
the apparent loss of desire and passion among
young people to succeed has driven her to do her
small part in saving the youth of America.
“I want to help get them back on track,”
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