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Chilled water pipes burst,
By Sarah Baker
During last week’s extended
period of 90-degree temperatures,
most people would have thought that
a flood of cold water sounded like.a
good idea. , .. - ;
But that wasn’t the case for stu
dents in the Harper-Schramm-Smith
In two separate incidents last
weekv chilled water pipes beneath
the complex burst, flooding the
underground tunnels linking the
buildings and shorting out the entire
complex’s air conditioning system.
The second break in the HSS
chilled water line happened Sunday
afternoon. The first break occurred
Thursday.University Housing direc
tor Doug Zatechka said the pipes
around campus residence halls are
having some problems.
“Soon we are going to have to
start looking at replacing all the
pipes around the halls,” Zatechka
said. “But it is just ungodly expen
Zatechka estimated the cost of
patching the pipes at about $7,000 to
$8,000. Replacing the entire system
would be much more expensive.
“I would guessft at hundreds of
thousands of dollars,” he said.
“Maybe eveninto the millions.”
For now, the pipes are being
fixed with patches and clamps, Gary
Thalken, facility systems manager,
The water, which was about 50
degrees, gushed up through drains in
the basement and out of the walls,
causing about 4 inches of water to
collect in the tunnels between the
HSS student assistants, resi
dence directors and maintenance
workers cleaned up the water for
about three hours Sunday after
noon.HSS maintenance director
Mike Kansier said the cause of the
pipes breaking was ground move
“The forces of the ground mov
ing cause the pipes to shift,” Kansier
said. “We had two lateral shears in
the pipes, and in the second break,
the water came up through the floor.”
Kansier said in both of these
incidents, acidic soil causing corro
sion in the pipes was not the cause of
“It is partially true that there is
corrosion in some of the under
pipes could cause
more problems. They
are almost 30years
HSS maintenance director
ground pipes because of naturally
acidic soil,” he said. “But in this
case, that was not the cause.”
Kansier said in his opinion some
of the lines should be considered for
“Eventually these pipes could
cause more problems,” he said.
“They are almost 30 years old.”
Thalken said clamps have been
installed to prevent these types of
breaks in the pipes.
“There should be no more prob
lems with these pipes,” Thalken said.
“With these clamps, the pipes should
be able to withstand ground move
ment without breaking.”
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The following is a list of the goals ASUN has set, and the progress it has made.
1 Continue eur commitment te diversity Issues through sponsored
events end Increosed communication with campus community.
—Human Rights Committee Chairwoman Sara Russel! said her committee is writing legislation
to expand the opportunities of College of Arts and Sciences students'to take ethnic studies'
classes. The committee is gathering information about the classes available and will present
a proposal to ASUN next week recommending the expansion of classes.
2. Improve interaction between campus student governing bodies:
ASUN, the Residence Nall Association, the Interfraternity Council and
the Panbellenlc Council.
-ASUN President Curt Ruwe said the presidents of the groups will meet within the week.
3. Wort for the Implementation of a parking ticket class.
-Campus Life Committee Chairman Kelly Hoffschneider will meet with Parking and Transit
Services on Oct. 10 to discuss his committee’s proposal to offer students the opportunity to
take a class in place of paying their entire parking violation tickets.
4. Address pedestrian safety concerns In the 14th & Vine area.
-ASUN senators unanimously passed a bill to allow the Government Liaison Committee to
begin research to lobby the city about safety concerns.
5. Work to see mere student Input In the student tee aNecaden process.
—Committee for Fees Allocation Chairman Kendall Swenson is meeting with student
organizations to teach them about and seek their input on allocating student fees.
6. Lobby ter the university te continue research regarding e fall break
-ASUN has talked with Creighton University in Omaha and plans to talk to other universities
regarding their fall break policies.
7. Wort toward a regents’bytaw ehango to aNow student organizations
tespply for funds from the University Programs Council once every
two years rather than once every four.
-Ruwe and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Griesen discussed this topic on a
conference call with the student regents and vice chancellors of student affairs from UNO and
UNK. They plan to present their case for programming funding to the NU Board of Regents.
8. Research advising policies on campus and gather students input
In order te leek for ways that advising best serves student needs.
—A survey will be sent to each college’s advisory board to evaluate advising policies. The
ASUN Student Impact Team also took the survey at its Sept. 16 meeting.
what it accomplishes ter students.
—The Advertising Club offered to create an advertising promotion for ASUN. Ruwe said he
wants to adv&tise the University Leadership Community and the services ASUN provides
with this promotion.’1
10. Successfully create a mere Integrated campus community through
the Implementation of the Stqdent Impact Team end the University
—SITs first meeting attracted 150 students, which Ruwe said was a “huge success.” The
group met for the second time Tuesday. The ULC will mept Oct. 7 in the Nebraska Union,
where participants will discuss breaking down barriers among students, Ruwe said.
A story listing student organizations in Monday’s Daily Nebraskan
erred in the status of the Abel Residence Hall Association. It is an offi
cial group at UNL and renewed its status earlier this semester.
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