The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 25, 1997, Image 1

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Nebraska junior fullback Joel Makovicka is on Garth Brooks received a thundering roar from
pace to set a Nebraska fullback rushing record the BobDevaney Sports Center crowd as the SUNNY CAME HOME
this season. PAGE 9 * entertainer began a five-night stay. PAGE 7 Mostly sunny, high 82. Clear tonight, low 50.
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GARTH BROOKS, the 1997 Country Music Associations Entertainer of the Year, performs to a sotd-out crowd Wednesday night at the t
Bob Devaney Sports Center. Brooks, who has four more sold-out shows left in the Star City this week, was told he won the award before
he took the stage for his second encore. More than 62,000 tickets were sold for the five shows, which broke a Devaney Center record.
This is his first appearance hi Lincoln since 1993. Please see stories on 7.
■ Nebraska businesses receive
gifts totaling $376,013, as the
state’s economy improves.
By Ted Taylor
Assignment Reporter
Nebraska business partnership projects from
Omaha to Scottsbluff were given an economic
boost Wednesday after Gov. Ben Nelson handed
out $376,013 in grants to 18 projects statewide.
Nelson’s announcement came after he told
reporters business revenue in the state was thriv
ing, based on the latest Quarterly Business
Conditions Survey.
The study shewed that 75 percent ofNebraska
good Or better Ilian during the ss*ne period last
year. The study also showed that 89 percent of
Nebraska businesses expected third-quarter rev
enue to be equal to or higher than last year’s.
“This is all good news for the state of
Nebraska and for Nebraska taxpayers,” he said.
Please see GRANTS on 6
Campus rec
loses staffer,
good friend
By Josh Funk
Assignment Reporter
On Friday the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln will have to
replace a good friend to the
Campus Recreation Center,
director Stan Campbell said.
Outdoor Adventures assis
tant director Jim Fullerton, who
has been with the program for
nine years, is heading to Idaho
State University in Pocatello, to
become a leadership training
Fullerton’s new position at
Idaho State was created by the
student government. He starts
his new job Monday.
“We were impressed by the
fact that he took the time to talk
to the students about his back
ground in leadership activities,”
said Shane Ostermeier, Idaho
State student body president.
The job will involve work
ing with the 134 student activi
ties at Idaho State.
Please see REC on 6
Moeser works to energize
academic honors standards
By Brian Carlson
Assignment Reporter
Citing the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln’s recent rise in aca
demic standing, Chancellor James
Moeser vowed Wednesday night to
make UNL a “supercharged academic
and intellectual environment.”
To build on its recent progress,
UNL must continue to recruit top
notch minds, Moeser told a group of
honors students at Neihardt
Residence Hall.
“When I said this was the best
freshman class ever, it was not just
rhetoric - it was really true,” he said.
With increased entrance stan
dards, the average ACT score of
incoming freshman rose from 23 in
1996 to 24 in 1997.
U.S. News and World Report
recently rated UNL as the 41st best
value in the nation. In addition, the
magazine increased UNL’s standing
from third tier to second tier.
Moeser said that to continue its
rise, UNL must be committed to a
strong University Honors Program
and scholarships for bright students,
both in state and out of state.
“I want to raid other states for
their best minds, too,” he said.
Moeser fielded questions from
students on a variety of honors pro
gram issues.
Several students, including chem
istry and engineering majors,
expressed concern about the scarcity}
of honors classes in their major.
Moeser said he and honors pro
gram faculty were working with all
the university’s deans to enhance
honors opportunities. *
“Frankly, there are probably some ;
faculty who resent the honors pro-^
gram - especially if it increases thei£
workload,” Moeser said. “But a lot of
faculty find it exciting and are chal
lenged by it.”
Moeser suggested an increase in
research programs for honors credit.
Students could then work side by side
with their professors in their field of
study, he said.
Other students worried that cer
tain honors classes simply required
more work, rather than being more
Moeser said honors classes
should be not more difficult, but
“more fun and more challenging.”
Moeser also said efforts were
underway to appoint an honors advis
er in each college.
Moeser said “a huge chunk” of
the $ 1 million in annual revenues
from UNL’s Pepsi contract will be
allocated for merit scholarships.
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CHANCELLOR JAMES MOESER addresses the question of JennHer Griffin, a
senior biochemistry major, Wednesday night in Nelhardt Residence Hall.
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