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Horticulture Club grows
By Shane Anthony
When members of the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln Horticulture
Club attended their first meeting of
the school year, they found a pleasant
surprise; new members - lots of
Garald Horst, an adviser for the
group, said attendance at the first two
meetings was twice that of last year’s
membership. Officers, advisers and
members hope this growth will
bloom into new and better opportuni
ties for club members.
Horst has served as one of the
club’s advisers for three years. The
horticulture professor said he came
to UNL in 1990, and he has not seen
such membership numbers since he
has been here.
“It’s just about the biggest group.
It definitely is,” Horst said. “We’re
very excited about that.”
Last year, an average of 15 to 20
students attended meetings regularly,
Horst said. About 40 students attend
ed meetings last month, he said.
Horst and the club’s officers are
trying to figure out what caused this
jump in membership. One possibility
is a jump in the number of horticul
ture majors from 120 students last
year to more than 160 this year, Horst
Senior horticulture major Cindy
Tejral, president of the club, offered
another explanation. Advisers
encouraged students to look into the
club during New Student
Enrollment, she said.
“I guess a lot of people have been
taking their advice.”
The increase already has the
club’s officers talking, Tejral said.
She said the officers would like to
have more fund-raisers, and have
more opportunities to work with
groups such as the Range Club and Pi
Alpha Xi, a horticulture honorary.
One goal is to send more mem
bers to the Midwest Association of
College Horticulture Students
Conference this spring, she said. In
the past, two or three members
attended; but this year, the club
would like to send 15 to 20 partici
This year’s conference will be in
River Falls, Wis. On the way home,
the group would like to visit arbore
tums, golf courses and other horticul
ture-related sites in Chicago, St.
Louis and other cities, Tejral said.
“Getting this rolling is a good
way for us to explore more what
we’re looking to do in the field of
horticulture,” she said. Horticulture
majors specialize in areas such as
landscaping, production or green
houses. She said the club’s activities
allow members to gain experience in
parts of the industry outside the focus
of their education.
“Basically it gives you a lot of dif
ferent, well-rounded skills that you’ll
need eventually, no matter what
industry you go into,” Tejral said.
Dusti Duffy, a freshman horticul
ture major at UNL, said she joined
the club this year after hearing about
it in her first horticulture class. Duffy
said she switched to horticulture
from her art major because she want
ed to combine her love of architec
ture with the outdoors.
Joining the club was a good step
toward a career in landscape architec
ture, Duffy said. She said she thought
the experience of participating in the
group would pay off.
“I love it. I’m really into this.”
Willa Cather lecture draws many
By Kim Sweet
People ranging in age and educa
tion - from high school students to
college professors - gathered at the
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery on
Wednesday afternoon for something
they all had in common - a love and
intrigue for the writings of Willa
Students and faculty gathered at
the art gallery for a lecture by Susan
Rosowski, a University of Nebraska
Lincoln professor of literature.
The lecture covered Cather’s life,
writing and interests, ranging from
Cather’s first experiences at the
University of Nebraska to her accura
cy of detail in describing the people,
places and surroundings of Nebraska.
Rosowski said Cather’s descrip
tions of plants and flowers were so
accurate that scholars now can identi
fy the specific species. She told the
audience of the writer’s interest in
botany and ecology. In 1890, at age
16, Gather came to the university
intending to study science.
Rosowski said Cather could go to
foreign places and see similarities and
connections between those places and
the familiar. As she traveled to differ
ent places like Pittsburgh and New
York, she met people who at first
seemed eccentric and different from
the people at home. Whenihe came
back to Nebraska, she began to see
similar traits in her family and
friends. This helped her go to unfa
miliar places and feel more at home.
The auditorium was filled with
many who have read Cather’s works
for years, as well as those who are just
beginning to study the Nebraska
author in depth. Joslyn Cummings, a
senior at Millard West High School in
Omaha, was at the lecture with a
group of prospective UNL students.
Cummings, who is doing a
research project on the author, said
she was impressed by Rosowski’s
knowledge of Cather. “She’s really
smart, amusing, and amazing with
her knowledge of Willa Cather.”
Rosowski also talked about
Cather’s ability to be a storyteller. For
instance, in “My Antonia,” Cather
describes in detail the scene as the
main character gives birth, a portrayal
typically avoided in literature of that
time, Rosowski said.
Cummings said, “I was interested
in how Willa Cather used storytelling
and her own words.”
Cather’s books train readers to
have an ear in reading and to hear the
character’s voices on a written page,
Rosowski said. Cather accomplished
this not only with her writing, but
with the way the book was published.
Cather used cream pages with bold
typeface to create a warm feeling. She
used wide margins and spaced the
illustrations in a way that would give
the reader a feeling of air and sun
Rosowski ended the lecture with
her observations of how Cather chal
lenged readers to be aware of the sto
ries each person tells.
The lecture was the first in a year
long series featuring distinguished
professors from UNL.
“We’ve chosen this series to high
light some of our outstanding facul
ty,” Richard Edwards, senior vice
chancellor for academic affairs, said.
Rosowski is the general editor of
the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition, a
project taken on by UNL faculty.
Rosowski grew up in Kansas and
attended universities in Arizona and
California, but it wasn’t until she
moved to Nebraska later in her life
that she became interested in the writ
ings of Cather. She read “A Lost
Lady” right after moving to Nebraska
in an attempt to become acclimated to
her new surroundings, and was
hooked, she said.
Democrats: Wrongdoings began earlier
CONGRESS from page 3_
Whiu lawyer La any
Breuer spent the morning testifying
before a federal grand jury about why
presidential aides failed to find
videotapes of White House coffees
involving Clinton and major donors
until after Attorney General Janet
Reno ruled that there was no need for
an independent prosecutor to investi
gate Clinton’s activities at the coffees.
“I was pleased to have a chance to
testify,” Breuer said after his two
hour appearance at the courthouse.
The House hearings’ first day was
dominated by partisan sniping.
Burton’s opening statement was a cat
alog of charges against Clinton fund
raising, accompanied by grainy video
frames of controversial fund-raising
figures that resembled political attack
“It is clear that partisanship has
been the dominant theme in our com
mittee,” robbing the investigation of
credibility, said Rep. Henry Waxman
of California, the panel’s senior
Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif.,
accused Republicans of “hypocrisy
that boggles the mind” in claiming
that Democrats are more guilty than
the GOP of fund-raising abuses.
As for the Lums, the House com
mittee would have to approve immu
nity from prosecution before the cou
ple would testify. Such a vote requires
a two-thirds majority of the commit
Burton released a seven-page
statement by the lawyer for the Lums
spelling out what they were prepared
The document stated the couple
— “with the knowledge of DNC per
sonnel” — brought in money from
unidentified sources when a fund
raising event for a former California
congressman “fell well short of its
goal.” Such conduit donations — in
which the true source of money is dis
guised — are illegal.
The document said they also
would testify the Democratic Party
was aware that they made hidden con
tributions by paying bills for party
Burton also revealed a
Democratic call sheet for then-chair
man Don Fowler that said that donor
Johnny Chung had not yet sent in his
promised $75,000 contribution for a
1995 reception in Los Angeles.
The letter about the Lums’ testi
mony also says the Riady family of
Indonesia — longtime supporters of
Clinton from his days as Arkansas
governor — offered the Lums “sub
stantial sums of money for proposed
political and business ventures.”
Finally, the statement on the Lums
says that the Riadys “strongly encour
aged” the Lums to be sure that Riady
operative John Huang was involved in
any of the Lums’ political ventures.
Former DNC fund-raiser Huang is
one of the figures at the center of the
campaign fund-raising investigation
into foreign donations.
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