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at a time
UNO should remain
Sunday, the NU Board of Regents voted 7
1 to begin developing the first-ever housing
units on the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Everything about these units points to a tra
ditional start-up plan for residence halls. They
will open in the fall of 1999. Century
Development of Houston will finance and
build them at an estimated cost of $10.6 mil
lion. The units will provide 576 students with
But these are not residence halls.
The six housing units will offer 576 stu
dents apartment-style living. Each of the 144
“suites,” as they are called, will have four bed
rooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen. These
units will be allocated equally to athletes, inter
national students and students participating in
the honors program.
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word of caution: Don’t let this set a precedent.
Don’t try to alter the very thing that has made
UNO a unique part of the university system
since its inception.
Don’t destroy the sole purpose of Omaha’s
UNO has always been a self-described
“urban university.” Its mission is to serve the
population of Omaha. It has traditionally been
a non-traditional university.
Times are changing. We understand that But
to what extent are things going to change at
UNO? A task force is currently looking at the uni
versity’s long-term goals and reviewing its strate
gic planning as we move into the 2151 century.
Recently, UNO has taken strides to strength
en its doctorate and athletic programs and facil
ities. Plans are in the works for a state-of-the-art
Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science,
Technology and Engineering to be built on 15 of
the 70 acres UNO owns at Ak-Sar-Ben.
These improvements, while strengthening
UNO’s bid to become a “statewide center that
also collaborates with visiting scholars,” cre
ates more questions about its future than it
What population is UNO attempting to
attract with this new technological investment?
Promising young students? What additional
amenities for students will need to be built to
complement the Kiewit Institute? Some
regents claim that additional housing will not
be built on the Ak-Sar-Ben campus, but where
are these students going to live?
What exactly is all of this going to lead to?
We recognize that there is a need for some
student housing on the UNO campus. This
new building fills the need. But it has to stop
there. Nebraska does not have the population
base to generate enough tax money to support
two major state-funded universities.
We think the creation of housing at the
University ofNebraska at Omaha is a good idea.
It is a good idea for the allotted 576 students.
But don’t let this be set a precedent.
Make this the exception, not the rule.
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_Columnists need your input
KATYA OVCHARENKO is
a sophomore English
major and a Daily
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Letters ... deep and shallow, lov
ing and hating, warm and cold, pri
vate and official, long and short, run
all over the world. Each carries pre
cious feelings, or no feeling at all.
Letters fly to bring congratulations
and condolences, joy and grief,
laughter and tears.
I love receiving letters. A piece
of soul is sent with every letter.
Secret thoughts and tender feelings
pour out on the cold paper and
warm it up. Every paragraph, every
sentence, every word and even every
curve of every letter can give pleas
ant feeling and vivid understanding
that someone cares about you. That
someone could have spent the
whole day in pain, thinking about
writing you a letter. Only the one
who cares has enough courage to
perform such a heroic deed!
Phone conversations and e-mails
can hardly give an opportunity to be
free and express yourself. Letters
make you think, really think - dig
into the depths of your mind and
heart and reveal yourself between
the lines of the letter you write.
Letters from home are one of the
most important parts of my life here
in the United States. I receive so
many of them! You can’t imagine
how great it is to read them day after
day and receive a small piece of the
caring heart of the sender with each
reading. What phone conversations
and e-mails are able to do the same?
You can’t touch phone conversations
and e-mails or hold them in your
hands, tear apart and throw away,
but you can do that with letters.
To me letters are something hap
A piece of soul is sent with every letter.
Secret thoughts and tender feelings pour
out on the cold paper and warm it up.”
pily exciting. I await letters (from
my relatives and friends for exam
ple). I pass by my mailbox and can
not resist the temptation to look into
the small cherished window of it, or
in an extreme hurry to rummage in
its lock with my key. The sweet and
ticklish feeling of expectation fills
my weak soul. Blood drums in my
temples. Sometimes, the mailbox
opens and I see nothing in there.
Blood falls back and my feeling of
expectation disappears - it hides for
better times. Many days the story
continues. I wait, look and leave dis
But in that daily routine of
searching for letters I have holidays.
Those are the days when I suddenly
receive a long-awaited letter. I pull it
out with trembling hands from my
mailbox and stare at the name on the
envelope. I still can’t believe I’ve
got a letter. Sure, after so many days
of waiting! (Calm down! This time
it’s really yours.)
Fingers, keys and other devices
sink ruthlessly into the innocent
white flash of the envelope. They
tear it with greatest ease. In some
seconds, without any regret, the
remainders of the envelope, disfig
ured beyond recognition, are impu
dently buried among other paper
victims in the trash.
I dive into the sea of lines. So,
what do we have there? News from
your best friend? Maybe this is the
letter from your beloved parents,
whom you miss so much.... My
eyes run along the letter. They
widen the same time my mouth
transforms into a broad smile. I feel
so happy that this stupid smile
remains for a long time on my face
after having read the letter.
Those holidays give me soul
food for some days, but when they
pass, I am empty again. I need more
and more! Each day my shrunken
figure creeps to the mailbox, my
eyes look for letters with a strange,
maniacal flash, and the keys worry
the lock of my mailbox one more
Strange thing. The hope of
receiving a letter this exact day
Letters.... Oh, I just love them!
Now let me ask you something.
Did you understand what am I dri
ving at? You, my dear readers, I’m
addressing you now.
As a columnist, I expect to
receive packages of letters from my
readers (if the latter are available). I
think this is the only way for me to
find out if you guys need, like or
hate my columns and my writing as
a whole. I would like you to write
me in any case, whether you liked a
certain article or not. I really need
your opinions - it will make my
work for you in the Daily Nebraskan
If you doubt whether to wnte me
a letter or not, think of a small,
scared girl working at a newspaper
for the first time in her life. Imagine
that she really wants to know her
readers’ opinions, and I think and
hope with all my heart that after
such thinking you’ll show mercy on
her and write her a couple of lines.
So if all of a sudden you have a feel
ing like you want to write me at
least something, do not hesitate!
In general, all my colleagues, all
columnists, not I alone, need your
opinions about us. Just don’t be
silent! Don’t sit there thinking that
someone else will write us anyway!
Please, don’t. We reveal ourselves to
you in our columns, and believe me,
we want to know our readers as
well. Take this column of mine as a
slogan: “Letters! - we need them so
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