The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 26, 1998, Image 1

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Groin pains - Reefer madness January 26j, 1998
Hampered by an injured groin, NU point guard “Half Baked,” a drug-laden comedy directed by
Tyronn Lue led the Huskers with 24 points in a Tamra Davis, fails to match the quality of the THERE It A
63-49 vicory over Iowa State Saturday. PAGE 7 - Cheech and Chong films it emulates. PAGE 9 Partly sunny, high 35. Mostly tonight, low 15.
Breaking the Ice
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LINCOLN’S BILL FIFES tries his luck ice fishing at Holmes Lake Sunday afternoon. Filer had caught a few, but
was hoping to catch his limit.
Cleanup money
still frozen in ice
■ University officials
expect $71,000 from
the Federal Emergency
Management Agency
within the next 60-90 days.
By Kelli Lacey
Staff Reporter
Exactly three months after the
October snowstorm crushed
Lincoln, the University of Nebraska
Lincoln still awaits a federal check
to help pay the costs of repairing the
extensive damages on campus.
Glen Nelson, acting assistant to
the vice chancellor for business and
finance, said he requested $71,000
from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency last fall to pay
for the damages.
Nelson said UNL hopes to
receive at least 75 percent of that
amount within 60-90 days. FEMA
funds will help pay for snowstorm
debris removal, which included extra
labor costs and the purchase of
Jay Schluckebier, director of
landscape services, said out of about
10,000 trees on both City and East
campuses, about 1,000 will have to
be removed.
About one-third of all trees on
both campuses were damaged in the
snowstorm, he said. So far, 100 trees
on City Campus and no trees on East
Campus have been removed.
Jeff Culbertson, East Campus
landscape manager, said the snowy
weather is putting some landscape
repairs on hold right now.
For safety, campus landscapers
plan to remove many damaged trees
when students leave for spring
“It has been a lot better than we
thought,” Culbertson said. “Initially,
after the storm, we were concerned
about a lot of things, but after you sit
back and relax, you realize things
aren’t as bad as they seem.”
Bill supporters hope to
increase volunteer role
Commission would gain funding
By Brian Carlson
Senior Reporter
At a time when greater public
needs conflict with pressures to keep
state spending down, the Nebraska
Volunteer Service Commission can
help fill the gaps in state services,
supporters of LB 1093 argued Friday.
The bill, sponsored by Sen.
DiAnna Schimek of Lincoln, would
allocate an additional $75,000 of
state funding for the commission; the
state would then qualify for match
ing federal funds.
The commission, founded by an
executive order in 1994, also would
be made statutory under the pro
posed legislation.
Supporters told members of the
Government, Military and Veterans
Affairs Committee that volunteers
can help address some problems
beyond the scope of state govern
“Volunteers are really going to
become a more important part of our
everyday life,” said Schimek, who
noted that vplunteerism had declined
and needed to be revived. “They can
be at the core of a thriving communi
The Nebraska Service
Commission currently operates on
an annual budget of $1.3 million,
more than $977,000 of which is
derived from federal funds for the
AmeriCorps program.
AmeriCorps is the largest volun
teer organization the state commis
sion oversees. The state’s 107
AmeriCorps volunteers work for one
to two years in volunteer efforts such
as assisting at elementary schools
while earning money for college.
Carol Ann Dyas, chairwoman of
the commission’s legislative com
mittee, said the commission is essen
tial for building and sustaining an
ethic of volunteerism.
“I am convinced that this com
mission remains the best vehicle to
make sure the volunteer spirit is alive
and well in Nebraska,” she said.
Sen. Joyce Hillman of Gering
read a letter from constituents who
noted that volunteer efforts could
save taxpayers money by helping
solve social problems.
Tom Miller, executive director of
the Nebraska Service Commission,
said the additional funding would be
used for expanding volunteer efforts,
training additional volunteers and
building a database to coordinate
volunteer programs around the state.
He cited a study that found 75
percent of adults who contributed
money to volunteer efforts, and 84
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UNL landscaper returns
to her horticulture roots
Family plays role in decision to leave
By Brad Davis
Senior Reporter
Twenty years ago, when Kim
Todd came to UNL, few flowers, no
native grasses and no intricate land
scapes decorated campus.
Today, partly because of Todd’s
work as campus landscape architect,
the University of Nebraska-Lineoln
is nationally known for its gardens.
Todd, who has been assistant to
the chancellor for community
affairs and planning for more than a
year, said she will leave the universi
ty Feb. 6 to get back to her roots in
Although she came to the uni
versity in 1978 as an assistant pro
fessor in the college of architecture,
Todd soon took on die responsibili
ties of helping landscape the cam
pus, teaching horticulture classes
and working in the now-defunct
community resource center.
She took a position as the direc
tor of campus planning about 2Vi
years ago, until she accepted her
current position a year ago that
involves both planning the campus
and working with the community
and govemment.The planning posi
tion required a knowledge of “just
about everything that is going on”
regarding construction and renova
tion. J':,
Not Only is Todd responsible for
UNLs master plan, but she said she
also hn^t work as a legislative liai
son, k^ing in contact with state
senatoit'and working with the NU
lobbyist to ensure plans can be car
ried out
Both of these responsibilities,
along with making sure the commu
nity is informed about campus
plans, take up 10-15 hours a day,
Todd said.
“Part of the long days is my own
doing,” she said. “I’ve never worked
from 8 to 5 — if there’s a job do be
done, I do it.”
But those long days, sometimes
including weekends and evenings,
are one reason Todd said she has
decided to step down.
“I have two teen sons,” Todd
said, “and I want to watch diem do
all their sports.
“I don’t want to have to choose
between a regents meeting and a
hockey game.”
And campus planning was a
challenge, requiring continuous
“Major universities plan very
deliberately all the time,” she said.
I’ve never worked
from 8 to 5 -
if there’s a job
to be done,
Ido it.”
, Kim Todd
UNL landscape architect
“As soon as universities stop plan
ning, they are already obsolete.”
In this constant planning Todd
said the university always had to
consider its mission: teaching,
research and service. In a couple
weeks, Todd, 44, can concentrate on
a different kind of planning when
she begins the next chapter in her
life at Finke Gardens and Nursery in
Lincoln, where she will work as a
landscape architect.
“I love this university,” she said,
“bid one of my first loves is working
with plants.
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