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shock, bums at UNL
By Josh Funk
An electrical contractor
working with power lines at
Memorial Stadium on Thursday
afternoon was electrically
shocked and taken to a hospital,
where he was listed in good con
dition Thursday afternoon.
Kelly Schroer, 25, an
employee of Shanahan
Mechanical and Electric Inc.,
was badly burned when his arm
accidentally brushed against
two live power lines in the stadi
um’s power room, University
Police Sgt. Mylo Bushing said.
The electricity coursed through
A stadium employee who
was painting a door near the
power room, which is just inside
gate 24, saw a bright flash in the
power room just before Schroer
staggered^*#. J £
Although Schroer was
coherent, he was visibly burned *->
on the right side of his face,
neck and right arm. He was
shaken, and some of his hair had
been burned off, Bushing said.
Schroer had been working
on terminating some wires at
the stadium’s electrical switch
board when the accident hap
Paramedics took Schroer to
Saint Elizabeth Community
Health Center, where he was
treated for burns.
Schroer was admitted to the
burn center so doctors could
observe him overnight.
Officials from Shanahan
Mechanical and Electric could
not be reached for comment
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By Joy Ludwig
Nebraska may possess an abun
dance of water in its lakes, streams
and aquifers; but how that wat^r is
allocated concerns ? some
* Nebraskans. c *•
Two bills discussed in the
Natural Resources Committee
Thursday both propose legislation to
control die sale, lease and transfer of
. water rights by the owner to another
person who would be required to use
it for a beneficial purpose.
Although both bills concern the
same issue, they each have a differ
LB 1212 would place no restric
tions on the sale, lease or transfer of
But LB 1213 would require the
Department of Water Resource to
evaluate the economic, environmen
tal and physical impacts on the land
that could result by changing the use
of or transfer of the water to a differ
ent place. Only after doing a thor
ough evaluation could the depart
ment approve a permit.
Sen: Bob Wickersham of
Harrison, the bill’s sponsor, said
LB 1213 would allow people to use
industrial water for agricultural uses
or agricultural water for domestic
Current law does not allow water
uses to be transferred, he said, but
the bill could allow for more eco
nomical water use after the impacts
and benefits were examined.
However, Bob Hilger of David
City disagreed. He said he felt the
water use should not be changed.
“Nebraska is not experiencing a
water scarcity problem,” he said.
If less water was allocated for
agricultural use, crops could be
damaged, and it could leave a lasting
effect on smaller communities, said
Hilger, who represents Nebraskans
First, a group of farmers dedicated
to.protecting Nebraska’s under
Bryce Neidig, Nebraska Farm
Bureau president, also opposed the
bill's. He said the leasing, selling or
transferring of water rights would
not work the way senators thoOght it
might, no matter how^ much money
“Water does not have a price. It
is not for sale,” he said.
But Loren Schmidt of Bellwood
said he thought the bills would help
control the state’s water resources,
not create problems.
“The farther west you get and the
farther north you get, the more arid
the climate is and the more impor
tant the water is,” he said.
Schmidt said he thought laws
should be established in order to
deter other states that might want to
tap into Nebraska’s water in the
future. But if water does leave the
state, he said, people need to be
Blood drive draws students
By Josh Knaub
UNL freshman Amy Patras’ face
“All done?” she asked.
Patras had just donated blood for
the first time, joining about 400
other students who gave during
Wednesday’s University of
Nebraska-Lincoln on-campus blood
Patras and other donors said they
found giving blood an easy, profes
sionally handled and nearly painless
process, despite myths of large nee
dles and Nazi nurses.
Patras said she and other Love
P~ffjratcISciHeH'fo’give’btoocl after talk
ing with their hall health aide.
“I figured now is as good a time
as any,” Patras said, and headed to
the temporary blood-drive center in
the Nebraska Union.
Her donation process began by
answering about 50 health-related
questions. The questions serve as a
prescreening to the donation
process. All blood samples are tested
several times for many blood-borne
illnesses, including AIDS, said a
nurse screening potential donors.
On Tuesday, 53 candidates were
weeded out by the screening
Patras passed the screening and
moved to a lawn-chair-type cot to
donate. Orange-colored iodine was
used to disinfect the area just below
her inner elbow. There, the blood
would be drawn.
Patras feared the initial insertion
of the needle and tensed up slightly.
A phlebotomist - a person who
draws blood - slid the needle into
Patras’ arm. She §aid it didn’t
was both ^^^^^^average donor,
because most donors are calm about
giving blood and feel no side effects.
But the most common side effect
of donating is fainting, especially for
first-time donors, they said.
“People have a lot of nervous
ness about giving blood, and when
they realize that it’s not that bad,
their blood pressure just drops and
they faint,” one phlebotomist said.
It normally takes between five
and eight minutes to draw a pint of
Then the needle is removed and
the already-labeled bag is stored for
Donors are asked to raise their
arm for a few moments, then the arm
is bandaged. After waiting about a
minute, they are escorted to a wait
ing room where food and beverages
“Ready?” a volunteer in a health
aide T-shirt asks.
“I guess so,” Patras said.
After waiting 15 minutes an<J
eating a required snack, Patras was ^
: ff$e io..g<>v i in I',,-* ' jjLi1 HxHij h $
Those screening donors said they
would notify Patras within the next
week if her blood tested positive for
Patras smiled, washed down her
donut with one last sip of lemonade
and rose to leave.
“That was much more easy than I
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classes had become any harder.
“If (professors) haven’t increased
their expectations, thenlt wasn’t any
mote rigorous than before,” Neuhaus
UNL administratorsare encour
aging instructors to step up their
expectations, because the university
is no longer “drug down” by the less
prepared students, said Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs James
But UNL will not become an elite
campus for only top high school stu
“That’s not our role,” Griesen
said. “We’re an institution that has
been there for everybody, and will
always be there for everybody.”
Stan Maliszewski, director of
counselors of the Omaha Public
Schools, said students who meet the
requirements would have a better
chance at succeeding.
“There’s a strong correlation
between the rigor of courses that stu
dents have been taking in high school
and those characteristics carrying
over into their freshman year,” he
“There’s no question more stu
dents are experiencing more rigor in
their course work as a result of the
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