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Natalya Shannon, will bring a fresh
perspective, she said.
Russell said Slaughter and
Shannon were just a few of the people
who helped throughout the campaign
by bringing ideas, working late hours
and taking time last Wednesday to
encourage people to vote.
And though Mark didn’t run in the
elections, he said he didn’t have to
think twice about helping his sister out
by urging people to vote for her.
“I figured it was my sister, I owe
her something,” he said. “She’s helped
me out through the years.”
Mark said even when he was
young, Sara was the one who would
try to break 15) fights between him and
his older brother; Joel.
People are already encouraging
Mark to follow in his sister’s footsteps
and run for ASUN senator.
But for now he will sit back and
watch big sis run the student body gov
ernment at UNL - a job he is certain
she will do effectively.
“I think she’ll do a good job,” he
said. “She’s pretty committed to this
and dedicated. She’s a hard worker and
I know she’ll do a good job.”
But Russell said she might have to
get some help from Ruwe.
“I might try and steal some of
Ruwe’s toys to keep myself motivat
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Ice hinders disabled
By Lindsay Young
Tag Jackson only attended one of
his three courses last week.
He wasn’t sick. It wasn’t too cold for
him. And he wasn’t playing hooky.
He simply couldn’t make it
Jackson, a sophomore general stud
ies major who uses a wheelchair, has
two health classes in the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln’s Mabel Lee Hall, a
building he could not reach last week
because of Snow and ice-covered side
walks, streets and ramps, he said.
Most students faced difficulties get
ting to school last week, but Jackson
said some disabled students had a par
ticularly rough time.
His wheels spun in the slush, and his
wheelchair swerved going up ramps
and over sidewalks and streets through
out campus, he said.
Traveling was hard on the wheel
chair’s battery, which was already
adversely affected by die cold weather,
said Jackson, who lives in Selleck
He was afraid to cross anywhere but
at a stoplight - even then he was afraid
because the ice could have caused his
wheelchair to swerve or tip over.
These challenges were unnecessary,
“It’s this no-class bullshit,” he said.
“That’s where it’s making me angry.”
The time he normally would have
spent in class was spent in his room, he
said, giving him a case of cabin fever.
Officials for UNL’s Department of
Landscape Services weren’t surprised
that people who use wheelchairs had a
difficult time getting to classes last
week - especially in the area of Mabel
“I couldn’t imagine trying to get
around through those on a wheelchair,”
said Kirby Baird, city campus landscape
manager. “It’d just be impossible.”
But Baird said the department had
not been contacted about Jackson’s
Landscape services runs into prob
lems and obstacles cleaning up the cam
pus after a storm - things Baird said
can’t be predicted.
Even with about 35 City Campus
landscape workers working around the
clock, it was tough for them to clear and
make all areas on City Campus accessi
ble for Monday’s classes, Baird said.
At least one door to each building
was accessible, and the main sidewalks
and areas were cleared, he said.
“We’re not really equipped to move
that amount of snow,” he said. “Things
don’t get cleaned up as quickly.”
The storm dumped 11 inches of
snow on Lincoln, closing Interstate 80
and other area highways most of
“We needed to come in at midnight
in order to get the campus open by 7
o’clock,” Baird said.
Workers don’t get paid overtime,
Baird said, and some worked up to 60
hours last week.
It was possible for the workers to
miss some areas, Baird said, and Mabel
Lee Hall may have been one of those
He said he was unaware students
were having trouble accessing the build
ing but said he would check it out imme
diately Friday after talking to the Daily
Matt Woita, a freshman accounting
major who uses a wheelchair, said he
did not attend classes in Nebraska Hall
last week because the sidewalks
between his residence in Selleck Hall
and Nebraska Hall were not cleared
Woita said the residents of greek
houses lining Vine and 16th streets did
not do a good job of clearing snow off
Baird said the sidewalks in front of
the greek houses were not the responsi
bility of landscape services.
“It’s private property so we don’t do
it,”he said “I don’t know if we’d want to
do it... we just can’t handle all of it*”
Most of 16th Street and the sur
rounding sidewalks are the responsibili
ty of greek houses and churches.
These sidewalks fall under the gov
ernance of the city. According to the
Lincoln Municipal Code, residents
must have snow cleared off sidewalks
before 9 a.m. the day after a storm.
Woita said the crosswalks gave him
the most trouble. Ramps leading into
the streets were filled with ruts and
small hills of snow, increasing the
chances of getting stuck, he said.
Woita said cleaning campus is a
safety issue for all students, not just dis
“I understand that sometimes there
will be problems getting sidewalks
cleared but I think that just for every
body’s safety it’s good to have the side
walks taken care of,” he said.
Students with disabilities who run
into similar difficulties can contact
either American Disabilities Act
Compliance Officer at (402) 472-1131,
Services for Students with Disabilities
Director (402) 472-3787, or landscape
services at (402) 472-2679.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
James Griesen said students can also
contact Student Affairs at (402) 472
petition to keep
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McLaughlin should remain at UNL.
“This university has made a com
mitment to excellence in education,”
Wallace said. “The administration
needs to stand behind their commit
He said it is rare to find a teacher
like McLaughlin who regularly
draws students to his class who are
not even enrolled in it.
Aaron Page, a Harper Residence
Hall senator, said McLaughlin is a
“He knows how to teach and
explain things in a way students can
understand,” Page said. “He makes
students want to learn.”
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