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Ace in the hole
Nebraska left-hander Kenny Duebelbeis (1-1)
will start on the mound today against Missouri in
_ Columbia, Mo. PAGE 7
The theater experience can be an intimdating one
for the unexperienced. But with a little back
ground, fun can be had by all. BACK PAGE
March 17, 1998
No Luck For The Irish...
Freezing rain, high 35. Rain tonight, low 30.
McLaughlin will remain if recommended
By Erin Schulte
The right formula of student activism,
media attention and teaching excellence was
a catalyst for plans to hire an adjunct chem
Bill McLaughlin, a UNL adjunct chem
istry instructor, will be allowed to stay at the
university pending a recommendation from
chemistry department faculty, said Brian
Foster, dean of the college of arts and sci
“If chemistry makes a recommendation.
I'll find the money,” Foster said.
Foster said he met with Senior Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs Richard
Edwards Monday to discuss the decision, but
it had not yet been formalized.
“There's a process we have to go through
in hiring,” Foster said. “I couldn't hire on my
authority if I wanted to.”
McLaughlin has said that an informal poll
revealed 15 of 16 tenured chemistry faculty
members want him to stay.
Foster said the department will most like
ly make a decision at a faculty meeting.
Chemistry Professor Paul Kelter said the
department will meet today to affirm support
for McLaughlin, which will then be passed to
Kelter said administrators agreed to work
with the chemistry department to make it pos
sible for McLaughlin to stay for a minimum
of two years or longer if money is available.
The combination of passionate protests by
students, extensive media coverage and
administrator’s commitment to education all
worked together to keep McLaughlin on staff.
“This is a marvelous victory for student
education at the University of Nebraska,”
Kelter said. “We are indebted to the chancel
lor, vice chancellor and the dean of the col
lege for making this possible.”
Kelter stressed students’ roles in the strug
gle, saying they put forth an “immense”
We should never forget what became possible with
students working together on this campus
amount of work.
“We should never forget what became
possible with students working together on
this campus,” he said.
Aaron Page, a sophomore anthropology
major and former student of McLaughlin in
Chemistry 109, said the result was the effect
of student activism.
“I’m just happy,” Page said. “It's amazing
we won against the administration.
“We got them to change their mind.”
McLaughlin said that though he has
received no formal offer from the university,
he is ready to celebrate.
“I am trying to figure out who loses here,”
He said the decision showed the adminis
tration cared about undergraduate student
concerns, and campus activism showed UNL
students possess leadership qualities.
And he got a job - but the decision wasn't
just about him. It also shows administration is
serious about academic rigor, he said.
“Students expect rigorous courses; they
spoke very clearly on that issue,” he said. “If
you're going to raise standards for students,
you better raise standards for teachers, too.
“You can't announce excellence.”
ELLEN MEYERS, the new director of the UNL Department of Landscape Services,is taking over a position held
for 17 years by Wilbur Dasenbrock, who retired in 1996.
Landscape director plants future
By Ryan Brauer
Ellen Meyers must love a challenge.
The new director of the UNL Department of
Landscape Services applied for the position last fall
before the October snowstorm.
After a return visit to Lincoln to view the destruc
tion on campus caused by the blizzard, Meyers still
took the job knowing it would be her responsibility to
repair the damage.
“It’s been tough,” Meyers said. “Tree repairs have
definitely been what we’ve been spending most of our
Meyers said making this campus beautiful again
has been one of her top priorities since she arrived at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln a month ago.
“It will take a few years before this campus gets
back to normal,” she said. “We had 30 percent of our
trees damaged - enough to warrant insurance claims.”
She said 10 percent of the nearly 9,800 trees on
both of UNL’s campuses were so badly damaged they
had to be removed.
Meyers is the head of a complex department that
employs 47 full-time and 40 part-time employees,
most of whom are students. The department is struc
tured with several crews who are responsible for vari
ous areas of UNL’s City and East campuses.
Meyers replaced Wilbur “Bud” Dasenbrock as
director of landscape services. Dasenbrock retired in
1996. Jay Schluckebier, assistant director for land
scape services, served as interim director for almost a
Please see MEYERS on 6
■ The Governor says
Nebraska agriculture will
not be threatened by
By Brian Carlson
Consumer and capital goods from
Nebraska can enter a variety of
Argentine markets without boosting
Argentina's agricultural competitive
ness to Nebraska’s level, Gov Ben
Nelson said Monday.
In a media conference call from
Argentina, where Nelson is leading a
Nebraska trade mission, the governor
said his meetings of the past week had
been fruitful for Nebraska business.
Nelson said talks had spotlighted
markets in Argentina for Valmont
Industries, Behlen Manufacturing and
several agricultural interests.
“I see these markets as having a
great deal of appeal, not only for the
present but for the future,” he said.
Nelson said markets are available
for consumer goods, and for capital
goods such as grain bins and irrigation
systems. Investing in capital goods
allows Argentine businesses and farms
to expand their operations.
Nelson said he was not concerned
that Nebraska's agriculture could suffer
if an influx of capital goods from
Nebraska to Argentina enhanced
Argentina’s agricultural competitive
Instead, Nelson said, expanded
trade would be mutually beneficial
because markets are expanding
throughout the world. Even in Asia,
where countries have been drained by
the recent economic crisis, agricultural
markets are expanding - especially in
China, Nelson said.
Nebraska’s agricultural exports
would continue to grow with expanded
trade, and other countries such as
Argentina could find their niche as well,
“If Argentina is ever competitive
with us, it'll surprise me,” he said.
“World markets continue to grow, par
ticularly in Asia, and there will be
enough of a market for everyone.”
Larry Sitzman, Nebraska Director
Please see ARGENTINA on 6
UNL freshman still critical
From Staff Reports
A UNL freshman remained in
critical condition Monday, while
her 16-year-old sister’s condition
was upgraded to serious follow
ing a fatal auto accident in
Lincoln Saturday night.
Sarah Cockson, 19, and her
younger sister, Erin, were both
injured in the accident that killed
their older sister, Laura, a 21
year-old UNL junior and member
of Gamma Phi Beta.
Their car was struck by a man
who police said ran a red light at
the corner of First Street and
Cornhusker Highway at about
11:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Jeffrey E. Ireland, 25, of 2411
N.W. Second St. was later arrest
ed for drunken driving and felony
motor vehicle homicide for his
involvement in the accident.
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