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Floors foster community
Assignment Reporter i
For 494 UNL students next semes
ter, the classroom will extend into their
showers, dinner tables and beds.
The UNL Department ofHousing is 1
bringing learning experience to where 1
students live by offering nine residential
learning communities. Special program
and interest floors, which already oper- 1
ate under the same idea, will again be
The purpose is to help the class of
2002 take advantage of the University
ofNebraska-Lincoln’s academic oppor
Lyn Jakobsen, assistant director of
Housing for Residential Education, said
the program helps students’ education
by grouping them in their areas of study.
“Living in a community of students
with the same interests helps students
get in touch with their own personal val
ues,” Jakobsen said. “Students learn
from other students and develop integri
Although most types of these com
munities have been at UNL in some
form for a couple of years, next year
four more types will be added and all
will be expanded.
Don Gregory, Freshman Learning
Community director, said academics
and residential living should be more
related than they are now.
In all residential learning communi
ties, Gregory said, students will take one
or more classes with other freshmen in
their community, participate in other
class-related activities related to their
academic interests and share structured
“A lot of learning does happen in the
residence halls,” Gregory said.
“Learning communities help advance
students’ learning potentials.”
Coordinators hope, die programs
between students and faculty members.
That’s not easy, Jakobsen said, but is'
important for the learning communities
“Faculty don’t always know how to
talk to students,” she said. “However,
having faculty interact with learning
community members will help increase
a freshman’s sense of belonging to this
Jeff Bangert, a freshman manage
ment information systems major, said
his involvement this year with the
Business Learning Community has
helped him learn to be a leader.
“It is very essential to make students
feel more welcome and involved in the
UNL community,” Bangert said. “My
learning community helped me become
who I am today.”
Bangert will be a student assistant
on the Business Learning Community
floor in Cather Residence Hall this fall.
Using a $50,000 budget, Jakobsen
said, she plans to give students a suc
cessful “freshman experience.” The stu
dent assistants on the floors will have a
major role in shaping that total experi
ence as well, she said.
Gregory said there are no require
ments to living on the floors.
“(Students) just need to possess the
willingness to learn,” he said
Jakobsen said even non-freshmen
are welcome on the learning communi
Students interested in living on
earning-community floors must sub
nit their university housing contracts by
Jakobsen said students who already
ive on program floors will be allowed to
•etum to their same room or floor if they
urn in their contract on time. Those
vho wish to return or live on a program
loor but do not meet the deadline will
)e assigned to available floors after June
• Achievement, Commitment
& Excellence (ACE) is for students
interested or majoring in agricultural
sciences and natural resources or
human resources and family sci
ences. ACE students will take a lead
ership class and participate in com
munity service projects. The pro
gram has 48 openings in Burr
Residence Hall and includes tutors,
upperclass mentors and academic
• College of Business
Administration is for business stu
dents. The program includes
Computer Management 198D,
English 150 and Sociology 101
courses, as well as in-house advis
ing, computer labs with business
software ami close contact with fac
ulty members. The program will be
housed in Cather and Pound
Residence Halls and has 75 open
• Engineering & Technology is
for engineering students. Program
traditions include discussion panels
with faculty members, test review
sessions, career services, upperclass
mentors and floor events, such as the
“Brains & Brawn Olympics” and an
egg-drop contest Students will take
an engineering freshman seminar,
; and Math 106 or 107.
There are 25 openings in Abel
• Freshman Learning
Community (FLC) is for general
studies students only. Classes includ
ed are English 150, Political Science
100 and University Foundations. All
students living in Schramm
Residence Hall have the option to
participate in study sessions, in
house academic advising, career ser
vices and Student Involvement
activities. FLC is limited to 100 stu
• Journalist’s Perspective I is
for journalism majors and non
majors interested in political issues.
Students will take Political Science
100 and an introductory journalism
class. The program will be housed in
Schramm Residence Hall and has 45
• Journalist’s Perspective II is
similar to JP I; however, students
will take English 150 instead of an
introductory journalism course. JP
II has 46 openings and will also be
housed in Schramm Residence Hall.
• Psychology - The Mind’s
World is for psychology majors and
non-majors. The program includes
English 150, an introductory psy
chology class, study sessions and
Director of University Housing
Doug Zatechka said more universities
nationwide are moving toward learning
communities in residence halls.“We are
trying to provide a community for stu
dents that want to feel at home, but still
want to learn,” Zatechka said.
“Learning communities are the per
informal meetings with faculty
members, students and staff in the
Psychology Department. There are
100 openings in Schramm
• Education Occupations is
open to women planning to live in
Sandoz Residence Hall. The pro
gram is designed to increase stu
dents’ skills and help prepare them
for future educational courses. All
students will take Education 131.
There are 30 openings.
• Education Occupations -
Webster Robbins Floor is open to
any student interested in education
occupations or multicultural educa
tion The program will focus on the
histories, traditions and cultures of
various representations of races.
Classes include Ethnic Studies 100,
University Foundations and
Education 131. The program will be
housed in Abel Residence Hall and
has 25 openings.
special program noors
• Academic Scholarship
Floors, located in Harper and Smith
Residence Halls, are for students on
scholarship, including Regents
Scholars and David Scholars.
Special emphasis on quiet hours is
enforced to help students study.
• Music, located in Selleck
Quadrangle, provides students with
three practice rooms with pianos and
music stands. In-hall tutoring for stu
dents taking difficult music theory
courses is arranged by die School of
• Community Service
Learning, located in Pound
Residence Hall, allows students to
learn more about themselves while
helping others. Structured opportu
nities for community involvement is
Special interest floors
• Outdoor Adventures, located
in Harper Residence Hall, provides
challenges for the mind, body and
spirit. Students have the option to
participate in Campus Recreation
activities and attend guest lectures
on outdoor subjects.
• Wellness Floors, located in
Pound Residence Hall, are for stu
dents who have made a commitment
to a healthy lifestyle. Living in a
smoke-ffee environment, students
have the opportunity to learn more
about nutrition, physical fitness,
emotional well-being and spirituali
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Starlite Motel room robbed
Thieves cleaned out a Starlite Motel
room, taking personal belongings, bed
ding and the television.
The five people staying in the room,
52nd Street and Comhusker Highway,
left Tuesday night and, when they
returned Wednesday before noon, their
room was empty, Lincoln Police Sgt.
Arm Heermann said.
Four of the victims were from
Lincoln, and the fifth is from Seattle.
The door to the room was ajar and
all of their belongings were gone
including airline tickets. Their loss is
estimated at $5,810.
The motel lost a television, cable
converter box and the bedspreads, for a
By Josh Funk
A Gas ‘N Shop custoirffer led
police on a chase across the city that
ended when he veered off the road into
The disturbance started when
Kevin Weils pulled into the 55th and
Superior streets store just before 1:30
a.m. Thursday, nearly hitting the
clerk’s car, Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann
Worried that Weils might hit his
car on the way out, the clerk took down
Weils’ license plate number while he
After topping off his tank, Weils,
of Lincoln, got into his 1995 Dodge
Intrepid and waited at the pumps.
When the clerk asked Weils to
leave, Weils made an obscene gesture
and pulled away, but then came back.
The clerk called police and a
Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputy
arrived to ask Weils to leave.
But Weils drove away when the
Lincoln police followed him down
Superior Street to 44th Street, where
the Nebraska State Patrol took over.
A trooper was following Weils
until he sped through a red light at 27*
Street, Nebraska State Patrol Traffic
Unit Capt. A.K. Anderson said.
Another cruiser picked up the
chase at 14* Street.
Weils sped ahead of the trooper,
and when police caught up to him at
7* and Superior streets, Weils’ car had
jumped the curb, hit a sign pole and
crashed into a rock.
Weils climbed over a fence toward
1-180 where a sheriff’s deputy was
waiting to arrest him.
The State Patrol arrested Weils for
driving while intoxicated, and Lincoln
police filed charges for disturbing the
peace and fleeing arrest.
loss of $530.
Glass broken at Hamilton Hall
Strong winds Wednesday afternoon
shattered four Hamilton Hall windows,
littering the sidewalk with broken glass.
Maintenance workers discovered
the broken windows around 4 p.m. and
told police strong winds were the cul
prit, according to University Police SgL
Police barricaded the area to prevent
students from walking through die bro
The broken glass still in the frames
has been removed and facilities mainte
nance plans to clean up the sidewalk
Friday morning, Construction
Supervisor Ray Campbell said.
By Josh Funk
A man impersonating a Daily
Nebraskan and Omaha World-Herald
reporter has been prying into state
Legislature candidate Scott Stinson’s
The man, who said his name was
Mark Kruger, called two of Stinson’s
business partners at Woody’s Pub and
members of Stinson’s church.
Tuesday morning Kruger called
Woody’s Pub part-owner Mike
Korsakas saying he was a Daily
Korsakas, an attorney and
accountant, refused to comment, so
Kruger called the pub again that
afternoon and talked to part-owner
John Mahoney and identified him
self as World-Herald reporter.
But Mahoney already had talked
to Korsakas, so he began to question
Kruger’s credentials, Mahoney said.
Though Mahoney offered,
Kruger did not want to talk to
Stinson, who would have been at the
“He was just prying into Scott’s
life,” Mahoney said.
Kruger became flustered and
confrontational before hanging up,
Kruger also blocked out the
caller-ID function both times he
Neither the Omaha World-Herald
nor the Daily Nebraskan had any
employee record of Mark Kruger.
Bar faces ADA complaint
ZOO from page 1
done, and others that cannot be done,”
The ADA tries to help the business
remove barriers to the disabled, such as
inaccessible public restrooms. The
ADA went into effect Jan. 26,1992.
If resources are not available to the
business to remove these barriers, they
are not required to remove them until
resources are available.
“It is a very fair law,” Walter said.
“They aren’t going to ask anything to
put anyone out of business.”
This includes having lever hardware
on the doors, adjusting the height of the
paper towel dispensers, having lever
handles in the sink and in the lavatory
and wrapping the pipes under die sink.
These take little money and effort
and don’t require changing dimensions,
The law does look at how compli
ance will negatively impact the busi
ness. If a store widening its aisles will
reduce the store space to the extent it
will jeopardize the business, different
measures can be taken, Walter said.
If businesses show good faith, the
Department of Justice will work with
If a business refuses to comply with
the ADA and the Department of
Justice’s investigation, then the depart
ment will file a lawsuit. The Zoo Bar is
not at and may never be at that stage, she
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