The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 11, 1998, Page 6, Image 6

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    Low returning numbers indicate
group’s success, SIT members say
Staff writer
When the Student Impact Team
was started last year, organizers
were skeptical of the success of
ASUN’s newest spin-off group.
Three hundred students became
members of the organization last
Many members attended week
ly meetings, while a few decided to
leave the group. But most members
used SIT as a stepping stone to
reach other involvement opportuni
ties at the University of Nebraska
With oply three members
returning from last year, SIT is
ready to represent UNL students for
a second year.
SIT Vice Chairman Jeff Bangert
said he is happy to be one of the
three returning members of the
“It shows us that^ye;
job,” Bangert, a sophomc
* Carrie Pierce, past SIT chair
woman, said the decline in SIT
membership from last year
occurred because students became
involved in other activities.
“Our primary goal was to get
students involved and meet other
leaders on campus,” Pierce said.
“We did it. Students didn’t need our
help anymore.”
Targeting freshmen, the organi
zation works with the Association
of Students of the University of
Nebraska to get students involved
within the campus community, Jeff
Nicholaisen, SIT chairman, said.
“We are a branch of ASUN,”
Nicholaisen said. “But SIT is not
the only way to get involved.”
Student government President
Sara Russell said ASUN doesn’t tell
students what to do or what organi
zations to join.
“Students came to Student
Impact Team with real issues,”
Russell said. “The students them
selves act upon their own issues
through involvement in other orga
Russell said SIT members can
make a difference on City and East
campuses. Students need to “utilize
all possible resources,” she said.
This includes committee opepmgs
id positions in student orgaaiza
licholaisen said this year%IT is
pusbing for high membership. SIT
is looking for members interested
in getting involved on campus, he
Last year SIT sponsored an
ASUN election debate, hosted
Pepsi Week activities, conducted a
universitywide service project and
helped more than 200 students gain
leadership and involvement experi
ence, he said.
This year SIT hopes to do the
same, but with more students.
We want to
inspire students to
accomplish their
own goals here at
Kate Hutchens
SIT vice chairwoman
“If students are looking for
something to get involved in,
Student Impact Team is an option,”
Kate Hutchens, SIT vice chair
woman, said. “We want to inspire
students to accomplish their own
goals here at UNL.”
Hutchens said SIT’s goals this
year include volunteer work, lead
ership and activity involvement on
Russell said there are many
things this year’s SIT members can
become involved in. <.!
For example, the proposed state
spending lid and parking issues, as
well as new student organizations,
are great avenues for involvement,
she said.
“SIT is the ultimate involve
ment experience,” Nicholaisen
said. “We’re about getting students
involved and keeping them
Student Impact Team will meet
Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Nebraska
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Boys awaiting bus assaulted
Two 13-year-old boys were
assaulted as they waited for the
school bus Wednesday morning.
Police caught the three assailants
Wednesday afternoon, and they were
referred to Lancaster County
Juvenile services, Lincoln Police Sgt.
Ann Heermann said.
One of the victims told police the
three boys, ages 14, 14 and 13,
attacked him from behind while he
waited for the bus at 25th and R
The other victim told policy he
saw the initial attack from his house
and came out to help.
The attackers responded by strik
ing the second boy repeatedly in the
head with their hands and a handgun,
which police later found to be a BB
Witnesses told police they saw
the three attackers pass the gun to
each other during the attack.
When the bus arrived the driver
called police, but all of the boys were
gone when police arrived.
The BB gun was found near a
large trash bin at 2323 Q St.
Wednesday afternoon police
interviewed the two victims with the
help of a Vietnamese interpreter.
Then on his way back to the sta
tion, the officer saw the suspects
walking near Centennial Mall and Q
All three of the boys were charged
with assault and possession of a
firearm. One boy was cited for pos
sessing alcohol and the other for car
rying a concealed weapon.
One of the three boys was carry
ing an army knife, and another had a
bottle of Budweiser beer in his bag.
They were referred to juvenile
services before being turned over to
their parents.
Lower enrollment
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prompts budget cuts
FEES from page 1
we’ll kindly listen to diem.”
The budget cuts are necessary
because CFA bases fee users’ budgets
on projected enrollment figures prior
to the start of the school year.
But student population figures are
lower thanihose on which CFA based
its budgets.
Griesen said overall enrollment is
down 1.9 percent for this year.
Last year, UNL admitted 505
fewer students because of tougher
admission standards.
Freshman enrollment is up 150
spirts from ,, 4
., ‘We:ai9 9P in freshmap^butdowp
overall,” Griesen said. “Enrollment
was the main reason for budget cuts.”
Griesen said many international
students also felt a strong “monetary
squeeze’* from the Asian Currency
Crisis, which prevented them from
returning to UNL.
The economy that offered stu
dents plentiful and good paying jobs
was another factor that decreased
enrollment, he said.
CFA Chairman Paul Schreier said
students pay two types of fees: Fund A
fees go to student-run organizations
and services, such as student govern
ment and the Daily Nebraskan; Fund
B fees go to programs and services
administered by the university, he
“Dr. Griesen was able to spare
fund A,” Schreier said. “The budgets
there seem to be awfully tight
already.” „■
; Schreier urged students to
approach CFA members with ques
tions, concerns and suggestions to
where student fees should go.
“As a community we have to uti
lize our services,” Schreier said.
“Students need to take a proactive
stand in student fees.”
University targets binge drinking
BINGE from page 1
and promotional practices. This
includes special promotions boasting
cheap, high-quantity alcohol.
But it also includes stepping up
efforts to decrease the density of licens
es downtown, as well as increasing
enforcement of legal occupancy in
ccowdedbacs, Casady said.
He said. he» hopes some of the
money from the grant will go toward
training employees of bars so they can
recognize when a customer has had too
much to'drink.
■ Reduce high-risk consumption
and serving practices by increasing
enforcement at bars and restaurants and
at off-campus parties.
■ Increase student awareness of the
risks associated with high-risk and ille
gal drinking. , ,,,
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This not only includes risks to the
student who is.drinking,1>ut also to the
students around drinkers. _ .
, Chris Linder, a student representa
tive on thecoalitton and former resi
dence hall student assistant, said sec
effects include unwanted sexu
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al advances, drunken driving, sleep dis
turbances and “baby-sitting,” or taking
care of drunk peers.
■ Identify activities alternative to
high-risk drinking. Major said the stu
dents will play a significant role with
implementing this strategy.
■ Enhance enforcement of the
manufacture and possession of false
identification. Casady said false identi
fication may not be a big problem, but
it is something1 that needs to be '
With alt of the strategies, Casady
said, consistent enforcement will be an
important factor.
In addition to the $700,000 from
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
the NU system has donated $300,000
toward the effort
The Nebraska Office of Highway
Safety has allotted $150,000 to prevent
underage drinking, and the university
wili receive' $25,000 from the Pepsi
contract to use for similar purposes.
The coalition will spend this year
plamtihg, and the program will start at
the beginning of the 1999 academic
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