The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 08, 1998, Image 1

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Engessing game
Kim Engesser not only leads the nation in goals
scored, but she gets to play her former team.
_ Portland this weekend. PAGE 9
“Little Shop of Horrorsf'a comedy about a timid
florist and his man-eating plant, opens tonight at
the Star City Dinner Theatre. PAGE 7
October 8, 1998
Light Bright
Sunny, high 70. Mostly clear tonight, low 45.
Russell advises
keeping ballot
lists party-free
By Ieva Augstums
Student government candidates would be identified by
name only, not by party, on the ballot if student leaders approve
of a presidential recommendation.
Association of Students of the Univ ersity of Nebraska
President Sara Russell proposed Wednesday keeping a par
tisan system for the campaign, but changing the listing of
names on the ballot.
Her recommendation came from a joint meeting Tuesdav
with the ASUN Electoral Commission where Russell present
ed results from a survey of200 students.
a majority or tne < survey) responses were tor keeping tne
party sy stem." Russell said. “I'm not going to counter the stu
dents' opinion. My recommendation is from the students."
Because party affiliations were called into question during
last year's election. Russell decided to create a party system
surv ey asking students how candidates should be elected.
“The good things said about the party system did outnum
ber the bad." Russell said.
“Party affiliation on the ballot has always been a complaint
among students." said Andy Schuerman. senator for the
College of Business Administration. “Eliminating the party
name on the ballot w ill allow students to say. 'Yes. I am part of
the party system, but 1 can still run independent.'"
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Senator Chad Villwok said he would like to keep party affilia
tion names on election ballots.
"The support from the party, along with the name affilia
tion. promotes student involvement greek and non-greek "
Russell and other senators disagreed.
Speaker of the Senate Matt Boyd said many non-greek stu
dents do not understand the election process.
“They don't believe in ASUN.” Boyd said. “Their percep
tion is that student government is set up solely for the greeks."
Second Vice President Eddie Brow n said ASUN needs to
deal with other issues, including spending and infractions.
"What it all comes down to is how much money y ou spend
on the election," Brown said. “Party name affiliation isn't the
only thing that decides winners and losers."
Russell said the Electoral Commission members will vote
next week on whether to accept her recommendation. ASUN
members will then v ote on the commission's decision.
"It's really up to (the electoral commission)," Russell said.
“They are the ones who can change the rules, not me "
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Sandy Simmers'DN
UNL MATH PROFESSOR Sylvia Wiegand shows oft an overhead of equations from her specialty, commutative algebra.
Wiegand, who has taught at UNL for the past 26 years, said her family supported her choice to enter mathematics. “I was
always encouraged,” Wiegand said. “It makes a difference to women if they are encouraged in math.”
Professor fights math stereotypes
By Kim Sweet
Staff unter
When S\ h ia Wiegand decided to pursue
a career in mathematics, she had a lot to li\e
up to.
In IS1)5. her grandmother was the first
woman to earn an official doctoral degree in
(rermanv. I he subject was mathematics.
As a high school student. Wiegand
tagged along with her father, a professor of
mathematics at the l nisersits ofWisconsin
Madison. and attended mans of his college
Today Wiegand teaches her ow n classes
as a professor of mathematics and statistics
at the l 'niversitv of Nebraska-Lmcoln. a few
doors down from her husband Roger, also a
professor of mathematics and statistics.
And as the national president of the
Association for Women in Mathematics.
W iegand speaks around the countrc with the
goal of making women feel more welcome
in the field forwarding the cause her grand
mother began when she earned her doctoral
degree more than a centurc ago.
After growing up in England and obtain
Please see WIEGAND on 6
Just putting a
human face on
a woman in
mathematics is
Jean Taylor
Rutgers University math professor
Lid supporters $2 million
ahead of foes in donations
By Todd Anderson
Senior staff writer
Supporters of a proposed consti
tutional amendment to limit state
revenue and spending have raised
over S2 million more than opponents
of the amendment, according to
reports submitted to the Nebraska
Accountability and Disclosure
Commission this week
With the majority of contribu
tion'. coming from large Omaha
firms. Citizens for Nebraska's Future
a statewide group supporting
initiative 413 has pulled in more
than S2.7 million since the beginning
of the year.
Opposition groups have raised a
combined total of nearly S638.000
with S200.000 of the monev donated
from the Nebraska State Education
Since mid-June, Citizens for
Nebraska's Future has received SF6
million 73 percent of which came
from businesses and organizations.
Steven Wolf, executive director
of the group supporting the lid. said
the group spent about S1.3 million to
collect enough signatures to put the
measure on the November ballot.
More recently, he said, the group
has focused on radio and television
advertising to prov ide information
Please see FINANCE on 6
lid lobbying
Supporters of Initiative 413. a constitutional amendment to put a lid on state revenue and spending,
have raised more than four times as much as opponents since January. Two of the groups.
Agriculture, Mainstreet. and Education against Measure 413, and Heartland Agnculture and
i Business against the lid started after the mid-June reporting period. All numbers were rounded, i
Citizens for
for the
Good Life
AME against
Measure 413*
Agriculture and
against the lid
© Campaign contributions since January
O Campaign contributions since mid-June (most recent reporting period)
O 'Contributions from Nebraskans for the Good Life to Agnculture. Mainstreet.
and Education against Measure 413
Source State Accountability and Disclosure Commission
Jon Frank ON
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