The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 11, 1998, Image 1

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The aftermath
After its first three-loss season since 1977,
Nebraska looks back on an injury-nddled season
and looks forward to spring. PAGE 10
A & E
The Lied Center presents Dickens’ “A Christmas
Carol” this weekend in conjunction with students
from the Performing Arts department. PAGE 12
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December 11, 1998
Life After Dead Week
Mostly sunny, high 53. Mostly clear tonight, low 25.
UNL, city enter
building boom
By Jessica Fargen
and Josh Funk
Staff writers
The next decade, downtown and
City Campus will be filled with days
of dodging bulldozers, walking past
piles of dirt and ignoring the sounds
of drills and jackhammers.
But the results of the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln's largest con
struction boom in conjunction with
downtown rejuvenation will reap
worthwhile benefits, planners say.
“This is the most active time, the
largest volume the university has
ever faced” said Rich McDermont,
assistant vice chancellor for facilities
management and planning. “There
w ill be a lot of disruption and a lot of
alternative routes taken over the next
five to six years.”
McDermont said modernization
of Love Library, a revitalized
Richards Hall and a more pedestrian
friendly campus under the Master
Plan will be the results of construc
tion the next 10 years and beyond.
At the same time, downtown will
see more than SI 00 million of invest
ment as part of a major revitalization
Public investments are being
made initially to encourage private
investments. New businesses will
move in as downtown diversifies to
A course in construction
All the headaches, dirt piles and
roving earth-digging machines that
come with construction will bring
technologically advanced class
rooms and improved learning envi
“As long as I've been here, acad
emic programs had to deal with inad
equate and obsolete facilities,”
McDermont said. “UNL is strongly
going to move out of that category.”
Most of the money for the pro
jects will come from private donors
or LB1100. a deferred maintenance
bill the Legislature passed in spring,
McDermont said.
Love Library will undergo nearly
S13 million in renovations and tech
nological upgrades starting next
summer, said Clark deVries,
mechanical engineer for facilities
planning and construction.
Only one floor of the library will
be worked on at a time, so students
can take refuge from pounding con
struction in some part of the library.
“It's going to be in a construction
zone,” deVries said. “It's going to be
A new visitors center - the “front
door” to campus - will be built in the
winter of 2000 after the buildmgs on
the Temple block, 12th and R streets,
are torn down. The Mary Riepma
Ross Film Theater will find a new
home next to the visitors center. It is
now inside the Sheldon Memorial
Art Gallery.
The storefront offices of the
Academic Senate, International
Affairs and Summer Sessions build
ings, which are now on that block,
will be moved to the former Tau
Please see BUILDING on 2
Bricks and mortar
Over the next 12 years, construction and renovation will be prevalent at UNL and
in Lincoln, including major long term planning that encompasses a series of projects.
Most of the 13 biggest projects will be underway in 2000.
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(1) Memorial Stadium skyboxes (21 months)
(2) Richards Hall renovations (17 months)
(3) Kauffman Center honors hall (19 months)
(4) Love Library South renovations (36
(5) Building replacing Lyman and Bancroft
halls (21 months)
(6) Hamilton Hall renovation (24 months)
(7) Visitors Center and Ross Film Theater
(25 months)
(8) Avery Hall renovations (23 months)
(9) New phases of UNL Master Plan (12
years): includes new parking garages,
street and traffic changes. Memorial Mall
and moving Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
(10) Embassy Suites, 12th and
P streets (about 22 months)
(11) Children’s Museum, 15th and P
streets (about 12 months)
(12) Centennial Mall, beginning in
1999 or 2000 (about eight years)
(13) Antelope Valley Development
Plan (about 10-20 years): include
street and traffic changes,
drainages systems and
community enrichment programs.
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Dawn Dietrich/DN
AARON FICKENSCHER, a UNL sophomore business administration major, lifts a “little brother,” Omar, to put an
ornament on the Capitol’s Christmas tree Thursday night. The Lincoln Jaycees and the Heartland Big Brothers Big
Sisters Community Partnership Program members helped decorate the tree.
Season bonds ‘siblings’
Staff writer
Fifteen fraternity brothers bonded with eight potential
little brothers and sisters Thursday night during holiday
festivities at the Capitol.
Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and the Fleartland Big
Brothers Big Sisters Community Partnership Program
worked together and decorated the Christmas tree in the
Capitol rotunda.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for guys in the house
to take a break from school,” said Reed Anderson, Alpha
Tau Omega philanthropy chairman. “We're relaxing, hav
ing fun and spending time with the kids.”
Children ages 7 to 12 gathered around the 20-foot
Colorado Blue Spruce tree, ate cookies and sang carols
with the fraternity.
Andrea Roth, community partnership coordinator for
Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, said the purpose of
the event was to give children the chance to develop their
social skills and self-esteem while they wait to be matched
with a Big Brother or Big Sister.
The evening also gave children the opportunity to cel
ebrate the holidays, she said.
“It is great to see their faces light up with smiles,” Roth
said. “It’s not every day they get to decorate a big tree.”
Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters provides support,
educational and recreational activities to children and
families, Roth said. Lancaster County children ages 7 to
17 years old, from single-parent or low-income families,
are eligible to participate in the program.
Fraternity members said they had a wonderful time
and were glad to take a break from their dead week stud
“This was a nice thing to do around the holidays,” said
Jamie Warren, a junior accounting major. “When you're at
school, you are isolated from Christmas. It was nice to
actually do something for the holidays.”
People interested in being a Heartland Big Brothers
Big Sisters volunteer can contact Andrea Roth, program
assistant, at (402) 464-2227.
Repatriation recommended
Set of unaffiliated remains approved for return to Midwestern tribe
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
A federal review committee will
recommend to the National Park
Service that the university be able to
repatriate about 40 American Indian
remams and parts of a teaching collec
The committee voted unanimously
a couple of days earlier than expected to
accept the claim at its meeting in Santa
Fe. N.M., on Thursday.
“I was just very, very pleased that
this went through.” said Priscilla Grew.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln vice
cnancenor ror researcn ana me universi
ty’s NAGPRA coordmator. Grew spoke
from Santa Fe on Thursday evening.
The set of remams was approved to
be returned to a coalition of Midwestern
tribes who signed a university repatria
tion agreement Sept. 1.
The remains are culturally unaffili
ated, which means researchers are
unable to tell which tribe they are relat
ed to, but can tell they are American
The federal review committee's
chairwoman. Tessie Naranjo, told the
Daily Nebraskan on Tuesday that
because of the remains' unknown tribal
origins, repatriation is not easy. The
committee aoes nor nave a sex policy ior
returning unidentifiable remains.
NAGPRA stands for Native
American Graves Protection and
Repatriation Act of 1990.
The act required museums, federal
agencies and institutions, such as UNL,
to take an inventory of human remains
and associated funerary objects and
report it to the National Park Service by
November 1995.
At the request of affiliated tribes,
the remains and objects are returned.
Randy Thomas, an American Indian
who has worked w ith the university in
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