The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 22, 1999, Page 6, Image 6

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    Neihardt to become honors-only
Staff writer
A new policy implemented by
University Housing will be leaving
some students in the Neihardt
Residence Center seeking another shel
ter after next year. Beginning in the fall
of2000, non-honors students now liv
ing in Neihardt will be denied further
residency because of space constraints.
The 2000-2001 academic year will
be die first time Neihardt will close its
doors to non-honors students, said Ana
Campos, Neihardt residence director.
University Housing administrators
have been enforcing a gradual plan in
the last seven years to cope with an
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Its frustrating. It would just be
easier if I could stay where
I was comfortable.”
Jeff Green
non-honors Neihardt resident
increase in requests from honors stu
dents to live in Neihardt.
Last year, Campos said, Neihardt
had to turn away more than two dozen
An increasing number of requests
to live in Neihardt by incoming fresh
man honor students has been the major
reason non-honors students are being
affected, she said.
With the newest changes, Campos
said the plan would:
■ Give non-honors students in
Neihardt a one-year grace period
before moving out of their rooms.
■ Designate two floors in Pound
Residence Hall as upperclass honors
■ Give non-honors students cur
rently in Neihardt priority to rooms in
other residence halls during the 1999
2000 academic year.
While the policy was aimed at deal
ing with space constraints, it was also
devised to build Neihardt exclusively
into an honors dorm, said Director of
University Housing Doug Zatechka.
“The No. 1 goal is to create suffi
cient space so the honors program can
continue to grow,” he said. “I don’t like
to disadvantage people, but a popular
program is a top priority.”
Zatechka said he hoped that the
one-year grace period would give non
honors students a “cushion” in finding
other living arrangements.
Cory Lueninghoener, a sophomore
computer engineering major and a non
honors student living in Neihardt, said
the change “seemed to be cruel.”
Lueninghoener wrote a letter to the
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Daily Nebraskan in December saying
administrators were discriminating
against non-honors students to make
Neihardt more exclusive.
Junior education major Candace
Cain agreed.
“They’re trying to create an envi
ronment for people who are successful
in just one area of learning,” said Cain,
a non-honors student who has lived in
the hall for three years.
Jeff Green, a sophomore general
studies major who also lives in the hall,
said he liked Neihardt’s sense of com
“I’ve met all my friends here and
leaving Neihardt makes it much more
difficult to maintain my relationships,”
he said.
Green called the policy “unjust”
since it will force him out of the hall for
his senior year in school.
“It’s frustrating. It would just be
easier if I could stay where I’m com
fortable,” Green said.
Campos said she was aware that
some students would be forced out of
Neihardt their senior year, but said
administrators have done everything
they could to be fair.
“This extended period of time for
people to make their living arrange
ments is one example ofhow we tried to
take people’s feelings about living in
Neihardt into account,” Campos said.
Angie Buescher, president of the
University Honors Program Advisory
Board, said the change was inevitable.
“I think it was a long toe coming,”
she said. “I really don’t see it as a huge
event that just happened.”
Grab-and-go lunches
to be more eco-friendly
Staff writer
The grab-and-go lunch program
already helps students save precious
time, but now the program is taking a
step towards saving the Earth.
The grab-and-go program allows
residence hall students to go through
the food line in their cafeterias and
take meals back to their rooms.
With the current system, students
throw away foam food containers
and plastic silverware when they fin
ish eating.
But the new system lets students
use a plastic container that can be
reused after students finish eating,
said Dale Ekart, UNL recycling
A trial program began in
November and concluded in
December during finals week. Ten
Cather-Pound residents used the
reusable containers for about a
A second trial program using
new plastic containers will begin in
about a month.
Angie Noe, a junior environmen
tal studies major, participated in the
first trial program.
She said the new grab-and-go
containers are convenient and easy to
“All of the (foam) waste adds
up,” Noe said. “I think it would be
great if the whole dorm system used
(plastic containers).”
Along with the reusable main
container, the new grab-and-go
lunch program uses reusable silver
ware and mugs. All the containers
are exchanged for new ones each
time students go through the line,
Ekart said.
Containers are issued and can be
used whenever students want. When
a meal is finished, the containers
must be rinsed out and leftover food
must be put in the trash, he said.
Ekart said program committee
members questioned whether the
new containers would be too much of
a hassle, whether students would
remember the container when going
to the cafeteria and whether enough
students would use the program to
make it cost-effective.
Committee members were also
concerned that students would put
leftover food in residence hall sinks
and clog them, Ekart said.
But surveys given to students,
kitchen and maintenance staff
showed positive results from the first
trial program and led to a second trial
program, Ekart said.
Ekart said the student organiza
tion Ecology Now played a crucial
role in getting the program started.
Galen Wray, program coordina
tor and Ecology Now member, said
students needed something different.
Some Ecology Now members
lived in the residence halls and saw
that the grab-and-go lunch program
used foam and produced a lot of
waste, said Wray, a senior environ
mental studies major.
Wray said it cost about 27 cents a
meal if all components of the grab
and-go foam containers were used
for a meal, including the tray, plastic
silverware and bowls.
“(The new program) saves
money and cuts down on trash and
waste,” Wray said.
The containers also are more
sturdy and spill-proof with dry items,
he said.
“Overall there were not a lot of
people that really complained,” Wray
said. “There were some people that
weren’t using the program, though,
because of throwing the (old) con
tainers away.”
Anyone interested in being a part
of the second trial grab-and-go lunch
program should call Ekart at (402)
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