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Master Plan to benefit greeks
GREEKS from page 1
As a result of that proposal - which
has not yet been approved- the univer
sity would need to demolish both the
Alpha Chi Omega Sorority house and
die vacated Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity
The Alpha Chi Omega Sorority
would then build a new house.
In December, about 70 Alpha Chi
Omega Sorority members and support
ers attended the NU Board of Regents
meeting to express their concerns
regarding the plan.
Bensen said discussions are still
taking place with members and alumni
of both houses.
If an agreement that satisfies both
the university and Alpha Chi Omega
Sorority is not made before Aug. 1, the
sorority nouse will stay where it is, he
“This plan is not set in stone,”
Benson said. “It can be amended and
changed whenever we see it necessary.”
Many greek houses are aware of the
Master Plan and their options to relo
The Antelope Valley Parkway,
which is a part of an extensive city pro
ject, would isolate Acacia Fraternity
from the rest of the campus “They do
have the option to move closer to the
campus,” Benson said. i
Acacia Fraternity President Shine
Mares said the fraternity has discussed
relocating options with Greek
Affairs.“We have looked into relocat
ing,” Mares said. “But by no means is it
Mares said because of the Master
Plan’s extensive detail and tune sched
ule, Acacia Fraternity would have to
consider all of its options before mem
bers made a decision.
But one house has already decided
Last year, members of Phi Mu
Sorority, which is located behind (he
decided they wanted to be a part of
Greek row could see an expansion under Proposed future sites for greek houses
UNL’s proposed Master Plan. Six houses « Existing greek row
could relocate and call the street home. \ ■■ Extended greek row | -kt j:
In August, the sorority purchased
the vacant Theta Chi Fraternity house
on 16th Street.
Sharon Ash, a Phi Mu Sorority
alumna, said one of the main reasons
the sorority wanted to move was
because members wanted to own their
UNL Housing Director Doug
Zatechka said the four greek houses
located behind the residence hall com
plex are leased from die university. The
lease contracts provide for a multi-year
period, with an annual review of costs,
V Alpha Delta Pi Sorority ended its
lease with the university in December.
Because of dwindling member
ship, the sorority was forced to relin
quish its house, Schwartzkopf said.
Zatechka said it is likely the vacant
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority building will
be renovated into administration
Once Phi Mu Sorority completes
its move, the old house will probably be
turned into a learning community, he
Schwartzkopf said Triangle and
Chi Phi fraternities, also located near
the Harper-Schramm-Smith Complex,
have not expressed an interest in relo
The future of Chi Phi Fraternity has
been brought into question while an
investigation is conducted regarding
Kara Bliven, a 20-year-old sophomore
who fell out of a house window
Benson said the results of the
Master Plan will benefit the university
and the state.
“The Master Plan is a very dynam
ic campus project,” Benson said. “Not
only do we want it to be responsive to
our academics, we want it to be student
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Kerrey hopes bills
will gain attention
KERREY from page 1
bers and animals’ destinations to the
Department of Agriculture; prevent
packers from custom feeding live
stock; require country-of-origin
labeling for meat products and pro
hibit price discrimination based on
Kerrey said that legislation on
price reporting and labeling stood the
best chance of passing at die federal
level. Of those two issues, he said,
price reporting - a major focus of
LB832 - probably would fare best.
Mike Callicrate, a St. Francis,
Kan., cattle rancher who is leading a
lawsuit against meat packers, agreed
that requiring packers to report the
prices they pay could help producers.
“If cattle feeders know the mar
ket, that will be beneficial,” he said.
“We simply will be able to make bet
But Don Willoughby, a represen
tative from Dakota City-based IBP -
the largest meat packing company in
tiie world, according to his testimony
- said producers could tell each other
“The seller is free to tell anybody
the price we paid than for their live
stock,” he said. Unfortunately, he
said, neighbors don’t like to tell each
other about prices they receive.”
Willoughby also criticized
LB835, which would prohibit pack
ers from offering better prices for
quantity alone. The measure would
allow packers to discriminate for
quality and acquisition costs. But,
Willoughby said, the bill does not
provide a way to determine quality.
“Everybody thinks their cattle or
their hogs are the same, and that’s not
the case,” he said.
Low prices that pushed thou
sands of producers out of business
were the result of cycles, he said.
When producers received good
prices in 1995 and 19%, he said, no
one sent EBP any Christmas cards.
Several of the more than 140 people
who packed the hearing room gasped
or muttered at his comments and
those of ConAgra’s Dick Gady.
Both Willoughby and Gady said
livestock farmers’ problems have to
do with supply and demand.
“There has been no hard evi
dence that packers are the problem,”
ConAgra has lost a lot of money
on meat the past few months, he said
Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers
said ConAgra was not in as much
trouble as small farmers.
Several people who testified crit
icized IPB for making huge profits.
Ewing Sen. Cap Dierks,the
committee’s chairman, suggested
EBP could have shared some of its
profits with producers who went out
“It just seems horribly cold to me
that that didn’t happen,” he said.
In other testimony, the Nebraska
Pork Producers supported the bills,
as did State Agriculture Director
Keith Olsen, first vice president
of Nebraska Farm Bureau
Federation, said his organization
supports the measures. But he
encouraged the Legislature to
change the bills to resolutions
encouraging federal action.
On the federal level, Nebraska
Sen. Chuck Hagel released a state
ment commending the committee
for holding the hearings.
Hagel said he is introducing sev
eral bills to help agriculture.
“When our farmers hurt,
America hurts - and that is not good
for this country,” he said.
Mother Nature takes its
toll on Lincoln’s Capitol
CAPITOL from page 1
rapid growth of algae, Rindone said.
Most of the damage to the
Capitol’s exterior can be attributed to
a sandblast cleaning of the building in
the early 1970s, Rindone said.
“The sandblasting helped age the
building,” he said. “Some of the
things we are seeing shouldn’t be hap
pening for another 60 to 70 years.
“I would hate to see what it would
look like in another 45 years.”
Because of the rough treatment
the building has experienced,
Rindone said the current project must
be done with great care.
In addition to the exterior work
being done on the Capitol, some
structural reparation is also taking
Limestone walls support most of
the Capitol’s weight. Consequently,
the bottom of the building is showing
more wear and tear because it sup
ports more weight, Rindone said.
But, he said, two steel skeletons in
the Capitol’s structure help it handle
“We are trying to isolate the
weight so it doesn’t put so much stress
on the bottom (of the building),”
Rindone said. “We want to distribute
an equal amount of weight to each
floor by shifting it from the limestone
walls to die steel skeletons.”
After an extensive search, the
Mark One Waterproofing and
Restoration Company of Dalton, 111.,
has been selected to do the work on
“We spent eight months trying to
select the most qualified contractor in
the country,” Rindone said.
Rindone said many companies
nationwide showed interest, but only
two Nebraska firms competed for the
Plattsmouth Sen. Roger Wehrbein
said the funding for the project will
come from general tax funds.
Wehrbein said the renovations of
the Capitol are worth the cost.
“It is a historical landmark as far
as Nebraskans are concerned,”
Wehrbein said. “We are all very proud
of it, and we will do everything we
need to do to keep it in good shape.”
Bob Ripley, manager of Capitol
Restoration, said the Capitol has a
special place in architectural history.
“It really broke the mold of 20th
century architecture,” Ripley said. “It
was the first state capitol to radically
depart from the normal design.”
Ripley said 37 of the 50 state capi
tol buildings follow the design of die
federal Capitol, but Nebraska’s is dif
“It was the first high-rise capitol,”
he said. “It also emphasizes a vernac
ular theme that represents Nebraska.”
The theme, which is prevalent
throughout the building, focuses on
the evolution of democracy and the
natural and human history of
Nebraska, Ripley said.
“The democracy and the
Nebraska history combine to make
the Capitol one big book of
Nebraska,” he said.
Ripley praised die building’s dura
bility and craftsmanship, but he
stressed the need to keep up with nec
“It will last for centuries if we give
it good care,” he said. “We’re doing a
first-rate job now,*o we won’t have to
do it again.”
Ripley said the money will be well
“There are many great things done
in history, and this building is one of
them,” he said. “It is a great building
for anywhere in the U.S. The fact it is
in Nebraska is something special.”
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