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The Big Dance begins
The Nebraska women’s basketball team starts its
run through the NCAA Tournament against
Kentucky on Friday night. PAGE 7
A & E
Part cult following, part theatrical competition, the
Nebraska State Winter Charades starts this weekend
at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. PAGE 9
March 12, 1999
No Break from the Blahs
Cloudy, high 33. Snow possible tonight, low 22.
Parking permit fees may increase by 2004
You will have
a better chance
of finding a parking spot
than you do today.”
director of Parking and Transit Services
By Kelli Lacey
If the proposed site for a new parking garage
passes through the NU Board of Regents this
coming June, students, faculty members and
staff could all pay the price for it.
Although the new garage will offer many
more parking spaces at 17th and R streets, the
price of a student permit - which currently costs
$81 per year - could increase to $288 by 2004.
The increase would be more substantial to a
faculty or staff member’s monthly permit, which
now costs $99, and would be raised to $396 per
By the year 2001, the first of three newly
proposed parking garages will be completed
while the building of two more on City Campus
and two on East Campus will also begin.
The Parking Master Plan, which was pre
sented to a select group of about 20 students,
faculty members and staff Thursday, will
replace current student-permit parking lots on
both campuses with well-secured, cash-free
parking garages designed to alleviate the short
age of parking.
But with the increased price of the permits,
more stalls will be available for parking than are
now available, said Tad McDowell, director of
Parking and Transit Services.
“You will have a better chance of finding a
parking spot than you do today,” McDowell said.
The completion date for the project is set for
2004, when approximately 4,000 parking stalls
will have been affected.
The first garage will consist of 1,200 stalls
and will be available to all faculty members,
staff and students. When all three garages on
City Campus are finished, the number of stalls
lost to the construction will be replaced in the
James Main, assistant vice-chancellor for
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■ LB156 would require
senators to wait at least one year
before they become lobbyists.
By Shane Anthony
Under a bill advanced by the
Government, Military and Veterans Affairs
Committee Thursday, senators who wanted
to become lobbyists would have to wait one
LB156, introduced by Norfolk Sen.
Gene Tyson, would prohibit the governor,
lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attor
ney general, state treasurer, auditor of public
accounts or senators from becoming a regis
tered lobbyist for one year after leaving
Tyson said the bill was not aimed at cor
recting a problem, but rather at addressing
“The point of LB 156 is about the appear
ance of impropriety,” he said.
Jack Gould, of Common Cause
Nebraska, a watchdog group that backs the
bill, said officials were elected to serve, not
to be lured away by more lucrative careers as
“They didn’t tell their constituencies, ‘I
will serve until a better job comes along,’” he
In his testimony, Gould said two former
speakers and a number of other senators had
left the Legislature for lobbying jobs.
Former Gov. Charles Thone is a lobbyist as
One of the former speakers, Ron
Withem, is now director of governmental
relations for the University of Nebraska. In a
phone interview, Withem said he did not
have a lot of strong feelings about the legis
lation. But he was less than supportive.
“Were I still in the Legislature, 1 would
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ASSOCIATE CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR PAUL KELTER believes students are not just numbers. Kelter, who won the 1999 Outstanding Teaching and
Instructional Creativity Award, said he sees every student as an individual despite his large class sizes. “I just want to share the passion for
ideas,” Kelter said. “People and ideas, I think that’s a wonderful mix.”
Professor finds chemistry with students
Editor s note: This is the first of two profiles
on UNL professors who were recipients of the
Outstanding Teaching and Instructional
Creativity Award. Stephen Buhler, associate
professor of English, is the other recipient.
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
In a setting known for confusion and
anonymity. Associate Chemistry Professor Paul
Kelter finds a way to reach his students and
make them want to learn.
Kelter does his best to make sure the 200
seat lecture halls, on the first floor of Hamilton
Hall, where his general chemistry courses are
taught, are not foreboding.
With an energetic, roaming style and a pas
sion for both chemistry and teaching, Kelter
helps students understand - not just survive -
Last week, NU administration recognized
Kelter’s efforts with one of two Outstanding
Teaching and Instructional Creativity Awards.
“I find students wonderfully interesting,”
Kelter said. “And they have important things to
And Kelter’s students appreciate his enthu
siasm for teaching, said sophomore pre-med
major Chris Bristol.
“He cares that you learn and know the infor
mation,” said Bristol, who took Chemistry 109
with Kelter last semester. "Other teachers just
stand up there and lecture.”
Kelter, who started his teaching career at a
summer camp while he was in graduate school,
is known for his ability to involve students in
Kelter said he knows 100 to 125 of the 200
students in each of the two lecture classes he
This semester Kelter is not teaching any
classes so he can focus on his research and the
three textbooks he is writing.
Research is important to good teaching,
Kelter said, because it helps professors stay
aware of developments in their field.
“1 can’t be effective without being involved
with the science (of chemistry) and the science
of teaching^’ he said.
After earning his bachelor’s degree at City
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