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Merlene Ottey was selected as top Nebraska
woman athlete of the past century. This is the
first in DN’s Sports Century series. PAGE 16
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My first film
* The Student Academy Awards gears up for region
. two competition this week, and it all happens at
3 UNL’s Ross Theater. PAGE 10
March 31, 1999
Breezy and Bright, Then Clt'Jdy At Night
Sunny and windy, high 75. C'c j tonight, low 52.
By Ikya Augstums *
Senior staff writer
The future of the University of Nebraska
Lincoln. as well as the university's academic
progress and capability, was on the minds of
more than 50 concerned citizens who attended
the Lancaster County Legislative Senator's
Breakfast on Tuesday.
Community and state senator representa
tives listened to UNL Chancellor James Moeser
discuss the university's overall progress, rein
forcing the state's need to continue higher edu
“We want our students to succeed." Moeser
said. “And we want to measure our own success
by the success of our students "
Focusing on the university's goals for the
next few years, Moeser reported on the academ
ic success of university students.
Over the past two years, ACT scores have
increased from 23.4 points to 25 points, he said.
In addition to increased admission stan
dards, UNL's freshman-to-sophomore year
retention rate has increased to 81 percent, up
from 74 percent in 1997.
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doesn't focus solely on test scores, Moeser said.
“The single most important element in the
kind of students we are looking for demonstrate
leadership ability," he said. “More than raw test
scores and grade point averages in high school."
However, Moeser said, students alone could
not achieve success.
“Great faculty makes a student’s success not
only possible, but probable," Moeser said.
UNL faculty members are experiencing
propositions from other universities offering
higher-paying positions, causing some of the
best faculty members to leave. Moeser said.
Salary support from state citizens and the
Legislature is important, he said.
Moeser said he was very pleased the
Appropriations Committee is recommending an
increase close to the amount requested by the
NU Board of Regent's university biennium bud
“I hope the Legislature stays m there and we
can get the funding we need to keep these peo
ple," he said.
Sen. Ron Raikes of Lincoln said he under
stood the university's goal of continuing acade
mic rigor and retaining faculty, but the universi
ty should do more.
“We need to start making changes,” Raikes
said. “We need to adjust things so that they bet
ter suit the needs of the region.”
To accommodate the university’s increased
push in academics and research, new facilities -
state and private funded - are being planned.
However, Luke Yearly, a part-time instructor
in the gerontology department, said in addition
to building more buildings, the university need
ed adequate teaching materials including larger
rooms and improved technology.
Yearly instructed a course in a classroom
located m Neihardt Hall, and she said the class
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JEFF GERDES, a senior construction management major, uses a tape measure to determine the dimensions of the Christ Temple Mission church.
A total of 85 juniors and seniors from the College of Engineering and Technology are conducting studies to find the best plan for renovation for
the 92-year-old church.
Church rebuilds stronger foundation
By Eric Rineer
Thanks to UNL students and
faculty members, parishioners of a
historic Lincoln church will soon
see their weekly prayer offerings
turn into big dividends.
Eighty-five juniors and seniors
from three classes in the College of
Engineering and Technology are
conducting studies of Christ
Temple Mission church.
The studies, designed by the
students' instructors, are created to
help find the best possible renova
tion plan for the 92-year-old
church, said Charles Berryman,
assistant professor of construction
Berryman is one of three
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
instructors overseeing the project,
which he called “very unique "
“It puts students in a real-world
setting." he said. “It's important for
us to have them have that experi
ence outside the classroom."
Another advantage, Berryman
said, was that the project centered
on renovation of a building, rather
than overseeing a building con
structed from scratch. Most con
struction managers fresh out of
college, he said, usually deal with
Once the study is complete.
(The church) has some serious structural
issues to deal with."
Berryman said, students will then
speak in front of a panel of church
The student presentations will
give church members a better idea
of the cost involved and time need
ed to complete renovations,
Rev. Tom Saddler, pastor of
Christ Temple Mission, said
church renovation plans included:
■ ceiling repairs.
■ new offices to be built near
the north side of the church.
■ adding Sunday school rooms
in the church basement.
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Outgoing ASUN president proud of goals met
By Kim Sweet
Outgoing ASUN president Sara Russell will
watch president-elect Andy Schuerman take the
oath of office at the 1999 Association of Students
of the University of Nebraska inauguration
But while a new set of ideas and new ways of
taking action will pervade the ASUN office after
today, Russell hopes the accomplishments she
and the 1998-1999 senate worked toward will not
be soon forgotten.
“I just hope we’re remembered,” Russell said.
“I hope that in the history of ASUN, we’re looked
at as doing some pretty valid stuff.”
Last spring, ASUN members set out goals
they would pursue over the year.
While not all the goals they outlined were
met, others made during the year were.
Preserving parking spaces with the initiation
of the UNL Master Plan, revamping the ASUN
Outstanding Educator award, establishing the
Laura Gockson memorial scholarship and mak
ing the Martin Luther King Day committee a per
manent feature of ASUN were some of things the
senate accomplished this year, Russell said.
Russell made her voice heard on the UNL
Master Plan by convincing the administration not
to build the first parking structure on 14th and
Building a parking garage there would have
amounted in the loss of massive amounts of park
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