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Thrift, style are important factors
By Eric Rineer
Residence hall students may want
to take a tip or two from their resident
assistants before doing any last
minute shopping to furnish and deco
rate their rooms.
Brooke Hubbard, a senior civil
engineering major and Selleck R.A.,
did most of her school shopping this
year at garage sales and thrift stores.
Hubbard said she spent $100 buying
small furniture, compact discs and
“It’s a pretty good deal,” said
Hubbard, who also said she likes to
watch for ads in newspapers or signs
in residence hall lobbies for sale mer
Kevin Maas, a senior communi
cations major and Pound Hall R.A.,
agreed that ads were the way to go
when shopping for residence hall
“It’s a really good idea to watch
for ads in the Daily Nebraskan,” said
Maas, who also shops at thrift stores,
Super Kmart, and Best Buy and
Homer’s for CDs and tapes.
Thrift stores in Lincoln were “a
major resource for inexpensive
goods,” Maas said.
Maas, whose room is decorated
with Christmas lights and posters of
supermodels and female musicians,
said style was an extremely important
avenue to travel when residence hall
Style, he said, could be achieved
relatively inexpensively by shopping
at stores such as Target or Kmart.
Making connections with friends also
was a good resource, he said.
Maas said he received a free
couch, loft bed and halogen lamp
from friends moving out after gradu
“It’s kind of a rush,” Maas said.
“It’s all about the last minute and
what you can find.”
Meredith Morgans, a senior
English major and Pound Hall R.A.,
said waiting until the last minute can
“It’s distracting sometimes gath
ering stuff for your room,” Morgans
said. “There’s always something you
Bringing items from home was
the key to an easy move for Morgans.
Her television and VCR came along
with her from her home in
SOPHOMORES JEFF CUMRO, left, and Chad Sueper sit in their Abel Residence Hail room, which has been organized
with lofts to create more space, along with a futon couch, an office chair and a banana chair. Resident assistants
suggest shopping at local thrift stores or bringing items from home to residence hall rooms to cut down on
Morgans also brought cookies
and banana bread with her, and
movies such as “Goonies,” “Princess
Bride” and “Pulp Fiction.”
Movies enable Morgans to feel
more at home during the course of a
semester, she said.
The best stores to shop at for fur
niture were thrift stores, Morgans
said. Rod Kush’s Furniture, 4010 N.
27th St., and Target were also good
places to shop, she said.
Julie Houk, a freshman general
studies major from Ohio, said the
pressures of being a first-time resi
dence hall shopper were overwhelm
“There’s a lot of stuff on my mind,
and it’s just stressful moving in,”
Houk spent more than $700 pur
chasing items for her room this year,
including bedspreads, winter clothes,
picture frames, silverware and CDs.
Living in a residence hall, she
said, also can be convenient in terms
of shopping for a microwave or
refrigerator. Residence halls offer
UNL students a choice of whether to
purchase a MicroFridge, which
includes a freezer, microwave and
refrigerator as one appliance.
“It’s very convenient when you
don’t have to go buy all three,” Houk
Furnishing a residence hall room,
while sometimes expensive, is impor
tant for both new and returning stu
“This is where I live for the
majority of the year,” Morgans said.
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of Russian troops
ORAHOVAC, Yugoslavia (AP)
- Ethnic Albanians on Sunday
threatened to block all three main
access roads to this southern
Kosovo town to prevent the arrival
of Russian peacekeepers they
accuse of participating in past Serb
About 1,500 ethnic Albanians
gathered on the city’s main square,
chanting “NATO yes, Russians
no.” Dutch soldiers, stationed here
for weeks, are scheduled to hand
the town over to the Russians in the
next few days.
Ethnic Albanians resent the
Russian peacekeepers, accusing
them of favoring their fellow Slavic
Serbs. For their part, many Serbs
believe only the Russians can pro
tect them from reprisal attacks by
Two different speakers at the
ethnic Albanian rally announced
extended protests to begin Monday.
The demonstrations will include
blocking the three main arteries
leading into the town, said the
speakers, who urged people with
tractors, cars and buses to block off
Also Sunday, Dutch peace
keepers in Orahovac began taking
stock of the hundreds of weapons
they had ordered Serbs to hand in
by a Sunday noon deadline.
The weapons crackdown came
after Friday’s arrest of three Serbs
on suspicion of committing atroci
ties against ethnic Albanians. The
next day, German and Dutch troops
posted signs throughout the Serb
neighborhood listing names of
people who were given weapons by
“If you respond to this, you will
be freed of punishment,” the signs
said. The warning added that
peacekeepers would begin house
to-house searches after the dead
line, and “if we find any weapons,
you will be arrested.”
Elsewhere, one Kosovo Serb
was kidnapped Sunday around 10
a.m. on a road in northern Kosovo,
the Tanjug news agency reported.
Srdajan Jokic, 32„ was abduct
ed by members of the Kosovo
Liberation Army while driving on
the road west to Kosovska
Mitrovica, the agency reported.
The report could not be indepen
Meanwhile, one of two Serb
brothers wounded on Saturday
when ethnic Albanians attacked
Banje village in central Kosovo
died overnight in a French military
hospital, Tanjug said. It said vil
lagers demanded a meeting with
French officers and threatened to
leave the province if they could not
Reprisal attacks against Serbs
by the majority ethnic Albanians
have prompted most of Kosovo’s
former 200,000-member Serb
community to seek sanctuary in
other parts ofYugoslavia.
Also Sunday, the Kosovo
Liberation Army reburied 55 KLA
soldiers killed in fighting with Serb
forces last spring throughout the
province. About 10,000 people,
including some of KLA’s top fig
ures, attended the ceremony in the
village of Poljance.
As thousands of cars, tractors
and people poured in from sur
rounding villages, 55 freshly dug
graves awaited the soldiers’ coffins
on the so-called Hill of Martyrs.
The hill overlooks the small village
in the central Drenica region.
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