The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 17, 1999, Page 8, Image 8

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British historian while being an
American at an American institu
tion,” Kennedy said.
Despite growing up in the
Midwest, Levin was fascinated at a
young age with Elizabeth and British
But it was in a course in her
senior year of college when she
began to look closer at women in
England, some of whom held a more
infamous place in history.
After doing a project on witch
craft for her class, she began to dis
cover that thousands of English
women died for their radical beliefs
and actions.
When she moved on to Tufts
University in Medford, Mass, to get
her graduate degree in history, she
began to specialize in women’s and
British history.
“I loved it,” Levin said. “As I was
taking the classes, I knew this was
the work I was meant for.”
Her study of witches in college
led her to develop a course of her
own. Titled “Saints, Witches and
Madwomen,” the course focuses on
some of the roles women played in
medieval history.
Tim Elston, one of Levin’s grad
uate students who is enrolled in the
course, said the class has taught him
the importance of women’s roles in
history - and that credit is not always
given to them when it is due.
ror iar too tong, men have taken
the glory, whether it was theirs to
take or not,” Elston said.
In many cases, women had a
huge impact helping to make the
world what it is today, Elston said.
One example is Joan of Arc.
Levin’s class makes these reali
ties known, without trying to alien
ate her male students, Elston said.
“One criticism about women’s
courses are that they are geared at
women to study,” Elston said. “But
Professor Levin does not put forth an
agenda that makes it uncomfortable
for most males.”
Another stigma often associated
with women’s courses is that they are
not rigorous, Levin said.
This was proved to her while she
was teaching her course at the State
University of New York at New
An outside group that lobbied
the university to make the curricu
lum more intensive saw the title of
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Rhetoric Power and Renaissance Women.” Levin, along with one of her
students, is in the midst of having another book published.
Levin s class and assumed it was
But the students taking the class
wrote letters to the group, testifying
to its intensity.
Many students were able to
vouch for the class’s rigor, but the
attitude about women’s studies still
exists today, Levin said.
The history professor spends a
lot of time inside and outside of class
trying to dispel the myth and empha
sizing the importance of women’s
roles in history.
Having numerous published
books is one way of getting the mes
sage across.
Her newest book, which is forth
coming, focuses on lesser-known
women in medieval and Renaissance
One of the women profiled is a
merchant’s wife, who learned to read
and write just so she could corre
spond with her husband when he was
That same woman also agreed to
adopt and raise her husband’s illegit
imate child.
Levin said she hopes the book,
which is aimed at a general audience,
will help readers understand the
courageousness possessed by
women throughout history.
“There are so many women in the
book who were extraordinary
because of their family, or their loy
alty to a parent or a partner,” Levin
“It just shows that women can be
extraordinary in a whole range of
Homecoming royal court
includes more non-greeks
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process to be chosen for homecoming
royalty, Linder said
After students apply, a four-per
son committee consisting of one fac
ulty or staff member, a student who
lives in a residence hall, a student who.
lives off-campus and a greek student
assigns a score to each application.
The top-scoring applicants then
move on to an interview process with
the selection committee. After the
interviews, the committee chooses
which of the applicants will be mem
bers of the royal court.
“It’s all about who applies,”
Linder said. “If more non-Greeks
apply, then more non-Greeks will be
on the court.”
Boyd said the steering commit
tee’s hard work to spread the word was
worth the effort.
“I was pretty surprised and
pleased as well,” he said. “This is a
step to show people that things are
changing; tilings are becoming more
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Bahamians make
Floyd recovery
(AP) - Stunned residents of Abaco
Island salvaged rain-soaked posses
sions from flattened homes Thursday
as the relief effort for Hurricane
Floyd’s victims slowly gathered
Survivors of Floyd’s 145-mph
winds gawked at sailboats flopped
onto eroded beaches and seas of sand
where tiny coastal villages once were.
Hundreds of wooden homes were
exposed to the elements, their roofs
ripped off like paper during the
storm’s rampage Tuesday.
“At least no one died,” was a
refrain repeated by residents
Thursday as they balanced soaked
mattresses on car roofs to dry.
Clothes washed of mud littered
every free space, laid out on the flat
tened ruins of some houses, fluttering
from uprooted trees and car windows.
Like other Bahamian islands, res
idents of Abaco and the tiny keys on
its periphery, population 11,000,
faced the prospect of going weeks
without telephone, electricity or reli
able water service.
The 700-island archipelago
reported one presumed death: that of
a Freeport man swept out to sea from
Grand Bahama Island. Authorities
said they had no word of anyone who
was critically hurt.
Bahamians had heeded storm
warnings and stayed but of harm’s
way inside churches and government
> “The trees were skinned like
bananas,” said Michelle Rolle, a resi
dent of Abaco’s Sandy Point. “This
hurricane was by far the worst we’ve
seen, but at least everyone is safe.”
Some Abaco residents reported
seeing tornadoes.
The trees were skinned
like bananas. This
hurricane was by far
the worst we ve seen.”
\ Michelle Rolle
resident of Abaco’s Sandy Point
Hundreds of homes were flat
tened, roofless or otherwise damaged
in Abaco, Eleuthera and Cat islands.
In Grand Bahama, Freeport’s interna
tional airport was closed because of
Officials with the U.S. Agency for
International Development’s Office
of Foreign Disaster Assistance helped
Bahamian authorities assess damage
and relief needs, Martinez said.
“There is a great need for fresh
water and food,” she said.
Most hotels reported only minor
damage, including the Atlantis resort
on Paradise Island, where 2,000
tourists weathered the storm.
“I just want to get off this island,”
said Elaine Bryant of Elizabeth, New
Jersey. “This is the worst vacation I
have had. But I can’t blame anyone.”
Everywhere, neighbors joined to
clear streets, clean homes and stock
up on emergency supplies.
In Nassau, market vendors set up
their stalls; lines formed again at fast
food drive-thrus.
To the east, Hurricane Gert
whipped up 130-mph winds, but
forecasters said it would likely turn
north today and head into the open
bystem would make
senior checks faster
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“The colleges have to be very
involved with the testing,” she said.
“It all depends on the resources of
the college.”
Each college needs to enter the
credit hours needed in each area of
each major into the degree audit
electronic database before the new
system can be implemented.
This is a complicated process
that could take up to two years for
each college to complete, Liss said.
Beth Lee, ASUN academic com
mittee chairwoman, said her com
mittee is encouraging the universi
ty’s colleges to adopt the degree
. audit system as soon as possible.
“(Getting a senior check) takes
so long,” Lee said. “Students get
them back after they register for
classes. This would be faster for
Right now, four colleges, includ
ing the College of Business
Administration, the Teachers
College, the College of Engineering
and Technology and the College of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural
Resources, have completed the
process and are ready to use the elec
tronic check.
They won’t be able to use the new
process until every college is ready
to go, Liss said.
Hawkey said the degree audit
system should make manual check
ers’jobs easier.
“Once we are able to automate
the program, we hope that students
will have fewer problems for us to
deal with,” he said.
Aside from easing the load for
the checkers, there are other advan
tages Liss sees with the electronic
Students, including freshmen,
will always know where they stand,
(Getting a senior
check) takes so long.
Students get them
back after they
register for classes.
This would be faster
for seniors.”
Beth Lee
ASUN academic committee
she said. They will be able to visit
advisers and together be able to run a
degree audit and see what credits stu
dents need for their degrees.
Liss said this will be helpful for
students who change majors and
want to know what credits will cbunt
toward the new major, as well as
how many classes they still need to
The degree audit reporting sys
tem also will allow for a “more
enriched advising experience,” Liss
With the electronic audit, advis
ers will be able to concentrate on a
student’s interests and talents rather
than on what credits he or she is
missing, she said.
Final implementation of he pro
ject depends on the colleges, Liss
said, but work toward the procedure
is ongoing.
“It’s pretty labor intensive right
now,” she said.
“It takes quite some time to do.
We have to be partners with the col
leges to do this.”