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VOL. 99 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 - NO. 51
By Veronica Daehn
Fraternity houses are realizing die
benefits of being alcohol-free more
and more these days.
Within the next three years, 11
national fraternities will sign a man
date officially banning alcohol from
their chapter houses.
Jon Williamson, National
Interfratemity Conference executive
vice president, said beginning in July
2000,11 fraternities will be required to
be alcohol-free because of the mandate
signed by their national houses.
The other 55 fraternities will not
have to rid their chapters of alcohol
unless a new chapter is started, but
many of them do have some form of
alcohol-free housing, Williamson said.
“(The other 55 fraternities) are
buying into the reality of better grades
and cleaner buildings,” he said
The fraternities whose national
houses did not sign die NIC’s mandate
are not required to be alcohol-free, but
many are doing so on their own.
No sanctions will be imposed on
fraternity houses whose national chap
ter did not sign the mandate.
Please see MANDATE on 2
of activist recalled
By Kimberly Sweet
Senior staff writer
Betty Olson was an unlikely
activist for the 1970s.
As the war was raging thousands
of miles away in Vietnam, Olson was a
housewife, taking care of her three
children who were all around the age
Thirty years later, the housewife
would be recognized as a state figure -
leading Nebraskans for Peace and
advocating social consciousness.
Olson, who was the wife of UNL
English Professor Paul Olson, died
last week of cancer at the age of 70.
Her friends and family celebrated
her life and accomplishments yester
day at a funeral in Lincoln.
Tim Rhine, state coordinator for
Nebraskans for Peace, said many
leaders and lawmakers respected
Betty Olson’s knowledge on peace
. “She was an institution in a sense
that she did this stuff for over a quarter
of a century,” Rinne said. “Political
movers and shakers knew who she
was and what her message was about.”
Paul Olson said he admired his
wife for her hard work in increasing
Nebraskans’ awareness on issues
going on around the world.
Betty Olson originally joined
Please see OLSON on 2
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By Becky Jacobsen
Travis Dendinger grew up on a farm
Travis, a senior mechanical engineer
ing major at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln, played football in high school,
ran track, drives a stick shift and for the
last three years has won the UNL intra
mural bench press competition.
Sounds pretty typical, but there’s
Travis developed a blood clot in his
arm when he was a baby. As he grew, the
clot came out and the rest of his arm
developed, leaving him without a hand.
His left arm stops about 3 inches
below his elbow.
Travis said he doesn’t see his short
ened arm as something to be self-con
1 guess it s sometnmg mat 1 ve
always dealt with. 1 really don’t think
about it a lot It’s really not something lhat
\ I identify myself by,” he said. 1
“I consider it something that you’re
bom with, like the color of y our hak”
looking at Travis’ record, Ins bench
pressing prowess is obvious - he lifted
345 pounds for two years and 365
pounds to win his most recent title as
UNDs intramural bench press champion.
He is looking to do it again this year.
Many may think this is not possible.
Travis and his family see it other
“It’s what I do to relax after classes,
something I do because I enjoy it
“I just got some good genetics, I
guess,” he said, laughing.
Iravis puts those good genetics to
work at the Campus Recreation Center at
UNL three to four times a week.
It may be obvious to people watching
Travis weight lift that the UNL senior
works hard, evident by the sweat that
pools on his face as he lifts.
When weight-lifting recently, Travis
placed the bar across his chest, holding it
with his right hand and balancing it on his
Travis then lifted with both arms,
raising the bar up, then bringing it down
again for one repetition.
Travis says his family has influenced
in his life greatly.
“I have a lot ofrespect for my parents.
They’ve been great. I’ve always gotten
along with them. They gave me a lot of
freedom,” he said. “I always had to take
responsibility for what I did, but they did
n’t try to control me*
Travis is one of five children. He has
three older brothers and a younger sister.
Travis’ brother, Garret Dendinger,
said his brother has always been upbeat.
“He’s a really happy person. He likes
tomeet people. Everyone dud knows hkn
says, ‘Oh, you’ve gotta love Travis!”’
Tnwis said there isn’t much he can’t
“I drive a stick-shift pickup, I play
flag football whoa they need me and I
was on a ragby team my first year here,”
Garret admires his brother’s determi
nation and desire to do well.
“He’s always been a competitor. I
think it’s something that all of us kids
have in us, a great desire to succeed,” he
Please see STRENGTH on 2
Compos Roc* No soM ho hopod to brook 400 poonds within tho noxt fow months*
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