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HR. SUSANNA FINNELL Is the newly appointed director of the Office of Admissions. She said: “We need to change the way the uni
versity is perceived and make sure people understand that this is an academic rigorous institution.”
Admissions gets new director
By Kimberly Sweet
For Susanna Finnell, UNL’s newly
appointed director of admissions, the path to
Nebraska was one that began halfway around
She grew up in Switzerland and received
her advanced degrees in French from a univer
sity in Canada.
She came to the United States to teach for
eign language at universities in Oregon and
Then she went south, to help direct the
honors program and academic scholarships at
Texas A&M University.
Now, Finnell is beginning her life as a
Midwesterner after moving to Nebraska to
take the job as director of the Office of
It’s a somewhat bizarre path - even to
“I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting about
the curious trajectory of my life,” Finnell said.
But despite Finnell’s roundabout path to
the state, the new director of admissions is
ready to become a true Nebraskan.
“It’s really beautiful here,” Finnell said. “I
have a real pull to the land, and the people are
An attachment to the state and its people is
a prerequisite for her job, Finnell said.
Because she will be responsible for coor
dinating the university’s efforts to attract stu
dents, Finnell said, she wants to be able to
identify with Nebraskans and help parents feel
confident about sending their children to the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“I will have to be connected to the people I
Please see FINNELL on page 7
■ A proposed bill would make the con
sumption of alcohol by minors illegal.
Anyone under the age of 21 knows the rule.
If someone is a minor and in possession of alcohol, he or
she runs the risk of getting caught.
However, nothing in the state law prohibits minors from
Members of the legislative General Affairs Committee
whether this inconsis
tency in the law should
The current state
policy only stipulates
that minors may not be
in possession of alco
hol. The new bill would
minors to consume
alcohol as well as pos
LB975 was intro
duced Jan. 5 by the
Ray Janssen, commit
tee chairman, said the
bill would avoid any
loopholes in the MIP
^ If you re
you re a minor;
Sen. Ray Janssen
If you re drinking and you re a minor, you should
receive a citation,” he said “Why should there be a discrep
If the bill is passed, minors could receive an MIP if their
blood alcohol level is above .02, regardless of if they actual
ly possess any alcohol, Janssen said.
Currently people can only be cited for consumption of
alcohol if they are driving, said Lynn McNally, General
Affairs Committee legal counsel.
Please see MIP on page 3
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By Jake Bleed
Written over the eastern side of
Memorial Stadium in perhaps
15,000-point letters is a sign declar
ing Nebraska the home of a nation
leading 168 academic All
Leading the nation is nothing
new for NU athletics. Several
Husker teams enjoy a reputation for
But the athletes’ performance in
the classroom isn’t nearly as well
known as the performances they
give on the playing field.
Which raises the obvious ques
tion: How can Nebraska, a universi
ty which year after year hovers
between a second and third-tier
institution, produce so many top
notch student athletes?
GTE sponsors the academic All
American program which has
named all 168 of Nebraska’s All
To qualify for the program, a
candidate must be a starting player
or “key reserve” and have a 3.2
Athletic Department Sports
Information Director Chris
Anderson said the GTE program is
probably the most prestigious pro
gram in the country.
A candidate must, after meeting
the program’s initial requirements,
be nominated by the candidate’s
sports information director - who,
in this case, is Anderson - for the
Sports information directors in
the region then vofe, filling every
position on the regional teams.
Linebackers compete for a position
on the All-American team only
against other linebackers, centers
only against centers and quarter
backs only against other quarter
Candidates from these regional
teams are then nominated for the
national team. A national committee
votes on who will join the national
team and become an academic All
Please see ALL-AMERICANS on 8
Year Count Year Count
1962 1 1983 I 3
1966 l 1 l 1985 | 5
1972 i 2 | 1989 | (T"
1975 2 1991 6
1977 1 1993 9
1979 3 1995 10
1981 3 1997 |9
1 1 1
I ' 'I 1999 I6
Notice there are nearly double the number of all
Americans between 1986-1998 (109) than there
are from 1962-1987 (59). In 1964,1965,1967,
1968 and 1974, there were no all-Americans.
There are more in the last 10 years (88) than
previous 27 (80). _ Source: MIHsport
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