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    Auto accident
kills two men
By Michelle Starr
Staff writer
Two men died in a car accident
Thursday morning.
The 9:56 a.m. accident at Warlick
Boulevard and Old Cheney Road
involved a Salem Oil Company semi
tractor trailer and a Dodge pickup
truck, Lincoln Police Ofc. Katherine
Finnell said.
“I know 400-some people are
killed in car accidents each year, but
when it hits home it is really diffi
cult,” said Chuck Salem, owner of
Salem Oil Company.
The driver and passenger of the
pickup truck, identified as David A.
Vice, 36, of York, and Craig A.
Harris, 41, of Henderson, were killed
in the accident, Capt. A1 Soukup said.
The addresses of the victims were
taken from their drivers’ licenses and
are the best information the police
had as of Thursday night, Soukup
The driver of the semi trailer
truck, Frederick Kos, 50, of Lincoln,
was transported to BryanLGH West
Medical Center and suffered only
bumps and bruises from the accident,
Salem said.
He was treated and released from
the hospital.
Kos’ minor injuries were the only
thankful thing that came out of the
bad day, Salem said.
Kos was unavailable for com
Soukup said the report of the
accident has not been completed, and
the police did not know who was
responsible for the accident as of
Thursday night.
No citations had been issued.
It is also unknown if slick streets
caused by weather played a role in the
accident or how fast the vehicles
were going at the time of impact, he
Finnell said the pickup was east
bound on Old Cheney Road and the
truck was southbound on Warlick
Boulevard when the two collided in
the intersection.
Program tackles
teacher shortage
By Margaret Behm
Staff uriter
A nationwide shortage of teachers
has one oiganization recruiting college
graduates of all majors.
Teach for America is an organiza
tion that gives college graduates the
opportunity to teach in under-resourced
urban and rural schools across the coun
The program was developed 10
years ago by Wendy Kopp, a college
student at Princeton University, tyho
presented the idea in her undeigraduate
senior thesis statement.
Ten years later, the program contin
ues to grow and is a good way for col
lege students to get involved in society,
said JefFKnievel, campus coordinator.
“It’s an opportunity for college stu
dents to give back to the community
where they came from or a community
where they know needs assistance,” said
Knievel, a senior sociology major.
Teach for America is one of many
service programs students apply to in
the spring. Other programs include the
Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and Vista.
Not only is it a great way to help but
schools, but Teach for America is also
an excellent way for graduates to get
involved with a job opportunity where
they have assistance, John McNally,
campus coordinator, said. >
“You’re not going in blind because
they provide resources where people
want you to go in and teach,” said
McNally, a senior political science
major. “Teach For America will say that
it isn’t the greatest neighborhood, but
we’re here to help you.”
Jeff Hellbusch went through the
program from 1995 to 1997 in
Baltimore, after graduating with an
English degree from Northwestern
University in Chicago. He taught mid
dle-school English.
« “There’s a huge teacher shortage,”
said Hellbusch, a third-year medical
student at the University of Nebraska
Medical Center. “In Baltimore it’s
crazy. You don’t even need to have a
high-school diploma to be a substitute
teacher. It’s pretty crazy that actually
happens, but it does.”
f Participants will always have anoth
er person from the program in the
school they teach in, Knievel said.
Hellbusch said he was intimidated
by the idea of teaching at an inner-city
school, but later he liked the change.
“I got to admit, I was a little appre
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” I got to admit, I
was a little
apprehensive -1
even had a few
nightmares about
former participant
hensive -1 even had a few nightmares
about it,” he said. “But once f was there,
the adjustment was not bad at all.”
Hellbusch said being in the program
helped him get into medical school.
“I know someone on the review
committee, and they said they thought
the program was impressive,” he said.
“So I know for a fact it helped.”
. Participants must apply before they
are accepted into the program. This year
the deadline is Monday. Students can
pick up applications at Career Services
in Nebraska Union 345 or by visiting
the Web site at
www. teachjoramenca. org.
There are currently 13 areas across
the country where students can teach.
Applicants rank their top three choices,
and the organization will try to place
them there. Participants can teach all
Students of all majors can apply for
the program, and it is recommended
they apply during their senior years of
college, Knievel said.
Students must spend 12 hours in the
spring in a public school classroom
observing the strategies of teachers. •
In the summer, die participants will
spend five weeks in Houston. There
they will be trained by educators and
will teach summer school.
Participants are given a temporary
teaching certificate. Many school dis
tricts require the participants to become
fully certified to teach while they work
there, McNally said.
“Most of die time, they are required
to get a teaching certificate while you’re
teaching,” he said. “So when you’re
done, you have a real certificate. There
are some people that stay teachers.”
Participants must commit to the
program for two years. They receive a
salary where they work,with $4,725 per
year from the program.
Gas line
lulls traffic
By Michelle Starr
Staff writer
Traffic came to a lull midmom
ing Thursday as crews repaired a
one-day-old gas line downtown.
The accident occurred during
construction of the Que Place
Garage and Gallery Complex, 12th
and Q streets.
“This is a routine experience
during construction,” said.Alan
Hersch, Peoples Natural Gas
Chuck Moreno, underground
foreman for ABC Electric
Company, 1021 N. 25th St., broke
the line while trying to install a junc
tion box that controls traffic signals
and lights.
Hersch said that by law anyone
who is going to dig must call to
check for power lines - including
gas - before they begin.
ABC Electric did not do that, he
said. “It’s a serious deal... if you hit
an electrical line it could cost you
your life,” Hersch said.
Moreno said he normally would
call to check for lines, but while he
was at the site, he asked John
Schroeder, superintendent of
Sampson Construction Company,
where the gas line was.
Schroeder pointed to one area,
and the line was not there. He then
pointed to another area. When
workers began digging, they hit the
gas line and broke it, Moreno said.
Hersch said traffic began flow
ing shortly after the gas-leakage
scare was calmed. The plastic gas
line was repaired within a few hours.
Moreno said ABC Electric
probably will cover the datfagel.
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Girl damages vehicle
with boyfriend’s head
A 16-year-old girl reportedly
tackled her boyfriend, put him in
a choke hold and pounded his
head into the windshield of his
vehicle on Wednesday, Lincoln
Police Ofc. Katherine Finnell
Brian Reed, 21, 840 La Brea
Ave., is not pressing charges for
the 10 p.m. incident; he just
wanted it reported to the police.
The girlfriend was upset that
her boyfriend had gone to a nude
bar for his 21st birthday, Finnell
Reed reported $270 damage
to the vehicle caused by his
head, Finnell said.
Compiled by staff writer
Michelle Starr
to buy books
From staff reports
The UNL Black Masque chapter
of Mortar Board will be in the
Nebraska Union today from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. collecting money for books
for elementary school children.
The money will be given to pro
grams in the Lincoln area that buy
the books, said Christy Jensen, the
senior honorary’s president.
Jensen said the national Mortar
Board service theme this week is
“Reading is Leading.”
This week is National Mortar
Board Week.
Also as part of the week, Mortar
Board alumni will have lunch at the
Wick Alumni Center on Saturday.
The group has been around for
about 100 years, Jensen said.
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