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By Katie Mueting
When Joel Schafer came to UNL as a
freshman transfer student, he felt like he was a
number in a database, not part of a community.
The first day of die semester, he was hand
ed a pin number, a course directory and a tele
phone and told to “pick out some classes.”
This feeling of alienation inspired him to
develop a plan for a new freshman orientation
program, said Schafer, the A-Team presiden
tial candidate for ASUN.
He said it is essential to reach students
when they first arrive at UNL in order to create
a greater sense of community.
“You can’t build a community after people
become disenchanted with it,” he said.
Schafer is running with first vice presiden
tial candidate Riley Peterson and Joel Webber,
second vice presidential candidate.
Webber said he also felt disillusioned his
Students feel like numbers, and they’re
away from home for the first time, often losing
sight of what they’re here for, Webber said.
Schafer said ASUN needs to work to
increase students’ sense of community.
“We see ASUN as basically failing,”
To change this, Schafer said he would
implement a freshman orientation program
that would focus on community building if he
Please see SCHAFER on 7
By Kimberly Sweet
The newest residence hall under consideration
by university officials could put some students in
the lap of luxury.
University officials are putting a process in
motion they hope will result in the construction of
a new, suite-style honors residence hall
The 400-bed hall would be built on the north
side of Cather Residence Hall in a space occupied
by a small parking lot and basketball courts, said
James Griesen, vice chancellor for student affairs.
The hall would contain suites with a common
living space and bathrooms shared by two stu
dents, Griesen said.
If approved, the hall would be built with spe
cial amenities, including group study spaces,
computer rooms and lounges.
It would also turn into the home of the Honors
Program, Griesen said.
The construction of the hall, which is in the
university’s master plan, is necessary to meet stu
dents’ housing demands, Griesen said.
“We need additional rooms on campus,” he
said. “We’re not turning students away, but we’re
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The hall will also help draw honors students -
the population the University of Nebraska- •
Lincoln is facing the most competition in recruit
“If we’re going to add more rooms, we want to
add them in an area where the competition is most
keen,” Griesen said. “That is among honors stu
The room-and-board portions of the residence
hall will be funded with housing fees, but the extra
amenities needed to make it a learning facility will
be paid for by donations, Griesen said.
Making all students pay for an enhanced facil
ity for honors students won’t happen, he said.
“We will finance a fair percentage with donat
ed funds,” Griesen said. “We’re not going to tax
the average student to pay for amenities for honors
Controversy over honors housing arose last
year after Neihardt Residence Center turned into
an honors-only residence hall.
Student! and members of the Residence Hall
Association expressed concerns about the exclu
sivity of the hall.
Mike Butterfield, speaker for the RHA senate,
said students probably will have the same con
Please see HONORS on 7
Two suspects arrested in death
■ A man says he shot shop
clerk during an exchange of
gun-fire at Acher Arms.
By Mfchelk Starr
The family of Gary “Casey” Jones
might sleep a little easier knowing two men
were arrested Wednesday in connection
with Jones’ murder.
Jones, 51, of Ceresco, was shot and
killed at Acher Arms, 1334 S. 33rd St., Jan.
28 during a robbery.
Jones was a reputable gun salesman
with about 27 years in the business, said
his former employer, Davis Mosby of
Lincoln. Mosby owned the now-defunct
Gun Rack, where Jones worked for 25
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years before his employment at Acher
Lincoln Police, with the help of a
Crimestoppers tip, arrested Nathan Pendell
and Monte Siddens shortly before 4 p.m. in
connection with Jones’ death. Both sus
pects are 21 and live at 1132 N. 55th St.
Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady
would not say when the Crimestoppers tip
was received or what information was
included in the tip.
Jones’ widow, Carolyn, said she was
relieved that the police had made an arrest,
and she thought it might help with the heal
“All I can say is (Casey) was a good
guy,” Carolyn Jones said.
“The wheels of justice are turning,” she
said “Justice is being served if they caught
the men that did it.”
The arrests were made without inci
dent, Casady said.
Lancaster County Attorney Gary
Lacey said he will file charges against the
two men today.
Bond was set at $1 million cash for
each man, court documents said.
According to documents submitted in
Please see SUSPECTS on 6
By Sara Salkeld
The four parties vying for spots in ASUN took Thursday’s
debate as an opportunity to voice their opinions on the plat
forms of their opponents.
The debate, sponsored by the Golden Key Honor Society,
Mortar Board, Innocents Society and Omicron Delta Kappa,
was held in Neihardt Residence Center.
The candidates discussed how they would maintain and
improve the academic reputation of UNL.
Joel Schafer, A-Team’s candidate for president, said the
Please see ASUN on 3
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