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— ELECTION 2000 —
By Jill Zeman
and Veronica Daehn
A former Nebraska governor.
A Lincoln dermatologist.
Nebraska’s attorney general.
The secretary of state.
A war veteran.
Come November, one of these peo
ple will be Nebraska’s next representa
tive in the U.S. Senate.
Wednesday was the last day to file
for candidacy, and by the deadline, seven
Nebraskans had filed.
Republican Elliott Rustad, a Lincoln
dermatologist, said he entered the race
last fall because he had a good under
standing of the issues Nebraskans
Rustad said his primary issues are
health care, agriculture, veterans’
affairs, taxation and retirement security.
He knows what should be done, he
“The issues chose me rather than me
choosing the issues,” he said.
David Hergert, a Republican from
Mitchell, announced his-candidacy for
the U. S. Senate on Wednesday.
Hergert started out in the 3rd District
race for the House of Representatives
but said he decided to run for the Senate
when Bob Kerrey announced he would
n’t seek re-election.
“There are important issues in agri
culture right now,” Hergert said. “As one
of 100 in the Senate, I can have more
influence on Nebraska agriculture than I
would as one of435.”
Hergert runs a small business in feed
and grain manufacturing. He said his
business and agricultural experience
should help him get elected.
“My chances look good,” he said. “I
have more experience in agriculture than
the other candidates.”
George Grogan, a Republican candi
date from Omaha, said he thinks his
business experience will sway voters to
In fact, Grogan said he fears the
Please see CANDIDATES on 7
— ASUN ELECTIONS —
On to another run-off
9 Empower | Impact
B A-Team B Duff
B Other David Jand/DN
FRESHMAN BIOLOGY AND PRE
MED MAJOR Jenna Venema
gives Cecily Rometo, first vice
presidential candidate for the
Empower party, a hug after
hearing the results of
Wednesday’s ASUN election.
There will be a runoff election
face another election
By Sara Salkeld and
Similar reactions pervaded
two Lincoln bars Wednesday
night after the A-Team and
Empower parties found out
Wednesday’s elections resulted in
“I guess there’ll be a run-off
next week, then,” Empower presi
dential candidate Heath Mello,
grinning broadly, told a packed
crowd of 75 at Main Street Cafe,
1325 0 St.
At Crane River, 200 N. 11th
St., a more subdued crowd of
15 waited anxiously as A
Team presidential candidate
Joel Schafer answered the
much-awaited call from the
ASUN Electoral Commission
on his cellular phone.
“All right, that’s great -
OK!” were the only words
Schafer could muster in his
excitement after finding out he
and first vice presidential can
didate Riley Peterson would
have a chance to fight it out
another week against
Please see ASUN on 8
Class examines how homework affects families
That’s really why I
like it, because we get
to actually experience
it... We get to get our
hands on it.”
sophomore pre-ajchitecture student
Two to three hours ofhomework per night - that
may be the norm for college students.
But what about seventh graders? Do drey have
that much homework? And if so, is it too much?
Kenneth Kiewra, professor of educational psy
chology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is
trying to discover what perceptions parents have of
the homework their seventh graders do.
He’s also making it a priority to help his stu
dents learn about the researching process.
His Educational Psychology 362 class,
Learning in the Classroom, is working on finding
out how much homework seventh graders have and
what kinds of effects homework has on family life.
“Our goals for doing the homework study are to
understand parents’ perceptions of the homework
process,” he said. “For instance, do they find home
work to be valuable? Do they find homework to be
in the proper amounts? Is it too much, too little?
How does it affect their family?”
Kiewra, who now has a son in the seventh
grade, has written two articles for the Lincoln
Journal Star on the role of homework in the lives of
students and their families.
After his first article, he received responses
from Lincoln parents, most of whom complained
that their children were being assigned too much
Kiewra said sometimes children will spend
their whole day in school, then come home with
two to three hours of homework.
He plans to send questionnaires to parents of
about 800 households to determine attitudes about
“We’re breaking new ground here,” he said.
“There is very little known about parents’ percep
But Kiewra is not going at the project alone.
The students in his class are working hard to get the
research off die ground.
Please see HOMEWORK on 6
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