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UNL JUNIORS CHRIS PRIETO and Matt Johnson bask under the warm March sun Monday before going to class. Temperatures were in the
70s Monday and Should he In the 90s and 90s for the rest of the week, with a chance of rain today and Wednesday.
Two scholars fill English spots
■ A creative writer and an
expert in 19th-century literature
will join the faculty next fall.
By Kimberly Sweet
With the completion of national searches, fac
ulty and staff in the English department are antic
ipating die arrival of two new scholars next fall.
Jonis Agee, a creative writer and novelist, will
join Kenneth Price, an expert in 19th-century lit
erature, to fill out the ranks of the English depart
ment next fall.
Agee was hired to fill a gap in the department
that opened after professor Marly Swick left the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln to go to the
University of Missouri at Columbia, said Stephen
Hilliard, chairman of the department.
Swick taught creative writing at the universi
Price was hired to fill the Cliff Hillegass Chair
in English. The position was established after the
Cliff’s Notes creator donated money last
November to endow a professor who would teach
1 ^-century literature in the department.
Hilliard said the department was anxious to
be the future home to the two professors.
“We have good reason to believe they will be
excellent teachers and valuable members of the
university,” Hilliard said.
Agee has written numerous novels and col
lections of short stories, Hilliard said. They
include “The Weight of Dreams,” “Strange
Angels” and ‘Taking the Wall: Short Stories.”
She is an Omaha native who has set some of
her stories in the Sandhills, Hilliard said.
Agee has been teaching at St. Catherine’s
University in St. Paul, Minn. St. Catherine’s is a
catholic, all-women’s college.
“She is a person who is taken very seriously as
a writer,” he said.
Price will come to the university as a full
He is a scholar of Walt Whitman and current
ly teaches in the American studies program at
” We feel this is
something students at
all levels need
English department chairman
William and Mary University in Williamsburg,
Price said he was excited to join UNUs facul
ty and be the Cliff Hillegass professor in English.
“It’s a great honor,” he said. “We see it as a
great move for us - it’s a dream job for me.”
Price’s wife, Renee, will join the faculty of the
College of Business Administration as an
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Girl died in fire while
mother was atfriend’s
By Michelle Starr
The mother of an 8-year-old girl who died
in a Feb. 21 fire was charged with manslaughter
Monday in Lancaster County Court.
According to court documents, Diane
Good, 33, 5306 W. Wilkins St., was charged
with manslaughter less than a week after she
was charged for her connection to a Feb. 12 rob
bery of Brewsky’s Food and Spirits, 2662
Lara Stewart, Good’s daughter, died from
smoke inhalation after Stewart started a pile of
clothes on fire while playing with a lighter at
831 G St., Apt. 4, at 1:46 a.m., Fire Inspector
Jack Bruns said.
Bruns said Good had left her children,
Stewart and Kenneth Devante Jr., 3, in the care
of two teen-agers and went to a friend’s house
According to testimony from the teen
agers, the two were asleep when Good left, and
she did not tell them that she was leaving, Bruns
The court charges that Good caused the
death of her daughter by negligently placing
Stewart in a situation where she could endanger
her health and life and depriving her of care,
said Lancaster County Attorney Gary Lacey in
The County Attorney’s office also filed a
petition in Lancaster County Juvenile Court
asking for the court to have jurisdiction on
Good’s son, Kenneth Devante Jr., claiming that
Good did not provide adequate care for her chil
dren on the night of the fire, Lacey said.
Good’s bond for the charge of manslaughter
was set at 10 percent of $200,000. Her next
court appearance is April 3.
Good was arrested on Feb. 28 for accusa
tions that she allegedly helped plan and cover
up a robbery with David Archie, 30, of the same
address as Good. Archie was a former employ
ee of the restaurant.
According to court documents, Good
allegedly was responsible for disposing the
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Service Council unites groups to help community
■ Student Involvement
By Tony Moses
A group of service organizations
hopes it can spark a series of commu
nity service projects across UNL’s
campus, including building a bike
trail between East and City campuses.
The Service Council will hold its
monthly meeting tonight in the
Nebraska Union at 6:30.
The Service Council brings
together different service groups to
involve more students in community
service, said Lauren Hampton, facili
tator of the Service Council and a
UNL graduate student.
Hampton and Diane Podolske,
assistant director for volunteer ser
vice and service learning at Student
Involvement, established the Service
Groups participating in the
Service Council are encouraged to
share ideas and to network with other
service organizations, Hampton said.
In addition, community agencies
contact the Service Council with ser
“We’re trying to promote cam
puswide cooperation on projects,”
Podolske said. “It’s worked out really
well so far.”
The Service Council had its first
meeting in January.
She said about 50 service organi
zations are represented at each meet
ing, including representatives from
the Asian Student Alliance, Student
Athlete Advisory Board and philan
thropy chairmen from greek houses.
“We want to get as many people
there as we can,” Hampton said.
” We want it to be a council where the
student organizations have control.”
facilitator of the Service Council
“If there’s someone starting an
organization, this would be a great
place to come. I would encourage
anyone to come.”
The meetings are coordinated by
Hampton, but she said she hopes stu
dents will take charge of the Service
“We want it to be a council where
the student organizations have con
trol,” she said.
The Service Council organizers
hope to involve the groups in a variety
of service projects.
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