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Wednesday, April 19,2000 dailyneb.com Vol 99, Issue 143 opinion,page 5
Schools scour small applicant field
National recruiters see fewer teaching candidates at Education Recruitment Day
” I remember
10 years ago
when no one
teachers at all.”
By Lindsay Young
As education students Kaela
Tworek and Missy Keith walked out die
door of the Nebraska Union’s
Centennial Room, a man in a group of
recruiters asked them: “Spanish?”
Keith told him, “Just elementary ed.
That’s all,” and walked on. But Tworek,
who is an elementary education major
with a Spanish endorsement, was
pulled back into the room.
It was a typical scenario Tuesday:
School principals, superintendents and
program directors aggressively worked
to avoid the already slim number of
qualified teaching candidates’ slipping
through their grasp.
Eighty-eight school districts from
13 states flocked to the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln to recruit from a rap
idly shrinking national pool of appli
According to a report released in
early 1999, Nebraska could need 1,200
to 2,000 more teachers than are current
ly available by the year 2003. Other
states, including Texas and California,
are facing more severe shortages.
On Tuesday, applicants were either
chosen ahead of time to interview for
positions, could sign up for interviews
that day or could show up and do more
informal preliminary interviews with
The most sought-after were stu
dents with special education, math and
science endorsements. Bilingual stu
dents were also in high demand.
Places such as the Houston
Independent School District were offer
ing start-up bonuses of as much as
$2,000 to students with experience in
“I remember 10 years ago when no
one was recruiting teachers at all,” said
Tom Synnott, a Jefferson County,
Colo., school district recruiter who has
been in education for 30 years.
In the past, Synnott said, students
had to search for jobs, and if they were
offered positions, it was best to take
them right away.
“(Now) it’s exciting,” he said.
“Coast to coast, (students) have their
Tuesday, about 2 p.m., few students
were left milling around the tables
behind which their potential employers
sat. The day started early, at 8, and was
scheduled to end about 5 p.m.
Please see TEACHERS on page 7
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ABOVE: BUC DOERR, aka Volaiiar Katzbalger, fights Ryan Neal, aka TMteh, in front of the Nebraska Union on Ibesday as part of a medieval reen
actment, put on Iqr the Society for Creative Anachnmism. Tin group will also be sponsoring a ban on April 20 at 8p.m. In the Nebraska Union Baltroom.
TOP. PAT ANDERSON, aka Etttenette I’Bluet, embroiders a design for a medieval cloak.
true to historical
By Veronica Daehn
Duncan the Wanderer
wears the minimum amount
Steel plates cover his
knees, arms, groin and kid
A helmet weighing up to
20 pounds sits atop his head.
Others sport more armor,
but Duncan says it weighs
down his small frame.
In combat, one can’t be
too heavy. Agility is impor
“Pain is a wonderful
teacher,” he says. “When you
get hit, it stings. You’re more
agile with less armor.”
Duncan the Wanderer’s
real name is Joe Raible.
Raible, a University of
student, is part of the
medieval re-enactment group
the Society for Creative
Group members wear cos
tumes, stage battles, make
pottery, practice archery, cook
feasts, learn calligraphy, com
plete leather working and cre
ate jewelry, among other
Tuesday night, Raible and
other members of the
medieval group held a tourna
ment outside the Nebraska
Please see WAR on page 9
— ELECTION 2000 —
By Brian Carlson
Elliott Rustad dropped out of the
Republican Senate race Tuesday, saying he was
unwilling to run a campaign that would divide
the Republican Party.
Rustad, a Lincoln dermatologist, became
the second candidate in a week’s time to with
draw from the race. Omaha businessman
George Grogan dropped out last week, saying
he wanted to protect his family from media
scrutiny and personal attacks.
Rukad said he was encouraged by his cam
paign’s recent internal polling results. But in
order to win the May 9 primary, he said, he
would have been forced to use campaign tactics
that would have hurt the party - a strategy he
was not willing to employ.
“It’s clear that I had a realistic chance of win
ning the nomination, and I’ve no doubt that I
could defeat (likely Democratic nominee) Ben
Nelson in the fall,” Rustad said in a statement.
“But it’s also clear that in order to win I would
have to wage a contrast campaign that could
divide the Republican party, and that I’m not
willing to do.
“Nebraskans want and deserve a campaign
based on positive ideas and values, and I share
Rustad said he took satisfaction from the
attention his campaign brought to issues, such
as health care, a patient bill of rights, tax reform,
rural economic development, Social Security
reform and veterans’ issues.
Now that Rustad and Grogan have dropped
out of the race, four GOP candidates remain:
Attorney General Don Stenberg, Secretary of
State Scott Moore, Scottsbluff agribusinessman
Dave Hergert and former state Sen. John
DeCamp. Like Grogan, Rustad did not immedi
ately endorse another candidate after dropping
Along with Stenberg, Rustad was one of
two candidates already in the race when
Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey announced in
January he would not seek re-election.
Rustad, who failed in a 1998 bid for the
GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, spent
significant amounts of his own money on the
In a statement, Stenberg said he appreciated
Please see RUSTAD on page 3
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