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BY MARGARET BEHM
Some people say we should listen to the
voices of die past But traffic from a proposed
bypass near Lincoln could make them harder
The Stevens Creek Stock Farm means a lot
to Marleen Rickertsen and her family. It has
been in her family since 1854. Seven genera
tions ofher family have lived there.
The farm means a lot from a historical per
spective, too. It’s where the first documented
baby was bom after Nebraska became a state.
TVvo-hundred and forty acres of it were put on
the National Register of Historic Places on May
But a proposed bypass east of Lincoln could
pollute the atmosphere of the farm with the
noise of semi-truclcs and convenience stores.
Rickertsen’s concerned about preserving
the farm because that’s where her roots are.
Her father, Dale Retzlaff, owns the farm and
has lived there all his life
Rickertsen moved out of the farm where
she grew up so the next generation could live
there. Currently, three generations live on the
“We move out so the next generation can
move in," she said. “That's the tradition.”
It’s not just the Stevens Creek Stock Farm
that Rickertsen is interested in preserving; it’s
the whole atmosphere surrounding it because
many of the nearby farms are also historic, she
“It’s also important to preserve the land
around us,” she saRL * Ids the whole rural setting
that’s important. We actually have more like a
Rob Nieweg, regional attorney for the
National Thist for Historic Preservation, said
that no one has given him a reason why the
bypass should be built
“Nobody can tell you why it’s necessary,
and I think that is a question that needs to be
answered,” he said.
Ed Kaosola, realty and environmental offi
cer for Nebraska's division of the Federal
Highway Administration, said the bypass may
be essential for the future.
“When we build roads, we generally design
them for traffic years from now,” he said.
In about 20 years, he said, the bypass will be
needed so people can drive around a Lincoln
that will have grown.
People in Lincoln could take the bypass, he
said, to get to another point in town, instead of
driving through clogged city streets.
Art Yonkey, project developer engineer for
the Nebraska Department of Roads, said the
bypass would have to be a four-lane, high
speed road to achieve its goal of being a quick
route around Lincoln.
“In order to justify this road, there has to be
quite a bit of traffic on it” he said. “In order for
there to be a lot of traffic, it has to be foe fastest
The current estimate for the cost of the
bypass is $200 million, Nieweg said. Federal
money will pay for 80 percent of foe cost, and
foe state will pay for foe other 20 percent, he
But, because foe project wont be built for
five to 10 years, he estimates the cost to be
around a quarter of a billion dollars.
There are four different routes that are
being considered in the South and East Beltway
Stucfy. One is on the south side of town; three
are on foe east The three routes under consid
eration on the east side of town include:
halfway between 98th and 120th streets,
hallway between 120th and 134th streets, and
halfway between 134th and 148 th streets. They
would all go from Rokeby Road to 1-80.
Rickertsen is against foe proposal for foe
bypass that would run between 134th and 148th
streets, near 141st Street because it would go
along the boundary of her family’s farm.
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UPC strives to
■The campus programming council has $120,000 each year to
bring events to campus.This year, poet laureate Maya Angelou and
comedian Jay Mohr are featured.
Students looking to see the sweat drip off each of the Backstreet
Boys or have their eardrums Masted by Korn’s riffs will have to look
beyond the UNL campus this year to satisfy their wishes.
And because of the lack of big-name acts that appear on campus,
many students may be left wondering what the University Program
Council, funded through student fees, is doing with their money.
This year’s UPC lineup is not strictly filled with no-names, as poet
laureate Maya Angelou and comedian Jay Mohr are slated as die
headliners, said Tom St. Germain, ___________
University Program Council vice
UPC received about $120,000
this year from student fees, which
the group tries to split equally
between the fall and spring semes
ters, St Germain said.
Angelou’s appearance cost
about $43,000, while Mohr’s runs
at more than $30,000, St Germain
The council also scheduled
hypnotist Jim Wand, which costs
$4,000, and professional storm
chaser Warren Faidley, for $5,000,
“In our heads, we have a list of
what we'd like to do and what we
can actually afford to do,” St.
Events for the spring semester „ , ,
will not be determined until Nov. '
18 when the council will come together to vote on the schedule, he
Members of the council face the challenge of bringing quality and
entertaining acts to campus that are within their budget, he said.
For example, bringing Kom to UNL would cost about $250,000,
while the Backstreet Boys cost about $750,000, he said.
So UPC tries to provide a variety of smaller events rather than
spending the entire budget on one headliner, he said.
This situation is not unique to UNL Students at the University of
Kansas in Lawrence also have quite a challenge in bringing popular
acts without spending a lot of money.
KU’s Student Union Activities is primarily funded through a pri
vate, on-campus corporation, which provides $100,000 yearly to the
group, said Marie Dispenza, SUA box office assistant
SUA also receives about $11,000 yearly through student fees, she
Last year, KU brought in comedian Jimmy Fallon, who also
appeared in the spring at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew from MTV’s Loveline were the main
attraction the year before, she said. The MTV crew appeared at UNL
But some of UNLs peers are able to offer popular concerts. The
University of Iowa in Iowa City has played host to groups including
the Backstreet Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters.
The Student Commission on Programming Entertainment is in
charge of recruiting acts at Iowa. This year’s main attraction is the
band matchbox twenty, said Ryan Barker, assistant director of the
Another featured show is the Punk O Rama Tour, sponsored by
Headliners of the tour include punk bands Voodoo Glow Skulls,
Agnostic Front, Straightfaced and All.
Like UNL, the Iowa group also receives student fees from each of
its 27,000 students.
But student fees won’t pay for everything, so to bring in big attrac
tions, the commission makes proposals to the Office of Student Life
as well as the Dean of Students.
If these administrators deem the proposal as a good risk to take,
they will provide a sort of short-term loan to the group.
After the university is paid back, profits (or the debt) go directly to
the student group, Barker said.
“Sometimes we make money, sometimes we don’t,” he said.
Fraternity recruitment changes spark slight increases
■Sorority rush drew fewer women than in
1999, but because of higher numbers in past
years, houses are reaching capacity.
BY KATIE MUEHNO
Changes in the fraternity recruitment led to an
increase in the number of men who pledged this year.
The changes, which move the recruitment from
an off-campus to an on-campus event were initiated
to counteract a steady decrease in the number of men
pledging fraternities, said Linda Schwartzkopf, direc
tor of Greek Affairs.
Previously, fraternity members went to the homes
of incoming students and threw parties in towns
around the state.
This year, they had to focus their energies on
recruiting men who were on campus for New Student
Fraternity members were also required to limit
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their recruiting activities to the campus during
The campus-based recruitment program culmi
nated the week before classes started with formal
activities, similar to sorority recruitment, commonly
This year, fraternities received470 applications for
recruitment and pledged 394 men, numbers which
are slightly up from last year, Schwartzkopf said.
“I think the program got mixed reviews from the
fraternities,” Schwartzkopf said.
Fraternity members have offered suggestions for
altering die program for next year, she said.
Monte Else, rush chairman for Alpha Gamma
Sigma, said the informal rush practices are more
“I wouldn't stop (the campus-based program),”
Else said, “1 would just allow fraternities to travel dur
ing that period.”
Informal recruitment practices are limited in that
they are not able to reach students outside of
"Part of the goal was to try to reach out-of-state
students,” Schwartzkopf said.
Else said Alpha Gamma Sigma did not see an
increase in the number of out-of-state students,
which he said disappointed the Interfraternity
Despite its criticisms, Rhiannon Kenner, overall
rush chairwoman for Panhellenic Council and sum
mer secretary for Greek Affairs, said she believes die
changes will pay off in the future.
"It’s hard to kill a sacred cow,” Kenner said."... Ifeel
(the formal rush practices) will be very successful in
the years to come.”
Sorority recruitment has always been a campus
based program, and recent years have seen a dramat
ic increase in die number of women who participate,
The number of women who participated in soror
ity recruitment was slightly lower this year
There were 629 women who participated in
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recruitment this year; 461 pledged.
Last year, 657 applications were received, and 473
But the overall trend for sorority recruitment has
been increasing steadily, SchwartzkopfsakL
The numbers are slightly down this year, but
Kenner said this isn't a bad thing.
“Because with the numbers we've had in the past,"
she said, “we physically cannot take all the women
who go through recruitment."
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