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Italian, Chinese dasses may be first to go
BY VERONICA DAEHN
Administrators and teachers in the
modern languages department don’t
want to do it
But they might have to.
Because of retirements of Chinese
and Italian teachers and a lack of money
to find replacements, those languages
will likely be dropped from the curricu
The two language classes are possibly
the first casualties to surface as a result of
a prioritization process being completed
in every UNL department.
Each University of Nebraska-Iincoln
department has been asked to evaluate
its programs and identify the strongest
and weakest ones in a process that has
been dubbed “academic-prioritization.”
Radha Balasubramanian, vice chair
woman of the Department of Modern
Languages and Literatures, said she
hoped the languages would not be
Italian and Chinese are important
subjects, she said.
“We are struggling with this problem,”
Balasubramanian said. "But we still have
time to discuss the possibilities.”
Since the retirements two years ago,
Italian classes have been taught by teach
ing assistants who should be teaching
classes in other languages, she said.
Chinese is funded by alwo-year ad
hoc grant that will end with this academic
year. The department has been able to
hire lecturers with that grant money.
“We’re not sure about finding funds
and getting qualified people to teach
(after this year),” Balasubramanian said.
“But we very much do not want to drop
Lana Pashkevich, a teaching assistant
who teaches beginning Italian classes,
said she was concerned there wouldn’t be
anyone left to teach Italian after she grad
uated in May.
Pashkevich is a doctoral student in
German, but was recruited to teach
After two semesters teaching Italian,
Pashkevich said she realized what a beau
tiful language it was.
The classes are always full and stu
"We’re not sure about finding funds and getting qualified
people to teach (after this year). But we very much do not
want to drop these languages.”
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures vice chairwoman
dents often request overrides.
It is tin excellent class, she said, and
one that should continue at the universi
"I’m pretty upset about this,”
Pashkevich said. “It all has to do with
Coral Su, a graduate student teaching
Chinese 101 and 201, said she was learn
ing how to write a grant, which, if won,
would gamer money to help continue the
Chinese program when the current grant
runs out in May.
There are a lot of Chinese students at
UNL and around the world, Su said, and
Please see CLASSES on 5
up his lasso as
he lets his horse
Brownie take a
rest before rop
ing calves dur
ing Rodeo Club
practice on East
Rodeo Chib has
about 50 mem
bers and takes a
good number of
them on the
road when it
travels to week
end rodeos in
other cities and
states for com
his hands up to
show he com
legs. Calf roping
ing accuracy, (fis
horse to keep the
rope tight and
having the speed
to bring the calf
to the ground,
roping its legs as
quickly as possi
Roping and riding horses are ways of
life for many students who were raised on
But love of the rodeo doesn’t have to
end for students who come to college.
Students can participate in UNL’s Rodeo
Club and the rodeo team.
This year the club consists of 50 mem
bers who talk about their interests in
rodeo. The rodeo team has 15 members
who compete across the Midwest.
The team is trying to qualify for the
Collegiate National Finals.
Jared Crauss, a senior secondary edu
cation and natural sciences major, said
being a member of UNL’s rodeo team is
something he didn’t plan on when he was
a child riding horses on the farm.
"I’ve always wanted to rodeo for the
university,” Crauss said. “In that sense, it’s
a dream come true.”
Rodeo Club President Eric Behlky
said anyone with an interest in rodeo is
welcome to attend the meetings on
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on the rodeo
grounds or at the Nebraska East Union.
Story and photos by Nate Wagner
| Student Court online-voting verdict split
■ Three justices thought an
amendment was needed to allow
Web ballots;three disagreed.
Members of the ASUN Student
Court were split on whether online
voting can be used in ASUN and
homecoming elections without a
change to ASUN’s constitution.
The court did not strike down an
online voting system. Rather, it dis
agreed on how computer ballots
should come about.
Because of the split verdict, the
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska is not prohibit
ed from using an online voting system.
But if ASUN institutes online vot
ing without a constitutional amend
ment, it runs the risk of having the
constitutionality of an election chal
lenged, said ASUN President Joel
“We don’t want to see someone
challenge an election and have it over
turned,” he said.
Schafer said ASUN will move for
ward with an online voting system, but
he didn’t know how and when that
The court voted 3-3 on the issue,
with justices Don Arp, Scott Lindberg
and Andrea Slater supporting online
voting without a constitutional
According to their judgment,
changing the voting procedures would
not give the Electoral Commission
more power or change its role.
Chief Justice Trent Steele, along
with Justices Shanna Cole and David
Ridenour, voted that an amendment r
should bring about a change in voting '
In their judgment, Steele, Cole and
Ridenour stated the implementation
of an online-voting system without a
constitutional change would broaden
the powers of the Electoral
Commission, whose members are
appointed rather than elected.
ASUN can hold a special election
for the amendment or can include it
on the ballot in the coming homecom
ing election or the spring ASUN elec
Schafer said the court’s decision
slows, but does not eliminate, the
implementation of an online voting
"Our actions depend on what we
hear from the senate,” Schafer said.
Electoral Commission Director
John Conley said he was pleased the
court did not rule, as a majority,
against an online-voting system.
But Conley said he was disap
pointed the court didn’t come up with
a clear-cut answer.
. “We don’t want to see
someone challenge an
election and have it
“They’re not saying we can do it,
they’re not saying we can’t,” he said.
Conley said he would talk with
members of Information Services to
have the voting ^system up and run
ning, possibly in time for the
But ASUN must first decide which
route it will take to implement a secure,
accurate online voting system before
any decisions are made, Schafer said.
“We’re going to move forward with
online voting,” he said. “Right now the
question is by what means.”
UNL Interim Chancellor Harvey Perlman pub
licly voiced his disapproval of a same-sex marriage
ban, saying it would hinder the university’s recruit
ment and retention of faculty and students.
Perlman announced his views about Initiative
416 to UNLs Academic Senate i
on Tuesday. The amendment
would ban same-sex marriages,
civil unions and domestic part
Perlman said he had some
evidence that the initiative on
November’s ballot has influ
enced some potential employ
ees’ views of the university.
If the initiative is enacted, it
will clearly hurt the University of
Nebraska and businesses in the
state, he said.
The single barrier to eco
nomic progress in the state'is
the small workforce, Perlman
"(Initiative) 416 cannot be
helpful in that regard," he said.
“It will be
an act of
The effects of the initiative, if
it is passed, would hurt the state, regardless of the
intentions of the bill’s supporters, he said.
“It will be viewed as an act of bigotry and intoler
ance by the world," he said. “That cannot be good for
Perlman cited the decision of the three biggest
American auto makers - Ford, General Motors and
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UNL Interim Chancellor Harvey Perlman
spoke to the Academic Senate Tuesday about mov
ing forward with the 20/20 Vision report and the
university’s prioritization process.
The senate already discussed the issues in ear
lier meetings and were given more of an update in
Perlman presented a timetable for the faculty
members to chart the prioritization process.
The Academic Planning Committee will be in
charge of reviewing and recommending UNL’s
highest priorities by May 1, before they are submit
ted to NU President Dennis Smith and the Board of
Regents on May 15.
Departments will have to review and refine the
preliminary priorities that are submitted by Dec.
15, according to the preliminary time table.
. Academic priorities will be established by Feb. 1,
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