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Political interest rises as saga continues
■The uncertainty about who will be
the next president has some students
wanting to know more.
BY MARGARET BEHM
It's not often students call their pro
fessors at home just to chat about cur
But the presidential saga that has
played out over the last week on televi
sion and in the newspapers has spiked
students’ interest - so much so, some
couldn’t wait for class to discuss it.
“I’ve even received calls at home
and e-mails from students asking ques
tions,” said Judd Choate, chief under
graduate adviser for the political sci
ence department. '
Choate said he’s impressed by stu
dents’ engagement in the election.
“My students have been very inter
ested by it,” he said.
John Comer, a political science pro
fessor, said those between the ages of 18
' and 25 aren’t typically enthralled with
Despite daily developments and
uncertainty about who will be presi
dent - seven days after the election - the
people in his class still aren’t inspired to
pay close attention to it, he said.
“I don’t know that this election was
any more energizing to students than
years past,” he said. “In general, young
people are not interested in politics,
and this year confirms it.”
John Hibbing, a political science
professor, said the election of 1992 was
of interest to young people. But in 1996,
younger voters weren’t interested, he
In this election, students are inter
ested in the process that will eventually
determine the next president, Hibbing
“The difference is that most of the
election interest is up because of the
unusual results,” he said.
Choate said 20 out of 22 students in
one of his classes watched the election
results at his house. Some of the stu
dents stayed until 11 p.m.
“They weren’t just doing this for the
free pizza and to brown-nose with the
professor," he said. "They were very
Choate also is the adviser for Pi
Sigma Alpha, a political science hon
orary. He said students have shown
more interest in the group’s events since
the campaign began.
“We have had political events where
60 people have shown up, and these
were events in which you may expect 15
or 20," he said.
Comer said most people are more
than ready for the election results to be
“Students, like everyone else, want
to see this end,” he said.
Even though the public would
much rather concentrate on things
besides the election, it wants to be sure
the right person is elected, Comer said.
“Usually after the election, people
like to forget about it as soon as possi
ble,” he said. “Clearly, they can’t do that
in this case, and they aren’t.”
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BUNDLE UP!: Junior environmental studies major Megan Lien, left, and sophomore communications major Brittany Sill battle the cold weather Monday as they walk home from class, temperatures
dropped into the upper teens Monday with the wind chill at about 5 degrees.
UNL spins new features into Web site
■The new design offers students
up-to-date information on campus
events and weather.
BY VERONICA OAEHN
Students surfing the Web can still
land on the University of Nebraska
Lincoln’s Web site.
They just might not recognize
where they’ve landed.
UNL launched a revamped Web
site Monday, http://www.unl.edu. It
looks different, and it has more up
to-date content that changes daily.
Robert Crisler, publications spe
cialist for university public relations,
said the Web site was changed to
make it more accessible to students
and others who use it.
“It was done to present a page for
the university community that peo
ple use to orient themselves in the
morning,” Crisler said.
The top two features on the new
site are “On Campus Today” and
“The Week Ahead."
These will change every day,
Crisler said, to update what’s hap
pening at UNL.
“This information is relevant to
the day instead of the page being an
index for the university,” he said.
The links on the old page are
available on the new site. Users can
access them from folder-shaped tabs
at the top of the Web page.
The new site also shows the day's
weather in the top right-hand comer
and has a “plaza cam” that updates
the view in front of Broyhill Fountain
For those with slow Internet con
nections, clicking on the low-band
width link in the top left-hand corner
takes users back to the old UNL site.
Talk of updating the Web site
started in July, Crisler said. The previ
ous site had been around for four or
. five years and needed to be redone.
“We needed the changes to bring
(the site) up to speed," Crisler said.
“(The new site) presents a face that
shows a vital academic community."
A lot of the changes stemmed
from research on Web site usability.
But the new site also is organized to
focus on certain university “treas
ures,” he said.
A different picture runs down the
right column of the home page each
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BY JILL CONNER
Students are not the only members at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln preparing for win
ter, according to Robert Hensarling, director of
UNL Landscape Services.
“Plants are getting in the mood, as well,” he
Most plants are getting into their transitional
stages, Hensarling said. That means it’s a good
time for transplantation, he said.
“Right now before it gets too cold, we trans
plant a few trees and move them around to differ
ent locations on campus,” he said.
It’s best to move trees in the winter months
while they are dormant, he said. Workers move the
trees from construction sites
to other sites, Hensarling said.
Students - and vegetation It looks like
- should expect snow by ^ least
Friday, said Mike Powers, a , , ,
meteorologist at the National through the
Weather Service. rest of the
Along with the snow last wegk ((he
weekend, it will be snowing '
again by Thursday, Powers Weather Will
said. be) basically
“It looks like at least . j
through the rest of the week, aownunu
(the weather will be) basically dirty.'
down and dirty,” he said. *
The snow this past week- powers
end is not unusual, Powers meteorologist
“The average (first) snow
fall in Lincoln is around the 17th or 19th of
November, but we have had snows as early as the
end of September,” he said.
Hensarling said the combination of this sum
mer’s dryness and the new snow will have an
impact plants on campus.
“It’s tough on the plants; they are already
stressed,” he said.
The plants need a steady flow of moisture in
increments, Hensarling said.
That won’t be a problem, said National
Weather Service meteorologist Steve Byrd. Byrd
said it will be at least four to five degrees colder this
winter than last.
“It looks like we'll have a few arctic outbreaks
with very cold wind chills,” he said.
Near-normal snowfall is around 28 inches, he
Hensarling said the snow will be beneficial to
“The snow gives us actually an insulating fac
tor in some sense, so we don’t get a hard freezing to
some tissues,” he said.
Technical difficulties may delay journalism school's move
BY VERONICA DAEHN
UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass
Communications is still making its move to
the old Security Mutual Life building at 200
N. Centennial Mall.
But it might not be complete by the tar
get date of next fall, said Linda Shipley,
assistant dean of the college.
“We’re moving along on the renova
tion,” Shipley said. “And we’re still excited
about the plans we’re seeing from the archi
tects. But I can’t guarantee everything will
be set up in the fall.”
The final deadline for the college to be
out of Avery Hall is December 2001. In
January 2002, the space will be transformed
into a mathematics, statistics and comput
er science area.
Before the college of journalism can
move to its new home, mechanical and
technical things still need to be done to the
new building, Shipley said.
Asbestos is being removed right now,
and other codes put forth by the American
Disabilities Act and the university are being
met, she said.
This is time-consuming, Shipley said.
Making sure the wiring in the new
building is compatible with the college’s
equipment is important, as is hooking up
satellite dishes and making sure the phones
work, she said.
“A lot of what we’re doing now has to do
with mechanical things,” Shipley said.
“We’re trying to get the infrastructure of the
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