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Professors: Merger overcomes initial opposition
BY VERONICA DAEHN
Despite opposition last spring, pro
fessors in the departments of agronomy
and horticulture say they are working
together well as an integrated unit this
The University of Nebraska-lincoln
merged the two departments in July to
enhance opportunities for students and
the public and to more efficiently use
research equipment and facilities.
After six months of working togeth
er, most initial fears have been erased,
said Garald Horst, professor of agrono
my and horticulture.
“It depends on who you’re talking
to,” Horst said. “But overall, it’s going
pretty good. Things are moving along.”
Agronomy is a branch of agriculture
dealing with raising crops and caring for
the soil. Horticulture is the science and
art of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers
and ornamental plants.
Horst said he’d always felt change
was good. The integration has opened
opportunities for both agronomy and
horticulture, he said.
With the fields of study in the same
department, crossover of faculty expert
ise is much larger, said Kenneth
Cassman, chairman of the new unit.
There is a movement to involve hor
ticulture teachers in agronomy classes
and vice versa, he said. But that is a
process that will slowly evolve as the
“Sharing expertise - that’s the first
step,” Cassman said. “It gets faculty
thinking in new directions.”
Other than professors working
together, the academic program of a
horticulture or agronomy major is the
same as it was before the two integrated.
The department wanted to ensure
the programs stayed the same, Cassman
“That was a major concern of stu
dents in horticulture and agronomy,” he
said. “And it was a concern for us, too.
We wanted to make sure the education
they were expecting was still available to
There haven’t been many problems
other than making sure faculty and staff
members know the plans for the unit, he
The department of agronomy and
horticulture is one of the largest at UNL,
so it's difficult to communicate with
everyone all the time, Cassman said.
Stephen Baenziger, professor of
agronomy and horticulture, said not
much had changed with the integration.
Though somewhat different, the two
fields of study are compatible because
they deal with soil and turf, Baenziger
"We think it's doing OK,” said
Baenziger, who served on the integra
tion team. "Sure, the people who didn’t
want the integration still want that But
the people who did want it, still feel that
Baenziger said the two separate
units were stronger as one merged unit
"There’s a better cross-fertilization
of ideas,” he said. “We've got a larger,
more vigorous teaching unit I think our
students will benefit immensely from
Down the road, the department will
see the same improvement in research
and extension as it already has in teach
ing, Baenziger said. The two units
together provide new ways of doing
Cassman said opposition from the
horticulture industry, winch was a vocal
opponent of the merger, had died down
“We're not cutting programs but
enhancing them,” Cassman said. “The
industry realizes that, and they’re giving
us the opportunity to wait and see.”
Athletes lift spirits at hospitals
HOSPITAL from page 1
and introduced themselves, and
it was lots of fun,” Borer said.
The athletes, who said James
was the most serious case they
had visited, gave him a card and
exchanged phone numbers and
e-mail addresses with him.
Swimmer Carlos Asarta went
so far as to visit James every night
he was in the hospital
After James' stay was over,
Asarta invited James to tour the
Hewit Center and Memorial
Stadium when he came to
Lincoln to get the staples in his
head removed last Hiesday.
“I have always had a high
regard for athletes, and it was nice
to see people who almost seem
superhuman coming and talking
to you,” Borer said.
“It just makes you feel good.”
Steve Borer, James' father and
the activities director for Madison
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impressed so many athletes came
to visit his son.
“I know athletes don’t get a lot
of personal time, and they could
be doing something else, but they
chose to do this, and that’s pretty
impressive,” Borer said.
Nebraska football wide
receiver Ryan Ommert, who gave
the Borers a tour of the Hewit
Center and stadium, said he’s
happy to do what he can.
“People think Husker athletes
are the talk of die state, but people
who go through what James did
are the real heroes of the state,”
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SMSU finds releasing records
has little effect on campus
BY JOSH FUNK
Allowing access to student
disciplinary records is a difficult
issue for universities as they try to
balance competing interests of
personal privacy and public safe
But at Southwest Missouri
State University, where these
records of crimes of violence and
sex offenses have been subject to
release for about two years, airing
this information has had little
effect, SMSU Director of Student
Judicial Programs Mike Jungers
"I don't think it has had any
negative or positive effect on our
(judicial) office,” said Jungers,
who also is an assistant dean of
students at the 17,000-student
Springfield, Mo., campus.
University of Nebraska
Lincoln officials, however, main
tain confidentiality must be pre
served for these Judicial Affairs
records to protect individual pri
vacy and educate students about
the wrongfulness of their con
UNL has rejected the Daily
Nebraskan's requests for the same
information about crimes of vio
lence and sex offenses this fall.
The newspaper has raised
concerns that keeping these
records confidential may create a
safety risk on campus. If students
are unaware of crimes of violence,
they may not take appropriate
steps to avoid becoming victims.
The presidents of the
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska and
Academic Senate characterized
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current judicial procedures might
need to be re-examined.
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cult issue that needs to be looked
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Schafer said. “I would always look
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to preserve a student’s confiden
Academic Senate’s executive
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more than an hour Wednesday,
said Sheila Scheideler, the group's
Scheideler said the executive
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would like to see the student code
of conduct reconciled with the
recommendations of a 1996 Task
Force on Conduct Standards and
Behavioral Expectations, which
recommended more disclosure
of Judicial Affairs proceedings,
among other things.
“Without the reporting of
these actions we are failing to
educate students on the conse
quences of their actions,” said
Scheideler, who said she would
support a compromise between
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SMSU officials took their stu
dent newspaper to court after a
reporter requested the records
under Missouri’s state law to get a
clarifying ruling specifying exact
ly what should be released.
The court ordered the school
to release all final results of disci
plinary actions taken against stu
dents, the charge and punish
ment. Jungers said the records
were released only when request
ed under open records law and
have not been routinely pub
Jungers said some of his
office’s policies were similar to
those in UNL's Office of Judicial
Affairs such as a preponderance
standard of guilt in most cases
and an emphasis on educating
In the two years since SMSU
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Jungers said he was unsure
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“I don’t know that it’s had any
effect really,” Jungers said.
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apprehensive about releasing the
student disciplinary records.
Vice Chancellor for Student
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cials were concerned about the
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