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Dead week, e-mail top No Bull's list
■ The party addresses the problem with
the current ASUN approach to student
needs and university issues.
No Bull’s plans for student government are
to tackle students’ needs while keeping it real.
Andy Mixan, the presidential candidate
for No Bull, said that in the past, he has seen
candidates make promises they can't keep. t
Because of these broken promises, the
Association of Students of the University of
Nebraska is not satisfying students.
“It is obvious to me that the student body
is not at all happy with the representation and
service they have received,” he said.
* Mixan said he plans to change all that with
a new approach to running student govern
ASUN does not exist to take a stance on
issues that do not directly affect students, such
as fetal tissue research and renaming
Columbus Day, Mixan said.
"The solution is to become an active, not
activist student government" he said.
It is unfair for ASUN to take a stand on
issues that divide student government, he
“When we become an activist body, we
misrepresent about half of the student body,"
Instead of taking stances, ASUN should
inform students about these hot topics and
show them how to voice their opinion on their
own or in groups, he said.
Alisa Hardy, second vice-presidential can
didate, said that No Bull plans to rid the uni
versity of the troublesome Big Red e-mail
“Thousands of dollars are spent each year
on the upkeep of this outdated system, and a
significant number of students do not use Big
Red as their primary e-mail provider,” said
Hardy, a junior biology major.
The No Bull party would try to switch stu
dents’ e-mail to a Web-based provider, she
said. This type of system would be more effi
cient, she said.
Mixan also said the No Bull party would try
to change the Dead Week policy that has been
in effect since 1983.
Many students have hectic dead weeks
because they have to study for finals while
doing homework and papers.
“I know for a fact that Dead Week is just as
busy as finals week, if not worse,” he said.
Mixan would like to make the week a time
when no quizzes, tests, or papers can be due
Bill Westering, the first vice-presidential
candidate, said another goal of the No Bull
party is to create a student advocate program
for students who are accused of violating the
student code of conduct
Under the current system, the head of the
Andy Mixan declares his candidacy for student-body president Tuesday evening in the Nebraska Union. He is run
ning with the No Bull party.Jhe party's platform includes a university Web-based e-mail program and more
effective Dead Week policies.
Office of Student Judicial Affairs proposes a
punishment for the student in violation, he
said. The defendant can then either accept it
or take their case to the judicial board, he said.
No Bull wants to provide the defendant
with a student counsel during these hearings,
The counsel would be appointed by
ASUN. The defendant could use the counsel
as a resource for advice and information, he
“All students need to have their rights pro
tected,” said Westering, a junior agribusiness
major, “especially when they are placed in the
“When we become an activist
body, we misrepresent about
half of the student body. ”
No Bull presidential candidate
Westering said he is certain that all of the
issues in No Bull's platform are in the best
interest of the students.
“Our party is confident that this and all our
goals can and will benefit every student here
Objects made with the click of a mouse
BY SHARON KOLBET
They placed on the table what appeared
to be a hollow wooden cylinder. The unusual
object was simple in its design, but revolu
tionary in its manufacture.
For University of Nebraska-Lincoln stu
dent Jack Fowler and UNL Architecture
turing process and the focus of their
Rex recruited Fowler; a second-year
architecture student, to work with him to
explore a new technology that will give'archi
tects and designers the ability to quickly
make durable objects by simply hitting a but
ton on their computer.
“Imagine in the future, instead of going to
your computer and having a product deliv
ered to your door, you will go to your printer
and the product will be made for you," Rex
Right now, a class of machines exist that
use ink-jet printers to create durable goods.
The head of the printer is modified to deposit
small amounts of plastic or even ceramic
onto a surface. In laying down thin layers of
material, one on top of another, the ink-jet
printer is able to produce a three- dimen
Rex said plastic and ceramic aren’t the
only materials that can be transformed in
this way - a printer using thin sheets of foil
can create metal objects. Paper-thin layers of
wood can also be laminated to form stable
structures similar to the one they placed on
the nearby table.
ple of a
Jack Fowler, a second-year UNL architecture student, holds an architectural model made with a three-dimensional
printer. Fowler received funding from the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences program to
study three-dimensional printing and rapid prototyping under UNL Architecture Professor Brian Rex.
"It makes a wonderful model since a per
son can file it down just like a regular piece of
wood,” Rex said. "This technology is already
being used by the auto industry, and it is only
a matter of time before rapid prototyping
becomes the standard in the field of design.”
Architects have always used prototypes,
the full-scale and usually functional models
of a new design.
In the past, these models had to be built
by hand or by traditional machines and were
Please see RESEARCH on 3
get less aid
Private school students - about 19 percent of die state’s higher-edu
cation enrollment - received more than half of the financial aid from
three state-run programs this academic year.
Students attending private colleges received about 57 percent of the
aid distributed for 2000-01 by the Coordinating Commission for Post
Secondary Education. In contrast, students attending NU received about
17 percent in state aid.
The commission has three programs that distribute state aid to stu
dents, said Christine Denicola, fiscal officer for the commission. The State
School Award Program, the Scholarship Assistance Program and the Post
Education Award Program all award money to Nebraska’s students, she
said. PEAP only gives money to students who attend private schools -
about $2.4 million.
The other two programs are open to all college students in the state.
The three programs gave out almost $6 million last year in state aid.
■The University of Nebraska received more than $996,000.
■ State colleges, such as Chadron State, Peru State and Wayne State
received about $316,000.
■ Private career schools, such as the Lincoln School of Commerce,
Joseph’s Beauty College and Vatterott College received about $478,000.
■ Private schools, such as Creighton University, Dana College,
Bellevue University and Nebraska Wesleyan University, received about
$3.4 million in state aid.
David Powers, executive director of the coordinating commission,
said the Legislature dictates the programs and who is eligible for the aid
“I’m less concerned than other people, even .though it seems odd a
high percentage (of financial aid) goes to private schools,” Powers said
What’s not included in the three programs is money the Legislature
appropriates directly to NU, Powers said.
The state committed about $24 million to NU for tuition waivers,
Powers said. If those dollars were included in the total, students attending
NU would receive about $20 million more than private school students.
Powers said the coordinating commission recommended an addi
tional $4 million in financial aid from the Legislature this year.
“The coordinating commission is enthusiastic and a strong advocate
for student aid,” Powers said.
NU Regent Charles Wilson said the university, which has about50,000
students, only received about one-third of what private colleges got in
state aid from the three programs. More state aid goes to private school
students because the amount of aid awarded is based on the cost of
tuition, he said.
Students who report higher tuition costs will generally receive more
money, Wilson said. Because of this, state dollars are going to fewer stu
dents, he said.
“I don’t think the taxpayers should pay the difference for a student to
go to a private school,” Wilson said. Need-based aid should be based on
die price it costs to go to a public school, Wilson said.
Sen. Bob Wickersham of Harrison introduced a bill to the Legislature
that would restructure how state aid is calculated. He proposed to base
the amount of aid on the tuition and fees of the state’s highest-cost, four
year post secondary educational institution, the University of Nebraska
Lincoln. The bill has been assigned to the Education Committee, where it
will be heard Feb. 27.
Wickersham said he didn’t think the Legislature was doing enough to
provide state aid for students attending public schools.
“I know students are holding down jobs - sometimes two - while
they're going to school,” Wickersham said. "If we have students leaving
school because they can't afford it, we need to address that”
Bill bans smoking
BY GWEN TIETGEN
Smoking has been banned in
almost every public place.
Theaters, arenas and conven
ience stores are just a few places
where smoking has been out
lawed in the past few years.
Smokers can add restaurants
to that list if LB227 advances out of
The bill, which will be heard in
the Health and Human Services
Committee, bans smoking in
The restaurant smoking bill,
introduced by Sen. Nancy
Thompson of Papillion, was killed
on the floor lastyear and is expect
ed to draw the same amount of
The previous bill revamped
the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act
and banned smoking in restau
This session, Thompson split
the old bill into two bills, LB227
LB423 would change the lan
guage in the Nebraska Clean
Indoor Air Act and define more
specifically areas in which smok
ing is banned.
But the main focus for legisla
tors will be the restaurant smok
“It seems to be working well in
other states that have passed sim
ilar bills,” Thompson said.
Five states and hundreds of
cities have banned smoking in
restaurants and bars, said Mark
Welsch, the president of the
Group to Alleviate Smoking
In California, smoke-free
restaurants have seen an increase
in sales, Welsch said.
“This is a safety issue. People
are dying because they have to
work in smoke-filled restaurants,”
Second-hand smoke has
4,000 different chemicals, and 43
of them cause cancer, Welsch said.
“There's no reason businesses
should allow employees to be
exposed to something that causes
Banning smoking in restau
rants, Thompson said, is a contin
uation of a national trend.
“I think the ban will eventually
be enacted. The time is coming,"
“We’re just asking smokers for
an hour of their time to accom
modate the public,” Thompson
Some smokers won't adjust
easily to smoke-free restaurants.
Cassandra Carmody, a stu
dent at Joseph’s College of Beauty,
said she used to live in Boulder,
Colo., where smoking was banned
at restaurants and bars.
"A lot of smokers crave a ciga
rette after they eat, and others
come to restaurants just to smoke,
drink coffee and talk," Carmody
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