The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 14, 2001, Image 1

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February 14,2001
Volume 100
Issue 107
Since 1901
Marc Baidrige: Tearing down the
systems and exploring
information entities
The offseason is anything
but for some Nebraska
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Valentine’s Day music
for when you’re feeling
a love high or low
UNL priorities focus on graduate education
■ The university aims to attain
greater national recognition through
improvements outlined by Perlman.
The university's top academic pri
orities aren’t just the “Three R’s” every
one learned in elementary school.
Although reading, writing and
arithmetic are integral parts of most of
the priorities, the list doesn’t spell
things out that simply.
Released about two weeks ago by
Interim Chancellor Harvey Perlman,
the list details 102 programs that UNL
will pour more money into in the
The programs are those that can
gain UNL national acclaim and
research dollars, to help improve the
quality of the university as well as its
The priorities aren’t necessarily the
best programs at UNL, but are ones the
university should strengthen through
additional funding.
The prioritization process was
launched by the NU Board of Regents in
October 1999 and goes hand-in-hand
with the 20/20 Vision Report, which
outlines UNL’s goals for the next 20
The report says research and gradu
ate education can be enhanced by cap
italizing on UNL’s strengths and
enhancing funding.
Gail Latta, former Academic Senate
president and member of the task force
that devised the 20/20 report, said the
prioritization list was consistent with
the vision statement.
“It expresses really well the breadth
and variety of the university,” she said.
Latta said she was pleased the list
included UNL’s traditional strengths,
such as law and psychology, as well as
innovative areas, such as distance
learning and technology.
Latta, a professor of libraries, said it
takes a while to identify which pro
grams are included in the list because
of the broad categories.
For example, libraries are included
in the list under Digital Scholarship and
Literacy Program, she said.
“It's a dense document,” she said.
But overall, Latta said she thought
the sciences and humanities were well
balanced in the report.
The priorities are broken into four
categories: graduate/professional edu
cation and research/creative activity;
life sciences, health and natural
resources; undergraduate education
and outreach.
Graduate/professional education
and research/creative activity divides
its priorities into two categories:
instructional emphasis and research
Areas with an instructional empha
sis are those that are strongest in the
classroom, said David Brinkerhoff,
associate vice chancellor for academic
The other programs listed with a
research emphasis are not just scientif
ic, but anything involved with research,
he said.
Faculty members were asked to
decide what was the primary focus of
the program - instruction or research -
and that's how they were grouped, he
Seventeen areas are listed as
instructional priorities. These areas
often cross department boundaries or
college lines.
For example, UNL’s law degree pro
gram was listed as a priority, but it goes
beyond NU's College of Law.
It includes emphases on psycholo
gy, rural studies, children and families
and public and private international
Another program listed as a priority
Please see PRIORITIES on 3
barred from
ASUN race
The student government Electoral Commission
put its foot down lUesday momingand disqualified
two ASUN candidates.
The commission voted unanimously to disqual
ify Sheila Gathuma, the NUForce Arts & Sciences
advisory board candidate.
David Koesters, an independent presidential
candidate, also was disqualified from running
because he wasn't a UNL student in the foil semester:
The NU Board of Regents dictates that students
must be enrolled in classes for the previous two
semesters prior to running for office
John D. Conley, election commission chairman,
said Gathuma only turned in 30 signatures, instead
of the required 35 signatures.
Angela Clements, NUForce presidential candi
date, said Gathuma was told she only needed 25 sig
natures because for other colleges this is the
required number.
It was an oversight,” Clements said.
A major reason Gathuma was disqualified was
because she didn’t show up for the commission
meeting to speak on her own behalf, Conley said.
Gathuma said she didn’t know there was even a
meeting that questioned her candidacy when she
spoke to the Daily Nebraskan on Hiesday night.
The Daily Nebraskan was the first to tell
Gathuma she was not eligible to run for office.
“I didn't know,” she said. “I don't think my party
Conley said the commission informs the contact
person for the party if there was an investigation
about their party, and the contact person was usual
ly the presidential candidate.
“NUForce as a party knew (of the meeting),”
Conley said.
Angela Clements, NUForce presidential candi
date, was at the meeting.
Clements said Tuesday evening that she wasn’t
aware that Gathuma didn’t know she might not be
able to run.
Conley said it was due time for the commission
to punish rule-breakers.
“We’ve had infraction after infraction,” he said.
“We have been nice and fun-loving, and it’s getting
us nowhere.”
This is the second time that an NUForce candi
date has sat in the hot seat over signatures.
Rowena Pacquette, NUForce’s second vice-pres
idential candidate, was penalized last week for not
turning in her signatures on time.
Please see ASUN on 3
Nate Wagner/DN
WORKING THE CIRCUIT: Sophmore Brad Lane takes a break
inside of the Pella Windows and Doors mascot the Pella-Can,
during the Career Kaleidoscope in the Nebraska Union
BaHroom on Tuesday afternoon. More than 130 employers
were available to talk to students.
Jerome Montaito/DN
FLOWER POWER: Lacey Hochstein, an employee of Abloom, 14510. St, arranges one of the hundreds of orders that are placed during the busiest flower holiday, Valentine's Day.
Napster-use prevalent at UNL
The pioneer of free Internet music
might soon play its last tune.
And some University of Nebraska
Lincoln students say they will be sad to see it
But they also said they could under
stand the plight of musicians looking for a
paycheck for their work.
On Monday, the^U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals ordered the company to stop the
millions of people who use it to share copy
righted music without restrictions or
Napster CEO Hank Barry said, in a state
ment on the Napster Web site, www.nap, that his company would appeal
die decision.
And he said even if the service was shut
down while the next trial was pending, the
company would continue to do everything
it could to continue providing the music
downloads for free.
But for now, the music plays on.
Eric Bishop, a UNL senior finance
major, said while Napster was still alive he
and his roommates would download free
Bishop said his roommates use Napster
constantly throughout the day, and with
Internet silence impending, they would
probably try to download as much as possi
“They will get as much as they can,” he
Carrie Hartley, a sophomore marketing
major, said she wouldn’t go on a Napster
“I'll download a couple, but I won't go
crazy,” she said.
Hartley said she would miss the service
if it shuts down. But, she said, she could
understand why musicians would want to
get paid for their work.
But Napster’s lawyers said the task of
monitoring its users to pay artists might be
David Conover, a doctoral student
studying distance learning, said he could
empathize with the musicians’ pleas for jus
“I’m part DJ and part musician,” he said
Artists should be paid at least a portion
of what they're worth, he said.
But, Conover said, the concept of music
dispersal over the Internet is good.
“The idea behind it is great,” he said.
Artists, though, still deserve to earn an
honest buck, he said.
Napster has said it planned to begin
charging subscription fees by the summer,
but major record labels haven't been per
suaded to work with the company.
The company estimates that its model
has more than 50 million registered users
that could be charged a fee.
Bishop said he thought these users were
more guilty of copywrite infringement than
the Internet company.
Napster provides the forum, but users
do the trading, he said.
The appeals court did not mention any
liability of users who choose to continue
downloading from the service until its
impending death.
Even if Nxapster bites the dust, Bishop
said people eager for free music would be
able to find other music sites on the net
"You can get free music anywhere. It’s
just that Napster is the most popular.”
The Associated Press contributed to
this report
Requested funds
granted to centers
■TheCFA approved budget
increases forthe health and
recreation student services.
Directors of the University
Health Center and Campus
Recreation can sleep easy
After the Committee for
Fees Allocation granted the stu
dent services their requested
funds TXiesday, members from
both organizations said they
were pleased.
Although the Health Center
did not request an increase to
its $3,803,122 budget, CFA did
allocate an extra $3,000 for
advertising campaigns.
This increase brought the
allotment to $3,806,122.
Interim Medical Director
Joe Hermsen said he had no
part of the suggested increase.
“It was a student initiative,”
Hermsen said.
Brent Stanfield, chairman of
CFA, originally proposed a
$10,000 addition to the budget
after it was presented.
Stanfield argued he wanted
these funds to go toward better
publicity, such as a mass mail
mg or sponsoring an event dur
ing Big Red Welcome.
The motion failed 8-1.
After more examination,
committee members decided a
$3,000 increase was more prac
tical because the Health Center
itself increased its advertising
budget by $6,000 after reallo
cating its own money.
“I think this is a reasonable
increase that will help kick-start
what their intention is, and
develop a marketing plan,” said
committee member Jessica
Eventually, the motion
requesting a $3,000 increase
passed 9-0.
Jane Crittenden, budget
coordinator for the Health
Center, said the extra money
would be used for events that
would increase recognition of
the Health Center.
The road to financial suc
cess was not as simple for
Campus Recreation.
Although CFA did grant the
$119,320 requested for the
addition of new jobs, its first
proposal did not provide for the
total building repair and
improvement request.
Please see FUNDS on 3