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A “crappy” kind
Student doesn't let
disease hold him back
BY LINDSEY BAKER
Adam Prenzlow receives a
priceless gift every morning: The
After six surgeries in the past
10 months, Prenzlow, a freshman
meteorology major, knows the
value of everyday life.
Born with hydrocephalus,
which is an accumulation of fluid
in the brain, Prenzlow is able to
live a normal life with an internal
shunt, or tube, going from his
brain to his abdomen in order to
drain accumulated fluid.
Prenzlow said he never had
any problems with his shunt until.
the week before his Scribner
Snyder High School graduation,
where he was to speak as co-vale
When doctors found separa
tions in Prenzlow's shunt, they
performed the first surgery on
him in April. But the next nine
months would prove to be the real
The headaches returned in
July, bringing with them another
surgery. A third surgery put a new
shunt in place. Seizures and
blood clots in his shunt led to a
fourth surgery, then a fifth.
Prenzlow, determined to get
to college after his second surgery,
missed the second half of his first
semester. After his last surgery in
December, though, he refused to
let his disease hold him back.
"It's great to be back in
school," said Prenzlow, who lives
in Abel Hall. “I can't give up.”
Prenzlow's father, John, said
Adam had always been strong.
“He never let hydrocephalus
hinder him,” he said. “He’s always
been a fighter.”
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mother, said the first 18 years of
Prenzlow’s life went so smoothly,
the family almost forgot that he
had hydrocephalus. In the past
year, though, she said, the con
stant reminders of her son’s dis
ease have made her aware of the
need to acknowledge problems.
“Embrace'the problem,’’ she
said. “Meet it head on. Ignoring it
and not discussing the issue isn’t
going to help the matter.”
After witnessing a growth in
the entire family's strength, espe
cially her son’s, Phyllis Prenzlow
said she, like her husband, could
n't be more proud of their son.
“He has literally went through
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say, ‘Why me?' He accepted what
was put in front of him, dealt with
it and moved on.”
Through all ofhis tribulations,
Prenzlow said his family kept his
spirits high “through thick and
“Family is the most important
thing you can have,” he said.
“Without family, who knows what
life would be like? They help you
get through things.”
Prenzlow's parents and
younger sister, Whitney, 13, said
their closeness got them through
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topic of forums
BY UNDSEY BAKER
Their roar has begun.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln women - stu
dents, staff and faculty members - are taking the
opportunity to voice their opinions on and experi
ences with the treatment of women on campus in
three university-sponsored forums.
The forums are being held by the Chancellor’s
Committee on the Status ofWomen to get a consen
sus on female treatment on campus that will be
passed on to Interim Chancellor Harvey Perlman,
said Jan Deeds, assistant director of student involve
ment for gender-related programs.
Deeds said the forums provide students and fac
ulty members with a setting to discuss overt prob
lems, such as sexual harassment, as well as minor
problems, such as being overlooked in a classroom.
“Everyone knows what’s illegal,” Deeds said. “It’s
the other small things that make it difficult fo
Deeds said she hopes the information gathered
at the forums will give the chancellor accurate infor
mation to improve the general climate of the univer
She encouraged all women on campus to come,
though complaints or comments can be filed confi
“For students, especially, I think it’s important,”
Deeds said. “We need to know what’s happening
from students, too.”
The two remaining forums are scheduled for
February 21 at 1130 a.m. in the East Campus Union,
and March 6 at 1130 a.m. in the Nebraska Union.
In addition to providing experiential stories at
the forums, university women will have the chance
to share creative materials at the annual No Limits
Conference, March 2 and 3.
The conference, sponsored by the Women’s
Studies Program, will feature creative works and
research women’s studies students are involved in,
said Joy Ritchie, director of the women’s studies pro
The theme of this year’s conference, "Can We
Dismiss Identity?,” is to question whether or not
gender issues still matter, said Ritchie.
“Many people will present research and writings
that will help complicate that answer,” Ritchie said.
Performance artist and writer Canyon Sam and
writerToi Derricotte will give speeches at the confer
ence, held in the Nebraska Union.
Ritchie encouraged all students to attend.
“Everyone needs to know about issues that affect
women,” she said
The statue of a young Abraham Lincoln stands in front of the
Justice and Law Enforcement Center, 575 S. 10th StThe statue is
owned bv the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.
■ Louis Slobodan's statue of
Abraham Lincoln won second
prize at the 1939 World's Fair.
BY SHARON KOLBET
A politician destroyed it
when he felt it was blocking his
view. A museum included it in an
exhibit of controversial sculp
Nebraskans looking to honor
President’s Day can find an infa
mous replica of the city’s name
sake in their backyard.
The statue of the young
Abraham Lincoln, which stands
in front of the Justice and Law
Enforcement Center at 575 S.
10m St., has a long and colorful
Entitled “The Rail Joiner,” the
bronze statue depicts a young
Abraham Lincoln at work. The
piece was created by Louis
Slobodkin, who lived from 1903
to 1975, and was donated to the
Sheldon Memorial Art gallery by
The stories behind the cre
ation and location of the sculp
ture have been preserved by the
artist’s son, Lawrence Slobodkin,
professor emeritus at the State
University of New York at Stony
In 1939 Slobodkin’s father
won second prize in a competi
tion in conjunction with the
American Federal Building at the
1939 World’s Fair. The 15-foot
high plaster sculpture was
scheduled to be shown in an
interior courtyard. But on the day
the fair opened the artist brought
his wife and son to the see the
piece and found it wasn’t there.
Slobodkin said a man named
Ed Flynn, a Democratic Party
Boss, had been given, as a politi
cal favor, the directorship of the
American Federal Building
exhibit at the Fair. The day before
the Fair was to open a hungover
Boss Flynn visited the area with a
young lady, Slobodkin said.
Flynn felt the statue was
shading his office window and in
a fit of anger he ordered the*
■ sculpture to be destroyed.
The art community was
upset. To quiet the outcry anoth
er statue was constructed, he
A third copy was cast in
bronze and resides in the Interior
Building in Washington, D.C.
Because of tightened security,
Slobodkin said he thinks the
bronze version may now be in a
remote area inaccessible to the
Years after the World’s Fair
incident the public got another
glimpse of the statue in an entire
ly different context
“The Minnesota Municipal
Museum had it in an exhibit of
controversial sculpture about 15
years ago,” Slobodkin said. “Most
of the sculpture in the show was
either very sexual or very politi
Slobodkin said his father did
not intend for his statue to be
either of those things.
“The statue may have been
included because of the World’s
Fair incident or because it shows
a young Lincoln and not the
older bearded Lincoln we are
accustomed to,” he said.
As for the reason the statue
came to make its home in
Lincoln, Slobodkin, a biology
professor, made a brief stop in
the city of Lincoln to visit a fellow
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ASUN candidate wants book exchange to go online
During the ASUN elections, it’s easy
for tempers to flare, accusations to fly
and party rivalries to intensify. .
But what could have created a
schism between one party and an
independent candidate didn’t draw
much reaction at all.
It wasn’t really an issue when John
Matzen, independent presidential
candidate, borrowed one of Scorel’s
Matzen said he took Scorel’s idea of
running a student book exchange in
the University Bookstore and adapted
it to better suit the students.
After Thursday’s Association of
7 feel one of the best
things about the ASUN
elections is that it gets a
lot of good ideas out
independent ASUN presidential candi
Students of the University of Nebraska
debate, Matzen announced a new Web
site that would allow students to buy
and sell books online.
He showed students a prototype of
what the Web site would look like. The
site was formatted to look like the uni
versity’s web site.
Matzen said a Web site would
lessen traffic in the bookstore and the
bookstore wouldn’t have to worry
about extra storage space for books.
The site was designed by one of
Matzen’s friends, he said.
If Matzen is elected, he said he
Would speak with administrators so he
would be able to list what books were
required with each class.
But if the administration balks, he
said he would still list the required
books on the Web site - it would just
take a little longer.
Students who want sell books
would list the book titles as well as their
contact information, Matzen said.
Anyone interested in buying a book
would contact the seller, he said.
Although Matzen said he adapted
the idea from the Score! party, he didn't
think anyone should be upset about it
“I feel one of the best things about
the ASUN elections is that it gets a lot of
good ideas out there,” he said.
“If one person is able to improve on
the idea, it’s helping out the students in
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