The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 05, 2001, Image 1

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Jeremy Patrick ponders how
one would decide a person
‘deserves* capital punishment
In Opinion/4
Despite an injured Ingram,
the Husker women’s
gym team defeats
In SportsMonday/12
With Mother’s Day
approaching, the Noyes
Gallery honors moms
with a contest
In Arts/5
Regents strive to improve recruitment
KEARNEY — After facing criticism
that Nebraska’s best and brightest choose
to go elsewhere,the NU Board of Regents
Saturday passed an aggressive recruiting
plan aimed at luring the state’s top stu
dents to UNL, UNO and UNTC
The board approved the campuses’
plans to ratchet up in- and out-of-state
recruitment, which would cost a total of
$52 million.
The university’s plan entails purchas
ing, for the first time ever, the names of
high school sophomores who take the
ACT practice test.
Those names encompass more than
70 percent of Nebraska’s high school
sophomores and will allow the university
to directly mail information to those
prospective students.
This encompasses one major goal of
the plan: to contact students earlier in
their high school careers.
The regents added an amendment to
the resolution that said NU President
Dennis Smith must approve any extra
funding the schools would receive for
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Interim Chancellor Harvey Perlman said
he hoped to raise UNLs enrollment from
its current 22,300 students to 25,000 by
2005, a 12 percent increase.
Perlman’s plan includes a boost in the
recruiting budget of about 45 percent to
$3.1 million.
To help boost enrollment. Perlman
said UNL needed to focus on Nebraska
residents, minorities and high ability out
of-state students.
Regent Drew Miller of Papillion said
the university needed to focus on bringing
more of Nebraska's students to NU before
it started worrying about out-of-state stu
Perlman disagreed, and said it would
be impossible to bring all of Nebraska’s eli
gible students to the university.
“There’s going to be a certain percent
age (of Nebraska’s prospective students)
that no matter what, they’ll want to get out
of here." Perlman said.
Besides. Perlman said, out-of-state
students bring in much-needed revenue
to the university with their higher tuition
Joel Schafer, UNL student body presi
dent and student regent, said out-of-state
students were crucial to UNLs campus cli
“I can’t stress enough how important
out-of-state students are to UNL" he said.
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Chancellor Gladys Styles Johnston said to
boost UNK’s enrollment, prospective stu
dents needed to be contacted early in
their high school career about the possi
bilities at UNK.
UNK aims to have 7,500 students by
2005, compared to its current 6.500. It pro
poses to increase its recruiting budget by
► More scholarships - especially those
for out-of-state students, minorities and
students with high academic ability - are
essential. Johnston said.
Miller said he thought the specific tar
geting of minority students could drag
down average standardized test scores for
the university.
Lower test scores could lower NU’s
national ranking and reputation, which
would hurt recruitment even more, he
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lobbies to
save Artie
Sen. Ben Nelson gets the hot seat again this week.
Nelson, a moderate Democrat, has been the
focal point of conservative lobbying since taking
office in January.
With the senate half Republican and half
Democrat, Nelsons swing vote might be key to pass
ing several GOP initiatives, including President
Bush’s hefty $1.6 trillion tax cut.
But this weekend, John Seward, a UNL junior
environmental studies major, aims to turn Nelson
away from the Republican tide.
Seward traveled to Washington, D C. on Friday as
Nebraska’s delegate to the Sierra Student Coalition's
third annual national summit.
The group is the student arm of the Sierra Club, a
pillar of the environmental movement that has
championed preservation and conservation issues
for several decades.
This year, the student group charged Seward
with lobbying Nebraska’s senators and representa
tives to reject Bush’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
The group also plans to lobby for the Red Rock
Wilderness Act, which would protect 9.1 million
acres of federal land in Utah.
The Arctic, though, is the group’s main focus,
Seward said.
The drilling proposal is a contentious issue on
Capitol Hill that has resurrected old partisan battles.
Seward said he was determined to pull Nelson
back to the democratic side, which opposed the
“The intrinsic value of the refuge is more impor
tant than its economic worth,” Seward said.
Drilling will not only violate a pristine wilderness
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D-2 state cham
pions Loup City
Wildcats cele
brate their vic
tory over
Chambers on
Saturday at the
Bob Devaney
Sports Center.
Loup City came
from behind in
the fourth quar
ter to win the
state final 48
ASUN election swayed
by traditional voters
Although this year’s ASUN candidates
promised to reach more nontraditional
voters, traditional voters may still have
decided the results.
ASUN Electoral Commission Chairman
John D. Conley said although voter turnout
was lower than last year, the demographics
of the voters were still the same - mainly
members of fraternities and sororities.
“While you need to go out and try to
bring in new voters, you also need to
remember the traditional voters are the
ones who come out time and time again, so
you need to keep them in mind when you’re
campaigning,” he said.
ASUN President Joel Schafer said he
expected a runoff between the two parties
who targeted traditional voters - Score! and
No Bull.
But Schafer said he also expected the
candidates who aimed their message at
nontraditional audiences, such as NUForce
presidential candidate Angela Clements
and Independent Candidate John Matzen,
to make a better showing.
“I think Angela Clements did a very
good job trying to bring students and inter
national groups and underrepresented
groups (to the polls),” Schafer said.
“John Matzen tried to bring people who
didn't vote in the past,” he said.
Despite the candidates’ push to reach
students who don’t traditionally vote,
Schafer said it also makes a campaign hard
“A lot of it comes down to groups of stu
dents on campus who do vote,” he said.
Schafer said the candidates in the runoff
will have to work hard to retain the numbers
that voted for them originally.
Many times run-off voter turnout is
lower because there are no senate seats or
second vice presidential candidates to vote
“I think that’s going to determine who
wins - who can get the majority of their peo
ple back to vote,” he said.
Conley said during runoffs in years past,
students don’t vote because their candidate
is not represented.
“Even candidates like Fuerst and Mixan
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College welcomes new dean
It is a room with a view.
In an office that overlooks Memorial Stadium, the new
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences said he had one of
the best views on campus.
“I could almost sell skybox tickets from here,” Richard
Hoffmann said, gesturing to the football field as seen from
the 121*1 floor of Oldfather Hall.
Though he looks forward to watching Cornhusker foot
ball later this year, right now: Hoffmann is getting acquaint
ed with his new office and his new position.
Hoffmann began his term as the new dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences on Feb. 1.
Prior to his appointment at UNL, Hoffmann served as
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the State
University of New York at .Albany,
“I am glad to be back in the Midwest,” Hoffmann said.
Before moving to .Albany. Hoffmann served for 18 years
at Iowa State University in .Ames. At ISU, Hoffmann was an
associate professor of zoology and genetics.
He also served as associate dean of ISU’s College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1993-1997 and interim dean
of the college from 1997-98.
Hoffmann said that while UNL and Iowa State were both
land-grant institutions, the scope of programs offered by
the two Big 12 institutions were quite different.
“UNL is a much more balanced college,” he said.
"Nebraska has a more complete Arts and Sciences pro
gram and a much better distribution of graduate programs.”
Hoffmann replaces Brian Foster, who left last spring to
become vice president and provost at the University of New
Mexico in .Albuquerque.
Linda Pratt, chairwoman of the English Department,
UNL's new
College of Arts
and Sciences
Dean Richard
stands in front
of an office win
dow that over
looks Memorial
Stadium. Prior
to his position at
UNL, Hoffman
served at Iowa
State University
in Ames and the
State University
of New York at
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serv ed as interim dean.
Pratt said she was confident Hoffmann would continue
to move the college forward.
“The biggest challenge is advancing the work of the col
lege on a tight budget," Pratt said.
Hoffmann said he agreed funding was tight but was encour
aged by UNLs commitment to academic improvement.
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