The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 06, 2001, Image 1

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March 6,2001
Volume 100 ->
Issue 121
Since 1901
In SportsTuesday/12
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Hogans goals for UNL diverse
Bill Hogan has ambitious goals for the uni
If Hogan, one of die two finalists for the
UNL chancellor position, is selected for the job,
he said he could bring an estimated $50 million
to the university in his first 18 months and an
estimated $200million after his first thieeyears.
He told faculty members Monday this can
be done by convincing individuals and compa
nies to invest in the university. The money
would bolster additional research programs on
ramp is, hp said
UNL needs to draw more money from
untapped sources, said Hogan, who is a mem
ber of die University of Minnesota Board of
Regents and CEO of two Minneapolis compa
nies. He also taught electrical engineering at
the University of Kansas at Lawrence for nine
Hogan met with NU President Dennis
Smith, the NU Board of Regents and students,
faculty and staff while visiting Lincoln on
Monday. But for Hogan, it's not all about
research, science and money.
The top dollars may go to research, but it’s
important that the
school’s liberal arts and
undergraduate programs
aren’t neglected, he said.
“We can only build
research if we first have a
great undergraduate pro
gram, “he sakL
Hogan also said he’d
work to energize the fac
ulty. “I’m a servant
leader,” he said. “I don’t
tell people what to do -1
lead by example."
Although he said it
could still improve,
Hogan said he thought
UNL was a “great univer
sity with tremendous
Andreaus Boise, staff
Jennifer Lund/DN
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assistant in the NU College of Law, said she was
pleased Hogan talked about his commitment
to diversity. For anything to change in the uni
versity, especially in tenns of diversity issues, it
needs to start with the top leaders, she said.
“I think he's an excellent, excellent candi
date, she said. “He s exceeded my expecta
tions, and I think he’d be a great addition to the
Michael Pflueger, a junior criminal justice
Please see HOGAN on 7
to enter finals
Java is more than just coffee.
For a group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln
students, Java is one of the computer programming
languages they will use in an upcoming interna
tional competition.
A four-student team from the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln qualified for die Association for
Computation Machinery computer programming
World Finals to beheld March 10th in Vancouver,
The team, composed of undergraduates Lucas
Sabalka, Yuan “Peter* Guo, Joshua Brown and
Jeffrey Ifiand, received a send-off reception from
UNLjs computer science department Monday after
Charles Riedesel a lecturer in computer science
and engineering and the faulty sponsor and team
coach, said the group worked to develop a strategy
for the intense five-hour problem solving event
“It has been practice, practice, practice, "he said.
Three of die four team members participated in
Please see FINALS on 5
ASUN computer files
erased after break-in
A weekend burglary left the Association
of Students of die University of Nebraska
office without more than 10,000 computer
files - about 15 years worth of information.
ASUN President Joel Schafer said there
was only one computer in the ASUN office
that stored files and kept trade of student
government legislation on its hard drive.
The rest of the computers in the office feed
Schafer said when the ASUN secretaries
came into the office Monday morning all of
the files were deleted except for software.
Schafer said he thought the file deletion
could have happened Sunday evening.
Most of the files have back-ups, but
documents from the past three months are
missing, he said.
Schafer assured students no confiden
tial information was taken.
“Student names and Social Security
numbers are not held in that computer;
they are held within another inner office,”
7ts sort of one of those
senseless acts of vandalism.”
Joel Schafer
ASUN president
he said.
But die way anyone got into the office is
still a mystery, Schafer said.
“We really don’t know how exactly they
did it," he said.
“There is no sign ofa break-in. The locks
aren’t tampered."
Students who are on an approved
ASUN list can have their IDs swiped to
check out an office key from the informa
tion desk in the Nebraska Union, Schafer
But many senators on the list told
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more state
University officials lined up
for their allowance Monday.
Flanked by chancellors, deans
and faculty members, University
of Nebraska President Dennis
Smith led the charge to lobby law
makers for state bucks.
Touting "nationally recog
nized” programs and lofty goals,
Smith said foe university deserved
to get a hefty chunk of the state
And thus far, the Legislature
seems to agree.
In its preliminary budget, the
Appropriations Committee
dumped more than $50 million
more into the university's bienni
um budget than it did during the
previous two-year period. The
governor suggested only slightly
less than the lawmakers.
The university requested
about $60 million for the same
time period.
Smith said he wasn’t con
coned about the small difference
between the university’s request
and appropriated dollars and
lauded foe committee’s rally deci
“We are extremely pleased
with the level of funding the com
mittee has proposed for the
upcoming biennium,” he said.
This money, Smith said, will
help the university system extend
the lives of renowned programs
and institute its major goals,
including bolstering student
recruitment and increasing out
reach programs to rural commu
The university system encom
passes foe institution's campuses
located in Lincoln, Omaha and
Kearney and foe Medical Center
in Omaha
Increased state dollars, Smith
said, will further the university’s
image asasuperior teaching insti
Smith cited a recent award
from the Association of American
Colleges and Universities for “a
strong commitment to a liberal
education” as evidence of the uni
versity's high-end status.
In addition to improving areas
where the school already excels,
he said the extra money will help
die university to “strengthen our
outreach to Nebraskans and their
The university wants to join
the effort to bail out struggling
rural communities by extending
distance education and scattering
nine new faculty members across
the state who would be charged
with aiding in rural economic
development, Smith said.
Regent Chuck Hassebrook
said extra state dollars would arm
the institution with tools it needed
to address die crisis in Nebraska^
small communities.
“The University of Nebraska is
embracing that problem asachal
Specifically, he said, small
town Nebraskans need help
bridging the digital divide and
training on how to start commu
nity businesses.
Sen. Don Pederson of North
Platte congratulated Smith and
the entire university on its slew of
plans to improve rural Nebraska
and its own programs.
”1 feel a heightened vigor in
the university system," he said.
But he cautioned Smith on
two of his major plans; increasing
enrollment and boosting tuition.
Smith, though, said the two
goals could be reconciled
“The trick is to develop the
appropriate aid” he said
Moreover, he said the tuition
increases would be measured in
Please see BUDGET on 7
Many stunned by
regent's comments
Several students and univer
sity leaders are left with questions
afterNU Regent Drew Miller pub
licly explained how increased
minority recruitment could lower
NU’s national rankings, thus hin
dering the university’s recruit
ment efforts.
Miller brought up his views
during Saturday’s University of
Nebraska Board of Regents meet
ing, when the board discussed
recruitment plans for its campus
The board passed a resolution
that would beef up NU’s recruit
ing by focusing on minority stu
dents, out-of-state students and
high academic ability students.
At the meeting, Miller said
nationally, minority groups
scored lower on standardized
tests because of cultural biases in
the test questions.
National college rankings,
such as U.S. News and World
Report’s annual list, often use
incoming freshman test scores as
criteria to rank schools, he said.
Although Miller said he didn’t
think the magazine used a good
ranking system, he acknowl
edged students and parents look
to U.S. News when choosing a
Therefore, Miller said, it could
hinder recruitment in die long
“It could be self-defeating,"
Miller said at the meeting.
Several students expressed
disdain after reading Miller’s
comments in Monday’s Daily
Miller would not comment
Monday night over the phone
about minority recruitment
Rather, he faxed a statement
to the Daily Nebraskan detailing
his stance on die issue.
Joel Schafer, student body
president and student regent,
said he wished Miller^ statement
would have included an apology
to students of color.
“The tone of what he was try
ing to say was that minority
recruitment would have a nega
tive effect on our ratings," Schafer
James Griesen, vice chancel
Please see MILLER on 6
Election Day
Student government elections are underway today at high-traffic
locations across campus, including the Nebraska and Nebraska East
Unions. Polls are open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. For more informa
tion on die run-off election, phone the Association of Students of die
University of Nebraska office at (402) 472-2581.