The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 06, 2001, Image 1
- Hiesday March 6,2001 Volume 100 -> Issue 121 daHyneb.com Since 1901 isvH3 - KattoRobMUft In SportsTuesday/12 Muvmc COUM: Curtis Sorgee walks by 9th and 0 streets Monday afternoon to Ralphs Hungry Eye Tattoo Jennifer tund/DN Hogans goals for UNL diverse BYJLLZEMAW Bill Hogan has ambitious goals for the uni versity. 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 years. 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 potential.” Andreaus Boise, staff * Jennifer Lund/DN Arirtrrffw rmiifitrlflflKawiHoginnirrtTlIIII nhnniriiiirtlf InwjinrtMmiiHniH VhWyr daring a in MwrilH^L Hogan nwt faculty nwift hmMHduilHttyfln<fayaftpBMmiA»inga<|uwtMn-3Bii-Tnriii>rf»rqnii 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 university.” Michael Pflueger, a junior criminal justice Please see HOGAN on 7 Programmers to enter finals BY SHARON KOLBET 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, Canada. 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 noon. 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 BY JLL CONNER 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 offit,hesaid. 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 said. But many senators on the list told Please see BUKUIYon 7 more state BY GEORGE GREBi 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 budget 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 sions. “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 nities. 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 tution. Legislature 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 communities.” 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 lenge,”hesaid 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 BYJLLZEMAN 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 es. 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 college. Therefore, Miller said, it could hinder recruitment in die long run. “It could be self-defeating," Miller said at the meeting. Several students expressed disdain after reading Miller’s comments in Monday’s Daily Nebraskan. 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 said. 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.