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Tro,Jblesome events for Steamboat Trace dent of academic affairs, feels littl concern over the petition's alleg2 Plans are still underway to con- tions. "Funding for the trail wi tinue work on the 21-mile Steam- mostly come from a gran boat Trace Hiking/Biking Trail awarded from the Intermodel Sw running from Cooper nuclear face Transportation Enhancemer plant near Brownville to just south Act. The trail was fully evaluate• of Nebraska City, despite legal by !STEA before the award, an• matters and damage to a bridge the railbed was not found to be late this summer. problem. If !STEA was incorrec A petition :filed against the trail in this judgment, then they hav in July by area landowners and been incorrect in their evaluation their representatives concerns the all along." legal manner in which the trail Ainsworth added that man· was obtained. The petition also petitions similar to this have beei states that some of the property is denied in courts thus far. not properly railbanked and that As for managing the construe the current trail manager, the tion and upkeep of the trail, th Nemaha Natural Resources Dis- NNRD currently has the suppor trict (NNRD), cannot handle the of various civic organizations lik financial responsibility nor the the Boy Scouts and the loca proper management of the trail. United Way. Dr. Mike Speece Dr. David Ainsworth, president chairman of the Nemaha Nat11r~ of the Steamboat Trace Trail AsContinued on page ; sociation and interim vice presi-

By Juliane

TECHNOLOGY CENTER OPENS THE NEW REGIONAl TEC.HNOlOGY CENTER in Nebraska C1tv held an open house on Sept. 8. Among the highlights. the facilitL,J features video conferencing. -photo by Terry Dugan

P-erIJ.St:ate up to the minute louis levy Named Director of Admissions Louis Levy has been named Director of Admissions and School Relations. Levy comes to PSC from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN.

"WeHnen Week" begins Sept. 15 "Wellness Week" is scheduled for Sept. 15-21. Some of the activities planned include an aerobics class, stress workshop, blood · ··ssure clinic, depression screen; as well as a special Pro fealthy Dining ("PHO") menu from food service vendor "-dexho. Organizations sponsoring e.vents are Professional Development Committee, CAB, Student Support Services, Sodexho, Residence Life, Blue Valley Mental Health and Intramurals.

fall '97 Choral Membership Announced Auditions were held for positions on PSC's Misty Blues Show Choir as well as PSC's Madrigal Singers. Show Choir members include Holly Bell, Nickelle Hammons, Lisa Othmer, Nila Satterfield, Matt Asher, Steve Jirsa, Mike O'Neil, Rachel Callahan, Jessica Damrow, Heidi Kirkendall, Nathan Leach, Jesse Ottemann, Kevin Topscher, John Widick, and Denys Shafer. The first Show Choir performance will be Oct. 22-23 at the Peru State Show Choir Festival. Members of the Madrigal Singers are Lisa Othmer, Becky 1"\.'..t0·\dig, Steve Jirsa, Mike O'Neil, t~1y Nielsen, Jaci Pingel, Jon

Plymesser, Andrew Davis, Sarah Schneider, Terri. Gibbs, Rachel Callahan, Nathan Leach, Kevin Topscher, and Jesse Qttemann. The first Madrigal performance will be on Nov. 3, and the Madrigal Dinner is scheduled for Dec. 13. Both groups are directed by Dr. Thomas Ediger.

Health Center Hours Announced '· The PSC Health Center, located on the top floor of the west wing of A.D. Majors Hall, is now open. Regular hours are from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Doctor's hours are 8 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays and involve a $25/visit office fee; for appointments call extension 2229. The Health Center is open to students, faculty and staff.

Aeolian II Concert to be Held Aeolian II, the faculty duo of Dr. David Edris and Dr. Thomas Ediger, will present a recital on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. in the Benford Recital Hall. There is no admission charge.


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Dr. Ainsworth takes on new role By Gretchen M. Stukenholtz

The 1996 fall semester at Peru State College began with a new vice president of academic affairs. As of mid-August Dr. David Ainsworth, former chair of the division of education and psychology, assumed the position of interim vice president until a permanent replacement can be hired. Over the summer a search committee interviewed several candidates. An individual was chosen but was unable to accept the job. Ainsworth will continue to serve as certification officer of PSC and chair of the physical education de-

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partment. Dr. Dan Cox, associate professor of education, and Dr. Anthony Citrin, professor of education, will supervisethe undergraduate teachers' education programs and the graduate and extended programs, respectively. "The main focus right now is to keep everything running smoothly," Ainsworth said. "With an institution this size, it will take a great deal of time and effort from whomever holds this position". A second :>earch committee to find a permmlent vice president of academic affairswill begin soon.





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Art Exhibition features Adams The first show of the Art Gallery's 1996-97 season features work by Devon Adams. Adams is a Peru resident and PSC graduate. Her exhibit continues through Sept. 30. The Gallery, located on the main level of the Jindra Fine Arts building, is open on Mondays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.





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Troublesome events for Steamboat Trace Continued from page 1

15-21 Wellness Week

18 Hvpnotist Jim Wand (8 p.m.) College Theatre 19 Aeolian II Concert (8 p.m.) Benford Recital Hall

19 Cultural Event. 'True Colors" presented bv Dr. Lundak (7 p.m.) Student Center

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Resource Sub-committee, said that these volunteers, along with the NNRD, were perfectly capable of proper maintenance and cleanup of the trail, despite the claims of the petitioners. The damage to a bridge .located on the trail is still under investigation by the NNRD. All that is-presently known is that the damage appears to be the direct result.of fire. Ainsworth said that neither circumstance will pose a setback in the trail's development. Weather permitting, heavy construction, which includes laying limestone, will begin late spring or early summer.

BEGIN WITH 800HS AS YOU All KNOW, one of the first rituals of college is buving books. Freshman Heather Jacobsen wos broken into the process bv senior business administration major. Aaron Brand. -photo by Genelle Czirr

Dr. Dan Holtz to give presentations at conferences in Lincoln on Nebraska writers Dr. Dan Holtz, professor of Enr glish, will give three presentations on Nebraska writers at conferences in late September and early October. On Sept. 21 Holtz will speak on Bess Streeter Aldrich and Willa Cather at the Nebraska Literature

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Open facilities hours for the Wheeler Activity Center have been announced. It will be open Monday thru Friday from 6:30-8 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday thru Thursday from 6:30-10 p.m. and Saturdays from l-4p.m. Student IQ is required for free admis- . sion.

Faculty Members Published Works by Dr. Dan Holtz and Tamara Arthaud will be published by the Modern Language Association and the Council for Exceptional Children, respectively.

Dr. Holtz's article, "History on the Margins and in the Mainstream: Teaching 'The Sound and the Fury' in Its Southern Historical Context" is to be published in the Modern Language Association's book, Approaches to Teaching Faulkner's 'The Sound and The Fury'. Arthaud's manuscript, the results of a project she completed while teaching high school, has been selected for inclusion in the Spring issue of Diagnostique,· a journal for the special education assessment division of the council for exceptional children.

Festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Holtz will deliver the same talk at the Weste'rn Literature Association conference in Lincoln on Oct. 5. He will also make c.i musical presentation relating to the works of Mari Sandoz at the WLA meet-

ing on Oct. 3. That talk, titlec "Sandoz and Song: Mari's Coun terpoint and Commentary to thE Popular Songs of the West" in eludes Holtz's renditions of west ern folk songs mentioned ir Sandoz's works.

According to Fabry, parking regulations strictly enforced By Katie Naprstek

Just as students and faculty are returning to campus, the security guards are returning to their jobs. And you know what that means! PARKING TICKETS ... According to Ron Fabry, director of the physical plant, everyone who plans to park on campus must have a parking permit. The physical plant has been issuing permits and will continue to do so. To obtain a parking permit, bring your vehicle registration and $15 to the Physical Plant.

As of Aug. 27, the Physical Plant has been issuing parking tickets for violations. Fabry said that the mies and regulations will be more strictly enforced this year. Individuals who have two or more delinquent notices and park on campus may have their vehicles immobilized by a wheel lock. A !is t of the rules and regulations can be found in the pamphlet available at the plant. Fines must be paid within 14 days of the date the ticket was issued and not the date of the notice.



CAPTAIN'S LOUNGE SPECIAL MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHTS The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru State College, is published seven times per semeser by Peru State College students. The Times office is located in the college publication office in the hysical Plant Buildirig, telephone (402) 872-2260. · Opinions expressed may not necessarily be those of the entire editorial staff. All letters to the editor re welcomed. Letters, cartoons, articles, and so forth submitted to the Times should be signed by the · · dividual(s) submitting them and will be published at the discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor ·hould not exceed 250 words in length. The Times reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor for rammar and style. The Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. Please send material to: Editor 1 Peru State Times Campus Mail PRIZE WINNING Peru State College NEW$PAPER 1996 Peru,NE 68421 or by e-mail: lfebrBBka Press Association

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Key to quality education not found in one town In a recent article in the Nebraska City News-Press, Carrol Krause, executive director of the Nebraska college system, stated "Nebraska City holds the key to education in southeast Nebraska, as well as Pen1 State College." at the Times are troubled by that statement. First off, we feel that Peru State College is the key to education in southeast Nebraska, as well as the satellite learning facilities. As most can see, Peru State relies heavily on citizens who live in the entire southeast Nebraska area. The key to education is bringing together people from all walks of life, despite geography, and offering them a quality education. And we feel that~ in Peru State's case, quality education can not be confined to one key town. For any, cbllege community, towns in the surrounding areas need to offer full support and cooperation to the college for it to remain a decent, respectible institution. Because of widespre~d, regional support, Peru State has remained successful through the years. This support includes, but is not confined to, residents of the area sending their children to Peru State because 1) it is close and 2) it is a personable institution. Students are treated as people and not numbers. So, with this in mind, what the Bbard defines as key may well indeed be the key to destroying the traditional student at Peru State. Granted, the regional technology center, which is housed in Nebraska City, is a quality facility. The com, puters are marvelous, and the video conferencing studio is an amazing step forward in "streamlining" education. The center will represent an excellent opportunity for those who want to b~come part-time students and better themselves. ¡ But, what about all the students who will never have the opportunity to use that technology? What about those left behind using Mac Classics and older IBMs on campus? Does the end justify the means in this case? .. Regardless, a key is what you make of i~ You can use it to open locked doors never opened before or to lock them from the inside.



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Misti Munson, senior business administration management major, "J think Clinton's sending troops to the Middle Eost is a good thing to a point. He is protecting our resources but at the same time it's hard to justifv sending our troops to help another countrv."

Dave Junker, senior secondary education math/computer sciences, "J agree with President Clinton. I feel these actions should hove been taken a few vears ago when Bush was in office. I think it was the right thing to do but I think there is more action to be token. I think that Saddam is going to keep on doing what he is until he is out of office whether it's through assosination or overthrown."

Don Hogue, senior physical education/ health major. "I agree with Clinton because Hussein has pushed and shoved enough over there and it makes it worse on the surrounding countries. It is time for someone to step in because no one else is toking core of him. We should have done it lost time."

Heather Boatman, junior psychology/sociology major, "I 'agree because Saddam Hussein has gotten out of control. He is just using all these people and I think it's time to get rid of Hussein."


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"Boxes and Walls" teaches students about discrimination By Krys Leeds and Heather (Layson) McKay

"We don't necessarily want to change anyone's views; wejust want to open their eyes to some of the prejudices that are going on." According to Paula Czirr, assistant director for residence life, it was .this philosophy that inspired the Boxes and Walls program, organized in conjunction with New Student Weekend and College 100. The idea came from an Upper Midwest Region Association for College and University Housing Officers -conference attended bv Czirr, Direct01â&#x20AC;˘ of Residence Life Erin Sayer, and former Resident Director for Morgan Hall Julie Taylor, last spring. Boxes and Walls was set up with four compartments; each dealt with a separate issue . .There were rooms discriminating against women, heterosexuals, Jews and African-Americans. Upon experiencing a condensed version of Boxes and Walls; Sayer's initial reaction was one of surprise. Then the wheels were rolling. Sayer knew this program would be good to implement on the Peru campus. Construction began Aug. 8 and continued until Aug. 24. Czirr was pleased that

there were no major mishaps and that everything went smoothly. "Our goal was to bring a diverse experience to this campus and to expose small-town people to different groups." Czirr felt the four rooms used in Boxes and Walls covered issues most relevant to Peru State. "Boxes and Walls was really enlightening. It covered all the tough issues that people ¡have to deal with," said Jara Tharp, freshman special education major. Vickie Anderson, senior elementary education major, said it was a very good program. "I thought it was very much needed on this campus." Sayer was concerned about some of the negative reactions. "Students were laughing or asking 'Why'd they make us do it?' You don't know whether they're laughing because they are uncomfortable or if they don't care. It's sad, and I hope that's not the case." Returning students, faculty and perhaps area high school students will have an opportunity to experience Boxes and Walls sometime this fall when the walls are put up again. "We want to show diversity, not only of color of skin but of beliefs and attitudes," said Sayer.

Dr. Jim Wand to cast his spell at Peru State Sept. 18 On Wednesday Sept. 18, Dr Jim Wand, hypnotist, will perform at the Peru State College Theatre. With over 4000 professional engagements to his credit, Wand, "Master of the Mind," has hypno-

Food service director part of facelift in PSC cafeteria By Brooke Shaffer

Although many things at Peru State are the same as last semester, one thing that has changed is the food service. The cafeteria has undergone a major face-lift. Faizul Momin, director of the new food service, is ,responsible for many of these changes. Faizul is originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, which has a population of roughly five million. At 21, he came to the US. and completed his Masters of Business Administration at Fort Hayes College in

Kansas, paying his way by working 60-70 hours a week even while a full-time student. As the food service director at PSC, Faizul helps prepare the cafeteria for the meals, makes sure the food recipes are followed exactly, and does much of the paperwork involv;ed in running the food.service. Healsolendsahand to serve food and wash dishes when the employees need help. All semester there will be special meals such as a steak dinner the first Thursday of every month,


and also nacho bars as well as cracker bars throughout the semester. To spice things up a Western night is planned, as well as display cooking. Although Faizul has worked at many different colleges throughout his career including Southwest Texas University, Northeast Missouri State and the University of Chicago, he said Peru State is one of his favorites. He explained that you can get to know more people at a college with just 1,500 students, rather than 28,000.

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Perry promoted; coordinator of Coop- Seger moves from adjunct erative Education and Career Services to assistant professor By Joanna Stauffer

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Many of the staff members at Peru State are new to the campus this year. The new coordinator of· Cooperative Education and Career Services, however, has been around for awhile. Julia Perry is a native of Peru, .a graduate of Peru State and a former secretary for the Division of Hqmanities. Julia applied for the job, she said, for two main reasons. First she wanted to move into a position where she could use her business admiriistration and management degree. She also wanted to move into student service. As coordinator, Julia helps the students in many ways. One of her main duties is to line up internships for students ill their fields of study. These internships count for college credit, and she will help anyone who is interested. Her office is located in the basement of the Administration building, room 105. Julia helps students with resumes and cover letters. She also helps students prepare for interviews. The only change Julia would like to see is more students using the program. Julia said she really loves her new position and is excited about working with students this year.

Donald Seger, assistant professor of education, is one of the new faces on campus. Seger is teaching psychology classes at PSC and graduate-level instructional technology courses at the new Regional Technology Center in Nebraska City. Seger, a father of four, comes to Peru from Fairbury. He has been participating in Peru's cooperative education program as an adjunct professor for eight years. During this time, he has been working on his doctoral degree in education. Seger began teaching high school language arts, speech,

Small foot new director of continuing education By Michelle Barnett Even though he has only been here since July 1, Dr. Robert Smallfoot, director of continu:ing education, has big plans for Peru State College. Smallfoot offers courses and I or programs in the fields of computers, elE:mentary education, and business industry, not only at Peru but at many other surrounding locations including Offut Air Force Base in Bellevue, Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville,

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Paula Czirr has been named the new assistant director of residence life after having been the Centennial Complex director since spring of 1994. Czirr first came to PSC as an elementary education major in 1989. She became the Complex director while still a student, and then graduated with a degree in elementary education in the spring of 1994. Some of Czirr's duties include Complex maintenance and staff development. When asked if she's enjoying her new job, Czirr said, "It's been okay so far, but it's only been two weeks, so I haven't

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and the Regional Tedmology Center in Nebraska City. Smallfoot has a masters in edL'cation, a Ph.D. in currietdum i.nstruction, and a B.A. in science/ education. Smallfoot chose Peru State because of the strong support base the college provides for its offcampus programs and of the wellprepared full-time faculty. "The need for life-long learning, accelerates with change. PSC accelerates to meet those needs," said Smallfoot.

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and drama classes in the Nebraska Public School System in 1970. He also worked as an elementary counselor in Superior. Seger taught at Southeast Communft:y College in the psychology and sociology department, and has also worked for the Kansas Department of Education writing model curriculum for industrial technology courses. Seger said he enjoys the intimacy of Peru and the friendly working environment. He looks forward to working with active practitioners to help them up-JI date their knowledge in the industrial technology field.

done much yet". Czirr also said her degree often helps with her job. Czirr's creative bulletin boards and her theories on discipline all stem from courses taken at PSC. Czirr would like to see all three buildings more connected like a community, and would also like to promote community living at the 'Plex. Czirr has already made several improvements at the Complex, but she would like several more to take place. Some of her other ideas include nicer carpet in the rooms, more cable channels, phone jacks in the bedrooms, a grill outside, and maybe even a porch swing or two.

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Bobcats begin victorious By Doug Kerns

can't win games and turn the ball ' over. And Jami executed that Punting prowess and pristine game plan to perfection," play punctuated PSC's 34-27 Strittmatter explained. pounding of the Doane Tigers in Veteran running back Anthony the home opener Saturday. Lee helped the feisty Bobcat ofThe sold-out Oak Bowl crowd fense keep the Tigers cowed by cheered as Jamie Cason and the pounding the ground for 53 yards rest of the powerful Bobcat punt- on 13 carries, with two short scaming team buried Doane deep in pers of two yards apiece for touchTiger territory for much of the day downs. while the 'Cats' snarling defensive Game end Tiger theatrics in the play resulted in four turnovers form of a fail on-side kick and a and an interception for a touch- hail-Mary pass was not enough to down. Head Coach Dick turn the Bobcat tide. Strittmatter affirmed that the deThis Saturday .Tabor College fensive squad hustled all game opens its season by daring the long. Bobcat claws in the Oak Bowl at 1 The crux of the win, however, p,m. Strittmatter said that a wellwas turnover-free offensive play. balanced offensive assault and Bobcat quarterback Jami Stinson defensive adjustments to the fired for 13 of 25 for 104 yards, wide-open Tabor squad were keys Wide Receiver Terry Rice pulled to a repeat of last year's PSC vicone down from 13 yards out for a tory in Hillsborough. touchdown, and Bobcat receivers "I also look for another good came through in the crunch for crowd to support the team's effirst downs. forts," added the Bobcat head "All fall, I've preached that we coach.


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Hey sports fans! Yes, don't pinch yourself- this is a new face NE Weslevan Classic you see before you. Well, at least new to the sports column. It's out 17 with the old (Chris Raabe) and in @Belle\/ue Un1versit1,J with the new. 20-21 "What is a woman doing writGraceland Invitational ing a sports column?" Hey, just 27 because I am a woman doesn't Washburn Universitt,J mean that I don't know my sports FOOTBALL or abo:ut the events that are going 14 on in our world of sports. It also vs. Tabor College doesn't mean that I'm not looking 21 at the male athletes' butts (and The Applejack Bowl - judging them on a 1-10 rating system. Which, by the way, Alex vs. Dono College Rodriquez from the Mariners reat Nebraska Citv ceives an 11). INTRAMUltRLS And I do know the difference 16 between a: touchdown, goal, Deadline for Flag footl::>oll point, and a· run. "He shoots, he (noon) and ladder tournaments· scores." That's hockey, right? 20 Well, I will do my best to keep you Deadline for 3-on-3 basketball up-to-date, informed and enter(games on Fri. and Sun. nights) tained in ' The Wide World of. 24 Sports.' 13-14

Now to the sports aspect- yes, There were heroes: Kerri Strugs, this is the year of the woman (at gymnastics, who with a hurt ankle least as far as the 1996 Olympics completed the vault for her team are concerned). I Am Woman, and aided the US team to OlymHear Me Roar! No offense to be pic gold. Yes, she does have a taken here, men, but 1996 gold chipmunk voice from HELL, but medal winners were dominated let's give her a break-she hasn't by women. hit puberty yet. Our US women were remarkMia Hamm, soccer-some say able, clinching 19 of the 44 of our she makes a Keebler elf look tall, nation's gold medals both in team but boy can she haul! and individual events (guys .. .that ):..isa Leslie, basketball, the 6'5" means your sex won 25 out of 44), center. And they say they grow among which were softball, gym- them big in Nebraska. Oh yes. nastics, soccer, basketball, syn- _ (And men, she is going to be a chronized swimming, track and model too!) swimming. Dot Richard, softball, is 34 years

old and still going. She's a d tor, but in her spare time she the homerun that clinched the victory over China. Some dod do play something besides gol Amand<i Beard, swimmer, ceived a gold and a silver mec and she's only 14 years old! Lisa Fernandez, softball (I kn· you're thinking, "You already< a softball player," but hey wl can I say, I am a little biased!) l is one of the pitchers for the te• and she throws a 68 mph risi fastball. That's faster than WE suppose to drive in most state: Hard work, determination a guts! These ladies have dorn and are ready to do it again. of these women will be at it ag• in the year 2000 in Sidney, A tralia. These women can do anythi you men can do and more; lets: you guys have a baby!

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"SC volleyball team starts where it left off-winning ly Greg Wolfe

Welcome back for another exiting season of Lady Bobcat 'olleyball. Some faces on the cam have changed along with he season. Gone are All\.mericans Jill Parker and ~ecki Wetgen, and in are new md exciting and freshmen long with returners and new teacf coach Todd Jensen. Coach Jensen arrives with a earn that is coming off a seaon that climaxed in a trip to he national tournament in San :>iego. "The returning players showing tremenqous lead-rship and have made the trani tion to a new coach quite moothly," said Jensen. With a new coach comes a :w philosophy. Since Jensen's rrival the women have been vorking hard in learning a =w offensive scheme in oraer

to balance their attack. "The offense is much faster and more complicated than last year," Jensen said, "and the girls have come a long way and learned it quickly." The players have already tried out their new style of attack, and junior captain Kendra Corey commented, "It is really shocking to our opponents how fast it is, and it really confuses them." She added, "Now that we are used to it, it .should become even more effective." An advantage in quickness makes up for lack of size. "We are using the quicker, more deceptive offense because we don't have the big people anymore like Jill ParKer," commented Junior Kellie Valinch. So far the offense has worked out well. The women have tried it on some tough compe-

tition in a Aug. 30 tournament at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. "We played all NCAA division II teams in the tournament and finished in second place," said senior car tain Tracey Cochran, "We fee that with the upcoming tournaments we can only improve the more we play." The· UNO tourney brought some of the Lady 'Cats' fiercest foes of the year, but they stressed that they will remain focused in hopes of returning to the national tournament again this year. About one hour was enough for the Bobcats to destroy York College in the first home game. They thanked the fans for their support and hoped to see even more at their next home game Sept. 27 versus Washburn Uni~ versity in the AWAC.

September 13, 1996 Uensen brings experience to Peru State By Jen Froeschl

The Peru State volleyball team will be under new leadership this season. Coach Todd Jensen has replaced Jim Callender as head volleyball coach. "I chose to come to PSC because it was a great opportunity for me to do two things that I really enjoy, which are coaching volleyball and working in student life," Jensen said. A native of Kansas City, MO, Jensen graduated from Olathe North High School. After graduation he attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence where he received his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1993. While attending KU, Jensen was a member of the Jayhawk men's volleyball team, and was team captain for two years. Jensen then moved to Mem-

phis, TN, where he worked in student life for the University of Memphis. At this same time he was the assistant volleyball coach at Rhoades College. During the past five years he also coached junior Olympic volleyball teams. Jensen is hoping to lead the Bobcats back to the national tournament this year. "I'm bringing in a faster offense. If we can adjust, we'll be successful," he said. Aside from coaching volleyball, Jensen is the new dorm director of Delzell Hall. He finds this job to be an enjoyable experience, but it is "a lot different," he said. At Memphis State he was in charge of a dorm of 500 students. Delzell houses only 150. Jensen currently resides in Nebraska City and spends most of his free time helping his fiancee plan their November wedding.







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Peru State College, Peru, NE

September 13,


Petty, Young slipping a bit in their old agE VIRGO (A 23-S 22) Luck in your future today. While walking, you will see American tied to tree all by himself. Oh, look! Long, solid stick lying next to American. Boy, it is lucky day. LIBRA (S 23-0 23)

Be prepared yourself. You will be approached by member of government, soon. They ask you, "Mammar, you were not involved in plot to overthrow president, were you?" Say, "No, no, no, not me. You want Mammat. He lives next door." SCORPIO (0 24-N21)

Congratulations! You go back to work in the T-shirt factory very soon. This time, use patience before sellins;, "We kicked your Yankee Butt' model. Try, "We went to war ai;ain. All I got was this lousy T-shirt.' SAGITTARIUS (N 22-D21) Happiness will be yours from above

when you use everyday "Turd" instead of "Kurd." Put fingers over your mouth and say "Oops! I mean



Do not play with fire. You will only get burned up. Unless you are practicing.

this about plot to overthrow president? If yes, you want that liar Mammar next door." ARIES (M 21-A 19)

Use your head this week, please! When you receive envelope that says you win $10 million dollars from Dick Clark and Ed McMahon, do not enter. It is trap to send you more junk mail. Remember this: Only way Ed McMahon and Dick Clark give you $10 million dollars is if you kill them and take their money. By the way, would you like to go to United States and kill Ed Mcmahon and Dick Clark? TAURUS (A 20-M 20)

Play with your children today. If you don't have children, play with your dog. If you don't have a dog, play witb a doll. If you don't have a doll, fondle your assault rifle like you do every other night of week. Everything needs love. GEMINI (M 21-J 21)

AQUARIUS (J 20-Fl 8)

Your lucky number is also equal to number of toilets you have in mile radius of anywhere you are standing.

Become one with nature this week. Maybe then you will be able to hide yourself better from enemy. CANCER (J 22-JY 22)

PISCES (F 19-M 20)

Don't trust your neighbor! If you do, you may be approached by government official who will ask if you are Mammat. If that happens, say, "Is

Make new friends today. Unless their names are Mammat or Mammar because they are liars. And you don't want liars as friends.

VVell, our super seventies summer has come to a close. The reunion tours by KISS and the Sex Pistols were historic, and if rumours are right we'll have a chance to witness KISS in Omaha. I wish the Sex Pistols would get within driving distance. Oh well, I've got information on an excellent upcoming show that doesn't require two days in a car. Also this summer two of rock's best songwriters, Tom Petty and Neil Young, released some new material containing some good moments, but not as many as we're used to. I'll start off with the new Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers record, "Songs and music from the motion picture 'She's The One'." The current single "Walls(circus)" is a song with typical timeless Tom Petty melodies. The album's masterpiece however is the following track "Grew Up Fast." It is a great song about his generation and their youth as well as a personal plea for understanding. Another highlight of the album is the cover of Beck's" A **hole," which is bound to put a smile on your face. "She'll do anythin to make ou feel like LEO (JY 23¡ A 22)

You wu1 come to realization that there is too much violence in this world. And even though you are powerless to stop it, you commit your life to not taking part in any violent activity


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an a**hole." Yup Tom,we've all been there. The album contains a few other noteworthy songs and will undoubtedly create many new fans. On a dimmer note, the new Neil Young album with Crazy Horse, "Broken Arrow," is just that-fractured and directionless. The opening track "Big Time" has a catchy riff, but it is drawn out too far. The next two songs are worse; uninspired even. They go on and on like a pair of dogs that refuse to die. The album is not without its moments though, and "Music Arcade" is one of them. The song is a piece of beauty so tender it's almost painful. Unfortunately there is little more magic on "Broken Arrow,"making this album strictly for die-hard Neil Young fans like myself. Let's just hope he fixes his arrow in time for his

next album. It's Alive! Heavy metal isr dead. You want proof? On O< 15 Ozzfest hits Pershing Audit< rium in Lincoln. On the bill a Biohazard, Sepultura, Danzi and Ozzy Ozborne. I've se< Danzig and Ozzy before, and thi both put on a mind-blowing sho of pure adrenaline that you nev' want to end. If you've got the gu I'll see you there. For those of you who want to S< a good band on the weekenâ&#x20AC;˘ make a trip over to TJ's i Brownville. Myth plays Saturd< Oct. 14, followed by Swiftkick ()< 21 and Outfit Oct. 28. The trivia question for this eci tion is: How many original mer bers of Torn Petty and t1 Heartbrakers are in the curre lineup? The answer in the ne installment.

whatsoever. Violence breeds insanity, and you do not want any part of that. Stereotyping a group of people as violent because of the actions of certain factions of society is detrimen-

ta! to world. You will decide vo1 want no part in that. Then, yo1 might consider watching Robocop" You love that movie.



eru State College, Peru, NE

Volume 74

September 27, 1996

By Jen Froeschl

.Under Pressure


, SEPTEMBER 16-20 PERU STATE COLLEGE observed Wellness Week, which included various workshops on health and fitness as well as opportunities for students to check on their own physical condition. Assistant Director of Residence Life Paula Czirr helps senior sports management major Melanie Barry check her blood pressure. What exactly does 220 over l 0 mean anyway? -photo by Terry Dugan



The second annual Oakstock workshop for future educators is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, at Arbor Day Farms in Nebraska City. Oakstock II will again focus on environmental education across all curriculum areas. Due to student suggestions at the conclusion of Oakstock I, the workshop will be only one day, and it will be narrowed down. to two topics concerning environmental awareness. Joy Dunnigan, assistant professor of special education, is coordinating the event. The workshop -is for education majors who have been admitted into teacher education at Peru State College. Dunnigan is expects approximately 150 students to attend. "Oakstock is about students and crei\ted for students/' Dunnigan said. She decided to implement this workshop at PSC because she

believes that environmental awareness is an "area that generates enormous amounts of interest for students. It's an involvement we carry into adult life." Dunnigan believes that it is beneficial for future educators at PSC to get away from campus for the workshop. "Being in the environment helps us focus more on the environment," she said. The keynote speaker will be poet/ farmer, Michael Carey, from Farragut, IA. Carey is very interested in and concerned with environmental issues~ Dunnigan said that she is "thrilled that he is going to be able to set the tone for the day in a positive light." After the keynote address, students will be working,with curriculum ideas for the grade level which they plan to teach. For example, elementary education majors will work with ideas for the elementary level.

Contmued on page 2

Peru Sta~e I Report shows Nebraskans continuing to live longer to the mnnute . . • This story is a re-write from a press state's history. Of the 172 infant births per 100,000 residents-the creased slightly from 24.2 years in

Correct10.n on Heal~h Center release distributed by the NeInformation from Times #1 braska Department of Health


In the Sept. 13 issue of The Times, it was reported that stuAccording to a report by the dents ne~d to pay a $25 office fee Nebraska Department of Health, if th~y_wISh to see the doctor wi:en Nebraskans are living-longer. he v1s1ts on Wednesday. That mIn the last 40 years, the life exfor;mation was incorrect. St_udents pect<µlcy has increased 10 years. paid a Health Center durmg fee Men now live to the average age payment; therefore, the cost of the of 71, and women live to be ap3ervices are covered. We a polo- proximately 78. Women continue gize for the error. to live longer due to lower rates of unintentional injury, suicide, Catalog available for new homicide and infant deaths. Heart disease remains the leadstudents who commute New PSC students who com- ing cause of death. One out of mute can pick up a 1996-97 col- every three deaths were attributed lege catalog from the Office of the to heart disease. Cancer was the Vice President for Student Affairs cause of one out of every five deaths. in the Administration Building, Of those who succumbed to canHersemann announces office cer, lung cancer was the number ilours for students one cause for both men and Dr, Daryll Hersemann, vice women. This was the second year president for student affairs, will that lung cancer surpassed breast i1old office hours every Wednes- cancer as the number one cancer day from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the killer of women. Prostate cancer Emory Oak room of the Student followed lung cancer as the next Center. No appointment is nee- major causes of cancer deaths. Behind cerebrovascular disease 2 ssary. '--------------'-----' and pneumonia, unintentional injuries (accidents) stood as the INSIDE THIS ISSUE fifth leading cause of death. Auto accidents represented 44 percent First full-time A.D. of all accidental deaths claiming Page 2 248 lives in 1995. This number No place for Ross? was the lowest number of motor vehicle deaths in the last 50 years. Page 3 AIDS was the fifth leading cause .''True Colors" shine through of death among males age 15-44. · Page 5 The infant mortality rate dropped to 7.4 percent which was Sports enjoy success the second lowest rate in the Pages 6&7

deaths reported, 54 were due to birth defects, and low birth weight babies ai:counted for 106 deaths. The number of births increased for the first time since 1990 with 23,221 babies born-up 90 fr<:>m 1994. However, due to the mcrease in the state's population, the birth rate dropped to 14.4

lowest in the state's history. The number of children born to teens dropped substantially from 2,551 in 1994 to 2,324 last year. The percentage of babies born to women over the age of 30 or older increased from30.5in 1990to34.8, and the average age of women giving birth for the first tim~ in-

1994 to 24.3 in 1995. Finally, the number of twins and triplets increased from the previous year. In 1994, 274 sets of twins and 13 sets of triplets were born in Ne?raska, and in 1995, 36_6 sets of twms and 20 sets of triplets were born.


Men live to an average age of 71 Women live to an average age of 78.4 MEN: up 6 months from 1994 WOMEN: up 7 months from 1994 BIRTHS: 23,221 babies were born

in 1995 • up from 23, 121 in 1994 2,324 babies were born to teens in 1995

. . down from 2,551 in 1994 SOURCE: Nebraska Department of Health



September 27, 1996

Kildal first full-time athletic director By Heather Hart

27 Student Teaching applications for Fall 1997 due

27 Applications for December graduation due

"Oakstock H" workshop for future educators to

be held Oct.. 11 Continued from page 1


· The two topics for this year, which are both sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, are Project Wild and Project Learning Tree.

Singer Barbara Bailev Hutchinson (8 p.m.) Student Center

3 Bloodmobile (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) Student Center

3 UNL Agri-Science and Natural Resources Career Fair Lincoln

7-11 Disabilities Awareness week

9 Career Fair Holidov Inn. Omaha.

14-16 Homecoming General Election Student Center

15 Jazz Bond Concert (noon) Student Center

By the end of the day, future educators will be certified in both environmental curriculums. They will also receive 'materials, ideas for lesson plans and information for development. Unlike last year, there will be no overnight camping because of this year's location. However, there will be evening activities sponsored by several campus organizations for those who wish to stay around and enjoy Arbor Day Farm, which will be in full apple harvest during the time of the event.

Dr. Lori Kildal is "breaking the mold" as the first full-time director of athletics for PSC, according to Kent Probst, director of college advancement and alumni. Kildal began work in July as PSC's new director of athletics. Changes for her included switching from teaching and coaching to athletic administration·and moving from Los Angeles to southeast Nebraska. "I just finished my doctorate in sports administration, and my goal was to pursue a position in athletic administration," she said. "I definitely stepped into the role by accepting this full-time position. This is a great opportunity to meet my goal." Kildal will head all six of PSC's sports. At Azusa Pacific University, an NAIA school in suburban LA, Kildal was a volleyball coach and an assistant professor of health and physical education since 1987. Before APU, Kildal taught and coached high school athletics in California and managed fitness

One of the new director's goals for athletics is to either join or create a conference

17-18 Fall Break

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FaU f()liage Days Sept. 28-29


By Joanna Stauffer

-. '.e:·,ci;~es F1(;5~r+i~ , · Chemical Awareness week

22 Movie: "The Crow" Student Center (ALL EVENTS LISTED ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Although many Peru students go home for the weekend, Auburn's Fall Foliage Festival might be just the reason to stay. Fall Foliage Days ~egins Saturday, Sept. 28 with a Taekwando demonstration by area youth. There will also be a variety of musical performances in the Le-

centers in Tucson, AZ. Kildal received her bachelors degree from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. She has a masters degree from Azusa Pacific and received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. After living on the west coast she has found herself back in the center of the country. A midwest native, she graduated from high school in Salida, CO. "There wasn't this kind of opportunity for me out there," she said. Kildal said she will miss coaching and being on the sidelines but plans on being very involved in all of the sports programs at PSC. One of the new director's goals for athletics is to either join or create a conference. This can be accomplished in one of three ways: join a conference close to home (Nebraska/Iowa Conference), join one that is in close proximity to us, or organize with other independents.

gion Park, including the United Methodist worship team, and Altered Focus from Peru. From the Emmy Gifford's Children's Theatre, the Dropalotus Family Jugglers will entertain audiences twice on Saturday and again on Sunday. This third annual festival was originated to promote tourism in the Auburn area.

Another goal is to bring our athletic program ihto the spotlight, "especially in the surrounding communities," she said. Kildal expressed the need for a sports information director. Presently the department is looking to fill this position. "The SID is our link to the media," Kildal said. This will increase sports coverage in small town newspapers. Kildal has a lot of enthusiasm and many plans for PSC. Whenever· her duties allow her free time-though "it hasn't happened yet" she said smiling-she likes to ski both in the snow and on water, as well as participate in many other sports.


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Debates without Perot· like Laurel without Hardy C'mon, give the little guy a chance. H. Ross Perpt may be perceived by many as a raving lunatic acting as a juggernaut looking to destroy the American political system (Boy, wouldn't that be a terrible thing). But consider this: this "lunatic" is a multi-billionare ·who persuaded almost one-fifth of our voting population to pick him as president in 1992. Perot should be allowed into the presid<?ntial debates for a few reasons. For one, what would you rather watch on a Tuesday night? You could watch "Home Improvement," tum on "Fraziei;," or even check out what's on PBS, or a person could watch two of the most powerful political figures in the United States sweat profusely when Perot asks them "What are you going to do about the national debt?" Who watched the Reagan-Mondale debates? Did anyone watch Bush and Dukakis debate? Does anyone know who Michael Dukakis is? Because of Perot, younger people-normal people-are watching and paying attention to political issues the way they would root for the Green Bay Packers on Sundays (well, this was before the Packers started winning). "Yeah, Perot! Fight the power! Go for two!" Exaggerations aside, Americ:;a l()v~s the underdog-traditionaily, and even though Perot doesn't have the support he had four years ago, people are still scared of his unpredictability. Perot can add a little sparkto this seemingly open-and-shut campaign. Currently, the .Dole campaign is running adds of Clinton on ,v.l'fV saying if he had the opportunity to do it over, he would have inhaled. Does anyone find that damaging to Clinton? Obviously not, the polls haven't shifted in three weeks. Are '"1eople accepting Clinton's loose character, or are they jusi tired of Republicans bashing Democrats and vice versa? Regardless, Perot adds the element of i:fistabUity: to a race that is as exciting as watching shag carpets regenerate.

. FORGET. WHITE KNIGHTS,. A fearsome foe lurks in your lives, ready to strike at any-time. Oh yes, this evil opponent has the power to bring any of you to your knees. That is, unless you happen to be either a devout, non-automated Earth Day type or just a penniless pedestrian. I'm referring, of course, to car trouble. Car trouble. How utterly generic this terrp. is, but, oh, so powerful. You jump into your car, blissfully unsuspecting of your impending doom. You turn the key-no response. Or, perhaps, while cruising down the road, you hear strange noises from the vicinity of the engine. Lights begin to light. Tones begin to tone. Panic sets in. Car trouble. At this point, no matter how educated and experienced you are in your chosen field, helplessness overwhelms you (unless you happen to be an educated and experienced car mechanic). If you don't know a distributor cap from a baseball cap or a radiator hose from pantyhose, professionals



must be consulted. And you know what that means-money talks or you walk. Once your car is in "the shop,'' you are completely controllable. After all, you are without wheels. You may get the urge to go for food or rent a movie. You may actually walk to where your car should be. Then, it hits you like a head-on collision-you are car~ less. A car-less person is very receptive to a well-timed phone call from "the shop," explaining the severity of the problem and the costliness of the needed part. Depending on the duration of the car trouble, you, .the helpless victim, may be ready to pay the ul.timate price-from the family jewels to your first-born child-to get back

on the road again. Desperate people make desperate decisions .. Assuming you have somehow bankrolled the necessary repairs, it is indeed a glorio:us day when you find yourself back in the driver's seat. Much like the recipient of a miraculous medical treatment, you have a new appreciation for your car's good health. Somehow, each moment behind the wheel seems new and special. And, your mechanic, much like the doctor who provided the treatment, becomes, in your eyes, someone to be revered, even adored. After all, he foiled your fearsome foe and eliminated your evil opponent. He got you out of car trou~le.

Should Ross Perqt be allowed to participate in the presidential debates? Compile.d By Heather (layson) .McKay

Herman Vollmann, Jr. Laura Kelsay senior, social sciences secondary education

"I don't thlnk Perot should be allowed in because he wasted our time last electionWhy should we let him do it again?"

Loretta Tammen freshman,


education major

"I believe Perot should be in the debates because it will make things more interesting. He's someone else to think about, as well as his views."

.senlor,_hlstory/lndustrlal technology/social science major

"Sure, because there are like five republicans and five democrats that don't want him there. Of course, they don't want him to be on there. He'll keep them on the issues that they don't want to talk about."

Dr. Bill Clemente self-proclaimed employee for the Clinton organization and the Dole campaign

"I don't like Perot. He's too short, has a big head and his ears are too large." ·


September 27, 1996

Trip to Costa Rica planned to study criminal justice By Katie Naprstek

turned from a study tqur to <;osta Rica. His excitement about the Dr. Kelly Asmussen, assistant trip inspired Asmussen fo look professor of criminal. justice, stu~ into it himself. d~nts from. his cri:minitl jus.tic;e The fad that Costa Rica is the class and ot:J:i.ers who have an in- oldest democracy in Central :terestinstudying al?road areplC111- America also influenced his decining a trip to Costa Rica onJan. 3- sfon. Plus, the rate of currency 13. exchange is ve,:ry favorable to the Asmussen and several students American doll.flr, so students get will travel to Costa Rica to study more for their money. Costa Rica the country's justice system. "The is also only rune degrees from the trip will not only give the students equator, which means warm and a chance system, wonderful weather. b'\.lt they have to khow our system An interesting twist to the trip :in order to compare the systems. is the help of Clarence Eash, a This also helps to learn our sys- former faculty member of PSC, ;tern better," said Asmtissen. who taught Spanish and worked : Asmussen has been.teaching at in.the Cooperative Education de:Peru State for three years; and this P<trtiile:nt. :Eash will be here on ·:wm be his second. international . Deci 9 to talk to the students who :·study tour. Last Year, he Clhd his · are planrung their cultural expe-:: .class went to Australia: "The ·ex" · ·rience in Costa Rica. ;perience was remarkable. Just Students p~y their own ex:watching thefaces of the stu?ents, .. penses; .approxunately $1,000 plus :you can see the learriirig goi.i:ig on. meals. Asmussen and his stu:Their smiles make me feel good dents will be accompanied by stu'.and give me a sense of pride and dents from Washburn University accomplishment," he said. and Judge Jim Buchele of Topeka Asmussen continued, "Not only · who will assist Asmussen with do we get the chance the the study tour. justice system, but also the history, "After choC>sing Costa Rica, .culture, language and economy, things started falling into place. which all have an impact on the Maria Marnell, a resident of Peru, system and the. studen.ts: them- ·.· contactedher brother-in-law who '~lves. The t our·"1"."'pp:>.v,w"il"·~\>U!:: . "~ftl~. -'~..·' ".'.:1'. ·;:,: ~·.vvi" ·.'.': "~""'"s' Rican Su,~, for, .. the Costa • . . 'tural experience fhatfai surpasses · preme Court. He is helping to set any classroom experience or ma- up the itinerary for us once we get terial from a text." to Costa Rica. With the help of In choosing Costa Rica, he con- these people and the cooperation suited with Mike Manske, assis- I have received, I look forward to tant professor of criminal justice another rewarding and fascinatat Washburn University in To- . ing experience," says Asmussen. peka, KS, who had recently re-

11.ovcs a Paradcs•••csr•••Halftimcs Show THE PERU STATE COLLEGE BAND marches into the fall 1996 school year with visible improvements, including new uniforms. Along with uniforms, the band also received two new timpani's, a vibraphone, a baritone s~xophone and "lots of new percussion equipment," according to Cheryl Fryer, director of bands. The music program has also added several new pieces of stereo and recording equipment for tbe classroom and new audio materials for the audio library, Fryer.added .. Funds provided to the band through the PSC Foundation also allowed the purchase of a new computerized "charting program" for the marching band . ' -photo by Kim Olson

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Office of Admissions needs student help for activities The Office of Admission$ has planned several activities and events for the 1996-1997 academic year. In October, a telemarketing program will be implemented. Student volunteers will be needed from each of the .divisions to call prospective:students in their particular area.of study. Help is needed with the Internet Home Page. Anyone who would like to work on the Home Page is encouraged to contact the Admissions Office. New, updated

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fered what Klubertanz termed," a Ol}e-::tim~ opportunity to hear WilTht1ts'. s~pt. i~/Iit: Tom'.· son speak." · . . Klubertanz~ assis_tantprofess~r of . .Bio-div~rsity is the study of the biology, and seven unde:rgraduate fofal variation of all life in terms students attended a bio-diversity of different species present. Wilseminar. The seminar was given son spoke of the importance of by three-time Pulitzer Prize win- recognizing the diversity we have ner, and current leading voice in throughout different species and the scientific community, E. 0, being able to identify the many Wilson. The seminar, held at Iowa species that have not yet been catState University in Ames, IA, of- egorized. During his presenta-


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attend campus events and classes. PSC students are also needed to visit their home high schools prior to vacation times in order to share their own thoughts and feelings about Peru State College. Students are also invited to ride along with the Admissions counselors when they visit area schools. The entire campus community is invited and encouraged to participate in these activities. Any questions should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

Grammy nominee Hutchinson to perform On Oct. 2 at 8 p.m., singer Barbara Bailey Hutchinson will perform at the Peru State College Student Ceriter. · : Four-time wihrier of the National Association of Collegiate Activities' "Coffee.House Entertainer of the Year Award," and honored in "Campus Activities Today" magazine as 'best acoustic' and 'best small concert,' Hutchinson has become quite famous on the college circuit. Af-

ter being nominated for a Grammy Award, she finally won in 1996 for her latest project, "snuggle up." Her style incorporates the rhythm of light rock, the acoustics of contemporary folk, the sultriness of jazz and the sincerity of country. Hutchinson's ability to reach the hearts of people has repeatedly open doors for her career.

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Lundak speaks on human relations By Juliane lee

Imagine that your relationships with your boss, co-workers, friends or significant other could be ultimately transformed within only one hour's time..· Instead of constant friction in your daily assodations, you could find yourself becoming more understanding and developing a new~found respect for others. Students and faculty who attended the "True Colors" lecture given by Assod'ate Professor of Psychology Dr. Joel Lundak on Thursday, Sept. 19, discovered how they could make this normally impossible task an attainable goal in their lives. According to Lundak, the "True Colors" program, often used by professionals to aid in family and marriage counseling and employment selection, has been instrumental in teaching people how

they affect one another's lives. Since people have a tendency to. identify with other individuals who are of the same makeup, diversity is usually looked down upon, while similarities are rewarded. Once people start to gain an understanding of others, then better relationships can be estab:lished and everyboc,lywins. '.'.All r~Iationships:,whether they are work or marriage based, involve a basic power issue, "· Lundak said. "If you try to comprehend other people, why they are the way they are, you can better any relationship. You will instead be empowering the bond and eventually removing the power issue entirely." The learning styles are divided into the following four categories: orange, commonly known as a risk taker; gold, conservative and

ceptual and intellectual; and blue, the care giver. Most generally, individuals identify strongly with one of the colors but still fit within the boundaries of a second cc.i.tegory. ~ Those who attended Lundak's lecture got a chance to discover their primary a.rid secondary }earning• styles. ~nd. how they . could tise this kriowledge to their best advantage. Shanda Hahn, Campus Activities Board president· and senior language arts major, found the experience to be very rewarding. "It jlJ$t fascinates me how we all interact within group environments. There are so many characteristics involved when people get together that we often neglect to recognize and respect everyone's difference,g," said Hahn.

September 27, 1996 Estes educates students on STD's as part of PSC's Wellness Week By Amanda Burley

On Sept. 16, an informational meeting was given by Linda Estes, campus nurse, in the Matthews Conference Hall. The meeting addressed the effects and symptoms of sexually transinitted diseases; According to Estes, one in every 500 college students, and one in 250 of the general population have the H.l.V. virus. Many of which do not even know they carry the virus . Estes feels that many students believe they are safe from STD's because Peru is such a small campus. However, one in every four people will contract a sexually transmitted disease at some point in their lives.

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Estes used very vivid, detailed slides about the effects and symptoms of many sexually transmitted diseases. She said that pictures are most effective because students usually "won't believe it until they see it." She stressed most that the spread of these dis- . eases will not slow down until behavior patterns are Changed. Estes distributed free condoms, which you cart get anytime inthe Health Center, next to the Al Wheeler Activity Center. Testing for HIV and other STD's can be done a.i: the Nemaha County Court House in Auburn, by Planned Parenthood or by one of the doctors. For information about testing or other STD's, contact Linda Estes in the Health· Center.

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TOP: JESSE HENDERSON, defensive back for PSC defies the laws of gravitv as he withstands the force of a Tabor College plover's grasp which resulted in a major facemask penaltv. PSC trampled Tabor with a triumphant victorv of 56-0. -photo by Josh Anderson LEFT: THE SPIN SHOWED 'left foot blue' allowing the Bobcats to crawl on top in an intriguing game of twister with the Dana Vikings. PSC beat Dana in the annual Applejack Bowl bv the score of 17~ 10. -photo by Andrea Tee

Football team ·tops Dana C:.oll:ege in the Applejack Bowl By Matt Maxwell

little worried in the first quarter· as Peru State showed some bigThe game was far from pretty; game butterflies. A string of early but when the dust settled in Ne-. mistakesbeganimmediatelyafter braska City Sattirday night, the the coin toss as P~State's special Peru State gridii:on squad. still teams coverage broke down and held a spotless record. The 'Cats Dana'skickreturnspecialistJason improved to 3-0 with a gutsy 17- · Mitchell took the opening kickoff 10 win over the Dana College Vi- and raced 99 yards for the game's kings in the Apple Jack Bowl. first touchdown. The .Bobcat faithfuls appeared a ,After kicking off, leading 7-0, · ·· Dana's defensive game plan became evident: Don't let the 'Rock' roll. The Vikings decided that if they were be defeated, it VOUEYBRU was not going to be by letting Bob27 cat tailback Anthony "Rock" Lee vs. Washburn University (7 p.m.) roll up another big game on the 28 ground.

Lee's quiet evening may have slowed the Bobcat offense, but they refused to be stopped. "We've been tr}1ng to establish a balanced attack," said P-State quarterback Jamie Stinson. "They were keying on 'Rock' big-time, so .that opened things up for us on the outside on the pass." And pass Stinson did, hitting over 50 percent of his pass attemptsfor 218 yards, including a 25 yard first quarter strike caught by Peru, State wideout Zack· Sangster at the Vtl<lng one yard line. On the next play, Lee took the hand-off and went through the right side of the line and into th~ end z0ne for the 'Cats firstscore,

tying the game at seven. The score remained knotted at seven until just before the end of the first half when P-State place kicker Jeff Morgan connected on a big 47 yard field goal with time running out, giving the 'Cats a 107 lead at the half. The story of the game though was the Bobcat Defense. P-State's 'D' allowed Dana only 167 yards total offense, continually shut down the Viking offense, and stopped the Vikes three times on fourth down in the second half. The biggest defensive stand of the evening, and the decisive series of the game, however, was one time the 'Cats didn't stop

Dana from scoring. After Dana's defense blocked a Bobcat punt deep in Peru State territory, and · set the Vikings up with first and goal from the four, P-State's defense held their ground. Dana had to settle for a field goal, and crawled within a touchdown, 1710. "We knew that if we kept them out then, we could win the game," said Bobcat linebacker and game MVP Kevin Vogel. After that stand, the Vikes drove into P-State territory twice more. Each time the 'Cats kept Dana off balance with a steady diet of blitzes, and both threats ended with no damage to the scoreboard.

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Volleyball squad moq,ing opponents down !Jy Greg Wolfe It has· been a long hard road for ,1e women's volleyball team with :he stress on long. The Lady 'Cats .1ave been on the road for the past two weeks with no breaks in between. "The season is starting to catch up with us," said coach Todd iensen. The long road ended with a fifth :Jlace finish in the Graceland In~itational tournament and losses co 9th ranked Dordt College and ranked Northwestern, both ;)f wh6m fell to the 'Cats attack earlier this season. "Those were oiir worst games of the season to date," said Junior Mara Russell, "I think we are just worn out from all the travelling." The Ladies will now get some much needed time at home, and fensen and the players are looking forward to it. First of all, they get to catch up ;)n some of their studies. Secondly, they finally get to show off in front ::>f the home crowd. The volleyball team has' not lost at home in approximately three

years and plan on keeping the streak alive. "Last weekend we lost to a couple of quality teams. Wins and losses happen and sometimes the losses are good. We plan to take these and use them as motivationin practice and our upcoming games," said Jensen; "The season has been going : pretty good so far," commented JuniorJamie Hahn, "but we have the potential to get a lot better and we won't quit until we reach our goal of the National tournament." Motivated by recent losses, the team has set some lofty goals. This shows how the women feel about their potential this year. All they need now is some extra support from their fans. "The fans haven't seen us play good competition at home yet," said Junior Renee Moss," we love to see the fans at our games because it really pumps us up." The next home games have them matched up with Washburn University tonight at 7p~m., Benedictine College tomorrow at 3p.m., and Concordia College nextTuesday at 7p.m ..

KENDRA CORY, co-captain for PSC, tips the leather over the out-stretched arms of Dana. The 'Cats were victorious in their dual with the Vikings. -photo by Kim Olson ·

FEW GOOD MEN: loyalty to the al1mighty dollar destroying sports What is happening to pro sports as we· know them? The slogan," 'Ve're in the money, We're in the ,noney" should be," We're in it for the money, We're in it for the ;tioney" according to the owners and players of today's sports. Money is making franchises. :iesert fans and cities. The game is being changed· irreversibly for awners, coaches, scouts, players and fans alike causing an upset to 'he 'Ole Ball Game.' Art Modell, owner of the previms Cleveland Browns, moved the earn to Baltimore when Clevemd has been the city of NFL since ts origin. 'Why?' one might;a~J,_. decause of money! It's not like the Cleveland Browns played with a ,1erfball, had a field with bleach.:rs or no fanatic fans; they were, just greedy. I guess loyalty means iess than a stadium with cushion ;eats! Modell gave up the Dawg Pound for a nest of birds! What "Vas he thinking-dog is a man's ;est friend.

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, defies the NFL by signing a contract with Pepsi when he knew damn well that Coca Cola is already the official soft drink of the NFL. He'll get what's coming to him, "His cheatin' heart, will tell on him." Don'tmistake.what I ain saying,' there i~::stiUCoke iri Texas stadium, bui: it's in the players' pockets instead of in the venders' trays . To add to his cheatin' heart, Jones signed an individual contract with NIKE against the NFL' s approval. A team player? I think not. And by the way, Jones

Paytons of the Chicago Bears? Have they all become extinct like dinosaurs and salaries .in the $100,000 range? ·· Speakiri:g of.salaries, they are outrageous! Not only are the athletes asking for outlandish amounts of money, the owners are giving it to them. Dieon Sanders, a Dallas Cowrecieves a very, low mark on the boy, has a $35 million contract. 1-10 butt rating system-a nega- What does one do with $35 miltive 5-and don't even get me lion? Well, Sanders rode around started on his hair! in comfort at his training camp in As for teams, you can't even a luxury golf cart with leather have a favorite team or be a die seats and chrome rims. Come on, hard fan anymore because the it's a golf cart, not a sports car, and . teams plflY red rover every year. I bet he doesn't even play golf .. I Red i'over,_redrqver, send Mikey wish I had that much money to right over! It's like the game Hot' burn, and he had a corncob up his Potato. No one potato can stay in butt! one person's hands for too long Michael Jordan, a Chicago Bull, because they get hot and have to has a $30 million contract for one pass him off. What happened to year. He gefs paid $46,951 just for the George Bretts of the Kansas showing up to the game. We all City Royals, Mike Schmitts of the want to be like Mike! · Philadelphia Phillies and Walter

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Peru State College, Peru, NE

By Zeke Hatsklll (1854-1872) as channeled through Scott Krlchau

The Smashing Pumpkins Live in Kansas City That there leadin' singer fella looked like ma cousin Jim Bo, with a few mower teeth.

The Cure Live in Denver I couldn't not underst-, underst-...know what they sung, but that lead singer there shore looked purty.


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I thank I coulda had have more fun playin' "Fetch the squirrel" with ma dog Rufus.

Snipe Huntin' leeshure activity Them there little critters taste good, but they shore is fast! Shore hope the little lady cun catch one won of these days.

Lazlo's Stout That's beer It tasted lots like the well water I fetched in Payrue one time. I mades me all goofy ands stumbin' all over myselves. Wait a second. Maybe that really was sum of that there Payrue water.

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age. It shore made good chewin' tabackie, but that there filter is purty tough ta git in yer mouth.


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Social Distortion album worth the wait Social Distortion finally released a new album: "White Light, White Heat, White Trash." It has been a long but worthwhile wait for some new material from these southern California punk legends. And for those of you with M1V, I hope you got to see "It Came From The 80' s II: metal goes pop" a couple of weeks ago. If you didn't get to see it you really missed out on the best marathon that channel has run in a very long time. When it comes to California punk, Social Distortion is a different breed. They have been around sil;lce the early 80's, releasing relatively few albums, but all of them are well worth the price of admission. This latest record is no exception. "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" rocks in typical Social Distortion fashion. Its blistering twin guitar attack coupled with Mike Ness's roadhouse vocals take you for a ride that you'll want to take over and over again. Songs like "Dear Lover," "Down On The World Again," "Gotta Know The Rules," and "Pleasure Seeker" are songs that knock the wind out of you. Capping off the album is a "hid-


den" track, a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" that is not only interesting, but really rocks as well. There are a lot of posers out there, but this is the genuine artide, a great band with a great album. Get this album. Beg, borrow, or steal; just do what you have to do. On a nostalgic note, "It Came FromTue SO's II: metal goes pop," showed that sometimes a flower blooms in a manure pile. After seeing inane "Singled Out" and "Real World" marathons kill weekend afternoons on MTV, something as cool as 1980's metal videos was a shock. The videos were like a time warp taking me back to when I grew up. It was an era when bands like Motley Crue, Warrant, Cinderella, and Skid Row made albums that actually sold. Every member of every band wore leather, makeup,

and enough hair spray to become seriously flammable. For six hours I was glued to the 1V, and I realized two things: one is that those videos are even more fun to watch now; second is that the music was actually pretty good. Rediscovery is always enjoyable, so why don't you drag out that old Ratt or Poison tape that you hide from friends and give it a listen. You'll be glad you did. Coming up at TJ's in Brownville is country band Outfit on Sept. 28, followed by Under The Influence, a good ole' American rock band Oct. 5. Oct. 19 a rock/ Alternative band Wolfgang Bang will play. The answer to last issue's question is three; Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, and Benmont Tench. The question this time is : What two hard-rockers performed the duet, "If I Close My Eyes Forever?"

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By Krys Leeds

. Oh, who will escort the /adv to the ''privv?" OUTSIDE THE GATES OF THE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL in Bonner Springs. KS. T.J Boller, senior bioiogv/ chemistrv secondon,.1 ed , awaits potientlt,J as two valiant souls duke it out. CAB. in conjunction with Delzell and Morgon Halls, sponsored o trip to the festival at the end of September (see related article on page 5).

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Dr. Sara Brandes Crook, assistant professor of social sciences, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nebraska Sta~e Historical Society. "The state of Nebraska has a lot to offer that isn't being tackled." And Crook is ready to tackle. As a member of the governing body of the Nebraska State Historical Society, Crook hopes to strengthen Nebraska's educational outreach programs. She believes these programs are essential in retaining Nebraska's own talented youths. After being nominated, Crook was required to obtain 25 signatures and tum in a·statement of her goals, as well as a biography, before she considered for the position. Crook will be only somewhat involved in the day-to-day activities of the State Historical Society. Her position will address more significant issues including acquisition of additional historical buildings and artifacts. She also hopes to encourage more citizen participation, thereby ensuring that the Nebraska State Historical Society works for all Nebraskans. "I want to help spread the excitement about our state and its rich heritage to those who will lead in the future." Besid~s being involved with the Nebraska State Historical Society, Crook, along with Dr. Dan Holtz, professor of English, fo1md time this past summer to co-direct a graduate institute and tour from Pern State College entitled "Trails and Tales." According to Crook, the purpose of the tour was to develop appreciation for Nebraska's heritage through literature and history.

Career and graduate school fair Crime Dog on Campus A drug-sniffing dog demonstration from the Nebraska State Patrol will appear on campus Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The location will be announced next week.

Support Services Renewed The U.S. Department of Education has renewed funding for Pern State's Student Support Services program for 1996-1997. The renewal consists of a $175,000 grant which provides 100 per cent funding for the program. The program is designed to help stiidents who may be "at risk" for success in college. Last year, over 300 students were the program.

Entries Encouraged For iomecoming Parade Entries are wanted for the 1996 PSC Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Nov. 9. All campus clubs and organizations are welcome to

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. participate. Cash prizes will be awarded in the Float and Deco.rated Vehicle categories. This year's theme is "Add Red to Our White and Blue." For an entry form, contact Jackie Williams at 872-2225.

"Needles & Tchread" at Art Gallery . A traveling art exhibition entitled "Needles & Thread" is being housed in the PSC Art Gallery in the Jindra Fine Arts Hall. The exhibit is a multi-media show featuring work by four woman artists and a writer. This exhibit, which was four years in the making, will be the subject of a special by Kansas public television and. has been featured on NBC television. The Art Gallery is open Monday-Thursday or by special appointment. The exhibit closes Nov. 22. For more information contact Peggy Jones at 872-2275.

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Ca;reer Connections to be held in Lincoln Career Connections is a career and graduate school fair for all stlidents which will be held Oct. 22 from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Devaney Sports Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Workshops at Career Connections will be targeted toward career and job"search issues. An interviewing fashion seminar will also be held. Plus, students will

be able to meet.with local and national employers. Career Help Tables will be stationed to critique student resumes. Currently, 104 employers and 48 gradw:1.te and professional schools are participating in the career fair. Career -Connections is sponsored by the College Placement Association of Nebraska Schools (PeruState is a member of this or-

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ganization) and coordinated by UNL Career Services and the UNL Office of Graduate Studies. Transportation from Pern State will be provided. Sign-up sheets for vans for Career Connections are located in the Cooperative Education/ Career Services Office in the Administration Building, room 105 or call 872-2243 for further information.



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Speaker to tell spooky stories By Krys


14-16 Homecoming General Election Student Center 15 Jazz Band Concert (noon) Student Center

17-18 Fall Break

21 Classes Resume

21-25 Chemical Awareness week 22 Movie: "The Crow" Student Center

26 PPST Test TJ Majors Hall

28 Lost dov to withdraw from regular semester courses with a "W"

28 Lost dov to register for foll semester Cooperative Edu.I . Internship credit

:n Costume Contest and Halloween Dance (9 p.m.) Student Center

CAB brings the "essence of Halloween" to Peru. Storyteller Dway:rie Hutchinson is scheduled to perform 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the. Coffee House, located in the basement of the Student Center. Hutchinson, the author of three books, has researched ghosts from· the midwest, including the al-· leged ghost of Wesleyan University: "W:e.wanted to get something. · OFFICERS AND SPONSORS for the Pe~O State College student organization known as ACES include (front row. left) Amv Rut, Alma Cross. Angelique Mason. (bock row. left) sponsor Greg Mitchen. Shane Buresh. related to Halloween--,some sort Jennifer Olsen and sponsor Pam Williams. -'-photo by Kent Propst of ghost or UFO speaker, but we also wanted something related to this area. Hutchinson has experiences specifically from Nebraska," said Marcy Eddinger, The Association for Challenged Some ot the activities included talked .at a luncneon about the CAB member. and Enabled Sti.idents (ACES) and a video presentation which fea- · Para-Olympics. Tim Zavala, junior psycholqgy CAB sponsored. disabilities week tured disabled comedians and ACES group slogan reads "Our major, who has seen Hutchinson at Peru State College Oct. 7-11. "Disabilities Jeopardy." Also, the similarities outweigh our differperform before ?Jld said, "It was . During this week, various activi- movie "My Left Foot" wassJ:iown ~nces." They serve as advocates cool! It was interesting, and if he ti~s were held to show that those as part of the Cinema Classics se" ·for the disabled; providing supcan keep Tun Zavala' s attention, with disabilities are no different ries. Dr. Kelly Asmussen, assis- port and 'information for and he can hold anyone's." than anyone else. tant professor of criminal justice, about students with learning or · · physical disabilities.

ACES and CAB sponsor disabllities week

Work-study opportunities open· for students:who· qualify By Tess Gruber

Are you one of the fortunate students who is eligible for workstudy? Would you like to partici!llovember pate in the work-study progrCJ,m?. 4-8 ..· ..... - - ··· Weil; it is not as easy a:s it sounds. Work-study is based on a Spirit Week "rieed" factor. The income and financial resources that a student or Homecoming Final Elections 1 a student's parents receive decide '!l' who can participate in the workHomecoming study program. · This·eomplicai:ed process be(All EVENTS LISTED. ARE SUBJECT gins with fhe college sending an TO CHANGE) application to the Department of Education to see if they can participate in federal aid: The college

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. i? then ciwarded funds for c;ampus . b_ased programs, pt].e .of_ '\-\".hi ch is work-study. Next the students must apply for aid, and if all is well.according to federal regulations, a student is awarded aid . . .· After ali the•paperivork is completed,, the ie,deral_.government gives the college a set lump sum of money to use on the workstudy program. The college must match 25o/". of total work;'st'l:ldy dol~ar,s ~cir. il)e .proce~}o b.e c;o~­ piete. Dwight Garman, director of financial aid, feels that this is a good investment bee<\use the c9lc lege gets. the help they need, _ind . - ' -

: the students get the money they · need. It is the U.S. Department of Education who decides which students are eligible, not Financial Aid, and it is the federal government who sets up"fue rules ana regulations· that must follow. These campus based programs first began in the 1970's; work. study started as an attempt to help : those students on financial aid. The demand for work-study increases and dec;rease_s frqm .year to year. During a yea:::-tha,~ 'l;VQr:ls-c study is high in del,lland, astuaent

may be eligible for the program, but the funds just aren't available for that student. If you are a student who would like to participate in the workstudy program, or would like to '··know if you are eligible for the program, go to the financial aid. office. and check it out. If you aren't eligible or would like a job on campus that isn't work-study related:, talk -to· Ted· Harshbarger who is in charge of Cooperative Education and Career Services lo. :cated on the}ower level of the , .A_dministr<1tion building. . · . ·

BROWNVILLE CAPTAIN'S ·LOUNGE SPECIAL MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHTS The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru StateColl,ege, fa published seven times per semester by Peru State College students. The Times office is located in the college publication office in the Physical Plant Building, telephone (402) 872-2260. Opinions expressed may not necessarily be those of the entire editorial staff. All letters to the editor are welcomed. Letter!), cartoons, articles and so forth submitted to the Times should be signed by the individual(s) submitting them and will be published at the discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 words in length. The Times reserves the right to edit all letters to .the editor for grammar and style. The Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. Please send material to: Editor Peru State Times Campus Mail ' PRIZE WINNING NEWSPAPER ~eru State College 1996 Peru, NE 68421 or by e-mail: . :llobnmka !'r888 &!on Editor Assistant Editor Sports Editor Features Editor Copy Editor Advertising Manager Photo Coordinator Cartoonist Editorial Assistants


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Is patriotism an appropriate horriecoxfilitg theme? Whatever·· happened to the traditional-styled themesj the themes that · had something to do with beating our opponep:ts or with football in general? Here's a crazy idea-...,':V:hat about a theme. ·dealing with our school rather than our cofors? · Where did this year's theme come from? fu the past, stu-. dents gave their suggestions to Student Senate/who in turn passed it on to the administration. This process insured that students' opinions were at least heard. Was that process followed this year? According to some past and present Student Senate members the homecoming theme was brought to them only after it had.been decided upon. How can an administration that prides itself upon student input make a decision concerning homecoming without student input?

What do .you think ·of the :Homecoming theme "Add Red to Our White and Blue?"

Andrew Davis freshman 111usic major

"I feel that the theme is too much like the Fourth of July. We should come up with something new and innovative."

Colonie Martin .sophomore robotics/electronics ·technology major

"I think that the theme is really good beca9se a lot of colleges don't place enough emphasis on patriotism anymore. I think that yoimg people are getting too used to having all these freedoms, so I think it's nice to make people aware."

Anne-Marie Taylor junior special education major/music minor

"I think they could have found a. theme that went along with.this being our 75th an.niversary instead of adding red. io our white and blue." ·


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J SNAP DECISIONS BY KIDS CAUSE FOR CONCERN "This is Kellen's teacher. Please call me." Oh, great. Just what I wanted to hear, walking in the door after the marathon that truly had been my day. I dialed the number, wondering, "What's he done now?" You see, Kellen, my messy son; rails against injustice wherever he sees it, regardless ofwho's on the .receiving end-well, especially if he thinks lte's on the receiving end. Add a bit of class clown and a fully-functioning brain, and you end up· with <;1 charming little smart-ass. Kellen's teacher filled me in . Apparently, my little angel had snapped the sports bra of a classmate, unfortunately female. I immediately began to worry. Being an education student here at PSC made me very aware of the possible seriousness of the situation. Not to mention all of the recent hoopla over an innocent kiss between a couple of six-year-old students in North Carolina. As she continued, troublesome phrases filtered through my panicky thoughts, "in today's atmosphere," "riot like it used to be," "sexual harassment," "legal action"!?! She asked me to talk to him

about the incident. As if I could be stopped. I began by asking for more details. Evidently, she (the gid) said something, then he said something; She pushed him. He snapped. Literally. Sounded pretty normal. I mean, it's not as if he lurked about, longing for lingerie. Still, I made clear to him these-. rious ramifications of his rudeness. I impressed upon him the importance of avoiding any activity involving the clothing, hair, skin, eyes, ears, hands, lips or tongues of any classmates,· especially. the tongues. I told him the story of the sixyear-olds- and how the boy was expelled from school. , I pointed out the ridiculous decision of the school administrators. I noted the media circus made of the incident. I explained the quick turnaround by wishy-washy, counsel-seeking, handbook-holding school offi-

cials. I included the fact that the valuable time of teachers, students, parents, reporters and the rest of us was wasted over a harmless school-yard incident. I concluded, "After all, if the teachers hadn't seen the kiss, the world would have never known and those kids would have been just fine!" Before I got too carried away by the injustice of it all, I directed my attentions to my son before me. Satisfied that my job was done, I asked if he had learned anything from his experience. He replied, "I know I'll never snap a girl's bra again." Ready to be patted on the back for my wise words,· I asked, "And why is that?" "Because she slapped me real hard on the side and it hurt-a lot!" I guess if we leave them alone, they will be fine.

Clinton's ideas O.:n e~:uc~tion "primary bridge into the 21st century" President Clintoit, in his accep.nce speech this summer, stated 'lat he wanted "to build a bridge J the 21st century ii1 which we an expand opportunities cirough education." In a time Nhen just a high schoo!education wm barely qualify you for even the lowest paying jobs, we need a plan which boldly offers the students of America, and their families, the means in which to achieve that. The President addressed a multi-level new education strategy which addresses this; · • First, Clinton wants fo fund school modernization arid new construction programs. Children cannot learn if they do not have the facilities. He wants the INTERNET and computer; to be

as much a pa~t Of the classroom as the blackboard. Second, he supports the need for more highly trained teachers. Children cannot learn if they do not have the faculty that can give them the tools. This also includes the right of pa.rents to choose which scl109l their children go to,• expanded hours.~oi: schools, establishment· of moi:e charter school~, toughet. t~stjng. iequireJ:!lerits for stu4ent$ :an.d:.rewards for extellenc:e iri teaching'. Third~ Ciintonstated, "By 2000 the single most critical thing we can do is give. every single American who wants it the chance to go to college." He outlined a plan which will cut taxes while allowing every student who wants it the

opportunity for a universal two year college program. A yearly $1500 for the first two years will be identified as a tuition tax credit in the form of a "Hope Scholarship" to make the typical community college program available to anyone who wants it. For those working families who have kids continuing college, Clinton supports a $10,000 a year tax deduction. Furthermore, he desires the

establishment of tax-free Individual Retirement Accounts specifically designed for college education'. Under his plan the middle class American would not be taxed for money spent on college. Over 40 per cent of American eight-year-olds cannot read_properly. Clinton demands the establishment of a dear national goal that by 2000 every third grader can read on his own. This will be

accomplished through a series of funded reading specialists and National Service Corps personnel who will work to train a million volunteers to help children read. Clinton is deeply committed to education for he believes, as I do, that education is the primary bridge into the 21st century. Bob Dole and the Republican-led Congress, on the other hand, believe that the Department of Education should be abolished. Perhaps Mr. Dole's "bridge to the past" means that he supports quality education for only those who can afford it. The elections are coming up in November... the choices have been presented ... only the American voter can say on which bridge W€ shall walk.


October 11, 1996 ALTERED FOCUS was the name guitarist and vocalist Alan Vogt thought best represented . the trio's desire . to concentrate on their music. The group's members are (left) Vogt. senior David Radke and Brian Steele.

Internship with Miami Dolphins great experience for Hendricks By Jen Froeschl

Can you imagine what it would be like to spend your summer vacation working with dolphins? Gregg Hendricks, senior sports management m,ajor, did just that. But he "didn't work with dolphins sporting fins and flippers. Instead, Hendricks worked with dolphins decked out in pads and helmets as an intern with the Miami Dolphin football team. Hendricks was fortunate to obtain the internship through Peru State Career Services. As a member· of the five man equipment manager intern crew, Hendricks worked with the quarterback ·coach, Gary Stevens. "My main task was coordinat. ing time management. I was in charge of timing each drill .session," Hendricks said. Other du-· ties included locker· room invenc tory, laundering game and prac·tice gear; preparing and transport~ ing players uniforms and equipment to and from the airport, while also running errands for the front desk. These errands included special tasks for the Dolphin first string quarterback,Dan Marino, such as picking up his clothes from the tailor. While working with the quarterbacks on a daily basis, Hendricks was able to develop a unique re-

lationship with them. Besides working with Marino, Hendricks became acquainted with backup QBs Bernie Kosar, Mike Buck and Dan McGwire. · "I didn't care that they were making the big bucks," he said. ''I treated them with respect, but not as if they needed to be worshipped." · · Hendricks believed that he was respected by the players because he showed respect to them. "I'd say that my relationship with the players was below a friendship, but above an acquaintance." The summer in Florida wasn't all work for Hendricks. .On his time off he was able to take in the sites of the area by traveling to the beach. A special highlight of the whole experience was meetmg Angela Basset, an actress starring in "Waiting to Exhale," and receiving an autographed picture of her. Hendricks left the football field and returned to the com fields Nebraska Aug. 26 with .a wealth of knowledge from his work with the Dolphins. His interpersonal communication skills were enhanced along with hi~ ability to. wo~k.with players. Most importantly, he walked. away from the training camp realizing that "no matter what a person's dreams are, one must never settle for second best." Hendricks has already been invited back next season, but has made no commitment. "If I have the opportunity, I'd like to work with another team for a different experience," he concluded.


Peru band 'Focus'es on killing· apathy By Krys Leeds

"Just because this- isn't L.A. or Seattle doesn't mean there aren't hands around here that make good music," said David Radke, drummer for Altered Focus, a Perubased alternative band. And he and the rest of the band are on a mission to prove it. ."There's. a real lack of attentionpeople are real apathetic to the local music scene," said Brian Steele, bassist and vocalist. In the spring of 1994, Steele and Radke hooked up with Alan Vogt, a co-worker of Steele's. Each was looking to form a band, but was unable to find others "with the talent or desire." Then one night, jamming in their living room, Altered Focus was conceived through a disturbing the peace dtation~a band hoping to end the apailiy. "We wanted a name that was about us and what we represented." Vogt came up with.Altered Focus, believing th'af the word "Focus" would help keep the band dedicated.

added, "You can hear the music and comprehend the lyrics. It's not just rioise." Radke feels their music has "kind of a '70's feel. It's very dynamic." Their demo-tape, "Dripping with Cheese," features 11 original songs, six of which they plan to include on their upcoming CD. The title "Dripping with Cheese" was chosen as a UPCOMING PERFORMANCES commentary on today's Oc:t•. l7-.• Royal Grove, Lincoln music scene said Radke . Oct. 21-Ranc:h Bowl, Omaha "So much Oct. 31-lyon's Den, Brock music today is cheesy and NC?\'· :l87,,.~nch:Bowl, Om.aha sugarcoated; and Omaha) to check out the place and people just eat it up, even though we met the members of Blue Moon it's really bad. Not saying our Ghetto. A few weeks letter they music is cheesy; it just pretty asked us to play with _them at much describes the music of the Saddle Creek bar (in Omaha)." times." 'Now.the local band plays with Altered Focus will be performing just about everybody including _at the Lyon's Den bar in Brock on national act Crumb from San Thursday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. The Fransisco. band will be taking donations to The members describe their raise money to produce their first ·music as "listener friendly::' Steele CD. Altered Focus, consisting of Radke, senfor music marketing major; Steele, a graduate of Peru; and Vogt, guitarist and vocalist, started out by playing at area par- • ties and small town bars. :Acq:>rding fo Radke, Omaha's popular Blue Moon Ghetto set the guys up with their first big gig. "We had gone to Sharky's (in

With the election around the corner, Crook encourag•s stodents By Kim Milligan

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government is some distasteful, . stude~t loan programs, and that · Cent~r. Fr~m a.m. - 1.p.m. stu~ far-away entity that has nothing the Nebraska state: go_vemment dents can fill out voter registration to do with daily life. "A lot of the decides the require!I!ents for en- forms and absentee ballot re· things that are decided in Wash- try into teacher «:;ducation; among quests. Volunteers at the table will ington, D.C. and Lincoln do affect other things. . . not be able t6 register voters or us here at Peru State," she said. '[o encourage s_tudents to partici- secure absentee ballots, though. Crook pointed out that the na- pate in government;' Crook iS or- · ·All forms must be sent to the tional government decides how ganizing a voter registration drive County Clerk. much money will be allocated for Oct. 15 & 16 in. the PSC Student <;:urious students have .several



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Despite disab·iHty, K1tous shows dedication pays off to achieve goals .th.~t they had tc:/mcive. it 180 de- · push myself to achieve what I am ·grees to :get l.t .somewhat straight hoping for," he said. Jesse Krousr sophomore bu~i-' now,':'KJ:Qtissaid'.Numeroussur.AsKrousgrewupinLincoln,he ness major, has gotten used to l!e~ · geries l~t¢r, I<rolls':s a~ stilllooks learned to accept biS ilifferences, ing different from everyone else. :differel}f)\i\)-qfJ;i.e:Ieaft\ed to accept at some times more 'than other He has learned how to cope With. this :.diss1ipilapty ~d ·move• for~ tin)es:. "I have those days just like working harder to accomplish .ward.; : .·~ .. . , . : . · . :... <· anyorie else when I'll\ mad arid I what .some people can more KtQt;ts:ha;S :pl:ovedchls determi- don't want 'to deal with other ily achieve, and has acc,epted the> riation_ to :achieve lus goals, and · people; especially those wanting factthat he Will never wrestle or.· Baseball is ohe of them. "Krous is to know .what happened to my play football. But through will , great cohajb~li~h tp our)eam. · arm. For the most part thpugh I . ,and skill he has scoreci a spot on He has :a f;it{mertdOµs am0 Urit of·· rEi,ally don:t mind talking about · the PSC baseball sqm1d. . . ... ·.· . . . .. · hear(a_nd ~ ~eilt w(>rFetl:rlc. ·.·He •· my.situation With anyone who is When Krous was born he had a is :a '.'p,fa;y¢r.;that -}<j;!~ps pusiiil)g cutio'us and wanfs i:o know," he defect in his right arm; defect ..hixns~If ariq(b,e .keeps the. guys said. . ... . that would slow Krous doWn: for .. going af. the~ sai;rie time," H~d Kroushopes to continue playing the rest of his life: Ot sol\ispar" Basketban<:oachDaV:eTeskesaid. baseball for the .Bobcats until the ents thought. Tue }o~er half:: or Orte ofXrous::S greatest acco:m~ 'long wad to graduation is traKrous's arm (the ulna) was disfig- plishmentS at Peru State w,as earn- versed with the dedication and ured, caµsing.H smaller than· ing a p9siµon pitching for the !3pQ- .. ·su pp9rt from .his coaches and the rest of his bones, .so docfors . catbaseballteam:Hehas:learned . teammates. -.Teske said' that the removed :r-art With no future use. to work hard to achieve his goals. only disability that could stop him "I was just a_ baby when. they "I feel like I hav:e to keep striving · is one he creates in his mind. started doing sµrgeries on my to improve; that includes lots of Krous' teammates applaud his arm. My parents told me how my hard work and_ devotion on my strong work habits and enjoy the -arm was so twisted backwards part. I have to be responsible and positive attitude he brings to the By Gretchen M. Stukenholtz

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field. Senior psy_chology I sociology ma_jor Steve Young said, "Krous is a team player with a lot of dedication. He is a player that keeps pushing himself and the team to im. prove." Krous has proven himself to be a leader both on and off the field. Although he isn't a starting pitcher, it is a definite goal he wants to achieve in his future at. Peru State. Krous believes every day is a reality check for him, but with sa~rifice, dedication and

hard work someday his reality may be a starting pitcher for the Bobcats.

Renaissance Festival more than men in tights two free tickets, won by Sarah Wiseman, freshman secondary On Sept. 28, CAB, in association . education/English major, and with. Delzell and Morgan halls, Anne-Marie Taylor, junior special to:ok 25 Peru State students. back education with a minor in music. to the days the old when men With four visits under his belt, accessorized and women loved veteran Fest-goer Spencer th.em for it. Shanda Hahn, senior Duncan, seniormathematics/seclanguage arts major, said, "Time ondary education major, sugjust stood stilL I would love to go gested the idea of a campus-sponagain." · · · - · · · soredexCursiontothefestival. He The students, accompanied by said, "I did it for educational purSpecial Events Coordinator Peggy poses-the festival emphasizes Groff, journeyed to the annual music, history and English." Renaissance Festival in Bonner Some of the attractions of the Spriflgs, KS., j~st. outside of Kan- . festival. were a jousting match sas City. CAB provided the vans held in· full armor and perforand Delzell/Morgan offered tick- mances by jesters and jugglers. ets for students living on and off Sara Anton, senior secondary campus. . . special education-speech/ drama There was also a drawing for ~ajor, enjoyed the history muBy Freedom Robinson

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B\rockman, Houge_ intramural plqy~r of the year candidates · By Andrea Tee Editor's Note: Starting this week, each issue will contain. an lntramu· ral, "Player of the Year" candidate. AH· Intramural participants eligible for this most prestigious award. So let the battle of the annual intramural "Plav.r of the. Year" begin. ' ·



Ryan Hogue, sophomore social sciences major, and Mindy Brockman, junior English/psychology major, both became finalists in the "Player of the Year" award after winning the punt, pass and kick competition held Sept. 24. Hogue punted a ripping 42 yarder, threw a 51 yard pass and kicked 41 yards to beat out his opponents for the honorary intramural shirt wearer. "I did a decent job, but I tried my best," said Hogue. When he isn't playing intramurals, he enjoys playing basketball, Candyland and bingo, and pinching the wings of feeding mosquitoes together, forcFUMBLE FINGERS lets the· ball slip right through his paws. "Q_on't give it to stone hands!" Piece of Pie was ing the insects to suck too much blood from victorious over the Flaming Homers on Oct. 7; Piece of Pie is still undefeated. -photo by Josh Whitney his arm and eventually exploding. What a rush! TEAM NAME IS FOLLOWED BY WIN/LOSS AND POINT DIFFERENTIAL While Hogue was busy with his flying · friends, Brockman punted for 25 yards, threw 6-0 ( +234) Jayhawks 2-4 (-73) Piece of Pie a 29 yard pass and kicked a whopping 9 yarder, allowing her to squeeze by her oppoStatistics 1-4 (-53) Kickers 5-0 (+152) Flynn's Flyers nents untouched. "I just got lucky; heck, I only had a 9 yard kick!", said Brockman. Her hobinclude all 1-4 (-104) Flaming Homers 3-3 (+ 13) The Ballers bies inelude golfing, riding her tricycle and pinching the glowing parts off fireflies and games up to Alpha Fina Ginas 1-4 (-106) 2-2 (-60) Macarena wearing them as rings. She just has that certain glow about her! Oct. 8 Good luck to the first two candidates and may the best player win! .____________- - _ - - - - - - .- . - - - - - - - . , . - . , - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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cQntrQll~d the line ofscrimmage, .allowirig Bobcafninilei:s plenty of·· The Peru State Bobcats contin~ daylight. The "big uglies" up ued their winning ways Sept. 28, front did their part as well giving as J:hey traveled south to Wichita, quarterback Jamie Stinson ample KS and defeated Friends College time to find open receivers down 24-10. Asolic;l ground attack and field. Wideout Terry Rice did his another outstanding defensiveef- bestJerry.Riceimitationoftheseafort helped the 'Cats run their . son, gaining 102 yards on seven record to a perfect 4-0. completions, one for a touchPSC's offense turned in an im- down. Place.kicker Jeff Morgan pressive performance, piling up also came through again with an380 yards of total offense. Peru other long field goal, this time State tailback Anthony Lee and from 44 yards out. the Bobcat line led the way offenOnce again the Bobcat defense sively as Lee chewed up 152 yards dominated their opponent. The and a touchdown. The men in the 'Cats "D" seems to operate on a trenches seemed anything but simple idea: Wewon'tloseifthey friendly towatds Friends as they don't score. P-State gave up one

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Hastings' smash mouth-style run ning attack. Hastings does no seem to attempt to surprise any one. They line up and run th• football straight ahead. Veterans ·Kent Chase an, Jermaine Sharpe should be bad in action after being out of th• lineup with injuries. Offensively, look for PSC to tr. and establish the running gamo early. Hastings has a talented anc experienced secondary that ma; frustrate the P-State passing at tack. If the 'Cats are successful 01 the ground, the Hastings second ary will be forced to help defens• the run, opening up the Bobca aerial attack.


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legitimate score, a field goal. Frierids' other score came wheri PSC's pass coverage broke down, resulting in an 87 yard touchdown pass. P-State's defense has given up a minuscule 20 points in their last three games. The 'Cats had last weekend off, giving them an extra week to concentrate on a big contest this Saturday night at Hastings College. The last two years Hastings has proven to be a thorn in the side of the Bobcats. Last year the two teams fought to a tie, and a year earlier Hastings squeaked out a one point victory. P-State's defense gets a chance to show some muscle against

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four PSC records broken against Doane By Greg Wolfe

"Wehavenowreachei;ithehrrn:, '.ng point in our season,'' sai:d farriie Hahn in the .ipset cif #3 regionaliy ranked ..:;race land College. "Now .w.e . have the confidence and know· that ~e tan compete with anyone ~lse that we come across." The Bobcat volleyball team fin:shed up a stellar week and a half >oy going undefeated to raise their c-ecord toanimpressive22-4mark. Ihey capped off last weekend by beating a regional powerhouse in ::;raceland College. "All the play·-rs knew that this was an imporant week and they all stepped up md contributed," Coach Todd ensencommented, "I think that's 111 you could ask for at this point n the season." Let us stress that the ladies .;tepped it. up. Not onlydid they Jeat Graceland College, but in the natch versus Doane four PSC ·ecords were set. Kendra Cory led :he way with 20 kills, Jaisa KapJas set a single game record with )0 digs, Kendra Jacobsen recorded

7 ~ces; and a record of 53 assists was set by Stacey Fitch. Coach Jensen was not entirely surprised with thefrperformance. "The great thing is that many of the previous rec9rcis, were set }Vithin the last 2 weekS. l hope we. .can CQnti1u1e to set and break records .each week through the ·remainder offue season." . This weekend the team heads north to Minneapolis for a tournament. "This will be a different experience for us," said native Minnesotan Mara Jade. "This .gives u:s a chance to face some new competition outside of the midwest and see how we are." They know that the trip will be tough on them. "We ar.e going to have to be playing at our best," added Jamie Hahn. "We are already three-quarters of the way through the season and can't have any setbackS." Their preparation for the postseason will bring the Lady Cats back from Minnesota for their riext home game Wednesday at 7 p.m.

READY FOR THE BIG BUMP, Kendra Con,i #2 positions herself while her teammates get set to return the favor to Washburn. The vollevboll team's record is on impressive 22-4. -photo by Andrea Tee

Do you hear us knocking, nationals? We're coming Give me a B-B! Give me a 30B-BOBI Give me a C_:_C! -;ive me a CATS-CATS! What's hat spell? BOBCATS! Who are ve? BOBCATS!! ':\'ho's gonna win? BOBCATS!!! And that's ex,ctly what our Cats are doing. Our football and volleyball earns are on an unstoppable, unJeatable winning streal<:.l Can't 'OU just hear the Cats growl? If ·ou can't, then you haven't been , any of the ga!Ues! . The football te.arn .hq.s a 4-0 2cord after. do.m1nati~g. Do~ne, erminating Tabor, devouring )ana and fric:asseeing Friends! Vhile I'm ~n the.subject .of 'riends-in. the game, two of 'SC's starting defensive linemen 'llere injured and tw;o backup linenen for PSC, weighing about a mck eighty apiece, went into the ;ame and kicked some fanny! )oes that show drive or what, seeng how they were going up igainst players weighing about ~50 lbs! Which just goes to how- the bigger they come the


harder they fall! The Bobcats are off to a great start, a start they haven't had since 1;990,, -With tw:o~year head ·coach Dick Strittmatter, ·assistant coaches Ke~in Miller and Mark . MaJ;hews (both of four years) and iµany. student ,coaches. behind them, they have put some p:r:etty impressive numbers on the board, including 68 first downs, 13.9 sacks and fo11r interceptions. Antf1ony (Rock) Lee, junior running back, leads the team in touchdowns with seven and rushing yards with 324. When the opponents said,:'"Give me the rock," they gof the Rock all right, all 210 lbs of him.

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· Terry Rice, senior wide receiver, is at the top of.the receiving line with 188 yards. Give him a yard, and he'll take that pigskin a mile! Jamie Stinson, junior quarterback; has passed fora total of 661 yards while only being sacked three times. This is Stinson's third year here at PSC and "By George, I Think He's Got It!" Kevin Vogel, junior line backer, tops the tackling list with 35. If I were an opponent, I think I'd ask to play some flag football instead! For this issue's "tush" on the revamped tush rating system (formerly known as the butt rating system), I will have to go with #39 of the Bobcats, giving

him a 15! I do love a man in tight ersaults and diving on the floor with 279 digs. Is she in the right white pants! Moving on to the Bobcat volley- sport with all of these acrobatics? ball team: the ladies are22-4 after She might even be stopping to more than pummeling their oppo- ponder that thought during so1ne of the games, as she has been hit nents from York to Dana. Winning is nothing new to the with the leather about four times Lady Cats, who have gone to Na- as her teammates yell "Out!" tionals two out of the last three while she tries to get out of the years. Even though.they are un- way. der a new· head coach, Todd Even though I have singled out Jensen; 'the c'oaching change some of the top players, this hasn't thrown off their chemis- doesn't mean that the rest of the players aren't good. It takes a try. Kendra Cory, junior middle team to win and a team to lose, blocker, pounced into the lead which means that these teams 243 kills under belt. I don't think have been working together and I want to meet her in a dark, de- clicking; and there is no better serted alley! feeling than that (speaking from Stacy Fitch, junior setter, has 607 an alumnus PSC softball player's assists. Watch out for Stacy- point of view). she's on fire! These athletes are out there givK,endra Jacobson, sophomore ing it their all, juggling school outside hitter, has buried 36 aces along with all night road trips, and is still going strong. This just and are doing a fantastic job. proves that dynamic girls sure do Let's get out there, work topack a mean punch. gether as a team, give a 110% and Jaisa Kappas, junior outside hit- most of all, have the desire to win. . ter, is one to watch for doing som- Ready-Break!


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October 11 , 1996

Peru State College, Peru, NE

Issue 3

On Sunday Oct. 6, President Bill Clinton and contender Bob Dole debated

for the first time. This event, moderated by Jim Lehrer, was supposed to be live. However, our crack investigative crew discovered that the event was actually run under a two minute tape delay due to the unrredictability of the candidates and the hostile crowd. We obtained a copy o the out-takes from the debate, and as our duty, we report them to you.

8:02-Bill Clinton extends his right hand to Bob Dole. Clinton finds himself pummeled by draft cards from the audience. . 8:17.:._THE ISSUE: C:linton's use of drugs. DOLE: And let me tell you something about cannabis, mister. Bob Dole's been backstage with (Jimi) Hendrix. Bob Dole knew Hendrix. You are no Hendrix. CLINTON: What are you talking about? DOLE: You know what Bob Dole's talkinl$ about, hydroponic boy. When Bob Dole gets into the White House, he's going to grab your beatnik buddies by their goatees and beat 'em over the head wii:h their Doors. alb.urns. It's time to take back the Lincoln Room, America! 8:32-THE ISSUE: Tax Reform. CLINTON: ...and under Bob Dole's tax plan, hardened criminals, even sex offenders who have been released from prison, will get the same tax cut. Now, that's not fair to those Americans who have never been a sex offender. DOLE: It saysCLINTON: The same cut. DOLE: LET BC?B DOLE FINISH! In J?aragraph 77 of the J.W. Gacy section of my proposal, it says exactly what kind of cut Bob Dole gives sex offenders. 8:46--Jeff Tarango's wife slaps Lehrer for an incorrect call he made in the second set. 8:51-Dole shrieks like a school girl after he sees-his worst fear happen bef?re his eyes-the ghost of Thomas Dewey walks across the stage ana chants, Avenge me! Avenge me!" ?:57-Clinton laughs uncontrollabl):7 afte~ Bob Dol~ scrutinizes him for saymg he would not pardon those convJCted m the Wh1tewa ter scandal. Clinton then says, "C'mon Bob. What do you want from me?" 9:04--When Lehrer asks the question about whether or not abortion should be a state issue, both candidates say, '.'Okay. Next question."

Type 0 Negative blows away concert-goers Two weeks ago the Royal Grove in Lincoln hosted a show headlined by gothic metal band Type 0 Negative. The opening bands were less than thrilling, but nobody cared. Type 0 Negative is touring in support of their latest album, "October Rust." They play a gothic type of music that your friendly neighborhood vampire listens to religiously. The-genre shows that heavy metal has come full circle. The first true metal song, "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath, had deep subject matter, a downtuned guitar, ominous vocals, and varrying.tempos, which could describe Type 0 Negative's music as .well. · The show began with the Manhole, which had one good song, "Six Feet Deep", and an angry fe~ male singer I screamer. Life Of Agony followed with a singer that could .actually sing but music that was forgetable. Then came Type O Negative. They played several songs off of their album "Bloody Kisses" as well as the new one. The entire crowd sang along with "Black No.1" and "Christian Woman," alin~st drowning out singer Peter


Steele. The set had its surprises, namely a cool cover of the Doors's "Light My Fire" with an exerpt of "Inna-Godda-Davida" in the middle. I wished they had played "We Hate Everyone" or their cover of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl", ·but we can't have everything, can we? Overall, the club, the crowd and the band were all very cool. It was definitely worth the trip. The latest supergroup is upon us. Calling themselves the Neurotic Outsiders, members of Guns 'N' Roses, the Sex Pistols, and Duran Duran have come together to produce an album with a vibe of all its own. Matt Sorum and Duff McKagen of Guns 'N' Roses, Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols and Johnny Taylor from Duran Duran got together just to jam and ended up with a record contract and a self-

titled LP with an original cohesive sound. The song "Jerk" is playec' regularly on the Edge, but is out· shined on the album by "Feelings Are Good." The album has some interesting parts, such as "Union," in which Steve Jones talks about fellow members of the Sex Pistols. "Neurotic Outsiders" is fairly good but tends to prompt a question to Duff and Matt-Where in the world is the next Guns 'N' Roses record? Upcoming at TJ's in Brownville is the rock/alternative outfi: Wolfgang Bang Oct. 19. Saturday Oct. 26 is the Halloween party with the Fishheads. The answer to last issue's question is Lita Ford and Ozzy Ozzborne. The quetsion now is Dave Mustaine of Megadeth wa~ an original member of what greal metal band?

By Scott Krichau and Parry Docksile

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By Debbie Sailors


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jSOUTHEAST NEBRASKA ~AS SHOCKED BY THE FORCE of a winter storm 1n October.

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J inches of snow fell in the area on Oct. _21. Strong u;inds. which contributed to the destruc.tion of tree limbs and downing of power lines. accompanied Jack Frosts wake up call. Oddly enough (well. not for Nebras~_2) most of the snow meltod the next day. -photo by Doug·Kerns ·"' ·


Crime on the rise in .Nemaha County 'Jy Freedom Robinson

Crime is moving from large cities to rural America. Over the past two years crime has been on a iteady increase in Nemaha ~ounty.

· According to Donna Osterhoudt, secretary for Nemaha's county attorney, crime ~son the rise. In 1995 there were 326 criminal cases tried. Thus far in 1996 there have been 283 criminal cases tried. Osterhoudt said with two months left in the year, she expects to see criminal cases reach about 350, since the crime rate increases during this season. . Many Peru State College ?tudents are feeling the sting of sto-

len possessions. Corey Manley, sophomore history I elementary education major, has had items taken from his house during a party. He said, "It's really sad when you try to help people have a good time and all they do is rip you off." Marcy Eddinger, chemistry /biology I secondary education major, was a victim of.robbery on two occasions while working at the Lied Center inNebrask_a City. The first event resulted in $200 in CDs stolen. On the second theft her . lock on her car was destroyed, her back window broken, and her $250 CD player stolen. She said, "The first time they were lucky; my door was unlocked. The sec-

Silas Summers writing contest announced The 1996 Silas Summers Writing Contest is open to all Peru State students. The contest has three categories ,Poetry, Fiction and Essay) w.ith prizes awarded to the top three in ·;ach category: $25 for first, $15 for _;econd and $10 for third. Entries will be accepted until

Nov. 27. They can be dropped off in the contest box in the library or given to any English faculty member. All entries will be considered for the Sifting Sands, Peru State's literary journal. Contest rules are posted on bulletin boards around campus.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Kappa Delta Phiinductees Page 1 Get Out the Vote, Will Ya? · Page 3 Civil War Revisited Page 4

Davis Ready to Speak Page 5 Fall Sports Nearing End Pages 6&7 Ozfest for Everyone Real News

ond time they came back for my CD player and they went to.all costs to get what they wanted." Eddinger is the third person to have items stolen from the Lied Center employee parking lot. Sophomore psychology major Tina Rumery' s entire identity was taken away when her purse was taken from a vehicle while visiting friends outside Peru. She lost cash, ATM card, calling cards, license, and her social security card. Rumery said, "If they wanted money that bad, I would have lent it to them~ .They did not have to take my entire identity from me." In our modern day, crime affects all our lives, even in rural areas.

Are you prepared to spend a decade in school and still earn just slightly over minimum wage? If you are considering a college teaching career, there is a strong possibility that, after years of hard work, you may find yourself doing exactly that. The use of adjunct college profess ors is on the rise in our nation's colleges and universities. Adjuncts, or "fixed-term, parttime" pro1essors as many schools prefer to call them, join college faculties but are not truly faculty members. They teach classes, usually for low pay and always with uncertainty a!:>0ut their futures. They work as teachers, their chosen profession, but they earn a wage that is a fraction of what a tenured or tenure-bound faculty member earns. Adjuncts receive none of the benefits that permanent faculty members receive. That means no insurance or retirement packages, no paid vacations ?.nd no sick leave. ·For instance, the base salary of an assistant professor here at Peru is between $25,000 and $30,000 per year plus benefits. An adjunct professor teaching four classes, considered to be "fixed-term, fulltime," will make approximately $700 per credit hour or $8,500 per semester. A fixed-term, part-time professor earns considerably less per credit hour, about $360 plus mileage. . 1'.he trend in higher education today is to keep adjuncts at about six credit hours or less. This is done, in part, to keep the line between permanent and fixed-term staff clearly defined. This practice has created a. new type of college teacher who strings together two or more part-time positions at different schools'. working the equivalent of full-time. Perhaps even this situation would be more acceptable if these part-timers could count on having

a teaching job from semester to semester. In most cases, however, they are hired for only one semester at a time, their jobs dependent on student enrollment for specific classes. Colleges and universities are turning more frequently to fixedterm, part-time professors because of gaps in their curriculum created by budget limitations as set forth by state legislatures. There simply isn't enough money to hire all professors for permanent, 1 tenure~bound positions. The minimal educational requirements of fixed-term professors are identical to those of permanent faculty members-a master's degree or exceptional expertise. Many, though, hav:e earned their doctorates. Dr. Richard Clopton, assistant professor of biology, pointed out that "many adjunct professors have spent as much as 10 to 12 years in schoolmore than most surgeons." Dr. Sara Crook, assistant professor of social science~, who worked here at Peru for nine years as an adjunct before achieving a fulltime, tenure-track position four years ago, commented that "it's not an ideal job, but it is a job in your field, doing what you love to do." Although Crook was an exception during her time as an adjunct, contributing greatly to her department, she echoed the sentiment of many other permanent faculty members, stating that "adjuncts aren't required to build up the community of faculty." Adjunct professors aren't usually members of faculty committees, nor do they attend faculty meetings. They also do not advise students, thereby leaving a heavier load on the permanent faculty members. In furn, "adjuncts don't get a lot of attention," said Dan Cox, coordinator of the education division. "They don't get a lot of direction and people tend to ignore them."

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November 1, 1996 Do you feel inconvenienced by special events held on campus (i.e. Show Choir Festival, Quiz Bowl or Business Day)?

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"Yes especially with, the parking. Commuters are very limited to parking anyhow and when these . buses come in we were totally [inconvenienced]. The lunch lines become extremely long and we are extremely limited on time between classes."

"I was inconvenienced at dinner · 1 with all of the long lines but I "I have been inconvenienced guess I can deal with the inconve- many times by special events on nience because it gives these kids campus, specifically in the Bob a chance to come to a different Inn because they take up lots of school and learn things." room and there's no time to eat so you have to get them out of r your way."

Part-ti me college professors in demand, but at what price? better in her first year of full-time teaching. Fixed-term professors do offer There are, though, some fixedterm college professors who find . some advantages to colleges and advantages in part-time teaching. college students. Dr. David For example, Steve Hassler, part- Ainsworth, education chair and time math professor, is "content interim vice-president for acaright now" and views the use of demic affairs, explained that adadjuncts as a way of "colleges juncts allow schools to "tap into making positions open to more expertise that may not otherwise be available" and "to offer more people." classes, allowing a smooth flow TamaraArthau~, assistant professor of special education, who through college." Adjunct professors, or fixedspent some .time as a part-time teacher at Northwest Missouri term faculty, face a future filled State University, added that her with uncertainty. One thing is for experience was an opportunity to certain, though-their role in "test the waters" and that her time higher education continues to exas an adjunct helped her perform pand.

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Con9ratulat1ons! KAPPA DEi.TA PHI INDUaED NEW MEMBERS on Sunday, Oct. 27. Those inducted were (Bock row. left to right) Dr. Don Cox (sponsor): Julie Orton. Arthur Silknitter. Mindy Brockman, Brett Davis, Tommi Allen. Clarisa Johnson. Karen Gartner. (middle)Brendo Streit, Jennifer Anderson, Marti Allen, Jackie Ibero. Gino Hotsenpillar. Heidi Gouthro. (front) Comio Baerg. Alma Cross. Potrido Stucky, Andrea Tee. and Down Wonderly.



CAPTAIN'S LOUNGE SPECIAL MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHTS The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru State College, is published seven times per semes- . ter by Peru State College students. The Times office is located in the college publication office in the Physical Plant Building, telephone (402) 872-2260. Opinions expressed may not necessarily be those of the entire editorial staff. All letters to the editor are welcomed. Letters, cartoons, articles and so forth submitted to the Times should be signed by the individual(s) submitting them and will be published at the discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 words in length. The Times reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor for grammar and style. · · The Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. Please send material to: Editor Peru State Times Campus Mail PRIZE WINNING Peru State College NEWSPAPER 1996 Peru, NE.· 68421 or by e-mail: Editor Assistant Editor Sports Editor Features Editor Copy Editor Advertising Manager Photo Coordinator Cartoonist Editorial Assistants

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Staff opinion

Special events necessary evil Special events that bring students from area high schools to our campus present wonderful opportunities to showcase what Peru State College has to offer. However, it is hard to show tremendous enthusiasm for these events when they present PSC students with a number of problems. Badly-parked buses, relo_cated classes and lengthened lunch lines turn an average day into a nightmare of increased parking problems, classroom confusion and lack of lunch for man~ . Perhaps those in charge should closely exaJ?line the steps taken to prepare for these special events. Maybe additional communication or planning would enhance the experience for all students, those here for the day and those here for the dayto-day.

Letter to the Editor

Woebbecke calls for more input and a lot less "tush" I would like to respond to two articles in the last issue of the Times. The first is "Staff Opinion." I agree with this short but effective article. The students should have 90 percent of the input about the homecoming themes because that is .what college is about, the students. The administration should only give their approval of the student's ideas because that is what administrations do, guide the students. The second article is "Do you hear us knocking, nationals? We're coming in" by Andrea Tee. I liked what she had _to say about Peru's f9otball. and, volleybiill .. teams, btit one-paragraph-talked·

about a "tush rating system." This disturbed me because what does a "tush rating system" have to do with sports? I am offended that Ms. Tee uses her personal opinion of real or made-up football players' "tushes." Also, if the former Sports Editor would nave had a "tush rating" on the volleyball, basketball or softball teams, many female readers would have been writing for him to resign. I am not asking Ms. Tee to resign, but in the future, she should use better judgment when she is writing her column. Briill;l . . Woebbecke . '

Nebraskans will be voting on seven issues when they g9 to vote on Nov. 5. So that voters can better understand these important proposed changes to the state Constitution, the Nebraska Press Association in cooperation with this newspaper has prepared a series of reports on each of the issues, briefly defining them, explaining their purpose and stating the arguements for and against. We have dee cided to include the arguments for and against Propositions 411 and412.


Quality Education

Property Tax Reductions

PROPOSED INITIATIVE PETITION MEASURE 411: Approval will make "quality education" a fundamental rightin the state constitution. It will also assure that school districts receive no less funds per pupil in school year 1998-99 than in 1997-98. SUPPORT: It will assure that reductions in property taxes will not erode the quality oflocal education. It will also guarantee that school districts will be held harmless from funding cuts for a year as changes in the state's tax policies are adopted. OPPOSITION: It will prompt lawsuits from school pupils and taxpayers over the "quality" of local schools and whether funding is adequate and equal. Could make funding of education a higher priority than other essential services, like police, fire and services for the elderly.

PROPOSED INITIATIVE PETITION MEASURE 412: Adoption will place several limits on the property tax levies of local governments in the Nebraska Constitutitm. It will also put in the constitution that the valuation of agricultural land for tax purposes cannot exceed 80 percent ofits market value (100 percent for other real property). SUPPOR'I': It will reduce property taxes and make the tax system more fair. It will also force schools, cities, counties and other government agencies to cut costs, consolidate or find. other ways to become more efficient. OPPOSITION: It will result in a major tax shift, raising income or sales taxes. It could also lead to the creation of new taxes on services, food or hospital bills. Raising sales or income taxes would ruin the state's business climate.



A gift. That's exactly what alternative music group 311 has received. Recently, a rumor began circulating that the b.and's name had racist implications. Apparently, someone with jitsi: a little too much time on his hands determined that 311 could be decoded (evidently with a secret decoder knows evil is everywhere. I guess ring from a box of Froot Loops) to he didn't consider the possibility mean "KKK." Get it? The "3" that the band might be covertly means "3," but the "11" means advertising cologne for Calvin "K." You know, the eleventh let- Klein. Regardless of my thoughts on ter of the alphabet. I know ... I know. How could I have missed the issue, some area school offisuch an obvious and blatant at- cials bought into the bunk, hast. tempt to promote racial prejudice ;.ily banning students from wearin America? And here r tnought fog 311 T·shirts. Now, I don't want to sound like I have an anthey were just playing music. Since racism doesn't sell many ecdote for every occasion, but this records, I find it hard to believe really does remind me of the time that any band truly seeking suc- that my son, Tun, then a middlecess would name themselves af- schooler, wore a plain old Beavis ter the infamous white supremacy and Butthead T-shirt to school. group, even secretly. I prefer to The principal, citing its profane believe that some introverted language (the "Butt" in Butthead), brainiac came up with the "secret deemed the shirt a distraction to code" theory because he just other students and made Tini

Americans have given· away their vote to the special interest groups The first Tuesday pf November will be a day of historic choices. Not only will we vote on who will be our president for the next four years, but the entire House of .. Representatives and one-third of the Senate is up for grabs. Locally, there are many contested races for state, county and. municipal offices. Yet, not even half the eligrind and they want you to vote gible voters ever bother to vote. Special interest groups have the way they tell you. The unforspent millions trying to persuade tunate part of all this is that you you that their viewpoints are cor-· probably will. Instead of a ."government of the rect, and that if you vote against that position, then you shall cer- people, by the people, and for the people," Washington D.C. has betainly destroy the nation. Candidates start out on the is- come a government of special insues, and those that are running terest. Politicians may say that behind have jumped into that you count and that they are watchwell-known political mud pit and ing ciut for your interests, but try are slinging any way they can to to compete with the "Gucci gulch" get your attention and work ·on lobbyists of "K" street with your your fears. It seems everyone has congressman when an important something to say in the grand issue comes up. power game of '96. The extreme How did this happen? That's right, the extreme left, the labor the easiest question of all to anunions, the manufacturers asso- swer. We let it happen to ourciation, the banks, "Big Busi- selves. Control of the government ness" -they all have an ax to

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process was not taken away by a coup de tat; the American people handed it to special interests on a 24ckarat gold platter. The United States has the lowest voter turn out of any democracy in the world. We have become a quasioligarchy in which only the elite know what's best for us, and we allowed it to happen. Think about it. This election wiii decide many extremely important issues: education, immigration, welfare, health care, social security, the national debt. These are things that will be yours. The only real question is what are you going to do about it. Go out. and vote!


wear the shirt inside-out for the day. Like wearing an inside-out shirt didn't attract attention? Hel-lo-o, Mr. Principal. Show me a student banned from wearing a T-shirt thought by authorities to be profane or racist and I'll show you a student hellbent· on wearing one. In their over-zealousness to protect students, school officials created interest where little had previously existed. Incidentally, after lingering in relative obscurity for most of their career, 311 had the number three alternative music single in the nation last week. Perhaps a thank-you note is in order, guys.

Votlng ·i:s: a· gift; don't return it By Juliane Lee

"Who do you think is the best presidential candidate to lead us into the 21st century?" Sounds like a pretty important question, doesn't it-the kind that takes much thought and careful reasoning before making a decision one can feel comfortable with. This is a question, however, that hopefully we will all have asked ourselves before we cast our ballots on Nov. 5. However, the response to this question from many Peru studentS was, "Why bother, Clinton's gonna win anyway!" Apathy about the candidates is a problem many that students are facing. The general consensus around campus seems to be: "Since we are not out in the 'real world' yet, we feel we don't have to vote. Most of the issues mean nothing to us. What difference can we really make?" These issues do affect students. The destruction of the Department of Education is one of the major issues, as is the future of Pell grants and other financial packages. These are the things that directly affect our lives.

Students are alone in facing this dilemma; many faculty members polled were having the same problem. Also, a USA Today poll predicted that this election would have the lowest voter registration since 1951. It is also important to remember that many voting laws affecting students have been some of the most recent additions to the Constitution (as recently as 1971): * The 15th Amendment in 1870 prohibited states from denying citizens the right to vote because of race. * Most states didn't allow women to vote until the 19th Amendment in 1920. *The 26th Amendment granted the right to vote to 18-year-olds in 1971. So before Nov. 5, try to learn a little about the candidates who will be guiding us into the 21st century. Each of them has very Clifferent feelings about major issues that concern all of us. It is our duty as Americans to know as much as we can about the candidates and make the decision we feel will be the best for the future of our country. Remember, your vote is your right-use it!


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Science and technology writer scheduled to visit Peru Nov. 7 By Heather (layson) Mckay

Frank Kendig will bearriving on campus Nov. 7. Kendig is a writer/ editor who specializes in science and technology. . The founding editor of Omni magazine, he has served as editor-in-chief of the Saturday Review of Science, Science Digest, and Psychology Today. The author of a number of books and hundreds of magazine articles, he frequently writes ori science and culture for the New

York Times, and other .national publications. . Kendig also worked as a writer I consultant on the acclaimed PBS television series, The Brain, and played a key role in the conception arid development of its award-winning sequel, The Mind. His other television projects include Firepower, a series.of halfhour programs on military technology, more than 50 episodes of which have aired on the Discovery channel, and Healers, a series on alternative medicine for PBS now in production. Kendig is also the editorial director of the Kendig Groµp, a team of writers, editors, designers, and electronic information specialists offering consulting and .packaging services to the publishini? industry and other media.

· Hey, dog, get off my back · REX MURPHY, sophmore criminal justice major. participates in a crime-fighting demonstration with "Lex" from the Canine unit of the Nebraska State Patrol. Murphy completed an internship in Lincoln last · , · summer with the Canine Unit. -photcf.t),y Dr. Dan Holtz · ·· ·

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THE SPECIAL TOPtCS IN HISTORY ClASS receives a tour of the Anderson Plantation mansion. one of the largest and most extravagant houses of its time. This historical house served as a hospital, as well as a battle ground, during the Battle of Lexington. -photo by Dr. Dan Holtz

Tour of Anderson plantation offers students first-hand view of the Battle of Lexington ground. The most interesting part of Lex"If these walls could talk," I ington, however, is the Anderson thought as I stood at the steps of house, preserved mostly the same the Anderson house in Lexing- as after the battle. The house was ton, MO. I stared up at a gaping built by Anderson's slaves in the hole near the roof created by the early 1800's. The slaves handcannon ball that ripped through made enough bricks to make evthe old mansion 150 years ago. ery wall of the four-story house The Anderson plantation house, four bricks thick. one of the largest and most exThe house was a Union hospital travagant homes of its day in before being captured by the Conwestern Missouri, became a fo- federates during the battle. Fedcal point of the Battle of Lexing- eral forces regained control of the ton, a Civil War battle that raged house, but the rebels again took Sept. 18-20, 1861. control of it little more than an Dr. Dan Holtz, PSC professor of hour later. The fighting took place English, took his Special Topics all around and even inside the in History class to tour the battle house, scarring the ceilings and site. Signs of the battle can still walls with countless bullet holes be clearly seen upon entering and a few cannon ball holes. Lexington. The courthouse, A somber feeling crept over us among the oldest public build- as we walked through an upstairs ings in the United States still used · bedroom used during the fight as for its original purpose, displays a surgery room. A piece of grape a cannon ball that was lodged in shot-golf ball-sized cannon the top of a pillar during the loads-is still in place in the door battle. A museum is dedicated frame. I wondered if another ball to the battle and a walking tour like that one may have caused is offered of the main battle some of the blood stains still seen By Matt Maxwell

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on the floor, or if the stains were the result of amputations that undoubtedly took place on the same wooden floor where we stood. In the center of the floor were three holes, possibly drilled to drain the blood out of the room. The battle, nicknamed the Battle of the Hemp Bales, ended with an ingenious idea. Anderson was a hemp farmer. An unknown rebel soldier had the brilliant idea to saturate the bales and roll them slowly forward toward the Union troops using them as mobile shields. It worked, and the outnumbered Federals dug in at the nearby Masonic College surrendered. Holtz's class, subtitled "Literature Fights and Re-Fights the Civil War," has been studying the Civil War through historical fiction written aoout it. The class studied the southern slave holding class, and the tour of the Anderson plantation gave students a first hand look at the life of the southern elite.

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From sabbatical, )avis gives final lecture: 'Attached at the Hip" ly Kim Milligan

Dt. Spencer Davis, professor of ustory, will give a lecture titled !Attached at the Hip" Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Emery Oak room. The lecture is the last of three in Davis' "Sabbatical Lecture Series." Davis returned from sabbatical .:his year. A sabbatical is a break zrom the rigors of day-to-day :icademia for scholarly pursuits, Davis noted that it can be diffi:ult for professors fo stay in touch with current scholarship that 'Jears on their wide variety of ~ourse material. Davis teaches Modem Europe, Modem Africa,

American History, and Ethics and Social Justice .. A sabbatical, DaviS said, is "a wonderful chance to target one area .and devote yourself to study." · Davis chose to study AfricanAmerican history, and read widely in the field. He is now more convinced than ever that black history should be studied in the context of American history, not separated from it. Traditionally, Davis said, scholars have divided African-American History. into four periods. He now believes that these divisions need to be revised. The years between the end of slavery through the Great Depression should be studied as a single period, Davis said. Davis said that sabbaticals are "valuable and necessary" and that they should be a regular part of faculty life.

In the swing of things • • • ON TUESDAY, NOV. 22, THE PERU STATE MISTY BLUES show choir gave their first performances of the year in conjunction w.ith the 25th annual Peru State Show Choir Festival. A total of 43 show choirs were invited to' perform in the college theatre during the two-day festival. -photo by Doug Kerns

Widick_ presents the softer side of football By Katie Naprstek John Widick, sophomore business/ criminal justice major, not only plays football. for the Peru State Bobcats, but he is also a member of the Peru State swing choir, As a tight-end for PSC, standing :i'S", Widick weighs in at 215 lbs. •rom Malcolm, Widick played football all four years in high school. His high school honors include two conference first team titles, conference second team, All-State honorable mention his junior year and All-State defense

C.A.B. sponsors magic act: The Spencers Campus Activities Board brings a touch of magic to Peru. On Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., magicians The Spencers will be performing in.the college theater. Listed in the Who's Who of Magic, The Spencers provide a st~ge show featuring sta.te-ofthe-art entertainment. The Spencer's show features large scale illusions, audience participation, stage magic, music and special effects. The Spencers have been nominated for numerous awards in. eluding the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity from the National Association for Campus Activities.

team his senior year. Widick not only received a football scholarship to attend Peru, but he also received a swing choir scholarship. Both are renewable each year. . Besides the scholarships, Widick chose Peru because "Peru is easy to adapt to, and I enjoy the small school atmosphere with the chance to play college ball. And ·it's cheaper than most state schools." On a lighter side, Widick spends his Monday evenings at swing choir practice. In high school, Widick was a member of

choir, swing choir, honor choir and conference choir. He also participated in barber shop quartets, sang duets and solos all four years. _ When people think of a footbalJ player, they rarely think of them anywhere except on the field, in uniform, slamming into one another. Well, football pads aren't the only soft side of Widick. "I'm not intimidated because I'm a football player and sing in the choir. It's kind of different. And just because a person plays football, doesn't mean that's all they do."

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November 1, 1996 The Bobcats are human

Bob Moffit named intramural player of the year candidate By Andrea Tee

This issue's intramural "Player of the Year" candidate is none other than flag football's own Bob Moffit, junior speech/ ·dralha major. ·· Moffit is a member of the flag football team "Piece of Pie." He has shown. reliability and the integrity of a team player. Moffit is there every game and every play. . He is a team-oriented player who is in it for the team. "I .enjoy the game of football, but I just play for the hell of it/' said Moffit. To show an example ofMoffit's reliability, during a game, one of his teammates intercepted the ball and knew Moffit w9uld be behind him so he tossed the ball behind his head, without looking, to Moffit. :Moffit was there and caught the ball to run it in for a touchdown. Is •that trust or what? When Moffit isn't pulling off the unexpected, he enjoys acting, wake 'boarding, snow boarding (especially down Gut-Buster Hill in Peru) and picking the sticks out of his teeth aHer eating it on his snow board . at the bottom of old Gut-Buster. MEN'S 8ASKET8AU 8-9 @ Mid America Nazarene

JUNIOR ANTHONY LEE {6) demonstrates tbe basic theory behind the running game: tuck the ball in and run like ,heck away from the guys with the big numbers. lee covered a lot of ground in the second half against Chadron as Peru State outscored the Eagles 28-7; however. the initi_al 3 1 point deficit was too much to overcome. After another loss to Westmar University,. the Bobcats head to Oklahoma with a 5-2 record. They return to Peru from this four gam~ tour .of middle Ame~ica · to face Midland Lutheran on Nov. 9. -photo by Con Marshall

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'Cats was Westmar University in LeMars, Iowa, where they fell 20 -14. The Bobcats ran into a stingy Westmar defense, as well as a howling Iowa wind. The wind, gusting upwards of 40 miles per hour, played havoc with the passing and special teams of both squads all day. Special teams was the downfall of PSC. With the score tied and,just over three minutes left in the game, Westmar returned a P-State punt for the winning touchdown. The 'Cats offense took the field with one last chance. After two long passes- from quarterback Jamie Stinson to wideout Zack Sangster took the ball to



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Bobcats relnai.n :unstoppable and player, she was also a close werethe keys to the week. When friend to many of us." Cochran one was on the other was off. If Last Saturday was a tearful af- said, "Well, it was sad, but I have we can put the two together we ·air-the volleyball team's last a lot of memories that I will look will be in contention to knock off higher ranked Columbia or iome game and the last time one back on that make me smile." · senior will play in front of her The Bobcats have played their Rockhurst." Concerning the national rating home crowd. last home game, but they still have The Lady 'Cats lose only senior their work cut out for them. They he .said, "We are kind of on the . :Tracy Cochran, but she will be ' compiled an 8-1 record ·over the bubble right now and need to be ' dearly missed. "lt'was a very emo- past two weeks but still managed about #15 to have a real shot at tional going away ceremony on to drop to 17th in the the nationals." That may mean Saturday," said Coach Todd national rankings. "We did have 'going undefeated the rest of the Jensen. "We are really going to some let downs this week," said year and maybe winning the inmiss Tracy next year." On the cer- Jensen, "but we,bounced. back dependent tournament in two .emony and the last home game each time to prove that we are a weeks. Prior to the tournament, .with Tracy, junior Kellie Vallinch volleyball team to be reckoned the women will enjoy a week off ,commented, "We were all crying. with." He attributed the wins to to practiE=e and focus on the post Tracy was not only a: great captain team play: "Serving and passing season. 'ly Greg Wolfe

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lndivid,ual leaders Kendra CoryI Stacy Fitch (.359) Kendra Cory (3.88) Kills/Game Assists/Game Stacy Fitch (10.80) Aces Kendra Jacobsen (69) Jaisa Kappas (543) Digs Blocks/Game Dana Stube (1.13)

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SENIOR TRACY COCHRAN demonstrote_s how the 'Cots hove been winning most of their games: being in the right place at the right time. Time will tell if the squad's 35-5 record will be good enough for a bid to nationals. -photo by Andrea Tee

World Series loaded memorable moments (and the Yankees won) Yes! The New York Yankees have finally done it again after 17 years in . the making! . That they have won the '96 World Series, we all should know, but let's recall some of the more memorable sights and sounds of the Series. Along with the cheers of the Yankee fans and the dog pile ofYankee"players ·0n·me·field 'after the final game, there are other memorable sights and sounds to be recapped. Who could forget the words to our national anthem, a song which is sung and has been sung before baseball games as well as other sporting events since Heetor was a pup!. Well, one doesn't have to look far because.during. opening night of the Ser~esc Placido Domingo (a Of the famous three tenors) babbled his way through the national anthem after forgetting some of the words. Can you believe it?· Well, the Series committee couldn't believe it. either and to ensure that this little fiasco didn't happen again, they had John Popper (a member of Blues Traveler) play

firsts for him, but we all know that it wasn't the first time he has been

the harifionica'tb th€·riati0ifal anthem instead of asking him to sing it. I would say that they covered their backsides rather well. What about Atlanta Brave's Andruw Jones, who at only 19 years of age hit a home run in game one of the Series, making him the youngest player to hit a Series home run? Kirby Puckett, who played cen.,t~r aI\~·,Pght.fieldcf?,I: thl'; ~e-:

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As you may or may not know, the citizens of Nebraska will be voting Tuesday on the future of their property taxes as well as their children's education (not to mention their neighbor's children's education). Our crack staff of reporters took a special liking to this issue and decided to investigate. Now, the results of that investigation reveal interesting hypotheses on the future state of education in Nebraska. Here are questions children born today will ask their parents twelve years from now-a possible look into quality education. Johnny: "Monuny, why did Japan drop a nuclear bomb on Detroit?" Sally: "Daddy, what were you doing fifteen years ago, when Nebraska became a state?" Max: "Sally's Daddy, what's a state?" Susie: "Mommy, can you cook Huckleberry Finn for dinner tonight?" Robin: "Daddy; why did we go to Vietnam?" David: "Mommy, what year was the war of 1812 fought in?" Alex:

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This edition of Cornerstone is devoted to live music. After all, hearing music live is the purest and most powerful way to experience it. For starters, Ozzy Ozborne made his second visit to the area in under a year. This time he brought along Biohazard, Sepultura, and Danzig and called it Ozfest. Also a live album from I was ready for this one. They alternative idols Nirvana was re- opened up with a version of cently released. "Mother" that was as sloppy as a Ozfest was a surprise before I baby at supper. The next six or even made it to the door. The con- seven songs showed little imcert was being protested by a provement. When "Twist of couple of guys who insisted all Cain" was played they finally concertgoers were on their way to sounded good, but they followed Hell. To open up the show Bio- it with only another three or four hazard took the stage and got the songs. All in all the set was short, ~how rocking. Brazilian thrash sloppy, and disappointing. band Sepultura followed and the The godfather of metal was next show was intensified. I had never and before he started, Ozzy inreally heard these bands before sisted on the crowd's insanity. and expected mostly noise. In- Then the band broke into "Parastead I found they both had a noid". He played few tunes off of good clear sound and were very · his later albums. Instead he impressive. played early solo material and I highly anticipated the follow- Black Sabbath classics. Later on ing band Danzig. The singer and he addressed the protesters outsongwriter Glenn Danzig has had side saying he was not in the busian impressive career filled with ness of changing religious powerful music and deep lyrics. thoughts. "If you've come here Their last show in the area was 2 for religion you're in the wrong 1 /2 hours of pure adrenaline, and [insert nasty expletive] place."



Then he dedicated "Suicide Solu tion" to them. "Crazy Train" wa~ one of the last songs and when th( guitar licks were heard Pershin~ Auditorium erupted like a vol cano spewing energy. Ozfest wa~ a great show. I blew my mind anc shattered my ears. The new Nirvana album "Frorr the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah' is a live album with raw power Most of us have heard Nirvanc over and over and these versiorn make the songs sound fresh again This is a good album by a bane who changed the state of populai music almost single-handedly The saddest thing about this band is the number of lousy imitators. The answer for last time io Metallica. The question this timE is : What late, great guitaris1 played on Ozzy's first two album~ and was honored with the post· humous album 'Tribute'?

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Volume 74

eru State College, Peru, NE

November 15, 1996

Distant learning wins ppproval from students ~y

Debbie Sailors

Distance learning is up and runling at Peru State College. The Jistance Learning Center is the ;cene for several classes this senester including Introduction to )pecial Education, Speech, Art \.ppreciation and, Spanish. The Center, located on the third loor of T. J. Majors, has been open 1early a year. This semester finds ,early 25 students sharing the in:truetion of Assistant Professor of >pedal Education Joy Dunnigan vith four students in Beatrice. ,he receiving site in Beatrice is arough Southeast Community ::ollege. , This distance learning experince is new to Dunnigan, who is caching Introduction to Special

Education. "I'm happy to be doing it," she said. "It just takes a little time to get u5ed to something new, like-any other style or set-up for teaching." Dunnigan did receive some basic instruction for successful distance teaching including ward· robe advice. Before her class began, she worked in the Center with Ross Udey, assistant professor of industrial technology and coordinator of distance learning. Udey is also the technidan for distance learning classes; overseeing the use of the classroom equipment. "There is over $100,000 worth of equipment in that classroom right now," stated Udey, noting that the

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Campus to host open house =or prospective students Heather Hart

'eru State College: it's the right ace, right now. That is the motto ' some of the information pro2ctive students will be receivng in a packet when they attend 'SC's open house on Nov. 20. 'eru has not had an open house '.l many years. Louis Levy, director of admisions, is one of the main coordi•tors' for this event. He is very ~xcited about past success of open ''ouse programs at other schools. ~e said, "If we can get PE'.Ople to ome to campus, it will sell itself." Levy said the open house will )egin with a short welcome by 'SC President Robert Bums folowed by a full day of presenta.:ons by faculty as well as hands·n experience in individual classooms. Visitors will be able to ask 'Uestions about athletic pro;rams, dorm life, and financial

aspects of attending college. These students will also have an opportunity to interact with PSC students while admissions ambassadors will be providing campus tours. Parents will have the chance to attend informational programs. Levy said, "We want them to know what we're about and make a good decision." For the estimated 100 attending the open house, Levy said there will be marked parking by the baseball diamond at the complex and two vans will shuttle visitors to the marquee. S,tudents will be met there and brought to the student center. ''.Hopefully parking will not be disrupted for the commuters on campus that day," said Levy. This is the first of two open house projects planned for this school year. The next open house will be March 11, 1997.

HELP, l'M BEING KIDNAPPED BY REPUBLICANS! SHANNON HAU, SOPHOMORE SPEECH/THEATER MAJOR, SHOWS SOME UNUSUAi. SCHOOi. SPIRIT as she rides in the CAB limo in the,PSC homecoming parade on Nov. 9. High school bands from three states as.well as a variety of groups from around the area particiapated in this year's parade. Turn to pages six and seven to catch a glimpse of spirit week action. -photo by Terry Dugan

Stick a fork in· Campaign '96

Turn out the lights: the parties are over By Terry Dugan

Place the 1996 elections in a time capsule and bury them. For the first time since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat will be serving a second term in the White House. Inversely, Nebraskans elected a Republican senator for the first time since Roman Hruska in 1972. Republican Chuck Hagel pulled out a slim victory over Governor Ben Nelson for the Senate seat vacated by the retiring J. J. Exon. Voters in the first legislative district decided to send Republican


(unofficial results)

Dole/Kemp Clinton/Gore Perot/Choate

51.8% 33.8% 13.4%

Chuck Hagel Ben Nelson

61.4% 38.5%

Doug Bereuter 71.3% Pat Combs 28.6%

Doug Bereuter back to the House by a margin of 76 to 24 percent over Pat Combs for the second time in as many chances. Following in the incumbent run, Dick Stich defeated Josh Whisler in the Peru mayoral race by a margin of 161 to 104. Nebraska voters overwhelmingly oppos~d Initiatives 411 and 412. Initiative 411 would have made "quality education" a fundamental right of each Nebraska resident between the ages of 5 to 21. Initiative 412 would have created a limit on property tax levies.

One initiative did manage to pass. Initiative 409 states that Nebraska's members of Congress and state legislators are to support passage and ratification of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting the number of terms one can serve in Congress: three terms in the House of Representatives and two terms in the Senate. Overall, 67 percent of registered. voters in Nemaha County took part in the election. State wide turnout was also 67 percent-one of the lowest in Nebraska history for a presidential election.

Nominations sought 'or award Here's your chanc.e to honor a include research, continuing teacher who has played a signifi- study,self-ii:Utiated study and acacant role in your college experi- demic short courses and has. apence. Nominations are being plied the knowledge and skills sought for the Nebraska State derived to effective teaching. All full-time faculty with a miniCollege System Teaching Excellence Award, an annual recogni- mum of four years continuous tion of outstanding teaching at a employment at a State College and teaching a minimum of 15 Nebraska State College. Nominations may be submitted credit hours during the academic by faculty members, academic year shall be considered eligible administrators, students or for the nomination for the State alumni. The deadline for nomi- College Teaching Excellence nations is Nov. 22. Award. Nomination forms and proceThe nominee must present an active and positive record of ser- dures are available through the vice to students as an academic, office of the Vice-President for professional and/ or personal ad- Academic Affairs. All nomination visor, and must demonstrate that forms must be returned to that he/she has actively undertaken office by Nov. 22. Nominees will involvement in faculty develop- be notified by Dec. 6. ment programs.These programs



planned· addition of ,a_ computer and software will greatly enhance the versatility of the equipment. At this time, the classroom offers access to an "ELMO"- a type of overhead camera similar to an overhead projector but with additional features in.eluding' zoom and wide angle shots. There is also a laser disc player available. Udey pointed out that, thanks to free educational use of Nebraska's satellite transponder, "When we go on the air'-On the satellite.-basically, that'sfree. An individual party, though, would pay nearly $1,000 fur two hours of satellite time." Sfudents in Dunnigan's class responded to a Times survey with many positive comments regard-


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ing their distance learning experience. Most pointed out the convenience of taking classes-not otherwise available and saw ,it as a valuable asset to PSC. Some commented on having to use a microphone to speak as a possible drawback. Nearly all who completed the survey would take another distance learning class. Dunnigan s~ed ·it up best: "Our society certainly is used to watching television. It's a -learning mode we are comfortable with. We're just not used to it in the classroom." Those interested in taking a distance learning clas.s have even OUEENS ON P.. RADE more opportunities to do so this spring. ·Two classes are planned . IN HONOR OF PERU STATE'S 75TH HOMECOMING ANNIVERSARY, queens of homecoming past were to be sent from PSC and four invited to participate as special guests of the college. Virgie Lee Johnson Shaw. the 1942 homecoming classes will be received from other queen, served as the Grand Moster of the parade. -photo by Terry Dugan sites. Check your local listings!

Where does the money for parking tickets go? By Katie Naprstek

Where does the parking ticket money go? Who decides? What is being done for parking on and around campus? These are just a Jew.of the questions that students, :fa&ulty ancte'lfert-st>tneVisitorS ask ,tJ:\e,· .Susan Udey; ivlce· p:residentfor Administration and Finance, answered many of these questions in a recent interview. For example, you may think the money collected for parking permits, fines and penalties for delinquent payments on parking tickets goes directly to the physical plant to use towards parking improvements. However, Udey said that it at-

tually goes into the college's cash and unfortunate. Compared to fund, which holds money from [the University of Nebraska-Lintickets, tuitio.r;t and fees. This, in coln], it is pretty convenient." addition to money budgeted by Will parking be expanded in the the state, makes up the general future? Udey did not rule out the fund from which the college pays possibility, but was not at liberty its bills ant:I _allocates funds to par- to say. Much of the budget alloticulat:d~p~rhtjents, · · ·· • cated from' the general ftmd is {'What-is being done about PSC's; used to maintain the existing lots. parking problem? Udey said, "We "We are very fortunate when we have adequate parking, though it have excess money to spend othmay not always be convenient for erwise." Udey said. . . them. There is overflow parking on the It would be ideal if everything gravel and south lot at the Cenwas perfect and there was conve- tennial Complex. They are fairly nient parking for everyone that distant from campus, and the attends this campus, but parking gravel lot is rented from the ownwill probably always be a prob- ers of the land. lem. I don't know how you can Also, many students park on solve all the ills, especially with residential streets north of camgrowth, which is both fortunate pus.

8 Choir Concert. 3 p.m. College Theater

9 26 Student Recital. Ll o.m. Benford Recital Hall 28-29 Thanksgiving Break DECEMBER

2 Classes resume 2-6 AIDS awareness week 7 Holidav portv featuring treats. Santo and the movie 'Tov Storv" l 0:30 o.m .. Student Center

Movie, 'Tov Storv." 8 p.m. Student Center 10 Holidov dinner and dance dinner at regular time, done at 9 ' p.m .. Student Center · 13-15 Madrigal Dinner. 7 p.m. Student Center 13 Lost dav of regular classes 16-19 Final Exam Week


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Staff opinion Course changes, add to mayhem With spring registration upon us, the usual mayhem of Jchedule planning ensues. The Times has become aware of mariy students having morethan-usual difficulties planning their schedules due to some unannounced changes. Many courses pronti$ed in the course catalog for this semester are not being offered, and students are not being informed. Students who make the effort to carefully construct a game plan for their college education are to be applauded, as is PSC for offering a variety of classes flexibly scheduled for student convenience. ·However, when the college cancels course offerings, reschedules infrequently-offered classes, revises catalog requirements, or q)mpletely eliminates courses, it's game over for those organized students. Rather than relying on the unreliable and often-inaccurate "grapevine," students should be informed of changes in a dmely and efficient manner using lines of comrriunication like :hannel 4 or letters to students affected. Although change is ;nevitable, student inconvenience need not be.

"This is going to suck," Isaid, after viewing a particularly uriflattering image of myself prominently displayed on two goodsized TV screens. Of course, the fact that other students on-screen looked pretty normal did not help. I was not happy. Finding myself in the Distance Learning Center at the beginning of the semester was certainly a surprise. The Intro. to Special Ed. class that I had to take was being "uplinked" to the Southeast Com~ munity . College campus in Beatrice. Agrand totaloffourstudents in a distant classroom were tiny TV stars for my viewing enjoyment. As I watched the choppy, Six Million Dollar Man-like movements of my classmates on-screen, I quickly checked the PSC schedule for alternatives. No amount of schedule juggling could help me. I was technologically trapped. As the teacher entered the room, packing a pocket transmitter and a mi!=rophone on her lapel, I resigned myself to special ed 'a la

myself weeks later, conducting a the airwaves.• The next day found me and survey of the class for a Times arother camera-shy comrades ticle. I was also surprised to find · scrambling for coveted seats in the myself gushing with enthusiasm back. The room, filled with mi- for distance learning. In researching distance learning, crophone-mute mouths, was extremely quiet-at first. As the I discovered that smaller area weeks went by, though, this schools have been taking advanmouth (not quiet by nature) found tage of Spanish classes offered the courage to speak up, as did through dist~ce learning. With their teacher in a Lincoln studio, I others. .During this time, I convinced personally observed them actumyself of the significance of dis- ally learning Spanish. Ole'! That means "bravo" for those of tance learning. After all, if I planned to be a teacher, I had bet- you not Spanish-friendly. You ter get used to learning of the fu- might consider a Spanish class. ture. Someday, I might actually Wait a minute-how about convefind myself standing in front of a niently taking Spanish right here distance learning classroom. on the PSC campus? Not surprisingly, through distance learning. Yeah, right! Well, surprise ... surprise! That's exactly where I did find

Bereuter outlines increases to student aid California voters take step backward Dear Editor: Knowing of ·your interest in funding for higher education programs, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on action recently taken by the H_ouse of R.epresentatives. You will be pleased to know that 2ongress increased the maximum ~ell grant to $2,700 for fiscal year 1997. This is an all-time high for Pell grants.

Additionally, Congress approved an appropriation of $830 million for the Work Study program, which is a $213.4 million increase over fiscal year 1996 and $151 million above the President's budget request. The TRIO program, which serves economically disadvantaged and minority students, is increased by $37 million above last year's level for a total of $500 million. Overall for fiscal year 1997 a to-

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tal of $41.6 billion is available for federal student aid. This is an increase of $3.3 billion above the level provided for fiscal year 1996 and $100 million above the President's budget request. I hope this information is helpful to you. I was pleased to support these funding increases for higher education programs. Doug Bereuter Member of Congress

Have you ever experienced any difficulties with schedule changes or catalog changes?

By Juliane Lee

When voters in California went to the polls on Nov. 5, they received their first chance to vote on the highly controversial topic of Affirmative Action known as Proposition 209. Their decision to abolish this civil rights liberty puts the future of guaranteed equal opportunities for minorities and women up in the air. ·While this recent reformation of Affirmative Action is solely confined to the state of California, this sends a message to other states that maybe this idea of "fairness" has reached its end. Private California employers not effected by this initiative might also take steps to stop their affirmative action programs, thus, eliminating hiring and contracting goals and outreach programs needed to

overcome discrimination and create a level playing field. When trying to predict who will be the best person for the job, does it really matter whether which applicant you choose as long as each are all.equally qualified? Not really. But what does matter is creating ethnically diverse work environments that allow fair opportunities to all. Perhaps launching a nationwide re-examination of affirmative action programs is where more energy needs to be fired. It is sad to think that in the year 1997 there still needs to be a legislation to create a balancing act between the genders and ethnicities here in America. But it is needed and this recent vote against affmnative action could immanently reverse important civil rights gains.

Politicians should stop dishing dirt and talk about stands on issues By Joy Huber



sen.or elementary/special education major



"I believe that in a school this small the majority kind of has to rule and there's not going to be'classes for everyone and this semester this change kind of helped me even though I know for some people it was a bad . idea."

Listen. You can sense the quiet · and calm coming from your radio senior and television. The calm followsecondary education ing the '96 elections, that is. social science major For the past several days, weeks "The only problem that I've "My catalog said I didn't have and months, th-e rage of slamming had with scheduling is that I've to take a history class, it's like opponents in an effort to win had some classes that are an upper level 425 Seminar In votes has been almost unbearable. scheduled at the same time and American History and I found Candidates, whether for goverhad to choose between .the two, out I do have to take it arid it nor, congress or president, spent but other than that, the schedul- set me back a semester. I was millions and millions of dollars on ing in the new book I think is going to student teach in the fall advertising-strictly to make their really good and if you change and now I'm going to student opponents look bad. Couldn't your major to sports manageteach in the spring just because ·these dollars be better spent in the ment, I think you should have of that. So, it has caused me areas of. educating our youth, Dave Dunnigan as an advisor." problems." fighting drug use a:nd funding service programs? As I was driving to night class the evening before the election, there was a break in the music Gene Trimmer from my radio. This break, norsenior mally full of ads for McDonald's, psychology/ secondary special education major car sales and cough syrup, was "I just think that they should offer more P.E. activity courses during nothing more than one candidate the summer. As of next summer we don't have any offered and I after another slamming his oppodon't think that's right." nents on everything and then asking me to vote for him instead.

Brian Woebbecke

senior sports mapagement maJor



Many "traditional" college students, voted for the first or second time in this election. Since it was my first, I initially paid attention to the candidates' media advertising, hoping to gain insights into their positions on the issues. The mudslinging I was greeted with led to my joyous anticipation of DAE (Day After the Elections). A national poll broadcast on 105.1 FM from St. Joseph, MO stated that only 49 percent of the population voted. Why? Of course there are a variety of reasons, like voters not knowing what candidates' real positions were or being turned off by the unethical conduct of all candidates; they didn't even want to vote. So what does the greatest democracy in the world need when it comes to politicians campaigning? It needs its potential leaders to quit dishing out the dirt on their opposition and to start discussing openly and honestly their positions and opinions.

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November 15, 1996 sings the blues

Ciesielski: "teaching is like being in a band"

Downtown Peru gets well-timed new l~ok By Freedom Robinson Downtown Peru is getting a face lift. · The Bank of Peru offered to buy all the paint and supplies if downtown businesses would do the labor to make Peru a nicer community. Becky Propst, Bank of Peru's branch manager, is helping make sure the area businesses go through with the work. Everyone involved is doing their best to give Peru a new look. Work beganQct. 19, with plans to have everything done by homecoming. Bad weather put a hold on things, but work is in full swing now. The Jr. Girl Scouts and Becky's Cottonwood were the only one§ to complete the work by the deadline. The Jr. Girl Scouts stained the gazebo and the arbor, located next to the bank. Barb Decker, of Deckers Food Center, said, "The week before homecoming we w~ted to get all ,

the fronts to look nice. It needs it. Supplies are hard to afford; everyone is thankful for the banks support." The businesses involved in the renovations are: Becky's Cottonwoo<. Shooter's, Peru Print Shop, Hair Affair, Decker's and the Bank of Peru. Mike Moran, of Moran's Plumbing and Heating, is building an apartment building downtown next to Decker's,. with a little help fromPSC. Under the direction of Ross Udey, assistant professor of industrial technology, the Construction Process class is putting in the sidewalk for the apartments. Scott Douglas, junior construction development :ip.ajor, said, "It's great to have a class that is hands on. We've re-shingled a house and built jump boxes for the volleyball team. It's cool'to do some work for the community."

By Joanna Stauffer Before Dr. Dennis Ciesielski started teaching, he had another job as a musician. For almost eleven years he was a member of. a touring band that played <:offf!e houses and college campuses, playing anything from swing jazz to blues to rock 'n roll. Ciesielski believes "that being a . teacher 1s like being in a band." He said a musician plays to the crowd in order to please them, to get through to the DR. DENNIS CIESIELSKI STlli.. KNOWS how to rock ond roll. A seasoned veteran on audience and enthe guitar, Ciesielski still enj0t,JS kick in' back and jammin'. -photo by Joanna Stauffer able them to leave the concert with more than they came. Students ter off than they were before, he formed, and now as an English are like audiences who go to class said. teacher he is still able to write and to learn and finish the course with Ciesielski sees his teaching as an help his students improve their a better understanding of the ma- extension of all his years in the writing ability. terial. A teacher and a performer band. He was in the band because Musicians and teachers, as both warit to satisfy their audi- he enjoyed the music and the re- Ciesielski demonstrates, do have ences, and if they do their jobs actions of the audience. He wrote much in common-they both well, both audiences will be bet- most of the songs that they per- have the power to inspire.

This ain't no turkey Thanksgiving goes from religous ritual to worldwide web By Brooke Shaffer

TWO WORKS BY SENIOR ART MAJOR SCOTT KRICHAU were selected to the Great Plains Undergraduate show at Emporia State (KS) Universitl,J Dec. 2-13. Krichau's box construction pieces (Tomorrow is onll,J an excuse awav and Tao and Terrv [pictured]) are elegible for further awards.

When you think of Thanksgiving, what do you think of? Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie? Thanksgiving is a day set aside for giving thanks to God with feasting and prayer for blessings received during the year. Many believe that the first Thanksgiving in America was celebrated by a feast, but in fact the day was a required religious ritual. Oil Dec. 4, 1619 a group of 38 English settlers arrived at what is now Charles City, VA. The group's charter required that the day of arrival be observed yearly as a day of thanks to God. The pilgrims did have a feast in 1621 after their first harvest, and it is this feast which people often

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refer to as the "The First Thanksgiving." It is believed that the first harvest feast was eaten out-of-doors because the colonists didn't have a building large enough to accommodate everyone. Indigenous people were. definitely among the invited guests, and it is probable that turkey (roasted but not stuffed) and pumpkin pie found their way to the table. The feast went on for three days and included wild fowl and venison provided by the Native Amerkans. In the United States today Thanksgiving is a time for family, food and football that marks the unofficial beginning of the holiday season.. Many people get off work, and college students get dismissed from classes so America can spend


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By Tess Gruber A talent show sponsored by CAB was held in the Coffee House Nov. 4. The competition was open to PSC faculty, staff and students. Prize money was given to the top three performers. Student Program Director Barb Lewellen was very impressed by those who signed up and admired their courage for performing in front of such a large crowd. Lewellen also expressed appreciation to the three judges who had to make the difficult decision of who the winners would be. Judge Dr. Bill Clemente also admired the courage of those who showed everyone their talent.

Contestants were judged on personality, integrity, audience appeal and intensity. Steve Jirsa won the $100 first prize for his solo, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling". Jirsa is involved in choir, swing choir and madrigal choir, and with his prize money plans to take some friends out to eat, and then save the rest. Holly Bell won the $75 secpnd place prize for her solo, "From a Distance," and picked up $75 for her effort, and Keri Hein took third place for her entertaining tap routine. A good time was had by all, and plans are already under way for a third annual PSC Talent Show this same time next year.

(TOP LEFT) Sophomore Mott Asher shows his craft. (TOP) Listening to freshman Hollv Bell's heart-felt rendition of "From a Distance" could bring a tear to almost anvone's eve. She took home second place. (BOTTOM) First place winner Steve Jirsa. senior. doesn't just get down on one knee to serenade "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." -photos bv Heather (Lavson) McKov



(TOP) Freshman Keri Hein strikes a pose during her tap routine en route to her third place finish. (RIGHT) Judges Peggv Groff and Chervl Frver look intentlv at the current contestant. Dr. Bill Clemente looks for the gong. -photos bv Heather (Lovson) McKov

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Let's Add Red to C Peru State College's Homecoming 1996 paraded under the theme of "Let's Add Red to Our White and Blue." Spirit week began Monday with line dancing at noon and concluded with blue and white (with a touch of red) day on Friday. Homecoming day kicked off with a parade followed by the football game, the crowning of royalty, the half-time Band-0-Rama and the traditional homecoming dance. PSC students demonstrated their enthusiasm and patriotism through the numerous homecoming/spirit week events. On Monday, in addition to the line dancing at noon, Campus Activities Board sponsored its second annual talent show. Cash prizes were awarded for first, second and third places. Tuesday featured the baby picture contest and game night which was held in the basement of the Student Center. On Wednesday diners were entertained by the PSC kazoo band playing their rendition of our fight song. On Thursday one fortunate person was awarded a prize just for sitting in the right chair. Thursday was also the night for the traditional bonfire and pep rally. ¡ On Friday PSC students showed their school spirit and support by dressing up in their blue and white. Some lucky fan had the opportunity to strut his stuff in a new Peru State sweatshirt given away that noon. But all of this was just an introduction to the big finale on Saturday. The day began with a parade maintaining the "Let's Add Red to Our White and Blue" theme. Various organizations competed for the best homecoming float. After the parade, the Bobcats were fired up and ready to play football. Following the uniting of bands for the annual Band-0-Rama at halftime, PSC watched the crowning of their elected 1996 homecoming King, Spencer Duncan, and Queen, Jonee Roach; royalty included Sara Anton speech/theatre/special ed.; Shanda Hahn, English; Terry Rice, health/physical ed.; and Jermaine Sharpe, psychology I sociology. Past royalty were invited to attend the coronation. On the heels of a 42~0 shut out, energy was high and Peru students--past and present--were ready to dance. And Homecoming 1996 came to a close.

(TOP) Competition was fierce as four PSC students struggled to maintain their , ¡ honor in an intense fooseball match during Gome Night held on Tuesdav in conjunction with sprit week held Nov. 48. -photo bt,J Heather (Lovson) McKav (LEFT) The Peru State mascot gives a generous wave and a flirtatious wink to the crowd as he passes during the parade on Saturdat,J. The parade set the tone for the rest of the homecoming festivities. -photo bt,J Terrv Dugan (RIGHT)"! said bong the drum slowlv!" But when vou have a groove on and the crowd is pumping. the man with the base drum is the crowd's best friend. -photo bt,J Terrv Dugan

This vears roval court included (TOP) Queen Janee Roach and (RIGHT) King Spencer Duncan: junior representatives Meghan Gilligan and Russ Olsen: sophomore representatives Tara Bennett and Seren Humburg: and freshman representatives Melina Pankau and Sam Klein.


(LEFT) A large man in blue with his arms wrapped completelv around anvthing in white that moves was a familiar sight at the game against Midland Lutheran. The Bobcats finished the celebration bv winning 42-0. -photo bv Andrea Tee


(TOP) Not to be outshined bv their female counterparts (the home11ing queens), 25 members of the undeafeated 1953 Peru State otball team, who were responsible for eight of the 26 consecutive ns in the earlv '50s, braved the cold in their triumphant return. ~er in the dav these gridiron gods of vestervear took there place in ,torv as thev were inducted into the Peru State College Football )Ii of Fame. -photo bv Terrv Dugan ~EFT) Members of the Omaha based Over the Hill Drum Line gave

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JUI "The Rifle" Madsen named player of the year candidate By Andrea· Tee This issue's intramural "Player of the Year" candidate is yet another member of the championship football team 'Piece of Pie': Jill Madsen, senior biology major: She played· quarterback for the team and out threw most of the guy quarterbacks from the other teams. In one game in which the pressure was on Madsen, her opponents underestimated the ability of her arm. She hit her teammate Chad Koehler with a 40 yard touchdown pass. When asked why she thought 'Piece of Pie'.'c prevailed she commented, "Our wins came from a combiation of good play by both the guys and.the girls. We played as a team, never gave . up and everybody was in it to win it!" When she isn't using her bionic arm, she enjoys other sports: dancing, playing continental rummy with her Siamese twin, Kelli, and dreaming about big, juicy double cheeseburgers from Hardee's. J~ll, may all of your dre~ms come true!

WHEN Will TEAMS REALIZE THAT IT TAKES MORE THAN THREE guvs to stop tight end John Widick? Afte PSC's 42-0 white washing of Midland Lutheran, the Bobcats improved their record to 7-2 with one game to gc until plavoffs. PSC is currentlv ranked 21st in NAIR Division II. - photo by Andrea iee

Bobcats tear through opposition Defensive line proves "size isn't everything" By Matt Maxwell

tailback Anthony Lee and wideout Todd Liberty. Your Peru State Bobcats got back The Bobcat running game drew on track these last two weeks blood as well. Fullback Jeremy . chalking up two wins and keep-. Martensen ran over the right side ing their playoff hopes alive. The of the line for an eight-yard touch'Cats, now 7 - 2 on the season, down, and Seren Hum:berg ran traveled to Panhandle State Uni- out of the backfield to the left for versity Nov. 2 for their sixth win a 45-yard score. of the year 40 - 15. After returnJust to show that the 'Cats were ing to Peru, they whipped Mid- firing on ill cylinders, place kicker land Lutheran College 42 - 0 at Jeff Morgan got into the offensive homecoming. · act going 4-4 on PAT's and kickPent State made a nine hour trip ing two long field goals from 42 to Goodwill, OK to meet Pan- and 49 yards out. handle State, and they didn't seem Stinson led PSC on offense with a bit pleased about it. The Bob- his best passing performance of cats jumped on Panhandle early the year. He completed 32 of 51 in the second quarter and didn't passes, throwing completions to let up until the final gun sounded. eight different Bobcat receivers for PSC wideout Zach Sangster 385yards and 3 touchdowns. His started the rout, hauling in quar- favorite target was wideout Terry terback Jamie Stinson' s pass from Rice who brought in 12 catches for fourteen yards out for the game's 162 yards. first touchdown. Stinson later P-State was fired up for homethrew touchdown strikes to coming last Saturday, and Mid-

land Lutheran College ran headon into a dominant pack of Bobcats. The 'Cats controlled both sides of the ball all afternoon as they out-gained Midland in total yards 47G to 186. Offensively, PSC continued to distribute the ball to a variety of players. Stinson again completed passes to eight receivers, including Sangster who tallied a game high 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. The 'Cats were equally diverse in the rushing game as 10 different ball carriers rushed the ball 45 times for just under 200 yards. Defensively; P-State was nothing short of devastating. The 'Cats held Midland to little more than 2 1/2 yards per play on their way to pitching a shutout. P-State plays Nebraska Wesleyan Saturday in Peru. It is the final regular season game of the year, and the 'Cats need a win to stay in playoff contention.

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By Clint Edwards Size isn't everything. How many times have you heard a guy say that? Well there are a group of guys who live and die by that motto. They are members of the Peru State College football team. Tait Whorlow, junior secondary math major, Erek Tuma, sophomore undecided, and Dave Reilly, junior wildlife management major, make up the defensive line. Whorlow is 6' and 187 lbs., Tuma is 5'9 , 200 lbs., and Reilly is 6', 205 lbs, Unlike senior criminal justice major and fellow lineman Jermaine Sharpe (6 ', 245), these guys don't fit the.prototype for defensive linemen, but don't tell them that. They are part of the reason the Bobcats are 7-2 and ranked 21st in the nation. T_hese linemen give up an average of 60 lbs. each every time they step on the field. Why are they are so successful? Whorlow had an answer for that: "We as a

whole have to be quicker than the man across from us, we have tc anticipate things and get to om assigned spots." Sounds pretty easy doesn't it? The only thing i~ there may be a guy across from you who weighs300 pounds and is going to try to stop you from getting to that spot. So far this \season that hasn't been a problem for these guys. Tuma attributed his success to the deferisive scheme that utilizes his quickness and puts him in a better position to make plays, which is what the defense has done so far this year. Only one team has scored a touchdown from inside the Bobcat five yard line. That team was Chadron State,.an NCAA division II team, and even they only scored once out of three tries. The linemen also said it helps to have a veteran like Sharpe line up with them. Whatever these guys are doing, it's working. With continued success they can prove to the whole country that size isn't everything.

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It's do or die time for volleyball squad By Greg Wolfe "It's always tough to lose and know that you played well," comnented head volleyball coach fodd Jensen on the loss to Rockhurst in the Midwest Region [ndependent Tournament last weekend. The 'Cats entered the :oumament seeded second ina six :earn field. They had a bye into the ;emi-finals where they crushed Briar Cliff in three straight sets only to go on to the finals to meet he #7 ranked team in the nation. Last weekend "was the best statistically we've played all year," said Coach Jensen. The team hit almost 90 percent above their season average and also averaged 5 '<ills and 2 blocks above their season averages. "It wasn't that we didn't play well," said sophomore Dana Stube,"Rockhurst just has a bigger team than us, and they made fewer mistakes." When asked what could have been done to win ~he added, "We have to put the ball away the first chance we get instead of giving them a second ?pportunity to do the same." The Bobcats didn't come out of :he weekend empty handed

though. "Rockhurst is an extremely talented team with few weak spots,"-commented student assistant David Collin. "It was a real positive experience to play such a highly ranked team that is so well respected throughout the nation and prove that we.can stick with them." The match did not go unnoticed as the ladies were rewarded for their efforts by being bumped up two spots in the national rankings to 19th. There were other spectacular efforts that were also rewarded. The first was senior Tracy Cochran who was named the Midwest Region Player of the Week for October 20-26. She had outstanding performances in victories over York, Graceland, and Doane where she averaged 4 kills per game which exceeded her season average of 2.86 kills per game. The second and most recent was

Kendra Jacobson tying her own season record for aces with 7 in the match versus Rockhurst last weekend and adding to her season total of 85 aces. Next on tap for the Lady Cats is to host a first round regional - quarterfinal match tomorrow afternoon following the football game at 4:30 in the AWAC. The women could use all of our support before heading out on the road for further playoff matches. So walk up to the AWAC after the football game and lets ''blow the. roof of the place" in support of the ladies. The Bobcats have also announced the date and time for tryouts for players interested in playing volleyball next year. They will be from 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24. Anyone interested should contact Coach Jensen at 872-2297.

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TEAM DIGS LEADER JAISA KAPPAS seNes up an offering for the other team, but will it come back? The 19th ranked Bobcats begin their postseason Sat. Nov_ 16 at home. -photo by Andrea Tee

When the money's down, the stakes _Gambling and betting on college underwater basket weaving :earns is at an all-time high. The ,,veavers, fans and even the basket material makers are in on the action. The phones are ringing off. the hook for the underwater basC<et weaving bookies-and they ~ven have three way calling and '69 which allows the bookies to ·~ach the callers that try to call .inder a different name because they haven't paid their d~bts. The pools, now there's a sell out ':rowd. The pools are so crowded wit,h spectators/ fans/ gamblers that the underwater basket weavers can't even make their way to their starting weave position without a dozen people saying, "You're the man, I've gof my -.ouse down payment on you. Oon't let me down." At Dontu Beweaveme Univeriity, 13 basket weavers have been .uspended for gambling and two "Veavers have been found to have

bet against themselves. their own team too. I guess some Henning Waters, head coach for _University's just never learn! DBU's basket weaving team, As these men have just been acstated· that the two weavers ac- cused and suspended, the cused of betting against them- NBWCA (National Basket Weavselves are Scouba Anderson and ing College Association) is going Breath Bembre. The other 11 to review each case. weavers are accused of betting on As- for this issues "tush" on the the Bingo World Series and the tush rating system, Henning WaNBWL (National Basket Weaving ters, coach of DBU's underwater League). .,. basket weaving team, receives a 0 The bets ranged fro1n $25- (zero) on the scale to match what's $1,000. But these amounts of going to happen to his players that money along with these actions are suspended. Besides, I couldn't are nothing new to DBU; it's just even make out where his butt isa re-opened wound. In the '78-'79 it blends in with his backside . synchronized swimming season, Now, don't be surprised, but some of the swimmers bet against DBU isn't the only college where

students are involved in illegal sports gambling. In fact, a study was done at PSC and found that 1 out of 3 students participate in illegal_gambling, 40 percent have had a problem gambler family member or friend and 5 percent have been pathological gamblers. Even though PSC's underwater basket weaving team folded in about 1874, the students sport gamblers have taken to other sports. For example, there is a betting pool known as Fantasy Football League where students get together and draft players to make up their own teams and put in anywhere from $50-$100 a pop. Students are also getting in on the sports betting action through - the Internet. · There are Fantasy Hockey League teams being chosen and money involved, but this is legal! Now, someone tell me the difference between drafting ones

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own team and betting on a NFL team. They both involve money and lots of it! But, I would say the big question is: Is it the betting that's the big deal to the College or the betting against one's own team that's the big deal? Since betting on sports has been around since sports ·were invented, and it's obvious that everybody's doing it (at least people are getting caught at it and aren't covering their tracks very well), I would say that the betting against one's own team seems to be the big No-No, according to coaches, players and the NCAA. The bigger penalty is headed toward the two members of the underwater basket weaving team of Boston College, er... um, DBU who bet against their own team. And I only hope these players won't look at the latest line in the paper before they strap_ on the pads for the next game.


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Kreklau says team may need a few games before they come together By Jen Froeschl

She jumps ... she shoots... s_he scores! That's right folks, the Lady Bobcat basketball season is under way. The Bobcats, coached by Tara Kreklau and new assistant coach Jack Denker, ended the 95-96 season with a 8-19 record. Senior co-captains, 5'7" Jill Schulte and 5'9" Angie Hubach, will lead the team this season. "With their experience, they will play well for us and provide us with solid leadership," said Kreklau. Kreklau is very pleased with the effort the team is putting forth in practice and with the progress they are making. The main concern right now is keeping everyone healthy. Nearly every player has missed practice because of injury or illness at some point during pre-season practice. "If we can get everyone healthy and keep them healthy, we should . have a solid team," Kreklau said. Celeste Nolte, 5'11" sophomore, will also be a key player. Nolte joined the team last spring after transferring from Benedictine College in Atchison FRESHMAN BRANDI BUCK practices laying up the rock in an afternoon KS, and only played in the few repractice. The women's team started this season by beating ·Graceland maining games of the season. Kreklau said that it has been nice College. 80-68 on Nov. 9. -photo by Heather (Layson) McKay to have Nolte go through pre-sea-

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son practice with the team. "She is an outstanding athlete who will especially help us in the rebounding department." she said. Amy Petry, 5'7" sophomore is recovering from foot surgery, but she will also see a lot of action this season. Newcomers expected to make immediate-contributions include three juniors from community colleges: 5'5" Erin Mahlberg, 5'9" Steph Hornung and 5'11" Leslie Stillmock. DeeAnn Othmer, a 5' 10" freshman, will also be a major asset. "When we get a few games under our belts everything will start to come together. We'll be comfort_able working with each other and we'll be successful," Nolte said. "Our overall goal is to be the best basketball team we cai:i be by the end of the season," Kreklau concluded.

Peru State men's basketball team grabbed third place at the Mid America Nazarene College tournament last weekend. The Bobcats fell victim to Bartlesville Wesleyan in the first round of the tournament, 73-76. The injury-ridden Bobcats outshot Bartlesville (who only played seven men) by draining 59 percent of their shots from the field. However, Peru State's demise laid in the charity stripe where the Bobcats made four of their 10 shots while Bartlesville drained 26 of 31. Bobcat senior Tom Riley shot the lights out. He made all five of his three point attempts on his way to the team high 24 points. Another senior, Chris James grabbed five boards, and freshman Jermal Ward dished out seven assists in the loss. A different story developed iI1 the consolation game as the Bobcats b~at Mid America Bible College up like your little brother iI1 front of his friends, 87-55. Peru PERU STATE (80) State shot 50 percent from th€ GRACELAND (68) field en route to the victory. Schulte 6-10 4-7 16, Smallfoot 0-0 0Ward led the team in points 0 0, Othmer 1-6 :i-2 3, Mahlberg 0-1 and steals with 19 and eight, re1-2 1, Nolte 7-14 4-5 18, Hubach 6- spectively. Junior Matt Maxwell 10 6-10 18, Petry 5-11 0-0 12, made the paint his second homE Hornung 5-6 0-2 13, Stilmock 1-8 O~ by bullying five defensivE 0 2,Sydow 0-0 0-0 0, Buck 0-1 0-0 0 boards. He led the team with six.

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was a lack of consistency. "When we played wen, we Get one game better. could beat anybody in the counCoach John Gibbs sees this as try," said Gibbs. He also pointed one of the goals of the men's bas- out that the team, which came on ketball team who lost in the re- strong the end of last year, has gional finals last year. now played together for ayear. InjtJ!ies plagued the Bobcats this With seven seniors on the team, off-season with nine of the 16 experience and consistency will player~ either currently injured or bring the Bobcats to the top of the coming off an injury. With the pack-'-Once they shake off the inteam playing 14 of the first 20 jury bug. games on the road, minimal reReturning players include secovery time starids out as a con- niors Lance Cohn, Scott Daniell cern. (co-captain), Lawrence Hollier, "We need to survive the first Damarcus Johnson, Greg Thomptwo-thirds of the schedule, then son and ToirL Riley (co-captain). get healthy in a hurry," said Gibbs, Junior Roy Burton and sopho[)on't let this injury talk throw more Shawn Gibbs also rejoin the you; the Bobcats will play and Bobcats for the 1996-97 excursion. win. Gibbs says the team is. farNo one can accuse the Bobcats ther all.ead now than they were in of being a small team. Expect the January of last year. Last year's inside game -to improve with the big problem, according to Gibbs, additions of 6' 8" sophomore Jeff

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Curry, 6' 7" senior Chris James and 6' 5" junior Matt Maxwell. Not to be overshadowed by the size inside, Jermel Ward, 5' 7" freshman and brother of second year assistant coach Fredd Ward, steps directly into the starting point guard position. Along with the new additions, Peru State enjoys the luxury of playing eight of the last 10 games at home. The regional tournament will be held at one site this year-another luxury farther down the road. Last year, the BobcatS traveled · to Louisiana and Wisconsin as they progressed in the tournament. The first-ranked team in the region will host the entire tournament. Gibbs wants to see Peru host the festivities.

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end to track, but will it ever be back?

and .outdoors. At this time, PSC bined.. Although many regretted tics, wrestling, cross country, golf dent of student affairs, saic "There has not been any recei did not have the Al Wheeler Ac- eliminating the program, it and tennis disappear. Runners to your mark. ..set...GO! tivity Center; instead they had the seemed the only solution to meet The .elimination.of track was to discussion about the future plar Those sounds echoed aroµnd Old G~. Intended as a chapel, the decrease in budget. , be indefinite, and almost ten years of pursuing another track tear Vince Henzel, director of sports later, Peru State has still not seen Right now it is more of a gend1 Peru State only ten years ago. this building was now used as a equality issue. The college h; Today, the track and its members gym where teams practiced but information in 1987, recalls the .the return of a track team. are only memories. The team that never hosted meets due to lack of event, "It was an unexpected situWill track ever exist again at the three men's sports and thn once led the pack has packed up facilities. ation, but the participation was "Campus of a Thousand Oaks"? women's sports as far as fundir and went home. In May 1987, a The track team's best years were not high and the visibility was Dr. Daryll Hersemann, vice presi- is concerned." 50 percent state cut finished three 1968-1971. During this time, Peru even lower." . mtercollegiate sports at PSC, and State named Jack Weyers its first Due to the legislative cut, athtrack was one of them. and only four time All-American. letes and coaches were eliminated MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Track held a 63-year tradition of Weyers led the Bobcats to count- along with scholarship money $2.50 PITCHERS 7-CLOSE excellence at PSC. The program less victories and the NAIA cham- and budget expenses. Several stubegan in 1924 as a solely men's pionship title in 1970. Although dents, deciding not to enroll at FOOD SPECIALS MUNCHIES sport. Over the years, fac~lities the track team excelled over. the Peru State the following semester, and membership grew. The track years, it was not a dominant sport looked to attend colleges that still WEDNESDAYS ARE itself encircled the Oak Bowl and producing the financial stability of offered track. was considered a cinder track sec- other sports such as basketball, Track is not the only sport at LADIES NIGHT ond to none in the Missouri Val- football and volleyball. Peru State that has been elimiDJ DRINK SPECIALS ley in the 20's. Participation grew When track reached its end in nated over the years. Since Peru to include both men and women, 1987, only 15 athletes participated sports began in the 20's, Peru State with competition held indoors in track and cross. country com- has seen events such as gymnasBy Gretchen M. Stukcnholtz

November 15, 1996



Creative Writing class bolds SAD LOVE POETRY contest Dr. Bill Clemente, associate professor of English, attempts to put bad habits to good use through his Bad Love poetry contest. Though 'he bad love peoms are not graded, they are required as part of his Creative Writing class. "The :lass has to puteverything they've learned together in an artistically ;1ilarious way. And the winners must do it horribly well;" said Clemente.

This is the fourth year Clemente Clemente believes this year's has taught the class. It is also the class has raised bad taste to a new fourth year the contest has ·been level. "It stands out against bad held. Clemente does this espeially poetry because it has some refor those class members going deeming qualities. In order to do into education. "Not only do they this they have to know how to learn to write (poetry), but they · write because they are consciously feel they can explain it also." trying to break all the rules." .THIRD PLACE

Lamentable Love By Debbie Sailors


fhe Hooker's Lament 3y Melanie Nanse

\Jight after night [ stand on the curb waiting for a Bill or a Stan Jra Herb. ('m looking for love in the back of "ti.scar, :;ometimes it's a hotel ;ometimes it's a bar. With each new man it's love I seek, but it's always ''Wham~bam-thank-you-ma' am-see-you-in-a-week." [get groped md I get humped out it never fails that I get dumped.

You're the only one for me. Without you, I cease to be. Pictures of you line my walls, And, still, you never take my calls. As I watched you day to day, I wondered why you didn't stay. I saw you out with your new friends, Wondering when the agony would end. I knew that soon you'd change your mind To take your place as truly mine. At night, I watched your sleeping face As I lurked about your place. I longed to hear your gentle voice. I realized I had no Q1oice. Of you, I desperately need a part. Your eyes, your lips, your divine heart. My love for you-they said it was a crime, And that is why I'm <loin' time.


I Ain't Nothin' Without You! By Angle Rae Hunzeker Like the bird without its nest, Like the hair without its chest, Like a turkey without its breast! ain't nothin' without you Like the cone without the pine, Like the stop without the sign, Like the back without the spine-I ain't nothin' witl:tout you. Like the pods without their peas, Like the dogs without their fleas, Like the cut without the cheese-I ain't nothin' without you. Like the knee without the leg, Like the beer without the keg, Like the sperm without the eggI ain't nothin' withput you. Like the apple without the core, Like the Al without the Gore, Please make me STOP; I can't take an I ain't nothin' without you. Like the soup without the skin, Like the fish without its fin, Oh, man I wish this poem would end1 AIN'T NOTHIN', NO NOTHIN', WITHOUT YOU, BABY!

'Romeo and Juliet' crossed with stars By Scott Krichau

iTHE ART GUILD IS SELLING T,SHIRTS as a fund raiser for futtJre art:related events both on-and-off campus. \The shirts cost $1 0 and are available in Extra-Large onh,i. Anyone interested in purchasing a T-shir~ should ! contact Peggy Jones, professor of art, in her office. The Art Guild will continue selling the T-shirts until they 'are gone. Aaron Wisdom.senior, art/speech/theater major and Sarah Christensen, senior, art major, try to sell ! T-shir.ts in the Student Center during Homecoming. -photo by Freedom Robinson

Haiku extension of writers' minds

Second Place

On the. more legitimate side of poetry, the Creative Writing class. also held a contest for best haiku.· , A haiku consists of three lines with the first and third Ii.Iles beirig made.up of five sylables while the second line has seven.·

Tearing through blackness Purple, neon light embraces Sight for a moment.

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The Late Show By Melanie Nanse Fireflies flitter to the baritone beat of toads on an ebon stage

Lightening By Angie Hunzeker

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August's Evening Song . By Melanie Nanse Cicadas croon soft melodies; grasses utter secrets to the sky.

The recent release of "Romeo and Juliet" has many teenage girls in an uproar. Even a few of my associates found themselves caught up in the hype. I read the classic tale my freshman year of high school and found it stimulating. I even had the pleasure of viewing an old version of the tale and was honestly bored through most of the film. The newest version had to overcome boredom to be worth the admission. From the opening scene, we are bombarded by graphic images of urban decay and violence. Actual news footage·is used to create a strong sense of emotion and a correlation to our time. The gang ridden streets of a major city create the perfect setting for the modern version. The first interaction with the Capulets and the Montagues takes place at a gas station, when cheesy 70's text appears and tell us who each of the characters are. This method of introduction is used throughout.the film. Shakespearean dialogue can be difficult for those who are uninitiated. Most people know the basic story of "Romeo and Juliet," but many areas of specific dialogue are misunderstood. It is also very difficult to see and hear _modern people speaking the Shakespearean tongue. At a few





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November 15, 199E

Will Guns 'N'- Roses ever get it together1 Ivory Star, billed as Omaha's #1 rock band, played TJ's in Brownville recently. They delivered the goods in traditional rock n' roll fashion with a little ,help from their friends. Speaking of delivering the goods, what in the world is going on with Guns N' Roses? I've heard enough rumors to choke a going on in their chaotic world. horse, and if I hear just one more According to MTV,Axl Rose, who I'll have to call a padded room my owns the rights to the name Guns home. To keep some sanity there N' Roses, fired lead guitarist are a few new "greatest hits" Slash. Slash is now supposedly in packages that don't make you a temporary outfit that plays Chi. blues called wade through songs that are just cago-sty le Bluesbreakers .. But according to filler. On the local level TJ's Tavern last Sunday's World Herald, bassplays host to great bands from all ist Duff McKagen says that G N' 'over. Ivory Star was no exception. R is finally together in the studio The band and a keg was supplied and gathering material for a and all it took was four bucks to record due out next year. There get in the door. There was plenty are also rumors that original of bang for your buck, trust me. rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin The band played simple straight might return to the position he rock that was modem yet not de- vacated five years ago. Three. years have passed since ranged and distorted like so many other "modem rock" bands. They their last album, which was all covered tunes by Blondie, the cover tunes, and it has been five Ramones, and Alanis Morisette years since we heard any new ("Isn't it Iroruc" that such an an- original songs. It only took a few noying woman could sell 12 mil- ·months to record 'Appetite For lion records? Go figure.), as well Destruction' and they were drunk as others. Their original songs and high all the time. Since it were like average bar band mate- couldn't hurt, maybe someone rial, but better. The band Step- should send these guys some child came .to see the show and good drugs and a few cases of almost ended up stealing it play- booze. (donations anyone?) ing songs like Seven Mary Three's C'mon guys, get off your butt. "Cumbersome." They followed The least you could do is give us with their version of "Sweet a live album. Deliver the goods! Recently several "greatest hits" Dreams (are made of these)" that buried Marilyn Manson's rendi- · packages hit the stores. First there tion (I wish someone really would is the Van Halen "Greatest Hits buryMarilynManson. I'll donate Volume 1". David Lee Roth is the the shovel.). Anyway, I don't re- guest singer on .two new tracks. member much of the last set be- This summer the music media cause I made too many trips to the was abuzz concerning the reunion keg and ran into some old class- of Van Halen's original lineup.' mates. All in all Ivory Star put on Dave. should have hoof in mouth disease because his big mouth got good show. As far as Guns N' Roses are con- him kicked out one of the best gigs cerned, God only knows what is in rock n' roll. After ten years of

solo career hell he gets a break anc deddes to blow it to pieces wit! the effects of a sawed-off shotgun What an idiot. Anyway, the al bum is a good collection by a grea band. Roth alleges that the re union was just a publicity stunt which is possible. After all, prio. to the reunion, when was the las time you heard anything abou Van Halen? A couple more retrospectivE packages come from proto-pun1 Iggy Pop and eighties icons Poi son. The Iggy Pop collection take~ this bad boy from his beginningi with the Stooges, a very cool late· sixties Detroit band that was hall way between the Velvet Under· ground and early Alice Cooper Iggy was a punk idol to many, including Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious ·who slowly killed himselJ trying to emulate him. This collection produced by David Bowie contains music from Pop's albums up to the present day. This is a good one to pick up. Regarding Poison, they were a group of posers. They were glam until Guns N' Roses exploded with their "straight from the street" look, which prompted them to take off the make-up. "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" was their only song with any real musical merit. The rest is relegated to good-time nostalgia, which is perfectly fine. It's worth the cash if you've got it just lying around. Last issue's answer is Randy Rhodes. The question this time is: What was Guns N' Roses' first top ten single?

By Scott Krichau and Parry Docksile

December 3, 1996

State College, Peru, NE

Volume 74


II of the best win/loss ratios in the country." The women had only 15 _minutes to prepare for Columbia instead of the weeks· of practice they had for Rockhursi:. "We're all living on a high right now," said Junior Jaisa Kappas, "and I'm not sure it is really going to hit us until we reach San Diego. We know how tough the competition is going to be, so now we just have to get ready." So the women have their work cut out for them in their weeklong preparation for nationals. "We have a great shot at coming out of our pool and reaching the final eight," said coach Jensen. The ladies are in a pool with #1ranked and defending national champions, BYU-Hawaii; #8 Ma-

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FOR THE THIRD TIME IN THE lAST FOUR YEARS, Peru State's vollevboll team qualified for the NAIR notional tournament. Peru will plov Hastings College in the first game of the tournament. which runs from Dec, 4-7 in Son Diego. Here the team celebrates during its win against Graceland, Nov. 16 in the AWAC. -photo by Andrea Tee

Students can juggle children and school By Juliane lee

Imagine waking up at 5 a.m:, eating breakfast, showering and getting dressed each morning so you can leave for school by 7:30 a.m. Sounds pretty easy, doesn't it?_ Now add waking up your baby, who is stilLtired _and very cranky; getting him bathed, dressed and fed; making bottles; packing plenty of diapers, extra clothes, teething gel, baby aspirin, a favorite toy or blanket and anything else he might need into the diaper bag and getting him off to the baby sitter all by 7:30 a.m.doesn't sound quite as easy anymore does it? Well, this hectic routine is what

many students face each morning before most Peru students even think about rolling out of bed. As more and more parents of young children are deciding to go back to college, they are encountering the dilemma of juggling both child care and school. Accomplishing both tasks can be a pretty hard battle to win. As parents, they owe it to their child to be the most loving and caring individuals in lp.s life. As students, they owe it to them~ selves to study hard and to get good grades. For senior language arts/secondary ed. major JenFroeschl, the hardest part is finding time to do homework. "Now I have to wait until my

eight-month-old son Chaz goes to sleep before I start on homework. I don't have any other time to spend with him, so I have to make the sacrifice. Sometimes I don't get any sleep at all, but in the long run it is worth it," she said. Little things that most students take for granted are what bother Shannon KUhlmann, senior biological science/wildlife ecology major. She is at school from nine to five every Monday through Friday and finds it hard to be able to schedule things, like appointments. "If my four-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, needs to go to the doctor,

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We're heading to nationals. For the third time in four years the PSC women's volleyball team is going to the national tournament. They fought through the season to make it to last weekend's regional tournament with a 38-11 record and a #4 regional ranking. Their first match in the tournament pitted them against the fifthranked team in the nation and host, Rockhurst. "We knew that if we beat Rockhurst we'd be going to nationals," said Coach Todd Jensen. So the team dedicated practices for weeks prior to the tournament preparing for Rockhurst. The practice paid off., The women fought the tourney's top ~eed tooth ~-···-~·---~·-··---------~------~--·.,---·--···~~·--··,-and nail 6-15, 15-13, 18-16, 6-15, and won the last game in rally 17-15 to pUll off the upset and clinch their spot in the national tournament. "We knew we had it in us," commented Coach Jensen. "We reached our first goal of reaching the na- -~----------·--------·­ tional tournament but set our sights on our next goal of leav- donna (MI); the host team, Point ing the regional tourney with two Loma Nazarene from San Diego wins." and Hastings College. "We knew-we could play with a Unfortunately that goal did not materialize. The regional final top-ranked tea:m like Rockhurst," matched them up with the sixth said Kendra Corey. "Now we're ranked team in the nation, Colum- heading to San Diego with a goal bia. of reaching the final eight and seeThe Columbia College team ing where we can go from there." A top eight finish would be the headed into the match with a 39 1 record, losing only three games best ever by a women's volleyover the entire season. The PSC ball team from Peru. The women women lost the first game 9-15, are setting their goals on the final but rebounded to take the second eight, but of course reaching the game 15-7 and hand Columbia championship would be nice. only its fourth loss of the season "We would love to bring home a before they finis}1ed off the lady banner to hang up next to the 1991 Cats 6-15 and 9-15. football championship season," Despite the loss, "We're still sat- said Coach Jensen. "We would isfied," said junior Kendra Corey. also like to bring the banner home Coach Jensen said of the loss: "It to Nebraska and be the first nonwas a huge accomplishment taking a game from a team with one Continued on page 2

CAB wins four awards By Amanda• Burley

Peru $tate's Campus Activities Board received four first-place awards at the regional Heart of America Conference held Nov. 8. The 16 members of the CAB executive committee were led by CAB President, Shanda Hahn. They were among almost_800 students from various states to attend the Omaha conference. CAB took first place in all four contests entered. The fall 1996 activities calendar was named the "''Best Multi-Color Poster." The Spring Fling program was awarded "Best Series Program," and the Spring Fling t-shirts won "Best Non-Poster Publicity." The

"Most Outstanding Program" award was given for the Big Brother /Big Sister program. . The National Association of Campus Activities holds a regional and a national conference annually. This year's conference included educational sessions involving improvement of creativity, motivation and multi-cultural activities. A showcas;e .of various -mainstage' artists. performed, rangihg from comedians to musical· groups._ · Hahn sa:id CAB picked up helpful hints on improvihg publicity and holding mee.tings, CAB also goi: ideas for performers they will bring to campus in the future.




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What do you want for

Christmas? You better watch out

Santa's coming to town Santa Claus will be in the CofThis holiday party is a great opfee House Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 portunity to bring your children a.m. to campus and let them see where Santa will come packed to the you spend so much of your time brim with treats, gifts and fun for and to have a GREAT morning. your children. Please sign up you and your After the children visit with children on the doors of the CAB Santa for a while, the movie "Toy office in the Student Center by Story" will be featured. · Thanksgiving Break.

Graduating students need to contact Financial Aid Students planning to graduate this December who have received student loans from Peru State or any other school are required to complete an exit interview with the PSC Financial Aid office. Exit interviews can be completed Dec. 4-5 between 11 a.m.

Alan Mlndaeo

Tyler Waggoner

son of Robert and Kim Mlndaeo

daughter of Angel Waggoner

"I want a.Power Ranger."

"I want a Barbie doll."

Samantha Graham

Kayla and Alaina Henzel

daughter of Wes and Jane Graham

daughters of Vince and Bonnie Henzel

"I want a BIG truck."

"We want a Barney doll."

Devon Anderson

Katie Klubertanz

son of Dan and Theresa Anderson

daughter of Dr. Thomas and Theresa Klubertanz

"lwant a blinking tractor; a big, huge truck and an animal to put in it."

and 1 p.m. in the Student Center. Students hoping to receive financial aid for next semester must preregistar before any aid can be processed. Those hoping to receive their funding in time for fee payment must preregister now.

Bryant Seeley son of laura Seeley

"I want a space shooter."

Taylor Rogers daughter of Melissa Rogers "I want lots of toys."


Continued on page 2 Nebraska and be the first nonwest coast or Hawaiian team to win the NAIA national volleyball championship." The Bobcats wilJ depart for the 20-team national tourney on Tues~ day. They will play in pool-play Wednesday through Friday with fom; pools of five teams. The top 'two teams frori:t'each.pool ad·vance-to a smgle-eliininatiorrtournamenf.with the quarterfinals beginning Friday and the semifinals and finals on Saturday. Well, good luckladies and heed the words of wisdom from teammate Kendra Corey: ''We made it to nationals. We've got nothing to lose, so we're just going to play ball's out." ·

"I want a baby doll."

Dec. 4, 3:45 p.m.- vs. Hastings College Dec. 5, 1 :30 p.m.- vs. (# 1) Bringham Young-Hawaii Dec. 5, 8:15 p.m.- vs. (#8) Madonna:(MI) bec:·6,'1:30 p.m .....:._ vs. Point Loma Nazarene (CA)

2-6 AIDS awareness week 7 Holiday- party featuring treats. Santa and the movie "Toy Story" l 0:30 a.m .. Student Center


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13-15 Madrigal Dinner, 7 p.m. Student Center

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Choir Concert. 3 p.m. College Theater


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Holidav dinner and dance--' dinner at regular time. dance at 9 p.m .. Student Center

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Foreign· countries spend too many nights out on the town

Staff opinion CAB unites school and family

Campus Activities Board is at it again. As if winning four· awards was not enough, CAB is now pursuing the youngest of Peruvians and should be commended. CAB already does so much for the students of PSC. A lot of energy is 'focused on entertaining and educating the more traditional students, but the children's holiday party is a wonderful way to link the Peru students and their families to the college. · One of the strengths of PSC is the tremendous amount of support for those trying to balance a family and an education. This level of personalization can rarely be found on a larger campus. But CAB has recognized that these families need to be a part of the whole "campus experien,ce," an experience that goes beyond attending classes. Family is as much, if not more, a part of these students' lives as classes themselves, and we thank CAB for their efforts to draw the two together.

Drunk driving responsible for. suffering and anguish By Gretchen M. Stukenholtz

Picture this. A crowd of 44,000 gathered in a sea of red and white at Memorial Stadium. A television ·camera scanstheindividucilfaces-some excited, some nervous-all out for a good time. The number of people in this huge crowd is the same number of people who will die this year in automobile accidents. Out of those 44,000-plus people, half will die in alcohol-related accidents. All of us have known of someone who has been seriously injured or even killed in an alcoholrelated accident. That someone in my life is my sister, Janie. A few months ago, she .w~s. injure9-i11 ~-~t-1md-run accidel'ff. · ~ '. : . > > :<< · Most people who·have suCh a' traumatic event in their lives usually don't walk away from it the same. My sister is one of many· victims of alcohol-re1ated accidents who wakes having the same recurring nightmare or joins thousands of people who

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, Well, we're doing it againL The president is sending troops to another foreign country to prove that we are still the world's only remaining superpower. This is 11 supposed" to be part of a United Nations multi-national force program to aid the refugees in the war-torn Central Africa debacle, which is euphemistically called arising nationalism. Do we have to always be so "politically" correct that we are afraid to call it for what it is-an ongoing tribal, genocidal warfare that has been there for centuries. Do you think the countries involved are going to pay for this venture? How about the United Nations? Wrong, again. It's going to be you and me, the American taxpayer. This little venture will cost us about $3 million per day, once it getsgoing. Withouralreadyhuge defidt spending problems, the nation~! debt, our decaying education systems, urban and rural

have a permanent fear of driving. They all ask, "Why?" So I ask you the same question. "Why?" Why is it so incredibly By Kim Milligan hard not to get behind the wheel America is buzzing with talk of after you've been drinking? Is it because you feel invincibl~ and the Army sex scandal. So far, 4,000 women· have called you think it could never happen to you? Before my sister was in- the Army's special hotline to rejured in a hit-and-run accident, I port sexual harassment. It is too easy to becavalier and too felt this kind of thing only happens to other people. Wake assume, as an Army generar· speaking publicly has, that sexual up! It happens every day.. The man responsible for my harassment must be more widesister's injuries drives the street spread than people thought. today. He left her in the middle There are two huge flaws in this of the highway at night, her car assumption. The first flaw is the broad, allso mangled we could barely tell it was hers. He probably thought encompassing definitibn of sexual she was dead. He was wrong. I harassment .. Many think that wonder if he asks himself, sexual harassment means that a male boss tells a female employee "Why?" .· .Ute b_Qttpm line is .that t:h6 deci· that she will not get a raise or pro~si6n to dri.ri:k an'd .dri\re. is tilti~ : motion unless she performs mately up to you. You must take · sexual favors. That is not the entire definition. responsibility for tbe consequences of your actions. Today, Now it means anything, from thedrunkdriverisnolongerper- comments and jokes to touching, ceived sympatheticaij.y but as a that could possibly be construed public menace. The question is as sexual and could offend someone in the workplace. The person clear. "Why drink and drive?"

poverty here in Anlerica, I would think that here is where the money is needed. I believe that America can no longer afford multi-million and multi-billion dollar national ego flexing and flag waving abroad. Remember some of those proud moments in recent history where we spent billions and wasted American lives? And when we left, the people we were supposed to be helping booed us out of their countries. · Somalia is a country in name only. It's total anarchy. Wearrived as heroes and left as failures. Bosnia is turning out to be another example of misguided national

Huge flaws in assumption of sexual harassment making the claim determines what sexual harassment is, and the intent of the.accused is not important. The second gaping flaw in the assumption that sexual harassment must be prevalent is undoubtedly tJ:i.e most in!felicate, politically incorrect one to bring up. Very bluntly, it is this: some women fabricate sexual harassment claims. Evidence for a sexual harassment lawsuit is easy to-find if one goes looking for itno boss is totally antiseptic in . dealing with his employees. A woman who is unhappy with her boss has tremendous power. A sexual harassment claim is sure to damage ·his career, if not destroy it, especi~lly if an investigation is. paI-1; ofl)is permanent performance' records: (as it iS in the Army).· The number of sexual harassment claims that are fabricated is a matter of debate and speculation. But fabrica~on does happen.

Advisors should be helpful in answering most of your ques"You'll be assigned an adviso~ tions or referring you to other to help you figure out your class faculty who can help you. schedule ... " They can also be good at lis. If we think back, we all heard tening to your scheduling consomething similar to this in our flicts, but they cannot be exearly days at PSC. But to what pected to know everything about intensity have we expected that every class or all the. requireadviso.r's 'help'? ments for each degree. Do you plan all your courses Ultimately, it is our education, and then talk them over with and we should plan for it. The your advisor, explaining·how key to making our time in class they fit in completing your de- count here at Peru State is pregree? Or do you head to your planning. Consult the college advisor expecting them to know catalog to see what courses, tests all the courses you need and to and competencies your degree give you 'interesting and fun' requires' classes that don't start before 11 When schedules come out, plan a.m.? several alternatives. If you have The majority of us probably fall questions about a specific class, somewhere between these two ask the instructor. extreme examples. Then try to use your advisor Many students need to under- more for professional feedback stand that advisors are there to than as main facilitator of your . them,. not do it for them.:~;;.sch=..e._d-'u'""l._..e_.__

By Joy Huber

sent my friend on her way, assuring her that I did, indeed, have a ride. Waiting, I contemplated how I had come to be in such a situation. Was I searching for some musical fountain of youth as part of some grand plan to recaptute my younger days? When my ride arrived, only moments passed before I realized the answer to my question. Who needs to go back to school to feel truly young again? Why see fresh new bands for a fountain-ofyouth fix? All you really need to do is climb, once again, into the back seat of your parents' car and hear, once again, that ageless question:

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I personally know of two teenage girls who brag about concocting a sexual harassment charge that cost their manager his job. His crime: he yelled at them and made them wash dishes. . Of course,. woinen nee4 leg;'ll'1u~s. to_e11suie ~t#leih.V..oi:kplaces are free from deliberate sexual harassment or degradation. The good-ole boy attitude that a woman's primary value lies between her legs is difficult to overcome, especially when it pervades the way women are perceived on the job. But sexual harassment has come full circle. Once men lorded their power over women in the workplace by demanding sexual favors as a qualification for promotion. Now it seems women have gained the opposite power-the power to destroy a man's career by calling "sexual harassment." Is this the kind of equality we want?

Students can't expect advisors to map out future for them

Be ·careful for what you wish Ahh, youth! ·Some who possess it squander it, wishing for the fu- ture. Some of µs; just slightly past· . prime-time; may find ourselves. - : pining for days gone by, when skin was sinooth and thighs were firm. · While I don't advocate welcoming the passage of youth with things· alternative band. The open arms, I also realize that an crowd, a mixture of young and all-out battle against aging is em- not-so-youngsters, saw a great barrassing. Perhaps just a little show. Driving home, we excitedly shoving match is in order. rehashed the night of music. For instance, I am back in school, As We parted ways at-Trail's End spending time with students of all in Rockport,lhappily hopped out ages_many younger than me. To of her car, ready fbr :the res.t of my some, it might seem that I'm re- driye:home: Long 5fory short-I living my youth, chasing the past. realized; to my _hoiror, ·that al~ Believe me, my youth is nothing though_! ~as at iny car, my purse, I'd like to repeat and the only and keys, were still in Omaha, thing I'm chasing is an education. Obviously, there's a story about If, in the process, I make some how this happened, but it's long friends and maybe hear a ·little and complicated and I come off music-great! looking kind of dorky, so suffice Like the other night, my friend it to say, 1 was locked out of my and I went to the Ranch Bowl in car at a truck stop on a Tuesday Omaha to-catch Semisonic, a night at 2:30 a.m. newer~ 011-the;v-frg~~()f:~~~~t~.¥S'..R!1.C>HJ:.~~tl~t1

policy. And don't forget, though those in Washington hope you do, we were in central Africa once before involving the same exact situation with the same tribes. We weren't able to solve their problems then, and we sure aren't going to now. We are in a period where internationalsuperpowersdon'tmean much anymore. Nations are going to have to work out their own troubles for themselves. We have too many troubles in America to take care of without trying to solvetherestoftheworld'sproblems. And, anyway, what gives us the moral right to interfere in the first place?




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fills the Students can juggle theater children and school By Tess Gruber

Continued from page 1 then I have to find some time during the day to call and make the appointment. Then I have to try and fit the appointment into my school schedule, which can be a real pain. I may have to miss a couple of classes that I can't afford to miss, but if my daughter is sick what else can I do?" she said. What do parents do when their children get sick? Most daycare centers or baby sitters won't allow sick children in their care, and parents are then forced to find alternative care sources for their children while they are sick. Some students are lucky enough to have family members that can help out, but for those who don't, this is a real problem. For example, a parent of a sick child has to make a mad dash to try and find someone who can watch him for a few hours if the parent can't miss class.

Parents may also feel quite guilty if forced to leave a sick child with someone else. "Sometimes I have a test or I have to tum in a paper, and I am forced to leave my six-year-old daughter Laura at a sitter," said senior elementary education major Cathy Boeche. . "I feel pretty guilty, but I don't have any other choice. I know that I feel worse about it than she does. Laura doesn't mind the sacrifices we have had to make. She sees them as positive step towards our future, and I think that this whole school experience has made her see just how important education really is,"Boeche c0ntinued. So next time your alarm goes off at 7 a.m., and you find yourself barely able to get out of bed because you stayed up till 2 a.m. writing some paper you put off for weeks, think about all those committed parents out there who do this every day because they have to.

The College Theater was once again full of fun and laughter when the children's theater class performed a non-traditional play called "Somewhere Under the Rambow." Twenty-three area elementary schools were invited to attend this magical event which was held under the direction of instructor Bob Beadell. The play consisted of four very entertaining skits that even had this stressed-out college student feeling like a kid again. .¡ The students involved did all the lighting, stage design, costumes and props. The stage and characters looked great, and you could tell that a lot of extra time and effort went into making .everything run smoothly and look great. The first act consisted of a talk show hosted by Alice in Wonderland. The topic of the show was "Naughty Storybook Children," and her guests were Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, Hansel and Gretel and Snow White. The next act was Sleeping Beauty with a twist. It was a girl that awakened¡ the whole king-

GET FUNKY! Freedom Robinson and Shanda Hohn get down with their bod selves in PSC's production "Somewhere under the Rainbow." The ploy was presented on Nov. l 4 and l 5. -photo by Doug Kerns

dom after an evil fairy placed an evil spell on the young prince. The third act was Cinderella with a humorous tum. Instead of wishing to attend a ball, this Cinderella wishes to attend a rock concert. The last act was based on the Goldilocks and the Three

Bears. This play was excellent, and those who didn't attend really missed out. There seemed to be many talented actors on our small campus. Next time they put on a show, take some time out of your schedules and go watch.

United Ministries wants to help

JHUDE SEDlACEKSCHUU (left) member of the Omaha Light Artillen; and Company B. l st NE Volunteers assists Michelle Olson from the Literature Fights and Refights the Civil War class to fire a replica 12pound mountain howitzer in the intramural field behind the AV Larson building. The event took place on Nov. 12. -photo by Dr. Dan Holtz

Ministry available on campus By Joanna Stauffer

Many students involved in their churches at home before coming to Peru State College who would like to continue to be involved will be interested to know that the campus ministry office at PSC wants to help. There are several types of campus ministries. The United Ministries in Higher Education (UHME) is one that we have at Peru. UMHE is funded by the United Methodist Church Conference and other Protestant churches. Over the years the UMHE office at Peru has sponsored several activities for students.

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Although it is not very active now, Campus Minister Barry Rempp said he would like to see a youth group started on campus next semester. The UMHE office is located in A.D. Majors room 320. UMHE also has a peer minister in the office every weekday morning with Barry Rempp; both are available to answer questions or help students. Students interested in a youth group are encouraged to stop by the office. The purpose of UMHE is not to force religion on anybody, but to let students have an opportunity to take part in what the ministries have to offer.

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December 3, 1996

&arnes' volleyball proficiency earns 1im player of the year nomination : AndreaTee

..eroy Barnes, junior psychology I sociology major, receives the honor - - - - - - - - - - of being this issue's intramural "Player of the Year" <:andidate. Barnes is a member of the intramural volleyball team the "Winners." He played on his high-school's volleyball team and feels right at home on the court at PSC. His 6'2" height doesn't hurt him much-he can practically spike the ball without leaving the ground, except for one game when "the ball was set really high, about 30 feet in the air,. and I jumped about 40 ft and had to wait for _;;;;__::z~....:::::::.;..~~::::.;..;;;...J the ball, then spiked the ball in the opments face. But it was no problem," bragged Barnes. When he isn't telling tall tales, Barnes enjoys drawing, playing bas!tball, ping pong and cross stitching. Oh, and since Barnes is shy, I ill gloa~;a1J<?ut hisaccompli$htt1ent: ~ere.c\:!ived a first place ribbon r his cross -stitch mural of hiinself:ii:Ethe annual Peru cross stitch •ntest held every November. . Congratulations Barnes, and may your stitches always be crossed. .

IN HIS SECOND SEASON AS PERU STATE'S HEAD COACH, Dick Strittmatter hos led the Bobcats to their first winning seo5on in four vears: Onlv one game stood between the 'Cots and the post-season. but perennial underdog Nebraska Weslevon and the torrential downpours put and end to a great Bobcat seo5on on Nov. 16 in the Oak Bowl. -photo by Andrea Tee .

itunning upset ends Peru's season 1 Matt Maxwell

for the 'Cat_s in four years. Wesleyan, 1 - 8 coming into the The Peru State College football game, rose to the occasion and am's season came to an end last played the spoiler role in spleneekend. did fashion. The Bobcats slipped. in the mud Wesleyan had notb.iDg at all to 1d fell to Nebraska Wesleyan 10 lose and played like it. Wesleyan's ). The 'Cats fell behind early in tough play co,mbined with some 1e first half and, partly because costly Bobcat turnovers to result ' pouring rain and a saturated in a huge, heartbreaking upset. eld, were not able to score in the The loss hangs like a dark cloud 'condhalf. over an otherwise bright season. The loss brought a premature The future looks bright for next 1d to a successful season. year's squad. Out of a roster of P-State.needed a win to secure over 90 active players and playoff game, but instead were redshirts, only seven are seniors. · >reed to settle for a strong 7 ~ 3. Terry Rice (500 receiving yards 'cord, the first winning se~son and five touch<:'-owns), Jamie



Cason (491 receiving yards and two touchdowns)), Scott Weyers (59 tackles and four interceptions), Jeremy Martensen(196 all-purpose yards), Jermaine Sharpe (39 tackles and fiv.e sacks), Jeff Rl'!ed (92 tackles and 4.3 sacks) and Kent Chase· (20 tackl~s) will be missed next year. · Each should be applauded for outstanding college careers and for leading Peru State ba~k to winning ways. · It's been a pleasure watching .them perform, and the successes of the next few years will be a great reflection of alI they contributed to the program.


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A fan for all seasons By RndraaTse When one thinks of PSC's biggest fan, only one name comes to mind-Dan Cotton. Born in Au~ burn, he has been in or around Peru all of his life. Cotton has been going to Peruathletic practices and games since he was five ~ years old; . Although he graduated from Rumbolt High School, Cotton couldn't stayawayfromPeru. He returned in '69 to attend PSC on football and baseball scholarships. · While at Peru, he was assistant coach for PSC baseball in '74 & '75 and assistant coach for football in '76. Cotton graduated from Peru with a B.S. in education/physical education, driver's education and a coaching endorsement in '76. Cotton was brought up on PSC sports. When July and August come around he starts getting the Bobcat feeling. He used to run from elementary school to the football field just to watch the practice. He again left Peru to teach and coach in Milligan and Deshler, but he returned in '91 because he couldn't stay away from Peru. Even though Cotton was residing in other places besides Peru, he

went to all of the 'Cats' football games. Since '87, he hasn't missed ten ball, both home and away. . Cotton once traveled from Texas to Kentucky to watch the 'Cats play. In '90 he went to TeXas to watch the football playoffs. During his drive to Texas, he stopped and picked up a dead armadillo from the side of the road and had it stuffed as a memorabilia from the game. He. was going to have the 90-91 season record engraved on the armadillo and donate it to the college but decided against it. Then in '91 he was there to see the 'Cats win the National Championship game. With all of this PSC spirit under his belt one would think he had a child playing here, but he doesn't, YET! He has a 14-year-old son, Justin. "Sorry son, but you just don't have much choice but to be a Bobcatathlete," said Cotton. Now, when I say Cotton has been to almost every game, I mean been there on the sidelines, NOT in the stands. He likes to be down there to yell at those boys and gir],s, keep them pumped up, hear the pads pop or watch the girls give it their all, and said, "I'm as

close as! can get to playing, and if I could I would!" Cotton isn't part of the coaching staff, remember, as his job keeps him from coaching due to .time, and he's run into some trouble with certain referees. Well, if one thinks that a man in black/white stripes is going to keep hiffi away, one has another thing coming. Cotton has taken the identity of water boy, coach, trainer, statistician, security guard and even part of the grounds crew. I guess one could say he'll do anything to IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR DAN COTTON, you can find him right next to th stay down on the field or action. Whether he's on the 30-yard line or behind the Peru State bench durin court. He has also helped a basketball game. Cotton can be found at most all PSC gameswith a pulse c get the Football Ball around 140. -photo by Andrea Tee Boosters Clubback on its · feet while being a key member gets my heart pumping!" under the big "P" on the hill c himself. Dan was proud to be·given this the visitor's side. of the footb< · Why is Cotton so devoted to the honor, he said that there is another stadium. "Pick up the 'P,' dig n Bobcat cause? "I'm proud of Peru fan who equals his spirit: Kent a hole and bury me in the old 0< and its athletes. I love to see the Coleman. "He is just as big of a Bowl!" kids go through playing their PSC supporter as I am!" comUntil then, if you're looking f, hearts out and giving 110%. The mented Cotton. Dan Cotton, the 30-yard line competition and action factor just His dying wish is to be buried where you'll find him.

Soc,cer: more than just low scoring Soccer is now known·to be the fastest growing sport in America. ·-.Althoughcsoccer;.or·fotbota$ it is otherwise known as, has been big in such places as Europe, Mexico and South America, it has just recen tl y started to take off in America as we have a professional soccer league, MIS (Major League Soccer). being formed all over the U.S.- stamina. Think of that what you By the way, this issue's "tush" even right here in Nebraska. Yes, wish! on the tush rating system goes to this wonder drug has already The canes and walkers are miCobi Jones of the Los Angeles made ithere to the midwest! Most raculously disappearing, the Galaxy pro soccer tean:i.. His hair of these spring chickens, as I will glasses are being tossed, and the leaves much to be desired as it call them, admit to have started dentures are no longer needing, looks like there are·birds nesting playing soi;;cer as a kid, but now .Poly gript Thisdrug·is as~fire in it, but his derriere is much de- it has a· whole new meaning. wayto beandstayyoungatheart. sired as it receives a 15! Like I mentioned before, this Just ask Ben Revived, an 80-yearBut, more than being the biggest sport is like a miracle drug. Due old member of one of these spring growing sport, soccer is also . to this sport:i?g event, the spring chicken soccer leagues. "I may · known as a miracle drug for those chickens are'known to be stron- not be the fastest guy on the team, over 40 years old. Some people ger than a locomotive, faster than but I can still dribble like no believe in the fountain of youth, a speeding bullet, able to leap tall other/' gummed Revived. others believe in driilking milk, buildings in a single bound-it's So, I guess the moral to this bit but now soccer is recognited as a bird-it's a plane-no, it's a ofinformationis--ifyou want one of these phenomenas. spring chicken! ***This sport has to stay young and feel young, you There are many adult soccer also been proven by the Spri.rlg have to control the ball and think leagues, both indoor and outdoor Chicken General to increase stamina-stamina-stamina!








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Decemb·er 3, 199.6 High-scoring men's team . co.uldn't score high enough against Grinnell By Terry Dugan

, Averaging 83 points per game, the men's basketball team jogged into the first week of December with a 6-3 record. However, iri the finals of the Grinnell tournament on Nov. 23, scoring over 100 points couldn't . save the Bobcat's from the barrage of trifectas flung by Grinnell College in the 102-136 loss. Coach John Gibbs said he had never seen anything like it. Grinnell attemped over 100 shots, morethanhalfofthoseshotscame from three-point land. Although six Bobcats scored in double figures, led by senior forward Lance Cohn's 21, they turned the ball over 39 times to Grinnell's 17. . With their weirdest loss of the year came their closest win as Peru State beat Mount Mercy College 85-78 in the first round of the Grinnell tournament. Freshman point guard Jermel Ward played .like a man possessed. He led the team with 17 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. The only Qther Bobcat loss in the last three weeks came at the hands of Huron (SD) College at the Dana tournament, 70-85. Senior center Chris James led all players with eight rebounds and senio:r; forward Tom Riley led the

SENIOR CENTER CHRIS JAMES MUSCLES his way around the paint as he prepares to snag one of his team high eight i:.ebounds against Kansas Wesle1,1an Nov. 19. James leads the team in rebounds with an aver::ige of 4.4 per game. - photo by Andrea Tee

Men's Box PERU STATE (102) . GRINNELI.:(i36) Vard 3-7 9-11 15, Daniell 0-2 2-2 ·,Riley8-ll 2-319, Burton0-00-0 1, Gibbs 1-3 6-8 8, Johnson 3-8 5-8 .1, Curry 1-10-02, Cohn 9-13 2-2 :1, Hollier 4-5 2-2 10, Maxwell 50 0-0 10, James 2-4 o~o 4

Women's Box Slow start for women's team due to inexperience PERU STATE (65) DOANE (74) Schulte 2-101-35, Othmer5-10 02 11, Steins 0-0, 2~2 2, Mahlberg 0-20-00,Hubach4-132-210,Petry 7-17 0-0 20, Hornung 2-7 1-2 6, Stillmock 3-5 5-711

PERU STATE (85) PERU STATE (65) MOUNT MERCY (78) LINDENWOOD (68) \Tard 4-6 9-10 17, Daniell 3-10 4-4 Schulte 2-7 1-4 5, Othmer 2-9 0-0 2,Riley 5-121-414, Burton0-00- 5, Steins 3-6, 1-2 7, Mahlberg 0-0 10, GibbsJJ-1 lc-2.1,.JohnsonO~-u,,.,... _.Q-ZO,I:l\l:P~O:J. 7.:162-216, Petry 6: 1, Cun:Y00·2"'2 2~ eohn'5""74-it ~1~ (}..O·l·8;··Hom-1mg-3-& 2~2-10, 4, Hollier 4-4 4-4 12, Maxwell 0- Stillmock 2-5..()..,0.4 .. ·· · · J 0-0 0, James 6-10 0-0 12 PERU STATE (45) PERU STATE (S6) KANSAS WESLEYAN (70) .Vard 1-5 4-7 7, Daniell4-7 3-415, -:iley 8-17 3-9 21, Burton 0-0 3-4 3, :;ibbs 1-13-6 5, Johnson 1-2 2-2 4, .::urry 0-0 2-2 2 Cohn 0-1 2-2 2 f!ollier 1-4 2-6 4, Maxwell 4-5 6-9 A, James 3-6 3-4 9

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"We've played hard enough ahd well enough to win all of our games this year," said head women's basketball coach Tara Kreklau, "but we've had some trouble down the stretch." She was commenting on the tremendous hustle and quality efforts being put out on the floor this season and how the losing scores :have not: been an indication.of how-well the women have.played. . Team co-captain Angie Hubach commented, "We still have some rough edges that come with the start of a new season, but things are looking good and the rough spots.will be worked out." The roughness is indicative of the host of new faces on the squad this year.

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Bobcats with 18 points. But when Peru State wins, they win big. The Bobcats have won their five games by an average of 21 points. York College became a victim on Nov. 12 falling 90-60. Senior cocaptain Scott Daniell shot 83 percent from downtown for an early season high of 15 points. Cohn and senior forward Demarcus Johnson both pulled in five rebounds. Concordia College of St. Paul (MN) suffered a similadate in the consolation match of the Dana tournament Nov. 16 as Peru State pulled away in the second half like Cigar on the backstretch, 7450. · Ward dished out seven assists, and Riley tallied 19. 'Concordia failed to function in the second half making only 26.9 percent of their shots and scoring a mere 16 points. Peru State kept Kansas Wesleyan's offense in check during the first home game, 86-70. Riley scored 21 and shared the team lead in rebounds with senior power forward Lawrence Hollier with seven. The Peru State tournament Friday and Saturday will mark the end of a four game home stand. The Bobcats will not play in the AWAC again until Jan. 21.


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other," said sophomore Amy Petry. "With all the new players this year, we are being overlooked, but I think we are going to suprise a few teams as the season goes on." The key to the season to this point has been balance. The lady hoopsters have three players averaging double digits in points. Another key h~s been the outstanding teai:n defense thus far. · Coach Kreklau had put an emphasis on rebounding and staying out of foul trouble. So far the women have done just that. As a team they hav:e made more free throws than their opponents have even attempted, and they have also out-rebounded their opposition .2 to 1. "The key to our success will be to continue putting a

floor," concluded Kreklau. It must be mentioned that senior forward Angie Hubach is having an outstanding beginning to her senior campaign. She was named to the Hastings College Classic All-Tournament team and wrapped up with a stellar performance versus Paul Quinn College. In the game she tallied 27 points and pounded the boards for 13 rebounds to bring her team leading season average to 17.2 pts I gm and 11.3 reb/gm. Next on tap for the women is the completion of a six game homestand which continues tonight against Grandview and concludes Sunday versus Dana. So show some Bobcat spirit and come out and support the women's basketball team.

PERU STATE COLLEGE STUDENTS You are invited to worship with us at AUBURN BEREAN CHURCH. We are a church committed to the truth of God's Word and its relevancy to our everyday lives. You are welcome to .enjoy a home-cooked meal after the service-just contact Pastor Kevin or Cynthia on Saturday (274-5531). · Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. 17th & "N" St.-Auburn Also, anyone interested in a Bible study by J .I. Packer entitled "KNOWING GOD" should call the number above or the church (274-3019). This is a deep and though provoking study.

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to the Editor

rock is the perfect Christmas gifi Raabe ponders over tush Hard It's thattime of year again. Time

Dear Editor on High,-

I recently received the PSC Tunes from a friend. I· was perusing this top college fishwrap, when a female columnist caught my attention. I believe it was a tush rating. I was aghast. First of all, we all know my buttocks are top of the line. Mywifehas goneonrecord to vouch for. that. Second, we all know that I would have never written any. thing so controversial. This "tush" column rocked my jour-

nalistic virginity. Finally, how does Clemente (Dr. William, that is) keep getting the press? I believe this is.some sort of tush/crack coup d'etat. I believe it was Socrates who once said, "I'd rate Faith Hill's rear a9.5." Wait. Maybethatwas Clemente. I always confuse the two. Anyway, it is time we men unite and do the honorable thing-get naked and moon everyone! Siricerely, Chris Raabe

Things defined over the last two weeks COURTESY OF THE O.J SIMPSON CJ\/JL TRIAL

Idiot-1: a feeble-minded person 2: anyone standing outside the courthouse with a "Free O.J." sign Wrestling-I: the sport of hand-to-hand combat between two opponents who seek to throw and pin each other 2: spousal abuse 3: what you do to your wife before you stab her I8 times Celebrity-I: widely known; often referred to, distinguished, renowned, noted, and famous individuals- 2: someone who can buy and sell the average Joe a million times over 3: someone who can wrestle and get away with it 4: someone who can't sue <wY papers upl~ss they can prove malice Perjury-I: the voluntary violation of an oath to tell the truth 2: what you have to do when you're a celebrity (see definition number3) Indifferent-I: unbiased 2: marked by no special liking for or dislike of something 3: being able to kick a celebrity (Def. #3) when they're down whether they did it or not



to figure out what you're getting everybody for Christmas. Mus~c is always a good idea. The state of popular music is sad. Alanis · Morrisette is still in the top ten and Tupac_Shakur has a best-selling album from the grave. The rest of the Billboard charts aren't much better. How grim. So, to get to my point, if you want to give the gift of gQQ4 music you'll probably have to look at some older releases, the classics if you will. And your friendly neighborhood music columnist is here to help. You can thank me later. The following albums are musthaves for the same reason that everyone needs at least one wor~ of classic literature on-their shelves - to show they have taste. · · I think I'll begin with Led ,Zeppelin's fourth and untitled album, known as 'Led IV" or 'Zoso'. It starts with the provocative "Black Dog", then "Rock and Roll"(enough said), and the tranquil "The Battle of Evermore" which is followed by the #1 FM radio song of all time "Stairway to Heaven". The next three songs are great as well, but less dramatic. The final cut, "When The Levee Breaks," showcases drummer John Bonham's thunderous pounding in a powerful way. 'Led IV' is not my favorite Zeppelin Album, 'Led Zeppelin I' is;" it is probably their most enduring effort. Led Zeppelin were strongly influenced by blues, but for raw and sleazy blues-rock nobody beats


TODAY'S LESSON:· ~DOGS ON DRUGS DO STUPID THI GS LET'S DO IT, DOG! Why don't you grab an apple off of the table and my master has a fully loaded revolver fn the third drawer of his drug dresser.

Yeah. He's also keeps his needlepoint stuff in there too. He gets bpred sometimes. You have to put energy to use somehow.

AC/DC. 'Back in Black' was the first album with singer Brian Johnson, replacing Bon Scott who died from his own debauchery. The album opens with "Hells Bells," a song that cannot be played loud enough. Songs like "Shoot to Thrill," the title track, "You Shook Me All Night Long." "Rock N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution," i:he recipe for drunkenness "Have A Drink On Me," and all the other tunes are cards in a loaded deck.r When I got my first copy (I've worn out'two) and listened to it I wondered how I lived without it. "Back in Black" isn't politically correct or quiet, but it sure is a ton of fun. The Doors may not be the same kind of fun as AC/DC, but they were more beautiful and poetic. They made music for the ages that was deep, and often dark and trance-inducing. "The Best of The Doors" is their best and most comprehensive collection. "Break On Through" and "The End" and the bookends on this set. The songs include "Light My Fire," "Five To One," "Riders On the Storm," "Roadhouse Blues," and a great amount of other unforgettable songs. The music and Jim Morrison's lyrics are hypnotizing. The Doors were a legendary band

with the drunken Jim as leade No one should be without this CD set. Those three are just a beginnin and to keep from being mailed pipe bomb I will list some honrn able mentions. "Appetite For D~ struction" from Guns N' Roses ; an all-time great. I have the albur memorized backwards and fo; wards. I've listened to it an ur healthy amount of times and kee: coming back. Jimi Hendrix's "U timate Experience" ~ indispem able as well: If you don't think h was the greatest guitarist of a time, then listen to this. For thos with an adventurous side Ne: Young's "Live Rust" is a grec: piece of acoustic beauty an• grungy guitars. To sum up every thing, collections by Aerosmitl The Eagles, The Rolling Stonei The Beatles, Tom Petty, Chuc Berry, Elvis or perhaps Pin Floyd's "The Wall" would all b great. I could go on until the cow come home, and I've probably for gotten somebody, but there's onl_, so much space. The answer for last time wa "Sweet Child O' Mine." To solv a bet, the present question i 'What early to mid-eighties met2 band did "We're Not Gonna Tak' It?"

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·volume 74

By Terry Dugan and Greg Wolfe

No one can accuse the Peru State volleyball team of underachievement. The Bobcats ended their season in San Diego at the NAIA National Tournament Dec. 6 by losing to eventual tournament runner-up Point Loma Nazarene (CA) College 20-18 in the fifth game. · But the story doesn't end there. · During pool play, in which Peru State went 2-2, the Bobcats shocked Brigham Young Univer. sity-Hawaii, the number one team in the nation, in five games. After scoring only seven points in the first two games combined (15-1 and 15-6), Peru State woke up and toppled the Dolphins by taking the next three games 15-8, 15-9, 15-8. BYU-Hawaii, who went on to win the tournament for the third straight year, -had not lost in 52 consecutive matches and won 40 straight games dating back to mid-September. In match number one of pool play, Peru downed Hastings College 12-15, 15-4, 15-8, 15-11. Junior Kendra Cory recorded 20 kills, the most per game for the Bobcats in the tournament. Cory also made 28 digs, the third highest

total of all teams. Sophomore Kendra Jacobsen delivered seven aces (another Peru tournament high) against the Broncos. Match two against BYU-Hawaii might very well represent the biggest win in school history. Despite falling behind in the first two games, Peru State survived the hard spiking BYU-Hawaii team by out-digging· the number one Dolphins 90-58. Junior Stacy Fitch dished up more assists than the entire BYU-Hawaii team·. Five hours later, the Bobcats squared up againstnumber eight Madonna (MI) University. After taking the first game, Peru State hung tough but ran out of juice losing the match 15-8, 9-15, 10-15, 11-15. "When you beat the number one team in the nation, it is mentally and physically draining," said Athletic Director Lori Kildal. "Coming out of that match [against BYU-Hawaii], you could tell they had nothing left." ·With the winner advancing to the quarterfinals, the Bobcats l::/attied tooth-and-nail against the host team Point Loma Nazarene. After losing the first game 13-15, JUNl~R JAISA KAPPAS tries to put one down against Point Loma Nazarene (CA) College at the NAIR Notional Loma turned the tables on Peru by · Tournament, which ran from Dec 4-7 in Son Diego. Even though the Bobcats fell two points shy of making the

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quarterfinals, Peru State stunned number one ranked Brigham Young University-Hawaii in pool ploy 1-15, 515, 15-8, 15-9, 15-8. -photo by Terry Dugan

Does legalization of marijuana for medical use contradict war against drugs? By Juliane lee

"I swear, I did not inhale/' President Clinton assured· the American people as he confronted the allegations that he had smoked pot while attending college. Well, what if it didn't matter whether he did or didn't? With the recent decision by voters in both California and Arizona to allowdoctors to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes, the hotly debated topic of marijuana legalization has managed to make its way back into the political spotlight once again. The initiated statute exempts

from criminal law patients and defined caregivers who possess or cultivate marijuana for medicinal treatment recommended by a physician. Physicians who recommend use would not be punished. Proponents of pot for medical purposes are setting their sights on the rest of the country, and are launching a national campaign, "Americans for medical rights," to focus on marijuana legislation in other states and on the federal level. While both California and Arizona may say it's legal, federal law still says, "no way." Supporters say the new laws will ease the. pain of some cancer,

AIDS and glaucoma patients.· It could make the difference between them being an invalid lying in bed all day vomiting and being active and even getting up where they could function. Opponents say legalization sends the wrong message, especially to kids. Lawrence Hollier, Peru State senior criminal justice major, feelS that this decision.will give kids the wrong message. "Op one hand we are telling kids, 'Just say no to drugs,' and then we tum around and say it is OK. That is a major contradiction that I think will confuse kids," he said. Post:.graduate special educa-


The number of high school students who have used mar!i_l!ana has c~oiif:iiiiPfn the last

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tion major Dellyn Feighner doesn't think legalization is a good idea. "It probably won't affect the number of people using marijuana, but it downplays the message to kids that drugs are bad and should be avoided." In a .recent CNN interview, California's attorney general, Dan Lungren, agreed. "We're going to have a hell of a time limiting marijuana use among young people in California at the very time marijuana use is skyrocketing around the country," he said. Many people, however, believe that the federal law still carries with it strong implications for not

using the drug. Melanie Nanse, senior human services major, grew up in California and thinks this initiative is a good idea if properly supervised. "Voters did not change the law that the use of drugs is a felony. It is still a signal to the children and everyone else that using drugs is a crime. But when used for medicinal purposes on a limited basis, the drug should be made available by doctors for patients who are comfortable using it." At one time there was a chapter of NORML (National Organiza~

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Internship opportunities available for majors in several areas of study By Freedom Robinson

Many internship opportunities are available for interested students. There are four types of internships for business, htim<~nities, general science and education majors. The internships are offered on two levels. The first level is 241, which is more experimental than the 441 level, which deals with more specific specialized occupational training. With the internships students can chose how many credit hours to register for.

Each credit hour is equivalent to 40 hours of work. The cooperative education office works with the student as well as the employer; Supervisors complete evaluations throughout the entire internship. Interns also report on their experiences of the career they hope to pursue. After completing the internship this experience could be placed on a resume. For information concerning internship opportunities, contact the offices of cooperative education which is located in the lower level of the Administration Building.


Peru's movor wins re-election

LJ_G___. Stich pushes for .grant to fix roads

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Vollevball team wins battle but loses the war

By Brooke Shaffer

Although some of you may know that Dick Stich recently won his second term as mayor of Peru, you may not be aware of who Dick Stich is or what his responContinued from page 1 had a match point of their own at sibilities are as mayor of Peru. Stich moved from Omaha to 18-17. Loma stood.their ground winning game two, 15-13. Peru and captured the last three points Peru in 1979:and bought the store squeaked out the third game 15- to put an end to Peru's season by.. that is now Decker's, which he 13 before feeling the effects of the winning 20-18. Peru State ended later sold to Ed Decker in 1984. Now Stich spends much of his l?attle .ail;sl losing g~e four, 4-15. their season at 41-13. In. game five, neither I.,oma nor With only senior Tracy Cochran time selling real estate and Peru held a lead of rrioi:e than two graduating, the Bobcats can look auctioneering for Bernard Real points. After fighting off three to nexf year not to rebuild but to Estate and Auctioneering in Auburn: match points, Peru held serve and reload. Stich is also on the advisory board for the American State Bank in Auburn and is the president for the Nemaha Valley Real Estate AsHitting Pct. Stacy Fitch (.367) Digs sociation; Kendra Cory (.339) Jaisa Kappas (789) An avid race fan, Stich enjoys Tracy Cochran (.240) Kendra Cory (647) Kills/Game Kendra Cory (3.68) Tracy Cochran (617) going to Indy Car and Nascar races. Tracy Cochran (2.98) Blocks/Game As mayor of Peru, Stich says his Jaisa Kappas (2.40) . Dana Stube (1.27) job ..includes putting the city's Assists/Game Stacy Fitch (10.56) Kendra Cory (;84) budget together and managing Serve Pct. Jaisa Kappas (.975) Stacy Fitch (.56) the city's business. He also Tracy Cochran (.943) Unassisted Blocks spends tin\e giving out parking Julie Nykodym (.920) Dana Stube (62) tickets to people who park in "No Aces · ~endra Jacobsen (111) Kendra Cory (42) Parking" zones. Tracy Cochran (67) Jaisa Kappas (35) Mara Russell (51)

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PERU'S MAYOR DICK STITCH signs a proclamation during American Education Week last November at PSC. -ph·oto by Kent Propst

"I wish I could also give out moving violations sometimes," said Stich. He gets paid $480 per year for being mayor. In Stich's last four years of office, Peru has purchased a new salt and sand spreader, an '89 Ford pickup, a new Case back hoe and a street sweeper. Right now Peru is in the process

of getting a $250 thousand grant from the state which will mainly be used to improve the streets next summer. Stich wanted to urge people to come to the city's meetings so they can learn more about what is taking place in Peru. The next meeting is on Jan. 9, 1997.

Marijuana for medical purposes Continued from page 1 ·tion for fhe Reform of Marijuana Laws) on campus which supported fhe legalization of marijuana. According to Shanda Hahn, CAB president, fhe group disbanded in 1993 when all of the group members graduated. "They were never recognized by the college, and therefore once the original members left there was no attempt made to keep the organization going." Dr. Bill Clemente, associate professor of English, has been a long proponent for the legalization of marijuana. He feels that the drug should have been legalized years

ago, and in 1968, he signed the original petitions in California for this purpose. "In my opinion, there is no difference between smoking pot and drinking alcohol. Actually, there is a much bigger problem jn this country with kids and alcohol, and there are not any major attempts currently underway to fix that. Besides, why should only the sick people get to have all the fun?" he said. The new laws are expected to face court challenges in California. In any event, the nation's top drug enforcers claim they will continue to enforce drug laws, including federal marijuana statutes.

Come and join your friends! The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru S!ate College, is published seven times pet semester by Peru State College students. The Times office is located .in the college publication office in the Physical Plant Building, telephone (402) 872-2260. Opinions expressed may not necessarily be those of the entire editorial staff. All letters to the editor are welcomed. Letters, cartoons, articles and so forth submitted to the Times should be signed by the individual(s) submitting them and will be published at the discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 words in length. The Times reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor for grammar and style. ':!'he Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. Please send material to: Editor Peru $tate Times Campus Mail PRIZK WINNING NEWSPAPER Peru State College . 1996 Peru,NE 68421 ll'ebrald!a l'rml• Assoclatlcn or by e-mail: Editor Assistant Editor $ports Editor Features Editor · Copy Editor Advertising Manager Photo Coordinator Editorial Assistants


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December 13, 1996

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Staff opinion Time ripe for textbook tycoons As the semester draws to a close, it is time again for all the holiday routines: finals frenzy, last-minute gift hunts, shovelling snow. And so again the long procession of PSC students makes its same trudging migration up the hill to the bookstore to s~ll back books just bought for this semester's classes. You can almost see their slow single-file shuffle, eyes downcast, backs bent urtder the load of knowing that the books they reluctantly carry have miraculously lost at least 80 percent of their value. Is this trend as unalterable as the change in seasons, or is there something we can do about it? Many students, fed up with the high prices of new books and the low payments for returned books, post fliers advertising books they want to sell or buy. Yet this grassroots effort needs organization. Students should band together; some enterprising young capitalists out there ruminating in the dark recesses of Morgan or Delzell could rise up and take the book by it binding and organize a book buy-back club so students can get a better deal. Nothing stands in the way of students supporting each other. Students of Peru, Unite!

In the spirit of the holiday season, my son, Tim, will be doing community service work during the next few weeks. At 16, he realizes the value of giving to those less fortunate. He's also putting in extra hours at his telemarketing job to earn money for Christmas gifts. Yeah, right! The reality of the situation is that his holiday spirit is court-imposed. That's right. My son, an unfortunate favorite of local law enforcement officials, will be fulfilling an ironclad obligation to perform 25 hours of community serv'ice as part of his sentence for the crime of hunting coons with the aid of an artificial light- spotlighting. And the extra hours at work? The only gifts he'll be able to afford this year will be those that he receives. All of his time and ef-

fort at. his beloved telemarketing position will solely benefit the citizens of Nebraska in the form of hefty fines. I feel I must point out that Tun is an intelligent, kindhearted, basically good kid. He's just exhibited some bad judgment latelysome extremely bad judgment. Like, for example, an earlier mailbox bashing incident that gave new meaning to the words "going postal." Or, a recent lunchtime excursion that cost him $102-$2 for lunch and a $100 tip for the officer serving the speed-

ing ticket. But, I digress. While he hasn't been out drinking, doing drugs or participating in gang activities, he has broken the law. So this holiday season, he's receiving a valuable lesson. It's better to give than receive? CAl.e should help those less fortunate? Peace on earth and goodwill toward men? And animals? These are wonderful sentiments and, hopefully, he's absorbed them through the years. But this year's lesson? Crime doesn't pay.

How do you manage end of the semester stress?

10 positive ways to deal with holiday stress From The American Heart Association

Justin Williamson freshman criminal justice major

1. Take as ious look at the

2. Delegat i.bilitieshook. 3. Schedule like it to be. 4. Take an invent turn to, devote some out to others. 5. Identify hostile, provok 6. Place yourself in situ then practice not getting 7. Drive in the slow lane positive coping rather than b 8. Try to control anger and or not it is worth the cost to 9. Don't turn to unhealthful ing alcohol, smoking and ove 10. Develop positive strategi walking, relaxation, humor a spective. Although stress is unavoid days enjoyable for everyone.

"I handle end of the semester stress by listening to music and thinking about studying."


junior music major

"I try to take it one day at a time and handle things as they come." ¡ senior business management major

s decisions aboutwhether

"My stress level is usually no higher than it is throughout the semester. I don't have a lot of comprehensives to study for so it's not any harder."

Travis Allgood

with stress including brisk vents in their proper per-

senior business management major

"Prioritize what needs to be done, exercise and time management plans. I also try to geta lot of sleep."

Davis ganders into political crystal ball Well the 1996 elections are over. The president â&#x20AC;˘is picking a new cabinet. The Republicans still control the Congress. And we are no better off now than we were before. Usually I write about something current that really needs to be brought to the American public's attention, but since this is . the last issue before the new year cans voted in last year under the I thought I'd share my predictions assumption that Dole would be for 1997. president. A large number of caThe Congress: While Newt reer federal employees in WashGingrich still controls the House, ington will be so fed up that they with the Democrats picking up 18 quit or retire and will leave a ma- , new seats and the number of jor vacuum in the Federal Execumoderate Republicans still in of- tive Corps. The new Director of fice, his adversarial role in attack- Central Intelligence will be deing the president will come to an spised by not only the career inend. He won't have the power to telligence officers of the CIA but overcome any presidential veto. will be held in low esteem by the Gingrich rather than Clinton will _world's intelligence community. be the lame duck. Senator He will resign. Mondale will be P'Amato will be investigated for the new UN Ambassador. misuse of power. Gingrich will be International Affairs: Colonel censured for an ethics violation. Khadaffi of Libya will have comSenator Lott will pick up the "far . pleted a major chemical weapons righttorch" from the Speaker. factory inside a mountain in Libya The Administration: President by this summer and will pose a Clinton will get everything he major threat to the free world. wants by threatening to use the NATO and the US will have no line-item veto which the Republi- choice but to invade Libya to de-

Ful I edwcation not a guarantee for success in tough job market . By Katie Naprstek

stroy t;Jle factory. The Arab nations will decrease the supply of oil in protest. John Majors of England will not survive a no confidence vote, and a new Labor government will be in place for the first time in decades. There will be a major protest by the Russian Army this year due to lack of payment of salaries. The citizens of Moscow and St. Petersburg will join in the protest. There will be an assassination attempt against Yassar Arafat. The American People: We will still be saddled with a never.ending national dept. Medicare and medical costs in general will be reviewed due to scandals involving HMO's. We'll be no better off than last year. The government will default by 2004.

The crowded market of college teachers is nothing new. Education majors are going to school longer, building fine records, and working extra hard for that A+ mark, and do all of the necessary things and more to gain a Ph.D.. in the education field. But, is there going to be any jobs out there for them when they graduate with a Ph.D. instead of just a bachelor's degree or a high school diploma? It's a scary thought, but unfortunately that is exactly what the job market for education majors is looking like these days. Investing all the time and energy in college and j:h'.en taking on the extra time to get that Ph.D. is not even worth it. We are told from the very beginning that a college education is the key to our future, and the "bigger and , better" degree we have, the betterjop we will get. "You'llbefilpping burgers for the rest of your

life, if you do not go to college," they say. So we are supposed to work really hard for at least four years to get a degree in education and even longer to get a Ph.D., just to have that title and then be une!I}-ploy_ed .when we graduate? Sounds like a lot of hard work and not much in return, huh? Why do. we college students fork out all of the money for school, books, room/board, loans, etc., when we may not even be guaranteed a job in the field that we have majored in, or we may have to work for a measly salary? My thoughts may seem greedy, but it is scary to think that after going to college and owing thousands of dollars for your schooling, you have to then play Russian-roulette with the job market. Is this what we have to look forward to after graduating with a Ph.D. or even just a bachelor's degree?


December 13, 1996



SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS, has He(p t,1our heart

had manv. manv. vears to ponder Einstein's Theorv of Relativitv. It takes a lot of·skill and endurance to handle the 250300 students Dr. Long works with everv vear.

Have happy holidays with healthful eating American Heart Association

sesame see<;l.,.soybean and olive. Chicken , ground turkey withFor your heart's sake, don't let out skin, lean beef and pork are your healthy-diet'go on vacation better than beef and pork with during the holidays. heavy fat covering and marbling :Foods cholesterol; fat such as rib roast, T-'bone steak, and salt are common in traditional sausage, bacon and ham. holid:ay meals. Yefholiday feasts Bake; br.aise, or broil roast and can be festive without being fat- sautee meats, fish.and poultry betening. Your diet should include cause these methods require little various fruits, vegetables, low~fat extra fat and tend to remove fat dairy products, breads, pasta, contained in the meat. grains, poultry; fish and lean Try a low-sodium salt substitute meats. Create your own holiday instead of using salt for seasoning. traditions by modifying recipes Better yet, use spices and herbs to · and changing habits. enjoy natural flavors of food. How do you do it? CarbohyFor desserts, serve more fresh drates should be a little more than fruits and low-fat or non-fat yohalf of your daily calories,- the . gurt instead of cake, candy, pie American Heart Association said. and ice cream. · Limit your total fat intake to 30 To avoid gorging, don't fast bepercent, or about a third of your fore a feast. Eat a healthy snack calories. In addition, keep choles- between meals. Avoid eating evterol intake and sodium intake ery type of food just to please down to a minimum. hosts. If you do, take only a third If you drink alcohol, limit your or forth of your normal serving. daily intake to no more than one size. or two ounces. An ounce of ethaPlan gatherings where food is nol (pure alcohol) is contained in not the central focus. Have a soup two ounces of 100-prpof whiskey, or salad buffet lunch or a brunch 8 ounces· of wine, or 24 ounces of instead of the normal afternoon beer. . and eveningfeasts. Arrange foods You can help avoid obesity- on tables in decreasing order of another risk factor for heart dis- importance. Serve dessert only afease-by balancing your caloric ter the meal. intake with physical activity. . When dining out avoid foods with sauces, gravies and salad . dressing. They add extra calories. For example, use margarine inIn short don't be a stuffed turstead of butter, and egg whites or key atChristmas. Serve healthful cholesterol free egg substitutes for meals to family and friends as a . whole eggs. · · Christmas or Hanukkah gift. And · Use oils that have less saturated m:ake a resolution to eat healthful fatty acids. They include canola, in the new year. · com, safflower, sunflower seed,


-photo by Andrea Tee

'long' tenure shows 9,000 students can't be wrong By Jen Froeschl

In 1967, Elvis married Priscilla, Muhammad Ali was sentenced to jail for refusing-the military draft and Wilt Chamberlain led the '76ers to .the NBA championship. And in the heartland of America Dr. Daryl Lqng was beginning his teaching career at Peru State College. That's right, Dr. Long, professor of science and math, has been part of the PSC fac~lty longer than anyone else. In January, he will celebrate 30 years of teaching at ·"the campus of a thousand oaks/' "We [Long and his wife] cam.e to Peru becattse I wanted to be at a small school in a small town where I'd get to know the students," Long said. "I thought it would be a good starting point." Long and his wife believe in what small schools have to offerall three of his children attended

PSC. This "starting point" has turned into a lifetime commitment for Long. He estimates that he has had approximately 250 to 300 students a year in his math and science classes, which means that after 30 years, he has taught nearly 9000 students. ·Students are the main reason Long has continued teaching at PSC. Long enjoys getting to know the students. Being at a small college allows him to teach many of the same students for two or three years. "It's interesting to be around people that have their whole lives in front of them and are excited about it. It's great to be among optimistic students," he said. Long has seen many changes throughout his years at PSC. He especially remembers when students complained that they couldn't possibly wake up in time

Becky's Cottonwood serves up ·some 'homestyle cookin' By carol Baha

The family mvned "Cottonwood" restaurant in downtown Peru was recently bought and renamed "Becky's Cottonwood" by new owner Becky Zook. Zook bought the business in October. This restaurant has a happy atmosphere and specializes in "homestyle" cooking. Zook added, "We always have friendly

service." day to open is Sunday. 'Tlike SunMariy types of food are served days because everything looks so at "Becky's Cottonwood." Sun- pretty." day, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., there is a Zook, a former Tarkio, MO resilunch bUffet which includes sal- dent, hasn't always owned restauads,. chicken, baroecue ribs, rants. She worked in the Peru cheesecake, German chocolate College food·service for about 14 cake and breakf~st items. And · years. It was there in PSC cafete_although "Becky's Cottonwood" ria that she earned the name "The is open Tuesday through Satur- Deli Lady." Now she says, "My day, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. throughout the restaurant is like my dream comweek, Zook says that her favorite ing true." -·

PERU STATE COLLEGE STUDENTS You ar~ invited ·to worship. with us at AUBURN BEREAN CHURCH. We are a church committed to the truth of God's Word and itsrelevancy to our everyday lives. You are welcome to enjoy home-cooked meal after the service~ust contact Pastor Kevin or Cynthia on Saturday (274-5531). Sunday SchQol 9:30 a.m. Worship Service 10:30 a.m. 17th & "N" St.-Auburn Also, anyone interested in a Bible study by J.I. Packer entitled "KNOWING GOD" should call the number above or the church (274-3019). This is a deep and though provoking study.


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for 7:30 a.m. classes, so the schedule was changed and classes began at 8 a.m. "The furiny thing was," Long joked, "the students who couldn't make it at 7:30 a.m. still couldn't make it at 8 a.m." Long also pointed out that it used to be unique to have older students in his classes. Now there are many non-traditional students who, Long believes, have changed the attitudes of all students. "They are motivated and dedicated/' which he feels rubs off on the traditional students. Did Long ever think he'd be at PSC for 30 years? "Heavens no!" he said. But with his optimistic attitude and dedication to teaching and to the PSC campus, one can probably expect to see this patriarch around campus past the turn of the century. "It's been a great journey," Long concluded.

Thank vou Andrea and Heather for all vour hard work! We wish vou well in vour future endeavors. Your contributions to this vear's paper were priceless. -the Times staff

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:)rtmeier's solid-D earns her )lover of the vear nomination ~y

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This issue's intramural "Player of the Year" candidate is Cari )rtmeier, senior elementary I early childhood major. Ortmeier is a member of "Your Tuition at Work," one of the seven viffleball teains competing for the title of wiffleball champs. She is a former PSC soft1'all player and a member of the '96 softball team that went · to nationals, which may give her a little edge in the wiffleball department. · She played third base for the team and as coach'.feske said, "She was rock solid at third base as she made some great plays for us." When Ortmeier was asked what makes her lethal on the field she commented, "Playing with the old men makes my abilities really stand out." When she isn't setting record breakng double play combinations, her hobbies include playing racquet>all, working at the Bobcat Bookstore, playing hopscotch with Big Bird rom Sesame Street and frolicking around with King Friday in Mr. {ogers' Neighborhood. She's just a big kid at heart, and lbet all of you readers want to ask )rtmeier, Won't you be my neighbor? .

PERU STATE MEN'S BASKETSAU Will ENTER 1997 ranked 17th in the notion. Their success stems from aggressive ploy by ployers like senior Lance Cohn (42) who needs on extro step to lift himself over the Kansas Wesleyan player. -photo by Andrea Tee

Men's team marching throug.h schedule ly Terry Dugan

Bobcats took advantage. Thirtyone of the Bobcat's 85 points came The Peru State-men's basketball via the charity stripe. Sophomore earn continued their march guard Shawn Gibbs converted 11 hrough the schedule by winning of his 14 free throw attempts on hePeruStateTournamentDec.6- his way to his season high 13 points. Senior forward Lance In the first round of the tourna- Cohn grabbed eight rebounds in ·:>-.t, the Bobcats toppled Kansas the win. .l?yan (who they defeated earThe 'Cats squared off against ~'l the season by a margin of Dana College in the champion:;.:ilnts) by the score of 85-74. ship game and defeated them by "L State jumped to a 20 point the narrowest of margins, 77-75. 'i:. at halftime even though Senior forward Tom Riley >teyan recorded a better shoot- pulled down seven boards and :~rcentage (57 percent-SO perscored 18 points. Cohn dished out eight assists, and senior guard Jown the stretch, free throws· Greg Thompson captured seven .· .2me a major factor, and the defensive rebounds.


On Dec. 3, Peru State defeated Grand View (IA) College, 80-75. Freshman. point guard Jermel Ward and Cohn both scored 18 points. Senior guard Scott Daniell and Thompson garnished six assists each. Senior Lawrence Hollier led the with seven rebounds. Peru takes their four-game winning streak on the road to Dort (IA) College and Bellevue College before taking two weeks off for semester break The Bobcats resume their seven-game road trip against Avila (MO) College Jan. 8 and finally return home Jan. 21 against Nebraska Wesleyan.


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PERU STATE TOURNAMENT PERU STATE (85) KANSAS WESLEYAN (74) Ward 4-12 3-413, Daniell 4-10 0-1 11, Thompson 1-3 0-0 3, Riley 514 2-2 14, Gibbs 1-1 11-14 13, Johnson 2-4 1-2 5, Cohn 1-5 7-8 9, Hollier 2-3 4-4 8, Maxwell 1-11-3 3, James 2-4 2~2 6

PERU STATE (80) GRAND VIEW (75) Ward 6-8 4-4 18, Daniell 2-2 0-0 6, Thompson 2-3 0-0 5, Riley 6-11 02 14, Gibbs 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 1-4 2-2 4, Cohn 9-12 0-118, Hollier 36 1-4 7, Maxwell 0-2 2-2 2, James 3-4 0-0 6

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Women's basketball benefits from 'everyone contributing' ·By Greg Wolfe "Well, we've lost a couple of close ones," commented Coach Tara Kreklau on how the season has gone. The most recent example was the nail biter last Saturday night versus Dana, where the Dana women squeaked out a 71-72 victory. Kreklau continued, "It was another strong team effort with everyone contributing again." That is. still the story of the season thus far; everyone is contributing. In the past week five different players have put up double digits in scoring with three double doubles shuffled into the mix. "Last week was a real solid week for us," said freshman guard Steph Hornung. "We played good teams and played some great games-overall it was a real solid effort." Not only have the women been balanced in the scoring and rebounding, ·but "we've been getting a good constant effort out of the women too," added Kreklau. 'ftte most notably consistent efforts have been coming from

freshman guard DeeAnn Othmer, sophomore Celeste Nolte and senior Angie Hubach. Hubach continues to lead the team in scoring and rebounds, while one of the new faces has stepped in to help out the team in DeeAnn Othmer. She noted how things are starting to come around for the team. . "We are startfug to get to know each other better on the court," said Othmer. "We know what to expect of each other now and where we are supposed to be on the_ court." But the meshing as a team has been tough due to injuries of various players throughout the season so far. Now that the team is almost completely healthy we can hope to see a more efficient team on the court. ~ "We've been preparing for each game really well· mentally and physically and are playing better than our 5-6 record shows," concluded Kreklau. The next games for the Bobcats to prepare for take place the weekend of Dec. 20 and 21 at the Midland Lutheran Tournament.

SENIOR GUARD Jill SCHUlTE SEES THE PASS but needs to find a waL,J around the elastic arms of a Concordia College plaL,Jer. The LadL,J Bobcats now have a 5-6 record. -photo by Andrea Tee

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New assistant coach brings experience to women's team By Gretchen M. Stukenholtz Basketball fever is in the air at Peru State C()llege, and the Lady Bobcats are riSirig to' the occasion; The 1996-97 women's season has begun with new players, goals and an assistant coach. · Jack Denker of Nebraska City as·sumes the assistant coaching position. ·'-'--..-..-....-_..:...;...__.According to Tara Kreklau, head basketball coach "Denker fits a lot. of the requir~ ments we are looking for." Denker is new to the PSC ath-

letic department, but. he is no stranger to the game. "With his knowledge about the game and his recruiting connections, he -w,:ill be a great asset to our program," Coach Kreklau said. Denker's many years of experience help him in on-court teaching. Since receiving his education and coaching degree from the University ofNebraska-Lincoln in 1985, Denker has coached girl's basketball at Nebraska City Public Schools. After taking a year off from coaching, Denker said, "I felt the fever to get back into the game. When this position came up, I had to jump at the Chance." Denker enjoys the position at PSC and the flexibility it offers him. "I really like coaching at this


level. The maturity of the players and their hard work and dedication prove they want to be there." PSC basketball coaching doesn't s'top:with Denker; it runs in the family. Denker's wife Chris, a former PSC student in English education, is also a girl's basketball coach. .Before coaching at PSC, Chris was head coach at Lourdes Central High School in Nebraska City; the couple coached as a team for Nebraska City Public Schools. With two coaches, two teams and the basketball season heating up, Denker admits it's going to be a hectic time of year. "Although it's a busy time of year for us, we both love the game and enjoy coaching it, so it makes it all worthwhile."

PERU STATE (70) DANA(71) Schulte 5-10 11-14 21; Othmer 3-8 2-29, Steins2-50-14,Nolte5-778 17; Hubach 3-9 1-2 7, Petry 1-1 0-0 2, Hornung 1-3 0-0 3, Stillinock 3-61-3 7, Buel< 0-0 0-0 0 PERU STATE (75) GRAND VIEW (54) Smallfoot 0-10-00, Schulte 4-8 810 16, Othmer 3-9 3~4 9, Steins 22 2-2 7, Mahlberg 0-0 2-2 2, Nolte 5-10 2-4 12, HuEach 7-14 2-7 16, Pe!t'Y. 1-3 0-0 2, Hornung 2-6 0-0 5, Stillmock 3-5 0-0 6, Buel< 0-0 0-0 PERU STATE (46) CONCORDIA (63) Smallfoot 0-0 0-0 0, Schulte 3-712 7; Othmer 0-4 0-0 0, Steins 0-0 0-10, Mahlberg 0-0 3-4 3, Hubach 5-12 0-0 10, -Petry 1-2 2-2 5 ~ornung 6-15 2-216, Stillmock l~ 43-5 5







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MEN'S 8RSKET8AU. 20 @ Bellevue College Jan. 8 @ Avila College Jan. 10-11 @ Hastings Tournament Jan. 15 @ Doane College Jan. 18 @ St. MarL,J College Jan. 21 vs. Nebraska WesleL,Jan Jan.23 vs. Bellevue College Jan.-25 @ Midland Lutheran Jan. 27 vs. Baker UniversitL,J Jan. 30 vs. St. MarL,J College

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December 13, 1996 Times' prognosticators pick pigskin winners By Clint Edwards and Andrea Tee NOTE: Not for gambling purposes (TWO WORDS: Boston College, okay?) Dec. 19 Las Vegas Bowl • Nevada v. Ball State Edwards:· Nevada Tee: Ball State Dec. 25 Aloha Bowl California v. Navy Edwards: Navy Tee: California

Dec. 29 Alamo Sowl Texas Tech v. Iowa Edwards: Texc:JsJ~i:fr' Tee: Texas Tech>·.

Jan. 1 Gator Bowl North Carolina v. W. Virginia North Carolina · ii: North Carolina


Dec. 30 ·•. Holiday Sciwf Washington V• Colo Edwards:< Navy Tee: CalifClrnid ··

Dec. 27 Liberty Bowl Houston v. Syracuse Edwards: Syracuse Tee: Syracuse Dec. 27 Carquest Sowl .Mlam! v. Virginia Edwards: Virginia Tee: Miami Dec. 27 Copper Sowl Utah v. Wisconsin Edwards: Wisconsin Tee: Utah Dec. 28 Peach Bowl Clemson v. LSU Edwards: LSU Tee: LSU

)wing batter, batter :ERRI BRANDT, SENIOR PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIOLOGY MAJOR and team nember of Swails & Switts. shows how the game of wiffleball is played in Dec. 4 in the AWAC. -Photo by Andrea Tee

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lndependenc Auburn v~:Ar Edwards; Army · Tee: Firrpy: · Dec. 31. ·· . Orange .sc>uJI · Nebraska v. Virginia Tech Edwards: Nebraska.< · Tee: Nebraska Jan.1•'···· Outback Bowl ... Alabama v. Mh:hlgQn Edwards: Ala.boma ·. Tee: Alabama •

Will you appreciate 'tushes' when I'm gone? ~v.-

it's time. Like Lou Holtz coach for Notre Dame), 2rn 3tallings (head coach for lat ma), and Johnny Majors ea1 :oach for Pittsburgh), I too nIJBiring. <'vllll:ome to that time in my life he I need to move on. My time re t Peru and at the Peru State mt has come to an end; this 1a1 !r of my life is over. I have 1is !d my schooling here at PSC i . y my student teaching left ··cc 1plete which I am going to .m e in California. · I < t going to miss PSC and its h1 ics. I have had a great time 'rE nd wouldn't trade it for the or (well, maybe for a six pack). .it )Wit's time for me to leave te otball, softball and baseball m s in the snow behind and :a to some warmer weather. .li! vinter I'll be trading in my

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snow boots and mittens for some shorts and T-shirts for the first time in two years. ·I'll miss the popular activitiessnow sports such as sledding down the football field hill, tubing down Ole' Gut Buster, playing tackle football in the snow, pushing my truck out ot a snow bank or sliding down the Complex hill (in a car) off the cliff and ending up sideways half way down the park's ravine. But, in a way, I'm going to miss the snow, kinda ...a little bit... maybe not at


Many good things have happened in sports during my two and a half year stay. . Last year the· softball team (which I was a member of) went to nationals for the first time in a long time, the volleyball team went to nationals two of those years and the football team had a winning season this year for the first·time since I've been here. And yes, it's a sad thing, but along with my retirement, the "tush" rating system must come

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to an end. This news might make some happy, but for most of you PSC sports fans, it will be a sad day. Before the tears start to stream down your face, this issue I am payingtributetosomeofthegreat "tushes" of the PSC athletes (to be recognized by their team # and initials). For football: #15 S.W., #14 A.B., #7 T.R., former #6 J.D., and former #3 C.0. For baseball: #9 D.U., #8 B.C., and #1 J.G. May all of you keep your tushes tight and your buns firm. (For those athletes who were not mentioned, I didn't get your permission to mention your "tush" and didn't want to get you in trouble with your girlfriend.) Oh yes, and· I can't forget the man with the mystery "tush", he goes by the initials M.H. And for Chris Raabe, former

baseball player at PSC: if yoµ'r:e reading this, your tush could use a little firming, and it is what I would call a "shelf butt." It's not quite the don't-squeeze-theCharmin "tush" that I look for. And as for your wife's opinion, love is blind! So, now my work here is finished, and it's time for me to be on my way. But, as I travel west to find my place in this great "tush" nation of ours, I question my calling in life. Do I teach the young ones of our nation, or do I hang out m Newport Beach with a bunch of towels and wait for the low tide, thesuntosetandasurferwiththe butt of Adonis to walk by, give me a wink and strut his stuff all the way to Athens? Surf's up, Dude!

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Issue 7

This year's music scene not

OJ. Simpson I will not wrestle with anyone again. John duPont

I will not kill anyone's ex-wife.* Bill Clinton

I will try not to burn the bridge to the 21st century. Michael Jackson

I will destroy the child, assuming it's mine, immediately af-

ter birth and never, ever think about breeding again. Jeffrey

I will remain dead. I will not come back to life. And, I will st~p

pondering how ironic it is that worms are eating me.

Your Average Everyday Pedophile

When babysitting, I will remember to write down when the parents said they would be home so no embarrassing situations develop like last year. *Note: The top two resolutions may be interchanged to make other





December 13, 199(

The year is coming to a close and 1997 is right around the corner. So let us reflect back on 1996--the year in music. All in all this year wasn't bad. It left us with a few good albums and a couple of good tours. Truly nothing to complain about. Probably the most important album was the new Metallica album. It had been five years since the last studio album, the Black album. The Black album brought the band to the masses with hit singles that contained only elements of their previous work and an utterly insane world tour that lasted 3 years. The follow-up was highly anticipated. "Load," Metallica's new record, revealed a drastic change in the band. Overall the album is good, but left long-time fans feeling betrayed. Metallica turned into the kind of band they would have beat the crap out of ten years ago. Eyeliner and short hair? Instead of being traditional or starting a new trend they followed one. Even parts of the album sound like Soundgarden or Alice in Chains. When heavy metal fell from grace a few years ago Metallica fans hoped their band could be their anchor until this alternative storm had passed. In the end they were left to drift alone. If you still love the thrash that


Metallica used to put on their records; you're not totally abandoned. Slayer is there for you. They refuse to slow down. Their last album, "Undisputed Attitude" was greatly overlooked. It was mostly a collection of cover tunes originally done by such hardcore band like T.S.O.L., Verbal Abuse, and Minor Threat. They even do the Stooges's "I Wanna Be Your Dog," changing it to a humorous and interesting "I'm Gonna Be You're God." They also threw in a couple of originals. This album isn't for everyone, but if you like a band with more energy than Memorial Stadium on game day, this could be your album of the year. My vote for album of the year though goes to Social Distortion's "White Light, White Heat, White Trash." These are some great songs by a great band. These guys have been playing punk for almost fifteen years and I sure hope they see another fifteen. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers showed up on two albums this


year. The first one was thei: soundtrack for "She's The One. The second was as a back-up bane for Jolmny Cash on his new alburr "Unchained." I haven't got the chance to buy "Unchained," bu if it's anything like his last recorc it's a must-have. Tom Petty anc the Heartbreakers are also a bane that has been around. for a lon[ time. May the basic straightfor¡ ward rock n' roll they play neve; die. We were also blessed with < couple of good tours this year. 0: course Kiss' s reunion tour wa~ one of them. Too bad I didn't havt the cash to go. According to thost that went it was the experience o a lifetime. The other importan tour was Ozzfest. If nothing els< Ozzfest was an oasis in a woric of bands that are Nirvana anc Pearl Jam wannabees. Overall 1996 was a good yea; but let's hope 1997 is even bette: Last issue's answer was Twistec Sister. For this time 'What twc rockers did the duet "Stop Drag ging My Heart Around?"

By Scott Krichau and Parry Docksiie

January 31, 1997

Volume 74

路Costa R路ica rolls out red carpet for PSC students By Krys Leeds

Congressman Doug Bereuter couldn't do it. First Lady Hillary Clinton couldn't do it. Even the American Embassy couldn't do it. So, Dr. Kelly Asmussen, assistant professor of .criminal justice, took things into his own hands. On Jan. 3, a group consisting of five UNL students, five students from Washburn University, a district judge from Topeka, eight Peru students and Asmussen came together to experience a different culture and to study a foreign judicial system. One of the "experiences" Asmussen wanted the students to have was a visit with Costa Rica's First Lady. After imploring the aid of several members of the American government to no avail, Asmussen realized he could not be bashful. So he took it upon himself to call. the Presidential Mansion in Costa Rica and try to arrange a visit. Not only was the group able. to visit the Presidential Mansion, but the red carpet was rolled out, and the First. Lady spoke with them for an hour and a half. She also took individual photos with each one of them, as well as a group photo. "Even after spending all day touring prisons, there was not one

person not totally thrilled to be there. We were treated with dignity, as if they already knew us." said Asmussen. The eight Peru students included in this trip: Jason Ross, junior psychologyI sociology major; Amy Evans, senior psychology I sociology/criminal justice major; Michelle Barrett, senior psychology /sociology major; Stacy Schelbitzki, sophomore art major; Kelly Ward, senior psychology I sociology I criminal justice major; Jeff Reed, se-nior psychology/ sociology major; Andy Tynon, senior math secondary education with a middle school endorsement; and Chris Darnell, senior criminal justice major, were part of a three credit-hour course that studied the American criminal justice system and compared it with the justice systems found in other countries. The trip to Costa Rica was scheduled as part of the class so the students could have the opportunity to travel internationally and experience another culture while leaming about the Costa Rican criminal justice system. "As a result, the students have a great educational experience that. will provide them with wonderful memories of their educational experience at Peru State College," said Asmussen.

Contmued on page 4

ON A RECENT TRIP TO COSTA RICA, Dr. Kelly Asmussen. assistant professor of criminal justice. planned a visit with the country's First Lady (standing fifth from the left) who is currently hosting a nationwide campaign against domestic violence. On this tour. students were given the opportunity to witness first-hand the culture of a third-world country where women ore to be seen and not heard; women are intended to follow and do not make statements of importance. Asmussen is in the initial stages of planning a return visit to Australia next year and is refining last year's program to make it even better.

' of Vi~tory' will perform at Peru State feb-. 4 The "Voices of Victory" choir from Omaha's Salem Baptist Church will present a special evening of song and dance at Peru State College on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The concert, the second of four special musical events at Peru State in 199&:97, begins at 7 p.m.

in the College Theater according to PSC President Robert Burns. While the performance is open to the general public and there is no charge, reservations are required to assure seating. To make reservations, call Peggy Groff at 872-2332 to make reservations. The "Voices of Victory" have

shared the stage with many top gospel artists and have made recordings as well. Their album "I Don't Feel No Ways Tired" was nominated for a Grammy. The group has provided special music atrecentPeru State College Commencement ceremonies.

Peru State's sophomore portfolio pl,an 'creates a model' for other schools By Debbie Sailors

other schools, according to Dr. Dan Cox, coordinator of the eduThe mere mention of the words cation division. He continued, puts fear into the hearts of fresh- "Portfolio assessment is popi.ilar men and sophomores. Those who with many schools, but no other have escaped its hold breathe a schools that we know of have sigh of relief. Many students and implemented assessment proinstructors were rudely reminded grams that focus .not only on stuof the existence of the sophomore dent achievement but also on the portfolio late last semester as they progress of the educational proscrambled to finish necessary gram." projects. The plan resulted from a 1991 Some grumbled about the "ex- visit by an evaluation team from . tra work." Others questioned the North Central Association, a maneed for the portfolio. Still others jor accrediting agency. The team , turned in projects without ques- cited PSC's lack of a student outtion. Most were probably un- comes assessment plan as a aware that the sophomore portfo- "weakness" but did unconditioniflio, part of Peru's overall out- ally recommend full reaccreditaycomes assessment plan, leads the tion. Another visit was scheduled 路 ' way for other schools in portfolio for 1994. assessment. Various cominittees comprised fudeed, PSC's sophomore port- of faculty members, staff memfolio plan "created a model" for l;>ers and students worked over

the next three years to develop a comprehensive. and' systematic assessment plan that would comply with North Central's criteria. The sophomore portfolio responded directly to North Central's call for mid-course assessment of student achievement. Dr. Robert Burns, PSC president, commented, "This particular路 approach to assessment was written in conjunction with Nort.h Central's evaluation. As one piece of an entire assessment plan, the sophomore portfolio is one step to gather information from students to allow faculty to see if students are achieving as expected. On the surface, the question is 'How is the student doing?' The real question is 'Are we giving the student what the student needs?"' PSC' s sophomore portfolio plan specifically provides for faculty

responsibility for the development of student portfolio projects and collection of assigned work. Other assessment plans call for portfolios accumulated by students or stan~ardized sophomore testing, both of which place a burden on studentsIn addition, PSC's plan is intended to permit faculty to assess the effectiveness of the general education studies program using the portfolio evaluation results. Peru's model results in student and program assessment evaluation. Like any plan that breaks new ground, it has not been without a few bumps along the way. The implementation timetable stipufated that portfolio projects be developed and administered by general education faculty during the fall 1994 semester and that the

NCA returns for focused visit: PSC presents assessment plan

PORTFOLIO TIMELJNE APRIL 1991 A North Central Ass0ciation (NCA) team visited Peru State College for the purpose of conducting a comprehensive reac.creditation evaluation. The team cited the lack of a student outcomes assess~ent plan <lS a "weakness."

199.2-93 Various cominittees develop comprehensive assessment plan to comply with the NCA criteria

results, usually essays, be placed in students files during the spring 1995 semester. After the inception of the plan, but before actual implementation, though, the Vice President for Academic Affairs office, charged with the overall administration of the program, saw Dr. Terry Smith leaving at the end of the spring 1996 semester, with Dr. David Ainsworth, education chair, assuming interim duties as vice president for academic affairs . Although Smith had asked for and obtained a one-:year extension from North Central, the ac.tual collection of student portfolio work did not begin in earnest until the fall 1996 semester, one year late. The sophomore portfolio plan is

Rescheduled beginning of collection of projects after one-year extension

Fall 1995

APRIL 1994 Fall 1994 Scheduled beginning of collection of student sophomore portfolio projects

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First portfolio evaluations scheduled

Late Spring 1998

Fall 1996 Actual collection of sophomore portfolio projects begin


fte>-om draws will be Feb. 1 0-14 :~y.Stucient who is not married, under the age of 21, not a junior,

~i:d :in more .than: eight credit hours, not a veteran of the fi:>t~~s :¢ceivi£Jg veterans benefits or not living at home with a

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Tuesclov. Feb. 11 JuniorS qnd Seniors · . :.: Juniors and seniors, at the following times, may sign up for any open roominanyhall•. · · · . Morg~ Hall 7-9 p.m. · Delzell Hall . 7-9 p.m. · · · Centenial Complex (students are to go to the Live Oak Room in the Student Center) 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. Feb. 12 Sophomores . . . Sophomore$, at the following times, may sign up for any open room inanyhall. Morgan Hall 7-9 p.m. Delzell Hall 7-9 p.m. Centenial Complex (students are to go to .the Live Oak Room in the Stutlent Center) 5-7 p.m.

· · lh11rsdqy. Feb. 13 fmhmeq Freshmen, at the following times, may sign up for any open room in

any hall.

Morgan Hall 7-9 p.m. Delzell Hall 7-9 p.m. Centenial Complex (students are to go to the Live Oak Room in the Student Center) 5-7 p.m. · frldav. Feb. 14. Juniors qnd Seniors Any student may sign up for any open room in any hall. Office of Residence Life 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

"THE CONTRAST OF THE REDS AND GREENS SHOW THE ARTIST'S••.'' THE ANNUAl PSC STUDENT ART EXHIBIT is currently being housed in the Art Gallery in the Jindra Fine Arts Hall. According to assistant professor.of art Peggy Jones, art scholarship recipients ore chosen based partly entrance in this show. The accepted art work includes paintings, drawings, sculpture. ceramics, encaustic, mixed-media and three-dimensional constructions. The show will continue through Feb. 14 and con be seen from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday or by appointment (8722275). "Psalm 42:5" (right) by sophomore art major Andre Agee is one of the 39 pieces displayed in this . t,iear's show. A number of pieces may also be purchased by the general public. -photo by Terry Dugan

Do you feel the AI Wheeler Activity Center should be open over finals week? Russell Crouch

junior speechfdrama secondary education

"Yes, I think it should be open over finals week; it's a stress reliever for the students who want to go down and use it."

Brian Miller

junior esycholC?9y/sociology major

'Yes, I think it should be open. It is better for students; instead of going down to the bar, they can go down and hang out in tfie pool or shuot some hoops."

Angela Tanner ""freshman undecided

"No, I don't think so. Students need to focus on their studies, like n:tYself, and with the AWAC open it's only another distraction."


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Contmued from page 1 not without its detractors. Some feel it's hard to measure the skills and knowledge learned in general education classes. Ainsworth, when asked about mid-course assessment, responded, "We may never have a way to effectively measure how much we've taught you. You may not know much you've learned until you've been out of school for 10to15 years." Others have different concerns. Dr. Spencer Davis, professor of history, feels "it's important that portfolio work be done in class so that it is actually submitted by the student and so that it's roughly equivalent from person to person." Student concerns include worries about additional class work, which assignments will be included, whether teachers will adequately explain the program to students and the ramifications of the eventual evaluation process. The assessment plan calls for evaluation of a student portfolio by two faculty members, one of whom is the student's advisor, during the second semester of the student's sophomore year. The faculty members prepare a writ-


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ten report and present it to the student. The student whose portfolio is judged unsatisfactory must work with the faculty members to plan for needed improvements before continuing to upper-level coursework. Transfer students or other students whose portfolios contain no materials will also need to work with the appropriate faculty committees to schedule completion. When will the first sophomore portfolio evaluations begin? "It looks like it's going to be a while," stated Ainsworth. "When this past fall's group of freshmen finish their gen. ed.'s, we will have [some] completed portfolios." The sophomore portfolio program, while breeding fear in the hearts of many, provides Peru State faculty and administration with a means to assess not only student achievement but also the progress of the college general education studies programs. Dr. Burns summed it up, "If what we discover is we could be doing things better, then it's our obligation to change. And, if assessment can be done a better way and we find out about it, then we ought to change that too. After all, it's really a test of how the institution is doing."


Choir Concert (3 p.m.). College Theater

1 PPST (7 o.m.), TJ Majors

2 Solem Baptist Choir (7:30 p.m.). College Theater

1-6 Choir Tour

12 Karaoke Contest (TBA), Student Center

13 Aeolian II (8 p.m.). Benford Recital Holl



Movie "Tin Cup" (8 p.m.) Student Center

Valentine's Dance (9 p.m.). Student Center


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PSC students pay to play Because of its geographic isolation, must Peru State College do more than other colleges to provide alternatives for students? We don't have a movie theater, bowling alley, dance club or concert hall, but ohe of the greatest recreational assets the school has is also one of its most used, even though students have limited access to it: the Al Wheeler Activity Center. Compared with other student programs, limited cost is involved in operating the AWAC. A work study watches over the facilities to make sure no one runs away with or destroys the building, a custodian tends the center and utilities must be paid to keep the lights on. · Acurrent proposal states that the AWAC will open later to the public to accommodate athletic programs that.currently need the center to practice. But, we say, if students have to wait longer to play basketball, swim or run their mile and a half, keep the AWAC open longer, maybe until midnight. Just give the students that choice--that alternative to drinking and restlessness .. Give them a place to go to let out their frustrations and hang out with their friends. But most of all, give them what they paid for'-a safe, well-lit place to clear their head of the pressures of college.


MW do.esn't know 'sti (unless they create it) Sometimes, it's the little things ' that really drive me crazy. For instance, while watching MTV recently, I caught the ne,west Tool video from their CD, "Aenima." The veejay explained apologetically that the song would be identified only as "Track #1" because of viewer objections to the actual title. I ·became intrigued as to what the. actual song title was. What could be so horrendous, so offensive and objectionable to MTV viewers? · It didn't take long to find out. Radio stations, obviously oblivious to outraged MTV fan demands'. were blatantly touting the Tool tune, title and. all! Music stores, also seemingly unaware of the contro:versy, prominently displayed the CD, with the track #1 title available for all to read .. What was the shameful song · title? What words brought the

Politics as usual allows for loopholes in justice During this last presidential election, money-where it comes from and how it is used-seems to be a key question about the integrity of our political leaders. The Republicans screamed about illegal Asian money given to the Democrats while one of Dole's own top political cronies pleaded guilty to money laundering and illegal campaign finance. As well ADM, the nation's largest agribusiness, was given the largest fine in history for illegal market manipulations while they pored millions into the Republican coffers. Funny, that old adage of a pot calling a kettle black sure comes to mind. It seems people like Mr. Gring:rich believe because the Congress makes the laws they are above the law. The recent finding of the House Ethics Committee is a good example that politics as usual is still going on. The speaker committed a criminal act by his own admission. In order

MTV powers-that-be to their generic knees? "Stin:kfest." Now, believe me, I'm no superhuge Tool fan or anything, especially of their videos, which are kind of cool and way creepy. And I have no specialinterest in promoting their musical careers. But, "Stink/est"? "Stin:kfest" is so rude and crude that the masses must be protected with innocent little "Track #1 "? I don't think so! . The station that barely bleeps Alanis Morrissette, Nine Inch Nails and Sublime has a problem with "Stinkfest"? Frankly, I just don't understand a TV world where I'm allowed to view Den

nis Franz's shower-soaked naked

ass, but "Stinkfest" is considered· too crass for my Mtv :Viewer sen-' sibilities. . . , Green Day's "Geek Stink Breath" came to mind~ t,tnfortti~ nately'. I remember th~nking, "What a putrid-Somi,amg title for a song!" I don't remember ihihk'"' ing, "Gee, I wish MTV had kept me from knowin,g:~f;' > ·,, It was months ago· thatJ first noticed.this "Track-#1': cover~up. I recently saw the video again, noting that now it's been d~b]?ed a prestigious (by MTV standards; anyway) -BREAiq.:}:IROUGH VIDEO. And, it'.s.stiffkriown only as "Track #1." 1

Chaney 'ashamed to have newspap.~a: associated with Peru State College' Colleges are institutions of higher learning, and we should In these trying days of fighting ·have a newspaper which reflects the war on drugs, I am surprised this concept. We could have coland offended that we are pro- umns on the important issue$ moting drug use right here on faciiigthe~o?\mqj'U~@~,~ : our very own campu,s., What I · nation; We could also . ptitlliis: \ am talkirig about is the cartoon obvious but misplaced talen,t to· ' featured in our Times publication work designing a yearbook for titled "Diesel Dog.'t If you the college. It would be excinb:g haven't caught this degrading if we had a paper and a yearbook and warped cartoon, you are not worthy of our college education and intellect. In a world with de· missiJ:lg a thing. We have intelligent and intel- clining morals and stan~l:tl$s ~; lectual students who write for hope I am n0t alo~e'.·ir\ q~aita~ the paper, so why doesn't the ing more for my educa:tibi::l dt>l~: · publication reflect this? Instead lars not less. we have columns on tushes and cartoons about dogs who do Deb Chaney heroin. Anthropomorphism is a senior logical style for a cartoon, but elementary_a:t;tq special .educa:, · humans have many attributes · tion·inajor ' which could be depicted by the dogs besides drug use. I am Editor's note: • ashamed to have this newspaper 1993 represented the fln!ll_y,:~a~ associated with Peru State Col- of the Peruvian, Peru $fute;s year~ lege. book. It ceased publicatiol'. due , to a lack of interest. -

Dear Editor,

to prevent a censure and loss of the Speakership, Mr. Gringrich through legal maneuvering agreed to plead guilty to the charges if the Ethics Committee agree only. to pursue a reprimand. That's what criminals do in a law court when they l<now they are guilty but.wantto "cop a plea." If you listened to Mr. Cole, who investigated the case for the committee, you would soon realize that the Speaker of the House was guilty of criminal behavior that could land him injail. If you or I did such a thing, we'd be looking at the world from behind bars. But then again we aren't the Speaker of the House are we?

When did the Constitution guarantee tWo sets ·of values:· one for the powerful and rich, and another for everyone else? Hopefully the Justice and Treasury Departments will have the fortitude to continue looking into Mr. Gringrich's illegaLbehavioi'. be~ yond the very partisan whitewash that Congress did. We have a new Congress, a sec-· ond term president, and a commitment to change according to the platforms of both political parties. What is obvious .in the past few weeks is that we have also been told that the reality is politics as usual, Boys.


Bereuter calls for balanced The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru State College, is published seven times per semester by Peru State College students. The Times office is located in the college publication office in the Physical Plant Building, telephone (402) 872-2260. Opinions expressed may not necessarily be those of the entire editorial staff. All letters to the editor 1are welcomed. Letters, cartoons, articles and so forth submitted to the Times should be signed by the lindividual(s) submitting them and will be published at the discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor i should not exceed 250 words in length. The Times reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor for '!grammar and style. The Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. . .1· 111 ·1 Please send material to: Editor , Peru State Times .:.I , Campus Mail PRIJ:E WINNING Peru State College NEWSPAPER Peru, NE 68421 1996 or by e-mail: lfebrm!ka rr... Alllloclat!an 1




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From Rep. Doug Bereuter

A child born today owes nearly $200,000 in taxes just to pay the interest on the nation's debt. The current Federal debt is approximately $4.9 trillion, and interest on the debt alone is $235 billion .mnually-and growing. If the growth of government spending is not curtailed, the. Federal deficit will reach $7.533 trillion by 2005. Americans are paying a steep ;price for this debt today. If our, ·nation had a balanced budget, car 'loan rates and student loan rates 'would be as much as tWo perC:entage points lower. By lowering interest rates, a balanced budget could create 6.1 million new jobs in the next ten years. A constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget, or perhaps a similar spending limit based on a percentage of the gross national product, would provide


the members. ot Congress collec- . tively with the nec~ssity to either . say no, limit proposed or force decreases in· o!'der tcmieet : the spending limitations. . . . , Congress as an institution Meds '. an excuse to say "no" to constitµ-: ent groups who push for new or: expanded programs or proje_~ts that are not priority. spendi11g items. These are tough b_ut, hf;!~es- · sary choices and .this _iS)i .n~~s­ sary reform to·for<;:e,~~cJ:'t:.~le,~i­ sions. We cannot: resp'onsiOly leave this- legacy- of.debt· fur· future generations. · ·, · .' ~ ··:.. --· Amending the .Con5titutionis a s'erious step tl:tat s):10uldnever l;>e taken lightly; however,_ clef;.<;it spending has become a perpetual practice. Actual ratification_of ~e proposed amendment by tl:).e 11ec~ essary number of states· !s a very important step towarci fiscal in'tegrity for the Federal' Government.


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when you have a s6:iU(}\:v:liat rau,nchy sense of hum9r;:: b~t your parents think you are.asaintwliowoUldneverleta ''.ba:d.':W,or!i?~(!}crosshei:lips? , ;Q>lfol;e:sttld~tscorifront astheseevery day. We:"hi.tist m:~euv:er through the tan:gled jungle ofothers' expectation5and arrive at a unique; solid sense of who we are. We are Cfumging and developing, which can cause problems if those close ep:uivinsist on seeing only what tpey want to see in us. . According to popular culture, we should be fighting a bloody generation war or severely disfancing ourselves from our par• ~ts.Neither seems to be happening at PSC. Most students, while valuing their individuality and recognizing that they are not who their parents say they are, realize that the generatibn gap is not something to get angry about.

don't realize it," Asher says. "It's how our minds work. If you don't want to see something, you're net going to." Laura Kelsay, senior secondary education/social sciences major, agrees. She believes that we should not force·our personalities down our parents' throats. "They'll come around eventually," she says. Dr. Joel Lundak, associate professor of psychology, frequently counsels children and their parents about identity issues. He helpsparentsempowertheirchildren to be a unique individual. Some parents, he says, meari well, butneedtorecognizethelimitsof control. When parents try to define us, he says, we should "assert [ourselves] with tact and humor." Understanding perspective is also very important, Lundak says. We should try to see the situation through our parents' eyes, while still asserting ourselves. After all, Lundak says, "the world would be a mess if your generation looked at everything the same

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Display of inventions made by black inventors (Student Center) FEB. 3

Black History Month Ribbon Day (Ribbons will be distributed irom 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Center) FEB. 10-14

CAB presents a week long demonstration on the celebration of the holiday Kwanzaa-(Noon, Student Center) FEB. 17 The video "'The Civil Rights Movement" will be shown at noon (Bur Oak Room, Student Center) FEB. 18

The multicultural group uDistinguished Gentlemen" will sing at 8 p.m'.-(College Theater) FEB. 20

The video "The Histo~y of Slavery" will be shown at J)oon (Bur Oak Room, Student Center) FEB. 20

The movie uThe Color Purple" will be shown at 8 p.m. (Student Center) FEB. 25

Sean Sasser, from MTY, will speak on AIDS awareness at 8 p.m. (College Theater)

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· . Peru State's Wmter Guard has been in a whirlwind .of activity since:f!i£?.beginningofthesemester. ;,~;<: > . · . ·. : Th~ PSCWiriter Guard is an '.auxiliciI'.y tU).it 6£. the band prowam, They perform exhibition ~howsfor-reeruiting and publicity purposes at Nebraska.high §<:1)091$ and Pril! 1'.eam competitions. The Winter Guard, under the :direction of Jamie. BoeckS.effron, ··junior elementary I middle· school education· major1 .· also arranges clinics on request.

This semester's show is performed to the music of "Top Gun." The routine includes the use of flags, props and dancing. Jan. 18the PSC Wmter Guard attended its first exhibition at Papillion-La Vista high school. According to Cheryl Fryer, instructor of music, the performance brought the entire audience to their feet, clapping and singing. The six-and-a-half-minute performance was designed by Boeck5effron with input from the rest of the squad. _ Cindy Wmgert, senior math secondary education, said, "This year

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we didn't have as much time to preparetheroutineas_wedidlast year. This year we had to learn it all in under three weeks. This year's squad has an amazing amount of teamwork." Jan. 24 the Wmter Guard held a clinic at Wisner/Pilger and attended an exhibition in Plattsmouth Jan. 25th. At noon on Tuesday, Jan. 28 the Winter Guard performed in the Wheeler Center for the campus. For anyone interested in trying out for Flag Corps or Winter Guard, auditions will be held in April.

One of these memories involved what should have been an hourand-a-half long bus trip on what was supposed to be a 40 passenger bus, that ended up taking over four hours and held 83 people. The bus was stopped by boarder patrolmen carrying M-16 rifles. "It was a touchy situation, interesting, to say the least," said Asmussen. Evans left Costa Rica with several fond memories. "It was great to study the (Costa Rican) criminal justice system and to sneak in a little vacation in the process."

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esting to talk to the people in the juvenile detention center. She also left Costa Rica with a new favorite hobby-white water rafting. "When we went to the coast it was fun to just relax and hang out at the beach," said Ross. They spent two days on a beach less than 10 miles form Panama. But the best part, according to Asmussen was the unity found in this thrown-together group. "To watch that entire group of students come together as one group in less than 24 hours was really something."

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Of TH ARTIS AS A PROF By Scott Krlchau Professor Ken Anderson found himself with a great opportunity iuring the Spring '96 semesterjeing paid for regular duties, but 10 classes to teach. The opportunity was brought ibout by the approval.of his senester long sabbatical. A sabbatical allows a professor to expand :heir knowledge and experiences, IV'hich in tum strengthens their ;kills as an educator. Anderson was faced with the question, "What would I do if I had the time )r the money?" He now had his -::hance to reply. Anderson spent much of his sab?atical traveling the country. New :'ork City and the San Francisco 3ay Area were two major stops on ,tls cross country travel. Each stop 5ave Anderson the chance to visit nany artists in their working enV'ironments, view museum and ~allery exhibits, and interact with :olleagues. Anderson saw many 1p-and-coming artists from ,round the country. The time off also allowed Anderson to build a new studio in downtown Peru. The building was aged and needed a great 'lmount of improvement. It was

converted from a storage barn to a professional artist's studio. The walls and ceiling were covered with drywall, and lights were added. The raised ceiling presented an especially complex problem, but was met head on with enthusiasm. Not only did the sabbatical give him the time to create a production center for his work, but it also allowed many of his students to see a real artist's studio. The sabbatical's value can already be seen in his spring classes. He has gained knowledge of new materials and has directed many new projects towards them. The studio, turned classroom, aids in his students' understanding of the business of art. Without the luxury of a sabbatical, Anderson would have never been able to construct his studio, travel with the same motivation or begin making art everyday. He hasn't had that amount of time to devote to his work since graduate school. He emp4_asizes a strong work ethic by this motivation over his sabbatical. Although much time was spent on his studio construction and traveling the country, the major expenditure of his time was used

creating a new body of work. The large wall-hung sculptural pieces have encompassed much of his time. The pieces contain a universal message of human existence. The experiences contained are not personal for Anderson, but a ubiquitous message. Small bronze cast figures are placed against sizable concrete strUctures~ The bronze figures were made with the help of Tom Palmerton in Brownville, NE. They contain high amounts of detail when viewed intimately. Very little color appears in the pieces, but a strong use of texture is. present.. The titles are very graphic and effective in description of the image. ~ 路Anderson's sabbatical allowed 路hirri to reinforce his strong work ethic with cross country travels, studio construction, and art production, all of which was completed in a short period of time. Anderson's next step will be a one-man exhibition. This recent work will be on exhibit March 31April 25 in the Peru State College Art Gallery. The gallery is located in the Jindra Fine Arts building. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment.


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'8:est forty minutes' of season lift ·Peru State over Bellevue . away With 27 points, seven rebounds and three steals. "It was our best forty minute'S of the season," commented Matt Maxwell, junior forward. The team: then avenged a previous loss to Bellevue University by securing a 89-72 victory: "It was a good solid ball game," Gibbs said. He mentioned that the team didn't play as intensly on defense as in the Nebraska Wesleyan game. The team is healthy compared to the beginning of the season when nine of the 16 players were injured or coming off an injury. Assistant coach Fredd Ward· commented that the team is finally healthy "right .at the right time." The Bobcats will be playing five of their six remaining regular season games at home; These will include two powerhouse tear.p.s, Hastings College, who beat the Cats by 45 points on the road (Feb. 5) and Mid America Nazarene (Feb. 11). Both teams are ranked in the top twenty. .The Bobcat's next five games will be in the Al Wheeler Activity Center, beginning with Avila College on Monday.

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The Peru State men's basketball team suffered a· close road loss agf}tjist Mfitfarid Lu.theran Colleg{o'it Sati:i,:<lay: . · , ·.· · · Tii:e 'Cats lost by a mere four points, 86-90, after playing very weff, 'accordfug to Coach John Gibbs: ,"Qrithe road; we }\ave to pla)!~oodb~ll foi:41) n1]lmtes1 and we·have- to be"'ahead at·fhe end. Weli:ad'Som~'. Chilnces al the end, but they justtfi<lh'tpan out," he said. . . In other recent action, the team p!cked up two big victories on th¢ir hciwe stomping ground, af~ teJ;_p)4yl,ngon the road since Dec. 12.r:>''. .':> >: .. · . . . .The Bobcat$ handed Nebraska Wesleyan their fourth loss of the season with a 93-76 victory. "We played well with intense defens~~pre?sure. They were bigger, but we were quicker," Gibbs said, while tnentioning that the outstanding crowd ·support helped tremendously. Lawrence Hollier, ·senior forward/center, led the Bobcats with the ,ga:~e of his career; walking

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7 January 31, 1997 Women start second half with tough loss to number two ranked Briar Cli Welcome back for the second half of the fast-paced action of the Peru State women's basketball season. The PSC women returned to the court while we were all still stuffing our faces with Christmas leftovers. The first week of January saw the women travelling to Minneapolis to kick off their second half playoff drive. Braving. the cold in the Great White North, the Lady Cats dueled with Concordia of St. Paul and Northwestern (.MN), taking both games with relative ease. Upon their return home the women faced off and dropped a tough game to Doane College.

"They jumped on us quickly," said coach Tara Kreklau, "We just lost our confidence and then our aggressiveness." On the positive side Kreklau continued, "The disappointing performance made us come home and work harder in practice." Since the loss the women put their hard work to the test in the dismantling of Graceland College and a strong performance against the undefeated number two team in the nation, Briar Cliff. Peru State guard Jill Shulte is looking forward to continuing their strong second half. "We've had a lot of intensity, and we're all really enthused," she said, "The poor p.erformance against Doane has made us work

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The 'World's Fastest Man' is n¡ot Michael Johnson When I was home over the ::hristmas holidays I was reninded how self involved many \mericans really are. Take a look >.t the Jan. 13 issue of Sports Illusrated (this was my favorite maga:ine up until this incident). Inside s a personal attack on Olympic .OOm champion - Canadian )onovan Bailey. In the past, was it not the lOOm vinner who earned the title "The Norld's Fastest Man?" Or is that ust when an American wins? fmmm, so what you're saying is hat now the winner of the 200m ;hould be declared the fastest nan? Why? Bailey set a new .vorld record over the lOOm for >ete's sake. He broke the record >f the previous "World's Fastest vian," American Leroy Burrel. So why does SI call Bailey a :rybaby for thinking he should ieserve such a title? Oh that's ight, American Michael Johnson .von the 200m and 400m more mpressively than Bailey won his. \nd I'll never forget how quickly -.JBC was to point out that ohnson's split over the last lOOm

was somewhere around 9.3 seconds. Of course they failed to mention that Bailey's time in the 4x100m gold medal performance (where he also received a running start) was still faster than Johnson's time. But American T.V. wouldn't admit that, right? Which American 4x100m team member was it that said "we didn't lose, we just got second place?" Ya Ya, the U.S. didn't have their best sprinters in the race. So what? Canada almost set a world record. As a matter of fact, Canadian anchor-man Donovan Bailey appeared on Canadian national T.V. after the race and made a,public apology for raising his arm in celebration over the last 10 to 15 meters stating that he should have continued on and set the world





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world record for Canada. Oh well, it probably felt pretty good rubbing the victory in the American's faces. Maybe that is why he is getting ripped by SI, it also may be the reason he didn't get one single solitary vote in the Associated Press (American based) Athlete of the Year. By the way, Rick Flair received a -few votes along with that horse Cigar. You know, Chris Raabe might have even received a few votes; but don't quote me on that. Anyway, it's all going to be

settled May 31. This is the date set for the 150m, once-and-for-all showdown to see who deserves the title "The World's Fastest Man." Now wouldn't SI look stupid if Bailey won that race. Hey, the U;S. didn't win the lOOm or the 4x100m (actually these were 2 of only 30 or so medals Canada did win), but don't worry; the U.S. has pushed for beach volleyball as an official Olympic sport along with other events that professional American athletes can dominate. So don't worry, the U.S. will always be able to get its 100+ medals to show off their dominance in world athletics. Boy, I can't wait until American football becomes an official Olympic sport. Wow. Wouldn't that be something? Farve to Rice for the touchdown. That puts the U.S. up over the Kenyans 105 - 0 just before the half.

that much harder in practice." Coach Kreklau is also looking forward to a positive second'half of the season. "Nobody is blaming anybody for our performances, and as long as we continue with the hard work in p:r:actice things are going to happen. One of these games we're really going to bust out." On a special note, Peru's senior Angie Hubach scored her lOOOth point as a Bobcat in last week's loss to Briar Cliff. The women's season continues Feb. 4 at York; then a rematch with Briar Cliff on the 8th and travel to Des Moines to face Grand View on the 10th before returning home on the 15th to face Hastings. PERU STATE (43) DOANE(77) Smallfoot 0-0 0-0 0, Schulte 2-5 02 4, Othmer 2-11 0-2 4, Steins 2-4 1-2 5, Mahlberg 0-1 0-0 0, Nolte 39 3-5 9, Hubach 3-13 2-8 8, Petry 4-13 0-0 9, Hornung 0-5 0-0 0, Kenning 0-0 0-0 0, Stillmock 1-2 00 2, Buck 1-2 0-0 2

Athletes honored Four PSC student-athletes earned national post-season honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Kendra Cory, middle blocker, was named to the first-team All-Midwest Regional volleyball.;f~am and was - an honorable mention NAIA All-American. Tracy Cochran, senior, was named to the AllMidwest Region second team. Kevin Vogel, linebacker, was Named to the NAIA Division II All-American football sec.ond team on defense, while ZaCh Sangster, wide receiver, was given honorable mention AllAmerican status.

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State of popular music seems hazy' "And the sky is a hazy shade of winter" sang the Bangles for the Less Than Zero soundtrack. Those lines, penned by Simon and Garfunkel 30 years ago, not only describes the scene outside my window, but also the state of popular music. A breath of fresh air sure would be nice. Over the break I happened across just such a breath. It was short and sweet, and I enjoyed it while it lasted. A group of friends and I happened to stumble into TJ's in Brownville at 11:30 the Saturday following New Year's. The place wasn't very full and the band on stage was playing low-down blues. It was the kind of live music that is perfectly suited to a middle of nowhere bar filled with cigarette smoke. And to be in such an environment without a cold Budweiser would be a virtual sin. The vibe was wonderful. The band played impressively, making me wish I'd have gotten there earlier. Before the night was over I got myself a copy of their CD. The band, Blue Eighty Eight, hails from Kansas City. Their selftitled disc is refreshing to hear in a world where the "alternative" music formula has a case of overkill. At the very first notes of their album, I felt relaxed. The songs

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at times evoked memories of Eric Clapton, Lynrd Skynrd, and early ZZTop. The album is very comfortable but refrains from being boring. The songs range from hard driving - "Loreena" to acoustic "Sawed Off Edges" and even a short psychedelic experiment. The catchy "Strange To Say" is perhaps the album's standout with" A Thousand Miles Behind" coming in second. Mark Corbett, the band's lead guitarist plays superbly throughout, as well as singing several songs. Susan Corbett sings the remaining songs, where a smoother and prettier voice was required. The Blue Eighty Eight disc is highly recommended for blues enthusiasts or those looking for something different. I will be getting an updated schedule to let you know where you can go see them in the future. It'll be worth the trip. Two years on the heels of 'The Beatles Live at the BBC' the Brit-


ish Broadcasting Company ha' agreed to license its thousands o. concert tapes. The bands in thesf archives include The Rollin~ Stones, R.E.M., U2, The Smashinl' Pumpkins and many more. High· lights supposedly include Pi111< Floyd's Dark Side of The Moor concert at Wembly Stadium ir 1974 and Led Zeppelin's early performances of "Stairway tc Heaven". The bands have fina) say on what is to be released sc how much of this material and when, or even if at all, is still un· known. So keep your eyes open. Making another welcomed visil to TJ's is Under The Influence or. February 1. Check them out. On the 15th is College Night. Star 69 will be playing and two free keg10 will be supplied for primer. As for last time's answer(for those that can remember), - it was Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks whc sang the duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around". This time- "What member of the Doors wrote their hit 'Light My Fire'?"

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By Kim Milligan "It's a real show-spot," says Ross Udey, assistant professor of industrial technology & education. "It's kind of a hidden secret." Udey refers to the division of science & technology's new $100,000 computer lab in the Industrial Technology building. The lab, which opened last fall, is an architect's paradise. With programs like Solid Builder, a 3-D drafting program, the lab features the very latest in computer-aided drafting. Using Solid Builder, one can design a house or garage and find out the exact amount of materials neededdown to the studs arid the exact cost. "Labor. Materials. EVERYTIITNG," said Udey. The lab also features programs for statistics, quality control, hydraulics, and electronics. While there are no classes scheduled in the lab yet, Udey says that science and technology faculty frequently bring classes over for absorbing, hands-on classwork which reinforces lectures. Students who visit the lab are duly impressed. "I thinkthe quality surpasses everything around here," said Charlie Cowden, junior industrial technology manage: ment major. "The programs relate

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more to this department, which we haven't had in the past." Matt Flynn, freshman psychology I sociology major, said, "The new lab is nice! The computers are much quicker, and the graph- · ics are better [than the other labs]," Flynn said. The Division's plans for the lab can be summed up in four words: add, expand, expand, expand. The first (and only) item on the "add" list: word-processing programs. Currently ±he lab has none. Udey hopes to see them added next year, which he says will"double the usefulness" of the lab. Plans are also under way to expand feature programs such as Solid Builder. Udey hopes to add the program to five more stations, which would make it possible for him to teach his Construction Processes class in the lab next fall. He would also like to expand the hydraulics and electronics packages. You don't have to be an engineer. or an architect to use the lab. Udey invites all, regardless of major; to come expfore PSC's se- - riilSTUDENTSWHO KNOW THAT THE "HIDDEN SECRET" is the computer lob in the industrial technology cret hot spot. Surf the Net in building ore industrial technology majors. The lob is open from Monday to Friday from 8 o.m to 5 all grand style. students on campus. Many students believe this new lob, worth $100.000. is much quicker and hos better The lab is open Monday-Friday, graphics than the other computer lobs located on campus. The lob hos full access to the Internet and the 8a.m.-5p.m. World Wide Web. -Photo by Kim Milligan

Search for new VPAA becomes internal Dr. Robert Burns, president of Peru State College, stated Peru State College is ready to move ahead with the important matter of selecting a Vice President for Academic Affairs, a position currently held by Dr. David Ainsworth. In a statement to the college community distributed Feb. 12, :j Burns said that the national search for a new vice president ~ for academic affairs committee, !/ after "hard work by the screening committee and many others," was unsuccessful in bringing a new vice president to PSC. Bums said, "The candidate who was offered the· position

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was unable to relocate from California because of family matters he was not able to resolve. I do not believe it is necessary now to conduct another such national search with al.tthe time, work and resources that would require." In tum, Bums called for an internal search to fill the vacant position. He asked that any current employee of Peru State College who is interested in the position inform him of such desires by sending him a letter of interest and a current resume no later than Monday, March3. "At that time I will review the materials that have been received

and announce a campus process by which we can insure the greatest possible involvement in the consideration of qualified candidates," said Burns. All interested parties are encouraged to send their materials for consideration. However, the successful candidate, as a minimum, "will hold a terminal de~ gree from an aq:redited institution, will have administrative experience in post-secondary education, will show strong communications skills and experience in and appreciation for quality teaching, research and service."

Cox sheds light on future of education By Doug Kerns Applause, partly enthusiastic, partly obligatory, succeeds President Clinton's opening of the first State of the Union Address in his second term: "The state of the Union is strong." But perhaps not so strong is the state of American education. The heart of the Address was Clinton's 10 principles of his "Call to Action for American Education." Here's the gist of the first of them: Every state and school must shape curriculum to reflect national education standards. To help states meet the standards and measure their progress, the government will develop national

achievement tests with which by 1999 each state will test fourth graders in reading and eighth graders in math to be sure they know what is necessary in the "knowledge economy of the 21st century." "Standards" may at seem just another easy remedy for American students' laggjng test scores compared to foreign nations, but Dr. Daniel Cox, interim chair of education and psychology, feels it is more than a buzzword; it signals a tangible Clinton comntitment. "I think President Clinton was trying to increase national emphasis on education," he said.

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3. "40 percent of 8-year-olds We should also make it possible cannot read on their own. for parents aiid teachers to start That's why we.have just charter schools, schools that set launched the America Reads and meet the highest standards Initiative. To build a citizen and exist only as long as they army of 1 million tutors to make do. Our plan will help ere.ate sure every child can read 3000 charter schools by the next independently by the end of 3rd century." grade." 6. "Cimmcter cdnrntion must be

2. "Five hundred teachers have 4. "Vve will expand Head ::Otart been certified since 1995. My to 1 million children by 2002." budget will enable 100,000 . more to seek national certification as master teachers." 5. "Every state should give parents the power to choose the ri t school for their children.

in ;Jur schoob1. \A/e :.nust our chil.dre:1 to be good citizens. We must continue to promote order and disciplir1e, supporting comm1mities who introduce school uniforms, '

7. "My budget includes a new initiative: $5 billion to help communities finance $20 billion in school construction for the next four years." 8. "I propose America's Hope Scholarship based on Georgia's pioneering program: 2 years of

a $1500 tax credit for college tuition, enough to pay for the typical community college. I also propose a tax deduction of up to $10,000 a yearfor all'. tuition after high. school and expanded IRAs you can ~ith-. draw from tax free for education, and the largest increase Pell Grant sch()larships in 20.. years." · · · · . ·


9. "\Ne must.bring the power of the i1:tormation age into our .. schools."


~~.:.14 final day to enter . PSC. exclusive writing contest ·!oday ~ the final day to enter the Silas· Suminers Writing Contest.' , ·. · · .·· .. · · · ':The ~ont~st iS open to all PSC sfud~~irft:he field,s ofpoetry, fictio!l, and essay. •The piece that is av'!'aj:ded first priie in each divisiol:i will earn itS 'author $25, secoh.4 place $15 ¥t<l thirdplace $10. AJl_~ntries· are.considered for

publication in theSifting Sands, Peru State College's literary journal. To enter the contest, submit two copies of your work with your name, social security number and address to any English professor or to the box in the li!:>rary. · The Sifting Sands will ·be published in April. ·

THE VOICES OF VICTORY CHOIR from the Salem Baptist Church in Omaha put on a spectacular show before several hundred spectators at Peru State College Tuesdav. Feb. 4. Jav Terrell is Minister of Music for the acclaimed group. -photo by Genelle Czirr, PSC advancement

7 l4> · . Hpplications for M.ov groduotion due


Sean Sasser (8 p.m.), College Theater 27 High School business contest

• :{?(stinguished Gentlemen· (8 18 p.m.), College Theater PSC Historv Dov. 20 · · Student Center : f\/\,ovie. :·The Color fiurple" (8 28 p.m.). Student Center RA Resignotion/Reopplico24-28 tion Deadline Boxes and Walls, Student . ·MARCH Cqnte·r Cdffee House 4 ·~21:···· Campus Quiz Bowl (7 p.m.), AIDS Awareness Week . Student Center

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Spring 1998 Student Teacher Applications due

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14 Fino_! dov to withdraw from regular semester courses with q"W". 14 Final dov to register for cooperative education/internship credit


Campus Activities Board is sponsoring the appearance of the musical trio "Distinguished Gentlemen." This dynamic group will performTuesday, Feo. 18 at 8 p.m. in the College Theater. They will aeliver their own renditions of Boyz II Men and Blackstreet. The concert is free.


Mid-term break

What does your ideal Valen · 's Day sist of?

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"A nice dinner, that's about it."

Matt Flynn


. freshman, psychol0gy/sociolo9y m

"Surprise her by coming home early, eook a nice candelight dinner and ·have it ready for her. Then after dinner; give her a bubble bath and full .· body massage."

Scott Douglas sophomore, construction technolog\I major

''Dinner and a movie."

· Corey Manley sophomons, history/elemantary edu. cation major ~'A big bottle of alcohol

to drink my sorrows away over an overrated holiday"

Tiffany Peny · freshman, undecided

"Some hot, gorgeous guy shows up at my door with roses and takes me out to dinner at a fancy restaraunta teddy bear for a little gift and 'a movie."

Adam Finch freshman, psychology/sociology major "I want to spend the whole

day with Chris, with just her and I doing a bunch of cool stuff. I want to take her out and look at cool stuff"



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brings the state of our schools once more to the top of the list of problems that perennially plague Staff ovinion t . our nation, Clinton, never shy with catchphrases, loads his rhetoric with choice morsels ofthe ever-evolving vocabulary of "student-centered education" and 'educationese': "knowledge "developmentally appropriate Is the thrill gone from Valentine's Day? economy," "zero tolerance," "citi- curriculum" are euphemistic and Slowly, the Feb.14 holiday is becoming a hackneyed obser, zen army," "frontier of learning," murky at best, dangerous and derance due fo a lack of creativity. Stop and think about how liberately misleading at worst. and "universe of knowledge." ."olatile of a holiday Valentine's Day really is. At ThanksgivOutside educational policy The jargon used in the education ng and Christmas, almost everyone has a family they can circles, the arena where such vocommunity, especially by those of ;hare it with. Easter, Chi{tese New Year, Flag Day-all are a progressive bent, is a topic of a cabulary is most harmful is the reonsistent celebrations. recently published book by E.D. lations between teachers and parWhat about th~ person without a significant other? It's a tad Hirsch, "The Schools We Need & ents. Ifa teacher cannot easily use iifficult to celebrate Valentine's Day without one. For those Why We Don't Have Them." It terminology which avoids N'ho are not currently in love, here's an alternative to commit- ends with a glossary of education 'educationese' when speaking :ing suicide or drinking a fifth of Jack and getting behind the terminology that examines the with his or her students' parents, N'heel: either band together and see a movie or band together evolution (or convolution) of then he or she probably doesn't these terms since the beginning of really understand the concepts md follow one of your friends who is "in love" around all the Progressive Era in education. behind the words in the first place. vening. Make their romantic night a living hell! After all, Every discipline carries a certain Dropping the right word in the vhy should they get an extra holiday! vocabulary, but Hirsch feels that right place in conversation with terms like "hands-on learning," another educator makes the

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:\lledia should be ashamed of themselves You know, sometimes the print nd television media turn my tomach. Let's take Tuesday night, Feb. 4, 1d Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, '.)r example. The President's State .f the Union message had to com•ete with the 0. J. Simpson trial 'r what was newsworthy. With 1.e exception of CNN, the main,ream television channels broke to the President's speech to tell \1e American people that mpson was found guilty of kill1g his ex-wife and Ron Goldman, '.)mething most of them knew '1yway. But,'hey! Network oints are worth millions of dol1rs. Who cares what happens to 1e future of your children and our old age? We need the point pread, right? Wednesday morning's Lincoln >urnal-Star front page is a very .JOd example. The President's •ate of the Union message dealt ·ith billions of dollars and signifi~ mt changes in education, immiration and foreign policy. Yet 0. J. Simpson's civil lawsuit oread across the whole front


Hawkinson: 'tirnes of male dominance in the United States are crumbling' . . seems people like Mr. Gingrich believe that because the ConI'm sure we've all seen John gress makes the laws, they are Davis' column, "The Insider's above them." Insights." So let me come to my Don't you think.this somewh:3-,t, . point. parallels the allegations ag~ip,.sf . ~ On Jan. 31, Davis wrote an ar- Pres. Clinton about using man"· · tide entitled "Politics as usual juana? Do you think that Ameriajlows for loopholes in justice." cans really believe that he didn't The article spoke of our nation's inhale? I don't think so. center which revolves around Pres. Clinton wanted one of the something other than the well- . 111ost. eo"w~,r.Qt~~ pq_~it!o.v~~~;? being of the people.. As Davis world so :rnucn that h& Jb!St :J<re-' himseif states, '"Durmg the last cided to stretch the truth a little. presidential election, money . . . Obviously, he thinks that he is seems to be a key question about above the laws that our elected the integrity ofour political lead- officials set for every American ers." to follow. This aspect, stated at the beginThe article finishes.: :with the ning of his article but not fully statement, "Wha(i'E::Ob~Qi:is in discussed, brings up some ideas the past few weeks is that we about America's love of money, have also been told that the realand how it played a role in the ityispoliticsasusual,Boys." Did presidential campaign. I miss something pn the ,news or So let me address Mr. Davis di- did. Mr. Davis jus,t £prget that rectly. Has iftaken you this long women are in the Hou~o~ Rep- · to figure out that our whole resentatives, Senate·and':t'fte Su:: country revolves around money, preme Court? . . " ... '" not just the lives of our elected I'm sure in your day~.-Under . officials? Gore met some W,omen · Our country seems to go by the polificai qfficials.~ : . · . · <''..:: ;~ standards that the more money ·So, infoe future;c0 utdy:o'(i'.:reyou have, the better you are. I'm member that the tiines of.tjfale 20 years old and only in the sec- dominance in the Unlted States Ond year Of my college educa- are crumbling, and W01Il~ are tion, but I still knew that. You, taking their instiilds tO:llie~pt~ , : on the other hand, have worked along side of tnen:. For.Jhlisi~~: ; : under Vice President Al Gore, but of the newspaper/pleruwietnffitt:.:':· ~ '. you're just figuring this out? ber your audience does contain Another point you bring up some feminists who may l:ake seems to be that our nation's po- offense at your statements;.· . litical leaders stretch the truth, Oh, by the way, remp;id::n'I~.:: ; maybe more along the lines .of. whatexactly is a crortie? ·: ·.•.·-·.:: avoiding it in order to keep their <" jobs. After all you do say, "It ChrlsHawkinson ·· · ·· · Dear Editors,

page, and the President of the media hyped a mediocre story United States was squished into into national importance. Excuse the far right-hand columns of the me, I forgot thatvir. Hearst and Mr. newspaper. Pulitzer personally forced the U.S. As a writer, observer and some- info declaring war on Spain in the times shaper of national policy, I · 1890s. find it an embarrassment what the 1find it an embarrassment writmedia determin:esto a signifi- ing this article. I freely admit that cant news event. The 0. J. I have prejudices. But blowing Simpson trials have gleaned mil- events out of proportion in order lions for the prosecuting attor- to get bigger sales and advertisneys, the defense attorneys, the ing is borderline sleaze. defendant, the families of the There are many repo~ters I addead, many of the jurors and, let's mire: Cronkite, Murrow, Rather, not forget, the national news me- Jennings, the entire CNN newsdia. room. I believe the American The news media, which is sup- people deserve factual reporting, posed to be somewhat impartial not advertising hype. in reporting the news_haveturned Why don't you write a few painto a bunch ofsharks in a feed- pers and TV stations and tell them ing frenzy. Not since the how you feel? I do. Lindbergh Trials.have the news


_The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru State College, is published seven times per semeser by Peru State College students. The Ti~es office is located in the college publication office in the 'hysical Plant Building, telephone (402) 872-2260. Opinions expressed may not necessarily be those of the entire editoJial staff. ·All letters to .the editor ,re welcomed. Letters, cartoons, articles and so forth submitted to the Times should be signed by the ndividual(s) submitting them and will be published at the discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor hould not exceed 250 words in length. The Times reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor for ram.mar and style. · The Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. 1111 \11 Please send material to: Editor Peru State Tunes Campus Mail PRIZE WINNING Peru State College NEWSPAPeR Peru, NE 68421 ' 1998 or by e-mail: Editor c\SSistant Editor Features Editor 2opyEditor Advertising Manager ?hoto Coordinator 2ditorial Assistants

speaker seem informed and "with-it" even if he has only the vaguest idea of the concepts evoked. It seems a cruel paradox that the very people in the business of illuminating our world for students speak among one another is such opaque rhetoric. Teachers who find themselves using jargon much of the time need to read the work of thinkers like Bertrand Russell, who favored clear defutltion of terms in language that c_an be verified empirically. Often jargon is educators who incessantly stress the need for change but refuse. to · admit that the method masked by · phrase is a failure. ·

Terry Dugan Krys Leeds Debbie Sailors Doug Kerns Shane Vanoene Josh Whitney Freedom Robinson Amber Schuetz Josh Anderson Kim Olson


John Davis Jen Froeschl Scott Krichau Kim Milligan Matt Maxwell Greg Wolfe


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::iihe 1997 residentialcampaign to raise .$324,000 for American 1-teart A:ssociation research and education: kicked off Feb. 8 with ilie, ~elp of. 24,000 volunteers in Nebraska. Tom Osborrie, head cocttn of the 1994 arid 1995 National Ghampionship Nebraska Qo:r.n:huskers, is· the honorary chair .of the American Heart Month Driye. . • . · t:'41j: 'iiige all N~braskans to sup-·

port the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association," said Osborne. "Research funded by the Americari Heart Association has helped bring about many lifesaving advances, including the double bypass surgery· I needed 10 years ago." Heart disease kills more N ebraskans than any other cause. This year's American Heart Month message is "Get in on the action."

DR. THOMAS EDIGER TAKES a bow at the choir concert on Feb. 9. The PSC Concert Choir kicked off the show, and they were followec:J by the Madrigal Singers and the Misty Blues Show Choir. -photo by Freedom Robinson

;~:~;:g~eds light on future of education . ·· - · •· . learn the same things as if you Great Britain, Australia and New < !1, .> · went to school in Los Angeles," z.ealand. The group worked on ificfnbt pai!tt;;a pretty . Cox said. . .· · developing a set of standards for p,ast feciei:l'!1;:1nvolve- : The µl.Ote timid among us may English teachers, and Cox contin~<1,hon; '~·},\aye a prob:- • quail and ask, "Does this mean the ues to be active in putting theory e~.ay~t;.feCJ;eral griv-: heaV'y hand of the Fed wants to into practice. "Those of us in b,e1;~!X,;tvJHvedin dictatecurricularpolicytoushere teacher's education are working ·· •, · (fbe .pep(lrt~ · in Ruralville?~' ·Well, probably not. very hard to implement the stan. · · 1d be a Cox said that though national · dardsthesubjectareagroupshave q . ani.Zfog achievement tests may be on the peen developing." 1:i. ....· . . . ' '3nifiSi\'. · ti.reaucraQ.c horizon, "I don't think we'll ever What about the future of Ameri'~(>'.;:~!'?brgaruiatj,op/. he saH have a natibnal curriculum in this can education with oi: without · Jing~ s¢toJ ri<ttiortalstan- country because local control of national standards? Cox said that ··arstu!:f~~t aclHevement education would never let it get though change may come graduouJ.d, possibl}"''.pi:ovide: some that fat." ally, each day is a new chance. riieasurelhat.' Children across the Cox worked foi: six yearsfoi:·the "Every day, every teacher walkU.S. were 'receiving a fair and National Council of Teachers of ing into a class is a new "If you went to English, which has members not ment. Wh\it works is the key." school .in Auburn, you should only from the U.S. but also from """ ·


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HEARD AROUND CAMPUS existing facuity. Maxwell devised a plan to extract sections of reNearly 47 years ago, a man quired classes and to offer fewer 'JOisoned by anger and frustration elective courses. This plan would released a quiet and unforeseen increase class ·size and would Jood of pent up rage. The rem~ eliminate one staff position. Despite 24 years of experience aants of this surge of emotions are found within a small vertical file at Peru State and being the only ;n the campus library and within member of the educa,tion division, excluding Maxwell, with a Ph.D., .:he hearts of generations past. On the morning of Tuesday, Baker was the one chosen to be April 25, 1950, Dr. Barney Kinley dismissed. Baker lashed out; apparently in Even though Baker himself had response to the distribution of the known of his termination since college catalog that mqrning June of 1949, few faculty members were aware which indiof it until the ~ated the official termina1950 college catalog was tion of Baker's distributed :?mployment minus Dr. at Peru State Barney College. In his vengeance ·he Baker, pro~ took the lives fessor of of Dr. William education. Nicholas, then According to an article president of 'printed in Peru State College, and Dr. the New Paul Ammon York Times, Maxwell, head April 26, of the division 1 9 5 0 ' of education "Nicholas and Baker's and Maximmediate suwell kept the pervisor: . , dismissal Baker then confidential, calmly re. only a few turned to his home. He was found faculty members knew~of it, and lying in a pool of blood on a Per- they were sworn to secrecy unless sian rug. With the same gun he Baker chose to reveal it himself." had used to assassinate his superiors, Baker put a bullet through For reasons unknown, Baker his mouth and into his brain. chose not to disclose this informaIn May of 1949, in an effort to tion. Perhaps it was because in revitalize the college, a memo was October of 1949, Baker asked J. sent to each division head indicat~ Hyde Sweet, president of the State ing the rieed to avoid small classes Normal School Board, to interand the necessity to minimize the vene on his behalf. Sweet chose

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not to intercede. According to Alben l::;arson, secretary of the Board, in a report compiled by Nancy Moran, "Nicholas had the authority as President to release a staff member in lining up staff for the coming school year. Then the Board would ac;t on the dismissal at a later meeting." But, according to Larson, the Board received no notification of Baker's dismissal. The official minutes confirmed Larson's statement. In the same report, Sweet defended the President, " ... It is not necessary to go into detail except to say that the integrity of the school, any school, depends on giving students the very best service ... the facts deny that any injustice had been done [to Baker.]" Moran's report stated that Baker seldom spoke to people on campus and had no close friends. He

bune, April 26, 1950, "[Baker] took no part in campus activities, walking from his home to his classes and back again without speaking to persons he met. He often resisted taking new classes, assignments or duties." Students complained that Baker did not update his notes. Many were faded and yellowed with age. Baker had been "unable to hold the attention of his classes," stated Sweet in the Omaha Morning World Herald. C.A. Huck, Baker's personal business agent and part-time mathematics instructor at the college, claimed that Baker was insanely jealous of [Baker's] job and felt that he was not given credit for his abilities. Huck also described Baker as beil)g_ ?("~ar:ie, temperament." Though revolted by Baker's actions, many local people perceived Baker as "a man who had

the private funeral service held for Baker at the Casey Witzenburg Funeral Home in Auburn. In his


though he was officially of no affiliation. In that same note, he asked that his body be cremated and that his ashes be scattered eight telephone poles from the Peru comer. . ., .. .. . : , . . This created great ccihtrO've'rsy ' on campus. People thought that Baker meant the corner where Highway ,67 meets Jhe road t_o , Peru'. ThiS woul~ n:i.ean th~~lBl'lk~r : intended his p'e:.scatf tered on campus. · .. ·. · ·.. . .• • Those close to,Baker interpreted this note differently. · They believed Baker was actually i:efer- . ring -to thejµnction of Highway· ~ibune, 67and Highway 75.. Apparently, this was a special place for Baker · and his wife. However, the state , of Nebraska forbids putting ashes , lost his mind, rather than as a on_public. demain. Th~refore,Jus: cold-blooded killer," stated ashes were placed in a small bo"'' and left at the Casey. Witzenburg Moran. In fact, it is recorded that many Funeral Home. It is th~re th<?se: people from the college attended ashes remain.

"[Baker] took no part in campus activities, walking from his home to his classes and back again without speaking to persons he met." · ---Chicago Daily ·r April 26, 1950 served on only one campus committee rather than the average three to seven held by most professors. According to an article printed in the Chicago Daily Tri-

·A formal tenure policy may have averted tr~:9~~y By Krys leads "Tenure is the right to re-aplpointment from appointment term to appointmen.t term until such time as the faculty member resigns, retires, is discharged for adequate cause, or is terminated for reasons of financial exigency or program reduction ..." states the Board of Trustees under · Policy 5112. Peru State College has seen many changes in its tenure policy since the day Dr. Barney Baker, professor of education, shot and killed Pres. William Nicholas and Dr. Pau_l Maxwell, chairman of

the education division, in 1950. Under the current tenure policy, a new faculty member is on probationary status. rherefore, "regardless of the terms of any individual contract, no {probatio:qary faculty member] has, or shall acquire, a right to re-appointment for a term in excess of the academic year." · In 1950 PSC might have had an "informal" tenure policy. According to Nancy Moran's historical report, " ... long-term professors were not dismissed without serious reason." Whatever "serious reasons" justified Baker's discharge after 24 years of service

were never revealed to Baker or to the State Normal School Board. Such actions would not hold in the existing college system. In order for an instructor, whether tenured or not, to be denied renewal of his/her contract, a recommendation must first come from the college president and then be presented to the Board of Trustees, said current President Robert Bums. · An instructor first has the right to apply for tenure after four years. according to Appendix H: Rank Promotion and Tenure Application Guidelines and Procedure. He or she must uiform the vice

president of academic affairs by to the president who presents · Sept. 30 of his intent to apply. The opinion to the ~oaid of Trustees vice president then has until Oct. The Board has final say on ap 7 to verify whether the candidate provaI or di,Sapproval. , has met the minimum guidelines If after seven years tenure ha to be eligible to apply. not _been grahted, ·the ihaii/i~a . After the applicant ha" compiled has the right to _a.ppea.l;_;st~te "materials ofsupport'' including Board Policy.5112 . .!(the ,insftilc . a self report, student evaluations, tor is still denied tenure, his ~m course syllabi and proof of extra- ployment with th~ .college}s ter Curricular involvement, the report minated.. , · . : :. : · · ., :, is reviewed by a series of commitBaker was given no sitch rights~ tees. Each provides a recommen- According to Mor<tn, ~eaker· w~" dation for or against the tenure "victim of an authoritii:nan application and submits it to the tern." He h~d no opp()X:~.t"f tCj next committee. Eventually the appeal,norwashegranted·apub·# resu11$ are fqrwarded to the vice lie hearing.. These rights were r19t~ presiderit of academic affairs, then ' estab.lished until 1971. , '' ' 1



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Peru· Sta·te men avenge loss to Hastings College fly Jen Froeschl The Peru State men's. basketball team had their revenge on the NAIA Division II's twenty-first 1".anked team, Hastings College, in l".ecent basketball action. They civ.enged a previous loss of 78-121 "o/~th a 90,.72 vict:my. · i~~We:Wl'l~;.t:eady to play and we P~~Y~ctwtit:t"i gr~at . . intensity in fr;?nt 'of:fic;.great crowd./' said Coach't;i~~s,'~~evengewas a big f4C.toi:~t:.>< ' .•... ·· . · · ;·:'~~ior. c(/.::g~~taiJ:l$ 1'.om· Riley at;i'ct:~ott Dal}ieliboth cohtributed .. , · tswhil(H;he.entireteamout ' . om,the.:ch~rity . fo 56'.3,:~r(:ent. vant¢athe''Cats to

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western until the Bobcats took a solo lead position after beating Doane, 78-56. Freshman guard Jermal Watd led the team with 24 points after sinking 12 of 15 fr~ throws. The 'Cats also otitshined the Tigers from the three point range 40 percent to 5.3 percent, increasing their record to 17-8. The Bobcats lead the region in offensive scoring with an 82.2 average and in field goal percentage, .497. The team will play four games · in five tj.ays begihhing with Doane Monday, Avila Tuesday, Midland Lutheran Wednesday, and they wil_l finish their regular season play in Salina, KS against Kansas Wesleyan Friday. ''I'll be happy if we win'three out of the four," said Gibbs. . .


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- .When:~~ l~sfleft the PSC wo)nen's basketball team they wete a solid 8-12. Since then, they hav,e raised their record to·a:.resp~ctable 10-13 with a back to back wins over Missouri Valley an~ York~ib'¢£.oire'. fosing .to. 'Briar Cli£;f. . Ih the game ve]i~s' Mi$souri Valley "it was critical to start welt," said Coach Tara Kreklau. ~was just what the women clid i-?y :q.ot letting up until they .built ip P. more than 20 point lead 1.1itllun the first few minutes of the ,an}e en route tl:> ~ "6949 vJttory. Irl their next game, the Bobcat •¥omen traveled to York with :re~man standout Stf'.ph ·1-~<r rr:::. :·:·.

Hornung leading the way. "She had herb.est game in a Peru State uniform," said Kreklau of Hornung's 5 3-pointers and 17 point performance which led PSC to a 67~57 triumph. . . Then last Saturday the Lady 'Cats traveled to the home of still undefeated Briar Cliff College to avenge a loss earlier this season. "When we played here, we were the first team to hold them under 80 points," said Kreklau. "They didn't score a lot of easy buckets." But when: the women traveled - up to Sioux City it was a different story. "They really picked up their defensive intensity and their press .caused us a lot of problems," noted Kreklau. "They aren't 29-0 for nothing." Celeste Nolte

stepped up against the team ranked second in theo{:ountry and scored 27 points while pulling down 11 rebounds in their 90-61 loss. · This same Briar Cliff team is one that PSC will have to go through in their regional tournament if they want to go on to the national · tourney. But before that, the ladies still must face some competition in Hastings, Dana, and Midland Lutheran. "Our season is ending against tough competition," said a confident Kreklau. "That's just what we want to toughen up going into the playoffs." The Bobcats last two home games are Feb. 15 vs. Hastings and the season finale vs. Midland Luther Feb. 22.

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After four weeks of heavy intramural basketball it is still a close race. D-1 Prospects lead the eastern division with a perfect 4-0 record. They are followed closely oy Code Red with 2-0 record. The western division teams are neck-and-neck.· The East & West Connection leads the division with an impressive 3-0 record. Your Tuition at Work is second in the division with a 2-0 record.

Both divisions have strong shooters on their sides. T.J. Goldsmith of Magnificent 7 in.the western division leads all scoring with a total of 51 points with two games played. Eastern division's Decker's Boys lay claim on Todd Liberty who is second in scoring with 74 points in three games played. With one week left the ball is still up in the air on who will be the champion intramural basketball team.

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NBA rookie game one more reason to watch college basketball What a great week for basketball fans. It had something for every ty'p'e '"Jf roundball fanatic. There was great college hoop-la-complete with upsets of the nation's top three teams-if you like college basketball; the NBA All-Star Game slam dunk contest and three point shootout if you like NBA basketball; and the NBA rookie game if you don't. College hoop fans across the nation smiled collectively last weekend as they watched 19 and 20 year olds who forfeited their college eligibility to play in the NBA stumble around the court in the NBA's rookie allstar game. When the NBA held its annual draft last summer and a record number of draftees were not college seniors, college basketball fans were up in arms. They were angry that these youngsters were

robbing their schools of national championship hopes and were afraid that the absence of such a large number of coUege stars would hurt the college game. Meanwhile, NBA fans were elated at the influx of such a fong list of talented athletes. However, midway through the NBA season it seems as if the NBA gol less than it bargained for. So many teenagers at one time has helped make this the lowest scoring season the NBA has seen since the shot-clock was lowered to 24 seconds.



teams win every night. The NBA rookietumover fest (it looked more like recess at a high school for supercmutant teenagers than a basketball game) exemplified this lack of basketball smarts. Although the collective athletic ability of the participants was extremely high, it was overshadTeenagers seem less able to owed by the lack of fundamentals grasp an offensive scheme or look and ball movement, and an overfor quality shots. Most of these abundance of selfishness. early entrants have come from The college game, on the other college and high school programs hand, is flourishing. This season where they were featured, and is as competitive as ever. No team now many of them find it more is undefeated, and every team in difficult to let scoring opportuni- the top 20 has had to scratch out ties come to them. some exciting, highly contested They are not used to playing any wins to keep their lofty poll posirole on a team other than that of tion. the offensive focal point, ~nd At this point in·the NCAA seamany seem more interested in see- son, teams are deep in important ing themselves on SportsCenter's conference schedules that find "Plays of the Week" or a Reebok them in close contests nearly evcommercial than seeing their ery outing. This competitiveness


is lost .in the :NJ3.I}, Al!:hoµgh,. ~v:en 1 the best pro teams lose a fev!.r games every month, they usually can count on beating most average teams just by showing up. If a college hoop squad doesn't come ready to play during their conference season, !:hey .g~t ~ei;lt, Just ask consen5us number·ooe' Kansas who lost last week to an unranked Missouri team that was just above .500. So this year, fellow college hoop disciples, when your favorite team's super-sophomore breaks away from campus to enter the draft, don't fret. Bid him farewell and be happy for him. He's probably aboutto make the•transition . from semi-pover:ty·to l.nai<iriig· more money than Peru State'S'en-' tiJ::e f(lculty-nota.toughdeciSion. ·- · As this season has pointed out,. college basketball. is alive and: well. ·" "'

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La Boheme tear-jerking, tragic love story

$unday, Feb. 9 was the final chance to see "La 'Boheme" at On;}aha's Orpheum Theater this .season. ·<;>1,?.;eFil.~. cre~~ed by Gi~como Puc~ ln'.1897, tells atragic love storf;·sure to briilgs a tear to your eye;.:Tue:opera is sung in Italian wi:th J:lnglish supertitles. The basiC's.tory tells of four male artisans after WWII. They aresh.ort on cash.and warmth, but high on em0 tioru;. Jhey begin a Christmas Eve celebration to help forget their miseries. ·Hilarity follow.s:cwith the landlord coming with:aobill andleaving without the ~ney; ..·. . . .· '.Rodolfo stays behin<;l. to work and the neighbor, Mmµ, comes · to. get· l"ter cancl.le _lit, They faj!¥tlove,~r·soine'humor. The two·lbvebirds go out arid meet Rodolfo's friends in the market for


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the celebration. Musetta makes herflamboyantentranceandsoon draws the eye of Marcello. Yet another couple gets hit with cupid's arrow. Things are going well until both couples realize that jealously is making their relationships impossib le. Marcello and Mussetta break things off with a near fight, but Rodolfo and Mimi decide to delay the breakup until spring. Mimi is sick and knows that winter is the toughest season to be alone.

In the end, Mimi makes her way to the artisans' loft. She is near death and needs medical attention. The ai:tis<l?-s go out to get medicine and leave the two lovebirds alone. Both apologize for past regret and make happy plans for the future, but the attempt is to no avail. My only previous experience with opera was Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd singing to each other during a cartoon, but this was nothing near that. The singing may not be comprehensible by

most of the audience, but it is beautiful nonetheless. One helpful technological element will aid in this, a projected translated version of the opera is shown above the stage. It aids in much of the hidden humor and comprehension. The women's voices carried more power than the entire orchestra at several occasions. The men enunciated their songs with vibrancy and eloquence. The mix of instrumental and vocals created a unified blend of sound that flowed throughout the entire production. The second act started with the crowed streets of Paris on Christmas Eve. The time and preparation needed to choreograph near fifty people on stage amazes me. It was organized chaos--children running around, diners gathering

in a cafe, waiters bringing food and drink, last minute shopper& buying gifts and food. The fact that "La Boheme" wa~ three hours long may have been the only drawback, but they did provide three intermissions tc stand and stretch. I was thor· oughly impressed with all of thE performers. They gave me thE impression they were performing out of the love of opera, not tc make a buck. .I was impressed for my first live opera; Bugs ir drag doesri'f really count. I would suggest listening to the rebroadcast of this production or FM 91.5 Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m Opera Omaha concludes its sea· son with Charles Gounod's "Faust" April 2, 4, and 6 at th€ Orpheum. Take a chance and seE one of the best known French op eras.

'ir~t Valentine's Day is a real doozy when you're five

This girl named Jenny sleeps on a piece of carpet right next to me at nap time. We handed out Valentines on Thursday because we don't have Kindergarten on Friday this week. lpiCI<ed'ili.e'fi.tst one out of my heart-shaped box, and I knew it was Jenny's Valentine because it smelled just like she did-skim milk. So, I held my breath and gently un~ealed the envelope. Inside was the Valentine, which was a Power Ranger Valentine, and all I could think was that either A) . Jenny has no clue what is hip, or Jenny~s parents bought them on -:clearanceJastYalentine's day. - .. . The pink Ranger graced the front of the card, the old pink 'Ranger, and I knew before I t;urned it around that I was in love, or'some modem-day excuse for lo:ve. · . . I turned the card with excitement, but not too much excite' ment--she was watching, and I looked to see what beautiful ·words, five letters or less, would be found on the back. For a five:, years~old's, Jenny's handwriting


really sucked. "Does this say something, or were you drawing a bad river?" I asked Jenny ,politely. Upon hearing this, she popped me on the shoulder. "No! Says you better be my Valentine, or else because you're cute, and I need a date," she growled in a lusty tone. I don't know why she can't get a date: her tangled hair, dirt stains on her shirt, untied shoes-a vision of gradescho.ol beauty. When' my mommy cam,e to pick me up, I asked her if I could ask Jenny on a date like she told me to do. Mommy said it was alright, as long as we were home before Seinfeld (my mommy loves that Kramer guy). I wanted this Valentine's day to be special. So I decided lwas going to take Jenny to the most romantic place I cquld think of. My mommy agreed to be the chau-, chau-, driver. When we arrived, I noticed there was brown grass growing wild around their house. So, I picked some out of the ground and rang the doorbell. Her mommy art-

swered the door and said, "Hello! Devon, you look so handsome. Hey. Is that dead grass?" "Yes, Jenny's mommy," I said. She's a smart lady. There Jenny stood in a taffeta dress with no dirt stains. She really went all out. I handed her the grass and said, "These are for you! (like that guy with the scissors in the movie "Dead Again" said, but don't tell my mommy I watched it because it was rated R; there were only a few dirty words in it). Jenny said, "You're giving me dead grass! What are you, stupid?" I opened the back door of the car up, so we could sit together, but she said she wanted to sit in the front seat on the way to the restaurant. At the restaurant, I tried to open the door for her, but it was too

heavy. I think I pulled my groin! !thought a romantic thing to do would be to order for her. So, I walked up to the counter and said, "Two happy meals, please. One with a Dr. Pepper and .the other with a Diet Coke." (Jenny said she was trying to watch her figure.) We grabbed our food and a bunch of ketchup and sashayed to an open booth in the back. We spent the rest of our time talking about Jim Henson films and projects over fries and a few exchanged pickles. Then she made me feel inferior as a man by telling me I was stupid for not being able to figure out the maze on the back of ilie box; but she said it with such sophistication. Out the door we went to the playland, but I slipped on some

leftover ice and almost cracke< my head open (lawsuit pending) so we decided just to call it a night I walked her to her door, and sh, put her arm on my shoulder. Sh; looked me straight into the pupil of my eyes and said, "You're oka' for a bed wetting dork." Bed we\ ting! "I think I really like you." I snapped back, "For your infor mation, lady, I peed the bed onl; once! ONCE! and that was be cause somebody slipped me cran; berry juice by mistake, okay Don't call me a bed wetter! Ym should talk! You smell like you: parents hook you directly up tc the cow every morning like ; feedbag!" "I think I love you," she said Then, I dreamed we held eacl other tight and kissed passion ately under the light of the porch moon. Actually, she just hit me ir the gut really hard. "I'll see ym in school, next week." I went back to the car with tear in my eyes (she hit me so hard and said to my mommy betweer gasps for air, "So, is this what be ing in love feels like?"

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February 28, 1997

Hendrix music re-mastered once again Winter is winding down and spring , as well as a few other wonderful events, is right around the comer. Perhaps the most exciting thing is what is happening · to Jimi Hendrix's archives, but an upcoming release by Aerosmith is not without its due anticipation either. As for the here and now, the local scene deserves ~me attention as well. Jimi Hendrix is being rejuvenated. His family obtained the rights to his music, likeness and so on a little over a year ago. So all of Hendrix's albums are being re-re-mastered. Producer Alan Douglas controlled the release of the music until 1995. He had been virtually, molesting Jimi's music for twenty years, putting out unworthy material. Now Eddie Kramer, who worked with Hendrix as recording engineer on all of the material, has taken the helm. With Kramer is George Marino, who is one of the most respected mastering engineers, and noted Hendrix historian John McDermont. McDermont scoured dusty vaults everywhere to acquire all the tapes he could. Now the music is in the best possible hands, where it belonged a long time ago. So all of the records Jimi released during his short life, three studio and one live album, will be re-released with a clarity and sonic vitality that was never before available. In addition, 'First Rays of the New Rising Sun', the album he was working on when he died· will be compiled as close as can be possible· and put out with the others. Eighty percent of the origi-




nal master tapes for those albums were found by McDermont. So with Kramer in charge we can finally hear how he and Hendrix originally mixed the albums. They should be out by late spring and the world will finally hear its greatest guitarist the way he always wanted to be heard. In other upcoming album news, Aerosmith will release a new album March 18 titled "Nine Lives." It has been three years since their last album "Get A Grip." This record follows the dismissal of Trm Collins, their manager of ten years who subsequently alleged ·that the band was again using drugs, which they quickly denied. They now have a single out cowritten with Alanis Morissette's producer Glen Ballard. The song, titled "Falling In Love (Is Hard On the Knees)," is easily recognized. After all, when you hear Aerosmith you know it. Speaking of being able to recognizing bands, what in the world has happened to U2? When and how did they get so brain damaged? Does the same band that does "Discotheque" do "New Year's Day" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday"? Lay off of the drugs guys. They're not helping. For those of you who loved Motley Crue before they fired Vince Neil, you have reason to

celebrate. The original lineup is now intact and an album is expected some time this year. Personally, I can't wait, but the big question is "Are they going to do a make-up tour like Kiss?" On a more local note, a few weeks ago Marilyn Manson made a stop in Omaha to perform with L7. The event was well publicized by Mayor Hal Daub's requested boycott, which only served to sell more tickets. Two years ago I saw the~ perform in the same venue opening for Danzig. I luckily missed this second time, but I'm sure they were just as repulsive. Anyway when I saw them there was no protest and no sold out crowd. Maybe he should have called the mayor. Last weekend I was fortunate to catch Ivory Star with guests Stepchild at 1J's. The buzz is getting louder; catch them if you can. Coming up at TJ's is Blue 88, March 1. They're a great bluesrock band that can't be missed. March 7, Kansas City rock band Joker and a free keg will be there. And for country lovers, Southern Drawl will be there on the 29th. The answer for last time is Ray Manzerek. This time the question is "What was the title of Motley Crue's debut album?"

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History Day Contest to be held Feb. 28 Dr. Sara Crook, assistant professor of history I political science, and the social science department are sponsoring the Peru State College District History Day Contest on Friday in the Live and Burr Oak rooms from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.. The contest is "an excellent opportunity for area high school students to pursue a topic of particular interest to them," said Crook. High School students will research aspects of "Triumph and Tragedy in History," and will present their efforts in one of four fashions: a research paper, a performance (skit <?r monologue),

media presentation or project display. The contest has many on-campus advantages as well. This academic endeavor is a good way to establish positive public relations with surrounding schools. "It brings students to campus who might ~ventually consider Peru State as their college choice," said Crook. Hosting the contest provides a prime opportunity for social science majors to view projects and develop an inside understanding of the contest before they themselves become teachers.

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MARCH 4 Campus Quiz Bowl (7 p.m.). Student Center

5 Spring Pool Tournament. Student Center 5-6 Bond tour of area high schools 7 Spring 1998 Student Teacher Applications due

Colonie Martin sophomore electronics/robotics major "I would set aside part of it to use on my college education, go to grad school, give some to my family to help put my three younger sisters through school, and I would save the rest for a new house and as capitol to start my own business after I graduated."


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"Steel Drums and African Music" (8 p.m.), College Theater II Student Recital (l l o.m.). ~ Benford Recital Holl 1 11 CAB dance (9 p.m.). Student Center 14 Final dov to withdraw from regular semester courses with o"W" 14 Final dov to register for cooperative education/ internship credit

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Special events add to PSC ,, Our hats are off to the men's basketball team for being il.umber one in the Midwest Region. . By being the best in the region, Peru State gets the awesome privilege of hosting schools from Minnesota, Wisconsin , 1.owa, South Dakota and Missouri. Considering the Bobcats ~ave not lost at home all season, this stands as an incredible ~dvantage.

Yet, does Peru State have the capacity to host such a tournanent? Do we have the facilities to handle a tournament of '.his stature without putting students out? . 1 No, we don't. But, as the college has done in the past with ~vents that involve high school students, tuition-paying nembers of the Peru State student body will.· have to be put )Ut once again. Parking will be horrific.Traffic in and out of :own will be spastic, ancf the world will come to a stop be:ause "other schools" are interacting with our pride and joy. ·. It's called exposure for the college. And it's a good thing. What's one day of walking from the commuter lot, sacrificing )ur luxuries, in contrast to the emotional, spiritual and intel- · iectual highs visitors receive when Peru State holds a major 1


I'm finally getting around to fulfilling my New Year's resolutions. One of 'em, anyway. . Not the one about getting into shape. The burning desire to fulfill that goal doesn't usually in until April or May, when the shorts come out of storage and panic sets in. And, yeah, I'm still biting the nails. And ... well ... I have cut back on Pepsi. My bank account doesn't appear to have benefitted from any new-found frugality and the Falls City Pizza Hut, a Sailors family favorite, hasn't seen a decrease in sales. I guess you could say I'm somewhat lacking in the willpower department. Well, enough about my failures. My final New Year's resolution for 1997 is to simplify, simplify, simplify. I think that might be a famous ql!ote from some famous dead ·author, but I'm not sure. Sorry, Dr. Holtz. You see, I've got that student/

mother I waitress /bartender I columnist thing going on pretty much 24/7, living on a wish and a Pell grant. Sometimes, it's a bit soap opera-esque in my world. In order to accomplish my goal of simplicity for 1997, I had to make some tough choices. I reviewed the categories of my life. Student? You already know I'm one of those freaks who loves school; so I didn't want to give that up. And, besides, no more Pell grant. I'd, like, have to get a real job. On to the next category. Mother? Well, I guess I entered irito ari irrevoca~le, lifetime contract on that one. Wait a minute, I don't remember signing anything. But, they are pretty good kids and,

besides, they've given me plenty to write about. Waitress/Bartender? It's the easiest job I actually get paid for and I need the cash. Columnist? Writing this column is the most time-consuming, brain-cramping, angst-ridden thing I have ever LOVED doing. If only I could learn to do without sleep, there'd be plenty of time for all the categories. Unfortunately, something had to go. On that note, I'm saying goodbye. I'm putting down my pen and retiring my mouse. Thanks for letting me rant this past year. It's been a great experience. See ya!

Death of a leader leaves China's future uncertain ·• February 19, 1997 marks the end of an era that dates oack to the czars of Russia and the emperors of China. Deng Xiaoping, the last Chinese ruler that controlled the )?eople's Republic of China's army and political apparatus, died at the age of 92. : Born during the reign ot the Dowager Empress of China, Deng pved through the Republican rule of Sun Yat Sen, the horrors of M'orld War II and the Long Marcil of Mao Tse Tung. A staunch Marxist-Leninist, Deng also enjoyed a good game of bridge and fine French cuisine. Though a rabid communist and totalitarian dictator, he led China ;to be a formidable world power. Heading a communist govern:ment, he also supported entrepreneurial enterprise. He was an enigma and a realist at the same time. He realized that without :Western technology China would never rise to its potential. Yet this .same forward-looking man will also be forever known as the man

who was responsible for the Tiananmen Square massacres and the. increased imprisonment and execution of political dissente:rs· , What will happen in China and the entire Pacific rim because of his death? Political and financial changes are rapidly advancing in China, but where is the leadership that will give stability to these rapid Changes? Will the President of China, Jiang Zemin, become the next ruler? Will the army take control? Or, will China follow the Soviet Union and disregard communism in favor of democracy? In a matter of weeks, Hong Kong will revert back to China. Shanghai has become ani.sland of capitalism in the midst of poverty and totalitarian mismanage!llent. The




People's Army has become the single most importal).t group of capitalists in Asia. Where will this lead? Intelligeuce servic;es. and China experts have predicted that China, not Japan, shall be the leading industrial country in the Pacific rim by the early 21st century. · All we can do is wait and see. But we shall never make the mistake other western countries in the past centuries have made regarding China. Never judge it by western standards, or expect changes to come quickly. We westerners .get agitated if things don't happen within.a few years; China has a history of being able to wait decades and sometimes centuries. And they've come out ahead.

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Dr. Dan Holtz

I have read Chris Hawkinson's response to my Jan. 31 column. I found the letter well written and insightful in many ways. Regarding your comments on the fact that money is the key question about the integrity of our political leaders: I agree that Americans these days seem to equate success with the amount of money in the bank and that the politicians equate success with the number ofwell-oiled special interest groups. Of course, I realize that money is the keystone to our national politics. Why did I state the obvious? Same reason every major political commentator and news station are: it's apparent that the American people and politicians are selling their political franehise to the highest bidder in the special interest groups. Perhaps by stating the . obviousenough times, the American people will finally rise up in disgust and demanded major political campaign reform. Hawkinson has brought up another point in with which lam in total agreement-President

Clinton has stretched the truth to get elected. The president and Speaker Gingrich are two classic examples of how far a person and a political party are willing to go to get elected and retain power. The last four paragraphs of Hawkinson's letter, however, I found disingenuous. To infer that I am ignorant of the extremely important place women play in polities today because I used the phrase "politics as usual, Boys" is to be extremely naive. I have found many of the women in elected office and federal service among the brightest and most politically astute people I know. I have worked side-by-side with them. I have been an advocate of the rights of all people throughout my career, often standing quite alone when stieh positions, particularly in the military, were not popular. I am a strict Constitutionalist who does not believe in special rules for special classes of people, but that all people, regardless of sex, race, religion, or ethnic background, have the right of equal treatment.



February 28, 1997

(]) Fa se perceptions breed fear, hype By Debbie Sailors

after issuing a televised. warning to parents about the band. Animal mutilations. Child Well-known televangelists abuse. Church desecrations. pteach the dangers of devil worTeen suicide. Human sacrifice. ship, in the process soliciting milThese social tragedies are all lions in cash contributions from part of the always-controversial rumor~fed viewers. Many acand frightening satanic worship cused of practicing satanism are legend. Allegations against victimized socially, economically heavy metal music and fantasy and physically-regardless of the A KODAK MOMENT DEFINITELY presents itself as partiers hong out on the balconies on Bourbon Street. video games also abound. truth. Mardi Gros starts 12 dovs ofter Christmas and continues until midnight on Ash Wednesday. Originally Public interest in satanism is Perhaps most troubling, young intended to be a dedication to things given up for Lent, this fiesta hos become a party anticipated world I irlcreasing. people, with their inherent adole&wide. -photo by Chris Hawkinson I Information about the occult cent search for identity, find and its followers is easily-acces- satanism intriguing. Satanic besible to the curious public-from liefs vary from group to group, the young, impressionable rock allowing interested teens to pick music fan to the concerned par- and choose satanic beliefs to suit ent to the zealous cult cop. their purposes, rationalizing viochest or more southern regions to step back to the curb or you may By Chris Hawkinson Most of the accurate and sub- lence, suicide and illegal activities. be viewed forever by people you get smacked in the face with a stantiated information, however, In reality, on:ly a few organized trombone. Kids tend to be the It could be the biggest street don't know, think twice. indicates that nearly all animal satanic churches actually exist, Be prepared with $$$ to relieve most vicious; some will jump and mutilations are from other ani- with a combined membership of party in your -lifetime. Attenmals and most child abuse is at less than 2,0QO-in a colintry of dance is estimated by how much your bodily fluids~ or at least be grab the float itself, others will just trash people leave on the streets. prepared to con your way into line give puppy-dog eyes to get what the hands of dysfunctional par- more than a quarter billion. Their It's one of the most free-willed with a sob story. You may have to they want. ents. Indeed, most of these per- right to exist is guaranteed by the places in America, and the most hover over the seat, and don't for- Parental discretion is suggested. sistent and bizarre rumors are al- Constitution. In addition, the crowded. The natives of New Or- get to stick a few napkins in your Lewd and indecent acts which most entirely without foundation. Church of Satan forbids murder, leans run from the festivities, but pocket, or you may be air-drying. would make a movie X-rated pass Although much of the hype sur- forbids child abuse and does not Don't be fooled by beautiful on Bourbon Street with a smirk rounding satanic worship is condone any type of animal mu- ; others flock to Mardi Gras. Bourbon Street is the best party people promising free beer. You and possibly a cheer. groundless, the American public tilation. The most important thing is to of all. People line the balconies still have to pay for the glass. seems determined to perpetuate In spite of the facts, the fear of The parades start early and con- remember to have fun. To experithe myths. · satanism continues to grow. The· tempting the packed crowd to bare it all for beaded necklaces. tinue through the day. Anything ence the adventure for yourself, be The ramifications of this·sataruc· perception of satanism by the panic are far-reaching.· On the lo- public and the fear it breeds may However, anxious harids and imaginable is given out from dragging yourself through the cameras await disclosure of re- floats, from extra-large tooth trenches on Bourbon street Feb. caHevel,-OmahaMayor HalDaub be far more dangerous than the productive organs, so un:less you brushes to bikini underwear. Lis- 24, 1998. Remember, though, ensured the frenzied sell-out of a practice of satanism by its followwant a Kodak moment of your ten to those people asking you to don't try this at home. · recent Marilyn Manson concert ers.

Foreigners flock to Mardi Gras

Poet Kloefkorn to read. at Peru State March 5 William .Kloefkorn, professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University, will read his works at the Benford Recital Hall March 5 at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the English Club and CAB. .Kloefkorn is the author of . several collections of poetry. A n:umber of)aoefko1'!1-'s poems have also appeared in a variety of periodicals. The Nebraska Unicameral named him Nebraska Poet Laureate in fall of 1982.

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Kloefkorn initiated the Poets-inthe-Schools program in Nebraska, serving as Master Poet for several years in Lincoln and other Nebraska communities. He has given readings and has conducted workshops in a number of colleges and universities, including Universities of Arizona and South Dakota, Southwest State University in Minnesota, Northwest Missouri State, Wichita State, Drake University and others. .

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Gabrielle Roy: • reat1on and Memory By Doug Kerns

weeks later Bill was invited to interview here at PSC. Undaunted, For Drs. Linda and Bill 'Team Clemente' worked the next Clemente, the culmination of four summers on the biography, three years of writing and re- writing, researching and revising search came three weeks ago with until its publication three weeks the publication of their literary bi- ago. ography, "Gabrielle Roy: Creation Roy (pronounced 'Wa') was a and Memory." French-Canadian novelist whose The process began four years works centered on Canada and its ago just after Bill received his people. The first phase of her life Ph.D. Linda had written an article in the Clemente biography begins on the structure of a collection of before WWII when she moved to Roy's short stories and was of- Europe to pursue an acting career, fered a chance to write on Roy for then returned home to Canada. a Canadian biography series but The third phase of the biography turned the offer down. Bill had tells of her travels all over Canada read Roy's autobiography and as the war rages in Europe, pub"loved it," and when found he lishing over 100 newspaper colwould have time, he and Linda umns, articles and short stories told the publishers they would before beginning her career as a write the book. And though the novelist. publishers had never had a colRoy won two Canadian Goverlaborative biography in their se- nor General's awards and was one ries, they assented. Then two· of the first female non-French

Dr. Clemente holds ' a copy of the booH 9f), Roy that he and his;, wife spent three years .•. : pu,ttin~,,,t,P2~the~~7'i*;; f';:,:gz;.<:.'·, ~~'.;:~.:,;-i:~i~~'~ ,,~



writers writing in French to win the Medaille Richelieu, an annual award in France for best novel. This was for her first book "The Tm Flute" (1945), by far her most financially and critically successful work. It is a 'traditional' realistic narrative of Montreal slum dwellers. The key to and the irony of the story, Bill said, is that though the subject of the novel is primarily the urban poor of SaintHenri (a district of Montreal), just about everyone in the narrative has a job because of the wartime economy. After the success of "The Tin Flute" Roy traveled in Europe and attempted to write another novel in this realistic style but couldn't force herself to do it. "But those years were very formative for her to find her own style," said Clemente. It would take time and a return to Canada to enable her to publish another novel of realism, "The Cashier" (1954). Between these two books came the writer's personal favorite of all her works, "Where Nests the Water Hen." (1950) This book, following on the heels of the fantastic success of "The Tin Flute," was thought too revolutionary in form to fulfill publication obligations. It is a work in three sections that overlap chronologically and defies standard definition as a novel. "It's sort of an interlaced thematic collection," Clemente said. After "The Cashier" she grew less interested in conforming to publisher's expectations and wrote wholly in her own. style.

"She lost money. She refused to em Manitoba island as a schoolwrite what everybody expected teacher, "She had to fight," Bill from Gabrielle Roy, but she wrote said, "not to be bored. She's not a what fit her best," Clemente said. primitivist and she is not against "Some have said that hers is a progress, but she is for looking at more feminine mode of exposi- what price we pay for progress." Everyone at PSC knows the lovtion-the world is not chronological and meaning gathers force." able Dr. Bill, but many may not She continued in this independent know his wife and co-author. vein through the many books and Linda received her degree in short stories she wrote before her French literature from McGill death in 1983. Throughout her University and her Ph.D in Rowork she spoke mance Languages from the Uniuncondescendingly of Canada's versity of Oregon. She currently misfortunate in an age of progress. teaches in the French Department "She lets the voiceless speak-she at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. gives them their story," Clemente She will be speaking about Gabrielle Roy in Guadeloupe this said. Roy's ideology is hard to clas- summer. sify, but what is cer- .,,,....,...---·- - - - - - - - - . , . - - - - - - - . . , tain is that she never saw situations in black and white. Her treatment of the city and the countryside exemplifies this ambivalence. "She always said the cities would be better if they became more countrified. But she doesn't paint [the country] as the pastoral ideal. [Her work] is about people, and the Canadian mosaic includes both the country and the city," explained Clemente. While in 1937 she lived a seemingly idyllic summer on a north-

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rPCJllftU8 [ Bobcats end season .perfect at home, number one seed By Jen Fro8schl The Peru State men's basketball , team has pounced all over teams that have come in their path this season, securing a 22-8 regular season record and a 16th place rating in the nation. This record puts in top seed of the N~ Division II Independent Midwest Region, whieh in turn, gives them the honor of hosting the Midwest Region Independent playoff tournament. The Bobcats, who are 14-0 on their home stomping ground, will debut in the tourney Friday at 7:30 against eighth seed Clarke. "It's a real advantage to play at home. We are used to playing here and do well here. Hopefully it will continue for three or more games/' said Coach Gibbs. 'The· Cats have won 11 df their last 12 games. Most recently, the team slid a victory past Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina), 6461;·thanks to a three-pointer at the buzzer by senior co-captain Torn

Riely. The Bobcats jumped off with an eight point lead, but progressively got into foul trouble, putting most of the starters on the, bench. The Coyotes then jumped quickly mto the second half with a seven point lead. "We fought back and ,got ahead by six or seven, but then started missing our free throws, and they started making theirs which tied it up near the end," said Coach Gibbs. But then.Riely took care of the rest, putting the icing on the cake. 'Tm real proud of our guys. They've played well down the stretch. Early on we did well but we've played tougher teams now at the end of our season." In addition, senior Scott Daniel is ninth in the country in three point percentage,and the team is twelfth in the nation for team field goal percentage. If the Bobcats win tonight they will play at 6 p.rn. on Saturday, and then the regional final game will be at 3 p.rn. on Sunday.

MEN'S REGIONAL TOURNAMENT @PERO STATE (~1) P~r~ State Coll~g~ .· • ·

A NllDLR~D LUTHERAN DEFENDER makes an attempt to steal the ball from senior center Chris James. Peru State defeated lV\iC:Jland tutheran, ensuring a perfect regular season home record. - photo by Kim Olson 12

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lady Bobcats peaking at the right time according to coach Kreklau By Greg Wolfe The regular season has come to a close for the PSC women's basketball team. They finished the season off strong with a record of· 12-15. Coach Tara Kreklau looked back and reflected on the regular season: "I'm very pleased with the progress the team made this year. Our record a .little cl,isappointing, but With all the mjuries we had to overcome and th.e tough schedule we played; itwas,a posi.:. tive effort." The Bobcats finished the last four games .of the season g~ing 22 with the losses coming to Midland Lutheran and Grandview College. "We put ou~lves in position to win all four games, but Midland and Grandview got the job done at the end," said Kreklau. Coach Kreklau is confident of the work the women have put in going into the regional tourna-

ment. "We are peaking right now and that's just where we wanted to be. Now we're heading into the playoffs and anything can happen," she said. Overall, with the team healthy they have come together and become more confident in one another. A few names stick out. A healthy . Celeste Nolte, sophomore, has put together.some nice numbers since the break, ·leading the team in scoring with, 14.4per game along with 9.Lre1founds per game and was also named to the Midwest All-Region Team. Senior Angie Hubach finished off another great season averaging 13 points per game and led the team with 10·;5 rebounds per game. 'Guiding the 'Cats has been freshman point guard DeeAnn Othmer. She stepped. up to fill a tough ·position· in her first year playing college basketball.


(#1) Briar Cliff (IA) Feb.28 8p.m.

(#8) Mt. Senario (WI) March 1, 8 p.m.

(#4) Peru State College Feb.28 6p.m.

(#5) Northland (WI) March 2, 6 p.m.

(#2) St..Scholastica .(MN) Feb.28 3p.m. (#7) Concordia St. Paul (MN)

March 1, 5:30 p.m.

(#3) Clark (IA) Feb.28 lp.m.

(#6) Northwestern (MN)


February 28, 1997 PSC team takes second place Schick 3-on-3 tournament A team of intramural basketball players from Peru State College traveled to Ames, IA to compete in the Schick Superhoops 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The team included Jamie Stinson, junior; Jamie Cason, senior; Todd Liberty, junior and Intram.ural Director Dave Teske, compete'dintheregional tournament Saturday, Feb. 15 at Iowa State University. . Thirty-six teams competed in pool play during the morning for seeding into a single elimination tournament. Peru State lost their first game but finished with a 2-1 record. In the single-elimination tournament, PSC defeated Iowa State, Mankato State, Nebraska and Wisconsin to advance to the championship game; wherein a team from Kansas University defeated Peru State to become the

Midwest Regional Champions. Cason said, "It was a fun day. The highlight was beating Nebraska in the quarterfinal round." The contest is an annual event with qualifying tournaments held at more than 600 "The guys represented Peru Stateverywell. It'sauniquecontest designed to let the players have fun playing basketball and other related ·games. Hopefully the enthusiasm of the players at this year's contest will help us get both a male and a female team to go next year," said Teske. The Peru team received sweatshirts for their second place effort. The winners of the tournament received lined jackets. And Microsoft provided all the participants with a video basketball game for use on Wmdows '95.

Manifest Destiny switched from land to hockey (#2) Cod• Rsd vs. (#7) Chuck's Kids (#3) Dsck.,.s' Boys vs. (#6) R•fus• to loss (#4) Whit• Trash vs. (#5) Tyrants

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(#6) Sall (#4) Magnific•nt 7 vs. (#5) Th• Curtain

Who knows that the Calgary Flames won last pight putting them in the last playoff spot only pointsahead of Vancouver? Actually how many of you care? That is what l thought. Does anyone care about hockey as much as Canadians do about their official national sport? Probably Well... what about the rivalries not. Yet, National Hockey League that already exist-the classic .comm_isl!ioner Gary. Bettman .Montx:eal and Boston.Qr.'I'oronto. thinks that there should be more and Detroit series'? These would hockey in the U.S. He feels the be lost if the planned realignment need to expand to more American were to take place. Another queS'cities to take advantage of more tion is, what are they going to call "untapped markets." the new divisions? They have al-· So, as if the recent loss of two ready changed the. division Canadian based teams isn't bad names from the unique Norris, enough, now there is not just talk Adams, Patrick and Smythe to the of expansion, but also realign- Americanized geographically ment. This realignment would named divisions and stripped the consist of four American divisions game of some of its tradition and and only one Canadian. The idea heritage. And about the Amerihere is that Americans don't want cans not wanting to see Canadian to watch Canadian teams, and teams play. .. where the heck do Commissioner Bettman wants to they think three-quarters of the create rivalries between American entire league comes from? Certeams. .,. tainly not the U.S. (Not that its the

American's fault. Who wouldn't rather play beach volleyball or baseball when the weather here is so nice). · As for the "untapped markets," the proposed cities being talked about for expansion are Houston, Nashville and. Raleigh-Durham. Ya, let's put a few more teams someplace warmer. What about cities like Wmnipeg, Quebec City, Minneapolis and Milwaukee or someplace else where snow stays on the ground for more than a week? These are places where there is nothing better to do than sit inside by a warm fire on Saturday night and watch the game on TV. It is a lifestyle for the people of the north to embrace such a

game. Its more of a novelty for the warm blooded Americans. I can't wait to see what comes next. Make the playoffs longer? Sure, why not? There are going to be more teams now so they need to add more teams to the playoffs. Great. Like they aren't already long enough (as if people in Phoenix are going to want to head qown J9 .,the rink on a Saturday afternoon in June when it is 110. degrees and the Diamondbacks are in town). Now that I think of it, wouldn't that be nice ... a Stanley Cup (how long will this name last?) final with Florida and Phoenix. "The Ice Battle in the Sun". Isn't that oxymoronic ... stressing the moronic. Even if the league realigns or expands to further U.S. markets, I will still love the game. I grew up watching Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays. But when the Mexico City Aztecs join the league I may have to rethink my loyalties to the game.

Baseball team gets infusion of young talent Sy Jen Froeschl

strong senior class of nine. Along Brendan Raybourne and Canawith Exner are infielders Aaron dian transfer, Jason Plotsky. "Take me out to the ball game, Baumeert, Bryan Bott, Joe Gonyea "We are ready to show other take me out to the crowd ... " Re- and Duncan Patterson. Cleaning teams that we are going to be a member this old song from one of up the outfield will be Brian team to be reckoned with going America's favorite pastimes?· Childs, Chris Cook, Greg Wolfe into the end of May," Exner conWell, get ready to belt it out, sports and Steve Young. cluded. fans. The Peru State College baseHelping out from the mourid The 'Cats will go into action this ball season is under way-that is, will be junior Deon Wingert, weekend against Bethany College if the weather cooperates. sophomore Kyle Beckner and at Lindsborg (KS) on Saturday "Our main goal this season is to freshman Lossen White. and they will "strut their stuff" improve as the season progresses, New recruits expected to see Sunday in Marshall (MO) against realizing that the season is a pro- early action include freshman Missouri Valley. The Bobcats will cess. If we improve every game, catchers Mike Lavrenz and Tim host their first home game March we'll be playing our best ball by Sealock, freshman infielder 8 against Hastings College. the end of the season," said Coacl:t I Dave Teske who is entering his second year as head coach for the Safe Permanent Hair Removal Bobcats. ELECTROLYSIS After an 11-33 record last year, KRIS PFISTER, P.C.E., L.E., C.H. [ the Bobcats are fired up with the TUDIO · return of senior pitcher Shawn Professional Certified Electrologist Exner, who sat out last season due Certified Hypnotherapist . to elbow surgery. "The entire team is very anxious to get outFree Consultation side and play. Everybody has day, evening, and weekend / appointments available 1 been dedicated to concentrating on baseball thi~ year," Exner said. Nebr. City, NE 68410 The Bobcats will be led by a 402-873-7511

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February 28, 1997

PSC Career Fair offers something for everyone Employers won't be the only ones setting up displays in the It's the time of the season for-Ca- Live Oak room. Perry and Shanks have also invited several gradureer Fair! The Live Oak room will be bus- ate schools to attend; so far, 14 are tling Thurs. April 3 as students confirmed, including the Univercheck out the displays of more sity of Nebraska-Lincoln. Some than SO employers during PSC's schools are not able to attend the 11th Annual Career Fair. The fair, fair, Perry said, but will send held 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., is co-spon- course information, applications, sored by PSC's Office of Coopera- and other pertinent information. tive Education and Career SerAlso, because the high school vices, Student Support Services Quiz Bowl will be held that day, many PSC clubs and organizaand CAB. Julia Perry, coordinator of Coop- tions will have information booths erative Education and Career Ser- designed to attract new students vices, said that a wide variety of to PSC. Perry and Shanks encouremployers will be attending the age all dubs to attend. event. She has worked closely While the fair will certain! y benwith student coordinator Terri efit students about to graduate, Shanks to ensure that the fair has Perry and Shanks emphasize that something to offer students of all it is intended for all students, remajors. Perry and Shanks encour- gardless of class rank. Many of age student attendees to dress the employers, including summer professionally and to bring their camps, special education programs, and amusement parks, resumes with them. Perry said her office will help have opporhmitie~ for summer students construct or update their jobs and internships. resumes. By Kim Miiiigan

AMANDA RIW AND LAURA KELSAY, members of the Frontier History class, view a display of the tt)pical late 19th century frontier bunkhouses of the African American soldiers, otherwise known as "Buffalo Soldiers," at the Fort Robinson State Historical Park on Feb. 21. The class listened to an hour long presentation by Tom Beucker, superintendent of the state park .. on the role African Americans played in the frontier army. In this speech, students learned that Native Americans gave African Americans the title of buffalo soldiers because their dark hair reminded the Native Americans of the hair between the horns of a buffalo. said Dr. Sara Crook, assista"nt professor of history/political science. -,photo provided by J>r. Sara Crook

Honors Class offers students key to unlock the world of art By. Amber N. Schuetz

.. For most Peru State College students, a theatrical experience consists of renting "A Time to Kill" from Decker's. Place them amidst surround sound and a 35" console television and the stage is set. However, for the select individuals longing to expand their artistic horizons, satisfaction · has been sculptured through PSC's honors course, Making Sense: Art in the World. . According to

Dr. Daniel Cox, interim chair of education and psychology, the course was .designed nine years ago to "give students the oppor~ tunity to see more than what's on television." Through extensive exploration of a wide variety of art, both in class and on field trips, stud e n t s gradually mold their cultural experiences into vivid impressions of art as it refates to the

world. The course was founded by Cox and for the first three years, he and his wife funded it in memory of their grandmother, Francis Sjulin, a "patron of the arts." Cox. continued to organize the program until this year when he accepted the interim chair position for the education division. He expressed his genuine interest in the success of the program, stating, "It's centered on the student and is so experiential. For almost everyone who takes this class, everything is new and fun." The course is currently being taught by Dr. Bonnie Fritz, assistant professor of education, whose interest and background in the arts and accommodating schedule, according to Cox, made her a "natural for it."

Various local organizations have generously provided discount prices to the student group enabling them to enjoy six field trips this semester. On Sunday, Feb. 9, the class journeyed to Omaha's Orpheum Theatre where they observed a live performance of the enchanting opera, "La Boheme." On Monday, Feb. 10, the students traveled to the Gold Coast section of Omaha to explore the treasure-filled mansion of Dr. Tom Kuhlman, a professor at Creigh.ton University. The students also viewed an American ·Indian art exhibit by Sioux artist, Oscar Howe; at the Lied Center for the Pe!forming Arts. In addition, the group toured the orchestra and dressing rooms of the Orpheum Theatre to get a glistening glimpse of art be-

hind the scenes. Future outings for the class include seeing the play "To Kill A Mockingbird," touring the Joslyn Museum and exploring the Bemis Center in Omaha. Fritz commented, "I think this is an extremely valuable class to have in the curriculum because I feel that it is very important that as many Peru State College students as possible get exposed to the arts in the immediate area. As a result, I hope they will continue to go back again and again to the places I have taken them to for the first time. That should enrich their lives a great deal." The course is offered each spring semester for honor students seeking to experience the true spectacle of art.

Works exhibited at PSC Art Gallery Artist Marjorie Mikasen's work will be on display in the art gallery located in the Jindra Fine Arts building from now until March 13. Mikasen, abstract, geometric pain,ter, was born in Chicago, and


illuminated in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Mikasen received her B.A. in studio arts frgm the University of Minnesota in 1981. She has worked as an exhibiting artist in Denver, CO, and currently in Lincoln, NE.

Pig kissing· (no tongue) hits campus Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the business dub on campus, is bringing the students a contest called "Kiss the Pig." For the "Kiss the Pig" contest PBL members get professors, R.A.' s and coaches to put their names on a jar. Students or any one else can come put money into

which ever persons jar they want to. The contestant with the most money at the end of the week will have to "kiss a pig." The jars will be in the cafeteria during March 4-7 fr!Jm 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the afternoons and from 5 p.m.-7p.m..

In reality, only a few organized satanic churches actually exist, with a combined membership of less than 2,000-in a country of more than a quarter billion . SEE RELATED STORY BY DEBBIE SAILORS ON PAGE 4 ,.

PSC sends another team to national competition

SENIOR CHRIS JAMES TANGLES with a Mt: Scenario plai;ier in the semifinal game of the'r~glon tournament held at· Peru State Feb. 28-March 2. The Bobcats have not lost at home in 21 straight games which includes a 17-0 mark this vear and the last four wins of the 1995-96 veaL -,-photo by Terry Dugan·

The bucket by Thompson put the Bobcats on top for the rest of How would you like to spend a the game, but Northwestern week in Nampa, Idaho? Sound didn't let them off the hook too appealing? Well, if you were play- easy. With 3:40 left to play, Northing for the national champion- western came within four points, 79-75, forcing them to foul for posship, you'd be ecstatic The Peru State men's basketball session. Fortunately, the Bobcats team claimed a birth to the Na- came through from the charity tional Tournament, March 12-18, strip, making 16 of 20 in the secafter winning the NAIA Division ond half, for a 91-84 championII Midwest Region Tournament ship victory. Senior Lance Cohn lead the BobMarch2. The victory escalated their cats with 25 points, seven assists record to 17-0 at home and 25-8 and eight rebounds. Freshman for the season. 'Tm extremely Jermel Ward also added 18 points proud of the team," said Coach and senior Tom Riley had 12. In semi-final action against Mt. John Gibbs, "They've gone 15-1 Scenario, Ladysmith (WI), the since Jan. 11." Peru State dueled with second Bobcats again started off slow and seed Northwestern (MN) for the trailed 11-21with10 minutes left championship title. The Eagles and then 26-37 at the half. At the start of the second half soared to an early 9-0 lead and led until 5:31 remained in the first half Mr. Momentum changed his adwhen the Cats took over after a dress, and the Bobcats took over. "When we scored the first three lay-up by senior Greg Thompson, buckets the crowd got into it and 26-25. "Northwestern had watched the so did the kids [team]. I looked at hyp previous games, so fu,ey knew the clock and said, 'We're going to clog the inside," Gibbs said, to win this,"' said Gibbs. "The whole tournament we didn't shoot the ball very well, which Continued on page 6 made the games closer."

Twenty-one vehicles vandalized in Delzell p,arking .lots March 11 By Krys Leeds

Tuesday, March 11, sometime between midnight and 9:30 a.m., 21 cars parked in the three designated Delzell lots were vandalized. Though not the first random act of destruction this campus has seen, this incident appears to be the most extreme. "[Peru State] has never had anything like this happen, not this many [cars] all at once," said Erin Sayer, director of residence life. Most of the cars· vandalized

were parked along the perimeter of the two north lots where buildings or banks provided refuge. Sayer believes the perpetrators were "coming with the intent to

''[Peru State] has never had anything like this happen, not this many [cars] all at once" -

Erin Sayer, director of residence life

March is Women's History Month put a spotlight on, as well as the social conditions of women's Are you one of those people who lives." Think Joan of Arc, Queen thinks that "history" means the I;:lizabeth I~ and Susan B. Anthony study .of militaries and presidents to name a few. exclusively? Acknowledging women's often While these male-oriented areas overlooked historical contribuare worthy of study, so are the tions adds depth al1d breadth to varied ways .in which wome:i:i ·, the,studyofJ:iistory. For•exainple; have helped shape the past. Davis noted that what we know Womer(s Histoi:y Month concen- of frontier history has ~radition· trates people's attention on the allybeen toldexcluSive1y by male other half of humanity, whose en- voices,--not much was said about ergy has traditionally been ex- women; Davis said that now we pended behind the scenes, hold- know that many frontier women ing family and home together. It left diaries, enabling historians to is also a recognition of women's writeaboutwomen'~~xp,eriences historical contributions in.the con- on the frontier. · text of the male-dominated sodDavis said that the more one eties in which they lived. becomes ·aware of women'k part Dr; Spencer Davis, associate pro- /in shaping our past, the more. one r.--~c;or of history, said, "Women's will find. "To go searching," "-has been a search for in- Davis said, "is better than thirik'1.troversial women to ing there's nothing there to find."

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get as much as possible, as quickly as possible." Spencer Duncan, resident assistant at Delzell, is outraged by the acts and by the malicious way in

which they were done. "If [whoever] didn't find what tli.ey wanted, they trashed the car." Though several reported stereos, radar detectors and other electronic equipment stolen, Sean Mclaughlin, senior sports management major, did not have anything taken. "[It looked like somebody] just took a bat to the window and smashed all of the glass on the driver's side. They left the ·door open so my battery was dead; looked through my tapes, threw them everywhere." Jared Knapp, freshman unde-

cided, is baffled. "I really don't understand why my windows were broken when I don't have a stereo, and nothing was taken." Another victim, Andy Summers, freshman computer science major, did not have anything removed from his car either. "It's as if they were going along, busting windows to bust windows." Some Delzell residents are blaming lack of security. "We're paying to park in those lots. We get a ticket if we don't, and if we do park there, [our cars] get broken

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Alumni game set for April 11 With the Peru State College 1996 Athletic Director Lori Kildal is football team finishing with a 7-3 excited about the event. "This is record and a top 25 rankii:tg, ex- -a: great opportunity for alumni to citement. is high for the start:cif come back and rekindle friend-_ spring football. The spril;lg high- ships," she said, "This is also an light will be a football alumni opportune-time tov1ew the camweekend, including an alumni vs. pus and rub shoulders with the· varsity football game. v:arsity team and coaches." On April 11-12, the Campus of a Itineraries and registration forms Thousand Oaks will be the setting have been sent to nearly everyone for an eventful weekend for all who has played football for Peru_ former Bobcat football players. State. Anyone who has played All e:vents Will lead to the game football for the Bobcats and has Saturday afterno_on at 2 p.m.. But not r~eiveda registratiqnform is you don't have to be a participant asked to call Lori Kildal or Chris in the game to enjoy .the festivi- (402) 872-2350. Regties. A Kick and Punt contest is istration forms must be returned planned for half-time for those to Peru State by March 28 in orwho want to erijoy the game from der to participate in the activities. the bleachers.

THE WINNERS .OF THE_ SILAS SUMMERS writing. contest ore shown above with English Club sponsor Dr. Anthony.McCrann (right) and assistant sponsor Dr. Bill Clemente (lelt). (From lelt) Juliane Lee won second place in poetry·cind short story; Kim Miligan received first prize in the essay category; Darin Vandersteen tied for third prize in poetry; and Terry Dugan received first place in short story. Winners not pictured ore Angie Hunzeker, first place in poetry; Aaron Shigley, tied for third in poetry; and Kimberly Schnitzer. second place in essay. -photo by Joy Hub.r

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Nelson proposes legislation for Nebraskan's education petitive with our neighboring states and the rest of the country. · My legislative proposals for this That means an even better session are designed to benefit economy and more opportunities ALL Nebraskans, including stu- for Nebraska graduates right here dents at Nebraska colleges and at home. We hope to turn our "brain universities. Here's how: My CUT BACK, GIVE BACK drain" into a "brain gain" here in plan to cut taxes is key to eco- Nebraska, and I believe my pronomic_ development and to the posal for a Quality Workforce future of Nebraska-a future in Academic Grant Program is an which you :will play an increas- important step. This program would provide $2 million in ingly larger role. W:e. are al::ile to provide 9.1:1.ality grants every year to_Nebraska stueducation, quality services AND dents who choose fo live and tax relief because the Nebraska work in Nebraska after· graduaeconomy is strong. Projections tion. We are willing to make this show we will have a surplus of investment because we want our more than $200 million by the best and brightest to stay in their 1997-99 biennium. I believe home state and be part of its fustrongly that we must not use that ture. surplus for new spending, but reA third proposal with direct benturn it to the taxpayers. efits to those in higher education About 350,000 Nebraskans, in- is the Information Science, Techcluding many. of your parents, nology and Engineering Institute. would be eligible for_ the Resident- This "university without walls" Homeowners Property Tax Credit would give students across Neof $160 a year. And everyone who braska the state-of-the-art training takes home a paycheck will be eli- needed for the jobs of tomorrow. gible for the Economic Growth I hope college and university Income Tax Reduction, an across students statewide will support the board income tax cut of 5.5 these important proposals. A percent for the average Nebras- phone call or letter to your state kan. That may mean less money senator will send them an importaken out of you paycheck and a tant message-that the future bigger income tax refund. leaders of our state want a role in These tax cuts will keep us com- building a stronger Nebraska.

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Skeptics aren't bad: just misunderstood

Cloning no reason for hysteria

Cloning no reason for hysteria Recently, geneticists have for the first time successfully cloned mammals, first a sheep in Scotland and subsequently a Rhesus monkey in the United States. These developments again bring the dangers of genetic research to the front of the public imagination. WJ:lat seems to worry people most is that there is now a very real possibility thathumans can be cloned, and that scientists, unconcerned with ethics or consequences, will begin testing of human subjects. This concern may arise from the fact that, while the public immediately expressed its fears following the news, geneticists were more excited than ever. Cloning and genetic research open up endless possibilities for the betterment of all our lives, in ways we can't even guess at this time. Advancements in understanding the building-blocks of life are a key step in knowing ourselves and our universe. But progress is a two-edged sword, as jt has always been, and man always seems to misuse discoveries that have the potential much good. Yet fear of progress is not a wise alternative. Put in its proper perspective, the dangers of cloning seem to pale next to those of nuclear, biological and chemical manufacturing and industrial waste. The key to safe scientific progress is to stay informed and make rational judgments about such new and exciting discoveries.

If you believe that aliens are vis- · iting Earth, if you have no doubt that TV shows like the "X-Files," "Sightings," and "Unsolved :tylysteries" are based on scientific facts, or if you believe that a secret.conspiracy really controls the world, read on. Because even if you're right (you're not), chances are your path to this belief was too easy to be reliable. But who has time to constantly be reevaluating their beliefs? The way out? Become a skeptic. You get every Sunday off, plus you get to sneer superciliously at foolish notions every day of the week! I haven't any illusions that this column will change anyone's mind, yet I am compelled. In horse-and-buggy days perhaps we were safe living in logical lala-land, but now in our so-called information age we can't afford ignorance when WI? have to rely on quick decisions by an informed

public. Unfortunately, we seem to be paranoid and naive·as ever as we bumble brainlessly into a new century. No aliens captured, no all-powerful conspiracy disclosed, no paranormal power proven, yet thousands of Americans believe these things are real. I myself would love it if aliens, allied with Jews, Blacks, and white mice, dropped in to clean this place up, but I doubt it will happen. Just how do I know? Well, I don't, and that's the whole idea behind skepticism. When I consider whether or not something is true, I first consider how I feel about the subject before forming

any conclusion. When my feelings are strong, I work doubly hard to remain objective and to base conclusions on the best available evidence, even if it is not what I wanted or expected to find. Don't be disheartened, true believers, On:ce, everyone in ·the world believed our planet was the center of the solar system, so it's not as if we're the original blockheads. But every gadget and gigamadoozle we now possess is the result of people shaking their heads skeptically at established · beliefs. In .a universe of danger and discovery, ignorance is death. Skepticism: Don't 1eave Earth without it.

Crimes commited with guns should bring harsher penalties "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." The Second Amendment has caused more controversy in Congress and across the United States than any other part of the Constitution. When this was written over 200 years ago it was deemed necessary by the government, who had a real fear the English might still try to take the colonies back. Since the army was reduced to a token force, the people believed they needed their flintlock smoothbore muskets and rifles to protect themselves from foreign invaders. Well I don't think we are in any danger of being invaded by England any time soon. I also don't believe it was the intent of our Founding Fathers to include armor piercing bullets, AK47s, MAC-lOs, etc. etc. under the proteCtion of the Second Amendment. Today we have groups that

Cloning Made Easy . don't want any.gun laws and others that want massive gun control, but the real problem is criminals that could care less one way-or the other what the law is. If they can't buy guns legally then they use one of many illegal means. Are these guns flintlock muskets? Nope, the gangs are better armed than the police. Just take a look at what happened in L.A. Three punks, armed with AK47s and wearing body armor, shot 11 policemen. The police had to break into a gun shop to get the firepower needed to fight the criminals. Something is very wrong with this picture. I agree with the National Rifle Association that people kill people, gun's don't kil{people. At

the same. time I find it ridiculous that we keep addiJ:!g more laws and more laws to create a legal gun control. ... The problem be solved very simply: 1) Include any military style weapons whether pistol or rifle under the Federal Arms Licensing Act (the one for those people who collect machine guns and military hardware); 2) Mandatory national records searches for anybody buying any weapon; 3) The death penalty for anyone using a weapon in the commission of any crime. I believe making the laws strict and· stringent with deadly results will help get guns off the streets. Plus it does not infringe on anyone's Second Amendment rights.


The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru State College, is published seven. times p~r semester by l?eru State College students. The Times office is located in the college publication office in the Physical Plant Building, telephone (402) 872-2260. . - . Opinions expressed may not necessarily be those of the entire editorial staff. All letters to the editor are welcomed. Letters, cartoons, articles and so forth submitted to the Times should be signed by the individual(s) submitting them and will be published at the discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 w:ords in length.. The Times reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor for grammar and style. The Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Aubu:m, NE. Please send material to: Editor Peru State Times Campus Mail. Peru State College Peru, NE 68421 or by e-mail: psctimes@pscosf.peru;edu Editor Assistant Editor Features Editor Copy Editor Advertising Manager Photo Coordinator Editorial Assistants Cartoonist ·Photographers

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Students voice concerns about safety We write you this letter on be- Or are we, as students and faculty, half of several students who were going to stand up to these thieves victimized the morning of Feb, 20. and stop them from violating our Over the semester, many cars security and personal property? have been broken into at the CenThis letter did not arise because tennial Complex in both the we became victims of vandalism; paved and gravel parking lots however, it does reflect the con(not excluding Morgan and cerns expressed by past victims, Delzell). This increased level of some of whom i;emain frightened vandalism raises coric:er:ns about for the future. We want nothing campus·security and the ri.eed to more than to feel safe on our own increase the number of men in the campus. security department. Numerous A few students have stated that . students have voiced their con- they would not mind paying excem and some possible solutions tra to help prevent this from hapabout their security and their be- pening in the future. Most stulongings. Amongo!fl,~i;s,students dents feel that at least one addivoice th~ fol!o'\\'.ing i;:E>J;lC!'!qlS: tional security person should be 1) the lack of security after 2 a.m. hired to help ensure that students 2) The several poorly lit areas areprotected24h0ursaday. Also, around the campus, especially in additional lighting would help, as all parking lots. will maintaining the lights already We feel very strongly that some installed on campus, sort of action should be taken to In conclusion, we would apprehelp reduce, if not completely date a reply from the appropriate t;!liminate, these pro]?lems. . ·administration, such as President : We certainly do not criticiZe-any · 'Burns, Drreetor of Residence Life of the security personnel we al- Erin Sayer, and/or security per. :ready have; · However,·ihis ind-· sonnel.· ·. dent is the second-major one.that : . . Thank you in advance for all has taken place in just under a youreffortsincorrectingthissituyear,. And one such incident oc- ation. Carin R. Nannen curred last year (1995-1996). Are Dawna M. Peter we going fo just sit by and let this keep happening more every year?


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Twenty-one vehicles vandalized in Delzell parking lots March 11 Continued from page 1 into," said Nick Schuller, freshman undecided. "Everybody knows security gets off at 2 a.m.," said Ryan Hogue, sophomore social science/history education major. After Tuesday's incident, Dr. Daryll Hersemann, vice president of student affairs, along with Sayer, and Todd Jensen, resident director at Delzell, made a proposal to increase the hours of security. However, Hersemann does not believe this .will completely eliminate the problem. "Even with an officer on campus, if he is out at the complex, someone might break into a car down at Delzell." Therefore, Hersemann would like to work with the residence life staff to establish a"neighborhood

watch-type" program. Sayer suggests that residents should not leave CDs, radar detectors and so forth, in their cars out in plain sight. "Do what you would do in a big city; implement the same precautions." Duncan feels this is unfortunate. "It is infuriating. We came to Peru to get away from some of the crime in bigger cities." Jensen said that forms are available from Delzell staff to record the serial numbers of students' electronic equipment in order to make it easier to trace. He would also recommend etching your name into the cases of yout CDs-makfug them easier to identify. "Because we are in Peru, we get lulled into thinking things like this won't happen, and we drop our crime prevention tactics," said Sayer.


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Students are kickin' it with martial arts By, Joy Huber

When Cheryl Fryer, instructor of music, shouts, "Charyut chung yae," she is certainly not speaking to her banddass. Instead, Fryer is beginning one of her Tae Kwon Do.classes. For those of us not fluent in Korean, "Charyut chung yae" simply means, "Getready, bow." The name of Fryer~s academy is Sun Yi's Academy of Tae Kwon Do. She teaches classes on Tuesday nights in Nebraska City at the Memorial Center and at Peru City Hall on Wednesday nights. The classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and run about one and one-half hours. Fryer's Nebraska City class has about 50 students, ranging from ages 6 to 50. The Peru class has around 15 students, bringing the total enrollment to more than 60 people. Because the Peru class is "geared to the college student," no one under the age of 16 is allowed to enroll. The Nebraska City class goes year-round, but the Peru class

PERU STATE COllEGE STUDENTS have elected the team of Jessica Damrow (lelt) and Anne-Marie Trn;lor as_ 1997-98 Student Sena.te President and Vice-President, respectivelv. Thev will take office April 1. · -photo by Kent Propst ---

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lasts for fifteen weeks, or one semester. The cost of the Peru class is $50 per semester plus the cost of the dobok, which is the required white martial arts uniform. The classes are open to anyone who would like to stop and visit a class. Fryer says many come and visit the Nebraska City class, According to Fryer, "Everybody learns from everybody. The martial arts don't separate." This is why the different belt ranks are not segrated into different classes. One begins as a white belt. Then as he or she is tested, the student progresses through the two levels of orange, two levels of green, two levels of blue, three levels of brown, and, finally, the nine levels of black. Fryer is currently a fourth degree black belt - Junior Master. Fryer has been a Tae Kwon Do instructor for six years, but she has been studying the art for 14 years. She stressed that the students lay a foundation and add to it as they progress through the skill levels. She said, "One can only build a


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known ·as Dunwoody Pond, next to Nevens pasture, near Ogallala. · Janovy commented, "I wanted to pay tribute to some of my students-young people who have selected intellectual challenges as their life's work." Clopton's biological studies are chronicled in a chapter of the

"Yeah; Tm the beetle guy." So states Dr. Richard Clopton, issistant professor of biology. \nd he is indeed the beetle guy. \t 32, he is the world's foremost mthority on the world's most di'erse group of organisms-gre;arines. Gregarines are; iuite simply, parasites hat live in the bellies of >eet!.es. This, according o Dr. John Janovy, Uni'er$ity .of Nebraska ,arasitology professor .nd well-known author lf s.everal books on 1ature's biological woniers. Janovy's most recent 'elease, Dunwoody Pond, 'Xplores a subject most >assionate to him: the nolding of young scienific minds. And, in the !arly 1990's, Rich .::lopton was precisely hat-a young scientist vorking for his doctoral iegree at UNL, under Gregarines are parasites found in the belhe guidance of Janovy, lies of beetles. The above newly discov- · ::lopton's mentor and ered type of gregarine was discovered 'intellectual father." within a little green beetle inhabiting the Dunwoody Pond probanks of the Missouri River near Peru. rides a glimpse of the !arly experiences of some of book, entitled, "Darklings." anovy's most successful students Darklings refers to a particular is they study the insects, worms, type ofbeetle, affectionately nickrogs and one-celled animals that named the "Herkimer," that is es.1habit a small Nebraska pond, pecially known for its love of ;pecifically, a small farm pond dark, moist places. The problem

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According to Clopton, though, presented to Clopton-the domestication of these beetles or, something even more important more to the poiri.t, the breeding of occurred during his time working Herkimers in captivity in order to at Dunwoody Pond. "I learned more efficiently study"the para- most of what I know about being sites that live inside them-'-was of a scientist from the process that long standing within the parasi- culminated in the domestication of gregarines," he states. tological community. As one might expect, Janovy and In Dunwoody Pond, Janovy turns Clopton's pursuit of captive Clopton have remained close. ·beetle reproduction into a page- After all, they've known each turner, leading readers almost ef- other for nearly 15 years. Clopton fortlessly through the discussions was a freshman zoology student of Eleodes suturalis, Tenebrio molitor, and Janovy, a veteran instructor, Stylocephalus and others. But when C1opton took it upon himdon't let the Latin frighten you. self to replace the poor quality Janovy handles the subject mat- collection of insect specimens that ter with such deftness and skill, were being used to instruet the even non-scientists will enjoy the class--the entire collection. read. Every semester, Janovy's stuDid Clopton solve the dilemna dents hear the story of one student that had, according to Janovy, who decided, on his own, that in"baffled science for a century and structional materials were inada half?" Yes, and it was the stuff equate and set about correcting that major scientific reputations the problem. After over 30 years are made of. Clopton, establish- in the college professor business, ing himself as the world's expert Janovy states, "So far only one on gregarines, found himself [student] has stepped forward to sought after by some of the lay his talents on the line for those world's leading scientists in the he knew would come after him." field of parasitology. At UN-LClopton pursued his In fact, Clopton's predecessor as entomological studies, receiving the expert on gregarines, upon his his bachelor's and master's deretirement, invited Clopton to the grees in entomology. In 1989, he University of Paris, offering him went to Colorado State to work a lifetime of material for scientific towards his doctorate in molecuresearch. Needless to say, lar genetics, with the incentive of Clopton, then a struggling doc- a fellowship and an assistantship. toral student, "VISA-ed" his way After a short time, though, to Paris, returning with nearly 200 Clopton discovered he "felt more pounds of papers, specimens, files like Betty Crocker than Charles and books. · Darwin," and left the program.

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He contacted J anovy, hoping to find a place in Janovy's doctoral program. Janovy responded, "We don't have any money. We don't have any physical space. We do have plenty of intellectual room, if you want to come." Clopton came. And the rest, as they say, is history. Janovy's ambitious young student has become a thoughtful and inspirational scientist and teacher. He has continued his work with parasites. He has written and had published research papers and technical literature, andhas docu>mented' tJ:litexistente' o~6~fur 20 new parasite species over the last five years. As a professor at PSC, he has "set the bar higher" and had "a major impact," according to Aaron McCormick, senior biological science and wildlife ecology major, who is also a lab assistant to Clopton. McCormick points out that Clopton "helped open up my niche in biology." Like Janovy before him, Clopton is shaping young scientific minds-students here at PSC. Janovy states in Dunwoody Pond, "I get the sense that Heaven to Rich is an August morning, a pickup truck, Nevens pasture, a flat horizon and a gallon plastic full of darkling beetles." So where will "the beetle guy" be this summer? Back on Dunwoody Pond, helping to create young scientists.

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PSC sends another team to. national competition Continued from page 1 Gibbs's prophecy was correct and with 14:50 left in the game, Cohn made four consecutive shots giving the Cats a 44-42 lead with 13:21 remaining. .. A key factor in the 82~74 victory included the Cats outscoring the Fighting Saints 54-37 in the second half. The Bobcats also committed 20 fouls as compared to 35 made by Mt. Scenario. Peru was able to sink 37 of 54 free throw shots. · Ward, Riley ahd Cohh again led the Cats in shooting with 24, 14 and 11 points respectively. In the quarterfinal game, Peru faced eighth seed Clark College (IA). Clarke'.s season record of 222 was somewhat deceiving. "They were a team who had played .and lost a Jot of dose games,'.' Cibbs said/They played us loose with nothing to lose." ·The BobcatsJed by only three at the half, 37-34. They then outscored the Crusaders 40-33 in the second half for the 10 point victory. ~ '' fi_¥e:-phi~~ '~00.J~ci ·~ do1;1ble figures for the Cats. 5enior Chris James had 19, Ward had 15, Riley

put in 13, Cohh added 12 and senior Lawrence Hollier had 11. Two blocked shots by Hollier in the game sealed the school record for him. The blocked shot record was previously held by Kip Aµisoh who played from 1979-83. Hollier has 61 blocked shots to 'date~

Senior co-captain Scott Daniell summed up the secret to the team's success, "Our team morale is awesome. Even though we haven't been shooting well, we're still playing together. When everything clicks, look out." The last time Peru qualified for national· competition was the 1992-93 season. That ·year, the Bobcats ended the season fifth in the national rankings; and they advanced to .the ·quarterfinals of the national tournament, derailed by William Jewell. · GIBBS NAMED INDEPENDENT REGION COACH OF THE YEAR After their 91-84 win over Northwestern, Coach Gil:>bs was given the title of Midwest Independent Region Coach of the Year. Gibbs.has coached at Peru $tate for l6years,-and irl't:hat has amassed a 240-245 record.


SENIOR SCOTT DRNIEll DRIVES the lane to put a shot up and in at the region tournament. The Bobcats hove lost only one game since Jon. 11 . -photo by Terry Dugan

Women's basketball comes to an end in the Region semifinals against Briar Cliff By Greg Wolfe

The PSC women's basketball season has come to a close. It finished with.a loss to Briar Cliff in the Midwest Region semi-finals c85'-63, "We played very hard and -ver;y well," said coach Tara .~klau. "The final score was not indicative of how close the game was." The Lady Cats went into halftime trailing by three before losing. to the eventual champion Briar Cliff who improved to 35-0. "Wejustranintoaverygoodteam with a legitimate shot at winning the national championship,"

added Kreklau. "It was disappointing to lose, but the coaching staff and the team gave their best effort and felt good about our performance." A loss to such a highly ranked team has left the returning players with an upbeat feeling. "Now we know that we can play with them and have something to look forward to next season," coneluded Kreklau. As the season came to an end, so did the careers of two Peru seniors. Angie Hubach and Jill Shulte both finish their careers at Peru with impressive overall stats

that put them each in the top 20 in one or more individual categories. "Both Jill and Angie had outstanding careers at Peru State," said Kreklau, "I had an opportunity to coach both of them for three years. Each of them were solid workers both on and off the court. and I haven't coached any other player who has worked as hard as either of them. I just hope that some of their work ethic rubs off on some of the returning players." Student Assistant Brian Woebeke also commented on the loss of the two seniors. "Jill has

been the emotional leader for the team and it has been a pleasure watching her pump the team up." As for Angie Hubach he said, "I've been privileged to see one of the all around best women's basketball players in Peru's history. It has been fun watching her bring everyone up to a higher level of play with her intensity. We'll all miss her, but I won't miss the elbows l got in practice." Hubach also commented on her four year career at PSC. ''I'll really miss my teammates. We were rec ally close and I've made a lot of new friends." When asked about

Softball season starts, splits in Salina By.Matt Mc;xweU

return to anchor the team. The Lady Cats also get some needed It's that time of year again. experience from juniors Erin Spring is in the air. The Cubs Mahlberg and Steph Hornug, and are being beaten unmercifully in sophomore Krissy Tatum. Florida, and the Peru State softball P~State kicked off their season squad is geared up for another last week in Salina KS, winning strong season. twice and losing .three. Kerry Last year, the Laciy B_obcats Br~qdt adcied anothe.r, school scrat~hed their way fo a '4_2~2.1 record to her. growing list. After record: ' ' · · seven hits lasf weekend, .Brandt k.1 inflilxof yo~g ta!ent lo9,ks, f>e.c:airie the _all-time psc .hits to add depth to this year's team leader. as ten freshmen, join the club. · Head Coach Mark Mathews· They team up with a small said of his team's effort, "We nucleus ofexperience. Senior , played better than I had anticishortstop Kerry Brandfand senioi' pated: hadn't been able to itcher I outfielder Kell Muhle ractice outside much and have


so many new players." P-State won their first two outings, but fell victim to fatigue after playing four games in a row. Mathews was pleased by the way the ladies competed and commented that he feels this year's group has the potential to be a :very good team, This weekend the softballers again travel to Salina to compete . in the 14 team Pack Attack Tournament. From there they move on to Sterling College Monday, Kansas Neumann Tuesday, and a tournament hosted by Hastings College the following weekend.


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what she remembers over thE years she said, "Probably playing Briar Cliff so close. We put a real scare into them." Another thing that she will always remember was "finishing second in careei rebounding. People told me I was too short and would never be abl12 to play inside in college basketball. So that is what I am mos! proud of." Her remark to summarize her career here was, "It was fun." Both Jill and Angie are both on schedule to graduate in May with their degrees.

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Bobcats win Four games two days at home JIGHT: FRESHMAN PITCHER LANCE KURZ (le~) and senior pitcher .hawn Exner (right) congratulate senior center fielder Steve Young· fl his rocket throw to home plate which saved the Bobcats a run ,gainst Hastings College. The throw helped Peru State hold lastings to just one run in the 4- l win. IOTTOM: SENIOR OUTFIELDER CHRIS COOK slides safely into lird base o~er a passed boll. Cook would later score and ~unt as one of the Bobcats eight runs in the 8-6 win over Hastings i the second half of the doubleheader. -photos by Terry Dugan

By Terry Dugan For the first time since game one of the 1994-95 season, Peru State's baseball team sports a winning record, 5-4. PSC swept a pair of doubleheaders March 8 and 9 defeating Hastings and Benedictine. In game one, which due to field conditions was played in Auburn, the Bobcats gave senior pitcher Deon Wingert four runs to work with. That cushion proved to be more than enough as Peru State beat Hastings 4cL.. Hastings put runners on second and third in the final inning with only one out. Freshman Lance Kurz entered the game in relief of Wingert, and Kurz was able to get his first batter to fly out-the runner at third went home to score. Before pitching to the next batter, Kurz threw the ball to Brendan

Raybourn at third. Raybourn two outs in the bottom of the sevtouched the bag, and the umpire enth, senior shortstop Joe Gonyea called the Hastings player out for stole home giving the Bobcats a 6leaving the base before the out- 5 victory. "Our guys showed a lot a menfielder caught the ball. In game two, the Bobcats took tal and physical toughness to win another early lead and were able the last four games in a nine-game to hold onto it despite a late stretch," said Teske. "They know Bronco comeback winning the they've worked harder than anyone else in a baseball uniform." game 8-6. In Auburn, Teske commended "Our seniors have really stepped it up this year," said Head not only the good crowds on both Coach Dave Teske. "They're let- days but also those in charge of ting their work ethic speak for the Legion ball field. "Wes Ebeler, Gayle Searcey and themselves." Against Benedictine,• senior Je:rr.y. Lefever ·haVE;·.beri:~·og-\rer pitcher Shawn Exner made his backwards for us this last weeksecond appearance of the year. end-offered us anything they "Having Exner back on the could get us. They do a really mound after elbow surgery has great job out there," said Teske. given this team a lift," said Teske. For spring break, the Bobcats go After falling behind in the third, on a southern road. trip thro.ugh Peru State came storming back to Oklahoma and Texas to play 10 win the game 8-4: games in six days .. In game two, tied at five with

l>unnigan gives -lesson in basketball, longevity Ordinarily in this column I try o focus on national sports issues. >ometimes, however, a story unolds right under your nose that s so real, so heartwarming, so in:piring that it cannot be ignored. I remember feeling warm as a ittle kid as I watched Kareem ~bdul-Jabbar. At the age of forty te sent his still-unstoppable :kyhook floating through the net 1t the Great Western Forum again md again. I got that same warm ·eeling in my tummy this winter m the floor of our own Al Nheeler Center as I watched the !Ider statesman of intramural bascetball, Dave Durmigan, become m All-Star at the age of 44. I got the chance this week to ;pend a few minutes with the )ean of Peru State Intramurals md talk hoops. Durmigan is no ;tranger to roundball, having

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played in the second annual Nebraska High School All-Star Game in 1970. He says that basketball has always been fun for him. Mr. "b" also played some Basketball in college, but according to him his college career "was so long ago I can't remember." Nonetheless, the intramurals Western Conference All-Star and Over 30 and Over 40 divisions' MVP says he is still very interested in basketball. According to Dunnigan, his success on the court at the age of 44 is accredited to things ignored by younger players today. He says that today players do not concentrate on fundamentals the way they should. "I think knowing,just knowing, the game is as important as anything," Dunnigan said. "Kids don't work for position anymore, and you don't see kids skilled at

things like the "pick-and-roll" and "give-and~go." Today everyone is concerned with two shots that we didn't even have-the three point shot and the dunk." Mr. "D" added that current teams would be better if they worked harder for jump shots from ten feet and in instead of shooting three pointer after three pointer. The fundamentals he speaks of are evident in "Durmigan's game. "He's a good player," fellow intramural competitor Ray Douglass said of Durmigan. "You







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round belly-that lets the "Chief* of Peru" still play with success. Mr. Durmigan is not only a beacon of longevity, but also proof that when sports are played the way they should be-hard, but at the same time smiling and having fun-they are a joy to watch. And the level at which they are played doesn't matter. Mr. Durmigan, when he is not dominating the paint at the AWAC, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Education. "It is just fun to get out there and run up and down the floor," Dunnigan said. "I was just blessed to be pretty good at something I liked ... at one time." *NOTE: Mr. "D" is quick to point out that .there is still an active NBA player dos~ to his age. He and Robert Parish went to different high schools together.

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Dance troupe gives great performance Thursday Feb. 27 brought the Elisa Monte Dance. Troupe to the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Elisa· Monte and David Brown started the troupe in 1981 and have been turning out fantastic performances ever since. The main performance this time was "Feu Follet," a Cajun love story. The first part of the dance was, well, very erotic and sensual. Three dancers in constant contact, struggling between the right and wrong choices. The next section brought about a slower, less sexual experience and a stronger sense of ballet moves and dancing skills. The next two sections can only

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Odd things you might hear on St. Patty's Daly "I've got this neat shamrock ta too on my rear end. It's gotten bigger since I gained that 100 pounds, though. Would you like to sec it?" *SMACK* "I swear.. .it was a leprechaun!" "If that's the Blarney Stone, then what the hell is this!"

be described as controlled chaos. Seven dancers, three males and four females, moving across the stage with glorious jumps and bounds. They appeared out of control, but after several minutes of repeated activity the choreography shined through. The costumes were minimal shards of clothing, but they helped emphasize the dancers.

The lighting created a mood that flowed with the love story. No words were needed to express the story. The music aided in the emotional flow of the dancers, but never became overpowering. Any chance to see this troupe would be well rewarded with a delightful performance by one of the best modem dances troupes in the nation.

"That's why I like playing quarters on St. Patrick's Day; even though you have to drink, it's like finding a pot of gold at the end of your glass." "HEY! What did you pinch me for, I'm Irish! Just because my name is Mochzeski doesn't mean my mother wasn't Irish ... Okay, just because my mother was Polish doesn't mean I'm not Irish either!" "St. Patrick? Wasn't he the guy who gave all the snakes beer, hence saving Ireland. You didn't know that! Man, you're stupid." "I don't remember any green beer at this party, and now that you mention it, it does taste a little weird."

Warning to bullies: nobody calls me 'poopy head I now know that I hate every kid named Paul. Let me back up. I really like kindergarten for one reason-Jenny (I think I already talked about her). It's time for our milk break, and Jenny and I have our usual di:;cussion about things our parents saw on the news last night. She drank her skim milk which dribbled down her face onto her blouse. She always opens the wrong end of the milk carton. I know she's not a bright girl but C'mon! Every day? We happened to be talking about this cloning thing. I felt it was another example of science having no regard for what their creations could do to society; she felt advancements like this were



fabulous for the improvement of life. Then we drank milk. As I prepared to ask Jenny her views on the future of China, this brute shoves me off my chair and says "You're poopy head!" I scanned the room desperately for the teacher, but our milk break was her opportunity to light up a butt. She smelled of Camel nonfilter. She tasted of it, too. Donny one time walked up to her and licked her sleeve; then he went to the bathroom to wash his mouth out with soap because he wanted to taste something pleasant. Anyway, this Paul character thinks he's pretty cool calling me poopy head. Let me tell you: I take poopy head from no one. "Excuse me, Jenny," I said as I

pulled up my sleeves. Then I pulled them up again because my shirt is two sizes too big. I guess Mom is trying to get the most for her fabric dollar. I thought about taping them up to my shoulder, but that would take too much time. "Hey, poopy head, you're poopy," said Paul with his three teeth and IQ to match. I'll tell you what I initially didn't like about Paul before this whole poopy



head business. He smelled. Not like the Jenny skim milk smell, but a different kind of smell. I couldn't put my finger on it for the longest time, but then one morning, I woke up. I thought for some reason Paul was in the bed with me. Then, when Mom came in, I realized I peed the bed. I said, "Oh yeah, yellow britches. Here's poopy for you," and I smacked him with my mighty right hand. He fell like


Lincoln logs at recess time. thought for the longest time it wa' my blow that gave him that con.: cussion, but I later found out tha· it was the art table. For good mea; sure, and my ego, I threw m~ empty milk carton on top of him and spit on his face to show oth· ers no one calls me poopy head .. As the spit left my mouth teacher came in. "What's going on here!" she asked with exhak coming out her nose. "He wa' drinking milk; then he fell," I said "No, you hit him Devin. Don'• you remember?" Jenny said. LikE I said, she'<> not that bright. That's why I hate Paul, and al. Pauls for that matter. I have to gc now. The principal's making rnE write another letter.

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April 4, 1997

Search for Morgan Hall director not abandoned, just postponed By Kim Milligan

.lAURA lEA FOSSENBARGER ASSISTS Greg Mitchell, director of student support he "plants one :on'' for the Peru business club. The pig was the innocent victim selected for PBL's ''Kiss a Pig" contest held 'March 4-7. On Apri I 10 elections wi 11 take place for next vear' s PBl officers. -photo by Debbie Sailors

"Half-time position. Bachelor's degree and experience preferred." Those words in a job advertisement do not entice many qualified applicants, as the Office of Residence Life knows, Last fall, the office called off its search for a residence director of Morgan Hall and appointed Sara Anton acting director, Anton replaces Julie Taylor, who left Peru to attend graduate school in Wisconsin, Anton will continue in the position through the end of the school year, Dr. Daryll Hersemann, vice president of student affairs, will resume the search this summer along with PSCPresident Dr. Robert Burns. They hope to have the position filled by next fall. Hersemann said that the ideal applicant will have a bachelor's degree and some experience as a resident assistant or resident director. Finding someone who meets those qualifications is a challenge, Hersemann said. "It's unusual to find somebody who has experience as a resident director, who has a bachelor's degree, and who wants to work parttime." One way to meet that challenge, Hersemann said, is to combine the

resident director job with another half-time position, based on the applicant's skills and interests. Paula Czirr, for example, is the resident director of the Complex, and is also the assistant director of resident life. Todd Jensen serves as both resident director of Delzell Hall and as volleyball coach. Anton, who will graduate in December with a degree in secondary special education, is definitely interested in the Morgan Hall position. "I feel that I've proven that I can handle it," she said. By the time the search resumes this summer, Anton will have a full academic year of experience, but will lack a bachelor's degree. Hersemann doubts that the degree requirement will be dropped, noting that many schools require a master's degree for similar positions. But, Hersemann added, the requirement could be waived given the circumstances of a particular search. Anton's experience could carry a lot of weight, particularly if there are few experienced applicants. If the position is filled, Anton will resume her duties as resident assistant. 1()

Recent acts of vandalism inspire increases in security By Krys leeds

Complex, the administration ini- don't think the [second] break in tiated a search to hire additional made any difference. We had four "Security personnel have been security personnel. "It's sad that applicants, and everyting went increased, patrol hours extended we have to be this way-reactive, according to the time table things and observation of parking areas ¡ rather than proactive-but that is like this normally follow," said enhanced." ¡ the way things are," said Russell Udey. Signs similar to this are evident Crouch, senior history I drama Udey explained that the search :throughout campus: on the stu- education major. can be difficult and time consumdent senate office window, on "We began the process (of hir- ing. "We wanted to find some one residence hall bulletin boards, on ing more security) after.the initial who has had experience in this channel four. The postings are break in. We placed ads looking field. Because [the new security everywhere. for qualified personnel. But by the guard] does not get a lot of trainIn February several cars parked time we got to the interviews, we ing, it is important to find some ,in the designated Complex lots had already had the second break one who knows what to do, and were vandalized. The incident in," said Susan Udey, vice presi- that takes time." 'was comparable to that which oc- dent of administration and fiThe search has resulted in the :urred on March 11 in the Delzell nance. employment of one additional separking lots. Damages were on Despite its appearance, the sec- curity guard, Larry Cook, for Peru a much smaller scale but devas- ond act of vandalism did not have State College. He will be on duty tating none-the-less. a noticable effect on the efforts from midnight until 6 a.m. This In response to the episode at the made to hire more security. "I will allow for an overlap in secu-

rity in the hours of midnight until 2a.m. It also means that there will be around-the-clock campus surveillance, including the crucial hours of 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.-after the college students have settled in and before the townspeople start stirring, said Les Stonebarger, campus security. Although Stonebarger does not foresee any more serious trouble this year, Udey is not as optimistic. "We generally see problems heighten around the end of thesemester when people start to pack up their possessions and store them in their cars during finals week-it's a temptation." Stonebarger feels another secu-

rity guard could be beneficial in controlling campus drinking, as well as making personal belongings safer. "Most of my write-ups occur between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Maybe [Cook] will catch a few dragging in later." Spencer Duncan, Delzell resident assistant, said, "In theory it should work better. Two people definitely cover more ground. It should be easier to catch more people." In spite of the increased security, Udey suggested leaving expensive or irreplaceable items at home. "If there is something that you really value, don't bring it to a dorm room, especially those things . that you cannot replace."

CIop ton receives $200,000 research grant from National Science Foundation By JC?y Huber "If you were a young scientist lnd the government gave you !>200,000 for research, how would you feel?" For Dr. Richard Clopton, assis:ant professor of biology, the news :ook a few days to sink in. '.::lopton received such a grant in )rder to answer the important :i:uestion "What insect parasites ~xist in North America?" The grant was given to Clopton Dy the National Science Foundaion. The project will be funded 'or three years. In applying for the grant,

Clopton had to explain the project, explain why it was worthy of funding, and justify the money "down to the penny." A series of budgets had to be submitted in the application. Relatively little is known about insect parasites. Through the research, the group expects to discover 150-200 species of parasites. Clop.ton stated that 100-125 of these species will be new or previously unknown and unidentified. ¡ The group will consist of two to six people, depending on availability and interest in the project. "I could do this myself, but one

day you quit studying biology and you become a biologist. If you have a bunch of people that are majoring in science, it seems important that they get a chance to be scientists to see if they like it," said Clopton. The group will vary throughout the three years because some participants will graduate and others will join. Specimens will be collected from the SandHills of Nebraska. The project will be based in the Cedar Point biological station which is owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. When studying the insect para-

sites in North America, why begin with the sand hills of Nebraska? As Clopton said, "When you're faced with a complete and total gulf of ignorance, you just gotta jump in somewhere. The sandhills of Nebraska actually represent the largest vegetated desert in the world." The group will spend ten weeks this summer collecting specimens and will identify them here at Peru State throughout the fall and spring. Many experts from other universities will collaborate with the group, assisting in the identification of the parasites. Clopton said

that the identification and collaboration will be done primarily through the mail. As the project progresses, information will be published in the Journal of Parasitology. Part of the abstract for the project states, "Products of this project will include specimen collections that will be deposited at the Nebraska State Museum, taxonomic catalogs of eugregarines and their hosts in the Nebraska sandhills, an online specimen database, and World Wide Web pages that will provide identification keys, images, and descriptions of the eugregarines."

PSC elects 1997-98 Senate members March 26-27 Peru State College held elections for next year's Student Senate members. Eight senators-at-large were chosen, including Amy Petry, Laura Brando, Russell Crouch, Shannon ·Hall, Ronda Reiman, Roy Burton, Nikki J;dwards and Amy Sturzenegger. Furthermore, Audry Gibbs was elected to represent Oak Hill for the next academic year; while Su-· san.Slama was chosen to represent Morgan Hall. For the 1997-98 school year, the residents of Davidson/Palmer elected Kim Olson as their sena-

tor. And Sean Mclaughlin was chosen by the Clayburn/ Mathews residents. Both Lisa Frohn and Rob Hollis will represent the non-traditional students next year. The commuter representatives will be Michelle White and Sheila Rhodus. Peru State is still searching for students to represent Delzell and Nicholas/Pate. Interview times for the available positions will be posted in the Student Center. The first meeting for the newlyelected members was held Wednesday in the Burr Oak room.

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Understanding surpasses understanding itself

Walking to class last week, I realized I wasn't in Peru. I examined my watch and realized I had a mere ten minutes to get to class Staff opinion before I was counted tardy. W]lat a twist-of events. Any other day, I U.S. doesn't need to deal with more chaos would know all too perfectly well wliere my class· was, and I As the millennium nears its dose, the United States is more wouldn't want to go. ·Today was deeply involved in world affairs than ever before. We have different. I wanted to go to class vital interests in many of the world's trouble spots-the but couldn't get there. Middle East, Southeast Asia, Central and South America. Has this ever happened to you? Strong policy and wise decisions are more crucial now than My dad relayed a similar experiever before, and we will be severely tried in the years ahead to ence long ago, but of course he had to walk uphill both ways. preserve our economic and strategic interests in these vital Back tQmy story. Baffled?· areas. Last week, a good friend of mine Other areas of the world, however, do not directly affect US. economic or military security. Countries outside our sphere of and I walked out of his cave just east of Peru and marveled at how vital interest which are prone to civil unrest and horrible and widespread human rights violations like Zaire and Bosnia are bright the stars were when you aren't in a big city. An ominous more properly handled by the United Nations and not by US glow in the sky caught our eyes: troops. the -now famous comet HaleIt may sound cold, but we cannot risk our military in areas Bopp. My friend 'Redwood' where we have no vital interest to our nation, even when the pointed out how the comet must chaos and strife in.these war-torn nations make us cringe. have1ooked to ancient man a reBecoming embroiled in local ethnic wars in Africa and Southally long time ago. Did he jump around- and freak out because ern Europe is dangerous not only to our fighting persons, but there was a hole in the sky? We to our international prestige and influence as well. may never know. I entered a con-

Cults; a tragic way of reaching out Jonesboro, Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate-they all have a number of things in common; they are cults and most ended up in death. In a way you could probably put Nazism, Marxist-Leninist Communists and White Supremacists in the same category as a cult. It seems the more technologically advanced we become, the more we continue to look for meaning to our lives in a world in which we have less and less control. Some, like the Jonesboro and Heaven's Gate groups, look to a form of religious faith. Others, like the Nazi's, Neo-Nazi's and White Supremacists, focus on hate and purity of political cause. Have we come so far in our technological growth that somewhere along the line we have forgotten humanity? Many of you may not remember Jonesboro. I certainly do. I can still see those pictures of a con-


test last month, but I'm now glad Decker, is always taking his perI didn't win the grand prize. It sonal time making sure the Peru was a ticket on some U.F.O. Don't tribal members have enough get me wrong, it would probably sweet nectar. It's about time to go to my class be a great ride, but I like the view on Medieval furniture repair, so a from down here. Do you like to think? There are mental note is all I can relay to books giving free thinking lessons you. It is out of a great Asian book down at the library. Make sure one thousand and seven years old. you bring your I.D. card, or you " ....... And grasshopper realized won't be able to take your new the circle of events were now comfriend home. Now I'm getting plete. A peace was upon the land baffled. Do you ever wonder why only disturbed when a tempest of you are here in Peru? It must be fury unites with careless minds. that you are tired of clean water. The clouds broke and a bright I gave my mom a glass of water light said, 'This is your Earth and when she was visiting, and she only you can save it. Gather the thanked me for the tea. Has this tribes from far and near so that we happened to you? Let me know may drink and be merry'! " So if it was a one-time fluke. All in take my advice, get your homeall, Peru is the only place to be. work done and I'll meet you at Ed, from the country village of Shooter's this weekend!


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gressman being assassinated and the bloated bodies of hundreds of men, women and children lying around the dead body of a religious zealot. What drove those poor, misguided people into a state they thought they could no longer live with their fellow man? We will probably never know. The same can be said of the Branch Davidians and Heaven"s Gate. What has modern society done that causes so many to turn their backs on it and seek meaning in other ways and thoughts which appear bizarre to the rest of us? Possibly, in their minds, living in a world where you are re-

duced to a number was more bizarre and dehumanizing. Others, like Neo-nazis and White Supremacists, see social progress and a larger government as a threat to them as a group. As a result, they turn to hatred and violence as a way of expressing their frustration and fear. In order to feel their own humanity, they kill, burn and preach hatred and racial purity as a means to finding their own identity. Have we come so far in technology that the human factor, the moral factor, has been left behind? I can actually see some validity in this statement.


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Renovations add new charm to Student Center By Freedom Robinson

For over seven years students, faculty and staff have worked together to present a better Student Center. In 1991 a committee was formed to help decide what would make the Student Center a more productive environment. The first item on the agenda was the students wanted an ATM machine. This was accomplished and an ATM was added to Casey's. The students also wanted a game room, so one was built in the basement of the Student Center. At this time the only things located in the basement was a study room, a Day Care and a storage room. At first the games were coin operated. Later when Campus Activities Board (CAB) could afford it, the free games were added. The student committee was also interested in improving the TV room in the basement. The Student Senate and Dr. Robert Burns, president of Peru State College, held a pancake feed to help raise money to buy the new TV. With the money raised from this they purchased the big screen TV. Th_e n!7xt big projecpn, ,the basement was the addition of the Coffee House. The storage room was cleaned out. Then Barb Lewellen, director of student programs, with help from Erin Sayer, director of residence life, built the new Coffee House. In addition to these improvements Lewellen transformed what was formerly a coat closet into the new intramural office. Lewellen came up with a motif

for the cafeteria. After many grueling hours Lewellen came up with the garden cafe setting that is now used. Lewellen said, "The cafeteria was very difficult. It's very hard working with a huge square area." Perhaps the biggest job was refurbishing the Bob Inn. Again Lewellen and Sayer teamed up to tackle this project. At first the team went to the Alumni Foundation to see if there were any old photographs that could be used. They were in luck, and those pictures are now on display. The clock in the Bob Inn was once used in the old gym. The two women took the clock to Neon Sign Company in Omaha to rebuild and repaint. The Burr Oak room was next. The orange shag carpet was torn up, and new furniture was added to soften up the area. Lewellen said, "Now we are going back through all of our projects and repainting and adding touch ups. We are now adding the first new coat of paint to the ceiling since the building was built. The doors are next to be painted and a water fountain was just added downstairs." With tl)e Student Programs fee a CD jukebox has been purchased for the cafeteria and the jukebox in the cafeteria will go down in the game room. "I don't think we will ever get all done. Once we finish with something it will be time to go back and do some touchups. I think if you want to have a nice building and a nice facility for the students, you will always be adding new things."


COMEDIAN/SINGER MIKE RAYBURN (left). local alternative group Altered Focus, and grammv winning singer Barbra Bailev Hutchison will all perform during spring fling week April 13-17.

Remedy for spring fever found at Peru State College "Rayburn's show is the perfect blend of music, comedy and truly Are the seasonable symptoms of masterful guitar work." On Tuesday evening, a picnic spring fever slowly seeping into your veins? Craving a cure? will be prepared in the Student Down a dose of Peru State Center. Outdoor games including College's Spring Fling 1997, "It's. sand volleyball, bocce ball and badminton at the Complex will A Groove Thang." According to Shanda Hahn, season the outing. In an effort to PSC's former CAB president, promote Fine Arts, Dr. Robert "More, bigger events.are planned Burns, president of PSC, invited this year." Festivities form Sun- Barbara Bailey Hutchison, enterday, April 13 at 8 p.m. with the tainer, songwriter and Grammy movie, "Trainspotting," showing Award nominee; to perform. in the Student Center. At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Altered Monday at 8 p.m., comedian/ Focus, a popular Peru-based altersinger Mike Rayburn, 1997 Na- native band, will rock the College tional Association of Campus Ac- Theater. Drummer David Radke tivities Coffee House performer of said, "We will be playing all origithe year, will entertain and inform nal music, no covers." "Altered in the Student Center cafeteria. Focus has been compared to such Based on the 1996 March issue of well-known acts as The Doors, Campus Activities Today, Alice In Chains, and Seven Mary By A!ftber N. Schuetz






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Three," said Brian Steele, bassist and vocalist. According to Dave Baldwin, senior biology I science major, "Altered Focus is one of the best original bands around." Events will coalesce on Thursday after the Spring Fling dance which begins at 9 p.m. in the Student Center. If you are in search of a longer lasting remedy, T-shirts will be sold throughout the week. Fight off spring fever by injecting yourself with a promising prescription of food, fun and a flick. Hahn said, "This is basically the last event sponsored by CAB this year. It looks like it is going to be a:n extremely enjoyable week. There is a little something for everyone, and a good time will be had by all."

Student receives writing award Kary Sheffield received a plaque from Houghton Mifflin Student Success Programs naming her the winner of the 1996 Master Student Award for Peru State College. Nominees came from the English 060 Study Skills class taught by Frank Ferrante, communication skills director. Members of the class were required to write an essay on any one of the many topics covered in the text "Becoming a Master Student" by D. Ellis. Each student then presented their essay in the form of a speech. The presentations were judged by the class, and the one voted best was submitted to the contest. Any post-secondary educational institute in the United States or Canada which offers a student success course is allowed one nominee. Authors of the top three national essays receive a $1000 tuition reimbursement. Instructors of student success courses make up the judges panel. English 060 provides students with "time-tested suggestions for improving study habits so students will have more hours available for fun, work and sleep,'' said Ferrante. The class also aids students in reducing anxiety and improving grades in order to make school more enjoyable.


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EVERYDAY TEACHER 8:20a.m. The bell rings, signalling the 3tart of a busy day at Raymond Central Junior-Senior High School. Students from the area have come here to participate in a district speech contest. With parent-teacher conferences scheduled for the evening, a shortened schedule and early dismissal have the students buzzing. Shane Buresh, student teacher from Peru State, walks into the resource room' of Darrel Walla. Walla has taught for 17 years, the

las.t two at Raymond Central. ¡ Shane, a 22-year-old senior math/ special and secondary education major, began student teaching early in January. In the months since, he has experienced many of the frustrations and dilemmas that face nearly all firsttime teachers. He spends hours after school grading papers, planning, reading, previewing videos-the list goes on. He's thoughtful and concerned about how effective he'll be as a teacher, as a d!sciplinarian and as a friend to his students. This day, Shane's students are ,



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more excitable than usual. "Sit down. Get out your books," he urges, anxious to get class started. Shane checks the time, flipping open the glass face of his watch, feeling the raised, patterned dots. Yes, Shane is blind. And he wants to teach. He wonders about his ability to teach well. He doesn't worry about his ability to teach blind. "It's not that different," he says. "A lot of people think that blind teachers can't do many of the things they need to. You have to come up with methods to do them. When I started this student teaching experience, I didn't know how I was going to do things, but I found ways to accommodate." He has been aided by his cooperating teachers, Walla and math teacher Lee Lorentzen. Lorentzen admits, "I was hesitant at first about having Shane student teach with me. I knew there would be a lot of things to work on. I had the usual questions. They're getting answered. Shane's doing a good job." Shane addresses the crucial question of classroom discipline, especially significant to the visually impaired teacher. "There are teachers who are effective disciplinarians and there are those who are not. It has nothing to do with the amount of vision that they have." He relates an old anecdote:

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If all that is needed for effective discipline is 20/20 vision, then there'd be no discipline problems. Shane's students are supportive, commenting, "There'll always be somebody who causes trouble at first but after they get to know him and see that he really can do this, their attitude will change and he will earn their respect." Walla has particularly important insights to share with Shane. Walla is also blind. He agrees with Shane, "You learn to compensate, to use your other skills and other senses." He pomts out, "There 1s so much more we're capable of doing-blind or not." As for Shane's capabilities, Walla adds, "I get a good feeling from what he's done so far. I'm sure he's going to make it." Walla is outspoken about the role of visually impaired teachers in our school systems, especially the costs. "There's not really that much additional expense for our school systems. State services and employers can work together with teachers to provide speech synthesizers and special programs for our computers." Shane is assisted by paraprofessionals, volunteer and paid readers, students, friends and family members. He receives some state funds to pay readers. In the classroom, students help out with written boardwork. Shane, who is staying with his family during his

20-week stint at Raymond, relies on them for transportation. Shane's supervising teacher, Joy Dunnigan, assistant professor of special education, is also deeply involved in his student teaching experience. Shane's student teaching application brought about an interesting and nearlyempty search for guidelines and recommendations for student teachers with disabilities. In fact, Dunnigan, upon finding so little data, decided to write her doctoral dissertation .on Jhe sub~ jed: also working a research project involving student teachers with disabilities. Dunnigan points out that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 provides for reasonable accommodation for those with disabilities and "opens the doors to the teaching profession" for students with disabilities. Shane, on the threshold of his teaching career, is, for the moment, engulfed by a group of inquisitive students. As the final period of the hectic school day comes to an end, he contemplates his night of conferences and papers to still be graded-the busy schedule of an average teacher. 1:30 p.m. The bell sounds, sending the students spilling out. Shane gathers his things and walks from the classroom, his white cane finding the now-familiar route.



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[p Peru State extends ' home record to 1 0-0 By Terry Dugan

The Bobcats have tom apart the competition by winning the last six g~mes and outscoring those opponents 69-18. After winning six during the homestand, Peru State improved theirhome record to a perfect 10-0. Peru State annihilated Concordia College 21-4 in game one of the home stand March 26. Junior Aaron Lauby (2), freshman Tim Sealock, senior Greg Wolfe (2), senior Duncan Patterson, senior Joe Gonyea, and senior Steve Young all hit home runs as the Bobcats scored eight runs in both the third and fourth innings. Senior Shawn Exner struckout five in· four innings, improving his record to 4-1. Game two against Concordia lasted just an inning longer, 14-3. Senior Brian Childs hit one out and Wolfe brought his home run total to three for the day. Wolfe's home run in the bottom of the sixth ended the game. Sophomore Kyle Becker struck out six. Senior Deon Wmgert improved his record to 3-3 by hi.trling a no hitter against Huron Uruversity. Wmgert struck out six and walked five in the game which was abbreviated to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Patterson slapped a triple and Gonyea hit a


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double in the 10-0 win. In the first game against Huron, the Bobcats stole five bases, left only three men on base, and scored five runs in the fourth to win 8-6. Lauby hit his fourth home run ofthe year, and Childs and sophomore Todd Dierberger both hit triples. Junior Jason Plotsky pitched six innings to gar.ner his first _:win of the year :with ·Patterson cleaning up the seventh to earn his second save. Nebraska Wesleyan gaVE! the Cats a scare by scoring four runs in the fourth, but Peru State managed to hang on to win 5-4. Exner threw a complete game and s~ruck out eight while giving up no . walks. Only nine hits were credited bet'ween the two teams. Peru State had little· trouble in the second game against Wesleyan defeating them 11-1. Becker threw a three hitter en route to his second win of the sea~ son. As a team, Peru State has a .300 PITCHER SHAWN EXNER keeps the opposition honest bv throwing bock to first against Nebraska Weslevan. batting average, a .476 slugging The Bobcats took both. games from Weslevon 5-4 and 11 - l . -photo by Terry Dugan percentage; and· a .435 on-base percentage. The Bobcats have succe$sfully stolen 49 bases (28.more than their opponents). The 13-14 Bobcats will try to improve their perfect home record By Jen Froeschl mand. "We needed to play better Gibbs said. April 5 against Avila. The Game defense and make our free throws Maxwell and Daniell were starts at 1 p.m. The Peru State men's basketball toward the end, " he said. The named to the NAIA scholar athseason came to an end after a barn Cats were 15-33 from the line for lete team at the conclusion of the burner loss in the first round of the the game and only 3-12 in the season. Only 94 students receive national tournament. The Bobcats overtimes. this honor out of over 350 NAIA lost 100-101 in double overtime to Seven players scored in double schools, whichincludesover4000 SOFT8AU. College of the Ozarks (MO). The figures to contribute to the 100 athletes. 4-5 two overtimes marked the long- point loss. These included senior The loss at nationals marked the @ Pork College Invite est game ever in NAIA Division Lawrence Hollier with 22 points, end of Peru State Basketball ca7 II National Tournament history. freshman Jermal Ward with 16, reers for seven seniors. Five playvs. Nebraska Weslevon. 3 p.m. This was also the first time both seniors Chris James and Lance ers will return next year along 11-12 the winning and losing teams Cohn with 13, senior Tom Riley, with three redshirts. Coach Gibbs @ St. Marv's Invite scored triple digits. "It was a dis- senior Scott Daniell and junior and the team will focus on two 14 couraging way to end the season, Matt Maxwell with 12 each. key elements to prepare for next vs. Hastings College. 4 p.m. but we can't let one loss overThe Cats ended the season 25-9, season. First, the team will have shadow our success in the rest of placing this year's squad in the to work hard to tum any weak19-20 the season," Coach Gibbs said. Peru State record book as having nesses into strengths. Second, @ William Wobds Invite Although the score was close played the most games ever in a they will need to bring in three or 22 most of the game, with the lead season. "!!m really proud of our -. f~ur good players. 'Tm optimis@ Doane College switching several times, Coach kids. .They did everything we tic,""--Coach Gibbs concluded, "I 26 Gibbs said that the Bobcats had asked them to this season and like to think of it as a time to re@ Wovne State College several opportunities to take com- were fun to work with," Coach load rather than rebuild."

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Tough seeding led to rough weekend at Avila t.ournament By Matt Maxwell Sometimes it seems like the wind is always blowing, our hitters never miss, their hitters never connect, the sun is always shining and the home team always wins. And sometimes a team must endure a stretch like the Peru State Lady Bobcat softball team had to withstand last weekend. The Lady Cats traveled to Avila College in Kansas City (MO), only

to lose each of the five games they played. The skid moved the softballers eightgames under .500 to 7-15. According to Head Coach Mark Mathews, the tournament seeding was based, on the success of last year's teams. P-State's young squad was forced to play the bracket's toughest teams. "We were seeded as the team to beat," said Mathews. After losing two games Friday, the Lady Cats

were unable to rebound Saturday. Mathews felt his team got stuck in a hole. "Once things get bad, it's hard to get better." Better is just what Peru State needs to get. Perhaps not so mush referring to their game as to their health. "Our team is like a MASH unit right now," joked Mathews about the health of his team. Among the battered and bruised is senior Kerry Brandt. During a freak play Saturday, Brandt took


asoftball on the wrist. She is questionable for play this week. As for Mathews' plans for the next week, "We need to have an intense, yet restful, week of prac-


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lnterleague play, expansion: another reason to hate egg head, money sucking owners I know this column is usually reserved for griping about how Americans are ruining Canadian things, but this time I found. something of ..their own that Americans are messing with. Well... spring is in the air and a new baseball season is upon us. With the new season come a few changes that make traditionalists of America's favorite pastime cringe. No, it's not the new divisional set up that was introduced two years ago (I won't even touch that one). Instead it is the introduction of

ratings. The next method of self destruction is the rapid expansion of major league teams. Aren't they going a little too fast? Think about it. Only 40 years ago, there were only 16 major league teams. This meant that there were 160 of the best pitchers in North America battling for a spot on a roster. Now, that number has almost doubled and with the introduction of two new teams in 1993 and two more coming in next season, it has gotten worse.

interleague play between two leagues that have successfully been playing separately (barring the World Series) for nearly a century. Baseball's big-wigs have decided to integrate the two leagues. And this is what is making traditic:malists' upsef. : . . . It's forthe fans. Sure: ..'fa.ns will now get an opportunity to see the stars from the rival league, but not seeing them was what was so great about baseball. A team would only face the other league's best team and stars if they were to make it to the World Series. This is where all the drama and mystique is evident in baseball. The two best teams represent their respective leagues in a battle to see which league is superior. It makes the game more exciting when we don't know how two teams that have never played each other are going to match up. What's next? Interleague play with Japan? I could see it happening in an attempt to get more fans to the ballpark and for TV

People complain that the strike zone is shrinking. Maybe it's just that the pitchers aren't as good. I feel sorry for those 50 or so pitchers that are AAA caliber players who are facing major league batters. They have the ERA' s over 7.00 and give up over 30 bombs a year. No wonder all these records for runs are being set and why there are dozens of players hitting 30 or more hom:eruns. Actually, I don't know how sorry I feel for these guys when I realize they are making more money for six months of work that I can win playing powerball. The question is ... when will the pitching talent level catch back up to the hitting level? The thinning will continue and will climax when former PSC pitcher Chris Raabe comes back from shoulder surgery and steps out on the bump for the expansion New Orleans Flounder to throw up his knuckler to the plate. Wow, I can't wait to see what Albert Belle does with that thing.

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Signs that your present cult may be the wrong one By Scott Krichau

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3. No alcohol consumption. That means no Guinness. Wake Up People! 4. Every article of clothing must have the color "olive green" 5. All your plots to leave the cult are foiled by that damn Gilligan guy who keeps running around in the same clothes EVERY DAY 6. Mixed Drink Parties required, especially cyanide with vodka or kool-aid 7. The idea that red hot fire is your one and only true friend 8. The ship is hidden behind the comet. That's wrong, cause it is in my backyard 9. Series of multiple Tongue Piercings!! Imagine the horror 10. No Dyck allowed. I mean the goaltender, Scarry Larry Dyck. He's good!




April 4, 1997

Peru State College, Peru, NE

Issue 12



If death is a good career move. consider me unemployed

Gangsta Rap starting to live up to its name "Death is a good career move." I forget who said it, but whoever it was knew what they were talking about. Following his death, Notorious B.I.G. gets the #1 slot with his new record ironically titled "Life After Death." The same thing happened with Tupac, Cobain, and almost every dead guy with a record before that. · Speaking of death, some people have wrongly claimed that alternative music is breathing its lastwhat fools. As you all know the East Coast rapper Notorious B.I.G. was shot in a drive-by shooting. The LAPD claims to be on top of the situation and ready to make an arrest. There are rumors abounding about gang connections and West Coast retaliation for Tupac Shakur, who died in a similar way and whose murder is yet unsolved. "Gangsta rappers" in general have treated their image seriously and have been taking notes from mobsters like Al Capone. One would think that once somebody made a record and had a little success that street violence would be behind them, but evidently not. They lived what they sang and sang what they lived. And what they sang continues to appall, for the lyrics glorify violence and degrade women, treating them as


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cheap sex objects. The treatment of women brings to mind another dead gangster rapper, Easy-E, who was known for his sleazy lyrics and died of AIDS. Somehow it all seems fitting, for it goes to show "Those who live by the sword die by the sword." Record sales have hit a slump lately, causing layoffs at large record companies. Some say that this is a sign that alternative music is approaching its death. The music industry is looking for something new and some believe that the new thing is the electronic music that bands like Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers perform. Nothing could be further from the truth. Alternative music will not and must not come to an end. The genre has its roots in the '60s with bands like the Velvet Underground, the Stooges and early Alice Cooper, and there always will be some bands that will try for something that is new and fresh. Innovation is what has kept

rock around for as long as it has. The modern rock we call alternative needs to reinvent itself. Ever since Nirvana broke five years ago there have been too many bands that used them as a" blue-print. One hears their echo almost everywhere and lagging sales could show that many are tiring of that echo. In any respect, alternative music is in need of repair and renovation, which it strongly deserves, for there is a lot of good to salvage. As far as electronic music becoming the next big thing, everybody can forget it. It will never fly. Maybe in the U.K., but not here in the States. There are too many people here strongly rooted in rock or country to allow it to happen. To answer the question for last time - The title of Motley Crue's debut album was "Too Fast For Love." The question this time is: "Name the two members of AC/ DC who have been in the band since its inception."

By Scott Krichau and Parry Docksile

Volume 74

April 18, 1997

eru State College, Peru, NE


From PSC College Advancement

Yes. we were feeling too good about ourselves EVERYONE IN NEMAHA COUNTY WOKE UP to a (insert your word here) surprise April 10 when Mother Nature left five-and-one-half inches of snow for residents to enjoy. In fact, she thought we needed seven more inches in the next two days, raising the April snowfall total to one foot. -photo by Bill Wolf (courtesy of Auburn Newspapers)

The Peru State College library is about to undergo a great deal of change. President Robert L. Bums has announced plans to reconfigure space, improve the electrical system and add 25 powerful new computers to the 92-year-old library. "Lorin Lindsay and the library staff have developed an exciting plan to strengthen the services of our library to the campus and the region," Bums said. "It is another step in making the library a technological heart of the college." The look and the function of the library will be made better, Burns said. The estimated $105,000 cost comes from money generated by the college rather than from state tax dollars, he noted. The changes will set the stage for construction of an addition to the library which was last expanded in 1911. Expansion is PSC's highest priority for capital construction, Burns said. Renovation will begin after the school year ends next month and will be completed by August before the start of the fall term. The biggest share of the project's cost-over $60,000-is for 25 new Pentium computers. Space reno-

vation will run an estimated $24,000 with the rest going to upgrade the electrical system and for equipment and furnishings. Patrons of the library will see significant change in the interior's appearance starting with the entryway: The one-story-tall double entry doors will be replaced. The circulation desks will be moved to a different location, and staff offices will be relocated and remodeled. A "video room" will be built on the top floor, along with two conference/ study rooms with soundproofing measures taken. A training room with 11 Pentium-grade computers will be used for teaching the new technologies. The new computers, mostly IBM-compatible but also some Macintosh units, will be spread throughout the building. They will replace the older, slower textonly terminals currently in use. Many information providers "aren't even bothering to have a non-graphics option," according to Library Director Lorin Lindsay, "because graphics capability has become the standard." More and more information available on the World Wide Web is not available to PSC library patrons due to Continued on page 2

Six question exit interview gives college beneficial input By Krys leeds

In the spring of 1994, Peru State College implemented exit interviews as the final component of an evaluation package inspired by a visit from the North Central accrediting agency, said Dr. David Ainsworth, vice president of academic affairs. North Central Association (NCA); a major college accrediting agency, evaluated the college in 1991 and recognized the need for a college outcomes assessment program. According to Ainsworth, Peru responded with


a three-part evaluation program: sophomore portfolios, capstone ¡experiences and exit interviews. The first part of the program, sophomore portfolios, requires students to accumulate written projects from each of their general studies classes. The second element of the program is a senior"capstone" experience. For those majoring in education, this might be student teaching. The senior art exhibits and senior recitals are other exampies of a capstone experience. The exit interview is the final step in the evaluation process.

These interviews more specifically evaluate the college and its performance. The interview consists of a "series of open-ended questions intended to get students to talk about what they think is good and what they think needs improvement at Peru State," said Ainsworth. "One student may see it as a five-minute conversation and wonder what the purpose is, but you put their comments in with a hundred others' comments and put that together over five or six years, you start to see similarities and get a clearer focus of what's


By Freedom Robinson and Doug K~rns

Five Peru State faculty members received promotions to be effective with the 1997-98 contract. Four of the promotions were given to members of the Humanities division and one to a member of the Science and Technology division. Dr. Mary Mokris, assistant professor of English, was promoted to associate professor of English. Mokris has been with PSC since 1993. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in Columbia,

going on," said Dr. Dan Cox, associate professor of education. Peru requires that all graduating seniors be interviewed. This sixquestion evaluation contains questions such as: "What are the most significant ways you have changed because of being a student at Peru State College?" and "What should Peru do differently to enhance the student experience?" Administrators are also curious as to how many hours per week students spend studying and whether or not they plan to attend to graduate school. According to the results of the

fall 1996 interviews, some of the most rewarding experiences at Peru came from within the classroom because of specific instructors. "The results have shown that most students have found someone on campus that they can relate to in a very positive way," said Ainsworth. The results of the fall 1996 survey ranked "relationship with professors" as the number one best experience from Peru. "You would expect those who graduate from an institution to feel positive about that institution, the interviews have shown that they do," said Ainsworth.


I Mokris then went on to earn her masters from the University of Chicago. Her Ph.D., was awarded to her at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Ms. Peggy Jones, who earned her' B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her M.F.A., from UNL was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of art. Jones has been with PSC since 1993. When reached for comment about receiving her promotion, she jovially said, "I'm just kind of speechless. No one will believe that." Mr. Paul Hinrichs, who has been

here since 1990, was promoted from instructor to assistant professor of Science and Technology. Hinrichs's B.A. was awarded to him from Concordia College, and his M.S. was earned from UNL. "I am honored that they would recognize my service to the college in this manner," said Hinrichs. Dr. Sara Crook, who has been with PSC since 1993, has been granted tenure and a promotion from assistant professor to associate professor of history I political science. Crook received her B.S., M.A., and Ph.D., from UNL.

Dr. Toney McCrann was promoted from associate professor to professor of English. McCrann' s B.A., is from Villanova University. His masters, doctorate of arts, and his Ph.D. are from the University of Oregon. Concerning his promotion McCrann said, "I'm happy to receive this promotion. I like the faculty and students here at Peru, and I enjoy teaching here. I feel lucky to be here. As my father used to say, 'Even the blind pig finds an acorn once in awhile."'



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Ainsworth named new VPAA Dr. David Ainsworth was announced as Peru State College's new vice president for academic affairs Friday, April 11 by Peru State President Robert Burns. Ainsworth, who had been interim vice president for academic affairs since mid-August of last year, was formerly the chair of the Division of Education and Psychology. In the spring of 1996, a Peru State search committee interviewed several candidates, and an individual was chosen. The original choice, however, declined the position. Burns announced in February of this year that after hard work by the screening committee and many others, PSC was unsuccessful in bringing a new vice president to the campus. Then, Burns called for an inter-

nal search to fill the vacant position. Ainsworth succeeds Dr. Terry Smith who left Peru State for a position at Columbia (MO) College. According to Burns, a search committee for a new chair of Education and Psychology will begin ¡ as soon as possible.

Public Opinion ompiled by Freedom Robinson

THE SOCIETY OF SOCIAL AWARENESS (S.S.A.) is a campus organization sponsored bl,J Instructor Nanci,J Emerson. S.S.A. is not onlv aware of important issues in the societl,J and communitl,J. but the group is also involved with activities in better understanding issues and making others aware of them. Members of the group include (left to right, back row) Meghan Gilligan (Vice President), Mandl,J Volkmer (President), Drane Durman, Jeff Hammer (Treasurer), (middle) Kerrl,J Brandt. Rachel Duede. Marsha Wood. Amanda Ma1,Jf1eld. (front) April Border. Jonna Parsons (Public Relations Representative) and Heather Boatman. Michele White. Angel Waggoner. Susan Slama. Dana King, Sheila Rhodus. Eric Mclnteer and Chris Houser are not pictured.

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junior speech/drama major "They have T-shirts and hats available, and I only see kids wearing them"

Sarah Fisher junior elementary/early childhood major "Yes, I do. The Camel cigarettes have that little dude."

Steve Jirsa junior music education major "Yes, I do. Joe Cool Camel is everywhere; he's probably more famous than Mickey Mouse."

Chris Scott sophomore undecided "I don't think companies market to underage children. They learn from watching adults which is more influential than advertising."

Ellie Payton sophomore undecided "No, I don't think so. What's the point? Minors are not allowed to buy cigarettes and businesses are carding left and right now."



junior psychology/sociology major "No, not at all actually."

dated equipment. That situation is about to be corrected. The physical renovation will mean better and more functional use of the limited space that is available. Very few current library holdings will be displaced or removed. Burns notes that while the project will allow for maximum use of library facilities, lack of space remains a critical concern. He will continue to push for funds to build an addition.

"Much of what we have begun will fit with the needed expansion when the state decides what it is going to do," Burns said. "For now, we are using money we have gathered to make the library a better center for learning" "We haven't given up on state support, but we can't sit around and wait for it either," Burns noted. For now, students and other library users may want to come in during the next few weeks to take a look at the library. Come next fall, it won't look-or work-the same.




April 18, 1997

Parting salvo lands w;ide of the mark

This may be my last shot at a mass audience, so I'll just go ahead and charge right in, biases blazing. I'm so sick of braggarts. Sorry America is an odd place. We crusade against all illegal to be vague, but I can't name drugs, yet medical drugs are more often and more quickly names, dig? We all know at least prescribed than ever, even for the most minor ailments and · one frontin' fool (or are one), and I think these fawning phonies are before other methodq; are tried. The use of legal drugs with really dangerous. I guess their no medicinal value, however, has recently come under heavy problem stems from envy and infire. · adequacy. We all suffer from these TJ:ends against such drugs began in this country with the traits, but some let them control temperance movement against theuse of alcohol, which their lives. Just tend your own fizzled after years of bitter battle. Now, Big Tobacco may garden, and shut up. You can't have finally become vulnerable in our ever-more litigious fake the funk. times. Forgive the terribly turbid tiEverybody knows that the tobacco industry has known for . rade, the annoying alliteration, years that smoking is deadly, but because of their political and also the darned didacticism. and economic muscle, they have so far ke,pt their enemies and Good thing I'm gonna be a teacher. common sense at bay. Now, the smoke S'e,ems tq be gt-adually I suppose the point here ·is that clearing from the eyes of our courts, and the interests of there is no point. Life is ambigutobacco companies are at risk. ous. The word for the day: scatoThe two most lethal drugs in this nation are ironically also logical. the most legal-tobacco and alcohol. How long will greed Here are some items only imporand deceit prevail over fact and compassion? And will the tant me-

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My favorite book: The Odyssey, by Homer. Who cares? Noman. My favorite band: Altered Focus. ViddythenewCD. My favorite album: "Bee Thousand" by Guided By Voices (Beer). My favorite film: "Eraserhead". Hmm... perhaps a word on love. Perhaps a whole poemBoogler baby-child Read these lines Or not Or if you're sure I suck, just Kill me-I'm yours anyhow Every time you sigh Love t];lat wandering eye You just plain fly Never take me seriously.

(One minute whilst I hold down my lunch. There, better.) What else? I need some school spirit. Go Bobcats, rah! This really isn't such a bad place, after all. It's unique anyway, and delightfully bucolic, particularly in the summer. Well, that's that, and that's good. Walk softly on the altar of God, and don't forget to dig the dip on the four and two (at the very least). Fight the good fight, do not go gentle into that good night, and be kind, be kind, be kind. Evil will prevail. Tschuss.

Majority ri·ghts outweigh minority wishes Democracy is based upon the 'will of the people' to determine their own destinies. It is a concept based upon the will of the majority. It is a system whereby the voters have a guaranteed right to determine who shall represent them and under what laws they are willing to be goveffi:ed. This past year, the people of California voted by a majority to abolish affirmative action in their state. Proposition 209 prohibits racial or gender discrimination in public hiring, contracting and education. This proposition ended many affirmative action programs within the state. The vote represented the will of the majority. The minority, ever more vocal and media-friendly, promptly appealed the will of the majority to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Proposition 209 was not considered 'politically correct' by minority groups across

Tribal the nation and the national media. Even the President, who is sworn to uphold the Constitution, stated his disapproval of the will of the people. His "mend it, don't end it" statement became the national battle cry of political correctness regarding affirmative action. It seems that upholding your Constitutional right to vote and majority rule has become 'politically incorrect.' I totally disagree with political correctness when it violates my Constitutional right of self-government and the right of the majority of the people. Happily, 4, 736, 180 California And, by a .voters agree with me. .

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vote of 3-0, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with us. It is a shame that every special interest group in the United States think they have a right to a 'special' law just for them. Whether it is a minority ethnic group or a national gun organization, everyone wants their own special law. Isn't it strange-the Constitution already gives them those rights they wish. There is also the Civil Rights Act of 1963/64. The only rationale I can see for these 'special' laws is that they give majority rights to minority positions. Whatever happened to the will of the majority?


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The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru State College, is published seven times per semester by Peru State College students. The Times office is located in the college publication office in the Physical Plant Building, telephone (402) 872-2260. Opinions expressed may not necessarily be those of the entire editorial staff. All letters to the editor are welcomed. Letters, cartoons, articles and so forth submitted to the Times should be signed by the individual(s) submitting them and will be published at the discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 words in length. The Times reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor for grammar and style. The Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. Please send material to: Editor · Peru State Times Campus Mail PRIZE WINNING Peru State College NEWSPAPER 1996 Peru, NE 68421 or by e-mail: llebraska Preos .-..,,ociatlon Editor Assistant Editor Features Editor Copy Editor Advertising Manager Photo Coordinator Editorial Assistants Cartoonist Photographers

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LP Asmussen gives keynote address Dr. Kelly Asmussen, assistant professor of criminal justice, was the keynote speaker at the Nebraska State Education Association's (NSEA) Metro District Safety Conference on April 45. Asmussen is a nationallyknown expert in school safety and violence prevention techniques. Jim Eisenhardt, president of NSEA's Metro District council, said, "As classroom teachers, we are the front line of education, but we need parents, administrators and the community working side by side with us as we seek to ere-

ate a safe learning environment for students." The Omaha Education Association (OEA) co-sponsored the conference. OEA President Carolyn Grice said that recent incidents of violence in schools serve to highlight a need for the conference. Asmussen has conducted extensive research in student behavior and prevention and intervention techniques. In addition to delivering the keynote address, Asmussen led a discussion on tools for preventing violence and avoiding escalation of a situation.

Choral groups to give year-end performances From PSC College Advancement

Three Peru State College choral groups will close out their 199697 performance season with a concert Sunday, April 27. The 3 p.m. performance at the College Theater features the Concert Choir, the Misty Blues Show Choir and the Madrigal Singers, according to Dr. Thomas Ediger,

director of choral activities. A special feature will be the performance of "Set of Three" with music by Cecil Effinger and poetry by Thomas Hornsby Farril. This piece will be accompanied by a full brass choir, Ediger added. The concert is open to the public at no charge. Emily Rosewell Davidson of Beatrice is the pianist.

You know, along with fighting fires comes feeding the dalmatian OMAHA FIRE AND RESCUE OFFICIAL D. L. Nichols, Jr. (left) discussed career opportunities in the fire and rescue field with Peru State College junior Leslie Stillmock (right) during PSC's Career Fair held April 3. The career fair brought potential emplovers, graduate school representatives and others to the PSC campus so thev. could visit with current students about jobs and career opportunities. -PSC photo by Kent Propst

Phi Beta lambda members earn trip to California Phi Beta Lambda is sending six Peru State business students to the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA on July 5. The six PBL members brought home 16 awards from the Spring Leadership Conference in Kearney on April 3-4, including six first place recognitions and five second place positions. The top two placements in the individual categories will proceed to nationals, except in the speaking events. Only the top speeches will go on to compete at a national level. Peru competed against eight other Nebraska universities and colleges at the conference hosted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney. "We were competing against University of Nebraska at Lincoln, UNK . , . but we had people place in almost every event," said Bob Endorf, sopho-


more. "I am pleased with the results, but they did surprise me," said Jane Graham, senior. Endorf won first place in Business Law and Graham won tops in Accounting IL Junior Jeremy Marteney received first place in Computer concepts and Senior Wes Graham was awarded first place for Computer Programming. Laura Lea Fossenbarger, senior, is very pleased with her first place rank in Public Speaking. "It was my first time going to state, I didn't know what level of competition to expect. But I feel good. I was surprised at how well we did and am very excited about it." The Business Decision Making Team, consisting of Fossenbarger, Jane Graham and Wes Graham, also received first place in their category.

Peru was honore_d by several second place winners as well. Among those were Fossenbarger as runner-up Ms. Future Business Executive and Impromptu Speaker. Marteney was right behind Endorf in Business Law. And Sara Gimpel, junior, took second in Computer Concepts, Jane Graham in Finance. Those talented enough to receive multiple awards are faced with a difficult decision. "You are only allowed to compete in one event at nationals, " said Fossenbarger. Despite this difficult decision most are enthusiastic about the trip. "It'll be exciting because I've never been to California," said Endorf. Jane Graham said, "Nationals are going to be exciting-a fiveday trip to Anaheim."

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looks to find information on domestic violence

y Debbie Sailors "I didn't realize domestic vio-· :nee was a problem on campus," 1ys Lawrence Hollier, senior ·iminal justice major and mem=r of a newly~offered course this !mester, Criminal Justice Re!arch. The class, developed and mght by Dr. Kelly Asmussen, as.stant professor of criminal jusce, recently began :mducting an inepth survey of eru students rearding domestic iolence. Amy Rut, senior sychology I socilo gy I criminal 1stice major and tudent in the ourse, com1ented on the surey, which is still l Hs early stages, We hope not to .nd a lot of vio!nce," but extenive research by \Smussen indiates that a large ·ercentage of 'eru's students are t risk. Asmussen has written a grant >roposal addressing what he pereives as a serious need for some

type of domestic violence prevention and treatment program for PSC students. In identifying the factors that increase risk of domes-tic violence, specifically with regard to students of small, rural ·colleges, he.refers to the large percentage of Peru sttidents-nearly 90 percent-that hail from sparsely-populated, isolated agricultural communities.

obligations. Many .farm wives and mothers have chosen to attend college, hoping for an edge in a competitive job m.arket. As Asmussen states in his, "Domestic violence is magnified in rural areas where women have fewer resources available to help them." · In addition,. many single or divorced women with children are making the decision to return to school, hoping to enhance their econo m ic opportunities. In fact, 40 percent of Peru's enrollment is .conside r e d non-traditional, 25 years or older, and, of that number, 70 percent are women. Many of these students have been involved in domestic abuse situations and suffer from

"Domestic violence is magnified in rural areas where women hove fewer resources available to help them." -Dr. Kellv Asmuss.en Farm families in recent years, having lost their way of life during the farm crisis of the 1980's, are changing to meet financial

reduced self-esteem. According to Asmussen, these students would benefit greatly from additional resources and research. · Not surprisingly, another factor that contributes to domestic violence is alcohol and drug use. A previous research study shows alcohol and drug abuse as a potential problem for almost 90 percent of PSC's student population, with 50 percent confirming substance abuse in their immediate family. With these risk factors in mind, Asmussen found research in this volatile area to be virtually nonexistent. Asmussen explains, "The literature is silent regarding the prevalence of domestic violence on college campuses and the consequences of these incidents are largely unknown." Asmussen and the Criminal Justice Research class members are attempting to help fill the void. Doing what Asmussen calls "graduate level work," students have collaborated on the survey questions and implementation of the survey procedures. Twenty classes were randomly chosen to participate in the study pending on the cooperation of faculty members and students. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all responses will remain totally anonymous.

"Most of the faculty members have been enthusiastic. It's a worthwhile topic anc!_ it's worth looking into," stated Rut. Ian Maggiore, junior criminal justice major and class member, said of the information gathered so far, "It's interesting, yet disturbing." He Continued,"! think the whole campus needs to know there is a problem. I hope this survey will increase Dr. Asmussen's chance of receiving a grant." Hollier said, "We've got a lot of good feedback. Hopefully, we can make a difference by focusing on this problem and making people more aware." Members of the class are hoping for up to 200 responses to the survey, which includes questio_ns about domestic violence in families and in couples-married, divorced or dating. Rut concluded, "I have a whole new appreciation for surveys. I'm going to think twice the next time I'm asked to a survey, " referring to the time and effort involved in conducting this survey. , So, if you've been asked to take part in this important research project, please spend a few minutes of your time to answer the questions. Your participation could eventually help provide much-needed services to victims of domestic violence.

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classes last September: · · Individuals, industries, schools and groups from across southeastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa have found the facility and its resources useful in just its first months. Many have used its video conference equipment, which transmits live audio and visual signals, for meetings with others across the entire state. "We're told a lot about partnerships these days and here we have a clear, successful result of several partnerships including the College, the State college system, local leadership, corporate and campus efforts,"·' Burns said, "It works."

The PSC Computer Science club is sponsoring a. Netscape Navigator and Windows 95 workshop Saturday, April 19, in room 202 of T.J. Majors . . his seminar is open to the public and students free of charge (donations are accepted) The Windows session runs from 9 a.m. to noon with the Netscape session running from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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many supporters who have made the Regional Center the fine asset it is today," Dr. Robert Burns, president of PSC, said. "This was a genuine group effort." All classrooms are wired for computer use, Burns said. One of them already has been equipped as an Apple Macintosh lab for use in training teachers and staff from area K-12 schools, he added. PSC acquired the nearly 12,000 square foot building in Nov. 1995. The building and surrounding real estate were purchased with college cash surplus funds, not tax funds, said Burns. Renovation began a month later and was far enough along to begin holding

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Bobcats drop four, no-hit ·by Bellevue By Terry Dugan

The weather wreaked havoc with Peru State's schedule last week forcing the game with Briar Cliff to be postponed, and the home game against Bellevue University was moved from Peru to Bellevue Tuesday. In the first game against Bellevue, senior Shawn Exner got into a pitching duel with practically the entire Bellevue staff. After seven innings, neither the Bruins nor the Bobcats had scored a run. However, Bellevue was

able to score one run in what w< essentially the top of the eighth In the bottom of the eighth, Per State was unable to deliver < much as a hit. Three BelleVl pitchers combined on the no-hi ter. In the second game, Bellevt. put the Bobcats down 9-3. The Bobcats traveled to Wichii where they received no welcon from Kansas Newman. The toug Newman team defeated Per State 14-12 in the first game an 16-3 in the second.


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The Peru State Lady Bobcat softall team managed to squeeze in double-header last week before 1e snow hit. Unfortunately, the .m wasn't exactly shining. The ady Cats lost two games to Neraska Wesleyan. The two losses Tere the 10th and 11th straight fefeats for P-State. ;In the first game, The Lady Bob~ts could not get anything going, t1d had a difficult time in stoping Wesleyan. That's not a good

combination, and it showed in the final score. Wesleyan shut out Peru, 8-0. In the nightcap our lady softballers were more competitive. After falling behind early, the Lady Cats finished with four strong innings only to lose 6-4. Head coach Mark Mathews said that his team still shows him some good things. "We are really pretty good defensively," Mathews said. "We just are not producing offensively. We just can't seem to score fill,¥ runs."

Masters win launches Woods from cub status to king of the greens After another huge tee shot, he .trolled down the fairway to the 8th green at the Masters. Fightng back a tear, he smiled and vaved to the thousands of cheern.g fans that were there to witless his big day. Tiger Woods lestroyed the field at the most •eloved golf tournament in the vorld. "Destroyed" is the only de:riptive word that gives an acurate account of what Woods id to his competitors in the race )r the green jacket. His domi-

African-American and the first Asian American (his father is Black his mother, Asian) to win a Major golf tournament. As Woods was opening eyes with his game, don't forget that even in 1997 he is still opening minds. 50 years ago, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional sports by becoming the first African-American to play major league baseball. Because of Robinson and people like him, the effects cif minorities have been easily seen in every major

tance will be well documented n. the record books. His Masters ecord score of 270 (18 under par) ied him for the lowest score in he history of any major. He is he youngest player to ever win major, and only the second to vin a major on his first try. He ron the Masters by a record 15 trokes, and finished more holes n. three strokes than anyone in listory. Just how well was Woods play1g for the last three-quarters of 1e tournament? Think about the lst record he broke. Woods shot very un-Tigeresque 40 on the irst nine- holes of the tourna'.lent-four strokes worse than 11e all time low of an eventual vinner. Despite the slow start, Woods' •erformance will go down as the :est ever for a rookie and argubly the best by any player, as ·'1.ere are other factors to consider 1 measuring the importance of cis victory. Woods is the first

sport in America since World War II--except golf. As recently as six years ago, many golf clubs across the nation still had not admitted African- American golfers. Last Sunday, Woods permanently erased one of the last American athletic color lines. Since Jackie Robinswi first donned a major league uniform, athletics has been the most racially diverse, and racially stable arena of American life. Even Dennis Rodman commented in his best-selling book, "Nasty as I Wanna Be", that the rest of the world could learn more from sports if they looked beyond the boxscore. In a chapter devoted to race relations, Rodman calls locker rooms the most racially equal places in the world. "Everyone is there to do his job," Rodman explains. "Ifhe contributes to the team then no one gives a damn what color he is."

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7 The Lady Bobcats will again be practicing in theAl Wheeler Center this week, due to their snow covered quagmire of a softball field. "We need to get some arms back and get ready to be competitive this week," Mathews commented. Hastings comes· to town this week for two games Tuesday. Next, its off to Columbia (MO) for the William Woods Invitational Saturday and Sunday. Then PState travels to Crete (NE) to play Doane College.

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Peru State College, Peru, NE


Mike Rayburn shows immense musical talent with a hilarious twist On Monday April 14, Campus Activities Board presented guitarist Mike Rayburn to PSC for Spring Fling Week. He's been promoted as one of the best college performers in recent years. He had his chance to prove such claims in front of the Peruvian audience. The introduction to his act contained an intense instrumental tapping and flat picking exhibition. His dexterity and musical sense came to the forefront of my mind right away. I could tell he was going to be, at the very least, an excellent musician. Beyond the guitar side, his act was promising a comedic side as well. It was going to be fun to see how one man, armed with a guitar and a microphone, could pull this off. Well, we soon learned that he

was not the ordinary serious musician. He was obviously serious about music, but with a tinge of hilarity. He starts out with the Brady Bunch theme song, only the lady was a papaya and the man was a banana. "They knew that they had to somehow form a family and that's how they became Hawaiian Punch." Rayburn's career started out singing for, as he puts it, the "liquid bilingual," a.k.a., drunks. He played in small hotel lounges and college gigs. He was obviously

directed towards a younger audience. While playing in these places he started getting strange requests, so he started to blend the music of two artists. The most amazing thing done all night with the guitar might well have been his version of the classic fiddle song, "Devil Went Down to Georgia." You could hear only the slightest changes musically, but the intense emotion remained important. The necessary dexterity and knowledge blew me away. The man was sim-

ply "the bomb." He added this microphone/bass drum in most of his songs, but it helped a great deal in this song. The contraption was an older style microphone duct taped (the handyman's helper) to the stage. He simply tapped his foot on the mic and it gave out this drumbeat-like quality that was extremely effective. We next had the enjoyment of a few serious songs. They were excellent songs dealing with real life issues. The search for the perfect woman and child abuse became the topics for two of these songs. Another serious one was a classical piece he had learned while attending James Madison for nine years. They might have been a lot better, if the rest of the show wasn't so funny. It kinda brings a person down when they' re laugh-

ing, then are immediately co1 fronted with the abuse of a your: girl. But it was powerful noneth< less. The finale was "The Medle from Hell." He took requests fro: the audience and would play bi of each song. This takes a gre: amount of musical knowledg and talent. So the audienc started to shout out some nam( and he picked some and starte playing. The music ranged fro1 Led Zeppelin to Indigo Girls to song from "Grease." The Villaf People, Steve Miller Band, Job Mellencamp, the Captain an Tenille and the Grateful Dea made musical appearances. n night was thoroughly entertai.J ing and anyone who missed t1 show should try to see this a again.

IT'S GREAT WHEN YOU DRAW STRAIGHT, YEAH! Maybe I wasn't cut out for relationships. Jenny's really been bothering me lately. Remember hermilkface? I shouldn't say that. She's just two-percent challenged. Well, this all started in art when I coolly collected my thoughts and carefully created an inconceivably incredible design for a mountain bike: THUNDER 3000 I call it. Mom always said I'd be an engineer or a pain in the butt, whatever they do. Then my lactic girlfriend looked longingly at my construction paper lined with my masterpiece-



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By Debbie Sailors Preliminary results of the recent domestic violence survey conducted by the criminal justice research class are in, and Dr. Kelly Asmussen, assistant professor of criminiil justice, indicated that he and the class members found the responses quite thought-provoking. Of those responding, 25 percent reported incidents of domestic violence, including emotional and verbal abuse, as well as physical and sexual assault. The respondents named triggers rang-

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Excepti policy Ii sponsored event, the college is ultimately responsible for enforcing the law, said PSC President Robert Bums. Liability alone explains why school-sponsored dinners and events usually do notfeature·alcoholic beverages. Extra insurance is available to cover special events, but the insurance is void if the college breaks state law. Burns said that alcohol is usually only served at special events with offcampus guests, such as a Board of Trustees dinner. Will PSC student organizations ever be allowed to serve alcohol on campus? Probably not. Burns must approve all requests, and because ofliability, he needs to maintain tight control over when and where alcohol is served on campus. Burns' office is not inundated with requests, either. And he would like to keep it that way. "Nobody's going to say, 'We want to have a fundraiser-$2 all you can drink."' Burns said that if an organization wants to serve alcohol, the best bet is to have the meeting off-campus.

By Kim Milligan

According to the 1996-98 student code of conduct, "Possession, consumption, being under the influence or furnishing of alcoholic beverages on campus property or at supervised functions of student organizations is prohibited." However, it appears there are exceptions. The Nebraska State College Board of Trustees very explicitly spells out the conditions necessary for alcohol to be allowed within campus facilities. Peru State is free to make additions to the policy as long as they are in accordance with the guidelines set forth. Obviously, utmost care must be taken to make sure Nebraska law, DUE.TO THE WEATHER, INTRAMURAL SOFTBALL weht on as scheduled. Although th~y were a bit which forbids alcohol consumption rusty, the Mad Hungarians (in the field) defeated Jill's Jewels in a semi-final match. Dave Teske, intramuby mino_rs, is:bonored. ral ·coordtnator, said•thaHhis· year~s turnout was great and that all the participants should be c6hgratuFirst, the presWtmtefthecollege (or lated on their efforts~ Photo by Terry Dugan his/her destgnee)·must be present at the event. Also IDs must be checked to ensure that underage people do not consume alcohol at the event. This can be a burdensome task, especially if there are many people present. Members of the Times staff won a Sailors also placed second in the best cartoon, Anderson for best sports If alcohol is present at a schooltotal of 14 awards April 19 in compe- best personal column category for photo (tie), Terry Dugan for headline titions sponsored by the Nebraska "In-tu-it," and Josh Anderson took writing, and Leeds for best photo Press Association (NPA) and the Ne- home third place in the best sports spread (Issue 5). PAGE2 Winning third were Tee for best braska Collegiate Media Association news photograph category (Issue 2). To bake, (NCMA). Peru State's newspaper Other schools winning awards in sports photo (Issue 6, tie) and Sailors was also recognized as a first place the eight categories of the NPA con- for best personal column. or not to bake winner in the American Scholastic test included the University of NeDr. Dan Holtz, Times adviser, said, Press Association Newspaper contest. braska-Kearney (9), the University of "These awards are a tribute to the talPAGE4 · · The Times was awarded 905 out of Nebraska-Omaha (6), Concordia Col- ent and dedication of PSC students, Do you.think diploma is good enough? a possible 1000 points in the Ameri- lege (3), Chadron State College (l) who year in and year out compete can Scholastic contest with 850 points and Western Nebraska Community well against schools with journalism Davis gives lecture in honor of former )needed for a first place award. This College ( l ). majors. Terry Dugan (Times' editor) professor. is the third year in a row the Times In the NCMA Golden Leaf Awards should particularly be recognized for has placed first in this competition. competition, Krys Leeds won first his leadership, skill and talent. He's PAGES For the first time, Times staff mem- place for best two-page layout spread really kept things pointed in the right bers won two first place awards at the (Issue 5); Andrea Tee placed first in direction." You can go home again. NPA Be!ter Newspaper competition, the ·best sports feature category (IsSchools competing in the NCMA Computer club is here to help. 'college division. Debbie Sailors re- sue 6); Sailors received first for best awards included Chadron State Colceived first in the spot news category feature story ; and Terry Dugan and lege, Midland Lutheran College, PAGES for her story on part time faculty (Is- Greg Wolfe took home best sports Hastings College, Nebraska sue 4), and Kim Milligan placed first news story (Issue 7). Wesleyan University, Doane College, Coaching staff leads All-Star team to in editorial writing with her piece Second place winners included Dana College and Wayne State Colvictory. Scott Krichau and Parry Docksile for lege. about sexual harassment (Issue 6).

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Page2 May 2, 1997 Partnership open to artists in southeastern Nebraska By Chris Hawkinson

THE CAPSTONE OF THEIR PERU STATE COLLEGE ART EDUCATION has come for,Marsha Nicholas and Scott Krichau with the opening of their senior exhibitions. The Senior Art Show continues through May 12 in the PSC Art Gallery located in the Jindra Fine Arts Building. Exhibition hours are -:tO a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Photos by Terry Dugan ,

An informational meeting was held Feb. 27 at the Peru State College Regional Technology Center concerning the creation of the Southeast Nebraska Arts Partnership. The Southeast Nebraska Arts Partnership includes -artists or those who are involved in the arts in this region, and includes Peru State's own Dr. Ken Anderson, professor of art, and Peggy Jones, associate professor of art. Computer equipment, a digital camera and photography equipment

have already been ordered. Future events may include workshops, instruction, exhibits, which will help to promote and enhance art in this part of the state. The technology at the center will set the Southwest Nebraska Arts Partnership apart from other efforts. This partnership is open to the community and the rest of the state. Anyone who wishes to have their work displayed is welcome to submit their art. Jones said, '.'We have high hopes for the future, but we will only succeed if we get participation from the area; we encourage it."

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Opposition surfaces against domestic violence survey .CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 point ill the semester. Asiilussen and his Students expressed their thanks, to all those faculty ~embers and students who participated iri the survey, especially those who responded truthfully and honestly. In all, seven faculty members, representing all four divisions, allowed and encouraged their students to complete the survey. ·~.~'S:~.$Sel} s.tated,_ "Jliese~ results offer~a· small pfoce Of' the puzzle-the dynamics that affect PSC ·students." Interestingly, although valuable data was collected that may benefit domestic violence victims, the survey has not met with universal approval. Dr. David Ainsworth, vice president of aca(!emic·affairs, received a com. plaintaboutthe sensitive and personal nature of the survey questions. He responded, "Although some of the questions were fairly startling, the survey was a very appropriate study of domestic violence." He continued, "lt appeared to meet all ethical standards."



. Asmussen added that· the utmost consideration was given to maintaining the confidentiality of the survey responses; due to the extremely personal and sensitive nature of the questions. He pointed out that a rigorous protocol governs this type of research project, ensuring compliance with ethical standards for professional research. Ainsworth stated that although there has never been a written policy for. on-campus research, loose guidelines call for the'organization: of a "human subjects" committee, consisting of three division faculty members, to evaluate and approve the contents of campus surveys. It is the responsibility of these committees to determine that the survey will do no harm to its respondents and that it meets all ethical standards. Commenting on the controversial nature of the survey, Asmussen concluded, "We do need to conduct sociological surveys on topics that might be construed as controversial or too sensitive by some. It allows us to gain valuable information about those we are here to educate."

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Do you tan artificially? Why or why not?

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Katie Naprstek

Jen Block

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junior English, psychology/ education major

junior elementary education major

"I don't tan because it's no better than the sun, and I would rather lay out."

"Yes I tan. It makes me feel better and helps me get ready for summer."

"I like the natural way."

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Jennifer Olberding

Barbara Payne

freshman undecided

freshman music education major

senior psychology/sociology major

"No because I've heard -that people have died; it basically cooks your organs."

"Yes, aesthetics."


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udent code prohibits A·scan be· expecte · d , we here a t the . alPeru. h 1State Co.liege s St.dl f th of f conduct · th · d , co 0 on CfililJ?US regar ess 0 • e. u~cf:ion or e.s~u ent s Peru State Times get fan mail. age-' However, It seems that certam.mdivid~~ls, specifically I'mnewheresoiwasnotremotely off-campu~ guests, ar<? granted special provisions. . prepared for what happened to me Al~ohol 1s not permitted on state prope£1¥. However, the last weeki Ihad just finished readpres1dent-Of the college has the pow<?r to disregard tha! rule for ing the second fifty pound mail bag events such as a Boar~ of1:rus~ees dmner or an alumm football ofletterstotheeditor, when I stepped game, ~s long as certain guidelines are fo~lowed. These out side in the cool night air to get a · exceptions are legal, but are they appropnate? breath of the f!'eshness. There had Dead week parties held in Delzell obviously do not meet the to be iibo1:1t thirty fans in the parking criteria established for alcohol to be allowed within campus lot,yvaiti:ngfortheirstartoshowhimlimits and should not be admissible. : self! I was simply baffled. However, by allowing returning graduates to consume I come from a low income, hard alcohol at a college-sponsored function or Board of T£1!stc::~s.. working life in Lincoln. In Peru, I members to have a drink with dinner, Peru State is promoting am a student, college athlete, cardisregard for policy, as well as the idea that legal adults are toonist, and possibly one of the only .irresponsible simply because they are students. ten people in the world to be able to Those in a position of authority should not be granted special ma~e a perfect choc?late-almond privileges but should be expected to conduct themselves in an upside down cake! This was beyond exemplarY fashion. any of my wildest and craziest fan·

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Strange days indeed· World turned upside dow.n needs oil W:e!I, thi~ is my last column for the year. I have tried to bring to you issues that I thought were important enough for you to think about and, hopefully, voice your concerns to elected officials. Many of my predictions ofthe issues I have written on have come true. For example, Tony Lake didn't get the CIA director's job. Speaker Gingrich's problem is maintaining power, and the British Conservative party is on the brink of losing its election. We are living in some very unusual times. People are starving all over the· world while we have bumper crops every year. The people of North Korea are on the verge of massive starvaticm, yet the government will not discuss peace until after we

give them food for their people. The bottom line is we'll talk, but you.have to keep us in power so that we can continue to abuse 'our people. Just doesn't make sense, does it? The Republicans are ranting and raving about the government of China giving money to political campaigns to keep a government/party in power. The United States does that all the time-it's called foreign aid. When. China does it it's called "influence peddling." Congress wants to keep beating tha.t deiid horse "Whitewater" which is costing the American people millions of dollars. The Clintons lost money on the deal. Every poll shows that the people couldn't care less about it. But the politicians still keep going. Aren't they supposed to be

working .fqr us :instead of. the way ,things are going now? We back a chemical arms treaty, yet those countries that would likely use them are the only ones not to sign it. It appears that Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iran aren't stupid. Maybe we are in favor of thinking an unenforceable piece of paper can change anything. And1et's notforget the blood baths in Bosnia and Africa. They call it "ethnic cleansing." The Nazis called it the "final solution." We tried and convicted the Nazis, yet we placate the Serbs. Strange days indeed. Makes you wonder what next year will bring. Have a safe summer.

The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru State College, is published seven times per semester by Peru State College students. The Times office is located in the college publication office in the Physical Plant Building, telephone (402) 872-2260. Opinions expressed may not necessarily be those of the entire editorial staff. All letters to the editor are welcomed. Letters, cartoons, articles and so forth submitted to the Times should be signed by the individual(s) submitting them and will be published at the discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 words in length. :The Times reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor for grammar and style. The Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. Please send material to: Editor Peru State Times Campus Mail Peru State College Peru, NE 68421 or by e-mail: Terry Dugan Contributors John Davis Krys Leeds Jen Froeschl Debbie Sailors Chris Hawkinson Doug Kerns Joy Huber PRIZE WINNING Shane Vanoene Scott Krichau NEWSPAPER Josh Whitney Kim Milligan 1996 Freedom Robinson Matt Maxwell Amber Schuetz Greg Wolfe John Cress Josh Anderson Advisor Dr. Dan Holtz Kim Olson


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longer accep.ti""fts 1·f they..h.ave anything to do with edible underwear. I am a boxer man and will stay that way. And don'teven think of sewing together some fruit rollupsandmakingedibleboxershorts! Fruit on my loins gives me a rash. Also, whoever is sending the Star Wars action figures in minus the heads and hands must stop at once. I have a fantastic collection without any made-up characters. My marrow count is low .~o. the time has come for me to take a nap and study. How do :I do that? •By· putting my books into my· pillow case of course! (The principle of osmosis) Work smarter, not harder is what Bill Clinton always used to say! Or was it Scrooge McDuck? Oh, the world may never know.

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Tri Beta inducts, honors graduates · By Krys Leeds

THREE PERU STATE CHORAL GROUPS under. the direction of Dr. Thomas Ediger, director ~f choral activities, gave their final performance of the 1996-97 school year April 27. Featured above are Madri-' gal Singers members Bethany Nielsen, Drew Davis, Rachel Callahan and Kevin Topscher, Photo by Terry Dugan

Thursday Tri-Beta inducted eleven new members, as they bid farewell to ten graduating seniors. At the ceremony held in the Burr Oak room, Kristina Kreifels, sophomore biology major, was announced as the recipient of the Laurine Anderson Tri-Beta scholarship. Tri-Beta is the national honor society for biology majors. For eligibility, a nominee must be of junior or senior standing, must have a declared biology· major, and must have main-

tained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Peru does not have an independent Tri-Beta chapter, but rather Tri-Beta acts as a committee within the Biology Club, which is open to anyone. "Tri-Beta is the honors aspect of the Biology Club," said Dr. Tom Klubertanz, assistant professor of biology. Tl;lis committee has a "long-standing tradition at Peru State," said Klubertanz. The chapter was founded in 1928, and of the current 370 charter members, Peru is one of the oldest.

Decisions, energ-y-not diploma-dictate success By Amber N. Schuetz For most students, selecting a suitable career demands a delicate decision. In"::>rder to properly prepare themselves for the real wotld, students spend endless energy and monstrous money. Although graduation generally enhances employment eligibility, a diploma does not always guarantee the perfect placement. ._:; •., ·' > .. _. . .. For e~JPple,,-l';lementary .education ranks first among the most prevalent majors. Therefore, students majoring in elementary education encounter both positive and negative employment prospects. According to Ted Harshbarger, director.ofCooperative Education and Career Ser\rices, ''There are a lot of elementary education openings; however, there are many more candidates seeking these positions than in any other area." ''The competition among education graduates is much more intense compared to 30 years ago," said Dr. David Ainsworth, vice president of academic affairs. He added that the job market is especially excellent fqr special education . majors. Harshbarger commented that the most openings in educational em-

ployment this year included math, science, musk and special education; however, there were also more openings in physical education and social studies this year than there were in the past two years .. "Liberal arts graduates may have an even more difficult time getting a job,"

has an increas~d need for accounting majors also. Computer science majors possess the most desirable;: skills for promising job prospects. Whereas general business skills were once adequate, "the job market now demands many more specific skills," stated

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tained employment very quickly and earned the highest beginning salaries. Harshbarger commented that "salaries are supposed to be up in all positions by two to 10 percent." Harshbarger stressed, "There are many positions out there if individuals are willing to seek and find them."


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have-nots. Haves are those people with salable skills that allow them to keep a full-time job with benefits. Have-nots are those people who, on the other hand, seem doomed to part-time work at marginal wages with no benefits. The proportion of have in our country is shrinking." Ainsworth said. Harshbarger, though, indicated that there will be increased demand for those graduates, as well as those of psychology, sociology, criminal justice, music and computer science. Ainsworth pointed out that the fluctuating business market currently

Ainsworth. He continued, "The job market is always complicated and there's a lot of publicity about the large number of jobs utilizing knowledge of computer technology." According to Harshbarger, 1996 PSC computer science-graduates at-

He advises students to stick with the job search process and keep applying for employment even when things look bleak. "It's just the nature of the business;'' he stated. In addition, "We anticipate a 90 percent placement rate for graduates:'' He concluded that this

percentage has remained constant for the past seven years. According to Ainsworth, future trends indicate that "our society is moving toward two tiers-the haves and the have-nots. Haves are those people with salable skills that allow them to keep a full-time job with benefits. Have-nots are those people who, on the other hand, seem doomed to part-time work at marginal wages with no benefits. The proportion of haves in our country is shrinking." To better ensure immediate employment, students should begin planning and preparing at the onset of their freshmen year of college. According to Harshbarger, "The job search is a process and students need to work on it like a class." Ainsworth encourages students to enroll in Career Strategies, an upper level course designed to meet the needs of employmentseeking students. Students should take advantage of college services that offer valuable resources and assistance for students in hopes of promoting promising job prospects. The Cooperative Education and Career Services office is located in the lower level of the Administration building and is open to students yearning to explore and expand their eventual employment opportunities.

Davis dedicates conspiracy lecture to late professor Pappas . By Doug Kerns Professor of History Spencer Davis delivered a Phi Alpha Theta lecture in the Benford Recital Hall for stu.,...,.,.,..,..,.,,..,,.,,..,..,,....,..,..,.,,..,,.,,..,,,,.,.., dents, facu 1t y and others Wednesday. Phi Alpha Theta is a national honorary Dr. Spencer Davis hi s ~or y fraternity open to PSC students with more than 12 hours of history and high scholastic standing. Dr. Davis dedicated the lecture to the late Dr. Larry Pappas, professor of biology at PSC, because of their friendship and because Dr. Pappas

"was a person for whom ideas were important. Not all ideas, only some; in particular, clear and honestly stated ideas," Davis wrote. Davis' lecture, "Searching for the Truth," exploration on how conspiracy thinking operates in the world today and how modern historians are faced with an almost overwhelming number of supposed conspiracies. "It's a chance to think about historical method in general," he wrote. "What struck me was that historians are forced to live1 within the popular culture, to write and respond to the popular culture." Davis said that he and Pappas had often discussed whether or not history had a method similar to the scientific method. One..similarity Davis found between the two fields is their tendency to rule out certain implausible ideas, for example, perpetual motion machines. One such impossibility theo-

rem in history, Davis said, was that great events are not caused by conspiracies. Davis focused on two works about conspiracy thinking, one from the 1950's and one from today. The_ first, "The Paranoid Style" was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Hofstadter, who "believed that most people were rational most of the time and that conspiracy thinking appeared as a small set of baseless tales of political influence," Davis said. However, Davis said Hofstadter's beliefs do not seem as applicable today. "While Hofstadter thought conspiracies were hardly ever the cause of great events, the whole situation looks different today, and today conspiracy thinking seems to be a part of our entire culture," Davis wrote. "It's not something angry or confused people tum to when they are bothered; it'ssomething that everyone indulges

in from time to time." The second thinker, Elaine Showalter, wrote that the conspiracy mindset permeates the entire culture. "Hofstadter assumed that historians really could aid society by deflating the small number of conspiracy theories that were dangerous in political life," Davis wrote. "For Showalter conspiracy thinking is pervasive and perpetual; the best the historian can do is track down some forms of conspiracy thinking and send sufferers to their nearest psychoanalyst." Thus, conspiracy thinking is not a collection of singular political ripples in an otherwise calm sea, it is a raging tempest invading everything in our culture. "The historian is powerless in the face of the massive irrationality of contemporary culture," Davis said. The overall question Davis posed in the lecture was how modern histo-

rians can find a better solution than Showalter's without regressing to the innocence of Hofstadter. Following the lecture, Davis led a discussion with audience members which brought up other interesting ideas on the nature and origin of modem conspiracy thinking and how it may be a subset of a "perpetual thirst" in our culture to find simple answers and assign blame to others. Davis stressed the importance of I lecture medium itself. "Lecturing is very important because faculty members should tell you what they think ' are important topics in their field. I'm trying to make this a special lecture where that would be clear to any who , attended," he said. Davis said that he hoped this lee- 1 ture will be the first in a series of annual lectures at PSC sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta.


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:onductor, arranger Barrett returns to Peru State f Joy Huber

Louder," the conductor shouts. He ietly adds, "Please," and chuckles. e band joins in, laughing gooduredly. The college theater is filled :h anticipation and excitement as land Barrett rehearses the PSC nd for its forthcoming concert, the al performance of the 1996-1997 tr.

toland Barrett is presently the as:ant director of bands at the Uni·sity of Oklahoma. Why, one uld ask, does he find himself in ·u as a guest conductor? Barrett is ) a Peru State College Alumni who roots in this area. He graduated m Auburn High School and is the 1 of retired faculty members Dr. 1de and Betty Barrett of Peru . Tett himself attended Peru State liege and graduated in 1977 with :achelor's of Fine Arts in Music ication. •\fter graduating, Barrett taught sic education in a high school in ianola, a small town near Cook, for two years. He then ved to Fairbury, where he spent r years teaching in the middle and 1 school and directing band. In 3, Barrett went to the University )klahoma as a barid graduate asmt. He completed his master's

degree in music education in 1985. At that time Barrett's current position opened and he has b!!en serving in that capacity ever since. In addition to serving as assistant director of bands, Barrett is drill designer and musical arranger for the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, director of the Sooner Showmen basketball band, and instructor of marching band techniques, media techniques and instrumental arranging. He is also presently working on his doctomte of musical arts in composition. Cheryl Fryer, PSC director of bands, contacted Barrett about writing a piece specifically for the final band concert of the season. "To me, the best way to do it is to commission something and then give the composer soine information about who's going to play it and that type of thing. I just got to thinking about the forces of nature. And as I was looking for something to do for Peru, I thought, well, you can't find a much more forceful component of nature than the Missouri River, and they've been working for 200 years to con~ trol it, and they can't," Barrett stated. His piece, "McKissick's Island," has been in the conceptual stage for over a year. "McKissick's Island" is one of the few pieces Barrett has writ-

ten that has a story behind it. Despite composing approximately 1QO pieces, Barrett told the band he has "only done two piec'es that have a story to them. Most of my pieces, I just write something that I think is going to sound okay." "McKissick's Island" is a piece with

four parts to it. The four parts are, 'The River at 'Dawn,' 'Currents,' 'Storm on the Island' and 'The Triumph of Nature.' McKissick's Island is a parcel of Nemaha County land just outside of Peru that, because of a change of the Missouri River channel, is on the other side of the river.

When asked how he felt about returning to his home to guest conduct, Barrett said, "Anytime you have a ' really pleasant experience somewhere and you have really good memories about a place, and then have the chance to come back and be on the other side of the fence, it's great.''·

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Frustration finds softball team By Terry Dugan "We've been fighting to get every gaJlie in," said Mark Matthews, head coach of Peru State's softball team. The 11-24 Bobcats have lost approximately 14 games due to the weather. "We've only had two home games, but we had to work hard every time to get the field ready just before the games," said Matthews. · "It's frustrating. We've had fight to get everything we've got." That frustration may have carried onto the field. ''We realistically should be at around 300,".said Ma!lh,e\vs. "We've played well offen~ivdy ~d defeµsively this year, just not the same. time. Against Wayne State, we made some errors that brought batters to the plate that should never have gotten there in the first place." Against Wayne State, the Bobcats dropped the first game 2-7 but bounced back to win the second game 6-2 on April 26. In Crete four days earlier at Doane College, Peru State dropped thefirst gam~, 1-9 and .managed. to .take the second game 7-5. "Last year it seemed we always won the first game but had a problem with the second. It's just the opposite this year," said Matthews. Another cause for frustration may · ~ found in the inexperience factor. Only three starters returned from last year's squad-two of them are now


seniors. "Inexperience does play a key role in mistakes," said Matthews. "When you play-together for a long time, you develop a sense of confidence in each other. We've got good talent; we just ·haven't come together yet." To add to the list of adversity, the Bobcats practiced inside the Al Wheeler Activity Center well into March due to the weather. "Defense really struggled early on because we couldn't get outside," said Ma~thews. "You do what you can inside. What facilities we had inside were adequate, but you can't hit fly balls to the outfield in the gym." Where there is tragedy, triumph seems to follow.. Sophomore outfielder Krissy Tatum, according to Matthews, is one who has brought herself up to the next level. Currently, Tatum holds a .340 batting average, two home runs, 17 runs batted in and a .500 slugging percentage. "Krissy's really picked it up. We had a meeting mid-way through the season, and she agreed that she could pick it up. Since then, she's played very well defensively and offensively," said Matthews. Freshman outfielder Amanda Praster hasfound'her niche. She leads the team with 40 hits and has batted in 18 runs to go along with her .367 batting average. · "She's been steady all year," said Matthews. "She faced some self

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doubt early on, but she is limited only by herself." , Matthews saved the highest accolade for senior shortstop Kerry Brandt. "Kerry Brandt is really Peru State softball." "She's a leader on and off the field," Matthews continued. "I can't even say enough great things about Kerry Brandt. For my whole time coaching at Peru SU!t~my administration, if they want to tie me with Kerry Brandt and say that ii? the program, I'd be very honored. I ')Vish we could have done better as a team for.herand Kelly Muhle, but as athletes; they u"nderstand that losing is· sometimes a part of life." Brandt's numbers are nothing less than spectacular. She has scored 30 runs, a .415 batting average, nine doubles, ·20 runs batted in, only five strikeouts, a .564 slugging percentage and a .514 on-base percentage. The Bobcats will play May 2 in the double-elimination sectional tournament. In the first round, they play the College of St. Mary, the number one seed. Matthews added that the team thanks everyone who came out to support them this year, and he also wished good luck to the two graduating seniors. "We need to work hard in the offseason. As a program, we're not a one-year wonder; we're a national tournament team," said Matthews.

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Proving once again that the Peru State College football coaching staff never rests, Head Coach Dick Strittmatter and his assistants coached the Blue squad to a 20-5 victory over the Red team in the third annual National All-Star Bowl College Football Classic in Minneapolis April 26. Close to 1000 people attended the All-Star Bowl which serves as a showcase for NCAA division II and III as well as NAIA players so that professional scouts can see if they missed a diamond in the rough. From Peru State, wide receiver Terry Rice, defensive back Scott


Wyers, defensive end Jermaine Sharp and linebacker Jeff Reed played for the Blue team. "All four Peru State players represented our team really well," said Strittmatter. Rice caught two passes for touchdowns and also threw a pass for 15 yards; Wyers picked off a pass, and Sharpe and Reed made five tackles each. Sharpe also sacked the Red team's quarterback once. When the Peru State coaching staff arrived in Minnesota, they quickly went to work. They had only three practices b~fore the game. "You put them together the best you can," said Strittmatter. "My staff did a great job-the way they usually do."


"I was amazed by the intensity ' the players that came together in tt two days as well as their outstandin personal traits-the way they repn sented themselves. [They were] ve1 fine young men," said Strittmatter. Only one place kicker was avail ab between the two teams. The kick< for the Red team injured himself ! advance of the All-Star game. Ar cording to Strittmatter, the kick "missed one for us and then made o• at about the same distance for ti other team. After that; our team didn really want him back." The Peru State Football Boos' Club paid for half of the $300 er. fee per player to compete.



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~on Wingert, senior pitcher, gives fullextention toard home plate. Peru State participates in sectional urnaments next week. Photo by Terry Dugan

"I don't think confidence is a problem ... no one in our region has beaten us; we've beaten ourselves," said Dave Teske, head baseball coach. With sectionals and regionals approaching quickly (sectionals begin May 8 in Sioux City (iA)), the Bobcats need to bring it all together, and Teske believes t;he team is peaking right now. '_'Hitters carried us early When the pitchers were struggling, but now pitching has come around so we're just waiting on the defense," said Teske. The Bobcats have averaged 2.5 errors per game this year: Teske believes lack of concentration to be the contributing factor. "Defense is a lot of repetition, and with the spring being what it is, we haven't been able to get out and take the ground balls in practice," said Teske. "We need to get down and dirty and make the plays." Peru State split a double header with the current number-one seed in the region, Rockhurst (MO), winning the first game 8-6 but then losing in the second 5-6. A few days earlier, the Bobcats lost to rival Bellevue University 4-5 and 2-1 l. Like Rockhurst, Peru State "had Bellevue down, too. We just couldn't close the deal," said Teske. This season, many different players have contrib-

uted at different times. This last week, it was Brian Child's turn. Childs, a senior right fielder, notched an unreal .700 batting average and a slugging perc~ntage of l.150 which qualifies him as "the man," according to Teske. "He has a legitimate shot at being All-American," Teske said. Teske also commended the play of senior pitcher Shawn Exner. After having elbow surgery last season, Exner has been the Bobcats' ace with an earned run average of 3.50, a 6-4 win/loss record and a six strike out per game average. "He's pitched every tough game for us this yeat and has not had much luck-sometimes the scoreboard just doesn't show up the right way," said Teske. With the cruel April weather wreakirtg havoc on the schedule, Peru State has had to scramble and to reschedule many games, forcing the Bobcats to play a lot of away games.

"It's really hard on them [the players] with all the traveling-we've had to do," said Teske. "Unfortunately, we had a situation last week when the players had to miss three days of school in one week." Teske said that academics is a big concern of his and that education is always in the back of his mind when scheduling and re-scheduling games. ''The faculty has been a great help with helping our guys stay caught up as much as possible during all our rescheduling," said Teske. "However, in the future, I hope our players do a better job working ahead in classes so they are prepared for postponements." · With Mother Natures wrath sagging like a heavy load on Peru State athletics, the players' true determination shines through not only in the form of desire on the diamond but also in determination to win the mental game in the classroom. That's. what college athletics is all about.

·hew on this ~aseball needs to dump the spittoon · This issue I decided not to talk >0ut something that will upset any.e for a change. Yet it is still a se>)US issue that affects many people ; this campus as well as in Major ~ague Baseball and other profesJnal sports. I'm talking about the _;!of tobacco and mainly smoke~s tobacco, snuff; or chew. bring up the issue because for the ·st time in baseball history a player B gone on the disabled list because , tobacco use. Last season Brett !1tler retired for a year because he 1 d cancer, but that wasn't proven be from using tobacco early in his '•eer. But Pitcher Pete Harnisch ;nt on- the DL a few weeks ago _tause he was trying to quit chew~- He found that he was afflicted th drastic mood swings and could t mentally prepare himself to pitch l:~ame situations. R'nother example was brought up ~r Harnisch went on the DL. Re')itcher'frr>v Percival of the Anan Angels 1,,i1ecked himself into ~rehab over the off-season after ·s found that he was addicted to •cco and caffeine. He was drinka 6-pack of Coke before each e and then drinking seven cups ')ffee while the game was being yed while also chewing. This led : circulation problem in his pitch-

ing shoulder which hampered his performance. People may laugh when they see the drug rehab example, but just ask anyone who chews how easy it is to quit. Ask me and I' II tell you that tobacco is addictive and is a drug. Steps have been taken at the lower levels of baseball to prevent its use. Tobacco has been banned from .all farm clubs, in all divisions of college baseball, and minor baseball (legion and Babe ~uth leagues). But how effective can those be? Kids still tum on the TV and see Harry Bonds, Cecil Fielder, Gary Sheffield, or Albert Belle with huge dips in their lip. It is a good'idea to try to stop minor leaguers from using snuff, but what about the guys that all the kids look up to? A recent survey of major league ball players showed that 40% of them currently use some form of tobacco while over 70% have used it at some time in their career. If baseball wants to prevent the use of smokeless tobacco, they should ban it from the major leagues. Some steps have been taken to try and scare some of the big leaguers into quitting. Former players Joe Garagiola and Bill Tuttle attended spring training this year to show off Tuttle's grotesque results of chewing

tobacco. He had a gigantic tumor removed from the right side of his face leaving him disfigured. If any of you have the desire to see this or to quit chewing, head down to the nurses office and look at his picture on the wall in the hallway. His speech may be what more of the big leaguers need to hear. Pete Harnisch said it was because of seeing the effects chewing had on Tuttle that he is trying to .quit. But the problem is the presentation was directed towards the young minor league kids and not the established veterans. So of course they w6uldn 't show up since it would seemingly be a waste of their time. I'm not sure what needs to be done, but I know that the little label on the can of chew saying "This product may cause cancer" didn't prevent me from trying it. I'm sure a lot of the kids out on the ball fields in North America won't care either if they think it will make them look like one of their heroes. Since this is the last issue of the year, I would like to remind everybody that the showdown to see who is ''The World's Fastest Man" takes place May 31. Have a look and see if NBC and the Associated Press will eat their words if a Canadian crosses the finish line first.

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Local band Alters their Focus on 'driving' sophomore release Several new albums by notable acts are out or in the works. The next six to nine months will see new material by everybody from Neil Young to Metallica. First off though, local darlings Altered Focus finally got their new CD out. Big Chunk 0' Sumthin, Altered Focus's second release, was finally made available following complications with the artwork. This album shows the band to have changed since their first release, Dripping With Cheese. Dripping With Cl:zeese was an alternative album that didn't need speed or distortion. The tunes were catchy and had an original



sound. "Quasimoto" is another track that The new album features two re- would have seemed out of place makes of those old tracks, "The on the last album. Other songs Awakening" and "Never Goin' like '<Bowl:· 30" and "Wallow" Back," but the band has re-altered also show the change which leans their focus. This is evident on the towards embracing popular alteralbum's first track "Come Right native music. Tracks like "Up To Through." Me" and "Discarded" contain This song has a drive to it that more of the older sound. Overall, previous Altered Focus tracks did ·Big Chunk O' Swnthin' still has that not. It also contains a jazzy recol- original sound withthe distinctive lection of AC/DC's "Bad Boy guitar. The CD is worth the ten Boogie." bucks, so grab it if you can, and if Another standout track, we're lucky Dripping With Cheese "Quasimoto" recalls another clas- will come out on CD as well. sic song. The guitar sounds like Several other important releases the intro to" Attitude" by the Mis- are coming out as well. By the fits, an early hard-core band time you read this Ozzfest- Live! fronted by Glenn Danzig. will have hit the racks. The songs


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boys Jimmy Page and Rober· Plant, and possibly Guns l\ Roses if the original member could get together and fire Ax Rose. To answer last issue's qui question, Angus and Malco1: Young have been the only cor stant members of AC/DC. An for Herman, the dedicated qu master, here's a toughie: "Whe.1 Cliff Burton joined Metallic. who did he replace?" This is my final installment< Cornerstone. It's been a fv ride. Thanks to the editors wb let me write it and those of ye who read it. "Hail, Hail Ro< N' Roll!!!" - C. Berry.

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1996-1997 The Times (Peru, NE) - issues 1-14  

1996-1997 newspaper issues 1-14 for Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska

1996-1997 The Times (Peru, NE) - issues 1-14  

1996-1997 newspaper issues 1-14 for Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska