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By Juliane Lee sum<;<!, including lots of blood. Af"It was my 21st birthday, and my ter he finally got me into bed, I guess friends and I went out to the bar to I started gagging pretty bad and then celebrate. It started with few shots suddenly stopped breathing. Luck~· of whiskey, and then everyone in the ily, I survived. Without the efforts of bar found out it was my birthday and ' my roommate, though. there's no way started buying me drinks. I did be- I would have made it." tween 20 and 30 shots in about half It would be nice to believe that an hour, while all my friends ·cheered things like this don't happen at Peru me the background. State College. It would also be nice 'They ended up dropping me off at to believe that this recounts an is<>-' home and went back out to party some lated incident. -Unfortunately, this more. My roommate had no idea how story does belong to a student here at bad I was. He took care of me while I puked up everything I had con- continued page 2


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misdemeanor charges from the felony sexual assault charges originally filed. - September 1996 also found A recent Omaha World-Herald news ·f!rticle revealed· the criminal VonDollen starting school iri Peru. He joined the football team and record~-of Andrew VonDollen, a student h re at Peru S.tate College. The moved into campus housing-his story, y Stephen Buttry, recounts a time here apparently uneventful until histor of sexual assaults by his story was made public by the VonDo Jen, junior industrial technol- World-Herald article. "Everything in the article was news ogy management major. According to the World-Herald, the to me;'' stated Dr. Robert L. Burns, first incident occurred in 1993, when Peru State College pr~sident. He conthe 18-year-old VonDollen was con- tinued, "I am concerned with the.situall stuvicted of misclemeanorsexual assault ation and with the. safety of a 16-year-old girl in a elate rape. dents." VonDollen, when asked for a Two year:s probation followed, dur- comment for this story, responded ing which time VonDollen, then at- simply, "No." OVER THE SUMMER many new improvements were made to PSC' The fact ofVonDollen's-admission tending Wayne State College, was 92 year old library, including the addition of 25 new computers. again accused by two women of here at PSC raises serious questions. · · ·· · · -photo by Matt Nelson Why was VonDollen admitted in spite sexual assault. The story indicated that one case of his record? What are college adwas cleared by college officials, while mission policies with regard to crimithe second, in January 1995, resulted nal history? VonDollen was able to easily gain in sanctions imposed against VonDollen i>y the school. These sanc- admittance here because his legal tions inc~uded a one-year probation problems and Wayne State disciplinBy Juliane Lee Library Director Lorin Lindsay said period and bans frq_m campus hous- ary records were not known to Peru that he and the other employees were ing and athletic participation. In nei- State's administration. Peru's admisStudents returning to Peru this fall ready to see the long-awaited imther case were legal charges filed and sion application does not ask for have found many changes and im- provements at work. VonDollen's probation went unaf- criminal history, although some camprovements on the campus. One of The new computers can be found pus organizations require the informafected. He did not return to school. the most significant improvements for on all three· floors throughout the liOn Sept. 21, 1996, fresh off proba- tion upon joining, as in the teacher faculty and st_udents alike is the brary which give students more action, VonDollen sexually assaulted a education program. completion of the renovations to Peru cess to information that is found on14-year-old girl in Omaha, Though Burns pointed out, "It is not the State's 92-year-old library. line. The majority of the computers he has yet to be sentenced, his con~ practice of any school I know of to President Robert L. Burns an-. are IBM compatible, but there are two victioi;i this past June. will.require hi1T1 ask [students], when applying for adnounced late last spring th~t plans to Macintosh computers that students to register with law enforceme_nt as a\ missfon, 'Are you guilty of a sexual update the library's interior appear- may use for word processiqg that may sex offender under a recently-enacted assault?'" 'nce, add 25 more computers and soon be hooked tchhe Mac lab in Regarding such a requirement in the nprove electrical space would be a Hoyt. As for new databases avail- · federal law known as "Megan'sLaw." The World-Herald story points out football program, Dr. Burns said, "I JSitive step in Strengthening the ser- able to both students and faculty, the that in both cases, VonDollen's attor- am not aware of any information as ~es the library could offer to the ney was able to plea bargain down to to 'criminal history' that is required mpus. After four months,oi' chaos, continued page 5


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specifically of those wanting to be part of the football team." Dick Strittmatter, head football coach, made no comment for this story. In addition, due to a semester-long stint in 1995 at University of Nebraska-Omaha as confirmed by their Registrar's Office, Peru's request for academic and disciplinary transcripts from VonDollen's "sender" school went to UNO. Only academic records were required from Wayne. This is routine procedure for dealing with incoming transfer students, according to Burns. He commented, "You don't go back and ask two or three schools. You ask the last one. We did ask. We received no information, official or otherwise, indicating that there was a problem." Burns continued, "There are various policies, both college policies and Board of Trustee policies, in place to exclude students who've been convicted of misdemeanor and felony crimes that would enable the institution to deal with the situation-if they know about it." Perhaps the most serious question raised concerns VonDollen's future. On the legal front, according to Buttry's story, he faces possibly one year in jail. According to the policies of the Board of Trustees and Peru State College, there are no defined responses to situations of student misconduct-on or off campus. Each case is handled individually. In the case of Andrew VonDollen, Burns would only state, "A proceeding is in place and the College is dealing with the student."


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Cox commented, "I've div Debbie Sailors ways been excited about being involved in teacher education. Dr. Dan Cox is the newly-appointed I like working directly with chair of the Division of Education, students." His new positions Psychology and Physicnl Education. add responsibilities at the state Cox will also serve as director of and national levels, which he <sraduate studies and certification of- is also enthusiastic about. ~er. In another faculty move, Dr. Regarding Dunnigan's work iel Lundak has been named interim with student teaching field exchair of the Humanities Division. periences, Cox pointed out, Cox had been serving as interim di- "She's very qualified and has vision chair of education and psychol- an administrative background. Jgy. He assumes the· duties of divi- She's doing wonderfully." ;ion chair of physical education and Both Cox and Lundak have .:ertification officer from Dr. David been teaching at Peru for almost a .<\insworth, vice president of aca- decade. Cox's appointment became .;emic affairs. Dr. Anthony Citrin, effective the first of August, whereas 1fessor of education, lrnd been di- Lundak began in mid-July. Cox can ·or of graduate studies. Cox re- still be found only a couple doors :ishes his previously-held posi- from his previous office. Lundak has . 1s director of field experiences made a larger leap to a newly-added y Dunnigan, assistant professor office in the Humanities Division. _pecial education.

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The lite 0·1 a lineman Dr. Dan Cox Lundak will continue to teach two classes. Dr. Sue SchlichtmeyerNutzman teaches the Human Relations courses usually taught by him. Regarding his new responsibilities, Lundak especially enjoyed advising and enrolling new and transfer stu-

Dr. Joel Lundak dents in the Humanities Division this past summer. Lundak said, "I'm enjoying it because I'm helping people and solving problems. I'm advocating programs and activities that empower and benefit students and faculty."

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Page2 ·sept. 19, 1997 Curbing binge drinking episodes Continued From Page 1 Peru, and he is not alone: Mike (not his realname) is an example of a serious problem that is growing more prevalent at college campuses across the c6utitry everyday. . . Th~ r~i:ent alcqhql~related d~;:tth of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge at Louis.1ana S.tate _University. has col~ lege campuses reevaluating their in~ stitutions; trying. to prevent tiiis kind of tragedy from striking their campuses. On this campus, Jhere has already been one case of alcohol poisoning of a PSC freshman on Satur. day, Aug. 23, according to Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Daryll Hersemann. Fortunately, the student survived. · It is estimated that nearly 3 million college students binge drink on a regular basis. Based on a report by the Alco·holism and Drug Abuse Council of Nebraska, binge drinking occurs when someone consumes five or more alcoholic drinks in a short amount of time, usually with the intent to get drunk (i.e. slamming drinks). A drink would constitute a 12 ounce beer, a 12 ounce wine cooler or one and a half ounces of 80 proof liquor. Someone who drinks faster than their body can process the alcohol may develop acute alcohof intoxication-more commonly known as alcohol poisoning. Most students are surprised to find out that a!C 0 nol poisoning and death. can occur from binge drinking. Some think the worst that can happen is they'll pass out and have a hangover

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the next day. Unfortunately, data shows that kids are experimenting with drugs and alcoho! at a much younger age than ever. Parents are working outside the home more, leaving kids on their own to make important decisions about peer issues, school or even sex. This creates an immense amount of stress for teenagers and, according to Lloyd Kolbe of the Centers for Disease Control, this is where destructive behaviors begin. By the time kids reach a college campus, where drinking and parties can become an extensive part of students' lives, they may already have experience with binge drinking. In a 1989 survey of Alcoholics Anonymous members in the U.S. and Canada, three percent-or over 30,000-oCthose surveyed were under 21. Awareness is definitely the key to preventing situations like Mike had to endure,. but it needs to come from more than just a film in health class. Knowing,how the body reacts to alcoho! consumption can help to control dangerous intake levels. According to Peru State's registered nurse Tammy Bayliss, "When alcohol, a depressant drug, enters the bloodstream, it travels very quickly to every part of the body. This is when a person's attitude would change and become extremely happy or excited. "Within minutes, the alcohol has ·reached the brain and has knocked out the brain's control centers, begins to cloud judgment; slow reflexes, blur vision and impair coordination. The

body's functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and. breathing have started to slow down as well. Slowly, the liver works to metabolize the alcohol, while the kidneys, lungs and sweat glands try to eliminate some as well. "If the person keeps drinking at a steady pace, they may be unable to walk or stand and will probably vomit. When the vital centers have been depressed enough by alcohol, unconsciousness will occur. Once a person becomes unconscious, they are very close to a toxic limit and are at risk of death from respiratory paralysi_s." If you have a tendency to binge

drink, it is not only important that you recognize signs and symptoms of dangerous levels of alcohol in your body, but that you also be aware of others around you who might be at risk. Accordi11g to the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Nebraska, some signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning include unconsciousness or semi-unconsciousness. When an intoxicated person appears to be "sleeping it off," it is important to understand that this person's blood alcohol level can still rise to be a life threatening level. Watch for slow respirations of eight or less per minute or lapses in respiration of more than 10 seconds. Finally, if the person has cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin, call for help immediately: Don't take time to guess if they'll be okay. You really can't afford to guess.

~.~~~ par~~~l~'""~!-~M~f~ci!:~!~ ,~!~!,;,y~J;~, Bobcat B f . lation in many years. This means more cars without additional parking available. According to information provided by Ron Fabry, physical plant No parking! No parking! It seems manager, there are approximately 505 those have been two of the best spaces on campus. These spaces are known words on the Peru campus allocated to faculty, commuter, resisince Sept. 3. The next most heard dent, handicap and visitor parking. comment was, "Where's my car?" As of Sept. 5, the college has issued Welcome to the world of college park- 746 permits for the approximate 505 in,g. There are jus( too many people parking spaces. Faculty and staff requiring parking· and· not enough were issued 97 permits; commuter5, spaces orithe main campus to accom- 305; and the remaining 344 permits modate them all. So students park to resident students. It is easy to see wherever they can find space-in- what the problem is. eluding unauthorized parking areas. Luckily, not all commuters require This is nothing new to a college parking at the same time. Even so, campus. At the University of Ne- on any given school day, you will find braska~Lincoln, many students have students parked in every available to walkover a mile .to class and per- space surrounding the campus. mlts are strictly based on seniority. At On Sept. 3, 11 Peru students reother campuses around the country, ceivedashockingsurprise-theircars freshmen aren't even allowed to have were towed away! Were they parked cars on campus due to lack of park- on school grounds? No. Were they irig. Here at Peru State College, the parked legally on the. streets? No. situation is not as bad as other col- Each and every student was illegally leges; but, the headaches, stress and parked in areas that presented a clear rf_ru_s_tr_a_ti_o_n_s_a_re_id_e_n_11_·c_a1_.______a,...n,...d~p!...r_e,...s.... en....t_d_a_n...!:g<..:e,...r_t_o_t_he"'"._h,...e_al_th_a_n_,d

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came first and that he will continue to ticket and tow away vehicles, whether a town resident or college student. To alleviate some of the parking congestion, the Office of Administration and Finance opened approximately 50 more spaces in the parking lot behind the Plex for commuters. As well, this information was broadcast on channel four along with information regarding the overflow parking available by the water tower. A new parking lot will be constructed in the future that will help with the overcrowding on campus. It is interesting to note that administration has been doing periodic checks of the parking lot in back of the Pl ex and it appears that there is little or no utilization of the additional parking space. Until a new student parking lot is completed, parking shall continue to be a problem, So, try to be patient, respect the other person and don't park where you don't belong.

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Students at Peru State Colic are responsible to obey the laws of the state and nation, as well as the re.. .dtions and policies of the college. So states Policy 3100 of the Nebraska State College System guidelines. When a PSC student denies that responsibility by committing a sexual assault, that student invites the scrutiny of law enforcement ageI)cies, school administration, faculty, fellow students and the general public. Legal proceedings aside, if school and public reaction is unkind or results in restrictions or bans on participation in school and social situations, once again, that student has provoked that response. It is certain that a· victim of sexual assault would choose to have avoided the attack, as well as the ensuing confrontations with medical personnel, law enforcement officials and courtroom authorities. As well, a sexual assault victim; though not restricted from school, work or social situations, may very well be physically, psychologically or emotionally harmed so as to prevent a normal life. " A perpetrator of sexual assault should fully expect to have normal rights and privileges restricted or eliminated, just as the victim loses the right to a life unaffected by sexual assault.

I How do you feel about requiring convicted sex offenders to' register with law enforcement agencies? Ryan Seagert, Senior, Industrial Distribution major "They should have to register with law enforcement agencies and people should turn them in and press charges against them for their wrongdoing." Patrick Bond, Freshman, Music Performance major "I think that it's a good idea because if someone moves into your block and you've got children and that person has a past record, wouldn't you want i:o know so you could try to safeguard your kids?" Tami Bernasek, J"reshman, Speech/Drama major "It's a good idea because you'll be safer in the community and you won't have to worry about being outside and about who may be lingering in the bushes."

Dr. Richard Clopton. Assistant Professor of Biology "This is America. They served their time and paid their debt to society. The concept is that the penal system rehabilitates and they now have the same rights as every other citizen. Asking them to register is putting a burden on the individual beyond what the courts have asked them to do. Your asking them to meet ·an extraordinary burden that you wouldJ1~t ask the average citizen." ·


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all to arms for Pepsi lovers There are times when I would kill -campus: Pepsi or Coke? Thankfully, for a Pepsi. Not a Coke. Not Dr. she too was a Pepsi drinker. What kind of World is it when those Pepper. Not a diet anything. Only serious drink decisions are left in the Pepsi will do. Until recently; my avowed hands of bungling bureaucrats who Pepsiness was known mainly by the ·probably only drink bottled water, clerks at the local Oink and Kwik juice or-worse-Crystal Light? Shop. While here at Peru, though, I Personally, I don't want a Snapple or wou1. 1 just bite it and drink a substi- Fruitopia drinker deciding my refreshment question. I mean, those tute. Well, working for the Times some- drinks aren't even brown. She opened the discussion in a times brings on opin_ions- and comments from fellow students and fac- somewhat embarrassed tone, feeling ulty members, which is great. But I that others might find this a petty iscouldn't have been happier when, re- sue. How unnecessary this was, for cently, a fellow diner at the delec- she was talking to a true comrade! I table Bob-Inn eloquently railed just echoed her sentiment wholeheartedly, a little about not having a choice in exulting in our union of Pepsi preferthe crucial beverage decision here on ence.

Come together Why can't,we7all jwst get along? There is a saying that it is far easier to criticize than to cooperate. I believe this is true. As a writer and political activist, many times I have found it easier to criticize than take another approach. When things are unjust or just plain wrong, morally or legally, I believe criticism is neeessary. , However, thfogs get blown out of proportion, and people react with their emotions rather than with comrnon sense. When this happens in communities, it causes severe di vision within the community which has far-reaching consequences. I believe this has happened here in Peru. It seems that over the past few years, the college and the cornrnunity no longer talk or participate in joint programs. The Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups

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Debbie Sailors Greg Wolfe Juliane Lee Matt Maxwell Gretchen Stukenhoitz. Freedom Robinson Shane Vanoene Joy Huber John Cress Matt Nelson

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We considered the matter at length. Mention was made of a mysterious agreement that must exist somewhere, excluding our beloved Pepsi from our beloved Peru. She pointed;out to unknowing me that another favorite of mine, Taco Bell, is' owned by Pepsi. (Somehow, that fact pleases me immensely.) If Taco Bell·can exist here at Coca-Cola College, then why can't Pepsi? In the past, I've rallied for fast food fanatics, music enthusiasts and TV·junkies. Today, I add a new cause. Pepsi drinkers unite. Pepsi for Peru! Peruvians for Pepsi! Who can resist that alliteration?

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used to actively support the college and participated in programs with and for the students and faculty. I don't see that happening anyrriore. The real question is why? A college is not an "ivory tower" that can exist without the community around it. To believe that Peru State College can.grow without community involvement• is narrow-minded, at best. I believe community involvernent is integral to the growth of the student community. A college cannot exist in an aura of aloofness. Dictating that a college will not have dealings with or cooperation with the Peru community will doom this campus to eventual closure. Is this what the administration wants? ls this what the S!udents want? And, is this what the community wants? I don't think so. Yet, how can we


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resolve our differences and regain the trust and cooperative spirit that used to be here in Peru? First, you cannot blame President Burns any more than you can blame Mayor Stich. We can only blame ourselves for allowing this to happen in the first place. I have personally chatted with Mayor Stich over the past few weeks and he is adamant in that he wants and desires Peru State College to remain open and here at Peru. Many faculty, administrative personnel, students and citizens feel the same way. People want cooperation. People really care about this college. So why can't we just put our differences aside and work for what really counts-a great college. an expanding student population .and a supportive community.

Library renovations currently no plans underway for an addition, creating a workable environment for the staff was a very important part in the renovations. "Be- . fore, the staff was cluttered together and some members of the faculty, like .Technical Services Librarian Sharon McCaslin, did not have actual office space," Lindsay said. "Now we are spread out, each of us with our own office space, and can work much more effectively." With all these changes taking place, a reference librarian will now be duty Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from six to ten to assist students with any problems they may encounter. Lindsay has already seen significant differences. ''On the first Sunday evening of this fall semester, we saw about 40 to 50 students working in the library, whereas normally that number of students would have been around four to five," he said. Lindsay and ether faculty members hope that the library will come to be seen more as an information center where students can do· research, check their e-mailand do homework, rather than a place to sit and talk in between classes. Sophomore Physical. Education and Coaching major Seno Carter agreed, "It has become a much nicer place. to study and the librarians are very helpful with the computers."

Continued from page 1 library has purchased' access to over 2,000Jull-textjoumals, 150 newspapers and reference resources. Eventually, several CD towers will ·be added to give students yet another option. · Two new high-powered printers were also· installed on the main and top floors, each capable of printing 24 pages per minute. The cost of paper for these printers was included in the budget and, as long as students don't overuse or waste, this luxury will remainintact. Since reduction of noise was a key factor in the improvement for the library, physical changes started with the replacement of the old banging front doors. Also, the circulation desk was moved into the west reading. area. According to Head of the Circulation Desk Barb George, "The only noise I hear now is the clicking of computer keyboards," The creation of two soundproof study rooms, a video room .that will enable students to vfow films instructors, use in class and the installation of study lamps downstairs in the l:iound periodicals section will give students better opportunities to have a quiet place to study. · Staff offices were also relocated and remodeled to allow for better space management. Since.there are

Anger control to curb domestic violence

Grad gi_ves back to community By Gretchen Stukenholtz It started out as a night like many others:_an incident that could ruin a person's future. Instead, this event turned out to have long-term positive effects. Jeff Reed, graduate of Peru State College, took a negative event in his life and now is changing the way southeast Nebraska deals with domestic violence. Reed had a reputation for fighting. In Januaryl995, after physically assaulting a man, Reed found himselfinjail. "It wasn't until then that I realized what kind of example I was setting for my younger brother," Reed said. Being from a household where domestic violence often occurred, Reed vowed not to pass along the example his dad left for him. As a criminal justice major, Reed was required to complete two internships. These intern~ ships are designed to educate, 'nform and allow students to experiment in areas they are interested in pursuing. After being turned away from an internship with the Nebraska State Patrol because of his assault record, Reed found another interest-Project

"1eff relates with people very well, especially high school age students who need to hear the message." · -Julia Perry

Tuttle tackles En·glish position Tuttle received his bachelor's degree in English education from Drake University in Des Moines. He went on to the University of Denver to attain his mjister's degree.' He later received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York iri Buffalo. He likes the atmosphere of a small college and, originally from Norfolk, he jumped at the chance to return to Nebraska to share his experiences and education with students at PSC. He believes that larger towns with colleges offer more social and academic opportunities for students but thinks the closeness and smallness of Peru makes students more focused on their classes. He also believes that students leaving PSC are more rounded because of the opportunity to become involved in various groups, clubs and activities compared to a large college,

Dr. William Tuttle By Harold Davis Dr. William Tuttle is PSC's new assistant professor of English. Tuttle teaches composition and speech communication courses. He is also involved in English Cluh.

where membership in many organizations is not possible. Tuttle lives in Peru and enjoys the quiet atmosphere of the community. He believes that Peru is a pleasant place to Ii ve a5 long as one can get away from the isolation from time to time. When Tuttle is not teaching at PSC, he enjoys playing the piano and writing poetry. Originally, he planned to major in music but changed to English when he realized his talent in poetry. He has had several poems published in anthologies and also has a couple small books in print. Tuttle says he would like to see more coffee house-type settings with "open mike" nights where students and others have an opportunity to share their poetry and ideas. He is definitely an advocate for the presentation of one's work.

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will close the missing link. Before, we had a center for women that are abused. Now we have counseling for the men who abuse them." Currently, Reed is putting policies and procedures into place because southeast Nebraska has no uniform system for dealing with these issues. "We are behind in the times," Reed said. "We need to get everyone working togetl]er so we are on the same page. We are closing the cracks so no one can fall through the system." Part of making Anger Control work is educating the public, especially youth. "Jeff relates ..with people very well, especially high school age students I . who need to hear the . 1 message," said Julia Perry, coordinator of cooperntive education. Reed is now giving back to !he colThis program is called Anger Control. lege, offering internships with Anger Re~d is working with law enforcement officials, county attorneys and Control and Project Response. "This judges to develop a system to hinder program is henelicial to everyone in· domestic violence. According to Dr. volved," Asmussen said. "These proKelly Asmussen, assistant professor grams arc developing because people of criminal justice, 'This program arc ailowing us to do good things."

· Response, a victim service for domestic violence. Reed currently serves as criminal justice coordinator for this program. Reed is now on the other side of the law. After he successfully completed his internship with Phyllis Jorgensen, ' executive director of Project Re' sponse, she wrote a grant to the Nebraska Crime Commission allowing a program to curb domestic violence.

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By Lisa Jacobson

Tammy .Bayliss is the new registered nurse on campus. Bayliss, originally from Oklahoma; received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Central State University. Bayliss worked four years as a critical care nurse in Michigan. "I feel that I have the experience and training needed to help in most situations," said Bayliss. Bayliss is available in her office in

the Health Center on the main floor of A.D. Majors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Medical help beyond nurse Bayliss is available on Wednesdays between 8:30 and 11 :30 a.m. when the doctors are available. "I plan to meet as many new people as possible and to help them with their immediate health care and education needs," said Bayliss. When asked what attracted her to Peru, Bayliss replied, "We moved to Peru for my husband's job. He is the new coach of the baseball team. When I heard that the college needed a new nurse, I applied and was called back for the job," said Bayliss. She and her husband, along with their nine-month-old daughter, recently moved to Peru from Adrain, MI. So, if you're ever in need of help, come by the Health Center and see nurse Bayliss, who always has the door open and is willing to talk or help in any way.

McCollum brings experience, great variety to Peru State By Genny Harris

Dr. Jerris McCollum. director of extended college programs, joins Peru State College as a professor of Human Growth and Development and Classroom Management. McCollum said he was attracted to PSC because he wanted a change from.the urban selling. He also liked the individual aucntion and personal contact with students here on campus. Originally from Jc!Tcrson. IA, McCollum finished his undergraduate studies at Drake University .in Des Moines. He completed his first master's degree in human development. McCollum then taught in many places such as Scotland and Australia. He also tau!!ht at Buena Vista College for six y~ars.

After completing his doctorate and additional master's degrees, McColl um went on to be professor at the University of Arizona. From Arizona, McColl um went unto Hawaii where he taught for a time. Returning to Arizona, he helped set up two charter schools for at-risk students, many of which had been incarcerated fur part of their lives. Today, residing in Papillion, McCollum enjoys reading, tennis, fishing, canoeing and mountain biking. His wife, remains in Arizona for the time being. McCollum also has two sons, ages 27 and 13. The eldest is an art professor in Chicago, the youngest is still enjoying high school. McCollum's office is located in T.J. Majors room 21 I.

Finding a happy place Losing someone is difficult, but when that person takes their own life, so many question are left unanswered. So, this is where the story ends. A twenty-year-old boy gets drunk and gets his second DUI which puts him over the edge. One solitary bullet while sitting by his family pool ended it all for him, but now we only wonder why a driving offense would create such a burden on his heart. I lost a high school friend because he thought life was too much. The obituary said he was survived by family and many friends; yet none of these people were able to keep him from putting a gun to his head. Now, I know all of our problems aren't life and death situations, but we do have problems. After all, we don't come from the Huxtable family~_Jrife's problems aren't solved in the span of 30 minutes. By conquering every problem one at a time, it is easier to deal with major situations which may arise, but sometimes you


may need a little help. To start off with, my name is Chris and I am a language arts major. I transferred here after my freshman year and Tm a junior now. I know about being at a new college. I've started over twice. I know how much work it takes to make sure you're happy. I live off-campus with people that I had never thought existed before I came here, but now I can't imagine my life without them. Life is grand, but it hasn't always been like that, and I don't expect it will stay like this forever. Like everyone, I've had my ups and downs, but I've always seemed to pull through. Everyone has that ability. All you need is a little help sometimes or someone to help you with your options. Make-up, clothes and football I don't know much about, but I do know about life and the tribulations that come with just existing in our society today. Please don't ask me about getting grass stains out of jeans;

I'm not Heloise. By the way, if it's a dilemma for you, Jerry Springer in now on at 3 p.m. There is no happy drug that will make you feel like God is rubbing your tummy. Now, raise your hands as I call your names off: Peeping Toms. Obsessive girlfriends. Potential stalkers. Sexually confused. All those whose names I called and for all others who I didn't, please write. .Someone is always willing to listen and it is strictly anonymous. No one will hunt you down if you ask for a little advice. To all those Peruvians out there, I need your help. Please write. It's that simple. Ask me anything. I know we all have our dilemmas that we need help with, so put it on a piece of paper and, on an envelope, address to Chris Hawkinson, Peru State Times, and take it to the mailroom between classes. Simple. Easy. Not loo tough for even some of the strangest to handle.

Bereuter shares ideas on health-care concerns A report from Representative Doug Bereuter A number of vaccines are subject to a tax which goes into an insurance pool to cover individuals who have, on occasion, severe reactions to the shots. This pool is now fully funded. For example, there is a Federal excise tax of $4.86 on each diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus (DPT) shot. A baby requires five doses of this vaccine, which means that the total tax cost for the five-shot series is $22.30.. One provision in the Taxpayer Relief Act lowers the excise tax from $4.86 to 84 cents per shot. The insurance fund is fully covered at present, and experts believe that the 84 cents per shot will keep the fund adequately covered for the future. Vaccines are one of the most costeffective preventative medical treatments known. We must try to vacci-

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nate as many children as possible against infectious diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough.

EMT Service At present, states are responsible for determining which medical services emergency medical technicians and other medical personnel are required to perform. The Health Care Financing Administration has proposed changes in regulations covering Medicare reimbursements for ambulance services. The changes address such matters as assignment of diagnostic codes to patients and staffing of ambulance vehicles. · I am concerned about the impact that some of these proposed regulations will have on ambulance services in rural areas. Under current reimbursement policy, only one emergency medical technician (EMT), in addition to a driver, is required on an ambulance. · The proposed rule requires two EMT-Basic level personnel to staff

ambulance vehicles. Requiring two EMTs to be present in an ambulance may result in additional personnel strains in areas of the country which are already medically underserved. As a member of the steering committee of the House Rural Health Care Coalition, I have signed a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala that expresses my concern about some of these proposed regulations.

Homecoming theme has 'heroes, past & present' Peru State College will host ils 76th annual Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. l l. President Robert L Burns announced this year's theme as "Heroes, Past & Present." The college welcomes participants in its annual Homecoming Parade, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. For more information or to register for the parade, contact Jackie Williams or Kent Propst at (402) 8722225 weekdays.

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Bobcats use powerful running attack to gain victory against Tabor By Matt Maxwell Saturday, the Peru State Bobcats traveled to Tabor College, whipping the Blue Jays 32-0. Although early in the season, the win was an important one, evening PSC's record at 11.

"Going into this game, we felt like our backs were against the wall," senior co-captain tailback Anthony Lee said. Dropping the season's first two games would have shed early doubts on playoff hopes. Lee continued, "This was a gut-check week for us. It was important to see what we could do coming off of a loss." Peru used an overpowering rushing attack to run over Tabor. The Bobcats averaged over six yards per carry, rushing the ball 41 times for 261 yards. Lee lead the way, chewing up 123 yards on only 11 carries, raising his season average to over nine yards per carry. Six Bobcat receivers caught passes for a total of 136 yards, including two touchdown passes from senior cocaptain quarterback Jamie Stinson. The first, a 22-yard strike t_o tight end John Widick, put the 'Cats on top 140 in the first quarter. The second was an 87-yard bomb to wide receiver Todd Liberty. Defensively, the 'Cats pitched a shutout, giving up less than 230 yards of offense and collecting four Blue Jay turnovers. Next up for Peru State is a Saturday night date with Dana College in the Applejack Bowl. Dana is 0-1 on the season, but should be well-rested for Saturday's rivalry as they were idle last weekend. When Dana and Peru State clash annually in the Applejack Bowl, fireworks can be expected. Last year's

game was one of the year's best; PSC won a nail-biter 17-10. 'This game is a big rivalry," Lee said. "No matter what the records are going in, it's always a good game. We just put the records aside and play." Team consensus says that the 'Cats can beat Dana if they don't beat themselves. "Mistakes.have hurt us," defensive coordinator Kevin Miller said. "We've had too many penaltiesholding, clipping,.late hits. We need to keep concentration for the whole game." The Bobcats have been heavily penalized in each of their first two games, losing over 100 yards in. penalties each week. Dana's coaching staff knows that they must slow down Peru State's running attack in order to beat the Bobcats. Look for PSC to throw the ball early to try and stretch out Dana's defense. If the Vikings commit too many men to stopping the run early in the game, the 'Cats could capitalize with some long strikes eariy in the first half. Defensively, Head Coach Dick Strittmatter says the 'Cats must stop Dana's ground attack and keep their quarterback in the pocket. "They have a good running back and we need to slow down their running game. They also have a solid returning quarterback we need to keep from rolling out." Strittmatter also commented that the 'Cats need to focus on special teams Saturday. "Our kicking game and return teams could play a big role in the game." The Apple Jack Bowl kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday in Nebraska City. Advanced tickets are available through Friday at the Bobcat Bookstore (for $1 cheaper than at the gate).

WIDE RECEIVER RUSS OLSEN, shakes off a Tabor College tackler as quarterback Jamie Stinson (seated) looks on. PSC overpowered the Cardinals winning the contest 32-0. Satuday night PSC, faces Dana College in the Apple Jack Bowl at 6 p.m in Nebraska City. -photo by Juliane lee

VOLLEYBALL SEPTEMBER ' Woods "(7 pm) 30 - vs. William OCTOBER FOOTBALL. 1 - vs. Rockhurst Co. (7 pm) SEPTEMBER 3 -vs. Graceland Co. (7 pm) 27 -vs. Friends University (1 pm) 7 - @ Park Co. (7 pm) OCTOBER 9 - @ Doane Co. (7 pm) 11 - HOMECOMING 13 - @ Graceland Co. (7 pm) vs. Hastings College (1 pm) 15 - @Washburn U. (7 pm) 18 - vs. Chadron State College 22 - @ Columbia Co. (7 pm) (6 pm) 24 - vs. York Co. (7 pm) NOTE: This game will be held in 25-@ Concordia Co. (7 pm) Beatrice 31 - @ U. of Incarnate Word 31 - @ St Mary's U.

Jekyll. and Hyde: the life of a linebacker hit." They all agreed you need a nasty Nice guys off the field, mean and demeanor to be a good linebacker. On nasty on the field. This is the men- any given play, you may have to tality the Bobcat linebackers have to tangle with a 300-pound lineman. live up to. Kevin Vogel, senior crimi- Then you have to tum to catch a runnal justice major, Jake Schmidt, se- ning back who can run a 4.5 40-yard nior secondary math education ma- dash. Gates said, "This position injor, and Scott Gates, junior undecided, volves a lot of contact, and to be a make up the core of the Bobcat line- good linebacker, you have to want that contact." If you ever watch them backers. These guys know that there are ex- play, you would know how true that pectations of them on and off the statement is. It takes a special kind of person to field. Vogel said, "In the classroom you use your brain to succeed, which want to play the lincbacking position. is what you do to prepare for a game. On the field, linebackers are asked to In the classroom, though, you can't do things that might get them arrested use your brawn and emotion to be if they did them to people in everyeffective." Vogel should know since day life. That is what this position he was a second team All-American requires-someone who is downright last season and, this season, he is a mean and nasty. These players are focused enough potential Academic All-American. It takes all kinds of people to make to know that they can only get away up a linebacking core and the Bob- with these actions on the field. "These cats have a good mix. Schmidt relies players don't let their emotions on·the more on his understanding of the field carry over to their off-the-field game than his athletic ability. He said, lives. They are all good students and "I use my brain to make sure I get to are in good standing with the college. the right spot. Once you're in the What more could you want from a position to make the play, you have. group of linebackers? They are solid to tum it loose a little bit. That is what on and off the field. we as li~backers ·Jive for~tfle. big . By Clint Edwards

PSC LINEBACKERS (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Kevin Vogel, Scott Gates and Jake Schmidt anchor the Bobcat defense. These student athleats combine brains with brawn to succeed both on and off the field. ~-~in Vogel was named NAIA Academic All-American in 1996. -Photo by Matt Nelson·


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Lady Cats claw their way through tough schedule By Greg Wolfe Peru State.athletics are back into the swing of things again. The Oak Bowl will be filled with fans when football has a home game, basketball teams are conditioning in the Al Wheeler Activities Center (AWAC), the baseball and softball teams are at it behind the Complex and the women's volleyball team is in quest of its fourth appearance at the NAIA Division II national tournament in five years. The Lady Bobcat volleyball squad, the ninth-ranked team in the nation, is sporting a 10-5 record. "We've played some real quality competition;" commented head coach Todd Jensen, referring to his team's opening tournament hosted by the defending NCAA Division II national champion UNOMavericks. "We knew it was a tough road," Jensen added-. Two teams competing were nationally ranked in NCAA Division II and the Lady 'Cats left the tourney with a 2-3 record. Their next action pitted them against the Doane Tigers at home with an overflow crowd at the AWAC. The match was a see-saw battle, and Peru dropped their first home game in ... well, it's been a long time. The loss left the Bobcats and their fans stunned. "We have come to the realization that we are favored more nights, unlike last year." He continued, "We have to learn to ·play as a team that is supposed to win and not the underdog that has to pull off an upset."

Last Thursday, PSC pulled into Hastings and were upset by the underdog Broncos. "Teams are out to play their best against us eyery night," said Jensen about the reputation they have earned over the past season. "We know that and have to make some adjustments now." The Ladies have a much tougher schedule this year which will only benefit them in the long run. Of the 50 matches planned, over half are against tough -NCAA Division II teams and NAIA nationally- ranked teams. "If we can pull ciff a similar record to .last season against the best teams in the country, we'll be in good shape," concluded Jensen. The women's next home action is at the end of the month when William Woods College comes to town on Sept. 30. That game is followed by a huge match-up on. Oct. 1 as the Lady 'Cats will celebrate the 1,000th match in school history. The team would also like to thank the fans for the great turnout at the last home game. If P-State can average around 300 fans per game, that will place them in the top five in nation for NAIA volleyball attendance. On a side note, the volleyball team deserves congratulations on its outstanding academic performance last year. They were one of only eight teams to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Award for teams with a combined 3.3 GPA or over. They joined together with a 3.42 GPA and proved their abilities both on and off the court in the always demanding student-athlete role.





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Johnson named world's fastest chicken

Bailey runs ·away with big Over the summer, I spent endless for all, the battle to decide who rightly hours contemplating whether or not deserved the prodigious label of I should continue with the -Canada "world's fastest man." The stage was vs; America theme my column has set with a WWF--style hype. Both taken in the past. I said to myself, sprinters were talking smack back and "Self, how much more is there to forth for months leading up to the complain about?" As it turns out, meet on June I ·(coincidentally, this there are still a few things to be said. is Canada's birthday). Let me explain something to those All the American track and field of you who are first-time readers. In "experts," including Vegas, had the beginning, God created ethno- Johnson blowing out Bailey, saying centric Americans-a society of that he wouldn't be able to last the people who believed that they were extra 50 meters in the 150-meter race. superior to everyone else. For ex- Then, on race day, Bailey announced ample, let us flash back to the last his feelings when he saw that the proOlympics and how the American moters had contoured the track to fapress made a mockery of the whole vor the 200-meter champion and had a tum in it. But with true Canadian "fastest man" issue. The title no longer belonged to the heart, he adapted and overcame. The tension was thick. The winner of the 100 meters but, instead, to whatever race or races an Skydome's crowd in Toronto was American won. I had to listen to the filled with 30,000 patriotic Canadi.NBC commentators brag about how ans on Canada's most celebrated holidominant 200-meter and 400-meter day. Bailey and Johnson were poised champion Michael Johnson looked in the starting blocks. That was about and how he deserved the title of as close as Johnson got to Bailey. At the 30-meter mark, Bailey pulled "world's fastest man." Then, I had to read Sports Illustrated call Cana- ahead of Johnson and was well out dian Donovan Bailey, winner of the front coming out of the tum. Then at 100-meter in world-record time, a about the 80-meter mark, the 200crybaby for saying he was deserv- meter and 400-meter Olympic champion pulled up, clutching his left haming of the title. So then we had the perfect set- string. Pfft. Whatever. I watched ting-two men with no love lost be- the replay over and over and tween them set to have the ultimate Johnson's face· reeked of cowardice. showdown of the century. Once and The question he must have been asj\.-


ing himself was, "Should I finish and get destroyed? Or should I pull up lame?" So he grabbed his leg. Immediately following the race, Bailey gave his side of the story to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ''He didn't pull up. He's a chicken ...He's afraid to lose," Bailey said. "I think what we should do is run this race over again so lean kick his ass one more time." The event that the Canadian press dubbed the "Skydome Slaughter" was over. All the drama and hype. was at full closure. We, as Canadians, as a country, had something to beat on our chests about and were proud to be Canadian. Donovan Bailey was coined "world's fastest man," and ESPN dedicated all of one minute to the race results. The ultimate showdown was down-played which isn't much of a surprise to those who understand the way America really works. If America doesn't succeed, then it wasn't that important anyway, right? I know. I know. In the past month Bailey was beaten at the World Championships in Europe and a few either times since then. But, in my mind and in the minds of the rest of my fellow Canadians, he still won the big one and put to sleep who really is the "world's fastest man."

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President Robert L. Burns, in a Sept. 24 interview, answered questions and provided further information in response to extensive media coverage of possible plans to relocate Peru State College to Nebraska City. An upcoming facilities audit of Peru's campus may indicate expensive renovation needs. Some state college leaders questions spending money for those renovations and, instead, are discussing possible plans to move the campus to Nebraska City. The past few weeks have found numerous articles in the daily newspapers reporting on the planning being done for the proposed move by Burns, Dr. Carrol Krause, executive officer of the Nebraska State College . 'system, ..the State College Board of Trustees and other state officials. Burns spoke in an all-college meetREADY TO ROLL! This dozer's ominous presence on the PSC campus this past week could be a sign ing on Sept. 18 to address the issue. L H. "Rick" Kolkman, Board of of things to come. This time out, though, the dozer was being used in the replacement of the Administration Trustees chair, sent a letter on Sept. Building's front steps. -photo by Debbie Sailors 23 detailing the Board's concerns about Peru to Nebraska's state senators. Both Burns and Kolkman indicated that, in addition to the cost of building renovations, the Board of Trustees must consider projected popula-

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In spring of 1995, "The Fantastiks" was performed. This marked the last main stage production to b~ produced on the Peru State College stage. The following year, a letter was submitted to the Academic Affairs office by Dr. Charles Harper, professor of speech and theatre. The letter stated that plays could not be produced and classes could not be taught with the number of professors the college currently had teaching in the program. The speech/drama department-to be or not to be? That was the question that the State College Board of Trustees faced in its May 1996 meeting. According to Dr. David Ainsworth, vice president of academic affairs, "I recommended to Dr. [Robert] Burns [PSC's president] that we. eliminate the speech/drama pro. gram. Burns then recommended that to the Board of Trustees. The Board accepted the recommendation. If we didn't take action, it would have happened further up." The decision came after several years of the speech/drama department's deelining graduate numhers. A major must produce 10 graduates a year; if it doesn't, the Nebraska Coordination Commission for higher Education requests additional information from the institution. The Commission is c9mpfi_s\!d of 11

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members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature. The Commission is responsible for coordinating post-secondary education institutions. If there are new majors to be added or new buildings costing over $210,000, the Commission is sought. It is also responsible for elimination of programs and majors. With the major eliminated, speech/ drama students have been concerned about the classes they need to graduate. The current speech/drama majors will be allowed to graduate with their degrees. Dr. Joel Lundak, interim chair of . the humanities division, stated that the college is helping the students receive the classes they need. AccordingtoLundak, there are very few students seeking speech/drama majors left. After they graduate, the remaining concern will be language arts majors and how they will satisfy requirements for speech/drama classes. · There are two upper-level classes (300 or above) that language arts students are required to take: Play Production in Secondary Schools and Interpretative Reading. Play Production is offered in fall of odd years. Interpretative Reading is taught every spring semester. This semester, insteadofhavingthePlayProduction class, students were given the opportunity to substitute it for another . class. 'These classes will continue . , to be;: ~ught,'.' .said Lundak.,

tion growth in the northern counties of Peru's service region versus anticipated population decline in the southern counties. According to Kolkman, though Peru's overall enrollment is up, much of the increase is in off-campus offerings. These factors, along with

"There are reasons not to show everything you're doing to everybody every time."

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other community issues pertaining to Jaw enforcement, student employment and recreational opportunities, medical services and shopping facilities, were pertinent to Board discussions. In response to the developments, the Peru State College Foundation hired Dwight Wininger, a Lincoln lobbyist, to work actively to oppose the plans.

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AN ABANDONED THEATER SITS on PSC campus. The funds allotted to the theater department have been divided among other departments. The PSC theater once put on four main stage productions every year. Peru Players, the oldest college theater organization west of the Missouri, is now defunct. -photo by Gretchen Stukenholtz

.Page·2 Q:ct. 3, 1997 Student Support Services awarded five-year grant Continued From Page 1

funding," said Director of Student Support Services Pat Beu. · income and high school graduation The grant is the only source offundrates, we were able to show a need ing for SSSP. "Without this money, for our services on this campus," there would be no program on camMiller said. "A large sum of the stu- pus," Williams said. The five-year dents at Peru come from these com- grant will provide salaries for three munities and they will be the ones we full-time and two part-time staff will be serving over the next five members.' SSSP also hires 15 stuyears." .. · dents each year to be peer mentors Once.ali of this data was collected, and another 15 to tutor those in need it took four io five mqnths to actually · of academic assistance. write the proposal. Submitted in AuOne of the key factors that must be gust of last year, SSSP was· notified upheld in order to obtain the grant is in June that their funding had been to show a high success rate. SSSP approved. pledges to retain 7 5 percent of the stuIn the past, grants had only been is- dents in their program and 50 percent sued for three or four years. "Out of of their seniors must graduate each the 1,700 schools that applied for year. The program must also have 55 grants last year, only 800 of them re- percent of its members maintaining a ceived any money. We actually quali- GPA of 3.0 or higher. Last spring, fied in the top IO percent, making us the average GPA of SSSP members eligible for the maximum five-year was 3.21.

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. SINGIN' THE. BLUES. Members .of PSC's show choir Misty Blues include (front row) Sam Klein, Holly Bell, accompanist Debra Rediger, director Dr. Thomas Ediger, Jessica Damrow and Bill Baxter; (second row) Rachel Callahan, Nickelle Hammons, Lisa Parde, Misty Stokes, Heidi Kirkendall and Jaci Pingel; (back row) Steve Jirsa, Ben Tammen, John Widick, Nathan Leach and Drew Davis. Not pictured is Kevin Topscher. --photo by Kent Propst

Burns responds to controversy over proposed move Continued From Page 1

Kim Hurdle Kim's big day, June 26, 1993. Kim's last day, December 28, 1993. Killed by a drunk driver. Greenville, NC

In addition, some Peru residents, faculty and students met to discuss ways to keep the college in Peru. Working together, the two groups have begun a campaign to promote public support for Peru State College staying in Peru. In his Sept. 24 interview with the Times, Bums commented on his involvement in the proposed move. "I think some people out there think that this is Burns' idea and that he wants to move to Nebraska City. I came here to take this job with this College in the town of Peru. Whatever it's shortcomings and glories are, they were the same then as they are now. I didn't ask to live in Nebraska City." He continued, "I understand that there are going to be some people with their own personal agendas and axes to grind who are not going to believe that. I can't help · them. All I can do is tell you what is


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with several other firms. To assume that they're somehow going to rig their response is not justifiable." Burns then responded to Senator Floyd Vrtiska's allegation that he had been deliberately excluded from the planning. "I don't think that was true. Senator Vrtiska is a great friend of this institution and, I hope, still a great friend of mine. I respect

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When asked for his response to efforts by Peru supporters opposed to the idea of a move, Bums said, "I don't have any problem with their opposition at all if it's on the subject. I have a problem when it becomes personal, when sorrie begin to focus on anybody, including me, as the issue. I am not the issue. If I were to leave

Bums dismissed rumors that a decision to move the college has already been made, saying "There is no decision made to say that the college will move." ·

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today, it wouldn't change the situation at all." Referring to rumors that the facilities audit may be only a "fault-finding mission," Bums stated, "What basis anybody has for questioning that firm's integrity-I don't know. They got this job through competitive bid

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him deal-always have.a great I can't imagine he'd do anything that wouldchangethatinmy view. I'll talk with him about that, probably. Nobody else." Regarding a Sept. 23

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perhaps Peruvians and others should have been Burns made aware of planning for a possible Nebraska City move, Burns said, "I don't think any inappropriate planning was going on. There are lots of things that are done every day that aren't announced to everybody who isn't involved in the planning directly. There are reasons not to show everything you're doing to everybody every time."

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Page3 Oct. 3, 1997 Staff opinion Free hot dogs Board must weigh numbers for big mouths to balance cost with tradition There is no doubt that some campus buildings here at PSC need renovation or replacement. And, it may very well be that a solution to that problem would be building a new campus in Nebraska City rather than putting money into this old place. Until all the numbers are in, though, any planning for a possible move is premature or even inappropriate. Sure, projected population trends and other demographic factors need to be considered and dealt with, but should a 130-year tradition be dismissed without looking closely at all

other options that will keep Peru State in Peru? Considering that Peru and the two other state colleges show considerable increases in enrollment while Nebraska's universities show recent decline, surely it is safe to conclude that Peru's cited shortcomings have not been a deterrent to prospective students. While state college leaders must make their decisions based on the numbers, some consideration must be given to the number of years that Peru State College has existed and flourished as the Campus of a Thousand Oaks.

This time out, no opinion; use your own Yoo"hoo! It's just little old me, way, way down here in Falls City. Yeah, that's right, I'm one of those extreme southeast Nebraskan, place-bound non-tracts who deeply, tragically affected by a possible PSC move to Nebraska City. ¡ And, believe me, ifI hadn't already started to make other life plans involving a possible move myself, I woul' be whining loud and clear about how inconvenient and unfair the proposed relocation plans are. However, l find myself in the bizarre situation of not actually having a strong opinion one way or the other. (I guess there's a first time for everything.) On one hand, you've got rolling hills, oak trees and tradition, slowlyste~ped over the past 130 years. On the other hand, you've got shopping

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How do you feel about Peru State pos~jlll1'i'.. ing?

malls, Mickey D's and stream-lined efficiency, new and improved to carry us into the 21st century. In both hands, caring instructors who may or may not have an extra 40 minutes of drive time each day. While I am devoid of a distinct view of the situation, I am sure that there are many Peru residents, alumni, faculty and students who strongly support Peru's move ... or not. Way back when, in another life, I was just an ordinary woman with a husband, two kids, two jobs and an opinion-about everything from hair gel to hot dogs. And, that opinion generally sought out an outlet. Not a week went by that I didn't find time to make a toll-free call or dash out a quick letter to voice my comments to those who needed to

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hear it. Believe me, Vidal Sassoon was glad to note my take on a bad batch of hair care products. And, the fine folks that make Fairbury franks were sure interested in the less-thanstellar quality of their wieners. In fact, they drove on down to Falls City to deliver some of their improved product personaJly. Now, here I am, with one less husband and one less job, distributing my opinion (or lack thereof, in this case) to the thoughtful and intelligent readers of this paper. The point is-if you have an opinion, others deserve to know it. Seek out those toll-free numbers. Find and use e-mail addresses. Send a letter to somebody. Otherwise, think of the free hot dogs you'll miss.

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a lot of emotion is d be a detriment to it had to happen."

-Julia Perry, Coordinator of Co-op Ed Services 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 liy Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. Please send material to: Editor Peru State Times Campus Mail PRIZE WINNING Peru State College NEWSPAPER . 1997 Peru, NE 68421 or by e-mail: !ebraoka 1'rmo llmmciat!on



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Ben Tammen Clint Edwards Heather Hart Russell Crouch Harold Davis John Davis Genny Harris Chris Hawkinson Lisa Jacobson Dr. Dan Holtz

School spirit abounds

PSC alumni can be found at Lewiston Corisolidated By H. Hart

At Lewiston Consolidated High School in Lewiston, there is more than one kind of school spirit among its teachers. More than 50 percent of Lewiston's ,teaching staff are Peru State College graduates. They are tiger supporters but Peruvians at heart. "We (PSC alumni) could all carpool to Peru's homecoming," one teacher wrote. Comments such as these illustrate the sense of community that exists among staff at Lewiston. After circulating a survey among Lewiston staff, results gathered showed 56 percent attended PSC, with the earliest graduate being Superintendent Dr. Bruce McCoy. McCoy earned his B.A. in educatio~

from Peru in 1965. He has been in education for 32 years. I am currently attending PSC and am a teacher's aide at Lewiston. I am working toward initial teaching certification for Nebraska. It is uncommon for one small school system-Lewiston is Class D-2-to have so many teachers who have earned their degrees from the same small institution. It is an interesting reflection of: Peru and Lewiston. Thirty-six percent of Lewiston's teachers attended other colleges or universities, with only eight percent not reporting. Interviews with some Lewiston staff will further explore the lives of these PSC alumni and can be read in the following weeks.

Pag:e·4 Oct. 3, 1997 Olympic medalist stays close to home By Debbie Sailors

CHERI BECERRA COMPETES in a specially-designed, threewi:ieel chair, rather than this one, which she uses to race the crowds of students at PSC. -photo by Debbie Sailors

In 1980, the Olympic Games were being held in Moscow. Cheri Becerra, then four, had just learned to ride her bike. Sixteen years later, Becerra was wheeling her way to an Olympic medal before 85,000 fans in Atlanta. In a tight race, Becerra finished third in the 800-meters ... in her wheelchiiir, making history as the first Native American woman to compete in an Olympic event. Becerra had come a long way since 1980. Shortly after she started riding her bike, her tiny body was afflicted with an unknown virus that left her paralyzed from the waist down. With the support of her family, which indudes five brothers and sisters, Becerra adapted well to her disability. At 15, she participated in her first two-wheel chair race in the Special Olympics. Originally without a trainer. or official sponsors, Cheri quickly attained both. Gary Ailes, a running enthusiast from Nebraska City, offered to help Becerra train. Although inexperienced in the training of a wheelchair racer, Ailes called ui:)on his knowledge of track to guide them. Cheri's mother, Mary, an Omaha Indian, helped her to secure Native

American funding along with other financial assistance, allowing· her to pursue her racing career. May 1996, three months before the Atlanta games, found Cheri training six days a week, combining weightlifting, swimming and even time on a roller-treadmill. By then, she had been racing.for two years. Summer 1996 was packed with competition for Becerra. In June, she struck gold at the U.S. Olympic trials in Atlanta, placing first in the l 00meters, 200-meters and 400-meters. Her performance earned her way to the 1996 Atlanta .Paralympic Games. In July, Cheri and her mother traveled to Paris for the international tryouts to join Team USA for the Atlanta games. Once again, Cheri brought home the gold and established her place as a Team USA member for the upcoming 1996 Games. Her historymaking performance in Atlanta made her an inspirational hometown hero. Now, the Olympic champ has added road racing to her regimen, planning to compete in a 15-kilometer road race in February and another in Boulder, slated for May. Becerra has added another new activity to her life. She began school here at Peru this fall as a freshman. She hasn't decided her major and for now is taking general education classes. She chose Peru because of

its small size and proximity to her home in Nebraska City, making it possible for her to commute to college while living at home. Becerra's athletic pursuits call for a lot of traveling. She states that "it [traveling] would be hard to do if I went to a bigger college." Of her college expe!iience, Becerra noted, "It's been pretty easy, although it's hindered my training a lot. I haven't had much time to train." Peru's hilly campus presents some problems for Becerra although she concedes, "I'm an athlete. I can do it if I want to." However, she added, half joking, "In the winter, this place is going to be a pain in the ass to get around." Becerra's future plans include finishing this semester at Peru, then taking off a semester to train for her upcoming road races. She plans to come back to Peru to complete her general courses before moving on to a bigger school. Becerra's long-term goals include developing a program for disabled athletes in Nebraska and speaking about her life and achievements to schools and rehabilitation facilities. Her inspirational story has been documented in a film entitled, "God Made Her For This Sport," which has been shown recently on Nebraska Educational Television.

Koenig teaching physical education Hankering for a hero?

By Lisa Jacobson

Festivities set for 76th annual PSC Homecoming Celebration By Genny Harris The 76th annual Peru State College Hom~.coming festivities are to begin the week of Oct. 6. This year's theme is "Heroes: Past and Present." The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is planning some great entertainment for everyone to enjoy during the week. "Blizzard of Bucks" starts the week off Monday night at 8 p.m. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to show their talents at the Talent Show Tuesday at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, "Fun Flicks" will be the speci;tl event from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The pep rally and bonfire are set for Thursday night in downtown Peru. It

will feature the PSC marching band, cheerleaders, football team and coaches. It is sure to be a great time. Master of Ceremonies Dr. Bill Clemente, associate professor of English, will hold the annual "ugliest tie burning." Incaseofbad weather, the pep rally will be held in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. Also going on Thursday night is a chili feed sponsored by the Peru Vol-· unteer Fire Department. Free hot apple cider and popcorn will be provided by the ·Peru Chamber of Commerce. Home.coming day, Oct. 11. will start with an alumni reception at the Stu-

dent Center. At 10:30 a.m. the Homecoming parade will begin. The pregame show at the Oak Bowl will begin at 12:45 p.m. featuring the PSC marching band. Kick-off for the football game between the PSC Bobcats and the Hastings Broncos will be 1 p.m. Coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen will be held after the marching band show at half-time of the game. Everything will come to an end following a 9 p.m. dance at the Student Center sponsored by CAB.

Don Koenig is the new assistant professor of physical education. Koenig came to PSC from Wayne, where he received his master's degree and taught for the past 30 years. "Mr. Don," as he likes tQ be called, came to PSC for a new challenge after he took his early retirement at Wayne High School, but Koenig felt that he was much too young to quit. Koenig is enjoying Peru because he likes the people and feels that he was able to fit in right away. One thing he doesn't like about Peru is Don Koenig all the paperwork. He has a full course load which keeps him pretty busy. He teaches two wellness classes, motor learning, sports skills, and strength building. Koenig came to Peru with a few goals in mind. "I like goals. I believe everyone should have goals. One goal that I came with was to get physical education majors to become more involved in state and national organizations," said Koenig. "Another goal that I have is to see a majors club get started." Koenig and his wife, Judy, reside in Nebraska City. They have a son in agronomy and d~ughter who is a speech therapist. When Koenig is not busy with all the paperwork and teaching, he enjoy~ restoring antique cars and tractors. "I also Jove the outdoors. I enjoy fishing and hunting," he said.

When it comes to support, some students need more than o_thers, says Beu By Joy Huber "Those students who enter college ... 49 percent do not make it into the first semester of their second year," according to Pat Beu, director of Student Support Services. This means that one-half of students who begin college will not see their sophomore year. Why not? There could be a variety of reasons, but Beu feels that a Jack of support programs in higher education is key. Beu has recently taken over as the new director for the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) here on campus. He feels that the significance of a program such as SSSP is it provides a support system. "The benefit of being in SSSP is ... that you can

come in and feel thllt you get help whether it's with a paper or putting together a resume." SSSP offers a variety of programs and services to qualifying students, such as peer tutoring, peer mentoring, academic counseling, cultural experiences and tutoring for typing. Beu's key responsibilities as director include ensuring that the requfred federal reports are written and filed, accounting for the monies dispensed to the program by the Federal Government and implementing everything that was written in the proposal for the program. SSSP is a federally-funded program, which means that a grant must be written and approved in order for the .P!<?gram to continue to thrive.

Beu, a native of Kansas, grew µp in St. Joseph, MO. He left there at the age of 13 and went to the Seattle area where he graduated from high school. He attended Brigham Young University in Utah and graduated with his bachelor's in elementary education. He has also received his master's degree from BYU in counseling and guidance. For nine years, Beu was a learning resource counselor at the College of Great Falls in Great Falls, MT. In this capacity, he administered a "Bridge to Success" program, and also did counseling and academic advising. He was then promoted to director of Student Support Services and held that position for four years. After being in Great_ !'.alls, why _did

Beu suddenly come to Peru?· Simply stated, "I wanted to come back to the Midwest." Now that he is back, Beu says that one of his key goals is "getting to know the students." He is also presently working on his doctorate degree from Montana State University in adult and higher education. His doctoral dissertation is about retaining disadvantaged students. He explained that much of the data for this dissertation was collected through post-graduate interviews with disadvantaged students. Some questions that were asked in the interviews were, "What made you successful?" and "What were your motivational factors to stay in college?" It is through this research that Beu has come to. believe the importance

Pat Beu of a support system on the college campus. He stated, "Whatever bonds them to the institution is worthwhile doing. Just knowing that there is an office who cares (whether you succeed or fail). makes the difference."


Stangl enjoys return to small college life By Harold Davis Accounting students at PSC are probably already familiar with Dr. Robert Stangl. Stangl is the new assistant professor of business. He teaches several accounting courses. Stangl comes to PSC with a Ph.D. in business with a specialty in accounting from the University of Kansas. He also holds two master's degrees; 01~e from the University of Iowa in accounting and one in history from the University of Wisconsin. Stangl also has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Iowa. Besides teaching classes, he is the faculty sponsor for the accounting association. Stangl is also a CPA and is registered with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Be nice to your stalker

S.hort-term· guy, long-term problem

Dr. Robert Stangl Stangl has found his job to be very time-consuming, but in his little free time, he enjoys reading a good book. Because he is from a small town, Manning, IA, he found Peru to be an easy place to find his way around in. He-also enjoys the old buildings and the hills that make }>SC such a beautiful campus.

Dear Chris, Within the last year, I terminated a relationship with a man that /.had been with for nearly a decade. Following the breakup, I dated someone else for a few months. That temporary friendship ended, of course, and I am now spending a lot oftime with boyfriend#I. Well, my short-terrl1 guy can't seem to get over the fact that it is really over. In your last article ,you mentioned giving help concerning stalkers. Do l qualify as hav. . mg one.? First, let's diagnose the situation. Has this person set up a shrine in your honor? Sent you threatening mail? Left unusual messages? Has he in any way tried to hurt you? If this is the situation, you need to discuss the circumstances with sol1).eone of authority who will know how to help you. · When it comes to something of this nature, you cannot keep any emotions locked up; whether it be fear or anger. You need to clarify the situation as soon as possible and do it before things get out of control. Possibly, ;you may just have a mini-stalker. This man may be too obsessed over your life·and what you are doing. Even though this is a nuisance for you, he may not realize a problem has arisen. Has he been calling constantly at the early hours of the morning and leaving messages wondering where

you are? Will he follow you around at parties and when you are about to leave, prevent you from going? These are mostly harmless acts, but when all together, they add to· an extremely annoying situation. When it comes to a predicament like this, the best advice is to simply talk to him. His habits may not seem to be a problem in his mind. Confront him in a calm manner and explain to him how you feel about his actions. Ignoring him and not returning his phone calls will only make the situation worse. Remember, though, to spare his feelings because a lot of those foe ling are geared towards you. Talk rationally and discuss the major issues. Tell him that at one time you did have feelings for him, but at the present time, your feelings have changed. I'm sure you still care for him as a friend and you need to tell him that, but you also need to explain that a friendship is the only thing your relationship can be at this point. Don't lead him on. Tell him the truth, no matter how blunt you have to be. Once you have discussed the circumstances with him, you may be able to start over your friendship. If all goes well, the phone calls may filter out and you'll be able to get along with people in your life easier, like your roommates who helplessly pick up the phone at three in the morning. No matter what, do something.

Convenient locations aid area students

Graduate courses offer options By Gretchen Stukenholtz In fall 1995, Peru State College added a .new feature to its already-successful master's program--0ff-campus graduate courses. In partnership with Educational Service Unit #3, PSC is able to offer an attractive package to students seeking their master's degree in education technology without commuting to Peru. These graflpate. courses are designed to assess the needs of teachers. Emphasis is placed on improving classroom· instruction, strengthening the foundation of educational practice and increasing the use of technology in teaching. According to Barbara Bender, assistant to the director of continuing education, ''This program is appropriate for what is happening right now. With

advances in technology, these programs offer education and instruction with state of the art teaching methods to maintain current knowledge in the classroom." Graduate courses are offered in many locations throughout southeast

"This program is appropriate for what is happening right now." · -Barbara Bender Nebraska, making it easier ..for students to obtain their master's degrees. Lincoln, Beatrice, Falls City and Nebraska City are several of these sites. "It was a great convenience to have these courses offered for people living in and around Nebraska City,"

said John Barton, student at the regional technology center in Nebraska City. "I would take classes there again if they were offered." PSC's off-campus enrollment is 41 percent of the total enrollment, according to Dr. Carrol Krause, executive director of the Nebraska State College System. With such a large percentage of students living outside _of Peru, the convenience of these courses has made this program a great success. Since fall 1995, 16 students have successfully completed their master's degree with the availability of offcampus courses. For more information regarding graduate courses offered off-campus, contact the Division of Education or the Department of Continuing Education.

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ary heritage will come alive for sev- · science, and Dr. Dan Holtz, profes-

era! fortunate people next summer thanks to a $10,000 grant awarded to Peru State College. The Nebraska Humanities Council has awarded PSC the grant to once again offer the Trails & Tales Tour and Institute. First offered in June 1996, this · unique program will again be offered by Peru State this June 15 through 27; according to its coordinators,. Dr. Sara Crook, associate

sor of English. The NHC grant will be used to cover a portion of the costs for approximately 40 lucky participants. Tbe Trails & Tales Tour and Institute is an interdisciplinary history and literature program featuring graduate-level classroom instruc~ tion for one week and a six-day, statewide bus tour the second week. That tour will illustrate Nebraska's role as a highway for the

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Bobcats continue to improve, ground Falcons By Matt Maxwell A team on a roll is a dangerous team. A talented team on a roll can be a deadly team. The Peru State Bobcats, a team loaded with talent, have won three straight games by three touchdowns. Look out; the 'Cats are on a roll. P-State pounded Friends University 28-7 last Saturday in the season's first game at the Oak Bowl. The Bobcats mixed up their offensive attack and stifled the Friends offense to improve their record to 3- 1. PSC kept the Falcon defense guessing all afternoon with their most balanced effort of the season. The 'Cats rolled up 183 yards throwing the football, while gaining an additional J66 on the ground. Once again. P-State's leading rusher was senior tailback Anthony "Rock" Lee. Saturday was Rock's busiest game of the year as he carried the ball 23 times, piling up 145 yards on the afternoon and scoring two touchdowns. Lee's 145 yards ensured him a spot in the Peru State record books. The 145-yard outing brought the East Orange, NJ, native's career rushing total to 1,782 yards, ninth all-time at PSC. The 'Cats spread I 6 completions around the receiving corps. Two Bobcat quarterbacks completed passes to IO )3obcat receivers, including four catches each by senior wideouts Todd Liberty and Zach Sangster. Senior quarterback Jamie Stinson connected on 13 of 25 passes for 161 yards and senior quarterback Shane Johnson hooked up on three of four balls for 22 yards.

P-State's defense turned in another solid performance, once again holding their opponents under 300 yards of offense. The Falcons had some success rushing the ball-they gained 187 yards on the ground. However, successes in the air were hard to come by. P-State locked up the Friends passing attack, allowing a meager 83 yards in the air. "We concentrated on stopping their passing game," said senior cornerback Jamol Harris. "We knew that [Friends] had two main wide receivers and we wanted to take them out of the game." The 'Cats have come to a crossroads in their season. They have a week off before homecoming on Oct. 11. The game marks the midpoint of the season, and every team will now start thinking playoffs. The P-State squad is starting to come together, but they need to continue to improve. "We expected to be undefeated at this point in the season," commented senior wide receiver Zach Sangster. "But I think [the loss] was a learning experience and made us a better team." Sangster also commented that PSC's offense needs to punch the ball in the end zone when they have the opportunity. "We need to start scoring in the red zone," Sangster said. Defensively, the Bobcats need to keep a good thing going. Sangster said that the defense simply needs to "keep it up." Harris said that he has been pleased with the team's pass defense. "We need to do better at stopping the run." Next up for the 'Cats is an Oct. 11 Homecoming battle with Hastings College.

TOP: SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER ZACH SANGSTER beats a Dana College defensive back and hauls in pass in the back of the end zone in the first half of the Apple Jack Bowl. Unfortunately, the officials ruled that Sangster did not have control of the ball as he fell out of bounds.


BOTTOM: LOOKING FOR RUNNING ROOM, senior wide receiver Todd Liberty catches a Jamie Stinsonpass on the Peru State sideline at the Apple Jack Bowl in Nebraska City. The Bobcats won the annual rivalry 25-7, improving their record to 2-1. After smashing Friends last week, the 'Cats focus on their next opponent, the Hastings Broncos. PSC plays Hastings for Homecoming. -photos by Matt Maxwell

Just in case you're headed to Vegas ..., Max's picks of the week IOWA (+6) at OHIO STATE: If Hawkeye tailback and Heisman candidate Tavian Banks can get into the Buckeye's defenensive backfield, it could be a long day for Ohio State. KANSAS CITY (+3) at MIAMI: Marino's quick release won't be quick enough against the Chiefs. Miami's feeble running game will let the Chiefs come after the Dolphin hall-of-tamer. DENVER (-4) vs NEW ENGLAND: This one's the safest bet of the week. At Mile High on Monday night, Denver is up a touchdown before Hank Williams Jr. sings a note. And, by the way, they're six better than the Pats anywhere.

Bayliss takes helm of PSC baseball squad By iyiatt Thompson

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Last summer brought some major changes to the Peru State baseball program. Many players were shocked when they were notified of their coaching staff packing up and moving their act to a community college in Kansas. The search was on for a new head baseball coach and intramural director. Found was one Mark Bayliss. A native of Westland. MI, Bayliss attended and played haseball at El Reno Junior College in Oklahoma. Afte_r finishing at El Reno, he returned to his home state where he concluded his playing days at Siena Heights College in Adriana, Ml. Bayliss continued at Siena Heights, first as a student assistant, then eventually working his way up to head assistant. The I 994 season saw Bricyliss become the interim head •·,'·~hand guide his team to the NAIA Wurld Series.


Mark Bayliss After seven years it was time for a change. Bayliss was in the market for a new job and received word of the opening at Peru State while working at a baseball camp in Michigan. As the Bobcats go through their fall workouts, Bayliss is seeing some things he likes and a lot of potential. He pointed out pitching as one area . that needs. to. improv.e, .but said•."If we can get everyone ·working hard

As far as intramurals go, Bayliss said it is a really strong program and seems to be well organized. When asked if there would be any changes, he said that there would be a few new activities but would not give away any secrets at this time, Bayliss also said he has been happy with turnouts so far and that the intramural department has actually seen an increase in participation in activities such as flag football and sand volleyball. If you see Bayliss around campus, be sure to welcome him to Peru, and be sure to get out and support the Bobcats on the diamond when their spring schedule begins. Bayliss will be assisted by former Peru State outfielder, Greg Wolfe. Bayliss is married with one 10month-old daughter, Kelsea. His wife,. 'Tammy, is Peru's new. registered . • • ' • • . i ,n_ur~~ ...... , ~







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If the key to enduring a long sporting season is consistency, then the NAIA tenth-ranked Peru State women's volleyball team is the epitome of consistency. They finished last weekend's William Jewell College tournament with a 3-1 record exacting their previous weeke~d's mark at Graceland College's tournament in Lamoni, IA, and finishing once again in second place. While in Lamoni, the Lady 'Cats bowed out to the NAIA's now secondranked volleyball squad in the nation from Columbia College. Let me put that in perspective for you. They are the best team on the mainland and only second to last year's national champions, BYD-Hawaii. Columbia is also in the same region as Peru and is one of the obstacles on the road to the national tournament. Another one of the obstacles was faced last weekend in Kansas City at the William Jewel tournament. The P-State squad breezed through their first three matches, defeating Harris Stowe, William Jewell and Northwest Missouri State all in three games. The victories put the Lady Bobcats in the finals against regional rival, Rockhurst College, whom the ladies

had defeated the weekend before in Lamoni. "We have to be playing on one of our best days to play Rockhurst," said senior middle blocker Kendra Cory. Obviously, last Saturday was not one of those days as the 'Cats were slain in three games. "We gave away too many easy points," said Head Coach Todd Jensen. "We had a defensive letdown." But Cory had her own opinion of the outcome. "We are pretty evenly matched when we play Rockhurst; but we just ran out of gas." Every time the Bobcats play a regional rival, there is something at stake. "In order for us to move up in the rankings, we have to beat Rockhurst," commented Cory of the home matchup with their foe on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, that won't happen this time around for the Peru State netters. They dropped the match 3-1 to Rockhurst in a tough one. Tonight, the women face their third opponent in four days with both junior varsity and varsity matches versus Graceland. The junior varsity women begin play at 5 p.m. and the varsity match is expected to start at 7 p.m. Please come out to the AWAC and enjoy the action.






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Student planning Peru move of his ownIt is time to cast aside my immature ramblings and embrace a new era of mindless and thoughtless conversation. Let's talk about tbe great idea of.moving Peru State College to Nebraska City. What a glorious plan this is! While we're at it, let's move the United States to Mexico! Better yet, let's move Nebraska on down to Florida! Great, it's all settled. That's just what we'll do. Can't you see the advantage of Nebraska being in Florida? We'd have all the com and beef anyone could ever want, and we wouldn't be that far from the beach! Marvelous! Florida University and Florida State would be an instate rivalry. I'm going out right now and buying myself a G-string swim suit. I think I'd look good in blue. I sure am tired of having tanless buttocks. Once Peru moves to Nebraska City, we'll have to have · a tlew sc;:hool motto. How about: "Moving away, a century at a time." No? What about: "Will move for money?" Awwww, 'c'mon! · Oh tbe fun we would have leaving this small town

behind, destroying its economy and uprooting the fabled history that has become Peru State College. Everything really comes right down to tbe dirty green machine-money. We really have it bad here in Peru. Too much time to study is a bore. I want to move to a school where a mall is on the next block. I want to live where there are no little furry animals running under my tires. Why should I have to put up with all these huge trees and big rolling hills? Another great idea: Instead of moving the college, let's level the whole town and put up several skyscrapers. After that is accomplished, a liquor store on every comer and a few chemical plants would be in order. Let's not stop there. A few casinos would bring enough prostitution to finance an Army base. From there we could always kill off all of the existing wildlife before we feel guilty about destroying their environment! A nuclear waste depot would really contrast tbe sunset well. On the other hand, Peru is my kind of town. Let's ke-!:p it right where it is.

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has never been a picture of decency or virtue. Plagued by corruption and under-the-table deals, tbe LAPD has long had tbe reputation of being a seedy playground where the bad cops come to play. "L.A. Confidential,"· a graphic "film noir" tour through the l 950's crime and vice beat, uses the LAPD and its bad rap to tum the James Ellroy novel into a rough, yet stylistic study of good versus eviL . When one of their own is among several victims found murdered in a local diner, the LAPD wastes no time in rounding up their suspects. The blame is quickly charged to a couple of innocent young blacks while the real viilains remain at large. As the investigation unfolds, evidence points to a police cover-up and that's when things get tricky. The cast is impeccable. The very lovely Australians Russell Crowe and Guy Pierce play two rival cops with very different opinions about how this case should be cracked. Crowe dominates the movie as a bruiser, called in for interrogations to lend a strong arm rather than his strong mind. He. enjoys violence, planting evidence and uses his hatred of woman-beaters to propel himself as a lethal weapon. He is also very, very hot. . Pierce is the clean-cut, play-by-the-rules detective who is trying to make a name for himself on his dead father's police force. He rats on fellow officers for the good of the department, showing he has little respect for protecting the boys in blue. Along the way, Pierce forms an odd relationship with the flashy and ambitious Jack Vincennes, played by Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey. Making the most of watching reruns of Dragnet. Spacey portrays Vincennes as cool and confident, having an amazing knack of being at the right crime scene at the right time. He teams up with a sleazy Hollywood tabloid reporter, wonderfully played by Danny De Vito. Together they find themselves willing to sell their souls for a shot at fame. DeVito looks and sounds like the two-bit reporter that existed in the I 950's, doing anything illegal he can, including staging an illegal bust just to get the scoop of the century. Kim Basinger returns to the screen as a glamorous prostitute who snags Crowe's heart. She plays the same female in distress she always does, unfortunately, this time less effective than ever. Ellroy's story moves masterfully through two and one-half hours of winding twist and turns that will leave the viewer's head spinning. Good and bad players switch sides so often, it is hard to know whom to trust. This probe into the LAPD reeks of rotten ethics and it's interesting to watch each member ofthe force deal with their conscience when it comes to right and wrong. "L.A." is not for the weak at heart. Almost every scene is strewn with blood and explosive violence and the language is thick with four letter words, none of which is "love." Women are only playthings, passed casually around for male enjoyment. Despite all of this, "L.A. Confidential" is a great movie. The acting and the story are very good and the chance to watch Russell Crowe for over two hours is worth the price of admission any day.


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were able to at the security arrangement, the living and working conditions of the inmates and even walk among them in the prison yard. "I was surprised they let us go in," said senior criminal justice major Jen Gentert. "Although a lot of people were creeped out, it w~ neat." i;:Next, the students visited the Fed-

Ort Sept. 30, 47 criminal justice students, along with Dr. Kelly Asmussen, assistant professor of criminal justice; and Julia Perry, coordinator of cooperative education, took a field trip to Lincoln to visit the state penitentiary and the. Federal District Coiirt. Students were given ail insightful ~DistrictCourtwherethey1istened taste of possible futurejobs or intern-· tcfthe outcomes of three drug trials. ships.. "We try not to limit thef~tHnic- Federal Judge Kopf explained the· ing and opportunities," safH Dr. court system and gave brief synopses P .. A~· -r ~mussen. "Instead, we keep trying of each of the cases they saw. The stu- . s·i{-{r'i;: to expose students to as many differ- dents also learned how the federal !"FRI, ent places there are in thejustice sys- court system works and how to estab·· · .tern to work." lish.professional goals needed to make At the state _penitentiary, students ·· it in ·the criminal justice system.

Kolkman discusses possible college move By Russell Crouch

STACY FITCH, 1997 PERU STATE HOMECOMING QUEEN, appearing with her stepfather, Bill Robb, waves to the crowd. Fitch was crowned at halftime of PSC~s victory over Hastings College on Oct. 11. -photo by Matt Maxwell

"I am not interested in the fact that Peru State College has been here for 130 years. I was a history major in college and history is very important to me, but times ·change," stated ChairmanoftheStateBoardofTrust- · ees Rick Kolkman on Oct. 9 in an allcampus meeting at the Student Center. Kolkman began the meeting by trying to dispel several rumors, including the possible dernise of Peru State College. "No one, absolutely no one, is proposing in any way, shape or form that Peru State College disappear. This is a discussion-nothing more." He also stated that no one specifically was advocating a move to Nebraska City. "This [discussion of moving the college] was brought out, started in the media. early and-pr..imaPi.I.y=4ilY··Mr. Wininger, who picked up on the fact [that] something may happen, and suddenly the media picked up on it and fed right into him. It's exactly what he wanted, and he was insulting, misleading, and he preys on the worst things, which are people's fear." Kolkman also addressed rumors

about a meeting between the Board of Trustees and the Board of Corrections. "The fact is Dr. Carol Krause.Executive Director of the Board, had asked Dr. Harold Clarke what the possibilities were for facilities like for a boot camp," stated Kolkman. Kolkman responded to an audience inquiry regarding the rumored elimination of the athletic department if the move were to happen by Slating it was, "Rumor, [and] that discussion has never been held." According to Kolkman, the college was almost closed six years ago due to financial mismanagement. At that time, the board could have made the decision to close the campus, but they decided to help Peru survive. Currently, the college has its highest enrollment ever and has created many off-campus programs in the nineteen county service area. Kolkman 's commehtswere based on two points: the condition of the buildings and dollars. Kolkman referred to the master plan-a report that discusses what it would take to repair and refurbish the campus, to provide students with a meaningful education and to receive the experiences they need. The board is guessing that

$15,000,000 would bring the buildings and technology up to average condition. This does not include the revenue bond buildings. The board cannot state an exact figure until the facilities audit is finished. This facilities audit will be conducted as part of a special effort to determine Peru State College's needs-not a routine measure. Kolkman continued by saying, "After we spend the money, do we then have a viable campus, or would we be better off spending the dollars in another way?" Kolkman said that a mall-type facility would be more economical and less expensive to operate. This type building is similar to Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte. It has a central area and different branches for each division. Many members of the audience brought up the $10,000,000 that has supposedly been offered to move the campus. "I would say to any community in southeast Nebraska, 'if you have ten million bucks, we'll talk,' " said Kolkman. "It so happens that a group of very aggressive business people in Nebraska City said 'what is

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Recent gra.ds choosing Peru for further education By JulianeLee Whert Nick Maher, postgraduate in special education, received his B.S. in psychology/sociology from Peru in the fall of 19.95, he never thought.he would be back on the Campus of a Thousand Oaks only a year and a half later, seeking further education. But after exploring several career opportunities, including being a counselor at Tarkio Academy in Tarkio, MO, Maher found his future unstable with little chance for advancement. His experience at Tarkio did; however, ·open his eyes to the possibility of teaching-something he had never really considered. "After interacting with the kids in the classroom at Tarkio, I realized how much I enjoyed spending time with them. Teaching seemed to be such a rewarding field and I felt my experience with 'at-risk' youths would really prepare me for the heavy demands of special education," he said. Maher is not alone. Between the years 1991and1995, continuing education programs grew by 25 percent, according to a report by" the National Center for Education Statistics. The report also noted that furthering one's education means greater access to occupations with higher salaries and more stability. According to Barbara Bender, assistant to the director of continuing education, the option of teacher education

programs offers graduates more marClint Edwards, a postgraduate addketability when reentering the work ing both secondary educationllanforce. "Our fastest growing area right guage arts and coaching to his B.A. now is at Offutt Air Force Base. · degree in English, decided only one "We see mariy individuals with month after graduating from Wesleyan master's degrees attending classes at that he really wanted to coach. "If I Offutt. After being in the military for could choose my ideal career right 20 years, many of these individuals now, it would just be coaching footwant to work in a civilian setting and ball. becoming a teacher has become a "I like working with the kids and as popular employment decision for an assistant football coach at Peru, I them," she said. have had a great opDr. Dan Cox, portunity to reaffirm Chair of the. Divi- "/realized how impor- that decision. I sion of Education, that just tant education really knew said the biggest coaching was unretrends in furthering was, and I wanted to alistic and it education right wouldn't pay the be part of it." now, besides the bills, so I added the retirees of the mili-Dellyn Feighner secondary educatary, are housetion, which makes wives who have put me a little more of a off their careers to bargain," said raise a family, women who are di- Edwards. vorced and are looking for job secu- Language arts, along with music, inrity and teachers who are seeking dustrial technology and special edumiddle grades or special education cation, are some of the "hot" fields reendorsements. ally in demand today. Postgraduate in elementary educa- "Students graduating from these partion Kim Lucas, however, chose edu- ticular fields, as opposed to the overcation because she didn't like the poli- flowing elementary education, health/ tics that went on in the business world. physical education and social sci"Before, 1 was dealing with a bunch ences/history, are more likely to find of back stabbers and I hated it. Now. jobs because there are not massive I'm getting the chance to actually have amounts of students choosing them as fun working with kids. The money is majors," said Ted Harshbarger, direcnot nearly as good, but now I can at tor of cooperative education/career least enjoy what I'm doing," she said. services.

Special education currently has such a high demand and many psychology/ sociology graduates are now pursuing education. since jobs are so prevalent. Harshbarger said, "The transferability of credits is easiest among these two areas, making the decision to continue education a little less troubling." Some of these students, like Maher and Dellyn Feighner, postgraduate in special education/coaching, have also worked. in a related field, which enables their work to be extremely relevant to their new career choice. "I worked at Tarkio [Academy] for two years and SENDS (Southeast Nebraska Development Services) in Auburn for four years. After having a baby, however, I realized how important education really was, and I wanted to be a part of it. I feel that my work experience has put me five steps ahead of everyone else. I have so many ideas based on what I've seen, and I wouldn't change that for anything," Feighner said. Cox agreed that any work or life encounters these students obtain are a definite benefit to graduates planning on a second career as an educator. He said, "Kids appreciate most of your experiences you bring to the classroom. My boys were always a great way for me to connect to my students. Things like work, kids or even your own memories of being a student make you real, and kids always seem to enjoy that."

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..Page 2 Oct. 17, 1 ~,~7 Continued From Pa it going to take to expand the Regional Technology Center and maybe, ultimately, putting the college here?' We don't know that answer specifically, but, unless you have a ten million dollar check in hand, it's probably moot to even talk about it:" Other members of the audience inquired about the time frame for the campus and what the plan was after the audit was done. The audit iS expected by the end of the month. The board will not discuss the report until theDeceinbermeeting. Kolkmanexplained, "We cannot make a decision to keep or move a college in December. We can make a decision to explore further." Kolkman also stated that, 'We [the Board of Trustees] support a college for southeast Nebraska. I don't believe that 20 miles either way would make a difference." As for the location of Peru, men's basketball coach John Gibbs pointed out that many of the needs such as job opportunities, shopping centers and medical care are all within a few minutes of campus. "I lived in Omaha and I grew up in Kansas City. I had to drive at least IO minutes to go to high school, at least IO to get to a hospital and at least 10 minutes to get to a job. It took more than 10 minutes to get a policemen, and I had to

Senate Wants Comments The Executive Committee of Student Senate is encouraging students to share their thoughts and concerns with the Senate to improve their representation. The Senate can be reached at (402) 872-2329 or via email at Student Senate would also· like to thank everyone who attended the meetings with Board Chairman Kolkman.

Oct. 17 - Mid-Term Oct. 20 - Registration for Intramural Softball Student Center Oct. 21 - Show Choir Festival College Theater Oct. 22 - CAB Bingo Bob Inn ·11 :30 a.m. Oct 22- Complex Educ~tional Prog. Oct. 24 - Student Teacher Call Back Day · Oct. 24 - Last Day to Withdraw from Class Oct. 27 - CAB Color Your Pumpkin Sidewalk Drawing TBA Oct. 28 - Choir Concert College Theater 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30- Fall Break Oct. 31 No Classes Nov. 3 - Classes Resume Nov. 3 - Registration for Intramural 4X4 Volleyball Student Center

·~¢;halfway across town fo getto a shopPing rriall," said Gibbs. .After the all-campus meeting conchided, Kolkman met with a group of students to discuss their concerns. Many students pointed out that the reason they came to Peru was the lo: cation. During the student session, students voiced concerns about a possible increase in tuition, how a move would affect students in the lower half of the service area, the cost of living in other towns in the area and what effect publicity will have on next year's enrollment. One student asked Mr. Kolkman what percentage of the discussion was prompted by the condition of the buildings and what percentage was pr(lmpted by the condition of the town. Kolkman replied, "Fifty.. fifty...maybe 75-25. The condition of the buildings is a critical issue." Near the end of the student meeting, Kolkman stated "Six months from now, we will have more facts and.information to talk about." Since the Legislature is on a biennial budget, any decisions need to come within a year time frame so the board can begin to ask for funding. Mr. Kolkman concluded by telling the students, "We have time."

THE ASSOCIATION FOR CHALLENGED AND ENABLED STUDENTS is a campus-based club devoted to improving the knowledge of, and relations between, the d,isabled and non-disabled in society. Leadership of the ACES includes (clockwise from left) Vice President Susan Slama, Treasurer Andrea Walker, President Jennifer Olsen, co-sponsors Dr. Bill Clemente and Pam Williams and Secretary Alma Cross. Not pictured is Chuck Lanning. -photo by Kent Propst



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colleges, the State Commissioner of Education and six members apOn Oct. 28 and 29, the State Board pointed to the Board. These six memof Trustees will once again visit the bers, who are appointed by the GovPeru campus. The board has not made ernor and approved by the Legislaan on-campus appearance since ture, serve a six-year term. spring 1996; however, they attended They are Dr. Al Gigstad, a veterithe ribbon cutting ceremony at the narian from Nebraska City; Jeff Regional Technology Center in Ne- Renner, an investment banker from braska. City. Bellevue; Lee-Ellen Matzke, mayor Many members of Student Senate of Sidney; Sheryl Lindau, mayor of are looking forward to meeting with Wayne; Fran Grimes, certified pubthe Board. Sean McLaughlin, senior lic accountant from Grand Island; and sports management major and the Rick Kolkman, chairman, a banker Clayburn/Matthews representative from North Platte. commented, "It will be a positive ex"We are responsible to the students perience for the students to interact and the educational needs that we're with the board. It<.will give us [stu- assigned to do. Both the Governor dents] a chance to communicate the and the Legislature have input, bedifferent problems and differences we cause they sign yes or no on our rehave." quest," stated Kolkman. There are 10 members of the Board According to Andy Tynon, senior of Trustees including three student education major and the Peru State members representing the three state

Choreography Weekend for Misty Blues Show Choir By Genny Harris The Misty Blues Show Choir.spent a recent weekend learning new dance routines. Choreographer Roxanne Neelson, with the Omaha Playhouse, was hired to instruct the very intense weekend of dance. Neelson helped the show choir come up with dance steps to

more than five songs. Holly Bell, sophomore criminal justice major, said, "It was a lot of work, but it will pay off in the long run:.'.'

The Misty Blues Show Choir will perform Oct. 21 and 22 as part of the Show Choir Festival to be held on campus. More than 42 groups are scheduled to attend the festival.

student board member, "The students will have at least an hour where they can express any concerns, questions and comments about Peru State College." According to.Student Senate President Jessica Damrow, ''The Senate is currently discussing its options on how best to utilize its allotted hour with the board. In the past, we have taken the board on tours of the buildings, held small group discussions and met as one large group. At the Oct. \5 meeting, we will finalize all decisions about our meeting with the Board of Trustees." With the recent all-campus meeting, Student $enate hasn't taken a position on the possible move. According to Damrow, "'fhe Senate has not and does not intend to take a unanimous stand on the issue of moving Peru State College at this time. We are in

the process of generating a survey to gather feedback from students." This.survey will give the Senate viable information on where the students stand on the issue. Damrow continued, "As a whole, the Senate feels as though the amount of information made available to the students is insufficient for the Senate ·to get an accurate view point from the students so that ihe Senate can take a stand as their elected representative." Since the board's last time here, they have made several changes, including the termination of the· Speech/ Drama major and the approval of the facilities fee. Junior sports management major and Senator-at-Large Amy Petry feels "that the Board coming to campus is a great opportunity for-all students to voice their opinions and concerns dealing with the the whole campus:"


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must keep studentsinformed In his Oct. 9 letter to the editors of local papers explaining his reasons behind the decision to potentially move the college to Nebraska City, President Robert L. Burns wrote, "We must be united in focusing on the students and their needs." H°'wever, we at the Times feel the students have not been focused on at all. Since the Times was not given a copy of Burns's letter for publication, students who live on campus would have had a hard time finding a copy of the letter that was made so readily available to everyone else. The growing student population, who are major financial supporters of the college, were also not invited to the Sept. 24 all-college meeting with Burns, where he discussed possible plans to move the college. In addition, the Oct. 11 meeting with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, L. H. "Rick" Kolkman, was not made public until shortly before the meeting. Many students didn't learn of this meeting until after the fact and regretted not being able to hear what Kolkman had to say. Kolkman arranged a "student-only" assembly later that day, but if students couldn't make it to the first meeting, how were they supposed to know of the second, which was only announced at the first meeting. Burns said that "we must also look at the needs of the students who will enroll at Nebraska's first college IO and 20 years from now." But what about the students who are enrolled now? Try focusing on our "need" to be better informed about the future of a college we are investing in also.

Protect me from whacked-out thinking I really hate it when someone, somewhere, makes a decision that 1 directly or indirectly affects me and -he quality of my life. How's that for a control-freak attitude? It doesn't really matter how small or large the decision. I mean, how am I supposed to develop an opinion aboP' <;Omething unless I'm allowed to i ~ a reaction to it? For instance, let's look at MTV. Now, I know I've gone off on MTV before for censoring song lyrics found by them to be offensive, but if you can't trust MTV to offend, then whom can you trust? (And, yeah, let me here publicly admit that I blew it on that "Stinkfest" thing last semester. Of course, the Tool song in question was "Stinkfist," not "Stinkfest," which is definitely more censor-worthy, but I still stand by my right to hear the offensive word or idea and then decide if I wish to retch at the sound of it or turn off the

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situation." ychology/Sociology .been-blown out of good job." adinger, Senior, Biology can. He's playing the

J Ross, S "I feel that this particular sub" proportion, but overall, he's M '1 feel Dr. Burns is doing w game as fair as it can be pl Sha Hall, Junior, Language Arts "Sometimes people aren't a ays on the same wavelength with these matters. It is u o the students to constantly ·remind teachers and ad istrators to keep them informed." · · .Dr. Bill Cleme sociate Professor of English 'Personally; I feel like I een adequately informed. Students must also tak al responsibility for keeping informed." · Brooke Shown, Sophomore, Premedical Technologies

To move or not to move; that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the minds of the Board to support a 130year legacy of quality education on Nebraska's most beautifukampus; or, by building a one-room schoolhouse, destroy it. Yes, I am being simplistic. But, l believe the real issue is very simple-it's all about dollars and economics. This issue of a sitting president of a state college and an appointed board member working with a vested special in Nebraska City to find land and raise money to move the college is another issue altogether. The real issue is will the Unicameral finance such a move? As the Schemmer Report is not out


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just get whacked and rob banks ifleft to our own devices! According to the prevailing log!c at MTV, evidently, viewers are so impressionable that they must be protected from such thoughts and ideas? Well, I'm here to say, "I appreciate the concern, but I can form my own opinion based on my own reaction, thank you very much!" I don't mean to rant on about what seems''such a small issue. I just want credit for being intelligent enough to understand that some things may not be pleasant to hear. And, while I realize that some people (however misguided or pretentious) may want to protect me from those things, I still want to hear them. It comes down to this: Protect me from those choosing what's best for me to hear or know. There seems to be a lot of that going around these days.

Wait for the numbers before considering move.

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station.) Well, now they're at it again. A recent favorite of mine, The Fun Lovin' Criminals, have a little ditty out, "Scooby Snacks," that's in·MTV rotation. Granted, the song needs a little cleaning up in the language department (due to some juicy Tarantino movie sound bites). However, I couldn't believe my ears when the catc_hy chorus was edited to remove the word "whacked" from the line, "Running around, robbing banks all whacked on the Scooby snacks." I'm not hip enough to know exactly what that means, but I'd wager it's some reference to drug use. Obv'iously, I'm not condoning drug use. But is the word "whacked" so dangerous and threatening that it must be crudely cut from the song? If that's the case, then perhaps the words "robbing banks" should be taken out as well. Maybe we'll all

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and no one has, as of yet, done a study to determine the actual costs of building a new campus, I can only approximate. Okay, let's do a little "blue sky" figuring, then, based on my approximations. PSC Renovation: Total Cost, approximately $19,500,000 (If you exclude revenue bonds for dorms and the money already budgeted by the Unicameral, then we're looking at $11,000,000 for the current campus.) A New Campus: Total Cost, approximately $56,000,000 (Based on a 40-acre site on donated land and a $10,000,000 gift for a 2,000-student campus.) Now let's-compare--remember, no

one has actual numbers yet. A new campus is abqut $56,000,000; renovation of PSC is $19,500,000. That means it could possibly cost $36.5 million dollars more to move the college than to renovate it. If you were a member of the Unicameral with a tight budget, which would you pick? Well, I'm not a math wizard, but I can figure that one out. Here's what I think needs to be done. First, wait for the audit report to get exact numbers. Second, conduct appropriate studies. If those studies indicate that a new campus is more costly than renovations to the existing campus, the Board should not even consider a move.

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JOHN DAVIS, POSTGRADUATE STUDENT, waves to the crowd aboard the winning float in the 76th annual Peru State College Homecoming Parade. This year's float participants each represented past or present heroes. This year's parade featured numerous floats and participants showing their support for keeping Peru State College in Peru. As well, many banners and signs were displayed throughout the town of Peru, again showing community support for the school. -photo by Juliane Lee

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On Oct. 6, the Nebraska State Reading Council (NSRC) and its local counterpart, the Apple Valley Reading Council, held its October meeting at the Student Center. This month, the combined council was proud to present Helen Lester, a well-known children's author. Lester has written many popular children's books, including her most famous book, "Tacky the Penguin." It won the 1990 Colorado Children's Book Award, the 1991 California You11_g Rvader's Medal and the 1992 Nebraska-Golden Sower Award. The Nebraska Golden Sower Award is a prestigious award given each year to an ~uthor for a book chosen by Nebraska children. At the meeting, Lester gave a humorous slide show and then spoke about what it is like to be an author. She also read letters she had received from children. She believes it is very important to try to write back to the children, but with her busy schedule, she

had numerous presentations scheduled during her visit, including the Peru and Auburn elementary schools. Lester was first published in 1979 with a book called "Cora Copycat." Her best advice for writers is to keep writing and keep trying. She also said that one of the most rewarding aspects of her job is knowing that there are children out there enjoying her books. A retired second grade teacher, Lester decided to write to provide better bedtime stories for children. She also became a writer in response to her second grader's prodding. She stated that she never thought she would become an author, but her goal for the future is "to keep writing." Also attending Lester's presentation were two professors of elementary education from the University of Nebraska at Kearnev: Elaine Batenhorst, president, and julie Agard, student membership director for the NSRC. Batenhorst reconfirmed one of Lester's points, "Better readers are better writers and vice versa."

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Though inclement weather is still a ways away, the following information provides on-campus procedures for dealing with bad weather. When the decision is made to close school, all classes are canceled and offices closed. Only those personnel deemed essential to the safe operation of campus facilities will report. In the event that classes are canceled, all on-campus day and evening classes will not meet. Only the following media will be notified. Please tune into one of these stations for information. Television: KOLN-TV (Lincoln, Channel 10) and KETV (Omaha, Channel 7). Radio: KNCY (Nebraska City and Auburn, 1600 AM, 105.5 FM); KTNC (Falls City, 1230 AM); KFAB (Omaha, 1100 AM); KMA (Shenandoah, IA, 960 AM); KWBE (Beatrice 1450AM);KLIN (Lincoln, 1400 AM) and KOTD (Plattsmouth, IOOOAM).

With all of the wonderful controversy swirling around campus about moving PSC to Nebraska City, one tends to overlook the articles also printed about Morgan Hall (a.k.a. Morgasm, Morgan Convent or The Mortuary). As a freshman who has no choice but to live in Morgan Hall, I feel it is my duty to set the record straight. I have no problem admitting that Morgan is far from luxurious. Almost every room comes equipped with a stylishly-worn brown carpet, a dresser and desk accented with the finest of plywood paneling, lopsided beds and khaki polyester curtains that probably were skillfully crafted from someone's old bell bottoms. I know, I know ... It almost sounds too good to be true. When walking down the hallway of Morgan Hall, one might want to take a large blunt object to ward off

the small fur-bearing rodents that could attack at a moment's notice. (Don't make eye contact; they can sense your fear.) The bathrooms are another point of interest that shouldn't be overlooked. For example, the bathroom closest to my room (second floor, "B" wing) has a nice dungeon-esque setting. It features walls painted sea foam green. matching tile, one stall equipped with a chamber pot and a two foot square shower. The stunning decorating theme sounds heavenly, huh? Well, okay, so maybe Morgan isn't as bad as J make it out to be. Sure, it could use some improvements here and there, but nothing's perfect. In my own personal opinion, I don't believe that pointing out a few bad things will help solve any problem. So, for those of you who don't like the way it looks, the answer is simple-don't look at it.


Peru Creative Writers Series hosts exiled African author By Juliane Lee As part ofPeru State College's Creative Writers Series, Dr. Frank M. Chipasula, associate professor of black studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, will read and discuss his poetry at Peru State College on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. in Jindra Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building. A native of the east African country of Malawi, Chipasula has lived under self-imposed exile since his escape in 1973 from the oppressive regime of dictator Hastings Kumuzu Banda, who seized power in 1964.

Since coming to the United States in 1978, Chipasula has edited collections of African poetry, including the first ever anthology of African women's poetry, "The Heinmann Book of African Women's Poetry," which he co-edited with his wife, Stella. He has also published three books of his own, including his most recent collection, "Whispers in the Wings." At work on a new book of poetry, Chipasula completed his master's degree at Yale and his Ph.D. at Brown University. If you have any questions about the lecture, please contact Dr. Bill Clemente at 872-2233.

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I just had one of those weeks where your life leads you. I felt as if I was just watching a movie and I had stepped outside my body and just let go of my life. I didn't care what happened, just as long as I made it to Friday without having a breakdown. Now I need to vent a little so I can pick up where my life left off. My uncle has a brain tumor. Our family thought smoking would be his downfall, but instead it hit his brain a year ago. It was a quick and disastrous blow to our family, considering my grandmother had passed away just over a year earlier of ovarian cancer. Immediately, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, shark cartilage and any other kind of "cure" was tested on my uncle. · Life was okay for awhile. The future was looking a little less dim than it had before. Uncle Mike was pulling through like a prizefighter. He was working, going back to school to get his third master's and even teaching at a community college in Colorado Springs. He even became a grandfather again for the second and third time with the birth of twin granddaughters on New Year's Eve. Everything was looking great, the treatments were doing their jobs and our family sort of forgot for awhile


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that .,nything was wrong. In May, he surprised my dad and me with a visit. When I first saw hirn, I thought U'rnt he was a strange:r semng something until he started talking. A three-inch scar adorned the side of his head. He had started growing his beard in preparation for Sturgis and all I can say is that he did not look like a 45-year-old man. He looked old, sick and scared. Life had changed for him. My strong-willed uncle was dying and no matter how much I wanted to change it, I couldn't help him stop feeling the pain this cancer was causing. No modern medicine or herbal remedy could mend his life. On Tuesday, I found out that doctors are giving him through Christmas to live. My uncle, the fighter, has been knocked down in the fourth and is unable to return to his feet. A ramp had to be built so that he can make it into the front door because he is too weak to lift his legs to make it up the stairs. If he stands for too long, he's like a weeble that wobbles but does fall down. He tires easily and does not usually leave home. His wife and 16-year-old son are worn out from a year of ups and downs and now seem to be having a hard time even being around him. He's dying and no one

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Some of Peru's talented students and faculty entertained an appreciative audience Tuesday, Oct. 7, in a talent show held in the CAB Coffee House at the Student Center. Though the singers, poets, comedians and dancers would surely have performed for the joy of it, the show

offered cash awards to the top three routine to Eric Clapton's "Wonderful winners-$50 for first place. The top Tonight." award went to Misty Stokes, who perThe judges for the event were Peggy formed "Cuddle Up a Little Closer." Groff, special events coordinator; Dr. Placing second was Steve Jirsa, William Clemente, associate professinging "'Round Here." In third place, sor of English; and Russell Beldin, Holly Bell performed a ballet dance assistant professor of business.

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Bobcats strike three times in fourth to buck Broncos By Matt Maxwell The crowd was quiet. The coaching staff was concerned, but the Bobcats didn't give up. Down 14-0 going into the fourth quarter, Peru State hit Hastings college with three late touchdowns to beat the Broncos 2114 in front of a Homecoming crowd. For three quarters the Bobcat offense stalled. ''There is really no answer to why [our offense] wasn't playing well," said Head Coach Dick Strittmatter, "except that Hastings' defense played really well for three quarters." The usually-stifling Bobcat defense also stumbled out of the blocks. The number one scoring defense in the nation gave up two early scoring drives to the Broncos. The first was a 17-play, 75-yard drive in the first quarter. The drive chewed up 7:39 of the first quarter and PSC was down 7-0. Then the Broncos went 59 yards on t:)leir next possession and went up 14-0. Following that touchdown, PSC's defense .shined. After the Broncos gained 134 yards on the two drives, pickings were slim for their attackthey gained only 137 more yards the rest of the afternoon. The Bobcats' performance brought praise from Defensive Coordinator Kevin Miller. "[Our defense] doesn't give up. They keep playing for the whole game. They take everything one play at a time and don't worry about what anyone else is doing. We try to o.I)ly concern ourselves with what we can control." P-State's defense kept giving the offense chances, and the offense didn't disappoint the Bobcat faithful.

With eight minutes left to play, senior quarterback Jamie Stinson capped off an. eight-play, 45-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run. "We opened it up late in the second half," Stinson said, "and we took advantage of how the defense was playing our receivers." That is just what the 'Cats did. With just over six minutes remaining in the game, Stinson hooked up with senior wide receiver Todd Liberty on a 54-yard touchdown strike. After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty backed up the extra-point attempt 15 yards, senior placekicker Jeff Morgan kicked a 35-yard PAT to knot the contest at 14-all. PSC's defense gave the Bobcats one more chance to win the game in regulation. The 'Cats came to the line 62 yards away from the end zone with just over 1:30 left to play. Five plays later, P-State was on the Bronco's 14yard line with less than 20 seconds remaining. Then the unexplainable happened. Since PSC operated out of their hurryup offense, Offensive Coordinator Mark Mathews yelled in the play from the sideline rather than sending the play in with a player. Senior wide receiver Zach Sangster heard Mathews' call from the sideline, so--trying to save every second-he didn'tjoin the rest of the offense in the huddle. Sangster took his spot split-left and when the Bronco defense left their huddle, no one noticed Sangster. Stinson took the snap and lofted the ball to a wide-open Sangster for the winning score. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Next up for the Bobcats is NCAA Division II foe Chadron State College Saturday in Beatrice.

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NOT SO FAST! Senior defensive lineman David Reily (97) and junior defensive lineman Shane Rippen (93) help their teammate bring down Hastings Bronco David Lewis. Bobcat senior cornerback Jesse Henderson sheds a block to get in on the hit. Following two first-half scoring drives, P-State disabled the Bronco offensive attack. PSC's "never give up" defense set the Bobcat offense up for three late scores and a homecoming. The 'Cats held yet another opponent to under 300 yards of offense. Up next for the 'Cats waits NCAA Division II foe, Chadron State. -photo by Matt Maxwell

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A long career of hard work landed Stacy Fitch, starting setter for the Bobcat volleyball squad, in the NAlA record books. This season, the senior from Doniphan moved into fifth place for NAlA all-time career assists as she approaches her 6,000th save as a Bobcat. Fitch also ranks third all-time in the NAlA fornumber of matches with 10 or more digs and has the opportunity to move into second before the end of the season. However, Fitch's worth to P-State's program cannot be measured using statistics alone. After a redshirt season in 1993, Fitch has started four straight years for the Bobcats. Head Coach Todd Jensen said that Fitch has meant more to PSC volleyball "than words can say." Jensen continued, "She has been a leader on the court and she has never really gotten the

Stacy Fitch recognition she has deserved." The numbers are enough to tell everyone that Fitch is a good player, but Jensen says that it's Fitch's intangibles that make her a great player. "She's the one that gets us going," he said. Fitch's teammates tend to agree. Jensen has heard .fellow teammates

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By Greg Wolfe It has been a long road for the Peru State women's volleyball squad. They sport a 22-10 record with two of those 10 losses coming at home in the once impenetrable fortress known astheAWAC. The Lady 'Cats had a chance to redeem their first home loss in 37 games versus Doane College last Thursday night. They had beaten Park College out of Kansas City earlier in the week and traveled to Doane's home court in hopes of slaying the Tigers. After dropping game one, the PState netters jumped back, taking games two and three. "We felt confident in games two and three," said Head Coach Todd Jensen. "We thought we were in control. We were passing the ball well, swingi_ng good and made some great blocks." With the kill in their sights, the Bobcats slipped up, losing game four. Losing their edge, they eventually

ended up dropping the match's final games. "We were our own worst enemy," stated Jensen regarcling games four and five. "Our passing was terrible. It is hard to win when you give the opponents 16 points." The loss left the women with a sour taste in their mouth. Jensen, knowing that it is time for the team to refocus, stated, "We just need to concentrate on the task at hand. We need to regain some confidence and composure. We are a good team and sometimes we forget that." The Lady Bobcats won two matches earlier this week while traveling to Washburn University and Graceland College. Now they will enjoy a week off before setting out for a match next Wednesday night against the second-ranked team in the nation, Columbia College. After that, the women will return to play their last home game of the year scheduled for next Friday when they are pitted up with York College.

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As American as hockey and apple pie? It is about time that I eat a little pride and complement the United States on a job well done. Congratulations on winning hockey's World Cup last year (formerly known as the Canada Cup until the U.S. got involved). Okay, that's enough congratulating for today. Actually, I might also congratulate the U.S. for destroying the 100-year history and tradition of hockey. Case in point, the relocation of Canadian franchises. The National Hockey League moved teams from Winnipeg to Phoenix and from Quebec City to Denver. The teams are thriving in their new locations, but how long will that last? Is it a novelty or the real thing in the U.S.? Are the traditions in hockey disappearing? How can I explain this? Hmmm. Canada is a country with a passion for hockey. We learn to skate before we learn to walk. We grow up watching Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night. We come home from school and play street hockey until supper and then go back out and play until dark when supper is done. Playing organized hockey means getting up at 5 a.m. and going to practice and then going to school and then practicing again at 8 p.m. with time in between spent watching a game on TV. We are rlii.sed with hockey in our blood. This is where tradition comes into play. My point is not that Americans should not be able to watch hockey, because it is an awesome spectator sport. Rather--Canadians should have the opportunity to go down to the local arena in a big Canadian city and watch their nation's heroes compete in the world's greatest sport and

pass it on to the next generation. As with every other North American-based sport, hockey has decided to expand its market once again. They have granted four new franchises. Great. The problem is their location. They are all American-based, of course, and include Nashville for the 1998-99 season, Atlanta for the 19992000 season and Columbus and Minneapolis-St.Paul for the 2000-2001 season. Not one is Canadian. True-the markets are small, but the fans are loyal. They don't care what the uniforms look like. 'Ibey love the game for its pureness. One of the problems lays in hockey's bureaucracy. The commissioner and other hockey bigwigs are American. Commissioner Gary Bettman has no idea what is traditional in hockey. For example, the new geographically-named divisions and conferences were changed from what was once part of hockey's cherished heritage. Now the names of Smythe, Norris, Adams, Patrick, Campbell and Wales are lost in history. No young fans will ever wonder why the divisions were named so uniquely as I did when I was growing up. They may never wonder about the roots of hockey and names from the past. Tradition plays a big role in hockey in Canada. We grow up taking after our heroes and older brothers who play the game. Now, Canadian fans can only watch their heroes on TV. Games are played in exotic locations in another land, where the crowd watching the game exits the rink to . an environment filled with palm trees and the smell of the ocean. The future of the sport is to become

further Americanized. The proposed realignment will include six divisions of geographic orientation much like that of Baseball (America's Pastime). The six Canadian franchises will be placed three in the northeast and three in the northwest with further plans to put them in their own separate division (since Americans don't like watching Canadian teams). Also, they will soon adopt a new playoff format that will make the owners more money. We don't want longer playoffs so the owners can make more money. All we want is to see the Bruins beat the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings. That is the way it has always been. The league has fallen victim to big business. The small markets (mainly Canadian) are being bullied by corporations like Disney and Fox. What respectable league would let a team get away with naming themselves the Mighty Ducks? They are mocking hockey and the country where it grew up. All of what I have said is mainly an observation rather than an argument of any sort. It was written from a biased point of view of a traditionloving Canadian who has been watching the sport he loves stray from where it came. All I ask is that next time you watch a hockey game on FOX that is being played in Florida, Arizona or California--think of the poor people in Winnipeg, Quebec City, Saskatoon or Hamilton who can't enjoy the real thing except through a television where a computerized blue dot covers up where the puck used to be.

Seven years too long in Tibet?

Spine-chilling school spirits come out to play

Cress converses with ghosts of college What happened this weekend to the 4-1 Peru State Bobcats really chilled my spine. If you were at the Homecoming game Saturday at 1 p.m., then you know what I'm talking about. If you weren't there, you may have no idea what happens when people mess with Peru State College spirit. The Bobcats were behind 14-nothing going into the halftime break. While. the Peru State Marching Band delivered one heck of a performance out on the field, Coach Strittmatter was in the field house giving the fearless Bobcat football team a rousing speech on Peru State pride and history. It was a speech that gave the team courage-one that gave them the might to overpower Hastings College and in the end, PSC prevailed. Coach Strittmatter has obviously doneagreatjobwiththeBobcatfootball program. There is no doubt in

my mind. But what about the helpful spirits that people talk about? What about the chill in my spine Saturday at the game? I'm no psychic so I won't tell you I

for one quite memorable play. I didn't do it. We did it. When I say "we", I am not only referring to the 2000 or so people on and around campus. I am also speakin$ of the ghosts and spirits that have been around Peru for years. Some have been here on campus for 130 years! If you don't believe in supernatural forces· and the like, I can't blame you. I personally know they exist. I felt it in my spine Saturday. I feel it in the air every time I roll into town from the big city. (I'm sure it's not just muffler_exhaust withdrawal.) Any which way you slice it, Peru State College is in a special place. Nowhere else will we find such a breathtakingly beautiful campus paired with a great education. (All at a reasonable price.) So go ahead, try to move the school. I'll be chained to the biggest and strongest oak tree around!

"So go ahead, try to move the school. I'll be chained to the biggest and strongest oak tree around!" spoke with the ghosts of Peru State College at halftime. I won't say that I told them to give senior quarterback Jamie Stinson the power or the accuracy to throw a breathtaking spiral to ~dd Libery for a heart-pounding touchdown. I never told them to make wide reciever Zach Sangster invisible

The true-life memoir$ of Austrian mountain climber Heinrich Harrer have been fashioned into a two and a half hour epic, "Seven Years in Ttbet," starring the luscious Brad Pitt as a selfish, egotistical socialist who decides to leave his pregnant wife to escape the perils of fatherhood. He finds his climbing trip in the Rimalayans interrupted when World War .II breaks out and he is taken hostage in an Indian POW camp. He eventually escapes to the isolated country ofTtbet, where he forgets his Nazi ties and welcomes the peaceful customs of the Buddhists in order to evade prosecution. Harrer, unable to find love with one of the locals and miffed by a son he has never met, strikes up an unlikely ·friendship with the 11-year-old Dalai Lama. This week, I have a special guest, Clint Edwards, who has so graciously offered to give his male chauvinist opinion to my "chick flick" of the week. Juliane: I really liked this movie. I thought the story was beautifully filmed and I enjoyed the relationship between Harrer and the boy. On one hand, you have a small child who has never had a chance to leave his house because of his spiritual status and, on the other, a grown man who has seen everything but understands very little. The young boy admires Harrer for his differences and chooses him to be his guide to the outside world, Harrer eventually starts believing this boy is his own. Clint: First of ail, I must voice my opinion on the length of the movie. This movie needs to be renamed "Seven Years in Hell" because that's what it was. We had to go through two wars for Pitt's character to finally realize he was a bad father. By the time this movie was over, I needed a

shave and a change of clothes. I'm not saying my clothes were in style before the movie started, but they definitely weren't when it was over. Juliane: Okay, it was long. I'll \ admit that. But, didn't you like the culture and the history that formed the basis for the movie? I actually enjoyed learning about the Buddhists and their way of life. Clint: Culture and history? That's not why I went to the movie. If I \ wanted to see that, I would have gotten a subscription to "National Geo- . graphic." At least there are naked ! • women in there, unlike this movie, : where the only skin you saw was Brad Pitt's clean-shaven, underdeveloped and overexposed chest. Juliane: Hey-hehadagreatbod!; Not many guys can take off their ' clothes and display a six-pack like that. Besides, is that the only reason ; you went to the movie-because there might be a possibility of scor- 1 -ing a peek at a few naked women? 1 That's pretty pathetic! Even thoug: I admit to fondly relishing the oppor- ' tunity to witness Pitt's anatomy, at least I look for movie-related issues, l like directing, editing or acting. I Clint: First of all, leave your the- 1 saurus out of this, Juliane. If that's why you really go to the movies, then your social calendar is worse than mine. I go for the hard-core stuff like sex, action and more sex. But that's beside the point because this movie had no point! . ' Juliane: You're a typical male, Clint-uncivilized and unenlightened. Secretly, though, I know you liked the acting-you told me that and I would have to agree with you Overall, I would have to say thi:, movie is great for someone who enjoys showcased historical sagas starring hot guys in the lead roles. I do, so I highly recommend it.

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Fiber optics to link college and high school classrooms By Gretchen M. Stukenholtz

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THE STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES visited the campus Oct. 28 and 29. While here, board members answered questions posed during an all-college meeting in the college auditorium .• Many students, faculty members and citizens voiced their concerns about the proposed move of the school to Nebraska City. This was the first on-campus visit by the entire board since the possibility of a move became known. Their last on-campus appearance was in 1996. -photo by Juliane Lee

Peru State College is expanding their distance learning program via fiber optics. Students will receive the latest in technology through fiber-optic links with every school in southeast Nebraska, including Beatrice. "A large group of schools are going to be connected," said Ross Udey, assistant professor of industrial technology and coordinator of distance learning. "We needed to be in on the opportunity." In coordination with Galaxy Cablevision, an educational network in southeast Nebraska, students will be linked to more sites more easily than the satellite system. This technology has the capacity to see at least five other classrooms at one time. The room, located right beside the already-existing distance learning facility, will look very similar on the exterior. Students will, however, have more flexibility to move around the room and be able to view an increasingly larger number of televisions scattered throughout the facility. The fiber-optics room will cost

about the same as the satellite room with free educational use of Nebraska's own satellite transponder. Eight students enrolled in the Construction Processes class, instructed by Udey, are getting lots of hands-on experience working on this project. Students are involved in wiring, sheet rocking and building all 10 monitor stands to be located in the room. "This is a good experience for us," said junior industrial technology major Robbie Sipple. "It gives us a chance to incorporate what we learn in class and apply it in a useful way." Classes that will be offered through this program have not been finalized. According to Dr. Dan Cox, chair of the Division of Education, "Since 50 high schools are hooked up, many early entry-classes. (general education courses) will be offered. Also, with four Educational Service Units involved, it will enable us to reach graduate students." The fiber-optic room should be finished by the end of this semester, but classes are not anticipated to start until next fall since spring and summer classes have already been set.

Academic Honors Pro·gram to be reviewed By Debbie Sailors Th¢ Honors Program, the purpose of which is to challenge academicallygifted students with new ideas and perspectives, may be in need of an overhaul, according to Dr. David Ainsworth, vice president of Academic Affairs, And, indeed, the program has already seen some major changes this semester. Harry Tabata. assistant professor of business, has resigned as coordinator after serving four years. Dr. Michael Hypse, assistant professor of physical education. has been appointed as coordinator by Ainsworth. In another change, Dr. William Clemente, assistant professor of English, resigned from the Honors Com1 mittee as the Humanities Division ~ representative. Clemente said he was "disturbed by a campaign of negativity~ with regard to the program. 'That's one of the reasons I quit the committee." • The Honors Committee has one member elected from each division, one member from admissions or financial aid staff, one student member from those who participate in the program. as well as the coordinator. Dr. David Edris, professor of music, has been elected to take Clemen!e's place while Dr. Donald Seger, assistant professor of education, has replaced Hypse, who had been serviltg on the committee. Other committee members include Mark ·

Kesh, assistant professor of informa- including an ACT composite score of tion management systems; Perry 24 or a 3.3 GPA. Recipients of PresiGray-Reneberg, instructor of indus- dential, Board of Trustee or Non-Resitrial technology; Donna Svare, direc- dent Scholarships also must take one tor of financial aid; and Rob Hollis, Honors Program course during their Honors Program student. first year. Faculty members cited various probTabata stated, "Enrollment has allems which led to review of the Hon- ways been good. Something happened this year. I don't know where ors Program and its effectiveness. Initially this semester, two of the the ball got dropped." And, apparently, a three ofball did fered hong e t ors courses. " ... if, in fact, no one knew they dropped. did not fill, Each sewhile the were supposed to enroll or that the mester, t h i r d program existed, how can low students showed eligible very low enrollment be considered a enrollment problem within the Honors for honr s of only 0 courses, about 15 Program?" as well as students, those reaccording -Dr. William Clemente quired to t 0 an Ainsworth. Assistant Professor of English take honors T h o s. e class, are classes were Twentieth Century Issues-Liter- notified by letter of the availability of ary Styles, Introduction to Non-West- honors courses for the coming semesern Musics and Ethics and Social Jus- ter. The fall 1997 semester saw more tice. ·Noting the enrollment problem, than 75 students eligible for the proTabata and .Dr. Joel Lundak, interim gram, according to Lundak. For whatever reason, according to chair of the Division of Humanities, started phoning eligible students, re- Ainsworth, those letters did not get cruiting for the honors classes. Their sent. "As nearly as we can figure out, efforts resulted in all three classes apparently, advisors weren't notified that their scholarship kids and nonachieving adequate enrollment. Students are eligible for the Honors resident kids had to be in an honors Program based on academic criteria class." He continued, "Apparently,

there was a process to notify them, but nobody seems to be quite sure how that happened. So the classes didn't have as many people. I guess that's what started the whole thing." Ainsworth added, "We've worked out a process that will make sure that, indeed, that [sending letters] does happen in the future. That will take care of that part of it." The low enrollment prompted questions about other numbers within the program. According to Ainsworth, of the 27 or 28 students who graduated in May with various levels of distinction, only two or three of those had completed the Honors Program as well. Graduations of past years have seen similar numbers. Ainsworth said, "We're offering six classes a year. Those classes are, for the most part, filled. And yet, people aren't graduating [from the program]." Clemente commented on low enrollment a~ basis for criticism of the program, "There are plenty of ways to explain why certain things are going on. For instance, if, in fact, no one knew they were supposed to enroll or that the program existed, how can low enrollment be considered a problem within the Honors Program?" He continued, "And why jump . from that to say that there aren't enough students who stay in the pro-

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A peek at the past Will history repeat itself? By Greg Wolfe History repeats itself: That is what every student who has ever taken a history class learns. Listening to Chairman of the State Board of Trustees Rick Kolkman on Oct. 9, one would have recalled this lesson. At one point during the all-campus meeting, Kolkman mentioned that the recent hot topic of Peru State's moving is not a new issue at all. He stated that the college nearly closed six years ago due to "financial mismanagement." !his was intriguing to the Times staff so they decided to look into the past and comb.over issue upon issue of the Peru State Times and The Pedagogian (Peru's college newspaper before the Times) for some indication of whether the move has been an issue in the past. An issue of the Times dated Oct. 22, 1990, discussed the previously most recent talk of Peru's demise. The evidence showed not just the scare of a campus relocation but, instead, discussion of PSC's closure. Here are some of the highlights from the Times staff editorial of that issue: . "It is difficult enough for the adirni!li~tration to run a college campus and for instructors to prepare for and teach classes withou·t having to worry about whether they'll have a job within the next few years. It is difficult for students to concentrate on studies if they're worried about the school remaining open' long enough for them to graduate. The Campus of a Thousand Oaks has lived with these rumors and scares in the past. There are former students and present faculty and staff who weathered the 'PSC is closing' storm in the 1950s and 60s. There were times when enrollment was low and many programs were cut. · It~seems that.whenever financial woes hit ~the state; the first direction the legislative 'cutback' axe points is at its smallest campus. Over the

years, PSC has had to diligently present its 'raison d'etre' to the rest of the state. · Peru State College will be here for another 50 years or perhaps even more. There are a lot of reasons why it will survive, but mostly, it's the · people. PSC meets the needs of people from Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and other states far beyond our own little corner of Nebraska. As long as there are students who want an education, PSC will go on providing the opportunity to learn. Once you've been on Peru's campus, it doesn't take long to discover that there is something special about it. Peru has its share of students and faculty who constantly complain about classes, but this is true of every campus. Perhaps what you won't see on most campuses is the spirit that exists here. Some might call it the never-ending spirit of the pioneer or immigrant farmer. The people of PSC have the spirit not only to survive but to overcome." Doesn'.t this ring a bell? The same things were said last month that were said seven years ago and probably 50 years ago. (Unfortunately, nothing· could be found in The Pedagogian to support this.) Students.still won<:ler if the school will be in Peru long enough for them to graduate. Staff members still worry about their jobs. And, of course, the state legislature still looks to Peru State College when it's time for cutbacks. But will Peru State College be here for another 50 years? Perhaps the Times staff was correct in saying that the college will survive. It does meet the needs of many people in southeast Nebraska and from local and far reaching states and enrollment is at an all-time high. Peru is a very special community with a lot of school spirit, but will school spirit be enough to overcome plans to move or close the college? Check back with the Times in another seven years.

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PHI ALPHA THETA, PSC's history honor society, sponsored a field trip to Nebraska City on Oct. 23. ·Members, other history students and faculty who visited the Old Freighters' Museum there included (back row, from left) Andy Kelsay, Cody Shilling, Dr. Spencer.Davis, Amanda Ray, Tammi Cramer, Sarah Murphy, (front row, from left) Mrs. and Rev. Eric Asboe, Dr. Sara Crook and Eric Mclnteer. Asboe is the president of the Nebraska City Historical Societ . -photo by Dan Holtz

Honors Program to be reviewed Continued From Page 1 gram? That may be the result of the fact that there aren~t enough honors classes or because students can't get classes at the times they need them. The negativity bothers me, and it bothers students too, who are very loyal to the program." In addition, staffing problems have arisen with the Honors Program courses to be offered.this spring semester. According to the college.catalog, three honors classes are offered each spring. They ;ire Making_Sense: Art in the World, Contemporary Asian Cultures and Science and Society. lI.ypse explained, "There's a staffing problem. I'm not going to hide that from you. Especially with the art class and.the science class. The faculty in those divisions .are spread about as thin as they cari go." Tabata, Clemente, Lundak ··and Ainsworth all echoed this lnought, each noting that .a shortage of available instructors is likely to always be a problem within any honors pro-

gram. Due to staffing problems, some changes are being proposed to the spring honors class offerings. Tabata will teach Contemporary Asian Cultures, as he has in the past. Making Sense: Art in the World will be taught by of teachers, headed by Ken Anderson, professor of art. Science and Society will not be available, but the college hopes to offer a proposed class, Biology and Social Debate, through distance learning from Wayne State College, with Dr. Richard Clopton, assistant professor of biology, instructing the lab portion. This class substitution has only to be approved by Faculty Senate. What does the future hold for PSC's Academic Honors Program? Hypse said, "We, as a committee, we're going back tp square one and just looking at everything: What is the role of the Honors Program at Peru State? If we don't have a defined role, then we need to develop · one. If we can suggest and. implement something that' II make a better expe-

rience and increase the numbers, that's great." Ainsworth added, "It just seems to me that it's time for us to look at it carefully-to sec if, indeed, we're doing what we ought to do, or if we should change it and if so, how?" The Honors Committee, at a recent meeting, made plans to survey faculty members and a random sampling of students for their input on possible changes to the Honors Program. In addition, procedures are now in place to inform advisors of students eligible for the program. Lundak added, "I sec the potential for the Honors Program." He also noted that there is preliminary talk of an honors class on the history of jazz music. Hypse concluded by saying, "Like any oiher academic program on cam- ~ pus, you have to look at it periodically 1 It's to best meet the needs of the stu- i dents." And, like any other academic program on campus, according to \ Clemente, "It's going to take the support of all the divisions."

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Should staff shortages force cutbacks that limit Honors Program offerings? The interdisciplinary course offerings of Peru's Academic Honors Program are intended to challenge academicaily-gifted students, according to the college catalog. The catalog also states that these classes are to be of limited size and enrollment. This is due to the higher-than-average academic qualifications. Therefore, the Times staff questions how the smaller-than-average size of this semester's honors classes justifies considering sweeping changes in the Honors Program, especially in view of the communication breakdown that resulted in eligible students not being contacted about the program. . Perhaps the low number of graduates who complete the Honors Program justifies review of the program, but until an official determination is made, we feel that the course offerings promised in the college catalog should be adhered to, enabling students who have planned their academic futures to complete their plans. While it is understood that staff shortages are a problem, should students be short-changed due to administrative short-sightedness regarding staffing?

Opinion Poll Are you aware that an academic honors program exists at PSC? Do you feel that an honors program should continue to be offered here? "Yes, it gives someone.a re(3.son to try and improve their g~~d~s ahd it19.B~~ good on a resume to graduate with hon.Or$;" Sam K(ein, Sophomore lr?t:f.1.Jff[ial Technology

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"No, I didn't, and yes, because it's good to put on a resume." Krls Mathews, Senior Biology

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Nov. 3, 199i

Well, you know, stuff happens.

Damn me to hell for my errors It's now been about two months that I've been at the helm of the . Times and I have learned a few things along the way. The first, and most important, lesson? It's really way better if your college doesn't, like, announce possible plans to just up and move ... after 130 years ... in the same place. A fledgling editorial staff with full schedules, virtually empty pockets, strong opinions and weak photography skills, the Times crew has found it quite challe!J.ging to keep pace with the big boys like the Omaha WorldHerald and Lincoln Journal Star. I must point out, though, that we're quite proud of our carefully and thoughtfully compiled coverage of this major news story. We will continue to follow the developments. The second thing that I've learned (and already knew but, like all humblin"g experiences, had to be bitterly reminded of) is that nobody's perfect. Yeah, yeah, easy to say, but so hard to apply, especially to yourself. And, of course, those three little

words that go along with lack of perfection-I screwed up. Again, easy to write, but oh so hard to say. Well, I'm here to suck it up and say, "I screwed up." That's righi, this nit-picking, analretentive (or is that anally-retentive?) Virgo gal blew it-big time. But I guess if you're going to commit a faux pas, it might as well be a good one. Now that I've gone on and on, I might as well give it up. The fact is that the Times, in its coverage of Peru's Homecoming, neglected to mention a tiny little detail-the Homecoming King, Jamie Stinson, the Bobcats' quarterback. I am stepping up to say that I was responsible for the error. Somehow, although it really bites to publicly admit that, I feel better now. Please accept my apologies, Jamie, personally and on the part of the Times staff. And, while I'm at it, I must also admit another goof. It was Keri Hein who placed third in the recent talent show rather than Holly Bell. That's

not to say that Holly didn't perfom well-in fact, she is a talented singer And Keri danced beautifully. Anc everybody in the show was great The only person who sucked was me Sorry 'bout that, Keri. I can only offer as consolation t< these slighted souls the fact that I an damning myself to eternal guilt fron which there can be no escape. And believe me, the surliest, most de mantling taskmaster will hold me t< that hellish condemnation every hou of every day. Oh, she's a bitch, tha one. Unfortunately, I live with he and share her life, so I look to the day ahead with fear and dread. Wha guilt-ridden thoughts will she le loose in this head of mine? Well that's my cross to bear. Which leads me to the third impor tant lesson of these past eight week (or four issues, as I measure my Ii~ these days)-It feels good to tell oth ers when you make a mistake. l doesn't feel good to tell and tell ani tell yourself about that same mistak<

Fall fever bug arrives in By Lisa Jacobson It's that time of year again when the weather changes; do students' attitudes change, also? It's true that most people think of catching spring fever, but can someone catch fall fever? Many of those that catch fall fever are elementary-aged students, while spring fever catches college students. Fall fever usually begins around October and lasts until January. "This is the time when elementary students begin to get anxious about Halloween, Christmasandsnow. Thiscausesthem

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to become more active. They seem to have more energy and are ready to go," said Kathleen Althous, teacher's aid at Elmwood-Murdock elementary school. "This makes it very hard for us to keep their attention and teach them anything." Many students at PSC and elsewhere feel the exact opposite, catching spring fever instead. Fall finds college students thinking of the holidays and how much money they will have to spend. They are also thinking of the coming snow and where they will park. "I think about the cold weather and


I just want to stay inside," said PS freshman Marisa Hillman. Freshm: Danielle Weible also agreed, "I thi1 of cold weather and think to myse 'I don't want to get up and go class."' Students aren't the only ones wl feel this way. The staff at Peru St2 also feels the same. "I notice a chan: in the students' attitudes when it b comes cold," said math teacher Fra1 Ferrante. "As a teacher, I also noti< that the students seem to study mo when the weather gets colder."

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of 'The American Beauty' added to list of literary works by Schwartz By Juliane Lee

DR. FRANK M. CHIPASULA, as part of PSC's Creative Writers Series, read and discussed his poetry in Jindra Recital Hall Thursday Oct. 23. A native of Malawi, Chipasula has lived under self-imposed · ~'e~il~ 9ir;ice.,. l9?~, ti~ has publis[led three books including his most -~~~h~1:1'6n;'1Whispers'ihtfl"eWlri°gs:· 7-iJhoto by Juliane Lee

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Imagine someone who sings as well as Barbara Streisand, is as beautiful and outrageous as Madonna and is as popular on the stage as Judy Garland. Although Lillian Russell epitomizes all of these qualities and more, the actress who dominated the American theater from 1880to 1912issomeone whose talent is virtually unknown to the general public. A new book, Lillian Russell: A BioBibliagraphy, written by part-time faculty member and Humanities Coordinator of Cooperative Internships Don Schwartz and Anne Aull Bowbeer, will hopefully educate the public about this legendary woman who was responsible for establishing women in lead roles of such musicals as "Gypsy," "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music,'' Russell also is credited with advancing music theater and founding the American musical genre, which ultimately formed the basis for both "Oklahoma" and "Showboat,'' "People were simply astounded by Russell's voice," said Schwartz. "When she sang, she captivated everyone's attention,'' Her beauty captivated attention as welL After starring in the play, "The American Beauty," she was always referred to as The American Beauty. However, Russell's private life was plagued with uncertainty. Rumored as an odd and unpredictable person, she married four times and gave birth to a daughter, whom she named Lillian Russell Jr.. Her daughter, who was equally as odd as her mother, decided at the age of I4 to change this name to one of a deceased close friend.

Schwartz has published over IOO pieces of work, including a gothic horror novella entitled The Curse of the Days; an epic poem which won the 1994 Mellen prize, many short stories,

essays, theater and film reviews and criticisms and a speech handbook, which he uses for his Fundamentals of Spe~ch class. It was an earlier contribution to the encyclopedia Notable Women in The American Theater that gave Schwartz the chance to write about Russell. "I had written three separate entries about actress Mary Martin, playwright and actress Gertrude Berg and Russell in Notable Women and the editors of the book approached me about doing an expanded piece exclusively about Russell. "They told me they had enjoyed my entry, and I felt extremely flattered because the editors were very wellnoted in their profession," Schwartz said. Categorized as a bio-bibliography, Lillian Russell is an excellent resource

for both theater and music of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The first 60 pages feature Russell's life as the premiere star of the times, while the second half of the novel is more of a research tool, giving an extensive listing of shows (with a synopsis), directors, actors and sheet music. "I feel we were abfo to accomplish a great deal with this book. It contains material on the American theater that has not been published before in one resource, and we were even able to take many myths that had been previously published about Russell as fact and prove them to be false," Schwartz said. The conditions under which Schwartz and his cowriter worked were less than favorable. Their editor left during the drafting stages of the biography and the new editor shifted the focus of the book, including attention to her film career. Russell only starred in one film, so this forced many battled changes and rewrites over a five to six-year period. "Finally, we came to the conclusion that we would never win and we had to compromise-actually, we sold out, but in the end it probably saved us years of work," Schwartz said. By adding films about her life, like l 940's "Lillian Russell," which starred Alice Faye, they were able to fulfill the movie credentials the editor requested. Currently, Schwartz said he is always working on something and if he's not writing, then he's thinking about writing. Would he ever take the plunge and write another biography? "I don't know. All of the pieces would have to be in place," Schwartz said. "There would have to be no major changes this time, and I would definitely need to have a larger advance."

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As part of the PSC Creative Writers Series, Kiowa Indian storyteller Matthew Jones will perform at Benford Recital Hall on Tuesday, Nov. I I, at I I a.m. The public is invited to hear Jones perform a variety of Native American stories, including beast fables, creation stories and other tales of cultural identity. A native of Wichita, Jones has traveled and performed all over the United States. A multi-award winner, Jones is a burly, jovial storyteller capable of

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turning himself into a possum, coyote or Indian drummer for the delight of all listeners. Jones has appeared in eleven theater performances, including "Annie Get Your Gun,'? "Barefoot in the Park" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," in which.he costarred as Chief Bromden. He has also taken part in numerous television shows and has played in seven film productions, including the PBS feature, "Iii the White Man's Image."

Equally adept as a stage raconteur, Jones tells of his life as a student within the Bureau of Indian Affairs education system. As a Vietnam veteran, Jones is especially pleased to perform at PSC on Veteran's Day. Funding for this program, sponsored by the PSC English Club, was provided by the Nebraska Humanities Council. If you have any questions about Jones' visit to PSC, please contact Dr. Bill Clemente at (402) 8722233.

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Procrastination poses real problems Dear Chris, I have a problem with procrastination. Every year, it's the same-I promise myself to start my homework when it is assigned, and, every year, I'm always crunched for time because I waited too long. What can l do to help this? College Resolution: I will do my homework, .and I will study and not let extracurricular activities (other than school-related activities) get in my way. Except for Thursday, Thirsty Thursday, because there is always a party. Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the weekend, and I definitely can't study on my days off. Monday is the first day of the week, and I have to slowly readjust to school. Wednesday is hump day (enough said), and, well, Tuesday night NYPD Blue is on, and I must watch that. Most of' us know what it's like to be crunched for time and have to pull an all-nighter to study for a test or to complete a 10-page paper when you're sustained only by gallons of coffee while asking yourself, "Why do I always do this?" I personally live by this motto: Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow. There are ways to help a procrastination problem. First, figure out how much time you spend in a week doing nothing. There are 168 hours in the week. Subtract the amount of time you are in classes, sleeping, working or doing something that you do the same night every week (i.e. watching the TV show yoti watch every Thursday or going to dinner with friends). So, figure you spend 98 hours of the week doing some-

thing, whatever that something might be. You still-have 70 hours where you do nothing. Time to yourself and time where you do nothing but veg is very necessary. Most of us have had those days where you spend all day on the couch watching Schindler's List and crap TV. Those days are essential for sanity in our, lives, but 70 hours- of nothing is a little much. When you have this all figured out, you will discover when you can get things done. You may even want to create a schedule for yourself-when you can study and when you can do homework. The only problem with this is you have to force yourself to stick to the schedule, ,and, when your friends are doing something and you want to go with them, that may be a little hard to do. One of the most intelligent things to do may be to get a planner. At the beginning of the semester, when you get your class syllabi, mark every paper, test and assignment so that yow realize how much time you can allot yourself to slack off. The problem? You have to follow this and not slack off in writing in assignments. There is no point in having a planner if you are not going to use it. Actually stopping procrastination is something that I have not dealt with yet. There is no pill that will stop it. A conscious effort must be made to realize what you are doing to yourself and your grades and all that. For now, we can all resolve to stop procrastinating, but how many times have we said this to ourselves before?


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By Harold Davis Are your parents paying for your education, or are you working your way through college? Many students are faced with the problem of having to work their way through school. As a student, I can safely say that one of the most challenging aspects of college life is trying to find the money to stay in. For students who do.not have the luxury of parents willing to put them through college, the price the students have to pay is devastating. Students deal with this challenge in several ways. They try to borrow money from parents, take out student loans, try to find a job or drop out. It is not uncommon to find working students. I found two that agreed to interviews if their names weren't printed. We'll call them Thelma and Louise. Thelma is a junior at PSC arid works at a small business in Auburn. She rents a small house there and pays all her bills, including car payments, herself. Her parents don't have the money to help her much, but she does enjoy a good meal whenever she makes it home to visit them. Thelma relies heavily on financial aid and scholarships each year. With her job, where she makes "a little more than minimum wage,'~

and her aid, she is able to make ends meet "as long as nothing catastrophic happens." Louise is a sophomore at PSC and works and lives in Nebraska City. She also relies heavily on financial aid. She is usually able to make ends meet, but sometimes it requires "eating the box the frozen pizza on sale _at Norman's came in."

"Students deal with this challenge in several ways. They try to borrow money from parents, take out student loans, try to find a job or drop out." Finding work in a college town can be very difficult, especially for freshmen and sophomores who don't have the qualifications and work experience it takes to be successful in a competitive job market. Working around hectic activity schedules can also be challenging. For this reason, students often rely solely on financial aid. But, what hiJ.ppens



when the financial aid 'is~'t enough, or doesn't con'ie in? The ilhswer is to find a job, no matter how lpw the pay or how difficult the w9rk,:,,;, Tpis is, for many, thefir:st time they are really pushed into the.teal world and forced to either sirlk~r)lwim. For many, staying afloat finan~ially is the biggest challenge of thClr lives. When students must go it alone and make ends meet, it becomes difficult to survive in society. This is probably why it wasn't hard to find working students at PSC Probably most of the students at PSC work in one way or another. Whether it's holding down a job or two in Auburn, Nebraska City, or Brownville, working on campus or elsewhere in Peru or perhaps even working weekends at home at the old summer job, like I do, most students have to work. That's the good thing about PSC-its low tuition and relatively low cost of living make it an ideal college for the working student with low cash flow. Whether you find yourself in this situation or not, it's important to realize that someday, after college, you won't have to eat the cardboard box. Most importantly, you'll have an education that will be more than worth the price you had to pay for it.

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Bobcats stunned in final minute-by Westmar University By Matt Maxwell The Peru State Bobcats met Westmar University out of LeMars, IA, last Saturday for a track meet. Of course, all the participants were wearing helmets and shoulder pads, but the game more closely resembled a track meet than a football game. The two teams combined to sprint for over 950 yards of offense and scored 67 points. Unfortunately, the 'Cats only scored 33 points. PSC slipped to 4-3 on the year, losing 34-33. . Hopes for a Bobcat win soared late in the game. P-State lead with just over 13 minutes to play, after senior wideout Zach Sangster ran a reverse around the left end of the Bobcat line and streaked 25 yards for the goahead touchdown. The 'Cats held a 33-27 lead for nearly 12 minutes, but the Eagles capitalized on a late Bobcat turnover. With 1 :·os left to play, Westmar wideout Rich Freki ng hauled in a 17yard touchdown pass, and, after Eagle kicker James Bell added the extra point, the Eagles were on top for good. The ·final extra point was not the only one which proved important during the game. Peru State failed on three extra points attempts, including their last try follo>ying Sangsier's run. .!>SC's kicking 'g(fin:i calamity. left Bobcat fans feeling Finkled (or is it Einhorned?). The 'Cats had chances to win the game despite giving up a season high 601 yards to the Eagles. Almost 150, of those yards came on two nearly identical rnnning plays. The first,

Eagle running back Barry Meyer took 74 yards for a third quarter touchdown. Fotir minutes later, Meyer again broke loose for a score, this one from 73 yards out. "[Westmar] played one formation our defense wasn't prepared for," said Bqbcat assistant coach Clint Edwards. He added, "It seemed to bother us for a while." Once the Eagles got flying, there be no stopping them. They gained just under 300 yards rushing and just over 300 yards passing . After Meyer's second long touchdown trot, P-State's special teams redeemed themselves. Seren Humburg followed quality blocks and then ran away from everybody, scampering 82 yards for a touchdown, bringing the 'Cats within one. The PSC offense was another bright spot. The 'Cats rushed for 180 yards, led once again by seniortailback Anthony Lee's 106 yards and a touchdown. Peru State quarterback Jamie Stinson threw for just under 200 yards on 17 of 36 passing, including one touchdown stri.((:e to wide receiver Kevin Lee. Stinson als9 ran for a oneyard touchdown. Sangster contributed his best game of the season, catching 7 passes for 104 yards. By publication of this issue, the Bobcats will have already hosted Northwest Oklahoma State University. Up next for Peru State is a clash with Midland Lutheran College on Nov. 8. Last season, the 'Cats blasted the Warriors 42-0. Game time is 1 p.m. at Memorial Field in Fremont.

SITTING IN THE POCKET, senior quarterback Jamie Stins.on (16) has time to look for a receiver against Chadron State College. Protecting Stinson are junior lineman Luc McGhee (54) and senior fullback Terry Zessin (28). Wideout Zach Sangster (background) breaks into the open. The Bobcats dropped their second game of the year to the Eagles in Beatrice, only to return to Peru to lose to the Eagles from Westmar University. The 'Cats sit at 4-3 with three games remaining. -photo by Juliane Lee

Just in case you're headed to Vegas Max's Pick of the Week Season Record: 2-3-1

PITTSBURGH (+4) at KANSAS CITY: I am forced to pick against my beloved Chiefs this week. The Chief's defense is built around three things: speed, speed and speed. Conversely, the Steeler offense is built around power, Jerome Bettis and more power. The Bus will produce big numbers when the Steeler's north and south ground attack hits K.C. Monday night. If the Chiefs win this one, it won't be by more than a field goal.

Bobcats ready to hit hardcourt as regular season approac·hes By .Clint Edwards

Stoakes and junior Matt Thompson. Thompson and Hiatt bring junior colThe Peru .State men's basketball lege experience, and all three are alteam is, fired.up and ready to pound ready familiar with Coach Gibbs' systhe hardwood again. This year's tem. They each should be ready to squad will have a tough act to follow. step in and contribute"immediately. Three new junior college transfers They will attempt to fill the shoes of the senior•filled 96-97 team, which also step in with significant college went 25-8 and qualified for· the na- basketball experience. Junior shooting guard Tony Vega can light it up tional tournament in Nampa, ID. Despite having to replace seven se- from downtown and should start a lot niors, Head Coach John Gibbs is con- of games for the Bobcats. Peru State fident the 'Cats have the potential to also welcomes some needed help in be just as good as last year's squad. the paint with the acquisition of two "I don't feel that bad. We're not in a junior college big men-6'7" Corey situation where we have no experi- Cain and 6'8" Josh Brandt. Both should see time in the Bobcat lineup. ence," Gibbs said. Gibbs believes that this year's team In fact, when talking about team strengths, Gibbs actually cited expe- needs to find its strength when they rience. The Bobcats return two regu- don't have the ball. "We need to exlar starters in senior forward Matt cel on the defensive side of the court," Maxwell and sophomore point guard Gibbs said. One weakness evident during the Jermel Ward. Two reserves, senior guard Shawn Gibbs and junior swing preseason is that, although they are man Steve Fleming also return for the not short. on playing experience, the 'Cats. Forward Nate Caldwell, who 'Cats have quite a few players who played for the Bobcats during the have not yet played together and are 1995-96 season, also returns for his unfamiliar with the system. .Coach Gibbs commented that how fast his senior campaign. Along with those returning players, team gels..will have a profound effect the Bobcats also return three redshirts: on their success. "We were in the sophomore Billy Hiatt, freshman Dan same type of situation with a lot of Earn MONEY and FREE TRIPS Absolute Best SPRING BREAK Packages Available!! INDIVIDUALS, STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS, or SMALL GROUPS wanted! Call INTER-CAMPUS PROGRAMS at 1-800-327-6013 or

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Page7 Nov. 3, 1997 Volleyball team set for postseason By Greg Wolfe "We started flat against Columbia," said Head Volleyball Coach Todd Jensen about the Lady Bobcats' match with the NAIA's second-ranked Columbia College on Oct.23. The 15thranked Peru State College volleyballers fell behind Columbia 011 in the first game and ended up losing 1-15. "We just couldn't pass the ball," said Jensen. The second game saw the Bobcats take an early lead 13-9 before dropping it 14-16 and going on to lose the third game 8-15. "We were able to focus on passing in the second game and proved that we could play with anyone when we concentrate," commented Jensen. On the flip side, Jensen said that the.y may have also proved that "on a bad passing night, anyone can beat us." On Oct. 25, the women played their last regular season home game and celebrated senior night to honor their graduating class. They were matched up with the overmatched York Panthers who succumbed to an old-fashioned beating at the hands of the 'Cats 15-4, 15-2, 15-7. With the match

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New players raise hopes for Lady 'Cats By Greg Wolfe

Thus far, that has been a problem. During preseason practices, the It is fall again-which means the women have been battling injury and leaves of the thousand oaks on cam- illness. The question is not only will pus turn Peru into a virtual work of everyone be healthy, but will everyart, and it also means the return of one have practiced together enough squeaking shoes to the floor of Al to develop some continuity before Wheeler Activity Center with the re- diving into the long season. Coach turn of basketball. Kreklau hopes to end preseason with The Peru State women's basketball "a week of productive practices." team has been practicing since the Continuity is a key to the preseason beginning of the school year, and they practices since this year's squad in路"wilt finally see some real action this troduces I 0 freshmen to the PSC weekend in their annual alumni game. court along with two transfer players. In their two-month long preparation, They will bring much-needed depth Coach Tara Kreklau has seen a lot of to Peru's lineup ~hat has eight returngood things. "We have had a lot of ing players, inducting senior Steph enthusiasm and have had good com- Hornung, junior Celeste Nolte and petition in practices," said Kreklau. sophomore standout DeeAnn Othmer. The team feels very optimistic about Overall, the lady hoopsters are the upcoming season. much faster this year with great team The Lady Bobcats finished the last speed. "Hopefully, we will be able half of the 1996-97 season with an 8- to run a little more on offense this 6 record. This was a bit misleading, season," said Kreklau. Speed will though, since five out of the six losses also help on defense, and Kreklau came against national tournament plans to put more pressure on opposteams. So after a positive, but still ing teams. disappointing loss in the regional Their first regular season action is tournament, the returners decided that Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Mid America their goal would be a trip to the na- Nazarene Tournament in Ofathe, KS, tional tournament this season. This and their first home game is a doubleis a very attainable goal according to header next Tuesday, Nov. 11, versus Kreklau and, "if we can stay healthy, Doane with the women taking to the we have a definite shot at it." court before the men wind up the evening's action. Athletic Eqllipment and Apparel for All Yollr Sporting Needs


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under control, Coach Jensen was able to remove the seniors one by one. "I was please路ct that we were able to take the seniors out one at a time and give them the honor they deserved." J:ensen also said that it was a nice way to end the home schedule. The next day, Peru traveled to Seward to face Concordia College and prove they weren't the same team that lost three 路straight games to Columbia earlier in the week. "The girls really stepped it up a level," stated Assistant Coach Misti Munson. The Lady 'Cats once again pulled out a decisive victory in four games, 15-5, 15-6, 14-16 and 15-13. Every~ one played well, according to Jensen, with Kendra Corey setting a careerhigh 40 digs in the match to finish an outstanding week that also saw her hit .909 against York the night before. Next weekend, the ladies travel to Rockhurst College in Kansas City for the Independent Tournament where they will see the number one and two regional seeds from Columbia and Rockhurst. The games will have bearing on the national rankings so they are not taking the tournament lightly.

"Practices are becoming more intense," commented Munson. "The team has set a goal and are ready to achieve it. Their heads are in it and it showed in the last two games by being more of a dominating force." After the Independent Tournament, the Bobcats jump into a regional quarterfinals match which may be at home if all goes well. "We're anxious to see who we are going to play, but we won't know until all the conferences are finished playing," said Jensen. That is a slight setback since the squad will only have a short time to prepare for their opponent once it is decided. The winner of the quarterfinal will go on to the regional tournament at Columbia College. As for the final decision on who makes the national tournament, Jensen commented "It's up to the voters." He continued "There are for sure two bids going, but if there arc thr(;e, then three of us will go." What more can be said? If the 'Cats win out the rest of the regular season, they improve their chances with a jump in the rankings.

Jayhawks set the pace on the road to the final four

Get ready to hit the hardwood It's time to get serious. The selves into.the elite. Two weeks later ground is covered with snow. on Dec. 17, the battle ensues for suStocking hats sit on the heads of stu- premacy of South Carolina as dents as they cross campuses around Clemson hosts the University of the country, and sports fans every- South Carolina. That should whet your basketball where have become fed up, once again, with the polls that control col- appetites. Now take a look at my lege football. What does all this preseason Top 20. mean? It's time to tum our attention to the hardwood. Basketball season is upon us! "The only thing that This week, I make my predictions for the 1997-98 season. wou_ld bring some Let's start with pro basketball. Scotty Pippen gets healthy, suspense to pro Michael Jordan grabs another scoring title and the Bulls win basketball this season another championship. Everyone else comes in second place. would be if the Lakers The only thing that would bring some suspense to pro basketball sign El Niiio to a onethis season would be ifthe Lakers sign El Nifio to a one-year year deal." deal. Well, that should do it for the NBA. On to the college I. Kansas - Raef LaFrentz and game. NCAA basketball's wide open Paul Pierce decided to stay in school. field should provide fans with much LaFrentz is a man-eater in the paint more excitement. Ten teams have and Pierce is among the nation's best a legitimate shot at the final four, athletes. They give Roy Williams and the Jayhawks the inside track to and there is no clear-cut favorite. The hoop season explodes this a national title. 2. North Carolina - Contrary to year with some huge early season matchups OQ ESPN. On Dec. 2, popular belief, the Tar Heels are in Kansas attempts to avenge last excellent shape without Dean Smith. year's final four loss to Arizona. Coach Smith wouldn't have left his Tune in Dec. 3 to watch Kentucky program any other way. Besides, Smith may be gone, but Antwan begin the post-Pitino era. The Wildcats still have plenty of Jamison is not. 3. Duke - Coach K. mixed a great talent, and they'll need it as they take on one of the nation's best- recruiting class with a nucleus of excoached teams-Gene. Keady's perienced players. I can't wait for Purdue Boilermakers. Whoever the Blue Devils to travel to Chapel wins this game will launch them- Hill.

4. Arizona - Lots of familiar faces return from last year's national champs. But if Larry Johnson and Stacy Augmon 's UNLV team wasn't special enough to repeat, are the Wildcats? 5. South Carolina - Melvin Watson is a first team AllAmerican with some help. Th.e Gamecocks are for real. 6. Purdue - Along with the other Coach K., Gene Keady heads the list as the best coach left in the game (only no one knows it). The Boilermaker's Coach K. is loaded with talent. 7. Clemson - Rick Barnes has moved Death Valley indoors. His Tigers are legitimate final four coritenders. 8. Kentucky - Don't feel too sorry for the Wildcats. Rick Pi ti no is gone, but Tubby Smith will fill in nicely and he inherits a talented crew. . 9. UCLA - If everyone is eligible, the Bruins are back. 10. New Mexico - Kenny Thomas could win 15 gatnes by himself. Along with his teammates, UNM looks forward to a 20-win season. And rounding out my Top 20 ... 11. Indiana 12. Fresno State 13. Iowa 14. Oklahoma 15. Stanford 16. Maryland 17. Rhode Island 18. Georgia 19. Michigan 20. UCONN

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Cq,rdial Cress cries out for equality E\.ery now :ml then, the age-old conversation arises about the war of the sexes. I al~ays try to be fair and impartial when I think about this topic. Is there really a war? If so, my motto will have to be: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em (don't take that the wrong way, I'm no Lawrence Phillips)! Yes, I'd much rather be in a muddy trench with perspiring females than in that same trench with sweaty males (as long as our fighting colors·aren;t pink and yellow). Nobody takes a guy seriously when he is wearing pink, and yellow just doesn'.t go witjl my army boots. I must admit, however, if we were fighting a battle out in the middle of a field full of posies, I could and would eat my pride and don a pink· and yellow uniform (for safety's sake). Unless someone is getting sexually harassed or discriminated against, I'd rather the topic become moot. It only gets people worked up for nothing .... ·

Here's my scenario on life: We live, we breed, we die. Steps one and three are out of our hands altogether. Step two, though, gives a person a iittle variation. That's where the fun in life lies. I won't explain step two any further, so you may insert your own imagination here ... I hope it was good for you! Now, on to a serious point in our little rinky-dink discussion. Will chemical warfare be allowed? If it is, I want to switch back over to the guy's side. My reasoning is simple. If guys can create hundreds of different deadly odors without trying, how many ghastly odors can they come up with intentionally? Scary thought, huh? We all know that this constant belittling between the sexes will not amount to actual warfare. It's kind of interesting to contemplate it, though. It would be really nice if people would recognize each other as in:dividualsnot male, not female. Well, let's not go that far. If it comes to the point in our society where I can't tell the difference

between man and woman, then shoot me. As a special treat this week, folks, we have a guest opinion, and it just happens to be a woman. Welcome, Amy. Thanks for volunteering to give, this narrow-minded male your input! Amy: John, you are such a special person! I don't think you are narrow-minded at all! You are one of the most sensitive males I have ever known, next to my grandfather and dad. Me: Wow. I'm flattered that you feel that way, Amy. Amy: Would you like me to cook you anything? Me: Yes, please. Amy: John, you are so cordial. wish more guys were like you. Me: I don't know what to say. You really are a gem! Is my food ready? Just kidding. Thanks a lot for your input. It is very exciting for me to be able to relate to a person of the opposite sex. Let's eat!

In honor of All Hallows' Eve, my cohort, Clint Edwards, and I decided to indulge ourselves in a little fright via Wes Craven's "I Know What You Did Last Summer," starring "Party of Five's" Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and former "All My Children" star Sarah Michelle Gellar. __ After seeing the Melrose Parkian previews, I have to admit, I was clearly expecting endless hours of cheesy lines given by bad actors who wear as little as possible in scenes that are terribly choreographed. To my amazement, I actually enjoyed the movie. Although it was like a scary episode of "90210;' where Brenda comes back and kills everyone who ever slept with Dylan, this movie scared the hell out of me and the ending was completely a surprise. Juliane: I was extremely impressed with Craven, the king of creepiness. After his early success with "Nightmare on Elm Street," which gave me insomnia for two weeks, he really hasn't hit the target with other flicks, like "Frighteners." I think America loves a good horror movie and "I Know What You Did" could win him the appeal he needs from young audiences to give him the good fortune at the box office he deserves. However, I felt the decision to continually display Hewitt and Gellar's ample breasts weakened the movie. Here they arc, running from this killer and scared out of their minds, yet they still had the time to put on those wonder bras. That just amazed me. Perhaps they thought showing a little cleavage would save them from a terrible fate. Clint: Since you broached the subject of the women on display in this movie, I must voice my approval of them and all the plastic surgery they have had. However, their breasts were not the only perks of this movie. The acting was pretty good, and I got to listen to you·scream like an idiot. I did feel, though, that there was a definite lack of skin. But, since the movie was entertaining beyond the large-breasted, good-looking women, I won't formally complain. Juliane: I was pretty scared, but I wasn't the only onejumpin' out of my chair. Speaking of women, let's talk about what this movie and others, like "Scream," have done for the role of the woman. In the past, we saw them wearing string bikinis, bouncing around on someone's bed and then saying that famous line, "Oh, i.t's only you," before being hacked to death by some deranged psychopath wearing a hockey mask. It's about time women have strong and intelligent roles in movies, and I'm glad to see that directors are finally taking advantage of women's vast talents. Clint: I admit that I jumped a couple of times, but, hey, that's a sign of a good horror movie. Besides, I wanted to see a pretty good scary movie, and this one didn't let me down. I'm not going to get all caught up in this women's issue thing, though. I'll let you handle that. Juliane: For once, I agree with you-it was a good movie and, it's true, men have no place in women's issues. SUGGESTED SILVER SCREAMS: "The Shining," "Amityville Horror," "Poltergeist," "Evil Dead," "Scream" and "The Exorcist."



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LOOKS CAN>~EJlECEIVIN~. Alt~<>ugh.the exteriorof Peru's Ho¥t Science Hall looks nearly as'gooO<'as'ltidtd'76··years agdwhen it wasc6nstructed, it tops the facilities audit report as one of the most critical areas in need of improvement. The report estimates the total cost to PSC in bringing various buildings up to date and up to code will amount to over $21 million. Whether to .repair these structures or relocate the entire campus has been a matter of much concern to students, faculty and affected communities. -photo by Greg Wolfe

Andrew VonDollen, former student, was sentenced Nov. 5 to a year in jail and ordered to register for the next decade as a sexually violent offender, according to a recent Omaha WorldHerald news article by Stephen Buttry. The Sept. 19 issue of the Peru State Times recounted VonDollen's history of sexual assaults and revealed his two convictions for misdemeanor thirddegree sexual assault charges. Although Douglas County District Judge Theodore Carlson had received VonDollen's psychological evaluation saying he was "doing well in treatment," according to the article, Carlson declared him a sexually violent offender. Carlson's decision requires VonDollen, upon his release from jail, to register his whereabouts annually with law enforcement officials and update his registration every three months for the next 10 years. According to the World-Herald, VonDollen's jail sentence, the maximum allowed for his charges, was handed down by Carlson after he had heard pleas from both VonDollen 's lawyer, J. William Gallup, and those

affected by VonDollen's crimes-tt two victims and their parents. Gallup asked for leniency, citin VonDollen's treatment for.personali1 disorders, according to the stor Gallup indicated that VonDollen h< already been punished when Pei State College officials revoked his atl letic scholarship and kicked him o of school in response to a Sept. World-Herald story that publicized h criminal record. PSC President Robert L Burns h< no comment when asked for a r, sponse to Gallup's claims. Burns d confirm that Andrew Von Do I !en is 1 longer a student here. The Sept. 19 Times article also rais• questions about college admissi< policies with regard to criminal hi tory. Bums commented then that cc lege officials followed proper proc dures in admitting VonDollen to Pe and that no problems were indicat• in his transcripts. When asked Monday about the pc sibility of changes to admission pr cedures in response to VonDoller presence, Burns said no changes h; been made, but that college offici< were discussing the situation.

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Audit report calls for over $21 million By Debbie Sailors Peru's long-awaited facilities audit report has been submitted to the State College Board of Trustees, indicating costs of over $21 million to bring campus buildings up to date and up to code. The report, which the board will discuss at their Dec. 10 meeting, offers no conclusive numbers as to whether the college should move and continues the conflict between supporters and opponents of the possible move by Peru State College to Nebraska City. Dr. Carrol Krause, executive director of the Nebraska state college system, said that had the report shown a need for only $5 million worth of renovation work, it might have ended the conflict. With the much higher cost estimate, however, the question of whether to fix up Peru or move to a new campus remains. Rick Kolkman, chairman of the State College Board of Trustees, said, "I don't think it changes the discussion at all. The facts are, there is a group of people who want the campus to stay put and another group that wants it to move." At more than 1,300 pages, the report, which was prepared by Schemmer Associates Inc. of Omaha, details. the co_sts of various building

renovations and additions and identifies those buildings in critical need of repair. Specifically,''the campus library and Hoyt Science Hall have the greatest need and, accordingly, the most

drainage improvements near the Oak Bowl. Other "critical improvements" cited by the consultants included replacement of various windows, installation of back-flow devices on water faucets

FACILITIES AUDIT AT A GLANCE Campus Library Addition and Renovations $2.9 Million Hoyt Science Hall Addition and Renovations $2.4 Million Construction of Elevators in Seven Buildings $1.7 Million Drainage lnprovements at Oak Bowl $662,000 money needed. The price tag for the library wing is $2.9 million, while a Hoyt addition plus renovations comes in at $2.4 million. According to the report, another $1.7 million is needed for construction of elevators in seven buildings to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, while $662,000 would make

and addition of emergency lighting at exits. The overall cost rises to $21.3 million when fees for architects and issuing of revenue bonds are figured in. Krause guessed that the cost of a new campus facility in Nebraska City might be as much as $30 million. He also indicated that the board needs to

make a decision about how to proceed by at least January in order to approach the Legislature with a proposal. Kolkman said the issue of moving the campus will hinge on whether the Legislature is willing to finance the renovation work or whether a city can put up enough money to persuade the state college board to move the campus elsewhere. Peru State College President Robert L Bums made no comment on the Schemmer report, but added that he had not had time to adequately review it. Dr. David Ainsworth, vice president of Academic Affairs, said, "I have not seen the Schemmer audit, so (I) wouldn't have an opinion about it. I deal more with faculty, students and curriculum than the buildings." Dr. Spencer Davis, professor of history and chair of Faculty Senate, commented, "(The article) does not affect my opinion. I have not read it." He continued, "I don't know of two competing pla.ns. I don't know how it (the college) would grow if it were here; don't know why it would grow if it were to move. It is necessary for the board of trustees to develop and make public (information) about the long-term commitment to Peru before discussion oflocation and programs." (This article was written using information from the Omaha World-Herald.)

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Page2 Nov. 14, 1997 A peek at the past

PSC's last new building reason for celebration By Greg Wolfe

rooms and a laboratory and nurses' office. A special note was made of the supIn the news 20 years ago ... A groundbreaking ceremony took port of the legislators in Lincoln and place for the Physical Education and of all students and friends. of Peru Health Center, which would eventu- State College. Also recognized were ally be.renamed the Al Wheeler Ac- faculty, staff and alumni who purtivity Center. The new facility re- chased square footage of the gym and placed the old gym, which is still over 100 students who organized the standing with the same original outer "Bobcat Bouncing Dribble Drive". shell and has been since 1903. The This event saw PSC students dribble only improvements over the past cen- a basketball from Peru to the state tury have been to the interior, with the capitol in just over 26 hours, raising last renovation to the old gym build- over $2,000 for their efforts. ing taking place in 1995. In the news 30 years ago ... Many state of the art features were The Nebraska Normal Board voted included in the Physical Education unanimously to outlaw drinking on Center, including seating for 2,000 the state college campuses at Kearney, people, indoor track. Olympic sized Wayne, Chadron and Peru. The action took place after former swimming pool, exerdse and practice. rooms and public rest rooms .. board member Bernard M. Spencer The renovations to A.D. Majors of Nebraska City noted that the 1967 Hall were for its conversion to the Legislature had modified the state law Health Center. These included wait- which prohibited drinking on stateing rooms, examinati.on and recovery owned property.



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Alpha Chi induction ceremony held By Debbie Sailors

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Fifteen students became new members of Alpha Chi, an academic honor society, at an induction ceremony held Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Benford Recital Hall in the Jindra Fine Arts Building. Only juniors and seniors with grade point averages in the top 10 percent

of their classes were eligible for this New officers were also installed at honor. Eligible students. must also the ceremony. They are as follows: have completed 24 Peru State Col- junior Edward L Fritz, president: selege credit hours within the last year. , nior LelaniaT Griiliam, vice presiEach fall, the PSC Faculty Senate dent; senior Laura Lea Fossenbargcr, nominates students for membership. secretary; senior Amber Frey, treaMembership in Alpha Chi represents surer; and senior Gina Steele, student an opportunity for students to present delegate. scholastic work at regional and naFaculty sponsor for Alpha Chi is tional conventions held each year. Dr. David Edris, professor of music.

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CAB members travel to Denver; attend conference By Russell Crouch On Nov. 13, six members of th< Campus Activities Board (CAB) ant. Peggy Groff, coordinator of specia events, departed for the National Association for Campus Activitie~ (NACA) conference in Denver. Stu dents making the trip were Anne Marie Taylor, Shannon Hall, Amand; Ray, Russell Crouch, Aaron Wisdon and Cara Taylor, all members of CAB's executive committee. The confere.nce gives members and their schools an opportunity to view national acts and discuss wliat activities other schools are doing. "We are attending the conference to find an act for our Spring Fling Week. We also hope to find some acts to fill next semester, as well as the whole year," said Wisdom. The three-day conference offers many opportunities to view a variety of acts. The conference also allows Peru's CAB to secure acts to perform on campus through a "cooperative" buy situation. This allows many schools in a specific area to hire acts at a discount. In the past, Peru has been quite successful in several competitions, winning four awards over the last two years. Two years ago, Barb Lewellen, director of student programs, was named Program Director of the Year. Last year, Peru received two design awards-the campus calendar and the Spring Fling T-shirts.


Staff opinion

Change is good, resistance is futile We at the Times applaud the recent first by the National Basketball Association in hiring two female referees. However, it was hard to hear some of the negative reactions to the long-overdue addition of women to the ranks of NBA officials. Have players in the Women's National Basketball Association complained about male referees? Not likely. Women, while encountering opposition to their every advancement in society, .have long accepted men in positions of authority. Unfortunately, some men can't accept changes that place women in similar positions of authority. And, apparently, there are some within the NBA who feel that women can't even-referee as well as men. While we understand that the importance of professional basketball pales in comparison to some of the grimmer aspects of today's news, there can be :\@I no doubt about the powerful influence of major basketball stars like Michael IJordan and others. ·1 When an average basketball fan happens to sport a sexist viewpoint that's I resistant to change, a few people may agree, and a few may not. But if Michael Jordan shares that same skewed point of view, millions of people may agree. The heroic and revered Jordan should think back to another violently opposed change that altered sports history and allowed Jordan the amazing . fame he enjoys today. Michael Jordan, a black man who is perhaps the greatest basketball star of all time, proves each time he plays that change is not only inevitable but beneficial.

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It's their party and I'll cry if I want to

Rebuffed by Alpha Chi and bitter The year is 2000. Sitting across from one Mr. Tututwiler, principal of Anytown High School, I'm wearing the preferred blue suit and nude stockings of a well-dressed teaching applicant. The interview is going well. He peruses my painstakingly-prepared resume. "Well, everything seems to be in order, Ms. Sailors. Your credentials are impeccable. I am pleased to offer you ... " All those years of nightly homework, daily driving, weekend waitressing and part-time parenting are finally paying off. Wait a minute! What's this? He's still talking, but he's stopped smiling. " ... As I said, Ms. Sailors, I can't believe I missed this. I don't see an Alpha Chi membership listed. Let me double-check your resume. I'm afraid this changes everything. Thank you for your time, Ms. Sailors. " My heart falls. My eyes fill. As busy Mr. Tututwiler walks away, I protest, "No. No. You don't understand! I couldn't get ..." My eyes open with a start. Only dreaming, I think thankfully. But, what if this absurd scenario somehow comes true?

I learned early the undergraduate's mantra, "It'll look good on your resume," and made the required appearances at meetings and seminars. I joined the clubs. I paid my dues. However, being that single working mother, sometimes I couldn't make it. I found out I couldn'tjoin Alpha Chi because I had to work the Sunday afternoon of the prestigious honor society's induction ceremony. Upon offering my hard-earned $35 membership, I learned that in order to join their club, I have to go to their big party. I guess all the hard work that went into earning their invitation to join meant nothing. Well, I took my $35 and paid my phone bill with it. Sunday, Nov. 9, rolled around, finding me where I usually am, serving catfish and carp to blue-haired ladies. Now, I have a plan. I am going to make a Herculian effort to be at that ceremony next year, accepting my membership, and, from there, I will work insiduously from the inside to change their stupid rule. Despite the recurring nightmare and covert plans to infiltrate their administration, I still don't think of myself as bitter. Do you? -




How do you feel about the hiring ._of the first two female referees in the NBA? "It's great that women are taking a bigger role in society. Women can do the job just as well as men can."

"It doesn't matter whether it's a guy or a girl as Jong as they do a good job."

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"They hire men to do volleyball, so why can't women ref men's games?"

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"It's a big step for women's equality."

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Dynamic d'U'O work to aid students seeking financial assistance By Debbie Sailors A dynamic duo is at work, helping Peru State College students through the sometimes-complicated financial aid process. Helping seems to come naturally to Donna Svare, new director of Financial Aid, and Chris Peters, her new assistant director. For the last six years, these two have helped each other-as coworkers and friends. Svare, a 20-year veteran of admissions and financial aid at Doane College, and Peters, a Doane graduate, met and became friends while Peters, then still a student, was employed in the financial aid office there through the work-study program. Svare had been working at Doane over a dozen years when she decided· to seek a degree for herself. She said, "Working with an educational institution just kept eating at me, so I became a non-traditional student." By then, Svare had divorced and was still living in Crete with her three children, Nicole, Ryan and Jason, now 15, 13 and nine. Balancing the responsibilities of her job, school and children proved to be difficult. At times, Svare even took on second and third jobs, cleaning, catering, delivering newspapers and wallpapering. Eager to belp was Chris Peters. The two women had become close during


Svarc's divorce and ensuing struggles to attend school while still working. Peters, a junior at Doane at the time, needed a place to live, and Svare needed help with child care. Peters moved in, and a beneficial arrangement was born. "I was still going to college and working (at Doane) during the day. I watched her kids in the evenings while she was going to CHRIS PETERS AND DONNA SVARC (from left) -photo by school or work- financial aid team. ing." Four and half years after her first moved from Crete to Lincoln and becollege class, Svare earned her gan a four-year stint working for bachelor's degree in business, her high UNIP.(\.C Service Corporation, a loan GPAindicativeofherhard work. She servicing company, and the Educacontinued her studies while still work- tional Planning Center, a free scholing in Doane's financial aid office, arship assistance service. achieving another degree in human reThis past summer, Svare interlations. viewed and was hired for the position Peters graduated with her bachelor's of Peru's director of financial aid, vadegree in accounting, also with hon- cated by Dwight Garman in April ors. Originally from Bloomfield, a 1997. She assumed her duties Aug. small northeast Nebraska town, ~he 11. An assistant director was also

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Dear Chris, Plain and simple, my friend is a mooch. There is no nice way to put it. She is always broke. Two days after she gets paid, her money is gone. She has problems paying bills, and even though she works minimal hours, she can't quite seem to understand why she never has money. How do I go about telling her about how annoying her habit is? We've all been broke before. There have been times when I've had to count pennies in order to buy toilet paper and other necessities. That's when friends come in handy. They're always willing to help you out and give you a half a loaf of bread or a can of Spaghetti-O's. Friends care enough to be generous and, for that, we can be grateful. When the situation becomes constant and gratefulness stops, the moocher becomes annoying.

Being able to keep up with bills should be a priority in life. A roommate shouldn't have to cover you because you are unwilling to work. No matter how monotonous a job is, it is still money to have. If your friend does not realize this, possibly an intervention is in order. Sit down and calmly tell her exactly how you feel. If she doesn't realize she's doing anything wrong, maybe this will help lhe situation. If you feel as though an intervention will not work, a simpler way to stop your friend from constantly using and borrowing and bumming all your things is to stop cushioning her. When she asks for $3, say no. When she asks for a cigarette, simply say, "I don't have enough to give out." If all else fails, maybe you need to find a new roommate.

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ing that she felt that the entire staff of the financial aid department was a "good fit" for each other. Svare and Peters were immediately plunged into the hurried pace of fall registration and fee payment. After the hectic start of the school year, both have set about organizing Peru's financial aid department. They are researching the feasibility of computer processing of student Joans-now done manually. Staying on top of ever-changing federal financial aid regulations is also a constant challenge. Ultimately, as Svare pointed out, "It's all about students and helping provide them with the means to an education. I like a small college and the chance to get to know students. "We really want students to feel comfortable in coming to see us," she said. "Families have so many worries about financing students' educations. We want them to know we'll do all we can for them and with a minimum of stress." She added, "I've been there. I understand the struggles." She continued, "I love being in a situation where I can help someone. There is nothing more rewarding than having a student that is distraught walk out of my office with a smile on their .face."

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needed to replace Peggy Groff, now special events coordinator here. Svarc's hardworking friend came to _mind. "We work so well together. I immediately thought of her and her organizational skills." She contacted Peters and invited her to apply for the position. After going through the entire interview process, Pehead up PSC's ters was hired as Debbie Sailors assistant to director of financial aid and began Sept. 2. Peters lives in Nebraska City and is active in Jaycees. Svare, wishing to maintain her children's lives in Crete, still lives there and makes the hourand-a-half trip twice a day. "We're a good team," said Peters. "We know each other's strengths and weaknesses." Svare commented, "I think it's rare to be able to move into a new position and have a staff you know you can work well with," add-


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Nebraska roots plant new college registrar at Peru's 'Campus of a Thousand Oaks' By Debbie Sailors Doug Neemann has joined the administrative team at Peru State College as the new registrar. He assumed the position Oct. 1. Neemann had been employed the past two years as a registrar at Southeast Community College campus in Lincoln. He had previously worked for several years as a registrar at the University of Nebraska-Lincoin. He replaces Dr. Kelly Liewer, who retired Sept. 30 after over 29 years here. The registrar oversees registration, graduation and all academic records and transcripts. Potential graduates work with the registrar's office verifying their credentials to see if all requirements have been met. Neemann, a graduate of Fairbury High School, attended UNL. receiving his bachelor's degree in business management and master's degree in education: He ended up in Peru after noticing

the job opening for registrar. "Being from Nebraska, I didn't want to move too far away," he said. "There are not a lot of registrar openings that come about in Nebraska, so when this one came up, I took the chance, and it worked out." Neemann started out to be an accountant but then secured a work-

study position in the registration office at UNL. The registrar there was influential and. steered Neemann toward the business end of higher education. Neemann cited his decision to leave Lincoln as a "tough choice." He commented, "Between being a student and an employee at the university, I was there from 1984 to 1995. My heart's still there." · He added that it was hard "to leave and give up football tickets." A devoted Husker fan, Neemann, in 1994, served as honorary "Coach of the Day" for the Cornhuskers, receiving an autographed football and team meals for his efforts. He was also allowed to sit in on a coaches meeting before the game. A photograph of Neemann with Dr. Tom Osborne taken that day shares his desktop with those of his wife JoAnne and daughters Elizabeth, seven, and Alex1mdra, four. He and his family still Jive in Lincoln but plan to move to Peru within a couple months.

Thomeczek takes on athletic training challenge at Peru State By Gretchen M, Stakenholtz Melissa Thomeczek is the new athletic trainer at PSC. She brings much enthusiasm, experience and dedication to Bobcat athletics both on the field and in the classroom. Thomeczek received her bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University. She went on to Indiana State University where she obtained her master's degree in athletic training. Thomeczek became interested in athletic training when she was a senior iri high school. "I didn't even know what an athletic trainer was untii 'the f.ootball coach at my high school got me involved. I started reading a book about what an athletic trainer does, and I was very interested." After being the student athletic trainer at LSU and spending last season as the head athletic trainer at Seward County Community College in Kansas, Thomeczek was looking for a four-year college to gain more experience. Because she is from a small town," Peru was very inviting. "I like

Melissa Thomeczek Peru-the small college, small classes. I also like how friendly everyone is

here. It's a comfortable atmosphere that has the high intensity sports that I like." ··· As head athletic trainer and classroom instructor, Thomeczek's responsibilities are numerous each day. Throughout the course of the semester, she teaches seven credit hours. These classes include physical education and coaching courses. "I love the

teaching. It's a nice, nice part of the job," Thomeczek said. Thomeczek's responsibilities for PSC's athletics include the primary inseason sports and all home events. "I go with the higher intensity sports, which are a more like! y chance to have injuries, such as football," Thomeczek said. "Melissa has done a real good job for us through the course of the season. She is very dedicated to the sport and is always concerned about the players," said Clint Edwards, assistant football coach. Three student assistants are also supervised by Thomeczek. These students are involved in many hands-on activities in PSC sports, especially in practices where Thomeczek is not always available. "The student assistants basically know the first aid procedures, and I reevaluate the athletes with more serious injuries later," Thomeczek said. In her spare time, Thomeczek enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew. She prides herself on being the greatest aunt that ever was.

THE LOUISVILLE HIGH SCHOOL Quiz Bowl team, champs of Peru's first ever invitational competition include (front row, from left) Alex Leiban, Andy Mixan, Lisa Behrns, Amanda Dobbs, (back row) Joe Kincaid, competition director, and Michelle Cox, Louisville's sponsor. - hoto b Debbie Sailors

Quiz Bowl competition draws top young minds By Debbie Sailors "For 10 points each-identify, in order, the three Hindu gods identified as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer." This was just one of many difficult and usually much-longer questions heard at the Peru State College Quiz Bowl held Friday, Nov. 7. Nineteen area quiz bowl teams consisting of top high school students participated in the event, Peru's first fall Quiz Bowl and first invitational tournament. Local and regional teams placing in the top three of various Quiz Bowl competitions were invited to participate. Joe Kincaid, math instructor, organized the tournament, held in the lower level ofT. J. Majors. Fourteen rounds of action began at 9 a.m. and

concluded with the final round at 3 p.m. between Weeping Water and Louisville. Louisville won, becoming tournament champs. Kincaid pointed out that the top finishers could be invited to two national Quiz Bowl tournaments. , .,. · · Appro~imately 35 staff members and students volunteered throughout the day as readers, timekeepers and scorekeepers. Peru's Quiz Bowl tradition continues March 30 to April I, 1998, with the 16th Annual Open Competition. A total of 120 teams from 65 schools participated in last spring's Quiz Bowl. By the way, they are Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. And, the answers must have been given in the correct order with no more than a one-second pause between answers.



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Pages Nov. 14, 1997 Roundballers seeking lessons in chemistry By Clint Edwards The Bobcats rebounded in the their third game of the season to notch their first win. The 'Cats tipped their season off last weekend in a basketball tournament at Mid America Nazarene College in Kansas City. The 'Cats dropped their first two games of the year, each by six points. In the first game, the Bobcats lost to Bethel College, 64-58. The only highlight of the game was Jermel Ward leading the team in scoring and rebounding, with 20 points and seven rebounds respectively. In the second game, the 'Cats dropped another close one to St. Mary of Kansas, the final score was 78-72. Against St. Mary, Ward and Shawn Gibbs each netted 15 points to lead the 'Cats. Defense has been a factor in all of the 'Cats games. With so many new players, finding the right offensive chemistry is an ongoing process. Head Coach John Gibbs said, "I am pleased with the defensive effort and the rebounding of our team."

Gibbs is just waiting for the offense to start clicking. With so many new faces it will take some time for the team to come together. Gibbs said, "One of our goals is to get better every night." Tuesday night the Bobcats accomplished that goal by breaking into the win column. The 'Cats beat Doane College of Crete, 71-58. Leading in the scoring department was Jenne! Ward who dropped in 23 points to lead all scorers. Coming off the bench, the 'Cats received solid play from Billy Hiatt and Corey Cain. Cain lead all players in rebounding with 13. Gibbs commented, "I knew going into the season we had players who didn't have game experience. I just need to be patient and hope the team gels together." If this is sign of things to come, then the Bobcats are on the right track. The 'Cats take the court this weekend in a tournament at Dana College, in Blair. The next 'Cats home games take place Nov. 21 and 22 when they host a tournament in Peru.

SO LONG, TUBBY. Peru State tailback Seren Humburg (20) darts around the left end after following the lead block of fullback Terry Zessin (28) versus Northwest Oklahoma State. -photo by Juliane Lee

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Bobcats brutalize Warriors By Matt Maxwell The Peru State College gridiron squad traveled to Fremont last Saturday to take on the Midland Lutheran Warriors. The 'Cats used a balanced offensive attack and a bendbut-don't-break defense on their way to a 33-13 win. The win raised PState's season mark to s'ix wins and three losses. The two teams battled through much of a scoreless quarter before Peru State senior quarterback Jamie Stinson dove into the end zone from one yard out. After senior placekicker Jeff Morgan added the PAT, the 'Cats were on top 7-0. The Bobcat scoring drive didn't sit well with the Warriors, and they wasted no time striking back. Six plays and 61 yards later, Midland players danced their own little end zone jig. However, the PAT failed

and P-State held the lead, 7-6. Once they had the ball back, the 'Cats kept their offense rumbling. After returning the ensuing kickoff to their own 23-yard line, PSC went 73 yards in JI plays. Senior tailback Anthony Lee finished off the drive with a one-yard score. After another Morgan PAT, the Bobcats happily strolled into the locker room at the half, leading 14-6. The second half began much like the first half ended-with another quick strike by the Bobcats. This time the P-State offense went 63 yards on only four plays before Lee added his second touchdown of the afternoon, this one from two yards out. The scoring drive took less than two minutes, and the 'Cats led 20-6 after three quarters. The fourthquarter was Peru State senior Seren Humberg's time to shine. The Bobcat tailback scored two

fourth-quarter touchdowns, the first on the ground from eight yards out and the second a touchdown pass from Stinson that sealed the victory. Humberg turned in his best performance of the season, leading the Bobcats with 117 y:irds on l 0 carries. Stinson also turned in another standout performance as he climbs through the Peru State record books. He completed 24 of 42 passes for 283 yards to go along with his two touchdowns. Stinson connected with wideout Zach Sangster 14 times for 118 yards and wideout Todd Liberty six times for 112 yards. P-State finishes up the ·97 campaign Saturday in Lincoln against Nebraska Wesleyan. The Plainsmen spoiled Peru State's hopes of entering the playoffs in last season ·s finale. so the 'Cats should be bent on revenge. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Abel Stadium in Lincoln.

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JERMEL "AIR" WARD takes the ball to the hoop for two of his 23 points in Tuesday's victory over Doane. -photo by Greg Wolfe

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Lady Bobcats start str ng By Greg Wolfe

BEING AGGRESSIVE, forward Amber Fredrickson drives the lane and draws the foul in last Tuesday's loss to Doane College at the Al Wheeler Activity Center, Fredrickson's hard work won her a spot on the All-Tournament team the previous weekend in the MidAmerica Nazarene tournament in Olathe, KS. -photo by Greg Wolfe

Netters in familiar situation By Greg Wolfe The Peru State volleyball squad have had a few snags in their quest for a· retllrn to the national tournament. A couple of um:xpected early seasonlossesthatdroppedtheminthe rankings, and the more recent trip to Texas over fali break, where they .'"wer-e winless, have been somewhat of a disappointment to the women. Over fall break, they traveled to Texas and dropped four games in two days to four teams ran~ed in the NAIA's top 20. "We had some offthe-court issues that the team was dealing with that may have.affected us mentally," said Head Coach Todd Jensen. · Even more likely, the 'Cats can attribute their losses to the tough schedule on the trip. They played four teams in four different gyms in three different cities, while amassing over 300 miles in just two days. Regardless, the losses have more than likely ended the chances for three bids from the midwest regiOn going to the national tournament. But Peru's hopes for their return to nationals is not over yet. Last weekend, they traveled to the Independent

Tournament at Rockhurst College and left with an important win. The win came in their first match when they defeated St. Scholastica out of Minnesota with some outstanding individual performances. Junior Kendra Jacobsen tied her career high with seven aces in the match, and sophomore Heather Shroeder tallied 11 digs and "passed exceptionally," according to Jensen, in their victory. Jensen was happy to add, "It was nice to win after our Texas trip. I was afraid we forgot'how." The finals pitted Peru against regional rival and tournament host Rockhurst. They ended up dropping the game, but some positive things came out of it. "We got a lot of information on Rockhurst, and I think they are a very predictable team," Jensen continued. "We would rather lose to them now than next weekend." The same scene was set last season when the 'Cats went into Rockhurst and beat them in their own gym to gain their entrance into the national tournament. But Jensen and his Lady 'Cats aren't looking past their home game this weekem;I when they host a regional quarterfinals match.

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sophomore Amber Fredrickson, to the All-Tournament team for their outIt was a great start to the women's standing play. Other notable menbasketball season at the MidAmerica tions from last weekend were sophoNazarene tournament last weekend more DeeAnn Othmer, who put up 15 -· in Olathe, KS. The Lady 'Cats and ¢en 14 points in each game. Also started the season 2-0 by beating notable were new faces Alecia William Jewell College out of Kan- Millard and Tammi Christensen, who sas City in the first game 73-69 and each contributed and were rewarded then beating the host team, with a lot of playing time. MidAmerica Nazarene, on their "Alecia handled the ball well home court. · against MidAmerica Nazarene's full The two wins on the road were a court pressure, and Tammi came up nice way to start off the grueling sea- with some critical rebounds with sevson. "We beat two quality teams on eral on the offensive end that she put the road and one on their home back and scored," commented court," said Head Coach Tara Kreklau. Kreklau. "Anytime you can win on The entire weekend's performance the road, you've been successful." cannot be limited to just these play-• According to Kreklau, if the team ers, though. "It was a total team efwas to be successful early on in the fort," said Kreklau. Junior Angela season would be dependent on Steins added some insight on the whether returning players would team's performance. "The depth of "step it up" or not. After the results our bench helped out. We have a lot of the first two games, she may have of people who could step in and get been correct in thinking so. the job done." And get the job done The Lady 'Cats had some great they did. P-State out-rebounded their performances last weekend, but jun- opponents all weekend. "We domiior Celeste Nolte had an outstanding nated the boards both offensively and tournament, scoring 27 points and defensively," added Peru's only segrabbing 14 rebounds in the first nior, Steph Hornung. game and then coming back and scorThe Lady 'Cats put up some impresing 20 points and grabbing eight re- sive numbers from the free throw line to go along witfr their rebounding. bounds in their second game. Nolte was named, along with They sank more from the charity

stripe than their opponents even attempted, dropping 29-40 versus William Jewel and 26-40 on MidAmerica Nazarene. The free throw numbers are attributed to Coach Kreklau's philosophy defensively and offensively. "First of all, we don't want to get ourselves in trouble by getting the other team into bonus, and, second, we like to be aggressive in taking the ball to the basket and creating the foul." The same philosophy has been used by teams at all levels and continues to be successful for Peru's women as it has been in past years. Next up for the a game tomorrow versus Graceland College at the Al Wheeler Activity Center with tip off at 7:30 p.m. Then they hit the road and travel to York College on Tuesday before coming home next Saturday to take on Marycrest International at3:30 p.m. in the AWAC. Peru's influx of new talent has made them a force to be reckoned with in the region, but Kreklau remains conservative in her approach to the upcoming schedule. "If we play well, we should have a good shot at winning all three ball games." The coaches and team encourage all of you to come ou_t to the games and show some old-fashioned Bobcat

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Everything's better in Canada On the eve of the climactic conclusion to the Canadian Football League's season, I saw it fitting to discuss some of the differences between the oddball American game played in the United States and the traditional rules of the Canadian game. I've had a few people who have been watching the CFL playoffs on ESPN2 ask me about the different rules being played north of the border. So I'm obliged to tell them of the oddities of the American game as it has evolved. Oddities of the American game, you ask? Well.the game was first introduced to the United States back in the late 1860s when McGill University of Montreal played a test match at Cornell University. The different rules have been evolving ever since. First of all, the Canadian game has 12 players on the field meaning an extra receiver and defensive back. That difference was tough to figure out for one-time NFL great Vince Feragamo, when he couldn't quite pick up the extra defensive back when reading the defense. The result was a Jess than successful stint in the CFL. The next major difference is the field dimensions. The CFL's fields are 110 yards from end zone to end zone and 65 yards wide. The end zones are also 20 yards deep which makes for some great play action on the goal line. The difference in downs makes the game significantly quicker also. The

Canadian game allows only three downs to advance 10 yards for a first down. This often eliminates the automatic running on first down seen in the NFL which bores me to death when I watch. The next rule is somewhat of a new one that is dedicated to all the Nebraska Cornhusker fans. The Canadian game has no fair catching on punt returns. They created a rule to allow the punt returners to run the ball back instead of the defense downing it all the time. The rule was instituted for exHusker great, Johnny Rodgers, when league officials noted how exciting he was to watch on punt returns. It also protected him from being crushed into the ice since he never fair caught anything. The result over the years has been some exciting players making a name for themselves as returners in the Canadian game such as Rocket Ismail and Tamarick Vanover. Now-I'm not trying to convince you. that the Canadian game is better. To each his own. But I've decided that I enjoy watching the CFL over the NFL and for reasons that are too many to mention here. First of all, I like watching the shoot-it-out passing in the CFL instead of the predictable running in the NFL. I watched Tyrell Davis and Curtis Martin run the ball 30 times each last Sunday, with their teams eating seven or eight minutes off the clock each time they drove the ball. No wonder some of the scores end up 9-6 and 12-3. They run too much 1. • .



time off the clock. Then I watched the CFL game on ESPN2 that night and enjoyed watching Doug Flutie throw the ball over 40 times, which is about average for a CFL quarterback (where 50-55 pass attempts are not uncommon). I didn't see a drive last more than four minutes before someone scored or punted. With the CFL's championship game, known as the Grey Cup, only days away, I encourage you to tune in and see some fast-paced football action. You'll also see why the CFL starts its season in the spring. It's not because of the-head-to head competition of the NFL (although that has now become a factor). Instead, it will answer the question in another fashion you'll see-the weather. The game is being played in Edmonton, Alberta, which you can find on a map if you don't know where it is. And late November in Canada is usually like the dead of winter I've experienced in Nebraska. I can recall firsthand a few games that I've sat through in the Great White North with the game time temperature hovering right around -20 degrees with a cold north wind blowing snow and biting at my extremities. It makes the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field look like a tropical paradise. The Grey Cup is being played at 4:30 p.m. this Sunday on ESPN. So tune in to a new experience and enjoy watching the way the game was originally meant to be played.


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Cress mystified by heavy boxes, 604 Hoyt and mysterious hit man Note from the author: Things will be a little more baffling then usual. Sometimes life has a weird way of doing things to a guy (or gal). I'm not referring to anything in particular. I was walking to class yesterday when a large gray car tried to run me over. If it wouldn't have been for my quick reactions, I would have been ant fodder. There were no license plates oh this car. Obviously, something ·evil was going on here. 'I took after the car on foot, hurdling trash cans like Johnny Rodgers used to hurdle tacklers. Furry animals \Y!!r~·s,1;.1J[rying everywhere, trying to avoid my size thirNikes. · · The car spun around the comer just up the street. While it turned, a package flew out the passenger side window. Without missing a stride, I picked up the small box on my way around the comer. It was heavy for its size. The next thing I knew, the carwas on its side in a ditch with smoke spewing from its hood. The driver's side door was open and when I bent down to look inside, I could see that no one was there. Quickly, I stood, spinning around, scanning the area for whoever it was that tried to knock me out of the picture. Out of the comer of my eye I saw something flash be-


tween two houses. I accelerated like a Porsche, my feet clawing into the earth· for traction. A field came into view, and I saw my supposed assailant heading towards downtown Peru. I could now see that he had on a long gray overcoat. It was the kind that mobsters used to wear. I was closing on him. He was out of shape, and I am in shape, thanks to football. A sharp pain spiked through my ankle-I had turned it. No matter, I would push the pain far out of my brain and resume my pursuit of this villain. All sorts of crazy thoughts were flying through my skull. Was this guy crazy? Why did he try to kill me? Was he in some sort of cult? That must have been it. He must have been from that new cult that is trying to execute free thinkers. I remembered the odd box in my pocket and examined it more closely. There were three numbers and a word scribbled on the package-604 Hoyt. I don't know what this all means. I am a nobody, not deserving of a hit man. Oh, well. Although this was quite baffling to me, I have been baffled before. I'm sure I will get to the bottom of this my;;tery someday. Until then, the small, heavy box will haunt my dreams, and keep me on my toes.

Lawy~rs selling their souls to the devil for money, notoriety and womenunheard of! "Devil's Advocate," starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino, is a stylistic and complex drama which explores the many temptations of greed and desire. A very charming Pacino, appropriately named John Milton, offers Kevin Lomax (Reeves), the small-time legal eagle from Florida, a paradise found in big-time New York City. A beautiful Fifth Avenue co-op apartment, a hefty salary and the chance to defend the scum of the earth lure Lomax and his wife (Charlize Theron) to leave behind a simple and uncomplicated life for the glamour of the fast lane. /ulia.u.: I have to say this movie was everything I anticipated it to benot very good. Any time you have an intricate plot entangling devils and evil, you really walk a fine line in presenting a decent story line that isn't strewn with cliches. The good vs. evil concept can only be manipulated by a chosen few. "Angel Heart" has been the only recent movie to accomplish this complicated task. Clint: "Angel Heart?" How can you compare this outstanding display of breasts and sex to that of "Angel Heart." That film only offered the moviegoer a glimpse of nudity. This movie presented a variety of 11esh in all shapes and sizes and contained one of the most erotic sex scenes of all time, having sex with one woman while thinking or another (every man's reality). Director Taylor Hackford knows what his male audience wants to see and let's them have it. /ukuu.: This movie was so geared to the male audience that I felt one more scene with women fondling each other would force me to leave the theater. Luckily, I was able to concentrate on Pacino, who was fabulous in his role as the devil. He really seemed to enjoy his role as a cool and crafty head of a law firm trying to rule the world through the corruption of law and politics. Clint: I agree with your assessment of the movie. The women fondling each other was having quite a profound effect on me also. Regretfully, I have to admit that I do agree with your comments ahout Pacino. He was brilliant in his role as the ultimate tempter and was great at reciting lines like, "Guilt is like a bag of bricks; you just got to know when to set 'em down." . /ukuu.: The rest qf the cast, including Craig T. Nelson from "Coach" ' and Judith Ivey, turned in equally great performances. Theron was especially good as a casualty of Pacino's devilish desires. Hackford's utiliz,p · tion of stylish elements like speeded-up photography and a stunning SJ, design make the film visually enticing. However, the film never seemed h .· get going. It dragged an average story line on way too long and didn't capitalize on areas that would have made the movie much more interesting. Clint: Once again, you have missed the genius that lies within this movie. The concept of an ongoing battle between good and evil is timeless, and.Hackford worked it to perfection. Plus, you get two hours of naked chicks-you just can't beat that! /~ You're so deep.






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PSCu to the minute ....... CAB will sponsor a Masquerade Dance Thursday, Dec. 4, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Student Center. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. A Holiday Dinner will also be served that evening at the regular dinnertime in the dining room. CAB is sponsoring a holiday party for the children of non-traditional stuAll ages and parents are welcome. The party will be held Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m., lasting until about 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Barb Lewellen, Peggy Groff or Jonna Parsons.


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String of accidents causes additional safety measures at dangerous interse·ction By Gretchen M. Stukenholtz

PREPARE TO STOP. The Department of Roads installed portable electronic message boards at the intersection of Nebraska Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 75 as added safety measures. -photo by Gretchen M. Stukenholtz

The fatality of a 23-year-old woman Sunday, Nov .. 16, south of Nebraska City at the Nebraska Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 75 intersection has the Nebraska Department of Highway Safety searching for solutions to a dangerous problem. Over the last 10 years, 75 accidents have occurred at the intersection. Three of these accidents have been fatal, claiming the lives of five individuals. Thirty-eight were injury accidents resulting in 77 people hurt, while another 29 involved property damage. Otoe County Sheriff Jim Gress stated his strong concerns over the string ofoccidents that have occurred since the instaHai:ion of the four-lane highway. "The problem is the speed at which the semitrailers and cars approach from the east and west. The downhill slope makes it harder for

these vehicles to stop, causing them to proceed through the yellow or red lights." Dr. Sara Crook, associate professor of history/political science, commented, 'The major point of this is that they keep saying it is driver error. All accidents are caused by driver error. This is an inherently dangerous intersection where two heavily traveled highways with interstate traffic come together at a blind intersection." The Department of Roads recently installed portable message boards to bring awareness to all persons traveling through the intersection. Gress said, "We have had yellow flashing lights for quite some time. Now we have added the big road signs to warn people. This may not be the complete answer, but hope this will help." No plans have been announced for an interchange system allowing for an overpass that might provide a safer alternative to the present intersection.


First woman station operator at c.ooper Nuclear Plant By Harold Davis

In our society, women are equalizing the once male-dominated work force. One hy one. the jobs that once ol))y men could hold are giving way to female occupation. One area that remains male-dominated are the highranking positions of the nuclear energy field. ·However. even this plateau is no longer u.nreachable by women. Elizabeth Sellers, currently of Peru; is one of the first women ever to train as a station operator for a nuclear power plant. This position has been unattainable by females because the only people qualified were those who

had worked on Navy nuclear submarines. Because only men are allowed the positions of maintaining nuclear subs' nuclearieactors, women cannot gain the needed experience--or can they? Sellers, 31, grew up on Navy military bases and decided to become a nuclear engineer--the hard way. She attained her nuclear engineering bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and went on to.. get her master's degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She also has a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Arkansas in

Littie Rock and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. She came to work at Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville as a contractor, but when upper management looked . at her. resume, they. saw something more. They saw the opportunity to hire one of the first female station operators. This new position requires nine grueling months of additional training. Her new job description is seven pages long and boils down to having a complete knowledge of the entire workings of Cooper Nuclear Station. Elizabeth has previously worked as a licensing contractor at Clinton

Power Station in Clinton, IL, where she was required to correspond directly with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). She has also held positions such as research program manager, system engineer and licensing specialist, nuclear licensing engineer and quality control specialist. She has held positions for NASA and other· national powerhouses such as Entergy Operations Inc., Gulf States Utilities Company and Motorola. Throughout her career, she has been in positions where she has had to make big decisions and recommendations.

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Page2 Dec. 1, 1~"~7 Nebraska Library Association honors Peru's Mccaslin with Distinguished Service Award By Debbie Sailors

dom. A Peru faculty member for 27 years, Mccaslin was chosen from nominated members of the nearly 100 co liege li·brarians that make up the College and University Section of the NLA.

The Nebraska Library Association (NLA) presented Dr. Sharon Mccaslin of Peru State College with an honor during its annual c0 nvention. Mccaslin, technical services librarian and associate professor of library science, received the Distinguished Service Award from the College and ·university Section of the NLA at its Oct. 31 convention held in Omaha. She is the first recipient of the award ever from Peru State. The award is given annually to an active member of the association who has demonstrated service to academic librarianship. The award cited McCaslin's service as president of the NLA and as chair of its College and University section, her efforts to establish the technical Dr. Sharon Mccaslin services round table, her service on numerous state and national committees, Since 1981, 18 college librarians her publications contributing to the have received the annual Distinprofession and her commitment to guished Service Award. high standards and intellectual free-

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Staff opinion Birth by artificial means or the 'real Mccaughey'? The birth of the Mccaughey septuplets has the world talking, and, boy, does everybody have an opinion. More babies means more people than ever before are questioning the use of fertility drugs, selective abortion and other reproductive advances. As well, many question the parents who make the controversial decisions. Should fertility drugs continue to be used? Should parents who already have children use them? If so, should parents be required to have all the babies that result, or should the option of aborting some fetuses to allow the others a better chance be allowed? And, what about the financial aspect? The hospital stays of the Mccaughey babies are expected to top $ 1 million, and they are fairly healthy premature infants. Somebody will have to pay, whether it's the McCaughey's, charitable contributions, insurance companies or Medicaid. Should those who pay have some say? Who makes the rules? These questions are quite thought-provoking and, in many ways, quite troubling-troubling, in that society seems nowhere near ready to provide answers. Once again, medical science is moving forward at a pace much quicker than human understanding. As we struggle to play "catch-up," perhaps more emphasis needs to_ be placed on advancing the capabilities of our society to comprehend the intricate moral and ethical issues involved.

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'Perfect' wedding hard to hold back I've got this thing about weddings and Kleenex. I'm always sure I won'tneed them. I know I won't cry, and I even have a list of reasons why I won't. In fact, I attended a friend's wedding this past weekend, and, as I was getting dressed, I purposefully did not include tissues in my purse because this wedding fell under at least two of my "Won't Cry" categories. The bride and groom had each been married before, and, for cryin' out loud, the wedding was being held in a bar. If ever a wedding was guaranteed not to make me cry, this was the one. Actually, weddings have been on my mind lately. Another friend is getting married in less than a month, and she's been stressed out, to the point of gettin.g sick, because she's trying for her "perfect" wedding. And who can blame her? I thought back to my own ceremony, way back in 1979. Although I planned every detail right down to the last grain of rice, there were still a few major kinks in the action the day of rriy vows. Like, for instance, my mom tangling with one of the church ladies for yelling at me about forgetting coffee for the reception. (This, in spite of the that fact that Mom wasn't too keen on my matrimonial plans. She said I was too young to get married. Funny, how good that advice sounds now. But, I digress.)

_ Or, how about the fact that one of my young bridesmaids literally passed out cold during the ceremony, to be very unceremoniously scooped from the floor by one of our groomsmen and laid out on a pew until she felt better. (I haven't seen or heard from her for over 10 years, which also shows you something about teenage choices.) Anyway, there I was at my friend's bar wedding. "Unchained Melody" wafted from the karoake machine. The lighting from the neon beer signs and sound of clinking bar glasses only added to my firm belief that my tears would be on hold. At the moment of truth, when the loving couple, who had been living together for nearly I 0 years (another "Won't Cry" category), were in the middle of their "I do's," unbelievably, the phone rang--no doubt some suspicious wife looking for a missing husband, but, once again, I digress. But, even with the neon lights, bar glasses, sappy music and ringing phone, I stood next to the very bar where I bartend every Friday and Saturday night, with tears welling in my eyes, wishing for a tissue--just like every other "Won't Cry" wedding I've ever attended. It occurred to me that it's not about the wedding. It's about the Kleenex.

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Flying family run business together, plan expansion By Genny Harris

business for around 25 years. Together, they run Sides Aerial ApplicaCan you name the perfect job? No tion out of Bartley, NE, a small town job is perfect for everyone, but how 75 miles south of North Platte. would you like to have to work only Joe plans on starting his own busiabout five months out of the year? You ness this summer in western Nebraska. also get to take the day off when it's Together, Joe and Mike will own two too hot, too rainy, too windy or too spray businesses, one airport, four foggy outside. You can also make as spray planes and three passenger much money as a drug dealer, except planes. They will also spray around you don't have to worry about going 200,000 acres every summer. to jail. Being an aerial applicator isn't No, I'm not talking about being a something that you can enter into pharmacist. This almost perfect- lightly. First, you need your private sounding job has to do with airplanes pilot's license. To get that license, you and expensive chemicals. have to take three tests, be in the air Before you ask where to sign up, you for about 80 hours and spend about might want to consider that during $3000. those five months that you do have to After you get your private pilot's Iiwork, you have to start at sun-up and cense, you have to get your commergo until you're finished, or until the cial pilot's license, which costs more sun goes down. money and takes a lot more time. Those days when the weather Now that you've spent a lot of time doesn't cooperate, you will have twice and money on your new career, you'll as much to do the next day. And, if need to find ajob. If you've been flyyou have any problems with heights ing since you were seven, and your or speeds, you might want to recon- dad already owns a spray business, sider because you'll have to go about like Joe, you should have no problem 140 miles per hour, two to eight feet finding a job. above the ground. If you are just starting out with no If you haven't guessed, I'm talking contacts at all, the best thing to do about being an aerial applicator-or a would be to fly for someone else's spray pilot in layman's terms. This business. This way you can make isn't the occupation I'm planning on money doing something you like withfor the rest .of ITIY·life. butl will !;>e .. put buying yoµrp~.QAllJ.ii:~¢!lJ: involved in it because my fiance, Joe If owning y9ur O,WtJ.S,pr;iyJ:>usiness Sides, is a spray pilot. · is your one and ciniydrearri,·y()~·:bet~ Joe's father, Mike, has been in the ter have a lot of cold, hard cash. To

MIKE AND JOE SIDES, father and son team, beside one of the planes used for aerial application in their business, Sides Aerial Application. Weather factors can make planning flights a problem. -photo by Genny Harris get your business started, you will ever worked with farmers, you know money. need at least one spray plane. the challenge at that. As I've said, I'm no pilot, but if you Next, yoµ '\Vi~I .i:i~.eq chein.icals.)::x,- ·. Last,_ but certainly not least, you will like speed, heights and making and p~ct to pay around $100 per ounce on need somewhere to take off and land spending lots of money, a career in . sorrie of the high-priced stuff: Yoil' II your piane: You can use anything from aerial appl icatfon' might he a career also need customers, and if you have dirt to black top, but they all cost more you will want to consider.

Creative Writers Series hosts Don Welch; work celebrates Nebraska's Great Plains The Peru State College Creative Writers Series hosts Dr. Don Welch, one of Nebraska's foremost writers. Welch will read selections from his work tonight, Dec. 1, in Benford Recital Hall of the Jindra Humanities Building. Sponsored by CAB and the Peru State English Club, Welch's reading is open to the public and free to all. Now Reynolds Professor of Poetry, Emeritus, Welch recently retired from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he taught English and creative writing for 38 years. During this time and beginning in 1975 with the publication of his first book of poems, Dead Horse Table, over 300 of his poems

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An uplifting experience MANY CAMPUS SIDEWALKS are being replaced as part of overall plan which commenced this summer. Money for the project came from cash carryover funds from previous years according to Susan Udey, vice president for administration and finance. Manning the sledgehammer is Shawn Phillips of Pieters Construction of Auburn, which has the contract for the project. -photo by Debbie Sailors

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From Peru State College Advancement The admissions counselor at Peru ·State College; ·Robin Jensen; is .in:a word "cheerful." That's especially appropriate, both in her job helping to bring new students to Nebraska's first college and in her volunteer work as PSC's cheerleader sponsor. Jensen recently joined the PSC professional staff but has been around the campus since last fall when she married Head Volleyball Coach Todd Jensen. Her enthusiasm is contagious, according to PSC President Robert.L. Burns. "The work of our admissions staff is vital to the college in bringing new students to the camptis," Dr. Burns said. "It requires both knowledge and enthusiasm." Jensen's recruiting territory involves north oflnterstate 80 in Nebraska and northwest Iowa. Her job keeps her away from campus for much of the workweek, but that doesn't bother the Chattanooga, TN, native in the least. Graduated from the University of Memphis in J 993, she said, "This is


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the kind of job I've always wanted." Before marrying and moving to Peru, Jensen worked for an insurance company. Prior to that, she spent a year and ·a half working in the residence life department for the University of Memphis. "I've been in higher education, and I've been in the business world, which gives me a professional side," she said. "Since I look young, students will find it easier to approach me. "After I worked in residence life at Memphis, I knew that I wanted to be in student affairs on a college cam-

pus," Jensen said. "I Jove interacting with students and parents. That is one of Peru's strengths." · She continued, " from a school with 22,000 people, the attention PSC faculty gives the students amazes me. They are supportiveand not just in the classroom. They are so friendly and their doors are always open to the students. They really care. "I want students to know that I'll be there for them, too--even after they enroll here. Our relationship doesn't end," she said. "I really see myself not so much as just an admissions counselor but as more of a counselor, period." As the cheerleading sponsor, Jensen is in charge of the 12-member cheerleading squad and Bobcat mascot. "I coached high school and junior high cheerleaders for schools in Memphis for years," Jensen said. "Since our group is basically just getting started, we just want to demonstrate some school spirit and stability. After we establish the program, even better things will happen."





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Ineligible student means Lady 'Cats forfeit matches The Peru State volleyball team is forfeiting eight matches this eason after school officials learned an ineligible student-athlete had participated in the matches. Peru State reported itself to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) two weeks ago after finding a reserve on the volleyball squad dropped a class in early

September, which she believed to be a three-hour class. The class was actually a four-hour course, dropping her to 11 credit hours. The Lady Bobcats will forfeit matches to Augustana, IL, Harris Stowe, William Jewell, Northwest Missouri State, Graceland and York. They will also forfeit two matches to William Woods.


basketball squad dominates early opponents By Greg Wolfe If yot: made it to the Al Wheeler Activity Center for the women's basketball g:irnc on Nov. 15, you saw the Lady 'Cate: absolutely annihilate Graceland College in a l 05-68 victory. Peru had rive players in double digits for scoring with sophomore Amber Fredrichsen and junior Celeste Nolte leading the way with 18 points apiece. The win moved their record to 3- l and prepared them for a tougher game on the road. "It was a game in which we struggled both offensively and defensively, but eventually our depth wore them down," said Head Women's Basketball Coach Tara Kreklau of their 75-55 drumming of York a Nov. 18 road trip. Akey contributor to the victory was freshman point guard Alicia Millard, who put up 20 points to go with her nine assists and six steals. In the next four days of practice, Kreklau challenged her squad to pick up their level of intensity on defense.

The practice paid off, showing in their game with Marycrest International University at home, where the 'Cats gave "their best defensive effort of the year," according to Kreklau. She continued, saying that the inside post play has been the most consistent part of the team's play, game in and game out. But now she is trying to get a perimeter game jump- started, with an emphasis on three-point shoot ing. Once again, their efforts showed against Marycrest International where P-State shot six for l 0 from behind the arc and trounced Marycrest, 73-53, to move their record to 5-1. Kreklau commented on the outlook for the upcoming games. "If we can continue to have good practices like we· had last .week; then :we.can continue to improve as a basketball team." Whatever they are doing is working and, hopefully, they can keep it up. The Bobcats' next action is tomorrow night, when they host Concordia College at the AWAC before traveling to Leavenworth for the St. Mary Classic this weekend.

By Clint Edwards The 5-3 Peru State Bobcats are looking for consistency for the rest of the season. Head Men's Basketball Coach John Gibbs stated, "We will play well for 15 minutes and then poorly for 15 minutes. In all three of our losses we have played poorly early, then we had to play catch-up the rest of the game." If the Bobcats can find consistency, the rest of the season looks promising. In the last five games, the Bobcats have gone 3-2, coming up short in two tournaments. The first was the Dana College tournament Nov. 14 and 15, held in Blair. In the first game, the 'Cats beat Iowa Wesleyan of Mount Pleasant, IA, 6866. Leading the way for them was freshman Dan Stokes with 16 points. Sophomore Jermel Ward dropped in 15 points to help the cause. In the second game, the 'Cats ran into a little trouble against the home team Dana. The Bobcats lost 84-63 in the championship game. The Bobcats' next game took them on the road to York College. The Bobcats beat the Dukes, 75-60. Ward netted 22 to lead the Bobcats. The Bobcats hosted a tourney Nov. 21 and 22. In th_eir first game, the 'Cats played Kansas Wesleyan of Salina and won 74-70. Ward led the team in w,ith 22 point?· In the chalifp.i011sbiP. g~n}e,'tlfe °Ca~s 19s! t() Grandview College of Des Moines, 86-68. Jamie Stinson led with 11 points. Gibbs commented, "The one factor of the game that we have been strong in this year is our team defense and our rebounding." The 'Cats have outrebounded four of their last five opponents. Win1 stats like that plus the solid play of their defense, the Bobcats' season shows promise. The next opportunity to catch the Bobcats at home is Dec. 5 and 6, when they host another tournament in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.

FIGHTING FOR POSITION, Matt Maxwell wards off a Kansas Wesleyan player in a come-from-behind win.-photo by Ben Tammen

Lady 'Cats bid farewell to seven seniors By Greg Wolfe "If you want to be the best, you've got to play the best," is Head Women's Volleyball Coach Todd Jensen's philosophy when scheduling the team's opponents. And play the best they did. This season, the volleyball squad tested themselves against 17 ranked NAIA opponents while seeing eight of the top 10 during their campaign. This all culminated over the past two weekends when the Lady 'Cats traveled to play in quarter and then semifinal action against two top rivals. The regional quarterfinal match saw the women hit the road and travel to Canton, MO, to play Culver-Stockton College. The women made a few "nervousness errors" due to the changes before

CELESTE NOLTE, the Lady 'Cats leading scorer, nets an easy two against Marycrest International University. -photo by Ben Tammen

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finally settling down and putting Culver-Stockton away in four games. The next weekend, P-Statc traveled to their semifinal match which took place at Columbia College in Columbia, MO. The 25th-ranked 'Cats had a full week to prepare for their regional and fifth-ranked rival, Rockhurst College. "We knew them well and knew what to expect," said Jensen. The women came out strong and held large leads in four out of the five games of the match. Unfortunately, they weren't able to hold any of the leads. "During the match, we were thinking that we were going to nationals and then, not, and then, again," commented Jensen regarding the emotional ups and downs that came with their leads and then losses of them. He stressed that there wasn't a dis-

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tinguishablc turning point in the match, and that Peru's women kept on fighting, but a couple of Rockhurst players stepped up and "blocked us off the court." As he has several times this season, Jensen again pointed out that the PState volleyball team "had opportunities to win, but just couldn't do it." The end of the season marks the end of seven of the seniors' volleyball careers here at Peru State. They include Kendra Corey. Stacy Fitch, Jaime Hahn, Jaisa Kappas, Renee Moss, Kellie Vallinch and Mara Russell. They will be missed by their teammates and coaches next year. The Times staff.would like to congratulate them and thank them for al. of their hard work over the past fou; years.

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'Rock's' rushing record etched in stone at PSC By Matt Thompson The 1997 campaign marks the end of an era in Peru State's football history. Since 1993, Bobcat fans have spent fall Saturdays at the Oak Bowl watching Anthony "Rock" Lee r.oll over linebackers and defensive backs. Lee. a-5-11, 210-pound tailback out of East brange, NJ, is finished with his playing days at P-State. That should come as a great relief to Peru State opponents. They know they will never again have to deal with the likes of Lee. The road to success at Peru was not always smooth for Lee. As a sophomore, Lee suffered his first major injury-a broken fibula. The injury forced Lee to miss..the rest of the 1994 campaign and hurt him as much emotionally as physically. That year, Lee wa~ suspended for academic reasons and forced to attend Southeast Community College in Beatrice for a semester. While attending Beatrice, Rock became focused· on what he wanted to do, which ~~s return to Peru and become running back. At Beatrice, R.ock said.he felt like he was on the outside look,ing in. "I still vis-

ited and kept in contact [with former PSC teammates] all the time. I just wasn't there, but I knew I was com-· ing back." Head Football Coach Dick Strittmatter will probably top the list of people who will miss Rock. In coaching Lee, Strittmatter found determination the one attribute which sets him apart from other players and people. Strittmatter believes Lee will succeed in whatever he may pursue in life, commenting, "Anthony is going to be a great person. He is full of determination." Rock finished out his career in fine fashion, rushing for 97 yards and three touchdowns against Nebraska Wesleyan. For his career, Lee occupies second place on the Peru State alltime rushing leaders chart with 2,229 yards. Lee gained those yards while averaging a hefty 4.5 yards per carry. Rock is on course to graduate this spring with a degree in psychology. After graduation, he plans to become a probation officer or possibly a counselor who works with young people. Lee will also have his coaching endorsement, which will allow him to pursue coaching football at some point in hi_s career.

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The Peru State Bobcat gridiron squad closed out their season with a 38-32 overtime loss at Nebraska Wesleyan. The 'Cats once again led late in the game but failed to hold on. With just over 6:30 to play in the fourth quarter, Bobcat tailback Anthony Lee plunged into the end zone from four yards out. Lee's touchdown gave PState a seemingly comfortable 32-17 lead. However, the Plainsmen would not go quietly. Nebraska Wesleyan quarterback Dusten Olds engineered a heroic comeback. He started by keying a nine-play, 78-yard scoring march. Olds finished off the drive by tossing a 23-yard touchdown pass with just over four minutes to play. With 21 seconds left in regulation, Olds put the finishing touches on an eight-play, 55-yard drive with another touchdown strike. The PAT tied the score, sending the game into overtime. In overtime, Olds put a fitting end to the heartbreaking Bobcat loss. He scored his fifth touchdown of the afternoon, this time a one-yard run. The loss ended a disappointing season for the Bobcats. Their final record was 6-4. The 1997 season was not without its highlights, however. Bobcat quarterback Jamie Stinson ~hrew ·for 2,208 yards and cemented

his place in the Peru State record books. Stinson, a senior health physical education major, ranks second on the all-time P-State passing yardage list. In four years as a starter for the Bobcats, Stinson threw for 8,500 yards. Also entering the PSC record books is senior tailback Anthony Lee. Lee rushed for 892 yards this season. raising his career total to 2,229. Lee leaves P-State as the school's second all-time leading rusher (see related article this issue). De~pite this season's disappointments, I lead Coach Dick Strittmatter is optimi .tic as he looks toward his fourth 'cason as Bobcat head coach. "We will have 13 returning starters next year: seven on offense and six on defense," Strittmatter said. "The middle of our offense took the hardest hit," he continued. "We lost our quarterback (Stinson), our tailback (Lee) and our center (senior Seth McClain)." Although Strittmatter commented on the great impact his seniors had on this year's team, he said, "I think we have adequate replacements for these players." Also missing from next year's squad will be senior linebackers Jake Schmidt and Kevin Vogel. Schmidt held down the middle of the Bobcat defense and Vogel, a co-captain, led the team in tackles.

Immaculate reception? Let's check the replay on that!

Why Michigan should be number one What a strange year this has been in college football. All season, the top programs fought on (and campaigned off) the field to try and prove to poll voters that their team deserved to be number one. And, unlike most seasons, winning has not meant everything. Three times, teams have dropped out of the nation's top spot after winning their weekly game. Now, however, the smoke is beginning to clear. We can more clearly see the total picture that is college football, and it is now much easier to tell that the Michigan Wolverines are college football's number one team. Why are the Wolverines the best in the nation? Let's take a look. 1. Michigan has fought unscathed through the country's toughest conference. The Big Ten stands far ahead of all other conferences-especially the Big 12. Unfortunately for the University of Nebraska, America's only other undefeated football team and the Wolverine's only competitor for the number-one ranking, the Big 12 is among the weakest of the nation's major conferences. Kansas State, the Cornhuskers' toughest conference foe, would have finished this season in the middle of the Big Ten-at best-and no team in the Big 12's southern division would have finished in the top half of the Big Ten. 2. The Wolverines scored their big-

gest wins at the right time. The Wolverines sport wins over two top-five teams, and the wins couldn't have come at better times. Michigan dismantled then number one Penn State 34-8 in the house that Joe Paterno built and then pr9ved they could do something no one else has been able to do-block (at least temporarily) Ohio State linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer. Michigan dropped the fourth-ranked Buckeyes 20-14 to seal a trip to the Rose Bowl. 3. Michigan has the best player in the country. Offense, defense, special teams, whatever-Charles Woodson is the most dominating player in college football. He is a threat to score as a wideout on offense, a stifling cover-cornerback on defense and a dangerous return man on special teams. Translation: Woodson can directly affect the outcome of any game on every snap of the football. No other player in the country can say that. 4. Michigan should be the only undefeated team in the country. Cornhusker receiver Matt Davidson's "Immaculate Reception" in the end zone at Missouri should not have counted. In the NCAA football rule book can be found a rule which nullifies the result of plays in which a player (other than a punter or kicker) intentionally kicks the football to keep it in play. If instant replay could be used in college football for such plays, it would have been discovered that

Husker wingback Shevin Wiggins' foot contact with the football, which kept the ball in play moments before it was caught by Davidson, was anything but incidental. If an official would have thrown a penalty flag on that play, the Wolverines would be standing as the only undefeated football team in the land. Now Washington State, the surprising Pac 10 champ, looms as the last obstacle between the Wolverines and their first national title since face masks and padding were added to helmets. The upstart Cougars ride on the arm of quarterback Ryan Leaf and his air assault. They may find it difficult to beat Michigan when Leaf can only find open receivers on one side of the field. Woodson will have the other side locked up. The Wolverines should win this one and stake their claim to the national title. But wait! Never fear, Husker faithful! I don't get to cast a vote in the poll. In fact, I'll be fortunate to have five people read this article. More importantly. what the Huskers and Wolverines do on the field in their bowl games will be more important than any media hype or first-place vote. So we'll all just have to wait and watch the bowl games and hope for the best. Besides, if Nebraska and Michigan both win, the pollsters will wimp out and split the title anyway.

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Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" is a brilliant film that centers on the very real lives of several pornography film industry players during the years 1977 to 1983. Although the movie takes place during an era of sex, drugs, disco and polyester, all of these issues take a backseat to the sense of community and family the movie portrays. These people may live in a disreputable world, but they have the same dreams and ambitions we all do. The film opens with adult film auteur Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) discovering the very well-endowed dishwasher Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) at a local Hollywood night club. Adams is a good kid who, despite being denounced and rejected by his mother, still believes everyone is blessed with one special thing. Horner wants his one special thing. "I got a feeling that behind those jeans is something wonderful just waiting to get out." He is correct, and Eddie, now renamed "Dirk Diggler," is on hi· way to becoming a rising adult film star. J«1Ua•e.: I thought Anderson put together one of the best films I've ever seen. It's funny, intelligent, sad and extremely intense. I expected lots of nudity and sex, but was surprised that there was very little. The movie was so matter-of-fact, it made me realize how human these people really are. Clint: It's sad to say, but I do have to agree with you on this one. This movie had a little something for everyone. It demonstrated the reality of the porn industry. It had sex, violence, drugs-this movie had it all. I can't say that it was one of the best movies that I've ever seen, but it was worth the price of admission. Plus, you can't pass on all that quality disco music and dancing. Jul«u•e: Yes, the two-plus hours of disco and dancing was pure heaven. The story line and acting were heaven, as well. Reynolds was born to play this sleazy director, and Wahlberg shines as an innocent, almost adolescent, young man who just wants to be good at something. Julianne Moore plays Amber Waves, Dirk Diggler's first lover on screen. and tries desperately to be his mother figure as well. Clint: All of that is a nice point to make, hut let's not overlook that this movie is about the porn industry and there arc some worthwhile sex scenes. How cart you overlook the sex scene with roller girl Heather Graham. the porn star who does it with her skates on'? Plus yoti can't overlook the large penis that Dirk Diggler is sporting throughout the movie. Attribute~· like these give this movie a style all its own. J11ffa·e.~ I didn't think the movie was really about sex. True, the, was intercourse taking place, but it was sad, desperate anc..I acted scxhow exciting can that be? Clint: I'm not speaking from personal experience, hut I think the actec..1out sex you're talking about is a profitable business, so someone out there finds that kind of sex more than exciting, maybe even a little useful. Julia11Le.: As to the validity of your personal experience with porno, that is still to be determined.


Crazy-legs Cress l.eft confused after shoot-out at the Oak Bowl It was 11 :32 p.m. when the phone rang. My guard dog, Floyd, went ballistic at the shrill noise. I rolled off the couch, knocking the remote control onto the floor. " .... people calling at all hours ... ," I grumbled. The man on the line told me I had something that was his-a box. He wouldn't tell me why he tried to off me. He only said to meet him at the Oak Bowl in five minutes "or else." I wasn't frightened. I've.seen it all, and some out-of-shape crony wasn't going to get me all worked up. I was at the field in three minutes. The crunching sound of the new-fallen leaves was amplified by my newfound adrenaline. One would think a person could rake some leayes once in a whi"l!!. That's when I saw him. He was standing on the fourth row of the Oak Bowl's stadium steps, smoking a cigar~tte. Didn't he know that smoking is hazardous for his health? Didn't he know that messing with me is hazardous to his health? I decided to approachthis clown directly, so I walked straight across the field towards him. He noticed me right away. Something wasn't right with the picture. Upon scanning the area, I noticed another thug on top of the field house; he appeared to have a rifle. "So this is the way they want it," I thought. Almost instinctively, I dropped to the turf, just 51s a

round tore the 20-yard line to pieces. Remembering my training, I rolle«;I three times to the right, making a good shot impossible. !jumped to my feet and headed for the ditch to the ea~t of the field, zigging and zagging, my crazy legs pummeling the earth where they met the grass. I hit the hard ditch face first, just as bullets riddled the ground above me. The earthen impact dislodged a wisdom tooth I was scheduled to get pulled the following week. I tossed the orphaned tooth over my shoulder. "That's a hundred bucks the dentist won't get," I exclaimed, laughing, giving a bloody smirk to luck. Both men were running towards my position. I guessed.their intentio11s.noqob,e good. ~~94ching lo)V, fheaded south through· the ditch tow_ards the-sanctuary of the woods. Surely I could lose them in the trees. I was now glad I hadn't brought the box. Who knows what could have happened? I might have ended up lying on the 20-yard line, a bullet through my heart, while these tough characters took their precious box back to their sinister homes. I hit the woods at full speed. Dodging tree after tree, I soon lost myself in a blur of passing oak. The last thing I remember was the crack of a branch on my forehead, and then, silence ....

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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SCHEMMER ASSOCIATES presented their facilities audit to the State College Board~ of Try~tee~ ?t a_ 1T1eeting held in Lincoln on Wednesday. Many Per_u students, faculty, alumni and residents attended the meeting. -photo by Doug Kerns

The State College Board of Trustees heard testimony and proposals in the State Capitol Wednesday over possible renovation or relocation of Peru State College, but came to no definite conclusions, Representatives of The Schemmer Associates, Inc., presented their facilities audit outlining the $21 million in renovations needed at the current campus, and stated that a new facility would cost about $35 million. Advocates and alumni attending the public meeting spoke before board members-in defense of keeping PSC in Peru. One speaker noted that no evidence had yet been presented that proved relocating the schocl to a larger community like Nebraska City would increase enrollment, and another pointed out that continued indecision by the board undermines efforts to entice high· school students to enroll at PSC by destroying confidence in its

stability. Board members pointed out that most criticism of plans to move the college came from the four counties of the southeast comer of Nebraska, with very little coming from the other 14 counties Peru State serves. The board stated that if the college were moved, its mission as a four-year institution would not be changed. However, Kolkman stated that though he favored relocation, without a concrete proposition from a community willing to share responsibility with the state, he felt the legislature would favor the lower $21 million renovation figure over $35 million at an undeclared location, The board moved the Jan, 16 meeting to Jan, 7 and will hold a workshop Jan, 6 to draft criteria for community proposals and recommendations it will present to· the state legislature at the beginning of the next session,

Adjun·et instructors face many challenges By Juliane Lee You've always known that math was not your best subject, and you've been dreading that statistics class you need to graduate, Everyone says that your professor is a genius, and you . start thinking, "Hey, this might not be. so bad." However, on the first day of class, sot,neone walks in and announces your genius professor has taken a sabbatical and he or she, an adjunct professor, will be your leader for the next 16 weeks of hell you're sure to now endure, If this scenario sounds familiar, you 're not alone, More and more colleges and universities are utilizing the teaching talents of adjuncts, or "fixedterm, part-time" professors to fill vacant teaching positions on a semes·ter-by-semester basis,

But before you make a mad dash to the registrar's office to drop the course, take a minute to consid6r some of the challenges your adjunct instructor might face, They probably have spent more time in college than some of your full-time professors and may even have their doctorate as we!L Years of experience and expertise have made them extremely capable in the classroom, yet they have failed to receive that great job they thought they would get after college, It is not uncommon for adjuncts to be commuting between several different schools each day where they are considered part-time there also, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education Dr. Don Seger, who refers to himself as the "king of adjuncts," has worked as an adjunct for 10 years at

Southeast Community College campuses and at Peru before becoming full-time last year. He feels that., although being an adjunct allowed him to maintain his professional membership in the educational community while he continued work on his graduate hours, he stressed that many adjuncts are teaching this way out of desperation, "Many are well-qualified and will work at two or three schools because they need the money. Positions are getting more difficult to find and schools are also looking to stretch their dollar as far as they can, Adjuncts are qualified, and college admi.nistrators know they can teach one or two claSses and save a little money at the same time," Seger said, Besides not receiving any insurance or retirement benefits, part-time fac-

ulty at Peru make considerably less that full-time instructors, Although adjuncts are considered part of the college staff, they are not actual faculty members.and do not attend faculty meetings or need to commit . themselves to committees, Alice Holtz, adjunct instructor, has been employed at Peru for eight years and considers the fact that she has no committee work to fulfill as one of the benefits of her non-tenure-bound position, "A full-time position would require me to put in much more time, forcing me to spend less time with my family. That would make things very tough because right now my children are involved in many school activities and my involvement with them

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Adjunct instructors Continued from page one can be available for my students. Most

PERU STATE COLLEGE STUDENTS will visit Australia later this month to study that nation's criminal justice system. Among those taking part in the international study tour are (front row, from left) Jonna Parsons, Terri Maybee, Connie Osthoff, Sara Santo, Tanya Craig, Kim Holtz, Jennifer Gentert, Dana King, (second row, front left) Scott Antala, April Border, Amanda Volkmer, Julie Frederick, Aimee Shallenberger, Kim Wehrbein, Diane Durman, Michelle Meredith, (back row, from left) Jason Ross, Wes Haveman, Eric Mclriteer, Chris Darnell, Andy Tynon, Kristina Kreifels, Michelle Enyeart and Professor Kelly Asmussen. -photo by Peru State Coll~ge Advancement

is my number one priority. "However, it would also be great to receive benefits-insurance, retirement, and the security of knowing each semester I would have a definite set of classes to teach," said Holtz. Tutorial Coordinator Kevin Miller is finishing up his second semester teaching at Peru and like Holtz, would like to have a set schedule of classes each semester that he teaches. "It is a real challenge to teach two or three classes a semester that you have never taught before. I have been given classes a couple of days before the semester started, and that makes prep time nearly impossible. "I just love to teach, and I feel being fuil-time would allow me to grow more confidellt and comfortable because I would know what I had available .to me earlier," Miller said. Many adjunct instructors find setting time aside in their already-busy schedules to answer students' questions hard to manage. "I feel very lucky because I have an office and

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Criminal justice students to visit Australia; Plan 'working tour' of legal ve~ues, prisons From Peru State College Advancement Twenty-three students studying criminal justice at Peru State College are about to experience a whole new legal system when they spend two weeks in Australia over the holidays. The group, taking PSC's Comparative Justice Systems class, will fly out of Omaha on Dec. 27. By the time they return on Jan. 9,.they'll have an appreciation not only for , Aµstralian jurisprudence, but perhaps a better understanding of America's system too, according to Dr. Kelly Asmussen, assistant professor of criminal justice, who teaches the course. This marks the second such study group he has taken to Australia in the past two years; a year ago, he took a similar class to study in the Central American nation of Costa Rica.

Their itineraryin Australia can best be described as a "working tour." They'll visit several Australian legal venues, from a Magistrate's Court to a maximum security prison. They'll tour a privately managed minimum security prison, a women's correctional facility and the province of Queensland's oldest correctional center, now closed. Students will participate in a workshop on domestic violence, will hear a presentation from the Catholic Prison Ministry, and will visit a public prosecutor's office, the Brisbane Metropolitan Police and the Supreme Court. Several friends and family members will join the entourage. The Peru State group will be joined by 17 students from Washburn University in Topeka on the study tour. The two colleges have joined together on three previous study tours.

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adjunct faculty do not have an office and therefore, do not have an office where and when students can come in and discuss problems with their homework," Miller said. ··If the adjunct instructor is commuting all over and·doesn't have a lot of time to spend with students after class, it can really affect how the students do in the class. If the students don't do well, there is a strong possibility that the instructor may not be asked back the following semester. This, along with the stress of commuting and paying into·insurance and retirement funds with a pretty small paycheck, can stretch any person thin. As to the validity of their teaching qualifications, they, like any other instructor at a college or university, must at least hold a master's degree. Some are even experts in their field of study or have been published as well. According to Tait Whorlow, senior secondary math major, "It just depends on the quality of instruction. As long as the professor-is competent, I don't care if they are full-time or not."

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Asmussen has built' three days of free time into the tour schedule so that participants can sample the sights, sounds and culture of a nation that was established as a British penal colony. · The group will room and board at Emmanuel College in Brisbane. The cost to each student is approximately $2,300. Most students were able to finance the trip using student loans, and grants. Asmussen, as well as some of the students, expressed their appreciation to the Peru State Alumni Association, which made short-term loans to alleviate a timing problem encountered by some students waiting for financial aid to come in. Jonna Parsons, junior criminal justice psychology/sociology major and one of the Australia-bound students, commented, "I've hardly been out of Nebraska. It's a great opportunity.''

Recently, while going through the opinion section in the Lincoln Journal Star Sunday morning edition, I read the editorial of a Peru State College alumnus saying that he was disappointed that Peru students had not replied to the current discussion of moving the college. Well, let me state I am currently a student at Peru State College and am a senior. I would hate to see the college relocated, but I have read time and time again how the president, the Board of Trustees and the Legislature are out to shut the college down. I feel that it [the editorial] is not totally true. I feel that some of the responsibility falls with the Peru alumni. In recent meetings, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Rick Kolkman, has stated that the alumni of Wayne

State College had raised $13 mil lion for use by the college. I've had many experiences in my Peru career, and I know for a fact that when alumni were asked for donations to the college, a common response was, "I will not donate any money until Burns is gone!" Well, as alumni, you messed up! While you were concerned with who was running the college, you neglected the students and the insti. tution you graduated from. So, to the disappointed alumnus, I say that I, a student, am disappointed in you. ·We can all place blame, but it must stop somewhere. If you want to make sure that the college stays, show your support. Donate money if you can-no excuses. And don't let your ego or personal differences get in the way of showing that you want the college to stay put. Sean McLaughlin

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Society 'evolves' from tickle me to shake me? This holiday gift-buying season finds parents and consumer advocacy groups up-in-arms over the new Baby Pick-Me-Up doll. The doll works like this: you pick her up and she giggles. One can only imagine the Christmas morning smiles of millions of little girls across America as they pick up their new baby only to hear her delightful little laugh. How, you might ask, would this stir controversy? Through some type of technological glitch, the doll's sensors require that the doll actually be shaken to induce the giggle. Evidently, children today have to assault their toys to hear simulated happiness. You used to hear real laughter when children got toys that required imagination, but today, imagination is no longer required. And, in fact, it's not even optional anymore. You can't play cowboys and Indians without being slapped with a Civil Rights lawsuit. Want to play doctor? Better get the malpractice premiums paid up, Want to play house? Don't let the National Organization of Women hear about it. Allegedly, the makers of Baby Shake-Me-Up-oops, make that Baby Pick-Me-Up--will introduce an entire line of these dolls: a sad mommy and daddy, a greaseball attorney who knows a lot about DNA evidence and even an appellate judge. Well, that's what you get when Louise Woodward is your creative consultant.

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Who needs lips when you've got freedom of choice?

'Chewboy' to miss smokeless Christmas And, yes, I guess he'll miss out on the faux chrome This cold, snowy December night finds me contemplating my Christmas list, including a few gifts that won't plating and authentic replicated southwestern styling of the popular Skoal belt buckle, emblazoned with the trabe under my tree. At one side of my list (I always list from side to side, ditional Skoal logo-Est. 1934. I suppose next, Skoal will be sponsoring the "Brett so there's only a slight left to right favoritism.) is Tim, my firstborn son and a high school senior who is dipping Butler Commemorative Cancer Screening and Bat Day" into his impending freedom with an independent attitude at Dodger Stadium. There's no way Tim should miss that! And, maybe they could support the first-ever Skoal I can't help but be proud of. Just imagine my pride and joy uefon discovering that, Low-Income Clinic for Follow-Up Care on Facial Reapparently, Tim's Christmas gift of choice this holiday constructive Surgeries. Perhaps Skoal could even develop a line of humorseason can be ordered from the wide selection of wonous gifts-you know, those goofy chattering, yet, in this derful items in the Skoal gift catalog. According to my only-recently-acquired knowledge of case, fully functioning false teeth. Or the hilarious fake his two-year love of Skoal Original Cut (at $2.85 per puddle of chew juice! Who can resist that old-and I can), perhaps the perfect gift would'· be a decorative use the word literally-gag? No, my gift list will include the required roster of lame "dress" can cover, in 100 percent polished aluminumand lucrative tobacco alternatives to be expected from for those special occasions. Or, maybe the more practical portable plastic spittoon a hopeful, yet hopelessly non-nicotine-addicted mom. is the deal-just the stocking stuffing for the student-on- You know-gums, patches, mint snuff, cash, cars. I'll even stick a little jerky chew in his Christmas stocking. the-go and available in many attractive colors. Because, at this special time of year, more than any Well, I don't think so! There is absolutely now way that "Chewboy" .Sailors will be getting the premiere Skoal other, nothing inspires a mother more than this heartwinter parka, with the convenient easy-access can stor- wanning holiday sentiment: "Warning: This product may cause gum disease and age and a special Goretex outer shell that protects against tooth loss." those nasty tobacco drips.

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Times seniors leaving; Talent will be missed The Peru State Times staff would like to take this opportunity to thank Terry Dugan, Greg Wolfe. Juliane Lee and Gretchen Stukenholtz for their fine work over the past few years. Their talent and creativity were invaluable to the publication of this paper, and they will all be sorely missed. As joyful seniors, they leave us wishing for more, althouglJ we're certain they won't consider a return engagement. The editorial contributions of seniors Clint Edwards and Heather Hart will be missed as well. As required of Times staffers, each exhibited their own brand of insanity, which we hope will serve them well in their future endeavors. Good Luck!!

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Page5 ~~~--====--======-==-=~====-~=--==-==-===~==-~e_cm_12,1997 Knopik new assistant direc;:tor of continuing education at Peru State From Peru State College Advancement When it comes to education, Peru State College's Margareta Smith Knapik is "all business." That is to say, the assistant to the director of continuing education draws ·heavily on a strong background in private business to make the most of her work at the college. "Our Continuing Education programs are growing in size and quality, so it is important that we add staff to serve our students· and their programs," said Dr. Robert ·Burns, president of Peru State. Knopik describes her position as "where the college and the needs of people meet. We are committed to providing education opportunities for individuals, businesses and organizations.'' "It mav be customized business training," ~he explained, "or recertification for teachers. It's whatever we need to make happen to meet the needs of the residents and the communities 'n our service area." Knapik understands from a practical viewpoint many of those needs. Though she has worked in both college administration (the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Metropolitan Community College)and as a college faculty member (Metropolitan), her ousiness background is equally great ".nd diverse.

She has managed a beauty supply ing a faculty member to that place of distributorship, and she's worked for business, she'll make the arrangea company supplying chemicals to the ments. If her clients need to use the construction industry. She has also computer lab or Distance Learning been a commercial mortgage loan un- classroom at the RTC, she can make derwriter and the director of a voca- that happen, too. tional school in Omaha. "I love the flexibility-addressing "I have a real customer/client focus people's or companies' needs," she that comes from my being in busi- said. "We have to be able to move ness," Knopik said. "I think that's · quickly and take advantage of oppor~ what makes me 'a good fit' for this tunities. I love the challenge of being type or work at Peru State." able to 'make something work'; I Yet if business is her first love, edu- never sec anything as not being workcation is her passion. She has under- able." graduate and masters degrees from the Knopik notes that the number of stuU ni versity of Nebraska-Omaha and dents PSC serves through its off-camhopes to complete a doctoral program pus program has grown to where it in Education Administration from the roughly equals the number who take University of Nebraska-Lincoln in a classes on campus. That off-campus bit o:ver a year. growth has no end in sight, she is con''I like having access to cmTent re- vinced. search and the resources, includ"One of the things the workforce ing experts at college campuses," will increasingly need is immediate Knapik said. "I love education-I'd access to edu~cation and training," be a full-time student forever if I Knopik said. "If that means traditional could." institutions need to move into the Besides teaching at Metro, the na- workplace, that will happen. We're tive of Denton, ·MT, has taught sev- already making it happen here. era] courses for PSC. But she spends Knapik and her husband Larry live most of her time "taking education to in Omaha, along with their daughter the students," as she described it. Kristin. Their son Sam recently graduSpending much of the time at PSC's ated from college and is teaching. Regional Technology Center in NeShe cites golf, travel and reading as braska City, she works with schools, her leisure-time activities but admits industries and businesses to find out there hasn't been a lot of free time what their needs are in terms of train- since she began work for Peru State. ing or retraining staff. "Every day is different," Knopik If their needs can be met by bring- said. 'Tm having a ball."

SNOWBALL IN HAND, sophomor-e Chris Stites makes his getaway during some wintery warfare made possible by the heavy snowfall. As the snow accumulated to nearly six inches, many students got out to enjoy nature's snowy offering. -photo by Debbie Sailors

Having 'game' will only get you so far in NBA By Matt Thompson

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NBA Player's Association-wake up and join the real world. Enter the world where people who physically assault their bosses are soon to be standing in the unemployment line. Last week, Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors had his contract nullified by the Warriors for physically assaulting his head coach, P.J. Carlesimo. The NBA Players Association responded with remarks calling the Warriors' move "drastic" and

"excessive." The Latrell Sprewell fiasco is a prime example of how the sports world and the rest of society protect its heroes because of their money and superstardoin. By supporting Sprewell, they are basically telling every other player in the league, "Go ahead, do what you want. We got your

back." The only people who seem to have their heads screwed on straight here are the management of the Golden State Warriors. They should be commended for their swift actions. It takes mountains of courage for a team to fire their leading scorer and best player. The Warriors' actions should not only be a model for other NBA teams but also teams in other professional and amateur sports associations all over the United States. It's time for the NBA Players Association to take a long hard look at who they are and what kind of image they want their organization to portray. Don't be so arrogant. Examine the NFL. Examine the NHL. They are obviously better at dealing with the problems of today's society as they enter they enter professional sports.

Taylor involved in student activities By Kelly Green Anne Marie Taylor, senior elementary special/music education major, felt the same way when she first started PSC in the fall of 1994, after graduating from Lincoln High School. "It was really different from Lincoln. This area was much smaller, which enabled me to interact more with people on a personal basis," she said. Taylor described her first year as also being a bit intimidating, trying to adjust to a new environment like the rest of us. Between the traditional parties and basic responsibilities, we all have tough choices to make. A social life and getting to know people are important, as well as receiving a good education. Taylor juggles numerous responsi-

Anne Marie Taylor bilities here at PSC that affect us more than we realize. She is the Campus Activities Board (CAB) president, supervisor for the Al Wheeler Activity Center, vice president of Student Senate, 1997 Homecoming candidate·

and the guest housing supervisor. Taylor credits her accomplishments to many people who have influenced her success at PSC. Family, friends, faculty and staff and Student Programs Director Barb Lewellen have all played a part in Taylor's good times at college. · When asked if she had any advice for present students and future graduates, Taylor said, "You should never give up. Most new students do not expect it to be as difficult as it is, and it's too easy to go out partying and miss the next day of classes. Never give up hope and keep your priorities straight while still enjoying the best of your life. Everything will be okay if you remember that." So, remember "be all you want to be at PSC" and still enjoy times with friends.




Bowl match-ups路answer number one question? By Matt Maxwell The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Mfohigan Wolverines each fought their way through an undefeated 1997 football season and are now preparing to play for the national title. The only problem is they are not playing eac;h other. Due to the Bowl Alliance and the current system of deciding who plays whom in college bowl games, the Cornhuskers and the Wolverines will be fighting it out in different games on different days. The top-ranked Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten conference, are locked into the non-Alliance Rose Bowl against Pac-10 champs Wash" ington State. The Bowl Alliance began their picks by choosing number two Nebraska to play in the Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 2. The Cornhuskers will try to stop Peyton Manning and number three Tennessee. The Volunteers nearly missed 路their chance (although their shot at the title is still slim) .of playing for a shot at the national title. Tennessee slid past Auburn by one point in the SEC title game. The close call cost the Volunteers precious poll points. In the USA TodayESPN Coaches Poll, Tennessee leads number four Florida State by only one point. The Seminoles will travel to New Orleans to grapple with tenth-ranked Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. The Buckeyes (10-2) are the only BigTen

representative picked by the Bowl Alliance. Florida State ( 11-1 ), the ACC champs, would surely have played Nebraska in the Orange Bowl 路 had Tennessee slipped below them in the polls. The Fiesta Bowl offered the only semi-surprise. Fourteenth-ranked Syracuse had already locked an automaticAlliance bid by winning the Big East conference, and then number 10 Kansas State was selected over number seven North Carolina, number six Florida, and number five UCLA. K-State does, however, deserve the honor-their only loss is to the second-ranked Cornhuskers, and they were an obvious choice for the Bowl Alliance. They will do exactly what the Alliance wants them to-generate money. K-State has a great following of fans hungry to see their team win its first major bowl game. The most intriguing non-Alliance bowl game pits a legend against a rising coaching star. The year's Citrus Bowl invited Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions and Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators. The bowl picture also matches up two teams who haven't seen a bowl game in a decade. The Purdue Boilermakers' last trip to a bowl was in 1984 when they lost to Virginia in the Peach Bowl. Dec. 30, they will square off against Oklahoma State whose last bowl appearance came in 1984 when Barry Sanders led the Cowboys to a win over Wyoming in the Holiday Bowl.

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Lady 'Cats fall behind Concordia; can't catch up~ By Greg Wolfe "We didn'tplay very well in the first half," said Head Women's Basketball coach Tara Kreklau about last Tuesday's game versus Concordia College. Peru's Lady 'Cats traveled to Seward and fell behind 20 points at the half. "Concordia is a very well-coached, disciplined and experienced ball team," ~ated Kreklau; "They are just too good to make up a 20-point deficit on." They made up nothing in the second half and fell, 74-56, in the end. Coming off the loss on the road, the Bobcats hosted Sterling College of Kansas at home. Once again, Peru allowed their opponent to take a large lead into the locker room at half. The 'Cats didn't give up, but the halftime lead was just too much as they dropped in their worst defeat of the season, 77-50. But the two losses are nothing to be ashamed about, according to Kreklau. "Both of those teams are excellent teams. lf we have learned anything from those games, and if they've made us a better basketball team, then the losses can be of value to us." That seemed to have been true.路 Case in point last Saturday when Peru traveled to Kansas to beat up on St. Mary's College. This tirrie, Peru turned the scoreboard in their favor in the first half by building an insurmountable 30-point lead. "We just came out with much more enthusiasm," said a pleased Kreklau. The Bobcats took advantage of the huge lead to gain some experience. "The lead allowed us to work on different defenses and different combinations in the second half." The victory saw freshman forward Sarah Dorrel pick up her first double double with I 0 points and I I rebounds. Another key contributor was senior Steph Hornung who has seen an extension in her playing time due to an injury to fellow guard Amy Petry. Then on Tuesday night, Hastings traveled through the snow to face the Lady Bobcats at the Al Wheeler Activity Center. In the game, junior Celeste Nolte and sophomore Amber Friedrichsen each potted 14, and Nolte pulled down 11 boards in the 63-55

GOING UP STRONG, Peru State's sophomore forward Amber Friedrichsen puts in two of her 14 points in Monday's 63-55 win over Hastings College. Friedrichsen is averaging 12.9 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. -photo by Matt Thompson victory. The victory raises their record to 8-3 and puts them in good shape heading into the holidays. Before the team can go on their holiday, they play in a tournament at Midland Lutheran next Friday and Saturday. The key to the upcoming games will be the continued consistent performance by Peru's post players. Forwards Nolte (16.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg),

Friedrichsen (12.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and freshman Tammi Christensen (8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg) arc all playing solid down low and, in recent games, this has allowed the perimeter game to be opened up to contribute a few more points. The 'Cats will return to play after their shortened break on Jan. 5 when they host Missouri Valley College.

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Bobcats continue to skid, dropping six straight games By Clint Edwards .Shooting woes have left the Peru State Bobcats with a 5-8 record. Head Men's Basketball Coach John Gibbs said, "Until we·start hitting our shots and we· stop the other team from hitting theirs, we won't win many games." Early season struggles are not coming as a big surprise to Gibbs, taking into consideration all the losses of last year's team. Time is a key factor this season. Gibbs said, "I feel that we have shown signs of improvement in the last few practices. It's hard to get out of a shooting slump when you don't have time to fix the problem. Instead, you find yourself playing in a game-night

in and night put." Keeping that in. mind, the 'Cats are looking for some answers to put an end to their six-game skid. The Bobcats lost to Iowa's Grinnell College, 102-93, on Nov. 25·, then to University of Nebraska at Kearney, 89-52, the following Saturday. Leading the way for the Bobcats was sophomore point guard Jermel Ward with 24 and 19 points. The Bobcats next road trip took them to.Grand View College on Dec. 2, where they lost, 74-62. In thyirnext match-up on Dec. 5, the 'Cats fell to Bellevue, 69-53. Senior guard Jamie Stinson paced PSC with 17 and 15 points in those contests. In the latest game on Saturday, Dec.


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6, the 'Cats lost to Dana College, 6953. Leading them in scoring was junior forward Steve Fleming with 13 points. There are no quick fixes to solve the Bobcats' problems other than time. Senior post man and co-captain Matt Maxwell said, "The level of effort from every player needs to increase. Ifeveryone plays as hard as they can, we can beat every team on our schedule. If we play as hard as we can and we lose, we can live with that. As of now, though, that is not the case." Hopefully, the Bobcats can get their season turned around. Their next game is Saturday, Dec. 13, against. Nebraska Christian College at .6 p.m. in the Wheeler Activity Center.

Peru State 'no-show' at Kansas Wesleyan Aceording to the Salina Journal, the PSC men's basketball team was scheduled to play Kansas Wesleyan in Salina Tuesday, Dec. 9, as shown in Peru's official schedule. However, though the game was planned for that date originally, the teams had agreed to change the date to Monday, Dec. 8. Peru's failure to note the change resulted in a possible forfeit for the Bobcats. An agreement between the teams,. though, finds PSC meeting Kansas Wesleyan at a later date.

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It is time for me to say farewell to the Times of Peru State and all of its faithful readers. There have been some good times, and there have been some bad times. There have been some good articles and columns, and there have been some bad articles and columns. As I look back, I think about some of the topics of my column, "First NAFTA, Now This," that have P.O.'d a few people. There was the baseball expansion and realignment column that expressed my feelings about all the tradition that Americans are destroying. Then there was a similar topic discussing hockey and how the United States is ruining one of Canada's greatest exports. And then, of course, the column that I heard some great reactiDns to--Donovan Bailey versus Michael Johnson in the World's Fastest Man showdown in which Bailey proved his superiority, and the American press showed their ignorance. What it all boils down to is the title of my column-"First NAFTA, Now This." Does anyone have any clue what this pertains to? Well, let me explain. I'm sure you have all heard about the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Canada (and Mexico), right? Well, when the agreement was being signed,

Canada was iii an uproar because it felt like it was getting the shaft. But our Prime Minister decided to sign the agreement anyway (and he was ousted from parliament not long after that). To make it simple, Canada gives up a lot, but does not receive much in return, and the United States takes advantage of this. So I decided to talk about how the United States takes advantage of more than just economic issues, but also sports issues. Sometimes the ignorance of some of these sporting people amazes me. For example, Gary Bettman, an American, deciding that the names of the old hockey divisions meant nothing to the ga~e. They were part of its history, but who cares, right? It made things easier for Americans. That was all he cared about. Then there is the American press who built up a huge race to decide the world's fastest man and, when the American pulled up lame, gave it a two-minute piece at the end of Sportscenter, totally downplaying the event. It all comes down to the fact that Americans have a power complex to which they feel that everything must revolve around them and be convenient to them. I'd better cut my ranting and raving right there. I would like to change directions here in my last column. I'd like to say that I've learned a lot while

I've been at Peru State. Not just in the classroom, but about an entirely different culture (stated above). And though I have complained a lot about the United States, I do like it here. I'm sure if any one of you were to live in Canada for four years, you'd find something to complain about too. We look and talk the same (eh?), but there is a.different culture north of the 49th parallel that would be a shock to some people. (In addition to the long cold winters.) Since I'm going to be here for a while, it may be time for me to become more Americanized and pick a few favorites in the sporting world south of the border. I am enjoying American football a lot more now, and I have become somewhat of a Husker fan, but I'm having trouble picking an NFL team. I need to find a team that epitomizes the culture of Americans. How about the Dallas Cowboys? They are America's team, right? That means they are a good representation of what America stands for, doesn't it? Or how about the nowfor-sale Florida Marlins, World Series champions? Sounds like a good representative of the American sporting culture to me-a greedy owner who doesn't care about the sport but, rather, the money. Now that's American, isn't it?

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So you're stuck at home with the family for the holidays. After you've listened to Grandpa's fifteenth version of how he alone defeated Hitler in Wotld War II, you know you need a break and you're local video store is jus~ the vacation away from home that you need for the holidays. Juliane: Although it will probably be on television 200 times before Christmas ever approaches, my a11-time favorite holiday movie is "It's a W.;mderful Life." I've seen it probably in excess of 100 times, but I love Jimmy Stewart and the ~toryline is a classic that many have tried to reproduce. I have to admit I do prefer the black and white version over the Ted Turner colorized, however, because that is the way it was made to be watched. Clint: That is a fine movie recommendation, but it's something you're going to have to sit and watch with your family. If your family is anything like my family, and after one whole day together, the only thing on your mind is pummeling your siblings, then my movie suggestion is ''The Best of the Best" starring Eric Roberts. This a is a quality action movie to help you vent your Christmas frustrations without actually maiming your family. Juliane: True, maiming is not good, but after watching that movie, I wanted to kill anyone connected with the making of it. I'm embarrassed that movie is even mentioned in our column. Now if you're like me, and you want something a little more intelligent, "Miracle on 34th Street" will soothe your Christmas blues. The new version is okay, but the old black and.white starring Natalie Wood is much better. Clint: There's another quality TV movie that people should waste their money on at the video store. "The Best of the Best" may be a bad movie, but at least you won't see it on TV. Besides, how bad can it be there are three sequels to this movie. Another good movie to help keep those holiday mood swings in check is "The Great Outdoors" starring John Candy. That is what every family is like when they are forced behind locked doors. This movie will help you laugh those feelings away. Juliane: If you want to see John Candy in oneqfhis finest roles, "Planes. Trains, and Automobiles" is a must. He and Steve Martin trek across America trying to get home for Thanksgiving in this hilarious comedy from John Hughes. Another Hughes holiday gem is "Home Alone" starring everyone's favorite troubled child Macaulay Culkin. The movie just has such a good feel to it-it makes me feel all warm inside. Clint: I will agree with your first movie choice, but that second one makes me feel something inside-I just can't say in this column. I'm sorry. I shouldn't pick on your movies that make you feel all warm inside. Obviously, it doesn't take much to give you that feeling. If you're looking for~­ movie that you')) want to sit down with the whole family and watch, "Christ- · mas Vacation" is the way to go. No matter how hard any family tries to hide it, they a11 have an "Uncle Eddy." This is the one movie you can sit and watch with the whole family and laugh your ass off while making fun of your ignorant family members, all at the same time. Juliane: As far as I'm concerned, all of the "Vacation" movies are great. My one final recommendation has to be "A Christmas Story." Doesn't every little kid want a Red Rider BB gun?

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Majority oppose college move A recently-conducted Times survey of the Peru campus indicates a substantial majority of those completing it are opposed to Peru State's proposed mdve to Nebraska City. Although not a scientific survey, it does give us insight into the feelings of the 355 people who participated. Of those 355, 217 people, or 61 percent, were opposed to moving the school to Nebraska City. Ninety-four people, or nearly 25 percent, favored the move. Over 12 percent, or 44 respondents, voiced no opinion on the matter, although many of those indicated that lack of information had prompted their lack of opinion. Two huncffed eightythree students turned in surveys. Of that number, 176, or 62 p.ercent, were against movingthe col~ lege. Many students cited the importance of Peru's history, tradition and family legacies, as shown by these comments: "I am a third generation

Peru student and would like to see my kids attend here" and "Moving the college would destroy 130 years of proud history." In addition, the survey responses showed that some students felt the

"Peru has come to be known for its small town atmosphere. Moving the college will destroy 130 years of proud history."

ping" are examples of the comments received. Other students had various reasons for wanting Peru State to stay in Peru, including these: "Beautiful campus," "Bigger is not necessarily better," and "If the State Capitol needed repairs, would someone consider moving it to a town that wanted to grow?". Interestingly, though the majority of students opposed the move, faculty response reveals a different story. Of the 27 faculty responses, nearly 56 percent favored the move. A third were opposed to the move, while 11 percent had no opinion. Comments included "You can't hold back the future of the school because you 're thinking about the past" and "PSC will never grow in Peru." Nearly three-fourths of Peru State staff (non-faculty)members were opposed to moving the college, while the rest opposed or had no opinion. Fortyfive members of the staff participated.

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small town atmosphere and remote location werevery important to.them. "I came to Peru State College knowing .that it was a small town. I like it that way" and "People do not come to college for its entertainment and shop-

500 crowd Capitol to save P r By Debbie Sailors


A crowd of 500 Peru State College supporters made their way to the State Capitol Building in Lincoln Jan. 22 to voice opposition to proposed plans to move the school to .Nebraska City. The group filled the East Chamber of the Capitol to overflowing for the 10 .a.m. rally that had been planned to lobby Nebraska senators to vote against a recently submitted bill providing for the controversial move. Dwight Wininger, a Lincoln lobbyist hired by~he Peru State College Foundation to work against the move, welcomed the crowd and introduced a popular Peru advocate, State Senator Floyd Vrtiska, who received a standing ovation. Vrtiska commented on the overwhelming support for Peru and vowed again "to do what I can to keep Peru State in Peru." Vrtiska, who is staunchly opposed to the Nebraska City move, pointed out the

probable loss of financial support from Peru alumni from all over Nebraska if the legislation passes. Lincoln mayor Mike Johanns then took the podium, providing a boost to the Peru State cause when he publicly pledged his support for keeping the college in Peru. "I believe Peru State College should stay in Peru," he said. Andy Tynon, Peru senior and student representative to the Nebraska State College Board ofTrustees, made an impassioned plea, "If it's not broken, don't fix it," and left the stage to the second standing ovation of the day. Wininger then commented on the validity of the building plans and costs estimated by the Nebraska City group working to acquire Nebraska's oldest college. He also questioned the accuracy of the information from the Board of Trustees. Wininger asked that the Legislature make their decision as soon as possible to help alleviate the already emotional situation. He added that several campus buildings are being con-

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Page6 A SEA OF PERU SUPPORTERS filled the State Capitol Rotunda Jan. 22, many sporting bright yellow "Leave Peru State in Peru" buttons and stickers. -photo by Debbie Sailors sidered "for historic· designation." Long-time Lincoln lobbyist Paul O'Hara commented to the crowd, "Not since 1969 has a crowd of this size come to the Rotunda," adding, "Don't think for a minute your num-

bers are not noticed across the hall." Hundreds of Peru supporters then attended a luncheon at the Cornhusker Hotel where several state senators listened to their comments.

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ANDY TYNON, PERU STATE'S student representative to the State College Board of Trustees, speaks in favor of keeping the college in Peru at the rally held Jan. 22 at the State Capitol. Tynon is a long-time Peru resident and graduated from Auburn High School. -photo by Debbie Sailors

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Future belongs in Peru We, the Times staff, feel that the Board of Trustees' plans to move Peru State to Nebraska City are misguided. The plans were born in deception, and have grown amid confusion and anger. Popular sen~ timent has been· ignored, and the financial picture has been distorted. We hope our state senators will listen to the voices of their constituents and keep PSC in Peru. Peru State College thrives and will continue to thrive into the next century, but dragging out this controversy threatens the integrity and the future of our effective and necessary institution.

Letter to the editor There has been a lot of discussion about the future of Peru State College. One would expect that any decision of this magnitude would be accompanied by many studies, much research and an abundance of deliberation by all interested parties. But that's not what has happened. Instead, there were denials of any discussion followed by attempts to quell fears and stop our involvement after the truth was leaked. At the Board's annual meeting in Peru, Rick Kolkrnan· assured us that we were starting discussions too early and that any proposal to move the college would be months away. ·' "l;,et's deal in facts," he said. "Let's look at the situation objectively." But he hasn't. Instead, the Board has carefully chosen information that justifies their proposal and ignored other information. They tell you about great population growth in the metropolitan areas, but dori't mention that the number ofhigh

school graduates in Sarpy County has been dropping steadily. They use 25 percent for contingencies in the Schemmer Report, but only five percent for contingencies in their budget for a new campus. The board could have commissioned a survey of the students. But they didn't really want to know. Let's deal in facts. Let's be consistent, honest and objective. Let's invite open pubiic discussion. Go to -kincaid/peru and you'll find a lot of information relevant to the Board's proposal. Read the Board's reasons for wanting to move the college. Read my rebuttal. Then let's start an honest, objective discussion of what should be the future of this college so that we can best serve the students of southeastern Nebraska for the next 130 years. Joe Kincaid Assistant Professor of Mathematics Peru State College

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'What's best for students' really bites I hadn't truly realized how much I loved this old place until a threat became a reality-they're really trying to move my school. I realize as I write this that I've just called it "my" school. Hmmm. And I also notice that I've chosen the word "threat," with its negative implications, to describe the proposed plan by the Board of Trustees to move Peru State College to Nebraska City. Some sort of subliminal slip of the fingers, no doubt, and indicative of how I've been feeling lately-possessive and threatened, not to mention manipulated and deceived. You see, back in September when President Burns' infamous e-mail was made public, I was dismayed to learn of the planning that was going on behind closed doors. However, I kept in mind that I was just a lowly student and, for all I knew, Peru's buildings might be sliding right off these hallowed hills. Maybe the big kahunas of the State College Board knew something I didn't. Besides, Dr. Bums had stated in an all-college meeting that all planning would be based on what's best for the students. ! tried to keep an open mind and felt reassured when Chairman of the Board of Trustees Rick Kolkman came to town, saying "This is a discussion-nothing more," and "We have time." He spoke of studies to explore the various factors involved, such as construction costs, housing and employment availability, and population and enrollment trends. He pointed out that even talking about moving the college was at least six months down the road. That was Oct. 9. At the time, I publicly voiced my lack of a strong opinion on the issue, citing the possibility of advantages either way and expecting to see further studies. Dr. Daryll Hersemann, vice president for student affairs will hold open office hours for students each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Emory Oak Room of the Student Center. Students are encoura ed to dro in.

In November, the long-awaited Schemmer report was released, calling for $21 or $17 or $13 million or so to update Peru's campus. Then, December rolled around and the executive director of the state college system announced that $8 million from any city would perk up the ears of board members. The new year found Nebraska City making their case for possession of PSC. Presented with fancy ·building plans for a completely new college-with ponds and trolleys and everything-and a ridiculously low price tag of $35 million, the board thought carefully over lunch, then proposed the move to Nebraska City and passed the buck to the Legislature. When did the board make its proposal to the Legislature? Jan. 6. Ahh, the marvels of modern politicsevidently, six months can now pass twice as fast as it used to. This lowly student feels very strongly that the Board's speedy recommendation to the Nebraska Legislature to move rather than improve shows an amazing lack of concern for the desires of many citizens, as well as a seeming disregard for sincerity. "It's what's best for the students" seems to be the mantra of some Board members and others working for the move, but they certainly don't seem to concern themselves with what the students want. They've thrown around enough dollar figures to make us see green. And I've never seen or heard about any of those other studies .Rick Kolkman talked about. The actions of the Board members during the last three months (or should I say a very fast six months) leaves me sorry that they had a hand in leadership of my college, threatening its very existence with their "planning."

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house located on the li.>t ln ,;wcknis ci;1d facultv. \Vhcn the huusc necllecl repairs. the book store iurneci 01·0:1 the property to the The Peru Volunteer Fire Dep<:rtment then held a controlled burn to get rid of the house, after which construction of the lot began. Be.~:1u:-<: con:-.truction lo this date h:1s :ilready cost $22.000. plans to ha\c the lot blacktopped have been postponed for no11. This lot has not only· relieved some of the parking problems on campus. it has also eased the parking nn side streets. There are plans to build more parking lots on campus. but, presently. there is little or no space available. Ron Fabry. director or the Physical Plant, said "I hope it \1ill continue to ease the. parking problem. Contrary to popular belief, I don't like giving tickets. but it is necessary." Students also believe the lot will · more peop 1ea convenient . pace give 1 to park. Wendy Hollis. a sophomore elementary education major. said "I haven't used it, but it seems to be a big improvement."

A WELCOME SIGN notes commuter parking in the new parking lot located just south of the Larson ·· · building. The new lot provides additional parking for commuters and faculty. Plans to have'the parking lot black-topped have been put on hold for now due to expensive construction costs. As you can see, even extended cab pickups have more than enough room. The new lot has opened up parking all over campus. -photo by Debbie Sailors

[Ottman named deputy sheriff By Harold Davis

type, soft-spoken and hgnest. Lottman When asked about his timely arrival is not exactly new to Peru, having as a lawman in Peru, Lottman stated If your neighbor was a deputy sher- lived here for five years. that any timeliness is purely coinciiff, would you sleep better at night? He has worked for the city mainte- dental. If you knew a policeman was patrol- nance crew part-time during the sumAbout his role in Peru, Lottman ofling the city streets and county high- mer, a job he said enabled him to be- fered some common sense, "If you ways every night while you slept, come familiar with many Peru resi- don't do anything illegal, you won't .would you wake up more refreshed in dents. He has also worked mainte- get into trouble." He reinforced that the morning? nance at PSC. idea, sa in , "Use common sense." Nemaha County has recently em>loyed a new deputy sheriff. Brent '~ottman, a Peru resident and Peru State graduate, is helping to keep Nemaha County and the city of Peru ,afe from crime. Originally from Diller, Lottman 1:-;1duatcd with a bachelors degree in nathematicc in I CJ97 He was 1 1ired as deputy sheriff last August and lhen attended a 12-week training program in Grand Island. He began ac' 'ive duty in December. Deputy Sheriff Lottman is also a 'Tlember of the Peru City Council and the Peru Volunteer Fire Department. '..ottman described his job as requir,ng much paperwork, but as being, otherwise, enjoyable. He can be seen patrolling the county almost any evening or night. A fellow city council member de- WATCH YOUR SPEED in Peru, or the new deputy sheriff, Brent -;cribed Lottman as the strong, silent Lottman, may ticket you. -photo by Harold Davis

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Intramural hoops begin; tO:Y:rna111ent held Jan. 20 By Matt Thompson It's the time of year again when all the Intramural hoopsters either knock the dust off their basketball shoes or showcase their polished basketball skills. Intramural basketball got off to a flying start with an excellent turnout for a three-on-three tournament held Jan. 20. Fifteen men's teams and three \}'Ori:J.en's teams participated in the t:9urhey; held. at the Al Wheeler ActivicyCentero The winners of both the men's and women's tournaments were then eligible to advance further arid compete in the national tournament to be held in Ames, IA. The winning men's team consisted of Nick Maher, Chad Koehler, and

Cory Scamman. Four converted volleyball players, Stacy Fitch, Kellie Vallinch, Kendra Jacobsen and Kendra Cory made up the champion team in the women's division. Senior intramural intern Jeff Morgan, who headed.µp the three-on-three tournament, was very pleased with the tournament. "Turnout was much better than we expected. Hopefully, we will continue to get good student participation!' Monday, Jan. 26, saw the beginning of men's five-oncfive league action at the Wheeler Center. Fourteen teams registered for a six-game season, highlighted by a double elimination championship tournament. Players and others are encouraged to contact the intramural office for upcoming events.

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Women's team giving few 'gifts' to foes since Christmas break By Matt Thompson Peru State's women's basketball team has continued its winning ways. They have competed in 10 contests since the beginning of Christmas break, coming out victorious in all but three of them. ·The Bobcats began their break with a 72-64 win over Mount Mercy College of Iowa. Bobcat fans saw senior Steph Hornung light it up from downtown, hitting nine of 14 attempts from behind the arc, setting a new school record. Sophomore DeeAnn Othmer and junior Celeste Nolte also reached double figures, scoring. 15 and 12 respectively. Peru's next game came in the Midland Lutheran Tournament where they played the host team the first round. The Bobcats squeaked by Midland using a balanced scoring attack and one overtime period. Nolte had 22, followed by freshman Tammi Christensen with 17, freshman Alicia Millard with 12 and junior Angie Stiens with 10. The 'Cats didn't have as much luck in the championship game. They ran into the tough Grand View team and were unable to stop their All-American center Chandra Westcott. Peru lost the contest, 82-64. Westcott had 36 to lead all scorers, while the Bobcats again had four players in double figures. Nolte led the Bobcat charge with 19, followed by sophomore Amber Friedrichsen with 14, Stiens, 11, and Christensen pitched in 10. After a few days off, the Bobcats bounced back and exploded in a home game against Missouri Valley College out of Marshall, MO, winning the contest 91-62. Ten Bobcats scored, four of them in double figures. Friedrichsen had 19, Nolte had 18, Othmer had 13, and Christensen added 10. Friedrichsen and Christensen also reached double figures in rebounds with 14 and 12 respectively. The 'Cats were ready to hit the road again. They traveled to Des Moines to play in the Grand View Tournament. The first night of action saw Peru defeating William Woods University of Fulton, MO, by a final score of 69-68. Othmer led all scorers with 23 while Friedrichsen chipped in 16 of her own. The following night, the Bobcats again played Grand View in the championship game, again with the s.ame results-Grand View came out on top, 72c49. Three Bobcat players had 10 points: Nolte, Friedrichsen and Hornung. Things turned around quickly when York College came to the AWAC. The Bobcats jumped all over York, winning by a final count of 74-45. Nolte scored 22 to lead all scorers while Othmer and freshman Sarah porrel each added 12. Millard also had seven points and dished out six assists. The 'Cats then took their show on the road as they traveled to Parkville, MO, to play Park College. The

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Peru women won again, 68-53. Nolte led P-State with a double-double, scoring 24 points and snagging 14 boards. The Bobcats came home to host Midland Lutheran. This time it was the Amber Friedrichsen show. Friedrichsen scored a career high 25, including three three-pointers. Nolte dumped in 19 and Othmer added 12. Coach Tara Kreklau was pleased with her teams defensive effort, especially in the first 20 minutes. "Defensively, the first half was probably the best we've played all year." The Bobcats then traveled to Sioux City, IA, to play national powerhouse Briar Cliff College. They ended up los- · ing, 92-56, to the fourth-ran)ced Chargers. Kreklau commented, "They out-played us, out-worked us, out-hustled us and out-prepared us." The Bobcats' next game takes them to Hastings, where they face 22nd-ranked Hastings College on Jan. 31.

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en's team shows flashes of true abilities 1ot of 2ction has i::-1n basketball court since the last isde of the Times. Peru State'.s men 1c

ave had some ups and downs this but were able to come.together .nd show flashes of their true capa1ilities. During a 10-game stretch beginning Jith Nebraska Christian, the 'Cats ve~e able to go .500, winning four out if five at one point against some very .tiff competition. The Bobcats were \ble to take some serious steps tovards turning their season around vhen the Bruins of Bellevue Univer¡ity came to town. After struggling through a first half iddled with turnovers, the. 'Cats came Jut and picked up defensive intensity, ending the Bruins home with a 742 loss. Junior Cory Cain and junior v1att Thompson paced the Bobcats vith 16 points each. Sen,ior Matt v'laxwell added 11, while junior Jamie >tinson grabbed seven rebounds to ead the team. During another home contest against 'fork College, Peru struggled from the ;,.Id, shooting a mere 38 percent. ~ason

Again. their defense\\ as the key, forc- to go on the road and come home with ir;to 17 turnovers while <l \Vin. They got off t~J z very strong five of their as much as J 7 in the were able to hang on for the win, 69didn't up. 61. pulling within one late in the second On Jan. 17, the Bobcats were forced half. The 'Cats got the job done as to leave the friendly confines of the they fought off the St. Mary charge, Al Wheeler Activity Center, traveling hanging on for the 73-65 win. Leadto Parkville, MO. There they found ing a balanced scoring attack was themselves involved in a very physi- Ward with 17, Fleming and Stinson cal contest and were unable to control with 13 apiece and freshman Dan the bigger, more athletic Park College Stoakes with 12. Pirates. The end of the game saw Peru The next contest was a big disapgiving up 22 rebounds and losing the pointment for Head. Coach John Gibbs contest, 94-59. Sophornore Jermel and his troops. The Concordia ColWard led the way with 16, and junior lege Bulldogs came into the Wheeler Steve Fleming tossed in 15. Center and devastated the Bobcats, Two days later, the Bobcats took to controlling them in nearly every asthe road again-this time with a much pect of the game, eventually winning, more favorable result. They went to 76-54. Salina, KS, and came away with a win Gibbs stated, "I thought we were inover Kansas Wesleyan University. timidated from the beginning. I was They were forced to come from be- upset because we were playing well hind after trailing 40-34 at halftime. in the past couple of weeks." Ward Fleming paced P-State with a career again led Peru in scoring with 11, and high 21 while Stinson added 12 of his freshman guard Brian Arnold put in a own. solid effort by committing no turnThe Bobcats were again thrown into overs in 21 minutes. a hostile environment when they travThe Bobcats face Kansas Wesleyan eled to Leavenworth, KS, to play St. at home on Jan. 3 L Mary College. Again, Peru was able

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Finally! It was high time that NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabu handed the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the money-hungry, manipulating, nonathletic, egotistical owner of an AFC team. Thirteen years of dominati6n came to an end Sunday as the Denver Broncos stampeded the proud NFC champion Green Bay Packers. Super Bowl XXXII was the best championship game viewed by Generation X and is being called one of the best of all time. And why not? The two teams traded punches from the coin toss to the final play. No team held the momentum more than one drive, arid the outcome was anybody's guess. In the end, however, 37-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway was carried off the field by his teammates as they celebrated their franchise's first Super Bowl victory. Who cares that Elway completed only 12 passes for 123 yards, had no touchdowns.and one costly interception? Who cares that Elway

was severely outplayed by his counterpart, league MVP Brett Favre? Nobody, that's .who. If anyone in the world deserved to be carried off the field after a Super Bowl victory, it's Elway. The guy's been among the league's best quarterbacks for 15 years and had lost three previous Super Bowls by a combined total of 96 points. After that track record, the guy deserved some hype. Nearly lost in Elway's post game sanctification was Terrell Davis. The entire western world watched as Davis turned in one of the single most impressive efforts in Super Bowl history--and no one seemed to notice. Davis earned game MVP honors by averaging over five yards per attempt while piling up 157 yards and three touchdowns--all in only three quarters of work. He sat out the entire second quarter due to a blinding migraine. (From the deja vu department: Davis is the second graduate of San Diego's Lincoln High School to become Super Bowl MVP. The first

was Oakland Raider Marcus Allen. Allen won the honor in 1985, the last time an AFC team won the title. Weird, huh?) The Denver win provided more relief than a dump truck full. o( Rolaids. Now other AFC teams know that the NFC champs are beatable, and it gives hope that the Super Bowl may once again become more than an excuse to drink beer and watch some new commercials. Even more relieving is the fact that the great Wisconsin bandwagon exodus is finally over. All those overnight cheese-heads (you know who they are) who began gobbling up Packer coats and caps last season will go back to being regular football fans. After all, it would be too obvious to jump on Denver's bandwagon, wouldn't it? I mean, everyone knows that there are only 40 or 50 true Bronco fans outside the Rocky Mountains, and orange coats stick out like a sore thumb. But, then again, that's what I thought about wearing a lump of Swiss like a hat.


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Cress contemplates life from deep-rutted funk My mind works in mysterious ways. If you knew me personally, you'd know that statement isn't fiction. It's fact. I marvel from day to day about life and the many highs and lows that we as humans experience. Thoughts of the now-famed Peru State College move nibble at my brain daily. For the first time in my life, I feel justified in saying that the whole controversy has left me stranded in a deep-rutted funk. If that whole scenario hasn't troubled me enough, other· day-to-day issues plague my well-being as well. Other things that add to my funk include .the topics of racism, public littering and people that don't support their school. I have often wondered what makes a person racist. I tend to believe that it's a learned habita habit born from ignorance. Parents are major contributing factors in a person's value system, and tliey don't always realize that their child constantly tries to emulate



their behavior. In layman's terms, the good and bad habits are handed down from one generation to the next. I've learned a lot about myself and about human nature in general since I made the decision to attend classes

"So-don't throw your garbage on the ground, you lazy dork!" at Peru State College. One revelation I've had recently is that whether we like it or not, humans are biased. I'm biased, you're biased, and the whole darn oxygen-consuming world is biased. It's human nature to have favorites and least favorites. Without delving into the religious aspect of our existence, let's just say

that we have an extraordinary thing called a brain. The human brain allows us to decipher all the primal instincts and raw emotions we feel each minute of our lives. So how hard is it for people to understand that everyone is the ·same, yet glamorously different? Why is it so hard for people to appreciate and respect our neighbors for all of the differences as well as the similarities? Sometimes, it does indeed seem hard. It all starts somewhere, usually with a simple hello while passing on the sidewalk. It seems that I won't have room for discussion of public littering and people who don't show support for their school, so I' II just make a small but earnest statement about littering for good ol' Mother Nature. Garbage goes in the garbage can (hence, the term garbage can). So don't throw your garbage on the ground, you lazy dork! If you want to call me a name, treehugger will do.

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By Chris Hawkinson I was actually early for my first class of the day. Granted, it was a 12:30 class, but still, I was early, and no one else in the class had presented them. selves as of yet. Modern Poetry was the class I had registered for-just for fun. I didn't need the credits; I si.mply wanted to learn. When only four students showed up, and the instructor entered the class quietly, which is not normal, the news was expected. Modern Poetry was canceled due to lack of student interest. Public Speaking, a required class for language arts majors, normally accommodated between 12 and 14 students in past semesters, but it also had only four students. The threat of cancellation was again upon us. Not a single person had registered for Traditional Grammar, another required class for language arts students. Modern Europe, an upper level history elective, was also dropped due to low enrollment. The humanities department alone lost four classes due to dwindling numbers and was at risk

of losing Public Speaking as well. . According to the Jan. 23 issue of Hilltopics, the college saw a 21 percent increase in freshman enrollment and a three percent increase overall. With this increase, why has Traditional Grammar, a class that I had previously taken with about. 15 other students, plummeted into cancellation? I have a theory which is based upon the debated move to Nebraska City. Consider this. If Nebraska City were to be the new home of our fine institution, how many students would be lost in the move? If the legislation for the bill passes and I'm more than a year from graduating, I will transfer even though the new campus wouldn't be finished for however many years. I wouldn't want to be a forgotten student at a forgotten campus while a new campus is under construction. Because others in the student body may feel the same way I do and would consider relocating jf the move were approved, we have to prepare ourselves for the possible change of venue. While considering a transfer to another school, we would have to

consider class transferability. As a student who has transferred, I know that general education classes are usually given credit while many specialized classes, such as Modern Poetry, require more of a fight to receive the credits. In turn, I'm not getting the education I want, deserve and pay for because the college says it is trying to do what's best for the student. The college has said the move would provide future generations of Peru students with the best of everything and at the astoundingly low price. The administrators seem to have forgotten about the students who attend PSC right now. They have forgotten about what is best for us. The reason we came to Peru was to further our education. Now our education is being hindered by the fears of students worried about the loss of their home away from home. It is what's best for the students, though. I've heard that statement enough that I actually started believing it. Remember, that doesn't apply if you just want to learn.

Harotd's opinion on the whole Peru thing By Harold Davis What would really happen to Peru traditions if the college were moved to Nebraska City? What would happen to our history? How much of Peru would stay Peru? Would the name change? We might go from one of the shorter names, "Peru State College," to one of the longer ones in the state, "Nebraska City-Peru State College." Come on, who wants NCPSC on their T-shirt? Would we keep our nickname, "Campus of a Thousand Oaks?" Or would it change to "Campus Without Oaks?" Or better yet, "Campus of a Thousand Jokes." After all, what will our competitors say about all of this? Surely they'll make fun of us-a wandering campus looking for a home. Would we keep our mascot? Would a bobcat live in Nebraska City? Bobcats avoid large crowds of people; they like a rural setting with trees and hills. Maybe we would become the "Trees"-steady and strong going into the next century. Maybe we'd be the "Weasels," for reasons I won't mention.

What about our history? One hun· dred thirty years can't be rebuilt 2( miles away. We would go frorr "Nebraska's Oldest College" tl "Nebraska's Newest College." Is tho a step we are ready to make? What would happen to Peru? Wh: don't we just move the entire town tc Nebraska City? We could build nev houses, plant new trees, develop nev hills. I don't think we could duplicatt the way the streets feel under our tires but no one ever said anything abou duplicating anything, did they? What about businesses in Peru? Cai we move them too? Maybe we couk make Peru a small suburb ofNebrask City where Peruvians could live lik Native Americans driven from thei. homelands onto reservations. Hasn't history taught us that uproot ing and replanting don't always w01· so well? The Native Americans sti. resent the government; some Afric<Americans still resent what happenei to them. Can't we leave well enoug. alone? Or should we.start ordering NC shirts with little weasels on the p ets?


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Scientific survey concludes most students oppose move By Debbie Sailors In an effort to more accurately measure the attitudes of Peru students with regard to the proposed college move, the Times worked with assistant professor of mathematics Joe Kincaid to obtain scientific results of the recent Peru move survey. Kincaid conducted a second survey. utilizing the same questions, but asking them of randomly chosen students. The survey results indica.te, once again, that a majority of Peru State students oppose the move. Of 1,304 students listed on the fall 1997 college roster, Kincaid, using statistical methods to gather truly ran·- Tiom survey participants, contacted 40 pf them by telephone and compileq the results. .·.·~ It should be noted that this survey ''considered only students, not faculty or staff, and that the results were confidential. It also must be pointed out that this second survey was conducted before the results of the initial cam.-' pu~-wide survey were tabulated or published. Of those 40 students, Kincaid's results indicate that 80 percent. were against the move, while 15 percent were in favor. Five percent expressed

no opinion. The results of the second survey have a margin of error of roughly 10 percent, either up or down. Of the students participating, 50 percent indicated that they commuted to Peru, while 30 percent reported from on campus and 20 percent from within Peru. Traditional students accounted for 72.5 percent of those responding, while 27.5 percent identified themselves as non-traditional. Comments from participants included: "I have family members who are alums. I have friends at Oxford, Stanford and Rice. _My' scores could've gotten me into a more prestigious school, but I chose Peru for its traditional and rural setting;" and, "If I had wanted to go to a larger school and just be a number, I would have done that. I don't see a need to.move it." Ad4itional comments included: "I'm a third generation student. I came pecause it was a small town;" "It probably won't affect me. I've never·'set foot on campus and I'll gradua;te in six months;" and, "Best for a college to grow in a bigger town. We have jobs imd internships here. Students wouldri't have to drive 15 miles to get anywhere."

Peru student d-ies in crash Shannon J. Williamson, age 18, Williamson; also a Peru student, and died Sunday, Feb. l, 1998, east of his parents, Doris and Bill Applegarth Unadilla from injuries received in an of Cozad and Richarcl and Sue . automobile accident. Williamson, a Williamson of Malvern, IA. A campus memorial service was · PSC student, had been returning to held in Benford Recital Hall on TuesPeru when the accident occurred. He is survived by a brother, Justin day, Feb. 10.

PSC PRESID.ENT ROBERT L. BURNS is the focus of attention as the Statewide camera crew shoots footage for tonight's segment on the Peru move. Looking on is Louis Levy, Executive Director of Admissions Services. To the right of the camera is Brad Penner, segment producer for the Peru feature. The program airs again tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. -photo by Debbie Sailors

Statewide sp~tlights controversy By Debbie Saliors Statewide, a popular Nebraska educational television (ETV) network program, will broadcast an extended segment examining the controversial proposed move of Peru State CoHege to Nebraska City. The program, hosted by Jana McGuire, will feature footage shot

when the producer of the segment, Brad Penner, brought his camera ciew to the PSC campus on Feb. 2. President Robert L. Burns escorted the crew through several buildings, along with Louis Levy, executive director of enrollment services, and other college officials. Both Burns and Levy were interviewed on-cam-. era for the segment.

· U.N. ambasSador to appear on campus By Chris Hawkinson

ence at Makerere University College in Kampala, Uganda, where he won Wednesday, Feb. 18, Dr. David the Play Writers Prize and the MarRubadiri·, Malawi's Permanent Rep- garet Graham Po.etry Prize. He was resentative to the United Nations, will also chairman of the debating socivisit Peru State in corhniemoration of . ety and president of the student's Black History Month and as part of guild. At Bristol University in England, the PSC Creative Writing Series. Rubadiri will speak on African and Rubadiri received a postgraduate diBlack History at 11 a.m. in the ploma in education and was recipiBenford Recital Hall in the Jindra ent of the Poetry Prize. He received Fine Arts Building. At 2 p.m. in the his M.A. from,Cambridge University Student Center's Bur Oak Room, he in England and taught at universities in Uganda, Kenya and Botswana. ·vill read and discuss his poetry. When Malawi achieved indepenRubadiri was born in Malawi in 1930, but grew up mainly in Uganda. dence in 1963, Rubadiri was named His first degree was in literature and Malawi's first ambassador to the history with a minor in political sci- United Nations and the United States. 1

In response to the increasingly oppressive rule of Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the first leader of independent Malawi, Rubadiri resigned from his post in 1965 and began 30 years of exile. In 1994, the dictatorship was ousted and Rubadiri again became Malawi's representative to the United Nations. In addition to working in education and politics, Rubadiri has written essays, drama (Come to Tea) and a novel (No Bride Price). His poetry has earned international recognition in numerous anthologies and journals. He is one of the first writers from Malawi to write in English. His writing illustrates the many faces of the struggles

of Malawi and post-colonial Africa. Rubadiri is currently professor of languages and social science education at the University of Botswana. CAB and the English Club proudly sponsor the event and are very excited about Rubadiri's visit. "We're very lucky," stated associate profes$Or of English Bill Clemente, "that circumstances have allowed us to bring Dr. Rubadiri with his incredibly' busy schedule at the Uni"ted Nations to speak at Peru." He added, "We look forward to the honor, and we hope everyone will take the time to visit with someone of his stature in African politics and also a creative writer of his renown."

This episode of Statewide airs, tonight, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. on Nebraska ETV, as well as Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m. Some Nebraska residents, specifically those in the Omaha area, may view the broadcast on Iowa ETV and at different times. Viewers should check listings for availability.

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PSC UP To THE MINUTE ATTENTION DEGREE CANDiDATES: Applications for May 1998 graduation are due TODAY in the Registrar's Office. Applications are available in the Registrar's Office. A $20 application fee must accompany the application.

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE for the Peru Sta_}e College Robert L. Burns terms "an effort to High School Business Contest is Feb.:To:-~ng to Jack provide some relief to students," he has asked the college's vice presidents, Hamilton, chair of the business division and founder and co- · "Can we eliminate the publication ordinator of the popular contest, this year's contest, to be held fee?" However, he assured "no impact on Thursday, Feb. 26, marks its 25th anniversary. For more inthe newspaper" when asked to comformation, contact Hamilton at (402) 872-2232. ment on local -rumors that the Peru PERU STATE BANDS will perform in three states over two days, beginning with Concert Band and Ice Blue Jazz Band performances on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Rock Port, MO, at 8:05 a.m. and Sabetha, KS, at 1p.m. They'll perform at Nodaway-Holt in Graham, MO, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, and again at 12:30 p.m. at Pawnee City High School. Both bands will also present concerts here on campus Sunday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. in the College Audltorium. The program is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Both groups are directed by Cheryl Fryer. A PIZZA PARTY for students, faculty and staff, sponsored by the PSC Biology Club, will be held Monday, Feb. 23, at the Auburn Pizza Hut. Pizza will be served beginning at 6 p.m., with a free·will donation. Friends and family ate wel..•come to attend as well. A sign-up sheet is located on the third floor of Hoyt. In action taken at a recent meeting, the following ~tudent Senate Resolution was issued: Be it resolved that as of Jan. 14, 1998, the Peru State College Student Senate has adopted a position supporting the renovation of the existing campus of Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. -Peru State College Student Senate BEST HOTELS, LOWEST PRIC!:S ALL SPRING SREAK

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State Times' funding had been cut. "There is an effort to reduce fees," said Burns. When asked why the publication fee had been singled out for elimination, Burns responded, "No other fee could be reduced or eliminated." According to Burns, Student Senate has been responsible for the disposi" tion of the publication fee funds for

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ganizations requesting funds for copy machines, convention fees and other projects. According to both Damrow and Burns, changes were needed. Burns especially questioned the use of student funds for items not directly related to students. Some expressed concern for the future of the newspaper and the activity calendars due to possible elimination of the publication fee. Damrow commented, "He [Burns] assured me that the funding now supplied through the publication fee would be covered through other college funding." Burns stated, "If we continue charging the publication fee, then we should use the money for all students. which would include the newspaper." He added that he was "committed to the calendars and to the newspaper."

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about the past three years. During that tiine, the Times has been allocated $10,000 per year which is used for printing fees, supplies and equipment. In addition, Campus Activities Board receives money from publication fees to finance the activities calendars each semester. Jessica Damrow, Student Senate president, explained that Burns became concerned late in the spring 1997 semester about the amount of publication fee money that had accumulated, awaiting use. With publication fees coming in at the rate of about $20,000 per year, Student Senate members still found themselves responsible for an accumulated balance of over $30,000. Damrow said publication fee proposals became more broad, with or-

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coin this April. The 1998 theme is "Migrations in History: People, Culture, Ideas." A special prize, to the best entry related to history in southeastern Nebraska, will be presented by the Peru Historical Foundation. For more information or registration materials call Dr. Sara Crook, associate professor of history and political science at (402) 872-2279.

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Staff Opinion Laws allow for lays, not lies; will Clinton come out clean? The present plight of our esteemed leader, President Clinton, has, if nothing else, spurred the American public into action-reaction, that is. American citizens seem compelled to ask each other, "What do you think about President Clinton?" The President himself has opted for the "silent treatment" since his recent deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, in which he denied having a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. This has left the public-and the media-more concerned with the Presidential sex secrets than with any bombs Saddam Hussein might have hidden away. The Times staff is inclined to allow the President his peccadilloes, believing that what happens between the sheets is between Bill and Hillary: And, apparently, Americans feel similarly-Clinton's all-time high approval rating supports that. · However, if the allegations are true that he asked or had others ask Lewinsky to join him in his silence, then no allowances can be made. High-profile · hanky-panky may be immoral, but it is not illegal. Perjury, suborning perjury, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice are. The President of the United States is a human being-subject to the same lenient tests of character that we apply to ourselves, and to the same strict laws that govern us all.

Foundation wary of move By Chris Hawkinson Peru State College Alumni Foundation President Lester Russell said that alumni have expressed dissatisfaction at the thought of moving PSC out of Peru. Russell said some alumni stated that .- ' they were unsure of where to donate their money if Peru moved, while others were concerned about the use of their donated funds should a move take place. The Alumni Foundation has assets of approximately five million dollars, according to Russell. He pointed out the beneficial expenditures that have been made over the years, including $110,000 for a new gymnasium floor in the Al Wheeler Activity Center, new

library books,.financial support for PSC recruiting efforts and over $100,000 in student scholarships each year. Work stipend employment is also funded by the Foundation. When asked if a move would cause a decrease in alumni support and donations, Russell stated that there was no doubt in his mind the foundation would be affected. Scholarships will still be given, but the number of scholarships may decrease or the amount of the scholarsRips may fall. If restricted gifts decrease, specific departments may be affected. . If alumni contributions fall back, the alumni newspaper, The Peru Stater. may not be published as often, and alumni may not be as informed as they need to be.


'Big picture' pales in comparison to poetry Last time out, I took a look at .the whole PSC move controversy-the "big picture," if you will. And, frankly, I didn't like having to do it as I found it rather taxing, almost like writing a paper for a class, complete with research. This week, though I certainly feel it's time for some new material, I have no choice but to delve into the "little picture." You see, while the big picture is fraught · with frustration at the actions of some suits in an office somewhere having a big ol~ meeting, the little picture comes down to my little world, right now, this minute. Some of you may have read an interesting article by Chris Hawkinson in the Jan. 30 Times expressing her unhappiness at having a much~anticipated Modern Poetry class dropped due to low enrollment. She speculated that the proposed college move to Nebraska City might have students concentrating their efforts on general education classes rather than upper-level classes like Modern Poetry. Well, I was one of the other three students registered for Modern Poetry. And, yes, I also was taking the class "just to learn''. from an instructor I greatly respect and admire-probably my last chance for a class with him. I also showed up early that first day, having already

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purchased the $50 book, eager to get started. And, though I'm sure admitting this w.ill brand me as a geek forever, I nearly cried when I found out the class was being canceled. I even opted to keep the book as some sort of silent rebellion against authority. You can imagine my dismay (what an understatement) when I later found out through the proverbial grapevine that my offered-only-every-other-year Modern Poetry instructor was now teaching Appreciation of Literature (a regularly offered class) at night at the Regional Technology Center in Nebraska City. Enrollment? Though original surveys indicated nine RTC students would have been interested, only two are taking the class. I must point out that I do not believe that some master plan exists to systematically undermine the curriculum here on campus, but I do believe that the machinations of the Peru move puppeteers influenced the outcome in this particular case. But the little picture remains the same-I, one insignificant poetry-loving non-trad, get the boot because of ... well, evidently two Appreciation of Literature students at the Tech Center. I'm not saying that I deserve special consideration. but, hey. we modern poetry lovers were in line first. No cutting.

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Dr. Daryll Hersemann, vice president for student affairs will hold open office hours for students each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to I p.m. in the Emory Oak Room of the Student Center. Students are encouraged to drop in.

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Campus Activities Board plans events for Black History Month By Matt Asher "Oldies." "Country." "R & B." "Sappy boyfriend/girlfriend songs." "Anything that keeps me awake." If you'd give any of these answers when asked, "What kind of music do you listen to?" then you would have fit in perfectly at the Regency Singers concert Feb. 3. The group consists of five male singers from Baltimore who sing virtually all their songs with no music other than themselves. Sponsored once again by Campus Activities Board, this popular group performed a variety of music and added some improvisational comedy and audience involvement.


Numerous students were brought on stage while Regency serenaded them, even personalizing "My Girl" with a female audience member's name. Regency was brought to campus as part of CAB's scheduled events in celebration of Black History Month. In addition, the movie "Hoodlum" was shown on Feb. 5. Students can also check out interesting displays on civil rights and Kwanza in the Student Center. Dr. David Rubadiri, Malawi's permanent representative to the United Nations, will visit Peru Wednesday, Feb. 18,speaking about African and black history.(See story ofRubadiri's visit on page one.)



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Week aimed at eating disorders By Angela Tanner Do you or your friends exercise compulsively and count calories in an effort to loose weight and be extremely thin? Does your roommate run to the bathroom to throw up after a big meal? Is your girlfriend always dieting and thinking aboutthe food she eats? 0nce you start eating, do you find that you are unable to stop? These behaviors are all signs that you or your friend may have an eating disorder. Before these illnesses get out of hand, learn how to get help. Peru State will join hundreds of colleges across the country in the second National Eating Disorders Screening Program (NEDSP) during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 23 through 28. PSC Will hold the free program Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. All screen-

Eating disorders are illnesses that are associated with severe body image distortion and an obsession with weight. Sufferers are terrified of gaining weight and continue to diet, binge or purge even as their mental and physical health deteriorates. Victims can develop heart problems, osteoporosis and reproductive difficulties. Left unchecked, eating disorders can kill. Tammy Bayliss, health center director, advises anyone in search of treatment to stop by A.D. Majors and talk with counselor Pam Bennett. "Since I have been here this year, I've encountered very few people in search of treatment for an eating disorder. Those who do come tend to suffer from overeating rather than aneorexia or bulimia," Bayliss said. "Students don't need to worry about confidentiality with me or the counselor."


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DR. THOMAS EDIGER AND D~t DAVID EDRIS join to form Aeolian II, a musical duo of two Peru State College professors. -photo by Debbie Sailors

Sounds of Aeolian II return to Peru eludes a bachel~r's degree in music education, a master's degree in muAeolus was the Greek god of the sic performance and a doctoral degree winds. He will not, however, be found from the University of Missouri-Kanas one opens the doors of Peru's sas City Conservatory of Music in Benford Recital Hall Tuesday Feb. 17 trumpet performance. Edris also has at 8 p.m. Aeolian II, the musical duo an extensive music performance of Dr. David Edris, professor of mu- background, which includes six years sic, and Dr. Thomas Ediger, director with the Tulsa Orchestra and 14 years of choral activities, will perform mu- as the principal trumpet for the St Josic befitting their divine namesake. seph Orchestra. Aeolian II formed in 1979, with Ediger's educational background Edris on trumpet and Ediger on pi- entails a bachelor's degree in music ano. They. chose the term "aeolian" education, a master's in piano perforbecause it is a "general musical term mance and a doctorate in music that .would reflect making music," theory/composition~ He has comEdiger explained. "There is an effect posed pieces for Aeolian II in the past, called the 'Aeolian Effect,' as well as such as "Escapades for Trumpet and a scale called the 'Aeolian Scale."' · Piano," "Nocturne for D Trumpet and Edris' educational background in- Piano," and "In Memorium (The

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The staff of the Peru State Times would like to take this opportunity to thank Freedom Robinson for three years of outstanding work. Her dedication and creativity were instrumental in this paper's production. We wish her the best of luck in the future.

Challenger Tragedy)." Aeolian II gives at least two performances per year of the evening programs. The group also travels to various high schools and performs as part of recruiting trips. The pair has performedto over 50 audiences. The purpose of the group is the performance of music. Edris stated, "Performance is the counterpart to research in other disciplines. This is what we do." J:he featured music for their upcoming performance includes a transcription of pieces by Aelessandro Scarlatti, "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano" by Beversdorf, "Weeping Dancer" by Coolidge, "Prayer of Saint Gregory" by Hovannes. and "Rondino" by Street.

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If the admissions office at Peru State College has a public face, it has to be that or'the student ambassadors. This semester, nine full-time student ambassadors and a two alternates are working to show prospective students around the campus and help new students feel at home. Russell Crouch, senior student ambassador, stated, "It's the [admissions] counselor's job to get the prospective students onto campus and it's the ambassadors' job to get them enrolled." Crouch, ambassador since fall 1995, said that his favorite part of the job is connecting with prospective students and trying to give them information to answer their questions. He said that the most rewarding aspect of the job is seeing his former guests on campus as PSC students the following sernester. Robin Jensen, admissions counselor, said that each ambassador has a different reason for doing the job besides the money, a mere $100 per semester. For Crouch, it is a sense of pride. "I wanted to be able to promote PSC." He said he enjoys keeping in contact with students he helped recruit, and felt that ambassador experience helps improve his p·ublic speaking skills and makes him more personable.

Louis Levy, executive director o admissions services, described the ambassador's job as a committee fo welcoming students and giving then a current student's perspective of th, campus. "People want to hear wha the students have to say," he said. "Th( student ambassadors are an asset to th college. We couldn't get along with out them.'' In a recent recruiting letter to pro spective students, the admissions of fice called the proposal to move PS( "a win-win situation; either way, Per State gets even better." However, the admissions office doe not tell ambassadors how to rcspon to questions about a move. knse pointed out that the ambassadors "cc: really work out the wrinkles and call the students' fears and anxiety." H added, "Students open up more tc. sn dent ambassadors." Currently, the student ambassaJo are preparing for Open House c March 11 where they wiil reprcse: PSC to prospective students and the parents. The ambassadors are available f. tours for anyone, Monday throut Friday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.r: Admissions counselors are availab:. in the admissions office, third floe Administration Building.

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length of the court and throw up an unanswered prayer. Why are basketball games so darn Leading the 'Cats in scoring was long? Fleming with 16 points on seven of If Peru State's men's basketball team 12 shooting. Sophomore guard Jermel --:ould have shortened games from 40 Ward added 15. ;o 39 minutes this season, their :·ecord would be three games better. The Bobcats lost their last three ~ofitests by one point each time. · The first game was a 59-58 loss ,1t Doane College in Crete on Feb;·uary 3. The two teams fought :Jack and forth, as Doane and Peru ilways do, with neither team secur;ng the momentum. Then the 'Cats took the lead with :5 seconds to play on junior forward Steve Flemming's put back of •;enior guard Shawn Gibbs' miss. The In their next action on February S at ':iucket appeared to be the game win- Bellevue University, P-State would •:er, but the Tigers would not be de- fare no better. The Bobcats let a 17 .jed. point first half lead slip away before After Flemming's basket, the Bob- falling, once again, in the final secats took their final time-out to set up onds. After trailing the entire game, the 1eir defense. The move proved costly :.s Doane scored to take a one point Bruins pulled to within one point with :c::ad with just over four seconds left 42 seconds left to play. Bellevue den the game. Having no time-out left, cided not to foul the Bobcats, and the :he 'Cats were forced to dribble the 'Cats were content to use as much of

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the clock as possible. With time run:~ ning out on the 35 second shot clock, Freshman guard Jermel Ward missed a tough shot. The rebound bounced off of a couple of Bobcats before being picked up off of the floor by aBruin. Two long passes later, Bruin guard Wiley Turner was laying in the game winner with 1.1 seconds left. The 'Cats were led by Ward who got hot early. Ward hit eight of his 13 shots, scoring a game high 23 points. Peru State Head Coach John Gibbs called the loss "one of the toughest losses" of his career. Unfortunately, things didn't get any easier for the 'Cats. Last Tuesday, PSC lost its third straight game on their opponents last shot with under five seconds to play. This time it was St. Mary's College from Leavenworth, KS, who downed the Bobcats 80-79. Once again, the 'Cats Jed the entire game. St. Mary's led only once, when guard foe Hill hit a short jumper as time expired. Senior guards Shawn Gibbs and Jamie Stinson each scored 21.points to lead the Bobcats.

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Lady 'Cats peak for playoffs By Matt Thompson The last day of January saw Peru State's women get a huge win on the hardwood. The Bobcats traveled to Hastings College and beat the 22nd ranked Broncos in overtime, 69-66. The Bobcats had already defeated Hastings earlier in the year, but as Head Coach Tara Kreklau knows all too well, beating a team at their place (not to mention twice in a row) can be tough. · Kreklau said, "This was a big win for us. It is very difficult to beat Hastings at Hastings." Sophomore post Amber Friedrichsen paced the 'Cats with 17 points. Junior post Celeste Nolte recorded a double-double, scoring 14 points and snagging 12 caroms. Junior Guard Steph Hornung also added 12 for the victors. Kreklau commented "We struggled offensively, but defensively we were solid."

The 'Cats then returned home for a game against St. Mary College out of Leavenworth, KS. The onslaught began from the tip-off. The Bobcats got out fast and never 109ked back. The end of the first 20 minutes saw the 'Cats leading 43-21. Things never got better for St. Mary. The Bobcats were able to hold them to 21 points in the second frame, while scoring 55 of their own. When the final horn sounded, the 'Cats were leading 98-42. Leading all scorers was Nolte .with 28, followed by Friedrichsen with 14. Freshman forward Tammi Christensen added 13, and Junior .guard Angie Stiens pitched in 11. As a team the Bobcats shot 52 percent from the field and 71 percent from the stripe, while holding St. Mary to 32 percent and 66 percent respectively. The women then traveled to Blair to take on the Dana College Vikings, another team which the Bobcats had previously defeated. Although the game

could have gone either way, the outcome was not as favorable this time around. The 'Cats lost a heartbreaker, 63-62. Kreklau said, "Physically, we played hard, but didn't play well in any facet of the game." Three players scored in double figures for the Bobcats. Nolte scored 16, Friedrichsen had 15 and sophomore guard DeeAnn Othmer added 11. The Lady Bobcats have improved their season mark to an impressive 18-8 and seem to be in good shape as playoff time approaches. The 'Cats travel to Lamoni, IA, to do battle with the Graceland College Yellowjackets on Feb. 10, and return to the Al Wheeler Center for home games against Briar Cliff from Sioux City, IA, on the Feb. 13 and Grand View College from Des Moines, IA on Feb. 16. The 'Cats then conclude their regufar season with a game on the road against Concordia College out of Seward on the Feb. 21.

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Sometimes plans change. _ I was all set to write this issue's column on the NBA's ability to cope with the imminent retirement (either this year or next) of Michael Jordan. However, the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 8, and the game's media coverage, sent that plan to sea in a sieve. Although the ·1eague is basking in its best crop of youngtalent in league history, a lot must be done before the NBA will be ready to bid farewell to "His Airness." First, all this talk aboutthe "passing of the torch" must cease immediately. For the NBA to survive without its greatest player and merchandise/ticket seller, it must market a host of "torchbearers." If the NBA tries (and continues to allow the media to try) to thrust the torch carried by Mike onto any single player, that unlucky athlete will spontaneously combust. And no amount of Gatorade will be able to extinguish the flame. In fact, the whole league will get singed. It's not that players like Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and Detroit Piston Grant Hill aren't great players. In fact, they're superstars with incredible talent and athleticism. However, skills and hops aren't enough to make someone capable of being the solemn heir to Air. First, the sports world has never seen anyone as passionately competitive and as dedicated to winning as Michael Jordan-and it never will. Second, despite the breathtaking creativity of the first part of his career, Jordan has made his way into the NBA's history books by being among the most fundamentally sound players in the league. Jordan's game is devoid of weakness. He is among the best shooters, passers, d~fenders and ball handlers in league history. Also, let's 11ot forget that Jordan

will retire with at least six championships. Today's athletes cannot be expected to combine that kind of all-around talent with competitive fire, talent, humility, class and a win-at-my-expense attitude (he could have been making $30 million per year a long time ago). The NBA is really screwing up. The NBA and the media have hyped Kobe Bryant as the next Michael ' Jordan. Last season they tried to do it to Grant Hill, but Hill was too smart to fall for it. Kobe Bryant is allowing it to happen, but it's not his fault. Has the NBA forgotten that Kobe Bryant is a CHILD??? He is a 19-year-old kid starring in fast-paced Hollywood; of course he'll go along with the attention. He still thinks that he's invincible. The NBA would be nuts to risk putting its future on the shoulders of any one player (other than MJ, who's been carrying it successfully for a decade). In fact, the league appears to be going even further than that. It's shifting the load onto the shoulders of a teenager. It's a good thing that our government doesn't follow the NBA's logic. Negotiations with Iraq would be left up to the brightest social science graduate from James Madison. University. The whole thing is sad for the NBA, but it's even more sad for Bryant. He's not as good as Jordan was at that age, and there is really no way of telling if he will ever approach the overall game-domination ability of Jordan. Bryant is an average shooter and defender. But, I guess, the NBA is willing to put one of its brightest new star's self-esteem and set him up for failure in order to sell a fewj~~seys.



By Harold Davis

Cress considers the issues (sort of) I burst out of class yesterday, beaming from ear to "big city," I would hav,e gone to the University of ear, The sun was shining and I decided once again Nebraska-Lincoln. that life is definitely worth living. It's the little joys Moving the school would not only destroy this comin life that can make me happy. munity, it would also eliminate an opportunity for the I strolled up the.sidewalk and turned north where people who still value face-to-face postsecondary eduthe sidewalks intersect. After looking both ways, I cation. I'm sorry, I'll try to be more objective with this crossed the street and he;ided off ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ discussion, so let us continue. campus towards home for a quick "Choosing the Nebraska 2) The buildings aren't in good lunch. shape, Yeah right! I went to the I made my way down the well- City campus over Peru's rallyinLincolnandpeopleactually traveled street, cautiously avoiding lovely campus would asked me if the buildings are fallthe numerous holes in the paveing down. I offended a couple of ment. My mind began to wander, be like choosing to eat people by laughing;then rallied into and I couldn't help but look at the Spam instead of big a straight face just long enough to beautiful surroundings of Peru State juicy steak.,, explain that the buildings needed College. The rolling hills in the near some improvements and maybe an distance ensured me once again that elevator or two. life is good. The buildings are not unsafe! Surely you've heard gossip and maybe a little reSomebody in favor of moving the school has obviously sentment of the controversial idea of moving spread a fictitious rumor that the buildings are coming Nebraska's oldest college. Choosing the Nebraska apart at the seams. It just isn't true! City campus over Peru's lovely campus would be like I am really getting worked up about this subject, so I choosing to eat Spam instead of a big juicy steak. mustn't continue lest I offend any staunch supporters of ·- ·I'm sorry if I have offended any vegetarians. I like the move. I will leave a final thought from a great man ·rabbit food too! Let's kill some time and examine wholivedlongago. "Remembertheleavesandthetrees, .. some reasons why we should move the campus! remember the times we had, remember the birds and the ~ . ~ ,.. 1t Peop~e complain that Peru is out in the middle bees, get off the couch, get a job, stand for something or ..: , of nowhere. If I~ to go to a big college in the you stand for nothing." Well, maybe that's not exactly what he said. So sue me.


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'Legislature hears testimony on two Peru bills By Harold Davis The Appropriations Committee of the Nebraska State Legislature heard ~testimony Tuesday, Feb. 17 regarding \.the proposed move of Peru State Col1!ege to Nebraska City. Three busses 1 from southeast Nebraska added to the :Growd of over 400 citizens that at!tended the proceedings. Two bills have been introduced. tLegislative Bill 1138 (LB 1138), ~>ponsored by Senator Floyd Vrtiska ~would appropriate $4.2 million over '· >\-e next two fiscal years for building :!'newal projects at Peru. Senator Roger Wehrbein sponsored .B 976 which calls for the Board of :?ustees of the Nebraska State Coll.J¥ge §ystem (NSCS) to provide the , j'i·ommittee with a detailed plan on the ~•telocation of the college to Nebraska .,,City. 1

Rick Kolkman, board chairman, testified in favor of LB 976. According to a Feb. 20 Nemaha County Herald story, Kolkman said the board believes Vrtiska's bill to improve the current campus will not result in an increase in enrollment. Kolkman, along with Carrol Krause, executive director of the NSCS, also asked for an amendment to LB 976 to provide $100,000 to develop a master plan for the proposed move to Nebraska City. Vrtiska opened his remarks by describing the effects of a change of venue on the college. "The PSC Foundation has about $5 million available. Some letters of support for the college remaining in Peru indicated a loss in dollars to the foundation if the college moves." Vrtiska' s key testimony came from Cristy K. Pickrel, an architect from York, hired by the foundation. Ac-


cording to a Feb. 18 Omaha WorldHerald story, she testified that the cost of the move had been underestimated by at least$20 million and possibly by as much as $41 million. The Nemaha County Herald reported that Pickrel expressed a belief that the estimated $16 million to renovate the current campus could be reduced in how projects are classified and completed. Lilly Blaase, Nebraska Preservation Network board member and Peru State alumni, said the State Historical Society has designated a minimum of five buildings on campus as eligible for inclusion in the National Registry of Historic Places . Andy Tynon, student representative to the Board of Trustees; added that a majority of current students oppose

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JOE KINCAID, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of mathematics, testifies in support of LB 1138, reviewing enrollment data that he believes shows the college's numbers in a more favorable light than indicated otherwise. -photo by Mark Cramer, Auburn Newspapers

Candidates to offer views on state issues By Debbie Sailors The Peru State campus will host two gubernatorial candidates in individual symposiums, in which they will speak about various issues that concern the state of Nebraska. Lincoln mayor and ~epublican candidate for governor, Mike Johanns is scheduled to be here on Wednesday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Live Oak Room of the Student Center. Also a republican gubernatorial candidate, Nebraska State Auditor John Breslow

will be on campus Tuesday, March l 0, at I I a.m., also in the Live Oak Room. According to Russell Crouch, who organized the events as part of an internship with Dr. Sara Crook, associate professor of history and political science, all gubernatorial candidates, both republican and democrat, were invited to take part in this event. Johanns and Breslow were the only two to accept Crouch's invitation. According to Crook, these symposiums give the candidates an opportunity to "talk about their goals for Ne-

braska if elected governor." Crouch, who worked with Don Schwartz, humanities coordinator of cooperative internships, and Crook to secure his internship, will moderate the proceedings using a prepared list of pertinent topics such as property taxes, school consolidation and statewide objectives for the university and state college systems. After each candidate has spoken on the issues, those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions. The public is invited to attend.

Burns closes Peru Home Page guest book; communication policies to be reviewed By Debbie Sailors

U.N. Ambassador speaks at PSC DR. DAVID RUBADIRI, the African nation of Malawi's Ambassador to the United Nations and an accomplished poet and author, addressed a large crowd in Benford Recital Hall in the Jindra Fine Arts Building on Feb. 18. Rubadiri helped PSC celebrate Black History Month with his lecture on the role of the arts in politics. Students and faculty later packed the Bur Oak Room in the Student Center for an afternoon poetry reading. --:Photo by Debbie Sailors

On Monday, Feb. 23, the guest book portion of the PSC Home Page was shut down per a memo from Dr. Robert L. Burns, president. Those visiting the page will find the guest book, "Under Construction." Burns indicated in the memo that he and his Cabinet will be working on a policy for the use of all mass-messaging activity on campus. Burns could not be reached for comment. Kent Propst, director of college advancement, said, "He [Burns] had some concerns relating to recent email incidents at the University [of Nebraska]." He continued, "This is

just a temporary measure while the Cabinet formulates new policy regarding campus-wide communications." Dr. William Snyder, professor of business, expressed his concerns about the change to Burns in a Feb. 24 email wherein he commented, "My first impression is that this smacks of censorship, but surely I must be wrong." Burns responded in an e-mail message, "The matter has nothing to do with censorship." He went on to point out that the various offices are working to establish clear policies to prevent incidents such as inappropriate messages to all subscribers. He concluded, "The 'guest book' wiH oe back up shortly, I am sure."

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Trace Trail as an example of attractfons that will boost the area. Continued from page one LB 976 also had supporters. Jim relocation of the college. Thurman, Nebraska City Chamber of Becki Propst, Peru Chamber of Commerce chair, pointed out NeCommerce president and representa- braska City's progress and said, "Netive of the newly-formed Nemaha braska City has a bright future, and County Development Alliance, added we want the same thing for Peru State that more would be done in the form College." of economic development for the area. Pam Cosgrove, a Peru State alumni She cited the soon-to-open Steamboat and former director of admissions BEST HOTELS, LOWEST PRICES ALL SPRING BREAK

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from 1987 to 1993, now living in the Denver area, spoke of the difficulties of trying to recruit students to PSC. She also supported the move. After almost five hours. of testimony, the Appropriations Committee took no immediate action on the bills. Vrtiska's bill passed the committee, as written, to the floor on Wednesday, Feb. 25, while no action had been taken on LB 976.

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Clinton must back threats Once again, Saddam Hussein has the entire world holding its collective breath. Since before Hussein began stopping U.N. weapons' inspectors from searching sites inside Iraq for the presence of chemical and biological weapons, President Clinton has been clear that continued non-compliance by Iraq would result in military action by the United States-with or without her allies. The Times staff recognizes that military action against Iraq is a risk and will prove costly. However, we must back Clinton as the leader of our country despite our reservations about his proposed actions. First, large-scale bombing runs that w.ould be required in order for the U.S. to be effective against Iraq may result in the loss of the lives of thousands of innocent civilians. Second, American service men and women will undoubtedly die in Desert Shield. Third, there is no evidence that suggests that military action will be effective in deterring Iraq from continuing to build, and use, weapons of mass destruction-even if Hussein is overthrown or killed. However, President Clinton's threats cannot go idle, We believe that if Clinton is going to talk the talk, he must walk the walk. Hussein has proven he will use weapons of mass destruction, and the United States must demonstrate that such threats to the security of nations around the w_orld will not be tolerated.


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I find an interesting part of being the editor of the art professor and the campus pastor were all over the Times is reading the newspapers of other colleges "problem," spouting off buzz words like "gender inclu·around the area. A thought-provoking article in a re- sive," "discrim.inatory" and "college-sanctioned." Funny,. cent copy of the Dana College Hennes really got me you'd think if anybody would have been aware of the fired up about the whole issue of gender-specific lan- creation of the mural, it would have been an art profesguage. I know it's hard to imagine me getting fired sor. I am so fed up with do-gooders who feel it's their reup, what with my usually placid and accepting nature, sponsibility to regulate the lives of others. That's no surbut just bear with me. It seems one of Dana's student artists was commis- prise to my regular readers, who've been subjected to sioned to paint a mural to be placed in their version of my rantings and ravings about the meddling of middle our Hoyt Science Hall (apparently, their science build- school principals, MTV executives and college officials. ing is a bit more modern and deserving of its own muI am not as offended by the "gendered" language as I ral, unlike our own lovable, but ready-to-be-razed am by the nitpicky professor and pastor. And, while they Hoyt). may feel they are carrying out-to the letter-the proviAfter first going through the usual administrative red sions of school policies, I believe they're carrying them tape, the student's project was approved by all, includ- too far, especially in view of the wholehearted college ing the college president, and he started painting. approval of the project. Of course, as with many controversies, only after Frankly, whether the mural says "mankind" or "humancompletiondidanyonecareenoughtostartbitching. ity" or "people," the message is the same. You see, the officially-approved mural offered this And, as far as I'm concerned, society can continue to Bible verse: "Inhishands.isthelifeofeverycreature use "mankind" and other manly words from now until · · · · · · · . · · ·. · . . and the breath cifaJi mankind:'; Arid, evidently; through the end of time. Mere words will never weaken me; they t6·Pawne~ :Ci:ty,tne finai stop. fhe. - the use. of the.word "mankind," all of womankind is can only make me stronger. dire2tof 6filtef·fodaway flrglt Sth9ol being reptesse<l, offended and. excluded. I have no problem with mankind-the word. It's manbands, Bob Svoboda, and the Pawnee Right after the Dana student finished his mural, an kind-the species-that leaves me scratching my head. City High School band director, Cody Collins, are both Peru alumni. Dr. Daryll Hersemann, vice presiRockport, Nodaway Holt and PawWe want to hear from you! Books to sell? dent for student affairs holds open nee City all requested the PSC bands The Times staff invites Room to Rent? office hours for students Wednesto make the trip to perform. Each diyour comments, questions Try a Times days from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rector is trying to develop a successor suggestions. Emory Oak Room of the Student Classified Ad. ful band program in his school and feel Center. Students are encouraged Please send material to it benefits the groups to listen to a . (402) 872-2260 to drop in. small college group perform. Peru State Times The tour concluded in the traditional Campus Mail manner with a concert on Sunday, Feb. Peru State College 22. The Concert Band began with all Peru, NE 68421 the music they played on tour, and the or Jazz Band finished with their tour e-mail at tunes, as well as some favorites they decided to throw in at the last minute.

Psc ban dS t our area SC h00 Is; lose Sleep but gain exp-erience By Matt As~er Every year the PSC Bands embark on a two-day adventure that involves very little sleep, very long days and very much playing_ . ,. The Bands, both Jazz and Concert, traveled to Rock Port High School in Rock Port, MO, on Feb. 18 for their first performance. After loading all the instruments and equipment in:to the rented U-Haul van, the bands next stopped at Sabetha, KS. Both of these high schools have seen students attending Peru, and even some participating in the music program. Thursday morning started early, and the bands headed to Nodaway Holt I:ligh School in Graham, MO, and then

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Peru's 130-year history of interest with focus on possible Peru move By Genny Harris With the current interest in the future of Peru State College, the 130year history of the school has become perhaps more significant. The need for higher education in Nebraska was met when, in 1866, Mount Vernon College was started by the Methodist-Episcopal church. The first term started with 38 students and one teacher. The building built the same year cost $8000, was not finished inside and only had a tar paper roof because the church ran out of money. Students had to cut wood to fuel the building's one wood burning stove. In 1867; the state of Nebraska took over the college, and in 1867, the first term of the State Normal School in Peru was held with 32 students and one teacher. Two years later, the state legislature appropriated $10,000 for renovations. Normal Hall, known as "The Building," was constructed in 1873 for a cost of $28,000 and became the image seen on all college publications. It was the pride and joy of the people

of Peru. Normal Hall stood where the Hoyt Science Hall stands today. The earliest campus building, which had since become a dormitory, was destroyed by fire in 1897. It was rebuilt as Mount Vernon Hall. The hall served as both a men's and women's dorm. At the turn of the century, a greenhouse and athletic field were constructed with funds raised by the townspeople, with college students providing the manual labor. The Chapel/Gym was added to the campus in 1903. Students of the time joined together there every morning for services. After much remodeling, that building stands today and is known as the Old Gym. Between 1910 and 1911, the library and administration buildings became part of the campus of the State Normal School. History and art classes were held in the basement of the library. In 1914, the T.J. Majors building was built. It was said to be the leading design in educational buildings of the 1900s. Peru grade school was held in the basement for practice teaching

experience for the college students. With the addition of bachelor's degrees in education, the name of the school was changed to Peru State Teachers College. The first exclusively female dormitory was built in 1922 for $50,000. It was named after its prioress, Eliza Morgan. Normal Hall was razed in 1928 for the construction of the Hoyt Science Hall. Hoyt was believed to be the most high-tech science building in Nebraska at the time. A second men's dormitory, Delzell Hall, was built for $189,000 in 1939 to give the growing number of male students a place to stay. The name of the college was changed again in 1949 to Nebraska State Teachers College at Peru. Between 1960 and 1961, the A. V. Larson building was built, and Mount Vernon Dorm was torn down to make way for the Student Center. In 1963, the name of the college became Peru State College. The Fine Arts building was added in 1966, followed by theA.D. Majors building and the Al Wheeler Activity Center.

Five Peru State students have been selected for inclusion in the 1998 Nebraska State Intercollegiate Honors Band. The students include: Melissa Rieschick, Natalie Magnuson, Sara Raymond, Tim Mcconnaughey and Lisa Parde. They will perform March 5 through 7 in Lincoln.

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If Iraq continues to hinder U.N. weapons' inspections, should the United States take military action, even if it must do so alone?

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Bayliss hopes for aggressive season by inexperienced Bobcat baseball team By Matt 'Thompson

As the Peru State College baseball team enters their season under first year skipper Mark Bayliss, there are still a lot of questions to be answered. Bayliss has nine returning players and only two or three with any considerable playing experience at the college level. Mixed in with those returning nine are only four seniors: Cord Cos Ior, Aaron Lauby, Eric Musil and Shane VanOene. P-State is coming off an 18-32 season, but Bayliss expects to do ,much better. He sees offense as the strong point of the team, and their defense should be "adequate." On their season, Bayliss commented, "The whole year should be a learning process, and they should con-

tinue to get better all year. Our goal is to finish over .500, but we do have a very tough schedule." Pitching depth and experience are major concerns for Peru State. The Bobcats have only one senior on their pitching staff in Lauby. The remaining staff constists of one junior, Kris Mathews, three sophomores and seven freshmen. Lauby, Musil, junior Seth Perkins and sophomore Brendon Raybourn look to be offensive leaders for Peru. Defensively, the 'Cats should be tough in the middle, with Chris Solaita at short and Raybourn at second. Perkins will be solid in centerfield. ..:Bayliss also said, "Make sure to get out and see us in action. We will be playing a different style than in the

past. It should be a more aggressive and exciting brand of baseball." PSC took the diamond for the first time Sunday, Feb, 22, for a doubleheader against Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. Peru ended up splitting the contests, losing the first game, 9-8, and winning the second, 7-6. The Bobcats also played at home on Tuesday, Feb. 24. P-State took the field against the York College Panthers. Peru fans saw their team fall to the Panthers, 12-4, with Lauby picking up the loss. The second game of the doubleheader saw Peru winning to improve their record to 2-2. Freshman Justin Hoffman was the winning pitcher. The game was highlighted by Raybourn and Solaita grand slams.

Pitching performance key to softball season; coaches concerned about !health of PSC aces By Matt Thompson

Peru State's softball team is getting ready to find out if their off-season workouts have paid off. Coming off a.13-26 record last year, the Bobcats are loo!Gng to make improvements. Despite playing a tough 61-game regular season schedule which only includes five home dates, Head Coach Mark Matthews looks for his team to be "competitive." There are some concerns that Matthews and the rest of the Lady 'Cats need to address. The Bobcats

top two pitchers aren't healthy. "Pitching is a major concern for us. Our top two pitchers aren't at full speed. We' I! have to work them into condition as the year goes on," said Matthews. He expects his team to be solid defensively. Offensively, Matthews commented, "This is a team that has to produce a lot of runs themselves through bunting and squeeze plays. As a whole, we have good team speed." Because of their tough schedule, Matthews said, "We will have to be ready to play every time we step on the field."

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The Lady 'Cats are going to be fairly young, but Matthews said, "We have a lot of very talented freshmen to add to our experienced returning players." The Bobcats are returning seven players from last year's squad and will be supplied with senior leadership from Steph Hornung, Kris Hughes and Erin Mahl berg. .With only five home dates, the Lady 'Cats hope for plenty of Peru support. Their first home contest is Thursday, April 2, when they play host to the Midland Lutheran College Warriors out of Fremont at 3 p.m.

PSC's Jermel Ward attempts a shot over Midland's All-American center Chris Allen. -photo by Matt Maxwell

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at half, the 'Cats clawed their way back. With 8:44 left, Cain sank a short jumper to pull PState to within one point. With under five minutes left, Midland answered the comeback with a 7-0 run. Theirlead was 10 ·with 2:30 remaining. However, the 'Cats would not roll over. The Bobcats twice pulled to within three points of Midland inside the last 1:30, before bowing out by that same margin, 91-88. Peru State was led once again by Ward and Cain. Ward scored a team-high 19 points. Cain recorded a double-double, dumping in 18 points and grabbing IO rebounds. The 'Cats traveled to Sioux City, IA, for a Feb. 26 postseason game, to defend their Midwest Independent Regional Tournament title. Briar Cliff College hosts this year's playoff tournament.

By Matt Thompson

THREE LEGS ARE BETTER THAN TWO. Despite this advantage, Matt Thompson, pictured, and the Bobcats lost to Midland College, taking an 11-20 record into postseason. -photo by Matt Maxwell

February 13 saw the women's NAIA Division II number-onerated Chargers from Briar Cliff, out of Sioux City, IA, invade the Al Wheeler Activity Center (AWAC). TheChargersjumped all over the 'Cats earlier in the season in Iowa. It was a totally different story at the AWAC. The Bobcats got out to a fast start and led by as much as 15 in the first half. Briar Cliff would prove too tough down the stretch and ended up winning by 16, 77-61. Freshman center Tammi Christensen had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Peru. The Bobcat schedule didn't get any easier when national powerhouse Grand View College out of Des Moines, IA, came to Peru. The fourth ranked Vikings had fared well against the Bobcats, coming out

on top in their prior two meetings. This time was no different. The Bobcats could not find a way to stop Grand View's All-American center Chandra Westcott. Westcott, a senior, led all scorers and rebounders with 34 and 15 respectively. Peru was led by a couple of freshmen; Christensen had 18 points while Sarah Dorrel snagged 11 rebounds. The women wrapped up their regular season schedule with a road game in Seward against the Concordia College Bulldogs. The Bulldogs, who handed Peru their first loss of the regular season, also handed them their last, beating the 'Cats by nine, 65-56. Senior guard Steph Hornung led Peru with 16 points, connecting on five of eight from behind the arc. The Lady 'Cats finish the regular season at 18-11. The Bobcats traveled to Sioux City, IA, on Thursday, Feb. 26, for their regional tournament, facing Mount Senario of Ladysmith, WI, or Concordia College of St. Paul, MN.





Hockey team shou.ld be put 'on ice' Way to go, team USA. You went to Nagano with the hope of making history, and boy did you succeed. In fact, you secured yourselves as the second-most memorable team in U.S. hockey history. And, as an added bonus, you became the biggest Olympic disgrace since Hitler didn't stand up for minority gold medalistsThe World Cup champion American men's hockey team left for Nagano hoping to be another dream team_ Made up of the top American stars from the National Hockey League, the team expected to march through the tournament, trashing their opponents on their way to a gold medal. Instead, our red, white and blue representatives showed some good old American arrogance after shoddy performances on the ice, spent their evenings partying, got ousted early from the medal contention and then trashed their hotel rooms_ The way they played would have been letdown enough, but our cocky band of overachievers had to go that extra mile and humiliate the entire nation. The embarassment started early. After playing poorly in two opening losses, our boys gave reporters quotes like, "It's okay; these first two games don't mean anything." Okay, so a few childish comments like that could have been overlooked. After all, the first two games _ really can't disqualify a team from medal conten• ' tion, and small case·of sour grapes·is far from Ullc

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BAFFLINGS Rat-infested plans raise questions JOHN CRESS

Did hippies walk uphill both ways? It ain't the '60s ! I dare use improper speech to make an important point. I love it when an older person says something like, "Back in my day we had to walk uphill both ways!" Every time I hear one of those heart wrenching stories, I get mushy inside and start to wonder what I'll be like in the fall of my life. I can see myself now, the year 2035, and I am, you guessed it, ranting and raving to the day's youth about how things used to be. "In my day, you didn't have to wear a nuclearprotective suit when you went outdoors," and, "It was boring back in the '90s; Clinton was president, all drugs were illegal and I didn't get out much!" Yes, I'll be a stubborn old fart. My grandfather was just telling me the other day that sports in his day didn't require an athlete to go into an obnoxious victory dance after a big play! (I couldn't imagine such a sport). In today's game, athletes get massive bonus checks for the "celebration arts." Yes, times have indeed changed! Back in my dad's time, people actually rallied around a cause. Nowadays, we can't hold a decent protest; nobody cares. In fact, I attended a protest last week, and there were no hippies! What .is a protest without hippies? I freaked out to the eighth degree. (Is there an eighth

degree of freakiness?) I had to get at least one baffling out of the way. I'm angry to this day to think that hippies are on the endangered species list. Without the hippies, we wouldn't have Volkswagen buses. Without hippies, tie-dyes wouldn't have had a moment of popularity. No sit-ins, protests and definitely no free love. Say it ain't so! The world I have just pictured is a dismal one, so dismal that I have to change the subject before tears envelop me. Alas, the tears have already started to fall upon my keyboard, so I will go with the moment and let my heart pour into this column. I feel the quote of all quotes coming on. I usually save this all-sacred quote for the times when things get tough, when times seem the darkest, and I don't think things will ever get better. It goes a little something like this: "When times are tough and you don't think people like your new jeans, remember that he who spanks the llama's rear also gets his rear spanked. He who bears false witness against his third wife, also bears false witness against the family dog. She who covets the blue blouse will get stuck with the green blouse." It looks like I've compounded a few of my old sayings into one. Oh well, my mistake will give people a reason to protest!

I smell a rat. It seems that the people responsible for keeping Peru State College students informed of all the planning that's "best" for them are keeping a few secrets. Secrets don't make friends. It would seem that Dr. Burns, PSC president; Rick Kolkman, Board of Trustees chairman; and Carrol Krause, executive director of the State College Boarq, aren't telling us the whole story. I resent that. I fully believe that I am capable of contemplating the whole story. I believe Burns' notorious e-mail says enough about where he stands on the issue. If you haven't read it, get ahold of it. It's available on the internet. Undermining in secrecy just can't bring a positive reputation to those involved. Krause tells us that even though testimony seems to discount the projected numbers for the PSC move or renovation, he believes the numbers are correct. Those numbers, naturally, lean towards the move. The idea of this move doesn't make Bobcats purr. Kolkman would like to see another $100,000 spent to develop a master plan for the move. That seems like a lot of money to spend on development of a plan for a move that may never happen--money taxpayers could use to improve Peru State College. Or publicize our already fantastic programs. Or create new fan-

tastic programs. Let's put the money where it needs to go. That$100,000 could put several students through college. (Bobcats make good rat traps.) I believe it was Kolkman that said they were just looking into the possibilities of a move, and that nothing was finalized. If that's the case, why go ahead and secure the land? Rumor has it that a nice juicy rat farm west of Nebraska City has already been secured as the future location of our college. People in Nebraska City already know about this. Why weren't we informed? Also, Krause said that the state would be asked to pick up the tab only for the academic buildings. Other aspects of the project would be paid for by student fees and by private developers. Who are these private developers and why haven't we heard of them before? You know what they say about rats-for every rat you see, there are fifty you don't. Something to think about. One more thing-if the new building plan for a Nebraska City campus is 103,508 square feet of building space smaller than what already exists in Peru, how can it accommodate a possible 200 percent increase in enrollment? That's a lot of sardines in a can. I bet rats eat sardines. As previously mentioned, Bobcats eat rats.


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By Debbie Sailors A Morgan Hall resident was attacked by at least two assailants in the late evening of Wednesday, March 4. Sara Roberts of Omaha, freshman and shortstop for the Lady Bobcats softball team, received cuts and bruises in the assault, which occurred in a second-floor hallway. "I was just walking down the hallway, between 11 and 11 :30, when they threw something over my head and started beating me," said Roberts. She continued, "I thought somebody was playing with me at first." Roberts was found unconscious at the bottom of a stairwell and taken by ambulance to the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, where she was kept overnight for observation. She has· since been relea$e(,i and is recovering from her injuries. The Nemaha County Sheriff's Department was called and a report filed. According to Nemaha County Deputy SheriffLarry Cook, the incident is still

under investigation. Roberts had no clue as to who might be responsible for the attack, saying, "That's what I don't understand. I don't think I have any enemies." Misti Munson, Morgan Hall resident director, called an emergency hall meeting Wednesday, March 11, to make Morgan residents aware of the incident and urge them to be extra cautious. Munson also met with President Robert L. Bums and Director ofResidence Life Erin Sayer to discuss the incident. Vice President of Student Affairs Dary I! Hersemann remarked, "We· re quite concerned about the incident. We're shocked that someone would do that to a student. We're continuing to investigate." One Morgan Hall resident, cornmenting on the attack, said, "This is supposed to be a campus of learning. You shouldn't have to fear going to school. You shouldn't have toquestion, 'Is someone going to hurt me?"

Summer and fall preregistration deposit eliminated OVER 14 INCHES OF SNOW paralyzed the Peru area, closing roads and schools, in many cases, for several days. PSC was closed March 9 and 10, apparently the first time in recent memory that Susan Udey, vice president for ad- this move if this is a permanent Peru closed for two consecutive days. Snow drifts more than 10 feet tall were reported and had ministration and fiqance, has an- change. Even though the deposit is elimicrews working round-the-clock to clear blocked streets and highways. This unidentified Peru State nounced that there will be no preregm.~i.rl.te~~~-c~. c~~-w rriemb.~r faced the arduous .task of finding asidewalk buried unqer the crippling istration deposit required summer nated, students still must satisfy all snow. " · · · · · · ··.·..· · " . : . · . .·. · .· . .·· 7"-Pl:l~to_by.P~~pi~--~ail~I'.$>>. ~r}aU l998 das~es._}twill_~e deter- holds, financial and others, before reg-



Hamilton honored at PSC's .By Genny Harris Feb. 26 marked the silver anniversary for Peru State College's Annual High School Business Contest. Jack Hamilton, business division chair, started the contest in 1972 as a way to get high school students interested in a business career. Hamilton received a commemorative plaque and standing ovation prior to the fin~! awards ceremony. . Thirty-one schools from Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa participated in the contest, allowing nearly 500 high school students an opportunity to check out Peru's business programs. The contest began at 8:30 a.m. in the College Auditorium with a general welcome session. Testing, from 9 a.. m. to noon, covere(,i 14 areas,jni:;luding: accounting, ·iAfprmation. proce9ures, keyboarding, business law, business math, computer concepts, economics, personal finance, general business,

management, marketing and computer programming. The top five students from each area received awards. Students finishing in first place are as follows: Accounting I, Corrie McDaniel, Conestoga; Accounting II, Lauren Niemann, Gretna; Economics, Charles Harwood, Waverly; Information Procedures, (tie) Jeanne Bucy, Auburn, and Mark Wellsandt, Nemaha Valley; Key_boarding,J.effT~lkington, Fairbury; Personal Finance, Rusty Peterson, Plaiteview; Marketing, Joel Hansen, Platteview; General Business, Sadie fohnson, Auburn; Business Math, Jenny Hefti; Fairbury; Business Law, (tie) Kate Pletcher ·and Aaron Shaul, both of Gretna; Computer Concepts, Bryan Webb, Nebraska City; Keyboarding (Objective), (tie) Erin Ebeler, Nemaha Valley, and Mikaela: Riley, .Gretna;_ Management, Kristi · Huntsman, Sydney, IA; and Computer Programming Team, Jason Palmerton, Mark Dietz, Dustin Volkmer, Auburn.

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JACK HAMILTON HOLDS the commemorative plaque presented to him at the 25th Annual Business Contest. -photo by Matt Asher

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THE ANNUAL JAZZ BAND FESTIVAL will be held Wednesday, March 25, featuring 20 area high school bands and PSC's Ice Blue Jazz Band. The daylong festival in the College Auditorium is free and open to the public.

Nearly 100 of the most talented high school singers from across the region met Tuesday, March 3, on the Peru State College campus for the first~ever PSC Choral Festival. . The group of ~9 singers frorri eight' area high school's made up the Festi-

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the 1998 Peru State C-ollege Quiz Bowl. Over 150 teams from 70 schools will be on campus March 30 and 31 and April 1. People are needed for readers, scorekeepers and timekeepers. If you are available, even if only for an hour, you may contact Joe Kincaid at 872-2223.

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Services (SSS), according to Pat Beu, director of the Student Support Services program. Burton, a business administration and management and marketing major, received the TRIO Dedication Award for his great dedication, lead-.

CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS for Peru State's cheerleading squad will be held on Saturday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. All prospective cheerleaders will be required to attend a clinic on Friday, April 3, .from 3.:30 to 5:30 p,m. also in th~A\VAC. 'fpr more informa, ti coilfact'R'6t5iD.~ '(/72:.23·•12'. ·,. ; ,:


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ership, effort and persistence in his academic work. Funkhouser, a business administration and'rnanageinenr informati'on · systems tnajor;·was awarded theTRIO Pacesetter Award. It goes to someone who displays superior leadership through involvement in and service to their school, community or profession. Santo, a psychology-sociology and criminal justice major, received the TRIO Achiever Award. The winner of this award must be an exceptional student characterized by academic achievement,.super,ior character, sert~~r.16


vice, leadership and commitment to the mission. of the TRIO programs. "These students are among the most hard working and respected students at'Peru-'state·CoUege,"· Beu said. "Each has served as a meritor to new students or provided tutoring services to help fellow participants stay in college." Over 200 Peru students each year are involved in SSS, according to Beu. Students with disabilities, those who come from economically disadvantaged families or those who are the first in their immediate family to attepd college are eligible for SSS .

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PSC'S OPEN HOUSE has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 16. Students considering PSC nextJall are invited to attend, as are their parents. There will be an opportunity to tour campus, visit with professors, learn about financial aid The guest bo_ok por_tion Qf the and much more. There is no c;ost to ~ttend •. For_mor~jnfor.:-~ _. rsc HdiTI~)>ag~~-:~hkfi'had been shut"cio\..ih 6fi 'p~jf i3, bemation,. contact .the Admissions Office at 87Q~2221 or tollfree at 1~800_:742~4412'. · .. - . . · ·',. · came available again March 2.

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PSC'S TWELFTH ANNUAL CAREER FAIR be ' Three,stuclerits were hon6red· re-: held Thursday, April 2, in the Student Center. The fair runs cently during national TRIO day on from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and Feb. 27. Seniors Roy Burton, John meet with the approximately 50 businesses and organizations Funkhouser and Sara Santo were given special awards for their work that will be represented. There is no admission fee. with and through Student Support


the Co~Iege Audi "This is the first time this particular festival has been held," Ediger said. He expressed his pleasure at having the talented high school vocalists on campus to sing with the Peru State College Choir. The Concert Choir and PSC's Madrigal Singers also performed several . selections concert. . . . . . . . during . . - the ' . .

val Honor Choir, according to Dr. Thomas L. Ediger, professor ofmusie and director of choral activities. Singers were chosen based on the recommendation of their high school directors, he added. The group rehearsed throughout the day along with the Peru State College Coricert Choir. At7 p.rri., they presented the <::horal Festiv_al Conceit in



ter plan to be formulated for the move of Peru State College to Nebraska City. Legislative Bill I 138 would spend $4.2 million over the next two years for renovation of Peru's current campus. The senate passed LB 1138 with a vote of 28-4. This bill is on the agenda for a second reading. .··


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the Great Plains_:.about the!rfierce struggles against the land and the weather. And about the great blizzards that killed human beings and livestock alike. But most of us also remember the heroic stories of those hardy pioneers who fought back successfully against the abominable weather-'-after all, we're here today, comfortably enscoJ!ced i~ our ~olidJy-built hoµiei; ~~d COJl~. . ,Most of the time, I'm pretty quick to. catch on to. distinctive sound of soggy ciggy butts. Yeah, Tim veniently tra~~port~d .i_nj'>~~t!;Ist)i v~hic)es, · . : . · , · '. . '. , · ·. : . · . · . _.things. Except, evidently, elements of math. Also, was off the Skoal and on the Marlboro Lights. But, The truth i:s thatwe'te'so wrapped up 'in ciut Goretexed and Thlnstilated darts·. And, well, maybe the history of the English that's another problem. world that w.e~ve.qeen sparedfuosf of the trials and tribulations that shaped language. What can I say? I thought the Celtics A few quick shakes to that darn Diet Coke can those early midwesterners: If we sense a chill, we adjust the thermostat. If played basketball in Boston. also revealed the presence of floating butts. Now I know that Celtics were early inhabitants So, now, I'm on to the cigarette-sneaker who's the roads are snowy, heavy equipment to the rescue. of Britain. Like Lsai9, .ev.entually, I catch on. ..decide~i)t's.appropijate to use th~ Peru State Times That is, until a blizzard of nearly unprecedented proportions smothers civi-. So, after hundreds of times walking i11toth~ Fi1,1e . b,ox as. convenient. storage for a Diet Coke ashlization as we know it. . . . .. ... . . Granted, and t~_ankflllly, ·l'!Ws.t G~,u~ ar~.:1Hya~t al;rle ,t<,),J\eep wai;rn, :·~ ., . , A:rt~_,building,J fi11ally re~lized that the ie6urring· tray.·. appearance of a carefully placed Diet Coke can inI feel I must point out that our tiny little Times But, re5trict::9UJ•a.J;lijity19']E'.9·~6->0Uf hQ!Uj!S_aQd go some.where, and ,we're side the Times distribution box was no coinky-dink. staff spends a lot of time with these beloved eight flailingabqut,.-hdpless· as a-homesteader with no rope in a snowstorm. And I made the mistaken assumption that someone had pages during the two weeks it takes to write and whining and complaining as if our very lives were threatened rather than hurried through and obviously didn't know of the edit the stories, take and develop the photos, crejust our weekend plans. conveniently placed trash receptacles right inside ate headlines and captions, and lay out, print and Perhaps our "pioneer spirit" needs a pick-me-up. the doors. And, after repeatedly tossing the half- distribute the pages. The next time bad weather audaciously intrudes on our carefully protected empty can, I was becoming a little perturbed, to Many nights, we stay in the "print shop," as we lives, maybe we should remember those courageous settlers of old-their say the least. affectionately call it, until the wee hours of the children freezing to death as they walked from school, their cattle dying in However, life experience came into play (as it morning to develop justthe right basketball photo huddled groups. usually does), and I wised up. You see, at Christ- or write a late-breaking Peru move story. Perhaps And, how, somehow, we're here today because of their unending endurmas I was contemplating ways to get my chewboy we're just a bit protective. Or, maybe it's just me ance. son, Tim, offthe Skoal, which was eventually ace that's picky. Whatever. .. . . complished. ·. i The point is_that we put our hearts and souls into 'Gutb~ster' lj~tim.ate J~ ~l~d9Jng Pr.Oucll bi.ft. s\:ispi<ii.6W;,1 ~w- his newfound to- ., pJQPJJ,Ci!)g_theJi[Il.((S., And .we don't do it to allow Foi "tbe' be~rsi:;;JdinfMfr\n 'Ni!"; rtiafn t'o'tit~ri1 "bf lrtanj'fpiif·iifrwtt:~ri ... •~-,bacco-less state probably had a catch. A few quick some covert can stasher to secretly send the "No braska, try "Gutbuster." The first they found out where we had been on shakes of his half-empty Pepsi cans revealed the Smoking" rule up in smoke. block is lined with steep banks on both cold, snowy days. During those winsides and descends at about 40 de- ters, the City officials cooperated with Dr. Daryl! Hersemann, vice presigrees, with a slight job halfway down the kids by setting up barricades, and We want to hear from you! Books to sell? dent for student affairs holds open .- -the J1ill, which levels out flat for townspeople helped out by observing The Times staff invites Room to Rent? office hours for students Wednestwenty feet. the reasons the streets were closed. your comments, questions Try a Times days from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Then the hill drops off at 40 degrees Those of us who grew up in Peru, or or suggestions. Emory Oak Room of the Student again for about 50 feet into the sec- those of you less fortunate who have Classified Ad. Center. Students are encouraged Please send material to ond block. A skillful sledder can get to travel to this quiet town in south,(402) 872-2260 to drop in. enough momentum coming out of the eastern Nebraska, only need look Peru State Times chute to- coasf iin 'acfdilfonaf three around or drive through to realize Campus Mail blocks or so--quite a thrilling ride. Gutbuster is not the only,medcling·tiill · , P~r,u, ~ta~~ .,CPll,eg~. 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Clemente cited for classroom excellence as Peru's candidate for teaching award From Peru State College Advancement Whether in a Peru State College classroom full of English majors or in an area elementary school filled with yout!Jful "creative writers," Dr. Bill Clemente, associate professor of English, loves to teach. His efforts have made him Peru State College's 1998 candidate for the State College Teaching Excellence Award, according to President Robert L Burns. · Clemente, along with finalists from Chadron and Wayne State Colleges, will vie for the State College Teaching Excellence Award. The winner is expected to be announced on or about May !. Clemente has been here since 1993. He, along with fellow PSC educators Dr. Kass Rempp, Dr. Sara Crook, Dr. Thomas Ediger, Dr. Dan .Holtz and were finalists for the

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Burns named Humanities Council chair The Nebraska Humanities Council honor, especially when one considers has elected Peru State College Presi- the wealth of activity and support the dent Robert L Burns chair for tl)e council bring~ to towns and cities all ·~ .c~fr1gyear, d.~~lngwhi,ch ~he NHC 'ac~~ss.Nebraska,;' Burns-said, · ., will celebrate its 25th anniversary. . . "And it~ work on behalf of the hu- . "Election to the chair of the Ne- manities, which have been an imporbraska Humanities Council is quite an tant part of my life and profession."


FIRST PLACE FINISHERS in the Group Performarn::e Junior Division were (from left) Katie Kreifels, Allison Crook and Kristie Kreifels, all of Nebraska City. The girls' performance was entitled "Winterthurto Minersville: A Bride's Journey/'· · · · · -photo by Debbie Sailors

History rf~}rc:onte${I1ij·f~:W$ area stu.dents From Peru State College · Advancement

The 1998 Distri.ctHistory Day contest was held in the Student Center of Peru State College on Friday, Feb. 27. The contest consisted of individual and group projects, papers and perfonnances by area high school and junior high school students. Many of the participating students

qualified for th:e' ~tate History Day. was entitled "John Boulware." His Contest next. ,m:onth in I:,inc()ln, ac- prize was presented by the Peru His.cording to the'Distt:ict CoprdinaJOt;· tori cal Foundation. Dr. 'Sara Cr.oqk,.a~sociate:prof~ssdr History Day judges included Dr. of history and:jJ,oliji(;aLs.cience, : • Spencer Davis, professorofhistory, Students whb placed iii the top and Bob Lewellen, assistant profesth:ree in individlialcategories qualify sor of business. for the state contest, Dr. Crook said. Other judges were Jim Wirth, JesNebraska City Middle School stu- sica Stoner, Virginia Ott and Susie dent James Crook won a special prize Wirth of Nebraska City, Joan Fink for havin~ the bf!St contest entry deal- ofTecumseh, and Phyllis Rosenquist ing with local> history. Crook"s·eritey, ·and John Patterson of Peru.




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Lady 'Cats start strong, but Briar Cliff too much By Matt Thompson

down the stretch. The 58-56 win allowed them to adThe Lady 'Cats wrapped up their vance to the finals of the tournament. season in fine fashion. The Bobcats Othmer led Peru in scoring with 17. entered the NAIA Midwest Indepen- Freshmen Tammi Christensen and dent Regional Tournament, with an Sarah Dorrel had 15 and 10 respec18-11 record. tively. Christensen and Dorrel also They successfully dealt with a lot of captured eight boards apiece. adversity this season. They were able Coming out of the other side of the to make a huge turnaround from last bracketwasBriarCliffCollege. Briar year's 13-15 season. Before the start Cliff of Sioux City IA, the host team, of the tournament, the Lady 'Cats was seeded number one in the region were on a five game losing skid in- and rated number one in the nation. eluding losses to Graceland College In their first two meetings with PSC, in Lamoni, IA, and to Dana College the Chargers came out on top both of Blair. They were, however, able to times, winning by 39 and 15 respecreverse the trend in their first two tour- tively. They were able to handle the nament games. Bobcats by pressuring them full-court, The Lady 'Cats first tournament creating a lot of turnovers. This time game saw them facing Concordia-St would prove no different. Paul University out of St Paul, MN. The Bobcats dug themselves a huge Peru got off to an early lead and had hole because of numerous lay-ups, control of Concordia the whole game. poor shooting and turnovers. Early in The Bobcats were able to maintain a the game, the Lady 'Cats found them!.2_p.Q!Qt,Je,<;td}119~! 9J ~]J_e_g~p;t~'·"'"-·-··' --~~},y,e.~. 9P~Y'J1~ P..Yc2UJl~Sr--~~.~~jE~:t· -~ ' 9espite-tlrisr·it·.see,we4'%*ct}·;.Peru Despite the fact that the Bobcats haCI couldn'tquite finish them off for good 39 turnovers for the game, they were until the final buzzer. At that point able to gain their composure. They Peru led 73-59. Sophomore DeeAnn scrapped their way back to within 10 Othmer and freshman Alicia Millard late in the game. leq Peru in scoring, tallying 16 apiece The game clock would turn out to whife Angie Stiens added 12. Othmer be their enemy by expiring before they also snagged 17 boards. could complete their comeback. Peru The ladies then advanced to the sec- ended up losing the contest, 86- 71. ond round to play Northland College Scoring was balancei;J for both teams, of Dunbar, WI. The Bobcats led by the Chargers had six players in double as much as 15 in the first half, and took figures and the Bobcats had four. Sean eight point lead into the locker nior Steph Hornung ended her basketroom at half. The lead was cut to two ball career wit.h a 20 point night. late in the game, but Peru State was Mi11ard tallied 15, Othmer made 13, able to hit some clutch free throws and Christensen had,10 ... · .· ,

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Disappointing season ends for men's basketball team with first-round tourney loss A very disappointing season came to an end for the Peru State men. They entered the NAIA Midwest Independent Regional Tournament with an 11-20 record and as the defending champions. They traveled to Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, IA, to ·- defen.d their title. They drew a first rourtd game against the Saint Scholastica Saints of Duluth, MN. The 'Cats dug themselves a hole early through poor shooting and no defense. After seven minutes of play they found themselves - ' 9o;vqJ:t)'. :ZO:POi!Jt~_; ) i!t'lle. dWiJl: ,: 1:;41iq~fh;:the-h:alf.,£ertl·ieceive\:l·i\-ooost

·· · Tronithe bench. P-State reserves were able to cut the lead to eight going into the locker room. That momentum was squashed soon after the beginning of the second half, and the 'Cats ended up losing, 71-49. Bobcat guards could find no way to contain St. Scholastica's Bu Hayes. Leading the way for the Bobcats was sophomore point guard Jermel Ward. Ward tallied IO points and dished out six assists.

PSC's baseball and softball hindere~ by winter weather By Harold Davis

As the season progresses, Peru State's Lady 'Cats still look forward to a softball game. The Lady Bobcats have experienced 17 cancellations. The Peru State College baseball team, on the other hand, has seen some playing time, despite a few cancelations. They split a double-

header on Feb. 22 at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, winning 7-6 and losing 8-9. On Feb. 24, the Bobcats came home and split two against York College, winning 11-7 and losing 4-12. They then traveled to Crete, losing two against Doane College on Feb. 25. The Bobcats met Cameron University in Lawton, OK, on March 18 and lost, 12-0.

Pair of Peru State players named to all-tourney team Two Bobcats were named to the NAIA Midwest Independent Region all tournament team. For the men, Jermel Ward was chosen. Ward, a 5'8" sophomore from Valdosta, GA, led Peru all season long. Ward averaged 14 points and four as-

sists per game. Tammi Christensen was chosen to represent the Peru State women. Christensen is a six-foot freshman from Harlan, IA. Christensen averaged eight points and five rebounds per contest in her debut season.


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Ljke that band_ofbasketball dreamers from Prairie View University who won three games by a combined total of eight points to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference title and advance to the NCAA tournament. What excitement. What a dream come true. Hey, Prairie View! Sorry to wake you, but you drew KU. •-- "fhe-three wins boosted Prairie View's season mark to 13-16, the worst record ever posted by a NCAA tournament team, and got them a date with Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce; and the rest of the 34 game-winning Kansas Jayhawks. The selection committee inked the brackets on Sunday, _ and now it's time to start the most exciting tournament:in the wodc! of sports. ' This ye~fs tournament promises to be as exciting as last year's, and kicks off with some great first round match-ups. Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan, and Oklahoma vs. Indiana in the east regional are games that shouldn't be missed. North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, and defending champion Arizona head the list of 64 as number one seeds. NC, KU, and Duke should have a relatively smooth ride to the elite eight if the Tar Heels can pull off another win against the perennial tempo-controllers, Princeton, in the regional semi-finals, and Duke can beat New Mexico. However, the reigning champs may not fare as well. The Wildcats must beat a salty Maryland team to reach the conference_ finals! ff they can do that, a scary Cin-

winning the West. The Tar Heels are the most talented team in the field and will carry Bill Guthridge to the final four for the first time as a head coach. The winner of Connecticut vs. South Carolina will pose the toughest threat for the Heels. The Duke Blue Devils should hook up with Kentucky in the regional finals. This game should be classic, but I've got to go with my heart and pick the Wildcats to return for the third straight year to the final four. Kansas has by far the easiest road to the final fourthe midwest region. The "MW'' on the Jayhawks' bracket stands for "mostly weak." The 'Hawks get Purdue as a number two seed, despite their loss to Michigan in the Big 10 championship. Even more surprisingly, Stanford was selected as the region's number three seed followed by Old Miss in the four spot. The Boilermakers, Cardinal, and Rebels are the weakest two, three, and four seeds in the tournament. Riding a wave of weak opponents (or, at least as weak as the NCAA tournament can allow), the Jayhawks will make their first trip to the final four since RaefLaFrentz was in high school. KU's talented front line, offensive execution and tenacious defense will be too much for the rest of the field. On the tenth anniversary of when "Danny and the Miracles" beat Stacy King, Mookie Blaylock and the Oklahoma Sooners for the Jayhawks' last national title, championship dreams will once again come true in Kansas.

BAFFLINGS Burns saves us all by foiling aliens

What if Pei;u supporters are wrong? Isn't it intelligent life. These new residents may raise possible that Dr. Bum.s is actually ,.working , P~C test score averages before they turn hosJOHN CRESS for some secret. government agency? S4p- ,-til~ ~n.d stestrciyus ·a.11. P$Cis already beginpose the town of Peru is ac;tqally a per-feet. ning pfeparations for their arrival; a recently area for an alien defense weapons testing site. instatled parldrig.10t is suitable only for veDr. Burns doesn't want to be blown up. And hides with vertical takeoffs, like flying sauhe doesn't want the students of PSC to be cers. vaporized or anything. So, he is trying to save Dr. Burns does care about what is best for "Thanks Dick, I just washed it!" reus all by moving us to·.'.Nebraska City,.·a site. the students. He doesn't want Peru to be the sponded Dale. rejected by the Site ifo_r Testing-clJnus~al spawnin_ggtoq~ for adangc;:rpus alien life Dale slipped his well-worn coveralls on· Projects Initiating De~fufment-.(STUPID).,~ form::01J;e::icndwsifhat-if-he movesihecollege and gave the zipper and the snap a wrinkle secret branch of the.government.· · ' .to Nebraska 'city, it will loseits·s~all-town of use. He rose from the pine bench and That's right, this government program has charm and seem less appealing to incoming selected Peru because the town illustrates ex- "students." walked out i'nto the ma1·n garage of the · · actly the kind of place aliens would want to I think the STUPID committee should be ···buiiding. Already the air smelled o,~ ex-.. move to,. a town living: in harmony with its disbanded and a new one should be instated. ;· haust,,_~m:d cust.0JJ1:ef~ ))~~~~y ·Qll~zed ._ :J)eau_tiful s.cen;ry and lj~to/Y..:',. .; l:, · i " , A Bettrr Opportuni~ies Becau~e Citizens Adaround the service counter. · ·· I bel~eye ~eru_!o.]!e' tqe perfect spot for "'-.<?Cate'.good ,Te~chmg committee sho~ld be The loudspeaker squawked out Dale's aliens to begin their takeover. The people of fofuied, (thats nght, a BOBCA1; committee). Peru welcome visitors and new residents with With this committee working, we could stop name, letting him know that his first cusopen arms. The townspeople actually take hostility and, by example, teach community to mer was awaiting his skillfully petite time to learn the names of new arrivals. Peru values to better society overall. Wow, that's hands. State College would be a great place for aliens pretty deep. "Morning, Dale, nothing too complito start their educational process. After all, What I'm saying is let's make sure we aren't cated yet, just a muffler job;' Rick manthey would have to learn about the people of making decisions based on our own selfish this world before they could take it over. wants. Let's not jump to conclusions that aged the whole sentence between chomps PSC would welcome these cross-cultural don't leave room for a change of heart. And, on a raspberry-filled jelly doughnut. "It'll visitors and maybe give them non-resident most of all, let's get that parking lot ready for wann me up, Rick!" tuned Dale. scholar tuition, if they are in fact forms of the flying saucers. The usual pleasantries were exchanged ovefa'pout some dark coffee;· arid theri Dale's thoughts turned to the muffler. Dale adjusted his 24-hour bra and disapHAROLD DAVIS peared underneath the 1979 Volkswagen.

Cress weaves tale offeminine wiles Dale joined his stale and musty thirdfloor apartment with the outer world by sliding open the waist-high bathroom window. It was from this small peephole that he viewed life while he pinched loaves. The roo.m was a c.heddar yellow, · ·with a multitm;leofcra:cks !hatr~~~mbled· the silky yams of a spider. · · • Dale rolled his yellow nylon stockings up past his knees and noticed that the stockings and the room had a rhythm with each other. It was getting towards the time he had to be at work, so he hurried and pulled his skirt up past his hips. Dale walked into Mondo' s Repair Shop on East Suthrend Street at 6:50, on time like always. "I love yournew skirt Dale," said the shop manager, Bruce Weston. Dale liked Bruce. because he w&s such a ii1ce person:· Daleopetted the door to the changing room and was instantly greeted by two workmates. "Dale, your hair looks lovely today!" exclaimed Dick.








Band program receives $25 thousand donation By Matt Asher opener for Lady Bobcats

incoming freshman. Both scholarships are an audition format where the The Peru State College band program applicant must perform on their instrureceived a substantial donation to its ment a solo at least two and one-half Clements Scholarship recently when minutes in duration and suitable for a Leroy Redford contributed $25,000 to serious music contest. the already-existing fund. In order for these scholarships to asRedford, a Peru State College trum- sist the growth of Peru's band propet-playing alum who gram, each applicant for the freshman award now practices law in Award Amounts Cedar Falls, IA, domust have participated for nated the money to in band during high show his appreciation Clements Scholars school, and each collegiate applicant must for Cheryl Fryer, di- 1. First Place: $500 rector of the bands for four consecutive have been enrolled in and the band college band during semesters program's develop- 2. Second Place: $250 their most recent semester. ment. The Clements for two consecutive The award for freshScholarship Fund semesters honors thefOuiioer of man is $500 for four

the original band proWINTERY AND WET WEATHER had delayed the start of the Peru State softball season. The team . gram at Peru's Prep School. The new donation is intended for finally got a break March 26 and were able to take the field against St. Mary's College out of Leavenworth, existing college students, while the KS. The Lady 'Cats split a doubleheader with the-Spires, winning the first game, 7-5, and losing the original scholarship, now in its fifth second, 13-4. · -photo by Matt Thompson year, is used as a recruiting tool for

consecutive semesters (first place) and $250 for two semesters (second place). The second place award was also made possible with the recent donation. The new collegiate award is $500 for two semesters.

PSC's Computer Club small but active By Harold Davis If working with Windows 95, play-· ing with Powerpoint, noodling with Netscape, or creating a crazy web page is an enigma to you, then find your way to one of Peru State College Computer Club's workshop seminars. The club's president, Rob Hollis, a sophomore business administration and computer science major, has been leading the crew of few for the last three semesters. Under his supervi-

sion, the club has been condensed from a huge club wit~' little interest to a small club with a sincere fascination for what they are doing. Hollis described the club as an independent force working to educate themselves and others on the latest technology and software. The seminars have become the educational textbooks through which students and others are learning about the latest in computer know-how. The seminars are free, to students,

but a free will donation is requested from non-student participants. These donations are the only source of funding for the club. Membership in the club is not ex-. elusive. Anyone may join regardless of status or major. Seminar subjects are determined according to member interest and are held when there is sufficient demand. Hollis hopes to someday see the club with enough resources to purchase and maintain some of their own equip-

Quiz Bowl invades T.J. Majors By Genny Harris


)E KINCAID directed students ')m 69 schools at the 16th .1ual Peru State College Quiz (OWi. -photo by Genny Harris

The campus was again buzzing with excitement during the 16th Annual Peru State College Quiz Bowl held here March 30, 31 and April 1. Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Joe Kincaid was again the director of the competition. The halls ofT.J. Majors were filled with a record 149 teams frol]l 69 high schools in Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa. Competition was held in three divisions based on the number of students in grades 10-12 enrolled at each school. High schools with fewer than 99 students participated on March 30.

Schools with between 99 and 299 students competed March 31, and schools with over 300 students took part on April 1. A "novice" classification was added to the tournament this year. This class was open to any group of students who had not competed in an academic competition at the high school level in the past year. The winning team for the competition held on March 30 was Holt County High School from Mound City, MO. Ashland-Greenwood High School won the March 31 round, and North Kansas City High School from Kansas City, MO won on April 1.

ment. He also expressed apprehension about what would happen if the club became commercialized. Hollis emphasized the importance of keeping the control in the hands of .the members. The Computer Club's web page can be reached at http.www.Peru. edu/ -compclub. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month from 11 a.m. to noon in the Library's Training Room.

Atr 'hands' on deck for P-State's annual Piano 'Extravaganza' The annual Peru State College Piano Extravaganza will be held Saturday, April 18. The event features 18 pianos on the stage in the PSC College Auditorium. An evening massed concert will begin at 7 p.m. A capacity crowd of 600 is expected. The pianos for the event are provided by Dietze Music House of Lincoln and Omaha and the Roland Corporation. For more information or to register, call Dr. Tom Ediger weekdays at (402) 872-2253 or e-mail him at ediger@bobcat.peru.e9l!·

s ISSUE IN Tins ISSUE IN nu: PAGE TWO Maintenance workers now better equipped PAGE SIX Football team prepares to tackle new season PAGE FOUR PSC has outbreak of Spring Fling fever PAGE THREE Sailors starving for political substance THE BACK PAGE Harold asks 'What the smuif?'

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From Peru State College Advancement

CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS for Peru State's cheerleading squad will be held on Saturday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. in theAl Wheeler Activity Center. All prospective cheerleaders will be required to attend a clinic on Friday, April 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., also in the AWAC. For more information, contact Robin Jensen at 872-2372. A DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE will be offered Saturday, April 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 105 of T. J. Majors. Call Continuing Education at 872-2241 for registration information. PSC'S OPEN HOUSE has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 16. Students considering PSC next fall are invited to attend, as are their parents. There will be an opportunity to tour campus, visit with professors, learn about financial aid and much more. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 872-2221 or tollfree at 1-800-742-4412. SUMMER SCHOOL CLASS schedules are available from division offices, residence halls and the registrar's office. Financial aid is available; applications are due by April 15 and must be accompanied by a copy of the student's summer school registration form. •·• . ..,,.,


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sometimes unsafe maintenance and custodial equipment in recent years. As Physical Plant Director Ron Fabry It seems almost routine for the build- points out, "We're now getting caught ings and grounds crew at Peru State up on the things we need." College, but the purchase of new and ·Getting the most out of staff time has better equipment and supplies never "been my goal ever since I came here," gets old. Fabry said. PSC President Robert Burns has As one example, Fabry pointed to approved their request for over the boom lift. It will reach a height of $66,000 worth of new materials. 40 feet and will allow staff members Funds do not involve tax dollars, but to replace lights and ceiling tiles in the rather were generated by the college Wheeler Activity Center.· Previously, through student tuition and fees. staff had to assemble, move and dis"The purchase of new and replace- assemble scaffolding to perlorm those ment equipment is part ofour continu- . tasks. ing effort to achieve work efficiency," Buildings and Grounds keeps a run. noted Susan Udey, vice president for ning list of its equipment and mateAdministration and Finance. "We do rial needs. When Burns asked for a expect such purchases to continue be- detailed "wish list" late in February, cause of the ongoing efforts of all PSC Fabry and his staff were quick to restaff to keep us a viable and produc- spond. tive institution." "I could not believe we got everyThe College has invested several thing," Fabry said. "The staff was hundred thousand dollars of its own happy too. Everyone seems really funds int? replacing aging, worn and pleased. We are making significant

Fourteen Phi Beta Lambda members travel to 'Music City' Fourteen members of Phi Beta Lambda, PSC's business fraternity, recently spent four days from March 25-28 in Nashville, TN. The group toured three businesses and saw a number of 'Music-City's' major attractions. One of the businesses was Nortel, a communications manufacturing company. At Nortel, group members learned how this company has implemented the team concept, according to Steph Baldwin, PBL public relations officer. In the team concept, all employees · participate in teams which make decisions but which have no supervisors. The idea behind this concept is to make employees feel that they are making a difference in the company

because everyone is equal. Nortel officials also spent time with PBL members explaining various kinds of interviews students need to prepare for and how they can sell themselves in the job market. In addition to Nortel, the group visited the Tennessee Valley Authority and saw the business side of The Opryland Hotel. A guided tour there featured the hotel's inside tropical garderns, rivers, shops and convention centers.

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progress in modernizing our department." The list of requests included the things that most people will never see-an industrial-strength drill press, a glass cutter and new battery backups for fire alarm systems. Other items will be more visible or audible. They include a new public address system forthe Oak Bowl football stadium, a new podium with builtin amplifier, new carpet runners and stepladders. Of course, Burns, Udey and Fabry all are quick to acknowledge, it's a never ending process, and department needs can never be fully met. "We're now atthe point of needing to replace some of the things that we replaced when Dr. Burns first got here," Fabry explained. "They just wear out." "It is a cycle that goes on and on," Burns agreed. "But that is what we believe it takes to keep the college strong."

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It seems that we cannot pick up a magazine or tum on a television without seeing a story of an estranged ·youth who has seemingly "snapped" and committed some type of violent-crime. These stories frighten and astound us. They also sell magazines and newspapers. Coverage of events like the tragedy in Jonesboro, AK, has exceeded its news value. The media began by reporting that two boys hid in some trees outside of their school and gunned down three of their fellow students and a teacher. Then, while the dazed town tried to mourn the tragedy, the media invaded their businesses, homes, and churches, asking extremely personal and insensitive questions. In fact, the media may have become part of the problem. Everywhere we look, we see violence. Our cities, towns, sporting events, families, post offices and schools are all, at times, violent places. Now, the media are more efficient than ever at showing us that. Yet, still, we are surprised when we witness violence from our children. The media's treatment of the Jonesboro tragedy has reminded us that the mass media are a highly competitive business. Consequently, they do not always have the best interests of the public in mind.

Johanns feeds unfilling tidbits of nothing You know how when you eat your fill of Chinese food, you sometimes feel really hungry within just a few short hours? Well, the recent on-campus appearance by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Johanns left me with a very similar feeling. During the meeting, Johann's smooth, melty voice washed over me, leaving me feeling full of political buzz words and well-rehearsed rhetoric. Questions about Peru's proposed move were handled deftly and pleasingly. His perfectly passionate responses to questions about state spending, economic development and, specifically, welfare reform left me satisfied. I was especially interested because, that's right, I'm .a welfare mother. Of course, that's only after working at two and three jobs for over twenty years. And, after struggling to make ends meet as a single working mother during my first two years here. Finally, after an unfortunate electrical disconnection and a month or two driving on my car's donut for lack of a new tire, I decided that social services was the only way to go. Therefore, when Johanns explained his stand

A letter to the editor

Vrtiska comments on LB 1138 I am pleased to announce that LB 1138, my bill calling for renovations at Peru State College, passed final reading on March 25 by a vote of 431 with five absent. I was gratified by the number of votes the bill received and can now approach the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education with this vote as showing the commitment the Legislature has to higher education in southeast Ne·braSka and to the current site of the college in Peru as the ra.tional place to serve that need. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature. Over the course of this session I had spoken extensively with a number of my colleagues on this issue and concluded that most do not be!ieve moving the college is the answer. I also spoke this week with the Governor to determine how he felt about the appropriations allowed for in my

bill and whether or not he would support or veto those provisions. He informed me that he was generally dissatisfied with the amount of total state spending this session and how it would affect his income tax cut, but he made no specific commitment for or against LB 1138. I also spoke with Dr. David Powers, executive director of tbe Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. I informed him that I and.other local leaders in the district have immediately begun attempts to upgrade economic conditions in the entire area and to focus on improving the business climate in and around Peru. I will also state at this time that Peru State alumni and other friends of the college should begin contemplating what they can personally do on behalf of the college. Floyd P. Vrtiska Senator, First District

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on changing the welfare system, my ears perked up. He spelled out his plans to limit welfare recjpients to two years in the program-maximum. Realizing this would wreak havoc on the plans of well intentioned students like me, I asked him how his welfare reform would deal with me. His honey-tongued politician's voice worked its magic, weaving a fairy tale of a "flexible" system that somehow would take into account that /, as opposed to all those other social service recipients, was a hard-working student with good grades and a part-time job. I left the meeting under a haze of warmth and goodwill, secure that my future was in good hands. That is, until just a few hours later, as I was gathering quarters to buy catfood, when the glow subsided, and I realized that the only flexibility I needed in my life was the ability to stretch my dollars. As with ·chinese food, I needed something a little more substantial-like real answers to my questions and concerns, not appetizing tidbits meant to stave off real hunger pains. Dr. Daryll Hersemann, vice president for student affairs holds open office hours for students Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to I p.m. in the Emory Oak Room of the Student Center. Students are encouraged to drop in.

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PSC has Spring Fling fever By Joy Huber Here's a little trivia for you: What event sponsored by Campus Activities Board is a week full of fun? If you guessed "Jamaican-Me-Crazy," you were right! Peru State College Spring Fling 1998 will be the week of April 13-16. According to Russell Crouch, CAB move chair, "Spring Fling Week is a week long celebration of the semester and school year coming to a close. There are several events that take place during the week that students as well as faculty and staff are welcome to attend." Anne-Marie Taylor, president of CAB, Barb Lewellen, director of Student Programs, and the many other members of CAB have scheduled a variety of events for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Monday, April 13, a movie will be shown in the Live Oak Room of the Student Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, CAB invites students and faculty to experience and explore the world of extraordinary phenomena with "Extraordinist" Craig Karges. Karges, who has made appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Larry King Live, and Music City Tonight, will present a show

in the Benford Recital Hall at 8 p.m.. On Thursday the Spring Fling dance will.take place beginning at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Center. There will be t-shirts on sale for $10 that commemorate the theme for this year and the events. Wednesday, April 15, PSC President and Mrs. Robert Burns invite everyone to hear a performance of "Irie Caribbean Jazz." According to a promotional flyer for the event, '"Irie Caribbean Jazz' features music from many of the Caribbean islands, as well as music from Central and South America." Selections will consist of a rhythm section heavily flavored with Latin percussions, a sizzling horn section, and tasty vocals. Since there is limited seating in the Student Center, reserve complimentary tickets may be requested by contacting Peggy Groff at (402) 872-2332. Tickets must be reserved prior to Friday, April IO. Activities sponsored by CAB are paid for with student funds, according to Crouch. He encourages anyone who wants to have a say in the activities that take place on campus to attend the CAB meetings. Taylor stated that the meetings are held every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Student Programs Office.

On the trail with Phi Alpha Theta STUDENTS FROM THE HISTORY OF NEBRASKA class visited the recently opened Western Trails Center in Council Bluffs, IA, on March 30. Dr. Sara Crook, associate professor of history/political science (far left), teaches the course and arranged the field trip, which was sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, PSC's history honorary society. The group also stopped at the Mormon Cemetery and Museum in Florence, which is in north Omaha. The wall in the background shows the differences in elevation that pioneers faced as they traveled from the Midwest to the West Coast on the Overland Trails. - photo by Dr. Dan Holtz

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Why do you think students. are more violent today?

"Things that happen on our "I think students are more campus just aren't the sort of violent today because it has you'd expect people to do become giorified and cool to be to one another for reasons that that way." don't seem very important. I can -Allen Zimney, understand being upset, angry or Junior, Social Science hurt, but to do something to -Dr. Robert someone that could actually kill "Kids are more violent because Burns, them, it seems to go beyond that. of the eroding family structure Peru State I don't know why that is. It's a that we see in our society more today." President very serious problem." -Luke Avery,. Senior, Mathematics

New student senators elected By Chris Hawkinson Peru State College students have made their 1998-99 senate selections. Seniors Russell Crouch and AnneMarie Taylor have been elected Stu-· dent Senate president and vice presidetitrtesQ,ectively. And for perhaps the first time in PSC history, both of the top Student Senate officers will have experience. Crouch was p,resident in 1996-97, while Taylor has served as

vice president this year. Because she was reelected vice president, Taylor will also continue in her eorollary position as president of the Campus Activities Board. In other senate races; Heather Speice and Blake Renner were elected as commuter representatives and will join non-traditional representatives, Michele White and Doug Miller. In the residence ~all elections, Jaimeson Meza was chosen to repre-

sent Delzell Hall; Susan Slama, Morgan Hall; Tai Halalilo, Nicholas/Pate; Holly Bell, Davidson/Palmer; Carrie Leong, Clayburn/Matthews; and Dan Dewitt, Oak Hill. Several senator-at-large candidates were also elected. They are Jim Gerdes, Julie Bixler, Scott Gibbs, Trisha Linder, Celeste Nolte, Ronda Reiman, Roy Burton, Jonna Parsons, Steve Jirsa, and Alecia Landegent.

" My response to that is, Do we think that kids are more violent today or are we just reporting the statistics more accurately in today's society because of the media? I do think students are more volent today and more -Dr. Kelly willing to use violence to solve their problems because we have Asmussen not efficiently and effectively Assistant taught the kids to deal with the Professor of Criminal Justice conflicts."

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Spring workouts prepare Peru State football squad for next season's battles By Matt Thompson Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and pads are popping. Fall is not the only time Peru State's football team is hard at work. Every spring Peru State goes through a series of practices. Spring practice is an excellent opportunity for coaches and players alike. Coaches have the opportunity to look over their talent pool and see what they have. Players are given the opportunity to go out on the field, work hard and try to earn a position for fall. Although the 'Cats have been limited to three practices due to bad weather, Head Coa~h Dick Strittmatter is excited about the effort his players have been giving. "All the players have come out with good attitudes and have been working very hard. We have been very pleased with effort and attitude." ··As.far as strengths, the Bobcats 'are reruming a good wide receiver core with two seniors, Todd~Lib­ erty and Zack Sangster. The offensive ends will also be solid with two more senior returning starters, Andrew Sherman and John Widicf Also doing a good job offen-

By Marcy Krolikowski

The PSC women's softball season has finally gotten under way. Despite sively for the 'Cats is sophomore the weather slowing them down, they quarterback Wes Haveman. have played eight games. The Lady Haveman will be gQing into the Bobcats split a doubleheader against fall season number one on the St. Mary's College of Leavenworth, depth chart. Haveman replaces KS, March 26 in Peru. Junior Melanie Tramp picked up the veteran QB Jaime Stinson, who win in the first game, 7-5. Freshman graduates in May. Defensively the Bobcat coach- Shell Hase took the loss in the second ing staff has been pleased with game by a score of 13-4. In another their linebackers and defensive doubleheader against Hastings, the Bobcats split the contests. Tramp backs. The line is young, but as again got the win for the Lady 'Cats, spring practice continues they are 3-2, while Hase pic.ked up a loss. finding out that they have more Peru then traveled to Hastings for a depth than originally thought. two-day tournament. In the first Strittmatter commented, "We round, Tramp took the mound in a loshave been pleased with the depth ing effort to the Bellevue Bruins, 5-3. we're seeing on the defensive The second game saw the 'Cats playline. We just need to see which ing Central Methodist College of ones are going to step it up and Fayette, MO, losing l4c 1. Hase was be players in the fall. We want to the losing pitcher. The 'Cats then got their first win of see who the players are going to be, who we can go to war with." the tournament against Northwestern Next season, the Bobcats are College of Orange City, IA, winning looking to take the jump to the 6-5. In their final game, they were next level. They are focusing on downed by the Doane College Tigers out of Crete. The Tigers handled the making it back to the play-offs Bobcats, 7-4, with Hase as the losing and are hoping the weather holds pitcher. out for the rest of the spring pracWeather hasn't been the only thing tices. slowing down the women's softball The Bobcat coaching staff also team. Injuries have been hitting the has some questions of their own team almost every game. In their to answer. They are s!iU looking opening game against St. Mary's, seto replace defensive coordinator nior right fielder Erin Malberg hurt her Kevin Miller, who left the team· right knee sliding· into third base. The rest of her season is up in the air. earlier in the year. Also on the injury list is freshman

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Summer Miller. Miller injured her ankle in the Hastings tournament which makes her questionable for this week. · Head Coach Mark Mathews is hoping to get his team healthy so they can continue to improve. Mathews said,

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~nexperience and inconsistency plague Bobcats ~Y Matt Thompson It has been a rough year for Peru :itate's basebiy.1 team. They have not ~ad man . · unities to play due to ~ad weat . hhe Bo . ts southern swing through :'exas and Oklahoma allowed them ;Orne actufilplaying time and game exierience de · continuous trouble vith thew' March 18-20 saw hem•p1ayf ... ,. ;e games against ~orthwood University in Cedar Hills, ,,X. Pitcher Lance Kurz, a sophonore, threw the first game for the Cats and lost, O~ 12. Sophomore Ted ,ipari picked up the only hit for Peru. Sophomore Travis Evans also lost he second game, 2-8. Bobcat slug;ers picked up five hits in 25 at bats. Senior Aaron Lauby took the mound \1arch 19 and lost, 1-17. The 'Cats iefense committed five errors on the lay. Junior Kris Mathews threw the first ;ame March 20. Northwood Univer.ity dropped the Bobcats, 3-13, in five

innings. Freshman Jamie McCarville lost the second game by a score of, 313. P-State picked up only four hits in the game compared to Northwood's 12. PSC's Head Coach Mark Bayliss said, "Northwood was a good team. They were ranked '20th in the NAIA preseason poll." After leaving Texas, Peru State traveled to Lawton, OK, for four games against Camer9n University. The Bobcats lost the first game, 2-6, with Kurz picking up the loss. In the second game the 'Cats hit the ball better, collecting six runs on 10 hitS. But it was not enough to overcome Cameron University's 18 runs on 20 hits. Freshman Justin Hoffman got the loss for Peru, moving his record to 1~2. The Bobcats' last day in Lawton ended on a low note with two more losses. The first game was 20-3, the second 20-1. Cameron University competes as an NCAA Division II team. Bayliss said, "They were a very good team, and they hit the ball very well against us."

The southern trip was very disappointing for many Bobcat players. Lipari said, "We played a lot of good teams, but if we would have cut out errors, we coulda have been in a lot more of the games." As far as playing good teams, Lipari added, "Playing good competition in the south will help us be more prepared for the better teams ip our area." The competition didn't get any easier for the Bobcats after returning. Their first trip after returning home was to play the Bearcats of Northwest Missouri State University, another Division II school. The trip to Maryville, MO, resulted in two more losses. In the first game, the Bobcats hit the ball well and led into the fourth inning, but they were unable to hang on for the win, 4-5. Math~ws took the loss. The Bearcats won the second game by a score of7-0. Evans picked up his second loss of the year. The Bobcats then traveled to Washburn University in Topeka, KS. At Washburn, the 'Cats were again

outmatched, playing another Division II institution. They did not go down easily though. The first game, they hung in all the way to the end but ended up losing, 11-12. They also lost the second one, 4-12. Kurz and Lauby both picked up losses. March 29 saw P-State playing host to the Briar Cliff College Chargers of Sioux City, IA, their first home games since Feb. 24. The 'Cats were unable to get a win, losing the first game, 711, and the second, 5-8. Mathews and Kurz both picked up losses. Conimenting on his team's slow start this season, Bayliss said, "We were worried about our inexperience at the beginning of the year, and we have been very inconsistent. When our pitching is good, our hitting and defense isn't. When our hitting is good, our pitching and defense isn't." However, Bayliss remains optimistic, "We're starting to play a little better and hope to be· playing our best baseball for the play-offs."

Upcoming home games April 4 Nebraska Wesleyan University 2 p.m. April 5 Rockhurst College 2 p.m. April 13 Avila College 2 p.m. April 15 Grand View 2 p.m April 19 Dakota St. Univ. 2 p.m. April 20 Doane College 2 p.m. Watch PSC's Channel 4 for updates on make-up ,games!

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cutting mistakes and utilizing refined basic skills. The NBA's kindergarten class went off in search of Utah's entire roster could stroke an open fifteen foot millions, leaving college basketball helpless. Yeah, jump shot, dribble with both hands, and play solid deright. fense. Left hanging out to dry and wither by the athletes Second, once more, coaches stood tall as the most who were supposed to be college basketball stars this important people on the court. year, there was nothing else for NCAA basketball to do On the way to a championship, Kentucky's head coach but put on the greatest national tournament ever. Tubby Smith put his bench strength to work by rotatThe 1997 tournament was a ing his players early and often. nail-biter deluxe. With .four The result: his team was fresh and 1 • overtime games and an amaz" The absence of{players fast during the game's final mini \ ing 16 games decided by one utes when the Wildcat's overf : bucket or less, this year's who forfeited college for whelmed each of their last three l bracket was easily the most h NBA} fl h opponents. ; competitive since the field ex- t ·e actua Y as Utah's head coach Rick • ~ panded to 64 teams. But it was strengthened the college Majerus could have been named A ; so much more than that. the tournament's most outstand~ With the recent exodus of the game. " ing player. Majerus drilled his j ~ination's top teens to the NBA, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - troops all season long in the arts J'college basketball's total talent of boxing out, contesting shots ~ ·~·'..;evel has fallen. However, despite the fears of most and help-side defense. Boy, was it evident. Just ask ~. ~American sports fans, the absence of these super ath- Arizona and North Carolina who shot miserably and lj'·· , '·:tes actually has strengthened the college game. Last were pounded on the glass in convincing losses to the .:~Monday's championship game proved it. Utes. Majerus' guys also put on nightly clinics in ofThere are two main reason's for the improvement. fensive execution, working for the best shot and mak; First, and most importantly, with fewer teams touring ing opposing defenses work. r1:te country on the shoulders of an overpowering SU- It's safe to say that every basketball fan enjoyed this · ,,,..rstar, fundamentals onc;e again became, well ... fun- year's tournament--even if his or her favorite team ~t1;1nentaL didn't win. In fact, while talking about the tournament, e Utah Utes exemplified winning with fundamen- I haven't heard anyone mention that they missed The Utes rose to the brink of a championship by Stephan Marbury or Kobe Bryant.






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BAFFLINGS Buff0011:s buck the American way ri JOHN CRESS

Secret agent's sun and fun spoiled It has been brought to my attention that people didn't understand the· column in last week's issue. Congratulations. The mere fact that you have no idea what I was writing about is why the column is called "Bafflings" and not "Comprehendings." I *etched my lean mass by the pool and ·muttered·insults at the ants. They seemed to enjoy crawling up between my toes. They seemed to enjoy it a little too much. The sun crescendoed early in the day and it was hot now. The woman I had been following was tanning by the curving slide, the one with new blue paint. Paco the waiter brought me my eighth gin and tonic and quickly disappeared. The woman stirred, hustling her weight from one quadrant of the chair to the other.· She settled, and I sighed. "Must be nice to be rich," I thought. It was not always exciting to be a secret agent man. I was hired by the Foundation to track the movements of these execs--these people who have interests in moving the school. My mind drifted, and I remembered dodging bullets on the football field and finding small, heavy boxes. None of that mattered now. We were after bigger rats now, right Harold? A rich politician was smoking some herb

over at the tiki hut. The smell reminded me of my days growing up as an officer's son in South Vietnam. The Vietnamese kids always smoked pot. I never liked the smell. 1didn't like it now. I strode up to the table of the rich, lying politician. "Sir, could you please put that lefthanded cigarette out. I am allergic to the smoke." He quit smiling and exhaled in my face, a blast of hot smoke. I didn't inhale. What a prick, I thought. I pulled up a chair and remained silent as I tried to decide what to do. He spoke first and asked what it was that I wanted. I pushed an ashtray nearer to him.and smiled. He would not put the joint out. I had no reason to cause a scene, so I turned and went back to my spot at the poolside. The woman rose to her feet just as my feet rose. She gathered her conventional items and quickly stuffed them in her conventional purse. I gathered my towel and made for the change room to get my shirt and keys. A large man with summer teeth stepped in my way and gave me the Vulcan neck pinch, effectively dropping me to the carpet. He continued kicking me and calling me a naughty boy until I passed out. I need a raise.

Every now and then, you see something while driving, walking, sitting in class or just watching television that makes you stop and say to yourself, "What the smurf?" Like the other day, I was driving home, and there in front of me was a little Japanese buggy going 45 miles per hour in a 65 zone. I didn't think too much about it. That is, until I read the bumper stickers so tactfully pasted to the back bumper. · One read "Buy Ameri' can," the other, "Catch me ff A if you can." Comeon!Whoever put those stickers on that car should be shot fo the knees and forced to watch old John Wayne movies until they understand the American way. How bright do you have to be to know that if the car was imported from Japan, it wasn't made in America? . Maybe it's just me. I know my car was made by an American company but manufactured where the labor rate is about a dollar a day. That doesn't bother me. I don't care if people buy foreign cars. I understand the need for re". liable transportation that doesn't cost four fingers and a toe. College students need cars. But don't ever stick one of those "Buy

American" bumper stickers on your foreign- · made car. Doing so pulls at the very fibers of ' our American existence. Such contradictions 1 rip at the seams of the overcoat we call our I society. Please, spare me the grief of watching our great nation fall to the likes of igno- •, ...,, rant buffoons who drive around in oxymorons. Please, people, pull your heads out of your smurfs and look at yourselves. It's no wonder Americans place so low on those tests that get compared with every other country on this godforsaken globe. It's not un-American to buy foreign products, but it is un~ American to come across as a total idiot. It's like screaming at Lassie on TV and saying, "You can't talk, you stupid dog! They can't know that Timmy is in the well just because you're barking at them. You can't talk, you cursed dog." No. Don't go there. We watch Lassie and we know that Timmy is in the stupid well because Lassie, is a bright dog. America is based on the unrealistic nature of bright dogs. Don't be a hypocrite. It's not smurfy. Don't turn your back on apple pie, American broadcasting and the American way..

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Professors develop new teaching stations

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, Imagine a Peru State College classroom of the future when rather than ·I using a blackboard or an overhead projector, the professor stands at a station i at the front of. the room and writes on a small pad; the image appears on monitors in the classroom. The professor pulls a piece of infonilation or images off a CDcROM, a · book or magazine text, a list of up· coming assignments-all are available at the touch of a keyboard or a wireless computer mouse. They might call it a "technology teaching station." And in fact, at PSC they do. Such a facility exists now, and several more are orr the way, according to Pres. Robert Bums.,,.. "These teaching stations are the product of Professors (Ross) Udey and (Perry) Gray-Reneberg and not something available in an equipment catalog somewhere," Bums noted. "They will be important pieces of technol~ ogy in our classrooms." Udey and Gray-Reneberg, assistant professor and instructor of industrial technology, respectively, designed and built.the first station in the A. V. Larson ~


Building. Acomputer, wireless mouse, a video camera, monitors and related equipment comprise the Technology Teaching Station. And though PSC has no plans to tear out blackboards or to do away with overhead projectors, their days at the college may be numbered. The faculty aren't anchored to the teaching station. The cordless mouse allows them to move freely about the classroop:l while controlling the delivery of information, video images and audio material. . The cost· each station is roughly $5,000, according to Dr. David Ainsworth, vice president for Academic Affairs. PSC plans to build eight more stations this summer. They'll be ready for the start of fall semester 1998. Additional on-campus stations will be in Hoyt Science Hall and the Jindra Fine Arts Building, and two will be in the T. J. Majors Building, one for the Business Division and one for Teacher Education. Two stations are also planned for both the Regional Technology Center in Nebraska City and for the programs at Offutt Air Force Base, Ainsworth said.

PSC plans to build eight more [technology teaching] stations this summer.

PERU STATE COLLEGE'S Ross Udey uses the equipment of the new Technology Teaching Station thathe. helped to design and build. The station utilizes a computer, two monitors, a camera and a wireless "mouse." -photo by Peru State College Advancement

The plan is to network the stations so that resources can be shared amongst the faculty and their classrooms, on and off campus. "A faculty member could build a multimedia presentation on a computer in his or her office, then go to the classroom, pull it off of the network and use it," Ainsworth said. The day might not be far off when

all the college's classrooms are equipped in.this fashion, he added. The idea surfaced not long ago while Bums and Ainsworth were visiting the college's academic divisions. The meetings centered on academic needs and faculty ideas foruse of PSC's budget surplus funds. The Division of Science and Technology proposed building what Udey termed an "elec-

tronic classroom." A more formal plan and proposal were requested, developed and reviewed, and Dr. Bums gave his approval and funding to the pilot project. The pilot station in the Larson Building is based on the IBM type of computer, and PSC officials want to adapt at least one of the stations to use Macintosh technology.



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· THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION features a story in the April 17, 1998, issue, that discusses the controversy surrounding the proposed move of Peru State College to Nebraska City. COMMENCEMENT REGALIA needed by faculty and staff members who will participate in the ceremonies should be ordered no later tlian today. Stop by the Bookstore to place your order. PSC'S ANNUAL PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA is scheduled for Saturday, April 18. The evening concert is to begin at 7 p.m,, with the doors opening at 6:05 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for students.

THE PERU STATE BOBCAT FOOTBALL TEAM will hold its annual Blue-White Intrasquad Scrimmage on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

THEARBORDAYFARM CELEBRATION will be held April 25 and 26 in Nebraska City. Anyone interested in more details Dr. Joy Dunnigan at 2399. A SPRING 1998 FINAL EXAM BREAKFAST will be :~ flelrl--Monday, May 4, from 10 p.m. to 11 :30 p.m. SUMMER SCHOOL.CLASS schedules are available from division offices, residence halls and the registrar's office. Students may register for summer school anytime up to May 29 by bringing a completed registration form, signed by his or her advisor, to the Registrar's office.

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On April 14, in the Jindra Fine Arts Building of Peru State College, Matthew "Sitting Bear" Jones spoke about the Bureau oflndian Affairs's educational systems and schools. In the late 1800's, the BIA tried to assimilate Native Aiiierican children into white culture. Jones, a native of Wichita, is a noted Kiowa Indian storyteller and has performed across North America as a solo artist in theatrical performances, numerous television productions and seven films. He was also a script consultant for Dances with Wolves. Currently, Jones lectures in Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and co-produced In the White Man '.s Image, a PBS production. The documentary explains how white government officials and bureaucrats imposed their point of view on Native Americans which hindered the Indians' success and damaged their self-respect. · The. event was funded by the Nebraska Humanities Council and sponsored by the English and history departments of PSC.

Memorial service held On Thursday, April 9, a memorial service was held for Edward L. Fritz in the Benford Recital Hall. Campus officials learned of his death on Sunday, April 5. Fritz, a social science/education major, enrolled at Peru State College in the spring semester of 1996. Fritz was described by professors as an outstanding and gifted student. He was se~ected to the national collegiate honorary of Alpha Chi, of which he was president, and to the national history honorary of Phi Alpha Theta.

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AN ANIMATED MATIHEW 'SITIING BEAR' JONES speaks of the oppression of Native American children in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' schools. -photo by Harold Davis


Chameleon Cress goes Dr. Seuss I'm feeling a little crazy right now. I sit at this desk with this monitor staring me in the face while all the other kids are outside basking in the sun. I am jealous. I kick back the orange curtains and realize that I will soon be lacking a tan while a thumb from "the man" holds me in this chair with weight like a bear. I could sit here and whine and fret because I'm so mistreated. I guess I could end the stress and starttyping. You see, I am a chameleon of sorts when I have a pencil in hand. I hide under books, and I five in the stories of the literary giants such as Hemingway, Steinbeck and, most importantly, Dr. Suess. "Green Eggs and Ham, don't substitute the Spam, ma' am," I thought as I sipped the froth on my 90-someodd~cents pop ("soda" on the east coast). I once got into an argument over vowel and consonant usage with a guy from New York. He rammed my car, gave me the bird and disappeared in the ensuing dust. I'm getting ready to kick the monitoroff the desk. I really don't know why I get so crazy. I know it's not 'cause I'm lazy. Maybe it's 'cause I'm still a little hazy from the brew the old ~~ll \a).ew would fade me.

I was getting ready to compete in the 1500-K walk for the Lincoln Cancer Foundation when I realized that I didn't have the energy I would need to compete in this brazen event. I remembered that my mommy prepared some leftovers in my Igloo cooler. To my surprise, good ol' ma packed some Green Eggs and Ham, and I said "Gad-Damn" as the good food slammed into the pit with the rest of my bran (from breakfast). I hate it when the man holds me down. It makes me want to rebel while my chest swells, swearing revenge will be mine, yes it will. Take off your suits, gadzooks, before time claws out your heart. "The. man makes me crazy, too!" is all that I hear from the boys down the street when the man steps on their feet. I dream of tough .times and tough ladies-rip-snortin' women not afraid to break nails and men not afraid to be afraid. I stare for these things 'cause they are rare as the North American Black Bear. The man doesn't care about the bears or you (or me) so what about the trees? I am unfamiliar with the term "normal." Please take some time and hug a tree! It'll make you feel better about yourself!


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School burn-out runs rampant at Times

Life evolves around change. Change is an essential part of every process in the never ending cycle of life. As we live and as we die, change is upon us. Everyday, changes occur that redirect the courses of our lives. This semester was no different at Peru. Change seems to threaten everything at Peru. And yet, where would our society be without change? Where would Peru be without change? Longtime faculty, staff and students are leaving, and aspiring entrepreneurs bring with them new ideas, personal projects and causes. The threat of the· Peru_ move questions the morality of change. And yet, we must question the stability of resisting something as radical as change. With monumental new ideas of fantastic voyages on the rise while old conventions sink, change breaks the shore of our'soci:~ ety like the sea upon the rocks. Change trickles off the rocks to the less important crevices of our state, our county, our city and ~1 I our campus. 'l As legends step down, the torch is passed on to the rookies ) wanting to declare their fame in the halls of history. Each yea~, month, week and day, we welcome these changes that add vanety and spontaneity to our lives. Human nature dictates that we fear change, and, yet, with apprehensior:i of rebirth we look for. .ward- to whatever may come.. ~

Along with my fellow columnists, I am feeling a or deliver important phone messages, but whom I little pinched for material this time out. I've already can't kick out. And, I can't move out either! bitched and moaned and ranted and raved about evAnd, speaking of moving, even though I had alerything from the proposed Peru move to the lack of luded last fall to possible relocation plans, the middle Pepsi at PSC. of April finds me still in my big old electricity and And, while I'm still holding out hope for my begas-eating house, complete with broken windows, loved soft drink to become available here, I must · plumbing problems and crappy carpet. move on to other gripes. And, here I thought I'd be living in some nice little Like, why, for instance, the Edge has switched from ranch-style home in some up-and-coming town like alternative to classic rock. As if classic rock doesn't Nebraska City by now. Wait a minute! Maybe things rule the radio in these parts. I grew up with classic aren't all that bad. . rock, and, frankly, I don't need to hear it from every After all, on a cloudy day, I can pick up the Laser station available in our area-otherwise known as out of Kansas City for at least 15 miles out of Falls radio hell. (It wasn't classic then. It was just rock City. And, those two sons of mine are strong-thinkmusic. I know I'm dating myself, but it's not as if I ing yourig men with strong opinions all their own. I haven't mentioned my 17 and 12-year-old sons.) guess I wouldn't want them any other way. And, speaking of my two sons, when did 17 and And, my old decrepit house does provide a roof 12-year-olds become adults in this country? As far over my head-and it's not in Nebraska City. And, as I recall, adolescents are still legally recognized as somehow, I've managed to write a whole column children, aren't they? about my supposed complaints about life-all while At this point, .with spring fever raging and school drinking an ice-cold Pepsi from our private print shop bum-out running rampant, I feet as ifl'm living with stash. two roommates who won't do housework, pay bills Ahhh, life is good!

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r comments. "It's an advantage in that we have things in common that we can talk about, and we can haw lunch together." Though they've enjoyed their time here in Peru, both feel it's time to move on. Bob has feared "staying too long and becoming flaky." Barb adds, "I feel this is a younger person·~ job." When asked about their plans for

By Debbie Sailors

Twenty-six years ago, young Bob and Barb Lewellen came to Peru, toting their two young daughters and their hopes and dreams for the future. At the end of this semester, the couple will leave Pern State College after 37 collective years of service. Bob, who was originally an instrnctor and is now assistant professor of business, has been teaching at PSC for all of those 26 years. Barb started the Peru Preschool over 25 years ago in the family home and then moved on to a one-year stint as media center assistant and reference librarian in the college library. Then it was on to Julian, where she taught elementary school for 14 years. Ten years ago. she came back to Peru to her present position as director of student programming. During their time here, the Lewellens have seen their two daughters, who were ages three and seven upon their arrival, grow up to attend classes here-some even from dear old dad. Bob points out that he has ..-'.tau_ght both daughters in lots of ··· clas~s." He adds, "All their friends were iri the same classroom. They were all down at the house all the time." The Lewellens recently so1d their large family home at 1101 6th Street that had become dear to many Peru" vians. Bob comments, "We loved the big house, and it was great for raising a family and for entertaining. The students who came there loved the

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BARB AND BOB LEWELLEN plan to spend more time gardening, traveling and playing with their two grandchildren. The couple has no immediate plans to move from Peru. They don't rule out the possibility of second careers. -photo by Debbie Sailors

house." Barb chimes in, "When we moved, all of the<.students and our family and friends took it harder than we did." They have since moved to a smaller home in Peru. They also sold most of their extensive collec~ tion ofantiques. Over the years, countless students have moved through Peru's ranks,

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coming in as inexperienced freshman and graduating several years later. Commencement day always brings a few tears to the eyes of the Lewellens, who have formed close relationships with many, many Peru State students. Another close relationship was formed 26 years ago when the

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Lewellens met Jack and Norma Hamilton their first year in Peru. They be.came good friends and watched each.other's children grow up. Jack also began as an instructor at PSC and is now chair of the business division. The Lewellens have enjoyed working together these past 10 years. Bob

as well as their many friends. but Lin~ it's time for something new. "When we leave here, we'll change," says Barb. "It just won't be the same life. It won't be bad. It'll just be different." Bob adds, "We've given to others our whole life. Now we're ready to be a little selfish." Barb states, "I think your life goes in segments-from child to young adult and so on-changing as you go along." Bob interjects, "We're eager to start the next one." Completing their joint thought, Barb says, "We' re not done. We're just starting."

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Sailors named alternate Bird feeders give students food for thought Harris for '98 press scholarship ByDr.Genny Bill Clemente, assistant profesDebbie Sailors, editor of the Peru one. State Times for 1997-98, was reIn addition to serving as editor, cently named the alternate for the Sailors has been a multiple award Nebraska Press Women's Scholar- winner in the Nebraska Press Assoships for 1998. ciation and Nebraska Collegiate Any woman of junior or senior- Media Association competitions for class standing who attends a Ne- the last three years. She has won braska college or university and awards in categories ranging from plans to pursue a career in journal- feature. column and straight news ism was eligible to be nominated. writing to feature photo. The scholarships provide $500 According to Dr. Dan Holtz, adand $300, respectively, to the first viser for the Times. "N'.) more taland second-place winners. If one ented and dedicated journalist has of these women is unable to accept worked for the college newspaper the scholarships, Sailors will receive in my 11 years as adviser."

sor of English, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Schoolyard Ornithology Research Project (SORP). This project is intended to get fifth through eighth grade students involved with science through the use of computers. With money provided by a grant, TERC, an organization which puts out National Geographies for Children, and Cornell Ornithology Laboratory plan to use SORP as a way to get regular citizens involved in science. Clemente has also been involved with Project Feeder Watch, a program where bird watchers observe and record birds that appear at their feeders. For two days every two weeks. Clemente watches his feeders located outside the Jindra Fine Arts Bldg. and records the types of birds he sees. Clemente became interested in bird watching around 1975. while walking on a beach. Today, he uses birds as a part of many of his writing classes. Birds seem to inspire everyone from grade school children to students taking his creative writing classes. Clemente said, "Birds are an excellent focus for a liberal arts education."

DR. BIL.L CLEMENTE takes education to new heights right outside the Jindra Fine Arts Building. -photo by Debbie Sailors


THE NEW LAYOUT of Dr. Dan Holtz's office is much more convenient for conversations with students and other faculty members, who can now sit in their very own chair rather than his chair. Th~ one-sizefits-all furniture sets found their way into various configurations in the different offices of those who received them. ·. -photo by Debbie Sailors

Ne.w office furniture for Easter By Genny Harris

Santa Claus came a little bit late, or the Easter Bunny came a little bit early to many Peru State College faculty oembers last week. Thirty-six sets of 1ew office furniture were acquired and .istributed by the division chairs to !eserving faculty three days before

Easter break. All Makes Office Equipment of Lincoln delivered $45,720 worth of desks, credenzas, book shelves, desk chairs, guest chairs and mobile file drawers which they installed in many offices around the campus. The dollars to fund this project came from. the r,n~l~i??·:d.o~l'.11: '.'::i?"~.;9~~~

Money" fund, which has been used to make many improvements to the campus. Don Schwartz, cooperative education coordinator and part-time faculty member, said, "We are all very much appreciative of this new furniture and computers, and we will now be able to provide more excellent service:'"

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Bocats look to playoffs By Matt Thompson

THIS BOBCAT STEPS UP to the plate in· a recent home doubleheader against the Bellevue College Bruins. Head Coach Mark Bayliss and the rest of the team look to the playoffs as the Bobcats steadily Improve. -photo by MattThompson

Peru State's baseball team is in the process of preparing themselves for their sectional tournament. Head Coach Mark Bayliss said, "Even though our record isn't the best, we still have a legitimate chance of winning our sectional tournament." Bayliss also thought that any team in the tournament could win it. "The winner of the sectional tournament is going to be whoever is playing the best on that weekend. There are no teams that stand out," said Bayliss. Despitea3-22record,Baylisssees his team starting to make some improvement. A lot of the improvement that has been seen can be contributed to a boost in confidence. The underdog Bobcats were able to knock off the region's number-one seed, the Briar Cliff Chargers out of Sioux City, IA, on March 29. After the win against Briar Cliff, Bayliss noted all aspects of the Bobcats' game improved. Bayliss said, "We are playing a lot better. Pitching is better, we're hitting the ball better and we're playing better defense. We have 14 games left, and we're going to finish as close to .500 as possible and get ready for our sectional tour-

nament, which is on April 30." Since their last home date against 1 Briar Cliff College on March 29, the Cats have played 12 games. Their games included two losses. 0-16 and 3-18, in a home doubleheader against perennial powerhouse Bellevue College. They then traveled to Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO, April 3. At Rockhurst, the 'Cats dropped two, 3-8 and 0-11. On April 4, P-State traveled to Lincoin to play Nebraska Wesleyan. The Bobcats were unable to pick up a win ~ in Lincoln. losing the first game 0- l l • and their second l-19. their record to 2-17. April 5 saw Rockhursc north to at Peru. Rockhurst picked up two wins during their stay. The first game was determined by ~:. score of 2-18 while the second was a little closer, 4-9. April JO was a good day for Peru. t with the Bobcats playing at Briar Cliff After losing the first game. 1-12, jun- ,, ior Kris Mathews picked up the Bobcats' first win in 26 tries. The 'Cats left Sioux City with a 10-8 win. .i Back on their home field April 13,' : the Bobcats dropped two close games to Avila College of Kansas City, MO, 6-8 and 7-10.

:Peru State athletic facilities will receive much-needed improvements By Debbie Sailors The intercollegiate athletic programs at Peru State College will receive new equipment and improved facilities, according to President Robert L. Burns. The president has approved a plan


proposed by Athletic Director Tara Kreklau and her st;µf to improve the college's sports resources. One part of the plan involves renovation of the football practice field. The field, just north of the Oak Bowl, would be crowned and re-seeded. There is a possibility of an under-

ground sprinkler system and fencing around the facility if funds permit. The Bobcat baseball field will get a new fence and a much-needed warning track. The softball field will have a new electronic scoreboard, and the current outdoor batting cage will be moved and upgraded.

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The courts at the Al Wheeler Activity Center will be improved over the summer, providing additional area for volleyball tourney play, as well as for intramural and recreational use. The athletic department will acquire an equipment trailer for use when . hauling gear to games. In addition, a

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Peru State Lady Bobcats fare well in tourney play; Schellhase gets first win By Marcy Krolikowski

j A BIG SWING AND A MISS. This Bobcat baseball player catches nothing but air as he takes a cut at an elusive ball. The 'Cats have two more home dates, April 19 against Dakota State University and April 20 versus Doane College. · ~hoto by Matt Thompson


The Peru State women's softball team had their second home game April 2 against Midland Lutheran College ofFremont. P-State won both games, giving freshman Jen Schellhase her first college victory. Peru then traveled to Kansas City, MO, for a tournament at Park College. They went 1-3 over the weekend with a win over the Graceland College Yellow Jackets of Lamoni, IA. The Lady 'Cats' first loss of the weekend came at the hands of fourth-ranked William Woods from Fulton, MO, 4-0. The other two losses were to Hannibal-LaGrange out of Hannibal, MO, and Benedictine College from Atchison, KS. Junior Melanie Tramp went 1-1 for the day, and Schellhase went 0-2.

On Friday, the Lady Bobcats won the first game against Missouri Baptist from St. Louis. Tramp got the win. They lost the second to Kansas Wesleyan University out of Salina. The loss went to Schellhase. The final pool play of the tournament was against twentieth-ranked Linden wood College of St. Charles, MO. The loss went to Tramp by a score of 3-1. The last day of the tournament was very successful for the Lady 'Cats, who finished with two wins. They played Sioux Falls University from Sioux Falls, SD. P-State won the first game, 5-2. Schellhase started the game, with Tramp coming in as relief. They ended with a victory against Kansas Newman in the championship game. Schellhase again started the game for the Bobcats, and Tramp came in for relief.



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Ms. Editor, let me out of here! Okay, Ms. Editor, I've changed my mind. stomach watching it, not to mention devoting a whole I don't want to write about sports anymore. Isn't column to it. I mean, take away the original six and a there something else I could write about-the envifew other of the NHL's older teams and what's left ronment, the gubernatorial race, family recipes-anylooks more like a franchised traveling circus than a thing? hockey league. Heck, coyotes can't even walk on There's just nothing in the world of sports this week ice, and there is no such thing as a mighty duck. worth mentioning. Hey, baseball season just started; I could use that. Mark O'Meara's win at the MasMy beloved Cubbies are even in ters is the best candidate for the first place! topic of this issue's column. This Harry's dead so who cares. year's Masters was, after all, a I think I've got it. I love basgreat tournament. O'Meara erased ketball, and it's NBA playoff time. his name from the "great golfers The playoffs are when NBA playwho have never won a major" list, ers start to look like they enjoy Jack Nicklaus shot a golden 68 in basketball again. Sometimes it the final round to challenge for the even seems as if they would play title at age 58 and Fuzzy Zoeller for less than $28 million. Yeah, I didn't make an ass of himself. could preview the playoffs and But I can't write a column on give my picks! that. It's not like last year when No way. No one's going to read Tiger Woods went nuts and broke through a quarter of a page just to all kinds of records on the way to a victory. A regular hear me say what everyone already knows: no one guy won a tournament. Big deal. Besides, it's only can stop Michael Jordan, and he is going to be named golf. MVP of the finals as the Bulls win yet another title. Wait a minute. Maybe that Fox Sports commercial Well, that's it. I have nothing to write about. I'm is right. Maybe golf would be better if it were hockey. not going to write about race cars, tennis doesn't The hockey playoffs are coming up, and lots of teams matter until Wimbledon and I don't know any bowlers. are battling to position themselves in the playoffs. There's nothing left. Nah, that's no good either. Hockey has been so So, Ms. Editor, you' re just going to have to do with. ~merican~zed over the last three y~ars that I can barely ... ~:mt ~y column this time.

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had enough, and they began preparations to declare war on the education department, oh, I mean the Rooster's kingdom.· (Do you believe in Freudian Slips?) From somewhere in the middle of this fight emerged a young man who wanted to be a subject of both kingdoms without being screwed. This young man wanted to see the fighting stop so that he could accomplish his goal in life, to become an English teacher. He found it difficult, however, because the two battling kingdoms were waging a war of politics and were more willing to screw their subjects than to try to work together for a common goal. Isn't it about time that a young · man can speak his mind without fear of being beheaded? Isn't it about time to put our petty differences behirid us, to attempt compromise and to help everyone reach their goals? Isn't it about time the fighting stopped, and everyone starting thinking about the welfare Of the poor subjects rather than the titles that precede their names? Please, for this young man's sake and for the good of all humanity, let the kingdoms of the Fox and the Rooster be at peace and let the subjects prosper underjust guidance.

Positions Available! Are you looking for work experience that will challenge your abilities and look good on your resume, as well? The Peru State Times has the following paid editorial staff positions open .for fall semester 1998. Previous experience in ~imllar positions, either on a colleg~ or high school newspaper, is desirable, although not necessary. 1. Assistant Editor 2. Copy Editor 3. Sports Editor 4. Advertising Manager · Contact: Dr. Holtz_,_ Fine Arts Bldg. 203 - 872-2267

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Ainsworth admits slur; calls comment 'a joke' By Debbie Sailors

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tournament at Auburn Lanes on Monday, April 27. Six teams competed, including one composed of faculty for which Dr. Bill Clemente, ACES advisor, was team captain and organizer. Other teams represented Student Senate and other student organizations. In the second game, bowlers had to bowl wearing devices that handicapped their normal abilities. Ross Udey's Industrial Tech team finished first, and the faculty team finished second. The event was used to raise awarness of the ACES program and the special needs and talents of the disabled and enabled people. -photo by Dan Holtz

Hiring procedures cause concerns; committee seeks Burns' assurance By Debbie Sailors Dr. Robert L. Burns, president, responded Wednesday to allegatfons that the administration of Peru State College has not followed proper hiring procedures in recent faculty searches. The executive committee of the Peru State College Education Association met with Burns on campus Wednesday al:'ternoon to express their concerns and ask for assurances on three specific issues regarding hiring pro" cedures. · · First, the committee indicated their wish that every faculty search be done step by step according to the faculty handbook. According to Burns, all the appropriate steps were taken in the position search they were concerned about.

Burns also said, "They were taken out of order. They were taken quicker than usual, but I think the people involved thought there were some reasons to do that in order to get the best person to join our faculty." However, Burns assured them that future searches would be done according tQ the handbook. The committee also asked that printed copies of the steps be included with the appointment letter that goes out to the screening committee members. Burns said copies will be attached from now on. Finally, the committee requested that a timeline be used to ensure how a . particular search will proceed. Burns responded, "That's fine," although he believes that every search is different, and that factors such as the field in which the position is open will affect the timeline.

Dr. David Ainsworth, vice president for academic affairs, admitted Thursday that he made an "inappropriate remark" at an education division retreat held April 3 in Nebraska City. On April 18, Peru's faculty union, the Peru State College Education Association, presented a letter of concern to the executive committee of the State College Education Association stating that Ainsworth suggested at the meeting "that one of the newer white female faculty might put on black face to deceive" the North Central Accreditation team during an upcomrng visit. According to Dr. Dan Cox. education division chair, who was present at the meeting. "The comment was greeted in the division with silence or groans or gasps, and I said to Dr. Ainsworth at the time, 'I can't believe you actually said that.' He immediately apologized." "The immediate reaction was dead silence," said Mrs. Joy Dunnigan, assistant professor of special education. "I was pretty much dumbfounded that he had made the remark." "I was simply trying to make a joke, and it came out badly," Ainsworth explained. "The fact is that it was not said in any sort of context that I expected anyone to take seriously, or that

I felt that anyone would be offended. "I had no intention of fooling or suggesting that we would in any way be other than honest with the accreditation team. "I think you need to understand that what we were talking about was the difficulty in finding ways to recruit minority faculty in a small isolated college like Peru State." Ainsworth stated, "I apologized for it then. I have since apologized to the members of the division-almost all of them in person and to all of them in writing." President Robert L. Burns commented, "I think it goes without saying that no one in the college community should without responsibility make racist or hurtful statements. IJ that has been done, we will take some appropriate action about it." Dr. William Clemente, associate professor of English, said, "Any racially insensitive comments do not spe2k well of any institution. If it was a joke, I'm still waiting for the punch line." When asked if .he had made statements of this nature before, Ainsworth replied that he had not, and that he was unaware of any faculty members ever contacting the admiiitstration regarding similar incidents.

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Times staff wins press awards The Peru StateTimes took top hon. ors in two statewide collegiate newspaper contests for 1997. Terry Dugan and Debbie Sailors served as Times' editors during this period. In the Nebraska Press Association Collegiate Newspaper. competition, the Times took two first-place awards, three seconds and one third to lead the scoring in the contest, which was judged by the Washington Press Association. The Times also won second place for best overall newspaper in the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association . competition. TheNCMAjudge wrote: "The Times shows innovation and enterprise in its reporting. It has a clear focus on news its re&ders are looking for. The paper is nicely packaged and provides surprises for readers on many pages." For the two contests combined, Times' staff members received a total of 13 awards.

Other schools placing in the eight Matt Maxwell for Sports Column and categories of the NPA competition Sailors for Investigative/In-Depth included the University of Nebraska- News and Personal Column. Dugan Omaha, Midland Lutheran College,. and Maxwell also earned third-place Nebraska Western Community Col- awards for Personal Column and lege (four awards each), the Univer- Sports Story, respectively. sity of Nebraska-Kearney (three The member schools for NCMA inawards) and Hastings and Chadron elude Chadron State, Dana, Doane, State Colleges (one award each). Hastings, Midland Lutheran and In this contest, Juliane Lee and Wayne State Colleges, as well as NeDebbie Sailors took first in editorial braska Wesleyan University. writing, the second consecutive year Dr. Dan Holtz, Times' adviser said a Times' staff member has won this he was particularly pleased by the award. Krys Leeds also took first awards. "We have the smallest jourplace for News Series. . nalism program in the state, with no The following staff members major, and this recognition certainly earned NPA second-place awards: shows the talent and dedication of Sailors for News Series and Feature people such as Debbie [Sailors] and Photo and Dugan for Sports Photo. Terry [Dugan], as well as that of other Sailors also won third-place for News staff members. They have every reaSeries, as the Times swept that cat- son to be proud." egory. The results of both competitions In the NCMA competition, Leeds were released Saturday, April 25. won second place for Feature Story,


Holtz steps down as Times advisor

A SPRING 1998 FINAL EXAM BREAKFAST will be held Monday; May 4, from 10 p.m. to .11 :JO p.m.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES will be held Saturday, May 9, in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. The ceremonies will begin at 10:30. The Salem Baptist Church and the Omaha Pipes and Drums groups will provide special music. There are about 180 graduates receiving degrees. SUMMER ORIENTATION PROGRAM dates have been set. They are Wednesday, May 13; Thursday, June 11; Thursday, June 25; and Thursday, July 9. For more information, call 1-800-742-4412.

Sifting Sands winners announced The annual Sifting Sands publishing contest winners have been announced. The winners are as follows:. first place in fiction to Terry Dugan for "Mom's Reverse Vampire Theory," second also to Terry Dugan for "Missing Jenny Culen" and third to Kelly Slater for "Wrong Number." First place in poetry went to Matt Maxwell for "Squirrel Pancakes." Second place was given to Harold Davis for "The Political Cloud." A third place tie went to Shannon Briley, "I Used the Car" and Heather Sinford's poem "Remember." .

Dr. Dan Holtz, professor of English, will step down from his position as advisor to the Peru State Times at the end of this semester. He has served as the paper's advisor for.the past 11 years. During his time as advisor, he has had tremendous impact on the lives and careers of many Peru State students. . Todd Gottula, now sports editor for the Kearney Hub, was the Times editor from 1990 to 1993. He states, "I owe nearly all of my success as a reporter to Dr. Holtz. Always positive, full of encouragement and there with an answer for the toughest questions, he is the one man I can honestly say ·convinced me that I could flourish in the newspaper business." "I can't say enough about Dr. Holtz and what he has meant to .c. the newspaper as its advisor the last 11 years. He has sacrificed much personal time and spent many nearly everything about being a reextra hours making sure the college porter. But he wasn't only the news•paper is of.the. highest quality po&- ..PaP((l; aQ\.'.i.sQr,J:I.1<.i&.a.~.aJP~uQ.Jl§.W~JJ... . sibl.e .. He will be.missed/' ... · .·. .... He was a big influence on my life and Doug Kerns adds, "I would ·not be what I am today." · who I am as a writer, scholar or Terry Dugan, Times editor during teacher without Dr. Dan Holtz. His 1996 and 1997, adds, "For many patience, humility, integrity and years, Dr. Holtz has overseen the Peru knowledge of journalism and litera- State Times, working as the faculty ture made him a perfect mentor and advisor, generously offering his skills role 'model for all of us· on the Times and experiences as well as hours and staff.'' Kerns served as editor in .fall hours of overtime to bring a quality, 1994. classy newspaper to thousands of stuJodi Hytrek Becker, assistant editor dents. Classy would be the only true and editor from 1993 to 1995, worked adjective1 can think of to even attempt .as a reporter at a city newspaper prior to describe Dr. Holtz' s work ethic and to coming back to Peru for her teach- ability. He's just a stand-up guy." ing certificate. She says, "In spite of Debbie Sailors, the most recent edimy previous experience working for tor; says, "The Peru State Times is fosa newspaper, Dr. Holtz taught me

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C()x said he does not believe that Ainsworth is racist and that he has never before heard him make a racist comment. "I have spent a lot of time with him profeiJSionally and socially." Dunnigan said, "I know that Dr. Ainsworth is not a racist or a bigoted man. I have never heard the man in four years show any racist tendencies."

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· Ainsworth stated, "I want you to know that I have spent my career working to promote multi-culturalism and affirmative action at all of the institutions that r have been in. I believe in those principles and have always supported them and will continue to support them." Ainsworth said that Burns is taking the matter very seriously. "He intends to take a course of corrective action. He has not indicated what that will be just yet."

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ing an incredible asset. Thanks to the direction and guidance of Dr. Holtz, I, along with the entire Times staff, have learned more about publishing a newspaper than I imagined possible. For 11 years, he has been providing that same tireless support to other Times staff members semester after semester." Kent Propst, director of Peru State College Advancement, states, "Dr. Holtz has, in my opinion, done an incredible job as advisor of the student newspaper. I say that not only as a colleague and as a working journalist, but as a former advisor and editor of the PSC student newspaper. "Every semester, he has built a credible and talented staff that has in turn produced an awardwinning publication. This, despite not having the "luxury" of a degree program in journalism. His gentle, low-key and nuturing approach $Q,r]):s.Y!'Qllc;ltr.£, and his students obviously learn their craft well. "He has maintained high standards. ethics and integrity. His will be a tough act to follow. But the best part is, he's only leaving the advisorship of the Times; he'll still be around for our students." Gottula concludes, "As Dr. Holtz leaves his position as advisor of the Times, I think I can speak for all former editors and staff members when I say, 'Thank you.' Thank you for being not only a first-class advisor and teacher, but a great friend.''

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Members of Phi Beta Lambda attended the Spring Leadership Conference on April 3 and 4, in Grand Island where students tested their knowledge of business against other Nebraska Colleges and University's. Students who placed first or second have won the opportu!lity to compete in Orlando, FL, July 10 through 13. Kate Rippe will represent Peru State College in Accounting I or Business Law; Bob Endorf in Accounting II;.

Jeremy Marteney in Business Principles; and Todd Bohling as an alternate in Impromptu Speaking. Bohling also picked up a Who's Who award. Chyanne Courser received the Student of the Semester, and Russell Beldin, assistant professor of business, received Outstanding Advisor. Adam Miller, Brenda Foster, and Nathan Lottman received awards for achievementin other business areas.

Letter to the Editor

Changing· of guard bittersweet With the passing of time comes the passing of legends. In addition to Dr. Holtz and a couple of staff members, the Peru State Times is also saying goodbye to our currerit editor. Debbie Sailors has been the editor of the Times for the last two semesters. She has been one of the best teachers and most inspiring journalists that! have ever known. Without Deb, there truly would have been no paper. Her intense dedication and rigorous attention for detail made her a truly motivated leader. The Times staff has developed a loyalty to Deb that will be hard to replicate. She has led us through the fire, and we are still alive. She has stood above · us as a peak we can some day hope to reach. The Pe'ru State Times will triily miss Debbie Sailors. · As the next editor of the Times, I feel as though I will be standing on the shoulders of agreat writer. I don't think that I will ever be able to call this paper my own. It wi.JJ always be Deb's paper, even long after the changing of the guard. I only hope that she wiH come back and grace the pages of this paper with her powerful writing from time to time. I also hope that she comes _back once in a while just to visit and to kick me in the butt. I feel deeply indebted to Deb, and it is with a bittersweet feeling that I pledge to march forward with the incredible journalism for which Deb has made this paper famous. · I would also like to take time to say thank you to Dr. Dan Holtz. He is going to be greatly missed at the Times office next year. Like everyone else, I wouldn't be in the position 1'111 in now if it weren't for Dr. Holtz. Thank you.


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Letter to the Editor

'I don't know' just empty words

This is my letter to the editor, to the campus and to all of those who care or even those who don't. Being the typical, average college student, I have the normal stresses of college life. So with it being almost finals week, I'm a bit worn out. What I am most tired of, though, are those people in power positions who let that We want to hear from you! power go to_ their heads and forget about why their jobs really exist. They are The Times staff invites there for the students. your comments, questions Harold Davis Following the tradition of the year, I, the student, have again been dismissed or suggestions; by those who are supposed to help me. When registration time rolled around, >; I discovered-a conflict between two classes which have both been deemed Please send material to very important to my college education, Play Production in the Secondary Peru State Times School and Secondary Methods. Neither can be waived or replaced by any Campus Mail other class. Peru State College I thought, "No problem. The situation isn't my fault, and others have been Peru, NE 68421 helped in stranger circumstances." I headed straight to my division heads, or thinking to myself, "I help pay their salary. They have to help me." e-mail at With confidence I explained the situation and asked for-advice on how to solve the problem. The answer was, "I don't know." Not exactly what I was expecting. I tried every possible question. The answer was always the empty, "I don't know." Finally, I just stated, "So what you're telling me is that I just The Peru State Times would spent thousands of dollars on three years of education, and I'm not gonna like to wish all students, graduate because Peru screwed up?" The answer: "Basically. I don't know faculty and staff a great what else to tell you." summer filled with fun, Not only did I get the feeling that I wasn't important enough to be helped by relaxation, free time and the· someone of·such high stature, but suddenly it was my fault: "Why didn't you enthusiasm that comes with take the class when it was offered before?" facing y~t another year. Good point, but not my fault. Play Production was only offered when I was a freshman and didn't go to school at Peru. Last semester, the humanities division. 'forgot' to put it on their schedule. How can I take a class that has never been offered while I was. in attendence? The response: "Why didn't you take an independent study?" Why didn't anyone tell me I could? Why did I never get a letter or a simple phone call telling me my options? Again, his response was the infuriating, "I don't know. The Times, the official student newspaper of Peru State College, is published seven times per semester by Peru State Ithought we had taken care of that." College students.. The Times office is located .in the.colle_ge publication office in the Physical Plant Building, teleAfter numerous appointments with numerous professors and staff, I have phone (402) 872-2260. not been informed· of any solutions to my problem. The new answer has 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 recently become, "Well, I don'! think that will work." I'm literally on the and will be published arthe discretion of the staff. Letters to the editor should not exceed 250 words in length. The brink of tears and insanity, and I feel as though the last three years of my life Times reserves the right to edit all letters to the editor for grammar and style. have been a total waste of time. The Times is printed by Auburn Newspapers, Auburn, NE. I would jus! like to send a sarcastic 'thank you' to that one special head Please e-mail at orsend material to: Editor honcho (you know who you are) for being so helpful with the situation of one Peru State. Times of the studentsyou are supposed to advise and teach. You have such a special f'RIZE WINNING Campus Mail way of making rrie feel like dirt. . HEWSPAPER Peru State College 1997 The'faculty of this campus are supposed to help students through college so Peru, NE 68421 they can graduate. I have yet to receive any advice from anyone but Dr. Nubra!:!ka !'ra:::s Associ~:\oi::. Clemente. (Thanks, Dr. BiW) So can someone please step down from their Matt Asher Debbie Sailors Editorial Assistants Editor high horse and help their students? After all, without us, where would you Harold Davis Matt Maxwell and Reporters Assistant Editor be? · Genny Harris Sports Editor Matt Thompson Chris Hawkinson Advertising Manager Shane VanOene Sincerely; Angela Tanner Cartoonist John Cress Clint Edwards Ben Tammen Darkroom Coordinator Christine Hawkinson Dr. Dan Holtz Advisor Junior, Language Arts !


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Beldin bids farewell to Peru State After three decades of teaching at Peru State College, Assistant Professor of Business Russell Beldin plans to retire. Beldin earned his bachelors degree at Dakota State College in Madison, S.D. He had taught previously at Emmetsburg Junior College in Iowa

while he earned his masters degree from Mankato State University in Minnesota. He began teaching at PSC in 1970. "I enjoyed the school, enjoyed the people, and I enjoyed most of all working closely with the students." Beldin plans to shift his attention to

being "more actively involved in the management of my real estate interests,". he said. That is, at least when he isn't enjoying himself in Hawaii, where he intends to dodge the cold midwestern winters. Beldin owns property in both Nebraska and his native South Dakota.

Director of bands acqepts fellowship After four years as Director of Bands at Peru State College, Cheryl Fryer will take a leave of absence to accept a fellowship at the University of North Texas. Fryer will spend the next year studying conducting and jazz at the UNT College of Music. Fryer is the sole recipient of a Doctoral Fellowship in conducting for the 1998-99 school year and is working toward a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree. Fryer auditioned at UNT last summer while conducting the AETC Air Force Band out of San Antonio, Texas. Prior to her years at PSC, Fryer taught elementary, middle and high school bands in school districts in Michigan and Kansas. Along with these responsibilities, Fryer conducted throughout Europe and much. of the United States, working with many highly respected band directors from

ollege a Beldin has been a part of many changes in the busines·s division at Peru State. "Changes in technology, particularly in the area of computers, is the biggest thing," he said. " Technology is being integrated into everything in the business world, so we need to continue to integrate tech-

nology into our classrooms." "I hope they will say of me that I cared about them and about their individual successes," he concluded. ""I hope they feel that I did my very best to provide a quality education and to motivatethem."

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rsex n campus becomes resea fodder for Asmussen's sociology classl Harold Davis What constitutes computer misuse? Nho is to say what values are to be 1forced and what ideas are to be re_t1ressed? Do judgment calls infringe on first amendment rights? These questions are among many that are subject to public scrutiny. . Dr. Kelly Asmussen's social science research class set out on a project in an attempt to address one issue regarding social ethics. Asmussen's class decided to do a research project on cybersex. The class set out to learn the answer to the age-old question: How much time do Peru State students spend logged onto cybersex websites? For the duration of this project, the class defined cybersex as any internet site tbat con.tains sexu- . ally exp1iCi't b:r suggestive vlor<ls, · pictures, images or actions. The class invited 70 people to complete a survey asking questions about their beliefs on cybersex use on campus. Asmussen called this process of collecting, analyzing and reporting data a learning process. He said that the information attained will be released to some administrators, but the project was not intended as a forerunner for stricter policies governing computer. use on campus. Of the 70 people interviewed, 70 percent believed that possibly as much as 50 percent of the student population of Peru State College log on to cybersex websites. It is important to

remember that the survey was not a random sampling and therefore, the results may not be used as an assumption of total population ideals. Also, 70 percent of the surveyees say that they have never heard conversations among peers of cybersex usage. So just how much cybersex usage does occur on the PSC campus. The answer to this is unknown. It is, however, known.that computers in almost every building on campus are being used. This class had hoped to be able to use the built-in histories on the com-

U,H;v~auu~, lt~O•i~l•'1llt professor of and Dr. Kathryn Rempp, Use Policy for PemNet that all stuassistant professor of elementary dents must sign before attaining an eeducation, all received both a promail address on campus. motion to associate professor and The Nebraska State College Board's tenure. policy for conduct and discipline for Dr. Joel Lundak, chair of the hustudents prohibits the "conun:itting of manities di vision, was promoted to any unlawful act of indecent exposure professor of psychology from asor public indecency." It also goes on sociate professor. to outlaw "unauthorized use of any college property, facilities, equipment or materials." Dr. David Ainsworth, vice president of academic affairs, stated that Peru's administration is currently "trying to work out a policy." Ainsworth went on to describe current state policy which states that campusowned computers are to be used for educational purposes only. These policies may seem fairly ,., evident, however, parts of these policies may be interpreted very broadly. Moreover, many of ~ these policies may infringe on 1. first amendment rights. The sociology research class's 0 Medium drink project may provide fuel for the I') Medium fries fire over policy making, but that (;\ dam big hamburger wasn't the class's intent. The class wanted something of interest that they could research effectively. whether or not cybersex is against policy is up to interpretation. Whether or not it is ethical is up to personal belief. Whether or not it is avaih3.ble and used on campus is most certainly true. ...--------....,----------~--···-·--····-------~ At any rate, cybersex exists and is readily available. As of April 6, there were almost 600 cybersex websites with a sum of over 200,000 visits per day.

There are almost 600 cybersex websites with a combined of .over 200,000 visits daily. puters, but.. accoding to Asmussen, someone has apparently reprogrammed at least some of the computers to erase those histories at regular intervals, making information retraction somewhat unreliable. So, a major question that arises is whether or not computer usage to log onto cybersex sites is within campus policy on computer use. Campus policy for internet use prohibits use of the internet "in a malicious, threatening or obscene manner." This is according to the Acceptable

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Bobcat football team tackles alumni By Matt Thompson

Saturday, April 25 saw the Oak Bowl fill up with Peru State alumni. Sunday, April 26 saw many sore old men. This was the weekend which Peru State alumni came back in droves and pad-up; alumni dating as far back as the early 1960's. You remember the 60's? That was an era when the players were so tough they did not need face masks, and they played through compound fractures of the tibia and fibula. Not <ill of the alumni participating in Sturday' s event were from the land before time. Some names were still fresh in the minds of Peru.State football fans; names like Whorlow, Lee, Weyers and McClain. . All the players on the alumni team were out to give it one more shot. They were on the field for fun, first and foremost, but, there was no doubt a sense of competitive spirit was in the air. There was no way the 1998 Bobcats were taking the field only to be shoved around by their elders. On the other side of the ball, there was no way the Peru State alumni were going to go out and g~qheir butts kicked by some . y.oung,.bucks. · ·· Something had to give. Unfortunately, the elder 'Cats just didn't have it like they used to. Fortunately, the '98 Bobcat.s were able to save themselves from shame and humiliation. · The end' of the first quarter saw the younger Bobcats find the endzone

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twice. The first score came on a 16yard touchdown pass from sophomore Wes Haveman to junior Andrew Sherman. JuniorKevinLeekickedthe extra point to put the varsity up by 7. The second touchdown came on another strike from Haveman when he hit junior wide receiver Zack Sangster in the middle of the endzone. The extra point failed and the scoreboard showed the '98 team with the lead, 130. The second quarter was full of scoring. The varsity 'Cats were able to score twice. The first one came on a 24-yard reception by junior Todd Libery from Haveman. The second touchdown came on the ground when junior Terry Zessin rumbled for a 61-yard touchdown. Lee's kick put the varstiy Bobcats up by 26. . Finally, "the alumni were able to punch it in. Tailback Anthony Lee (94-97) had a five-yard carry to cut into the lead. Daniel Todd's (76-79) kick failed, and both teams left the field at halftime with the score reading varsity 26 and the alumni 6. The second half saw the varsity draw

THE ANNUAL ALUMNI GAME gave the Bobcats football team little trouble Saturday, April 25. 'Cats ran past the alums with a score of 32-9. The Bobcat varsity was led by quarterback Wes Haveman (Stella), who was 14 of 23 passing for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Jeff George and Russ Olsen · were named Alumni co-offensive players of the game and Kurt Hasley and Phil Wemhoff co-defensive playf3rs of the game. -photo by Matt Thompson

first blood when Jon Rother · - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . intersepted a pass and took it 34 yards for the touchdown. .The extra point attempt failed and the scoreboard Are you looking for work experience that will challenge your abilities and look good on showed, 32-6. your resume, as well? The Peru State Times has the following paid editorial staff The alumni ended the scoring for the game with 1:41·left on the game clock. positions open for fall semester 1998. Previous experience in similar positions, either Daniel Todd kicked a 27-yard field on a college or high school newspaper, is desirable, although not necessary. goal. When the final hom sounded; Peru 1. Assistant Editor 2. Copy Editor 3. Sports Editor 4. Advertising Manager State's varsity walked off the field victorious, 32-9. Contact: Dr. Holtz- Fine Arts_ Bldg. 203-872-2267

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Softball team 13-19 for season By Marcy Krolikowski

By Matt Thompson

better against their NAIA counterpart. Doane beat the 'Cats in both contests, 7-10 and 8-11. Peru then traveled to Des Moines for more doubleheader action. They were again pitted against the Vikings of Grandview. Grandview was able to

After dropping two di§appointing games to Avila College out of Kansas City, MO, the Bobcats came back strong, picking up a win against the Grandview College Vikings of Des Moines. Grandview traveled to Peru on . April 15 to play the Bobcats in a ·doubleheader. Junior Kris The Bobcats are Mathews tossed the first game preparing for their .which saw the 'Cats win, 9-5. The win improved Mathews' record to Midwest Region North 3-5 on the year. The Bobcats did not fare as well in the second game Section Tournament against Grandview, losing 4-8. on Saturday, May 2. Then P-State traveled to Omaha on April 16 to take on NCAA Division II University ofNebraskaOmaha. UNO flexed their muscles against Peru, winning the first send the Bobcats home with two game in five innings, 5-23, and the losses. "The first game was decided second game, 4-14. by a score of 4-12, and the second On April 20, back at home, the Bob- game was 7-12. cats played host to the Doane College Peru State then put another win unTigers. P-State's luck was not much der their belt when they traveled to


York to take on the York College Panthers. They won the first game of the doubleheader behind the arm of Lance Kurz. York was not to be denied in the second game. The Panthers pounced on the Bobcats, winning by a final score of 1-15 in only five innings. The 'Cats have tallied a record of 5-38 on the year. Offensive statistical leaders for the Bobcats so far are sophomore Ted Lipari with a batting average of .347, senior Aaron Lauby with four home runs and junior Seth Perkins with 46 hits. Clint Huggins posseses the best ERA on the mound for Peru at 2.77, and junior Kris Mathews has picked up three of the Bobcats' five wins. · The Bobcats are preparing for their Midwest Region North Section Tourney on Saturday, May 2. Peru State's Midwest Region Tourney will be held the following week, May 6 through 9, in Sioux City, IA.

The Peru State women's softball team has played a total of 32 games, compiling a record of 13 wins and 19 losses. The weekend of April 18 saw the Lady Bobcats travel to Columbia, MO, for a tournament at Rainbow Park. Their first game was a loss against St. Ambrose out of Davenport, IA, 3-5. The second game of the tournament saw the Bobcats play William Woods University hailing from Fulton, MO. In the 'Cats third game in Columbia, they took on Athens State out of Athens, AL. They were defeated, 2-6. In the next game, they played the host team Columbia College. Columbia was able to defeat the Bobcats by a score of 4-14. After the loss to Columbia, Peru took on Mount Mercy winning in eight innings, 2-1. Tramp got the win, improving her record, 10-5. The weekend of April 25, the Lady

'Cats went to Omaha and played in a tournament at Ak-Sar-Ben Fields. In the first game, Peru exploded on Mount Mercy, winning the game, 18-7. Freshman Jen Schellhase got the win. They were then shut out by Bellevue University of Bellevue. After the Bellevue game, Tramp was able to earn another win against College of St. Mary of Omaha . The second day of the tournament started off with another game against College of St. Mary. This time PSC was defeated, 7-12. The final game of the tournament, PSC played Mount Mercy again. This time the result was not the same as their earlier meeting. Mount Mercy was able to get the win, 2-6. Monday, April 27, the Bobcats had a doubleheader with York College from York. Tramp pitched the first game, earning the win by the 10-run rule in the fifth inning. They also won the second game, 4-3, giving Schellhase the win.



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Cress laments haircut, milk prices School is soon to be out, and summer plans are in the developmental stages. I have some really great ideas for things to do over the summer. I can imagine it now--sun, fun, parties, travel ... work. It seems that nasty four-letter is going to ruin what should be a good time. Blasted economy. Gotta bring home the bacon. It seems as of late that more and more bacon is needed, or is it just me? I hate to say "remember when" but remember when haircuts were four bucks? I can understand inflation from the late '80s to the present accounting for maybe a two-dollar increase, making for a six-dollar haircut now. That could be explained. What can't be exit takes eight to 12 dollars now gotten coarser over the last 10 bet it has. Because of global and acid rain, the human race has of master beings with great, coarse is not like any seen before. It is at least 200 microns thicker than average human hair from the late '80s ! The government is even thinking of using the improved tensile strength in cars, jets and guns. Won't that be keen? A gallon of milk is on the rise. (There's an

explanation for that one, too). I called the head honcho of Meadow Gold and said, "Hey, buddy, what's the deal with milk prices?" He gave me several reasonable explanations, making me feel rather ignorant. For instance, who would have known that the Russians implanted a mutant gene in our dairy cow population (during the coldest part of the cold war)? The mutant gene is now in 98 percent of the nation's dairy cows. This mutant gene, as explained by Mr. Gold, interferes with the acquiring stage of the milkmaking process. He then explained in greater detail. "Well, you see, John, the mutant gene--Gene X-6 as we call it--produces an undesirable effect¡ that we in the milk industry call clotting. In laymen's terms, the gene makes the milk in the cow's teats too thick. When the machines are turned on, the milk sucking begins. The thicker milk stops up the cow's teat hole, and the result is a herniated teat. John, do you know how long a cow with a herniated teat has to sit out from being milked?" Of course I didn't. It turns out the cows can't be milked for up to six months. Sounds like sore teats to me! And that, folks, is why today's milk is more expensive!

Harold offers surefire finals strategies As all of you know, finals are just around the weekend. I'm in the.same boat as everyone else. I'm unprepared, tired, ready to leave this godforsaken hole in the ground, so far behind I'm just ready to end my freshman year as a junior and, to top it off, I'm out of money, bordering depression and facing all the enemies I've made this past semester with animal references in my column. So, I ask you as well as myself, "How the smurf am I going to make it through finals?" Here are some tips I think will be helpful for finals as well as preparing for next year. First and foremost--show up to finals. Wear a nice shirt and tie with complimenting slacks and wing tips. Ladies, wear a conservative dress with matching accessories. Teachers love it when you dress better than they do. Brownnosing is not a bad thing. Compliment your teachers heavily, starting about two weeks before finals. I realize this comes a little late, so just pour on thick these last few days. Say things like, "Dr. Bill, your tie looks very nice " Or, try this one, ''Dr. Mokris, your of ::.naK1;so,ea1:e is astute." If you have never tried brownnosing before, here's one for begin-

ners, "Dr. Holtz, your teaching methods are inspiring." There, I've just covered three of my classes. Don't spend hours studying for finals. If you don't know the major points of your class's curriculum by now, losing those vital hours of sleep trying to make up lost time is not going to help. Don't forget to eat. Casey's pizza is fattening and good. It will appeal to your appetite, and, with all that fat, it will help you sleep too. Plenty of rest is very important, so why not cover two areas with one hot, juicy, greasy, topping-covered, chewy .crust pizza pie from your neighborhood Casey's driveup pizza palace. (No, they aren't paying me for this advertising.) Choosing a good place to study is also important. The library is good, but you have to contend with all those book nerds using the encyclopedias for recreational purposes. J recommend TJ. room 322.

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1997-1998 The Times (Peru, NE) - issues 1-14  

1997-1998 newspaper issues 1-14 for Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska

1997-1998 The Times (Peru, NE) - issues 1-14  

1997-1998 newspaper issues 1-14 for Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska