The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1996 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 11

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, October 11, 1996
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FRIDAY OCTOBER 11, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B V FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY tim University is also starting program to match class demand with availability By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal I One of the toughest parts of college life for many students is being able to enroll in the classes they need, in the order they need them, for a degree. Too many times, courses that fill up quickly and close, or courses that are only taught during certain semesters, may mean a student must stay in college longer to finish. Fort Hays State University is implementing a new program to resolve such scheduling conflicts. The university is also guaranteeing undergraduate students who major in most of its programs and who follow the advised course schedule, a degree in four years. Under the scheduling plan, the university will computer analyze data on student pre-enrollment for the following semester, looking at estimated enrollments for each course. Then it will schedule the number of classes necessary to meet that demand. University President Edward Hammond said this "demand model" is more efficient than the traditional approach of giving students a course catalog with a set number of courses. It also saves'the students and the state money. As instructors and students become more familiar with the plan, Hammond expects that students will someday enroll for fall and spring semester classes all at once. "It's a win-win situation for the parents, for us and for the state," said Hammond during a stop in Salina Thursday. The Kansas Board of Regents, in its latest educational plan, Vision 2020, encouraged each of the six state universities to work toward increasing the number of students who graduate in four years. The concern is cost. In Kansas, the state pays a percentage of the cost of each student's education at a public university. At FHSU, the cost is about 70 percent, which works out to about $5,000 a student each year. Enrollment at FHSU is about 6,000 students. It now costs $8,564 a year to attend the university. The University of Kansas costs students $9,228 annually. Kansas State University charges $9,212. The national average cost of a four-year public college is $6,823. The national average cost of a private university is $17,631. "At those prices not many people can afford five years of college to obtain a bachelor's degree," said Hammond. "We know that our program can save the state of Kansas tax dollars by eliminating the fifth year of attendance and in fact, if after graduation, when these students find a job in Kansas and pay taxes, the state will realize added taxable income," Hammond said. Fort Hays worked toward the goal of a four-year guarantee by reducing the number of hours required in most of its degree programs, Hammond said. Most degrees now require 124 to 128 credit hours. Some areas had ballooned to 130 or more hours before the change, he said. "We had continued to add classes without eliminating anything," Hammond said. "Our faculty took a hard look at the skills they really thought students needed to have." It also meant for some faculty members the elimination of some "pet" classes that they loved to teach but routinely had low numbers of students enrolling, he said. BRIEFLY Charges against former PSU president dismissed . GIRARD — Crawford County District Judge Donald Noland didn't doubt that former Pittsburg State University President Donald Wilson let international students attend the university for free or at a discount. .-He just didn't X.think it was >$gainst state law. WILSON « %> On Thursday, WILbUN - Roland dismissed two felony theft ^.charges which the attorney gen- '.etal's office filed against Wilson on' Aug. 21 after an 18-month in- tfestigation. The charges accused Wilson of waiving international students' tuition in the fall of 1994 and the spring of 1995. During Thursday's preliminary hearing, Noland said the state had proven that Wilson waived student's tuition, but that Wilson had not violated state law because he did not benefit personally or pocket any money. Attorney General Carla Stovall said she felt that Noland was interpreting the state theft statute too narrowly and she would appeal his decision to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Trego County drug find leads to 5 arrests WaKEENEY — The discovery of 185 pounds of marijuana in a car that was traveling through Trego County eventually led to the arrest of five men in WaKeeney and in Toledo, Ohio. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper stopped a car on Interstate 70 about four miles west of WaKeeney on Sunday because the driver was allegedly speeding and had failed to yield to an emergency vehicle, said to Bernard Qiefer, Trego County attorney. -; Two people in the car, Ralph R. /izu, 31, Tucson, Ariz., and plliam Boneberger, 31, Reedley, lif., agreed to let the officer _|arch their car. The officer yund 185. pounds of marijuana. 5B*»The two men agreed to deliver 2^e marijuana to its intended des- jfination in Toledo, Ohio, in coop- l^ation with the patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement in Ohio. Once the marijuana was delivered, three people from the Toledo area were arrested, Giefer said, and a van with a false floor was confiscated. Dole's aunt dies at hospital in Pratt PRATT — Ethel Crissman, 91, an aunt of Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, has died. iCrissman, sister of Dole's fa- er, Doran Dole, died Wednesday Pratt Regional Medical Center , pneumonia, her daughter said. Like Dole, Crissman was born raised in Russell, where she •taught school at rural Pioneer Grade School. She married farmer and rancher Owen Crissman in 1926. The couple lived in rural Russell County before settling in 1946 _ at St. John in Stafford County. One of Crissman's daughters, Lu Ann Hullman of Pratt, said her mother was alert until her death. Dole was not expected to attend his aunt's funeral Saturday. "His office was in touch with us," Hullman said. "But he has other obligations, obviously, that he has to deal with." Photos by GRETCHEN MEINHARDT/The Garden City Telegram A Ball mynah perches on a branch In the aviary at Lee Richardson Zoo In Garden City. The zoo has a breeeding program for the .Bali, mynahs and the offspring are housed In the outdoor aviary. Birds of a Feather Aviary at Garden City zoo lets birds go free while humans are caged A yellow-billed cardinal sits atop a waterfall In the zoo aviary. The aviary Is designed to be as natural of a habitat as possible. By ALESA MESCHBERGER The Garden City Telegram G ARDEN CITY — The swish of the swinging wood door ushers people into the only exhibit at the zoo that also cages visitors. The Lee Richardson Zoo aviary encloses the air above the outdoor, landscaped habitat for birds. The netting keeps the sparrows out and the more exotic birds in the exhibit. Seventy-five birds fly, swim, eat and sleep in the zoo aviary and bird building. They're accustomed to visitors in their home. "To me, this is the prettiest view in Garden City and western Kansas," said Dan Baffa, the park and zoo director, looking at the pond and waterfall through the leaves of a redbud tree. Parents push toddlers in strollers along the boardwalk. Birds scurry by — undaunted by the youngsters' presence. One minister used to sit on a bench in the aviary every Wednesday and write his Sunday sermon, Baffa said. Another local woman entertains out-of- town guests at the exhibit, bringing a thermos and cups. Others eat lunch in the shad- "In this display we caged the public and let the birds go free." Dan Baffa director of Lee Richardson Zoo In Garden City ed refuge while their feathery companions munch on their own meals. They come flying at a whistle by the birdkeeper. A menu of each birds' diet is posted in the bird building behind the exhibit, where keepers prepare meals. Cartons of chick starter, rabbit pellets, pigeon grain, chicken feed, parakeet seed and monkey chow crumbles line the shelves. Inside a refrigerator sit eggs, oranges, fruit cocktail and canned corn. A freezer houses frozen mice; an aquarium is filled with live meal worms. The mice go to the tawny frog mouth, who eats one mouse a meal. The toucan eats a mixture of apple pieces, fruit cocktail, corn, oyster shell, greens, meat, a vitamin, cubed egg and orange. A handful of species that wouldn't thrive in the outdoor exhibit live inside the bird house. Baffa describes the cages inside as "little jewel boxes." "They are filled with little jewels of the bird world," he said. The oldest-known resident is a yellow-crowned Amazon parrot that came to the zoo in 1965. Fund raising for the aviary began in 1979 and was completed in 1986, at a cost of about $85,000. The previous display had long bowling alley-like cages for the birds. The philosophy changed in the 1980s, and birds were exhibited in more natural settings. "In this display we caged the public and let the birds go free," Baffa said. One challenge facing zoo officials is tending the plants and trees inside the aviary. Small signs give visitors names of plants and trees. Many sound exotic: moon flower, false indigo, tree of heaven, fern-leaf buckthorn; others are the better- known periwinkle, a pin oak, redbud, locust tree. Larger signs tell about the birds: mandarin ducks, ring- necked doves, white-headed buffalo weavers, Bali mynahs, tro- gopan, golden pheasants. Learning which birds and plants will thrive in the environment is important, Baffa said. Another key is keeping trees and shrubs from overgrowing in the 18-foot high exhibit. All the birds aren't housed in the aviary. Flamingos, swans, and peacocks make their homes elsewhere at the zoo. The director is quick to point out that the birds aren't just for display. The Lee Richardson Zoo also is proud of its work in breeding Bali mynahs for other zoos across the country. The birds are part of the survival species program. "We have got an excellent, excellent gene representation," Baffa said of the Bali mynahs. Zoo officials also have experimented with adapting the tropical birds to winter weather. "Every zoo directors' dream is to release them back into the wild," Baffa said. T LOVE STORY Kansas town makes skier's marriage memorable From Staff and Wire Reports mesaunajournal Couple from country of Norway say 'I do' before a town of strangers By ALF ABUHAJLEH Whwi you wed to know. - Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6000 Category 6006 (Cell »Her 7:30 p.m.) NORWAY — The church in this small north-central Kansas community was full Thursday as the now-famous couple from the country Norway said "I do." Tore Vingo, 61, married Nina Macleod, 57, in Our Savior's Lutheran Church in a ceremony performed by Pastors A.B. Heltne and Bradford Bray. Part of the wedding vows was in Norwegian as Heltne, a Norwegian native, tried some of his mother's tongue. Most of Norway's 45 residents turned out for the wedding, which started at 2 p.m. and lasted for almost four hours. People from Belleville, Marysville and Scandia also showed up to congratulate the couple. Many of the guests were folks the Vingos.have meet as they trav- el the nation on cross-country roller skis. Tore has thus far completed more than 2,000 miles. At the wedding, Nina was dressed in a traditional black Norwegian folk dress with a white blouse. Tore wore a lilac suit and a salmon colored shirt. The church was just as spectacular as the couple, filled with red, white and blue flowers donated by the local florist shop Victorian Rose. At the reception, the 65 guests munched on a weeding cake, a chocolate cake and fruit punch. "This community has been fantastic. It's almost like a dream," said the Nina. "People who we don't know and who don't know us come up and congratulate us and wish us good look." Bray said the city's hospitality stems from the recent death of Norway resident Harold Melhus. "We just put Harold to rest, which was a very sad time for all of us," Bray said. "The community was ready for a spiritual celebration to deal with what has happened." So where will the happy couple spend their honeymoon? On the road, of course. Tore set out on his roller ski trip May 17 from San Francisco. He expects to be in New York by the end of the year. Nina follows him in a pickup truck on the 3,500-mile trip. "We have a lot of distance to make up," he said. "People in Kansas has been too nice to us. I'll have to do double time the rest of the way or I'll never reach New York before Christmas." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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