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to the wind
Winter makes a devastating
comeback as a hatless police
man does his good deed for
the day, bracing a little old
lady against the wind.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19. 1971 LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
VOL. 94 NO. 85
Winter does it again (almost)
by JOHN DVORAK
Considering the budget, the professorial
firings, the Cornhusker basketball team, the
student arrests, it has been a bizarre
Thursday's weather-somewhat of a cross
between a hurricane, a blizzard and and a
false alarm- fits the pattern perfectly.
The morning dawned promising, as if the
campus was about to be blessed with
another spring-like day. Yet the radio
continued to warn and warn. Six to 8 inches
of snow, extremely high winds, below
freezing temperatures. But how easy it was
to not believe the weatherman.
By early afternoon, everyone was a
believer. By late afternoon the University
was dark, locked and shut down.
The late winter storm began streaking
across Nebraska with its hurricane-velocity
winds early Thursday morning. By a little
after noon, the Lincoln airport reported
light rain; by 1 p.m. wind-lashed pellets. By
midafternoon it was heavy snow whipping
out of the north.
The situation outstate was desperate.
Chancellor D. B. Varner cancelled a planned
visit to Kearney. It was in that town where
several hundred school children were stranded
in the schools, with no way to get home. A
school bus, taking children home from
school, was lost somewhere west of Monroe.
Harrison, in the far northwest panhandle,
had 1 S inches of snow.
Lincoln was somewhat better. Schools in
the Capital City dismissed early. Wind were
in the 40 to 50 mile per hour range, with
peak gusts at 60. Electrical service took a
beating, particularly in the east part of town.
Downed power lines sparked tiny fires at
dozens of locations.
On campus, as usual, the electricity was
first to go. As always harpens during a
period of abnormal weather, the power
dimmed, flickered, made a valiant comeback
try, dimmed in a final gasp and disappeared.
With only hours remaining before supper,
Extension Division Director Gayle B. Childs
called off all evening classes. Each
department was given the perogrative of
sending its workers home, or keeping them
on the job.
Despite the lack of electricity, dormitory
meals were basically unbothered. The main
problem seemed to be washing dishes-all
equipment is electric and wouldn't function.
In the Cather-Pound cafeteria, students had
plenty of food but were limited to one glass.
Candlelight was used to prepare the meals.
Elevators caused their usual problems.
One girl was trapped in a Pound elevator,
but she soon crawled to safety. In Sandoz, a
carload of students were caught between
floors, but escaped.
The Nebraska Union was closed down.
The Daily Nebraskan, forced to leave its
basement office when the building closed,
was able to publish only a four-page Friday
But lights started to return by 5 SO, and
despite some flickering, remained oi
Hopes for a Friday vacatj n from
classes were dashed, as the earlier lorecasts
for six to eight inches of snow were altered
bit by bit. President Joseph Soshnik, who
has ultimate authority to hold or dismiss
classes, announced Thursday night that
unless personnel off campus were unable to
make the trip to their offices and classes,
Friday would go on as scheduled.
The weatherman cooperated by
announcing that winds would be gradually
dying, and that temperatures would
approach the 40's Saturday.
Obviously, it was all in eager anticipation
of Monday-the first day of spring 1971.
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Making one thing perfectly clear . . .
In response to confusion among ASUN candidates over
this year's election rules, the Electoral Commission has
issued a statement of clarification
Informal campaigning, which begins March 21, includes
speaking to groups and making personal contacts in support
Formal campaigning, starting March 28, allows use of
campaign literature (posters, ads, buttons, etc.). Newspaper
advertising may not be published before March 28.
Electoral Commissioner Dave Bingham said newspaper
articles (excepting ads) do not fall under the Commission's
control unless it is proven the press is owned and
operated by candidates for campaign purposes."
In order to be a candidate, undergraduate students must
be registered for at least 12 hours and graduate students
must carry no less than nine hours.
Any port in a storm
This Airport may be open, but many airports across the
state were closed down by Thursday's holocaust.
Unicameral advances ADC plan
by JIM PEDERSEN
St ff Writer
The Legislature, after one of
this session's most passionate
speeches delivered by Sen.
Ernie Chambers, gave second
round approval Thursday to a
bill authorizing added welfare
payments for aid to dependent
LB 639 was advanced along
with LB 639A, an
appropriation of $2.7 million
to fund the additional
Nebraska had been warned
by the Federal government
that the state had until April 1
to increase ADC maximums or
risk losing $8 million in federal
I welfare money. The passage of
LB 639 would put the state in
compliance with federal
Gov. J. J. Exon's budget,
however, has no room for an
extra $2.7 million in welfare
appropriations. Exon favors
the passage of the
authorization bill to order to
comply with federal guidelines,
but has pledged not to raise his
budget. Thus the Legislature
faced the paradox of passing a
bill for which no money was
"This would be the worst
hypocrisy in the world,"
Chambers said. "Sen. (Herb)
Nore gets ASCS payments. A
lot of farmers get this kind of
welfare, but you don't get it
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