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men day, january 14, 1 974
imcoin. nebraska vol., 98, no. 1
Cold snap deals blow to old
Walking to class in temperatures expected as high
as 18 degrees, UNL students may soon forget the
bitter cold that crispened the Christmas holidays.
Since the cold spell began Dec. 29, Lincoln has
experienced subzero lows nightly. Five were record
lows according to the National Weather Service.
Weather Service figures show that on New Year's
Fve, Lincolnites partied in temperatures reaching
only as high as 4 degrees and dropping as low as 20
degrees below zero. The previous record low for that
date was 1 7 degrees below zero set in 1969.
Not to be outdone by the last day of 1973, New
Year's Day tied another one in the high was zero,
the low, a bottle breaking 26 degrees below zero,
shattering the record of 18 degrees below zero set in
Then, on Jan. 2, more than two inches of sno..
fell, warming the city for two days. The second day
of the year saw 7 degrees as the high, 15 degrees
below zero as the low; on Jan. 3, 10 degrees was the
high and 1 5 degrees below zero the low.
On Jan. 4, the campus got another waxing.
Although highs reached 10 degrees, a record breaking
low of 19 degrees below zero was recorded. The
previous mark had been 18 degrees below zero, set in
Another 1.6 inches of snow fell Jan. 5, and an
additional 2.2 inches on Jan. 6, again propping up
temperatures high enough to keep from smashing any
But record of 18 degrees below zero, set in 1971,
toppled on Jan. 7. The high for that day was 3
degrees, the low bottomed out at 20 degrees below
Snow continued to envelop the campus Jan. 8,
when 1.7 inches fell. Once again, the snow strapped
the temperatures above record marks.
But even with light snow falling Jan. 9, the
temperatures became too hard to keep up and they
dropped to a record-breaking 21 degrees below zero,
beabr"; -.be previous recoid of 1887 by one degree.
The Wtfdthor Service reported more bitterly low
tiimper-it4.it rs during the weekend, but were to warm
up today for a more pleasant first day of second
'!!!..(. ivj , have not only been low outside, but
also inside UNL buildings.
in keeping with energy saving measures set up
before vacation, some buildings hdie been forced to
bibonuto during interim at temperatures as low as 40
dogi e:?s, according to Ron Wright, assistant director
of business and finance.
The temperature reduction and other measures
have i -Meant a savings lor UNL, Wright said, not
neccssariiy monetarily, but in energy.
WfHjSit said UNL could have been expected to
bum 40,000 gallons of fuel oil a day in this weather,
but instead has been burning only about 24,000
gallon;, a day.
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Moderate snowfall during interim inspired these kind of angelic antics by those willing to bra s; the bitter cold.
Carpenter: too little citizen inpu
By Greg Wees
A political voice for Nebraskans is one of the
things founders of the Unicameral had in mind when
provisions were made for public hearings on proposed
But the trouble, according to a number of state
legislators, is that too few citizens are taking
advantage of this unique opportunity to participate in
Scottsbluff Sen. Terry Carpenter last Wednesday
said the Legislature "doesn't really represent
Nebraskans. People hardly ever come to committee
hearings. The reason is they don't know what we are
doing . . people would be here if they did."
While other state legislatures permit some public
testimony, the Unicameral's committee system is the
only one allowing citizens to testify on practically
The first session of the 1974 Unicameral, gaveled
to order New Year's Day, will consider a record
number of bills ranging from dove hunting and horse
racing on Sunday to proposals to raise state income
tax rales and prohibit smoking in certain public
Most bills, more than 500 of which are to lye
considered during this session, require public hearings
by one of 13 standing committees of the
Legislature -and the only way a bill can forgo
committee scrutiny is if 30 or more of the 49
senators vote to suspend the rules.
At committee hearings, Nebraska citizens are on
equal footing with senators. They may offer
testimony and give their opinion of most b;iK
introduced. Committee are required to publish
schedules for hearings in the Legislative Journal at
least seven days in advance.
After testimony is heard, and if the bill is reported
favorably in committee, it is advanced to the floor of
the Legislature for consideration.
Single copies of bills can be obtained from Vincent
Brown, clerk of the Legislature, and are itee cf
charge. Other publications put out by Brown's office
are the Legislative Journal, a daily record of
Unicameral activities, and amendments to bills Ixmih)
considered. Subscriptions to the Journal are available
for a small charge.
Included in the 95 bills introduced the first two
meetings is a proposal by Grand Island Sen. R;i!h
Kelly requiring tighter reporting of campaign
Under Sen. Kelly's plan, the only way candidates
for state office could spend or receive money v:
through special campaign bank accounts.
Biweekly bank statements listing names of
contributors and expenses of the candidate
automatically become part of the public record, open
to scrutiny during the campaign, he sr.tri in an
interview. This would cut back the number of
contributions and might make campaigning cheaper,
K.'Hy s i d i? ha:, been his experience that "people
! "'' like to conn ibuto to a campaign and give
iMoiicy is-eely it their name is a matter of public
mm die ia.;t state ejections, Kelly said there was
r0 pet cent accuracy in reporting expenses and
1 1.-m!i ibi.u-'iis. lii? predicted this figure would he
cLi .i i to 100 per cent if LB 677 was adopted.
' !-.. :i slat j j i c jjit session passed a con u pi
uj'Jii i s ;-ct, but Kelly said the law docs not establish
om.c ceniial depository for campaign fund?.
Goi!v.:tri -nty, Kelly said he doubted that reporting
.tccuiacy would increase much above the 50 per cent
An advantage of his plan, he said, is that toe
;-i:c-tui..ie v-.owld become aw.iro of huge expenses r-nd
; I' i! s doi m; ii " conlribuiions that occur in sona.-e:..Oi).i!,!-...
K' liy also said campaigns could not end in debi
biM.vOv.- all hit!;; would have to be paid by ekxtiori
d, y. Oti;;: wi ,; dit.y arc listed as con ti ibut ions to ln
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