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friday, november 10, 1978 lincoln, nebraska vol. 102 no. 44
Police say orange and junk throwers will be booted
By Val Swinton
Bowl bid in Miami or not, persons caught throwing
sunshine fruit at tomorrow's OU-NU football game may
be asked to take a hike. That's the word from both the
Lincoln and University Police as they gear up for the
Captain John Miller, LPD team captain for the Lincoln
Center area, and Gale Gade, director of the UNL police
department, both agree that the throwing of debris,
including oranges, is becoming a problem at home games.
"We're having people that are complaining, especially
on the south side and east side near the south end," said
Captain Miller, adding that cans, bottles and oranges have
caused some minor injuries among fans sitting in the lower
Some UNL students are complaining that police have
singled out the south end of the stadium where the
student section is and are concentrating enforcement
efforts in that area. Miller said extra officers were moved
into the area during the last home game, but said the
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Photo by Ted Kirk
Your license is expired, you've got no plates, motor vehicles aren't allowed on the football turf and I wanna
Football keeps company out of red
Cornhasker and Sooner fans will have one thing in
common Saturday; there is a good chance they will have
purchased their red Nebraska cowboy hats or their red
Sooner coach's hats and sun visors from the same
Bud Smith Enterprises owns three Big Red Shops, one
across from Nebraska's Memorial Stadium at 701 N. 10th
St., one across the street from the Sooner's home field
in Norman, Okla. and one in Oklahoma City.
Ken Campbell, a Big Red Shop manager in Okla
homa City, said the company buys a large quantity of
blank red hats. The hats are sent to Nebraska wnere an
N is put on them. In Oklahoma an OU or Sooners is
placed on the same hats.
Bud Smith was on his way to Lincoln Thursday with a
"van full of Sooner souvenirs," Campbell said. He said the
Big Red Shop in Lincoln will sell only Nebraska items to
avoid alienating Husker fans, but Smith will sell both M
and OU products inside the stadium.
Although he said his boss (Smith) will be pulling for
OU Saturday, Campbell said he is an out-numbered Corn
husker fan in a foreign land.
"I catch a lot of flack for it, but 1 keep telling every
body I hope the Huskers just run all over OU," Campbell
said. He explained that he is realted to former NU defen
sive coordinator Monte Kiffin, and his father and uncle
both played football for NU.
He said the shops in Oklahoma concentrate on Sooner
goods, but sell items supporting all Big Eight schools. He
said the popular NU cowboy hats don't sell as well with
"OU" on them.
He said the big, red, Sooner-supporting items are
coach's typ caps, sun-visors, and for women, something
called "floppy hats."
Floppy hats are loose cowboy hats. Campbell said.
He added there is no difference in the color of OU
items and NU items.
officers were there for good reason.
"We haven't concentrated on anyone," he said. "But if
a problem develops during the game, we move people
in to take care of it."
Lincoln police by far have the largest number of
officers assigned to the game, usually sending about' 60.
State and county police are also there to help the UNL
officers with enforcement.
Although state police usually cover the south end of
the stadium, city police occasionally are asked to help
Miller said about 12 persons were either cited for dis
orderly conduct at the last home game, or were escorted
from the stadium for throwing things.
Gade agrees that if fans are caught throwing items onto
the football field, they could loose their seat.
"If we catch them throwing oranges, there's a good
possibility the persons will be removed, and the possibility
that the persons could be cited," he said.
Under state statutes, throwing debris at the football
game constitutes disorderly conduct.
Gade said he is not aware of any injuries caused by
falling debris, except for a minor eye injury when one fan
was struck by a piece of ice at an earlier home game.
Another person received head injuries after being struck in
the head by a transistor radio that fell from the upper
Both men say there will be no additional officers at the
Gade also said there was no pre-arranged plan to send
additional officers into the southeast end of the stadium
during the last game, but some were sent after the first
touchdown when the oranges flew.
Although Gade's men are not assigned to the south
end, he is charged with coordinating the efforts of the
various law enforcement agencies.
Falling goal posts
Gade also says there is some concern about the possib
ility of students tearing down the goal posts if Nebraska
wins. Presently, there are no plans to prevent the student
body from taking such action ; but "our concern is to keep
people from being injured, so we'll have to play it by ear,"
And, University Police will be busy in the parking lots
before the game handing out literature concerning
consumption of liquor.
Sgt. Joe Wehner said the pamphlets will simply remind
the fans it is illegal to drink beer and liquor in the
stadium, or anywhere on campus.
Police say there's little they can do to prevent persons
from bringing in liquor in containers other than the usual
cans and bottles. Whener said, "We're trying to solicit
cooperation from the community."
opposed by Young
UNL Chancellor Roy Young said Thursday he opposes
a proposed cancellation of classes on Monday Nov. 13 in
the event of a Husker victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Young said he had received comments from students
and faculty, both in support of and in opposition to an
ASUN resolution supporting the cancellation of classes.
"Cancellation. . . would have a serious effect on the
time available for classroom and laboratory experiences
for the remainder of the semester," Young said.
"Because so few weeks are left in the semester, it
would be extremely difficult, and perhaps in some cases
impossible, to reschedule classes and laboratories which
would be required to cover materials projected for
courses, and in some cases meet association standards."
He also said cancellation would be unfair to students
who have paid full tuition because it would deny them
"the full measure of services for which they have paid.
"The University of Nebraska has a first-rate football
team," Young said. "When we beat Oklahoma, we should
take it in stride as one step toward the ultimate goal of a
win over Missouri, a win at the Orange Bowl, and a
possible national championship."
A little alcohol goes a long way: Gasohol sales
phenomenal in first week of sales page 2
Roll 'em: Lincoln film company travels the Mid
west for perfect locations page 1 1
Saturday afternoon fever: The Husker-Sooner
shoot-out is only one day away page 1 5
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