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Wednesday, September 19, 1934
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 84 No. 18
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Spinning the wJieel for a shot at big buclcs
By Jobn Melsser
Dally Nebrask&n Senior Reporter
All the elements were there the
droll, charismatic host, a lovely assist
ant, unrestrained audience approval,
and for those with enough luck, the
chance to return for another shot at
the "Wheel of Fortune."
But the Nebraska Union basement,
not a Burbank studio, was the scene of
Tuesday's preliminary contestant audi
tions for the game show's "College
Contestant coordinator Harv Selsby
handed out applications on cardboard
palettes to the potential contestants
(primarily students), participating in ,
the cattle call
After some reassuring banter from
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Selsby and Paul Gilbert, the show's
creative consultant," the group was
whittled down with a 15 puzzle test
containing stingily meted letter cues to
persons, phrases and things.
Those who solved the necessary num
ber of puzzles were asked to remain
and play a pseudo "Wheel of Fortune"
The game, replete with a used letter
board, sound effects and a briefcase
sized wheel stopped arbitrarily by Selsby
(alternating between big dollar
amounts and the infamous "Bankrupt"
for superlative responses), was used to
test enthusiasm and knowledge of the
game. Garishness and good guesses
guaranteed a spot in one of today's two
final 90-minute rounds.
Selsby said four students and one
alternate will be selected by 2:30 p.m.
to represent UNL at the Nov. 3 and 4
taping of "Wheel of Fortune College
Week." The four segments (five if Neb
raska makes it to the cash round) will
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pit UNL students against their coun
terparts from Boston University, Stan
ford and Tulane.
Additionally, 20 to 25 contestants
from Nebraska could be chosen to
appear on the regular and syndicated
versions of the show.
Selsby said he picked Nebraska
because of its national recognition and
standing in the Big Eight.
The group, completed by assistant
contestant coordinator Peggy Lavell is
not looking for the stereotypical Neb
raskan. "Well take people who look like
they're having fun," Selsby said.
Gilbert said the show has hosted two
previous college contests. A team of
UCLA students was the biggest winner,
garnering $50,000 and a trip to France.
He attributed the success of the 10-year-old
show presently, emceed by
Pat Sajak to its format. "It's not a
question-and-answer show," Gilbert
said. With five-to-six minutes between
solutions, the viewers get involved in
solving the puzzles, he said.
Joel SartoreD&SSy Nebraskan
Harve Selsby, (photo at left), 'Ike
contestant coordinator for "Wheel of
Fortune," points to the next contest
ant before spinning a money wheel.
At right, Gary Ericson and Keith
Hagenau grimace after a fellow con
testant went bankrupt while playing
"Wheel of Fortune," Tuesday in the
Nebraska Union Rostrum. The two
UNL students were part of a group of
25 competing to be on the TV game
ys to fight sexual abuse
By Ward W. Triplet III
Dxlly Nebr&sk&a t&f Editor
Gov. Bob Kerrey Tuesday said
there will have to be more meet
ings and discussion before the
suggestions made by the Gover
nor's Task Force on Violence
Against Women and Children
reach the Nebraska Legislature.
The 54-member task force, ap
pointed in March, submitted its
46-page report to Kerrey Tues
day. At a news conference, Ker
rey said he would give each of the
14 recommendations his "strong
est consideration," but it won't be
easy to get some of it through the
"When I first looked at this, I
immediately saw not only the dif
ficulty in getting some of this
stuff passed, but the difficulty of
getting it funded," Kerrey said.
The task force's major recom
mendations include a statewide
resource center to coordinate
crisis intervention services and
education activities. The report
also suggested a trust fund to
develop preventive activities
against child abuse at the local
levels. The trust fund would be
supported by an additional charge
on Nebraska marriage licenses
and birth certificates, as well as
grants snd gifts.
Kerrey said he would meet with
the committee's co-chairwomen
Natalie Clark and Karen Authier
before the next legislative session
begins. He said they would deter
mine which of the recommenda
tions are immediately necessary.
"We will unquestionably see
some statutory changes" because
of the report, he said.
Kerrey said he and the task
force need to prioritize items now,
and find funding for those items
determined necessary later.
If reasonable suggestions can
be made, Kerrey said he wouldn't
be surprised if something is done
in the next legislative session.
Other recommendations by the
sexual assault committee includ
ed the elimination of the require
ment that a victim's testimony be
corroborated; legislation for fin
ancial restitution of a victim; the
creation of an additional adoles
cent offenderprogram at the Youth
Development Center in Kearney,
the creation of an after-case pro
gram for paroled and discharged
sex offenders and the creation of
a facility to separate sex offend
ers from other offenders in reha
This is just the beginning," Clark
said. "Just because we've submit
ted these recommendations, cur
work has just begun."
Clark said the committee con
centrated on four areas: the vic
tim, the offender, training for
public officials and public educa
tion. The resource center, with it
purpose of training professionals
to deal with the problems of both
the victim and the offender, was
the eventual answer, she said.
Clark said a Nebraska ETV Net
work program on abuse airing
this week fulfilled a small part of
the task force's objectives.
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