The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 21, 1986, Image 1
L J VcstliCR Friday partly tunny and warmer. High in the lower 50s. Wind south 10 to 15 mph. Friday night, mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of light rain. Low In the mid to upper 30s. Saturday, partly cloudy and cooler. High In the mld-40s. Sooners' sights on Miami start Saturday Sports, Page 7 Jayliawko are in town for an Oklahoma weekend Arts & Enterteli&ncRt, Page 9 November 2J, 1986 n 77 m ii ' w j i i i i University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vol.86 No.6 ::z ..-j Legislature approves farmstead law By Todd von Kampen Senior Editor The Legislature wrapped up work in its special session Thurs day morning, but not before two of the Unicameral's oratorical giants Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers and outgoing Neligh Sen. John DeCamp jousted on the legislative floor one more time. Senators gave final approval to each of the session's three bills two of them ag-related by lopsided margins and sent them to Gov. Bob Kerrey, who signed them Thursday afternoon. But passage of LB3, the bill revis ing the Farmstead Act approved last spring, was held up while Chambers made a last-ditch attempt to remove a DeCamp amendment approved last Tues day. - Chambers argued v that Pe Camp's amendment, which allows farmers to waive their right under the Farmstead Act to protect their homestead when seeking a loan, destroys the farmers' pro tection. He said lenders, whose assertions that the original law forced them to deny credit to farmers, gained the upper hand with the amendment. "This is a momentous day, and a momentous wrong was com mitted," Chambers said. ". . .We all know the lenders will not allow a farmer to voluntarily say, 'I want to keep my homestead." Chambers suggested DeCamp had been doing the bidding of lobbyists for lending interests who wanted the Farmstead Act See LEGISLATURE on 3 j . . . j 01 . s Dave BentzDaily Nebraskan , ..... fjjgrrSen .John DeCamp at Thursday's special legislative session. Capitol says 'so long to soloin By Todd von Kampen Senior Editor Neligh Sen. John DeCamp spent the final day of his 16-year legisla tive career Thursday where he spent so many other days at the center of attention. DeCamp's political allies and adversaries joined to give the color ful and controversial senator a standing ovation as he received a plaque marking his years of service. Two other senators who lost re election bids, Dorchester Sen. Don Eret and Farnam Sen. Tom Vickers, received plaques as the Legislature concluded it special session. But DeCamp, who first came to the unicameral in 1971, captured everyone's attention with his fare well speech. He said his greatest triumph of his career wasn't one of the many famous bills he passed, but a resolution he sponsored dur ing his first year that called on then President Richard Nixon to allow the United States to win in Vietnam or withdraw from the country. The Legislature, DeCamp said, refused to hold a public hearing on his resolution or even allow its dis cussion inside the State Capitol. But on a suggeston from Lincoln Star reporter Don Walton, DeCamp set up a hearing on the Capitol steps and asked other senators to join him. Four did, including the late Scottsbluff Sen. Terry Carpen ter and "a young black man with a . fiery temper" Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, who often opposed De Camp on the floor in later years. "And I'm still here, John," Chambers called from the audience. Thousands of people marched to the Capitol steps to take part in the hearing, DeCamp said. That event, See DECAMP on 3 GLSA asks board for committee The Nebraska Union Board spon sored an open forum Tuesday to dis cuss the GayLesbian Student Associa tion's proposal to create a University Program Council-City GayLesbian programming committee. UPC and GLSA representatives pre sented the proposal to the board, which has been approved by the UPC City Board and the UPC Executive Board. The UPC-City Board modified the proposal to allow formation of a gaylesbian programming committee for one year, followed by an evaluation. Rodney A. Bell II, GLSA president, said homosexual students should be served with such programming because they pay student fees just like all stu dents. Union Board Director Daryl Swanson said he is pleased to see the system working so well that people have the opportunity to discuss the issue in a public forum. Swanson said he thought most of the representatives present were pleased with the fairness with which the board handled a "sensitive issue." Swanson said the Union Board will hold another public forum Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and may or may not vote on the issue then. In other business, the board un animously passed a proposal to open a diary store in the Nebraska Union at the counter next to the Harvest Room. The new store will sell the East Cam pus Dairy Store line of ice cream, cheeses, homemade yogurt, hot choco late and Christmas gift packs. The board passed a proposal to play UNL's KRNU radio station in the union. A survey will be sent to all student organization asking their opinion on having a trophy case in the Nebraska Union in which to temporarily display their organization's awards. .( 4 Game crowd concerns officials By Jeff Apel First Down Editor Richard WrightDaily Nebraskan One masked drummer Senior Sue Reed, a business major, tries to keep warm while drumming during marching band practice Thursday Crowd control will be a major con cern when Nebraska faces Oklahoma on Saturday, but no special precau tions will be taken, two university offi cials said. Don Bryant, Nebraska sports infor mation director, and Lt. Joe Wehner of the UNL Police Department said past actions that have erupted when the Cornhuskers defeated the Sooners give ample reason for concern about Nebraska fans' potential actions if the Cornhuskers win. The last time Nebraska defeated Oklahoma in Lincoln, in 1982, jubilant fans celebrated the victory by spilling onto the field before the end of the game. Bryant said he hopes such actions will not be repeated. It cost Nebraska a 15-yard, unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. "We're certainly hoping for excel lent crowd decorum," Bryant said. "There is no reason anyone should be on the field. They don't have to act like New Yorkers." Bryant said rather than devising a specific battle plan, the Nebraska athletic department asks fans to "use their own intelligence" if they are going to the game. No orange throwing, alcohol cum sumption or excessively rowdy behav ior will be tolerated, Bryant said. "We want our fans to be vocal," he said. "But we don't want to see any thing unsportsmanlike." .Wehner said despite the problems Nebraska-Oklahoma games have posed in the past, no additional officers or patrolmen from the Nebraska State Patrol or the Lincoln Sheriffs Depart ment will be brought in for security reasons. Currently, 110 to 120 officers patrol each Nebraska game, Wehner said. "We don't find fans at the Nebraska Oklahoma game are any more rowdy," Wehner said. "It's just they show more emotion." Both Wehner and Bryant said neither the Nebraska athletic department nor the University Police have thought of instituting an emergency plan in the event of large numbers of obnoxious fans. The University of Auburn has used u sprinkler system for crowd control and other schools are using security per sonnel on horseback to control mobs, Bryant said, but Nebraska has no plans to institute either system because it requires too much manpower. Herbert White, director of public relations at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., said the Tiger athletic depart ment chose to spray rioting fans with water from its sprinkler system after the school's 20-16 loss to Georgia last weekend because of the destruction fans had caused. Despite being able to clear the fans off the field in a manner which he des cribed as "very effective," White said the Tigers' football facility suffered about $50,000 in damages. Addition ally, two women were hospitalized after being struck by flying bottle, White said, and 33 fans were arrested for obnoxious behavior.