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December 15, 1986
By Michael Hooper
and Jen Deselms
Two university professors and a Lin
coln state senator were glad the NU
Board of Regents approved preliminary
plans for an indoor practice field and
student recreation center on the UNL
campus but they said they were con
cerned about funds for academics.
The recreation center and indoor
practice field, which will cost about
$16 million, will use no state funds.
Three million dollars will come from
private donations, $10 million from a $5
abound at re -
surcharge on football tickets to non
students and faculty, and another $3
million from student fees.
. Louis Leviticus, professor of agricul
tural engineering and Faculty Senate
member, said he was not surprised the
regents approved the new practice
field and recreation center.
Three million dollars in private dona
tions would be difficult to turn down
and there is no question about the
need for a recreation center, Leviticus
said Sunday. Leviticus proposed at last
week's Faculty Senate meeting that a
statement be made opposing the rec
Despite Leviticus' proposal early last
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week, Faculty Senate president Allen
Blezek said he sees increased faculty
support for the project.
As the week progressed and more
understanding of the project came
about, faculty support increased, he
All those involved (faculty, students,
and the athletic department) agree the
proposal is "an honest attempt to
address a long-standing need for both
students, faculty and athletics without
tax dollars," Blezek said.
The project consists of renovating
the Coliseum with an addition of about
149,000 square feet. The addition would
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be north and east of the Coliseum. The
project would require the demolition of
the Men's Physical Education Building.
Sen. David Landis of Lincoln said
people like to give to specific projects.
"It'd be great if they gave $16 million
to the College of Arts and Sciences,"
Leviticus said that those people who
have the ability to donate money to the
university often feel it is more impor
tant to donate to athletics than aca
demics. Leviticus said he is' not against
approving a recreation center. But, he
said, if the money is out there for
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Farm Aid III could be
on Cornhusker turf
By Christine Anderson
and Chris McCubbin
Planning and negotiation is proceed
ing on the official level regarding the
possibility of holding the Farm Aid III
benefit concert in Memorial Stadium.
But for now the answer to the question,
"Will UNL host Farm Aid III?" remains
The Farm Aid concerts, organized by
country-western artist Willie Nelson,
originated as a result of a suggestion
made by Bob Dylan at 1985's Live Aid
concert to benefit The Ethiopian famine.
Dylan said that a portion of the funds
raised by Live Aid should be diverted to
financially distressed American farmers.
Nelson organized the first two Farm
Aid concerts for this purpose.
Nelson recently contacted Gov. Bob
Kerrey about the possibility of having
the Farm Aid m Nebraska next Septem
ber. Kerrey and two members of his
staff met with Nelson and his staff Dec.
7 and 8 in Los Angeles, Calif.
The concert would be a lot of fun and
it would be good for the state, Kerrey
said last week.
Kerrey said Nelson told him that
Nebraska is his first choice for a
September concert site.
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athletics there are also private dona
tions that could be solicited for aca
Since the university took a $1.5 mil
lion budget cut last week and the uni
versity may face more budget cuts dur
ing the Legislature's regular session,
the timing of the recreation center is
not good, said Sen. Don Wesley of
However, he said, "if they can raise
the money privately, as they did for the
Lied Center for Performing Arts," build
ing the recreation center is all right.
"If there was a request for public
money," Wesley said, "I'd say 'no.'"
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Kerrey said officials at NU have thus
far responded positively to the idea
Protecting the stadium's artificial
turf shouldn't be a problem, Kerrey
said, noting that Nelson's concert at
the University of Illinois was in a
stadium that had new artificial turf. He
said technology is available to protect
the artificial surface.
"I think it would be very good for
Nebraska to have Farm Aid III here,"
Kerrey said the private sector would
need to support the project if it is to be
brought to Lincoln.
"Nebraska needs to understand that
he'll have no difficulty finding a home
for this" concert, Kerrey said.
"Willie is a tremendously honest
person" who hasn't tried to play politics
or manipulate communities by creating
competition for the concert, the gover
Kerrey said he and Nelson discussed
two possible dates for the concert
Sept. 19 or 26 that do not directly
interfere with football games.
Because UNL has never had a concert
at the stadium, "there is a general
nervousness about it," Kerrey said.
Gary Fouraker, business manager for
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