The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 31, 1987, Image 1
y .-n Daily n -1 jw IP C tD''-:u' L VJuAT!IE!!: Partly sunny Tues day wiiti a hiQh ne.ji 33 acid wmo':. out of the wesl at 20 mph. Low will be 25. Partly cloudy and bivy Wednesday with a high in the 40a. ! ii i ji m News Digest. . , . . t-ditonal Sports Entertainment . . , 'Classified Pi ;-j 2 P23 4 Paga 6 Pr 5 Page 7 March 31, 1987 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vol. 86 No. 2$ AM gams on rec centos wo IlD ... ) J ... J J . x - 4 .,4 r Paul VonderlageDaily Nebraskan Jodi Kessler finds snowballs from this weekend's storm useful tools against her adversary, James Smith. The duo "hit the snow" during a walk through campus Monday. x Late s?iow tribulations: 4 k UNL,Jriiehtdte closed By Kevin Cowl Jane Hirt Staff Reporters It's a cold (lu.. ' i-UNlJ cials tell stv4 t kip 's,:' Despite this weeivV. ..gt, id, that's what they di Vice Chancellor tw.. J.J son called Monday's cancella.. , 5' classes "a fairly ipegular o ;ui rence." It has to Be "pretty ad" i before the university closes, he said. , Furgason and Chancellor Martini-., " Massengale made the decision Suit-, day morning. Furgason said the timing, the likelihood of closed roads and the -probability of utility outages pi?, a part in the decision. s The weekend blizzard left stu dents stranded in and out of state. David Fitzgibbon, a senior in broadcasting, was stuck with three other UNL students in North Platte. "We had called the state patrol .id it said that there would be win i . conditions, " he said. ' " didn't say anything about ,? C interstate?' -; When they reached North Platte, - ;er, they learned that Inter s te ,vas closed and they would $ to seek lodging. JBnt Toalson, a senior in secon ds ."e'ducaticu, was also delayed by th; torn in ' Vth Platte. k . ...K e topped as soon as V " ' Jc?, but after hi t ,ild have to " t, here, everybody i , , H p V was Sunday at 2 p.m. u rou fs back in Uar t" "0 p.m. Axe vi'avr, 'ng wasn't that bad, bn you just hH to take it easy," he slid. See BLEZZARD on 3 M T1 (T TI Old Men's PE Building now being demolished By Michael Hooper Senior Reporter Construction workers Saturday began demolishing the Men's P.E. Building to make way for the UNL student recrea tion center and indoor practice field, then were forced to quit because of the blizzard. But Hansen Construction Co. workers expect to work again today with a demolition ball, knocking down the old P.E. building on 14th and Vine streets, a storage building behind the P.E. building and the nearby tennis courts, said Harley Schrader, director of UNL physical plant. Although Hansen Construction Co. was awarded a $30,000 demolition con tract last December, the company waited to begin until last week when the Nebraska Legislature formally approved the $14.9 million student recreation center and indoor practice field. The $3.9 million indoor practice field will be built on the site of the Men's P.E. Building, the field, which is phase one of the recreation center pro ject, should be completed by November. "We're going to move ahead with this without much delay and try to fin ish the practice field by November because that's when the weather beg ins to look like this again," said Kim Phelps, assistant to the vice chancellor for business and finance. Demolition of the Men's P.E. Build ing should be completed by April 10, Schrader said. At their April 11 meet ing, the NU Board of Regents are expected to award a designbuild con tract for the indoor practice field and choose an architect for the rest of the three-phase project. The $ 14.9 million student recreation center and indoor practice field will be financed by a $3.50 football ticket sur charge, private donations, student fees and an increase in faculty and staff user fees. Phase two, a $5.1 million addition to the Coliseum containing recreational rooms and equipment would be built by January 1989. The football meeting room, more racquetball courts and a jogging track would be built by June 1989 for an additional $900,000. Phase three would include renova tion of the existing Coliseum sometime after 1990 or 1991 at a current price of $5.1 million. If UNL officials renovate the Coliseum with revenue bonds, they would again need legislative approval. Last Thursday, on a 32-6 vote, the legislature approved the university's loan of $3.5 million from a bond surplus fund for the project. Phelps said that UNL's bid request for the indoor practice field was changed two weeks ago to remove controversial language requesting a contribution to the project. Last week, following the change in the bid request, Attorney General Robert Spire ruled that "ethics . . . clearly dictate that pursuits for contractor contributions to projects like the indoor practice field should be separated from the bidding process." Stan Campbell, director of UiVL cam pus recreation, said that although the recreation center will be built in phases, he's "elated" that the Legislature ap proved it. "Of course we'd like to have the rec center built all at once. We've lived with inadequate student facilities for a long time," Campbell said. But the three-phase approach to the center's construction probably was the deciding factor for the state senators, he said. UNL will be host to FarmAid III; Sept. 27 date for benefit concert By Christine Anderson Staff Reporter UNL officials and country-western artist Willie Nelson have agreed on a Sept. 27 date for the FarmAid III con cert, but no official performance an nouncement has been made, UNL foot ball coach Tom Osborne said. Osborne, who participated in dis cussions with FarmAid organizers, said an official request is needed before the concert plans are finalized. Cathy Danahy, office assistant for Bob Kerrey, said an official written request by Willie Nelson is expected to arrive at the university this week. Danahy, former Gov. Bob Kerrey and his former chief of staff, Don Nelson, began working with university officials last fall to set up the concert. Osborne said he supports plans to have FarmAid III at the Memorial Stadium. "Anything that will benefit the farm economy, we are 100 percent for," he said. After the FarmAid organization pro vides an official request, university attorneys and FarmAid officials will need to prepare a legal contract for the concert, Danahy said. Insurance, security, parking arrange ments, programming and ticket sales are among items yet to be discussed. Gary Fouraker, athletic-department business manager, said that some details already have been discussed. For example, the university already has plans to protect the stadium grounds. The football field will be covered with plywood paneling and a rubber matting to protect the artifical turf, Fouraker said. Ticket cost will be about $20. Sup porters predict that at this rate, about $1.5 million will help offset the $225 billion to $250 billion farm debt. Osborne said he assumes that the concert proceeds will be allocated to farm organizations throughout the Mid west and not to individual Nebraska farmers. Proceeds may be used to support agricultural legislation and to support food pantries and hot lines, Osborne said. According to a Lincoln Journal arti cle, Nelson said that two artists already have agreed to perform: Neil Young, an organizer for the first Farm Aid show, and Jon Bon Jovi, who played at Farm Aid II. Nelson also is trying to persuade ABC, CBS or NBC to carry the Lincoln show on prime-time television. ummer aid mmm Today is the ht day ta con piste ansd submit a UNL Summer : Aid Application for financial aid. will be used with sixdcRts' 1833- 87 Financial Aid Fcrr.s to deter--r.ir.3 cli'S.liV.'Y f-r zi-i izx UNL wt 11'j.cr.ts stul ecu 2j-y fjr icn-s and Pell Grants it UNI for Even thech students who cp-pile- J for aid by Rlrrch 3 ore cca-:-;i'ucj cd priority... &pp!iCwi13 . vf r.ecd-bcr-cd aid, zr.y stuisnt can hr.d, financial dd director. All students r.vjst ccrnf Icte the FAF to be considered for assistance for 1937-SS. ciemtffic By Kip Fry Staff Reporter Increased product prices at UNL Scientific Stores have many professors wondering why they're paying more for products at UNL than those of other suppliers, said Bill Saunders, Scientific Stores manager. Scientific Stores makes its profit from the markup system, Saunders said, which confuses customers when they order. Scientific Stores is not state funded, he said. "It is only when the financial pinch of the total university has grown to be very evident that the problem really came to light," Saunders said. , The price system has been changed from vari able markup to a flat markup through a joint decision between Scientific Stores and UNL's Purchasing Review Committee. Jack Goebel, vice chancellor for business and finances, formed the committee last year to study the situation. Under the new system, only 40 percent mark ups can be authorized by Saunders, and 60 per cent by Goebel. Saunders said the committee didn't have enough time to study the Scientific Stores operation. "They were really only concerned about the highness in some areas of markup," Saunders said. "We need to look at the total average of prices, otherwise you don't get a total picture of what is going on." The store's purchasing finances its warehouse and redistribution point for special orders, Saunders said. George Sturgeon, vice chairman and associate professor of chemistry, told the UNL Faculty Senate at its March meeting that the stores are costing his department money. "There is a failure to address policy in pur chasing stores which is costing the university in general and our department inordinate amounts of money," Sturgeon told the senate. "We per ceive inconsistencies and weaknesses in the management of the stores and even abuses of power." Saunders said marking up prices is the only way Scientific Stores can meet overhead costs. Many state universities have scientific stores financed by the states. When professors come to Nebraska from other institutions, they tend to assume that they are going to get products at cost, he said. But Scien tific Stores is no different than any other private business. Professors don't "realize that there are addi tional costs of procurement involved in the pur chase" such as research, transportation and insurance, Saunders said. " The primary problem with the system, Saun ders said, was that certain items may be marked up more than 100 percent while others may increase slightly. When the prices are averaged, they are not nearly as high, but many only look at the extreme markups, Saunders said. One of the extreme examples is the difference in prices of a gallon of dichloromethane, Saund ers said. He said that during the last week in February, one gallon cost $59, but the same product cost $14.25 on March 2. Saunders said he is frustrated by the misunderstandings. "Wre have not been at odds with the faculty," he said. "We at Scientific Stores have known that the problem has existed for years." At this level of management, Saunders said, he has no real authority to make changes. That responsibility rests with UNL Chancellor Martin Massengale, he said.