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Vol. 90 No. 24
Chambers denounces UNL-Coors deal
By Jennifer O’Cilka
and Chris Hopfensperger
Senior Reporters
A promotion deal between Coors
beer company and the Uni
versity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Athletic Department was ‘ ‘a prostitu
tion” of the university’s image, a
state senator said Thursday.
In a letter to UNL Athletic Direc
tor Bob Dcvaney, Sen. Ernie Cham
bers of Omaha said he is drafting a
resolution, to be introduced in the
1991 legislative session, condemning
the deal.
The letter also stated that Cham
bers is doing
research to
whether further
legislation is
necessary to
prevent such a
deal in the fu
said he had no
comment on
Devaney Chambers’ let
1 ter, but said he
wouldn ’ t have made the deal if he had
known that it would offend people.
“We don’t want to do anything to
offend people,” he said. “If I had it to
do again, I probably wouldn’t do it.”
Nebraska football coach Tom
Osborne said the decision might have
been a mistake.
“It’s one of those tilings that just
kind of slips through the cracks, and
I’m sure it will be rethought,” Osborne
said. “I don’t think Bob consciously
remembers ever OK’ing that. I don’t
know who did.”
Devaney said the deal was made
with Coors to raise money needed to
continue athletic programs. The deal
specifies that the Herbie Husker logo
will appear on
a limited num
ber of Coors
Light cans dis
tributed across
Devaney said.
The ath
letic depart
ment could
make $5,000
on the deal, a
Herbie of the 500,000
cans distributed, he said.
“We’re trying to support the ath
letic department and support every
sport,” Devaney said. Of the 21 men’s
and women’s athletic programs at
UNL, men’s football and basketball
are the only ones that generate enough
revenue to support themselves.
“We are trying to keep the pro
grams going, and we are grasping at
the means to do it,” Devaney said.
NCAA suspensions of the Okla
homa and Oklahoma State football
programs have reduced funds for the
entire Big Eight through lost televi
See COORS on 3
Official: Grants,
new researchers
becoming scarce
By Sara Bauder Schott
Senior Reporter
Che race to snag financing for research
grants is getting tighter, and new re
searchers are being nudged out of first
place, an official said.
Marion O’Leary, chairman of the biochem
istry departmental the University of Nebraska
Lincoln, said the cost of research is rising faster
than the rate of inflation, which means many
projects are not being financed.
Because the cost of chemicals and equip
ment have risen quickly, the fact that more
grant money is being awarded is misleading,
O’Leary said.
* ‘The awkward part is that there has been a
regular growth in the amount of grants awarded,’ ’
O’Leary said. “People wonder how there can
)v» curb 5i *’
In 1989-90, UNL received nearly $30 mil
lion for research grants. In 1988-89, UNL re
ceived about $23 million.
While all researchers suffer during funding
' See GRANT on 3
i # y . » , Jot Hilnih/DiHy Nibnikin
Mad scientist
Sophomore chemical engineering major Tim Wilwording works on an experiment lor an organic chemistry class.
ASUN collects needed signatures for petition
By Alan Phelps
Staff Reporter
Students in the Division of Continuing
Studies will have representation in stu
dent government without the hassle of
carrying 12 hours, if a referendum passes in
An AS UN senator says student leaders have
gathered enough signatures on a petition to put
the referendum on a special Oct. 9 ballot.
The Association of Students of the Univer
sity of Nebraska has collected 1,423 signa
tures. Petitioners needed only 1,300 signatures
to place the issue on the ballot.
A two-thirds majority of eligible students
voting would change ASUN bylaws to allow a
continuing studies student with a minimum of
three credit hours to serve on ASUN.
Existing bylaws require a minimum of 12
credit hours to serve on senate, a condition
proponents of the petition say hinders continu
ing studies representation in student govern
ment. Only about 1 percent of continuing stud
ies students carry 12 or more hours, they say.
If the referendum passes, the ASUN Ap
pointments Board will decide who will fill the
seat until ASUN elections in March. Sandra
Haughton was elected with one vote - her own
— this spring, but she could not serve because
she did not have enough credit hours.
Bylaws still would require students not in
continuing studies to carry 12 credit hours to
serve on Senate.
College of Business Administration Sen.
Joann Mountford, in charge of the petition
drive, said students seemed to support the peti
tion effort, which had “a lot of ASUN senator
Petitioners set up booths in the Nebraska
Union and passed out petitions in classes,
Mouniford said. Several greck houses and stu
dent organizations also were contacted for
Signatures collected for the petition still
need to be validated, but Mouniford said she
doesn’t think that will be a problem.
“There’ll probably be some doubles there,
but we have over 100 extra signatures,’ she
“The Division of Continuing Studies doesn’t
receive any representation on this campus and
if (the bylaws) aren’t changed, we’ll never
have a DCS scat,’’ Mouniford said.
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New hiker/biker trail
would link UNL, Capitol
By Christine Pillard
Staff Reporter
A 1.5-mile hiker/biker trail
to link the Slate Capitol with
UNL’s City Campus should
be on track by next summer, an of
ficial said.
Elaine Hammer, chairwoman of
the Great Plains Trails Network,
s«iJ that the recent allocation of
$97,000 in oil-overcharge funds
by Gov. Kay Orr to construct the
hiker/biker trail will speed up its
The basic concrete trail should
be finished by late spring or early
summer, she said.
The trail between the Capitol
and the University of Nebraska
Lincoln is pert of a plan for 80
miles of bike trails linking Lin
The trail is the next construc
tion priority m the bike trail plan
because it is billed to be the “most
heavily used by commuters in the
city,” Hammer said.
Mike Bricn/o, transportation
planner lor the Lincoln City/Lan
caster County Planning Department,
said the proposed trail is a “vital
connection for the whole trail sys
tem and a vital link for commul
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Bnenzo said the trail would run
east on J Street from the Capitol to
the Billy Wolff/Antelopc Creek
Trail near 24th and J streets.
The trail would continue north
west to 19th and O streets, then run
north to connect eventually with
the John Dietrich Trail at 22nd and
Holdrege streets, he said. No spe
See BIKE on 5