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tonight For Thursday,
more of the same.
February 23, 1993
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 92 No. 110
By Michelle Leary
A bill that would amend the
Nebraska Coordinating Com
mission for Postsecondary
Education’s power to review capital
construction projects was heard by
the Legislature’s Education Commit
LB683, which was introduced by
Sen. Jerome Warner of Waverly,
___ would ensure that
projects would be
tored and approved
by the commission
under the same con
ditions as other
If the bill passes. The University of
Nebraska Board of Regents would be
able to construct and operate such
facilities. Warner said.
Norman Otto, a member of the
Coordinating Commission for
Postsecondary Education, said the
commission would review all capital
construction projects proposed by the
regents and tne Board or Trustees of
the Nebraska State Colleges.
Within 45 days of a proposal’s_
submission, the commission would
recommend that the Legislature or
the executive board of the Legislative
Council approve or reject the projects,
If the projects were approved, the
facilities would be funded with taxes
provided by the Legislature, Warner
“The regents can employ any nec
essary faculty and staff needed to
provide clinical training for students
in the cooperative veterinary medi
cine program,” Warner said.
LB683 also would change provi
sions relating to degree programs.
Architecture students attending NU
would be able to earn a graduate
degree in architecture upon approval
by the commission, Warner said.
The graduate degree, called a first
professional degree, already is being
offered in the fields of medicine, law,
dentistry and pharmacy.
LB324 also was discussed at the
The bill, which was introduced by
Sen. Ron Withem of Papillion, would
change the provisions of certain state
scholarship programs to reconcile
them with federal law. The State
Scholarship Award Program Act, the
Scholarship Assistance Program Act
and the Postsecondary Education
Award Program Act would be af
fected by the bill.
UNL Chancellor Graham Spanier uses a little magic to entertain a small crowd at George
and Mari's snack bar in Abel Hall Tuesday Night. Graham performed two shows of Magic
for audiences at both Abel Hall and the Cather-Pound snack bar, The Pub.
He’s a magic Graham
Spanier’s sleeves stuffed with tricks, scarf
By Steve Smith
Senior Editor _
Nothing up this sleeve,” the
magician said. “And noth
I ing up this sleeve.”
He pulled a white piece of string
from his left suit pocket, held it up
for all to see and then crumpled the
string up into his right hand..
When the magic man let the
string go, it was no longer a white
string — it was a two-color scarf.
The crowd applauded.
No. it wasn' t David Copperfie Id
on stage Tuesday evening. It was
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chancellor Graham Spanier, who
gave students a dose of his magical
abilities at George and Mari’s, the
Abel-Sandoz snack bar.
The UNL chancellor gave about
40 students a free show at George
and Mari ’ s and then moved on to do
the same act at The Pub, Cather
Pound’s snack bar, where he enter
tained more than SO new audience
During the act, he turned a $5
bill into a $20 bill, levitated a
matchstick over a playing card and
made coins come from the ears of
volunteers. He performed numer
ous card tricks, coin tricks and other
illusions during the 35-minute set.
Spanier’s performance, which
was sponsored oy uic ivcsiucuec
Hall Association, was the first of
the Live On Stage series that fea
tures local talents in the residence
Spanier is no stranger to stand
ing up on stage and performing.
He’s done his magic act for almost
18 years, going back to the days
that he was a faculty member of the
department of child development
and family relations at Penn State
Spanier said he would go into
day care centers dressed in a clown
outfit and teach children lessons
about traffic and household safety.
See MAGIC on 3
By Jeff Zeleny
Debate over implementing
multicultural education in
Nebraska schools was heard
before the full Nebraska Legislature
A proposed amendment that would
require parental consent before al
lowing students to be tested over
cation failed on the
Pirsch of Omaha
ianu Jim Jones oi
Eddyville were the
■only supporters of
The amendment came from two
bills pertaining to multicultural edu
cation, LB52 and LB 179, that were
combined into amendments added to
LB27, which originally sought to re
quire the University of Nebraska to
receive legislative consent before ac
Sen. Kate Witek of Omaha was the
primary supporter of the amendment,
but was absent because her child was
ill. Pirsch presented the amendment
to the body on her behalf.
Sen. Ron Withem of Papillion,
chairman of the education commit
tee, said the amendment hurt the in
tent of the bill.
“We, as a committee, did not feel
the need to weaken the multicultural
bill,” he said.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha
If parents have the option to refuse
to let their children take multicultural
tests, Chambers said, that opens the
door for future problems with tests in
“As a black parent, no testing
should be given on white history,” he
said. “(That’s) anti-education.”
Chambers said it was evident that
a multicultural bill was needed when
some students from the University of
Nebraska said they had never seen a
minority before coming to college.
“Students come to the university
with culture shock,” he said.-“They
had no contact with people other than
white people like themselves from
Students must be exposed to vari
ous cultures in elementary and high
school. Chambers said.
“You don’t say, ‘one little, two
little, three little Indians anymore,”’
Sen. La Von Crosby of Lincoln also
stood up against the amendment. She
said people were afraid of the bill
because they thought it was a sublimi
nal threat or attack on what they have
believed for so many years.
The bill will be debated further by
the full body today at 9 a.m.
Days may be numbered for on-campus parking, official says
By Jeffrey Robb
As students fight for parking spaces near
campus buildings, some university of
ficials have proposed moving parking
Tom Johnson, chairman
"jof the Parking Advisory Com
* miuee, said his committee
was considering alleviating
I the growing pariting crunch
by banning students, faculty
and staff from parking on
™campus auogcmer. insieao,
the university would expand remote lots and
increase its shuttle bus service. ,
Johnson said the move would not be a total
ban of on-campus parking, but rather a matter
of proximity to the center of campus. Some
members of the university population, such as
disabled students, probably still would be al
lowed to park on campus, he said.
Current parking lots on campus, Johnson
said, could be used for building sites.
The space for new parking lots is available,
Johnson said, pointing to the area east of 17th
Street southeast of campus as an example.
However, no final decisions have been made,
Remote lot permits account for 10.9 percent
of all permits sold, Johnson said. There are
three remote lots served by shuttle buses near
the downtown UNL campus. A new shuttle
route is scheduled to begin running in August
from the Beadle Center to campus.
The cost of building new parking lots and
expanding shuttle bus service has not been
figured. Johnson said it was too early in the
process to make any estimations.
The Comprehensive Facilities Plan, released
in 1990, left open other options, such as build
ing parking garages, Johnson said. The master
plan for future UNL construction designated
certain areas for parking lots but did not specify
the building of surface lots only.
Last fall, Mark Goldfeder, an ASUN repre
sentative to the Parking Advisory Committee,
studied the feasibility of a parking garage. He
determined that the garage proposal, with an
estimated cost of $ 10 million, would have to be
The Association of Students of the Univer
sity of Nebraska has taken no official stance on
building a parking garage or moving parking to
the campus perimeter.
But Andrew Loudon, speaker of the senate,
said he would be opposed to moving parking off
campus. He said other senators probably would
oppose it as well.
Jana Bouma, an English graduate student,
said she used remote lots for one year. After
that, she said, it became too much of a problem
to park there.
“I have a 20-minute drive to campus,” she
said, ‘‘and the extra time it took to get to campus
became too much.”
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