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Serious university code violations,
such as in the recent Phi Gamma Delta
Fraternity incident, are brought be
fore a nine-member University Judi
cial Board, Anderson said.
Students caught violating the alco
hol policy in the residence halls, greek
houses or elsewhere on campus meet
with Anderson, Schwartzkopf or a
residence hall director.
The usual minimum penalty for all
first-time violations is required atten
dance at a $30, six-hour alcohol edu
cation class offered through the Uni
versity Health Center.
James Griesen, vice chancellor for
student affairs, said the university tried
to keep penalties educational.
“We are an educational institu
tion,” he said. “We’re trying to help
Students can ask to go before the
greek, residence hall or university ju
dicial boards, which can assign addi
Schwartzkopf said the first-time
penalty didn’t always deter students
from breaking the rules.
“The consequence isn’t great
enough,” she said.
Recently, Griesen and
Schwartzkopf said, un i versi ty offc ials
have realized students make their own
exceptions to the university policy.
Schwartzkopf said offic ials learned
of the frequency of violations when
Fiji pledge Jeffrey Knoll was injured
Knoll, a minor, fell from a third
story window of the Fiji house after
consuming alcohol there.
Minors often consume alcohol on
campus in uncontrolled settings, es
pecially the greek houses, Griesen
“Every weekend you’d find houses
having parties,” he said.
Although alcohol consumption
occurs in both the greek houses and
the residence halls, Schwartzkopf said
greek violations were more flagrant.
“In all fairness to students in the
residence halls, they have not been
able to have the large parties fraterni
ties have been able to,” she said.
Esters said student assistants could
detect when parties were occurring.
“We don’t sniff at doors, but if we
hear quarters bouncing in a room, we
confront that,” she said.
Members of greek houses don’t
face that kind of enforcement. Univer
sity officials rely on executive officers
of greek houses to patrol alcohol vio
lations within their houses — a prac
tice that isn’t always effective,
“It's apparent that peer enforce
ment of the rules is not working,” she
Because greek houses are private
property, only five university officials
can enter uninvited. Those officials
include the vice chancellor and two
assistant vice chancellors for student
affairs, the director of greek affairs
and the director for student judicial
Griesen said in the futqre, those
officials would go “walking” on cam
pus on weekend nights more often to
check alcohol use.
University officials also are dis
cussing plans to step up other enforce
ment methods and penalties, he said.
Although the university usually
handtts alcohol violations within its
own judicial system, he said future
repeat violators might have to answer
to police and to charges such as minor
in possession or contributing to the
delinquency of a minor.
Schwartzkopf said university offi
cials weren’t increasing enforcement
efforts to keep students from having
“Nobody is saying wc don’t want
students to socialize and we don’t
want students to have a good time,”
But if students want to have fun on
campus, she said, they’re going to
have to play by university and state
“As long as the legal drinking age
is 21 and as long as this campus has a
pol icy, we have to enforce our pol icy.”
ASUN opposes grading proposal
By Heather Lampe
The Association of Students of the
University ofNebraska voted Wednes
day to oppose a proposal to change
UNL’s nine-point grading scale to a
40-degTee decimal system.
Trent Steele, first vice president of
ASUN, said because of the impor
tance of the issue, he wanted as many
ASUN members and students to at
tend the Feb. 8 Academic Senate meet
ing where the issue would be decided.
“We’re down to crunch time,” he
said. “This is going to be the most
important academic issue we will face
for many years.
“I want to have a lot of students
there, I want the Academic Senate to
see the people they’U be affecting,”
Students also were encouraged to
give their input on the University of
Ncbraska-Lincoln Vision Statement
and Strategic Plan.
Rita Kean, chairwoman of the ac
ademic planning committee, and John
Benson, director of research and plan
ning, spoke during ASUN’s open fo
rum. They explained that the state
ment and plan were the framework for
how the university would move for
In other action, senators passed a
resolution directing the Government
Liaison Committee to lobby in favor
LB 1129, a bill that would outlaw
Charles Hamilton, a senator for
graduate studies, abstained from the
vote because he said some of the res
olution’s wording was geared specif
ically toward members of the greek
He said hazing could affect any
UNL student, not just those in greek
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Huskers capture legislative award
By Jeff Zeleny
One month after the Nebraska
football team gained national at
tention and respect, Gov. Ben
Nelson and the Legislature gave
the team one more award Wednes
Nelson and Sen. Don Wesley of
Lincoln presented NU football
coach Tom Osborne with a legisla
tive proclamation for the Huskers’
“I’ve promised not to say any
thing else about the officiating,”
Nelson joked, “even subliminally
Nelson said despite the loss to
Florida State, Nebraska’s season
“I’ve had more people congrat
ulate me for a loss than a win,”
Nelson said at a press conference.
“The good life was made even bet
ter with the performance of the
Comhuskers in the Orange Bowl.”
The proclamation was approved
by all 49 state senators, even though
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha
didn’t sign it.
“I’m gonna take this over,”
Osborne said. “I’m sure he’ll sign
it. We’re close personal friends.”
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