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February 23, 1994
square off against
Kansas in a 7:05 game
at the Bob Devaney
Sports Center tonight.
Today, doudv with a
chance of light snow
in the morning.
Vol. 93 No. 110
Mike Justice, a junior broadcasting major, finds himself making his own trail through the snow, while the
sidewalk is cleared for other students behind Oldfather Hall Tuesday afternoon.
Storm puts Lincoln in snow emergency
Night class cancelled;
parking, travel a mess
in campus, city, state
By Cam) Walker
Mayor Mike Johanns declared a snow
emergency Tuesday for Lincoln,
and UNL night classes were can
celled when about seven inches of snow
blanketed the city.
A city residential parking ban took effect
today at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until
further notice. Parking is banned on both
sides of the street in most residential areas.
In high density areas, parking is banned on
the north and east or even-numbered sides of
Cars violating this ban can receive a $20
ticket and be towed.
The snow emergency and parking ban
took effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The ban
prohibits parking on all emergency snow
routes, arterial streets and bus routes. Cars
parked in snow routes can receive $35 tick
Specific routes affected by the parking
ban are outlined on page 35 of the Lincoln
Telephone book blue pages.
Phase one, the spreading of salt and sand
on the streets, began early Tuesday morn
The fourth phase, plowing of residential
areas, began early today, said Steve Masters,
a public works administrator.
This would be the first time this winter
the city has entered phase four of the snow
The Lincoln area was under a winter
storm warning late Tuesday evening. The
National Weather Service said snow would
continue to blow after midnight Tuesday. A
30 percent chance oflightsnow this morning
and a 40 percent chance on Thursday were
Temperatures will rise to the mid-30s and
40s during the weekend, the service said.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Land
scape Services workers were out early Tues
day morning scooping handicapped ramps,
stairs and sidewalks, said Bud Dasenbrock,
director of Landscape Services.
Almost 80 employees were called in at
midnight to begin clearing the parking lots
and to scoop the sidewalks again, Dasenbrock
More than five accidents were reported
Tuesday on the UNL campus, university
police said Tuesday night.
Lincoln police reported nearly 200 auto
mobile accidents in the city Tuesday.
By Matthew Waite
A bill that would make hazing a crime
gained first-round approval 32-0 Tues
day on the floor of the Nebraska Legis
LB1129, introduced by Sen. Gerald Matzke
of Sidney, advanced without opposition. The
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floor again for a second
round of debate.
Matzke said the idea be
hind the bill was simple.
“LB1129 has to do with
human dignity and abuse,”
he said. “Thisbill will make
nazing ai a posisecunuaiy
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Matzke proposed the bill in reaction to a
University of Nebraska-Lincoln incident last
semester. Jeffrey Knoll, a Phi Gamma Delta
Fraternity pledge, fell from a third-story win
dow inNovember. The UniversityJudicial Board
found hazing to be involved in the incident.
The bill defines hazing as “any activity
which willfully or recklessly endangers the
physical or mental health or safety of an indi
vidual for the purpose of initiation, admission
into, affiliation with, or continued membership
with anv organization operating under the sanc
tion of a postsecondary educational institu
Matzke said the bill was not reserved for
fraternities, and it would include groups like
band and letterman clubs. He said 38 states had
“Hazing is a crime, and our state statutes
should (show) that,” Matzke said.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha rose in
support of the bill, saying Matzke had hit on a
Chambers told senators about a recent inci
dent in Missouri in which a pledge in an all
black fraternity was beaten to death.
“I am especially offended that young black
men, when facing so many other problems ...
would engage in this ... demeaning conduct,”
A benefit of LB 1129, Chambers said, was
that outside officials could conduct an investi
gation and file charges without the university’s
cooperation. He said sometimes the university
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Smith receives A+ report from administrators
University System Reaction
► Spanier says Smith is on the same
wavelength as the chancellors of Nil's
►Otto Bauer, a UNO vice chancellor, says
Smith is direct in conversation, has a
good sense of humor and will make
decisions based on both sides of any
► Chancellors agree Smith's
outside-the-NU-system background will
brina new perspectives, ideas and
Thursday the Daily Nebraskan will see
how Dennis Smith is perceived among
officials outside of the university system
By Matthew Waite
mong officials in the University of
Nebraska system, there are many pos
itive opinions about incoming NU Pres
ident Dennis Smith.
So far, the consensus is that he’s intelligent,
a quick study, direct and that he will provide
fresh ideas for the university system.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor
Graham Spanier said he was impressed with
“I think he is going to be good to work with,”
Spanier said. “He thinks through issues very
“He's not afraid to take a hold of issues."
Spanier said he expected Smith to provide
effective leadership when Smith took office on
Some controversy sur
rounded the selection of
outgoing NU President
Martin Massengale because
he was once the UNL chan
cellor. Spaniersaid itdidn’t
matter where Smith came
“I don’t think where a
person worked before is as
critical as the qualities they
bring to the job,” Spanier
said. He said a different location would give
Smith different ideas of how things should
“It allows someone to come in with an open
Spanier said he was very positive about how
Smith would work with the chancellors of the
four NU campuses.
“I think he’s really on the same wavelength
with the four chancellors,” he said.
Otto Bauer, vice chancellor for academic
affairs and dean for graduate studies and re
search at the University of Nebraska at Omaha,
said he was also impressed with Smith.
“He’s very direct in his conversation and he
has a good sense of humor,” Bauer said. “1 think
he’s the kind of person who’s going to listen to
both sides of an issue and, in due time, make a
decision, and 1 think that’s going to character
ize his administration.”
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Outcome-based education subject ot bill, controversy
By Kara G. Morrison
Kathryn Koslosky said she wished her
son had not been the guinea pig in an
experiment with outcome-based edu
Koslosky, testifying before the Legislature’s
Education Committee, told senators Tuesday
her son's development had been hampered in a
Millard elementary school — a test site for
In kindergarten through third grade, Koslosky
said she was assured her child was progressing
normally. But she and her husband had no way
of knowing how his progress compared to other
children, she said.
“In three years, my son never received what
most of us would regard as a report card,"
Her son finally took a standardized test in the
third grade. The results, she said, were frighten
“In third grade, on many categories, he was
on a first-grade level."
The tests said her son had great gaps in his
education. Millard officials told her the point of
outcome-based education was that children be
able to progress at their own pace. They main
tained nothing was wrong.
Other experts told her that her son would
never catch up, because he had no solid educa
tional foundation on which to build, she said.
Finally, at Millard, Koslosky was told, “We
would all love to have bright children, but some
of us just have to accept that our children are
average or below average.”
Koslosky and her husband decided to get
help. They moved their son to a different school,
got him a tutor, and a year later, she said, his
standardized test scores in comprehension rose
from the 48th to the 99th percentile. Today,
Koslosky said her son was in gifted programs
for math and language in his new school.
“I’m not saying outcome-based education is
evil,” Koslosky said. “1 am saying if the state
mandated it, I would not have had the option to
remove my son from the situation.”
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