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On Shaky Ground
"On Deadly Ground,"
Steven Seagal's first
directorial effort, receives
less than rave reviews.
Today, partly sunny
March 1, 1994
University ot Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 93 No. 114
Texas schools set for challenge of Big Eight
By Trevor Parks
In 1996, the Big Eight Conference will
have four new schools to contend with.
However, the four colleges—Baylor,
Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M—won’t be
strangers to the Big Eight.
Texas Tech football coach Spike Dykes,
whose team lost to Nebraska this year, said the
schools would fit in nicely with the new “Big
“We have a lot of similarities to the schools
of the Big Eight,” Dykes said. “We’re the
second-largest city in the Big 12. We have about
25,000 students. We’re not in a pro market. And
j Lubbock is a great college
The addition of the four
kschools to the Big Eight will
bring 34 national titles to the
conference’s already high
ktotal of 94.
™ Four of the additional ti
tles are football champion
ships. Texas has won titles in
aw I/Wneraice 1963,1969 and 1970. Texas
A&M has the other, winning
the title in 1939.
Texas brings the biggest school and the
highest number of national titles, 29, to the
conference. Located in Austin, the university
has an enrollment of 49,253.
Texas A&M brings to the Big Eight a school
with an enrollment of 43,862 and a program
that has won four national championships. The
Aggies’ football team also has the third-best
record in the ’90s.
Last season, Texas A&M went 10-2, won its
third-straight Southwest Conference title, and
was the only SWC team to finish the season
ranked in the Top 25. One of two losses came to
Texas A&M Athletic Director Alan Cannon
said it was a tough decision to leave the SWC,
but the move was right for the time.
“We have mixed emotions on leaving the
conference after 79 years,” he said. “The bottom
line is Texas A&M is one big family, and we
have to look out for the best interests of the
However, the Aggies won’t be able to bring
everything to the Big Eight.
For the next five years, the Aggies’ football
team will be suffering from sanctions by the
NCAA. The team is ineligible for post-season
play next season.
See INVITED on 3
Rebel until he thaws
Jack Shram, 24, and Brian Bidder, 22, of Lincoln built a snow biker Sunday afternoon on Shram’s
motorcycle at 901 N. 25th St. Because he couldn't ride his motorcycle, Shram said he might as well do
something interesting with it.
Alpha Chi Omega burglar assaults female
of a 13-crime streak
in downtown Lincoln
By Angie Brunkow
Lincoln police have no leads in a
break-in and assault at Alpha Chi
Omega Sorority last weekend.
Sgt. Ann Heermann said a sorority member
was hit in the nose and twice on the chin at 11:15
Friday night before the male suspect fled.
He is suspected to be involved in a siring of
1C burglaries and three assaults that ended at
12:40 a.m. Saturday, Hecrmann said.
Lincoln police still arc collecting informa
tion about the incidents and trying to draw a
composite sketch of the suspect, described as a
stocky, 5-foot-5-inch male. The suspect had
long, black hair and was wearing a red shirt and
baggy jump pants.
Heermann said police believed the suspect
entered the sorority house through a fire escape
door, which wasn’t secured properly.
The victim had left her room and returned to
find her closet door closed, Hecrmann said.
When she opened it, the male grabbed her by the
hair and struck her.
A Her he had forced her into a room across the
hall, Hecrmann said the man was scared away
by another sorority member who had heard the
commotion. The man fled out of an east fire
The woman suffered swelling in her left
cheek and scalp and cuts on her nose, Hecrmann
said. The suspect allegedly took the woman’s
wallet, which contained $2, she said.
Hecrmann said the other incidents occurred
in the central area of town, ranging from the
700th block of N. 16th Street to the 2700th block
of A Street.
“There’s quite a bit of distance,” she said.
At 2749 A St., a woman was sexually as
saulted by the suspect, Hecrmann said.
Republican announces bid for U.S. Senate
By Matthew Watte
The United States’ problems start in
Washington, but the solutions are here
in Nebraska, a Republican contender
for the U.S. Senate said Monday.
Jan Stoney, a retired Omaha businesswom
an, announced her candidacy for the U.S. Sen
ate seat currently occupied by Bob Kerrey.
Stoncy’s announcement at the Top of the
Rock Banquet Room, 14th and P streets, was
part of a nine-city tour to officially kick off her
bid for Kerrey’s scat.
Stoney said Kerrey put other interests before
his home state. She said the senator was conser
vative when he was in Nebraska, but liberal
when he was in Washington.
We don t need someone
that comes to Nebraska and
talks like Rush Limbaugh and
goes to Washington and votes
like Ted Kennedy,” she said.
Stoney said she was not a
traditional candidate. She
said she was not a politician
and had no intentions of be
“Do I have prior political
Stonev experience/ino — ana i am
^ proud of it,” she said.
Stoney said she had watched Americans’
dreams fade with the country’s problems. She
told the crowd of more than 100 that President
Bill Cl inton’s administration was making things
“We are killing the American spirit,” she
Government regulation is smothering small
businesses and personal property regulations
are worrying farmers and ranchers, Stoncy said.
She said something in Washington was not
“The first step to solving a problem is to
admit there is one,” Stoney said. “Well, here I
am. We have a problem in Washington.”
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to enter plea
of not guilty,
From Staff Reports
A UNL student charged with making
terroristic threats waived his right
Monday to a preliminary hearing.
Seth Davis,ajuniorengincering majorat the
University of Ncbraska-Lincoln, allegedly
threatened his ex-girlfriend’s life in a Feb. 14
incident at Triangle Fraternity. According to
police reports, Davis then began loading his 9
mm pistol as the girl ran from the room.
Davis’ attorney, James Mowbray.said Davis
would plead not guilty to the charge. Davis is
scheduled to appear in district court March 9 to
enter his plea.
At another court appearance March 9, a
separate date will be scheduled for Davis to
enter his plea on the charge of willfully destroy
Davis allegedly broke out his ex-girlfriend’s
car window but told police he couldn’t remem
ber if it was before or after he threatened her.
Mowbray said there had been no further
developments in the case.
The first charge is a Class IV felony, with a
maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and
$10,000 fine. The destruction of property charge
is a Class II misdemeanor, with a maximum six
month prison sentence and $1,000 fine.
L Dennis Smith officially took of
fice as the fifth president of the
• University of Nebraska system
Smith, the former executive vice chancel
lor of the University of California-Irvine,
replaced Martin Massengale.
Joe Rowson, NU director of public affairs,
said Smith would have a regular business
“I think his main objective is to go in and
get started,*’ Rowson said.
Smith will make his first public appear
ance at a press conference today at the Wal ter
Scott Engineering Center.
Massengale is attending a meeting in
Chicago today, Rowson said. Massengale
was guaranteed a University of Ncbraska
Lincoln agronomy professorship by the NU
Board of Regents last March.
Massengale has been a Nebraska admin
istrator for 18 years. He became the chancel
lor of UNL in 1981 and NU president in
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