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The Nebraska football team
opens its spring practices
with added determination
after the Huskers' narrow
Orange Bowl loss.
Today, cold with
light snow or
March 29, 1994
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 93 No. 129
By Jeffrey Robb
After nearly 11 hours ofdcbatc.
Gov. Ben Nelson’s adult
crime bill earned a round of approval
from Nebraska legislators with a 34-5
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha
made good on his promise Monday to
delay LB 1351, an adult crime bill that
would tougncn pen
alties and. among
other things, adjust
death penalty ap
The final vote on
the bill came at
On a day when
i r/«ici atiidtdebate on the adult
LEuKMJtlUICfccrjmc bjjj should
have been 1 ively. Sen. Timothy HalI of
Omaha said eating a Saltinc cracker
was the highlight of his Monday.
Sen. John Lindsay of Omaha re
sponded: “What’s worse is my big
gest thrill is watching you eating it.”
At 1:30 p.m., the debate began on
amendments to the bill. Chambers
proposed amendments toother amend
ments, which lasted until 10:30 p.m.,
and a day of debate and vote on the bill
almost was lost.
Despite Chambers’ delay, all
amendments to LB 1351 advanced.
Throughout the day. Chambers
stifled debate. Lindsay tossed a green
rubber ball around. He said the ball
was Kryptonite, Superman’s only
weakness. But, he said, hedidn’t think
Chambers, the apparent Superman of
the day, would catch the ball if thrown
Chambers made h is i nten tions clear
throughout Monday’s discussion:
• “I’m going to do all I can to stop
this bill from passing.”
• “Each one of these amendments
will be discussed.”
• “I in determined to discuss all
aspects of the bill which I think arc
• “1 am prepared to talk all eight
hours if I have to because this issue is
• “I said 1 was going to donate that
time, and 1 am.” Chambers went line
by line, division by division through
the proposed amendments to LB 1351.
By the end of the evening, Chambers
had advanced to the second of 25
divisions in the amendment.
One section of the proposed amend
ment would link the death penalty,
the Supreme Court and the secretary
The section of the amendment pro
posed that, if the Supreme Court did
not set an execution date within 30
days after a motion for one was Hied,
the secretary of stale could issue a
notice. That notice would set the new
execution date for 45 days after the
original filing date.
Chambers hit on the death penalty
section for most of the debate. The
problem, he said, was that an execu
tive officer would be interfering in a
judicial procedure, thus violating the
separation of powers clause in the
“It’s silliness, it’s outright foolish
ness.” he said. Chambers often at
tacked Attorney General Don
Stenberg, calling him “General
Stenberg.” He said Stenberg lobbied
to have the section added to be vindic
tive toward the Supreme Court.
Chambers alsodiscusscd his oppo
sition to the death penalty.
Chambers’ proposed amendments
to the death penalty amendment in
See LEGISLATURE on 3
Tom T. Towater, a senior art major, does some final sanding on an urn in the
Nolle Cochrane Woods Art Building Sunday afternoon. Towater said the urn was
being prepared for exhibition and competition later this week.
By Angie Brunkow
In the 1980s, the university pur
chased a 70-year-old junior h igh
building at 22nd and W streets,
and administrators are still deciding
what to do with it.
“It’s an ongoing cflort within the
university,” Donald Helmuth, associ
ate vice chancellor for research, said.
On March 25,ChancellorGraham
Spanierexplored the 1 ittlc-known and
little-used university building with
fourothcr university officials, Helmuth
The tour was prompted by a S10
million renovation estimate to turn
the Whittier building into housing for
married students, Helmuth said.
“That’s a lot of money,” he said.
Currently, about one-fourth of the
building’s 128,000 square feet is oc
cupied by various groups, Helmuth
said. The building is being used by
Amazon River Products, the United
States Department of Agriculture and
some University ofNcbraska-Lincoln
Helmuth said that, although the
building originally was bought to be
an incubator for new businesses, few
businesses had used the space.
“The way the building is actually
constructed, it’s not that useful.” he
The wide hallways, high ceilings
and interior wall masonry make it
difficult for businesses to expand
with in the building, he said. The floors
can’t support heavy equipment.
“It was designed for the standards
of the time,” Helmuth said.
Renovations to make the building
more useful, such as turning the build
ing into student housing, would be
costly, he said.
Asbestos is in the subbasement and
boilers, he said, and the heating sys
tem doesn’t work.
A 1991 proposal to move UNL’s
College of Journalism into Whittier
was abandoned because of the exten
sive renovation costs.
Administrators will continue to
considerpossiblc uses for the building
and begin making decisions about its
future in the next several months,
“It’s something the university is
striving to make a decision on,” he
NU, Gallup mix creates poll data library
By Matthew Waite
A joint project involving the
University of Nebraska-Lin
coln and the Gallup Organi
zation will make nearly 60 years of
information available to UNL for re
search, an official said.
Lynn White, professor of sociol
ogy, said UNL and the Lincoln-based
survey organization had created a
partnership that will develop the
Gallup Institute at the university.
White said the institute would be
used as a library of public opinion
polls and would focus on the study of
surveys and the methods used to con
“What we will do is set up a data
archive that will be computerized ...
that has all the Gallup polls from
1935,” she said. “That Gallup data is
not generally available for scholars.”
White, who is a member of the
initial planning committee ofUnivcr
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln and Gallup
officials, said the committee was plan
ning more partnership possibilities
between the two groups.
The institute will be jointly housed
at UNL and at Gallup in Lincoln, she
The joint effort will make it easier
to overlap academic issues with com
mercial studies, White said. For ex
ample, a study on minimum wages
could be coupled with a study using
information on labor economics.
White said, however, that the joint
committee was involved in the very
early stages of planning the future of
The institute could attract scholars
from around the world, White said.
She said some would come to UNL as
visiting professors and others could
work at Gallup on short-term projects.
City finishes 10th Street viaduct construction
By Brian Sharp
The barricades arc coming
After more than a year of
construction, the 10th Street viaduct
will open at 10 a.m. today, officials
The two-lane bridge, which spans
about four blocks, connects 10th and
9th streets on the west side of City
Paul Carlson, associate vice chan
cellor for business and finance, said
after last summer’s rains delayed con
struction that the bridge wasn’t ex
pected toopen until April 1.Tuesday’s
start comes early, if only by a couple
days, he said.
The opening will be a quiet one,
with no ribbon cutting, no ceremony,
no fanfare — just pulling back the
signs, he said.
Al Imig, deputy city engineer, said
workers spent Monday striping the
bridge’s traffic lanes, putting upspeed
limit signsand trimming nearby trees.
When all construction is finished on
the project, Stadium Drive and land
around the viaduct will be turned over
to the University of Nebraska-Lin
Imig said the bridge originally was
expected to cost the city $2.6 million.
He said he was unaware of the actual
costs but thought they did not run
significantly over budget.
Including the pedestrian bridge,
the Stadium Drive cul-de-sac and other
project construction, the total cost is
expected to be $5 million, Imig said.
Carlson said trafTic patterns and
parking in the area should remain
pretty much the same. The biggest
cnange win dc mat iramc now can
head north on N Street, and drivers
coming from west Lincoln will find it
easier to get around without any more
Construction on a cul-de-sac at the
south end of Stadium Drive also will
begin today, Carlson said.
And, he said, construction of a new
narking lot on East Campus near the
Law College should begin soon. The
new Area 20 lot will add about 200
stalls for commuters, parking offi
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