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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 7, 1994)
■ NU ranked # 1 In both polls, Page 8
Arts & Entertainment
■ Dead Eye Dick will be seen in Lincoln, Page 9
PAGE 2: Regents clarify decision on project
NO DOUBT ABOUT WHO'S No. 1
Nil quarterback Break Barringer enters Memorial Stadium an Saturday with the rest ef the Cemhusker football team.
Behind Barringer’s 267-yard passing performance, Nebraska defeated the Kansas Jayhawfcs and took the No. 1 position
In bath college football pells.
Member voted out of 4-H committee
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Ray Massey didn’t think a pro
posal striking sexual orientation from
an amendment to a 4-H camp’s non
discrimination policy would draw
He certainly didn’t expect it to cost
him his committee position.
But Massey said a letter he re
ceived Wednesday stated that he was
removed from the committee of Uni
versity of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty
and staff that oversees the camp.
The letter came from Ken Bolen,
director of the cooperative extensions
office, Massey said. The office over
sees the ad-hoc committee, which will
be dissolved as soon as a new direc
tor for the Southeast Research and
Extension Center is found.
Bolen could not be reached for
“I have been removed because ol
my expressed views,” Massey said
Sunday, reading from a prepared
statement. “I have not been accused
of any discrimination. I have been
censored because of my views instead
of my actions.”
Massey told the Daily Nebraskan
on Tuesday that he proposed strik
ing sexual orientation because expos
ing children to a homosexual lifestyle
could put them at risk. Massey had
been on the board since it was formed
six months ago.
The committee was working to
amend the constitution and bring it
into compliance with the UNL non
discrimination policy. Sexual orien
tation was included in the proposed
amendment but was removed. The
amendment passed 20-15.
Since receiving the letter, Massey,
who is an assistant professor of agri
' cultural economics, said he had filed
a complaint with the affirmative ac
tion office. Attempts to reach those
officials were unsuccessful.
Massey said he didn’t plan to take
any legal action.
Massey said he had spoken with
several UNL officials last week,
Bolen included, who said they were
upset with his actions and thought he
had given the camp the go-ahead to
Massey said he saw the amend
ment as granting camp officials the
freedom to choose who their counse
lors and staff would be.
UNL officials also were upset that
his proposal went against UNL
policy, he said.
Massey said he had never dis
criminated against any of his students
for any reason, and officials he spoke
with confirmed that no complaints
had been filed against him.
The letter stating he was dismissed
was the first indication that any ac
tion would be taken against him,
Massey said. Officials said last week
they would only work to enforce the
The proposal was seconded by a
voice vote, but Massey said he didn’t
know if that member of the commit
tee had been contacted. The voting
was done by secret ballot.
Massey said he had made many
attempts to be reinstated to the com
mittee. He said he had spoken with
Bolen; Eric Jolly, director of affirma
tive action and diversity; Linda
Crump, associate director of affirma
tive action; and had someone contact
Irv Omtvedt, vice chancellor of the
Institute of Agriculture and Natural
Resources. All attempts failed, he
By Brian Sharp
A man found dead in the Nebraska
Union on Saturday apparently com
plained of severe stomach pains the
night before, one of his friends said.
David M. Ball, a 47-year-old
homeless man, was discovered by a
Nebraska Union employee around 7
a.m. Ball apparently died of natural
causes, a Lincoln newspaper re
ported. No autopsy will be conducted.
Brian Parish, another homeless
man who frequents the union, said
he saw Ball holding his stomach and
moaning Friday night.
That was the last time he saw him,
Parish said. When he returned to the
union on Saturday, a custodian told
him Ball had died.
Jason Wyant, assistant night man
ager, said he was walking through the
building around 6:30 a.m. Saturday,
turning on the lights, when he saw
Ball lying in the south vestibule area.
See DEATH on 2
ly Mm Sharp
1 In the debate about whether to cre
ate a separate engineering college in
Omaha, one voice has been forgot
It’s a voice that Andrew Loudon,
president of the Association of Stu
dents of the University of Nebraska,
said he wanted the NU Board of Re
gents to remember — the students’
Loudon announced Saturday that
a petition, which contains the signa
tures of more than 500 engineering
students at the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln, would be sent to the
Loudon made the announcement
in front of Broyhill Fountain.
“This is to show that we really '
need to focus this argument on stu
dents,” Loudon said.
ASUN engineering senators and
members of the UNL College of En
gineering and Technology executive
See PETITION on 3
Court not likely to rehear amendment case, officials say
A motion to reconsider striking five consti
tutional amendments from the ballot probably
will go unheard, state offi
Secretary of State Allen
Beermann filed the motion
for rehearing late Friday,
after the Nebraska Su
preme Court ruled in a 4-3
decision that the five pro
amendments must be taken
off Tuesday’s ballot.
Sen. 71m Hall of Omaha said that because
the court released its decision at such a late
date, it probably would not rehear the case.
Hall is chairman of the Executive Board of the
Legislative Council, which was responsible for
sufc~’"’ the proposals to Beermann.
usick, a Grand Island attorney who
argued against the amendments before the
court, said he saw no reason to rehear the mo
tion because it would raise nothing new.
The court’s decision stated it “determined
that the filing deadline was not met.” The pro
posals, which were submitted to Beermann on
July 8, were one day late. State statute requires
that they be submitted not less than four months
prior to the election.
“For a filing of July 8, we begin computing
the four-month period,” the majority opinion
stated. “Applying our general definition of the
term calendar month,’ we determine that a
four-month period beginning July 9 ends on
Nov. 8. That is not prior to the election.”
Beermann had cited a past ruling in 1968
in which the court allowed a filing of July 5
for a Nov. 5 election. The court stated, how
ever, that “the language of the time deadlines
In that case, the language stated that the
election was to be held not less than four
months after the petition filing date.
The court also stated that case didn’t apply
because the time line was set by the Nebraska
Constitution. In the case on the five amend
ments, the deadline was set in statute.
“This was a terrible decision on the part of
the court,” Hall said. “They basically make new
law here and overturn themselves *’
Bccrmann’s motion, submitted to the court
by Attorney General Don Stenberg, stated the
court erred twice in its decision.
The motion contends the court made its first
mistake by not following a past ruling that
stated constitutional amendments should not
be pulled if they were filed with substantial
cor *’ance with the law.
_ motion states that “such an egregious
penalty of the people of the State of Nebraska
for one man’s delay should not be implied or
assumed by this court. This court has repeat
See AMENDMENTS on 2
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