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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 94 NO. 63
By Matttfw Wilto
Opponents of term limits have filed an ap
peal to the Nebraska Supreme Court saying thaj
the measure voters approved Nov. 8 is uncon
The measure's opponents are appealing
Lancaster County District Court Judge Paul
Merritt’s Nov. 7 decision to leave the issue on
the Nov. 8 ballot.
Wednesday's motion was filed by the same
people responsible for that challenge: Tim
Duggan, John Hascnauer, State Sen. Ernie
Chambers of Omaha and Lincoln City Coun
cilman Ken Haar.
The measure, which would limit the terms
of federal, state and local elected officials, was
approved by voters 68 percent to 32 percent.
Duggan filed a successful lawsuit challeng
ing a 1992 term limits amendment approved
by voters. The slate Supreme Court threw out
the amendment in May because the petition
did not have enough valid signatures to be on
On Aug. 30, Secretary of State Allen
Becrmann said his office had verified 104,000
of 131,000 signatures from a petition to get
the measure on the 1994 ballot. Becrmann's
verification put the measure on the ballot - •
Chambers, who has said term limits sup
porters would be politically shooting them
selves in tire foot, said he expected Merritt's
“We knew the lower court would rule
against us, and it would end up in the supreme
court,” he said, v
The new lawsuit alleges at least 12 techni
cal deficiencies in the petitions circulated by
term limits supporters.
The suit claims the measure is unconstitu
tional because it requires more of elected offi
cials than the Constitution, Chambers said.
The suit also claims the measure’s wording
is flawed, contradictory and therefore invalid,
In Merritt’s Nov. 7 ruling, the judge called
the measure “hurriedly and somewhat care
lessly drafted.’’ He did, however, say the mea
sure was in compliance with Nebraska law and
would remain on the ballot.
Assistant Attorney General Dale Comer,
Todd Frazier of Nebraskans for Term Limits
and Jay Bartel, also an assistant attorney gen
eral, will represent the defendants, Beermann,
Guy Curtis, a petition sponsor, and Nebras
kans for Term Limits.
Comer said the defense would probably have
to deal with Merritt’s word in the appeals pro
The defense gave Merritt a brief that
counters the criticisms, he said. Nebraskans
for Term Limits drafted the original measure
The Court will review Merritt’s actions and
rule on the constitutionality of the term limits
measure, Comer said.
The Aauocintcd Prune contributed to this report
Polish artist Jedrzsi fttspak works an a sculpture mads from living plants and natural landscapas fttspak Is
visiting the United States and Is crafting Ms sculpture In fruit of last Canyui.
Artist plants sculpture at UNL
By Jiff Randall
For Polish artist Jedrzej Stcpak. art can
be a matter of life and death.
MMy sculpture is always changing," said
Stcpak, who visited the University of Nc
braska-Lincoln this week. “It lives and dies,
just like people."
Stcpak's work is made from living plants
and natural landscapes. During his one
week stay at UNL, Stcpak is crafting a tem
porary sculpture in front of East Campus.
Wendy Weiss, associate professor in the
textiles, clothing and design department at
UNL, helped bring Stcpak to the univer
She met the Polish artist at the annual
International Symposium of Artist Weav
ers in Lodz, Poland, in 1992.
Weiss said that when she discovered
Stcpak was visiting the United States, she
jumped at the opportunity to bring him to
“It was important to me to bring him in,"
Weiss said. 1 ms is a rare opportunity ior
students to work and study with an interna
Stcpak is a member of an influential
group of young Polish textile artists, Weiss
said. She said textile art had grown consid
erably since the 1960s, when the “fiber revo
lution” spread this art from flat tapestries
to a field with almost limitless forms and
Stcpak said his work had made a shift in
both purpose and form. He began working
on posters, tapestries and stage design and
now works with natural landscaping, inte
rior design and sculpture.
He said willow was one of his favorite
materials. He became interested in willow
about 15 years ago when he attended a wil
low workshop in his native Poland. He first
used willow for building furniture, he said,
but then expanded the way he used it.
Working with natural materials brings a
different effect to his art, Stcpak said.
“My work is here for just this moment,
and then it changes,” he said. “It’s not like
“My sculpture is always
changing. It lives and dies,
just like people. ”
bronze or stone, or other permanent mate
Slepak's visit to the United States was
supported by the Konsciuszko Foundation
in New York. He wants to show and dis
cuss his work around North America, he
Stcpak’s travels in North America have
taken him to New York, Ohio State Uni
versity and, now, Nebraska. He intends to
visit San Francisco and Mexico City next,
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Engineering dean: One other scholarship was cancelled
ended last year
By BH—l Hwrp
The Walter Scott engineering
scholarship wasn’t the only scholar
ship to be put on hold more than a
year ago, said an engineering associ
John Ballard said another award,
the Peter Kiewit Sons Inc. Minority
Scholarship Fund, which goes mostly
to engineering students, also was dis
continued last spring.
The Scott Scholarships are given
by Walter Scott Jr. in his father’s
name. The younger Scott is the cur
rent chairman of Peter Kicwit Son
Allen has said
Scott put the
hold to influence
the debate over
forming a new
lege at the Uni
versity of Ne
bra ska at Omaha.
Scott has said
he halted the awards because they
were unequally distributed between
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
and Omaha campuses
Michael Faust, a spokesman for
Scott, said Wednesday that neither
decision was meant to influence the
regents’ December vote on the engi
The minority scholarship fund,
which is awarded to more than just
engineering students, was being
phased out in favor of a larger fund,
Faust said the old program was for
disadvantaged youths. He said that
direction would continue in the new
program, which was developed along
with an inner-city Omaha school.
The new program will increase the
amount of awards tenfold, Faust said.
The discontinued minority fund
awarded more than $10,000 annually,
Ballard said five engineering stu
dents were on the Kiewit minority
scholarship. Those engineering stu
dents receive about $8,000 ot that
$10,000, he said.
In the past, the engineering col
lege provided lists of candidates to
the company. Kiewit officials then
chose scholarship winners, Ballard
The college was notified in the
spring to stop awarding the Kiewit
minority scholarships because the
focus had changed. The corporation
gave the college no further informa
tion about the scholarships’ new fo
cus, he said.
Ballard said students already re
ceiving the renewable scholarship
would be unaffected by the change.
About five or six students have
Walter Scott scholarships, Ballard
said. More than $16,500 in Scott
scholarships is awarded annually.
Ballard said the money for the
awards came from an endowment
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