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Law & Order
A LOOK AT CRIME ON CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY
Hardin to get public defender
By Brian Sharp
Luther Hardin, a University of
Nebraska football player charged with
third-degree assault, will have to wait
until Monday to meet with his new
But Shelly Sjall, who had repre
sented him, said the charge probably
would be dismissed. Stall would not
elaborate on her reasons.
Hardin, a junior outside linebacker,
has pleaded not guilty to a Nov. 17
incident in which prosecutors allege
he struck a woman in the face. Hardin
also was ticketed after the incident for
third-degree sexual assault.
Susan Tast, the public defender
now assigned to Hardin, won’t take
over the case until Jan. 23. Stall would
not comment on why she had been
dismissed from the case, but she said
it had to do with policy and did not
involve any action by Hardin.
Jodi Nelson, deputy county attor
ney, said only the one charge had
been filed because there was no evi
dence to support the sexual assault
Police reports gave the following
account of the incident:
Hardin allegedly approached two
women from behind as they were
leaving the Hurricane, 1110 O St.,
shortly after closing time. One woman
reported she felt someone come up
behind her and lift her skirt.
The alleged assault victim, who
was walking with her, verified that
account and reported she then saw
Hardin grab or pinch the other
Hardin told police he didn’t re
member lifting the skirt or grabbing
her. He also reported he didn’t re
member the assault.
The woman said she slapped
Hardin after his initial action. Hardin
then punched her in the nose, she
Hardin was taken to Lancaster
County Jail and found to have a Wood
alcohol content of .124, which is over
the legal content of .10.
Hardin finished the football sea
son as the third-string outside line
From Staff Reports
A UNL student was assaulted
Monday night in a south Lincoln
residence, police said.
Adam Bailey, a 23-year-old
business major, sustained a frac
ture on his skull near his left eye,
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann
Police arrested Michael Noel on
first degree assault charges. Noel,
34, shuck Bailey while the two
were playing cards, police report.
Noel allegedly knocked Bailey
from his chair and kicked him in
the head, knocking him uncon
Bailey, who lives at 1814 F
St., was treated and released from
Lincoln General hospital.
Allen talks of Spanierless UNL
By Angie Schendt
NU Regent Robert Allen contin
ued to criticize UNL Chancellor Gra
ham Spanier Wednesday night.
At a meeting of the College Re
publicans, Allen said because
Spanier’s background was not in ad
ministration, his leadership was
wrong for UNL.
Allen said he would like a differ
ent order of priorities in the running
of the university, and less attention
paid to personal interests. Students
should come first, he said.
“Spanier likes to do magic tricks
and be out in front,” Allen said.
Allen also said that resources were
not being evenly allocated among the
“I am surprised to see the lack of
support for the College of Arts and
Sciences,” Allen said.
The core of the university is the
College of Arts and Sciences, he said,
and more money should be concen
trated in that area. He said repairing
halls like Burnett and getting more
office spaces for professors were ar
eas to improve on.
Allen said another area that needed
to be improved was the review pro
cess for deans. The former dean of the
College of Business Administration,
Gary Schwendiman, did not fail, he
said, but rather the review system
Allen said he received about 50
letters and many recommendations
about the quality of former College of
Engineering and Technology Dean
He said Liberty’s resignation
showed that Spanier had failed to
encourage quality faculty members to
remain at UNL.
Another system that hasn ’ t worked
was the election of regents, he said.
Many talented people don’t run
for regents, and that problem might
be solved if the governor and legisla
tors appointed regents, he said. Gov.
Ben Nelson would do a good job at
appointing regents, he said.
Allen also criticized the amount of
money spent on construction projects
“We waste millions of dollars on
construction,” he said.
For the future, Allen said he would
like to see more building continuity
around city campus.
UNL should hire fewer adminis
trators and more faculty, Allen said.
The university should act as the
national champion football team did.
“They achieved success with lim
ited resources and population. It was
an amazing feat,” he said.
Police and minorities talk on TV
By Chad Lorenz
Lincoln minorities and police dis
cussed improving their relationship
at a televised forum on Wednesday.
“We as a people need to make an
effort to be more perfect in our inter
actions,” said Gene Crump, director
of the Central States Compact.
The monthly program, “Facets,”
is sponsored by the Lincoln Public
Schools Multicultural Advisory Com
The forum aired on cable access
channel 21 and Nebraska Public Ra
dio, KUCV, 90.9 FM.
Moderators first asked minority
representatives about issues and their
concerns with police minority rela
Teresita Aguilar, a member of the
Inter-cultural Coalition, said most
minority children grew up learning
to respect the law, but fear law-en
“We learned that we don’t have
the same rights as others,” she said.
The panel said the police could
help end this fear and distrust by
getting closer to the minority com
Judi Morgan, executive director of
the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska-Lincoln
Field Office, said police needed to
humanize minorities to defeat preju
“We want police going out and not
being above the people but beside the
people,” she said.
Marty Ramirez of the Inter-cul
tural Coalition said police needed
language and cultural tools to deal
with minorities, especially in poten
tially dangerous situations.
“In those situations, language is
just as powerful as the weapon and
armor they wear,” he said.
Dorothy Anderson, chair of the
Lincoln Citizen Police Advisory
Board, said the first step anyone could
take in reforming law enforcement is
to file a complaint with the Police
No complaints had been filed by
the Hispanic community, she said.
The board would examine the com
plaints and try to change “anything
that raises a flag at us,” she said.
Jim Baird, acting Lincoln police
chief, said minority and police inter
actions could be improved by a part
nership with the community and
criminal justice system.
Baird listed programs such as
Neighborhood Watch and School
Resource Officers that already teamed
police and community together.
Crump said stressing education,
responsibilities of citizens and the
Citizens Police Advisory Board were
the keys to police-minority relations.
“That starts the ball rolling,”
Power to appoint Regents opposed
By Melanie Brandert
A SUN senators passed a bill
Wednesday directing Government
Liaison Committee members to lobby
against Gov. Ben Nelson’s proposal
to appoint members to the NU Board
Nelson’s proposal, which was
drafted last week by Sen. Ardyce
Bohlke of Hastings, would give Nelson
the power to appoint regents, who are
currently elected by Nebraska voters.
Dave Milligan, speaker of the sen
ate, said at the meeting there was
nothing that indicated that regents, if
appointed, would be responsible for
students’ concerns. He said he didn’t
think appointed officials would be
accountable to students.
“If we want to continue to keep the
highest level of administration for the
university, it’s crucial that we do not
allow the proposal to appoint the Board
of Regents to pass,” Milligan said.
Robert Caldwell, College of Law
senator, said if Nelson appointed re
gents, he would have direct control
“I think we want to look at the fact
that appointed boards are not always
representative of people’s concerns,”
The senate also unanimously
passed a bylaw change that desig
natesthe second vice president as the
chairman of the Student Life Com
The change, which will take place
with next year’s senate, also transfers
the student life commissioner’s du
ties over to the second vice president
and eliminates the commissioner’s
Judy Rishel, second vice president
of the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska, said at the
meeting that the bylaw change would
bring ASUN committees under the
second vice president’s authority and
would help add to the role of future
second vice presidents.
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