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UCLA wins national title,
Arts & Entertainment
Lied Center unveils its
1995-96 season, page 12
April 4, 1995
Dan Werner, a senior finance major, reacts to a play during the first half of Monday nights NCAA Championship
basketball game. Werner and a group of friends watched the game from big screen televisions at Brewsky’s Food
Illegal betting pools thrive on campus
By Matthew Waite
Eli Moore gets a little more of a kick out
of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
Moore has his own basketball pool, and,
going into the championship game, is sitting
one gameaway from winning it. IftheUCLA
Bruins defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks, he
will be $80 richer.
But Moore, a junior who has been run
ning pools since he was a freshman at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said it
wasn’t about money.
“It’s more for bragging rights than
money,” he said. “Ifyou think you are going
to win it, you’re probably crazy.”
When the tournament seedings started
coming out, so did the basketball pools.
From offices across the city to residence-hall
floors and greek houses across campus, bas
ketball pools sprung up.
But in Nebraska, state law says they are
Lt. Bill Hobbs, an investigator for the
Nebraska State Patrol, said that if the state
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patrol were to get a report of a pool, it would
However, Hobbs said, in the 18 years he
has been with the state patrol, he can not
remember ever getting such a report.
“It’s just not one that’s highly reported,”
Hobbs said, however, that “a violation of
law is a violation of law.” But when looking
to investigate an office pool with up to 10
people in it or a bookie who handles bets for
500 people, he said the people of Nebraska
would be better served by investigating the
Chuck Rensink, the complex program
director for Harper-Schramm-Smith resi
dence halls, said university housing out
lawed all forms of gambling.
“We can’t do much about them if we
don’t know where they are,” he said.
If a complaint was made about the pool,
Rensink said, the pool would be broken up.
He said, however, that starting a pool would
not get the person removed from university
Moore, who lived in the residence halls
for three years, said that almost every floor in
the halls started a pool. Some floors have two
or three, he said.
“You ’ ve got so many opportunities to get
into pools it’s not even funny,” Moore said.
“You have to reject some of them.”
Moore’s pool, as it stands now, involves
15 people who paid $10 each. He said that
was down from years past, when he would
have 25 to 30 people in the pool paying $2 an
Setting up a pool is relatively easy, M oore
said. The easy part was photocopying the
seedings and gettingpeople to join. The hard
part was getting their money.
Moore said people entering pools felt
their type of gambling was different.
“I don’t believe you fill out pools to make
money,” he said. “In gambling, you expect to
win. With pools, you give your donation and
hope for the best.”
And Moore’s secret to playing basketball
“I’ve done enough to realize that a col
lege basketball tournament is so crazy you
can’t pick favorites throughout,” he said.
“You can’t know what is going to happen.”
By Paula Lavigne
Lincoln telephone customers may soon find
it cheaper to “reach out and touch someone” if
local companies change their long-distance ac
cess fees and open up the local market for
Tlie U.S. Justice Department announced
Monday that it would hold a local service com
petition trial for customers in the Grand Rapids,
Mich., and Chicago areas, said Mark Trierweiler,
regional public policy director at AT&T.
The trial would determine if big carriers,
such as AT&T, MCI and Sprint could break into
local monopolies, he said.
“Tomorrow it might be possible for AT&T
to provide end-to-end services,” he said. “The
eyes and ears of the world will be watching this
“It could be the prototype for other forms of
competition. It could reach Lincoln.”
Lela Kelliher, spokeswoman for Lincoln
Telephone and Telegraph, said the Nebraska
Public Service Commission announced a mo
tion to investigate the effect that local competi
tion would have on Nebraska.
But, she said, it was too soon to determine
how any changes would affect LT&T’s ser
vices. . . ... ......
i rierweuer said mai over me last 11 years,
long-distance competition forced rates down 66
percent. The Justice Department wanted to see
ifthe same competition was possible in the local
“What it means to the local customer is that
ifthe local competition turns out to be possible,
consumers could expect more choices, lower
prices, faster service, more features and innova
tion,” he said.
Long-distance also was the issue on Thurs
day when the Federal Communications Com
mission decided to cut the access charges long
distance carriers pay to local phone companies
to begin and end long-distance calls.
Trierweiler called the access fees a “mo
nopoly bottleneck, through which all calls must
About 45 percent of each long-distance
charge goes to local companies. Without access
fees, long-distance carriers could lower their
rates, he said, which would result in a 2.3
percent lower phone bill.
On a $50 bill, that would equal $1.15.
Kelliher said she expected the long-distance
companies to reduce their rates accordingly, but
she didn’t know how that would financially
affect LT&T because of a “stimulation effect.”
When long-distance companies lower their
rates, she said, customers might be stimulated to
call more often. So, instead of having to make
up for the lost revenue from access fees, she
said, LT&T may profit from the change.
If both changes take effect, telephone bills
would be cut $1 billion nationwide, but the
actual savings would be about $.34 per cus
tomer. AT&T and Lincoln Telephone Long
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Williams’ representation questioned
lawyers to withdraw
By Brian Sharp
The question of who will represent
death-row inmate Robert Williams is
back in the courts.
In a motion filed Friday afternoon,
Public Defender Dennis Keefe asked
that his office be withdrawn from the
case and other legal counsel be ap
pointed for Williams.
Williams’ previous lawyers, Paula
Hutchinson and Vince Powers, asked
last week to be taken off the case.
Lancaster County District Court
Judge Paul Merritt said late Monday
he had not decided who would be
named. Merritt ruled last week that a
public defender should be appointed
to the case after Williams’ federally
appointed lawyers withdrew.
In a three-page affidavit, Keefe
stated the county attorney’s office
could call as witnesses public defend
ers assigned to Williams’case in 1977.
After checking with an official at
the State Bar Association, Keefe said
he was told the issue of former em
ployees of his office serving as wit
nesses for the state would “‘clearly’
constitute a conflict of interest.”
Keefe went on to state that he had
spoken with Hutchinson, and said
Williams also believed there was a
conflict of interest and that other
legal counsel would be appropriate.
Williams was convicted and sen
tenced to death in 1978 on two counts
of first-degree murder.
On March 22, he came within three
hours of his scheduled execution. A
last-minute stay was issued by the
Nebraska Supreme Court pending a
hearing on possible juror misconduct
dating back to the original trial.
Polls open for elections
From Staff Reports
In addition to today’s primary
election in Lincoln, residence hall
students can also vote in the RHA
Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at
8 p.m. in the city election. Mike
Johanns is running unopposed for
mayor, and three seats for the city
council are unopposed.
For Residence Hall Association
elections, polls open at 8 a.m. and
close at 7 p.m. Students who live in
the halls can vote in their food ser
vice buildings. „
The two parties running this year
are Eclipse and Beetles. The Eclipse
presidential candidate is Phillip
Cilliers. Beetles’ presidential can
didate is Jeremy Vetter.
The vice presidential candidates
for the parties are familiar faces.
Chad Pekron, the presidential can
didate for the Access party in the
recent ASUN election, is on the
Beetles’ ticket. But Pekron’s vice
presidential candidate in the ASUN
election, Eric Vander Woude, is his
counterpart on Eclipse’s ticket.
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