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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 14, 1995)
Nebraska sweeps Creighton
in doubleheader, page 8
Arts & Entertainment
“Our Country’s Good”
premieres at the Howell
Theatre, page 11
April 14-16, 1995
COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901
VOL. 94 NO. 141
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Amtrak passengers board the westbound train early Thursday morning at the station in the Haymarket.
force rail service
to sever routes
By Paula Lavigne
As of June 1, the winds will die down in
Every morning for more than 50 years,
the whistling roar of the California Zephyr
echoed through the sleeping streets of down
The Zephyr, an Amtrak Superliner train
named after California’s gentle westerly
zephyr winds, runs from Chicago to Oak
land, Calif., with stops in Nebraska at Omaha,
Lincoln, Hastings, Holdrege and McCook.
But a $200 million financial gap will
force Amtrak to cut the Zephyr’s service
down to four days a week on June 1. The cuts
are the latest in a series by the nation’s only
rail passenger service.
Debbie Hare, Amtrak public relations
director in Chicago, said Amtrak had been
losing revenue for two years:
Competi^n with low-cost air fares, a
bad image fr£m highly publicized accidents,
damage from Midwest floods and a severe :
winter ate into Amtrak’s emergency cash
reserves, Hare said. '
About 900 management positions have
been eliminated, she said, and the company
is undergoing a massive restructuring effort.
“It became more apparent that the rev
enue situation wasn’t going to reverse it
self,” she said. “We had to take more action
to make sure we would live within our bud
Amtrak western routes are booked during
the summer, holiday and ski seasons. Al
ready, reservations must be secured months
in advance, but when the service cuts take
effect, more passengers will be left without
An additional car may be added to the
train, she said, which would add about 70
seats to the Zephyr’s 280, but an extra car
may cost more than it is worth.
“The assumption that a train being filled
pays for itself is a wrong assumption,” she
said. “It depends on the circumstances.”
An extra car would require extra staff, she
said, and would make the train longer than
the area where passengers boarded and ex
ited. The additional length would require a
“double stop,” which would cause a delay
and take more time, she said.
“If you give passengers a bad experience
because of a delayed train, they won’t come
back” she said, “so an extra car may not be
refceriue in the end.”
This concern for service is what lures
Holly Kaiser to ride the rails. Kaiser, who
moved from Denver to Lincoln about 21
years ago, takes the Zephyr to Denver at least
four times a year to visit her family.
On her way back from a wedding in Den
ver, Kaiser caught the flu. The conductor and
staff brought her hot and cold washcloths,
she said, and checked her at night to make
sure she was OK.
“They did everything for me,” she said.
“It’s that personal service you just can’t get
in the air.”
The conductor also found a playmate for
“My kids love it. Every year they just
throw a fit if we consider flying,” she said.
“It’s such a beautiful trip through the moun
“I love the motion of it. It just puts me to
sleep. I love that rocking, clickety-clack
When she heard about the cuts, Kaiser
said, she felt betrayed—not by Amtrak, but
by the government. The government subsi
dizes all forms of public transportation and
recently cut Amtrak’s funding.
But Sen. James Exon, D-Neb., introduced
legislation that would re-authorize funding
for the basic Amtrak program.
“Passenger rail transportation is safe, fuel
See AMTRAK on 3
By Brian Sharp
A recent dispute over the behavior of ASUN
representatives at a local bar has been resolved.
But no one from either side is talking.
Shawntell Hurtgen, newly swom-in ASUN
president had little response when asked to
comment about an afternoon meeting with the
management of Barrymore’s, 124 N. 13th St.
“We came away with a satisfactory conclu
sion,” she said. “I’m going to leave it at that.”
Hurtgen would not comment on what the
solution was, whether an apology was offered
by either side or whether she was concerned
about the secrecy and confusion surrounding
All she would say was that the solution was
acceptable to both sides.
The behavior in question stems from a gath
ering at Barrymore’s on March 29. A group of
an estimated 20 to 50 people, made up of past
and present A SUN members, was celebrating
the inauguration of Hurtgen and new ASUN
senators.Laird Haberlan, manager of the bar,
wrote a two-page letter to the Daily Nebraskan
last week, complaining about the group’s be
havior while in his establishment. Haberlan said
people spit on the carpet, ripped pictures from
the walls and damaged others’ property.
“These are certainly not the actions of people
I would associate with members of an elected
membership and affiliated with the University
of Nebraska,” Haberlan wrote.
Haberlan could not be reached for comment
following the meeting. Several calls to
Barrymore’s and his home were not returned.
The meeting was attended by Hurtgen,
Haberlan, Marlene Beyke, ASUN director of
development, and another UNL representative.
Around 4 p.m. Thursday, Hurtgen met in her
ASUN office with Beyke and a number of
ASUN representatives. Questioned Thursday
night about that meeting, Hurtgen said it was
unrelated to the Barrymore’s incident, but would
not comment on what was discussed.
Hurtgen has denied Haberlan and other bar
employees’ allegations, saying no one from
ASUN witnessed anything like what he de
scribed. Other ASUN representativesquestioned
about Thursday’s meeting referred all ques
tions to Hurtgen.
Matt Bornshlegl, a junior pre-physical
therapy major, was at Barrymore’s that night
and said there was no doubt in his mind that
members in the group were from ASUN.
He was surprised by the group, he said, and
left shortly after things got out of hand.
Hurtgen refused comment on any further
questions, saying she was ready to move on.
Library journal cuts detrimental
By Matthew Waite
Robert Hembre isn’t much differ
ent from other chemistry professors.
He monitors specialized science
journals, teaches class, writes grant
proposals and does research.
But life has become more difficult
for Hembre. Cuts in the number of
journal subscriptions at campus li
braries have forced Hembre and other
faculty in the chemistry department to
resort to other means of getting infor
“It slows down the process of be
ing able to write papers and write
grants,” he said.
Now, Hembre calls friends at other
universities and asks them to fax him
copies of articles.
“What used to take minutes now
takes days,” he said.
The problem, said Dean of Librar
ies Kent Hendrickson, is skyrocketing
inflation and price gouging of science
The subscription price of journals
has been increasing at an average of
about 14 percent each year, he said,
while the budget for the libraries has
been increasing by only about 3 to 4
percent. Thousands of journals have
gone on the chopping block, he said.
This year, the University of Ne
braska has requested a 15 percent in
crease in the University of Nebraska
Lincoln libraries budget. Hendrickson
said the increase was important for the
library to maintain its current sub
“We’ll go on without it, but infla
tion on materials just grows like crazy,”
he said. “When inflation is that far
ahead of what we get, it means that
we’ve had to cancel a lot of subscrip
With stagnant budget increases,
Hendrickson said, the libraries had
seen no growth in 10 years. He said no
staff had been added or cut during that
time, but library use had gone up 50
See LIBRARIES on 3
Stolen sax exchanged,
UNL drops lawsuit
By Brian Sharp
and Matthew waite
A local music-store owner says he
was abused by the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln. But UNL legal coun
sel says it was the shop owner who
was abusing the law.
In an out-of-court settlement
reached Thursday morning, Brent
Bartu, owner of Banner Music, re
turned an alto saxophone to the UNL
School of Music. UNL sued Bartu
after he demanded reimbursement of
the $110 he paid for the stolen instru
In the settlement, UNL agreed to
drop the suit and pay $42 in court
costs in exchange for the saxophone.
UNL filed a similar suit against
King Dollar Jewelry and Loan for the
return of a stolen tenor saxophone.
That instrument also has been returned.
Bartu, a 1978 UNL graduate, said
UNL tried to play him for a fool in a
case he could have won.
But John Wiltse, NU associate
See SETTLEMENT on 6
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