The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 21, 1995, Image 1

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Witnesses: Man fired from apartment
By Brian Sharp
Senior Editor
It was eerie,
That was how Mike Haumont
described the scene outside a Lin
coln apartment building Wednes
day morning.
Just minutes before, a gunman
had coolly opened fire with a .22
caliber rifle from a third-floor win
dow of the L.E. W. Housing for the
Elderly building, 1700 J St. Police
sealed off area streets as the gun
man held officers and neighbor
hood residents at bay for more than
a half-hour.
No one was injured, and police
later arrested Thomas Schinzel, a
48-year-old resident, without inci
Schinzel was arrested on
charges of attempted first-degree
murder, use of a weapon to com
mit a felony, two counts of crimi
nal mischief and two counts of
unlawful discharge of a firearm.
He will be arraigned in Lancaster
County Court today at 2 p.m.
But neighbors described the
early moments of the scene as fil led
with confusion and fear.
“He was just so calm about it,”
said Haumont, office manager of
the nearby Nebraska Motor Carri
ers Association—one of the build
ings struck by gunfire. “I thought it
had to be a police officer.
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shirt on and realized he wasn’t a
police officer,” Haumont said, “and
he was shooting this way.”
Police received a report of gun
fire in the area shortly after 10 a.m.
Two officers on bicycle patrol were
among the first to arrive, said Lin
coln Police Chief Tom Casady.
Those officers had to take cover
as the gunman fired in their direc
tion, Casady said. More than 25
officers, including members of the
SWAT team, responded to the
scene, he said.
Police made their way into the.
building, Casady said, and two
officers were in the third-floor hall
way when Schinzel walked out of
the apartment unarmed. One of
ficer caught Schinzel’s attention,
Casady said, as the other moved in
and made the arrest.
“There was very grave danger
to anyone who could see the win
dow,” Casady said. “The problem
with an incident like this, of course,
is a man armed with a rifle can fire
. a long range. It was a very difficult
Lincoln Police officers Kurt Prai, right, and Jon Grubb mark bullet holes in the chimney of a
Lincoln apartment building Wednesday morning following a shooting incident in which a 48
year-old gunman opened fire on the neighborhood.
Search for
nears end
By Paula Lavigne
Senior Reporter
The UNL chancellor search com
mittee will have a short list of candi
dates in about a month, the
committee’s chairman said.
David Sellmyer, a physics and
astronomy professor, said the com
mittee had narrowed the list to about
24 candidates. He said a new chan
cellor would be chosen before the
end of the semester.
That timeline works well for NU
President L. Denpis Smith, who said
he would like to begin interviewing
finalists in October and have the po
sition filled by Jan. 1.
The current list includes national
and regional candidates, Sellmyer
said, several of whom have held past
presidency or chancellor positions.
Sellmyer would not say whether
any candidates came from within the
Joe Rowson, NU spokesman, said
Smith made it clear this search would
not resemble some previous searches.
There have been times, he said, when
committees said they were only look
ing outside UNL.
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that way,” Rowson said.
Smith, who has the final approval,
said he “would be elated” if the can
didate came from within the univer
sity. But either way, he said, his
“preference is to find the best candi
Smith said the search committee
would meet again today. Once the
list is narrowed to eight or 10 candi
dates, committee members will con
duct more in-depth interviews and
narrow the list to four to six finalists.
Smith said he wanted to take part
in the interviews, but he also would
conduct his ovfti, personal interviews
of the final candidates.
The president’s input so far has
come from a set of general guide
lines, Sellmyer said. Smith also sent
letters to universities across the na
tion requesting nominations and ap
Smith appointed the 13-member
committee in May after the resigna
tion of then-Chancellor Graham
Spanier. Joan Leitzel, vice chancel
lor for academic affairs, is serving as
interim chancellor.
The committee has set criteria for
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Technology delayed until spring
By Melanie Branded
Staff Reporter
The Beadle Center will feature the
latest technology, but UNL biochem
istry and bio|pgy students won’t be
—- — able to take ad
Beadle vantage of those
r resources until
uenier next semester.
O’Leary, chair
man of the bio
chemistry depart
ment, said com
puter labs for in
structional and
general use by
biochemistry and biology students
would be available at the center. *
The computers also will be'
equipped with multimedia equip
ment, such as video disc, CD-ROM
and Real Time computer simulation,
he said.
Faculty members are trying to
determine which equipment is needed
first, O’Leary said. The multimedia
equipment could be installed this fall
and ready for use next semester, he
OTjeary said the center would have
TV broadcasting capabilities which
would allow anyone to take courses
via satellite. High school science
teachers are currently taking courses
via satellite from East Campus using
Neb-Sat, a satellite system used by
the state for education.
The center will be connected to
the university’s network. Though the
center has been programmed for re
ceiving and sending educational pro
grams, he said, the equipment needed
to complete die connections will not
arrive until this fall.
“The connections are there, but
we have nothing to connect them
with,” he said.
The department expects to receive
those materials and have them in
stalled by the end of the semester, he
Another significant change in
volves the installation of dataport
and laptop computer connections in
one of the center’s classrooms,
O’Leary Said.
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Public access’ future
remains to be seen
By John Fuiwider•
Senior Reporter
Scott Harrold, also known as the
“Closet Comedian,” is in danger of
getting put in the closet. Permanently.
Hafrold shows clips of adult mov
ies as part of his show aired Fridays at
midnight on Lincoln’s public access
station Channel 14. '
Mayor Mike Johanns has recom
mends! that the City Council elimi
nate the station. The council will
consider the recommendation Mon
Harrold said it’s because of his
“I definitely think my program is
causing the controversy,” Harrold
Johanns said he had gotten some
complaints about the show. But he
said his reasons for wanting to elimi
nate Channel 14 had nothing to do
with Harrold’s show.
The mayor said he had two objec
tions to public access television.
First, the city requires Cablevision
to offer public access so cable sub
scribers must pay for public access.
That leads to his second objec
tion: People have to pay for some
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