The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 05, 1995, Page 6, Image 6

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Commission decides
Hurricane’s fate today
By Rebecca Oltmans
Staff Reporter
The Nebraska Liquor Commis
sion will decide today the fate of the
Hurricane’s liquor license.
A co-owner of the Hurricane, 1118
O St., pleaded not guilty Wednesday
to liquor license violations.
Co-owner Nancy Sevage said the
bar had made changes to prevent
future violations. Besides eliminat
ing under-21 nights, she said, the
former manager was fired, and the
occupancy level had been lowered.
A commissioner told Sevage he
did not want to take away the bar
owners’ livelihood. But if the com
mission allows the Hurricane to keep
its license, commissioner William
Skarda said, the bar must continue to
make changes.
“You better make some amends to
get yourself in shape down there,”
Skarda said, “because you’re going
to lose your license just as sure as
God made green apples.”
The first violation considered
Wednesday was a minor in posses
sion charge, stemming from an April
28 incident at a 19-and-over show. A
plain clothes police officer cited a
minor who was holding and drinking
from a bottle of beer.
Lincoln police Officer Charles
Marti said he observed a female with
a “M” for minor on her hand and saw
her drink from tjie beer bottle. He
said he found out she was 18 and
wrote a violation.
“The head doorman seemed sur
prised that I was writing a violation,”
Marti said.*“He thought it was Badges
and Bars night.”
Badges and Bars nad oeen at tne
bar earlier that evening, Marti said,
but he was not a part of it.
On Badges and Bars night, plain
clothes officers check or observe oth
ers checking IDs, and look for suspi
cious IDs and people who are very
drunk. Police usually wouldn’t ticket
the bar if someone underage was
drinking while police were helping
check IDs, Marti said, but it’s pos
Sevage said a “floor rover" look
ing for underage drinkers already had
spotted the female and was escorting
her from the bar when Marti took
over. Employees assumed Marti was
with Badges and Bars, she said.
Laurie Camp, who prosecuted the
case, said the Hurricane had taken
some good precautions, but those
precautions were not enough when
the club had a large crowd including
Sevage said many national acts
required in their contracts that bars'
have 19-and-over shows. The Hurri
cane no longer has under-21 nights,
Sevage said, a decision that will cause
the bar to lose some big entertain
ment acts. But it was worth it, she
said, to keep its liquor license.
The second set of violations
stemmed from a June 1 incident. The
bar was cited for allowing people to
carry alcohol in open containers out
of the bar and for carelessly allowing
illegal conduct on the premises. Three
people in the bar were cited by police
for possessing, delivering and dis
pensing marijuana.
Marti, who is also on the bicycle
squad, said he had received informa
tion that employees were drinking
upstairs after the bar was closed.
He and a trainee waited in the.
alley around 1:15 a.m. and then en
tered the bar, he said. At the time,
Marti said, he believed the upstairs
was* part of the licensed premises, but
had since discovered it was not.
Johnson asked Marti if he had
been hiding in the alley, near garbage
bins, and entered the bar by catching
an otherwise locked fire door as an
employee was leaving.
Marti said that was true.
Once upstairs, Marti said, he found
several bottles of cold beer, an em
ployee carrying a rum and coke and
three people smoking marijuanafrom
a marijuana pipe that allowed all
three to smoke at once.
Marti said he cited the alleged
smokers for possession of marijuana
and using drug paraphernalia.
Johnson said only one person
charged that night was found guilty.
“Was it because of the way of
entry into the bar?” Johnson asked
“Do you think the fact that you
were on unlicensed premises had a
role to play in the dismissal by the
state court?” he asked.
“I don’t know,” Marti replied. “I
don’t dismiss tickets. I just write
The bar often provides alcohol
upstairs for band members as part of
a hospitality clause in their contracts,
Sevage said. The alcohol, which does
not come from the bar’s supply, is
kept cold upstairs in tubs of ice. she
Johnson told the commission there
was no testimony that the alcohol
came from the licensed premises.
Though a bar can be cited for illegal
behavior that occurs “of and about
the premises,” Johnson said, “going
through a closed door up a stairway
to a second floor is clearly not about.”
Camp said a parking lot adjacent
to bars was sometimes considered to
be about the premises. In this case,
she said, the upstairs room might be
considered “about.”
World issues expert
speaks today at forum
Tonya Cross
Staff Reporter
He writes about the world.
Roger Rosenblatt, an award-win- ,
ning author and journalist, will speak
today at 3:30 p.m., opening the 1995- i
96 E.N. Thompson Forum on World :
Issues at UNL. ' i
Rosenblatt is the editor-in-chief
of the Columbian Journalism Review ;
and a contributing editor and essayist -
for several publications, including
The New York Times Magazine. His i
area of expertise is international af- l
fairs. ]
“Why Write about the World? The
Moral Function of Storytelling as it ;
Brings International Issues Home,” :
will be in the Lied Center for Per- ;
forming Arts.
Charlyne Berens, assistant to the
dean of the College of Journalism i
and Mass Communications, said
Rosenblatt was an experienced and
well-known journalist.
Berens said she had encouraged her
students to attend the forum and would
encourage others to do the same.
“It requires a lot of expertise to'
write about international affairs,” she
Rosenblatt is probably best known
?rom his commentaries on the
'MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” said
Lloyd Ambrosius, history department
Rosenblatt has a broad knowledge
sf international affairs, Ambrosius
said, and the ability to articulate
o an audience.
“This is a real opportunity for
students to listen and see someone
/ery prominent,” he said.
- Barbara Emil, director of confer
;nces and institutes, said there would
>e an informal discussion before the
ecture. Students are welcome.
Other speakers included in this
gear’s series include: author Francis
r. Seow on Nov. 15., international
iffairs scholar Anthony T. Bryan on
Ian. 15., author Elizabeth Femea on
March 6, and Nobel Peace Prize win
ter Elie Wiesel on April 16.
The forum is funded through the
Looper Foundation in honor of E. N.
rhompson, who founded the lecture
Lectures are free and open to the
sublie. They are also available via
satellite across Nebraska in state col
leges, community colleges and high