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Today - Sunny and not as
cold. Northwest wind 10
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Tonight - Mostly clear.
Low in the lower 30s.
_ October 24, 1995
Phillips accepts university’s six sanctions
By Jeff Zeleny
Senior Reporter ”
Lawrence Phillips accepted six ju
dicial sanctions handed down Mon
day by the university,dearingthe way
lor the suspended I-back to return to
the No. 2 Cornhuskers.
Phillips, who is in his seventh week
away from the Nebraska football team,
has met all the requirements ordered
by the university and Nebraska coach
Tom Osborne, the coach said Mon
day he would reveal Phillips’ future
with the Huskers today.
The junior from West Covina, Ca
ll!., was charged last month with vio
-/Tating the Student Code of Conduct.
--’He also was charged in Lancaster
County Court, where he pleaded no
art's value
By John Fuiwlder
Senior Reporter
The arts are important ,.m: should
be supported by the federal govern
ment, a former director o! the Na
tional Endowment for the Arts said
John Frohnmayer, who ied the NEA
From 1989 to 1992, compared NEA’s
elfortstothe federal highway projects
of the 1950s. Those project shad a few
problems, he said, but ied -to the im
provement ol roads across the coun
The NEA aiso has had problems,
he said. But it also has made nation
wide improvements in the arts, mak
ing it possible for artists everywhere
to create, he said.
Fhe organization has managed to
do that while using a very small per
centage of the federal budget, he said.
Frohnmayer said the NEA's budget
amounted to 63 cents per person dur
ing his tenure.
"It isn’t the money that’s driving
the debate,” he said.
Rat her, the debate is over the per
ceived indecency or obscenity of the
art itself, he said.
Arguments against federal funding
ofthearts,ineludingtheargument that
the arts shouldn’t exist if they aren’t
profitable enough to be self-support
ing, are common, he said.
A dollar value cannot be placed on
art that will last for generations.
“We ought to be willing to take
some chances,” he said, and not look
for immediate profit.
Frohnmayer criticized the decrease
in NEA funding, which will be down
to $99 million in 1996 compared to
last year’s $167 million.
He also said the Hat tax, proposed
by Congressman Dick Armey of
Texas, would hurt the arts. A Hat tax
would remove a major incentive to
donate to arts organizations — the
income tax deduction.
Frohnmayer gave three suggestions
for saving the arts:
• Building community coalitions
among non -art i sts to work for the art s.
• Communicating with Congress
to let its members know the arts are
• Watching the elections because
the Republican landslide in the na
tional elections is likely to happen in
state elections, as well.
Frohnmayer said there was no rea
son government and the arts couldn’t
live together.
“One protects human fulfillment
and the other strives to achieve it.”
contest and was found guilty of mis
demeanor assault against Kate
MeEwen, a sophomore basketball
Phillips was arrested one day after
playing a stellar game against Michi
gan Stale University. Police said
Phillips scaled a wall into the third
floor apartment of transfer quarter
back Scott Frost, where the assault on
MeEwen occurred. As a provision of
Phillips’ S100 bond, lie was ordered
to have no contact with either MeEwen
or Frost.
Lancaster County Judge Jack
Lindner changed the bond provision
Monday. Now, Phillips can only have
contact with MeEwen or Frost during
supervised athletic practices or events.
Vice Chancellor for Student Af
~ -
fairs James Griesen announced the
following guidelines that Phillips will
have to follow to remain a University
of Nebraska-Lineoln student:
• Phillips must make restitution for
ail McEwen’s medical and counseling
expenses not covered by insurance.
He also must pay for property dam
ages that occurred at the Meadow
Wood Apartment complex, where the
assault took place.
• Phillips can have no contact with
McEwen. He must avoid seeing his
former girlfriend in the sludent-ath
lete cafeteria, the academic center, the
strength complex and the medical
training facilities.
“The burden of accommodation
Phillips' sanctions
> Required counseling
3 Community service
^ Attend all classes
• No contact with Kate McEwen i
■ Conduct probation through Spring 1997 f
Restitution for damages and McEwen's expenses I
JBource: Student Judicial Affairs Aaron Steckelberg/DN
Travis Heying/QN i
Gingrich supports Christensen in Omaha
House Speaker visits
Boys Town Monday
By Paula Lavigne
Senior Reporter '
BOYS TOWN — After lauding
the movie “Boys Town” as depict
ing a model for welfare reform,
Speaker of the House Newt
Gingrich finally visited the real
Boys Town Monday.
Greeted by the Boys Town
marching band and several hun
dred boys and girls waving Ameri
can Hags, Gingrich addressed the
crowd while facing the famous
“He’s ain’t heavy, Father, he’s m’
brother” statue.
“Standing right here and look
ing out at your faces and the cheers
and applause, I feel like Mickey
Rooney did at the end of the movie
with tears in his eyes,” Gingrich
Gingrich took the opportunity to
endorse orphanages as part of his
welfare reforms.
“Orphanages are far better than
having children driven into a lake
or dumped into a dumpster or
thrown out a window,” he said.
“Here, people have a chance to find
oilier people who care for them and
love them.
“And loving doesn’t alwavs ;
mean a pat on the head. It means ]
you have to do your homework and
have discipline and respect for each I
The Speaker commended Boys
Town tor reaching out to children
o! all backgrounds and encourag
ing them to succeed. Gingrich also
encouraged America to donate to
Boys Town.
The Rev. Val Peter thanked
Gingrich for attending Boys Town
tund-raisers in Washington D.C.
and Georgia and for boosting Boys
Town’s national publicity.
Boys Town is not partisan, Peter
said, but the message to save the
children goes beyond party lines.
“We ask you to take back the
message that you see in the eyes of
all our children, “ he said. “Please
remember we have a lot of hope for
you and the people in Washing
Three Boys Town children took
advantage of the Speaker’s descent
from Capitol Hill and asked him a
few questions.
A little girl asked him: “Mr.
See NEWT on 3
Interest groups unite
tc > protest Republicans
By Paula Lavigne
Senior Reporter
OMAHA — Their issues were
divided but their nemesis was one.
Several special interest groups
united Monday to protest a benefit
luncheon for Rep. Jon Christensen
and a visit by Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich in Omaha.
Environmentalists, women, se
nior citizens, gay and lesbian rights
supporters, students, Democrats and
other groups held signs and shouted
outside the Holiday Inn at 72nd and
Grover streets.
Shouts of “We love Newt” came
from a Lexus driving by and Ne
braska College Republicans stand
ing beside the protesters.
But protesters set the scene on
this cold and windy fall afternoon.
Ally Lansdale, a member of the
Metro National Organization for
Women, said the Republicans sup
ported the elite.
“Newt and Jon hate everything
we stand for,” Lansdale said. “The
only Nebraskans they support are
white, heterosexual males under
Protesters wearing giant paper
maehe animal heads objected to
Republican environmental cuts and
Christensen’s approval ofa bill that
would cut habitat protection.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln !
members of Ecology Now' issued a
statement that said Christensen was 1
The environmentalists were the
only protesters who applauded
Gingrich. Lisa Williams, a senior
English major and president of Ecol
ogy Now, said they applauded
Gingrich’s steps toward environ
mentalism and efforts to stop the
But the anti-Gingrich sentiment
continued with signs that said “Boot
Newt” and that the GOP was for
“Get Old People.” People shouted
“Shame on you” as cars filtered
into the parking lot.
Buhrman Lee, 71, of Omaha
shouted along with them. She said
she faced a costly knee operation,
and Gingrich’s Medicare plan
would endanger her health.
“It’s just take from the needy
and give to the greedy,” Lee said.
Bill Tyrrell, 64, of Omaha, was
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