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_Law & Order
Off-campus party site of robbery
By Jeff Zeleny
A UNL student was robbed early
Sunday morning at a party in the base
ment of a house at 2990 Dudley St.,
The undeclared freshman told po
lice he was surrounded by a group of
five men shortly after midnight. One
of the men demanded money from the
student. When he said he had none, a
second man told the student he was
The first suspect grabbed the
student’s wallet, took $25 cash and
returned the wallet, police said. No
weapons were visible.
The student left the party and called
Lincoln police, but declined to give
officers additional information to pur
sue their investigation.
Large tiying pumpkins appear to
be the cause of weekend vandalism at
Lincoln East High School, 70th and A
Five windows on the school’s south
side were destroyed between midnight
and 9 a.m. Sunday, police said. The
pumpkins came through the windows,
which were reinforced with wire mesh.
Pieces of the pumpkins flew into
classrooms, causing $550 damage.
Police are unsure how the pump
kins were propelled through the win
dows —one of which was at least 10
feet off the ground. Police Chief Tom
Casady said a “huge slingshot” could
have been used to fling the pumpkins.
In the same area of Lincoln, pump
kins were thrown through two car win
dows. These pumpkins, which were
much smaller, were likely thrown from
a passing car, police said.
The vehicles received $150 and
$550 worth of damage.
An unknown ourgiar or group ot
burglars didn’t wait to win the jack
pot; they stole S1,100 worth of lottery
tickets Sunday morning from a south
Lincoln gas station.
Between 2:30 and 7 a.m. Sunday,
police said burglars forced open the
cover of a refrigeration unit on the
west side of an Amoco station at 1648
South St. and walked into the store
through the cooler.
In addition to the stolen lottery
tickets, $350 in cash was taken and
$200 damage was caused to the busi
ness, police said. No arrests were made
as of Monday afternoon.
A Lincoln man was arrested in his
home early Sunday morning after the
Lincoln-Lancaster County SWAT (
team served a narcotics possession
Police seized a 3.6 gram rock of -
crack cocaine and $627 in cash. The
SWAT team served the warrant be
cause officers believed there could be
firearms in the home.
Carl Jones, 2400 L St. Apt. 3, was
arrested without incident about 5:45
a.m. Sunday. He was charged Mon
day with intent to deliver a controlled
substance. After his Monday arraign
ment, he was taken back to the
Lancaster County jail.
National office declares frat inactive
From Staff Reports
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln chapter is
now officially closed after 80 years on
The chapter had closed informally
before the fall semester began. But the
fraternity’s national office made it
official Friday, declaring tire chapter
The national office cited low mem
bershipand inability to maintain chap
ter operational standards as reasons
for the declaration.
“Those chapters which do not dem
onstrate a high level of performance
cannot be recognized by Pi Kappa
Phi,” stated Mark Timmes, Pi Kappa
Phi chief executive officer, in a press
J.J. Crouse was president of the
chapter before it closed. Crouse said
the chapter and the national office
made a joint decision on the closure
based on membership and financial
Across the UNL campus, the num
ber of men who joined fraternities
increased this year. However, those
who went through summer rush de
clined from 630 men last year to 600
men this summer.
With the drop in numbers came a
drop in funds. Crouse said his
fraternity’s financial problems also
were caused in part by lack of help
After the chapter house closed, he
said, members moved into apartments.
Some members moved in together, he
said, and all try to meet occasionally.
Crouse said he didn’t want Pi Kappa
Phi’s troubles to reflect negatively on
UNL’s greek system, which he called
one of the country’s best.
“Our individual chapter faltered in
some areas that we need to excel in,”
he said, “and that led to our demise.”
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Professor strives to save Chestnut
By Michelle Collins
The American Chestnut, a tree native to the
East Coast, is nearly extinct. But UNL horticul
ture professor Paul Read is trying to revive the
The American Chestnut can grow to 100 feet
tall and 10 feet in diameter. In the early part of
the century, it was used for railroad ties, bams,
homes and furniture.
Then the Chinese Chestnut brought the
“chestnut blight” — a fungal infection that
attacks trees—to East Coast forests, Read said.
The blight began attacking and killing the trees,
which soon became rare in their native forests.
A com geneticist at the University of Michi
gan first suggested crossing the American and
Chinese Chestnut trees. Read, who has worked
with tissue cultures since the late ’60s, found
that idea interesting.
“We had to do some in-depth research,” he
said. “The Chestnut did not respond to the cross
breeding as other plants have.”
In the laboratory across from Read’s office,
many chestnut shoots are being carefully
watched and grown. Once the shoots are strong
enough, they will be planted and monitored in
their native forests.
Colleagues and graduate students assist Read
in his research.
“The revival of the American Chestnut has
tremendous economic benefits as time goes
on,” Read said.
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The programs currently airing on the public
access channel will also air on the community
Public access, now airing on Channel 14,
will move to Channel 20 on Wednesday. WGN
will move to Channel 14, leaving Channel 8
“This raises the issue of what goes into the
channel,” Johanns said.
The mayor said hispersonal preference would
be the new ABC affiliate, which is scheduled to
go on air Jan. 1, 1996.
Other options the mayor presented included
a shopping network. The profits from the chan
nel would be used to decrease costs for cable
For a model of new community rules,
CableVision looked to Kansas City, Mo., and
New York City. Kiolbasa said officials were
combining rules used by those cities.
Johanns said other council members could
propose new ideas or vote against all proposals.
Johanns said the city could not implement
the changes without council approval. Before
the council can vote, it must hold a public
Council members plan to discuss the issue at
a public hearing Nov. 27.
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decision and governor’s veto were strong
messages to not recommend the second sal
David Powers, executive director, said
the $4 million request also did not fit with the
emergency designation of a budget deficit
The commission recommended the first
request because faculty already have been
notified of their salaries for this year.
Randy Haack, assistant NU vice presi
dent and director of budgets and analysis,
said the budget request was designed to keep
NU’s salaries competitive by peer university
The request was made on the part of the
system’s two bargaininguniversities, the Uni
versity of Nebraska at Omaha and the Uni
versity of Nebraska at Kearney.
The state colleges submitted three re
• $86,934 for insurance coverage of state
owned campus buildings.
• $96,427 for payment of a proposed
federal tax of. 85 percent on all colleges’ and
universities’ volume of student loans.
• $200,000 for an academic computer
upgrade and multimedia classrooms.
Martin said the commission recognized
the importance of some of the requests, but
they were not emergency deficit budget items
and should be handled through regular funds.
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