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OVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 95 NO. 52 -—---- “ —:
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University students show off their dancing skills while making an interactive video Tuesday in the Nebraska Union.
From left are Ormaun Lewis, a senior marketing major; Mikai Lovelace, a freshman fashion merchandising major;
Kadia Kamara, an undeclared freshman; and Latroy Davis, a freshman journalism major.
ASUN to protest proposed code changes
By Kasey Kerber
ASUN President Shawntell Hurtgen will
present a bill at tonight’s meeting protesting
proposed changes to the Student Code of Con
The proposed changes, made by the UNL
Faculty Women’s Caucus,
would ban any student
charged with or convicted of
a felony or violent misde
meanor from participating in
They also would require
the student judicial board to
meet within five working
days after the student is
banned. The board then
would judge whether the student committed
If the board found the student not guilty of
misconduct, the student could resume extracur
ricular activities. If the student were found
guilty, the board would decide what penalties to
If a student were convicted of a felony or
violent misdemeanor in a court of law, he or she
would be banned from extracurricular activities
for seven years.
“Extracurricular activities are not the an
swer,” Hurtgen said. “Over 50 percent of stu
dents are involved in intramural athletics alone.
These activities are often a form of stress re
lease and doing away with them will only cause
Hurtgen also will present a bill on advising.
The bill calls for three proposals to be pre
sented to the Admission and Advising Commit
tee before its Nov. 8 meeting, at which it will
vote on advising changes.
The three proposals include developing a
mandatory advising training session for faculty
or printing a biannual publication to keep fac
ulty up to date on advising. The proposals also
include documentation of all formal advising
and creation of universal waiver and substitu
tion forms between colleges.
The Association of Students of the Univer
sity of Nebraska also will amend a bylaw that
requires student organizations to attend an ori
entation program. The new amendment allows
information to be provided to the organizations
by the Student Involvement office instead.
A committee also will be formed to evaluate
the results of a five-year projection report, a
project that began in 1991 but no longer exists.
Committee members wil 1 evaluate the report
from 1993-1994 to see how much has been
accomplished since then. They may use their
findings to implement future goals.
By Jeff Zeleny
Senior Reporter ~
Nebraska corner back Tyron e W i 11 i ams must
stand trial on two felony weapons charges stem
ming from a 1994 incident,
the state Court of Appeals
Williams, who was
charged in Lancaster County
District Court for violating
the state’s drive-by shooting
I law and using a weapon to
commit a felony, had main
tained that both charges were
unconstitutional. The ap
peals court declined to dis
miss the charges before Williams case went to
The decision could be appealed to the state
Appeals Court Judge John Irwin wrote in the
3-0 opinion that Williams acted prematurely in
alleging that being sentenced on both charges
would constitute double jeopardy.
“Before Williams can ever be punished for
the two offenses, he will first have to be tried
and found guilty of those offenses,” Irwin said.
Police allege Williams, a senior from Pal
metto, Fla., fired two or three rounds at a mov
ing vehicle near the comer of 17th and L streets
on Jan. 30, 1994. The car was occupied by a
UNL student and New York Jets safety Kevin
Three days later, Wi 11 iams pleaded not gui 1 ty
to the felony charges. At the time, Nebraska
coach Tom Osborne insisted the shooting was
accidental. He said it was related to a fracas
between football players and a group of local
men at an east Lincoln motel.
for nearly a week, police searched tor the
.22-caliber revolver that Williams allegedly
used in the shooting. It was later discovered that
an assistant football coach was holding the gun
in his office.
The Williams incident is the first in a string
of violent episodes that allegedly involved
Nebraska football players. Williams started
throughout the national championship season
last year and has started every game this season.
Williams said he has not focused on the case
“I know it’s there, but I haven’t worried
about it,” he said. “I know I’ll take care of it after
The case has made little legal progress in 22
Williams’ attorneys in the Lancaster County
Public Defender’s office have filed numerous
motions in the last two years, including the
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Services make finding scholarships easier
The road to success can be difficult, but the
road to finding scholarships doesn’t have to be.
More than 375,000 scholarships and grants
are available to students. The money does not
need to be paid back, and 80 percent of these
scholarships don’t depend on family need or
grade point averages.
Steve Kowal, executive director of the Na
tional Academic Funding Administration, said
the scholarships were based on heritage, hob
bies, age, students’ interests and parents’ occu
“The bottom line is students may qualify
from 20 to 50 sources,” Kowal said.
NAFA is a private organization that pro
vides students with information for scholar
According to the National Commission on
Student Financial Aid, more than $6 billion in
“ --scholarship money goes un
Financial collected each year because
people do not apply for it.
Most students just don’t
know about the money,
Kowal said. Limited funds
make it difficult to reach all
of the graduating students
John Beacon, director of
scholarships and financial
aid, said there seemed to be
confusion regarding scholarships and federal
Federal aid comes in the form of grants,
loans and work study programs, he said. Uni
versity scholarships are awarded to students
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New Web site aids
for source listings
By Kasey Kerber
Studentsnow may search more than 180,000
sources for scholarships without writing a single
letter, picking up the phone or even leaving the
comfort of their homes.
All they need is access to a computer con
nected to the World Wide Web.
It’s all done with fastWeb, a free computer
ized scholarship search service offered by the
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and
sponsored by Bames and Noble Bookstores,
Inc. and American Educational Services.
FastWeb has been available to students since
August, but widespread interest in the service
has not surfaced until recently, when a letter was
sent out to all student and faculty e-mail account
“There’s definitely been a response thanks
to that mailing,” said Geri Larsen, outreach
specialist and scholarship director at the finan
cial aid office.
FastWeb allows students to establish a mail
box on the system, where scholarship possibili
ties will be sent.
Before searching the database for scholar
ships, fastWeb requires each student to fill out
basic information, such as name and student ID
number, and more detailed information about
“The whole process should take less than an
hour,” Larsen said. “For those students who are
at ease with computers, it might only take half
Students can access fastWeb by opening the
World Wide Web browser and entering the
cover.html> and then selecting “scholarship
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