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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 95 NO. 54 „, rQ^ 1_
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By Jeff Zeleny
A list of finalists for the UNL chancellor
position — that could include a former NU
campus administrator —will likely be given
to President L. Dennis Smith within a week.
A number of candidates were recently in
terviewed by the search committee, chairman
David Scllmyer said Thursday.
The committee will discuss the candidates,
he said, and a list of finalists will be publicly
submitted to Smith.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has
been in search of a chancellor since Graham
Spanier became president of Pennsylvania State
University in September. The 13-member
search committee has been tight-lipped about
Joan Leitzel, Spanier’s senior vice chancel
lor for academic affairs, has led the UNL cam
pus in an interim position since August. She
has declined comment on her interest in be
coming the permancnLchancellor.
Smith said Thursday that he would make a
decision as quickly as possible once he received
the list of candidates. He will then recommend
a candidate to the NU Board of Regents, who
will approve or deny the candidate.
Throughout the week, there has been specu
lation on campus that a short list of perhaps
three to five candidates has been compiled, but
Smith said he hadn’t seen it.
“I don’t think a short list exists,” Smith said.
The Daily Nebraskan confirmed this week
that a former UNL administrator was one of
the candidates being seriously considered for
Roy Arnold, provost and executive vice
president at Oregon State University, said he
had been nominated for the chancellor post.
Arnold, who worked at the University of
Nebraska for 20 years, spoke to the Daily Ne
braskan from Chicago, where he is attending a
food technology conference.
“I think it would be inappropriate for me to
make any comments,” Arnold said, but during
a 15-minute telephone interview added that he
was pleased with his nomination and would
enjoy coming home to Nebraska.
“Since I’m a graduate and I spent a number
of years there, it’s a place that I would like to
return to,” he said. “It’s certainly a very com
“But at the same time, I have a job that is
providing me a challenge. I’m not out there
looking for another position.”
Arnold said he had been nominated for the
Nebraska position by outgoing Oregon State
President John Byrne.
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Senior Traci Olson paints an aquatic scene Wednesday afternoon on the wall of an eating area at the Crisis Nursery,
a 24-hour emergency shelter for infants. Olson’s surface design class, taught by visiting Professor Liz Shea, was
invited to create murals for the nursery. See story on Page 3.
Women’s group proposes boycott
By Melanie Brandert
The Nebraska National Organization for
Women issued a statement this week encour
aging people to boycott Nebraska football cor
porate sponsors because of violent incidents
The group encouraged anyone angered or
frustrated by recent events to shun businesses,
including Cellular One, FirsTier Bank and
It also encouraged people to contact the
sponsors, NU football coach Tom Osborne,
Athletic Director Bill Byrne and other Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln officials.
“They need to put pressure on the univer
sity, UNL officials. Coach Osborne and corpo
rate sponsors to let them know this kind of be
havior is intolerable,” said Madeline Popa,
Nebraska NOW coordinator.
The statement lists players who have been
charged with offenses ranging from disturbing
the peace to misdemeanor sexual assault over
the last year.
It includes NU I-back Lawrence Phillips,
who was found guilty of assaulting former girl
friend, NU basketball player Kate McEwen.
Osborne — who banned Phillips from the
team Sept. 10, the night of his arrest — an
nounced last week that the junior from West
Covina, Calif., was back on the team.
Popa said a pattern of rationalizing violent
behavior by players had been created by
Osborne and other UNL officials.
Though some players have been prosecuted
and convicted for offenses, she said the sanc
tions imposed have been minor compared to
the severity of their actions.
“It’s important for people to realize there
arc certain laws of human decency,” Popa said.
“Athletes who cannot control themselves off
the field should not be allowed on the team.
“The university should have a zero toler
Byrne said he had always shared concerns
regarding issues on violence against women,
but the athletic department already had dealt
with the incidents of violence concerning play
“We have dealt with the problems,” he said,
“and we continue to deal with them.”
Byrne said he did not agree with NOW’s
assertion that Osborne and other UNL officials
have tried to rationalize players’ violent be
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Kegents to upgrade elevators
By P?ula Lavigne
The NU Board of Regents could
help students reach the top faster next
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halls, that is.
The board is
scheduled to ap
prove $1.8 mil
lion for elevator
upgrades in all
residence halls at
the University of
The board will meet today at 8:30
a.m. in Varner Hall.
Glen Schumann, assistant housing
director for maintenance, said the
— Bringing elevators into compli
ance with the Americans with Dis
abilities Act by lowering button pan
els and putting numbers in Braille.
— Meeting latest fire service re
quests and installing emergency
— Replacing mechanical technol
ogy with computer technology for
faster, more reliable service.
The elevators, which were in
stalled almost 32 years ago, have de
teriorated, he said, and breakdowns
in a complex like Abel-Sandoz occur
about four times a week.
The repaired elevators would re
duce breakdowns, Schumann said,
and move students faster between
And as the number of students who
want to live in residence halls in
creases, some students say the change
will be a big relief.
Carrie Littlewood, a freshman bi
ology major, was waiting for an el
evator to take her to the 13th floor of
Abel this week. She repeatedly
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pushed the button in frustration.
“This one doesn’t go up to the 13th
floor,” she said, pointing to the eleva
tor on her right, “and this one goes
straight up to 13 without stopping at
any other floor.”
When she tried to take the eleva
tor to the basement one day, it went
all the way up to the 13th floor with
out stopping and then went back
down to one, she said.
She ended up walking to the base
ment that day.
Littlewood’s elevator came after
about five minutes, and she and about
13 other people crammed themselves
The elevator started beeping and
suddenly dropped a foot, shook and
slowly rose back to floor level. One
girl screamed, and a few students got
off and waited for the next one.
Jim Butler, a freshman mechani
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remains in Kearney
From Staff Reports
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Chancellor Gladys Styles Johnston
will be staying in Nebraska for now.
Johnston was turned down Thurs
day for the presidency of Oregon
After more than two hours of dis
cussion, the OSU Board of Higher
Education chose Paul Risser, presi
dent of Miami University in Oxford,
Ohio, to fill the top spot. Risser will
take over for John Byrne, who will
step down in December after 12 years
as president of OSU.
“Paul Risser is a Westerner come
home,” said OSU Chancellor Joseph
Cox in a statement. “His scientific
scholarship is outstanding. ... He
brings to OSU a distinctive career in
educational and science administra
Risser was chosen after a six
month search that drew at least 100
Johnston and University of Mary
land President Rita Colwell were the
other two finalists for the position.
Both would have been OSU’s first
Johnston has served as UNK chan
cellor since 1993.
She was on the OSU campus in
Corvallis, Ore., Thursday to meet
with students, faculty and staff before
the board met with her. She was un
available Thursday night for com
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