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Mary McGarvey of the Faculty Women’s Caucus presents an amendment to the Student Code of Conduct Tuesday to the
Academic Senate. The amendment would prohibit students involved in violent crimes from participating in extracurricular
By Paula Lavigne
Senior Reporter '
Academic Senate members were split Tues
day on an amendment that would prohibit stu
dents involved in violent crimes from repre
senting the university.
The amendment to the UNL Student Code of
Conduct was presented by Mary McGarvey,'
associate economics professor, on behalf of the
Faculty Women’s Caucus.
McGarvey said details were taken out of the
previous draft to make the amendments more
Specifics will be left up to a special task
force that will examine violence and assault
involving the university, President Doug Jose
The task force, which reports to the chancel
lor, is made up of faculty, staff, students and
administrators and should have a final report in
Some,senate members disapproved of the
lack of definition and detail.
John Bender, assistant news-editorial pro
fessor, said he could not support a statement
. without clarity.
“The devil’s in the details,” he said. “This
has to be brought into the open and made clear.”
Other faculty members also questioned the
definition of a violent crime and wondered
whether student protests or other misdemean
ors would fall under the category.
Sally Wise, director of the law library and
See SENATE on 2
NU president doing well
after coronary angioplasty
By John Fulwider
NU President L. Dennis Smith is in
excellent condition following a coro
nary angioplasty procedure performed
Tuesday afternoon at Bryan Memo
rial Hospital, his cardiologist said
late Tuesday night.
Dr. Charles Wilson, also an NU
regent, said Smith will be able to re
sume his normal schedule Monday
with no restrictions.
Smith, 57, did not have a heart
attack, WiIson said. Smi th came to the
hospital about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, he
Smith had been experiencing symp
toms that suggested heart problems,
Wilson said. Tests revealed the proce
dure was necessary to relieve the
blockage, Wilson said.
The procedure was performed at
about 5 p.m. by Dr. Sabyasachi
Mahapatra. It invol ved insertinga cath
eter into Smith ’ s groin and then thread
ing the catheter into the affected vein.
A balloon at the end of the catheter
was inflated to dilate the vein, reliev
ing the blockage.
Smith will be released from the
hospital Friday, Wilson said. Drugs
used following the procedure must be
administered and their effects moni
tored until then, he said.
Wilson stressed that Smith was
doing fine after the procedure.
“When I left him at 7 o’clock to
night, his main concern was getting
Taskforce to address violence
tty Angie scnenat
A new task force will meet today
to begin examining violence on
campus and how the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln can best respond
Interim Chancellor Joan Leitzel
appointed faculty members, staff
and students to the Task Force on
Conduct Standards and Behavioral
Leitzel officially will give the
12-member group its charge today
and provide members with her in
put , said George Tuck, professor of
journalism and mass communica
tions. Tuck will lead the task force
with Peg Blake, assistant vice chan
cellor for student affairs and Uni
versity Health Center director.
The due date for a preliminary
report from the task force is March
1, Tuck said. The group plans to
complete its work by the end of the
“We will pull together and then
fade away,” Tuck said.
In that time, the task force will
analyze data from UNL and other
peer institutions — especially Big
Eight universities, he said.
“We will also listen to the con
cerns of the university community
and find out what they have to say
about this,” he said.
The task force will look at com
munity values and find ways to ar
ticulate those expectations, said
Amie Haggar, a junior communica
tions major and one of two students
on the task force.
“We will look at the university
environment as a whole and how
we look at accountability and re
sponsibility,” Haggar said.
Although the Lawrence Phillips
case brought about concern for the
Student Code of Conduct, she said,
the task force will not focus on just
“We are not committed solely
because of the hype and hoopla of
the Lawrence Phillips case,” Haggar
said. “All of the students in the
UNL community need to be held
accountable for their actions.”
The task force will hold public
forums to get input from the com
munity, Tuck said.
“Anybody from the entire uni
versity community that has a con
cern can present that to us,” he said.
Campus pot arrests increase
By Jeff Zeleny
The smell of burning pot seeping
beneath the doors of residence hall
rooms has attracted the attention of
So far this semester, 13 teen-agers
have been arrested in narcotics cases
in residence halls. That is more than
the past four years combined, Univer
sity police Sgt. Bill Manning said
“We maybe just had a couple dry
years,” he said.
The teen-agers were charged with
possession of drug paraphernalia or
possession of less than 1 ounce of
marijuana, Manning said. All but one
of the teens are students.
In the past two weeks, police have
arrested seven people in residence
halls on drug-related calls. All sus
pects are either 18 or 19 years old.
David Bower, a drug and alcohol
prevention specialist at the University
Health Center, said the increase in
drug arrests could possibly be traced
to a higher marijuana use among jun
ior high and high school students.
“Ultimately, when those students
come to college, they may bring that
habit with them,” Bower said.
Pot use in the 1960s and 1970s was
much higher, Bower said. A strong
message was passed along to students
and adults that marijuana was not
“Society has kind of put that issue
aside,” he said. “Over a period of time
since, people didn’t hear that message
about not smoking. People started
Charges of drug paraphernal ia pos
session and possessing less than an
ounce of marijuana are infractions,
police said, similar toa speeding ticket.
A judge sets the fine after a court
In the seven most recent arrests,
Manning said, residence hall direc
tors or student assistants have con
tacted police after smelling burning
Two students and one non-student
were arrested on the eighth floor of
Abel Hall, police said. Three students
also were arrested on the si xth floor of
Schramm Hall. The seventh arrest
came from Harper Hall.
Manning, who is in his 20th year
with the University Police Depart
ment, said he has not seen this many
narcotics arrests in years.
“Twenty years ago it was pretty
prevalent,” he said. “We made a lot of
calls in all the halls.”
Source: UNLPD Mike Stover/DM
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