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January 18. 1996
Steve Grohs, a junior environmental major, rides a crowded 11:30 a.m.
bus from East Campus to City Campus Wednesday. Grohs said he rides
the bus three times a week.
Students riding buses to class
must overcome overcrowding
By Tonya Cross
Students riding StarTran buses on
Holdrege Route 24 may have to take a back
seat — or no seat at all.
Overcrowding on the bus line that runs
between City and East campuses has left
students cramming in while others are left
to wait for the next bus arrival.
Ken Paulman, a junior engineering ma
jor, said he missed classes two days in a row
because of inadequate space on the bus. To
make it to class on time, he said, he must
wake up half an hour earlier to catch a bus,
and then wait another 30 minutes to return
“An hour everyday out of my day really
starts to add up,” he said. “I was pretty fed
Michael Cacak, director of transportation
services at UNL, said he had received only
If overcrowding problems continue on a
regular basis, he said, something would have
to be done to alleviate the problem.
“We should be able to provide transpor
tation,” Cacak said.
Paulman said more buses should be
added in the winter. By March the number
of riders would decrease because students
start walking or biking, he said.
“Especially at 9:30 a.m. more buses are
needed,” said Trade Beck, a junior business
administration major. “It’s really over
Beck said two buses running at the same
time or one larger bus was necessary.
Dwayne Sovereign, StarTran operations
superintendent, said three buses ran in the
morning. The first starts at 35th and
Holdrege streets at 6:50 a.m.; others begin
at 13th and Q streets at 7:20 a.m. and 7:35
All three make the 45-minute route until
2 p.m., two buses run until 3:55 p.m. and
one bus runs until 6:07 p.m.
The schedule is the same every weekday
except for Monday, when an extra bus has
been added between 9:30 a.m. and 12:05
Each semester and day is different be
cause of students’ schedules, Sovereign said.
Bus drivers must call StarTran and confirm
how many passengers were left behind.
Then StarTran totals the results and informs
“So far the university has been very co
operative if a bus needs to be added,” Sov
ereign said. “It’s taken care of right away.”
Former Rep. Jordan
dies of pneumonia
By Peggy Fikac
The Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas — Former Rep. Barbara
Jordan, whose ringing, Jehovah-like oratory
made her literally the voice of moral authority
during the Watergate impeachment hearings,
died Wednesday at age 59.
joraan delivered me Key
note address last month at
the University of Nebraska
The NU Board of Regents
conferred upon her the hon
orary degree Doctor of
Jordan — one of the first
1 1 1 two blacks elected to Con
Jordan gregg from the South since
Reconstruction — died of pneumonia believed
to be a complication of leukemia, said George
Christian, a Democratic insider and former press
secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson.
“When Barbara spoke with that deep, boom
ing voice, it was as though she was speaking
from tablets of stone,” former Treasury Secre
tary Lloyd Bentsen said. “She had a presence
as few people do.”
Jordan also had been ill for several years with
Her life was a series of firsts: In 1966, Jor
dan, a Democrat, was elected to the state Sen
ate, the first black member since 1883 and the
first black woman ever elected to the Texas Leg
In 1972, she became the first black woman
elected to Congress from the South. Andrew
Young of Georgia also won office that year.
Once considered a possible vice presiden
tial candidate, Jordan left politics after three
terms in the House, choosing to teach at the
University ofTexas. Shunning the limelight, she
devoted her energies to her students, who fondly
called her “B.J.”
Always, there was her voice—formal, deep,
powerful and carefully enunciated, befitting the
daughter of a Baptist minister.
“I thought I heard God speaking, and it
turned out to be Barbara Jordan,” said Texas
Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, recalling her
from his days as a Senate clerk.
Jordan won a national reputation during the
committee’s 1974 hearings on whether to im
peach President Nixon.
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Great Plains posts high bid
By Julie Sobczyk
Great Plains Media Inc. of Elkhom has made
the highest bid to gain the rights to the Nebraska
Sports Network, offering the UNL Athletic
Department $1.6 million for the 1996-97 year.
Paul Carlson, interim vice chancellor for
business and finance, released a statement
Wednesday containing summaries of three pro
posals submitted to UNL on Monday.
The amount of Great Plains Media’s bid
would increase by $75,000 after the first year,
and by $50,000 every year after that.
The company would develop a station net
work throughout Nebraska, including a 16-sta
tion, out-of-state network.
An additional package of pregame and post
game coverage also would be provided.
Host Learfield Sports of Dallas proposed a
bid of $1.15 million for the first year, with an
increase of $50,000 each additional year.
The company plans to request broadcasting
of football and basketball games on both AM
and FM stations in Lincoln and Omaha and will
try to target a listening audience of 18 to 34
years old, a group it says is currently ignored.
The final bid was proposed by Henry Broad
casting Co., the parent company of KFAB in
Omaha. KJFAB has been the flagship station of
the Nebraska Sports Network since 1983.
Henry Broadcasting proposed the minimum
$1 million bid requested by UNL.
The bid includes an increase of $200,000
each year of the contract.
All bids must guarantee live coverage of
men’s football and basketball games and
women’s basketball and volleyball games. The
winner will hold the contract for the next five
A committee will begin to review the pro
posals and make a recommendation to incom
ing Chancellor James Moeser. The proposals are
expected to be presented to the NU Board of
Regents at its March meeting.
By Erin Schulte
Sen. Dave Landis of Lincoln hopes to reel in
baiting his hook with a free fishing day.
Landis proposed LB923 to the Natural R
bill states that anyone could fish at state pari
a fishing license or park pass on one day during tl
Forty-four states have free fishing days, Landis
The idea was brought to his attention by a
constituent who used to work for the Nevada
Deportment of Wildlife, which sponsors a free
Not only does it promote use of state parks, it
could increase the number of fishing licenses sold
if people decide they want to come back, Landis
But mostly it would encourage
families to get out together for a day,
“Families don’t have to make a
heavy investment to have one special
day,” Landis said.
AH other fishing regulations would
remain the same. Anglers wishing to
fish at specially-stocked lakes still
would have to pay the extra fee,
Sen. Michael Avery of Gretna, a
member of the Natural Resources com
mittee, suggested an emergency clause
[ See FISHING on 6 Aaron Steckelberg/DN
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