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_February 16, 1996_
Nebraska Quarterback Tommie Frazier jokes around with former Nebraska football standouts during the “Hoops for
Heart” charity basketball game Thursday night at Southeast High School.
i uskers at heart
Football seniors hoop it up for charity
By Michaela Pieler
Steve Volin couldn’t wait toexchange the
football for a basketball Thursday night.
The Husker offensive guard seized the
opportunity to play in a charity basketball
game for the American Heart Association.
At Lincoln Southeast High School, Husker
seniors and football legends played in a
charity game to benefit heart disease and
Kim Evers, south central director Saf the
American Heart Association, said theuJjDops
for Heart” game had been the most stress
ful fund-raising event for her associate for
the last five years. Lincolnites enj% the
event because they get a unique chanceto see
the football team out of season, she said.
About 2,300 people attended the fund
raiser, which was sponsored by Bryan Me
“It's great to play basketball
again for the benefit of an
organization that does so
many good things. ”
Husker offensive guard
modal Hospital, Valentino’sand KLIN 1400
All 21 seniors on the Husker football
team were scheduled to play, she said. They
faced a team that included former Huskers
Turner Gill, Danny Noonan and Brian Wash
Volin, who played basketball in high
school, said the event was a good chance to
have fun while helping charity.
“It’s great to play basketball again for the
benefit of an organization that does so many
good things," he said.
Husker quarterbacks coach Turner Gill
said helping the heart association was more
important than the game.
It doesn’t matter who wins or loses, said
Gill, the Nebraska quarterback from 1981
1983 who went on to play in the Canadian
Bill Lefler, board member of the associa
tion, said he had expected more spectators
than ever because of the Huskers’ back-to
back national championships.
The championships also made the charity
game popular for children, Lefter said. They
love the event, he said, because they can get
See HOOPS on 3
Salaries will be discussed
By Erin Schulte
Faculty members and UNL administrators
will meet later this month to discuss how state
approved salary increases will be distributed.
Peter Bleed, chairman of the Salary Advi
sory Committee and president-elect of the Aca
demic Senate, said salary increases for profes
sors were traditionally based on merit. Very few
raises are distributed across the board, he said.
The committee recommends its plan to Chan
cellor James Moeser and the NU Board of
Regents then decides to pass or reject the rec
Bleed said he did not know if raises would be
similar to those given in the past.
Last year, a 2 percent raise was given to
faculty members who had done satisfactory
work. Everything beyond that was based on
Although it is unusual for a faculty member
to not receive a raise, Bleed said, it could
happen. The dean or chairman of each aca
demic college makes the decision on salary
Deciding where faculty salaries should be at
during the next two years is another major issue
for the committee, said Joan Leitzel, vice chan
cellor for academic affairs,
Leitzel said the committee recommended
salaries that were average among peer institu
tions. This will be a major issue discussed at the
committee's next meeting, she said.
Last month Gov. Ben Nelson decided not to
include a $7 million allocation for salary in
creases in the university’s budget.
Moeser indicated at Wednesday’s ASUN
meeting that if this money were not allotted,
students would suffer by making up the differ
ence in tuition increases.
The committee’s next meeting is scheduled
for Feb. 29.
By Ted Taylor
A proposed bill stemming from the murder
of Omaha Police Officer Jimmy Wilson would
add killing a law enforce
ment officer in the line of
duty to the list of crimes
punishable by death.
Jimmy Wilson Sr., father
of the slain officer, passion
ately testified Thursday be
fore the Nebraska
Committee in favor of
The bill, introduced by
Sen. Gerald Matzke of
Sidney, said aggravating circumstances would
be present if the offender knew or should have
known the victim was a law enforcement of
“It’s not only Jimmy Wilson who I’m here
for. I’m here for any police officer who has been
killed in the line of duty,” Wilson said.
His 24-ycar-old son was shot to death in his
police cruiser last August. Wilson was the first
Omaha police officer to be killed in the line of
duty since 1974.
“The way the current bill reads today, you
can kill a police officer and it’s not an aggra
vated circumstance,” he said. “We want that to
Wilsonwas referring to the current Nebraska
law that states that an aggravating circumstance
exists only if the murder occurs while the of
fender is in the custody of the law enforcement
uov. Ben Nelson, me nrst supporter to tes
tify, told the committee that the bill was neces
sary because society depended on the police for
protection and public service.
“We, in turn, must provide the maximum
punishment for those who kill officers while
they are carrying out those difficult duties that
we give them,” he said.
Nelson,said the concept of the bill also was
■not whether capital punishment was right, but
that it gave the courts the opportunity to levy
such a penalty.
But Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha continu
ally asked supporters why the bill singled out
police officers and left other public servants
such as teachers, doctors and ministers out of
“Do the lives of police officers have more
intrinsic value than any other people?” Cham
The overwhelming answer from supporters
“But let me ask you Sen. Chambers, Sen.
(John) Lindsay, or any of you senators,” Wilson
See COP KILLERS on 2
Judge rejects state’s request
to close Santee Sioux casino
OMAHA (AP)—A small Indian casino
in northeast Nebraska on Thursday cleared a
legal hurdle as a federal judge denied the
state of Nebraska’s request to close it.
U.S. District Judge William Cambridge
rejected the state’s request for a temporary
injunction to close the Santee Sioux casino
in a renovated cafe a mile south of the South
Dakota border. After an hour-long hearing,
the judge said the state had no legal standing
to seek the injunction.
The case, if there is (me, belongs in the
hands of federal prosecutors, Cambridge said.
“Whether the actions of the tribe are law
ful or unlawful, that issue is not before me,”
Tribal attorney Dan Evans said he was
pleased with the ruling but conceded that he
could be back in court in a few days making
the same arguments against federal prosecu
Casino gambling is prohibited in Ne
braska. Some tribal members say the Ohiya
Casino offers hope on a reservation that has
70 percent unemployment. It employs nine
legal debate centers on interpretation
of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Tribal officials say the law allows them to
offer Las Vegas-style games — Class III
gambling that includes slot machines, rou
lette and poker—because Nebraska allows
keno, betting on horse races and a state
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