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weekend spent remembering Berringer
by Mike Kluck
Senior Reporter —
Friends, family and fans of former
Nebraska quarterback Bnx>k Berringer
spent the weekend remembering their
Berringer, 22, of Goodland, Kan.,
and Tobey Lake, 32, of Aurora, Colo.,
died Thursday when the 1946 Piper
Cub plane Berringer was Hying crashed
shortly after takeoff in a grassy field
University of Nebraska officials
canceled Friday’s “Night of Champi
ons” celebration at Memorial Stadium,
but about 80 people, prompted by a
call to a local radio station, came to a
candlelight vigil service on the sta
Most were dressed in red, and many
came from as far away as Grand Island
and Norfolk to pay their last respects
to a man they had grown to admire
both on and off the field.
They sang “Amazing Grace,”
“Wind Beneath My Wings” and “There
is No Place Like Nebraska,” among
other songs, and they shared fond
memories of Berringer.
Jerry Simerly, who wore a white hat
with a red No. 18 (Berringcr’s number
at Nebraska), said he remembered
Berringer’s smile when quarterback
Tommie Frazier’s two-point conver
sion pass in the 1995 Orange Bowl tied
the game against Miami. The Huskers
won the game 24-17, giving them the
first oftwoeonsecutivenational cham
Simerly said he hadn’t wanted to
come to the vigil on the cold, damp,
windy night, but he did so for his son,
Adam, and also for Berringer.
He said his son, who is mentally
handicapped, was adamant about com
ing to the vigil because Berringer was
his favorite player.
Thisyear for Christmas, Cornhusker
quarterback coach Turner Gill pre
sented Adam Simerly a football signed
by Berringer, Gill and Nebraska coach
“Adam was really impressed that
one time Brook came to his school and
went over to Adam and just started
talking to him,” his father said.
For Adam Simerly, who was wear
ing a hat autographed by Berringer,
the vigil was a chance to say goodbye
to a friend.
On Saturday, before the annual
spring game, Berringer was honored
in a 3 1 /2-minutc HuskcrVision video
tribute, produced by JefTSchmahl.
The video featured highlights of
Berringer’s career at Nebraska, plus
clips of him reading to students, hunt
ing and receiving his diploma.
Berringer graduated in December with
a degree in business management.
After the video, the crowd of more
than 48,000 fans gave Berringer a
standing ovation, and many of the foot
ball players raised their helmets to the
Many of the Husker coaches and
players wore black T-shirts with the
No. 18 in remembrance of Berringer.
In New York City at the NFL Draft
on Saturday, commissioner Paul
Tagliabue led a moment of silence for
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Friends and fans of former NU quarterback Brook Berringer
gather Friday night for a candlelight vigil on the steps of
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Stenberg’s commercial airs today
By Chad Lorenz
Senate candidate Don Stenberg’s first tele
vision commercial will hit Nebraska airwaves
today, almost three months after fellow GOP
opponent Chuck Hagel started airing TV adver
“The voters arc just now starting to tune in
and recognize the race is going on,” said Steve
Thomlison, Stenberg’s campaign manager.
“Now is the opportune time to get out and
deliver the message.”
The Stenberg commercial, titled “Accom
plishment,” is intended to remind voters of
Stenberg’s record as attorney general,
Thomlison said, and reviews his priorities for
Deb Fiddelke, communications director for
the Hagel campaign, said the sixth Hagel cam
paign commercial began airing Friday.
Fiddelke said the Hagel commercials had
been well-received because they were positive
“People are so sick of nasty, negative cam
paigns,” she said.
Thomlison said he was surprised by the
amount of television advertising used by the
“Even though there’s been an onslaught of
TV advertising, they haven’t been able to con
vince Nebraska Republican voters that he’s the
man,” Thomlison said.
Stenberg’s 30-second advertisement will start
airing today in Lincoln, Hastings, Kearney and
Grand Island, Thomlison said.
The campaign will run one or two more
commercials before the May 14 primary elec
tion, he said.
Thomlison said about half of the $374,000
total campaign expenditures had been spent on
direct voter contact, including mailings, signs
and travel. Much of that $ 187,000 was spent on
commercial production and air time.
Fiddelke said about two-thirds of Hagel’s
campaign expenditures were for television ad
vertising. Hagel has spent about $1 million in
campaign funds, according to Federal Election
By Julie Sobczyk
Senior Reporter " “
A veteran UNL administrator has been named
interim senior vice chancellor for academic
Irv Omtvedt, who has been at UNL for 21
years, will take over for Joan Leitzel when she
leaves UNL on June 30 to become president of
the University of New Hampshire in Durham.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Omtvedt,
now vice chancellor for the Institute of Agricul
ture and Natural Resources. “I’m honored to
have the opportunity to represent the university
in this role.”
Omtvedt, who is also the NU system’s vice
president for agriculture and natural resources,
was appointed to the position by Chancellor
James Moeser last week.
He wasn’t expecting the appointment, he
“It was a complete surprise because it’s not
a position I would want to move into unless I felt
I had strong support from faculty, administra
tors and deans,” Omtvedt said. “From ail indi
cations that I’ve received, there seems to be
good support for me to go in on an interim
Leitzel, however, said she was not surprised
at all that Moeser chose Omtvedt.
“I thought he was the obvious person to
choose because he understands the whole uni
versity and our role across the whole state of
Nebraska,” Leitzel said.
Omtvedt said he planned to make the most of
his time as senior vice chancellor.
“I’m an action-oriented type of individual,”
he said. “I’m not interested in just marking time
here. I feel it’s such an important time in higher
education and at UNL.”
The coming of a new chancellor marks an
important time for UNL, he said.
“We need to move his agenda forward,”
Omtvedt said. “I fully support what he (Moeser)
has laid out since coming here as the strategic
plan of UNL, such as an emphasis on under
graduate education and outreach.”
An important topic to Moeser is distance
education, Omtvedt said — something that is
not new to him.
“I’ve had a fair amount of experience in the
rapid movement toward distance education and
virtual universities,” Omtvedt said.
Some key positions at UNL — such as the
deans for continuing studies, fine and perform
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