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ROT HERETH of Roy’s Window Service Inc. decorates the 0 Street skywalk for
the Lincoln Downtown Association Monday afternoon. Downtown Lincoln will be
decorated all week long in preparation for the annual Star City Holiday Parade
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! Washington trial postponed
By Chad Lorenz
The trial of former Nebraska football player
| Riley Washington, originally scheduled to be
gin today, has been postponed until late Janu
ary. . .i
Washington is scheduled
to stand trial during the
week of Jan. 21 for at
murder and use of a weapon
to commit a felony in the
1995 shooting of Jermaine
District Judge Bernard
McGinn postponedtte trial —
more time to prepare his case.. . .
| Special prosecutor Ronald Lahners re
i quested the additional time because of the
amount of information and paperwork involved
and so he could taike a deposition from
Washington’s former teammate Abdul
Muhammad, a defense witness in the case. Wit
nesses and police have said Muhammad was
with Washington the night of the shooting.
Lahners was appointed as the new prosecu
tor in August when the court disqualified the
Lancaster County Attorney’s office from the
case. The defense stated that Deputy County At
torney David Stempson, die' original prosecu
tor, faced a conflict of interest because of tele
phone calls he made to Cole when he moved to
Cole has told prosecutors that he will not tes
tify in the case.
Lahners also asked McGinn last Wednesday
to limit the defense’s case in areas that attacked
Cole’s character and reputation because Cole
would not be present to defend himself. Cole
has known gang affiliations and a criminal his
tory including narcotics use and assault on a
former girlfriend. >.
In October, McGinn prohibited the prosecu
tion from using any of Cole’s previous testimony
to substitute for Cole’s actual appearance in
Student Involvement and
union administrators occupy
temporary space in the ball
Bt Chad Lorenz
Student Involvement staff and Nebraska
Union administrators who are moving their of
fices into the union ballroom this week will not
be having a ball.
Both departments are moving into tempo
rary offices for 16 to 18 months during the Ne
braska Union expansion and renovation projects.
Fifteen union administrators and 29 Student In
volvement staff members will take refuge in the
ballroom on the south side of Nebraska Union’s
Workers laid electric, phone and computer
lines in the ballroom Monday afternoon. Mask
ing tape marked lines on the carpet where cu
bicle walls will be constructed.
Marilyn Bugenhagen, director of Student
Involvement, said people would have to adjust
to the new space, but the office’s services would
The temporary offices have less space and
fewer barriers between office areas and could
be confusing for students, she said.
“This kind of stress, especially at this time
of year, is probably not easy on our student
staff,” Bugenhagen said. “The uncertainty is
probably the hardest part to deal with.”
Operations were hectic in Student Involve
ment Monday as staff members emptied then
offices, dismantled their furniture and tried to
keep organized while still doing their jobs.
The essential operations of Student Involve
ment — event registration and student consul
tations — moved into the union’s administra
tion office until the end of this week.
Bugenhagen said the staff would operate as
well as it could in the temporary office. Some
people will have difficulty working in small cu
* Please see MOVING on 6
By Kasey Kerber
Bids for general construction and asbestos
removal for the Nebraska Union were higher
than expected, but Union Board Director Daryl
Swanson said the lowest bids were “manage
ably over budget.”
Three Lincoln construction companies made
bids for construction on the Nebraska Union's
expansion Nov. 22.
Builder's Incorporated won die bidding with
the lowest offering at $9,999,200. The highest
bid was placed by Judd Brothers’ Construction
Swanson said the lowest bid was close to
$500,000 over budget, but a process of “value
engineering” was currently being used to shave
“We’re going through with a fine-tooth
comb looking for ways to decrease costs,”
Swanson said construction bids seemed to
be going up in general because of the increased
importance of mechanical costs compared to
“This project is 45 percent mechanical,”
Swanson said. “Mechanical costs seem to be
escalating at a higher rate than general construc
Swanson also said a lack of competition
contributed to higher bids, as only three com
panies made bids for the project.
A bid also was accepted for asbestos removal
in the Nebraska Union after seven bids were
turned down in late November.
National Service Geaning’s bid was ac
cepted as die lowest
The company, based in Houston, also
handled the asbestos removal project for Burnett
Big 12 championship tickets
expected to be sold out today
By Erin Schulte
Anyone wanting to make the trek to St.
Louis for the Big 12 Playoff football game
better rush over to the ticket office this
John Anderson, ticket manager at the
Athletic Department, said no students
walking up to die windows to purchase
; tickets would be turned down as long as
there woe some left — but the supply is
. All of the original 7,500 tickets allot
ted to Nebraska have been sold. But the
North Division schools that did not make
it to the playoff game donated 200 tickets
to Nebraska, providing a total of 1,200 ex
“It’s hard for them to sell tickets to a
game they’re not participating in,” Ander
son said. “It’s common courtesy to offer
us the tickets.
“You make a Mend and you have some
body to move your tickets for you, too.”
The ticket office began selling the 1,200
extra tickets Monday morning.
Mike Warren, a sophomore political sci
ence major, started calling the ticket office
at 9 a.m. Monday and got constant busy
signals until 9:45 a.m. By that time, War
ren said, the ticket office had sold out of
$60 tickets; only $40 seats remained.
But Warren managed to get five tickets
all together, he said.
As of Monday afternoon, all but 250
tickets had been sold, Anderson said.
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