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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 11, 1996)
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* Radio listeners
give to family
who lost home
By Erin Schulte
One ‘Tickle Me” Elmo doU and a grinch
who didn’t want to part with it started a chain
reaction of holiday warm fuzzies Tuesday.
A Lincoln family whose house burned down
& earlier this month will receive donations from
- more than 500 KFRX radio listeners thanks to
quick thinking by the station’s announcer.
The donation spree started when a woman
1 with a ‘Tickle Me” Elmo doll, an impossible
's to-find Christmas toy, called into the station
- looking to sell the doll. The doll usually retails
at about $25, and she was asking $100.
Dan Tooker, one of the two “Doughnut
Holes” on the station’s morning program, took
her call at about 6:15 a.m., and decided to put
the woman on the air — and on the spot.
“I threw her on the air and beat her up a little
bit and said, ‘This isn’t the spirit of Christmas,’”
Tooker told her she could make amends for
her greediness by donating the doll to a family
v that needed it. The woman said she’d think
about it, hung up and never called back.
Listeners were appalled.
“People were really upset that Christmas had
turned into that, that people were hawking and
DAN TOOKER, a disc jockey at KFRX in Lincoln, took the air Tuesday morning with Tickle Me Elmo to encourage people to bring in gifts
for a Lincoln family whose house recently was destroyed in a fire.
scalping toys,” Tooker said. “So I said we’re
gonna change it. We’re gonna adopt a family.”
Tooker told listeners about a family he heard
about who had built their dream house this year,
only to have it bum to the ground early in De
“From that point, it just exploded,” Tooker
said. “Because of one woman being a Christ
mas grinch, we were able to turn it around.”
They received offers for donated clothes,
food and toiletries. Then they got an offer for a
free “Tickle Me” Elmo. One person donated
A queen-size bed and a bedroom set were
donated in the afternoon. Land and Sky donated
its warehouse for furniture storage until the fam
ily can move things in. One woman, whose
mother had just died, offered to let the family
go through the mother’s house and take any
Please see GIFTS on 6
FTS NOT DASHER — or Dancer, for that matter. But at Leon
and Barb Bindenagel’s reindeer ranch in rural central Nebraska,
some flightless relatives of Santa’s four-legged helpers are easy to
spot. Please see story on page 8.
Students to get discounts
Local Internet access providers extend rates to UNL
By Josh Funk
Even though students will not be
able to use the university’s free dial
in modem pool, they will get a dis
count rate from local Internet access
On February 1,1997 the university
will shut down its modems, and stu
dents who want to access their e-mail
or the Internet will have to subscribe
to a local access provider or travel to a
campus computer lab.
For students switching over to lo
cal Internet providers this spring, pro
viders say they will have faster, better
service than they had with the modem
Ruth Michalecki, Telecommunica
tions Center director, said students will
Once people get past the idea that they
have to pay for something that was free,
they will see the Internet opening up to
them and realize that what they got free
wasn't very much."
telecommunications Center director
realize how limited their access was
through the university modem pool.
The university has negotiated a
special rate with Internet Nebraska and
Aliant Communication’s NAVIX to
offer similar rates and services to stu
There are three basic monthly us
Please see INTERNET on 6
Kwanzaa week celebrates African-American culture
By Kelly McNally
For one week in December, about
13 million African-Americans will
The holiday was started by Dr.
Maulana Ron Karenga on Dec. 26,
196& Karenga was a leading theorist
of The Black Movement and devel
oped Kwanzaa because he believed
African-Americans needed a non-su
pematural religion to unify them cul
Kwanzaa, a Kiswahili wend mean
ing the first fruits of harvest, is cel
ebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.
Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa
is represented by a principle. African
Americans are reminded to practice
unity (umoja), self-determination
(kujichagulia), responsibility (ujima),
cooperative economics (ujamaa), pur
pose (nia), creativity (kuumba), and
faith (imani) during this time period.
These principles reflect the social and
spiritual needs of African-Americans.
Seven symbols reflect traditional
and modem concepts, which evolved
from African-Americans’ lives:
• A straw mat (mkeka).
• A candle holder (kinari).
• Seven candles (mshumaa).
• An ear of com (muhindi). .
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