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Growing up ‘Lieding’ acts January 13, 1997
A young Nebraska volleyball team gains valuable The Lied Center for Performing Arts continues
experience, losing to Stanford in a national semi- its season with an array of acts including a Swiss A PERFECT *1 O’
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VOL. % COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 " NO. 77
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FOUR KBRASKA FANS watch the Orange Bowl at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. Nebraska won 41-21 over Virginia Tech, but only about
8,006 peoptebought tickets allotted to NU fans, leaving more than 20,000 seats empty. For complete game coverage, see page* 9-12.
Huskers see fewer fans at Orange Bowl
By Mitch Sherman
Senior Reporter
MIAMI — Thousands of empty, orange
seats greeted the Nebraska football team to
a college football classic, played at a stadium
with a professional name and a dismal atmo
sphere for New Year’s Eve.
Huskers and Hokies invaded South
Florida in the first Orange Bowl challenge
away from the rotting-but-nostalgic Orange
Bowl stadium.
Home to the Florida Marlins and Miami
Dolphins, the 10-year-old, state-of-the-art
Pro Player Stadium served as the setting for
NU’s 41-21 victory over Virginia Tech.
Only 51,212 fans witnessed the Husker
win. It was die smallest Orange Bowl crowd
since 1947 when Rice beat Tennessee 8-0,
and the smallest to watch an NU bowl game
since the 1980 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
“Attunes, this almost felt like a non-game
in terms of intensity and in terms of inter
est,” Nebraska "Coach Tom Osborne said.
“I’m sorry for that.
“But I’ve been down here a lot of times,
and I haven’t come away with that trophy
very often.”
The victory — Nebraska’s third straight
bowl win and seventh Orange Bowl win in
16 trips to Miami — secured a No. 6 national
ranking for NU, which finished 11-2.
By virtue of Obio.State’s Rose Bowl win
over previously unbeaten Arizona State on
New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif., Florida
and Florida State dueled for the national title
in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.
The Gators won 52-20 in a game that drew
as much attention as any game in college foot
ball history, but left nearly every other bowl
game struggling to stay above water.
No more than 8,000 Husker fans traveled
to Miami for Nebraska’s third Orange Bowl
in four years. And although 25,000 Hokie
fans formed a purple blanket that filled the
stadium’s west end zone, several entire sec
tions in the upper level remained empty.
“It was pretty weird because there wasn’t
anybody in the stands, even throughout the
game,” Nebraska offensive tackle Adam Treu
said. “None of us had ever played like that.
We didn’t know what was going on. I think
we maybe felt let down by some of the fans.”
Midway through the third quarter, thou
sands of fans left at the first sign pf light rain.
By the end of the fourth quarter, only a
few thousand spectators dotted the stadium’s
75,000 seats, which sold for $10 apiece —
$65 less than face value — prior to the game.
“This is actually the first time I’ve ever
played in a bowl game where it wasn’t a packed
house,” defensive tackle Jason Peter said.
“Our Nebraska fans are still great. They
can’t come to every game that’s so far away.
We’re not upset with them at all.”
Property tax debate to dominate Legislature
By Erin Schulte
Senior Reporter
The meat and potatoes of the 95th Nebraska
Legislative session will again be property taxes
— bat issues such as partial-birth abortion and
same-sex marriages will be thrown in to spice
things up.
Although most college students don’t own
any property, property taxes will still affect stu
dents indirectly, said Speaker of the Legislature
Sen. Ron Withem of Papillion.
For instance, Withem said, state funds that
would be used to help local governments after
property taxes are cut would be unavailable to
the university. That could raise tuition, he said.
- Also on die schedule this year are the state
budget and the University of Nebraska’s request
for $23 million fen: the college of information
Debt forcas
local Subways
to shut down
By Paula Lavigne
Senior News Editor
The world’s second-largest fast food chain
derailed in Lincoln last week when seven of
Lincoln’s 10 Subway restaurants closed — in
cluding the one in the Nebraska Union — leav
ing their owners buried in about $1 million in
debt.
But the Nebraska Union Subway is one lo
cation guaranteed to reopen this week under new
management, Subway administrators said.
Last Monday, Subway employees came to
work and found the locks changed on six build
ings (the Nebraska Union Subway was still
closed for winter break).
The six other stores are at 53rd and O streets,
in the Gunny’s Building at 12th and Q streets,
10th and High streets, 29th; Street and
Comhusker Highway, 17th ami South streets and
70th Street and Havelock Avenue.
;®Gfeg and Jeff Moe, co-owners of the sevwi
closed Subways, have been unavailable for com
ment. Some Subway workers have speculated
that Gfeg Moe has left the state. What Moe left
behind was. more than 70 employees unsure
about their jobs and paychecks.
And Lancaster County records show the
brothers and their corporation, GM-JM
Moementum, also left behind about $1 million
in defaults on property ownership and liens.
Two of the shops — at 29th and Comhusker
and 53rd and O streets — were auctioned off to
satisfy creditors. They were purchased by the
Please see SUBWAY on 6
Legislature likely
to approve funds
for UNO, FDR
By Matthew Waite
Senior Reporter
Two things now stand between a University
of Nebraska at Omaha information science cam
pus and First Data Resources office complex—
$22 million and the Nebraska Legislature.
The Legislature’s chief money manager,
Appropriations Chairman Roger Wehrbein of
Plattsmouth, said he believed lawmakers will
grant NU the $22 million it needs for the project,
but not without some debate.
“I’m still trying to read thebody,” Wehrbein
said. “There are some skeptics. I’D let them
speak for themselves.”
Chi Dec. 31, the Douglas County Board voted
6-1 to sell 140 acres of the county-owned
AKsarben racetrack to FDR for $10 million.
It ended horse racing at Nebraska’s largest
track, which did not hold a live racing meet in
1996, a first since 1944 for the once-nationally
prominent Omaha track.
The sale also cleared the way for the credit
card processing company to build an office com
plex, which wiD create 2,000 new jobs over the
next five years.
Please see OMAHA on 8,
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