The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 17, 1997, Page 4, Image 4

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Doug Kouma
Anthony Nguyen
Anne Hjersman
Paula Lavigne
Joshua Gillin
Jessica Kennedy
Jeff Randall
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DN Quotes
“I've made a deliberate effort not to get
involved with computers.”
— State Sen. Roger Wehrbein of
Plattsmouth on the recent purchase of
laptop computers for the Legislature
“At times, this almost felt like a non
game in terms of intensity and in terms
of interest I'm sorry for that.”
—NU Coach Tom Osborne on the lack
of interest at the Orange Bowl
“If you check your gut, something says,
‘Hey, it's time.' I think the campus will
benefit from a new infusion of leader
— University of Nebraska at Omaha
Chancellor Del Weber on his decision to
“It's the best for the taxpayers. It's a
business decision, not a legal decision.”
— Lincoln City Council Chairwoman
Cindy Johnson on the Francisco Renteria
Civil-suit settlement
“With my heart, I always wanted to come
— NU rush end Grant Wistrom on his
decision to stay for his senior year
“We must talk openly about race rela
tions in this country and try to leave the
angry rhetoric behind.”
— Attorney General Janet Reno in a
speech observing the birthday of the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr.
“In the garage-rock cult world, we sound
overproduced. We’re low-fi junkie—we
get dissed from zines because we don’t
sound crappy enough.”
— Doug Roberson, lead guitarist, Bent
“If we were in any other city in the
league, the fans would’ve been booing us
off the ice. It’s kind of nice to not be
struggling and come into your own barn
with the fans behind you.”
—Marc Suderman, starting center Lin
coln Stars, on fan support
“I’ll miss it like crazy. But everything
happens for a reason. I guess God just
has another plan for me.”
— Stacie Maser, a middle blocker for
the Nebraska volleyball team, after her ca
reer ended with a chronic knee injury
“Right now, chemistry-wise, we’re still
working on it. Believe it or not, even
though we’re 11-1,1 can’t say we have
played our best basketball yet.”
— Husker Coach Angela Beck
“Hit him! Stab him with your hockey
— Fan at Stars game
“The Tickle Me Elmo people are scram
bling to get new versions of their giggling
Muppet on the market, because the Cab
bage Patch Snack Time Kid debacle took
a bite (Ouch! now that’s a bad pun) out
of their post-holiday orders.”
— Daily Nebraskan columnist Brent
Mehs line’s
Stay between the lines
Proceed with caution; don’t let safety take back seat
When I was looking at colleges, it
did not seem too hard to become a
UNL student. I encountered a fairly
flat, relatively compact campus, a
major city with family values and
friendly people all nestled cozily in
the heartland of America.
Awwwwww. Don’t you just have that
squishy feeling inside?
Before you get out your lighters
and start singing “Kumbayah”—
take a lode around. After you finally
master the one-way streets and get
past the massive construction sites,
you are hit with a rash arctic chill
that turns the campus into a veritable
frozen tundra.
Realistically though, these things
all take a back seat to one of the
biggest problems at the university:
Traffic! The constant war that pits
automobile against pedestrian. Half '
of the campus might be closed to
cars, but the other half has more than
its fair share.
Every day, students coming from
and going to the dorms and parking
lots are forced to deftly maneuver
through inpatient drivers, semi-truck
deliveries and monstrous buses just
to receive their daily serving of
academia. That’s not to say students
are all following the state’s pedes
trian regulations to a T, but some
thing has to change.
In the first half of 1996 alone,
there were nine traffic accidents on
campus that were recorded with the
University Police and the Lincoln
Police Department. That doesn’t
include the infinite number of close
encounters and whatever goes on in
the wonderful farming community of
East Campus.
The statistics from the latter half
of the year have yet to be compiled,
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The driving around
here is worse than
the acting on ‘Saved
By the Belir
but I am sure some of us might
remember two instances during fall
semester that brought about a broken
windshield and a few thrown bodies.
In the absence of abolishing
vehicles inside the city limits or the
unveiling of an expansive campus
walkway system, everyone needs to
do his or her own little part to cut
down on the existing conditions and
future massive head wounds. These
simple guidelines might be of some
know you are all in a hurry and can
see that the cross traffic has a red
light, but if you wait a minute, the
other cars can turn right and will not
get backed up to 1-80.
2. RED MEANS STOP! I am also
well-aware that this one is not as easy
to follow because the instructions are
not actually written out for you, but
unless you are colorblind there
should not be a problem. (And even
then the red one is usually on top.)
People are supposed to walk through
the designated crossing areas, hence
the name, not just anywhere they feel
like. There is no doubt in my mind
that some of you do have world
renowned cat-like speed and re
flexes, but my bet is on the two-ton
piece of metal.
TESY! The nicest people in the
world live here, but when a few of
them get into their cars, a priest
needs to be called to exorcise some
demons! And if it is not just plain
viciousness that inhabits the local
drivers, it is the absence of driving
The driving around here is worse
than the acting on “Saved By the
Bell!” So just try to be nice and let
cars and students alike get where
they need to go as quickly as they
can without dismembering any
people or disfiguring any small
There are enough things to fear in
this world besides getting run over
walking to class, so take some
Vivarin to keep alert, a little — insert
item of choice — to keep your
temper down and some good old
fashioned Nebraska friendliness with
you, and let’s hope everyone can
keep his or her windshields, limbs
and minds intact.
Harder is a sophomore broad
casting major and a Daily Nebras
kan columnist
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