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A man who hid in the back of a
woman’s car, which was stopped at
a gas station Saturday morning, left
the vehicle after assaulting the
woman with a steak knife.
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann
Heermann said that about 4 a.m.
Saturday, a woman stopped at the
U-Stop on 27th and E streets for
She went in to pay, left the ve
hicle running, came back out, en
tered the vehicle and started driv
ing, Heermann said. A man came
up from the back seat and put what
appeared to be a steak knife in her
face. He cut the left side of her neck
several times and slashed both fore
arms and her upper chest.
The woman stopped for a traf
fic signal at 21st and E streets and
the man left the vehicle.
She described the man as a
white male of medium build, wear
ing a black stocking hat, black shirt
and black pants.
Officers recovered almost
$10,000 worth of goods stolen from
Culler Junior High School Sunday
morning after an officer saw a ve
hicle with its lights off enter the
west parking lot at a high speed.
Heermann said the officer
searched the vehicle and found one
of the school’s bank bags and a
hacksaw. The officer found the
school’s southwest door unsecured
and discovered audio/visual equip
ment and computers stacked by the
door. The officer also found several
classrooms broken into.
Heermann said the three sus
pects had entered the school
through the courtyard where a piece
of plywood was covering a broken
window. About $600 in damage
was done to the school.
Jacob Nelson, 20, of209 Dawes
St., and two male juveniles were
cited and/or arrested for burglary.
Officers recovered six televi
sions, one videocassette recorder
and several computers and print
NU groups heighten
By Erin Gibson
A wooden cross and spray-painted
racial slur found at the University of
Nebraska at Omaha Monday could
mean another crushing blow to NU
University officials reported that a
black UNO employee found a wooden
cross stuck in the gas tank of his ve
hicle and a racial epithet spray painted
across his windshield.
NU President Dennis Smith
quickly condemned the incident as
“I feel compelled to emphasize that
overt and .implied acts of racial hatred
and bigotry will not be tolerated at the
University of Nebraska,” Smith said,
and also used the opportunity to con
demn Sigma Chi’s cross burning.
The racist nature of the UNO van
dalism works against many positive
efforts made toward cross-cultural
understanding in the past weeks, said
other university members Monday.
Many University of Nebraska-Lin
coln campus members and student
organizations have said they turned
their anger over the cross burning into
action by holding meetings, as well
as prayer vigils.
A workshop to develop solutions
to racism is planned for 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday in the Nebraska Union by
the Ethnic Minority Affairs Commit
tee of the Teachers College, followed
by a separate speech on unity by New
Jersey pastor Buster Soaries at 7 p.m.
Many campus and organization
members, including Brent Karstens,
president of the UNL Interffatemity
Council, said the incident forced them
to take a critical look at their own work
“A lot of people knew there was a
little barrier on campus, but no one
wanted to do anything,” he said.
That will change now, he said.
IFC has always supported diversity
efforts, Karstens said. But, after the
Sigma Chi incident, he said, the IFC
realized a gap remained between the
mostly black and mostly white frater
As a result, last Thursday the fra
ternities came together through IFC
to reaffirm their commitment to cross
cultural understanding with a state
“This incident really could have
turned sour,” Karstens said. “It’s a
start to a new beginning.”
The new beginning includes an
IFC declaration that it will denounce
racism and “emphatically deplore any
action which widens the ethnicity gap
on campus, in our community and
Under the cross
Brett Yohn, state director of the
Christian Challenge and Baptist Stu
dent Union, said university church
leaders also are finding the incident
has spurred more thought and recog
nition of racism among UNL students.
The Association of Campus Reli
gious Workers at UNL adopted a state
ment Feb. 6 that condemned the “ex
pression, condoning or minimizing of
racism, an insidious disease and vio
lation of persons created in the image
Misunderstandings between the
university and black community mem
bers were ironed out in a meeting that
included university officials, the
NAACP, the Afrikan People’s Union
and Sigma Chi members.
But some students, including
members of the Mexican American
Student Association, said they were
upset that off-campus and community
members were excluded from the
Jose Bustamante, vice president of
MASA, said no one in the organiza
tion was invited to the APU meeting.
Many MASA members also were of
fended by the cross burning and
wanted to help with healing in its af
termath, he said.
“That’s a sign of hatred, not only
against blacks,” he said. “We were left
out of further discussion.”
Bills would toughen policy
on alcohol sales in state
LIQUOR from page 1
But opponents of the proposal ar
gued that liquor outlets in violation
of their licenses were only part of the
Mike Kelley, a private lawyer and
a lobbyist for United Retailers Liquor
Association of Nebraska, said it was
difficult for businesses to ensure their
employees would avoid selling to mi
nors in every case.
The General Affairs Committee
took no action on LB 17. Members also
delayed decisions on LB482 and
LB249 pending legal consultation.
LB482, sponsored by Sen. Doug
Kristensen of Minden, would return
the authority of regulating liquor li
censes to city councils.
LB249, sponsored by the General
Affairs Committee, would officially
put into law the Liquor Control
Commission's current regulation prac
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