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Coach stands by Phillips
with hopes of helping him
PHILLIPS from page 1
ter Coach Tom Osborne allowed
him to play in the 1996 Fiesta
After winning the national
championship, Phillips entered the
NFL draft and was picked up by
the St. Louis Rams as the sixth pick
Some controversy over past in
cidents followed him to St. Louis,
and Phillips stumbled through a
lackluster rookie season hampered
by a late knee injury.
Phillips is tentatively scheduled
to appear in Douglas County Court
today for the Sunday night inci
dent, Omaha police said.
Omaha Police Officer Jim
Murray said police were called to
the Red Lion Inn, 1616 Dodge St.,
around 2:30 a.m. on a loud-party
complaint. Managers led officers to
an upper floor, where they found a
party breaking up. Vermeil said the
party was a wedding reception.
As officers were investigating,
Murray said, Phillips became ver
bally abusive and started shouting
obscenities. He was then arrested
and taken to central booking.
Also stemming from the party
are allegations of sexual miscon
duct — improper touching —
against several men, including
Phillips. Murray said that when
police arrived, six men were still
at the party, but there were reports
of more men having been there.
“What went on prior to our ar
rival, I don’t know,” he said. “That
is an issue we have to investigate
Vermeil, who was hired in Janu
ary as the Rams’ new head coach,
said he is putting himself between
Phillips and criticism.
“We’re trying to get ourselves
in a position to help him, not elimi
nate him,” he said. “I just don’t
believe I know him well enough to
do something that drastic.”
The coach said he had not heard
of any disciplinary action on the
part of the NFL, nor did he expect
Vermeil said he was going to try
to help Phillips the way Osborne
helped Phillips. When Phillips was
arrested for the assault in 1995,
Osborne did not boot him from the
team. Instead, he offered him a
chance to return if the troubled run
ning back went through counsel
ing and a mental evaluation.
“He needs help,” Vermeil said.
“He made a mistake. Where he
made a mistake was being abusive
when the police got there.”
Jaycees criticized after
‘Co-ed Naked’ controversy
OMAHA (AP)—Though “Co-ed
Naked Jaycees” may have worked to
boost attendance at a convention, the
concept prompted opposing groups to
call for better coverage.
The Nebraska Jaycees wanted to
draw attention to their convention over
the weekend in Kearney, so the local
chapter billed it as “Coned Naked Jay
cees,” much like the novelty Co-ed
The tactic worked. The Jaycees
gained attention all right, but not from
the crowd they were after.
The creative theme caught the eye
of the Nebraska Commission on the
Status of Women — and its members
It didn’t help that a Jaycee official
urged chapters to invent “indecent”
prizes for the convention and embel
lished the theme to “Co-ed Butt-Na
Now the woman who heads the
state Jaycees is mortified that the flap
will tarnish the organization’s repu
tation for helping the needy and train
ing young adults for leadership.
“I do apologize if we have offended
anyone,” said Karen Heng, president
of the Nebraska Jaycees. ?My particu
lar preference is that it die down.”
Responding to a complaint by a
Nebraska Jaycee member, die commis
sion sent a letter to the state and na
tional Jaycees complaining about the
“tasteless and sexist title.”
The Jaycees probably will not face
any fines or sanctions for the theme,
but Joni Gray, the commission’s ex
ecutive director, said the group should
have known better.
“They were drawing attention to
women as sexual beings in a business
context, and that’s not acceptable,” she
Heng said the Kearney host chap
ter just wanted a catchy theme for the
quarterly convention. It may have
worked. About 300 Jaycees attended
the event, up from 200 at the past two
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RECRUITING from page 1
hopefuls solidify their decision to at
More than a letter
But Schmidt said recruiting new
students is more than a one-day event.
Recruitment is a university prior
ity that can span several years for sane
high school students, she said.
Recruitment’s priority status at UNL
keeps its budget at about $1 million
annually, not counting scholarship
funds, Schmidt said.
Recruitment begins at a young age
for Nebraska students when they see
or hear about the university from
friends, parents or through the media.
“They’re going to start forming
perceptions of the university very, very
early,” Schmidt said.
For this reason, the university be
gins recruitment at the fourth-grade
level for some Omaha public school
Students, especially minorities
whose parents have not attended a
university, are prime targets for early
recruitment, she said. The purpose is
to provide early awareness of college
opportunities and spur students to
strive toward attending UNL, Schmidt
“Every part of the process is im
portant,” she said.
But the big push to recruit students
occurs at the high school level, she
said. The university sends informa
tional fliers to interested students and
buys names from national lists to re
cruit students in specific areas, she
said. ' ' • " >
The lists are compiled #am those
taking tests, including the PSAT and
the ACT, Schmidt said. For about
$180, universities can buy a report of
all students meeting certain criteria,
such as Nebraska high school students
scoring 25 or higher on the ACT. In
addition to the report fee, the univer
sity pays about 22 cents per name that
appears on the report, she said.
This money is well spent, Schmidt
said, because the university can then
initiate contact with students by send
ing fUers and other information.
By their senior year, most students
have decided where to attend college
or have narrowed their field of choices
to just a few schools. During this year,
there’s an “intense push” to recruit
those students who show interest in
UNL, she said.
Cream of the top
Informational mailers will not be
enough to recruit many of the best and
brightest students, Schmidt said.
“For some students, all that mail
isn’t going to make a bit of difference,”
What matters to these students is
scholarships and educational value for
the amount of tuition required to at
tend UNL, she said.
“There’s a lot of talent out there
that we could be recognizing, but the
money does not go far enough,” she
Chancellor James Moeser said in
creasing scholarship funding to recruit
Nebraska’s best students in state and
at UNL is his top priority in recruit
“We don’t want them to be lured
out of state by other schools,” he said.
Moeser said gifted Nebraska stu
dents who fall just below the cut for
receiving a UNL scholarship might
receive a scholarship offer to an out
Although that scholarship might
not cover enough out-of-state expenses
to make the school’s overall cost as
inexpensive as UNL, he said, the stu
dent could be insulted by UNL’s ap
parent lack of interest Mid apprecia
tion for his or her talent.
Such a student would likely attend
the out-of-state school, Moeser said,
and UNL doesn’t want that.
‘We’ve got to attempt to increase
the scholarship pool,” Moeser said.
Schmidt said the current total
amount of scholarships offered is the
highest ever at UNL, and recent raises
in this amount have helped a lot to
recruit outstanding students.
And both Moeser and Schmidt said
the amount of scholarships offered
would continue to be increased.
Schmidt said the future of effec
tive recruitment could also lie in elec
tronic means through the World Wide
The admissions office has applied
for $150,000 to go toward electronic
recruitment in the next two years, she
Currently UNL is at a disadvan
tage in electronic recruitment because
it is not featured on several popular
College Search 'engines on the' web,
One such engine, College
Viewbook, could provide the univer
sity with space for a 40-screen cam
pus viewbook. This could be a strong
virtual recruitment tool, she said, but
it comes with an actual price tag.
A deluge of scholarship funding
and the means to recruit electronically
would be ideal for the admissions of
fice, she said.
But when students finally commit
to attending UNL, it is up to Red Let
ter days to make them welcome,
“We want them to feel as comfort
able as possible on this campus,” she
And of course, she said, the uni
versity wants them to come back in
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