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Sunday beer sales illegal
SUNDAY from page 1
rants and bars to sell liquor on Sun
days after noon.
Even with that provision, and with
a six-pack just minutes away, some
Lincoln residents still hit the road to
buy beer on Sunday.
Ralph Tomonelli, a senior me
chanical engineering major at the Uni
versity of Nebraska-Lincoln, said that
when he and his friends would get off
work on Sunday, they wanted to have
a couple of beers. But the law put them
on the road to find a cold one.
“It was kind of a nuisance that you
would have to drive out of town,” he
said. “It was a pain in the ass, now that
I think about it.”
He said he still doesn’t understand.
“Sunday’s just like any other day.”
Proponents of Sunday sales argue
that Lincoln residents leaving the city
limits to buy beer turns into lost busi
ness and tax revenue for the city.
Opponents say more sales mean
more chances for people driving while
intoxicated and more police work.
Jerry Shoecraft, a Lincoln City
councilman and owner of Shoe’s Bar
in the Haymarket, said revenue loss
was a major concern.
“Everything is about competition
and revenue generation, trying to pay
your own bills,” he said. “These people
who have been doing business in Lin
coln for 15 or 20 years deserve the
right to compete.”
The last attempt to pass an ordi
nance came in 1993, Shoecraft said,
and that caused division in the com
munity and on the council.
He said there have been rumblings
in the community signaling to him
there may be another attempt to pass
“There will come a time again ...
they will come forward with this
idea,” he said. “One day, the pressure
Shoecraft’s bar is not open on Sun
days — he calls it his day of rest. But
he said he sympathizes with liquor
store owners and off-sale outlets.
“I do understand their position,” he
said. “We need a consensus on this ...
before we go forward on this.”
Jim Mumgaard, the owner of
Mum’s Liquor, 841 N. 27th St.,
guessed that if they could sell pack
aged liquor on Sundays, they would
do as much business as a Monday or a
Tuesday and boost their yearly total.
For now, Lincoln’s no-sale Sun
days are the law, Pedersen said. And
preventing the sale of packaged liquor
on Sunday is not a hard law to enforce.
“Sunday sales of package liquor are
illegal and if you do it, you are going
to get a ticket for it,” Pedersen said.
Stores with large liquor aisles, such
as Super Saver at 48th and O streets,
don’t chance anything when it comes
to Sunday liquor sales, said Rod
Weckman, assistant grocery manager.
Weckman said technology allows
the stores to stop liquor sales at the
checkout counter. With computerized
scanning of bar codes, managers can
lock out the the codes for alcohol on
Sundays, not allowing the checker to
even scan them, he said.
Signs are put on all the alcohol dis
plays around the store, he said, and a
chain is stretched across the large'
open-faced refrigerator. r. •
Even with all the signs and barri
ers, Weckman said one or two people
a week ask why they can’t get beer on
“Bqt thaf s not that many when you
think that we s&l (groceries) to 5,000
people a day, ■ he said. “Most of the
time, people are aware of it.”
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Room, board rates to rise
By Erin Gibson
Room and board rates for the
University of Nebraska residence
halls will increase by about 5 per
cent next year, the NU Board of
Regents decided Saturday.
By unanimous vote, the regents
approved proposals to raise room
and board rates at the University of
Nebraska’s Lincoln, Kearney and
Medical Center campuses. The
Omaha campus has no residence
In Lincoln, the cost of a double
occupancy room and 19 jn^gg&ger
week for the 1997-98 acacremfc
year will rise to $3,700of frpm&is
year’s cost of $3,525.
A double room and 14 meals per
week will cost $175 mqre?*mJrom
$3,440. The same roomijpb^jf)
meals per week will cdst an extra ;
$190, up from $3,370. ^
Regent Chuck Hassebrook of
Walthill asked the board why pro
posed rates would rise faster than
the overall cost of inflation in Ne
The board cited a significant rise
in the cost of wages that resulted
from an increase in the federal num
t mum wage last year.
In other action:
■ The board approved. a 4hfe&
year contract with dtefpfp
opment Corp. to purchase ;j^ptus
Notes software and hardware neces
sary to bring the entire NU system
online with a single e-mail system.
Two UNL chemistry professors
objected to the boarcFs approval
and testified against the Lotus pro
posal. Lotus Notes does not keep
up with the future of the Interpet,
they said. V
Lotus Notes will now^jpjace
about 30 separate e-mailsy stems at
the umvejjflawifeif wt
Board backs renovations
REGENTS from page 1
to happen again, Blank said.
Van Horn said, at its current
pace, the university would never
eliminate its maintenance backlog.
The $95 million in planned reno
vations would allow NU to catch
up with needed maintenance in 20
years, he said.
Van Horn said total renovations
planned will include about 10 per
cent of total NU building space, or
1.5 million square feet of NU struc
“The impact is tremendous,” he
The project’s financial impact
would be shared equally by the state
of Nebraska and die university.
NU President Dennis Smith said
the university would issue bonds to
help cover the cost, and could raise
tuition about 1.5 percent over a
four-year period. The tuition in
crease would generate about $1.3
million, he said.
Reallocation of internal funds
also would help cover costs, Smith
fer of documents and applications
Implementation of the new sys
tem will cost about $312,000 over
the next three years.
■ Hie board approved a plan to
build Husker Authentic, a new store
to showcase NU athletic merchan
dise on the U£IL campus. Hie store
will be built facing Memorial Sta
for the west side of Stadium Drive.
The store, will sell exclusive
Husker ^thegitic merchandise, and
include displays featuring 25 tele
vision sets and a Husker athletics
hall of fame.
Melvin Jones, UNL vice chan
cellor of business and finance, said
the $587,GOO reqo|§ed Jor the store
would.epme from extra Athletic
, Thie^store will join a new ath
letic ticket office in 5,500 square
feet of the first floorefthe parking
structure, he said.
The Affair DepiRiiSfSivi
ously contributed to parking struc
ture costs, Jones said. The rest of
the structure will hold 600 parking
spaces, he said.
■ The board approved a 3-per
cent pay raise for faculty and staff
of the University of Nebraska at
Kearney and the University of Ne
braska at Omaha.
The 3-percent raise will take ef
fect in each of die following two
years. Union members of each cam
pus had already approved the ne
gotiated raise with the NU Board
■ The board approved the es
tablishment of a NU Center for En
vironmental Toxicology to study
the effects erf chemicals on the en
vironment, including agricultural
The center will involve faculty
from both UNL and the University
of Nebraska Medical Center, which
have joindy developed a graduate
program in environmental toxicol
ogy over the past seven years.
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