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Senior leader Wesley Unplugged March 12,1997
Kim E)eHaan has been a key part of the NU women’s Well, not quite. But Wesley Willis’ return to Lin
gymnastics program for few years. Sunday she com- coin without the Fiasco was an entirely different
petes at home for the last time. PAGE 10 and entertaining experience. PAGE 13
VOL 96COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901NO. 119
NU asks Leglslaluie
to fund renovations
Repairs have $95-million price tag
By Eiun Gibson
Tuition increases will partially pay the
university’s bills if the Legislature does not give
the University of Nebraska the money it needs,
NU President Dennis Smith said Tuesday.
Smith told the Appropriations Committee the
university would need every cent it requested
i for the 1997-99 operating budget and much
needed renovation projects.
“The state has to decide how much they want
■ students to pay,” he said. “It’s clear we can’t
- continue to support the university with declin
f ing funds from the state and without raising tu
State support of the university has declined
k in the past 10 years, Smith said. If the trend con
r-- tinues, tuition could increase by about l percent
for every $900,000 of funding shortfall.
Smith defended a proposed $19-million in
crease in the state-funded portion of the
university’s operating budget, increasing it to
$350 million. He also testified on behalf of
LB857, which would authorize $95 million for
16 different renovation and deferred maintenance
projects on all four NU campuses.
Smith supported NU’s overall budget request
by citing technology, distance-learning costs and
employee salary increases as priorities.
If we let this go on ...
we're going to dig a hole
so deep that I don't know
how we'll get out of it."
Sen. Don Wesely
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Part of the budget request would add an ex
tra $1 million each year for 10 years into the
operating budget to help reduce the university’s
deferred maintenance backlog.
The Legislature currently appropriates about
$9.3 million a year to maintenance, Smith said.
Even with an extra $10 million annually, the
budget will not solve the problem.
Please see BUDGET on 6
Phillips to serve 30 days
for assault, trespassing
St. Louis Rams running
back could be out of jail in
23 days with good behavior,
By Matthew Waite
Lawrence Phillips was taken to jail in hand
cuffs Tuesday morning after a Lancaster County
judge sentenced him to serve 30 days in jail.
Judge Jack Lindner re
voked the troubled pro
football star’s probation and
sentenced him to 30 days in
jail for each charge against
him: an assault and a tres
passing charge. Lindner said
the sentences could be
served at the same time.
Phillips, the second
former Husker to be sent to
Lancaster County jail in two
months, started serving the
sentence minutes after the brief hearing.
Hal Anderson, Phillips’ long-time attorney,
saidthat with good behavior, the St Louis Rams
running back could be out in 23 days.
Phillips was on probation from a 1995 as
sault of former girlfriend and former UNL bas
ketball player Kate McEwen. Police reports said
Phillips climbed onto a balcony, entered the
woman’s apartment, assaulted her and then dam
aged private property.
A Husker running back and Heisman trophy
candidate at the time, Phillips pleaded no con
test and was given probation for the charges.
Coach Tom Osborne then suspended him from
the football team, only to reinstate him later in
Phillips was later arrested in California in June
1996 for drunken driving. The arrest was two
months after he became the sixth overall pick of
the NFL draft, five months after an impressive
performance in the Fiesta Bowl, where Nebraska
won its second national championship game.
After he pleaded no contest to that charge,
Lancaster County Attorney Gary Lacey filed to
have his probation revoked. Phillips’ day in
Lancaster County Court had been delayed by
the California case.
Phillips’ legal troubles have been, at times,
as storied as his on-the-field acclaims. His most
recent troubles — a disorderly conduct charge
stemming from a party in Omaha, to which he
pleaded innocent Monday — are another chap
ter in a lengthy legal history.
Please see PHILLIPS on 7
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ERIC MAMRTZER, center, speaks at the Capitel in support of higher-education funding.
Marlntzer Is flanked by members of student government from other University of Nebraska
ASUN representatives urge
building renovation, upkeep
By Erin Schulte
Leaky, crumbling “dungeons” like Richards
Hall could send UNL recruits running to other
universities, the president of the Association of
Students of the University of Nebraska said
Tuesday, and that’s one reason legislators should
At a press conference in the Capitol rotunda
Wednesday morning, Eric Marintzer and 10
other student government representatives from
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Univer
sity of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of
Nebraska at Kearney met to voice their support
for the bill, which would provide the university
with millions in matching funds from a cigarette
The money would be used for deferred main
tenance —fixing buildings like Richards Hall at
UNL and UNO’s Arts and Sciences building.
“The place basically looks like a dungeon,”
Marintzer said of Richards. “There are other
buildings that are not far from that.”
But some buildings on campus show what
can be done when money is spent in the right
place, he said. The technology in the College of
Business Administration is a good example, he
One of the many probleiris'caused by build
ings that are falling apart is that the conditions
might make it harder to retain Nebraska’s “best
> „ Please see RENOVATION on 7
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