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VOL. 96 COVERING ME UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 138
Senators set to debate surplus
Property tax issues are
expected to dominate the
rest of the Legislature’s
By Erin Schulte
A buck — even if you’ve got $300 million
of them — only stretches so far.
And therein lies the debate that will carry on
for much of the rest of this year’s legislative ses
’ sion. This week, senators will begin discussing
property tax issues and how to spend a $305
million state surplus.
Last year, senators wrangled for hours with
a bill that placed lids on taxes levied by local
governments beginning in 1998.
Local governments take in $1.6 billion each
year in property taxes, said George Kilpatrick,
legal counsel for Revenue Committee Chairman
Jerome Warner of Waverly.
Schools receive $ 1 billion of this money. With
the property tax lids, schools and local govern
ments will receive less money.
This year, senators will try to determine who
gets a helping hand in coping with the tax cuts
using the surplus money.
Kilpatrick said the surplus comes from ex
cess tax dollars, as the state has not had much
spending growth, meaning taxes come in faster
than they are spent.
“The current debate is how much surplus
should go to local governments, and other people
want to lock in money for schools,” Kilpatrick
The $305 million surplus might be used to
replace revenue local governments will lose from
property tax cuts. One proposal before the Leg
islature would allot $100 million each year in
surplus to schools. LB806 also would force some
smaller schools across the state to consolidate
to save money, said Tammy Barry, legal aid to
Education Committee Chairwoman Ardyce
Bohlke of Hastings.
The bill makes it mandatory, Barry said, for
elementary-only school districts to merge with
a single high school district. The elementary
board’s budget would be determined by the high
About half the school districts in the state
consist of only elementary schools, Kilpatrick
Please see TAX on 3
By Lindsay Young
Fraternity and sorority members Monday
night were shown how they can be a friend in the
age of AIDS.
Joel Goldman and T.J. Sullivan kicked off
Greek Week with an AIDS awareness program
at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts.
Goldman is HTV positive, and Sullivan, a col
lege friend, has teamed up with him to travel
around the country speaking on the issue of
friends dealing with AIDS. This is their fifth year
Both were members of fraternities at the Uni
versity of Indiana.
Their presentation focused not only on mak
ing good decisions, but taking the initiative to
step in when a friend is making a bad decision
under the influence of alcohol.
Sullivan compared the idea to being a desig
He said just as someone can make the deci
sion to take keys from a drunk friend, someone
can stop that drunken friend from making a bad
“There isn’t one life we can take for granted.
We’re all in this together,” Sullivan said at the
beginning of the program.
But, Sullivan said, the program was not in
tended to scare or shock people with informa
tion they already knew.
Please see AIDS on 3
strike 2nd win
By Josh Funk
The pins just kept falling as the Nebraska
women’s bowling club team rolled Saturday to
its second national championship in the last three
The Comhuskers defeated Erie (N.Y.) Com
munity College 398-295 in the finds of the In
tercollegiate Bowling Championships at the AMF
Pro Bowl in North Kansas City, Mo.
The Nebraska women had die highest aver
age in the tournament, even posting higher scores
than the men’s teams that were competing. x
“The girls just dominated the field at this tour
nament,” NU Coach Bill Straub sdd, “but they
have been able to dominate wherever they went
The tournament lasted three days to find the
three teams with the highest averages. Those
three teams competed Saturday and were taped
by the FoxSports Network to be aired at a later
The defending nationd champion NU men’s
bowling club team finished the tournament in
The teams in the finds used the Baker system
Please see BOWLING on 6
l ecology ideals
Instead of tossing
their trash in a garbag
UNL students, staff and administrators are
carrying it around campus.
The environmental group Ecology Now
is sponsoring the Week’s Worth of Trash
through Friday to begin the activities for its
seventh annual Earth Day Fair.
This week’s participants are carrying trash
bags around with them to determine the
amount of trash an average person produces
in a week — excluding food and toiletry
Friday, the trash will be collected, sorted
and then displayed on Earth Day in the
greenspace north of the Nebraska Union. At
the same location on Monday, Ecology Now
will celebrate Earth Day with food, music and
speakers from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dan Ulrich, coordinator of Week’s Worth
> of Trash, said he hoped the event raises
* awareness. .>•
“When we display the amount of trash that
a person uses in a week, I think it may change
some people’s habits,” Ulrich said. “I hope it
will reinforce the idea of reduce, reuse and
recycle on campus.”
UNL Recycling Coordinator Dale Ekart
said he plans to carry his trash bag with
him constantly throughout the week, and
' also will include the trash he produces
while at home.
Ekart said the outcome of the week will
‘To some degree, carrying trash will prob
ably change the participants’ ways,” Ekart
Photo Illustration by Lane Hickenbottom/DN
RACHEL HESTER (left), a freshman water science major, and Angle Hoe, a freshman
environmental studies major, are participating In Ecology How’s “Week’s Worth of Wash”
project. The Ecology Hew members are carrying their trash with them eveerywhere they
go this week In honor of Earth Day.
said. “Those that observe the findings at the
end of the week might also be affected, even if
it only causes them to think about the amount
of trash they produce.”
James Griesen, vice chancellor for student
affairs, also volunteered to collect his trash this
“I’m not going to be surprised myself by
how much trash I generate, but I think when
other people see how much trash someone pro
duces, they’ll be surprised.”
Griesen said he would keep his trash bag in
his office because he couldn’t take it with him
to his many daily meetings. He also will keep a
bag to collect his trash at home.
As of Monday afternoon, Griesen had col
lected a paper coffee cup, a Subway sack and
wrapper, discarded paperwork and junk mail.
His discarded papers will collect the quick
est, he said, and that represents only part of
his trash. Other office workers also throw out
trash that originates with him. ;
Curt Ruwe, president of the Association of
Students of the University of Nebraska, also
said he would carry the bag with him every
where it was appropriate to carry trash.
Ruwe said he was starting to accumulate
trash in his bag—paper and a coffee cup lid
— and he was getting some stares.
“I really got noticed when I was walking
to class with the bag,” Ruwe said. “I hope
this sends a message to students that recy
cling is important.”
Angie Noe, a freshman engineering ma
jor and member of Ecology Now, is another
participant in the Week’s Worth of Trash. She
said she hopes the visual display catches
“People look at the bag, but not many
people actually comment,” Noe said.
Noe said she had a copy of the Daily Ne
braskan, a Jell-0 box and some paper towels
in her trash bag.
“I think if I lived off campus like some of
die other participants, I would have more
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