The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 16, 1997, Page 6, Image 6

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Armed robbery
A north Lincoln liquor store was
robbed at gunpoint by two men who said,
“We need the money,” a Lincoln police
sergeant said.
Sgt. Terry Sherrill said Amen’s Liquor at
1172 Belmont St., which is owned by Lin
coln Heights Beverage, was robbed at 11:15
Monday night.
The clerk told officers he heard the front
door buzzer and came out of the cooler. When
he came out, he saw a 6-foot, 2-inch tall, 200
pound white male wearing dark pants and a
blue bandanna over his face pointing a semi
automatic handgun at him.
The gunman told the clerk, “We need the
money.” The clerk then complied, putting an
undisclosed amount of cash in the black back
pack of another man. The clerk described him
as a 6-foot white male, wearing a black base
ball cap and blue jeans.
Sherrill said the men left on foot, and the
police dog unit was able to get to the area
quickly; however, he said the track ended
after a few blocks.
There are no suspects, Sherrill said, and
police are looking for men matching the de
Sexual assault
A woman who was invited to a friend’s
house Monday was raped by the man after
she refused unwanted sexual advances.
Sherrill said the woman knew the man and
went to his house on the 5200 block of S.
40th St. per his invitation. He then started
making sexual advances, which she refused.
The 19-year-old victim told police she
was forced to the floor at one point but was
able to get up. She was then overpowered,
taken to the bedroom, had her clothes re
moved and was raped.
Sherrill said the police have a suspect and
are looking for him now.
Police warn of bags, books theft
From Staff Reports
University police are warning students that
along with dead week and finals comes stolen
books and backpacks.
Sgt. Mylo Bushing said students should be
taking extra precautions now before the semester
ends so that their backpacks don’t get stolen.
“This is the time of year that we definitely
see an increase in the theft of backpacks,” he
Students should check in their backpacks
whenever they can, and when they can’t, they
should keep an eye on them, Bushing said. He
said students in the library should also keep their
bags with them.
Bushing said students should put identify
ing marks on their books and backpacks so they
can claim them if they are stolen and recovered.
If your bag is stolen, call University Police
at 472-3555 as soon as possible. Bushing said
with information and some luck, a bag might be
“Sometimes, these things do show up,” he
Check us out at
Scott Bruhn/DN
JENNIFER ROOF, 20, waits for Lincoln firefighters to free her from the van she was driving after
it rolled over three times coming to rest on the drivers side. Roof, from Malcolm, was taken to
Lincoln General Hospital and treated for a broken arm and an injured back.
Crash injures woman
From Staff Reports
A 20-year-old Malcolm woman suffered
multiple injuries Tuesday afternoon when her
van rolled three times and came to rest on its
side, Lincoln police said.
Jennifer Roof was headed west on P Street
just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when her van was
apparently struck in the right-rear side by a car
traveling southbound on 29th Street, Sgt.
Genelle Moore said. The van rolled three times,
struck a parked car and trapped Roof inside as
it rested on the driver’s side.
Firefighters worked for more than 40 min
utes to remove Roof from the van. Roof was
taken to Lincoln General Hospital with a frac
tured arm and an injured back.
Stephanie Gamer, a junior psychology ma
jor at UNL, was the driver of the southbound
vehicle and was not injured in the accident.
No tickets were issued in the accident.
Lotus Notes access may be delayed
E-MAIL from page 1
“If a demand is there, then we will be look
ing at students,” Hendrickson said.
The NU Board of Regents approved the con
tract with Lotus Development Corporation to
obtain the Lotus Notes communications system
on Feb. 22.
The e-mail system, which supports the trans
fer of attachments including documents in
WordPerfect and Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet
software program.
James Van Horn, NU vice president for busi
ness and finance, said the Lotus Notes commu
nications program means administration, faculty,
staff and students of all campuses will commu
nicate without barriers on a standard e-mail sys
“This system is so critically important to what
we’re doing in higher education—building the
technology infrastructure. We have to do it,” Van
Horn said. “It’s our business.”
Right now, more than 30 separate e-mail
servers exist on the UNL campus alone, he said.
The cost of implementing Lotus Notes
systemwide is already budgeted, Van Horn said.
UNL is a large part or the plan for imple
mentation and will consume about $653,000 of
j the $ 1.8 million required to implement the Lo
tus Notes communications system at NU.
Walter Weir, NU assistant vice president and
director of information services, said the NU
campuses in Kearney and Omaha are “gung-ho”
! about giving students access to Lotus Notes.
He agreed UNL’s size could make implemen
[ tation more difficult.
“It’s like moving a battleship,” Weir said.
But central administration did not plan to
| move students online as quickly as possible, he
j said. An aggressive plan once presented would
j have moved all students online in four years. A
I more moderate, “middle-of-the-road” approach
; was chosen.
Under that plan, central administration will
come online within a year, he said, and faculty
will be phased into the program over four years.
The NU system will pay for purchasing Lo
; tus Notes software, hardware, maintenance and
I support, including all servers needed to handle
I users at a cost of $60,000 each. Annual mainte
nance costs are budgeted at $7,200 per server.
UNL was scheduled to receive one new server
per year for the next six years to support the large
| number of students — more than 24,500 — who
j would come online with Lotus Notes.
| About 5 percent of UNL students are sched
| uled to move onto Lotus Notes this year. An addi
I tional 15 percent should gain access each year for
| three years afterwards, and the last 50 percent of
students should gain access in the last two years.
Bells and whistles
During a Lotus Notes demonstration, Weir
moved between the e-mail, calendaring and
scheduling applications of Lotus Notes in sec
onds with a few clicks.
Calendaring and scheduling are daily plan
ner-type applications that allow users to keep
track of their schedules and arrange meetings
with others easily.
Attachments are easy to send and open with
any e-mail, Weir said. Lotus Notes users can
check or send e-mail easily from anywhere in
the world with an Internet browser by accessing
the Lotus Notes web site, he said.
Lotus Notes also allows users to encrypt e
mail for security, to track whether a sent e-mail
message was received or opened and to pre
vent a recipient from copying a message.
Staff members of the Instructional Technol
ogy Services help desk at UNL said bigred could
support the transfer of attachments by encoding
and decoding the documents before and after
sending the attachments. Encryption is also sup
ported, but difficult, they said.
Lotus Notes requires less know-how for such
procedures, Weir said.
He said Lotus Notes users would be identi
fied by last name and first and middle initials
instead of by the long list of numbers that iden
tifies bigred users.
Making the upgrade
Lotus Notes, although user-friendly, has met
some opposition at UNL from faculty, he said,
many of which have said old computers can not
support the program.
“Lotus Notes is powerful. Lotus Notes is
big,” Weir said. “But Lotus Notes can be put on
your machine in different ways.”
Lotus Notes takes up between 5 and 30 MB
of disk space on a computer’s hard drive, de
pending on the size of manuals stored on the
hard drive. It also requires 16 MB of RAM —
no more memory than Windows ’95, he said.
Some faculty members’ computers will need
to be upgraded to support full installation of Lo
tus Notes on their desktop computers, Weir said.
But it is unfair to blame the need for all per
sonal computer upgrades on Lotus Notes, he
said. The NU system is also implementing a new
and necessary, advanced financial accounting
system that requires more computing power.
Hendrickson said other costs for UNL may be
higher than planned by central administration.
He said the plan for implementing Lotus
Notes across the campus will move forward .
when costs are more definite and when over
whelming student need can justify those costs.
There may be now be a demand among stu
dents for a more advanced e-mail system, he
said. But Lotus Notes may not be made avail
able to UNL students until “that demand be
comes a crisis.”
Hendrickson said the time a crisis would
occur was hard for him to determine.