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Face of campus ever-changing
While bricks fall from the face of
Nebraska Union into a sandy, muddy
pit of what used to be Memorial
Plaza, the renovation of something
so familiar symbolizes the accep
tance of a university to change.
As with every new year, new
students come and, with them, a
new influx of ideas. The events that
shape our year are reflected in those
new faces and in ones more familiar.
The most noticeable progress —
such as the Nebraska Union renova
tion and the gutting of Burnett Hall
— was easy to see. but other less
visible changes were just as impor
tant, such as the battle between the
university and the Legislature for
While the Legislature was
accepting of NU’s request to fund
the building of a technology college
at the University of Nebraska at
Omaha, it seemed to stand firm
against funds for renovations in such
eyesores as Richards Hall.
And the future didn’t look any
brighter when Gov. Ben Nelson
recommended to fund only half of
the university’s $18-million budget
increase with the prediction that the
Legislature would follow suit. From
this will come an additional technol
ogy fee for students and possibly a
And while some were looking for
justice in the Legislature, other eyes
were looking for justice in the
courts. In February, former NU
wingback Riley Washington was
acquitted of charges of second
degree attempted murder. After the
jury deemed him not guilty, Wash
ington was free to pursue a job with
his UNL degree and take care of his
But while Washington’s name
was redeemed, other NU football
players still found themselves in
trouble, including linebacker Terrell
Farley, who was arrested on drunken
driving charges in August and
November, after which he was
suspended from the football team.
But Farley’s suspension was not the
only loss the Comhuskers suffered.
The year’s biggest loss came on
Sept. 21, in Tempe, Ariz., near the
end of the fourth quarter. Thousands
of Nebraska fans watched in
disbelief as their two-time national
championship Huskers went down,
19-0, to Arizona State.
That defeat dashed hopes for a
third national championship, which
was cemented by a loss to Texas in
In a much more predicted loss,
students, faculty and alumni said
goodbye to something that has been
a symbol of the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln for more than 35
After the last spouts of water
came from Broyhill Fountain in the
fall, students were awash in memo
ries of studying around, meeting at
and dumping detergent in the
Nebraska lost another fountain of
knowledge after 35 years when Sen.
Jerome Warner of Waverly passed
away at age 69. Warner was known
to be a diplomatic mediator between
opposing senators and for carrying
out the true dedication of a nonparti
san Legislature. The university also
said farewell to some of its own, as
administrators left for other institu
tions, stepped down or retired.
Among them, University of Ne
braska Medical Center Chancellor
Carol Aschenbrener and University
of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor
Weber transformed “West Dodge
High” into a competitive university
for business and information
sciences after more than 20 years of
1 he University ot Nebraska
Lincoln also will be saying goodbye
to Angela Beck, the women’s
basketball coach. In April, after 11
years at UNL, Beck accepted a
position as head coach and assistant
general manager of the American
Basketball League’s San Jose Lasers
UNL also welcomed some new
faces, including Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs Richard Edwards
and Lied Center Director Charles
And next fall, the university will
welcome even more new faces —
more than 4,000 — as a new crop of
students join the university in
watching, awaiting and shaping its
Lavigne is a senior news
editorial major and will be editor
of the Daily Nebraskan next year.
An opinion column in Friday's Daily Nebraskan incorrectly stated
the price of Beanie Babies at Nebraska Bookstore as $9.95. The store
sells the toys for $4.95.
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