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HuskerFury calls all fans
By Amy Keller
As student seating for football
games has moved farther from the
action, a group of students has found
a way to get seats closer.
They call themselves
HuskerFury, and they want students
to bleed Husker red, as their slogan
HuskerFury’s goal is to get stu
dents to support all Husker athletics
by getting them involved.
“We want students to feel a part
of the program, not apart from the
program,” said Barry Swanson,
assistant director of marketing for
the Athletic Department. His depart
ment started the club this fall.
Amy Boe, an intern with the
Athletic Marketing Department, said
the group would be a liaison between
teams and fans.
“Sometimes there seems to be a
breakdown between the individual
student and the Athletic Department
... We want to increase relations with
the UNL student,” she said.
Swanson said the organization
exists to promote all 22 sports at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln: the
11 men’s sports and the 11 women’s
The club has a membership fee of
$15, which pays for running the
organization, special hospitality
rooms at certain events and a T-shirt,
which members receives when they
HuskerFury has a point-based
system where members get a point
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■ Three friends start
Lincoln’s first bicycle
courier team: Fat Tire.
By Darren Ivy
Three guys in Lincoln decided
to take their hobby of bicycle rid
ing one step further.
“I have been a biker for several
years, and I thought it would be
cool to get paid for riding my
bike,” said Chris Van Ooyen,
founder of Fat Tire Lincoln Bike
Van Ooyen came up with the
idea for a bicycle messenger ser
vice two years ago, but he couldn’t
find any partners, and he didn’t
have money to start one himself.
So, he enlisted the help of his
cycling buddies: Ryan Korb and
Jey Henk. The three attended the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
together; Korb is still enrolled.
The three rode mountain bikes
together for several years before
deciding to open the business in
June. The name, Fat Tire, was
inspired by the large tires used on
mountain bikes, Henk said.
Bike messengers have been
around for more than 100 years,
Van Ooyen said, but Fat Tire is
Lincoln’s first such service.
“We want to show Lincoln that
there is an alternative way for trans
porting packages and goods,” Van
Because the friends are from
Nebraska, they didn’t want to leave
the state to start a bike messenger
service. They looked into starting a
business in Lincoln and discovered
that initially each of the owners
would have to pay about $ 100 to
$200 to get the business started.
Van Ooyen said his service
CHRIS VAN OOYEN (left) and Jey Henk (right) are two of the co-founders
of Fat Tire Lincoln Bike Messengers, Lincoln’s only bicycle courier
Delivering by bike is good for
the environment, Van Ooyen said,
and it saves time. Fat Tire guaran
tees that the riders can deliver a
package anywhere in Lincoln with
in an hour.
A final advantage to shipping
by bike is cheaper rates. Fat Tire’s
rates are $7.50 for 15-minute
downtown delivery, $6 for 30
minute citywide delivery, $4 for
one-hour citywide delivery and $3
for half-day city delivery.
Van Ooyen said they divided
Lincoln into three zones, and an
additional $1 is charged for each
zone the riders have to cross to
Now that school has started,
Van Ooyen said they will be offer
ing special rates for UNL students.
The rates will be half price for stu
dents who show a valid ID, except
for the S3 half-day rate.
Van Ooyen said there will be
some stipulations about what they
will deliver for students. The pack
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to stay off seats
By Erin Gibson
When 8,000 students pick up
their season football tickets this
week, they will also receive a mild
threat from the Athletic
Department and ASUN: If you
stand on the bleachers at football
games this year, you will sit at the
top of Memorial Stadium’s south
end next fall.
“If the cooperation doesn’t
happen,the consequences have
been laid out: Next year the stu
dents will be further removed
from the action,” a flier handed
out with all football tickets states.
The flier encourages students
to stand during football games in
the concrete foot wells of the
bleachers if they wish to keep the
same-quality seats next year, said
John Anderson, ticket manager.
We re asking them
to continue to stand,
but... not on the
Football ticket manager
“Obviously, standing is part of
the atmosphere,” Anderson said.
“We’re asking them to continue to
stand, bu+ to stand in the foot
wells and not on the actual bleach
About 4,500 student seats are
at the bottom of the South
Please see SEATS on 6
Lincoln builds wall
around federal building
By Darren Ivy
More than two years after the
bombing of Oklahoma City’s federal
building, Lincoln is working to
ensure that something tragic doesn’t
The city is building a 2-foot wall
around the Robert V Denney Federal
Building and Court House, 100
Centennial Mall North.
Officials hope the wall will pre
vent an act of terrorism like the one
that killed 168 people at the Alfred P.
Murrah Federal Building in
Oklahoma City in April 1995, said
Mike Sisk, director of Nebraska
~ Property Management Center. The
project will be paid for with taxpay
ers’ money that was set aside for spe
cial security projects, Sisk said.
After the bombing of Oklahoma
City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building, President Clinton mandat
ed a security assessment of all feder
al buildings to try to make sure anoth
er disaster doesn’t happen, Sisk said.
At Lincoln’s federal building, a
security committee was formed to
assess security needs and recommend
One of the recommendations was
to build the 2-foot high wall around
the entire federal building. It will be
completed by May, Sisk said.
“The agency felt it needed the
changes for better protection,” Sisk
Sisk said the main reason the wall
was built was to prevent terrorists
from parking their vehicles next to
The wall would protect the build
ing from a car veering off the road
and going through a window into the
day-care center or other parts of the
building, he said.
“We have a day care with children
in it, and hopefully the wall will pre
vent anything from happening to
them,” Sisk said.
Other changes at the federal
building include replacing doors on
the east and west entrances, replacing
underground storage tanks to meet a
1998 Environmental Protection
Agency regulation, planting trees and
plants and adding other safety mea
sures that Sisk said he couldn’t talk
Sisk said the new trees and plants
will help the federal building blend in
better with downtown Lincoln.
The $ 1 million of improvements
started in May; Sisk expects the con
struction to be done by May 1998.
Lincoln Mayor Mike Johanns
said the downside of the project is the
cost. But if the security committee
thought the improvements were nec
essary, he said, then the workers’
safety is the first priority.
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