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Nebraska survived a scare from the University of
Central Florida Golden Knights on Saturday
before rallying for a 38-24 victory. PAGE 8
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Chopper One descends upon Lincoln Tuesday,
performing at Duffy’s Tavern in support of its
new album, “Now Playing.” PAGE 13
September 15, 1997
Sunny and humid, high 88. Cloudy tonight, low 68.
Crosby warns drivers
■ Senators say a bill on
using cell phones while
driving may be re-opened.
By Ted Taylor
A recent traffic fatality may bring
a bill back to life in the next legisla
tive session that would make it illegal
to use a cellular phone while driving,
a state senator said last week.
Lincoln Sen. La Von Crosby said
even though her bill, LB338, was
killed in the Transportation
Committee this year, a two-car acci
dent last week that took the life of an
Omaha man may have re-opened
some eyes to an increasing problem.
She also said she hopetHtwould
push senators to look further into the
“This accident has caused
renewed concern by a lot of people
— concern that people should curb
the use of the phones while driving,”
Crosby’s comments came after a
car driven by a Gretna woman, who
state police said reached for a
dropped cellular phone, crossed the
median on 1-80 west of Omaha, and
collided with another car. The
woman and her 9-year-old daughter
received only minor injuries, but the
64-year-old man in the car she hit
A February study printed by the
New England Journal of Medicine
that said using a cell phone while dri
ving quadrupled the risk of an acci
The fourfold chance of getting in
an accident while using a cell phone
in a car is the same as getting behind
the wheel when you are legally
drunk, the report said.
Crosby said she hadn’t spoken
with senators about re-addressing the
issue when the session begins again
in January, but she hoped there
would be time to bring it up.
“If there is an opportunity to
bring it up on the floor, then yes, I
will discuss it,” she said. “But one of
the things we’ll have to discuss at the
beginning of the session is ways to
make it more feasible.”
She said that at this stage of the
game, she doubted the bill would get
any more consideration than it did
when it was killed in committee.
The bill, which would have
assessed a small penalty to anyone
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By Jonathan Houghton
Derric Field wore a green
band on his left arm Sunday at the
sixth annual AIDS Walk Nebraska
to make a statement.
“It means that I don’t mind
who knows that I’m HIV-posi
tive,” he told the crowd of people
gathered in Lincoln to participate
in the walk.
Field, the event’s organizer,
said that making more people
aware of AIDS, as well as increas
ing tolerance for those with the
disease, were objectives of AIDS
Walk Nebraska. The walk, held
simultaneously in Lincoln,
Omaha, Kearney and Norfolk,
raised $75,000 in donations.
“I feel it’s showing the com
munity that people with AIDS
need our support one way or ,
another,” said Philipp Kessler, a
volunteer at the walk.
A total of 156 people walked
Lincoln’s 10-kilometer course,
which started at the Nebraska
AIDS Project offices, 2123
Winthrop Road, Sunday. Many
walked simply out of concern for
the cause, but for some the mes
sage struck closer to home.
Field said he knew of at least
20 people participating in the
walk that were HIV-positive. Only
three people, including Field,
wore green bands on their arms.
“That shows you how much
fear there is,” Field said. “It is still
very difficult for people to admit
they’re HIV-positive in this part of
' _ Lane Hickenbottom/DN
ANDIE SEIRIGER, left, and Ann DeVries walk along Antelope Park as part
of the 10 kilometer Aids Walk Nebraska. The walk sponsored by the
Nebraska AIDS Project washeld In Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney and Norfolk.
Field, who attended UNL as a
nontraditional student last year,
said he experienced intolerance
firsthand on campus when he
wore a T-shirt with the words
“HIV-positive” emblazoned on it.
“People would freak,” Field
said. “They’d see it and cross the
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Pepsi giveaway week
celebrated on campus
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By Erin Gibson
Free pop. Free concert. Free
sports tournament. Free Jeep. Free
It seems a little of everything
with a Pepsi Cola Co. logo will be
free on campus this week.
Pepsi Week, a week of on-cam
pus giveaways sponsored by local
bottler LinPepCo, starts today and
lasts through Friday at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Steve Ford, LinPepCo president,
said Pepsi sponsored the weeklong
celebration to show appreciation for
its new 12-year beverage contract.
“Our goal, really, is just to say
‘thank you’ to the students and the
staff for giving us an opportunity to
be a part of the university,” Ford
Pepsi will pay the university
more than $24.2 million in
^j^fitowge for its exclusive contract
to sell soft drinks on campus.
Although Pepsi representatives
will arrive on campus today to dis
tribute schedules for the week, offi
cial Pepsi Week activities begin
Tuesday when a four-day scavenger
hunt kicks off.
Students and staff can follow
Our goal, really, is
just to say 'thank
clues given in the Daily Nebraskan
to find free Pepsi products and keys
to the Mountain Dew Jeep that will
be given away Friday evening in the
greenspace east of Memorial
The Jeep giveaway began this
summer on radio station KGDE-FM
101.9 and 90 keys have been given
away so far. But only UNL students,
faculty and staff will be able to win
8 of the remaining keys through the
One of the 100 keys given away
will start the Jeep, and the key’s
holder will win the green and yellow
Thursday, a few thousand root
beer floats will be given away dur
ing an all-university ice cream
social from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the
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Party honors China
By Shane Anthony
The strong scent of pork grilling
over hot coals drifted across Trago
Park on Sunday evening.
The tempting smell was supposed
to come from a large barbecue rack
the Chinese Student and Scholar
Association had set up Saturday
night. But someone took the rack.
A police report had to be filed,
but the minor setback could not halt
the celebration of the Mid-Autumn
Festival, the second biggest event of
the Chinese calendar year. Several
CSSA members donned aprons and
set to work at five smaller grills on
the south end of the park.
Tian Xing Zhant, a graduate stu
dent in agronomy, smiled and
laughed with friends as she helped
grill cuts of pork flavored with a tra
ditional Chinese soy sauce.
“I just don’t want to waste the
fire,” Zhant said. “Just keep the grill
full.” She worked quickly alongside
Qingyi Chu, a graduate student, to
prepare enough food for the 200-300
people the organizers expected.
Chu joked about being chosen to
cook because of his food science
major. He actually studies biological
analysis, which does not require a
great deal of cooking, he said.
Because of the work of CSSA
members like Chu, the food was pre
pared in time for a crowd who gath
ered to enjoy the sights, sounds and
tastes of the celebration.
Florescent Frisbees floated across
the park. The sound of feet and hands
connecting with soccer and volley
balls echoed over laughter and
Chu’s son, Bryan, 4, blew on a
whistle he said was a birthday present
as he ran near his father’s grill.
Several playmates his age played on
the basketball courts next to a picnic
shelter decorated with lights.
Fuming Zheng, president of the
CSSA, said he was pleased with the
turnout. He said the festival is the
association’s second-largest event.
The other, the Spring Festival, won an
award last year from Student
Involvement as on of the most excel
lent events sponsored by a student
organization, Zheng said.
Zheng described CSSA’s version
of the celebration as a “family
reunion.” The get-together provides a
way for students who cannot go home
to their families to celebrate the holi
day and just take time to talk.
Zhi Zhou, a graduate student in
family and consumer sciences com
pared the festival’s celebration in
China to Thanksgiving in the United
“People go home, visit their fam
ilies and have dinner,” Zhou said. “It’s
a big deal.”
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