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By Sarah Baker
Fewer freshmen may mean bet
ter parking for the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln residence hall
students this year.
Easier parking for students was
one topic of discussion at the first
meeting of the Parking Advisory
Committee, which was held
“With 1,100 less students on
campus, things are more in bal
ance, especially in the residence
hall lots,” said Tad McDowell,
Parking Services manager.
The committee also discussed
the status of the new parking
garage. McDowell said business at
the new garage has been slow so
“We built the garage to accom
modate the overflow of student
vehicles,” McDowell said. “It will
only be a matter of time until we
expect to see the occupancy go
•■v Parking Services expects to
move into its new offices in the
garage on. Monday.
McDowell also said the park
ing lot west of the parking struc
ture is open for any students, fac
ulty or staff who wish to buy a
reserved permit for that lot. ;
“We are making a list of people
who are interested in getting a per
mit to park there,” McDowell said.
Committee Chairwoman Linda
Swoboda discussed possible goals
for the committee.
“I am opening this subject up
to the committee,” Swoboda said.
“Our main goals are to service
parking needs, but I think we
might want to think about becom
ing more pro-active.”
The committee also discussed
possibly having only one safety
walk vs. the two traditional spring
and fall walks. Swoboda said she
wanted to focus the walks more on
“We could consider splitting
the walks between the campuses,
and only having one a year,” she
said. “I think smaller groups walk
ing around the campus would be
Roger Riefler, professor of
economics, said the walks should
be based on need.
“We should look at the places
on campus that we receive com
plaints about, instead of looking
for trouble spots around campus
on our own,” he said. >
McDowell also discussed some
parking lot improvements and the
addition of new spaces, which
were completed over the summer.
Lots at 17th and Q streets and at
21st and Vine streets were paved,
McDowell said. Area 20 parking
was also made available on Avery
McDowell said he would dis
cuss further improvements at the
2 Iraqi refugees
convicted of rape
SENTENCING from page 1
The girls’ father, Salem al
Saidy, entered a pretrial diversions
program in April and was ordered to
undergo a psychiatric evaluation
and complete parenting and anger
control classes. His wife, Salima,
also entered a program that required
her to attend family counseling with
her daughters and she was only
allowed to see them under supervi
Mario Rojas, who housed the
older girl when she ran away, plead
ed no contest to two misdemeanor
charges - debauching a minor and
contributing to the delinquency of a
minor - and was sentenced to six
I months in jail July 12.
The girls, now 14 and 15, are
living in state foster care in an
country,” he said. “Intent doesn’t
make any difference and consent
doesn’t make any difference.”
The two men’s lawyers, howev
er, argued before Flowers’ sentenc
ing that both men did not know
what they were doing was wrong.
Bob Creager, who represented
al-Hussani, told Flowers that in
Iraq, the marriage and the ages of
the girls would have been legal
under Islamic law.
The parents and the witnesses to
the marriage encouraged the men,
he said, and did not tell them they
should not marry the girls.
“He doesn’t understand why
he’s in as much trouble as he is,”
Creager said of al-Hussani. “He
knows he’s in trouble.”
Cannon told Flowers that both
men were unaware of the law.
undisclosed location. A family
reunion is under review in
Lancaster County Juvenile Court.
The case brought national media
attention to Lincoln, and politicians
and pundits hashed over what was
being done for the refugees, and if
the law should account for cultural
Lancaster County Attorney
Gary Lacey said Tuesday that while
the case held a difficult set of cir
cumstances, the law was clear.
“For hundreds of years, the legal
maxim of ‘Ignorance of the law is
no excuse’ still prevails in this
“Now he knows what he did, and
he is sorry,” he said of al-Tamimy.
“I don’t think he came here intend
ing to do anything wrong.”
The judge, prosecutors and
defense attorneys all said there is a
need for cultural and legal educa
tion for refugees in Lincoln.
Sanford Pollack, who represent
ed the girls’ father, said the case has
already educated Iraqis in Lincoln.
“With this, I am sure these types
of arranged marriages will not hap
pen,” he said.
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