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Freshman Erwin Swiney and junior Eric Johnson Although Save Ferris has bailed from tonight’s *
started their first Husker game Saturday night in lineup at Omaha’s Ranch Bowl, Goldfinger and
NU’s 56-26 victory against KSU. PAGE 7 Kara’s Flowers will please the people. PAGE 9 Cloudy ar
VOL. 97 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 31
By Erin Gibson
A new steering committee of beef
industry representatives will combat the
Nebraska beef industry’s tarnished image
after recent, massive recalls of possibly E.
coli-tainted beef, Gov. Ben Nelson said
Industry representatives forming the
committee will find solutions to E. coli
contamination instead of looking to find a
scapegoat for the state’s beef recalls, 3
“Beef is not the problem. Food is not
the problem,” Nelson said. “E. coli is the
problem, and that is what will be the
Nelson named Chuck Schroeder,
chief executive officer of the National
Cattlemen’s Association, to lead the new
committee, which will unite the beef
industry in a multipronged attack against
E. ( contamination.
e committee’s tasks will include:
Better educating the public regard
ing handling and cooking of beef, and of
the low risk of obtaining E. coli-taihted
■ Examining beef processing and
■ Reevaluating the inspection
process by the U.S. Department of
■ Helping industry to make full use
of E. coli-fighting technology now avail
able, including steam processing and
radiation of processed beef.
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GOV. BEN NELSON and Chuck Schroeder, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Association,
relay the details of a private meeting in the State Capitol Monday concerning the heef
recall for E. coll.
By Matthew Waite
A high school student returning to his studies
on a Monday morning is hardly newsworthy.
But Matthew Dunagan is hardly a regular stu
dent; his return to academia is not merely a func
tion of Monday morning.
And the preliminary details of the crime he is
charged with, while shocking to a city with one of
the lowest violent-crime rates in the country, are
not uncommon to investigators.
Dunagan, a 1 /-year-old honor student at
Lincoln Pius X, learned Friday that school offi- %
cials decided he would be tutored until his first
degree murder case is resolved. The officials said
in a Friday press release that Dunagan would
receive help off campus.
In a private school that prides itself on its stu
dents and discipline, Dunagan carries a 4.0 grade
"pofflt dverage. Prosecutors and defense attorneys
• alike described him as a quiet boy and said he is a
“bright young man” with “an impeccable record.”
It was a week ago today that Lincoln police arrest
ed Dunagan hours after they found his father dead
from shotgun wounds in the family living room. It
was the fifth homicide in Lincoln this year.
But according to details from police and pros
ecutors, the Dunagan case fits with more than 80
percent of all homicides in Lancaster County in
the ‘90s. The detail they all share: The victim and
the alleged perpetrator are domestically related.
According to records from the Lancaster
County Sheriff and the Lincoln Police
Department, 71 percent of all homicides had a
male victim, and 60 percent had a male perpetra
tor. Also, 54 percent of the deaths occurred in the
Dunagan was removed from his family’s south
Lincoln home in handcuffs and driven out of the
affluent neighborhood in a police cruiser. His
week in a judicial squall was just beginning.
The week started with another argument
between his parents in a long history of domestic
spats. Dunagan told police the fights between
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Groups can get grants
■ The UNL Student
Foundation will award
$3,000 to organizations
that want to do something
special for the university.
By Jamie Suhr
Free money is available to UNL
student groups, but most don’t realize
it’s even there.
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln Student Foundation will
award $3,000 in grants this semester
to officially recognized student
groups that want to do something
special for the university, said
Bradley Shafer, assistant director of
annual giving for the University of
Last year was the first year for the
project. It was designed to give sup
port to student groups that needed it,
as long as the money would benefit
However, not many groups have
taken advantage of the fund.
“Sixteen applications were turned
in, and of those, eight were given
interviews and three were funded,”
Shafer said. “Most students aren’t
aware of an entity that helps fund stu
Last year, the Student Foundation
helped the Women’s Center and the
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska pay for a
national speaker for Sexual Assault
It also gave a grant to the
University of Nebraska Inter-Tribal
Exchange for its annual powwow, and
to the Women Leadership
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Academic Senate could
make calendar changes
By Sarah Baker
A proposal to observe Martin
Luther King’s birthday as a holiday
on the academic calendar will be
discussed at the Academic Senate
The meeting, at 2:30 p.m. in the
Nebraska Union, will also include
discussions on whether or not to
drop the holiday after Labor Day.
Instead, a midsemester break in
October would be instituted. If
approved the proposal would short
en the semester by one day.
Leo Sartori, physics and astron
omy professor, said he plans to gath
er opinions on the proposal before
taking any action.
“We have already heard support
for this, proposal,” Sartori said.
“ASUN is going to help us gather
student opinions, possibly through
surveys, and we are going to gather
staff and faculty opinions as well ”
Sartori said no faculty or staff
member has shown strong opposi
tion to the semester being shortened
by one day.
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