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They danced anyway
Despite losing to Kansas 91-59 Sunday at the Big
12 Tournament, the NU men’s basketball team
earned a berth in the NCAA Tourney. PAGE 8
Bigger and better
Joel and Ethan Coen, who made their biggest
splash with “Fargo,” return to the big screen with
md “The Big Lebowski.” PAGE 5
March 9, 1998
Sunny, blustery, high 26. low 5.
VOL. 97 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 118
FOREGROUND: DON HAYES restarts Ms saow blower as John Green continues to work. Hayes and Green,
employees of UNL Landscape Services, were working to clear paths on campus.
Men secure bid
to NCAA tourney
By Sam McKewon
They’re back in the Big Dance.
Following a three-year drought,
the Nebraska men’s basketball team
received a bid to NCAA Tournament
after a 20-11 regular season cam
paign. The last time NU played in the
NCAAs was in 1993-94.
The Cornhuskers got the 11th
seed in the West regional and will
play sixth-seeded and No. 16
Arkansas at the Boise State Pavilion
in Boise, Idaho, Thursday.
NU Coach Danny Nee was short
and simple in summing up his team’s
reaction to earning a berth in the tour
“We’re excited,” Nee said. “It’s a
great opportunity to be back in the
Nee had said earlier in the week
that the Huskers were going to be in
die tournament regardless ofhow they
played at the Big 12 Tournament.
But a victory over Baylor in the
first round seemed to be the win that
Led by a first-year coach, the
women’s team also is headed to
the Big Dance. Story on page 8.
got the Huskers in. NU picked up the
11th seed, which is considered one of
the last seeds to go to at-large teams,
and the Razorbacks were the highest
ranked sixth-seeded team in the tour
Nee said that after a 91-59 loss to
Kansas on Saturday, he had expected
to receive a 10 or 11 seed - and that’s
what he got.
“We figured a 10 or 11,” Nee said.
“I was thinking a 10, and (Director of
Basketball Operations) Nick Joos
thought we’d get an 11. We’re just
happy to get in.”
Arkansas, coached by Nolan
Richardson, will enter the NCAA
Tournament with a 23-8 record over
all and an 11-5 record in the
Southeastern Conference. The
Razorbacks finished second in the
Southeastern Conference Western
Please see NCAA on 10
Snow sinks city streets
■ Weather system
plagues the nation with
heavy snow and rain.
By Erin Schulte
and Brad Davis
Quit blaming El Nino already -
this time, someone else is picking on
“Mother Nature got irritated,”
said Michael Powers, lead forecaster
at the National Weather Service office
According to the weather service,
11 inches of snow fell in Lincoln as of
Sunday evening, and 12.5 inches fell
Lincoln’s unwelcome white blan
ket left motorists stuck all over the city
and pedestrians soaked to their knees.
Mayor Mike Johanns declared a
snow emergency and banned parking
on snow routes, bus routes, arterial
streets and on the north and east sides
of many residential streets in central
Interstate 80 was closed between
Greenwood and North Platte, and the
Nebraska Highway Patrol declared
most roads “impassable.”
The Husker men’s basketball
team remained in Kansas City, Mo.,
Sunday evening, unable to return
from the Big 12 Tournament.
The storm likely was not an off
spring of the much-cursed El Nino,
Powers said, but simply an old-fash
ioned, well-forecast storm system.
The low-pressure system travel
ing through California took a left turn
near hi Paso, Texas, came up through
Nebraska, dumped a load of snow and
is now sitting near Fort Smith, Ark.,
Western Nebraska received about
five inches of snow on Friday, Powers
said, and the storm then traveled to hit
eastern regions harder. Northeast
parts of the state were spared some
what, including the Norfolk area,
which received fewer than five inches
of snow. South central Nebraska got
about nine inches.
The low-pressure system also is
the culprit in recent Alabama floods,
Powers said. In the last four days,
heavy rains have left southeast
Alabama under as much as six feet of
water, and three people have died as a
In Lincoln Sunday, residents
fought frustrating but less life-threat
ening storm battles.
Melissa Dethlefs, a junior com
munication studies major, tried to dig
her car out from a small mountain of
snow at 16th and S streets Sunday
Dethlefs said she wanted to study
at a friend’s house but changed her
plans when she realized the plow had
buried her car.
“The snowplow guy honked and
smiled when he went by,” Dethlefs
Her reply to Lincoln Mayor Mike
Johanns’ order to remove parked cars
from many streets by 6 p.m. Sunday:
“He can come move my car forme.”
Rhonda Gorraiz, an area supervi
sor for University of Nebraska
Lincoln Landscape Services, had
snow-removal duty for areas near
Henzlik and Nebraska halls.
She said die heavy, wet snow and
strong winds made it difficult to clear
The city plows made Gorraiz’s
job more difficult, too.
“We’re kind of in a constant fight
with the city,” Gorraiz said. “We plow
handicap ramps, and then the city
plows over them.”
Senior human resources major
Rachel Stanton said she was relieved
to leave her sorority house, Chi
Omega, Saturday night because she
had cabin fever.
“We drove downtown (Saturday)
night for the bars,” Stanton said. “It
was cold and kind of slick.”
Because of treacherous weather,
she said, the bars were virtually
Streets packed with snow caused
1-80 drivers to pull off and to wait for
plows to clear a path ahead
Paul Lenhoff front desk supervi
sor at the Lincoln Airport Quality Inn,
said stranded motorists helped fill
about 70 out of the motel’s 108 rooms.
On a normal Sunday evening,
Lenhoff said, about 10 to 20 rooms
would be occupied.
Two girls’ state basketball tourna
ment teams were stranded at the motel
along with the other interstate
motorists, Lenhoff said
Lenhoff said he was having trou
ble getting enough employees to
“We’ve already had two people
call in,” Lenhoff said ‘I’m working a
shift that isn’t mine right now, and I’ll
probably be working the next three
“I’ll probably be sleeping and
staying overnight here, myself”
Some airport customers also were
Please see SNOW on 2
By Anne Heitz
Staff Reporter <
Milk does a body good.
But today in the Nebraska Union,
a milk mustache could make a body
Between noon and 2 p.m., repre
sentatives from the Milk Processor
Education Program will be pho
tographing students with milk mus
taches as part of a 100-city nation
wide tour that includes most major
The college student with the best
mustache in the nation will appear in
a “Rolling Stone” magazine milk
The student with the best mus
tache at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln will appear in a large milk
ad in the Daily Nebraskan and on the
national milk Web site at
http://www. whymilk. com.
Bill Hyland, spokesman for the
Milk Processor Education Program,
said all students can get their photo
taken by a professional photographer
after drinking the program’s secret
Also at the “Milk, Where’s Your
Mustache?” booth in the union, stu
dents can have their pictures taken
with life-size cutouts of super model
Tyra Banks and Denver Broncos
quarterback John Elway.
One guy dumped a
whole pitcher of milk
all over his face ”
milk program spokesman
Although a photographer will
take official mustache contest pho
tos between noon and 2 p.m., stu
dents can get Polaroid souvenir pho
tos taken between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Hyland said those judging the
contest would look for creativity.
At one university, “one guy
dumped a whole pitcher of milk all
over his face,” Hyland said.
Couples also have been pho
tographed, including one pair who
brought their pet Dalmatian.
“We gave the dog a mustache,”
Hyland said. “It’s a fun contest.”
He said contest participants
should remember to be themselves
and to appear relaxed.
“Basically, we want someone
who looks like they’re saying, ‘Yes,
I’m drinking milk. And I’m having
fun,”’ Hyland said.
Please see MILK on 2
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