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Sources in the NU Athletic Department say Tyronn
Lue will announce today that he will declare him
self eligible for the NBA Draft. PAGE 7
Often maligned as a commercial enterprise and not
a true art form, film has come a long way since its
invention more than 100 years ago. BACK PAGE
March 31, 1998
A Little Slush Must Fall
Windy and rainy, high 37. Light snow tonight, low 28.
ROY BLEICH, left, and Jerry Bailey, of Davis Erection Company, help a crane operator move steel beams at Memorial Stadium Monday.
Construction workers said the day had been going a little slower than usual because of Monday’s precipitation.
McLaughlin seeks better deal
By Brad Davis
Though administrators said they'd find the
money to keep a visiting chemistry instructor at
UNL next year, the instructor has not yet secured
But hope for Bill McLaughlin's more perma
nent appointment to the University of Nebraska
Lincoln is not lost, he said.
McLaughlin, an adjunct chemistry instructor
from St. Joseph, Mo., said negotiations with
Department of Chemistry Chairman Lawrence
Parkhurst are proceeding in a “positive” manner.
The visiting instructor said he was offered a
contract last week, but terms of the agreement
were unacceptable. McLaughlin and the depart
ment chairman are re-negotiating a contract,
which McLaughlin said will be completed soon.
To ensure neither party is pressured during
“delicate” negotiations, McLaughlin said he
wouldn't disclose the terms of the original con
tract or the current talks.
More than 1,000 students signed petitions ear
lier this month urging administrators to hire
McLaughlin beyond his one-year appointment,
which ends in May.
A majority of chemistry faculty member
voted earlier this month to recommem
McLaughlm to teach beginning chemistry classe
for the next few years.
Chemistry Professor Gerard Harbison sai<
McLaughlin was an asset to the department.
“Bill McLaughlin is a fine teacher, and I'n
sure he'll be appointed,’’ Harbison said.
McLaughlin said he's anxious to get back t(
“I'm looking forward to concentrating mor<
on teaching,” he said. “Both parties would like t<
move on to a positive resolution - one that’s goo<
for both students and the university.”
Union College rape suspect to stand trial
By Josh Funk
The comedian accused of raping a Union
College woman last year has been scheduled
to stand trial in Lincoln sometime in the next
At a preliminary hearing in Lancaster
County Court March 19, Vinson Champ’s case
was bound over to district court on the charge
of first-degree sexual assault.
Champ, who is being held in
Lincoln/Lancaster County Jail in lieu of
500.000 bond will be in court again at 1:30
p.m. on April 8.
Champ also has been connected to sexual
assaults at Carthage College in Kenosha. Wis..
St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, and
in Pasadena, Calif., where he was arrested.
Physical evidence including semen sam
ples and the attacker’s methods link all the
crimes, which occurred during February 1997,
according to the arrest warrant.
Neither the county attorney nor the public
defender in the case would comment.
The Union College attack occurred on the
evening of Feb. 2, 1997, when a 27-year-old
woman was playing the piano alone in a base
ment auditorium of the E. Dick building on
campus, court documents said.
The woman described her attacker as 5 feet
7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and 18-25 years
old with a thin to medium build.
Because he was wearing a ski mask, she
was unsure of her attacker’s race, but hair and
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semen samples indicated a black man, cour
In the other rapes Champ has been con
nected to, the attacker followed the same pat
tern. He would ask about sexual history, forc<
anal sex, use his own saliva for lubrication and
after the rape, ask the women to pray for him.
Two of the other three attacks were 01
women practicing the piano.
Champ was identified by witnesses as h<
was fleeing the scene of a rape in Pasadena
Calif., which led to his arrest.
At the time of the attacks. Champ was trav
eling around to small colleges where he per
formed as a comedian.
Champ's schedule coincided with tin
attacks, and his blood type and DNA are con
sistent w ith semen samples from the attacks.
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■ The NU Board of Regents will
vote Saturday on a recommendation
to keep Burger King.
By Lindsay Young
The King could still reign - at least for the next
The NU Board of Regents will vote Saturday
whether to accept a recommendation to keep Burger
King in the Nebraska Union under a five-year lease
Burger King s lease will expire June 30, and the
proposed new lease would begin in July.
The union opened up bidding to fast food restau
rants about two months ago, and the field was nar
rowed to Burger King, McDonalds and Runza.
The Union Board looked at student preference,
taste, brand recognition, quality of food and service,
performance and sales, total amount of bid and
cleanliness and sanitation practices.
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through the vice chancellor of Student Affair’s office
by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Bureau of
-1 Sociological Research.
Because of the closeness of the restaurants' bids,
the decision of which one to recommend to the
regents was made based on the survey's results. Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs James Gnesen said.
“We would have been happy with any of the
5 three (restaurants),” he said.
1 Union Board President Saad Alavi said student
5 preference was perhaps the most important aspect
when looking at potential bidders.
1 “If you have something in the building (stu
dents) don't approve of, what would be the use?”
l Alavi said.
Burger King received the most support from the
> 300 students randomly surveyed, Alavi said.
Runza does not offer a breakfast menu but said it
; would look into prov iding one if it received the bid.
, Alavi compared the offer to Subway’s statement
1 when it received a bid at the union that it would sell
pizza - it no longer does.
McDonald’s and Burger King both offer break
A breakfast menu was important, Alavi said,
because students arrive at the union as early as 7 a.m.
t And because of UNL’s contract with the Pepsi
Corp., the union Burger King also must switch from
dispensing Coca-Cola products to Pepsi products.
Griesen said he was pleased with the recom
“We enjoy a very good relationship with Burger
’ King and we’re delighted to be continuing that rela
tionship,” he said.
Runza and Burger King both offered a base rent
that would be paid to the union each year.
: McDonald’s promised a percentage of the year’s
’ gross sales, Alavi said.
Under the proposed contract. Burger King will
■ pay an annual rent of $44,562 for the 3,875 square
For sales beyond $636,607, Burger King will
• contribute 7 percent of its profits to the union in rev
enue sharing. It also will contribute 1.5 percent of
gross sales to union marketing programs.
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