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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 3, 1998)
After recieving a baseball scholarship last sum
mer, NU sophomore Chad Wiles gave up his foot
ball career to concentrate on pitching. PAGE 7
Charles E. Burchfield an artist who is best-known
for his work in watercolor painting, is the subject
of an exhibit at the Joslyn Art Museum. PAGE 9
April 3, 1998
Rain likely, high 45. Clearing tonight, low 27.
UNL race policy
will go on trial
By Josh Funk
Officials from the U.S. Department
of Education will be on campus this
month to review the university’s racial
The Office for Civil Rights sched
uled a partnership review for April 13 to
17. where federal authonties will share
their expertise with university officials.
Two OCR officials from the educa
tion department's Kansas City. Mo.,
office will meet with the people who
deal wuth disciplinary, diversity and
minority-support issues. UNL
Affirmative Action and Diversity
Director Linda Crump said.
They also will rev lew incidents that
happened on this campus within the last
two years, such as Sigma Chi
Fraternity’s cross-burning or English
Professor David Hibler’s allegedly
“.Any kind of insight they could give
us would be great.” Crump said.
OCR developed the partnership
review two or three years ago to help
institutions strengthen their policies and
procedures. Crump said.
“They want to do some proactive
things to avoid problems,” she said.
Each year OCR selects a topic to
focus on and randomly selects colleges
This review is not
based on any specific
Affirmative Action and Diversity director
to review. Crump said.
“This review is not based on any
specific complaint or concern." Crump
Steve Stratton, associate director of
the education department's regional
office, said no formal complaints have
been filed to prompt the review.
Yet, he said there have been allega
tions of discriminatory treatment of
black students by campus security
guards and a cross burning at the
Administrators will work together
with OCR officials to find ways to
improve in closed hearings.
James Gnesen, vice chancellor for
Student Affairs, said the process should
“We want to develop a better cli
mate for students on campus."
The Associated Press contributed
to this report.
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By Todd Anderson
During a rush to send some big
bills to the governor's desk Thursday
morning, the Legislature passed three
bills targeting Nebraska's education.
Hastings Sen. Ardyce Bohlke’s
Quality Education Accountability Act
(LB 1228) passed into the final round
of debate with minimal discussion. A
related bill to support accelerated edu
cation and a bill to control school
spending also passed.
Under LB 1228, Nebraska schools
that meet statewide educational stan
dards would be eligible for a portion of
up to S8.2 million in Nebraska Lottery
Large schools would receive $50
per student, while small schools would
be given about $100 per student.
The Department of Education will
establish not only the standards used
to measure curriculum programs, but
also a test to monitor progress.
The bill will cost about $2.4 mil
lion over a period of three years. It
advanced with a vote of 40-6.
Senators also gave approval to
LB 1229, which would give money to
schools that have or create gifted edu
The bill will cost $6 million each
year, with an increase in spending fig
ured into fund allocations for the pro
The governor would be responsi
ble for allocating grants and incen
tives, which would be used to develop
gifted education programs and educa
tional technology services.
LB 1229 also will allow kinder
gartners to begin school if they turn 5
between Oct. 16 and Feb. 1 of the cur
Finally, the Legislature passed
LB989, which would create a 2.5 per
cent cap on school district spending
increases. The bill was sponsored by
Sen. George Coordsen of Hebron.
Another bill, still in select file, is
intended to lessen the shock of the
budget lids once the spending increase
limits are in place.
JACQUE RICO, freshman general studies major, has “got milk” - all over her upper lip - Thursday afternoon in
the Nebraska Union. Rico was participating in a 100-city nationwide milk campaign.
Contest milks creativity
By Anne Heitz
More than 150 students walked
away from the Nebraska Union on
Thursday afternoon wiping their
upper lips and licking their fingers
They had just downed a milk
shake while trying to don the one per
fect white mustache that could win
them a spot in a national milk adver
John McNally, a sophomore
political science major, saw his big,
toothy grin in the milk contest as a
I m hoping this might be
my claim to fame”
great opportunity for stardom.
“I'm hoping this might be my
claim to fame,’’ McNally said, adding
he wanted students to see what their
future governor looked like.
Another spunky contestant wore
a white doctor’s lab coat and safety
goggles while holdmg a beaker filled
with milk, said milk campaign
spokesman Bill Hyland.
And another wore a bold
Superwoman costume, spokesman
Brooke Shepard added.
“You can tell when someone’s
havmg fun.” Hyland said.
The milk campaign is on a 100
Please see MILK on 3
Zoo Bar faces ADA complaint
By Lindsay Young
The walls of the Zoo Bar’s women’s
bathroom serve as a forum for those
who aren’t able to use it.
“No one should have to go to the
back of the bus or to the alley.”
“Is a bathroom worth a federal dis
crimination lawsuit?” to which some
one responded, “NO!!”
The scrawls showed up in response
to a complaint filed with the U.S.
Department of Justice that says the bar’s
bathrooms do not comply with the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
The complaint, which has drawn
attention only recently though the com
plaint has been filed for more than a
year, said the bathrooms were not acces
sible to people with disabilities. It was
filed by Bill Crawford, a Lincoln resi
dent who uses a wheelchair.
Despite what many believe, small
businesses that receive these com
plaints, including the Zoo Bar, are not
forced to close, said Jeanne Walter,
Disability Rights and ADA specialist at
the League of Human Dignity.
Walter helped Crawford, 35, file the
complaint. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara
Donovan is handling the complaint,
which is not a lawsuit, in Omaha.
Most complaints don’t merit a law
suit, Walter said, though people are free
to file civil suits for such reasons.
Zoo Bar owner Larry Boehmer said
he did not know if alterations would
need to be made to the Zoo Bar, 136 N.
14th St., yet.
The alterations would be expensive,
he said. Modifications to comply with
the ADA could cost the Zoo Bar as
much as $40,000.
The bar packs in as many as 250
patrons for shows in its 90-by-20-foot
space. The two bathrooms are in the
back of the bar next to the stage.
The ADA, however, works with
small businesses to ensure the business
es will not have to close, she said.
“In an older building, they realize
there are some things that are able to be
Please see ZOO on 3
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