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■ A second gubernatorial
debate gives voters
a chance to hear the
opinions of candidates
Hoppner and Johanns.
By Todd Anderson
Senior staff writer
Nebraska’s two candidates for
governor added a few more degrees
of heat to already soaring tempera
tures during this year’s second
gubernatorial debate in the Open
Air Auditorium at State Fair Park
on Sunday afternoon.
Focusing on lowering property
taxes and bailing out Nebraska’s
farm economy, Democratic guber
natorial candidate Bill Hoppner
took the offensive, calling on
Republican candidate Mike
Johanns to “talk straight” when
touting his record. t
Hoppner said Nebraska’s gov
ernor should be the prime repre
sentative for Nebraska farmers fac
ing low grain and livestock prices.
He said the federal government
should increase the loan rate
amount and extend the length of
the repayment term to prevent
farmers from going under or stor
ing piles of grain to sell next year.
Johanns blamed President Bill
Clinton’s administration for wors
ening the farm economy by placing
embargoes on countries that could
purchase Nebraska products.
He recommended pushing
Congress to increase funding for
the International Monetary Fund to
open up new markets, while mov
ing up the transition payments set
up under the Agricultural Reform
provemeni aci oi ivvo.
Johanns said increasing loan
payments would lead to problems
as severe as the farm crisis of the
Johanns said all Nebraskans
would benefit from decreased state
spending and taxes, increased
funding for education and econom
Johanns called himself a fiscal
conservative and emphasized his
record as mayor of Lincoln,
“If I can find cuts in a $70 mil
lion budget, I’m going to have a
heyday with a $2 billion state bud
get,” he said, referring to the annu
al city and state budgets.
But Hoppner said Johanns ben
efited frpm state aid to eut proper
Hoppner said he would increase
aid to local government to lessen
Nebraska’s property tax burden
and stressed his opposition for the
Business Summitt amendment to
limit the growth of state spending.
He said the constitutional
amendment, if approved by voters
in November, would eliminate the
Unicameral’s ability to grant prop
erty tax relief.
Johanns, who grew up on a
dairy farm in Iowa, said he would
fight for less government and
lower taxes while defending the
lifestyle of Nebraskans.
Hoppner said he would stand by
Nebraskans and invite all
Nebraskans to participate in the
The hext gubernatorial debate
will be Oct. 20 at the University of
Nebraska at Kearney.
Editor’s note: Today is thefirst in
a two-part look at how UNL’s new
12-year plan will reshape City and
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
Some of the proposed changes to
City Campus, as part of a 12-year plan,
are the result of a study being done on
the Antelope Creek flood plain.
The Antelope Valley Major
Investment Study will play a role in
redirecting traffic and controlling
flooding so the land can be further
John Benson, director of UNL
Institutional Research and Planning,
said the plan, announced Thursday
night, will help the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln see how City and
East campuses can evolve.
Among changes to City Campus,
the plan wdl add a grassy corridor from
Memorial Stadium to the Beadle
Center, construct large parking garages
on die outskirts of campus and build
two new residence halls.
The plan, created by consultants
from Lincoln and Denver, presents a
“framework” to help make decisions
about the campus, Benson said.
The Antelope Valley study needs to
be finished before some changes are
made, Benson said.
The parking lots, playing fields
and tennis courts behind Cather and
Pound residence halls are part of the
Antelope Creek flood plain.
The Antelope Valley study is based
partly on flood control efforts along the
Along with flood control, the study
has looked at ways to redirect traffic
around the campus.
Traffic changes will make the cam
pus more pedestrian-friendly, Benson
said. The traffic on 16* and 17* streets
will be two-way and routed to the new
Antelope Valley Parkway, which will
run along the campus’s east side.
Another reason for some of the
changes, including the grassy mall
extending from Memorial Stadium, is
that they will give a more identifiable
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By Jessica Fargen
The NU Board of Regents cited rising
tuition as the main reason it formed a resolution
to oppose a state spending lid.
Regent Chuck Hassebrook of Walthill
motioned to oppose Initiative 413 - the state
spending lid - because less state money for the
university would make it hard for the university
to continue to offer affordable and accessible
higher education, he said.
Less money means higher tuition, whiclt
almost nobody wants, he said.
“A vote for 413 is a vote for higher tuition,’
Hassebrook said at the Friday afternoon meet
ing at the University of Nebraska Agricultural
Research and Development Center near Ithaca.
Regent Drew Miller of Papillion and Regent
Rosemary Skrupa of Omaha were the two
regents to vote against the resolution.
Skrupa said she was against the resolution
because not all of her constituents were against
“As regents we represent a very diverse
group of people,” she said. “This is die wrong
position for regents to take at this time.”
Miller said recent and future private univer
sity donations could be spent to offset the
money the university did not get from the state.
But NU President Dennis Smith said more
than 95 percent of university donations are ear
marked for a certain project.
Regent Charles Wilson of Lincoln said
keeping tuition low is in the state’s best interest.
Because regents represent the best interests of
die university, Wilson said, they should support
the resolution against the tax lid.
He also said state money is necessary to
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keep faculty salaries in line with peer institu
“We are stewards of the University of
Nebraska,” he said. “There is no question in my
mind that (the tax lid) will have a negative
All four student regents, whose votes do not
officially count, voted for the resolution.
The regents also approved The Clark
Enersen Partners as the design firm for the $2.9
million renovation of the Devaney Center.
The firm will provide design services for
the renovation of the 22-year-old indoor track.
The project will start March 1999 - during
track’s off-season - and end in October of that
UNL Chancellor James Moeser said after
the meeting the track is in “very bad repair.”
“There’s a lot of events we can’t hold in
there now,” he said.
John Ingram, director of athletic facilities,
said the renovations will consist of a hydrauli
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cally banked track, allowing for more versatili
ty. He said UNL would be one of three universi
ties nationally that have tlie “state-of-the-art”
“The curves will raise up and it will be a
banked track’’ he said. “It will recess into the
floor so we have a flat area to do other events
The entire facility floor will be recovered
with a new surface. The existing track is sur
rounded by cement, which is dangerous, he
Other changes include new roll-out bleach
ers, a new sound system and new lighting.
The changes will be paid for by Athletic
Department operating funds, which come from
sports revenue, not student fees or tax money,
In other regents news:
The leases of Nebraska Union food vendors
were extended 23 months to compensate for
lost business during union construction.
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