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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 11, 1998)
NU senior kicker Kris Brown, the all-time scor
ing leader at Nebraska, shares his accomplish
ments with his teammates. PAGE 7
Down under Dogs
Based on Australian choreographer Dein Perry s
experience as a steelworker, the dance group Tap
Dogs makes light work of heavy themes. PAGE 9
September 11, 1998
Set, Spike and Shine
Sunny, high 90. Mostly clear tonight, low 63.
Spray it again, Sam
TAKING ADVANTAGE of a late summer afternoon, Erin Went, sopho
more accounting major, sprays mud off her teammate, a sophomore
English major Sommer Jindra. The two were playing in a mud volley
ball game Thursday evening at the baseball fields behind Abel
Binge behavior targeted
UNL program will try to change motivations for excessive drinking
By Jessica Flanagain
and Lindsay Young
UNL is taking a new approach to
combat binge drinking, both on and off
campus, university officials announced
As part of the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation “A Matter of
Degree” program, the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln will receive a
$700,000 grant from the foundation
and the American Medical Association
to help it develop a plan to fight binge
UNL was officially accepted into
the nine-school program on Sept. 1
after about a year-long process. The
acceptance was announced at a press
conference Thursday afternoon in the
chancellor s conference room.
The plan will combine the efforts of
a jz-person campus-community coali
tion, which includes university offi
cials, business leaders, the Legislature,
students, parents and UNL faculty
members to develop and implement the
plan in a five-year period.
Linda Major, University Health
Center drug education specialist and
program director, will be the UNL pro
gram director for the grant.
The collaborative effort is essential
for success in the program, Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs James
Griesen said. Griesen acts as a coalition
co-chairman along with Lincoln Police
Chief Tom Casady.
“Education alone does not seem to
change student behavior,” Griesen said.
Casady said the goal of the group is
to change the social norm - which is
drinking too much, too often.
The coalition has developed a set of
seven strategies that it will use to create
a formula for reducing binge drinking.
which will cover both on- and off-cam
“It’s a bigger problem than the uni
versity,” Casady said.
Major said because the university
has stepped up its determination to
keep drinking off campus, the students
have responded logically - they’re leav
The seven strategies are:
■ Find ways to control the number
of alcohol sellers, especially down
town, within a one-mile radius of cam
Major said about 114 bars and
restaurants with liquor licenses are
located within one mile of the campus.
The high risk rate of drinking
directly correlates to the number of
licensed establishments in the area, she
■ Eliminate high-risk marketing
Please see BINGE on 6
Lower enrollment prompts budget cuts
By Ieva Augstums
The Fund B portion of student
fees will be cut by more than
$300,000 Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs James Gnesen said Thursday.
Because of decreased overall
enrollment, the Asian financial cnsis
and a hot job market, fewer students
than projected are attending UNL this
year, Griesen said.
The 2 percent budget cut directly
affects Fund B users, including the
Campus Recreation Center,
University Health Center and
Nebraska Unions programs and ser
vices, he said at student government’s
Committee for Fees Allocation meet
“The exact effects will not be
known for about another week or
two,” Griesen said. “Directors of each
of the agencies need to sit down with
staff and student advisory boards to
discuss where cuts, if any, will be.”
Griesen said he hopes each
agency’s decision will not reduce any
student services. Agencies may, how
ever, push for more income revenue,
“Students are not going to pay any
more student fees,” Griesen said. “We
cut budgets to keep student fees at
$240 per semester.”
Griesen said an additional tempo
rary budget cut could also go into
effect this year for Fund B once the
UNL Office of Student Accounts cal
culates the actual University Program
and Facilities Fees paid by students.
“I will probably have to cut Fund
B even further,” he said. “But if Fund
A agencies would like to jump up and
volunteer (to help Fund B agencies),
Please see FEES on 6
Students say parking scarce; officials say lots not oversold
By Jessica Fargen
Sophomore Erin Fujan said her
older sister, who attended UNL, had
a philosophy on parking on campus.
“My sister used to tell me, ‘You
pay 80 dollars for a hunting permit,’
but I didn’t believe her until I was
going through the same stuff,” said
Fujan, who paid $81 for a nine
month blue lot permit this year.
Although Fujan said she can usu
ally find a spot near Phi Mu Sorority,
where she lives, several students said
they are not as lucky this year.
Andrea Ball, a senior finance
major, said things were better a year
“I never had to drive around last
year,” said Ball, who has a green lot
permit. “I found a spot every day.”
Green lots, which are for com
muters, and blue lots, for on-campus
students, are unreserved; yellow lots
provide reserved parking.
Regan Green, a junior sociology
major, said she had a simple expla
nation for the lack of parking spaces.
“They just give too many permits
out,” said Green, who also has a
Tad McDowell, manager of
Parking and Transit Services, said
about 20 percent more green lot per
mits are sold than stalls available,
but he did not consider that over
McDowell said convenience and
overselling are being confused.
Overselling occurs when no spots
are available, he said. Students want
the spot closest to their residence
hall or academic building.
Parking Services count on some
people being sick, on vacation or
skipping class, which is why more
blue lot and green lot permits are
sold than there are spaces.
McDowell said if Parking
Services limited the number of spots
sold for blue and green permits then
some people would have no permit
at all, and spots would be empty dur
ing the day.
Early in the day, spots are empty,
which is a good thing, McDowell
Parking Services checked all the
residence hall blue permit lots on
campus at 6 a.m. and found 341
empty spots, McDowell said.
This tells Parking Services that
at a time when most students should
be home, spots are available, he said
Ball said she would welcome an
open spot, which is what she expect
ed when she bought a green lot per
mit for the third year in a row.
But she said this year, unless it’s
before 9:30 a.m., she drives around
for 15 minutes, then heads to
Stadium Drive Parking Garage.
“You pay $81 for a permit, and
you have to park in the garage every
day,” Ball said.
Jason McCallan, a graduate busi
ness student, said the cost of permits
is why he opted not to buy one.
Instead he finds free off-street park
ing, uses the parking meters or parks
in Que Place Parking Facility down
You pay $81 for a permit, and you have to
park in the garage every day ”
senior finance major
So where are the spots going?
McDowell said the increase of
about 150 residence hall students
from last year, means more permits
for residence hall lots were sold.
McDowell also said students’
schedules may be more similar this
year. Or spaces could be lost from a
parking lot near 10th and P streets
that closed to make way for a new
On top of that, McDowell said,
more people are driving.
“Each year, it seems that more
people are driving, with fewer peo
ple per vehicle,” McDowell said.
Overall at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, the ratio of per
mit holders to parking spots is about
1.17-to-l, but that includes reserved
permit holders, who are guaranteed
Although Brian Pischel, a fresh
man architecture major, does not
have a guaranteed spot, the chance
he may find one is why he is glad he
has a green lot permit, he said.
“It was probably worth it,” he
said about buying a permit. “At least
there’s the possibility that I can have
Fujan said inconveniences that
come with campus parking is some
thing she has accepted.
“I think the university has always
done this, and I don’t think its going
to change that they oversell the num
ber of permits.”
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