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Huskers look to defend PlayStation game title
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
Husker fans can finally challenge
Tommie Frazier and Damon Benning
on a level playing field - the Sony
People can play EA Sports NCAA
Football '99 against Frazier and
Benning at Gateway Mall, 61 st and O
streets, Saturday as part of an event to
introduce the game.
Game stations will be set up from
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to let people try some
of the latest EA Sports games.
There also will be a tournament
Saturday afternoon to determine who
really has the best game on NCAA
tournament qualifying will be
from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the
competition will run from 3 p.m. to 7
p.m. Benning and Frazier are sched
uled to be there during the tourna
Ihe winner of the event will go on
to a regional tournament where he
could win a trip to nationals in Tempe,
Anz. on Jan. 1.
Prizes will be given away through
out the day, including free copies of
The event is organized by one for
mer and one current University of
Nebraska-Lincoln student. The pair
turned their countless hours of video
game playing into a job with
Electronic Arts after winning a nation
al collegiate tournament.
Jeff Leur, a former general studies
student, and Jerry Kuhl, a senior busi
ness management major, said they
played video games for six hours a day
when they were roommates in 1996.
So when EA Sports brought its
two-on-two tournament to campus
Twelve credit hours
and no job equals
too much spare
time. That was
senior business major
that fall, Leur and Kuhl were ready.
"Twelve credit hours and no job
equals too much spare time." Kuhl
said. "That was our formula."
Though endless game-playing has
paid off for both Leur and Kuhl, nei
ther of them advocate devoting too
much time to the games.
Kuhl and Leur won the campus
tournament, regionals and then
nationals, which were held at the
Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
Both of them received a free flight
to New Orleans and a miniature Sears
Trophy for the video game champi
Leur used contacts he made at the
national tournament to land himself an
internship as a product tester with
Electronic Arts during summer 1997.
For Leur it was like a dream come
“Since high school I’ve been
working long hours on football
games,” Leur said.
Because he worked to develop
NCAA Football ’98, Leur was dis
qualified from the campus tournament
when it came to town in late October.
So it was all up to Kuhl to land the
trophy — and he delivered.
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JERRY KUHL, foreground, plays a football video game Thursday evening against senior business major Jeff Luhr,
right, as junior education major Jarrod Crouse tries to pick up some tips from the past national champions. Luhr
organized a video game tournament that will be held at Gateway Mall on Saturday.
In last year's one-on-one tourna
ment, Kuhl not only made it back to
nationals, he won it for the second year
in a row.
With another Sears Trophy for his
living room and a little help from Leur,
Kuhl got himself a job as a product
tester with Electronic Arts.
Kuhl and Leur worked side-by
side this summer playing video games
12 hours a day, 6 days a week for the
“It was just like old times except
we were getting paid, and we had input
into the games,” Leur said.
Kuhl came away from the experi
ence ready to finish his degree in
December, but Leur landed himself a
full-time production assistant job
working with the NCAA Football
video game team in Florida.
Leur starts with EA on Oct. 1,
while Kuhl looks to work in business
management after graduation.
EA Sports is not bringing its col
lege tour to campus this year, so this
weekend’s tournament will be the only
chance to get to nationals.
Someone else will have to carry on
the Nebraska tradition of winning,
“There’s gotta be someone out
there doing nothing but video games.”
Group starts social security talks
By Todd Anderson
Senior staff writer
■ Nelson says the chance
of system in crisis threatens
citizens’quality of life.
Though the U.S. Social Security
system is not now in crisis, it is a good
idea to anticipate future reform
before the system breaks, Gov. Ben
Nelson said at a press conference
Nebraskans can be among people
nationwide talking about the future of
entitlement benefits organized by
Americans Discuss Social Security,
the governor announced at the state
More than 120 Nebraskans are
invited to join 500 citizens from
North and South Dakota, Montana
and Wyoming on Oct. 10 to discuss
reforming entitlement benefits for
retired and disabled Americans at the
Nebraska ETV Network studios,
1800 N. 33rd St.
Americans Discuss Social
Security, a non-profit, non-partisan
group sponsoring town-hall meetings
nationwide, has chosen Nebraska as a
meeting site, along with five other
Great Plains states.
To announce the meeting. Nelson
joined representatives from Nebraska
organizations sponsoring the meet
ing, including student government
Sen. Kara Slaughter, UNL Young
Democrats President Shane Jensen
and Nebraska College Republicans
President Tony Ferate.
Nelson said the possibility of the
Social Security system facing a crisis
“undermines and threatens the quali
ty of life everyone enjoys.”
He said the entitlement program
required reform before major prob
lems arose, just as a leaky roof should
be fixed before it starts raining.
Slaughter, Jensen and Ferate
agreed young people foresee a
gloomy future and do not expect to
receive the benefits of a system they
will support all their lives.
‘if we're picking up the bill (for
Social Security), it's good to be part
of a group discussing the menu,"
Helen Boosalis, former Lincoln
mayor and past president of the
American Association of Retired
Persons, said studies show the Social
Security system will remain soluble
until around 2030.
After that, policy-makers are not
sure what level of benefits future
retirees - who now are paying Social
Security taxes - will receive, if any at
Boosalis said senior citizens want
to ensure their children and grand
children receive the same benefits
More than 287,000 Americans -
including retired and disabled work
ers - receive $195 million monthly,
according to the Social Security
U.S. Sens. Bob Kerrey and Chuck
Hagel, as well as President Clinton,
took part in the region’s most recent
meeting in Kansas City, Mo., in
Rich Lombardi, spokesman for
Americans Discuss Social Security,
said Nebraska’s congressional repre
sentatives would participate in the
Lincoln meeting via satellite. Nelson
also said he would attend the meet
Lombardi said Nebraskans repre
senting all age, social, geographic
and economic groups are needed to
make the discussion complete.
Those from rural areas are espe
cially important to the discussion
among the Great Plains states,
He said his group was seeking
more than 120 citizens from across
the state to participate.
Participants must register in
advance for the free, daylong meeting
by calling (888) 470-2377 or (402)
The meeting will be broadcast on
cable nationwide, as well as at
on the World Wide Web.
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City police undergo
deadly force training
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
Lincoln police are well trained
in the use of deadly force to han
dle situations like Sunday's police
shooting of a suspect, police
department officials said.
Officers go through extensive
training in the use of force
emphasizing decision making,
appropriate responses and when
force can be used.
Lincoln Police Officer Kathy
Bolkavac used her handgun to
subdue Kelly Hoaglin on Sunday
after he ignored Bolkavac's com
mands and threatened her with a
Bolkavac fired four times, hit
ting Hoaglin twice, once in the leg
and once in the chest.
An internal affairs investiga
tion into the shooting tound that
the officer was justified in the
shooting and within department
regulations on the use of force.
Lincoln police have used
deadly force twice since Chief
Tom Casady took charge in 1994.
The last time deadly force was
used was Feb. 28, 1997, following
an armed robbery and high-speed
That shooting also was found
to be a proper use of force.
In police procedures, deadly
force refers to use of a firearm.
Casady said officers are autho
rized to use deadly force only
when they think the action is in
defense of human life or to pre
vent serious harm to people.
“There wasn’t another option
in this case other than a firearm,”
Lincoln police receive exten
sive training in using force from
within the department and at the
Nebraska Law Enforcement
Training Center in Grand Island.
Casady and Brenda Urbanek,
deputy director of training at the
academy, said training empha
sizes decision-making and tries to
simulate real world situations.
“Punching holes in paper isn’t
effective training,” Urbanek said.
“We use stress-induced judgment
LPD officers train at the
shooting range six to eight times a
year with similar decision-mak
“We do an unusually large
amount of training,” Casady said.
And at the training academy,
police are taught to wear a bullet
proof vest every day, Urbanek
“We tell them to put it on like
they do their socks - every day,”
Police training ideas have
changed dramatically during the
last 20 years, Casady said.
Lethal force training used to
focus on marksmanship, he said,
but has since changed.
“What has changed is the
emphasis on decision-making,”
Casady said. “This training was
pretty much unheard of 20 years
We tell them
to put (bullet-proof
vests) on like they
do their socks
- every day”
deputy director of training
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