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votes against tax lid
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take a symbolic stance against the lid
in their capacity as state employees.
So Friends of the Faculty Senate is
Friends of the Faculty Senate is a
their donations and support in oppos
ing the lid. The group also plans to
place an advertisement in the Daily
Nebraskan encouraging people to
vote in the Nov. 3 election, Kennedy
The Association of Students of
the University of Nebraska and the
NU Board of Regents also have
passed resolutions opposing
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By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
A lunch-hour fight Monday
resulted in a Lincoln High student
with a fractured skull, another
with a deep cut and a police officer
An argument between three
Lincoln High School students
escalated when one of them pulled
The incident started around
11:30 a.m. when two 18-year-old
students approached a third stu
dent on 22n“ Street between E and
F streets. They accused the third
student of stealing a shirt from one
of the other two, Lincoln Police
Sgt. Ann Heermann said.
The third student pulled a gun
from his backpack and fired sever
al shots at one of the other two,
The 17-year-old gunman then
used the butt of the gun to hit one
of the other students over the head,
fracturing his skull.
The gunman then Hit the other
student with the gun, cutting.the
back of his head, which required
The gunman fled before the
first Lincoln police officer, a
plain-clothes officer, arrived,
Officer Vadra Stuzman
showed her badge and identified
herself as a police officer when
she approached the two victims.
But when Stuzman grabbed
one student’s arm, he shoved her
away and punched her several
times in the chest.
Then the student got into his
car, where his friend with the skull
fracture already was waiting.
Stuzman reached into the open
car door to grab the keys, and the
student drove away, dragging her 5
to 10 feet before she fell.
Police caught up with the dri
ver of the car at the hospital where
he had taken his friend for treat
The driver was lodged in the
juvenile attention center for
As of Tuesday morning, police
had not contacted the student they
identified as the gunman.
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Construction vehicle stolen
A $20,000 Bobcat was stolen
from a construction site Saturday.
The Bobcat, a small, one-man
construction vehicle usually
equipped with a front end scoop, was
, taken from a construction site along
Superior Street between Bell Ridge
Lane and 24th Street, Lincoln Police
Sgt. Ann Heermann said.
Tracks led south on 24th Street.
This Bobcat also was equipped with
a $5,500 concrete breaker attach
Thieves steal safe with guns
A safe containing two handguns
was stolen from a Lincoln home
- Monday evening.
The thief or thieves pried a win
dow open and then carried the safe
out the back door, Heermann said.
The safe contained a .44-caliber
Magnum, a .22-caliber revolver and
some other items.
Ammunition for both guns was
missing as well as an 18-pack of
Busch beer from the refrigerator.
Compiled by senior staff writer
Movies in residence halls regulated
By Crystie Nichols
If residence hall students plan on
watching the epic “Titanic” as a floor
activity in their lounge, they need to
rethink their plan. A night with
Leonardo DiCaprio will have to be him
starring in “The Man in the Iron Mask.”
According to copyright laws, resi
dence hall students, Mien they assemble
in the lounges, can watch only movies
that have been previously selected by
the Residence Hall Association.
This list consists of 22 movies,
which include “Fargo” and “Saturday
Night Fever.” Those movies have been
purchased with a public viewing license
so they can be viewed in public venues,
such as lounges in residence halls.
RHA and student assistants choose
the movies. Movies are selected each
semester to provide up-to-date movies
for the residents.
“This makes it inconvenient to get a
group of people together,” said Drew
Williams, a student assistant in Abel
Scott Kohler, a president on Abel 2,
“There is not a Miole lot we can do
about it.... We have more restrictions
than we should have. Personally, I think
the students should have more say in
choosing (the movies).”
Students in the residence halls often
rent movies not on the list and informal
ly watch them in the lounge.
But residence hall staff has cracked
down on events in which non-licensed
movies would be shown.
Not all students understand why it
exists. Some believe it is to keep them
from watching inappropriate movies in
the lounges and the university is dictat
ing what students can watch.
The Motion Picture Association of
America defines a public performance
as one in which a group larger than a
reasonable circle of family or friends
watches a movie outside the home.
According to the Federal Copyright
Act, neither the rental nor the purchase of
a videocassette gives the buyer the right
to show the tape outside of the home.
That includes non-classroom use at
schools and universities, where a public
performance license must be obtained.
Terry Savage, a Paramount Pictures
assistant film clip licenser, said
Paramount owns the rights to its films
and merchandise, and one of the compa
ny’s concerns is its image and products.
“In certain cases, for example show
ing a movie at a slumber party, there is
no obligation to become involved in the
licensing process,” he said.
“We cannot really differentiate
between a slumber party and a group of
students watching a movie in a lounge.
As long as there is no cost to see the
movie and therete no commercializing,
we don’t care.”
Movie studios handle their own
licensing for movie theaters but hire
licensing firms to handle their home
video licensing. -
The three major firms are Films
Inc., Swank Motion Pictures and
Motion Picture Licensing Corp. Swank
handles the licensing for most universi
ties, including UNL.
“Different people at different stu
dios are going to say different things
about the copyright laws,” said Tiffany
Ellis, a licensing representative for
Swank. “But that is the law. It is a very
“The law provides a pretty generic
definition for copyrights, although
Disney is the most strict in regards to
colleges and public viewing in general,”
said Scott Kereiy, a licensing represen
tative for Kit Parker films, a sub-distrib
utor for Films Inc.
“However,” he said, “it usually
depends on what kind of showing it
is.’To obtain a movie license from those
companies, housing administrators
must explain the movies they want
licenses for and how often the shows
will be viewed.
The cost is determined by how
many times a movie will be viewed, how
large the audience is and which movie
company owns the rights.
Bob Stine, coordinator for the resi
dence hall administration, said the bud
get for the movies is $6,000.
Each license, which includes the
actual videocassette, costs about $140.
But if the movie is from a company
associated with Disney, such as
Touchstone Pictures, it is usually more
expensive than if it were from another
The Department of Housing rents
the 22 movies on the list for free only to
Residents can rent two movies at a
time for one night and can pick them up
in 1102 Seaton Hall.
Writing center deals with funding cuts
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increase it,” Ahl said.
“We are looking into other univer
sities to do some comparisons.”
Ahl said the staff then will present
the comparison information to
Guohua Xia, a graduate student in
family science, said he visits the cen
ter frequently and was disappointed
by the decrease in hours.
Though he has used the center for
the past two years, it’s now much
more difficult for him to set an j
appointment, he said. j
“It seems that the university pays
more attention to some surface ]
things; not to the center of education,”
said Xia, who is from China. (
Xia said he uses the center to i
mprove his writing skills and also to
mprove his pronunciation.
“I really appreciate this resource,”
le said. “It’s very helpful.”
Sandy Yannone, a doctoral stu
lent in English who also uses the cen
er, agreed with Xia.
“The center has always been a cre
ative space for me,” said Yannone,
who was an associate coordinator for
the writing center three years ago.
“It’s also been a place to meet
other people who are interested in
Writing Center hours for Fail 1998
Tuesday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:30 - 2:30 p.m
Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a.rri. - 2:30 p.m.
The Writing Center is in 129 Andrews Hail. Call 472
8803 for information.
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