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^ Trying to find room
^ Nebraska's rushing game has been less than
f spectacular the last two weeks. This week, the
":i lluskers try to sol\e the woes. PAGE 11
The vinyl underground
For 10 years. Backtrack records has served
Lincoln's vinyl-loving public. Now, owner Jeff
Loos is closing shop to go entirely online PAGE 9
October 13, 1998
Nothing Like the Sun
Mostly sunny, high 70. Partly cloud} tonight, low 43.
Twins face Colorado murder charges
■ A UNL senior and his brother
face first-degree charges and are
being held without bond after
being charged Thursday.
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
One UNL senior and his twin brother, along
with two of their companions, are facing first
degree murder charges in Denver
The four men will be in a Denver court this
morning to ask a judge to set bail.
The men were being held without bond after
being charged Thursday.
Dav id and Kevin Bills, both 21. of Council
Bluffs. Iow a: Joshua Wright. 18. of Arvada.
Colo.; and Kev in Snyder. 19. of Omaha are all
charged in connection with the Oct. 4 stabbing
death of 34-year-old Patrick Perry.
David Bills, a senior at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. was in Denver visiting his
twin brother. Kev in, a senior at Metropolitan
State College in Denver, when the stabbing
Defense attorneys for the brothers. Phil
Cherner and Jim Castle, said the four suspects
saw Perry attacking a woman on the street in the
early morning hours of Oct. 4 and stopped the
Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter's office
was closed Monday, and he could not be
reached for comment.
Police responded to a report of a man beat
ing a woman at an apartment complex that
morning, but they found nothing when they
arrived on scene.
Two hours later police were called back to
the apartment complex for a fight.
The suspects said the man they had encoun
tered earlier came back
"This guv comes back to the apartment
complex and threatens my client and his friends
and brandished something that appeared to be a
"It is dark, he is bigger than they are. he is
making \erbal threats and coming at them and
actually gets into an altercation with them. And
that's when he is stabbed." Cherner. David
Bills' lawyer, said.
Police said the brothers admitted Oct. 4 to
stabbing Perry, and David Bills told investiga
tors that he stabbed Perry twice in the back after
a fight started between Perry and Kevin Bills.
Defense attorneys for the Bills brothers said
"they were Good Samaritans who were attacked
for being Good Samaritans."
But witnesses at the scene and friends of
Perry disagree with the defense's interpretation
Please see MURDER on 8
Preparing for ‘Picasso’
i ^ r ~~ i
Dawn Dikii-mcii DX
BRETT DANGLER, a junior elementary education major, works on a
steel frame that will be the legs of the Eiffel Tower in the theater pro
duction of “Picasso.
Repatriation commended
By Kim Sweet
Staff writer
1 toward Rainer remembers his first
experience with racism very clearly.
After leaving his home in New
Mexico for the first time to go to junior
college in Oklahoma, he remembers,
he entered the bus station. Upon walk
ing through the door, he saw a sign for
a black person's restroom and a white
person's restroom.
After seeing the signs the
American Indian asked himself.
“What is a brown person supposed to
Being a minority w ithin the minor
ity. Rainer, who works as an advocate
for educational opportunities for
American Indians at Brigham Young
University in Provo. Utah, uses his
experiences with racism to tell students
to strive for their goals and dreams.
The exent. w hich took place at the
NT Coliseum on Monday night, was
one of the first exents to kick off
Homecoming week at the U nixersitx
UNL looks
to set policy
on chalking
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
A new policy mav prevent people
from scrawling messages on campus
sidewalks such as those presented to
students walking to class earlv
Chalk-written messages in
response to Columbus Da\ reflected
the feelings of some about the cele
bration of what is called the discovers
of America.
Thev included "Columbus invad
ed this land.” "Murder and Lies as
\merican as Apple Pie” and "Let me
steal \our land then I'll name an insur
ance eompanv after \ on "
l andscape Services removed the
of Nebraska-Lincoln
After being one of the few
American Indians in a majority white
setting as a student at BYU. Rainer
said, he had to challenge himself to
keep going and to keep overcoming the
obstacles people set in his way.
Rainer used the student gathering
to emphasize the impact he had as one
person, and the impact each indiv idual
can have.
He recognized student government
senator Kara Slaughter's efforts in cre
ating awareness in the university over
the issue of American Indian bones
that are being held by the University of
Slaughter presented a bill last April
to the Association of Students of the
Univ ersity of Nebraska asking that
UNL uphold all laws regarding the use
and repatriation of Nativ e American
Rainer challenged all students to
follow Slaughter's lead.
"One person can make a difference
when they dare to ask." he said.
"Everyone should get involved w ith
something thev believe in."
UNL's Homecoming happened to
conflict with a national American
Indian conference scheduled in
Nashville. Tenn.
But after being inv ited to speak at
Homecoming. Rainer said, it was not
hard to decide which one to attend.
“There is a histone moment that is
going to transpire and take place on
this campus soon." Rainer said in refer
ence to the repatriation of American
Indian bones to various tribes in
Sam Ushio, a senior finance and
marketing major, said he was inspired
by Rainer's message and how he used
Ins ow n experiences with diversity to
relate to students.
“He talked about diversity." Ushio
said. “He used it as a background for
his speech more than anything."
At the end of the speech. Rainer
applauded the university for its efforts
to return the remains of American
Indian ancestors to their homes.
"For the Native Americans, you
made a grand homecoming.”
Dawn Dietrich DX
STUDENTS WALKING on campus Monday were met with chalk messages
about Columbus Day. Landscape Services removed the messages early
Monday afternoon.
chalkings b\ earlx afternoon.
Columbus Da\ celebrates the da\
explorer Christopher ( olumbus land
ed in the present-da> Bahamas in
1442. fhehohdax is celebrated annu
allx in the l mted States and became a
federal holidax in 1471.
Scott Lew is, associate \ ice chan
cellor Lor business and finance, was
asked to look at the issue of chalking
when he armed at the l m\ersit\ of
\ebraska-Lincoln on Sept. I.
Please see CHALK on S
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