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Sleep to dream
Fiona Nepo enjoys her occasional nap, but she’s
wide awake on the volleyball court, where she is
the catalyst to NU’s national title run. PAGE 7
- THURS >AY
Acting like an artist October 29,1998
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” written by
actor/comedian Steve Martin, opens tonight in FAR FROM THE MADDENING CLOUD
the Temple Building for students only. PAGE 9 Partly sunny, high 65. Mostly clear tonight, low 43.
VOL. 98 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 47
JEFF BIERNBAUM, a fifth-year architecture major, looks at the scale model of the Grand Court from the Trans-Mississippi Exposition, which
took place in Omaha in 1898. The actual buildings in the Grand Court were temporary, made of plaster of Paris and horsehair, and then
demolished following the event.
Model celebrates anniversary of fair
■ The Trans-Mississippi
Exposition’s re-creation was made
for the centennial of a world’s fair
that took place in Omaha.
By Dane Stickney
Volunteers from 10 Nebraska architecture
firms spent 3.000 hours bringing a long-forgot
ten fair back to life.
In an 18-foot model, now on display in
UNL's Architecture Hall, volunteers re-created
many details of a world's fair that a century ago
attracted 2 million visitors to Omaha.
This year marks the centennial of the Trans
Mississippi Exposition. wTnch was created by
the federal government to promote the opportu
nity and wealth available in the western states.
At the time. Omaha was a town of 100,000
and a mere 40 years old. Omaha businessmen
lobbied for the fair and organized the event.
One hundred ten buildings were constructed
to house the exposition. The buildings, made of
plaster of Paris and horsehair, were destroyed
soon after the five-month fair ended.
The center of the fair was the Grand Court,
which comprised seven primary buildings. The
court surrounded a lagoon 2,000 feet long, filled
with 7 million gallons of water.
To commemorate the 100-year anniversary
of the exposition, Lincoln and Omaha-area
architecture firms constructed an 18-foot scale
model of the Grand Court.
The model now is on display at the ■
University of Nebraska-Lincoln through Friday.
The project was coordinated by four employ
;es of the Leo A. Daly architecture firm in
UNL graduates Martin Janousek and Jeff
Vlonzu were part of the four-man team in charge.
Monzu said the project originated in June
1997, when the Trans-Mississippi Exposition
Tistoncal Society of Omaha asked architecture
'urns to build a model of the exposition's layout.
Eight Omaha firms and two Lincoln firms
volunteered their employees' time to work on the
nodel, which involved 36 architects.
Monzu said more than 3,000 work hours
vent into making the model over five months,
rhe estimated value of the materials and hours
nvolved exceeded S200.000.
Janousek said the project was created to
nake people aware of the fair that took place a
Please see FAIR on 3
By Todd Anderson
Senior staff writer
Though state and federal laws have not always
permitted them to participate in government or to
vote, women have been part of significant histori
cal change in the United States.
This year four women representing both major
political parties will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Some of them say they have emerged because of
the experiences of women in society.
Omaha Sen. Kate Witek, the Republican can
didate for state auditor, will face Lancaster County'
Clerk Kandra Hahn, the Democratic candidate.
naim saiu me iNeurasKa women wno woik in
politics and run as candidates for office become
involved after learning how to be strong individu
als and how to set their egos aside to help others.
“You have to be able to focus on other people
for a while and trust that (your) needs will be taken
care of,” Hahn said.
She said the women’s movement has tried to
ensure both men and women realize their opportu
nities to make decisions on leading their lives.
For many women, that meant balancing family
life with outside leadership roles, she said.
“And we found out we damn well can lead,”
Witek did not return phone calls seeking com
ment for this story.
Another woman on Nebraska’s ballot is
Lincoln attorney Pat Knapp, who will appear as
the Democratic candidate for attorney general
against Republican incumbent Don Stenberg.
Knapp also could not be reached for comment
The race for lieutenant governor includes
another one of Nebraska’s female candidates: Pam
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Bataillon said women working on the
Democratic campaign hav e been the backbone of
the party, in both leading and in campaign support.
She said women have always been involved in
political movements - such as outlawing child
labor, providing quality education and women's
suffrage - though they have not always had the
nght to vote or run for office.
Nebraska w;as one of the first four states to
grant universal presidential suffrage in 1917.
Please see WOMEN on 3
Alpha Tau Omega under scrutiny after member’s arrest
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
University officials and Alpha Tau
Omega Fraternity alumni will investi
gate ATO after one of its members was
arrested for making fake IDs for minors.
Police arrested the 20-year-old ATO
member Tuesday for felony possession
of a forgery device after he turned him
self in, Sgt. A1 Bemdt said.
Both the university and the fraterni
ty have said they will investigate the
offender and the house for violating
their codes of conduct.
ATO alumni board member Rob
Otte said alumni are concerned for the
student, but they have a responsibility to
maintain the house code of conduct.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
James Gnesen said he would charge the
individual for conduct violations
through the university' when he gets the
He also said he would investigate
the rest of the fraternity’s involvement.
The arrest is the result of a three
week undercover investigation that
began when bicycle officers downtown
heard that ATO was the place to go for
fake IDs, Bemdt said.
An undercover officer contacted an
ATO member who referred him to the
student making IDs, a member of the
fraternity not living in the house.
Bemdt said he could not comment
on the involvement of the other house
members in the operation.
Police contacted the student at his
home on the 400 block of Mormon Trail
in northwest Lincoln and bought a fake
ID for $50.
Thursday, police served a search
warrant at the home and seized two
computers, a scanner, laminator and
some other equipment necessary for
After conferring with the Lancaster
County Attorney, police called the stu
dent and asked him to turn himself in,
which he did Tuesday morning.
Otte said the ATO alumni board
would not impose any sanctions on the
offender or the house until after con
ducting its own investigation.
ATO alumni have a close relation
ship with the chapter, Otte said, but the
chapter adviser, who is on the board, did
not know this student.
“We just can’t monitor every time
somebody passes gas, but we want to
remain vigilant (about conduct),” Otte
Berndt said the police are getting
two more search warrants to look at the
files on the computer.
The student is due in court Nov. 12
and if convicted could face a maximum
of five years in jail and a S 10,000 fine.
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