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Charlie Rogers and the Nebraska women’s
basketball team forged a key 82-62 victory over
Kansas on Saturday. PAGE 12
Message in a bottle
Wine connoisseur Ken Meier believes there is more
to wine drinking than high society. He shares his
thoughts and wines with local residents. PAGE 9
January 19, 1999
On the Warmpath
Partly sunny, high 50. Clear tonight, low 27.
VOL. 98 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 82
Senior staff writer
NU President Dennis Smith announced
Saturday the formation of a new task force that
will focus on cost efficiency in the four-campus
Smith told the NU Board of Regents at its
January meeting that the eight-member adminis
trative efficiency task force would allow people
from outside the system to take an “objective and
penetrating look” at the university's nonacadem
“I view the improvement of the university’s
administrative processes and implementation of
best business practices as among our highest pri
orities,” he said.
The formation of the task force is partly a
result of heightened discussion over state spend
Smith said the group would help identify
ways the university could streamline its opera
tions without negatively impacting the quality of
teaching, research and sen ices the university
offers to students and citizens of the state.
In 1995, Smith formed a committee that stud
ied the best practices of the business community
and public agencies.
The committee submitted applicable prac
tices to Smith in August 1995, and the recom
Please see REGENTS on 2
PARTICIPANTS PROCEED INTO the State Capitol after completing a march from the
UNL Culture Center. The procession was held in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
join in celebration
of King’s dreams
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of three stories that
will examine Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy.
By Shane Anthony
That's what organizers called the first Martin Luther
King Jr. celebration held on a day when classes were not.
a morning pro- «
gram at the Lied
Center for Jf WQS emotional. It
and continuing was just neat to see
through the after- t
noon, students, such a large part of
and community the university here
together to honor celebrating the day”
the slain civil
rights leader and ESTRELLA HOWELL
renew their com- event attendee
for racial equality.
Some said numbers were small. But spirits were high.
“I think we are off to a good start for something in the
future,” said Ronald J. Stephens, assistant professor of com
munication studies and ethnic studies, and co-chairman of
the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee.
Stephens said he would like to have seen better atten
dance. Generating interest m the events was a challenge for
the committee, he said, but members worked hard to pro
duce excellent programs.
Please see KING on 2
Web bookstores fight
for student business
■ New online sites offer
cheaper textbooks and convenience
in attempt to win market away from
By Bernard Vogelsang
Some University of Nebraska-Lincoln stu
dents have discovered they can save money on
textbook purchases by going online.
Web sites such as http://varsitybooks.com
and http://bigwords.com offer an alternative to
high prices and long waiting lines in campus
Saadat Shiblv Hossain, a senior computer
science major, said ordering textbooks online at
http://booksamillion.com saved him about 30 to
40 percent from regular bookstore prices.
The University Bookstore also sells books
online at http://efollett.coni. The bookstore
offers textbooks online at the same price as on
campus, said University Bookstore manager
“We think online bookstores are a good
thing,” she said. "That's why we started one our
John Bates, co-founder of San Francisco
based bigwords.com, said lower overhead costs
make it possible for his company to offer books
at 15 to 40 percent below retail prices.
“We often sell new books at prices for which
you can get used books in campus bookstores,”
Bates said. ■v_
UNL students have an additional advantage
when they order books at bigwords.com, Bates
Because bigwords.com is located in
California, customers don’t have to pay
Nebraska sales tax on their purchases.
Students in Nebraska also can get their text
books quicker than the national average of five
Please see BOOKS on 2
MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY for Creative Anachronism combat each other during their
Winter War Maneuvers in the Cook Pavilion on Saturday. Members from Nebraska, Iowa,
Kansas, Missouri and part of Arkansas practiced against each other in preparation for a
larger meeting in Phoenix. Please see related story on page 7.
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