The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 11, 1999, Image 1

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Rock Shocked Jayhawks
After 15 years, Nebraska's men's basketball team won its first
game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. NU beat KU 64-59
and moved to second place in the Big 12 Conference. PAGE 9
| A & E
[l Razmataz
[ Jeff Raz, a v isiting instructor at UNL, works to
diversify the experiences of students through
J education and example. PAGE 7
February 11,1999
The Downward Spiral
Snow possible today, high 33. Clearing tonight, low 15.
Police to continue party crackdown
Party down
In September, Lincoln Police initiated a targeted
party enforcement program to decrease the number
of wild parties, especially in northwest Lincoln
near UNL’s City Campus Statistics released
Wednesday show a decrease in party complaints.
_ Complaints citywide between Sept. 1 and Dec. 14
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Jon Frank/DiS
The program, which began last fall, targets ‘unruly’ gatherings
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
When students go partying this semester, they
should know that police may be partying with
This semester, the Lincoln Police Department
will continue its party enforcement program,
which targets wild parties and the unruly behavior
associated with them.
The program, which started last fall, con
tributed to a 9.2 percent decrease in the number of
party complaints - 513 were reported between
Sept. 1 and Dec. 14. 1998, which is down from 565
during the same time in 1997.
The police focused their efforts on Lincoln's
northwest quadrant, which includes City Campus.
The number of party complaints dropped 26 per
cent from 150 in 1997 to 111 in 1998.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we had a
significant impact on unruly parties,” Lincoln
Police ChiefTom Casady said.
In seven evenings of targeted party enforce
ment, police handed out 91 citations for a variety
of offenses including minor in possession of alco
hol, maintaining a disorderly house and urinating
in public.
Wild parties are very disruptive in some areas
of Lincoln. Capt. Joy Citta said. Last fall Citta
commanded the department's northwest/center
team where the party enforcement was targeted.
Police use undercover officers to infiltrate
houses throwing parties, and then uniformed offi
cers break up the wild parties and issue citations.
Police follow up by tracing the buyer of the
alcohol and reporting the offenses to the universi
The university can then prosecute students for
violating certain parts of the student code of con
Recently, Lincoln Police expanded party
enforcement to include liquor stores in an effort to
keep alcohol out of minors' hands, Citta said.
With the help of some underage volunteers,
police have started to set up stings outside liquor
Please see PARTIES on 6
One man cited in
Chi Phi incident
UNL to announce any actions
against fraternity early next week
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
University Police on Tuesday
cited the man who provided beer to
the 20-year-old sophomore who later
fell out of a third-floor Chi Phi
Fraternity window Feb 1.
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln, along with the national Chi
Phi Fraternity, has completed its
investigation into the incident that led
to Kara Bliven's fall, and actions
against the fraternity are expected to
be announced early next week.
Bliven was released from the hos
pital Tuesday after being treated for
several broken ribs, a broken arm and
pelvis and having her spleen
Last week James Griesen. vice
chancellor for student affairs, said the
university would do anything it could
to help Bliven return to school.
The night of Bliven's fall. Jan. 31,
she and many Chi Phi Fraternity
members were drinking at a house
initiation party held off campus.
Interfraternity Council President
Michael Consbruck said.
University Police cited 21-year
old Charles Schroeder for procuring
alcohol for minors at the party held at
his house on the 600 block of S. 28th
Street, Sgt. Bill Manning said.
Schroeder bought three kegs of
beer from N Street Liquor. 19th and N
streets, for the party. Manning said.
Tuesday, Schroeder voluntarily
came to the police department with
his lawyer for questioning, but
Manning said he would not answer
questions about the party.
When police interviewed Bliven's
boyfriend, freshman Andrew
Devault, after her fall. Devault told
police that the two of them had been
We re trying to go
back, pick up the
pieces and make
amends as soon as
Michael Consbruck
Interfraternity Council president
drinking in the downtown area before
returning to the fraternity house.
Manning said.
Police and medical units were
called to the 1245 N. 16th St. fraterni
ty at 3:20 a.m. Feb. 1 after a
Community Service Officer saw
Bliven lying on the ground.
Through interviews, police deter
mined that Bliven had been vomiting
out Devault's third-floor window
before she fell.
Devault, 19, told police that
Bliven started to feel sick around
2:30 a.m. Then Devault opened his
window, so she wouldn't get sick in
the room.
Devault said he did not know
Bliven had fallen until after the CSO
discovered her on the ground an hour
Consbruck said as soon as univer
sity and national fraternity officials
learned of the incident, they took
"We're trying to go back, pick up
the pieces and make amends as soon
as possible,” Consbruck said.
A representative from the Chi Phi
national office, Seth Schuchman,
Please see CHI PHI on 2
After-school reading
Daniel Luedert/DN
IN A RAY OF SUNLIGHT, Amy Ricke, a UNL alumna who graduated with a degree in Spanish, reads a book at The
Mill, 800 P St., on Wednesday afternoon.
Senators look at juvenile justice
■ Sen. Nancy Thompson
of Papillion proposed bills
Wednesday that would
improve conditions for
younger offenders.
By Brian Carlson
Staff writer
Nebraska should reassess its juve
nile justice system to ensure it is
equipped to handle juvenile offenders,
Sen. Nancy Thompson told lawmakers
The Papillion senator presented
bills to the Legislature’s Judiciary
Committee that would create a moni
toring board to oversee the juvenile jus
tice system, increase cigarette taxes to
pay for improvements at juvenile facili
ties and increase court fees to enhance
communities' ability to handle juvenile
Too many juvenile justice facilities
are overcrowded, understaffed and in
need of physical improvements.
Thompson said.
At a time when the state is building
another prison to house more adult
offenders, she said, the state should
upgrade its juvenile justice system to
prevent crimes later in juveniles' lives.
“We need these types of facilities,"
she said. “They are the place of only
resort for some of these kids."
LB611 would create the Juvenile
Justice Coordination Team to evaluate
the juvenile justice system. The board
would include representatives from the
Office of Juvenile Services, the
Department of Health and Human
Please see JUVENILES on 6
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