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Measure caps bottle club
Bar owner says he had no plans to start organization
By Jessica Fargen
Senior staff writer ^
A bottle club where people could
consume liquor, but not buy it, will not
be possible in Lincoln thanks to a City
Council ordinance passed Monday
Talk of a bottle club in Lincoln was
sparked last month when Mike Webb,
co-owner of Barry’s Bar and Grill, 235
-N^Ninth St., requested the Liquor
Control Commission define the term
But Webb said he had no plans to
open a bottle club.
“We didn’t even ask them to
declare a bottle club law,” Webb said. “I
never ever asked anything about bottle
clubs. I never asked for a license to
open a bottle club.”
Regardless, the City Council took a
pre-emptive strike against the idea
Monday night, voting 7-0 to add a new
section to its municipal code to prohib
it bottle clubs. The ordinance was orig
inally proposed at a March 29 meeting.
“We decided to act in advance of
any Liquor Control Commission advi
sory ruling so no one could claim that
they were grandfathered in,” said Curt
Donaldson, a City Council member.
“It doesn’t really matter to me
either way,” Webb said of the vote.
UNL Chancellor James Moeser
and Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady
testified in favor of the measure that
puts the cork on bottle clubs,
Webb’s petition to the Liquor
Control Commission on March 3
states that the proposed club would
specifically target UNL students.
Members of die club would be allowed
to consume their own alcohol on the
premises between the hours of 10 p.m.
and 6 a.m., Thursdays through
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska President
Andy Schuerman said the idea of a
bottle club made people aware of loop
holes in the law. The fact that students
have also come together to oppose die
ban was encouraging, he said
Two weeks ago ASUN officially
opposed the idea of a bottle club.
“I think it’s reflective of students
taking responsibility for their own
lives,” said the junior business educa
tion major. “We don’t believe this is a
good idea for students either.”
Chris Linder, student coordinator
for NU Directions, was glad to see the
university and the community coming
together on an issue.
“I was really glad to hear that the
City Council thought that this was as
big of an issue as we did,” said Linder,
a senior management major. “It’s just
nice to know that the university and the
community can work together.”
Students struggle over morality
MORALS from page 1
“I would cry all the time,” she said.
“I decided this wasn’t who I am, but I
felt that people didn’t know who I was.”
She knew that she needed to
change but didn’t know how.
“Without God as my stability, I lost
all my morals and values,” she said. “I
Edward Becker, philosophy of reli
gion professor, said there is not a clear
cut connection between morality and
religion. Different people have differ
ent views on the two subjects, he said.
Becker said three main ideas sum
up students’ views on the relationship
between morality and religion.
“Many people believe that morality
must be based on religion, some think
there is some religious basis for moral
ity, and others doubt that there is any
religious basis for moralityhe said.
The majority of the people who
believe morality is interrelated to reli
gion believe in Christianity, Becker
“The most prevalent form of reli
gion today is Christianity, because it is
stressed so much,” he said.
“Some other students who seem
perfectly moral don’t profess
Christianity or any religion.”
Becker, who started teaching dur
ing the Vietnam War in 1968, said he
has noticed major changes in students’
“Things have mellowed out and
gotten more conservative,” he said.
Dan Augustyn, a senior philosophy
and math major, and founder of
Campus Atheists and Agnostics, said
people often confuse the relationship
between religion and morality.
“Religion is often the convincing
way to accept morality for people,” he
Augustyn said he followed the phi
losophy of Hillel, who lived as a Jewish
rabbi 100 years B.C.
He said Hillel was known for say
ing, “Do not do unto others as you
would not have done unto you.”
Hillel’s Golden Rule is slightly dif
ferent than the Golden Rule of
“Hillel’s is just more peaceful,” he
said. “If we want to get along, I think
there are certain ways we should treat
Jason Boetcher, director of
Christian education at the University
Lutheran Chapel, used a passage from
the Bible as a way of tying morality in
From the book of Matthew 5:38:
“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as
your Father in heaven is perfect”
Boetcher said this perfection is
necessary to be good enough or moral
“It’s a perfection that God desires.
That’s one of the neat things that God
did for us in Christ Jesus,” Boetcher
said. “He came to live that perfect life
that we couldn’t.”
Boetcher has had many years of
experience in dealing with students on
campus and the role that faith has
played in their lives.
He said he had seen many students
like Beach come to college and sud
denly lose their faith and moral values.
“I think there are a lot of college
students who grow up in a Christian
family and in a home that’s pretty
strict,” Boetcher said.
“Suddenly, they get to college and
all the structures they have kept
throughout their life are running wild.”
One reason for this is that students
realize that their actions weren’t neces
sarily coming from the inside, but the
pressure from the outside had con
formed these ideals, he said.
Boetcher, who has worked with
college students at the chapel for five
years, said he knows a lot of young stu
dents who believe that the only good
thing religion does is teach people to be
“I don’t know that’s all that it is
about,” he said.
When Boetcher was in college, he
turned in someone else’s paper as his
own for a theology class.
After handing it in, Boetcher went
to class the next day and the professor,
whom he respected the most, said he
had recognized some of the papers that
had been turned in.
The professor had kept all of his
papers from previous semesters. He
threatened the class that he would find
out who cheated, and they would fail
“I couldn’t rest. I finally decided
that this wasn’t worth it,” Boetcher
said. “This was not the person God
wanted me to be.”
Boetcher told his professor the
truth and completed the course, receiv
ing a C.
“It was absolute grace, because I
didn’t deserve to pass,” he said.
The incident in college taught
Boetcher what he wanted to do for
God. He now follows the now-popular
“What Would Jesus Do” motto because
it makes students think about how
Jesus would respond to different situa
He likes the illustration from a
series called, “Becoming a Contagious
“Religion is spelled D-O. It is all
about what I need to do,” he said.
“Christianity is not about what I do, it’s
about what has been done. It’s about
what Christ has done for me.”
Beach said she depends on God to
get her through each day’s problems
and situations that test her patience.
She said her faith in God trans
formed her heart. *
“I prayed and asked God to make
me new and fix my heart. I wanted him
to change me,” she said. “My heart felt
so black inside.”
Ever since last summer in New
York, Beach has tried to live a life for
“I hope others can see the change in
me because if they can’t I‘m not doing
what I need to be doing as a Christian.”
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Women’s health bill
put on bottom of pile
■ Senators spar over the
legislation, which would
create an initiative to look
at the state of women’s
health care in Nebraska.
By Shane Anthony
A bill that would establish the
Women’s Health Initiative of
Nebraska failed to advance to select
file Tuesday morning.
The bill, LB480, sponsored by
Lincoln Sen. DiAnna Schimek,
would have established the initiative
to serve as a clearinghouse of infor
mation on women’s health issues,
coordinate pilot projects and provide
education and support services to
women among other provisions.
The bill fell two votes short of the
25 needed to advance to the next
round of debate. Much of the opposi
tion expressed on the floor Tuesday
concerned the creation of a 30-mem
ber advisory council.
Opponents said the bill would
unnecessarily duplicate services.
Schimek vowed to return with the leg
“I’m not sure what my standing is,
but it’s going to come up again sooner
or later,” she said after the 23-19 vote.
Norfolk Sen. Gene Tyson intro
duced and withdrew an amendment
that would have prevented any group
associated with abortion from being
connected to the proposed program.
He said he would reintroduce the
amendment if the bill advanced to
Schimek said the bill had nothing
to do with abortion. She also dis
missed arguments that the bill deals
only with women.
“We’re not talking about a small
percentage of the population here,”
she said. “We’re talking about 52 per
cent of the population.”
Tyson, one of the bill’s most out
spoken opponents, said the initiative
would use $147,000 in taxpayer
money for services already provided
by the Health and Human Services
“I think the purpose of this bill is
fine,” he said. “But the execution is
Sen. Jim Jensen of Omaha said the
department had been made aware of a
desire for better coordination of
women’s health services and informa
tion. The department formed a
Women’s Health Task Force in 1998,
“I’m willing to let them try,” he
said. “If it doesn’t work, then we’ll
We have almost
to the issue of
women s health.”
Sen. Gerald Matzke
come back at them next year. I think
(Schimek’s) idea to draw attention to
the issue is a very good idea.”
But Sen. Shelly Kiel of Omaha
joined Schimek in listing a barrage of
statistics she said indicate shortfalls
in healthcare for women - especially
minority women. She urged support
for other reasons as well.
“If you don’t support this because
it promotes women’s health in
Nebraska, support it because it will
save money in the long run,” she said.
Sen. Gerald Matzke of Sidney
also spoke in favor of the bill, as did
most senators who participated in
“We have almost been derelict in
our responsibility to the issue of
women’s health,” he said.
But as the roll-call tally appeared
lit the board in front of the chamber,
the vote looked like it would fall one
short at 24-19. Schimek later said two
votes she was counting on - those of
Grand Island Sen. Chris Peterson and
Hastings Sen. Ardyce Bohlke - did
not come in because both senators
Schimek withdrew her yes vote
and rushed to the front of the chamber
to file a motion to reconsider.
But under legislative rules, the bill
must fail to advance two more times
before a motion to reconsider can be
filed in the first round of debate. The
bill goes to die bottom of a list of pri
ority bills for now, unless Speaker
Doug Kristensen moves it up on the
In other news, Senators paused tor
a moment of silence before debate
Tuesday in memory of Stanton Sen.
Stan Schellpeper, who died Sunday.
The Legislature will recess
Thursday so senators can attend the
funeral. A tribute to Schellpeper is
scheduled in the Unicameral for
Staff writer Brian Carlson con
tributed to this report.
passes parking bills
PARKING from page 1
that,” he said.
Several senators criticized
Parking and Transit Services
Director Tad McDowell, referring to
presentations he and James Main,
assistant vice chancellor for business
and finance, are giving to explain the
new parking garages as a “dog and
But Morris said McDowell was
only doing what he had to do.
“You can’t blame McDowell
because he’s simply being charged to
solve the problem,” he said. The
parking portion of the Master Plan
had to be first, Morris said.
Other professors raised concerns
about long walks between office
buildings and parking garages. Some
said late night walks would not be
Walter Mientka, professor of
mathematics and statistics, said fac
ulty members do not work 8 a.m. to 5
p.m., meaning nighttime walks will
“We cannot let this go forward,”
Law Professor Sally Wise pre
sented a resolution she and her col
leagues put together. The resolution,
which also passed, said the Academic
Senate strongly urged the UNL
administration to fund the new 1999
2004 parking initiatives through
means other than a substantial
increase in user fees for faculty, staff
and students and to report back to the
Academic Senate at one of the early
fall meetings or earlier.
In other news, President Gail
Latta announced that a mayoral
forum would be held April 13 at 7
p.m. in the Nebraska'’Union.
Students, faculty and staff are
encouraged to attend, she said.
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