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Cowboy Up All Aboard October 4, 1999
Though the NU defense surrendered more than 200 The Fremont Dinner Train attempts to take riders
yards to OSU in the second half, Linebackers Coach back to the 1940s, when train travel was chic, TOEING THE
Craig Bohl sees no reason to worry. PAGE 10 romantic and abundant. PAGE 12 Sunny, high 67. Mostly
Taking a stand
Mike Warren/DN
CHRIS COULTER, 16, of Lincoln participates in the Life Chain, an organized anti-abortion rally on 0 Street on
Sunday. The rally was organized by Lincoln Right to Life. Denise Way, vice president of Lincoln Right To Life, esti
mated between 1,500 and 2,000 people took part in the chain, which stretched from 27th Street to 70th Street.
Students rally for new schools
By Josh Knaub
Staff writer
Nearly 75 local high school students
braved the cold Sunday afternoon to
show their support for building two
Lincoln high schools.
Lincoln residents will vote Tuesday
on a $100 million school bond to fund
the new schools. The bond would cost
property owners 8.33 cents per $100 of
property value.
Students waved signs reading “Stop
School Overcrowding,” and “Help Me,
I’m Claustrophobic,” during a half-hour
rally on the steps of Lincoln High
The rally was organized by Lincoln
High’s Young Democrats.
“ I support this school bond because my
experts (students) are telling me it is needed."
Anita McRoy
Lincoln city councilwoman
Janet Eckerson, a student and presi
dent of the organization, said other
Lincoln high school students were
among those at the rally.
“We even had some Lincoln High
Young Republicans,” she said.
Lincoln City Councilwoman
Annette Me Roy said she was at the rally
because the new schools were neces
“You are my experts,” McRoy told
the students. “I support this school bond
because my experts are telling me it is
McRoy said overcrowding at
Lincoln schools was a sign that Lincoln
is growing quickly. She said new
schools were essential to growth. ,
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Student dragged in train accident
■ Conductors blew horn
several times but couldn’t
awaken man who lost part
of leg.
By Jake Bleed
Senior staff writer
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln
. student lost part of his right leg early
Saturday morning after being hit by a
fully loaded freight train, police said.
James Jurgens, 21, oLPirth was
taken to BryanLGH West after the
accident near 14th and New Hampshire
Capt. David Beggs said the train
cut Jurgens’ leg off 8 inches below the
right knee.
Jurgens, who lives in the 1000
block ofY Street, is a business admin
istration and accounting major.
A BryanLGH West spokeswoman
said she did not think doctors would try
to reattach the leg. She said Jurgens
was in fair condition Sunday night.
Conductors on the train saw
Jurgens sitting slumped next to the
tracks at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday,
Beggs said.
The conductors pulled an emer
gency break and blew the train’s Jiom
several times, Beggs said, but were
unable to wake Jurgens.
The eastbound Burlington
Northern Santa Fe train was traveling
about 12 mph, Beggs said, and could
not come to a complete stop in time.
The train hit Jurgens and dragged
him for about 300 feet, Beggs said.
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Council on deck
for stadium vote
By Kimberly Sweet
Senior staff writer
NU regents said they hope to
hear the cracks of bats hitting balls
in a new baseball stadium by March
The NU Board offtegents voted
7-0 on Friday to allow the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln to cooperate
with the city of Lincoln and Nebco
Inc. to build a $25.9 million baseball
and softball complex.
The complex would be home to
NU’s baseball and softball teams as
well as a minor league professional
But before the building begins,
university officials are hoping to
hear tbp-spunds of dollars .chapping.
NU President Dennis Smith told
the regents during their monthly
meeting the project would be funded
completely by private donations.
“We’re not intending to use state
sources or tuition money to fund
this,” Smith said.
The university’s Athletic
Department will have to raise $10.6
million to contribute to the project.
Construction of the baseball sta
dium, which will include walkways
and skywalks connecting it to neigh
boring city campus and the
Haymarket, will cost about $12.25
We re not intending
to use state sources
or tuition money to
fund this ”
Dennis Smith
NU president
UNL will use $3 million of its
contribution to build a 2,500-seat
softball stadium for the women’s
softball team.
The 4,500- to 5,000-seat base
ball stadium also will include a
$2Q0»pQ0 j>racticefield next to it.
Lincoln Regent Charles Wilson
said he supported the project but
wanted to make sure people under
stood where the money to build the
project was coming from.
“I understand the concern that at
the same time we’re making cuts
we’re talking about a $25 million
baseball stadium,” Wilson said. “I
think it’s very important to empha
size that money will not be drawn
from academic programs.” v
Smith said a specific group of
donors was interested in investing in
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Board backs
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education plan
By Kimberly Sweet
Senior staff writer
With the cooperation of state
boards of education, students will be
more prepared for college and
teachers will be better able to pre
pare them.
At least that’s what the NU
Board of Regents and the State
Board of Education hope will come
out of a new initiative that seeks to
give leaders of educational institu
tions - from preschools to colleges -
insight into education.
After meeting with the State
Board of Education on Friday, the
regents voted 7-0 to support the
Nebraska P-16 initiative.
The initiative provides guides to
state executive and governing bodies
of public and private institutions
through research, evaluation and
One of the goals of the initiative
is to graduate and admit into college
students who meet rigorous academ
ic standards.
The second goal is to evaluate
teacher preparation programs in col
leges to ensure that new teachers are
prepared to provide students with a
rigorous academic environment.
NU President Dennis Smith,
also a member of the National
Association of System Heads K-16
Network, said he supports the initia
Smith said the quality of the
teacher is usually the overriding fac
tor that determines a student’s suc
“The data shows that very bright
students with low-performing teach
ers essentially never recover,” Smith
said. “Poor students with high-per
forming teachers excel and continue
successfully from there on.”
The initiative would make
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