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Surviving the Birds
It took a breakout performance from wingback
Bobby Newcombe to preserve Nebraska’s win -
and possibly its season - against KU. PAGE 6
The Business of Art
Lincoln’s Haydon Gallery helps artists sell their
own work so they can spend more time doing
what they love - making art. PAGE 9
November 1, 1999
Partly sunny, high 63. Bluste^tenight, low 27.
VOL. 99 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 49
Court: Former student can sue university
■ The ruling reverses a lower
court’s decision that the university
did not have a duty to protect the
pledge who fell out of a window.
By Jake Bleed
Senior staff writer
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday
that a student who fell from the third floor of a
University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity house
in 1993 can sue the university for negligence.
Jeffrey K. Knoll fell from the Phi Gamma
Delta Fraternity while trying to escape a “pledge
sneak” hazing on Nov. 3,1993.
“The university bad a duty, a legal duty, to pro
tect someone such as Mr. Knoll,” said attorney
Joseph McQuillan; who represented Knoll in
Friday’s ruling reversed a district court ruling
that said the university did not have a duty to pro
As part of the hazing, members of the Phi
Gamma Delta Fraternity kidnapped Knoll from
the basement of Andrews Hall, tackled him and
handcuffed him to a member of the fraternity
before taking him back to the house, the court
Once inside, Knoll was handcuffed to a radia
tor and given 15 shots of brandy and whisky and
three to six beers in a two-and-a-half hour period,
the opinion said.
Knoll became ill and was taken to a third-floor
The university had a duty; a legal duty; to protect
someone such as Mr. Knoll.”
bathroom where he was handcuffed to a toilet
pipe, the opinion said. Knoll escaped from the
handcuffs and, in trying to shimmy down an out
door drain pipe to escape the fraternity house, fell
three stories and suffered severe head injuries.
The state Supreme Court has held in the past
that a landowner is liable for the safety of a guest.
Although the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity is not
on university-owned property, Knoll was abduct
ed on campus.
Describing Knoll’s abduction as “horseplay,”
university lawyers argued Knoll’s abduction was
not a criminal act and Knoll knew what he was get
Please see COURT on 3
■ Woody Varner, who served as
president of the NU system for
seven years, died Saturday.
When Woody Varner’s name is mentioned,
most of his friends will immediately comment on
how warm and friendly he was.
Durward B. “Woody” Varner, who was presi
dent of the University ofNebraska system for
seven years, died Saturday after a battle with
Varner was 82, but his friend Bill Swanson,
who was a state senator and worked in the govern
mental relations office at UNL, said Varner’s age
and illness couldn’t stop him from enjoying life.
“Woody had three loves: his wife, Paula, his
family and Big Red football,” Swanson said. “He
even went to two games and some practices this
year. He had an intense interest right up to the
Varner became chancellor of die NU system
in 1970. His tide was later changed to president.
Varner was the first president of the NU sys
tem to operate in an office that was not directly
affiliated wilh one of die campuses.
Before 1970, die UNL chancellor was also
chancellor of die NU system, but die Legislature
felt that a separate office was needed to erase any
bias from NU system decisions.
Janies Griesen, vice chancellor of student
affairs at UNL, said Varner was ideal for the role.
“He ready fit well into the plans because he
was very effective in advancing the idea that all
three of die campuses had important roles to play
iathe state ofNebraska,” Griesen said.
The original NU system consisted of UNL,
the University ofNebraska at Omaha and die
University ofNebraska Medical Center. The
University ofNebraska at Kearney was added to
&e system in 1991.
At the time Varner became chancellor, UNO
was concerned about not being on an equal level
Please see VARNER on 3
FIZGIG, a Pomeranian, awaits the resalts of the Capital Humane Society’s fourth annual Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest for Dogs. Fizgig
end his owner, Rebecca Hughes, walked away with the evening s top prizes
Dogs dress up for annual contest
By Christina Fechner
I am a dog. I am a dog. What are you doing
to me? Wings? Wait, I don’t need any wings. I
have Mack and yellow stripes and antennas on
, me. I lock like a bumble bee.
What is going on?
OK, let’s get it right. My name is Fizgig,
and I’m a Pomeranian. My owner is Rebecca
Hughes, and I should not be dressed like this.
I was confused for awhile, but then I real
ized my owner entered me in the fourth annual
Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest for Dogs.
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About 20 dogs participated in die contest at
the Capital Humane Society on Friday. The
contest was sponsored by the Humane Society
andTreats! A Bakery & Gift Shop for Dogs.
Teri Richardson, humane educator at the
humane society, said this year a silent auction
was an added fund-raiser. She said she was
excited about the event.
“(The dog show) is a fun outing. Halloween
is considered a holiday for kids. This is a chance
to take out your animal kids,” Richardson said.
One of the canines, Sheba, a Husky mix
owned by Carla Miller, was in costume as a
Husker fan complete with a red and white jer
Miller said she entered Sheba in the show
because it was something new.
“We’re not afraid to show our colors,”
Sarah Halverson, 8, dressed two golden
retrievers, Tigger and Katie, as Super Dog and
Please see DOGS on 2
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