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‘It’s something you just can’t escape that easily.’
- Amber Burgess, UNL freshman and Columbine High graduate
Columbine’s tragedy echoes
A year later, heightened awareness surrounds security issues
A year ago, it took Eric Harris and
Dylan Klebold 46 minutes to kill 12 stu
dents, a teacher and themselves at
Columbine High School in Littleton,
Tuesday, it took faculty and staff at
Lincoln High School nine minutes to
detect two reporters from the Daily
Sports Editor Samuel McKewon and I
entered the building at 12:46 p.m. to see
just how tight security at Lincoln’s biggest
high school was.
We walked around the main halls, by
the library and eventually made our way to
After completing the circuit undetect
ed, we started over again, but we passed a
MISSY HOLTON, a senior at Lincoln Northeast High
School, tafes with security coordinator Bob Fensler
ahoiit nmn of Ytotonce on the «whwyy»y of the
Columbine High School shootings. Holton asked
Fensler whether she should come to school today.
Fensler reassured her, p ho said he has many con
gray-haired woman for the second time,
and her eyes tracked us down die hall.
I could hear her summoning help.
When we reached the cafeteria, we
took a seat, and in a few seconds, a young
special-education teacher dressed in white
shorts and a white T-shirt approached us.
“What’s up guys?” he said. “My
name’s Jason. I was just wondering what
you guys are up to.”
I told him we were from the Daily
Nebraskan, just doing some research on
“I see,” he said. “It’s cool you’re here,
but you’re going to have to sign in upstairs.
“You can’t be too careful with this
Columbine tiling and all.”
Arlyn Uhrmacher, assistant principal
at Lincoln High School, said he’s trying to
downplay the Columbine anniversary to
But the staff has met to review school
“We’ve told the teachers to pay close
attention to the students, to look at what
the students write and to make sure they’re
out in the halls as much as they can be,”
The biggest impact that the
Columbine tragedy has had on Lincoln
High is heightened awareness,
“We haven’t changed or added any
thing because of Columbine,” he said ‘It’s
just made us more attentive and aware of
what’s going on.”
Lincoln High has a school resource
officer on campus every day. It also has
evacuation procedures and a room-to
room intercom calling tree, Uhrmacher
During the school day, only four doors
into die school are open to the 2,100 stu
” They need to feel like
they ’re safe. And from
what we can tell, students
here feel like they ’re safe.”
Waveriy High School assistant principal
dents. But Uhrmacher said leaving just
one door open could be unsafe.
“Nothing is going to stop someone
from walking in with a gun,” he said. “But
they know they’ll be expelled if they do it.”
Uhrmacher likened the school to an
airport in terms of safety precautions.
“There are just certain things you
don’t do and don’t talk about,” he said. “If
you do, you’ll have serious consequences
to deal with.”
The Columbine tragedy also has
affected smaller schools in the Lincoln
Although it is harder to enter small
schools undetected, violent acts are still a
threat, said Dan Endorf, assistant principal
at Waveriy High School.
In Endorf’s office, there is a large
monitor that is connected to security cam
eras in Waveriy’s parking lot
“The cameras are a preventative
piece,” he said. “It’s more in response to
petty theft and vandalism, but it helps stu
dents know that we’re serious about
Endorf said die most effective way to
deal with school violence is to offer a pos
Please see COLUMBINE on 6
■ Panelists say lobbying key
in the dispersal of legislative
By Veronica Daehn
In between bites of Valentino’s pizza,
law school students got a small taste of the
real world Wednesday during a panel dis
cussion about lobbying.
Two state senators sat among a couple of
registered lobbyists, a television reporter
and a university dean in the College of
Law’s Welpton Courtroom.
Lincoln Sen. David Landis said lobby
ists influence him on some bills.
“I need to see them,” Landis said. “They
end up being the most focused way to get
information and the quickest way to get
But the lobbyist and senator do not usu
ally get too close, he said.
“It is an arm’s-length relationship and
one of mutual self-interest with differing
goals in mind,” Landis said.
Sen. Chris Beutler of Lincoln said he
takes what most lobbyists say with a grain
Please see LOBBYING on 8
Members of the Association of the
Students of the University of Nebraska
looked toward the future Wednesday night.
The organization elected committee
chairmen and recognized six new student
. -V' Senators from the College of Arts and
Sciences took three leadership roles within
the ASUN committees. Sen. Angela
Clements was selected to lead the Human
Rights Committee, Sen. Nathan Fuerst was
elected chairman of the Campus Life
Committee and Sen. Urrvano Gamez was
chosen as the Special Topic Committee
Graduate Sen. Vicki Geiser was elected
chairwoman for the Communications
The Academic Committee will choose
its chairman next week, as the initial vote,
minus two senators, resulted in a tie. -
Fuerst said he was excited to take on his
role in the Campus Life Committee. He said
he feels the committee needs to be more
active than it has been in the past.
Fuerst said one of his main goals was
improving communication between student
groups, such as those in the greek system
and those who live in residence halls.
“Our options are endless,” he said.
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