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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1970
Vol. 93, No. 52
He came in thru the bathroom window:
Agnew eludes protesters
by CAROL ANDERSON
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Feeling ranged from the humorous
singing of Alice's Restaurant to the angry
chant, "Feed the Poor, End the War"
as anti-war, anti-Agnew demonstrators
stood outside Pershing Auditorium Monday
The 500 protesters, waited for two hours
in 30 degree weather for Vice President
Spiro Agnew's arrival at the $50-a-plate
GOP dinner held to increase Gov. Norbert
Tiemann's campaign kitty. But the guest
of honor entered through the back door.
The demonstration was peaceful
throughout. One 20-year-old protester burn
ed his induction notice while police watch
ed. One well-dressed dinner guest grabbed
a pile of leaflets from a demonstrator's
hand and threw them on the ground. But
the 25 student marshals kept control of
the crowd which at one time numbered
near 700 until frost bite set in.
Lincoln resident John Janecek said he
burned his induction papers to "show con
tempt for involuntary servitude." Police
Officer Wallace Gant who watched the in
cident said his only instructions were to
prevent harassment of arriving guests.
Gant termed the demonstration "very well
Two-thirds of the 160-member Lincoln
police force were assigned to the
demonstration, the officer said.
Protesters carried signs like "Every
Hitler Needs a Silent Majority, Thou Shalt
Not Kill, Except . . ., Isn't America Listen
ing Anymore, and How Many Vietnamese
Fought in Our Civil War?"
The chants didn't spare Spiro either.
They shouted sometimes gleefully,
sometimes with outrage, "No Agnews is
good Agnews; Work for peace, send Spiro
back to Greece; 1-2-3-4 Tricky Dicky stop
the war; All we are saying is give peace
The crowd got slightly out of hand
upon hearing that Agnew was already in
side having been driven down a ramp into
the basement of Pershing. "Screw you,
Agnew" was their reaction and some
crowded the front entrance rattling the
locked doors. Moratorium committee
workers who sponsored and policed the
protest turned them away asking everyone
to leave after picking up any litter.
Police, who were only sparsely visible
although evidence of their presence was
just around the corner, said they had
thought Agnew would enter through the
"If he can't face the people, then who
can he face?" commented James Healey,
English instructor at NU. Another NU
English teacher, David Hibler attended the
demonstration with his Great Dane, Juno,
to show that some over 22-year-olds and
some middle class Americans also oppose
the Vietnam war and the administration's
policies, he said.
Ivan Volgyes, professor of political
science at NU, said he was protesting
because "I have always believed in getting
out of Vietnam now." Agnew stands for
"the worst in America" according to
Volgyes who said that the vice-president's
campaign comments of "fat Jap" labels
him a bigot.
Alan Ball, a 19-year-old Wesleyan stu
dent, said he attended the demonstration
because, "I don't think $50-a-plate is for
a good cause."
Moratorium committee chairman Mike
Shonsey said the demonstration "came off
real well," but stressed that "there Is a
heck of a lot more to do. It's going to
be a long time before the war is over.
The things we're, doing now are just the
first steps in Nebraska."
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Spiro speaks while about 7 00 protesters chant outside.
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