The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 13, 1971, Image 2

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Pro-Nixon Petition
Although some students are
planning demonstrations against
President Nixon when he visits
the University Thursday, a peti
tion drive has been started on
campus in support of the Presi
dent. The petition commends the
President for "his firm stands
Hail to the chief
backing the state of Israel and
supporting the struggle of Soviet
Jews for their just rights." Uni
versity student Daniel Allen, or
ganizer of the drive, said the pe
titions will be presented to the
President during his visit in Lincoln.
SS directs Nixon invasion
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Don't bring any books or packages
with you to the Coliseum Thursday
afternoon. Bring your ID card.
These are among the precautions from
a combined force of Nebraska State
Patrol, county sheriff deputies, Lincoln
and campus police officers who will
guard President Nixon during his visit
Thursday. The force is being directed
and coordinated by the Secret Service.
An advance crew of Secret Service
agents arrived in Lincoln Monday to
begin preparations for the presidential
Federal Aviation Agency state liaison
officer Melvin Wood Tuesday afternoon
said the Secret Service had not yet
given specific directions for airport
security. But, Wood said typical precau
tions include clearing the air of all other
traffic when Air Force One approaches,
stationing emergency fire fighting
equipment near the runway, and
sometimes even closing the airport.
"The Secret Service takes over
everything," he said.
Lincoln Police Chief Joe Carroll spent
"most of the day" Tuesday with Secret
Service agents, but sa'd he still didnt
know how many of his men would be
used. "They're still out counting in
tersections and doors where policemen
will have to be posted," Carroll said.
Cleaning crews are hard as work
around the Coliseum. Outside, two trac
tors and about 15 men have meticulously
removed all the snow. "We're supposed
to make him think God won't let it
snow on the University of Nebraska
campus," commented one worker.
Nixon will leave his coat in tlie
Coliseum's Sports Information office.
Secretary Cheryl Cook said she was
ordered to remove everything from the
walls and desks in the office, including
an NCAA banner and a picture of Bob
The President will speak from a
podium on the west side of the Coliseum.
The main stage has been turned into
a command center where the Lincoln
Telephone and Telegraph Company is
installing 30 telephones. Ten of them
are pay phones for reporters.
Campus Security Chief Gail Gade said
no signs or banners will be permitted
in the Coliseum for the speech. Asked
if police will be photographing any vocal
demonstrators, Gade replied, "the press
and a lot of other people will be taking
Gade said the Coliseum would be
closed for final preparations from noon
Wednesday until the speech. .
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Address: The Nebraskan
34 Nebraska Union
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Ke&rsska
Nixon will
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often paid a personal tribute to
figures in the sports world.
Because of the nature of his
speech, Nixon has requested
the the convocation be limited
to a collegiate audience.
The audience will be
restricted to faculty, students
and staff members of the
University, including the
University of Nebraska at
Omaha and the Omaha Medical
Center. President Joseph
Soshnik is also extending an
invitation to students and
faculty of Nebraska Wesleyan
University and Union
All staff and students will be
required to show institutional
identification at the . door.
Wives or husbands will be ad
mitted if accompanied by their
spouses who have proper iden
tification. Nixon will be stopping off in
Lincoln while flying from the
Western White House in San
Clemente, Calif., to
Washington. Accompanied by
Mrs. Nixon, his plane is
scheduled to land at Lincoln's
Municipal Airport around 2 p.m.
Nebraska Gov. J. J. Exon
and Lincoln Mayor Sam
Schwartzkopf, both Democrats,
are tentatively scheduled to
greet the Republican President
when he steps from Air Force
One. University officials said
they did not know Tuesday
afternoon who from Nebraska's
Congressional delegation will
appear with Nixon.
From the airport, Nixon will
go straight to the Coliseum in a
special presidential limousine.
Plans call for Nixon to fly im
mediately to Washington
following his NU appearance.
Soshnik said Tuesday that
Secretary of Agriculture Clif
ford Hardin has expressed in
terest in attending Thursday's
convocation, but his plans are
Hardin was largely
responsible for arranging the
visit, the White House said. He
suggested last week that Nixon
stop on the campus on his way
to California. Nixon said he
couldn't stop then but would on
his return trip to Washington.
Nixon had been invited to
address the U n i v e r s i t y ' s
centennial commencement ex
ercises in 1969 but schedule
conflicts prevented that ap
pearance. Soshnik said Nixon's ap
pearance Thursday is the first
time a President has come to
Lincoln expressly to visit the
University. Presidents Franklin
D. Roosevelt and Dwight D.
Eisenhower visited the campus,
but during campaign trips, he
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Big Red to get belated Nixon blessing
Nebraskan Sports Editor
President Richard M. Nixon
made a mistake during the 1969
football season. Not a mistake
in calculation, but in timing.
The President, who calls
himself the nation's No. 1 foot
ball fan, named Texas the best
1969 college football team in the
nation even before the season
was over.
The Longhorns proved Nixon
right and finished No. 1 in the
final Associated Press poll. But
stiff protest of the President's
approclimation was voiced by
Penn State coach Joe
"The President shouldn't
have any right to name the top
college football team," said
Paterno who was claiming his
own Nittany Lions the best in
the nation. Nixon eventually
pacified Paterno by attending
the Orange Bowl to watch Penn
State defeat Missouri.
The President even presented
a plaque to Penn State for
having the longest winning
streak in football. Everybody,
except possibly Paterno, was
But during the 1970 season,
Nixon was careful. While
speaking in Texas, the Presi
dent named Texas No. 1. While
speaking in Ohio, the President
named Ohio State No. 1.
And while speaking in Omaha
last October, the President
proclaimed Nebraska No. 1. He
didn't have much choice. Ex
Governor Tiemann had re
quested that he make the
statement. And, after all, Nixon
was in Nebraska to boost
Tiemann's campaign.
But Nixon's ratings were
never forgotten by college
football coaches across the na
tion. One of Nebraska coach
Bob Devaney's first question
after the Orange Bowl victory
was: "Has President Nixon
called yet?"
The President never called.
His ratings now seem to
come forth only when he is in a
certain state.
But the President's speech at
the University of Nebraska
Coliseum Thursday afternoon
will have no regional limits.
Nixon is coming to Lincoln to
make one thing perfectly clear
to the entire nation.
The Big Red Cornhuskers of
Nebraska are the President's
No. 1 college football team of
the year. And the reaction of
the Nebraska players is mix
A 1 1 -American linebacker
Jerry Murtaugh, who never
minces any words, feels it's
about time Nixon gets into gear
and names Nebraska No. 1. But
quarterback Jerry Tagge, who
keeps his statements short and
sweet, is humbled by Nixon's
Jerry Murtaugh: "It's about
time Nixon does something
about us being No. 1. For
Christ sakes, we expected to
hear from hiirt right after the
ball game like he d!id to Texas
last year."
Jerry Tagge: "I think its
wonderful. It's really too much.
I never thought I would be part
of an organization that would
receive a personal congratula
tions from the President of the
United States."
Johnny Rodgers: , "I was
surprised to hear that he was
coming to Nebraska. You can
catch all the footballs you
want, but it makes you feel
kind of important to be able to
meet the President of the
United States."
Van Brownson: "I'm disap
pointed that we didn't hear
from Nixon earlier. Coming to
Nebraska was about all he
could do after what he did for
Texas last year. But I guess his
coming in person really makes
it kind of special."
Dave Walline: "I didn't
really expect Nixon to come to
Nebraska. As a matter of fact,
I didn't expect anybody in the
country to do anything special
for Nebraska. The way we're
treated by the press around the
nation yon just don't expect
anybody to go out of their way
just because we're the best
football team in the nation."
Dan Schneiss: "Its quite an
honor. It means a lot just to be
the No. 1 football team in the
nation. But it means a lot more
when the President 'personally
congratulates you for it."
Jeff Kinney: "I realize that
politics are involved with Nix
on's visit, but it's still a great
honor when the President of the
United States comes to con
gratulate you persona'lly."
Willie Harper; "I heard Nix
on was coming to Nebraska.
But I didn't know it was to
honor the football team. It's
nice, I guess, But it really isn't
that big of a deal."
Rozman hearings
closed to public
Doors remain closed to the
public, but open to witnesses,
as a faculty committee to in
vetigate the Stephen Rozman
case prepares to convene its
second hearing, Thursday.
"We will hear anyone who
indicates that he does have
evidence or information con
cerning the Rozman matter,"
Henry Holtzclaw, chairman of
the Faculty Senate ad hoc
committee, said Tuesday.
But the hearings will remain
closed to the public.
"It was a decision of the
committee that we could func
tion more efficiently this way,"
Holtzclaw added.
He declined to comment on
the committee's reasoning.
The committee was ap
pointed by the Faculty Liaison
Committee to investigate
Rozman's actions in events
concerning the occupation of
the Military and Naval
Sciences Building during the
May strike. Rozman is an
assistant professor of political
science at the University.
About 10 witnesses appeared
at the first hearing Jan. 9.
Holtzclaw said that while there
are still many witnesses to
testify, the committee hopes to
conclude hearings Jan. 23 as
The committee is to report its
findings by Feb. 1. The Regents
have stated that the decision to
fire or to retain Rozman as a
faculty member will be made
at the'r February meeting.
The Regents have also writ
ten a 13-page statement listing
"areas of concern in the con
duct of Dr. Stephen Rozman."
These areas include his conduct
during discussions between
students occupying the building
and administrators and his
"abusive language" in later
discussions with President
Joseph Soshnik.
Rozman Monday called the
charges "vague, ill-defined and
premised on nonfactual in
formation. "
be present
Nebraska football coach Bob
Devaney, who is in Houston
attending the National
Collegiate Athletic Association
convention and the convention
of the American Football
Coaches Association, said
Tuesday night he expects to be
in Lincoln Thursday for Presi
dent Richard M. Nixon's
Devaney, speaking from his
hotel in Houston, said, "I have
a commercial flight scheduled
to leave Houston at 8 a.m.
Thursday which would arrive
in Lincoln around noon, but I
nope to find a chartered flight
to take me instead."
There was strong speculation
that the Cornhusker coach
would not be present for the
President's speech because of
the NCAA banquet in Houston
Thursday night which will
name its national coach of the
year. Devaney is a top con
tender for the award. But he
plans to return early Thursday
evening to be on hand for the
Devaney was not sure what
the President's speech would
contain or what special awards
would be presented. The
Nebraska football team has
scheduled a 3 p.m. meeting to
day (Wednesday) to get final
information on the President's
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John Hansen . . . chairs the FSM meeting to plan demonstrations for Nixon's
Peace groups plan protests
At least four Lincoln organizations
have combined to plan a demon
stration outside the Coliseum prior to
Nixon's arrival.
Mothers for Peace, the Lancaster
County Welfare Rights Organization, Vet
erans for Peace and the Nebraska Council
to Repeal the Draft will gather in silent
protest, according to one of the organiz
ers, Nick Meinhart.
The group may also chant and carry
placards, hie reported.
Mary Alinder, member of Mothers for
Peace, said the organization plans to
have mothers and children singing and
chanting outside Uie Coliseum during
Nixon's speech.
Major focus of the protest will be the
war because, as Meinhart put it, wel
fare recipients, draft age young people
and peace lovers everywhere are being
hurt by America's intervention in Viet
nam. The Free Speech Movement (FSM)
called a meeting Tuesday to organize
d-emonstralions for the speech and set
another meeting for 3:30 p.m. Wednes
day in the Nebraska Union.
Proposals at the Tuesday meeting, at
tended by about 40 people, included
leafleting, not cheering the President
and shouting him down, and getting
support from members of the football
team. One participant suggested
organized shouts resembling football
The Wednesday FSM meeting will be
for the purpose of further planning
demonstrations and preparing leaflets to
inform students and faculty of
demonstration plans.
Other peace organizations are al-'o
planning protests.
The Nebraskans for Peace will
distribute leaflets on the inadequacies
in the welfare system and housing
situations in Nebraska, according I) Ron
Leaflets on the inadequacies in the w el
fare system and housing situations in Ne
braska will be distributed, according to
Ron Kurtenbach.