The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 07, 1971, Image 1

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Conw'cfs tell frai
of penal injustices
by Bart Becker
"I was lied to. They said I'd be eligible for parole in seven
years. I've been in for 1 7 years."
The speaker was a trustee from Nebraska's Penal and
Correctional Complex who identified himself onlf only as Danny.
Accompanied by Warden Charles L, Wolff Jr. and another trustee,
Dennis, he spoke Tuesday to the members of Sigma Alpha Mu
fraternity as part of the fraternity's "Feed the Fuzz" program.
Danny, who is serving a life sentence for murder, said he didn't
appeal the sentence when he was convicted in 1954.
"I didn't even know enough about what I did for a lawyer to
help me," he said. "I just accepted what they gave me."
Dennis also indicated that he felt justice had shortchanged
He has served nine years of a life sentence for murder.
He said he doesn't remember committing his crime but he
accepts the decision that he did it. He appealed his case but the
appeal was not upheld.
"I really thought I got a rotten deal. I still do," he said. "When
I realized my appeal wouldn't go through I knew the only way to
get out ( of the penitentiary) was to do what the administration
said to do and wait for parole."
Dennis has earned a high school diploma and 40 hours of
college credit since he has been in prison. He expects to get his
degree about the time he is released.
Danny, however, said his stay in prison hasn't given him any
special skills or education to use when he is released.
"I came in as a common laborer and that's what I'll do when I
get out," he said. "They told me to learn a trade but training
program funds often ran out. There are a lot of things that are
doing me no good out there."
Wolff agreed that "going from an institution back into the
community takes a tremendous adjustment."
He said work release programs have been established to prepare
prisoners for the time they will re-enter the community.
Currently, 22 prisoners are released each morning to work in
downtown Lincoln, then returned to the complex each night.
Next month the program will expand to send up to 10
prisoners to Omaha on a daily work basis, Wolff said. Prisoners
originally from Omaha will be sent. Eventually about 25 of them
will be included in the program.
Both prisoners said an uprising the magnitude of that at Attica
State Prison in New York is not likely in Nebraska.
"There's not going to be any rioting here," Danny said. "There
was some talk over the weekend about a sit-down strike to
protest Attica, but it didn't happen."
Said Dennis: "We were kind of pulling for the guys (prisoners)
at Attica. We were hoping the hostages would get out unharmed.
The feeling was that the authorities handled it ridiculously.
"The truth is you can't win if you revolt. All the prisoners can
do is burn mattresses or smash things. The authorities come in
with tear gas and we're finished."
Wolff said if a problem crops up at the Nebraska complex
"we'll contend with it then."
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DelPOlio: women
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must put out or be put
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AAagrath urges speaker variety
UNL interim Chancellor C.
Peter Magrath said Wednesday
he is "very much concerned
that the traditional freedoms
of students to express diverse
opinions, be exposed to a
variety of programs, and hear a
balance of speakers be
Magrath said in an interview
he has been '.'pretty much
involved" in the furor which
has surrounded the Time-Out
conference presently in
He said his personal views
by Marsha Kahm
Ansel ma Dell'Olio told a
near-full Nebraska Union
ballroom crowd Wednesday the
only major change which has
taken place so far because of
the women's liberation
movement is that women
either put out or are put down.
"We need a total change of
conditioning," said DeH'Olio
founder and director of the
New Feminist Repertory
Theatre in New York. "We
need a major revolt."
THE MOST important
failure of women's liberation
according to the feminist is
that it has not involved a
significant change in the
behavior of men. .
"If women don't put out
then they are told they are
frigid, repressed, hung-up or a
tease. The sexual revolution
was the final straw. Now
women are asked to prostitute
Dell'Olio feels the seeming
gains made by the women's
liberation movement are not
what they appear to be. "There
seems to be less social pressure
for a woman to remain a virgin.
However, if a woman shows
her prowess in bed the man
A capacity crowd packed the Nebraska Union ballroom as Time-Out speaker
DelPOlio advocated a major feminist revolt.
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have not been in conflict with
the decisions he has made as an
"I'm not concerned about
job security," Magrath said.
"I'm concerned about doing
the right thing. I think it's
appropriate for everyone to
express their own point of
He said he is coiicemed that
programs on the UNL campus
present a balance of speakers.
He indicated that views which
may be unpopular with the
students should be presented as
calls major revolt
may say 'Gee, Baby, you've
been around."'
laughter she went on to say
that social hang-ups are
"hogwash." She added,
however, that one major
problem is that women's
chances of getting pregnant are
still there.
"This is bad. They still have
to deal with the possibility,"
Dell'Olio told the crowd. "The
possibility of a defective
pregnancy or a blood clot still
lurks in the back of their
Pointing out another source
of vexation, venereal disease,
Dell'Olio said the disease is
purported to be on the
increase, supposedly reaching
"epidemic proportions".
CONTINUING along the
same line as the topic of her
talk, "The New Prostitute-The
Sexually Liberated Female."
the feminist said her main
contention is that women do
not sleep with men for the
pleasure of it.
"Men do sleep around for
the pleasure of it," she said.
"That's why thev want to get
Dell'Olio believes that
because women and men sleep
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well as more popular opinions.
Most of all, he said, "ample
opportunity should be
provided for an exchange of
Magrath said he does play a
role as adviser to students who
are planning a conference on
the University campus. His
major function, he said, is to
make the organizers consider
the consequences of the
"If the topic of a
conference was racism, I don't
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together for different reasons it
is difficult for them to
understand each other.
"WOMEN GO TO bed with
someone because they have a
need for affection and
attention. They have a desire
to be pleased and approved of.
Men can have intercourse with
almost anyone. Women can't."
To call this kind of sex love
is misleading according to the
Time-Out speaker. "We've been
exposed to heavy-handed,
sexist brainwashing." She said
she hopes someday this will be
"Love is most emphatically
not needed," Dell'Olio
stressed. "Lovers are like
vampires. . . draining each
other of what they need."
SHE FEELS every day some
woman sells herself in the
name of love, and that most
often a man is pleased to
accept it as his due. "I call it
Movecoholics' it's like being
addicted to romance. It's so
nice, I could even fall for it
One difference between
men and women, she said, is
that men put their life into
work and women into love.
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