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Big 8 Conference foes clash: Highlights
of Wednesday night's basketball game
between UNL and Kansas State Uni
versity in pictures and story p. 13
A visit with "Moni": Phi Gamma Delta's .
former housemother, Mrs. Lee Minier,
retired 14 years ago, but her 25 years
of service still are remembered ........ p.3
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thursday, february 19, 1976 vol. 99 no. 83 lincoln, nebraska
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By Dick Piersol
Chimpanzees, monkeys or other trained anthropoids,
including the governor and state senators would be given
the opportunity to pull the switch executing capital offen
ders according to terms of bill amendments offered in the
Nebraska Legislature Wednesday by Omaha Sen. Ernest
The six alternative amendments actually are part of
Chambers' "efforts to abolish the death penalty in
Nebraska, in compliance with U.S. Supreme Court rulings
saying that it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
'In the 1973 legislative session, senators approved a
Chambers' bill to eliminate the death penalty, but later
rescinded the law, approving Scotia Sen. : Dennis
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The electric chsir st fee Nebraska Penal Complex has not been used since the execution of Charies Starkweather.
It's next victim, if there is oner will be number 13. To die left of the chair is a rack of the suits of clothes given to
prisoners upon their release. . , . ,
Rasmussen's bill to reinstate it.'
This session Chambers introduced LB702 to abolish
capital punishment, but the Judiciary Committee ap
proved, amendments to the bill which will require the
death penalty for certain crimes.
In response, Chambers offered amendments to the
committee amendments. His proposals were published in
the legislative journal Wednesday. The Legislature eventu
ally must accept or reject the committee amendments and
.Chambers' amendments to them.
Chambers' amendments may not alter the cruelty of
capital punishment, but would make it more unusual. His
first proposal is to make the governor the executioner.
The second is to provide a "monkey, chimpanzee or other
suitable simian" trained solely to pull the switch on
capital offenders. The third, and perhaps least facetious al
ternative is to provide a panel of switches accommodating
"one prosecutor, three judges, twelve jurors, one gover
nor, one secretary of state, one attorney general and 49
legislators. They all would have to throw their respective
switches simultaneously. Should one flinch or refuse to
cooperate, the circuit would lock and the offender's
sentence would be commuted to life imprisonment."
Chambers' amendments also provide that executions be
conducted on a platform in Memorial Stadium during day
light hours of a sunny day. Nebraska Educational Tele
vision Network would telecast the ceremonies and present
video taped replays in all public schools within three
school days of the event. Microphones would be strate
gically placed around the electric chair to capture the
Chambers said he knows the legislature will never ap
prove the amendments, but he added that anyone in
strumental in causing the death penalty to exist should
help execute ft.
He said he thinks he can argue the senators out of ac
cepting the Judiciary Committee's amendments to LB 7 02,
authored by Neligh Sen. John DeCamp. ,
' Those amendments would mandate the death penalty
for first degree murder, murder with conspiracy, killing
a policeman, murder of a material witness to a crime,
kidnaping with or without murder and murder in com
mission of robbery, sexual assault or burglary.
Several students taking actio
By Ron Rugcless -
Several UNL students are taking action to replace four
NU Board of Regents members up for re-election in
November, according to Sue Ihne, Residence Hall Associa
tion (RH A) president. -
"We're planning to send letters to the editors of news
papers in the regents districts asking for candidates to run
against the incumbent regents," Ihne said.
"We want someone concerned with what is going on
with the students," she added, "and more sympathetic to
student needs." , ' ,
Omaha Regents Robert Prokop and James-Moylan,
Schuyler Regent Kermit Wagner and Grand Island Regent
Robert Koefoot are up for re-election in their respective
districts this year.
Ihne said it is obvious students will never get anything
passed with the current board, citing the regents' defeat
Saturday of the proposed revision in visitation and alcohol
policy in on-campus living units. One regent, Kermit
Hansen of Omaha, voted for the measure.
The regent-ousting attempt currently has no financial
backing, Ihne noted, but the group is going to ask the
RHA Special Issues Committee to help back the effort at
its 6:30 meeting tonight. -
She said the group plans to search for persons "more
sympathetic to student needs," urge them to run for the
office and then offer student support for their election.
Approving the idea, ASUN President and Student
Regent Jim Say said, "It will make, sure people in the
different districts are aware that a regent position is open.
"Six years (the regents' term of office) is long,
enough," Say added, "If they haven't had their changes
adopted in that time, they shouldn't be in any longer."
Say cited Scottsbiuff Regent Robert Simmons, who he
said has accomplished a lot in the way of university
improvements since his election in 1974.
"He has accomplished more in two years than some of
the others have in eight or 10," he noted.
Say said the ASUN Senate has not been approached to
support the action, and that it seems RHA-oriented.
According to the secretary of state's office, three
persons other' than Prokop have filed for the position in
the Omaha district. They are Wiilard Waldo, James
Winchell and William Hood.
Ihne said these persons are being contacted to see who
if anyone, students should support. .
" The regent replacement effort was just started this
week, Ihne said, adding that she thinks, 4 it's a good direc
tion to take.
"We need someone new and different on the board of
regents," Ihne stated, "and someone that has no precon
ceived notion like the ones (regents) do now."
Director: High costs and low budget
hurts University ChiidCare Center
By Virginia Broady
The University "Child Care Project (UCCP) faces rising
costs, a growing need for the program by students and a
low priority in the UNL budget, said Mary Jo Ryan,
UCCP is in charge of the University Child Care Center
at UMIIE Commonplace, 333 N. 14th St., which cares for
children between the ages of three and five, and the Infant
Day Care Center at First Plymouth Church, 21st and D
streets. . . ' . ' 1 '
The project, which serves low-income UNL students,
has a waiting list of students wanting to use the program,
Ryan said. ,
in addition, Ryan said, she receives calls from students
- daily asking to get into the program.
According to John Ritchie, director of the Office of
Scholarships and Financial Ad is, an increasing number of
single parents are attending college. Many can not afford
the high costs of day care cent ers, he said. ,
UCCP is "it the bottom of the list" as far as UNL
fiiviacing goes, Ritchie said, adding that it serves more stu
dents than seme UNL institutions that receive much more
money from the university.
He said that 90 to 95 pei cer.t of the students using the
UCCP centefs could not stay in school if the centers were
, "The child care center belongs on the university
campus," he said. "As long as students go to school, the
university has a responsibility, to meet their needs."
Ryan said that although day care centers benefit the
campus, they receive little direct financing from the uni
versity. " "
Of its $91,430 projected budget for the 1976-77 fiscal
year, Kyan said site expects to receive about $9,000 in
direct aid from the university. This money goes to the
director's salary and equipment and supplies for the
centers, she said. ; . ),
The remaining funds come from parents' fees, the U.S.
Dept. of Agriculture food programs and the federal Work
Study Program, which pays salaries for most of the stu
dents working at the cunter, she said. UCCP will receive
$58,000 through the work-study program, she said.
Commonplace, First Plymouth Church and St. Marks-outhe-csmpus,
which sometimes offers after school day
care for pads school students, offer space, Richie said.
Continued on p. 14
Aatgela BasHme, daughter of David md rf&h
BasIIme, attends the ,lMver3 Dcy Caw Ceistsr,
Ikt hikzt is a UNL student
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