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friday, September 15, 1978 lincoln, nebraska vol. 102 no. 12
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Regent Kermit Wagner
Reports destroyed in regent, police tiff
By Brenda M oskovits
Two reports claiming that NU Regent
Kermit Wagner yelled at a University Police
officer and a student security supervisor
were destroyed Tuesday, according to
Robert Lovitt, assistant vice chancellor for
business and finance.
University officials refuse to comment
on the incident. Officer Barbara McGill
said she reported talking to student secur
ity officer Cooper Hanson while parked
in the driveway of a parking lot Saturday
when Wagner pulled in and told her to go
do her job.
Hanson said when he approached Wag
ner's car, Wagner accused him of having
"a social hour" with his girlfriend, and
said he would get the lincoln Police De
partment to cover the lot next time.
Wagner denied the incident Wednesday
evening, but University Police traced the
license number of the car to his name.
McGill also identified him from a group of
Daily Nebraskan photographs.
Wagner, contacted in person in Schuyler
Thursday evening, once again claimed the
report was a result of mistaken identity.
When asked about the license plate check
and McGill's photo identification, Wagner
at first hesitated and then refused to
He refused to say whether he was at
the game or in the parking lot Saturday.
He also refused to say whether someone
else was driving his car that day.
After the interview in Schuyler, Wagner
was overheard to say, "I don't know how
this got out."
Lovitt said that he personally received
the two reports Monday from Police Chief
Gail Gade and Tuesday showed them to
Miles Tommeraasen, vice chancellor for
business and finance. Tommeraasen
discarded them, Lovitt said.
Gade said he turned the only copy of
the reports over to Tommeraasen's office
and no longer had a copy of them.
Lovitt said he brought the matter to
UNL Chancellor Roy Young's attention
Monday, but, according to both Lovitt and
Young, Young never saw the report. Young
and NU President Ronald Roskens refused
to comment on the incident.
Gade said "it was my responsibility
to turn them over to that particular office.
. . I saw no point for this office to keep
Had anyone asked to see the reports
before he passed them along, Gade said he
probably would not have shown them to
Gade and Lovitt agreed the reports were
informational and not intended to promote
The reports were discarded because "we
felt it was no big deal," Lovitt said. He said
there is no way the office could save all
the paper that comes into the office.
Nicaragua conflict concerns UNL Latin Americans
By Alice Hrnioek
The 41 -year-regime of Anastasio
Somoza, political ruler of Nicaragua, must
end, according to several members of
UNL's Latin American Student Association
and one campus official.
Not all are in agreement, however, that
the civil war being waged by the Sandanis
tas Liberation Front is the best way to
bring it about.
According to the latest Associated Press
report, the rebelling Sananistas have been
acquiring increasing quantities of weapons,
holding in question the supposed uppeT
hand Somoza's troops had gained Tuesday.
On Wednesday, He leader decreed
martial law throughout Nicaragua. Lasting
for 30 days, the law will suspend constitu
Somoza's rule represents "power to the
ultimate," in the opinion of Roberto Esquenazi-Mayo,
director of the UNL insti
tute for International Studies and professor
of journalism. "It's a tyrannical power
without Tespect for any opposition. The re
gime of Somoza is an insult to the human
The economy in Nicaragua has been de
clining because of political repression,
Esquenzai-Mayo said. He reported that
Somoza owns most of the land.
As seen by Neptali Reyes, a Venezuelan
member of the LASA, there is no progress
being made because of this. Most affected
are Costa Rica and Honduras, border
nations of Nicaragua.
"The situation is very critical," he said.
Somoza borrowed an am ount of m oney
equivalent to $100 million in U.S. currency
from the Costa Rican government, accord
ing to Frank Bolivar, Venezuelan president
of the LASA. The money was for helping
people by building up programs, he said.
He added that apparently, the ruleT
took the money away from the country for
his own use.
'The money is supposed to be helping
but you don't see the help," he said.
Professor's friend killed
Another incident which has contributed
Another incident which has contributed
to the political uproar is the assassination
of Chamarro, the editor, of one of Nica
ragua's leading newspapers and a close
friend of Esquenazi-Mayo. After the editor
was killed in January, the government pro
mised an investigation. However, no search
was made, Esquenazi-Mayor said.
"But there are suspicions and highest
fears of Somoza being responsible," he
Chamarro's death illustrates the fact
there is "horrible political repression in
every respect including television, radio
and newspapers," Esquenazi-Mayo said.
Nicaragua's National Guard is different
than the United States because it acts as
both the army and the police force. Esquenazi-Mayo
said the disparity is broad
ened because the Guard "serves the whims
of a tyrant."
Students no fools
"This is why the younger people have
become tired of being made fools of and
have taken to arms," he added.
The students of surrounding countries
feel that the issue is too close to home for
them not to be concerned.
According to Rafael Joglar, a Puerto
Rican member of the LASA, "All Latin
Americans are brothers so the problem is
close to us."
Alberto Montesdeoca, another member
from Venezuela, believes it's "about time
to take this man out." The government
should share with the people instead of
taking things away , he said.
"The people are getting tired of it,"
Bolivar said. He added that calling the
Sandinistas "guerrillas" promotes a bad
image for the group. "They are not
guerrillas. They are just fighting for the
good of the nation," he said.
One problem, noted Bolivar, is that the
government keeps making mistakes. After
majoT battles in Managua, Leon and
Masaya, Nicaragua's leading cites, Somoza
wouldn't allow the Red Cross to go into
the cities until, it was too late for many.
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Junior Olympic athletes tested for body fat content
By L. Kent Wolgamott
Eleven hundred young athletes gathered
in one place provide a natural laboratory
for sports medicine research, a fact recog
nized and used by two UNL physical edu
cation professors this summer.
Glen Johnson and William Thorland
conducted a series of body composition
tests on 140 athletes during the Junior
Olympics competition last month.
Johnson said the tests measure the per
centage of body fat. They were made to
determine the difference in body composi
tion between championship athletes and
other competitors or non -athletes and to
compare the body composition of athletes
from different sports.
Johnson, Thorland and graduate assis
tant Tom Fagot conducted the 30-minute
tests during a five day period by working
10 hour days.
The tests include measurement of the
circumference and diameter of the ath
lete's bodies, measuremenf of fat under the
skin and underwater weighing, Johnson
The underwater weighing is done in the
basement of the Coliseum, in a seven foot
deep, 1100 gallon tank completed last
June, he said.
Johnson said the person being tested sits
in a swing in the tank, is lowered in the
water until he or she is submerged, exhales
all the air possible, and an underwater
weight is taken.
This figure is then adjusted for the
amount of air remaining in the lungs, and
any weight necessary to help submerge the
person, Johnson said.
Using the principles of water displace
ment developed by Archimedes 2300 years
ago, Johnson said, a person's density can
From the density, it is possible to calcu
late the percentage of fat and lean body
tissues in the body he said.
Preliminary data has been gathered and
compiled and now is being analyzed by
He said the only conclusion made from
the data so far is that "the body fat of the
young athletes is substantially lower than
that of others of their own age."
The study will be compared with a
similar study conducted on Olympic
athletes to estimate change and develop
ment as the athletes mature, Johnson said.
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This equipment measures the percentage of body fat carried by athletes.
He said a copy of the results of the
tests will be given to each athlete participa
ting in the study in ordeT for them to chart
May be published
He said they hope to submit the study
for publication in December.
Johnson said that their tests were con
ducted in conjunction with psychological
tests of the athletes given by Jim Crabbe of
UNL and two researchers from Texas Tech
He said the studies were well received
by the athletes, their parents and coaches,
and Junior Olympic officials. They will
be continued next year if the Junior
Olympics return to Lincoln and if funding
Studies ofa similar nature are planned
using female athletes from UNL. They will
trace their development through four years
of training. UNL faculty members wffl use
them to determine the girls' level of
fitness and establish an exercise program
for each of them, he said.
Fall high: UNL enrollment sur
passes previous records . . . .page 9
Urban Desire: New Wave artist
Genya Ravan makes first solo
effort page 12
Memories of 1955: Several people
reflect on the last time Hawaii
came to town to play football ....
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