The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 28, 1991, Image 1

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    Increasingly cloudy today with wind
becoming northeast at 10-15 mph
and the high 30-35. Tonight, cloudy
and colder with the low around 10
and a 30 percent chance of light
snow. Tuesday, breezy and cold
with the high 10-15 and a 60 percent
chance of snow. One inch accumu
lation possible.
Withem: NU bill hid
new college proposal
By Lisa Donovan
Senior Reporter
State Sen. Ron Withem of Papil
lion said he thinks the Univer
sity of Nebraska needs to tell
the whole story when it proposes
legislation. r---j
Withem, the
Education Com
mittee chairman,
withdrew a uni- i_Jfc
versity “house- |
keeping” bill Fri- '
day because he
said the university didn’t tell him the
legislation included creation of an
additional college at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“I don’t appreciate the university
introducing a bill that they don’t have
the courtesy to explain,” Withem said
in a heated address to the Nebraska
Withem said later he thought the
establishment of a College of Fine
and Performing Arts at the university
was too important to be included in a
technical harmonizing bill, which ties
up loose ends within the university
The creation of a fine arts college
was mentioned on page 23 of the bill
in a listing of colleges and institutes
“The creation of a new college
takes a major change in policy and
ought to be discussed on its own merits
and not be included in a housekeep
ing bill,” Withem said.
Richard Wood. NU vice president
and general counsel and drafter of
LB578, said he thought there had
been a lack of communication be
tween Withem and the university.
“We (the university) weren’t trying
to hide anything ... It was very
obvious” that the addition of a fine
arts college was included in the bill,
Wood said.
Wood said that as far as he knew,
no one at the university was con
tacted about the bill.
“If there was a disagreement (with
the bill), it shouldn’t have been intro
duced,” he said.
Withem said he does not always
read bills word for word, but that he
should have known the bill included a
provision for a new college.
Currently, the fine arts program is
in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Last fall, NU President Martin Mas
sengale said administrators wanted to
establish a separate college.
Withem said that although the lack
of communication over the bill doesn’t
change his view toward the univer
sity, he thinks the university should
“tell the whole story” when it lobbies
the Lceislaturc.
In addition to LB578, Withem
referred to bills introduced this ses
sion regarding the use of cigarette tax
“The university has been going
around telling senators that they should
reauthorize the cigarette tax because
the money had been given to the
university” in the past, Withem said.
The whole story, Withem said, is
that cigarette tax revenues went not
only to NU but also to state colleges.
Gulf war overshadowing
other battles, student says
By Jean Lass
Staff Reporter
Che war in the Persian Gulf has
overshadowed battles for lib
erty elsewhere, according to a
Chinese student.
Jiping Zuo, a fifth-year graduate
student in sociology, said she is dis
appointed that the American govern
ment has focused all its attention on
the Persian Gulf, ignoring the trials of
Chinese pro-democracy leaders.
After nearly a month of closed
door trials, the Chinese government
gave five pro-democracy activists
prison terms Saturday. Citing a pol
icy "combining punishment with
leniency,” it convicted three other
activists but did not imprison them,
released 18 activists without trial and
let 45 people out of jail who officially
had not been charged.
The convictions stemmed from
massive pro-democracy dcmonslra
lions in 1989 in Beijing’s Tiananmen
Square. Chinese troops opened fire
on student demonstrators there in June
Jiping, who was in Beijing when
the massacre occurred, said the lack
of coverage of the trials by the West
ern press concerned her because strong
political pressure influences cover
age by the Chinese press.
Predicting the prison-term sentences
for activists, Jiping said the Chinese
government would take world opin
ion into account during the trials.
“The Chinese government is not I
daring enough to execute” the activ- *
ists, she said.
“The leaders arc too well-known,”
she said, naming student leader Wcilin
Wang as one whose life is valued by
“The Chinese are notorious in inter- !
national issues,” Jiping said. “They
See CHINA on 6
Joe HelnzHe/Daily Nebtaakan
Gary (left) and Bob Hanna discuss the war in the Persian Gulf at a vigil at the Federal
Building, 16th and 0 streets, Sunday evening.
UNLArmy reservist: I won't kill
By Wandy Navratil
Staff Reporter
UNL sophomore Gary Hanna
got a letter from the U.S.
Army on Friday.
The letter ordered Hanna to report
to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for
renewed military service. Hanna
has been an inactive reservist since
Since notification, Hanna has
sped up his efforts to obtain consci
entious objector status and exemp
tion from reporting to duly to a
frenzied pace.
“I’m not going. I don’t want to
have any part in helping these people
carry out their mission to kill,”
Hanna said, referring to the war in
the Persian Gulf.
Hanna said he started to educate
himself about the requirements and
procedures to apply for conscien
tious objector status before he re
ceived the Army’s letter.
According to a pamphlet sup
plied by Early Warning!, a consci
entious objection is a severe con
viction that prevents someone from
participating in organized killing.
This objection may apply to all
forms or to particular aspects of the
Hanna served in the Army C
Company 7th Engineer Battalion
from 1987 to 1990 in Fort Polk,
La., before enrolling in the Univer
sity of Ncbraska-Lincoln in Au
“I did it for college money. It
wasn’t easy, but I completed the
three years,” Hanna said.
Although Hanna had an addi
tional five-year obligation as an
inactive reservist during which he
could be called to active duty, he
said he didn’t think it was possible.
“I really only counted on three
years,” he said.
Hanna said he began to have
doubts about his decision to join
the Army during basic training,
although he was initially enthusi
The Giants win
in the closest Su
per Bowl ever.
Page 7
UNL students
can expect higher
residence hall costs
next year. Page 3.
Styles from the ’60s and 70s are on
the upswing. Page 9. _
Wire jj
Opinion *
Sports J.
ME 9
Classifieds 11
U.S. soldiers prepare attack as oil Hood is toiled
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Ameri
can ground forces will be ready to attack
the Iraqi army within a month, and an air
strike seems to have thwarted Iraq’s effort to
flood the Persian Gulf with more oil, U.S.
officials said Sunday.
Massive allied bomb
ing raids continued over
Iraq, and in one dogfight
two American warplanes
downed four Iraqi fight
ers, officials said.
On the ground, U.S.
Marines learned how to
negotiate deadly minefields and penetrate elabo
rate fortifications. Afterward, they crowded
around radios and televisions for Super Bowl
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney announced
U.S. soldiers will be prepared “before the end
of February” to launch the ground offensive.
Cheney said that although relentless allied
air attacks against Iraq have been successful,
they alone will not drive Iraq from Kuwait.
If all servicemen and women in the region
were used, such a confrontation would pit
675,000 allied troops, including 480,000
Americans, against 540,000 Iraqi soldiers in
and near occupied Kuwait.
Cheney also announced U.S. forces had
taken military action to stop a colossal oil spill
in the northern Persian Gulf that he blamed on
The spill, part of which was reported burn
ing, threatened water supplies in Saudi Arabia,
where most of the U.S. forces are based, and
could hinder an amphibious assault on Kuwait,
if the allies choose to launch one.
Allied officials contend the slick would not
hamper military operations in the northern
gulf, where a U.S. Marine landing is consid
ered a possibility to drive the Iraqis out of Ku
wait. But other officials have said the thick
sludge could gum up the engines of amphibi
ous assault ships.
Cheney left it to Gen. H. Norman Sch
warzkopf, the commander of Operation Desert
Storm, to describe the U.S. raid on the Iraqi
held facilities in Kuwait that have been leaking
millions of gallons of crude oil since last week.
Schwarzkopf told reporters in Riyadh that
U.S. warplanes using “smart bombs" blew' up
the facilities late Saturday.
He showed videotape of the F-111 fighter
bombers attacking a coastal complex of pipes
linking oil fields with an offshore loading buoy
for tankers.
Oil and environmental officials suggested
such an attack to halt the flow of crude, which
has left a slick 70 miles long and 10 miles wide.