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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Aug. 29, 1994)
■ Nebraska wins big Kickoff Classic, Page 7
Arts & Entertainment
■ Stone film satirizes violence, Page 9
PAGE 2: Nelson, Spence square off
Lennox Hinds of New Jersey sits next to a cut-out of an executioner on Sunday after speaking to a group of death
penalty protesters at the Nebraska Union. Below, Donna Polk of Lincoln bows her head while sne listens to another
speaker at the public hearing. (
Death sentence provokes rally
By Chad Lorenz
Pardons Board members made an appear
ance at a death penalty protest Sunday, but
At the public hearing Sunday, protesters
displayed cardboard cutouts of Gov. Ben
Nelson in a leopard skin toga and Attorney
General Don Stcnbcrg in a black execution
er’s robe. Secretary of State Allen Beermann
was stuck between the two to symboli/.c his
vole to commute the sentence of death row
inmate Harold Lamont Otey. Otey is to be
executed Sept. 2.
Death penalty opponents met Sunday in
the Nebraska Union to “give justice a hear
ing,” Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty
board member DeCourcy Squire said.
The public hearing, sponsored by N ADP,
featured nationally known speakers and local
opponents of the death penalty.
Lennox Hinds, a Co-Cha ir of the National
Alliance Against Racism and Political Re
pression, described his inspirational meeting
with Otey on Saturday and described Olcy’s
strength in facing his execution.
Hinds said he admired Olcy’s conviction
that he’d evade execution. Otcy told him
“I’m going to win and I’ll be talking to you on
Sept. 3." Hinds said.
Hinds said Nelson and Stenberg were
using Otcy’s execution as a political plank
and were manipulators of a cruel hoax that
the Nebraskadeath penalty would detcrcrime.
Repeatedly, Hinds said executions were
not the answer to crime. Crime should be
stopped through preventative measures, such
as reduced unemployment and improved
economic conditions, ho said.
The states with the most executions since
the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 did
not have significant reductions in thier crime
rates, he said.
Hinds also criticized the racial disparities
in the judicial system.
Less than 5 percent of Nebraska’s popula
tion is black, but blacks make up 44 percent
of the Nebraska prison population, he said.
Three of the next four prisoners on death
row arc black, he said. And two of the three
whites sentenced to death row have had their
sentences commuted to life sentences.
Michael Radclct, a Florida University
professor of sociology and criminology, be
gan his speech by repeating an old game
hunter’s axiom for Gov. Nelson: “Don’t kill
what you can’t cat.”
Radclct said the state needed more public
support to justify the execution. Only about
half of Nebraskans support killing Otcy.
Radclct said that if Otcy should die, it
would be a time ofhurt, crying and mourning,
but not a time to give up the fight against the
to benefit Lied
By Brian Sharp
C. Bruce Marquis has traveled many roads to
get where he is today.
Those roads have led him to Lincoln, where
he is the newly announced director of the Lied
Center for Performing Arts.
But his career stops along these roads have
taken him almost everywhere.
He has experience in all the performing arts
but dance, he said. He has studied piano, trum
pet, guitar and opera, and he has even been an
So far, his acting has been his biggest claim
to fame. Then again, it’s also been his most
While at Ohio University, gelling his bache
lor’s degree in fine arts. Marquis said he worked
as a commercial actor at a studio 100 miles
away. The drawback to the job was not just the
distance, he said, but also that they filmed from
10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Marquis said he would then drive home, get
two hours of sleep and be off to morning classes.
It was draining, he said, but it paid the bills.
His most famous role: America’s IGA gro
cery store stock boy.
A few years later Marquis had to choose
between a profession that he loved and a long
Marquis’ start in youth choirs when he was 8
years old was the beginning of his love for voice.
He would go on to study voice through college,
and he even had a career at one point as an opera
When he graduated with his bachelor’s de
gree in fine arts, he was offered a graduate
assistantship both in opera and arts administra
tion. He chose the latter, he said, because it
offered a long-term career.
Since then he has worked for theaters, opera
companies and performance halls in Ohio, Bos
ton, New York and most recently at the Univer
sity of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
At that university, he was responsible for
programming and management of three halls.
The largest seated 1,400.
Marquis said he had heard of the Lied Cen
ter’s reputation as a premier center in the Mid
west, but he had never been to Nebraska before
he interviewed for the job. His selection was
Now that he’s here, he has plans.
“We have the opportunity to expand even
more the (cultural )diversityofprogramming we
arc offering,” Marquis said. "And expand op
portunities for community participation in the
Marquis said he wanted to take the arts
outside the walls of the Lied Center to educate
the community — from elementary schools to
Bringing artists onto the University of Ne
braska-Lincoln campus is part of that plan, he
said. Lectures and free demonstrations in the
Nebraska Union were among his ideas for bring
ing more students to the Lied Center.
Marquis will be paid $70,000 annually. He
will officially take the position Oct. 10.
UNL officials worry about church’s recruitment efforts
By Brian Sharp
University officials, parents and
former members are worried by rumors
that the Lincoln Christian Church is
increasing its recruiting efforts on cam
But David Casey, the church’s new
minister, said the rumors were untrue.
The church never decreased its efforts,
The Lincoln Christian Church was
formed in 1991, and at that time it was
called Campas Advance. Since its be
ginning, it has been surrounded by con
The church has been charged wilh
deceiving its members to recruit them,
isolating them from friends and family,
and placing strict controls on every
aspect of members’ lives.
But those in the church say joining
the church was the best decision they
Peg Blake, assistant vice chancellor
for student affairs at the University of
Ncbraska-Lincoln, said that based on
the university’s past experience with
the church, the rumors had put UNL
officials on alert.
“We’re definitely going to be watch
mg,” Blake said. “We really don’t want
this kind of organization having an
impact on our students.”
She said she was worried about re
ports that a former UNL student, who
left the university after joining the
church, had called his parents recently
to tel I them the church was going to start
up in Lincoln again.
Joining the church
Mark Larson first was approached to
join the church at a grocery store where
he worked. A girl invited him to the
church, he said, and also to a party that
night. Then he was invited to another
party the next night.
Larson said he thought they were
just parties, but they were really church
gatherings. He said he thought they had
befriended him just to recruit him.
“When I went to church,” Larson
said, “I realized all the people at the
parties were in the church.”
But church member Craig Lyons
said the church didn’t try to manipulate
people to join. It tried to find people who
were serious about the church.
“We’re just looking for people who
want to know God the way we do,” he
said. “It’s not wishy-washy. It’s not just
to tickle your car or give you a warm
Casey, the new mi n istcr of the church,
said more than 100 Nebraskans were
members, with 60 of them in Lincoln.
The church is part of the Internation
al Churches ofChrist, Casey said. That
group hasgrown to al most90,000 mem
tx;rs in just a few years under its leader.
Sharing their faith with new people
is an important part of church life,
“The Bible says we need to go make
disciples of all nations,” Casey said.
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