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_February 2, 1995_
Casady keeps
police work
close at hand
By Paula Lavigne
Senior Reporter
Although indicted Lincoln Police Chief
Tom Casady has moved out of his office at
the Lincoln Police Station, his new job has
kept him close to police work.
While on administrative leave, Casady is
rewriting the police manual under the direc
tion of Mayor Mike Johanns. Casady is re
ceiving an annual salary of about $74,000.
Johanns said Wednesday he was pleased
with Casady’s performance with one excep
tion.
“He just needs to know when to go home,”
Johanns said. “He works excruciatingly long
hours and doesn’t pay attention if it’s five at
night or 10 at night.”
Casady was indicted on one count of
official misconduct following the investiga
tion of the Sept. 30 police scuffle with Fran
cisco Renteria, who died shortly after the
incident.
Casady declined to discuss his current
work.
Johanns said rewriting the manual had
been a priority project that was put off for
too long.
Johanns said that although he would not
see the revised manual until it was com
pleted, he had faith that Casady would pro
vide a comprehensive manual “from A to Z.”
“Tom is a very principled individual,” the
mayor said. “He’s here to do a job, he does
his job. There’s no question that citizens are
getting their money’s worth.”
Johanns, whose office in the County-City
Building is next to Casady’s, said he also
solicited Casady’s advice on several issues.
In the long run, Johanns said the contro
versy over the indictment charges would not
hurt Casady.
“I have a great deal of faith in the court
system,” he said, “and I have a great deal of
faith this will work out.”
It is undetermined how long Casady will
remain in his current position, but Johanns
said he still had faith in Casady’s perfor
mance as police chief.
Casady has diversified the department
and has enhanced community policing pro
cesses, Johanns said.
. " Jon Waller/DN
Plainsmen President Larry Ball stands by the noose he hung outside the site of the new Planned Parenthood at 37th
and South streets. The Plainsmen protested the clinic, which will be able to perform first trimester abortions, by
hanging a noose and a bullet-riddled metal plate.
Noose hung to protest new clinic
By Paula Lavigne
Senior Reporter
An anti-abortion protester hung a bullet
ridden steel plate and a noose on the fence
outside the future site of a Planned Parenthood
clinic Wednesday.
The Plainsmen, the group that organized
the demonstration, was the latest to oppose the
clinic at 38th and South streets.
Gail Linderholm, development director for
Planned Parenthood of Lincoln, said she would
take the objects down and dispose of them.
“It’s an attempt to scare us,” she said, “but
that attempt won’t be successful.”
A police officer sat in a cruiser one block
south of the clinic, but about 20 people who
attended the protest left without incident.
Plainsmen President Larry Ball said his
organization was a group of gun owners who
were concerned about “the erosion of our
rights and society’s rights.”
Those rights include the rights of the un
born, he said.
Ball hung the bullet-riddled plate on the
fence and explained its symbolism to anti
abortion rights.
“This is the destiny our society is headed for
if we don’t turn back,” he said. “... Our society
is dying.”
The plate did not condone violence, he said.
See PLAINSMEN on 6
Shock of first semester keeps
some freshmen from returning
By Andrew Lucas
Staff Reporter
Chad Rau’s first semester of
college wasn’t quite what he ex
pected.
“If I could have done it over I
would have,” Rau said. “I came in
here with my high school study
habits and got blown out of the
water.”
Rau, along with 6 percent of the
freshmen who took classes last fall
at the University of Nebraska-Lin
coln, did not return for the spring
semester.
UNL had 3,443 freshmen tak
ing courses in Lincoln campus pro
grams at the beginning of the year.
Of that number, 209 decided
against returning for the spring
semester, according to James
Griesejj, vice chancellor for stu
dent affairs.
The percentage of freshmen who
dropped out is down from last ;
year’s figure of ^ percent, Griesen
said. Fifteen years ago, the rate
was about 15 percent, he said.
“I believe we’re starting to see
some self-selection even before
our admission standards go up in
’97,” Griesen said.
The reasons students leave af
ter their first semester are varied,
Griesen said. Some students have
family emergencies or problems
with academics or money.
Travis Brandenburgh, a first
semester freshman last fall, listed
commitments at home in Utica as
his reason for not returning.
Of the 209 students not return
ing, 92 either did not finish the fall
semester or earned below a 1.0
grade-point average. Eighty-six
students received between a 1.0
and 2.9, and 30 students earned
above a 3.0, including one 4.0.
The university also studied the
living units of returning freshmen.
“The highest retention rate oc
curs in the fraternities and sorori
ties,” Griesen said.
Students who lived off campus
but not with parents or relatives
had the lowest probability of re
turning after their first semester,
he said.
The university has taken sev
eral steps to improve the freshmen
retention rate, including the estab
lishment of the University Foun
dations Program, Griesen said.
“It was a course meant to help
students make the transition from
high school to college,” Griesen said.
Elizabeth Grobsmith, associate
vice chancellor for academic af
fairs, mentioned the supplemental
instruction program as one step the
university was taking. The pro
gram provides tutoring by students
who have completed more diffi
cult courses.
OSHA verdict not out
Crews use new,
shallower hole
to fix steam pipe
By Matthew Waite
Senior Reporter
A decision on safety violations
at a building site near 14th and R
streets will not come for another
week, the area OSHA director said
Wednesday.
Ben Bare said the Occupational
Safety and Hazard Administration
investigation into possible viola
tions at the site could bring either
an order to fix the site or fines up to
$7,000.
However, the contractors doing
the construction work at the site
plan to have the project done within
two weeks, said Gary Thalken, a
utilities manager at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln.
OSHA investigators looked over
the site Jan. 25 after receiving a
complaint that the contractor,
Shanahan Mechanical and Electri
cal Inc. of Valparaiso, had not com
plied with OSHA regulations.
Investigators were looking into
possible violations regarding a hole
dug to find a leak in a steam pipe.
Bare said that generally, any hole
more than $ feet deep had to have
sloped or supported sides.
Crews have continued to work
on the the ripped-up sidewalk along
14th Street. They are replacing a
leak in a 50-year-old stream pipe
that feeds the State Capitol, the
state office building and the
governor’s mansion.
Thalken said the crews had
opened a new hole separate from
the one that brought the OS HA in
vestigators to the site. He said the
new hole was shallow, leading from
an existing manhole to the original
hole.
The replacement of the pipe and
the return of steam service to the
state buildings should be completed
by the end of this week, Thalken
said. The repair of the sidewalk and
the replacement of the city bus shel
ter should start late this week or
early next week, he said.
Shanahan Mechanical and Elec
trical Inc. assured UNL that all
OSHA requirements would be met
when the crews went into the origi
nal hole again, Thalken said.
Steve Shanahan^a vice-president
at Shanahan Mechanical and Elec
trical, Inc., was unavailable for com
ment Wednesday.'