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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 94 NO. 147
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April 24, 1995 ~
Search for bomb suspects continues
By Patrick Casey
The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY—An A WOL
soldier was taken into custody Sunday
in the bombing of the federal building.
But the government said he was not
the square-jawed, dark-haired suspect
pictured in the FBI sketch flashed
around the world.
David Iniguez, who was AWOL
fromFort Riley, Kan., was picked up
in San Bemadino, Calif., in connec
tion with the attack, Justice Depart
ment spokesman John Russell said
CBS said Iniguez resembled “John
Doe No. 2”, the dark-haired man in
one of two FBI sketches issued Thurs
“It’s not John Doe No. 2, and I’m
not sure if he’s going to be arrested or
not,” Russell said. “If he has military
charges against him, I can’t verify
On Friday, the FBI arrested who it
said was the first of the two John Does
in the FBI sketches: Timothy
McVeigh, a 27-year-old former GI
with far-right political views. He was
charged with taking part in the attack.
McVeigh, like Iniguez, served at
Fort Riley, as did Terry Nichols, one
of two brothers being held as material
witnesses in the attack.
The FBI said McVeigh had been
enraged by the cult disaster at Waco,
Texas, which occurred exactly two
years before the bombing.
A senior law enforcement official,
speaking on condition of anonymity,
said someone had recognized Iniguez
from the John Doe No. 2 sketch.
The source said Iniguez and an
other man had deserted Fort Riley at
the same time within the past month.
The source described the two men as
radical in their thinking and said one
had explosives training.
The source refused to identify the
The death toll in the worst bomb
ingin U.S. history stood at 78 Sunday,
with 150 people unaccounted for.
More than 400 were injured in
Wednesday’s blast, caused by thou
sands of pounds of homemade explo
sives packed into a Ryder rental truck.
President Clinton, who declared
Sunday a national day of mourning,
headed for Oklahoma City with his
wife, Hillary, for a memorial service
in the afternoon.
Across the city, churchgoers re
membered the victims and rescue
workers in their prayers. At the Cathe
dral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help,
the Rev. Peter Ashurst said the devas
tation had left Americans confronted
by the unanswerable. He said they
should seek answers in faith.
Workers had to stop searching the
ruins while pieces of concrete dan
gling from ledges above them were
cut away. The search area is the sec
tion where a day care center was lo
cated and where many bodies were
expected to be found.
McVeigh was charged Friday with
malicious damaging and destroying
by means of an explosive a building or
real property, whole or in part, pos
sessed or used in the United States.
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A guard at the Nebraska State Penitentiary looks over inmates, who are in the prison yard, from the cafeteria Friday afternoon.
Inmate reflects on struggle of prison life
By Brian Sharp
Ki-Raka Atwater has simple dreams. _
But no expectations.
Atwater lives in Housing Unit 2 of the Ne
braska State Penitentiary, a medium security
unit. Twenty years of his life has been spent
behind the bars, fences and razor wire.
“Life here is a struggle,” he says.
His unit is one of five inside the walls of the
penitentiary. The one- and two-story brick struc
tures house 830 inmates and interrupt endless
stretches of chain-link fences and gates. Nine
towers, staffed by armed guards, serve as a
backdrop to warehouse, church and factory
buildings that rise behind the near semi-circle
of housing units.
The prison yard is cabled off so inmates stay
on the path and keep off the grass. Inmates from
18 to 84 years old walk these paths every day—
smoking, talking. Except those quardened off
in Housing Unit 4.
The “lock-down” unit stands isolated — a
jail within a jail. It is home to death row inmates
like Robert Williams and Roger Bjorklund. A
sign posted on the fence reads: No loitering—
no talking to inmates in segregation.
Atwater dreams of leaving thisplace, spend
ing time with family and friends, getting a full
time job and traveling.
In a few months, he will ask the five-member
State Parole Board to grant the first of his
dreams. But Atwater can’t allow himself hope
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field of deans
By John Fulwider
The committee searching for a new dean of
the College of Engineering and Technology has
narrowed the field of candidates to three.
__ Joan Leitzel, vice chan
cellor for academic affairs,
said the names of the three
■ candidates would be released
Former Engineering Dean
HI Stan Liberty resigned in De
cember. Since then, William
Splinter has served as interim
James O’Hanlon, chair
man of the search committee
and dean of the Teachers College, said two of
the candidates would be interviewed on campus
during the week of May 8. He said he did not
know when the third candidate would be inter
A new dean should be in place by the fall
semester, O’Hanlon said, unless none of the
three candidates is chosen.
All three candidates currently are deans at
their colleges, O’Hanlon said.
Each has strong ideas about how the engi
neering college should serve both the Lincoln
and Omaha campuses, O’Hanlon said.
The Candidates have exciting notions about
running the college, and those notions are con
sistent with NU President Dennis Smith’s engi
neering report to the NU Board of Regents, he
said. In addition, he said, each is experienced in
pulling together diverse groups within their
The search committee has worked well to
gether with no tension between Lincoln and
Omaha members, O’Hanlon said.
Committee members worked at an acceler
ated pace talking to candidates and their refer
ences on the telephone, O’Hanlon said, and
were looking forward to meeting the candidates
Rising costs endanger college hopes for middle class
Editor's note: This is the first in a
five-part series about the rising costs
of higher education.
By Matthew Waite
It is a problem that has the potential
to ^vide America into the haves and
' J The rich from the poor.
■ % The educated from the uneducated.
The price of attending a college or
' university is rising higher and higher
' —up to 118 percent in private univer
sities and 82 percent in public univer
sities in the last decade.
Meanwhile, the average household
income has grown far slower than the
cost of higher education.
grant and scholar
shin levels arp. at
risk of dropping
even lower under
the GOP’s Contract
which has for a long
time been consid
ered a last resort for
paying for college,
has grown at a staggering rate.
The University of Nebraska-Lin
coln is not exempt from these trends.
John Beacon, director of scholar
ships and financial aid, said 60 per
cent of the money UNL gave out in the
1960s and ’70s was in the form of
grants and scholarships. Now, he said,
60 percent of the money is in the form
“It’s like a scale that’s shifted,”
Beacon said. “There is nothing to sug
gest that this is changing.”
A1991 Gallup poll showed that 87
percent of Americans believed the cost
of a college education was rising at a
rate that would put a degree out of
reach for most people.
Hie national average for tuition
increases has been rising at a rate of 5
percent per year, while the median
family incrane has been rising 3 per
In a document prepared by Beacon
for financial presentations to parents,
figures showed the median family in
come rising 57 percent from 1980 to
Those incomes were growing 8
percent slower than the slowest-grow
ing college costs; 25 percent slower
than four-year, public universities; and
61 percent slower than four-year, pri
In Beacon’s document, the rising
costs for five levels of post-secondary
education were averaged. The cost of
tuition, fees and room and board were
figured into the cost of attending.
Of all five levels, the total average
increase was 90 percent from 1980
• The cost of attending a private,
four-year university rose 118 percent
in ten years.
• The cost of attending a private,
four-year college rose 106 percent.
• The cost of attending a public,
four-year university rose 82 percent.
• Hie cost of attending a public,
four-year college rose 77 percent.
• The cost of attending a public,
two-year college rose 65 percent.
According to figures from the Uni
versity ofNebraska-Lincoln Office of
Institutional Research and Planning,
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