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October 26, 1995
By Ted Taylor
Stan Harms spoke softly from his home
Wednesday afternoon after hearing the verdict
of his family’s civil suit against the two men
who raped and killed his daughter.
After deliberating for an hour and a half
earlier in the day, jurors awarded the Harms
family nearly $36 million.
“We’ll be lucky to see a nickel of that
money,” Harms said. “But that was never our
purpose. We wanted to be sure that neither one
of them could profit off the case using Candi ’s
Roger Bjorklund and Scott Barney were
convicted of abducting, raping and killing 18
year-old Candice Harms. She was a UNL
freshman when she died Sept. 22, 1992.
Bjorklund has been on death row since
Sept. 21, 1994. Barney is serving a life sen
Harms said sitting through the three days of
testimony this week was tougher than the long
me Harms ramiiy was sequestered as wit
nesses during the 1994 trial and was not in the
courtroom to hear many details of the murder.
“We were still numb to her death then,” her
father said, “and we didn’t have to hear a lot of
the testimony as it was graphically retold.
“It has been three years since her death and
the numbness has sort of worn off. All the
graphic details recounted in this trial hit us
with full force.”
Harms was joined in the courtroom Wednes
day by his wife, Pat, and daughter, Rebecca.
The trial was also difficult for Pat Harms, who
wiped away tears as she heard the grizzly
details of her daughter’s last night.
The nine men and three women on the jury
awarded the Harms: $7,400 for funeral ex
penses; $750,000 to the next of kin for Candice
Harms’ wrongful death; $35 million to the
Harms estate for “physical and mental suffer
ing she experienced prior to her death”; and
$20 in response to a request from the Harms’
The jury’s decision followed final argu
ments from Andrew Strotman, the Harms’
“You have a difficult task in assigning a
monetary value to a life,” Strotman said
Wednesday morning. “Your job is to put a
monetary value on the loss of Candi’s society
He made one last request before the jurors
“And when you have your monetary amount
fixed — add $20,” he said. “That is the money
they (Barney and Bjorklund) took from Candi ’s
purse and used to buy the gas to drive around
the night they murdered her.”
Strotman had asked the jury to consider
$500,000 in the wrongful death action.
“That is a very reasonable amount for the
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Andrew Kanago, a junior English major, reads a book in front of Broyhill Fountain this week.
Ideas abound for new plaza
By Ted Tayior
Planners will try to meet student needs
when redesigning Broyhill Plaza, campus
landscape director said, but everyone in
volved must stay flex
Kim Todd came to the
Association of Students
of the University of Ne
braska meeti ng W ednes
day night to answer
questions about changes
to occur during the up
coming Nebraska Union
Todd also had some
questions of her own. Senators responded to
a questionnaire she had given them earlier,
which asked what about the plaza should be
kept or replaced.
“We are still in phase one of the union
expansion project,” Todd said. “The best
thing now is to gather as much useful ideas
as possible — and useful does not mean
Most senators who spoke at the forum
had one big concern: keeping an actual
fountain in the new plaza.
The possibility of a water sculpture had
Fountain a special memorial
By John Fulwider
The small, bronze plaque on Broyhill
Fountain often goes unnoticed when stu
dents gather there to talk, study or cool their
But the words “In memory of Lynn Diann
Broyhill, Class of 1967” have marked the
fountain for more than 20 years.
Broyhill, 21, was a senior home econom
ics major at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln. She died in a car accident Sept. 8,
1966, on her way to pick up a gown for the
been raised when nationally acclaimed art
ist May Lin was named as a possible de
Lin designed the Vietnam Memorial in
Washington D.C. and has expressed inter
est in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Kiersten Yanken, an arts and sciences
senator, called the plaza a “unifier.”
“It’s such a gathering place for all differ
The fountain was dedicated in her
memory in the fall of 1970. It is scheduled
to be removed as early as October 1996 to
make way for the Nebraska Union expan
Daryl Swanson, director of Nebraska
Unions, was assistant director when the
fountain was dedicated.
Swanson remembers the Saturday dedi
cation as a busy day.
Not only was there a football game that
Saturday, but there was a Republican din
ner for Clifford Hardin, a former UNL
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ent kinds of students,” she said. “I’d hate to
lose such an historic symbol to our univer
ASUN President Shawntell Hurtgen said
Broyhill Fountain’s simplicity was its most
“When I think of Broyhill, I think of
simplicity,” she said. “Nebraskans pride
themselves on enjoying the simple things.”
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Groups continue formulating plans for first town meeting
By Paula Lavigne
Six people forged ahead Monday
with plans to bring the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln its first town meet
Although the planning session did
not draw as many people as hoped,
Larry Doerr, group coordinator, said
the group needed concrete plans be
fore it could target participants.
“Not everybody’s saluting this like
it’s the greatest thing since sliced
bread,” he said, “but I think there’s
enough to start.”
Doerr, a Campus Ministry repre
sentative, targeted about 20 student,
stan ana lacuity organizations.
Representatives from the Asso
ciation of Students of the University
of Nebraska, Nebraska Unions, fac
ulty, the Residence Hall Association,
the Student Involvement office and
Cornerstone came to the planning
Shawntell Hurtgen, ASUN presi
dent, said a town meeting could make
the campus more of a community.
She said the group should invite
the same representatives who at
tended the cultural diversity retreat
earlier this month.
Doerr said he wanted an informal
forum where people gathered in a
circle with someone in the middle
The group discussed ground rules
for the meeting, which included:
• Making the meetings a forum
for many views and not a polarized
• Encouraging comments on isT
sues and not statements aimed at
• Maintaining a staple group of
invited representatives, but opening
proceedings to the public.
The group also debated whether to
hold the meetings in a public place
such as the Nebraska Union lounge
or in a private meeting room.
Daryl Swanson, Nebraska Unions
director, said he remembered an open
micropnone rorum caiiea nyae
Park” from the 1960s that was held in
the union lounge.
“There were times when it went
off the deep end ” he said, laughing.
“I think that was where one of the
first draft cards was burnt in Ne
Swanson said the open microphone
served as a pressure valve, but Doerr
said he was worried that a pressure
valve would lead to polarized issues
instead of education.
Jerry Petr, an economics profes
sor, said some issues could lead to
people going over the edge and
“throwing chairs at one another.”
But Swanson said people might
noi oe attractea to tne meetings it
they didn’t have a provocative issue.
The group formed a planning group
that will meet Wednesday at 4 p.m. to
decide issues and sponsorship.
When final plans are made, Doerr
said, UNL may have two planned
meetings a year with a format to
allow short-notice meetings on press
ing campus issues.
While trying to decide a meeting
format, Petr said the decision might
be made in the process.
“We can leam by doing,” he said.
“We can see what happens, make
adjustments and try again.”
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