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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 95 NO. 55 -—---^ n „ --
■ . ~ November 6, 1995
l-back Lawrence Phillips returned to the Cornhusker football team Saturday amid much fan support.
NU fans react to Phillips’ return
By Jeff Zeleny
It had been one day short of a year
since Nebraska I-back Lawrence
Phillips ran into a chaotic Memorial
Stadium filled with red screaming
But on Saturday, the controversy
that has surrounded the one-time
Heisman Trophy candidate disap
peared. As Phillips dashed onto the
field side-by-side with quarterback
Tommie Frazier, he held up his hand
and showed Nebraska fans that he was
back — like it or not.
“We’re glad he’s back. In this sta
dium, he’s part of the team,” said
Husker fan Pam Pcrsing of Omaha.
Phillips had not worn a Husker
uniform in a Memorial Stadium game
since Nov. 5, 1994. After the second
game of this season, NU football coach
Tom Osborne suspended Phillips for
assaulting former girlfriend Kate
McEwen, a sophomore NU basket
ball player. Phillips will be sentenced
Dec. 1 on misdemeanor assault and
“I appreciate Coach Osborne giv
ing me another chance to come out
here and play, all my teammates sup
porting me and staying with me and
the people in the community that sup
ported me and thought I should get a
second chance,” Phillips said after
Nebraska’s 73-14rout over Iowa State.
In his first meeting with the press
since the Michigan State game, Phillips
said he was attending counseling to
get his anger problems under control.
“I’m sorry that that incident had to
take place, and hopefully something
like that will never happen again.”
In the last two months, Nebraska’s
squeaky-clean football image has be
come nationally scrutinized and tar
nished. But on Saturday, most Husker
fans interviewed supported Phillips
and his return to the defending na
tional championship team.
“Because this is such a clean pro
“We’re glad he’s back. In this stadium, he’s part of
the team. ”
gram, they find a speck of dust and
turn it into a big dust bowl,” Persing
said from the top row of the South
Stadium, “Quite frankly, I don’t care
what others think about the Nebraska
Other fans weren’t as quick to ac
cept Osborne’s decision to reinstate
Phillips to the team.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said
Tammy McChesney of Omaha. “It’s
sendinga bad message across the coun
try that beating women is OK.”
McChesney stood among many
fans who lined a tunnel for the players
to run through. She raised her camera
into the air and snapped pictures of
“any player she could.”
As Phillips ran past in his No. 1 uni
form, she shook her head, but insisted
that she had lost no respect for
“It’s a national phenomenon. He’s
going with what the public wants,”
McChesney said. “That’s what keeps
the money rolling in. It was a business
Opinions about Phillips were over
heard throughout the stadium before
and during the game. The only visible
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Tens of
thousands of Israelis, many weeping,
many bearing flowers, silently filed
past the simple wooden coffin of Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Sunday, in
a final salute to the assassinated sol
dier, statesman and man of peace.
The parade of mourners came from
all over the country to a courtyard in
front of the Israeli parliament. The
procession was expected to continue
all night until the start of a state fu
neral today attended by dozens of
world leaders, including President
Even as Israelis mourned the 73
year-old slain leader, they tried to
grasp the enormity of the upheaval
thrust upon their country when a Jew
ish opponent of Rabin’s peacemaking
gunned him down.
Rabin’s assassination at a pro-peace
rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday night
stunned a nation that, despite increas
ingly bitter divisions over peacemak
ing with the Arabs, had somehow de
nied such violence could happen.
The suspect, Yigal Amir, a 27
year-old law student with links to the
Jewish extremist fringe, told interro
gators he wanted to stop Rabin ’s peace
policies. He reportedly said his ac
tions were based on rabbinical rulings
that permitted Jews to kill people who
gave away parts of the biblical Land
Rabin’s death raised immediate
questions about the future of Middle
East peacemaking, especially the Is
rael-PLO autonomy agreement on the
withdrawal of Israeli troops from most
West Bank towns and villages by the
end of the year.
Some delays were possible as
Rabin’s successor, Shimon Peres, puts
together a caretaker government.
Dubbed “Mr. Security,” Rabin was
the one politician Israelis trusted
enough to take the risks involved along
the rocky path toward peace.
But the political climate had turned
unprecedentedly venomous in recent
months, and Rabin had become the
target of increasing vitriol by Israel’s
right wing, which called him a traitor
and compared him to a Nazi.
Tens of thousands stood silently
Sunday at the site of the assassination.
A sign in Hebrew read, “Why?”
“Rabin was looking to the future.
He was looking out for us, the younger
generation,” said Amir Shavir, an 18
year-old from Tel Aviv. “They killed
him. They killed my hope.”
In Lebanon and in Iran, militants
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Rape suspect in court today
By Jeff Zeleny
A 25-year-old Lincoln man will be
arraigned today in Lancaster County
Court in connection with the Friday
morning rape of a UNL student.
Dwayne A. Greer, 920 F St., was
arrested Saturday on suspicion of first
degree sexual assault and burglary,
said Lincoln police Lt. Steve Imes.
Police allege that Greer came into the
19-year-old female student’s apart
ment at 17th and B streets about 4:40
a.m Friday, while another female
roommate was sleeping in another
Police believe Greer entered the
two-story apartment through an un
locked door and attacked the woman
while she was sleeping. Police said he
later dragged her up a flight of stairs,
bound her with a telephone cord and
stabbed her twice in the leg.
The stab wounds were minor, po
lice said, and she was treated and
released Friday from Lincoln General
Imes said a police officer noticed a
man matching the rape suspect’s de
scription running near Ninth and F
streets around 5 a.m. Friday. Police
canvassed the area, Imes said, and
received additional information that
led them to suspect Greer in the rape.
Police obtained enough informa
tion throughout the days Friday and
Saturday to get a search warrant, Imes
said. After police searched his apart
ment, Greer also was arrested on sus
picion of an Aug. 10 burglary at the
victim’s apartment, Imes said.
Police retrieved items in Greer’s
home Saturday that were reported sto
len from her apartment.
Police said Greer was convicted in
an unrelated misdemeanor domestic
assault this summer.
First-degree sexual assault is a Class
II felony. If convicted, the charge car
ries a minimum of one year in jail and
a maximum of 50 years.
transfer of credits
py leg layior
Twenty-five public and private
state colleges in Nebraska signed
an agreement Thursday to smooth
transfers from two-year to four-year
The Nebraska Transfer Initia
tive will give students who have
earned associate of arts degrees
from any of the 13 community col
leges more flexibility in earning
credit at the state s four-year insti
Crei ghton University is the only
four-year university in the state that
did not sign the agreement.
In the past, credits were trans
ferred on an individual basis, de
pending on each student’s major,
said John Gruber, Southeast Com
munity College dean of student ser
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