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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 95 NO. 61 -—--- . --
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Campus officials react to list
By Paula Lavigne
Although some NU administrators
were shocked when Interim Chancel
lor Joan Leitzel was not named a chan
cellor finalist, they agreed to support
whomever is selected.
Leitzel has declined to comment
on the list. And members of the search
committee would not say if she was
ever a candidate.
Regent Drew Miller of Papillion
said he sent a note to Leitzel saying he
was disappointed she was not on the
finalist list, which came out Friday
The list includes three candidates:
Thomas George, provost and aca
demic vice president at Washington
By Heidi White
Former political prisoner Francis
Seow will recount his experiences of
life in Singapore Wednesday at the
second E.N. Thompson Forum on
Seow, former solicitor general of
Singapore will give his address,
. “Singapore—the Good, the Bad and
the Ugly,” at 3:30 p.m. in the Lied
Center for Performing Arts.
He will speak of his 1988 arrest
under the personal orders of
Singapore’s prime minister Lee Kuan
Yew, now senior minister of the coun
try under Goh Chok Tong.
■ See related story on page 3.
Seow said in a letter to the Daily
Nebraskan that Yew erroneously be
lieved he was a U.S. agent who was
paid to enter elective opposition poli
Conditions for political opposition
in Singapore are extremely difficult,
“The government is authoritarian
and virtually controls every aspect of
a Singaporean’s life. Singapore has
been described by several disparate
writers as a city of fear,” Seow said.
Seow also will discuss his book,
“To Catch a Tartar: A Dissident in Lee
Kuan Yew’s Prison,” at the lecture. It
describes his experiences as a politi
cal prisoner in Singapore and the meth
ods Yew used to silence political op
“A prison experience is always
unpleasant, and one I would not wish
on my worst enemy,” Seow stated,
“Lee Kuan Yew included.”
His lecture will focus mainly on
Singapore’s political system, the
country’s socioeconomic achieve
ments and the human lives lost to
achieve the country’s status in South
Seow came to the United States in
late 1988 by the invitation of Human
Rights Watch of New York to attend
its 1 Oth anniversary celebration.
He then became the first Orville
Schell Fellow and later a visiting fel
low of Yale Law School. Seow cur
rently is a visiting fellow of the Hu
man Rights Program in the East Asia
Legal Studies of Harvard Law School.
“This search has been conducted with
exceptionally good confidentiality. I might as well
be reading tea leaves. ”
Associate to the chancellor
State University; John Kozak, pro
vost at Iowa State University; and
James Moeser, provost and vice presi
dent for academic affairs at the Uni
versity of South Carolina.
“I think a lot of us expected Joan
Lcitzel would be a leading contender,”
Miller said. “I’ve never heard any
thing but praise for her work.”
Doug Jose, Academic Senate presi
dent, said he was surprised Leitzel did
not make the list but was confident the
committee chose three qualified can
“I’m not going to second guess the
search committee. I’m sure they did a
very thorough job,” he said, “and since
Dr. Leitzel wasn’t on the list, that
See LEITZEL on 3
fWill the next UNL chancellor be
Thomas George of Washington State
University, John Kozak of Iowa State
University or James Moeser of South
fin Wednesday's Daily Nebraskan, find
out where the three chancellor
finalists stand on issues such as
diversity, the budget and admissions.
f Later this week, get personal with the
three provosts and find out what they
do when they take off their
A fan examines the collapsed section of stands that fell during Monday night’s game at Pius X
Bleachers collapse during playoff
By Paula Lavigne
Three Omaha Gross High School
students were injured Monday night
when the front section ofthe bleachers
at Lincoln Pius X collapsed and sent
several students toppl ing to the ground.
Tim Riha, 17, was the only student
who sustained serious injuries. Wit
nesses said he had a broken, bloodied
nose and was unconscious.
The other injured students were
April Handzlick and Teri Janovich,
both sophomores at Gross.
Gross was playing at Pius for the
state football playoff.
A group of teary-eyed Gross cheer
leaders consoled each other on the
“It fell. It fell on topof him,” shouted
Heather Howell, as she cried on her
“The kids were going crazy, and then the whole
thing just tumbled. ”
Brandon Andrews, who came from
Omaha to watch the game, said a tele
vision cameraman attracted the stu
dents’ attention. They crowded against
the rail and were trying to get on
“The kids were going crazy, and
then the whole thingjust tumbled,” he
said. “Everybody got real quiet.”
The rail was connected to a con
crete ledge about 4 feet off the ground
that snapped off the front of the bleach
ers, police said.
A small pool of blood dotted the
track by the fallen rail.
Mike Machian, a Gross junior, was
one of those who fell.
“I was in the back,” he said. “I was
jabbed in the ribs. Hard.”
Megan Sharpe, a Gross senior, also
fell. She wasn’t injured, she said, but
her deceased grandmother’s antique
cowbells were crushed beneath the
Before the ambulances left the field,
the band started playing, and the play
ers came back on the field and fin
ished the game.
By Melanie Branded
As the debate over the federal bud
get continues, the prospect of being
sent home from work today looms in
the minds of many federal employees.
The lack of an agreement between
Congress and the Clinton administra
tion over the budget made it likely that
800,000 federal employees would
leave work today, when most agen
cies’ authority to spend money ex
More than 300 workers at the Ro
man L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal
Research Center near Clay Center
could be affected by the possible fed
eral government shutdown.
Director Dan Laster said the center
may be forced to close Wednesday if
the government’s ability to borrow
But until the center receives word
otherwise from the Agricultural Re
search Service in Washington, D.C., it
will remain open, he said.
“We have not received any guide
lines from Washington that it will hap
pen at this point,” Laster said.
He said he was not confident that
Congress and the Clinton administra
tion would reach an agreement on the
“You have to assume they would
resolve the issue,” Laster said.
Frank Johannsen, state executive
director for Farm Service Agencies,
said the 625 farm service employees
in Nebraska would not be sent home
from work today, but they might be
sent home later this week if a bill to
increase the national debt was not
passed bv Thursdav.
However, “they may try to keep a
few critical employees on board,” he
He said employees have expressed
concern over the budget bills.
“Everybody is curious as to what
will happen,” Johannsen said. “All we
can say is that we hope for the best and
hope the two factions can negotiate
something. That’s about the extent of
what you can say at this point.”
It remains to be seen what kind of
effect the potential government shut
down will have on local branches of
Sharyl Schaepe, public affairs of
ficer for the Veterans Administration
Medical Center, said many employ
ees had been asking about the status of
their jobs. She said they were told to
report to work today to await further
“It all comes down to what happens
in Washington,” Schaepe said. “Hope
fully, Congress and the White House
will come to a resolution.”
She said it was possible some ad
ministrative and maintenance work
ers could be affected by the shutdown.
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Cameras, intercoms upgrade hall secunty
By Angie Schendt
Gather Residence Hall will experi
ment with new security cameras over
Thanksgiving break to make sure no
unwanted turkeys get in overnight.
Two cameras will be installed to
view those who come in to the hall
between midnight and 8 a.m. One
chest-high camera will view the
person’s face and identification card,
and the other will view the lobby, said
Mike Lcupold, maintenance manager
One person at the Neihardt desk
will monitor the camera views of all
three entrances from a television and
will push a button to open the door for
people. Once the door is closed, it will
latch and lock again. An intercom
system also will be installed so the
person enteringcan communicate with
the desk worker.
“This will let one person take the
place of three people,” Leupold said.
Before, one person would have to
monitor each of the three entrances.
Sclleck and East Campus residence
halls Burr and Fedde have similar
camera systems, Leupold said, but the
Cather cameras are different.
“The latch button feature is a new
function,” he said.
The cameras will be installed by
Facilities Management, but Glenn
Shumann, assistant director of hous
ing, said he would interview compa
ni es next week to determine who would
install the electrical equipment for the
Shumann said he also was looking
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