The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 05, 1996, Image 1

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Melissa Landis, a part-time environmental studies major, speaks to a small crowd in the
Crib on Thursday during National Day without Violence. The activities in the Nebraska
Union were sponsored by Nebraskans for Peace.
‘Heads and hearts’
Groups come together to promote peace
By Erin Schulte
and Michaela Pieler
Staff Reporters "
“Peace in the Home” is an ironic
name for one of Laurie McClain’s
The lyrics describe a situation
familiar to McClain and women all
across the country: creeping around
one’s home and emotions to avoid
physical or mental abuse from a
McClain brought her songs to
the Crib in the Nebraska Union on
Thursday as part of the National
Day without Violence celebration.
The celebration lands on the
anniversary of the death of Martin
Luther King Jr., said Greg
Rosenboom, a member of Nebras
kans for Peace. Universities around
the country planned activities for
the day, he said.
McClain said abused women
often needed encouragement to
leave abusive relationships.
“Songs offer women a gentle
way to step outside of the situa
tion,” McClain said. “They see
themselves in the songs.”
And individual peace is the be
ginning of world peace, she said.
“World leaders’ lives are a
mess,” McClain said. “Peace needs
to start with each of them.”
Government legislation on crime
will not prevent viplence, and that’s
why National Day without Violence
was created, Rosenboom said.
Only education and understand
ing achieved through such events
will stop society’s problems, he said.
“If I raise my hand to hit you,
legislation isn’t going to stop me,”
Rosenboom said. “You have to get
into peoples’ heads and hearts.”
That’s what organizers of the
celebration wanted to accomplish,
he said. Nebraskans for Peace
joined Amnesty International, Ecol
ogy Now and the Women’s Studies
Association in setting up exhibits
and giving presentations.
Rosenboom said the day brought
many different student groups to
“Violence touches any group of
people,” Rosenboom said. “There
arc alternatives to the way the world
goes. We want to promote such
issues as conflict resolution and
nonviolent conflicts.”
Scott Wesely, state coordinator
for Nebraskans Against the Death
Penalty, said the press promoted
“The press was all over the Otey
execution,” Wesely said. “They
were coming at it as if it were a
football game.”
He said alternatives to the death
penalty should be researched.
Crime prevention, education and
teaching children how to solve con
flicts without violence are all vi
able optionslo the death penalty, he
“We’re thirsty for blood, thirsty
for revenge, and we haven’t really
even even tried anything else,”
Wesely said.
Gregg Williams, education spe
cialist at Multi-Cultural Affairs, said
violence served only to divide
“We have nothing to talk about
as long as we live in anger,” he said.
“1 hope we can move this day with
out violence to a month, to a year
and to a life without violence.”
Suspect charged
with possessing
bomb components
By Nicholas K. Geranios
The Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. — Investigators
found a partially assembled pipe bomb,
chemicals and meticulous notes on
making explosives in the mountain
cabin of the former Berkeley math
professor suspected of being the
Unabomber, federal officials said
Theodore John Kaczynski, 53, was
charged Thursday with possessing the
bomb components and was held with
out bail. Appearing before a judge,
Kaczynski, bearded and thin, said he
was mentally competent and couldn’t
afford his own lawyer.
The charge made no mention of the
Unabomber’s string of bombing at
tacks, which killed three people and
injured 23 in 18 years. Federal offi
cials said the charge was designed to
hold Kaczynski while agents build a
The FBI again searched
Kaczynski’s hand-built, 10-by-l 2-foot
cabin Thursday. Federal officials said
the search could last several days.
“It’s going very slowly because
we’re not sure if it’s booby-trapped,”
saida federal agent speakingon condi
tion of anonymity. “We have an explo
sives ordnance team X-raying every
thing before we touch it.”
The cabin has no electricity or run
ning water, which would appear to
match the Unabomber’s aversion to
modern society and technology.
FBI agents had been staking out
Kaczynski’s cabin near the Continen
tal Divide for several weeks, ever since
his mother and brother in the Chicago
area notified authorities that they had
stumbled across some of his old writ
Kaczynski was taken into custody
by federal agents Wednesday so they
could search his cabin in the wilder
ness 50 miles northwest of Helena.
A key question went unanswered:
How could Kaczynski, described by
Washington gneves
the death of Brown
By John Diamond
the Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A stunned
capital was in mourning Thursday.
Flags flew at half-staff and grief hung
over the Commerce Department on a
sunny spring day that should have held
the promise of new life.
The bodies of Commerce Secretary
Ron Brown and his entire entourage
had been found, recovered from a
Wednesday plane crash in Croatia.
A grieving President Clinton, whom
Brown helped win the White House in
1992, ordered flags flown at half-staff
in the nation’s capital. On Wall Street,
the New York Stock Exchange ob
served a moment of silence.
Clinton called Brown’s widow early
Thursday to notify her the secretary’s
body had been identified, said presi
dential spokesman Mike McCurry.
The president and first lady joined
other administration officials at a brief
memorial service at nearby St. John’s
Episcopal Church. The ceremony was
closed to the public, and police blocked
off nearby streets as passersby stopped
to watch.
Afterward, Clinton said it was “a
very moving memorial service, not
only to grieve but also to celebrate the
life” of Brown and the other victims.
“We thank God for their life, we pray
for their families and we came to
gether in our grief and redcdication.”
At the Pentagon, Air Force Lt. Gen.
Howell Estes III said search crews
were trying to determine the number
of people on the plane. A passenger
list for the flight showed 33 Americans
and two Croatians but, as of Thursday,
only 33 bodies had been recovered.
Contrary to reports from Croatia,
Estes said he did not believe the Air
Force passenger plane carried a voice
or data recorder. He also defended the
relatively old technology used to guide
the plane toward the Dubrovnik air
port before the crash.
“It is a kind of an approach that’s
been around for a while, there’s no
question about that, but it’s still a very
valid approach,” Estes said. “Many
aircraft have landed at the airport there
at Dubrovnik with no difficulty. If we
thought it wasn’t a safe approach, we
wouldn’t allow our aircraft to use it.”
The Air Force and the National
Transportation Safety Board dis
patched a team to Dubrovnik to inves
tigate Wednesday’s crash near the
Adriatic coast.
See BROWN on 3
Lied director Marquis
wants to keep UNL job
by June sooczyK
Senior Reporter
The executive director of the Lied
Center for Performing Arts has had a
change of heart.
In January, C. Bruce Marquis an
nounced he would resign as director,
but now he says he’d like to stay —
even though the university is wrapping
up a search for his replacement.
“I have been greatly heartened by
the enthusiasm that has been shown by
audiences at the spring events,” Mar
quis said. “I was encouraged that there
was indeed support for the artistic vi
sion I sought to bring to the Lied.”
Marquis had said he was resigning
because his artistic vision for the Lied
Center differed from that of the
But the past season has excited him,
he said,and he’d like to continue work
ing on his vision for the Lied Center.
His vision, Marquis said, is bring
ing cultural diversity to performances
and broadening the audience’s hori
See MARQUIS on 7
Spirit plates bill cruises on
By Ted Taylor
Senior Reporter
A bill that would make
Comhusker spirit plates available to
Husker fans in Nebraska sailed
through another easy victory Thurs
day in the Legislature
But senators adopted two major
amendments before the quiet cho
rus of “ayes” advanced LB 1264,
sponsored by Omaha Sen. Kermit
A one-word change to the bill by
Sens. David Bernard-Stevcns of
North Platte and Chris Beutler of
Lincoln will allow all state college
and university facilities to receive
money for improvement and re
Initially, additional funds after
the first $5 million would have been
divided equally among the cam
puses for athletic facilities only.
“At least now it’s dealing more
with education,” Bemard-Stevens
said. “It sends a good message that
we’re trying to helpall education.”
Brashear has said the $70 plates
would have the potential to gcner
ate more than $1.2 million in the
first year alone.
Thirty dollars of the plate costs
will go to the Department of Motor
Vehicles cash fund, while the re
maining $40 will go to a Spirit Plate
Proceeds fund.
Those funds would be distrib
uted in three ways.
—The first $3 million would go
to a scholarship fund that will help
former athletes pursue postgradu
ate or graduate studies at any uni
versity system campus.
See PLATES on 7