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By Matthew Waite
The University of Nebraska-Lin
coln posted the third-largest decrease
in crime for U.S. campuses in 1994,
listing a more than 30 percent drop
| between 1993 and 1994.
I Ken Cauble, university police
[ chief, said the decrease was the result
| of changes made a few years before.
[ According to the report, UNL saw
I a 30.5 percent decrease in crime from
| 1993 to 1994. Specifically, Cauble said
| decreases in larceny/thefts and aggra
| vated assaults were responsible for the
The report, published by the trade
publication Campus Security Report,
compared FBI Uniform Crime Reports
for 1993 and 1994. UCR data for 1995
was released early this summer and
was not used in the study.
Cauble credited the drop to com
munity policing, crime prevention edu
cation efforts, increased areas of pa
trol for community service officers and
better reporting from students.
“It’s the development of a commu
nity feeling towards what’s going on,”
he said. “For die last 102 years, that’s
what campus policing is all about.
“The good ones have always been
California State University at
Northridge reported a 51 percent de
crease. The school reported that the
reason for the decrease was added se
curity measures after an earthquake
struck the area.
California State University at Long
Beach reported a 46.7 percent de
crease, which they credited to in
creased patrolling efforts and recog
nition of high-crime areas.
Cauble told Campus Security Re
port that no special measures were
taken to increase security. Better com
Please see CRIME on 3
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NU designs budget for
building renovation plan
Tuition increase one option
J&pay formairdenance, repairs
:w By Erin Schulte
It’s going to take around $95 mil
lion to renovate crumbling buildings
on University of Nebraska campuses,
but students shouldn’t find the entire
price tag attached to their tuition bills.
NU President Dennis Smith is pro
posing in the 1997-98 budget a plan to
issue $95 million in bonds to cover
deferred maintenance, said James Van
Horn, NU vice president for business
Deferred maintenance projects in
clude things such as fixing roofs and
plumbing, renovating buildings to
comply with Americans with Disabili
ties codes and getting up to standard
on fire and lighting codes,-Van Horn
At UNL, buildings to be repaired
would include Richards Hall, Lyman
Hall,and Love Library, he said, and the
projects are necessary.
“The university needs very badly
to attack this problem of deferred
maintenance,’’ Van Horn said. “We
Putting the entire
burden on the
students is highly
have a huge backlog.”
The bonds would be paid back over
the next 12 years, at a rate of $10.4
million per year. About half the yearly
payment would come from state-allo
cated funds, but NU would have to
come up with the other half itself —
maybe by raising tuition.
Tuition increases in past years have
hovered around 3 percent, or about the
rate of inflation. If NU’s half of the
yearly bond payment debt was shoul
Please see TUITION on 6
e Choiee president defends abortion rights
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By Gbad Lorenz
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Relying on her conscience and
Catholic background, Frances Kissling
told 150 Planned Parenthood patrons
how to be a Catholic and an abortion
rights supporter in a town where that
mix has meant excommunication.
As president of Catholics for a Free
Choice, Kissling has had to defend her
stand against not only those who op
pose abortions, but her fellow worship
ers and strict Catholic leaders.
And she defended her stance again
Wednesday night in Lincoln, where
along with 10
other activist groups, earlier this year.
But Kissling said Bruskewitz’s
edict couldn’t come between, her and
God. Only her conscience could do
“We were always taught that you
follow your conscience, even when it
conflicts with the teachings of the
church,” she said.
History shows those who doubted
the church’s teachings have changed
the world, she said. In defying the
church, Galileo determined the world
was round, and slavery abolitionists
convinced others slavery was wrong.
Therefore, Catholic leaders like
Bruskewitz need to accept members of
their flock who don’t agree with the
church’s stance, Kissling said
. She equated Bruskewitz with the
leader of a corporation who fires em
ployees who disagree with the
company’s belief, Kissling said.
The bishop should instead treat
members of his diocese like a family,
“You don’t say that people you
don’t agree with are not members of
the family,” she said.
But the church can’t understand a
woman’s right to choose because all
its leaders ate unmarried men and have
no experience with such decisions,
Kissling said. .
“If men could get pregnant, family
planning would be a sacrament,”
Kissling said. “Where do they get off
talking about reproduction and contra
The church also puts women in a
difficult position because of its stem
attitude against sex as a way of ex
pressing love, Kissling said.
“It is the railing against expressing
sexuality, of discussing reproductive
issues, that contributes to women’s
decisions to have abortions.”
Catholics, more than non-Catho
lics, have chosen abortion because they
are embarrassed of their pre^iancy or
wish to keep it a secret, she said.
About six anti-abortion rights pro
testors showed up at the front of
Cornhusker Hotel, where Kissling
spoke Wednesday night.
Kissling said Catholics for a Free
Choice wanted to educate women to
make a clear choice, not pressure them
“I do not promote abortion. CFFC
does not promote abortion. We would
like to live in a world where abortion
is unnecessary and unthinkable, and
we work to create that world.”
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