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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 16, 1997)
Balance key to job
GUARD from page 1
A typical Saturday often gives
Jones blocks of time when the jangle
of keys and the clinking of hurricane
fence gates are his only companions.
Brief conversations with other guards
and the banter of prisoners dot an oth
erwise isolated day, he said.
The tasks of a corrections officer
are varied. In between watchful strolls
around the yard, Jones might perform
random shakedowns, briefly search
ing inmates for contraband such as
drugs and weapons. He also often runs
misconduct reports and other corre
spondence between the housing units
and turnkey, an area serving as the go
between for staff inside and outside the
Keeping the peace
Jones said a prison’s most impor
tant consideration is maintaining or
der. The innate stresses of prison life,
compounded by the inmates’ diverse
backgrounds, easily can create vola
tility in the yard, he said.
Prisoners are essentially allowed to
roam the area on the weekends and
after weekday suppers when Jthey’re
not working at their assigned jobs.
Most inmates work Mondays
through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4
pjn. and are allowed in the yard af
terward until dusk. They congregate
at handball and basketball courts, a
softball field and an outdoor weight
station. Others play cards or converse
at tables and benches scattered about
• the yard.
I wouldn’t say I’m real popular (with ,
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prisoners). That’s not what I’m after....
At the same time, I’m not here to be a
jerk, either. I’m not here to ruin anyone s
y .Ken Jones
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With the usual 10 or fewer ground
guards watching the area’s relatively
nonregimented activity, skirmishes are
possible, Jones said. However, he at
tributed the rarity of such incidents to
the guidelines he and his fellow guards
Because guards Strive to be ‘‘fair,
film and consistent,” prisoners remain
reasonably aware of the behavior ex
pected of them, Jones said.
Performing mahdated duties, such
as cooking and cleaning for one an
other, also helps to create a structured
environment conducive to civility,
Charles Hohenstein, the prison’s
public relations representative, said
guards also make frequent formal and
informal head counts to ensure pris
oners remain where they are expected
Formal counts occur daily at least
four times while inmates are locked
in their cells. Housing guards also
know their units’ residents and con
tinuously monitor where they go,
The last successful penitentiary
break was in June 1988, and the pris
oner only got across the street before
guards caught him, Hohenstein said.
Jones said he handled the stress of
his job by working out at the gymna
sium. Aside from his thoughts about
rare altercations with inmates, work
related issues rarely follow Jones home
at 2 p.m., he said.
Even so, the prison guard is ever
cautious because of the nature of his
“This is kind of laid back,” Jones
said. “You know the inmates and they
B.S. with you, but you’ve got to re
member where you’re at.”
will work weekends
to meet the Aug. 29
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From Staff Reports
The construction of a four-story
parking garage is a week behind
schedule after a flurry of bad
weather last week.
Richard O’Hearn, project man
ager, said construction workers
were working weekends to make up
the lost time and to ensure they
meet the Aug. 29 deadline.
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It is on that date the university
can seek compensation for
expenses—at a rate of $ 1,000 for '
each day past the deadline.
The garage at 10th and T streets
will provide parking for students
and faculty and house shops on the
O’Heam also said bids will be
taken Thursday to determine which
contractor will build the Husker
Authentic shop, which will be
owned and operated by the Athletic
Department to sell Husker mer
Students can use the new garage
beginning Aug. 30.
Burnett should reopen
for classes in autumn
Prom Skiff Report*
If construction remains on
schedule, students may roam the
halls of Burnett HaU by this sum
F.W. Haecker, architect for the
project, said that so far workers had
experienced no major delays to the
renovation project. He said that by
August, Burnett would be open for
“There wiU still be little things
that wiU need to be done, which are
requested by the teachers and staff,”
Haecker said. “But by that time,
nearly all the work will be done.”
Haecker said construction
would be “substantially completed”
by May 31.
But other minor work still needs
to be done during the summer,
Haecker said. '
That includes installing wiring
to Burnett Hall’s language lab,
moving in furniture and testing
electronic systems such as the fire
Now, Haecker said, workers are
putting down flooring, installing
light textures, waterproofing the
building and installing a sewer
CBA continues search
for perfect candidates
to fulfill dean position
From Staff Report?
The University of Nebraska-Lin
coht will reopen its search for a new
dean of the College of Business Ad
ministration because of a “significant
lack of consensus,” an administrator
The original search had reached its
final stages, and three finalists had
been selected for the position.
Chancellor James Moeser said in
a statement that all three finalists
lacked sufficient support from the col
lege to be chosen to fill the position.
Finalists had been chosen from the
University of Iowa in Iowa City, the
University of Missouri in Columbia
and the University of Texas at Arling
Moeser said each candidate had
great strengths, but “none had the spe
cial combination of talents we were
looking for” '?
Moeser and Richard Edwards,
UNL’s new senior vice chancellor for
academic affairs, met with CBA fac
ulty Tuesday to discuss the reopened
Edwards will appoint a new search
When selected, a new business
dean will replace current Dean John
Goebel, who plans to return to teach
ing in the college.
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