The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 25, 1997, Image 1

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Toughest test ever Adams’ return April 25,1997
The NU soccer team plays host to the U.S. Un- The work of black-and-white landscape photog
der-20 National Team Saturday night at 7 at the rapher Ansel Adams will be displayed at Lincoln’s So Let The Sun Shine In ...
Abbott Sports Complex. PAGE 7 Haydon Gallery beginning Sunday. PAGE 8 Partly sunny, high 60. Cloudy tonight, low 37.
Vte&n pub face
on campus rape
By Robynn Tysver
The Associated Press
OMAHA—Heidi Hess chatted on
the Internet alone one night on a Mid
western college campus where she had
worked and studied for 10 years with
out fear.
Her sense of security was shattered
by the sound of rapid footsteps. A man
in a ski mask grabbed her, threw her to
the ground and raped her.
Police believe it was not an isolated
assault. The attack was one of six on
college campuses in four Midwestern
states during February and March
where the assailant typically spit on his
victim, asked her to pray for him and
questioned her about her sexual past.
“It is a terrifying thought to me that
college campuses would be the prey
ing grounds for a serial rapist,” said
Hess, 30, who quit her job as a part
time journalist and business teacher
after the March 5 attack.
The thought that a serial rapist may
be targeting women in college com
puter labs and music halls in four states
— Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Wis
consin — has sparked fear.
Teachers have turned their desks
around to face doors. More students
asked for escorts at night, and security
alerts have been posted around cam
puses. Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln
added another night security guard. Se
curity officials in Knox College in
Galesburg, 111., have been encouraging
students to use the escort service.
“People realize that even the Ivory
Tower is in the middle of the world and
they have to conduct themselves ac
cordingly,” said Kai Swanson, a
spokesman at Augustana College in
Rock Island, 111., a small liberal arts
college of 2,000.
English professor Jan Keessen at
Augustana has been making sure she
locks her office door and escorts stu
dents who are women out of the build
ing during odd hours.
“We’re not in a state of panic here,”
Keessen said. “It’s just that wisdom
would indicate we need to be more
Investigators in Wisconsin and Lin
coln began to link the cases because of
the manner and the words spoken by
the assailant, police said in court docu
ments filed in Lancaster County Dis
trict Court.
Since then, DNA evidence has pro
vided a solid link between a Nebraska
and Iowa assault, Lincoln Police Chief
Tom Casady said. Further DNA tests
are being done.
The FBI is helping to coordinate the
four-state investigation. Experts at the
FBI’s National Academy in Quantico,
Va., are preparing a profile of the sus
Hess’ attacker talked through the
whole ordeal.
Please see RAPE on 2
ROBERT AND ARDIS JAMES of Cappaqua, N.Y., talk to Patricia Cox Crews, UNL professor of textiles, clothing and
design, Thursday morning. The Jameses donated 950 quilts worth $6 million to the university.
Quilt donation tops $6 million
Professor calls gift a “tremendous resource” for UNL
By Erin Gibson
Senior Reporter
A $6 million collection of quilts
made by historical and contemporary
artists will be donated to the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln, the
collection’s owners said Wednesday.
Nebraskans Ardis and Robert
James, now of Chappaqua, N. Y., said
they would ship the 950 quilts in their
collection to the university in June,
along with a $1 million endowment
to help establish an International Quilt
Study Center at UNL.
“I am happy that the quilts will get
the appreciation and exposure they
deserve,” James said.
The University Foundation plans
to raise another $2 million to support
the new quilt study center, said Foun
dation Director Terry Fairfield. The
money will help research, acquire, re
store and preserve quilts, he said.
Ardis James spoke in front of a
dynamically patterned, modem quilt
and a deep-colored wool patchwork
quilt made in Pennsylvania in 1871.
Other quilts from the collection now
pack a 22-feet-by-33-feet addition to
the James’ home, she said.
Patricia Cox Crews, a UNL pro
fessor of textiles, clothing and design
who will head the new quilt study
center, said the quilt collection was
a “tremendous resource” that would
Please see QUILT on 6
UNL fencer
hones skill
By Jim Goodwin
Staff Reporter
With nary a walking plank nor a deck near,
fencing is not the swashbuckling drama many
see in the movies.
For Cassidy Kovanda, a bout offers no
second takes — leaving preparation and strat
egy as his only allies.
Kovanda, a University of Nebraska-Lin
coln junior arts major, returned to Lincoln
this week after dueling his way to 22nd place
in the U.S. Fencing Association National
Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The placing rewarded Kovanda, 22, for
his seven years in the sport and the about 10
hours he devotes to it every week.
The competition also lent encouragement
to an athlete who, some say, may have Olym
pic chances.
“There are good fencers in the region, in
Colorado and Kansas City,” said Michael
Hoff, a UNL associate professor of art and
fellow fencer. “In this part of the Midwest,
Please see FENCING on 6
«««»** Kovanda fences with the weapon called an hphe. Kovanda has seven years of experience and is ranked in the
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