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VOL. 97 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 98
■ The environs commis
sion wants to extend the
architecture of the State
Capitol to campus.
By Josh Funk
The cracked concrete and
crumbling steps bear the toll of 30
years of footsteps.
But while the fountains
remained dormant and gray Friday
morning, the Capitol Environs
Commission announced its plans
for the rebirth and renewal of
The commission, along with
Denver architects, unveiled the
new face of Centennial Mall in
colorful drawings and plans. ,
The plan is designed to connect
the Capitol to the university cam
pus using art deco ideas to make
the mall an extension of the
“We want people to continue
oohing and aahing once they get
outside the Capitol,” Gov. Ben
Nelson said. “Right now it is more
of an ‘ugh’ when people get out
The new design incorporates
three main plazas, one at each end
of the mall, and a larger festival
plaza in the middle, said architect
“We want to create a grand
civic space,” he said.
We want to
create a grand
All of the steps will be removed
and replaced by two graceful,
curving walkways that span the
entire mall, Butler said.
The 20-foot-wide promenades,
characterized by colorful paving,
will incorporate the history of
Nebraska in displays along the
walks: cultural history on the west
side and natural history on the
The walkways will be flanked
by long lines of oak trees leading
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The Denver firm EDAW has
worked on projects such as the
Olympic Park in Atlanta and
Washington, D.C., monuments,
but Butler said this is the most sig
nificant project he’s ever done.
Unlike the current mall, the
new plan incorporates streets into
While the streets will remain
open to traffic, the colorful walk
ways and other elements will con
tinue across the asphalt to better
connect the entire mall.
Like the current mall, fountains
to support prisoners
By Kim Sweet
Words encouraging awareness,
action and perseverance rang from
the Centennial Mall Friday as pro
testers gathered in support of releas
ing American Indian Movement
activist Leonard Peltier from prison.
About 75 people gathered to hear
from local AIM leaders who chal
lenged the group to come together on
Peltier’s behalf and begin the fight at
home for his release from prison in
Peltier has been in prison for 22
years. He was arrested on charges of
murdering two FBI agents and
another AIM leader in 1975 at Pine
Ridge, S.D., said Andrew Ascherl, a
member of Food Not Bombs.
Since the 1975 incident, evi
dence of coerced testimony and fab
ricated evidence has been brought
forward in thousands of pages of
We are prisoners in
our own land, and we
are fighting back”
American Indian Movement member
documents from the investigation,
proving Peltier’s innocence, Ascherl
Frank Lamere, a member of the
Nebraska Inter-Tribal Development
Corporation, has urged protesters to
come together and use all the means
necessary to have Peltier released.
“Indeed, the case of Leonard
Peltier is unfinished business, not
only for Nebraska, but for the whole
world,” Lamere said.
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AN ARTIST’S RENDITON of the proposed changes to Lincoln’s Centennial Mall looking south from 15th and R streets.
Denver landscape architecture and urban design firm EDAW and Lincoln's Babr Vermeer and Haeckerheni to begin
work on the prefect by 1999.
will remain an important part of
the new design.
The main plaza, near Pershing
Auditorium, will feature a foun
tain with flush-mounted jets, so
people can walk right through it,
The new mall also will include
a law enforcement memorial in
remembrance of Nebraska service
men who have died in the line of
But before construction can
begin, there are several issues that
must be resolved, including fund
ing and ownership, said Gary Rex,
environs commission chairman.
The project will cost about
$17.5 million dollars and will take
20-24 months to complete, Rex
said. Construction is tentatively
scheduled to begin in 1999.
The money will come from
state, city and private contribu
“We must decide who will pay
for what and who will own the mall
when it is complete,” Rex said.
There are also other issues such „ J
as the loss of parking and the
effects on downtown businesses,
“We want to rebuild the mall
into something inspirational and
Republicans meet public
Candidates explain why they should receive votes
By Todd Anderson
Republican candidates empha
sized their commitment to lowering
taxes and shrinking government as
they met the public in downtown
Lincoln Friday night
So corranon were those and other
conservative themes at the
Republican party’s “Meet the
Candidates” night that candidates
distinguished themselves by high
lighting their qualifications.
“No otter (gubernatorial) candi
date has the experience I do as a
leader, mayor and chief executive
officer,” Lincoln Mayor Mike
State auditor John Breslow said
his experience as a businessman dis
tinguished him from otter candidates.
“1 have signed the front of a pay
check, and they’ve only signed the
back,” he said.
Former Tecumseh Mayor Lavem
Bartels said he decided to run because
he was frustrated with die inactivity of
Taking a break from his own cam
paign party, Rep. Jon Christensen of
Omaha also made a stop in the
Haymarket Candy Factory for the
In addition, candidates for lieu
tenant governor, state auditor and
Omaha’s 2nd Congressional District
were among die minglers who pre
sented their campaign objectives.
Sen. Dave Maurstad of Beatrice
said experience counts in choosing a
candidate for lieutenant governor.
“(I) can strengthen die ticket with
my small business background and
experience as state senator,” he said.
Elliott Rustad, a Lincoln derma
tologist, said his statewide business
experience would help him to repre
sent the entire state.
“I don’t have regional bias,”
Rustad said. “I won’t represent just
one district or community.”
Ewing businessman Kevin Fry
and Omaha businessman Matt Butler
also were answering questions.
Fry said he would bring broad
appeal to the lieutenant governor tick
“I want people to see my candida
cy as one that can really fill the con
servativeness that Nebraskans identi
fy with,” he said.
Also present were Rep. Doug
Bereuter and Omaha Mayor Hal
Bereuter, who has announced
plans to seek his 11th term as
Nebraska’s 1st District Congressman,
said this yearb Republican lineup fea
tures a lot of strong candidates.
“None of these people are doing
this casually,” he said. “This is going
to be the most actively contested race
in my memory.”
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