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The Nebraska women’s soccer team racked up 18
goals in two victories this weekend to improve to
6-2 for the season. PAGE 10
Singer/songwriter Wally Pleasant returns to
Lincoln with more lyrical satire and acoustic
based wit. PAGE 12
September 28, 1998
What The Thunder Brings
Rain possible, high 88. Cloudy tonight, low 63.
BRIAN ROTE, left, a junior business administration major, roars intensely as the Cornhuskers take the field at Memorial Stadium for
Saturday’s football game against the University of Washington. Rote and some other members of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity painted their
faces and chests in a show of Husker spirit.
States on guard against terrorism
By Todd Anderson
Senior staff writer
When it comes to securing protection from
terrorist attack. Americans can breathe easy
know ing a bevy of local, state and federal agen
cies has been recruited to maintain security in
the United States.
But for the city of Lincoln, that means coor
dinating the actwities of more than 10 federal,
state and local agencies that all have a role in
defending the country against deadly biological
and nuclear weapons.
Responding to a recognized security risk.
Congress passed the Defense Against Weapons
of Mass Destruction Act of 1996. which autho
rized the Department of Defense to train the
first responders nationw ide how to respond to a
terrorist attack threatening the population's
health and safety.
In 1997 the Chemical Biological Rapid
Response Team sent out groups from its train
ing grounds in Maryland to eight U.S. cities to
work directly with police officers, firefighters
and health and hospital personnel.
Although Lincoln and Omaha help make up
the list of 120 cities the Department of Defense
aims to visit, neither has received training, and
only Omaha has a training v isit scheduled for
But the gap in training from Army experts
has been filled by regional and state efforts to
prevent an attack and prepare a timelv response
to save lives and property.
In 1997 Nebraska. Kansas and Iowa worked
together to train specialists in how to handle
weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear
and biological weapons.
And m 1996, a commission appointed by
Gov. Ben Nelson was giv en the task of putting
together a plan to work with Nebraska's com
War at home
According to a 1997 FBI report, the number
of domestic attacks, such as the Oklahoma City
bombing of 1995. and international terrorist
Please see TERRORISM on 3
Award named for professor’s contribution
By Kim Sweet
Retired UNL English Professor Louis
Crompton remembers very clearly another
“coming out” besides his own.
Standing in front of an audience that packed
a small room and the adjacent hallway in
December 1973, Crompton gave his historic pre
sentation entitled “Gay Literature” at the annual
meeting of the Modem Language Association.
The speech prompted the audience to form
the gay and lesbian caucus of the MLA.
That historic event led the association to giv e
an award annually in the name of Crompton and
co-founder, Professor Dolores Noll. The national
award, which is in its 19th year, is given to the
writer of the best essay in lesbian and gay studies.
“The award is for essays that graduate stu
dents would be writing for a scholastic journal,”
The professor emeritus said he gave his pre
sentation after attending a past annual meeting
and seeing among the topics a gap that needed to
“I didn't know anyone else who was interest
ed in gay literature at that time,” Crompton said.
“1 didn't know a single other gay or lesbian
teacher at that time."
But after the professor gave his speech in the
crowded room, it was obvious Crompton was not
alone in his interest. Those who attended the
speech were ready to form, Crompton said.
“It was obvious that 1 pushed a button,”
Crompton said. “It took practically no effort to
attract a large number of people to get orga
Though it was easy to form the group within
the MLA, bringing gay literature and history
Please see AWARD on 3
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■ Tribes ask for a federal inquiry
into the university’s handling of
American Indian remains.
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
Tribal representatives discussed Friday their
request for a federal investigation into whether
UNL researchers violated an act protecting
American Indian remains.
The group finished its two-day meeting at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by dis
cussing investigations and reburial procedures
and planning a training session on the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation
Act of 1990.
The group was formed at the request of UNL
to discuss details of the repatriation of about
Chancellor James Moeser signed an agree
ment Sept. 1 stating the university would return
affiliated and unaffiliated remains.
The State Patrol and a university-hired attor
ney have separate investigations under way to
determine whether the universitv v iolated NAG
Randy Thomas, co-founder of Grassroots
NAGPRA in Lincoln, expressed doubt about the
validity of a Nebraska State Patrol investigation,
citing state connections to people within the uni
Several tribes have said the university stud
ied and mishandled American Indian remains
without tribal permission. That would be a viola
tion of NAGPRA.
The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska updated the
group on the progress of preparations for rebur
ial of the remains. The group hopes to hav e the
remains reburied before winter.
The tribe said it would accept about 670
remains not linked to any specific tribe. The
remains will be reburied by all tribes involved
with the repatriation effort.
A tribal spokesman said the remains would
be reburied near Homer, but officials don't
know how large to make the site because the
amount of space the remains would take up is
The spokesman said no members of the
news media would be allowed on the site and the
univ ersity would cov er costs of reburial.
At the meeting, the group also discussed a
five-day training session for tribal representa
During the session, the group would review
the NAGPRA act of 1990, review regulations
and discuss strategy and how to w rite a repatria
tion request, said Sebastian LeBeau, the preser
vation officer for the Cheyenne River Sioux
tribe. LeBeau will lead the training next month.
The tribal group will meet again in South
Sioux City during the week of training.
Vice Chancellor for Research Priscilla Grew'
said she was pleased with the progress made at
“(The group) resolved a number of issues,”
“They’ve been very helpful.”
Tribal leaders ask university for respect
in the handling of remains. See page 7.
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