The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 10, 1997 · Page 1
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Central track Central boys and girls finish second at own invitational meet/C1 SPORTS Patented Bethany student helps develop composite for fuel cell /B1 GREAT PLAINS + McVeigh trial! Body shop owner tells of McVeigh renting truck / A5 • LOSt 'HI Sp8Ce: Astronauts mourn loss in interest in science / A10 INSIDE Low: 55 Sunny and warmer today with south winds 10 to 20 mph; clear tonight / B7 WEATHER Classified/C6 Comics IBB Deaths/A9 Great Plains / B1 Money / B4 Religion / B6 Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX ** Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 SATURDAY MAY 10, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T BROWN MACKIE COLLEGE Brown Mackie plans to leave downtown Private, 2-year college wants to establish south Salina campus By ALF ABUHAJLEH Tlie Salina Journal Brown Mackie College is looking to move to south Salina after 50 years in Salina's downtown. Judy McClintock, director of the private junior college, said she'd like to move the campus and its some 300 students to a building south of Cloud Street. McClintock said the college, 126 S. Santa Fe, needs to develop its own identity,, which is hard "when you are meshed in with all these businesses." "The visibility is terrible here," McClintock said Friday. "We want to be somewhere where people can see us and say, 'Oh, there's Brown Mackie.' " Downtown parking is another reason the college wants to move, she said. "We have more than 300 students who need to find parking every day," she said. "Parking is really scarce here. Merchants don't like that students are using parking space that their customers could use." Brown Mackie, founded in 1892 as Kansas Wesleyan Business College, is a two-year college that offers career-oriented associate degrees in such areas as paralegal, criminal justice and business administration management. The college was part of Kansas Wesleyan University until 1933 when it became an independent college and changed its name to Brown Mackie College. In 1947, it moved from a building at Santa Fe and Walnut streets to its present location. The college has been looking to relocate since January, she said. Most students support the move, and the Student Advisory Council is assisting in the search for a new building. The college has looked at a number of buildings, but McClintock didn't disclose where. She said the college is looking for something smaller than its current 28,000- square-foot building. "We want to lease a building with a big parking lot and that is far south," she said. "The farther south we can move, the stronger of an identity we can establish." Moving into a new building will cost between $1.5 million and $2 million, McClintock said. Classes at the new campus are projected to begin in January 1998, giving the college a chance to move its equipment during the Christmas break, she said. "We hope to have everything ready by next year, but maybe we are pushing it a little," she said. Mixed feelings about move Nick Slechta, executive director of Salina Downtown Inc., said he 1 had mixed feelings about Brown Mackie's impending move. "It will be a loss to the area," he said. "But I'm absolutely certain that we will not have much trouble filling the vacant space with retail or office space." Slechta also said the move will free up parking space in the downtown. One business that will miss the students and faculty is Greek's Pizzeria, 123-B S. Santa Fe. Restaurant owner Pam Bellew said about 15 students and professors eat daily at the diner. "A lot of the teachers come in for lunch, and we have got to know them well over the years," Bellew said. "In the evening, students come in and buy sandwiches before their night classes." McClintock said it's sad to have to leave downtown. "We have been here for a long time," she said. "But it's time to move on so we can develop more of a campus atmosphere." File photo Brown Mackie College has been at 126 S. Santa Fe since 1947, when it moved from Santa Fe and Walnut, but Is looking for a building in south Salina so it can establish an identity with a more traditional campus setting. Book returns to Harvard 233 years after it was checked out By JON MARCUS The Associated Press CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A book about the history of England has been returned to Harvard University — 233 years after it was checked out. No one knows where the thick, leather-covered "Complete History of England with the Lives of All the Kings and Queens Thereof, Volume 3," has been. It was one of only a few books that survived a fire at the university in 1764, thanks to an unknown borrower who failed to return it. "It's remarkable that it's come back," said Roger Stoddard, curator of rare books in the Harvard College Library. The book itself is a relatively undistinguished volume of history that was written by Bishop White Kennett, printed in London in 1706 and given to Harvard by Thomas Bannister, a Boston minister, in 1709. It was one of 404 books that escaped a fire in Harvard Hall when the building burned to the ground during the college's winter vacation on Jan. 25, 1764, destroying the rest of the 5,000-volume collection. About 250 books that were being kept in storage were spared. Another 144 were out on loan, including one from the original bequest of John Harvard, after whom the university was named. That book, "The Christian Warfare Against the Devil World and Flesh," by John Downame, was returned by an undergraduate who was profusely thanked and then expelled for having borrowed it without permission. About 80 of the 144 missing volumes were eventually returned, and the other 10 thought lost. The university replaced the "History of England" with a later edition. But when a Harvard history professor was shown an ancient copy by a rare book dealer, he immediately recognized the flyleaf stamp that identified the book in Latin as the property of Harvard University. The professor, Mark Kishlansky, called the calfskin-covered antique "an exquisite old book." It was purchased for the university by an anonymous donor for a price officials won't disclose. The Associated Press Roger Stoddard, curator of rare books for the Harvard College Library, displays "Complete History of England, Volume III," which was found by a rare book dealer 233 years after it was checked out. V CONGRESS Disaster aid caught up in partisan fight Republican provision to avert another government shutdown has Clinton threatening to veto aid measure By TOM RAUM The Associated Press "I'm very surprised that the president wants to reserve to himself the right to close the government" Newt Gingrich House speaker WASHINGTON — The government shutdowns in the winter of 1995-96 were a watershed political trauma for Republicans. Now it's payback time. "We've learned the lesson," House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday. But GOP efforts to force President Clinton to accept legislation to prevent future shutdowns is generating the same kind of partisan standoff that led to the earlier cutoff of federal funds. As he did .before, Clinton is vowing to stand fast and use his veto powers if necessary. This time, emergency aid for flood victims, rather than the full federal government, is at risk. But the two parties are once again engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken fraught with political risks for both sides. On a party-line roll call 4 Thursday, the Senate voted 55-45 to keep in a $8.4 billion emergency-aid bill a GOP amendment to put the government on temporary autopilot in times of fiscal stalemate. Gingrich predicted the House would follow the Senate's lead. "I'm very surprised that the president wants to reserve to himself the right to close the government," he said. "Given the lessons of the recent past, we should agree mutually that we're not going to close the government. We're trying to cooperate." The House takes up the disaster-relief bill next week. The anti-shutdown provision has nothing to do with disaster aid. But Republicans hoped attaching it as a rider would protect it from a veto. Now they're having to think that one again. "It will be vetoed" if the anti-shutdown provision remains, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, whose home state of South Dakota would benefit from the emergency aid, somberly informed the Senate Thursday. Since the GOP-controlled Congress probably couldn't muster the two-thirds votes necessary to override a veto. V VIETNAM Ex-POW returns as ambassador to Vietnam By The Associated Pros* HANOI, Vietnam — On a moonless evening in 1966, an antiaircraft missile shot down Capt. Pete Peterson's Air Force bomber near Hanoi. That was the beginning of 61/2 years in prison, where he was tortured and kept in solitary confinement in a dank cell. On Friday, Peterson made a euphoric return to Vietnam under very different circumstances. The former POW is the first U.S. ambassador posted to communist Vietnam, and he says he'll make it a priority to account for soldiers who are still missing in action. The arrival of Ambassador Peterson, 62, established full diplomatic relations between the former enemies who spent hundreds of thousands of lives and billions in armaments to defeat each other. He was greeted at the airport with bear hugs, cheers and smiles — a euphoric, heartfelt welcome that was a generation away from the chaos and disgrace that marked the departure of the last U.S. ambassador to Vietnam. Twenty-two years and 11 days ago, Graham Martin, the American ambassador to South Vietnam, tuckecj the U.S. flag under his arm, climbed atop the embassy in Saigon and fled the devastated city by helicopter. "This is a special day for America and Vietnam, the exchange of ambassadors marks the full normalization of our relations," Peterson said at Hanoi's sleepy Noi Bai International Airport. "This is the beginning of a new era of constructive relations." About 100 well-wishers, including war veterans and business leaders, met Peterson at the airport. Waving U.S. and Vietnamese flags, the crowd welcomed the ambassador's message that it was time to move forward from the legacy of war. U.S. Ambassador Pete Peterson receives a hug Friday from Mai Van On, a former North Vietnamese militiaman who rescued Sen. John McCain when his plane was shot down over Hanoi In 1967. "The war belongs in the past," On said. "The Vietnamese people value anything the United States can bring to develop our country." Photo by The Associated Press

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