The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1997 · Page 1
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Top of the line Western Resources team to compete in linemen's contest/A3 GREAT PLAINS anna* HEAT The Heat is on Miami eliminates New York in decisive Game 7 / B1 SPORTS • HJJjh SeaS drama: Treasure hunter fights federal charges/A10 • Space jUnk: Astronauts find Mir to be safe but cluttered / A9 INSIDE Low: 45 Mostly cloudy today but clearing through theday/B10 WEATHER the Salina Journal O A »•« f!n >-• \S ft *•* *•* *-» f\ r\tnr*r* H Q7"^ ^^™^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 AnnJLanders/BIO Classified / B7 Comics / B11 Crossword ./_B1j__ Deaths / A11 Great_Pjain_s_/A3_ Sports/B1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX MONDAY MAY 19, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents GRADUATIONS IN SALINA Deena Baker of Salina, who graduated with a degree In psychology, shows her enthusl Sunday at the Kansas Wesleyan University graduation In Sams Chapel. Photos by DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal a "Hallelujah!!!" sign on the top of her mortar board Happy Day Students graduate from Wesleyan, other Salina area schools By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal When Salinan Patricia K. Widup crossed the Kansas Wesleyan University stage Sunday, not everyone was thinking about the historic significance of the moment. "Show me the money," an enthusiastic supporter in the Sams Chapel audience called out. But Widup's graduation did make history. She and eight other students were the first ever to graduate from Wesleyan with a master's in business administration. Besides Widup, the other MBA graduates were Glenna Alexander, Michael Huddleston, Michael Renk, Hannah Nguygen Tran and Michael Trotter, all of Salina; Stephanie Marshall and Daniel Minick, both of Abilene; and Steven Walter of Beloit. The nine students were among 134 Kansas Wesleyan students who graduated Sunday. Graduation ceremonies also were held for Sacred Heart High School, Southeast of Saline High School and St. John's Military School. Of the 134 Kansas Wesleyan gradu- Kansas Wesleyan faculty members file across Claflln Avenue on their way to the commencement ceremony Sunday In Sams Chapel. "Way to go, Mom!" a proud son called out to graduate Karen Keller of Salina. And a young child in the audience was told, "Look there's Grandma" as a graduate walked across the stage. "Your success will be determined not because you made it through college," said Wesleyan math professor Ted Zerger. "But by how much college made it through you." ates, 86 students received bachelor's degrees. Deena Baker, whose mortarboard was labeled with the word "Hallelujah!!!!" raised her diploma above her head as she crossed the stage, waiving it to her family in the balcony. Shouts and comments from the crowd as the graduates received their diploma reflected the make-up of the graduating class. A Sacred Heart class to remember At the Sacred Heart Cathedral, 34 seniors from Sacred Heart High School graduated Sunday during a celebratory Mass. English teacher Brian Gormley told the graduates he was honored to be asked to speak at the ceremony. "I was nervous, but I was hon- ores," Gormley said. Of the Sacred Heart graduates, 50 percent had grade point averages of 3.5 or better. And five students graduated with straight A's. i "We have more students in the top 1 percent of seniors in Kansas than any other school in north-central or northwest Kansas," he said. The standing-room-only crowd in the cathedral broke outfit applause. Gqrmley admitted helpuldn't remember who spoke at lj|jp high school graduation. •'';"You probably won't remember me," he said. But he thought they would remember the type of leader Jesus Christ was when he washed the feet of his disciples. "As your time of learning to lead here is complete, I hope you will remember Jesus' example," he said. V GRADUATION DISASTER Balcony collapses, killing one Accident occurred as crowd of people gathered to watch University of Virginia graduation By DAVID REED 77ie Associated Press Balcony collapses during graduation at the University of Virginia CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A second-floor balcony filled with people seeking a good view of the University of Virginia's graduation ceremonies collapsed Sunday, killing one person and injuring about 20. The balcony of the columned, red-brick building designed by Thomas Jefferson gave way 15 minutes before the commencement got under way on the university's central lawn. Those on the balcony of a faculty home fell about 15 feet onto a brick walkway. Many of the injured had been standing on the walkway beneath the balcony, said Leonard Sandridge, a university vice president. Twenty people were treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center. One person died during emergency surgery. A second person who was in critical condition also required surgery. The identities of the victims and the nature of the injuries were not available. There were about 15 people on a 15-by-10- foot section of the balcony that began slipping away from an iron support rod anchored to the roof overhead, witnesses said. Among those who fell from the balcony was the person who died, said Mary Detmer, who lives in the home. Three or four people got off the section before it collapsed, and 25 people were on another part of the balcony. "You could see the floor rippling and waving as it was falling. I saw a woman losing her balance and flip over the railing," said Debbie Mahone, 45, Richmond, who was on the balcony to watch a family friend graduate. "It felt like an earthquake under your feet," said her son, 12-year-old Robert Mahone. Neither Robert nor his mother were injured. The collapse terrified Nita Mayeux, 70, who came from Baton Rouge, La., to see her granddaughter, Toby Campbell, graduate. "All of a sudden, we heard a crackling and screams. My heart was pumping. You felt like panicking but you knew you had to get out of there." The rusted support rod appeared to have snapped, leaving only a knifelike, jagged end. It was part of the original building, designed by Jefferson and completed in 1822. Sandridge said the accident "appears simply to be a physical failure" and said it probably did not result from too many people being on the balcony. None of the injured were graduates, and commencement continued as scheduled. There was no mention of the collapse although doctors among the 25,000 people on the expansive lawn rushed to the home and began helping the injured, witnesses and university officials said. Balconies of the nine other buildings facing the lawn were cleared, Sandridge said. All of the buildings surrounding the lawn were part of the original "academical village" that Jefferson, the university's founder, designed at the core of the campus. T HEALTH Clinton calls for AIDS vaccine by 2007 Research center to be created to develop ; vaccine within 10 years ; By. The Associated Press _ ~ /BALTIMORE ton invoked the legacy of John F. Kennedy's 1960s race to the moon Sunday and set a national target of developing an AIPS vaccine within the next President Clin- M , fee complacent" in meeting the challenge of HIV, the AIDS virus, Clinton said in announcing creation of a research center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., to complete the task. Up to 50 researchers will staff the suburban Washington facility, drawn from the institutes' programs, and no new money was earmarked. "It is no longer a question of whether we can develop an AIDS vaccine, it is simply a question of when. And it cannot come a day too soon," Clinton told 850 graduates of Morgan State University, the first of three commencement addresses he will deliver this year. The president declared that the United States is entering an age of advances in biology and outlined an agenda for ensuring that scientific breakthroughs benefit all people. "If the 21st century is to be the century of biology, let us make an AIDS vaccine its first great triumph," he said. A vaccine is urgently needed for prevention, Clinton said, pointing out that 3 million people around the world were infected with HIV last year. He noted the virus now ranks with tuberculosis and malaria as the world's deadliest infectious diseases. Clinton's call for a vaccine did not satisfy some AIDS activists, who contended it is a significantly watered-down version of his 1992 promise of a sweeping project to seek a cure for AIDS. Run for It Terry "Skipper" Porter, Long Beach, Calif., bows his head Sunday at the Sallna-Sallne County War Memorial. He and other were traveling cross-country by motorcycle In "Run for the Wall," designed to call attention to MIAs and POWs still unaccounted for In Vietnam. DAVIS TURNER The Salina Journal

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