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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 18, 2004

Two Alumni Boost The Reward To Catch Herky Vandals

The reward for information about attacks on Herky on Parade statues now stands at $2,000.

After hearing about the $1,000 reward offered by the UI Alumni Association (UIAA), two alumni put up their own money to double the amount offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection with the crimes.

Several of the popular public art statues have been damaged since the program's launch in May, but a late-night attack in October left the UIAA's "Reflections of U" Herky severely battered and the Dance Marathon statue ruined beyond repair.

"We're very grateful to these two alumni for their generous offer," said UIAA President Vince Nelson. "And we're heartened to realize that other people agree with our position on this matter: that we cannot simply stand by and let such uncivil behavior go unchallenged. Let's hope that this extra incentive will encourage witnesses to do the right thing by coming forward and identifying the perpetrators of this senseless and despicable violence."

Anyone with information about attacks on the Herky statues is encouraged to contact the University of Iowa campus police at 319-335-5022.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu.