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Monday, October 8, 1284
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 0 No. 32
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Hester News Eeport
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - President
Reagan and his Democratic chal
lenger Walter Mondale Sunday
night tangled in their first face-to-face
debate of the presidential
As millions of Americans
watched the first of two televised
debates before the Nov. 6 elec
tion, each candidate challenged
the other's ability to lead. Mon
dale, who lags behind Reagan in
opinion polls, launched an assault
on Reagan's handling of federal
budgst deficits, his alleged efforts
to cut pregsms for America's old
and poor, and his response to the
three suicide bomb attacks ca
U.S. establishments in Lebanon.
Keagan said he had kept his
promise cf leading the country
back to economic prosperity. Bat
' Mondale accused him of building
an economic recovery through
massive federal deficits and social
Mondale, when he accepted the
Democratic presidential nomina
tion, said he would increase taxes
to lower the deficit. Reagan re
peated at the debate his pledge to
raise taxes only as a Last resort
Sunday's debate was supposed
to focu-3 solely on domestic issues.
But Mondale suggested Reagan
was to blame for not taking action
to protect against the third and
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latest attack on Americans based
in Beirut, Lebanon.
Mondale also raised the issue
of Reagan's failure to negotiate
an arms control agreement with
the Soviet Union. He said the
American people "don't vant this
arms race and they dont want
this effort to bring weapons into
the heavens" a reference to Rea
gan's space defense program.
Reagan responded that he had
kept his promise to make the
United States be respected in the
Religion, a touchy issue in this
year's campaign, led to discus
sion of abortion. Reagan opposes
abortion md Mandate defends it
as a decision that only the woman
involved can make.
"Is it really the view of the
American people, however you
feel on the- cp'cctbn of abortion,
that government ought to be
reaching into your living room
and making choices like this?
Mondale said. Reagan compared
abortion to murder.
Both candidates received fre
' quent applause daring the debate
and standing ovations at the end.
Political analysts say it will take
about three days before public
opinion polls declare who Ameri
can voters thought won, although
Reagan did not commit the major
gaffe that could turn opinion
Alcoholism is identifiable, treatable
D&i.y N rasSuin Stiff Epoitr
Editor's Note: This is the first
article in a four-part series ex
amining various issues on alco
holism and its effect cn students.
This series is in conjunction
with National Collegiate Alco
hol Awareness Week, today
It is a disease.
It affects a person mentally as
well as physically, spiritually as
well as emotionally.
, It has no respect for age, race,
religion or sex.
It is alcoholism.
The American Medical Associ
ation recognizes alcoholism as
being identifiable, predictable and
However, it must first be recog
nized. Because drinking is socially ac
ceptable, alcoholism is hard to
detect, said Dr. Gerald Fleischli,
Medical Director at the Univer
isty Health Center.
Most students go through an
"independence and experimenta
tion" phase when they are in col
lege, Fleischli said.
Sometimes, the experiments get
out of hand.
When a student experiences &
blackout because of drinking, he
will usually cut back, he said.
However, there are some who
continue to drink "to total obliv
ion," Fleischli said.
Mike, a volunteer from Narcot
ics Anonymous who declined to
give his last name, said social
drinkers usually tend to slow
down or stop drinking when they
begin to feel the effects of alcohol
This is not true for the alcoholic.
"Alcoholics drink for the effect,"
said Mike, who is a recovered
alcoholic, probably because they
The Burlington Northern
Foundation has given the NU
Foundation a $1 million grant to
research ground-water protection
and chemigation in Nebraska
Don North, president of the BN
Foundation, presented the first
of five $200,000 checks to NU
Foundation chairman D.B. Varner
at the NU Foundation dinner
Varner said State and NU offi
cials hope to see Nebraska become
a national leader in research on
The research will be based in
Clay Center and conducted in 1 1
Nebraska counties. The research
will determine a safe way to use
agricultural chemicals through
center-pivot irrigation systems,
Varner said federal matching
money from the Environmental
Protection Agency oOce in Kan
sas City also will be av:
"They said it is
have yet to decide when well get
it, he said.
The Burlington Northern dona
tion is the largest gilt to the NU
Foundation, Varner said. The
money was donated because the
Burlington Northern Railroad
depends on Nebraska for a large
part cf its business and agricul
ture is very important to the
state, he said.
are trying to run away from some
thing trying to escape from
situations and responsibilities.
"They don't feel too comforta
ble in their own sldn ," said Ann
Wagner, nurse of the Independ
ence Center at Lincoln General
How can you identify signs of
alcoholism in friend3 or family
A change in mood swings or
a complete change of character is
often a sign of alcoholism.
They are often ashamed, and
feel guilty and frightened, Mike
Alcohol allows them to escape
and become someone else.
People are never really sure of
who is an alcoholic, Mike said.
They tend to keep their emo
tions bottled up inside and they
become very secretive, he said.
This is part of the reason for
their physical changes, Wagner
Basically, alcohol affects every
major organ in the body system.
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Alcohol can have an even more
harmful effect when emotions are
The determination between an
alcoholic and a social drinker can
be made when the person has
repeated problems in any area of
"It all seems to fail into a pat
tern," Wagner said.
These problems may occur on
the job, in school, with family and
He may call in sick to work or
skip classes on a continued basis.
When confronted by drinking
problems the alcoholic often
blames his problems on anyone
or anything other than alcohol.
It is a disease of "denial and
delusion," Wagner said. An alco
holic often will use the ". . .if it
weren't for other things, I wouldn't
drink" approach to explain his
Fleischli said this "high level of
denial" Is apparent when the alco
holic becomes physically, as well
as mentally, addicted to alcohol.
For a few alcoholics, physical ad
diction begins from the moment
they take their first drink, Mike
Fleischli ccld this is a rather
extreme example, but some peo
ple have a body chemistry that
simply cannot tolerate alcohol.
Fleischli said he thinks alcoho
lism is a "familiar" disease because
it tends to occur in families.
He said most alcoholics have
parents who are alcoholics or
who didn't drink at all, perhaps
for the reason that their body
system could not tolerate alcohc L
Alcoholism is a disease that
many Nebraskans think has be
ccrr.e a major concern in their
communities, according to a re
port by the Nebraska Prevention
Center for Alcohol and Drug
Is it also a growing concern at
"We do have students with alcohol-related
said. There's no doubt."
Wagner said people must re
member that alcoholism is a
"Recovery is possible," she said.
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