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jslovember 13, 1986
Dave BentzDaily Nebraskan
State Sens. Elroy Hefner and Wiley Remmers talk to each other on the legislature floor
UPC approves gacmmfcM;ee
Group would help
By Michael Hooper
The University Program Council
Executive Board approved Wednesday
of the formation and financing of a
LesbianGay Committee that would
organize educational and entertainment
programs for UNL students under UPC's
Seven members of the board unan
imously approved of the LesbianGay
Committee, which would function on a
one-year trial basis.
The Nebraska Union Board, however,
must approve of the committee's for
mation before it can be established.
Union Board members plan to dis
cuss the committee's formation Tues
By Linda Hartmann
Associate News Editor
UNL has received a $200,000 grant
from the SmithKline Beckman Cor
poration to begin a new public
policy lecture series at the univer
sity, officials announced Wednesday.
NU Foundation executive vice
president Ed Hirsch said the lec
tures will be named in honor of
Lewis E. Harris, former chairman of
the board of the worldwide Smith
Kline Beckman Health Care Com
pany, and Norden Laboratories, Inc.,
The lecture series will allow the
university to bring three or four
prominent American and foreign
scholars to campus each year start
ing in the fall of 1987.
"Each year, the goal of this series
will be. to stimulate serious, objec
tive discussion and research univer
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day and vote on it Dec. 2, said Daryl
Swanson, board adviser and director of
the Nebraska Union.
If the board approves it soon, the
LesbianGay Committee would begin
its programming in fall, 1987, said UPC
Program Coordinator Tim Moore.
Before the board approved financing
the committee for a year, a member of
the GayLesbian Student Association
said: "1 would encourage the board not
to reject a budget before you see it,"
said Marc Seger, coordinator of inter
nal affairs for the GayLesbian Student
"I don't feel like we're trying to
sneak a committee in and do whatever
the hell we want," Seger told the board.
Money would be helpful, if not neces
sary to get the committee to work, he
After the meeting, both Seger and
Vicki Jedlicka, vice president of the
GayLesbian Student Association, said
they were pleased with the board's
sity-wide on the specific issues to
be addressed by' the visiting lec
tures," said UNL Chancellor Martin
Massengale. "Public policy is an
area that we want to enhance at this
Massengale said the lecture ser
ies may be the start of efforts to
establish an interdisciplinary pub
lic policy center at UNL, combining
the work in public policy studies in
different colleges at UNL, such as
the College of Business Administra
tion, the College of Arts and Scien
ces and others.
"I hope this university can become
a major center ... for public pol
icy," he said.
. Harris, a native of Cedar, Kan.,
received a bachelor's degree in phar
macy from UNL in 1932, a masters
degree in 1933 and an honorary doc
torate of science in 1970.
Harris joined Norden Laborato
ries, SmithKline Beckman's veteri
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
There is a lot of ignorance surround
ing the gay community, Seger said, and
the committee would be able to dispel
some of it through education programs.
"This is a homophobic campus, make
no mistake," Seger said. "That's why
this is controversial."
Rodney Bell, president of GLSA, said
that during the past 16 years a gay
student group has been on campus, but
UPC "has never had a program for the
gay community." The board's decision
was "a nice change for the university,"
Bell said that between 25 and 30
students are involved in GLSA. He said,
however, that there are more homosex
ual people than that on campus. Some
of them may not be involved because
they are afraid of exposure, Bell said.
Jedlicka predicted long-term bene
fits to having a LesbianGay Commit
tee. It may help other "closet gays" to
come out and be a part of the group,
nary medical products subsidiary,
as director of pharmaceutical re
search and control in 1939. He
became president of Norden in 1961
and served in that position until
becoming chairman of the Norden
board in 1969.
After serving as a consultant to
SmithKline Beckman, Harris was
named group vice president and a
member of the board of directors in
1971. He became vice chairman of
the board of directors in June, 1972
and chairman in September of that
After his retirement in 1976, Har
ris continued to serve on the board
until January 1981.
Harris currently is a member of
the board of directors of the National
Bank of Commerce in Lincoln and a
member of the board of the Nebraska
Association of Commerce and Industry.
7 -T -
special ag session;
By the Associated Press
LINCOLN, Neb. The Legislature
opened a special session Wednesday to
deal with proposed changes in state
law involving farm foreclosures and
liens on agricultural commodates.
Speaker of the Legislature William
Nichol of Scottsbluff said he hoped the
session could be concluded by next
Sen. John DeCamp of Neligh pre
dicted the Legislature would reject
proposed changes in the foreclosure
law "because it goes from one ridicu
lous extreme to the other."
DeCamp said proposed changes in
the law, passed in the 1986 regular
session as LB999, "will either be stale
mated in the special session, or else
the provisions of LB999 will be repealed
DeCamp said he would propose repeal
of the law. Gov. Bob Kerrey has said he
would veto any repeal measure. Thirty
votes would be needed to override a
The Farmstead Act was designed to
allow farmers and ranchers to keep
their home and portion of their land, in
some circumstances, when confronted
The other issue before lawmakers
centers on creation of a central filing
system for agricultural liens. Kerrey
vetoed such a bill, LB603, in the regular
session. He now favors its passage.
AIDS media disease
Hysteria out of proportion, expert says
By Jen Deselms
Two completely different problems
occur with the Acquired Immune Defi
ciency Syndrome (AIDS), guest lec
turer Dr. Richard Keeling said Wed
nesday: the actual medical problem,
frightening to those who have AIDS,
and the wave of hysteria, often out of
Despite medical reports and studies
that show AIDS only can be transmit
ted by intimate contact, the news
media has described the disease as,
"every parent's nightmare" and said
that no one is safe from AIDS, Keeling
Keeling is director of the Depart
ment of Student Health and associate
professor of internal medicine in the
Division of HematologyOncology at
the University of Virgina Char
lottesville. Keeling serves as chairman of the
Task Force on AIDS for the American
College Health Association and is a
member of the ad-hoc advisory commit
tee on AIDS for the U.S. Public Health
AIDS started in the United States in
1981, Keeling said, but cases probably
occurred before then that were not
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DeCamp sponsored the new measure,
His Banking Commit tee will conduct
a hearing of the bill Friday. DeCamp
said he wanted to see the bill sent to
the floor without proposed committee
Sen. Peter Hoagland of Omaha also
scheduled a Friday hearing in the Judi
ciary Committee for LB3, the measure
involving farm foreclosures. It was
sponsored by Sen. Rod Johnson of Sut
ton, chairman of the Agriculture Com
mittee. He also sponsored the original
Nichol said the Legislature would
meet briefly on Thursday and Friday.
Debate on the two bills should begin
Monday, he said.
"We should be able to get our debat
ing done, get to the heart of the bills,
and vote them up or down next Thurs
day," Nichol said.
Johnson said he had expected
DeCamp's opposition to the bill that
would rewrite the farm foreclosure law.
"All I've said from the word go is that
the compromise, the proposed changes
in the law, should be given a chance,"
Johnson said. "The lenders didn't say
they had a problem with the law until
the last day of t he regular session. They
have offered some compromises and I
can't say that all of them will be what
people like, but I'm saying we should
look at this and give t he bill a chance."
Doug CarrollDaily Nebraskan
Dr. Richard Keeling, dir
ector of student health at
the University of Virginia,
talks about AIDS Wednes
day in the Nebraska Union.
The general public was not aware of
AIDS until April, 1983, when Newsweek
magazine ran a cover story on AIDS.
Keeling said. The cover called the dis
ease an epidemic. It is no wonder peo
ple were concerned, he said.
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