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September 20,1988_____University of Nebraska-Lincoin Vol. 88 No. 16
ASUN members take heat for minority bill
By Victoria Ayotte
Senior Reporter '
Minority students fired criticism at
members of the Association of Stu
dents of the University of Nebraska
for the lack of input asked of them when writing
a minority bill.
About 80 students, members of AS UN and
University Ncbraska Lincoln minority groups,
attended the two-hour Afrikan People’s Union
meeting Monday night. The meeting was set by
APU President Terry Goods to discuss ASU N’s
senate and government bills concerning mi
norities, which he said lacked input from mi
“I’m preuy upset we did have to invite you
— I think it was your responsibility to come to
us,” Goods said to ASUN members.
“It was a mistake,” Petersen said about the
lack of inquiries made to minority students
when writing the bill.
“I don ’t claim to know all the answers,” Pe
tersen said. “I don’t pretend to know ail the
problems you face.”
A lack of communication between ASUN
and minorities was cited by Mona Reeves, an
APU member.
Petersen said he “agrees 100 percent.”
“I think ASUN is trying to make a positive
point,” he said. “Maybe it wasn’t all done
ASUN Sen. Kevin Lytic said he was upset
about the criticism directed toward ASUN
“I was under the impression we were here to
receive positive input, not criticism of every
step we’ve taken,” Lytle said.
After this statement, Petersen said, “I think
we were wrong all along. We need to have a
better understanding of the problems you face.
We’re being constantly criticized for having
done something right. ASUN never had to do
any of this.”
Goods disagreed with this observation.
“Don’t give us the B.S. that you don’t have
to do this and we should be happy,” Goods said.
“I don’t think we’re trying to knock it, we’re
just airing our feelings.”
Kim Beavers, AS UN second vice president,
also voiced her opinion during the heated de
“I’m very upset about this whole thing,”
Beavers said. “We were wrong and we just have
to admit it.”
Goods said, “We’re not mad,” which was
followed by laughs from most of the audience.
Goods asked if the senators felt pressured.
After several affirmative nods, he said “Good.
Thai’s how I feel walking around campus every
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Bahler says
Karnes firm’
on decision
By Lee Rood
Senior Editor
Sen. Dave Karnes is “firm” on his deci
sion not to take part in a series of
previously scheduled debates with
Bob Kerrey, according to Brent Bahler, Karnes’
political director and spokesperson.
Bahler said Monday that Kerrey has de
stroyed any possibility of future debates with
Karnes because he made a “mockery” of the
debate process by not showing up to KETV’s
scheduled forum Sunday in Omaha.
“He is try ing to make his own rules ... He
says one thing and does something else. He is a
‘debate-buster,’” Bahler said.
Kerrey refused to take part in the KETV
debate Sunday after Chambers became an offi
cial candidate in the U.S. Senate race last
Wednesday. Kerrey told the press Saturday that
Chambers’ New Alliance Party is a “radical
national political organization.”
“Rather than acceding to the demands of
Ernie Chambers that a party with 14 members
| and a dangerous motive be permitted into these
debates, Sen. Karnes should stand up and join
me in repudiating them,” Kerrey said.
But, Bahler said, “If Bob Kerrey has a prob
lem with his opponents... let him debate them
in public.”
“He could have shown up last night (S unday)
and expressed his feelings on the National
Alliance Party, but he didn’t do it. Why?” he
See DEBATE on 6
‘Little ice age* to be discussed at convention in October
By Lisa Donovan
Staff Reporter
Research conducted by the
Nebraska Academy of Sci
ences could be chilling, ac
cording to the academy’s executive
“It’s getting colder,” said C. Ber
trand Schultz. “We’re going into a
little ice age now.*’
Schultz said a “little ice age” is an
extended period of time with below
average temperatures. Since 1947,
Schultz said, the mean annual tem
perature has dropped 2 degrees.
“It’s a cyclic thing and we’re
trying to find out why and what we
can do to keep crops from freezing,”
he said.
Climatic cycles of the past arc not
as consistent as researchers have es
tablished, Schultz said, so it’s diffi
cult to understand the magnitude of
climatic changes.
The cycles vary in length and in
tensity, he said. The cycles arc indi
cated by the changes in the global
climate during the past 1 ,(KX) years
when three “little ice ages” occurred,
Schultz said.
The first “little ice age” occurred
from A.D. 800 to A.D. 1000, the
second was from A.D. 1180 to A.D.
1385 and the last was from A.D. 1550
to A.D. 1900.
Schultz said it is important to
examine the history of the Quater
nary, the ice age, and the Tertiary, the
age of mammals, to see what hap
pened to the climate and how it af
fected the world from a social and
scientific view.
According to Schultz, the green
house effect is not taking place like
some would like to believe, because
their studies are incomplete. He said
that when research takes place in big
cities where there arc large buildings
blocking winds and a lot of cement,
data indicates warmer temperatures.
Some of the research, he said, also
must take place in the country, so
results arc balanced and thorough.
Schultz, said that although the
Nebraska Academy of Sciences is not
part of the University of Nebraska
Lincoln or other Nebraska colleges,
the schools participate in similar re
"A lot of the professors will have
the kids do things like grass samples,"
Schultz said.
He said these studiffc and other
environmental research aids in the
“We spend about two-thirds of the
time disproving our theory and an
other one-third disproving their the
ory,” he said.
‘Their’ theory is the theory of the
greenhouse effect, which says the
carbon dioxide in the air causes the
climate to act warmer.
More than 20 scientists from
arounijl the United States will gather
in Liiiccfr Oct. 2 and 3 to disc iiss what
would happen lo the Midwest if there
was a supposed on-coming “little ice
Schultz said direct defense of the
greenhouse effect will not be in
cluded in the October program.
The 12th annual symposium,
called Global Climate and the Future
of the High Plains Auuifers, is the
fourth one located in Lincoln. It will
feature a program which includes
papers on high plains stratigraphy,
aquifers, the impact of global climate
John Bruce/Dally Nebraskan
on water resource management,
waste disposal, agriculture and port
facility planning and human ecology.
Schultz said the symposium offers
a chance for people to examine what
will happen to Nebraska and ihe
Midwest in the future, if there is a
"little ice age," by examining what
happened in the past.
The symposium will lake place at
the Lincoln Hilton, 141 9th St. The
registration fee is $3$ (or students and
$75 for non-sltftde|||,