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In a reaction story to the vice-presidential debate (DN, Oct. 7), Susan Welch, a political
science professor, was quoted incorrectly. Welch said Michael Dukakis, not Sen. Dan
Quayle, touched on more liberal, human issues during the presidential debate. Also, a
typographical error appeared in reader opinion letter (DN, Oct. 3). The letter said ‘leave
the stunt driving in Hollywood," not "Leave the student driving in Hollywood"
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Vol. 88 No. 30
Hero status doesn’t suit UNL policeman
By David Holloway
If anyone ever had the chance to
be a hero, Bryan Kratochvil,
would be the first to turn it
Kratochvil, 24, a University of
Nebraska-Lincoln police officer,
saved the life of 5-year-old
Christopher Smillie from a fire at
3272 Starr St last Thursday.
iochvil said he
would do the |
same thing again
under the cir
himself a hero. .
I was in theBRSPHL 4
right place at the KratochvH
right time,” Kratochvil said. “I
couldn't just stand around and
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Christopher’s brother Nicholas, 2,
died as a result of smoke inhalation.
Their mother, Elizabeth Smillie, 22,
and brother Ryan, 11-months, are
listed in critical condition at Saint
Elizabeth Community Health
Kratochvil was off duty when the
incident occurred at 11 a m. last
Thursday. He said he was driving
through the Nebraska Cento parking
lot when he saw smoke coming over
the tops of the trees.
Kratochvil said he parked his car
and ran to the scene whoe he saw 12
to IS people standing in front of an
apartment with smoke coming from
the basement apartment.
“People were hollering that there
were still children in there,”
Kratochvil said. “When I heard the
children cry, I knew I had to go in.”
Kratochvil said he entered the
building and went to the lower level
of the apartment complex where he
met Steve Lopez, who was carrying a
flashlight and had already attempted
to rescue the family.
Kratochvil said Lopez deserves
more credit than himself.
“As far as the other gentleman,
there is no difference between us,”
Kratochvil said. “He deserves as
much respect as I do. He re-entered
with me every time I went in. I just
came out with a child and he didn’t.”
Unsuccessful on his first try,
Kratochvil said he and Lopez left the
building to get some air and re
entered again. Kratochvil crawled on
his belly the whole time.
“The one thing I kept in mind the
whole time I was going in was not to
go past my limits,” Kratochvil said. “I
knew if I collapsed, I wouldn’t do
anybody any good. I didn’t want to
make myseif a victim and hamper the
fire department’s work. ’
Kratochvil said he was calling to
the children in a soft voice trying to
get them to come to him.
“I was real exhausted, but I felt
like I could reach out and touch
them,” Kratochvil said.
Kratochvil said he saw
Christopher Smillie’s leg about4 feet
in front of him through the smoke. He
grabbed it and pulled Smillie out of
After leaving the building,
Kratochvil said somebody took the
child from him. He said he sat dov/n
to catch his breath and passed out. He
was later treated and released from
SL Elizabeth Hospital for smoke
Kratochvil, a member of the UNL
police force for 10 months, said he
had not been trained for fire and
rescue in his police training.
Kratochvil attributed his knowledge
of fire and rescue to his father,
Eugene Kratochvil, who has been a
volunteer fireman in Ulysses for
more than 20 years.
“After I thought about it, it was
stupid to run into a burning building,”
Kratochvil said. “But when I heard
the kids, I knew I had to go. My dad
would have done the same thing.”
Kratochvil said he was concerned
more with the family’s safety than his
Kratochvil said others should be
“You think this is a special thing,
but those firemen do it everyday,”
Kratochvil said. “What I saw was
more heroic than anything I ever did.
I take my hat off to them.”
Kratochvil said he felt good about
what he did, but felt bad for the little
boy who died.
“Until the day I die, I’ll never
forget it,” Kratochvil said. “If 3 had to
to do it again I wouldn’t do anything
different, I did my best.”
ur. zaje sex says:
Nebraskans taking sexual risks
By Victoria Ayotte
Nebraskans face extra risk in con
tracting sexually transmitted diseases
because they deny the reality of the
diseases and frequently don’t practice safe sex,
Clark Taylor told about 30 people in the
Nebraska Union Saturday.
| Taylor, a professor at San Francisco State
University and the Institute for Advanced
Study of Human Sexual Behavior, was at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln to give a
workshop on safe sex. The event was sponsored
by the Gay/Lesbian Student Association.
Taylor, whose nickname is “Dr. Safe Sex,”
said he felt “a special mission” in speaking to
Nebraskans because of their denial of the need
for safe sex.
“Here, people are basically in fear and
denial,” Taylor said. “That is one of the most
explosive situations you can have.”
Taylor cited the size of the audience as
evidence of this fear and denial. He said that in
his home in San Francisco, 600 to 800 students
attend the lectures he gives.
“People in rural areas ... are lulled into a
false sense of security,” he said. “We live in a
; Taylor’s workshop consisted of a lecture, a
multi-media presentation and a demonstration
ofisafe sex devices.
Taylor said he tries “to give sex-positive
information” and show how safe sex can be
/Taylor first suggested the range of risk
people subject themselves to.
“Most people are having sex and most of it’s
risky,” he said. “We are losing more people
from AIDS than in World War I, World War II,
Korea and Vietnam put together.”
The first suggestion about safe sex that
Taylor suggested was knowing one’s sexual
! He said “people lie all over the place” and
that people shouldn ’t trust their partners to take
care of the safe sex.
Reaction is favorable;
audience ‘more aware’
after sex workshop
By Victoria Ayotte
Several people, attending Satur
day’s safe sex workshop by
Clark “Dr. Safe Sex’ ’ Taylor at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said
they are now more aware of the need for
“It was a real eye-opener,” Brad
Johnson of Lincoln said. “ It put things in
Ginger Wilkenson from Lincoln
agreed with Johnson.
“It showed me there are more alterna
tives to risky sex,” she said.
Both Johnson and Wilkenson said
they probably will change their sexual
habits after attending the workshop, but
they said the presentation had not made
them any more fearful of AIDS or other
See SAFE SEX on 5
People also don’t realize that other diseases
such as chlamydia and herpes arc the leading
ways people get Acquired Immune Deficiency
Another misconception is that people with
sexual diseases look different, Taylor said.
Sexual diseases sometimes have long in
cubation periods before signs appeal'.
Taylor said people can’t wait for a cure for
AIDS before getting information about safe
“Right now is not a'time to wait and see,” he
said. “Right now is a time to gear up.”
The first step in practicing safe sex is to
abandon narrow definitions of sex and include
sexual methods such as looking at people in a
See DOCTOR on 5
WtHiam l auaWDaHy k*bra#lc*n
1984 Survey reveals rape statistics
that still apply to UNL campus
By Chris Carroll
Editor's note: This is the first in a
series of three articles dealing with
sexual assault October is National
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
Data from several studies on
sexual aggression that were
conducted on the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln campus in
1984 can still be applicable today,
said Helen Moore, associate profes
sor of sociology and women's stud
ies. * •
The studies reported sexual ag
gression that men have admitted to,
places on campus women thought
were unsafe, and sexual harassment
and assaults suffered by students
from peers and faculty, Moore said.
population has been conducted since
1984, Moore said.
Moore and two professors who
were at UNL in 1984 conducted a
survey and collected data.
Thie Campus Security Advisory
Committee used the data collected
from the three studies to write sum
mary reports. The committee was
created in 1983 because of reported
assaults in Love Library. It is made
up of faculty and administrators.
The survey on sexual aggression
by peers indicated that 17 percent of
See RAPE on 8
No report on sexual regression
representative of the overall student
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