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November 1,1988__University of Nebraska-Lincoln Vol. 88 No. 46
UNL charged with
sex discrimination
By Victoria Ayotte
Senior Reporter
nhe Office of Civil Rights of the U.S.
Department of Education has reo
pened a complaint against the Univer
sity of Nebraska Lincoln which alleges that
dining facilities for male and female athletes
are not comparable.
The complaint states that male athletes are
served in the more contemporary Hewitt Cen
ter, which was completed in 1985, while female
athletes have training facilities in the Harper
Schramm-Smith Residence Complex.
Brad Munn, affirmative action/equal em
ployment opportunity officer, said in a press
release that the complaint was filed about three
years ago when the federal government had no
jurisdiction over programs not receiving fed
eral funding.
The case was reopened as a result of congres
sional action this spring which mandated that
any program or offering by a federal contractor
must comply withcivil rights legislation, Munn
Title IX of civil rights legislation slates that
programs for men and women athletes must be
Three investigators from the civil rights
office visited UNL recently, Munn said, and
interviewed members of the athletic depart
ment and himself.
There have been several routine compliance
reviews at UNL during the past decade and each
lime the university has “fared extremely well,”
he said.
This is the first on-site investigation from a
specific Title IX discrimination charge, he said.
Munn said he doesn’t anticipate any prob
lems, at UNU
Munn said he expects a decision on the case
next spring.
Phony VNL band members
soliciting candy door-to-door
uy nranaon Loomis
Staff Reporter
Door-to-door candy salesmen
in Lincoln are posing as
volunteers collecting mon
ey to buy new uniforms for the Uni
versity of Nebraska-Lincoln Com
husker Marching Band, university
officials said.
Jay Kloeker, assistant director of
the marching band, said the UNL
School of Music has received at least
two calls in the past week from per
sons asking about the legitimacy of
the uniform drive. He said he has not
authorized a fund raising drive of any
kind for the band.
“If anybody does come around,”
he said, “they are definitely not a part
of university bands.”
Kloeker said when the band docs
purchase new uniforms, all funds
come either from the music
department’s tax budget or from indi
victual supporters.
“We never do any kind of door-to
door sales at all,” he said.
Bob Bruce, UNL director of uni
versity information, said he periodi
cally receives complaints that door
to-door salesmen are claiming to
represent the university. He said the
university never authorizes door-to
door sales drives.
Bruce said a group selling discount
coupon books and claiming to repre
sent the university several years ago
was identified and asked to “cease
and desist.”
Klocker said people claiming to
represent the marching band once
sold light bulbs door-to-door, but
were never caught.
Bruce said the university has asked
the Better Business Bureau to look
into the current claims.
“At this point, that’s the extent of
the contacts we’ve made,’’ he said.
Good News publicly apologizes
for printing anti-Semitic picture
By Victoria Ayotte
Senior Reporter
The UNL Good News pub
licly apologized Monday for
a picture appearing in last
Wednesday’s edition that offended a
University of Nebraska-Lincoln pro
fessor who said it was anti-Semitic.
“We fullv and sincerely apolo
ilize,” said Nels Forde.publisher and
acuity adviser of the Good News.
The picture, which illustrated a
Halloween story, showed a man with
twisted features. The words above it
read “The Eternal Jew” in Dutch,
according to Louis Leviticus, a pro
fessor of agricultural engineering.
Leviticus said the nosier was used
by the Nazis in the Netherlands dur
ing World War H to make Jewish
Ic look bad.
s a child, Leviticus said, he grew
up with the posters glaring down at
him, and *he posters became a symbol
of fear.
Forde said newspaper staff mem
bers did not know what the wads
said, since none of them can read
Dutch or Hebrew.
“It was done in innocence and
ignorance,” Forde said.
Forde said the picture came from a
Halloween book and that “it was a bad
“We wish to fully apologize for
that picture and any expression of
anti-Semitism it conveys,” he said.
“We are in no way anti-Semitic.
“I want so badly to make amends
for any feelings this man (Leviticus)
has suffered. Words can't convey it,”
Forde said.
Forde said the newspaper will
print a full retraction in its next issue.
US, won't see abortion pill yet
By Uavid Holloway
Senior Reporter
Some experts say anew
abortion pill, called
RU486 will not reach the
United States in the near future.
C.J. LaBenze, an obstetrician
{gynecologist at Women’s Services
in Omaha, said he didn’t think a
company will try to promote the
drug within the next five years
because of negative side-effects.
LaBenze said the side-effects of
RU486, developed in France, in
clude hemorrhaging and pose a
certain amount of risk of infection.
He said having an abortion at a
clinic poses less chance of infec
tion than tfllrino thr» iu»u/ nill
Jan Kennedy, director of
Planned Parenthood in Omaha,
said various anti-abortion groups
will threaten to boycott any U.a.
company that considers distribut
ing the drug.
Joellen McGinn, a pharmacist
at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Health Center, said any company
that tries to introduce RU486 in the
United States must be well cstab
lished in order to take the pressure
from anti-abortion groups.
Kennedy said the new abortion
pill is the future of abortion prac
tices. She said the pill will change
the public's idea of abortion be
cause it allows women to get rid of
the egg in the early stages of preg
"The pill will stop the kind of
picketing and harassments that
happens outside abortion clinics,"
Kennedy said. "Women will be
able to gel rid of the egg in the
privacy of their own home."
LaBenze said he thinks women
will still want to go to clinics be
cause of the low risk factor.
LaBenze said RU486 is an anti
progestrone. He said progestrone is
a female hormone that prolongs
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tus to grow. He said the anti-pro
gestronc pill causes the wall sur
rounding the embryo to shed. If the
pill is taken shortly after inter
course, he said, it prevents a fertile
egg implantation.
LaBen/e said a woman must
take the pill two to three days in a
row and the abortion begins on the
third day. He said the pill is effec
tive 42 to 45 days after a woman’s
last period.
LaBenze said the only way
women can get the drug in the
United Stales is to buy it on the
black market
“The (Friod and Drug Admini
stration) is making it illegal to
bring RU486 into the U.S., La
Benze said. “The FDA has not even
been approached by a company in
the U.5. to put the product on the
Kennedy said the drug is avail
able in Europe. He said that in
creases the chances the drug will be
accepted in the United States.
“The drug will be available in
me u.s. legally or illegally, Ken
nedy said. “Women have always
been able to get a bold of such
La Benze said it could take an
other five to 10 years before the
drug enters the United States.
“We’ve got groups that are still
against birth control pills,” La*
Benze said “It will be a long time
before a pill such a RU486 is ac
cepted in the U.S."