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News Digest.2
Tuesday, mostly sunny and mild, high of 60, west Editorial 4
winds 10 to 20 miles per hour Tuesday night, Sports.7
some clouds, low of 30 Wednesday, cloudy and Arts & Entertainment.9
cool, high of 50. Classifieds.11
Universityof Nebraska- Lincoln Vol 89 No. %
Student press battles for rights to police logs
i mf Lee Rood
§ j|l| T S. sludent newspapers at
I tempting to report crime on
B"' •campus are becoming vic
I tiros of the universities they attempt
| * to cover, according to the Washing
D.C.-based Student Press Law
^^^Jdany universities have been for
K^^lflding access to campus police logs,
|Ad withholding or omitting public
^formation about crimes that in
volve students, said law center Direc
I wF Mark Goodman.
Goodman said he receives at least
two complaints a week from student
newspaper representatives who say
university officials use privacy laws
to withhold such information.
“It’s a tremendous problem, and
unfortunately it seems to be getting
worse,’ ’ Goodman said.
Goodman said the university offi
cials use the Buckley Act -- a law
aimed at protecting students’ rights to
access files schools compile on them
— to suppress the information. They
use the act’s privacy provisions to
prevent campus police from releas
ing information about crimes involv
ing students, he said.
However, Goodman said, no court
in the United States has ever accepted
the withholding of police records or
any other public record because of
the privacy provisions of the Buckley
Nonetheless, student newspapers
that do not have the money or the time
to challenge universities in court of
ten are victims of the Buckley Act, he
“The Buckley Act has incredible
potential for abuse,” Goodman said.
Campus police have taken on the
role of conscience for the commu
nity, he said.
“They arc making editorial deci
sions (to release public information
that) editors at campus newspapers
should be making.”
John Goebel, University of Nc
braska-Lincoln vice chancellor for
Business and Finance, said he thinks
“it is important that the press be
given appropriate information.”
‘ ‘We rely on the standard required
by law and the judgment of the people
involved,” when releasing UNL po
lice records on crimes involving stu
dents, said Goebel, who oversees the
UNL police department.
Goebel said he has never received
an official complaint from the media
that UNL police have withheld public
information. When asked if the UNL
Police Department has ever withheld
information from the student press,
he responded, “I certainly would
hope not. ’ ’
UNL police Lt. Ken Caublc said,
“sometimes we will keep things out
(of incident reports) because they
will create more problems” on cam
UNL police will not disclose in
See PRESS on 6
i uemana increases
iJHC extends hours
of AIDS counseling
By Jennifer U’Lilka
jStaff Reporter
0 11 he University Health Center
1 will reschedule times for free
| * AIDS counseling to make the
U Counseling more accessible to stu
dents, according to medical director
Dr. Gerald Fleischli.
Phyllis Mostrom, coordinator of
the sexually transmitted diseases
program and an AIDS counselor, said
the health center received “a slight
increase” in calls concerning AIDS
*jT counseling after the Lincoln-Lancas
f“fUcr County Health Department ran
advertisements about it.
She said problems occurred with
the increased amount of students
requesting counseling because the
C&unscling times available were not
convenient for students.
Fleischli said the problem wasn’t
the amount of times available but that
the times weren’t convenient for the
increasing number of patients seek
ing counseling.
Previously, counseling sessions
were offered between 1 and 2:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“Apparently, this was a time
when lots of students have classes,”
Fleischli said.
He said new counseling times will
be available to students within a day
or two.
Moslrom said the health center
will extend hours for AIDS counsel
ing, see if they are used and possibly
open more times later.
If the new limes still arc inconven
ient, she said, students can use the
free AIDS testing offered at the Lin
coln-Lancaster County Health De
Mostrom said the nurses at the
health center have been trained to
give counseling along with AIDS
Students who use the free AIDS
testing must attend a one-hour coun
seling session to determine how
m uc h the student is at risk of contract
ing AIDS and what support systems
arc available.
Nurses explain what the tests will
do and My to educate the student
about discrimination and other con
See AIDS on 6
i Lack of personnel leads to
Physics 261 restrictions
By Cindy Wostrel
Staff Reporter
Students who were turned
away from second semester’s
Liberal Arts Physics 261 may
:* have to take the class during the
' summer or next fall, said the vice
tj chairman of the physics department.
William Campbell said excluded
| students probably cannot get permis
* sion to enroll in the class next semes
ter. The Department of Physics said
that of the 98 students who registered
for the class, only 40 were accepted.
“We simply don’t have the per
; sonnel to solve the problem,’’
[ Campbell said.
Liberal Arts Physics 261 is de
* signed for non-majors and is non
math based.
One possible reason so many stu
dents were turned away, Campbell
We simply don’t
have the personnel
to solve the prob
— Campbell
said, is that only one section of the
class was offered in the fall this year.
See PHYSICS on 6
• 1 •
Parking committee discusses
I offering discount bus passes
r By Doug Isakson
[I Stiff Reporter
1 ----
rrio help solve parking problems
I on campus, the UNL Parking
Advisory Committee Monday
I discussed a plan that would save
i 1 money for students who purchase
| yearly bus passes instead of parking
I permits.
Committee member Gary
Thalken proposed the plan in which a
student could purchase a UNL pass,
similar to a parking permit, and re
ceive a discounted bus pass from
Though this plan has not yet been
discussed with StarTran officials, he
said, the money from the special
passes could be given to StarTran,
which could in turn issue discounted
bus passes to holders of the permit
See PARKING on 6 „
Eric Gregory/Daily Nebraskan
Michelle Boerkircher, a sophomore in general studies, takes a little time out to daydream
and soak up some sun in front of the Coliseum Monday as temperatures climbed into the
high 60s.