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    By Steve Smith
Senior Reporter
OMAHA—Texasbillionaire Ross
Perot blasted the North American Free
rrade Agreement Sunday, saying
NAFTA “is a bullet that needs to be
Perot, who addressed a crowd of
about 2,000 people at the Orphcum
rheatre, stood in front of a banner that
read “No NAFTA — Save your job,
save our country.”
The chairman and founder for
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he results of which indicated that
Tien’s athletics received 70 percent of
ill athletics scholarships and 77 per
cent of operating budgets.
The reason for the disparity lies
argely in the amount of football schol
irships. It would take seven women’s
iports to match the number of schol
irships — 88 — offered in football.
Movements toward equity have led
to the NCAA’s recent cuts in football
scholarships, according to Nebraska
football coach Tom Osborne. Since
1986, the number of scholarships has
decreased from 105 to 88. Next year,
the number will be reduced to 85.
Both Nebraska Athletic Director
Bill Byrne and Osborne said they
would prefer to have gender equity
without eliminating opportunities for
United We Stand America — a na
tional grassroots organization dedi
cated to government reform — said
the proposed trade agreement would
de-industrialize the United States be
cause Americans would lose jobs to
Mexican workers.
Perot said most NAFTA support
ers were either foreign lobbyists or
represented “the very few” special
interest groups that would benefit from
the trade agreement.
He asked the crowd to “forget all
the theoretical perspectives” by econ
Women’s athletic director Barb
Hibner agreed.
“I don’t want to achieve gender
equity by suppressing opportunities
for men,” Hibner said. “We shouldn’t
be looking at this as an issue of ‘he’
and ‘she’ but as ‘we.’”
Women’s basketball coach Ange
la Beck said more had to be done to
reach that perspective.
While women make up 39 percent
of scholarship athletes, women’s
sports receive approximately one-fifth
of the athletic department’s funding,
Beck said.
“I would never say we are treated
equal because I’m not stupid enough
to say that we are equal,” Beck said.
“But we arc treated better than most
other programs and are on equal
grounds in academic services.
omists and realize the consequences
the trade agreement could have or
American jobs. , •-§
“The people of America under
stand (NAFTA),” Perot said. “The>
realize it would de-industrialize oui
country if we continue these dumt
trade agreements.”
Comparing the NAFTA fight to a
football game, Perot said “it’s in the
third quarter, and our side is ahead
But that doesn’t necessarily mean
we’re going to win.”
NAFTA’s passage can be prcvcnt
“Wc need more women adminis
trators, and we need more women in
power if we hope to achieve equity.”
But, Beck agreed, women’s sports
can’t achieve equity without funding
from football and men’s basketball.
According to the athletic depart
ment’s business and finance office,
football generates $13.3 million for
the athletic department with men’s
basketball accounting for $4.3 mil
1 ion. Those two sports pay for most of
the athletic department budget, Papik
said, with fund raising paying for the
“In principle, people say finances
shouldn’t enter into it,” he said. “In
reality, theyjian’t be ignored.
“We must remember that the ath
letic department pays for its own bills.”
Nebraska will have to pay for those
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al’s specifics, the billionaire said.
“Over the next few weeks, we’re go
ing to have to be in a Joe Friday mood
when it comes to NAFTA,” he said.
Thanks to UWSA members and
their activity, opposition against
NAFTA has grown and is the majority
opinion in the nation, Perot said.
Perot said the easiest way for com
mon citizens to get their messages
across was to show their might in the
voting booth.
“You have something that politi
through increased fund raising, said
Chris Petersen, Nebraska’s associate
athletic director in charge of external
That will also have to help pay for
the addition of women’s soccer next
year, said A1 Papik, Nebraska’s senior
associate athletic director.
Trying to achieve gender equity
wasn’t the only reason Nebraska
“made the women’s soccer team a
varsity sport,” Papik said, “but it did
enter into making the decision.
“We want to comply by adding a
sport, not cutting a men’s sport.”
Editor'* note: Tbl* i* the flnt in a wecklong
series of *tories that will explore how Nebrai
ka athletics has been — and will be—affect
ed by the NCAA's implementation of gender
equity. Tomorrow: How gender equity will
affect football.
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Splichal said band members
changed their minds.
Splichal estimated that Satur
day’s rally brought ten new mem
bers to NORML/Hemp. But he said
most new members did not slay
active for very long.
“People come looking to party
and looking for free marijuana, and
asaNORML chapter we can’tevcn
encourage that,” Splichal said. “So
we have to figure out other ways to
humor them.
Chris Preston, a freshman gen
eral studies major, said he came to
the rally because he’d been mean
ing to get involved with NORML/
Other UNL students, including
Loren Rye, said they came mostly
for the concert. Rye, a sophomore
English major, said he sympathized
with the legalization movement,
even though he said he was against
the recreational use of marijuana.
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the vote. If you wanted this country
painted purple, you could get that
Americans have been effective in
showing their displeasure with the
free trade agreement, Perot said.
“NAFTA was on a rocket ride until
you showed up,” he said. “The good
news is that you stopped it.”
Perot said NAFTA had not been
defeated yet, however. “On Nov. 17,
we need to make sure it’s D.O.A. —
dead on arrival,” he said.
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male faculty member in the Col
lege of Business Administration
passed out a mock tax form.
“The document contained hurt
ful, derogatory references to wom
en and various minorities,” she said.
Although the mock form offend
ed many women faculty, Price
Decker said, male members at a
CBA faculty meeting said they had
a right to distribute “offensive”
material in the workplace and that
anyone who objected to the form
was probably a member of the
“thought police.”
Price-Decker said these hostile
reactions threatened to undermine
the progress UNL has made in the
recruitment of women and minori
“We have heard many new wom
en and faculty remark that coming
to Nebraska has been like stepping
back into the 1950s, and many have
pondered openly whether they have
made a mistake in coming here,”
Price-Decker said.
Efforts to provide an equitable
environment have not reached all
administrative levels, she said, and
many women arc afraid to speak
out because of the risk to their
“As long as women are so intim
idated that their willingness to speak
out is chilled, the need for a warmer
climate persists,” she said.
To improve the climate on cam
pus, Price-Decker suggested the
following to the board:
• Identify and eliminate salary
inequities that may exist.
• Include in the evaluations of
deans some consideration of their
commitment to gender equity.
• Educate the university com
munity about the proper role of the
Affirmative Action Office.
• Empower the Affirmative Ac
tion Office to resolve adequately
resolve gender equity problems.
Jeremy Fitzpatrick
Night Nows Editor* Jott Zotony
Managing Editor Woody Mott Kristine Long
Assoc. News Editors Anglo Brunkow Andres Kssor
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