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April 14, 1994
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Vol. 93 No. 141
Spanier: Don’t forget Holocaust
By Matthew Waite
he death of 6 million Jews as part of
Nazi Germany’s Final Solution and
the moral questions raised from the
ashes have served as guidelines for everyday
life, UNL Chancellor Graham Spanier said
“Are we not still confronted each day
with issues of equality, justice, compassion,
sensitivity, tolerance and understanding?”
he asked an audience of more than 200 at a
Holocaust commemoration i n the State Capi
“These are the values that govern many of
my own priorities, many of my own deci
sions and many ofmy own choices,” he said.
Spanier was the keynote speaker of the
commemoration titled “No More Lists.”
Spanier said he struggled to find why
fundamental human rights should be so elu
sive and feared.
“Have we forgotten (about the Holocaust)
already?” he said. “Or have we failed to learn
in the first place?”
The world knows too many examples of
fear and violence in recent years, Spanier
said. He asked the audience why these issues
had to be addressed in the community and
“Because as others have pointed out be
fore us, violence springs from hatred; hatred
springs from fear; fear springs from igno
rance,” he said. “Ignorance can only be
combatted by education and thus, education
is the solution.”
A story written by Spanier, who is Jewish,
called “Coincidence and Injustice,” was read
by Alex Gclman, a professor of theater arts
and dance. It told of his lather and grandfa
ther and their escape from Nazi Germany.
Span icr wrote that h is grand father owned
a cigar factory in a small town outside of
Hamburg, Germany. When the Nazi’s came,
his grandfather was forced to flee, giving up
In the story, Spanier told of an odd coin
cidence where he met the inheritors of his
grandfathers cigar factory in a taxi cab in
Virginia. The story dealt with his feelings
and the questions surrounding the encoun
Spanier also told the audience about his
“unhealthy obsession” with his ancestors
and the Holocaust. He said he had been to
different historical places in Europe where
thousands of Jews died.
One needed to listen to only one Holo
caust survivor to realize why we must re
member the Holocaust, Spanier said.
“Thankfully, there are thousands of wit
nesses the world over — and for those of us
in my generation, tens of thousands of chil
• Travis Heying/DN
UNL Chancellor Graham Spanier speaks inside the east chamber of the
State Capitol Wednesday evening in commemoration of the Jewish
Holocaust. Spanier spoke of the travels he has taken to some Eastern
Europe Holocaust sites. He read an essay about one of his experiences
to the audience of more than 200 people.
drcn ofwitnesses—who must never forget,
Gov. Ben Nelson echoed Spanier, telling
the audience to remember the Holocaust and
stop Revisionists and Neo-Nazis. “We can
not allow those who would plant the seeds of
doubt in our children to continue,” he said.
Nelson said one day the remaining survi
vors of the Holocaust would die.
The truth about the Holocaust must not
pass with them,” he said. ‘‘Ignorance must
not become stronger than truth.”
Lincoln Mayor Mike Johanns said people
must destroy the roots of the Holocaust —
hate, bigotry and ignorance — to prevent it
from happening again.
“We must try ... to remind people of this
stain on our history ... so that it never hap
pens again,” he said.
By Heather Lampe
A SUN senators voted Wednesday to sup
port the idea of a parking garage on
campus, but not at the site specified by
a recent proposal.
The resolution, written in part by Kristi
Weinberger,aCollcgcofNursing senator, stated
because of reasons including safety, ASUN
should oppose building a parking garage in the
lot between the Nebraska Union and the Alpha
Phi Sorority house.
Weinberger, a member of
Alpha Phi, agreed that the
only way to solve UNL’s park
ing problem was expanding
up, instead of out, but the pro
posed location would pose a
danger to all students.
More than 75 people attended
Wednesday s Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska meeting to protest the
proposed parking garage and recent increases
in parking fees.
At least 20 to3()ofthcstudents in attendance
at the meeting were members of the Alpha Phi
Jill Anderson, a member of Alpha Phi, said
the proposed garage didn’t make sense when
administration had just eliminated parking in
the green space north of the union.
She said parking officials did not have a
sol id enough proposal to present for approval of
the NU Board of Regents later this month.
“There are too many problems and possibil i
ties,” Anderson said. “There are no definite
Some students said they thought both the
proposed garage and increased fees had little
Phillip Cillicrs, an executive in the Resi
dence Hall Association, protested increased
parking fees because, he said, students were not
given notice about the increase.
Ciliiers said only two students attended the
Parking Advisory Committee meeting at which
the increase was discussed.
“We asked for another meeting, so residence
hall students could give their opinion, but they
declined,” Ciliiers said.
Cillicrs said that, in the fall of 1993, RHA
See ASUN on 3
Overnight services eliminated at Health Center
By Kara G. Morrison
Beginning May 9, the University Health
Center will no longer olTcr 24-hour
services. Vice Chancellor for Student
AfTairs James Gricsen said Wednesday.
Gricsen said although the center would be
closed during late evening and early morning
hours, full-service hours of the center would be
The centcrwill be open from 7 a.m. to7 p.m.
weekdays. Limitcdand emergency services will
be available from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays
andfrom9a.m.to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays
The center will be dosed from 10 p.m. to 7
a.m.on weekdays and from 1 p.m. to 9 a.m. on
weekends and holidays. An orderly will remain
in the facility, and a nurse will be on call for
emergencies during those hours, Gricsen said.
Kunlc Ojikutu, Health Center director, said
lack of funding combined with the small num
ber of students using overnight services made
the changes necessary.
“Keeping a resident physician and nurse on
duty between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. for providing
services to the three to five students typically
treated between those hours is just not econom i
cally feasible,” he said.
Gricsen said the Health Center’s governing
board voted unanimously to approve the hours.
He said he had been “a strong holdout” on
closing the center overnight because acutely
intoxicated students had utilized the center
during those hours.
He said the community health staff advised
him that acutely intoxicated patients would be
better served at a hospital or a regular detoxifi
However, Gricsen said an orderly would
remain at the Health Center at all times to stall
the phone and to get help for patients in emer
gencies. The center has provided transportation
to hospitals for emergency services for years.
The HcalthCcntcralsowill eliminate its six
bed hospital in May because cutting overnigh!
physician staffing will make the center ineli
gible fora hospital license.
Griesen said students who used emergency
facilities from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. would no
longer be charged the current $15 after-hours
Nelson trims budget bill to guarantee no tax increases
By Matthew Waite
Gov. Ben Nelson said Wednes
day he had sent back the
Nebraska Legislature’s main
budget $26.4 million leaner.
Nelson told reporters at the Stale
Capitol that his vetoes on LB991, the
Legislature’s main budget bill, would
ensure there would be no tax increases
Among the vetoes, $1.5 million
was trimmed in a measure to give $10
million to teacher salaries, and a cut
in the Department of Roads budget
saved Nebraskans $6,827,270 in taxes
at the gas pump.
Nelson said there were many good
Programs that received funding cuts
ecause of tight fiscal constraints.
“Obviously, making these cuts was
not easy,” he said.
There still are bills in the Legisla
ture that could afTect the budget, in
cluding an increase in judges’ salaries
and a $4 million program for the
dcvelopmentally disabled, Nelson
said. He said there were other bills
that were smaller by comparison.
“They’re on the line also,” he said.
“1 don’t think (the total amount ve
toed) will be final.
“It is likely there will be further
vetoes when these (additional appro
priations bills) cross my desk.”
Nelson outlined his vetoes in a
letter to the Legislature, saying the
vetoes were necessary to keep Ne
braska in good fiscal standing before
entering the next budget session.
Among Nelson’s vctcos were:
• $600,000 from a $1 million
Children’s Mental Health Road map
program. Nelson said in the letter the
remaining money would allow for
some development in the program but
would keep it within budget con
• A $600,000 amendment that
would increase the salaries of proba
tion officers. Nelson said the increase
should be considered in the next bud
• Half of an $80,000 increase in
the Postsccondary Education Award
Program, which gives money to stu
dents attending independent four-year
• $314.5 million from the Depart
ment of Roads’ proposed budget in
crease. The veto will maintain the
variable gas tax rate at 23.4 cents per
gallon. The Department of Roads bud
get will still increase by $21 million.
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