The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 01, 1995, Page 3, Image 3

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    Health Center requests funds
By Chad Lorenz
Staff Reporter ”
The University Health Center
requested Tuesday a 2.23 percent
increase in next year’s budget from
the Committee for Fees Allocation
to fund two staff additions and up
graded telecommunications.
rT" * ** * increase in student
fees would bring
the center’s total
receipt from fees
Kunle Ojikutu,
Health Center
said he
to add a
a part-time
pujrjivai uiwia|/i>9i« He said the health
center could expect to spend
$21,000 for the nurse and $10,000
for the physical therapist.
The $31,000 personnel cost is a
2.26 percent increase over last year.
Ojikutu requested $15,500 to
upgrade telephones and computers
as part of a campus-wide rewiring
to connect every phone and com
puter to HuskerNet.
The cost of upgrading the health
center’s 108 telephones and 208
computer ports is a 63.56 percent
increase, he said.
When the health center receives
all its funds, Ojikutu said, it would
need to set aside $23,081 to pay for
the increased cost of resale items.
He said the increase was needed
because of pharmaceutical compa
nies had raised prices.
Ojikutu said the increase
wouldn’t necessarily come from
student fees.
The health center’s budget also
called for increases in funds for
supplies, postage, consultants,
travel and training, maintenance,
small equipment, utilities and other
operating expenses.
Ojikutu asked for decreases in
funds for purchased services, insur
ance, printing and advertising. The
decrease would save $13,717, he
Ojikutu said the health center
added new benefits to UNL stu
dents last year.
For example, he said, the Health
Center used money from closing
the after-hours clinic to hire an ad
ditional full-time physician, he said.
Last September, the Health Cen
ter hired an optometrist, and in Feb
ruary, will offer contact lens ser
Also, he said, the Health Center
will save money this year because
of a contract with the AmeriSource
Corporation, a pharmaceutical com
pany that offers lower prices.
Although only 58 percent of UNL
students use the Health Center,
Ojikutu said many more were helped
through student health aides and
outreach services.
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such as the highway trust fund, Med
icaid, welfare and Aid to Dependent
“But I support the concept,”
Bromm said.
Sen. DiAnna Schimek of Lincoln
said cutting the deficit was a popular
issue with most people, as well as
with her, but that people also needed
to look at the potential minuses and
listen to debate on the issue.
Schimek said she probably had a
preconceived notion that leaned her
against a balanced budget amend
ment, but she had not made up her
Bemard-Stevens has introduced a
resolution that would provide for rati
fication of the amendment in Ne
LR26 was introduced with the idea
of giving senators some control over
the ratification process, Bemard
Stevens said.
When the hearing is held, Ber
nard-Stevens said, he wants to have a
thorough discussion.
“There’s no hurry,” Bernard
Stevens said. “The states have seven
years.” -
Nebraska currently has its own
version of a balanced budget amend
ment in the state constitution. The
state is required to reserve 3 percent
of its revenue.
Sen. Roger Wehrbein of
Plattsmouth said that meant that out
of $10Q, the state could spend only
Wehrbein is chairman of the Ap
propriations Committee, which con
trols the Nebraska budget. He said a
balanced budget amendment would
probably also affect local govern
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edge of what (the contractor) was
doing,” Blattert said.
Once he found out what the
protesters were doing, Blattert
said he called the Rev. Paul Witt
at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
“I told him I had my obliga
tions to meet the needs of my
people,” Blattert said. “I sell to
over 400 contractors.
Somebody’s making a big issue
out of something and found a
person’s name to put on it.
“Somebody wants to make a
big stink out of somebody want
ing to put food on the table for
their employees? I don’t know
what I’m doing wrong.”
Witt told him the church only
wanted the contractors involved
in the project to “pull away.”
Witt also told Blattert to call
Lincoln Right to Life; however,
Blattert said none of his calls had
been returned.
Witt said he encouraged pa
rishioners who knew the contrac
tors to call them and ask the com
panies to reconsider. He did not
ask them to “browbeat” the con
tractors, Witt said.
Chris Funk, executive direc
tor of Planned Parenthood of Lin
coln, said priests passing out the
lists violated the separation of
church and state.
“I think we should require all
priests to take History 101,” she
said. “They should be reminded
this is not a theocracy, and this
country has its roots in the sepa
ration of church and state.”
Because of the controversy,
Funk said, some contractors de
clined to help because they feared
for their children’s safety.
“I’m sure there’s some people
who don’t want to work on our
project because they don’t be
lieve abortion should be a legal
choice,” she said. “But most of
the people who said ‘no’ were
just afraid of the harassment that
they were going to get.”
Blattert said he felt he was
being singled out.
“If this was to be brought out,
they should talk to the people
who allowed it to happen,” he
said. “They should talk to the
people who supply the water, the
electricity ... these people also
donated, and their names weren’t
listed. They should talk to the
people who govern the laws.
“I just can’t understand... this
is going way too far, they’re pin
pointing people, and it’s sad.
They’re going about it in the way
of hatred, and to me, hatred
shouldn’t be a part of religion.”
Blattert said he personally was
anti-abortion, but the lists por
trayed him as being on the other
side of the issue.
“Nobody’s asked me,” he said.
“As far as I’m concerned,
there’s nothing I’m supplying. I
don’t seek to supply anything
further, unless my contractor asks
for it,” Blattert said. “And even
then I’m undecided. If the clinic
asks me to do anything at this
time, with all the advertising be
ing done, it’ll hurt my business.”
But Blattert later retracted that
“Until pro-life calls me, I’m
obligated to supply the contrac
tor with anything he wants.”
But for now, Blattert will wait
to hear from the Right to Life
“I hope they will pronounce
my name as a person whose name
has been removed from the list,”
he said, “that I’m trying to help
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shifts the burden to state govern
ments, that only means states have to
re-create those programs, he said.
“We may not really be reducing
the overall size of government very
much,” he said. “And the federal
government has been pretty good at
mandating state governments to do
things without providing the fund
That means state deficits could
pile up, he said, while Congress de
clares “problem solved.”
The current state budget is tight,
Anderson said, but stable. Nebraska
is not alone in facing a projected
deficit of several million dollars, he
Anderson said the rush to pass a
balanced budget amendment spoke
more of politics than fiscal responsi
To become a constitutional amend
ment, 38 states must ratify the bal
anced budget proposal.
MacPhee said the states seldom
ratified constitutional amendments.
“If history is any judge, there have
been relatively few proposed amend
ments to the constitution that have
been ratified by the states,” MacPhee
If the Senate doesn’t apply the
brakes and decide who will pay for
what, and how, he said, all indica
tions are the states will apply the
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He said the international com
munity was reluctant to get in
volved in internal conflicts. This
reluctance, he said, explains why
it took a long time to respond to the
crisis in Somalia.
(hie reason that the U.S. is slow
to get involved in peacekeeping
operations, he said, is that the U.S.
frequently must bear the greatest
burden in terms of expense and
manpower, sometimes acting
But, he said, U.S. power makes
it likely that it will have to act
alone even more in the future.
McHenry said that because of
this, the United States was faced
with a dilemma: Should it respond
late, not at all or do the sensible
thing and respond multilaterally?
“The public is and remains op
posed to unilateral action by the
U.S.,” he said, “but supports
strongly multilateral operations
where others share the burden.”
After discussing the problems
with U.S. and U.N. response to
international conflicts, McHenry
suggested some solutions to inter
national conflicts:
— Increase specialized peace
keeping training of U.S. armed
forces, similar to the Scandina
vians, who train their forces to
understand diplomacy as well as
— Provide for common train
ing with other nations, especially
in communications technology and
command structures.
— Position equipment around
the world to deal with any emer
gencies that may occur.
McHenry said even though the
United States had domestic con
cerns, the international 911 would
continue to ring, and the country
must be ready to answer.
“However much we may wish,”
he said, “today’s problems will not
go away.”
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