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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 95 NO. 30 -—--- —-- 1
■ |__October 2,1995
stand up f
By Ted Taylor
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The Nebraska chapter of the National Orga
nization for Women in conjunction wSgr thS
UNL Women’s Center sponsored a protect Sat
urday, aimed at off-field violence involving NU
Twenty-two women and two men, all clad in
white, formed a silent line of protesters who
greeted Husker fans along 10th and T streets
with signs like “Quality Husker football does
not need violent players” and “Go Huskers, but
not against women.”
Madeline Popa, Nebraska NOW coordina
tor, read a prepared .statement from Kathy
Redmond and her mother, Sharon. Redmond, a
UNL graduate, names NU lineman Christian
Peter in a lawsuit filed this summer. She alleges
Peter sexually assaulted her twice in September
Peter was never arrested or charged in the
alleged incident against Redmond. However,
he was found guilty of third-degree sexual as
sault in a separate case in 1993.
Redmond said in the statement:
“We are here because we believe tha|it is the
time the community listen and foci# on the
victims of violence, the real victims who don’t
wear helmets or jerseys.”
Redmond began crying as Popa finished the
, “Thank you so much for doing this,” she
i said, hugging Popa.
Judith Kriss, director of the UNL Women’s
Center, was among the protesters.
“We are asking people to adopt a zero per
cent tolerance for this kind of violence,” Kriss
Popa, busy handing out signs and going from
one interview to another, said she was happy
j with the turnout and that the protesters’ mes
! sage got across.
“We are hoping to present a point of view
that women, people in general, who come in
contact with players off the field should be
respected,” she said. “I think we’ve done that.”
Kathy Redmond receives a hug from Madeline Popa, the Coordinator tor the Neoraska cnapter omow during tnetr protest
outside Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning. Redmond, a UNL graduate, names NU lineman Christian Peter in a lawsuit
alleging sexual assault.
Popa said NOW was waiting for a response
from NU coach Tom Osborne and the UNL
“We ask that they take a look at the rules of
conduct,” she said. “We are not satisfied with
the statements Osborne has made to the press
regarding the issue. They need to clean up their
. She also urged other Nebraskans to voice
their opinions to the athletic department.
“We want Nebraskans, who are proud of
their football team, but not of their off-field
actions, to get their feelings across,” she said.
Amy Wozny, a freshman art major, was one
of the UNL students there to show support for
the victims. Wozny said she was upset by the
possibility that NU football player Lawrence
Phillips could return to the team.
“The thought of him (Phillips) going out and
playing after what he did is disgusting,” she
Phillips, a Comhusker I-back, was dismissed
by Osborne. Sept. 11 after being charged with
third-degree assault, trespassing and destruc
tion of property. Phillips has since been found
guilty of 'the assault and trespassing charges.
Osborne has said it is possible that Phillips may
return to the team this year.
Popa addressed the Phillips issue.
“If he is allowed to play again,” she said, “it
is sending a clear message that his actions are
Carita Baker of Lincoln said Phillips wasn’t
the only problem on the team.
“Phillips is only an example of something
that is more systemic,” Baker said.
Baker is not a member of NOW or any other
women’s organization, but said she heard about
the rally and just wanted to be a part of it.
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Regents debate research, medical care
Studies not limited to state issues
By Paula Lavigne__ '
The University of Nebraska will continue
to emphasize research that benefits the state
but will not limit research to Nebraska inter
The NU Board of Regents approved a
resolution Friday that defined the relation
ship of teaching, research and service for the
The resolution, proposed by Regent
Charles Wilson of Lincoln, came after Re
gent Drew Miller of Papillion withdrew his
previous research resolution.
Miller said Wilson’s resolution addressed
the importance of teaching and prescribed a
different mission for each campus.
He said he agreed with the new resolu
tion,but offered four amendments. Two were
The regents rejected Miller ’ s first amend
ment, which sought to encourage research .
that would benefit Nebraska taxpayers.
Wilson argued the amendment was not
necessary becausethe university already had
a strong emphasis on research important to
Miller said his amendment would not be
an “absolute prohibition” on outside research
and said he was concerned only with re
search funded by Nebraska taxpayers.
“If it’s federal money you’re using, then
ij it s jeaerai money you re
using, then study the polar
ice caps. It’s fine with me. ”
study the polar ice caps,” he said. “It’s fine
Regent Charles Hassebrook of Walthill
said limiting research to the state would limit
research on broader, outside issues that would
still affect Nebraska.
The polar ice caps are studied to measure
global warming, he said, which would also
“It’s more important to measure research
on its contribution to society,” he said.
“Should you study how to bring back family
farms across the nation, or should you help
one corporate farm take over a family farm in
The regents approved Miller’s second
amendment, which gives professors credit
for quality work on applied research and
service projects published in trade and busi
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Griesen defends health center fees
By Paula Lavigne .
The national debate over who should pay
for health care trickled down to the Univer
sity of Nebraska Friday.
But instead of Congress debating the is
sue, the NU Board of Regents took charge.
The debate was part of the agenda’s strategic
issue focus on student services.
Regents questioned the relevance of health
centers at the four campuses and whether
funding should come from mandatory stu
dent fees or be based on a fee-for-service
James Griesen, vice chancellor for stu
dent affairs, said university health centers
were a vital tool in getting students to seek
necessary medical attention.
“We all know that students are not sophis
ticated consumers of health care,” he said.
“They need some guidance and need to know
where to go for help.”
But Regent Chairwoman Nancy O’Brien
said she was worried that students were pay
ing for services they didn’t need.
Currently, UNL students pay a manda
tory $80 per semester to the University Health
Center. Griesen said that figure was slightly
above the median, but was lower compared
to Creighton University’s $200 fee.
O’Brien compared the university to Fre
mont, a city with about 22,000 people, and
said the University Health Center probably
employed more full-time professionals, 62,
than the town.
At UNL, the health center received about
$3 million from student fees and $ 1.5 million
from fees from services. Griesen said the
health center needed student fees because it
received no state support.
Regent Charles Wilson of Lincoln said
students might be allowed to opt out of the
health center fee if they were covered by
their, or their parents’ insurance.
Regent Drew Miller of Papillion sup
ported Wilson’s statement, saying that op
tion would make the health center competi
tive with other health-care providers and
give it an incentive to lower prices.
Griesen said the health center offered
services, some free of charge, that were not
covered under most health insurance plans.
The concern is that student fees could
discourage low-income, working students
from going to college, Miller said.
But Griesen said the fact that the health
center was included in student fees meant
more low-income students would have ac
cess to affordable health care.
See CENTER on 7
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