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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901
VOL. 95 NO. 102
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Justin Firestone presents the OFFICE party platform Thursday afternoon
in the Nebraska Union. Firestone, a junior Latin and economics major, is
a candidate for ASUN president.
OFFICE candidate says
party will cure corruption
By Joshua Gillin
Student government has been run by an
“elitist” political machine for too long, the
second announced candidate for ASUN presi
dent said Thursday.
Justin Firestone, the
Association of Students
of the University of Ne
braska presidential can
didate for the OFFICE
party, outlined hispartv’s
platform before an audi
ence ofabout 40 students
in the Nebraska Union.
“There is a cancer, a
_ spot on the sun that is this
university — a growing
cancer mat nas been testenng and corrupting
your student government,” Firestone said.
“The OFFICE party is the cure for that
cancer. The OFFICE party will remove that
spot from the sun.”
Firestone said an “elitist” group of stu
dents had long operated student government,
and the time had come for “normal” students
to take control.
Kevin Gregorius, the OFFICE candidate
for second vice president, said he wanted to
carry that message to all students.
“We ’re your average, run-of-the-mill stu
dents,” he said. “We’re here to represent
you, not impose some twisted political agenda
Among the changes OFFICE plans to
implement if elected are forming a commu
“We're your average, run-of
the-mill students. We're here
to represent you, not impose
some twisted political
agenda on you.''
Second vice president candidate
nity cabinet ofkey student organization lead
ers to confer on student issues and develop
ing an electronic-friendly learning environ
The key to the development of electronic
learning is the Internet, Gregorius said.
“More and more of the world is getting
on-line,” he said. “UNL has to be a part of
The party is concerned with a widening
rift between the student body and the Ath
letic Department, as well as campus safety,
overcrowding in residence halls and the
renovation of campus facilities.
Chuck Isom, the OFFICE candidate for
first vice president, said it was time prom
ises were fulfilled.
“We've heard a lot of talk about parking
garages and residence halls being built or
renovated, but we haven't seen any
progress,” he said. “If s time those things
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Abortion bill debated
Proposal may challenge Roe v. Wade
By Ted Taylor
A bill that would prohibit abortions when
there is an “existing sign of life” spawned al
most four hours of testimony and debate Thurs
day in the Judiciary Committee of the Nebraska
Sen. John Lindsay, the Catholic attorney
from Omaha who introduced LB 1380, defined
those signs as the presence of circulatory and
respiratory functions or the presence of cerebral
But Lindsay stressed that the measure was
not trying to prove when life begins.
“Make no mistake. LB 13 80 does not define
when life begins,” he said. “It cannot do that.
“What it does do is recognize that at a par
ticular point in the pregnancy, life is present.”
Before testifying began, a five-minute ultra
sound video was shown to the committee and
The narrator outlined the early stages of
gestation and the baby’s progression through
Opponents of the bill say it is an impermis
sible ban on abortion and is in direct conflict
with the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lindsay conceded and said most of the testi
mony against the bill would say that the measure
is unconstitutional—an argument he would not
“LB 13 80 seeks to challenge the United States
Supreme Court based upon the basic frame
work of Roe v. Wade,” he said.
Sen. Cap Dierks of Ewing, one of the co
signers of the bill, called the measure “novel.”
Lindsay said in his opening remarks that he
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Williams has one appeal left
By Chad Lorenz
A Nebraska death row inmate Thursday lost
one of his last chances to dodge the death
Eighteen years after murdering two Lincoln
women, Robert E. Williams has only one more
appeal separating him from the electric chair.
Lancaster County District Judge Paul Merritt
ruled that Williams had a fair trial in 1978, even
though juror Barbara Boyce looked at a map
that had not been offered into evidence.
“There is no reasonable possibility that the
extraneous material or information secured by
Boyce affected the jury’s verdicts to the
defendant’s detriment,” Merritt said. “There
was no actual prejudice and no reasonable pos
sibility of prejudice to the defendant by Boyce’s
Williams, 59, had been sentenced to death
for killing 25-year-olds Catherine Brooks and
Patricia McGaiTy. Williams pleaded guilty but
said he had been influenced by alcohol, drugs
and mental problems.
The Nebraska Supreme Court stayed his
execution on March 22, 1995, after Boyce is
sued a sworn statement saying she improperly
looked at the map during Williams’ trial to
consider his travels after the killings.
The Supreme Court gave Merritt the case to
decide if Williams’ right to a fair trial had been
Merritt declared there was jury misconduct,
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American neo-nazi indicted
From The Associated Press
HAMBURG, Germany—American neo
Nazi Gary Lauck has been indicted on charges
of inciting racial hatred and distributing ille
Lauck, 42, of Lincoln, was arrested in
Denmark in March at Germany’s request as
he attended a regional convention of neo
Lauck, dubbed the “Farm Belt Fuehrer,”
was extradited to Hamburg on Sept. 5 and
has been held in investigative detention since
Prosecutors in Hamburg on Wednesday
charged Lauck with 38 counts of inciting
racial hatred, distributingillegal propaganda,
displaying banned Nazi symbols and other
He faces up to five years in prison if
No trial date was set. Under German law,
a suspect can be detained under court order
for up to six months without trial. After that,
a judge can order the suspect released.
According to prosecutors, Lauck has been
the main supplier of neo-Nazi brochures,
films and other propaganda for 20 years
from his base in Nebraska. While such mate
rial is generally considered constitutionally
protected free speech in the United States, it
is illegal to publish or distribute in Germany.
Student winning bulimia battle
By Todd Anderson
Joyce Fishel is still learning.
At age 13, she developed an eating
disorder called bulimia nervosa.
“I began making myself sick up to seven
times a day,” she said.
Since then Fishel, now a graduate student
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has
been learning to live with the anxiety that
causes such disorders.
“At that age, I had anxiety about every
thing,” she said. “I felt like I was losing
Fishel said she was plagued by worries in
her early teen years. Competing for attention
from boys and striving for an image caused
her to worry about her appearance.
“I knew 1 was having problems,” she said.
“I knew something was wrong. I wanted to fix
it, but I didn’t know how.
“I was only taking in 200 calories a day.
My electrolytes were so low I had problems
thinking and concentrating.”
Her parents noticed the problem and
confronted her about it.
“1 began to lie to them,” she said. “I
started to leave the house if my parents
watched over me.”
Fishel tried an outpatient program when
she was 18 and medications later on. Both
helped a little, but neither helped her deal
with the stress and anxiety causing the
When she came to UNL, Fishel said,
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