The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 11, 1996, Image 1

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Today - Mostly sunny,
breezy & mild. South
wind 15 to 25 mph.
Tonight - Partly cloudy.
Low in upper 30 s.
_March 11, 1996_
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Jill Staehr, a junior in the teachers college, pours a can of tomato sauce into a bucket Sunday afternoon during the
Kappa Delta Chili Fest ’96. The sorority made 19 pots of chili, which was enough to feed up to 1,000 people. It held
the annual event to raise money for the Local and National Prevention of Child Abuse organization.
Elders calls for more sex education
US. health system
fails to educate
students effectively
By Michaela Pieler
Staff Reporter
Americans need more health education to
become a healthier society, a former U.S. sur
geon general told about 900 people at Nebraska
Wesleyan University.
Dr. Joycelyn Elders, surgeon general from
1993 to 1994, said the American health care
system cost too much and delivered too little.
In a one-hour speech in the O’Donnell Audi
torium on Friday afternoon, Elders explained
the problems of “Health Care in the 21st Cen
Although the United States has the best doc
tors, nurses and research programs in the world,
she said, the country fails in actual ly keeping its
people healthy.
Elders, a native of Schaal, Ark., was the First
African-American and second female surgeon
general. She was asked to resign in December
1994 after she suggested education about mas
turbation in schools.
She now works as a professor of pediatric
endocrinology at the University of Arkansas.
Elders said the average American child
watched 15,000 hours of television from lgin
dergarten to 12th grade and only received^ 14
hours of sex education.
A comprehensive health education in that
time could prevent sexually transmitted dis
eases such as AIDS, she said.
“We tell them what to do in a car in the front
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Leitzel plans
to stay at
By June Sobczyk
Senior Reporter ~
Although she will visit an East Coast univer
sity in about two weeks, Joan Leitzel, UNL
senior vice chancellor for academic aff airs, said
Sunday she had no —__
plans to leave Lincoln.
“I’mnot looking for I'Wl tlOt
another position,” lonbinp fnr
Leitzel said. “My in- ^KingJOT
tention is to stay. I’m OMOtheV
very happy here.” . ...
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Star reported Friday that intention is tO
Leitzel was among four
finalists for president of Stay. I TYl Very
happy here”
Leitzel confirmed JOAN LEITZEL
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with you, usually you
say yes you will,” Leitzel said.
“It’s very preliminary,” she said. “I’m not
sure how many people they’re talking to, but
surely more than one.”
Officials from the University of New Hamp
shire talked with her a month ago about visiting
the campus, Leitzel said.
But she did not apply for the presidency
position, she said, or any other positions at other
Because she is in a high position at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Leitzel said,
officials from other universities sometimes call
her when they have job openings.
“I have a highly visible position,” Leitzel
said. “From time to time, people in my position
do get inquiries.”
Last August, Leitzel fil led UNL’s chancellor
position until James Moeser took over in Febru
ary. She was not among three finalists for that
The Journal Star reported that more than 100
people applied for the presidency position at the
University of New Hampshire. Officials plan to
have the new president by next fall.
Other finalists for the position are: Michael
Baer, provost and senior vice president for
academic affairs at Northwestern University;
Myron Henry, provost at Kent State University;
and Richard Freeland, vice chancellor for aca
demic affairs and president of City University
of New York’s Research Foundation.
fight for boxing club sets TKO
By Matthew Waite
Senior Editor "
Chad Grace’s college life has been one
big fight.
He has fought all kinds of opponents in a
boxing ring. He has traded blows in the
squared circle for the better part of four
But for the last year, he says, he has been
in the tight of his college career.
In one comer is Grace, a senior construc
tion management major. In the other are
University of Nebraska-Lincoln administra
tors, letters, hearings and disappointments.
And Grace recently found himself at the
business end of what appears, from his end,
to be a knockout blow.
Grace is the president of the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln Boxing Club—a club
made up of people interested in amateur
The club is, however, not welcome to
practice on campus.
It hasn’t been since four years ago, when
the Office of Campus Recreation dismissed
it as a club team when then-adviser Clifford
Walton resigned amid allegations of sexual
assault — charges that never were proved.
Grace’s past year has been a series of
attempts to get back to campus.
And boxing club members have now, it
seems, exhausted their avenues of return,
after a decision rejecting the boxing club
was handed down Feb. 23 from James
Gricsen, vice chancellor for student affairs.
Campus officials maintain that amateur
boxing causes brain injuries.
Research evidence—what little there is
that recognizes the difference between
professional boxing and amateur boxing—
is divided on the issue.
And, in what some have said was a
double standard, five combative arts clubs
and four club sports that contain serious risk
of permanent injury were listed as club
sports that used campus recreation facilities.
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Grace’s struggle started before he J§j|§l
came to campus as a freshman.
The Boxing Club was suspended
by the Office for Campus Recreation be
cause it had no coach or adviser.
Stan Campbell, director of Campus
Recreation, led the charge to remove the club
from campus.
In a letter dated Sept. 8,1993, Campbell
wrote Marlene Beyke, director of develop
ment at the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska, explaining why the
club had been suspended.
After consulting Greg Clayton, director of
risk management and benefits, and Dr.
Russell LaBcau, medical director at the
University Health Center, Campbell elimi
nated the team.
“It was decided the risk of injury associ
ated with this sport was simply too great to
allow it to continue as a Campus Recreation
sport club,” Campbell wrote.
According to Grace, no students were
involved in the decision. The team was not
notified until after the decision had been
Campbell wrote that a position taken in
1983 by the American Medical Association
and the American Academy of Pediatrics,
along with a lawsuit settled out of court at the
University of Colorado, were factors in the
But UNL’s risk management office
approved the club’s insurance policy in 1988.
The club was required to purchase
insurance from the USA Amateur Boxing
Federation, and the university would be
“pleased” with the liability protection,
according to a letter dated Nov. 10,1988.
The positions Campbell cited that were
taken by the two medical associations were
established in 1983. In 1984, rule changes
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