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By Chad Lorenz
A UNL student and his parents remain hos
pitalized after they woe in a serious accident
on Interstate 80 Saturday morning.
Scott Tarascio, a sophomore broadcasting
major, was riding with his parents when his fa
ther, Gary Tarascio, lost control of the car, Sgt
Steve Ayers of the State Patrol said.
Gary Tarascio lost control of the 1995 red
Toyota while swerving to avoid a large piece of
tire in the rood, Ayers said.
Scott and Gary Tarascio were thrown from
die vehicle as it rolled several times, Ayers said.
Scott’s mother, Linda Tarascio, remained in the
car until it stopped.
The accident happened between Waverly
and Lincoln at about 8:30 a.m. Scott’s parents
were bringing him back to Lincoln from a week
end visit in Omaha.
None of the family was wearing seat belts,
The three> were taken to Lincoln General
Hospital where father and son were in critical
condition and Linda was in sqfious condition.
Randy McAlpine, a friend of Scott’s from
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, said he had been
to the hospital to see his former roommate.
McAlpine was not allowed to visit any of the
family, but doctors have given him updates on
Scott Tarascio was released from intensive
care Sunday and was downgraded to serious
McAlpine said Scott Tarascio had a com
pound thumb fracture and a lot of bumps and
Gary Tarascio underwent surgery once to
have his spleen removed, McAlpine said.
Sunday night, doctors performed surgery
again On Gary Tarascio to fuse together verte
brae in his back, McAlpine said. Complications
during that operation forced doctors to stop, he
said. He was still in critical condition in inten
sive care Monday afternoon.
Linda Tarascio suffered two broken legs and
had a plate put in her right knee, McAlpine said.
She was downgraded to fair condition.
Professor says d
By Matthew Waite
Bill Clinton and Bob Dole have “wandered
. too far down the campaign trail” for Sunday
night's debate to have a major impact on voter’s
choices, a UNL political science professor said
Robert Sittig said Clinton turned in a better
performance than his Repubhcan chaDenger, but
the incumbent president had an easier job than
Tracking polls by major television networks
and an informal poll of debate coaches by The
Associated Press all gave the nod to Clinton.
CNN reported that a majority of those polled
came away from the debates with a more favor
able opinion of Pole, but not enough to change
A man-on-the-street poll of students at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Tuesday
proved difficult because few students watched
die debates. The students questioned said they
either did not care about politics or had already
made up their minds.
Please see DEBATE on 6
Bereuter urges students to vote
Congressman decries low voter turnout, touts Republican record
By Erin Schulte
U.S. Rep. Doug Bereuter has some
things he wants to do for college stu
dents—but first they have to make it
to the voting booths.
Census studies show only 44.6 per
cent of 18- to 20-year-olds mid 16.5
percent of 21- to 24-year old? voted in
the last Congressional election. If stu
dents want to protect their future,
Bereuter said, they should improve
One. of the reasons students need
to vote, he said, is to protect their fi
nancial future. Older generations con
tinue to clamor for entitlement pro
grams such as social security, Medi
care and Medicaid — programs the
younger generation pays for now. But
if deficit spending continues, he said,
college-age people won't receive the
.sameBenefits..‘; r — ■ - ‘ -
“We’re developing a generational
split, so it's important for students to
express themselves as citizens,”
Bereuter said. “The ultimate act is to
Bereuter has been a U.S. represen
tative since 1978 and is up for re-elec
tion this fall. He is running against
Democratic candidate Patrick Combs
for die 1st District seat in die House.
Bereuter said he has been a part of
a Congress that is moving toward a
balanced budget in six years. Right
now, he said, the government spends a
very high 1$ percent of its budget just
to pgy the interest on the current na
tional debt Although young people
nught not automatically see this, as a
“student issue,” he said, fighting for the
balanced budget is one of the most
important dungs he’ll do for students
‘It’s very important to your future,”
he said. “Orelseit’s going to be a huge
national debt we leave as a legacy.”
But getting rid of the debt doesn’t
mean breaking promises to the older
grams, he said. The government must
'be mere careful in taking on new ex
Keeping some change in their pock
ets is always a concern to students, and
Bereuter said he had a hand in keeping
costs down. '
^ v. The Telecommunications Reform
Act that was passed this year provided
more competition between telephone,
cabfe, and electronic media companies,
he said. That competition will help keep
service prices down,
“The democratic-controlled Con
gress failed to do it for 14 years,”
Bereuter said he had also been ac
tive in pushing through a caucus to
ensure the number of dollars devoted
to student loans was increased.
Another challenge Bereuter said he
will face if rejected is hewing colleges
invest more resources in upgrading
“It needs to be apriority if we’re to
Igve things like the Beadle Center,” he
ifid. Federal funds provided more than
half the money for the center.
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Please see BEREUTER on 6
No injuries reported in
Iowa State fraternity fire
From the Iowa State Daily
AMES, Iowa—As a crane tore
off the exterior wall, the smolder
ing bed frames and mattresses of a
fraternity cold-air dormitory were
a solemn reminder of a Saturday
morning fire that could have been
While much of the Theta Chi
Fraternity house was destroyed by
a grease fire that ignited about 4:30
a.m. Saturday, all fraternity mem
bers and guests escaped unharmed.
“The occupants <hd a real good
job of evacuating everyone. When
our team did a search, we found that
everyone was already out,” said
Mike Quids, chief of the Ames Fire
The fire started in the kitchen
and spread through the walls to the
second and third floors. It then
spread to the roof.
‘They have one of those big,
commercial gas stoves. Two burn
ers were in full-on position. The
others were in off position,” Childs
“The stove ended up being the
point of origin. We can tell that by
the bum patterns on the surface of
the walls and the depth of the char
in the wood on the ceiling.”
Childs spoke with the Theta Chi
cook, Carlton Jaquess, who said the
burners were turned on early Sat
urday morning after Jaquess
checked the kitchen at 1:30 a.m.
While only Jaquess and the
house manager have keys to the
kitchen, Jaquess told Quids the fra
ternity members have been known
to enter the kitchen through a win
dow, especially for late-night
“We don’t know which indi
vidual accidentally left the burners
on,” Childs said.
The chief said fire officials
would question individuals, but
“it’s highly unlikely someone will
step forward. Our biggest concern
is to determine if the fire was set,
and we don’t feel it was that way at
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