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at odds over
ropyright laws
COPYRIGHT from page 1
They said professors took their busi
ness to the University Bookstore,
because the university was willing
to skirt the copyright law for faster
Both bookstores use a copyright
clearinghouse called Copyright
Clearance Center. Copyright per
missions come through anywhere
from 24 hours to 24 days.
Paul Carlson, vice chancellor for
business and finance, the depart
ment that oversees the University
Bookstore, said the university
printed the packet because the copy
righted material in question was
from a book that went out of print,
and they had printed the packet
other years.
Carlson said that in similar situ
ations in the past, copyright ap
proval was always granted, and the
only question was whether or not a
fee would be charged. Copyright
approvals generally run from 1 cent
per page to $2.11 per page and are
absorbed in the packet’s cost to the
The University Bookstore re
quested copyright approval twice
before going ahead and printing the
packet, he said.
“In this case, we may have
jumped the gun by two days, but we
served the students well,” Carlson
said. “We don’t apologize for help
ing the students out.”
The University Bookstore
started selling the packet on Sept.
4, and final certification for copy
right approval was received on Sept.
6, Carlson said.
“We believe we were doing the
students a favor by getting their
books out as soon as we could,” he
Carlson said he didn’t feel print
ing the packet put professors or the
university in a bad position.
“We anticipated the approval
process coming through,” Carlson
said. “There was a very small risk.”
IS T5151
Kerrey applauds Democratic efforts
By Chad Lorenz
Senior Reporter
After losing two Democratic Sen
ate seats to Republicans, Sen. Bob
Kerrey, chairman of the Democratic
Senate Campaign Committee, com
mended his party’s efforts to hold on
to 14 other seats.
Democrats lost seats in Alabama
and Arkansas, southern states that nor
mally vote Democratic, Kerrey said.
They also lost a seat in Nebraska, as
businessman Chuck Hagel took the
open seat left by the retirement of Sen.
James Exon. Hagel beat Gov. Ben
Nelson by a 16-point margin. Nebraska
had not elected a Republican senator
in 24 years.
As chairman of the Democratic
Senate Campaign Committee, Kerrey’s
mission was to help the Democrats pick
up the three seats they needed to re
gain control of the Senate.
But despite the loss of seats to the
Republicans, Kerrey said he wasn’t
upset with Democratic efforts.
“Did we take control? No, but I’m
proud of the effort.”
Kerrey attributed the southern
losses to a shift of Republican power
to the south from the west, where
Democrats fared well this year.
Kerrey said Hagel’s victory fol
lowed Nebraska voters’ affiliations.
Fifty-two percent of Nebraska voters
are registered Republicans; 38 percent
are Democrats. *
“When you run as a Democrat, you
run 14 points down,” Kerrey said. “Ben
Nelson was running against a heck of
an obstacle.”
That obstacle wasn’t as big in west
ern states, Kerrey said, where Demo
crats picked up nine open seats.
In all, seven freshman Democrats
and seven incumbent Democrats who
won re-election will head to the Sen
ate next year, Kerrey said. They will
join the 31 Democratic senators who
were not up for re-election this year.
The two-seat net loss for the Demo
crats extends the Republicans control
of the Senate to 55 to 45.
State’s interests senator s top priority
KERREY from page 1
Kerrey said.
But Kerrey and Hagel also have
common goals where they could
make progress together, he said.
Kerrey said it was in Nebraska’s
interest that he and Hagel get along.
“We had a friendship... before I
went to the Senate. My presumption
is that friendship will reignite.”
Both fought in the Vietnam War,
and therefore would both advocate
veteran benefits, he said. Sen. James
Exon’s World War II experience
brought him and Kerrey closer, he
Kerrey said he and Exon were
successful because they covered
four Senate committees important
to Nebraska. Kerrey is on the Agri
culture and Appropriations commit
tees; Exon served on the Armed
Forces and Commerce committees.
Hagel has said he wanted to con
tinue Exon’s work in the Armed
Forces Committee and perhaps
serve on the Foreign Affairs Com
On the campaign trail, Hagel
said he admired Kerrey’s work to
reform entitlement programs such
as Social Security and welfare.
Kerrey said he hoped Hagel
would continue to support entitle
ment reform because Republican
votes would be vital to passing his
Deb Fiddelke, communications
director for Hagel, said Hagel liked
Kerrey’s idea to use parts of social
security deductions for investments
and pay some back to citizens for
their own investments.
And when the two do disagree,
Hagel is prepared to put Nebraska
ahead of his own politics, Fiddelke
“They’ll have different ap
proaches to different issues but
they’ll both work for Nebraska’s
Consultant to help improve climate for women
CONSULTANT from page 1
female students at UNL in general.
“I will not leave here until I have
had an opportunity to talk to everyone
I need to talk to,” she said. Ledbetter
is at UNL for two days this week and
will return later this month for another
two-day visit. She will then make a fi
nal visit to present her report.
The university is trying to be coop
erative and respond to student con
cems, she said.
“This university is saying ‘If there
is a problem here, please let us know
what it is.’ They want to fix any prob
lems they find,” she said.
Ledbetter said she would ask stu
dents about their experiences in the
Athletic Department and try to find out
any comments they have heard others
Although she will recommend how
to make changes if there are any prob
lems discovered, Ledbetter said, it
would be difficult to make everyone
“I don’t think there’s such a thing
as an ideal climate because we’re all
different,” she said. “Ideal is without
problems and I just don’t think we lead
problem-free lives.”
It’s important to make as many
people happy as possible, she said.
“We need to see if a university is
meeting the needs of a majority of in
dividuals, Ledbetter said. “You can
not address every transgression to the
satisfaction of everyone.”
UNL’s high profile affords both
opportunities and problems for stu
dents, she said.
“The Chinese say ‘There is danger
in every opportunity and there’s oppor
tunity with regard to every danger.’”
Ledbetter’s report to the chancel
lor will be made public when she has
compiled results.
Horse-racing advocates vow to keep industry alive
Backers say a new
strategy is necessary
after the defeat of
Amendment 1.
racing will survive in Nebraska despite
the defeat of an off-track betting pro
posal on Tuesday’s ballot, industry of
ficials say.
But, horse backers admit, there will
have to be a new strategy to capture
the Omaha market where Ak-sar-ben,
once the state’s premiere track, is with
out live racing.
Nebraska voters overwhelmingly
voted against Amendment 1, which
would have allowed off-track betting
in places such as bars and restaurants.
Hie unofficial vote was 380,028 votes,
or 62 percent, against and 231,949
votes or 38 percent, for the measure.
Don Huismann, a board member of
the Hall County Livestock Improve
ment Association at Former Park, ex
pected Nebraskans to vote in favor of
the amendment. He noted Hall County
voters did 9,549 to 8,506, largely be
cause of benefits Former Park’s chari
table organization has provided the
“Former Park has done an awful lot
for this city since it started in the
1950s,” he said.
But, Huismann said, there is so
much gambling in the state that when
people have a chance to keep it out they
will even if they travel to Council
Bluffs, Iowa, Las Vegas or South Da
kota to gamble at casinos or dog tracks.
Huismann said Former Park will
survive, but off-track betting would
have helped.
John Skold, president of the Thor
oughbred Racing Association of Ne
braska, said horse tracks outside
Omaha, such as Former Park and State
Fair Park in Lincoln, will lose hundreds
of thousands of dollars in revenue with
out the Omaha market.
Amendment 1 would have allowed
off-track betting from Omaha, which
represented about 30 percent of the
mutual handling for the out-state tracks
through simulcasting. Tracks such as
Former Park no longer have the ben
efit of simulcasting at Ak-sar-ben,
which has closed.
Keith Day of the Nebraska Racing
Commission said the way state law
reads, it lodes as if simulcasting at Ak
sar-ben would end Dec. 31, 1997.
There is a provision in state law that
could allow simulcasting to continue
one more season at the Omaha track.
With approval of Nebraska horsemen
and the racing commission, simulcast
ing could continue through 1997, he
Skold said Nebraskans have en
joyed the benefits of nonprofit horse
tracks in the state for many years.
“It’s too bad that, when we needed
votes from them, they weren’t there,”
he said. “People are tired of listening
to us, listening to track managers be
moan the state of the business.
Skold said the next step is for in
dustry leaders to sit down and design a
way to remain competitive. One pos
sibility is going to the Legislature to
ask for a bill that would allow simul
casting from Ak-sar-ben even if it
doesn’t have live racing anymore.
“We’re not giving up,” he said.
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Robak considers governor run in 98
COLUMBUS (AP) — Lt. Gov.
Kim Robak was not running for U.S.
Senate in Tuesday’s election, but she
ended up losing anyway.
Republican Chuck Hagel’s defeat
of Ben Nelson kept the Democratic
governor in Lincoln and cost Robak
any chance of a promotion—at least
for now.
The 41-year-old Robak said she
may make a run for governor in 1998.
“I want to be governor,” Robak said
before Tuesday’s Senate election.
“But... the spotlight is a little dif
ferent on the governor than it is the lieu
tenant governor,” she said. “A lot of
people don’t care about the lieutenant
Nelson’s former chief of staff,
Robak was promoted to lieutenant gov
ernor in October 1993 when Maxine
Moul resigned to take over as head of
the state Department of Economic De
Nelson was ready to hand over the
reins of state government to Robak, but
the voters did not see it that way on
Tuesday. Hagel beat Nelson by a 56
to-44 percent vote.
“It was very difficult to be in a po
sition to have somebody else control
It was very difficult to be in a position to
have somebody else control the outcome of
what would happen to me”
Nebraska Lt. Gov.
the outcome of what would happen to
me,” Robak said Wednesday, the day
after Nelson’s defeat.
Robak, a Columbus native, would
have become the state’s second woman
governor. Republican Kay Orr held the
post from 1987-91.
In an interview before the election,
Robak said she had been looking for
ward to becoming governor. Now she
is considering running for the office in
two years.
“It will be a decision that the fam
ily makes together, so I would wait to
make that decision a year from now,”
said Robak, a mother of two.
Robak said Wednesday she is al
ready receiving support for a possible
bid for governor.
“(On election) night, people offered
their help,” she said. “They said, Til
go door-to-door for you in two years,
Kim.’ I got an outpouring of support,
but it’s a little too early to tell.”
Robak blamed Nelson’s election
loss to late Hagel campaign ads includ
ing some that accused Nelson of not
doing enough as governor to curb prop
erty taxes.
“I think he didn’t answer the nega
tive ads quick enough,” Robak said.
“He waited about two weeks to answer
the property tax ads and 1 think that
did irreparable harm that couldn’t be