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! 'Oabinet selections
break new ground
! By Ron Fournier
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton
t Thursday named U.N. ambassador Madeleine
| Albright to be the first female secretary of state
and retiring Republican Sen. William Cohen as
defense secretary, laying the foundation for na
tional security policy in his second term.
He asserted his new advisers would “rise
above partisanship” to meet the challenges of a
r; dangerous time.
^ “They have the experience, the judgment,
the vision to meet the heavy responsibility and
* the high privilege of leadership.”
Clinton also named Anthony Lake, his na
tional security adviser, to be the new CIA di
rector. Sandy Berger, Lake’s deputy, will move
up to take his boss’ former spot.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher, De
fense Secretary William Perry and CIA direc
tor John Deutch are resigning. All three were
in the Oval Office for Clinton’s announcement.
Clinton praised them as “bright, forceful,
strong-minded individuals,” and said his new
team was made up of people with “remarkable
Though the appointments of Lake and
Berger amount to a second-term reshuffling, the
nominations of Albright and Cohen are
Please see CLINTON on 2
NU cheerleader in hospital
i after gymnastics accident
By Chad Lorenz
Pl Senior Reporter
A UNL cheerleader was in critical condi
tion at Lincoln General Hospital Thursday night
after suffering a neck injury during practice
Tracy Jensen, a University of Nebraska-Lin
coln junior from Lyons, was injured while per
forming a gymnastics maneuver in Mabel Lee
Hall. She was taken to the hospital just after 10
As of Thursday night, Jensen was undergo
ing tests and had not yet undergone any sur
Cheerleader Coach Jamie Boling would not
say whether doctors had detected any signs of
. Other members of the~ch»wleaffing squad
and athletic officials would not comment on the
incident. Jensen’s family was with her at the
hospital, but also declined to comment.
This is Jensen’s third year on the squad. Last
year, she was injured during a home football
game when she fell from the top of a human
This week, the squad was preparing to travel
to St. Louis to perform Saturday at Nebraska’s
Big 12 championship football game against
DAVE AND BECK! BARNES of Lincoln, masquerading as Santa and Sandra Claus,
greet people at the comer 13th and 0 streets Thursday night. The couple was
downtown for the ceremonial lighting of the downtown Christmas lights.
It’s that time of year again,
when people must choose
between real and artificial
-trees for the holidays.
Bt Erin Gibson
Staff Reporter _
This time of year, thousands of Nebraskans
will venture forth through wind and snow to
hunt down the perfect symbol of the Christmas
In the name of tradition, many spend hours
stalking the many tree lots and farms, prying
through prickly, bending branches until they
find that once-in-a-lifetime tree to light up their
Others forgo the hunt and choose an artifi
cial tree — an eternally green substitute they
say drops no needles on the carpet and requires
little care. For some, allergies to the trees re
quire the sacrifice of tradition.
Although the real vs. fake debate is a calm
one, Nebraskans only have one chance per year
to get the decision right.
This included Gov. Ben Nelson, who chose
to keep live trees in his office and the governor's
mansion this year, said his press secretary Diane
‘He’s a traditionalist and a nature-lover,” she
Mayor Mike Johanns and Chancellor James
Moeser said they prefer die same.
And so do Nebraskans by die carload, said
the owner of Prairie Pines tree farm in Uncoin.
.: Walt Bagley, who opened the farm with his
wife Virginia in 1965, said people are very en
thusiastic about picking out a live Christmas
Thanksgiving weekend, people trekked out
to the countryside to pick out their tree in the
soaking rain, Bagley said.
“They’re about as fanatic as those people
who went to the football game,” he said.
Every year, more and more people come out
to buy a fresh tree from his farm — the first
farm in the state, he said. His customers pay
from about $25 for a good 6-foot-tall tree to
Please see TREES on 3
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