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Candidates fluid election (JAMrAlUN from page 1 Manpower is the key to a winning election, said Griesen, not money spent. Although Ruwe and Scott Brauer, former KEG party presidential candidate, agreed man power was essential, money plays a significant role in a party’s ability to achieve name recog nition among student voters. “If they don’t have the money or the person power, I think it would be absolutely inpos sible for a person to run a successful campaign,” Brauer said. Ruwe, who donated 28 percent of his party’s budget, said he expected himself to contribute a large portion of ADVANCE’S campaign fund ing. Brauer donated about $30 total to his cam paign. He said he would admit the KEG party had little of the two key factors in winning a campaign: money and manpower. Word of mouth about the quality of a candi date is not fast enough to reach students in the three-month ASUN campaign period, he said. Brauer and Ruwe agreed that word-of mouth is not adequate for a candidate to gain name recognition. ADVANCE reported print ing T-shirts, hundreds of posters, buttons and pencils to spread their name and platform. Ruwe complimented KEG party members for running a good campaign on a shoestring budget — a budget without T-shirts and with only $5.34 in edible treats. They Cut costs through good planning, such as getting the cost of some fliers sponsored by a printing house, he said.. Brauer said the KEG party made a good showing by claiming 32 percent of the student vote with only about 15 percent of the total money spent. Voters also made a good showing; voter turnout this spring rose by 308 students from 1996. Total campaign spending was down by about $650 this year, but the money may go up again next year. [law a Of Her < 1 ! Theft A woman who set up a bank account to help a co-worker who was a victim of a violent crime was ticketed Wednesday for taking money from the account. Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann Heermann said Shirley Brooks, a manager at a local grocery store, set up the account for one of her employ ees. Change jars were put out in the store to gather money from customers and employees. The collected money was then put into the ac count. The money was supposed to go to groceries and electric bills, Heermann said, but the vic tim noticed the electric bill had not been paid and $200 had been taken out of the account. Heermann said after some investigation, police found that the money had been taken out of an NBC account from the downtown of fice, 1248 O St. Brooks, a 38-year-old from Douglas, has been ticketed, but no charges have been filed. Weapons discharge A man underwent surgery to have a bullet removed from his leg, then was ticketed for discharging a firearm inside the city limits af ter he shot himself Wednesday. Heermann said Shad McRoberts, 18, of 4631 Merideth St., was sitting in the living roan of 4627 Bancroft Ave. with four friends at about 10 pjn. He told police he had a loaded .22-caliber pistol in his hand and that it went off and hit his leg. McRoberts was taken to Bryan Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery to re move the bullet. ASIIN Campaign Spending 1996 Totals 1997 Totals March 7 election March 12 election OFFICE party $420.97 KEG party $314.36 ACTION party $2,299.00 ADVANCE party $1,760.20 MWPfW ' ' $2,719.97 Total $2,07456 Spending per senate seat (35) Spending per senate seat (35) iiflPft . $77.71 $59.27 Per voter (1,867 voters) Per voter (2,175 voters) jar- v , $1.46 $.95 Total figures both elections) H $4,794.53 spent Source: ASUN Aaron Steckelberg/DN Health center lab receives cholesterol-testing certification By Kasey Kerber Staff Reporter More than five years ago, the University Health Center laboratory failed in its attempt to become nationally certified for accuracy in cholesterol testing. This year, the center’s laboratory became certified and surpassed the certification require ments by nearly 50 percent. The National Cholesterol Education Pro gram awarded the laboratory certification after it posted a 1.6-percent margin of error for ac curacy and a 1.2-percent margin of error for precision. The required margin of error to receive cer tification was 3 percent for both tests. Gaye Homer, laboratory manager, said the accomplishment was a milestone for the labo ratory. “Since we take cholesterol testing seriously, we felt it was important to prove the accuracy of our testing,” Homer said. Homer said the certification was possible because of the use of standard reagents (sub stances used to detect other substances), a knowledge of using the laboratory instruments and an emphasis on quality controls And this certification, Homer said, showed that the laboratory was doing its job, which includes testing the cholesterol levels of be tween 40 and 50 people during wellness pro files on the first Wednesday of each month. And while students sometimes have their cholesterol tested, Homer said, faculty and staff usually make up the bulk of cholesterol test ing. “It’s more of a concern with age,” Homer said. The laboratory will need to be recertified in April 1998, and Homer said she hopes the laboratory’s margin of error will once again be below 3 percent—or lower. Orgasm pill no pleasure for Rutgers professors Daily Targum Rutgers University NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (U WIRE) — The news came too early, and the two Rutgers professors who supposedly discovered an orgasm pill are now perturbed at all the media at tention they have received. Overnight, news of an “orgasm drug” discovery was printed in news papers around die world, broadcast on television and became the topic of talk radio shows around the nation. Mil lions were told about this mystical drug which would allow women to undergo a spontaneous burst of sexual pleasure. There was only one problem, pro fessors say: Everyone was wrong. “It’s all hype,” said Beverly Whipple, an associate professor of nursing at Rutgers-Newark. “I’ve been explaining this to reporters all week, trying to give them a correct story.” Whipple and Barry Komisaruk, a professor of psychology at Rutgers Newark, discovered that women have an increased threshold of pain while experiencing an orgasm. But they say they are not creating a pill that would induce orgasms. Komisaruk said the London Times requested an interview with him in December. The journalist asked him about the possibility of creating a pill that would stimulate an orgasm in women. The article was published on Dec. 15 and because of a misleading head line, the paper said the creation of an orgasm pill would help women achieve climax, Komisaruk said. News reached the American shores last week with a release from The Home News and Tribune, Komisaruk said. “We are not trying to find some orgasm pill,” Komisaruk said. Whipple agreed with his research partner. “There is no work being done on creating this pill,” Whipple said. “My work is in finding the female sexual response and documenting the phe nomena of female ejaculation.” Their research actually uncovered a new neuropeptide, which when re leased into the spinal fluid causes the sensation of orgasm in the brain. This chemical, vasoactive intesti nal peptide, is a neurotransmitter that has been detected to increase the gen eral pain threshold of women nearly 100 percent above normal. Komisaruk worked alongside Whipple to understand the effects of this chemical and its pathway in women, but they did not discover a pill that actually stimulates orgasms. Af ter several methods of testing, they found even paralyzed women were able to achieve self-stimulation with out masturbation. This pain-inhibiting chemical may be useful in alleviating painful health problems in women, such as chronic pain. “But to link the research with labo ratory rats to the human female stud ies is not only an inappropriate leap, it is simply wrong,” Whipple said. Komisaruk’s work is primarily concerned with the neuropeptide and the sensory pathways from the vagina and cervix to the brain, which led him to the discovery of the vagas nerve. The original pathway thought for the transmission of neuropeptides was the hypogastric nerve, located in the rib cage. The vagas nerve, Komisaruk said, carries signals through a pelvic nerve pathway. In conjunction with Frank Jordan, a professor of chemistry at Rutgers Newark, Komisaruk synthesized frag ments of VIP in laboratory rats. Physiological effects from the pieces of the 28 amino acid chain were examined and found to affect these creatures even with spinal injury. 1 5 FREE ONLINE HOURS WITH THESE NAVDCUNL PLANS. 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