The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 18, 1997, Page 3, Image 3

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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
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.
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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
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
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
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
“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
“It’s more of a concern with age,” Homer
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
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
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
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
“We are not trying to find some
orgasm pill,” Komisaruk said.
Whipple agreed with his research
“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
“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.
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