The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 10, 1997, Image 1

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A little short Stocking the pantry September 10,1997
After a slow start to the Chip-N Club Invitational Rockers S.O.U.P. and Dixon Jane play a benefit
the NU women’s golf team was unable to catch Sunday at Antelope Park to aid the Food Bank of SWEET SUNSHINE
Missouri in the final rounds Tuesday. PAGE 9 Lincoln. PAGE 12 Sunny, high 76. Clear tonight, low 53.
By Brian Carlson
Assignment Reporter
Although the Democratic Party has yet to
announce a candidate for governor in 1998,
party members say they are gearing up and
working hard behind the scenes.
And with the primary elections about eight
months away, party officials say there is plenty
of time to prepare.
Gary Randall, 2nd District chairman of the
Nebraska Democratic Party, said four
Democrats are considering the race.
Randall named Bill Hoppner, a Lincoln
businessman; Maxine Moul, State Economic
Development director; and state Sen. Ardyce
Bohlke of Hastings as potential Democratic
candidates for governor. He would not name
the fourth.
Tricia Bruning, executive director of the
Nebraska Democratic Party, described the
fourth possible candidate as “an independently
wealthy Western Nebraska businessman.”
Nebraska Democratic Party officials had
been reluctant to disclose the names of possible
candidates, saying they wanted decisions to be
made free from outside pressures.
But Bruning said the party is eager to
recruit candidates to work for the interests of
the entire state.
“We’re looking for a candidate to represent
the populist voice of Nebraska voters,” she
said. “The rural communities in this state are
dying, and that’s an issue that needs to be
We re looking for a
candidate to represent the
populist voice of Nebraska
executive director of the NDP
Hoppner is one potential candidate whose
political philosophy has been described as pop
ulist. He said he was weighing both personal
and political considerations before deciding if
he would make a second bid for governor.
In the 1990 primary elections, Hoppner lost
to Ben Nelson by 42 votes. Nelson went on to
upset then-Gov. Kay Orr in the general election
and was re-elected in 1994.
Hoppner said he and other possible candi
dates must have both a message for voters and
the background to deal with state issues.
“The fundamental thing is that for the state
to grow and to continue to grow economically,
everybody in the state has to have a shot at a
good education and share a fair and equitable
tax burden,” he said.
Hoppner said he probably would need to
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Keeping an eye on ASUN
By Brad Davis
Assignment Reporter
Today the Daily Nebraskan begins its con
tinuing coverage of the top 10 goals set by the
Association of Students of the University of
Nebraska leadership for the fall semester.
“ASUN Watch,” will be featured each
Wednesday and will give students the opportu
nity to follow the progress their elected offi
cials make throughout the semester..
The goals, as stated by ASUN President
Curt Ruwe:
1. Continue commitment to diversity
issues through sponsored events and
increased communication with cam
pus community.
Speaker of the Senate Viet Hoang has
focused his efforts the past two semesters on
recruiting a diverse pool of applicants for
ASUN committees.
Also, an ASUN bill that recently passed
requires senators to visit at least two assigned
student groups each month. Hoang said he
hopes this will give senators more connection
with their constituency.
ASUN has planned a speaker, Marlon
Smith, during Homecoming Week to promote
diversity on campus. The event also is spon
sored by the Innocents Society, University
Program Council and Mortar Board.
2. Improve interaction among campus
student-governing bodies: ASUN, the
Residence Hall Association, the
Interfraternity Council, and the
Panhellenic Council.
“In the past years,” Ruwe said, “there hasn’t
been a lot of interaction between these groups
because the leaders didn’t get together. This
year the groups are getting together to accom
plish one goal, which is much more effective.”
Ruwe said RHA President Ben Wallace has
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SERVANDO JIMENEZ of Omaha has his ears checked Tuesday night by second-year
medical student Julie Rothlisberger at the UNMC Family Health Care Center.
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UNMC students administer
low-cost care for uninsured
By Erin Gibson
Senior Reporter
When Louanne Perkumas’ husband
died in 1989, he left behind a loving wife,
two young daughters and his bustling tod
dler son.
Perkumas said she has struggled to
provide for her children and keep her fam
ily strong.
But the family lost its health insurance
coverage with its father, Perkumas said,
and making ends meet has meant giving up
regular doctor visits, both for her and her
“They wanted $100 a child” for doc
tor’s visits, she said. “I can’t afford that.”
But two weeks ago, a flip through the
Omaha phone book found the name of a
new clinic - one run by University of
Nebraska medical students - that would
provide checkups for Perkumas’ children
for a flat rate of $5 each.
“I told them, ‘You just made my day,”’
she said.
Perkumas’ two teen-age daughters,
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Angela and Christine, were two of the first
10 patients to receive medical care at the
new student-run clinic, which opened in
Omaha Tuesday night.
The clinic provides low-cost medical
care for uninsured families with the help
of more than 100'volunteers, including 80
University of Nebraska Medical Center
students, 25 physicians and several nurse
practitioner students.
The clinic uses the acronym SHAR
ING, Student Health Alliance Researching
Indigent Needy Groups, and operates from
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the
UNMC Family Health Care Center, which
is located in the South Omaha
Neighborhood Association building.
Second- and third-year medical stu
dents provide patient care and consult with
a volunteer physician before issuing their
diagnosis. Jose Lopez, a volunteer transla
tor, helps Spanish-speaking patients com
municate with their student doctors. Many
medical supplies are donated to the clinic.
Students said the new clinic results in
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