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Soccer sweeps Rockin’ the Ranch September 29,1997
The Nebraska soccer team recorded its third and Pavement delivered a retrospective of its discog
fourth consecutive shutouts of the season with raphy to an enthused crowd Saturday night at HOLD On To YOUR HATS
victories over Baylor and Texas Tech. PAGE 6 Omaha’s Ranch Bowl. PAGE 10 Sunny and windy, high 78. Fsdr tonight, low 47.
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1 VOL. 97 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 25
i ■ If the union is approved,
joint hospital operations
will begin Wednesday.
By Erin Gibson
The NU Board of Regents will vote
tonight on an agreement to merge the
. patient-care operations of the
* University of Nebraska Medical
; Center’s University Hospital and
* Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital in
^ If the agreement is approved at the 7
p.m. meeting in Varner Hall, joint hos
\ pital operations will begin Wednesday
\ under a new, nonprofit corporation
v called Nebraska Health System.
_ j-4ancson regional neaun services,
•. which includes Clarkson Hospital, has
already approved the agreement.
The agreement would create a
“competitive, single health care organi
zation” that would provide “innovative,
quality, cost-effective health care ser
vices,” the merger proposal states.
A board of six representatives from
each institution would govern the new
system, which would be led by die sys
tem’s new president and the dean of the
NU College of Medicine.
The leadership team would help
bring together both institutions’ physi
cians, combining academic research
and health care with privately practiced
The team would consist of: Louis
. Burgher, Clarkson Hospital chief exec
4 utive officer, who would serve as the
;i new system’s first president and chief
4 executive; and Harold Maurer, dean of
4 die College of Medicine, who would
oversee academic and research pro
grams and the UNMC faculty.
After the merger, the new system
would remain the primary teaching
facility for UNMC educators, and
UNMC would continue to have author
ity over curriculum and other academic
policy matters, research administration,
and faculty promotion and tenure.
Clarkson physicians would share
leadership of four departments: radiol
ogy, pathology, anesthesia and occupa
tional medicine; but all physicians will
continue to work for their respective
Under the agreement, all physi
cians’ services would be leased to the
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request, all consenting system patients
may be available for teaching and
Medical facilities would not change
ownership because both hospitals
would lease facilities to the new system.
Other terms of the agreement
■ That the institutions will provide
a combined $38 million start up contri
bution to fund initial system operations.
■ If the system has sufficient funds
after paying operating and maintenance
costs, the system will pay annual profit
distributions of $6 million to UNMC
and Clarkson Regional Health Center
beginning in the last half of fiscal year
1999. These payments would take pri
ority over the system buying new prop
erty or equipment.
The hospitals’ merger proposal
resulted from their desire to settle a
legal dispute that arose over a 1953
Regents’ approval of the agreement
would settle the pending litigation.
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TOMMY WILDCAT leads the Cherokee Dancers of the Fire in their performance Saturday night at Lincoln* .>
Indian Center, 1100 Military Road. v’;:; ‘
Dancers uphold past
By Brian Carlson
The nine dancers moved
around the fire, clasping hands and
murmuring to the rhythm of the
heavy turtle shells filled with water
pebbles that were strapped around
the ankles of the female dancers.
They sang from deep in the heart of
their Cherokee tradition.
As a crowd of several-hundred
people watched, with only the
small fire to light the dancers’
faces, the Cherokee Dancers of the
Fire performed the stomp dance
Saturday night at Lincoln’s Indian
The group’s lead performer,
Tommy Wildcat, said there was a
variety of stomp dances in the
American Indian tradition.
Endemic to the Cherokee and other
tribes from the Southeastern
United States, the stomp dances
carry religious as well as cultural
and social significance, he said.
Since his teen-age years,
Wildcat said, he has been interest
ed in preserving the Cherokee her
itage. He studied American Indian
languages, and learned to make
river-cane flutes and blow guns tra
ditionally used in hunting small
And he took an interest in the
stomp dance. .. r < Vv
“If we were to lose this dance,
we would lose not only our history,
but everything we’ve built in this
great land we call America,”
Saturday’s audience witnessed
a realistic stomp dancCfetting.
Under the starlit i|||sihe wind
gently brushed through trees and
goaded the fire as the dagsie contin
ued. The dancers broke gway from
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By Kim Sweet
The Nebraska Union echoed with
' / the banging of drums Saturday while
i lions danced and chased evil spirits
Jf away from the Centennial Ballroom.
Underneath die Chinese lion cos
tumes were members of the Vietnamese
Student Association. The dance, chore
ographed by Gary Yuen, associate pro
fessor of plant pathology, originates
from Chinese tradition. Later, the dance
spread to Southeast Asia and Vietnam.
Vietnamese perform the lion dance to
invoke die powers of animals. The lion
is most powerful, Yuen said.
The lion dance was one of the many
Vietnamese traditions shared with those
at the fourth-annual Saigon
| Enchantment. Guests were treated to
authentic Vietnamese cuisine while var
ious groups entertained diem. Included
in the entertainment was a fan dance
performed by the Heart of the
Motherland dancers. Vietnamese youth
performed a straw hat dance; members
ofVSA sang and played some songs on
The enchantment gave more than
100 people a chance to experience the
“This makes me want to go to
Vietnam. I want to experience the coun
try myself,” said Kirti Doshi, a junior
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Others appreciated the insight into
Vietnamese legends. VSA students per
formed a skit to illustrate the famous
This gives me a broader appreciation for another culture!'
senior psychology major
legend of the areca tree, one that is still
used today in traditional wedding cere
“I liked the legend. It represents
customs, something I’m interested in,”
Michael Watkins, a senior psychology
The legend describes how one man
is in love with his brother’s wife. The
man, full of grief, ventures into the for
est and turns into a white stone. The
brother later finds him in the forest, and
turns into a tree out of love and sorrow
for his brother.
The man’s wife goes into the forest
and turns into a vine, supporting the tree
and allowing it to stand. Later, King
Huong Vuong II went into the forest,
and declared that the fruit and leaves of
the tree would be used at weddings to
symbolize love and fidelity.
The audience included ages from
young to old: Some were about 7 years
old, a few were about 70. That
impressed VS A Vice President Due
Tram. Attendance also was larger than
the group expected. Tram is optimistic
thatthe^uge turnout will help increase
“TjSs is the only annual festival we
have,” Tram said. “This way we can
make our organization known on cam
Overall, VSA had a larger goal in
bringing the Saigon Enchantment to the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln: To
stress that the university is made up of
many different kinds of faces.
Watkins said he thought VSA
reached that goal.
“This gives me a broader apprecia
tion for another culture,” he said. “This
is a great opportunity to see Vietnamese
culture, one I’ve never been exposed to
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