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With a full team of players, the No. 24 Nebraska
women’s soccer team beat both Clemson and
Stanford in the Husker Fila Invitational. PAGE 6
A wistful Wilson
Matt Wilson of Trip Shakespeare fame comes to
Lincoln this week in support of his new self
released album.. PAGE 12
September 14, 1998
When It Rains, It Pours
Cloudy, showers, high 80. Cloudy tonight, low 58.
VOL. 98 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 16
Students indifferent to Starr report
By Brian Carlson
Since Friday’s Internet posting of
Kenneth Starr’s report, millions of curi
ous pepple have whipped up a frenzy of
pointing and clicking to read the sala
cious details of President Clinton’s rela
tionship with Monica Lewinsky.
But a check of students in computer
labs in Neihardt, Selleck, Schramm and
Cather residence halls on Sunday after
noon found most were fed up with the
scandal, opposed to the posting of
embarrassing details and, most of all, in
no rush to read the independent coun
Gina Speckman, a freshman educa
tion major, said she hadn’t read any of
the report, and probably wouldn’t.
“I really don’t have an opinion,” she
said. “I’m tired ofhearing about it. Guys
have affairs all the time.”
But Speckman said she was dis
turbed the president didn’t have a
chance to view the report before it was
made public Friday.
She also said she didn’t think
Clinton’s private behavior should war
rant his removal from office.
“I don’t think he should be
impeached,” she said. “He hasn’t done
anything that terrible for the country.”
Speckman, who was doing home
work in a computer lab m Cather Hall,
said reading the report was not high on
her list of priorities.
“I could bring it up right now. but
I’ve got things to do,” she said.
Gorka Peris, a senior chemistry
major from Spain, said he had read por
tions of the report and came away dis
“I think it’s a pretty gross report,” he
said. “I think it’s wrong to put someone’s
sexual behavior on the Internet, even if
he’s the president of the United States.”
Starr had recommended that
Congress withhold some intimate
For complete coverage
of the Starr report,
see pages 2-3.
details from the public, but Congress
voted to post Starr’s report verbatim.
Peris, who has been in the United
States for nearly two years, said the
Clinton scandal showed the difference
in European and American perspectives
on sexual behavior by politicians.
He compared Clinton’s scandal to
the private life of the late French
President Francois Mitterand in the past
decade, whose relationship with a mis
tress was publicly known. Despite his
eventual divorce, he remained in office.
But after discussing the issue with
American friends, Peris said he had
decided that attitudes among the public
in Europe and the United States were
actually quite similar. The major differ
ence, he said, rests in the media’s treat
ment of the story.
Driven by profit motives and the
thirst to report a scandalous stcfy, the
media have blown the story out of pro
portion, he said.
And the public is right to support
Clinton in the opinion polls, Peris said.
“(Clinton’s) moral behavior should
n’t affect his performance as president,”
he said. “In fact, it hasn’t. The United
States is in great shape right now.”
Jerry Bishoff, a sophomore
mechanical engineering major, said he
hadn’t read any of the report but had
learned about it through news accounts.
He said he approves of Clinton’s job
performance, especially his handling of
the economy. Besides, he said, other
presidents have had extramarital affairs
and not been punished for them politi
“He does a good job running the
country,” he said. “(The affair) is none
of our business.”
INlKKi t* OX/JJiN
JASON FLATOWICZ (right), a former UNL student, and Kristen Tennant (middle), a senior secondary education
major, use the computers in Selleck Residence Hall on Sunday night. Both are interested in reading Kenneth
Starr’s report, but said they haven’t had the time. Adrian Kho (left), a sophomore electrical engineering major, said
he wasn’t interested in reading the report.
Jennifer Becic, a freshman anthro
pology major, said she hadn’t read any
of Starr’s report.
“I’m tired of this whole thing, and I
just wish it would go away,” she said.
Becic said Congress should not
launch impeachment hearings because,
with only two years left in Clinton’s
presidency, they would not be worth the
Amanda Sousek, a freshman nurs
ing major, said she had not read any of
the report but had heard about the
explicit descriptions of the Clinton
Lewinsky affair from a friend.
She said the most intimate and
embarrassing details of the report
should not have been released publicly.
“But the public has the right to know
what he stands for and what he’s doing,”
Alex Gaytan, a junior environmen
tal studies major, said he had followed
the Clinton scandal in “bits and pieces”
through news coverage.
“But I’m not going to look it up on
here and read it,” he said, gazing at a
computer screen in the Neihardt com
puter lab. “It really doesn’t matter to
UNMC plan gives students
a taste of rural medicine
RHA members debate
residence hall funding
■ Senators discuss how
much to allocate
for certain programs
at Sunday’s meeting.
By Jessica Fargen
How much money the Residence
Hall Association should allocate to
each hall and how it should be
tracked was the basis for several
pieces of legislation at Sunday night’s
The Residence Hall Association
shaved off $250 from the requested
$750 from Harper-Schramm-Smith
complex’s Beach Blast.
RHA tabled the $330 request
from Cather-Pound residence halls.
President Ben Wallace said RHA
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in the past has almost run out of
money by the end of the year. RHA
has to keep upcoming events in mind
when allocating funds early in the
year, he said.
Jared Kohl, a Harper Residence
Hall student assistant, said the Beach
Blast, which is Sept. 25-26, is impor
tant because it provides a fun, on
campus activity with events such as a
comedy team, obstacle course and
Tony Arlt, another Harper
Residence Hall student assistant, said
the budget doubled this year because
it was so popular last year. He said he
wants to see more people come this
Please see RHA on 7
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
A UNMC program is taking medical students -
used to working in the big city - and placing them in
the middle of small town America.
The Rural Health Education Network was orga
nized about five years ago in an effort to change how
and where University of Nebraska Medical Center stu
dents are educated.
The program is addressing the shortage of health
professionals in rural Nebraska.
The idea is that if students train in a rural health
setting, they will be more likely to return to such a set
ting after they graduate from medical school, Roxanna
Jokela, the program’s coordinator, said.
Brenda Thayer, office manager at Frenchman
Valley Family Practice in Imperial, a town of 2,000,
said rural areas have a shortage of health professionals.
It gets them out there in this
kind of setting that you re not
going to get in Lincoln or
Rural Health Education Network program coordinator
UNMC students have trained at the Imperial clinic.
She said that program could help reverse the short
“Your heart has to really be in it to come to small
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