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V0L 98 COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 39
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HARLEY NEWMAN, a self-proclaimed professional lunatic, clears his sinuses by working a drill into his nose Wednesday evening
in the Nebraska Union Ballroom. Newman entertained university students by walking on swords, eating fire and hanging fishhooks
from his eyelids. He has been performing such acts for 12 years, appearing on the Geraldo Rivera and Oprah Winfrey shows.
UNL turns down Ponca request
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
The universitv has denied the Southern
Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma's request for a new
inventors of American Indian remains at the
l niversits of Nebraska-Lineoln.
Vice C hancellor for Research Priscilla
Grew said in a letter to Southern Ponca repre
sentative Rands Thomas on Tuesdav that the
universitv is not required under the Native
American (iraves Protection and Repatriation
Act of 1990 to "engage in further research on
or conduct additional inventories of human
remains and associated funerars objects. ..."
Thomas said the tribe would be appealing
that denial by filing an objection.
"Until we're satisfied with this inventors,
we'll keep it in the courts." T homas said.
Grew informally announced the response
to the request Mondax at a meeting of the
Working Group for the Umxersitx of
"It is the position of the Umx ersitx of
Nebraska that the mxentorx of human
remains and associated funerarx objects m
control of the unixersitx is thus complete."
Grew said in the letter.
T he Southern Ponca Tribe requested last
week that UNL redo its entire mxentorx of
American Indian remains.
Thomas said he had seen parts of the
remains collection, which is housed in the
Unixersitx of Nebraska State Museum, a few
times, and each of those times Thomas said he
saxx discrepancies between what he counted
and \ lewed in boxes and xvhat the labels said.
Grew said although the unix ersitx denied
the tribe s request, it was trx mg to come up
w ith a compromise to address the Southern
One way she suggested is to have the uni
versity conduct an exit inventory. An exit
inventory, which is done by most institutions
before repatriation, is one of the final steps
before the remains are returned.
I homas said he did not trust an exit inven
tory to do a thorough job.
The tribe demanded a new mventorv be
completed by Anthropology Department
C hairman Robert Hitchcock, former State
Museum Director .lames Ciunnerson.
Anthropology Professor Martha McC ullough
and university researcher Berkley Bailev.
Thomas said he would accompanv the
group and that the Southern Ponca trusted that
group to do a complete and accurate job.
Please see INVENTORY on 7
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
A facultx committee's decision that stated no hard evidence
ot gender inequitv existed in the political science department will
stand a umversitv official said Wednesday.
( hancellor James Moeser appointed the committee in the
spring to investigate the climate ot the department alter an
Academic Rights and Responsibilities committee on profession
al conduct ruled the department tolerated sexual harassment.
Seven recommendations were released luesdav m the chan
cellor's ad hoc committee's report.
Herb Howe, associate to the chancellor, said Arts and
Sciences Dean Brian foster and Senior Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs Rick
hd wards will work w ith
the department to carr\
out those recommenda
The chancellor also
j has reported the results to
Patricia Kennedy. Acad
emic Senate president,
and Sally Wise, chair
woman of the ARRC.
The ARRC report
from last semester made
included placing the political science department on a three-year
probation-like period, when it would have been under the leader
j ship of someone outside of the department. Howe said.
The ad hoc committee's report rejected that recommendation.
The chairman of the ARRC's professional conduct commit
tee. Maurice Baker, an agricultural economics professor, did not
offer an opinion on the ad hoc committee's ruling.
”1 teel we did ourjob." he said. "They obviously did their job.''
The two committees came to different, vet logical, conclu
sions based on the ev idence they had. Baker said.
hether we looked at the same set of ev idence. 1 don’t
know." he said.
Baker's committee found in the spring that charges brought
against David Forsythe, former political science department
chairman, were unfounded, but did implicate the department as a
whole. It had been alleged Forsythe did not respond promptlv
w hen a former professor reported sexual harassment within the
f ormer Political Science Professor Valerie Schwebach. now
of Houston, brought sexual harassment complaints against the
department last year and has said the ad hoc committee's ruling
proves UNL w ill not solve what she calls a serious problem.
Howe said people who wish to challenge the universitv's
findings must do so outside of the universitv.
Fnc Brown, one of .Schwebach s attorneys, said Schwebach
Please see REPORT on 7
I feel we did our
job. They obviously
did their job."
chairman of AARC professional
Ah UN, UrL at odds over board member selection
By Ieva Augstums
The question of power came
between University Program Council
and ASU'N on Wednesday, as members
of both parties examined a 1994 bylaw
that gives student government leaders
authority over a student organization.
"What we want is the ability to
choose our ow n executive board again."
Jamie Gaffney. University Program
Council president, said. "Things are
In 1994. the Association of
Students of the Univ ersity of Nebraska
passed a by law empowering it to select
UPC board members and event direc
The bill presented to the senate
Wednesday would return the process of
selecting UPC executive board mem
bers to present council members.
v ice v nancenoi ior acatiemic
Affairs James Griesen said before the
1994 compromise, UPG members were
selected by a committee of UPC gradu
ating members or members not plan
ning to seek a second term on the exec
The compromise created a selec
tion committee made up of three mem
bers from each organization, allowing
the groups to carry on with their univer
"It was a compromise no one was
happy with," Griesen said. "It was a
compromise they could live with.
ASUN President Sara Russell she
proposed the bill on behalf of UPC and
fully supports its efforts.
"I don't think it is ASUN s place to
dictate to a student organization. Let
them select their own members."
Student government leaders were
div ided on the issue.
ASUN Human Rights Committee
Chairman Andv Schuerman said he
supported the bill.
"We don’t have the right to take
ov er. Schuerman said.
Paul Schreier. Committee for Fees
Allocations chairman, said he would
not support the bill.
"This bill states that based on your
relations with the (UPC) president, you
can further your career within the orga
nization." Schreier said.
Russell said she was not going to
pressure ASUN members either way.
College of Business Administration
Senator Tom Heacock mov ed to post
pone the bylaw' change, which was later
added to next week's agenda.
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