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Suit filed against NU regents
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sue research interests.
For this reason, she said, she hasn’t
been able to do the research full profes
sorship seems to require.
“Even the administration agrees
my record ... is excellent,” Bolick;
Bolick, an associate professor
since 1985, said the university has
known about possible gender
inequalities within the museum
since 1993, when then-director
Hugh Ge.noways brought up the
issue of equal pay for male and
female associate professors.
Nothing was done about it, Bolick
The lawsuit coincides with a report
released Thursday that stated Nebraska
women are seeing improvement in
economic, political and social statuses.
However, according to the report,
released by the Institute for Women’s
Policy Research, women still face
obstacles in achieving true equality.
for example, the report stated,
women make about 71 cents for every
dollar a man makes.
Bolick said it didn’t seem the uni
versity valued its female faculty mem
bers as highly as its male faculty.
When making budgetary deci
sions, she said, it seemed male faculty
members received die benefits.
“Treating women well has to start
coming up much higher on the list”
MSU students react to death
The State News
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Mich. (U-Wire) -
The suspension of a University of
Michigan fraternity for providing
alcohol to a freshman who died after
falling from her dormitory window
has hit close to home for MSU
Billy Molasso, coordinator of
Greek Life at Michigan State
University, said the Saturday death
of Courtney Cantor, 18, has caused
<, fraternities and sororities to take a
closer lookat the dangers of alcohol.
The presidents of all MSU fra
ternities and sororities scheduled a
closed-door meeting Wednesday
evening to discuss alcohol-related
safety, Molasso said.
University of Michigan officials
said Cantor had been drinking Oct.
16 at Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
party. She returned to her sixth-floor
dormitory room and, according to
investigators, accidentally fell
through a window that opened just
12 inches wide.
Cantor was found unconscious
on a concrete loading dock outside
her dormitory. She was pronounced
dead of skull and spinal fractures.
An autopsy showed Cantor’s
blood-alcohol level was below the
state’s legal definition of intoxication.
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Poll examines sex in college
■Trends are moving
toward a larger number of
virgins, according to the
figures released by Playboy.
University of Sonthern California
Los Angeles, Calif. (U-Wire)-Less
sex, more virgins. This seems to be the
trend in sexual attitudes among under
graduates on American college cam
puses, according to a recent survey con
ducted by Playboy magazine.
The editors announced an increase
in the percentage of virgins and stu
dents in monogamous relationships on
Oct 7 at a press conference inPlayfooy’s
New York headquarters.
Although it is unclear whether USC
students have experienced the same
shifts, a similar survey is conducted on
campus every two to three years.
USC’s “Youth Risk Behavior
Survey” was last taken in 1995.
Questions about sexuality included
“In the past 30 days, how often have
you had intercourse?” and “How many
times have you had sexual intercourse
in a lifetime?”
According to the 1995 statistics,
about 33 percent of women on campus
have been pregnant some time in their
lives. 23.2 percent of students at USC
have never had sex. In comparison to
other universities, Celina Gorre, a
health educator at Health Promotion
and Prevention Services, said feat USC
is “pretty on par.”
“We’re certainty not lower, but not
much higher,” she said.
But, the number of people who
have had sex is hard to say.
People can define themselves as
virgins, but what does that mean?”
She said that some students may
consider themselves virgins because
they have never had sex sober.
Since the 1996 survey, the percent
age of students who are virgins has
doubled. Of the students who identified
themselves as virgins, men said they
hadn’t found the right person and
women said they were saving them
selves for marriage.
Playboy used the convenience sam
ple method for its sampling of more
than 2,000 students at seven large and
small, public and private schools in
California, Oklahoma, Mississippi,
Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan
and New York. The names of the
schools were not mentioned.
Students, unaware that these sur
veys were for Playboy, were asked 86
questions and 10 essay questions about
their sexual activities. The 1996 ques
tionnaire asked 152 questions and 10
Results of the biannual survey are
featured in the November issue of
Playboy. Some of the notable figures
include the percentage of students who
have had sex with only one person in
the past school year 54 percent of men
and 70 percent of women.
Playboy defined being a “virgin”
as not having had sexual intercourse.
The definition does not include oral
Gone said the survey’s shift in sex
ual attitudes could bS explained by stu
dents’ abilities to rationalize their
actions. People tend to think that if they
love a certain person, or if they choose
their partners well, then they are not at
risk, she said.
Property tax issue heats governor's race
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tenure as governor.
But the Johanns campaign points
to city property tax rates that have
dropped from 52 cents per $100 val
uation in 1993-94 to 32.4 cents per
$100 valuation in 1998-99.
The city’s total property tax rev
enues have risen - despite the
decreasing rates - because of higher
property valuations and new home
“There’s no doubt that property
taxes went up during the first three
years,” said Chris Peterson,
Johanns’ press secretary. “But clear
ly, if you look at the property tax
rate, it’s fallen five straight years.”
Peterson said Johanns approved
property tax increases early in his
first term to put the city on solid
financial ground before seeking city
r The portion of property tax rev
enue claimed by city government
has dropped from 18 percent in
1990-91 to 14 percent in the latest
fiscal year, Peterson said.
Johanns’ campaign material
cites a recent Associated Press sur
vey that found that in 1993 the aver
age valuation for a Lincoln home
was $58,499, with a property tax bill
of $304. By 1997, the average valu
ation was $82,022, with a property
tax bill of $293.
City spending in areas supported
by tax funds has risen from $65.3
million in 1990-91 to $90.8 million
in 1998-99 - an increase of 39 per
In the last fiscal year, Lincoln’s
budget was $3.4 million below the
state-imposed cap on local govern
Hoppner’s campaign has said
those figures should be adjusted
because some services, such as
building and safety and snow
removal, were counted in the tax
fund in 1990-91, but have since
been moved to other parts of the
If those services are counted in
the current budget, the Hoppner
campaign asserts, spending has
gone up 45 percent, faster than the
growth depending in state govern
ment and education.
But the Johanns campaign says
those services have relied less for
their funding on property and sales
taxes, and thus should not be includ
ed in tax fund spending.
With the election less than two
weeks away, the rhetoric on both
sides has grown.
Although Johanns’ record has
been scrutinized, Peterson said, vot
ers will have a more difficult time
evaluating the record of Hoppner,
who has never served in a publicly
“He hasn’t been in the hot seat,”
Hoppner served as a top adviser
for Bob Kerrey and James Exon dur
ing their tenures as governor and
U.S. senator; both were appointed
David LePage, spokesman for
Hoppner, said the Hoppner cam
paign would continue to challenge
Johanns’ record “to set the record
“This is not an argument over the
numbers,” he said. “The fact is,
three out of four homeowners are
paying higher property taxes than
when Mike Johanns became mayor.”
Asked about the property tax
rate reductions of the past five
years, LePage said flatly, “He’s been
mayor eight years.”
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