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ASUN senators approve
By Kim Sweet
With the memories of President
Clinton’s impeachment trial and
acquittal still lingering in the air,
the student senate approved a pro
cedure Wednesday to impeach
executives and senators.
Two members of the student
court, Craig Strong and Christina
Shields, presented the student
court’s proposal to ASUN, which
outlines a process of impeachment
for the president, first and second
vice president, a senator or a justice
of the student court.
The bylaw amendment states
that the Association of Students of
the University of Nebraska can
enact the impeachment process for
violations of local, state or national
laws, NU Board of Regents rulings,
the Student Code of Conduct, the
ASUN constitution or any other
student senate legislation.
Other impeachable actions
include incompetent or negligent
performance, disregard of the
authority of the student senate,
intentional mismanagement of
funds or any other injury to the
integrity of the senate or its com
mittees, the bylaw states.
If the senate calls for the review
of an officer or senator, a commit
tee would be formed to make a rec
ommendation to the senate.
The committee would then rec
ommend impeachment or no
action. If the committee recom
mends impeachment for a senator,
a majority vote of the senate would
be required to ratify the article of
impeachment, the bylaw states.
For the president, a two-thirds
vote would be required to ratify the
If the article is approved, the
senate would appoint a prosecutor
to bring the article of impeachment
before the court. The student court
would be responsible for trying the
The student court has the
authority to impose penalties such
as a verbal or written reprimand,
removal from office or prevention
from holding any offices in ASUN
in the future.
The decision to formulate an
impeachment process came last
fall after it was discovered no such
process was in place, Strong said.
While the question of impeach
ment loomed for President Clinton,
the student court learned from
observing the U.S. Congress that it
was important to have an impeach
ment process in place at the student
“There was a realization at that
time that it was good to have
(impeachment procedures) in place
ahead of time,” Strong said.
Previously, the bylaw made no
mention of impeachment proce
dure. Strong said the bylaw simply
stated the student court had the
power to impeach and the student
senate had power to draft articles of
Shields said that if a situation
ever occurs where impeachment
becomes a possibility, the new pro
cedure could make the process less
Marlene Beyke, ASUN director
of development, said no student
senate president from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
had ever been impeached.
The senate voted 26-2 to accept
the bylaw amendment.
While having an impeachment
procedure in place may comfort
some, Strong said he hopes it is not
needed too soon.
“We’re glad it’s there, but we
hope it’s not used unless it’s need
Teen-ager's mother sued
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in the fall of 1996, but they disap
proved of the relationship after they
learned that he used drugs, Leanne
“My parents said they couldn’t
accept the fact that I was pregnant,”
Leanne Detmer also testified that
Mills had told his mother that the
couple was sexually active and
Bixler occasionally brought it up in
conversation when Detmer was at die
Earlier, Lancaster County
District Court Judge Jeffrey
Cheuvront dismissed Mills from the
suit because the sex was consensual.
Kirk Wolgamott, one of the
Detmers’ attorneys, said that “Dallas
was noticeably absent” from the
The teens had sex 15 to 20 times
at her house, his house and the home
1 of a friend, Cheuvront said.
“The issue is whether (Bixler)
had a duty to act,” Cheuvront wrote.
“Certainly it is foreseeable that harm
can result to a person of tender years
who finds herself pregnant.”
The Associated Press con
tributed to this report.
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sights on student
By Bernard Vogelsang
ASUN senators should concentrate
more on problems of students and bet
ter notify them on the issues student
government is working on, senate can
didates from the College of Arts and
Sciences agreed at a forum Wednesday.
JefFNicolaisen, a Voice candidate,
told the 10 students who attended the
forum in the Nebraska Union that sena
tors should pay more attention to the
concerns of students. He said senators
respond too often to what the university
administration wants instead of repre
senting the students.
“Senators should better voice the
students opinions in issues like alcohol
and parking,” he said.
Voice candidate Dustin Manhart
said arts and sciences senators also
should concentrate more on problems
students face in their own college than
on universitywide problems.
Voice candidate Beth Augustine
said she wanted to post boxes in the
College of Arts and Sciences in which
students could drop notes with their
problems and ideas.
Gina Todero, a Voice candidate,
said she would set up office hours for
students if she were elected.
“I want to listen to students and
solve their problems,” she said.
Manhart said the college’s size made
it hard to understand what students from
different departments wanted
“The availability of senators for
interaction with students can help solve
this problem,” he said.
Manhart said students in the college
were not aware of the issues their sena
tors work on.
“An electronic newsletter with
ASUN news and events could improve
that,” he said
Urrvano Gamez Jr., the only Focus
candidate who participated in the
forum, said briefings in class about the
issues the ASUN senate discusses
could also be a good plan.
Natalie Hoover, a Voice candidate,
said senators should also ask for com
ments from students when they give
briefings in class.
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