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    Lecturers press for a union
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said it wasn’t until after she became aware of the
inequities of job titles and the differences
between tenure and non-tenure-track faculty
that she realized something needed to be done.
‘It got some of us thinking things needed to
be changed,” Whitney said. “My contract has
not changed, just my job title.”
Whitney had been a non-tenure-track assis
tant professor since 1997, but her job title
changed because of the regents’ bylaw amend
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs Evelyn Jacobson said all university
employed lecturers are non-tenure-track posi
Jacobson said she has not been in contact
with anyone interested in forming the union, but
has briefly discussed the issue with various other
lecturers at UNL.
Both Whitney and Eggers said there was no
negative reinforcement behind their pursuit for a
“I don’t have any complaints about the
department or my teaching,” Whitney said. “It’s
more a matter of how we exist within the depart
Whitney said a letter to all UNL lecturers
was sent out earlier this week, identifying
English department and university concerns.
English department lecturers said they
would like to see equitable pay, greater job secu
rity and representation with the university and
their department.
Eggers said lecturers currently do not have
any representation in university bodies, includ
ing the faculty senate.
Other issues they are considering to address
include equal access to research grants, infor
mation and professional perks; recognition and
rewards for excellence in teaching; and opportu
nities for advancement, he said.
English department lecturers have discussed
the possibility of unionizing with the Nebraska
State Education Association. If enough interest
exists from all university lecturers, an election
could take place this fall, Eggers said.
Associate Vice President for Business and
Finance John Russell said if the lecturer group’s
efforts prevail and an election is held, the univer
sity would have to begin negotiations with the
group only if election results showed majority
“If it happens, we will begin discussions,”
Russell said. “But I believe the real question
We are seeking stability
and representation
on this campus”
Paul Eggers
English department lecturer
here is whether a group of lecturers could be
considered separate from faculty.”
Currently two faculty unions exist in the NU
System, one at the University of Nebraska at
Omaha, the other at the University of Nebraska
at Kearney.
Russell said the American Association of
University Professors at UNL did try to unionize
during the mid-1980s. The group’s efforts never
reached an election, he said.
Whitney said the English department
planned to continue its efforts, sending out infor
mation asking for support.
“Thus far we have only heard positive sup
port,” Whitney said. “We are hoping it will con
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“Does the location of this life determine
whether it is a human being?” he asked.
Support came from Catholic interest groups,
Omaha Sen. Jon Bruning and Attorney General
Don Stenberg.
Stenberg and Chambers engaged in heated dis
cussion about problematic scenarios.
Chambers questioned how the state would
determine if a woman was pregnant if conception
had occurred within days or several weeks of fetal
Chambers pointed out that an illegal abortion,
which is a criminal act, could result in a murder
Jim Cunningham, executive director of the
Nebraska Catholic Conference, said families who
have lost unborn children as a result of criminal
activity deserve closure.
“The state of Nebraska owes it to the families
who have suffered this terrible injustice.”
Event celebrates Asia
From staff reports
Students, faculty members and staff have the opportunity
to experience the many sights, sounds and tastes of Asia on
Saturday night.
Asian Night - Shangri-La and Malaysian Festival ’99 - A
Journey to Malaysia will be held Saturday in the Centennial
Room at the Nebraska Union.
The two festivals were co-organized by the Malaysian
Student Association and the Asian Student Alliance.
Shangri-La, sponsored by the Asian Student Alliance, will
be held at 5 p.m. before the Malaysian festival.
A full-course dinner will be served and entertainment will
be provided by Asian performers.
Tickets for Shangri-La'cost $8 and must be purchased
prior to the show in the Nebraska Union today.
The second part of the evening - 7:30 to 9 p.m. - is free to
everyone, said Chee-Peng Tan, president of Malaysian
Student Association. Booths, games and food will be avail
The night also will feature an auction of Malaysian items.
Part of the proceeds for the night will go to charity.
A booth publicizing both festivals will be in the union
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
Galligo acquitted
in Schmader murder
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two other neighborhood teen-agers uncov
ered the body.
The murder went unsolved for almost
two years until Hopkins confessed to it in
September 1997, but he did not reveal all the
details then.
In June 1998, Hopkins entered into a plea
agreement with prosecutors in exchange for
his testimony against Galligo.
Then Hopkins told a different story - one
that he repeated in court last week - of pre
meditated murder.
Hopkins carefully planned the murder,
and he even went back to the tunnel several
times to conceal evidence.
Galligo said he had no idea Hopkins was
going to kill Schmader, and when he saw the
stabbing start, Galligo fled.
Prosecutors questioned why Galligo did
not tell his story sooner than he did if he was
really uninvolved.
The defense countered that Galligo, who
lived in more than 30 different foster homes,
group homes and institutions between ages 8
and 19, didn’t trust he police.
The police took Galligo from his father
when he was 8, Naylor said. “You cannot
ignore the reality of this man’s life.”
Galligo said he was terrified that
Hopkins would kill him if he reported the
If prosecutors let Hopkins keep his plea
agreement, he could be out of prison when he
is 34.
“I think Hopkins is a very dangerous per
son,” Naylor said. “It’s terrifying to think that
this man could be on the streets when he is in
his early 30s.”
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■ Mayoral candidate
takes over his campaign
after his manager resigns.
By Eric Rineer
Staff writer
Randall Reichert is now his own
campaign manager.
The UNL law student saifrhe
would be running fbr mayor
the help of former campaign manag
er, Lori Kreifel.
Reichert, a Republican, is one of
five candidates competing in the
May 4 mayoral elections.
Kreifel, a junior agricultural sci
ence major at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, said she stepped
down as coordinator of Reichert’s
campaign in order to broaden her
own horizons.
Kreifel was recently named
chairwoman of the Citizen’s
Advocacy Panel in the Midwestern
district. The panel was designed by
the Internal Revenue Service to
monitor IRS customer service.
Kreifel said she still supported
Reichert’s campaign and thought he
was a strong candidate for city hall.
“I think it’s past time we get some
integrity and some accountability in
the city-county building,” she said.
Kreifel said she was confident
Reichert would not allow past issues
such as the P Street debate or the pri
vatization of Bryan General and
Lincoln Memorial hospitals to sur
face again if elected mayor.
“I don’t think that’s what public
service is,” she said. “If you’re going
to serve in politics, you need to be a
public servant”
Kreifel said Reichert would help
Lincoln by bringing a fresh face to
city hall and ensuring more people
are involved in government issues.
“Someone who does not know
the political game will be very good
for Lincoln,” she said.
Reichert said he had not hired
anyone to fill Kreifel’s position. He
said her resignation was a minor set
“I know all the issues,” said
Reichert, “but now I also have to
coordinate and take care of some of
the finances.
“It was nice to have help in that
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