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December 7, 1999
Partly sunny, high
NEBRASKA-LINCOLN SINCE 1901 NO. 71
Johanns says he
won’t cut funds
■ Despite his opposition to
fetal cell research, the gov
ernor says he wouldn’t sup
press NU funding to stop it.
Gov. Mike Johanns said Monday he
would not try to withhold funds from
die University of Nebraska despite his
opposition to fetal cell research.
Johanns said in a letter to NU
President Dennis Smith last week that
he wants the university to discontinue
use of tissue from aborted fetuses.
Johanns stood by his letter on
“The ultimate goal is to have no tis
sue from aborted babies used in
research,” Johanns said
But, Tie said, he wbiild not combat
the use of fetal tissue tty taking money
from the university's pocketbook.
The University of Nebraska
Medical Center in Omaha is conducting
the research, which it hopes will give
clues leading to the treatment of
Smith and other NU officials main
tain die use of tissue from aborted fetus
es is a research issue, not a moral issue.
They have called for Johanns to keep
out of the debate, letting die faculty and
regents make any decisions.
Johanns said he was not sure what
steps needed to be taken to end the use
of fetal tissue in research.
“I’m looking at this one step at a
time,” he said.
Johanns called on die NU Board of
Regents to take up the matter at its meet
These matters should
be discussed without
reprisal threats ”
state senator from North Platte
ing on Saturday.
Johanns said he had the utmost
respect for Smith. But he urged Smith
and others in the university to examine
the use of fetal cells “in the public
Speaker of the Legislature Doug
Kristensen of Minden has speculated
that state senators will move to cut funds
to the university when die Legislature
convenes in January because of dis
agreements cm the use of fetal cells.
The Legislature V appropriations
committee, which approves funds for
the university, would be responsible for
any changes in funding for NU.
But its vice chairman said Monday
he wouldnot support cutting funds to the
university based cm any research issue.
State Sen. Don Pederson of North
Platte said he agreed with Johanns that
the university’s funds should not be tied
to fetal cell research.
“I don’t think it’s healthy for our
higher education system to threaten to
withhold funds when we don’t approve
of one project or another,” he said.
Pederson said he would encourage
public debate on the issue but wanted
the debate to be free of discussions of
“These matters should be discussed
without reprisal threats,” he said.
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JAKE KIMBERLY, a sophomore computer science major, hits the books at The Mill, 800 P St., on Monday
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■ VINE, which will track
inmates, will be functional
statewide in January.
By Josh Knaub
Gov. Mike Johanns on Monday
unveiled a system that will immedi
ately notify crime victims when crim
inals are released, transferred or
escape from jail. «
The computerized system, Victim
Information and Notification
Everyday, provides information about
all Nebraska prisoners.
By calling a toll-free number,
(877) NE4-VINE, and identifying an
inmate to track, a victim can obtain
updates every time the criminal is
VINE will be fully functional by
“I’m very pleased to announce
that 83 of Nebraska’s 97 counties have
already implemented VINE,” Johanns
He said the remaining 14 counties,
including Lancaster County, would
implement the system this month.
Residents of these counties may
already use the system, but inmates
held by the 14 counties are not includ
ed in tee VINE database.
Nebraska is the eighth state to
offer the VINE system statewicie.
Harold Clarke, director of the
Nebraska Department of Qxiectional
Services, said anyone could use the
Often, he said victims are able to
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Reinhard to change his focus
By Kimberly Sweet
Senior staff writer
A UNL anthropology professor
once at the center of controversy sur
rounding treatment of American
Indian remains will switch depart
ments next semester.
Karl Reinhard will transfer to the
School of Natural Resource Sciences
in the spring to develop a new area of
■ - Reinhard will focus his study on
palynology, the study of pollen and
spores, said Blaire Blad, director of
“Karl looked at both programs
and decided what he wanted to do fit
better in natural resources rather than
anthropology,” Blad said.
Reinhard faced investigations in
1998 by the university and the State
Patrol for allegations of mishandling
American Indian remains.
He was cleared of all charges by
the Nebraska State Patrol.
Robert Gnmit, a university-hired
attorney, also released a report this
year saying he found no credible evi
dence to support many of the allega
tions made against Reinhard.
While Reinhard’s main area of
emphasis will be in the school of nat
ural resources, he will still teach
classes in the anthropology depart
ment, said Patricia Draper, chair
woman of the anthropology depart
Reinhard’s expertise in biological
anthropology is needed in a depart
ment filled predominantly with
Mary Willis, who earned her doc
toral degree in biological anthropolo
gy from Washington University in St.
Louis, will join UNL’s faculty in the
She will be the sole full-time bio
logical anthropologist in the depart
ment, Draper said.
Blad said he was happy Reinhard
was joining the school’s faculty.
He s a world-renowned scien
tist,” Blad said.
The School of Natural Resources
was formed in 1997.
Several faculty from various
departments within the College of
Arts and Sciences have become fac
ulty in die college, Blad said.
The school contains majors
including environmental studies;
fisheries, forestry and wildlife; and
natural resource economics.
Reinhard will teach introductory
courses, as well as more advanced
palynology courses, Blad said.
He will continue research on
issues such as diets of ancient people
and the effect of American-Indian
diets on diabetes.
He will also look at the effect of
pollen on insects, Blad said.
Blad said Reinhard’s contribu
tions, both as a professor and a
researcher, would be valuable to the
“He’s a neat guy who’s been
through some hard times,” Blad said.
Bar owners unsure
of New Year permits
■ Some won’t apply for
the time extension,
which would allow bars
to stay open until 3 a.m.
By Sarah Fox
If an ordinance allowing bars to
stay open an extra two hours passes
next week, some Lincoln bar owners
said they may not find the extra
dance time as appealing as people
celebrating die millennium would.
The bars would have to apply for
permits, which would allow dancing
until 3 a.m. Alcohol would have to
be put away at 1 am
Rob Rossman, assistant manag
er of P O Pears, 322 S. Ninth St.,
said P O Pears probably wouldn’t
apply for a permit if it wouldn’t
make money by selling alcohol.
“What’s the purpose of staying
open if we don’t have anything but
dance to offer?” Rossman said.
“Why pay $100 and not make any
income on the deal?”
Applicants would pay $100 for
die permit. They would also have to
already have an annual dance permit
and be free of liquor violations dur
ing 1998 and 1999.
Sherry Vanek, owner of Sherry’s
Dining Dancing & Sports Bar, 3223
Comhusker Highway, said she had
n’t decided if she would apply for a
She said she wouldn’t make
much money if she could sell only
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