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run for Senate
Former University of Nebraska
football Coach Tom Osborne is consid
ering returning to the limelight.
Osborne, a Republican, has
expressed an interest in running for a
seat in the U.S. House of
He said he would make a decision
within the next few weeks.
The decision would be influenced
by his family, he said. His wife, Nancy,
is not interested in moving to
Washington, so if Osborne were elect
ed, he would most likely commute, he
Osborne stressed that he would not
be running for office to prove a point.
“I’ve got a few good years ahead of
me, but running for office isn’t some
thing I need to do to feel fulfilled,” he
Osborne said he is dedicated to
issues concerning youths, and this focus
would be apparent if he were to run for a
seat in the House.
“I will make young people and
mentoring programs a priority issue
whether I serve them through the
political process or as a private citi
zen,” he said.
By supporting youth issues,
Osborne is playing it safe, said John
Hibbing, a UNL political science pro
” He has a
celebrity status in
this state. If he
wants to run, I’m
sure he would win.
College Republicans chairman
By sticking to non-controversial
issues, Osborne would be likely to
gain more support from voters,
Eventually challengers would
need to confront Osborne on contro
versial issues, such as abortion,
“The people have the right to know
how he would vote,” Hibbing said.
Osborne said he hopes his familiar
face woudn’t influence the way people
“It doesn’t make someone a better
politician just because they’re a
coach,” Osborne said.
UNL Political Science Professor
Kevin Smith agreed.
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— ASUN —
Four parties now
in ASUN election
Two groups join student government race
By Sara Salkeld
Not since 1995 has ASUN seen
more than two student groups run in
Wednesday, ASUN approved two
student election groups in addition to
two that were approved last semester.
ASUN approved the A-Team and
the Fishpond parties. These parties
will run against the previously estab
lished Impact and Empower parties.
The presidential candidate for A
Team is junior Joel Schafer, and his
candidate for first vice president is
junior Riley Peterson. Schafer said
the party is still recruiting a candidate
for second vice president.
“We are still in the process of
forming a party and a complete plat
form,” Schafer said.
One of A-Team’s goals is to target
students who traditionally do not
have a voice in student government,
such as off-campus students.
Members of.Fishpond’s election
group include senior Joshua Hesse
and freshman Ryan Wiegert. The
group has not decided who will run
for what office yet.
According to Fishpond’s state
ment given to ASUN, the group’s
only objective is “to lobby for fish to
be placed in the Broyhill Fountain.”
Other party members will be
encouraged to support their own
causes, Hesse said.
A-Team and Fishpond were
approved in an informal vote.
Candidates have already been
selected for both the Empower and
Heath Mello, presidential candi
date for Empower, recently
announced Cecily Rometo as
Empower’s first vice presidential
candidate and Mike Butterfield as the
second vice presidential candidate.
Impact party candidates are John
D. Conley for president, Brad Bangs
for first vice president and Laticia
Martinez for second vice president.
In other senate business, a bill
was passed for the Government
Liaison Committee to go to the
Legislature to aid the passing of a
request made by the university.
The university requested an addi
tional $5.45 million to the 1999-2001
budget to cover health-care costs.
The purpose of sending a group
from ASUN is to ensure the school
receives die funds needed.
Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs James Griesen spoke about
the effect this has on students.
“If we don’t get what we need
from the Legislature, whatever we
have to do to cover the deficit will
have a negative impact on the stu
dents,” Griesen said.
The bill was passed in an infor
mal vote. w
FORMER NU DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR Charlie McBride waves to the Devaney Center crowd during halftime of
the men’s basketball game. McBride was honored along with Al Papik, former senior associate athletic
director and football compliance officer, and Terry Pettit, former NU head volleyball coach, with a career
achievement award from Bill Byrne and the Athletic Department. All three announced their retirements this
New tracking system suggested
■ A bill would imple
ment a tracking system
would monitor higher
If you think high schools would like
to forget about students after they grad
uate, you could be wrong.
A new bill has been introduced in
the Legislature that would track the
progress of Nebraska’s post-secondary
An electronic tracking system
would require higher educational insti
tutions and community colleges to
develop a system that would enable the
state to follow students, said Sen. Bob
Wickersham of Harrison.
Wickersham introduced LB 1245
on Jan. 13. The bill will be debated in an
Education Committee hearing, which
has not yet been scheduled.
The system would track data on all
students who attend community col
leges, state colleges and universities in
Nebraska, Wickersham said.
The tracking system would collect
information, including student transfer
rates, student retention and degree
People should realize the system is
not designed to identify individual stu
dents, Wickersham said.
“This is not an attempt to single out
students. We’re very sensitive to priva
cy issues,” he said.
Instead, it will provide broader
information about the performance of
students in general, Wickersham said.
The information collected can help
educators and administrators identify
potential problems in the educational
system, he said.
“Hopefully the information will tell
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