The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 09, 2000, Image 1

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Nine countries and 40 states later,
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his term. NEWS, PAGE 6
“There was no reason to hate these men.” — Bob Kerrey
by Sen. Bob Kerrey when Kerrey disagreed with some of McNamara's comments, at the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.
McNsmua andlBimy were joined by professors James Blight, right, of Brawn University and Robert Brigham of Vasser College.
: Offering views aired at forum
Kerrey, McNamara speak about lessons learned from Vietnam
By Brian Carlson
Staff writer
When Bob Kerrey returned from the
Vietnam War, having lost part of his right
leg in combat, he bitterly despised men
like Robert McNamara who had helped
lead the country to war.
On Monday, the two men shared a
stage at the Lied Center for Performing
Arts to debate the war that helped shape
both of their lives - and that has haunted
the United States ever since.
Kerrey, a retiring U.S. senator from
Nebraska and a Congressional Medal of
Honor recipient, and McNamara, who
served as secretary of defense under pres
idents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B.
Johnson from 1961 to 1968, participated
in a four-member panel discussion spon
sored by the E.N. Thompson Forum on
World Issues.
Although the two men disagreed
about the war’s lessons, Kerrey made it
clear in an extraordinary exchange that he
has forgiven McNamara.
Facing the former defense secretary,
Kerrey described his mindset at the time
he lay in a hospital recovering from his
“I harbored hatred for the men who
got us into Vietnam - Johnson,
When a few members of the audience
began to applaud, Kerrey admonished
them to be quiet: "I would appreciate your
not applauding bad behavior like that.”
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Kerrey then said he had concluded,
upon reflection during the ensuing years,
that his anger was misplaced.
“There was no reason to hate these
men,” he said. “These men were patriotic
and tried their best to do the right thing.
“So, Mr. McNamara, for whatever it’s
worth, I stopped hating you long ago.”
In recent years, McNamara has sought
to identify lessons from the war in which
he was intimately involved as the top U.S.
military policy-maker.
Along with two other panelists -
James Blight, an international relations
professor at Brown University in
Providence, R.I., and Robert Brigham, a
history professor at Vassar College in
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State’s high
meet at UNL
By Matthew Beermann
Staff writer
The Nebraska Supreme Court will make its*
annual appearance at the University of Nebraska on
Thursday when it holds a session at the College of
Law on East Campus.
Arguments will begin at 9 a.m. in the McCollum
Hall Auditorium.
Primarily law students will attend, but the pro
ceedings are open to the public.
“It’s a great chance for our students to see how
the appellate process works,” said Glenda Pierce,
assistant dean of the law college.
The court typically visits the university each
February and stops at Creighton University in April.
The session gives the college a chance to work real
world experience into its classes.
“First-year students are required to do an appel
late argument as part of their research and writing
assignment in March,” Pierce said, “so this lets them
watch how it’s done.”
Despite the location, all the usual rules of the
Please see COURT on 8
Senate to mull
research bill
By Sara Salkeld
Staff writer
A bill passed at last week’s ASUN meeting con
cerning aborted fetal tissue research may be recon
sidered at tonight’s meeting.
The bill, presented by Association of the
Students of the University of Nebraska President
Andy Schuerman, directs the Government Liaison
Committee to lobby against a bill proposed to the
Legislature that would ban the use of aborted fetal
- tissue in research at state-funded institutions.
Schuerman said a motion to reconsider must be
made by a senator who voted with the majority,
which was in favor of the bill.
Arts and Sciences Sen. Jason Mashek said
General Studies Sen. Michelle Schrage, who voted
with the majority last week, will present the motion
to reconsider.
Please see ASUN on 8
Impact party candidates: Campus satety, AS UN visibility issues
By Katie Mueting
Staff writer
ASUN student government election group
Impact announced its candidacy Tuesday in die
Nebraska Union.
The three executive candidates spoke about
improving ASUN’s visibility to student organi
zations and the administration and making
UNL a safe environment for all students and
faculty members.
The party is among four groups trying to
rally votes for the March 1 Association of
Students of the University of Nebraska elec
Impact’s second vice presidential candi
date, Amy Ellis, said students should be educat
ed about the purpose of ASUN.
Ellis, a junior in the College of Human
Resources and Family Sciences, proposed pub
lishing agendas for ASUN meetings two days
in advance and having senators speak about
ASUN in their colleges’ introductory courses.
Brad Bangs, a junior exercise science and
psychology major, proposed increasing the vis
ibility of community service officers after dark
and increasing the number of campus lights and
blue lights, especially on East Campus.
Bangs also spoke about educating interna
tional students about ASUN.
“International students are an untapped
resource of this university,” Bangs said.
Involving them in student government will
make UNL “a better'place for everyone,” he
Presidential candidate John Conley said the
use of student fees should better reflect stu
dents’ wishes.
He proposed using the fees to bring big
name artists to UNL’s campus.
“Are we getting our money’s worth?” he
Conley noted that students must travel to
Kansas City or Chicago for popular musical
and comedy acts.
Conley, a junior sociology major, also
focused on ASUN’s role as an intermediary
between the administration and the students.
ASUN needs an objective and fair means to
research the opinions of students, Conley said.
The leadership of ASUN should “not be
afraid to challenge the administration if the
need arises,” Conley said.
When it has die ear of the administration,
ASUN can accomplish more for students,
Conley said.
“The students need that voice,” he said.
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Amy Ellis, left, first vice presidential candidate
Drad Dangs and presidential candidate John
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