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By Lindsay Young
The line dividing NU Regent Drew Miller of
Papillion and three prominent anti-abortion leaders
was clear on Monday morning.
In one argument during a radio debate, Miller
asked the leaders whether they would change their
stance against aborted fetal tissue research if UNMC
used a supplier other than Dr. Leroy Carhart, the
state’s only partial-birth abortion doctor.
Without conferring, they answered quickly in uni
If Carhart’s status as a faculty member were
One responded for the group: “No.”
Then using the argument that the use of Carhart
plays a part in making the research immoral, the anti
abortion groups’ main argument against UNMC’s
research, is pointless, Miller shot back.
During the debate Monday morning on Omaha’s
1290-AM (KKAR), Miller and his opponents, Julie
Schmit-Albin, Metro Right to Life leader Bob Blank
and Rescue the Heartland leader Larry Donlan, reiter
ated and expanded upon their arguments for and
against the research.
^^Mfflermvrtod die leaders to the debate in part to
clear up what he claims is misinformation spread to
senators and Nebraskans, hindering their abilities to
make a well-informed choice.
In a telephone interview, he said the debate let him
address some of those issues, such as clarifying that
die tissue does not come from partial-birth abortions
and that the research is not connected to abortion.
“A lot of misinformation is out there, and I just
couldn’t get through it,” he said. During the debate, he
directed listeners to the University of Nebraska Web
site, http://www.uneb.edu, for more information.
But Blank said the information Miller is trying to
fix wasn’t broken. Blank said the misinformation lies
in die university.
“We’ve seen their story change so many times, yet
we’re the ones accused of misinformation,” Blank
said in an interview.
During the debate, Miller said the anti-abortion
leaders’ efforts would backfire.
He said if anti-abortion leaders and the senators
backing LB 1405, a bill that would ban the use of
aborted fetal tissue in research, stopped UNMC’s
efforts, other sources of the tissue wouldn’t be readily
“Give us a chance,” he said.
So the research could leave the state, and what
Miller’s opponents don’t want to happen - a tissue
Please see FETAL on page 3
Heath Melb close
to bng-time goal
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EMPOWBtPRESIlBmALCAIIHDATE Heath Mello hopes to serve students with programs to
affect the campus climate, academic and student services and tin future of ASUN.
Editor’s note: This is the first of Jour pro
files looking at die presidential candidates for
the March 1 ASUN elections. Today is
Empower candidate Heath Mello. Tomorrow
we will profile Impact candidate John Conley.
As a freshman, Heath Mello sat and wrote
goals about what he wanted to do while he was
at the university, and his top goal was to be an
He won a spot on the Arts and Sciences
advisory board his sophomore year and final
ly fulfilled his desire to be senator this year as
“After that, I yearned for the next level,”
Now Mello is the Association of Students
of die University of Nebraska presidential can
didate for the Empower election party, and he
is taking vice-presidential candidate Cecity
Rometo and second vice-presidential candi
date Mike Butterfield along for the ride.
“This is the organization I have put my
Please see MELLO on 7
Hurricane Carter addresses racism, years in prison
By Margaret Behm
Mayor Don Wesely presented Rubin
“Hurricane” Carter with a key not to a jail cell
but to the city of Lincoln last night at the Lied
Carter, a boxing icon, was wrongly impris
oned on triple murder charges in 1966 and spent
nearly 20 years in prison before being found
“He persevered and stayed strong where
many of us would have withered,” Wesely said.
Fifteen years after his release from prison,
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter encouraged students
to fight injustice in the system.
“Some people feel as though I ought to be
dead,” Carter said. “And I don’t agree with that.
And some people think I ought to be in prison,
and the courts don’t agree with that.”
Carter spoke to approximately 2,200 people
at the Lied Center. He was invited to speak by the
Association of Students of the University of
Nebraska as a part of the celebration of Black
Carter spoke about people taking an active
role in society, racism and his newly released
Juanita Page, a freshman film studies major,
said speakers like Carter should be brought to die
university throughout the year, not just for one
"The university needs to fund speakers like
him more often instead of just during February,”
Page said. "What he said wasn’t a Black History
Month thing, it was for all year.”
Carter said he wasn’t trying to persuade peo
ple to think he is innocent.
“You cannot convince everybody of any
thing,” Carter said. “And I don’t intend to con
vince anybody of everything.”
darter said he is not concerned whether or
not die real murderers are found in the triple
murder case in which he was convicted.
“I don’t care,” Carter said. “It’s the police
men’s job to do it. If I had anything to do with it,
do you think I would be sitting here today?”
When Carter was wrongly imprisoned, he
felt a lot of hate, but hate only consumes people,
“When you realize that hate put you in there,
hate only generates further hate,” Carter said.
“Then you realize that if you hate, it will destroy
“Hate put me in prison, but love busted me
out,” he said.
Carter encouraged people to take action in
theirtives because what they do today will affect
“You have got to seize every opportunity that
comes your way,” Carter said. “Because small
doors often open up into large rooms.”
Many people want to take the easy road in
life, Carter said. Even when he was a boxer, he
said he wanted the fights to end quickly.
“When I was a prizefighter 1 never liked
going the distance,” he said. “I would rather get
that fight over as quickly as I could. I mean, they
didn’t call me the Hurricane for nothing.”
He said he was not able to take the easy road
while he was in prison because he had to fight for
“I escaped execution and by that factor alone
my innocence remained alive,” he said, “and I
Please see HURRICANE on 7
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