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Brown explores the
bonding of Girl
Scouts and Gaia
ascends to No. 1 in
‘Nurse Betty’ stirs up
mixed emotions and
a few good laughs
for Illinois job
BY VERONICA DAEHN
Last week, Linda Herrmann added her name
to the list of empty administrative spots at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Herrmann resigned her position as director
of the University Health Center on Sept. 1, said
James Griesen, vice chancellor for student
She has accepted a job as health center
director at Northern Illinois University in
DeKalb, he said. Its student enrollment, about
23,000, is similar to UNL’s.
“She was a very fine director,” Griesen said.
“We really appreciate her efforts, and we’re sad
to see her move on.”
Griesen said Herrmann left for personal and
financial reasons. She has family in Illinois that
she wanted to be closer to, he said.
An employee at the health center confirmed
she left to be closer to her family.
Herrmann could not be reached for com
Gnesen said he would meet with the health
center today to update them on the search for
Herrmann's replacement and future plans for
the health center.
Herrmann took over the director's post at the
health center in July 1997. Before that, she was
the associate director of clinical services. She
came to UNL in 1996.
She is a specialist in internal medicine and
has worked at the University of Illinois at
Rockford as the medical director and the College
ofWilliam and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Jim Yankech, associate director of business
operations at the Health Center, said it was
unfortunate Herrmann was leaving.
The administrative team at the Health
Center, including Herrmann, had worked
together only for a little more than a year, he
One of the largest projects Herrmann spear
headed was an evaluation program of Health
The results were used to pinpoint areas that
needed improvement, Yankech said.
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Pete Shoup, tire
T.O. Haas Tires,
works with one
of the 6.5 mil
tires recalled on
Aug. 9. Because
tires are scarce,
have chosen to
brands for a
Dealers scramble to replace recalled tires
Lincoln-area customers will be reimbursed when they trade in faulty Firestones for other brands
Lincoln tire dealers can hardly find
enough tires to meet the demand cre
ated by the 6.5 million Firestone tire
recall a month after its announcement.
Tiremakers cannot press the new
tread quickly enough to re-equip car
owners with the 15-inch Wilderness AT
and ATX tires that may be linked to 88
The recall of the popular tire, which
came standard on many Ford
Explorers, has stressed customer and
dealer relations with
To speed tire replacement,
Firestone has allowed customers to
replace their tires with a different brand
and then apply for a reimbursement up
to $100 for each tire.
“As soon as we get name-brand
tires in, we call the customer (and
change them)," said Paul Faughn, T.O.
Haas tires Lincoln sales manager.
Firestone stepped up production of
its 15-inch tires and asked other manu
facturers to do the same.
“The problem is that everything is
back-ordered and behind,” said Mark
McGinnis, downtown store manager
for Walker Tire.
Instead of waiting for Firestone to
step up production, some vehicle own
ers are looking at other brands.
“A lot of them are going for the
upgrades and waiting for their $100
reimbursement from Firestone,”
Even those tires are in short supply.
Some customers with older
Firestone tires may be capitalizing on
the recall, McGinnis said.
“I’ve seen a lot of people with 10
year-old bald tires taking advantage of
the situation,” McGinnis said.
Many other people who come into
tire stores have simply decided they
don’t want to ride on Firestones, even if
their tires weren’t affected by the recall,
Lincoln Firestone and Ford dealers
referred recall-related questions to the
tiremakers’ national office.
McGinnis and Faughn said their
stores have been swamped with recall
replacement requests since the Aug. 9
McGinnis said he had seen "quite a
few of the Wilderness tires coming
apart” when customers brought them
in. But Faughn said he had never seen
any major problems with the recalled
tire in his stores.
“If you think you have them (the
affected tires), stop down by any dealer,
and we’ll check them out,” Faughn
Additional information is available
on the Firestone Web site at
http://www.firestone.com or by calling
Stenberg touts lowering of out-of-pocket drug costs for elderly
■The Republican candidate for
Senate said the United States must
protect senior citizens with limited
BY BRIAN CARLSON
Republican Senate candidate Don
Stenberg on Monday endorsed a proposal
to reduce prescription-drug costs for
Medicare recipients and limit out-of
pocket prescription drug expenses for
seniors with low incomes.
The five-year, $40 billion plan would
allow all Medicare beneficiaries to enroll
in a prescription-drug discount card pro
gram, through which they could choose
from competing drug-card plans to
receive privately negotiated discounts on
Also, Medicare would contract with
private insurers to provide catastrophic
protection for seniors with certain income
levels whose prescription drug bills
exceeded set limits.
Stenberg endorsed the proposal,
sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel, at a news
conference in Lincoln.
"We need a Medicare prescription
drug plan that will reduce prescription
drug costs for all senior citizens and pro
vide protection against large prescription
drug costs for senior citizens of limited
economic means,” he said.
"At the same time, the government
should not dictate which prescription
drugs are covered under the program, and
seniors should not be asked to pay premi
ums that for many seniors would exceed
the cost of their prescription drugs.”
Stenberg, the attorney general, is
competing with former Gov. Ben Nelson, a
Democrat, to replace retiring Democratic
Sen. Bob Kerrey.
The Nelson campaign criticized
Stenberg’s proposal, saying it would not
provide prescription drug benefits for all
seniors and would not provide enough
help for seniors with limited incomes who
are facing high prescription drug bills.
Under the plan Stenberg endorsed, all
Medicare recipients would have the
option of paying an annual $35 enroll
ment fee to participate in the drug-card
plan. After enrolling, they would not pay a
Market forces would help lower pre
scription-drug costs under this program,
The plan would create a new Medicare
agency, which would contract with private
insurers and other entities to provide cata
strophic coverage. Private insurers would
not bear the risk.
Stenberg said the catastrophic cover
age provisions would provide the most
help for seniors with limited incomes. The
insurance plan would set limits on the
amount some seniors would pay for pre
scription drugs, then pay for any prescrip
“...It will be much more cost-effective than a big
government plan that provides taxpayer subsidies for
people who don’t need them."
tion drug costs beyond those limits.
For example, a person whose income
was below200 percent of the poverty level
would pay a maximum of $1,200 for pre
scription drugs, while someone with an
income between 200 percent and 400 per
cent of the poverty level would pay no
more than $2,500.
Individuals with incomes below
$100,000 and couples with incomes below
$200,000would pay a maximum of $5,000.
“This proposal lowers prescription
drug costs and provides greater security to
seniors by ensuring a reasonable limit on
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their out-of-pocket drug expenses,”
Stenberg said. “But it will be much more
cost-effective than a big government plan
that provides taxpayer subsidies for peo
ple who don’t need them.”
Stenberg said federal appropriations
and enrollment fees would pay for the
Nelson spokeswoman Marcia Cady
criticized Stenberg for waiting until fewer
than two months before the election to
make a prescription drug proposal.
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ASUN anticipates court's ruling
on lobbying for ballot initiatives
An ASUN Student Court
decision that could influence
the senate’s role in lobbying for
or against the Defense of
Marriage Amendment is expect
ed to be announced today.
The court heard a petition
from Association of Students of
the University of Nebraska
President Joel Schafer on Aug. 31
asking for a clarification on one
of ASUN’s bylaws about elec
In its current form, the bylaw
prohibits the senate from lobby
ing for or against candidates in
local, state and national elec
The court’s interpretation of
the bylaw and final decision was
prepared Monday and still needs
some of the justices’ signatures,
said Chief Justice Trent Steele.
The decision should be
announced today, he said.
The court is required to sub
mit a formal document with its
judicial opinion, which is why
the group didn't announce its
decision the night of the hear
ing, he said.
“The court takes these opin
ions very seriously and wants to
be precise in the language it
uses," Steele said.
Schafer said the reason he
asked for a clarification was to
see if a ballot initiative or
amendment could be classified
as a candidate.
This influences ASUN
because the Defense of Marriage
Amendment will be a ballot ini
tiative in November’s election.
The proposed amendment pro
hibits same-sex marriages, civil
“The court takes these
seriously and wants to
he precise in the
language it uses."
Student Court chief justice
unions and domestic partner
Schafer said there was a pos
sibility that legislation could
come through the senate sup
porting or opposing the amend
ment, and he wanted a clarifica
tion of ASUN’s bylaw before this
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Perlman: No dramatic cuts will come at unl
■The interim chancellor sent
an e-mail to faculty, trying to
alleviate worries over the
ranking of academic programs.
BY VERONICA DAEHN
When the NU Board of
Regents last month passed crite
ria for administrators to use in
rating the programs on their
campuses, some faculty mem
bers were concerned that pro
grams important to them would
Because of that concern,
Interim Chancellor Harvey
Perlman sent out an e-mail last
week to University of Nebraska
Lincoln faculty and staff.
In the e-mail, Perlman said
the university routinely estab
lished priorities. He said the
board’s criteria would serve as a
“useful reality check on our
"We have all done strategic
planning,” Perlman said. “Most
units already have priorities - we
ought to review those in light of
Perlman said he sent the e
mail to all UNL faculty and staff
members because of press cov
erage that suggested there
would be dramatic cuts in pro
grams. Many people were
unnecessarily worried, he said.
“I can assure you that I have
no such intention,” Perlman
wrote in his e-mail. “We will, as
we continually do, move
resources from some programs
to others as opportunities arise.”
The prioritization of aca
demic programs is an ongoing
process, Perlman said. While
there is no exact plan in place
yet, he said he has asked deans
to rank the programs in their
Jim Lewis, chairman of the
Academic Planning Committee,
said his committee would play a
role in looking at the academic
programs and deciding what
priority each holds.
The committee is still wait
ing for instructions from the
chancellor's office before they
can officially begin, he said.
Lewis said he expected his
committee would meet to start
work on the prioritization in two
Perlman’s e-mail outlined an
academic ranking process that
would build on past planning of
the university and work through
administrative offices, while
involving the faculty as needed.
The letter also said Perlman
hoped the prioritization would
not significantly disrupt the
“It is not in the best interest
of this university to allow this
exercise to drain our energy
from the other important tasks
that I set out in the State of the
University address....” Perlman
wrote in the e-mail.
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