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Sen-elect Ben Nelson
reminisces about his recount
experience in the 1990oloction
Who wfll Eric Crouch get
to elude (and where wfll
he get to elude them)
this holiday season?
During the hectic holiday
season, massages help
melt the stress
Clinton is coming to Nebraska - finally
BY JILL ZEMAN
If the maxim, “Save the best for
last” is true, then President Bill
Clinton is giving Nebraska a big
Next week, Clinton is sched
uled to visit Nebraska, the only
state in the country in which he
hasn't stepped foot
The president will stop in
Kearney on Dec. 8 to visit the
University of Nebraska at Kearney
campus and then tour the Great
Platte River Road Archway
The Kearney administration
asked Clinton to visit about six
months ago, said UNK Chancellor
Gladys Styles Johnston.
The original invitation asked
Clinton to speak at UNK’s com
mencement ceremony onDec 15,
Clinton was unable to come
for the ceremony, but Johnston
said she was pleased just because
he was coming.
"I’m very exdted about it,” she
said. “I feel he's been an education
Plans for Clinton’s time at the
UNK campus are tentative, she
said. But he should speak some
time in the morning, probably in
the Health and Sports Center,
which holds 8,000 people.
Johnston said she has been
inundated with phone calls since
news of Clinton’s visit was
“There’s been an enormous
response,” she said. “People have
a lot of enthusiasm.”
Former Democratic Gov.
Frank Morrison said the push to
bring Clinton to the state has been
going for months.
Morrison, who served from
1961-67, was the founding force
for and is a member of the board
of directors of the Great Platte
River Road Archway Monument
The monument, a 79,000
square-foot historical museum,
opened over Interstate 80 in June.
“We wanted him to visit the
monument because we thought it
was a national shrine the presi
dent needed to see and under
stand,” Morrison said.
Clinton’s invitation is a cumu
lative effort of the Archway
Monument board of directors,
UNK and several other Nebraska
organizations, he said.
Nebraska Democratic Party
Chairwoman Anne Boyle said
Clinton’s appearance will attract
national attention to Nebraska. In
fact, the media frenzy has already
begun for her.
Boyle said she was contacted
by the British Broadcasting Corp.
She said NBC’s Today Show
has already taped an interview
with her, to be aired on the morn
ing of Clinton’s visit
“I’m thrilled he’ll be here,” she
said. “Anything we do to highlight
the state is good for us.”
On Monday, before Clinton’s
visit was confirmed, Jake Siewert,
the president's press secretary,
reassured members of the media
Clinton would make the trip to
With reporters’ laughter in the
background, Siewert said he didn’t
know when Clinton would visit
Siewert said the president had
an “ironclad commitment” to visit
“We will go to Nebraska,”
Siewert said. “I promise you.”
With what’s been confirmed
so far, Clinton’s visit will pass over
the larger cities of Omaha and
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska President
Joel Schafer said he wasn’t upset
Clinton planned to visit UNK
rather than the Lincoln campus.
Groups in western Nebraska
have been working on bringing
Clinton to the state for a long time,
“Clinton didn’t make a choice
between UNK and UNL,” Schafer
said. “It’s about the archway -
that’s the reason he’s coming.”
But a visit to eastern Nebraska
hasn’t been ruled out, Boyle said.
The Nebraska Democratic Party
has been working to bring Clinton
to Omaha or Lincoln, she said.
Even though Kearney
Chancellor Johnston said she
anticipated throngs of people
coming to see Clinton, not every
one will welcome the leader of the
free world with open arms.
Nebraska Republican Party
Chairman Chuck Sigerson said
he’d rather see Republican
Presidential candidate George W.
Bush visit the state than Clinton.
“Once President Clinton
comes in, we’ll lose one of our pre
cious resources - our Clinton-free
air, our Clinton-free water and our
Even though the Republicans
don’t approve of Clinton, Sigerson
said, the visit of any president to
the state is honorable.
"We respect the office of the
president, even though we don't
“I’m very excited
about it. I feel he’s
been an education
Gladys Styles Johnston
respect the man,” he said.
Sigerson said if Clinton just
visits Kearney, he’ll make a glaring
error by neglecting to visit the U.S.
Air Force's Strategic Command at
Offiitt Air Force Base in Bellevue.
“As commander in chief, he
should be ashamed for not visiting
(Offiitt),” Sigerson said.
Sigerson said he thought
Clinton didn’t visit Nebraska
because Nebraska didn’t want him
in the state.
“I bet George W. will be in
Nebraska at least once in the next
four years because we want him
here,” he said.
BY VERONICA DAEHN
More than 50 people concerned about alcohol
use met in the Nebraska Union auditorium
Tuesday for the second part of a symposium spon
sored by NU Directions, a group aimed at lowering
high-risk drinking among UNL students.
In July, 112 state policy makers, business own
ers, community members and NU campus leaders
met to discuss the problems associated with alco
On Tuesday, they met again to figure out how
to fix those problems.
Tom Workman, NU Directions spokesman,
said it was important for the group to begin to find
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A key focus of those fighting against the abuse
of alcohol is changing state laws.
Beverly Neth, director of the Nebraska
Department of Motor Vehicles, spoke about a bill
that could be introduced to the Legislature in
January that would change Nebraska state drivers’
Neth’s department hopes to introduce a digital
driver’s license. The new card would be plastic and
have a bar code or magnetic stripe, similar to a
Renewal would be automatic every five years -
no one would have to go to their county’s court
house to get a new license.
The new system of licensing is necessary, part
ly, Neth said, to help stop the use of fake IDs.
The lamination on the current card can be
tampered with and information underneath can
The plastic card would also eliminate counter
feiting or photocopying.
“Our current card is easy to duplicate,” Neth
said. “With a digital card, it would be much harder
Neth is still seeking a senator to sponsor the
Other problems the group identified in June
included minors’ consuming alcohol, adults’ buy
ing alcohol for minors and alcohol-related injuries
Workman said one of the best ways to counter
act those problems was by changing state policy.
“(Our laws) are part of the reason our environ
ment is like this,” he said.
Changing drivers' licenses would help,
Workman said, as would enacting harsher penal
ties for minors caught with alcohol or adults pur
chasing for youth.
The goal of Tuesday's symposium was to hear
ideas and get a sense of what support was out
there for them, Workman said, even if nothing
happens right away.
“There are a gazillion options,” he said. “We
can’t do them all. But we got to talk about ideas
together and join forces.”
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milk cows at
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Workers at the
dairy said they
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■ An Oklahoma civil engineer says
cows and vague environmental laws
threaten the valuable resource.
BY GEORGE GREEN
Government officials say a recent
flood of dairy cows to Nebraska will not
jeopardize the quality of the state’s
But Kathy Martin, a Norman,
Okla., civil engineer, in environmental
policy says Nebraskans should be con
cerned with the influx of cows and
In the past three years, 14 dairy
operations with an average of 1,500
cows each have moved to Nebraska.
At one operation near Neligh, con
cemed landowners are suing to stop
dairy expansion before waste jeopard
izes the water quality of a local stream.
No matter how many cows show
up, farmers have to follow state laws
protecting the environment, said Dan
Borer, dairy division manager for the
state Department of Agriculture.
“We want them to know the regula
tions,” he said.
The Department of Agriculture
inspects every farm before it begins
operating, he said. And the
Department of Environmental Quality
checks local rivers and streams for
traces of pollution, Borer said.
Dennis Heitmann, supervisor of
the agriculture section of the
Department of Environmental
Quality, said every feedlot, whether it
houses swine or cows, has to control
runoff from the animal waste.
To do this, he said, each farm pres
ents a plan describing how it will dis
pose of the waste without damaging
the surrounding area.
With these precautions in place,
Heitmann said, Nebraskans should
not worry about waste spoiling their
“Properly operated dairies should
n’t hurt the state,” he said.
Cow dung, though, has already
raised a stink at the operation near
A case is pending in county district
court that will halt dairy expansion
near the East Verdigre Creek.
Landowners fear cow manure will
seep into the creek and poison the
dairies shouldn’t hurt the
cold-water trout that live there.
The last day of the trial is Dec. 8,
and a decision is expected before the
first of the year.
Nebraskans should not be so quick
to assume that the new farms are
harmless, said Kathy Martin, a civil
engineer in Norman, Okla., who spe
cializes in environmental issues.
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Can justice, democracy mix?
BY BRIAN CARLSON
When responding to atrocities, the
international community walks a fine line
between criminal justice and future demo
cratic stability, two ideals that don’t always
go hand in hand, UNL professor David
Forsythe said Tuesday.
Forsythe, a political science professor at
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a
world authority on human rights, said this
dilemma forces leaders to address these
problems on a case-by-case basis.
“The primary problem with interna
tional criminal courts is that international
peace and criminal justice don't always go
together,” he said.
The 1990s have witnessed a renewed
interest in international criminal justice,
Forsythe said. Ad-hoc courts to prosecute
war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and
Rwanda are the first of their kind since the
Nuremberg and Tokyo trials at the end of
In 1998, an international conference
agreed to form the International Criminal
Court, which would officially come into
being when 60 nations ratified it. The
United States has refused to support the
ICC - an example of its “spasms of chauvin
istic nationalism,” Forsythe said.
Although the ad-hoc courts were creat
ed partly to mask the lack of decisive
Western action to halt the violence in the
former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, these
courts are procedurally fair, Forsythe said.
They don’t rule on the basis of “victor’s jus
tice," common throughout history, he said.
“All of this is good for international law
and human rights in general,” Forsythe
Although those who have gone to trial
in these courts richly deserve their punish
ment, the courts may actually undermine
future democratic stability if they embrace
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ASUN, faculty question
not releasing records
BY JOSH FUNK
UNL faculty and student
leaders questioned the wisdom
of keeping student disciplinary
records confidential but want
more information before sup
porting the records’ release.
ASUN and Academic Senate
presidents said Tuesday they
wanted to know more about
why the university maintains
that these records from the
Office of Judicial Affairs should
be kept private.
“It does bother me that
things may go on and not be
released,” Academic Senate
President Sheila Scheideler
said. “We’re not protecting any
body by proceeding this way.”
Scheideler said she planned
to discuss the issue with the
Academic Senate’s executive
Joel Schafer, president of the
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska, said he
wanted to meet with Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs
James Griesen and Judicial
Affairs Director Rosemary Blum
before deciding whether the
records should be released.
Nationally, several groups
such as Security On Campus
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