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Lincoln events set for World AIDS Day
BY JILL ZEMAN
Friday marks a day for people
to reflect, remember and realize
how the AIDS virus impacts their
Several area organizations
will recognize World AIDS Day
with ceremonies, speeches and
This year’s theme is “AIDS: All
Men - Make a Difference.”
The reason men are highlight
ed is because men represent the
majority of people living with HIV
and AIDS, said Pat Tetreault,
University Health Center sexuali
ty education coordinator.
Men generally have more sex
ual partners than women, putting
them at a greater risk, she said.
Many men also don’t pay
close attention to their health,
making them unaware of any
changes in their bodies.
AIDS cases also are high in gay
men, minorities and young men.
In fact, Tetreault said, about one
quarter of all AIDS cases are in
men under 25.
It’s important young people
pay attention to the AIDS epi
demic, she said. And for those
who think it doesn't happen in
Nebraska, about one in 300 are
afflicted with the disease, she
“It’s easy for people to ignore
it,” she said. “But by being
involved, it can help raise their
awareness and see more directly
how (AIDS) affects their lives,” she
A healing service will take
place Friday at 7:30 p.m. at
“I’m concerned that Nebraska’s youth think
(AIDS) doesn’t affect them."
coordinator, Health and Human Services
Church, 2110 Sheridan Blvd.
The service is sponsored by
Regional HIV/AIDS Task Force.
Tetreault said the service is for
anyone, and will feature prayers,
healing and a memorial service.
“I think AIDS is something
that impacts everyone,” she said.
The Nebraska Health and
Human Services System also will
recognize the day with activities
beginning at noon in the Capitol
Rotunda, said Charles Housman,
Health and Human Services HIV
The event will include a
remembrance of people who
have lived and died with the dis
Sen. Ernie Chambers of
Omaha will speak, Housman said.
It is good the state is paying
attention to the AIDS epidemic
because it can sometimes get
overlooked, Housman said.
"I’m concerned that
Nebraska's youth think (AIDS)
doesn’t affect them,” he said.
Students organize to tight domestic violence1
Even though some people
think it’s not happening in their
own backyard, a national expert
said Wednesday at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln that domes
tic violence occurs everywhere,
everyday - even in Lincoln.
Independence Day, a new stu
dent group formed to fight
domestic violence, sponsored a
speech in the Nebraska Union
featuring Deborah Tucker,
founder and executive director of
the National Training Center on
Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Tticker spoke about the prob
lem of domestic and sexual vio
TUcker has been working with
many organizations since 1973 to
stop violence against women.
In her lecture, Tucker called
for increased awareness about
domestic abuse and sexual vio
In Lincoln, the Rape/Spouse
Abuse Crisis Center hotline gets
more than 17,000 calls per year,
which Tucker said was not an
Education about domestic
violence needs to start early,
“The only way to really end
the violence is to work with the
children, teaching them to
respect each other,” she said.
little is being done in elemen
tary schools because the mature
subject matter makes it difficult to
discuss, she said.
The Girl Scouts have recently
implemented a domestic abuse
patch, where one would have to
volunteer in a shelter or crisis cen
ter. The Boy Scouts have yet to fol
low suit, she said.
Tticker said as more people
become aware of the problem,
stiffer penalties for committing
acts of domestic abuse also need
to be implemented.
“Four years ago in Lincoln,
the average penalty for domestic
abuse was a $50 fine,” said Marcee
Metzger, director of the Lincoln
Rape/Spouse Abuse Crisis Center.
Now, she said, more offenders
are serving jail time.
According to the
Rape/Spouse Abuse crisis center,
domestic violence increases in
Nebraska around the holidays
and football bowl games, more so
if the Nebraska football team does
“Domestic violence and sexu
al assault impact our daily lives
> whether we ourselves are victims
or not,” Metzger said.
She said for people to realize
the extent of the problem, they
just have to look to the capacity of
the battered women's shelter.
“The Friendship Home
(women’s shelter) has been full
every day for the past four years.
There’s always a waiting list, with
sometimes up to 150 people on
it,” Metzger said.
To combat domestic violence,
some concerned students are
putting action to their words.
Wayne Mortensen, a sopho
more architecture major, organ
ized the Independence Day
The group will increase
awareness of the violence prob
lem and raise funds that will go to
the Rape/Spouse Abuse Crisis
From now until Dec. 7, mem
bers are selling battery-operated
candles in the Nebraska Union.
The candles are supposed to
be placed in people’s windows as
a symbol of hope for victims of
“Ideally we'll have hundreds
of lights all around campus,”
Dec. 8 will be "Independence
Day,” when everyone will display
their lights. The proceeds from
the lights will be turned over to
the crisis center.
“I’m pretty positive we’ll be
able to donate up to $1,000,” he
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BY VICTORIA RIIS
University of Nebraska
Lincoln professor Heriberto
Cerutti is breaking the genetic
Cerutti and his research team
published a study in the Nov. 10
edition of Science Magazine.
The team identified a specific
gene in green algae that is also
found in plants, fungi and ani
mals, including humans.
This gene plays a key role in
preventing genetic modification.
The work could lead to
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of genetically modified crops, or it
could prove helpful in fighting
viruses that attack the human
genome, such as HIV or Human
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“We will need to learn a great
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The research team has been
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