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were weary about working with
her, McGill said.
“Basically some of them were
not impressed with having a
woman with them," she said.
“I think a lot of them thought
if they had to go on calls, they
would have to spend their time
taking care of a female,” she said.
Sharon Wacker, an adminis
trative assistant who worked for
the UNL Police Department
when McGill arrived, said
although there was a definite split
between the residence hall patrol
and the cruiser officers, McGill
was never treated poorty because
she could handle tough situa
“She would not be where she
is now, had shebeen a timid per
son,” Wacker said.
Assistant Chief Police Mylo
Bushing, who was then a patrol
officer, said the male officers’
weary attitude changed after
McGill proved die was not afraid
to arrest somebody.
“It was kind oflike, 'We’re will
ing to work with a female officer,
but she’s going to have to prove
she can do the job,’” Bushing
“With Barb’s personality, it
didn't really take long for the offi
cers to say, 'Hey, I think she’s
going to work out okay,’” he said.
By then, other female officers
were joining die department and
following in McGill's footsteps.
McGill said she heard a few
comments about the females
riding in the cruisers with the
males, but by then, nobody was
too bent out of shape
So McGill and the other
female officers decided to push
for one more concession.
Instead of wearing skirts, the
women wanted to wear pants,
McGill said the ^Jcirts were
cold and awkward when the
woman were getting in and out of
McGill described the knee
length skirts as “short little num
Finally, after many com
plaints, the woman officers were
given slacks instead of skirts,
achieving the same status as
So why would someone stay
after having to jump through so
McGill can answer that ques
tion in one word: “Benefits,” she
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' ly include tremors, slow move
ments, balance problems, mus
cle stiffness and a decrease in the
ability to make facial expressions
and project the voice.
Cohen said UNMC only con
ducted basic fetal cell research,
and didn’t do any implanting or
While the transplant failures
are a setback in the overall
scheme, he said, research should
still be done.
"It’s a first step,” Cohen said.
"(Scientists) will look at the*
results and figure, out why the
adverse reactions occur. It’s the
approach we take with any new
Cohen compared the implant
therapy to developing
chemotherapy treatments: if
experimental treatments don’t
work, he said, scientists and doc
tors go back to the drawing board.
The theory behind implanti
ng fetal cells, Cohen said, is based
on “sound science.”
Regent Charles Wilson said
the number of people involved in
the study was fairly low, and, pre
cautions should be taken with all
human experimentation. The
results, he said, are disconcerting.
“This raises some obviously
serious concerns," Wilson said.
He said ?t this point, though,
the study was too small to accu
rately determine whether fetal
cell implants would be beneficial
or hurtful for Parkinson’s disease
But Wilson said some reports
of implants in Alzheimer’s
patients had been successful
Regent Drew Miller of
Papillion said he was not sur
prised the implants failed.
“The vast majority of experi
ments fail,” he said. “It's hard to
find new cures.”
He said many scientific dis
coveries happened accidentally,
and that there was no way to pre
dict what would happen in scien
Miller also said UNMC’s basic
fetal cell research should contin
“People need to understand
that our research at the Med
Center is not with transplants,”
Guyia Mills, a member of the
Board of Directors for the
Nebraska Family Council, said
while she was not against the use
of fetal cells from spontaneous
abortions, such as miscarriages,
she was against the use of pur
posely aborted cells for trans
“Morally, we can not go down
that road,” she said.
Mills said the failure of the cell
therapy was not surprising, and
though she would like to see a
cure for Parkinson’s disease, she
did not want to “exploit the least
“We have to look at what’s
being done at the national and
international level. When will we
ever plan on stopping here?” she
Fetal research debate continues
FETAL from page 1
center officials recently pub
lished a legal interpretation of
the bill that claims the bill’s
loose language extends its juris
diction well beyond fetal
The opinion, issued by
Lincoln attorney Man Peterson,
says the bill would ban
Nebraskans from using any vac
cines, drugs or medical treat
ments derived from fetal
Peterson outlined the con
sequences in a letter to the
Board of Regents.
Harold Maurer, chancellor
of the medical center, forward
ed Peterson's comments to all of
“I felt compelled to say
something to the legislators
about the consequences,” he
The bill, he said, would force
Nebraskans to cross state lines
to seek basic medical treat
ments like vaccines for rubella.
This latest legal opinion
adds another edition to a string
of actions that began in
November 1999 when the
Omaha-World Herald reported
that researchers at the medical
center were using fetal tissue in
Since the announcement,
people on both sides of the
debate have battled inside and
out of the Capitol.
Peterson, though, said the
conflict may reach its conclu
“I’m convinced we have
enough votes to pass it," he
NU sports budget may see cut
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Regent Charles Wilson of
Lincoln said he thought the
Athletic Department had to be
willing to explore all its options
to save money.
But the last option, Wilson
said, is cutting sports programs.
“It's a shame to consider hav
ing to cut sports,” Wilson said.
“The athleticism (of stu
dents in smaller sports) is as
great as it is in any of the other
NU is one of a handful of
schools that’s been able to main
tain a large number of men’s and
women's sports programs with
out using taxpayers’ money or
student fees, Wilson said.
Wilson agreed with
Hassebrook, and said cuts prob
ably wouldn’t be made from
larger sports because top coach
es would be less likely to choose
NU if salaries weren’t competi
It would be difficult to cut a
top coach’s salary because the
regents don’t arbitrarily choose
an amount to pay someone.
Rather, it depends on the
7f’s a shame to
consider having to cut
marketplace and how much
other coaches across the coun
try are being paid, Wilson said.
“If you’re not competitive in
the marketplace, people will go
somewhere else,” he said.
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