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COVERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA SINCE 1901 VOL. 95 NO. 83 -
— . ... — _January 15, 1996_
Kimberly Ross performs the one-person act “The Negro Mother” Saturday night at the Nebraska Union at a reception
to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Fit for a King
Reception recognizes King
By Christine Hollister
Nearly 250 people gathered in the Ne
braska Union on Saturday night to honor the
vision of Martin Luther King Jr.
“In the Spirit of Freedom,” the fourth
annual reception sponsored by the Afrikan
Peoples Union ofthe University ofNebraska
Lincoln, featured an evening of food, music
and drama in conjunction with Martin Luther
King Jr. Day, which is celebrated today.
After welcome messages, the singing of
the Black National Anthem, and a proclama
tion of the holiday, dramatic presentations
highlighted the reception.
Kimberly Ross, a UNL graduate student
in communication studies, presented “The
Negro Mother,” the portrayal of a slave
Keynote speaker A1 Eaton, an acclaimed
Boston actor, followed with an inspirational
Throughout his hour-long production,
Eaton portrayed several African-American
characters, including an older “adventurer,”
an “Uncle Tom” tobacco field hand, a
Princeton graduate, a Black Panther mili
tant, and Dr. King himself.
After several musical interludesand short
excerpts from King’s speeches, Eaton re
turned to his characters and showed how the
civil rights movement had changed their
At the end of his presentation, Eaton —
apologizing because he was beginning to
lose his voice — recited King’s famous “I
Have a Dream” speech and was given a
By Julie Sobczyk
The NU Board of Regents approved a pro
gram statement and a budget for a new parking
garage west of Memorial
Stadium at its monthly meet
The 600-space parking
structure, which will house
offices for the Athletic De
partment, ticket office and
Parking Services, will cost
The proposal passed with
six votes in favor and one
opposed to the construction
oi me garage. Kegeni urew Miner oi rapuuon
voted in favor, but was participating via tele
phone from Stuttgart, Germany.
Under Nebraska open meetings laws, Miller’s
vote was not official, but university officials
said a record of his votes would be kept.
Regent Rosemary Skrupa of Omaha was the
only regent to vote against the proposal.
Regent Charles Wflson of Lincoln ques
t ioned whether the new garage was a reasonable
solution to UNL’s parking problem.
“Is this really a rational, long-term ap
proach?” Wilson asked. “We may have to face
hard facts that we may have to address the
question of restricting parking spaces.”
In the future, Wilson said, freshmen may
have to be restricted from bringing their cars to
campus to help reduce congestion.
The structure also may add to problems in
the future, he said.
“The easier it is to park, the more cars will
come,” Wilson said. “There will be some folks
now who arc not taking their cars to campus
who will be bringing their cars.”
The structure would be designed so that 300
to 600 stalls could be added i f necessary. Under
the current proposal, the university would gain
450 new parking stalls because the structure
would be built over an existing lot.
The board did not approve an amendment to
the proposal offered by Miller via telephone to
build a larger garage now.
“To me, it is more conservative to build a
more efficient structure now and save on con
struction and operating costs,” Miller said.
If the amendment had passed, a proposal for
a larger garage would not have had to come
before the board.
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Affirmative action finalists voice concerns
to precede action
By Julie Sobczyk
Uniting all parts of campus is the key to making
diversity programs work at UNL, said one finalist
for director of affirmative action and diversity.
“Everyone here needs to go back to the drawing
board to determine what it is that most people
would like to see in the area of diversity,” Alan
Comedy said. “We need to see how we can do this
“It can’t be my idea; it has to be our idea.”
Comedy has been at the University of Northern
Colorado in Greeley since 1988, as an assistant to
the vice president, executive director of minority
affairs and special assistant to the university legal
For Comedy, his biggest achievement at UNC
was developing new programs at the office of
affirmative action and diversity.
“I brought respect to the affirmative action
office by developing a program that impacted our
hiring and our sexual harassment policy,” Comedy
said. “I worked with students, resolved complaints
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Incoming Chancellor James Moeser last week interviewed Alan Comedy
and Hermenia Gardner, Finalists to be UNL's next director of affirmative
action and diversity. Moeser said he wanted to chose the new director
before he takes over as chancellor Feb. 5.
• Comedy is the
special assistant to the
vice president for
university affairs at
Northern Colorado in
• He received a
bachelor's degree in ■*"
psychology in 1970 from Wilberforce
University. He earned a master's in education
and social sciences form Antioch College in
1972 and a juris doctorate in 1981 from
• Comedy developed new programs at
UNC and impacted hiring and sexual
harassment policies. He said one general
area of improvement at UNL would be
moving away from giving people labels.
• Gardner is the
affirmative action officer
and assistant to the
president for community
relations at Amherst
College in Amherst,
w one i clcivcu a
bachelor's degree in
from West Chester University. She earned
a master's degree in religious education from
Boston University and a master's degree in
social work from Columbia University.
• Gardner established the affirmative
action and diversity office at Amherst College
and said she wants to involve more students
in diversity issues.
important in plan
By Julie Sobczyk
For Hermenia Gardner, involving UNL stu
dents in affirmative action and diversity issues
could make such programs more successful.
And that would be one of her plans as the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s next director of
affirmative action and diversity.
“I have a concern to make the affirmative action
office more visible on campus, especially with
students,” said Gardner, one of two finalists for the
position at UNL. “We also need to have a stronger
connection with the city and state.”
Gardner now serves as an affirmative action
officer and assistant to the presidents for commu
nity relations at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.
Among her accomplishments at Amherst was
the creation of the college’s first office of affirma
tive action and diversity in 1993.
“It was an exciting challenge to open the affir
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