The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 29, 1996, Image 1

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1 _f ■ , •[February 29, 1996
Min-Junq Kim, an exchange student, and Yeaji Shin, a graduate student in English, answer questions fronfsharon
Hams, a UNL associate professorof English, at the Korean booth of the International Bazaar Wednesday afternoon
The yearly event continues today in the the Nebraska Union.
Bazaar brings exotic tastes, cultures
From Staff Reports
The Nebraska Union was filled Wednes
day with the sights, sounds and smells of
more than 20 countries during the first day
of this year’s International Bazaar.
For more than 10 years, the International
Bazaar has brought tastes from all over the
world to students of the University of Ne
Bill Udell, a junior biology major who
was attending the bazaar for the first time,
sampled dishes from Greece and India. And
he returned for a second taste of India.
“It’s very tasty. I’m impressed," Udell
Twenty-five distinct cuisines were avail
able, representing Indonesia, Mexico, Ma
laysia, Turkey, Japan, Bangladesh, Romania,
Africa, India, China, Slovakia, Venezuela,
Costa Rica, Chile, Spain, Thailand, New
Zealand, Australia, Greece and Bosnia. Na
tive American, Puerto Rican and New Mexi
can food was also available.
The Turkish booth, like most, featured not
only food, but other samples of Turkish cul
ture. Pictures of Turkey hung from the wall
behind the booth, and a VCR next to it dis
played Turkish scenes on a big-screen TV.
Other booths offered music or crafts from
their countries.
Kamil Haliloglu, a Ph.D. agronomy stu
dent and president of the Turkish Students
Association, said his booth was doing well.
“It gives us the opportunity to show Turk
ish food to Lincoln’s people and the stu
dents,” Haliloglu said.
M.N. Hassan Shahin, president of the In
ternational Students Organization, said the
bazaar was a great success.
“It brings people from all over the world
together working as a team,” Shahin said.
Senators hear
testimony on
gay marriages
By Ted Taylor
Senior Reporter
Kristen Job said she had something in com
mon with most of the people in a legislative
hearing room Wednesday.
The 21-year old is involved in a long term,
- committed and loving rela
Legislature tionship, she said.
iqc » “However, there is one
30 ' Am > simple difference between
mysen ana tne committee 1
am addressing today,” said
Job, who is a lesbian. “You
are allowed to legally marry
your partner — the person
that you love. I am denied
that right ”
Job was speaking in favor
of Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers’ bill (LB 1260)
that would allow same-sex marriages to be le
gally recognized in the state of Nebraska.
“It would declare explicitly that a marriage
is not void because the two members who are
part of the marriage arc the same sex,” Cham
bers said.
Chambers introduced his bill in front of the
Judiciary Committee and a packed hearing
In his opening remarks. Chambers told the
committee that in the weeks leading up to the
hearing, he had received anumber of phone calls
from religious activists.
Calls, he said, that contained racial slurs and
despicable, hateful language.
Those callers, he said, were “trying, I imag
ine, to change my mind about pursuing this
course by being as insulting, as demeaning, as
degrading as they can be.”
“There are issues of such importance that are
not going to go away, and shouldn’t be swept
underneath the rug,” he said.
“And as long as I am in the Legislature, Ne
braska is going to be brought face-to-face with
the issues, and they will be discussed.”
Nebraska would be the only state in the union
to legally recognize same-sex marriages if the
proposed legislation was passed.
Hawaii is currently awaiting a possible Au
gust court order that could approve same-sex
marriages; while in the Colorado House of Rep
resentatives Wednesday, legislators approved a
bill to ban same-sex marriages. It now goes to
that state’s senate.
By law, marriages performed in one state are
recognized in all others.
Speaker calls diversity explosive
By Joshua Gillin
Staff Reporter
American cultural diversity is a
time bomb, and the clock is ticking.
That’s the message Phoebe Eng
gave to about forty listeners at the Ne
braska East Union Wednesday night.
Eng, a media coordinator for DMI
Industries, an independent New York
publishing firm, has lectured at sev
eral universities and conferences
across the country in the past few
Her lecture Wednesday dealt with
America’s perception of cultural dif
ferences, both in real life and the me
Eng used the O J. Simpson trial as
an example of the way the media af
fect opinions.
“I don’t care about the facts of the
trial,” she said. “It doesn.’t matter
whether he was guilty or innocent.
What mattered was the fact that it (the
“You have to participate in the media and let
people know what you think. ”
DMI Industries media coordinator
trial) formed opinions of race that di
vided America.”
Several events in recent years have
had effects comparable to the Simpson
trial, she said. Incidents she cited in
cluded the Washington, D.C. Million
Man March in 1995 and the beating
of Rodney King in 1992.
She said in most instances, the way
the media presented the situations to
the public tended to bring about a
negative reaction in the American pub
“Race and discussing race is not a
media topic,” she said. “Thinking that
way is proof of what I call a self-grati
tying society, an environment in which
the public usually believes what it
wants to hear.”
Eng, author of “Not About Face,”
said dealing with issues of cultural
diversity required an open mind, and
the first step to accepting differences
was to admit prejudices.
But most importantly, one must be
willing to stand up for what he or she
believes in.
“You have to participate in the
media and let people know what you
think,” she said, “so you damn well
better believe what you say.”
Husker marching band
awarded Sudler Trophy
By Julie Sobczyk
Senior Reporter
The Comhusker Marching Band
is joining the Nebraska football and
volleyball teams and celebrating a
national title of its own.
For the first time, the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln band has been
awarded the Sudler Trophy, an
award honoring the top college
marching band in the nation.
For Rod Chcsnutt, first-year di
rector of the UNL marching band,
the award made the year even bet
“This award tells you exactly
why I came to work here,” Chcsnutt
said. “The type of students I get to
work with are unique. They take
pride in everything, and they take
care of each other”
The students’ commitment is
what made the band award-win
ning, he said. -
“This year’s band is outstand
ing,” he said. “The students are
committed to a quality band. They
do their best each time they per
Jay Kloecker, UNL director of
bands, said the award was a great
honor for the 270 students who
marched in the band.
“It’s given to the college band
that has continued excellence and
contributes to college marching
bands,” Kloecker said.
The trophy is awarded based on
votes by other college bands, he
“It’s like the CNN Coaches’
Poll,” Kloecker said. “NCAA
school marching band directors are
sent ballots.”
About 300 directors vote, and
the three finalists are sent to the
John Philip Sousa Foundation,
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