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Law & Order
Lincoln Police believe alcohol may have
been involved in this year’s first traffic fatal
ity in Lincoln.
Paul Davenport, 37, died after he was
thrown from his car in an accident near 70th
and A streets Thursday.
Police reportsgave the followingaccount.
Davenport was driving his 1995 Dodge
Stratus east on A Street at 1:46 a.m. when it
swerved into a construction area and struck
a barricade or a dirt pile. Police believe
Davenport was driving at least 60 mph.
Davenport’s car hit a sign and flipped
over, hurling him out the passenger side
door. He was not wearing a seal belt.
Davenport was transported to St. Eliza
beth Community Health Center where he
was pronounced dead at 2:02 a.m.
Four juveniles were arrested after school
Wednesday for possession of marijuana at
Irvingdale Park, an area undercover police
have been patrolling for youth drug use.
Police found two 15-year-olds, a 14-year
old and a 13-year-old huddled together blow
ing pulTs of smoke, according to police re
ports. The park is located near 20th and Van
When approached by police, the boys
dropped a marijuana pipe on the ground,
police reports stated. Police searched them
and found a small amount of marijuana.
— Chad Lorenz
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The event also will feature a
special tribute to the national cham
pion Nebraska football and volley
ball teams, and the men’s and
women’s gymnastics teams will
Asa special presentation, Tanya
Crevier, the best female basketball
handler in the world, will show off
■her moves while demonstrating
Golden Key members have been
working as a team since November
to prepare for the event, said Nicole
Hansen, a member of the group.
She and ot her Golden Key mem
bers have helped gain sponsors for
the event, fund the event and will
volunteer on Monday.
Golden Key became involved
with the student athletes to help
them show the positive sides of
education, Hansen said.
“Education can be a fun part of
their lives, not something that’s
dreaded,” she said. “They need a
positive outlook, and that’s some
thing a lot of kids go away with.”
And the students aren’t the only
ones to walk away with something.
“Members see this as giving back
to the community,” Hansen said.
“They really enjoy seeing what an
impact they can have on students.”
Hansen will be the keynote
speaker at a similar event Tuesday,
as “School is Cool” goes on the
road to North Platte, for an audi
ence of about 2,400 students.
Zimmer said the program had
drawn many students from schools
in western Nebraska, and taking the
event to them would make it easier
for more students to attend.
“We want to be more accessible
to the Western community, and they
have appreciated the gesture of the
university reaching out to them,” he
When the program began live
years ago, Zimmer said, student
athletes spoke to about 300 stu
dents at Calvert Elementary School
The program has grown each
year, and this year 14,000 students
Nebraska football coach Tom
Osborne and former players Trcv
Alberts and Will Shields also will
make an appearance Monday.
Osborne said that although ath
letics were important, more young
students needed to see that academ
ics were important, too.
“The people in Nebraska have
shown a lot of response to the event,
and we’ve gotten a lot of response
from schools,” Osborne said.
Sometimes, Osborne said, young
students see football players only
for their athletic talent.
“So many times, young people r
don’t understand what it takes to
qualify for an academic scholar
ship,” he said.
Through “School is Cool,”
Osborne said, he can help teach
students that education is essential.
“This is important to me,” he
said. “It’s good for the kids to focus
on how education can make a dif
ference in their lives.”
Alberts, who has been involved
with the event for five years, said
education made a difference in his
life, and he said he wanted to get
students excited about academics.
“I have a responsibility to the
university because my whole edu
cational experience there shaped
my life,” Alberts said. “All of my
beliefs that I operate from, I learned
Although he will have to miss a
day of training with the Indianapo
lis Colts, Alberts said the trip to
Lincoln would be worth it.
“I just really want to be there and
give kids a message,” he said. “This
is something really worthwhile. I
enjoyed going to school and col
“It Seems a lot of young kids feel
school is something they have to
do. I want them to have fun with it.”
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Ramont emphasizes developing a
positive student-professor relationship,
changing the class structure to meet
students’ needs and helping students
feel comfortable in the classroom.
“Sometimes I use humor and tell
about my experiences,” she said, which
helps students learn new vocabulary,
especially jokes and idioms.
“If students don’t have the ASL
background, I have to relate what I do
with ASL to what they do with En
glish,” Ramont said. “The structure
and syntax is different.”
Ramont also uses computers in the
“One final is on computer,” she
said. “This gives students time to go at
their own pace and doesn’t make me
For the test, students view signs
through CD-ROM and have the option
of repeating questions or answering
Ramont also requires students to go
to an activity in the Deaf community
and interact with the people there.
“It’s a good experience, and I re- P
quire them to write a paper about it,”
Ramont said. “They like it so much, A
they ask me when the next activity will I
She does this because the audio- .
logical aspect of her deafness—with d
a lowercase “d” — is only one part of I
“The community, language,culture j
and perspective of a person is capital- M
ized as Deaf,” she explained. f
Ramont offers a sign table at the
Nebraska East Union on Fridays so A
students can chat over the lunch hour I
in ASL to improve their receptive and r
But her schedule doesn ’t stop there. U
After a previous job with Boys Town, ™
she is also volunteering with the orga
nization by modeling on a videotape A
featuring ASL stories for parents and I
Deaf children. r
Children on the videotape tell ASL
stories, Ramont said, so other children d
benefit by seeing their peers tell the I
“Deaf children need more expo
sure to ASL stories,” she said, “and it’s d
good for parents to see the model we I
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Bills dealing with abortion, incarceration
work camps and brewpubs were taken off the
agenda Thursday by Speaker of the Legislature
Withem interrupted afternoon debate to alter
the agenda, sayingthat a number of priority bills
would not receive the debate they deserved with
only eight days left in the 1996 session.
The Athlete Agent Registration and Account
ability Act, a bill that would require sport agents
to register with the state, was on the list of bills
taken off the agenda. The bill still could resur
face this session as an amendment to another
Senators plan to spend the remaining days
working on budget bills and pushing some bills
through select file and final reading.
The Legislature adjourns for the year on
April 18. — Ted Jgyf0r
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