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James Mendoza of the children’s dancing group Sabor Mexicano performs at the cultural talent show Sunday
afternoon at the Culture Center.
Cultural show includes dancing, juggling
By Todd Anderson
Aficr performing with the dance group
Sabor Mcxicano Sunday, 9-year-old Jesse
Mendoza and his younger brother James did
not talk about providing a cultural learning
They talked instead about dancing and
having fun with several other dancers in the
group, ages two through 10.
“Dancing is fun,” Mendoza said, stand
ing off stage. “People like our costumes.”
The dance group, which aims to intro
duce Hispanic culture to its participants and
the community, performed Sunday as part of
the Multicultural Talent Show at the Culture
Rose Flores, the announcer for the group,
said the students learned traditional Mexi
can folk songs and culture through dance
“The older children also learn Spanish
while the younger ones learn new dances,”
The group performs such traditional
dances as “La Raspa” and “La Bamba” for
audiences across the state, she said.
The multicultural talent show was spon
sored by the Culture Center and the Corner
The show is a carryover from an anniver
sary celebration. Last year the show was held
in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of
the Culture Center, said Jennifer Griffin, co
coordinator for the show.
The first group to perform, Kusitaki—a
group that plays Andean folk music — re
turned to the show this year.
The group is made up of Oscar Rios
Pohirieth on the flute and string guitar, Mark
Vanek on bombo drum, Dave Murphy on
flute and percussion and Ken Bynearson on
The group was formed to bring music of
Andean countries such as Bolivia, Peru and
Chile to Nebraska, Pohirieth said.
The group will work on its first recording
this summer, Byncarson said, and perform
Thursday at 9 p.m. in the Nebraska Union.
Corey Hoelkcr, a freshman architecture
inaj or, tossed bal Is, rings and even a bowl i ng
ball into the air during his juggling act Sun
He said he had been juggling since junior
high, when he started teaching himself.
Since then Hoclker has performed at sev
eral parties and talent shows in Lincoln and
Sioux City, Iowa.
In 1993 he performed at a national jug
gl ing competition and received a silver medal,
Hoelker also started UNL’sjugglingclub,
The group, which has only four members,
meets with the Lincoln community juggling
club, lie said.
“It’smostly a hobby,” he said, “but I have
made some money.”
StarTran changes benefit UNL students
remains on buses
By Michaela Pieler
When Tracic Beck rides the StarTran bus on
Holdrege Route 24 in the morning, she doesn’t
expect to find a scat, but she knows the situation
could be worse.
Beck,ajunior business administration major
at the University of Ncbraska-Lincoln, said the
bus between City and East campuses was over
crowded at times.
“At 9:30 a.m. it’s really packed,” she said,
“and at 11:30 when people ride back from City
to East campus.”
But, she said, the situation has improved
since the beginning of the semester.
“It’s not nearly as bad as it was a few weeks
ago,” she said.
In January, some students complained about
being late for class because they couldn’t find
space in the packed buses.
Larry Worth, StarTran traffic manager, said
his company changed the route’s schedule after
receiving those complaints.
“We did not add a bus,” he said, “but we
shifted the times more toward noon.”
Since that time, Worth said, he had not
received any new complaints from students.
“My understanding is that the problem has
been solved,” he said.
The first two buses leave East Campus at 7
a.m. and 7:35 a.m., and buses run every 15
minutes. After 3:30 p.m., buses run hourly. The
last bus leaves City Campus at 5:30 p.m. and
arrives at East Campus at 6 p.m.
On Mondays, an extra bus runs between 9:30
a.m. and 12:05 p.m.
Michael Cacak, director of transportation
services at UNL, said an overcrowding problem
occurred at the beginning of each semester.
“That’s something that has always hap
pened,” he said. “It goes away after the first few
Since January, Cacak said he had not heard
complaints about inadequate space on the bus.
One reason might be that some students
don’t attend classes after the first week, he said.
Worth said many students also walked or
rode their bicycles to classes when the weather
Route 24 always has been one of Lincoln’s
busiest bus lines, he said. StarTran uses its
bigger full-size coaches on this line, Worth
said. A full-size coach contains 40 seats, while
one of the smaller buses only has 34 scats.
If, however, bus drivers have to leave pas
sengers behind, Worth said, they must report
the numbers to StarTran. Then StarTran totals
the results and, if necessary, works out a new
See BUSES on 3
in UNL staff
By Julie Sobczyk
In the past year, the status of women faculty
at UNL has improved slightly, but more change
is still needed, one UNL faculty member said.
Rebecca Trammell, chairwoman of the
Chancellor’s Com- ———
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ago, the commission Chancellor’s Commis
presented a reportto , on the Status of
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gents showing that Women
compared to peer
schools, UNL fell -
short in having women in mgn positions.
No studies comparing UNL to peer schools
have been completed since then, Trammell said,
but the commission will prepare a preliminary
report for UNL’s Office of Affirmative Action
By October, a full report on where women
stand at UNL should be completed, she said.
And so far, numbers look encouraging, she
See WOMEN on 3
to find assistant
By Todd Anderson
UNL Chancellor James Mocscr announced
Friday the members of a new search committee
for an assistant to the chancellor and director of
affirmative action and diversity.
Rodrigo Cantarcro, assistant professor of
community and regional planning, and Melvin
Jones, vice chancellor for business and finance,
will serve as co-chairmen of the committee.
The committee includes University of Ne
braska-Lincoln faculty and students, as well as
leaders in the Lincoln community.
Cantarcro said the committee would meet
within the next week and a half to decide on
characteristics of candidates and to set a dead
line for the search to be completed.
“A Her we meet, we’ 11 have a common idea of
what we’re looking for,” he said.
Mocser rejected the finalists identified by a
previous search committee.
Cantarcro said the new committee would
completely start over with the search.
“I think we’re purposely staying away from
finding out too much about the prior commit
tee,” Jic said.
He said the committee would develop crite
ria for the candidates, conduct a search, and
then submit its choices to Moescr.
Cantaroro said he hoped the committee would
complete its search by the end of May.
The new director would relieve interim di
rector Christy Horn, who took over when Eric
Jolley accepted another job last summer.
Among the search committee faculty from
UNL arc Linda Crump, associate director of
affirmative action and diversity; Barbara
See SEARCH on 3
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