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Diversity forums to address minority growth
FORUM from page 1
proving minority representation.
Ricardo Garcia, UNL director of affirma
tive action, said every department should show
“Every unit on campus should have diver
sity goals,” he said.
Kelley warned forum participants to use
caution in the language used to recruit minori
ties. She said some minorities on campus think
they were recruited for the color of their skin
rather than the expected quality of their contri
butions to UNL.
This makes them feel restricted in their roles
at the university, and turns them away from
UNL, she said. !
Garcia said better communication between
people of color and other faculty members could
reduce this feeling. Student groups also could
benefit from enhanced communication skills,
Today, many minority groups want to re
segregate and go where they feel comfortable,
Students must be brought back together, and
communication between the groups is essen
tial, he said.
Patrick Nickoletti, a lecturer in educational
psychology, said effective cross-cultural com
munication requires training and education.
“We don’t expect administrators tojust drop
down from heaven and administrate,” he said.
“They have a lot of training.”
Leslie Bell, president of the Afrikan People’s
Union, said cultural differences remain between
many campus groups.
“Some of us see our differences as so great
that we cannot come together,” Bell said.
Nickoletti and other forum participants said
communications training would help groups
find common ground and come together. *
Then minority groups could establish effec
tive support groups and strength in working
toward diversity goals, he said.
Three more forums will be Tuesday through
Thursday in both unions to continue work to
ward setting diversity goals and to discuss cur
rent diversity needs at UNL.
Moeser will be present at one forum
Wednesday at noon in the Nebraska Union.
Omaha’s 911 goes up
911 from page 1
“The time that we have spent goes
beyond what this bill merits,” he said.
“Essential services should be financed
through general fund appropriations.”
Chambers referred to an Omaha
World-Herald editorial that said the
first time the surcharge was put in
place, some of the money ended up
being siphoned to the general fund.
“That money took wings and flew
away,” he said.
That money should be used to pay
for better services instead of the sur
charge, he said.
Several possible amendments were
discussed to try to appease Chambers
and end debate.
Sen. Deborah Suttle of Omaha pro
posed an%rri|hdmiht that \frould not
ebSi^e those Who had onfy basic tele
phone service, and would charge cel
lular phone users to help pay for the
Preister said the bill was a good
way to help fund the 911 system be
cause those with cellular phones were
heavy users of the service when they
saw roadside trouble.
“It’s the cell phone users who are
creating the backlog in the service,”
he said. “It’s only fair they should off
set the cost of that system.”
Chambers didn’t like the idea, even
though the taxes would be coming
from a group that could afford it.
“No group should be sihgled out
even if they were billionaires and even
if they offered to do it,” he said.
Sen. Chris Abboud of Omaha, one
of the sponsors of the original bill, said
he would offer an amendment that
would provide rebate forms for the
surcharge to those with Homestead
Exemptions. The exemptions give full
or partial waivers of property taxes to
people, usually the elderly, disabled or.
veterans, who own their own hones.
“The really poor don’t own a
home,” Sen. LaVon Crosby of Lincoln,
Chambers didn’t like that either.
“Some people may not be aware of
(the rebate), and some may not go to
the extra trouble,” Chambers said. “If
anything, it would show the ineffi
ciency and mean spiritedness of gov
“They’ll feel like they’re seeking
charity to get back what was theirs
Sen. John Hilgert of Omaha said
the rebates would not be worth ,the
trouble for most who needed the
“In order to recapture the money,
they would have to spend money,” he
said. Extra costs could include pay
ing for stamps to mail in the rebate or
cabs to get to the office to pick up re
Sen. Doug Kristensen from
Minden said the amendment was not
efficient for government either. The
amendment did not say who would
print and distribute the forms and how
they would let people know where to
“All this for $6?” he said.
Others said the extended debate
was good, and many yielded their
speaking time to Chambers.
“Too many times this year we have
passed over bills too quickly,” Sen.
DiAnna Schimek of Lincoln said.
CHASE from page 1
lot at 60th Street and Normal Bou
Believing the truck was empty,
Humiston and Hurley approached
the vehicle on foot. When they
shined their flashlights inside,
Casady said, the truck took off with
Breitzman at the wheel.
“We had very good reason to be
lieve the person we were pursuing
was involved in an armed robbery,”
Police pursuits are authorized
only when the need to apprehend
the suspect outweighs the danger,
Casady said. He said because no
drivers or pedestrians were on
nearby streets that night, officers
From 56th Street and Normal
Boulevard, Breitzman fled south,
eventually ending up in the Fox
Hollow subdivision, where his
truck left the road and struck a tree.
Casady said a camera in one of the
police cars recorded the 4'/2-minute
“I can tell you that it was a very
dramatic pursuit,” he said, adding
that Breitzman’s truck spun out
Humiston and Hurley ap
proached the truck, with Hurley on
Suspect Pirsaii ^
I 1 .The chase started at 60th
r and Normal Street The car
i headed north to South
A high-speed chase that
ended up with a police
officer shooting a suspect
in east Lincoln started
when the suspect allegedly
robbed a convenience
store on 2040 S. 56th St.
The suspect crashed his
truck into a tree near 74th
St. and Fox Hollow Road.
the driver’s side. As they walked,
the officers shouted commands to
Breitzman, who did not comply.
When Breitzman reached under
his seat, Humiston fired through
the passenger-side window. Even
after he was shot, Breitzman re
sisted officers and had to be forc
ibly removed from the truck.
Breitzman was arrested on
charges of armed robbery and flight
to avoid arrest. Casady said Friday
alcohol was possibly involved and
more charges could potentially be
filed in the case.
Casady said police were now
looking to tie Breitzman to an al
most identical case at the Coastal
Mart on the southeast comer of
56th and South streets. In that Feb.
19 case, a man of the same descrip
tion and same weapon took cash
from the store.
This was not Breitzman’s first
run-in with the Lincoln Police De
partment. He has been arrested four
times in Lincoln on third-degree
assault and possession of marijuana
charges. Breitzman also served two
years in a South Dakota peniten
tiary for forgery and driving while
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