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Teaching, creativity award
bestowed upon UNL professor
GRUHL from page 1
nection between the material, govern
ment and their lives.
Finding those minutes is more diffi
cult than a few years ago, Gruhl said.
Students come to UNL feeling cynical
about politics now, and political science
enrollments nationwide are suffering.
In the years following Watergate,
students came to UNL ripe to confront
politics. Today it takes more effort to
turn students on to American govern
ment, he said.
But Gruhl will not give up the fight.
Gruhl’s colleague, David Forsythe,
a political science professor, said
when Gruhl slipped and broke his jaw
in spring 1994, he would not give up
He attended lectures with his jaw
wired shut, even though a substitute lec
turer was hired for his larger class.
In his smaller class, Gruhl kept
He spoke into a microphone
said. w ‘;
Gruhl teaches in a unique, low-key
style that does not intimidate students,
Forsythe said. Students respond, and
they remember Gruhl long after they
In the past,“this sldlHft communi
cation has won Gruhl a college-wide
award for teaching and induction into
the UNL Academy of Distinguished
Gruhl views his awards with mod
“There are things I can do better,
though,” he said.
through clenched teeth, and continued
to reach out to students.
His devotion to government has
also led him to write three textbooks
on government, one of which remains
a leading textbook nationwide,
As a result, Gruhl is well-known
and respected both at UNL and nation
wide, Forsythe said.
But Gruhl’s greatest impact re
mains on the students he interacts with
“He simply communicates very,
very well with Nebraska students,” he
He simply communicates very, very well
with Nebraska students
political science professor
Bill would define, prohibit
.physical pur Ihment in school
PUNISH from page 1 * t -
fine and prohibit corporal punishment
in public schools, but would allow
school employees to use physicalre
straint in circumstances such as self
-defense, protecting other students or
Stopping a disturbance. ;
Kiel said teachers had no legal al
ternatives right now if they were in a
-situation where they needed to‘dse
physical force. '
“They’re flying by the seat of their
pants,” she said. “Most teachers are
afraid to do anything.”
Madaline Fennell, a first-grade
teacher, testified in support of the bill.
“I have never hit a child,” she said.
“I don’t think any teacher should.”
But sometimes, she said, if a
teacher does not use physical force to
stop a fight, other students might be
“If there is a fight in the hallway,
(teachers) think, ‘If I touch this kid,
am I going to get sued?”’ she said.
She relayed a story about an out
of-control first-grader who was biting,
kicking, hitting and swearing at an
other teacher, and she had to step in
and restrain him.
Bob Daily, a Bridgeport teacher for
32 years, also supported the bill. Last
year, he kept two students after class
and one continued to be disruptive.
Daily said he tapped him on the back
of the head to get his attention, and
the student said, “You hit me.”
The student told the principal
Daily had hit him, and Daily was
suspended without pay and then
asked to resign. Although people
supported him, he was suspended for
30 days without pay after a public
hearing, he said.
Daily said he later found out the
boy had told other teachers he
wanted to get Daily fired, and told
another student that he was not hurt
by the tap but just wanted to get
Daily in trouble.
But Virgil Home of Lincoln Pub
lic Schools spoke against the bill, say
ing, “It puts every teacher and admin
istrator in the position of being a law
MAZRUI from page 1
the past works of black leaders.”
Mazrui also stressed that racism
has spread into discrimination
based on religion, ethnicity and ori
“It’s not neat black and white
racism any more,” Mazrui said.
Mazrui bridged the gap between
past and present by comparing
Shakespeare’s tragic hero Othello
and the O.J. Simpson murder trial
as an example of progress in human
Mazrui said both Simpson and
Othello show the sensitivity of the
views on interracial relations be
cause both involve the interracial
relations of a black man and white
“Othello is portrayed as a tragic
hero, not a tragedy of race,” Mazrui
said. “These two tragedies juxta
posed together show the golden age
of overt racism.”
Former Husker Jon Vedral
pleaded guilty to drunken-driving
charges in Lancaster County Court
Monday for an incident that forced
him to sit out the 1997 Orange
Vedral, 22, was picked up on
drunken-driving and negligent
driving charges Dec. 15 after offic
ers watched him run over several
curbs and run a stop sign near 17th
and J streets.
In exchange for the plea, the city
attorney’s office agreed to drop the
negligent driving charges.
Vedral, a Gregory, S.D. native,
will be sentenced April 11 when he
could face up to 60 days in jail and
fines up to $200. He also faces a
driver’s-Iicense suspension of up to
An 18-year-old woman reported
to police she was sexually assaulted
early Sunday morning at a party on
North 50th Street.
The woman said she went to the
party on the 2000 block of N. 50th
St. and became intoxicated, Lincoln
Police Sgt. Ann Heermann said.
She said she went into a room to
lie down, and when she woke up, a
man was sexually assaulting her.
Thewoman told police the incident
occurred between 3 a.m. and 4:15
Heermann said the woman had
a physical description of the man,
and police were close to having a
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