The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 19, 1997, Page 3, Image 3

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A 30-year-old Lincoln woman
was sentenced to eight to 12 years in
prison Thursday for the death of her
2-year-old son.
Susie Gugat, originally charged
with felony child abuse, pleaded no
contest to manslaughter charges after
police found her son, Sean, dead
April 12,1996.
Police found the boy dead from
head injuries after Gugat called 911
from her home in the 1700 block of
N. 17th Street. He had bruises on his
head and hands. Police were unable
to determine who delivered the blows
to the boy.
Police originally investigated the
death as a homicide, but later arrested
Gugat on felony child abuse charges.
The charges were later amended to
manslaughter, which is killing some
one without premeditation or malice.
Lancaster County Court District
Court Judge Karen Flowers could
have sentenced Gugat to up to 20
years in prison for manslaughter.
Gugat will be eligible for parole in
2'A years.
Burglars in South Lincoln made
off with more than $60,000 worth of
belongings in two break-ins
Lincoln police were called to
2925 Woodsdale Blvd. Wednesday
morning when residents there found
someone had broken into a rear door.
Burglars stole a silver set worth
$50,000, which included bowls,
plates, cups and candleholders.
Burglars also stole cash, a video cam
era and jewelry.
Police estimated losses at $56,800.
A neighbor said he saw a late ’70s
or early ’80s van that was gray and
blue driving slowly through the
neighborhood. The neighbor said he
saw the van, which had Nebraska
plates, at 30th Street and Woodsdale
Another house, at 2772 Rathbone
Road, also was burglarized Wednesday.
Burglars entered an unlocked
back door and stole a video camera,
silverware, jewelry and cash. Police
estimated the loss at $3,630.
Sgt. Ann Heermann said police
were unsure if the burglaries were
Folk dancers tap outreach 1
FOLK from page 1
LuAnne Anderson, former presi
dent of the group, said they were
looking for students to get involved.
Judy Boohar, a Hawaiian native
and hydrologist for the U.S.
Geological Survey in Lincoln, said
the group was a good thing for all
people, especially students, to get
involved with.
“If anyone would try it, they
would love it,” she said.
The group has members from
across the globe, spanning from
Trinidad to Russia. Members of the
group have traveled to Greece,
Canada and, more recently, the
Czech Republic.
Opportunities within the group
include the outreach program, trips to
other countries such as Canada for
workshops and the chance to learn
about different cultures, Anderson said.
Often, she said, the dancers have
people who originate from a country
from where they are learning a dance
talk to the group.
The dances the group learns on
Friday nights in Mabel Lee Hall
reflect this diversity. Dances per
formed Thursday night came from
Serbia, Hawaii, Ireland, Russia,
Greece and Israel.
Marissa Carstens, a freshman
biochemistry major, joined the group
once on a Friday night and plans to
stay involved as much as she can.
“People were very nice and laid
back,” she said.
Carstens said the group was slow
paced and willing to help teach her
the dances. Her favorite, she said,
was a Czech court dance.
Nikki DeFrain, president of the
Lincoln International Folk Dancers,
wore a Russian outfit she designed
from a Soviet Life magazine cover.
She said the group was trying to
attract more young people.
DeFrain said folk dancing was
dying out, and that the art often skips
from generation to generation. She
said she has seen large groups of
casual folk dancers in Seattle, Los
Angeles, and Madison, Wisconsin.
Enid Newman, a dancer from
Trinidad, said the dances are easy to
Students should not be afraid of
joining because of lack of dancing
experience, Anderson said.
“If you can walk, you can dance,”
Anderson said.
Those interested in becoming
involved with the group can come on
Friday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at
Mabel Lee Hall 304, Anderson said.
Upcoming events for the group
include a Contra Dance, in conjunc
tion with the Wagon Train project,
Oct. 10 at the 7th Street Loft.
Events such as this one, DeFrain
said, made it all worthwhile
And the residents of Holmes
Lake Manor enjoyed it as well. One
resident, with a smile on her face,
said at the end of the performance to
a dancer, “It was lovely. I enjoyed it
so much.”
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