The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 25, 1997, Page 3, Image 3

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    Baha’i Association addresses
gender equality, prejudices
By Courtney Drucker
Staff Reporter
The Baha’i Association at UNL is
trying to undo prejudices one at a time.
Tonight, its members will start by build
ing equity between men and women.
The campus organization is taking
steps toward making the world one of
equality by addressing a topic each
month surrounding the theme
“Prejudices: Just undo them.”
Tonight’s presentation at the Culture
Center will start at 7. A member of the
Baha’i faith will speak on the equality
of women and men, Chad Dumas, UNL
Baha’i chapter president, said.
Each weekly discussion this month
centered on the removal of inequality
between the sexes.
A pamphlet called “Two Wings of a
Bird: The Equality ofWomen and Men,”
is a statement on the equality of women
and men and what is needed to bring
about that equality. Tonight’s speaker
will address that analogy.
“This statement discusses the image
of men and women as two wings of the
same bird,” Dumas said. “When men
recognize women are equal, the bird of
humanity will fly.”
Originally, the group planned to
have Hal and Jubi Maggiore, a couple
from Grand Island, come to speak.
They were injured in a car accident
last weekend, so two other Baha’i fol
lowers may take their place: Terry
Johnson is chairman of the Baha’i
Spiritual Assembly of Lincoln, and Deb
Chestermen is its consultant.
Through a consensus, the officer
team decides the focus of the topics.
Each of the officers, Dumas; Anna
Bodie, secretary; and Dorothy Pedersen,
treasurer, is a member of the Baha’ i faith.
The Baha’i faith is the newest world
religion, Bodie said. The faith started in
Persia by those who followed the
prophet Baha’u’llah, who believed in
one god, that all religions come from
that one god and all humans are equal.
Every Thursday the Baha’i
Association meets in the Nebraska East
Union for a spiritual meeting at 7 p.m.
The last Thursday of each month, how
ever, is reserved for a special event at the
Culture Center.
ASUN plans for new legislation
By Brad Davis
Assignment Reporter
Wednesday night’s meeting of
the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska was short.
So short, in fact, that senators
had time to grab a bite to eat
together after the meeting.
Although this week’s meeting
was less than a half-hour long,
Speaker of the Senate Viet Hoang
said next week’s meeting would be
much longer as many ASUN com
mittees introduce new legislation.
Hoang plans to introduce leg
islation next week that will
increase the number of students
allowed to participate in ASUN
subcommittees. Currently only 12
students are allowed to serve on
the subcommittees.
government Liaison
Committee Chairman John
Wiechmann will introduce legis
lation next week naming more
areas on campus that are danger
ous for pedestrians. The commit
tee is researching possible solu
tions to the dangerous traffic near
14th and Vine streets.
Next week, the GLC will also
present a bill to the senate dealing
with the Lincoln city ordinance
that forbids more than four people
to live in one house. Wiechmann
said his committee would lobby
the city to either change the num
ber of people allowed in a house,
or for the city to provide an
exemption for college students.
ASUN President Curt Ruwe
said other committees have been
working on new legislation. He
also congratulated students for
their handling of the Sigma Chi
cross-burning incident that hap
pened last year. A story about the
students’ response to the incident
was recently featured in the
Lincoln Journal Star.
“We have made a tremendous
amount of progress with diversity
issues,” Ruwe said.
Second Vice President
Malcolm Kass encouraged sena
tors to continue their work with
diversity issues by attending the
UNL Cultural Diversity Retreat
Oct. 11-12.
In other ASUN business:
■ Government Bill No. 7
passed unanimously. This bill rec
ognized the Gamers’ Association
and the Wrestling Sprit Leaders as
official student organizations.
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