The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 03, 1997, Page 3, Image 3

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    By Brad Davis
Assignment Reporter
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska President Curt
Ruwe may have the opportunity to meet
another president today - the president
of the United States.
Monday, Ruwe was invited by a
public relations representative from the
White House to attend a town hall meet
ing in Akron, Ohio, sponsored by
President Bill Clinton.
The topic of die forum, Ruwe said,
was youth and race relations. Ruwe said
70 other people were invited - one or
two representatives from each state.
Ruwe is Nebraska’s representative.
“I’m very pumped about the oppor
tunity to represent the youth of
Nebraska,” Ruwe said.
Ruwe said he has thought about, but
not yet decided, what he would say to
“The main thing I wantto do is relay
Nebraska’s Unique situation,” Ruwe
said. “We have (high) schools that play
six or eight-man football, and we have
schools that are 2,000 people big -
Nebraska has its own needs, and I want
to look for ways the national govern
ment can better coordinate opportuni
ties for everyone.”
Ruwe said he would discuss the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s steps
diversity and awareness - but he would
not avoid die negative aspects ofUNLs
racial situation, he said.
“I would point out that there certain
ly isrracism in Nebraska - a lot of that
has to do with our homogenous popula
tion,” Ruwe said. “But it doesn’t, in any
wiry, give us an excuse.”
Ruwe said he would listen to what
worked for other universities as they
tried to eliminate racism on their cam
puses, and try to use their ideas at UNL.
Part of the forum, which will be
held at the University of Akron, is
scheduled to be broadcast on the C
SPAN television network from 10:30
a.m. to noon today.
Academic Senate votes
for no classes on King day
SENATE from page 1
committee to make its final decision.
“I am pleased that after all this,
we got it,” Sartori said. “The propos
al was defeated last time, and we
attempted to meet those initial con
cerns in the new one.”
The senators considered options
for changing the calendar besides
havinga^ Saturday makeup day, :v. ■
‘Tfiusmibtors are forced to make
indents come to class pn Saturday,
they are this batTguy/’ said John
Bender, a journalism professor. “I am
not eager to be in that position.”
Other senators had more prob
lems than just the makeug day.
“I don’t feel Dr. King should be
singled out for a specific celebra
tion,” said Timothy Gay, a physics
and astronomy professor. “If we are
going to honor great Americans, what
about George Washington and
Abraham Lincoln?”
Dane Kennedy, a history profes
sor, objected to Gay’s statement by
holding up a $5 and $1 bills.
“We do honor George
Washington and Abraham Lincoln,”
be said.
Many people at the meeting said
if the day were celebrated on campus,
it needed to be done without holding
“What good is the meaningful
celebration if no one can go because
of classes?” Sartori said.
Amy Rager, Association of
Students of the University of
Nebraska first vice president, who
was at the meeting, agreed.
“If we don’t get the day off, it
defeats the whole purpose of students
being able to learn both in and out of
class,” Rager said.
After the vote, Rager said she was
pleased that the senate reconsidered
its ii$frt&:vote.
t'. -’Tanrfeally excited about this. I
believeftieuniversity tooktheright
step,” she said.
“This gives ASUN and students
the option to plan for an incredible
civil rights day. I am excited for the
The senate also voted unanimous
ly for a proposal that supports a UNL
faculty salary increase to the same
amount as peer institutions by 2001.
“I think it is very important that
we push this resolution and this
issue,” Ford said.
The senate was to discuss a pro
posal for instituting a fall break and
another proposal to move spring
break up one week, but time did not
In other Academic Senate news,
senators heard a report from Dale
Ekart of the UNL recycling program.
Ekart said the program is expanding
as a part of the UNL beverage con
tract with Pepsi.
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