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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 5, 1997)
Fashion show allows
students to strut stuff
Event promotes campus diversity
By Jessica Fargen
Hip-hop music played in the
background, and lights shone on
the catwalk as 18 models took
turns flashing smiles and attitude.
The models, mostly University
-of Nebraska-Lincoln students,
walked the catwalk in the “Shades
of Fashion” show Thursday night
to raise money for the Afrikan
People’s Union and to give UNL
students a diversity event.
; The show, sponsored by APU,
was held in the Great Plains Room
-at the Nebraska East Union, and
was followed by a dance.
: Eddie Brown, fashion show
chairman, said APU decided to
have the fashion show to encour
age people to promote diversity at
UNL and to provide a break from
their regular routines before Finals
“So many events are held on
campus, and you just don’t see cul
tural diversity. It saddens me,” said
Brown, a junior business major.
Nine women and nine men
modeled clothing donated from
Lincoln businesses such as The
Ozone, 1411 O St.; Best Styles
Formalwear, 200 S. 19th St.; and
Gadzoooks and The Buckle, both
in Gateway Shopping Center.
Employees from the College of
Hair Design, 11th and M streets,
and Oasis Barber Shop and Salon,
2712 Y St., styled the models’ hair
and helped with makeup.
The show had four scenes -
retro, casual, business and normal.
Between scenes, the gospel group
Brown said 60 to 70 people
tried out to be models in the show,
which APU had been planning for
about two months.
Models were chosen for the
show by a panel of four faculty
judges. Models were given a sweat
shirt or coat to use when they tried
out, and judges were instructed to
choose models based on certain
These included how well a
model worked with the audience,
how well a model walked with the
music, facial expressions of the
model, and his or her attitude.
Brown said he did not even bring
up race as a criterion.
Some of the models said the
experience had allowed them to
meet a variety of new people, and
experience something they weren’t
Carrie Pierce, a model for the
show and a junior advertising and
public relations major, said the
show allowed her to be someone
different for a night.
Piere« was dressed in tight,
denim bell bottoms with red
stripes down the leg and a tight
black T-shirt. She said she usually
wore button-down shirts and khaki
Rosie Walker, a model for the
show and member of APU, said she
had grown really close to the other
models, even though they were all
from different backgrounds.
“I probably would not have met
a lot of these people if it were not
man general studies major at UNL.
Walker also said she wanted to
show her support for APU and for
the Big 12 Conference on Black
Some of the profits from the
show will go to support the confer
ence, which will be in Lincoln
from Feb. 19-22. The conference
alternates among Big 12 universi
ties each year, and this year UNL
is holding it.
Kenny Ford, coordinator, of the
conference, said about L, 100 stu
dents from Big 12 universities and
black student government unions
at those universities would attend
The conference, which has a
theme of Black Love ... Restoring
the Essence of the Black Family,
will have workshops, speakers and
a career fair to promote leadership
among blacks in student govern
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Sorority helps food bank
Sigma Alpha Sorority is helping
take the community by storm.
The sorority is organizing a food
drive to help replenish area food banks
depleted by October’s big storm.
“We want to help fill the food banks
before the holidays,” organizer
Stephanie McCaslin said.
Nonperishable items can be
dropped off by the Christmas tree in the
Nebraska East Union.
Panel tackles racism
Discussing the nature of racism in
the city of Lincoln is the topic of a
forum to be held on Sunday.
“A Conversation on Race,” spon
sored by the Office of Affirmative
Action and Diversity Programs, will be
held at the First United Methodist
Church, 50th and St. Paul St., at 1:30
Herb Howe, psychology professor
and assistant to the chancellor, said die
goal of the forum is to recognize that
there is racism in Lincoln.
“One goal is to develop a strategy on
how to handle the challenge of racism,”
Howe said. “Lincoln is affected by
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