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‘Conference9 creates commotion
By Brad Davis
and Lindsay Young
Daily Nebraskan Senior Staff
An angry mass left without answers
after crowding the Canfield
Administration Building Thursday
when w'hat was supposed to be a press
conference turned into a “circus."
The sharp-tongued crow d of about
75 people met English Professor David
Hibler outside Chancellor James
Moeser's office, where they were look
ing for answers.
Hibler. who sent unsolicited e-mail,
which included the term “nigga." to
some faculty and students over the
weekend, had scheduled the conference
m Moeser's office at 2 p.m
But after Hibler. his son Jordan and
a man from South Africa began rapping
and cursing in the office. University of
Nebraska-Lincoln Police Sgt. Mylo
Bushing told them to go to the Nebraska
l nion Pew ter Room, w here the confer
ence was originally scheduled
Da\ id Hibler left the office, but
ret used to leav e the hallw ay outside the
door, where he and his entourage tried to
continue rapping using a portable
The crowd however, was not satis
fied with David Hibier's raps, and began
pressing him for a detailed explanation
for the e-mail that some people have
"This is insane!" yelled Ly nda Todd
assistant director of the UNL
hducational Talent Search. "They want
to know why he did what he did - you
are humiliating people of color!"
Although Hibler answered few
questions, he handed out a prepared
statement that discussed the "alleged
‘racism'" in the content of his literature
The crowd continued to question
David Hibler about the e-mail, and
David Hibler directed his son to “give
them the message.”
UNL law student Nasim Zawadi
was tired of comments from Jordan
Hibler. though, and asked if he was a
Jordan Hibler said although he was
not a UNL student, he was a "student of
“Well we're students at this universi
ty,” Zawadi responded. “We’ve tolerated
this kind of nonsense... this is a big hard
David Hibler then offered an expla
nation of "the biggest hard knock.”
“You want in one word what the
biggest hard knock is?” he said.
“The people of this country are
being drnen to a war in which the black
people of this country are going to be
asked to cany a disproportionate share
of that war. and it is high time that some
body asks 'What is going on?"'
U.S. conflict w ith Iraq, in which Jordan
Hibler said blacks would be sent to the
front line, as he said they were in
Da\ id Hibler and the crowd eventu
ally moved to the front steps of the
administration building, where Jordan
Hibler began rapping about U.S. society.
David Hibler. while walking back to
his office, said he intends to expand his
MUMliterature e-mail listserv to
include 2.000-10,000 people within a
week or two.
He said many people at UNL live in
a "protected environment" in which
they don't know “what's going down."
“They don't see what the president
is doing.” David Hibler said. "This is the
first time in the history of the United
States that the mggas of the U.S. are
going to stop a w'ar before it starts
that's what it's about they're gonna"
stop a f-- war before it starts."
David Hibler said he would
announce a call-to-action to universities
Please see E-MAIL on 6
Photos By Matt Miller/DN
ABOVE: JORDAN HIBLER, left, argues
with UNL student Nasim Zawadi, far
right, Thursday while Jordan’s
father, UNL English Professor David
Hibler, watches. Jordan Hibler began
rapping at the public appearance,
where arguments took the place of a
scheduled news conference.
RIGHT: ABOUT 75 UNL students, fac
ulty and staff crammed into the hall
way outside Chancellor James
Moeser’s office in Canfield
Administration waiting to hear
Professor David Hibler’s comments
Student fees may rise Group wows audience with soul
By Jessica Fargen
The new Nebraska Union will
have noticeable differences: An art
gallery. A 300 percent larger Student
Involvement office. And no cigarettes.
Some University of Nebraska
Lincoln students, however, are won
dering about the cost.
The answer: About S3.50 per
semester for each student could be
added onto next year's student fees.
Nebraska Unions Director Daryl
! Swanson told the Committee for Fees
Allocation on Thursday that he wanted
to increase his budget by 9 percent.
Student fees already will go up
S20 next semester for union renova
The monev from the proposed
increase would give UNL's Student
Involvement more staff, advertising
and office space, Swanson said.
But some revenue actually may be
lost to discontinued tobacco sales in
the union and money transferred from
the union to the general fund.
“We need to increase funds to
open, operate and present new pro
jects that will be available to students
in the new union," Swanson said.
But this left CFA members won
dering how students would benefit.
The union would lose S31.140 if
tobacco sales were discontinued, a
policy which many student groups
oppose. Yet students will have to pay.
said Mark Shields, a member of CFA.
Saad Alav i. Union Board presi
Please see CFA on 2
Read the Dauy Xehn
By Adam Klinker
In a fury of catchy beats, inces
sant toe-tapping rhythms and roaring
humor, the Los Angeles-based Albert
McNeil Jubilee Singers erupted at
O'Donnell Auditorium at Nebraska
Wesleyan University Thursday.
Bringing with them a loud, tri
umphal celebration of diversity in
music, the group performed a mini
concert for NWU's monthly student
This month's forum was a cele
bration of black history, culture and
heritage. In 50 minutes, the group, a
15-member (eight men. seven
women) professional ensemble, per
formed selections from its repertoire.
"This is lust a sampling of how
diverse black music and the black
musician are." Albert .1. McNeil, the
group's conductor, said from the
iskan on the World Wide Web at http: he
stage. The singers performed num
bers from genres including gospel,
spiritual, jazz and opera.
This was the Jubilee Singers'
third trip to Lincoln in 15 years; the
last was in 1994. The group had just
returned from a tour of the Hawaiian
islands, being the first black gospel
group to do so. Later this year, the
choir will be touring in Italy and
“We're very excited to have them
here again; they do a great job and
they know their art so very well," said
Susan Buss of Abendmusik of
Lincoln, the company that brings the
Jubilee Singers and other performing
groups to Lincoln.
The program started w ith a quick
introduction and warm-up by McNeil
and the Jubilee Singers. The solid res
onance of the voices echoed across
the brick walls and high ceiling of the
auditorium as the group raised what
McNeil called "The World Famous
Bumble B-Flat” exercise.
The snappy arpeggio - a quick
rhythm of the 15 voices in short
bursts of sound - drew hearty
applause from the estimated crowd of
550. Added antics and choreography
kept the crowd engaged both between
numbers and during the actual
The group then launched into a
soulful performance of old African
spirituals. American gospel, opera
and a tribute to Harry Belafonte.
“It was just a wonderful perfor
mance," said Kathleen Sewright,
director of the Nebraska Wesleyan
Women's Choir. “They are such fabu
lous musicians and they poured out
the black experience in an incredibly
Sewright also commented on the
w av the performance was arranged in
Please see SINGERS on. 6
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