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to unify Latinos
By Lindsay Young
The founding fathers of a new fra
ternity hope it will bring and keep
minority students at UNL and get them
Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, a
traditionally non-exclusive Latino fra
ternity. is the second fraternity to begin
on the University of Nebraska
Lincoln's campus since AgMen
Fraternity was established in 1953.
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity also will
recruit its members this semester.
Sigma Lambda Beta planning
stages began during the fall semester,
and it may colonize before the end of
Joel Rhea, national president for
Sigma Lambda Beta, said he hopes the
fraternity will unify' Latinos on campus.
Tim Alvarez, the fraternity's faculty
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1 hope it brings a unity to pan of the
Hispanic culture that sometimes is not
done except with the Mexican
American Student Association."
Alvarez, also the MASA adv lser. said.
This may also help with the reten
tion and recruitment of Latino students
- about 400 - at UNL. he said.
Jess Sweley, Interffatemity Council
president, said the fraternity will help
expand the greek system and make it
more welcome to minonty students.
“They're going to offer so much to
support a multicultural campus,”
The fraternity will get more mrnori
ties involved on campus and in the com
munity, Juan Izaguirre, one of the stu
dent founders, said.
To achieve colony status, the group
They re going to
offer so much to
Interfraternity Council president
must volunteer in the community, have
fund-raisers, and maintain a high acade
izaguirre. a sophomore social sci
ences major, said the group chose
Sigma Lambda Beta over the other pos
sibility. Omega Delta Phi Fraternity,
because its national headquarters is
nearby in Iowa City. Iowa, and another
chapter is at Kansas State University in
In December, interested students
met to discuss what they liked and dis
liked about each fraternity. The group
used a secret ballot to decide. Izaguirre
Rhea said Sigma Lambda Beta is
quickly expanding throughout the
nation, and he is happy it has expanded
A group of students wants to bring
Gamma Phi Omega Sorority, Sigma
Lambda Beta's sister sorority', to cam
Organizers feel they are doing
something that will leave a lasting
impression at UNL, Izaguirre said.
“It feels good. Everyone dreams
about leaving their mark at the school
they go to.”
to aid deaf students
By Joy Ludwig
Six-year-old Cody Contreras is
deaf, but he thinks he will grow up and
be able to hear.
His teachers at Omaha Public
Schools can hear. His principal can
hear. Everyone he knows can hear, so
he has no reason to think otherwise. He
doesn’t have contact with people like
him, and he has nowhere to go.
With the closing of the Nebraska
School for the Deaf planned for
August, many students like Contreras
and their parents voiced concerns to the
Education Committee Tuesday after
noon and wanted to know what action
will be taken to help answer their ques
LB1276, introduced by Sen.
Shelley Kiel of Omaha, would estab
lish education and teaching standards
and specific programs designed to aid
the estimated 680 deaf and hard-of
heanng^students m Nebraska.
The bill would allow the students to
receive education with special educa
tion teachers as well as help from
speech therapists and counselors.
In addition, the bill proposes not to
close Nebraska School for the Deaf
until alternative regional programs are
established and functioning. Funding
problems threaten to close the state’s
only school for deaf children.
However, in June, board members
of the Nebraska Department of
Education voted to start a new deaf
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KENDALL SWENSON (far left) congratulates (from left) John Wiechmann, VISION’s ASUN presidential nomi
nee, Jill Maaske, first vice president nominee and Eddie Brown, second vice president nominee, after the
VISION party announced its candidates in the Crib Tuesday.
Party enVISIONs unity
■ Candidates announce their bid for
the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska elections.
By Ieva Augstums
It has been declared: UNL students’ vision of their
campus next year will change with one party, a group
of ASUN candidates announced Tuesday.
VISION announced its candidacy for the
Association of Students of the University of Nebraska
with the vision of creating a proactive, diverse campus
Presidential nominee John Wiechmann said with
the help of the whole campus, everyone will see and
experience a better university.
Weichmann said VISION will promote and enact
activities that will unite the campus.
“This university needs to have more all-university
events, where everyone is on common ground,”
Weichmann said. “VISION sees this happening.”
Eddie Brown, second vice-presidential nominee,
said in order for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to
become a more proactive community, respect for fel
low students and organizations needs to be practiced.
He said one issue on VISION’s platform is to “fos
ter and promote a campus community where all peo
ple, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual
orientation, culture and background, feel safe and wel
Brown and first vice-presidential nominee Jill
Maaske think VISION will accomplish that goal.
She said promoting a safe and welcoming campus
community needs to start with next year’s freshmen.
“As students we have to educate incoming fresh
man about the wealth this university has to offer,”
Everyone should focus on the wants and needs of
students, she said. The university needs to promote
VISION wants UNL to be a
student campus, a
first vice-presidential nominee
such services as Student Involvement, Career Services
and academic advising, she said.
“VISION wants UNL to be a student campus, a
community - a place were every student feels wel
come,” Maaske said.
Weichmann encouraged everyone to stay involved
in the election process.
“The more people that stay involved, the better
chance we have to make this vision a reality,”
Other issues on the VISION’s party platform
■ Keeping tuition increases for 1999-2000 at a
minimum by lobbying Nebraska government.
■ Making sure the $5-per-credit-hour technology
fee is spent in ways that directly benefit students.
■ Creating a policy that would encourage profes
sors and staff to review only material covered through
out the semester during dead week if the final is going
to be cumulative.
■ Working with parking services to stop over
selling student parking permits.
■ Encouraging UNL to offer, perhaps require,
teaching methods classes for all professors and staff.
■ Creating more East Campus class offerings.
■ Working with the UNL Police Department and
parking services to protect East and City campuses so
students feel safe.
VISION will have party meetings at 3 p.m. in the
Nebraska Union on Sunday, March 1 and March 8.
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