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NU point guard Tyronn Lue, who may leave
Lincoln for the NBA after this season, scored 23
points in a 82-65 win over Texas Tech. PAGE 7
Keep it in the family
Two generations of Dylans walked away with a
total of five Grammys Wednesday night, and Puff
Daddy was among the multiple winners. PAGE 9
February 26, 1998
Clouds On The Horizon
Mostly cloudy, high 50. Cloudy tonight, low 30.
COMMIT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Sara Russell answers a question during the ASUN debate while Chris
Linder, COMMIT second vice presidential candidate, looks on. Wednesday marked the second of four
Communication focus of debate
By Jessica Fargen
Both parties running in the ASUN elections March 11
said Wednesday if elected they would begin meetings
with student organization leaders to open communication
lines at UNL.
Association of Students of the University of
Nebraska presidential candidate Sara Russell said COM
MIT would implement a campus coalition comprised of a
delegate from every student organization at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which would meet
Presidential candidate John Wiechmann said
VISION would bring together a smaller cabinet of 30 to
40 presidents of student organizations.
Candidates were asked by moderators from Pi Sigma
Alpha, co-host of the debate with Model United Nations,
how they would respond to events such as the homopho
bic epithets chalked on UNL sidewalks last semester as
well as racial incidents.
Russell said COMMIT’s campus coalition would try
Through communication we
can see when problems will
arise and be proactive
COMMIT presidential candidate
to prevent such things from happening by meeting with
groups such as Allies Against Heterosexism and listening
to their concerns on a monthly basis.
“Through communication we can see when problems
will arise and be proactive and reactive,” Russell said.
Wiechmann said his president’s cabinet would take a
different perspective. When groups are too large, he said.
Please see DEBATE on 6
By Lindsay Young
After four years of struggles,
challenges and eventually coopera
tion by all parties involved, the
Mexican American Student
Association Wednesday permanently
lifted its boycott on the Multicultural
More than 30 people, including
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chancellor James Moeser and Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs James
Griesen, gathered in the chancellor’s
conference room to celebrate the
boycott’s official closure Wednesday
Some of the issues which spurred
the boycott in February 1994 includ
ed insensitivity issues within the
Multicultural Affairs office, hiring
practices, the lack of structure in the
Minority Assistance Program and the
lack of student input into
Multicultural Affairs services.
MASA representatives finally
agreed to lift the boycott after signif
icant advances had been made in each
of those areas.
The boycott stopped participating
MASA members from co-sponsoring
events with the office, using the
office’s services and even stepping
inside the office’s doors.
Gabrielle Dalton, president of
MASA, was glad the organization’s
Please see MASA on 6
able to treat glaucoma
By Brian Carlson
Licensed optometrists in
Nebraska who have completed the
appropriate training will be able to
treat glaucoma following
Wednesday’s passage of LB369.
Previously, only opthalmologists
were able to treat glaucoma, a com
mon eye disease that can lead to
The Legislature voted 35-7 to
adopt the bill, but only after Speaker
Doug Kristensen of Minden
expressed concerns about its scope.
Kristensen said he worried the
bill’s language could be interpreted as
granting optometrists the power to
treat other eye disorders such as
tumors, crossed-eye movements or
But the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ed
Schrock of Elm Creek, said the intent
was simply to allow optometrists to
He said the bill’s language mir
rored that of similar laws in 18 other
states. Overall, 37 states have passed
legislation since 1976 authorizing
glaucoma treatment by certified
Sen. Don Wesely of Lincoln,
chairman of the Health and Human
Services Committee, said the bill’s
scope was limited to glaucoma treat
“This doesn’t expand any sort of
ability to move into other areas that
are not currently the practice,” he
Under the bill, the Board of
Examiners in Optometry will set edu
cational standards that must be met by
optometrists who wish to treat glau
coma. These standards must be com
parable to standards for other health
care professionals treating glaucoma.
Some physicians, opthalmologists
and the Nebraska Medical
Association had opposed the bill. But
Schrock said the ban on glaucoma
treatment by optometrists had been an
inconvenience for citizens who had to
travel long distances for treatment.
Griesen: Improvements require student dedication
Editor s note: This week the Daily Nebraskan
will take an in-depth look at one of the hottest
issues in UNL curriculum: academic rigor.
Because it could change the face of the univer
sity s education, the DN will examine how it affects
incoming students, current students and faculty.
By Brad Davis
If plans for making UNL smarter are to be suc
cessful, professors must be dedicated to the idea.
but so must students, administrators said.
Faculty members who issue significant chal
lenges in their classes must be met with student
enthusiasm to achieve an academically rigorous
atmosphere, said James Griesen, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln vice chancellor for student
“When I think of academic rigor, I think of a
challenging but particularly good course,” Griesen
Too often, he said, students think there should
be no hard work in learning.
“If you tried to tell an athlete he could become
faster at the mile run by not working hard and exer
cising and training, they’d laugh at you,” Griesen
said. “But yet many students think those same
kinds of dedicated efforts aren’t required in pursu
ing of an academic goal - and they are.”
Paul Schrier, a UNL junior and president of the
College of Engineering and Techonology’s execu
tive board, said students should not be afraid to take
classes that might lower their GPAs.
Students shouldn’t shy away from a certain
major or class because they’re intimidated by hard
work, he said.
“(College) is your last real chance to explore
your academic interests, and you’ll regret it down
the line if you don’t,” Schrier said. “When you’re
30, and think, ‘Boy, I didn’t take that class because
I didn’t want to get a B or a C in it,’ you’ll regret it.”
Schrier said grades - including grade inflation
- were not the central issue when talking about aca
And some students say classes may already be
“To break the norm that has existed suggests
Please see RIGOR on 6
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