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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 13, 1998)
Forum dispels stereotypes
By Lindsay Young
Kari Yanai never wore a kimono
when she lived in Japan.
Ebru Gokdag, from Turkey, doesn’t
ride a camel or read and write regularly
Natasha Sekitoleko, from Uganda,
isn’t hungry or poor.
Women from different countries
spoke Thursday in die Nebraska Union
about stereotypes and other issues they
face while in America.
Six women participated in the
International Women’s Forum, which
was sponsored by the Women’s Center
as part of Women’s Week.
Soledad Quinonez, who moderated
the forum, said organizers wanted to
dispel stereotypes of international
women and their countries. Panelists
would be discussing their individual
experiences and would not be speaking
for their countries, she said.
In Turkey, Gokdag said, women are
paid the same as men, and the Turkish
prime minister is a woman.
But regardless of surface equality,
Turkish women still do not have the
opportunities of American women.
Battered women are common in
Turkey, she said. So when Gokdag came
to America, she was surprised when
touching a woman on the arm could be
considered harassment or abuse.
Because her feelings about abuse
and harassment have changed, Gokdag
said, it will be difficult to return to a
country that thinks nothing of those
Other panelists said men and
women in their home countries were
seen as equals.
Gabriela Velasquez, from
Venezuela, said she is one of only a few
women in her engineering classes at he
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“In my country it is common for
women to be engineers,” Velasquez
Stereotypes panelists have of the
United States also surfaced.
Panelists agreed their concepts of
Americans came from movies and tele
vision shows, especially the most popu
lar television show worldwide -
“People in Belgium tend to think if
they watch ‘Baywatch’ they can judge
America,” Geysels said
Geysels said she is confused by
Americans who identify themselves by
their ancestors. She said she has met
people who have told her they are one
“It’s like, ‘Yes - is there supposed
to be a connection?”’
Police arrest suspect for
From Staff Reports
A Lincoln man was arrested this
week for distributing child pornog
raphy in an Internet chat room.
Lincoln police received a com
plaint from a New Hampshire
computer user Feb. 19 that he had
received sexual pictures of young
boys through a sexually oriented
Internet chat room, Lincoln police
Sgt. Ann Heermann said.
The New Hampshire computer
user knew the pictures were sent
by someone in Lincoln, so he
reported it to police here.
The technical investigations
unit acted on the tip and obtained
Andrew Schuler’s name from the
Internet provider he used to send
pictures, Sgt. A1 Bemdt said.
Police then gathered informa
tion for a search warrant, which
they served at Schuler’s apartment
in the 3700 block of Faulkner
Drive Wednesday morning.
When police searched the
home, they found videos and
computer files with young males
engaging in sexual activity.
Schuler, 31, was arrested for
possession and distribution of
child pornography, both felony
The U.S. Attorney is interested
in the case and will press charges.
Berndt said policing the
Internet is difficult because of the
amount of information on it.
“There are a lot of things out
there people think should be ille
Pioneering playwright shares
experiences with English class
PLAY from page 1
Crowley told students that in
1968, when “The Boys in the Band”
was first produced, life was drasti
cally different from today.
“Back then plays like ‘The Boys
in the Band’ were considered closet
plays, and artists were said to have
feared consequences,” Crowley said.
“Over the years, plays have emerged
as works of the imagination.”
Crowley said people are becom
ing more aware that artists have the
right to do whatever they want.
Taking questions from students,
Crowley explained what his parents
and the public thought of his work.
“I consider the public my family,”
Crowley said. “It is a strange and
abnormal life - a playwright and a
writer - and I am part of a different
kind of family, an abnormal family.
“As for my parents, well, they
were supportive knowing that they
had a weird kid.”
But Crowley said he didn’t think
his parents liked the direction he
took in writing.
“All of my writings do reflect
times and experiences of my own
life,” he said.
Crowley, who originally wanted
to be a scene designer, said he decid
ed to become a playwright when
something painful occurred in his
“I was getting over some broken
hearted matter, and I decided to write
about the situation,” he said.
“Writing is beyond satisfying - it is
almost thrilling. There is no better
place to dramatize a situation in life
than on paper.”
Crowley told students that the
process of writing does not always
come naturally, not even for him.
In fact, one of the biggest chal
lenges in Crowley’s life is sometimes
his writing. Writing affects him pro
fessionally and personally, he said.
“It is hard to keep on going some
times,” Crowley said. “The challenge
is trying to find enough stimulus to
keep an interest in my career and the
things I believe in.”
Finding things in life to keep him
going have cultivated some of
Crowley said in order to be suc
cessful, one must “go out and do the
things they need to do.”
“The excitement and role of show
biz is a neurotic thing - we are all
neurotic in this world,” Crowley said.
Wolf said he was pleased that his
students enjoyed the momentous
opportunity to meet with Crowley.
Jill Matlock, a sophomore sec
ondary education major, said meet
ing with Crowley made his plays
“I loved it,” Matlock said. “I now
know how these plays were written -
not by a name on a page, but by a
“This is something that I will not
“For Reasons that Remain
Unclear” is being performed
tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Wagon
Train Project/7th Street Loft, 512
S. 7th St. Crowley will take part in
a question-and-answer session
after the performance.
The play also will be performed
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday
at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for
students. For ticket information
and/or reservations call the Wagon
Train Project, (402) 435-5592.
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