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Admission change is
cause for concern
University of California-San Diego
(U-WIRE) LA JOLLA, Calif. - In the
first year that affirmative action was not
used in University of California under
graduate admissions, UCSD admitted 40
percent fewer applicants from underrep
resented racial-minority groups than last
The small number of black, Mexican
American and American Indian students
admitted is especially alarming consider
ing there is already a pitifully low number
of students from underrepresented racial
minoritv erouos on camous.
If the University of California truly
intends to serve all the people of
California, then the university system
should strive to have a student body
whose ethnic makeup is similar to that of
Obviously, we are far from meeting
Although it would be easy to blame
the lack of racial minorities on the UC
Regents for abolishing affirmative
action, no one person or entity is entirely
responsible for the lack of diversity in the
University of California.
However, some blame can surely be
placed on California’s miserable public
How can it be possible that California,
the richest state in America, has one of
the poorest school systems in the coun
These students need the opportunity to
attend good schools that prepare them for
attendance at institutions like UCSD.
This can be accomplished only if more
money is allocated to the public school
system and that money is well-spent.
It is important to note that the
University of California has taken the
first step in reaching out to students from
underrepresented racial-minority groups.
In particular, UCSD has placed full
time recruiters in Los Angeles and San
Francisco to begin working with prospec
tive students as early as ninth grade.
In addition, UCSD may one day have a
Model School on campus attended by stu
dents from underrepresented communi
xi snouia noi oe me responsiomty oi
the UC system only to ensure that more
students from underrepresented racial
minority groups are eligible to attend the
University of California.
Instead, it should be the responsibility
of California legislators and citizens who
watch students move through California’s
public schools without ever really gaining
the skills necessary to attend the
University of California.
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the Spring 1998 Daily Nebraskan. They
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University of Nebraska-Uncotn, its
employees, its student body or die
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Who is He?
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Christians unite, gain faith in Jesus Week
Realize that at this very time someone is
sitting quietly in his or her room praying for
the whole campus,-for you! ”
KATYA OVCHARENKO it
a freshman English major
and a Daily Nebraskan
Jesus rises from the dead in the
stone hearts of people; one more time
we celebrate His resurrection, only
this time on campus - during this
whole week, today through April 10.
This is Jesus Awareness Week. It
will change many hearts, many
minds, many attitudes. .
Different small events will con
tribute to this big celebration of life.
During dinners in the dining rooms of
the residence halls, there will be
tables with 10 “myth” posters about
They will list the most frequent
misconceptions about Christ. Like
this, for example:
Do we know who Jesus Christ
was? If you are interested, ask people
around you and you’ll understand
that most of us will reply that Jesus
was a prophet, or a great teacher, or a ’
good and kind man with perfect
morals, or an upstart, who was cruci
fied for confusing people, calling
himself “the King of Israel.”
See, Biblical events are still alive
today! Once Jesus asked His disciples
who men said He was. Matthew
16:14: “Some say John the Baptist,
some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or
one of the prophets,” was the reply of
apostles. That was what other people
thought of that Jesus of Nazareth.
“But who do you say that I am?”
“You are the Christ, the Son of the
living God,” Simon Peter answered.
So who do YOU say Jesus is? Is
He a dead prophet or the Son of God?
The most interesting event to me
will take place on Wednesday. It will
be a 24-hour prayer: from 6 a.m. on
Wednesday till 6 a.m. on Thursday.
Many Christians signed for certain
Wallsing to die school, sitting half
asleep on boring lectures, working out
in the Campus Recreation Center, eat
ing in a fast food restaurant, doing
homework dr doing nothing, sleeping
- realize that at this very time someone
is sitting quietly in his or her room
praying for the whole campus, for you!
Most of the events - lectures,
prayer meetings, Bible studies, etc. -
will take place in the Nebraska Union
during lunch time when students have
a short break.
You will see Christians every
where: Most of us will carry our
Bibles with us, in case someone will
have any questions about this book.
For many Christians this week
will bring great time spent for God.
The spiritual growth will be unbeliev
able. Many will become stronger.
For some of us it will be a good
opportunity, given by God Himself,
to step forward and, with no fear of
being misunderstood, to say proudly,
“I follow Christ.”
Remember how many times you
were afraid that someone would turn
from you when you said the simple
words “I am a Christian”?
Every time you keep silent about
this fact that you belong to Christ,
you offend and betray Him. Why do
we follow Peter and refuse our faith
by simply not talking about it? Faith
is dead without deeds.
Others will hear about Jesus for
the first time in their lives, will hear
the truth about Him and will discover
something new about Christianity.
Some of us may completely change
our attitude toward the Christian
There also are some students on
our campus who seem to be
Christians before they come to the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but
years at the university change them.
I’m not blaming my university for
this loss of faith. It’s a common thing
for young people, who just graduated
from high schools, to tear the ties
with the past and to gain some free
dom in the college setting, far from
home and dependency on parents.
Their souls close for God imme
diately, as if they never knew Him.
They step into a lonely and empty
life, where the spiritual world is filled
with material things. Maybe it’s time
to turn back. Christ is waiting patient
ly; He knocks at your door offering
There is nothing in the whole
world that can compare to life with
God. How safe it is to be on His side,
to be surrounded by His love, to be
filled with His indescribable peace!
He loves us no matter how bad we are
or what we do. Because of the Lord’s
great love, He chose to die for us.
This coming week will influence
the hearts and minds of many people.
I hope that Jesus Awareness Week
will bring unity to many Christian
organizations at UNL, if all the
denominations will participate and
contribute into this big work.
It will be a good, blessed week
when we will grow spiritually. It’s
time to get together, not only in the
words, but in deeds. We have been
talking about unity far too long; we
should do something at last!
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