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Banquet closes Chicano week
Speaker stresses student responsibility
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By Lindsay Young
The music of a mariachi band and
the smell of enchiladas, refried beans
and rice signaled the end to Chicano
Awareness Week on Friday.
The Mexican-American Student
Association banquet in the Nebraska
Union was a time for the recognition
and celebration of MASA’s accom
plishments throughout the year.
“We really wrapped up the week
well,” MASA President Gabrielle
Tim Soto, a world-renowned
motivational leader, was the keynote
speaker for the night and got the audi
ence, from youngsters to elders, clap
ping, yelling and laughing.
Soto’s speech was titled “Creating
21st Century Opportunities through
Education and Personal Excellence.”
Dalton bypassed the typical bio
graphical introduction for Soto by
giving her own thoughts on his speak
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with people,” she said, when she and
other MASA members saw Soto
speak at the Hispanic Leadership
Conference in Chicago last fall.
He started his speech by asking,
“How do we feel about being here
tonight?” After only a few audience
members responded, he said, “That
was pretty weak.”
He repeated himself and got a
much louder response.
Soto’s speech used interaction
with the audience as a way to get his
“In my hand is the key to your suc
cess. Who wants it?” Soto said, hold
ing out his arm and an envelope.
After repeating himself several
times, one man tried grabbing the
envelope, but Soto snatched it away
from him. After Soto repeated him
self, another young man walked up to
the podium and grabbed the envelope.
Inside was a $5 bill and a piece of
paper that read, “Ganas.” Ganas
Soto compared the incident to just
waiting for success to come to some
one, rather than going and grabbing it.
He went on, discussing the
“University of Life.” He talked about
honor students, the keys to success
and respecting parents. Soto told the
group parents are always right.
In a whining, mocking voice he
imitated students, saying, “No they’re
not right. I should be free to be me.”
He also discussed education.
Education is the responsibility of the
student, not the teacher, Soto said.
“You’re bored because you lost
focus. You’re not investing in you,” he
Citing statistics on the status of
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the audience to believe that statistics
were just numbers on paper.
He had the audience say, “It’s a
report, but it’s not me. This is paper. I
Soto also spoke to students
Saturday at MASA’s annual youth
conference. He spoke about youth and
how important it is to plan for the
MASA recognized its member of
the year, Stephan Reyes, a freshman.
It also recognized “Amigas de
MASA,” groups and individuals in
Lincoln or at the university who have
contributed to the association’s sue
closes Lincoln store
VINTAGE from page 1
She said Second Wind first gained
a reputation after a scout came in look
ing for costumes for a production of
“They got a card and took it back to
California with them,” Anderson said.
“Then a few months later I got a call
and the man on the phone said it was
Universal Studios. I was like ‘yeah
sure.’ Then I found out it was real.”
After that call, Anderson began
working with costume designers on the
long-running television series
“Once I got into the business, word
just traveled,” she said. “We work on a
lot of special projects where we will
need to provide things like 500 skinny
ties. So we go out and scour places to
Anderson said she was surprised
after some of the movies she worked on
became so successful.
“I was floored when Forrest Gump
won an Academy Award,” she said.
“The first time I saw it, I didn’t really
like it. Then I saw it a second time and
thought it was good.”
She said she was surprised at what
will happen to some of her clothes once
they are in the movies.
“In ‘Forrest Gump,’ there is a scene
where Jenny is wearing a petticoat that
came from the store, and she rolled
around in the mud while she was wear
ing it,” Anderson said. “I thought
‘Don’t get it all dirty,’ but it was theirs to
But many of the items that never
had the same big-screen fame as the
pink coat were auctioned off Saturday
in its going-out-of-business sale.
Anderson said she recently decided
to retire because she is ready to do
“I’ve been here for 11 years,”
Anderson said. “It’s time for a change
of pace, and I’m also lightening the
load. We have so much back stock we
can’t handle it any more.”
Anderson said for her, the work she
did with movies was an outside dimen
sion to her regular business.
“We primarily work with walk-in
traffic,” she said. “We see a lot of peo
ple who are just looking for something
fun and retro to wear.”
Saturday afternoon’s auction
cleared out the store’s remaining back
Clothing, jewelry and shoes, along
with virtually hundreds of other items,
filled both the front of the store as well
as a large warehouse in back. The sale
started at 11 a.m. and continued
throughout the afternoon.
Some people at the auction
expressed remorse at the store’s clos
Lisa Barkley, who is a personal col
lector of vintage clothing, said she
would miss being able to shop there.
“To me, this is like McDonald’s
closing,” Barkley said. “She has been
here for so long and has really become
the authority on vintage.”
Others were just there because they
neara atx>ut tne auction and were inter
ested in buying.
“I just came to have fun,” said Dee
Mallet, who purchased many items
throughout the day. “I’m glad we
brought our van!”
Anderson, who left town on the day
of the auction because she didn’t want
to be there to see so much of herself
being sold, said she still plans to work in
the vintage clothing business.
“I’m not going to quit cold turkey,”
she said, laughing. “I plan to get a Web
page and sell clothes over the Web, but
that’s not up and going yet”
And she also plans to keep working
“It just depends, because you never
know Mien they are going to call,” die
said. “You just never know.”
Soto was excited about MASA’s
Chicano Awareness Week and said he
would be willing to visit the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Feeding off comments about
being proud about Hispanic heritage
and being a part of America’s diversi
ty, Soto said he hopes there will be no
need for just a Chicano Awareness
Week in the future.
“I want to come back when you
have People Awareness Week.”
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