The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 01, 1998, Page 8, Image 8

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their friends.
“We don’t want to see our
friends - people in our sorority
houses or residence halls - we
don’t want to see these people hurt
and killed by drunk driving or irre
sponsible drinking,” Neall said.
She said grant representatives
wanted to know why UNL students
went on bar crawls, a 21st birthday
ritual where they go to bars and
become highly intoxicated.
Neall said students go on bar
crawls as a rite of passage, because
of peer pressure and to do some
thing they could not do before.
Bar crawls were a concern of
government and law enforcement
representatives who met later that
Sen. Carol Hudkins of Malcom
said, “The problem is the friends of
newly 21-year-olds go out just to
see kids get smashed out of their
Hudkins said they also dis
cussed how law enforcement would
use the grant money to hire more
police officers to bust parties
where minor drinking occurred,
which would make underage drink
ing more of a risk.
But Hudkins said the goal of
the grant was to promote responsi
ble drinking, not eliminate drink
“It is not an abstinence thing,
except for those under 21, so it’s
responsible drinking. It’s a case of
let’s control the binge drinking -
the whole bunch of alcohol in a
small time,” Hudkins said.
And UNL students seem to fre
quently binge drink, which is why
the university was invited to apply.
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln had drinking patterns
exceeding the national average by 6
percent* according to a-1994 study
UNI Unis in IrinUng rates
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation may give
up to $700,000 to the university to help combat
binge drinking problems, which have been
identified in three studies.
• 44 percent of college students are binge drinkers
• 20 percent of that group are frequent binge drinkers
• 35 percent of UNL binge drank in high school and college
• 58 percent of UNL freshmen binge drink
• UNL students drink and drive at a rate 19 percent higher than the national
• 9u percent or assuaits reported on campus were alcohol related (1995
• 57 percent of UNL students reported binge drinking one or more times
in the past two weeks (1994 study)
• 28 percent of UNL students said the safest place for a minor to drink was
a fraternity or sorority party
• 92 percent of UNL students said alcohol was easy to obtain
• 114 bars and restaurants with liquor licenses are located within a one
mile radius of City Campus
1994 study by Henry Wechsler for the Harvard School of Public Health
1997 UNL Omnibus Survey
1995 study commissioned by Chancellor James Moeser
of 140 colleges by Henry Wechsler
for the Harvard School of Public
Health. Binge drinking was
defined as five or more drinks for a
man — four for a woman — in one
Charles Greene, director of
judicial affairs, said as the universi
ty cracked down on on-campus
drinking, the community felt the
effects. The grant would allow
them to work together on the prob
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ly - as a community, as a campus
within the community - is devise a
plan to educate everyone on the
evils and ills of drinking,” Greene
Greene said talking to students
- and the community — and get
ting them involved was the strength
of UNL’s proposal.
Greene said the key to success
of the grant, if UNL received it,
would be education.
“If you talk to folks enough,
perhaps they’ll listen.”
Gun shots kill 1 student,
wound 2 at Nashville party
masked gunman fired indiscriminately
on a home where a party was being held
early Thursday, killing one college stu
dent and wounding two others.
No one has been arrested for the
1:30 a.m. shooting, which occurred in a
house near the Tennessee State campus
in suburban Nashville. The assailant
fired several shots from a rifle through a
front window, sending approximately
20 people inside scrambling for cover.
“Bullets were flying around tod
people were looking for someplace to
hide,” said Nashville Police Sgt.
Charles Griffin.
Hershel J. King, 21, of Chicago was
killed. Fellow Tennessee State students
Cicely E. Mitchell, 21, of Dyersburg,
Tenn., and John W. Hart, 23, of
Houston, were wounded. They were in
fair condition following surgery at
Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Another young woman suffered a
broken arm when partygoers ran for
Griffin said it does not appear that
King was singled out by the assailant.
Authorities have no motive for the
Last October, a former Tennessee
State student was killed in a campus
dormitory when Ik pulled a gun on two
men who were trying to buy marijuana
from him. That killing occurred during
“crime-free week” at the school, which
has an enrollment of8,600.
Racial remark leads to
call for official’s ouster
PERU (AP) — A state senator is
calling for the ouster of a top official at
Peru State College who admitted mak
ing a racially insensitive remark at a fac
ulty retreat.
David Ainsworth, vice president of
academic affairs, was accused by the
Peru State faculty union of suggesting
that a white female faculty member
dress in blackface to satisfy diversity
“I was addressing a a faculty retreat
in early April and I made a remark that
was at best a little insensitive,”
Ainsworth said from his home
Thursday. “At that time I apologized for
it, and since that time I have contacted
those folks in writing.” /
Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, who
is black, is not satisf ed with the apology.
“Nebraska is not big enough for
Peru State College and Dr. Ainsworth.
One of the two has got to go,” Chambers
told KQLN-TV in Lincoln. “If tfify do
not fire him, I am going to do every
thing in my power to dismantle Peru
State and send it into oblivion.”
The State College Education
Association sent a letter of complaint to
Ainsworth, Peru State College
President Robert Burns and the
Nebraska State Education Association.
Ainsworth is accused in the com
plaint of making the comment during an
April 3 retreat at Peru State’s Regional
Technology Cento- in Nebraska City.
“We’re concerned about statements
which might be construed as having
racist construct,” said Roger Larsen of
the Nebraska State Education
Association, an umbrella organization
for higher education faculty unions.
Ainsworth said his comment did not
reflect racism on his part.
“I have spent my career working to
improve cultural relations, working to
teach teachers to deal with multicultur
alisfn and diversity;” he said.*1 intend to
continue to support those principles.
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Chancellor’s Leadership Recognition
Essential Experiences Award Recipients
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