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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 22, 1998)
He’s baaaaack |i
Almost two years after he last ran the ball. MM
DeAngelo Evans returns to the Nebraska
football lineup ready to go. PAGE 7
A & E
Hugo Suarez and Ines Pasic. a pair of pup
peteers with unorthodox tools, open the Wagon
Train Project's season tonight. PAGE 8
September 22, 1998
A Drop in the Bucket
Showers, cloudy, high 66. Cloudy tonight, low 50.
MEMBERS OF UNL’s baseball team avoid rain puddles while running warm-up laps on Ed Weir
Track on Monday afternoon. Temperatures dropped into the 50s this week after last week’s hot
and humid weather.
Repatriation fosters learning
By Lindsay Young
Senior staff writer
Issues surrounding the repatriation of
American Indian remains have had a clear impact
on the students and members of UNUs anthropolo
gy department, the department chairman said last
But, Robert Hitchcock said, the effects have
been both positive and negative.
Chancellor James Moeser signed an agreement
Sept. 1 stating the university would return all
American Indian remains, affiliated and unaffiliat
ed, to their respective tribes. Those involved hope
that will be done before winter.
The anthropology department is not directly
handling actual repatriation of the remains, but it
does play a part.
That part includes having to answer questions
posed by investigators about the university's han
dling of the American Indian remains.
The state patrol and a university-hired attorney
have been conducting separate investigations to
determine if the university violated the Native
American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
of 1990 by studying remains without tribal permis
Also, a group of American Indian leaders have
given the university eight pages of questions they
want answered regarding the handling of remains,
The department must work to answer many of
those questions, he said.
Those involved with repatriation efforts have
had to take a “tremendous amount of time” out of
their everyday schedule, Hitchcock said.
In addition to answering questions, the depart
ment has had to answer “a dozen phone calls a day
from various Native American groups,” and
respond to calls from other universities and e-mail
messages, he said.
But overall, anthropology professors say, the
effect will be positive.
Please see REMAINS on 2
for Diversity Plan
■ UNL administrators ask
students, faculty members and
staff to make comments.
By Kim Sweet
After a year of round-table discussions,
UNL administrators are presentmg an improved
plan to continue their efforts to diversify the face
Now they're looking to students, faculty
members and staff to help perfect the plan.
Several student leaders said they approved
of the plan released last week, though they said
more could still be done.
Affikan People's Union President LaSharah
Bunting said the plan is heading in the right
"It's a good step toward what needs to hap
pen for students of color here on campus,” she
said. "However, it's still not enough.”
Student groups that support students of
color on campus can play a major role in retain
ing minorities, Buntmg said.
But more resources need to be directed to
these groups, she said.
"By having those resources, we could help
Bunting’s comments are what administra
tors say they're looking fof.
Evelyn Jacobson, vice chancellor for
Academic Affairs, said she hoped students
would take notes while they look over the
Diversity Plan for the University of Nebraska
Lincoln that was posted last week on the
“We really want to start a campus discussion
on where we should be going.”
Chancellor James Moeser sent out a univer
sitvwide letter over the weekend asking people
to read the plan and send in their recommenda
tions, Jacobson said.
The plan originated last spring as a guide to
increase faculty diversity, Jacobson said. It con
tained initiatives relating to the retention of
minority faculty at UNL.
The plan began with a statement saymg that
a broader, more comprehensive version of the
plan would be presented at a later date.
After several campus discussions last year,
the broader version now is on the Web and is
expanded to include a discussion of the recruit
ment and retention of minority students and
staff, as well as creating a friendlier campus
Efforts to draft a new and more comprehen
sive Diversity Plan began last January when
Please see DIVERSITY on 2
City Council overrides veto
5-2 vote will restrict abortion protesters
By Todd Anderson
Senior staff writer
Lincoln City Council members voted 5-2
Monday to overturn Mayor Mike Johanns’
veto of an ordinance created to restrict abor
tion protesters at Westminster Presbyterian
Church, 2110 Sheridan Blvd.
But the new ordinance likely will face
claims that it is an infringement on constitu
tional rights, council members said.
Councilwoman Coleen Seng said she
voted yes for both the ordinance and the over
ride because questions of constitutionality
should be decided by the judicial system and
not the legislative branch of government.
Councilman Curt Donaldson, who also
gave his approval for the override, said he
expected legal challenges to the ordinance.
He said Rescue the Heartland, the anti
abortion group that has been protesting out
side Westminster, may request an injunction
to delay enforcement of the ordinance until
the ordinance is taken into the courts.
“The sooner it gets into the courts, the
better,” he said.
Members of Rescue the Heartland have
been protesting against Dr. Winston Crabb, a
church board member who performs abor
Church members complained they and
their children were being harassed by the
group before and after Sunday services.
After holding a late-night public hearing
Sept. 9, the City Council approved the ordi
nance Sept. 15 by a vote of 4-3.
But Johanns fulfilled his promise to veto
the ordinance Sept. 17, saying it would limit
the constitutional rights of the protesters.
Council members Jeff Fortenberry and
Jerry Shoecraft cast the two dissenting votes.
Fortenberry said it was clear the ordi
nance violates constitutional rights. Fie said
police enforcement of peaceful protest laws
has been stepped up and would take care of
Shoecraft said during the City Council
meeting the ordinance would take away the
protesters' basic right of freedom of speech.
In a symbolic gesture, he tore a piece of
paper and said passing the ordinance is like
ripping up the Constitution.
Cindy Johnson, who originally voted
against the ordinance because of legal chal
lenges to the wording, voted for the override.
Donaldson and Seng said the City
Council soon will consider a measure to limit
the size of the signs the abortion protesters
hold on the side of the street.
Both said they would support such an
ordinance regulating the size of the placards
out of concern for traffic safety on the streets
that pass by the church.
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