The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 28, 1998, Image 1

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    SPORTS m
Holy Christo!
Monte Christo went from way down on the depth
chart to NU’s savior against Missouri. Hey, he,
might even get to start Saturday. PAGE 7
A&E
Mad opera
School of Music Professor Randall Snyder is
crazy about opera. Friday, his own opera, “Divine *
Madness,” premieres in Kimball Hall. PAGE 9
October 28, 1998
Muddy Waters
Showers likely, high 67. Storms tonight, low 53.
Matt Miller/DN
BROOKE PETERSON has acquired many ribbons in the last two horse shows she has entered. The sophomore speech pathology from
Brookings, S.D., has shown horses for about nine years.
Champion rider rounds up three titles
By Eric Rineer
Staff writer
For Brooke Peterson, life has been a real
kick lately.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln
sophomore from Brookings, S.D., has been
traveling across the country' with her Arabian
saddle-bred horse collecting trophies and
ribbons at every show.
Though Peterson has been riding horses
for the past 10 years, she's been on a roll late
ly, winning three national championships.
Her family and friends are in awe, while
Peterson just takes it in stride.
In September. Peterson took her horse,
Conway, to the 1998 National Showhorse
Finals in Springfield. 111.
Peterson cleaned house, winning the
national side saddle, country English plea
sure riding and grand national championship
classes in the ladies’ 18-34 division.
Besides conquering Springfield,
Peterson also finished in the top 10 at the
United States Nationals last weekend in
Kentucky'.
“It was exciting,” she said. “The victories
made it feel like everything I worked for paid
off.”
But the finals in Springfield were espe
cially important, she said, because her father.
Dick Peterson, won some of his own prizes -
country pleasure driving championship and
reserve championship in’driv ing.
“He’s always been a huge inspiration,”
she said.
Peterson remembers the support her
father showed the day she came home from
her first horse camp with her sister, Michelle.
After telling their father they had “fallen
in love with horses,” Dick Peterson bought
the family its first horse.
Dick Peterson, who also has competed
since his childhood, said he was impressed at
how quickly his daughter has matured.
“She's matured by learning to win and to
lose,” he said. “She takes both with a smile
on her face.”
Peterson said she credits her success to
her hard work throughout the year. She said
she spends most of her weekends practicing
with her horse and trainers in Missouri.
“It takes a lot of determination and com
mitment,” she said. “It's a gradual process.”
Please see RIDER on 6
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Candidates:
Education
a top priority
By Todd Anderson
Senior staff writer
As discussion of state spendmg has taken center stage on
the Nov. 3 ballot, both Democratic and Republican candi
dates said they are committed to guaranteeing quality educa
tion in Nebraska.
And University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor James
Moeser said he is confident both candidates will prove to be
sincere about their dedication to excellent education.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Johanns and
Democratic candidate Bill Hoppner both said building on an
already excellent state university system would be top priori
ties if they are elected.
Johanns said he is excited by what he sees when he visits
NU campuses.
“I believe we have an outstanding university system, and
I think we need to be committed to making it better genera
tion after generation,” he said.
Hoppner also said Nebraska has a great university system
to develop into a source of growth for the state.
“We need to have a university that excels in areas that are
important to the growth of our state and opportunities for our
kids,” Hoppner said.
He said a discussion is needed to identify the areas in
which the NU system should aim for excellence.
“I think Nebraskans will be willing to support that sort of
goal,” he said.
According to UNLs 1998-1999 general operating budget
report, more than 28 percent of S609 million in revenue for
the University of Nebraska-Lincoln comes directly from state
funding.
With Initiative 413 before voters in less than a week,
Moeser said funding for UNL is a central issue for the uni
versity and for all Nebraskans.
The proposed constitutional amendment would limit
state revenue by a rate adjusted for inflation and population
growth if approved by voters on Nov. 3.
The University of Nebraska has estimated more than S20
million would be cut from the NU budget if the proposed lid
is approved, and more recent reports estimate more than S30
million in lost revenue for the NU system.
But Moeser said no one is sure how severe the fiscal dam
age to the state and the university would be.
Please see CAMPAIGN on 6
Program connects minority students, staff
By Kim Sweet
Staff writer
A new UNL organization that con
nects students to minority professional
leaders and faculty members exists
thanks in part to the efforts of one stu
dent.
The program, called Network, was
initiated by Assistant Director for
Minority Recruitment Cynthia Gooch
after a student came to her concerned
about the lack of academic organiza
tions for minorities in specific areas of
study at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln.
After junior accounting major
Jerome Prince came to Gooch because
the College of Business
Administration didn’t have any profes
sional organizations for students of
color, the two went to work.
They joined forces with Nancy
Stara, associate vice chancellor for
academic affairs, and came up with
the new group for colleges that lacked
professional organizations for
minorities.
The purpose of Network is to con
nect students of color with profession
al minority leaders and faculty mem
bers in CBA, the College of Arts and
Sciences and the College of
Journalism and Mass
Communications, Gooch said.
But it also will bring students from
the colleges together eventually to
form other academic organizations for
minorities within each of the three col
leges, such as an organization for black
journalists or Latino accountants.
American Indian, Latino, Asian
American and black business leaders
have been recruited for the program so
far, Gooch said.
Robert Campos, founder and pres
ident of Campos Construction in
Omaha, is a business leader participat
ing in the program.
Being involved in Network is a
way for Campos to continue doing
what he has been doing for years -
mentoring young people and connect
ing them with jobs, he said.
“I can offer assistance to students
in college and high school to find what
it is that they may be looking for,”
Campos said. “I want to help out in
that effect.”
The student whose idea sparked
the new program, Prince, said he is
excited an organization now exists that
fills the previous gap. Not only will it
benefit minorities who currently study
at UNL, but the organization also can
attract prospective students of color to
the university with its support system,
he said.
“I think whenever a student of
color is considering attending a pre
dominantly white university, they tend
to look to whether they can see other
students of color,” Price said. "It is
another opportunity to see students of
color.”
REMINDER
Absentee ballots
by mail for
Nebraska
counties must
be requested in
writing from the
election
commissioner
by 4 p.m. Friday.
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