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Academic Senate settles
question of president
By Dane Stickney
The Academic Senate experi
enced a change of the guard Tuesday.
The Academic Senate members
voted to keep Associate Professor
Gail Latta as president until May
2000. Latta will serve the remainder
of former President Patricia
Kennedy’s term plus another full
term during the next academic year.
Last month, Kennedy resigned as
president to become the associate
dean of the College of Business
President-elect Latta then
assumed the title and responsibilities
of Academic Senate president.
A motion to vote on a new presi
dent-elect was approved and will be
held at next month’s meeting.
A recognition of Kennedy’s work
as president was scheduled for
Tuesday’s meeting, but Kennedy had
a conflict and could not attend the
In other business, senate mem
bers expressed concern over a pro
posed change in the wording of two
bylaws that deal with faculty respon
The administration and faculty
have been trying to bridge the gap
between the two, which have unclear
One bylaw supports mutual con
sent, while the other uses language
that eliminates the standard of mutu
al agreement between the faculty and
administration in deciding faculty
The faculty members are striving
to ensure mutual agreement, because
it helps them work as a team and
move toward collective goals for the
university, Latta said.
Latta encouraged the senate
members to get feedback from their
departments and decide the matter at
a later date.
UNL Chancellor James Moeser
expressed his support of quickly
solving the bylaw conflict and avoid
ing a conflict between the faculty and
the NU Board of Regents.
Moeser also unveiled plans for a
separate graduation ceremony for
graduate faculty receiving their doc
“This ceremony will really set
them apart as the most prestigious
graduates,” Moeser said.
The ceremony will be held at the
Lied Center for Performing Arts on
the Friday before commencement in
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Campus groups plan
black history events
By Veronica Daehn
Little did Carter G. Woodson
know that when he started Negro
History Week 73 years ago, it would
turn into an entire black history
Woodson, founder of the
Association for the Study of
Negro Life and History, chose
the second week in February for
his celebration to coincide with
the birthdays of civil rights lead
ers Abraham Lincoln and
Today, campus leaders and
organizations are planning cele
brations of their own for Black
Venetria Patton, coordinator
of the African American and
African Studies Program, said
February is a crucial month for
“It’s the moment when all
eyes are focused on black histo
ry,” she said. “Black issues nor
mally fall to the wayside in (edu
Patton has organized several
activities this month on behalf of
the African American and
African Studies Program.
A video and discussion titled
“Shattering the Silence: The
Case for Minority Faculty” will
take place Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. in the
Andrews Hall Bailey Library.
Patton said the focus will be on
minority faculty as well as on
“This is my brainchild,” Patton
said. “Students don’t always realize
faculty issues, and hopefully this will
get people thinking about issues in the
black community and the U.S. as a
Another event Patton is anticipat
ing is a lecture by Alonzo Smith,
scheduled for Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the
Smith, who works for the
Smithsonian Institute in Washington,
D.C., has co-authored a book with
Omaha historian Bertha Calloway, a
founder of the Great Plains Black
Smith’s lecture is titled “The Black
Experience in Nebraska: The Making
of Visions of Freedom.”
Patton said the timing of Smith’s
lecture coincides well with the Feb. 1
release of his latest book, “Visions of
Freedom on the Great Plains: An
Illustrated History of African
Americans in Nebraska.”
“His experiences directly reflect
on blacks in Nebraska,” she said
Benita Douglas, educational spe
cialist for multicultural affairs, said
her office also has a speaker lined up.
M. Christopher Brown, assistant
professor of education, organization
and leadership at the University of
Illinois-Champagne, will present a
lecture titled “The Night Cometh:
Positioning Ourselves for Success” on
Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Culture Center,
333 N. 14* St
“He has a history of African
Americans in higher education,”
Brown is also scheduled to speak
at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Bailey Library,
though Douglas said the speech is not
open to the public.
“He is well sought-after,” she
said, “but he was very receptive to
coming when I explained to him
what we were doing.”
Douglas said Brown will
address ways students can be
Although the multicultural
affairs department has not yet
planned other activities for the
month, Douglas said Ihe events
provide valuable educational
“It’s important to take a month
out of the year,” she said. “The
education gained is valuable, but I
hope activities extend beyond
Voices of the People, a round
table discussion group of students
formed last semester, is also hold
ing two events this month.
“At the beginning of the year,
Voices of the People chose Black
History Month as one of the topics
we wanted to address,” said
Sandra Kinoshita, academic
counselor and coord i nator of mul
ticultural programs for athletics.
A roundtable discussion
called “Media Images of People
of Color” will be held Feb. 8 at 7
p.m. in the Nebraska Union
Voices of the People’s second
event is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
The video “Skin Deep” w'ill tie shown
in the South Stadium football auditori
um, and a discussion w ill follow,
‘“Skin Deep’ is about being a stu
dent of color on a white campus,” she
said “It’s really good.”
Though many feel Black History
Month is important, they also said it
needs to continue past one month of
“Hopefully, this will carry interest
into other months,” Patton said “so we
don’t just talk about blacks in
Black History Month
Sponsored and co-sponsored by African
American and African studies program - UNL
Monday, Feb. 1 - “A Question of Color”
Video A Discussion - Clyde Malone Center - 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 8 • “Media Images of People of Color”
Video & Discussion - Nebraska Union - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Lecture by Dr. M. Christopher
Brown: “The Walking Wounded: African Americans
and the Assault on Equal Educational
Opportunities” - Bailey Library (Andrews Hall) -3 p.m.
Dr. M. Christopher Brown Lecture - “The Night Cometh:
Positioning Ourselves for Success” - Culture Center -
333 N. 14th St-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb.10 - “Seniors: Four Years in
Video & Discussion - Nebraska Union (Room posted -
Monday, Feb. 15 - “Shattering the Silence: The Case
For Minority Faculty”
Video A Discussion - Bailey Library - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 16 - “Thomas Jefferson: Fathering Our
Country” - Nebraska Union (Room posted) - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb.18 - “Skin Deep”
Vita) A Discussion - Football auditorium - 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 22 - “A Race Against Prime Tune”
Video A Discussion - Clyde Malone Crater - 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26 - Lecture by Dr. Alonzo Smith -
*The Black Experience in Nebraska: The Making Visions
of Freedom” - Bailey Library - 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27 - Black History Mouth Dinner
Theatre - “A Place Called Hope” - Directed by Laura
Partridge - Clyde Malone Center - 5:30 p.m. Dinner
and 7 p.m. Performance
Chi Phi Fraternity
President Jason Hardy, who
was mentioned in a Tuesday
news article, is not the same
Jason Hardy who works as a
staff writer for the Daily
Nebraskan. Both men are stu
dents at UNL, and some confu
sion has occurred because of
their like names.
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Two injured in stabbing
Two Lincoln men were injured in an
early-morning stabbing Tuesday,
Lincoln Police said.
Sgt. Terrence Sherrill said a 39
year-old man was stabbed in the stom
ach and the left side of his chest in a dis
turbance at the 2600 block of North
Third Street about 2 a.m. Monday. A 28
year-old also was wounded in Ins right
Both men were in fair condition at
BryanLGH Medical Center West on
Sherrill said police arrested a 50
year-old Lincoln man for second
degree assault and use of a weapon to
commit a felony. The 50-year-old had
used the knife, he said.
Police also arrested a 25-year-old
man and a 27-year-old man for third
degree assault, he said
He said he did not know what led to
the stabbing, but that alcohol was prob
ably a contributing factor.
Man assaults police officer
A 29-year-old man was arrested
after pushing and punching a Lincoln
police officer Monday evening.
Sherrill said the officer approached
three men near Sun Valley Boulevard
and West O Street at 5:19 p.m. The men
had been asked to leave a store in the
1000 block of West O Street earlier, and
the clerk had called police, saying she
had told the men before not to come
The officer said he asked one of the
men to remove his hands from his jack
et, and the man pushed the off cer in the
chest and punched him in the left side of
the face, causing “pain and discomfort.”
The man was jailed for assaulting
Vandal arrested for graffiti
Police arrested a 22-year-old
“junglist” for vandalism about 1 a.m.
Sherrill said an officer was on patrol
near 13* and E streets when he saw a
man dressed in dark clothing writing
graffiti on a building’s front doors with
a red permanent marker.
Sherrill said the man told police he
is a tagger for himself. His artwork, he
said, translated to “a fight for survival.”
The man considers himself a
“junglist,”which is part of a survivalist
group, Sherrill said.
Compiled by staff writer Shane
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