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Bazaar brings taste of diversity to UNL
By Veronica Daehn
A roller coaster ride of cultures was how
International Student Organization President
Guhanand Venkataraman described the
International Bazaar on Tuesday afternoon.
Held inside the north entrance of the
Nebraska Union, students from 13 countries cel
ebrated their cultures through booths and food.
The bazaar, organized by the International
Student Organization and International Affairs,
showcased 16 different booths, each filled with
native food and artifacts.
It will continue today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
in the north entrance of the union.
“We hope people,will get a taste of different
culture and food,” said Mona Chughtai, a
Pakistan native and Lincoln resident.
Chughtai was helping at the Pakistan booth,
which had many items on display including
clothes, shoes and bracelets.
Henna tattooing, a tradition used to tem
porarily decorate young girls on days of celebra
tion, was also offered.
Food was the main attraction at the Nepalese
Ritesh Thapa, a freshman accounting major,
said he hoped the booth would help students
learn about the Nepalese culture.
“There are not a lot of Nepalese students at
UNL,” Thapa said. “We want to show a sense of
For the second year in a row, the booth from
Thailand was awarded the best stall award by
Chancellor James Moeser.
He said the booth had wonderful food and
“Their whole presentation was excellent,”
Moeser said. “It was a wonderful experience.”
Vorada Ruenprom, a volunteer for the
Thailand booth, said her group spent more than a
week preparing for the event, which was co
sponsored by the University Program Council.
The International Bazaar is now in its 16th
year, but Venkataraman said there are some dif
ferences this year.
The new space in the union has promoted a
much heavier traffic flow, he said.
The option of playing native music at the
booths is another addition this year.
“We have set up another level of standards, so
things will always be,getting better,”
The bazaar, which had a festive marketplace
atmosphere, allows patrons to experience the
music, smell and color of the various cultures, he
Venkataraman said events like this are
important in a society obsessed with power and
The International Bazaar represents a chang
ing trend, he said.
“A quest for peace in cultural diversity is evi
dent when people can unite like this in one festi
val,” he said. “That should be something to think
about for people in all parts of the world.”
Former UNL student awaits trial
M David Bills’ trial will begin June 1
for the October stabbing and attack
of a Denver man.
By Josh Funk
Senior staff writer
A former UNL student facing Denver murder
charges will stand trial in June for an October stab
bing he and three friends were implicated in.
Twin brothers David and Kevin Bills, both for
mer UNL students, and their two companions,
Joshua Wright and Kevin Snyder were all involved
in the Oct. 3 murder of Patrick Perry, a Denver
Deputy District Attorney Mike Little said that
evidence presented in court has “shown that David
(Bills) had the knife and did the stabbing.”
Both Snyder, 19, and Kevin Bills, 22, Tuesday
pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a
class five felony with a penalty of one to six years in
prison. They will be sentenced June 7.
Prior to Tuesday’s hearings Wright, 18, had
agreed to testify against David Bills, 22, in
exchange for a reduction in the charges against him.
Wright will not plead to any charges until after
David Bills’ trial, which begins June 1.
On Tuesday, David Bills’ attorney, Phil Chemer,
presented several motions to suppress evidence in
But Little said the defense’s motions were “by
and large denied, and no major evidence was sup
A judge has ruled on all of the pretrial motions
in the case, and Little said he expects the trial to
last five days.
In the past Cherner and Kevin Bills’ attorney
Jim Castle have characterized the brothers’ actions
that night as heroic after they broke up a domestic
assault between Perry and a girlfriend of his.
But police accounts of that night that were filed
in court differ in their description of events.
David Bills, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was a
senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last
fall when he went to Denver with Snyder, of
Omaha, to visit his brother Kevin, who was a senior
at Metropolitan State College.
Wright, of Arvada, Colo., was friends with
Kevin Bills and went with the other three to a local
The four men saw Perry, 34, attacking Monica
Greenwood and stopped the attack.
When police arrived, Perry and Greenwood had
left, but the four men - who police said were
dressed like skinheads - told police they would
look for the suspect.
Perry is black and all four of the suspects are
white, but police said the attack was not racially
Police were called back to the same area 1 lA
hours after the domestic dispute and found Perry
lying in the street with several stab wounds.
A witness described the four men attacking
In interviews at the police station later, David
Bills admitted to stabbing Perry twice in the back
after a fight started between Perry and Kevin Bills.
After the attack, Kevin Bills called a friend and
said, “We beat the hell out of that guy; I don’t know
what to do. I don’t want to go to jail.”
Inside Kevin Bills’ apartment, police found the
butterfly knife used in the attack, a blood-stained
T-shirt and blood stains on the carpet.
Anti-hate bill spawns heated debate
Because of a reporting error,
an article in the Daily
Nebraskan on Tuesday stated
that Valerie Schwebach, a for
mer UNL political science assis
tant professor, was denied tenure
in May 1998. Schwebach
resigned from UNL in May
Because of a reporting error,
the Daily Nebraskan stated that
Suzanne Pharr, a speaker com
ing to UNL as part of Equality
Begins at Home Week, will
speak today in the Nebraska
East Union. Pharr will be speak
ing in the Nebraska Union today
at 7:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A simply
worded Republican resolution
denouncing bigotry of all kinds turned
into a nasty exchange on the House
floor and ended in defeat Tuesday.
“This bill is a ruse that is totally
characteristic of Republicans who
want civil rights on the cheap,” thun
dered Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
“When I have had racist attacks
made about me,” retorted Rep. J.C.
Watts of Oklahoma, the only black
Republican in Congress and the
author of the resolution, “no one ran to
the floor to condemn that.”
The resolution was brought up
under special rules requiring a two
thirds vote for passage. It failed to
reach that, with 254 in favor, most of
them Republicans, 152 opposed and
24 voting “present.”
It stated that the House “reaffirms
the determination of all its members to
oppose any individuals or organiza
tions which seek to divide Americans
on the grounds of race, religion or eth
nic oreiudice ”
The Republican leadership, over
Democratic objections, crafted the
measure as a substitute to a
Democratic resolution that would
have condemned a particular group,
the St. Louis-based Council of
Conservative Citizens, accused by
critics of having a racist agenda.
The CCC gained national attention
after it was revealed that Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.,
and Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., had
addressed the group.
Barr said he condemned the teach
ings of the CCC and accused the
Democrats of hypocrisy for not criti
cizing a fellow Democrat for address
ing the same group. He alleged that
Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D
Mo., spoke to the group.
However, a CCC spokesman
denied that, as did Democratic law
Watts said there were 537 hate
groups recognized by the Southern
Poverty Law Center and his resolution
encompasses all of them.
“To be so particular would be to
commit a crime of omission by giving
a pass to other groups that espouse
prejudiced racist views, in effect say
ing that their bigotry is not so offen
sive as to be worthy of our condemna
tion,” Watts said.
But Rep. Bob Wexler, D-Fla., who
sponsored the measure condemning
the CCC, said the GOP proposal was
“nothing but a sham.” It “confronts
nothing,” he said. “It is designed only
to derail our resolution and if success
ful hand the CCC an unconscionable
CCC Chief Executive Officer
Gordon Baum, in a statement last
week on the Wexler bill, denied that
the group supports white supremacy
and anti-Semitism, and called the res
olution “the product of left-wing parti
sans who seek to silence all conserva
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