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Festival to focus on children
■ The Chicano Awareness
Days will feature dance
lessons and workshops.
By Veronica Daehn
Today maiks the beginning of a cul
tural festival that some students hope
will enhance and promote their way of
The 29th annual Chicano Awareness
Days runs today through Saturday with
activities for children and students as
die main focus.
Cameya Ramirez, Mexican
American Student Association vice
president, said her group hoped to edu
cate the campus and community about
the Chicano culture.
“I hope people will see that we
believe in our culture, and we have a
good time,” she said. “I want (people) to
enjoy what we have to offer.”
Festivities begin today at 5:30 p.m.
with a Children’s Carnival in the
Nebraska Union ballroom. Fliers were
sent to several Lincoln children’s orga
nizations, and anyone is welcome to
attend, Ramirez said.
A host of events is scheduled for the
Culture Center on Thursday. A forum
featuring Latino university faculty
members and staff will be at 5:30 p.m.,
followed by a talent show at 7 p.m.
At 8:15 p.m., Latin dance lessons
taught by several MAS A members will
be offered at the Culture Center.
These events are free and open to
anyone, Ramirez said.
Funding for the event was provided
by the University Program Council,
State Farm Insurance and a university
grant supported by the Office of
Various campus organizations also
served as co-sponsors for the festival
including the Afrikan People’s Union,
the University of Nebraska Intertribal
Exchange, the Asian Student Alliance
and the greek system.
Events continue Friday at 8:30 a.m.
in the Nebraska Union with a Latino
Similar to New Student Enrollment,
the organizers of the event play host to
100 to 150 high school students and
walk them through workshops.
A recognition banquet will also be
held Friday from 7 pm to 9 p.m. in the
Nebraska Union ballroom.
Dolores Saucedo-Cardona, a UNL
alumna and current director ot the
Multicultural Affairs Office at the
University of Wyoming in Laramie, is
the keynote speaker.
A group of Aztec dancers from
Colorado will also perform, Ramirez
This event is open to the public as
well, but costs $10 to attend. Those
interested can contact Ramirez at (402)
The final day of the festival,
Saturday, offers a youth conference in
the Nebraska Union from 9:30 a.m. to
4:45 p.m. that is aimed at high school
students, but anyone can attend.
Workshops will be held about
Latinos in today’s society and about
A dance will be held Saturday at 9
p.m. at the Ironside Banquet Hall, 1501
Centerpark Road. Cost is $3 for stu
dents and $5 for others.
Stephan Reyes, MASA treasurer,
said the events will be beneficial for
members of the Chicano community, as
well as others.
“This is an educational activity for
both those familiar with the culture and
unfamiliar,” he said. “There are a lot of
aspects we’re trying to bring out and get
minds thinking a little bit.”
Award ‘speaks well’ of forensics director
By Sarah Fox
Tom Workman didn’t think he’d
be the first recipient of the award he
Workman, UNL’s forensics direc
tor, received the Larry Schnoor
Distinguished Service award during
the awards ceremony at a forensics'
tournament March 6 at Nebraska
Wesleyan University. He was the only
person nominated from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Workman is chairman of district
four of the National Forensics
Association. He helped create the
award this year with the district four
forensics committee to honor
Schnoor, the NFA president.
The award honors the top foren
sics coach in District Four - which
includes Nebraska, Iowa, South
Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota
and Wisconsin - as chosen by foren
sics students and faculty members.
“In terms of forensics, it gives me
a very high degree of respect,” he
He said he was grateful the 25
colleges and universities in his dis
trict noticed his hard work as the dis
trict chairman, including coordinat
ing tournaments for his district.
Workman said he came to UNL in
1998 from the University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire so he could
direct forensics while earning his
doctorate degree. He will graduate in
May 2000 with a doctorate in com
munication and culture.
Although he coached forensics in
Wisconsin for five years, he said he
was glad he could now enjoy
“I’m very happy to move farther
south from the tundra,” he said.
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