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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
Psychics use more than crystal ball
By Veronica Daehn
Although small, a career field based
largely on intuition is alive and well in
Susan Rhoads, the intellect behind
Amazing Grace Reiki by Susan, offers
psychic advice based largely on tarot
readings and her own perceptions.
Reiki, an ancient Tibetan Buddhist
technique that concentrates on the mind,
body and spirit, helps answer questions
that people have about their lives,
“People are searching,” she said.
“Sometimes a psychic reading can give
clarification to stuff they already know.
Sometimes they need that little push to
spur them on to what they feel is right”
Rhoads, who sees anywhere
between one to three customers a week
and one to three customers a month,
said love, money and career decisions
are the most sought-after answers.
She does not, however, tell people
what they want to hear just because they
want to hear it
“It’s their lives, and they need to do
As time goes by, you
get better at it. It’s
like learning a
what they need to do,” she said
For a price of $40 per hour, Rhoads
uses her intuition to provide answers for
That fee, though, is not enough to
support herself, she said Although tun,
the psychic profession does not provide
a sufficient income.
Rhoads holds a day job for extra
“It keeps me honest to keep a day
job,” she said. “(That way), I don’t teil
people what they want to hear.”
But, she does tell people what she
sees and hears in her head
An acute intuition has developed
over the years, she said, and she often
hears tilings in her mind
The first time Rhoads was aware of
her “intuition” was as a 12-year-old,
when she had a dream about a neigh
bor’s yard being on fire.
Four months later the dream
Perhaps more influential in her real
ization, however, was when she learned
of her father’s talent
When Rhoads was 14, her father,
who traveled regularly, made a last
minute decision to not get on an air
That plane crashed and everyone
From then On, she knew she had a
certain ability to hear things and predict
things for others, and began to hone her
skills, she said
Rhoads worked the most on enhanc
ing her intuition.
“As time goes by, you get better at
it,” she said. “It’s like learning a lan
Occasionally, a situation arises
where Rhoads feels she cannot handle it
In this case, she refers customers to
other psychic readers in Lincoln.
One of her colleagues is Marilyn
Rose, who reads tarot cards at the Way
Home Music and Bookstore, 3231 S.
At least twice a week, on Tuesday
andThursday evenings, Rose reads tarot
cards for customers.
At a cost of $25 for a 30-minute
reading, all types of customers come in
■ for reassurance on romance, business
and occupations, Rose said
“Some just do it for the fun of it,”
she said. “It’s entertainment.”
Tarot reading started out as a hobby,
Rose said, but then it snowballed into a
She has been professionally reading
tarot cards for the last three or four
Like Rhoads, Rose does not inten
tionally tell people what they want to
Often, she does not even know the
customers who shuffle the cards. All
Rose does is interpret the cards that cus
tomers shuffle, she said
“(Usually), I’m able to assure them
that what they think is true is true,” she
said. “It makes them feel better.”
Law faculty puts hair-length dilemma to rest
By Josh Knaub
The faculty of the NU College of Law voted
down a motion Tuesday that would have affirmed
the college’s compliance with the university’s
The motion, offered by professor John
Snowden and four other professors, was a response
to County Attorney Gary Lacey’s decision to bar
third-year student Thayne Glenn from a prosecuto
rial clinic because of the length of his hair.
The proposal would have affirmed that the col
lege follows the university’s non-discrimination
policy, which includes hair length.1 -
Only the motion’s five sponsors'Voted fdf the
proposal, which would have forced die college to
withdraw from programs that discriminate against
John Snowden said the vote sent a message that
the college does discriminate.
“I believe (the motion’s defeat) means that the
law college neither means to follow the regents’
rules nor to envision for itself a response to dis
criminatory behavior toward its students,” Snowden
Nancy Rapoport, law college dean, said that die
motion’s defeat did not mean that the faculty was
not concerned with the issue of discrimination.
“It doesn’t mean that we take the situation light
ly,” she said. “It does mean that the faculty recog
nizes that the issue is complex.”
Offenn said he was disappbinted but nof sur
prised by the vote.
He called the college’s stand on the issue “a
really ugly blemish on an otherwise good program.”
“As a whole, the college does not discriminate,”
he said. “But in this area, there is discrimination.”
Rapoport said the faculty would not take up the
issue again this year, but that the college would have
to deal with the question again in the future.
“Even though the motion went down, this could
be resolved in a less confrontative method,”
Rapoport said the college does “take issues of
this nature very seriously.”
Snowden said that the motion’s defeat was
^ “1 ai| disappointed with thd actions of the
majority of my colleagues,” he said.
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