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J ByGwenTietgen
Staff writer
Seeing Tom Cruise attack Jack Nicholson in “A
Few Good Men” might get ratings in Hollywood,
but the truth is, most real-life lawyers would be dis
. barred if they tried any of Hollywood’s antics in die
i courtroom.
Debunking some ofthese myths is what Nancy/
f Rapoport, dean and law professor at the NU
College of Law, hopes to accon^ilish this semester
in her new class, Images of Lawyers in Films.
Rapoport said die class involves a lot of legal
t research on law and popular culture, and in turn
j combines two of her loves: professional ethics and
, films.
“I want to show how the film conventions of
- Hollywood rely on making die story interesting .
< and present very muddled images of what lawyers
For example, there are few movies about
i lawyers who aren’t litigators, she said.
“These muddled images give non-lawyers a
skewed impression of lawyers, and they also lull
lawyers into assuming that what they’re watching
on die silver screen is real,” she said.
Rapoport said she has spent up to 10 hours a
day thinking about the order of the class and has
been taping clips from movies. .
She said she also spent a considerable amount
of time over die semester break preparing for the
class by watching between 60 and 70 movies.
“It’s one of the most enjoyable classes I’ve
taught and one of the hardest,” Rapoport said.
The class combines undergraduate honors stu
dents with graduate students.
Rapoport said the combining of graduate and
undergraduate students is being done in part to help
recruit honors students to the law college.
This class is one of the first classes at the col
lege to combine the two groups.
“The combining of grachjate and undergradu
ate students is being done in this situation because
films are something that law-trained and non-law
trained people can discuss,” Rapaport said. “The
views and experiences of the honors undergradu
ates and the law students complement each other.”
Katherine Hamilton, a junior psychology
major, enjoys hearing graduate students’ opinions
about the films.
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Please see LAW CLASSES on 7
UML rtwOwtt haw bean required to tako three credits of gender and ethnicity courses since 1995.
T essons
Attitudes toward
diversity classes
change over time
Editor’s note: In honor of
Black History Month, this is the
first story in a weekly series
looking at the heart of diversity -
what it means now and what it
meant in the 1960s during the
height of the civil rights move
* ments.
By Veronica Daehn
Staff writer
University of Nebraska
Lincoln students in the ’60s were
r not required to take classes about
r But they took them anyway.
Students cared about diverse
issues and people different from
themselves during the civil
rights movement, said Jimmi
Smith, director of Multicultural
Smith was a student from
1967-1971. Students took class
es called Black Literature, Black
and White Psychology and
Blacks in the Political Process,
he said.
“It was not a requirement in
the ’60s,” Smith said. “But it added
flavor to the curriculum. Students
took (those classes) because it was
the thing to do.”
Today, though, the mindset of
students is different, he said.
UNL students must take at
least three credit hours of ethnicity
and gender classes. This is became
of a university-wide requirement
that was instituted in 1995 as part
of the all-university comprehen
sive education program.
In addition, some colleges
have their own requirements in
aside from the three credits UNL
Sophomore Megan Adkins is
taking Professor Fran Kaye’s
Native American Literature class
this semester to fulfill her ethnicity
The class is important, but she
wouldn’t be taking it if not for the
requirement, said Adkins, a com
munity health and physical educa
tion major.
“(Diversity classes) give you
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■Police found a man dead in
a car Saturday night outside
> the suspect’s home.
By MkheOe Starr
Staff writer
About two and a half hours after 2
mobile home shooting Saturday, police
had a suspect in custody.
Linh Bao, 29, of Lincoln, was taker
into custody at 1:25 a.m. Sunday aftei
being pulled over on Interstate 80 west
of Lincoln, said Lee Wagner, Lincolr
police captain.
The search for a suspect began after
a person was found dead in a car short
ly after 11 p.m. Saturday outside of
Bao’s trailer at 3700 Cornhusker
Highway., Wagner said
Police would not release the victim’s
name or the type of weapon used to kill
A Seward County Sheriff’s deputy
spotted the silver 1992 Toyota Sports
Van with Lancaster County license
plates near the Seward interchange west
of Lincoln, said Terri Teuber, State
Patrol press secretary. The vehicle
matched the description given by
Lincoln police in connection with the
Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs
said die suspect and victim reportedly
had an argument before the shooting.
A witness said she saw two men
beating Bao and a group watching the
beating about 10 minutes before the
Neighbors said the area, including
die Bao residence, had not had violence
problems. * w
Linda Hemmingson, who lives next
door to Bao, has never heard distur
bances from die trailer, she said.
The only noise that was ever heard
was from parties, but nothing violent,
she said.
Hemmingson did not witness the
shooting, but said she had heard a noise.
“I heard what 1 thought was a tree
limb hit the trailer,” Hemmingson said.
Soon after, police came to her door
at about 1:15 a.m., and said someone
saw the suspect enter Hemmingson’s
trailer, but the suspect was not {hoe.
Beggs said Bao was driving the
. vehicle and surrendered to police with
out incident. o,
State Patrdl officers, Lincoln police
and York County Sheriff’s officers also
assisted in die arrest, Teuber said.
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