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DUFF SECOND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Betsey Saunders and presidential candidate Jason Kidd field
questions at the final student government election debate held Tuesday in the Nebraska Union. Election
polling sites will be open today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on City and East campuses, including the Nebraska
Unions, the Campus Recreation Center and some residence halls.
Parties mull campus unity
ASUN from page 1
course in which students would com
plete 10 hours of community ser
Schafer said A-Team’s freshman
orientation program is criticized for
being too idealistic.
“Why shouldn’t we be idealis
tic?” Schafer said. “Band-Aid pro
grams” are not going to help the uni
“ASUN should be a group that
thinks big,” Schafer said.
The debate’s sponsors, Student
Impact Team and University of
Nebraska Environmental Resource
Center, asked candidates what their
strategies are for increasing environ
Brad Bangs, Impact’s first vice
presidential candidate, said the
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska should make
sure student organizations such as
UNERC have resources for research.
Then, ASUN needs to open
dialogue between those organiza
tions and the administration to help
student organizations meet their
Cecily Rometo, first vice presi
dential candidate for Empower, said
the links between the student organi
zations and the administration would
be created through president’s coun
President’s roundtables would
include faculty members, two
ASUN senators and representatives
from student organizations with sim
ilar concerns. Through this, students
interested in ecology issues could
work to increase the environmental
sensitivity of the university, Rometo
Betsey Saunders, Duff’s second
vice presidential candidate, said the
fliers posted by health aides are
effective. She proposed that student
organizations post fliers on environ
Ecology is a platform issue for
A-Team, Schafer said. If elected, A
Team would consider the ecological
effects of all their decisions.
Utilities are funded by student
fees, Schafer said. Through A
Team’s energy conservation pro
gram, students would learn specific
actions that would benefit both the
environment and their pocketbooks,
Schafer said the university needs
to be forward-thinking and an exam
ple for the broader community.
“By thinking ecologically, you’re
also benefiting yourself economical
ly,” he said.
,UNL seeks approval for memorial design
MEMORIAL from page 1
proposed design. She said the time it
has taken to have a more finalized
design was understandable because so
many people’s opinions were consid
“Everybody has to try to agree on
one memorial,” she said.
Based on the input, Grew said, a
tentative plan for the memorial was
developed and sent to tribal representa
tives in September 1999.
More changes were then made to
the memorial design, Grew said.
Currently, plans call for construct
ing a circular path of stones set off by a
low seating area, Grew said.
Thomas said the circle is signifi
cant in many American-Indian cul
tures. Many ceremonies are held in cir
cles, she said.
“Life itself is considered a circle,”
Grass will fill the center of the cir
cle. Shrubs selected by the American
Indian groups helping the planning
process will surround the memorial.
The east entrance of the memorial
would be open because in many cere
monies, tribal members enter and exit
the circles on the east side, Thomas
Grew said the proposed memorial
has a basic design so it will accommo
date the ceremonial beliefs of many
“We wanted to keep it simple,” she
Details of the memorial design
were mailed to tribal leaders Feb. 28,
She said she wanted to seek input
from the groups one last time before
“We wanted to do it right,” she said.
Thomas said she appreciated
Grew’s efforts to seek input from stu
dents on campus.
“I’m just glad Priscilla continued to
keep us involved,” she said.
Grew said construction of the
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memorial could begin soon if plans are
met with approval. ,
“Depending on whether the feed
back is favorable, we may be able to
begin as soon as this summer,” Grew
Senior editor Lindsay Young con
tributed to this report.
Speaker: Racism not
a cause of inequality
By Jackie Blair
Jesse Jackson may believe that
America is a racist society, but a promi
nent author and speaker said he dis
agrees with the well-known activist.
Dinesh D’Souza, an immigrant
from India, addressed his opposition to
Jackson’s views in the Nebraska Union
on Tuesday night.
D’Souza said he believes that
racism is not the cause of inequality in
“Is any (discrimination) potent
enough to keep us from achieving the
American dream?” he asked.
D’Souza said America has better
opportunities than any other country in
the world. He believes people have the
freedom to write the script of their own
tor example, it D Souza still lived
in India, he said his destiny would have
been given to him. In America he can
choose his own profession, religion and
Jackson said America is a racist
society because of its 400 years of slav
ery. D'Souza's response? “Slavery
existed in every known country, even
before the United States was discov
ered,” he said.
D’Souza said the United States has
actually made great progress against
racism compared with other countries.
“Abolition and emancipation devel
oped only in the West and existed in no
other culture,” he said.
Jackson has said entrance exams are
racially biased, and that’s why blacks
don't score as high on them as whites.
D’Souza said he wanted to know how
algebra tests could be biased.
“Ethnic groups are simply not doing
as well as whites with merit-based
entrance requirements,” D’Souza said.
He said that any test given to whites,
blacks, Hispanics and Asians will pro
duce the same outcome: whites and
Asians at the top, Hispanics in the mid
dle and blacks at the bottom.
“No test has ever shown a counter
result from these trends,’' he said.
D’Souza said 78 percent of all pro
fessional athletes are black.
“Does this mean that sports are
racially biased?” he asked.
D’Souza had three possible expla
nations for why these statistics occur.
First, he said that in the early 1900s
people believed there may be genetic
traits that make one race better than the
Second, he said that in the 1950s
people began to think that society actu
ally manufactured these differences,
depending on where one lived and how
much money one made.
That possibility was shunned when
a college board released statistics show
ing that all blacks living with a family
that makes more than $75,000 a year
still do not do as well on exams as
whites who live with families that make
less than $ 15,000, he said.
Third, he said behavioral differ
ences could produce inequalities. For
example, crime is higher and life often
poorer for blacks, he said.
“This could mean that develop
mental skills are not matured," D’Souza
D’Souza ended his speech by say
ing that every man must write his
“That means the script we write
with our own lives is up to us," he said.
D’Souza’s lecture was sponsored
by UNL College Republicans, the
National Association of Scholars
Nebraska chapter, Young American's
Foundation, the Federalist Society and a
grant from the Pepsi Student Events
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