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- ASUN ELECTIONS -
Down to the last minute
Candidates mull hot topics
By Katie Mueting
The ASUN first vice presidential candidates said Tuesday that the
controversy surrounding a Daily Nebraskan cartoon deemed insensitive
by some was handled poorly by both the newspaper and the chancellor.
Empower’s Cecily Rometo and A-Team’s Riley Peterson were asked
their opinions on Neal Obermeyer’s cartoon, which depicted UNL stu
dent Eddie Brown, who is black, as a mascot.
Rometo and Peterson, along with other candidates running for exec
utive offices in today’s Association of Students at the University of
Nebraska elections, answered questions on recent campus controversies
in Tuesday night’s debate.
The debate was sponsored by the Residence Hall Association and the
Rometo and Peterson were also asked how they viewed UNL’s racial
To improve what she called a poor racial climate, Rometo said she
would work with minority student groups to bring about “a greater level
Rometo would assist these organizations in publicizing the diversity
Conflict arises from show
By Kimberly Sweet
It’s just less than a week on the calendar.
But it can seem like a lifetime for ASUN presidential or vice presidential
candidates waiting for a run-off to determine their fates in filling offices
sought for months.
Last Wednesday, six ASUN executive candidates rode high on the hopes
that they still had a chance to capture their offices after the March 1 general
election yielded no definitive winners.
But by Monday night, the months of planning, speaking and hoping cul
minated in an emotional confrontation between two parties, after an
Empower candidate impersonated another student to help her running mate
on a radio show.
The ASUN presidential candidates competing in today’s run-off
appeared on “Hot Lunch,” a call-in radio show that airs every Monday from
11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on KRNU Radio.
During Empower presidential candidate Heath Mello’s appearance on
the show, first vice presidential candidate Cecily Rometo called in to remind
Mello to mention the party’s action plan.
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■ Committee kills two
bills that would have
By Veronica Daehn
Despite a 1,000-teacher rally at
the Capitol last month and an
extensive campaign by the
Nebraska State Education
Association, it’s likely Nebraska
teachers will not see a pay increase
Members of the Education
Committee in the state Legislature
voted to kill two bills last week that
would have raised teacher pay in
lhey aid, however, pass
LB1399 out of committee, which
would create a 14-member task
force to study teacher salaries and
create an action plan.
Sen. Marian Price of Lincoln,
Education Committee member,
said she could not support a bill
that would allocate money for
teacher salaries with no specific
plan for the distribution of the
“There has to be a plan on who
will receive the money and how it
will be distributed,” Price said. “I
have difficulty rewarding someone
with six students in a class the same
as someone who has 35 or 36 in one
A bill must be passed out of
committee before it can be heard in
One bill killed by the
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FRESHMAN MUSIC MAJOR JENNY OLIVER won the West Central Division of the Music Teachers
National Association piano competition in January, and she’s the first UNL pianist to make It
that far. She will be performing teniflit at 645 in Khnbell Recital Hall.
By Neal Obermeyer
Jenny Oliver plays the piano so much that she con
siders a four- or five-hour day a light practice.
Sometimes she plays up to eight hours a day, log
ging about 35 hours a week.
And her hard work has paid off.
Oliver, a freshman music major, is the first solo
pianist from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to
reach the national level of the Music Teachers National
Association piano competition.
“No one has ever done this before,” Oliver said.
“I’m not going to let that scare me, but I do want to
respect ray accompnsn
The national compe
tition is a weeklong con
vention that will begin
March 25 in
Oliver advanced to
nationals after winning
the eight-state regional
competition at Drake
University on Jan. 17.
She will be perform
ing selections from her
winning repertoire at
Kimball Recital Hall at
6:45 tonight. I he performance is open to the public.
Paul Barnes, assistant professor and co-chairman
of the piano department, has been working with Oliver
“There are three things you need to be successful
in music,” Barnes said. “Discipline, intelligence and
talent She’s got all three.”
Oliver, who is from Pelican Rapids, Minn., has
been playing piano since she was 7, coming from what
she describes as a musical family. She said her parents
cultivated her abilities, making sure she had good
teachers and that she practiced.
She said she sees other parents driving their chil
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