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Efforts up to
By Kimberly Sweet
State legislators have spent part
of this year’s session expressing their
concern about the University of
Nebraska’s efforts to recruit women
and minorities to the state.
But some at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln say the campus’
efforts in bringing women and
minorities to UNL are beginning to
The discussion in the Legislature
began after senators questioned the
university’s ability to meet a goal set
in a legislative bill in 1997 that says
NU must be in the top half of its peer
institutions in the employment of
women and minorities.
The concern came after NU fell
one short of its annual benchmark of
hiring 12 minorities.
If the university doesn’t meet the
goal by 2002,1 percent of its funding
will be at risk.
But all the colleges and depart
ments at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln are stepping up their search
es to find talented minority faculty
members, said Evelyn Jacobson,
associate vice chancellor for aca
demic affairs at UNL.
Jacobson said UNL has had a
good year for recruiting faculty.
Twenty-four faculty - 13 of
whom were women and 11 of whom
were minorities - have accepted
offers for the upcoming year.
“We’ve been actively seeking to
diversify the faculty,” Jacobson said.
“All colleges are making an effort.”
One college that has been partic
ularly successful in recruiting
women and minorities during the last
three years has been the College of
” We ve been
to diversify the
associate vice chancellor for
Fine and Performing Arts.
In the last two and a half years,
the college has hired nine minorities,
said Dick Durst, dean of the college.
Relative to its size, Jacobson said
the college has been more successful
than any other in recruiting minority
To be successful in bringing
minorities to the college, department
heads have made an effort to identify
talented candidates before they are
even engaged in a job search.
“We’ve made a lot of attempts to
search for people who might bring
expertise to Nebraska,” Durst said.
“They might not even be looking for
a job yet.”
The school of music hired its ffrst
minority faculty member - Darryl
White - four years ago after a profes
sor retired, said Larry Mallet, direc
tor of the school of music.
Since then, the school has been
able to hire another minority faculty
member through the Target of
The program, administered
through academic affairs, gives
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FORMER ASUN PRESIDENT Andy Schuerman said he believes the past year has been successful, even with a few
unexpected issues. Schuerman said he feels he accomplished many of the goals he set out in his campaign plat
form last February.
Controversy surrounded term
■ Andy Schuerman’s time
as ASUN president includ
ed efforts to support gay
rights, fetal cell research.
By Sara Salkeld
During his stint as ASUN presi
dent, Andy Schuerman wasn’t afraid
to face controversy.
Despite sometimes strong oppo
sition, Schuerman was able to per
suade ASUN to support his beliefs
concerning gay rights and fetal tissue
The senate passed bills support
ing domestic partner benefits and
making the Association of Students
of the University of Nebraska office a
safe place for all students, regardless
of sexual orientation.
The senate also passed a bill
directing the Government Liaison
Committee to lobby against a state
Legislative bill. The bill would have
potentially banned research on abort
ed fetal tissue at the University of
Nebraska Medical Center.
Schuerman said the issues were
difficult to deal with.
“A lot of us were challenged ethi
cally, morally and personally,”
Schuerman said. “There were a lot of
very personal and emotional feelings
involved. I personally knew what was
right, and I still had people disagree
Urrvano Gamer, arts and sci
ences senator, said the controversial
issues defined the 1999-2000 senate
“This senate did a lot of things
that would be considered risky, espe
cially since Nebraska is a pretty con
servative state,” Gamez said.
“Everything we did was challenging
as far as personal issues.”
Jason Mashek, arts and sciences
“As a senate, we tackled some
very difficult issues, and we did a
great job of sticking together and
tackling those issues,” Mashek said.
Gamez said that while some
issues were challenging, they still
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Law dean to leave Nebraska
■ Dean becomes fifth
dean to leave or retire this
year at the university.
By George Green
NU’s law dean created plans for
enhancing the image of the NU
College of Law, but she will be hand
ing them off to the next dean when
she leaves in August.
Nancy Rapoport, dean of the law
college, is leaving her position to
become the dean of the University of
Houston Law Center.
The University of Houston con
tacted Rapoport in December, inter
viewed her in January, and she
signed a contract Wednesday to
become the school’s dean.
Rapoport will begin her term
with the University of Houston on
Rapoport said Houston attracted
her because her parents live there,
and she felt that it was important to
spend time with them.
“It was not an easy decision,”
Rapoport is the fifth dean to
leave or retire this year. A search is
currently underway for a dean for the
College of Arts and Sciences. Deans
for the College of Architecture, the
College of Human Resources and
Family Sciences and the College of
Fine and Performing Arts were cho
Rapoport came to Nebraska two
years ago from Ohio State
University, where she was a profes
sor of law and an associate dean of
the law college.
Rapoport said her goals when
she arrived included bringing more
attention nationwide to the law col
lege. She had said Nebraskans were
modest, and she wanted to change
One way she did that was to get
the law faculty more involved in
national committees and confer
“Some of what I’ve accom
plished is more visible than other
things,” Rapoport said.
Anna Shavers, associate law pro
fessor at UNL, said Rapoport was
energetic and had a positive attitude.
“She was creating a reward sys
tem to recognize the faculty’s vari
ous strengths,” Shavers said.
Rapoport said she also was try
ing to create a new database to deal
with the enormous amount of data
collected by the college each year.
Evelyn Jacobson, associate vice
chancellor for academic affairs, said
the law college will hire an interim
dean while it begins a search for the
Jacobson said Rapoport will be
“She went out and established
contact with alumni and was a very
Staff writer Jill Zeman con
tributed to this report.
Senators fail to override
vetoes that hurt UNL
By Veronica Daehn
Gov. Mike Johanns won a small
victory, and the University of
Nebraska suffered a defeat Monday,
thanks to members of the Legislature.
Senators voted against a package
of bills that would have overridden
vetoes Johanns issued Thursday.
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
would have received $987,000 this
year for a new ventilation system if
the bill’s sponsor, Lincoln Sen.
LaVon Crosby, could have garnered
30 votes in favor of the package.
Thirty votes would have overrid
den the governor’s line-item vetoes
and passed the bills.
“I was very disappointed and hurt
when the governor stabbed me with
the red pen,” Crosby said.
Johanns said Thursday he was
concerned the state was spending too
much. Despite assigning $55 million
for property tax relief, Johanns said
he was determined to balance the
The University of Nebraska also
lost out on money that would have
helped its employees pay for health
The package of amendments pre
pared by the Appropriations
Committee would have given the uni
versity $1.25 million for health care
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha
said he had “a bone to pick with the
Chambers questioned why the
Legislature should give money to
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