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Legislature overrides vetoes
VETOES from page 1
UNL when the university seems to
have enough money in the athletic
4 “They are asking for $ 13,000 less
than what they were going to offer a
coach,” Chambers said. “No coach is
worth that much.”
Chambers was referring to the $ 1
million offer UNL made to Tulsa
Basketball Coach Bill Self on Friday.
Self turned it down, opting to stay in
Chambers said there was some
thing out of sync at the university.
“The university is adjunct to the
athletic department,” Chambers said.
“They ought to ask them to take care
of Sheldon and the health care.”
After senators voted against the
package of overrides as a whole,
Crosby could have reintroduced th^e
amendment that would have given
money to the Sheldon Gallery.
But instead, she withdrew the
Senators did take another look at
two parts of the package, however.
The Legislature overwhelmingly
voted to approve two amendments
that will override Johanns’ vetoes on
mental health care.
Sen. Jim Jensen of Omaha
motioned to override Johanns’ veto of
additional money for mental health
” If we don’t do anything else today, I
want the mentally ill dealt with in a
Members of the Legislature voted
43-2 in favor of a rate increase of $2
million a year for agencies that pro
vide mental health care services.
In a 41-2 vote, senators also
approved giving mental health care
facilities a one-time appropriation of
Omaha Sen. Deb Suttle said it was
the state’s duty to help the mentally ill.
“We cannot forget about those
people who cannot help themselves,”
Suttle said. “If we don’t do anything
else today, I want the mentally ill dealt
with in a fair way.”
Suttle said because the
Legislature had set reducing property
tax as a priority, it was left with less
money to dole out. But mental health
is still a main concern, she said.
“Mental health in this state is a
mess,” Suttle said. “But this body
loves to crisis-manage. We’ve got to
override this veto. Putting these peo
ple in jail is not the answer.”
Dan Siedell, curator of Sheldon
Memorial Art Gallery, said he was
disappointed with the governor’s veto.
< Omaha senator
And despite what happened on the
floor Monday, Siedell said the project
would get done.
“We’ll carry on,” Siedell said.
“The problem is still there.”
Siedell said he would continue to
look to the university and the commu
nity for help with the project.
Crosby’s motion to put money
into improving the area of Centennial
Mall between M and K streets was
also included in the package that
After urging the body to support
the package several times during the
debate, Crosby also withdrew her
motion to vote on the proposal sepa
Before the vote on the package,
Appropriations Committee Chairman
Sen. Roger Wehrbein of Plattsmouth
reminded senators of their priorities.
“We are obligated to run the
state,” Wehrbein said. “You’ve said
property tax relief is more important,
but who is going to take care of the
state of Nebraska’s situation if we
UNL steps up efforts to
recruit minority faculty
MINORITY from page 1
departments money to help out ini
tially with the hiring of minority fac
The music department hired
Gene Smith, professor in the music
department and director of jazz
activities, through the Target of
Smith said he found out about the
job through White.
Since coming to UNL in 1997,
Smith said he has had a positive
experience at the university.
Along with working to bring
minority faculty to campus, the col
lege has also had to devise ways to
address issues of retention.
It’s an issue that needs to be
addressed universitywide, some say.
Barbara DiBemard of the UNL
Faculty Women’s Caucus said retain
ing minority faculty is one of the
biggest problems the university
The caucus was one of the grouns
who went to Sen. Deb Suttle, chan
woman of the Legislature’s Select
Committee on Gender and Minority
Equity, with their concerns on
minority hiring and retention,
The group is concerned about the
number of women leaving the uni
versity, she said.
“How many women faculty are
leaving?” DiBemard said. “We may
still be coming out even (despite new
women faculty hires).”
Durst said his college has had to
take active steps to make new minor
ity faculty feel welcome and make
them want to stay.
Smith was assigned a mentor
from the English department when
he first came to help him adjust to the
As a jazz musician, Smith said he
has become connected to others in
the community through his jazz per
Connecting new minority hires to
other minority faculty in the univer
^ How many
women faculty are
leaving? We may
still be coming out
UNL Faculty Women’s Caucus
sity, as well as others in the commu
nity, is vital to retaining them, Durst
“We want to make them feel like
they have a family in their ethnic
group,” Durst said. “It is important
that they have those connections in
that community as well.”
Potential faculty members must
also be drawn to the programs at the
university and the opportunities in
the community, Durst said.
For Smith, the draw that brought
him to Nebraska from Chicago was
the lack of jazz music.
“The reason I came is because I
saw the opportunity to bring jazz to
this part of the country,” he said. “I
think I am the person who can bring
When asked whether he planned
on staying in Nebraska, Smith said
he couldn’t say.
“It’s a business, like everything
else,” he said. “I hope to stay for a
long time, but I can’t say where I will
be 30 years from now.”
So far, Durst said the college has
been successful in retaining its new
He said this is because the facul
ty are not hired for their minority sta
tus but because of their expertise.
“It’s an important goal to make
people recognize we are interested in
what they bring to the classroom,” he
said. “That may be one of the reasons
we’ve had success in getting them
and keeping them.”
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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A
Marine captain charged in the heat- '
stroke death of a reservist refused to
slow the pace of a night training hike,
then left before a head count was com
pleted, a prosecutor said Monday in
opening statements at the officer’s
Marines on the hike testified they
were marched so fast that many
became overheated and ill and strag
gled out of the sight of Capt. Victor
“People were going down all over
the place,” said Lance Cpl. James
Vasser. “I saw Marines in the road
vomiting, with cramps in their legs.
Myself, I was vomiting the majority of
A prosecutor, Maj. Chris
Hamilton, told the judge that Arana
was overheard on the hike saying, “I
don’t care who dies,” and that Arana
told his staff as he left after the hike,
“Mama ain’t waiting up all night.”
Arana, from DuPage County, 111.,
is charged with failure to obey an
order and dereliction of duty in the
death last July 7 of Lance Cpl.
Giuseppe “Joey” Leto, 21, of New
Milford, Conn. If convicted, Arana
could be sentenced to nine months in
prison and be dismissed from the
A wrestler and lacrosse player,
Leto had just completed his second
year at Western New England College
when he came to Camp Lejeune for
infantry training. Arana led Leto and
179 other Marines, all carrying
weapons and packs, on an eight-mile
night march in 80-degree heat.
Leto’s body was found two hours
after the hike ended near a back road at
Camp Geiger, a training facility that is
part of Camp Lejeune.
Prosecutors contend Arana didn’t
follow established procedures for
training hikes, normally conducted at
a slightly slower pace.
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