The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 10, 2000, Page 3, Image 3

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    wvemors son released
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from hospital '
The governor’s son was released
from the hospital Friday.
Justin' Jqhaims, 21, wa$ sent to
Bry^nLGH Medical Center West on
' and overdosing oh prescription Ritalin,
the governor’s spokesman, Chris
Peterson, said. ‘
Gov.' Mike Johanns spent
XMxlnesday with his son in the hospital
and maintained a-light Schedule
Thursday and Friday, Peterson Said.
He will be back to his regular
■ schedule today, Peterson said.
The governor took care of all legis
lation passed last Monday; he had until
Saturday to sign or veto it
For the legislation passed on
Tuesday, he has until today to sign or
> veto it
Gov. Johanns has been reviewing
the bills with his staff and will act today,
Peterson said.
Man dies after veering off road,
hitting a tree
A Lincoln man died Thursday
evening after his car struck a tree.
Cary McDonald 34, of 2401 N.W.
98* St, was driving east on W Adams *
Street at about 11:05 p.m. when he
veered off the road between N.W. 56*
and N.W. 53rd streets, Lincoln Police
Ofc. Katherine Finnell said.
McDonald died in his 1978 blue
Chevrolet Nova and was not wearing-a
seat belt at the time of the accident,
Finnell said.
Task force investigating prison
medical care interviews doctor
A task force to investigate medical
care in Nebraska’s correctional facili
ties met Friday to interview die doctor
who drew attention to problems within
the department. The interview took
place behind closed doors.
Dr. Fraisal Ahmed was one of the
sparks that initiated the ombudsman’s
investigation into inmate reports of
medical care. An extensive report from .
the ombudsman’s office Was released
in late November. ,
y The fivo-mfember task forte was
appointed by Johanns in December and
b^gan work ihearly January.
The next task force meeting is
scheduled for Friday.
*C Compiled \ by staff writer
Michelle Starr
Uiicano Awareness Week besins
By Margaret Behm
Staff writer
A minorit^studerjt organization is
dedicating a week t<3 educate others
about their culture* ’' •
Chicano Awareness Week, “30
Years of Excellence: Latinos Leading
in the New Millennium,” is today
through Saturday J . uj
Throughout the week, the Mexican
American Student Association will
also be celebrating 30 years Of being an
organization. -
People should come to events next
week to realize the positive side of
Hispanics, saidCameya Ramirez, pres
ident of the Mexican American Student
Association. \.j
. Television: often shows Mexican
Americans as bad people, Ramirez
said. ■ !
“We’re always beat seen as the vil
lains,” said Ramirez, a senior criminal
justice major. “I think when you see
negative minorities in the media, it
affects us all.”
..... * ‘ : - *
Marty Ramirez, a former MAS A
member who was first involved with it
in 1973, said today’s organization is
more involved with other minorities
than it used to be. r •
“One thing that’s different with the
MASA of the year 2000 is that when I
first started, African Americans,
Chicanos and Native Americans did
not work closely together ” said Marty
Ramirez, a counseling psychologist for
Counseling and i Psychological
Services. ; r — i;
One of the events shows the nega
tive aspects of American-Indian mas
cots, Cameya Ramirez said. _
“We need to stand behind them and
say that the Native-American mascots
are negative,” she said.
The week will also aid the commu
nity by having a eamivaltp bring chil
dren to campus, Marty Ramitez said.
“Many people think that everybody
has been to a college campus,” he said.
“Some of the kids we’re bringing here
have never been to campus.”
The carnival is important because
. I • :
the emphasis on inclusion needs to start
with youth, Marty Ramirez said.
“Even though it’s a kid carnival,
that is where you need to start is with
young kids,” he said.
- Recruitment for Hispanic students
should be specialized because they af e
usually first-generation college stu
dents and their parents can’t help them,
Cameya Ramirez said.
“I think there needs to be a different
kind of recruitment when you’re deal
ing with Latinos,” Cameya Ramirez
said. “It’s not like they can turn to their
parents and say ‘Can you help me fill
thigput?*” -
s Admissions requirements to get
info UNL are unfair to Mexican
American students because, on aver
age, they cannot meet them, Marty
Ramirez said.
He said even though the university
has changed since his days in MASA,
there is still a long way to go.
“The issues haven’t changed,” he
said. “If you look across the campus,
we ’re stil| hot like where we should be.” i
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