The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 28, 2000, Page 7, Image 7

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Graduate student awarded
Fulbright to study in Sweden
A UNL graduate research assistant
who studied roadside safety issues will
have the opportunity to take his skills
abroad, as he has been named a
Fulbright Scholar.
Brian Coon, who received his mas
ter’s degree in civil engineering last
December, will study at the Swedish
National Road and Transport Research
Institute in Linkoping, Sweden.
Coon expressed his gratitude for
the faculty members at UNL.
“The University of Nebraska
Lincoln is incredibly lucky to have such
skilled and dedicated professors,” he
said in a press release.
He will leave in August to spend the
2000-01 school year abroad.
Holocaust survivors to be
remembered in ceremony
Nebraskans will take the time to
remember and honor victims and sur
vivors of the Holocaust next week at the
Nebraska Holocaust Commemoration,
which is scheduled for May 2. I
The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in
the Capitol Rotunda. Lt. Gov. Dave
Maurstad and Mayor Don Wesely will
be on hand, and the keynote speaker
will be Shelly Shapiro, director of
Holocaust Survivors and Friends
Education Center in Latham, N. Y.
Shapiro has been involved in
exposing Holocaust deniers and has
covered the trial of accused Nazi col
laborator Jakob Reimer. Shapiro is a
adjunct professor at the University of
Albany School of Education.
The program is free and open to the
Symposium on family
starts May 10
Following finals week, students
will still have the chance to learn some
thing new, but this time they won’t be
graded on it.
-t Tl>e International Symposium on
Building Family Strengths will be held
on East Campus on May 10-12, skid
John DeFrain, professor of family and
consumer sciences.
Compiled by staff writer Jill
Questions linger
after Sunday’s fire
By Michelle Starr
The investigation into Sunday’s
estimated $7 million blaze at a South
Lincoln construction site continues.
“We’re doing quite a bit of dig
ging,” Lincoln Fire Inspector James
Ellis said. “We’ve got to get to the bot
tom of this before we give any answer.
It’s too soon to say anything.”
Samples from the 6:52 a.m. fire at
Savannah Pines Retirement
Community, 3900 Pine Lake Road,
were gathered and sent to the State
Patrol crime lab Tuesday, Ellis said.
Ken Scruto, an investigator at the
State Fire Marshal’s office, said the
crime lab could take a few days or a
few weeks. The lab has had a lot of
work to do, so he said he expected the
results to take awhile.
Bob Hampton, co-owner of the
retirement community, said Sunday
he suspected the fire was set intention
ally. The fire didn’t cause any injuries
but took an hour to an hour and a half
to control.
Scruto said it’s too soon to tell if it
was arson, and investigators are still
searching for witnesses to try to put
tiie pieces together, including witness
reports from Sunday night.
On Sunday, Lincoln Police Capt.
David Beggs said police were investi
gating a report that a car seen near the
fire matched the description of a car
driven by someone who had bought
gasoline around the time of the fire.
Investigators are searching the
neighborhood for anyone who might
have witnessed anything in connec
tion with the fire, Scruto said.
“We’re having a heck of a time try
ing to verify anything,” Scruto said.
It is unknown how long it will take
for the County Attorney’s office to
have enough information to act on,
Scruto said.
Lancaster County Attorney Gary
Lacey was unavailable for comment.
Two of the three sections of the
retirement community were reduced
to rubble. Within the two sections lost
included a theater, dining room, bank
and 125 apartments.
Hampton said more than a dozen
apartments had been leased through
out the retirement community within
the past 30 days.
Student tries hand at contest
By Veronica Daehn
Staff writer
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Senior Kendra Waltke could become
the new owner of a red-and-white
Case tractor this weekend.
But she’ll have to keep a hand on it
longer than anyone else.
Waltke found out last week that
she is a finalist in a competition to win
a tractor worth at least $50,000.
Sponsored by the USA television
network, the contest will see 12 people
keep a hand on the prize tractor until
only one person remains standing.
Waltke will be in Nebraska City
on Saturday morning to begin the
competition that could last up to three
The English and psychology
major said she was hopeful for the
“I’m expecting to be really tired,”
Waltke said. “That will be the biggest
The 12 people in the contest will
be given a five-minute break each
hour and a 15-minute break every six
In order to stay in the competition,
the contestants can’t lean or doze off.
Saturday’s competition will begiii
at 10 a.m. outside of the Farmer’s
Bank in Nebraska City.
An hour-long special will air on
USA on Aug. 27.
The television station held its first
tractor competition last year in
Arizona, Waltke said. It took 72 hours
for a winner to emerge.
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Program plans
to mentor youth
Latino teens would be its focus
By Margaret Behm
Staff writer
Latino college students who are
on the way to achieving their goals
will have the chance to help Latino
youths be successful, as well.
The Latino Achievement
Mentoring Program is currently in
development at the University of
Byron Zamboanga, one of the
organizers, said it is important for
students to help out their communi
“The beauty of the program is
that it gives college students an
opportunity to do service for the
community,” said Zamboanga,
third-year doctoral student in devel
opmental psychology. “I think that
people should always maintain ties
to their community.”
The mentor program is
designed for Latino youths between
the ages of 11 and 18.
Cameya Ramirez, president of
Mexican American Student
Association, said she wants to be a
mentor so she can help Latino
“I want to let them know that it
may seem hard to get up here, to
college, but through my experi
ences I can help them get through it
to be successful,” said Ramirez, a
senior criminal justice major.
Mentors will be recruited main
ly from MASA and Sigma Lambda
Beta, a Latino fraternity. Students
interested in becoming mentors
should contact Zamboanga at the
Hispanic Community Center.
“We’re in the process right now
of recruiting potential members,”
Zamboanga said. “We’re looking to
recruit Latino students from all over
the university. We’re hoping to get
enough mentors to get a one-on-one
The mentors will be available to
help out with schoolwork and will
be there for guidance.
One of the current goals of the
program is for mentors to also
become familiar with the youth’s
Elementary, middle and high
schools in the Lincoln area with
large Latino populations will be
called this summer and invited to
The program was created to set
off disadvantages that some Latino
students have, Ramirez said.
“A lot of them have parents that
don’t speak English,” she said. “So
they lack the help that Caucasian
students can get from their parents
with homework. So eventually they
give up.”