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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (June 24, 1969)
Tuesday, June 24, 1969
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Robert Hall who is directing "Much Ado About Nothing" hopes
to put some of the fun back into the play and present it the
way he thinks Shakespeare wrote it. Opening night is Friday,
June 27 at 8 p.m.
'Much Ado' director
sets style of play
"It is very active, very emotional.
There is a to: of spectacle, a lot of col
or and a lot of fire."
Robert Hall, who is directing
William Shakespeare's "Much Ado
About Nothing," was describing the
style he is setting for the play which
opens the University's Summer
Repertory. Theatre season Friday,
"' 'Much Ado' is an active play,
changing constantly from the serious
to the funny," he says. "There is no
time to get bored. As soon as the play
gets serious, something funny hap
pens." HALL CONSIDERS the play to be
one of Shakespeare's three best com
edies. The other two are "Twelfth
Night," which he directed last year,
and "As You Like It," which was done
on the Howell stage about three years
The main plot revolves around
Claudio's love for Hero, daughter of
the Governor of Messina.
A subordinate plot introduces the
comic lovers, Beatrice and Benedick,
whose "fUmg" in love Is achieved
through the help of friends. The
pair cannot help insulting each other
and they are tricked Into revealing
their hearts in an exceptional comedy
of wit and manners which is quite
The villian of the play Is Don
John, who is brought to justice through
the comic escapades of Constable
Dogberry and his men.
'tall has placed the play In an 1823
setting to underline the period of the
Light Eriga;!e. He feels that this
period comes closer to the sense of the
play than an Elizabethan setting
"It is harder for an audience to
recognize soldiers in Elizabethan cos
tumes. Hesiies, the armor would bo
clumsy," he said.
The important thing, he says, is to
Interpret the play for its action and
movement, and not to give It stately,
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dignified, poetic qualities.
"It's a lot of bunk to put poetry in
where it does not exist. Much of the
play is prose with a fast, funny
lialogue,'' he said.
Hall, a graduate student in theatre,
'sees his directing Job as one of in
erpretation. "We have the finest group of actors
ever assembled. With actors like
these, the director's job is different.
We work together," he said.
"During rehearsal, I may ask an
actor to do his lines differently. He
does and we see if it works. "
Hall considers the four or five weeks
of rehearsals as only experimentation.
Once the play opens "is when you
really start with it," he says.
"The most exciting thing Is the
meeting between the actors and the
audience. Opening night is when you
start working on the essence of what
live theatre is all about."
Hall likes the idea of repertory
theatre because it gives the director
and the actors time to continue work
'ng with the play.
"WITH A STRAIGHT run, you are
lone after six or eight performances.
In repertory, you have time to think
about the play, time to find the very
best in the play," he said.
"There is a lot more fun In
Shakespeare's, productions than most
people are led to believe," Hall says.
And he is hoping to catch some of this
fun as it must have appeared on an
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PRAIRIE SCHOONER: Literary magazine features the Univer
sity of Nebraska's Centennial In a recent Issue page S
anymore. Half of North Side Avenue lies in a heap near what was
Black student coordinator
The University has a black student
coordinator, for, the summer at
Walt Strong, residence director of
Abel Hall, has had the job since June
3. Candidates for a full-time black
student coordinator and a black stu
dent counselor are being interviewed.
But the administration and black
students involved in the selection have
not yet agreed on choices.
One of the problems, according to
Russell Brown, associate dean of stu
dent affairs, is that many schools are
looking for persons qualified for such
"THE COORDINATOR'S prime
responsibility is that he must be able
to relate effectively to minority group
students. We have felt that it is im
portant for the coordinator to be
black,"' Brown said.
The market for such qualified
persons is "very limited and there
is quite a high demand," he added.
Responsibilities of the coordinator
helping to identify and encourage
high school students from minority
groups and low income families to
attend the University.
developing programs for persons
from these backgrounds to meet their
Love Library's shortened summer
hours has caused some complaints
Joan Philips, a graduate student in
English, has been doing research
work in the library for a paper that
she is writing.
"I am there for a large part of
the day and just about every night,"
she said. "The library is the best
place to study. But the hours are in-'
The library is open from 7:30 a.m.
to 9:20 p.m. Monday through Thurs
day. On Fridays, it is open from 7:30
a.m. to 4:50 p.m. and on Saturdays,
it is from 7:50 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. The
library is closed on Sunday.
Larry Evers, another graduate stu
dent, says that the only extended .
period of time that a summer school
student has to work on an assigned
paper is during the weekend.
"But the library hours are reduced
on the weekend by 50 percent during
the summer," he said.
"It's impossible to anticipate all of
the materials you will need in writing
a paper. Even if you could, you would
need a shopping cart to take all of
the books home with you."
He added that although every stu
dent on campus does not use the
library, the library "should be open
and not locked" for those students
who need to use it.
"I think there should be a re-orientation
of priorities at the library,
especially concerning weekend
hours," he said.
There "seemed to be quite a few
people at the library last Friday
afternoon" that were forced to leave
when a buzzer signaled the 4:50 p.m.
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filled for summer
special needs and to enhance their
success at the University. This in
cludes both pre-college programs and
programs while the student is at the
getting funds for these programs
from both governmental and private
The University administration was
working in this area "before the Afro
American Collegiate Society (AACS)
put forth their concerns" during
peaceful demonstrations in the middle
of April, Brown said.
ALTHOUGH "many things were
started prior" to the demonstrations,
the concern expressed by the AACS
"helped us to develop better un
derstanding of the needs," he added.
The fact that the administration
agreed not to hire anyone with whom
the students involved cannot work is
not a new procedure, according to
"Involving students in the hiring is
consistent with what has been done
in other areas of student affairs, in
cluding the hiring of residence direc
tors," he said.
After three weeks on the job as
interim black student coordinator,
Strong feels rather optimistic.
"We have got the recruitment of
The architect's drawing of Phase I of the the Engineering Complex.
Newest construction project
to move engineering college
The parking lot south of Nebraska
Hall is no longer a parking lot. Earth
moving equipment have begun ex
cavations for Phase I of an engineer
When the $5.1 million building is
comple.ted in the spring of 1971, it
will provide teaching and research
laboratories for four departments in
the College of Engineering and
Architecture the engineering
mechanics, the electrical, t h e
mechanical and the civil engineering
The building's approximate size of
150,000 gross square fet't will Increase
the space which these four
departments now have by 50 per cent.
Additional floors could be added to
the three-story building at a future
"BUT WHAT IS more Important."
says John R. Davis, dean of the col
lege, "the new building provides more
modern space for the type o f
engineering program needed to
once a parking lot south of Nebraska Hall since construction began
minority group students off of the
ground and their enrollment has in
creased. Plans for a summer orienta
tion program in the latter part of
August are coming along," he said.
STRONG HAS already recruited 21
minority group students for the
University this fall and he is in the
process of visiting about 30 others.
Recruitment involves sitting down
with the potential student and his
parents and explaining how to go
about applying to the University, how
to get financial aid and what a college
"If the person has any committment
to get an education, then I feel com
pelled to help him or her," Strong
He helps the - student fill out the
admission forms and picks up
transcripts from the high school
counselor in order to get the applica
tion to the University.
He explains the sources of financial
aid available, such as the Equal Op
portunity grant, National Defense
loans and work-study programs. He
helps the parents fill out financial
"FOR THE MOST part, a minority
Three of the departments are
presently housed in some of the oldest
buildings on campus.
The civil engineering department is
located In Stout Hall which was built
in 1898. The mechanical .engineers are
in Richards Hall built in 1910, and
the engineering mechanics depart
ment is in Bancroft Hall, which used
to be a Lincoln grade school.
"We have been needing more
modern labs,", Davis said. "If the
students we train are going to operate
in a modern world, then they must
work in modern labs with modern
The new buildings will have a
materials testing lab, a facility which
the college does not have now. The
load floor In the lab will make it
possible to test framed structures or
FOR EXAMPLE, the materials out
of which a bridge beam is made can
be evaluated in the lab by testing
the load capacity of the beam as if
it were part of a bridge.
group member is not as sophisticated
as a white person in knowing how
to go about applying for admission
to the University or how to get finan
cial aid," he said.
Many of the parents do not under
stand what going to college involves
the academic, social and personal
problems which will come up, he ad
ded. So far Strong has concentrated his
recruitment efforts in Omaha. He
plans to do recruiting in Lincoln and
Grand Island, also.
Blacks are not the only minority
group being recruited, he said. Efforts
are being made to encourage other
minorities, including Spanish
Americans, low income whites and
Besides his recruitment efforts,
Strong advises minority group
students presently enrolled at the
University. He is planning a summer
orientation for the students that he
has recruited and he is involved with
setting up tutorial and counseling
services for these students in the
Strong says that his selection as
interim coordinator is "the result of
a mutual endorsement by both AACS
and the office of student affairs."
There will be space for a fluid
dynamics lab which the college does
not have now and also space for
faculty research projects. The
building will have combined shop
facilities for all four departments.
"The prospects of a new building
have done quite a bit for us in the
recruiting of new faculty members,"
"Among the students and faculty,
there is a lot If excitement about
the opportunity to get involved in
areas of research that we cannot do
now," he continued.
Two such ars which Davis men
tioned are research on materials to
be used for construction of low cost
housing and research on wast
material and pollution.-
THE COLLEGE Is attempting to
combine teaching with research as
much as possible. For this reason,
the Phase I building will have only
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oh the Engineering Complex.
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