The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 13, 1971, Image 3

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    University expansion plans
include parking, band areas
The University, boxed in by
railroad tracks to the north and
east, the downtown area to the
south and Interstate Highway
180 to the west, has a major
problem when it comes to ex
pansion. Campus planners look with
envy at campuses like Iowa
State, "growing up," as Carl
Donaldson puts it, ''from
plowed ground."
Donaldson, who has been
around the NU campus since
1924, recently was appointed
as a special consultant to Presi
dent Joseph Soshnik on campus
Donaldson pointed out that
some progress in expansion has
been made in buying land from
the railroads. In 1958, the pro
perty east of 17th and Vine
Streets, where the playground
is located now, belonged to
railroad companies who leased
the property to lumber yards,
he said
Now the property belongs to
the University, he said, with
the railroad holdings limited to
the main lines.
A recent railroad
transportation study made for
the Lincoln Metropolitan
Transportation Council placed
the cost of relocating the Rock
Island and Missouri Pacific
tracks at about $1.8 million
each. The study recommended
abandoning segments of
railroad tracks from the City
Campus, allowing expansion
eastward into the Malone
Donaldson stressed that
moving railroad tracks is a
complex issue, involving more
than cost. The issue draws in
federal, state, county and city
governments as well as the
University administration and
the railroad companies, he
Facing warehouses, city
buildings, and the Interstate to
the south and west, the campus
can expand only toward the
tracks to the north and east,
Donaldson continued. As the
campus expands, he said,
parking lots are being moved to
the outskirts.
These lots are already nudg
ing the railroad tracks. A new
kind of parking lot on the
campus, capable of holding 500
cars, will open west of 14th and
Y Streets as soon as weather
permits its construction,
Donaldson said. The lot is
operated by gates, he explain
ed, and a meter tells when the
lot is full.
The shuttle bus service from
the fairgrounds lot to campus
will be expanded to handle
users of the new lot, he said.
A high-rise parking lot was
considered, but the cost of
$1,200 per stall a dollar-a-day
for each user makes a shuttle-bus
service more desirable,
he added.
Woods art collection at Sheldon
The Nelle Cochrane Woods
Collection 's now on exhibit
in Gallery C of the Sheldon
Memorial Art Gallery through
Jan. 31.
The collection was purchased
by a fund given o the Nebras
ka Art Association in 1954 in
honor of Mrs. Frank Woods. At
that time a stipulation was
made that no more than $2,500
could be spent per year. The
last picture bought with the
original grant money was Ben
Kamihira's "Nude". However,
the Woods family has now
given the Nebraska Art As
sociation $25,000 more to be
spend in the same way.
The Woods Collection follows
the basic policy of the Gallery,
which is to show American art
in the 20th century in as much
breadth and depth as possible.
Among artists in the Woods
collection are Frank Duveneck,
Theodore Robinson, Helen
Frankenthaier and Robert In
diana. The collection also in
cludes the work of two gradu
ates of tlie University and of
Robert Henri, who spent part
of his childhood in Nebraska.
Another nart of the plan uses
several natural settings for
concerts. Natural band shells
having the proper acoustics
already are provided by the
north side of Kimball Hall and
the sides of Sheldon Art
Gallery, he added.
"Nobody wants to be told
where to have a concert," he
said. "So rather than having a
fixed auditorium, with 'x'
number of seats, we worked
these natural settings into the
How fast the changes come
seems to depend on the
perspective the progress is
seen from.
"Sometimes I get to thinking
campus growth is quite rapid,
when I look at the changes
since I've been here,"
Donaldson said. "But then I
remember that it's taken over
40 years for the campus to
grow from 12th Street to where
it is now."
No parking
Some faculty parking areas,
as yet undetermined, will not
be available for use on Thurs
day. Campus security officers
will direct traffic away from
those areas and faculty wi'll be
permitted to park in any other
lots on campus.
The fairground parking area
is open and shuttle buses will
be operating to carry people
between the fairgrounds and
the campus.
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