The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, August 28, 1987, Page 6&7, Image 6

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Writing off the walls
By Amy Edwards
and James M. Lillis
Staff Reporter
Reading the stalls of Oldfather
Hall’s restrooms can be like de
ciphering the lyrics of an R.E.M.
song — the words have been sanded
over so many times that they ap
pear to be some sort of art form.
Or perhaps the walls are only
being prepared for repainting.
Students who have spent the
last few years of their college car
eers at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln writing their most impor
tant thoughts on bathroom walls,
favorite buildings and sidewalks
$400 to $500. Maintenance workers
just finished repainting the res
trooms at Richards Hall, where
the walls were covered with so
much graffiti that the original color
of the walls was indiscernible,
Delhay said.
The worst part of graffiti clea
nup, Delhay said, is that it takes
valuable time and money away
from more important maintenance
Cleaning a sidewalk is both dan
gerous and time-consuming, he
said. Two to four hours must be
spent with an airless spray gun
containing paint thinner. Delhay
said the paint thinner sends up a
cloud of flammable gas that would
explode if someone walked by with
a lit cigarette.
Delhay said more than $1,000
was spent in the past two months j > »*
destroying the “works of art.” / 1 tl I /1
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may be slightly dismayed to lind
them missing.
The walls of the stalls are virtu
ally free of everything but fresh
paint in Richards Hall and Woods
Art Building. The tiles are clean in
Andrews and Bennett halls. The
basement of Richards Hall appears
to be one of the last remaining bas
tions of proper, improper and cre
. ative graffiti.
While students may be amused
by sayings like “Holy leotards,
Batman! I tore mine!” the cost of
repainting is expensive.
.Jerry Delhay, IJNL maintenance
manager, estimated that the cost
, of repainting one bathroom costs
body, Delhay said. “1 doubt it’s the
faculty running around defacing
expensive building surfaces.”
Delhay said maintenance per
sonnel probably will never get rid
of all the illicit artwork at UNL.
I)esks in Love Library Auditorium
still carry students’ favorite slo
gans, bands and Greek symbols,
plus the usual counterattacks from
those who don’t agree.
Some restroom stalls continue
to tell everyone who uses them
that “John Loves Beth.” And
somewhere someone named Sue is
probably heartbroken because the
ont ire campus knows that she “eats
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