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A Style of its Own
The Geckos, a Lincoln
band, show the diversity of
its musical influences in
its debut album, "Thistle."
The band will play at the
UNL Culture Center on
Today, mostly sunny
March 3, 1994
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 93 No. 116
Memos keep CBA equity debate alive
By Kara G. Morrison
The UNL chapter of the American Asso
ciation of University Professors
Wednesday denied charges by the dean
of the College of Business Administration that
its Committee W report was part of a “plot” by
an outside group to disrupt the college.
Several memos written last week by CBA
Dean Gary Schwcndiman challenged the Com
mittee W report, which detailed incidents of
sexism that female faculty members said they
experienced in the college.
The AAUP Wednesday called another memo
by Schwcndiman an inappropriate tactic in
dealing with a serious issue.
In a Feb. 21 memo to
Stephen Hilliard, interim
dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences, Schwendiman
questioned the validity of the
research in the Committee W
Schwcndiman then wrote:
“We would appreciate your
review of the scholarship of
EQUITY the report so we can ade
quately judge the research standards the De
partment of Sociology is using to instruct and
teach our students.”
Helen Moore, chairwoman of the UNL soci
ology department, conducted the report for the
AAUP. Moore has said female faculty members
and students who made complaints did not
disclose their names for fear of retribution.
Hilliard said his college was not involved
with the report and would not review it.
“Since professor Moore was operating as a
member of the AAUP and not as part of the
university structure—not as a sociology profes
sor or as the department chairwoman—we are
declining to look into the situation,” Hilliard
In a statement to the Daily Nebraskan
Wednesday night, the AAUP responded: “The
letter to the dean of arts and sciences, which
questions the competence of one of the (re
David Sharp, instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music and director of the UNL jazz
ensemble, plays his saxophone in Westbrook Music Building. “I want to expose as many people to jazz as
possible,” ne says.
America s music
Jazz enjoying a new renaissance among all ages
By Cami Walker
Morgan’s Upstairs looked and
smelled like any other bar at
9:30 last Thursday night — it
was dark and uncrowded, and the scents of
cigarette smoke and popcorn hung in the
air. But it sure sounded different.
As customers made their way up the
steps and through the door, they heard the
swinging sound of Spiral, a five-member
contemporary jazz band.
Some people settled in front of the bar
or around the dartboards.
Those who wandered to the back of the
room couldn’t help but notice Dave Sharp,
as the light from a small clip-on lamp
attached to his music stand reflected off
Sharp is an instructor at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music. He
teaches 770 students in his History of
American Jazz classes and directs the
UNL jazz ensemble. He also has played
the saxophone, clarinet and flute with
more than 50 bands in the past year.
Around 10:30 p.m., the bar begins to
get crowded with many of Sharp’s
students, who yell his name and cheer
after each of his solos.
Sharp uses his performances and
classes to help people appreciate jazz.
“My mission,” he said, “is to educate
the general public and expose people to
this music that is a very vital part of our
“Jazz is a very unique art form to
America. It’s the basis of all American
music. It’s really America’s classical
music, but not many people know that.”
As Spiral continued its performance,
the musicians and the crowd members
seemed to have a conversation, with
everyone responding to the changes in key
This conversational nature is unique to
jazz. Sharp said. He compares jazz to a
foreign language, and he says many
people fail to appreciate the music because
they don’t understand the language.
“It’s like Portuguese to me,” he said, “I
love the sound of the Portuguese language.
I don’t understand any of it, but I love the
basic sound. If 1 learned to understand it.
I’d appreciate it more.”
Improvisation also separates jazz from
more interpretive kinds of music, like
“I tend to believe that jazz is one of the
highest forms of musical creativity and
expression,” he said. “It’s very spontane
ous music because of the emphasis on
This emphasis. Sharp said, is also the
basis for some misconceptions about jazz.
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port’s) authors and contains a thinly veiled
threat of retribution, is totally inappropriate. It
should be possible to disagree and to debate
without resorting to such tactics.”
An earlier memo by Schwendiman, dated
Feb. 19 — marked confidential, and addressed
to all faculty, staff and students in the business
college—alleged that the Committee W report
was a “plot to disrupt the college.”
Schwendiman wrote: “I have learned from
sources I believe to be reliable that the Commit
tee W report was the result of a strategy devel
oped by an off-campus group cal led the Nebras
ka Women’s Political Network.”
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to drop charge
By Angie Brunkow
U football player Tyrone Williamsstood
mute before adistrict judge Wednesday
as his attorney filed a motion to throw
out one of two weapons charges against him.
During the arraignment, Lancaster County
District Judge Earl Witthoff entered a plea of
innocent for Williams in the two felony charges.
Williams has been charged with unlawful
discharge of a firearm and use of a weapon to
commit a felony. Williams is accused of firing
a .22-calibcr handgun at a vehicle occupied by
a University of Ncbraska-Lincoln student in
Hal Anderson, Williams’ attorney, said the
Comhusker defensive back was being charged
twice for the same crime.
“If he committed a crime here, he didn’t
commit two.” Anderson said. In the motion,
Anderson said charging Williams twice was
Anderson said he would try to gel the second
weapons charge, which is punishable by a max
imum of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine,
The firearms charge has to stand, he said.
“It requires the first count before the second
count goes into effect,” he said. “It sort ol tags
The firearms charge carries a lighter maxi
mum sentence of five years injail anda$10,00()
Anderson said the problem could have been
solved if the charges would allow Williams to
serve a concurrent sentence, if he is found
The weapons charge, however, must be served
consecutively, he said.
“You can’t cure the two by a concurrent
sentence,” he said.
If the judge denies the motion in a hearing
scheduled for Friday, Anderson said Williams
would plead innocent to both charges.
familiar to police
From Staff Reports
Lincoln police arc close to an arrest in
connection with a string of burglaries
last weekend, Sgt. Ann Heermann said
One burglary involved the break-in at the
Alpha Chi Omega Sorority house and the as
sault of a member of the house.
Heermann said the state crime laboratory
was analyzing physical evidence to get a stron
ger case against the suspect. An arrest could be
made within the next few days, she said.
Both Heermann and University of Nebraska
Lincoln Police Sgt. Bill Manning said they had
dealt with the suspect in the past.
Manning said the suspect was not a UNL
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