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Fine arts celebrated
at college’s dedication
By Paula Lavigne
Sen[or Reporter __
Normally, a dedication ceremony
for a new college conjures images of
lengthy speeches and lectures.
But daneds, theatrical perfor
mances, songs, music and famous ce
lcbri t ies made the “Celebrating! Ded i
cating!” ceremony for theTJnivcrsity
and Performing Arts an exception.
The ceremony took place Friday
night at the Lied Center for Perform
The college, officially instituted in
July 1993, comprises the Department
of Art and Art History, the Depart
ment of Theatre Arts and Dance, and
the School of Music.
In an opening speech. Chancellor
Graham Spanier said the dedication
was “an auspicious moment in the
history of this institution.”
“We’re proud of this new cortege,
which brings together three impor
tant units,” he said.
Although the college was new,
Spanier said, the individual depart
ments rested on years of expertise and
We re not starting from scratch,
he said. “We’re building towards a
Larry Lusk, dean of the new col
lege, said he was proud and honored
to have worked with so many talented
people in the college’s first official
year of operation.
“The great teaching that goes on
here really works and produces great
results,” Lusk said. “This college is
dedicated to dispelling the image that
the arts are a mere decoration or frill
to our lives.”
Lusk then presented a plaque to.
Spanicr to give to the Nebraska De
partment of Education in honor of all
the arts educators in the state of Ne
The ceremony featured dance, the
atrical and musical performances by
UNL students, staff, faculty and
Dancer/choreographer David Par
sons, in town for his weekend perfor
mances at the Lied Center with the
Billy Taylor Trio, gave a surprise
performance. During h is arrangement
of “Caught," Parsons appeared to be
suspended in air through the use of a
' Contemporary visual artist Wayne
Thiebaud, national leader in music
education reform Richard Cotwcftand
celebrated scenic designer John
Conklin were honored guests ana gave
brief speeches on topics in their fields.
This college is
dispelling the image
that the arts are a
mere decoration or
frill to our lives.
dean of College of Fine and
Beverly Sills, keynote speaker and
general director of the New York City
Opera, gave a speech about her career
and its relation to the progression of
arts in America during past decades.
“I’d always been told opera was a
European art form,” she said, wishing
todispel opera’s misconceptions. “We
were not Dig, fat women with horns
coming out of our heads.”
Sills, who has since retired from
singing, chronicled her life as an op
era singer from the 1930s through her
career as a director today.
ner struggle as an opera singer was
for more than amusement, she said. It
was to prove a point.
“The picture I’m trying to draw is
that our country was a cultural desert
in the ’40s and ’50s,” she said.
Since then, the future for Ameri
can art has flourished, she said.
Sills said the arts in America defi
nitely were not dead, though people
often asked her where one pan still
“Just look at this theater. This is
obviously a community that wants a
little beauty,”she said. “So, I think the
arts arc doing just fine.”
Too many people believe a foreign
label means better quality. Sills said.
“I believe there is such a thing as
American know-how, and you’re sit
ting in a theater that proves that.”
An unnecessary emphasis is placed
on arts funding controversies. Sills
said. When AIDS,homelessness, teen
age pregnancy, crack babies and other
serious problems need support, she
said, people should not despair over
If people wish to preserve arts in
their communities. Sills said, they
will do so out of their own initiative,
regardless of cost.
“If you can live without music,
beautiful paint mgs, sculptures, there’s
no reason for you to have it.** she said.
“Bui ifit’sapiulofyour soul—ifit’s
something that separates the two
legged ones from the four-legged ones,
then you should keep it.”
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We'll even pay you for it
The Residence Halls at UNL have always
been the fun way to live right in the center of
campus life and now we'll pay you for it
There are three ways to make money when
you decide to live in the halls next year:
•THE RECRUITING BONUS: All current residence
hall students are eligible to receive a $100.00 bonus for each
current off-campus student that they recruit to live in the
— residence halls next year. You can build your own
community of friends on your residence floor and get paid for
• THE RETURNING STUDENT DISCOUNT: Each
current hall resident who chooses to return and each
'recruited' student will have $150.00 or $230.00 deducted
from their housing bill.
• THE RECRUITING CONTEST: There will be prize
Riven to the top three students who recruit the most off
campus students to live in the halls;
Grand Prize (min. of 5 students recruited): FREE
ROOM AND BOARD contract for the year. (Valued at
First Prize (min. of 3 students recruited): $ 1,000
off the cost of your room and board contract.
Second Prize (min. of 2 students recruited):
$500 off the cost of your room and board contract
Now there arc even more reasons to live on
campus in the UNL residence halls. Conve
nience, the "upper-class" housing and added
benefits of Cather hall, and the endless oppor
tunities to make new friends and enjoy college
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