The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 23, 1995, Image 1

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Today - Colder with a 70%
chance of rain. North wind
25 to 35 mph.
Tonight - Partly cloudy.
Low in the upper 20s.
October 23, 1995
Officials find
two options
for fountain
By John Fulwider
Senior Reporter
Broyhill Fountain, a campus landmark and
gathering place since 1970, could be gone as
early as October 1996, UNL officials said Thurs
Its replacement has not been designed yet.
The fountain will be one of the last things to
go after construction begins to improve Ne
braska Union’s north side, said Larry Blake,
project manager for the union renovation.
Demolishing the fountain will be necessary,
he said, because concrete footings need to be
placed in a location beneath it to support the
north side addition. That addition will extend to
where themiddle of the fountain isnow, he said.
UNL officials are looking at two opt ions for
a replacement, said Herb Howe, associate to the
chancellor and a member of an informal com
mittee dealing with the Broyhill Plaza redesign.
The first is to have a “water feature” de
signed by Maya Lin, the artist who designed the
Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. A wa
ter feature is not a fountain, but a sculpture or
artwork that uses water.
If UNL cannot get Lin, Howe said, Broyhill
Plaza will be redesigned by Sasaki Associates,
a Boston design firm. That firm was subcon
tracted by Sinclair Hille & Associates Archi
tects Inc., which is designing the union addi
Howe said getting Lin would depend most
on the time she required to create the water
feature. The union expansion and plaza rede
sign must be completed on time, he said.
“This is on a fast track,” he said. “Sometimes
artists aren’t available to move on a fast track.”
speaks out
on art’s role
By Katie Schwalm
Staff Reporter '
When John Frohnntayer became chairman
ofthc National Endowment for the Arts in 1989,
funding for the arts and the very role of the arts
were being questioned.
Though three years have passed since
Frohnmayer led the NEA, it is again in danger
of being cut.
other issues in lectures this
week on the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
Frohnmayer became the
fifth chairman of the NEA in
1989 when Sen. Jesse Helms
and conservative religious
groups were criticizing NEA
support for controversial art. 1
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Frohnmayer coin includes speeches to stu
dents from the fine arts, journalism and law
Frohnmayer will give a presentation called
“Hale Speech” today at noon in the Law College
Auditorium. He also will speak today at 3:30
p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall, 11th and Rstreets.
The presentation, “Government and the Arts,”
will be broadcast live on Nebraska Public Ra
dio, said Ron Bowlin, Kimball Recital Hall
director. Both presentations are free and open
to the public.
“There should be a large number of students
from the College of Fine Arts, a significant
number of community art patrons and people
who are just interested in the NEA at
On the edge
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Jeff Haller/DN
Jeff Patterson, a senior broadcasting major, plays host on “SportsEdge,” a new locally produced sports show on
Students take stage in local sports show
By Jeff Zeleny
Senior Reporter
On a fall weekend in Nebraska, one might
think that Cornhusker football is the only
Every Saturday from dawn to dusk, Husker
gridiron plays are predicted, contradicted,
previewed and reviewed on radios and tele
visions across the state.
However, one show that airs just three
hours before the Big Red kickoff doesn’t
even mention coach Tom Osborne and his
No. 2 Huskcrs.
“SportsEdge,” a local sports show on
ESPN2, features University of Nebraska
Lincoln students and graduates.
The 30-minute broadcast on CableVision
Channel 47 highlights Nebraska volleyball,
soccer, rugby, as well as sports from Lincoln '
high schools and Nebraska Wesleyan Uni
“There are kids busting their tails every
week, and people ought to see it,” said the
show’s host, Jeff Patterson, a senior broad
casting major. “One of the things the show
provides is positive reinforcement to stu
Patterson and “SportsEdge” came on the
air three weeks ago. The 10:30 a.m. show,
which features a casual, upbeat style, is the
only one of its kind on ESPN 2 in the country.
It was created in part through a grant from the
national sports network.
Five student interns from the UNL Col
lege of Journalism and Mass Communica
tions broadcasting department film Friday
night high school football games and volley
ball matches. The show is put together late
Friday for the Saturday morning broadcast.
Patterson introduces the show from a ca
sual stance on a high-backed stool. Standing
in front of a purple background in tan slacks
and a button-down Burgundy shirt, he gives
commentary as video highlights roll. Flashy
graphics and intense music accent the entire
“Nebraska being the sports-minded state
it is, and Lincoln being the sports-minded
city it is naturally get into this type of expo
sure,” Patterson said.
Producer Kasey Marler said the show
targeted a younger market, about 18 to 25.
“We have a lot of music and funky graph
ics,” Marler said. “We do stories on the off
the-wall athletes.”
Skateboarding, rodeo, in-line skatingand
jet skiing events will be featured in future
shows, Marler said. The show already has
covered softball, gymnastics and soccer on
its first three shows.
“We spend some time on things that don’t
get covered anywhere else,” Marler said. “In
the future we are going to do some coverage
on things that absolutely get no coverage.”
“SportsEdge” is one of the only locally
produced shows in CableVision’s upper tier
of channels. ESPN2 comes to subscribers on
the Cable Plus package.
Marler, who was responsible for starting
the show, said “SportsEdge” filled a niche
that local television stations could not.
“I’ve never heard anyone say it’s a bad
idea. It’s a big enough town where there are
sports to cover, but it’s small enough that the
whole community rallies around when a high
school wins,” Marler said.
Sen. Simpson pushes entitlement reform
By Doug Kouma
Senior Editor
The need is great, and the window of oppor
tunity is short for entitlement reform, Sen. Alan
K. Simpson said Friday.
Speaking at the 17th annual Faulkner Lec
ture Series, the Wyoming Republican said en
titlement programs such as Social Security,
Medicaid and Medicare were doomed for fail
ure unless changes were made.
The issue should be especially important to
those between the ages of 18 and 45, he said,
because they stand to lose the most.
“Unquestionably, many very tough decisions
are beingmade,” he said. “Will they be unpopu
lar? You betcha. Will they be important to
young people? You betcha.”
Simpson, who has worked closely with Ne
braska Sen. Bob Kerrey on entitlement reform,
said Republicans needed to take advantage of
their majority in Congress and pass reforms
Despite what Americans have been led to
believe, he said, current legislation does not cut
programs, but rather slows their growth.
“Only in this country could a slowing of
growth'be described as a savage cut,” he said.
Simpson said if reforms weren’t made, the
entire federal budget would be consumed by
entitlement programs and interest on the federal
debt by 2012.
He blasted the American Association of
Retired Persons for fighting change, saying
current policies would benefit older Americans
and pass the bill to younger generations.
“Here’s a group of 33 million people bound
together by a common love of airline discounts,”
he said.
A majority of the AARP’s revenue, untaxed
because of the group’s non-profit status, comes
from business, he said.
Simpson questioned whose interests—mem
bers’ or businesses’ — the AARP was really
working to protect. He pointed out that the
group also received $86 million in grants from
the federal government and accounted for 1.5
percent of all non-profit mailing in the United
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