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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 24, 1997)
Fees cover wide spectrum
By Josh Funk
When the semester’s tuition bill
arrives in students’ mailboxes, many
may wonder why the bill is for more
than just courses.
Student fees also are included on
the tuition bill, and that can leave some
wondering: Where does all the money
Student fees are used to create a
rich environment for students to devel
op happier, healthier lives, Vice
Chancellor of Student Affairs Jim
University Program and Facilities
Fees fund the University Health
Center, Nebraska Unions and Campus
“These activities help students
develop intellectual, cultural and
recreational habits for life,” Griesen
Students taking seven or more
credit hours pay $207 each semester,
Students taking fewer than seven cred
its pay $100.
The two different levels of fee
assessment are used because many
part-time students already have health
care, Griesen said.
“Many part-time students work
full time and already have benefits,”
Griesen said. “But we want part-time
students to be a part of the university
Separate from UPFF, students are
also required to pay a $4-per-credit
hour fee for technology.
This fee pays for the upgrading of
computer labs around campus.
Other programs funded by UPFF
include the Daily Nebraskan,
University Program Council and the
Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska.One student
said that her student fees are money
“I use the health and rec center a
lot and I read the DN daily,” senior
agribusiness major Jane Young said.
As citizens of the university com
munity, students have to pay fees just
like everyone else must pay taxes,
“You can’t refuse to pay taxes
because you don’t like one program,”
Griesen said. “You have to trust your
elected representatives to know what
to do with the money.”
One student approved of the uses
of student fees, but still wondered
exactly where her money went.
“Those are all really good pro
grams,” freshman secondary educa
tion major Katie Millsap said. “But
$200 a student is a lot of money. I won
der where it all goes.”
... $200 a student
is a lot of money. I
wonder where it all
freshman education major
All of the UPFF allocations are '
determined by ASUN through the
Committee of Fund Allocations.
The CFA reviews every organiza
tion that receives money from student
fees and then submits its recommen
dations to ASUN for approval.
After ASUN approves the plan the
report is submitted to the Office of
Student Affairs and the NU Board of
Regents for approval.
The students’ recommendations
are rarely changed, Griesen said.
“In the 11 years I have been
involved in this process, we have only
made one slight change,” Griesen said.
University officials know that they
cannot impose new fees without the
support of students, Griesen said.
“We let the students decide what
they want to spend money on because
they know better than we do,” Griesen
Professor’s unique art
serves ‘to delight eye’
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ious fibers, Hillestad meticulously
ties and loops the material to create
his pieces’ distinctive toxture and
form. He then paints his work,
twisting and blocking out the thread
to gain the effect he seeks.
Hillestad’s pieces generally
evolve around a basic garment
form. Through his painstaking
labor, they come to include the
stringy cords, cotton-stuffed balls
and ribbon corrugation that charac
terize his work.
“They are garment forms of
which I’ve taken a lot of liberty,” he
Indeed, Hillestad’s exotic
designs aren’t expected to create a
fashion rage any time soon.
But Hillestad said garments can
serve as art as well as clothing, even
if they “don’t serve any function but
to delight the eye.”
Hillestad spent about one year
preparing his work for the upcom
ing show. Among the items on dis
play are two “installation pieces,”
netlike garments Hillestad created
on-site from fibers sent to him by
friends, colleagues and students.
One former student sent
Hillestad her entire bridal veil for
the project. When Hillestad asked
her why she would give away such a
sentimental item, she responded,
“Why would I want to keep it
around my house when you can do
something exciting with it?”
Other works include a cloth
piece inspired by Stravinsky’s “The
Firebird” and a lavish garment
called “Ode to Norma Desmond.”
Desmond was the ostentatious lead
character in the Broadway musical
Part of what captivates the view
er’s eye is Hillestad’s unconvention
al, but entrancing, use of color.
Strolling through the gallery, the
viewer is aware of a mysterious
quality to the color that remains
even as the hues change.
Hillestad explained that he uses
color combinations that differ from
market norms. He makes them
effective, he said, by setting off
brights from dulls, and lights from
Additionally, Hillestad arranges
his works so that some colors carry
over from one item to the next even
as new colors are introduced.
The title of the upcoming show
carries significance on many levels,
“The Dance of Textiles,” he said,
symbolizes “the dance that has been
going on for years - my infatuation
with textiles, with creating things.”
The “dance” also relates to
Hillestad’s interest in quantum
mechanics. Science’s discovery that
seemingly immobile objects are
actually teeming with activity, or
dance, at the atomic level has pro
foundly impacted his work, he said.
Hillestad’s work claims a variety
of influences: art, music, science,
philosophy, spirituality and cultural
rituals. His approach, he said, has
been to lend an open mind to as
many people and ideas as possible.
“There are a lot of ways to
approach a problem, and each one
can be equally effective, but differ
ent,” he said.
Hong-Youn Kim, a graduate stu
dent in apparel design, is assisting
Hillestad with preparations for the
show. She said she planned to use
some of Hillestad’s techniques in
her graduate projects.
“I’m very inspired by his work,”
Wendy Weiss, gallery director,
said Hillestad’s show would offer
UNL students a chance to journey
into a new world - a world of cre
ativity and fresh insights.
“Dr. Hillestad is the model of an
individual dedicated to a career of
both teaching and creative work,”
Weiss said. “He is an inspiration to
young people who are still trying to
decide what to do with their
Hillestad said he remains
absorbed in the work that allows
him to be designer, craftsman and
“I look at my work as a form of
meditation,” he said. “It’s been a
source of energy for as long as I can
“If I’m experiencing moments
of exhilaration, that shows up in my
work. If I’m feeling sadness or
grief, that shows up as well.”
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