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‘school of life’
Week of August 23,1998
I am happily married, the mother
of a 3-year-old daughter, and I’m five
months pregnant. I’m very curious
about a recurring dream that I have
had for years. Recently, I have been
having it more frequently, at least
weekly. The dream is not always
exactly the same, but the theme is the
I am back in school, either junior
high, high school or college. I am late
for my next class and can’t remember
which class it is or which room it is
in. I can’t find my locker to get my
class schedule, or I am trying to
remember my locker number but
can’t. There are people all around,
but no one will help me. I am frus
trated and lost
The dream ends the same every
time. I never get to my class or the
class I get to is the wrong one.
This is a dream that nearly all
people have at one time or another in
their lives, especially when life feels
hectic or out-of-balance in some way.
Softool is most often the location, hut
some of these dreams take place in
the workplace or other environs. It
tends to be a recurring dream,
because it is most often addressing
the dreamer’s general ongoing stress
and reflects the busy lifestyles of
Schools are places of learning
and, in dreams, often portray how the
dreamer is feeling in this “school of
life.” Even a happy mother and wife
can feel unprepared and anxious
about parenting and other responsi
bilities in life. Did you feel lost, frus
trated or out-of-place when you
attended school? If so, how is that
same kind of experience coming up
for you now in your waking life?
Dreams of being lost can be trig
gered by feeling that we have lost a
part of ourselves, sometimes a part
that has been set aside because of
other responsibilities and obligations
^ in life. Lockers contain, among other
personal items, our books and other
learning materials. When we can’t
find the right combination, the door
won’t open to the part of ourselves
that wants to learn, to grow, to gradu
ate to die next level in life. So, you
feel stuck and frustrated, and you
have this dream!
Although you have been having
this dream for years, its increasing
intensity and occurrence is a call to
find what is causing you this anxiety
and frustration. Often, we bury these
feelings deep within us.
Do you have these dreams after
difficult days? It would be helpful to
keep track of your dreams in a jour
nal with a few notes about your day.
Try asking the dream world to bring
you dreams that will guide you to a
sense of purpose and well-being.
Nancy Huseby Bloom has studied
dreams for 18 years. Dreams may be
sent to her at Box 8739, Spokane, WA
99203 or by e-mail at dream@ice
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Film studies major
will allow flexibility
By Sarah Baker
Senior staff writer
This spring, students with their eyes set on a
career in cinema will be handed an opportunity to
get into the business: a film-studies major.The
newly expanded major stems from an existing
film studies minor, which has been at UNL
since the mid-1970s.
Professor Wheeler Winston Dixon,
chairman and chief advisor for the new pro
gram, worked on expanding the existing
minor because of the enthusiasm of both
students and faculty.
“All of these courses existed and we
had so many people on campus who
were competent, and yet there was no
coherent line of study being put togeth
er,” Dixon said. “This major seemed to
be an essential part of a 21st century art curriculum.”
The program brings together courses from the
College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Journalism
and Mass Communications and die College ofFine and
Performing Arts on the University ofNebraska-Lincoln
campus. It is the only program ofits kind in the state.
The required core courses for die class are film
history, filfn genre, film directors and film theory
Gwendolyn Foster, assistant professor ofEnglish,
said students can expect to leave the program with a
“They will certainly leave with a knowledge of
film history and of how to make a film,” Foster said.
“I think it’s important to bring all of the historical
knowledge together with the actual film making
Dixon and Foster have engineered the new pro
gram to give students the chance to create their own
Not everyone comes into die program with their
sights set on directing films, Dixon said, and he
added that many students strive for jobs in writing,
film criticism, producing or film archiving
“Basically we try to give people the choices that
will lead than to what they want to do,” he said. “It’s
really what they make of it It can go in a lot of differ
Dixon said many of his students graduate from
UNL and immediately begin working in “the busi
“The internship program gives dedicated stu
dents the chance to become mainstream,” he said.
“Once the students get the skills, they get the intern
ship, and then they can use other people’s money to
make the films they want to make ”
Michael Svoboda, a UNL senior with a film stud
ies minor, said he enjoyed the time he spent in the cin
ema studies department
“I think (die major) is great,” Svoboda said. “I
wish it would have happened a long time ago.”
Basically we try to give
people the choices that will
lead them to what they want
Wheeler Winston Dixon
film studies chairman and chief adviser
UNL’s film program promises some unique
In preparing for the expansion, the faculty put
much thought into what the students’ needs were.
“Some of the students are Hollywood bound,
some are into the avant-garde, some want to study
and teach f1ms, some want to go into screen writing,
and some want a combination of any of those things,”
Foster said “We wanted to fulfill all of those needs.”
Foster added that the teaching techniques in the
college stick to showing films in their original form,
namely on 35 mm reels.
“We teach film on film, not film on class videos,
and thatfeabigdeal,”FostersakL “Ifwe taught on video,
it would be like teaching literature from Notes.”
Another singular aspect of the program that
makes it even more appealing to students is its afford
Dixon estimated a semester of education at a
prestigious film school, such as New York University,
at around $20,000. That figure does not include
added costs that students pay when making their own
experimental films, he said.
Broadening the minor into toe major will give
students more than just toe chance to get more film
education, Foster said, and will give them toe chance
to intranet with (me another.
Foster said many times, students who are Him
studies minors don’t get toe chance to get to know
each other, and toe expansion will change that
“I think it’s going to be terrific,” Foster said. “All
the students are going to benefit from knowing one
another, even after they leave.”
“You can utilize toe people you meet in classes,
especially in film,” he said “Once you have a base of
people you know, they can help you when you start to
make your own films. Before, it was hard for people
to come together.”
The new Him studies major will not officially be
available to students until toe spring semester. The
major has been approved at all the campus levels, but
is still pending approval by the Post Secondary
The NU Board of Regents approved the proposal
at their July 25th meeting.
Dixon said he has high hopes far toe future of toe
“I see it as toe confluence of all these existing
elements to give a fully rounded education to stu
dents,” he said “Not just one centering around pro
Tno of bands to play at bar
One national and two local rock acts
will team up tonight at Knickerbockers
Bar & Grill, 9010 St
Open to all ages, the $4 show features
headlining act The Gloria Record from
Austin, Texas. Local rockers Her Flyaway
Manner and Luck for Aleia will open die
show at 6:30 p.m.
Despite having been together since
only last November, Luck for Aleia is
bursting with experience in the local music
scene and has been generating quiteabuzz.
Guitarist and singer Bemie McGinn,
previously in Sideshow, also owns local
label Caulfield records.
Drummer Ryan Krumel and second
guitarist Jeremy Podiska previously per
formed with Blaster, a Lincoln group.
Bass player Kevin Chasek also owns local
indie retailer, Zero Street Records. 14110
Reggae artist to visit Zoo Bar
Reggae artist Justin Hinds will
visit the Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th St.,
tonight as part of his second U.S. tour.
The native Jamaican shied away from
Yankee shores for more than 30 years
before debuting with his band, the
Dominoes, just last year.
His warm reception and success at
two Bob Marley festivals and scores
of club gigs prompted his welcome
Reggae is not his only enterprise,
however. Hinds plays a lively mix of
ska and rock-steady and recorded with
music legends from around the world.
Earlier this year, his album “The
Wingless Angels,” a joint project with
Keith Richards of die Rolling Stones,
met critical success.
Tonight's show starts at about 10
pm. Admission is $5.
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