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MUSIC MAJOR BRIAN COREY takes a break to view the Clothesline Project exhibit showing in the Nebraska Union
Rotunda Gallery on Monday. The exhibit honoring Nebraska victims of violence also will be displayed today.
Victims get artistic outlet
By Margaret Behm
More than 60 people visited the
Clothesline Project display in the
Nebraska Union on Monday to view T
shirts made by victims of violence.
Katie Scheer-Williams said the
shirts show that the people who are vic
tims aren’t just numbers.
“I think that you hear the statistics,
but by having the T-shirts as physical
objects means that you see that it^s not
a statistic,” said Scheer-Williams, a
sophomore general studies major. “It’s
an actual, normal person that this hap
About 20 shirts are on display
again today from 9 am to 5 pm in the
Rotunda Gallery. The T-shirts feature
both words and pictures.
Each color of the T-shirts repre
sents a different form of violence.
White represents women who have
died from violence; yellow or beige are
for women who have been battered or
assaulted; red, pink and orange are for
women who have been raped or sexu
ally assaulted; blue and green are for
women survivors of incest or child sex
ual abuse; purple and lavender repre
sent those attacked because of then
sexual orientation; and black and gray
represent children living in abusive sit
Stork, coordinator of groups at the
•* I’ve seen women crying while
making the shirts because they ’re
finally getting rid of their feelings.”
Rape/Spouse Abuse Crisis Center coordinator
Rape/Spouse Abuse Crisis Center, said
making the shirts is part of the healing
process for victims.
“I’ve seen women crying while
making the shirts because they’re
finally getting rid of their feelings,”
said Stork, a woman who only uses one
The T-shirts, which are usually
kept in the Rape/Spouse Abuse Crisis
Center, show some victims how they
can express their feelings, Stork said.
“I’ve seen people come into the
building who didn’t know how to
express themselves,” she said. “And
they look at the shirts and say that is
how they felt”
The T-shirts are made by people
from all types of lifestyles, Stork said.
Laura Andersen, a Prevent mem
ber, said violence against women is a
problem, even at UNL.
Prevent sponsored the project with
the Rape/Spouse Abuse Crisis Center
and the Women’s Center.
“I think it is a problem on campus,”
said Andersen, a sophomore biology
major. “That’s why we have Prevent.
We recognize that it is a problem not
only in the Lincoln community but
also at UNL.”
People who have experienced vio
lence should go see the display, so they
realize other people have been through
die same thing, Stork said.
“You may see a shirt that lets you
know you aren’t alone,” Stork said.
Scheer-Williams witnessed the
exhibit’s impact on visitors.
“There’s been a couple of people
that are obviously choked up,” she said.
“If they don’t have an emotional reac
tion, they are in complete awe because
it’s a moving display.”
Stork said that the audio effects
help people realize how often violence
against women occurs.
“When you realize that every time
you hear that gong,” Stork said, “some
one in the U.S. has been hurt by some
one that says they love them. It makes
■ UNL’s agronomy and
may be combined.
By Kimberly Sweet
A faculty decision that would com
bine two departments within the
College of Agricultural Sciences and
Natural Resources at UNL has some
industry leaders in the state upset.
The decision, which would inte
grate the horticulture and agronomy
departments, has horticulture industry
leaders rallying against the decision.
Combining the programs, they say,
could weaken the horticulture program,
sending prospective students elsewhere.
That would be bad news for an
industry horticulture leaders say is
booming in the state.
“It’s not a very good vote of confi
dence,” said Bryan Kinghom, owner of
Kinghom Gardens in Omaha, a land
scape design firm. “Instead of trying to
integrate, we should focus on making
the premier horticulture program in the
Members of die horticulture indus
try are holding a special meeting today
at the Lancaster County Extension
Office at 1 p.m. to discuss the implica
tions of integration.
Horticulture involves studying row
crops such as potatoes and dry beans. It
also includes ornamental flowers and
plants used in home landscape.
Agronomy deals with the agricul
tural production and the science behind
it, said Edna McBreen, associate vice
chancellor for the Institute- of
Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Agronomists look at soil and the factors
that make plants grow.
Benefits of combining the pro
grams include saving money on admin
istrative costs and spending it on devel
oping both programs, McBreen said.
Integrating the programs would also
allow the science aspects of one pro
gram to support the other, she said.
“It would allow for a much stronger
department that would be able to offer
very strong graduate and undergraduate
degrees,” she said.
Industry leaders say combining the
programs would weaken one of the only
programs in agriculture that is experi
encing a boom right now.
“The horticulture industry is one of
the most rapidly growing segments of
agriculture,” said Harlan Hamemik,
owner of the Bluebird Nursery in
^ We need to be
of diluting and
Clarkston. “Even though agriculture
prices are down, horticulture has
Faculty in the horticulture depart
ment have mixed feelings about the pro
posed integration, said Garald Horst, a
professor in the department.
While some see the benefits, others
are afraid to change, he said.
Dave Lewis, the chairman of the
horticulture department, said combin
ing the programs would strengthen the
plant science units that are required for
both majors, he said.
Agronomy faculty also have mixed
feelings, said Stephen Baenziger, a pro
fessor in the department.
But Baenziger said the move would
be positive in that a combined depart
ment would combine the urban aspects
of horticulture and the rural aspects of
agronomy - allowing the department to
be more connected to the state.
Bruce Maunder, a 1956 UNL grad
uate who has worked in agronomy for
more than 30 years, said he may stop
contributing scholarship dollars to the
program if it becomes integrated.
Maunder said he was afraid the spe
cial needs of each program would be
ignored because a chairman of one spe
cialty or another would be appointed.
Instead, focus should be put on
strengthening both programs.
“We need to be getting more distin
guished professors instead of diluting
and diverting,” he said.
In the end, the reality of tight bud
gets will probably drive the final deci
sion, said Kenneth Cassman, the chair
man of the agronomy department.
Kinghom said if the departments
merge, the University of Nebraska
Lincoln will lose out, as potential stu
dents choose nearby schools with sepa
rate horticulture departments.
“Iowa State University will be inter
ested in taking our horticulture students
for sure,” he said.
Environmental Resource Center gets reorganized
In a sunlight-filled room on the
second floor of the Nebraska Union is
die Environmental Resource Center.
Pamphlets and fliers about various
local and national conservation groups
line the walls. Potted plants fill the
windowsills. The office is neat, orga
nized and abounding with resources.
It hasn’t always been that way.
Graham Johnson, director of the
office, has spent the past several
months sorting though old files and
boxes of papers, recycling outdated
Finally, after a few years of what
Johnson described as “organizational
disrepair,” the 9-year-old office is
almost up and running again.
Jeff Riggert, a UNL alumnus, is
one of the co-founders of the office.
“Some of the students involved in
other conservation organizations saw
die need for some type of referral-type
service,” Riggert said.
So he and a few other students
decided to form one, and the
Environmental Resource Crater was
The center got off to a quick start,
and soon its volunteers were involved
with projects throughout campus.
Working in conjunction with other
conservation groups such as Ecology
Now, the center started a campus recy
Later, it convinced the university
to install energy-efficient lights, called
green lights, in new university build
There was even a program that
allowed students volunteering in the
office to earn credit hours in the
Environmental Studies Department,
However, after Riggert and the
other original volunteers at the center
graduated, things began to fall apart,
“The people running the office
were full-time students, had part-time
jobs and ran the organization,”
Johnson said. “They felt like they were
always responding rather than acting.”
Another problem, Johnson said,
was the high turnover rate of the stu
dent volunteers and directors.
Eventually, the center became so
cluttered and disorganized that it near
ly shut down. Johnson said it was inac
tive for about four years.
Last year, Johnson took over as
director of the office. After extensive
cleaning, sorting and organizing, the
office is almost back on its feet.
The office has already participated
in several campus conservation pro
Volunteers have mapped the loca- ]
tion of every garbage can and recy- |
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