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gpod advocate of
the arts for the
director of UNL’s School of Music
By Kimberly Sweet
A dean who helped bring millions
of dollars in scholarships to the College
of Fine and Performing Arts and
worked toward increasing faculty
diversity is leaving UNL to take a posi
tion at Penn State University in
University Park, Pa.
Richard Durst, dean of the Hixson
Lied College of Fine and Performing
Arts, will leave the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln at die end of die aca
He will become die new dean of the
College of Arts and Architecture and
executive director of University Arts
Services at Penn State.
Durst has been at Nebraska since
The College of Arts and
Architecture at Penn State includes the
ater, music and visual arts programs -
die same as UNDs college.
It also includes die architecture and
landscape architecture departments.
Durst said the integration of the
architecture and fine arts components
made the job at Penn State appealing.
“I believe real strongly in the col
laboration of arts and architecture,”
The bigger departments also drew
him to the job, he said.
Durst will start his new job July 15.
Reflecting on his three years at
Nebraska, Durst said he was proud that
the college brought in eight new minor
ity faculty members.
The college also experienced an 18
percent increase in student enrollment.
Both are feats unparalleled by any
other UNL college, Durst said.
Jeffery Ehvell, chairman of the the
ater arts and dance department, said his
decision to come to UNL a year ago
was largely because of Durst.
“I’m sorry for me and the campus
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—ASUN ELECTION —
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Parties tout merits atfirst debate of year
By Katie Mueting
In the first executive debate of the
^ ASUN election campaign, groups A
Team, Impact, Duff and Empower
spoke of student involvement and
improving the campus climate.
The debate at the Nebraska East
Union was sponsored by the
Residence Hall Association and
Interfraternity Council and was
attended by about 100 students.
Empower second vice presiden
tial candidate Mike Butterfield said
the campus climate could be
improved by increasing die communi
cation between ASUN and other stu
Increased communication would
also make more students aware of
existing services, Butterfield said.
This idea was echoed by Joel
Schafer, A-Team presidential candi
“Increasing student involvement
in ASUN and other groups would be
our number one priority,” Schafer
Schafer would start by imple
menting a freshman orientation pro
gram that would focus on building a
community within small groups of
freshmen before they started classes,
Empower presidential candidate
Heath Mello said necessary orienta
tion mechanisms already exist. Mello
referred to the freshman year experi
ence task force and learning commu
Impact’s second vice presidential
candidate, Amy Ellis, proposed
mandatory senate office hours.
ASUN senators are currently
Photos by Nikki Fox/DN
TOP: IT WAS STANDING ROOM only at the first debate of ttie 2000 ASUN
election campaign. About 100 students attended the debate, which was
held la the Nebraska East Olden on Nfbdnesday night.!
BOTTOM: DUFF SECOND sice presidential candidate Betsey Saunders
and Duff presidential candidate Jason Kidd answer a question at the first
assigned 12 to 15 student organiza
tions to oversee.
Ellis said senators could use their
office times to e-mail and call their
organizations, making contact with
them once a month.
She also proposed having student
organizations go down “avenues
never explored” by combining their
resources to bring big-name enter
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■ Speaker says black stu
dents may feel alienated by
strictly European views.
By Margaret Behm
Many black students struggle
with their identities because history is
taught from a European prospective,
a UNL professor said Wednesday.
Leon Caldwell spoke about lack
of curriculum representation for
blacks and how it affects their lives
during a symposium in the Nebraska
“The fact that most of us don’t
know the complete history of African
people demonstrates that Eurocentric
education has infused your educa
tion,” said Caldwell, an assistant pro
fessor of educational psychology.
This type of education isn’t
flawed necessarily, unless those being
taught are not from European ances
try, Caldwell said.
“There is absolutely nothing
wrong with a European frame of ref
erence,” Caldwell said. “However, it
becomes extremely problematic
when you’re not European, and
you’re forced to take on a frame of
reference that is not naturally you.
Then one is oppressed.”
Because they are taught from a
European perspective, black males
have the highest drop-out rates,
because they don’t identify with then
education, Caldwell said.
Students usually are taught only
about the history of African people
during the time when they were slaves
in the United States and during the
civil rights movement, Caldwell said.
Rowena Pacquette, a member of
the Afrikan People’s Union, said
black students should be educated
about their heritage to help them in
it you re supposed to move tor
ward, you need to look back at the
struggles of your ancestors to appre
ciate what they did,” said Pacquette, a
junior economics major. “As stu
dents, if we don’t know our true histo
ry, we are deprived.”
Some blacks don’t want to claim
their heritage because of the way edu
cation represents their past, he said.
“We have some African
Americans that don’t even want to
claim they’re African American,”
Caldwell said, “because not only does
the Eurocentric education demonize
diem, but it doesn’t tell the complete
Blacks may actually start to feel
inferior through education, he said.
Black students feel oppressed,
and this makes them less outgoing on
campus, Caldwell said.
“Many of us African Americans
still live with mental shackles,” he
said. “Many African-American stu
dents buy into the notion that they are
still oppressed. They limit their
involvement on campus, because they
don’t see this campus or Nebraska as
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