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Wesleyan greets ‘SNL’ member
I Comedian Jimmy
By Margaret Behm
Even though the auditorium wds
less then half full, there was plenty of
laughter for a “Saturday Night Live”
star on Monday night
Jimmy Fallon performed Monday
night in the O’Donnell Auditorium at
Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Fallon is famous for impressions of
celebrities, including Jerry Seinfield
and John Travolta.
Amanda Graner, chairwoman for
Union Programs, said having a come
dian is nothing new for Wesleyan. The
university has brought comedians
before, including Adam Sandler and
“We have a big event every year,”
said Graner, a senior social work
major. “Historically, it’s always been a
comedian. It’s a break from the stress
of spring classes.”
Amelia Nicolaus, a Wesleyan jun
ior elementary education major, said
she was glad for the chance to have a
“I heard it was going to be realty
funny,” she said. “I go every year
•* It’s like being in a boxing match. It’s
grueling, but it’s fun.”
cast member of “Saturday Night Live”
because it’s a nice study break.”
Fallon said he enjoys traveling to
colleges, but it is difficult to reach
friends while he’s on the road.
“It’s harder to keep in touch with
friends,” he said in an interview. “They
see Nebraska on the caller ID, and they
say, ‘Nebraska? I don’t know anyone in
Nebraska.’ So they don’t answer it”
Fallon said he started his comedy
career at the age of 17.
“Me and my friend put on shows in
college,” he said. “We would get like a
40-ounce and go write comedy in the
laundry room. We’d make each other
He said he has always enjoyed
making people laugh.
“I like goofing off and seeing what
sticks and what doesn’t” he said.
Later, he went on to become a star
on the popular late-night comedy
show, “Saturday Night Live.”
Even though he knew the job at
“Saturday Night Live” would be stress
ful, Fallon said he was still surprised at
how stressful it actually was.
“I got the job when I was 23. I’m 25
now. I feel like I’m 40,” he said.
Fallon said it’s hard work, but he
does it because he enjoys it.
“It’s like being in a boxing match,”
he said. “It’s grueling, but it’s fun.”
Fallon said the best part of the night
on the show is when he gets to wave to
“At the end of the night, when you
hear the band play, everyone is like,
‘Yes, I can breathe,’”’ he said.
Fallon has plans beyond television,
such as a comedy CD; he was also in a
yet-unnamed movie that’s coming out
October 2. He had to play a dramatic
role in the movie, but he said he liked
“I had to grow a beard for it,” he
said. “It was my first beard. So it’s a
really bad beard that’s co-starring with
Even though he enjoys his job on
TV, he also likes spending time with
college students on the road.
“‘SNL’ is awesome; it’s the great
est,” he said. “But colleges are good
because it’s all kids, so we get the same
Scientist supports evolution views
By Derek Lippincott
Evolution vs. Creation.
It is a conflict that divides much of
Expressing her views on evolution,
Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of
the National Center for Science
Education, spoke Monday at the
Nebraska Union Auditorium.
Norm Smith, professor and chair
man of geosciences, introduced Scott
as “the person called upon by the
media to put in the scientific view in
Scott gave her speech, “Creation
and Evolution: What Should We Do?”
in front of a full auditorium of botjh
teachers and students about the scien
tific teaching of evolution.
“It is clearly a misunderstanding
that all scientists are atheists,” Scott
said. “They say you’re either an evolu
tionist or a creationist, but I’ve yet to
meet a Catholic teacher who hasn’t
Scott talked about the misconcep
tion that evolution is evil.
Some people believe evolution
should be kept from students, or they
will lose faith in God and eventually
lose salvation, Scott said.
^ Unfortunately we can’t Vote on how
the world works, so therefore we
should teach how it does work with
Eugenie C. Scott
executive director of the National Center for Science Education
Scott also addressed her disbelief
of teaching creation along with evolu
tion. She said teachers should not
spend as much time teaching creation
as they do evolution.
“Americans are a fair-minded cul
ture,” Scott said. “They say it is only
fair to teach creation with evolution.
“We have to consider that science
operates by different rules. Science is
not a democratic process.
Unfortunately, we can’t vote on how
the world works, so therefore we
should teach how it does work with sci
Scott said although she favored the
teaching of evolution, she was not try
ing to sway anyone’s religion.
“If creationism is your religious
view, that is fine,” Scott said. “But
don’t expect us to teach it in our sci
To the teachers in the audience,
Scott recommended certain tactics to
teaching evolution. She encouraged
them to teach more evolution and teach
it better by sticking to the big ideas.
“Teachers get too involved, and
students miss the big idea,” Scott said.
“They can teach a lot of technical stuff,
but students miss the point of what
evolution actually is.”
Scott earned her doctorate in bio
logical anthropology from the
University of Missouri and has taught
at the University of Kentucky, the
University of Colorado and in the
California State University system.
She is a co-author of the National
Academy of Science’s “Teaching
About Evolution and the Nature of
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" OPEN FORUM"'
Improving the Campus Environment
The Chancellor's Commission on the Status of People of Color
When : Thursday, April 20th, from 10 a.m. till noon
Where: Nebraska Union Auditorium, City Campus
Panelists: James Moeser, Chancellor
James Griesen, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Joel Schafer, President, AS UN (current)
Andy Schuermann, AS UN President (1999-2000)
Chuck van Rossum, Ass’t Director, Minority Assistance
Discussants: representatives from the Student Union, Culture Center,
Academic Senate, Inter-fratemity Council/Panhellenic,
Daily Nebraskan, Student Involvement, Housing
Proposed Topics of Discussion:
Any issues relating to the Campus Environment,
The Culture Center, Diversity Summit Initiatives
The Document of the Diversity Summit Initiatives is available at the Chancellor's
office, upon request, or available on the CCSPC web-site: www.unl.edu/ccspc
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