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The following is a brief list of
events this weekend. For more
information, call the venue.
Duffy’s Tavern, 14120 St.
Sunday: Vaz and 10-cent
Duggan's Pub, 440S. 11th St
Friday. Friday Afternoon Club
with the String Demons,
Velvet Elvis at night
Saturday The Hydramatics
Knickerbockers Bar & Grill 901
Friday: early: Leftovers and
the Gamits, late: Clever and
Saturday: early: Mooney
Sazuki, Rocket FM, late: 8™
Wave, Project Wet and the
Pla Mor Ballroom, 6600 W. O
Sunday: Sandy Creek and
Royal Grove Nite Club, 340 W.
Friday: Gravel Bone with
Saturday. The Alarm
The Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th St.
Friday and Saturday The Bel
Howell Theatre, Temple
Building, 12th and R streets
All weekend: "All’s Well That
Mary Riepma Ross Film
Theater, 12™ and R streets
All weekend: Gay and Lesbian
The Star City Dinner Theatre
and Comedy Cabaret, 893 Q St.
All weekend: “The Mystery of
Kimball Recital Hall, 12th and
All weekend: "Hansel and
Doc's, 140 N. Eighth St., Suite
All weekend: George Sisson
Haydon Gallery, 335 N. Eighth
All weekend: Dave Stewart
Noyes Art Gallery, 119S. Ninth
All weekend: Max Cox, Gregg
Stokke, Mary Jane
Lamberson, Jo Brown, and
The Sheldon Memorial Art
Gallery, 12th and R streets
All weekend: Prints of Robert
Mangold, “The Jam Portfolio”
by S.C. Wilson and John
Gierlich; Conrad Bakker
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Tales from the beyond: UNL has share of spooky spirits
BY MELANIE MENSCH
IWas a Halloween night, not so long ago.
A man, Hardy Jones, sat stone-still in his office in
Depression had seized the philosophy professor as
thoughts of his recent divorce cluttered his brain.
Gripped by grief and anger and the fear of losing his
son, Jones finally broke shortly after midnight.
Off an open window’s ledge, he stepped into the
autumn air, taking a fall that ended 10 stories later on
the grassy earth.
In the late hours of All Hallows Eve, a University of
Nebraska-Lincoln professor had committed suicide.
Unlike most Halloween ghost stories, which offer a
safe scare of fictional hor
ror, the tale of Hardy Jones
truly happened at UNL in
However, it is not the
only legend haunting UNL
abounds this Halloween as
ghost stories creep into
Whether or not one
believes, campus folklore
fits the season to be scary.
Let’s begin with proba
bly the most “spirited”
There’s so much
energy expended in a
building, like the
Temple, that part of
that person’s energy
theater department general
building on campus: the Temple.
Finished in 1905, the Temple plays host not only to
an array of theatrical performances but to ghostly
Julie Hagemeier, theater department general man
ager, said students and faculty members knew of the
“Nobody freaks out because it’s not threatening,”
she said. “It’s just weird.”
For example, Hagemeier said, the spirit of Dallas
Williams, theater department chairman and professor
from 1944 to 1971, haunts the Temple.
Known for grabbing attention by throwing chairs
across a room when he was alive, Williams’ spirit keeps
up his antics. Hagemeier said many Temple visitors
have reported the sound of crashing chairs in appar
endy vacant rooms.
“He was an interesting personality,” she said.
“Students will tell me they heard a chair being thrown
in a room where there wasn’t even a chair. Usually, we
just attribute that to Dallas. It’s his claim to fame.”
On many occasions, Hagemeier said, the echoes of
someone tap dancing on the Howell stage filled Temple
hallways. An investigation by curious listeners revealed
no one was there.
Also, the ghost of a little girl haunts the prop attic,
Once, the crew needed a doll for "Women in Black,”
a play in which a ghostly woman carries a doll that rep
resents her dead child. Taking apart various dolls, the
crew left the attic in disarray after creating the "perfect
doll.” When the crew returned to the locked attic,
Hagemeier said, someone had aligned the dolls’ bodies
in a row and placed the matching heads by them.
Other paranormal occurrences include various
sightings of a "shadowy figure” in the locked sound
booth, uncontrollable and flickering lights and myste
rious applause heard from the right-house balcony.
Hagemeier said she wasn’t surprised to hear the
stories; she said she has seen the ghosts’ pranks.
Hagemeier said a large costume donation, which
had been locked in a storage closet, was found strewn
about the building after a summertime performance.
"Only one person had the key, and that key was hid
den,” Hagemeier said. "The costumes were either
missing, twisted or mutilated. We had to hunt for them
in all the Temple’s nooks and crannies.”
In 1996, KTGL-FM (92.9) “The Eagle,” Lincoln’s
classic-rock radio station, sent its morning radio crew,
Joe andTimmo, with local ghost historian Dale Bacon,
a psychic and some listeners to hunt ghosts in the
“Nothing dramatic happened, and we were looking
pretty hard,” said Timmo, who said he doesn’t ever use
his last name. “We wanted the ghosts to come out of
Last year, intrigued by the legends, sophomore the
ater major Layne Manzer and three other students cre
ated a video for a class project called, “The Temple
After sleeping in the Temple overnight, the quartet
found nothing except pranks by fellow classmates. But
Manzer said he still believed in some of Temple’s leg
“Last weekend, I was showing a friend the set for
All’s Well that Ends Well,”’ he said. “As we were on the
stage, we heard someone walking on the empty bal
cony. Then we heard the seat move down, like someone
was taking a seat.
“It’s not to scare us. They just observe and watch
Ghosts also watch in Neihardt Residence Center.
Lola Young, residence life services supervisor, said a
ghost in the office, dubbed a “she,” stacks the loose
change in two safes in the Raymond section of
"It’s not to scare us. (The ghosts) just
observe and watch us.”
sophomore theater major, on Temple building spirits
Young said the she-ghost prefers to stack the nick
els of the safe in her office, while dimes are piled high in
the Dining Services safe.
"At first I didn’t believe it, but so few people know
the combinations,” she said. “She just wants us to know
Used as an infirmary in the 1930s and 1940s, many
Neihardt rooms housed the sick and dying.
Josh Deacon, Neihardt residence director, said one
room on the third floor of the Love section of Neihardt
still bears the presence of a certain young patient.
"Supposedly there was a polio outbreak,” he said.
“One young lady always opened the curtains because
she couldn’t go outside. When people would leave her
room, they would close the curtains, and she would
open them again. Now, if people close the curtains,
they somehow are open when you return.”
Deacon also said Neihardt legends include moving
chairs in the lounge, mysterious guitar playing in the
basement and a wandering girl apparition in the court
yard. Deacon said he learned of Neihardt’s ghosts
through a gift.
“I first got here in July, the previous RD left a term
paper written by a student for me to read,” he said. “I
don’t have any personal experience with ghosts, but I
do believe when I hear people tell me their stories.”
Deacon also said the informative term paper was
“I put it in my file cabinet, and I’m the only one with
the key, so it’s weird that it’s missing now,” he said.
Overall, these ghoulish beings serve as campus
pranksters more so than hell raisers.
Whether or not UNL folklore is true isn’t the impor
tant thing, said Brad Ttenkle, Neihardt residence assis
“The stories add character... making it even more
special,” he said.
Hagemeier said a psychic gave her the best expla
nation why ghosts still haunt certain places on cam
"There’s so much energy expended in a building,
like the Temple, that part of that person’s energy stays
here,” she said. “It makes some sense, so I tend to
So, do you believe?
Dancers unite to express collective talent
performs at Creighton
University twice this weekend.
BY BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON
It is a rare occurrence when
the modem dancers in Nebraska
can display their talent as a group.
But for the seventh straight
year, all that talent will converge
at Creighton University’s Lied
Education Center for a two-night
Shows by the Omaha Modem
Dance Collective are scheduled
for tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for the general
public and $8 for students.
“We’ve gone all out this year,”
said Kathy Bass, vice president
and dancer for the Omaha
Modern Dance Collective. “I think
we’re allowing the choreogra
phers more opportunity with
more sets and more lighting being
provided to them to do more
Outside of a performance
next spring at the 7^* Street Loft in
Lincoln, this weekend’s perform
ance will be the OMDC’s only one
of the year.
The weekend shows also will
mark and celebrate the
Collective’s 20^ anniversary.
“The group was formed by
dancers and choreographers who
wanted other opportunities out
side of just the restricted areas
that modern dance was being
presented,” said OMDC President
Bass said the group was
formed by dancers who wanted to
express themselves in ways
“Modern dance grew out of
ballet, but you don’t have to use
set movements,” Bass said. "It’s
just one form of dance among
many, but it is very expressive.”
Bass said the OMDC has been
preparing for this weekend’s gala
for several months, and all the
dancers involved, even the many
professionals, will be dancing vol
It also should be interesting
because several dances will fea
ture dancers ranging from 5- to
There will be as many as 70
dances on stage, and 13 choreo
graphed dances will be per
formed. Some dances are choreo
graphed by the OMDC’s original
founders, Josie Metal-Corbin and
"We usually have someone
outside come in to choreograph,”
Howard said, “but with it being
the 20th anniversary, we wanted
the chance to honor two of the
24th & Cass,
—(When: Friday & Saturday
@ 8 p.m.
^Cost: $10, $8 for
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