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MFA Thesis by Amy
BY CASEY JOHNSON
Water and time can create
lasting impressions on die world’s
surfaces. They can also make last
ing impressions on an artist
Ceramist Amy Smith’s mas
ters of fine arts thesis exhibition,
“Undulation” opens today in the
Nebraska Union’s Rottinda
Gallery and ends Dec 5.
The exhibition is a collection
ofvases, platters, plates and bowls
that explores different manifesta
tions of water. It reflects the artist's
interpretation of her surround
ings and specifically nature.
“I am referencing the environ
ment, so to me, (the pieces) are
reminding me of an experience in
nature.... I hope to make whoev
er is viewing them to be reminded
of an experience that they had in
nature,” Smith said
Fete Pinned assistant profes
sor of art, said Smith’s unusual
style is appealing.“She has devel
oped a unique pallet of colors and
surfaces that really do seem to
refer to natural surfaces,” he said.
The pieces of art are modeled
after functional household items,
but they are non-functionaL
Smith said drawing was her
first love in art She was attracted
to ceramics because of the medi
um of clay and some ceramic
i love ciay Decause 11 is so
impressionable,” she said. “It is so
responsive to the touch in a way
that something like wood is not.”
Smith came to the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln after she
earned her art degree with an
emphasis in ceramics and draw
ing from the University of Ohio.
She said she came to UNL
because of the professors she
talked with and because
Nebraska is becoming a national
ly recognized school for art
She received a Dean A. Woods
Memorial Scholarship from the
Department of Art and Art
History and is working for her
master's of fine arts degree with
an emphasis in ceramics, drawing
Pinnell said Smith’s back
ground, work ethic and talent
make her work special. “Amy has
an enormous amount of knowl
edge and skill,” Pinnell said. “She
can make pieces that are difficult
to produce so the object has a nat
ural quality of ease.”
Pinnell said Smith has been a
wonderful addition to the art
“She is everything I would
want to see in a grad student” he
said. “She is really intelligent hard
working and really dedicated to
developing herself as an artist.”
Freshman international business major Charlie Olenberger glues a string of lights on the front of
Sigma Nu Fraternity for the Annual Winter Lights for IGds display the fraternity is sponsoring. The
event is a competition open to greek houses on campus. The proceeds from registration fees will go
to the Child Savings Institute in Omaha.
BY BILLY SMUCK
If you're looking for bright lights and
fancy Christmas decorations on campus
this year, you’re best bet is to look at the
Hie "Winter Lights for Kids” competi
tion is an incentive for the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln fraternities and sorori
ties to make their houses sparkle.
Each house pays a $50 registration fee
for the contest, in which a winner will be
chosen Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The money will be donated to the
Child Savings Institute of Omaha, said
Sigma Nu Fraternity's Ryan Lindberg, a
sophomore secondary education major.
The institute provides clinical services,
child care, adoption and parental assis
tance, Lindberg said.
Not all the houses have lights up yet,
but thus far Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, on
the comer of 16th and S streets, has some
The house has gone all out this season,
said junior accounting major Hoy Van
Dyke, a member of Phi Kappa.
“This is the most decorating we’ve ever
done,” he said. “We didn’t participate in
this last year, and we wanted to make our
The Phi Kappa Psi house has gone
beyond just the white lights that some of
the other houses have; members added
plenty of green and red to their display.
As far as finding attractive Christmas
lighting and decorations throughout the
rest of UNL campus - one’s efforts will
most likely be in vain.
Other than the residence halls, which
will have some window displays, the cam
pus as a whole will be pretty much void of
lighting and displays.
“As far as decorating on
campus, I would love to do
more, but I’m not aware of
any efforts being made to do
_ _ n
city and east campus
"There is no formal process for deco
rating any of the buildings or trees on cam
pus," said James Main, assistant vice chan
cellor for university services. “Any decorat
ing is really left up to the respective
Main said people are free to decorate
the inside of buildings, but if they wanted
to decorate any other part of City or East
campus grounds, they could speak with
Scott Lewis, vice chancellor for business
and finance at UNL
Robert Hensarling, the director of
landscaping for City and East campuses,
said he would support decorating campus.
“As far as decorating on campus, I
would love to do more, but I’m not aware
of any efforts being made to do so,” he said.
Hensarling said he didn’t know why
there wasn’t a decorating program.
East Campus decorated a tree outside
of the Nebraska East Union years ago, but
the money donated towards the display
was discontinued, Hensarling said.
But he is keeping an open mind about
future efforts to decorate campus.
“The possibility is certainly there in
years to come,” he said.
8, Drey, 10, and Moriah CaHee, 3, look at a Christmas Tight display, while their grandmother, Debbie CaHee,
on.The Calfees drove through Lincoln Lights on Monday night at Mahoney Park, 70th and Fremont streets.
spark up downtown
BY BILLY SMUCK
The streets of downtown
Lincoln were lit at ttye flip of a
switch Sunday evening.
Only this time the crowds’
eyes could feast on more than
just the decorations and lights,
which gave 0 Street a holiday
The annual Downtown
Lincoln Lighting Ceremony
introduced its first pyrotechnic
show, which was the highlight of
“The fireworks were beauti
ful, and the kids were great,”
said Santa and Sandra Claus.
They came to visit the chil
dren and their families who
gathered for the evening’s festiv
“Star City Holiday Sparkle,”
ran from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wells
Fargo Center on 13th and O
streets. It featured free music
The Lincoln City Choir
Voices sang Christmas carols
inside, and the Sunshine
Generation children and youth
performing group followed.The
point of the event was to exhibit
downtown’s annual Christmas
Nearly all the buildings have
some sort of decoration and
lighting, which supports the
city’s effort to liven up 0 Street.
The Embassy Suites, 1040 P
St., is the featured building this
year, but as always the 0 Street
Skywalk features a lighted
Mayor Don Wesely, who
attended the event, thanked
those who helped make the
lighting and decorations hap
“This is a significant (trib
ute) to one of the great holidays
of the year,” he said.
And droves of people came
to see the festivities.
"It’s been great so far; I’m
very pleased with the turnout,”
said Susy Miller, board member
of the Updowntowners, a non
profit organization that coordi
nated the evening’s events. “I
think this says a
lot for down
town and the ‘jfrs fe a significant
Lincoln com- , ~ ,
munity as a (tribute) tO One Of the
whoie.’’ great holidays of the
Lil Red if
and Herbie year.
H u s k e r
attended the Don Wesely
ceremony , Lincoln mayor
along with -““
the F Street
Center Yo-yo Club, a duo of jug
glers, JeLoo the Clown, Major
Drummond and a stilt walker,
who leads the Star City Parade.
The parade will be held Dec. 9.
Wesely said this year’s cere
mony was special because it
was done earlier than past
“This event really is a high
light for the city of Lincoln,” he
Schwarzenegger's popularity time running out in 'The 6th Day'
BY SAMUEL MCKEWON
Strip away all die false charm and the meat of the
biceps, and at the core of Arnold Schwarzenegger's
megastar draw is a director, James Cameron.
Cameron has made the three movies that essen
tially pumped life into Arnold’s career when he most
needed it - “The Terminator” in 1984, the still-awe
some “T2: Judgment Day” in 1991 and "True Lies”
three years later Cameron has pomposity coming out
his pores, but it serves him well in making higher
grade action films, even managing to blow steam into
die sinking of a big, big boat in 1912.
Schwarzenegger reteams with Cameron in 2002
for “True Lies 2,” and it couldn’t come sooner.
Because, to quote a guy who may be a fan of muscle
men, Schwarzenegger sucks right now. A whole lot
Arnold’s latest offering, “The 6th Day” arrived
without much fanfare, and with good reason - there’s
not much to crow over. In many ways a remake of
Schwarzenegger's fine science fiction foray, “Total
Recall” “The 6^ Day” employs most of the staples of
an Arnold action pic-one laborious car chase, many
guns, a scene where Arnold must swim in deep water
and hold his breath for extended periods of time.
There's a fairly clever plot buried behind all the
. Junk. It needs a Cameron to flesh it out
Schwarzenegger is Adam Gibson, a helicopter
pilot in the future (“sooner than you think” the tide
card says) who becomes embroiled in a controversy of
numan cloning, congress nas maae me process,
though scientifically possible, illegal for ethical and
practical reasons, while animals (especially pets) can
be replicated with ease and a small fee. Food problem
solved. But Arnold's woes are just beginning. For rea
sons never adequately explained for far too long into
the movie (and then, wouldn’t you know it, it still does
n’t make a lick of sense) Adam is cloned. He watches
another Adam frolic with his wife and daughter. And
now, a shadowy organization at the forefront of ani
mal cloning (and lobbying hard for the legalization of
human cloning) is after him.
The script holds its cards from the table, leaving
the audience to flail along with Adam in search of the
truth. We get hints that the cloning corporation execu
tive, Drucker (Tony Goldwyn) has bad intentions. And
the lead cloning doctor (Robert Duvall, paying the
bills) has begun to have reservations. And the corpo
rate henchmen are utter boobs, dying repeatedly for
the comic and dramatically gory effect
The cloning process poses some interesting philo
sophical questions- most of which are glossed over by
the film. It happens with a “syncording” of the person’s
brain, which is plugged into organic “blanks.” Then it’s
grown into a full human done, which can remember
everything up until the syncording was taken.
"The 6th Day” breaks that rule more than once, by
allowing characters to remember deaths they couldn’t
possibly. When one woman rises to see her dead body,
_ it should confuse, not jog a memory that doesn’t exist,
not to mention a
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scheme that raises the bar above and beyond where
Schwarzenegger has been before.
After “Ihie Lies,” there were two token comedies,
“Junior” and “Jingle All The Way,” and three block
busters, “Eraser," “End of Days” and “Batman and
Robin,” none of which invokes a sort of euphoria his
shoot-em-upjunkinthe 1980s captured.
Schwarzenegger seems out of element anymore,
especially here, where he asked to play perplexed
more often than not, when he often playing ahead of
the game. “The 6th Day” has a ridiculously long final
act, complete with more villains and Adams than I
could handle and more talk than action. It's uneasily
caught between dunking and doing. And Arnold, he’s .
Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lashes out when he
discovers he has been doned in the movie "The 6th Day."
better off in the roles that require more do, less think.
He's the last of the big-blooded, pale-faced action
icons, with Sylvester Stallone beaten and battered,
Jean-Claude Van Damme down and out of cocaine,
Bruce Willis migrating to more intelligent fare and
Steven Seagal migrating with herds of tasseled leather
coats. Jackie Chan and Jet Li have arrived in their
wake. If Arnold isn’t careful, Tom Cruise might angle in
with his continuing "Mission: Impossible” fare.
“The 6th Day,” languishing at the box office like
“End of Days,” may be Schwarzenegger's last stand
with the public. Viewers are moving. And his return
date with Cameron may not come soon enougU.
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