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Taking note of Marching Band
by L. J. Hanson
Precision. That is the trademark of the UWEau Claire marching band. This fall. 149 musk majors worked 50 hours transforming themselves into a precision drill team. They marched late afternoons and early Saturday mornings all for one academic credit.
Is it worth it? Russ Mlkkelson. the drum major, thinks so. He said marching band provides valuable experience for the prospective music teachers. The five football shows performed by the band are written by crews of four to six upperclassmen. The crews design the drills, select the music and teach the show to the other band members. Mikkelson said this experience prepares them for teaching high school marching bands.
The marching band unit, directed by Donald George, includes a drum major, a 20-member flag corps and 128 instru mentalists. The band does not stress winning awards like the band at UW-Madison. Mikkelson said. ‘'We're not a real competitive band. It's more an educational opportunity."
Gay Olson, who wrote one of the shows, said. "A lot of people don't realize the work that goes into it. It's hard to gauge where 120 people are going to go on the field.'' Olson said one show had to be rewritten after it was discovered the last five members of the band would be marching In the end zone.
But marching band provides more than an educational opportunity, Olson said, ''It's fun when you have the time to do It" It provides the opportunities to meet people, get outdoors, and do something different with music. Olson said.
There are also drawbacks to marching band. Olson said, especially when it gets cold in November and it rains. Mlkkelson said the band does not march when it gets under 40° , however, because it would cause damage to the instruments. Mikkelson said another drawback to marching band is the out-of Jate uniforms. He said they still bear the insignia "WSU" for Wisconsin State University.
Despite the drawbacks. "The attitude this year has just been great,” Mikkelson said, "It's a lot closer band than it used to be."
At right. tubs provide the bats for the band Below, at temperatures fall, band member boodle up
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by Tom Pantera
The new kid In town has been awfully busy these days. She hasn't been an easy person to see — all the meetings and conferences and discussions and receptions. I almost felt a little guilty trying to arrange an Interview with her.
But I did get In to see her and the funny thing was that during the interview she seemed more nervous than I. Of course, making one’s first statement to a new constituency — which was used to the style of a man who hod been here for 21 years — might be an occasion for a little nervousness.
Mary-Emily Hannah. 44, was born and raised In Denver. She received her B.A. in speech and English from Iowa's Qrinnell College In 1958. She taught In her home town for a while and was named Denver's Teecher of the Year in 1960.
She holds graduate degrees from two different schools. She received her M.A. In speech from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D., also in speech, from the University of Illinois (where her Ph.D. thesis was on "Matching Political Wits; — A Comparative Study of Humor as a Persuasive Device In Political Speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Adlai Stevenson II”).
Her new doctorate in hand, she took a
job as an assistant professor of speech at St. Cloud State University in Mlnne sota In 1967. By 1968 she had been elected department chairman, a post she would occupy until 1971. She taught at St. Cloud until 1975. when she became Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Metropolitan State University. She continued to work her way up In the state university system until 1976, when she became Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Minnesota State University System, the first woman to occupy that post.
One of her first official acts as Chancellor stirred some discussion on campus when she appointed Sara Chapman, who had been her assistant in Mlnnesa ta. as a full-time executive assistant. Hannah defended the action by saying that after a wide search, In which she had considered people both within the system and outside of It. she could find no one more qualified than Chapman.
Hannah has said that her administration will differ from the previous one primarily In style rather than In educational philosophy. She does not. for example. favor 24-hour visitation in the dormitories, since, she says. “I would be hard put to imagine how (the) learning environment would be enhanced bv in-
creasing the visitation hours." Nor does she favor the carrying of guns by campus security.
Hannah said her first academic priority Is "to have high quality academic programs and to limit the number of academic programs to those that can be of high quality." Her second priority is to accurately assess "the future needs of students both to function as the leaders of the society of tomorrow and to have an economically productive livelihood. and to balance those two concerns in evaluating the continuance and the modification and development of new programs.”
The new administration of UWEC will, in future years, have to face these and other crucial questions. What, for example, will be the effect of the system-wide decline in enrollment predicted for the next few years? How can the university maintain quality programs In the face of this decline? It Is left to this new chancellor to wrestle with these issues, which have the potential to change forever the nature of this university.
Sara Chapman ditcutse a point with three student
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