Superheroes Collide: Palmer examines comic book industry from business perspective


By SARA GIBONEY UNK Communications Seventy-two long cardboard storage boxes contain the fantastical narratives of superheroes, spies and other fictional characters. David Palmer’s collection of comic books has grown to 20,000 in the 50 years that he’s been reading and collecting. Palmer’s love for comic books began as a child. He remembers being captivated by Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Wasp as he read the Avengers in the early 1960s. “Comic books are fun and full of … [Read more...]

Attitudes, Knowledge, Skills: Chasek uses three-pronged approach for training addiction counselors

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BY JAN TREFFER THOMPSON Alcoholics may choose to take a first drink, but they can’t simply choose which drink will be their last. Addictions wield incredible power, Dr. Christine Chasek said. She trains counseling students to respect that power, and respect addicts for battling it. Chasek learned that lesson decades ago while interning at a Kearney halfway house. “There was a client there and he was a big, burly motorcycle-type guy. Big scruffy beard, heavyset and really tall. … He lost … [Read more...]

Arthurian Legend: Umland maintains interest in world of medieval romance

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By KIM HACHIYA Rebecca Umland remembers the kernel of the idea for her research and teaching interest in the quester hero figure. She and her husband were attending one of the final screenings of the 1999 David Lynch film “The Straight Story” at a Kearney theater. The film is based on the true story of an elderly man who drove his lawn mower tractor 240 miles from Iowa to Wisconsin in 1994 to reconcile with his dying brother, from whom he was long estranged. The film offers deep reflection … [Read more...]

Sound Structures: Donofrio’s intricate, complex approach to composition not universal


By JAN TREFFER THOMPSON It’s hard to say when the music starts, exactly. Opening notes insinuate themselves on the listener, coming into focus as if emerging from a fog. Sounds blink in and out of existence in the space above a low rumble that builds into ripples of musical prose. Listening to Anthony Donofrio’s “Between Event and Crisis” is a bit like chasing fireflies on a summer evening, both exhilarating and peaceful. Or, maybe it’s more pensive, like solving a riddle. Sure, Donfrio … [Read more...]

Prison Attitudes: Wulf-Ludden studies relationships, violence among inmates

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By TODD GOTTULA UNK Communications She spends her time in small, nondescript rooms. Where white – gray if you’re lucky – is the color of choice. And the air is different inside. This place, with its cement floors, protective glass and stainless steel in every direction, is where Timbre Wulf-Ludden’s research takes her. Inside prison walls across the Midwest. In front of hardened criminals. Analyzing a social system and prison culture that few on the outside have experienced or … [Read more...]