DH Dev. Report #7

Chief Standing Bear Statue

This essay will focus on two buildings in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln area, the Love Library and Morrill Hall, and the Native Americans who inhabited the Lincoln area.

The two buildings that I have researched include the Love Library, which I took pictures inside, and the Morrill Hall, where Archie the Mammoth is located. Love Library, known as the Don L. Love Memorial Library, was completed around 1943 originally used as a living space for the Army Specialized Training Program. It was later opened for all students in the fall of 1945. It was designed to utilize the “divisional plan” system of library organization. (UNL Libraries, 2005). Morrill Hall, also known as Elephant Hall, serves as the present location of the museum of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was built in 1927 as a fire resistant alternative to the original museum on campus. The name was chosen after Charles Morrill who donated fossils to the museum and advocated for funding to help build it (UNL Libraries, 2005).

There were two Native American tribes that lived in the region that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln currently stands on: the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, also known as the Sioux Tribe, and the Pawnee. For my research, I focus specifically on the Pawnees and their removal from these lands. The Pawnee presided over a large part of the Great Plains territory which included much of the middle portion of Nebraska, especially the present-day Lincoln area. The Pawnee used to have land holdings in Nebraska, but it shrunk as territory in which the non-Natives and the government controlled grew (Wishart, 1979). The Pawnee eventually were removed from Nebraska by the mid-1870s to live in a reservation in Oklahoma. Scholars have argued about the issue whether they left by their own volition or due to pressure from the Sioux Tribe (Svingen, 1992). As with our readings for this module, we must consider the ontologies and epistemologies of researching the Native American Pawnee. From research, it appears that the Pawnee were forcefully removed from their land due to the fact that their ancestorial remains were left behind. (Svingen, 1992). This work showcases research of the Pawnee’s reasons for removal but does not represent them.

The Love Library and the Morrill Hall stand as reminders that this land was taken from the Native Americans to help provide learning facilities for students. We must not forget that this is not our land, but instead it is the Pawnee’s land who were forcefully removed for the non-natives and the United States government.

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Bibliography

Svingen, Orlan J. “The Pawnee of Nebraska: Twice Removed,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 16, no. 2 (1992): 121-137

UNL Libraries, “Love Library.” UNL Historic Buildings – Love Library, 2005. https://historicbuildings.unl.edu/building.php?b=84.

UNL Libraries, “Morrill Hall.” UNL Historic Buildings – Morrill Hall, 2005. https://historicbuildings.unl.edu/building.php?b=33. Wishart, David J. “The Dispossession of the Pawnee.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 69, no. 3 (1979): 382-401. Accessed October 22, 2020. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2562970.

DH Dev. Report #3

Documenting the impact of the Coronavirus at UNL.

Each picture is linked from Flickr, which provides metadata about the image such as the camera used when clicked.

Protect Yourself and Our Husker Community Sign
Photo #1. A UNL sign reminding people to follow proper COVID-19 procedure.
Hand Sanitizing Station
Photo #2. A UNL hand sanitation station that also thanks people for being safe.
Bird Scooter
Photo #3. A Bird scooter sitting unused, either due to the rain or COVID-19 concerns.
6 Feet Sign
Photo #4. A UNL sign telling people to stay 6 feet apart.
Archie
Photo #5. The Morrill Hall Mammoth statue, Archie, wearing masks on his mouth and trunk to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Visit Morrill Hall
Photo #6. A Morrill Hall sign asking about tickets, masks, and staying 6 feet apart.
Share the Sidewalk Sign
Photo #7. A Bike UNL sign telling bikers to yield to pedestrians. Both are wearing masks.
Please Wear a Mask in This Area Sign
Photo #8. A UNL sign of Herbie, the school mascot, holding up a mask to let people know masks are required in the area.
Caution Taped Books
Photo #9. A section of the UNL library closed off with caution tape due to COVID-19.
Single File Library Stairs
Photo #10. Arrows right before the stairs that dictate which direction people are supposed to use them in.

Here is the Excel spreadsheet on additional metadata of the images:

DH Dev. Report #1

Observing the impact of the Coronavirus at UNL.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus during COVID-19 expects their students to wear masks and stand 6 feet apart from each other. While the majority of students do wear masks, virtually no one stands more than 6 feet apart from each other on purpose. Criticizing this blatant disregard for safety is a form of making that students should participate in, based on the Hunter et al. reading.

On the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, students continue to walk around blissfully unaware of a growing problem. There are indeed fewer people around campus than what is typical of a semester. It could be because a lot of students do not have in-person classes or that many of them are self-isolating away from the madness that is COVID-19. Those that remain on campus, however, are required to wear masks. The majority of them follow the mask protocol usually by wearing disposable or cloth masks to cover their mouth and noses. Around 5 groups of people observed do not wear masks yet continue to talk to their friends as if a pandemic is not occurring. While the students that do wear masks are following one expectation of the university, people do not follow the other expectation that involves purposefully social distancing themselves from groups.

Purposeful separation of students is a major issue. By chance, separation can occur when there are groups of people that happen to walk far apart from each other. However, this does not account for the people who like to stand less than two feet apart from each other while speaking. Perhaps it is because they assume their friends will not give them the virus, or perhaps it is because they assume the masks will protect them from any face-to-face interaction. Nonetheless, it is common to see groups of two or more students huddling around each other or walking together. Markers laid around some public areas encourage the social distance practices, yet from observations people do not follow them unless strictly told to do so by higher authority. Lines are an especially egregious problem. While waiting to go inside of buildings or to the lunchroom, people disregard social distancing protocol in favor of quickly getting to their destination. The priority for these students is to get in and then get out of the location rather than patiently waiting for the situation to be safe.

By not abiding by the rules stated by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, these students are risking their lives and the lives of others in order to feel more comfortable with their friends. Hunter et al. describe the process of making particularly with the idea that the world “is the proper place to frame discourse about identity, social justice, and even the ineluctable interconnectedness of abstract debates about human rights vis-à-vis technology and the environment.” As students, we should criticize the people who refuse to abide by the rules, and as makers, we create discourse by pointing out the glaring issues that we see on campus.