1980 in the patio area near Hamilton Hall. "It ended up being kind ofa really ugly ending for the class gift;' said Wierman."I assure you, I'm not into public art now, at least not in a leadership role with it." Although not all attempts at art have caused such a clamor, the statues given to UNC by early senior classes also have been relegated to modest corners. Tall plaster cast statues of Venus de Milo, Apollo and Minerva, given by the classes of 1900 and 1901, now stand cracked and chipped in the corners of the cranlped classics depart- ment library in Murphey Hall. The statues, which at one time stood in the former Smith Hall, should receive more attention through the niches placed for them in the plans for a renovated Murphey, said Anne Douglas, UNe's his- toric property officer. "These are neat things, very reflective of their times, and I think it's a disgrace that they have been so abused and vandal- ized over the years," she said. "Eventually they will be displayed in a more appropri- ate way."
Closing the deal
To Greg Prince ' 95, there might be
more substantial ways to use class funds.
As the administrator in UNe's Office of
Development who works with senior
leaders to organize class gifts, Prince
admits that physical gifts for the Univer-
sity aren't his favorite.
Prince doesn't protest if a class chooses
that option, but he prefers gifts such as
the one his class gave: a software program
that hooks up students with companies
through the University's Office of Career
Services. Or the endowments for library
materials given several times in the 1990s
when the University faced budget short-
falls. Or the study abroad and other stu-
dent and faculty scholarship endowl11.ents
given by the Class of ' 38 and other classes
throughout the '80s and '90s.
One reason for Prince's preference
might be that ifa gift that isn't completed
by the end of a class' senior year, it falls in
his lap to finish. He had to keep up with
the 1999 gift - a stone entrance at the
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