Washington State Magazine

Fall 2005

Fall 2005

In This Issue...


Where Have You Gone, Edward R. Murrow? :: Edward R. Murrow '30 broadcasted reports from a London rooftop during the Blitz. He confronted Joseph McCarthy on national television. And he admitted "an abiding fear regarding what...[radio and TV] are doing to our society, and our heritage."

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Interview: The Battle Against Ignorance : An Interview with Bob Edwards }

Diabetes: It's Still Up to You :: Although Mary Ellen Harvey '58 knew about her type 2 diabetes for nearly 20 years, she wasn't managing it very well on her own. That changed when she joined thousands of other diabetics across the country in a diabetes management trial.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Recipe: Tortilla soup for diabetics }

How Coug Are You? :: Would you paint your airplane crimson and gray? Or drive hundreds of miles to wave the Cougar flag at a non-Coug game? Or keep a concrete cougar in your yard? Well, how Coug are you?

WSM Special Report :: Drinking on Campus

How WSU is helping to change the culture of alcohol

More Thinking, Less Drinking :: "Everybody knows this place as a party school," says a student about WSU. But what everyone knows is starting to change. by Hope Tinney

Our Drink :: Toren Volkmann and his mother, Chris Volkmann '70 have co-authored a book about their family's experience with Toren's alcoholism. What they learned through direct experience dovetails with what counselors and researchers are discovering at WSU and beyond. by Hope Tinney

Two chapters from Our Drink: Detoxing the Perfect Family, by Chris Volkmann '70 and Toren Volkmann. (PDF: Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader.)


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Bringing couture to campus: A gallery from the 22nd Annual Mom's Weekend Fashion Show }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: If clothes could talk...but they do! What WSU students are wearing on campus. }


:: FOOD AND FORAGE: The spice of life

:: PERSPECTIVE: Thinking about Washington State

:: A SENSE OF PLACE: Bounty on the bluff

:: SEASONS|SPORTS: I never said thank you.

:: SEASONS|SPORTS: Legends of the Palouse

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story and video: An affair of the heart :: In his documentary film, Legends of the Palouse, Jeff McQuarrie '98 seeks to answer the question, "What is this love affair we have with our school?" Includes an exclusive video excerpt of Junior Tupuola and Rod Retherford from the film. }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Elegy: May 18, 1980 :: In memory of a friend and the geologic event that marked her passing. by Bill Morelock '77 }

Cover: Edward R. Murrow '30. Photography from Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

technicolor heart


George Bedirian

Heart Trouble

by | © Washington State University

Last fall workers planted a painted bronze heart sculpture by internationally known artist Jim Dine just steps from Stadium Way on one of Washington State University's busiest intersections.

Painted bright blue, the sculpture stands about 12 feet high and is encrusted with a colorful array of objects-tools, shoes, sculpted heads, and much else.

While the local art community was congratulating itself on the significant Technicolor Heart acquisition, which was made a permanent campus fixture with money from the Washington Arts Commission, a smattering of students were railing against it.

In a letter to the editor at the Daily Evergreen last spring, one pharmacy student suggested it be tossed out during Cougar Pride Days. In an editorial in the same paper, student Christopher Del Beccaro opined against the big blue creation for six paragraphs.  Then an anonymous party posted the heart for sale on E-bay for just over $15,000. The winning bidder was advised to come with a shovel in the dark of night and remove the piece. Then someone covered the bronze with garbage bags, someone else used a tarp and a padlock, and in late May, the worst-a message spray-painted on the sculpture itself: "Art?"

That's not to say the heart didn't have its defenders. In person and in print, students and faculty stepped up to argue that art isn't about pleasing every eye, and to remove it would be censoring the artist.

As the center of controversy, the Dine work is in good company. The works of impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, and Vincent Van Gogh were panned by their contemporaries at the Paris Salon des Artistes. In the 1950s Jackson Pollock was heavily criticized for his drip and splash style. And just this past year there was a wave of discontent surrounding Christo's The Gates exhibit at Central Park.

The Dine heart has sparked a campus discussion about what art is and what its role should be, says Museum of Art director Chris Bruce, who hopes future students will come to value the artwork as well as the two other bronze sculptures that came to campus in 2004. "All things considered," muses Bruce, "the heart did its job."

Categories: Campus life, Fine Arts | Tags: Sculpture

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