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The University News
September 12,2001 3
Eternal Cities tour gives taste of Rome semester
by Julie Dariaher
For those students who cannot work
the Rome semester into their sophomore
year, there is a viable alternative.
The Eternal Cities program is a two-
week tour of Italy and Greece that stu-
dents can take for three art history
"For anyone who gets out of sync with
the norm, the program is a nice alterna-
tive," senior Sarah Jett, who attended the
program this summer, said.
Started in 1985 as part of the 15-year
Rome reunion, the Eternal Cities tour,
though lesser known, is just as much
a part of the UD tradition as the Rome
"The first year I opened it to the public
and tooksome alumni who were there for
the Rome reunion,"Lyle Novinski, chair of
the art department, said. "It was so suc-
cessful that people suggested we make it
a yearly affair and offer it for credit."
The original tour covered only Italy, but
it was later expanded to include five and
one-half days in Greece.
"When we began, I wanted to create a
summer tour using our facilities, and at
the same time encourage other faculty
members to do the same," Novinski said.
Novinski believes he has been success-
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photo by Matt Vest
Students participating in the Eternai Cities
program walk toward the Colosseum. Many
took the tour for three art history credits.
summer courses offered on the Due Santi
In addition to its being shorter than
the Rome semester, there are other dif-
ferences between the two programs,
For instance, the Eternal Cities tour is not
limited to undergraduate students.
"We advertise the program nationally
to AP teachers and to graduate students
in the humanities program for credit,"
Thisyear's group included peoplefrom
Arizona, California, Massachusetts, and
Texas. The tour is open to whole families
and alumni who want to repeat the Rome
experience or share it with their spouse,
"One of the oldest people on the trip
was a mother who came with her two
children," Jett said. "She was this little old
lady, but she had more energy than the
rest of us."
For married students and undergradu-
ates who are unable to attend the Rome
semester, the Eternal Cities tour works out
well, Novinski said.
This summer, 45 people attended the
Greece section of the trip and 32 were
part of the Rome leg.
"The Greece portion of the tour was
offered as an add-on to the Rome reunion
that was held this summer," Novinski
The largest group that has attended
the tour was made up of 60 students. That
was the year the Greece leg was offered
as an addition to a physics program Dr
Richard Olenickheld in Rome.
Novinski prefers the tour to be made
up of smaller numbers, however.
"Thirty is really a good number to talk
to at a site or on the street, the 45 we had
in Greece this year was on the high side as
the bus only holds 50," Novinski said.
Another difference between the two
programs is the different cities on the
The Eternal Cities tour focuses a great
deal more on Italy than the Rome semes-
ter does. Additionally, the cities visited
change from year to year.
"By changing the tour, we try to en-
courage people to take the trip again,"
Novinski said. "Two years ago the tour
went to Sicily instead of Greece."
"Really, you could throw darts at a map
photo by Sarah Jett
Profesor Lyle Novinski gives a tour during the University of Dallas' Eternal Cities program.
Last summer, 45 students attended the Greece portion of the trip and 32 were on the Rome
of Italy and still have a great tour."
The cities visited are radically different,
Novinski said. Included are Baroque and
Renaissance cities, as well as spiritual
and hill towns. The subtext of the tour is
what makes a great city, though they are
"When we were in Nafplion, I went to
the beach and saw the water crashing
up against the rocks; and though I know
that Ithaca is nowhere near there, I was
reminded of the Iliad and Odysseus. I
really felt that there's something eternal
about it all," Jett said.
Paul Pederson, a retired businessman,
is a student in the humanities graduate
study program. He heard about the trip
through on-campus literature and de-
cided to go with his wife.
"I thought it was a great experience,
and since I've been back, I've talked it
up with some of the other graduate stu-
dents," he said.
For Pederson, the experience was mov-
ing and provided a chance to learn more
about himself in the classical sphere. After
his trip, he wrote a 14-page reflection and
memoir in which he describes himself
as feeling like, "the legendary farm boy
from Texas riding to town on a wagon of
When Novinski takes adults on the tour,
he is often met with astonishment from
people when they hear that UD offers the
Rome semester to students.
"People ask me with amazement, 'You
give all this to sophomores?"'
While Novinski leads the tours, he of-
fers some of his art graduate students the
opportunity to help him on the tour as
"What I've been planning on doing for
years, but just haven't been able to ac-
complish, is develop a program of assured
scholarships for current art grad students,"
"Even so, having some of the students
go as my assistants does give them a free
Though the program lasts only two
weeks, participants experience the same
bond that sophomores develop over the
semester in Rome.
"We all got to know each other really
well as a group, and that's amazing con-
sidering howshort the time wasand how
much diversity was in the group,"Jett said.
"We learned about each other as well as
the history of the many different places
Residence Hall Association kicks off year, plans events
by Meghan Kuckelman
Thomas Yep was selected to head the
slate of officers for the Residence Hall As-
sociation at an election Sept. 3.
Other officers include AdamTodd, vice
president, and Emily Hyde, secretary/trea-
All three officers are sophomores and
were involved in the association last
"I think that this group of executive
council members is a lot more experi-
enced than in the past,"Todd said. "We
know each other well."
Yep also feels strongly about the new
"Our executive council is in an excellent
position to train leaders," he said.
RHA is made up of officers from each
of the residence halls on campus. Its pur-
pose is to foster leadership skills among
its members and to sponsor both campus-
wide and hall events.
"I think we have the best group of
student leaders in RHA we've ever had at
the University of Dallas," Amber Hobbs,
assistant dean of students, said.
Past events that have enjoyed great
support with both students and faculty
are the Winter Cotillion, Trick-or-treating
for children of the faculty, Bowling with
the Professors, and Live @ UD.
All of these events are scheduled to
take place this semester.
The Cotillion is scheduled for Dec. 1,
Bowling with the Professors is scheduled
for Sept. 19, and Trick-or-treating is sched-
uled for Oct. 20.
The date for Live @ UD is yet to be an-
A new event emerging this semester
is a beach party and cook-off on the new
sand volleyball court between Teresa
and Madonna Halls. Its scheduled date
is Sept. 29.
"Our first couple of meetings have been
incredibly productive," Michael JoeTray-
lor, Madonna vice president, said.
In addition to the campus-wide events,
each hall council plans activities specific
to its particular residence hall. This se-
mester, a record 30 events have been
RHA members received training Sept. 1
during a four-hour leadership retreat and
the members also partcipated in work-
shops by Hobbs and past RHA members.
Topics covered at the retreat ranged from
running successful meetings to the role of
the leader as a servant.
Members also discussed personality
types and how each type can contribute
best to each of the councils.
In addition to encouraging lifetime
leadership skills, the retreat served as a
time of bonding for the new RHA board.
"I think the leadership training was
great because I got a chance to meet all
the other RHA members I didn't know,"
Hobbs was encouraged by RHA mem-
bers who were trained last year and who
had their own views and tips on leader-
ship. She also noted that the hall councils
put forth 100 percent participation in the
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