The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 12, Ed. 1 Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Page: 1 of 16
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T he ^University5^ News
University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
December 7, 2010
University mourns loss of Warren M. Pulich
Photo provided by Marcy Brown Marsden
Warren Pulich, former longtime member of the biology
department, passed away Nov. 27.
Associate Professor Emeritus Warren
M. Pulich, a long-time University of
Dallas faculty member and founding
member of the University of Dallas
biology department, passed away on Nov. 27.
Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, associate professor
and department chair of biology, shared some
memories she has of the influential professor.
Pulich began his career at the University
in 1956, when the University was founded.
He helped start UD's science program, and he
assisted in ordering the first materials for its
laboratories, which were then located on the
second floor of Carpenter Hall. While teaching
at UD, Pulich taught courses ranging from
anatomy and developmental biology to ecology.
For years, Pulich's avian ecology course was a
favorite among non-biology majors, and even
after his official retirement, he continued to
teach the course.
Aside from his teaching duties at the
University, Pulich's primary research interest
was birds. Pulich wrote a book entitled, "The
Birds of North Central Texas," which has become
a standard for avian researchers throughout the
state of Texas. Pulich also maintained specimens
for a museum collection of over 3,000 birds,
some of which remain at the University of Dallas
for the ongoing use of the Biology Department.
As an undergraduate student at the University
of Dallas, Brown Marsden witnessed Pulich's love
of birds firsthand. "I would go birding with him
and some of his friends, and as he was driving,
sometimes he would see a bird and nearly veer
off the road while trying to get a better look at
it," she said.
Brown Marsden also remembered Pulich's
practical personality: "He had a pragmatic sense
about giving advice. He wanted you to face the
world with a clear sense of the difficulties of any
given life path." Brown Marsden recalled that
Pulich was a major influence on her decision to
pursue her interest in birds as a career, and that
he invited her to come back and teach at the
University of Dallas after graduate school.
Brown Marsden said that Pulich had a
profound connection with the University of
Dallas' Catholic identity, and that he and his wife
were devout members of the Church.
see PULICH, page 4
What has happened to the sound of music?
After piano's removal from Haggar, students have looked for alternatives to fill musical void
It's a late night in the Cap
Bar. The grinding noise of
the espresso machine assails
students' ears. Pencils tap on
desks; sighs are given frequent
expression. But one sound is
missing: the joyous thundering of
the piano in Haggar foyer.
Amanda Polewski, junior
English major, said she frequented
Haggar often because of the piano.
Above all, she enjoyed the life that
the piano created.
"People would sit down and
play jigs," Polewski said. "And
random people would just stop and
step-dance to the music. That was
But in the fall of 2009, the
upright Kawai piano was removed
from Haggar and placed in the Old
Priory for storage because staff
members repeatedly complained
to Kelly O'Neal, senior coordinator
of conferences and events, that
the music generated by students
disrupted meetings and otherwise
proved a distraction to those with
offices in Haggar.
Polewski expressed her
disappointment with the removal
of the piano.
"One of the primary reasons I
would come and study in the Cap
Bar was the piano music - I love it,"
For Polewski and like-minded
students, a movement has been
launched to bring the piano back
- if not in Haggar, then in another
public space. Susan Gigante, a
student government senator for
the junior class, has championed
the restoration of a public piano on
"Students deserve a piano,"
Gigante said. "It's a form of
recreation. We have pool tables
and TVs, but nothing in the way of
music that is open to them."
O'Neal said she tried to reach
a compromise with students after
receiving frequent complaints
from staff members and several
students. O'Neal posted a sign
indicating times that the piano
could be played, but she said that
it was largely ignored and that she
received rude notes in response to
it. O'Neal requested that something
be done about the piano, and ever
since, the piano has sat in storage
wrapped in plastic.
After its removal, several
students said that the void the
piano's absence created - and
indeed, the lack of other available
pianos around campus - was
"I think that music is something
that very much brings people
together, especially in an informal
setting," Polewski said. "I think
that is something they've gotten
rid of by getting rid of the piano in
Joe Swope, junior philosophy
major and avid musician, said, "I
believe the piano was a very valuable
asset to the University campus. Just
as much as the posters hanging
in Haggar foyer, advertising club
meetings and other campus-wide
events, the piano was something
which made Haggar into a public
forum. It was Haggar's public soap-
box. It unified our campus."
see PIANO, page 3
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Chee, Gabbi. The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 12, Ed. 1 Tuesday, December 7, 2010, newspaper, December 7, 2010; Irving, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201536/m1/1/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Dallas.