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Release: Dec. 12, 2001

Student government leaders announce Old Capitol memorial button campaign

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) leaders have announced that they have initiated a lapel button giveaway campaign to preserve the memory of the Old Capitol building's landmark gold dome and cupola, which were destroyed by a fire on Nov. 20. The UISG campaign, "Dollars for the Dome," is being billed as a morale drive rather than a fund-raiser. The UISG says that although the buttons are free, donations are welcomed.

Beginning no later than Dec. 14 the buttons, which will feature a picture of the dome, will be available at UISG offices, Room 48, Iowa Memorial Union, at various IMU food stations, UI residence halls, and at area restaurants, Givannis, Mondos, The Bread Garden, and Micky's.

"The Old Capitol is a centerpiece of the university," said Nick Klenske, UISG president, in a statement. "It is what connects us, the students of today, with the students of the past. For this reason, we feel that it is important that we work to rebuild (it) in order to preserve the future." The UISG is appealing especially to students and to the UI community to not only wear the buttons as a gesture of preserving the memory of the dome.

"The button campaign is a great way to maintain the dome's presence, and (wearing the button expresses) why we are in the process of rebuilding it," says Kara Westercamp, UISG Senate executive.

The UISG says all donations from the "Dollars for the Dome" button campaign will be used to assist the UI's ongoing efforts to refurbish the Old Capitol and to enhance the holdings of the Old Capitol Museum.

The UISG campaign coincides with broader UI Old Capitol fund-raising efforts to replace the symbolic dome. For more information, contact Nick Klenske at (319) 335-3860 or Kara Westercamp at 335-3263 or