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Volume 93 Issue 2
Knights shine in Omaha
September 16, 2011
Men’s soccer team continues its shut-out streak, moves up to 3rd in the nation Sports 12
Lannon raises spirits
CU Knights of Columbus do housework for Navy Veteran SAHRA KABOLI NEJAD News Reporter Creighton’s Knights of Columbus made a change in the life of World War II Navy veteran Jeanne Byers with the help of volunteers from Rebuilding Omaha Together. The Creighton Knights have decided to focus largely on recruitment this year and thought it would be more prodcutive to use time doing a service project as a recruitment event instead of bowling. Byers’ home is not built for a wheelchair-bound person. The old wheelchair ramp, narrow doorways and unstable porch made life more difficult for the 86-year-old, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease and depends her son’s help to get around. Byers worked at the Norfolk Naval Hospital during World War II, caring for wounded soldiers and Marines as they made their way home from Europe and doing similar work a nurse would do today. From June 1943 through September 1946 she worked for WAVES, the Navy Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. “The idea to do this service project started during our first Creighton Knights of Columbus meeting of the year,” Kevin Ryan, Arts & Sciences sophomore and service committee chair, said. The Knights have decided to focus largely on recruitment this year and did a service project as a recruitment event instead of their usual bowling. “I enjoy meeting the homeowners and making new connections within the Omaha community,” Arts & Sciences senior Patrick Carroll, recruitment and retention committee chair, said. The Knights of Columbus went out on Sept. 10, with volunteers from Rebuilding Together to paint and repair the ceiling inside the house, replace and repaint the front porch, as well as repairing by replacing the wheelchair ramp Byer’s uses to get into her home. TURN TO “KNIGHTS” PAGE 2
On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. presided over his inaugural “Mass of the Holy Spirit”. The mass is a Creighton tradition designed to set the tone for the school year. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to attend, and classes are canceled during the event. See more about Lannon’s first mass inside.
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Keys to enhancing economic justice HEIDI HOFFMAN Assistant News Reporter The Rev. John R. Donahue, S.J. recently gave a lecture regarding “Economic Justice for All,” a pastoral letter issued by U.S. Catholic Bishops. The letter primarily discusses the economic challenges that the U.S. faces and the concern that the community has for the poor during strenuous economic times. Donahue wrote about 38 paragraphs of the letter. He explained to the audience how the letter was written, the writing process and why it was necessary. “Providing help for the poor and vulnerable is still a challenge for church and society,” Donahue said. “The point of this pastoral letter has two major innovations that are not just directed to Catholics, but to the people of good will. The first innovation is for us to read the signs of the times and the second is to listen to and learn from the people most affected. It’s not simply a social or economic problem; it’s about human dignity.” The lecture, held on Sept. 8, helped those in attendance understand Catholic values and how they values can be used to improved and enhance human dignity. “The dire situation of underemployment when we look at what is in the papers and media suggests that there is a problem with our dignity,” Donahue said. “God loves the poor, not poverty.” Much of the problem with the current U.S. economy involves more than under-employment. “The United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, and yet 21 percent of U.S. children live in poverty,” Donahue said. “It is the third worst already developed nation with the highest income inequality.” Donahue said he also regarded the letter as a way to speak for those who have no one to speak for them. “It is a defender of the defenseless,” Donahue said. “The impacts of society on the poor summons the church to be an insisting people and to provide an option for the poor, to enable them to rise out of poverty and allow them to hope for a life with dignity. We are a church that thinks communally. Justice is understood as participation, and so it is very important that Catholic life and thought remain in dialogue with the community about these issues.”
SCENE COLLEGE NIGHT Joslyn Art Museum tempts students with free music, art and food.
NEWS TWISTING FOR CHARITY Tri Delta hosts second annual “Twister with a Twist” tournament.
NEWS LIVING THE DREAM Med School alumn receives recognition for lifelong achievements.
OPINION DUBSTEP BATTLE A concerned music fan speaks out about the growing trend.
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SAFETY REPORT 9/6/2011 1:55 p.m. A staff member inadvertently backed into a parked delivery truck at the Jelinek Building loading dock causing minor damage to both vehicles. 2:29 p.m. A student became ill while in Student Health and was transported by squad to CUMC. 3:19 p.m. A non-affiliate reported that her vehicle had been damaged in a hit and run accident at the intersection of 27th and Cuming streets. 5:00 p.m. A room search was conducted in Kiewit Hall, and drug paraphernalia was confiscated. 9/7/2011 8:42 a.m. A staff member reported that her parked car was slightly damaged by another vehicle while it was parked in the lot at 24th and Burt streets. 11:47 p.m. A room search was conducted in Gallagher Hall; suspected marijuana was confiscated. 9/8/2011 11:05 a.m. A student reported the loss of his bicycle from the rack at Opus Hall. 12:20 p.m. A student reported that her parked car was damaged while parked in the 24th and Burt Streets lot. 9/9/2011 8:05 p.m. A student reported the loss of her unattended camera from a table at the Morrison Soccer Stadium. 4:40 p.m. A student reported that a window was broken out of his vehicle while parked north of Davis Square. An insurance card, CDs, a blanket and clothing items were taken. 9:43 p.m. A student reported the loss of her bicycle from a rack at Kenefick Hall. 9/10/2011 12:44 a.m. An intoxicated student was transported by Public Safety from Kiewit Hall to CUMC. 8:10 p.m. A Facilities staff member reported vandalism to the elevator call button on the sixth floor of Kiewit Hall. 9/12/2011 7:51 a.m. A staff member became ill while in the Kiewit Fitness Center. A squad transported him to CUMC for evaluation.
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“Are you the guy who always blares Nickelback from your iPod when you work out at the FitNest? No? OK, good.” Scene columnist April Payne, page 9.
MASS: Students, faculty and staff fill St. John’s for annual CU tradition BRITTANY BALDWIN News Reporter For over four centuries it has been a tradition among Jesuit high schools and universities to commemorate the start of each new school year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This Mass provides attendees with the opportunity to thank God for all He has done and ask for His blessing upon the remainder of the school year. At this year’s Mass, hundreds of Creighton students, faculty and community members gathered at St. John’s Church to celebrate this spiritual event. Campus Ministry Liturgy Coordinator David Scholl was among the many faces working diligently to make this Mass a success. Scholl feels the Mass of the Holy Spirit is a “perfect expression of our mission as a Catholic University.” “[The Mass of the Holy Spirit] points to the transcendent aspect of the search for the truth that we live out as a Catholic University,” Scholl said. “And I think it’s very good for the university community to see that students, faculty and staff all gather together to worship.” In addition to standing as a time for students and faculty to “ask God for the blessing of wisdom as they study, teach, and learn,” Scholl said he feels the Mass of the Holy Spirit provides students with a deeper understanding of themselves as well as Creighton. “What people get out of attending the Mass certainly varies on an individual level, but I would hope that they come away with a renewed appreciation of the mission of the university, of both the transcendent and earthly aspects of the pursuit of truth and a stronger sense of community.” Arts & Sciences junior Paul Bubash was among the many Creighton students who attended the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Bubash has attended the Mass of the Holy Spirit twice since he’s been a student at Creighton, and said he finds this event to be a great opportunity for students to “rejuvenate their spirituality and come together as a community.” “I really enjoy the communal aspect of [the Mass of the Holy Spirit] because it allows us to come together and serve as one body in
ABOVE: The Rev. Timothy R. Lannon S.J. celebrates his first Mass of the Holy Spirit as Creighton president Wednesday at St. John’s Church. BELOW: Attendees all receive blessings. Photos by the Creightonian Photo Staff.
Christ,” Bubash said. For Arts & Sciences senior Rob Placek, the Mass of the Holy Spirit serves as a great opportunity to have “a large celebration with the Jesuits on campus and enjoy Mass.” Although Placek has attended this event four times, this year said he found himself feeling very anxious to attend his first Mass with Lannon as the Celebrant. In addition to the rich tradition behind the Mass of the Holy Spirit, Placek feels this event is very significant because it allows
Victims have new haven The new Violence Intervention and Prevention Center provides support and education to Creighton students JOSIE BUNGERT News Reporter Creighton students have a new place in which to feel completely safe and at peace: the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center. The center was established in July through an Alegent Health and Catholic Health Initiatives grant in partnership with the Women’s Center for Advancement Omaha. The WCA currently works with the University of Nebraska at Omaha through this grant as well. It provides money for training and materials in addition to a fulltime employee who works at Creighton and UNO. “We have a focus in three different areas: advocacy, education and prevention,” Assistant Dean of Students Allison Taylor said. The advocacy area provides support for students. VIP staff help students understand the legal system, help them through a violent situation, get them connected to helpful resources and make it easier to handle a personal violent incident while at Creighton. “The advocacy piece is very big for us,” Taylor said. “Students could come to us if they aren’t sure what to do in a situation, don’t know the resources or need help navigating a situation.” The VIP Center presents programs on anything related to violence intervention – including stalking, intimate partner violence, bullying, cyber bullying and sexual harassment. The goal of these programs is to
stop violence before it happens and to educate bystanders. “Everyone can do something,” Taylor said. Emily Nguyen from the WCA Omaha works at Creighton every Tuesday and Thursday. Nguyen emphasizes that the VIP Center is available to all students for all types of violence. “When we say violence, we mean any type of behavior where one person tries to gain control over another person…not necessarily just physical violence,” Nguyen said. The VIP Center, located on the top floor of Brandeis Hall, is available to all students who need help with a problem and even students who may need help for a friend.
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Creighton students to come together and celebrate the religious foundation of Creighton University. “[Mass of the Holy Spirit] is a tradition for Jesuit schools across the country and I think provides us with something we can all come together on and share in the Catholic mission of the University.” Arts & Sciences freshman Katherine Joyce found this event to be “very welcoming and inviting.” “After attending the Mass, I got a greater sense that I was welcome at Creighton and that the President cared enough about [students] being here to celebrate Mass with us,” Joyce said. For those students considering attending next year’s Mass of the Holy Spirit, Joyce advises students to attend. “I ended up deciding to attend at the very last second, but I would recommend that students just go and try it out and figure out for yourself if you really enjoy [the Mass of the Holy Spirit],” Joyce said.
KNIGHTS: Giving back to the Omaha community Carroll said there were four to six prospective Knights at the event. “We had a quick run-through of what needed to be done and we went to work,” Ryan said. The League of Human Dignity will upgrade the bathroom, while Rebuilding Together will also make sure the all the systems are working properly and up to code. This will all be paid for by a generous grant from the Sears Heroes at Home program. “The whole time we were at the house, Mrs. Byers rolled around in her electric scooter telling us how much she appreciated what we were doing,” Ryan said. Others were appreciative of the Knights as well, such as Omaha City Councilman Garry Gernandt, who made an appearance at the work site. “The project went very well, and we were all very glad to be able to repay someone who had served their country in such an outstanding way, especially on the weekend of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, when we all remember those who put themselves in harm’s way so no attacks like those will ever happen again,” Gernandt said. The service project was a big hit — not just within the community, but with recruits as well. “I was happy to help Ms. Byers and I look forward to participating in more Knights activities in the future,” Arts & Sciences sophomore Ed Chapman, a new recruit, said.
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Twisting the day away Left: Hundreds of students turned up to support Tri Delta’s “Twister with a Twist.” There were 40 teams who competed, and Tri Delta raised about $1,400 to donate to its national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Right: Participants in Twister with a Twist fumble over each other the afternoon of Sept. 11 in the name of charity. Teams of three could enter the tournament for $30 and all who participated received a t-shirt.
Left: Three students compete to take home the Twister championship. The games began on eight Twister mats and after each round, teams were eliminated and obstacles such as soap, water and baby oil were added to the mats for increasing difficulty until there were only four teams left. The final four teams received prizes that were donated by local businesses. Right: Bystanders look on as the tournament gets into its final stages. The event was planned by cophilanthropy chairs, Business senior Karisa Almgren and Arts & Science junior Megan Mott. This was one of their most successful philanthropy events to date.
Students look to get involved at annual event BRITTANY BALDWIN News Reporter Nearly 90 colorful booths lined the mall as Creighton University hosted its annual Involvement Fair. This fair was designed to assist both new and returning students in selecting which clubs and organizations they should join by bringing all available opportunities together in one location. Director of Student Activities Katelyn Whitty found the Involvement Fair on Sept. 7 to be “a great way for new students to see what types of organizations [Creighton] has and how they can get involved.” In addition to providing students with the opportunity to learn about the different organizations on and off campus, Whitty feels the Involvement Fair provides students with the opportunity to meet other students with similar interests and further create a sense of community. “Sometimes it just takes knowing [an organization] exists to be ready to get involved or take the next steps to learn more… The Involvement Fair is all about opportunity,” Whitty said. Although Whitty understands the many social and academic demands placed upon Creighton students, she said she feels confident that being involved in activities helps students better manage these pressures. “Getting involved is a great way to really get more out of your college experience… you might find something out about yourself that you never knew before you joined an organization,” Whitty said. University College senior and president of the Creighton University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (CU NAACP) Tierre Maclin said he feels being involved over the years has helped him to “expand his horizons.” “Because of Creighton’s community, I have more friends from different backgrounds than
I’ve ever had,” Maclin said. Maclin finds the CU NAACP to be beneficial to the Creighton community because it “helps bridge the gap between Creighton and underserved communities in the Omaha area.” Maclin, along with other members of the CU NAACP, work diligently to get the Creighton name out to kids in northern Omaha to ensure the kids know “there is always a possibility for them to get their education at Creighton.” Although Maclin said he realizes not all Creighton students will choose to become involved in activities and organizations, he feels the Involvement Fair provides students with a valuable opportunity to interact with one another. “Even if students don’t get involved in activities, at least [the Involvement Fair] allows us to see each other’s faces… this gives us a chance to meet new people and create that community we look for,” Maclin said. For Nursing freshman Miranda Barber, this year’s Involvement Fair provided her with the opportunity to get to know Creighton students outside of the freshman class. “The Involvement Fair helped me to get to know upperclassmen who are in the same area as me and can give me some advice about the field I want to peruse,” Barber said. In addition to the social benefits of being involved, Barber also believes taking part in activities will give her an edge in the professional world. “Activities look good on job applications and provide more experience with life situations,” Barber said. Despite the multitude of organizations presented to students at the Involvement Fair, only a specific type of organization caught Barber’s eye. “I’m looking forward to getting involved in organizations that pertain to my career in nursing, and I may join some fun activities like a sorority along the way,” Barber said.
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Creighton alumnus receives high honor JOSIE BUNGERT News Reporter A 1976 Creighton Medical School graduate, who failed his first anatomy test, was presented with the 2011 Alumni Merit Award from the Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Eric A. Yancy, M.D. was born in segregated Baton Rouge, La. Yancy knew at an early age that he wanted to become a doctor. “Medical care was at a premium,” Yancy said. “You couldn’t just go to a physician. There were only a couple of black doctors in town, only a couple others that would see black patients.” One specific experience was when Yancy was a young boy sitting in a waiting room waiting to be seen, and there was a cap on the amount of people able to go inside. There was a woman and her baby outside the doctor’s office who did not get to see the doctor. “I thought to myself, ‘What if that baby is really sick?’ ” Yancy said. “I remember my father saying, ‘When you grow up, you can be a doctor and take care of babies like that.’ That was my start at wanting to be a physician. All I ever seriously wanted to be was a pediatrician.” Yancy knew he had to work hard, and immediately began reading his older siblings’ biology books as they helped him with science classes. With both parents being teachers, he
knew education was important, and worked hard to get to his goal of being a doctor. “Grades were always important,” Yancy said. “If we didn’t get them, Mother wanted to know why.” Yancy completed high school after finishing his junior year, and then went to Southern University for his undergrad at 16. Walking out of his history class one day, he ran into a gentleman that said he was a recruiter for Creighton University Medical School. They talked, Yancy applied, and after being placed as an alternate he was accepted at 19. “Hardest academic year of anything I have ever undergone. Certainly college was challenging, but med school was beyond challenging,” Yancy said. “My first test was anatomy, and I failed it miserably. My professor, in true Creighton tradition, was truly interested in what was going on for me as a student. He called me in to his office and said here is your grade, but this is how you can fix it. It was a part of that great Jesuit caring spirit.” After leaving medical school, Yancy applied to multiple hospitals and eventually found himself at Indiana University, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Although it was challenging being the first and only African-American resident there, Yancy was able to achieve the role of chief resident by
Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:00 a.m. Deglman Circle Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:
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his third year. This gave him a chance to work with high-risk cases. “After completing the residency, I got a chance to do what I always wanted to do,” Yancy said. “I purchased a little building and it didn’t take long to get things going because the area was underserved.” Along with his own practice, Yancy said he finds himself very busy and constantly working toward the Jesuit tradition. “The Alumni Merit Award has to do with continuing to try and exhibit the Creighton mission, trying to serve the community, and serve mankind,” Yancy said. “Academics is not all of it. It’s what you try to accomplish for humanity.” Yancy works with a religious-based community theater, where he plays Pontius Pilate in the passion musical every year, and is an assistant scoutmaster. He also recorded a CD that was released in 2009. “It is a cry for us to return to our normal, faith-based roots,” Yancy said. “Keeps me kind of busy.” Dr. Richard Schreiner, one of his former bosses and colleagues, nominated Yancy for this award. Yancy came out to Omaha from Indianapolis this past weekend to receive his award.
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Yancy received the 2011 Alumni Merit Award last weekend. Photo courtesy of Creighton University.
“My biggest values are my faith,” Yancy said. “I think God calls us to do something more than ourselves. If I am given something, it needs to be shared; it is not all for me. One of the biggest core values I live by.”
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Attendees of the Swing Dance Club’s “Swing Out” take part in free swing dancing lessons outside of the Skutt Student Center. Photo by Trina Pham. Creighton Students stop by the Skutt Student Center for free ice cream after Mass of the Holy Spirit Wednesday, Sept. 13. Photo by of Kathleen Franco. Physics professor Dr. Michael Cherney’s teaching style keeps students engaged in class through witty remarks. Photo by Trina Pham. Exchange students Melvin Nededong, GamJae Han and Jun Haeng Lee explore opportunities available through the Multicultural Club. Photo by Trina Pham.
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Will dubstep take over the world of music?
The latest music fad threatens to replace actual artistic creativity with techno beats and rhythm ADAM SPARKS Columnist The kid across the hall from me in Heider Hall likes dubstep. He really, really likes dubstep. He likes to make my walls speak to me on a nightly basis, though it seems all they’re capable of saying is, “WA, WA, WA,” and/or “WUB, WUB, WUB.” This forced exposure to stomach-churning amounts of dubstep has cemented my belief that those sounds are all it’s really capable of saying in general. I first heard “dubstep,” the increasingly popular music genre that combines electric club music, modified bass lines and song samples, when I was a freshman on the fifth floor of Gallagher last year. Initially, I thought it was
pretty awesome. So I listened to more of it. And the more I listened to it, the more it all sounded the same. Every song is a slight variation of the same thing, to the point that it’s often hard to distinguish one song from the next. The dubstep “artist” takes a sample from some catchy song, loops it over and over, throws in a computer generated bass beat (the WUB WUBs), and calls it music. There’s very little originality involved. I can accidentally produce the same thing by playing the radio in my car and driving over rumble strips. Here’s the hard part, though. There is some respectable dubstep. Occasional anomalies, such as Bassnectar’s remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” keep me from completely
writing off the genre as a whole. A huge contradiction, right? In a lot of ways, dubstep is like that kid you hung out with for entertainment purposes in high school. You occasionally hung out with him because he was fun and he liked to party, but deep down you knew he was kind of a moron. In other words, there’s no denying the awesome feeling I get from some dubstep songs, even if it all is a little moronic. Because how much of the song is good because of work done by others, and how much of it is good because of the dubstep artist’s additions? I’d say it’s more the former than the latter. But again, dubstep is rarely good. Usually it’s hard to even call it “music.” There’s just no
meaning to it. Too often it becomes incoherent, computer-generated noise that you almost have to be on some sort of mind-altering drug to enjoy — which I think is the point for a lot of dubstep fans. I think it’s something we’ll look back on 10 years from now that will remind us of college, much in the same way that terrible 90s music reminds us of our childhood now, but not much more. All things considered, I think it’s fairly obvious that dubstep is a fad. The “newest music genre” is all so similar that it’s already gotten old. It needs to take its WUB WUBs and WA WAs and fade away into pop culture obscurity. Hopefully sooner than later so my walls will stop trying to talk to me.
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Reflections on the series finale of “Entourage” EVAN HOLLAND Columnist Goodbye, Vince; goodbye, E; goodbye, Turtle; goodbye, Drama and even goodbye, Ari. Sunday night was the final episode of “Entourage,” and now I am left to figure out what I am going do with an extra half hour each week. So far I’m holding up just fine. Inspired by Vince and the gang, I thought about what celebrity entourages I would want to join. There were so many factors to consider when picking what entourages I would want to be a part of, because the goal is to be as close to the celebrity lifestyle as possible without actually being a celebrity. There were so many people to choose from in all areas of the entertainment industry — whether it is music, acting or sports, the choices are endless. It also crossed my mind that maybe I’m limiting myself. “Entourage” is about four men, but female celebrities also have entourages. In fact, I bet female celebs roll 10 to 15 deep or more, so that got me thinking what female celebrity entourages I would want to be a part of: Do I see myself hanging with Rihanna or Beyoncé, or maybe Sandra Bullock or Reese Witherspoon, or god forbid one of the Kardashian sisters? I’m sure I would have fun in any one of those female entourages, but having fun isn’t the only prerequisite for an entourage. One thing “Entourage” showed me is the unconditional love and loyalty friends can have for one another, and if I were in a female celebrity’s entourage, this might be missing. This unconditional love and loyalty among guy friends should be treasured. So whose entourage would I want to join if given the choice? This actually was not that hard to decide. I tried to pick one person from each area of the entertainment industry, that way there were no duplicates and I am a man of variety, so varied experiences are a must. The only problem I had was trying to figure out where the Dos Equis man fit.
The first entourage I would want to join would be Jay-Z’s. I understand that Jay-Z is a polarizing musician, but I find it hard to believe that it wouldn’t be cool to be close to Jay. He can lavish you with gifts, introduce you to other famous musicians, and maybe he would even let you drive his Bugatti, which happens to be a gift from his just as famous wife, Beyoncé. And if you’re friends with the husband, by default you are at least friendly with the wife. That’s the first rule of friends and marriage. When it comes to athletes, you have young guys with a lot of money who often like to live dangerously. Without a doubt, basketball players have the best entourages. I’d compare basketball players to middle school girls. The players, much like tween girls, are flashy. Their goal in life is to one-up each other, similar to middle school girls, and the results are big pay days. However, the athlete whose entourage I would like to join isn’t a basketball player; he’s a baseball player. For me, Derek Jeter is the epitome of the American athlete. He’s a winner and virtually owns New York City. The people you would meet and the places you would go would remind you of that famous Dr. Seuss book I had to read my senior year of high school. Finally, the one movie star I feel as if I could get along with based on nothing other than the fact that I like his movies is Leonardo DiCaprio. Imagine hanging out with Leo at a Lakers’ game. I mean, this is the star of movies like “Inception,” “The Departed,” “Gangs of New York” and a small little film about a really big boat called “Titanic.” He dates supermodels not because he wants to, but because he can. The only reason he hasn’t played a superhero yet is because he wouldn’t be acting anymore. “Entourage” was a really good show and I’m going to miss it. I feel like Jeremy Piven (who plays Ari Gold) put it best when he said, “Don’t be sad because it’s over; smile because it happened.”
Social media and its impact on revolutions
Twitter and Facebook are helping people organize and create effective social change. How many times a day do you check Twitter or Facebook? If you’re like me, you waste too much of your time on social media websites. SAMANTHA As college EIFFERT students at Opinion Editor Creighton, we are certainly familiar with the devastating effects of social media — namely, allowing for procrastination. During finals week I even go so far as to have a friend change my Facebook password. But what we normally use as procrastination tools are actually really important. Certainly as a global community we can recognize the need for social media. In Egypt and Libya, for an example, when conventional media was shut down, Twitter and Facebook were the primary means of organization. The world watched as people reached the heart of Tripoli, the capital of Libya, on Aug. 22. The new, post-Gaddafi government seems promising, and it is reasonable to suggest that without social media, it would have been much more difficult to organize the people to protest the government. When the government initially shut down media such as newspapers and radio stations, people used social media in order to inform the world what was happening. This worked, of course, until the government shut down the Internet. Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media outlets are not just being used such ways in the Middle East; they are also being used in Mexico. The border of Mexico has experienced heightened levels of violence recently due to drug cartel activities. Ciudad Juarez, a border city next to El Paso, Texas, is considered the most dangerous city in Mexico. Not only is Juarez the most dangerous city, but also the violence is part of the reason why people try to enter into the U.S. illegally.
Juarez is so dangerous because the drug cartels and the government are linked together with a chain of corruption. On average, eight people are shot there per day. In protest of the violence near the U.S./Mexico border, people have been using social media as an outlet to criticize the government and drug cartel activities. Have I mentioned that America’s consumption of drugs is what keeps these cartels in business? Our demand for drugs such as marijuana and cocaine drive the wars in Mexico. And we wonder why we have a problem with immigration. But that’s another issue. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, two bodies were found hanging from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo, one of the border cities in Mexico. The bodies were gruesomely mutilated, and next to them was a sign next to them warning that social media users who continued to denounce the drug cartels would be consigned to the same fate. These two people were only 20 years old. The Zetas gang, the cartel that controls Nuevo Laredo, is most likely responsible for the deaths of the two young people. Since this tragedy, people have continued to speak out, condemning the violence of the drug cartels. I applaud the audacity of the people to continue to fight for what they believe in. Even in the face of death, anonymous bloggers continue to write. It makes me think: Would I be willing to stand up to our government for something that I believe in, or would I take the path more easily traveled and simply complain? I’d like to think that I would be willing and committed, but more often that not, I sit and do nothing. The next time I’m bored and decide to blog or update my Facebook status, I will be thankful for the freedom to write whatever I want, and I will pray for those who don’t. While college students may view these social media venues as a black hole of distraction, others see it as a means of protest. I only hope that if one day I am faced with a similar situation of injustice, I will be among those brave enough to speak out.
16 September 2011
Perch From the
Going green should be easy CHRISTINA MOORE Columnist If you asked people I’m close with to describe me, they’re not going to say that I’m a tree-hugger. In fact, most would describe me in very different terms. I don’t spend my limited free time protesting oil spills or petitioning the government about air pollution regulations. But there is one thing that really gets to me: recycling. OK, so those of you who already decided you don’t want to read this, you can move on to Jays sports reporting; I don’t blame you. For the readers I haven’t lost yet, here it goes. Maybe I’m just used to being home in Maine where there is a really simple recycling system. In this single-stream recycling system, residents merely decide if the item is trash or recyclable, and if it’s recyclable, it goes in a separate bin. Paper, cardboard, plastic items, glass – all of it goes in one bin. If an item comes with a returnable label, people can take it to a grocery store in a bag, where grocers scan the tag on the bag, and whoever brought it in gets five cents back for each bottle. This system encourages people to recycle things that otherwise probably would have been thrown away. In Maine, there is an added incentive to recycle by charging for trash bags. Residents have to use city-specific trash bags, with different colors for each city and town. By charging ridiculous amounts ($10 for five trash bags), people are much more inclined to fill the trash bags with only trash — and recycle the rest. Now, I don’t necessarily think that charging a lot of money for special trash bags is the best way, but it sure works for Maine. Coming to Nebraska, I was surprised: You can’t return bottles for money, which is clearly a bummer. Who doesn’t like to get an extra 40 bucks when bringing a bag of recycling to the store? But what really gets to me is the amount of trash we have to throw out here because there isn’t another option. On Creighton’s campus, there are recycling bins for cardboard boxes out behind the dorms, but for the most part, there are primarily trash bins. What I think is irresponsible is that Creighton could do a lot more, but Nebraska does not seem to have the recycling program in place to support that. Most items don’t actually have to be thrown away. Most of the contents of an average trash bag could be recycled. Cardboard, plastic, paper and other items can be recycled but are mostly thrown away because for many people, it’s just too much work to recycle. My roommates and I have been so good about separating out materials that are recyclable, and one of my roommates even wants to start composting — but it isn’t easy to dispose of it all. We had to go on a wild goose chase to find a recycling bin to put the paper and cardboard in. Nebraska should consider implementing a program that would enable its residents to recycle easier, because we all know if it was easy, people would do it.
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‘What’s the weirdest thing a professor has said or done in class?’ “The weirdest thing is that he came in and said, ‘Come on guys, wake up. I’m more hungover than all of you.’” Allyson Claybaugh Arts & Sciences junior
“I had a professor that hates Adam Sandler.”
Early access to Pottermore falls short for ardent fans I like to think that my life is an open book. I really don’t hold much back here in my column, and I’ve been quite honest NATALIE about my opinions KILLION on a variety of Columnist topics. But it’s about time I come clean. What I’m about to share with you is a dirty little secret of mine, a confession really. Forgive me, Father, for I am a Harry Potter addict. I was introduced to the drug *cough — books* back in 1999, when the series really took off in the States. Since then, an obsession has unfolded, consuming 12 years of my life — my entire childhood, really. This isn’t your typical mild-mannered, general approval or liking of the Harry Potter series. It is a way of life. I attended nearly every midnight premiere of both the books and movies, dressed up, of course (Harry would expect no less of me). I feverishly devoured all of the books the night they came out, becoming a hermit of sorts in my bedroom. My family had to send out rescue squads. It was serious. I even cried when I turned 11 and didn’t receive my letter from Hogwarts. I was utterly devastated. But my inner 11 year-old felt vindicated this year when she learned that J.K. Rowling was going to launch Pottermore, a “unique online Harry Potter experience.” Users can travel on the Hogwarts Express, visit Hogsmeade and get sorted into Houses (virtually, of course). All at once, my eyes grew wide and I couldn’t help but smile. Finally, I would get my Hogwarts letter. Nine years late. But better late than never. Starting on July 31, and continuing for
seven days, hopeful Potter fans could try to find the “Magical Quill,” which would ask a trivia question about one of the books. If answered correctly, one would be assigned a username and be granted early access to the site. Those who found the Quill would be allowed in on a staggering basis. The site will open to the rest of the Muggle world in October. So, like the devout Harry Potter fan that I am, I stalked the site for days, trying to find the Quill. Finally, miraculously, on the fifth day, it appeared to me and I was assigned a username. Giddy and overjoyed, I could not wait to get on the computer and leave the Muggle world behind me. I reread my confirmation email more carefully and it said that I would have to wait a few weeks to be allowed into the site. I slumped in my seat, disappointed. A few weeks? That’s a little vague. Brush it off, Killion. Patience is a virtue. The excitement of my confirmation email to Pottermore has faded. It’s been nearly six weeks, and still no word from Pottermore. In just a little more than two weeks, it will be open to the rest of the world. It makes me wonder why I spent hours trying to gain early access. When I was 11 and didn’t receive my letter, I tried to give Hogwarts the benefit of the doubt. It takes an owl a long time to cross the pond, I justified. But Pottermore has no such excuse. I would have had very few problems waiting a few days, but six weeks is really starting to test my patience. I feel misled by Pottermore. I was promised early access, but with the site going public in just a few weeks, I still have yet to reap the rewards that go along with such a privilege. I almost want to avoid Pottermore at all costs once it opens in October as a sign of protest. But I don’t think the lure of Diagon Alley or Quidditch matches will pull me in. Still, the magic seems a little less magical after such a long wait.
Priscilla Romero Business junior
“One time a teacher was talking about snorting caffeine.”
Arts & Sciences junior
“My professor has told me countless raunchy jokes.”
Arts & Sciences freshman
“I have a professor who complains about his wife all the time.”
Brett Coburn Business junior
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16 September 2011
Students relaxed on Sunday at the free “Yoga and Pilates on the Green” event. This session took place on the lawn just ouside of Davis Hall. Photo courtesy of Emily Butz.
The final ‘stretch’ of summer AMANDA BRANDT Scene Reporter
It’s a Sunday afternoon. The sun is shining, the squirrels are frolicking and you simply cannot spend one more minute in the library. If you look at one more page of biology or do one more calculus problem, you will scream! Sound familiar? Lucky for you, the Kiewit Fitness Center is sponsoring a new program, Yoga and Pilates on the Green. It’s a series of free group exercise classes, held outside, as well as a totally awesome study break. What better place to connect with body and soul than in the open air, surrounded by nature? Arts & Sciences sophomore Olivia Babe is a pilates instructor in her second year teaching at Creighton, but next week will be her first class outside. For her, the combination of pilates and nature makes perfect sense. “I feel guilty being inside on the treadmill when it is beautiful out,” Babe said. “There may be some distractions, and it might be awkward at first for some people. Hopefully they will have fun get a good workout from it.” Pilates is similar to yoga, but it isn’t as focused on finding a balance between mind and body. Instead, pilates increases body awareness and muscle tone. Babe said she believes this program is a great way to introduce
newcomers to the wonders of pilates. Babe said anyone can reap the benefits of pilates. “I always tell the story of a man who comes to one of my classes,” Babe said. “He runs Ironmans [triathlons], but he can’t do a simple roll up. This is truly a cross training workout that everyone can benefit from.” Arts & Sciences junior Allyson Burns has some experience with both yoga and pilates. Burns and her roommate went to Pilates on the Green for the first time on Sept. 11. She said that the workout was pretty flexible and included many “variations that could make it more difficult.” When asked about the outdoors aspect, Burns could only list one negative aspect — the bugs. “Once I managed to ignore them it was really quite nice,” Burns said. “There were a few moves that you have to do lying on your back, and it was nice to look up at the clouds while doing those.” And best of all, these classes are free. They are held every Sunday from 3-4 p.m. through Oct. 9. Next week’s class is pilates at the Opus Courtyard, taught by Babe. Babe said she recommends wearing comfortable clothing and bringing your Creighton ID and a yoga mat or beach towel
Sept. 17, 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Omaha Farmers’ Market at the Old Market
Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Katy Perry at Qwest Center Omaha ($54) Sept. 16, 9 p.m. Anchondo with We Be Lions and Mia Leblon ($8)
Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Stone Temple Pilots concert at Stir Concert Grove ($40 in advance, $45 at door) Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Hear Nebraska Fundraiser at Zoo Bar in Lincoln ($5, 21 and up)
Sept. 16, various times “The Future” opens at Dundee Theatre
Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, 2 p.m. -10 p.m. “Incommon Ground” art show and pig roast
Sept. 16, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. “On Familiar Ground” opens at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Gallery
Sept. 22, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Pecha Kucha at Blue Sushi (Free)
Sept. 17, 2 p.m. - 11 p. m. American landscape photographs and loom weaves at the Joslyn Art Museum (Free)
Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Comedian Demetri Martin at Civic Auditorium ($33)
to lie on. If you don’t have a mat, they are for sale in the Campus Recreation office for $10. Babe said she hopes that many new students will see the positive benefits yoga and pilates can bring, such as a more toned physique and improved posture.
Burns said she recommends bringing an open mind and a positive attitude. “There were a few moves where I would just look at my roommate and laugh because they were a bit difficult,” Burns said.
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16 September 2011
‘Jersey Boys’ Can lines help the lonely find love? Move over, Mike. There’s a new “Situation.” ANNA SHYMANSKI Assistant Scene Editor “Jersey Boys,” a musical about a band’s rise to fame and struggle to stay together, premiered Sept. 7 at the Orpheum Theater. The Creighton Students Union Program Board offered 50 students the opportunity to attend the musical for free. The board sponsored a similar event last semester; students were given the chance to see “Young Frankenstein,” another Broadway production, for free in April. “[Young Frankenstein] was a huge success,” said CSU Program Board Late Night Programming Coordinator and Arts & Sciences sophomore Nick Mascio. “Right off the bat this semester students were asking me when the next opportunity to go to the Orpheum would be.” Because of the positive response to “Young Frankenstein,” CSU Program Board brought back “A Night at the Orpheum” this semester. “‘A Night at the Orpheum’ allows students to get off campus, experience a high-class program and [they] are exposed to some of the greatest musicals traveling across the nation,” Mascio said. “As of now I hope that this event is a regular occurrence every semester.” Arts & Sciences senior Mallory Rush took advantage of the free night out Tuesday and attended “Jersey Boys” with some of her friends. Rush said she would love to attend more free events at the Orpheum in the future. “We’re college students, and events like these make it easier for us to enjoy more of what Omaha has to offer,” Rush said. The musical follows the lives of the rock ‘n’ roll music group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on their rise to fame, and features hit songs such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” “I think Omaha has some great culture especially in the arts and a lot of us take it for granted,” Arts & Science sophomore Olivia Marks said. “Not to mention, I just really love the arts... and free stuff!”
April tackles the dos and don’ts of flattery Creighton students are champs when it comes to icebreakers. Between floor meetings, classes and joining clubs on campus, students are used to doing activities or saying “fun” facts about themselves that APRIL PAYNE will make them stand Scene Columnist out in the minds of their peers. So if Creighton students are so good at icebreakers on campus, are they just as successful with them in a more social setting? And of course what better icebreaker in a social setting than a pick-up line? Pick-up lines are intended to be icebreakers more so than an actual way to impress someone. I don’t know of anyone who truly has been able to use a single line to make someone instantly fall in love with him or her. Some pick-up lines are so straightforward that they actually admit to being icebreakers. Take the unoriginal fellow who approached me this summer and asked me, “How much does a polar bear weigh?” I did not answer him by saying, “Enough to break the ice.” This is because I have been employed as a tour guide at the zoo for the last five months, where I answer this question frequently. I automatically responded, “Well, an adult male can weigh anywhere from 800-1,500 pounds, and females generally weigh half as much.” He seemed to think that I was mocking him, and walked away. In all honesty, I have that fact so drilled into my head that I answered him without even thinking. Had he asked me why tigers are orange, or why bongos are striped, I would’ve answered in the same manner. But even if I wasn’t a nerd who can spout off animal facts at the drop of a hat, I still wouldn’t have been able to hold a normal conversation with a stranger who thinks he’s being cute because he’s using a worn-out pick-up line. But even if you use the cheesiest pick-up line like, “There must be something wrong
The Dating Scene with my eyes because I just can’t take them off of you,” it is easy to tell if the person you are approaching is interested or not. If you walk up to a girl and say, “Excuse me, can you empty your pockets? I believe you have stolen my heart,” one of two things will probably happen. The first is that she might laugh at your cheesy line, which then invites you to try and begin a normal conversation and introduction. The second option is that she might begin to look around the room nervously for her friends, and slowly start backing up. If the latter happens, you can still introduce yourself, but your best bet is to walk away shortly after. That’s the problem with cheesy pick-up lines: they are extremely hit or miss. Guys and girls alike, if someone is not interested he or she will instantly show it. So if you really want to meet someone in a crowd who has been catching your eye, how do you get around this? Well, you take advice from an expert, of course — Chelsea Handler. In one of her books she mentions one of her new favorite pick-up lines. It goes a little something like this: “Is your name Kevin?” “No.” “Really? Do I look familiar to you?” This pick-up line, like the cheesy pick-up lines, automatically tells you if a person is interested in talking to you, but it’s better because the entire process is much more subtle and low-key. When you ask someone if you look familiar to her and she answers no, then chances are that she isn’t interested in chatting with you. If a person answers the
question by saying “maybe” or “yeah, a little bit,” then you have an invitation to continue the conversation. You can keep up the ruse for a while longer and try to guess how you might know each other. Are you the guy who always blares Nickelback from your iPod when you workout at the FitNest? No? OK, good. Do you spend a lot of time at the desks shaped like rocketships in the library? Do I see you frequently eating at Applebee’s? After this goes on for an appropriate amount of time, feel free to ease into normal conversation. The problem with this pick-up line is that it only works on someone who is truly a stranger. You would hate to ask someone if you look familiar to him and have him reply, “Oh yeah, you’re that jerk my friend dated freshmen year and now she calls you by a funny nickname behind your back.” And don’t be that person who sees someone out and decides to have a 15-minute conversation about how you are in the same botany class. It’s just going to make things awkward on Monday morning. Also remember the point of a pick-up lines is to flatter, so if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Ladies, don’t try using, “I like my men like I like my books: Funny, predictable and short.” Gentlemen, if you are the guy who always says there are no 10s at Creighton, don’t go up to a girl at the next soccer game and say, “Are you from the Four Corners? Because you’re the only four I see.” And if someone uses a pick-up line on you and you want him to go away, don’t just tell him to scram. If someone approaches you and says, “I know we’re not in Professor Flitwick’s class, but you still are charming,” and you already have a boyfriend, just hit him with the Bat-Bogey hex and walk away. Really the choice to use a pick-up line is up to you. If you think it’ll get a laugh and be well received, go ahead. If you are normally more of a Carlton rather than a Will when it comes to telling a joke, maybe don’t bust out a line when trying to impress people. Besides, nobody but the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would be able to pull off telling a girl that she looks so good that he would marry her brother just to get in her family.
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16 September 2011
Joslyn Art Museum offers food, music and art displays — all free to Creighton students. KATHLEEN AMBRE Scene Reporter Let’s see... there’s the acoustic guitar singer-musician sporting a lumberjack-esque beard, a tuba player known for his bad jokes, a cool collected guy on bass, a cello player with an aggressive sense of humor, a sarcastic guy on electric guitar and a flute player who’s boss. Midwest Dilemma’s quirky musical medley of personalities complements their just-as-temperamental genre of music. This “Americana-folk-rock-orchestral popwaltz” band that calls Omaha home has been coast to coast and, even more recently, at a closer locale that does this hipster ensemble justice: the Joslyn Art Museum. Having just hosted “College Night” Sept. 9, Joslyn transformed its art-deco atrium into an acoustic venue in the efforts of drawing in college students and young adults. “It’s like the ceilings are 100 feet tall,” said bearded front-man Justin Lamoureux. “The reverb was just brilliant in there.” Joslyn has held its “College Night” tradition for years, serving up free food, showcasing collections and of course, hosting a band of choice. “It’s really just a chance to see what Joslyn has to offer, because we certainly want people to come back often and remember it as a great night out,” Public Relations Specialist Amy Rummel said. Currently between exhibitions — American landscape contemporary photography exhibition soon to open this Saturday — the museum pooled funds and resources to pull off exactly that, a “great night out.” “It was a nice surprise to see the place fill in completely,” Lamoureux said. “It was neat to see folks listening and connecting with our stories and music. We have done many college events over the years, it’s always interesting to see how
many students get us” Awarded “Album of the Year” at Omaha’s 2008 Entertainment Awards for its“Timelines & Tragedies” album debut, Midwest Dilemma lives up to a somewhat underground local prestige. It has performed in more than 40 states across the country, opened for notable bands like Bright Eyes, Counting Crows, Lenka and Dave Rawlings’ Gillian Welch. It has also grown from a one-man band playing in coffee shops to a group of six musicians with sights on a European tour this October. Traveling with the seasons and rooted here in the Midwest, these self-proclaimed “nonamers” are slowly but surely making a name for themselves. “I feel we are tighter now that ever, in terms of our closeness as friends ... This profession allows you to see and do things on a scale and level that is so rewarding,” Lamoureux said. While awaiting tour dates in Ireland and the United Kingdom, the band still, however, pays homage to its Omaha roots. Reminiscing run-of-the-mill trips to the museum as a kid, the band tips a hat, or tuba, to a lively city scene with much to offer. “I think about the exhibits and still have vivid memories of them,” Lamoureux said. “To this day I still feel the spirit in the art and can take time to appreciate what it’s worth. I feel that Joslyn provides a way to preserve and create the need for artists and a place for them to be seen and heard.” Hoping to always exhibit artistic talent alongside tangible works, Joslyn Art Museum is one such place in which “art” takes on many forms and many roles. “It’s amazing to be a museum that presents a little of everything,” Rummel said. “It’s always like an eb and flow of what you can experience and see.” Photos by Kathleen Ambre
The most important #s and trends of the week Compiled by Morgan Braaten
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Twitter has become a place where news breaks almost as soon as it happens. However, some hashtags need an explaination — and that is what we’re here for. #RIPTupac: Tuesday, Sept. 13, was the 15-year anniversary of Tupac’s death. The notrorious rapper was shot several times and died a week later of cardiac arrest. #MissAngola: Monday, Sept. 12, Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011. She represented the country of Angola. #CongratsTimWakefield: Boston Redsox player Tim Wakefield became the 108th pitcher in MLB history to win 200 games. #MichaeleSalahi: Michaele Salahi, one of the Real Housewives of D.C., was reported by her husband as kidnapped. The latest rumor is that she has actually run off with the lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schon. Twitter is great for news, but it is also great for appreciating just how clever people can be. Some of the most entertaining Tweets of the week: #themostcommonlies: “I have read and accepted all terms and conditions” #annoyingthingspeoplesay: @Voldemort — “What happened to your nose?” #myteacherisweird: T:Get that phone off your desk. Me: It’s a calculator. T: I don’t care what type of phone it is, take it off #UKnowUHungryWhen: @AshKetchum — you can eat more food than a Snorlax. Suggestions? Tweet at the Scene Editor: @MBraat
16 September 2011
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KATIE HANSEN Sports Editor The Creighton women’s soccer team lost its second straight game Sunday night as the Jays, faced off against the Sacramento State University Hornets. The game was scoreless in the first as both teams struggled to get shots off. The Jays only shot on goal came in the second minute by junior forward Brittney Neumann, the jays were out shot in the first half 4-2. The first goal of the game went to Sacramento State in the 59th minute when Caitlin Pulver snuck a ball past Creighton junior goalie Katie Jo Swanson. Creighton battled back as senior forward Andrea Zuniga was able to tie up the game with her first goal of the season in the 79th minute. Zuniga was able to collect the ball after a cleared corner kick and send a high shot into the far post. Creighton and
Sacremento continued to fire off shots for the remaining 15 minutes but the relentless goalies continued to thwart any attempts. At the 90th minute the game was still tied and for the second time this season the Jays went into overtime. Last week the Jays took the University of South Dakota into double overtime and won with a goal by senior midfielder Kelly Connolly. At the break Creighton switched out Swanson for senior goalie Alicia Montgomery who has 16 saves this season. It did not take long for Sacramento to get that elusive golden goal. At the 45 second mark Sacramento sent a long ball across the net where Sacramento’s top scorer was waiting. She headed the ball into the corner past Montgomery, ending the game for the Jays. The Jays top contributors were Neumann with five shots and Zuniga with four shots and one goal. The Jays are 3-3 this season. The next three games are at home for the women’s soccer team. The Jays will face off with the University of Northern Colorado at Morrison Stadium.
Volleyball runners-up in Lincoln Jays come in close second behind Nebraska
JASMIN CORBIN Reporter Jays volleyball recently placed second in the Ameritas Players Tournament in Lincoln, Neb. The Jays’ first game was played Sept. 8 against No. 11 Kirsten Bernthal Booth University of NebraskaLincoln in front of a Head Coach sold out crowd, the 150th straight sellout for the Cornhuskers. Both teams came out swinging as they battled back and forth for points. The Jays went on a 6-0 run as sophomore defensive specialist Julianna Mandolfo served up an ace that gave Creighton the lead 129. The Huskers answered back, going
on a 16-2 run. The run proved to be too much of a deficit to overcome, and Nebraska won all three sets, 25-14, 26-24 and 25-16. Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth emphasized balance in response to losing to the highest-ranked team the Jays had faced this season. “It’s this balance of being able to recognize when we are getting better even when we are losing,” Bernthal Booth said. Creighton’s next match was Sept. 9 against Weber State University. The loss to Nebraska in the first game seemed to motivate the Jays in their second game. Freshman outside hitter/middle blocker Lizzy Stivers said the team was mentally focused. This was noticeable as the Jays sharpened up their team play against the winless Wildcats. Creighton’s stars overpowered Weber with a season-high 11 aces. The Jays led a balanced attack as senior setter Megan Bober and sophomore outside hitter Natalie Hackbarth both had seven kills. Junior middle blocker Heather Thorson added six and freshman setter Michelle Sicner
chipped in five. The team’s communication at the net also contributed to Mandolfo’s teambest 17 digs and five aces. Creighton swept Weber State in three games, 25-12, 25-13 and 25-18. Finally, Creighton faced Saint Mary’s College last Saturday. The Jays came out strong and led most of the game. Freshman outside hitter Leah McNary sparked life into the Jays with 10 kills in the match, her career best at Creighton. Bober also added 10 kills on a great night of 20 assists and four digs. Sicner added to the accolades with seven kills, 12 assists, and five digs. Creighton held off St. Mary’s despite numerous come backs and swept the Gaels, 27-25, 25-22, 25-23. The Jays improved to an overall record of 4-6. Creighton’s dynamic duo of senior middle blocker Laurel Sanford and freshman Sicner were named to the alltournament team. The Jays placed second behind instate rival Nebraska. The team will kick off its annual Creighton Classic this weekend at D.J. Sokol Arena Friday night against Drake University.
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16 September 2011
A sea of blue rallies behind the men’s soccer team
Jays fly up to third place in polls
Photo by the Rev. Don Doll, S.J.
MATT BOURGAULT Reporter Ranked 3rd in the nation, Creighton men’s soccer team managed to stay strong on defense and record its fourth consecutive shutout, a 1-0 victory over Fordham University Friday, Sept. 9, at Morrison Stadium. The Bluejays’ clean sheet was a testament to the play of senior goalkeeper Brian Holt, who made six saves in the contest. The lone goal for Creighton came from senior midfielder Jose Gomez. The victory gave Creighton a 4-0-0 record, outscoring opponents 10-0 so far this season. Fordham also entered the game undefeated, and the goal they conceded to Gomez was the first they have let in all year. The Rams are now 2-1-0 on the year. The only goal of the night came in the 18th minute of the game when Gomez and sophomore forward Liam Kelly hooked up on a brilliant giveand-go. Gomez’s shot was placed so perfectly in the top right corner of the net that the keeper had absolutely no chance of saving it. It was his second goal of the season, but not the most prominent thing in his mind. “It’s always a joy to score goals,” Gomez said. “The most important thing is that we got a win.” Fordham was able to create its own chances in the first half, putting four shots on net. Holt was able to save all four shots by staying aggressive and coming off his line when it was called for. The victory was Holt’s 40th of his career and his 30th clean sheet while at Creighton. Holt currently holds the Missouri Valley Conference record for most shutouts by a keeper. The Rams had a few more chances in the second half, including some very threatening corner kicks that left Creighton defenders scrambling in front of the goal. Each time, though, Holt was able to
remain calm and do what he needed to thwart the threat.The Bluejays had a few late chances of their own, with both freshman defender Eric Miller and senior midfielder Greg Jordan slipping shots barely wide of the post. Creighton won again on the road Sunday in its match-up with the DePaul University Blue Demons (1-2-0). The Bluejays continued their streak of clean sheets with a nailbiting 1-0 finish. The game went deep into the second overtime until junior midfielder Bruno Castro scored with 95 seconds left in the match.The game was hard-fought, featuring a total of 47 fouls. The Bluejays had a few chances to pull away in the first overtime, including a header by junior forward Dion Acoff that was saved by the DePaul keeper. Holt had three saves, the last of which was in the second overtime period. Castro’s goal was set up by a DePaul yellow card just outside of the 18-yard box. The transfer from University of North Carolina stepped up and drilled the free kick into the back of the net. The goal was Castro’s third of the season. Creighton is now 5-0-0 after a win against DePaul on Sunday, and it received even more good news this week. Junior defender Jake Brown was named MVC defensive player of the week.The Omaha native earned the starting job on Friday and has shined ever since. Coach Elmar Bolowich spoke about Brown’s play this year. “He’s doing a fantastic job,” Bolowich said. “He’s very consistent right now.” As defending MVC champions and preseason MVC favorites, the Bluejays have now moved up to No. 3 in the latest NSCAA poll. The team’s next game is Saturday, 18th, at 7 p.m. in Morrison Stadium against the Providence Friars.
NSCC men’s soccer rankings 1. University of Maryland 2. University of Connecticut 3. Creighton University 4. University of Akron 5. UC Irvine 6. UC Santa Barbara 7. University of Louisville 8. University of North Carolina 9. Indiana University 10. University of Central Florida
TOP: Junior midfielder Jose Gomez crosses the ball to his teammate BOTTOM: Junior midfielder Dion Acoff beats the Fordham midfielder Photos by: The Rev. Don Doll, S.J. and Christine Prissel
Published on Sep 16, 2011