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Ceramics students involved in the “Empty Bowls Project” not only get their hands full of clay, but they also do hands-on service. On Dec. 4 from 4-8 p.m. and on Dec. 5 from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., ceramics students will be working at Creighton’s fifth Empty Bowls Project, a fundraiser for the Siena/ Francis House Homeless Shelter. There they will be selling their handmade ceramic bowls. For $10, one can buy a handmade bowl and get a complimentary bowl of soup. All proceeds will go directly to the Siena/Francis House. The “Empty Bowls Project” is a national program, which was started by two ceramic high school teachers in Detroit, according to Amy Nelson, the associate professor of ceramics in the Department of Fine & Performing Arts.

Anthony White, John Byrne and Alessanda Panares each placed in the poetry slam competition that took place on Nov. 13 in the Skutt Student Center. The competitors participated in two rounds with two poems apiece. White took home first place by a close margin, Byrne took second and Panares took third.

“I’m fortunate enough to go to Creighton, and it’s my duty to give back as much as I can,” - Margaret O’Connor

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Nelson started Creighton’s involvement in this program in 2006, incorporating it into one unit in her intermediate/advanced classes. In the fall of 2011, she made a class devoted entirely to making bowls for the Empty Bowls Project. In this class, students make and sell 10-15 bowls as well as serve a total of five hours at the Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter, serving meals to the homeless. Nelson paired this ceramics class with a civic engagement counterpart because she is passionate about service and she wants the students to realize the impact art can have on a community. “This class shows that art can better your community,” Nelson said. “Civic engagement has always been something that’s really important to me. It’s a great way to empower communities. “ The class of 10 students involves students

Visit the Lied Center for Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Theatre for this year’s winter show, “The Nutcracker.” Showtimes are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. The cost is $5 for students, $15 for senior citizens and $18 for the general public. To order tickets ahead of time, visit boxoffice.creighton.edu.

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who have never taken an art class and students who have taken several ceramics classes. Maria Murray, an Arts & Sciences junior as well as Nelson’s teaching assistant for the course, wishes she could take more classes that have a service aspect intertwined with the course work. “Service should be a part of my life always,” Murray said. “Donating stuff to a cause is what makes this class really cool.” Margaret O’Connor, an Arts & Sciences senior, has taken several ceramics classes before but took this course to focus on her skill of making bowls. With her involvement in Cortina as well as her active involvement in other service opportunities, this class fit her forte. “I’m fortunate enough to go to Creighton, and it’s my duty to give back as much as I can,” she said. Stacey Georgopolous, an Arts & Sciences

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junior, took this class because she was intrigued that this class paired artwork and service together. She is passionate about service and spent a week at the Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter over fall break as part of a service trip. “Pairing [my experiences at the Siena/ Francis House] with this [class], I get to see it full circle,” she said. Although she enjoys the service aspect, she enjoys the art aspect just as much. “When a bowl makes it through the stages [of production, such as the clay, leather and glossed stage], it’s really rewarding,” she said. This class doesn’t just raise money to give away blindly. The students do service at the place where they money they raise by selling their bowls will go. “Going to the Siena/Francis house and seeing where the money goes, that interaction is my favorite part,” Nelson said.

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HEIDER: Donors represent Jesuit values, beliefs that the business school hopes to instill in its students CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The Heiders were the first to endow two professors’ chairs at Creighton, one in cancer research and the other for Jesuit faculty. They established two scholarship funds and are recognized in the name of Heider Residence Hall. The impetus for their donation: Charles Heider wanted to see the Creighton College of Business grow. “A larger business school is good for Creighton University and good for our community,” Heider said in an Oct. 20 Omaha World Herald article. “This is a timely opportunity we want to take full advantage of for all the right reasons.” With their gift to the Heider College Business, the Heiders became the largest donors in Creighton history, surpassing a $50 million anonymous donation in 2004. The exact amount is confidential, pointing to the Heiders’ great humility. The Heiders were initially concerned about putting their name on the business school and told both Lannon and Heider College of Business Dean Anthony R. Hendrickson that they did not want to make a big deal out of their donation. However, Lannon and Hendrickson insisted on celebrating. “Anyone who knows Charlie knows what a truly humble man he is,” Hendrickson said. “Charlie said that he was interested in making this transformational gift, but he was very concerned about putting his name and Mary’s name on this. And I said, ‘Oh Charlie, you absolutely must put your name on this. Your name is so well-respected, you must put your name on there.’” Henrickson pointed out that they did not decide to name the building after the Heiders because they gave the school an incredible amount of money, but because of the lives that the Heiders have lived. “Charlie and Mary exemplify what we’re trying to do with students which is to give them great skills to go out and have wonderful careers, but to develop their sense of responsibility that

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The Harper Center was recently renovated to house the Heider College of Business, named after Charles F. and Mary C. Heider who gave a very generous donation. Charles is a Creighton business alumni who graduated in 1949. to whom much is given, much is required … and an understanding that there’s an obligation to give back to your fellow man and fellow people in society,” Henrickson said. Creighton launched the Ignite the Greatness campaign in response to a growing need for business graduates trained not only

to think critically but also to lead companies with integrity, ethics and sound business principles. The Heider College of Business strives to incorporate Creighton’s Jesuit values into its curriculum in order to form such future business leaders. “In higher education, new buildings are

attention-getters,” Hendrickson said. “The buildings are significant only because of what they mean to the people inside them. Structures mean nothing if you have not built a lasting culture.” Hendrickson said.

BUSINESS: Donations came from many sources, went to renovating new spaces for all three colleges CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 their professions and in the community.” The donations for the campaign came from a variety of sources, illustrating the active involvement of Creighton alumni and business leaders in the Omaha community. One of the largest changes adopted by the College of Business has been its new name. The Heider name is already familiar on campus with Heider Hall being the home to 165 students and the Rev. Timothy Lannon, S.J. Lemke said that there could not be a better name to represent the integration of integrity with business success than Charles and Mary Heider. The Heider legacy is associated with business success, but beyond that, Charles and Mary Heider are examples of leadership guided by Jesuit ideals and a commitment to community service. The Heiders’ vision is for Creighton Business students to be distinct, due to both their business and overall Creighton education. “A named college elevates the Heider and Creighton brand with national recognition as we continue to compete for students with top business schools,” Lemke said. “Arguably the most successful business schools in the world are named for their generous benefactors, and with the Heider name, Creighton will be appropriately placed among these top schools.” While the changes to the College of Business are possibly the most obvious, the Ignite the Greatness Campaign also funded projects that affect a larger number of Creighton students. Steven Michael Kelly, chief operating officer and associate director of the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics at Creighton University, said that the campaign benefited so much more than just the College of Business. “The Ignite the Greatness campaign not only touched the College of Business, but did you know that over 10 buildings, [Eppley, Harper,

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The trading center, located on the second floor of the Heider College of Business, is a new and highly benefical learning tool for all business students. Using new technology, it provides up-to-the-minute information on the stock market. the Library, Brandeis, Hitchcock, Creighton Hall and many more] were renovated on campus?” Kelly said. “All due to the generous donors of the campaign, multiple schools and departments are now occupying renovated space. Out of the budget for brick and mortar renovations, more than two-thirds of the money was allocated to non-business school renovations. This was truly

a campus transformation, not just a College of Business change.” Students are already seeing the benefits of an updated College of Business. Claire Harrington, Business sophomore, said that the changes to her college are as practical as they are exciting. “The renovations to the Harper Center

are great,” she said. “I look forward to using the trading room. I think it will provide a unique interactive experience for students to learn about and understand the financial markets. The updates to the College of Business will improve the education that business students receive both inside and outside the classroom.”


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SCENE Comedian stands up in Omaha

Brittany Baldwin, Scene Editor scene@creightonian.com

DAN KELLY Scene Reporter Comedian Paul Mecurio recently paid a visit to Omaha’s The Funny Bone Comedy Club as part of his latest comedy tour. Mecurio is best known for his podcast, “The Paul Mecurio Show” which has welcomed many celebrity guests over the years and has even earned Mercuio an Emmy and a Peabody award. While in town for his local show from Nov. 14-17, I sat down with Mecurio to get his thoughts on his comedic career thus far, as well as the future of his standup act. Q: Have you performed in Omaha before? A: I have never performed in Omaha before, but we’re gonna be staying at your house so I hope your ready … I’m really excited to be doing comedy in Omaha, I know there are some of best clubs in the country. Q: You have been performing stand-up since the start of your comedy career; what do you think about the current popularity of stand-up comedy? A: I think it was in a slight down cycle for a while. There were a lot of smaller shows on cable — you know, comedy type shows — but it has definitely made a comeback recently with a lot of good clubs and even more strong acts. Q: How exactly did your stand-up career begin? A: I worked on Wall Street and then began writing jokes as a hobby to start. I ended up with this huge pile of jokes and nothing to do with them, so I tried to sell one to Jay Leno. He bought my joke for fifty bucks and said it on live TV and it blew my head off my shoulders. He also recommended that I try my own jokes out on my own first. So I began doing standup comedy at some really strange dive bars in NYC. Eventually it became like a secret double life for me and I realized I was done working in the business world. Q: What do you most enjoy about traveling to do stand-up? A: I enjoy going to different cities. I heard

you [Dan Kelly] were in Omaha so we decided to stop there … I’ve played some great shows all over the country in Miami, L.A., Nashville and now Omaha. Q: How would you describe your comedic style to someone who has never heard of you? A: Well first of all, I think you need to brush up on your interviewing skill because I am insulted to say that someone has never heard of me … I like to do a mix of some biographical info and current events, sometimes incorporate my Daily Show background, pop culture, news, sports, etc. I really enjoy playing with the audience to make people part of the show in a different way than maybe they’ve experienced before. Getting conversational with the audience can be fun and add a different dimension to it all. From city to city, my bit is the basically the same, but it always turns out being a mixed bag of stuff and depending on what’s working that night. Q: Let’s talk for a minute about what you have been up to off the stage. I understand you have a regular podcast? A: My own show, it’s called the “Paul Mecurio Show” and it is free on iTunes where you can listen to all the old episodes. I frequently do interviews with major celebrities and newsmakers. It’s about people, what they do, the processes that got them to be the way they are — it’s like a cool actor’s studio where they can come and hang out to do long form interviews. I’ve interviewed Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert, the Mythbusters hosts, and Steve Austin to name a few. Q: Between your early work writing with The Daily Show — a show that relies heavily on current events — and now your recent work doing regular podcasts and interviews, would you consider yourself at all to be a journalist? A: That is an interesting question, but absolutely not. Some people call me an [expletive] … but I would say I’m primarily a satirist. I did a lot of political satire for the show based off current events and we always had to find facts, but I wasn’t breaking them. A journalist in the purest sense is someone who

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Comedian Paul Mecurio visited Omaha for the first time when he made a stop at the Funny Bone Comedy Club to perform as part of his latest comedy tour. got a scoop acting on behalf of the interest of the American public. Most of the time I am featured on news networks like MSNBC or CNN where I play the commentator role. Q: Do you believe shows like “The Daily Show” have a journalistic responsibility or is it more for entertainment purposes? A: Well, first of all, the shows like that have to get the facts right in order to get the basis for the jokes and to be effective. I mean, we’re not working from complete fantasy, there is still some sense of a story conveyed. In the end, it smells like journalism, looks like journalism but it’s primarily entertainment. Q: What are your thoughts on the impact that “The Daily Show” has made on the way that young people consume news? A: Well if you are consuming news from just us then I would say you are screwed … But really what I mean is that there is always more

going on than what we end up covering. People should always seek out different sources and perspectives on news so they can reach their own conclusions. Q: I have a friend who balances his time between getting his education and doing improv in his spare time. As an educated and successful comic yourself, what kind of advice would you have for someone in such a position? A: Forget the education, he can just sleep with anyone he needs to in order to get ahead —don’t worry about having an education … If he’s already a senior, then I would definitely say finish it up and just have it so he can be done with it. If I had to do it all over again, I would still get my degree. Although I finished school and worked before I got into comedy, it’s good to have because I can still pretend I’m a lawyer.

The Buried Life asks, “What’s on your bucket list?” ALI PAASCH Scene Reporter When Creighton Students Union (CSU) Program-Board created the event “The Buried Life,” it seemed to be the buzz on campus. “The Buried Life: what Would You Do Before You Die” was a documentary show on MTV in 2010. The first episode aired Jan. 18, and from then on it was “the talk” among TV-goers. The show featured four Canadian men, Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn, and Jonnie Penn, who set out across America to ask people one simple question: What would you do before you die? The initial idea came from Jonnie Penn, who was assigned to read a poem in class, “But often, in the world’s most crowded streets, but often, in the din of strife, there rises an unspeakable desire after the knowledge of our buried life;” written by Matthew Arnold.

What started out as a two-week road trip before returning to college turned into a mission, for every item they crossed off their own “What to Do Before We Die” list, the group helped a stranger achieve their own goal of what he or she wanted to do before he or she died. Students were beyond thrilled that “The Buried Life” was coming to Creighton’s campus on Nov. 4. After attending the event myself, I was blown away by the charisma of the two members of the show that came, Lingwood and Jonnie Penn. Arts & Sciences freshman Lizzy Marcotte attended the event and was blownaway by its success. “I came to this event because I watched ‘The Buried Life’ on MTV a couple years ago. I loved the guys on the show. They were funny,” Marcotte said. “Creighton doesn’t have a lot of these types of events; I had to take advantage

of it.” The event took place at the Skutt fireplace with students sitting on couches, the steps and standing in every possible place to have a chance to take part in the talk. They began with a talk about how they got started, the show and how they still carry out the mission today. The men had a presentation prepared with clips from their TV show and the famous quote that gave them their name. “I loved this event because it was informal and conversational with the guys,” Marcotte said. “They were hilarious and inspiring; it made me realize that life is short and if I really want something I should go after it. Creighton should do more events like this because it was targeted towards college students, they were just like us trying to find a place in the world. If Creighton has more events like this in the future I will definitely be attending.”

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“What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?”

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There’s hope for us yet (part 4) KASSAUNDRA HARTLEY Scene Columnist

Over the past three weeks, I have featured couples that met at Creighton and are now married. This week, I feature Thomas and Marie Forbes in the fourth and final piece of the “CU Couples Show That There’s Hope For Us

Yet” series. Thomas and Marie met at St. Joseph’s Hospital, now known as Allegent Health. Marie was in her junior year of nursing school and had a job there during her time at Creighton. Tom was in the first year of his pediatric residency in 1990. Tom had several siblings at Creighton, a brother the same year as Marie in Pharmacy School and a sister a year younger than Marie in Nursing School. For a nursing formal Marie’s junior year, she asked Tom to accompany her. He accepted and the two dated for two years after that. Tom proposed to Marie at Disney World and they were married in St. John’s Church where Tom’s parents, Dr. Edward and Joan (McGroaty) Forbes, Creighton graduates as well were married in 1957. Edward was a physician and Joan attended nursing school at Crieghton, talk about deja vu. All 10 of their children attended Creighton, Tom being the fourth oldest. Thomas and Marie have been married for 20 years and God has always been number one in their relationship and family, as they have been blessed with eight children. When asked for any advice she had for Creighton students in love Marie chimed in. “Our advice is to always put Christ first. Pray for your future spouse and God’s guidance in your life always,” Marie said. “Go to mass on Sunday and if you can make a daily mass every once in awhile or just stop by the church & pray for five minutes. Put your trust in God always.” A huge thank-you to all who have helped

and pointed me in the direction of all the couples featured. This week I’d like to thank Katelyn Forbes. Thanks Katelyn. In case you missed the previous three couples’ advice: Erin and John Kamp said: “Stop looking for love and just make really good friends. The rest will work its way out!” Douglas and Karissa Malchow’s advice: “Wait until they take you seriously to make the right move. People grow over four years. Watch out for your best friends because they can sneak up on you … in a good way.”

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John and Carolyn Pfeifer suggested: “If you have a certain somebody that you’re eying from across the lecture hall…go talk to them already! You may be wasting valuable time that you could otherwise be spending smushing faces in the Jesuit Gardens. Worst case scenario: they turn you down flat, but you learn a little something about yourself, and you move on to the next potential candidate. Best case scenario: You get married and grow old together in a reallife adaptation of a Disney movie. Like the old couple in Up.” My advice for all of you is the same as theirs and don’t stress out about it. There is no sense looking for love because it has an uncanny way of finding and surprising you.

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After 20 years of marriage, Creighton graduates Thomas and Marie Forbes have been blessed with eight children whom they constantly instruct to “keep God number one.”

Dundee delights with French Bulldog EVAN HOLLAND Opinion Editor What was a Subway restaurant as recently as last year has now been transformed into Omaha’s new European-style charcuterie leaving the $5 footlong in the past. The French Bulldog opened in September 2012 in Omaha’s Dundee neighborhood off Underwood Avenue. This European-style charcuterie, a type of cooking that is devoted to how the meat is prepared, has a very hip, minimalistic, artisan feel throughout the restaurant with a variety of low hanging lighting. Open for both lunch and dinner, The French Bulldog’s selection of cured meats and cheeses curated by chef Bryce Coulton are continually changing, as well as sandwiches and salads that showcase the partnership the restaurant has formed with local farmers and ranchers. Something I have never seen before, Coulton cures all of his meats in the restaurant. Patrons can see this curation process through a big glass window in the back of the restaurant. After serving for 20 years in the United States Air Force, Coulton went to culinary school in Ireland, and then worked in Europe before coming back to the United States to focus on Italian prosciutto methods. Coulton shares ownership of the restaurant with his partners Phil Anania and Anne Cavanaugh. Anania and Cavanaugh are both Omaha natives and also own the Dundee neighborhood favorite Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob, right around the corner from The French Bulldog. The sandwiches are delicious. I’ve been there three times and have ordered the bulldog deli sandwich every time. While I do very enjoy the ciabetta bread toasted to perfection

stacked high with ham, salami and provolone and some special dressing, there are very few other options on the menu. The French Bulldog very much ascribes to the adage of doing a few things really well, rather having many options. You have a choice between only three different types of sandwiches, four different types of salads and two types of sausages. Each of these entrees ranges from $9 to $12 in price. The sides that came with the entrees are also limited. I for one just stuck to the potato chips that came with my sandwich. Restaurants are more than just their menus. A few friends and I showed up on a Friday night around 7p.m. On this most recent visit, all of the tables were full. We had to wait about 10 minutes. Some of the members of my group over 21-years-old ordered some craft cocktails at the bar. They said the drinks were very good and unlike anything they have seen in other restaurants. There were many seasonal drink offerings and a large wine menu. Dundee has always been a neighborhood with trendy restaurants and unique shops and The French Bulldog is just the latest restaurant to be added to that category.

The French Bulldog Where: 5003 Underwood Ave Omaha, NE 68132 Phone: (402) 505 4633 Price: Entrees $9-$12 Online: frenchbulldogomaha.com Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Friday Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.; Closed Sunday

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21 November 2013

OPINION

Civil rights as a political tool CARRIE HAUSMAN Opinion Columnist

Ted Cruz was one of the leaders behind the whole “let’s shut down the government to regain the glory and honor of the GOP” movement. Now he’s way too vocal in the “I can’t believe the Democrats shut down the government, those darn socialists,’” movement because, of course he is. This means that people know his name, and he’s on the news far more often than one can rationalize. And, yet, here I go so I guess there’s your rationale. In addition to being in the news, his dad has been in the news recently. One of the most recent mentions was his proclamation that “all blacks should be Republican,” because “all the civil rights that the African Americans have obtained have come from Republicans.” One of the big issues with Rafael Cruz — in this case, at least, I’m sure there are plenty — is actually a common issue. He automatically relates African American civil rights to slavery. This is problematic. And not just because it leads to me, a middleclass white chick born and raised in a highly segregated city, to talk about race. Yes, Abraham Lincoln wrote and signed the Emancipation Proclamation and he was a Republican. During that pre-war period, the Republican Party was considered to be radically liberal — it advocated for abolition, after all, and that movement itself featured some women in an active role. In fact, the opposition was so upset at the idea of a president with different views that they broke the country up to voice their displeasure. Interesting, right? But no, people like Cruz automatically think that the end of slavery meant the end of inequality for minorities. That’s not only stupid, it’s harmful. That’s the kind of talk that negates the hardships that minorities have been forced to endure for the past 100-some years. It completely skips over an especially dark time in history in which African Americans would get lynched for no reason, attacked for no reason, had to use separate facilities and schools for no reason and were considered less than a full person. It completely glosses over the systematic dehumanization, marginalization and discrimination that this country did for decades and still does today in a lot of respects. It’s rude, disrespectful and just plain wrong. Furthermore, his claims that the Republican Party has been the sole champion of African American civil rights throughout history is a crock. A simple Google search of ‘Jim Crow” laws will tell you that. Let’s look at the progression of African American civil rights post the 1880s. The “Plessy v. Fergeson” case in 1896 that led to “separate but equal,” was decided by a Republican-majority court and the decision coining that phrase was written by a Republican judge. Harry S. Truman desegregated the military in 1948; he was a Democrat. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced by a Democrat, and signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democratic president. However, it was based upon a bill introduced by two Republican senators back in 1875 that was declared unconstitutional by a majority-Republican Supreme Court. LBJ also signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was introduced by both a Democratic senator and a Republican senator. There is no clear-cut political party division when it comes to civil rights in the political realm in the United States. Trying to attribute the progression of human rights throughout history to any one political party to gain votes is disgusting. Furthermore, the motivation and rationalization behind such an accusation is problematic and indicative of a whole mess of other issues.

Evan Holland, Opinion Editor

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Strategic plan questioned AUSTIN SPILLANE Opinion Columnist DOMINIC DONGILLI Opinion Columnist

On Nov. 8, the student body of Creighton University received an email from the Rev. Timothy Lannon, S.J. regarding updates on Creighton’s new strategic plan. Our first impression of the email was to wonder if the title of the plan, “One Creighton,” was borrowed from a past campaign for Student Union president by Mr. John McCoy. However, upon reading the e-mail and the strategic planning website, our concerns became far less whimsical. We now wonder if Creighton University will continue as a liberal arts university under this new plan. Every source of information that can be found on the new strategic plan emphasizes a desire to “bridge” the various colleges and programs at Creighton in order to strengthen the quality of the final product that is the graduate. There is much talk of the depth and breadth of the education offered at Creighton. There are also plenty of places where the reader is reminded of the 450 year-old Jesuit tradition to which Creighton proudly belongs. All of these things seem like noble goals and ideals. The very kinds of ideals we embrace, in fact. Our concern is that any time there is mention of these ideas being placed into practice, it’s very clear that actual priorities differ from those that have been stated. All the information on the strategic plan that mentions the various programs at Creighton almost always does so in the same

way: “seven health professional programs, and programs in business, law, and the arts and sciences.” The emphasis clearly lies with the health sciences. Even when the health sciences are not singled out, the phrasing changes to “interprofessional education.” Even when Creighton decided to adopt a new provost model for its administration, the final hire was a man with a strong background in the health sciences. We are not questioning whether Dr. O’Connor is qualified for the position. We simply cannot help but feel that his hire is already an example of this strategic plan playing out in action. Our main concern after reading all of the material is that the supposed “bridges” Creighton wishes to erect betweens its various programs seem to go in only one direction. The only time the arts and sciences are mentioned is in regards to how they can be used to support the professional programs (i.e. “ethical professionals”). It is not made clear how the liberal arts programs are supposed to benefit from the plan. In fact, it would seem that the arts and sciences can only be hurt under this new plan, since the plan is very honest in assessing Creighton’s financial situation, which is less than ideal. Creighton, like much of higher education, has been hit hard by the weak economy: alumni decrease donations, students need more financial aid to attend and people are quicker to question how colleges are preparing students for the work force. All of these pressures encourage universities to place their resources in the areas that most appeal to nervous parents wanting their children to study “practical” things so that they can get jobs after graduation. Creighton,

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with its new strategic plan, seems to be caving into these exact pressures. This kind of thinking is silly at best and dangerous at worst. Any university that truly claims to value its Jesuit liberal arts tradition shouldn’t shrink from that tradition in this modern world, but rather proudly proclaim its benefits to students, parents and the community at large. Critical thinking, deep reading of texts and strong writing are the hallmarks of a liberal arts education, and they are infinitely employable. But that’s not really the point. A liberal arts education doesn’t stop at making you a better employee; it makes you a better person. That’s something that this world seems to desperately need right now: thoughtful, caring people who operate in more than one narrow dimension of thinking. We know so many preprofessional students at Creighton who double major for no other reason than that they truly love studying something for its own sake. Our current president, Fr. Lannon, majored in mathematics and has gone on to great things that would hardly seem directly correlated to mathematics. That’s closer to the real meaning of magis than the way it’s been twisted for recent marketing purposes. It’s a good thing that Creighton wants to plan for its future. This kind of goal-setting and planning are the best way for the university to achieve continued success. We just hope that in preparing for the future, our university does not lose sight of what’s made it great for more than 150 years. We hope that our concerns are ultimately wrong, and that “One Creighton” really means an attempt to bring all the schools together, and not just subsuming all the other schools under “One Marketable Creighton.”

Cartoon by Tony Schilling

Quote of the Week “The mayor, apparently coming to his brother’s aid, began running and knocked over a Council member, Pam McConnell, a 5-foot tall grandmother who was no match for the mayor, a former football player. The crowd began chanting ‘Shame, shame, shame.’” - Jennifer Steinhauer and Ian Austen in a New York Times article describing the chaos during a Toronto City Council meeting where members voted to strip erratic Mayor Rob Ford of almost all of his power.


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21 November 2013

SPORTS Soccer preps for postseason run Matt Bourgault, Sports Editor sports@creightonian.com

AUSTIN SMITH Sports Reporter The men’s soccer team survived to play another day as they made the NCAA Tournament field for the 21st time in the past 22 seasons. They will host the Seattle University Redhawks in the first round of the tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Morrison Stadium. The Redhawks are the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Champion after a 10-8-4 season. The winner will travel west to take on the 2nd seeded Washington Huskies, a team the Jays beat last year in the second round en route to their second consecutive run to the College Cup. The Jays were one of five Big East teams to make the NCAA Tournament this year, joining Georgetown, Marquette, Providence and St. John’s. The 9-8-2 (4-4-1 Big East) season for the Jays provided them with an array of ups and downs. An early 1-0 exhibition win over currently top-ranked (No. 7 at the time) Notre Dame looked promising for the Jays, who started the season ranked No. 6 in the nation. Three consecutive wins to start the season, including one over No. 14 ranked Tulsa was enough to launch the Jays to No. 1 in the nation. The ranking would only last a week however, as the Jays suffered a 3-2 doubleovertime defeat to William and Mary in the Stihl Classic on Sept. 15th. The doubleovertime game was the second of the five in a row that the Jays would participate in, a team record. Creighton went 2-1-2 during that stretch. One of the wins came in the Jays’ Big East opener at home against the St. John’s Red Storm, a team ranked No. 7 in the nation at the time, while the Jays were ranked No. 5. Approximately 5,282 fans, the sixth-largest crowd in the history of Morrison Stadium, watched as freshman midfielder Fabian Herbers scored the gamewinner off of a free kick in the 109th minute. One week later, a matchup with No. 12 Georgetown that had been highlighted on fans’ schedules since the beginning of the season. The matchup lived up to expectations, resulting in a scoreless draw. The Jays then dropped five of their next seven games to drop out of the Top 25. Two convincing wins moved the Jays back up to No. 25 before they lost their regular season finale to the Providence Friars. The Friars then ousted the Jays from the Big East tournament with another 2-1 victory. “It’s all about getting hot at the right

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Junior defender Jose Ribas led the Jays with six assists and scored one goal en route to earning Second Team All-Big East honors. moment.” Senior midfielder Zach Barnes said. “The past few games we can use as motivation. Right now everyone is 0-0. We had some losses that we can build off and if we win four games we’re in the final four. Six games I think we win it all. Right now, we just have a six game season we’ve got to look forward to and I’m pretty sure we’re capable of doing it; we’ve just got to take care of Thursday first.” In their first season in the Big East, the Jays had seven players named to All-Big East teams. Barnes was the lone Bluejay to be named to the All-Big East First Team. Junior defender Jose Ribas, sophomore midfielder Timo Pitter and sophomore defender Brendan Hines-Ike were named to the Second Team. Herbers and fellow

freshman midfielder/forward Ricardo Perez both earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team. Senior midfielder/forward Bruno Castro earned an All-Big East Honorable Mention. Pitter led the team in goals for the second straight season, scoring seven to go with four assists to finish with a team-leading 18 points. Herbers was second on the team in points with 10, scoring three goals and notching four assists. Sophomore midfielder/forward Christian Blandon and junior midfielder/defender Eric Miller each recorded three goals and one assist on the season to accumulate seven points. Jose Ribas led the team in assists, recording six to go with one goal for eight points on the year. Junior goalkeeper Alex Bolowich went 7-6-1

on the season, making 60 saves and allowing 19 goals with an average of 1.28 goals allowed per game. The Jays went 7-1-1 at home this year. “Look at the support,” head coach Elmar Bolowich said. “Look at the crowds we draw and look at the people who come to the games, it means something. It means something to the players as well to play at Morrison Stadium, there’s a little bit more pride involved. But on the other hand you’ve got to look at our away game schedule and say we need to do a little bit better.” The Jays will look to continue their dominance at home this season on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Seattle.

Creighton passes first road test against Saint Joseph’s Hawks JACOB PADILLA Assistant Sports Editor Big contributions off the bench and some late heroics by its All-American helped No. 23 Creighton to pull out a comeback victory against St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. Creighton survived some hot shooting from the Hawks and four Bluejays scored in double figures - including two off the bench en route to an 83-79 win. Creighton scored the first bucket of the game, but things went south shortly after. St. Joseph’s hit four 3-pointers in the first six minutes and jumped out to a 16-6 lead. Creighton’s offense looked stagnant and they struggled to get the ball to their AllAmerican senior forward Doug McDermott. “We didn’t do a very good job of that to start the game. I’ll take full credit for that,” McDermott said. “I kind of just was standing around. Once I started moving around a little better, slipping screens, stuff started to open up a little better.” The Hawks’ hot shooting continued and they stretched their lead to 13 at 24-11 just over 10 minutes into the game. St. Joe’s held onto its lead with the two teams going back and forth until back-to-back 3-pointers by McDermott and senior guard Jahenns Manigat brought the Jays within two late in the half. St. Joe’s scored the next five points, but

Creighton got the last basket of the half from Will Artino and the Hawks took a 45-40 lead into the break. Senior forward Ethan Wragge kept the Jays in the game with four 3-pointers while junior guard Devin Brooks brought a spark off the bench and to the backcourt with eight first-half points. Creighton came out with more focus in the second half and tied the game for the first time since 0-0 just more than two minutes into the period and took its first lead since 2-0 at the 16:16 mark. The two teams battled over the next several minutes until Creighton used a 12-4 run to build an eight-point lead with less than eight minutes remaining. St. Joe’s responded with an 8-2 run of its own to cut Creighton’s lead down to two at 7472 with 3:16 remaining, setting the stage for an exciting end. The teams traded two-point buckets until St. Joe’s broke the streak with a 3-ball to cut the lead to one at 78-77 with 1:09 left. Senior guard Grant Gibbs was called for an offensive foul on the ensuing Creighton possession, but Creighton forced a miss from the Hawks on the other end. However, Wragge wasn’t able to keep his man off the glass and was called for a foul on the rebound. With Creighton in the bonus, forward Ronald Roberts stepped to the line and knocked

down two free throws to put his team ahead by one with 27 seconds left. St. Joe’s chose to use their two fouls to give on defense, preventing the Jays from getting into their offense and running the clock down. The Jays were finally able to get a shot off on their third try as Brooks was able to beat his man off the dribble and get to the basket, but his shot was blocked from behind and landed out of bounds with seven seconds left. With one more chance, Gibbs took the ball out of bounds on the baseline and Creighton set up a play. McDermott ran off a screen by Wragge and popped to the corner. Gibbs found him and McDermott let a 20-footer fly while getting hit on the elbow. The result: a swish plus the foul. McDermott completed the 3-point play at the line and Creighton held an 81-79 lead with 4.9 seconds left. “Grant made a great read and found me in the corner there, it was an open look, and I got fouled too,” McDermott said. “It’s my first [game-winner] ever so I didn’t really know how to react. I thought I broke my hand there when I hit the ground celebrating. Just a great look by Grant.” St. Joe’s tried to catch Creighton off guard and launched the ball down court rather than passing it to a guard in the backcourt, but Brooks sniffed out the play and intercepted the ball. He was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to clinch the game.

Brooks finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists and was forced to step up and close out the game when junior starting point guard Austin Chatman went down with cramps. Wragge’s hot shooting continued in the second half and he finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-11 shooting from deep. In addition to the go-ahead basket, McDermott managed to record 20 points despite seeing plenty of defensive attention. “I was proud of the way Doug stayed patient,” head coach Greg McDermott said. “Not many college basketball players get double-teamed every time they catch it, every screen he came off they switched. All those other guys across the country they’re talking about aren’t facing that type of defense. He stayed patient and still found a way to get 20 and of course hit a big one to win the game.” McDermott’s early season play earned him National Player of the Week from ESPN’s Andy Katz in addition to player of the week honors from the Big East. McDermott scored 37 and 20 points in Creighton’s two games last week and helped the Jays jump back into the national polls. Creighton returns home on Saturday to host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Saturday afternoon at 2:30.


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Creighton splits weekend JOSH BUCY Sports Reporter The Bluejays’ aggressive defense forced 22 turnovers and handed the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers their first loss on Saturday afternoon at D.J. Sokol Arena. In front of 802 fans, the Creighton women’s basketball team got revenge from last year’s disappointing 88-81 double overtime loss at Minnesota. With the victory, the Bluejays improved to 2-1 while the Golden Gophers dropped to 2-1. Although the Gophers won the tip and scored on their opening possession, the Bluejays got off to a very quick start thanks in part to senior forward Sarah Nelson. Nelson’s first 3-point basket gave the Bluejays an early 3-2 lead, a lead they would not relinquish as they remained in front for the rest of the game. Nelson started the game 2-2 from beyond the arc while fellow senior Jordan Garrison added a 3-pointer of her own that powered the Bluejays to a 9-4 lead. After UM’s Amanda Zahui picked up her 2nd personal foul of the half with 13:23 remaining, the Golden Gophers’ height advantage was neutralized. Zahui, who is the tallest player on the Gophers’ roster at 6-foot-5, would score most of her 14 points and eight rebounds in the second half. UM struggled for much of the first half with silly turnovers by throwing the ball away or traveling before attempting a shot, and Creighton’s opportunistic defense would end the day by scoring 23 points off Minnesota’s 22 turnovers. Creighton head coach Jim Flanery was pleased with his team’s defensive showing. “We really collapsed on the post in the first half and made them turnover-prone,” Flanery said. “We didn’t really have to rebound in the first half because they only got up 18 shots. That was huge.” The Golden Gophers didn’t reach double digits until a 3-point basket from UM’s Sari Noga with just under six minutes remaining in the half. However, as poorly as the Golden Gophers shot the ball in the first half, they were only down six points before Garrison hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 29-20 shortly before halftime.

The Bluejays took 36 3-point field goals for the game and converted 11 of those opportunities. While the percentage isn’t impressive (30 percent), all of the 3-point baskets came at critical and potential game-changing moments, including one by freshman guard Lauren Works who came off the bench to make a 3-point basket just when the Bluejays needed it most. Field goals from Alexis Akin-Otiko and Nelson gave the Bluejays a 36-22 halftime lead. Flanery was a big fan of the opportune 3-point baskets. “We didn’t shoot the ball well in the second half, but all of our threes were timely threes,” Flanery said. “There were times where it felt like, ‘Gosh we need one,’ and then it’d go in.”

“Revenge is definitely sweet. It was déjà vu. We were sitting in the same place last year but we were not going to let that happen again,” -Sarah Nelson In last year’s contest, the Bluejays also had the lead at the intermission but squandered a 17-point lead late in the game and went on to lose the ballgame. This time, the Bluejays made sure that it didn’t happen again. Although she struggled to make shots from the floor, sophomore guard Marissa Janning made a 3-pointer early in the second half to give the Bluejays their largest lead of the game at 39-24. With Zahui returning to the floor, the Golden Gophers had an easier time creating secondchance opportunities on offense. For the game, the Golden Gophers outrebounded the Bluejays 37-28, including 10 offensive rebounds. Just as in the first half, every time the Golden Gophers appeared that they might get back into the ballgame the Bluejays responded with a timely field goal or 3-point shot. Several times, the Golden Gophers cut the deficit to nine points but got no closer than 56-48, as the Bluejays always responded with a basket of their

own. A jump-shot from Akin-Otiko iced the 63-52 victory for the Bluejays. Getting a second shot at the Golden Gophers was an opportunity that Nelson and the Bluejays relished. “Revenge is definitely sweet,” Nelson said. “It was déjà vu. We were sitting in the same place last year but we were not going to let that happen again.” For the game, the Bluejays shot only 39% percent from the floor (24-62) but had 18 more shot attempts than the Golden Gophers. A quick start, a swarming defensive effort and timely 3-point field goals in the end propelled the Bluejays in the first game of their crazy weekend. In the second game of the weekend’s daunting schedule, the Bluejays came up on the short end of a 74-68 loss to University of Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Coming off a spectacular defensive performance against the Minnesota, the Bluejays were unable to contain the Jayhawks as three Jayhawks were in double digits for scoring. Despite shooting 75 percent from the floor in the first half (15-20), the Jayhawks only had a 36-33 lead over the Bluejays at the half. However in the second half the Jayhawks opened up a 17-point lead with 14:43 remaining, which would be their largest lead of the game. The Bluejays have struggled in the early minutes of the second half for most of its games this season, and Sunday’s game was no different. The Bluejays shot just 36 percent in the second half while shooting 41 percent for the game. The Jayhawks held a 31-27 advantage on the glass and shot 61 percent from the floor for the game but also attempted 25 free throws compared to 12 for Creighton. “I thought our kids fought,” Flanery said. “It was a huge improvement from our first road game. With short rest and short time to prepare we gave ourselves a chance but Kansas played really well and deserved to win.” The Bluejays were led in scoring by Janning with 22 points and Nelson with 17 points. The Bluejays return to the court against the University of Houston on Saturday. Tip-off at D.J. Sokol Arena is set for 6:05 p.m.

Volleyball vies for Big East Tournament seed AUSTIN SMITH Sports Reporter With a 3-1 victory over St. John’s and a 3-1 loss to Seton Hall over the weekend, the Creighton volleyball moved to 19-7 (10-4 in the Big East) on the season. With the split the Jays are tied with Butler for third place in the Big East heading into the final week of the regular season. After a devastating 3-2 loss to the Red Storm in Omaha on Nov. 1, the Jays rallied after losing the first set to split the season series with a win on Friday evening in Queens, N.Y. The Red Storm dominated the first set, winning 2514. The Jays then reeled off three consecutive wins by scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 29-27 to win the match. Junior outside hitter Leah McNary led the team with 14 kills, while junior middle blocker Kelli Browning contributed 11 and freshman outside hitter Jess Bird added 10. Junior Michelle Sicner and Ashley Jansen led the team in assists, recording 22 and 16, respectively. Sophomore defensive specialist Kate Elman led the team with 18 digs. The fourth set saw 13 ties and eight lead changes before the Jays finally finished the game on a Red Storm attacking error. As a team the Jays hit .171 in the game, compared to the

.163 of the Red Storm. “Sometimes we come out and we’re ready to go, and other times it’s almost like we have to wait a game to get it going defensively, and I think that was the case against St. John’s,” head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said. “I did think we showed great resiliency to battle back in game two and then obviously win the match. St. John’s is a very good team and we were fortunate to get out of there with a win.” After the win, the Jays traveled to South Orange, N.J. to face the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday afternoon. A familiar but unfortunate theme for the weekend took place as Creighton won the first set 25-18 before dropping the next three sets 25-27, 26-28 and 17-25. Bird led the Jays with 16 kills and also added 15 digs. Browning was the only other Jay with double-digit kills, producing 10. Sicner finished with 29 assists and nine kills while again splitting time with Jansen at setter. Junior outside hitter Katie Niesler contributed 16 digs in the loss as Elman came up with her 1,000th career dig in the game as part of her 24 total for the night. The milestone came in her 59th career match, making Elman the third-fastest player to reach the milestone in team history. “I always had known that the position comes with a lot of digs, but I never thought

I would hit it this fast,” Elman said. “It’s a great blessing and I’m very thankful because obviously I can’t do it without my team. The front row plays a huge part in what I do, and because our front row is so strong and so great, that’s the only reason I can do what I do. I attribute a lot of it to them.” The Jays have clinched a spot in the Big East Tournament, but their seeding has yet to be decided. The tournament will include the Jays, Marquette, Xavier and Butler. Marquette has already clinched the regular season title and the top seed, but the other three seeds are still up for grabs. Creighton went 1-1 against Marquette, 2-0 against Xavier, and 1-1 against Butler. The Jays won their match at home against each team, but fell on the road at Marquette and Butler. The tournament will take place at D.J. Sokol Arena on Nov. 29 and 30. First, the Jays will try to close their regular season on a strong note as they return home to face the Georgetown Hoyas and Villanova Wildcats this weekend. The Jays beat the Hoyas 3-1 in Washington D.C. on November 9th and the Wildcats 3-0 in Villanova on November 8th. The Jays will first take on the Hoyas Friday night at 7, then the Wildcats on Sunday afternoon at 1.

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vs. Butler (10-4) @ DePaul (2-12) Villanova (4-11) @ Marquette (13-1)

Lay down, lay down I would like to preface this column by addressing that I do not normally endorse the catching of feelings. That being said, this MATT BOURGAULT is the last week I can call myself Sports Editor the sports editor of The Creightonian, and I am feeling a little sentimental. Editing for this paper has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had while at college, considering they paid me for something I would have done for free just to get my mom to stop bugging me about what a great opportunity it is. I get it Mom, work experience and all that. (She is totally going to read that and tell me it is not true, so expect a retraction in the first paper next semester.) Really though, The Creightonian has been a tremendous opportunity and I would recommend joining the organization to anyone interested enough in news to pick up this paper. Don’t fret if you do not think your writing is good enough, the paper will take anyone (like that dude in the picture above). Soon enough, you too could be standing on an empty practice field, wondering if you wrote down the wrong time for an interview. Good times. If you can stand that long enough, you might even become an editor. (This isn’t too difficult, though, if you get the tennis beat. Coach Tom Lilly is the nicest guy on campus; he even woke me up at the airport so I wouldn’t miss a flight. I did miss the connection in Chicago, though.) Back to editing, nothing beats the feeling of staying in the Hitchcock building after midnight because you just can’t seem to fit all of your stories on the page. You laugh, you cry, you listen to every song G-Unit has ever released, it really is the life. Make sure you only climb as high as sports editor, though. Any more responsibility and the people around you expect you to do work. Work is for nerds. I would like to think I am going to miss those nights, but the NBA will be in full swing by next semester. I’ll be fine. I’ll start my novel or write some rhymes or do nothing productive and play 2K12 all night. Tuesday nights will rule! I will miss the rest of the staff though. These people put in a lot of work to make the thing that surrounds my column every week. One of those people, Jacob Padilla, is attached to the very capable hands in which I am leaving the sports editor position. You may know Jacob from the weekly novellas he publishes about Creighton basketball. Jacob has some interesting quirks in that he “follows rules” and “knows what he’s doing.” What an odd fellow. Let it be known that I have plenty of faith in Jacob’s abilities. He’s pretty much been doing my job for the past year-and-a-half, without that whole “paycheck” thing. For the purpose of this changing of the guard, consider Jacob Padilla the Martin Van Buren to my Andrew Jackson. My only hope is that Jacob’s assistant, Anthony Robinson, learns to stay out of the rain before he takes this office. Now, before you get all excited about the thought of me leaving, there are a few people I’d like to thank. Matt Entringer, thanks for not getting too mad when I got us lost in West Virginia on the way to the NCAA Tournament. Dr. Boyle, thanks for believing in my abilities as an editor. I’m sure you had reasons at the time. Finally, I’d like to thank you, the readers. Way to find a practical application for literacy. Well, it was a fun ride while it lasted. My only regrets are that I never got an office or business cards. Oh, and I have to update my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles. That is the real tragedy in all of this.

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Creightonian 11/21/2013