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Over the next few weeks, “The Creightonian” will be going in-depth into Creighton’s CARE program, providing the facts and dispelling the rumors about the health service. Ê , / Social Media Editor RAs are on the prowl to find intoxicated students, you’ll lose scholarships, you’ll fail all of your classes. Students on Creighton’s campus have heard many rumors like these about the CARE program. While they know a lot of rumors, the truth is elusive. Any undergraduate can rattle off the consequences of being sent to CARE: losing scholarships, failing classes, paying exorbitant fines. It would seem that the average student is very well-versed in the program. There is just one little problem – none of that is true. Chalk it up to the rumor mill at a small university, but few people understand this immensely important program. They see any university alcohol policy as “bad” and “out to get students.” Creighton officials say CARE, which stands for Creighton’s Alcohol and Recovery Education program, is a multi-departmental, non-punitive, educational process that focuses on irresponsible alcohol use. One common misconception of CARE is that it is out to get students. According to Mandi Hulme, the resident director of Kiewit Hall, that is simply not true. “We only interact with people who can’t handle their alcohol or need help,” Hulme said. “If they give a shoe to swipe into their dorm instead of an ID, that means they can’t control what is happening to them, and then we need to intervene.” Here’s how the process works:
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notify the resident director on duty. The RD will then ask the potentially intoxicated student questions and
determine whether he or she believes the student has been drinking. If that is the case, a student health aide will administer a test of a student’s vital signs, such as heart rate, pulse and eye test. A Public Safety officer will then administer a breathalyzer test to determine a student’s blood alcohol content or BAC. The results are phoned to an on-call doctor who will then recommend or not recommend CARE. “If the BAC is over the legal limit, it is most likely that they will be sent to CARE,” Hulme said. The decision to send a student to CARE is never an easy one. Matt Sullivan, the associate director of the Center for Student Integrity, knows this first hand. He previously worked as an RD. “It is the toughest decision ever, knowing that not handing them over [to medical professionals] could have fatal consequences,” Sullivan said. “It shouldn’t be an easy decision.” That’s why, he maintains, the ultimate decision has groundings in physical facts. “It’s based in science,” Sullivan said. “Vital signs, BAC numbers, that’s what determines if a student is hospitalized. Ultimately, the decision is up to a medical doctor. We rely on good info and facts rather than a gut feeling.” If CARE is recommended for a student, a public safety officer will transport the student, health aide and the RD to the hospital. Students TURN TO “CARE” PAGE 2
Beloved math tutor passes; professors reflect ,// 9Ê 7 News Editor Creighton is known for its community oriented feel and welcoming environment; therefore, when a faculty m e m b e r PAT AL-GREENE 12/5/1945 - 1/4/2013 passes away all members of the Creighton community rally together to commemorate this lost member and to console one another during this difficult time. It was announced that Monday that mathematics specialist for Student Support Services (SSS) Pat Al-Greene passed away after having a heart attack Tuesday of the previous week. Al-Greene worked in this position with SSS for over 13 years and had become a very valued part of the SSS team for both the employees that work there and the students that visit. SSS director Tami Buffalohead-McGill first started working with Al-Greene when she came to Creighton in 1996, but she got to know him much better when she took over with SSS in 2005. While Buffalohead-McGill has numerous fond memories of working with Al-Greene she will miss his smile most of all. “[Pat] always has a charming realism that he brought to everything,” Buffalohead-McGill TURN TO “MEMORIAL” PAGE 3
Creighton celebrates its founding with awards and events
Creighton University is currently celebrating Founders Week in honor of the founders of the University and the accomplishments of its students and faculty. Founders Week was established in order to observe the Founders of Creighton University - Mary Lucretia, Edward, Sarah Emily and John Creighton - who dedicated their lives to the establishment of this wonderful university. Throughout this week, the founders are remembered while those who carry on their traditions
and ideals are also recognized. With events spanning from Jan. 27 and Friday, students, faculty and staff making a significant impact on the Creighton society are appreciated. Students are honored at events such as Saturday’s Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society induction luncheon and the Student Activities Office Leadership Recognition Day on Monday. Faculty was recognized at the Annual Faculty Awards Luncheon Tuesday, the Convocation and Award recognition Tuesday and at the Founders Mass Wednesday. “Founders Week recognizes many people that make the university as great as it truly is,” Arts &
Sciences sophomore Tommy Backe, the executive vice president of the Creighton Student Union (CSU), and organizer of CSU’s event, the Student Activities Office Leadership Recognition Day, said. “Founders Week allows for the recognition of some familiar and unfamiliar faces across the campus, and it puts merit on the acts that those people do.” In a 2007 article in “Creighton Today,” alum Oliver B. Pollak said Founder’s Day provides Creighton with the opportunity to reflect on its beginnings. “The University celebrates its debt to the Creighton family – Mary Lucretia, Edward, Sarah Emily and
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John Creighton – with heartfelt adulation, annually during Founders Week,” Pollack said in the article. In addition to recognizing and remembering those who make Creighton great, Founders week also allows students the opportunity to interact with donors who help them attend Creighton, and alumni who can share their experiences here. One example of this studentalumni interaction is the School of Nursing Founders Week luncheon, which took place Sunday, where students got to listen to previous nursing students experiences and learn from them.
“It was really cool,” nursing freshman Olivia Moss said. Founders Week is cool to say the least. It highlights the wonderful connection between the old and the new great minds and merit of Creighton University. It embodies all that has made Creighton such an outstanding University since the original founding in 1878 and demonstrates the great Creighton history yet to come. These events are simply snippets of all that is occurring throughout this week. For a detailed schedule of the week, please visit: http://www. creighton.edu/events/foundersweek/ index.php.
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Honor roll shows students value social responsibility The Dean’s Honor Roll for Social Responsiblity recognizes students for their dedication to service. Qualifying students are required to complete 24 hoursof service over the course of a semester. Each year, the number of students on this honor roll increases. This year’s list marks the highest number of students who qualify showing that these students value serving.
Creighton goes west for game with the Gaels The BracketBuster match-ups have been announced in college basketball, and the No. 13 Creighton men’s basketball team will be traveling to St. Mary’s College to take on the 19-4 Gaels. The game is set to tip off Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. and will be shown nationally on ESPN2.
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Making St. Ignatius proud Ê<1"7- Assistant News Editor In the past couple of weeks, freshmen were asked who their “IGGY“ was. “Affectionately named after the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius, the IGGY Award is sponsored by Academic Success within the EDGE and is awarded to outstanding freshmen mentors, counselors, advocates and role models as part of our Founder’s Week celebration,” according to an email sent out by Mary Higgins, the director of Academic Success within the EDGE, to those who received an “IGGY” award. Upon their return to campus after Christmas break, freshmen received an email inviting them to fill out a survey that asked them who their “IGGY” was. The surveys were due on Feb. 1, and all the “IGGY” award winners were notified on Monday. Higgins received 135 nominations in total. “I think to get 135 names of “IGGY”s is a pretty significant chunk,” Higgins said. “I very much appreciated the response from students.” An “IGGY” can be a professor, an RA, an RSP advisor or another student that has shaped a freshman’s first semester. “I just like the variety, that it’s not just one segment of people,” Higgins said. “It’s sort of an indication as to how many people on this campus are involved with helping our students succeed. From the student leader, the soccer captain, the RA, to the RSP Faculty Preceptor and professors who really make an impact, I just find it inspiring.” Peter Stone, a chemistry professor and RSP faculty preceptor, was an “IGGY” award winner. “Chemistry was never my strong suit in high school and thus, I did not have high hopes about taking General Chemistry upon arriving to Creighton. However, this perception of the subject soon changed after a few weeks with Professor Stone. I realized that it was not the subject, but the teaching that made all the difference … He was an imperative factor to my success first semester and will be this semester as well. He’s an excellent asset to the Chemistry Department!” wrote one student about him. “I am flattered to be recognized as important to our students here at Creighton,” Stone said. “Chemistry can be a very
Jan. 29 - 3:27 p.m. Two students were involved in a minor traffic accident in Deglman Circle. Jan. 30 - 6:40 a.m. A CUMC staff member slipped while walking on the sidewalk south of the Boyne Building and was taken to the emergency room for treatment of a head injury.
challenging subject and I suspect that there are students who felt I was not always their on their side (especially around exams). My teaching goals can be summed up in a single statement: I just want success for every student. Whether that means success in mastering concepts in chemistry, discerning their place in this world or discovering their passion for learning, I try to push students to learn and find their own path. I am grateful to my students for giving me their time, laughing at my jokes and considering me their friend. I really do enjoy teaching at Creighton.” Along with Stone, RAs like Arts& Sciences senior Rachel Wilhelm and students like Arts & Sciences sophomore Carly Doctor also won “IGGY” awards. “I was very excited to receive the IGGY award,” Wilhelm said. “I received one last year as well and feel so honored to know that I am continuing to be a role model and confidant for freshmen students during their first semester at Creighton.” “It is always wonderful to be recognized, but especially since [the “IGGY” award] was for something I didn’t realize had made a large impact,” Doctor said. Higgins made it clear that all of us play a role in impacting a student’s experience. “None of us should ever underestimate the impact that we have on students,” Higgins said. “Regardless of whether your job is officially to interact with the freshmen or not, you can impact students positively.” Arts & Sciences senior Elizabeth Samson said she realized this when she received an “IGGY” award. “As a senior who works primarily with sophomores in residence life, I have had few chances to get to know the freshmen,” Samson said. “But to know that one of those relationships has been so important to that freshman is definitely encouraging.” The “IGGY” award was developed and implemented in 2011, after Higgins got the idea from a conference in which she heard about a similar program at a different school. “It’s just a feel-good outreach so that the people who receive “IGGY” awards understand their positive impact, and it’s also for the freshmen to have a moment to reflect [on who guided them through first semester],” Higgins said.
Jan. 30 - 2:38 p.m. A faculty member reported the theft of petty cash from the Hitchcock Building. Jan. 31 - 4:49 p.m. A student and a non-affiliate were involved in a minor traffic accident at Florence Boulevard and Burt Street.
VÌ°ÊvÀÊ«}°Ê£Ê , \Ê CARE program safely transports students to hospital. are taken directly to the emergency room if they are believed to need serious CARE immediately. Many other schools have similar programs to handle alcohol cases. Some have infirmaries on campus where a nurse can monitor students overnight. At smaller schools, the university might call the police. Then, the student gets a ticket and is prosecuted on top of being hospitalized. Another approach taken by other schools is to call an ambulance. “It is a much bigger deal [there],” Sullivan said. “Here, it doesn’t draw as much of attention.” Wayne Young Jr., associate vice president for student life, said that at some larger state schools, the procedure for dealing with an extremely intoxicated student is to have a friend or RA check in on them every half hour. This makes him uncomfortable. “Why did the university start the CARE program?” Young asked. “We decided that it wasn’t fair to put someone’s life in the hands of an RA.” Sullivan agreed. “We do not want to entrust the lives of intoxicated students into the hands of another potentially intoxicated student,” he said.
Feb. 2 - 2:09 p.m. A Public Safety Officer observed graffiti on the west side of 815 Florence Boulevard. Feb. 4 - 11:45 a.m. Staff members reported the loss of ear buds, coffee filters, coffee creamer, and a space heater from the Boyne Building.
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cont. from pg. 1 MEMORIAL: CU Community remembers life and legacy of Al-Greene said. “You always have to have that person who interjects levity into every situation so that things don’t get to serious. Pat was that for us.” Buffalohead-McGill believes that Al-Greene positively influenced the lives of many SSS students because he was always cheerful and ready to help. “[Pat] just had a passion for serving students and a dedication to what he did,” Buffalohead- McGill said. “He was very accepting and treated the students as if they were family. That made them feel like he really cared.” In honor of Al-Greene’s life and legacy, the SSS sponsored Lunar New Year event was cancelled and instead changed to serve as a memorial service for Al-Greene. This event will be held Friday in the Harper Center Ballroom from 3- 4 p.m. and a turkey dinner will be served after from 4-5 p.m. BuffaloheadMcGill also feels very grateful for the support of all of the donations that made the food for this service possible. This memorial service will serve as an opportunity for friends, family, coworkers and anyone else who would like to pay their respects to Al-Greene’s memory as no funeral service will be held due to the fact that Al-Greene’s body will be cremated. Buffalohead- McGill feels that it is very important for the Creighton community to know that Al-Greene was extremely dedicated to working with the students here at Creighton. “This man [Pat] dedicated almost 13 years of his life to Creighton in a grant funded program position and he had a Ph.D., not many people would do that,” Buffalohead- McGill said. “He really believed in our kids, who they are and what they can accomplish.” Mathematics professor Michel Mallenby knew Al-Greene for about 10 years as they both taught math courses for HCOP (Health Careers Opportunity Program) every summer and for the Upward Bound Program a few times. Al-Green also observed Mallenby’s Creighton math classes occasionally so that he could be a more effective tutor for the students in those classes. Mallenby greatly respected AlGreene’s skill as a math tutor and she often referred students struggling in her classes to him for additional help. “Pat was a really good math tutor,” Mallenby said. “I could always tell which students had been seeing Pat by the neat and effective way they laid out their problems on exams. Although Pat was the official tutor for Student Support Services, he would help any student who came to him, whether they were in Student Support Services or not.” One ironic bit of information that Mallenby wanted to share with AlGreene’s family is that the two of them had discussed mortality a few weeks before his death. “Pat told me about his experience with prostate cancer that previous year and he said that it would be much easier for a person to die a sudden death, like having a fatal heart attack, although we concurred that such a death, while easier for the victim, would be harder for the victim’s family.” Mallenby also felt that it was important for the Creighton community to know just how close he was with the members of SSS. “Pat lived in the Capitol Row Apartments next to campus and walked to work,” Mallenby said. “The staff in Student Support Services was his family.”
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Funding awarded to Medical Center Grant allows CU researchers to continue looking for treatment options. CELESTE BLANN News Reporter Creighton University researchers were recently awarded approximately 1.5 million dollars in grant money from the Department of Defense to help further research on a treatment plan for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. The hypothesis they created was based off of research gathered from a small project funded by Creighton University three years ago. In response to their acceptance of the grant, Dr. Yaping Tu, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the Allegent-
Creighton Medical Center, answered questions about the department’s plan for the research and the grant, which will allow the Department of Defense develop the program further in the future. Tu will collaborate with Peter Able, Ph.D., Poonam Sharma, M.B.B.S. and Xian-Ming Chen, M.D. to bring the grant to life. According to Chen, prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed malignancies of men in the US, which results in about 200,000 new cases and 30,000 deaths each year according to Chen. The money will be dispersed over a three year time period to help research a possible treatment for the advanced stages of prostate cancer. As of now, the treatment plan is not as good as doctors wanted or wished for, which led to the Department of Defense creating a fund for research. The application process isn’t an easy one, and requires many stages of acceptance. There is
a yearly proposal for people wanting to apply for this year’s current topic up for research. After multiple screenings of applicants, they finally chose those who are leading with a research proposal that will have the greatest impact and innovation. Tu sent in the application for the grant and was chosen out of approximately 1,000 applicants. He hopes their research will be successful. “We want what we’re doing to have an impact on a human,” Yaping said. “As a scientist, I want to improve the quality of life.” Tu’s main focus is looking for a treatment for prostate cancer that has reached a high stage and has become unresponsive to current treatment plans. Doctors, as of now, are unsure why at this stage the cells are resistant to the treatment. The hypothesis they created was based off of research gathered from a small project funded by Creighton University three years ago.
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Childhood novelty We Be Lions’ frontman brings Omaha to life discusses new CD MAGGIE MCCORMICK Scene Reporter Omaha’s Lauritzen Gardens has brought the once mismatched combination of gardens and winter together with the introduction of a childhood staple. Through May 19, the botanical gardens, located at 100 Bancroft St., will feature the indoor exhibit, “Nature Connects.” Students may wonder if it’s worth spending their free time looking at plants, but these larger-than-life sculptures, made entirely out of LEGO® pieces, are sure to bring out the inner child in everyone. “I think these art pieces are more likely to attract the student crowd than any other exhibits that we feature,” Mia Jenkins, Lauritzen’s director of marketing, said. “It’s also perfect timing to feature this art because most people don’t necessarily think about coming to the gardens during the winter.” Sean Kenney, one of only 13 worldwide LEGO® certified professionals, has chosen to display his 27 unique masterpieces to serve not only as visually stimulating art, but also as a fun way for visitors to learn. He chose to use the familiar toy as his art medium in order to connect with the childhood of every visitor through each of his pieces. The colorful sculptures, ranging from a goldfinch made of 575 pieces to a 45,143 piece bison, bring the garden to life. “I like to think of it as a botanical art gallery,” Jenkins said. “Kenney’s sculptures act as the art and the plants serve as the perfect backdrop.” Each individual sculpture is accompanied
by a caption of how, like the connections made between each of the 500,000 LEGO® pieces used, nature’s living things make up an interconnected network. Messages of humans’ impact on the planet and the importance of maintaining healthy and balanced populations are ones that both young and old alike are sure to benefit from. “This would be an interesting exhibit for students to visit,” Business sophomore and Lauritzen Garden veteran Rachel Zaborowski said. “They can learn to appreciate the outdoors while being indoors and can gain a better understanding of the beauty of nature as a whole.” So for those who think they have what it takes to become the world’s fourteenth LEGO® Certified Professional, here is the perfect opportunity to show off their skills. Lauritzen Gardens is hosting a LEGO® sculpture invitational March 17 from 1-4 p.m. This event is open to the young and those young at heart. Adults participating in the event will not only get the chance to show Omaha their creativity, but will also be given one complimentary pass to the gardens on the day of the exhibit. These garden-inspired “Nature Connects” sculptures of bumblebees and butterflies, flowers and foxes, are sure to leave you speechless. Whether this loss for words is caused by the mere size of the sculptures or perhaps a new sense of connection with nature is up to you. “I think this would give students and any visitors an appreciation for nature and art, while being able to explore Omaha and all it has to offer at the same time,” Creighton senior Meg Cunningham said.
A bison stands containing over 45,000 LEGO® pieces with a small goldfinch made of over 500 legos perched on its back. The exhibit at Omaha’s Lauritzen Garden contains sculptures of foxes and butterflies, among many other animals.
ELLEN HEALY Scene Reporter Last Saturday, I went to the We Be Lions concert at The Waiting Room. The night was a memorable one, as I knew it would be. Having seen We Be Lions in concert before, I knew what to expect: an amazing night with an original concert, powerful lyrics and great melodies to match. The genre and style of We Be Lions could be described with a variety of different sounds and genres that all easily complement each other when being performed. According to its Facebook page, We Be Lions’ sound “feed(s) off dynamic vocals that range anywhere from your favorite hip hop to new age grunge, along-side a funk/ rock, guitar/ base duo.” Watching their show makes you feel so alive, so energized and so cool. Their vibe exudes confidence, and easily rubs off on its listeners in the crowd. The last time I had seen We Be Lions, it was almost a year ago, where I had seen the original band mates and got my first taste and addiction to their music. And although time has passed, and there are some new faces within the band, the lead vocalist, writer and front man Cody Fox has stayed the same, and stayed true to himself with all the changes that have come. On Saturday We Be Lions delivered a great show, with the same energy and fun that is always present within that We Be Lions’ atmosphere. With a new EP out, and its four incredible new songs, there is much to excite both loyal fans and new admirers. And at this time, We Be Lions is more excited than ever, and I caught up with Fox after the show to help us catch-up on the band, the excitement and the greatness that is We Be Lions. EH: So what is your inspiration? CF: The main thing that inspires me is the other musicians in the Omaha scene. I think the Omaha scene is amazing, and there are too many talented people here that haven’t been heard. But I think it’s all about to change, and Omaha will become known across the world. Probably the main thing that inspires me in live music is the band I toured with for a long time, called the Funk Junkies. I watched them over and over again, every night, and their live show was off the
chain. It was amazing, and that still really inspires me. EH: What are you most excited about for your new CD? CF: I really like the new guys that we got. Both of the new guitar players are really talented guys, and I’m excited for them to be able to write music, as they haven’t been able to when they’d been playing other people’s music. So now that they’ve got a chance to write, and write together with me, it’s going to be fun and I’m excited. EH: When you write your music, is it mostly from life? How does the process come about? CF: Well, it depends. There are a lot of times where I’ll write lyrics and somebody can just come up with a melody to them. Or I’ll write a melody and they’ll come up with the rest. Sometimes they’ll come to me with a melody, and whatever I feel when I hear it, I’ll write lyrics to it. I try to write as honest as I can because to me music is like therapy. EH: Where did the name “We Be Lions” come from? CF: [Laughs] It was actually just some random guy who came up with it. Actually the band we played with tonight, The Ghost and the Machine, was my first choice for a band name, which is funny. But the name ‘We Be Lions’ came from this random guy at one of my friend’s work. He just came up with it one day and I really liked it. I think it makes sense; it’s cool and I like it. Plus, I’m a Leo and half of the people in my band are Leos, so it’s kind of cool. EH: Good things to come for We Be Lions. Will you keep playing as long as the crowd comes or will you play for years to come? CF: I can’t stop doing music, man. I’ve thought about it, I’ve thought about a few times because it gets really hard. It’s really hard to follow your dreams just like anything: school or becoming a doctor or anything. It’s so hard, and there comes a point in everybody’s life where they just want to give ... up. But I can’t do that man. Like, I’ve thought about it, and without music in my life … It just doesn’t feel like a life worth living to me … I can’t do it. I’m a musician. This is what I am.
“The main thing that inspires me is other musicians in the Omaha scene. I think the Omaha scene is amazing, and there are too many talented people here that haven’t been heard.” - Cody Fox
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Come sail away with “Dames at Sea” K.E. JOYCE Scene Reporter It’s not Singin’ in the Rain, but it has the same best parts: humor, a love story and, best of all, tap dancing. “Dames at Sea” is a musical spoof of the flashy 1930s Busby Berkeley-style musicals. Small town dancer Ruby makes her way to the Broadway stage in hopes of being a star. She finds herself cast in the muchanticipated show “Dames at Sea.” When the theater is on the verge of closure, Ruby and friends find a solution on the open sea. Friendship and romance ensue to create a musical comedy for all ages. The director of the show is a recent graduate from Creighton University. Carli Haney graduated last year with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in technical theatre. “I’m glad my first show (after graduation) is with friends and at my Alma Mater,” Haney said. When asked about her future plans. Haney indicated that she wouldn’t be hanging around Creighton for long. In fact, on Sunday - the last performance day - she’ll be moving to Las Vegas. Arts & Sciences senior Veronica Benton plays Ruby in the “Dames at Sea” making this her tenth performance at Creighton. After learning to tap dance a couple of semesters ago, Benton was excited to put her new skills to use in this dance-intense show. In her interview, Benton relayed one of her most embarrassing moments in this production. During one of the dress rehearsals, Benton’s skirt became unclasped as she was singing one of her solos and dancing across the stage. Hopefully, this doesn’t happen during any of the performances. Arts & Sciences freshman Ryan Malone plays the lead male, Dick. “The cheesiest happy go-lucky guy” is how Malone described his character. During the interview, Malone was asked if
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Arts & Sciences senior Veronica Benton, junior Chelsey Hill and senior Ariel Talacko strike poses from the musical “Dames at Sea” running this weekend at the Lied Education Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 for Creighton students and faculty. this is how he is in real life or if it took him a lot of time to play his character. “There was no character work done” Haney quickly chimed in. Coming from Wichita, Kan., this is Malone’s first production at Creighton and second lead role in theatrical performances. His first lead was Harold Hill in the Musical “The Music Man” that was performed his senior year of high school.
As of right now Malone has yet to choose a major, but he wants to minor in music. However, he did mention a possible major in musical theater stemming from that. Another of the leads, Arts & Sciences junior Chelsey Hill plays Mona, a dramatic but amusing character that is a famous Broadway actress. Making bad acting look natural is mostly what she thought of while playing her character. #1 - Creighton University - 2/4/13
“There was no process needed,” Hill admitted. “Family friendly, short, happy, colorful, a foolproof musical even for those who don’t like musicals” is how she described the production. The shows are Feb. 6-9 starting at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the Lied Education Center. Tickets are $5 for Creighton Students, $15 for senior citizens, and $18 for the general public.
Rebounds are really only a good idea in basketball
KASS HARTLEY Scene Columnist
You really like someone, but that pesky girlfriend or boyfriend of his or hers is in the way. When they finally break free of that serious relationship and the first thought you have is, “Yes! I can finally make my move, take my chance and conquer his/ her heart!” Wait, whoa, hold up!
Being a rebound if you are actually serious about the person is never a good idea. According to the very reliable thefreedictionary. com, a rebound is defined as “a quick recovery from or reaction to disappointment or depression.” Now does being the rebound still sound like a good plan of action? Someone on the rebound is commonly known as a “transitional.” A “transitional” is someone who is not over their ex and is struggling with their feelings about commitment and becoming emotionally available again. They are definitely not ready to be vulnerable yet, which means no intimacy or commitment. Did you just read that? No commitment, this means they will more than likely not date you seriously right after they get out of a relationship. They are still moping after their ex or going around behind your back having “talks” with them. Face the facts: they
are unavailable. Are you still not getting it? Here is the deal, no beating around the bush, and time to shoot straight. You are a stepping stone, buffer, emotional airbag; whatever you want to call it, the definition does not change. You are the person who lessens the impact of the fallout from the previous relationship. You will become the bridge to another relationship; you are a stepping-stone across the waters of heartbreak. You can try and prove your worth and win their affections, but instead all you are doing is competing with their ex, baggage and old life. Then those horrible, sinking feelings set in … you’re not good enough. Do you really think that being good enough is when you have the super power to drag someone out of his or her heartbreak? I know you are thinking to yourself, “Well Miss Kassaundra, how do I win their heart and what if someone else comes along and snatches them up and I miss my chance?” You do this by taking your time, being there for them when they need someone to vent to as a friend; nothing more just yet. Yes you can drop hints but please try and be subtle about it. I know this may be hard (I am about as subtle as a gun), but just try for their sake and yours. Give them time and if they are as great for you as you think then it will play out in your favor. Remember, Doug McDermott is the only one who should record high rebounds, and those come on the basketball court.
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8 February 2013
Professor’s praise for CU community EILEEN WIRTH, Ph.D. Guest Columnist
In honor of Founders Week, I’m celebrating my students of the past 20 years as surrogates for our entire student body. I’m sure I speak for a great many faculty members. I celebrate “Peanut,” a charismatic AllAmerican soccer player, who would come in to review his corrected papers telling me once, “I don’t care what grade I get, I just want to learn.” When my son bragged, “MY mom teaches Peanut,” I was equally proud. I celebrate all the students who have taken my criticisms gracefully like the hilarious red head whom I chided for (I assumed) just dashing off a paper. “DR. WIRTH! “ she exclaimed. “How did you know?” Last time she ever did that! I celebrate the many alumni that tip us off to job and internship opportunities for today’s students. They repay our help by reaching out to those who sat where they once did. What would we do without them? I celebrate the alums around the country that help our new grads start their job searches in Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York and other places. God bless you Katie, Jaci, Ashley, Eric and so many more! I celebrate the graduating seniors who leave behind tokens so we’ll remember them: Kasey’s stained glass cross, Blair’s distinctive blue necklace, John’s bookends, Monika’s watch, Melissa’s poem, Allison’s framed certificate to mention a few. Thanks to so many of you for a drawer full of treasured thank you notes and emails! I celebrate our star athletes who mention their professors as well as their coaches when they are honored. What a privilege to sit with your families on these wonderful occasions. I celebrate the legions of brides and grooms who think it is special when their old advisor attends their weddings. I celebrate the Christmas cards with pictures of beautiful babies of former students. I celebrate legions of you for sharing your laughter and tears, seeing you at St. John’s, meeting your parents, and keeping in touch for years. This means so much to us. Finally I celebrate everyone’s man of the hour, Josh Jones, who reassured me he would survive some problem classmates in a small group. “Don’t worry, Dr. Wirth. I’ve got your back!” That says it all. Happy Founders Week. You guys ARE Creighton!
Dr. Wirth is the author of the “Online Advisor” blog and the Chair of the Department of Journalism, Media & Computing
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Boy Scouts ‘prepare’ for equality MICHAEL HOLDSWORTH Opinion Columnist Recently the Boy Scouts of America decided to change its long-standing anti-gay policy to now allow individual troops to decide on allowing homosexual members and leaders. The situation has escalated over the course of the past year, as parents are concerned over the safety of their son in an organization with homosexual leaders and members. Many parents worry the presence of homosexual leaders on weekend camping trips often in the backwoods could be an open invitation for possible molestation. This is partially reflected by society’s viewpoint as well, according to anthropology professor Laura Heinemann. “For many years the dominant paradigm in the U.S. has been one of heteronormativity, meaning that rather narrow ideas about gender and sexuality (and even kinship) have held sway for quite some time here,” Heinemann said. “Anything that existed outside of these dominant ideas was largely stigmatized, feared and considered ‘unnatural.’” The fear of what most people don’t fully understand has caused them, and the Boy Scouts for a long time, to become subject to irrational fear. The immediate connection between homosexual leaders and pedophilia is not only unfair to them, but judgmental and discriminatory at the same time. A homosexual Boy Scout leader is much like a father becoming a leader of his daughter’s Girl Scout troop, only becoming troublesome to the outside viewer when he believes the worst and doesn’t look at the full picture. This worry about the “unnatural” is even more off touch and unwarranted, as the Boy
Scouts take great care and concern in the safety of its members, regardless of the leader’s sexual orientation. Since 1987 the organization has instituted the two-deep rule, meaning there is never any one-on-one contact in isolation between a scout and leader, but there are always two leaders present. This policy is well followed too according to Eagle Scout Eric Millichamp.
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“I can’t think of a single time when there was one child and adult,” Millichamp said. Boy Scout Troop 425 leader Stew Klink further affirmed the great lengths the Scouts take to make sure this is followed. “We’ve cancelled things when more than one parent couldn’t come,” Klink stated. “The policy must be followed all the time. It’s religiously upheld; two deep is a must. Our
troop follows it all the time.” The amount of care and attention to detail in avoiding all types of isolation is imperative for youth organizations today, especially after the horrific events of Jerry Sandusky and his organization The Second Mile. By selecting leaders with great moral integrity in the first place and taking the non-isolation approach, the Boy Scouts can make the step toward equality effortlessly and smoothly without people needing to worry about the safety of the young men. The Boy Scouts flexibility to compromise, by both accepting homosexual members and leaders while also addressing the safety concerns presented by others is truly commendable. The Scouts offer too many great programs and opportunities to build the character of America’s young men for a policy to stand in the way of possible new scouts. As long as any amount of care at all is taken, there is no reason for a safety problem in the organization. Especially when parents are able to choose which troop their son is joining, and they have the ability to know the scout leaders. The special care the organization takes to prevent any type of molestation and cause for concern has been very solid so far, and indeed admirable. While safety is the main cause for the concern for parents and people outside the organization, the organization’s willingness to accept anyone regardless of sexual orientation, and the great care taken to ensure the safety of the Scouts is genuinely laudable from one of the nation’s most prestigious long-standing organizations.
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Softball picked to finish fourth K’TAWNA NELSON Sports Reporter The 2013 Creighton softball season is quickly approaching. This season’s team returns 11 players from last year’s 28-25-1 team and adds seven freshmen. The softball team was chosen to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conferences preseason polls. This prediction caused various reactions. “It’s better than the six (seed) that we’ve gotten the last couple of years,” senior catcher Amy Baker said. “We thought we would be higher considering how well we did last year. It just gives us three more spots and three more teams that we need to prove that we’re better than.” Creighton’s leading pitcher, junior Becca Changstrom, agreed with Baker on the preseason ranking. “We’re a little disappointed,” Changstrom said. “We want to do way better than that, but we have to prove people wrong. It’s a big motivator for those of us who have heard about it just because we want to prove people wrong and come out on top in the MVC.” Baker and Changstrom join junior teammates, pitcher Alexis Cantu and outfielder Ellen Homan, on this year’s preseason AllMVC First Team. Cantu is the team’s returning leader in home runs, RBI and total bases. Homan leads the team in hitting, as she has her two previous years as a Creighton player. Coach Brent Vigness returns for his 20th season as Creighton’s head coach. Like any coach, he has many high goals and expectations for his team. His main emphasis for this team is for them to get along together and other things will fall into place. “Any team that has success gets along, respects each other, is there when things aren’t always there, and that’s something that we talked about a lot in the off season,” Vigness
The grab bag It’s hard to follow up the Super Bowl, even if you have an unexploded bazooka shell in your chest. All week I’ve been struggling with what to write about. It would be all too easy to simply make jokes about the MATT BOURGAULT game, so I’ll start with that. You guys, Sports Editor wasn’t it funny when Ray Lewis/Beyonce/ Jim Harbaugh stabbed/shut down/turned off the lights? CBS needs to use that storyline for “2 Broke Girls.” That would be comedy gold brought to you by Disney’s “The Lone Ranger.” Besides lazy jokes, I really don’t know what else to write about this iteration of the largest American event of the year. It was a great game with a great halftime show, but not the best ever in either category. Both of those distinctions belong to Super Bowl XXXVIII, because nothing can top wardrobe malfunctions and 37 fourth quarter points. So what should I talk about? I think it’s time for an Out of Bounds Grab Bag. National Signing Day: I know that this
8 February 2013
Creighton gets the win in tennis home opener TYLER CATANIA Sports Reporter
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Junior outfielder Ellen Homan will provide leadership for the Bluejays. said. “I just emphasize successful teams get along and really support each other.” Baker agrees with her coach and said she believes that if the team can stay together as one unit, they can achieve the biggest goal they have set for themselves, making it to the College World Series. “I think not only do we have a lot of talent, but our chemistry is a lot better this year than it has been in previous years and I think that’ll help push us over the edge,” Baker said.
day means a lot of different things to different people, especially die-hard college sports fans. I used to like all of the hoopla that goes on with National signing day. I watched in anticipation as students picked up hats because, oddly enough, it was good television. That’s all the NCAA cares about, isn’t it? Now I can only feel disgusted by the show made out of kids deciding where they want to go to college. It completely pulls the veil on that fine “student-athlete” line that the NCAA hides behind. They don’t care whether or not any kids in Ole Miss’ recruiting class earn a degree, they just care about the ad revenue. I’m pretty sure televised recruiting visits will be the next big thing. Word of caution to University of Oregon students: make sure you clean your room before ESPNU shows up. Women’s Basketball: Did you get that chuckle out? Call over your buddy and tell him that one WNBA joke you like to tell when you switch to ESPN 2 in the summer. Once you finish, I’d like you to think about how many women’s basketball games you’ve attended this year. That low, huh? Well here’s a news flash: Creighton’s team is really good. The Jays lead the nation in 3-pointers made and have started the same five players all season, much like their male counterparts. As an added bonus, Creighton hung 98 points on Drake last Saturday. How could you not want to go a game with that much scoring? Finally, Jacob wants to guilt you into going by letting you know that Creighton’s home games usually feature more fans from opposing teams than Creighton students. Jacob also wants you to know that he would like to sit next to the men’s team during the next game. Jacob’s weird like that. Men’s Basketball: Speaking of the men’s team, they have a very important game on Saturday against Illinois State at 9 p.m. I say it’s important because this is Creighton’s chance to show ESPN 2 that we’re not a bunch of nerds who are going to show up to the game dressed in togas. Seriously, though, don’t wear a toga. In fact, if you show up to the game in something other than a toga and find me, I’ll give you a free sign. That’s the grab bag for next week, folks. Before I go, let’s all have one hearty laugh at the Shockers. #WatchUsLose.
The Creighton men’s tennis team looked impressive behind the clear glass of Hanscom Tennis Center Saturday night, opening their season with a 5-2 home victory over Western Illinois. “I thought we did a good job coming out,” head coach Tom Lilly said. “We talked about trying to work through tough situations and handle adversity well. I thought we did that as a group pretty well and responded after things weren’t going our way.” Creighton (1-0) came out swinging in their doubles matches to open play. Senior Sean Mathison and freshman Nick Thompson claimed the first victory in court No. 2 with an 8-3 victory over sophomore Brandon Meeker and junior Ben Yue of the Leathernecks. WIU (2-5) struck back quickly with a dogfight victory in court No. 1, though, as the freshman duo Christoph Haertel and Bradley Holt took down seniors Billy Paluch and Ryan Norman 8-6. In far away court No. 3, Creighton freshman Brandon Lee and sophomore Elliot Baker finished the round by rallying from behind to beat freshman Max Cederkall and sophomore Mitch Granger 8-6. “In these matches, to get off to a strong start helps,” Lilly said. “To start with doubles is always good momentum leading into singles if you win that doubles point.” Things heated up in singles play and both teams seemed to be playing with a bit of fire
and enthusiasm. In court No. 2, Holt took down Norman 6-4, 6-3 in a match that saw some chippiness between players, with body language telling much of the story. Paluch looked remarkably quick in his win over Haertel, defeating the Leatherneck 6-1, 6-3 on court one. Mathison played well on court No. 3, shutting down Yue 6-0 in the first set and finishing him off 6-3 in the second. Freshman Quinn Dippel didn’t hesitate to make some noise as well on court six. In his first career match, the Jay shut out sophomore Chris Bunch 6-0, 6-0 for the victory. Lee put up a good fight in court No. 4, but his efforts weren’t enough, as he was defeated by WIU’s Granger 6-2, 7-5. In arguably the most exciting match of the night, the No. 5 spotted Baker lost his first set to Cederkall 6-4, but rallied back to force a tiebreaker, winning the second set 6-3. Baker brought down the hammer in extended time and won the match with a 10-3 victory. “We’ve been working really hard all season,” Mathison said. “It’s always good to get the first home match out of the way and gain a victory. It feels really good, especially, starting our senior year off right.” Creighton is set to go on the road next week and take on the Hawkeyes of the University of Iowa. The road opener will be played Saturday at 9:30 a.m. “(We are) a team that keeps growing and getting better,” Lilly said. “I think we can do well. It’s a matter of how much hard work we’ll be able to put in.”
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8 February 2013
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A sellout crowd of 18,111 Jays fans packed CenturyLink Center Omaha to watch Creighton take on Bradley University in the Creighton vs. Cancer Third Annual Pink Out game.
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The No. 13 Creighton’s men basketball team won in style at the Creighton Vs. Cancer Third Annual Pink Out game at CenturyLink Center Omaha, knocking off the Bradley University Braves in front of a sold-out crowd. The Jays overcame a slow start to pull away in the second half and rolled to a 75-58 victory. Creighton wore white jerseys with pink numbers and trim for the third straight year as part of an effort to raise breast cancer awareness. Pink out t-shirts were handed out to fans before the game and the players’ jerseys were raffled off to raise money. “It’s been incredible where it’s come from three years ago to where it is today,” said head coach Greg McDermott, whose wife Theresa is a breast cancer survivor. “It’s really cool to see this place in pink and the message that sends ... Early detection is so important in the treatment of cancer. It may have saved my wife’s life. That’s what we’re here for today.” The Jays were also there to play a game, although it didn’t look that way early on. Junior forward Doug McDermott scored eight of the Jays’ first 11 points, but the rest of the Jays struggled to make their shots. Creighton, the best 3-point shooting team in the country, could not find their stroke from deep in the first half. But that did not stop them from trying. Creighton launched 21 3-pointers in the first half - making just seven - and only took eight shots inside the arc. With the 3-ball not falling, the Bluejays found themselves down 3027 at the end of the first period. In addition to the poor shooting, Creighton got outrebounded 20-15. “With this team it doesn’t surprise me [that we shot so many 3-pointers],” McDermott said. “We like to shoot the threes. That’s our game. They weren’t falling, but we bounced back there in the second half.” Creighton was determined to get the ball inside to start the second half, and opened the period with an 8-0 run that featured two buckets
each by McDermott and senior center Gregory Echenique, all in the paint. “The key to the game was us scoring four straight possessions to start the second half and holding them scoreless four straight possessions to regain that lead and get a little bit of the momentum of the game back because they did a great job of keeping us from getting it the first half, and that’s a credit to them,” Greg McDermott said. The run gave the Jays a lead they would not relinquish. The Braves kept the game close until a 12-0 run by Creighton pushed the lead to 17. The run opened with a 3-pointer by freshman point guard Austin Chatman, and then McDermott did the rest with a 9-0 run of his own. The Jays cruised the rest of the way to secure a 17-point victory. After scoring just four points in the paint in the first half, the Jays scored 26 inside in the second half. The Jays also shot much better from deep, hitting five of their 10 attempts. After losing the first half battle of the boards, Creighton outrebounded the Braves 18-4 in the second half. McDermott scored a game-high 25 points and hauled in seven rebounds. Chatmam kept the team alive in the first half and finished with a career-high 16 points on 6-11 shooting, including 4-7 from 3-point range (also a career-high). “My man was doing a lot of the digging so it left me open for a lot of threes,” Chatman said. “I’ve just been in the gym working with coaches and just staying after my shot, and it paid off.” The Jays got off to a slow start again in Terre Haute on Wednesday as they took on the Indiana State University Sycamores, but this time Creighton couldn’t turn it around and got blown out of the gym. Look online for the full recap of the 76-57 loss, which dropped Creighton to 20-4 on the season and 9-3 in MVC play. Creighton returns home on Saturday to host the Illinois State University Redbirds. Tip-off is set for 9:05 p.m. at CenturyLink Center Omaha.