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Campus Ministry will be hosting weekly retreats throughout the remainder of this Lenten season.

Check out Scene to learn about The Creightonian’s new contest that starts March 1.

Freshman point guard Marissa Janning brings a youthful brand of leadership to the Creighton women’s basketball team.

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campus. Participants in the event pledge $5 and wear flip-flops or sandals for the entire day. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Siena/Francis House. “We wanted to have an event that pushed participants out of their comfort zone and become advocates for a neglected population,� assistant resident director of Swanson Hall and Arts and Sciences senior Anne Daly said. “We want to foster solidarity in the human experience by ‘putting on someone else’s shoes’ and experiencing a day where we are cold and uncomfortable.� Those who are brave enough to defeat the cold and act in solidarity will be able to reflect and engage in awareness of this issue. It is the hope that through this event, participants will bring awareness to issues we do not think about every day and often take for granted. “This is an eye opening experience to the things we take for granted every day: shelter, food, clothes, etc.,� resident director of Swanson Hall Matt Nelson said. “This event has the potential to start a conversation of why someone is wearing flip-flops and from there it will raise TURN TO “HEARTS� PAGE 3

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opened in 1975 as a women’s only emergency overnight shelter expanded aid to men in 1979 provided over 428 people on average with a place to sleep each night in 2011 served over 1,145 meals per day on average in 2011


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NEWS

“I’m just pointing this out for the parallel and because we have Jack and Ed’s but no Mary and Sarah’s.”

- Carrie Hausman, Opinion Columnist page 6

Can you find God in all things?

Campus relocates offices

ou In Case Y t... I d e s s i M Creighton professor researches hives, suggests treatment Thomas B. Casale, M.D., chief of allergy/immunology at Creighton University School of Medicine as well as professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology, presented his abstract on chronic hive treatment at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). The medication Omalizumab, which is usually used to treat Asthma in patients over 12, is Casele’s focus for the treatment of patients with hives who do not have success with oral antihistamines.

World Bank executive lectures David Satola, World Bank Lead Counsel, spoke on human rights as well as regulation of freedom online on Thursday. This lecture offered insight on these two topics as the International Telecommunication Union Treaty recently was apart of negotiations on state-centered control.

To see what else you missed, log on to creightonian.com.

WEEKLY CAMPUS

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 -7/Ê/**/ News Reporter Walking through the halls of many buildings on campus, students may have noticed that offices have started to empty out, construction crews have moved in and change is on the horizon. This project, according to Creighton University Campus Development, is the largest renovation project in Creighton’s history. It involves the renovation of seven different buildings including Brandeis Hall, Creighton Hall, Eppley Building, Harper Center, Dowling Hall and Hitchcock, Reinert Alumni Library and the west section of the Old Gym. “Students will realize benefits in upgraded classroom technology and some upgrades to the classroom seating,” assistant dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Mark Turner said. “We have been able to design several collaborative areas that will benefit student-student and student-faculty interaction.” Turner added that several of the departments in the College of Arts & Sciences will move in the next to new locations in the next six months. The major moves include the Arts & Sciences dean’s office, which will move from Creighton Hall to the second floor of the Eppley Building right after spring break. The Math department will move from the Old Gym to lower Brandeis after spring break as an interim location. The College of Business will be moving to the Harper Center, and the International Programs offices as well as the Vice President of Student Life will move from the Harper Center to Creighton Hall. The History department will move from Creighton Hall to the second floor of Humanities. The Modern Languages department will move from Humanities to the first floor of Hitchcock. The Education department will move from Hitchcock to the fourth floor of Eppley. The Energy Technology program will move from the Pittman building to the Walsh Lecture Hall. All of these changes will occur in August.

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>“«ÕÃʈ˜ˆÃÌÀÞ]Ê܅ˆV…ʈÃʏœV>Ìi`ʈ˜ÊœÜiÀÊ-Ü>˜Ãœ˜ÊÊ>]ʈ˜ÛˆÌiÃÊÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃÊ̜ʍœˆ˜Ê ̅i“ÊvœÀÊi˜Ìi˜ÊÀiÌÀi>ÌÃʜ˜Ê-՘`>ÞÃʜvÊi˜Ì]ÊvÀœ“Êx\ÎäÊ̜ÊÈ\ÎäÊ«°“° -/ *  Ê/ - " News Reporter Campus Ministry understands that Lent is a time of reflection and is hosting a four-part Lenten retreat series for this reason. According to Creighton’s website, this retreat is held each Sunday of the Lenten season from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Campus Ministry in lower Swanson Hall. There will be a new speaker at each session of the retreat as well as interactive activities that guide participants in a reflection of their own lives as well as the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola. “Students that decide to take part in this retreat reflect on struggles in their life and try to find God in these hard times,” campus ministry intern and Arts & Sciences junior John Brennan said. “They will have the chance to reflect on their own spiritual awakening and on their lives as students by activities and discussion in small groups.” “The goal of the event is to link St. Ignatius’ life with our own,” Brennan said. St. Ignatius went through many struggles and always seemed to find God even in the most terrible of times. Each speaker talks about an aspect of St. Ignatius’ life in which he had to find God. Brennan said that in the first session, students learned about St. Ignatius’ battle wound and his spiritual awakening. After the speaker talked, attendees had the chance to reflect on

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Feb. 21 - 2:54 a.m. A room search was conducted in Deglman Hall. Paraphernalia and suspected marijuana were confiscated. Feb. 22 - 1:45 a.m. A student was involved in a physical altercation with another student in Gallagher Hall and was transported to CUMC to receive medical attention.

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moments of transition and crisis in which they found God and had spiritually awakening moments of their own. According to the Creighton homepage, another part of the retreat will teach students about Ignatius’s life-altering insight. At this session, students will be expected to reflect on encountering God in aspects of their lives as students. Students participating in this event will also learn about Ignatius’ pilgrimage to Montserrat and what he had to surrender to make this spiritual journey. Students will then be asked to apply their new knowledge to their lives and consider what they must surrender in order to make their own pilgrimage. The last part of the retreat teaches the participants about a time when Ignatius hit a wall in his journey and what he did to get over it. Attendees will have the opportunity to meditate on a moment when they too hit a wall and God helped them to overcome it.

Where: Lower Swanson Hall

When: Sundays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. How much: Free

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Feb. 22 - 11:26 a.m. An officer on patrol found a man lying in the snow near 17th and Cass streets. The individual, not affiliated with the University, was transported by squad to CUMC. Feb. 23 - 2:45 a.m. An intoxicated student was transported by Public Safety from Heider Hall to CUMC.

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Feb. 25 - 12:12 p.m. A student reported the loss of his bicycle from the Law School bike rack sometime in December or January. Feb. 25 - 7 p.m. A student reported the loss of his backpack containing a notebook computer and a textbook from the Brandeis Dining Room.

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HEARTS: Event brings homeless awareness to forefront. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 awareness of the event and larger problems.The event has the potential to showcase students in solidarity and raise awareness about those experiencing homelessness in Omaha. It also has the potential to reach other organizations and students who also care about this issue. Swanson Hall’s service, faith and justice ambassador and Nursing sophomore Nikki George, an executive team, Residence Hall Council and IRHG helped put this event together. “There [was] a reflection board outside as well as videos, posters and stories inside the hospitality room to create these discussions,” George said. “We really want to stress that there is so much more that meets the eye when it comes to those experiencing homelessness.” George explains that the Siena/Francis House strives to help these individuals overcome the obstacles they are facing, and who better to help than the students to live to be men and women for and with others. “We as bright, motivated Creighton students have so many resources to help, as well as our time and talents, we have the opportunity to really be ‘men and women for and with others,” George said. “I hope that we [created] a little spark in those participating and even those seeing the reflection wall on the Mall to move to action or even get their minds thinking about this issue.”

Earlier this month, Creighton University launched Creighton Business Institute as part of the College of Business in order to promote the further education of business leaders for the betterment of society. Creighton Business Institute is meant to foster the virtues and values associated with Creighton University in its core curriculum. Creighton Business Institute has a wide array of courses offered in its effort to encourage professional, organizational and ethical development. The focus of courses ranges from leadership and management to web design. In addition, Creighton Business Institute offers programs such as business consulting, skills certifications and workshops. “Curriculum is available for CU students, individuals looking for personal development and growth or programs can be designed for specific groups or companies,” said Jennifer Metzler, director of Creighton Business Institute. “We look forward to contributing to Creighton University’s mission of preparing people for greatness for generations to come,” Metzler said. “Strong customer service is our highest priority and marketing the many services and programs within the College of Business is our main goal.” Plans for Creighton Business Institute started in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the idea quickly progressed and developed over three weeks with the combined efforts of Metzler and Gisele Olney, also a director of Creighton Business Institute. The two together have more than 60 years of experience in continuing education and business consulting service. “Creighton is a natural fit for this

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Creighton shows its M.O. In an effort to increase student enrollment, CU launches the new Magnum Opus campaign. BRITTANY BALDWIN News Editor Although it is expected for an educational institution to push its students academically, the fact that students also receive a push both socially and intellectually as well comes as a type of bonus. Creighton professors and other faculty members are constantly striving to instruct and mold students in a way that allows them to achieve greatness. While collective greatness is a very large part of what unites the Creighton community, it is equally as important to celebrate the individual greatness as well. Last week, the faculty, students and alumni were informed of the launch of the Magnum Opus campaign which seeks to increase prospective student enrollment by showcasing the “great work” being done at Creighton by faculty and students. The slogan for this campaign, “Find it. Define it. Live it,” encourages students to unlock and spread their individual greatness to the world as these unique qualities are what set

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interdisciplinary approach of customizing educational offerings for business professionals,” said Anthony R. Hendrickson, dean of the College of Business. “The University has a long history of partnerships and curriculum development across multiple schools and colleges that provide established programs, resources and networking opportunities for business professionals.” Creighton Business Institute is currently located in the Linn Building and intends to move to the Harper Center along with the College of Business in order to offer courses on campus. without being a burden to their organizations, and to offer reflection opportunities for those involved. Arts & Sciences sophomore Spencer Steffen, is looking forward to the event this weekend. He rounded up three fellow members of the Cortina Community to register together for the food drive. “It seems like a really good opportunity to work with faculty and students to help out the community and show those in need that they will always have support from Creighton,” Steffen said. In addition to Saturday’s service, there is a weeklong food collection drive happening on campus this week. There are donation points scattered across campus, and a voucher for up to four free tickets to a Jays volleyball or soccer game is available to those who donate. Michele Starzky, Assistant Vice. President for Student Life, helped to spearhead this effort on behalf of the University. “I encouraged our entire Creighton Community to participate in Feed the Spirit and to use it as a springboard for future immersion into our local community so that we can actively serve one another,” said Starzky.

the Creighton community apart from that of other universities. By reflecting on the question, “What is your M.O.?” students are able to better identify their individual great work as defined by the concept of Magnum Opus. Associate vice president for enrollment Mary Chase explained that the idea behind the launching of the Magnum Opus campaign stemmed from compiling information obtained from various focus groups with students and outside marketing firms in order to gain a better understanding of a prospective student’s thought process when determining which school to attend. Chase played a major role in getting this information out to prospective students as well. “The Magnum Opus campaign seemed to best capture all of the themes that Creighton exhibits,” Chase said. Although the Magnum Opus campaign centers around recruiting new students to come to Creighton, Chase felt it was important to specify that this initiative is not just about incoming students. “Magnum Opus is about excitement, energy and all of the good we do here,” Chase said. “The principles of this campaign can easily be embraced because they are in line with Creighton’s mission as a Jesuit institution.” Chase said she hopes that the Creighton community will soon come to embrace the Magnum Opus campaign so that this initiative will eventually become “synonymous” with Creighton. “I hope that this campaign is something different that prospective students come to recognize and see that [Creighton] is different than the rest because we’re not afraid to show

our Magnum Opus,” Chase said. Associate vice president of marketing and communication Carol Ash explained that the main goal of the Magnum Opus campaign is to increase awareness about the uniqueness of Creighton. In order to really spread the word about Magnum Opus, a variety of social media sites were used to promote this initiative as well. “People can really rally around this campaign and develop a sense of community around what Creighton has to offer,” Chase said. “The Magnum Opus campaign won’t stop here though, we see that this concept has potential to continue and rally all of the Creighton community around the concept of great work.” According to Chase, greatness can be many things. It can come in the form of an individual, an accomplishment, a way of living, a dream or a state of mind, so it is important for students to keep an open mind when naming their specific Magnum Opus. “I hope this campaign will help students see that they can pursue greatness because this is what Creighton is all about,” Chase said. In order to further promote the Magnum Opus campaign, t-shirts with the slogan #MagnumOpus will be passed out to all attendees of the white out game this Saturday. A MVC photo contest will also be held throughout the month of March to encourage students to show their Magnum Opus Spirit by submitting photos of themselves at various men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. For more information on the Magnum Opus campaign please visit: www.creighton. edu/magnumopus.


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Elizabeth Dagle, Scene Editor scene@creightonian.com

Calling all peeps! “The Creightonian” is calling all creative Bluejays for a marshmallow Peep diorama contest inpired by “Washington Post.” Creighton students are asked to create dioramas have an obvious and appropriate tie to Creighton. Any student, faculty member or

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Authenticity is the key Ever since I can remember, my mom has always told me to be myself. I have never understood why some people act differently around certain people. KASSAUNDRA I’m not talking HARTLEY about not cussing Scene Columnist in front of your grandma. I’m referring to the Cady type that Lindsay Lohan plays in Mean Girls. You know the kind; she acts like she has no clue how to add six plus six but in reality she is a math wiz. Serious question: what if the person you are faking it for ends up falling for this “fake” you? Are you going to keep up the act until your dying day? When you finally break it to your significant other that you have been lying, that trust is broken and cannot be fixed. He or she starts to wonder what else you have been lying about and if he or she even knows who you really are. Shoot, you have been faking it for so long that I bet you don’t even know who you really are anymore. For some strange reason, I have noticed that people present themselves as different people. Of course relationships don’t work out when you change who you are. How can

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someone love you for who you are when you don’t even know who you are? Love isn’t when you love someone for only the good things; you love him or her for his or her faults too. People are obsessed with presenting a perfect version of themselves all of the time. If you are really perfect you aren’t human because humans make mistakes, plain and simple. Marilyn Monroe once said, “But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” I had a friend who never let her boyfriend see her without makeup on. They dated for two years! Not only is that an absurd amount of mascara, but it is just ridiculous. Whatever happened to the “take me as I am, sweatpants, beer gut, crazy family and all?” I realize people do change, but you should be selfish in the changes you make. What I mean is you change for you, to better yourself, not for someone else. If it happens to benefit your significant other, go you; just make sure it benefits you first and foremost. Do you really want to spend all of your time keeping up appearances, playing the part of someone you are not? Do you want to always monitor what you say and do around everyone? I think that it would be downright exhausting, always trying to do and say the perfect things. Before you go out on your soul mate search, make sure you know who you are first.

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Creighton is invited to submit an entry to editor@creightonian.com. The contest begins Friday, March 1 and ends April 2 at 5 p.m. All appropriate entries will be featured in the April 5 issue. At that time, students are encouraged to go online to creightonian.com to vote for their favorite. The winning diorama will be announced in the April 12 issue. Need some inspiration? Check out “The Creightonian” staff’s example to the left.

Creighton parkour club jumps through hoops for official status ELLEN HEALY Scene Reporter Parkour is an exiting and exhilarating sport, with just one mission: to get from one place to another, as quickly as possible, while negotiating the obstacles between. Also known as the “art of displacement” and freerunning, this crazy form of exercise is performed by many adrenaline junkies, including Creighton students. Arts & Sciences sophomore Christopher Wong loves the sport and has been wanting to start up a Creighton parkour group since his freshman year. All the way from Hawaii, Wong participated in Hawaii Parkour classes in high school. He described the experience as unforgettable. “It was one of the best times I have ever had and I learned a lot about myself and about others,” Wong said. “It was a very diverse group of people ranging from a 13-year-old, to those in their 50s and had children of their own. I learned about my limits and my capabilities and how I can confront my own fears at my own pace.” There are many reasons to enjoy parkour, according to Wong, and parkour is not just “about doing the most dangerous stunt or amazing trick, its about bettering yourself with respect to others and the environment.” To become an official club at Creighton, the process is much harder than one might think. Wong said he is still waiting for official approval. In fact, Wong has sent, yet again,

another application this semester to get an interview, to try and convince the Student Activities Office why this club should be considered. But Wong is not alone in his journey to make this club official. His friend, Arts & Sciences sophomore Nick Than has been very supportive and helpful in this process, along with fellow Arts & Sciences sophomores Mark Martinez and Matthew Taira, who help out whenever they can. Another big supporter of Wong’s goal is the leader of Omaha Parkour Group, Jonathan Rolfsen. “A bunch of us in Gallagher were looking for something to do, and Chris asked us if we wanted to help start a club and do parkour. After the first practice, I would have to say that I just loved it,” Taira said. As of now, Creighton’s Parkour Club has 40 members. However, Wong hopes to increase the amount of people who come to practices more consistently. Wanting to have more members that are both willing and dedicated to the club. Anyone interested in parkour is encouraged to join and no previous knowledge of the sport is needed to participate. “You don’t have to know anything about parkour, we can teach you,” Wong said. “We train with Omaha Parkour and its leader, Jonathan, is ADAPT certified, [a type or parkour certification] It’s always fun to have a wide variety of people, you get to meet new people that way and learn a lot of interesting things from them.”

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“What is your #MagnumOpus?” “Being a superfan of all the Athletic events by playing in pep band.”

Karli Green Arts & Sciences freshman

“Finding ways to express myself and experience new things”

Zac Homes Arts & Sciences senior

“Creighton encourages us to take what we learned here to better somewhere else in the world.” Paula Bustamante Business junior

“Learning about myself and others through how they view the world.” Marc Cubrich Arts & Sciences freshman


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Supportive staff makes up for flaky food As much as college students would like to eat out at cool and trendy restaurants with their friends every night, that is simply not an option. Enter Brandeis, Creighton’s main dining hall. While cafeteria food may not be as good as a JACQUELINE LO mother’s home-cooking or a professional chef ’s Scene Reporter culinary work, Brandeis has been doing its best to fill those shoes, however slow the progress might be. Considering the busy schedules of college students, Brandeis could do better to improve their operational efficiency. While the grilled cheese may be mouth-watering and delicious, I could have probably milked a cow and processed my own cheese all before it was ready to be taken off the grill. At the other food stations, lines will quickly begin to wrap around the dining hall as the workers hurry to meet the stampedes of college kids. The stations are understaffed and the nightmare of battling it out in Manhattan’s SoHo shopping district on Black Friday comes screaming back to me as I shuffle into line. We should not have to spend our time waiting in lines because honestly, we’re young and waiting in lines is not time well spent. Once students are actually served, it is a toss up whether the food will either be so dry it could dislocate your jaw and be absent in any taste whatsoever or served tender, juicy and salty enough to put us on a lifetime of diuretics. I never know what to expect when I take

my first bite of food from Brandeis, but when I fed. I understand that the school would not like Brandeis is trying to do its best to cater to its do I am grateful I have health insurance us to waste food, but I did not come students and become a placeholder for our h g t i o e and that there’s a hospital so close to college to major in modeling parents’ cooking. r n C to campus. and I would prefer to Despite how busy Brandeis cam be, they not feel the pangs of manage the hundreds of students that pass Being one of hunger resounding in through their doors with a smile. the Asians living in my stomach during my the Midwest, I have It’s nice to know that even though we’re physics lectures. an appreciation for not sitting with our family at the dining room Brandeis’ efforts to We all have a table, the Brandeis staff is just as supportive of incorporate more full plate of classes the students as any parent would be and wants diverse types of food and extra-curricular to make us feel just like we’re at home. to choose from. Instead activities we’re involved Brandeis Dining Hall of being faced with the in - is it possible to also same turkey breast, get a full plate of food Dinin g tomato sauce and pasta around here so I don’t or mashed potatoes, ethnic cuisine have to get back in line? days have certainly helped to break the bonds Though their progress might be slow, of monotony. Though my ancestors are probably rolling in their graves laughing at the lack of authenticity in the Asian dishes, Brandeis tries. Occasionally, the dining hall will host specialty chef exhibitions so that students have a chance to try a legitimate cuisine and not some Americanized version. With the health craze going on, I would have assumed Creighton would have tried to incorporate more fruit options for students. I’ll admit the salad bar is quite impressive with an extensive amount of vegetables to choose from. Seeing that we pay nearly $40,000 in tuition, though, I would hope the money could have gone to bring in an occasional fresh strawberry, blueberry, grape or watermelon instead of the same kind of canned fruits that were served during the Great Depression. A constant irk of mine during every meal at Brandeis is the serving size distribution of food HEIDI HOFFMAN/THE CREIGHTONIAN for each student. Just because I am not a 7-foot basketball player doesn’t mean I don’t need to be The soup and salad bar of Brandeist dining hall serves students daily with light and

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healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

American music scene gets a taste of Scotland S c o t t i s h recording artist Emeli Sandé released an album this past summer, “Our Version of Events,” that is finally gaining popularity in the United States. Jumping to the fifth spot this week MAGGIE HINRICHS on the iTunes Top Scene Reporter Ten Albums chart, Sandé’s soulful debut album is starting to turn heads. While Sandé’s rise to popularity seems sudden, a review of the album on contactmusic.com says that her recognition as a musician was a long time coming. Before coming out with her own set of tracks, Sandé wrote songs for such notable singers as Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle. Before her rise to fame in the United States, Sandé won several competitions for song writing and even received the Brits Critic’s Choice Award in 2012. I recently purchased what is arguably the most popular song on the album, “Next to Me.” “Next to Me” opens right away with a catchy piano rhythm followed soon by the Beyoncé-esque vocals of Sandé. This is one of the most upbeat songs on the 15-track CD. This track is my personal favorite because it really shows the vocal range capabilities of Sandé and because it seems to be the easiest one to sing along with. The album has a nice balance of uptempo melodies and those that are more subdued. “Suitcase,” one of the mellower tunes, is a personal favorite of Nursing sophomore Reilly Jorgensen. “When I was studying abroad in Ireland last semester, my housemate introduced me

to ‘Suitcase’ and I fell in love,” Jorgensen said. Jorgensen said that she thought Sandé was only big in Europe until she heard her songs back in the United States. “I started listening to her music and realized she had a lot of really unique aspects to her music,” Jorgensen said. “Her voice and just the way she sings is really original.” Business junior Alli Meyer has a different favorite on the album. “My Kind of Love” was the powerful ballad that hooked her on Sandé’s music. “I like her range in this song and the meaning behind it,” Meyer said. The part of this album that I love most is how sincere Sandé’s voice sounds. She has the rare ability of putting all her passion and soul into a song and making her listeners feel the powerful emotion she is trying to convey. However, one thing that I think this album lacks is an element of uniqueness. While Sandé’s songs are a treat to listen to, I feel as if I could find these songs elsewhere. They all sound like something I have heard before. Regardless of the commonality of this album, Sandé has created a list of tracks that people will listen to. I think she is someone we need to keep our eye on because, as she matures and collects more experience, her music is going to be big. “Our Version of Events” is now available for purchase on iTunes for $6.99.

“Our Version of Events”

Bluejay Crossing Jeff Witt

Class of 2013, Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon

Lenny’s has a great $5 regular sub deal for Creighton students “My friends and I tried Lenny’s for lunch last month. We love how close to campus it is, and the big servings you get for a reasonable price. They have a great $5 regular sub deal for Creighton students and I’d really recommend it for anyone trying to grab a quick delicious meal.”


THE CREIGHTONIAN

1 March 2013

OPINION

New pope is an opportunity MICHAEL HOLDSWORTH Opinion Columnist

The end of one era and the beginning of another is often a time of great anticipation of what will happen next. The Catholic Church now finds itself in a period of anticipation, as Pope Benedict XVI officially resigned as the Bishop of Rome on Thursday. Pope Benedict became the first Pope in almost 600 years to step down, and his unexpected action will undoubtedly set numerous precedents for the Catholic Church in the years to come. Pope Benedict’s decision demonstrates his willingness to allow the Catholic Church to be able to fully handle the issues it now faces. His position as pope undoubtedly had much stress and difficulty in running church affairs, which are only compounded by the accompanying speeches and travel. By taking the responsible initiative of stepping down, Pope Benedict recognized that great health and soundness of both body and mind are imperative for the best possible welfare of the Catholic Church. In his official statement Pope Benedict decided, “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.” With Islam on the rise in Europe and church membership in general declining in Western Civilization, the Pope needs to have the capacity to completely handle these difficult adversities. Recognizing his incapability and allowing a better-suited successor shows great depth of character from Pope Benedict. He definitely could not have taken the decision lightly either due to the very nature of taking a course of action unheard of by one of the world’s most established religions. Arts & Sciences freshman Troy Rowan agrees. “You know that the Pope had to be praying about this for months and absolutely sure of his decision,” Rowan said. At age 85, Pope Benedict certainly is not in the prime of his youth and his problems likely only could get worse as he aged more. His actions now allow for future popes to be able to recognize the importance of having someone more capable of fulfilling papal duties is far more important staying in office until death. Pope Benedict’s departure, however unconventional, still offers a valuable chance for the church as it moves into the next papacy, according to Swanson Hall Chaplain, the Rev. Burnell Bisbee, S.J. “This is a period when local Christian communities gather for a prayerful reflection time,” Bisbee said. “You can sense the change in the attitude of the people.” Even though Pope Benedict will likely lack the adoration of his predecessor Pope John Paul II, his legacy will be no less remembered. Pope Benedict has helped usher in a new, and arguably modern, age to the Catholic Church. Beyond the resignation showing that occasionally youthfulness is important in leadership, Pope Benedict also took the step of introducing the papacy to the 21st century via Twitter. The decision will only continue to benefit the Catholic Church as now Pope Benedict’s successors won’t have to worry about breaking precedent and be free to pursue the action best for Catholicism. Pope Benedict’s decision will also allow for the search of the next Pope to occur during a time when funeral preparations are not being made and the church does not find itself in a state of grief. As the church now looks to the College of Cardinals to find its next pope, it can be confident in the ability and opportunity it has in continuing to grow and develop throughout history.

Evan Holland, opinion@creightonian.com Follow us: @cu_opinion

Women’s ‘herstory’ month CARRIE HAUSMAN Opinion Columnist March is one of my favorite months. It’s a fantastic month: it’s my birthday month, Spring Break is in March and March is also Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is important. Think of a handful of major holidays; they’re all centered around dudes. Don’t get me wrong, the vast majority of them are awesome dudes, but dudes just the same: President’s Day, Columbus Day … even Valentine’s day, St. Patrick’s day, Christmas, and Easter are all centered around men if you really want to go there. Think about it — we live in a country in which Christopher Columbus gets a day dedicated to him while amazing women like Abigail Adams, Rosa Parks, Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr, Wilma Mankiller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sojourner Truth, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Brenda Howard, Lyda Conley, Sally Ride, Sacajawea, Nellie Bly, Ada Deer, Ida B. Wells and so many more get maybe a paragraph in the history text book and are set aside. March is for the women. Why don’t the School of Medicine and the pre-med society have a celebration in January for Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the U.S. to earn a medical degree? Let’s have the journalism department talk about early influential women reporters like Ida B. Wells and Nellie Bly and what they did for the field. Let’s have the Nursing School have an event to talk about Lydia Hall, Margaret Sanger and Florence Nightingale. The education department could team

up with other organizations to talk about activists like Malala Yousufzai and the status of education for women in other countries. Rosalind Franklin helped unlock the secrets of DNA and is rarely ever acknowledged in the original research. I hear we have pretty awesome science programs here at Creighton, it would be cool to see how research evolved from that as well as women’s roles in scientific research — we all know how much Creighton loves research. Frances Perkins was the first woman appointed to a U.S. Cabinet post; I think the political science department could have a really cool symposium about the history of women in politics. For example, why were Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits so worth talking about when she was literally helping to run the country? There is so much we could do and there is so much that we just don’t know about the awesome women in our history. Did you know that John Hopkins University Medical School was founded after a donation from Mary Elizabeth Garrett with the stipulation that men and women would have to have an equal shot of getting in? That was the first modern medical school in the U.S., and it was founded with the intent for equality between genders.

Coincidentally, both Creighton University and its Medical School were founded with money from women. I’m just pointing this out for the parallel and because we have Jack and Ed’s but no Mary and Sarah’s. Don’t get that look on your face. Put down your fedora and listen to me for a minute. March is a stand-in month for all of those women who have changed the world and are forgotten. Why doesn’t Marie Curie have a day? Who decided that Mae C. Jemison and Sally Ride going up into space wasn’t worth mention? Let’s talk about the unsinkable Molly Brown and how exactly she got that name. Spoiler alert: she got that name because of all of the lives she saved in the aftermath of the Titanic sinking. Let’s talk about why Helen Keller and Corretta Scott King are influential figures other than her disability and her husband. Let’s talk about these things. This is what Women’s History Month is for — education. It’s about informing you about all of these women who rock. The Lieben Center for Women has some interesting stuff planned, as they should, and hopefully other organizations will join in the fun. There are more women students here than men; let’s learn about the history that helped us get here.

Upcoming Events to Celebrate Women’s History Month Monday, 7 p.m.: “Progress and Problems of Women in Higher Education” March 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: “International Women’s Day” March 19, 7 p.m.: “Women’s Words of Wisdom” March 25, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.: “Lunch With Dr. Eileen Wirth” more info on Twitter @cu_lieben

Creighton airs its dirty laundry for all to see CAMERON TRACE Guest Columnist Remember when you thought you had a secret, and then told one friend, who told another, who told another? Suddenly your life is on display. Frightening concept, right? Except … now you are the one putting it on display. On purpose. Anonymously. The relatively new Facebook group called CU Confessions provides a platform for students to share, well, pretty much anything under the cloak of anonymity. Students who wish to submit a confession or comment do so via a survey linked to on the page, and the moderators of the page post it on the timeline under the CU Confessions account. Some of the posts are so far out there that it can be difficult knowing whether or not these “confessions” actually happened. “I feel like so many of these confessions are made up. Just like when FML and MLIA were popular. Like do these people actually exist on Creighton’s campus because you people do a great job of hiding your real selves,” an anonymous person posted on the page. Some people have apparently accomplished some pretty amazing feats without being caught. If these are actually happening, it’s also

the stories, or can figure out some of the initials. So what would happen if this page weren’t really anonymous? “I’m secretly afraid that somehow the creators of this page are tracking who is submitting these confessions and will reveal everyone’s names eventually,” questioned another post. So many people would be violated in so many different ways. This would not be good. Even if you don’t relate to the posts, you can still laugh at them because of the hilarious anecdotes they provide to your everyday life. Trying to figure out if you know anyone from the posts, or even if you are one of the people mentioned can be interesting. Wondering about the creators of this page? So are we. According to one post, they live in Swanson, and that is all the information we have. We will have to see if they ever come forward. As for right now, though, many students think the creators have done a wonderful service to the students of Creighton by creating this page. If nothing else, it has provided some entertainment during these boring winter months Cartoon by Tony Schilling for us. The page received more than 1,000 likes in less than to CU Confessions is because everything is two weeks. It’s doing pretty well. anonymously posted. No one has any idea who people are, unless they happen to know one of a little frightening to think about what’s going on around campus. Some of these posts are pretty funny. Others are quite gross, and some may even make you question the integrity of students. The reason so many students are flocking

Quote of the Week “I’m not a politician. Kim Jung Un & North Korean people are basketball fans. I love everyone. Period. End of story.” - Dennis Rodman, former NBA star, tweeted after arriving in North Korea to film a TV show


THE CREIGHTONIAN

1 March 2013

SPORTS Men’s tennis keeps up home winning streak

Matt Bourgault, Sports Editor sports@creightonian.com

Creighton extends its win streak MICHAEL KOTROUS Sports Reporter JOSH BUCY Sports Reporter

TYLER CATANIA Sports Reporter

Juniors center Alyssa Kamphaus and forward Sarah Nelson combined for 35 points to lead the Bluejays to its 20th victory of the season and its fourth consecutive at Bradley University Saturday afternoon. Kamphaus scored a career-high 17 points on 8-9 shooting from the floor, and Nelson neared a triple-double with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Kamphaus sank a jumper at the 15:57 mark of the first half to give the Bluejays a 9-7 lead. Creighton kept the game out of Bradley’s reach all of the second half, as the last time Creighton’s lead was within 10 was at the 6:23 mark in the first half. The largest lead of the game for Creighton was 24 points on another Kamphaus jumper with 16:05 remaining in the second half. Overall, the Bluejays shot 62 percent from inside the arc, but over half of Creighton’s shots came from beyond it. Creighton, who leads the nation with 9.5 made 3-point field goals per contest, sank 13 of 38 3-point attempts against Bradley. Five of Creighton’s 3-pointers were made by senior guard Ally Jensen. Overall, Jensen shot 5-10 from beyond the arc and finished the game with 15 points. The other Bluejays scoring in double digits besides Kamphaus, Nelson and Jensen - were junior guard Jordan Garrison with 11 and freshman guard Marissa Janning with 10. The victory over Bradley improves Creighton to 20-6 on the season and to 12-3 in MVC play. Creighton remains one game behind Wichita State University in the Missouri Valley Conference standings (19-8, 13-2 MVC). With the win, head coach Jim Flanery notched his seventh 20-win season in his 11 years in the position. In the 29 years before Flanery was head coach, the Creighton women’s basketball program also had seven 20-win seasons. Junior forward Sarah Nelson had a gamehigh 19 points and freshman guard Marissa Janning continued her strong play as a starter as the Jays defeated the University of Northern Iowa 73-66 in Cedar Falls on Thursday evening. The Jays improved to 19-6 overall with an 11-3 mark in Valley play, while the Panthers dropped to 12-13 overall and 7-6 in the Valley. On Thursday night, It was a memorable game for junior guard Carli Tritz. Tritz, the preseason Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, surpassed 1,000 career points by notching six points. Tritz has overcome adversity multiple times in her career, and this season has been no different. Battling knee and stress fracture injuries this season, Tritz has been a resilient player for Creighton head coach Jim Flanery. “Carli is very unselfish,” Flanery said. “It’s not about her, and she is frustrated about her physical condition but that doesn’t have anything to do with how she perceives her role on the team.” Janning, who replaced Tritz in the Jays’ starting lineup and scored 17 points on Thursday night, is turning heads around the MVC for her solid shooting and nifty ballhandling skills. However as the end of the regular season comes to a close, the Jays are very excited about the prospect of a healthy Tritz returning to the starting lineup. The last thing teams in the MVC want to worry about is defending one of the best freshman in the conference as well as the preseason player of the year. The Bluejays finish their regular season conference schedule with three contests at D.J. Sokol Arena over the next two weekends. Creighton will face Drake University on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. at D.J. Sokol Arena.

The Creighton men’s tennis team overcame the weekend “Snowpacalypse” and maintained their unblemished home record with a 5-2 win over the University North Dakota Saturday night. “It’s a huge home court advantage anywhere in college tennis so we love playing at home,” Senior Sean Mathison said. The Jays (2-2) came out strong by snagging the doubles point from UND (1-3), winning two out of the first three matches. On doubles court No. 3, senior Sean Mathison and freshman August Nysted of Creighton were the first to finish after taking down Jared Vigen and David Bergstrom 8-2. Senior Ryan Norman and freshman Nick Thompson continued the good play in court No. 1 with an 8-5 victory over Connor Oberle and Josh Oothoudt. Court No. 2 saw the lone doubles loss for the Jays as Ryan McGuigan and Grant Bakke

of UND defeated sophomore Elliott Baker and freshman Brandon Lee. “We played really well in No. 1 doubles and that was a team that had never played before. We just kind of juggled our lineup from our last match,” head coach Tom Lilly said. “We put a senior at (No.1) and another senior at (No.3) doubles and they were kind of the glue to the teams at those positions.” Success for the Jays carried over into singles matches while the opposition showed some good competition. “They’re a bunch of scrappers. We knew we were going to have to come out and fight right from the start. I felt like our team played really well,” Mathison said. Baker displayed a fine bounce-back effort in court No. 3 as he quickly claimed victory over Oberle 6-1, 6-1. “He responded really well and came out and just crushed the guy in singles,” Lilly said. In court No. 6, freshman Anthony Rauschenbach closed out the second match for the Jays with a 6-2, 6-3 win over UND’s

Will Biernat. Freshman Quinn Dippel saw a battle in court No. 5 against Bakke, who claimed victory over the Jay in the third set 6-1, 1-6, 6-1. Court No. 4 saw an intriguing battle of Lees as Creighton’s Brandon Lee took down Joe Lee 6-2, 6-4. UND’s Oothoudt took down Norman in court No.1 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory and Mathison closed things out with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over McGuigan in court No. 2. The Jays have a little time to get rested and healthy as they aren’t set to play again until March 1. They will be looking to extend their home streak to three when they take on South Dakota State University at Hanscom Tennis Center at 6 p.m. “There are different things that each player needs to work on,” Lilly said. “It’s just coming to practice with that mentality that you’re going to get better that day and take every drill, every set that we play, ever point we play seriously.”

Creighton falls to St. Mary’s on the road in final Bracket Busters game JACOB PADILLA Assistant Sports Editor The Creighton men’s basketball team stepped out of the Missouri Valley Conference to take on the Gaels of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., and they returned to Omaha with one more tally in the loss column after suffering a 74-66 defeat. The eight-point loss on Saturday was Creighton’s seventh of the year, one more than they suffered all of last season. The two teams were matched up for the final Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event. The game was shown nationally on ESPN. Headlining the game was the match-up between two of the best mid-major players in college basketball in Creighton’s All-American junior forward Doug McDermott and St. Mary’s savvy senior point guard and Australia native Matthew Dellavedova. “Dellavedova is terrific,” Creighton head coach Greg McDermott said after the game. “The plays he makes for his teammates are really incredible. He gets them easy baskets.” The two lived up to the hype early got off to a fast start, as McDermott scored six of the first eight Creighton points, while Dellavedova diced up the Jays’ defense to get open looks for himself and his teammates. The Jays kept the game close before 5-0 and 6-0 runs by the Gaels midway through the first half gave St. Mary’s a nine-point lead with 8:46 to go. St. Mary’s pushed the lead to 10 with 4:18 left before Creighton scored the next two baskets to cut it to six and take back some of the momentum. The Bluejays gave the momentum right back, however, by going ice cold and letting the Gaels close out the half on an 8-0 run to expand the lead to 14 at 38-24. McDermott and Dellavedova both hit double-figures in the first 20 minutes with 13 and 10 respectively, but both players struggled from the field and combined were just 8-22. Senior center Gregory Echenique scored eight points for the Jays with four of them coming at the free-throw line. His counterpart on St.

Mary’s, Brad Waldow, had seven points and nine rebounds. The Jays shot just 29.6 percent from the field. “We didn’t make many shots in the first half,” Greg McDermott said. “Outside of Gregory and Doug we really had nothing going.” Echenique came out of the break looking to dominate, and score the first seven points of the half for the Jays. “I thought Gregory was active,” McDermott said. “I thought he was more active with his feet in the post and as a result we were able to get it there a little bit more.” A traditional 3-point play by McDermott cut the lead to single digits at nine before St. Mary’s reeled off a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 16 at 50-34 with 13:54 remaining. The Bluejays staged a 6-0 run themselves with a 3-point play by senior guard Grant Gibbs and a 3-pointer by junior forward Ethan Wragge, but as was the case all game long the Gaels had an answer. They responded with a 6-0 run of their own over the course of the next three minutes and 40 seconds to expand the deficit to 16 again at 56-40. Another 6-0 Creighton run was snapped by a 3-pointer from Dellavedova. Creighton dug itself too deep of a hole in the first half and just couldn’t string enough buckets and stops together to get back into it. Creighton cut the lead to eight with under a minute to go, but St. Mary’s hit all four free throws to hold onto the lead and close out the Jays. The final margin showed an eight-point loss for the Bluejays, and McDermott said that boiled down to two offensive possessions and two defensive possessions that didn’t go Creighton’s way, two mistakes on each end of the court. “We’ve got to reach deep and find a way to correct those mistakes Doug McDermott and Dellavedova each scored nine points in the second period, and they finished with 22 on 7-18 shooting and 19 on 6-17 shooting, respectively.

Echenique had a double-digit scoring second half to finish with 18 points and five rebounds. Junior guard Jahenns Manigat led everyone by scoring all 11 of his points in the second period. The rest of the Jays combined for just 15 points total. Joining Dellavedova in double figures scoring were guard Stephen Holt with 13, Waldow with 12 points and 12 rebounds and forward Mitchell Young with 11. The win was big for St. Mary’s NCAA Tournament hopes as despite having a 24-5 record, the Gaels’ resume was lacking in quality wins. Meanwhile, Creighton is free-falling from a possible high seed to landing firmly on the bubble if the Jays don’t turn it around soon. But right now, the Bluejays’ focus lies solely on winning the MVC, and that began on Wednesday night against the Bradley University Braves. “I don’t have to remind [the players] ... how important this game is for us in our quest for a conference title,” McDermott said. “That’s been our goal from the start of the season and it’s still obtainable, but we have to play a little bit better than we’ve been playing. Everything is still in front of us.” After yet another slow start, the Jays turned it on in the second half and pulled away from the Braves for an 80-62 victory. Doug McDermott finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Go to creightonian.com for a full recap of the Jays’ 23rd win of the year. With the Bradley win under their belts, the Jays return home and shift their focus to the rematch on Saturday with the Wichita State University Shockers. Wichita State beat the Jays 67-64 in Wichita on Jan. 19 to give Creighton its first MVC loss. Wichita State and Creighton are now tied atop the MVC standings at 12-5, and the winner of the game takes home the Valley regular season title and secures the top seed for Arch Madness. Tip-off for the Jays’ final home game of the year is set for 1:05 p.m. Following the game will be a ceremony honoring the four seniors on the team.


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It’s about that time again. Late February has always been a difficult time for the sports fan. Football is over, and the winter sports are beginning MATT BOURGAULT to drag on. Sports Editor The NBA has slipped into its mid-season doldrums when every fan of an Eastern Conference team gets to watch the phenomenon known as “coasting until the playoffs.” The NHL is still a puzzle. I can’t believe we are watching anything other than small-sample-size theater until Les Habitants are hoisted out of first place. Now we must sit through NFL draft talk until being saved by glorious baseball in March. That is until baseball begins to bore the nation around mid-July. In this slog of that weird time between winter and spring when the snow begins melting and everything is muddy and gross, everything in the NCAA basketball season gets over-analyzed. Teams are forced to play conference rivals a second time, usually with drastically different results. For Creighton fans, this has not been a fun second go-around of the Missouri Valley Conference schedule. There seems to be a panic sweeping through Omaha these days. What was once viewed as a top 10 team is now being skewered as a first-round knockout in the NIT. Well allow me, for once, to be the voice of reason. This is still a very good basketball team. In fact, the reason why everyone is so upset is because of how good this team is. This was supposed to be a historic season for the Bluejays. Creighton started the year looking like a Sweet 16 caliber team, but that shine has faded along with the club’s prowess from behind the 3-point line. That slump should not continue any longer however. The win at Bradley is a good stepping stone toward the battle against Wichita State Univerrsity. The Jays road a strong second half, the first in what seems like a decade, to dominate the hapless Braves. Not all of our opponents will be Bradley, but I’m saying that it is a good start.. I am willing to say that Creighton’s next loss will be the one that ends this season. There are indications that AllAmerican junior forward Doug McDermott may leave after this year, and I think that could motivate the team to arrive at the dance with the MVC title. In this recent stretch of losses, it is not as if the offense has been completely incompetent. They have been able to find open looks early in ballgames, but those shots were not falling. Then the Jays seem to be gripped by a panic as soon as they go down by more than five points. Everyone stands around the 3-point line and watches Doug get triple-teamed in the post. We can’t win without any ball movement. As long as Creighton can maintain discipline on offense, the shots will start to fall. Defense has never really been a strength of our high-octane attack, so I’m not really worried about that. Defense in college basketball is for try-hards. Creighton is at their best when all five players on the floor are doing their best Antoine Walker impersonation. I’m talking about shimmying, first game of the 1997 season Antoine here, not Game 6 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals Walker. As of right now, Creighton looks like a 10-seed. Plenty of forecasters have us playing the University of Oregon in the first round, which is not too farfetched. The committee loves storylines, and there is no bigger storyline than an epic re-match of the 2011 CBI final. That game looks like an easy “W” for the Jays. The problem will occur in the second third round, when Creighton will probably slam headlong into a team like the University of Kansas. The point I’m trying to make here is that there is no reason to panic yet. Creighton has enough quality wins to all but guarantee a spot in the tournament. We don’t need to worry until much later.

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Freshman point guard Marissa Janning has excelled in her role as the newest starter for the Creighton women’s basketball team.

Marissa Janning is not done winning ANTHONY ROBINSON Sports Reporter Before finishing her decorated high school career with 3,587 points in six varsity basketball seasons at Watertown-Mayer High School in Watertown, Minn., Marissa Janning had plans of becoming a Bluejay. The five foot-eight inch freshman point guard committed to Creighton during her junior season of high school. “(Omaha) is still relatively close (to home), and the coaching staff was great,” Janning said. “As soon as I met the players, it was a done deal. “Being recruited, I felt like this was going to be a good fit for me and it definitely has been and I feel like I’m developing best here than I would anywhere else.” With the recruiting process behind her and one more season as a Royal, the point guard averaged 30.1 points per game her senior year and was recognized as Minnesota Miss Basketball and the AP Player of the Year for the 2011-2012 season. Her success throughout her career at Watertown (which began in seventh grade) has transformed into a prosperous first year in Omaha. Janning has averaged 13.1 points per game this season through 26 games, and is third in scoring in conference play at 14.7 points per game. She has scored in double-figures in 19 games and is the odds on favorite to take home MVC Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards. Even with her success, Janning has found aspects of high school and college basketball to be very different. Janning said she believes that the strength of the other players and the quickness of the game are most different between the two levels. Janning’s efforts and a nagging injury to junior guard Carli Tritz have given the true freshman an opportunity in the starting lineup.

In five starts, Janning has averaged 16.2 points per game, including a career-high 26 point outburst against Missouri State University.

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Janning leads the offense at the point.

Head coach Jim Flanery said he knew that Janning had potential to be a good player, but he believes that she has gone beyond what he expected her to accomplish in her first year. “She’s exceeded my expectations,” Flanery said. “You always hope that somebody is as good as you think, maybe they are, and she’s definitely been that good.” Flanery noted that Janning is unlike most players that have made the commitment to Creighton. “She’s a multiple-skill player,” Flanery said. “She can handle it, she can pass, she can score it and she can score it in different ways. Sometimes we get somebody who can just either drive it or score, and she can do both.” Janning did not make an immediate impact the moment she stepped into action. In

the season-opener against No. 12 Oklahoma University, Janning struggled from the field, missing all nine of her field goal attempts in 15 minutes of floor action. Through her first four games, Janning shot 3-25 from the field, scoring only 12 points. “She would tell you she struggled the first few games,” Flanery said. “And she did.” Janning’s early struggles didn’t have a strong influence on her confidence level. In the next two games after her early season funk, Janning made 14 of 26 shot attempts, including 7-12 from beyond the arc, tallying 38 points (19 each game). “She’s good enough to be confident and she’s confident enough to be good,” Flanery said. “She’s wired to be confident but she has also put in the work to have the skills and to be as good as she is.” Throughout her playing career, Janning has relied on her brother, Matt, for advice. Matt Janning currently plays professional basketball in Siena, Italy after spending some time in the NBA and NBA Development League. Matt graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. “He’s always been a huge influence on me and has shown me that hard work pays off,” Janning said. “He’s definitely a huge part of my life and is my biggest role model.” Even with her individual success, Janning always has the team goals on her mind. “(During the rest of the season and the next three years) I am looking forward to going to the NCAA tournament and going far,” Janning said. “I want to win hopefully four conference championships.” “She’s got leadership potential and all the tools to be a great player and to help us be the type of team we want to be,” Flanery said. “I just want to keep winning,” Janning added.


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