monday, april 14, 2014 volume 113, issue 132
A busy night
Spring ushers in warm weather, active lifestyle
Students report assaults, thefts at Big Sean concert
Twist and turns
Huskers coach Bo Pelini raises his pet cat above his head, as players take the field for the spring game on Saturday. The spring game involved more than just a scrimmage; competitions and a proposal took place. photo by andrew barry
keeping the faith Members of UNL’s religious minorities share stories of their beliefs
Latter-day Saint awaits mission call McCartney Martin DN
family unit in heaven.” Being married in a sacred temple, commonly known as sealing, is a tradition in the LDS religion where the couple is sealed together for all eternity, including in heaven where they will meet again. For a marriage to be considered eternal by the church, it must be sealed in a temple. While attending school in Lincoln, Davidson has found a home away from home and a family at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1030 Q St. On Sunday afternoons, you can find Davidson at the local church participating in sacrament and gospel along with taking classes. Monday night you can find her at “family home evening,” where she spends time with other LDS church members in her age group. “Because we’re so far away from our families, we kind of need a family when we’re here,” Davidson said. And that’s what the church has given Davidson: a place where her beliefs are supported and no one questions her decisions. Latter-day Saints practice a health law, “The Word of Wisdom,” that prohibits alcoholic beverages, tobac-
Brittaney Davidson has been defending her faith since elementary school. “You’re so Mormon,” she recalls one classmate saying in regard to her modest clothing. The classmate said her religion was a joke. Davidson, a freshman mechanical engineering major and a Latter-day Saint, or LDS, tried to take it in stride. “It really hurt because I believe in it so strongly,” she said. “I didn’t really know what to say to them because I was so young. I just told them, ‘I’m going to believe what I’m going to believe, and I hope it’s true in the end.’” Davidson comes from a traditional Latter-day Saints family in Rock Springs, Wyo. A big aspect of the LDS religion is family. “We believe that families can be together forever,” Davidson said. “We believe that when you are married and sealed in the temple, when someone in your family passes on, you will be able to live with them again as a
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Brittaney Davidson, a freshman mechanical engineering major, has practiced her faith for her whole life. When she turns 19, she plans to go on a year-and-a-half-long missionary trip.
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Jewish student finds larger community Melissa Allen dn
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Zachary Bram, a freshman mechanical engineering major, is acting president of UNL Hillel, which he said “is here to thrive and help the Jewish community stay happy.”
Zachary Bram was one of two Jewish students at his high school in Omaha. Now, Bram isn’t as alone in his faith. The freshman mechanical engineering major is the acting president of UNL Hillel, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student organization focused on connecting Jewish students at the university. UNL Hillel is a part of an international organization spread across university campuses around the world. “It’s there to help the Jewish community thrive and stay happy, be happy,” Bram said. “The big goal for Hillel is that it would involve the entire community and show everyone that’s interested in Judaism what it’s all about.” Bram became interested in the organization after hearing about it from his dad, who was involved in it when he went to college at the University of Michigan. Being a part of the organization helped Bram stay
connected with other Jewish students on campus, he said. “Sometimes we go to Saturday morning services together as a group to pray together and such,” Bram said. “When we want to volunteer, we go to Tabitha (Health Care Services) and help out with Meals on Wheels and deliver meals to people that need them.” Bram attends Tifereth Israel Synagogue every Saturday morning, and every couple of weeks he goes home to have dinner with his family on Fridays as a form of Friday service. His dad sometimes leads services on Saturdays and Sundays. Since coming to UNL, Bram’s views on Judaism have only grown, he said. “Instead of just trying to help the community, I’m trying to help the college campus, too, to establish a growing Jewish community for students,” he said. “They’ve grown in that I’ve outsourced myself and my abilities to find people to help the Jewish community grow on campus. I’ve gone to synagogues and have helped with their services, and I didn’t really do that before.”
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Unitarian student embraces inclusivity Mara Klecker DN Schuyler Geery-Zink was on the playground at recess when her friend came up and asked, “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior?” Geery-Zink was 11 years old and didn’t really understand the question. She’d gone to church every Sunday but didn’t have a personal savior. The boy told her she was going to hell. “How can I go to a place that doesn’t exist?” GeeryZink wondered and returned to playing. Just a few weeks ago, she was asked a similar question outside the Nebraska Union by someone wearing a “Religion is a Lie” T-shirt. She figured they could have an interesting discussion about religion, but the person turned out to be from a Christian organization — and it’s hard for Geery-Zink to explain how she can be a church-going atheist to someone bent on converting her to Christianity. Geery-Zink, a junior global studies major, has worked for years on an “elevator pitch” to explain her religion — Unitarian Universalism, a faith that began in
1961 with the merging of the Unitarians and the Universalists. Zink is one of about 200,000 Unitarian Universalists in the U.S. “I don’t believe in heaven or hell or God, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go to church and have discussions about it,” Geery-Zink said. Especially when the church values open conversations between members of all different beliefs. She has those discussions at school as well. They cover both the academic and the spiritual side of world religions. A former president and current member of the registered student organization Unitarian Universalists of UNL, Geery-Zink meets weekly with a group of about five to seven other students to discuss topics ranging from women’s rights to the life of Buddha. As Geery-Zink describes it, the UU faith is “a community that represents all faiths and traditions.” It’s open and freethinking — a liberal church that accepts atheists, agnostics, humanists, Buddhists, liberal Christians or anyone in between. There are seven guiding principles surrounding peace, justice, compassion, human rights and respect for
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Schuyler Geery-Zink, a junior global studies major, is one of 200,000 Unitarian Universalists in the United States. The religion promotes peace, equality and respect for the earth through seven principles.
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davidson: from 1 co, illegal drugs, coffee and tea. Davidson and her LDS friends are often questioned about those practices. “(Nonmembers) press us wanting to know why aren’t we conforming to the societal norms,” Davidson said. “We understand that everyone has their struggles and their afflictions and their own trials, and we try to extend our hand and help them and show them that we do love them and we care about them and we want them to one day know the truth for themselves. It’s about having faith that the things that I’m told to do are for the best.” Davidson and her fellow church members have fun, too. Every Thursday night, LDS churchgoers gather for game night where they play cards, pool and outdoor team sports. “When you’re in college, you want people who are on the same basis as you are,” Davidson said. “It’s the time you want to find out who you really are, and with those kind of people who support you. It’s really nice to have that support system.” Davidson is approaching an important date for many unmarried LDS women her age: her 19th birthday. Once Davidson turns 19 in September, she plans to apply to participate as a missionary for a year and a half. She’ll receive a mission call that will tell her where she’ll going. Until then, Davidson can only wonder about where she will go. During her time as a missionary, Davidson will take a break from school to teach the gospel to citizens of another country. “I feel like it’s a year and a half of my life that if I missed, I’ll regret it,” she said. “You can always go to school.” And with her first year of college winding down, Davidson has faith that it will end well. “I believe that if we put God first and study his word through the scriptures and go to church, everything will fall into place,” she said. “He helps us, and it gives us a greater hope.”
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. in the 1820s. Many nonmembers of the church identify other LDS as Mormons — a name derived from one of their religious texts. LDS members use the King James Bible as the official text, and the Book of Mormon holds additional truths that supplement the Bible, according to the church’s website. The church’s practices hold separate traditions than other forms of Christianity, which sometimes creates conflicts. LDS rejects the idea of a holy trinity, instead teaching that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are all separate beings. Members of the church are asked to spread their faith around the world and many choose to go on mission trips.
Although he hasn’t been personally subjected to personal religious discrimination, Bram said he has witnessed some discriminatory actions by other students. In middle school and high school, “ignorant little kids” left sketches of swastikas on desks. Since being a student at UNL, Bram has received invitations from friends and other students to Bible studies. “Sometimes I’m the only Jewish person they’ve met in their life, so they don’t know I don’t follow the same Bible, so inviting me seems nice,” he said. “It’s not discrimination, it’s just misunderstanding, or lack of knowledge. People are friendly and open-minded; they don’t have a problem with me being Jewish.” This year, Bram happened across a questionable sighting at a sorority house. “I’ve seen one of the sororities, a girl put a menorah in the windowsill and two girls were trying to knock it down with a snowball as I was walking by,” he said. “I felt like criticizing, but at the same time I felt like I was misinterpreting actions. I didn’t know what to do.” On Sunday, three people were killed at two different Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kan. Although a suspect is in custody, the police have yet to release information on the motive behind the killings. “It makes me feel like I need to be proactive to defend myself,” Bram said. “I know there’s people that really want to hurt Jewish people, and I need to be ready. … No one has a plan of action when that takes place. It’s something that people really need to change.” For Bram, following Judaism means “applying Torah to your life and being able to have a happy life that is both spiritual and physical, as in helping the community in any way possible through service or volunteering.” NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
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Judaism is considered one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, as it has been practiced for several millennia. Originating in the Middle East, the religion is based on the idea that Jewish people have a covenant with God. Judaism was founded by Moses, who brought the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai to the Israelites. Jews trace their history back to Abraham. It’s the oldest of the three Abrahamic religions, which include Christianity and Islam. Jews use the Torah as their religious text, which tells the story of the religion’s history and expectations. The faith is known for its rich history and traditions, which have been passed down from rabbi to rabbi for generations. The United States has the world’s second-largest Jewish population, following Israel.
the “interdependent web of all existence.” The UU church in Lincoln has a congregation of about 400, GeeryZink estimates. Its mission is exploring varying spiritual identities and promoting social justice, according to its website. Many of the members come from traditionally conservative Christian backgrounds, including Geery-Zink’s parents. Her mom was raised Presbyterian, her dad Southern Baptist. The two strayed from Christian denominations and met at a UU congregation in Wichita, Kan. Her mom is now the president of the board of trustees at the congregation in Lincoln. Though few understand the faith, Geery-Zink said she hasn’t felt much religious discrimination on campus. As a small group, Unitarian Universalists of UNL doesn’t get the large meeting rooms available to the Christian student groups. But it’s not about favoring a majority religion; it’s just about the numbers, GeeryZink said. She hopes to see the on-campus group grow. Larger numbers translates to more than a large meeting room. It means the ability to do more service work. “It’s hard to be a small group,” Geery-Zink said. “If we were bigger, we could do more and more. Huge groups can do so much good.” For students with an interest in exploring religion without aligning with a specific dogma, or set of beliefs, the UU group is a good fit, Geery-Zink said. “The word ‘church’ has such a negative connotation for many people,” Geery-Zink said. “We want those people to know about us.” The UU church supports a strong separation of church and state, eliminating some of the issues that are driving young people away from traditional faiths. Whether a student is interested in joining the UU group or not, GeeryZink just wants students to keep an open mind. “We aren’t about conversion at all,” Geery-Zink said. “We value everyone’s beliefs. We aren’t a traditional church, but our religion is important to us.” The group meets every Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union. NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM
Unitarian Universalism was formed when two religious groups, the Unitarians and the Universalists, joined in 1961. Unitarians were anti-trinitarian and believed in the unity of God, while Universalists believed in universal salvation. Today, congregations are bound by seven principles, which they consider not a dogma or doctrine but a guide. The principles, according to the Unitarian Universalist Association, are: 1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person 2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations 3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations 4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning 5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large 6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all 7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music Chamber Singers perform for the “Sounding Art” concert in the rotunda at the State Capitol Building on Sunday afternoon. The ensemble was directed by Therees Tkach Hibbard and accompanied by pianist Rebeca Ordóñez-Rodríguez.
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Capitol photos by Chris Dorwart
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NEWS DN CALENDAR
ON CAMPUS what: Think: Creativity, Collaboration and Project-Based Learning in a Large Enrollment Environment when: 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Room 212
what: Teaching Creativity in a Fully Online Environment when: 11:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Room 212
Large Brass Ensembles when: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where: Westbrook Music Building, Room 119 more information: Free admission
IN LINCOLN what: Capital Jazz Society Big Band Performance when: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. where: Brewsky’s Jazz Underground, 201 N. 8th St. more information: $6 for adults, $5 for students with ID, $3 if you bring an instrument and sit-in with band.
Big Sean concert keeps UNLPD busy
UPC: Big Sean was a thought-out selection for spring concert
Police charged concertgoers with assaults, thefts and an MIP during UPC spring show
Colleen Fell DN Wednesday’s Big Sean concert at the University of NebraskaLincoln provided entertainment for students, but a busy night for the UNL Police Department. A number of assaults, stolen items and one MIP were reported in relation to the concert. Six UNL students reported being assaulted during or around the time of the concert. Around 9 p.m., UNLPD and Lincoln Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the concert, which took place on the greenspace north of the Nebraska Union, after an assault occurred in the concert crowd. Two UNL students had injuries to their faces and told officers they had been punched in the head several times by a person they didn’t know and weren’t able to describe. Near the end of the concert, three UNL student concertgoers were assaulted by the boyfriend of one of the victims, police said. The assault happened near the area of 15th and S streets. The victim’s boyfriend fled the scene before officers arrived, and the investigation is ongoing. All the victims refused medical attention. Another UNL student reported Thursday morning that she had been assaulted by a man she didn’t know at the concert the night before. She had injuries to the top of her head and left cheek but didn’t want any medical attention. Theft also occurred at Wednesday’s concert. Two instances of missing wallets were reported during the show. One UNL student told officers a woman took her Coach wallet from her boyfriend’s back pocket. However, after officers spoke with multiple people, they determined that the wallet just went missing. Another man, not UNL-affiliated, told officers his wallet, its contents and $20 were stolen during the concert. He searched the concert grounds after the show but didn’t find his items. A search by UNLPD of the area was also unsuccessful. Police haven’t conducted a follow-up search for the wallet. Fifteen MIPs were given out around the time of Wednesday’s concert, but only one was in the area of the concert. Near the start time of the concert, police approached a UNL student north of the Kauffman Residence Center
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Big Sean performs on the Nebraska Union greenspace Wednesday night. The concert attracted a large crowd of both students and non-students.
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MIP in the concert area
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The crowd cheers during the University Program Council spring concert Wednesday.
reported assaults next to where the concert was held. Zachary Ekeren, a freshman criminal justice major, admitted he had been drinking alcohol on campus. Ekeren, who had a BAC of .240, was cited and taken to detox. The 14 other MIPs given Wednesday night and early Thursday morning were not necessarily in relation to the Big Sean concert, police said. news@ dailynebraskan.com
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UPC plans a spring concert every year and tries to vary the type of artist. The 2013 spring concert featured Grouplove. 2 missing wallets 1 mip in the concert area
On behalf of the University Program Council (UPC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we would like to share our excitement, as well as our concerns, regarding the 2014 UNL Spring Concert held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, on the Nebraska Union greenspace. We have received some feedback from students regarding the headlining artist, Big Sean, as well as the concert experience overall. We take all feedback, both positive and negative, very seriously, and we believe in being as transparent as possible in the decisions we make and the programs we bring to campus. Thus far, we have heard that students had mixed experiences at the concert. Some students loved seeing a well-known artist perform a free show, and those who had the opportunity to meet with Big Sean afterward felt that he was incredibly personable and genuine. However, others expressed concerns about the explicit language of the music and the concert being open and free to non-UNL students. UPC continually revisits opportunities to sponsor a concert in a closed space, allowing for the show to only be accessible to UNL students. However, with the concert having outgrown all affordable indoor options, UPC is challenged with finding an appropriate venue with the capacity to hold a growing audience while also being good stewards of student fees. The UNL Spring Concert was funded in collaboration between University Program and Facility Fees (UPFF) received from students, as well as concert co-sponsors. Each student contributes $5.50 per semester toward the overall UPC budget, and these funds are used for a variety of programs, including our Homecoming and Spring concerts, movies, hypnotists, educational lectures, comedians, etc. As a student-driven organization, UPC members research and select programs based upon a variety of criteria, including suggestions gathered from students via student surveys, feedback from other universities that have hosted the performer, popularity of artist/group, artist cost and availability, etc. When researching potential headlining artists, we asked students who they wanted to see, and Big Sean’s name consistently rose to the top. As a programming board, it is our responsibility to serve a variety of student interests, and with most recent concerts being country (Craig Morgan, Gloriana) and indie rock (GroupLove), the students voiced that it was time to revisit the hip-hop/rap genre. One of the things that helps inform UPC members as we make these difficult decisions is consistently seeking feedback from students. Any student that wishes to submit feedback regarding their concert experience can do so in the following ways: 1) Completing the following survey link: https://www.surveymonkey. com/s/GL6ZNLW 2) Submitting comments to @UPCNebraska on Facebook and Twitter 3) Emailing email@example.com We are thrilled to have hosted the largest outdoor concert this campus has seen in many years, and we look forward to bringing many more small and large-scale programs to UNL in the future.
news briefs Climatologist: Nebraska had a cold, dry winter
This winter was Nebraska’s 27th coldest and 18th driest, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatologist. During winter, the temperatures in Nebraska were 1.8 degrees below normal, which, according to the National Climatic Data Center, is the 27th coldest the state has been since records began in 1896. In various individual locations across the eastern part of the state, Nebraska averaged more than 3 degrees below normal, with precipitation coming in at about .70 below normal, making it the 18th driest winter since 1896. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate drought conditions have been established with the exception of northeast Nebraska. Nebraska is unable to keep temperatures in the 70-degree range for longer than a few days at a time and is in a holding pattern. For dew points and soil temperatures to rise and for plants to grow, it’s important for temperatures to stay persistently higher.
UNO introduces Nebraska Metro Poll
Joining forces with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is looking to expand the results of its annual Rural Poll, a survey that polls the opinions of rural dwellers. UNO is presenting a similar survey that will help to recognize issues that the state’s metropolitan areas are encountering: The Nebraska Metro Poll, prepared by UNO’s Center for Public Affairs Research. Planners will work together with those who organize the Nebraska Rural Poll, which UNL has been directing for 18 years. The Nebraska Rural Poll’s objective is to provide local and state leaders an insight into the concerns and problems facing rural citizens in Nebraska. Rural citizens and government officials work together and form an advisory committee each year that prepares questions and recognizes key issues or topics to include in the survey. In both rural and urban polls there are questions that will address things like how people view the changes that occur in their community over the past year and how satisfied they are with public services.
Cancer survivors from the Lincoln community take the first lap of the night to honor their victory during Relay for Life, an overnight fundraising walk on Saturday night.
committee invites budget opinions at hearing
Students, faculty and staff can voice their opinions on University of NebraskaLincoln’s coming budget reduction at a Wednesday hearing in the Nebraska Union’s Colonial Room. The Academic Planning Committee hearing, planned for 3 p.m., will focus on Chancellor Harvey Perlman’s plan to enact $4.7 million in cuts to handle UNL’s budget deficit. The APC is responsible for monitoring, guiding and reviewing Perlman’s recommendations and can approve the proposals or suggest alternatives. Perlman’s budget recommendations include: • Withholding 1 percent of the anticipated 3 percent salary increase pool. Amounting to $3.2 million, this would cover the majority of the budget shortfall. • Reducing $318,226 of discretionary resources for strategic initiatives from the Chancellor’s Office’s budget. • Eliminating $200,000 from the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs’ support for summer session programs. • Reducing support of IANR’s Educational Media by $406,000. • Reducing state funding in the Office of Student Affairs by $425,774. Reductions in state-funded activities include four graduate assistant positions and shifting other expenses from state funds to student fees. Fee-supported units would be required to reduce operational costs to assure there is no increase in student fees. • Reducing once-a-week campus floor burnishing to once a month, saving $100,000.
Participants in the event walked all night in honor of the survivors who fought against cancer.
photos by Cahner Olson
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extremes Radicalism pushes some to blindly follow group identities, but others to fight for their beliefs
Extreme beliefs are harmful to the U.S., cause people to follow strong groups and form blind identities while leading to polarization
ationalism. Patriotism. Egalitarianism. What do these words mean to you? If you were born in the United States, these words most likely manifest themselves in identifying strongly with the American “group.” Strong group identities can manifest themselves in strange ways. Many times they aid in the development of extreme attitudes. The point is that a group identity is sometimes a blind identity. A clear example of this is nationalism in the U.S. It can be a dangerous proposition to dare to discuss issues that would likely chip away at this feeling of being an American — issues such as the fact that the U.S. significantly lags behind other countries in education. In the U.S., many see identifying strongly with your nation as a nonissue. However, there is, in fact, an issue. There is a challenge in identifying with your country, or any group, and doing so with your eyes open. Your vantage point influences, if not completely determines, the groups you choose to identify with. Consider these findings focusing on national group identity from Elizabeth Theiss-Morse in her book “Who Counts as an American?” Theiss-Morse says we live in a nation in which African-Americans are often marginalized in several aspects of society. Theiss-Morse’s research also shows that citizens who strongly identified with being an American were willing to “abrogate the basic civil rights of Arab Americans after 9/11, suggesting that (they) no longer ‘counted’ as Americans and therefore could have their rights abridged.” In simpler terms: Many citizens were willing to indict an entire group of fellow humans based on the actions of a handful of individuals with whom they shared nothing but a broad ethnicity. It’s chilling how radical attitudes can be formed by using group identities as a mold that shapes your perspective — there should be no mold. Theiss-Morse finds that there is a rather specific description of the people willing to strongly identify with being a true American. Who are these people? They are Christian, less educated and less politically knowledgeable. What’s more, these identifiers often refuse to acknowledge who, in fact, is an American. They widely marginalize those who don’t look and think like them and are less likely to accept constructive criticism from marginalized members. This doesn’t just apply to nationalism, either — it works in the context of many group identifications. Theiss-Morse summarizes, “strong identifiers are more likely to set boundaries than weak identifiers. … The act of separating the group from other groups is important to strong identifiers.” Red flag. Are we not a nation that should do the exact opposite of this belief, and come together to eliminate extreme identities and thrive as a group? These extreme attitudes are shaped because often the mere label of a group is a crutch aiding the formation of ideologies, replacing weighing each option carefully. So are extreme attitudes beneficial to our nation? The answer is no. Extreme beliefs lead to a waterfall of subsequent issues. Look at our current congress, which is in complete gridlock and is the most polarized it has been since 1989. The cause of this polarization and lack of action is the result of a fear of straying away from group norms instead of truly looking at what would benefit our nation. Theiss-Morse said there is a resistance in shying away from the norms of groups in which you belong, so once again the group members take a shortcut to the name of their political party. This resistance is irrational, radical and extreme. I have a solution to this problem: Let’s truly educate ourselves before we form an opinion or before we identify with a certain group. Furthermore, we need to be aware of how extreme we are willing to be because of a simple group identity. Another example provided by Theiss-Morse illustrates how your status in a group not only shapes your perception of that group, but also how you are perceived. The study looked at two groups. In one, an African-American either praised or criticized an aspect of America. The same model was demonstrated in the other group with the only difference being the presenter was white. Unfortunately, and maybe not surprisingly, the results were that the people who strongly identified themselves as Americans were much harsher and dismissive of the criticisms given by the black presenter compared with the white presenter. How are we to grow as a nation if we
Savannah TYRRELL dismiss the thoughts of members who are unhappy? The U.S. is intended to be a “melting pot” of diversity and our principles are based on an assertion made by our founding fathers: “All men are created equal.” Yet in actuality people who are described as weak national identifiers are the ones who agree that more action needs to be taken regarding equality in the U.S. My claim isn’t meant to deny pride in groups you identify with. Rather it’s that we must open our eyes to the potential negative side to extreme attitudes developed because of strongly identifying with a group. We must challenge ourselves to recognize when our need to identify with a group blinds us to actions that may work in conflict with our true ideology. Strongly identifying with a group often translates into blind identity. Let’s become aware of our perspectives and opinions formed because of these identifications. Ignorance, in this case, is not bliss – instead it’s the cause of further marginalizing vital members of groups and creating a polarization within these groups that will hinder our nation’s development as a whole. Savannah Tyrrell is a sophomore advertising and public relations major. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.
It’s chilling how radical attitudes can be formed by using group identities as a mold that shapes your perspective – there should be no mold.”
Being radical is important, especially among college students who are in a time of personal growth, finding their beliefs
or many people, college is the only time in our lives where we are truly radical. We pick up causes that are religious, political, personal or all of the above and fight tooth and nail for them. We gush about them at parties, wanting to share our enthusiasm with everyone. We evangelize about Jesus, divestment or atheism to anyone who will listen. We join clubs, Facebook groups and email lists, working day and night for our causes. We ask friends to sign petitions and protest at the capitol. We work hard to make decisions that support our cause such as meatless Mondays, prayer breakfasts or days of silence. But usually after we leave college, we slow down. We get busy with work and families. We skip church or community meetings for a night in. We stay subscribed to the email lists, but we sort the messages into our spam folder. We often become the people we promised we never would be. We grow older, more uninterested and more uninformed. This common narrative of radical youth and then moderate middle age makes it seem that being radical is only for certain people at certain times in their lives. But the fact is that being radical is something that can be and should be done throughout our lives. And there isn’t just one way to be radical. Even in Merriam-Webster, radical has multiple definitions ranging from “associated with political views, practices and policies of extreme change” to “advocating extreme measures to retain or restore a political state of affairs.” These are two very different ways of being radical. One is enacting extreme change. The other is seeking to keep the world as it is. There is no one type of radical. When we look at the past, we see radicals of every class, race and privilege. People from First Lady and Ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt to labor activist Cesar Chavez have worked hard to defend and develop their views t o change the world. In a 1915 interview, Helen Keller spoke of her call to radicalism: “For a time I was de-
pressed, but little by little my confidence came back, and I realized that the wonder is not that conditions are so bad but that society has advanced so far in spite of them. And now I am in the fight to change things. I may be a dreamer, but dreamers are necessary to make facts!” Despite struggles and hardships, Keller worked toward her dreams relentlessly and tirelessly. This drive to create a bold new world from dreams is one of the hallmarks of the American project. We are a country founded by radicals, unwilling to accept the unjust rule of a foreign crown. We should take pride in our radical past and bring it forward toward a radical future. Speaking on the recent 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act, President Barack Obama said, “You’re reminded daily that in this great democracy, you are but a relay swimmer in the currents of history, bound by decisions made by those who came before, reliant on the efforts of those who will follow to fully vindicate your vision.” As Americans, we must take pride in this relay race of history, moving forward to advance this great nation. But we must also be aware that simply being radical, or even being radical on the right side of history doesn’t make us perfect. As MSNBC reporter Adam Serwer notes this in the title of his recent piece, “Lyndon Johnson was a civil rights hero. But also a racist.” Serwer shows that despite passing landmark legislation, Johnson was far from a saint, often using vicious slurs and coded language against African Americans. However, Johnson was willing to make the huge political sacrifice of passing the Civil Rights Act that “lost the South for a generation.” Serwer remarks, “All we can offer is a commitment to justice in word and deed, that must be honored but from which we will all occasionally fall short.” All sorts of radicals must admit that they will fall short of their ideals. But this doesn’t mean they should give up their fervor and ferocity. Even the hardest workers and revolutionaries often relapse into old habits. This doesn’t mean that you are weak — it means you are human. And as part of being human, you should work as hard as you can at what you believe. You should look at every aspect of your belief, every consequence and condition. You should look to see if it’s what you truly aspire to be. And if it passes these tests, then you should live it with every fiber of your being. College is a time of great personal growth and experimentation. For many it’s the first chance to break free from families and childhood and discover who we truly are. In this exploration of ourselves we will try on many identities and styles until we find one that fits. When we finally find the ideology or lifestyle we truly want to live, people remind us of all the rejected identities of our past, as though searching somehow voids the destination. Whether your radical lifestyle takes the form of business woman, househusband activist or rabbi, the life you lead is yours and yours alone. You should live it to the highest standards of your beliefs and aspirations. To put it in the words of surfer dude slang, “That’s radical.” Walker Edwards is a junior philosophy major. Reach them at opinion@ dailynebraskan. com.
The fact is that being radical is something that can be and should be done throughout our lives.”
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aRTS & LIFE
How do you de-stress? “I work out. I go to the weight room at the Rec or I run, usually. I also like to watch Netflix. Lately, I’ve been into ‘Scandal.’ I’m on season 3.”
senior nutrition science and dietetics major
“My fraternity has roof access, so we go up and try to tan. Whenever it’s nice, we like to go up and just sit in the sun.”
junior journalism major
“I like to read a book or a magazine. Sometimes I go outside. (Chi Omega) has a sundeck, so sometimes I’ll go study out there.”
Claire Wiebe, a sophomore global studies major, has lunch and reads in the Nebraska Union greenspace as the spring weather finally starts to show up in mid-April.
sophomore accounting and finance major
UNL students destress through exercise, sunlight as warm spring weather comes to Nebraska
“I watch a lot of Netflix. Recently, I’ve restarted ‘One Tree Hill.’ If I have homework, I won’t watch, but if I don’t, I’ll watch like one or two episodes.”
sophomore accounting major
story by Mekenzie Kerr photos by Tyler Meyer
arch ushers in the first day of spring, which means warmer weather and sunnier skies. Students are finding numerous ways to take advantage of the season. As the Nebraska Union greenspace, Broyhill Fountain and sidewalks become more packed with students basking in the rays, tensions seem to alleviate. Tasks as simple as walking to class become much more leisurely and begin to feel less stressful as the weather temperatures rise. “I enjoy going to class and doing the normal daily routines much more,” said senior psychology major Kaylor Caldwell, “I think this weather helps you destress because you can do homework outside, take walks or simply open your windows to feel the nice breeze. Others take the time to move their previously indoor activities outside to enjoy the beginning of springtime, like freshman English and history major Julian Fox, who said he finds something about being outdoors to be “inherently therapeutic.” “I mostly enjoy reading outdoors,” Fox said. “There is no better environment for reading than outside.” The less stress, freer-feeling trend students are noticing with the more pleasant weather shows the connection between seasonal weather changes and humans’ moods and stress levels. “It’s pretty well-established that the winter months have a negative effect on people’s mood levels and stress levels,” said Robert Portnoy, a psychologist and department head of the Counseling and Psychological Services on campus.
Seasonal affective disorder is a branch of depression that occurs during the cooler seasons of the year. The treatment can be medicine or light box therapy, which has a similar effect on patients as the spring and summer seasons have. Light box therapy gives the SAD patients 10,000 lumen each to help their depression. Portnoy said that the farther locations are from the equator, the more the rate of SAD increases. Therefore SAD is essentially nonexistent at the equator itself. “Probably a bulk of what is relevant has to do with the amount of available sunlight,” Portnoy said. “What we know is that in the winter months, the days are shorter and there is less sunlight, people get depressed and depression and stress correlate pretty closely.” Some students mix-up their wardrobes, allowing them to get more sunlight and to combat the past few months of chilly weather and embrace the new warmth, something that in turn uplifts their moods. “My wardrobe completely changes when it gets warmer, I wear brighter colors and show some skin,” freshman exploratory major Jineo Saito said. “Nice-weather fashion allows me to express myself a lot more compared to bad weather. It is a great way to destress myself and brighten my mood.” Other students utilize the spring weather to destress themselves in two ways: getting more sun and exercising. Freshman Lauren Phillips takes advantage of the sunny weather by moving her morning jogs outside rather than on the “dreaded tread-
“I usually go running at the MoPac Trail. I try to run during the winter, too, but I’m really happy it’s nice out now.”
mills,” and she also enjoys “getting out there in the sand for volleyball.” The weather also makes her more motivated to get up and go in the morning, rather than sleep in. “That’s really the key, given the improvement in weather, people can get out more and physical activities do wonders for moods and stress,” said Portnoy. So it’s no surprise that moving physical activities outdoors is a common trend on campus. “I have been riding my bike to class, going for runs and long boarding around town,” senior business administration major Jordan Saldivar said. “These activities give me a physical outlet for the stress and it helps me clear my head after a long day of classes.” While sunshine improves upon students’ moods, physical exercise in the outdoors adds an even greater level of stress relief. Portnoy sees this to be true, as shown in his anecdote about the invention of the snowmobile. “I moved here in 1991 from Vermont, where I had lived and worked,” said Portnoy. “And with the invention of the snowmobile, the suicide rate was cut in half, relieving people of ‘cabin fever.’” Students can say good-bye to the cold weather that prohibited them from venturing outdoors. Sunshine and time spent outdoors are two ways to embrace the springtime and alleviate stress, whether you’re sleeping in the greenspace or jogging down the block. arts@ dailynebraskan.com
freshman religious studies major
“I like to go lay in the sun and listen to music. Christian music – like Hillsong. Is that hippy enough? I feel like it’s kind of like that.”
senior biology and nursing major
“I watch lots of Netflix. I like to go sit at the tables by the Wick Center or sit on the lawn at (Alpha Omicron Pi). We like to get blankets and just lay out in the sun. I really like to read outside, too.”
senior economics and political science major
Mother fights to legalize medicinal cannabis oil for son zach fulciniti dn Shelley Gillen is the mother of Will Gillen, a 12-year-old boy with a rare form of epilepsy. He recently lent his name to a legislative bill that would legalize cannabis oil, an anti-seizure medication, in Nebraska. The bill was withdrawn in February, but Shelley continues to fight for the right to treat her son with medical cannabis. She recently spoke with the Daily Nebraskan about her son’s condition and her changing opinion of marijuana. Daily Nebraskan: Can you tell me about your son’s condition? Shelley Gillen: He has LennoxGastaut syndrome. It’s a rare seizure disorder. It involves multiple types of seizures along with developmental delays. DN: Do you know what his long-term prognosis is? SG: We don’t know. We do know that he’ll be dependent on us for the rest of his life. He’s cognitively about a 1 or 2 years old, and he’s 12. He was diagnosed at about 4 months old. I’m about as far from your typical medical marijuana advocate as you can get. I’m a regular mom – I have four children; I run a home day care; I have a degree in elementary education. We have tried everything for our son, and then we were exposed to the fact that some children were taking medical marijuana, and it was working, and it was just very frustrating to know we didn’t have that option. We realize that maybe it wouldn’t even help Will, but he at least deserves a chance to try it, especially after exhausting so many options.
DN: How did you feel when he was diagnosed? SG: It was devastating. When you have a child you have certain dreams for them, and those dreams change when you receive a diagnosis like that. Our main goal was to always try to give him the best quality of life possible, in spite of knowing that he was going to have seizures most likely on a daily basis, which he does. We try to be as normal or typical as we can, but you have to make lifestyle adjustments to do that with a child with special needs. DN: How would you describe his quality of life? SG: His quality of life is good as far as being taken care of. It’s poor as far as being protected from the seizures. They occur on a daily basis. He has a full-frontal facemask helmet. He has a medical bed – that’s an enclosed bed that we zip up that he sleeps in at night. You never know when the seizure’s going to happen. That’s the part that is scary, and we have to be on guard all the time. We have blankets that cover our fire place so he doesn’t fall into the fire place when he has a seizure. He’s face planted on the kitchen floor several times; his head has bounced off counter tops. We’ve had to make a lot of adjustments to protect him, but it’s not possible to do it 24-7. He doesn’t talk; he’s nonverbal. He’s incontinent, still in diapers. That’s not the kind of life that a young boy deserves — to have to live that way, never knowing when a seizure is going to come and whether or not it’s going to cause physical injury. DN: Does he have seizures in
his sleep? SG: Probably almost every night. Some nights we’re up with him, if we hear him. He’s a mover, he wanders, he doesn’t sit down a whole lot. He would just wander around his room until he fell in a heap on the floor, asleep. Before we had the bed, we would wake up to bruises on his face and goose eggs on his head and cuts. Now we’re able to actually put him to bed at night. We still get up at night if we hear him. At least we know he’s safe in there. We have an emergency medication on hand, a rescue med. We haven’t had to use it too often. A lot of his seizures are in clusters, where he has short ones and then a couple seconds later he’ll have one again. If they last five minutes or longer, we’re supposed to give him the rescue med. We’ve only had to give it to him a handful of times. He suffers multiple seizures every day. They range from little head drops that look like he’s nodding off to the more well-known ones, grand mal seizures. Those last for probably a minute and a half. It feels like an eternity. DN: What is a typical day like for Will? SG: When I get him up for school, I unzip the bed, get him out, change his diaper and dress him. He wears his helmet as soon as I get him out of bed and dressed. He gets his morning meds with his breakfast. We wait for the bus to come, and I walk him out and get him on. He’s in a self-contained classroom with probably 11 children, and they all have special needs. When he comes home, we feed him dinner. He has
to be fed; he can’t eat by himself. Everything has to be chopped, has to be soft. He has chewing issues. He gets his bath. He has a special bath chair we buckle him into. After his bath he gets a bedtime snack, and we read him a story. That’s a pretty typical day for him. DN: What is school like for him? SG: There’s only 11 children. There are four or five paraprofessional educators, so he gets a lot of one-on-one help. He has an IEP (individualized education program). Our goals for him to reach are life skills. He doesn’t learn how to read or how to do math; he learns how to request for something he wants. We use a picture system. He’s somewhat inconsistent, but he will grab a food picture if he’s hungry. He will take our hand and lead us to the kitchen when he’s hungry. At school, they have three classrooms he rotates through. One of them is an office that has cubicles, that’s where they do their IEP work. He works on crushing cans, something that he may do some time in the future as a vocational task. They have a literacy room where they do calendar time or read stories. They have a recreational room, which is the physical therapy part. They might have a swing or big bouncy balls. DN: To what extent would you say he’s self-aware? SG: Probably more so than we give him credit for. If someone were to meet him for the first time, they would probably mistake him for someone who’s severely autistic. He doesn’t play with toys like a typical child. He likes toys that light up; he likes things that spin. If he has a toy, he spins it. He doesn’t like too
many things; it’s hard to keep him interested. He’s moving all the time, jumping, running, which requires 24-7 supervision because he has no sense of danger. He wears a GPS tracker on his ankle so if he were to get lost we would be able to find him. DN: Is he currently taking medications? SG: Right now he takes 22 pills a day. He’s on four different seizure meds, and he’s also on a laxative med and a med for drooling because those are side effects of his seizure med. To be honest with you, we know for sure that one med is working, but the other three, we have no idea if they’re helping or not, which is also frustrating. Especially after knowing what we know about medical cannabis. Back when Will was first diagnosed, you just fully trust the doctors. They just kept adding the meds on and as a parent, you have faith in the doctors that they know what they’re doing. Now, on this journey, I take a little more firmer stand when they prescribe him a new drug. I research it – the side effects – I want to know if we can wean him off another one. If we were ever to a point where we could wean him off, and if medical cannabis could work, it would take years to wean him off them. Especially because he’s been so dependent on them for the last 12 years. I’m sure the meds he’s on are hard on his inner organs. We have lab work done, blood tests done, to make sure all his organs are functioning properly. We don’t know for sure what the long-term effects of him being on these will be. That’s the argument they have about medi-
cal cannabis, they don’t know what the long-term effects are. But we don’t know what the long-term effects are of what he’s already on. DN: How did you find out about cannabis oil? SG: I belong to a lot of online support groups with parents who have children with seizures. The groups were talking about a special coming up on CNN, Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed.” They were talking about little girl in Colorado who was being helped with medical cannabis for her seizures. I told my husband about it, and we watched it, and we were just absolutely fascinated by it. I said, “We gotta try it. There’s gotta be a way for Will to try this.” Living in an illegal state, it was very frustrating. That’s how I first heard about it. Then I started noticing other people in other states were starting to introduce legislation, other parents were. And I hadn’t heard anything going on in Nebraska. I thought, “I’m gonna do something.” I wrote a letter and emailed it to every newspaper editor. I didn’t hear anything the first time, and then I emailed it again and I got a phone call from our local newspaper, the Bellevue Leader. And from there it snowballed. Once the story got out there, other people got a hold of it. I had interviews left and right. I knew the first step was to get the media’s attention. I am a home day care provider. My husband’s a teacher as well. I didn’t want people to get the wrong image of us; I was concerned. I was very clear on educating the two main points, that it didn’t make you
Gillen: see page 7
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14 what: UNL Staff Art show when: All day where: Nebraska Union Rotunda Gallery what:
Geske Lecture with Judith Ivey, actress and director when: 7 p.m. where: Sheldon Museum of Art what: Poetry at the Moon with The Lincoln Underground Spring Issue Reading when: 7 p.m. where: Crescent Moon Café
Dad’s Beer Night 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. where: Duffy’s Tavern cost: No cover charge. when:
what: Sci Pop! Where Science intersects Pop Culture when: 7 p.m. where: Love Library South
what: Student discount movies when: All day Tuesday & Thursday where: Lincoln Grand Cinema cost: $5, free popcorn with NCard
$2 Sangria 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. what: Artist & Advocate where: Sebastian’s Table Bunky Echo-Hawk when: 7 p.m. what: The Hoot Hoots where: Kauffman Center with Friends & Family Great Hall when: 9 p.m. where: Duffy’s Tavern what: Lied Center prescost: $5, free popcorn ents: April Verch Band with NCard when: 7:30 p.m. where: Lied Center for Performing Arts cost: $18 when:
Garden Club of Lincoln Plant Sale and Program when: 6 p.m. where: Culler Middle School Cafeteria
dirt! The Movie 7 p.m. where: Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center cost: Free for students, $4 general public when:
what: SNR Elevator Speech Contest when: 7 p.m. where: Hardin Hall Auditorium
what: Chocolate Cake, Low on Cash, Slyder James when: 9 p.m. where: Zoo Bar cost: $5
what: Third Thursday Ukulele Jam when: 6 p.m. where: Roots Music Shop
Courtesy photo | dn
20 University employees to showcase art UNL employees’ artwork will be displayed at the annual Staff Art Show starting Monday hannah ratliff dn
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Staff Art Show, opening Monday at 9 a.m. in the Nebraska Union’s Rotunda Gallery, features 20 university staff members who are also local artists. Among them is photographer and clerical assistant in the university registrar’s office Kelly White, whose work will be featured in the show for the second year in a row. “I think it’s just a chance to add my own perspective, my art,” White said. “With these pictures (I entered in the show), I think it offers inner strength and inner beauty.” White, who got started with photography in high school, began her own business, KW2 Photography, after she started her family and wanted to photograph her children as they grew. Since then, the business has grown beyond her own family and friends into something more. “I love taking pictures of my kids, and when you have four kids, you can’t really afford to go to a photo studio,” White said. “And kids change so quickly, that I mean (a) 1 year from a 2-year-old to a 3-year-old, changes quite a bit. I don’t like some of the rates that photographers charge for a sitting fee and prints and all of that, so I’ve kind of developed a different type of photography business. I work on a donations system — I would rather people have semi-good quality photos versus no photos at all because they can’t afford them.” Illustrator and Department of Food Science and Technology communications support associate Justin Lewis will also be featured in the show. Lewis, who graduated with a fine arts degree from UNL in 1998,
is being featured in the show for the first time this year. Lewis said his illustrations allow him to be creatively uninhibited. “I’m fortunate in that the job I do now is creative,” Lewis said. “But the additional freedom (of the show) is really nice, and it’s great to be able to share that with other people at the university.”The show is where the artists allow themselves to be creatively free. White said what would be most helpful from visitors of the gallery is feedback. “I hope people – if they come through – I would love for them to give constructive criticism, what they like, what they don’t like,” White said. “I think that will help Val (Bender, the show’s organizer) and the artists. The artists will still probably do what they want to do, but I like constructive criticism. I like hearing other people’s ideas or that they would have angled the shot in a different way.” White says it’s this feedback that allows her to improve, or at least consider another point of view. After all, what she thinks is most helpful to her work is being open to looking at something from a different perspective. “Just seeing the beauty or the angles that people don’t typically see because they don’t stop (is important),” White said. “And sometimes, I’m guilty of that, too. … I think (it’s important to) pause and realize what’s around you. Just take the time to stop.” Stopping and noticing is exactly what Lewis hopes passersby will do for the show. Though faculty and students are provided with many opportunities to showcase their work, staff don’t, making the show even more important to the artists. “The union’s got a lot of people passing through,” Lewis said. “So it’s good opportunity to have not only for students but for everyone to see art, and it’s good to realize that it’s not just students and faculty that produce art.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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18 what: UNL Student Observatory Public Night when: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. where: Stadium Drive Parking Garage
19 what: “MOM BABY GOD” when: 8 p.m. where: Haymarket Theatre cost: Student/low-income $10, General $20
20 what: Tuscan Road and Ashley Buchart when: 8 p.m. where: Pla Mor Ballroom what: Sunday Night Acoustic Open Mic when: 9 p.m. where: Ramo’s Pizza
what: Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles: It gets what: Nebraska Culbetter tures when: 7:30 p.m. when: 7 p.m. what: 4/20 Variety Show where: Lied Center for where: MoJava Cafe when: 8 p.m. Performing Arts where: Bourbon Theatre cost: $18 what: Frailin’ Hearts, cost: $5 advance, $6 Jessica Paige day of show what: Free Belly Dancwhen: 8 p.m. ing Workshop where: Meadowlark Cofwhen: 8 p.m. fee & Espresso where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, what: DFunk Unity Room when: 9:30 a.m. where: Cappy’s Hotspot what: Girls of Desire Bar & Grill when: 8 p.m. where: Karma Nightclub & Cabaret
Ways this season of “Game of Thrones” might play out Warning: This piece contains spoilers.
During the past few weeks, I slashed my way through “Game of Thrones.” I’ve been surprised by how much I like it, based on my less-than-stellar history with the fantasy genre – ”Lord of the Rings” is still super boring and awful to me. I’ve run into a problem, though. Watching around 30 hours of medieval sword-swinging and romance in a few weeks has wreaked havoc on my subconscious. I keep thinking about my place in the social hierarchy (young, strong lord), I had a dream with an archer in it (???), and dang it, I want to chop someone’s head off something terrible. So, as a clearing act, I want to take a few guesses at how season 4 is going to play out. Yes, I’m aware tthere’s a book series I could read – shut up. No, this isn’t fan fiction – shut more up.
Daenerys Targaryen turns into a dragon. Here’s why this is plausible: She’s known as “the Mother of Dragons.” That’s awfully close to “Mother Dragon.” If this is how this plays out, my guess is that post-transformation, Dragon-Dany gives away her three pet dragons to the highest bidder in a move to reduce redundancies. Stannis Baratheon gets bitten by the love-bug. Have you noticed how he looks at the Red Witch? I certainly have. I bet this is the season they kiss! And you can bet that when that happens we’ll have coverage and analysis here at the DN Arts Desk!
Theon Greyjoy feels bad. This one is maybe more tied to his genitals being chopped off by that creepy dude from “Misfits,” but I’m guessing that nine episodes from now he’s going to feel pretty bad about ruining Winterfell and killin’ a couple of farm orphans. It’s OK, though. We forgive you, man.
Bran Stark keeps wargin’ out on Hodor. I mean, the kid is paralyzed, he’s got to dream about walking. He could just jump into Hodor’s head indefinitely and punch a bunch of stuff, like horses. Then, when the Stark family’s life insurance policy kicks in, Bran and Rickon buy a big mansion and an Xbox One! Everything worked out for them after all! Everyone chills the heck out. What is the deal with this show? Why are they so mad at each other? Everyone should just put their swords down, have a glass of mead or whatever and talk this out. You have an entire army of snow zombies marching on your wall soon, you gotta tone down the inner clashing.
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No ‘best’ reading time exists maranda loughlin
My dad has this oasis in his backyard. After years of labor-intensive gardening and house remodeling, he has finally done it. His suburban backyard looks more like a getaway island with a hot tub obscured from the vision of sidewalk joggers and dog walkers (because the fence wasn’t enough), hidden pathways leading to steel garden picnic areas and an outdoor terrace with twinkling lights. It truly is the most enjoyable place for an afternoon beer or nighttime soak. Yet, my dad’s favorite time to venture out into his private getaway island is early. Like, way early. Like, I’m talking 4 a.m. on the dot every morning with a pot of coffee and his Kindle. Ah, what determination it would take for me to roll out of bed to get up and read that early. Yet, he does it with such ease. He claims it’s the best time. And he’s probably right. Reading that early in the morning is beneficial for a number of reasons. For one, it’s quiet. The best part is being awake when no one else is. It almost feels like sneaking something or cheating on a test. It’s dark out, no one is around to talk to you, nothing has happened yet, and our brains are just waking up refreshed after sleeping. Then you get to watch everything around you wake up while
Ten books recommended in classes that I haven’t read yet but want to: 1. “Winter’s Bone” by Daniel Woodrell 2. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn 3. “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris 4. “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote 5. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt 6. “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell 7. “Wave” by Sonali Deraniyagala 8. “Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh 9. “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple 10. “Tenth of December” by George Saunders you are reading. All at once nature decides to wake up. The sun starts creeping out, the birds start doing that chirping thing, and for once it’s not so annoying because they aren’t the ones waking you up. You woke up before they even had the chance. Ha ha, annoying birds! It’s especially great this time of year when everything begins to wake up a little bit earlier and the weather is a little chilly but not so intensely cold that it makes us never want to step outside again. It’s comfortable opening a window and relaxing while starting to delve into the pages of a mindjogging novel. But my dad and I aren’t the only ones who seem to think reading is most beneficial when done in the early mornings. According to “Life Hacker” research, the best time of day for creative thinking is in fact in the morning because this is the time
when the prefrontal cortex of our brains are “turnt up” and engaged most. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for our cognitive behavior, basically meaning our memories and our reason process is on high alert in the mornings. So early mornings are seen as the most productive part of the day for creative thinking because that is when the creative parts of our brains are working their best. This is why the early morning can be considered prime time for reading and writing. On the contrary, The Washington Post has a different idea. The Post’s writer, Jena McGregor wrote an article on the differences between a “morning person” and a “night owl” in 2012 that shows contradictions to the stereotypes we might believe. A morning person, we think, obviously works better in the morning. And a “night owl,” we think, obviously
works better at night. But this isn’t exactly true. She then sited PSYBlog’s original research done by Mareike Wieth of Albion College and Rose Sacks of Michigan State where they asked 428 students to tackle different problem solving tasks at different times of the day. The students who originally identified themselves as morning people, actually performed better on insight-based problems (creative problem solving) later at night. On the other end of the spectrum, people who claimed to be night owls performed better on insight based problem solving earlier on in the day. So is there really any right answer for when it’s the best time to read or be creative? I don’t believe so. I think finding the best time to read is a trial and error process for each individual reader. For as much as I glamorized this early-morning isolation for reading, the night time is perfect as well. Tucking into bed after a long day with a cup of Sleepytime Tea and honey, immersing yourself into someone else’s story is quite relaxing as well. To truly find the best time to read for yourself, hold onto your book everywhere you go for a week. When you have down time, you’ll always have it, and then you will be able to pick which spots and times are the best for you. There may be no “best” time or “worst” time for you, but hey, you’ll get through a couple of pages in the meantime until you figure it out. maranda loughlin is a senior journalism major. reach her at arts@ dailynebraskan.com
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amazed at all that I keep learning of what cannabis can do, medical-wise. And I just had no idea. I grew up with the same stigma that marijuana was bad, worse than alcohol. Stay away from it; there’s nothing good about it. And now the more that I learn about it, the more I understand that it’s actually safer than alcohol and it has so many medicinal qualities. And what’s was so frustrating, is having it as a Schedule I drug, which means the drug has no medical value, and obviously that’s not the case. At first if the bill was just for epilepsy, I was OK with that. The more I read about it, why can’t people with multiple sclerosis, cancer or Parkinson’s disease be helped with it? All I know is epilepsy; I will just cover that and educated about that. But if others from the cancer community, from the MS community were to step forward, then by all means I’d say, “Let’s do it.” But I haven’t had anybody do that. I don’t know if that’s because of the state that we live in or what. I’m not as fearful about marijuana as I used to be at all, with how much I’ve educated myself about it. Does it have to be recreational? No. I just think we have the potential to have a responsible medical marijuana program that’s doctor recommended. DN: Why would you say you’re opposed to recreational legalization? SG: In a perfect world, I would rather have recreational marijuana be legal than alcohol. Am I going to jump on that? No. I’m not there, that’s not what my drive is behind doing this. I want it for medical reasons, even though I have come to believe that it’s safer probably than alcohol. That’s just not something that I’m willing to put a lot of energy into trying to get done. I’ve had to separate myself. I’ve had a lot of phone calls form those who want it recreationally. I don’t want my son’s condition and other’s conditions to piggy backed onto to get legislation passed for recreational use. I don’t feel like that’s right. DN: Have you thought about putting together some type of political group? SG: I’m trying to form a group right now called Hope for Epilepsy in Nebraska. I would like to create a Facebook page for it and just try and draw support for trying to get legislation passed. I’m just going to do epilepsy — I don’t have any experience with any other illnesses at this point, gratefully. I know Utah has a strong organization called Hope 4 Children with Epilepsy. But you have to have a .3 percent THC level or less to be in this organization, and what I have learned is that you want a little more THC because some kids are going to need a little more than .3 percent. Just because they need 1 percent, they’re still not getting high. Alabama’s is 3 percent
Chambers co-sign it as well as Colby Coash, Norman Wallman and Tommy Garrett. In the short time that the bill was out we had five co-sponsors. Ernie Chambers and Tommy Garrett were very interested in supporting it. Depending on what he says, I would feel very comfortable going to Chambers or Garrett. DN: I read that you received a letter from the Governor. Can you tell me about that letter? SG: He didn’t firmly state one way or the other that he was supportive of it, but what I took away from it was that he was not because he told us how it’s a Schedule I drug and how there are trials going on for a drug called Epidiolex, a drug that’s being made by GW Pharmaceuticals, and for us to wait until trials are ready to have Will go on that. That might not be for another three or five years. He said, “Discuss it with your physician.” Well of course we discussed it with our physician. We discussed every option with our physician. I got the feeling that he was not supportive of it at the time. DN: How did you feel when Sen. Crawford told you she was going to withdraw the bill? SG: She did come to our house to deliver the news. We did not feel completely hopeless because she was directing us toward the hemp bill, so we felt like, OK, she’s telling us we could probably get help through the hemp bill. We were really hoping that would be our loop hole in. Now we’ve come to find out it won’t because that’s so narrowly scoped as well. If we had known that the hemp bill wouldn’t have helped us, we would have begged her not to withdraw it. The biggest thing against us was that UNMC would not support it. It’s hard for us to understand why they don’t want to be more interested in it, especially when there’s so many other university hospitals in the country that are. And UNMC wants nothing to do with it. It’s a leading university hospital; people come from all over to receive treatment there. DN: You mentioned that Sen. Ashford granted an interim study. Can you tell me more about that? SG: My understanding is that for the bill, because it’s an interim study, it can still be reintroduced in January. It will give us time to look at what other states are doing and gather more information and have a public hearing in October. I would guess he hopes to educate the public more about it. DN: Is marijuana an issue that was on your radar prior to finding out about cannabis oil? SG: No, never even crossed my mind. DN: Do you consider yourself a supporter of medical marijuana? SG: I just become more and more
high and that it came in an oil form. Those were the two things that anybody who didn’t understand it at first, once I explained those two things, they understood and once they heard our story. I knew I had to do it, Will deserves to have that option, and so do others. DN: How did you get into contact with Sen. Crawford about sponsoring a bill? SG: I contacted the media in October, and in November we got a letter in the mail saying Sen. Crawford was going to have a town hall meeting. I asked my husband if he thought we should go and he said yes. We took Will. There were about 20 people there. I read my story, and that’s how it all started. DN: What was the initial reaction like at the town hall? SG: People were very supportive. It was very emotional reading Will’s story. I kept it very personal because this was our life. It’s almost a blessing that I have no political background at all. The only thing I could do is speak from the heart. We did not hear of anything oppositional. People thought it was interesting that it came in an oil form. The stigma is that it’s always smoked. DN: What were your expectations like when Sen. Crawford introduced the bill? SG: I started sending her newspaper articles about other states that were doing it, in particular Utah and Alabama. I asked her if she would introduce legislation. Our biggest problem was that we came so late into the year and the legislative session started in January. We knew that the clock was ticking. She went ahead and wrote the bill, a very narrowly scoped bill. I wasn’t comfortable with how narrowly scoped it was because of the requirement to have a Level 4 Epilepsy Center support it. We only have one, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and there was a pretty good chance they were going to say no and they did. She went off of Utah’s model, and their Level 4 center did support it, and she hoped that UNMC would too. I would like to see the bill re-authored and some changes made. I would like to see a higher percentage of THC (Sen. Crawford’s bill allowed for a maximum of .3 percent THC content). Alabama even has it at 3 percent. It has to be 5 to 10 percent to even get high, and it would cover a lot more conditions than just epilepsy. Nebraska might not go for that. We might have to settle for something that’s very narrowly scoped. DN: If the bill were rewritten, would you want someone else to write it? SG: If Sen. Crawford were willing to do that, that would be great. If not, we had Brad Ashford and Ernie
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Huskers use 3rd round to surge back in invitational Riley Bowden DN The Nebraska men’s golf team traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday where it placed sixth in the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational at Finkbine Golf Course. The Huskers came in to the Hawkeye invitational looking to improve on what has been a slow start to the spring half of the season. The Huskers have finished in the bottom five in two of their last three tournaments. The tournament started Saturday with two rounds to be played. After Saturday’s first 18 holes,
a 6-over 78 on his second 18 of the Huskers saw a lot of the same struggles they have been having Saturday. “The team wasn’t the entire spring. The too thrilled with our first round left the results after the first squad in ninth-place day,” Record said. out of 12 competing “The first day the teams as they shot a greens were very firm 17-over 305 as a team. and not receptive at all. The second round Downhill putts were on Saturday wasn’t like putting on glass, much better for the making it very difficult Huskers, as they to score.” posted a team score of Junior Josh Rein302, 14-over par. The ertson led the Huskers two-round total of 607 FREEMAN after day one shooting left Nebraska in 10th two 74s, which was place after Day 1. good enough to put Senior Matt Record had a disappointing Day 1 as he him in a tie for 24th. Senior Manuel Lavin and jushot 80 in round one followed by
niors Ross Dickson and Calvin Freeman rounded out the Husker lineup. They shot 149, 154 and 156, respectively. The host, Iowa, led after 36-holes shooting a team score of 568, 8-under par. There were 18-holes scheduled for Sunday’s play, and they were able to finish the tournament as scheduled despite poor weather. “The weather forecast before the round said that we would get about 2 to 3 inches of rain,” Record said. “It was a consistent rain all day and never let up, which made it extremely difficult to keep anything dry.” The weather brought lower
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scores for the Huskers final round though. Nebraska fired an even-par 288 on Sunday thanks to a solid performance from most of the whole line-up. Freeman came out of the gate hot on Sunday, as he earned 5 birdies of his first six holes. He would end the day with a 4-under 68. Record also turned it around as he fired an even-par 72. “We all played really well today, especially Calvin,” Record said. “He had to have a snorkel out there or something because he was 5-under through six.” The Huskers improved from their 10th position to sixth Sunday, finishing the tournament 31-
over with a team score of 895. The Iowa Hawkeyes held on to their lead on Sunday with an 11-under 853. The Hawkeyes had three individuals in the top-five and dominated on their home course. The runner-up Iowa State Cyclones finished with a 4-over 868. Minnesota, Kansas, and Marquette rounded out the top-five shooting 870, 872 and 892, respectively. The Huskers will return to play on April 21 at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate in Rochester, N.Y. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
spring game notes Nebraska quarterbacks make strides in Spring Game
All the Huskers’ quarterbacks impressed coach Bo Pelini during Nebraska’s annual spring game Saturday. Projected starter Tommy Armstrong Jr, sophomore Ryker Fyfe and redshirt freshman Johnny Stanton received the majority of the reps, while true freshman Zack Darlington and junior Tyson Broekemeier played the rest. “We got a lot accomplished with our quarterbacks,” Pelini said after Saturday’s game. “I thought they all made big strides in these last few weeks. What I’ve been seeing from them is they are learning how to be more efficient. As long as we continue down that road, and with our wide range of quarterbacks, we should be in a good place.” Armstrong and Fyfe played well in particular Saturday but in different ways. Armstrong ran the option for most of the scrimmage, handing the ball off to a variety of running backs. He completed 50 percent of his passes for 97 yards to go along with 12 yards rushing. Fyfe had a solid game as well, finishing with 89 yards passing and a touchdown. “This spring I’ve mostly worked on mental things,” Armstrong said. “I’ve worked on being mentally strong, going out there and playing my game and just have fun. “I went out there and threw a pick the first drive, but I feel like last year I would have just shut down. This year, we responded the right way. We threw a pick then came out and scored the next three drives. We understand that mistakes happen, but I feel like this year we’re going to respond the right way.”
The Huskers pulled off a strong spring game to launch into fall season, with players Reilly and Fyfe looking to crack top spots on depth chart and Pelini connecting with fans.
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For those who don’t know who Brandon Reilly is, start getting used to the name. Reilly, a sophomore, had himself quite the day on Saturday, compiling 4 catches for 92 yards. His catch in traffic, then spin move to break a 51-yard catch and run was the highlight of the day. Look for Reilly to make an impact this fall in a deep receiving core. “He could play a big role this year,” sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. said. “He’s a really big, physical guy. He can run, he can catch and he can move the ball down the field. That’s the type of player this offense needs.”
If Ryker Fyfe didn’t have the second-team quarterback position locked up before Saturday, he does now. The sophomore looked like a four-year starter out there, completing 9 of his 12 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the option well, rushing for 44 yards on five carries. Fyfe can make Armstrong sweat for that starting position come fall if he keeps this up.
Whether it was leading the team out with his cat or losing a throwing contest to Kenny Bell, Pelini stole the show Saturday. The spring game’s format was a bit unorthodox, but it kept the fans interested throughout. Pelini has clearly made an effort to change his image this offseason, and he showed it on Saturday. “We were just trying to have a little bit of fun,” he said.
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Though the Husker defense gave up 40 points in just more than 100 plays Saturday, Pelini seemed upbeat about the unit. Injuries and young players were the cause of concern for the mistakes, he said, but the spring is all about developing depth. “I thought our defense looked pretty good,” Pelini said on Saturday. “Today, we had a bunch of guys lining up. So we have a field of depth. Our top line guys are pretty good. We need a couple of guys that need to separate themselves from the competition and continue to work themselves.” The secondary seemed to be the primary problem Saturday with a number of coverage errors leading to easy touchdowns for the offense. However, sophomore Nathan Gerry was a spark with 5 tackles and an interception. He’ll look to be one of the leaders in that group come fall. “I think our secondary has come a long way,” Pelini said. “I think they’ll be able to step in and provide us with some help. They’re continuing to learn and grow. So defensively, we have a chance.” Gerry said, “we knew that we can be a good defense. We are young, but I feel like from fall we’ve learned a lot. We were learning defenses where you know what your own job is and the person next to you, but now I think we are kind of learning all the basics of the defense.” —Compiled by Andrew Ward Sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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BASEBALL: from 10 an opposite-field double to put he and teammate Jake Placzek in scoring position with two outs. Sawyer then overthrew what was meant to be an intentional pass to Pat Kelly, which scored Placzek and gave Nebraska a 7-6 advantage. The eventual walk to Kelly allowed Austin Darby to follow with an RBI single and give the Huskers a two-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. But
the victory didn’t come by without extra added stress. “That’s what closers do,” Erstad said, referring to Roeder ’s outing in the ninth. “They make it interesting and make us work on our breathing skills a little but at the end of the day, they’re good at what they do.” Before his sixth save on the year, Roeder allowed a leadoff single to Connor Schaefbauer and another to Handel after
two outs. However, the Husker reliever calmed nerves by striking out Jordan Smith to end the game. “He can give up a few hits and still respond with pitches,” Erstad said. “He made a couple really nice pitches when he needed to, and that’s what closers do.” In Game 2, senior Christian DeLeon kept his coaches off their tippy toes by winning his fourth game of the season and dealt his
second complete game in a row. The righty, who allowed just four hits and two earned runs, was backed by his teammates early with a three-run fourth and two insurance runs in the ninth. Nebraska will continue its streaky play at the plate and mound Tuesday night at home when they host Kansas State for the final series matchup on the year. Sports@ dailynebraskan.com
bling around. I don’t care if they hit, those were some bad looking throws that he had. “I’m the best left-handed thrower on this side of Mississippi.” Not only did fans enjoy the moment, but players, including sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., loved watching the coach have some playful competition with the players in front of the faithful crowd. “I think it was funny,” Armstrong Jr. said. “Coach Bo always comes up to quarterbacks, and he’s like ‘let me throw a couple routes.’” Even though there was a fair share of entertainment in the spring game, there was still plenty of live football the fans were able to witness. The first quarterback to score a touchdown for the red team was sophomore Ryker Fyfe, who is in the running for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart with redshirt freshman Johnny Stanton. Fyfe hit junior wide receiver Taariq Allen for a 4-yard score to tie the game at 7. Fyfe went 9 for 12 with 89 yards and a touchdown; he also ran for 44 yards in 5 carries, the most yards by a quarterback in the game. Stanton also made his case, throwing for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns. After watching the quarterbacks compete in the spring, Pelini was satisfied with how much all of them grew. “We got a lot accomplished with our quarterbacks,” Pelini said. “I thought they all made big strides in these last few weeks. As long as we continue down that road, and with our wide range of quarterbacks, we
should be in a good place.” Truly making the most of the spring game was junior running back Imani Cross, who went for 100 yards on the ground in 6 carries that included 2 touchdowns. For Cross, it was huge that senior running back Ameer Abdullah saw limited time in the spring game in order to prevent injury. “It was a big opportunity, and I was thankful for the opportunity,” Cross said. “I just try to take it one day at a time, one play at a time. I just try to make sure I focus on the little things and not so much looking at the big picture. I just make the picture smaller and try to get better every day.” In the second half, there were 2 touchdowns scored, both in the third quarter. The fans that stuck around were able to see more than that, though. During the punt, pass and kick competition, former offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles proposed to his girlfriend Emma Stevens, who is a former goalie in the soccer program. Sirles chose to propose to her instead of punting the ball downfield. The entire team was relaxed from beginning to end. Pelini said that was mostly because of how impressed he was with what his team’s progress during spring ball. “I thought we tried to have a little bit of fun today,” Pelini said. “I liked our spring. I thought we got a lot accomplished. I think we as coaches identified a lot as far as where we are and where we have to go.” Sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Senior Tatum Edwards was big for the Huskers against Iowa at Bowlin stadium. She helped lead the squad to a record-scoring day on Sunday with 2 hits and 8 RBI. One of her hits in the game was a grand slam.
NU offense carries team in sweep Josh Kelly DN The No. 19 Nebraska softball team dominated in a three-game series against Iowa during the weekend, earning its first sweep of the season against a conference opponent. The Huskers won their first two games of the weekend on Friday, and in anticipation of the rain on Sunday, the team closed out the weekend series on Saturday in a game that made school history. In front of a season-high attendance of 1,161 people, the Huskers decimated Iowa in an 18-0 blowout that ended in the fifth inning. Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle said it was nice to bring in some of the inexperienced players toward the end of the game. “It was fun because we got some kids in who don’t get to play a lot, and they got to play, so that was really nice,” Revelle said. It all started with the first at-bat of the game, as senior catcher Taylor
Edwards stepped up in the leadoff spot in the bottom of the first inning and blasted her 13th home run of the season. As coach Revelle reflected on the shutout, she pointed to that play as the kick-starter for the game. She also said that great offense was followed up with top-notch pitching and an alert defense. “I thought Taylor started it off with the home run,” Revelle said. “We built on upon, and Emily came out and threw a really nice game. She kept throwing strikes and feeding the ball to the defense.” In the second inning of the final game, the runs kept coming for the Huskers to the point where it seemed like there was no stopping them. Even coach Revelle didn’t know how long the inning lasted. The Husker bats were electric, scoring a school-record 14 runs in the second inning against the Hawkeyes. During the inning, 18 hitters went up to the plate, 11 of them reached base. Fueling the team in the inning
was senior Tatum Edwards, who had a grand slam in the inning. Edwards, who had a home run in each game during the weekend, said the home crowd did its part in helping the team earn its first sweep of the season. “Always playing at home is such a huge thing,” Edwards said. “We love when fans come out, and it was another day with great fans. We want to give them a great game; we want to give them something to cheer about. “When they come out, and they have great energy, it just gets us going and gets us ready to play.” The 18-run showing was the most runs the team has scored since 2006 when it faced Illinois in a nonconference matchup when Nebraska was still in the Big 12. The win against Iowa was the most runs ever scored by the Huskers in a conference matchup. Nebraska improved to 30-13 this season. The Huskers are riding a fourgame win streak, and Revelle said it all started after losing a disappoint-
ing battle against in-state opponent UNO. “After the loss to UNO, we did sit down as a team,” Revelle said. “We know that there’s not a lot of season left before postseason, and we certainly want to solidify that we are postseason worthy. It sort of gave us even a little more of a road map that we wanted.” The Huskers will finish their eight-game homestand next weekend against Ohio State, and Tatum Edwards said the sweep doesn’t give them enough of a push to put themselves in a good position for the postseason. “I think we just need to keep putting pressure on the defense,” Edwards said. “I know we were hitting the ball really hard to places. We just need to keep pushing forward and know that we may be in a good spot now, but next week is a whole other week. “We have a lot of work ahead of us.” Sports@ dailynebraskan.com
She also competed in the 4x400 meter relay with freshmen Brena Andrews and Kadecia Baird and The Nebraska track and field team senior Mila Andric. Grooters was the final leg of the notched 27 event wins Saturday in its first home outdoor meet. South race for her team. Her three other teammates built Dakota State, Oral Roberts and Northern Colorado were the other teams in up a lead, and as soon as Grooters competition in the Nebraska Quad at received the baton, the lead grew. “Our coaches always talk Ed Weir Track. about, whatever you run in the first “I think we’ve been across the 70 meters, you’re not going to make board,” Nebraska sprints, hurdles and up, like tiredness wise,” Grooters relays coach Matt Martin said. “We’ve said. pretty well dominated the meet and The group took first place in the have a lot of personal-bests.” event with a time of 3:43.73. The coach also said this was a Martin was able to sum up meet that will build momentum for the program, and that’s what they Grooters’ day simply. “Ellie Grooters had a fantastic have been trying to do. day,” Martin said. “That’s what we need,” Martin Another Husker said. “We need the whole runner that had a team to be improving, strong meet was junior and we definitely had Ricco Hall. that.” He took first in The athletes felt the three events: 200-meter improvements, and the dash, 400-meter dash Huskers gained confiand 4x100 meter relay. dence to go into future In both the 200-memeets. ter and 400-meter, Hall “I think this was the set new personal-best perfect meet,” senior Eltimes. His 200-meter lie Grooters said. “We feel time of 20.70 ranks fifth strong. We feel fit. We’re in the program, and ready to compete at those grooters his time of 46.61 in the bigger meets.” 400-meter is now at the The Fargo, N.D., natop of the Big Ten. tive competed in the 800-meter dash in In the 3000-meter, Nebraska sethe meet, which is an event she hasn’t nior Jarren Heng took the event by been running this year. a landslide. He finished with a time “It has not been her main race,” of 8:36.02, and second-place Pat Martin said. “We wanted to get her Letz, who ran unattached, clocked some over distance training for her in at 9:10.92. 400 hurdles.” As a whole, Martin said where With a personal-best time of he saw the most improvements in 2:07.68, Grooters took second in the event. Husker senior Shawnice Wil- the meet were with the sprinters. He attributed the success of the liams grabbed first in the event with sprinters to the weather conditions. a time of 2:06.67, but she competed “Anytime they get some warm unattached. conditions like this, they’re prob“She (Grooters) ran a time that’s ably going to improve from the one of the better ones in the Big Ten so first few weeks,” Martin said. “As far,” Martin said. What really stuck out to Martin the weather continues to keep getabout Grooters was not just in the ting warmer that tends to happen with them.” times she posted on the day. The Huskers have a busy week “Really impressed with her level of fitness and competitive effort and ahead, as they will compete in the attitude,” Martin said. “She’s really Kansas Relays starting Wednesday ready to finish off her senior year in a and also the Mt. SAC Relays beginning on Thursday. big way.” Sports@ Grooters’ day was not finished dailynebraskan.com yet.
Nebraska rallies to championship, comes up short against SHSU Kimberly Merk DN The No. 2 Nebraska bowling team failed to notch back-to-back NCAA Championships last weekend, as it came up short to No. 7 Sam Houston State 4-2. Thursday’s qualifying rounds provided a rough day for Nebraska. With a 2-5 record heading into Friday’s double-elimination competition, the Huskers needed to do well to qualify for Saturday’s championship game. With their chance to advance to
Saturday’s competition on the line, Nebraska stepped up their game on Friday and beat No. 6 Vanderbilt, No. 1 Arkansas State and No. 8 Wisconsin-Whitewater for an undefeated record of 3-0. With the undefeated record, the Huskers gained a spot in the televised championship game on Saturday. But the Huskers came up on the short end of the stick, losing to Sam Houston State 4-2 in the championship match. The battle was a close one between the two top 8 ranked teams, and the Huskers did all they could in the competition, coach Bill Straub said.
“I think it went really well,” he said. “We had a very bad day on the qualifying day, then we changed our attack plans the day of the match play. The TV show was different, and what we tried to do just wasn’t enough.” In Game 1 on Saturday, Nebraska had a rocky start with two open frames in their its five attempts. Although the Huskers were able to catch up with six spares in a row, they still fell to Sam Houston State 166-181. Game 2 went a lot more smoothly for the Huskers when they rolled 4 strikes and 6 spares to seal the win against Sam Hous-
ton State. Junior Liz Kuhlkin’s last two attempts of a spare and strike helped the Huskers’s final score of 187-182. The third match on Saturday was a real battle for both Nebraska and Sam Houston State. Although the Huskers were able to gain the advantage early on with 5 spares and 2 strikes, the Bearkats came back to beat the Huskers by 3 points with a final score of 193-190. With the Bearkats up 2-1, the Huskers battled to take the fourth match to even the score. After 4 straight strikes starting in the seventh frame, and Kuhlkin finishing with
Husker earns All American honors Vanessa Daves DN Going into the 2014 NCAA Championships, the Nebraska men’s gymnastics team was the 11th seed, but it finished the meet ranked eighth overall. Nebraska competed in the two qualifying sessions at the beginning of the three-day meet on Thursday and finished with a team score of 426.350. “The team meet was awesome,” Nebraska coach Chuck Chmelka said. “We hit 90 percent of our routines and advanced five of our kids into the semifinals.” After the first meet, six athletes qualified for semifinals and two athletes finished the individual rounds with All-American honors. One athlete continued to the final individual rounds on Saturday. In the team meet, Nebraska started out on the rings. Junior Grant Perdue started out the event by notching a 13.70. Also contributing were seniors Zach Hedval (14.40), Wyatt Aycock (14.60) and freshman Austin Epperson (13.80). In the second rotation, Nebraska competed on the vault. Perdue led the team with a 15.20 and was followed by Aycock (14.60), senior C.J. Schaaf (14.50) and sophomore Sam Chamberlain (14.45). They continued onto parallel bars for the third rotation, where senior Eric Schryver and junior Louis Klein posted identical scores of 14.20. Aycock notched a 14.85, Chamberlain scored a 13.50. In the fourth rotation of the evening, Nebraska competed on high bar. Epperson started out the event with a 13.70. Also contributing were Klein (14.60), junior Josh Ungar (13.70) and Schryver (14.45). They continued to floor, where freshman Travis Gollot earned a 13.50 to start off the event. Ungar notched a 14.40, and Aycock and junior Andrew House notched identical scores of 14.45. Nebraska finished the meet on pommel horse. House and Schaaf
a strike in the 10th, Nebraska was able to defeat Sam Houston State 197-189 to tie series score. Games 5 and 6 were not what the Huskers hoped for, regarding points for the team. Sam Houston State came out strong in Game 5 with 4 consecutive strikes against the Huskers to defeat them 191205. In the last best-of-seven match, Nebraska left three open frames to give Sam Houston State a head start in the match, which lead to the Huskers’ demise. Despite Nebraska’s 2 strikes in the fifth and sixth frames, it was the Bearkats who won 195-165.
With the championships at a close, the Huskers were able to take away a good experience, despite the loss to Sam Houston State. “We were in real bad shape after the first day, but things turned around” Straub said. “I think the team did a lot of impressing of a lot of people. You come away with a good experience.” In addition to the positive experience, Straub also noted that next year’s plan will be to get back to business for even better results next time around. Sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Senior Wyatt Aycock compiled an 85.5 all-around score in the NCAA all-around finals on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. His scores earned him another All-American award in the all-around. started off the event notching identical scores of 13.55. Aycock also contributed a 14.70, and Sophomore Ethan Lottman added a 15.30. “We finished higher than we’ve finished in the past 10 or 15 years,” Aycock said. “We had some messups, and we probably could have done better, but I’m still proud of the how the team did.” After the first meet, six athletes on the Nebraska men’s gymnastics team qualified for semifinals. Aycock qualified to compete in the all-around, Perdue qualified to compete in floor and vault, Lottman qualified on pommel horse, junior Robbie Kocks qualified on rings, and Klein and Schryver qualified on high bar.
In the all-around finals, Aycock earned a 14, or better on four of the six events to notch an all-around score of 85.500 and finish eighth overall. The score was enough to earn All-American honors “I fell twice, so although I am happy with where I placed, I still think I could’ve done better and could’ve gotten a better score if I’d have hit those routines,” Aycock said. Three other Huskers competed in the individual semifinals, but failed to advance to the final stage. On pommel horse, Lottman earned a 14.05. Kocks notched a 14.80 on rings. Klein posted a 14.65 on high bar. Klein tied for 10th overall, but the tie was broken according to national
rankings so he was bumped down to the 11th spot. Perdue’s score on vault (15.20) tied him for third place, and his score of 15.40 on floor placed him fourth overall. Because of his scores, he moved on to the next round Saturday. He finished tenth in both events of the final competition, with scores of 14.65 on floor and 14.60 on vault, which didn’t earn All-American honors. “We had a little bad luck, but overall our guys did a fabulous job,” Chmelka said. “Take that momentum over the summer and train hard and up our difficulty and learn a few other gymnastics skills.” Sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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Former Husker lineman Jeremiah Sirles proposes to his girlfriend, former Nebraska soccer goalie Emma Stevens, on Saturday. Sirles asked the question instead of competing in the punt, pass and kick competition.
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Senior receiver Kenny Bell operates a camera on the field late in the game. Bell played little in the spring game, as he recorded only a reception for 20 yards. He also defeated coach Bo Pelini in a throwing competition.
TWISTS TURNS Huskers’ spring game highlights range from pelini’s cat to sirles’ proposal STORY B Y J o s h K e l l y
t all started with a football coach holding a cat in the air. The Twitter-sphere blew up after Nebraska coach Bo Pelini led the tunnel walk in the spring game with a cat in his arms. He gave into the profile picture “Fake Bo Pelini” has on Twitter, and the players embraced it, meowing behind the coach before taking the field. “I just hope my dogs will talk to me when I get home,” Pelini said. A lot of the Husker players and staff embraced the stunt, and they wanted him to take it to the next level in order to fully duplicate the profile picture. “They tried to get me to put a sweater on, but that wasn’t happening,” Pelini said. “They had a couple options for me, but that wasn’t happening.” From then on, the game was set with a relaxed atmosphere for the new offense versus defense format. Red represented the offense and white represented the defense. The offense won the spring game 55-46 against the defense. It wasn’t just the score that defined the game, though. During the second quarter of the game, in front of 61,772 Husker fans, senior wide receiver Kenny Bell and Pelini had a throwing contest from the 30 yard line. Both were given three throws set with the task of hitting the field goal cross bar. While Kenny Bell hit 2 out of 3 throws, Pelini thought that he had a better technique than the wide receiver. “I threw a lot better throw than Kenny Bell threw,” Pelini said. “Mine at least were a tight spiral and looked good. His were wob-
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Redshirt freshman Adam Taylor rushes the ball against the white team. Taylor racked up a total of 46 rushing yards and added a catch for 7 yards in the spring game.
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Senior running back Ameer Abdullah signs autographs for fans after the spring game. Abdullah didn’t play in the game, but he remained on the sidelines throughout the game, cheering on his teammates.
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Andy Hoffman and Jack Hoffman stand on the sideline to watch the game. In last year’s spring game, Jack suited up and burst through the defense for a 69-yard touchdown run.
Nebraska pitching, rallies fuel another series sweep Nedu Izu DN The Nebraska baseball team can’t be stopped from winning a Big Ten game. Another complete game, a couple of long balls and a pair of late-game rallies highlighted Nebraska’s series in Minnesota (1714 overall, 5-7 Big Ten) this weekend, as it defeated the Gophers 8-6, 5-2 and 3-2 for their second Big Ten series sweep of the year. The conference sweep matches the Huskers’ (23-14, 7-2) total set a season ago and marks the first time they’ve swept back-toback conference opponents since 2006. Heading into the rubber matchup, the Huskers held a 9-1 record against Minnesota since joining the Big Ten. Assistant Coach Ted Silva said Nebraska pitchers would need to keep their pitches low to Gopher batters if they wanted to stretch the series win total to 10.
“If we can take advantage of his fastball and get some early in the count groundouts, I think we’ll be successful today,” Silva said. The formula appeared to work successfully throughout Aaron Bummer ’s start Sunday. The junior southpaw allowed 2 earned runs in seven innings of work and struck out a careerhigh 7 batters. His ability to keep Nebraska in the game, along with shutout innings pitched by senior Bob Greco and sophomore Austin Christensen, gave Nebraska another chance to leave Minnesota with another comeback victory. After a Ty Kildow walk and Tanner Lubach double put Huskers runners on second and third in the seventh, junior Steven Reveles scorched Minnesota closer Dalton Sawyer ’s pitch up the middle for a single to score Kildow, while Lubach was tagged out trying to score behind him. Through the first nine innings, Nebraska stranded 11 teammates
on base and seven each in the first two games of the season. But they came through in free baseball and set the save up for Josh Roeder heading into the bottom of the 10th. The junior right-handed closer set the tone early, striking out Minnesota third baseman Tony Skjefte to start the inning. Roeder then forced No. 3 and No. 4 hitters Dan Olinger and Michael Handel to fly out and end the game for his seventh save of the season. “(Roeder ’s) a competitor, that’s why he’s in the closer ’s role,” Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said. Sunday’s win marked the second of two late-inning rallies for Nebraska, whose first came when they were tied at six apiece heading into the ninth inning Friday. After picking up his second home run of the year in the first inning, senior left-handed outfielder Michael Pritchard belted
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Senior Josh Roeder recorded 2 saves during the weekend against Minnesota. He pitched 2 innings and notched 3 strikeouts. He also gave up only 2 hits.