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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Students Sartore talk accents wildlife issues organize National Geographic photographer talks march to climate change, biodiversity project Capitol Daniel Wheaton
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Months of preparation, thousands of flyers and hundreds of petition signatures will culminate today in a march, organized by several University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, from the Nebraska Union to the Capitol Building. The student force behind the event, which begins at 4:30 p.m., mobilized to spread awareness of human trafficking — the global, multibilliondollar trade in men, women and children fooled, coerced or forced to work in the agriculture, construction and sex industries — and to support state legislation to weaken the industry within Nebraska’s state lines. Now, the day has arrived. “I can’t believe it’s here already,” said Rachel Bruss, a graduate student in marketing, communications and advertising and secretary of Nebraska University Students Against Modern-Day Slavery, the student group that organized the march. The awareness event comes at a time of heightened focus on stateside human trafficking. The Polaris Project in Washington, D.C., and Shared Hope International in Washington state, national nonprofit groups focused on trafficking, put Nebraska on their radar last year. Within the state, Sen. Amanda McGill of Lincoln brought two related bills to the Legislature session that ends today. One of those bills, LB 1145, would create a statewide task force on trafficking and introduce training for public officials. It is only waiting for Gov. Dave Heineman’s signature. “People are getting excited about it,” said Sriyani Tidball, an advertising lecturer who advises the NUSAMS group and has been ubiquitous at legislative hearings and UNL’s annual conference on the issue. “It is unbelievable. The laws are on the governor’s table to get approved. Four years ago, they wouldn’t even believe there was a problem.” According to dozens of interviews with national, state and local experts, government agents and public officials over the past several months, human trafficking is indeed a problem in the United States, including in the streets and fields of Nebraska. “Hundreds of years ago we were doing the same thing here in the U.S.,” Bruss said. “This is still happening ... How can you not care?” More than 27 million people around the world — 15 times the population of Nebraska — are locked in a highly profitable system of coercion, violence and exploitation, according to most estimates. The U.S. receives tens of thousands of fresh victims each year, according to Free the Slaves, an international non-profit based in Washington, D.C. “It’s a lot more prevalent
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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but what if those words achieve nothing? Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumnus seeks to answer this question and promote issues using photography. A group of students gathered in the Nebraska Union Auditorium Tuesday evening to hear a presentation from Sartore that was emblematic of his work with National Geographic by illuminating wildlife issues through images. The event was part of Focus Nebraska, a weeklong celebration of Earth Day hosted by the ASUN Sustainability Committee. Sartore began his lecture by explaining his philosophy of photography. “I look for the weirdest things,” he said. Sartore also ensures that his work tells both sides of a certain story. For example, when wolves were released back in Yellowstone, Sartore took pictures of the animals in the wild, showing both their terrifying and softer sides. Sartore photographs what he calls “hot-button issues” to get his readers to think about the issues behind the wildlife in the pictures. He said he fights waves of apathy about climate change, biodiversity and other issues facing wildlife today. Overpopulation While Sartore was in Uganda, he documented the clash between a growing population and an established ecosystem. The growing population in Uganda increases the need for natural resources. As Uganda’s farmland grows, animals have to adapt. Sartore photographed the effects of farms encroaching upon the Serengeti ecosystem, leaving fewer natural resources for the food chain. One such effect: Villagers respond to lions preying on their cattle by poisoning the animal corpses, resulting in the steady extinction of lions in
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National Geographic photographer and UNL alumnus Joel Sartore speaks about a photo he took of hibernating Arctic ground squirrels in the Nebraska Union auditorium Tuesday for the university’s environmental week, Focus Nebraska. Sartore showed many photos of endangered animal species and reminded the crowd it’s not too late to save them from extinction. He also spoke about the effects of climate change and other environmental topics. the area. Alana Tucker, a freshman advertising and public relations major, asked Sartore what he wishes humanity would do about overpopulation. He advocated for education of women in developing nations and improving the standard of living. “Talking about overpopulation in a
conservative state is almost impossible to do,” Sartore said. “If we make it unnecessary to have a large family to survive, it will make a difference.” Environmental quandaries Sartore uses his photos to explain some odd decisions people make about the environment.
“His use of images makes you really feel the issues that are at hand,” said Andrea McCain, a junior animal science major, after the event. Sartore said he uses visual rhetoric
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Big Ten presidential record shows up lacking heather haskins daily nebraskan
In more than 100 years of Big Ten school history, not one Big Ten graduate has ever been elected the president of the United States. Yes, actor James Earl Jones, astronaut Neil Armstrong, comedian Johnny Carson and civil rights leader Mildred Jeffrey all graduated from Big Ten conference universities. The conference has produced authors, business executives, women’s rights leaders and journalists. Just no commander-inchief. No top dog. No executive power. But the Big Ten has been close. Democrat Hubert Humphrey lost to Richard Nixon in 1968 and Democrat Walter Mondale lost to Reagan in 1980. Both were University of Minnesota alumni. In a April 15 CNN opinion article by CNN contributor Bob Greene, Greene commented on the trend and wondered whether it is some sort of jinx. He pointed out it has been 28 years since a non-Harvard or Yale University graduate has become president, and although Gerald Ford was
from a Big Ten university, he took over after Nixon resigned and was never publicly elected president. When political science professor and department chairperson Elizabeth Theiss-Morse first heard the surprising fact about the Big Ten, she laughed. She gave a suggestion for what could account for this trend. “I think it is a networking thing and knowing people in power and who has money, because a lot of politics is about money,” TheissMorse said. She explained that even though Harvard or Yale students might have access to more money, that doesn’t mean the Big Ten schools are less politically active. She encouraged students who are considering running for president not to be deterred, even though they may face more obstacles than Harvard or Yale graduates. “I think (running for president) is still doable,” TheissMorse said. “I don’t think the Big Ten should be out of the running.” Although he doesn’t plan on running for president himself, ASUN Appointments Board secretary Eddie Hanline is fascinated with
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politics. He is a junior business and administration major. Hanline also thought the
reason no Big Ten graduates have become president has to do with networking.
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Wednesday april, 18, 2012
programs to help Safety committee reports 65 injuries students, staff spot domestic abuse emily nitcher daily nebraskan
Free sessions teach warning signs, dangers of domestic violence heather haskins daily nebraskan
The University of NebraskaLincoln Police Department and the Women’s Center have teamed up to help students and staff better recognize and respond to domestic violence. The two programs will host a free information session Wednesday at noon in the Nebraska Union. The UNL Victim Advocate program will also be at the session to present a 15-minute documentary titled “Telling Amy’s Story.” The documentary focuses on the domestic homicide of Amy Homan McGee and the events that lead to it. The story of McGee, who was shot by her abusive husband, will be told from the perspective of her friends, family, coworkers and the detectives who investigated her murder. A discussion about resources and strategies to fight domestic violence will follow the documentary. The UNL victim advocate, who goes by simply “Kacey” to protect herself and the victims with whom she works, said the documentary will have a strong impact on viewers. “At the end of the day, what affects people and motivates people to change their beliefs (about domestic violence) is one person’s story,” she said. Kacey works for Voices of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides free counseling services for victims of stalking, rape and domestic violence. She said eradicating stereotypes that blame the victim for staying in an abusive relationship is a crucial goal of the fight against domestic violence. “(Attend the information
session) if you believe those stereotypes and you want to hear other sides of the story,” Kacey said. “If you do not know a lot about domestic violence (and you) want ways to be active and get involved, this is going to spark something in you.” University police officer Aaron Pembleton will attend the session and wants attendees to walk away with increased awareness of what domestic violence entails. “Domestic violence is a very private issue,” Pembleton said. “A lot of people think, ‘I see it, but it is not my business, so I’m not going to touch it.’ A lot of people still have that mentality. (However), it is changing a bit.” Pembleton pointed out some signs of domestic violence — including mysterious bruises or unexpected absences — and signs of an over-controlling spouse, such as a person saying he or she can’t do activities because a spouse won’t approve. Although domestic violence may traditionally be considered a women’s issue, Jan Deeds, director of the Women’s Center and the associate director of Student Involvement specializing in gender programs, said the issue sees no gender. “I think it’s everybody’s issue,” Deeds said. “Women report being victimized more often than men do, but men’s roles make it so men wouldn’t report. Men and women have to work together to end (domestic violence).” Although domestic violence is a prominent issue, Pembleton said it is a rare occurrence on campus. “It is not something we see a lot of,” he said. “Some of this stuff is a boyfriend and girlfriend not getting along, but it never gets to the violent type.” hEAthErhAskins@ dAilynEbrAskAn.com
PrEsidEnt: fRom 1 “The community in the environment (of Harvard and Yale) gives them better access to members of the community who have money … and resources to help a campaign,” Hanline said. He also spoke about how a person’s environment growing up affects whether he or she sets large goals such as becoming president. “People who grow up in affluent households are more likely to set those kinds of
goals and are more likely to not be discouraged,” Hanline said. Freshman history major Austin Knight described his reaction to the trend. “My initial reaction is, ‘That’s surprising,’” Knight said. “I think there are a lot of prestigious schools in the Big Ten, and it is surprising that not a single one has produced a president.” hEAthErhAskins@ dAilynEbrAskAn.com
The University of NebraskaLincoln Chancellor’s University Safety Committee met Tuesday afternoon for its quarterly incident report and to address new safety concerns. Betsy Howe, occupational safety technician, presented the incident report. Sixty-five injuries were reported between January and March of 2012. Twenty-six of those injuries were “report only,” and no medical treatment was sought. Nine were minor in nature, only requiring one visit to the clinic without prescription medication. Thirty were classified as potentially more serious and were reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. One of the biggest concerns for the committee is a continued focus on laboratory safety. Brenda Osthus, director of Environmental Health and Safety, cited several incidents at colleges around the country of students being seriously injured or killed because of safety negligence. In 2008, a student at the University of California, Los Angeles was killed when her clothes were ignited while she was
working with an air-sensitive chemical. She was not wearing a lab coat. A student at Yale University was killed when her hair was pulled into a machine that lacked an emergency stop button, Osthus said. “Everyone needs to do their homework and take it back to their departments,” Osthus said. Next year’s chair, Beth Whitaker, lab manager for the School of Biological Sciences, said she constantly has to remind students to wear safety goggles during lab because many don’t think they need to wear them. Whitaker said UNL can’t let students choose whether to wear safety goggles. “No discretion, that’s how we have to do it here,” Whitaker said. “We need to incorporate safety into the course.” Whitaker said she has considered taking points off students’ labs when they don’t wear goggles. While teachers’ assistants currently have to undergo lab safety training, the committee agreed it needed to continue to work on creating a culture of safety to prevent accidents. This effort includes potentially creating a forum for students, faculty and staff to report their
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safety concerns. Osthus requested that departments keep track of “near miss” accidents in hopes of preventing actual accidents from happening in the future. The committee also approved the nomination for the 2012-2013 vice chair. Lynn Doser, building operations supervisor for the Sheldon Museum of Art, will serve as vice chair during the 2012-2013 and be the chair during the 20132014 year. To become chair of the safety committee, a member must first serve a year as vice chair. This was the last meeting Colleen Huls, an assistant telecommunications manager for UNL Information
Services, served as chair of the Chancellor’s University Safety Committee. Huls said during her time as chair she worked to involve more departments from around the university in the committee. “I had so many ideas when I started, but I’ve worked really hard to get people back at the table,” Huls said. “We brought in some new faces and made sure when someone retired that we got a new representative from their department.” The committee will meet again in July to review the incident report and address more safety concerns. EmilynitchEr@ dAilynEbrAskAn.com
rha approves summer budget conor DUnn daily nebraskan
In an anticlimactic end to a busy semester, the Residence Hall Association of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln waived its constitution to secure funding for its summer activities. A budget bill requires two weeks of prior notice before it can be voted on, according to RHA’s constitution. Because the bill had given only one week of prior notice starting last week, and its final meeting was Tuesday, the senate was forced to suspend the constitution or have an empty summer budget. Sen. Caitlyn Wessling, a senior biological sciences major, said RHA needs to reach out to students during New Student Enrollment, or NSE, and Big Red Welcome. “That can’t happen without a summer budget,” Wessling said. RHA approved more than $10,000 in “Budget Bill 01” to fund NSE, Big Red Welcome and then its first event of the fall semester. Other funding options may include refurnishing the RHA office and buying new RHA mugs for the residence halls. The bill passed with 35 approvals and one senator abstaining from the vote. “I’m just so excited to spend all of this money now,” said RHA treasurer Nate Watley, a junior computer engineering major. The next two pieces of
legislation involved resolutions to the senate. RHA appointed Sen. Shailana Dunn-Wall, a sophomore history major, and Sen. Connor Hagerty, a sophomore international business major, as two new committee chairs for the 2012-2013 senate. Dunn-Wall leaves her position as Sustainability Committee chair to fill the role of Residential Enhancement chair. She said she applied for the Residential Enhancement chair because she believes the Sustainability Committee shares similar components. “I’ve got a lot of ideas for improvements.” Dunn-Wall said. Especially for East Campus, she said, because she’s a resident there. “Things tend to get brushed over (on East Campus),” she said. Dunn-wall plans to fix that. RHA unanimously approved Dunn-Wall as Residential Enhancement chair. RHA also unanimously appointed Hagerty to fill the Events Committee chair for the 2012-2013 year. Hagerty applied for the Events chair because he wants to get students more involved on campus. “Being more involved makes for a more well-rounded student,” he said. He said he knows how difficult it can be for students to find groups to be a part of on campus, and he hopes to make it easier for them.
rha meetinG, april 17 Bills 1. bb 01: summer Budget 2. sr 03: appointment of residential enhancement chair 3. sr 04: appointment of events chair issUes 1. approved a budget of more than $10,000 for summer activities, including new student enrollment and Big red Welcome. 2. appointed sen. shailana Dunn-Wall as its 20122013 residential enhancement committee chair. 3. appointed sen. connor hagerty as its 2012-2013 events committee chair. votes 1. passed, 35-0-1 2. passed unanimously 3. passed unanimously Hagerty succeeds previous Events chair Annie Hildebrand, a senior marketing major, who he said was the best events planner RHA has had. “I’ve got big shoes to fill,” Hagerty said. During both the questions and debate period for the chair appointments, the senators remained almost silent, which prompted RHA president Meg Brannen, junior advertising and public relations major, to encourage RHA to ask more
questions toward the people it’s appointing for higher positions in the future. The executive board concluded its final meeting by congratulating the senate on a semester well done and wishing it a happy summer. “We’ve had a great year,” RHA adviser Alan Frizzell said. “We’ve passed through some monumental things, keeping RHA moving forward.” conordunn@ dAilynEbrAskAn.com
sArtorE: fRom 1 to allow people to develop deeper opinions of wildlife issues. Midway through his presentation he explained how some supposed solutions have unexpected costs. For example, in Texas, each wind turbine results in the deaths of 35 bats and four birds each year. “Is this good, or is this bad?” Sartore said. Even though the turbines may be beneficial in regards to climate change, it has ecological repercussions. While documenting the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
in 2010, Sartore saw the same problem. He hoped the images of a destroyed ecosystem would open a debate on how energy effects the environment, but that didn’t happen. “Now, we only care about the price at the pump,” he said. biOdiversity Sartore’s recent project is the endangered species biodiversity project. He travels around the world, taking portraits of more than 2,000 species to show the depth of biodiversity on the planet. He uses a
consistent format: a blank background with each animal looking natural. “By the end of this century over 50 percent of these species might be gone,” Sartore said. Some species, such as the Florida grasshopper sparrow, are coming dangerously close to extinction. In order to photograph this species, Sartore waited for days in fields to capture the bird. Sartore believes that society is at a tipping point and that human actions will determine which species will exist in the
future. Through his photographs in National Geographic, he wishes to spark concern within people. “No good tinkerer would toss out the parts until they fully understand what they do,” Sartore said. David Crews, a freshman electrical engineering major, said the presentation had a different impact than other lectures on environmental problems. “The photography really helps it makes you actually care (about biodiversity),” Crews said.
sOlutiOns Even though the issues at hand are disheartening, Sartore remains hopeful for the future. “I take beautiful pictures and slip issues within them,” Sartore said. The majority of the species that Sartore is cataloging can be saved, given that they receive the attention. Sartore hopes for changes on commercial and personal levels. “Pulling out your wallet is saying that you support how this product is made,” Sartore said.
Consumers can help change the status quo by using their money to communicate to businesses. Also, people can make a conscious effort to reduce their overall environmental impact by resisting the culture of consumption. He firmly believes the only way to solve these problems is by gaining deeper understanding. “You have to be concerned,” Sartore said, “and consider all sides.” dAniElwhEAton@ dAilynEbrAskAn.com
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freedom: from 1 than people realize,” said Kalen Drake, a senior psychology major and event coordinator for NUSAMS. “If people even realize it happens in the first place, they think it’s somewhere like Thailand.” Kristy Childs, a human trafficking survivor from Kansas, will speak at the event, joining Sen. McGill, professor and trafficking researcher Ron Hampton and Paul Yates of Tiny Hands International to breathe life into the abstract numbers and bring the issue home. Childs is now founder and executive director of Veronica’s Voice, an outreach program that offers peer counseling to women in sex work. To that end, NUSAMS is also running a petition drive for signatures in support of state legislation on the issue and encouraging more. More than
500 Nebraskans have added their names so far, Tidball said. “We’re asking for protection,” Tidball said, citing a widespread pattern of arresting prostituted women instead of their johns and pimps. “We’re asking for prosecution (of traffickers). We’re asking for awareness. We’re asking for education.” Anna Woita, NUSAMS president and a senior advertising major, said some thought the event couldn’t be planned in just two months. There was a form for everything, she said, and “a million little details.” But, she and Drake added, the group pulled it off. “We have everything lined up,” Drake said. “We’ve done as much as we can, I think.” The professor consistently praised the students, saying
most of the work, planning and publicity for the march came from them. “I have a lot of belief and trust in students,” she said. “When you’re so young, you’re idealistic and willing to take a chance.” And, Tidball added, people coming together have a chance to dry up trafficking’s supply and demand. The students she worked with agreed. “The only way change will happen is if people know about it in the first place,” Drake said. Isolated thunderstorms were forecast for Wednesday morning, but most of the day is expected to be sunny, according to the National Weather Service.
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Opinion DAILY NEBRASKAN
Wednesday, April 14, 2012
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Freedom March illustrates bold step for UNL The first step to solving any problem is acknowledging its existence. It’s a philosophy that applies to meeting the many challenges posed by the human trafficking industry. To raise awareness of the multibillion-dollar, international trade of people tricked, coerced or forced to work in hard labor jobs or as sex workers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students have joined together to organize a Freedom March today at 4:30 p.m. at the Capitol. First, it’s admirable that these UNL students and Nebraska University Students Against Modern Day Slavery took the initiative to raise awareness of human trafficking. On college campuses, where protests and public demonstrations are often considered a lost art, the Daily Nebraskan is proud of these students for stepping to the plate to tackle a problem most people don’t even know about. That invisibility is, of course, why this march is so important. Human trafficking is one of the most tragic, out-of-sight and out-of-mind human rights violations of our time. Your average American has no conception of how widespread human trafficking is, the incredible amount of money the trade generates and how easy it is for men, women and children to be coerced into trafficking on threat of violence or via debt bondage. And, of course, human trafficking isn’t a phenomenon confined to the Third World. It exists wherever humans are willing to exploit their fellow men and women for a profit, including the United States and Nebraska. The Daily Nebraskan encourages students to attend the Freedom March this afternoon to support the tireless work of some very socially responsible UNL students, but more importantly to support their mission and learn about a problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It’s time to repair the blind eye.
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Rape jokes demean victims
ude, that econ test totally raped me.” “Hell yeah, bro! I raped that art history final!” “Ugh, the least that chemistry exam could have done was buy me dinner before it raped me.” At this stressful time of the semester, we’re bound to hear people say these things. We’re working on final projects and studying for those final exams. We’re sleep deprived. We’re not in our right minds. I have one simple request: Please don’t compare your projects, exams and other end-of-the-year tasks to rape. Make no mistake, this isn’t a policing of your thoughts. You’re entitled to think whatever you like without fear of punishment. Your thoughts are your own business. What I’m asking is that you filter your speech a bit and not be so careless with your words. I’ve never known a rape survivor to describe the experience as “that feeling you get right after taking a really difficult test.” Never. Too many of the people I love have experienced such a trauma. Trivializing their ordeals is absolutely cruel and foolish. There are some terrifying statistics out there about rape. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), ages 12-34 are the highest risk years of being raped. One in six women and one in 33 men will experience an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Look around you, reader — these aren’t just numbers. These are people. They’re college students. They’re your friends and family. Let’s be clear: I’m not accusing anyone who says, “Man, that test raped me,” of being a rapist. You’re probably a good person. You think such a
rhiannon root thing is abhorrent and despicable. You’d never even think of doing such an awful thing. But here’s the deal, as a blog post from Men Speak Up says, “Virtually all rapists genuinely believe that all men rape, and other men just keep it hushed up better. And more, these people who really are rapists are constantly reaffirmed in their belief about the rest of mankind being rapists like them by things like rape jokes, that dismiss and normalize the idea of rape.” And the number of rapists among non-rapists? It’s about one in 20 according to some estimates. Chances are you know someone who is a rapist. Scary, huh? You probably can’t tell just by looking, which is why the thought is so chilling. When we joke and laugh about rape, we’re giving those assholes a stamp of approval. That’s another reason why we shouldn’t tolerate these kinds of jokes. Speaking of not being able to tell rapists from non-rapists, have you opened up a men’s magazine lately? In a 2011 British survey readers couldn’t distinguish a quote from a rapist and a men’s magazine. Here are two statements. See if you can pick the rapist’s quote: A. “You’ll find most girls will be reluctant about going to bed with somebody or crawling in the back seat of a car … But you can usually seduce them, and they’ll do it willingly.”
B. “There’s nothing quite like a woman standing in the dock accused of murder in a sex game gone wrong … The possibility of murder does bring a certain frisson to the bedroom.” Statement A is from a rapist and B is from a lad mag. Yeah, I couldn’t tell either. Are you scared? You should be. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe we live in 2012 and this kind of nonsense still exists. When we don’t speak up about these jokes we’re condoning rapist behavior. Think back to the one in six statistic about women being raped. Think of your mother, your sisters, your aunts, your grandmothers, your girlfriend and your friends. By laughing and/or not speaking up, you’re basically saying, “Yup, rape is acceptable behavior, have at ‘em.” Obviously, no decent human being wants that. Even worse, 97 percent of rapists never spend a day in jail, according to RAINN. And one rape occurs every two minutes. So in the time you’ve read this column, two people have been raped. That’s a number no one should be comfortable with. We can’t fight the problem of rape when we have people who are condoning it. We can’t have a safer, healthier world when we have magazine articles that are indistinguishable from rapist rhetoric. The solution starts with you, dear reader. You can be the person who stands up and says, “Hey man, don’t compare your exam to rape. That’s not cool.” If you care about the women and men in your life, you owe it to them to speak out.
Rhiannon Root is a senior newseditorial and history major. Follow her on Twitter @rhiannonroot. Reach her at rhiannonroot@ dailynebraskan.com.
Political disengagement damages republic
he argument that mass media tend to make people lazy and ignorant is a misconception. Actually, lazy and ignorant people tend to use mass media. Correlation, my friends, does not imply causation. But enough of that. Why don’t we relax and have a little discussion about the importance of critical thinking for representative government? People often advance the claim that the United States is a democracy. Let this idea be universally ridiculed. We are, and have always been, a republic. The vast majority of you should be grateful for this fact. Democracy can’t function properly without massive levels of citizen engagement. Such a system imposes obligations this nation’s already casual citizens would find far too demanding. That’s why we don’t put the force of law behind opinion polls. But perhaps you shouldn’t focus on obligations to the state. For the first and only time, Marxist thought will appear in this column. Jurgen Habermas, a socialist scholar from Germany, has written extensively on the collapse of the critical public sphere. He asserts an active and engaged citizenry is
essential to maintaining accountable governance and a healthy civil society. Nothing terribly revolutionary there. What’s rather useful is his reminder that such a critical sphere previously existed. Habermas contends the emergence of the salon in France, the coffee house in Britain and the newspaper across the civilized West was a key reason for the rise of liberalism in the 18th and 19th centuries. When citizens are willing to analyze and challenge structural authority and preconceived political ideas, change occurs. Now, while I might not like such change, consider this a friendly suggestion from the token conservative at this institution. Having an engaged civic culture goes a long way to ensuring the continuance of accountable governance. You need an active critical public sphere to get and keep the ball in motion for political reform. Such thinking would make one an optimist about today, right? If people having coffee together or reading a newspaper could be responsible for major societal change, just imagine what we can do with television, radio and the Internet. Right? Except the answer appears to be “relatively little.” The common denominator of an engaged civic
Justin Green culture is active rather than passive engagement. The difference between the two is the equivalent of hearing versus listening. One requires work. The other merely requires your presence. Rather than a culture of mutual exchange between elites and the populous, what we celebrate is one of general ignorance and laziness. The literati and respected authorities say something, and the masses hurry to retweet, share, like or reblog these posts. Do we act out of a desire to genuinely learn or spread important information? Perhaps, and if so, good. What experience leads one to suspect, however, is that the bulk of said activity is both passive and for the wrong intention. When people take things purely at face value, when the populous operates with false ideological dichotomies, when people skim to reinforce existing ideas rather than to challenge
said concepts and when people are reading 1,000-word columns in 15 seconds, you know they’re not thinking critically. This culture of slacktivism and miniscule attention spans is just fine in an autocratic state. You’ve got nothing to do. If citizens don’t pay attention, what’s the difference? It’s less ideal for a society purportedly based on republican principles. Maybe even that’s fine. Perhaps if we just establish the right societal leaders, all will be well and good. Unfortunately, we appear to be sliding in the opposite direction. Karl Marx famously said, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” Can you imagine if he’d seen us today? For all the chatter about Twitter’s impact on Occupy Wall Street, it took little more than bad weather and a few cops to drive away all but the true believers. After all, why go to the streets or call your elected officials or do anything of substance when you can let everyone know you care with a simple tweet or Facebook post? But maybe you’re thinking “Justin, why would I care what Marxists say about society?” (In that case, bravo to you for disagreeing with that cancer, good sir or madam.) You should care because a passive and apathetic society is no society at all. We are blessed to be
afforded the medium for substantial dialogue and debate, and we use it to post GIFs and memes. We’ve transformed the substantive into the meaningless and comical. Quite frankly, it’s to the point where it’s not even funny. It’s just sad. Say what you will about our history, but our founders understood far more about a healthy public sphere than you’ll ever imagine. They recognized the power of real dissent. They knew to be political was to enter the sphere of the highest aspirations of the social animal we call man. So go ahead and keep sharing your cute memes. Just don’t be surprised as your society crumbles around your laptop. The trinkets of modernity may be great for pleasing the human need for instant self-gratification. That’s nice. It’s just that the lack of critical thinking present in our society is something to be bemoaned instead of admired. Don’t blame social media for your poor attention span and disinterest in serious things. Blame yourself.
Justin Green is a senior political science and history major. He blogs real, orginal content, not just memes, at huskerred.tumblr.com. Tweet him at @BearGreenz. Reach him at justingreen@ dailynebraskan.com.
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Kate Miller, sophomore philosophy major
Dress: Vintage Sweet & Chic Shoes: DSW Shoes (Steve Madden) Inspired by: “I like more vintage looks, Anthropologie catalogues and just around.”
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Where do you draw inspiration for your wardrobe?
Brian Barmettler, freshman pre-law major, visiting from Switzerland
Shirts and jeans:
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Kia Moore, freshman political science and international studies major Pants: J-Crew Shirt: H&M Shoes: Market in France
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Inspired by: “I like the ’60s fashion; classics. I like black and white a lot.”
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Theater duo hopes to shake up Lincoln scene katie nelson daily nebraskan
“One of the coolest things about the theater ... this is the freight elevator,” said Jordan Deffenbaugh, associate director of the Haymarket Theatre. He leans over the railing, waiting for the theater’s artistic director, Rob Burt, to finish riding the elevator. Deffenbaugh and Burt have been co-directors of the Haymarket Theater for only two months, but they hit the ground running. While they have similar plans for the theater’s future, their distinct qualities help them to balance each other out and work toward those goals. By day the duo works on tech for various shows and by night they rehearse, either as actors or as directors. Burt lets Deffenbaugh do most of the talking — recounting the Haymarket Theatre’s conversion from a tractor show room ten years ago — while he moves around the theater, checking on the set construction and light settings for the theater’s upcoming show, “Closer.” Deffenbaugh’s high energy is comparable to that of a puppy. He moves from conversation to conversation, project to project and, occasionally accent to accent. On the other hand, Burt is the calmer, older dog and together the two balance each other like the Shadow/Chance duo from “Homeward Bound.” “He’s (Deffenbaugh) got so much energy, it’s hard to keep him focused on one thing at a time,” Burt said. In the two months the men worked together, numerous shows have been put on stage, both produced by the Haymarket Theatre and by other companies. And they aren’t even close to being done. “Really, it’s just been a marathon since I’ve started,” Deffenbaugh said. “Rob and I are really trying to rejuvenate this theater and get a good energy going behind it.” Aside from Burt and Deffenbaugh, there is only one other regular staff member, general manager, Deni Kornbluh. Kornbluh is in charge of setting the budgets, running the box office and managing payables and receivables. In addition to the regular staff and volunteers, Burt and Deffenbaugh try to reach out
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Solemn director Rob Burt (left) and ardent assistant director Jordan Deffenbaugh have different personalities but both are dedicated to the Haymarket Theatre. and incorporate the local theater community into the Haymarket by hiring local technicians such as set and lighting designers. Burt said he also hopes to bring in local playwrights. As a senior in his final semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and an avid participant in Lincoln’s theater scene, Deffenbaugh knows a lot of people. Better yet, he knows who will be suited for whichever job they are trying to fill. Both work on sets, lighting, sound and other technical aspects of the show. And all marketing and tech aside, both are directors and actors. Deffenbaugh said they directed the children’s productions together. Kornbluh has been working at the theater for seven years, beginning her job with the founder, Fred Stuart. She has seen changes in management, but is enthusiastic about the dynamics Deffenbaugh and Burt bring to the scene. “They’re a great dynamic duo,” Kornbluh said. “I tend to think that Rob is more the big picture, and Jordan works more with getting all the details
done.” Right down to picking the music they work to, Burt and Deffenbaugh have learned to compromise. However, Burt still signs the checks. “Rob’s pretty much head honcho, and I’m like secondin-command,” Deffenbaugh says. Burt snickers, and said he understands that he is the leader by default, but prefers not to label himself that way. “I understand that theater ... comes together better if you allow it to be a collaborative effort,” he said. And with their goals for the Haymarket Theatre’s future, collaboration is exactly what they’re going to need. Both want to shake up what they perceive as Lincoln’s safe theater scene by featuring more contemporary work and shows with bold themes, beginning with their performance, “Closer,” which opens Thursday evening. Deffenbaugh dips out of the conversation to inspect the set pieces for the show and says Burt is better at describing the plot. “It’s a brutal anatomy of romance,” Burt said. “It’s a story about a quartet of strangers who meet, fall in love with each other and from there on, continuously shift between partners.” “It’s really like tension, tension, tension, tension,” Deffenbaugh added. “I think if it were done by an American playwright, there would have
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Props for the upcoming show “Closer” are covered in cut-out portions of local obituaries to tie in with the show’s main character. just been yelling and screaming and ‘fucks’ and ‘shits’ and all that stuff, but what Patrick Marber was able to do was create this pressure-cooker.” Deffenbaugh and Burt are acting in the show and both said they enjoyed digging into their parts, ranging from accents to their characters’ psyches. They immediately become wrapped up in a discussion about how their characters display feelings. “Closer” is expected to fit the image Deffenbaugh and Burt are trying to create for the Haymarket Theatre. More than anything, Deffenbaugh said he wants the shows they feature to make audience members think. “What I want to see is an audience come in here and get done and go to a bar and
talk about it,” he said. The duo said they want people to really contemplate the meaning of the show and not just take it for its face value. “If you can make people talk about the ideas of a show and not about the show itself, then you have succeeded,” Deffenbaugh said. Still, the younger co-director admitted that doesn’t mean all plays have to be “crazy.” The duo isn’t planning on ditching conventional shows by any means. They do reserve the right to add their signature to them though. “It comes from not doing a play ‘just because,’” Burt said. “You have to have something invested.”
Essay collection pairs unique tone with fascinating content tyler keown daily nebraskan
John Jeremiah Sullivan writes differently than you or me. His latest book, “Pulphead” is a collection of essays he’s written for a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times Magazine and The Paris Review. The essays are usually based in pop culture and vary from a profile of Axl Rose and his rise to rock ‘n’ roll royalty to what past cast members of MTV’s “Real World” typically do after their 15 minutes of fame is up.
Sullivan writes in a very informal, conversational prose. He shows this style when he addresses Guns N’ Roses’ appearance at the 2002 MTV awards. “About Axl’s billowing tentlike football jersey or the heartbreaking way he aborted his snaky slide-foot dance after only a few seconds on the stage projection, like ‘You wanna see my snaky dance? Here, I’ll do my snaky dance. Oh, no, I think I just had a small stroke. Run away.’ The audible gasp for oxygen on the second “knees” in Sha-nana-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-nana-na knees, kn[gasp!]ees.” Such is the tone he takes in most of the essays. Not quite snarky, but it always feels like the reader is sharing an inside joke with Sullivan. He allows his words to be used in an unconventional manner, much the way a person would speak. They dance around in the sentences, and it becomes easy to forget that you’re not just sitting face-toface with Sullivan, with him telling you anecdotes from his years as a journalist. “Pulphead” is a fascinating read, despite featuring subject matter that may not initially appeal to everyone. The author remedies this by offering angles different than many would take. It becomes apparent when he takes a look at Michael Jackson’s ability to
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manipulate his voice and how that affected him as a person, while everyone else is looking at Jackson’s questionable life choices. Readers who enjoy occasionally having to stop and remind themselves what they’re reading actually happened would be remiss to skip over “Pulphead.” Between the personal style of writing and the interesting content, this book is an absolute gem. tylerkeown@ dailynebraskan.com
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
English department prepares to release magazine Laurus, an annual undergraduate journal, publishes student writing, art adrienne anderson daily nebraskan
In 1983, the English department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln founded Laurus, a literary journal that gave undergraduate students the opportunity to share their work with the wider student body. Since then, the Laurus has published one issue each year, and it continues to thrive under the direction of Michael Page, an English lecturer at UNL, and a team of seven editors. This year marks the 29th issue of Laurus. Laurus opens for submissions in August of every school year, allowing students to enter their work in hopes of being published in the upcoming issue. Those interested can also apply for
editorial positions, three or four of which will be open in the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. This year, the launch party for the magazine will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso and will give a chance for the contributors of the magazine to showcase their work, mingle with other writers and celebrate the issue. “We thought we’d try to have it so other students can come and check it out,” said Madison Hager, the president and senior poetry reader of the Laurus. “We’re really excited about the issue.” In fact, one of the most anticipated things about the upcoming issue, at least for the editors, is the fact that it’s printed in color. “We have a number of really stellar visual art pieces, and so we’ve printed these in color,” Page said. Hager agreed, saying it had been quite a few years since color printing had
if you go Laurus Launch Party when: Thursday, 7 p.m. where: Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso, 1624 South St. how much: Free been an option for the magazine. Hager is also eager to get the word out about the magazine and hopes the launch party next week will allow other students to experience the magazine for the first time. “I’m just excited for people to hear about it more,” she said. “When I was younger, hearing about (Laurus) was so exciting because I was surprised that I could submit my work at the university level.” This excitement has translated to a wider audience, as the magazine received a record number of submissions this year. These submissions are then sorted and put into an excel document,
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as Hager explained, and each piece is then critiqued by each of the editors working on the issue. Once the editors reach a consensus, the work is approved and students experience the privilege of having their work printed in the newest edition of the magazine. Not only do students who submit work to Laurus get
the chance to publish their pieces, they also have the opportunity to win cash prizes. Each year, a firstplace winner is chosen in each category (poetry, fiction, and art) to receive $100. For those who are interested in Laurus magazine, there are a variety of ways to learn more and get
involved. Check out the facebook page at www. facebook.com/laurusmag, or go to the English department website to learn more information. To submit artwork or writing, keep an eye out for applications, which become available in August. adrienneanderson@ dailynebraskan.com
University radio station introduces concert series KRNU hopes to raise money for future endeavours, boost local music sam peshek daily nebraskan
of “whiskey-flavored music”; indie rock quintet, Shipbuilding Co.; folk singer-songwriter, Manny Coon; hip-hop by AZP; and folk music from Great American Desert (formerly South of Lincoln). Omaha’s Sun Settings will also be making the trip for the concert series. KRNU on-air personality and junior advertising major Logan Livers said he expects a good turnout for the cause. “We’ll hopefully see a lot of people there to make some money for the station and help us keep bringing the good music that we bring,” Livers said. “Since we are a university radio station, (we) can’t advertise to make money, so this is the best way to go.” The 21 and over show will be free with $5 suggested donation at the door. Artists are set to perform from 5
if you go KRNU Benefit Concert Series when: Saturday, 5 p.m. where: Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 O St. how much: $5 suggested donation
p.m. to 2 a.m. “We don’t have a set goal in mind,” Teplitsky said. “But whatever donations we do get we want to be able to use so we can be more active in Lincoln and do stuff around the city as far as hosting concerts, because we’re a station in Lincoln and work with a lot of bands in Lincoln.” Teplitsky and KRNU hope to make the event a community and campus affair by finding something for everyone to enjoy.
Friends, beer, rock n’ roll and a little bit of fundraising will take place April 21 at Duffy’s Tavern with 90.3 KRNU’s Concert Series. Eight live bands will occupy Duffy’s for the evening to raise money, which KRNU will put toward hosting more events in the Lincoln community for next year. Joe Teplitsky, senior journalism and English major at the University of NebraskaLincoln, holds the position of music director for KRNU, and is the main organizer for the event. “It’s something we’ve been working on at the
station for the past year,” Teplitsky said. “We started spitballing bands and dates and it all came together in the past couple weeks. It’s a place we wanted to work with for a while because they host a lot of local bands every weekend. It’s a cool place to see a show.” Those who plan to attend can expect to hear a broad spectrum of genres covered by the artists performing. “We want it to be really casual, that’s why we have such a diverse mix,” Teplitsky said. “We have a singer-songwriter, we have rap, we have pretty hardcore instrumental rock, a bunch of different kinds of music.” The music that will come out of the doors of Duffy’s include instrumental rock from The Machete Archive; Pharmacy Spirits’ garage rock; Good Show Great Show with their own brand
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Downtown giveth, downtown taketh away nate ruleaux A few weeks ago I walked over to a party after a night of whiskies and cocktails at Zen’s. I only spent 10 minutes inside, chatting up the occasional underclassmen and stashing the handle of vodka I’d brought under my coat in the kitchen. I was handed a Wii-mote and drove Yoshi off the Rainbow Road four times before ditching the game and taking my screwdriver outside for a cigarette. The rest of the party was spent out on the front porch with three friends, talking with two strange men who wandered up off the street. One guy was dealing and asked me if anyone inside would be interested. “They’re just kids, man,” I said, knowing that if their sales pitches matched their tear drop cheek tattoos, the party would end with trouble. * “Camel Lights,” I said, pulling my debit card out and passing it over the counter. DECLINED. It was impossible. I only had $20 to get me through the weekend and had already started to nic-out. I’d just left the Starlight Lounge and stopped at the Phillips 66 on the way home. A few friends and I showed up
at the bar earlier that night. We grabbed the first open table and, expecting more friends to show, kept an eye out for the first booth to clear out. It was slow for The Starlight, but it still took 20 minutes to be served. I handed over my debit card in exchange for an old fashioned. After going out for a smoke, I came back to find my party moved to a booth and my card waiting next to my drink. “Excuse me?” I said to our new section waitress. “I was going to start a tab, but I got my card back.” “Oh, we do it electronically sometimes,” she said. “Want another?” The night came and went, like friends did, at our booth. I cut myself off at two old fashions and asked for the check. It was $10 plus change with the tip. An hour later I found myself overdrafted and angry. I called the bar and asked them to see if I was overcharged. “Oh, that’s just the bank,” the night manager said. “It takes out $20 automatically to make sure you can pay your tab.” Reluctantly, I chilled out once she added that my money would be back in my account the next morning. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. And unfortunately, the Buzzard Billy’s manager I called the next morning told me it would take three days before it was back in the bank. I tried to complain, but she hung up before I got the chance. * I never expected to be tipsy reading poetry at a coffee shop on a Monday night. It was a requirement for my poetry class
that we attend a reading, and it was getting close to my last chance to see one. The coffee shop was dead when I got there at 5 p.m., two hours early for the English Department’s Literary League event. I grabbed an Irish coffee and started to workshop a few final pieces of the semester. By 7 p.m., the space filled up with poetry enthusiasts and fellow classmates. My buddy Devon rolled in, and we each got started on a few Rolling Rock tallboys when the Literary League president went up to the stage. “This is the Literary League’s open mic event, so members feel free to come up and read a poem or two,” she said. No one moved. “Pick someone,” the poetry coordinator guy yelled from the back. “OK,” she said, smiling toward me, “Nate Roleo?” I wasn’t a member, and had no clue what was happening. My professor said we were to come listen and write a page on scheduled readers. I thought there must’ve been a similarly-named dude behind me. “Nate,” she said, locked on to me, “You have stuff, right?” Surprisingly enough, I did. nate ruleaux is a senior theatre performance major and news editorial major. Reach him at nateruleaux@ dailynebraskan.com.
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Looking for 1-3 females to sublease a cute, close to campus house. Available May through Aug. Could stay through the school year, if interested! Cheap rent! Call 402-591-9290 Looking for female roommates for 5 bedroom/3 bathroom house in great neighborhood, only 10 minutes north of campus. 2-3 bedrooms available. Ample street parking. Smallest bedroom 10’x11’ with large kitchen, living room, and family room. $300 rent plus utilities. No smokers. Call/text/email Megan at 402-310-5917, firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Looking for one roommate to live in four bedroom house with 2 female and one male roommates beginning August 8th. 29th and Orchard. Rent $275/month plus utilities. Call/Text/Email Elizabeth at 630-470-4143 or email@example.com Need 1-2 roommates to take over lease at view apartments from May-August or longer if you would like. It’s a 4 bed/2 bath unit. Rent is at $319 a month plus electric and I will pay for the month of May, so you only have to pay for June and July. Please call 402-335-0492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Need 2 roommates to finish house lease from May to August. Rent is $225 a month and utilities are approx. $75 a month. House is located just off 70th and Adams. If interested call 308-201-0745 or email me at email@example.com Need one roommate to finish apartment lease at Claremont Park Apartments May-July. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Rent $350 per month, plus utilities, please contact Annie at 402-980-1420 or firstname.lastname@example.org Roommate ads are FREE in print and online. E-mail yours to email@example.com and include your name, address and phone number. Roommate wanted for 3 bedroom,3 bathroom house. $425/month, includes utilities, cable, internet, and washer/dryer. Call Amber for more information (402)366-0305 Two females searching for a third roommate. Lease from August 2012 to August 2013. Washer and Dryer included. 308-641-2851 Two females to share a 4 bedroom townhouse north of 14th and Superior, $287.50 plus utilties. Call Autumn at 402-612-1316.
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Houses For Rent 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Near stadium. 1000 claremont. W/D, D/W, range refrigerator, C/A. $850/month. 402-770-0899. 4 bedroom house availabale in August. Nice neighborhood. Address 2421 Sewell St. 402.610.0429. 721 N 30th. 6 bedroom, 2 bath, wood floors, Available May/2012. $1350/month. 402-4309618.
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Full-time, summer positions installing office furniture. Need driver’s license and tools. Construction or farm experience a plus. Apply at 1801 N. 1st Street. Paycheck Advance is currently seeking customer service representatives to provide quick, accurate, and friendly service to our customers. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, have prior cash handling experience, sales experience and be self motivated. We offer a competitive starting wage and benefits package including health insurance, paid time off and 401K. Full and part-time positions available. Please apply online at www.delayeddeposit.com or in person at any of our 8 Lincoln locations.
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Nebraska Book Company. is looking for a bunch of dependable people to help process used textbooks in our air-conditioned warehouse this summer. It is a solid job working with nice people doing good work helping students save money. 40 hours/week @ $8.00/hr M-F 8 to 5. You get a discount on books to sweeten the deal. Don?t miss it! We start as school winds down. Apply online at www.nebook.jobs under “warehouse staff.”
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Despite a 26-16 record, NU has struggled on the road, where the team is 15-16.
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are not where we want to be.” Hagemann said even though UNO is an in-state school, it doesn’t represent a rival to the team. She insists the game is really more of a chance for the Huskers to continue their seasonlong process of improvement. “Yeah, I’ve played with a few of them, but it’s not really a rivalry with them,” she said. “All I have to say is that the UNO game is another chance for us to get better as a softball team.”
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New leaders emerge for NU bowling team Sara Hinds Daily Nebraskan
Kristi Mickelson wanted to bowl as a Husker before she was a Chieftain. A graduate of Bellevue East High School in Nebraska, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was the only college she applied to. “I’ve wanted to be on the best bowling team in the nation since I was 12 years old,” Mickelson said. “Since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to be a Husker, and then when I was about 12 I learned that the best bowling program in the nation was at Nebraska.” For Liz Kuhlkin it’s been since she started at Schalmont High School in Schenectady, New York. “I’ve watched Nebraska on TV when they competed for their national titles,” Kuhlkin said. “I know in 2009 I watched them on TV, and I’ve been wanting to be a Husker since I was probably 14 years old, when I started high school. It’s been a dream for a long time.” Both Mickelson and Kuhlkin will return to NU’s bowling team next season. The two will try to help NU win a national title, something NU has not done since 2009, Mickelson’s freshman year. Although NU placed third for the second year in a row at the national championships this past weekend, the teammates hope to anchor a strong team in coming seasons. Kuhlkin will be a sophomore next season after gaining experience at nationals this year as a freshman, but she’ll provide experience to a team that is losing two graduating seniors — Valerie Calberry and Kayla Johnson. Holding so much experience as a sophomore doesn’t daunt Kuhlkin. She wants to be in a leadership position, helping newcomers. “We have a lot of new players coming in next year and I know all of them are excited to become a Husker and be
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Freshman Liz Kuhlkin gained valuable experience at nationals, something she hopes to use next season. part of a program that’s been so successful for so many years,” Kuhlkin said. “And I wanna make sure that I welcome them with the utmost respect and get them going with the program and what it’s all about.” As for the upperclassmen, Kuhlkin has nothing but respect for them, as well, adding there are no hard feelings with a sophomore helping lead the team. “I’m just gonna do my job as a bowler and also as a teammate and friend,” Kuhlkin said. For Mickelson, next season is a last attempt for a national championship. After starting to bowl at the age of 6, it’s been a long path for Mickelson. “I was pretty emotional all weekend,” Mickelson said. “One of my goals is to win nationals for my seniors and this year kinda hit home that that’s me next year. “And I’m not ready to be done with this program. And so it kind of made me feel like I wanna step up even that much more to make next year be the cherry on top of my career at Nebraska.” As a senior next year, Mickelson will take on even more of a leadership role than she already has. Besides wanting to lead NU to a national title, Mickelson wants to maintain the tradition of the NU
bowling program. “I just wanna leave here with being happy that I’m a part of a family that’s never gonna die,” Mickelson said. NU’s bowling program is small, which allows it to be personal, like a family. With less than a dozen bowlers on the roster this year, everyone on the team grew close. The two seniors helped Liz transition into college. Calberry and Mickelson have been friends for four years. “Overall I think anyone on our team can say if we needed anything from anybody, we could go to anyone and they would do it,” Calberry said. “That’s how honest and how honorable anyone on this team is.” Mickelson and Kuhlkin are expected to carry the tradition of winning and family into next year’s team. Calberry is sure they will do a great job. “I think that any Nebraska team is capable of winning it, and as long as they bowl to their potential and practice as much as they can and believe in themselves, I think that they can,” Calberry said. “There’s always a chance for a Nebraska bowling team to win at the national championship.” sarahinds@ dailynebraskan.com
Big ten homeroom 1. Purdue (29-5 overall, 10-2 Big Ten Conference) at Nebraska The Boilermakers, No. 10 in RPI, are just running away from the rest of the conference and seem like a lock for the NCAA Tournament and a good bet to host a regional. Series wins against Nebraska and Michigan State in the next two weeks may well clinch PU a Big Ten Tournament bye before the calendar turns to May. The Boilermakers have now won 13 of 14. 2. Nebraska (25-13, 7-5) vs. Purdue If any team has a shot at knocking Purdue off the top spot in the conference, it’s the Huskers, who have won five of their last six and host PU in the must-see series of the weekend. A sweep and NU finds itself in first place in the conference despite dropping their Northwestern series. With a pretty favorable schedule the rest of the way, the Huskers are the favorite to take the other Big Ten Tournament bye. 3. Michigan State (2312, 5-4) vs. Minnesota Will the real Spartans please stand up? Is MSU the team that got punked by eight runs at home by Eastern Michigan and dropped a series to Michigan a couple weeks ago or the team that won four of six on the road against Ohio State and Indiana? Sparty has a golden opportunity to move up in the standings now, as their next six are at home against Minnesota and on the road against Purdue, the top two in the standings.
opponents are Penn State, Northwestern and Indiana, none of whom are in the same class talent-wise as Ohio State — though OSU did just lose at home to 1521 Xavier. With the tournament held in Columbus, the Buckeyes could be the sleepers of the conference. 5. Minnesota (21-17, 6-3) at Michigan State No. 5 seems a little harsh for the team in sole possession of second place in the conference, but the Gophers are pretenders, not contenders. The Gophers are 1-6 outside of the Metrodome, where they have hosted 31 of their 38 games, and all six Big Ten wins were at home against Michigan and Northwestern, the bottom two teams in the league. Road trips to MSU this weekend and later ones to NU and Illinois should knock Minnesota back a few spots. 6. Illinois (19-16, 3-6) vs. Ohio State The Illini unquestionably have the toughest conference schedule, as they don’t play Michigan or Iowa, neither of whom seems Big Ten tourney-bound. While the Illini may be the sixth-best team in the conference, they will need to pull off some upsets or win all six road games against Penn State and Northwestern to qualify for the conference tournament.
7. Indiana (16-21, 6-6) vs. Georgia Southern (nonconference) The Hoosiers looked good for the No. 6 spot until Louisville came into Bloomington and trashed them 21-4 on 4. Ohio State (21-15, Tuesday afternoon. Their results the last three games 6-7) at Illinois are frightening: MSU and While all of the attenUL outscored them 47-14. tion will deservedly be on Factor in that four of IU’s Big the Nebraska/Purdue and Ten wins are against Iowa Michigan State/Minnesota and Penn State, and you see games, Ohio State could why the fifth-place tie seems quietly put itself in the Big Ten Tournament with a series hollow. win against Illinois. The Buckeyes’ last three Big Ten 8. Iowa (15-16, 4-5) vs.
women’s gym: from 10 scored a 9.85 on bars and a 9.925 on vault. Her outstanding performance on vault also landed her a spot on the Big Ten All-Championship team. Kendig added that the biggest difference he’s seen in the sophomore in practice has been her integrity. “She’s been looking and feeling more confident,” he said. “I’m not sure on what events we will have her compete on Friday but I know that I can trust her on all four. “She’s getting stronger and better and I’m happy with where she’s at.” Schleppenbach agreed with her coach and said she can’t wait to perform again
Penn State The Hawkeyes get just their second home Big Ten series of the season against Penn State this weekend, and the winner will be at least .500 in the conference. Iowa had better win, as three of their final four series are against teams with winning conference records. 9. Penn State (15-20, 4-5) at Iowa Not to jinx it, but the hottest team in the Big Ten may just be PSU, winners of eight of their last 10. The catch? Five of those wins came against Canisius, Binghamton and Kent State, and two more, against Michigan, aren’t all that impressive. Still, win the series at Iowa this weekend, and the Big Ten Tournament may be within reach. 10. Michigan (16-21, 3-6) vs. Northwestern The Wolverines may be the most disappointing team in the Big Ten after dropping last weekend’s series at Penn State. If UM can’t get it done against Northwestern, they can kiss the Big Ten Tournament goodbye. Only the top six get in, and with UM facing Indiana, Iowa, Purdue and Nebraska the rest of the season, the odds are long to get there without at least two wins this weekend. 11. Northwestern (1122, 3-9) at Michigan Perhaps the craziest result of any conference series was the Wildcats taking two of three from Nebraska in the second weekend of conference play. Immediately afterwards, they lost their next seven, including a 9-3 home defeat against a school called St. Xavier. Northwestern’s losing skid was snapped with an extrainning home win against UW-Milwaukee on Tuesday, giving them a little momentum heading into Ann Arbor. — Compiled by Sean Whalen
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and help her team bring home the trophy. She also said the team must remain focused to finish first and come out on top of their competition this weekend. “This whole year we’ve been focusing on ourselves,” Schleppenbach said. “It doesn’t matter who we’re going up against. We have to do the same thing we’ve done all year this weekend. “We’re going up against a lot of good teams. We just need to go out and have fun and if we do that, I think everything we’ll go in our favor.”
“It’s just to have an idea of what kind of pitches you’re looking for in which situation,” Bolt said. “Swinging at the right pitches, that’s really the main thing for a hitter. The pitcher is trying to get the hitter off balance and it’s the hitter’s job to maintain balance and time pitches up. He’s done a really good job of sticking with that.” And the recognition is coming through. Scheffert has only struck out nine times this season and his on base percentage is up
to .413 from a dismal .286 last season. NU coach Darin Erstad couldn’t be more pleased with Scheffert’s evolution. “You’re not gonna grow until you struggle,” Erstad said. “And he really struggled and was humbled last year, and he found it this summer and was just hungry in the fall and stuck to his approach and it’s paying off. “It’s great to see a good kid have great results.” robbykorth@ dailynebraskan.com
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Before her injury, Schleppenbach scored a 9.925 on vault, earning her a place on the Big Ten All-Chamiponship team.
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Sports DAILY NEBRASKAN
Wednesday April 18, 2012
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To improve, Josh Scheffert started using a video software system that analyzes his swings; the results have been drastic
osh Scheffert’s week didn’t exactly start off with a bang. Nebraska baseball’s third baseman went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in a loss to Creighton last Tuesday. But something must have happened to the Lincoln native. In the weekend series against Ohio State the junior hit .500, belted three homers and drove in 10 RBI, seven of which came on Sunday. Behind his performance, NU moved up to third in the Big Ten, and it also gave Scheffert co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors. “I’m really proud of him for not letting that (Creighton) game affect him and get him out of what he’s trying to do,” NU hitting coach Will Bolt said. “He got right back locked in … he was just seeing the ball well all weekend.” This season has been a far cry from Scheffert’s sophomore campaign where it’s safe to say he had a slump. In 2011, Scheffert started 41 games and only managed a .220 average and a .340 slugging percentage. Scheffert also only knocked in 18 RBI as he struggled to get his swing working properly. “I was lunging, and my head was moving way too much. I started way back,” Scheffert said. But this season’s different.
“I pretty much reinvested and reinvented myself from the mechanics of my swing to my mental approach at the plate,” Scheffert said. And the junior’s rebirth has shown at the plate more than just last weekend. For the season Scheffert is batting .379, has a .670 slugging percentage and his 31 RBI are good enough to put him tied for fourth in the Big Ten in that stat. Scheffert is also tied with Michigan’s Coley Crank and Penn State’s Jordan Steranka for the league lead in homers with seven. But where did this improvement come from? Scheffert credits it to one thing; the RightView Pro software system, a system that takes videos of his swings at home games and then uploads them onto a database where he and NU’s coaching staff analyze them and look for glitches in his technique. “Oh my gosh,” Scheffert said. “Watching film is, like, the best thing that I could have this year. It’s helped me out drastically.” And the system shows Scheffert what he needs to do with the bat to turn a pitch from strike three to a 350-foot home run. “He’s shortened his swing up a bit. He’s figured out a way to maintain his bat speed but also take some of the length out of the swing and that certainly helps,” Bolt said. The RightView Pro boasts that it’s helped Major Leaguers
from Albert Pujols to Ichiro Suzuki on its site. There isn’t much more to the system other than taking the video, uploading it onto the database and seeing what players did with their swings. It also takes a critical eye from players such as Scheffert and coaches such as Bolt. And Scheffert checks out the film almost every opportunity he has. “If I have a day where I felt uncomfortable or something was off I can just go to the film, and I can pull up every single pitch and see why I was feeling weird — what I wasn’t doing or what I was doing,” Scheffert said. “So it helped me to recognize what I was doing wrong and to change it.” After the software improved Scheffert’s swing he went to work at recognizing pitches at the plate. A hitter needs to recognize what a small white ball will do as it crosses the plate based on how the laces spin, often at speeds between 80 and 90 mph. In baseball, where batters only have several seconds to react, they need a plan when they step into the batter’s box. A plan Bolt made sure was possible for Scheffert.
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IMPROVING HIS CHANCES Third baseman Josh Scheffert has used a film system to help him better his statistics this season.
Year 2012 2011 2010
Starts 24 41 32
Batting Avg. .379 .220 .301
Slugging % .670 .340 .469
On-Base % .413 .286 .409
RBI 31 18 30 SOURCE: HUSKERS.COM
Gymnast returns after injury Road woes continue for NU pitchers softball
Lanny Holstein Daily Nebraskan
The Nebraska softball team’s road woes continue. The team is in the midst of an eight-game road trip, and it dropped to 15-16 on the road after going 1-2 against Iowa last weekend. Playing so many games away from home is never ideal, but for Nebraska it has been an even bigger challenge. At home, Nebraska is a perfect 11-0, including sweeps of conference foes Northwestern and Illinois and two wins over in-state rivals Creighton and UNO. The team has seen its pitching succeed in stifling opposing hitters to the tune of a 1.07 ERA and 1.5 runs allowed per game when they
play at Bowlin Stadium. The offense continues to generate runs, as well, averaging 6.5 a game at home. The road statistics tell a different story. The most noticeable difference in the team on the road has been the pitching. A road ERA of 4.36 and an average of 5.3 runs given up per game glares on the stat sheet. “I don’t really know what to tell you,” sophomore catcher Taylor Edwards said. “It’s just different places. I don’t know why we struggle on the road. We need to change it.” Changing it quickly would be beneficial for the team as six of its final 10 games are on
softball: see page 8
It’s been a while since the Nebraska women’s gymnastics team has competed in a meet, especially for sophomore Jamie Schleppenbach. The last time the Lincoln native performed for her team was March 24 when she assisted them in winning their first Big Ten Championship, nearly a month ago. Shortly after becoming conference champions, Schleppenbach suffered a minor elbow injury. The minor setback left NU coach Dan Kendig with the tough decision to rest his gymnast for the NCAA Regionals. “We didn’t have to but I wanted to make sure she got some rest before our biggest meet of the season,” he said. The decision to rest Schleppenbach paid dividends, Kendig said, as the No. 6 Huskers finished in second place (196.525)
behind regional host Utah (196.825). Although she didn’t get to compete, Schleppenbach said she enjoyed watching her teammates perform from the sidelines. “It was different but it was actually pretty fun to sit back and watch,” she said. “I just had to take on a different role for the team and trust that they’d get it done.” It wasn’t a first-place finish like the team hoped for, but the NU gymnasts did get the job done and advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championships. The meet will mark the third consecutive season Nebraska has made the trip to the big stage. Although Schleppenbach enjoyed the different perspective, she added that watching her teammates made her more driven for the team’s last meet of the season this weekend. “I love competing and being out on the competition floor,” Schleppenbach said. “When I sat
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After returning from an elbow injury, Jamie Schleppenbach will try to help NU win at the NCAA Championships. out during regionals it just added more fuel to my fire. It made me want to compete even more.” Since her injury, Schleppenbach has looked stellar, according to Kendig. The Huskers have been hard at work since their regional meet April 7 and the coach said that the rest and treatment Schleppenbach received has gotten has paid off. “Jamie’s been doing
better each and every day,” Kendig said. “She looks hungrier and she’s been able to take advantage of this extra week. I think resting her was the best thing we could have done. In her last meet, Schleppenbach helped the Huskers capture their first conference title when she
women’s gym: see page 9