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Bedbugs bring heat to campus Frannie Sprouls Daily Nebraskan

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln faced a new challenge during the 2012 spring semester: bedbugs. The first bedbugs were reported Jan. 9 in Abel Hall, and the situation was brought to the attention of the campus by a Jan. 13 Daily Nebraskan article. For the next three months, the news of bedbugs spread across campus, bringing negative as well as positive effects to everyone involved. The issue accelerated

when a former resident assistant came forward to the Daily Nebraskan saying University Housing told her not to inform her floor residents she had bedbugs in her room. Amanda Wekesser, a senior meteorology major and former RA at Selleck Quadrangle, took a risk speaking out and having her story published in the DN on Jan. 31. Housing held a press gathering Feb. 1 to address the issue of bedbugs on campus, and by the next week informative meetings were being held in different residence hall complexes.

A total of eight dogs searched all 3,256 rooms on City and East campuses and 197 rooms were heat treated for bedbugs. The sweep ended March 8, the same day Wekesser had her final meeting with Housing. Housing made the decision to transfer Wekesser to Schramm Hall to work on special projects. But after having to switch rooms to have her room heat treated, meeting with Housing officials to investigate the situation and getting transferred to Schramm Hall, Wekesser


decided to resign. “For all these accusations to come to me when I had been fearful during this entire process and had asked for a fair meeting with someone other than Housing, it just didn’t seem right,” Wekesser said in a March 12 interview. “I just

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The Lewis-Syford House, the oldest building on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s City Campus, is between the Alpha Chi Omega sorority house and an extension of the Newman Center on 16th Street. Developers plan to convert the building into a school for children with autism.

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ASUN promotes student leave plan Elias Youngquist Daily nebraskan

The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska has a lot to do next year. Events and legislation such as the graduate student travel fund, the student bereavement policy, a rescheduled TEDxUNL event and the inclusion of Zip Cars remain left over from the previous administration. “At the end of the time for us, we were very pleased for what we’ve done but there are a lot of things that are hanging for the next group to pick up,” said Lane Carr, former ASUN president and a senior history and political science major. Both Carr and ASUN president Eric Kamler, a junior agricultural economics

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major, have voiced their frustration with the recent inaction from the Board of Regents on the student bereavement policy. According to Carr, after working on the policy since September, it was tabled Tuesday after 15 minutes of discussion and will be considered at a different date. “If you’ve lost a family member or a close relative and you had to be gone for the funeral, there isn’t a set policy university-wide and we’re one of the few Big Ten universities that doesn’t have that,” Kamler said. “It’s just been kind of stuck in Faculty Senate as they’ve tabled it twice now. The reason being, two of the professors feel that it would be difficult to do across campus, but honestly their reasons

weren’t good enough for me.” Carr said that he considered a bereavement policy for students to be a “fundamental right,” in the same way that staff and faculty receive sick days and grief days. The loss of a loved one can lead to added stress and lower grades. “This just means that students will go unprotected for longer,” Carr said. Despite the capstone of disappointment for the end of the year, both Carr and Kamler remain optimistic about what the future holds. “I think it’s really bright and I’m excited to see what the new team we have in there is going to do,” Carr said. According to Carr, one of the best accomplishments

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of last year’s ASUN was improved collaboration with graduate students. A regular committee was created for graduate students within ASUN and a proposal for a graduate studenttravel fund was submitted. However the bill has yet to make it through the Office of Graduate Studies because of a restructuring of personnel. The Big Event, Carr said, is also a major accomplishment this year. The event had its largest turnout in history. In hoping to keep

Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln regularly pass by the seemingly outof-place house nestled in among a church and several fraternity and sorority houses on 16th and Vine streets. That house, the Lewis-Syford House, which is the oldest remaining building on UNL’s campus, will soon be converted into a center for children with autism and other developmental delays. “It’s kind of my dream child,” Chrissy McNair said about the house. McNair is the project coordinator and eventual executive director

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of the center. “I have been thinking about it for two and a half years. I’ve been doing a lot of research and laying the groundwork.” The center will be called The FEAT Academy, which stands for Families for Effective Autism Treatment. It is set to open next fall and will accept 10 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade for the first year. McNair said she hopes the center will be able to expand its services in future years to preschool and high school-age kids as well.

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Contentious bills, vetoes characterize session Jacy marmaduke Daily nebraskan

Several key topics characterized this year’s unicameral legislative session, which ended in four contentious vetoes. Taxes, child welfare, prenatal care and human trafficking were among the hot button issues. Two proposed amendments that would extend term limits for senators and increase their pay await public approval on the November ballot. The next legislative session will bring significant turnover in the body and a new state budget. Child welfare dominated much of the floor debate this year as the legislature took leaps to solve issues created by the privatization of the system. Senators voted to overhaul the system by streamlining and even doing away with certain state agencies and ending agreements with private foster care contractors. Hearings for the relevant bills were overloaded with testimony from concerned advocates as well as former and current foster parents who argued that the system

was inefficient and did not provide adequate care for the affected children. Sen. Amanda McGill of Lincoln led the fight against human trafficking, or the international trade of forced laborers in the agriculture, construction and prostitution industries, with two bills, one of which passed. The bill will create a task force to fight human trafficking as well as provide special training to law enforcement. After much debate, the legislature passed two resolutions for constitutional amendments that will be up to voters in November. One would increase senator pay from $12,000 to $22,500 a year, the first pay increase since 1988. The other resolution would increase the four-year senator term limit from two to three terms. Voters chose to constrict term limits in 2000. On the session’s final day — April 18 — the legislature voted to override Gov. Dave Heineman’s vetoes on two bills: LB 599, a measure to restore prenatal care for low-income mothers who lost coverage two years


ago, and LB 357, which will give cities the opportunity to increase sales taxes by one half-cent by vote. LB 599 was an anti-abortion issue for many senators who argued for the rights of the unborn child despite the legal status of the mother. Heineman denounced it as an illegal immigration bill. The sales tax bill passed as an effort to fortify small communities in need of funding for public works projects, despite Heineman’s objections to potential tax increases. Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege said this year’s session, which included three veto overrides, was more contentious than usual. “I have a great deal of respect for (Heineman), but it just so happened in this session that there were three bills he vetoed that I voted to override,” Carlson said. Nevertheless, Carlson said the session was a success, particularly in its efforts to

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State Sen. Amanda McGill speaks at UNL’s Freedom March on April 19. McGill led the charge on two bills focused on human trafficking this session, one of which passed. balance the state budget. “I think the legislature really stepped up and made some decisions that had to be made,” he said. When the legislature convenes again next year, the

session will last 90 days instead of 60 to account for the hefty goal of forming a new state spending budget. Carlson predicted the body may have to make cuts to health and human services and education spending,

two significant components of the budget. “It’s going to be a tough budget,” Carlson said. “We’re going to have to say no to a lot of spending.” jacymarmaduke@

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Mathias Schubert used one word to describe this year’s University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Senate activity: collaborative. The associate professor of electrical engineering said the body’s Executive Committee worked closely with administration this year in the hiring process for deans and the development of a plan for increased enrollment and retention. “Shared governance is something you always talk about, but this is really there,” said Schubert, who served as president-elect of faculty senate this year and will serve as president next year. On Tuesday, faculty senate voted to table a student bereavement policy that the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln proposed. The policy would give students more leniency for making up missed class and assignments in times of grief. Schubert said ASUN did not amend the proposal in accordance with certain executive concerns about it being too “automatic” and thus giving students too many allowances. From a broader perspective, faculty senate has held a year-long overarching discussion regarding UNL’s integration into the Big Ten. Representatives from the senate attended national conferences organized for Big Ten faculty. “We’re talking about where UNL stands,” Schubert said. Athletic director Tom Osborne led one senate meeting this year with a speech encouraging faculty members to get involved with

TeamMates, a mentoring program started in Lincoln to assist at-risk youth. The executive committee will meet with TeamMates officials in the fall to assess whether faculty involvement has increased since the meeting. Schubert, who serves as a TeamMates mentor in his free time, said the program is of personal significance. “It could even show (kids) the door to the world beyond campus,” Schubert said. “It could open them to perspectives that don’t even exist to them.” In other business this year, the body’s various committees increased parking fees, provided input on a faculty conflict of interest policy developed by administration to meet federal funding rules and began a survey of non-tenure track faculty to address unidentified concerns. Faculty Senate coordinator Karen Griffin said the executive committee may address the survey results in the fall. Another goal for next year, Schubert said, is to regain the prestige that was once associated with faculty senate membership. Schubert said the body had to wait 10 minutes to reach the required quorum to begin Tuesday’s meeting. “(By the end), not even half the senators were at the senate meeting — that’s embarrassing,” Schubert said. Schubert said the executive committee will focus on faculty outreach next year to encourage involvement in the body. “Complaining is easy, but actually doing something about your complaints — this is how you should do it,” he said. jacymarmaduke@

The Committee for Fees Allocation had hoped to avoid a student fee increase for the 2012-2013 year, a goal that fell flat because of the needs of Parking and Transit’s aging bus fleet. Parking and Transit Services was the only fee user that asked CFA for an increase in student fees. The increase of student fees was debated at length during the CFA meetings before the request was eventually granted. The approved request will raise student fees by $5.90 per semester. Nolan Johnson, junior management major and CFA chair, said the committee had hoped to repeat last year’s zero dollar increase but had to increase student fees for the good of the university. “Initially it was a disappointment, but not now because I can see where the benefit is going to be,” Johnson said. With the rising cost of tuition, Houston Perrett, sophomore mathematics and actuarial science major and CFA member, said CFA members looked at the cost

versus benefits for students when deciding whether to allocate the fee users’ requests. “Both weigh evenly,” Perrett said. “Look at cost to benefit, we look at how much students get per benefit.” Many groups helped make CFA’s job a little easier this year by not asking for increases. Campus Recreation, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the DailyER Nebraskan and the Daily Nebraskan all requested the same amount in student fees as the past year. Other fee users, like the Association of Students at the University of Nebraska and the University Health Center asked for a decrease in student funds. The trend of low student fees is one Johnson is afraid will end next year. “They hinted at it during the meetings,” Johnson said. “Fee users have not asked for an increase, but I think their time might be next year. It could be a drastic increase.” Perrett thinks Parking and Transit will be another issue next year that will require



lengthy discussion. The time CFA dedicated to Parking and Transit Services this year has inspired Perrett to join the UNL Parking Advisory Committee. “I think I might be the only person on campus who actually wants to talk about parking,” Perrett said. Neither Johnson nor Perrett will be a CFA member next year, but both leave believe the committee offers students a unique chance to be involved in university decisions. “CFA is great for students because it gives them the ability to voice their opinions on things they legitimately pay for,” Perrett said. Johnson joined CFA during his freshman year and served as a chair his sophomore and junior year. He has seen CFA grow during his three years on the committee and now believes they better serve the student body.

Initially it was a disappointment, but not now because I can see where the benefit is going to be.” nolan johnson junior management major

“During the past three years, CFA was much more proactive at looking at the budgets, debt and what fee users could cut back on,” he said. Johnson and Perrett hope students on next year’s CFA committee carefully examine the issues to make informed decisions. “Be sure to understand issues as best you can,” Perrett said. “Some of the issues at UNL are complex. It would be a disservice to students to make decisions without fully understanding the issues.” Next year’s CFA committee will begin work next fall when it hears presentations from each fee user to become familiar with each organization. It will hear the budget requests next spring.

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university: from 1 hope that I set a good example for my residents.” Initially, Wekesser was afraid of speaking out on the issue in fear of losing her job. Transferring her to another residence hall where she wouldn’t be in charge of an entire floor but a part of special projects was a way of keeping her from looking as if she was fired, Wekesser said on March 12. Housing Director Sue Gildersleeve was unable to speak on Wekesser’s situation, stating it was a personnel issue. Gildersleeve corresponded through email, meeting with the Daily Nebraskan for an

in-person interview twice to speak about bedbugs on campus. For its own investigation purposes, the Daily Nebraskan submitted two open records requests. The first was submitted Jan. 30 and the second submitted Feb. 26. The Daily Nebraskan requested emails between Housing officials as well as invoices regarding the extermination efforts Housing made. University Records provided the Daily Nebraskan with invoices March 19. But the Daily Nebraskan has not received emails yet. The Daily Nebraskan had to narrow the search terms

and email users, which was submitted March 29 to William Lynch, director of University Records Management. The original cost estimate for the emails totaled $29,640 and the time estimate for gathering the email would take approximately 56 working days. The narrowed request totaled $325 and would take five hours to complete. Despite roadblocks, good things came out of the situation, Gildersleeve said. University Housing updated its policy on dealing with bedbugs, creating a step-by-step process for the detection and treatment of bedbugs. A website was

established as well, providing education on bedbugs, how to prevent bedbugs, detecting bedbugs and a PDF file of the daily updates from January to March. Gildersleeve, in an April 4 email, said Housing is prepared if bedbugs were to come to campus again. A bedbug sweep will take place once students move out for the summer and before students return in August. “Vigilance on the part of all students — both on and off-campus — will be important to help avoid this kind of situation in the future,” Gildersleeve wrote. franniesprouls@

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dn semester flashbacks Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline proposal January 19, 2012 The nearly four-year battle over the Keystone XL oil pipeline’s approval is done, though the project could still find new life in a separate proposal. In a statement Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama announced he was rejecting the project’s permit following the advice of the U.S. State Department. The decision leaves open the possibility of a similar project or another proposal altogether.

Sadler fired as men’s basketball coach March 12, 2012 In Thursday night’s 79-61 loss to Purdue, Nebraska men’s basketball team sported throwback jerseys from the 1949-1950 season. But the old jerseys and old-school basketball preached by NU coach Doc Sadler weren’t enough to save the season — or Sadler’s job. Miles named new men’s hoops coach March 26, 2012 Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced the hiring of Tim Miles as the men’s basketball coach in a press conference Saturday, replacing Doc Sadler, who was fired on March 9. Miles, who coached Colorado State to an NCAA Tournament bid this season, joins NU at a time when change is widespread within the basketball program. Nebraska Red-White Spring Game canceled as severe weather sweeps through Lincoln Saturday

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April 16, 2012 Severe thunderstorms and a tornado watch led Nebraska football little choice but to cancel its annual spring game Saturday. At 1 p.m., the scheduled start time, fans filed into the stadium ready for the spring game after taking cover in the concourses of Memorial Stadium. At about 1:05 a PA announcement stated that the spring game was canceled. — Compiled by Mitch Mattern

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Impact Party clinches ASUN victory against Party Party candidates March 8, 2012 His phone rings and the room falls silent, each bright orange and blue shirt-toting person focuses intently on Eric Kamler, a junior agricultural business major and Impact’s presidential candidate, as he listens to the voice on the other end of the phone. “You guys, we got it,” Kamler exclaimed.


RA: Housing asked me to lie about bedbugs January 31, 2012 Since the afternoon of Jan. 23, Amanda Wekesser has not been able to sleep in her own bed, have access to all of her clothes or complete her homework. Wekesser is a Selleck Quadrangle resident assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln whose room was infested with live bedbugs. And she said she wasn’t allowed to tell her residents.

Josh Lundquist, a sophomore biological sciences major, plays with Spots, a 3-month-old pitbull, in the Neihardt Residence Center courtyard Thursday afternoon. Spots and another pitbull puppy, Radar, were brought to the residence hall from the Capital Humane Society by several resident assistants to help residents combat dead week stress. Dozens of happy students met the pair with a chorus of “aww” and “Can we keep him?” Official therapy dogs are coming to the hall Monday as well. Spots splays out on the ground as students pet him. Meant as a de-stressor, the dogs apparently worked. “This is much better than physics,” said Samantha Burtwistle, a freshman physics and English major.

historic: from 1 “I chose to start up this center because I believe it’s so desperately needed in Lincoln,” McNair said. “We focus on developing skills our students will need to be successful throughout their lives, and we are all about helping our students and families to have the highest quality of life.” The FEAT Academy will feature one-on-one therapy rooms, small and large group activity rooms and a kitchen, McNair said. She said students will participate in activities like art, drama and music as well as have some academic instruction and training in social skills. Although the academy will be separate from UNL, McNair said she is open to partnering with the university in the future.

“I hope in the future we will have a formal relationship with UNL,” McNair said. “Either for research or student opportunities as part of their education.” McNair said there will definitely be volunteer opportunities available for UNL students as well. The Lewis-Syford House was built in 1878 by Elisha M. Lewis, an early Nebraskan pastor and missionary. The Syford family owned the property from 1904 until 1965, when it was willed to the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. McNair said she chose the house for the center because of its convenient placement. “The Lewis-Syford House

was chosen mainly because of the setting and location,” she said. “It’s close enough to the interstate so it’s easily accessible by families from other areas.” She added that there will be a lot of renovations done to the house, but all historic elements will be kept in place and there won’t be any changes to the facade of the house or to the interior structure. Others who are interested in the center say it is a project with great potential. “I think this center will provide new programming options that aren’t prevalently used in public schools,” said Sue Kemp, an associate professor of special education and communication disorders at UNL. “(It) may spur additional conversations to open future centers and reach more children with autism.” Kemp added that students who want to be

special education teachers could also benefit from having the center on campus. “I can see links with conducting future research in the center, opportunities for obtaining grants and a training ground for our students studying to be special education teachers,” Kemp said. She said she has been interested in special education since middle school when she had the opportunity to work in a school for kids with disabilities. McNair, whose son has autism, said the academy is organized as a nonprofit. She said she hopes to raise $1.5 million for construction costs and scholarships. “My main concern is raising enough money in scholarships so that families who cannot afford to pay (for private school) can send their children without the huge burden of the cost,” McNair said. cristinawoodworth@

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the momentum, Kaitlin Mazour, internal vice president and junior English and history major, has already begun working on next year’s Big Event. Already, this year’s ASUN has begun to check things off its whiteboard list of things to do. After three years of work, Zip Cars, a car rental program, will be coming to UNL. Plans for that program are now being finalized. “That took too long in my opinion, but I’m glad that is coming to fruition,” Kamler said. ASUN is also adding an additional lawyer to the Student Legal Services, a service that will add $2 to

student fees, but in Kamler’s opinion, benefits students. “For just two lawyers (currently) they represent about 2,000 students,” Kamler said. “Students not only use it for misdemeanors but also for legal advice and landlord agreements and disputes.” About 68 appointments have been made within the last week by Kamler and Eddie Hanline, a junior business administration major and appointments chair of ASUN. “We’re going to try to get a majority of them,” Kamler said. “The boat’s all filled up for the most part.” eliasyoungquist@

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never thought I’d be anywhere near a newsroom. In August 2008, I came to Nebraska a 17-yearold freshman from Wisconsin. My major? Music education. My dream? Conducting a choir for the rest of my life. Oh, sure, there were other thoughts. My AP Biology teacher thought I should be a biologist. My English teacher thought I should teach English. My social studies teachers said, “politician.” I chose music education in part because I wouldn’t have to take a language. Two years of Spanish, I reasoned, were enough. It’s not like I’d ever use a language other than English in my work. Certainly not in the Middle East. Sure, I joined Young Democrats as soon as I got to college. I volunteered for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign before I could even vote. But I never thought I’d be a political science major. What do you do with that degree, anyway? How wrong I was. This fall, I’m going to London, pursuing graduate degrees in Middle East politics and Islamic studies. I have obligations to pay back to the federal government in the form of working for The Man. The

good thing is, I want to work for the government. My dream isn’t conducting a choir anymore. My dream is a lifetime in public service. How journalism fits in is another story. I came to the Daily Nebraskan in October 2009. My friend Heidi Garvin, dealing with a busy schedule, asked me to take half of her slated opinion columns. My first? I don’t even remember it. I think it was something about health insurance reform. That year, I wrote columns about domestic politics, from health insurance reform’s eventual passage to climate change to the arcane workings of the United States Senate. The columns ran weekly, and earned me some really negative online comments. A word to anyone wanting to write, particularly at this paper: Don’t read the comments, even if you think you have a very thick skin. After a while, you do develop a tolerance for the baby-eating accusations, but at first, the experience is jarring. Then, I left for a summer and semester to study in Amman, Jordan, from where I wrote columns primarily about Islam and the Middle East. I wrote about fasting in Ramadan, about the Arab-Israeli

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UNL officials shouldn’t waste time reviewing flag incident

In response to a DN article published Tuesday, April 24, titled “Delta Tau Delta undergoes university investigation after parade involving Confederate flag”: Why is it that UNL, as well as the national office of Delta Tau

conflict (in a four-part series) and about studying abroad in general. When I came back, I only rarely wrote about zach domestic politics. The topics in those columns no longer fired me up like they used to. Climate change was important, but I wasn’t going to write about it. Health insurance reform was necessary and defensible (and constitutional) but I no longer found passion in explaining Obamacare. I found new issues to write about: the Middle East, interfaith dialogue, personal reflections on life. And, more importantly, I applied to be this year’s opinion editor. In my first two years at the DN, I’d worked with four outstanding editors. With Jake Meador, the opinion editor my sophomore year, I found challenges to my points and far-ranging discussions of domestic and foreign policy. With Monica Sanford, the assistant opinion editor, I found more challenges, but from the left, not the right. In Nick Pelster, the opinion

editor my junior year, I encountered a staunchly conservative ex-Marine who knew more about the Middle East than I did. smith His stories of fighting in the battle of Fallujah informed my writing in a way no run-of-themill editor could. And in Lacey Mason, the assistant opinion editor, I found a true friend, who worked with my writing and my style, despite unfamiliarity with the content. And I’m tremendously grateful to Lacey for not kicking me out of her apartment when I lived in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2011. Her story on student debt running in this year’s endowment issue of the DN is a true profile of perseverance through the toughest of times. Before taking up my job as opinion editor, I interned at Al-Jazeera Arabic, another journalism job. Perhaps at the beginning of my time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I could have envisioned writing for the DN. I certainly would never have imagined

spending time in Al-Jazeera’s newsroom. I thank journalism for that. As opinion editor, I’ve worked with some outstanding columnists. I’ve had to hire people, and contra Mitt Romney, I don’t like firing people, even though I had to. My assistant opinion editor, Rhiannon Root, is a true asset to the DN and has done more to my writing this year than any of my other editors. The DN is lucky to have her for another year. This year’s opinion section has tried new things. We’ve started a weekly pointcounterpoint page, running Fridays, in order to make the section more thematic. Twice this year we’ve asked our columnists to weigh in on a broad question, like, “How did you come to your religious beliefs?” We’ve incorporated art into the opinion section like never before and we’ve eliminated the irritating “quotes of the week.” I do have regrets. The opinion section this year needed more conservative voices. Our staff conservatives — Ben Kantack, Justin Green and Zach Nold — have done an admirable job. But it gets tiresome emailing the same three people for

a take on the GOP primary week after week. We also could use more voices from East Campus, though Melissa Keyes has been an outstanding advocate for agriculture. We never seem to have a shortage of liberals or people who just hate writing about politics. But we need more of the right — and as the president of Young Democrats, it pains me to say that. College students really can offer well-thought-out conservative opinions. As an editor, I have been as moderate as I can be. I’m wholly desensitized to seeing conservative writing, unless someone writes “Barack Obama isn’t an American citizen,” in which case I take out my red pen and scribble holes in the paper, or throw things at my computer. I barely blink an eye at liberal points of view. I read with enthusiasm views on subjects in which I’ve rarely been interested, like agriculture. Keep reading the DN, or at least the opinion section. Who needs news, anyway?

Delta, feels the need to investigate this trivial incident? Regardless of the irony and stupidity of simultaneously singing “The Star Spangled Banner” while flying a Confederate flag, does this truly merit an investigation that will cost UNL time and money? Did the fraternity’s actions break any laws or violate any rules as set in the Code of Conduct? If so, then yes, an investigation is valid. However, it seems as though the members of the fraternity did nothing of the sort. UNL, as a public institution, is expected to uphold freedom

of expression as prescribed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In this case, the opinion of the fraternity members wasn’t with expressing support for the cause of the Confederacy, rather, as described by the DN’s article, they were attempting to publicize their annual event that raises proceeds in support of the active service men and women and their families. As was written in the DN article, U.S. law considers veterans of the Confederacy veterans of the U.S. Military. With this in mind, it is safe to assume that if Con-

federate veterans are also veteran members of the U.S. Military, and the reason of flying the flag was to raise awareness for an event supporting the U.S. Military, then the Confederate flag was flown in support of the US military. It is understandable, however, that Rebecca Carr, who witnessed and first reported the event, felt uneasy seeing a group of all white men carrying a flag that is regularly associated with slavery and racism, yet the actual symbolism of the flag means nothing of the sort. Overall, this isn’t about whether or not it was conscious of the men

to fly the flag, but about whether or not the men were within their rights as prescribed by the university and the Constitution. I write in support of the men in Delta Tau Delta fraternity. They broke no laws and violated no code of conduct, yet the university reserves the right to investigate this matter of free speech. I hope that the university disregards this investigation and focuses on issues more pertinent to the welfare of the entire student body.

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Desire for better living standards and the high value placed on education, hard work drive China’s economy


hina is rising. It’s described as a peaceful rise by Chinese officials. You may be used to the talks about how China’s development threatens America, or theories about how China will fall in the next 20 years. In my point of view, the development of China is more of a necessity than an ambition. If you’ve been interested in China’s development throughout the past three decades, you might have noticed China’s economy kept on average a 9 percent annual growth rate. Today, it’s very popular among people to call China the number two economy in the world. But if you look at when China became the 10th largest economy in the world, it’s not easy to find any information. The closest I can find was in 2005 when China became the sixth-largest economy in the world. Five years later, China became the second-largest economy. A lot of people like to compare China with Japan, be-

cause they seem so similar. They both have a language very different from English. They’re both located in Asia. They each experienced fastpaced economic growth. As a result, some people would bet China will fall the same way Japan did 20 years ago. However, in reality, China is very different from Japan. There are 100 million people living in Japan, while 1.3 billion people live in China. In 2011, the Chinese nominal gross domestic product (GDP) was about 6.9 trillion U.S. dollars. It’s larger than Japan’s nominal GDP, which is about 5.8 trillion U.S. dollars. If China isn’t that different from Japan, if Chinese workers were able to have half the productivity of Japanese workers, then China’s GDP should be around 29 trillion U.S. dollars. Some people would like to describe this as a threat from China. In 2011, the size of the U.S. GDP was about 15.06 trillion U.S. dollars. If Chinese workers’ productivity could be half as much as Japanese or American workers’ in the next 30 years, then it wouldn’t be too difficult for China to have a larger GDP than America. However, the point of economic development is not about having the

abe xu largest GDP in the world. It’s about people living better lives. For a long time, China has been criticized for human rights issues. Obviously, the American manufacturing workers don’t like having their Chinese counterparts earn less than $2 an hour. They understand this isn’t fair to the Chinese workers, and not fair to the American manufacturing industry. Compared with U.S. employees, workers in China work longer hours while making less money. This

Some people may argue that there are some types of Chinese social security under construction, but for decades, if you wanted to keep a decent lifestyle after your retirement in China, you had to save for it. Not too long ago, there was no such thing as unemployment benefits. If you lost your job, please, find another one. You won’t get a paycheck from anyone because you’re unemployed. Not too long ago, Chinese students had to pay to go to public school and get compulsory education. As ridiculous as you may think this is, most Chinese parents are more than willing to pay to put their kids in

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China’s fast economic growth will have long-term population, health care, energy consequences


hina is one of the fastest and most consistently growing economies of the late 20th century. Coupled with its massive population consisting of nearly 1.4 billion people (19 percent of the globe), its rise has been tracked diligently by the media. Drumming up the scare of Chinese power is a simple task when looking at the surface of the numbers. Chinese trade accounts for 12.2 percent of all United States trade, with an estimated trade gap of $316.7 billion dollars as of 2009. China has increased military spending 170 percent since 2002 and has 2.3 million troops, giving it the largest standing army worldwide (by comparison, the U.S. has about 1.4 million).

kerry jarvi 1998 and has been refurbished for training purposes. Their first carriers (independently developed) are scheduled to launch sometime between 2015 and 2020. To compare, the United States currently has 11 active aircraft carriers, one under construction (completion in 2015) and two more planned to be completed by 2020. The source of China’s economic success is undoubtedly its massive labor force. This, unfortunately, is also the source of the greatest problems it will face in the coming years. The infamous “one child policy” adopted by

China in 1979 capped its population growth, which has been increasing at a rate of 0.61 percent since 2000. The

clearly isn’t the Chinese people’s choice. The intention is not to work hard with lower wages to force their counterparts in other countries out of work. Most Americans believe if you’re willing to work hard and take more risks, then in the long term you will be better off. This belief powered America’s economic growth for 200 years, and today it’s powering China’s growth. And the low-wage labor in China isn’t manipulated by any authority: It’s determined by the market. There are 1.3 billion people in China. In 2011, 6.6 million Chinese students graduated from universities. There is a huge labor supply. To keep enough demand for labor, a 7.5 percent to 8 percent economic growth rate is a minimum growth target for the government. There aren’t many choices for Chinese workers. There’s no such thing as social security in China.

school. The story is simple. If you don’t have a good education or don’t work hard enough, there aren’t many options for you. In China, there are too many people with too few resources. The minimum wage is theoretically set by the government, while technically replaced by the market mechanism. In China, minimum wage or social welfare won’t maintain a decent lifestyle for anyone, but hard work combined with more education will. When education and hard work get together, you’ll see economic growth. It’s not intended to threaten other countries or workers. It’s just the desire to pursue a full measure of happiness.

Jiajun (Abe) Xu is a junior finance and economics major. Reach him at jiajunxu@

These numbers, however, are not as foretelling as they seem. While China is clearly a rising power at present, there’s reason to believe it isn’t as powerful as it’s made out to be, particularly in the coming years. First, let’s debunk some of the numbers that appear so impressive. Chinese military spending has increased, but for good reason. China is in the beginning stages of its military modernization program, which includes increasing its military spending to an estimated $143 billion (2 percent of its gross domestic product). That’s not even close to the $711 billion spent by the U.S. last year (4 percent of our GDP,) according to the World Bank. One of the major accomplishments by the Chinese navy is the launch of its first aircraft carrier last year. While many take this as something to fear, the news should be taken with a massive grain of salt. This aircraft carrier was purchased from the Ukraine in

Brookings Institution finds that primary school enrollment has declined from 25.3 million in 1995 to 16.7 million in 2008. The impact of this decline will have a massive impact both economically and culturally. Families prefer having a son instead of a daughter in order to carry on the family name. Since the policy’s implementation in 1979, this has meant that the number of men has grown disproportionately for several decades. In 2009, young men outnumbered women by 32 million, and a birth rate of 119 males per 100 females still exists today. The cost of labor has consistently risen with the age of the population, due to the lower number of available workers. According to the New York Times, “China’s population has been steadily aging, and by 2020 the nation will have more than 200 million people over age 60.” One of the most deepseeded aspects of Chinese culture is for children to care for their parents and grandparents once they have retired. In light of the one child policy, this means that for every child there

are two parents and four grandparents. This is known as the 4-2-1 problem, and is one of the largest problems to face China in the coming years. According to a Harvard study, 23.1 percent of the elderly (60+) in China rely on their pensions, while 35.7 percent rely on their families. Another 36.7 percent are their own labor income. As far as health is concerned, China is facing a much larger problem than the United States. The distribution of wealth for insurance is largely based on individual employers located in cities. These, unfortunately, are only located locally and there is limited national distribution of health care. Massive outpatient programs leave individuals with the majority of the burden of paying for health care, and the level of uninsured is projected to be more than 300 million. At the systemic level, hospitals themselves are a problem. Organized in a pyramid structure, there are many more small hospitals than large ones. The attendance, however, is disproportionately high at the largest hospitals. These are the preference of both the populace as well as the doctors, due to the facilities they provide and their urban location. Environmentally, China is a disaster. The use of coal as a primary energy source (about 80 percent of their electricity) in inefficient factories leads to widespread bouts of acid rain. Coupled with expanding car usage, Chinese cities have some of the lowest quality air on the planet. The New York Times cited a World Bank study, finding “only 1 percent of China’s urban population of 560 million now breathes air considered safe by the European Union.” With such a large population (and nearly half located in urban areas) the energy demand of China is yet another mounting problem. China does provide the majority of its coal domestically, which is a source of security. However, more than half of China’s oil is imported, with a quarter of its total oil coming from the Middle East. If the increased prices haven’t impacted their economic growth in the short term, they certainly will over time. China is forced to import this recourse because its natural reserves are extremely low (less than 1.1 percent of the global reserves). China’s rise has come quickly during the last 50 years, but not without cost. The short term boosts of industry and the population boom of the 1960s had longterm implications. Chinese workers, the greatest asset of a rising empire, are becoming a liability. Before China can consider expansion in areas other than trade it will have serious domestic problems to address. Make no mistake — China is in no way without an Achilles’ heel.

Kerry Jarvi is a sophomore political science major. Reach him at kerryjarvi@



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Daily Nebraskan music writers pick their top 5 albums of the academic year, look forward to anticipated releases

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Joe Wade 1. “My Head Is An Animal” — Of Monsters and Men The debut album by Iceland’s Of Monsters And Men, released April 3, is one of the favorite albums of the year. Song after anthemic song is full of indie-pop goodness and will have you listening to this album for quite some time.

2. “A Sucker For Pumps” — TiRon & Ayomari This duo broke out of Chicago a few years ago. They are one of the few

2. “Boys & Girls” — Alabama Shakes Alabama Shakes has been getting a lot of hype lately and it is definitely deserved. The band’s debut album strips the blues to its bare bones and infuses it with a heavy

1. “Undun” — The Roots “Undun” is an instant classic. The concept album chronicles the life and death of Redford Stevens in reverse order, with the death of the protagonist occurring in the opening track, “Dun.” From there, the album takes you on a journey that’s as inexorably focused and mind-boggling as a Christopher Nolan flick. Questlove’s production is beautifully put together with neosoul and blues influences, while Black Thought’s lyrics are thematically riddled with the introverted thought processes of Redford Stevens. In a hip-hop

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1. “Undun” — The Roots The hip-hop collective’s 11th album is their best and their most ambitious. The conceptual album tells the tragic narrative of Redford Stevens, who lives and dies by the streets of Philadelphia in the 1990s. In reverse. The Roots are all excellent musicians, so the sound is always brilliant. What’s special about this album is that it plays as a film. Great from start to finish.

katie fennelly 1. “My Head Is An Animal” — Of Monsters and Men No surprise here. This folksy debut has had me swooning over the Iceland sextet for a while now. For fans of The Head And The Heart, this album can’t disappoint.

2. “Making Mirrors” — Gotye While technically released in 2011, this album has made its mark all over 2012. If the only song you’ve heard so far is “Somebody

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Sigma Chi may have been knocked down, but they intend to get up and keep fighting. Their charges of hazing and procuring alcohol for minors are no secret to University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. Since being charged in 2009, the fraternity submitted to university sanctions and received a widely negative response toward their actions. Since then, Sigma Chi has served their suspension and gained reinstatement last fall. With a tainted image that needs repairing, their upcoming philanthropy is a vital opportunity to change the fraternity’s public perception. After a three-year hiatus,

if you go Sigma Chi Fight Night when: Saturday, 6 p.m. where: Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall South how much: $20 general admission, $15 for UNL students, Free for Uniformed Active Duty Sigma Chi plans to kick off their traditional Fight Night this Saturday at the Pershing Center. In years passed, the amateur boxing fundraiser brought in up to $2,500 annually. Now, with greater

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After you sell your large stack of expensive books for pennies, write enough papers to fill an encyclopedia and finally finish what you believe to be the most stressful and longest school year to date, you will come to the realization you are finally free and summer is here! It wouldn’t be summer without the celebrations, the barbecues and, most importantly, the popcorn flicks. This summer’s movies are gearing up and audiences will be introduced to new franchises and say goodbye to some that we love. To follow is a list of some of the summer’s most anticipated movies which I, and many others, can’t wait to see. This summer’s season has a lot to offer, and while there are many films I wish I could discuss, I don’t have the space, so here are a few to wet your palate. 1. “Dark Shadows” — Premieres May 11 “Dark Shadows” is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz. The film is about an imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, who is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Burton is known for his dark and eerie flicks, but this movie looks to have spunk that exceeds any of his recent films. The abnormal world Burton paints is very prevalent. However, the movie is a comedy within a fantasy world, which Burton is sure to have fun with. I can’t wait to see what the trio of Burton, Depp and Bonham Carter have in store for audiences.

2.“Men in Black III” — Premieres May 25 The film is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson. The third installment of the MIB series has Agent J travel back in time to the 1960s when the MIB agency meets the world of Mad Men. Agent J has to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and must ensure the world is safe. It’s been years since we’ve seen Agents J and K destroy aliens and audiences are always wanting more. The dynamic duo of the hardcore Jones and the free-spirited Smith are always a joy to watch. 3. “The Amazing Spider-Man” — Premieres July 6 The comic book movie that started it all is getting a makeover. “The Amazing Spider-Man” is directed by Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans. The new franchise takes a look at Peter Parker’s past. Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young and his quest puts him in danger with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former

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partner. The new franchise looks like it has great potential with a new up-and-coming cast and director. The movie may please comic book fans as well as those less familiar with Spidey. I’m captivated by the extremely realistic CGI graphics because it’s sure to make the film worth your money. 4. “Ted” — Premieres July 13 The film is written, directed and stars Seth MacFarlane, as well as Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. “Ted” is a comedy that focuses on John and his teddy bear, which comes to life as the result of a childhood wish, but John’s walking and talking teddy bear might be too much to handle as a grown man. While MacFarlane has had much success on cable television, this will be his first movie on the silver screen. It’s the pop culture, sometimes raunchy and always witty humor that audiences look forward to in a summer flick. 5. “The Dark KnightRises” — Premieres July 20 Yes, one of the best comic

book i n t e rpretations and one of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster franchises will come to a close this summer with “The Dark Knight Rises.” The trilogy capstone is directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman, just to name a few. Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader named Bane overwhelms Gotham’s finest and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect the city that brands him an enemy. Audiences were captivated by “Batman Begins” and thought it couldn’t get any better. Oh. We. Were. Wrong. “The Dark Knight” exceeded any and all expectations and has had many yearning for more. It will be hard to say goodbye to the franchise and audiences are trying to ignore the inevitable end. laurenblunk@


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tom helberg 251. According to, that’s how many search results pop up for “Tom Helberg.” Not accounting for staff reports, that’s the number of reviews, previews, profiles and columns I’ve written in my three years at your campus newspaper. Before I step out of the safety of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus and out into the real world, I will use my final 800 words in print to reflect. I made a mistake going into college. I thought that it would be largely the same as high school. I came to UNL with a built-in, closeknit group of friends and a girlfriend. I had already

lived in a dorm for four years, so that was nothing new (yes, boarding schools still exist). My lack of preparation caused me some serious growing pains during my freshman year. Sure, some things were the same, but overall my life was much different. Some say college is the greatest time of your life. I haven’t found this to be true. Trudging through freshman year, nothing tragic happened, but nothing that great did either. I thought it couldn’t happen to me, but I felt lost in the shuffle. With the encouragement of a friend, I decided it was time to put myself out there. So a little more than three years ago, I submitted an unsolicited film review to the Daily Nebraskan. The arts editor invited me down to the office for a chat and I became a published writer. Not bad. There’s a special place in my heart for “Adventureland” by Greg Mottola, the basis for my first published

film review. All I wanted to do was write the film reviews, but that position was filled. So in the years that followed, I paid my dues. Writing plenty of stories on a wealth of subjects (mostly theater), I eagerly awaited the time when I would could be the resident film critic. That day finally came and it was awesome. The DN has been good for me in many ways, socially perhaps most of all. It helped me to break out of my shell. Talking to people I don’t know well used to be a huge problem for me. As a journalist, you have to get used to that pretty quickly. I am no longer afraid to make phone calls either. I’ve talked with a lot of cool people and written their stories, but my personal highlights are the film reviews. With each of those reviews and columns I’ve tried to encourage you to take film seriously. When I entered college, I considered film only as entertainment. As I leave, I consider it an art form.

dawes: from 7 rap groups that can make an album “for the ladies” without spewing meaningless glitter and gloss (looking at you Drake and Wale). In this digital age, full albums that are wellcrafted, as a whole, are rare. But this strictly digital release is one of the top hip-hop albums of the year. Excellent production. 3. “Watch The Throne” — Jay-Z and Kanye West This release was probably the highest profile hiphop album in history. Not because it was the most popular or the bestselling. It wasn’t. The colossal egos on this album makes WTT the album of the century, the millennium, of all time. Mocking aside, this is a great album made by the greats telling a new

narrative: How it feels to be black hip-hop gods. 4. “Rock Creek Park” — Oddisee This Washington DC producer’s album fuzes classic hip-hop sampling with live session musicians. This has been done before (obviously by The Roots), but it’s not done enough. The album is entirely instrumental except for the first track. On “Rock Creek Park,” sampling ends and music really begins. 5. “Camp” — Childish Gambino Childish Gambino may be seen as a green emcee and, yeah, he’s not the best lyrically and not the best producer. But there is no question he’s different. He calls his music “black rock” and it fits. It’s angsty for sure and it’s not your typical hip-hop album

2. “Blunderbuss” — Jack White In his first solo album since the breakup of the White Stripes, White displays elements from his previous works while solidifying his rebirth as a solo artist. “Blunderbuss” is an eclectic compilation of familiar guitar-driven songs paired with softer piano-driven tracks. It’s safe to say Jack White has successfully transitioned into an impressive solo artist. 3. “Watch the Throne” — Jay-Z and Kanye West “Watch the Throne” manages to take the over-abused angle of swagger rap and turns it into an unparalleled and dynamic soundscape. The dramatic orchestral production along with

either. He closes the album with a vignette about summer camp. Album To Look Forward To: G.O.O.D Music compilation album Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label (Getting Out Our Dreams) is said to be putting an album out later this spring, but likely midsummertime (Kanye West is a terrible perfectionist). There are labelmates you know: John Legend, Twista and Kid Cudi. There are living legends: Common, Mos Def, Pusha-T and Q-Tip. And there are new names: Big Sean, CyHi The Prince, Mr. Hudson, and Nigerian MC D’Banj. It should be much like the summer of 2010, with G.O.O.D. Fridays, when a new free song was released each week. kekelidawes@

the monumental prowess of two hip-hop hall of famers makes for a triumphantly diverse record. From the soulful styling of “Otis” to the self-assured “Niggas in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kanye have reminded everyone why they sit atop the hip-hop throne.

that dabbles with experimental jazz and Motown instrumentation. It tackles feelings of selfdoubt with harrowing emotion. The artsy single “Somebody That I Used To Know” is arguably the best song of 2011, no offense to all you rabid Adele fans.

4. “El Camino” — The Black Keys The latest installment from the Grammy-winning rock duo is a roaring record filled with multi-tracking vocals and upbeat choruses that create a rip-roaring listen from top to bottom. “Gold on The Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy” are undeniably catchy singles that set the tone for the entire record.

Album To Look Forward To: G.O.O.D Music compilation album The release date is yet to be determined, but the rumored collaborations are enough to preemptively call this one of the most anticipated albums of 2012. Consider some of the artists on Kanye’s G.O.O.D Music label: John Legend, Kid Cudi, Q-Tip, Twista, Big Sean, Mos Def and formerly Common. Not to mention production from Mannie Fresh and Kanye. Enough said.

5. “Making Mirrors” — Gotye The Australian singer-songwriter Gotye has put together an astounding power pop record

film remains unchanged — “Back to the Future.” Today I face a crossroads similar to the one I experienced when I entered college. As I move on from my undergraduate career to a professional career, this time I’m reflecting on what will change and what will stay the same. I’m already married, so I will have that stability wherever I go. I have some of the same friends, even if we hang out less than we once did. But the uncertainty about the future is huge. Where I will be a month from now, let alone five years from now, is anyone’s guess. All I want out of my career is that I get to watch movies for free. Is that so much to ask? Including today, you’ll find 253 examples of what I learned in college. If you’ve skimmed even one of those articles, thank you for reading. It’s been a pleasure. Tom Helberg is graduating with a film studies degree and can’t wait for 2015 when he gets his hoverboard. Reach him at tomhelberg@

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sampson: from 7 climate that’s prone to unoriginality, the Roots have separated themselves from the pack.

It seems most people my age don’t watch movies with subtitles or anything made before 1990. If that sums up your viewing habits, I implore you to go out of your comfort zone. You’ve only just scratched the surface. There are great works of art out there waiting to be discovered. I also ask that you take your education seriously and make the most of it. Even if college isn’t the greatest time of your life, it will be one of the most intellectually rewarding and enriching. Whether that happens or not is up to you. As trite as it may sound, film has helped me to care more about the world. Watching foreign films and classic films helps me see that life exists elsewhere besides the here and now. I am more engaged with the world. In college, I’ve learned about more than just film. I’ve learned to be more open-minded. I leave college with the same values and beliefs I started with, but with a much broader perspective. Also, my favorite


dose of raspy rock. This is rock ‘n’ soul at its finest. 3. “Blunderbuss” — Jack White It would have been sacrilegious to exclude the almighty Jack White from this list. Luckily, “Blunderbuss” has lived up to Jack White’s reputation. His solo debut isn’t a sequel to The White Stripes, but you can definitely hear remnants of his days with Meg, as well as with the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather. That’s not a bad thing. 4. Reign of Terror” — Sleigh Bells This album only confirms the Brooklyn-based duo’s pop music prowess. “Reign of Terror” is laden with catchy vocal hooks and guitar-driven distortion that can’t be beat. 5. “Go Fly a Kite” — Ben Kweller BK’s back with a brand new

invention, kind of. Kweller has steered clear of the altcountry feel of his previous release and gone back to what he does best, power chords and catchy lyrics. (Confused? Kweller covered “Ice Ice Baby” a while back. Shame on you for not knowing that.) Album To Look Forward To: “Generals” — The Mynabirds The sophomore effort by the Omaha-based group looks like it’s going to pack a punch when it drops June 5. But let’s be real. Deciding on just one album was rough. For me it was a tossup between “Generals” and The Tallest Man on Earth’s “There’s No Leaving Now,” but ultimately I decided to spare you all another gushing review of a folk artist. Both will be worth your time. katiefennelly@

wade: from 7 That I Used To Know,” do yourself a favor and sample the rest of the record. 3. “Born To Die” — Lana Del Rey Despite her Saturday Night Live performance, Lana Del Rey is one of those artists with all the right ingredients. Her album, released Jan. 31, and its single “Video Games” are not easy to ignore. Neither is she. Although this album may not be groundbreaking, there are many more songs on YouTube by Lana to enjoy. 4. “Old Ideas” — Leonard Cohen At age 77, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen released his 12th studio album on Jan. 31. He is widely known for his song “Hallelujah,” which has been covered by many

other musicians. The quality of his voice may be starting to meander into Tom Waits’ territory, but the innovative, talented musician is still there. 5. “Blunderbuss” — Jack White Jack White’s debut solo album, which was released earlier this week, is 13 songs of fun. Fans of the White Stripes will not be disappointed either by the guitar-driven, quirky style that flows through the veins of this album. Album To Look Forward To: TBA — Pearl Jam According to recent interviews with guitarist Mike McCready, the band is in the early stages of recording their 10th studio album. No information yet on when it will be released, but this is definitely one album to watch out for. joewade@

this week in film At the Ross: “Bullhead”

directed by:

Michael R. Roskam when: ··Friday — 4:25 p.m., 9:35 p.m. ··Saturday — 1:50 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 7 pm., 9:35 p.m. ··Sunday — 4:25 p.m., 7 p.m.

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

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David Gelb

··Friday — 5:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m. ··Saturday — 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m ··Sunday — 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m.

“A Trip to the Moon” - Friends of the Ross only screening

directed by: Georges Melies when: Friday — 7 p.m.

“Seventh-Gay Adventists”

directed by: Daneen Akers, Stephen Eyer when: Sunday — 1 p.m.

New In Theaters: “Bully”

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Lee Hirsch

“The Five-Year Engagement”

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starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

directed by: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt starring: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven

“The Raven”

Directed by: James McTeigue Starring: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans


Directed by: Boaz Yakin Starring: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon

dn weekend pick “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

Directed by: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt Starring: Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven — compiled by ToM Helberg

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sigma chi: from 7 public awareness surrounding this year’s event, Sigma Chi hopes to exceed their most charitable philanthropic endeavors from past Fight Nights. “This year, our goal is somewhere around $5,000,” said Rich Evans, Sigma Chi philanthropy chair and junior agribusiness major. “We’re going to try and shoot for that, but we definitely want to break our $2,500 mark. We just want it to be way bigger and better than ever.” In previous years, the

Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Chi used their proceeds to support the Children’s Miracle Network, but this year their philanthropy is aimed to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Through direct programs and services, the WWP works with returning military service members to facilitate a well-adjusted transition from active duty to civilian life. Since their founding in 2003, the organization has given support to tens of thousands

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It was October the last time the NU women’s golf team played in French Lick, Ind. They returned to the same course in Indiana on Thursday for practice before their first Big Ten Championship. Competition begins today and runs through Sunday. Even though NU has played on the course before, coach Robin Krapfl said the course will be different because adjustments were made on a couple of the holes. Last time NU placed 11th out of 12 in French Lick. Kayla Knopik said how they played in French Lick in the fall will be an advantage to them, but their past performance will not determine their outcome this weekend. “I don’t know if what we did there in the fall is necessarily what we’re basing off of this time,” the senior

said. “Because we’re a lot different and we have a better understanding of the course a n d better mindset going into it.” Krapfl planned knopik to have her team work on their short game Thursday. “We’ll spend a lot of time chipping and putting and getting a feel for the greens,” Krapfl said Wednesday night. Knopik said spending time on the greens is crucial in order to do well this weekend. “That’s the key to the course,” Knopik said. “And so I think that’s going to be our biggest focus

tomorrow in the practice round and trying to get the best understanding of these greens because I think that’s where it’s going to be won. The team that plays the best around the greens.” On the mental aspect of golf, Krapfl believes her team is in “pretty good shape” and ready for the competition to start. “They’ve had a tough couple weeks academically so I mean, it’s been a little bit of a challenge that way to completely focus on getting ready,” Krapfl said. “Plus with finals starting next week, but you know, I think they’re ready to play. They’ve had a good preparation, you know, three weeks of preparation. I think they’re ready to come out and play well.” This weekend marks the end of the season for the team, and the end of college golfing for three seniors unless NU qualifies

for the postseason. Both Krapfl and Knopik don’t feel pressured to win; Krapfl just wants to see her team take in the experience, while beating some ranked teams along the way. “I just would like them to enjoy the moment, you know, just go out and have fun and relax and just enjoy the experience,” Krapfl said. “As far as where I’d like them to finish, we’re seeded seventh going in so I think we’d like to finish higher than that. I really believe that if they put it all together they can win. There’s not a dominant team this year, I think Ohio State’s the top ranked team at maybe 19th. I feel like we can compete with them, we can compete with Purdue. Any of the teams that are ranked ahead of us, I feel like on any given day we can beat.” sarahinds@

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taken out of the rotation because he was just having a tough time finding the zone. But he doesn’t say a word. He just stays in a zone and keeps working. Right now this is an open competition.” Kubat’s ability to be successful out of the pen has also made him mature. After all, Kubat’s not in high school anymore and he’s learned a lot to become the 19-year-old weekend

starter for the Huskers once again. “Everything had to switch,” Kubat said. “Everything had to change. I had to work on this, work on this. It translated out there to where I was struggling. But I’ve found what I need to do and I’m out there working on it and it’s just to go out there and throw strikes.” robbykorth@

softball: from 12 looked at the same to Nebraska, whether it’s a nonconference or Big Ten opponent, according to Haget. The senior, who will play her second-to-last home series before Wisconsin next

weekend, said she’s hoping to end the season on a positive note in front of the Sea of Red. “Every game is important and crucial right now,” Haget said. “We’re looking at every team like it’s a championship game because it could be our last. Bowlin’s always a fun place to be and we usually get a lot of fans. “It’s good to see how all of us seniors have developed here and we’ve loved the support. We’re all excited to come home again.” neduizu@

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The Nebraska men’s golf team plays in its first Big Ten Championship tournament today through Sunday in French Lick, Ind. The Huskers will join the rest of the Big Ten schools in what amounts to the only stroke play event of the season, in which all 12 conference schools compete against one another. Earlier in the year, Nebraska played in a match play event with all 12 schools, the Big Ten Match Play Championship, upsetting Michigan State before losing to Purdue and Illinois in their next two pairings. Husker coach Bill Spangler said that the team is excited to play in the conference battle. He said they want to show well in their first appearance at the event. “It’s our first Big Ten Championship, so it will be cool to see all the teams from the conference at the same time,” he said. “The guys are excited about that, and from what I understand, it is an incredible course. We are very excited about that.” Nebraska comes into the tournament needing a win in the event if it hopes to make the NCAA postseason tournament as a team. Senior Scott Willman will likely qualify for the national tournament as a individual if the team does not make it, but the rest of the Huskers would end their season in Indiana if they cannot take home the title. Spangler said he doesn’t think his golfers will be affected by what is at stake. “Not really,” he said. “They all have played enough tournament golf to know the mindset. They know that it all starts at zero in each tournament, and it is one shot at a time. It’s not, ‘Oh, we have to beat Ohio State or another team to get into the postseason.’ We have to take it one shot at a time and worry about that.” The Husker coach is not

disheartened by his team’s status as an underdog in the tournament. “If you go off how other teams have played and how we have played, we are not the favorites, but crazier things have happened,” he said. “We will do as well as we can and add it up after 54 holes.” Usually the Huskers would be heading to the Big 12 Championship this time of year, but conference realignment has them competing with a different set of schools this time around. Although the team probably has fond memories of the old event, Spangler said he likes what he has heard about the Big Ten’s end-ofseason tournament. “It appears to be a little more of a formal tournament than the Big 12’s,” he said. “There is a banquet. It will have a little more pageantry, if you will. That is the feel I am getting.” As for the competition in the new conference and in the new tournament, the Huskers should see a formidable array of challengers. “There are some p r e t t y g o o d teams,” sophom o r e Manuel L a v i n s a i d . “Michigan State, lavin Iowa, Illinois, it’s a pretty competitive conference in golf. Hopefully we can be right there with those teams.” The Huskers appear to be loose heading into the most important tournament of their short stint in the Big Ten. Lavin was upbeat when asked about his chances at hitting a hole-inone earlier this week. “We’ll try,” he said. “Hopefully we can get one. I have hit three before, but the last time I hit one was about three years ago, so you really don’t know.” lannyholstein@

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coach of the semester: dan kendig Nedu Izu Daily Nebraskan

In its first 17 seasons of establishment, the Nebraska women’s gymnastics team only made one NCAA Championship appearance. Since then, the program has made an appearance 15 times. Could that be because of the hiring of Dan Kendig in 1993? NU assistant coach Heather Brink thinks so. When he was hired, one of Kendig’s goals was to put Nebraska in a position to win a national title. Although he has yet to garner that accomplishment, assistant coach Heather Brink said he’s done nothing but move the program in the right direction. “This is Dan’s passion and life,” she said. “He’s brought it very far in his tenure as far as taking it to where it was and where it is now. He’s committed to making the program the best it can be.” Along with the countless NCAA Championship appearances, Kendig has also coached 42 gymnasts who have earned 123 All-American honors since 1995, including Brink. In fact, before Kendig’s arrival to Nebraska, there were only five gymnasts in Nebraska history to conquer the prestigious honor. Brink, a former 11-time All-American, said Kendig’s

passion for gymnastics is coach, including a 269-64-2 what has made the program regular season record and a 123-91-2 record in postseaas successful as it is today. “Just the other day he put son play. Wong and her teammates up a banner of all the past All-Americans Nebraska has finished this season with a had,” she said. “After look- 24-7 record, a year that ining at it I noticed there was cluded snagging their first only a few of them before he Big Ten Championship in came here. That says a lot the program’s first season about him as a coach.” in the conference and placCoaching second in the NCAA Regionals ing some He puts to qualify for the of the confidence in team’s 21st apelite gympearance in the nasts in us and makes us NCAA Championthe nabetter gymnasts ships. tion is every day. His impress o m e sive resume has t h i n g Kendig Emily Wong helped him win Regional Coach of has conSOPHOMORE GYMNAST the Year twice as tinued to well as National do, even Coach of the Year in 1999 today. At the end of the 2011- and 2003. Kendig has also been 2012 season, three NU gymnasts were given First-Team named Conference Coach and Second-Team All-Ameri- of the Year nine times, with can honors, including sopho- his latest win coming as this more Emily Wong, who has year’s Big Ten Coach of the Year. now won the award twice. Although his team was unWong said the trust her coach has put in her has able to make it to the Super played a key role in becom- Six Final this season, Kendig ing a two-time All-Ameri- said this year’s squad will go down as one of the best he’s can. “He puts confidence in us coached since coming to Neand makes us better gym- braska. nasts every day,” she said. “Everything they put into In his first 19 seasons, this season, from their chemKendig has compiled a istry to their desire to play, 417-153-4 record since be- has made this season more coming the Huskers’ head enjoyable,” he said. “The

male athlete of the semester: bjorn barrefors

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NU women’s gymnastics coach Dan Kendig led his squad to the 2012 conference title. thing I’ll remember the most about this team was their ability to stick together, through the good and the bad. To win our first Big Ten Championship is something that can never be taken away from us. This team was able to do a lot of great things with a small amount of numbers and I’m really proud of

them.” But don’t let the respected compliments for this season’s team mislead you on what his feelings are toward next year. Kendig, who said he’s still learning new things as a coach, can’t wait to continue the tradition he started, 19 years ago, next season.

“I’m really looking forward to year 20 because I feel like I’ve learned more this year than I have in a long time,” he said. “I think the day I quit learning will be the day I quit enjoying myself, which to me, is a long ways away.” neduizu@

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Despite nagging injuries, Bjorn Barrefors has delivered record-breaking performances.

Chris Peters Daily Nebraskan

Bjorn Barrefors already locked up a school record in the heptathlon. The five-time All-American isn’t satisfied with just one school record. He wants to bring a national championship to Nebraska, and he wants to do it while breaking the school record in the decathlon. If Barrefors wants to catch Rick Schwieger, the current record holder, he will have to top 7,707 points. He thought he could catch the record last season, but an injury held him back. This year, minor hamstring and back injuries have bugged Barrefors, but they aren’t likely to hold him back come conference championship time. “It’s tough when you work out so hard and you see everything ruined by an injury,” Barrefors said. “To now be able to go and actually see the workout you put in give results — that’s mentally important.” In 2012, Barrefors improved his NU record in the heptathlon, scoring a personal best of 5,894 points at the NCAA Championships to claim fourth place. Barrefors, a senior, has exhausted his indoor season eligibility, but will still be able

to perform in the 2013 outdoor season due to a redshirt outdoor season. Now that he is mostly injuryfree and has proven himself in national competitions, Barrefors said he is able to focus more intently on breaking the NU school record. “I don’t feel that pressure anymore,” Barrefors said. Schwieger, who goes by the name Rick Allen for his NASCAR announcing gig, keeps in contact with Barrefors, encouraging him to break the record. The record, which has stood for 20 years now, is set just 56 points above Barrefors’ personal best. Barrefors had the perfect opportunity to beat Schwieger’s record at last weekend’s Kansas Relays. Schwieger attended the meet, on break while in Kansas City for NASCAR’s STP 400. Barrefors said Schwieger set the school record at the very same meet. “He’s telling me I have to break it,” Barrefors said. “He’s saying it should be easy for me to break it. He feels like it’s time for somebody to break it.” Instead, Barrefors was held back by his lingering injuries.

While he still came away with the meet win, his performance wasn’t an NU record. “I was a little sad I couldn’t perform as good as I hoped,” Barrefors said. Gary Pepin, who coached Schwieger during his time as a walk-on at NU, said that he thinks Barrefors can set the school record before he leaves Nebraska. “I think he certainly has the athletic ability to change that,” Pepin said. “That’s a real good record, and that’s a good goal for him and I think if he can stay healthy (he can get it.)” Although Barrefors has yet to achieve his ultimate goals of claiming a new school record and a national championship, he has no reason to be disappointed. The senior from Stockholm, Sweden, placed higher than any Nebraska athlete at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, nearly chasing down Big Ten rival Japheth Cato of Wisconsin. If he can stay healthy and keep pushing himself, Barrefors is confident that he can accomplish those goals. “It could happen,” Barrefors said. “It’s something I want to do.” chrispeters@

Connie Yori handed Jordan Hooper a sheet of paper at the end of the season. The All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-American forward looked at the sheet. Half of the page was full of areas of her game Hooper needed to work on for next season, she said. However, according to Hooper, the long list was expected. “Coach (Yori) handed everyone a sheet with stuff to do for next year at the end of this season,” Hooper said. “A lot of my stuff was just the basics.” After a sophomore season like Hooper had, it’s a surprise she has a lot to work on. The Alliance native broke out this winter for the Nebraska women’s basketball team and is the Daily Nebraskan’s choice as female athlete of the semester. Hooper ranked fourth in the Big Ten scoring 18.9 points a game while leading the conference in rebounding with 9.3 a game. Those stats were good enough to earn the sophomore first team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-American honors. When asked about those awards though, Hooper just shrugged them off. “I play for my team not for myself, but it’s really cool to be mentioned for them,” she said. “It’s quite the honor.” The list of honors did not just stop at All-American either for Hooper. She was also mentioned on the watch list for the Naismith Award, given to the nation’s best player. Hooper became the fastest Husker to reach 1,000 points in her career as she ranks 22nd on the all-time Nebraska scoring list with 1,078 points with two more years remaining in her career. Her 624 points this season are the most by any

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Sophomore Jordan Hooper led the Huskers to the Big Ten title game and the NCAA tournament in 2012. other Husker sophomore. “Jordan is one of the best players the state of Nebraska has ever produced,” Yori said. Yori still thinks Hooper can become even better, and the list of items on that sheet of paper prove that, according to the coach. Hooper said she will use that sheet for guidance when working out this offseason. Last summer Hooper did most of her work in the driveway of her home in Alliance, she said, with an offensive focus. This summer will be a lot like the last one except the focus will be more on the defensive side, according to Hooper. “I’m still going to work on attacking the rim and my dribbling, but I really want to get better on defense and prove I can be a good defender,” Hooper said. Hooper felt she let the team down toward the end of the season last year with

I play for my team not for myself, but it’s really cool to be mentioned for them. It’s quite the honor.”

jordan hooper

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her defensive play, she said. Leadership is another building block for the soon-to-be junior, as she will be an upperclassman with a talented Husker team. Making it to the NCAA Tournament and beyond will be top priority for Hooper, she said. “Expect much of the same from me next year, except we are going to go farther than we did,” Hooper said. “We didn’t get as far as we wanted to last year in the NCAA tournament. But we are going to work hard to get past last season’s point.” andrewward@

football: from 12 reasons. Crick tore his pectoral muscle in the third game last season and received surgery on it shortly after. That injury along with an unproductive start to the 2011 season has dropped Crick significantly in this draft. At the beginning of last year he was a sure first round pick, but now he will more than likely be drafted late-third round. However, he has been getting better, Crick said. The defensive

tackle showed that his pectoral was healing when he lifted 225 pounds 26 times at the NU pro day. He said he knows teams are looking a little closer at him now. “As far as I know, a lot of teams like me,” Crick said. “I think getting back to the bench (press) shows a lot of NFL teams that I’m getting back to where I was before.” In addition to strengthening his pectoral muscle, Crick has been watching a lot of film. He said it may help his

draft stock if he impresses teams with his smarts. “Just going into interviews and showing teams my knowledge of the game of football has helped tremendously,” Crick said. “As long as I know the schemes going into camp I’ll be fine.” Marcel Jones could end up being a solid NFL lineman, according to most scouts. said he is a polished run blocker with a solid work ethic. But one downside to Jones’ stock is

his lateral quickness. NFL. com said he struggles with his first step, which could result in a move to right tackle later in his career if he doesn’t improve. David, Dennard, Crick and Jones are the only Huskers commonly projected to be draft choices. Other Nebraska players with their names in the draft are wide receiver Brandon Kinnie, center Mike Caputo, offensive tackle Jermarcus “Yoshi” Hardrick, safety Austin Cassidy and

defensive tackle Terrence Moore. Kinnie, while his name rarely pops up in popular mock drafts, is confident that he will be selected in the seventh round of the draft. “I know I will be drafted,” Kinnie said. Kinnie had a one-on-one workout with Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots at Nebraska, then followed that up with a visit to Kansas City, where he played his high school football, on April

10. He says teams have told him to “be by your phone on draft day” and that he expects to be chosen, by either New England, Kansas City, Carolina or Jacksonville. “We’re just waiting to see what happens now,” Kinnie said. The NFL Draft continues with the second and third rounds today, then wraps up Saturday with the fourth through seventh rounds. chrispeters@


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friday, april 27, 2012

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Lavonte David racked up record-breaking numbers in his two years at Nebraska.

Former Husker standouts await NFL destinations Freshman pitcher Kyle Kubat to have his shot at solving NU’s pitching woes in tonight’s game against Cal State Bakersfield.

the answer? Nebraska has been searching for a solid friday starter; Kyle kubat looks to answer the call

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yle Kubat doesn’t like when the seven men behind him act like 10-yearolds. That’s why when he’s on the mound he works at his own pace. And that pace is quick. “It keeps the guys in the field ready,” Kubat said. “They’re not going to space off in the field like a little 10-year-old.” Today Kubat will make his fourth start, and his first start on a Friday against Cal State Bakersfield. An honor NU coach Darin Erstad says isn’t an easy one. “It’s a coveted position in Division I baseball,” Erstad said. “I mean a Friday night starter that’s what it’s all about. That’s the guy that sets the tone for the entire series. We obviously are still looking for the piece of that puzzle. Kyle is a guy that has worked extremely hard and has earned a start and we’ll see what happens.” And that tempo for the weekend will keep Nebraska’s players acting like men instead of fifth graders. And that’s going to keep them happy, Erstad said.

After all, the Huskers just want the Roadrunners to put the ball in play so the defense can get them out. “The tempo is great,” Erstad said. “Position players love playing behind guys with a good tempo, keeps you on your feet. We’re not asking him to be Superman, we just want him to go out there and attack hitters and we’ll see what happens.” This weekend is a time of opportunity for the Huskers. The Roadrunners are far from the level of Purdue or even Ohio State. CSUB is No. 153 in RPI, a worse rank than eight Big Ten teams. Erstad acknowledged it could be a chance for NU to figure out how to organize the rotation and the bullpen as the Huskers prepare at a run for the NCAA Tournament. “It just kind of sets up nice this time of year to let some other pitchers throw,” Erstad said. “We need to find some guys who can get guys out and it can be an opportunity to see some guys.” It’s a perfect opportunity for the Huskers to find that Friday starter. NU is 3-7 on Fridays this season and has

lost its last three by a combined 11 runs. But the superstitious Huskers don’t talk about the start of the weekend struggles. “We try to stay away from it,” Kubat said. “It’s there, but you don’t want to be the guy to start that conversation with ‘Oh hey, we suck on Friday.’ We kind of stay away from it. We just have got to get over that hump on Fridays.” But there’s no shying away from Friday games. And if the Huskers are going to get over that hump, Kubat might just be the guy to do it. After those starts Kubat has evolved and is pitching better than at the start of the season. Since leaving the starting role the freshman has gotten better and even managed three saves out of the pen. And it’s his attitude coming out of the pen and working harder that’s earned Kubat the role, Erstad said. “He’s continued to work and he’s gotten stronger,” Erstad said. “His command has gotten better. He was

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NU players hope to hear names in day two and three of draft Chris Peters Andrew Ward Daily Nebraskan

Lavonte David’s name keeps coming up. The 2012 NFL Draft began Thursday with the first round, and while no Husker players were taken, it shouldn’t take long into the second round before David’s name is called. The longer NFL scouts look at David, the more impressed they are. David’s nose for the football, natural playmaking ability and awareness make him stand out from other linebackers. ESPN’s NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said David “has some of the best tape of any player in the draft.” At first, Kiper had David graded between the latesecond and third round. However, as time went on, he crept his way up, entering the conversation as a possible late first round selection. The 6-foot-5/8-inch, 233-pound David was billed as “undersized,” causing his draft stock to drop at first, but after adding 15 pounds to get to 233 pounds, his projected draft slot improved. David is the single-season record holder for tackles at Nebraska, a record he set in 2010. For a guy with dynamically changing draft stock

like David, it’s anybody’s guess who will take him in the draft. “A lot of them are more anxious than anything,” said Brandon Kinnie, a former NU wide receiver and fellow NFL Draft hopeful. “We really can’t do anything about it.” While David’s stock is on the rise, Alfonzo Dennard’s is on the decline. Saturday, Dennard was arrested and charged with third-degree felony assault of a police officer after a fight outside a Lincoln bar, where Dennard allegedly punched a police officer in the head after an altercation with a 22-year-old man. “He just made a mistake,” Kinnie said. “There’s two sides to every story. He’ll learn from it, he’ll grow from this.” Dennard’s arrest came just months after his final game in a Nebraska uniform that ended with an ejection from the Capital One Bowl, stemming from a fight with South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Dennard was projected as a late-second or early-third round pick, but is now projected to drop by at least one round in this weekend’s draft, potentially landing in the fourth round. In 2011, Dennard was named the Big Ten’s Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year, accumulating 31 tackles and six pass deflections. Jared Crick’s draft stock dropped for different

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NU welcomes last-place Michigan State to town Huskers aim to start a winning streak in 3-game series against MSU Nedu Izu Daily Nebraskan

Who let the dogs out? Apparently the Nebraska softball team will this weekend. In its series against Michigan State (11-34, 0-15 Big Ten) the Huskers (29-18, 10-5) will allow fans to bring their dogs to Bowlin Stadium for Saturday’s doubleheader. And like the dogs at the game, NU coach Rhonda Revelle is expecting her team to make some noise this weekend. “I have been feeling all year that we’re going to get on a roll,” she said. “We’re still looking for that with nine games left in the season. To put it all together and finish strong is our ultimate goal.” With an exception of its 11-2 victory against Ohio State last weekend, Nebraska has been outscored 8-4 in its last four games,

including a 2-1 loss to was perfect at the plate was Creighton Wednesday. because of the adjustments Against the Bluejays, Rev- she was forced to make. elle moved senior Nikki “(Becca Changstrom, CU Haget back to the leadoff pitcher) threw a lot of stuff spot after batting No. 2 to pop you up,” Haget said. behind sophomore Taylor “In my at-bats I wanted to Edwards the previous two make sure to make an adgames. justment on the ball. If The move seemed to pay not, I would have for sure off as Haget went 3-for-3 popped every pitch up.” against CU despite the other The different approach NU bats going just 4-for-22. worked in Haget’s favor as The reason they were de- the 3-for-3 day was an imfeated, according to Rev- provement from her 1-for-4 elle, was begame against cause the rest the Bluejays I have been of the team on April 11. feeling all year was unable to Revelle that we’re going execute and added that provide runs she’s hopto get on a roll. when they to see We’re still looking ing had the opthe Husker for that with nine portunity. offense re“We outgain the fire games left in the hit them and they had beseason. they had fewfore they hit er runners on Rhonda Revelle the road last base, but they week. nu softball coach took advanDuring the tage of their eight-game opportunities more than we road trip Nebraska went did,” Revelle said. 4-4 and in order to bounce Haget, who’s night in- back this weekend against cluded a double and two the Spartans, the team must singles against the Blue- make adjustments against jays, said the reason she the opposing pitchers,

Haget said. “We need to be able to trust ourselves and coaches and make sure what happened last week doesn’t happen again,” she said. “We need to change our approach against these pitchers to make sure we stay successful.” But the season’s been all about making adjustments, Revelle said. However, the work the players have showed in practice hasn’t always crossed over into the game, she added. “This is an execution game and I feel like in the two games we lost we pitched well and had great defense,” Revelle said. “It just came down to us not capitalizing on those opportunities.” And as if the pitching wasn’t enough for Nebraska to worry about this weekend, the barking will also be something the Huskers must make an adjustment to. Despite it being an atmosphere Nebraska has never played in before, the athletes are excited to play at home for the first time in

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Nikki Haget’s move to the leadoff spot paid off with her 3-3 performance against Creighton Wednesday. two weeks and have plenty of reason to. After coming off a .500 road trip, Nebraska will return back to Bowlin Stadium where they currently hold an 11-game winning streak. Although the series’ first two games will hold a different environment, Haget said she’s excited to return home. “We haven’t played in a few weeks and we have a

good streak at home,” she said. “It’s just a good feeling knowing we’re going to play at Bowlin and in front of the fans again.” The weekend series will also be the last one before school closes next week. Although the team is going back to playing a conference foe, every game is

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