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holysnakes! UNL researcher jason head assisted in the discovery and identification of titanoboa, the world’s largest snake fossil story by Maren Westra art by lauren cloyd photo by Bethany Schmidt


he Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has a new, giant resident, due in part to the efforts of University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher Jason Head. His name is Titanoboa and he’s a model of a monster snake that went extinct about 60 million years ago. The Titanoboa was discovered in the Cerrejon mine in northern Colombia. Head, an assistant professor in the department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, was contacted by his old friend Jon Bloch, associate curator of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Florida, to lend his expertise to what Bloch knew was a life-changing discovery. Bloch’s team had been unearthing fossils from the Cerrejon mine for about four years before an undergraduate student realized the team had found the largest snake vertebrae in history. “In terms of fossils, we’ve just never seen anything from that area,” Bloch said. “I was very excited.”

Assistant professor Jason Head poses with the skull of a Gila monster in his office on April 4.

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Total bedbug costs exceed $300K

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During the last two months, University Housing swept each hall on campus with bedbug-sniffing dogs, bought equipment and treated 197 rooms. The cost of eradicating the bloodsucking pests so far totals $384,827.52.


Village $29,012.50 Sellek $62,994.60


Love Memorial Hall $2,437.50


Knoll $13,120


Kauffman $12,477.50


Husker Hall $8,237.50


HSS $56,262.50


Courtyards $12,580


Equipment $60,581


Central Housing $9,563.72

Associate director of Housing Facilities Glen Schumann said it wouldn’t surprise him if Housing’s bedbug-battling costs exceeded $100,000 at a Feb. 1 media briefing. He was right. Since the first case of bedbugs on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, much has been done to eradicate the pests: a campuswide sweep with bedbug-sniffing dogs, heat-treatments and purchasing equipment. All of the treatment and equipment costs added up quickly. In two months, University Housing spent almost $325,000 on treating bedbugpositive rooms. “Despite the financial costs and the significant amount of extra work on the part of so many in Housing, I believe it was money and time well spent to be able


CPN $36,827.50

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spent on eliminating the bedbugs, thoughts arise of how Housing will recover from the expense. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco said the good thing about the situation is that Housing has a $5 million budget with a small contingency fund. The bedbug expenses fall into that contingency fund. “We’ve had a mild winter and we haven’t had to spend as much (on heating),” Franco said. “We’ve been fortunate in that way.” The University of Nebraska Board of Regents set housing rates four years ago, so the bedbug costs will not be factored in for 2012-2013. If Housing were to ask students to pay for the bedbug costs, the price would come down to $65 per student. Franco said the amount spent was worth the $65. “We will budget for this bedbug inspection and treatment expense as we do so many other operating expenses, so students

Burr/Fedde $5,375

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to tell our residents that we had checked their room and they were clear,” wrote Housing Director Sue Gildersleeve in an email. “And that we had provided the most effective (though costly) treatment when needed.” According to invoices provided to the Daily Nebraskan via an Open Records request, heat treatments cost $1,400 per room. So far, 197 rooms have been treated. Of the total amount spent on treatment, Housing spent almost $61,000 on equipment including heat duffel bags, heating equipment and a CO2 unit. Housing made good use of the equipment and Gildersleeve expects the equipment to be useful in the future. “The advantage of this equipment is that it lets us ‘spot treat’ items that a bedbug-checking dog identifies and, in some cases, can let us avoid the cost and inconvenience to the student that comes with treating the entire room,” Gildersleeve wrote. With such a large sum

Abel/Sandoz $75,358.20

Housing officials say treatment worth high price

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don’t need to expect to pay an extra fee,” Gildersleeve wrote. Franco said that while the process was exhaustive and Housing was willing to

spend the money to make sure rooms were cleared, he was delighted it was over. “It was an effort, but I’m very pleased,” Franco said. “From the beginning, my

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dn flashback War bond advertisement from the U.S. Treasury April 5, 1944

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Audrey Johnson and Christine Baughman, both third year law students, won the national championship at the American Bar Association Law Student Division 39th Annual Client Counseling Competition.

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Nebraska wins! April 7, 1902 By the unanimous verdict of the three judges, Nebraska won the first of the three interstate debates Friday night. The contest was with the team from Colorado college and the question under discussion was the municipalization of surface transportation facilities in American cities of over 100,000. Nebraska had the affirmative and the Colorado team argued for the present system of private ownership. The debate was adjudged by old debaters to be one of the best ever listened to at the university. Co-eds quarantined on Thirteenth Street April 7, 1914 Emily Weise and Marguerite Birbenbaugh, rooming at 331 North Thirteenth street, were quarantined Saturday morning with diphtheria. The girls have been put in charge of a nurse and confined to the third floor. The remainder of the house was fumigated so as to kill any germs. The girls who were fortunate enough to escape the quarantine objected to the smell of the formaldehyde, and the health officer was compelled to take them out in his car for an airing. Harry Rokahr, another University student, rooming at 1337 R street, also found it necessary to go into confinement on account of an attack of smallpox. War rationing gives challenge to designers April 7, 1944 War, with its rationing and restrictions, has been a challenge which fashion designers the world over have met and conquered with apparent ease. When the basic materials for “date” dresses were no longer obtainable ersatz materials were pressed into service and have proved to be most satisfactory. A peek into current fashion books will show that the V neckline in both extreme and modified forms is still near the top of the style hit parade. Another favorite is the high round neckline so often used when the bodice is of a shear material. Religion, dorm guards discussed by CSL April 5, 1974 The Council on Student Life (CSL) Thursday discussed campus security, student housing and religion. A student visitor used the opportunity to object to the Regents’ policy of religion on campus, describing it as the “same policy as in Soviet Russia.” Danny Tillman said the policy restricted freedom of Christians to speak for their beliefs. He cited the segment in the July 14, 1973 policy statement which reads: “University facilities will not be available for any organized event or activity if one of its essential features is religious worship or testimony in any of its various forms.” Mumps may be headed for UNL April 6, 2006 The crowded classrooms and close living quarters of college campuses can be perfect breeding grounds for infectious disease. And as the threat of a mumps outbreak moves from Iowa toward the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, university health and housing officials want to ensure that students understand the risks of the disease and how to protect themselves. That level of concern increased this week when news of one suspected — not confirmed — case of mumps turned up at UNL, said Dr. James Guest, director of the University Health Center. — Compiled by Mitch Mattern

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Two University of Nebraska-Lincoln law students recently won the national championship at the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s 39th Annual Client Counseling Competition and will travel to Ireland this month to compete against teams from around the world at an international competition. Audrey Johnson and Christine Baughman, both third year law students at UNL, are the dynamic duo that defeated 11 other schools to win the national championship held March 16 and 17 at North Carolina Central University’s College of Law. “It was very exciting to win, especially because you don’t get to watch the other teams compete,” Johnson said. “We know for ourselves if we had a good performance, but we can’t compare against the other teams.”

At a client counseling the three semifinal rounds competition, a mock cli- at the competition is: “Ron/ ent approaches each two- Rita Hilton has an appointperson student team with a ment with you to discuss problem and gets legal ad- an issue with his/her emvice about how to handle ployer. S/he said somethat problem. The teams thing about an account are judged on several cate- and some harassment by gories, including how they his/her supervisor, but s/ interact with the client and he didn’t really want to go their legal analysis of the into any detail with me.” situation. Baughman and Johnson Competitors receive both said they have done a prompts of lot of preparathese scetion for these I think it will be narios becompetitions. forehand, “That’s why really interesting which only I was also to see how they include excited to (international vague dewin (the natails. tional chamteams) handle “ Y o u pionship),” client situations don’t know Baughman and see how their said. “Knowwhat all the facts are so ing how much legal systems your goal is time we have work.” to learn the put into it. It facts and audrey johnson was rewarding law student apply it to to have such the law,” an accomsaid Baughplishment.” man, who also attended The duo also credited UNL for her undergraduate their strengths as a team as degree in advertising and a component of their sucpublic relations. cess. The theme for this year’s “We bring different things international competition, to the table,” said Johnson, to be held in Dublin, Ire- who graduated from UNL land, from April 18 to April with undergraduate de21, is the area of law that grees in women’s and gendeals with employers and der studies and English. employees. “Christine is really good at One of the prompts for listening to the client and

demonstrating that we understand the facts.” Baughman added that they have been friends since high school and are able to read each other really well. “It’s easy for us to follow each other,” said Baughman. “If Audrey asks a question, I know which question to ask next and I know where she’s going with it.” The students will travel to Dublin in several weeks to compete against other law teams from 21 different countries including Malaysia, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. “I think it will be really interesting to see how they (international teams) handle client situations and see how their legal systems work,” said Johnson, who said she has only traveled out of the United States to Canada. “I love Ireland. I love the culture. I love the people,” said Baughman, who spent time backpacking and studying abroad in Ireland and other parts of Europe as a senior undergraduate student. “I’m looking forward to getting to be a part of that culture at the competition.” cristinawoodworth@

Blues show to aid mental health programs Mental Health Association of Nebraska hopes to fund two projects Larry Brown Daily Nebraskan

The Mental Health Association of Nebraska will be presenting its fourth annual fundraiser, “Jammin’ Away the Blues,” at the Bourbon Theatre Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. This year’s show includes blues artists Kenny Neal, The Lil’ Slim Blues Band and The Blues Project. Past artists who have performed include Curtis

Salgado, Lonnie Brooks and Kelley Hunt. “We are really excited this year,” said James Terry, marketing coordinator at the Mental Health Association of Nebraska. Terry said all the funds and donated money goes directly to the association to keep programs running, along with providing clients a wellness recovery plan. Nicole Eisele, assistant to the marketing coordinator, said one of the programs that benefits people with mental issues is the HOPE program. HOPE stands for Higher Opportunities Through The Power of Employment. “It helps people living

with mental issues gain employment,” Eisele said. James said the HOPE program allows those who have been told, “you can’t,” otherwise. “It helps people with mental health issues become productive,” he said. Another program supported by the association is Keya House, a peer-topeer program. “Keya House is a place where those living with mental issues can work out their problems without going to a crisis center,” she said. Terry said that because people don’t have to go to a crisis center, Lincoln has saved $700,000 in its first 10

“Keya House is a place where those living with mental issues can work out their problems without going to a crisis center.” james terry marketing coordinator at the mental health association of nebraska

months of operation when it was opened in December 2009. “We are the best kept secret in Nebraska, and we want to change that,” Terry said. Larrybrown@

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Titanoboa had a maximum body diameter of more than two feet, was the length of a bus and weighed the same as 20 adult humans. It is the largest snake ever known to exist.

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He said he immediately knew Head was the person to call. On Sunday, the Smithsonian Channel aired a documentary on the Titanoboa, which featured both Bloch and Head. The two traveled to Venezuela for about a week to film. “It was an incredible opportunity,” Bloch said. In the documentary, Bloch is attacked by a 10-foot anaconda and left with two teeth lodged in his leg. Head explains the rarity of preserved snake skulls. Pieces of a Titanoboa skull are finally found. And both marvel at the Titanoboa model created by natural history sculptor Kevin Hockley. The documentary can be viewed online at Head said he was fascinated by fossils as a kid and college “reinvigorated” his interest in them. He completed his dissertation studying the way snakes react to climate change at the base of the Himalaya Mountains. He described himself as one of very few people who specializes in snakes. “Paleontology is a small community,” he said. Bloch initially contacted Head in 2008 to ask for his help in learning more about the Titanoboa. “He is the world’s expert on snake fossils,” Bloch said. The two used vertebrae fossils and comparisons to modern anacondas and boas to determine how big the Titanoboa

was. They found it had a maximum body diameter of more than two feet, was the length of a bus and weighed the same as 20 adult humans. It is the largest snake ever known to exist. Because reptiles are coldblooded and need heat to survive, Head said a snake of this size would require a mean annual temperature of 86 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit to sustain it. He described the massive size of the Titanoboa as a function of the climate it lived in. Head said that while he can’t know for sure, he speculates that climate change may have contributed to the Titanoboa’s extinction. “The bottom line is all species go extinct,” Bloch said. “The only question is when.” A Titanoboa’s diet consisted of primitive crocodiles, giant turtles and fish. Head said that a Titanoboa would eat a human, but that a person wouldn’t be its most satisfying meal. The model originally went on display at Grand Central Terminal in New York City for two days as part of what Bloch described as a “publicity stunt.” It will remain at the Smithsonian until January 2013 before traveling to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Eventually, Bloch said, it will make its way to UNL.

Brandon Eller, a senior graphic design major, blends a smoothie while pedaling a stationary bike at the Bike UNL event outside the Nebraska Union Thursday afternoon. The event was held to promote bike safety and cycling on campus.

Power to the pedal photos by Chris Dorwart


Mike Heyl of the Lincoln Health Department talks with Kyle Hansen, outdoors activities coordinator at Campus Recreation, during the Bike UNL event.

Water talk focuses on citizen engagement Speaker says individuals must protect own water quality kim buckley daily nebraskan

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Dating Doctor David Coleman speaks to students in the Nebraska Union Auditorium on Thursday. Students learned and laughed with Coleman, who handed out bags of chocolate to some students who had some ridiculous dating questions for him.

Dating Doctor offers dose of love advice Matt Masin

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For any heart that’s ever been broken, the Dating Doctor visited the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Thursday night. David Coleman, a self-proclaimed expert on attraction, traveled from South Dakota to speak to a full room of students in the Nebraska Union Auditorium about how to recognize true attraction. Coleman spoke about malefemale attraction only, because that’s what he knows best, he said. For men, Coleman said when women make physical contact — like a pat on the shoulder — she’s into him. For women, when a man makes eye contact, he’s attracted to her. Coleman claims to have more than 1,000 pick up lines memorized. He said if any student recited one he hadn’t heard of, he would reward them with candy. No one gave it a shot. When Brody Allen, a 6-foot4 red-headed senior biological

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Brody Allen asks David Coleman how to deal with the two types of women that attract him: normal and crazy. Coleman suggested Allen should explore work in the voice-over field because his low voice would fair well. sciences major stood up and spoke, Coleman was astonished at his deep, broadcasteresque voice and told him he wouldn’t have any problems

attracting women. “That’s God-given talent,” Coleman said.


Ordinary citizens can make a difference in maintaining water quality in bodies of water across the United States, according to Sandi Zellmer, an alumni professor of natural resources law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Zellmer talked about water quality in her Honors Forum lecture, “Water Law for the 21st Century,” held Thursday night in the Nebraska Union Heritage Room. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, Zellmer talked about problems in maintaining water quality and what citizens can learn from antidegradation requirements both nationally and locally. Antidegradation requirements are provisions that keep water from becoming worse in quality. For Zellmer, it was a bit different from lecturing in the classroom. “We spend more of our time in my environmental law class talking about things that are already dirty and tonight I focused on things that are minimally clean and can be better,” she said. In other words, she said, students can see the whole forest instead of just trees. The Clean Water Act focuses on on-point sources of pollutants — sources that can be easily identified, such as oil refineries and jet engines, Zellmer said. Many agricultural practices, including cropping and ranching, are not

considered on-point sources, Zellmer said. “Water quality has worked pretty darn well in terms of pollutants from onpoint sources,” she said, although 44 percent of bodies of water are impaired. It is important to worry about “clean” water bodies to help prevent the movement of industries to those areas, preserve opportunities for economic growth and protect wildlife refuges and the wilderness, Zellmer said. Bodies of water are measured by tiers based on whether they meet water quality standards. The tiers rate the level of protection of aquatic life and human recreational activities. Rivers and lakes that meet the minimum threshold most deserve protection and restoration measures, Zellmer said. “We have numerous rivers and streams that need to be protected through antidegradation provisions,” she said. Zellmer suggested four solutions. There should be reforms to help maintain and provide water quality that provides criteria for the state to designate ecologically significant waters and to restore if necessary, she said. The Environmental Protection Agency could also address non-point sources of pollution. She emphasized the role an average citizen could play in being a part of the solution. Zellmer said there should be mechanisms to ensure opportunities for citizen involvement in monitoring bodies of water and bringing grievances to court. She added the EPA would help citizen involvement by defining degradation and when it occurs. “It’s not going to take

“We have numerous rivers and streams that need to be protected through antidegradation provisions.” sandi zellmer alumni professor

an act of God or an act of Congress to get this done,” Zellmer said. “We need substantive definitions and standards so citizens can get involved.” “The thing I think that sets the United States environmental law apart from any other country is the freedom of citizens to go before agencies and then go before the court,” she said. Christina Hoffman, who is working toward her Ph.D. in natural resource sciences, attended the lecture. “The Clean Water Act is important to everybody in the United States,” she said. “I think it’s interesting to see how well the Clean Water Act is doing.” Hoffman agreed about the importance of citizens in maintaining water quality. Zellmer remains optimistic about the quality of water in 40 years. “I think there are a lot of energetic people who care about the creek in their backyard,” she said. Hoffman agreed with Zellmer that more work needs to be done, despite the impact the law has had on cutting down pollutants from on-point sources. “Even though the law has been in place for 40 years, there are things we can do today to improve this legislation,” Hoffman said. “There is a need to revisit it and protect our waterways.” kimbuckley@


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Obama’s Google+ page provides venue for global commenters, discussions of American politics around the world


t’s no secret that Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are not publicly accessible in mainland China. When Google+ was launched, it was no exception. But for some unknown reason, Google+ was open to the Chinese for a short period of time this past February, around the time of a visit from the Chinese Vice President. Since then, “Occupy Obama” became a new activity among Chinese “netters” (a Chinese phrase used to describe people who use the Internet). Google+ imposes a limit of 500 comments per post. For a country with more than 513 million Internet users, it’s definitely a challenge to be the first 500 to comment on Obama’s new post. If you’d like to do the math based on the number of comments in different languages, you might think Obama is actually more popular in China than in the United States. If you ever wondered what Chinese people think about U.S. politics, President Obama’s Google+ page would probably be the best place to start. Many people would leave comments like “Sofa,” “Occupying a seat” or something like “Front rows.” As one of the Chinese netters suggested to President Obama, if you can’t understand all those Chinese comments, then please use Google to translate them. Those are the translations you’re likely to get. Comments like that probably don’t make much sense in English. And unfortunately, there hasn’t been an urbandictionary. com for the Chinese language yet. Those phrases basically just mean taking a spot in the comments list. The possibility of being there is about one out of a million. Obviously, those types of comments don’t really mean anything. However, some people seem to enjoy it, because American politics don’t make any sense to them either. You may also find comments on Obama’s Google+ posts in Chinese on American health care issues. They showed interest in some type of universal health care coverage in China, and they don’t understand why some American people are against lowcost health care. Some people are very interested in the coming 2012 election. One person thought he or she finally understood one post from Mr. Obama so

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abe xu the comment, again in Chinese, under the picture of the bumper sticker “Obama & Biden” says, “This is so awesome to see American’s election tickets.” They’re excited. Some comments are about Chinese politicians. Possibly, the U.S. president would notice those comments about his Chinese counterparts. There are some people showing

their support to Chinese current Premier Wen Jiabao. Wen governed China for the last 10 years, during which the Chinese economy had experienced fast and steady growth. In the press meeting of the National People’s Congress, he expressed his regret for not being able to do a good enough job. Maybe some Chinese are losing patience with the process of the U.S. economic recovery. You’re familiar with America’s concerns about China. So, what would be the biggest concern about the United States from the Chinese? It’s the U.S. economy. Why? Currently, the U.S. is the largest market for pretty much everything in the world. The Chinese government deposited a lot of savings into U.S. treasury bills, notes and bonds. In many finance textbooks, the treasuries are treated as risk-free assets. Frankly, Standard & Poor’s disagreed. On Aug. 8, 2011, S&P downgraded the rating for the U.S. Treasury. That really concerns the Chinese government and

the Chinese people. The comment about the Chinese premier was in part about the U.S. economy. To the majority of the Chinese, the United States is portrayed in movies as a place that is almost perfect. The standard of living in America is so high that it’s referred to as the envy of the world. No question, you may find posts like “Green card, please,” in Chinese. Of course, there are Americans who commented on Chinese comments asking “if they can translate their comments into English, so that Americans can understand the comments from Chinese people.” I believe this has always been an issue between the United States and China. There isn’t enough communi-

cation to help both China and the United States to understand each other. This time, it’s about the language. Most of the time, it’s about the culture, tradition and the history. It’s very difficult to talk about politics in general, American politics in particular. Not many people are thrilled about politics. I found it hard to gather Chinese views about American politics. The Obama Google+ page is a great resource that’s a perfect place to see comments on U.S. politics from Chinese people. If you are one of the few who might be interested, please go and check it out. A warning: Politics and comments don’t always make sense, and neither do translations. I hope you enjoy!

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

International perspectives highlight the intricacies, flaws in American government, political culture


Wealthy elite class dictates American elections and political institutions, deprives citizens of economic democracy


nder democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule,” as the journalist H.L. Mencken satirically put it in 1956. Yet, when you look at the ongoing United States election debate, one mumbles: “Yes, it’s about showing the other’s faults and unfitness to rule, while presenting your side as the ultimate redeemer to sort out all problems.” Each side defines America along its political affiliation. One candidate claims his election would restore the promises of America, like Mitt Romney, under his slogan, “Believe in America,” recently stated: “I don’t want to transform America; I want to restore the values of economic freedom and opportunity and limited government that have

made this nation the leader it is.” Other candidates promise to bring “change we can believe in.” By the same token, throughout the 20th century, some American presidents used the same political hemlock to win the hearts and minds of the public. For example, Herbert Hoover’s presidential slogan in 1928, “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage,” led not only Americans, but also the rest of the world, into an unprecedented economic crisis. The same rhetoric was used by the fiercely proud Texan, Lyndon B. Johnson: “The stakes are too high for you to stay at home.” Then, while Dwight Eisenhower and Robert F. Kennedy accused him of irresponsible domestic policy, the Vietnam War became his foreign policy debacle. The list can go on, but one notices the political rhetoric of Republicans or Democrats remains easy to craft, but reality is often elsewhere. There’s no sharp split when one observes domestic policy as well as

beligh ben taleb foreign policy. A pluralistic society needs more than merely two political parties. So, what does the American political system look like? Democrats and Republicans are two factions of the same party. In other words, America is a one-party state. The parties have pretty much the same promises with many overlaps — the same triumphalist ideology, yet with two different names. In political theory, the U.S. is not a direct democratic society, but rather a polyarchal democracy (coined by Robert A. Dahl), in which power is dispersed among

holders of the wealth of the nation. A nation where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer wrapped under the narrative of the American dream — we’re almost there. In the writing of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison used the Constitutional Convention to protect the rights of the minority. The latter are now considered the elites. Elites control several huge corporations, most importantly the media; they dominate major television channels and major newspapers. The latter help safeguard their interests by presenting the candidate as the sole cure to reform the unrecoverable. As a matter of fact, the electoral system is dominated by wealth, and wealth often determines the next president. Take the November 2000 election, where there was a massive outrage from intellectuals about the stolen election in Florida. Was there any consideration given to this? The public is carefully monitored. When I talk about the public, I’m not referring to intellectuals. I’m talking about those who struggle on a daily basis to make a living. Think of the latter’s

perception of the international scene. The rest of the world is quite absent from their thinking, and if the public happens to “know something,” they only swallow what the media exposes. In reality, the media manipulates and directs the public toward certain political goals. What’s the people’s attitude toward the government? On what basis do they care about such-and-such candidate? When I talk to my friends about their preferred presidential candidate, they often reply, “I need to do some research to figure it out,” or, “I’m still undecided which candidate represents my interests,” even though certain states are considered Republican or Democratic ones. But, this idea has some people vote against their interests because they think it won’t make any difference. It goes this way: There’s a Democrat and a Republican, and third party candidates have no chance. As a matter of fact, the political system is very constrained. As one person questioned, “How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?” Yes, there are positive traits of the political life in the U.S., such as free society, people’s professionalism and the democratic attitude toward “the other,” which is better than an absolutist and totalitarian country. Yet one can notice also that there’s a shortage of economic democracy, strengthening corporations to control the economy. Why is that? Because the major variable that determines people’s vote is economic affairs. Why don’t we hear about serious issues that concern all Americans, regardless of their affiliation? Aren’t poverty, unemployment and other major economic problems worthy to be discussed first, instead of having the public lapse into the rhetoric of who is fit to rule better? Why don’t we see or hear any major decision taken in regards to public protesters or the Occupy movement? Aren’t these protesters Americans who demand economic justice? Plato famously said, “Mankind will never see an end of trouble until ... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power ... become lovers of wisdom.” Can we see lovers of wisdom holding power in this year’s presidential election? Or are we expecting another “Waiting for Godot” scenario, where we talk and talk but the dream candidate never comes?

Beligh ben Taleb is a graduate student in history and a former Fulbright scholar from Tunisia. Reach him at belighbentaleb@




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African American narratives still face challenges in finding hollywood, television success; post-racial entertainment industry remains elusive


he success of “The Help” and “Red Tails” has brought more attention to the discussion of African Americans in film. Even though both films are historic and receive critical acclaim, one can’t say we are living in a time of “post-racial Hollywood.” Representation of African Americans has always been an

issue in Hollywood and still is today. But this goes beyond the mere presence of African Americans in films and television; it’s about the roles they play, and how the roles are interpreted. A film can be received in two entirely different ways. “The Help” was pitched as an inspirational, heartwarming story. Kwakiutl Dreher, an English and ethnic studies associate professor

at the University of NebraskaLincoln, and Jeannette Jones, a history and ethnic studies associate professor at UNL, both said they feel that the film is built around a redemptive theme, as are countless popular films that discuss race. “There is a lot about how we want to understand the politics of race as redemptive. And when I say ‘we,’ I’m talking

about everybody in America,” said Jones. Jones said she believes the use of that theme is a way for people to sidestep an honest conversation about race, effectively ignoring the realities of the Jim Crow laws in the South in the 1960s. “My beef was with the erasure of the Civil Rights Movement from that movie (‘The Help’),” Jones said. “It was a movie that

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“Miracle at St. Anna” Three years before “Red Tails” hit theaters, director Spike Lee brought his own film about African American soldiers in World War II to audiences. Despite positive reviews from The Boston Herald and Roger Ebert, the film was received negatively by many critics and grossed less than 8 million dollars domestically. In a 2008 interview, Lee described the project’s financial woes leading up to production, ironically listing George Lucas as a Hollywood figure who he felt wouldn’t have trouble raising funds for such a project: “Very difficult, but again, this is the climate that we live in as far as working in-house through the system; I don’t think ‘They’re picking on Spike Lee ...’ or anything like that. Everybody goes through it, unless you’re Spielberg, Lucas, on that level. It’s hard to get stuff made today that’s not superhero, comic book, TV show, sequel stuff.”

“Red Tails”

Since its release in January of this year, George Lucas’ “Red Tails” has grossed nearly $50 million domestically, but in the public interviews surrounding the film’s premiere, Lucas was often blunt about Hollywood’s skepticism about the all-black cast and the extended difficulties this created in funding the project. In an interview with Jon Stewart, Lucas said, “Its because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all ... I showed it to all of them (studio executives) and they said ‘no.’ We don’t know how to market a movie like this.” Lucas had been developing “Red Tails” since 1988.

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry was Forbes’ highest-paid man in entertainment in 2011. His films have made more than $500 million and, on television, he has grossed more than $130 million for his work. From the street, to the stage, to the screen, Tyler Perry has created his own brand of black cinema. His films are accompanied by much controversy because they stereotype gender and racial roles in the African American community and are viewed as melodramatic. Spike Lee famously referred to Perry’s comedies “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns” as “coonery baffoonery.” But “LOST” producer and director Stephen Williams said, “Though they may be problematic, it is still so refreshing to see black people interacting with each other.”


This short-lived television spy drama was created by J.J. Abrams and Josh Reims. The show cast black actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe as the mysterious spy couple, the Blooms, who secretly work for the CIA. After low ratings, NBC pulled the show after 10 episodes. Co-producer and director Stephen Williams said he was surprised the show got through initial production, pointing out, “It is interesting to know that the series was not initially conceived as involving a black couple.”

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Artist creates First Friday display from bikes Artist constructs household items, decorative pieces out of recycled bike frames, parts sam peshek daily nebraskan

Bicycles are great toilet paper holders. They don’t make bad butterflies, either. So when Lincoln artist Michael Walter comes across a bicycle past its prime, he gives it new a life as a functional everyday household item or an intricately welded sculpture, like the ones that will appear tonight as part of the “Bikel Art” exhibit, at Screen Ink, located at 11th and L streets in Lincoln. Walter’s approach is a classic case of one man’s trash being another man’s

treasure. “Instead of going to the garbage and seeing scrap metals, I saw stuff in it,” Walter said. “I’ve got a piece that’s a big butterfly that I’ve made out of eight rims and a bunch of spokes.” Before being asked to do April’s First Friday exhibition at Screen Ink, Walter had already become a MacGyver of sorts when it came to bike parts. “You can get two guitar stands out of one bike frame,” Walter said. Walter landed the art exhibit, his first solo show, after sharing a common interest in Screen Ink’s slogan of “combining art and craft” with fellow cyclist and Screen Ink owner, Jason Davis. “We’ve gotten to know him as a regular here and we’re all pretty avid bikers,” Davis said. “We’ve exhibited

ceramic sculptures in here and other welded sculptures, but never with bike parts.” Hosting two live music performances and an artist that works with large sculptures meant Screen Ink had to change their regular approach to First Friday exhibitions. “This show we won’t be doing any live printing because we’re going to have live music.” Davis said. “It’s such a small space. Usually it’s tough to try and pull off both.” Musical performances will include sets by local artists VanFantom and an acoustic show from Dean the Bible. With a solo show of pieces all made from bike parts, it comes as no surprise the exhibit has piqued the interest of the biking community in Lincoln. It’s something Walter and Davis intended all along. “We’ve been hoping to

fill the ear of the right person in Lincoln because we definitely end up with bikes locked up to everything possible in front of our space,” Davis said. “If people could lock up to our building, they probably would. It’s kind of a free-for-all.” Heading in to the show, Walter said he has been humbled by the positive feedback leading up to the date. “I’m really stoked and overwhelmed by the response I’m getting from people I’ve told about it,” Walter said. “I’m super excited.” Hors d’oeuvres will be set out at the show, as well as drinks provided by Nebraska Brewery. Screen Ink will be open for regular store hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and will reopen at 7 p.m. for the gallery showing. sampeshek@

Local artist transforms old bikes into art, household items


Michael Walter poses for a portrait with a fish sculpture he created out of bike parts. More of Walter’s welded bike art can be seen at Screen Ink. (416 S. 11th St.) during tonight’s First Friday festivities.


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Show to raise awareness, funds for Syria Kelsey haugen daily nebraskan

With live music, food, a guest speaker and, most importantly, all proceeds going to the Syria Relief Fund, “The Evolution of the Arab Revolutions: A Benefit Concert for Syria” is an event not to miss. Middle Eastern Students Unite and Project Nur, an American Islamic Congress movement promoting human rights, are hosting the show on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Ballroom on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. “We wanted to choose an organization that wasn’t biased,” said Shams Al-Badry, a junior international business and political science major and the president of MESU. “The Syria Relief Fund doesn’t focus on helping only people with a specific religion or ethnicity.” Although the issues in Syria don’t directly affect her, AlBadry is especially empathetic toward the country since her roots are from the Middle East. “It’s the fact that people are being killed for what they believe in,” Al-Badry said. “My family is from Iraq so it hits close to home when people are being killed ... and fleeing their own land for a better life.” Al-Badry said he hopes to raise awareness at UNL because many people don’t seem to know what’s going on in Syria. By donating all the sales to the Syria Relief Fund, a nonprofit organization, they will help refugees who have fled their homeland. The benefit concert will feature Chance Preston, a Lincoln singer/songwriter, as well as some predominantly underground hip-hop performers, such as Ishma Valenti from AZP, Brown and Omar Offendum, a Syrian musician. “I think having a Syrian artist will help promote the concert and raise awareness about the issue,” Al-Badry said. “It’s also going to be the first time we

if you go “The Evolution of the Arab Revolutions” concert when: Friday, 7:00 p.m. where: City Union Ballroom how much: $12, $80 for a table of 8 (all sales go to the Syria Relief Fund) bring in artists for an event.” There will also be a guest speaker, Bridget Blomfield, a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, who will speak about how music has helped the Syrian revolution and about authentic Middle Eastern food. “There will be great food, performers and, best of all, you’re supporting a cause,” Al-Badry said. Valenti is excited to share his hip-hop style at the benefit concert. “I’m looking forward to bringing AZP to campus,” Valenti said. “Bad things are happening in Syria ... and we need to help by spreading awareness and giving medical or basic aid.” Sheereen Othman, a senior advertising major and the public relations chair of MESU, took care of most of the advertising for the benefit concert through flyers, stands in the union and word-of-mouth. “With everything that’s been going on lately in Syria, it’s the only country that hasn’t received much aid,” she said. “We would like to help with the fund, which provides food rations and prevents disease.” Othman said she is also looking forward to the night’s blend of information, music and socializing. “I’m really excited for the overall event because it’s the first time we’re bringing in musicians rather than just lecturers,” Othman said. “It doesn’t get better than food, music and spending time with friends.”

Death penalty opponents host benefit concert shelby fleig daily nebraskan

First Friday in Lincoln is for art, music and drinks. But this Friday, it’s also for social justice. Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty is holding its first benefit event tonight at The Bourbon Theatre. NADP looks to raise money and awareness for their fight against the death penalty in Nebraska with silent auctions, art raffles and donations. “The death penalty is not helpful to victims because it doesn’t provide the closure that’s promised,” said Stacy Anderson, executive director of NADP. “It often takes many, many years before the execution takes place and the risk of executing an innocent person is just too high. We are working to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole.” After a NADP volunteer contacted the Bourbon to set up the event, the venue was eager to get involved. “The Bourbon has always taken an active roll in the community and have done as much as we can for local nonprofits,” said Spencer Munson, media director and talent buyer at the Bourbon. “We also have been working on building our role in the First Friday scene.” Local artists and musicians approached NADP and The Bourbon to support the cause. Volunteers include funk headliner Satchel Grande, and music by Toasted Ponies, Inflect, DJesse, Owlsley, State Street Jump and John Klemm & the Party and they will play from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be a brief interruption in the music at 7:30 p.m. for a NADP speaker.

if you go NADP First Friday when: Friday, 6 p.m. where: The Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St. how much: Free (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) $7 (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

“We suggested that Curtis McCarty also come and speak. He has a compelling story of the innocence piece that proves it’s (the death penalty) just too risky,” Anderson said. McCarty spent 19 years on death row for a 1982 Oklahoma City murder he didn’t commit. McCarty was sentenced based on testimonies and forensic evidence provided by analyst Joyce Gilchrist. Gilchrist was later found guilty of lab misconduct and at least two other cases he worked on were overturned. “This is a chance for students to be active in their community as well as learn about much of the local art and music,” said Munson. “The death penalty is a controversial but important topic that the college community needs to be informed and aware of.” Anderson said she encourages young people to come participate in the art raffles and silent auctions (you do not have to be present to win) and inform themselves on important issues. “This is a fun venue to deal with a tough topic,” she said. “I feel like a lot of people have not thought much about the death penalty and this is a great opportunity to come and learn more about it, specifically how it’s not helpful to Nebraskans.” shelbyfleig@


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The Envy Corps talks lack of label, lion suit tyler keown

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Luke Pettipoole is a self-reliant guy. The last three years his band, The Envy Corps, hasn’t been on a recording label. The band released “I Will Write You Love Letters If You Tell Me To” in 2006, a self-released EP that grabbed them enough attention to earn an opening spot on one of the Killers’ tours. Last year they released their second album, “It Culls You.” The band has been playing shows around the Omaha area and will be headlining the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha tonight at 9 p.m. The Daily Nebraskan was able to catch up with Pettipoole to talk about what has been going on recently in The Envy

Corps’ world. Daily Nebraskan: I’ve heard stories of you smashing guitars during concerts back in the day. Any truth to that? Luke Pettipoole: There is a Fender Jazzmaster floating about that Brandon has broken to bits at least three times. His guitars are all custom now, made by a company in Des Moines called Bilt Guitars. They cost quite a bit more than a Japanese-made Fender so the guitar smashing has become less commonplace, which is a shame if you ask me. DN: What was the main aim with “It Culls You”? LP: Coming off “Dwell,” which was made for a major label, we wanted to make a record that essentially had no mainstream aspirations. “It Culls

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the elements of a song are harmonically complementary. DN: It seems like a lot of your songs build up to big, explosive endings (“Wires and Wools,” “Party Dress,” “Before the Gold Rush,” “Make it Stop,” “Ms. Hospital Corners”) Is that something that you like your songs to do? Do you ever worry you are doing it too often? LP: We actually made an effort to tone it down on “It Culls You.” In our defense, I’d say “Make It Stop” and “Fools” are the only two songs where we really indulged. “Ms. Hospital Corners” is pretty intense the whole way. DN: Did the song “Story Problem,” appearing on the “Run Fatboy Run” soundtrack, impact your fan base much?

Did you gain new listeners? LP: I don’t really think so. It runs for almost three minutes in that movie but it wasn’t like the phone was ringing off the hook the weekend it was released. It did help us get a soda commercial in Kazakhstan, though! DN: What are the next steps for the Envy Corps? LP: To be honest, I’m not sure. We’re still in the middle of this record cycle, we’ve been playing label to ourselves for the past three years and I’ll tell you, it’s not easy-going. There’s a lot of day to day stuff that simply takes time away from making music. I think we’re ready to join up with someone again. We have some stuff in the pipeline already, trying to determine when to release it. I’m also writing material for a loose solo-ish


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films: from 5 made casual reference to the Civil Rights Movement and, if you did not know any better, you would think that the only recourse for those particular women in that context was the white character to tell their stories, which is not true.” Jones insists “The Help” tried to make a historical statement about race, segregation and domestic service, even though it is a fictional piece. As a historian, she is especially critical. She said she found the film one-sided, leaving the stories of the black women incomplete. “Don’t make it one-dimensional,” Jones said. “It was not a one-dimensional experience.” Dreher said she wanted more from the film as well. “It is obvious the film is denigrating to African American women,” she said. “It’s one thing to make a film about black women in domesticity in white households, but it’s another thing to know how it works.” She said she feels there is far more to see beyond the black characters of the film and a larger conversation to be had. “Let me look behind what is obvious,” said Dreher. She referenced Gloria Naylor, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker’s use of fiction to “get beyond the obvious” and look into the minds of white and black women alike from the days of slavery to the days of segregation. As a writer, Dreher said she finds it easier to look at films contextually by examining characters within the story and out as well as personnel working on the film. The white women in “The Help” should

not be ignored, nor the fact that the author and director are both white. “What does this say about the white women?” she said. “Once we start looking at the minor characters, we get a whole different story.” But that sort of examination takes thought and time and is difficult to do. It would be easier to see a film that takes on a similar issue, but from a different angle. “Why hasn’t Spike Lee, Darnell Martin, Lee Dash or other African American men or women taken on this role of directing or telling this story?” Dreher asked. “What would it look like in our eyes to tell that story. That’s what my question is.” In reality, it’s still very difficult to get a black narrative portrayed on television or in film. Stephen Williams was the director and producer for the ABC drama “LOST.” In 2010 he directed and produced the short-lived spy drama “Undercovers,” a series that follows an African American couple on their endeavors as secret agents for the government. He said he was surprised the show was eventually produced. “The simple reason/answer why that show got as far as it did has a lot to do with the power in the industry that the executive producer and co-creator of the show, J.J. Abrams has,” he said. The series was cancelled after its first season, which is often the case for shows that are unable to gain traction. Williams has found that films and shows often have to be pitched to studios and networks as “specialty” or “niche.”

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was pulled from one event to avoid making the injury worse. “I’ll be competing on high bar and parallel bar, but not on floor.” Ringle said. “I want to give my knee some more time to heal instead of make it worse.” Sophomore Wyatt Baier took Ringle’s place on floor, an event he has only competed in once before this season. “He’s doing a great job,” Chmelka said. “It’s definitely helped a lot having our floor set up in the arena. We could do our routines, and we feel good about our lineup. Everybody’s had a great two weeks and we’re ready.” The two-day event starts tonight with the team competition. Once the scores are tallied, the top 10 from each event move onto the individual competition Saturday night. “I think we have a really good chance of getting a lot of our guys on the individual events,” Ringle said. “We just need to keep our heads and do what we do in practice.” The Huskers have seen

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The women got the job done. Now it’s time for the men to give it a shot. The No. 9 Husker men’s gymnastics team is headed to Iowa to compete in the team’s first Big Ten Championship. The competition falls two weeks after NU’s women’s gymnastics team grabbed first place, and the men’s team is looking to do the same. The past two weeks have been full of resting, practicing routines, sticking landings and in one case, an injury. Sophomore Mark Ringle injured his knee at practice last week, and coach Chuck Chmelka wasn’t sure if Ringle could compete this weekend. “We were kind of going into the mindset he couldn’t compete,” Chmelka said. “But he actually healed up pretty good, so he’s going to do two events.” Ringle was slated for three events: floor, parallel bars and high bar. Due to his injury he

most of the teams they’re competing against before. There will only be three teams new to NU: Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State. “We feel comfortable right now,” Chmelka said. “I know it’s going to be different than what we’ve been in before, but we’ll learn and make adjustments and handle it.” The Huskers have been working on their weak areas: pommel horse and dismounts. Throughout, the season NU’s team score has been getting higher and higher, and the team wants this weekend’s score to break yet another season record. “We’ve done more pommel horse routines in the last two weeks than we’ve done before, we really stressed weak areas,” Chmelka said. “Hopefully they’ll improve and we’ll continue to hit and score high.” The championships will be held at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena, an arena the Huskers competed in earlier in the season against Iowa and

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Husker Wyatt Baier will fill in on floor for injured Mark Ringle this weekend. The Denver native has competed on floor once this season. Minnesota. “We kind of know the surroundings and that does

Nebraska,” Miles said. “He was a valuable part of the storied tradition of Illinois high school basketball in recent years. He comes from two great programs: Mac Irving Fire in AAU basketball and Whitney M. Young, which he helped become a national power in the high school ranks. He is an excellent coach and teacher of the game. He will model the right things for our student-athletes.” The last addition to the staff is another familiar face, as Jayden Olson spent the last two years as an assistant under Miles at CSU. Olson was the

Rams’ director of basketball operations, and the release said that O l s o n handled tape exchanges, breaking down video, recording practices and olson g a m e s and coordinating the team’s video library.

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Once the Nebraska volleyball team was atop the cliff, the rocky outcropping overlooking the sea felt a lot higher. But the height did not hold the Huskers back, and one by one, they dove off the cliff and into the Pacific Ocean. “We got to this beach, and we saw people on top of this rock and we were like, ‘Let’s do it,’” junior middle blocker Hayley Thramer said. While on a trip to Hawaii for a spring exhibition with the Rainbow Warriors in March, an excursion to the beach turned into an impromptu visit to the top of the cliff. NU head coach John Cook had his reservations about the experience, but some locals said jumping was safe, and the result was an unforgettable moment of team bonding. “I think a lot of relationships were built or got stronger,” Thramer said. The next destination for the Huskers is about 3,600 miles closer to Lincoln than their last one. Saturday in Norfolk, Neb., the women will battle North Dakota State in an exhibition match at the Cox Activities Center. Cook said one of V. EASY the factors in choosing Norfolk to host the match was the city’s proximity to Thramer’s hometown of Ewing, Neb., about 50 miles to the west. “We want to try to get as close to Ewing as we can,” Cook said. “The point of going is for Hayley to share her family and where she grew up with our team. Our girls have never been up there. That will be an eye-opening experience for them.” The team will visit the Thramer household for dinner Saturday night before returning to Norfolk.

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“I’m pretty fired up,” Thramer said. “I don’t know if I’m as fired up as everybody up there. The morning the tickets went on sale in Norfolk, I woke up to six text messages saying, ‘Do you have tickets?’” Thramer added, though, that she has grown accustomed to that type of anticipation after three seasons with the program. Cook said that at the same time other programs around the country are playing exhibitions in half-empty gymnasiums, the spring schedule for Nebraska creates much more excitement among its fan base. “It’s playing # 37 in front of very passionate people who want to see us play and think these girls are rock stars,” Cook said. “The reception we got in Hawaii was unbelievable. We signed autographs for an hour, and we’ll be way longer than that in Norfolk.” At the heart of the Huskers’ spring slate is sharpness and continued improvement. “Some of our goals are to be competitors every day and be good practice players and just continue to get better and build on our team relationships,” Thramer said. Other than that, Cook

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identified only one difference between the regular season and the spring. “We’re not preparing for teams we’re playing. We’re not preparing for Hawaii or, this week, North Dakota [State],” Cook said. “We don’t watch video on them, we don’t study them. We don’t even know who the players are. We’re really just focusing on our side of the net.” He also said a focal point of his squad’s preparation this spring is bettering the players in every aspect of the game — specifically in full-team situations. “We go back to basics, butV.we also do a lot of team EASY stuff, too, in a team setting,” Cook said. “We have some young players that need to do that in a team, six-on-six situation.” And whether the spring takes them cliff diving in the Aloha State or visiting a teammate’s home in the Heartland, the Huskers are using the season to the fullest. “We’re going to where it’s fun, it’s exciting and the people care,” Cook said. “We’re making the most of these opportunities.”




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Women return home for series against Illini Huskers work toward rebound after series loss to Minnesota

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The Huskers may have lost their last Big Ten series to Minnesota, but that’s not going to change the way that they approach the next one. When the Nebraska softball team (21-14 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) hosts Illinois today and Saturday at Bowlin Stadium for a three-game set it will be just like any other, according to the team. “We really just want to go out and attack every team the same way: with our strength,” senior pitcher Ashley Hagemann said. “We feel that if we play our best we can beat anyone. It is our ability and our execution that is important to us.” One of the Huskers’ strengths this season has been playing at home. The team is undefeated in the seven games it has played at home this year and is happy to be back in Nebraska this weekend. “Playing at home is always a lot of fun because the fans are out there, and I think that there is always the advantage of playing on the same field that you practice on,” junior outfielder Brooke Thomason said. “Travel can also have some negative affects on your body.” Pitching should be on show when the Huskers collide with the Illini. Both teams feature pitchers who have amassed impressive number thus far. The Illini are lead in the circle by junior ace Pepper Gay. Gay has started 17 games for Illinois, striking out 107 and producing an ERA of 1.84. Husker hitters will be tasked with scoring runs against the strong right-handed pitcher. “To me, this is just another pitcher that we are facing,” Thomason said. “We just need to go out and play our game.” Gay’s Husker counterpart, at least in the series opener, will be Hagemann. The senior is second in the Big Ten

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Husker senior pitcher Ashley Hagemann is second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally with 194 strikeouts this season. and seventh nationally with 194 strikeouts this season. That does not mean she is only trying to get opponents out via the whiff, however. “I’m not going out there counting how many strikeouts I get,” she said. “I’m just getting outs in the game. If it happens to be a pop up or a strikeout, it’s just helping my team win the game.” Hagemann has no doubt helped the Huskers win a few games this season. The strikeout stats are evidence to the elusiveness of her pitches. “I’m just trying to go at a batter with every pitch,” Hagemann said. “Ultimately, I’m just trying to get them to mishit a pitch, but if I get that extra movement on a pitch then (strikeouts) can happen.” The Huskers, playing a three-game conference series this season, have a lot of innings to eat up, more than Hagemann can handle alone. Luckily for them, Sophomore

Tatum Edwards provides another solid option for pitcher. Having two legitimate arms is not a luxury that many teams enjoy around the country. “It’s always helpful to have another pitcher,” Hagemann said. “Tatum and I are completely different pitchers. When we split a game, it is hard for a team to face one and then the other. That goes in our favor when we execute.” The Huskers look to execute their game this weekend in order to avoid losing back-to-back series for the first time this season. “The Minnesota games were a big step in acknowledging the fact that we play better when we don’t worry about the team that we are playing,” Thomason said. “We seem to be an emotional team, but when we handle our emotions we are able to play at our best.”

Even though it seems the Nebraska men’s and women’s track and field teams just finished up indoor competition, things are starting all over again. The Huskers continue the start of their outdoor season by traveling to Tempe, Ariz., this weekend for the Sun Angel Classic. As this is only the third outdoor meet of the season for Nebraska, the team is still getting into the swing of things. “This is still early season, so we are still training harder. You always want to continue to try and get better,” NU track and field coach Gary Pepin said. So far, the Huskers seem to be doing just that. On the men’s side, Nebraska has had two Big Ten Conference field athletes of the week already in the outdoor season. Sophomore thrower Chad Wright won the award for the week of March 28th, for winning the discus at the Arizona State Invitational in March. Senior Chris Phipps earned the honors Wednesday for his long jump victory at the Arkansas Spring Invitational along with Penn State’s Joe Kovacs and Purdue’s Geoff Davis. For Phipps, this strong start is especially important to him. After missing out on NCAA Outdoor Championships last year while qualifying for the

past two seasons, he is looking to make a return back there. “Last year was a little rough with injuries,” Phipps said. “I just want to continue to stay healthy and positive.” Phipps isn’t the only member of NU’s track and field team who is looking for more in the outdoor season. While the Nebraska women were the Big Ten Women’s Indoor Champions this year, the men are looking for a Big Ten Championship of their own. “I feel like we should have won indoor,” Phipps said. “Everybody has to step up. I feel like if we work hard it will come.” On the women’s side, the Huskers are carrying momentum from their strong indoor season. Along with Phipps winning the long jump, Mara Griva added another strong performance in the jumps category last weekend by winning the triple jump at 12.86 meters. The other women’s victory came from Greta Kerekes in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.93 seconds. While the outdoor season is just starting off, it is just over a month until the Huskers compete in the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. With such a short time to prepare, Nebraska is looking to be on top of its game and keep technique sharp. “I’ve been working on technique and speed,” Phipps said. “I especially want to focus on technique in the triple jump.” And while Phipps has high expectations for this season, Pepin is looking for this same dedication from all of his athletes.

“We just have to stay healthy, train smart, and compete hard.” Pepin said. “We need all of our athletes.” Depth is always an important factor in a sport that has so many phipps events like track and field. However, it is even more so in the outdoor season. The outdoor track season brings additional events to the lineup such as the javelin, hammer throw, and the 4×100 meter relay. “You have more areas that you need athletes to do well in,” Pepin said. This next weekend will be a good chance for the Husker athletes to determine which of these areas they need work on and where they are at so they can find where they need to improve. “We want to try and make improvements to find out where our strengths and weaknesses are, and how we can learn from them,” Pepin said. And through this improvement, Pepin hopes that the women can continue their success and the men can get that championship that they are looking for as they progress through their outdoor season. “By the time you get to outdoor conference you want to be able to perform at your best,” Pepin said. angelaHensel@


gymnastics: from 10 with courage and confidence,” he said. “I just believe that they’re going to win, they’re going to do well, they’re going to succeed.” Junior Janelle Giblin isn’t as tall as UK’s Anthony Davis, but Kendig said she has also played a large role for the team all season. The 5-foot-2 Husker gymnast finished first on vault (9.930) and bars (9.910) in the Big Ten Conference and earned a spot on the FirstTeam All-Big Ten Conference Championship team. Giblin’s clutch performances throughout the 2012 campaign led the team to winning the Big Ten Title in its first season, a goal the team’s had since the end of last season. “The main difference between this year and last year is that every meet we compete in, we believe we can win,” Giblin said. “Winning the Big Ten just made the road to our main goal that much closer.” Winning the conference championship isn’t the only goal Giblin has this season. In addition to her personal

goals, the San Ramon, Calif., NCAA Regionals. native has had her mind set Last season the Huskers on the team winning the ul- finished second to Oregon timate prize — the national State, a placement they hope championto only imship. prove, Giblin I came here my Giblin said said. freshman year Kendig has Although inspired the the team has not knowing entire team been successwhat role I was to reach that ful on the going to play. He’s road, Kendig goal. “I love said he feels taught me the competing best is yet skills necessary to the for him and to come. become an allhe just loves “I just the sport so feel that we around gymnast. much,” Gibhaven’t had Janelle Giblin our perfect lin said. “I junior gymnast think he’s meet yet,” represented he said, “and all the qualithat’s what ties you’d need to become a we’re after.” successful head coach and In order to win Saturday, was very deserving to win the Huskers must stay in the that award. moment, Kendig said. “I came here my fresh“We need to take one rouman year not knowing what tine at a time and we can’t role I was going to play. get ahead of ourselves,” he He’s taught me the skills said. “All we need to do is hit necessary to become an all- our routines. If we go in and around gymnast.” hit our routines we’re comHowever, there’s one step ing out on top. We’re going the team must pass in order to Utah to win the regional to get to the big stage — championship.” neduIzu@ they must finish strong in the

baseball: from 10 And for him coming out of the pen changes his mindset for when he enters the game. “It’s just a different mentality,” Pierce said. “Pitching from the beginning you get to set the tone, versus pitching from the end you get to lock it up. It’s just a little different.” But the start Saturday didn’t come about on accident, it was a calculated move by Erstad because

Pierce proved he could perform. And even though Pierce values every chance to pitch differently, Erstad looks at pitching on the weekends a little differently. “You’ve gotta earn every start,” Erstad said. “Those weekend starts are valuable and we gave him a midweek start and he went out and commanded the strike zone and took advantage of it.”

And Erstad is relying on Pierce to help the Huskers through a weekend against a tough opponent, he said. Iowa isn’t going to roll over, but Erstad’s Huskers won’t either. And they won’t be playing passively against the Hawkeyes. “We’re past the point of responding to adversity and it’s time for us to set the tone and finish business,” Erstad said. robbykorth@


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Iowa rotation to challenge NU during series Huskers look to improve 3-3 Big Ten against Hawkeyes Robby Korth Daily Nebraskan

Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead rushed for 1,357 yards last season on 284 carries. Sophomore I-backs Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah are expected to get more playing time in 2012.

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he Husker offense needs a boost. Nebraska’s run-based offense ranked 15th nationally in 2011, but scored 20 points or fewer in its final four games, something it did only once in the first nine games of the season. At the end of 2011, the Husker passing attack ranked 104th nationally, 16 teams from the bottom. “We have to mix it up,” offensive coordinator Tim Beck said. “I think offensively you need to because it’s going to help our run game.” Beck has a plan. If the team can ride the success of the ground game and translate it to the passing game, the offense could explode. By faking a run, Nebraska can freeze up opposing defenders and open up more passing lanes to ease the passing game for quarterback Taylor Martinez. “We were very efficient in our

play-action pass last year,” Beck said. “It was high percentage with a very big gain per catch. We feel like we got to do more of that.” The ultimate weapons in the play -action game for Nebraska could be its two tight ends. Kyler Reed, who coach Bo Pelini said has the speed to split out as a wide receiver, is the top receiving threat while Ben Cotton can be a blocker and pass catcher. Both present matchup problems for opposing defenses. The tight ends aren’t the only asset Nebraska could use to its advantage. I-back Rex Burkhead averaged 8.4 yards per reception out of the backfield last season. Many of his 21 receptions came on critical third-down plays, including a 30-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against Ohio State to even the score at 27-27. In the spring, however, Nebraska

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has focused on developing its young talent at running back, opting to rest Burkhead for many of the drills and scrimmages. Sophomores Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah are working with the offense for their first batch of spring practices and coaches said they want to take advantage of the time to help the offense grow. “It is our job to put the ball in their hands more often than they did a year ago,” Pelini said. “They’re not freshmen anymore. They stopped being freshmen a long time ago and I think they can be a force for our football team. They’re both tremendously talented players.” In addition to taking advantage of Abdullah’s and Green’s speed in the open field, Martinez has been working with the running backs to further develop the option game.

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Thursday was special for Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad. It was Major League Baseball’s opening day. And there isn’t a time Erstad doesn’t miss lacing up the baseball cleats, putting on the glove and playing some ball. “Every day,” Erstad said. “It’s the greatest day of the year in my opinion. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve seen all the banners in all the stadiums.” But the former Nebraska outfielder’s playing days are over. Now it’s time for the first-year coach to expand on that knowledge and help the next generation of Huskers. This weekend Erstad’s Huskers will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in the baseball version of the Heroes’ game. But despite the hype for the game played in Memorial Stadium, Erstad doesn’t really see the rivalry playing a role in this weekend’s series. “All our motivation comes from within. I really don’t care who we’re playing,” Erstad said. “That’s no disrespect to anybody, I just want to make sure we handle our level of intensity and focus and not think about anybody else’s way of playing.” The Hawkeyes are coming into the weekend 12-14 and tied with the Huskers at 3-3 in Big Ten play. But Iowa still poses a challenge to Nebraska. The Hawkeyes will throw three lefties at the Huskers, something that might cause problems for NU, which is 1 for

9 against left-handed pitching in Big Ten play. If the offense isn’t there, Nebraska will have to rely on the weekend’s rotation of Tom Lemke, Brandon Pierce and Zach Hirsch. And those three will need to do a few things better this weekend against Iowa than t h e y have in the past, Erstad said. “(They need to) c o m m a n d t h e strike zone, pierce work the fastball to both sides of the plate, Erstad said. “And get ahead of hitters, early in the game we tend to get 1-0 or 2-0 a lot. And when we throw strikes we gotta get hitters away. Sometimes when we get up 1-2 in the count next thing you know we’re at 3-2 again. “We want that killer mentality to go out there to finish guys off.” Pierce is a fresh face for the Huskers. He’s made one start this season, a three inning outing against Kansas State in which he only gave up two hits and two walks on 55 pitches. And getting that start is a great chance for him to prove himself. “There’s (15) pitchers on our team,” Pierce said. “Just to pitch at all is a great opportunity. It’s humbling just to pitch whenever is awesome. I just want to pitch whenever they want me to. And they will.” But even though the sophomore only has one start against K-State, he’s leading the Huskers with 23 1/3 innings.

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NCAA regionals next for gymnasts Huskers’ Miles hires 3 more to coaching staff men’s basketball

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Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced three new hires to his coaching staff Thursday night. The highest-profile hire j o i n ing the Huskers was Ben Johns o n , who has spent the last f o u r years as an assisjohnson tant under Ben Jacobson at Northern Iowa. Recruiting is a specialty of Johnson, who held the role of UNI’s top recruiter in

2011-12 and has experience in a similar role at University of Texas-Pan American. Johnson, 31, has ties to the Big Ten conference, where he played two years at both Minnesota and Northwestern, and is a Minneapolis native. “I think Ben is a rising star in this business,” Miles said in a release. “He’s well-organized, hard-working and great with the players. He can do it all, whether it is game planning or working guys out. I thought it was important to have a guy who’s been in the Big Ten and understands the environments and understands how to win. I think that’s a huge relationship builder with the players, and Ben will provide that and then some for our program.” Ronald Coleman, a new Husker assistant, was part of Miles’ last staff at Colorado State. Coleman has AAU ties from coaching in his native Chicago, and once played for the Houston

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Every coach looks for consistency in his athletes. Nebraska women’s gymnastics coach Dan Kendig believes that’s what has led his team to a 19-2 record this season. This weekend the Huskers travel to Salt Lake City and will compete against five teams in pursuit of the NCAA regional crown title. Competition against No. 8 Utah, Arizona Sate, Iowa State, San Jose State and Big Ten conference opponent Minnesota will kick-off Saturday at 7 p.m. The Husker gymnasts learned last week that the NCAA picked them as the No. 1 seed heading into the meet. The first place position was an honor to the team, Giblin said, a placement the team started and finished in the Big Ten Conference Championships two weeks ago. Giblin said it’s important for the team to focus on this meet before even thinking about performing in the Super Six Finals on April 21. “A lot of people don’t believe that we can beat (Utah) again at home,” she said. “It was such a good feeling last time in front of all the fans. All we can do is focus on ourselves and if we do that, we’ll end up in a better place than last year.” Kendig said he feels his team is similar to another

collegiate team who recently took home the latest NCAA national championship in a different sport. “This team’s a lot like my alma mater Kentucky,” Kendig said. “They’ve played bad and have let their opponents comeback. But every game I’ve watched they’ve never looked bothered. I’m pleased with the chemistry we have and how we go about what we do on a daily basis. “That’s how I feel both team’s are similar. From our senior Lora (Evenstad) to our freshman Jessie (DeZiel), they just all do a great job of feeding off each other.” The similarities are there. Like Wildcats coach John Calipari’s award as SEC Coach of the Year, Kendig was honored as the 2012 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in gymnastics two weeks ago. It was the eighth time in his 19-year coaching career Kendig has picked up the award. But the similarities run deeper than effective coaching. Like the 2012 NCAA Champions of men’s basketball, the Huskers also have had seven athletes contribute in some way or another in nearly every meet this season. Kentucky finished with just two losses, perhaps another similarity to come between the two teams at the end of the gymnastics’ season.

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Junior Janelle Giblin and the Huskers are the top-seeded team at the Salt Lake City Regional. Kendig said he feels the depth his team has shown will turn into the same conclusion the Wildcats had: a national championship.

“This team’s been focused all year and they compete

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