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stalemate It’s a good bill. You should never discriminate against anyone regardless of your feelings on the topic, it’s wrong.”

Nebraska Legislature fails to bring LGBT anti-discrimination bill to vote Monday

Taylor Noel

senior chemical engineering major

It would be good to have that bill. Everyone deserves these rights.” Ali Cox

junior elementary education major

Just coming from an ethnic studies matter, I think that it doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter if someone is straight or gay or lesbian or what their skin color is.” Danielle Swiatek

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ebraska senators failed to bring the LGBT anti-discrimination bill, LB485, to a vote on Monday. Lawmakers voted 26-22 on a cloture that would have overcome a filibuster aimed at killing the bill. LB485 is unlikely to return to the agenda as Monday was the 56th day of the 60-day legislative session. Debate on the bill, presented by Sen. Danielle Conrad of Lincoln, began Thursday. Conrad’s bill would protect members of the LGBT community from employment discrimination by making it illegal for an employer, employment agency or labor organization to refuse a person a job on the foundation of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill would apply to businesses with 15 or more employees, all employers with state contracts and state and local governments. But it would not apply to religious organizations. Legalizing the bill would add to the state’s existing laws that bar discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, martial status or national origin. Sens. Mark Christensen of Imperial

A young crowd watches the debate unfold at the Nebraska State Capitol on Monday afternoon regarding LB485, an anti-discrimination bill that would protect LGBT individuals. and Beau McCoy of Omaha each introduced 11 amendments to filibuster LB485. One of McCoy’s amendments was an attempt to kill the bill. “I think it’s unfortunate that the senators in the state are taking the time and

junior english major

what he believes.”

story by McCartney Martin photos by Stacie Hecker

Everyone has a different reason to be gay or lesbian, and I think it’s bad to not give him a job for Ahmad Aboragah

graduate in student animal sciences

—compiled by mara klecker

The senators failed to bring LB485 to a vote Monday, meaning they didn’t end the filibuster. It was the 56th day of the senate’s 60-day legislative session.

energy to basically block discussion on something that’s a really important matter for Nebraskans,” said Pat Tetreault, director of the LGBTQA Resource Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Tetreault was one I think it’s of several members unfortunate of the LGBT community gathered at the that the senators Nebraska State Capitol to show support in the state are for LB485 on Monday. taking the time She said many people don’t realize that un- and energy to less discrimination is basically block prohibited, it isn’t ildiscussion on legal. “Currently, the something that’s current state of Nebraska condones and a really important supports discrimina- matter for tion, which is why it is so challenging trying Nebraskans.” to get a bill passed,” she said. Pat Tetreault director of the lgbtqa In 2012, the Linresource center at unl coln City Council voted 5-0 to pass a city ordinance comparable to one in Omaha that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. However, opponents of the ordinance received enough signatures on a petition that would either require re-

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StarTran orders natural gas buses Nam Tran DN StarTran is making the switch to natural gas buses. The bus system will add five compressed natural gas, or CNG, buses when they arrive in June, and they should all be in use by early August. StarTran is also planning on purchasing an additional eight buses that are expected to arrive next year. During the next two years, into 2016, an additional 11 CNG vehicles will be coming to StarTran and replacing StarTran’s Handi-Vans. Overall, StarTran will have converted about a third of its 75 buses and handi-van vehicles. In addition, StarTran is creating new paint and design schemes marketed specifically for UNL services and new signs, as well as moving from a flag bus stop system to a designated bus stop system on UNL routes. “There’s a lot of thinking that are going into where these stops should be,” said Michael Davis, transit manager at StarTran. “We’re moving to designated stops on UNL routes so we’re putting additional stops out there and then that will help speed up the system so people can congregate at stops rather than the bus having to stop every block along the way.” The current route itself won’t change; the changes will just happen to some of the bus stops. Many of the stops will stay the same, and additional stops will be added. The stops will be spaced in a convenient way, Davis said. Spaced anywhere from about 800 feet to 1,000 feet apart, the stops will be placed where ma-

Student faces assault charges, brought to jail Police: Freshman assaulted UNL police officer with BAC level of 0.173; charged with third-degree assault Colleen Fell DN

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Passengers board a StarTran bus outside of the Nebraska Union on the University of NebraskaLincoln’s City Campus. StarTran will begin replacing the current buses with new natural gas buses in June and should be in use by early August. jorities of people are getting on the bus currently, most likely they’ll be found at intersections with other roads where people are coming down. Paul Cammack, manager customer relations at Black Hills Energy, said that they have been talking to StarTran about CNG vehicles for a while. “We’ve just been working with them for a long time to help convince them that this is the

right way to move their fleet,” he said. Black Hills Energy has also paid $70,000 to help offset the cost of two of the conversion systems in the five buses, Cammack said. He said the benefits that come with CNG vehicles go beyond just cost savings. “It reduces air pollution, which most people in Nebraska don’t think about,” Cammack said. “The air all across this coun-

try is polluted. We just don’t see it like you see it in Denver and Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, but our air is still polluted so the more we can do to clean the air up I think the better we all will be for our lungs.” Cammack also said natural gas is a completely domestic product. There are reserves that will last for hundreds of years,

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A University of Nebraska-Lincoln student was taken to jail Friday night after assaulting an officer. UNL Police Department officers approached Adam Biodrowski, a freshman exploratory major, after seeing him in an emotional state and having blood on his shirt. “The officer that came over was calm the whole time, but (Biodrowski) just attacked him out of nowhere,” said Kelli Yost, a sophomore Spanish and pre-med student, who was in a nearby car at the time. Police said Biodrowski grabbed an officer by the arms and torso area and then a second time near the head and neck. He then struck the officer in the face and was taken to the ground by police. Yost said she later saw Biodrowski taken away on a stretcher, still shouting at officers. Biodrowski ended up with mi-

nor cuts and bruises to his upper back and chest. The assaulted officer ’s face was red and swollen. Biodrowski was intoxicated at the time of the incident with a .173 BAC, according to police reports. He was charged with third-degree assault on an officer and was cited for obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. Yost was inside the car with three people when Biodrowski came up to them. Yost said they had pulled into a parking lot behind the Kappa Delta chapter house at 405 University Terrace and were on their way to Delta Gamma chapter ’s philanthropy event that night at its chapter house, 400 University Terrace. “He stumbled in front of our car – he was pretty clearly intoxicated,” Yost said. She said he also appeared to be out of breath. Biodrowski approached the driver ’s side door, and those inside rolled down the window halfway to see if he needed help. Yost, who was sitting in the passenger seat, said he began to scream profane statements and suggested he was being followed by the CIA. “He told us that he was trying to save our lives,” she said. Yost said they asked Biodrowski about the large blood stains on his shirt, but he didn’t give a clear answer. “Then he asked us to call this

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Spring blood drive returns to UNL campus

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The annual University of Nebraska-Lincoln Spring Blood Drive is back and looking for students, faculty and staff to donate. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org or ncbb.org, and all donors will receive a free T-shirt. The donation process takes about an hour and can save as many as three lives. To prepare for donations, eat a balanced and nutritious meal and drink extra, non-caffeinated beverages. A blood donor card and driver’s license or student ID is required at blood donation check-in. Individuals who are 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Students younger than 18 may have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Locations and times: Tuesday-Thursday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., UNL HarperSchramm-Smith Dining Hall Friday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nebraska Union plaza

ON CAMPUS what:

Google Scholar when: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. where: Love Library South, Room 110

Survey: Nebraska businesses remain positive

what:

Preparing for the GRE when: 5 p.m. where: Love Library South, Room 110

what: Caring for your Parents when: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. where: Nebraska Union

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More than 2,900 volunteers spent their weekend working at various sites in Lincoln during UNL’s Big Event on Saturday, which is an annual project to give back to the community.

Big Event volunteers help 250 Lincoln sites Annual UNL event attracts more than 2,900 volunteers to work throughout Lincoln community

what:

Women’s Choir Festival Performance when: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. where: Kimball Recital Hall more information: Free admission

IN LINCOLN what:

English Language Volunteer Tutor Orientation when: 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. where: Lincoln Literacy, 745 S. 9th St. more information: Preregister at lincolnliteracry.org or contact Victoria Welles at vwelles@lincoln.org or (402) 476-7323.

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Jazzocracy when: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where: Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th St.

Tyler Williams dn More than 2,900 volunteers gave back to the community through the 2014 Big Event on Saturday. University of NebraskaLincoln students and others volunteered at more than 250 sites across Lincoln, including libraries, parks, community organizations and private residences. “The event not only helps the people of Lincoln but also gives students the opportunity to volunteer in ways they usually may not,” Shelby Kruse, a junior health and nutrition sciences major and a Big Event student organizer, wrote in an email Monday. Volunteers participated in several activities, including yard work, cleaning, painting and other household work. Individuals and various groups volunteered for the annual Big Event, which has been a UNL tradition since 2006. The event is entirely student run and executed solely by volunteers with all the materials donated by local businesses and residents. Big Event organizers hope to gather 3,000 volunteers to help Lincoln next year. Applications for next year ’s Big Event executive team can be filled out at bigevent.unl.edu for students wishing to help organize the event. “It’s quite a bit of planning, we meet for the whole academic year,” said Kate Kollars, a senior biology and anthropology major and one of the student organizers of the event. The first focus of the Big Event operations staff is to find sponsorship opportunities,

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Big Event organizers hope that they will be able to recruit 3,000 volunteers for next year’s volunteering activities.

and A Neighborhood Associawhich means getting local busition. nesses, residents and members Seventy-five volunteers of UNL to donate money and materials to make the Big Event helped the association on Sathappen. This fund is used for urday. The volunteers handed out 1,700 newsletters to houses Big Event T-shirts, necessary in the neighborhood. They also tools and equipment and food, picked up yard Kollars said. waste and unAfter sponloaded trucks sorships have The event full of recyclable been lined up, not only materials. Reinthe work of lomiller said his cating job sites helps the people neighborhood begins. Operaof Lincoln but also association had tions staff seeks utilized Big out organiza- gives students Event volunteers tions and resiin the past and dents that could shelby kruse big event student organizer looked forward use a helping to having more hand and finds volunteers give the specifics of back in his community in the the kind of work needed to future. The neighborhood asbest match volunteers to that sociation captured video of the site, she said. Finally, the drive to recruit volunteers begins in volunteers work, which was posted on 40thanda.org. January and February when “It was awesome,” ReinUNL students are encouraged to participate and help the Lin- miller said. “Delivering that many newsletters takes a lot coln community. The event is of man power, and they had it held sometime in April. done in two to three hours, I “Working with them was a real pleasure, and I’d love never heard a volunteer complain once.” to have help like that once or News@ twice a year,” said Michael Redailynebraskan.com inmiller, president of the 40th

assault: from 1 number for him, so we did, but it was disconnected,” Yost said. Biodrowski then became more frustrated and tried to put his hand in the car to unlock the door, Yost said. At that point, Yost said the people in the car had had enough. “I told him that he needed to leave, and he got very angry when I said that to him,” Yost said. Police said when they approached Biodrowski, he was sitting on the ground, and they told him to remain there. They said Biodrowski was making paranoid statements and insisted someone was after him.

Yost said when officers came to talk to Biodrowski, she couldn’t see much of what happened because it was in front of the car she was in, but she kept hearing him scream at the officers. Charlotte Evans, UNLPD assistant chief, said incidents like this one are pretty rare. “Assaults on police officers happen,” Evans said. “Not often, but they do happen.” Despite efforts from officers, situations like this one can’t always be prevented. “UNLPD officers use their verbal skills and training to deescalate many situations to re-

Nebraska businesses have a positive outlook for the state’s economy in the next few months, according to the latest survey from the UNL’s Bureau of Business Research. Thirty percent of respondents to the March survey predicted increased sales in the next six months, compared with 23 percent who said they expected sales to decline. Seventeen percent of businesses said they expect to expand their work force, while 6 percent expected to reduce employment. More than six in 10 owners cited customer demand, business costs and labor quality as the most important issues facing their business. Less than four in 10 listed public policy issues such as the Affordable Care Act, government regulations and taxes. Some had concern about a potential minimum wage increase. The survey is mailed to 500 randomly selected businesses of all sizes each month and asks owners and managers about their economic expectations for the next six months. The March Survey of Nebraska Business had 135 respondents, a 27 percent response rate. A detailed report is available at the Bureau of Business Research, http://www.bbr.unl.edu. The bureau is part of the College of Business Administration. Windows

Assaults on police officers happen. Not often, but they do happen.” charlotte evans unlpd assistant chief

duce physical altercations, yet not all can be avoided,” Evans said. It doesn’t appear that the situation was connected to the sorority philanthropy event, but just happened to be in the area, she said.

“This particular event will not affect how UNLPD assigns officers to security, as that decision is made based on many criteria for all UNL events,” Evans said. news@ dailynebraskan.com

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David Izaguirre, a junior Spanish major, waits for the bus at a shelter outside the Nebraska Union on UNL’s city campus. StarTran plans to have many natural gas buses in place by August of

which makes it a great natural only planning on converting 24 resource for people to be using. of their vehicles, the remaining 75 Along with the reduced air pollu- are not out of the question. tion and the savings in cost, buses “There are some significant and vehicles that run on natural building upgrades that we have gas will have less wear on their to do if we allow more than 24 engines because the oil in the vevehicles,” he said. “Comfortably, hicles stays cleaner. with some minor facilities up“It doesn’t get dirty; therefore, grades we can move towards 24, you don’t have wear issues on the but beyond that there are some engines,” Cammack significant infrasaid. “With those structure things You guys benefits, reduced that we need to maintenance costs, look at as well as are the reduced operationfueling stations future, and so the al costs, cleaning and things of that up the environ- more you learn nature.” ment and using the Cammack said domestic fuel, it’s about natural he believes Stara win for everyTran is currently paul cammack body all the way on the road to conblack hills energy of cusaround.” verting their entire tomer relations manager Davis said fleet. they’re always try“I’m really exing to find the techcited about it benology that works the best, and, cause these buses are going to be currently, the savings as well as used to haul college students,” the environmental benefits from he said. “You guys are the future, CNG is the best for their vehicles. and so the more you learn about “It’s part of this ongoing pronatural gas vehicles and alternacess in exploring lots of different tive fuels, the better off you’re options and working with differ- going to be and the future generaent patterns,” Davis said. “It’s just tion is going to be instead of dopart of always looking towards ing the things we’ve always done making the system better, less them. It’s time to take a hard look expensive and more environmen- and see what the good changes tally friendly.” are for the future.” NEWS@ Davis said while StarTran is

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big ten roundup Iowa engineering college sees 70 percent growth

In the past decade, the University of Iowa has seen a 70 percent growth in the number of its engineering students. Thirty percent of that growth has come in the last four years. Of the graduates, 98 percent land jobs after graduation, making an average starting salary of greater than$60,000. The university has focused on attracting women engineers to its program, and now about onefourth of all engineering students are female. About 24 percent of undergraduate and 26 percent of graduate students enrolled in the engineering college are women. This is greater than the national average, which has been about 17 percent until it increased to 18.2 percent this year. Despite growth in numbers, the College of Engineering is experiencing growing pains. The last addition to the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences building was 15 years ago. The development of a conceptual plan for an estimated 65,000-square-foot addition have been approved by the Iowa state Board of Regents, but another approval is still needed. Postdoctoral research scholar and adjunct instructor Seth Dillard credits Iowa’s STEM initiatives as one of the reasons behind the program’s recent growth.

Minnesota to pilot survey for graduate research students

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Members of UNL’s Model United Nations team represented the Central African Republic during the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City last week and were recognized as an honorable mention delegation.

The University of Minnesota will pilot a graduate-level version of the Student Experience in the Research University, or SERU. The University of California-Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education administers SERU, which was previously only administered to undergraduate students in top-tier research universities worldwide about topics such as academic performance and sense of belonging. Undergraduates at more than 30 research institutions across the world, including 23 in the U.S. and 10 internationally. Institutions pay $20,000 per year to take part in the survey. The new version of the survey will be tailored to graduate students and will allow for comparisons among graduate institutions. This fall’s pilot survey will most likely include Moscow’s High School of Economic as one of the international universities, and there’s hope to boost the number of international universities in future studies. Other Big Ten schools participating in SERU are University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Purdue University, Indiana University and Rutgers University.

UNL Model United Nations earns honorable mention Jacob Elliott DN The Model United Nations student organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln received honorable mention at its national conference in New York City last week. MUN is a student-run simulation of the real United Nations that provides participants with a direct look at how the UN operates. Each student group that chooses to participate is assigned a country to research and represent at national and international conferences. This year, UNL MUN represented the Central African Republic. To prepare for the competition, UNL MUN had to research the Central African Republic and find information about the country’s structure, economics, beliefs, ideals and personal power amongst the United Nations. The group then prepared by practicing public speaking and writing papers to further understand its country’s stances. “If you’re the United States, you’re going to hold yourself very differently than the Central African Republic,” said UNL MUN President Ian Chapo, a senior economics and political science major. “You’re a much more powerful nation and as a result you have more

Michigan State announces ingredient safety center

Michigan State University and the Grocery Manufacturers Association announced the establishment of the Center for Research of Ingredient Safety on Monday. CRIS will be an independent, academic facility for information, research, training and analysis on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer-packaged goods. It will be modeled after already existing centers of expertise and located at MSU, governed by an advisory board composed of multiple stakeholders. The center’s goals will be: –Expand the opportunity to conduct basic, applied research on safety and toxicology of ingredients –Develop and validate testing methods, strategies for evaluating the safety of ingredients –Establish a graduate training program that prepares scientists for a career in assessing the safety and toxicology of ingredients –Inform the public, health professionals, regulators and scientific community on research matters Another partner in the endeavor is the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, which will lead the communications component through creating innovative approaches to connecting the CRIS research with stakeholders.

I would definitely invite any student from any major to join this organization. I think there is something in the organization for everyone.” Seynabou Youm unl mun treasurer

control within the United Nations. Each country has its own personality, and you’re supposed to embody that personality when you go there.” Should a participating group represent their country’s values well at the conference, then they may become eligible for a ranking; Outstanding Delegation, Distinguished Delegation and Honorable Mention. The point system is purposefully left vague in order to let participants focus on their arguments, rather than focusing on their grade. “Because you are advocating the ideas of your countries,” said Seynabou Youm, a senior global studies and political science major and treasurer of UNL MUN. “That when it comes to some of the more contentious issues then there might be more arguments. For instance, one of the committees deals with

Palestinian refugees, and that in itself has a lot of divisions between countries on how to deal with this issue. It’s a sensitive issue.” Youm said when it comes to supporting organizations such as UNICEF, there aren’t as many divisions between the different groups because there is a general consensus that more needs to be done in the world for children. Divisions, or lack there of, help the students understand the reallife debates that go on within the UN. UNL MUN is currently accepting members. The group meets in Oldfather Hall on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. The next meeting will be on April 15. “It’s a great experience,” Youm said. “I would definitely invite any student from any major to join this organization. I think there is something in the organization for every-

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Northwestern coach: Football players shouldn’t unionize Northwestern University football coach Pat Fitzgerald announced this week that he doesn’t want the football players to unionize. A court ruling last month gave the players the right to form a union. Fitzgerald spoke with the players Saturday, urging them to vote against the formation of a union on April 25. Quarterback Trevor Siemian and running back Venric Mark agreed with Fitzgerald. Siemian said he thinks a push to unionize may hurt the school’s No. 1 goal, which is to win a Big Ten championship. The athletes in support of the union are seeking more medical coverage, concussion testing, scholarships and possible pay.

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Illinois, Northwestern create health-monitoring patch

Researchers at the University of Illinois partnered with Northwestern University to developed a stick-on patch to track the wearer’s health. The patch has performed as well as traditional EKG and EEG monitors and could send readings to a cellphone or computer. The patch is made of a material that is as soft and moveable as human skin. Testing has shown that patients find it more comfortable than other patches. It’s made of a thin elastic envelope filled with fluid. The components of the monitoring chip are suspended ion-raised support points, allowing the patch to stretch and move with the skin. The monitoring capabilities of the patch are still being explored, but researchers said the patch could alert wearers to irregularities or health conditions before any symptoms or discomfort. —Compiled by Mara Klecker, news@ dailynebraskan.com

Eco-friendly artwork rests in the Nebraska Union Rotunda Gallery this week as part of Earthstock, which is a month-long sustainability event. The gallery will be open for students to create art of diverted waste materials to encourage thinking about waste byproducts as resources.

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peal by the city council or require citizens to vote. The council never acted in the matter. “Not having this kind of legal protection for gay and lesbian citizens is placing our community under scrutiny and puts Lincoln and surrounding areas at a disadvantage,” said Carl Eskridge, a member of the Lincoln City Council, at a 12:30 p.m. press conference in the Capitol Rotunda before the vote to end debate failed. “We want the sign on Lincoln’s front door to be open. In short, the sign on Lincoln’s door cannot say ‘open for business, but with exceptions.’” After the cloture vote, the Human Rights Campaign sent out a press release condoning the legislators who supported the bill. “Although we did not win today’s battle to secure employment protection for LGBT Nebraskans, we commend the legislators who stood on the side of fairness,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow in the press release. “The majority of Nebraska’s lawmak-

ers sent a clear message that the LGBT community should be protected from discrimination under the law.” Some UNL students also spoke at the conference Monday. The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved a plan to extend health coverage and benefits to domestic partners of its faculty and staff in June 2012, which was implemented a year later. NU’s anti-discrimination policy also includes sexual orientation and gender identity. “I want what everyone else here wants,” said Taylor Brooks, a second year law student at UNL. “I want to go to work, and I want to be judged simply off of the work that I do. In less than a year, I will be starting my own career path, and I don’t want that journey to begin in fear that it could end at any time just because of who I am, how I was born or who I might love.” news@ dailynebraskan.com

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our view

Debate of LGBT bill shouldn’t be matter of religion The fight to end discrimination and support LGBT rights continues in Nebraska. Current Nebraska laws prohibit preferential treatment or discrimination based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or nationality. LB485 would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected categories. But despite Monday’s rally and press conference at the Capitol in support of the bill, a decision will not be reached this legislative session, which ends April 17. The bill only got 26 of the 33 votes needed to end the filibuster and force a vote. The bill isn’t dead but on hold. Opponents have largely used cries of religious oppression to fight the bill. They argue business owners whose religious codes don’t support the LGBTQ lifestyle shouldn’t be forced to support it through employment. However, the DN Editorial Board doesn’t see this as a matter of religion. As the other forms of identity listed above, sexual orientation and gender identity are matters of individuality. Supporters of anti-discrimination bills have argued time and again that workers should be judged for their job performance, not for any aspect of their identities or selves that can’t be controlled. LB485 would require nothing of business owners except the courtesy and job security that should be extended to everyone. The editorial board is disappointed in the failure of the Nebraska Legislature to pass this bill this session. While the supporters of this and similar bills continue to make important strides for human rights, the fight, especially in Nebraska, isn’t done. Next time an issue such as this arises, Nebraska citizens and politicians should consider the implications for the state as a whole. If someone is a quality employee, he or she shouldn’t have to be apprehensive about keeping jobs because of identity.

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he world is full of ignorance. We’re all guilty of it in some way. Sometimes it’s a simple misunderstanding, such as yelling at your restaurant hostess without realizing how terrible her day was. Sometimes ignorance is complex, such as saying all the people from one group are wrong because your religion says so. Ignorance thrives on weak justification and strong-willed people. Generally speaking, ignorance doesn’t really hurt anyone. People can usually ignore the offending party, attempt to question it and hopefully move past it. However, in recent years one form of ignorance has caused some serious problems around the world: the antivaccine movement. Not only is this a threat to public safety, but it shows the depths of human ignorance to its fullest. The anti-vaccine movement idea isn’t a new one. For a long time, people have questioned the use of vaccines, and many people are big fans of home remedies. The recent, and arguably most dangerous, resurgence of this idea originated in 1998 from an article in Lancet, a medical journal. The article, now called the Wakefield article because of author Andrew Wakefield, was a study of the effects of different vaccinations on patients. While the article didn’t outright intend to cause a big scare, the connections made between autism and rubella (MMR) vaccinations started a chain reaction. Since its release, it has been seen as both a fraudulent, fact-less article and the guiding light for anti-vaccine supporters. Here’s where the power of ignorance shows its ugly face. The Wakefield article was, in 2010, retracted by the Lancet because of falsified data. Please hold on to your hats and let me run

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that by you one more time: The article that caused the current anti-vaccinations stir was FALSIFIED, yet people still believe the ideas behind it. Now some may argue that it’s understandable because it was retracted only recently. But there has been a healthy amount of skepticism surrounding the article from the beginning. So why do people still believe in this unfortunate crusade? In a word, it’s ignorance, and in a name: Jenny McCarthy. Former Playboy bunny and current host of “The View,” McCarthy has a son with autism. That part of the story is very sad, and I’m sure the struggle she faces isn’t an easy one. McCarthy noticed a correlation between her son receiving the MMR vaccine and the development of his autism. Being the obviously qualified source of medical knowledge that she is, McCarthy decided to begin a campaign against vaccines and their harmful effects. Ironically, these campaigns lead to an increase in cases of measles in the United Kingdom. Let’s play a game I like to call “SPOT. THE. ERRORS.” It’s a fun and easy game for the whole family. McCarthy and the anti-vaccine crew made several mistakes when approaching this subject. First, they ignored biases and

sampling errors. It’s easy to get the results you want when you ignore the issues with said results. Second, ignoring base rates; anti-vaccine supporters don’t take into account the number of children who don’t get vaccines and still get autism or vice versa. The difference between correlation and causation is also an oft forgotten rule. Just because it rains every time I dance doesn’t make me a magician, just a damn good dancer. For some reason, when a weak connection is made between two ideas such as autism and vaccinations, people go into a frenzy. Ignorance is often called bliss. Ignorance is also an easily manipulated force. Strongwilled people take advantage of the uneducated and the weak-minded. It happens to nearly everyone at some point or another, so it’s not something to be ashamed of. People should be ashamed when others are hurt by their ignorance. No, autism is not caused by vaccines. There’s enough evidence in the world to prove that. I don’t believe vaccines are the end-allbe-all solution. I have a strong suspicion that we could be stronger without relying on some of them. Yet when we’ve pretty much eradicated a disease such as smallpox, and a group of ignorant and self-righteous people fight hard to essentially bring it back, I take issue. Please, if you know someone who believes vaccines are evil, try to convince them otherwise. If you are one of these people, you are wrong. If you don’t change, your children and everyone else’s will suffer. Jaz Schoeneck is a Junior English and Film Studies Major. Follow him on Twitter at @jaz_schoeneck Or Contact him at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.

Poetry challenges readers Idea of ‘real world’ inhibits to find deep understanding youth from living in now

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pril is a month of stress and changing weather. It’s also National Poetry Month. In a poet’s utopia, we would have viral poems instead of viral Youtube videos. We would all write poems and share them over drinks. Drinking games would be haiku battles or limerick contests. But this month shouldn’t be about chasing this pipe dream. National Poetry Month is a time to improve poetry’s presence but also stay true to poetry’s traditions. NaPoMo is a time for poets to come out of hiding. Schools hold writing contests, and poetry books go on sale. National Poetry Month has been held in April since 1996 when the Academy of American Poets led its inception. Writing groups and organizations, schools, universities and other art venues frequently hold featured events for poetry readings and poetry book sales. The goal is to increase the writing and reading of poetry and to improve communities’ overall appreciation of poetry. To take those steps, stewards of poetry need to stop pretending poetry is a lost art. Poetry is often misunderstood or misrepresented, but we can’t make it more relevant by making it into something it isn’t. Some complain poems are too mopey, cheesy or complicated. These are fine first impressions. Poetry should require work. We shouldn’t expect it to come easily Poetry slams have been used as a way to make poetry more accessible and enjoyable for a wider range of people. At poetry slam events, poets perform their work on stage and are judged on a number scale by the audience. They’re a lot of fun, but they also can be misleading. We still need to appreciate poetry on the page. I was in the poetry slam community in high school but drifted out of it in college. I love the energy, but it’s also distracting from the real task at hand. We still need those difficult poems on the page. Those poems that confuse us and make us reread. We can’t rely on performance poetry alone. I took an introductory poetry writing class last semester. We read many poems and then tried it out for ourselves. Somehow when it was just a school assignment, the task of writing a poem was actually less intimidating. We didn’t have to be romantic or com-

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plicated. We just had to be honest. With honesty and a little work, we created more than a dozen poems in the semester. We also shouldn’t be intimidated by poetry because we already practice many poetic skills. Tweets that can be only 140 characters, short and witty picture captions and meme titles employ some important poetic skills related to metaphors, similes and puns. And of course, song lyrics and music show off the abilities of words and language to make short, interesting and catchy meanings. I’m not suggesting that these are poems in themselves, but perhaps poetry isn’t as difficult as some make it out to be. With a little more work, we could make poetry lovers out of anyone. The 19th century poet Emily Dickinson once wrote in a letter: “If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only way I know it. Is there any other way?” No one really knows what she means by that. Perhaps that’s part of the frustration. But the sensations she describes sound irresistible. We could spend our lives chasing it. Everyone should have a favorite poem and a favorite poet. That could be the task of your National Poetry Month. Experienced writers traditionally tackle the challenge to write one poem a day for the month, which might be appealing, too. Poetry is about overcoming challenges to find a better understanding of yourself and the world through language and art. Jane Seu is a senior political science major. Follow her on Twitter @jane_seu. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.

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y whole life, I’ve been told I must wait to enter the “real world.” You know the world our parents, teachers and adult figures have always told us we’re not ready for. We dare not enter this world after high school but only after college when we have an acceptable degree that will land us a “real” job. But if that’s the real world, then what’s this world? The world I currently reside in as a college student who works in the restaurant industry? Is it any less real than the world I’ll be in after graduation? These questions come to mind every time an authority figure says, “You’re too young,” or “Just wait, when you get in the real world, then you’ll understand.” Often these statements are made to instill some sort of disempowerment. It isn’t always intentional, but these statements discourage the listeners. Our professors, parents and coaches, the people who are supposed to be encouraging us, are actually doing the opposite when they use language such as the “real world.” A teacher may not realize such a statement can discourage students, but it does. By insinuating that students cannot reach the pinnacle of a real world until they graduate, they will likely feel a lack of meaning in their current lives. If what I’m doing won’t actually take effect until I enter the real world, then why do anything at all? While people of authority have good intentions of veering us in the right direction, who are they to say how to get there? And who says we’re not already there? There’s no greater disparity than the rhetoric of preference and the reality. Most likely the person of authority who told you you’re too young wanted you to feel that way. If it was a teacher, he or she wanted to withhold the teacher-over-student level of authority instead of an equal ground of learning more teachers are leaning toward. I’ve been lucky enough to learn from several teachers who believed they could learn just as much from their students as their students could learn from them. One teacher in particular understood the gap between the real world and the actual every day lives of her students. She worked hard to lessen that gap. She ensured us that this real world we’d been told to magically enter upon graduation or other adult-like experiences is merely an idea. The world we currently reside in is already real enough.

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I didn’t realize how easy it was to confuse preference and reality until a few weeks ago. I was held at gunpoint and honestly had to ask myself, “Is this really happening?” I remember looking down at my hands, the creases in my fingers, the rings I never take off and knowing the answer. Sure, I would have preferred that moment not to be real. But unfortunately, an overwhelming sense of reality had sunk in, and I couldn’t escape it. It was strange, really. The moment felt so overwhelmingly real it almost felt like a dream. But even in life’s most dream-like moments, we cannot flee reality. We live in a culture fixated on the future, and thus we often forget about the present. Instead of being excited to reach the next stage in their lives, young people are being diverted from it. People have mistaken age for experience and authority for purpose. If this supposed real world were to exist, then a contrasting unreal world would also have to exist. If my job isn’t a real one, what is it? Fake? Am I just pretending to go to work, bus tables and serve food? Certainly not. My job is real. The only thing that makes it unreal is the people saying it is. When you have a gun pointed at your head, you cannot pretend it isn’t real. When you have an opportunity in front of you, you cannot turn your head. When a teacher says, “Just wait until you’re in the real world,” you cannot wait. You are already there. We are already here. The world we live in is anything but unreal. It’s time to start acting like it. Gabriella Parsons is a freshman journalism major and a member of Freshman Campus Leadership Associates. Follow her on twitter at @gab___i (that’s 3 underscores). Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan.com.


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pop some tags Ruby Begonia’s specializes in decade-oriented vintage clothing, as The Black Market focues on current trends

story by Madeline Christensen | photos by Stacie Hecker | quotes compiled by Vanessa Daves | quote photos by Adam Warner Do you go thrift shopping? Where do you go, and what do you look for?

“Yes, I do go thrift shopping. I bought an ugly Christmas sweater, and one time I bought an actual sweater. I usually go to Goodwill.” Ethan Callahan junior biology major

The Black Market, at 10th and O streets, is a local popular thrift shop. The store buys and sells used clothing, in addition to selling new shoes in the attached store The Public.

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tep into Ruby Begonia’s, clothing. There’s just something and you’ll be greeted with about wondering where it’s been pastels, gauzy dresses and and who has worn it.” For Moser, one of the best parts the occasional pantsuit. No, it’s not the back of of her job is seeing all the pieces brought to the your grandmothstore. Because Ruer’s closet, but We actually by’s operates by Ruby’s will gladly buying whatever take those gems all just vintage clothing off her hands if support each is brought in by she’s not planin the comning on a night on other, really. We all people munity, Moser said the town anytime have basically the you never know soon. what to expect, and The locally same customer that’s the beauty owned vintage of it. thrift shop, located base, just a “The absolutely downtown on P different variety in unique handmade Street, has been clothing that we taking your grandclothing.“ see is almost a lost pa’s style long beart these days,” she fore Macklemore michael degenhardt said. “And it’s not had anything to black market employee only one-of-a-kind, say about it. but well made, too. Since its openI mean, this stuff ing 20 years ago, has lasted 50, 60 years.” Ruby Begonia’s has specialized in Thrift shopping has made its collecting clothing specifically from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s for resale. way into mainstream culture in the Currently, it’s the only decade-ori- past few years because of recent decade revival trends – so much so that ented vintage shop in Lincoln. retail stores such as Urban Outfitters Ruby Begonia’s employee Kim carry brands such as Urban RenewMoser has worked there almost five years and has loved every second of al, which upcycles used clothing from secondhand stores. it. However, there’s a thrill to “When I was younger, I actually thrifting that you won’t find at retail didn’t like thrifting,” Moser said. stores. “My mom would always try to get Chloe Decoito has worked at me to go with her, and I thought it The Black Market, another downwas lame. But now I just love the town Lincoln thrift store located on backstory behind every piece of

“Usually when I go, they have those 10 for $1 sales going on. They have those at the beginning of every month. I just try to look for something relevant and fashionable, and it’s nice that I can buy something that’s not at the full price. I usually hit up the Goodwill at 17th.” Alex Droge

senior history major

Customers wander through the Black Market on Monday afternoon. The store is known for having a cooler vibe, the shoe store and for asking customers to bring their own recyclable shopping bags. 11th and O street, for three years. While Ruby Begonia’s specializes in decade-oriented vintage, The Black Market emphasizes keeping up with current trends and brands. “There’s no feeling like finding the perfect piece at a thrift store,” Decoito said. “I can hardly shop at retail stores anymore. It’s just so overwhelming. Everything’s the same, and I know everything will fit when I try it on. There’s no excitement, you know?”

Michael Degenhardt, another Black Market employee, has worked in the thrift world for four years. Like Ruby Begonia’s, The Black Market buys pieces from people who bring used clothing into the store. “I just love the process of choosing which clothing to put on the racks,” Degenhardt said. “I feel like it’s almost like buying for a retail store, except every single

“I go thrift shopping pretty often, but it kind of depends on what I need. Right now, I have an internship at a bridal boutique so my latest venture has been finding teacups. Clothes-wise, I go thrift shopping at this place called The Giving Tree in Omaha. It sells some new stuff and some old stuff, which is nice, but I usually just buy jewelry there.” Emily Murtaugh

junior textiles and ad/pr major

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Family-run vintage store offers eclectic mix of goods Staff Report DN When Pam and Heidi Dains first opened Simply Bungalow, they agreed to never say “no” to one other. The result of their promise was an eclectic, nontraditional antique store that showcased the different tastes of the motherdaughter pair. Silver plates, refurbished tin and paper pinwheels can be found scattered in the shop, which sells a wide variety of antiques and vintage items with a modern twist. After moving to Lincoln about four years ago, Heidi Dains said she wanted to open a business that would accommodate her interests and lifestyle as a single mom. Before Simply Bungalow found its current location at 2295 S 48 St., the vintage store first opened in a small building on 33rd and B streets. “We lasted about a year there, and then we outgrew it pretty fast because it was something that Lincoln wanted,” Dains said. The shop features artisancrafted items by both local and national artists. The shop find artisans through Etsy, craft fairs and word of mouth. “We figured there’s a lot of talent in our country so we might as

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Simply Bungalow, a vintage, antique and artisan goods store, has an eclectic selection of handmade, refurbished goods as well as antiques.

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Heidi Dains, co-owner of Simply Bungalow, a vintage home decor shop, stands for a portrait outside of her store yesterday. Dains and her mother, Pam Dains, have owned the shop for four years. well tap into that instead of ordering from China,” Dains said.

Dains said she is currently working with an artisan who spe-

cializes in screen print and taking old pieces of linen and repurpos-

ing them. The shop caters to a clientele that extends from college students to people in retirement. “We help college students do their apartments and firsttime homeowners find reasonable ways to finish their homes,” Dains said. “We kind of have a walk down memory lane for old people, so we like that part of it as well.”

Dains and her mom search for vintage goods from garage and estate sales and auctions both in and out of state. Dains said her family will shop in various states, including California, Colorado and Florida, while on vacation and find pieces for their store. After four years of owning Simply Bungalow, Dains said she

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Festival to celebrate range of women’s choirs Annual festival will be performed at Kimball Recital Hall, showcase 6 high school, college choirs Akua Dawes DN Twelve years ago, Rhonda Fuelberth saw the need for a festival to celebrate high school women’s choirs and their collegiate counterparts. Even though Fuelberth is no longer conducting the University

of Nebraska-Lincoln’s women’s choir, the choir has thrived, and the annual festival is set to perform Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Kimball Recital Hall. Although the concert is at night, the choir ’s days and practice begin early. Rehearsals start at 9:30 a.m. Each choir goes through rigorous practices that ensure both a learning experience and good concert for the evening. “We have six choirs participating this year,” said festival director Therees Hibbard. “As well as our University Chorale and our women’s a cappella group Boots & Cats.” Many high school choir groups from around the state are invited to sing alongside the col-

legiate groups. “The choirs gather for a day of singing together on our UNL campus and culminate in a concert performance in the evening where they perform as individual choirs and then together as a mass festival chorus,” Hibbard said. Although the individual concerts vary in repertoire, the songs being sung in the finale mass choir include “Ad Amore” by Lee Kesselman, “I’ll Give My Love an Apple” by Eleanor Daley and “This Little Light of Mine” arranged by M. Hogan. “The repertoire really varies so we get a taste of every genre and sound within one concert,” said Leah Waldvogel, a freshman music education major.

2nd Captain America connects to audience with modernity Hannah Ratliff DN My, my, how things have changed. That’s the realization Steve Rogers, aka “Captain America” (Chris Evans), must come to in the new Marvel film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” And it’s been a long time coming. After Rogers heroically sacrifices himself in the conclusion of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” he’s dead to the world, frozen in the Arctic for nearly 70 years. But even though audiences have already seen Rogers fighting in the modern world in 2012’s “The Avengers,” it’s not until “Winter Soldier” we truly get a look at how he’s adapted to the world that is nothing like the one he left behind. It’s Rogers’ realization that makes this movie so different from it’s predecessor, and probably a large part of the reason it’s so much better than the first: It’s much more honest and much more real. “The First Avenger” is built entirely around the notion of World War II American idealism that today’s Americans have trouble relating to, which is probably why much of the movie felt cliché and inauthentic. It paints a picture of a “perfect” World War II America, in which the “American way” is justice, virtue and honor. “Winter Soldier,” though, brings us into the 21st century and shatters these notions entirely. Somewhat of a hybrid between action movie and espionage thriller, “Winter Soldier” deals with a mess of issues never touched in “First Avenger,” the largest of which is corruption. When it’s revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised (that’s not really a spoiler, I promise), it’s unclear

who within the agency – one meant to protect the people – can and can’t be trusted. The concept of a powerful organization being corrupt and unjust is one Rogers never considered before and one that rocks his somewhat antiquated values to the core. It’s this same mistrust that leads to a difficult relationship between Rogers and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanov aka “The Black Widow” (Scarlett Johansson), who – side note – really deserves her own origins movie. Anyway, the two are forced into partnership, and their two very different philosophies, honesty and deception, respectively, majorly clash. The two are forced to figure out how to trust one another when it seems that no one can be trusted. But corruption and mistrust aren’t the only messy topics “Winter Soldier” addresses. Rogers’ new friend and fellow veteran Sam Wilson, aka “The Falcon” (Anthony Mackie), introduces the difficult topic of PTSD, a condition Rogers wouldn’t even be familiar with because it wasn’t diagnosed until the Vietnam war. Addressing the issues of PTSD is another way the movie makes a modern-day acknowledgement that being a soldier is not simply idyllic heroism – there are complex and difficult elements that nobody wants to talk about as well. All in all, “Winter Soldier” is a huge improvement from the first Captain America and left me excited for the next in the series, which, because we’re talking about it, is set up quite nicely in the second after-credits scene. Yes, you heard me right. There are two, count ‘em, two after-credits scenes, and they’re both worth

It is always an inspiration to hear over 250 singers join together and sing at the end of the concert in the mass festival chorus on the Kimball stage. dr. therees hibbard festival director

The final concert is always a big highlight for both the choir and audience, Hibbard said. “It is always an inspiration to hear over 250 singers join together and sing at the end of the concert in the mass festival chorus on the Kimball stage,” Hibbard said. “A

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Anthony Russo, Joe Russo sticking around for. The first, and probably better of the two, will get any “Avengers” fans really excited for next year ’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” And the final scene will leave you hanging for the third Captain America film, which is set to be released May 2016. If it’s anything like “Winter Soldier,” I’ll be seeing it on opening night, too. arts@ dailynebraskan.com

DIY: WORKOUT TANKTOP The supplies you’ll need: –One old high school T-shirt (or a glorious one from Goodwill) –One pair of scissors –A half hour to spare Step one: Find a shirt. If you can’t find one in your closet, search the thrift stores around Lincoln for an old band tee, one with a corny slogan or any other novelty T-shirt. Look through the Goodwill and The Salvation Army stores around Lincoln or dive into the bottom drawer of your dresser. Just make sure the T-shirt is big, loose and pre-washed so it doesn’t shrink obscenely after you cut it.

thrill for all of us.” Hibbard said the concert is a great opportunity for students and parents to hear a wide variety of music all coming from a women’s voice. She also said seeing the difference between the individual performances and the mass per-

formance is a great learning experience. “I find that is really swell that we get to do all these songs and practices,” Waldvogel said. “I did this when I was in high school, so it’s really cool to see all the high schoolers in the same place I was a year before.” Despite the scale of the festival, the planning has gone smoothly for the director thus far. “I’m not sure there are any real challenges,” Hibbard said. “The festival is well-established, and the teachers and singers are very helpful and excited to be with us and each other. The only challenge may be the hopes for good weather.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com

For two academic years, I’ve been in a long-distance relationship. In fact, the Internet tells me 32.5 percent of people in longdistance relationships are college students. It makes sense – these years are arguably the most uprooted and disjointed of our lives. Our educations and aspirations routinely yank us from those we care about. As anyone who has been in a long-distance relationship can tell you, they’re tough. Like, ridiculously, stupid-tough. For a struggle so definitive for people, it’s been explored on film surprisingly few times. Fortunately, there are a couple of gems. The first of the two – to my mind – best films about long distance love, “Going the Distance,” was released in 2010. The film, directed by Nanette Burstein, put a long-distance spin on romantic comedies. It follows the story of a young couple that meets and falls in love in New York. But the two are separated by their careers. The core strength of “Going the Distance” is undeniably in its cast. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long portray the couple, Erin and Garrett. From their meeting – an explosive argument over a bar arcade game – to their final kiss, the chemistry between Barrymore and Long is palpable. The two actors were actually together when the movie was filmed, and their feelings pour over onto the screen to create a visible and rewarding effect. They ground the film’s funniest and most heartfelt moments, both displaying remarkable range. The supporting cast is no less impressive. Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day play Garrett’s best friends. Sudeikis and Day are comedy gold. Their banter comes fast and loose, sparring off one another and making it evident that comic chemistry can carry just as much weight as romantic chemistry. Christina Applegate and Jim Gaffigan play Erin’s sister and brother-in-law.

The two operate as a satirical portrayal of a married couple – Applegate’s biting cynicism countered by Gaffigan’s wideeyed, dumbfound persona. Scouting for an apartment for Erin, Applegate rips the neighborhood: Gaffigan says, “I saw a Boston Market down the street. They don’t build those just anywhere.” The number of big names in supporting roles would be surprising if not for the generous script. Geoff LaTulippe wrote the screenplay – his only movie to date. By both emphasizing Garret and Erin’s lives together and their lives apart, LaTulippe is able to essentially create a mash-up of the buddy comedy and romantic comedy genres. As a result the film gains a refreshingly brisk pacing. It doesn’t become bogged down by the typical traps of either genre, infusing the best of both in a wonderful hybrid. The film gains a further sense of rhythmic momentum from its soundtrack, a collection of songs from indie bands such as The Boxer Rebellion. “Going the Distance” is simultaneously a by-the-books romcom and anything but. It polishes all of the tropes and reminds why the genre became so popular to begin with. It’s hilarious, but it doesn’t shy away from being tragic. Its cast breathes remarkable life into it, bolstering it into an instant classic, if only for me. The second long-distance film, and one of my absolute favorites of any genre, is “Like Crazy.” The film was released in 2011, just four months after “Going the Distance.” Their release dates and their subject matter, though, are about the extent of the films’ similarities. “Like Crazy” is a tonal and stylistic antithesis of “Going the Distance.” “Like Crazy” introduces Jacob and Anna, who meet on the cusp of their graduation from college in Los Angeles. Anna, though, is from the UK and after violating her student visa to stay the summer with Jacob is unable to return to the states. Meanwhile, Jacob, a furniture designer, is tied down by a burgeoning business. The film costars a pre“Hunger Games” Jennifer Lawrence in a supporting role, proving long before her fame her singular ability to arrest the screen. While the style of “Going the Distance” was essentially commercial, “Like Crazy” is

bona fide indie – director Drake Doremus opting for the obligatory unsteady camera handling. While this kind of cinematography is often only distracting, here it actually accents the film wonderfully. It manufactures a more intimate mood and draws us into the room. We’re essentially asked to be more than just spectators in every scene. Doremus wrote the film as well as directing it. He chose to essentially create an outline and allow the actors to explore their characters – most of the dialogue is improvised. As a result, stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones come together with Doremus to form a sort of creative trifecta. Each member ’s investment to the project is made obvious by the raw and profoundly affecting performances given by Yelchin and Jones. While Justin Long and Drew Barrymore gave wonderful performances in “Going the Distance,” their roles were ultimately dictated to some degree by the genre. Here, all bets are off. Yelchin and Jones are able to unsparingly capture the intricate ecstasies and heartbreaks of falling and being in love. Their acting rises to such a level that we are able to forget they’re acting – forget even that we’re watching a movie. Coupled with measured directing by Doremus, the film becomes a rousing and ravaging snapshot of tenderness, longing and separation. There’s something fundamentally human about both of these films. Whether or not we can relate to the hardships of long distance relationships, we all to some degree know the sense of longing for others they tap into. Regardless of their prevalence in the grand scheme of film history, they’re something like echoes of myself. That’s what art and, particularly, film can do. Through it, we can know ourselves in entirely fresh and shaping ways. As a result of film, though, we can know from new angles more than just ourselves. More importantly, we can know each other. It takes nearly inhuman determination to invest in and trust another human being on normal terms – endlessly more so when they’re so rarely seen. It’s tough. Like, ridiculously, stupid-tough. And it’s ridiculously, stupidworth-it. Sean Stewart will watch every film. Try and stop him at arts@ dailynebraskan.com

bungalow: from 5 ... I do love painted furniture, but there is some heartbreaking side to it when you see an absolutely beautiful handcrafted item go into somebody’s hands who has no respect for the age of it.” heidi dains

Step two: It’s time to start cutting. First snip the neckline of the shirt off and then the bottom hem. Save the bottom hem for later.

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has seen trends in the antiquing world come and go. “Right now we’re in a huge painted furniture trend, which as a dealer is kind of hard to see,” Dains said. “There is a place for it, for sure, and we do sell a paint line, so I do love painted furniture. But there is some heartbreaking side to it when you see an absolutely beautiful handcrafted item go into somebody’s hands who has no respect for the age of it.” Dains said “there’s a life to the old wood,” something that can’t be found in new and modern furniture. “I grew up with a mix of things so I think that, really, your house should reflect a collection,” Dains said. “You’re the only one that can put it together to make it your home. Also the environmental factor is huge for us, we love that we’re recycling and reusing and its not landing in landfills.” Simply Bungalow can be found in pop-up locations both in and outside of Lincoln. The store hosts its own Patina Market in its back lot with an array of local vendors in addition to attending vintage fairs, such as Lincoln’s Junk Jubilee and Omaha’s Junkstock. Before its large Junkstock

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a place that’s so receptive to new business,” Dains said. “They’re loyal to a fault. If you offer something that they see as a value, a lot of people here are Midwestminded, as I call it. They’re very sensible and careful about how they spend their money, and they’re looking for an interesting item without breaking the bank. That’s what we have to offer.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com


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Nymph Vol. 2 outshines 1st with narrative story Sean Stewart DN Sitting down to watch volume two of Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac,” I must admit I wasn’t very enthusiastic. The film’s first volume had left me so weary and unimpressed the last thing I wanted to do was watch the even-longer second half. The writer/director’s exhaustive efforts to shock and innovate throughout the first installment felt uninspired and ultimately onedimensional. Considering “Nymphomaniac” was shot as one film, I expected more of the same fruitless and empty excess. Much to my surprise, though, “Nymphomaniac Vol. II” actually turned out to be a much stronger film. In fact, while I’m sure I won’t be revisiting the pair of films any time soon, if I did, it would be in the way I’ve just said: as a pair. Volume II certainly doesn’t redeem volume I to me, but at least most of my major problems with the first installment are noticeably reversed in the second. In this way, the weakness of the first half is counterbalanced by the strength of the second. In the end, the result is something far from a masterpiece, but also something far from a train wreck. “Nymphomaniac Vol. I” was so full of von Trier that the film suffered as a result. Both main character Joe and her rescuer seemed to become vessels for von Trier’s philosophical ramblings and as a result the film – already stylistically meta – drowned beneath its creator’s misapplied ambitions. In volume II, von Trier wisely withdraws. While Joe and her host still pull away from her narration occasionally through various diversions, their relevance is more concrete and their handling more delicate. Clumsy introductions of grandiose questions are replaced by their deft interweaving. This shift results in a much more focused narrative. With

the director once more directing, not playing puppet master, we’re allowed to truly submerge ourselves in Joe’s story – something previously forbidden to us. “Nymphomaniac Vol. I” certainly earned its title. The film itself seemed addicted to sex. Its presentation was so stoic that at its best it conveyed Joe’s absolute abandon. At its worst, it came across as an ineffective attempt to shock the audience. While the second installment is still relatively rife with debauchery, it’s no longer the stress. Here von Trier moves away from the unfeeling emptiness of the first half to address the growing depravity of Joe’s condition. Finally, we’re allowed to see Joe as a person, someone who feels and struggles. Finally, we’re allowed ourselves to feel. The difference this realignment manufactures is profound. Throughout the film, Joe’s addiction serves to further the audience’s grasp of the character instead of continuing to serve the director and the film’s desire for excess. Von Trier methodically introduces the audience to the depth of Joe’s loneliness and the scope of her fierce independence. This paradox becomes the film’s primary conflict. Von Trier juxtaposes her selfdestructive and conflicted natures as Joe attempts to navigate her increasing age and responsibilities. In fact, by the film’s final half hour it becomes less about sex and more about Joe’s attempts to once more connect on more than a physical level with other people – weirdly enough taking place against the backdrop of her new career as an extortionist or “debt collector.” The unorthodox plot structure is only the final convention to be cast aside. “Nymphomaniac Vol. II” is a vastly superior and more interesting two hours than those preceding it. Unfortunately, those first two hours don’t go away. Von Trier proves the validity of his ambition, regardless of whether it’s executed

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reselling it here. It’s a cycle.” With rumors of an Urban Outfitters in the works for the growing Railyard district, Degenhardt isn’t too concerned. “It really just means more of their brands will start showing up here,” he said. When Forever 21 opened at Gateway Mall this year, the addition brought in more merchandise for the Black Market, as well. “No matter what, people will always love thrifting, both for the price and the experience,” Degenhardt said. “Some people do get frustrated at the process sometimes, so my advice is to go to a thrift store when you have a lot of time. You have to dig and hunt, but go in with an open heart because it’s a thrill. You may come out empty-handed, but when you do find something it’s the best.”

piece is unique. Then you get to see who buys what and how cute they can make it.” While choosing clothes to put in the store, The Black Market has some basic criteria, but it usually just comes down to personal taste. “We like to keep it current, too,” Degenhardt said. “For instance, ’90s style clothing is really in right now, so we look out for high-waisted denim and crop tops – things like that.” When it comes to competition with other downtown clothing boutiques, there really isn’t any, Degenhardt said. “We actually all just support each other, really,” he said. “We all have basically the same customer base, just a different variety in clothing. People buy clothing from the downtown boutiques, and then a few years down the road we’re

Back at Ruby Begonia’s, it’s almost time to turn off the neon “open” sign as Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” plays softly from the front counter. “Some people think it’s weird sharing clothing with someone they don’t know,” she said. “I just tell them there are a lot of things we share in the world that are weirder than this. Plus, our clothes are all washed before we put them on the rack.” And when it comes to that electric blue pantsuit that you’re worried you “can’t pull off?” “Don’t worry so much,” Moser said. “Wear what you like. Have fun with it. Why should it matter if it’s in style or not when you love it? That’s what thrifting is all about.” arts@ dailynebraskan.com

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big ten softball homeroom 1. MICHIGAN (29-6 overall, 9-0 Big Ten)

The Wolverines are 9-0 in Big Ten play where every other team in the conference has at least two losses. As a team, it leads the conference in almost every statistical offensive category, including runs (238), hits (333) and batting average (.351). Individually, Michigan is led by sophomore shortstop Sierra Romero, who is hitting .505 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI this season. The Wolverines also are one of the top pitching teams in the conference, boasting three of the top six ERAs in the Big Ten. Michigan’s next game is Tuesday against Western Michigan.

2. MINNESOTA (285, 6-2)

The Gophers have been winning games this season primarily through pitching. They possess the best team ERA in the Big Ten Conference at 1.50 and also have the struck out the most opponents. Senior Sara Moulton is the team’s ace, as she is tied for the conference lead in wins, second in ERA and first in strikeouts. Moulton and the Gophers’ next game is a doubleheader Tuesday at Iowa.

3. NEBRASKA (26-12, 5-4)

The Huskers are the highest ranked team in the conference in terms of RPI, coming in at No. 7 in the NCAA’s most recent poll. Similar to Michigan and Minnesota, Nebraska has also gotten it done with pitching. The top two pitchers, senior Tatum Edwards and sophomore Emily Lockman, are third and seventh respectively in the Big Ten in ERA. At the plate, Tatum’s twin sister, Taylor, is hitting .384 and has a conference-leading 10 home runs.

4. NORTHWESTERN (22-9, 5-4)

The Wildcats have been one of the best teams in the Big Ten at the plate this season. They are currently second in the conference in runs scored and team batting average. Senior designated player Emily Allard leads the team, hitting .419, and has a conference-leading 19 stolen bases on the season. The Northwestern team’s next game is Friday as part of a weekend series in Minneapolis against the Gophers.

football practice notes Charles Jackson Stepping into a Major Role

Defensive coordinator John Papuchis spoke for the first time this spring and was very impressed with how the defense has picked up where it left off at the end of the fall season. He said the defense is farther along in its knowledge, more than it has been in years. He said sophomore Nathan Gerry has been taking advantage of Corey Cooper ’s being out, and junior defensive back Charles Jackson has been flashy in showing his athleticism. “He’s a little bit different kind of guy,” Papuchis said. “Charles is a tremendous athlete. His burst, his physical strength, his long arms. He has great cover skills.” Jackson has been able to find his way into games in his first two seasons on the team, and many expect him to be a starter in the fall. Papuchis, along with a lot of coaches, want to speed up the process for the young guys replacing the veterans, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Jackson. “I think we all want to press fast forward on guy’s development and get them out there and get them ready so fast,” Papuchis said. “But I think Charles has gotten to the point this spring where he’s comfortable with what he’s doing.”

Armstrong Working on Decision Making

Along with Papuchis, offensive coordinator Tim Beck reflected on the players’ development for the first time this spring. One of the biggest points the coach stressed is making sure sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is ready for the fall season. Beck said even though the quarterback received quality playing time last season, there are plenty of situations the quarterback hasn’t experienced yet. “There’s a lot of things that he hasn’t seen, and a lot of things that he still has to go through,” Beck said. “He’s had a good spring. He still has a lot of that ‘it factor ’ in the huddle, which maybe separates himself from the other guys at this point.”

Among the three quarterbacks who played last season, Armstrong had the lowest completion percentage and threw a team-high 8 interceptions, which is something that Beck expects Armstrong will change this season. “He doesn’t compound errors like last year,” Beck said. “I don’t know anybody that ever played an error-free ball game or a mistake-free ball game.” Beck said if Armstrong isn’t able to find any open receivers, then the quarterback should decide to jet for a safe couple of yards instead of taking a chance on a possible interception. “The worst thing a guy can do is make two in a row,” Beck said. “If he reads the wrong guy, run it. Get a yard or two, and we’ll be OK. That’s what we’re trying to cut down on.”

Charlton Warren Settling in Well as Coach

Not only are players stepping into new roles for the Huskers, but one of the coaches is as well. This spring is the first in Lincoln for secondary coach Charlton Warren, and according to Papuchis, he has settled in well as the leader of the cornerbacks and safeties. “I don’t think we missed too much of a beat,” Papuchis said. “He’s picked up really fast on what we’re doing schematically. He has great command of the room. I think from a teaching standpoint, whether it’s on the field or in the classroom, he’s does a great job communicating with the guys.” Warren is replacing coach Terry Joseph, who left Nebraska for the same position at Texas A&M. While the staff considered Joseph an important part of the program, they think Warren has made a nice transition for the players. “Obviously Terry is a very good football coach, but I think Charlton stepped in and did a very good job,” Papuchis said. Warren was previously coaching at Air Force, his alma mater, between 2005 and 2013, when he went from secondary coach to defensive coordinator and associate head coach for the Falcons. Between the 2009 and 2011 seasons the Falcons were top 10 in pass defense under Warren. —Compiled by Josh Kelly sports@ dailynebraskan.com

5. PURDUE (20-18-1, 7-2)

9. IOWA (10-18, 5-4)

The Boilermakers have been hot as of late, winning 11 of their last 13 games. They are getting it done at the plate this season, hitting .312 as a team, which ranks third in the Big Ten. After hitting .667 in a series against Michigan State, designated player Katy McJunkin was named conference co-freshman of the week last week. Purdue’s next game will be Wednesday against Ball State.

Since starting the season 3-9, Iowa has responded by going 7-6, including 5-4 in Big Ten play. The team’s struggles this season have come at the plate. It’s hitting just .254 as a team, which ranks 10th in the conference. The team’s pitching has fared better, ranking sixth in the Big Ten with an ERA of 3.40. Their next game will be a home doubleheader Tuesday against Minnesota.

6. WISCONSIN (17-15, 3-5)

10. PENN STATE (10-22, 3-6)

Wisconsin gained some momentum this weekend after splitting a doubleheader with No. 14 Minnesota. The Badgers have struggled offensively, hitting just .262 as a team, which ranks eighth in the Big Ten. They have been able to make up for their lack of hits by stealing 73 bases this season, which is 26 more than any other team in the conference. Wisconsin will play another doubleheader Wednesday, this time at home against North Dakota.

Penn State had lost 18 of its past 20 games before sweeping Michigan State in a three-game series this past weekend. The team has the worst ERA in the conference, allowing almost 6 earned runs a game. Penn State improved on that against Michigan State only allowing 2 runs a game and scoring more than 7 runs a game. The team will look to continue its momentum into a series against Indiana this weekend.

7. OHIO STATE (17-18, 5-4)

The Hoosiers got off to rough start, going 2-16-1 in their first 20 games of the season. The Hoosiers followed that up with a six-game non-conference winning streak before skidding again in Big Ten play going 2-7. The team ranks 11th in ERA and batting average this season. Its next game will be Wednesday in a doubleheader against Michigan State.

Ohio State was 5-1 in Big Ten play before falling to rival Michigan 1-0 on Saturday and then 10-0 and 9-1 in a doubleheader Sunday. Before the losses at Michigan, the team was winning Big Ten games by scoring an average of 9.5 runs per game. The offense has been powered by senior first baseman Evelyn Carrillo, who is hitting .384 with 23 RBI this season. The Buckeyes will look to get back on track with a doubleheader against Ohio on Wednesday.

8. ILLINOIS (18-15, 2-7)

After an 8-0 start, the Illini have been just 11-15 down the stretch, including only two wins in the Big Ten. The team has been productive at the plate this season, hitting .296, which ranks fourth in the conference. Senior outfielder Alex Booker leads the team hitting .429 on the season. The Illini pitching has been the main reason for their conference struggles; the team has allowed more than 7 runs in six of their nine conference games. The Illini’s next game will be on Friday at Wisconsin as part of a three-game weekend series.

11. INDIANA (10-26-1, 2-7)

12. MICHIGAN STATE (8-24, 1-8)

The Spartans have lost nine of their last 10 games and have allowed more than 10 runs in five of those games. The Spartans have also struggled offensively with a conference-worst .222 batting average. Michigan State is the only team in the conference not to have a player batting more than .300 this season.

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Huskers clash with officials Sydny Boyd DN Tennis is a difficult sport to officiate. But this weekend on the Vine Street tennis courts, there seemed to be more confusion than usual. On Saturday, the No. 66 Huskers played the No. 69 Indiana Hoosiers, and some of the calls weren’t perceived well by the Huskers. “It’s frustrating,” senior Brandon Videtich said. “It’s not like the calls were going just one way. Each match had tough calls.” The No. 1 doubles spot went to the Hoosiers when No. 66 Sam Monette and Daniel Bednarczyk beat Videtich and sophomore Bradford Zitsch in a tie-breaker, earning the 8-7 (9-7) win. The final point caused an uproar among Nebraska’s players. “Check that point!” senior Tom Blackwell yelled from the next court. “Ref!” Videtich yelled. Even coach Kerry McDermott looked at the official for an explanation. “I’m not going to comment on the officials. It’s against my policy,” McDermott said. “What I will say is that they do the best job they can do, and we appreciate their efforts in making the best calls that they see.” But that wasn’t good enough for Videtich. He yelled and threw his racket in frustration, earning himself a technical foul for racket abuse. “I shouldn’t have done that,” Videtich said. “I should have thought about what I was doing. It was something that was really stupid, and I will definitely have to do some punishment running for that.” It was uncharacteristic and won’t happen again, Videtich said of the incident. “Our guys need to learn to handle their frustrations and move on without hurting the team and the rest of the match,” McDermott said. The team met after winning the Indiana match 6-1 and discussed their game plan for Sunday against No. 33 Purdue. Not even halfway through the doubles match Sunday morning, it was much more hostile than Saturday was. The Huskers won the first match as sophomores Marc Herrmann and Dusty Boyer beat Purdue’s Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne at the No. 2 spot, 8-6 but not before Purdue coach Pawel Gajdzik told officials he needed to talk to his players alone. “Can I just talk to my team without Nebraska around?” Gajdzik said. The officials told Nebraska

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Nebraska senior Tom Blackwell, who is 19-13 in singles this season and 12-8 this spring, and some of his teammates had disputes with officials in the Huskers’ meets over the weekend. junior Beau Treyz to walk away from the spectator area and allow Purdue some space. “Everywhere you go, we find teams that are much more hostile than we are,” Videtich said. “They do anything they can to better off their team.” Blackwell had his own disputes with officials during the weekend but understands where they are coming from. “I don’t think the officials are out to get us or anything,” Blackwell said. “They are trying to do their best out there. I don’t think they were against us, but it’s also hard to say that the right calls were made. It’s just tough.” Both Videtich and Blackwell attribute the discrepancies to the lack of the umpire’s chairs; there were no chairs at the Vine Street Courts such as the ones at Nebraska Tennis Center, the Huskers’ indoor facility. “They have a better vantage point when they are in the chairs,” Videtich said. “It makes it harder for them without them, which we all get.” Without the chairs, the officials are forced to stand at the net to the side of the court. “They are level with the court,” Blackwell said. “It’s hard

Our guys need to learn to handle their frustrations and move on without hurting the team and the rest of the match.” kerry mcdermott

nebraska men’s tennis coach

for them to see what we see.” At the end of Videtich and Zitsch’s doubles match against Szymon Tatarczyk and Ricky Medinilla, where the Huskers lost 8-7 (7-4), Videtich had another altercation. “What are you here for, ref?” Videtich yelled, earning himself another penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. “I talked to Brandon and told him that he needs to keep focused on the game,” Blackwell said. “It was a tough weekend in that regard.” The matches continued, but not in the Huskers’ favor. The Huskers lost 6-1 to the Boilermakers. Before the match was finished, the Huskers were told to stop cheering. During the last match of the day, freshman Vasileios Stavropoulos played in the No. 2 spot

against Purdue’s Acosta. Stavropoulos lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 at the No. 5 position. Nebraska was cheering loudly for Stavropoulos until one of the officials told them to stop. “You can cheer for an earned point, but that is it,” the official told the team. Once again, the Huskers weren’t pleased. “I think it is part of the game, part of collegiate tennis,” Blackwell said. “Some coaches don’t like that. I think it makes it a fun atmosphere.” After a weekend full of questioned calls, the Huskers can hold onto one thing. “Officials aside, we played hard this weekend,” McDermott said. “We played Nebraska tennis.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com


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13 starts 281 attempts 1,690 yards (No. 9 in nation) 9 touchdowns 130 yards per game

13 games 54 attempts 298 yards 2 touchdowns 23 yards per game

13 games 85 attempts 447 yards 10 touchdowns 34 yards per game

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Husker backs play key role in Big Ten success josh kelly

You can describe the Big Ten Conference any way you want to this coming season, but one of the major keys to a successful team will be the running backs. Worried about what’s going to show and what’s not going to be addressed at the spring game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium? Well, you’re just like any other Husker football fan then. There are always going to be worries about the program until the team starts putting in the results, whether it’s nationally or in the Big Ten Conference. Heading into Saturday’s game, there are plenty of units that need to be strengthened for the Huskers to reach the ambitious heights

they have set for themselves. Monday’s practice began outside. The city of Lincoln was graced with sunny skies and a little bit of wind. Perfect weather to test the kickers on the team. As I was watching junior kicker Mauro Bondi hit field goals from the 40-50-yard range, with ease at that, I looked toward the corner of the end zone, behind the specialists who were playing live ball, and there were the running backs. Running drills were players such as Ameer Abdullah, Imani Cross, Terrell Newby and wildcard Adam Taylor. That group receives a lot of attention, and there’s a reason for that. It’ll need to carry a lot of weight on the offense this season. There are many reasons the running backs will have to carry their own this season. First, is that there is still no clear-cut starting five on the offensive line, a group that bled through the last half of the 2013 season, and that’s going to be an

area needing consistency. For a change, let’s expect the worst, Husker fans. Say the offensive line goes through so many rotations it seems like the offense has the same line changes a hockey team would. Then who’s going to pick up the slack? The running backs would have to. Then you have quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. playing his first full season, and he, along with any quarterback in college football, can’t handle the offense without the help of the running back group. When you look at Big Ten schools with a relentless rushing attack, only one school comes to mind, and it’s a team that has brought Husker nation plenty of pain: Wisconsin. For years now, the Badgers’ running game has been scary good. Last season, they were averaging 283.8 yards per game, which was eighth in the country. While the Huskers were 19th

men’s gymnastics: from 10 tered in Ringle’s left arm, and part of the bone pierced his skin. Chmelka rushed to him, as did the rest of the team. They tried to unlatch the grip, but nothing worked. Chemlka later said he came close to calling for a knife to cut the grip off. But fellow senior Eric Schryver climbed to the top of the bar to get more leverage. Everyone below lifted Ringle up, as Schryver pried Ringle’s fingers off. Finally, he was off the bar after 45 seconds. Ringle only belted out one small scream, as the grip first locked, but after that he fell silent. Pain was not an issue, but the pressure was immense. “It felt like the world’s strongest man is just gripping onto your arm as hard as he can and hanging on it,” Ringle said. Once stabilized, Ringle sat quietly, as he had been the entire time, and asked a teammate to bring him his phone. He needed to call three people: Mom, Dad and Swiatlowski. “That’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” said his mom, Maggie Ringle. Swiatlowski was just getting out of church when she received the phone call. “He was mumbling, and I couldn’t understand him,” she said. “Then he yelled, ‘I broke my arm.’” His mom got on the first flight she could from his hometown of San Ramon, Calif. Ringle was now going to the hospital. But what happened next in the gym? Was the meet finished? Schryver, who minutes before scraped the fingers of his teammate off the bar, was slated to compete next. Spectators, members of the team and coaches didn’t expect Schryver to jump on the bar right away. Emotions were on high, and Schryver knew what needed to happen. “I knew that I had a big role going after him,” Schryver said. “The younger guys, who were still to go up after me, thanked me. ‘If you wouldn’t have hit your routine, I don’t know if I could have done mine.’” With grips on, he compiled one of his best routines on the high bar, he said. The meet continued, but the air in the gym changed. Once Ringle was taken into the ER, nurses asked about his medical history, which includes three right

The Huskers haven’t had two running backs go for more than 1,000 yards in the same season since 1992, when the team had Calvin Jones and Derek Brown.” with 215.7 yards per game, that was with the help of the quarterbacks and running back Abdullah. The Badgers, with the exception of Russell Wilson, have had quarterbacks who haven’t been known to escape the pocket. When you look at the two schools, Wisconsin had more of balance than the Huskers did. While Abdullah did run for 1,690 yards, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon came pretty darn close, running for 1,609 yards last season. I’m not comparing two elite Big Ten running backs; I’m looking at the guys behind them who are affecting their schools the most.

NU grows never-say-die mindset with comebacks Nedu Izu DN

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Senior Mark Ringle, whose best score on the high bar was a 14.90 against Minnesota in 2013, broke his arm during a high bar routine before the season. shoulder surgeries, tendinitis and 10 broken bones. “I finally hit double-digits,” he said. “I guess that’s something to be kind of proud of.” After the X-rays and the small talk with UNL athletic trainer Jerry Weber, the doctors came back to discuss what needed to happen. Weber said the men’s gymnastics team averages 30 to 40 injuries a year, with most of the incidents coming from overuse and stress on body parts. Other injuries go unreported because the gymnasts play through minor injuries. As an aspiring orthopedic surgeon, Ringle took the opportunity to ask questions about the surgery. With his bone sticking out of his body, Ringle could observe what bones actually look like in person. “It looked like there was just a big splinter in me,” he said. The surgery would require two metal plates and four screws, but not before the old plates and screws had to come out. In 2001, Ringle broke the same arm on the high bar. Working with the older guys in the gym back at the University of California-Berkeley’s gym, fewer safety mats were out. Ringle was trying to perfect the three-quarters giant maneuver when he missed the bar. The arm broke on the landing. He experienced the same fracture this time, but the lone difference was the bone didn’t puncture

the skin. Rehab, two metal plates and 12 screws later, Ringle was on his way back to competing. Now, the bones grew back over plates since the injury in 2001, and this two-and-a-half hour surgery consisted of scraping the bone from the plates, taking out the old screws and putting in four new screws and two fresh metal plates. Ringle now has the old screws in a box. One day, in his office, he will have a skeleton arm with all the screws placed in it where they were on his arm. “Kind of to show this is where my arm was,” Ringle said. Ringle already burned up his redshirt status and plans to attempt a sixth year of eligibility. Whether he obtains another season from the NCAA, he’s ready for the next chapter in his life: either preparing for USA Qualifiers in the summer or applying for medical school admittance. If his gymnastics career is finished, he can look back on three consecutive NCAA qualifier appearances, a career-high 15.80 on the vault on March 19, 2011, and being a First-Team NCAA Academic All-American in 2013. Ringle also said he can look back and say leaving was his choice. “Going out on my own terms,” Ringle said. sports@ dailynebraskan.com

Since 1889, the Nebraska baseball team has gone by the nickname Cornhuskers, or for short, Huskers. But against Ohio State in its camouflage jerseys, Nebraska could have been mistaken for the Average Joes in “Dodgeball” or the Cleveland Indians in “Major League.” Before April 4, the Huskers entered their Big Ten series home opener against the Buckeyes with a worse overall record and were expected to be challenged with their bats and arms all weekend. But such as in both of the movie titles above, the underdogs, or in this case, the Huskers, prevailed. Before playing Ohio State over the weekend, it was safe to say Nebraska would lose any contest when trailing in the last three innings of a game. The Huskers were 0-11 when trailing after seven innings before Friday. But unlike many of its matchups in March or February, the Huskers had a “never say die” chip on their shoulders against the Buckeyes and came back to win each game, 3-2, 4-3 and 2-1. Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said his hitters’ ability to stick to their approach and drive the ball up the middle assisted them in their lategame comebacks and memories for years to come. “They’re going to talk about how they stunk it up and then found a way to win all three days,” he said after Sunday’s game. “It’s a compliment to them for them keeping it together and continuing to fight.” In all three games, the Huskers scored second to the Buckeyes and climbed back to give Christian DeLeon, Aaron Bummer and Chance Sinclair complete-game victories for their third, fourth and fifth wins, respectively, on the season. “It was unbelievable,” Bummer said. “Our starting pitching saved our bullpen and just puts us in a great position for the midweek and the rest of the season.” And it was the Nebraska left-

creighton: from 10 slated to pitch on Wednesday at home against Kansas State. Erstad is hoping Roeder and Hirsch will contribute smaller roles in the game against the Wildcats as well. Creighton’s last time out was in a three-game matchup against North Dakota, in which the Bluejays swept the series 3-0. Senior center fielder Mike Gerber and sophomore shortstop Ryan Fitzgerald led Creighton to an 8-6 win Sunday with 2 hits and 3 RBI each. Gerber, who averages .260 hitting, has 13 runs so far this season. Senior outfielder Brad McKewon holds the second-highest batting average on the team with a .288 but has the most runs scored this season with 18 and the most hits with 32. The Huskers hold a team batting average of .300, while opponents have one of .284. The Bluejays are losing to their opponents in batting averages. Creighton holds a .247, but its opponents have a slightly higher average of .264.

Behind Abdullah, there were two other running backs who saw a good amount of playing time, and they were Cross and Newby. Cross went for 447 yards on the ground, and Newby ran for 298 yards, and while that’s solid production out of the backups, it’s not what those Badger players are doing. Wisconsin was graced with another running back who went more than 1,000 yards, and that was James White, who went for 1,444. That’s already a well-balanced split right there. The line doesn’t stop there, though. The Badgers also had an up-

coming sophomore running back in Corey Clement, who ran for 547 yards in his first season, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. That’s scary good for a thirdstring running back, let alone a freshman. Look for Clement to be able to split with Gordon with ease, just like Montee Ball did with James White and just like White was able to do with Melvin Gordon. The Huskers haven’t had two running backs go for more than 1,000 yards in the same season since 1992, when the team had Calvin Jones and Derek Brown, which is a one-two punch like the one that’s needed for the team to thrive this season. If you aren’t looking forward as far as the Wisconsin game in mid-November, look forward to watching the running backs this Saturday, because the potential for a scary-looking attack is there. Josh Kelly is a junior journalism major. You can reach him at sports@ dailynebraskan.com

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Junior right-handed pitcher Chance Sinclair was 1 of 3 Huskers to throw complete games against Ohio State over the weekend. He leads the team with 5 victories and an ERA of 1.05. hander who showed arguably the most flash. To secure the sweep, Bummer tossed 9 strong innings, allowing 1 run and 5 hits. He struggled in the first inning, allowing the first three Buckeyes to reach via an error and two singles but said he calmed his nerves after the fourth inning. In the final four innings, the Huskers’ Game 3 winner retired the side in order in all but the ninth inning to keep Nebraska’s hopes of a dramatic finish alive. He said his attitude has changed for the better in his past two starts. “It was the same thing that happened last week,” Bummer said. “I just finally got comfortable out there, got into rhythm, and good things started to happen.” In his previous start, Bummer prevented Nebraska from being swept against UNLV on March 30, when he threw a career-high 7.2 innings. With his two most recent quality starts, the southpaw has dropped his earned run average from 5.46 to 4.24. Although Nebraska will match-

up against Creighton on Tuesday night on a four-game winning streak, Erstad said his team’s past has shown that games after successful weekends haven’t been too kind to them. “We haven’t handled success real well,” the coach said. “We have to take our game to the next level where we come out just as hungry Tuesday.” But one things for certain: If the Huskers are down after seven innings Tuesday night against the Bluejays or late Wednesday evening against the Kansas State Wildcats, don’t rule them out just yet. Before the nail biting ensues, Husker fans can look back at this weekend as one of the most memorable in Haymarket Park history, Erstad said. “I’m just happy they kept it together,” he said. “During (Sunday) I was thinking to myself this is like going to an NBA basketball game. You don’t have to watch until the last 30 seconds. That’s what it’s been like this whole weekend. “It’s great memories for them. Let’s create some more.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

softball: from 10 They know now that it’s not over till it’s over.”

We’ve been playing them for years now, mostly in the fall, so we know them pretty well.” rhonda revelle nebraska softball coach

darin erstad

nebraska baseball coach

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Senior left-handed pitcher Zach Hirsch, who is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.25 in 15 appearances this season, is slated to start Tuesday night at Creighton, according to Nebraska coach Darin Erstad. Junior infielder Pat Kelly leads the Huskers with 41 hits so far on

the season, and from those, he has scored 17 runs.

“I was much happier overall with their batting practice this past week,” Erstad said. “That’s where we have to stay this week.” The Huskers are going into the Creighton matchup holding the all-series title with a record of 74-49-2. Erstad said the team is trying to keep up its good habits and gain more confidence as the season continues. “We’re going to play every game to win,” the coach said, “and hopefully go from there.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com

Offenses have had a rough time figuring her out as her opponent’s overall batting average against her is .192. UNO hosted the Huskers for a mid-week matchup earlier in the season on March 26 when Nebraska was relentless in a 10-0 victory. The game ended after 5 innings. Since the game against the Huskers, UNO has had one three-game series after a doubleheader against Kansas City was canceled. The Mavericks went 1-2 during the weekend against North Dakota State while the Huskers went 2-1 against Illi-

nois. After the game against UNO, the Huskers will continue their home stand against Northern Iowa, Iowa and Ohio State. After the home stand, Nebraska will have nine games left in the regular season before continuing onto the postseason, an end that has been a set point for the team since day one. “We’re slowly progressing,” Knighten said. “We’re working towards being ready for the postseason because that’s what it’s all about.” sports@ dailynebraskan.com


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Senior gymnast Mark Ringle, who sustained a season-ending injury before the season, has a personal-best floor routine score of 15.10, which he scored in 2013.

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ark Ringle separated himself. His entire high bar routine ran through his head as he acted out the motions. His arms circled and rotated with each maneuver. His hands flinched with each move at just the right times. All while standing still. If he made a mistake, he would start over. But no mistake this time before his performance in the Nebraska men’s gymnastics intrasquad meet. Husker coaches Chuck Chmelka and Jim Hartung needed to put together the starting lineups for the team’s first meet. Ringle, a senior, had his spot all but locked up before he stepped into the gym.

Once he finished a flawless routine in his head, he would be ready. The thought of one of the first dates with his girlfriend, Jerlyn Swiatlowski, was not in his mind. The double-date with Swiatlowski’s best friend and her boyfriend, pizza and a movie, didn’t cross his mind. The same day, hours before, he trained in the gym and the high bar caught his face. Front teeth shattered, brain doped up on painkillers and face covered in Band-Aids, he still went on that date. Now, he said a prayer to himself: “Lord, help me get through this event, and keep me safe.” The blue sponge floor goes from wall to wall. No wasted space in the humid gym. No

stands for fans. They took seats on the trampoline, along the wall and any place out of the way. The last step before Ringle’s routine was to chalk his hands and grip. Ringle has been in gymnastics since he was 4 years old and performed on the high bar thousands of times. He stepped on to the padded mat beneath the high bar, leaped up and began the routine. Ringle moved through his routine just as he did in his head. No mistakes. He started to twist his body around the bar until his hands were inverted, the Rybalko to el-grip. Momentum seemed lost as he slowed down. The grip’s leather strap that goes from the

forearm to the slots for three of Ringle’s fingers caught on itself. Crack. “It just kind of echoed in my ear,” Hartung said. “By the time the echo was gone, I had put two and two together.” This is called grip lock. It’s a rare occurrence in gymnastics, but it happens, coach Chmelka said. According to Sports Health, 38 percent of college men’s gymnastics teams participating in the 10-year study had at gymnast suffer grip lock. The study, published in November 2009, also reported that 84 percent of coaches knew about a grip lock injury. Both the radius and ulna bones were shat-

men’s gymnastics: see page 9

baseball

Huskers travel to face Bluejays in Omaha Nebraska takes 4-game win streak to Creighton, which NU beat in extra innings earlier in season Staff Report DN The Nebraska baseball team has become notorious for taking its wins at the last minute. In the last game of the threeday series against the Ohio State Buckeyes, Nebraska barely pulled out with a 2-1 win against the Big Ten rivals. “We found a way to get it done,” Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said. “You go out there, and you continue to fight, and all the sudden, you create a little confidence.” With this extra boost of confidence, Nebraska goes into a twogame week followed by a threegame series against Minnesota this weekend. Creighton will be the first competitor in this week’s match-

ups. On Tuesday, the Huskers will play the Bluejays at the TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha at 6:30 p.m. The Bluejays have a 15-10-1 record, while the Huskers are 18-13. The in-state rivals met up earlier this season, and the Huskers took a 5-4 win. This win followed the trend of many other Nebraska baseball games so far this season – the Huskers came from behind. In the bottom of the 10th, sophomore infielder Jake Placzek hit the ball center field to forward sophomore first-baseman Austin Christensen to home plate to claim one more run and the overall victory. “Now there is a calmness about them,” Erstad said. “They know now that it’s not over till it’s over.” Erstad said he plans to put senior Zach Hirsch in the game to start the pitching on Tuesday. But junior Josh Roeder will be there in case something happens. “They’re huge,” the coach said. “Hopefully we can get a 10run lead, and we can throw some of our younger guys in and let them get some experience, too.” Junior pitcher Kyle Kubat is

creighton: see page 9

NU opens 8-game home stand Josh Kelly DN The No. 20 Nebraska softball team begins an eight-game home stand with a Tuesday-evening matchup against in-state opponent Nebraska-Omaha. After a few weekends in a row on the road, the team is thrilled to be back home for a while to gain some momentum for the final stretch of the regular season. Freshman infielder MJ Knighten was named Big Ten Conference co-freshman of the week on Monday after she went 6 for 10 against Illinois during the weekend. Knighten had a career-high 3 hits in Game 2 against the Fighting Illini and also hit a 2-run home run in Game 1. For Knighten, returning to play at Bowlin Stadium for an extended period of time is something she and her teammates have looked forward to. “I can’t wait to be able to stay home,” Knighten said. “It’s always nice to play in front of the home crowd.” While the Huskers have only played five games in Lincoln this season, the team has an overall record of 26-12 – 3-2 at home. Coach Rhonda Revelle, who has been around the program for decades, knows how much the home field advantage will help and how much an extended home stand can help push her team to a better position for the postseason. “It’s big,” Revelle said. “Being able to play at home will help us out tremendously. We have a

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Nebraska freshman infielder MJ Knighten was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after a 6-for-10 performance at the plate in the Huskers’ weekend series at Illinois. great record at home, and it’s going to go far for us.” Having faced the Mavericks nearly every season, Revelle is well aware of the team from Omaha. “We’ve been playing them for years now, mostly in the fall, so we know them pretty well,” Revelle said. Expected to make the start for

the Mavericks is senior pitcher Dana Elsasser, who has faced the Huskers in the fall and spring season. The Huskers expect to be zeroed in on her come game time, Revelle said. “We know one pitcher, and that’s Dana Elsasser,” Revelle said. “We’ve had some close games against her, and we just need to fix that.”

Elsasser is the leading pitcher for the Mavericks. The righthander from Hershey, Neb., has started in 21 of NebraskaOmaha’s 33 games this season. She has a 17-6 record with a 1.99 ERA. In her 24 appearances as both a starter and a reliever, she has thrown 122 strikeouts.

softball: see page 9

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