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Critics: ASUN is exclusionary Housing to fund future bedbug sweeps
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Seventeen percent of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students voted in this year’s Association of Students of the University of Nebraska election, but as the Impact Party takes over, concerns about the election process are beginning to echo. Past candidates argue that ASUN cultivates exclusivity, defies equal representation of students, and it is dominated by the greek system. According to office records, at least one executive member of the dominant party for the past 10 years was involved with the dominant party the year before as a senator or executive member. “It’s always the same party under a different name,” said Erik Mellgren, a 2010 UNL graduate who ran and lost as a presidential candidate for the CONCRETE Party in 2009. Fraternity and sorority members make up about 17 percent of the student population, but according to surveys conducted by fourth-year applied math graduate student and former ASUN senator Eric Eager, greeks made up more than half of the senate body in 2010 and 2011. Every dominant party for the past 10 years has included at least one greek member. ASUN is governed by a 47page booklet of bylaws, three executive members, 35 senators and six standing committees. A nearly 50-page document contains election rules for those who run. Executive candidates for the Party Party, which ran and lost this year, called the process “complicated” and “overwhelming.” Senior political science and communication studies major Emily Schlichting, who ran and lost in a runoff as external vice-presidential candidate for the Fusion party in 2010, said powerful members of ASUN
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has never been used by the Asian World Alliance. Hoang said it was to show guests aspects of the culture they might
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Housing will fund two sweeps of residence halls, in May and August, to help prevent bedbugs from returning to the residence halls. Four dogs will search empty rooms before the summer conference season and once again before students return for the fall semester. Housing Director Sue Gildersleeve estimates the sweep to cost between $35,000 and $40,000. In an email, she wrote Housing was not planning on sweeping the halls in December. Instead of focusing on searching and treating rooms, Gildersleeve wrote Housing will focus more on the educational aspect of bedbugs. “Along with making sure the rooms are clear when students move in, we will make sure that students have an awareness of bedbugs,” Gildersleeve wrote. “So in addition to providing educational materials prior to move-in, we’ll do our best to educate students on the subject early in the fall.” No educational programs for resident assistant training have been developed yet. Gildersleeve wrote the programs are developed during the summer months, along with programs for students. Housing discussed the possibility of preventing students from bringing in used furniture or carpet, but it would be too difficult to enforce. Gildersleeve wrote that Housing will educate students about the risks, but not prevent students from bringing in used items. The bedbug website, created by Housing in late January, will remain up and running for students to visit if they have questions. Links to educational materials, the UNL Extension-Lancaster County website and a PDF file of the daily updates from January to March are provided at housing.unl.edu/bedbugs/. Daily updates will no longer appear on the website, and Housing is looking into how other institutions notify students when bedbugs are confirmed, Gildersleeve wrote. “In some cases, nothing is said to residents, but it’s expected that students will talk among themselves, and when heat treatment occurs, it’s pretty apparent what’s going on to the rest of the floor,” she wrote. Sara Mann, a freshman psychology major, said students probably don’t check the website that often. “I think if more emails were sent or maybe if (Housing) posted on Facebook,” Mann said. “A lot more people
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Kaitlin Mazour and Eric Kamler converse in their office in the ASUN office Thursday afternoon. Mazour and Kamler have recently become ASUN’s internal vice president and president. usually hold their positions because of their breadth of institutional knowledge. She called the N VISION party, which won in 2010, a “machine.” “Seeing the difference in the level of in-depth knowledge of ASUN and the way they were able to hit the ground running with their policies — I know for a fact my campaign wouldn’t have been able to do that,” Schlichting said. “We had a lot to learn still.” Omaid Zabih, a 2005 UNL graduate who served as an ASUN executive for two years, said it’s possible for candidates to overcome a lack of experience with proper planning and organization. “I don’t think (experience) is
essential, but I think it helps,” Zabih said. “If you’re thinking about running, you need to start early.” Freshman Campus Leadership Associates has been the starting point of ASUN involvement for the past four elected presidents. Party Party executive candidates said the organization “grooms” appointed students for positions of higher power. Both sophomore English major Dillon Jones and sophomore political science and German major Blake Rostine, who ran and lost as external and internal vice-presidential candidates for the Party Party, were FCLA members last year and said they were approached with suggestions of one day
running for ASUN president. “It’s their golden group of 20,” said sophomore philosophy major Kate Miller, who ran and lost as presidential candidate for the Party Party. “They decide amongst themselves who runs (for executive positions). If you look at the ballot, you probably won’t find two FCLA members running against each other.” ASUN president from 20102011 Lane Carr, a senior history and political science major, said ASUN has changed how it addresses FCLA from a springboard into ASUN to an opportunity for leadership in its own right. Field McDonald, a freshman general studies major, began her student government involvement with
FCLA and won a senator position with the Impact Party. “They were well-organized, their platforms were wellresearched, and they had experience in previous ASUN positions, so I felt really comfortable, like I was being guided by people who knew what they were talking about,” McDonald said. “Not that the Party Party didn’t.” Kaitlin Mazour, ASUN’s internal vice president and a
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‘Hello Vietnam’ celebrates Asian culture maren westra daily nebraskan
The Centennial Room of the Nebraska Union hosted “Hello Vietnam” on Saturday, a cultural event put together by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Asian World Alliance and Vietnamese Student Association. The event was a celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Asian World Alliance President Nhung Hoang, a senior civil engineering major, said although Asian Pacific Heritage Month is actually celebrated throughout May, the UNL group hosts its main event on campus in April because of academic scheduling. This is the fourth annual Asian World Alliance event, but Hoang said the 2012 celebration was a much larger affair. In previous years, the event was free, but the group sold tickets for $15 this year — and they all sold out. The guest count tripled from about 100 to 300, Hoang said. The financial goal for the night was simply to break even. Hoang was active in the Asian Student Association in high school, but when she arrived at UNL as a freshman, she found that it had become inactive. She and a few friends
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reactivated the group, renaming it the Asian World Alliance. Last year, she estimated there to be only six active members, so she focused her energy on recruiting — and to positive effect: this year, there are 37 active members. Following brief speeches by UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Vietnamese Community of Lincoln President Dau Nguyen, Hello Vietnam started with a skit portraying the wedding of two people who met and fell in love at UNL. The man was of Vietnamese heritage but had lost his touch with the culture. The woman, on the other hand, had been raised in Vietnam, but had left her family 15 years prior to pursue an American education. Because she had not seen her family or her home country for so long, she decided she and her husband would travel back to Vietnam for their honeymoon to visit her parents and remind themselves of their shared culture. The skit, which followed their travels, was interspersed with other performances that were woven into the storyline. These performances included modern and traditional dances and singing, a dragon dance and two displays of martial arts. Additionally, a
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Auh Nguyen and Minh Nguyen of the Linh Quang Buddhist Youth Association practice their dragon dance routine in the hallway of the Nebraska Union before the Asian World Alliance and Vietnamese Student Association banquet on Saturday evening. The dancers donned a two-person dragon costume and performed an elaborate routine for the banquet crowd. four-course meal of traditional Vietnamese fare was served to all the guests. The skit displayed both the obstacles of cultural misunderstanding and the satisfaction of bringing two cultures together. According to Hoang,
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Local charity heads shoe donation drive
People’s City Mission joins forces with Cornhusker Bank to donate shoes to needy demetria stephens daily nebraskan
The Lincoln People’s City Mission and Cornhusker Bank have joined together to set up shoe donation sites around Lincoln. They hope to provide 20,000 people in the area shoes before April 14, according to Will Hays, marketing director of the People’s City Mission. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has five locations, said Teresa Elliott, communications director for Cornhusker Bank — Abel/Sandoz, Smith Hall, Neihardt Residence Center, Selleck Quadrangle and the UNL Greek Affairs Office. Each location has a blue barrel that says “People’s City Mission” in white lettering. On Sunday, a pair of shoes and three cans of food appeared in the Abel/ Sandoz barrel. A poster next to the barrel read,
“Donate shoes here” and explained what it was for. Neihardt had Styrofoam plates and plastic forks in its barrel. The barrel read, “This is not a trash can,” because some residents had mistaken it for one. The rest of the UNL locations’ barrels were empty as of Sunday. The bank collected 4,350 pairs of shoes from its locations across Lincoln last year to donate to the mission. Recipients of the shoes could be “invisible people,” women in domestic disputes, “couch surfers” and youth who don’t have a stable home, Hays said. Being homeless is a worst-case scenario. About 200 people on the streets are the most visible, he said. The mission served about 150 of those, he added. They might stay at the mission for one night or one year, waiting for something like government housing to open up, he said. The need for shoes clicked with Cornhusker Bank last year when it was looking for a community activity, Elliott said. She
said TOMS’s campaign — donating a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair bought — inspired the bank employees. But the amount collected last year wasn’t enough, Hays said. The shoes were gone in two weeks. Children’s shoes are the ones most needed, he added. The mission is one of 60 shoe drop-off locations around Lincoln this year. Among the 60 locations, about 500 pairs of shoes were collected by Thursday, Hays said. Brandon Martin, branch manager at the 27th Street Cornhusker Bank branch, said his branch’s container was full once so far during the drive. The donation period is one week old and will end April 14. Shoes will be given out on April 20 at the mission, Hays said. The event will coalesce around April 10, TOMS One Day Without Shoes. People are asked to walk, with or without shoes, from the main Cornhusker Bank branch at 11th Street and Cornhusker Highway to the mission, about 2.5
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miles, starting at 10:45 a.m. The bank is serving lunch for anyone who walks, Elliot said. Shoes in all conditions are accepted. They will
recycle the bad shoes. “Everyone’s got shoes in their closet they don’t wear,” Hays said.
staff-ed from opinion: from 4 how much ASUN can do. Anyone can run to enter ASUN on a senatorial level — with each college offering several positions, and applications for many unfilled appointments are available online until 4 p.m. today http://www. unl.edu/asun/. There’s also a very real danger in electing the unprepared. ASUN is a body with significant power on campus — its executive
members lead debates among senators that have the ability to determine campus budgets of organizations including Parking and Transit Services and the University Health Center. A working knowledge of university policy and the outcomes of ASUN decisions is essential to the job, and every organization has its systems for identifying and training future leaders.
At the end of the day, what might serve as a wake-up for ASUN should also serve as a wake-up for voting students. It’s important to acknowledge ASUN is an elected body. State and national elections thrive on publicity and endorsements, but in a campus environment, it’s not a stretch to look at the elected tickets of the past 10 years and assume that some of the consistency
stems simply from colleagues and friends of the previous party making up a sizeable portion of the voting block. With only 17 percent of the university voting in this year’s election, and similarly low figures from recent years, that’s not a voice likely to be overridden. UNL can have fresh faces in its student government, but only if its student body chooses. As you read today’s story
and graphic, it’s important to view it in proper perspective. There’s a question of where nepotism enters into respecting experience. There’s a question of what can and should change within ASUN. But above all, there’s a question of whether students consider any of the above problematic enough to reflect it in their votes.
next: from 1 check Facebook.” More education about bedbugs would be beneficial, Mann said. “Maybe we can have no more bedbugs in Lincoln,” she said. “That would be nice.” If bedbugs are found again, Housing will post a sign on the floor to let residents know and a heat treatment will occur. “We may decide on another approach that makes sense in the future, but for now this is what students can expect if bedbugs are found on the floor,” Gildersleeve wrote. If bedbugs returned to campus, Gildersleeve said Housing is prepared and wrote that there is no question Housing will have to rely on residents to pay attention to provided information and be aware of what to look for. “Vigilance on the part of all students — both on- and off-campus — will be important to help avoid this kind of situation in the future,” Gildersleeve wrote. franniesprouls@ dailynebraskan.com
vietnam: from 1 not have known or understood before. According to Hoang, the Vietnamese Student Association was also inactive for a few years before being reactivated at the beginning of this academic year. Nhat Tran, a sophomore biological systems engineering major, is its president. He said seeing the success of Hello Vietnam was exciting. “Everyone has been so supportive,” he said. “It turned out pretty well … I’m really proud.” For Tran, the event was all about introducing the Vietnamese culture to people who haven’t experienced it before. marenwestra@ dailynebraskan.com
Community desk Gaughan Week 2012 when: Monday, April 9, through Wednesday, April 11 where: Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center what: The Gaughan will host a series of events, including a Cribs competition, a “tunnel of oppression” and an athletic panel. Schedule: Monday, April 9 luncheon: “No Offense,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity Room Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Open House, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebration: The Golden Dragon Acrobats, 7 p.m., Rococo Theatre Tuesday, April 10 luncheon: Diversity and Athletics Panel, 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity Room Cribs Contest, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, third-floor offices Lavender Graduation, 3:30 p.m., Nebraska Union Tunnel of Oppression, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Abel/Sandoz Complex Wednesday, April 11 luncheon: “Crossing the Line” featuring Robert Page, 11:30 a.m., Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity Room CRASH: Keynote address by Robert Page, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jackie Gaughan Multi-
cultural Center, Unity Room UNL Mexican American Student Association Banquet, 7 p.m., Nebraska Union, Centennial Room Thursday, April 12 luncheon: “Disabling Disablism,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity Room Gaughan Week meets Greek Week: Greeks on the Yard, 5 p.m., In front of the Nebraska Union/Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Mike Posner and the Brain Trust, 8 p.m., Nebraska Union greenspace Friday, April 13 luncheon: “Guy Code/Real Talk,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity and Ubuntu rooms Gaughan Week Reception featuring Ryan Anderson, 5 p.m., Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Unity Room Contact: Bianca Harley at 402-472-5860 or BHarley2@ unl.edu Women’s Choral Festival and Concert when: Tuesday, April 10, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. where: Kimball Recital Hall what: Choral students from around the region will participate in a workshop that concludes with a concert at 7:30 p.m. The concert is open to the public. contact: Mike Edholm at 402-472-6865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Impact Awards when: Tuesday, April 10, 5 p.m. where: Nebraska Union what: Recognized student organizations and members in RSOs will honor officers, members and advisers for their work during the year with the Student Impact Awards. contact: Adam Brown at 402-472-8157 or email@example.com. “Education Under Fire” documentary screening and conversation when: Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where: Nebraska Union, Auditorium what: The Baha’i Student Association and Amnesty International-UNL will host a screening of the documentary “Education Under Fire.” A panel discussion will follow. The documentary is about government-sanctioned persecution of various groups in Iran and violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that guarantees education as a human right. contact: Tim Lundy or Mihdi Vahedi at 402-699-6077 Career Spotlight: Humanities and Social Sciences when: Wednesday, April 11, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where: Nebraska Union, Regency Room
what: Career Services and the College of Arts and Sciences will host an alumni panel and networking event to help students in the college explore possible job options for after graduation. contact: Christina Fielder at 402-472-8029 or cfielder2@ unl.edu
Screening: “Despicable Me” when: Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m. where: Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center what: The Ross will host a screening of the animated movie “Despicable Me.” cost: Free to UNL students with their NCard Mark Rosenberg presentation when: Thursday, April 12, 3:30 p.m. where: Nebraska Union what: Mark Rosenberg, author of “Blackouts & Breakdowns” and “Eating My Feelings” will give a presentation. NUSAMS Freedom March when: Thursday, April 12, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. where: Beginning at the Nebraska Union and ending at the Capitol what: NUSAMS will host a Freedom March from the Nebraska Union to the State Capitol Building to raise awareness for victims of human trafficking and to educate the public and legisla-
tors on why it’s important to make Nebraska a slave-free state. contact: Sriyani Tidball at 402-472-7059 or mtidball3@ unl.edu MoneyZone — Budget-Friendly Summer Zone when: Thursday, April 12, 5 p.m. where: Nebraska Union Plaza what: Students can learn tips on saving money during the summer and earn a turn in the money machine. Dairy Store P.O. Pears Cookout when: Friday, April 1, noon to 1 p.m. where: On the lawn south of the Food Industry Complex what: The Dairy Store will serve signature burgers from P.O. Pears while Lincoln Northeast High School’s jazz band performs. contact: UNL Dairy Store at 402-472-2828 or dairystore@ unl.edu 2012 Bull-a-Thon when: Friday, April 3, 7 p.m. to midnight where: East Campus Union, Lanes ‘N’ Games what: Teams of four to five members can compete in a bowling tournament to help benefit the family of Amanda Yrkoski. Free bowling will follow the tournament. Teams can pre-register at www. tinyurl.com/bullathon. cost: $25 per team contact: Tyler Spilinek at
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asun: from 1 2002 - Booyah Party in charge of UNL
2004 - Streaker Party - President was College senator
2006 - N Power - President + internal VP were O-Team senators
2003 - College Party - President was involved with Booyah in 2002
2005 - O-Team - President was VP for Streaker
2008 - Bright - One was a Run senator
2007 - Run - One was an executive for N Power, one was senator
photos by Nickolai Hammar right: An event worker for Elevate Church empties bags of plastic eggs containing candy from a helicopter onto a grass field at Holmes Lake. After the drops were finished, hundreds of children and parents broke through police boundary tape to pick up the eggs.
2010 - N Vision - Two were Connect senators
2009 - Connect - Two were Bright senators
2011 - Action - Two were N Vision senators, one was on CFA
2012 - Impact - Two were Action senators bryan klopping | daily nebraskan
junior history and English major, said the body’s pattern of experience doesn’t indicate that the positions were passed down. Justin Solomon, a 2011 UNL graduate who served as president his senior year, said experience makes candidates more trustworthy. “If you look at the rest of my team, we tried to blend experience and new ideas,” Solomon said. “At the top, though, students want people who have been in the organization.” Schlichting said ASUN is the same as any other organization in that aspect. “You’d never elect somebody as president of American Civil Liberties Union or UNL Young Democrats or something that had never been a member of the club,” she said. “How do you understand how to lead something if you don’t know how it works?” But sophomore engineering major Walter Bircher, who ran and lost as a senator candidate for the Party Party, said the value of experience is overemphasized. “We’re not going to go bomb Korea,” he said. “We’re not trying to resolve nine trillion dollars of debt. What the hell kind of experience are we supposed to have? I can sign a form just as well as (ASUN President Eric) Kamler.” Jones said leadership in any organization — not just ASUN — can prepare a candidate for a position. If she had been elected, presidential candidate Miller, who serves as president of the Secular Humanists of the University of NebraskaLincoln, would have been the body’s first president without prior ASUN involvement in at least 10 years. “If you read the rules and the bylaws and you check that you’re within them, it’s not a science,” Jones said of the campaign process. “It’s pretty straightforward.” A lack of experience could even have positive effects, said sophomore music education major Frank Stroup, who was elected as one of two Party Party senators and has no prior ASUN involvement. “I have fresher ideas,” Stroup said. “Perhaps some of my ignorance of the rules up until now could really help me in terms of not excluding things.” In general, the body needs more fresh faces, said Andrew Lacy, a 2011 UNL graduate who ran and lost as presidential candidate for the Hope and Change Party in 2009. Lacy said he knew he had “no chance” of election with no prior involvement. “You just keep getting the same people over and over and nothing ever changes,” he said. “At some point, why even bother with elections if nothing is going to change anyway?” Bircher argued the close relations between members of the parties in power each year make it difficult to bring in new ideas. “If you are a member of a party that’s in power and you feel like you’re going to be the next president, you’re going to get pretty close to the current president so you can get all the tips and hints you can,” Bircher said. “You’re probably not going to totally betray that
person. And thus the ideas propagate.” Kamler disagreed, but he said that mentality likely varies from president to president. “If there’s a certain project that Lane was working on, and I feel like it’s not going anywhere, I wouldn’t feel obligated to keep it,” he said. Carr acknowledged the same students tend to be involved throughout the years because ASUN “struggles to get the word out” about elections, despite advertising online and in the newspaper. Bircher agreed. “Nobody on my floor knew what elections were for,” he said. “There were seniors there who had never voted. All the international students I talked to were like, ‘What the heck is that?’ All the minority groups in the eyes of ASUN — nongreek, not super-high socioeconomic status, maybe not white — didn’t know.” Schlichting said the ASUN senate is more inclusive than it may appear. She cited ASUN’s recent work to help international students despite a low rate of international student participation in student government. “If you’re going to look at ASUN inclusivity on a very descriptive level, we won’t look very good,” she said. “But if you look at all of the committees we have and all the work we do, ASUN is as inclusive as it can be.” Zabih said without “one or two” greeks running on an executive slate, the party doesn’t have a chance to win. “I don’t think that’s a bad thing, it’s just that the greeks are the largest, most organized student group on campus,” Zabih said. Students in residence halls can be more difficult to reach because they have fewer common characteristics, said Schlichting, and candidates aren’t allowed to go door-to-door in halls without the accompaniment of a resident assistant. “The election comes down to numbers and who can get the most people out to vote,
and greek houses just provide a really easy method of reaching people,” Schlichting said. During this year’s election process, the Party Party executives said they saw a “clear bias” among the administration and ASUN members in favor of Impact Party. They said they were called out for breaking a myriad of “insignificant” campaign rules, such as mixing up the wording of a verbatim campaign announcement, resulting in about $20 of fines. All involved said the electoral commission, which decides the fines, behaved fairly, but Rostine called the infractions “ridiculous.” “There’s no room for leeway,” Rostine said. “There’s no room for fresh blood.” Jones described the mentality he perceived among the administration: “If you don’t wait your turn, you don’t deserve to be a candidate,” he said. “If you haven’t paid your dues and spent time in senate and FCLA, you’re not entitled to it. They really do feel like they deserve it.” But Carr said the executive team made a point not to support either party and behaved without bias. “I think we handed it very professionally, so I’m a little offended by that statement from them,” he said. Bircher argued the body is falling short of its potential. “We can’t be afraid of controversy,” Bircher said. “It seems so dumb to keep doing the same thing year after year for the sake of continuity.” Ultimately, students are responsible for improving their government system, Schlichting said. Carr took the brunt of the charges, though. “Our intent is never to turn away students, never to dissuade students from taking part in the process, never to be closed,” he said. “And if we do it, that’s really unfortunate because it’s probably an accident. We’re an organization that is run by students and we make mistakes.”
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left: Nathaniel Beckstead, 3, totes a bucket around as he attempts to collect some of the 7,000 plastic eggs dropped from a helicopter at Holmes Lake. Beckstead attended the event with his mother and 5-year-old sister.
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DAILY NEBRASKAN editorial board members IAN SACKS editor-in-chief CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER arts & entertainment editor opinion editor HAILEY KONNATH RHIANNON ROOT ZACH SMITH
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Students, ASUN all contribute to unfair exclusivity
There’s a series of running jokes in politics about the lack of difference between parties, how it’s hard to break in and how elections are fueled by resources and connections. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the same sentiments sometimes appear in March as the campus approaches its annual elections for the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska. We joke because we assume there’s something credible in those complaints. We joke because we also assume we’re overstating, that there’s a justification for some or much of the apparent unfairness. With a story in today’s Daily Nebraskan, some of those complaints now seem more credible than ever. According to records maintained by the ASUN office, all winning executive tickets for the past 10 years have had at least one member involved with the dominant party the year before, either as a senator or executive member. That means ASUN has seen a continuation of the same party, at least in some form, for the past decade. Other students involved in ASUN cited an unofficial system for tracking new executive members through early leadership organizations such as Freshman Campus Leadership Associates, which has produced the past four ASUN presidents. These issues, particularly the 10-year carryover, indicate a certain inaccessibility to students without the proper ASUN channels. As an organization founded upon providing a voice for all students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, this presents a problem. The current ASUN administration should do its best to address and alter practices that have led to these trends. To begin with, it can engage in serious reflection upon internal attitudes and grooming processes. At the same time, these are the administrations UNL students have voted into office. It’s not clear exactly
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Lottery fuels students’ dreams
ou built that palatial mansion with your Legos and Lincoln Logs, one day hoping to afford a reallife replica. The Bruno Mars song plays in your head: “I wanna be a billionaire so frickin’ bad; buy all of the things I never had.” Regardless of your socioeconomic status, everyone can make a list of what they’d buy with $1 million. With $1 million, you can buy more than 60 Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO jet skis. You could buy your dream home (or put a nice down payment on a condo in a big city). That start-up business you’ve pondered about, yet never had the fiscal ability to see through? Start it up. Become an entrepreneur. You could go yacht shopping! Or walk into Tiffany’s and afford any piece of jewelry on display. That designer wardrobe you’ve placed in online shopping carts? Feel free to purchase without emptying your bank account. You could buy class. Arguably, you could even buy happiness. The average amount of student loan debt is $25,2500, according to the Project on Student Debt. You could pay that off nearly 40 times over with a million bucks. Now, imagine what you could do with $640 million. That was the world-record amount drawn on March 30. My first fortune cookie: “Ideas you believe are absurd ultimately lead to success. Lucky numbers 9-28-32-10-1317.” And it seemed like everyone in the
damien croghan United States — including myself — was captivated by an absurd idea: We could win the lottery! Well, I jumped on the bandwagon and bought a lottery ticket. Scratch that, I bought five. Because I’m still writing for the Daily Nebraskan, you can assume the worst: I didn’t win. I didn’t drop out of school and go around the world in 80 days. Yes, this was my plan: airfare from Omaha to Auckland, New Zealand, including stops in Ankara, Tokyo and Dubai, would cost less than $7,000, according to Expedia.com. Even after taking the trip, and factoring in $2 million for spending money, I’d be left with more than $637 million. The average college-educated American earns $2.1 million in their lifetime. The April 30 Mega Millions drawing winner would have 303 times that amount AFTER traveling extensively and paying off student loans. My newfound gambling addiction was fueled by dreams of affluence ... and my second fortune cookie: “You’re never a loser until you quit trying. Lucky numbers 23-14-27-46-8-30.” The fortunes kept egging me on. “All decisions you make today will be most
fortunate. Lucky numbers 15-24-20-3955-58.” By the fifth one, I’d fulfilled a prophecy: “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. Lucky numbers 4922-18-39-10-5.” There was some loose change in my pocket. Enough to buy a soda or my personal Golden Ticket. I stopped there and didn’t buy the next set of lucky numbers: “You shouldn’t overspend at the moment. Frugality is important. Lucky numbers 8-9-21-26-41-44.” My previous five ticket purchases were an investment; since they were so lucky, buying a six ticket would be frivolous. Despite the one in 175 million odds of winning (according to Reuters) , I put my faith into “lucky numbers.” The drawing occurred on March 30. Much to my chagrin, I became another statistic: I was one of more than 100 million people who won absolutely nothing! “A surprise will titillate you and frighten you, but you will accept it,” my last fortune cookie said. “Learn Chinese: Professor, Jiao-shou.” I still haven’t come to accept my lack of winnings, but at least I learned some Chinese in the process. And got a self-esteem boost (“You are both sociable and charming”) while consuming approximately 10,000 empty calories as well. I don’t plan on buying another lottery ticket, but if you do: “May the odds be ever in your favor!”
Damien Croghan is a debt-ridden, unlucky college student who is now a gambling statistic. Reach him at damiencroghan@ dailynebraskan.com.
Greek hazing rumors require examination
onsider the following an open letter to the greek community (and interested parties) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Forgive me for writing about relatively insulated issues. It seems every year or so our community goes into an uproar as a result of unfair stereotypes. Sometimes it’s non-greeks leveling accusations of hazing and substance abuse when they have no idea whether such things are true. Most of the time it’s when people within our system write things that are just flat out ignorant and ill-informed. I hope this isn’t one of those times because what’s about to be said bears repeating. A recent Rolling Stone article on allegations of hazing at Dartmouth College should give us a moment of pause. The story features the works: hazing, substance abuse, sexual assault and predation. The subject, Andrew Lohse, is a clearly troubled young man. Lohse also appears to have a penchant for treating the truth like an inconvenience. He’s weaved a story that is both plausible and probably grossly exaggerated. I would suspect this is an act by a bitter young man to make a name for himself. You don’t publicly admit the things he did without hoping the resulting notoriety yields a
book deal. You’re adults. Use the Google machine and decide for yourselves. Truthfulness of these allegations aside, this might be an excellent time for some internal evaluation by the UNL greek community. We need to make sure these kinds of behaviors remain unacceptable on both 16th and R streets. Let’s not confuse Dartmouth with UNL. To the best of my knowledge, sexual assault is absolutely unacceptable to fraternity men on this campus. Even rumors of such activity carry the potential of a young man losing his greek status. That’s because we recognize the disgusting entitlement required to treat women in such a manner. There’s also very little tolerance for the hazing described in the Rolling Stone article. Jokes and dumb tweets aside, today’s pledging process is leaps and bounds more respectful and meaningful for both parties than a decade ago. Our founders weren’t concerned with hazing. Our membership appears to be rediscovering that basic truth. Debasing 18-year-olds in order to teach them how to represent your fraternity isn’t necessary. As a member of the same national fraternity (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) that Lohse was once a member of, I will speak to the fact that the practices described in his article fail to
justin green reflect the values of our fraternity. Were Lohse and his brothers mindful of our fraternity’s creed, The True Gentleman, they’d realize how unacceptable such actions are for men who hold any sort of standard of behavior. Gross humiliation, physical assault and expectations have no place in a fraternity house, let alone a member of the Ivy League. Loudly denouncing such behavior and refusing to associate with individuals of such poor character is the only way to protect UNL’s greek culture from this cancer. More importantly, it would behoove UNL’s greek leadership to remind its young ones that the type of behavior known as the “Total Frat Move” is a satirical parody, not a blueprint for life. Such websites play to old stereotypes of greek behavior that are better laughed at than emulated. If you don’t have the filter to read TotalFratMove.com, don’t be on TFM.com. For what it’s worth,
I find TFM.com and related sites to be pretty funny. They’re especially humorous because they’re a joke. People who don’t get the joke, however, spoil the fun for the rest of us. There are far too many gangly and awkward young men strutting around campus wearing their parents’ credit card debt with pride. You may think you look pretty sweet in those croakies, fake RayBans, super short khaki shorts and pastel shirts. Let me be the first to tell you the opposite is true. Were you a brother at Alabama or Texas, you’d look normal. The thing is, you’re not. This is Nebraska. There’s no need to dress like you’re going for a day on the yacht when the closest thing to an ocean for a thousand miles is Lake McConaughy. Trying to live a southern lifestyle well above Mason-Dixon doesn’t make you “frat,” but it sure does look foolish and immature. Although I only know the ritual of my own fraternity, I would wager every fraternity holds the opposite of such behavior to be the ideal. But enough with the second-tier kids trying to Lohse their way to the top. Let’s talk to the people who really need to read this. To the parents of high school seniors, please understand Nebraska’s greek life is nationally
renowned for its commitment to academics and community service. The most important decision of your son’s collegiate career can be made before moving to Lincoln. As someone who was hesitant about fraternities before college, let me say it was the best choice I made between 16 and 21. Your son will bond with other young men who care about school, want to build a respectable reputation and are ambitious about future plans. They’ll have the opportunity to network with like-minded people. They’ll learn the importance of lifelong relationships from some of the most impressive alumni bases you’ll ever meet. Greek life is something that’s usually only publicly discussed when something terrible happens. That sucks, but it’s reality. To those who read of such misbehavior, please remember it is the exception, not the rule. To those who would behave in such a manner, don’t join a fraternity. You aren’t welcome. And for the love of all that is good, it’s “fraternity,” not “frat.”
Justin Green is a Senior Political Science major and a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Read his blog at HuskerRed. tumblr.com. Follow him on Twitter @BearGreenZ. Reach him at justingreen@ dailynebraskan.com.
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Lincoln resident Michael Nielson sits next to a painting by Ben Jones in the hallway of Parrish Studios in downtown Lincoln on Friday night. The art walk on the northeast corner of 14th and O streets is a staple of Lincoln First Friday festivities.
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Jacob Ledbetter (foreground) and Ralph Lopez perform live music under blacklights with their band Nader’s Daughters in The Studio on Friday night.
LEFT: Andrea Walters plays with 21-month-old Wade Posvar in a hallway of the second story of the Noyes Gallery Friday evening. It was the first time this year the Noyes Gallery was able to open the second floor for artists to display their work.
BELOW: Isabel Grove points out an area in her unfinished painting she would like to fill. She stands in a room dedicated to her work in the Noyes Gallery Friday evening. Grove’s medium is oil painting.
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The setting sun and buildings are reflected in Screen Inc’s windows while Michael Walter chats with art gazers inside on Friday evening. Walter was displaying art and household appliances such as earring racks, napkin holders and toilet paper hangers that he welded out of recycled bicycle parts.
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UNL students, Lincolnites celebrate Nepali New Year with first ever Nepal Nite
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ebraska may not be best known for its ethnic diversity, but Mayor Chris Beutler wasn’t wrong when he referred to Lincoln as a garden and its many cultures as flowers. On Saturday night, the flower of Nepal finally bloomed. Against a backdrop of a snow-covered mountain view at night, the Nepalese Students Association held its first ever Nepal Nite to celebrate Nepalese students at the University of NebraskaLincoln and commemorate Nepali New Year 2069. Special guests Beutler and UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman inaugurated the event by lighting a ceremonial lamp, meant to spread the warmth of friendship and to signify the passage of knowledge between cultures. “Events like this are extraordinary for the university,” Perlman said. “This university is working hard to advance its engagement around the world, but it’s not possible to bring all our students with us when we go. That’s why it’s important to bring students from other countries here.” Also in attendance was Nepal’s Ambassador to the United States, Shankar Sharma. Sharma was excited to see Nepalese students representing their country through a cultural display including food, dance, music and drama. “What better way to promote Nepal than by doing something like this?” he said. “This is one of the best programs I’ve seen.” Perhaps best known for having eight of the tallest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, Nepal has enjoyed a diplomatic relationship with the United States since 1947.
Good Old War, a Philadelphia-based folk band, will perform in Omaha on Monday night at the Waiting Room.
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Anita Panthi, an agronomy graduate student, performs a dance at Nepal Nite on East Campus Saturday. Panthi and fellow Nepalese students performed a variety of dances and skits, representing different aspects of Nepalese culture. Although it is a small country, only about 70 percent the size of Nebraska, Nepal is one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. With nearly 100 active languages in the country, representing all members of such a society at an event like Nepal Nite was a challenge. But the Nepalese students were up to it. They focused on
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presenting the “unified diversity” of the country through their music, food, dancing and fashion. Members of the Lincoln community who weren’t wellversed on Nepalese culture before Saturday were shown many aspects of both daily and traditional life in Nepal. The night was a mixture of western and Nepalese tradition, from the clothing to the food. Nepal Nite featured both Nepalese student performers and international speakers who gave the audience a glimpse of Nepal through the eyes of a tourist. The audience
itself displayed the union of the two cultures, from men wearing suits and ties to women in saris, which is common dress for women in Nepal. The entire process began about three months ago, when the group of about 30 enthusiastic undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students in the Nepalese Students Association decided to make Nepal Nite a reality. As a modest-sized group, many of the students did not know
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Good Old War makes music that everyone can sing along to — something that they encourage live. The band, whose name comes from each of the members’ last names — Good (Keith Goodwin), Old (Tim Arnold), War (Dan Schwartz) — will be bringing its harmony-filled music to the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha on Monday night. The band is on tour promoting its new album, “Come Back as Rain,” and has multiple late-night television appearances lined up, including a spot on “Conan” last Thursday night. The Daily Nebraskan caught up with Schwartz just before the band’s performance on “Conan” to talk about its upcoming show in Omaha. Daily Nebraskan: What’s behind the title of your new album, “Come Back As Rain?” Dan Schwartz: “Come Back as Rain” was a song we had written that didn’t end up making the album. It was about the idea of rebirth and the cycle of things. We thought it was apt for the idea of the way we made this record. DN: How does rebirth fit in? DS: With this record, we had a chance to actually sit down and make it
We want it to be something we do together and at the end it’s going to feel like we’ve created something.” Dan Schwartz good old war
the way we wanted to. We had a chance to actually demo our songs. We rewrote some sections and took the time to get the lyrics the way everyone liked them. DN: How do you keep the songs from getting overworked? Is there a point where you just have to stop nitpicking and let the song be? DS: It isn’t something we really have to worry about. Songwriting is a very natural process for us because we are so comfortable collaborating. We can all agree. We act in a single way like that — we have a lot of trust with one another. DN: That collaboration makes me think of where your name comes from, with ‘good,’ ‘old’ and ‘war’ all coming from your last names. Do you find yourselves having to constantly explain what Good Old War means? DS: We wanted our name to be something that was us, like a Simon and Garfunkel, but our names didn’t sound that good, so we had to come up with a way to incorporate our names. People find it interesting that that’s where our name comes from, and it’s good to let people know. We don’t want people to think we like war or anything like that. DN: It’s weird you mention Simon and Garfunkel. The song “Can’t Go Home” reminds me of something they would write. DS: Yeah, it’s a lot like their song “Homeward Bound.” We didn’t do that on purpose, but it is about the same kind of thing, the whirlwind of tour and everything being the same. It’s a low of being a touring band. But you can’t complain, because you are doing the thing you’ve always wanted to do, and you are also doing the same thing a bunch of people want to be doing. But it is hard; it sometimes feels like there’s no end in sight. DN: You music incorporates a lot of harmonies — what kind of setting does that create live? DS: The crowd singing is a huge part of our shows. We don’t want it to be like, “OK, this is the time you sit down and watch us.” We want it to be something we do together and at the end it’s going to feel like we’ve created something. We want that
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q & a: from 6 campfire, communal vibe. I love it when I see people at the end of the show, and their voices are shot, and they are all sweaty. It’s like they’ve done the same thing we have. DN: When you are writing songs, do you keep live performances in mind? DS: We write the songs to be able to be sung along with by everybody. We want the harmonies to come naturally to our fans. DN: How do you break the barrier being on the stage brings and connect with the audience? DS: You can just feel it. Some shows are more successful than others. Most
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Football practice notes Spring game simulation Nebraska football spent about half of its Saturday practice scrimmaging in the Hawks Championship Center. The Huskers came out and looked sharp. Even though the scrimmage was a simulation of a real game, Nebraska still gave it its all, NU coach Bo Pelini said. “I thought it was a good go,” Pelini said. “There was a lot of good competition. We got a lot of guys reps, so we’ll evaluate it and see where we are.” As for the players, scrimmages like Saturday’s have them excited for the spring game on April 14. Wideout Kenny Bell was pleased with NU’s performance on both sides of the ball, he said on his Twitter account Saturday. “Good god. If todays practice was any indication
of wats 2 come, the spring game is gonna b quite the show (sic),” Bell posted on his Twitter account. A little less Rex Once again I-back Rex Burkhead saw his carries limited during the scrimmage portion of practice. It was important to Pelini to give his younger tailbacks — Ameer Abdullah and Aaron Green — more touches in live football scenarios. “Right now we want to get them the reps in the scrimmage situation,” Pelini said. “Ameer and Aaron ran really well today and did some really good things out there today. I think that we’re moving along at the running back spot.” Last season Pelini had faith in Abdullah and Green, but now he thinks they’re better prepared for more carries out of the backfield this season, he said.
“We had two talented freshmen backing him up last year and those guys are a lot further along than they were so I think we’re gonna be able to take some significant amount off of Rex’s shoulders,” Pelini said. Depth could shape spring game rosters Pelini said a few guys might have to wear no-contact jerseys and some might have to play for two teams. He would’ve loved to use a player draft and make it more fun for everyone involved, but because NU is thin at some positions, that would prove difficult. “We’ve got to see where we are numbers-wise,” Pelini said. “It’s going to be a little hairy at a couple spots because of lack of depth. Especially up front ... we want to put a good show on for the fans and all that.
That’s important to us.” Fisher shows promise Pelini thinks senior linebacker Sean Fisher could have a big impact on the Huskers next season. Last season, Fisher had 21 tackles in eight appearances, but struggled for much of the season as the result of an ankle injury he suffered back in a 2010 preseason practice. “He’s playing really good football right now,” Pelini said. “We’re real excited about where he is. I think he’s going to have a heck of a year. He’s a good football player. He had a nasty injury — his ankle bothered him most of last year. And I don’t think he ever felt how he feels right now. And you see it. You see it in how he’s playing.” — Compiled bY Robby Korth
football: from 10 split out. They even talk didn’t find the end zone. about splitting me out, Reed saw his production too,” Cotton take a major said. “We downslide afAs long as can both be ter a breakin, we can out season in we’re scoring both be out 2010 where touchdowns and or one of he caught 22 winning games, us can be passes for in and one 257 yards and no one cares of us can be eight touchwho’s standing out.” downs. Last out... Last seayear, Reed reson was corded just 15 rough for and Ben Cotton catches the Husker one touchnebraska tight end tight ends down. though. “You know, Cotton increased his catch the ball didn’t necessarily total from 2010 by 11, but go our way as many times
as maybe (offensive coordinator Tim) Beck or some of us thought,” Cotton said. Reed said health was an issue for both tight ends last season. “The last time I was fully healthy was probably in fall camp last year, and Ben was nicked up a lot too,” Reed said. The experience of the two players should help them overcome their injury-filled seasons from a year ago. Between the two tight ends are 10 years of football experience with the Huskers. They also
understand Beck’s offense better this season, according to Reed. “This has been four years going on five at Nebraska for us so we know the system very well,” Reed said. For Cotton though, he said he is just going to do what his team needs from him. “As long as we’re scoring touchdowns and winning games, no one cares who’s standing out, they just care about the future of this team,” Cotton said. andrewward@ dailynebraskan.com
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Senior Kale Kiser takes a cut during Nebraska’s 9-4 win Saturday against Iowa. NU improved to 5-4 in Big Ten play with Sunday’s win. batters faced. Iowa’s Brown fared even worse, though: 1 2/3 innings and six earned runs. Brown had been dominant, saving five games, before combusting Sunday. “We had ‘em down 4-1, and I honestly thought our bullpen would be able to hold it, but to their credit they took advantage of a couple of our mistakes and kept fighting,” Erstad said. “And we did the same against a closer that pretty much dominated us on Friday.” The Husker offense had a great day, earning 21 base runners. Rich Sanguinetti notched two RBI and would have had a third, but Michael Pritchard (2 for 5, RBI, SB) was thrown out at the plate in the fourth. Scheffert led off the second inning with a home run to left (his fourth of the year). He, Stock, Kelly, Pritchard, Darby and Kalkowski had multi-hit games.
Phil Keppler led Iowa with a 3 for 3, three-RBI performance. Keppler finished the threegame set with six hits and five RBI. The win moves NU into a tie for second place in the conference with Indiana and Ohio State (its next Big Ten opponent) two games behind 7-2 Purdue. The Huskers stay at home for now, facing Creighton on Tuesday. As to whether this win will help carry 22-12 NU to greater heights, Erstad said it was too early to tell. “Talk to me in about two months, and we’ll see if we can make a cute little story out of it that, ‘This was the day that it happened,’” Erstad said. “Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t work that way. It’s something to build off of, but now we have to continue to work hard and continue to come through in those situations.”
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Animated film weaves love story through jazz lauren blunk daily nebraskan
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In the stylized urban backdrops of Las Vegas, Hollywood, Paris, Havana and New York City, “Chico & Rita,” is an example of why animated films not geared toward children hold an important place in the cinema of the 21st century. “Chico & Rita” is a marvelous Spanish, animated film about a talented piano player (voiced by Eman Xor Ona) and passionate jazz singer (voiced by Limara Meneses). Music romantically unites the two and takes them on a whirlwind journey through the heat and luster of the upand-coming jazz generation of the 1940s and 1950s. The animation style is very unique and disjointed, and the approach to the settings and characters is very loose. The film’s animation style mirrors the emotional and unconfined world the jazz music embodies. The animation and music flowing together place the audience in another dimension: the heart and soul of an artist. The story is one we’ve all
seen and heard before. Boy wants girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl and boy eventually gets the girl back. Nevertheless, the focus of the film is not about Chico and Rita’s story. Rather it’s the narrative of love through music. Music is the most important feature of the entire film. It’s the bond that fuses Chico and Rita together and what also tears them apart. The music is something that becomes its own character and narrative, paralleling the relationship between Chico and Rita. The melodic, but relaxed piano accompaniment, combining with an airy and assertive
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singing voice, is what makes the experience of this musical so immersive. This movie is one that should be seen by those who savor jazz music and those looking for a powerful love story channeled through music. laurenblunk@ dailynebraskan.com
Play illustrates ups and downs of relationships lauren blunk daily nebraskan
Staged by University of Nebraska-Lincoln theater students, Theatrix’s “Almost, Maine” was inviting and charming to those who have experienced the ups and downs of love. The play is divided into nine short vignettes that touch on varied relationships: those looking for love, those on the brink of losing love and those looking for a friend. Sean Grosshans, a junior directing and management major, made his directorial debut with “Almost, Maine,” which ran during the latter half of last week and during the weekend. On the whole, Grosshans attempted to show many aspects of life and
relationships through humor and truth. The set was simple with a small porch and door to an ambiguous house. Beyond the house flashed the Northern Lights, the meaning of which was consistently explored throughout the play. The Lights were etherial and dreamlike, which paralleled the mythical world of which “Almost, Maine” strove to be a part. Graduate theater student Clay Van Winkle’s lighting design was more than necessary to embellish the fictitious setting. Certain scenes stood out among the rest, which indicated Grosshans’ directing can stretch far beyond this one play. Though the narratives were certainly predictable, Grosshans’ used subtle
ALMOST, MAINE Directed by: Sean Grosshans
touches and deft attempts to withhold information from the audience as long as possible to keep the viewer on the hook. Some scenes fell a little flat from their lack of emotional charge and sincerity, but the play ended on a high note. “Almost, Maine” was a change of pace from earlier productions of Theatrix this year and was ultimately a satisfying way to end the season. Laurenblunk@ dailynebraskan.com
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No hitter helps NU sweep Illini Nedu Izu Daily Nebraskan
Tatum Edwards did it. So did Ashley Guile. Even Brooke Thomason decided to join in on the parade. The three Nebraska softball players assisted their team to an 11-0 victory in Game 1 against Illinois on Friday, blasting three home runs and later setting the tone in what would turn out to be a three-game sweep over the Fighting Illini. The three victories improved the Huskers to 24-14 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers were led by power hitters Taylor Edwards and Guile, who knocked back-to-back home runs in the second inning of Game 1 to give their team a 3-0 lead. That wouldn’t be the last time the two would go back-toback at the plate in Game 1 of Friday’s double-header. After junior Gabby Banda’s lead-off double, the sophomore and senior drew back-to-back walks to load the bases in the fifth inning. Thomason then worked a five-pitch walk to send Banda home from third and extend the lead, 4-0. That wouldn’t be Thomason’s last RBI. The Husker junior carried her offensive surge into the bottom of the sixth inning when she scorched a twoout grand slam to center field to end the game. Revelle said she was pleased with her team’s offensive production during the weekend. “They were battling at the plate all day today,” she said. “Brooke impressed us all and got a hold of one to end the game early for us.” It was Thomason’s sixth homerun this season — second grand-slam this season — and the junior finished the game 2-for-3 offensively with a careerhigh five RBI. However, the offense wasn’t the biggest story on
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Nebraska senior Ashley Hageman delivers a pitch Friday against Illinois. Hagemann struck out 11 in six innings of no-hit ball to propell the Huskers to a series-opening 11-0 win. the day. Pitcher Ashley Hagemann did something she’s never done before in her career — she pitched a nohitter. The senior looked unstoppable all day surrendering just two walks against the Fighting Illini batters, while retiring the side in order four times. Illinois’ Jackie Guy was the only hitter to reach base (two walks), while the Illini 6-through-9 hitters were a combined 0 for 8 with eight strikeouts. Hagemann said she was oblivious to her outstanding performance until after the game. “I didn’t know I was pitching (a no-hitter) until the sixth inning after I look at the scoreboard,” she said. “To me it was just a plus. As long as (we) win that’s all that matters.” Pitching coach Lori Sippel said she was pleased to see one of her players pitch the best game of her career. “It’s one of those things
where when you’re sitting in the dugout and notice everything clicking, you see their progression and can just tell it’s going to happen,” she said. However, the senior wasn’t done pitching for NU. After a hit batter and walk by starter Tatum Edwards to begin the sixth inning of the second half of Friday’s doubleheader, Hagemann was called from the bullpen to keep the Husker 5-0 lead intact. The senior retired three of the four batters she faced, but not before Guy delivered a two-out RBI single to give Illinois its first run in the series. Hagemann then shut down the side in order in the seventh to end the game, 5-1. Hagemann remained in the circle for Game 3 Saturday, almost matching her previous success the day before. The Elkhorn native allowed one run on two hits, two walks while striking out four to assist in
defeating the Illini 4-1. Hagemann’s two wins helped sweep the series and improved her record to 16-11 on the season. After picking up a loss in the Minnesota series last weekend, it was refreshing to see Hagemann have a successful weekend, Revelle said. “It was just really good to see her in her rhythm,” she said. “She had a tough loss last week, and I know this will just give her some piece of mind and I’m excited for her.” The three-game sweep increased the Huskers’ home-winning streak to 13 games, a streak that began last season from the team’s two last games against Oklahoma State. Nebraska hopes to continue its winning ways at Bowlin Stadium when it plays host to in-state rival Creighton. The first of the three-game series begins this Wednesday at 6 p.m. neduizu@ dailynebraskan.com
The Husker throwers are back. After a decline at last week’s Arkansas Spring Invitational, Nebraska’s throws unit came back strong at this weekend’s Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Huskers brought home three titles at the meet, all in throws events. Chad Wright continued his dominance in the men’s discus, winning the premier section of the event with a personal-best throw of 60.48 meters. The win ranks Wright second nationally. FinishWright ing immediately behind Wright with a throw of 58.88 meters was Tyler Hitchler. The Husker senior currently sits fifth in the nation after three events. The women’s throws team was impressive in its own regard, winning two titles between the discus and the shot put. Morgan Wilken won the discus with a personal-best throw of 52.66 meters while Veronica Grizzle took the shot put with a personal-best of her own — a throw of 16.30 meters. The jumps unit, which had a strong showing in Arkansas last week, gave a hard push for titles in a number of events again in Tempe. Chris Phipps and Patrick Raedler claimed second place finishes in the triple jump and the long jump, respectively, with Phipps posting a personalbest jump. Bobby Carter placed third, behind Raedler in the triple jump. Top-two finishes over the weekend leave both Phipps and Raedler ranked in the top 10 nationally.
Women’s jumpers Mara Griva and Anna Weigandt took third in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. Ellie Ewere and Kara Mostoller both claimed top-five finishes as well. Success during the weekend came from a number of areas for the Huskers, not just in the throws and jumps. Athletes scattered among all events on the track were able to post strong times. For Ashley Miller, a former All-American, a fourth-place finish doesn’t seem like much of an accomplishment. In the women’s 800-meter run premier, only one-third of the competitors were collegiate athletes; the other six were unattached or affiliated with a track and field club. Miller’s fourthplace finish in the event was the top college time, providing Miller with a new personal-best time of 2:03.33. Miller left the weekend ranked third nationally in the event after running in her first meet of the season. While a number of athletes surprised for the Huskers, one disappointed a bit. Miles Ukaoma, who once held the top time in the country in the 400-meter hurdles, ran the 110-meter hurdles in Tempe this weekend. While the event isn’t his top event, Ukaoma will run both the 400- and the 110-meter hurdles throughout the season. He finished in seventh place in the 110-hurdles behind a time of 14.41 seconds. He currently sits fifth nationally in the 400-hurdles. Although Ukaoma showed a bit of a drop-off, the team as a whole provided a lot of optimism moving forward. The Huskers posted double-digit personal-best marks this weekend as a team, which coaches said is all that the team can hope for this early in the season. sports@ dailynebraskan.com
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The No. 9 Huskers scored their highest hit percentage of the season despite finishing seventh overall at the Big Ten Championships. The team earned a 340.700 during Friday night’s team competition — slightly lower than NU’s season-high of 344.700 — to land it in last place despite earning its highest hit percentage of the season at 92 percent. “It was tough and I’m really not mad at all. We did great, and we were only a few points off from the other teams,” coach Chuck Chmelka said. “We could have easily made that up and were just on the brink of great things.” NU ended the night sending three athletes into Saturday night’s individual competition: sophomore Eric Schryver on pommel horse, junior Wyatt Baier on vault and freshman Josh Unger on
high bar. The top-10 scoring athletes in each event Friday night qualified into the individual competition. “We did really well as a team Friday night despite what the scores show,” Schryver said. “It was definitely one of our best meets of the year. We only had three misses, and it was one of our best team efforts.” NU began Friday night on vault, one of its strongest events. The Huskers even led the competition after the scores for the first rotation were tallied, but NU was unable to hang onto the lead. Baier paced the Huskers, posting his third-highest career mark of 15.00 to qualify him into the individual competition. The second rotation took NU to parallel bars, where the Huskers slipped into third place. The team moved to high bars for the third rotation, where Unger posted a 14.45, qualifying him into the next night’s competition
and securing third place for NU after three rotations. The fourth rotation took NU to the floor, where it maintained its place in third with a team score of 57.200. Next up for the Huskers was pommel horse, where Schryver posted a 14.15 to qualify him for the individual competition. “It was very nerve-racking because I had not done as well as I was hoping to the first day, but then I was looking over the results and saw I had a pretty good chance and then when we were standing on the floor,” Schryver said. “It was a pretty cool feeling. My heart was going pretty fast.” Following a bye during the fifth rotation, the Huskers moved to still rings, notching a team score of 57.00. Illinois pulled off its fourth consecutive Big Ten championship with a team score of 352.950. Michigan came in at second overall (351.850), Penn State came
in third (350.000), Minnesota in fourth (345.800), Ohio State fifth (343.650), Iowa sixth (342.800) and Nebraska in seventh (340.700). “We’re doing good. We just have to keep fixing the things we’re getting deducted on, but overall it was a great weekend,” Chmelka said. “We just have to train smart now and fix a couple things and everything will be good for NCAAs, and that’s what it’s all about now.” Saturday night saw four Huskers honored: Schryver finished third in the conference on pommel horse. Baier finished seventh on vault and Unger was ninth on high bar. Senior Andreas Hofer was also honored as a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner. “I probably felt less pressure on Saturday than Friday,” Schryver said. “On Friday, you’re doing it for your team, and if you do badly it doesn’t just affect you, it
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Sophomore Eric Schyrver, shown competing on high bar, finished third in the conference on pommel horse at this weekend’s Big Ten Championships in Iowa City. affects the whole team. So once you get into Saturday’s competition, if you mess up, the worst that could happen is you’re 10th in the Big Ten on that event. I was more nervous watching the guys after me.” The Huskers will travel to Norman, Okla., in two
weeks to compete in the NCAAs. “It’s going to be tough — there’s no doubt about it,” Chmelka said. “I’m proud to be a part of the Big Ten, we just have to keep working hard.” MichelleOdonnell@ dailynebraskan.com
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Team looks to retain momentum at C.O.G. Mizzou invite LAnny HOlstein daily Nebraskan
It’s always good to be on the upswing. Nebraska men’s golf coach Bill Spangler believes his Huskers are in that category after what he judged as a better showing from the team Spangler in its last performance, an 11th-place finish at the Denver Desert Shootout.
Monday, the Huskers will be in to Columbia, Mo., for the C.O.G. Mizzou Intercollegiate tournament hosted by the Missouri Tigers. The tournament presents an opportunity for the team to continue its recent improvement, according to Spangler. “A few of the days this week have been really good days for us,” he said. “We are going to a place that we should play well, and we are excited to play at Mizzou.” Last time out, the Huskers’ scores came in tightly bunched. None of the five players in the Husker lineup had three-round combined
scores of worse than 8-over par, and besides Scott Willman’s 7-under finish, none of the Huskers scored better than 4-over par. Developing some depth and consistency down through the lineup has been a struggle for the team this year, according to Spangler, but the way the Huskers performed in their last tournament is encouraging. The Nebraska coach is hoping for similar results Monday. And maybe a little help from the weather. “There is no reason that the guys can’t play well down in Missouri,” Spangler said. “Hopefully the wind blows for us. We play
a little better when the wind blows compared to some other schools. When it gusts and gets cold, some other schools traditionally will give up, and we have coached our guys to grind out a good round.” If the Huskers are able to continue posting stronger scores, it will not be an accident that they do so. At least a few members of the team have put in extra time working on their swings and approaches since they last played. “I think we are all having a good week,” sophomore Manuel Lavin said. “Working with the assistants has been really good for us.
Some guys have been struggling, but we have had some good practice sessions, and, in general, we are ready to go.” The C.O.G. Mizzou Intercollegiate will be held at The Club at Old Hawthorne, not an easy course, according to Spangler, but a course in which the Huskers can play well. “It’s hills and parts of it can be really tough,” he said. “But any course can fit your team well if you play well. If you putt well and make birdies any team can play well on any course.” Lavin stressed the importance of taking good notes during the team’s practice
round on Sunday. “Personally, I think (taking notes) really help me to improve,” he said. “One day you may have the same shot as you have the next day. It really helps me to know what it’s going to do on the green. You have more possibilities.” Tournament action begins with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. on Monday. The teams will play two rounds the opening day of the tournament and finish with a third round on Tuesday morning. Nebraska is paired with IUPUI and conference rival Purdue for Monday’s action. lannyholstein@ dailynebraskan.com
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Nebraska 9, Iowa 8
4-run ninth inning propels Nebraska past Hawkeyes, 9-8 Kiser’s walk-off single finishes comeback, Huskers win 3-game series Sean Whalen daily Nebraskan
When Iowa’s Nick Brown entered Sunday’s game, his ERA
read 0.00 after 10.2 innings pitched. When the game ended, it read 2.92 — all thanks to a furious Husker rally that turned an 8-4 eighth-inning deficit into a 9-8 walk-off victory. The Huskers won a rollercoaster affair on Easter Sunday, downing the Hawkeyes for the second day in a row to win the series and bring their Big Ten conference record to 5-4. “That’s why I love this game,” coach Darin Erstad said. “There’s
so many different ways to win. There’s so many different things that happen. That was an ugly game — both teams didn’t exactly execute well.” Down 8-5 to start the ninth, Kash Kalkowski, Richard Stock and Josh Scheffert all singled with Kalkowski scoring. Austin Darby laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, and then Pat Kelly smacked a two-RBI triple to tie the game. Kale Kiser came up needing
a fly ball. He did better with a line drive to right field on a 1-2 count, scoring Kelly and giving the Huskers the win. His reward? Cory Burleson got him with a shaving cream pie after the game. His coach had a less messy way of praising him on his radio show after the game. “(Kiser) gets a chance to come in the game late, and he’s probably mad he has to play defense ... and he gets it done
(at the plate),” Erstad said. The late-game offensive spark covered for some lategame woes by the Husker bullpen. After an error put Iowa’s Jacob Yacinich on base to start the seventh, Luke Bublitz entered the game. Bublitz proceeded to hit a batter to put runners on first and second and threw a wild pitch to advance the runners a base. Iowa got back-to-back sacrifice RBI to
take the lead. Bublitz’s struggles continued in the eighth, as he gave up a walk and three singles before giving way to Travis Huber. Bublitz’s line: 1 1/3 innings pitched, four earned runs (not including the inherited runner who scored), a walk, a wild pitch and a hit batter in nine
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Tight ends can be a coverage nightmare — the NFL proved that. The Huskers hope to do the same in 2012.
Nebraska tight end Ben Cotton, who caught 14 passes in 2011, hopes to continue to be part of the offense in 2012.
story by Andrew Ward file photos by patrick breen
he role of the tight end is changing in football. Tight ends are more versatile. They don’t just line up next to linemen anymore. They are split out as receivers, either wide or in the slot. Sometimes they are even put in the backfield. It isn’t the traditional block-first, catch-second position anymore. Just look at the NFL. Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints broke out last season and was a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses using his 6-foot-6-inch frame to shield off small cornerbacks and a 4.5-second-40 time to blow past linebackers. The best example of using tight ends effectively, though, came from the New England Patriots. The Pats used their tight ends, Ron Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, everywhere on the field, even handing the ball off to Hernandez on rare occasions. For the Nebraska football team, getting its tight ends, Kyler Reed and Ben Cotton, involved more is just as important to the Huskers, according to coach Bo Pelini. “That’s something we’ve talked about in the offseason is making sure we make a concerted effort to make sure we get those guys the football,” Pelini said. One way to get those players more touches is to copy the NFL game more, according to Reed. “When you see the success the tight ends in the NFL are having right now, we can try an emulate that,” Reed said. “The NCAA and the NFL are kind of copycat leagues. One sees something working in one league the other tries to copy that into their league.” Both tight ends have the talent to copy the professional players. Reed is 6 foot 3 and played receiver in high school. When used in certain situations, he can create big offensive plays, according to Pelini. “You talk about base personnel, and you put Kyler on a linebacker, that’s going to create problems for people,” Pelini said. Cotton is much of the same matchup problem for the Huskers. He is a lot bigger than Reed at 6 foot 6 and 255 pounds. Though he is more of a dominant run blocker, his size creates a big target in short-yardage and red-zone situations. Cotton said the two players can be a problem for opposing defenses. “Kyler and I have a unique situation where he can be
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Senior Kyler Reed (left) had a breakout year in 2010 when he scored eight touchdowns. The Huskers look to get the tightends more involved in the offense this fall.
Freshman leads Huskers to 2nd-place finish, onto NCAAs nedu Izu Daily NEbraskan
Going into this weekend’s NCAA Regionals, Nebraska women’s gymnastics coach Dan Kendig knew all his team had to do was perform with confidence and stay in the moment to come out successful. The NU gymnasts carried out those hopes on Saturday evening and advanced to their third straight NCAA Championships. The fifth-ranked Huskers finished the regional meet in second place, posting a 196.525 team score behind the regional host, No. 8 Utah that scored a 196.825. Kendig said he was proud of the performances he saw from his gymnasts. “They came in, did a great job, and we never counted a major mistake,” he said. “Overall it was a good meet, and I’m really proud of what they did Saturday.” Nebraska has now advanced to the NCAA Championships 12 out of the past 14 seasons. The team will join 11 other teams in Duluth, Ga., to compete in the meet from April 20 to 22. Although the top-seeded team would have liked to place higher than it did, finishing first wasn’t its top goal, according to Kendig. “In some ways we are disappointed we didn’t come out in first place,” he said. “But our goal going in was to
qualify for a national championship. We did that, and that’s all we’re after.” Like its meets all year, Nebraska was led by multiple performers throughout the meet. True freshman Jessie DeZiel took home a pair of event titles and the all-around crown when she finished the meet with a 39.40. Her first event title came on vault where she scored a career-high tying 9.95. DeZiel’s second crown came on floor when she nailed a 9.90, carrying her team to a 49.15 finish. The performance came as no surprise to former Husker gymnast and current coach Heather Brink. “She’s just been our rock through the whole season,” she said. “When it comes down to it, you can always count on her to put on a great meet for the team.” It was the seventh time this season DeZiel has taken home the all-around title, a team-high. The freshman is also the first Husker to win a regional all-around title since Emily Parsons did it in 2006. Brink added that the best part about the Rogers, Minn., native’s performance is that it wasn’t her best this season. “I don’t think she’s had her best meet and that’s a good thing for her to keep in mind, that she can do better in the next meet,”
Brink said. DeZiel is currently ranked as the No. 3 all-arounder in the country and has now bumped her individual title total to 17. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year was trailed by teammate Janelle Giblin who tallied a 39.375 score to finish second in the all-around. “She hit 4 for 4 and look all season performed consistent for us,” Kendig said of Giblin. The junior scored a 9.80 or higher on each event, finishing first for the Huskers with a 9.875 display on bars. Prior to the meet Kendig decided to sit out sophomore Jamie Schleppenbach, an idea that left him a bit uneasy heading into the meet. “We thought we’d take a little hit without her but we wanted to make sure to give her rest and have her prepared for nationals,” he said. The risky move by the coach seemed not to affect the team as the rest of his gymnasts came up clutch. True freshman Jennifer Lauer led off for the Huskers in three events and tied her career-high on vault (9.85). Senior Katelyn Busacker, who has performed in just three meets so far this season, hit a 9.75 on beam to carry Nebraska to a 48.975 finish. After hitting a season-low 9.55 on vault, sophomore Emily Wong took home the crown on beam when she
nailed a 9.875 on the event. Brink said she was impressed with how the NU gymnasts handled themselves Saturday. “We didn’t have our normal lineups that they’ve practiced with all-season,” she said, “but they handled everything very well. We decided to rest Jamie but they went out there and did a great job.” In just their first seasons at Nebraska, Brink, along with coach Dan Miller, were named the Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year, an award Kendig thinks the two are deserving of. “Obviously I nominated them for their contribution this season, but I’m just one vote,” he said. “To be recognized by their peers in just their first year is a tremendous honor.” The two have assisted the team to winning the Big Ten Championship and now, after advancing the team to the NCAA Championships, hope to take home the grand prize April 22. Brink said the team is heading in the right direction to meeting that goal. “We went out on balance beam and went 6 for 6,” she said. “Was it their best? Absolutely not. We just need to get back in the gym and work on the little things to make sure we do well that day.” neduIzu@ dailynebraskan.com
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NU’s Jessie DeZiel took the all-around title at the NCAA Regional Championships this weekend in Salt Lake City. The Huskers finished second behind host Utah.