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University reviews safety after Texas plant explosion Mara Klecker DN

and hurt America’s competitiveness in the world agricultural market. Schroeder ’s fears come When the University of Nebrasfrom the changes he observed ka Agricultural Research and Development Center Director after the Oklahoma bombing Mark Schroeder heard of last in 1995. The center used to use ammonium nitrate, a common Wednesday’s explosion in a feragricultural fertilizer. However, tilizer plant in West, Texas, his since the fertilizer ’s role in the mind went to the many chemicals that are stored here at the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, regulations university. on the chemical have increased The explosion in Texas killed 15 and injured 200. The and market availability has dropped, he said. plant produced and stored a Though Schroeder undernitrogen-based fertilizer known stands the concerns, he said amas anhydrous ammonia. “Whenever there is national monium nitrate is a relatively safe product. incident like this, it gives us a “By itself, ammonium nitime to pause and review or adjust our safety policies,” Schro- trate has a zero flammabileder said. “Specifically after this ity rating compared to gasoline that is rated a four.” A risk of event, I reviewed our material explosion only occurs when the safety data sheets to see if there was any protocols we needed to chemical heats up and releases reinforce or review and, as I did oxidizers, he said. Now the so, I did not see any center uses needed changes.” By itself, liquid urea No anhydrous ammonium a m m o n i u m ammonia is stored nitrate and on UNL’s campus. nitrate has a dry urea as However, the unicorn fertilversity research zero flammability izers, both of farms located in rating compared which are staIthaca, Neb. – about ble and non30 miles from Lin- to gasoline that is flammable coln – could store rated a four.” and require as much as 4,000 special pounds of the nitromark schroeder no gen-based fertilizer unl agricultural research and handling. At any one time, in pressurized steel development director Schroeder containers. Though said, the facilthe number sounds ity may house like a large quantity, Schroeder upwards of 5,000 gallons of liqsaid it may only cover about six of the facility’s 2,000 acres of uid urea ammonium nitrate and 570 35-pound bags of urea. corn. The procurement office According to news reports, keeps careful records of chemiThe West Fertilizer Co. plant was storing as much as 54,000 cal quantities. “If inventories move into a regulatory status, pounds of the gas. then the Environmental Health Schroeder sees importance in finding out the causes of the & Safety office is made aware of that,” Schroeder said. “Then explosion but suspects that huit is at their discretion to do man error is more to blame than inspections and verify complithe fertilizer. “I hope we don’t rush to ance with regulations.” Brenda Osthus, director of conclusions thinking that the fertilizer was the only culprit,” Environmental Health & Safety, said audits occur about once a Schroeder said. year. He said he worries the reac“We look for safe chemical tion to the explosion will lead to more severe regulations and higher prices for fertilizers, fertilizer: see page 3 which will affect crop output

Senior civil engineering major Tessa Phillips bikes to make smoothies at UNL’s Bike Friendly event on Wednesday. The event was for making UNL’s campus more bike friendly.

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tudents at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln gathered on the Nebraska Union Plaza Wednesday to celebrate UNL’s designation as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. UNL was granted the silver level award for its bike safety and education efforts. It was one of eight Big Ten institutions honored. There are five levels of awards: diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, according to a university press release. Taylor Weichman, a graduate assistant for Outdoor Adventures at Campus Recreation, said the Bike UNL committee is excited about the honor. “We’re looking at it as a launch point,” Weichman said. “It gives us traction.” He said the committee plans to pursue a gold award in the future. The award was earned in part because of the bike safety classes and adventure trips offered at CREC, in addition to the services offered at the CREC Bike Shop, Weichman said. The new Outdoor Adventures facility, which is set to open January 2014, was taken into consideration as well, he said. The new building will include end-of-trip facilities, like 24-hour showers and places to lock bikes up indoors, Weichman said. “Some people just don’t commute because they don’t want to get sweaty,” Weichman said. “It just makes you feel more comfortable about commuting to campus.” From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., students could enjoy free smoothies made by a bike-powered blender and learn more about Cycling Adventure Trips by UNL Outdoor Adventures. A mechanic from the CREC Bike Shop was also there to conduct safety checks. At 12:30 p.m., students could take part in the free Burrito Bike Ride. Weichman said the group would ride for about 45 minutes before ending at the downtown Chipotle. UNL Outdoor Adventures has already led three burrito rides this month and decided to add another for fun, Weichman said. “We usually just use them as a chance to get people more comfortable with the trail system in Lincoln,” he said.

John Feeney, a junior construction management major, repairs a bike outside of the Nebraska Union. This Campus Rec bike mechanic was helping out UNL’s Bike Friendly event on Wednesday.

We’re trying to get people excited about biking as a feasible transportation option.”

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outdoor adventures graduate assistant

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ASUN: Invest in sustainable energy Conor Dunn DN In one of the first bills of its term as well as its final meeting of the semester, the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska is calling upon the University of Nebraska Foundation to cease investments in the fossil fuel industry. “This isn’t something we’re requesting to happen overnight,” said Matan Gill, a senior construction management major and former chair of ASUN’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. The bill is a part of a sustain-

ability movement at universities across the country and was submitted by Sustain UNL, a student organization that works to make UNL a greener campus. More than a dozen members of Sustain UNL were present at the meeting. The bill urges the foundation to remove current fossil fuel companies from its funds and seek out investments that limit the effects of burning fossil fuels or help to mitigate its effects. These include investments in clean technology, renewable energy, sustainable companies or projects and sustainable committees. Sustain UNL cited the Ameri-

can Economic Review’s prediction that in 2007, climate change will incur $650 million in annual loss to Nebraskan agriculture. The bill states that students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln believe investments should support a future where all citizens can live healthy lives without the negative impacts of a warming climate. Northwestern University passed similar legislation last January and four other colleges in the U.S. have committed to the process of full fossil fuel divestment, according to Sustain UNL. One senator believed divest-

ing from fossil fuels harms the foundation’s profits. “Essentially you’re saying you want to get rid fossil fuels,” said Sen. Cameron Murphy, a biochemistry graduate student. “But we’re dependent on fossil fuels for more than just energy. The idea of saying that we don’t want to be involved means that you’re going to have to almost divest from the entire economy.” Senate Speaker Tanner Nelson said the foundation won’t suddenly cut out its investments in fossil fuels and put them into re-

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Wildlife Club brings life back to land by burning fields kelli rollin dn Bring on the heat. Smokey Bear won’t stop the Wildlife Club at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from having fun and rejuvenating plants. The Wildlife Club is participating in prescribed burns all over Nebraska to revive plants and soil. They’ve done burns ranging from half an acre to 100 acres in places such as Nine Mile Prairie, which is university land, and Pioneers Park Nature Center. After burning, invasive species die off and native plants can grow. But wind, humidity and temperature have to be just right when using prescribed burns on a section of land. Jack Arterburn, a senior fisheries and wildlife major and president of the Wildlife Club, said the club has been helping with burns “for a while,” long before he was part of the club. Arterburn said Eastern Red

Cedar trees were once native but now are taking over land and have become a problem. He said prescribed burns help control the eastern red cedars, but it only works if the cedars are two feet tall because fire isn’t strong enough to kill the bigger ones. “People also do it to increase the quality of forage for cattle,” Arterburn said. He said by burning a section of land each year, cattle are attracted to the most recently burned, green section, which is better for them. He said the plants grow back about eight weeks following the burn, so the results are efficient. Kyle Schumacher, a sophomore fisheries and wildlife major and member of the club, said when using a prescribed burn, the key is heat. “That’s what’s going to really make sure that everything gets burned and warm up the soil and get a big enough fire to kill the cedar trees,” Schumacher said. He said the heat from the

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The UNL Wildlife Club helps with prescribed burns in Nebraska. The controlled burns help to kill off invasive species and encourage native plants to grow. fire warms up the land, allowing once-dormant plants to grow cre-

ating a native diversity of plant and animal species.

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“It’s really kind of cool to see the plants’ vigor and healthiness,” Schumacher said. He said last summer when he worked for the Nebraska Game of Parks Commission he participated in burns. He compared land on two sides of a ditch; the east side was burned, but the west side wasn’t. “All summer, even throughout the drought, the east side of the road remained dark green, really lush green, and the other side was brown and completely toasted,” Schumacher said. Arterburn described the process of conducting a prescribed burn and said two crews work on a square section of land. The fire is lit with a drip torch and the crews work around the perimeter of the land and meet. Arterburn and Schumacher mentioned how important wind speeds are when conducting a burn. They said the desired wind speed is between five and 15 miles per hour – that way the fire can

engulf the whole square of land without relighting it. But Schumacher said a good fire could quickly turn into a bad fire. “You’ve got to be careful around a fire,” he said. “A prescribed fire can turn into a wildfire really quickly with just one wrong move.” He said people in charge of the burns usually have “every single precaution taken care of,” and tanks of water are always on site. Cole Neibauer, a freshman fisheries and wildlife major and club member, said he took classes to be certified to conduct burns, but certifications aren’t required for prescribed burns. Neibauer said burning improves the habitat, and he wants to go into a career that deals more with fires. His first burn is Friday. “It’s supposed to be big, so I’m kind of excited,” he said. “I’m kind of a fire bug, so lighting stuff

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Rainy season aids drought recovery for Nebraska DANIEL WHEATON DN Lincoln has seen nearly 4 inches of precipitation this month, almost double the 2.6 average, according to the National Weather Service in Valley, Neb. While the added moisture isn’t nearly enough to counter the effects of the ongoing drought, the increase follows a national trend. The U.S. Drought Monitor released a report last Thursday on the state of the drought. Of the lower 48 states, 47.8 percent is still in moderate or worse drought. This is the first time in the last 10 months that less than 50 percent of the contiguous United States hasn’t been in a drought. “We’ve been on a steady but slow recovery path from drought since the peak in September 2012,” said Mark Svoboda, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatologist and a member of the drought monitor. “We’ve seen a much more active weather pattern lately across the midsection of the country, which has been eroding the intensity of drought as we head into spring.” The past month has been exceptionally dreary with persistent below-average temperatures and eight days with recordable precipitation. Beyond Lincoln, the state has seen damaging hail, heavy rain and several inches of snow. State climatologist Al Dutcher said the drought has

dn flashback 2006 Big Red Welcome moseys to horseshoe lot near Memorial Stadium

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students in University Housing won’t have to go as far to reach the annual Big Red Welcome street fair in August. Big Red Welcome coordinator Amanda Wiltgen, a senior secondary education major at UNL, said this fall’s event will be held in the horseshoe-shaped parking area to the east of Memorial Stadium. The decision to move the annual event away from R Street initially was a response to a new city law that increased the fees for closing a street. The law would have made it too expensive for the event to be held on R Street again, Wiltgen said.

We’ve been on a steady but slow recovery path from drought since the peak in September 2012.”

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slightly lessened its grip, but more frequent precipitation is needed to fully recover. Dutcher estimated that eastern Nebraska is in a 14-inch rain deficit. Because the cold temperatures and persistent moisture have prevented much of the corn crop from being planted, moisture is able to seep into the water table instead of be consumed by plants. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, no corn has been planted in Nebraska. At this point last year, 13 percent of corn had been planted. Once agriculture picks up, the demand for water will put more strain on the aquifer. If the timing works out, the Ogallala Aquifer could recharge before it is used to fuel agriculture. There has been marked improvement on the drought, however. Dutcher said precipitation in May will largely determine if Nebraska can get out of the drought. He estimated most of the eastern portion of the state will be in “moderate” or “severe” drought during the summer, and most of the western part of the state will be “severe” or “extreme.” Comparatively, a large portion of the country

was in “exceptional” drought last year. As for the strangely cold and moist weather, Dutcher said a persistent upper-air trough has allowed cold air to descend on the Great Plains more frequently than what is typically seen in April. This air, combined with more moist air masses over most of the continent, has resulted in record rains in parts of Michigan and Illinois. These areas are suffering from floods. Although mid-to-late April snows are common, this month is out of the ordinary. Additionally, he said snow pack in much of Canada and the northern U.S. has reinforced the cold pattern. The snow prevents some of the solar radiation from heating the ground, creating an echo effect that extends winter conditions. But some normalcy is still on the forecast. “It’s difficult to say how temperatures will be,” Dutcher said. “But we should be seeing highs in the 70s in the next few weeks and will reach the mid-to-low 80s during the month of May.” NEWS@ DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

1997 Quilt donation tops $6 million

A $6 million collection of quilts made by historical and contemporary artists will be donated to the University of NebraskaLincoln, the collection’s owners said Wednesday. Nebraskans Ardis and Robert James, now of Chappaqua, N.Y., said they would ship the 950 quilts in their collection to the university in June, along with a $1 million endowment to help establish an International Quilt Study Center at UNL.

1975 Library dean recommends undergrad library move

The undergraduate library in Nebraska Hall may not be there next year. According to Gerald Rudolph, dean of libraries, the undergraduate library should be closed and its material, books and staff be combined with those of Love Library. Rudolph said he sent a letter last week to Adam Breckenridge, acting vice chancellor for academic affairs, recommending the closing of the undergraduate library. The letter, he said, was received favorably. —Compiled by Reece Ristau NEWS@DAILYNEBRASKAN.COM

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Undergraduate Women in Math conference wins program award James Pace-Cornsilk DN The American Mathematical Society recognized the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics last week with its Programs that Make a Difference Award, which honors the conference’s work in encouraging undergraduate female mathematics students to pursue graduate school or a professional career in the field. Women have always been underrepresented in the sciences, according to Judy Walker, professor and chair of mathematics at UNL. The annual conference, held in late January in downtown Lincoln, presents undergraduate women with examples of women who have been successful in mathematics, either in academia or the professional world. “It’s better for the field to have a diverse group of people working in it,” Walker said. “You get more perspectives, you get more progress, and you lose potential talent if you’re excluding whole classes of people from a discipline.” The conference has been providing examples of role models since its inception in 1999. The conference began as a result of a President’s Award that the UNL mathematics department received in 1998 for excellence in mentoring. The department was then awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the department to continue the work that earned its President’s Award. The weekend-long conference is the premiere conference for encouraging women to seek graduate degrees in mathematics, Walker said. The conference features lectures from women faculty from across the country, as well as presentations from professional mathematicians. The professionals and faculty also mingle with around 250 undergraduate women at the pizza dinner


wildlife: from 1 on fire legally is fun.” Arterburn and Schumacher said the Wildlife Club and other organizations, including the Tri County Prescribed Burn Association, are just trying to send the message that not all fires are bad. “The biggest problem is getting people to understand how good of a management tool it is,”

held Saturday night. UNL represents an anomaly in the academic world of mathematics. According to Walker, 40 percent or more of Ph.D.s in mathematics at UNL have gone to women since the early 1990s, “which is a phenomenal number and way above the national average.” Also, UNL’s mathematics faculty is about 26 percent female. Amanda Croll and Ashley Johnson, two graduating Ph.D. students at UNL, attributed their decisions to continue studying mathematics after their undergraduate degrees to the conference. Croll said there were women mathematics majors at her undergraduate university, but most of them were going on to teach mathematics in high school. Attending this conference opened her eyes to the possibilities for success in a graduate degree in mathematics. “I thought that it was really amazing to see so many women who were interested in math and went to graduate school in math,” said Croll, who attended the conference twice as an undergraduate and has been involved with the conference every year she has been at UNL. “It’s a really neat networking experience to meet other women in mathematics and to talk to other people who are pursuing careers you might be interested in too.” Before attending the conference, Johnson said she did not realize mathematics was a field women worked in, considering she was one of four women out of 50 students who graduated with degrees in mathematics. “I came to this conference and I was like, ‘Wow, there are a lot of women in mathematics, look at all these graduate students and all these faculty members,’” said Johnson, who also attended the conference twice as an undergraduate and continues to be involved. The question of why women are underrepresented in the sciences

and in mathematics is a large issue, and one that has no clear answer. According to Walker, the issue is a historical one. “There’s a lot of bias, there’s a lot of prejudice, there’s a lot of tradition,” Walker said. “If the field is not particularly welcoming, then you are not going to choose to enter the field.” One barrier that stands between women and a graduate degree could be the lack of women faculty who work at an institution, according to Walker. “If you have a department in which there are no women faculty, it’s really hard for a female student to get through that program,” Walker said. “It’s hard to imagine yourself as succeeding when you have nobody who looks like you that has succeeded.” This year, Johnson and Croll have been on the job hunt. Johnson said she and a few of her colleagues have talked to universities where their mathematics faculty is entirely male. “Who wants to be one of seven faculty members and you’re the only female?” Croll said. Johnson said it’s hard to be the first female member of a department. “You want to see somebody that’s like you being a mathematician,” she said. “And so if we have a lack of female faculty members, then you have a lack of female role models.” The conference will continue to attract students from universities across the United States, and, much like the cases of Croll and Johnson, change perspectives of women’s role in the discipline by showing them women who have been successful. “You can’t overestimate the importance of role models,” Walker said. news@

into different alternatives.” Murphy was the only senator who voted against the bill. ASUN passed another piece of legislation calling on Lincoln Electric Service to strive for accumulating 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. ASUN also unanimously

passed legislation to show support for the International Leadership Retreat on Sept. 1. It calls on senators and committee members to volunteer their time to the event, which seeks to break down barriers between international and American students at UNL. news@

in case something does happen to the bike,” Pembleton said. “That information helps us locate it if it does get stolen.” Students could also complete a survey for the opportunity to win a bike from Cycle Works, 720 N. 27th St. The goal of Wednesday’s Bike

UNL event was to encourage students to incorporate biking into their daily routines, Weichman said. “We’re trying to get people excited about biking as a feasible transportation option,” he said. news@

– and say, ‘Here are the things we found and the things you need to correct.’” Environmental Health & Safety also publishes safe operating

procedures in a virtual manual. Departments can answer assessment questions, and the program will assemble all of the pertinent procedures and provide explanations on how they can best be carried out. The EHS office is a member of many professional organizations such as the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association, which connects college and university EHS offices across the nation to foster communication and prevent incidents from repeating themselves. Osthus said the office also follows the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which investigates chemical incidents at academic institutions and publishes reports. Osthus said more can be learned from these networks than national events like the explosion in West, Texas. “Those kinds of events are always tragic and it always makes you take a step back and think about your own processes, but we don’t have the kind of operations that would duplicate that or even come close to duplicating the event in Texas,” she said. “We probably take home fewer lessens from something like that than we do from events that happen at other colleges and universities. We try to learn from others and the things that happen on their campuses in order to prevent any incidents here.” news@| 7.61" x 4" Purdue Krannert MBA | Nebraska

Arterburn said. Schumacher said the “public’s perception of fire is kind of skewed,” which Arterburn said is because of the Smokey Bear campaign. But he said prescribed fire is good when it’s in knowledgeable hands. Arterburn said he and the rest of the club enjoy participating in the burns.

“We love it,” Arterburn said. “That’s why we pay our own gas money to go down and spend our own time, not getting paid or anything, just to go down and do these. They’re fun and they’re just a great experience because it’s such a great management tool.” news@



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asun: from 1 newable energy. “Without the university’s money, there’s still going to be money in the industry. We understand we have to have this stuff made,” said Nelson, a freshman agribusiness major. “(The NU Foundation) is going to do what they think is right. This is just saying students want them to look

bikes: from 1 Officer Aaron Pembleton from the UNL Police Department was on campus to answer bike safety questions and distribute bike reflectors. Pembleton said students can register their bikes with UNLPD at under the “Information/Forms” tab. “It just helps us in the process

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ASUN needs to continue pushing green alternatives The ASUN senate passed a bill last night that would push the University of Nebraska-Lincoln toward being a more environmentally conscious university. At the meeting, the senate urged the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the University of Nebraska Foundation to reconsider their investments in fossil fuel companies and refrain from any future investments. Instead, our student government insisted on investing more in renewable and clean energy sources. Of course, this probably just sounds like the normal “go green” mantra that has little practicality but sounds good because it will “save the Earth.” In fact, it could be argued that not investing in fossil fuels will cost the university a substantial amount of money that cannot be found in renewable energy sources. Also, we realize that the passing of this bill is little more than ASUN telling the University of Nebraska Foundation what we want. Whether they act on it is a matter out of our hands. However, we hope that this bill sparks discussion. We at the Daily Nebraskan urge the senate to continue pushing the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the University of Nebraska Foundation to start thinking about investing in more environmentally friendly energy companies. We hope that our student government and administration can hammer out a practical approach that would not be detrimental to the university’s funds, but still enable our campus to invest in companies that have a more positive impact on the Earth. Though it may be a ways down the road before a complete switch in investments can occur, it all starts with talking and planning now. That way, the plan is fully matured by the time the opportunity comes to make a switch, and the university can make a change for the better with peace of mind. And perhaps something as small as who we invest our funds in won’t have a very substantial effect on the environment, but it’s still something. It’s a step forward in the right direction, and could very likely set an example for other universities. In time, many of these small steps, if taken collectively, will have a more influential effect than we realize. But again, it all starts with an idea and a discussion. We just hope that ASUN does not let this idea get pushed to the wayside, but diligently pursues it and eventually makes it a reality.

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‘Torture’ gives US negative image


’m sure by now everyone knows how satisfying and empowering it felt to have the Boston terror suspects in custody, off the streets and, in the case of one of them, in a morgue. Emotions last week were at an all-time-high and it’s understandable if someone may have gotten a little carried away with their celebration. New York Republican Senator Greg Ball is one such person. Following the arrest of younger terror suspect, Ball tweeted “So scumbag No. 2 in custody; who wouldn’t use torture on this punk to save more lives?” This rustled quite a few jimmies in newsrooms and media outlets across the country. Whether this comment was made in good taste is still debatable, but it does prompt other serious questions. Does torture have a valid place in the American judicial and intelligence systems? No. But I do feel that “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which I will explain later, are essential in the intelligence gathering process. The main reason torture shouldn’t be a key component of the American judiciary system would have to be our countries global image. The United States has long been a symbol of freedom, fairness and equality in the world, and publicly endorsing torture would seriously hurt this image. Many would argue that torturing terror suspects would lead to the gathering of key intelligence that could save lives, disrupt terror plots and capture wanted individuals. Are we, as a nation, willing to be known as “that country that tars and feathers for the common good?” I would seriously hope not. Incidents like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the conditions at Guantanamo Bay and even isolated events overseas that occurred in the War on Terror have already tarnished the U.S.’s international image. To publicly endorse torture would be to commit social-political suicide. The next reason is pretty obvious. We as a country must do our best not to violate human rights. Desiring swift and violent revenge is a natural response to incidents that cause so much pain and distress, but one must remember that these “aggressors” must stand trial in a court of law. Similar to the rules of engagement in overseas conflicts, the U.S. must view all of these terrorists as people, not targets, and fight the primal urge to take an eye-for-

MARK DIAZ an-eye. What separates “us” from “them” is that we do not detain, torture and kill enemy combatants the way that terror organizations do. If we wish to act like the good guys and remain this shining beacon of freedom, it’s important that we bring all those who wish to do us harm to justice via our judicial system, not lynch mobs. It’s still hard to deny the fact that “torturing” individuals may yield results that would benefit the intelligence community. However, there is definitely a way to accomplish this without permanently damaging the individual physically or psychologically. The first step is to stop using the term torture. The intelligence community did a good job in rebranding “torture” with the phrase “enhanced interrogation techniques.” This small move can have a pretty large psychological impact. The interrogator doesn’t feel like a dungeon master during the Spanish Inquisition, and the detainee knows that he or she won’t be permanently scarred (although they’re not going to have a good time). Next, it’s important to establish techniques that accomplish the goal of extracting information without seriously harming the detainee. Officially endorsed methods involve yelling, loud music, sleep deprivation, being placed in a stress position (standing for twelve hours), twenty-hour long interrogations and even the use of fear such as muzzled dogs in the same room. The thing these methods have in common is that they don’t physically harm or seriously humiliate the detainee. It can, however, be argued that sleep depri-

vation can be seriously harmful to an individual. The record for sleep deprivation is eleven days, so 24 hours of being awake isn’t going to kill the detainee by a long shot. Staying awake can cause a state of “sleepy delirium” in which the prisoner may divulge information he or she wouldn’t disclose under normal conditions. Many of you can relate to this if you’ve pulled an all-nighter and then attempted to function without caffeine the next day. However, any method that makes the individuals believe they are about to die or undergo permanent physical harm is unnecessary. This is definitely where I would draw the line. The CIA has been reportedly using waterboarding, extreme cold, slapping and advanced stress positions that place a person’s entire bodyweight on one or two muscle groups. I approve of the use of a few of the milder interrogation techniques, but some definitely cross the line. Keeping an individual in an uncomfortably chilly cell is one thing, but setting up a mock execution on the waterboarding table is another. The list of officially approved interrogation methods has been proven effective over the last decade and continues to do so, but that doesn’t mean they are all appropriate methods. Increasing the violent nature of these methods only further harms our image as a nation of good character. Many would say that these approved methods are still torture. We as a country can’t completely abandon all aggressiveness and maintain our assertive posture. So, we are left with a pickle: We can both endorse torture and tarnish our name or we can do nothing and show the world that no punishment awaits those who do us wrong. Regardless, it’s still important that we use every available resource to extract as much crucial information as possible, as long as it isn’t in the rack, gallows or on a Spanish donkey. As for the Boston terrorists, we must gather as much information as possible and still ensure that we abide by the laws of our country in doing so. It’s a bit too late for Greg Ball, but the rest of us need to evaluate our words and ensure that everyone in the United States comes to a fair and just trial even if you have to grit your teeth. It’s all about restraint. Mark Diaz is a junior Psychology Major. Reach him at opinion@

UNL toilet paper no better than weak sandpaper


rt students, have you ever faced the dilemma of misplacing your tracing paper? Need to finish that drawing, and are you in a panic because of your lost

supplies? Relief can be found if you channel your inner MacGyver. Run to the restroom, enter the stall and start pulling copious amounts of toilet paper. You’ll find the half-ply aberration provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is quite adequate for your artistic needs. It certainly isn’t sufficient for much else. Why does our beloved institution insist on such unpleasant toilet tissue, showing a blatant disregard for comforts of the derriere? This is a first-world problem that must be addressed. While other places are required to cleanse themselves with leaves, newspaper or – god forbid – their hands, this doesn’t mean modified sandpaper is acceptable for the modern college student’s application. Financially it may seem prudent, but careful and thorough analysis suggests otherwise. lists 96 rolls of standard, one-ply toilet tissue for $53.11.

Assuming the average building on campus has both a men’s and women’s restroom on each floor, about eight bathrooms is the norm. Now if each bathroom had an average of four stalls with two rolls per stall, that’s 64 rolls to outfit a building. Essentially, it should cost the university one bulk order to outfit each building per week. Except I highly doubt this is the true price. It appears UNL then has to hire someone to double each individual roll by carefully sliding an X-Acto blade between the layers to create the half-ply anomaly we are provided. Conversely, offers 80 rolls of two-ply Scott 100 percent Recycled Fiber for $66.13. Despite the slightly higher cost, this product is a much more responsible alternative, as users would not have to use a quarter roll after every lavatory visit. The University Health Center will also become less crowded and able to focus on truly sick students, as fewer patients would be visiting with a heiny rash. As a side note, I would not recommend attempting to recycle your own TP. The typical industry response is that one-ply (they deny the existence of halfply, but we’re not blind) in fact lasts lon-

BENJAMIN WELCH ger because it has twice the number of sheets than two-ply. This argument is invalid, however, as it assumes people will use the same amount of sheets regardless of ply. With one- (or half-) ply, one needs a solid, four-second tug to obtain an adequate amount, where three or so sheets are sufficient for a greater-strength tissue. The issue is more serious than finances and discomfort, however. For some unlucky souls, this could be a matter of life and death. In 1945, a German U-Boat sunk when the toilet malfunctioned. The media didn’t report it as such, but the incident

was likely from clogging because of the sheer amount of low-quality toilet paper deposited in the loo. Last year in Iowa, a 60-year-old man flew over a Republican Party’s barbecue and began throwing toilet paper from the cockpit. His plane later stalled and crashed, killing the pilot. No word on the quality of offending tissue, and again, the media failed to address this question. We can assume, though. In 2006, a man killed his roommate as a result of a fight stemming from toilet paper in their apartment. No further commentary needed. Humans use the restroom about six to eight times a day for a total of three years of their life, or 2,500 hours. Inevitably, a few of these incidents are going to occur while on campus. Regardless of the exact function performed during these visits, the ultimate care must be accommodated for maximum comfort and efficiency. Making this process any more difficult than it needs to be is borderline inhumane. In fact, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle proposed a toilet paper tax of 10 cents per roll in 2011, which I imagine was met with outcry from frequent Taco Bell consumers. UNL’s current practice of providing

low-quality rolls was likely implemented for the primary reason of deterring theft. College students are, of course, notoriously broke. As such, people may be tempted to pillage a couple items from their institution that would cost them otherwise: silverware from the dining hall, forgotten USB drives from the computer lab and toilet paper from the restrooms. Well, we can scratch that last item off the list. In the privacy of a person’s own bathroom, one would probably rather hop in the shower as an alternative to the useless half-ply. To get to the bottom of the university’s true concern for students, we must start exactly there: the bottom. This is an issue that transcends gender, race, age and creed. As such, we must come together and flush out these ignorant policies causing posterior problems. Even though it’s a crappy subject to discuss, we’re P’ed off and not going to take it anymore. The Ultra Soft in Chancellor Perlman’s personal water closet should be consistent throughout campus. Benjamin Welch is a graduate student of journalism. Reach him at opinion@



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Gaming Research Report gives players opportunity to be published story by Nathan Sindelar | art by Ian Tredway


all of Duty: Black Ops 2” launched on Nov. 12, 2012. On the video game’s stats tracking website, a ticker counts the collective hours logged by players around

the world. The number nears 1 billion. Although video games are vilified in times of crisis and written off by some as trivial children’s toys, quantities such as nearly 115,000 human years – spent on one title no less – has students and scholars pondering the positive and negative effects of such consumption. The Gaming Research Report, a website and group run by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communications Studies lecturer Kane Click, is working each semester to give enthusiasts of video and board games alike a place to do something with that time spent. “People in academia have come around and realized (gaming) is too big to dismiss,” Click said. “The simple fact that it’s the No. 1 media industry in terms of money made, for everybody that’s interested in cultural media criticism, you just can’t ignore that.” Two years ago, Click approached the chair of his department with the idea, hoping to bolster interest in communication studies by giving students a place to explore their interests. “The group rests on the principle that (games) are useful, that I’m not just going to dump my disposable income into the new edition of ‘Gears of War’ or something this month, and that’s the end of it,” Click said. “That cultural practice – not only the consumption, but the usage – it’s useful.” Every other week, the group gathers to discuss their ideas and possible research topics. In the past, students have focused on identity construction or marketing influences on their favorite titles and themselves. “If you spend 100 hours in your favorite roleplaying game, that is a lot of mental time,” Click said. “So, something had to occur to you that – either in terms of active thought where I had this idea about something interesting happening here, or this is doing something positive for me emotionally – we can figure out what the cultural application of that is.” Jessie Stephenson, a junior communications studies major who has been with the group since it began, is focusing on gender in video games and the surrounding community. She’s posted two papers to the group’s website based on her personal experiences and how a spiral of silence can affect the large portion of women gamers. “When you’re in the minority, you’re less likely to speak out your opinion against the majority’s opinion,” Stephenson said. “So, the less you speak up, the stronger the majority gets, and it’s this vicious spiral until eventually that minority is completely silent.” Stephenson enjoys playing multiplayer online shooters in which strangers and friends duke it out

across digital battlefields such as “Halo” or “Call of Duty.” This summer she’ll visit Comic-Con in San Diego, one of the largest comic and popular culture conventions in the world. Stephenson will conduct ethnography research for a class credit, looking in particular toward gender, she said. “I actually know quite a few girls that like to play video games but won’t get online to play (Call of Duty) or Halo,” Stephenson said. “They won’t play a lot of games because they feel so assaulted by the games. So they don’t do the things that they like to do and find other ways to spend their time.” The goal of the group is to give people a venue for turning their passions into something that can benefit them down the road, Click said. “Gaming, for the most part, for most people, is a consumerly act. They spend all this time playing it, but they don’t have anything creative other than whatever’s happening for them mentally, emotionally,” Click said. “So, this is allowing students to take all that time they spend gaming and doing something academic with it.” For Noah Smith, a senior communications studies major, the opportunity to meld such a large part of his life with school was just what he wanted. “I can say that I’ve been published,” Smith said. “I’m on the Internet, and that’s very prestigious since I’m a communications major.” Smith came into gaming when he was young, taking his first steps on the likes of “Goldeneye” for the Nintendo 64. As he grew, so did his attention to gaming, enough so that he’s willing to put in extra effort to research and write papers outside of class. “We’re interested enough; we want to use it for our future,” Smith said. “You just do it and make time for it. You somehow make time or you sacrifice food or sleep for it, whatever.” Smith writes about his time playing the massively multiplayer online game, “World of Warcraft,” another common example of a video game known for soaking copious amounts of time from millions of players. Though Smith has quit playing to focus on his paper, Click notes the difficulty in attracting members to a group that requires additional work beyond the classes they are already enrolled. “People show up and either we were really interesting to them or not interesting at all,” Click said. “Some people just want to play games, and that’s fine. And then some people want to play games, but they recognize that they have deeper ideas about it.” Click stresses the thought that deeper ideas, such as finding connections between games in which characters can be permanently killed and the atrocities seen every year across the world, don’t always need to be looked at through just video games. Part of the group’s focus is on analog games such as “Dungeons and Dragons.” These types of games, in which players sit next to each other and converse and interact in a multitude of ways, offer communications studies scholars ample areas to research, Click said. “Board gaming is sort of the opposite (of video games) in a way because so much of the gameplay

exists in the material, non-conceptual space,” Click said. “So that identity is sort of culturally co-constructed amongst your peer group.” The focus of each semester depends on what members want to spend time with, Click said. So, for some periods, the group has spotlighted video games, and for others, it has worked with board games. “On one hand that seems weird, but on the other hand, I like it,” Click said. “I like us maintaining that level of adaptability based on student interest. There’s things happening culturally that change, that make these things interesting.” The growing board-gaming scene is one of those cultural happenings. “Just in the last five years, board games have shot through the roof,” Click said. “You’re seeing more niche games show up in popular culture. You see them playing Settlers of Catan on ‘Parks and Recreation.’” So while there’s much fun to be had, the group’s ranging areas of interest provide students opportunities to gain something from their hobbies, Click said. “I’m not going to lie; we don’t get a ton of hits on the website,” Click said. “But it’s a place you can direct future employers.” For those interested, the group will hold its final meeting Thursday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hobbytown on 70th St. and Pioneers Blvd. An assortment of board games will be played, and students are welcome to bring friends. “You like playing video games? You want to do something productive with it? You should come here,” Stephenson said. “My mom hates my video gaming, so I wanted to throw it in her face and be like, ‘Ha! I can do something good with this.’” arts@ on twitter @dnartsdesk


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Literary canons build exclusivity, reveal historical bias Despite best efforts, canons continue to exclude some key authors jordan bates dn Whether one is aware of it, literary canons permeate society on many levels and have undoubtedly shaped everyone’s world view. The term “literary canon” refers to a body of books, narratives and other texts considered to be the most important and influential of a particular time period or place. Take a 19th century American literature course, for instance. One is being exposed to a version of a group of texts that has, through one means or another, been established as representative of the essential authors, movements and historical events in America during the 1800s. Through the course of education, when one is asked to read any novel, essay, poem, or some other sort of text, it is because a teacher or some other entity decided the text should be canonized. Canons, then, can be understood as value-determining lists that are ingrained in our education system, perhaps unavoidably so. However, the political process of deciding what makes it into a given canon and what does not has long been a topic of scrutiny and debate for scholars of all academic disciplines. Despite strides made in recent decades to reform literary canons, issues and controversy still exist. Thus, examining how the institution of the canon was formed, how canons have been revised over the years and how canons function today can help to illuminate the pitfalls of canonization, many of which have yet to be overcome.

History Lesson

“According to the scholar, Paul Lauter, who historicized the American canon, the first American literature classes started in the mid-to-late 1890s, at the same time the first Americanliterature textbooks started,” English professor Gregory Rutledge said. “The upper-Midwest was at the forefront of this development, probably because the East Coast schools were swathed in “tradition,” which essentially adhered to British, Old World poetics. Thus,

there apparently was conflict as these first American literature classes started.” Although the originators of American literature courses and textbooks were not formally assembling a canon, they were doing so indirectly by selecting the works to be taught. According to English professor Stephen Behrendt, many of the educators who contributed to early canonization efforts were both teachers and clergymen. “Early on, professional educators decided about what would become canonized, as part of what they naturally did when creating a curriculum in any discipline,” Behrendt said. “In fact, in the earliest years, many of these professional educators were religious, that is, either clergy or clergy-related, which inevitably brought in also a perceivable ‘moral’ focus or ‘moral compass’ in terms of what works were approved and sanctioned, and for what reasons.” This example of clergymen selecting texts that agreed with their moral disposition is a notable early instance of selective canonization and suggests the way in which canons come to represent the ideology of those who select them. Apart from religious beliefs, other important factors characterized the demographic of the early dictators of the canon. “The Western literary canon has historically been dictated by economically secure, traditionally educated, socially privileged white men,” Beh- rendt said.

“Plus, literacy was historically the province of the privileged and so, the uneducated or minimally educated – which included some women but most laboring-class citizens, of both sexes, as well a children – were automatically excluded. The remnant of this class-based exclusionary thinking is visible in today’s society in the disdain with which the cultural elite usually greet “popular” art like Harry Potter, graphic novels, countrywestern music, etc.” It wasn’t until around the 1920s that these bodies of accepted texts were finally referred to as canons and formally organized. “One of the students in (my capstone) class who consulted the Oxford English Dictionary for the etymology of canon, Ms. Alicia Meyer, found that it was first used to refer to a canon of literature in 1929,” Rutledge said. “If this date holds up, whether absolutely precise or not, it means that the canonmakers were engaged in one of the most far-reaching developments with respect to American literature: They were looking back and identifying literary history through their own lenses and providing the canonical blueprint for the forthcoming canon.” Here, Rutledge touches upon the power that was given to these early producers of the canon. Essentially, they were able to pick and choose the texts of history that would be presented as the most crucial texts in American literature. Not surprisingly, these early canons contained works by authors of a race, gender, social standing and perspective similar to the early canon-makers. For decades, this situation remained relatively the same. “Although I would need to consult resources to document the manifold and profound ways this is true, up until the 1960s, the canon was basically on lockdown, particularly with regard to race or ethnicity,” Rutledge said. “The birth of ‘Black Studies’ programs in the late 1960s – and early 1970s here at UNL – signaled a shift in the literary canon and the academy, for the latter had been largely closed to minority presence until

then, even though some U.S. Supreme Court cases had, in theory, removed ‘separate but equal.’” The birth of various ethnic studies programs in the 1960s reflected the social upheavals of the time. An increasingly diverse wave of scholars entered the academic world in the coming decades, subsequently expressing anger at the outdated canon and taking steps to reform it. “In the past two or three decades and really beginning in the mid 1960s, scholars began to reflect the diverse demography of the modern world, as more women and minorities entered the professorate and voiced their dissatisfaction with and anger at the social, political, moral and gender paradigm that was represented in that ossified canon,” Behrendt said. “They began introducing changes on their own. In English departments this often meant printing out non-canonical materials on mimeograph machines, the grandparents to Xerox machines and distributing them to supplement the anthologies or, in some cases, even replace them.” This resistance to the dominant canon during the late 1900s would catalyze canon reform and lead to the production of new anthologies that presented underrepresented perspectives. “By the end of the 20th century, new anthologies began to appear that collected, say, for example, British women Romantic poets and thereby gave the lie to the longstanding notion that Romantic poetry in Britain consisted of five or six men, rather than the literally hundreds of active poets, many of whom were not only women and laboring-class writers but also really good writers,” Behrendt said. “So any traditional canon is first undermined by activists and revisionists who want to de-bunk the canon by redrawing the landscape in a more historically accurate fashion that makes very clear how different the reality is from the inherited misconception.”

The Modern Canon

Despite the strides that have been taken to eliminate the biased paradigms of previous canons, remnants of the exclusive past undoubtedly linger today. And, according to Behrendt, canons can never altogether escape this exclusivity. “Canons are always about closed communities – who is excluded is at least as important as who is included. It is the ‘in’ crowd that usually controls the entrances, which means that the canonized or canonical writers largely resemble those who have judged them to be ‘major ’ o r

‘important’ or ‘classic,’” Behrendt said. “But this judging still rests on the tastes and preferences of the judges, who have traditionally been conditioned, whether they are aware of it, to prefer certain things – familiar things, mostly – over unfamiliar ones.” It is the inescapable fate of the canon that some limited group of people will have to select its contents. And regardless of which group is doing the choosing, Behrendt said he believes the selection will always be biased. “The sad irony of changing canons is that doing so merely replaces one set of narrow and privileged judgments with another equally narrow, but different, set of standards by which to decide who gets in and who doesn’t,” Behrendt said. “And, even sadder, canon revisions and canon substitutions are usually vindictive: The new ‘in’ group punishes the ‘old’ by excluding it, bashing it and admitting only those whose work reflects the new ‘agenda’ that has been set in place.” One example of the exclusivity still present in modern literary canons relates to the canonical emphasis on the written word. For Rutledge, today’s canons continue to privilege a written tradition in a way that excludes the truest form of human storytelling. “Since the oft-quoted French expression “traduire, c’est trahir” (“to translate is to betray”) is valid for converting printed text from one language to another insofar as a literal, one-to-one translation is impossible, imagine what happens when you eliminate the human, storytelling performances from consideration as a matter of course,” Rutledge said. “Our common human stories arise from oral, performed myths, not from the printed word.” Rutledge said the canon largely eliminates the oral tradition from study, which is troubling because narrative performance has historically played such a crucial role in human culture. He said this is an area in which present-day canons could be greatly expanded. “I would think the canon would have to be open to storytelling as its category,” Rutledge said. “The recent developments in literary studies toward world literature helps to change this, but it’s still literature

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as opposed to more open methods. If the theoretical could be given practical resources, I think we could find a better way for shaping literary studies in a way, open to storytelling in its richest, broadest meaning, that is truly cool.”

Empowering Ourselves

So, it seems canons will always be exclusive to an extent, thereby limiting our perspective on underrepresented forms of texts. For Behrendt, the Internet provides an avenue through which much of the world’s written material can be freely accessed, potentially combating the canon’s shortcomings. “The Internet has democratized the access to, and the exchange of, information in a way that was impossible and even unimaginable before,” Behrendt said. “More and more written material is being put online every day, not just by Google Books or The Internet Archive but also, by major research libraries around the world, by local and regional libraries and archives, by private or semi-public archives and by individual scholars. In many respects this wealth of material is almost entirely ‘unfiltered,’ because it is simply being made accessible to anyone and everyone without some sort of cultural ‘gatekeeper ’ to restrict what goes online or who gets to look at it.” Unfortunately, Behrendt said, people have been conditioned to depend on arbiters of knowledge and canonical suggestion, so the sheer amount of information on the Internet can have a paralyzing effect. “Paradoxically, this very wealth of material can completely immobilize the person who begins looking into it, precisely because for so many generations we have been taught, by the custodians of culture, the critics and ‘teachers,’ to depend not on our own intelligence and abilities but, rather, on the pronouncements o f the p ro f e s sional arbiters of taste. Canons inherently undermine people’s abilities to read, look, listen and judge for themselves. If canons are comparable to the holy books of a religion, critics then are the ‘priests,’ upon whom the ordinary citizens or readers or viewers or listeners are inherently conditioned to turn for judgements that the people themselves ought to have learned how to make.” Despite the ways in which canons may limit the necessity for critical thinking and thereby create a canon-dependent populace, Behrendt held that society cannot simply do away with them. “I’m afraid canons are inevitable,” Behrendt said. “Look at how our culture just adores lists of all sorts. Top 10. Top 40. We’re No. 1. Bucket lists. ‘Not to be missed.’ ‘What’s trending?’ The whole culture seems increasingly driven by what other people are doing or what they think is important.” Behrendt addedthis tendency toward allowing others to do the thinking in modern society disempowers people by causing them to sacrifice their agency as free-thinking beings. “Problem is, that’s giving away our liberty and independence of mind and action to the judgements of others,” Behrendt said. “Go a little further down that road and you meet Big Brother staring at you from your own laptop camera and tapping your smartphone. The surest route to totalitarianism, whether political or intellectual, is convincing people that they don’t need to think for themselves, that the authorities – the Establishment – will take care of all that for them.” For Behrendt, the route to reducing the potentially harmful influence of the canon in our society lies in empowering readers to think critically. “Canons disempower,” Behrendt said. “Only by empowering or re-empowering readers can any of us begin to disempower the canons themselves and put individual judgment back in charge. Judging for oneself is always scary, but the consequences of acquiescence – of saying nothing, turning a blind eye – are grave. See the Nazis …” arts@ on twitter @dnartsdesk

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Summer, like New Game Plus, allows chance to reexamine life vival-horror title “The Last of Us” kicks off the summer in June, hopefully scaring out this lingering cold for good. After its success with the “Uncharted” franchise, expect a terA B rific blend of action, survival and storytelling. And, though the summer is forward, ready to face whatever chal- known for its release doldrums, PC lenges await. Games actually serve as gamers everywhere will get yet ana pretty fantastic metaphor. other chance to pick up those games Maybe you’ve just broken from missed over the past few years. a long relationship. You’re back at Steam, the largest digital distributor square one. You’re replaying one of gaming software, will inevitably of life’s many levels. But this time, hold its annual summer sale, renderwe’ve gained some experience, risen ing all of those backlogged experienca few levels. With our new strength, es at 75 percent off and more. I know we push forward and we’re better I’ll be dropping some additional prepared for the subsequent enemies, change for the discounted hits and sepuzzles and platforms. cret gems I’ve been too busy writing We will set a new life high score. papers to enjoy. It’s optimistic, yes, but that’s what Rockstar Games’ infamous these things are for. We find ourselves “Grand Theft Auto” series looks to back at the beginning of a journey drop the felony-grade mic on sumthat has hopefully mer 2013 with a threebrought us some pronged tale in its Right now, joy, excited for biggest city yet. Carwhat comes next. If we students jackings and cheat not, why play that codes await. game anymore? Try are all poised to Then, to top the to pick a new one, begin another year off and set the and discover some entire industry’s trahappiness in a new, segment of our jectory for the next uncharted land. half-decade, Sony, lives armed with Maybe like and most likely Mithe trend in recent the things we’ve crosoft, will push video games, revisit learned and their latest technolsome long-dormant ogy and leave our relic of or the form, the skills we’ve wallets screaming. of life. A type of acquired these Microsoft announced music, a sport, writWednesday that it ing or food — who past cold months.” would unveil its next knows what a reXbox on May 21, so fresher might do? we’ll have to wait unIn a way, the gaming industry it- til then to see for sure. But at least we self rests on the verge of its own new now know it exists. beginning. This winter and spring With all the future developments has brought big announcements from sitting in their lairs, waiting for us to some of the industries largest contrib- come and face them, video games utors, new consoles, new technology look bright. Life looks bright. and new games. After the stagnation I know I’ve gained a few levels of current hardware such as the Play- this year. I’ve loaded stats in PercepStation 3 and Wii consoles and the tion and Dexterity; I’ve filled my skillbland cycles of repeated genres and slots with new abilities. I just hope my franchises, this fall looks to drive an strength and endurance can withhold adrenaline shot through the press and the onslaught of essays and 100-quesplayer-base alike. tion multiple-choice exams. More optimism. I know if I make it through I’ll be I can’t help it. I love video games, ready for my New Game Plus. arts@ and right now, loving games is good. Naughty Dog’s upcoming suron twitter @dnartsdeks


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Toby Burnham, a senior environmental studies major, started Hunter Gatherer, a store and art gallery in Parrish Studios in August 2012. The gallery has taxidermy animals, puppets, animal skeletons, air plants and other art pieces related to nature.

Local store owner mixes love of nature, taxidermy Hunter Gatherer owner Toby Burnham creates taxidermy animals, nature pieces yuliya petrova dn With technology everywhere it can be hard to appreciate the natural beauty around. Toby Burnham said he not only appreciates nature’s beauty but he also crafts it and sells it in his art gallery and store, Hunter Gatherer, which is located in the Parrish Studios on 14th and O streets. Burnham, a senior environmental studies major, started collecting rocks as a kid and, since then, has progressed to collecting taxidermy animals. “In order to keep collecting stuff, I thought to open up a shop, because my house is getting full of it,” Burnham said. “I like to make things and craft, but I also like nature’s design so I put the two and two together.” Burnham’s store is surrounded by bones, deer antlers and feathers, and a taxidermy armadillo is one of Burnham’s favorite pieces in the store. Along with taxidermy the store holds frog skeletons and a spice rack that holds small jars of snake skin and a mouse skull remind him of a “witch’s spice rack.” Next to the rack, shelves hold jars of squid, star fish and a sheep brain preserved in formaldehyde. “It’s gross but it also has a certain beauty to it,” Burnham said. Burnham gets his specimens from a science supply store that provides school with materials for dissection anatomy and biology classes. Next to jars of specimens and around the store are tropical air plants in chemistry jars. They’re plants that don’t need soil to survive. Most things in the store are products of the environment, but a few items stand apart. Burnham said he enjoys looking everywhere for items he can add craft to sell, including at garage sales. He found a gas mask from World War II and placed it on a full mock human skeleton. Burnham also sells adultthemed puppets. He said he likes Jim Henson’s puppet creations and the puppet-themed film, “The Dark Crystal,” is one of Burn-

Oh, summer, where art thou? The cold weather is dragging the semester on, refusing to relinquish us into the warmth. The trees aren’t budding yet; nature needs a fresh start. We need a New Game Plus. As the semester draws to a close, we’re all about to face our final boss. We’re all about to take on a week of death and a week of final battles, trials and tribulations. We’re nearing the end and with the end comes the promise of a new chapter, a time away from the busyness that consumes nine months of each year, sometimes more. It’s the time for relaxing, reflecting, pushing our careers or sleeping until 2 p.m. I know I’m ready. For gamers, a New Game Plus is a restart. After finishing a long tale filled with whatever dungeons and dangers, players get to carry forward all of their progress for another round. They get to keep the items they’ve acquired, the skills they’ve developed and the lessons they’ve learned for another romp in their chosen video game world. People have said to me that there are no second chances in life, no clean slates or restarts. Maybe. But right now, we students are all poised to begin another segment of our lives armed with the things we’ve learned and the skills we’ve acquired these past cold months. Sure, we don’t get to turn back time and make different choices that will lead again to our current situation, but we take our new insights


Toby Burnham holds a frogs skeleton in his gallery, Hunter Gatherer, in the Parrish Studios. ham’s favorite movies. Burnham constructed and added real teeth, feathers and mink to his puppets. Another piece that Burnham prepared to sell is a lizard skeleton nailed to a piece of drift wood. Burnham started his own beehive and hopes to produce beeswax candles, soaps, mustache wax, and honey mead. Along with “Honey Dreams,” Burnham wants to have a selection of herbs, oils and collection of field guide books in his store. Burnham opened Hunter Gatherer in August 2012. He said people are blown away that a shop like this exists in Lincoln. “I think it’s good for the Lincoln community to have something totally different,” said Teresa Strickland, a customer and friend of Burnham. “There’s nothing like it; it’s not just unique for Lincoln, its unique unto itself.” Burnham said he started his store because he needed a creative outlet, and he was at a point in his life when he had time to make it happen. His store’s name came as naturally to him as the items he sells. “The store is called Hunter Gatherer for a reason,” Burnham said. “I’m always hunting and gathering but not literally hunting; I killed a pheasant once when I was 10 and cried for three days, so that was my big hunting experience.” As he grew up, Burnham always went camping and spent a lot of time on his grandma’s farm, walking in the woods, exploring

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in rivers and looking for rocks. According to him, investigating the natural world was and still is his hobby and passion. “Toby is devoted to the environment and how to improve it,” said Annie Piersol, a friend and customer of Burnham’s. Burnham makes and prepares his merchandise in his home. “My craft room doesn’t look like anyone else’s craft room,” Burnham said. With much of his time spent on creating and working with his pieces, Burnham said he doesn’t regret a single day his store has been open. “I want to be able to supply Lincoln with cool stuff and make it affordable for everyone,” Burnham said. Burnham’s efforts are noticed by his fans. “He’s extremely hard-working and creative,” Strickland said. “(There’s) always a million projects going on. In his free time, he’s always coming up with crafting creative things.” Burnham said he thinks that a connection to nature is very important and that a lot of people miss out on that when living in urban areas. “More people live in the city and don’t get to enjoy the mountains or wooded areas,” Burnham said. “Everything is always changing here, you hardly ever find the same thing twice. It’s my side project, my baby.” arts@ on twitter @dnartsdesk

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Tegler: Nebraska’s outlook for NFL draft is weakest in years

ZACH TEGLER Normally, the fireworks come in the first round. That’s when the most eyes are on the deliberations inside Radio City Music Hall. That’s when moves draw the most scrutiny. That’s when the stakes are the highest. Since the NFL Draft made the move to primetime TV coverage three years ago, many first-round moves have indeed ignited debate. In 2010, it was the Denver Broncos making Tim Tebow a first-round selection. A year later, the Atlanta Falcons made noise by trading five picks to the Cleveland Browns in order to draft receiver Julio Jones. Last year, the unsurprising one-two tandem of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III still ruled the first night’s storylines. But when the 78th NFL Draft begins Thursday night, don’t expect any fireworks to fly. A lack of prospects at offensive skill positions means most teams will opt for safe picks, such as surefire

linemen. This draft might be noted not for its explosiveness, but for its atmosphere of caution. Translation: the 2013 draft class is the weakest – at least at the top – of any class in recent memory. The same could be said of the Nebraska contingency entering the draft.’s “Draft Tracker” predicts no former Huskers will be taken in the first three rounds. If that is the case, it would be only the fourth time since 1971 (and the fourth time in the past nine years) that no Nebraska players were selected in rounds one through three. The Draft Tracker grades all of the prospects in the draft and places them in categories of different draft positions; the most highly rated players, for example, are categorized as first-rounders. Of this year’s prospects, only 33 rate highly enough to be considered legitimate first round picks. Last year, that number was 40 players – including Nebraska’s Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard. Tight end Ben Cotton is the highest-graded Husker, according to the Draft Tracker. But he, running back Rex Burkhead, defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler, defensive end Cameron Meredith, linebacker Will Compton and safety Daimion Stafford are rated as fourth-round picks and worse. With David going in the second round last year and cornerback Prince Amukamara and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh going in the

first rounds in the two years before that, Nebraska has grown accustomed to seeing its accomplished defenders go early in the draft. But that won’t be the case this year, as NU’s draft class – at least preliminarily – is at its weakest since 2009. But the overall class also suffers from the absence of NFL prototype skill players. A year ago, the Draft Tracker graded one player – quarterback Andrew Luck – as a no-brainer first overall selection. This year, no players rank high enough to fall into that category, and the Kansas City Chiefs’ No. 1 pick will most likely be Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel. While last year’s draft had five skill players (quarterbacks, running backs and receivers) go in the first eight picks, the opposite extreme could come true this year. This year, there is speculation that two guards will be drafted in the top ten picks – and not a single guard has been a top ten selection since 1997. Of the 2013 Draft Tracker’s top ten prospects, all but one are linemen. While there is definitely still talent in the draft, it’s not flashy, it’s not gamechanging, and it’s not risky. With no high risk, there can be no high reward. Translation: Expect tonight’s first round to come and go without controversy or surprise. And don’t expect any fireworks. Zach Tegler is a junior news-editorial major. Reach him at sports

The success Nebraska found in the fifth inning would not be enough to get the team a win, however. Nebraska would only score one more run, and Kansas State got to the Nebraska bullpen in the sixth and seventh innings to the tune of five combined runs. “They know what to expect,” Erstad said. “You fight, and we did fight. We came back, but they took it right away from us again. If you hit batters, and you walk guys, and you give up hits on top of that, you are going to lose.” Kalkowski was a bright spot for the team, going 3 for 4 and just missing a home run in the eighth inning that would have given him the cycle. Rich Sanguinetti, Pat Kelly, Michael Pritchard and Austin Darby each added a pair hits as well. “We are just sticking to our ap-

proach as a team right now, and that’s good for us,” Kalkowski said. After the game, Erstad talked about his team’s lack of focus in a game that could have benefitted its postseason resume. “It was a good game, a good midweek battle, 15 hits apiece, eight walks, four hit by pitches. That’s 12 free bases. We just can’t do that,” the coach said. With the loss, the Huskers are now 19-20 on the year and looking less and less attractive as an at-large team. They still fit in near the top of the Big Ten standings though, and if they can win the league, an automatic regional berth is the prize. Their next action is this Friday to open the TD Ameritrade Classic in Omaha against Creighton. sports

bright side, where God is, he said. Instead of getting angry after being tossed around by opposing batters, the Husker takes off his cap to and looks at the writing under his bill to calm down his nerves. “It says ‘Is God Enough?’” Hawkins said. “That way when I’m doing bad I can look at that and say ‘Okay, in the grand scheme of things this doesn’t matter. My faith has always been a constant reminder of why I’m doing what I’m doing.” His attitude and calm demeanor is another reason why Bolt said he’s thrilled to be reunited with the junior at Nebraska. “It’s just one of those great stories about a kid who plays hard,” he said. “It’s not about him or individual glory. Guys like him typically get paid back in this game. It’s just good to see a guy like that who works hard and is able to get opportunities.” But it’s not just hard work that’s gotten him to where he is today, Hawkins said. And when Hawkins graduates next year, he doesn’t want people to

remember him by the statistics he put up or how effective he may be on the mound. Hawkins said when people recall his days as a Husker, he wants them to remember him by the God he praises every day. “I want my faith to be so evident to them that when they look at me, they can’t help but see Jesus,” he said. “That is our purpose in life – to honor and glorify Him. I’d rather them see less of me and more of who I’m trying to praise.” Faith has always come first in his life, and according to Hawkins, it always will. After graduating next year, the Nebraska pitcher said he’s aspiring to be a minister or baseball coach. Although he’s not certain which of the two he wants to be, Hawkins said he’s not worried about it. “I’m not sure how it’s all going to work out but I’m not worried about it,” he said. “It’s in the Lord’s hands.” sports

baseball: from 12 gate with three runs in the top of the first inning on four hits and a pair of walks against Husker starter Brandon Pierce, putting Nebraska in an early hole. They added five more runs in the second against relievers Tyler Niederklein and Ryan Hander to make the lead 8-1, but Nebraska struck back with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to 8-4. The Huskers actually came all the way back in the fifth inning to take a 9-8 lead. They rode four hits – including a two-RBI triple off the bat of Kash Kalkowski – to get back in the game. “All year we have to fight back,” Husker first baseman Kalkowski said. “You just keep going, even if the pitcher gives up a run. Just go out and get that one back.”

Hawkins: from 12 “It was one of those dreams that seems so real to you,” he said. “I remember calling up Coach Bolt, committing in this dream, saying I want to be a Husker. I wake up the next morning and it seemed so real to me.” Prior to that night, Hawkins said he had been stressing daily over what to do with his collegiate career. Should he travel over 700 miles to begin school at Nebraska? Should he stay another season as a Bulldog? The questions were loitering his mind on a regular basis. “I felt committed; I’m going to be a Husker,” Hawkins said. “And then after a couple minutes I realized that was all a dream.” But once he woke up from the dream the following morning, all the worry he had disappeared, he said. “Then I remember thinking if that worry and stress is gone, then that’s got to be God telling me something,” Hawkins said.


It took a couple weeks, but Hawkins finally made the decision to be a Husker. According to the junior, his faith is what got him to where he is today. “It was just a matter of prayer and it was God orchestrated,” he said “There’s no other way to explain it. When I get down about things here – if I think I’m not having the best season or about the team struggling – I think, ‘I’m still here for a reason that maybe I don’t know about yet.’” “For me to come here, there wasn’t any thinking about it, it was more praying than anything,” he said. Although Hawkins’ past dream is now reality, his first season hasn’t exactly played out the way he had imagined. Through April 24, the relief pitcher has a staggering 6.23 ERA in 13 appearances for Nebraska, while allowing six runs and five walks in 8.1 innings pitched. But he doesn’t dawn on the negatives. Hawkins always looks on the

Former Huskers teeter on edge of NFL draft NU players projected to be drafted in late rounds of selection process kyle cummings dn On Thursday evening, NFL hopefuls will watch and wait to see if their name is called for a chance to play professionally. Former Nebraska football players are no different. While no Husker is projected to be picked in the first few rounds of the draft, many former players will have a chance to be chosen in later rounds. According to CBS NFL Draft projections, the first Husker announced on Thursday night could be former outside linebacker Eric Martin. The 6-foot-1, 230 pound California native could be called as early as the sixth round, CBS projects. Martin led Nebraska’s defense last season with 16.5 tackles for a loss, including 8.5 sacks. After finishing as one of the top-5 rushers in school history, former running back Rex Burkhead is one of the few Nebraska offensive players in the draft. Burkhead, though he only played in eight games because of a knee injury, piled on 675 rushing yards File photo by Andrew Dickinson | dn with five touchdowns during his senior season. CBS projects the Former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead is projected to be 5-foot-11-inch Texas native to be selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft. picked in the seventh round. Nebraska has been known to produce a long-line of successful kickers. Former Husker kickers in the NFL now include Philadelphia Eagle Alex Henery, Cincinnati Bengal Josh Brown and Baltimore Raven punter, Sam Koch. Two former Husker kickers, Brett Maher and Adi Kunalic, will also look to find their way on to NFL rosters this offseason. Maher held the responsibilities of both kicker and punter for martin Stafford Maher Nebraska last season and earned a First Team All-Big Ten Place Kicker after piling on 119 points in er in the draft and could see his Daimion Stafford. The 6-0 former 2012, including 20 field goals. The name called during the seventh safety led Nebraska’s defensive Kearney native is expected to be with four interceptions, was secand final round. picked up either as a late-round Other former Huskers to ond on the team with 96 tackles pick or possibly sign on to a team and is projected to be drafted keep an eye out to get drafted as a free agent. are former defensive tackle Baker somewhere in the seventh round. Kunalic, on the other hand, Will Compton was one of the Steinkuhler, former defensive end finished his career at Nebraska most productive players on NeCameron Meredith and former following the 2011 season. During braska’s defense last season, as he tight ends Ben Cotton and Kyler his senior campaign, the NebrasReed. These players could make picked up a team-high 110 tackles ka kick-off man booted 39 touchan appearance as either a lategrabbed three fumble recoveries. backs, giving him a total of 125 to- Compton, who was chosen by his round pick or sign on as a free tal touchbacks during his career. teammates as the defensive MVP agent. Nebraska lost several defen- and a team captain, is considered sports Times Sales Corporation sive starters from last seasonThe to New toYork be the 13th Syndication best inside linebackgraduation, including free safety 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10018

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aleb Hawkins still can’t believe he’s a member of the Nebraska baseball team. It’s been three months since the junior Queen City, Texas, native first appeared in a game for the Huskers, and it still hasn’t hit him that he’s playing for a team 500 miles from home. “I’m getting the chance to play Division 1 baseball, something I never thought I was ever going to do,” Hawkins said. After playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Texarkana College, Hawkins was finally able to live out his dream and perform for an NCAA Division 1 school. Although the thought of being a Nebraska relief pitcher wasn’t something Hawkins ever fathomed coming true, he described in one word why he’s a Husker today – blessed. “People say the game of baseball is paying me back,” he said. “I say that’s God trying to ease me along the path that he has set for me in his plan.”


When Hawkins entered his first season as a Bulldog, his then-head coach, Will Bolt, told him something that hit him like a pile of bricks. They were the type of five words baseball pitchers only dread hearing before their first game of collegiate baseball. “When I first came in as a walk on he told me I was the worst pitcher on the team,” Hawkins said. But the right-hander didn’t deny the discouraging statement from Bolt. He agreed. “It was true,” Hawkins said. “I had a terrible summer beforehand, and I wasn’t where I thought I’d be. I remember my parents just saying keep your heart where it’s meant to be, keep your head where it needs to be at, stay focused on the Lord, and just work as hard as you can and let’s see what happens.” His faith in God and the pep talk from his parents seemed to be the kick start Hawkins needed to an impressive rookie season. After praying many nights, Hawkins saw the choice of sticking with baseball pay off in huge dividends. He noticed it and so did his head coach. “We told him to just work on his intangibles and makeup,” Bolt said. It was a 6-5 win against then No. 1 Howard College on Feb. 28, 2011 when Bold said he started seeing Hawkins’ command on the mound kick in to high gear. “If you work hard and pitch well, you’ll get a chance,” he said. “Those guys who do so are typically going to get better because of their work ethic. After that game he just really took off from there.” After his appearance on that day in Febuary, Hawkins not only heard the compliments grow, but his saw appearances grow as well. The pitcher who was once thought to be the last guy called from the bullpen was now chosen more times than not. “I ended up at the end of the year being one of the first two guys out of the bullpen every series we had,” Hawkins said. “I thought ‘God is granting me another chance.’ I didn’t even know I was going to play multiple years. I was going to try one year and see what happened.” However, news came that Hawkins wasn’t ready for. A month after the 2011 season wrapped up, Bolt was offered an associate head coach position at his alma mater, Nebraska. “He leaves, and I’m like ‘I got to prove myself all over again to the new coaching staff,’” Hawkins said. “I thought ‘God I’m not sure what you’re doing right now, but we’ll roll with it and see.’ Coach Bolt, when he calls me he says, ‘Yeah we’ll keep track of you, we’ll see, maybe I’ll recruit you if you do this, this and this.’” The right-hander was skeptical of Bolt’s encouraging words. “I was like sure, he’s just saying that,” Hawkins said. “I don’t believe him.” But the talk seemed to help push him in the right direction. “I then go into that summer and have the best summer of baseball in my entire life. Then I go into the fall with Texarkana, and things are working out. I just kept working hard.”


Junior pitcher Caleb Hawkins played at Texarkana College during his freshman and sophomore years before transferring to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He decided to transfer after being recruited by assistant head coach Will Bolt, his former coach.

After his continued success on the mound, Hawkins said he and Bolt stayed in contact throughout the fall season. “He became a guy we thought we might want to recruit,” Bolt said. “We had a good relationship. I liked his makeup, and he was a hard worker. He’s the type of kid you want to coach.” After filming one outing and sending it to the assistant coach, Bolt had Hawkins visit Nebraska in early October of 2011. “We had it all laid out for him,” Bolt said. “We told him, ‘We like you. We want you to be a part of the program.’” However, Hawkins wasn’t offered a scholarship, which he admits not being too thrilled about at the time. “That bothered me a little bit,” he said. “I thought that I had worked hard enough to get one, and I had scholarship offers to other schools down in Texas. And then I set back and evaluated and thought ‘God, what are you doing with this because I don’t know what to think.’ Then I thought what type of servant would I be if I’m here whining about money?” That same day, Hawkins and his parents made a pros and cons list, writing out all the reasons why they should wait until the spring to decide whether he should transfer. Later that week, Hawkins had a dream, the type he said he’d never forget for the rest of his life.

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Freshman pitcher Jeff Chesnut pitches against Kansas State at Hawks Field Wednesday. The two teams combined to use 16 pitchers during the game.

Nebraska pitchers struggle against Kansas State Nebraska loses 13-10 at home, ‘couldn’t find anyone to throw strikes’ lanny holstein dn Midweek baseball games are known to get ugly, and Kansas State’s 13-10 win over Nebraska Wednesday did nothing to dispel that notion. During the course of nine long

innings – the game took three hours and five minutes – the Huskers and Wildcats combined to walk 12 batters and hit another four with pitches. The two staffs combined to use 16 pitchers in the game as well. The Huskers just couldn’t find anyone to throw strikes, according to Nebraska coach Darin Erstad. “It’s something we stress very much, and it seems to be the same guys over and over who struggle with it, and you know what, they’re going to have to throw strikes or they won’t be getting the ball,” he said.

After getting a couple solid starts from Kyle Kubat and Brandon Pierce in midweek games with Arkansas a week ago, Nebraska was looking for more of the same against a Kansas State team that is 29-13 and most likely headed to a regional game when postseason play comes around. “That’s a good team, and you can’t walk batters and hit batters against a team like that,” Erstad said. The Wildcats came out of the

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The Nebraska softball team beat instate rival Creighton in a 6-0 shutout Wednesday at Bowlin Stadium kicking off the final homestand of the regular season for the No. 16 team. Heading into the non-conference matchup with the Bluejays, the Huskers were 34-10. Nebraska earned a lot of praise in the standings this week, moving up to No. 16 in the coaches poll and 10th in the RPI rankings, the highest the team has reached this season. For Creighton, the Bluejays were 26-12 coming into the in-state game. On the mound for Creighton was junior Becca Changstrom, who was 19-6 on the year with a 1.56 ERA. With the weather constantly changing in Lincoln and the wind blowing strong towards right field, the two squads were ready to play. Despite Changstrom’s best effort, it was the Huskers who put a tally in the run column first. In the bottom of the second inning with one out, Nebraska sophomore Mattie Fowler hit a solo homerun over the right field fence, her fourth of the season, which helped give her team the first lead of the game. The next person to cross the plate was senior Husker Brooke Thomason, belting a solo homerun over the right field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Huskers a 2-0 lead over Creighton. Later in the game, in the bottom of the sixth inning, Changstrom was put into another bind with bases loaded and no outs, and senior Courtney Breault was up to the plate. Early in the count the designated hitter hit a ball that lifted over the left field fence for a grand slam, which gave freshman pitcher Emily Lockman a boost heading into the final stretch of the game. “It was a bomb,” Lockman said. “It was nice going into the seventh inning with a big lead. It was a huge confidence booster.” It was the right-hander keeping the Bluejay offense at bay. Lockman threw a complete game against Creighton that included seven strikeouts and two hits allowed on the mound. After the victory against the team from Omaha,

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Freshman pitcher Emily Lockman winds up for a pitch against Creighton at Bowlin Stadium on Wednesday. NU won 6-0. she is now 14-3 on the season and is more excited about the team’s success than what she did on the mound against the Bluejays. “I’m just really excited for the team,” Lockman said. “We got a big win out of that. We needed that going into the weekend.” Although the offense made some huge hits when it mattered, Nebraska coach Rhonda Revelle didn’t neglect Lockman’s showing performed against Creighton. “Emily did a great job up there

setting the tone,” Revelle said. “She was really working it like she was hungry for a win.” Next on Nebraska’s schedule is a final home series against No. 9 Michigan, which is an undefeated team in the conference standings. The Huskers will look to hand the Wolverines their first conference loss of the season beginning with a game on Friday at 6 p.m. at Bowlin Stadium. sports

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