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Walk-ons making an impact for Huskers

thursday, august 30, 2012 volume 112, issue 010

Former Husker walk-on Brett Maher is one of five former walk-ons with a scholarship on Nebraska’s football squad. Maher was named a preseason All-American on Wednesday, further solidifying the tradition of walk-on success.

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3 keys to NU Taking center vs. USM stage What two squads need to do in Saturday’s game



Preview of UNL Mainstage and Theatrix shows


Online orders new frontier for Daily Drip Kalee Holland DN

what’s new

Daily Drip customers can now place orders for coffee, pastries, sandwiches and other items at the College of Business Administration’s first-floor atrium cafe through an online form. Cafe manager Murphy Larson, a junior finance and marketing major, said she implemented the change to increase efficiency in business. “We’ve run out of sandwiches in the past and seen a lot of frustration,” Larson said. “Maybe a faculty member wants a sandwich for lunch and then finds out that all we have left is chicken salad. We want people to get what they want, when they want it. That’s important in running a business.” When searching for a way to avoid the cafe’s common pitfalls, Larson looked to another restaurant for inspiration. “I would always go online to order from Jimmy John’s,” she said in a University press release. “That was really convenient. So I thought, ‘Why not do the same for the Daily Drip?’” The Daily Drip opened 9 years ago as a product of Students in Free Enterprise, a student entrepreneurship organization. Since then, the students who run the cafe have sought opportunities to improve business, said Rose Graves, Stu-

Customers at the Daily Drip, the College of Business Administration’s cafe, can now place orders online. where’s the daily

drip?: In the first-floor atrium of the College of Business Administration. how to order:

Visit http://fs25.formsite. com/unlsife/form1/ index.html

when: Orders must be completed by 7 a.m. the day they’re needed. The cafe is open Monday through Friday.

dents in Free Enterprise adviser. “In the past (the Daily Drip) has used surveys to improve

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475-RIDE picks up new cab company until its launch date on Sept. 12. Although students can still be picked up if they dial the number, they won’t be able use their NCards to access the vehicle and will have to pay the cab fare until the launch date. ASUN made the decision to conor dunn cut its ties with former taxi serdn vice Servant Cab Co. because of the projected savings. The 475The University of Nebraska-Lin- RIDE program normally drains coln has leased Omaha-based one-third of ASUN’s yearly Happy Cab Co. for one year of budget. Kamler said Happy Cab 475-RIDE service, severing its costs an average of $12 to $14 decade-long contract with Ser- per student whereas Servant vant Cab. The move should save Cab’s cost was roughly $20. between $9,000 and $12,000 on Another change to 475-RIDE the 475-RIDE program. is that it will be in service beThe announcement came tween 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily, a at the Association of Students change from of the University of the usual 7 Nebraska meeting p.m. to 7 a.m. Servant Wednesday night. Kamler said Cab had Happy Cab’s it was necesservice is quicker, incredibly long sary to make cheaper and friendlithis change to er than Servant Cab, wait times.” save money according to Presi— there was dent Eric Kamler, a minimal useric kamler senior agricultural asun president age in those economics major. off-time hours “Servant Cab had before. incredibly long wait times,” he The 475-RIDE program was said. “(Students) would be wait- created a decade ago to give ing for 30 to 50 minutes.” UNL students a safe ride home Kamler said Happy Cab has in emergency situations. But acnearly twice as many cars in ser- cording to Kamler, the program vice as Servant Cab. has been inappropriately used Because the program is still in a transition period, 475-RIDE asun: see page 2 won’t be available to students

ASUN program switches to Happy Cab Co., hopes to save at least $9,000

Karissa Barta goes through shirts with the help of Lindsay Hawkins, a senior advertising major, as they take account of their new inventory at Husker Headquarters Wednesday afternoon. The store received around 65 boxes of new Husker gear yesterday.

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Local businesses prepare staffs for first gameday, anticipate increase in sales story by carl mejstrik | photos by morgan spiehs


ocal business owners have been circling Sept. 1 on the calendar for months, although not necessarily because of the game. They’re looking forward to an increase in business, thanks to more than 80,000 potential customers flooding the streets of Lincoln. Blaine Braziel, marketing director for Husker Headquarters on 11th and P streets, said all three locations will increase staff from the normal two to three employees to eight to 10 employees on Saturday. “The first football weekend is really exciting for us,” Braziel said. “Fans start showing up on the Thursdays before games, looking for merchandise that coaches and players wear.” The Nebraska merchandise vendor will also stay open three hours longer, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., instead of the usual 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We’ve been heavily advertising on TV and the radio to let Husker fans know what we have for them,” Braziel said. Husker gear isn’t the only thing fans look for on gameday. With the popularity of tailgating, alcohol is a hot commodity. Craig Gertz, manager at Mum’s Liquor on 22nd and O streets said he ex-

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Cindy Clausen attempts to see if a jersey will fit her son, Graham, 1 1/2. Husker Headquarters is gearing up for the first Husker game Saturday.

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Emeritus professor Construction won’t sideline fans recognized for conservation efforts Construction companies, StarTran gear up for first football game

“I was much more interested in seeing (the birds) than shooting them.” paul johnsgard

biological sciences emeritus professor

Tammy bain dn Thousands of fans are expected to flood Memorial Stadium for the season’s first Husker football game on Sept. 1. But Paul Johnsgard, professor emeritus of biological sciences at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, won’t be one of them. “On football Saturdays, I get the hell out of Dodge,” he said with a laugh. Instead, he’ll be out on the prairie, taking photographs of wildlife and birds on his Canon 40D. His love for birds and conservation made him the 2012 recipient of the Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award from the American Ornithologists’ Union. “It’s basically a piece of paper plus $1,000,” said Johnsgard, who came to UNL in 1961. “I told them to keep the $1,000 and turn it over to a student.” That money will support a fellowship with the American Ornithologists’ Union. As a child, Johnsgard hunted with his father and began drawing birds at the age of 5. Later, he bought a camera. “I was much more interested in seeing (the birds) than shooting them,” he said. Johnsgard’s passion for the Great Plains’ ecosystems, cranes, waterfowl and national birds shows in the 56 books he’s published. But to help conserve, Johnsgard has done more than write, namely protecting grouse, a ground-dwelling, chicken-like bird. “I have many friends who are hunters,” Johnsgard said. “But I have no interest in it.” When the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission was selling a lottery-style 300 permits for grouse, Johnsgard wrote to statewide newspapers. He advised others who opposed hunting grouse to apply for these permits and not use them. An estimated 100 of the 300 permits were purchased by conservators, including whole elementary classes, Johnsgard said. Though he says hunting is a way to get out into nature and

generate money to support statewide conservation, Johnsgard would rather see people observe birds than hunt. He said he knows some hunt for food – as his own father did during the Great Depression – and others describe it as a bonding experience. He and his father, too, bonded those early hunting days. Yet, he said he only finds validity in the argument that overpopulation will occur without hunting when it comes to mammals such as deer. “It’s a very convenient excuse,” he said. “But not a very convincing one.” Johnsgard’s “hunts” with his camera have involved a grant to study rare Australian ducks in 1965 after a trip to England. He’s also spent two weeks living off the land in Arctic Alaska in 1964. Now, he keeps his studies to Nebraska, a state the North Dakota native said he fell in love with. He has visited every county in Nebraska, he said. He’s also fought the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. His two sons and two daughters inherited his interest in nature, he said. Today, he takes his grandchildren bird-watching. His students have also inherited Johnsgard’s love for birds. Linda Brown, a former graduate student in pharmaceutical studies, took his ornithology class. “Since then, I’ve planned all my trips around birds,” she said. While Brown’s parents were bird watchers, she said she’d always thought she’d have to wake up early to be one. Johnsgard’s class took trips in the middle of the day, and her interests were piqued. The two friends now drink coffee at her house and watch birds in her backyard feeders, she said. And Johnsgard shoots pictures. Johnsgard calls birding a “lifelong investment.” “You have to decide you’ll excel in everything you do,” he said. “I knew I wanted to spend my life discovering birds at 11.” news@

daily drip: from 1 and add to the menu,” Graves said. “Several people in the building think it’s a good idea.” All Daily Drip profits go to outreach programs such as the LisaMom Foundation, an organization created to provide nannies for children whose mothers have cancer. The online order form is located at the Daily Drip’s website or

at Customers must place their orders online by 7 a.m. on the day they need the food or drinks. The Daily Drip offers single servings of food and beverages as well as catering with delivery or pickup for parties as large as 150. news@

businesses: from 1 pects business to increase 20 to 25 percent on Saturday. “We sell a lot of kegs and beer for those who want to hang out and tailgate,” he said, “especially when it’s warm out.” Some Lincoln bars have been increasing and training staff in preparation for gamedays. Corey Witwer, manager of the Brass Rail, said the business has been repainting, doing maintenance on the bar and training new staffers. It will be worth it, he said. “Business increases almost tenfold on gamedays,” Witwer said.

The Bar manager Tony Hill described gamedays as “insanely busy.” The business recently reopened its outside bar, tripled its liquor supply and hired a DJ to perform on Saturday night to attract fans after the game. The Bar also increased its staff and will extend its hours, Hill said. Normally opening its doors at 4 p.m., The Bar will open at 9 a.m. Saturday. “We’re getting double the amount of business,” he said. news@

With the first gameday of the season approaching, Lincoln workers are prepping the area to accommodate fans and traffic. The construction downtown, intended to maintain and improve the area by resurfacing six miles of street and replacing seven traffic signals and all pedestrian ramps, began in March and will be completed by Nov. 2. Project engineer Erika Nunes said all contractor agreements require workers to close up the sites by noon on Friday before any home game and can’t continue working until Sunday at noon. She said workers try to avoid lane or sidewalk closures so both pedestrians and drivers have access. “There really shouldn’t be much impact,” Nunes said. “By the time most people start getting into town, they will have things buttoned up. You never know with construction, but our plan is to have everything open for both pedestrians and cars.” Mike Tidball, project manager for Pavers Inc., said workers have already completed a majority of the difficult work. He said the only aspect affected by gameday was the company’s scheduling, but that was anticipated. “We have to make sure we are at a stopping point where everything can be reopened,” he said. “It’s slowing us down a little bit, but it’s just a couple of days.” After this week, Nunes said the construction companies have

lauren cloyed | dn a couple of blocks to resurface, but all work is on schedule. “We expected it to take all summer,” Nunes said. “It was anticipated to be quite a long project, but they’ve moved along very well and coordinated with a number of other projects going on at the university, the city and private development.” Also to accommodate fans on game day, StarTran will provide its Big Red Express football shuttle service again this year. StarTran added a sixth location and will have 40 buses to transport fans. StarTran operations superintendent Mike Weston said the company ensures all equipment functions properly in preparation for gameday. “Providing express service, as well as, our regular route service takes pretty much everything we’ve got over here on the road,”

By the time most people start getting into town, they will have things buttoned up.”

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he said. Weston said the stadium construction caused a bit of a challenge because it required a location change, but he expects this year’s service to prove as successful as past years. “Normally the buses are standing room only on all trips,” he said. “It’s for folks that don’t want to have to mess with the parking or the driving through the downtown traffic. It’s been around a long time.” Weston, who began his career with StarTran as a driver, said the atmosphere when driving the Big

Red Express is light and exciting. “You get a bus full of people all with the same interest, headed to the stadium,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun. Even post game, even if we lose, the fans here – they’re great. And they have to wait to get on the bus because they’re crowded, but we never have any issues. The drivers make it happen.” For more information on street construction, visit lincoln., or for information on Big Red Express, visit news@

Seminar to unite faculty, inspire ideas staff report DN A University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Research Division seminar series beginning in September aims to bring faculty together and help UNL meet research funding goals. The theme of the first five seminars focuses on a resource not always recognized as such: scenery. “Scenery as a Natural Resource” will bring experts from all over the country to discuss how visual resources are affected by more traditional resources, like water and oil. “When a person or a group looks at the set of resources that can be taken from a given spot of land, scenery should be included in that list,” said Larkin Powell, associate director of the School of Natural Resources. Powell said all UNL students should go to the seminars. “This is a great example of a topic that is not specific to any one field,” he said. “The seminars offer students the chance to hear ideas … and discuss a hot topic of our time.” Renewable wind energy is also one of the topics to be discussed. Nebraska ranks sixth in the nation with the greatest energyfrom-wind potential, according to the American Wind Energy Association. With the push for renewable resources and the U.S.’s fast growing wind energy industry, wind turbines could become a more common sight throughout Nebraska. “We have to make decisions about energy development in Nebraska,” Powell said, “and they should be informed decisions.” news@

“Scenery as a Natural Resource” dates, speakers and topics who :


James Palmer, professor emeritus at SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry what : “Visual Resources and Scenic Landscapes” when : Sept. 12, 4 p.m. where : Nebraska East Union

who :

Ronald Lee Fleming, Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners what : “Scenic Manifesto for Communities” when : Nov. 30, 4:30 p.m. where : Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center who :


Steve Burr, director of the Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University what : “Tourism, Scenery and Open Landscapes” when : Oct. 24, 4 p.m. where : Nebraska East Union

who :

John McCarty, chief landscape architect, U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management what : “Visual Resources and Scenery Management on Public Lands” when : Nov. 14, 4 p.m. where : Nebraska East Union who :


Roopali Phadke, associate professor, environmental studies, Macalester College what : “Visual Impacts of Windpower on Communities” when : Oct. 10, 4 p.m. where : Nebraska East Union

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correction The musicians/bands playing in the KRNU Fall 2012 Concert Series are Nicholas Westra, Tenderness Wilderness, The Great American Desert, Jake Bellows, Snake Island!, Eli Mardock and Betsy Wells. The series will begin at Duffy’s Tavern this Sunday. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

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and the first show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for people 21 and over and $7 for people between 18 and 20 years old. The Daily Nebraskan regrets this error.

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But Happy Cab’s service is digital. ASUN can request Happy Cab to email a list of students who use the service at any given time. Now that two cab services are running in Lincoln, ASUN is concerned students will have difficulty locating the cabs they can use with their NCards. Kamler said the body hopes to remedy the problem by part-

nering with Nebraska Wesleyan University’s safe-ride-home program. ASUN hopes to share the cost of flags that will help visually separate 475-RIDE from a regular cab. The contract with Happy Cab will last one year before the taxi company decides if it wants to continue its lease with UNL. ASUN didn’t pass any new legislation during the meeting.

However, ASUN’s government liaison committee chair Mike Dunn, a senior communication studies major, said ASUN is hoping to bring Nebraska senate candidates Bob Kerrey and Deb Fischer to campus for a meetand-greet series. “It’ll be a really great opportunity for students,” Dunn said. news@

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BUTTERFLY BONANZA PHOTOS BY KAT BUCHANAN RIGHT: Jennifer Flores and daughter Kaycee visit Laura’s Butterfly Pavillion at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo on Wednesday evening. The zoo’s butterfly display closed for the season with a Butterfly Bonanza event featuring demonstrations from the butterfly keepers and zoo employees. BELOW: Visitors pile aboard the train for one last loop around the grounds of the zoo before closing time. BOTTOM RIGHT: A butterfly keeper in the Pavillion drips sugar water onto her index finger to encourage a butterfly to perch for a demonstration.

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Research examines school-family relationship Dept. of Ed. grant funds parentinvolvement study maren westra dn The five graduate students working on education research have their work cut out for them. Their job: To sift through decades of previously published research regarding parent involvement in the education of children. The project is part of a metaanalysis effort by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS). It’s funded by a two-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The $700,000 grant supports the project faculty and graduate assistants.

Elizabeth Moorman Kim, project manager, and Susan Sheridan, project director and a professor of educational psychology, are overseeing the project. The meta-analysis examines two methods of intervention in education: “parent involvement” and “family-school partnership.” Moorman Kim and her team are hoping to define the benefits of each method and determine the better of the two. “I don’t have a definite prediction (of which approach will prove to be more effective),” Moorman Kim said, “but I’m excited to see what the findings are.” Parent involvement describes the education of a child whose parents are involved by helping with homework and reading to the student often, according to a university press release. Family-school partnership focuses on parents who actively

work with the school to maintain communication and work with the teachers to make decisions regarding the child’s education. Tyler Smith, also a second-year doctoral student studying educational psychology, said right now the team is reading the abstracts, or summary, of all the studies and coding them based on their various methodologies. Moorman Kim described meta-analysis as “quantitatively putting together the research.” She said the studies are classified by a system where certain codes exist for certain variables, methods and processes. When a study uses one of the variables, it gets the code. That allows all research involving, say, frequent homework help to be grouped together for the meta-analysis. According to Smith, the next step will be to delve into the categories created by the first phase

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Daniel Wheaton DN In 69 days, the 2012 election will arrive. For some students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the election will be the first time they are able to cast their ballots. And as Nov. 6 nears, UNL political groups have begun efforts to maximize the youth vote. Both the Young Democrats and College Republicans are planning to advocate for their candidates and energize UNL students. “We’ve seen some excitement from our supporters,” said Andrew LaGrone, a senior political science major and president of UNL’s College Republicans. “I’m seeing many members of the youth seeking an alternative.” LaGrone attended the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., as a representative of Nebraska. LaGrone said the current economic climate will benefit Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s election bid.

bers also plan to build more of a presence outside UNL. The Young Democrats plan to canvas Lincoln, getting the word out about local elections. “We’re here for anyone who is interested in voting,” Pesek said. “Whether it is absentee ballots or by mail, we want to make sure that everyone has the proper information.” Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, director of the political science department, said 2012 will be a totally different election than that of 2008. “Even in my 100-level courses, I had never seen so many kids raise their hands to talk about current events,” she said. Theiss-Morse said the youth vote will have a major impact on the upcoming election. But the recession has taken its toll. “As a whole, youth are more diverse and adversely affected by the recession,” Theiss-Morse said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all going to flock to Mitt Romney.” Theiss-Morse sees the youth demographic become lost in the divisions between Democrats and Republicans. While young voters typically lean left, the recession has led to an increase in fiscal conservatism, she said. “I think you saw this divide in support for Ron Paul,” The-


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Political ignorance is irresponsible, inexcusable President Barack Obama answered online questions Wednesday via Reddit, and comments on the thread jumped to the thousands as quickly as you’d expect. This is one of many signs that it’s the political season. And it’s an Internet-driven political season. In 2008, many UNL students were still in high school. Sure, you may have cared about politics, but many of you were too young to vote. If this is your first presidential election where you’re old enough to vote, the Daily Nebraskan urges you to be informed on the candidates in all major elections sooner rather than later. And that goes beyond the presidential election. The Senate race in Nebraska between Democratic candidate Bob Kerry and Republican candidate Deb Fischer already featured its first debate at the Nebraska State Fair last Saturday. If you haven’t watched or read about it, there’s no reason not to. A simple Google search will find the video. The Republican National Convention is taking place in Tampa, Fla., where, earlier this week, delegates nominated Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan to the presidential ticket. Nebraska Senate candidate Fischer spoke at this event Tuesday. The Democratic National Convention will take place Sept. 4 through Sept. 6. However, there are more readily available instances of the political season outside our own Nebraska Union. Petitioners have been attempting to gain signatures from passers-by this week to add third party candidates to the ballot for presidential election. Some students sign without inquiring about the candidate’s political stances or views on pertinent issues. That’s dangerous. Uninformed political action, even one as simple as signing a petition for a candidate with no shot at winning, should be avoided. It isn’t hard to learn about the process and candidates. If you’re hands-on and have a passion for either candidate, get involved with a campus organization such as the Young Democrats or Young Republicans. If you want to know but not act, keep up with national and local news. And if you’re a skeptic of the political process and the media that give you news, make sure and take a look at Politifact. com, a nonpartisan fact checker operated by the Tampa Bay Times. The Tampa Bay Times was awarded a pulitzer for Politifact. There’s room for many kinds of belief at UNL, but we live in a world with so much information that being ignorant is lazy. So, register to vote if you haven’t already. Whether you’re going to submit an absentee ballot or register as a Lincoln resident, don’t let the Oct. 19 registration deadline creep up on you. Vote for whoever you’d like, but do so with an informed mindset. Get involved and learn about the candidates. And remember, Nebraska is one of only two states that can split its electoral votes by district. Obama received one electoral college vote in 2008 from Nebraska’s second congressional district, encompassing the Omaha metro area. Our age group has an impact in elections – there’s no reason this year should be any different.

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he bars in Lincoln will be busy every Saturday this fall whether the Huskers win or lose. It’s guaranteed. There will also eventually be talk about whether the Huskers are heading for a less-than-spectacular season. These days, “less-than-spectacular” tends to means the team suffers a loss or two. To be considered successful in sports, athletes must exceed expectations. And some expectations are so high they can’t be beaten. Even worse, the media creates unrealistic expectations for these athletes. The Huskers are under a lot of pressure, making some people think, “Thank goodness I’m not an athlete!” Last year, HuskerZone, a sports blog, called a 33-point victory against Tennessee at Chattanooga “an ugly win.” A 33-point win should make fans happy, despite any technical mistakes. Fans wondered whether the program could be in trouble. This was early in the year – one bad game doesn’t make a season, especially when it turns out to be a victory. The London Summer Olympics provided lots of entertainment, most of which came from trying to spot Prince William and Princess Catherine in the crowds. There were also letdowns, particularly the media’s reaction to how well the American athletes performed. Newspapers and television stations ran story after story about U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps heading into London. When Phelps placed fourth during the 400-meter individual medley, newspapers ran headlines prominently featuring the word “failure.” The word “disappointment” popped up after he finished second to South African swimmer Chad le Clos in the individual 200-meter butterfly. The games finished. Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time. The media still portrayed London as a series of botched races for Phelps before he got it together. Phelps isn’t the only Olympian who failed this summer in the eyes of the media. Fellow U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte finished fourth in the 200-meter freestyle. He was also seen by many in the media as part of the reason why the United States lost to France in the 400-meter relay. Lochte won two gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze in this year ’s Olympic Games. Despite all he has accomplished in London, he described his performance as merely “a lit-

turn to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to be “faster, higher, stronger” than their competitors. That kind of pressure isn’t healthy. Athletes are expected to break records each year, whether it’s the Olympics or the world championships. Champions are expected to repeat their success year after year until retirement. The problem with this is that history can be made in different ways. There are great sports moments that have nothing to do with the number of gold medals won. Remember when North and South Korea marched under one flag at the 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Sydney? That was a proud moment because the two countries KIM BUCKLEY forgot their differences for one brief moment. They came together for the games. tle bit above average.” He won five medals in The true spirit of the Olympic Games is a single olympics. Many athletes can’t say that! uniting the world. That and to make compaLolo Jones also knows what it feels like to nies like Visa lots of money through sponbe publicly called a letdown. The media exsorship advertisements. The focus on Phelps, pected the runner to medal at the 100-meter Lochte or Jones not doing as well as expected hurdles, despite the fact that she had strong distracts from the Olympic message. competition in fellow Americans Dawn The media are so busy comparing athHarper and Kellie Wells. Harper and Wells letes to the next Michael Jordan, Muhammad won silver and bronze respectively in the Ali or Babe Ruth, we forget event. Jones missed the podium these types of athletes are by one-tenth of a second. rare for a reason. The attitude She placed fourth in the enIn Nebraska, fans extire world! Not many people can pect the football team to of “gold say that. Despite the fact that be victorious. We love it medal or bust” finishing fourth out of the dozwhen the Huskers win by ens of competitors is nothing to large margins. Football puts so much be ashamed of, the media conplayers and the athletic pressure on these department at UNL deal tinued to harp on her failing to medal. with Husker fans analyzing athletes, it’s no Post-Olympics, Jones teared their every move. College is wonder some of up during a “Today Show” inhard enough without havterview. ing to deal with that kind of them choke.” There’s bound to be athletic insane pressure. blunders at the Olympics. Let It’s OK to feel sad the athletes talk about how they when the Huskers lose. It’s feel. Then let them get over it in peace. normal. You want your team to win. But it’s Thanks to the media frenzy demanding not the end of the world if the Huskers lose the U.S. to win gold at every event, it’s easy a game. Proof? The football team had losing to forget one thing – it’s an honor to even seasons under former coach Bill Callahan, but make it to the Olympics. It’s an honor to Memorial Stadium still stands, full as ever. compete against the rest of the world. It’s So, this season, let’s cheer on the Huskers, even OK when the United States isn’t the win or lose. And let’s not forget trying hard best in every sport. Really, does the U.S. need and doing one’s best is just as admirable as a to medal at a sport with a silly name like handflawless season. ball? Kim Buckley is a senior News-EditoThe attitude of “gold medal or bust” puts rial major. Follow her on Twitter @ kimceebee or email her at opinion@ so much pressure on these athletes, it’s no wonder some of them choke. Or worse, they

Non-residents deserve equal access to student aid


overed in glitter while sliding down a pole in Anywhere, USA, is one girl’s honest answer as to why she became an exotic dancer – the “I’m stripping my way through college” line has been around for as long as most of us can remember. We’ve all heard the joke before. Most of us have probably known someone who’s done it or laughed about it. While a majority of the time these words couldn’t be further from reality, a sad possibility is if the girl was telling the truth, chances are she’s paying out-of-state tuition. There are generally two types of students where finances are concerned: people who have the means to pay for school (aka those whose parents have the money) and those who pay their own way by means of working, scholarships and often a heavy reliance on financial aid. If you’re an independent student who has the misfortune of being from another state, you’re likely struggling to get by and willing to do almost anything to pay tuition. Though there’s truth to Plato’s quote “necessity is the mother of invention,” having need alone has unfortunately not created a guarantee to acquiring that which would satisfy you. When students transfer to universities outside their home states – be it for a better education, a specific program or major or

even a change of scenery – a fairly higher rate in proportion to residents is to be expected. The average out-of-state tuition at any given university is somewhere between two and four times as much as their resident counterparts at the same school. Purdue University, citing the Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning, published a document called “Comparison of Nonresident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Peer and Big Ten Public Universities.” The findings were that, over a period from the 2001/2002 school year through the 2011/2012 school year, the Big Ten mean non-resident tuition rate has increased from $15,225 to $26,979. That’s an increase of nearly $12,000 during the course of a decade. Numbers as staggering as these may leave many transfer students wondering if the madness ever ends. Are we doomed to choose between an education and a life full of debt, or a sentence to mediocrity and dead end jobs? Either way, it seems as there are fewer and fewer ways to break even, let alone win, in a dwindling economy. But wait, before we should all lose hope, we are reminded all is not lost. There is financial aid after all. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher

AMANDA KEENAN Education Act of 1965,” and has been “accurately disbursing, reconciling, and accounting for all federal student aid funds that are delivered to students each year through more than 6,000 colleges and career schools” since its inception. Based on the experiences of frustrated transfer students, it’s fair to say the term “accurately” is somewhat subjective. When one considers the fact that out-of-state tuition is perversely higher at most institutions, it would be easy to assume the distribution of such educational funds would reflect as such. However, more often than not this doesn’t seem to be the case. Each year around the same time on

college campuses across the nation, a proverbial cry of excitement can be heard when financial aid offices release refunds to those students so lucky as to receive one. With hurt feelings and burning ears, out-of-state students listen to friends and classmates rattle on about plans to spend their X amount of thousands of dollars they received back. Some go for large purchases like electronics and shopping, while others go for experience purchases such as vacations and concert tickets. Lastly, of course, there’s the popular idea of partying it all away or using it for beer money. How is it both universities and the Federal Government allow such discrepancies to continue or to be overlooked? All things being equal, shouldn’t all parties benefit from and receive the same opportunity to the least expensive education they can get? According to the UNL website, 2012-2013 annual costs are based on a single undergraduate student taking 15 hours per semester for two semesters; tuition rates are $7,984 and $20,734, for in state and out-of-state residents respectively. Let’s assume the financial aid allotted to each student for one academic year period was $15,000. Based on this information, that would leave in-state residents with an exorbitant $7,016 in excess while leaving out-of-state residents with the stress of a $5,734 balance

to pay by the end of the year. If an in-state resident receives enough assistance to fully cover not only tuition and fees, but often housing costs as well, shouldn’t the funds be re-distributed to out-of-state residents’ accounts in order to re-establish some sense of balance and equal opportunity in the U.S. education system? Continuing to give away taxpayer dollars or extend federal student loans so carelessly will create contempt in students of generations to come. There’s a reason the U.S. has fallen behind several countries where education is concerned. Perhaps part of it is so many of us take education for granted. Not everyone will be a Mark Zuckerberg. With the way the economy is going, you’re going to need at least a bachelor’s degree to get an entry level position. Beyond this, if money is a resource like any other, it’s in limited supply. And the frightening fact is one day in the near future, funds for higher education could run out. We should all be allowed the right and privilege to use these funds to the best advantage until such a time. The sooner the powers that be correct this situation, the sooner we can get some poor girls off of poles and into classrooms! Amanda Keenan is a Junior Public Relations Major. Reach her at opinion@



THURSDAY, august 30, 2012 @dnartsdesk

In The Spotlight

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film breaks boundaries with ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago;’ comedic child murders and a live cellist

Story by Shelby Fleig | Art by Lauren Cloyed

Main Stage: “Agravio” Oct. 4-6, 10-14

Everybody knows the name Don Juan, but now you have a chance to know his story. Ian Borden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln theater studies professor, will direct “Agravio” this fall, a “tragic-comedy” first produced in Spain in the mid-1600s. “This is the first fully staged production in centuries, and it’s happening at UNL,” Borden said. Possibly the first production of a play by a professional woman writer, “Agravio” takes on dialogue about women in society, something Borden said is extraordinary considering when it was written. Borden prepared during the summer by being in contact with designers by email, because everyone is working in different theatres around the country. Once rehearsal is near, Borden said the communication around the play is almost constant. “Agravio” is a play from the Spanish Golden Age, which Borden said are always engaging, beautiful and exciting. “I think students will be surprised at how much they relate to characters from centuries earlier, and how much they will respond to this story about love and honor,” he said.

Main Stage: “Paragon Springs” Nov. 8-9, 11, 14-16, 18

It’s election year, and politics are on the minds of many. Carrie Lee Patterson, assistant professor of practice at the University of NebraskaLincoln and director of “Paragon Springs,” said students should take advantage of their time to learn about and question politics. “Paragon Springs” is a political drama with hints of satirical comedy. Based on a play by Henrik Ibsen, Patterson’s adaptation will vary depending on her cast and how she defines each character. Patterson said she read Ibsen’s version over and over during the summer, but she said once she gets a cast and starts working with other people, the play will change dramatically. “That’s the thing about collaborative art – it never ends up how you expect it would,” said Patterson. “But that’s usually a good thing.” Patterson said she doesn’t want to tell anyone how to think; she simply wishes to ask a political question to students and others who attend. “It’s an enjoyable way to help you think in the back of your mind about who you are in the world,” she said.

Theatrix: “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” Oct. 24-26

One Theatrix director has a dream to direct everything famous playwright David Mamet has written. So he’s starting at the beginning. Jonathan Hunt Sell, a University of Nebraska graduate student, will direct “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” a comedy about four dating roommates and living in Chicago in the late 1970s. “Not everyone talks about sex and relationships in their everyday conversations, so perhaps this will make people feel more comfortable with opening up about a more or less intimate subject,” Sell said. After much preparation during the summer – reading the script and researching the play’s history – Sell will soon begin looking for a cast. Because of the complex (and vulgar) language Mamet uses, referred to as “Mamet-Speak,” Sell needs the perfect students to fill the roles. “I also want to make sure to cast two actors and two actresses who can handle not only the language but also the subject matter,” Sell said. “If they take the subject matter seriously, then the audience will see how serious they are and find that funny.” Sell said the taboo topics in this play will attract college students, as well as older generations who can remember the dating scene in this time setting. “Students should come see it because it is not only going to be a fun, quick paced, disco-infused, raucous comedy about young relationships, but also a chance to see a play written by one of America’s most treasured contemporary writers,” he said.

Theatrix: “Melancholy Play” Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Are you really looking for a response when posing the question “how are you?” Melancholy Play,” a comedy about the purpose of sadness, will try to answer that question. Directed by Joshua Waterstone, the artistic director of Theatrix, this play will address people’s emotion and action around the world. Waterstone said, “Melancholy” is “a fun, beautifully poetic, absurdly truthful and sometimes wild play.” “It reminds me of life,” he added. After months of reading and rereading “Melancholy,” Waterstone has been working to integrate inspiration from his everyday life into this play by remembering conversations, music or people that make an impact on him. Most excited about collaborating with set designers, actors and musicians, Waterstone’s vision will come together Nov. 29 though Dec. 1 in the Theatrix theatre. Waterstone said a live cellist will accompany the play. “I love Sarah Ruhl’s writing, and this particular play I can envision working well in the lab theatre,” Waterstone said. “The play tugged on my heart strings and so I wanted to direct it.”

Theatrix: “The Pillowman” Sept. 26-28

A complex mystery of child murders generally doesn’t exist in comedy. According to Theatrix director Dennis Henry, “The Pillowman” is a scary, dark and genuinely funny play unlike any other showing this semester. After much preparation reading the play and listening to music that reminds him of the play, Henry said he is anxious for an audience to experience “The Pillowman,” a “horror-drama-thriller-comedy” showing Sept. 26-28. “It tells a gripping story and several great stories within the story, and has a lot to say about what it means to be both an artist and a human being,” he said. Because the subject matter is so dark, Henry said his biggest challenge will be to keep the audience interested in the storyline. “We will have to walk a fine line between surprising and shocking the audience and turning them off,” Henry said. Henry said he is excited for young people to attend, as they are the biggest audience for horror shows. “I think folks will leave the theatre saying, ‘Wow,’” he said. If you are interested in being involved in Theatrix this semester, you can sign up in the basement of the Temple Building, located at 12th and R streets. Auditions will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, with callbacks following. arts@

Skate museum exudes charm The National Museum of Roller Skating draws amused visitors tyler keown dn A couple weeks ago I enjoyed a leisurely drive. Instead of taking my regular route of O Street to my apartment, I took South. After a few minutes of driving and rapping along with old songs by Outkast, I wound up at a red light and as I looked around, I noticed something interesting to my left: the National Museum of Roller Skating. In Lincoln? Are we some kind of Mecca of roller skating? I feel like I would know about that. I later mentioned the place to my editor as a potential story idea. A few days later, I found myself entering the museum doors with the intent to tell Lincoln about this seemingly secret museum. Entering the lobby, you’d be hard-pressed to differentiate the place between a museum for roller skating and a mortuary. Plastic palm trees lined the walls and there was a table with a bunch of free pens sitting on it. It smelled strongly of must. A paper sign on the wall said “Museum this way” with an arrow pointing left. Following the sign, I walked through an office that’s actually the base of operations for USA Roller Sports, the governing body for all roller sports in the U.S. It was empty as I walked through, and I began questioning the decisions I was making. The next passageway is the Hall of Fame for roller skating athletes and coaches, featuring such greats as Melvin “Coonie” Umbach and of course, Penny Money Miller, famed coach who “developed most of her national champions from handrail-dependent Brownie and Cub scouts.” Exiting the hall, I was already overcome by the history I had just walked through, but then I saw the actual museum. It’s all located in a smaller room, with glass displays tightly packed next to each other. Fittingly, “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith played over the museum speakers. I wandered toward the first exhibit, wondering, “Is it a skate? Is it a shoe?” It was dedicated solely (get it?) to Heelys. I tentatively decided it was a skate, but I knew my judgement might be different after seeing the rest of the museum.


Four members of the Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company perform the scene “A Good Old-Fashioned Stitch and Snitch” in “Gods of the Praire” on Aug. 18 in downtown Lincoln. “Gods of the Prairie” was a free outside show that let audience members walk from scene to scene to “choose their adventure.”

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Adam Wass takes a photo with his phone of some memorabilia while visiting the National Roller Skating Museum with his wife, Patti. The couple are from Orange County, Calif. Next was the “Wall of Wheels,” which is exactly what it sounds like. I marveled at the transition from wood to urethane. Others need a robot to land on Mars to be impressed with mankind; I just needed this. At this point, “The Power” by Snap! came on overhead. Every time the chorus screamed “I’ve got the power!” I agreed. The “Odd and Unusual Skates” exhibit was up next. One skate had long wooden poles meant to be strapped polio-style to the wearer’s legs. Another pair was motorized; a person would wear the motor on his/her back, looking quite a bit like a Ghostbuster in the process, and roll around in style without the stress of body movement. Flashing pictures diverted my attention to the most modern part of the museum. On the wall was a flat screen television, showing blurry clips from various roller skating championships in the 1970s and ’80s. This fed into the next exhibit, which detailed the world of figure roller skating. Like the ice counterpart, it features the same bedazzled costumes and oversized smiles. Also in the exhibit was the story of world-famous ice skater, Tara Lipinski, and how she originated in the world roller skating. As you can imagine, an experi-

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Roller skate wheels of all varieties sit on display in the museum. The museum also serves as the national roller sports’ base of operations. ence as overwhelming as that rendered lists of questions no amount of plaques could answer. Instead, I spoke with James Vannurden, director of the museum.

My first question was easy: how did Lincoln end up with a roller skating museum?

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It all started with a Christmas play in the attic of a house named The Colonel Mustard. In 2007 the residents of The Colonel Mustard, located in Lincoln’s Near South neighborhood, wanted to provide free entertainment for their friends. “You can’t go wrong with something that is a friend-group effort mixed with theater,” said Lindsay Kerns, co-founder of The Colonel Mustard Company. After taking on a couple more people and another production the following spring, The Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company was formed. “We wanted to do community theater in a way that was completely unlike any commu-

nity theater you had ever seen,” Kerns said. “We wanted to do something that felt organic and part of a real community.” All of the shows produced by the company are free to the public and rather than rent out a theater space, they use their neighborhood as a stage. “We kind of want to go outside the box and invite people to experience the magic and do things in the communitive way,” said Colonel Mustard member Joanna Clay. The first few shows put on by the theater had low budgets. “We barely had enough money to get cardboard,” Kerns said. As the Colonel Mustard company grew in size, so did their ideas for future productions. Their first big show was “Jurassic Park: The Musical.” “It ended up being so much fun and so hilarious and nothing like anything any of us had participated in before or probably what any audience member had seen before, because it was such a combination of weird and

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Don’t call it a comeback. Though The Static Octopus hasn’t played a show since 2006, the band has been here for years. “We may have taken a break, but we never broke up,” said Tery Daly, the band’s guitarist. “We don’t consider this a reunion at all.” Whatever you call it, The Static Octopus is playing their first show in six years on Saturday night. They are playing with The Renfields and the Whole Shabangs at the Bourbon Theatre, a venue that didn’t even exist the last time the band played a show. For Dan Hutt, the band’s bassist, the upcoming show will bring back a lot of memories, not only of the band but of the venue as well. “The last time I was in that space, the Bourbon was still a movie theater,” Hutt said. “I was there the weekend that it closed. It was a Friday night in August 1988, my freshman year at UNL. It’s crazy to think that 24 years later, I’m going to be back there.” The venue isn’t the only thing that will look a little different – the band has undergone some major structural changes, too. The Static Octopus was formerly a four-piece with two guitars, a bass and drums. Now the band consists of three people. Daly plays guitar. Hutt switched from guitar to bass to accommodate the personnel change. New member Jeremy Powers joined the band earlier this year on drums. All three sing, a change that helps fill the absence of the second guitar, Daly said. “With only three people, ev-

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skate: from 5 “We started building with USA roller sports,” Vannurden said. “They were looking to locate to a more Midwestern city and Lincoln fit the bill. We opened the museum in 1980.” Do people from Lincoln come here much? “We don’t get the downtown traffic coming through,” he said. “People have to come out and find us, but we do OK.” What’s the main draw of this place? “We do have two motorized skates.” That makes sense. “Ghostbusters” is a pretty sweet movie. I thanked him for the interview and kept exploring. I was midway through the “jam” skating exhibit where I was learning how to “applejack” and what “outside breaking” is, when James asked if I and the three other museum-goers that had showed up after me wanted to hear some music. But James, “Imagine” by John Lennon is already playing over the speakers. How could anything harmonize more with the museum? He lead us to a cabinet that contained an organ. Drums sat atop of it. He dropped a quarter inside and the machine whirred to life. Beautiful ragtime music poured from it. We all stood in wonder. “This is what people would skate to in the 1920s,” Vannurden explained. This is what I would skate to today, I thought. And everyday. I left the museum both confused and impressed. There is a world out there that I (and many others, I would assume) don’t know about. But why is it here? Why is Lincoln the center for this display? Maybe you’ll figure it out, reader. Head down there and experience something new. arts@

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erybody’s part is important,” Hutt said. “There’s no hiding in this band.” He added that in every way, the band feels completely different than before. “The old Static Octopus was very regimented,” he said. “It was like a cover band in some ways. We played the songs exactly as they were written, which was great, because it was great

material. Now this is more openended – you bring something you’ve been working on in to the group, and it can go any place. Someone will suggest changing something here or there, and ask, ‘What happened if the song turned left instead of right?’” But at its core, The Static Octopus is still a power-pop group. Daly mentioned the band still draws most of its inspiration

from pop music of the ’60s and the music the band makes is “the kind of music that anyone would like.” “If you listen to the kind of music they play in TV commercials, a lot of it is power-pop based,” Daly said. “It’s a sound that just generally appeals to people. It’s fun music that just kind of catches people and it comes across well live.”

With one less guitar in the group, band members were concerned they would have to rewrite some of their older material. “I wasn’t sure how each song was going to translate over to one guitar,” Daly said. “We decided to give them all a whirl and figure out what kind of arrangement changes we had to make to accommodate the three-piece lineup. So far, the old songs have worked just fine.” Fans will be able to hear what changes The Static Octopus has had to make at the show, at least for a few songs. Hutt said he expects only three of the band’s old songs will make their way into the planned eight-song setlist. “We were having a hard time deciding what mixture of old songs and new songs we wanted to do for this show,” Daly said. “We have three albums worth of released material, but we also have a lot of new things written that we are excited to share.” “Coming back is a really interesting challenge,” Hutt said. “I’m not sure if any of us thought we could do it, but here we are.” arts@


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LEFT: Nate Bicak eats with Sarah Hitchcock Tuesday at the newly opened Wahoo’s Fish Taco. RIGHT: Brothers Brock and Bo Prince opened a Lincoln location of Wahoo’s Fish Taco Aug. 1. ly seasoned, it left a warm, spicy hum in my mouth as I finished the meal. Wahoo’s tortillas are homemade and were predictably soft.

This also caused them to become doughy, but only if I paused at length between bites. The only true drawback to an excellent meal was its price; it was just

over $10. Overall, it was an enjoyable eat and not one bit fishy. arts@

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To help expand their production budgets and become even more organized, the company decided to apply to be a public charity through the Internal Revenue System (IRS). “We decided to be nonprofit versus for profit because we really view free entertainment to be at the heart of what we are doing,” said co-founder Phil Malcom. In mid-August, the company found out the IRS had officially made The Colonel Mustard Company a public charity. “We’re sort of shocked when we got approved on the first try and hadn’t messed anything up,” Malcom said. Though the company does have Facebook and Twitter pages, their main means of promotion is word-of-mouth. “We talked before about how we never want to be that band on Facebook that messages you everyday and tells you to come see their show, so you have no desire to see their show,” Malcom said. Throughout growth and status change, members often remind each other what they are really there to do.

“The purpose of all of this is to have a fun time together creating something that’s original and special and daring and ambitious,” Kerns said. “The second goal is to just entertain people – especially people who might not otherwise go to the theater.” No matter what production is being created or what status the company has been assigned by the IRS, Kerns, Clay and Malcom all described the Colonel Mustard as something purely magical. “What makes the Colonel Mustard magic is that you’ve got this giant group of people who all really, really care about the piece of art they are creating,” Malcom said. To find out more information about The Colonel Mustard Amateur Attic Theatre Company, go to their website at “We’re not looking for anyone to be perfect in the Colonel Mustard Company,” Clay said. “We’re just excited we’re doing it together and it’s something to do as a team.” arts@

GIMME 5: The Ross Reasons to go to the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center more often


Observing, analyzing and ultimately enjoying art is crucial to development as a person. You can better yourself without even leaving campus.


Students get a $2.50 discount if you flash your NCard. Plus, they have a student appreciation night where tickets and snack are just $1 a piece and what do you know, that happens to be tonight!


Try to take a hot date to the Ross and not get kissed at the end of the night. Try it. It’s basically impossible; no one can resist high culture.


The films they screen at the Ross are often films you can’t see elsewhere. Many films that don’t receive the same focus as blockbusters are passed over by theater chains, but not the Ross.


The Ross attracts theater-goers that have great manners. You won’t have to deal with someone sitting in front of you playing Angry Birds and laughing at inappropriate times. compiled by tyler keown | art by natalia kraviec

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soccer: from 12 recognized as one of the leaders nication with their players, goalas a junior on the young Husker ies are sometimes noted for being controlling, as shown by the out- squad. After starting all 18 games spokenness of the U.S. women’s for the Huskers last season with a .706 save percentage through goalkeeper Hope Solo during the 86 saves, Stevens hopes that she London Olympic Games. But if Stevens isn’t there to help commu- can continue that success into this year. nicate and control her teammates, And even though that’s when things start Stevens has the expeto breakdown. rience and is a strong “If you don’t comcommunicator, it still municate you probably isn’t stopping her won’t win. It’s kind of from her number one a big deal because you role of stopping the can’t see what’s over balls that come into your shoulder so you the net. have to rely on your “We have been teammates,” freshman working a lot on my defender Jaylyn Oderball clearances, my mann said. striking, so that I can If a ball comes near play a little higher,” the goal and there’s no odermann Stevens said. communication, there With Stevens leadcan be problems with ing the way behind deciding if she or another defender is going to clear it, the net, the Huskers hope they can continue their momentum and they can get caught up in each from their first victory heading other, Stevens said. into this weekend. “Talking a lot more helps, “(Our win) showed we can even when you’re tired. You just come out in any adversity and want to keep your mouth open so take care of business,” Stevens everyone else knows what you’re said. doing,” Odermann said. sports@ Besides helping out with the communication, Stevens is also

“We have a very strict way of our formation in the back. It’s my job to organize the far side and organize the near side. As the ball is coming, I need to tell the players to block those shots, block those crosses, so that we can help each other out.” That’s communication .” Emma stevens nu goalkeeper

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NU goalkeeper Emma Stevens has made a name for herself with 30 starts as a Husker.


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Help Wanted Carlos O’Kelly’s is now hiring servers, hosts and cooks for nights/weekends. Apply at 4455 N. 27th St. or 3130 Pine Lake Rd. Crooked Creek Golf Club is looking for individuals to work during the school year and during summers. We will work around your school schedule! Looking for individuals who are willing to work in multiple aries: snackbar / drink cart / parties as well as in the Pro-Shop. Must enjoy working with the public. If you can work at least one weekday and one weekend day during the school year, and are willing to work 30-40 hours per week during the summer, apply in person. Located at 134th and “O” Street. 402-489-7899. Drivers wanted- Domino’s Pizza. Flexible hours, cash nightly from mileage and tips. Highest per run compensation in Lincoln. Apply at any Domino’s.

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East Lincoln Christian Church is looking for a Contemporary Worship Leader. Person must display a deep love for God, passion for worship, and be well versed in the contemporary/modern Christian music genre. Ability to play the acoustic guitar and/or piano is preferred. Compensation depends on skill level, experience and availability. Please contact Pastor Jayme Harvey at or call 402-486-4673.

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Currently accepting applications for bartenders. Apply at 5500 Old Cheney Rd. Need a really good part-time job? The NU Foundation has openings for student fundraisers to call alumni and ask for their support. •$7.50/hour guaranteed base pay, plus perks. •Tuition assistance program. •Flexible evening schedule. •Relaxed atmosphere, casual attire. •Location five minutes from campus. •A minimum of 3 shifts per week is required. •We call Monday - Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.and Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. •Must be a NU student If this fits your schedule please call Tiffanie Glaser at 458-1239 For more information visit our website to apply; Then go to contacts/careers/phonathon to fill out application. .

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tennis: from 12

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Patricia Varesova is the No. 2 tennis player for the Huskers. She’s made a reputation of balancing her 3.9 GPA and tennis. out and won 52 combined singles and doubles victories in the 2011-2012 season. She also earned the No. 99 spot on the final ITA singles rankings. And that success came at the cost of having little free time over her weekends. “Well we do (have) a little bit (of free time), but most of the time we are done with practice around five so we basically study or hang out with the girls,” Veresova said. Now starting her senior year Veresova is at her prime. “I see this being her best year yet,” Perez said.

He talked of her increased conditioning and endurance she has acquired through diligence. And she has lofty aspirations after all that work. “Our big goal is to get to the Sweet Sixteen,” Veresova said. “I would really like that since it is our goal, it is my goal too.” Veresova’s tennis career might have started late at Nebraska, but she has wasted no time here. Even though she’s a top athlete, she is also a top academic on campus. sports@

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As the Midwest calms from the heat of the summer and fall begins to stumble into the lives of Nebraskans, September provides plenty of opportunity for outdoorsmen across the state to get their fix of some wildlife and outdoor activities. On Aug. 24, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission released a schedule of events for September, including old traditions and new, exciting plans for hunters and families alike. The commission is excited to announce the new upcoming hunting seasons, including archery deer, turkey and elk. Archery deer and turkey are set to open on Sept. 15, and elk later on in the month, said spokesman Jerry Kane. But what the Game and Parks Commission is most looking forward to is the eighth annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo at Ponca State Park, scheduled to happen from Sept. 15 and 16, said Kane. And it “keeps getting better every year.” The expo is a two-day, outdoor recreation workshop that the Game and Parks Commission is hoping will get friends and family outside to try activities they’ve either never tried before, or that they haven’t tried in a while. “There are a lot of different opportunities for people to try new things,” Kane said. “People could try riding in a kayak, learn about some wildlife they’ve never had a chance to see up close, or fish they’ve never seen, or

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A family learns to kayak during the Missouri River Outdoor Expo last year. The expo is a two day event that connects outdoors enthusiasts to nature every fall. they have certain types of shooting sports they can try out for the first time.” The expo is meant to be family friendly, designed so parents can introduce the outdoors to their kids, and for adults to treat themselves to the outdoors. “There is no intimidation factor,” Kane insists. “There’s always volunteers there to help.” The expo will free. Mahoney State Park also has a slew of events upcoming for the month of September, including its new Chain Challenge Disc Golf Tournament and an annual Stargazing event. According to Adam Offner,

director of the tournament, after the park finished their set of 18 frisbee golf baskets this past May, colleagues of his approached him saying they should put together a tournament. “We just thought it’d be a fun, different event that could attract a lot of people,” Offner said. The tournament, which will be held on Sept. 8, will be separated into six divisions: women, novice, intermediate, advanced, advanced masters and pro. Each division is a $20 buy in, which includes two rounds of 18 holes and a players pack that will have goodies and giveaways. Online registration and ad-

ditional information is still available at the Nebraska Games and Parks website . “(The tournament) is something we’re hoping takes off really well and that we can help make it grow every year.” The annual Stargazing season, which has already taken place multiple times this year, will conclude Sept. 21. Gazers will meet at the golf shack about sunset and are welcome to bring personal telescopes or look off of others at the park. Admission is free with a park pass. sports@

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1. Sea of Red

The Nebraska faithful are notorious for being loud, and Southern Miss will be breaking in a new quarterback. If Southern Miss lets the crowd affect them, it could be a long game for the Eagles.

2. Quarterback Situation

After four-year starter Austin Davis finished his eligibility last season, the Eagles began the search for his replacement at quarterback. With three players in the mix – and no clear leader thus far – one of them will need to step up and prove he can lead the offense. Look for Chris Campbell, Ricky Lloyd and true-freshman standout Anthony Alford to possibly all take snaps.

3. Containing Burkhead

Senior running back Rex Burkhead is in the preseason discussion for the Heisman for a good reason. After last season’s 1,357 yard, 15 touchdown campaign, Burkhead is a headache for opponents. Southern Miss is also replacing three defensive linemen and two starting linebackers. The matchup between the experienced running back versus the inexperienced defensive front could prove to be the difference. - Compiled by Kyle Smith: Sports Editor — Student Printz

1. Can’t fall asleep

Southern Miss might be a Conference USA opponent, but that’s no reason to overlook the Golden Eagles. Last season USM went undefeated against nonconference opponents, including road wins over Virginia and Navy and played spoiler to Houston’s perfect season. The Huskers have to be ready for a fight – this might be a bigger test than many NU fans think.

2. Win in the trenches

Left tackle Tyler Moore’s absence could hurt the Huskers. But the sophomore could quickly be forgotten with a solid performance from Brent Qvale in the opener. Protecting Martinez’s blindside will be crucial if he is going to complete 70 percent of his passes, something he promised to do several weeks ago.

3. Dominate the turnover battle

Last season the Huskers almost doubled their opponents’ fumble totals. Nebraska put the ball on the turf 32 times while NU opponents fumbled on only 16 occasions. Nebraska also picked the ball off 10 times while quarterback Taylor Martinez threw eight interceptions. If Nebraska is going to win, they’ll need to fumble less and keep picking off more passes than Martinez can throw. - Compiled by Robby Korth: Sports Editor — Daily Nebraskan

football practice notes Maher named AllAmerican

ESPN named Husker place kicker and punter Brett Maher to its preseason All-America team on Wednesday. The junior made the team as a place kicker. It’s the second award Maher has landed this offseason. He was also a member of the Athlon preseason All-America team and is one of 30 players on the preseason Lou Groza award watch list. Last season, Maher made 19 of his 23 field goal attempts.

Blackshirts primed

The full game plan is in place for the Nebraska defense. Secondary coach Terry Joseph told reporters after Wednesday’s practice that the unit is ready to get off its legs and tune up the mental side of the game before Saturday’s match-up with Southern Miss. Joseph said the defense has grasped the concepts given to it by the coaching staff and is ready go. The Huskers practiced in shorts and shoulder pads Wednesday and will not dawn full padding again this week. “The game is 72 hours out, so it’s time to get their legs under them and play fast on Saturday,” Joseph said.

Seisay healing

Cornerback Mohammed Seisay’s ankle has held him back the past few weeks of practice. The

junior-college transfer was in the running for a starting role at corner before he suffered the injury, and he remains in the conversation at the spot. “He’s probably not going to get as much as you would have thought coming into training camp,” Joseph said. Siesay should still see the field this weekend, according to Joseph. He continues to battle Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Aaron Green, Antonio Bell and Josh Mitchell for a prominent role in the back end of the defense.

Jackson to see time

Charles Jackson will be on the field for Nebraska in at least in a minor role Saturday. The freshman defensive back missed last season with academic issues, but is in the running at nickel and dime. Junior Ciante Evans currently holds the top spot at nickel back, but Jackson has impressed coaches enough to earn a look. “Here’s a kid, a freshman coming in, and the playbook grows everyday,” Joseph said. “That’s the tough thing about training camp when you have so many installs back to back to back. Eventually, as coach Derek Dooley used to say, the freshman hit the wall. A lot of these guys hit the wall at different times. Charles, he’ll be in there on Saturday, and he’ll fight through it. We expect him to play and play well.” - compiled by lanny holstein

But earning a starting spot ing for. means even more. What’s happened on the of“I love what Justin (Jackson) fensive line this offseason exsaid the other day,” emplifies the Cotton said of the sepossibilities for If you were nior center. “He said, a walk-on at Ne‘I didn’t come here braska, accordto look at to earn a scholaring to Long. The ship. I came here to junior, along- our team, there’s play.’ That’s what’s side Jackson and no way you could at the top of those Choi, has made guy’s minds. They his mark by tell who the want to get on the earning a scholscholarship guys field and make a difarship. ference. They want “It’s a goal are and who the to start and help the that you always walk-ons are.” team win.” strive for and Jackson is doit’s awesome to Ben Cotton ing more to help the accomplish it,” nu tight end Huskers win than he said. “Getmerely starting – he ting recognized is a leader for the for the work that you put in and what you have team and a driving force behind their work ethic in practice. accomplished is one of the top “He’s very much a vocal guy,” goals that you have as a walk-on Cotton said. “He makes sure evwhen you come here.”

eryone else is good in practice. There are obviously days when some guy is feeling down, he might be feeling sore and stuff, but Jackson, he’s there to get everyone’s motor running. He does a very good job at that because he plays at a very high level.” According to Cotton, Nebraska’s walk-on players meld right into the team. They come into the program via a different path, but are afforded the same treatment by the coaching staff as all the others. “You see guys working side by side,” Cotton said. “It could be a scholarship guy, or it could be a walk-on guy. It doesn’t matter. There is no separation or clique on the team that you can tell. If you were to look at our team, there’s no way you could tell who the scholarship guys are and who the walk-ons are.” sports@

i-backs: from 12 powerful back to take over for learn,” Burkhead said. Cross isn’t guaranteed to play Burkhead in short yardage situations. That’s where Cross comes on Saturday, Pelini said. Even though he’s been impressive, he in. is still a freshman behind other “Imani is a great kid,” Burkhead said. “He’s one of the most talented backs. The biggest thing freakish freshmen for Cross is to enjoy I’ve ever seen come the moment Saturday in.” if he does get in, beIt’s not just cause it may be his Cross’s size and only chance to show athleticism that imall of that hard work, presses Nebraska’s Burkhead said. coaches and Burk“My advice to head. It’s his work him is to just enjoy ethic and maturity, it,” Burkhead said. Pelini said. “I remember my first Burkhead said game coming out; it Cross also picks up seems like yesterday pass protection with cross it’s gone so fast. But consistency, someI’d tell him to just enthing many freshman joy it. Time flies and running backs strugmake the most of it. gle with at first. “He’s a hungry kid, he’s Burkhead said the freshman ready to learn and he’s going to has a constant appetite for learnbe a great back the next couple ing. years.” “The biggest thing for him sports@ is he’s hungry. He’s so eager to


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Guard Spencer Long (left) is one of five walk-ons that have earned scholarships on this year’s Nebraska squad.

Five Huskers use experience as walk-ons to earn scholarships and lead on and off the field

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hree former walk-ons are set to start on the offensive line for Nebraska against Southern Miss on Saturday. Center Justin Jackson and guards Seung Hoon Choi and Spencer Long sit are projected starters at their respective positions, giving the pipeline a distinctive walk-on flavor. All three players earned scholarships two weeks ago at a Saturday practice. Along with punter/kicker Brett Maher, a first team preseason All-American, and defensive back Justin Blatchford, there are at least five former walk-ons set to play seri-

When Seung Hoon Choi found out he’d been awarded a scholarship he vowed to call his parents, even though it was 3 a.m. where they live in South Korea.

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Veresova leads Nebraska on court, in class Husker tennis player used her time off to hone her skills in academics and game Jacy lewis dn Patricia Veresova comes from Piestany, a town in the western Slovakia with a spa-oriented-economy. Veresova sat out her freshman season – 2009 – for Nebraska women’s tennis due to NCAA eligibility rules. She had played at the pro level in Europe, which meant she could not compete or travel with NU for 16 months. For any athlete, this amount of time is detrimental to their abilities and experience on the court. But Veresova didn’t just sit back and watch her teammates compete – she was on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll both semesters her freshmen year. “It was definitely hard not being able to compete,” she said. “But I mean I was there for the team trying to support them, and I was just trying to be patient.” Veresova’s doubles partner, Mary Weatherholt, noticed how Veresova acted as a teammate. “The first thing that stands out in my mind is her selflessness in approaching the team,” Weatherholt said. “I think she is the most teamfocused person.” This hard work in the classroom

has continued throughout her time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Veresova said language wasn’t much of a barrier. “I traveled a lot before, so I kind of hit the basics of English,” Veresova said. She has a 3.9 GPA as a business administration major and rated No. 2 on the team. Veresova and Weatherholt have switched positions in standing multiple times. “I would say she is just a good a player as I am, so we have both pushed each other,” said Weatherholt, the Huskers’ current No. 1 player. Other than being on the honor roll, she received Second Team AllBig Ten (2012), All-Big 12 Singles Team (2011), Academic All-Big Ten (2012), First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2011) and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete Award (2011). “She has really grown a lot in her tennis and as a student,” NU assistant coach Hayden Perez said. “Overall, Patricia is a very intelligent player and she has proved to be a great student.” Coming back to competition her sophomore year was hard. “It is hard not to compete for a year and it takes a bit of time to get back into it,” Veresova said. “Every year I get better it is just a matter of working hard.” During her junior year, she broke

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ous time for the Huskers this season. “They have always been a great asset to this team,” senior tight end Ben Cotton said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of guys willing to walk on and turn down full rides to other schools. You look at guys like Choi, and Jackson, and Blatchford that have earned the right to a scholarship. Those are good players.” Nebraska’s walk-on program often brings players to Lincoln that could have gone elsewhere, but felt compelled to pass up a free education for a shot at playing in Memorial Stadium. According to NU coach Bo Pelini, sometimes these players have as much talent as other guys, but they just don’t fit the mold college coaches are look-

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If you look down at the field during a Nebraska women’s soccer game, you might miss goalkeeper Emma Stevens. But take a second glance. You can see she’s still there, just out beyond her box. Throughout much of the game Stevens chooses to play very far out, almost to midfield if the Huskers have offensive control, so she can bark orders to her teammates. Although some may see Stevens’ long play as a disadvantage, it’s exactly where she wants to be. “I can get a good clearance on the balls that come through,” Stevens said. “It also keeps me and my team connected, so that there isn’t any disconnect. If we are disconnected then it causes problems.” Perhaps the most important part of staying connected to her teammates is making sure to communicate, something that’s easier to do when the junior goalkeeper plays far up. “We have a very strict way of our formation in the back,” the three-year starter Stevens said. “It’s my job to organize the far side and organize the near side. As the ball is coming, I need to tell the players to block those shots, block those crosses, so that we can help each other out.” That communication was critical to Stevens last week as she helped lead her teammates to a 2-0 victory against New Mexico, the first victory of the season for the Huskers. The win came after a strong first half offensively for New Mexico in which it had 10 shots on goal, which forced Stevens to make four saves. As a goalie, Stevens acts as the last barrier opponents have to cross before scoring a goal. To try and stop the opposing players before they make it to the goal, she has to make sure the defenders are on top of their game and constantly making sure they are in the right position. By having constant commu-

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NU with plenty of I-back options Andrew Ward DN Rex Burkhead sees Imani Cross grab a to-go box for dinner from the cafeteria. The Huskers senior I-Back doesn’t need to ask his fellow backfield mate where he is going. Burkhead already knows. “You see him up in the film room all the time when no one else is around,” Burkhead said. “He’s grabbing to-go boxes at dinner so he can go watch more film and make improvements in his game.” Cross, a true freshman from Gainesville, Ga., is the newest addition to the Husker backfield. Burkhead is the superstar, a Heisman candidate and on a number of preseason watch lists for countless offensive and player-ofthe-year awards. Sophomore Ameer Abdullah is Burkhead’s backup and considered a rising star, looking for a breakout 2012 season. Along with Abdullah is fellow sophomore Braylon Heard, who returned to the backfield after a spring stint at defensive back. Then there’s Cross, the youngster and student. He constantly watches those in front of him and film to gain knowledge of the running back position, Burkhead said. “I feel like Ameer, Braylon and Imani are all capable of doing great things,” Burkhead said. “They’ve all had a great offseasons. You can definitely tell the difference from their first and second years here.” At 6-foot-1-inch and 225 pounds, Cross is a much needed presence in the Husker backfield, NU coach Bo Pelini said. “He’s shown he can do a variety of different things,” Pelini said. “He’s a man. He can run and he’s big and physical. Imani adds another dimension to our football team that we maybe

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I-back Rex Burkhead leads a loaded backfield after rushing for 1,357 yards last season. haven’t had the last couple of years.” Cross’s size gives Nebraska another tailback to take away some of the blows from Burkhead. In 2011, Burkhead carried the ball more times than any other Big Ten running back, other than Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. Though those carries turned into 1,357 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, coaches want to keep

Burkhead fresher in 2012, Pelini said. In a couple games last year, Pelini said Burkhead was overused. “It will be in Rex’s long-term interests to offset that load some,” Pelini said. “Not wear him out, but at the same time we’re going to utilize him the best we can. There’s a balance with that we’re going to use going forward. “I feel really good about our

running back position and I feel that will benefit Rex.” A part of that balance is utilizing the other capable Husker running backs. Abdullah has fully taken over the backup role after Aaron Green transferred to TCU. His speed will offset a lot of defenses, along with Heard’s speed. However, with Abdullah and Heard, Nebraska still lacks a big,

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